In January, LFC invited fans to apply to sit on a new supporter consultation Committee. A 7-person panel was set up to review all 3,705 applications and we're delighted to unveil the 18 candidates nominated to make up the inaugural Committee.
The Liverpool FC Supporters' Committee will consist of 18 fans who will represent all of the major stakeholder groups amongst our supporter base in meetings with senior Club officials.
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Below are the names of the final six candidates who were nominated and the full, 100% unedited application letters on which they were judged by the panel.
Representing: LGBT Supporters (Fans from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities): Paul Amann Born: 1968 Lives: Mossley Hill, Liverpool
Why I wanted to represent this group: I am a lifelong LFC fan. I periodically watch matches at Anfield and regularly follow the match on TV and radio. I regularly meet with other LGBT LFC supporters and understand their issues, needs and concerns. I am chair of Mersey Marauders Football Club (MMFC), the Gay Football Supporters Network (GFSN) club for this area. In 2008 I organised the GFSN National Tournament in Liverpool which was widely acknowledged as the best to date. This comprised a weekend of 5-a-side for 32 teams with an official welcome event at Liverpool Town Hall presided over by the then Lord Mayor, Cllr Steve Rotheram. In 2010 and 2011, I have organised events to mark football vs homophobia as part of the Justin Campaign. For 3 years, I have organised matches between MMFC and Merseyside Police which have improved relations and supported confidence in hate crime reporting. On 17 October 2010, I organised for MMFC players and their BAPs (boyfriends and partners), wearing MMFC kit to bring football to the Bed In at the Bluecoat in Liverpool. This was to watch the derby match in bed and highlight that football is watched and played by LGBT people who have every right to enjoy the beautiful game as anyone else. This helped create a dialogue among football fans of all backgrounds and raised the issue of eliminating homophobia in football. This included a debate with Louisa Jones of the University of Central Lancashire about homophobia in football which was live web cast to much interest and positive response. Ahead of this, I was interviewed by Sean Styles of BBC Radio Merseyside in a live debate about this unique Bed In at the Blue Coat. In 2008, as part of Homotopia and Capital of Culture, I participated in a panel debate at Hope University about homophobia in sport. In 2009, I spoke with representatives of EFC and LFC to a fringe meeting of the TUC about homophobia in football. I am an active member of the LGB&T Network which represents the interests of LGBT communities of Liverpool. I have a responsibility to these communities to effectively represent them and communicate back with them about appropriate developments. I was instrumental in the development of Liverpool Pride in 2010, coordinating the contribution of Liverpool City Council. This included a Pride Sports Day affording LGBT communities the opportunity to participate in sports. I am a co-author of Liverpool's Anti-homophobic Bullying Strategy. I am an honorary life member of Liverpool's Guild of Students for my contributions to the equalities agenda of the university. I recognise and applaud the achievements of football and LFC in particular in addressing issues of sectarianism and racism using resources such as Show Racism the Red Card, and Kick it Out. I look forward to supporting LFC to consider similar approaches in addressing homophobia. I am used to working in committee structures and am passionate to ensure that LFC improves its engagement with communities and help make supporting LFC a more inclusive experience for all
Representing Female Fans (To address issues specific to women): Samantha Armstrong Born: 1967 Lives: Formby, Liverpool
Why I wanted to represent this group: As, I am sure, with the majority of fans applying for positions on the committee I am a lifelong Liverpool supporter and have been attending matches with family and friends since I was 7 years old. I now attend with my daughter who has been brought up in what I consider to be the Liverpool Way. As a single mother the challenge of supporting Liverpool has been huge, ticket prices, travel and other costs have meant making sacrifices and missing games but following Liverpool is my life and the people I have met following the Reds are my extended family. As a female following football, the challenges have been just as great, but in a traditionally male orientated world, the numbers of female fans have increased dramatically over recent years and it is only fair that they have representation on the committee as there are many issues that affect them. The main credentials I feel I have for applying for the post include my current job as Head of Marketing and Creative at Edge Hill University in Ormskirk. I recognise the need for transparency and an open dialogue with customers to ensure their needs and expectations are not just met, but surpassed. I feel I have the communication skills to be able to relay information to fans within my specific area of interest and to answer questions posed in a clear, concise and structured way. Understanding customers and their concerns and needs is an important part of delivering a seamless service. In addition to my paid employment I have also worked