About us

Shankly.com was originally created by Derek Dohren in the summer of 1997. Borne out of a dearth of information on the web at that time relating to Shanks, the site has become the definitive internet resource of football's greatest.

The original shankly.com (click on image for a larger version)

Shankly.com was purchased by LFChistory.net in February 2008 and has added a lot of quotes, photos, stories and articles and will update regularly with interesting articles from Shankly's life and times.

LFChistory.net also felt it was important to launch the new Shankly.com with the blessing of the Shankly family, which we are pleased to say we have received.

After the launch we got this message from Vic Gill - Shankly's son-in-law: "Fantastic site, Karen said she wanted a shrine for her granddad, I think she has got one. Great work".

Shankly.com was relaunched by LFChistory.net on 17th February 2009.

The following have been invaluable in helping us put together this website:

Shankly by Bill Shankly (1977)
Tommy Smith - I did It the Hard Way (1980)
BILL SHANKLY - It's Much More Important Than That: The biography by Stephen F. Kelly (1997)
Tommy Smith - Over The Top (1998)
Talking Shankly by Tom Darby (1998)
The Best Of Times - My Favourite Football Stories by George Best and Les Scott (1999)
The Essential Shankly by John Keith (2001)
Shankly - From Glenbuck to Wembley by Phil Thompson and Steve Hale (2004)
The Real Bill Shankly by Sport Media (2007)

Karl Brodrick (Wooltonian)
Derek Dohren
Peter Etherington
Karen Gill (Shankly's granddaughter)
John Keith
Adrian Killen
Sharon Marshall
Chris Wood
Siggi from LFCwallpapers.com

And a special thank you to
Ian Callaghan
Sir Tom Finney
Brian Hall
Emlyn Hughes
John Keith
Ronnie Moran
George Scott
Tommy Smith

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Shanks quote

"When I took a physiotherapy course before I became a manager, I learned some valuable things. Notably about the heart, the intake of food for an athlete and particularly the timing of meals before a match. I put this into use. When I came to Liverpool, I stopped the system of players having a big meal on the night before a game. I adopted the pattern of taking them away on Friday night, timing the journey to reach the hotel about 10 pm, where the players had tea, toast and honey and then straight to bed.

On the day of the match, three hours before the kick-off, they could have a steak or chicken or poached eggs. They did not have a cooked breakfast as well. It was simple diet and and the word "simple" came into most of my football thinking in training and playing as well. I ate the same sort of food all my life and I've always been a fitness fanatic. The food players had before a match is to preserve their strength, not build it up. Players find what suits them best by trial and error. If their demand fell within the limits I laid down, that was all right. I also expected them to eat properly when they were not at the club, not to eat stupid things when they were out of control. Most of them did that but I invariably knew when any of them had stepped off the rails in any way. In any case, it usually told on their performance."

Shankly's recipe for success seemed simple on the surface, but was anything but!

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