We've been talking about it for some time now, but the day is upon us. The new scarves, made by Global Scarves, arrived from Leeds, UK, via Fed Ex on Friday. So, your day of reckoning is here. Our preorder ends today. Paypal or email us at
If you're a friend to the west in Kansas City, you may have seen the scarf leaked by John, our favorite ambassador. John swiped his from the Fed Ex box on Friday, and was a minor scarf celebrity at the tailgate at Sporting Park. We definitely will ship one to you if you order one from us.
Preorder is $15, and $5 for shipping. If you don't get your order in today, the price goes up to $20 (still $5 for shipping) tomorrow. We don't charge membership or fees to our members; if you stand with us, you're one of us. We're not making any money off the preorder; the price increase after today helps us pay for things like banners, supplies, the website, and other incidentals. We're not out to do anything other than have a good time and promote the game in St. Louis.
If you're still questioning getting one, you'll be disappointed if you don't. Supplies are limited, and these scarves are really nice. Global did a fantastic job, and we highly recommend them. They're well made, and longer than most scarves. If you preordered, we'll be handing out at the scarf party (details soon to come) and shipping after the party to the out of town orders.
It's going to be a great season. We'll see you at the scarf party and Lions Park.
When you go to a soccer match, what's the most iconic item that marks you as a supporter? It's the scarf. Not only can it be draped around your shoulders or hung from your belt, but when held aloft with the rest of the group it makes a statement. A mini tifo presentation all its own. True, in the St. Louis summer where temperatures hover near 100 degrees a scarf isn't always a necessary wardrobe choice. They're more at home in the European winter schedules, but they've come to symbolize a fan's relationship with his or her club and supporters group.
It's been a couple years since we've released a new scarf, but we've added new members and lost old ones so its time to offer a new model. Designed by members of the group and being produced by Global Scarves UK, this new scarf celebrates our ability to affect a match by getting into the opponents head. Like the iconic video game Space Invaders we keep coming at you until you're done. No matter how well you play, in the end we will get you. We've also included a nod to Louligan extrordinaire Rocko by adding his motto- "PWICB" on the scarf. For those not in the know that's Party With Ice Cold Beers. A sentiment we can all get behind.
This year's scarf is available for pre-order by sending a payment of $15 each via PayPal to
When the scarves are ordered we will schedule a party to hand out the goods, prepare for the Lions season and have a few beers at one of our local drinking establishments. A representative from the Lions will be on hand to sell Louligan season passes that day.
In addition to the Lions, we wear our scarves to Illinois Piasa games and hopefully will be wearing them to the new WPSL teams in town- The St. Louis Defenders and Fire & Ice Soccer Club. We hope to see you at a game this summer and we hope to see you wearing our fresh new scarf.
But, the pirate ship that we are, we fought through it and are coming around to kick ass in St. Louis soccer in 2013. Because that’s what we do.
The year started off with the Illinois Piasa making the PASL playoffs. They fought tooth and nail to get into the playoffs, but lost to the Detroit Waza in the quarterfinals. Losing to the Waza always sucks for the Piasa; while an unbelievable talent, Dominic Scicluna is always a fan target of the Louligans. We’ll talk about our revenge later in this article.
The Louligans luckily didn’t have to wait long for the pitch to change to natural grass. The Lions had tryouts in early March. About a dozen Louligans braved the cold sunny day to watch the tryouts to see the talent that was trying to earn the hoops. Some Louligans got involved helping timing the runs; a few players were sent over to talk to the Louligan “media” team for interviews. (Interviews are still available at XXXXX) There was a lot of promising skill coming in along with our returning veterans.
A road win to Springfield was followed up with a return leg at the Glavin Complex. This game was a draw on the scoreboard, but was more important than the results. Casey had lost his battle with cancer a few days earlier; the funeral was the day of the game. Those of us who were close to Casey came to the game, and the love and brotherhood shown by the Louligans cemented that day what we are and how we treat each other. The Lions, especially Tony Glavin himself, paid respects as well, and that will never be forgotten by his friends and family.
Two losses to Thunder Bay, and the Lions came home for a doubleheader weekend against Real Colorado. The Lions lost the first game 2-1, with the only goal coming from Jamie Lovegrove. Jamie earned a legendary place in the Louligan history by running over not only to us, but jumping into Kyle Scarborough’s arms to celebrate. The linesman wasn’t pleased with this celebration, which should have been an indication of what was to come....
his game was also notorious due to the awful officiating. The referee, failed actor Justin Tomicich, falsely accused the Louligans of yelling racial slurs against a Thunder Bay goal scorer. His threat of sending the Louligans out of the park if it occurred again set the Louligans spiraling into an uproar of provocation. Adding this foolishness to his ineptitude on the pitch has cemented him as villain #1 in the Louligan archives. A return visit by Justin was greeted by the Louligans brandishing his head shot, and being the target of the Louligan banter. It’ll be interesting if Justin is assigned any more Lions games this year.
