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by Spirit of Shankly category: Sports
For too long supporters have been exploited with their loyalty taken for granted. Ticket prices have risen far beyond inflation and this has already seen supporters priced out of their game. With the ever increasing money in the modern English game, the benefits for supporters should be improving alongside the increase in wealth. But instead the football clubs and authorities rely on the rivalries of supporters to allow them to exploit those same supporters.
In the FA's 150th year we find that the ethos of the game in this country does not represent the same values with which the game was formed. Clubs tell us they need more money to be able to compete, that they need to charge more for tickets because other clubs do. The Premier League tell us that it is the clubs' choice and that they are powerless in changing anything. All parties hide behind excuses expecting supporters to just accept them and begrudgingly continue to pay the high ticket prices to pay high paid footballers further extortionate amounts. They expect us to want to pay more to be able to pay a footballer who wears our shirt for a brief time even more money in the hope that it allows the club to finish higher to get even more money to pay those footballers even more.
Supporters from different clubs are uniting to make a stand so that clubs cannot use the line they charge more so we have to, or that the Premier League cannot just say well attendances are good so everyone must be happy. In May 2013, we organised a meeting in Liverpool and in London on the issue in which supporters from different clubs came together to discuss the issues. The following actions where agreed:
These actions are just the start. Supporters from all clubs are now saying Enough is Enough and that Football Without Fans is Nothing.
Spirit of Shankly
In January 2008 over 350 Liverpool supporters crammed into The Sandon pub, in Anfield, to discuss not only the custodianship of the then current owners, but also a raft of wider issues affecting supporters. These issues have been discussed by fans for decades, they are issues where there is an almost unanimous desire for change, which is consistently met by indifference by the Club. it was an historic and emotional night which resulted in the formation of the Spirit Of Shankly, the Liverpool Supporters' Union.
Following that initial meeting and two mass meetings at the Olympia in Liverpool, a volunteer committee was established, the Union was set up as an Industrial and Provident Society and a set of aims for the short, medium and long term were established. The inaugural AGM took place in February 2009 and Liverpool supporters the world over were invited to join the Union. A Management Committee was formally elected to take over the sterling work completed by the volunteer Committee during the first year.
Why should Liverpool supporters join the Union? If we stand together and speak with one voice, regardless of language, accent, or place of birth we can make a genuine difference to our football club, the city of Liverpool and the wider footballing world.