voluntarily for the Liverpool Supporters' Union, Spirit of Shankly, for the past three years. I am responsible for the marketing and memberships of the organisation and this has given me first hand experience of responding to Liverpool fans about a variety of issues. Realising that there are many points of view it has taken tact and diplomacy, especially with fans who have not always supported the aims of SOS. Speaking to fans on a daily basis via email and forums has given me an insight into the passion that many fans have but it has also provided me with information about the number of issues raised by fans have and the lack of engagement they can sometimes feel with the Club. I have also seen the value of having an organisation that treats its members as individuals, addressing specific issues and allowing lines of communication to open up and seeing issues through to successful resolution. The recent ownership issues saw fans feeling disenfranchised from a Club that relies on its fans and I would very much like to see the new sense of unity that is evident continue and I think I could contribute to this in a worthwhile and productive way given my experience. I believe the Supporters Committee will offer an effective route for fans to air concerns and issues in relation to particular areas and I would very much like to be a part of that.
Representing International fans: Nasser Aboobakar Born: 1960 Lives: Singapore
Why I wanted to represent this group: First and foremost, I've been a true RED fan through and through since I was a teenager watching the games on the tele in Hong Kong when I was a student. That was a time when Liverpool were managed by the legendary Bill Shankly and had some great players like Kevin Keegan, John Toshack, Tommy Smith, Emyln Hughes, Alan Hansen, Ray Clemence and so on. Those were the early 70s while there were no live telecasts but the delayed matches were shown on TV couple of days later and I would eagerly await those precious moments after school. I waited for the weekend football results on the morning newspaper on Sunday (games were played only on Saturdays in those days) and the following day at school would discuss the scores as well as the games with other classmates some of whom were opposition supporters. Of course just like any teenagers they would heated arguments about skills of individual player and which was the best team. During my adult days I indirectly contributed to the local supporters group in Malaysia when I donated a computer in the early 90's for publishing the (supporter's) magazine. To this day, I retain some of the issues as collection and memories. I would be happy to share with you some of copies for reference if required. In Singapore where I live for the past five odd years, I assisted with the membership section in building the local fan base for the official supporters club. I also was part of the team that assisted in the organisation of the fans during the official visit of the Liverpool Football Club team to Singapore in Jul 2009. If appointed to the role being a representative of the LFC Supporters Committee (International Fan), I believe I'll be able to galvanize fans in the respective supporter club in APAC which is the fastest growth for the fan base. There is new generation of fans (ie. my children's and their children) who have not seen or tasted success as I have seen in the 70s or 80s. They deserve someone who understands the Liverpool Football Club culture, tradition and history, and to be able to relate and promote the club in the manner it deserves. Having been in management (including sales and marketing), there is also a huge market for the clubs merchandise in APAC which at the moment is lacking in this region. I believe I can assist and offer ideas as well to promote LFC brand. Having served in committee in other organisaions, being a RED fan, who is "born a red, live a red and will die a red" will delighted to serve the committee to the best of my ability in the interest of the Liverpool Football Club and it's supporters. I will be able to provide any references if required. Best regards Nasser Aboobakar
Representing International fans: Damien Moore Born: 1966 Lives: Toronto, Canada
Why I wanted to represent this group: CHARLIE GEORGE...YOU MADE ME THE MAN I AM TODAY!..Well not exactly, but you did play a part. Oh yes lie there on the ground with your arms out-stretched in all your post FA cup goal glory. That's right destroy the dream of a 5 year old, who was still wondering why so many people had gathered at the house, family, cousins, friends, neighbours.. people I knew and some I didn't. But oh yes Mr. George...what an impact you made. The 1971 FA Cup is still my earliest childhood memory. I don't know why I can't recall anything prior to this point and why I sauntered off desperately miserable at the loss kicking stones across the road, scarf tied around my wrist, (conflicting very nice with the white corduroy flares) but obviously seeing a whole room of grown-ups cry had a profound effect and from that point the tears of loss and of course tears of Joy have continued for 40 years since that cathartic event. Born in Liverpool in 1966, we moved to the overspill town of Winsford soon after (I guess this initially made me an international fan) and then in 1991 I moved to Toronto Canada residing here for past 20 years. It is for this reason that I'm applying to be LFC's representative for the international category. I have