INTRODUCTION by Mike Hinden.. our latest addition to our LSCM website !!
We shall be having a special section devoted to "Mike's Views" and here is what Mike has to say of himself.
Hello to all of you that read LSCM website. I've been asked by Boo to answer 6 questions about my connection (unofficially) with LFC and the list of guys that are in my email list that I correspond with on a regular basis, and I will answer them as best as I can.
Over the last number of years I've had the great pleasure of meeting quite a number of you when some of you have fulfilled your lifetime dreams and visited Liverpool and seen our REDS play at Anfield for the very first time, and I would hope that I have helped to make the trips a little more enjoyable by showing you around the city of my birth and the city that I'm so proud of that I can be called a Liverpudlian. It gives me so much pleasure to help with arranging any accommodation, travel, visits to Anfield and Museum Tours and if time allows, a visit to my home to watch any of my many LFC CD's etc etc.
For those of you who have don't know or who have not heard of me.. allow me to tell you just a few things about me.
I have been a Season Ticket holder at LFC for over 50 years, I've been to and seen 4 out of our 5 European/Champions League final in which we won, the greatest of them all is OF COURSE ISTANBUL.. (although our first one in ROME in 1976/77 comes a very close second).
As a lot of you know I send my un-biased Match Reports after every game and any RED news that I hear on the local radio and see in the local press, sometimes before it reaches the websites, and if of you who are not on my list of about 700 guys all over the world would like to be added to it.. just send me an email and it will be a pleasure to add you to my ever growing list. [Boo will be more than glad to provide my email to you]
Finally my son (Justin) and I where at Hillsborough on that terrible sad day in April 1989 and in fact Justin was in the center pen where all those wonderful 96 fans lost their lives and he was pulled over the top of the railings by a policeman.. someone was looking after the Hinden family on that day.. a day that will never ever be forgotten.
OK guys here goes, here is my answer to Boo's first question
Thank you for joining us here Mike.. first and foremost, would you like to elaborate how you have established this amazing network that you currently enjoy with supporters from all parts of this globe and perhaps you can share with us how far your "tentacles" have reached !!?
I first started emailing LFC fans when I fulfilled a life time ambition when I went to New York in 1998 (I think), and I stupidly did not look at the fixture list before booking the trip, and guess which game was being played while I was in New York? Yes, you guessed it.. Liverpool vs. Manure at Anfield, I found out that the game was being showed in a bar and as all Liverpool v Manure (in fact all of the big games now have a lunch time kick off) and as the U.S. is 5 hours behind the UK.. the kickoff US time was at 06-30am and I thought that there would only be a few true RED fans there at that very early time. How wrong I was, it was so full that they had to make way for me to get in,
I suppose because I took with me a number of Match Day Programs, a few Kop Magazines and a number of LFC related items and because I'm a true Scouser I was the flavour of the day, and they just would not let me put my hand in my pocket to buy anything. They treated me which was so very kind of them. PC's and the internet was all the rage so a number of them ask me for my email address so they could keep up with all LFC news from someone who lived in the Pool.. So that my Malaysian friends was how it all started.
Boo asked in his question how I established the network of RED fans around the world?
Well, I'm ashamed to say I can't remember how corresponding and sending out my match reports to guys all over the world expanded from the New York guys, As I have said I currently have over 700 guys in my Footie list who stretch from the east including Australia, Japan, China, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Brunei. South Africa, Israel to the west in the UK (of course) Ireland, Canada and many now all over the USA.