Jonathan Carroll played soccer in Ireland for Parkvilla FC in the Leinster Senior League. He attended Colaiste Ide in Dublin and gained a soccer scholarship to the US in 2002. Jonner went on to become team captain and gain All-American honors in 2006 and 2007. He graduated from Thomas University in 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree in social studies. He then gained success as head coach of a high school soccer program before relocating to Boston to be closer to family. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist who works as a personal trainer and also with athletes in a team settings.
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James Kostecki is life-long Liverpool fan who now lives in Boston, MA. He grew up in South Deerfield, MA and studied Political Science at University of Massachusetts Amherst. As well as writing for The Red Letter, Jim writes and podcasts for a Boston-based sports blog called, The Drunken Sportsmen, check it out.
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John Dutton was born in Lancashire, literally a few yards from the Mersey, where it’s narrow enough to be spanned by Andy Carroll. My first memory of Liverpool is watching the 1971 FA Cup final on TV and my mum explaining that my dad was there in the Wembley crowd. My first trip to Anfield was as a 7 year-old in 1974, and I was lucky enough to be at Wembley myself when the Reds won the double in 1986.
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Bill Farnham grew up playing soccer with his twin brother (and Arsenal supporter) in recreation leagues in Washington, D.C., and despite continuing to play to this day, those early days were undoubtedly the apogee of his soccer career. When not toiling thanklessly for a large multinational corporation, he spends his time trying to educate his
two sons, Nate (4) and Christopher (3), in the finer points of tiki-taka football, and imbuing them with a deep and abiding appreciation for Liverpool FC (and an equivalent disdain for Manchester United). As a fan of Liverpool and the Boston Red Sox, all of his sporting eggs are in John Henry’s basket.
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Justin Fitzgerald currently works in finance in downtown Boston. He graduated from Holy Cross in 2005 with a degree in Economics, and he is originally from South Carolina. He has played football all his life beginning in High School, on a club team in college, and on club teams now. He has been a Liverpool supporter all his life.
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Peter Karl lives in Los Angeles but misses Boston dearly. He says he became an LFC fan one Saturday morning in college when a full English breakfast and a dramatic late Liverpool victory at the Phoenix Landing cured his worst-ever hangover. Since then, his fandom has turned into a full blown obsession. Pete is also the editor of his own soccer blog, The Third Kit (www.thirdkit.com) and is a contributor to The Sabotage Times.
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Tyler Norton is many things. A traveler, writer, designer, trivia host, sports fan, and a son. He finished his degree here in Boston at Emmanuel College and immediately set off on his travels. They brought him everywhere from southern California to northern Ireland to Italy to England. That is where his love for Football grew. The passion and the crowds being genuine is what originally attracted him to The Beautiful Game, but the lovely ins and outs of the field tactics and transfer window excitement that has kept him coming back for more. Check out everything from his design work to his comedy writing to his trivia hosting at tylerjnorton.com
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Carl Thames was born in Hampton, Virginia. Being far too small to play football, basketball and with a fear of small balls flying quickly at his face, he picked up playing soccer. While not much of a threat to the goal, he did find himself a threat to just about anyone else and racked up yellow cards at a rate that even Lee Cattermole would find disturbing. Like many American Liverpool supporters his age, he came to support the team by watching a certain (now scum) Michael Owen scythe through the Argentine defense. The first match he ever saw live was this one time that Liverpool played Milan in Istanbul. Carl currently resides in Texas via a four year detour in Boston. He can generally be found playing an unhealthy amount of Football Manager and blaming all of Liverpool’s problems on Gareth Barry.
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James Watkins is a recent graduate of the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism & Communication, and currently works at a public relations agency in Portland, Ore. A lifelong soccer fan, he dedicates his weekends to the local bars airing Liverpool FC or Portland Timbers matches, and plays in regular pick-up games around town. Originally from northern California, he has experience as a player, coach and referee in local competitive leagues, and recently worked as a coach and counselor at Two Rivers Soccer Camp. Though a relatively new supporter of the club, he remains a Red through and through.
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