We will be watching Liverpool play Spurs in the 11th Street Bar on Sunday the 15th of December at 11.00 AM. Come watch with us!
Our initial days of watching LFC in New York required early starts, reliable satellite systems and reliable bar owners (no tv coverage). Having found a bar that was 1) open as advertised and 2) could acquire the satellite signal, the matchday experience usually involved loud, boorish cockneys and ten-a-penny non-manc mancs.
It was against this backdrop that the need for LFC supporters to come together was realized and at the start of the 1995/6 season, Liverpool Football Club Supporters Club, New York (LFCNY) was born. At the first meeting, in Cleary’s on Third Avenue and 33rd Street, Dave Brenner, Paul Dackombe and Sean Woods were duly elected to run the club. Daragh Kennedy took on the role of club president, in our inaugural year, a role he still maintains today.
It was important to establish ourselves in a bar that was not only welcoming of the revenue but supportive of our goals to provide access to the match and to other Liverpool supporters. We wandered in the desert for a few years until we reached the Promised Land – 11th St Bar. The formative years also saw the production of a literally hand produced fanzine “25th of May” (our homage to The Glory That Was Rome 1977, and in Sean’s opinion, LFC’s greatest moment; it was also a match attended by Dave, Paul and Sean long before they ever met in New York).
The other staple of club membership, or hook, was a free LFCNY t-shirt when you signed up. These shirts became sought after items around the globe. In Baltimore for the pre-season against Spurs this summer, we bumped into a lady from Connecticut wearing the iconic Brenner-Burge-Deakin white-on-red NY skyline design from over 10 years ago. The banner was another milestone in the club’s identity and it has been proudly displayed throughout North America and Europe.
The club has admirably moved with the times – online, social media, podcasts, merchandise, etc. Many, many dedicated reds have donated time, effort and money to keep it going. You are all sons and daughters of Shankly. We are continually moved by the ecstatic highs and tragic lows that are inextricably woven into the fabric of the great Liverpool Football Club; we have raised funds for the Hillsborough Justice Campaign and the Hillsborough to Anfield Run, participated in the overthrow of Hicks and Gillett as well as Steve Cohen and built strong relationships with Reclaim The Kop (John Mackin) and Spirit of Shankly (the late Paul Rice). We have also become very involved in the community and have led many food and coat drives, and raised money for a local soccer club, Downtown United Soccer Club, which provides youngsters in New York’s poorer neighborhoods, an opportunity to play football at no expense to them or their families.
We urge everyone to ensure our tradition of support and activism continues.
As a LFCNY member you will be joining the oldest and largest North American Liverpool Supporters Club. Our home is the 11th Street bar, which has been our home since 2003. The 11th Street Bar is open for every match, and Liverpool matches are always given priority over any other events.
Current LFCNY memberships run from June 1st 2013 to May 31st 2014. As a member, you will receive:
- An LFCNY branded club t-shirt (available after the 1st game of the season);
- $1 off off drinks at the 11th Street Bar during LFC matches;
- The opportunity to request tickets for Liverpool home Premier League games;
- The opportunity to meet former Liverpool players (we have had 6 former LFC players appear at 11th Street);
- Weekly emails;
- Immediate notification of publication of new episode of our podcast, MP Red, and the opportunity to be a panel member;
- Merchandise discounts;
- Discounts for club events;
- The opportunity to participate in club events locally such as the, D.U.S.C. football tournament;
- The chance to attend the LFC Supporters Club tournament to be held at Anfield in May, 2014, LFC training sessions, and the end of season dinner featuring LFC players past and present
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11th Street Bar
The 11th Street Bar on 11th street between Avenue A & B is the long standing home of the New York Liverpool Supporters Club. This is where we hold events, have meetings and, most importantly, watch the matches together!
The bar typically opens 60-90 minutes prior to each game. Anyone can come to the bar, but if you are under 21, you must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For big games, we would always recommend getting to the bar as early as possible to secure a place. The bigger games see the bar full whereas most of the other games would see 100 Liverpool fans gathering.
Believe it or not, the bar itself is becoming quite famous in Liverpool and is on the list of tourist attractions for visiting fans. On game days the fans tend to be exclusively Liverpool fans, though opposing fans are also very welcome. Many have even been known to get out alive! The fans are not shy about venting their opinions and the atmosphere is always friendly. The ages have ranged from 6 days (and dressed in a Liverpool shirt!) to somewhere north of 80 (we were too polite to ask) and we get an almost even split of men and women. Game days are well worth the visit, especially the big games with all the singing, chanting, and excitement associated with football, sorry… soccer, wafting out of the bar.
