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)
Karen Gill (Shankly's granddaughter)
Siggi from LFCwallpapers.com
And a special thank you to
Sir Tom Finney
The pages at shankly.com are copyright of LFChistory.net
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.
"I was sitting on a dustbin outside the temporary offices of Liverpool Football Club when three or four photographers arrived. 'Can I take a picture of you sitting there?', asked one. 'Well, they are signing a load of rubbish, so people might as well know it straight away,' I joked. There was nowhere else for me to sit. I sat on the dustbin for twenty minutes after the photographers had left. When Shankly came out of the door, he shook hands and said, 'Medical!' He beckoned me over to his car, a Capri and off we went. 'You'll like the stadium, son. Great'. He was driving the car while half-looking round at me. 'Great supporters, you know, son. The best in the land. Tremendous to play for. Have you seen the Kop? No, I don't suppose you have.' I never got the chance to say anything.
'We have some great players here, son. Great...great. Emlyn Hughes. Great player. Chris Lawler... great player. Tommy Smith... hard boy. Hard boy is Tommy... great player. Roger Hunt is gone, son. Ian St John is gone. But they're not forgotten, son. There is a future here if you knuckle down and play.' We arrived at the club doctor's surgery and I stripped off. Shankly watched me like a hawk. When we left the doctors he drove me back to the ground to talk terms. As he drove, he talked of the time when he first came to the club. 'Jesus Christ', he began. 'I asked a wee boy for directions and he knew who I was, and I'd only been in Liverpool half an hour!' He obviously could not wait to get me training. When we arrived at Anfield and walked into the temporary offices, I could hear him talking way ahead of me. Talking the way he always did - so everyone could hear, especially the person who was the subject of the conversation. 'He looks nothing dressed, but you should see him stripped off. He's built like a tank!'"