Take A Look at the Newest Additions to our Bill Shankly Memorabilia

The Shankly Hotel is the best place to visit to see the most amazing Bill Shankly memorabilia in the world. The Shankly Hotel is a lasting tribute to the man that changed Liverpool Football Club forever and this month, we welcomed new memorabilia to the museum.

The newest additions to the collection of Bill Shankly memorabilia are a selection of telegrams sent to the great man himself, an Agreement for Hire of a Player book, handwritten training schedules and an academic book.

A Protégé Sends His Well Wishes

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Denis Law, Manchester United

Denis Law was a Scottish footballer who began his career at Second Division Huddersfield Town in 1956 when Bill Shankly was managing the team. Shankly gave Law his first-team debut when Law was only 16 years old.

When Shankly moved teams to take on the task of transforming Liverpool, he wanted to take Denis Law with him, but the reds were unable to afford the rising star at the time. The young footballer eventually moved to Manchester United and it was from here that he sent a telegram with fellow United player, Paddy Crerand, the telegram is on display now at The Shankly Hotel.

There is also another telegram from Law and his family that was sent when Bill Shankly received his OBE award. As well as congratulating the legend on the honour, he stated that Shankly should be receiving a Knighthood next.

From One Liverpool Legend to Another

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Reds legend Jimmy Melia signed to Liverpool straight from school and was a favourite of Shankly’s in his early campaign to make Liverpool a bastion of invincibility.

Under Shankly’s careful eye, Liverpool and Melia rocketed to the First Division and even went on to win the championship.

Melia went on to play for Wolves and Southampton and now coaches youth teams for Liverpool FC in America.

The Shankly Hotel now has a telegram from one Liverpool legend to another, wishing Shankly luck ahead of the FA Cup Final and European Cup quest.

Congratulations from a Firm Friend and Fierce Competitor

Friendly competitiveness between managers is commonplace in football, it drives teams to be better and try harder and is all good natured.

Don Revie was the manager of Leeds United from 1961 to 1974, around the same period Bill Shankly was at the reigns of Liverpool.

Despite the professional competition, the two were firm friends, with reports that they spoke on the phone every Sunday to discuss their teams’ efforts of that week.

When Liverpool beat Newcastle United in 1974 to win the FA Cup Final, Don and his wife Elsie sent their congratulations directly to Bill via telegram.

Sportsmanship from a Blue

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You don’t have to be from Liverpool to be aware of the fierce competition between Everton and Liverpool. Derby Day is an exciting day that brings everyone together in the name of football and despite the perceived rivalry.

Former Everton player and Northern Ireland native Billy Bingham was quick to congratulate Shankly on his retirement in 1974. After winning the FA Cup in that year, Shankly decided that it was time for him to finally call it a day.

For nearly 15 years, Liverpool Football Club had been his entire life, but he noted that when he returned to the dressing room after winning the FA Cup, he ‘felt tired from all the years’. He had transformed Liverpool and cemented himself in the hearts of everyone in the city and it was time for him to enjoy his life away from the pitch.

Liverpool Actor Offers Congratulations

When Liverpool reached the FA Cup final for the first time in 1965, there were many congratulations that were sent to Shankly. One such message came in the form of a telegram from Anthony Booth, a Liverpool actor who was Cherie Blair’s father.

Gerry Marsden Wishes Shanks Well

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Famed for his iconic Liverpool songs Ferry Across the Mersey and for his vocals on Liverpool anthem You’ll Never Walk Alone, Gerry Marsden sent a telegram with his well wishes to Shankly upon his retirement.

The two met on the Ed Sullivan show in the USA when the team came to watch Gerry perform while on tour. The team came onto the stage to perform a special rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone and as the footballers walked off set, Shankly said to Gerry: “Gerry my son, I’ve given you a football team and you’ve given us a song.”

Inspiring the Beatles’ First Manager

Sam Leach, while known more for being a Liverpool promoter and the first manager of The Beatles, was a massive football fan and a keen supporter of Liverpool.

When the club experienced their first ever European Cup Triumph, he sent a telegram to Shankly to express his feelings that the success was partly down to Shankly, despite Shankly having retired three years earlier.

While Sam was friends with John Lennon and Paul McCartney, he always said that Bill Shankly was the most inspirational man he’d ever met.

