Where to watch the Champions League Final in Liverpool

With just over a week to go until one of the most hotly-anticipated football matches in years, we can’t wait to see Liverpool battle it out with Real Madrid in the Champions League Final on Saturday 26th May.

It’s been a staggering 13 years since the Reds last won the title, making it all the more exciting. If you aren’t lucky enough to have a ticket for Kiev, there are plenty of venues in Liverpool that are screening the big match.

From big screens to sit down meals, DJs and all-inclusive offers, here’s your round up of the best places to watch the Champions League Final in Liverpool.

Bound to be a memorable night, many places have already sold out of seats, so you best get booking!

The Bastion Bar and Restaurant

Bastion - The Shankly

Set within the famous Shankly Hotel, a venue that is dedicated to the Liverpool legend Bill Shankly, The Bastion Bar and Restaurant is the perfect place to watch Liverpool in the Champions League Final.

You and your mates can enjoy all the exciting action from the game on our HD big screens, alongside all the biggest LFC fans in the city.

Especially for the occasion, The Bastion are offering fans a match day offer which includes a choice of one of three delicious dishes, access to prize raffles with AAA sports memorabilia, match day drinks offers and in play drinks promotions.

There will also be some pre-match and post-match entertainment from a fantastic singer, to either lift your spirits or enhance the party atmosphere!

Lucky fans can get all of these amazing extras for just £12.95 per person. Watching the Champions League Final in the Bastion Bar and Restaurant really is the ultimate destination for an LFC fan.

The Garden of Eden

Garden of Eden

One of the most popular destinations for big events in Liverpool, The Garden of Eden are showing the big game, with lots of amazing extras that will keep your spirits high if things don’t go the way we want!

You and your friends can enjoy the Reds take on Real Madrid with a tasty buffet lunch, access to prize raffles with AAA sports memorabilia, match day drinks offers and in-play promotions.

There will also be a talented singer, who will provide some unmissable entertainment in between the football.

For just £16.95, this amazing offer is a steal.

Eden Terrace

Champions League Final

Set on the rooftop of The Shankly Hotel, Eden Terrace are showing the match on outdoor big screens in a standing only capacity.

Take in the spectacular skyline views over our glorious city as you enjoy the electric atmosphere of the Champions League Final.  Eden Terrace is definitely the most picturesque backdrop to what could be an unforgettably historic evening.

For £10 per person, you will receive exclusive access to the Eden Terrace, front row views of the big screens and a free drink of your choice on entry.

30 James Street

30 James Street - Champions League

If you’re looking for a sophisticated venue to watch the Champions League Final, look no further than the White Star Grand Hall, in the luxurious 30 James Street Hotel.

To celebrate one of Liverpool’s most important match for over ten years, this hotel is offering fans an amazing all-inclusive deal that is sure to sell out.

Enjoy the nail biting action from their huge screens, whilst tucking into a delicious three course meal and unlimited draft, house wine and spirits, all in the breathtaking surroundings of this iconic venue.

One of the best match day deals in Liverpool, you won’t want to miss out on this amazing deal for just £75 per person. To book a table, call 0151 305 5101.

Make the Most of The Champions League Final

Shankly Hotel room - bank holiday weekend in Liverpool

If you really want to make the most of what promises to be the biggest and most electric night in Liverpool, book a stay at The Shankly Hotel and celebrate LFC’s big game in style.

The entire hotel is dedicated to preserving the legacy of footballs greatest manager, Bill Shankly. From the moment you step into The Shankly Hotel guests are greeted by endless displays of Shankly memorabilia relating to the great man and his career.

Every Shankly Hotel room is luxurious and spacious with comfortable double beds, extravagant ensuite bathrooms and facilities that will make any guests stay enjoyable. Explore the city after staying from the amazing central location of the hotel and check out the superb culture of Liverpool during your stay.

Call 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk today.

Liverpool Game: Champions League Match Day Offers at The Shankly Hotel

The Reds have made it to the semi-finals and are up against old foes Roma, a team they haven’t played against in 34 years. To celebrate this momentous Liverpool game The Shankly Hotel have some excellent match day offers for the fans to enjoy.

The excitement in the city is almost as hot as the weather and to help our football fans really get into the Champions League spirit we’re inviting them to join the Champions League Club for the last few games of the season.

The Champions League Club Offer

Join us at the Bastion Bar and Restaurant and watch the Liverpool game this Tuesday in style, after all it is the Champions League semi-finals.

Make your way to The Shankly Hotel on the 26th of April and enjoy food and drink on arrival, in the form of a juicy burger and beer, then take a seat in the buzzing atmosphere of The Bastion Bar and Restaurant.

Here the Liverpool game will be shown on huge screen TV’s all around the bar for all to see and live entertainment will be provided before and in between the game.

Bring the family along as the little ones can eat for free, and this is a Liverpool game every football fan should get to enjoy, no matter how big or small.

There will also be exclusive match day offers including giant 4-pint pitchers for just £10, 5 bottles of larger for £12 and the option to double up on house spirits for just £1 more.

This is just one of the ways we like to spoil our customers at The Shankly Hotel giving the people of Liverpool what they want, the best place to watch the Liverpool game in the heart of the city.

Liverpool Game Matchday in-play offers

Only in town for one Liverpool game and it’s the semi-finals?

If so chose the Bastion Bar and Restaurant and bag yourself a great seat to watch all the action.

Not only does the Bastion provide a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere for each and every football fan, there are some terrific in play offers to take advantage of at the bar.

Of course, it’s always a great thing when Liverpool are in a winning position, but that gets even better when you’re watching a Liverpool game in the Bastion.

 

If the Reds are up at halftime, the prices of the drinks go down as selected drinks become buy one get one free. Should Liverpool be skilled enough to score the first goal then its time to celebrate with buy one get one free on any shots at the bar?

