Bill Shankly

Bill Shankly was born in the small Scottish village of Glenbuck. He started his playing career at Carlisle United in 1932, moving to Preston North End for £500 in 1933.

He made his international debut for Scotland against England in 1938 and played four more times for his country before the Second World War interrupted his career.

Shankly hung up his boots in 1949 and that same year commenced his managerial career at Carlisle United, before later moving on to Grimsby Town, Workington and then Huddersfield Town.

Shankly was appointed Liverpool manager in 1959, after a poor few years left them in the second division. He soon turned the club around with his no-nonsense style and they were first division champions by 1966.

As the side of the 60's declined, out went Roger Hunt, Ian St John and Ron Yeats and in came Kevin Keegan, Steve Heighway, Ray Clemence and John Toshack

The Reds won the first division title and lifted the UEFA Cup in 1973, their first European trophy but certainly not the last. The FA Cup followed a year later before Shankly's shock resignation at the end of the 73/74 season.

Fortunately the famous Boot Room that Shankly created at Liverpool spawned another legendary manager in Bob Paisley, with Ronnie Moran and Roy Evans in assistance.

Bill Shankly died on 28th Septeember 1981 after suffering a hear attack, but the legend lives on, and the Shankly Gates stand proud at Anfield to remind Liverpool fans and travelling supporters of the man who made the club what it is to this day.

Famous Shankly Quotes

Bill Shankly had a way with words and a sense of humour that is rarely seen in the modern game. Here's just a few of the classics from his time in charge of Liverpool...

"Some people believe football is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that."

"If Everton were playing at the bottom of the garden, I'd pull the curtains."

"The trouble with referees is that they know the rules, but they don't know the game."

"A lot of football success is in the mind. You must believe that you are the best and then make sure that you are, in my time at Liverpool we always said we had the best two teams in Merseyside, Liverpool and Liverpool reserves."

(about the 'This is Anfield' plaque)
"It's there to remind our lads who they're playing for, and to remind the opposition who they're playing against."

"Of course I didn't take my wife to see Rochdale as an anniversary present, it was her birthday. Would I have got married in the football season? Anyway, it was Rochdale reserves."

"If a player is not interfering with play or seeking to gain advantage, then he should be."

(after a hard fought 1-1 draw)
"The best side drew."


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