Spirit of Shankly Review of End of Season Party

The Spirit of Shankly released a statement on the 8th June 2009 in response to the video footage of the End of Season Party Night which appeared on a number of internet sites. We subsequently received approximately 25 pieces of correspondence from members commenting on the footage. In the interim period we have received four requests to cancel memberships.

The Union recognised the concern generated by the footage and the Management Committee recently met to review the incident and our reaction to it. Our review has led us to tighten a number of organisational issues relating to future events.  These cover security, identification of a specified Committee member with individual control over running order, content and crucially, the authority to stop and remove any performers bringing the Union or Liverpool fans into disrepute. We regret that no one took steps on the night to stop the performance, and these new guidelines are designed to avoid a repeat of this situation.

The Committee reviewed the general organisation of the End of Season Party and was satisfied that the majority of arrangements ran smoothly due to the commitment and hard work of our Events Committee.  While it is no excuse for the chanting that occurred, it has to be recognised that this event was “open door” and not confined solely to Union members. There were a significant number of non members in attendance within the 1400 ticket allocation.  The performer in question is not a Union member and the decision to allow him on stage was an impromptu one. He will not be asked to perform at any Union event in the future.

Although some members of the Committee and some members of the Union were aware that the chanting had taken place we received no complaint from any member immediately after the event. We took the view that the incident was regrettable and to draw any attention to it would undermine the Union and Liverpool fans. We stand by that view.

The Union takes a strong stance in reflecting our members’ opinions and within our response on 8th June 2009 we made it clear we do not condone such chanting.  Our stance on this issue is to condemn chanting by any football fans from any Club about death, football disasters or any suffering and we repeat the regret we have over allowing this incident to take place.  We apologise to our members who were offended and to the wider Liverpool fan base and anyone else similarly affected.

We now intend to return to the issues that concern the vast majority of our members, ridding the Club of its current owners, ticketing and travel – issues that have resulted in over 80 new members since the 8th June and over 300 emails regarding the cancellation of the PTS.  We will be making no further comment on this issue.


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