At the end of the game, when the final whistle blows and Liverpool are victorious by one get one free will continue on for an hour more to help toast the Reds success.

Better still, all customers who are watching the Liverpool game in the Bastion Bar will be given a special 50% discount off the Bastion Restaurant menu to use on a meal anytime during the following week.

Football at The Shankly Hotel

The Shankly Hotel has become the go-to place to watch the football in Liverpool and it’s little wonder why.

The entire hotel is dedicated to preserving the legacy of footballs greatest player/manager Bill Shankly. From the moment you step into The Shankly Hotel guests are greeted by endless displays of Shankly memorabilia relating to the great man and his career.

People are invited to look over a rare and extensive collection of Shankly archives and keepsakes that was kindly donated by the Shankly family. Everything from Bill’s training tracksuit to his handwritten tactics notes and personal correspondence with colleagues, friends, there’s even a telegraph from the FabFour.

Why not make a break of the Champions League semi-finals with the family and bring everyone along for an overnight stay in any of our Shankly themed rooms?

Every Shankly Hotel room is luxurious and spacious with comfortable double beds, extravagant ensuite bathrooms and facilities that will make any guests stay enjoyable. Explore the city after staying from the amazing central location of the hotel and check out the superb culture of Liverpool during your stay.

Call 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk today.

A Brief History of Liverpool and the Champions League

It’s been 34 years since these two teams last faced off against each other at finals level, in the last match of the 1984 Champions League in Rome. Liverpool, of course, came out on top and to keep the club in with a chance at the finals they need a repeat of the success they saw in the early eighties.

We’ve taken a quick look back at Liverpool’s history with the Champions League, and if the past is anything to go by the future looks rosy for The Red’s as they come up against old foes from over the water.

1977 – Liverpool vs Borussia Mönchengladbach

Final Score: 3-1

Ground: Stadio Olimpico

Liverpool vs Borussia Mönchengladbach - Champions League 1977

source: The Anfield Wrap

When these two finalists came together their journeys couldn’t have been more different. Liverpool’s wins had come to the team fairly easily, with one or two close calls, Borussia Mönchengladbach, on the other hand, had just scraped through. The ’77  final game took place in Rome only four days after Liverpool had lost the FA Cup to Manchester United at Wembley.

Liverpool’s win against Borussia Mönchengladbach was the first time the club became European Champions and gave them the chance to play for the Super Cup which they also won this year.

Had it not been for Manchester United, Liverpool would have been the first team to win a Treble, a feat that United achieved themselves 22 years later.

1978 – Liverpool vs Club Brugge

Final Score: 1-0

Ground: Wembley

Returning to the competition as reigning champions, Liverpool faced off against first-timers Club Brugge, a team they had defeated in the UEFA Cup Final in ’76.

The final match at Wembley was goalless for the first half and Liverpool’s Kenny Dalglish scored the one and only goal of the game in the second half. A goal that became known as one of the greatest in the history of football.

Liverpool won the game 1-0 and became the first team in history to retain the European champs title but sadly lost the Super Cup this year to another Belgian team Anderlecht.

1981 – Liverpool vs Real Madrid

Final Score: 1-0

Ground: Parc des Prince

Liverpool vs Real Madrid - Champions League 1981

source: The Independent

Liverpool faced off in their third final against previous six-time winners, Real Madrid. With both teams most prominent players facing injury time, the results could not be predicted.

A goalless game was changed in the 81st minute when Alan Kennedy found the back of the net, the lead was held until the final whistle and Liverpool won their third European Cup and became the very first British club to do so.

Manager Bob Paisley also became the first manager to win three consecutive European cups with one team.

One goal secured Liverpool and manager Paisley’s third European Cup.

1984 – Liverpool vs Roma

Final Score: 5-1

Grounds: Stadio Olimpico

The fourth European cup final match for Liverpool and only the first for Roma, Liverpool were seasoned European Champions by this point.

Both teams had faced off other teams for the chance to appear in the final and even though Liverpool’s journey was comfortable there were struggles for Roma and a rumour that the team bribed the referee in the semi-finals against Dundee United.

Despite Liverpool’s past performances, Roma were the favourites to win and they put up a good fight holding 1-1 score from the first half through to full and extra time.

The finals of ’84 ended in a penalty shoot-out which Liverpool won 4-2, earning them their first Treble for the season and the match that Bruce Grobbelaar perfected the famous “Grobbelaar Legs”.

2005 – Liverpool vs Milan

Final Score: 6-5 (penalties)

Ground: Atatürk Stadium

Liverpool vs Milan Champions League 2005

source: Wikicommons

Off to a rocky start in 2005 Liverpool barely scraped through into the knock out rounds of the 2004/5 Champions League.

After seeing off European competition in the knock out stages, Liverpool faced Chelsea in the semi-finals and scored what was dubbed as a “ghost goal” by Chelsea manager José Mourinho, a goal which gave Liverpool the 1-0 lead which they held to take them through to their sixth finals match.

They would be facing six-time European Cup Champions Milan, who were favourites to win and were quickly leading the match at 3-0 before halftime.

Liverpool pulled off one of their extraordinary comebacks in this all-important match-up and went onto score 3 goals in under six minutes.

The three all tie took the teams to penalties where Liverpool triumphed thanks to a save from goalkeeper Dudek against talented striker Shevchenko.

Liverpool vs Milan Champions League 2005

Dudek winning save Shevchenko penalty

The game was nicknamed “The Miracle of Istanbul” and stays strong in the memory of many Reds fans to date as one of the best matches they’ve ever witnessed and because this was the 5th time Liverpool had won the Champions League, Liverpool can now keep the trophy.

We Were the Champions

After all this success Liverpool scraped into the Champions League in 2005 and was defeated in the knockout rounds. They went on to face Milan again in 2006/7 finals but lost.

