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Liverpool FC Supporters' Committee

"We are pro-Liverpool and anti-nobody" (Bill Shankly 1971)

ANNUAL REPORT 2014

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Liverpool FC Supporters' Committee "We are pro-Liverpool and anti-nobody" (Bill Shankly 1971)

Contents

Honorary President's Foreword Chair's Report About the LFC SC Key achievements for 2013/4 1. Communication 2. Equality 3. Ticketing 4. International Hillsborough 25th Anniversary

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Honorary President's Foreword

This was the second year for me in the role of Honorary President of the Liverpool FC Supporters' Committee and I was very lucky to have the excellent support of Bob Humphries (Chair) and Jeanette Dodd (Vice-Chair). I would like to take this opportunity to thank them both for their invaluable work on the Committee and their tireless commitment to Committee matters. The new committee structure this year has allowed the Committee to be much better focused and more effective in representing you, the supporters. I believe that we have made many positive steps in the right direction this year, but there is always more to be done. We are committed to doing our very best on your behalf and we really look forward to more interaction with you so that we really are representative of your views. The Committee is your voice and only effective if you use it. We as a Committee are all looking forward to making even further progress this season. With best wishes, Karen Gill Honorary President Liverpool FC Supporters' Committee

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Chair's Report

Welcome to the 2014 Annual Report which we hope will give you a good overview of the Liverpool FC Supporters' Committee's work on behalf of all supporters. The Supporters' Committee has made good progress during the past 12 months with our most productive year, certainly in terms of some of the improvements in the area of ticketing. It was good to see the Club recognise the value of our future support with the introduction of some initiatives for both junior and `young person' supporters whilst away fans will also see some improvements this year. Our young supporters are the lifeblood of LFC and it is right that they, in turn, are supported by the Club. The support last season was amazing and some recognition of the hard work put in by fans and fan groups, such as the `Spion Kop 1906' should not go unmentioned.

The Supporters' Committee fan forums continue to prove popular, with fans having the opportunity to engage with Committee Members on a face-to-face basis and these will continue throughout the 2014-15 season. Meanwhile the Stadium redevelopment edges closer and the increased capacity should provide some welcome opportunities for more supporters to gain access to tickets. Discussions will be ongoing with the Club to ensure all categories of supporters are catered for and tickets priced accordingly. Finally I would like to thank Karen Gill, our Honorary President and Jeanette Dodd (Vice Chair) for all their hard work and dedication during the past year, all supporters of LFC, whilst also to outgoing representatives Richie Pedder, Abu Nasir, Paul Amann and Laurie Whitehead for their tremendous contributions. Best wishes Bob Humphries Chair, LFC Supporters' Committee

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About the Liverpool FC Supporters' Committee

Liverpool Football Club Supporters Committee is an initiative of Liverpool Football Club. The Supporters' Committee acts as a consultation group that allows fans to help shape the club's future through regular and constructive dialogue with senior LFC officials.

The Liverpool FC Supporters' Committee (LFCSC) consists of 12 voluntary Members plus an Honorary President. The Committee represents the various stakeholder groups from the LFC supporter base including:

1. Families & young people; 2. Merseyside residents; 3. Official supporters clubs; 4. International West; 5. International East; 6. Disabled supporters; 7. Non-season ticket holders and members; 8. Away fans; 9. Female fans; 10. LGBT fans; 11. BAME supporters; and 12. Season ticket holders & hospitality fans

Members of the Committee share the supporters' opinions and views with LFC to help the club better understand the issues that most affect and concern its supporters.

Recruitment and Selection

Four of the positions on the LFC Supporters' Committee were up for election for this coming season. They were Non Season Ticket Holders and Members, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME), Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) and finally Official Supporters' Clubs. All supporters were given an opportunity to apply for one of these positions via the LFC official website. A three member panel read through these applications which resulted in a shortlist for each constituency. Supporters were then given the opportunity to vote for their preferred candidate. The process was overseen by the Football Supporters Federation (FSF) as an independent body.

Sub Committees

The LFC SC has continued to have four sub committees as follows; Communication Equality Ticketing International

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Key achievements for 2013/14 1. Communication

LFC SC Web page The LFC Supporters' Committee continued to add news items to our dedicated webpage on the official LFC website. This page has been updated regularly during the last twelve months to better reflect the Committee's work and includes notes from the quarterly fan forums. The page can be found under the "FANS" tab on the official LFC website and the direct link to our home page is: Once there you will find tabs which give further information regarding (i) the concept of the LFC SC; (ii) our contact details; (iii) news items; and, (iv) previous minutes of official meetings held with the club. Fan Forums/Q&A Sessions After the success of our Q&A session with bloggers last year we decided to open these events up to all fans. These `fan forums' take place prior to our quarterly meetings with the LFC Board and give fans the chance to meet the committee in person and ask questions. All questions raised are put to the LFC Board that weekend. The meetings are going well, and the Committee are pleased with the level of questions put forward. These events help to raise the profile of the Committee and we have now made them a regular event to coincide with our official club meetings.

Fan forum on "Pricing Structures", held at The Sandon, February 2014 It was at one of these fan forums that the subject of recognition for the Hillsborough Justice Campaign (HJC) on the official website was raised. We asked the club to address this and are glad to report that this has now been actioned.

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