The Shankly Hotel has some of the best Bill Shankly memorabilia in the world. As a lasting tribute to the man that changed Liverpool Football Club forever, The Shankly Hotel is THE place to go to get your fill of all things Bill Shankly.
The newest addition to the collection is a selection of telegrams that were sent directly to Bill Shankly during his time as manager of Liverpool, as well as some very important football documents.
The best place to go to get the full experience and to read the telegrams for yourself is by visiting us in Liverpool city centre. Pop into The Bastion Bar and Restaurant for a tasty dish or a signature cocktail and browse all the delights that the Shankly museum has to offer.
Telegrams From Football’s Greats
Head to The Shankly Hotel for an exclusive peek at a telegram sent by footballer Dennis Law. The two were friends and Law was a firm favourite of Bill’s. One is from Law’s family, congratulating Shankly on his OBE, suggesting that a Knighthood would be next for the footballing great.
There’s also a telegram from Law and former Manchester United player Paddy Crerand, you’ll have to pop by and see us to have a read of the word exchange between some of football’s biggest legends!
Jimmy Melia was a football player who found fame with Liverpool, Wolves and Southampton in the 50s and 60s. In The Shankly Hotel, you can read his good luck wishes that were sent to Bill before the FA Cup Final and European Cup quest. There is also a telegram on display from Don Revie, a fierce competitor to Shankly as the Leeds United manager from 1961-1974. The telegram is from Don and his wife, Elsie, congratulation Bill on his 1974 FA Cup Final win.
When Bill Shankly retired, there were messages of support and congratulations from everyone who knew him and respected him. One such telegram was from Northern Ireland footballer Billy Bingham, which is one of the newest Bill Shankly Memorabilia at The Shankly Hotel.
Stars of Entertainment Send Their Best Wishes
Gerry Marsden, famed for his iconic Liverpool songs Ferry Across The Mersey and for his vocals on You’ll Never Walk Alone, sent his well wishes to Bill upon his retirement.
Also on display is a message from Anthony Booth in 1965, the actor was father of Cherie Blair, wife of politician and former Prime Minister Tony Blair. The Bill Shankly memorabilia wishes Bill the best of luck ahead of the 1965 FA Cup Final.
A Letter Nearly Lost
One of the most fascinating pieces of Bill Shankly memorabilia on display at The Shankly Hotel is the letter from Clementine Churchill, wife of Winston Churchill. The letter was written to thank Bill for the role he played in making a charity game at Wembley for the Red Cross and St John’s War Organisation a success.
The letter was nearly discarded as trash by Bill’s daughter Jeanette and was tore into three pieces before she realised the importance of the paper. Luckily, it was able to be pieced back together and can still be read.
More New Bill Shankly Memorabilia
The last additions to Bill Shankly memorabilia are some fascinating documents from his life. The first being an Agreement for Hire of a Player book, which shows the agreements between Bill and Preston for his remaining playing years at the club.
Finally, feast your eyes on one of a kind notebooks that were written in by the man himself. Two show his handwritten training schedules for the first team at Melwood whilst the other is an academic book from his school days.