Old opponents Chelsea took Liverpool out of the running in both 2008 and 2009 and then in 2010 Liverpool failed to qualify for European competition in for the first time since 1999.

It wasn’t until 2015/16 that the team managed to get back on top and reached the semi-finals against Villarreal. The match was another amazing comeback game that saw Liverpool fight back from 1-0 down to a win of 3-1 on aggregate. After this win, Liverpool had once again made it into the final and went up against Sevilla at St. Jakob-Park in Basel and but lost 3-1.

Back in the Semi-finals 2018

Facing off against an old foe can Liverpool overcome Roma like they did in ’84?

It seems the fans of Roma have not forgotten the past and are itching to face The Reds on the 24th of April in the semi-finals of the Champions League.

The first leg takes place in Anfield with the second following up eight days later at Stadio Olimpico where Roma faced defeat in the finals of the 1984 European Cup match over 30 years ago.

Fingers crossed for a victory against the Italian side and predictions are already in that Liverpool will be coming up against Real Madrid in the finals.

Let’s hope things go Liverpool’s way against Roma to be in with a chance of reliving the same success as they did in the eighties.

Keep your eyes peeled for all of The Shankly Hotel’s Champion League offers and make sure you’ve got great seats in the Bastion Bar & Restaurant for all the up and coming Champions League matches.

The Ultimate Liverpool Football Club Fan Hotel

The Shankly Hotel is the number one destination in the city for a Liverpool Football Club fan.

We pride ourselves on offering the most electric match day atmosphere, as well as amazing drinks offers, unique surroundings that are sure to impress any football fan and luxurious rooms that are perfect for group stays.

So, with lots of LFC fixtures fast approaching, it’s time to start planning where you’ll be celebrating the goals.

The Only Place to Watch the Game

Bowing day football in Liveprool

Dedicated to the legendary Bill Shankly, the Bastion Bar and Restaurant is the best place in Liverpool to watch live football.

Set within the Shankly Hotel, this beautiful city centre restaurant allows visitors to delve into the iconic personal and professional life of Bill Shankly.

Discover some of the football manager’s most treasured memorabilia, which is displayed throughout this unique restaurant and explore the history around Liverpool Football Club.

Every time the reds take to the field, the action is screened on our huge TV’s, creating an electric atmosphere that can’t be found anywhere else.

Join us on a match day and enjoy exclusive prize giveaways, bar deals and in-play drinks offers that create match winning crazy drink offers that really get you in the party mood!

Liverpool Football Club fan

The amazing Premier League Club or Champions League Club also allow you to earn loyalty points for every game you attend. In return, you will get access to unbeatable rewards, including offers for overnight stays, the Shankly Tours, dining and access to LFC merchandise and memorabilia.

You can even tuck into some delicious food whilst you watch the action in the Bastion Bar and Restaurant.

Soak in the wonderful atmosphere as you enjoy delicious home cooked meals from an eclectic menu, expertly crafted by our talented chefs.

The Bastion Bar and Restaurant is the ideal destination for a Liverpool Football Club fan.

The Ultimate Liverpool Football Club Fan Hotel

The Shankly Hotel

The Shankly Hotel in Liverpool offers luxurious accommodation that’s as unique as its namesake, Bill Shankly.

The perfect place to rest your head if you’re a red, The Shankly prides itself on being a tribute to the life and career of one of football’s finest managers and a footballing hero of Liverpool.

The hotel is home to never-before-seen memorabilia which has been donated by the Shankly family and displayed around the building.

There’s even the ‘Tactics Wall’, a collection of handwritten notes by the man himself covering everything from scouting to playing tactics and match reports.

Football Memorabilia Bill Shankly

And a 30ft video wall in the reception area features moving images, quotes and iconic photos from the legendary manager’s life and career.

Our rooms and suites have been designed with comfort and luxury in mind, featuring unique quotes and memorabilia from the main man himself.

We are the ideal destination for those who appreciate luxury, fun and flexibility, providing the ultimate hotel experience in Liverpool.

Situated close to all major transport links, The Shankly is the ideal place to stay if you’re going to the match, or if you’re looking for somewhere to watch all of the action.

Experience a Football Tour With a Difference

Shankly tours - Anfield

Source: Wikicommons

Always wanted to learn more about Liverpool Football Club and one of their most famous and loved managers, Bill Shankly? The Shankly Experience is the perfect football-themed tour for you.

With a range of different routes and themes to choose from, we can guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

You can enjoy match day tours, where you’ll be taken around Anfield before the game, soak up plenty of Liverpool’s interesting culture and take a trip around the city’s most celebrated historic landmarks and vibrant cultural.

Maybe you’d like to delve into the life of Bill Shankly? You can visit the house where the great man lived, enjoy a training session on the Bill Shankly Playing Field in West Derby and visit the places he loved in Liverpool.

bill shankly

If you can’t decide which tour is best for you, we also offer bespoke packages that allow you to book a tour tailored to your interests. Whether you are a fan of culture, architecture, sport, music or history, The Shankly Experience has it all.

At the end of every tour, you will have the chance to explore the Shankly museum, set within our beautiful hotel.

You can view everything from Bill’s original LFC contract, his telegram from Neil Armstrong, the key to The Shankly Gates and his This Is Your Life book. No place on Earth offers such a unique look at the legendary manager’s career.

The Shankly Experience Tours are the perfect treat for any Liverpool Football Club fan.

The World’s First Football Quarter

football quarter

Last year, it was announced that a brand new hotel, dedicated to the Everton legend Dixie Dean would be opening opposite The Shankly Hotel.

Set to celebrate the friendly rivalry that unites football fans across the city, the road between the two hotels is to become the world’s first Football Quarter.

Showcasing the unique and long-standing football history of the city, the quarter will be lined with unique statues of footballing legends.

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.

We are sure this area will become one of the top destinations for football fans travelling to our great city.

