He made the people happy

Bill Shankly when asked how he would like to be remembered:

"That I've been basically honest in a game in which it is sometimes difficult to be honest. Sometimes you‘ve got to tell a little white lie to get over a little troublesome period of time. I'd like to think that I have put more into the game than I have taken out. And that I haven‘t cheated anybody, that I've been working for people honestly all along the line, for the people of Liverpool who go to Anfield. I'd like to be recognised for trying to give them entertainment.

I'd played at Anfield and I knew the crowd were fantastic. I knew there was a public just waiting. So I fought the battles inside and outside. I was interested in only one thing, success for the club. And that meant success for the people. I wanted results for the club, for the love of the game, to make the people happy."

 

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Raise money for Shankly the puppy!


A lifelong Liverpool supporter is attempting to raise money for a unique tribute to Bill Shankly.

Lee Hodgson, 46, a passionate Red hopes to mark the 100-year anniversary of Bill Shankly's birth by raising funds to name a guide dog puppy "Shankly" because then another blind person never has to walk alone!

"I am a totally blind life long Liverpool Football club fan, who has had guide dogs for over 25 years. My dogs enable me to live independently and travel freely. My current guide dog, Emily, is an almost white Labrador Retriever cross. I wanted to pay my own tribute to Bill Shankly for all he did for my wonderful LFC. His forward vision and of course the club's motto, "You'll Never walk alone" are so appropriate for guide dogs. I want to give someone else the chance to freedom and independence that my amazing guide dogs have given me, whilst paying a true and just tribute to one of my all time heroes, Bill Shankly."

If you would like to support Lee's campaign, click here to make a donation or text SHGD90 and the amount you wish to contribute to 70070. Alternatively, or for further information, contact Guide Dogs Liverpool on 0118 983 8749.

Happy 100th birthday Shanks!


It's safe to say that outside Shankly's family nobody knew Bill Shankly as well as Bob Paisley. Here are his recollections of the great man.

Review of Shankly The Lost Diary


Chris Wood shares his opinion on the new Shankly book. Read all about it by clicking here.

Shanks quote

"But the second leg of the semi-final was not a game, it was a war. We stayed at Lake Como, and we had trouble with the church bells. It wasn't so bad until about eleven o'clock at night, when the noise of the day had ceased and there was nothing to hear but the bells. One in particular was like doomsday. Bob Paisley and I went to see the Monsignor about it. We tried to get him to stop the bells ringing for the night so the players could sleep. 'It's not very fair', I said to him through an interpreter. 'We didn't know about this noise and we've come here on the eve of the most important match in the world this year, Inter Milan versus Liverpool.' That was right, because if we had won it, we would have won the European Cup. He was sympathetic towards us, but he said he could not do what we asked. So I said, 'Well, could you let Bob here go up and put a bandage on them and maybe kind of dull them a bit?' Crepe bandages and cotton wool! Bob was killing himself laughing. That would have been one of the funniest things Bob had ever done, one of his greatest cures as a trainer, creeping up the aisle with cotton-wool and bandages! But, we just had to put up with the noise."

Bill Shankly talking about when Liverpool were in Milan waiting to face Inter in the second leg of the European Cup semi-final in 1965

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