Friday, 31 January 2014
Feel free to leave your thoughts and any follow up questions in the comments section below.
Liverpool Supporters' Union, or Spirit of Shankly as we are more widely known, were formed in January 2008. We were established after a meeting of around 400 supporters in the birthplace of Liverpool FC, the Sandon. The meeting was called to look at what could be done against the then owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett who had placed massive debt on the club and had not delivered on the stadium they promised. On the night it was soon realised that there were many other issues aside from Hicks and Gillett. Such as issues over paying ridiculous amounts to travel to away games, particularly European aways. It was decided an organisation was needed that could campaign to get rid of Hicks and Gillett, but also represent supporters on issues they have when supporting Liverpool.
Q. At Blackpool we have two Supporters Groups. One is officially affiliated with the Club and the other, SISA, is independent. Do you see the formation of an independent supporters group as a necessary and important step for a clubs supporters?
An independent, active and well run supporters group is a very important step for a clubs supporters. It provides a focal point for supporters to raise concerns and to work together for the betterment of not only the supporter, but also the club. Being independent from the club has additional challenges, but being this ensures that supporters concerns can be raised without worry that they are being curtailed by a club agenda. If we have more clubs with strong independent supporters groups that work together we will see massive change in the game that many supporters want.
Q. Two of SISA's aims this year are to become a Supporters Trust and to have Bloomfield Road registered as an Asset Of Community Value. What aims do the Spirit Of Shankly Group have in the short, medium and long term?
We have constant, short, medium, long and ultimate aims which are part of our constitution and are fundamental to what we do. These can be found on our website here:
Spirit Of Shankly - Aims
Q. Finally, how did you and your fellow fans manage to keep positive during periods when it seemed that the challenges for supporters seemed insurmountable or when faced with really difficult circumstances?
It can be very challenging at times and during the harder times of a campaign it can get you down. You have to always work for small victories along the way. Gaining those small victories can help with the wider campaign whatever that may be by giving you additional backing and support from other supporters and improving your standing. You have to focus on what is winnable and work towards them along the way to your long term and ultimate goals. As an organisation that is now 6 years old we are in a position to do things now that we would not have been able to achieve in the very early days. It is important to have that perspective and to know with time and a large amount of passion for the cause you will get to where you want to be.
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Friday, 24 January 2014
What areas of the States have Blackpool supporters contacted you from?
How important do you think it is for fans to become members of a supporters group?
Finally, for our supporters living in America how can they get in touch with NATA?
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Wednesday, 22 January 2014
Stephen identified the lack of investment in a number of areas and has called on the Chairman of Blackpool Football Club to
- Invest in the squad
- Invest in new training facilities
- Work with all fans groups for the future of the Club
Listen from 1 hour 13 minutes
Tuesday, 21 January 2014
We wish them both well for the future.
We find the decision to also remove Steve Thompson from his position a surprising one. On behalf of our members we wish to thank Steve for all his has done for players and fans alike during his time at the Club. He will be fondly remembered for his pivotal role in the 'best trip'.
In light of today’s announcement SISA confirms that it intends to cancel Saturday’s proposed demonstration.
We also wish Barry Ferguson every success in his new role and hope that he can help the Club move forward and secure our Championship status.
A further statement will follow once we have had an opportunity to reflect on this afternoon’s announcement.
Monday, 20 January 2014
We would like to thank everyone who responded to us directly, on social media or on the message boards. There has been a huge amount of support for the idea of a demonstration at the Doncaster match this Saturday. There have also been a number of concerns and suggestions made about the form that the demonstration will take. The SISA committee intend to ensure that any protest causes as little disruption to the match itself or impact the supporters’ enjoyment of the game.
It is also vital to ensure that this is a peaceful demonstration and that any potential conflicts between supporters and stewards/police officers are avoided: SISA will therefore not be handing out whistles for supporters to take into the ground. We are also sharing details of the demonstration with the Police and the Club to ensure that the demonstration passes off safely. We have therefore revised our plan to the following:
1) On the 5th minute, a slow drum roll will begin indicating the start of the demonstration.
2) Throughout that minute supporters voice their disapproval of the on field and off field management of our Club by singing ‘We Want Our Blackpool back’
3) At the end of the minute, again signalled in advance, supporters launch a chant of “We love you Blackpool we do.”
SISA trusts that during the game fans continue to maintain total support for the team. We encourage all supporters to respect the choices of their fellow fans, whether they choose to demonstrate or not. The intention is to send a clear message to the club's owners of the strength of feeling that exists amongst supporters for change, in the form of greater investment in the club as well as the appointment of a manager who shares the aspirations of the supporters and will respect the history and reputation of the club. If you do wish to support this initiative please spread the word by text, email, Facebook etc.
If you have any views or opinions please let us know.
Dean Williamson (SISA Social Media Representative)
Like most Blackpool supporters I have spent the last 48 hours wildly searching the Web for information on what is happening with Paul Ince. It's difficult to siphon through the mass of vitriol fuelled posts on AVFTT and the Twitter '#inceout' tweets scouring for clues without depressing ones self more with a situation that is increasingly difficult to fathom any truth out of. The Football Club is a closed shop for now and the closest we have got to a potential announcement was the spotting of a Sky Television van outside the stadium yesterday. Still nothing.
Resigned to patiently waiting for the yellow ticker tape to arrive on Sky Sports News I decided to look back the last time things got that bad the majority of supporters called for the managers head. Colin Hendry is still the only manager to be sacked by the Chairman what parallels are there between then and now?
Whilst it's difficult to compare win ratios given the standard of opposition. Neither manager has a glowing record. Hendry had a win ratio of 34%, Ince is at 27% now.
Both Mr Hendry and Mr Ince, it could be argued, had a lot to live up to given what their predecessors achieved. The former following a certain Steve McMahon who brought two LDV trophies to the Club then our first major silverware in over a decade. The latter following Ian Holloway and the Premiership promotion, a returned to the 'promised land' for the first time in decades.
Back in 2005 with the club languishing in 21st place and having only recorded 3 wins in the League, Hendry was duly 'removed from his post'. It was reported at the time that the Club had asked Hendry to quit by way of a personal letter a month earlier but he refused to give in. This current season Blackpool languish at 24th in the form table at the time of writing. Like the aforementioned Hendry, Ince has gone on record saying he will not walk away. This time the Chairman has backed the Manager.
No plans to sack Ince
Finally, it's also worth noting that Hendy's last game in charge was against Doncaster, which is also Ince's next game. Could he face the same fate or will we see movement before the next pre-match press conference? This time he might not have a choice whether he attends or not...
(The views represented in this article, do not reflect the views of Seasiders Independent Supporters Association and are the views of the author only)
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Radio Lancashire - Interview