To book a stay at the ultimate Liverpool Football Club Fan Hotel, get in touch with our friendly team today and make the most of match days. 

We hope to see you soon. 

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.

30 Bellefield Boxing Day Bonanza at The Shankly Hotel

Spend a brilliant day watching boxing day football in Liverpool with the whole family at The Shankly Hotel. We’ve tailormade a special boxing day football event for families of footy fans to come together and enjoy the match in an amazing atmosphere.

Pop your new team shirt on and make your way to our 30 Bellefield Boxing Day Bonanza this boxing day in Liverpool.

The best place to watch boxing day football 2017

Where else could you gather together with the whole family, enjoy a menu of delicious food, superb drinks offers and get a guaranteed seat to watch boxing day football in Liverpool?

At The Shankly Hotel, there’s nothing more important than family (but football comes close). Bill Shankly himself was a man who wholeheartedly dedicated himself to the game of football but still made time for his loving family.

Our Bellefield Boxing Day Bonanza celebrates Shankly’s love of the game and his devoted family by giving people a safe and welcoming place to enjoy boxing day football in Liverpool.

The match will be screened on 10 TV’s dotted all around The Bastion Bar and Restaurant giving every fan unobstructed views of the action.

For just £19.95 per adult, a choice of meal from The Bastion Restaurant’s favourite dishes and a free drink is yours and better still your little footy fans eat for free.

Wait there’s more . . .

Throughout the game, a gifted local musician will be keeping the match day atmosphere alive playing a superb song list of LFC and other football-themed tunes.

To keep the whole family entertained we will also be giving you the chance to get your hands on some unbelievable prizes that include food, drink and accommodation in The Shankly Hotel.

Those in town to watch boxing day football in Liverpool will also have access to The Bastion Bar’s legendary drinks offers and enjoy the “In Play Drink” promotions where the prices are dictated what happening on the pitch.

 

On top of all this visitors will be able to peruse the wonderful collection of rare Shankly memorabilia including family photos telegrams and coveted LFC treasures.

The Shankly Hotel is Liverpool’s only football-themed hotel, that has family fun at its core so come enjoy the boxing day football in Liverpool as Shankly would have, surrounded by family.

Why Bellefield?

When Shankly came to Liverpool he and his loving family settled down in West Derby in a house that is now a footballing landmark.

This family home is situated in the leafy suburbs of Liverpool on Bellefield Ave, within an easy walking distance of Walker Playing Fields, Melwood Training Ground and what is now known as the Bill Shankly Recreation Ground.

It was common practice for the large Shankly family to come together in the Bellefield family home where Shank’s would have the footy on and Nanny Ness would whip up a delicious family meal for everyone to tuck into.

 

Why not book your family a Shankly Tour including a trip to the hallowed ground which is the Shankly family home?

This, as well as a guided trip around the city’s most iconic cultural and footballing landmarks, ensures the whole family enjoy a fun, family day together before sitting down to watch the boxing day football in Liverpool at The Shankly Hotel.

Book today to watch boxing day football in Liverpool

The Liverpool vs Swansea match kicks off at 17:30 pm giving you and the family plenty of time to enjoy a scrumptious evening meal, some “In Play Drinks” and toe-tapping music.

At The Bastion Bar and Restaurant, the homely atmosphere is perfect for bringing families together and for true football fans, a chance to learn a little more about the sports greatest player-manager.

Thanks to the Shankly family there’s plenty of fascinating Shankly stories associated with his time at Liverpool Football Club and hilarious anecdotes detailing Shankly as a family man can be found among the memorabilia.

Our Bellefield Boxing Day Bonanza is the perfect combination of footballing family fun and the best way to enjoy the boxing day football in Liverpool this year.

Also is you are hanging around in town consider the amazing Stardust Boxing Night Disco taking place in Eden our fabulous rooftop events venue click here for more details.

Call to book your table on 0151 541 9999 and check out some of our amazing seasonal accommodation offers here built for families of football.

World Kindness Day: Touching stories about the kindness of the Shanklys

The people of Liverpool and fans of LFC remember and cherish Bill Shankly’s name and memory as an undeniable force of kindness. On world kindness day we’ve decided to explore some of the ways in which Bill Shankly’s kindness has endured today.

The kindness of Shankly

It’s a well-known fact that Bill Shankly was a man of the people in every interview given by those who knew him well, endless anecdotes are recounted about his unfailing ability to lift people’s spirits.

Accounts of utter selflessness, unyielding determination to get the best out of people and a wicked sense of humour are all available to read about in the Shankly stories.

We have picked out a few instances where Shankly’s kindness stood out for family members and fans, remaining still strong in their memories today.

Grandson Chris Shankly recalls an interview with his mum when probing about what Shankly was like in the home.

Jeanette remembers her father being entirely devoted to football and LFC, but this didn’t detract from his domestic duties around the house. He helped wherever he could and often got involved in household improvements proving he could still be counted on as the man of the house.

The stories, however, did not always involve domestic successes as Jeanette thinks back to a time when the garden wall was repointed. Shanks came home and realised the workmen had left quite a mess on his front path, so he grabbed the hose to wash away the debris only to also remove all the fresh pointing from the wall as well.

The kindness of Bill Shankly certainly didn’t stop at work or at home and it was his love of the people of Liverpool that has kept him held in such high esteem for all these years, a hero of the city.

After retiring from his position as manager at LFC to spend some quality time with his family Shanks often received fan mail and it was his pleasure to reply to as many as humanly possible. One such letter to a 13-year-old boy shows just how much he honoured his fans and cherished their admiration and support.

It’s not hard to see why Liverpool adopted Shanks as an honorary Scouser the man literally lived for his family, the game and the people and was devoted wholeheartedly to all three until the end.

The kindness of Nessie

The woman behind the great man, Agnes Wren Shankly was hailed by many as the first lady of football. A gentle soul with a strong spirit and an unwavering support for her husband, Nessie was credited with being the glue that held the Shankly household together.