A Letter Nearly Lost

One of the most fascinating pieces of Bill Shankly memorabilia on display at The Shankly Hotel is the letter from Clementine Churchill, wife of Winston Churchill. The letter was written to thank Bill for the role he played in making a charity game at Wembley for the Red Cross and St John’s War Organisation a success.

The letter was nearly discarded as trash by Bill’s daughter Jeanette and was tore into three pieces before she realised the importance of the paper. Luckily, it was able to be pieced back together and can still be read.

Handwritten Notebooks and Football Documents

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Also on display are several handwritten notebooks that once belonged to the great man. There are two training schedules for his first team at Melwood whilst the other is an academic book from his school days.

There is also an Agreement for Hire of a Player book, which shows the agreements between Shankly and Preston for his remaining playing years at the club. After Shankly returned from his WWII service, his best playing years were behind him, but he wanted to continue his playing career before he embarked on his journey as a manager.

Get the Full Shankly Experience at The Shankly Hotel

At The Shankly Hotel, we’re always acquiring new Bill Shankly memorabilia and it’s the premier destination to get your fill of all things Bill Shankly.

From fan letters to Shankly to his MBE and his original LFC contract, feast your eyes on mementoes from Shankly’s life that have been generously donated by his family.

You can even go the extra mile and enjoy the full Shankly experience with an overnight stay, where you can get a glimpse of some of the stories about Shankly from the people of Liverpool, his colleagues and his family.

Why not embark on a Shankly Tour of Liverpool and experience the city that he loved. Visit destinations that meant a lot to Liverpool’s greatest manager and enjoy a bespoke tour that can be personalised to your interests.

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.

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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.

Watch Maribor vs Liverpool With Special Guest Phil Neal

Join us at The Shankly Hotel tomorrow for Maribor vs Liverpool in the Champions League contest, with special guest and former Liverpool player, Phil Neal.

Starting at 7.45pm, we will be showing the game in our famous Bastion Bar and Restaurant and offering exclusive offers to all fans.

Arguably the most unknown opponents the Reds have faced in the contest so far, this match promises to be a brilliant contest.

We can’t wait to see how the game unfolds!

Maribor vs Liverpool

An Amazing Offer You Can’t Refuse

For just £12.95 per person, this amazing offer is one not to be missed. It includes:

  • Food & drink on arrival (kids eat free)
  • Fans will be joined by LFC legend, Phil Neal
  • Exclusive drink offers throughout evening
  • A great view of the game in beautiful surroundings

Fancy watching the game from the comfort of the Bastion Bar and Restaurant with exclusive drinks deals and offers?

We are offering footy fans an amazing deal especially for this Champions League game.

The evening will kick off with a meal in the restaurant and an amazing visit from Liverpool legend Phil Neal who will be answering questions and meeting fans.

Phil Neal

Phil Neal is one of the most successful English players of all time, having won eight First Divisions, four League Cups, five FA Charity Shields, four European Cups, one UEFA Cup and one UEFA Super Cup during his eleven years at Liverpool.

We are honoured to welcome him to our hotel, fingers crossed Liverpool F.C do him proud!

Maribor vs Liverpool

Liverpool will be hoping to gain maximum points from their Champions League double header against Maribor tomorrow evening.

Jurgen Klopp’s Reds have picked up two points from their opening two Group E games, but are travelling to Slovenia knowing a win could seal the deal for the next round.

Group rivals Spartak Moscow and Sevilla will battle each other over the next two game weeks, meaning six points from their next two games are vital for Liverpool’s hopes of progressing from a tricky group.

The Only Place to Catch the Action

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A beautiful bar and restaurant set in the heart of The Shankly Hotel, the Bastion is the perfect place to watch Maribor vs Liverpool.

You’ll find yourself surrounded by fans just as passionate as you are and have the chance to spend some time discovering memorabilia including Bill Shankly’s personal typewriter and original LFC contract.

We recognise the importance of football to the people of Liverpool and believe that the Bastion celelbrates and pays tribute to one of the greatest managers Liverpool has ever seen.

With large screen TVs and all the sporting channels, it’s the only place to watch the Champions League match.

Recently voted the best sporting city in the UK, Liverpool has a long history with football and the Shankly Hotel are proud to be a part of it.

Enjoy a Delicious Pre-Match Meal

This offer also includes a pre-match meal in the Bastion Restaurant.

The menu offers everything from delicious grilled Sirloin Steak to Corn Fed Chicken Breast or a traditional beef burger, served with an array of delicious sides. Don’t forget to wash it all down with a pint and really make the most of match night.