If you want to bring some memorabilia that’s cool, but unless it’s really spectacular, it will not go on the wall due to space limitations. However we do raffle off all memorabilia for charity and club funds about twice a year.
Parking around the 11th Street Bar is attainable, particularly if you arrive early. The Avenues (A,B,C, 1st etc.) have Mini Meters that you can park at for up to an hour for 50 cents for every ten minutes. There is no charge for parking on Sunday’s. There is free parking on the numbered streets (10th, 11th, 12th etc.) but spaces usually are limited. If all else fails, there is a parking lot on 11th Street between Avenue A and B that usually charges about $20 to park for the duration of a game.
To get to the bar by subway, you can take the A,C,E,1,2,3,F,M,N,Q,R,4,5,6 to their respective 14th Street stations and transfer to the L subway going east towards Brooklyn. Get off at 1st avenue (at 14th Street), walk three blocks south to 11th Street and go east (left) one block to Avenue A. The bar is located at 510 East 11th street.
And they have a Facebook Page!
LFC Under 18s squad visit to the 11th Street
Players from Liverpool’s under 18 team and Liverpool’s Academy including Academy Director, Frank McParland will be on hand on Monday 26th August, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the 11th Street Bar.
The players who will be in attendance include Tom Brewitt, Harry Wilson, Jerome Sinclair, Daniel Tricket Smith, Danny Cleary and Andy Firth.
They will be answering questions, signing autographs, posing for pictures, and given their age, drinking soft drinks only.
Hit CTRL+D or CMD+D to bookmark this page. All the upcoming LFC fixtures will be listed here and channel information added when it is known. Matches that will be screened at 11th Street are listed in black.
The schedule is subject to change, so check back often!
LFCNY outing at Yankee Stadium, September 6th
Interested in going to see the New York Yankees take on the Boston Red Sox next Friday night at Yankee Stadium?
LFCNY have been given exclusive access for a 1.5 hour pre-game party in the Malibu rooftop deck with all inclusive food and soft beverages, private concessions, private bar, private bathrooms, outstanding skyline view, and seats in section 406 for the game against Boston next Friday, September 6th.
We need at least 20 people to make this work. All are welcome. The more, the merrier.
The cost, including a game ticket is $52 per person.
If you are interested, please send payment via paypal to email@example.com by this Sunday, September 1st. Thanks.
LFC Supporters Club Tournament
The passage of “through the wind and the rain,” couldn’t have held more true the chilly, rainy day LFCNY played in the inaugural Official Liverpool Supporters Club tournament held at Anfield on May 28th, 2013. With official members from the likes of New York City, Washington DC, London, Manchester, and Bristol, these relative strangers banded together to wear the LFCNY shirt just to enjoy the opportunity of a lifetime. What they didn’t know was how far the the hard work, grit, desire, and friendship would take them. And in the end, was a moment that they all would never though would happen in a million lifetimes. The full squad for LFCNY was goalkeeper/manager Steve Lee, defenders Eddie Doku and Greg Dillon, midfielders Wes Young and Paul Hellings, and forwards Chris James and Mike Strupp-Levitsky with the captain, Ali Sharif, spearheading the team.
The first match in the group stage was against Fan Klub Liverpool FC Polska in Field One at the Anfield Road End. The match however, got off to a rough start as the Polish Reds capitalized on an error by Steve Lee to make it 1-0 on an open goal. As the match progressed, LFCNY were made to reap the rewards of growing confidence with a penalty converted by Wes Young to make it 1-1. Mike Strupp-Levitsky and Chris James were trying to find their shooting boots going close. But LFCNY were unlucky as they were caught out of possession on a rolling substitution for the Polish Reds to drive home the winner one minute from full-time to take the three points on a 2-1 win.
The next match in the group stage, LFCNY took on the Dubai Reds at Field Two also at the Anfield Road End. Learning from the previous mistakes, LFCNY started the match very strong with Mike Strupp-Levitsky putting on immense pressure on the Dubai defense and putting LFCNY up 1-0 with a clean strike. The midfield started to take shape with the marauding Wes Young taking control and cutting out the Dubai passing at will. LFCNY would have tact on two or three more goals if it weren’t for the quick reaction by the Dubai keeper who made some outstanding saves to deny the LFCNY strikeforce. But again, luck wasn’t on LFCNY’s side as a laps in defense due to a rolling substitution put the fortuitous Dubai forward clean on goal. With a quick strike, the forward leveled the score to the dismay of Steve Lee who put a foot to the shot, but was helpless to see the ball just creep into the far corner with the deflection at the stroke of full-time. Match ends 1-1.