When she wasn’t cooking or providing refreshments for fans who knocked to see or speak to Bill she was getting involved in as many local charities as possible including RNIB among others.

Chris has fond memories of calling in on his Nanny Ness whilst playing with friends, asking for his usual weekly pocket money and a Chunky Choc Ice. His memories include having the best cups of tea and being quizzed about his wellbeing.

“Nanny Ness would always ensure we had everything we needed and when she was satisfied we did she would give us something anyway just to be sure”

A story about Nanny Ness that perfectly supports the ideas behind world kindness day is the day Nanny Ness was robbed.

She had driven to show her face at an event and left her belongings in the car which was broken into and her belongings were stolen. When word got out that these belongings were that off Nessie Shankly’s they were returned sharpish showing that because Nessie looked after the people they, in turn, looked after her.

These may seem like the actions of any devoted Grandmother and wife but given the fact that Nessie’s husband was also married to the game of football it must have taken a lot for her to remain such a steadfast support to Bill Shankly and their family.

Shankly Hotel Kindness

Of course, any venture to bear the name of Shankly under the guidance of the Shankly family themselves has at its heart a drive to satisfy and impress; just like Shankly himself.

With this in mind, those who own and operate The Shankly Hotel work hard to ensure every guest through the doors are given exceptional experiences and the chance to make fond everlasting memories.

There have been instances where staff have been able to continue the legacy of kindness left behind by Bill Shankly. These have been wonderful opportunities where a Liverpool hotel has enriched the lives of individuals by extending the type of kindness expected from Bill Shankly himself.

Marie Wright

Like the terminally ill elderly lady who was welcomed at The Shankly Hotel during a trip to Liverpool to see LFC play at Anfield.

Marie Wright’s wish was made true by the wonderful fans at Irish Reds Club and Dublin 15 LFC, who arranged for a carer and wheelchair access into the match so Marie could see her team play a home game at least once in her lifetime.

Upon receiving contact from the groups Chris Shankly arranged for Marie to visit The Shankly Hotel along with her family where she could shake the hand of LFC Legend Roy Evans.

Katie and Sam

Just like Bill Shankly, when an inspiring story concerning a diehard LFC fan reached the ears of Chris Carline he did what he could to reach out and do something kind.

Katie and Sam are a young couple who had planned to visit Liverpool to watch Sam’s team, LFC at, home. This was a gift from Katie and the pair were very excited to visit the city.

Sadly, one January morning in 2016 Katie was unfortunate enough to have a car accident which left her seriously injured and unable to carry out her well-laid plans to join Sam at Anfield. The pair gave up their match tickets worked on Katie’s recovery.

Miraculously Katie did pull through and was able to walk, talk and study again by April 2016. A friend got in touch with both LFC and The Shankly Hotel and between the two Katie and Sam were invited to watch another game at Anfield and enjoyed a two-night stay at The Shankly Hotel.

Bill Shankly would be beaming at his grandson’s actions to both Marie and Katie as his own kindness was his dedication to the fans believing and knowing it was their support that made his time at Liverpool so rewarding.

It costs nothing to be kind

The Shankly Hotel is dedicated to making happy memories for everyone who comes through our doors. From the individual guest to entire wedding parties, we make it our mission to be kind and considerate to everyone we come into contact with every day.

See if you can remember the last time you reached out with an act of kindness on world kindness day 13th November 2017, or let us know if you can remember a time when someone was particularly kind to you.

It costs nothing to be kind.

 

The Shankly Hotel Hands out FREE Tickets to YNWA – The Story of Liverpool Football Club

Liverpool is a leader in culture and football. With two world class teams and the prestigious European Capital of Culture being awarded to us in 2008, it was only a matter of time before the two collided.

YNWA – The Story of Liverpool Football Club is a stunning theatre performance that tells the story of Liverpool Football Club’s rich history. The play beautifully depicts the life and times of one of our city’s great clubs.

To celebrate the return of YNWA to Liverpool’s Royal Court theatre this weekend, The Shankly Hotel ran an exciting Facebook competition to give eight lucky winners tickets to the opening night!

The Perfect Prize for Football Lovers

Shankly Hotel reception

The Shankly Hotel isn’t just a tribute to the great man himself, it’s also dedicated to the football of Liverpool.

We’re a city strongly rooted in its sporting history and we’re proud of the fact we’re home to two of the best teams in the world and The Shankly Hotel is the premier destination for football lovers.

YNWA opens on Thursday 28th September at Liverpool’s Royal Court and we managed to get our hands on four pairs of tickets!

The first prize for the winner of our exclusive competition not only received two tickets to the opening night, they’ll also enjoy an overnight stay at one of The Shankly’s stunning luxury suites.

It’s a big night, full of jokes, emotion and football revelry, so the winners will need a hearty meal to get them ready for kickoff. The lucky first prize winner will also be treated to a pre-theatre meal and drinks in the beautiful (and tasty) Bastion Bar and Restaurant, on the ground floor of the iconic hotel.

Three runners-up also received two tickets each to the opening night and will enjoy amazing seats for the beautiful story of the beautiful game.

YNWA – The Story of Liverpool Football Club

shankly competition

The play was first staged in 2011 to outstanding reviews and praise and has enjoyed the same success every time it’s returned to the city.

Written by Nick Allt and supported by Liverpool FC, the play tells the story of the well-loved football club. From its conception in 1892, past Bill Shankly’s triumphant rein, through the tragedy of Hillsborough and right through to a time when Gerrard ruled the pitch.

The tale is told through the eyes of a typical Merseyside family. As they bury their LFC devotee Grandad, the clan looks back through generations of dedication to the iconic club.

The play does a fantastic job of bringing legendary Kopite tales to lie, making the experience nostalgic and heartwarming, it’s enough to make you swell with pride for our city – regardless of if you’re a red or a blue.

