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Ten Things You Should Know About...BILL SHANKLY

Updated on December 19, 2013
The Immortal Shankly
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#1. He was born on 2 September 1913 in Glenbuck, East Ayrshire, Scotland

#2. He managed Carlisle United 1949-51; Grimsby 1951-1954; Workington 1954-1955; Huddersfield Town 1955-1959 before joining Liverpool in December 1959.

#3. Shankly played alongside Tom Finney at Preston North End, turning out 297 times. He won five caps for Scotland; against England twice (1938;1939), and against Ireland, Wales, and Hungary in 1938. He also gained seven wartime international caps.


#4. As manager of Liverpool he won, in chronological order, League Division Two (1961-62), League Division One (1963-64), F.A. Cup (1965), League Division One (1965-66),(1972-73), UEFA Cup (1972-73), and finally F.A. Cup (1974).

#5. Shankly speaks :“Some people believe football is a matter of life and death. I’m very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.”

#6. Shankly was a football romantic if not a romantic footballer: “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.”

#7. Ferenc Puskas met Shankly on the Flying Scotsman! The incomparable Hungarian team of the fifties happened to be on the train when Shankly and his Workington team got on. Shankly claimed the meeting inspired his team to victory over Orient in the FA Cup the next day.

#8. Shankly, was responsible for Liverpool’s all red kit. Prior to a European Cup tie against Anderlecht, on 25 November 1964, and always on the look out for an extra edge against a dangerous opponent, he swapped the traditional white shorts and socks for red, having firstly got giant and fearsome centre back Ron Yeats to try it on. “Christ Ronnie, you look seven feet tall!” The kit was here to stay.

#9. As Liverpool manager there was only one team that mattered: the Reds. His attitude was “If Everton were playing at the bottom of my garden, I’d draw the curtains.”

#10. He died on 26 September 1981, following a heart attack, at BroadgreenHospital, Liverpool. His funeral was held ten days later at St Mary’s Church, West Derby, where his coffin was borne by Ray Clemence, Emlyn Hughes, Ron Yeats, and John Toshack.


And here’s one more to make it a football eleven:

#11 “My idea was to build Liverpool into a bastion of invincibility. Napoleon had that idea. He wanted to conquer the bloody world. I wanted Liverpool to be untouchable. My idea was to build Liverpool up and up until eventually everyone would have to submit and give in.”

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      Andrew Spacey 4 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

      A true legend is Shanks. In all my visits to Anfield - hundreds over the years - I always make a point of saying a big thankyou to Bill (and then I go salute the Hillsboro Shrine and candle).

      He was a totally committed man. Without him Liverpool FC would not have had such a rich and successful history. When he spoke, everyone listened.