The third match put LFCNY up against Liverpool Supporters Club Iceland. The trial and error of the past two matches learned, LFCNY switched to a 2-1-1 formation which paid dividends. Even with the obvious height difference with their Icelandic counterparts, LFCNY strung some acute passes through the towering defense to keep them on the back foot. Eddie Doku and Ali Sharif dealt with the late long balls with Steve Lee keeping out strikes from the flanks. LFCNY cruised to a comfortable 2-0 victory with another strong strike by Mike Strupp-Levitsky and Chris James who opened his scoring account with to ensure the three points for New York.
LFCNY finished the group stage with the match against Flemish Reds from Belgium. Mike Strupp-Levitsky with the hot hand put LFCNY up 1-0 after three minutes and Chris James adding another near the fifth minute to make it 2-0. With New York pressing, it was too much for the Flemish Reds to handle as they conceded a penalty which Wes Young converted low to the keeper’s right. The Flemish Reds picked up a consolation goal quickly after as the Flemish defender threaded a ball down the left-hand side splitting the defense right to the striker who smashed the ball from close range. Final score 3-1.
LFCNY faced Wexford Branch Liverpool Supporters Club from Ireland. The penalties were eventful with captain Ali Sharif immolating the Fowler fist-pump jump and Paul Hellings doing his own rendition of the Kop slide after putting away their turns. Mike Strupp-Levitsky miss this chance by going for placement instead of power going wide right. Wes Young and Greg Dillon both clinically putting away their penalties to the keeper’s high right. Eddie Doku made the penalties close by putting his shot high above the bar. In the final rounds, goalkeeper Steve Lee converted his penalty to the keeper’s left and immediately saving the final Wexford penalty to stamp the win for LFCNY in the penalty session.
In the semi-finals, LFCNY faced the Liverpool Supporters Club Leicestershire Branch. The match had a tense affair until Mike Strupp-Levitsky cutting to his right before unleashing a strike putting the NY Reds up 1-0. Paul Hellings kept the defense honest by harrassing the Leicester keeper on his distribution. Wes Young pulled back deeper from his left hand position to put three at the back for LFCNY to progress with a solid 1-0 much to the dismay of the Leicester players.
The final was a rematch at the Kop End with the Polish Reds who progressed after dispatching the Finnish Reds in the other semi-finals. Attacking the Kop End, the match got off to a hot start with Mike Strupp-Levitsky putting New York up 2-0 with a pair of quick strikes from the right side to knock the Polish Reds off their feet. Chris James went close with two volleys to the right side of goal before he took a pass from Wes Young, turned the defender going to his right and sending a screamer high to the far corner making the score 3-0. Poland weren’t about to give up as they began working the flanks to get around the stiff LFCNY midfield and forcing the LFCNY defenders to go wide. The Polish Reds pegged one back with one of their midfielders threading a strike high through the crowded LFCNY defense to put it pass the reach of Steve Lee. The Poles, with a sense of urgency, took quick shots with Steve Lee making a reaction save to his right to keep out a volley from a Polish throw-in. The Polish Reds finally got their second with another quick shot high in the corner from closer range. With time running down, Greg Dillon was moved forward to lead the defensive duties with Paul Hellings on the right and Wes Young holding down the speedy Polish winger on the left hand side. Eddie Doku steadied the defense cutting out the Polish passes and bombing up front to add extra pressure to the Polish midfield forcing their strikers to turn defenders. Mike Strupp-Levitsky came on and almost put the match to bed with two strikes that skimmed the Polish far post. Shortly after, the referee blew his whistle and the LFCNY team poured on to the field to celebrate a result that they never even considered. Massive hugs and a few tears flew as the familiar voice of George Sephton on the Anfield tannoys announcing LFCNY winners of the OLSC Tournament.
With the dream of playing on the hallowed Anfield pitch completed, the fantasy of actually lifting a trophy on the pitch against international competition was unimaginable. Yet, there was the LFC staff calling the names of the happy few LFCNY members to the front of the honor guard and captain Ali Sharif lifting the trophy high in the name of New York City. As the players passed the trophy around in celebration with the friends and family of the team who traveled far and wide to support and witness the event, the moment epitomized the concept and purpose of Liverpool Football Club New York. That day, the team members weren’t businessmen, bankers, researchers, architects, and designers. That day, they were goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders, forwards in the name of LFCNY. Even though, many members aren’t based in New York City, they still join and support the club for the community and friends and were rewarded with a moment to remember for a lifetime and stood as champions!