Missed the Competition?

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Don’t worry if you missed on winning this incredible prize, The Shank Hotel always has something up our sleeves!

Head over to our Facebook and like our page to be the first to hear about the next exciting competition. Who knows, you could be in with a chance of staying in one of our awe-inspiring rooms, free food at the Bastion or something even bigger and better!

The Rise of Kop and Pop Culture in 1965 Liverpool

In Liverpool, music and football go hand in hand thanks to the rise in both Merseybeat and the quality of Merseyside football in the 1950’s. After Bill Shankly accepted the manager’s role at Liverpool football club there was a dramatic turnaround in performance and of course, Beatlemania began to traverse the globe as the boys made headlines with their unique sound.

The Shankly Museum holds vast archives of rare Shankly memorabilia but none showcase the link between Liverpool music and football so much as the telegram that will be unveiled to mark the two-year anniversary of The Sahnkllky Hotel opening. Shanks received the telegram from the FabFour on the day of the 1965 FA Cup Final when Liverpool played Leeds and won.

This remarkable piece of footballing and music memorabilia marks an upturn in the pop and Kop culture of Liverpool. These two fascinating phenomena took audiences across the world by storm creating a combined passion for Liverpool football and Merseybeat music.

Kop Culture

“I’m just one of the people who stands on the Kop. They think the same as I do, and I think the same as they do. It’s a kind of marriage of people who like each other.”

Shankly was loved by Liverpool, not just for what he did to transform the city’s beloved team but also for his quick wit and sharp humour. Scousers are known for being direct, straight talking people with hearts of gold and that’s just what Shankly was like.

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Above all Shankly was a down to earth man who knew the magnitude of the task he had ahead of him when he walked through the main entrance at Anfield in December 1959.

It wasn’t long before his work was rewarded as Liverpool football club climbed the ranks sweeping into division one by April 1962.

The turn around delighted fans who could be heard singing their hearts out from the Kop urging their players onward and upwards.

Fathers would drop their boys into the “boy’s pen” and go stand with their mates bellowing out tune after tune from the charts, which at the time was filled with tracks from local Merseybeat bands.

“The fans here are the greatest in the land. They know the game and they know what they want to see. The People on the Kop make you feel great – yet humble.”

Pop Culture

The rise in the quality of Liverpool football, thanks to Shanks’, mirrored another sweeping craze of the sixties; Beatlemania.

Four boys from the city were taking the music world by storm producing track after track, each hitting the UK top ten and holding their positions for weeks on end.

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Of course, the people of Liverpool were jubilant at this point as two of their homegrown talents were sweeping the world and coming up trumps.

Liverpool Football club even played the top ten at Anfield matches through the PA system before the game as almost every song belonged to a Merseybeat band. This also became known as the earliest instance of pre-match entertainment.

Gerry and the Pacemakers, Cilla Black and The Beatles had arrived on the music scene as had Liverpool football club in the international world of football.

The synchronicity of the two occurrences stirred something inside the people of Liverpool creating the amazing mix of music loving football fans we have today.

The Beatles and Shankly

The Beatles are known for having no particular ties to either of the Merseyside football clubs and quite famously when Brian Epstein asked for tickets for the 1965 FA Cup final for the boys Shanks replied;

“I have never seen any of The Beatles standing on the Kop, any tickets I have spare will be going to my mates on the Kop.”

Never the less The Beatles sent support to their home team on the day of the 1965 FA Cup final against Leeds, the clubs greatest moment to date and a testament to Shankly, the man who put them there.

The FabFour sent a telegram wishing the team and Shanks the best of luck and letting them know they’d be watching on TV.

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Liverpool went on to play a gruelling match against Leeds, who also gave it their all, and the FA Cup final of 1965 went into extra time with no goals scored.

The first goal of extra time was scored in a matter of minutes putting Liverpool up by one, then Leed’s equalised seven minutes later making it neck and neck. The final goal was scored in the 117th minute by Liverpool winning the game and giving Liverpool their first-ever FA Cup triumph.

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Could the Beatles telegram have given them the extra push to perform or was it just the brilliance of Shankly and the player’s reluctance to disappoint him and their fans?

All we know is that The Beatles telegram to Shanks now serves as a reminder of one of Liverpool’s finest footballing moments and Shankly’s “greatest day”.

The Shankly Hotel Museum

Come along and learn more about the man and legend Bill Shankly, take a guided tour of the museum and be recounted with heartwarming stories about the great man from those who knew him best, his family.

Take a Shankly Experience tour around Liverpool, discovering important sites of local history and heritage as well as seeing the hallowed grounds of Anfield or Goodison.

You can even stay the night with amazing accommodation offers that can include, overnight stays, breakfast or evening meals in luxury Shankly themed hotel rooms.

After two wonderful years have passed since we opened our doors to the public The Shankly Hotel has helped make some amazing memories for our guests, our staff and the city of Liverpool. We look forward to what the future holds at The Shankly Hotel.

Call on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk and book your stay at The Shankly Hotel, Liverpool’s only football-themed city centre hotel.

Why You Should Stay at The Shankly Hotel During Afternoon Tea Week

Not that we need a reason to spoil ourselves but when one comes up it’s wrong not to take advantage. That’s why during afternoon tea week between the 14th and 21st of August The Shankly Hotel is inviting guests to stay overnight and enjoy a delicious afternoon tea after exploring the wonderful city.

Here’s how to make the most of a visit to The Shankly Hotel during afternoon tea week with our Stay and Afternoon Tea Offer.

As we said any excuse to spoil yourself and if a national celebration of afternoon tea isn’t a good excuse well we don’t know what is.

An Afternoon Tea Service with Style

Afterall, it is afternoon tea week and at The Shankly Hotel, our afternoon tea service certainly is a classy affair.