Perfect for groups of family and friends, the Bastion offers an unrivalled atmosphere with a special buzz on match days.

Why not book an overnight stay and have the ultimate football celebration for the important match, The Shankly are here to make your experience the best it could be.

To book, call one of our friendly team on 0151 541 9999 and select Shankly then Bastion.

We only have limited numbers available for this fantastic Champions League deal, so book now to avoid disappointment. 

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

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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

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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!

Catch All The Action From The Champions League at The Shankly

This Tuesday, Liverpool Football Club are set to return to the elite to take on Bundesliga opponents Hoffenheim for a place in the Champions League Group stages.

The Shankly Hotel are honoured to announce that the Bastion Bar and Restaurant will be screening both legs of the contest and offering exclusive offers to all fans.

Arguably the toughest draw available for Klopp’s side, the match promises to be a brilliant contest.

With the first leg kicking off at 19:45 in Germany on Tuesday 15th August and the second leg at Anfield on Wednesday 23rd August at 19:45, we can’t wait to see the Reds in action.

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Watch the Match With Us

If you’d like to ultimate match time experience, the Shankly Hotel are offering an exclusive deal for those watching the game in the Bastion.

For just £50 per person you will get:

  • Access to our private dining room area where the match will be shown on large screen TV’s
  • Your own private bar
  • All inclusive food served from 7pm
  • All inclusive drinks served from arrival through to post game including draught beer, soft drinks and selected wines
  • Discounted rates on selected spirits and mixers

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We are now taking bookings for both games with our unbeatable exclusive offer for Europe’s Premier Competition.

Who Are Hoffenheim?

Sure to be a tough contest for the Reds, Hoffenheim finished fourth in the Bundesliga last season, two points off Borussia Dortmund in third and five points adrift of runners up RB Leipzig.

Their coach, Julian Nagelsmann, is also the youngest Bundesliga head coach in the league’s history and was linked to succeeding Arsene Wenger when the Frenchman’s future at Arsenal looked uncertain last season.

Roberto Firmino’s former team, Hoffenheim will be a challenge for Liverpool, however the past week has seen the preparation for this season focused on Germany – Liverpool emphatically defeated both Hertha Berlin and Bayern Munich.

So, we’re feeling hopeful.

The Best Place To Catch The Action

Recently voted the best sporting city in the UK, Liverpool has a long history with football and the Shankly Hotel are proud to be a part of it.

A self-confessed mini museum to the great player and manager, Bill Shankly, the hotel offers its guests an incomparable insight into his fascinating career and life.

Bastion Champions League

The admiration for Bill Shankly is shared between all true football fans and taking a walk around the Bill Shankly museum in The Shankly is truly unforgettable.

Our magnificent restaurant, The Bastion, recognises the importance of football and its place in the DNA of the hotel. With large screen TVs and all the sporting channels, it’s the perfect place to watch the Champions League match. Indulge in a delicious pre-match burger as you prepare to watch Liverpool kick off.

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Why not book an overnight stay and have the ultimate football celebration for the important match, The Shankly are here to make your experience the best it could be.

To book, call one of our friendly team on 0151 541 9999 and select Shankly then Bastion.

We only have limited numbers available for this fantastic Champions League deal, so book now to avoid disappointment. 

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 Sandon – The Home of Liverpool Football

Voted as the best Liverpool F.C match day pub, The Sandon is a must-see on any tour of Liverpool’s most important footballing sights.

Located just a short walk from Anfield Stadium, this famous venue has been an institution for football fans since both Liverpool and Everton were founded and is famously the ‘birthplace of Liverpool Football Club’.

That’s why The Shankly Hotel are thrilled to announce they will be teaming up with this legendary pub as part of the new Shankly Experience Tour route. Guests will now be visiting the friendly team at The Sandon to uncover the history behind one of the most iconic footballing establishments in Liverpool.

A staple on match days and the perfect place to grab a pint before the game, we are really proud to be working with them to promote their remarkable history and legacy.

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The History of The Sandon

The Sandon was originally built in 1870 as an outlet for selling beers by a local brewer named John Houlding.

John Houlding was a self-made English businessman with an education from Liverpool college and a keen interest in football.

However, back then there was only one main football team in Liverpool, St Domingo’s who were formed in 1878 and had no fixed football ground.

