I speak on behalf of the Shankly family when I say that we are wholeheartedly behind The Spirit Of Shankly. - Karen Gill, March 2008
Spirit of Shankly exists to represent its members best interests, and by extension, the wider supporter base of the Club.
After listening to our members and being led by their views, only then do we act. Protests, speaking to the media, meeting with senior officials at LFC or the Premier League, and even potential purchasers of the Club. What we do is lead by what our members want.
We have had several meetings with officials at the club. We have met with previous owner George Gillett, former Chief Executive Rick Parry, former Managing Director Christian Purslow, former Manager Rafael Benitez, as well as current Commercial Director Ian Ayre, Principal Owner John Henry and Chairman Tom Werner. These meetings were not tea and biscuits. It’s not what we are about. We have always disclosed what was discussed at these meetings, and have acted honestly and openly, asking our members questions and letting our members make their mind up on how they views the outcomes of meetings.
We are not just a group campaigning about the ownership of the Club. We have sought to be a one issue group, and to do so would be a dis-service to our members and supporters. The issues we tackle and work on affect all supporters. We have looked at ticketing at the club, asking questions about Club policy, ensuring supporters retained loyalty when the Priority Ticket Scheme was axed, and questioning pricing and allocations which has seen season ticket prize freezes and free tickets for children at games.
We are looking into the regeneration of the Anfield area, as well as the affect the Club has on the local community. This has meant meetings with the LFC Community Department and local community groups, as well as us developing our own Football Quarter proposal (link). We recognise the importance of our next generation of LFC supporters and Youth (link) is another important area for us.
What we do grows, develops and evolves other time. Why we do it never does - to represent members best interests.
This is our chance, as fans, to stand together and speak with one voice, on the issues that we want to talk about.
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