travelled to many parts of the world and extensively throughout the US and there is no other team or group of supporters that can hold a candle to us. From a shy 15 year old that come of age at the Parc de Prince when Barney Rubble set us on our path to glory to watching Owen for the last time against Porto in my adopted home town of Toronto in 2005, our fans are the most knowledgeable, humorous and gracious the world has ever known. But we have known that for many years...I guess it's about time, we let the world know. A bit about me, first and foremost, love Liverpool FC and love Football. Educated at Sheffield Hallam University, for the past 25 years, worked in Real estate as a chartered surveyor and soon will be running my own company in Toronto....Redmore Properties (no guesses how that name was derived). I have played soccer all my life, still do and I coach two teams, a U14 Rep Team at Toronto High Park FC and 3 years ago I started Special needs soccer program for Intellectually Challenged kids. The program is called Everyone Wins - Soccer for Kids with Special needs and can be found at www.thpfc.com . I love the challenge and have always given back to my professional associations and community...let me help you give back to the fans. I served as the Founding Chairman of RICS Canada in 2000 and was the Chair of the North American RICS Ethics and Standards group that would screen professional experts into the association. I would relish the opportunity of representing LFC as a Fan committee member and would work tirelessly on my travels meeting as many groups and responding individually to all written request.
Representing Ethnic Minority Supporters: Abu Nasir Born: 1974 Lives: Luton
Why I wanted to represent this group: I am 36 years old and have been a passionate Liverpool fan since the age of 7 and was one of a few supporters from an ethnic minority background who regularly attended Liverpool matches with my father during the 1980's. I live in Luton but have always attended Liverpool matches during the past 29 years and my way of life has been based around football and Liverpool FC. I am a graduate and have studied Public Policy & Management, Political Science and an MBA and have a number of skills gained through my employment, voluntary and charity work. I have worked in senior management in local government, advisor to a number of Government departments and ministers, the football association and UEFA on issues ranging from tackling inequality and social exclusion, regeneration and economic development, community cohesion, tackling racism in football and development of players, coaches and administrators in football from ethnic minority backgrounds. I believe I have a number of skills which will help me to represent fans on the LFC Supporters Committee which includes vast amounts of knowledge on football in particularly Liverpool FC which I have studied as a hobby since childhood and aware of the issues fans have faced over the years and feel I can act as a conduit between fans and the club very effectively through my knowledge and experience gained over 20 years at community, political and corporate level and my enthusiasm, dedication, energy and diplomatic skills. I feel I will be able to bring in the positive impact that ethnic minority fans can have on Liverpool including grassroots development, create linkages and partnership with individuals and organisations who can bring social and economic benefits to the club such as cohesion, sponsorship, investment and overall commercial success through my links at national and international level particularly the middle east and indian sub continent. I have experience on representing ethnic minority groups in government and previously the FA through representation as a board member on various committees, FA Race Equality Adivsory Group which I lobbied and campaigned for many years which came to fruition in 2007. I was one of the key lobbyist's and campaigners which led to the development of the Kick Racism out of Football initiative. I am currently a Trustee and Treasurer of Urban Forum which is the umbrella body for 900 community & voluntary sector groups in England and represent communities from all parts of the country to help influence government policy. I have experience and good working relationship with a range of stakeholders including supporters through my involvement with Share Liverpool FC, Spirit of Shankly, LFC BME Supporters Group which has been informal to date, the FA and UEFA, Supporters Direct and Central Government. My voluntary work includes coaching my local Under 8s football team, community work, raising significant funding for charities (£5m to date), school governor and Member of the FA REAG, County FA and Kick it Out Campaigner and Mentor. In the past I have played football semi professionally, had a trial for Liverpool, England U16's and possess a UEFA B Licence coaching badge. I hope you are able to give me the opportunity to represent my beloved club on the committee and the loyal fans who I have enjoyed many years of memories at Anfield with and help take the club forward both on and off the pitch. I have demonstrable experience as a national campaigner and representative of BME communities and one of the active members who works and liases with Liverpool FC's ethnic minority fans already on an informal basis and being a representative on other areas at a national level will give me a head start on representing our fans.