John Houlding

Houlding Calls A Meeting at The Sandon

Houlding’s interest in football led him to become more and more involved with St Domingo’s and when a ruling was passed that forced the team to play their games at an enclosed ground, a meeting was held at The Sandon.

Having previously played at the public Stanley Park, St Domingo’s needed to find a field they could rent, Houlding suggested a field off Priory Road which was just up the road from Houlding’s brewery.

In 1879 St Domingo’s, now playing at Priory Road, officially changed their name to Everton Football Club and Houlding became their first president.

Everton Move To Anfield Road

The arrangement with the owner of the field off Priory Road didn’t last long and the team were eventually asked to leave.

St Domingo’s

As the club’s president, Houlding secured a new pitch at Anfield Road, paying a small rent to John Orrell, a fellow brewer and friend of Houlding.

“As many reds and blues know, in the early 1880’s Everton Football Club used to play their games at Anfield.”

The first football match at Anfield Road was played on 28 September 1884, when Everton beat Earlstown 5-0.

Houlding led many Everton Football Club meetings from his brewery, The Sandon. The pub became the headquarters for the team and was used as a dressing room by the players for many years.

The Transformation

The Sandon continued to be used as a hub for Everton Football Club and for over 10 years the team were transformed from amateur enthusiasts into League champions.

Anfield 1891

Stands were erected at the Anfield Road ground and attendance figures reached 8,000 per game.

In 1888 Everton became a professional football club and played their first Football League fixture against Accrington Stanley on 8 September 1888.

The club continued to grow and in the 1890-91 season, Everton won their first championship, playing in front of crowds of up to 20,000.

Success Soon Brings Trouble

As Everton began to gain more popularity, complications started to arise regarding the ground rent and ownership.

In 1885 the owner, Orrell, wanted to use the land for redevelopment, which would have left Everton Football Club homeless and threatened their existence as a team.

The football committee went to Houlding for help and subsequently, he purchased the land at Anfield Road from Orrell for a sum he couldn’t really afford.

Houlding understood Everton could not offer any promises financially and were only in a position to pay a rent of £100 each year. However, he accepted the terms hoping that with Everton’s growing popularity the team would be able to afford the going rate of £240 a year and the payments would increase.

The Sandon, Oakfield Road, Anfield. 1902

This arrangement continued until three years later when Everton won the Football League title for the first time.

Houlding saw this was the beginning of something big for Everton, becoming champions was a golden opportunity to take the club to the next level.

He proposed Everton should buy his land, plus a plot adjoining it and develop the facilities to cater for cycling and athletics.

It was a visionary idea, as it would mean the club could secure year-round revenue, but the committee rejected it.

They felt the price Houlding was asking for his land was too high at a time when land prices were generally falling.

Many of the club’s members accused Houlding of trying to make a profit at the club’s expense as the rent they were paying was increasing and Houlding wanted only his sparkling ales to be sold at the ground, which would be a considerable profit for him.

So, in January 1892 the club’s 279 members met at The Sandon to discuss the matter.

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Everton F.C Leave Anfield

Trouble had been brewing for some time and Houlding clashed with the committee led by George Mahon over the direction the club was heading in.

On 25 January 1892, George Mahon, who had grown tired of Houlding, told members of the club that he had an option to buy Mere Green Field, situated on the north side of Stanley Park.

A second committee meeting took place on 12 March 1892, in the upstairs room of The Sandon that changed everything.

Following this meeting Everton F.C moved to Mere Green Field in 1892, which was to become Everton’s new home, Goodison Park.

The Formation of a New Team

After Everton had moved on, Houlding and Orrell were left with an empty football ground and were in desperate need of a new team.

Houlding decided to form a brand-new club, which he initially called Everton Athletic. The team had an identical crest, colours and league position as Everton F.C.

The Football Association refused to countenance two Everton teams, so Houlding was forced to rethink his strategy.

At the end of March 1892, from The Sandon, Houlding decided to rename the club Liverpool Football Club and it gained official recognition three months later.

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John Houlding and Liverpool F.C first ever team 2nd September 1893, photographed in The Sandon Car Park Facebook.com/TheSandonAnfield

The Birth of Liverpool F.C

Liverpool Football Club prospered and became financially sound with astute guidance from their President John Houlding, their first ever game was a friendly match with Rotherham Town, then of the Midland League, on 1 September 1892.

The team won the Lancashire League in its début season and joined the Football League Second Division at the start of the 1893–94 season.

After finishing in first place the club was promoted to the First Division.

