Liverpool FC History: How Bill Shankly Led Liverpool to Greatness

Liverpool FC weren’t always in the top half of the footballing league tables, before Bill Shankly took over as manager, the club were struggling. When Shankly arrived at Anfield on Monday 14th December 1959, Liverpool had been in the Second Division for five years and had been beaten by non-league Worcester City in the 1958 – 59 FA Cup.

However, their success all came down to a pivotal year when Bill Shankly led Liverpool to promotion from Division Two, showcasing both Shankly’s shrewd ability in the transfer market and his outstanding management skills.

We take a look back at some fascinating Liverpool FC history and discover how Shankly built the club into the force we know it as today.

Building a New Team

Shankly training

When Shankly arrived at Anfield, the team and ground was in disrepair. There was no means of watering the pitch, the training ground at Melwood was a shambles and the Liverpool squad consisted largely of average players, with a few promising reserves.

Shankly quickly decided that he needed to strengthen the team through the middle, they needed a strong goalkeeper, a centre half who could stop goals and somebody up front who could create and score goals.

Shankly highlighted a list of 24 players that he wanted to replace, all were placed on the transfer list and had left the club within a year. One of the men on the list was legendary Billy Liddell, a player that was so loved that for a short time Liverpool were referred to as ‘Liddellpool’.

Liddell had played for the club for 22 years and remains the oldest goalscorer in the Reds’ history. Although the decision may not have seemed too hard to make, as Liddell was now an aged player, it was still difficult to replace a man of that stature within the club. But, Shankly knew the squad needed a change and he needed to build a whole new team of his own.

Gaining Financial Support

Bill Shankly was aware that Liverpool FC were struggling for money. They hadn’t won a trophy for 13 years and had spent six years in Division Two, meaning that the Board of Directors were reluctant to invest any money in them.

However, with the help of Eric Sawyer, Shankly was able to secure the signatures of the two players at the top of his transfer wish list, Ian St John and Ron Yeats. These two players, as well as goalkeeper Tommy Lawrence, were described as the backbone of the new team.

St John was a hugely important influence at Liverpool and played for the team for 10 years. Similarly, Yeats proved to be a great signing for Shankly and went on to captain Liverpool, lifting seven trophies during his career with them. Both players instantly went down in Liverpool FC history.

Unrivalled Managerial Ability

iconic photos of Bill Shankly

When Shankly first came to Liverpool, he had orchestrated a lot of departures from the team. However, those that showed real talent and success stayed at Liverpool, which showed Shankly’s real skill as a manager.

Liverpool FC’s key striker, Roger Hunt, was a driving force in the club’s improved performance. He scored 41 goals in 41 league appearances in the 61/62 season and Shankly used Hunt extensively in the two previous seasons, too, showing the strength in his judgement.

It was clear that Shankly was not just selling players to make a profit for a whole new squad, he was remoulding the one he had and making them into a Division One side.

And that is exactly what he did, in the 61/62 season Shankly lifted Liverpool out of Division Two forever. Shankly had built a squad that the fans had no fear would lose, they won their first six games and won the league title in April with five games to spare.

Liverpool FC Become Champions

Bill Shankly

When Liverpool made the leap from Division Two to Division One, it was a hugely significant event in Liverpool FC history. It kick started the golden age for football on Merseyside, the promotion saw Liverpool gain access to a better level of football and much more prestigious trophies were now up for grabs.

After their second season in Division One, Shankly won the league title with Liverpool FC and the following year they won the FA Cup for the very first time.

In his autobiography, Shankly recounted that among his many achievements, winning the 1965 FA Cup was his “greatest day”.

By the end of Bill Shankly’s management career at the club, Liverpool FC had become a First Division club that had won two FA Cups (1965 and 1974), the UEFA Cup (1973) and the FA Charity Shield in 1964, 1965 and 1966.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our look back some Liverpool FC history and how the legendary Bill Shankly developed LFC into the amazing football team they are today. If you’d like to delve into his fascinating life more, visit the Shankly Hotel and check out the never-seen-before memorabilia in the Bastion Bar and Restaurant. Or, why not try a Shankly Tour Experience and see the Liverpool Shanks loved.

We hope to see you soon!

Football Legends Take a Tour of Liverpool with Shankly Tours

The Shankly Tours are one of the most popular experiences our guests can enjoy when they stay with us at The Shankly Hotel, but it’s not just the public that have been enjoying our truly unique and exciting tour of Liverpool.

The city has been lucky enough to host special charity matches at the legendary Anfield Stadium over the years, featuring some of the biggest names in international football.

Whilst here on charitable business, it only seemed right that the legends would explore the city and find out more about the culture that makes Liverpool the best city in the world.

Albert Dock Scene Liverpool

Real Madrid Legends’ Tour of Liverpool

In 2017, Anfield welcomed Real Madrid legends to our great city to play an amazing game of football and explore Liverpool. Following the mighty Reds’ 4-3 victory over the Spanish giants, the Real Madrid legends were treated to an unforgettable tour around the home of the Liver Bird.

Having collaborated with Real Madrid Football Club and LFC, the Shankly Experience team crafted an exciting city tour for the visiting footballers. Embarking on a cultural journey around the city, the team were able to experience everything Liverpool had to offer, from Mathew Street, The Cavern Club and The Beatles’ homes, to footballing beacons like The Shankly Playing Fields and Melwood.

Topped off with an incredible private lunch in our stunning Baby Eden function room at The Shankly Hotel, the tour was one that will surely stick with the Real Madrid legends for years to come.

Welcoming Bayern Munich Legends

This year, it was Bayern Munich’s turn to attempt to defeat the legendary Red heroes, but both teams played incredibly well and came up evens with a 5-5 draw.

The German team’s legends enjoyed a similar experience to Real Madrid’s team last year, with a luxurious meal in the coveted Garden of Eden at The Shankly Hotel. Some of Bayern’s most well-loved players took a seat in the beautiful venue and enjoyed the spectacular views over the iconic skyline.

garden of eden

Our hotel is the perfect place for legends to visit. It stands proud as a lasting monument to one of football’s biggest heroes, Bill Shankly, the man who changed Liverpool Football Club forever.