Served in the stylish and welcoming Bastion Bar and Restaurant our delicious afternoon tea will nourish you after spending some time in the city.

Take your afternoon tea with a nice hot cuppa or, as the national celebration dictates, make afternoon tea week special with a glass or two of bubbly.

Remember you are supposed to be treating yourselves here!

Our Shankly afternoon tea consists of mouthwatering preserves and pastries, delicate wraps and sarnies and a fresh selection of quaint cakes and sponges.

afternoon tea week at The Shankly

What’s more, you can immerse yourselves into Shankly Experience by taking a stroll around the Shankly Museum afterwards.

Read through some of the heartfelt letters sent to the man himself throughout his career and pour over rare and mesmerising Shankly relics.

Our reception area includes magnificent displays depicting Shankly’s footballing legacy and family life, pieces of which have been kindly bestowed upon the hotel from the Shankly family archives.

Shankly memorabilia

So much more than afternoon tea, at The Shankly Hotel, we do everything with a touch of effortless elegance helping visitors make memories worth keeping.

Shankly Themed Luxury Hotel Room

Top off your day in Liverpool with a stay in absolute luxury in one of our superbly stylish Shankly Hotel rooms.

Each room has been carefully designed to give guests a one of kind hotel experience in Liverpool, with a dignified decor and amazing in room facilities.

Shankly Room - afternoon tea and stay

Our guests are blown away by the quality and comfort of the luxury rooms and studios at The Shankly Hotel, enjoying the flexible space and fabulous central location.

Every room comes complete with ensuite bathroom facilities, often including double whirlpool baths and rainfall showers.

Shankly ensuite

What’s more, guests can continue to learn more about the great man Shankly as they drift off to sleep reading the stories and anecdotes emblazoned into the ceiling of their suite?

Afternoon tea week is the perfect excuse to treat yourself to our Stay and Afternoon Tea Offer at The Shankly Hotel between the 14th and 21st of August.

A Brilliant Breakfast Buffet

When you awake from a perfect night of blissful sleep the only way to begin your day is with a full belly bursting breakfast.

Make your way to the Bastion Bar and Restaurant to enjoy an amazing breakfast buffet, or sit down to a full English served with tea, coffee and fresh juices.

Shankly breakfast - stay and afternoon tea

Our amazing chefs have sourced and prepared the best ingredients to fuel our guests up for the exciting day ahead.

Better still the breakfast is all part and parcel of the wonderful Stay and Afternoon Tea offer, so no need to shell out extra for this magnificent morning meal.

The entire Stay and Afternoon Tea offer is just £138 per couple including;

  • Luxury overnight stay
  • Amazing afternoon tea
  • Full buffet breakfast

So go on and book you and a special someone a little treat this afternoon tea week at The Shankly Hotel here or call 0151 601 8801 *

Exploring Liverpool The Shankly Way

Whilst you’re here really get to know the different sides of Liverpool and learn what helped shape the beautiful and exciting city we know and love today on a Shankly Tour.

Our sight seeing adventures take visitors all over the city.

Liverpool was made for me Shankly Tour

From the hustle and bustle of the thriving city centre to the quaint and charming suburbs that filled with history and character.

Fans of footballing legends will know that Bill Shankly played a huge part in reviving Liverpool football club and transforming the team into the dominating football force we recognise today.

The Liverpool Was Made For Me tour stops at LFC rival club Goodison and LFC hallowed ground Anfield, after which fans of Shanks will get the chance to see his Liverpool family home followed by a tour of our wonderful Shankly memorabilia collection inside the hotel.

Shankly memorabilia - letters

Just one of the fabulous tour packages on offer, and perfect for starting your break at The Shankly Hotel checking out some of the most iconic parts of the city.

Check out our other tour options here or contact our team via email info@shanklyexperience.com, they’ll be happy to help tailor your tour to suit you.

*subject to availability offer only valid Sunday to Thursday.

BBC to Broadcast Feature Length Documentary on the Life of Bill Shankly

Bill Shankly, Liverpool Football Club’s legendary manager, will be the subject of a new BBC feature length documentary that will hit the screens before the end of the year.

Bill Shankly was a hero to many people across the city and the film will look at his career and his goal to make Liverpool a ‘bastion of invincibility.’ Shankly: Nature’s Fire finished filming at the end of May this year and is due to air within a few months.

The Scottish manager was a true character on the streets of Liverpool and the new documentary will follow his story from start to finish, showcasing his charisma, strength, uniqueness and charm.

Shankly: Nature’s Fire

Young Bill Shankly

The film has received a great amount of support from the footballing community, with former players from Scotland and Liverpool Football Club acting as contributors. His family, fans and journalists, including Sports writer Hugh Mcillvanney and Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh, have also taken part to make this the best tribute to the legend himself.

The film was two years in the making and Peter Hooton, producer of the film and lead singer of local band The Farm was determined to do the story justice.

He said: “Shankly epitomised a different set of values that I think are still admired to this day. I agreed to be involved in the making of this documentary because Shankly was my boyhood hero”.

Shankly: Nature’s Fire will feature archive footage and interviews with those who knew the man best, footage from matches and from his day to day life to give a great representation of the personality and charm that the man himself was known for.

Liverpool FC’s Hero

Bill Shankly & LFC

Bill Shankly was the saviour of Liverpool football club, he took the club from a dwindling position in Second Division to a team that had a trophy cabinet to be proud of, as well as a solid place in First Division.

His now legendary quote, “my idea was to build Liverpool into a bastion of invincibility. My idea was to build Liverpool up and up until eventually, everyone would have to submit and give in’, epitomised his attitude and determination to turn the club around.

He wasn’t always about the football, he was a stable family man who was loved by the community and his relatives alike. His grandson, Christopher Carline, credits his Nan, Bill’s wife, with the success and unfaltering determination of his Granddad. Agnes Wren Shankly supported the Scottish native through everything and is an icon and role model for the modern-day WAG.

