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.
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.
Chris Wood shares his opinion on the new Shankly book. Read all about it by clicking here.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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' 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.
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.
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?.
Have you taken photos of Bill Shankly? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org as we would like to feature them on Shankly.com for all Liverpool fans to share and enjoy!
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!
I know Ali got "Personality of the Century", but Shanks will always be number one in my book. My father was converted to the red faith (from Glasgow Rangers) in the mid 1960's by the power of this man. Can I share a story with you. My late Grandfather was a Liverpool fan all his life. Upon his retirement from the Docks in the late 1960's, he received his season ticket. He was shocked to find that the club had moved from his regular seat to one where he wasn't near the people he'd sat with for years, and where he'd get wet when it rained. My uncle took him to Anfield to try and get his old seat back. He explained he had just retired after working down the docks as man and boy. The people in the ticket office were completely unsympathetic, telling him that his seat was no longer available.
On leaving the office, he noticed Shanks walking in. "Bill, Bill" shouted by Grandfather, and the Great Man came over. My Grandfather explained the situation about his retirement, his time down the docks (working every night during the blitz) and a lifetime as a Liverpool fan. Shanks told him not to worry, to hang on and he'd sort it out. Five minutes later Shanks reappeared with the season ticket for my Grandfather's seat, and said ‚If you have any bother ever again, ask for me.‘ The man will always be number one in my book.