Take a Tour of Liverpool with Shankly Tours

A fantastic tour of Liverpool isn’t just for footballing legends, Shankly Tours operate throughout the year and are perfect for both football fans and those visiting the city.

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Our Memorabilia Tours are a big hit with guests, locals and tourists. This unique experience includes an exciting guided tour of the exclusive Bill Shankly memorabilia on display with a member of Bill Shankly’s family. Here, guests will discover incredible stories and family anecdotes about the great man and team, before receiving a free drink and getting their photo taken with Shankly via Augmented Reality Technology.

The Shankly Experience also offer unique, tailor made football-themed tours and experiences that feature visits to footballing landmarks across the city, bespoke trips to Anfield stadium and exclusive access to memorabilia in The Shankly Hotel, with lots of added extras.

No group is too large for our Shankly Experience team, the more the merrier! Get in touch with our dedicated coordinator, Ashley, by emailing info@shanklyexperience.com and arrange the best tour you’ll ever experience.

The Art of Football Liverpool: See Vintage Bill Shankly Shirt

Set to celebrate the creative culture and social fabric of The Beautiful Game, don’t miss The Art of Football in Liverpool.

Coinciding with the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the season will run throughout June and come to a close on 15th July 2018.

The Art of the Football Shirt

When: 14 June – 28 June (Shankly shirt displayed over 2 selected dates)

Where: Camp & Furnace

We’re delighted to announce that The Shankly Family Experience will be contributing to The Art of the Football Shirt in Liverpool.  Hosted at Camp & Furnace, we’ll be showcasing an extremely rare football shirt worn by the one and only Bill Shankly.

The shirt we have chosen to feature in this spectacular free exhibition dates back to Bill’s early days of football at Preston North End Football Club. The vintage jersey will only be displayed for a limited number of set days.

The Shankly Hotel Preston

So, make sure you’re there on Wednesday 27th June or Thursday 28st June to see for yourself. The special shirt will be revealed from 4:30pm and available to see until 7pm.

Bill Shankly slipped on the famous jersey during the 1938 FA Cup Final. The victorious match saw Preston come out on tops over Huddersfield with a 1-0 win. The game was the pinnacle of Bill’s playing career.

The Art of Football Liverpool – What’s On

Brought to you by fashion historian Neal Heard of Bido Lito! Magazine and Culture Liverpool, this summer will see the city play host to major exhibitions.

Late June and early July will be filled with things to see and do. This is just some of what you can look forward to:

Disco Socrates

When: 30 June 2018

Where: Constellations

Hosted in one of Liverpool’s best-loved music venues, this insightful event will showcase live performances from artists drawn from the World Cup nations. The selection is set to reflect the power of musical movements for making a positive change.

I Don’t Love Soccer Because Soccer Has Never Loved Me

When: 29 June – 15 July 2018

Where: Camp & Furnace

This special event will showcase football culture through the lens of graphic design and illustration. The artwork is taken from an international selection of talented graphic artists.

Soccerama Symposium

When: 12 – 13 July 2018

Where: Liverpool Central Library

Soccerama is a symposium exploring football in a whole new way. A mixture of clever conversations and debates will see football explored from a variety of angles; women’s rights, naturalist populism, LGBTQ, consumer culture, race and class politics will all be touched upon.

Shankly Experience Liverpool

To get your fix of Shankly memorabilia, look no further than The Shankly Family Experience. A fantastic treat for LFC fans, Shankly Tours offer unrivalled insight into the life of a football genius.

Brought to you by the Shankly family, our bespoke tour packages offer something special for everyone. From exclusive family anecdotes to fascinating memorabilia, why not take a browse of our tour packages?

the art of football liverpool

The Memorabilia Tour is a popular favourite amongst our lovely customers. You’ll be greeted by a member of the Shankly family at the start of the tour and treated to a personal, guided tour of the memorabilia by those who knew Bill best. We also provide a free drink and the day comes to a close with our Virtual Reality Shankly Experience.

To get in touch for more information or to book your experience, please contact Ashley Bromilow on 0151 242 1522 or email info@shanklyexperience.com.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

How the Remote Scottish Village where Bill Shankly Grew Up Shaped His Career

In Liverpool, Bill Shankly’s name brings to mind the glory and success of his managerial years at Liverpool FC so you might be surprised to discover that the Liverpool Legend grew up in a remote and poverty-stricken village in Scotland.

Known amongst fans as Shankly’s lost village, Glenbuck is the birthplace and childhood home of the world-class manager who steered Liverpool FC to three English league wins, two FA Cups and a UEFA victory.

bill shankly glenbuck

The legendary Bill Shankly

The former football legend was born in the remote East Ayrshire village on September 2nd 1913. One of 10 children, Bill Shankly was the second youngest child.

The iconic football manager had a modest upbringing, claiming that he didn’t have a proper bath until he was 15 and that he would regularly steal turnips for boiling and eating.

But it was this tough upbringing that shaped Shankly’s humble attitude to the beautiful game and grounded his ethos and values in equality and fair-play.

The Village of Glenbuck: Home of Footballers

For most of Glenbuck’s history, it had only two exports: coal and footballers.

Glenbuck was a struggling coal mine village in the 19th and 20th centuries. Residents lived under constant threat of mine closure as the coal seam began to run out.

By the end of the 1930s, the pit mines had closed. In the late 1990s, the old mine was converted into a open-cast mine, which saw the destruction of many of the  homes in the village.

Glenbuck

The village of Glenbuck

But this tiny village in the Scottish hills also  produced 50 footballers who went on to play professionally – an impressive figure for a village whose population never exceeded 1,700.

Alongside Bill Shankly, other renowned footballers to come from this small Scottish settlement included four English FA Cup winners, five full internationals and 50 professionals.

Bill’s uncle Bob Blyth who played for Rangers, Preston North and Portsmouth also heralded from the village. Alex Tait, a Tottenham Hotspur player when the club won the FA cup in 1901, was also Glenbuck born and bred.

