Name: Official Liverpool Supporters Club New York
Match day Meeting Point: We have many locations dependent on where you are. See below.
11thStreet Bar, 510 East 11thStreet, NY, NY 10009 (Main location)
The Grafton, 126 1stAve, NY, NY 10009
The Mad River, 1442 3rdAve, NY, NY
The Monro, 481 5thAve, Brooklyn, NY 11215
The Shillelagh Tavern, 47-22 30thAve, Long Island City, NY, 11103
Mickey Spillane’s, 431 White Plains Road, Eastchester, NY
The Prost Bar and Grill, 652 Franklin Ave, Garden City
The Cottage Bar, 178 Cedar Lane, Teaneck NJ
The Nottingham Tavern, 9 Mercer Street, Hamilton Township, NJ
Contact: The Official Liverpool Supporters Club of New York is run by a volunteer committee of 10 dedicated Liverpool fans performing various roles up to and including: President, Treasurer, Secretary, Bar Liaison, Social media and Events Coordinator. The best way to contact us is through our President’s office: firstname.lastname@example.org
What they’re about:
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 and 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.
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 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
Some of the most memorable moments have come when Legends have come to the 11thSt Bar and shared stories of yesteryear’s when all our troubles seemed so far away.
Many have leant their support (and muscle) in helping deliver donated canned food to the local food pantry
Favorite Liverpool FC moment for the Club?
The amount of memories that have been created at the 11thStreet Bar are far too many to count. From Istanbul to Madrid, from FA Cup glory to the runs that were made in 13-14 and this past year 18-19. Each person who walks into one of our bars has their own personal experience that is shared by the most passionate fans in the greater New York area. The first time you go to the 11thStreet Bar and sing “You’ll Never Walk Alone” in a packed bar brings an emotional response even from the most hardest of fans. For those 90 minutes or so, the outside world is forgotten, and you walk into a place where the only thing that matters is the color shirt your wear, the scarf on your neck and what songs you will be signing throughout the match. There is something unique about being a Liverpool supporter and each Liverpool supporter will give you their own reasons for being one. Why they are there is not important, what is important is being there, experiencing it and cheering for your club, our club because this means more.
Written by LFC NY.
Interested in finding out more about LFCNY or want to attend a game with the OLSC? See below for their meeting spot address and give them a shout on social!