Why I wanted to represent this group: Born and brought up in West Derby, Liverpool, I am a lifelong LFC supporter who has attended football matches at Anfield since I was a young girl. I have also attended football matches, at various levels, across the leagues, nationally and in Europe. Due to the onset of muscular dystrophy, for the past twelve years I have attended, first as an ambulant disabled supporter, and then as a wheelchair-user, so have first hand experience of being both a non-disabled and a disabled football supporter. I fully agree with the statement that Liverpool Football Club exists to win trophies and that the supporters are fundamental to any success. Having read through the initial and longer term aims of the supporters' consultation group, I am happy to give my commitment to the objectives of the committee. Furthermore, I firmly believe that supporter consultation can play a vital role in shaping the club's future, enabling an open discussion of the issues that most affect the various fans groups represented. The group I would wish to represent is disabled supporters. I have been involved with the Liverpool Disabled Supporters Association (LDSA) for six years, serving as a committee member for four years. In 2007 I became Chair of the LDSA and played a key part in the promotion and progress of the association in all its aspects, including helping LFC to better understand the issues that concerned disabled football fans. I was involved in giving feedback to LDSA members and providing updates at fans forums, by email and post. I fully understand the responsibility and duty involved in liaising with disabled supporters and serving their interests in meetings with the Club and the owners. In May 2009 I stood down as Chair of the LDSA to take up a role as Secretary of the National Association of Disabled Supporters (NADS) and as a Founding Partner with the Centre for Access to Football in Europe (CAFE). I have presented at a number of disability events and represented disabled supporters on key panels and advisory groups. Having established my national and European roles, I rejoined the LDSA as a committee member in September 2010. Working with the LDSA, NADS and CAFE has given me a wealth of expertise in accessible facilities and services across all the disability groups for disabled fans, and how clubs can increase their business and revenue through simple improvements. Disabled people are loyal supporters and worthwhile customers and will often bring along family and friends as new customers. I work as a Principal Planner for a local authority, leading on Accessibility Strategy and I have professional membership of the Access Association. This has given me in-depth knowledge of pan-disability inclusion within the community. I feel that my knowledge, skills and experience will prove invaluable to the LFC Supporters' Committee. At all levels and in all areas I have always represented football supporters with the utmost professionalism and I am sure, if selected, I would be an effective and efficient committee member.
***** The Liverpool FC Supporters' Committee in full
Fans in Anfield / Breckfield: James Benson Fans in the Merseyside postal code area: Paul Rice Fans in the UK (Outside of Merseyside): Aaron Cardoso International fans: Nasser Aboobakar, Damien Moore Season Ticket Holders: Robert Humphries General Admission Anfield attendees: Andrew Moran Official Supporters' Club Branches: Tore Hansen LFC Official Membership Members (Fans belonging to the official Club membership scheme): Jonathan Hooks Corporate fans: Laurence Whitehead Fans who attend away games: Les Wright Families: Janet Brown OBE LGBT Supporters (Fans from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities): Paul Amann Female Fans (Dealing with issues specific to women): Samantha Armstrong Ethnic Minorities: Abu Nasir Disabled fans: Jeanette Dodd Under 18s: Lewis Cubbin Over 60s: Stephen Kelly
Liverpool Football Club would like to thank all 3,705 supporters who took the time to apply for a role on the committee. Every application was read by the selection panel and your support for this process was very much appreciated. Stay tuned to the website for details about when the first meeting of the Liverpool FC Supporters' Committee will take place.