 

Bill Shankly’s Football Experiences in Glenbuck

According to former inhabitants of the tiny village, football and mining went hand-in-hand in Glenbuck. When the mine was open, it was normal for the workers to have a game every night after finishing in the pits. The football pitch, Burnside Park, was only a short walk away from the mines.

When Bill Shankly left school he worked in the mine with his brother Robert for 2 years before it closed.

Bill Shankly Glenbuck

Bill Shankly in his youth

Appearing on the TV Show ‘This is Your Life’ in 1973 with her brother, Bill Shankly’s sister Netta reminisced about the antics the Shankly brothers used to get up.  The five brothers would blow up balloons and kick them around the cramped quarters of their childhood home, often breaking vases and sideboards as they went.

Glenbuck’s local team was called the Glenbuck Cherrypickers, but the team folded before Shankly was old enough to play for them.

Instead he played for Cronberry, a semi-professional junior team located 12 miles away from the village. It was here that Shankly was scouted for Carlisle United, kick-starting his footballing career.

Professional footballers like Shankly were part of the fabric of the village, and this might be why so many successful players were raised in the village. Many of the footballers continued to socialise with younger players, encouraging their sporting efforts.

The Community of Glenbuck

According to former residents of the Scottish village, the mining settlement had a collective attitude to life and were happy to help any family in need. This was later reflected in Shankly’s humble attitude on the pitch, and his belief in playing as a team and not as a group of individuals.

Bill Shankly Glenbuck

After his pitch-side success, Bill Shankly used return to Glenbuck and often joined in games with local youngsters. According to former residents, he often asked how families were getting on, before kindly gifting them financial support.

The family atmosphere of the village must have rubbed off on the LFC legend as Bill Shankly’s family was always important to him. Just before his death he said: “There’s nobody closer to you than your own kith and kin; your own blood. I’ve got my wife, my daughters, grandchildren, and my sons in law. They’re the closest to me and I would die for them”.

Today, an LFC support’s group called the Spirit of Shankly are dedicated to keeping the legacy and values of their hero relevant to the club. Their grassroots activism aims to represent the best interests of Liverpool fans on a local and international level, in keeping with Bill Shankly’s values on community and support. In  2015 they made a trip up to Glenbuck to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Liverpool’s first historic FA Cup win.

The Future of Glenbuck

The village of Glenbuck is currently uninhabited, but there are plans to revive the birthplace of the renowned Liverpool Legend.

Schemes are in discussion to restore the historic football field, establish a museum in the area and even reinstate the once mighty local team, the Glenbuck Cherrypickers.

A charitable football academy has been set up in the village’s name which trains young players in Douglas, South Lanarkshire (one of Scotland’s most deprived areas).

The mine is likely to become a centre for research and education due to its unique geological exposure according to the Scottish Mines Restoration Trust.

Bill Shankly Glenbuck

The Bill Shankly Memorial at Glenbuck

Unsurprisingly, the largest number of visitors to Glenbuck are Liverpool supporters visiting the ‘lost village’ of their club legend. Nestled on the roadside in the village is a simple memorial to Bill Shankly, ‘The Legend, The Genius, The Man’.

Dedicated fans can also travel to Muirkirk Heritage Park a short distance away to see the larger memorial unveiled by LFC legends, Alan Kennedy and Roy Evans, in 2014.

Celebrate Bill Shankly’s Memory at The Shankly Hotel

The Shankly Hotel is a fitting tribute to one of football’s greatest managers. Offering spacious luxury rooms, a lively bar and restaurant and unseen memorabilia, The Shankly will bring the story of Bill Shankly to life during your stay.

The Shankly Hotel

To book your stay at The Shankly Hotel, give our team a call on 0151 601 8801 or email reservations@shanklyhotel.com today.

 

 

How to Make Fathers Day Special at The Shankly Hotel

Fathers day comes but once a year, make this day a special one for the number one man in your life. Here at the Shankly Hotel, we can offer you plenty of father’s day ideas and the perfect way to spend a full day with your dear old dad.

Start The Day in the Best Way

Enjoy a hearty breakfast in The Bastion Bar and Restaurant, which doubles as a modern-day museum dedicated to Bill Shankly. There’s simply no better way to begin father’s day celebrations, than with a delicious full English breakfast.

Full English breakfast - fathers day ideas

Then after you’ve had your fill take a walk around the displays of memorabilia detailing the life and career of one of football’s most legendary managers.

Read letters to and from the man himself and check out how his tactical mind worked by looking over hand-penned notes of plays and match reports, all after enjoying your morning brew.

Take A One of Kind Tour of the City

No matter if its dads first time visit to Liverpool or if you are both local, there’s plenty of things to see in and around the city and The Shankly Hotel can provide the best way to do it.

Anfield stadium - Shankly Experience - fathers day ideas

Hop on a Shankly Experience Tour and tailor your adventure around the city to dads particular interests.

Whether he’s a big Beatles fan, fanatic about football or simply can’t get enough culture, all our Shankly Experience Tours cover the best bits of each or we can help you tailor your own personal tour by giving you some fun fathers day ideas to try out whilst in Liverpool.

Man Up at the Spa

Following all that fun, dad may benefit from a visit to Morgan’s Spa.

Male treatments Morgan's Spa - fathers day ideas

Morgan’s Spa is perfectly equipped to help you and dad spend an afternoon of relaxation together.

Choose from a list of fathers day ideas like tempting treatments, deep tissues massages, energising deep cleanses all perfect for relaxing those manly muscles and the ideal way to make up for all those shoulder rides you had as a child.

Feet Up

Before you and your dad go and check out some of Liverpool’s famed nightlife together, put your feet up and slip on your slippers in the comfort of your luxury Shankly themed hotel room.

Shankly Room - fathers day ideas

You and dad can share a suite, or spring for an interconnected one to give him a little peace and quiet. Enjoy reclining on the comfy sofa watching a bit of TV on huge 50″ screens or freshen up in the double jacuzzi bath.

Shankly Room - jacuzzi - fathers day ideas

What better way to treat your dad than with complete relaxation, and some time off from being your hero?