The oppressive St. Louis heat, worse than years prior, made every game struggles to give your all. The product on the field was equally uncomfortable. The Lions couldn’t put together back-to-back wins in June or July, and lost the last six games of the season. They finished a dismal last place in the PDL Heartland division with a record of 3-11-2. They were equally poor on both sides of the ball, allowing the most goals in the division, and scoring the second least. The season was a disappointment in all aspects.
The year ends with the Piasa season starting up in November. The Piasa got off to a slow start, but the first home game was against the rival Waza. When Dominic went to do his halftime circus seal-tricks, he had a surprise coming. The Louligan Luchador, aka Greg Schuette, invaded the pitch to the Theme Theme from Gene Gene. Greg chased Dominic around the field for what seemed like hours to Greg’s lungs. It was the funniest thirty seconds of the year.
The Louligans, however, continue to grow with quality additions. Some additions from the American Outlaws led the way, their vocal styles meshing well with the Louligan antics. And the years continue to strengthen the core members’ resolve; many are as dependable as the summer humidity. We hope to see some more familiar faces return to the stand this summer along with the new faces we find along the way.
Hello boys & girls. It's been a while since we've posted new content to the website. It's become so easy to use facebook and twitter to keep our fans up to date with what's going on and what we're up to that sometimes we just get too lazy to actually write a new article for the site. I promise we're working on that. I forget that some people don't use facebook or twitter and may rely on this site for their news. Hopefully we'll get some more contributors and keep a steady stream of info flowing here.
That said, right now is an exciting time to be a Saint Louligan. The Illinois Piasa season is in full swing. Some of you have never been over to the East Side to watch the Piasa. I know a lot of you aren't really indoor soccer fans, but just like the Lions games, the action on the pitch is only part of the fun. Piasa games are always a blast. The Piasa are struggling this season in the standings, but it’s still important to support your local team. Hanging with friends and having a few beers is just fun. The Piasa players and front office appreciate our presence and encourage our brand of crazy. I highly recommend you hook up with a couple friends and make the trip over and have some fun. Check the schedule and plan a trip. Fun will be had.
Coming up next month is tryouts for the St. Louis Lions. As usual, some of us will be going out to watch the tryouts and to meet some of the new Lions. Its always an exciting time as hope springs eternal that we'll find the next superstar that will tear up the USL-PDL and be on his way to USL-Pro, NASL or MLS. 26 of the MLS Superdraft picks last week have played in the PDL. Our league is where tomorrow's stars hone their craft. These young kids are the diamonds in the rough that will become our favorite players. Just a few short years ago you could have seen Teal Bunbury running up and down the pitch at the Glavin Complex.
The 2013 St. Louis Lions schedule was released last week and we can start making plans for the summer. A couple road trips are being planned as well as all the home game shenanigans that we normally get up to. If you've been an observer from the fringe but never joined us at a game, it's time to become a Louligan. We all have our favorite teams we watch on TV or an MLS game or two we travel to every year, and that's great. I'm not going to lie and tell you that the soccer on the pitch in Cottleville is as good as what you'll see at FORMERLY "livestrong" Sporting Park, but there is nothing like being at a live match and cheering with your friends and having fun. Bonus, we get a lot closer to the players and the coaches than you'll ever get at MLS games. We also get a lot closer to the opposition. It's great when you heckle a guy and you can see him getting out of his game. Making an opponent make a mistake because he's thinking about the fans instead of the match is priceless. Also knowing that your support is making your team play harder and give that little exrta bit of effort will make your afternoon. No, these guys aren't pros but that doesn't make it any less fun to see them score a goal and run to your section in celebration. So join us at a game and find out how much fun live soccer is.
Other things we're working on for this coming Spring/Summer include getting a new supporter section set up at the Glavin Complex. Sometimes our language is less than PG-13. We're working with the Lions to find a place to set up away from the families. The Lions organization is actively working with us to make sure we bring all of our passion and enthusiasm to the game and still make it comfortable for families to come out and have fun. We are excited about this because we never like offending other fans. We'll also be planning a Supporter Work Day at the park to help with little improvements. The Lions are a small organization and we're going to prove our worth to them by helping get some stuff done that they just don't have the manpower to take care of. We're building sweat equity in our team and showing that we're not just there to drink beer and act crazy (although that is what we do best).
So, thats what's up with the Piasa and the Lions. As far as the St. Louligans go, we're working on a new Supporter Scarf. It's been a few seasons since we've had a new scarf, so its time. Some of the new members didn't get in on the first scarf and soon we'll have details on how to pre-order the new design. Like last time, purchasing the scarf will also allow you to buy a Lions season ticket for a special supporter price. It hasn't been determined yet (we're working on it) but a St. Louligan Season Ticket will be in the $50-$75 range. We'll have a scarf party when the scarves come in and someone from the Lions will be on hand to sell you your season pass at that time. Basically it’s a reason to get together with each other and have some fun before the season kicks off. We're also in talks with the Lions to have some sort of meet and greet with the fans and the players. It may all be on the same day.
The podcast, "This Is Silly" will also be returning soon. It fell off last year for a variety of reasons, but we're going to re-launch it this Spring. We're taking it up a notch and plan to have interviews and guests including Lions players, Coaches, the GM as well as opposing team coaches and maybe some players. We're going to try to make it a little more professional and hopefully get some attention for the Lions in the USL world. We will still drink beer because there's only so much we can do without getting paid and beer is a great motivator. If you'd like to sponsor the podcast we accept liquid donations.
