I am citizen of Liverpool and I wanted to go there and see these people who have done so much for me. The handshakes are real, they aren't false. The jostling was not too bad, but there were a lot kids around in the 10-years old bracket and some of them wouldn't see the game at all. That surprised me. It was an enjoyable day, and not as tiring as one would think. I will be going again."
Of course Shankly's presence caused a lot of commotion making Liverpool's otherwise uneventful 1-1 draw versus Coventry one of the fans' most memorable games in their lives. Fans recorded their astonishment of seeing Shankly there at Shankly.com.
Chris Rafferty - We always stood on the same place, as people did back then. So there we are waiting for the game to kick-off when about a quarter to three Bill Shankly walks onto the Kop. He walked right past us and into the middle, so we followed him. I remember my mate gave him a Wrigley's (chewing gum) and Shankly gave me a red Murray mint. I kept it for years, but it dissolved in the end. He stayed for the whole game and had to get a police escort off at the end. They took him out down by the Paddock because he was getting mobbed. Everyone was trying to give him their scarves and we were all singing "Shankly is a Kopite" and all that. It was magnificent.
Russell Green - The anecdote about Shankly arriving in the dressing room with his shirt torn and his hair ruffled after his visit to the KOP. I was a young boy sitting on the Pulpit wall on the Kemlyn Road side of the KOP. I remember getting to the ground early and watching the kop fill up. I remember looking down and seeing a large gap appear in the crowd front and centre of the Kop about half an hour before the game. It was usually somebody relieving themselves or a scuffle. But then through the smoke haze, i could make out Shanks, arms folded across his chest. I will never forget the buzz that went around the crowd and the moment when shanks raised his hands aloft to an almighty roar before heading back to the dressing room. It still sends tingles down my spine.
Gary Lord - Keep on telling the world about Shankly. This man made Liverpool Football Club. I remember seeing him standing on the Kop not long after he retired (I was sitting in the Main Stand). He was clearly visible from a distance because the crowd had made space for him, forming a circle around where he was standing. The respect was immense. His achievements and charisma will always be remembered as long as Liverpool Football club exist.
Eddie Harvey - Bill Shankly will always be "Sir Bill" to me how that man was never given a knighthood i will never know a great manager...a true man of the people. I grew up watching L.F.C. during the shanks era and remember as a young boy standing in the kop just after he retired and there standing next to me was bill himself he said he wanted to watch a game amongst his own people on the kop, everybody was coming up to him and shaking his hand, what a man!
Fred Sephton - Chris, me and Tommy Griff stood at the back of him to stop all the younger fans pushing him he just wanted to be there. God knows what he would make of it now with all that Poetry in Motion shit!! Happy Days YNWA.
Jegsy Dodd - I was there. I remember the commotion. When the Kop started singing "you'll always be our king", it could only mean one thing. Uncle Bill was amongst us.
John Garner - I remember it well, we were in the Anfield road end and could see the commotion in the Kop, the chants then started "Shankly is a Kopite na na na na "............ amazing man. Never to see his like again.
"We were staying and playing in Belgium one time, and this night Chris Lawler and I had gone to a casino just opposite the hotel but the rest of the lads had gone down to the village for a drink after the game. At twelve o'clock Shanks stormed into the casino and dragged us back to the hotel. We knew he was in a foul mood, and we were up in our rooms, looking down the road, when we heard the rest of them coming back.. there was Gerry Byrne, Roger Hunt, Geoff Strong, Tommy Lawrence, Gordon Milne, all singing and kicking a few beer cans along, that sort of thing. There was a small playground in front of the hotel and they were mucking about on the swings. We knew Shanks was waiting downstairs, so we tried to tell them to quieten it a bit, but they didn't pay any attention. Too far gone for that! It was about half-past one, and they came falling into the lobby, shouting and bawling, and Shanks was so flabbergasted he didn't know what to do or where to start, and of all people he picks on Cally. 'You, Callaghan... ', he says, and you can see he's reaching for the right thing to say. 'You... I'm going to tell your wife on you!' Everybody just collapsed!"