According to Karen Gill, Shankly's granddaughter, Bill used to listen faithfully to the same catalogue of songs before a big match to prepare himself mentally. "They gave him the inspiration that he needed and reflected the passion that he felt."
When Shankly.com (which is owned by LFChistory.net) published this article Karen Gill sent us a note saying: "I love the page where you have clips of his favourite songs." Karen then added: "Just wanted to congratulate you on the fantastic job that you've done revitalizing the website about my granddad. Well done you've really done him proud."
Here are youtube clips of Shanks' favourite songs performed by the artists that Bill used to listen to so you can get a bit of an insight into the great man.
Gerry and the Pacemakers - You'll Never Walk Alone
Judy Collins - Amazing Grace
Peters & Lee - Welcome Home
Ray Charles - Take These Chains From My Heart
Engelbert Humperdinck - Please Release Me
Jim Reeves - I Love You Because
Tom Jones - Green Green Grass Of Home
"He has football in his blood," the disappointed scout complained. "You may be right," Shanks said, "but it hasn't reached his legs yet!"
A scout told Shanks about a young player who he'd given a trial at Liverpool
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