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Top 11 Liverpool Fanzines and Websites

Karl MatchettFeatured ColumnistOctober 18, 2012

Top 11 Liverpool Fanzines and Websites

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    Liverpool FC are one of the most talked-about, supported and successful clubs in world football, and the ravenous fan-base crave a constant stream of news, information, speculation and opinion.

    With that, the official club website, liverpoolfc.com, is a hugely popular page, visited by many supporters of the club each and every day.

    It's not only the club site which attracts attention from people after Liverpool FC-based news though—otherwise you wouldn't be here, right?

    With the advent and the improvement of the internet and technology, supporters with an opinion no longer have to roar their thoughts to a small handful of people over a pint in a busy bar, but are able to set them down by way of a blog to a potential audience of dozens, or even hundreds.

    Social media, integrated hosting platforms and self-publishing, fully-customisable web templates allow the more determined (or obsessed) to go one step further and have an entire website devoted to talking about their team.

    Fans are different, opinions are different—and as such everybody will have their own preference of what makes out a "good" fans' website. Readership, longevity and clarity of voice are pretty good places to start though—and let's not forget the fanzines still in circulation too, real paper-based fans' magazines which are printed and sold online or in your favourite high street shops.

    Here are the top 11 Liverpool fanzines and websites.

Honourable Mentions

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    The Liverpool Word

    Being involved with one such website, The Liverpool Word, gives a scaled sense of the time, work and effort which has to go into any of the other sites on this list, and makes the appreciation of them more fulsome, regardless of opinion of content or agenda.

    It also perhaps prohibits a thoroughly unbiased ranking, which can be left to others to do. Even so, an ever-increasing readership, around a dozen staff writers and burgeoning social media presence undeniably offer a clear insight into being something fans relate to and enjoy coming back to.

    Round-table discussions, tactical analysis and detailed, statistically backed-up opinion pieces are common-place on this website.

     

    Red and White Kop

    More a forum—or a series of them—than a real fans' information site, RAWK is nonetheless a frequently-visited website by thousands of Liverpool fans, many of them local.

    Anybody with any kind of opinion on the club are free to post in one of the many variations of forums, while there is also a huge focus on interaction on the site. Prediction leagues, long-running threads and also a series of regularly-or-otherwise contributing writers with opinion articles are regular features.

     

    Anfield FM

    As you might guess from the name, Anfield FM is an online radio show playing "the authentic sound of Liverpool", rather than a news or opinion website.

    By and large it is a music station, playing old favourites, local bands and plenty more besides—but there are also feature shows, interviews and general chatter at specified times in between the tunes.

Red All over the Land

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    Red All Over The Land—RAOTL or "the Rattle" for short—is a long-running fanzine written and printed by fans of Liverpool.

    The fanzine is closing in on 200 editions since its launch as an independent publication.

    On the website itself, brief match reports and editorials can be found, as well as a newsletter, but the site is largely a front face and an advert for the true effort of the fanzine.

    Of course, the fanzine largely focusses on events within or pertaining to the club or the supporters.

LFC Online

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    Information is king at LFC Online, which provides a wide-ranging mix of official club news, information and statistics, as well as plenty of opinion bodies of work.

    Interaction with viewers is a big part of the website too, with a podcast, a "beat the manager" league and a full forum available for use.

    A "features" section offers a host of Liverpool-related paraphernalia such as a pub guide, songs commonly heard at Anfield, visitors' memories of the Reds home ground and plenty more. LFC Online is the longest-running independent LFC website.

Empire of the Kop

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    A well-run blog website, Empire of the Kop is in its fourth year of operation and attracts huge numbers of viewers every month.

    One of the free-to-all websites which allows anybody to contribute a voice or opinion without editing or moderation (within reasonably limits of course), EOTK generates a lot of content for readers, mixing editorials with videos.

    Probably the biggest success in terms of social media usage of any non-official Liverpool website, EOTK has over 300,000 followers on Twitter and 65,000 likes on Facebook.

Anfield Online

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    Anfield Online has a bit of everything; loads of team information from player profiles and match reports to statistics and previous managers, but also a forum, opinion editorials, features and a page for finding online streams of Liverpool's matches.