Dinner Time

Give dad a night off from the dishes and treat him to a good scran in The Bastion Bar and Restaurant.

Sit down to a delicious meal and choose from an extensive menu of dishes inspired by local ingredients and Shankly’s Scottish roots.

Bastion Bar and Restaurant Menu - fathers day ideas

There’s a dish for everyone’s tastes including vegetarian options and, at the opposite end of the scale, an entire selection of meats fresh from the grill.

Let dad know how much he means to you via the best way to his heart, his stomach.

Attend a Free Festival

Coinciding nicely with fathers day in 2018 is Africa Oyé. A fabulous free festival that is a vibrant celebration of multiculturalism.

This is one of the best fathers day ideas and comes complete with food, music, art, fashion and interactive workshops inspired by Latin and African lifestyles and culture.

Africa Oye - fathers day ideas

Take dad along to Sefton Park on the outskirts of the city and enjoy the exciting celebrations. See if you can get him dancing to the sounds of African Fusion music, or sample some of the culinary delights on offer.

Take away memories from his special fathers day to last a lifetime.

Bedtime

After a day of fabulous food and memorable moments, it’s your turn to tuck dad in for the night.

Shankly Stories in Room - fathers day ideas
Wish him sweet dreams and assure him no monsters are in his closet, maybe read him a bedtime story from the ceiling of your room all about the legend that is Bill Shankly.

No doubt your father will be satisfied that his special day with you was the best it could be and you can sleep sound in the knowledge that your fathers day ideas created an amazing day celebrating your own personal legend; your dad.

Call our friendly team soon on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk, to book and stay with us and get some more fathers day ideas and make this the best fathers day ever.

Bill Returns to Preston with The Shankly Hotel Preston

The Shankly Hotel on Victoria Street, Liverpool, is one of the best hotels in the city. Offering guests and visitors a chance to admire the life and times of Bill Shankly while surrounded by luxury furnishings and impeccable service, every time. Now, the Shankly reach is extending further with the announcement of The Shankly Hotel Preston.

Following the huge success of The Shankly Hotel in Liverpool, we have now announced plans to transform the Old Post Office in Preston into a new luxury hotel dedicated to the great Bill Shankly. Formerly intended to be named The Harris Hotel after Preston’s greatest benefactor, Edmund Robert Harris, the new direction for the hotel will honour the special relationship Shankly built with Preston and its people during his career at Preston North End.

The £15 million project will once again be a collaboration between the Shankly family and Signature Living to highlight and commemorate Bill Shankly’s iconic footballing career. The Shankly Hotel Preston will stand as a beacon for football fans, Preston natives and tourists, bringing together the historic building and a Preston legend into one incredible, luxury hotel.

Bill Shankly’s History in Preston

The Shankly Hotel Preston

Bill Shankly began his relationship with Preston in the July of 1933 when he signed for Preston North End. After a season playing professionally at Carlisle United, with 16 appearances for the Northern team, Shankly was approached by Preston North End who had offered a transfer fee of £500.

Although he began his career at Preston in the reserves, they were still placed in a league of a higher standard than his former club, Carlisle United. It wasn’t long until he made his first team debut though, taking to the pitch on 9th December 1933, just three months after the Glenbuck lad turned 20. Preston North End dominated this game, winning 5-0 after Shankly created an early goal.

While at Preston, Shankly helped the team gain promotion to the First Division from Second and was present for some of Preston North End’s greatest achievements. Reaching the FA Cup Final in 1937 and 1938 and winning the latter against Huddersfield Town with a 1-0 penalty in the final minute of extra time. That same year, the team also finished third in the league marking the most successful season of Shankly’s playing career.

The Shankly Hotel Preston

Despite joining the RAF during the Second World War, Shankly continued to play the game he loved so much. Participating in seven wartime internationals and appearing for other teams, namely Liverpool and Arsenal, while times were hard.

When the war was over, Shankly returned to Preston, but he was 33 years old and coming to the end of his playing career. He remained at Preston until he retired from playing in 1949. While he immediately took up the position of Carlisle United’s manager, he never turned his back on the team where he spent most of his professional playing career.

Family Support for The Shankly Hotel Preston

Just like the iconic Shankly Hotel in Liverpool, The Shankly Hotel Preston will be developed in partnership with Shankly’s Grandson. Chris Carline is co owner, curator and director of the Liverpool site and he’s excited to take the Shankly concept to a whole new city.

“Preston was a natural fit, it is the next place that resonates greatly with Bill Shankly and the family. He played for Preston for 16 years and in that respect spent a large part of his life there.

He loved the club and the people, and they loved him. There are so many tributes to him at Deepdale, like The Bill Shankly Kop.

Preston is a great city with some amazing buildings and none more so than the future Shankly Hotel in Preston.”

Chris Carline

Both Chris Carline and Lawrence Kenwright knew that, if there was going to be a second Shankly Hotel, the first choice would be Preston. The Shankly Hotel Preston development is the first stage in rolling The Shankly out nationally and hopefully internationally.

Read more from our interview with Chris Carline here.

The Shankly Hotel Preston’s Future

The Shankly Hotel Preston

The Liverpool site is all about the atmosphere and guest experience, giving incredible service, amazing accommodation, unforgettable events and an unparalleled drinking and dining experience and these high standards are set to be mirrored at The Shankly Hotel Preston.

Despite the similarities in name and theme, the hotel will have its own unique look and feel and will elaborate further on the varied and exciting life that Shankly led.

In Liverpool, Bill Shankly is known for helping transform the floundering Liverpool Football Club into the ambitious and successful force it is today. In Preston, he was known as a star player who helped North End on their way to greatness and The Shankly Hotel Preston will help to tell this story.

The former post office building in Preston is 114 years old and a Grade II listed building and will soon be transformed into a luxurious 65 room boutique hotel, following the same brand and format of the original hotel in Liverpool with luxurious rooms, an opulent bar and restaurant, a Shankly museum and a wedding and events venue.

The Shankly Hotel Preston is due to open to the public in September and we couldn’t be more excited. Stay up to date with progress and construction on our dedicated The Shankly Hotel Preston page and our Twitter.

