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.
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.'"