    The site even has an affiliates programme with a kit sales website so that visitors can buy the new Liverpool shirt and shorts direct from the website.

    On the interactive side, apart from the forum there is a section on learning Spanish football phrases and links for games, quizzes and videos.

LFC Stats

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    For the statistics lover, LFC Stats is a hovel of information, ideas and lost hours.

    The website does provide news stories on Liverpool but these are simply informational, sought and reproduced from other sources; the absolute focus of the website is number-crunching.

    With well over 2,000 pages of data already in place and still growing, the chances are that if you need to find out some small detail on the players or matches of Liverpool FC, you'll find it here.

    Attendances, fair play tables, referees, results comparison...it's all there in one place.

    A massive collection of work, impressively and plainly laid out.

LFC History

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    For those looking for events, league campaigns, managers or players of a historical interest rather than a this-or-last season time-frame, LFC History is likely one of the first stops which should be considered.

    Quite simply, this is a massive collection of personnel data, match data, season summaries and statistics.

    As well as historical records, LFC History throws up some fantastic interviews and player profiles from both current and past Reds, and some intriguing articles on the same.

    A comprehensive transfers section is another massive plus of the site, where you can search for deals made by Liverpool by season, manager or even by opposition club.

    A wonderful resource.

The Tomkins Times

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    In amongst the rants, views, thoughts and editorials on Liverpool FC clamouring to be heard emerged a clearer process-driven analysis on the club.

    One voice such as this evolved into The Tomkins Times; website of articles of depth, statistical analysis and an ever-deepening circle of analysis by way of coefficients, comparisons and indices.

    Though reader-friendly and topical in content, there is less of the type of newspaper story which some readers prefer to skim through as opposed to reasoned debate and challenging perceptions.

    TTT is a subscription site, which perhaps precludes it from having as many regular readers as other websites, but does also publish some free content.

This Is Anfield

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    A regularly-updated website with a recent makeover, This Is Anfield houses around half a dozen regular columnists and opinion editorials are posted regularly, with a clarity of voice and plenty of topical content.

    Bundles of features, regular chat about the Liverpool playing staff and management, reviews and videos all make for interesting viewing for visitors.

    Additionally, TIA also houses a forum, several series of articles such as "classic matches" and "forgotten heroes" and an area of the website dedicated to the current season.

Well Red

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    Another fanzine, Well Red, is one of the most, perhaps even the most, popular printed independent magazine about Liverpool Football Club.

    The bi-monthly fanzine is a filled with articles from journalists, fans from both near and afar from Anfield, regular columnists and one-time contributors.

    Put together, they offer an unbiased viewpoint on the Reds; sometimes contradictory within the space of a few pages yet always offering real opinions from real fans.

    On the website itself, further articles, videos and features can be found which offer hints at the style provided within the pages of the magazine itself.

The Anfield Wrap

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    There are two parts to The Anfield Wrap: the visual and the auditory.

    The website itself regularly houses articles from prominent journalists and the like on Liverpool, but also about general football.

    Talk can range from the club, to punditry, Liverpool's owners or the subject of Hillsborough, and is always presented professionally yet personally.

    As one of the fansites invited by the club to press events, interviews and features on players and other staff are semi-regular occurrences on the site.

    Away from football, the website also comments on local music, culture and fashion.

    The other half of TAW is a twice-weekly podcast, where invited guests chat for the most part about Liverpool FC but also incorporate plenty of the above topics too.

The Redmen TV

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    We end with a subscription site and something very different.

    The Redmen TV is a website-based television media approach to covering Liverpool FC, rather than focussing entirely on written work or forums—they also provide both of those features too, though with far less coverage.

    By far the biggest appeal of the site is the two-hour-long weekly "tv show", recorded and produced by the website and covering a wide range of matter including transfers, the team, results, opinions and much more.

    Special guests are also a common feature of the show, while additional free content is shown on YouTube.

    Additionally, player interviews are shown as, like This Is Anfield and The Anfield Wrap before them, The Redmen TV are regulars in attendance at selected press occasions at the club.

     

     

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