Here’s How & Why We Celebrate National Pie Week at The Shankly

There aren’t many sports that have their own designated food group. Think Wimbledon’s strawberries and cream or the US Superbowl and chicken wings. For British football, the dish of choice is the humble pie and during national pie week 2018 from the 5th of March, The Shankly Hotel will be putting on a great offer.

Why do pies and football go so well together?

Perhaps no surprise that the oldest sport in the country has adopted one of the oldest snacks in the country as its symbolic dish.

Pie and football - national pie week

source: Pierate

The history of pies and football can be traced back over a century with various recorded incidents surrounding the humble pie appearing at some of the earliest matches.

The notorious chant “who ate all the pies?” is said to have been inspired by William Foulke, a 20 stone Sheffield goalie whose own fans used to sing the tune him due to his enormous size.

Others will tell the tale of Micky Quinn, the famous eighties striker who, after having a pie thrown at him by a fan, picked it up and devoured it.

Micky Quinn - national pie week

source: daily star

So strong is the connection between pies and football that only ten years ago a man travelled the country vowing to eat a pie in every UK football stadium. He succeeded by eating a whopping 92 pies and even penned a book about his experiences entitled . . . wait for it . . . “92 Pies”.

As with football it only seems proper to rate all the pies in the league and place them in their very own league chart.

Thanks to pie experts PIERATEERS such a thing already exists and low and behold the top team pie can be found at Morecambe and is a classic steak and ale wonder.

Liverpool, however, cannot be found on the league table at all! The shock of it.

Hombaked Anfield

Turns out the history of the humble pie is strong at Anfield. Some even say that the current cooperative bakery that supplies Liverpool and away fans with their staple match snack was inspired by the kindness of Shankly himself.

Homebaked Anfield -National Pie week

source: Jeanne works

Homebaked was once Mitchell’s, the bakery that supplied the community and countless match goers with their staple football snack for nearly a century. After closing in 2010 it was sorely missed, which prompted locals to reopen the bakery and run it themselves.

Now on any given match day the cues at Homebaked stretch out the door and around the block as it has become custom to purchase a pie too:

  1. a) keep your hands warm during the game
  2. b) support the local community.

Many believe that Homebaked was inspired by Shankly and that could be why their signature pie is aptly named, The Shankly Pie made with steak, bacon, mushroom and onion and a touch of gravy.

Shankly Pie - Homebaked - national pie week

source: Homebaked

Today Homebaked use their massive match day profits and any other profit to help educate and train their bakers and hold classes and courses and any food left over goes towards help in the local area such as food banks and homeless shelters.

Why not pop in and support them on your next visit to a match day at Anfield?

National Pie Week 2018

So, to celebrate national pie week The Shankly Hotel’s Bastion is offering an amazing two for one of their delicious lunchtime pies from Monday – Friday.

Bastion Pie - national pie week

The tasty fillings change daily so you never know what you might be in for. Everything from the classic chicken and veg to Shankly’s favourite the simple steak is on the cards.

All our pies are made from scratch on site and baked fresh each day so make sure you are in the right place to celebrate national pie week next week and get your hands on a superb piece of Shankly pastry with our amazing two for one offer.

Why not make a night of it, after all your likely to be full up and ready for a lie down after one of these delicious delicacies.

Check out some of our amazing hotels offers including overnight stays and family breaks.

Or what could be more romantic than pie-themed date night to celebrate national pie week at The Shankly?

Call for further info on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk.

Love Stories of Past and Present from the Shankly Hotel

Another Valentine’s day in Liverpool and a chance to look back at the three great loves of The Shankly Hotel’s namesake; Bill Shankly.

It’s an undeniable passion that Bill Shankly had for the game of football. In fact, he would probably scoff at the fact that we have just referred to football as a game. Shankly’s love for the sport ran so deep he is known for having just three great passions.

His footballing career, his darling wife Nessie and their family.

First came love, then came marriage

Shankly and Ness - Valentine's day in Liverpool

The pair met during Bill’s time stationed as a Corporal at RAF barracks just outside Glasgow where Nessie was working in the WRAF. They were married in 1944 and had their first child, Barbara, shortly after in 1945.

It is rumoured that despite his new-found love for Agnes, Bill couldn’t let go of his passion for football and rumour once had it that Bill took Nessie to see a Rochdale game on their anniversary, something that was however quickly discredited by Shanks himself who barked;

“Of course I didn’t take my wife to see Rochdale as an anniversary present. It was her birthday. Would I have got married in the football season? Anyway, it was Rochdale reserves.”

Nessie’s unquestioning attendance of a match for a birthday present set the pace for a future life of supporting her husband’s insatiable appetite for football.

There’s even word that Bill took Nessie to a Tranmere match as a birthday present also, this rumour was quickly quashed by Nessie who corrected

“it was Accrington Stanley but it wasn’t a birthday present”.

The life of the first WAG

Ness and the family - Valentine's day in Liverpool

Nessie was a player’s wife before she became the second lady of Liverpool football.

During the early years of her marriage, she married a star player whom 5 years later became manager at Carlisle United.

From here Bill went on to manage Huddersfield in 1956, then came made the final move in his career to Liverpool in 1959.

Through all that Nessie was behind Bill, never complaining and resiliently supporting her husband’s unrelenting passion for football.

Whilst Bill would be out giving his all to LFC, Nessie would be at home helping raise the grandchildren. Having already brought up 2 daughters Barbara and Jeanette Nessie would also devote her time to entertaining and feeding fans of Shankly and the grounds staff of LFC.

Behind every great man, there is a great woman

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After all the support Nessie gave Bill over the years, through thick and thin the couple remained a beacon of true love.

It wasn’t until 1974, 30 years after they married, that Bill decided to relinquish his greatest passion in life in favour of spending quality time wife his wife and family.

In his own words during his retirement announcement;

“I’ve been so wedded to Liverpool that I’ve taken Nessie out only twice in 40 years. It’s time she saw more of my old ugly mug”

So, in time Nessie’s utter devotion to the great man paid off. He had come to realise that even though his love for Liverpool football was strong he had a family and a wife who were missing his attentions.

