Shanks " The Greatest Inspiration”

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In 1913, Glenbuck Ayrshire the year before the first world war begun, Bill Shankly entered the world not knowing that one day he'd be Liverpool's most famous adopted Son.
The 2nd youngest of 10 kids, 5 were girls and the 5 boys all played the professional game, but it was Bill that would go on to make Shankly football's most respected name.

He started his working life down the mine, then moved to Carlisle in 1932, 12 months later we set off to Preston to join an ever-expanding Scottish crew. Like many players of his generation, his career was interrupted by the outbreak of the war, declared on the 3rd September 1939 the day after his 26th birthday to dampen down the Deepdale roar.

His greatest playing achievement arrived at Wembley in the Cup Final of 1938, where a penalty by George Mutch gave North End a 1 nil win and sealed poor Huddersfield's fate.
Shankly years later would manage the Terriers, Workington, Grimsby, and Carlisle were the other three, over a ten-year period that was, then the move that changed football happened well that's how it seemed to me.



When Bill walked into Anfield in December 1959 they were in division 2 but the king had come to claim his throne. And he's enjoyed 14 glorious years there winning the UEFA Cup,3 Championships, 2 FA Cups when he made Liverpool his home. Shanks created the boot room, not true he breathed life into it as it was waiting there for Bill, it was up and running his lieutenants had arrived before him it just needed his managerial skill.

He wasn't just a football manager he was a man of football who could connect with one and all, he was always ahead of the game he was cunning and clever and one by one he'd watch his opponents fall. Even at the barbers when asked what he wanted off the Top, “Everton Son" The charismatic Scot would say, and how his dreams came true he created a dynasty and for 30 years they'd do it the Shankly way.

A Copper once kicked a Liverpool scarf "don't do that son" he'd bark "it's someone's life" he picked it up and wrapped it around his neck, it was his way of showing his love and appreciation and probably a good job it was a copper or he'd have put him on the deck. Sadly, on 29th September 1981 aged 68 the king died though he wasn't quite regal he was, however, football's greatest inspiration quite frankly, for Liverpool's years of domination would not have been possible without the great Bill Shankly.


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