I genuinely cannot wait for the start of the Premier League season. New manager, new players, new expectations, and now a new logo. St. Louis Red Army's own, Matt Haynes, created this logo for our group and I have to say it looks really slick. I must admit, being of a certain age, when I see "Red Army" and a logo with red, I am inclined to say, "Hello, Comrade Haynes" but that is from a different era.
sA logo is more than just the words and the picture. The St. Louis Red Army logo represents our collective soul, encapsulated in images that we identify without even knowing it. The Manchester United colors, the Gateway Arch, the soccer ball in the corner, Red Army embossed at the bottom...we know what they mean as a whole and to each of us individually. The new logo represents us.
Let's not be overdramatic here. The St. Louis Red Army is a Manchester United Supporters Group where most of us have never set foot in Old Trafford and only dream to do so one day. However, let's also not underestimate the group that we are in. Being able to go to the Amsterdam and see old friends and make new ones is what this group is all about. The anticipation of a new season accentuates that feeling. Being able to commensurate with fellow Red Army members about what we like and don't like about the team we support not only on our Facebook page but in person makes the St. Louis Red Army.
So here is to our new campaign. We will see victories and defeats, glorious goals and tactical errors, Dave saves and indestructible Phil Jones and we will experience it together with our new logo.
My name is Matt Hutchinson and I, along with several others, helped found this group. Been a fan of the game since I was a kid and eventually fell in love with United. Watching the games at home alone wasn't good enough once I discovered that there was a bar that played every game. So I would head up to Amsterdam, dragging a couple of buddies with me who were not United fans so I didn't feel as bad about drinking at 6 AM in the morning. I noticed that though there were several pockets of Untied fans here and there, there wasn't anyone I knew and there wasn't one big group I could approach.
So I eventually started looking over FB to see if there was an STL United group setup. I found one, ran by Matthew Haynes, but hadn't had much activity in a while. I started messaging Matt about trying to do some sort of reboot. So I created a brand new page and went to the Amsterdam FB page and started messaging and adding anyone who was a friend of the Dam and had United in their profile picture. In turn, they started adding people and it just started to grow. The goal was to connect people online who lived here in town and were United fans so that when they showed up at the bar they had a group to sit or stand with and build a community of STL Reds.
There were and continue to be no real big ambitions of creating a super formal group the likes of AOSTL or Louligans (of which I am a member of both). Matt and I just wanted to have a way for local Reds to talk about the club with and get together at the tavern to watch games. It's taken off with over 100 people in this group page. Some of us make every weekend at the Dam. Others, the best we can from time to time. We don't charge money to be a member and never will (unlike the local Liverpool group - another form of Scouse theft). We are not affiliated with any national US supporters group (though if you want to join the United USA group, I encourage you to do so). We're informal and laid back - as it ought to be.
I've met some amazing people in this group and have made some great friends. If you are going to head out to the Dam and haven't made a point to say hi to one of us or are planning on going for the first time this year, make a point to say hi. Join in. I'd love to buy you a beer and I know others would do the same. Sorry for a long post. I just wanted to share what we're about and say I hope to see many of you this season. Any and all ideas are welcome on where we want to take this group so long as having fun, uniting us more and building community are the goals. GGMU and Cheers