Bill Shankly OBE

Bill Shankly OBE is one of the true managerial greats and won First Division titles, FA Cups and the Uefa Cup before leaving Anfield in 1974 when his work was continued by another Anfield great, Bob Paisley.

He is one of Britain's most successful and respected football managers. Shankly was also a fine player too but his career was interrupted by the Second World War. He played nearly 300 times for Preston North End in The Football League and also represented Scotland seven times.

Some of his famous quotes include:

"Pressure is working down the pit. Pressure is having no work at all. Pressure is trying to escape relegation on 50 shillings a week. Pressure is not the European Cup or the Championship or the Cup Final. That's the reward."

"Liverpool was made for me and I was made for Liverpool."

"If you are first you are first. If you are second you are nothing."

"It's there to remind our lads who they're playing for, and to remind the opposition who they're playing against."

"It was the most difficult thing in the world, when I went to tell the chairman. It was like walking to the electric chair. That's the way it felt." On leaving Liverpool.

"At a football club, there's a holy trinity - the players, the manager and the supporters."

Today, his spirit lives on at Anfield, where a statue of Shankly stands before his beloved Kop and the Shankly Gates bear the immortal words "You'll never walk alone".

This was no better demonstrated than on 18th December 1999 when the 40th anniversary of Shankly's arrival at Anfield saw nearly the whole of the 1965 and 1974 FA Cup winning teams reassembled to view the exhibition commemorating Shankly which was then paraded onto the pitch, where they stood in silence as two bagpipers played "Amazing Grace".

Liverpool also commemorated the occasion of his 50th anniversary of taking charge at Anfield in their home game against Wigan Athletic on December 16, 2009.

Honours (7)
  • domestic-trophies
    • Liverpool:
      • FA Cup Winners, (1973-01-01)
      • FA Cup Winners, (1964-01-01)
  • european-trophies
    • Liverpool:
      • UEFA Cup Winners, (1972-01-01)
  • league-titles
    • Liverpool:
      • Football League Division One Champions, (1972-01-01)
      • Football League Division One Champions, (1965-01-01)
      • Football League Division One Champions, (1963-01-01)
      • Football League Division Two Champions, (1961-01-01)
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