After half a century of living and breathing the game, Bill Shankly relinquished his strong ties to Liverpool football and began devoting more time to his family. After all;

“There’s nobody closer to you than your own kith and kin; your own blood. I’ve got my wife, my daughters, grandchildren, and my sons in law. They’re the closest to me and I would die for them.”

Love of the People

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Bill Shankly was and still, is adored by the people of Liverpool.

His dedication to the city earned him the title of honorary Scouser. Without the unyielding love and support of Nessie, his achievements would not have been possible.

Today Bill and Nessie are remembered as the couple who made people happy.

After years of tracking his successful career across the country, Nessie and the Shankly family had set up home in Liverpool. Laying down routes that would help them leave the loving legacy that they both created.

Even with the tragic passing of her one true love, Nessie was comforted by the fact that the people of Liverpool would remember Bill Shankly with such fondness and hold him in loving memory.

What the love of Bill and Ness inspired

Today at the Shankly Hotel our guests can come and learn all about the happiness Bill and Ness shared, as well love they passed onto their children and grandchildren.

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The Shankly Hotel was built upon the strong family values that were made by Bill and Nessie and during their own relationship. The commitment they had to each other’s happiness filtered down into the family we all know today.

Love is always in the air at the Shankly Hotel

Love continues to be a huge part of what goes on at the Shankly Hotel, as we celebrate many happy couple’s special occasions.

Some guests at the Shankly Hotel have proposed, others have said yes.

Some have celebrated special anniversaries whilst others have started their journeys into married life on their wedding day in our stunning Liverpool wedding venue Eden.

Even our own Shankly Hotel Director and grandson of Bill and Nessie; Chris Carline, popped the big question to Lisa, now his intended on the Eden rooftop garden where so many happy dreams have come true.

So on Valentine’s day in Liverpool this year and for the rest of the year ahead, make a visit to the Shankly Hotel to celebrate some fabulous love stories from the past.

Or perhaps make some lasting memories of your own.

Call 0151 601 8801 or check out our latest Valentine’s day offers here.

5 Things Liverpool Can Thank Bill Shankly For

In Liverpool, there is plenty of home-grown talent. We’re a city renowned for birthing The Beatles,  Cilla Black and Kim Cattrall, but one of the most influential figures in our history wasn’t a Scouser, but a Scotsman whom the city took under their wing. In return, the one and only Bill Shankly changed Liverpool forever, and not just on the pitch.

Frequently credited as the manager who revolutionised Liverpool Football Club, Shankly was a firm favourite with everyone in the city.

We’re taking a look back at all the things Liverpool can thank Bill Shankly for.

LFC’s first Victory in the FA Cup

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Despite being crowned League champions twice in the 1920s and again in the 1946-47 season, LFC had been in a steady state of decline in the years prior to Shankly’s reign, even being relegated to the Second Division in the 1953-54 season.

But Bill Shankly had faith in his players and faith in his team, persevering and working hard to turn them into a ‘bastion of invincibility’. After months of hard work, the change in training and dedication to the players paid off and LFC was finally being recognised for their impressive talent.

The team were promoted back to First Division in 1962 and in 1964 Bill Shankly led the way to the club’s first FA Cup victory with a final like no other against Leeds United. The match ended 2-1 in additional time and Shankly cemented his team as a solid force to be reckoned with.

Turning Melwood into a World-Class Training Facility

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Melwood is one of the top training facilities in the world, with three full-size synthetic pitches, rehabilitation rooms, a gym, swimming pool and even a restaurant.

But this wasn’t always the case. Upon visiting Melwood for the first time Shankly was shocked at the state of the training ground, famously stating it was a shambles and ‘a sorry wilderness’.

He put in the orders and it wasn’t long before Melwood was made a suitable fit for champions. The transformation was a success and, along with Shankly and his team’s great training plans, was an important factor in the future successes of the club.

The training ground continues to be the site of LFC’s rigorous training, despite plans to move training to Kirby being announced in 2017. It was redeveloped again in 2001 under the careful eye of then manager Gerard Houllier, but still maintains the Shankly flair.

Outstanding Impact as a Manager

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Shankly was one of the pioneers of legendary football managers, bringing a new style of management to the beautiful game. Inspiring his players, being hands-on in training and always taking time to speak to the fans who made it all possible.

A lot of football managers have dabbled on the pitch themselves before turning their hand to taking charge, but Shankly brought his fire with him to the top spot.

He always instilled the importance of football and what it means to the fans into his players, encouraging them to set standards and helping them to realise how privileged they were to be playing for the club.

His impact as a manager at Liverpool did not go unrecognised, with awards, accolades and tributes flowing in following his retirement and his untimely death in 1981. In 1982, his widow, Nessie, ‘unlocked’ the now iconic Shankly Gates at Anfield, he was given an OBE in 1974 and he was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2002 in recognition of his impact as a manager.

Bridging the Divide Between Liverpool and Everton

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The story of Liverpool FC and Everton’s rivalry dates back to the creation of LFC by Everton’s former club president John Houlding. It’s hard to imagine LFC being called anything else, but when the team was first conceived, it was named ‘Everton Athletic’.

The rivalry is fierce but friendly, with reds and blues frequently going head to head but always having an undertone of love and respect. Shankly only helped to further this bond with his famous friendship with Dixie Dean, star player and record-breaker at Everton in the 1920s.

Following his retirement as manager in 1974, Shankly struggled with the concept of no longer having football to rule his life and spent a lot of time at Melwood. New manager Bob Paisley felt undermined by Shankly’s empowering presence and the legend soon felt compelled to stay away from the team he loved the most.

He did, however, get regular invites to be a spectator at Goodison Park to watch the blues play top-tier teams from around the world. Chris Shankly, the grandson of the former manager, remarked that Bill developed ‘a soft spot for the blue side of the city’ and the man himself even said that he was welcomed warmly every time he visited Everton’s ground and training site.

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Shankly is often revered as one of the friendliest managers football has ever seen. Stopping frequently to chat with fans and always taking the time to acknowledge those that did the same to him.