A Lasting Tribute

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The Shankly Hotel was a collaborative effort with the Shankly family to bring the people of Liverpool a lasting tribute to a Liverpool legend.

Offering fans a journey through the life and career of the man who changed the face of ~Liverpool’s football, The Shankly Hotel is a truly unique hotel and dining experience. From letters penned by Shankly himself to handwritten tactic sheets to private memorabilia, The Shankly Hotel is a one of a kind tribute to the man who was made for Liverpool.

The Best Heritage, Culture and Football Tour of Liverpool

When people visit Liverpool they often come one of four things, football, nightlife, music or culture. Liverpool is a city famed for producing legendary musical talents such as The Beatles, it’s two premier league football teams, Everton FC and Liverpool FC and oodles of culture from past and present. Sometimes it’s hard to fit everything in that you wish to see, but not when you book a Shankly Experience tour of Liverpool direct from the Shankly Hotel.

Choose from one of these amazing tailored tours of Liverpool that are designed to cover all the best sights of the city you want to see.

Liverpool Was Made For Me

If you’ve seen and heard all about The Beatles before, and want to learn a little more about the city beyond the Fab Four then this is a tour of Liverpool perfect for you.

Taking tourists on a journey into Liverpool’s interesting footballing past and exploring some of the key historical and cultural locations along the way, this tour combines all the best bits in Liverpool for one affordable price.

You will learn all there is to know about the cities amazing sights and the best bits of our amazing footballing heritage.

What’s more, tourists will even get to see where the legend that is Bill Shankly lived and trained during his time in Liverpool. His family home and the surrounding local areas which he frequented are all covered under this amazing all-encompassing tour of the city.

The Fab Four and Shanks Tour

Fab Four and Shanks tour of Liverpool

Two of the things that attract many a tourist to Liverpool are music and football.

In the early sixties, Merseybeat swept across the nation as did LFC under their new management, Bill Shankly.

Together these two phenomena became synonymous with Liverpool and transformed the into the globally recognised tourist location it is today.

During this superb tour of Liverpool, you will be whisked away on a voyage of discovery. Check out all four of The Beatles Liverpool homes, visit the iconic Strawberry fields then it’s on to the revered footballing stadium, Anfield, topped off with a call to the West Derby home of Bill Shankly.

See parts of Liverpool like you’ve never seen them before, venture outside of the city centre and pass through streets of legend. Imagine The Beatles strolling down these very streets, passing by the home where Shankly and his family lived.

Culminating the tour at The Shankly Hotel, tourists can see a final piece of precious memorabilia. A telegram sent to Shanks ahead of his 1965 FA Cup Final wishing him good luck signed by the Fab Four themselves.

This inclusive tour of Liverpool will give patrons the opportunity to immerse themselves in the parts of Liverpool’s past that ultimately shaped the present. Who knows you could even see a famous face along the way?

The Match Day Tour

tour of Liverpool - match day tour Shankly Experience

If you’ve come to Liverpool to attend one of the amazing home matches at Anfield, let us make the experience even more memorable by taking you on a tour of Liverpool tailored to delivering the perfect match day experience.

This particular Shankly Experience tour will take visitors to Liverpool on a grand tour of the city. Patrons can soak up plenty of Liverpool’s interesting culture, taking a tour around the city’s most celebrated historic landmarks and vibrant cultural hotspots.

Once the city tour is complete, fans will be taken to Anfield before kick-off to embark on a bespoke expedition around the hallowed ground that is Anfield stadium.

Taking Liverpool football club fans behind the scenes of this iconic football ground, educating them on the history of the club and the legacy that Bill Shankly left behind following his work with the club.

For any football fan staying in the city on match day, this is the ultimate tour of Liverpool that covers the most sought after city attractions as well as a unique look into the Liverpool’s most legendary football club.

Bespoke Tour Packages

Whilst each Shankly Experience tour of Liverpool has been designed to encompass a variety of interesting sights around the city, there may be something that you think we’ve missed.

If there are parts of Liverpool that you want to visit or if you would like to cover a particular part of our existing tours in more detail then our Bespoke Tour Packages can be adapted to suit your interests.

We are open to suggestions and will always work in partnership with our friends and associates around the city to deliver the most personal tour that’s suited to you. Simply let us know what it is you want to do or see and we will do what we can to make it happen.

After all, Bill Shankly was a man of the people, and we like to operate with the great man always in mind.

The Shankly Hotel

Shankly Experience tour of Liverpool

Each tour of Liverpool includes a visit to the Shankly Hotel where visitors are treated to a tour of the Shankly Museum and given VIP access to memorabilia not out for display.

There will be opportunities to enjoy the amazing Shankly Virtual Experience where fans can have their picture taken standing next to a virtual representation of Bill Shankly to take home.

Dining in Liverpool doesn’t get much more fabulous than in the Bastion Bar and Restaurant and as part of the tour package guests can enjoy a whopping 20% off the menu including food and drinks.

tour of Liverpool - Bastion Bar and Restaurant

During any Shankly Experience tour of Liverpool visitors are given a one of a kind excursion across the UK’s most vibrant city. Visiting iconic landmarks of music, heritage, culture and football all in one day.

Each tour is guided by an expert of Liverpool, armed and ready to answer all your questions about Liverpool’s exciting history and today’s vibrant culture.

Why not book the entire Shankly package with a stay in the stunning Shankly Hotel for your visit to Liverpool?

Liverpool accommodation the Shankly Hotel

There is always amazing accommodation offers on for groups, families and couples staying in Liverpool so make the most of your time in the city with a Shankly Experience tour and an unforgettable overnight stay in an award winning hotel.

Click here to book or create your own Shankly Experience tour of Liverpool you’ll be glad you did.

To arrange a stay at the Shankly Hotel please call 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk.