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Shankly audio from This is Your Life!


An amazing discovery of the audio of the long-lost This is Your Life episode on Thames TV was made by Shankly's grandson, Chris Shankly-Carline. Enjoy this audio clip on the Liverpool Echo website here.

Happy 100th birthday Shanks!


It's safe to say that outside Shankly's family nobody knew Bill Shankly as well as Bob Paisley. Here are his recollections of the great man.

Review of Shankly The Lost Diary


Chris Wood shares his opinion on the new Shankly book. Read all about it by clicking here.

Make it a “Santa Shankly” Christmas


Shankly at Christmas is the exciting prospect at Port Sunlight’s Gladstone Theatre this year when four Liverpool legends will be live on stage revealing their own memories and anecdotes about the iconic Anfield manager. Ian St John, Ian Callaghan, Ron Yeats and Chris Lawler join broadcaster John Keith and actor Steve Hazlehurst in a special Yuletide edition of The Bill Shankly Story for one night only at the Gladstone on Friday, December 28 2012.

After the show members of the audience can meet the whole cast for autographs and photographs as a lasting souvenir of an evening of football nostalgia and celebration. As the 100th anniversary of Shankly’s birth approaches next year , the acclaimed production comes to the Gladstone for the first time.

Tickets, £16 with £13 concessions, are now on sale and would make a perfect Christmas present for family or friends. They are available in person from the Gladstone Theatre box office – adjacent to Port Sunlight Merseyrail station – Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm or by calling 0151 643 8757. Also online at: www.gladstonetheatre.org.uk. For further inquiries please contact John Keith on 07773 715666.

Tribute by Kitster


Bill Shankly would have turned 99-years-old on 2 September 2012. See the fantastic tribute wallpaper to the great man made by the artist Kitster29!

30 years since Shanks died


Liverpool's greatest, Bill Shankly, died on Tuesday 29th September 1981 after suffering a heart attack. The front page of Echo read: SHANKLY IS DEAD. It recorded the official hospital statement: "Mr Shankly suffered a cardiac arrest at 12.30 am and was certified dead at 1.20." Shanks had been battling for life since he suffered a heart attack early on Saturday morning. He had been making good progress until his condition deteriorated yesterday morning and he was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit. His wife Nessie was by his side when he died."
On 22nd November 1981 "A Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Bill Shankly" was held at Liverpool Cathedral. Here you can download and listen to Bill Shankly‘s memorial service (play with Real Player) that was broadcast on BBC Radio Merseyside from Liverpool's Cathedral.

50 years of Shankly


Several honours have come Shankly's way as in December 50 years had passed since the Scottish legend signed his contract to become manager of Liverpool Football Club. On the 16th Anfield was the stage for an emotional parade of legends along with nine members of Shankly’s family. The sounds of ‘Amazing Grace’ – Shankly’s favourite hymn reverberated at half-time during the game vs Wigan Athletic. A "SHANKS THE LEGEND" mosaic was unveiled on the Kop prior to kick off. The following day Shankly was awarded an Honorary Citizenship of Liverpool in recognition of the 50th anniversary of his arrival as manager of Liverpool FC and his dedication to the region. The award was presented by Lord Mayor Mike Storey on stage during the Shankly Show at the BT Convention Centre in Liverpool.

Download two original songs about Shankly!


Paul Wilkes is a singer/songwriter from Liverpool who is a big fan of Bill Shankly. He wrote two great songs in Shankly's honour as 2009 is the 50 year anniversary of when Shankly became Liverpool's manager in 1959. George Sephton, 'The Voice of Anfield', has already given his thumbs up and calls the songs 'gems'. Download the songs here.

Paul Tomkins on Bill Shankly


Paul Tomkins' book, Dynasty, is a reassessment and an in-depth analysis of every manager of the club over the last 50 years. Shankly.com offers you an exclusive look into an abridged version of Dynasty's chapter on Bill Shankly. Read Paul Tomkins on Bill Shankly.

Publish your stories on Shankly.com


Many Liverpool fans and indeed fans of other clubs had a personal encounter with the great man SHANKS and if you want to relate that story to us we accept them with great pride. The latest is from TOBY CLARK who is a Wrexham FC fan, his dad being Bob Clark FCA who was the former treasurer, director, chairman and life president of Wrexham FC before he passed away circa 2002.

Read Toby's story here.

Why did Shankly retire?


Much has been speculated on why Bill Shankly retired in 1974. Shankly talked about his retirement from Liverpool at great length in his autobiography. Those who were closest to him, his wife Nessie and Bob Paisley had their own theories. It is a fascinating subject. Read Why did Shankly retire?.

Portray your photos at Shankly.com


Have you taken photos of Bill Shankly? Please contact webmaster@shankly.com as we would like to feature them on Shankly.com for all Liverpool fans to share and enjoy!

The relaunch of Shankly.com


Shankly.com was relaunched by LFChistory.net on 17th February 2009. The original website was created in 1997, but had not been updated for quite a while. LFChistory.net bought shankly.com in February 2008 to revitalize the website to become the definitive internet resource of football's GREATEST.

LFChistory.net 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. Enjoy!

Shanks quote

"Known to the lads as Bald Eagle, Jimmy always looked older than he was. He had this ritual of coming in for a rub-down every day, whether he was injured or not. Shanks, of course, would always be keeping any eye on Jimmy to see if he was actually carrying an injury. I was on the groundstaff at the time and in on the Sunday, as usual, to help brush the dressing-rooms and terraces as well as generally tidying things up at Anfield with the other younger lads. This day, Shanks came out, wearing a beaming smile. 'Boys, put your brushes down and come in here. I want you to see the latest in football technology. The next thing, Jimmy is sitting on a table alongside this machine and Bob is fitting the electrodes to his legs. The logic was simple. The machine sent out an electric impulse. This worked the muscle which in turn helped the flow of blood. Jimmy turned it on to number one. No effect. He turned the dial two more notches. Nothing. He got to five and was still telling the boss that he couldn't feel anything. 'Bob', said Shanks, beginning to get annoyed, 'perhaps these bloody Germans aren't as inventive as I thought. Either that or Jimmy is immune to pain.' Melia pressed on... six, seven, eight. 'Still nothing, boss.' Suddenly the dial was all the way to ten and Jimmy was just sitting there, shaking his head, 'No, nothing.' Shanks was furious, 'German crap', he was screaming. 'They haven't got a clue. You can send this back to Munich and tell them they can stick it up their backsides. Two thousand pounds? Get your sponge out, Bob. You might need it.'

We began to back towards the door, when Shanks suddenly said, 'Christ, Bob, you haven't even turned it on!' He flicked the switch and poor Jimmy, still on a maximum setting of ten, nearly hit the ceiling. Sparks were coming out of his ears. His hair would have stood on end if he'd had any. We all ran out, exploding with laughter. As we headed down the corridor, Shanks was right behind us and shouting, 'That'll teach the Bald Eagle to come in for a treatment on a Sunday.'"

TOMMY SMITH - Liverpool 1962-1978 (on the unfortunate guinea pig, Jimmy Melia)

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