His home in West Derby was a hotspot for kids of the area and football fans alike to come and hope to catch a glimpse of one of Liverpool’s biggest legends. As well as being just a few minutes walk from Melwood, a community football pitch sits nearby.

Even during his time as manager, the fields were used by people from the local area for honing their football skills and coming together for friendly competition. It’s reported that Shankly often walked by these fields, stopping to watch or even dabbling in the game himself.

These football pitches were officially named ‘Shankly’s Playing Fields’ in 1990, with Nessie coming along to give her blessing and open the fields to the youngsters of the area.

An Undeniable Icon

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There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that Bill Shankly was, and still is, a true icon in the eyes of the people of Liverpool. He changed Liverpool Football Club forever and stole the hearts of the city in the process.

Liverpool has plenty to thank Bill Shankly for, not that the city needs telling. We’ll always hold the Scotsman in our hearts as a true Scouser thanks to the incredible work he did on the pitch and the shine he exuded wherever he went.

The Most Iconic Photos of Bill Shankly

Regarded as one of the most inspiring football managers in history, these iconic photos of Bill Shankly capture him as the powerful, determined and loved manager of Liverpool we all remember.

A self-confessed man of the people, Bill Shankly touched the lives of many Scousers and his illustrious career resulted in some of the most significant professional achievements in football the world has seen.

Take a step back in time and discover some of the most iconic moments of Shankly’s career, captured in these fascinating images.

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This brilliant images shows Bill Shankly with Preston North End’s midfielder Hugh O’Donnell before the Cup final on the 15th of April 1937. Shankly only played for two clubs – first Carlisle for one season, then Preston from 1933 to 1949.

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Preston North End players carry the trophy after their 1-0 extra-time victory over Huddersfield Town in the 1938 FA Cup final at Wembley, Bill Shankly is to the right of the policeman.

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Bill Shankly leads out Preston North End in February 1948.

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After 10 years of managing various teams, Shankly made the move from Huddersfield Town to Liverpool in 1959.

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Liverpool F.C enjoy champagne in the dressing room after they clinch the title with a home win over Arsenal in 1964. Roger Hunt and Milne get their glasses topped up by Ian St John, Lawrence, Thompson, Bill Shankly manager, Steveson, Ron Yeats behind Moran, Byrne and Ian Callaghan.

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Bill Shankly celebrates victory in the 1965 FA Cup after Liverpool defeated Leeds United 2-1 in extra-time. Later, in his biography he described this as his ‘greatest day’.

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One of the most iconic photos of Bill Shankly, this image shows Liverpool’s parade through the streets with the FA cup after their victory over Leeds United in the FA Cup final. The trophy is being held by Liverpool captain Ron Yeats and Willie Stevenson (right), with Bill Shankly standing just behind them.

Shankly leans out of the parade bus to greet fans.

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Arguably the most iconic image of Bill Shankly, this shows the manager revelling in the support after losing to Arsenal in the 1971 FA Cup Final.
Despite the score, the Reds returned to the city to an incredible homecoming. Steve Hale stood on St George’s plateau and was amongst a bunch of other photographers who called out to Bill Shankly to turn around and face them, this is one of the images that was captured.

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Kevin Keegan pictured with Liverpool FC boss Bill Shankly when he signed for the Reds.

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Shanks practises some of his own football skills on the training pitch.

Shankly celebrates a win in front of The Kop.

Bill Shankly was a legendary manager, leading Liverpool F.C for 753 games, spanning 15 years.

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Shankly and the Liverpool team pose for pictures with trophies in 1966.

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Shankly with the FA Cup trophy on board the train back to Liverpool in 1974

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In 1974, Bill Shankly retired as a manager. This picture shows him leading out his side for the 1974 FA Charity Shield alongside Brian Clough, the new manager of Leeds United

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He died on 29 September 1981. Here, a Liverpool fan holds aloft a homemade banner declaring ‘Shankly Lives Forever’ as he and all of Anfield commemorate the much-loved former manager.

We hope you’ve enjoyed the most iconic photos of Bill Shankly, if you’d like to delve into his fascinating life more, visit the Shankly Hotel and check out the never-seen-before memorabilia in the Bastion Bar and Restaurant. Or, why not try a Shankly Tour Experience and see the Liverpool Shanks loved.

7 Highlights from Our Shankly Tours

At its heart, Liverpool is a football city. With two great teams representing the real heart of Liverpool, taking a football-themed tour of the city is the best way to see the history that shaped the sport that our city holds so dear. Our Shankly Tours are built with you in mind, taking you to see iconic landmarks across the city.

For an LFC super fan and Bill Shankly admirer, our Match Day and Memorabilia Tours are the perfect way to get a glimpse into Shankly’s Liverpool.

Take a look at just some of the highlights of both these incredible tours and get excited to begin your journey around the city that made for Shankly.

Pre-Game Hospitality at the legendary Sandon Pub

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The Sandon is one of the most famous red pubs in Anfield and is well-known as the ‘birthplace of Liverpool Football Club’. The first brewer in The Sandon was once president of Everton FC in their early days before he started his own football club when the relationship turned sour.

The football club he started would go on to become Liverpool FC as we know them today. Fans flood through the doors of The Sandon every match day to experience the authentic and unique atmosphere that can only come from a pub with deep ties to the Reds.

Our Match Day Tour offers you the option to enjoy pre-match hospitality at the iconic Liverpool drinking hole. If you purchase the entire Match Day Package, you’ll enjoy a free drink on arrival, a delicious, home-cooked meal and unlimited hot drinks before you head to the stadium to watch Klopp’s eleven do their thing.

Match Day Stadium Tour

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When you book onto a Match Day Tour, not only will you get to see all of Bill Shankly’s favourite haunts, you’ll also get a behind the scenes look at Anfield itself.

While the fans are preparing for a thrilling 90 minutes, you’ll get to see the areas that only players and VIP guests can visit. Touch the infamous This Is Anfield sign, walk down the players’ tunnel and stop by the press area and see where many a post-match reflection has taken place.

