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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Where applicable and where copyright has been established, LFChistory.net is glad to acknowledge the source of any material on these pages that can be proven to originate elsewhere.

Shanks quote

I got caught up in an amazing post-match row after the Albion game which took place at Maine Road. We were all disappointed at the end of the match and sitting in the dressing-room when a knock came on the door. A policeman was standing there and he said: 'I want to see number four.' One of the lads said: 'You're wanted, Smithy. There's a policeman asking for you outside.' I had a cousin called Lawrie who was in the force. I assumed it was him and went towards the door. Standing there, helmet under his arm, bike leaning against the corridor wall, was a large constable. He immediately cautioned me, saying: 'At around 9.15 pm this evening, you were heard to shout: 'Chris, give me the fucking ball!' I thought he was joking and said: 'It's a good job you were not in earshot when they scored their second goal.' The pedantic PC clearly didn't see the funny side. He said: 'I'm arresting you for using abusive language.'

I shouted for Bill Shankly who came out and said: 'What's going on?' 'Who are you?', said the constable to the most famous manager in football. 'I'm the manager of this football team', said Shanks, clearly getting agitated. 'Are you in charge of Tommy Smith?', said the constable. I've just arrested him.' 'You've what?', roared the boss. The fact that the PC was in blue didn't help. When he started to repeat this business about me swearing, Shanks went into a rage. 'You better listen to me. If you don't fuck off, I'll let the tyres down on your bike.'"

TOMMY SMITH

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