LFCNY as an official branch of Liverpool Football Club, is eligible to request tickets to home Premier League games each season. This process takes place twice a year. Historically this has taken place in June for games scheduled to be played between August and December and in October, for games scheduled for the second half of the season.
If you have been allocated tickets, please Click Here To Pay.
The process to request tickets is as follows:
1) You must be a signed up LFCNY member to request tickets. Membership ranges from $25 to $35 for the season, and includes a LFCNY t-shirt. Click here to join;
2) There is a limit of four tickets per fixture per member, though keep in mind, if your application is successful, you will need an active LFC membership for all allocated tickets. All ticket requests must be made online through our website. Ticket prices are $70, $75 or $80 per ticket depending on the fixture.
3) Please only submit requests for games you plan on attending. Do not request tickets for two fixtures to increase your chances, if you only plan to go to one. You will be responsible for payment for all tickets allocated;
4) Once the deadline to request tickets has passed, we will tabulate the requests received and submit a request to LFC.
5) Once our ticket allocation is confirmed by LFC, we will communicate via our website and/or club email to advise which fixtures we received tickets for, and which members were successful in obtaining tickets;
6) If your application is successful, payment must be made via paypal, directly from our website within 7 days of notification. No cash, checks or other payment methods will be accepted. Ticket prices are $70, $75 or $80 depending on if the fixture is a Category A, B or C game.
7) Each person allocated tickets must be an active member of Liverpool Football Club’s membership program. So if you receive an allocation of four tickets, you must be able to provide four LFC member numbers with the corresponding names. For more information, please access LFC’s site. You must possess a current Official Adult, Membership Light, Teen or Might Red Memberships to receive tickets through LFCNY. The International membership has no ticketing benefits. LFC membership runs from June 1 to May 31 and needs to be renewed annually. Please do not provide an expired membership number as it will not be accepted by LFC. When renewing or purchasing your LFC membership, please select our branch, New York, from the drop down menu on the Membership registration page. You will be given a membership number instantaneously;
8) In the event we receive more requests than the tickets we are allocated, a drawing will be held to allocate the tickets equitably;
9) Members who are to be allocated tickets will be emailed with details of their seat number and location by LFCNY approximately 2-4 weeks prior to the fixture. We have no say where the tickets will be located, but historically they have been in very good locations, including the Kop. The Membership Card of those Members who have been allocated tickets will be activated for entry at Anfield. There will be no paper ticket issued.
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On April 15 1989, 24,000 Liverpool fans travelled to a football match. 96 never returned. Over 20 years after Britain’s worst sporting disaster, we want the world to see the faces of the fans whose hopes and dreams for the future ended that day.
Collectively they’ve become known as ‘The 96′ but to the families and friends they left behind, they were simply a dad, a son, a brother and a sister; a cousin, an auntie, an uncle and a granddad; a boyfriend, a husband, a soul mate and a best friend.
As the wife of one of the supporters who never came home so eloquently put it in a letter published on this website on the 20th anniversary of the disaster, “To the world my husband is one of the 96, but to me and his children, he was always our number one.”
To those who didn’t know them, the fans who died at Hillsborough that day may just be a number of names etched into the Hillsborough Memorial marble.
24,000 tickets, 23 turnstiles, two criminally overcrowded pens, 96 dead and 766 people injured – numbers alone don’t even begin to tell half the story of a disaster that has shaped Liverpool Football Club and the fans that will forever follow it.
Probably the most significant number in this whole sorry tragedy is the one that depicts the age of each victim on the slide show below.
That number, and the faces staring back at you – captured during happier times – tells you everything you need to know about why the events of April 15, 1989 and the fans who died that day will never ever be forgotten.
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Join LFCNY!LFCNY membership runs from June1, 2013 to May 31, 2014. Anyone who joins up during this timeframe will continue to receive the benefits of being a member through August 31, 2014, though as of June 1, 2014, you will be able to renew again. We have changed the parameters of our membership in an effort to be consistent with the process to request tickets from LFC which has over the last few years, taken place in June. Membership costs $25 and includes a LFCNY t-shirt. You can pick your t-shirt up at the 11th Street Bar, or have it shipped to you. It costs an additional $5 to ship within the US and an additional $10 to have the t-shirt shipped to international destinations. To join, please complete the form, select which shipping option you would like and you will be taken to PayPal to complete the transaction. Thank you. The club t-shirts will be available as of August 1st. Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery of your t-shirt from that date, or from the date you sign up, and make sure to include your t-shirt size. Thanks.