You’ll even be able to get a photo in Klopp’s seat and see what it’s like to be the man in charge!

Visit the Ground Where LFC Players Train

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Melwood, in West Derby, has been the training ground for Liverpool FC players for decades. After years of use as a school football training ground, the area was in a state of disrepair. Shankly noted in his autobiography that ‘it was a sorry wilderness’ and pledged to improve the training conditions.

Shankly helped to transform and revolutionise Melwood into a top-class training facility. One that his incredible team deserved.

Shankly spent many hours here, making sure his team were up to standard and perfecting his ‘pass and move, keep it simple’ philosophy.

You can now cast your own eye over the place where Liverpool players spend hours upon hours perfecting their techniques and training to be the best in the world.

The Shankly Playing Fields

During his time as Liverpool FC manager, Shankly took up residence in Sandforth Road in West Derby, just a few minutes walk from Melwood training ground.

Sitting at the top end of Sandforth Road are the Shankly Playing Fields, a recreational public area where children, teenagers and adults alike can come together for a bit of football fun.

When he wasn’t leading to Reds to victory, kids of the time reported that he used to come and referee for their friendly matches.

Keith Duckworth, a Liverpool native, once had the privilege of using Shankly’s toilet when nature called one day on Shankly Playing Field’s grass. He said: “Couldn’t believe I was sat on his loo. He told me that if I wanted to play for Liverpool, I should play for a team instead of watching them.”

On the Match Day Tour, you can catch a glimpse of the playing fields and imagine a time when Shankly used to grace the grass and inspire aspiring footballers of West Derby.

Shankly’s West Derby Home

When you visit the Shankly Playing Fields, you’ll also get the chance to see where Bill Shankly lived with Nessie.

Everyone in the area knew Bill and everyone developed a strong respect for the Liverpool manager. He was always friendly, always kind and would stop and sign autographs and speak to anyone that took the time to say hello.

The house is modest for such an icon and hero, but what more would you expect from such a down to earth man?

Guided Tour of our Shankly Memorabilia

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The Shankly Hotel is not only one of the highest rated hotels in Liverpool, it also serves as a lasting monument to the man that changed Liverpool FC forever.

With iconic items from Shankly’s life such as his original contract, trophies and personal artefacts, there’s no place like the Shankly Museum to get your fill of everyone’s favourite football manager.

The guided tour of all this memorabilia is a great way to hear all about the items on display, including anecdotes and explanations that can only be heard from someone who knows them inside out.

A Photo with Bill Shankly Himself

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In 2016, we launched the Shankly Virtual Experience in The Bastion Bar & Restaurant, offering a unique experience for Shankly fans.

The virtual reality hologram will place Bill at your table, enjoying your food with you as you soak in all the memorabilia that the restaurant has to offer.

When you embark on a Memorabilia Tour at The Shankly Hotel, you’ll get your very own photo with the man himself. It truly has to be seen to be believed!

Book One of Our Shankly Tours

All of our Shankly Tours are an incredible way to see Liverpool with a difference, whether you’re visiting Shankly’s favourite spots or gazing upon the memorabilia that was generously donated by his family, they’re the perfect way to spend an afternoon doing something different in Liverpool.

Match Day Tours are available when Liverpool are playing at home in Anfield and the Guided Memorabilia Tour can be experienced every day at 12pm in the Shankly Museum. Make sure you book in advance so you aren’t disappointed!

Email us at info@shanklyexperience.com to secure your place on an unforgettable Shankly Tour in Liverpool.

Derby Food & Drink Offer: Liverpool v Everton this Friday

This Friday, come in from the cold and enjoy a cosy night at The Bastion with an unmissable offer!

Situated within Liverpool’s luxury Shankly Hotel, you can look forward to an unrivalled atmosphere.

Celebrating the life and legacy of Bill Shankly, visitors to The Bastion can also make the most of our exclusive memorabilia.

Provided by the Shankly family, our stylish bar and restaurant features a museum of special belongings.

Guests can admire everything from Bill’s personal typewriter to original LFC contract.

Derby Deal at The Bastion

Our fantastic Derby deal is available for just £12.95pp and includes live entertainment, food and drink.

You can look forward to delicious food and a drink on arrival plus the live game on big screen TVs.

Plus, you won’t want to miss our In-Play drinks offers including 2 for 1 on shots when LFC score first.

Not forgetting, LFC winning at halftime means 2 for 1 at the bar and an LFC win means 2 for 1 for an hour after the full-time whistle.

If you’ll be joining us with a group of mates, you can also enjoy 4 pint pitchers for £10 , 5 bottles for £12 and double up on house spirits for £1 extra.

This dazzling deal also incorporates a Triple AAA Sports memorabilia raffle and live themed music to keep spirits high!

So, there’s plenty to get your hands on while watching the match in action.

Staying at The Shankly Hotel

A blend of contemporary and classic style gives The Shankly Hotel a luxury yet comfortable feel.

Rooms at The Shankly exude charm and character with fantastic facilities for the perfect stay.

Spend a night in style with your very own double whirlpool Jaccuzi bath, 50″ TV Screen, Bluetooth and free Wifi.

Situated in the heart of Liverpool city centre, enjoy some New Year’s shopping the following day or explore the best of local attractions.

And the next day, why not enjoy a lazy morning? Our Lazy Beer Brunch is available from 12pm – 2pm.

This includes full breakfast and chips served to your table with fresh orange juice, coffee, or tea and a hair of the dog pint!

The Upcoming Football Quarter

Last year, we announced the upcoming Football Quarter in Liverpool. And if you’re an Everton fan or you have one in the family, it’s well worth keeping an eye out!

Set to celebrate the friendly rivalry that unites football fans across the city, The Dixie Dean Hotel will sit opposite The Shankly.

The ‘Football Quarter’ will be the first in the world, showcasing the unique and long-standing football history of the city.

Following the success of The Shankly Hotel, the Dixie Dean themed venue will follow a similar format with close involvement from the football icon’s family.

So join us this Friday for an unforgettable Derby night! To book your table simply get in touch on 0151 541 9999.