And finally, in addition to the Lions and the Piasa there are going to be two more high level teams to support in the St. Louis area. Details are still sketchy, but the Women's Premier Soccer League will have teams in St. Louis (the Defenders) and on the East side (Fire & Ice Soccer Club). Many of our members were in Laclede's Army- one of the best supporters groups for the defunct WPS and the St. Louis Athletica. We're happy that a women's soccer league will have St. Louis represenation and we'll provide information about them and I'm sure we'll be in the stands at their games having fun.
So, there's a lot going on and we're excited to be a part of it all. Please, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. You won't want to miss all the great things going down in 2013.
The season is coming. Opening day for us is only 24 days away and while, to some, that may seem like an eternity- there are a few things we can do to prepare ourselves so we can enjoy it and help out our club more. I don't want this to sound like I am lecturing you or telling people what they do is wrong, I just want to share some of the ideas I have with everyone.
Let's start with why. At the end of last season I looked back and thought of what I had done for the Lions and the Louligans. Sure, I bought tickets and brought a friend a few times but for the life of me I couldn't name 3 players on our own team. I got so caught up in the friends and the party of it all that I neglected to really help the thing that I was supporting.
So I am committing to do a few more things for the team and I'm challenging you to join me. I'm not saying you need to do all of these (some of you may do them all already), but pick 2-3 and try to stick with them for a summer and see if you feel a bit more helpful at the end.
Carpool: While this may seem like an odd first request I think the few of us that have done this before can attest to how much fun it actually is. When I go to games with Keith alone we don't feel as pumped for the games on the way. With a group we start talking line-ups and rivalries earlier. We also get to know the other Louligans better and become closer. Also, we save gas money to use on beer and don't have to worry about getting a DUI on the way home. For nothing else think of that! Our members are spreading out too and I am very happy to see people posting about going as groups. People that may not have a car, or gas money themselves may be able to go to something they otherwise would have missed.
Wear your gear: This one is pretty simple, instead of that Manchester United kit again, put on your hoops. Maybe you'll find a Celtic supporter that gets confused and you can tell him how our team is actually a part of the Celtic family. Maybe you will just strike up a curiosity with another footie fan. Whatever the reason, your Lions gear is not for game day only. Wear it out in public and be proud of the hoops.
Carry a schedule: So when you meet these new people you have something to give them. The saying is to give people 3 business cards, one to keep, one to throw away, and one to give away. If you meet these people at a bar give them 5 and make sure you see them put some in each pocket. I am trying to keep some in my purse at all times so I can just hand them out to anyone interested. Perhaps you can grab a stack and leave them at places like pubs and restaurants nearby. Regardless as to how many you hand out or where, keep 2 in your wallet because having that reminder in hand gets people remembering. If you just tell someone, they may forget all about it 5 minutes later.
Bring a friend: I'm not going to harp on this one. You know the drill, bring a friend and they see how amazing it is and most likely they’ll have fun and come back on their own. Try the Free Beer Movement if you are thinking of ways to get potential fans here. See FREE BEER MOVEMENT for more information as to how this works.
Greet the newbies: After we work so hard to being people in, don't shun them. Introduce yourself and others and try to include them. I know I sound like a mom, but let them in the circle and share a drink and a laugh with them. We try so hard to get new members, let's keep them.
Remember the chants and start one: I know we aren't a big fan of having a list to hand out but we need one for ourselves! I remember one game where we did like 2-3 different chants maybe and by the end we just stopped because we were sick of doing them. I know we have more but it's all about remembering them. Perhaps compile a list? Also, let's make some new ones. We had some great ones last year but with a new season comes new opportunities and we have to keep it going. By new I mean steal some of the best from other groups if we have to. I don't care what team they are from, let's make them our own. We do have a list on the Louligan Facebook Group page. Add to it. YouTube also has tons of great Celtic songs that fit perfect with the Lions.
Make a sign: Now, this does not have to be a professional sign, or even a pretty sign, just anything. My first big sign was a queen size sheet with Laclede's Army spray painted on it. Still have it. Still proud. Perhaps I need to break out the linins again and a can of green. Cardboard, poster board, sheets or pizza boxes, I don't care, just hold it high and proud.
Take pictures and upload them: I was working on doing this actually until my camera "walked off" but this summer I plan to take more action photos of us and get them up on the page and make sure the proper people have them for website purposes. Even phone pictures and videos will help us archive our past. Sharing photos on Facebook and Twitter and tagging everyone is a way to make sure that everyone sees the fun we have at games and encourages others to join us.
Be prepared for the home opener: I know I am planning on being there at around 12 to start grilling and drinking and causing the most Louligan-y chaos I can.
Choose one or choose all but if we all make 1 small step this year we can achieve greatness in our own way. It's time to make this dream of ours a reality and it starts with us. I'm ready and I hope you are too. The General is back and it's time to lead, follow, or GTFO! COME ON YOU BOYS IN GREEN!!
President - Laclede's Army
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