Within nine seasons Liverpool Football Club were appointed League champions.

Anfield 1901

What Happened To John Houlding?

John Houlding was an active Tory councillor, he was later elected to the Liverpool City Council as a Conservative representing the Everton ward, before being appointed Lord Mayor of Liverpool in 1897.

Houlding eventually saw his team win the Football League championship in 1901 but his health was by then giving cause for concern. He took a trip to the South of France which he hoped would restore his strength.

However, during the second week of March 1902, his condition became serious and he died on the morning of March the 18th in Nice at the age of 70.

Tributes were paid to him in all the local newspapers when the sad news of his death reached Liverpool the next day.

At his funeral, players of both Liverpool and Everton carried his coffin as a mark of respect for all he had done for football in the city.

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Anfield Stadium 1912

The Sandon Pub

In the early 1980`s The Sandon was re-branded as a fun pub and renamed “The Picture House”. The pub was a huge success until the decline in this sector and was closed in 1990.

After numerous fires, a demolition order was placed on the pub due to it being in a state of dereliction.

In 1994, George Hindley who owned Sam Dodd’s on the other corner of the block, bought the property from the brewery and began the long restoration process to what The Sandon is today.

Over the years other properties were bought in between Sam Dodd’s and The Sandon and the site now has 2 public bars and 6 function rooms.

The Sandon Pub Liverpool

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The Sandon holds a special place in the hearts of Liverpool football fans and was the first official LFC partner to provide corporate hospitality outside of the stadium in 2008.

It offers excellent matchday hospitality in its newly refurbished function suites, one of which is called the Houlding suite.

Guests can enjoy great food and a friendly service, as well as experiencing the famous pre-match atmosphere.

Shankly Experience Tours

The Shankly Hotel are proud to be working with this historic venue to enhance our famous Shankly Experience Tours. We hope you agree, The Sandon really is where it all began for football in Liverpool.

The Tours provide a unique insight into the City that Shanks loved. Brought to you exclusively by the Shankly Family with The Shankly Hotel, our range of tour options provide something for everyone ensuring you get to take in the best of what the wonderful city of Liverpool has to offer.

A man of the people, the tours take you on a day out to remember and visit all of Shankly’s favourite places around the city.

“Liverpool was made for me and I was made for Liverpool.”

If you want to learn about and experience the real history of Liverpool Football Club, Bill Shankly and The Sandon, the Shankly Experience Tours are the only way to really see Liverpool.

These amazing tours feature entrance into the official LFC stadium and Museum Tour, the home of Bill Shankly in West Derby, a visit to the iconic Sandon pub and off course a tour around the magnificent Shankly Hotel.

If you’d like to delve into the history of both Everton and Liverpool Football Clubs and visit the place where it all began, book one of our unique football themed tours and become an expert in Liverpool’s footballing legacy.

Click here to book or create your own Shankly Experience Tour of Liverpool.

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

Surprise a Football Fan With a Stay at The Shankly Hotel

If you’re in need of some gift inspiration for a football fan then look no further than The Shankly Hotel, an iconic venue that pays tribute to one of the most illustrious football managers in history.

With the end of the premier league season looming, there’s never been a better time to treat family or friends to an unforgettable weekend filled with football. A stay at this unique hotel is the perfect surprise present for any devoted football fan.

With a range of deals, packages and tours, The Shankly is dedicated to treating its lucky guests to a bespoke experience that really showcases the best of Liverpool and of course Bill Shankly.

So, if you know someone who lives for the beautiful game, this could be the perfect gift for them.

An Unforgettable Surprise

Book an overnight stay at the famous Shankly Hotel and experience luxurious accommodation in the heart of Liverpool city centre. Each room has a distinct link to Shankly and has been designed with comfort and elegance in mind.

Surprise a football fan

A self confessed mini museum to the great player and manager, the Shankly offers its guests an incomparable insight into his fascinating career and life.

Featuring some never seen before memorabilia such as Shankly’s original LFC contract and the keys to the Shankly gates, it is sure to impress any football fan.

The Shankly Tours

Not just an overnight stay, the hotel also offers bespoke football themed tours of Liverpool and its most iconic cultural sights.

Bill Shankly

You can either design your own day out or follow one of our carefully crafted Shankly Tours that feature visits to the defining locations that led to the formation of both Everton and Liverpool Football Club. Guests have the chance to visit both the home of the Blues and the LFC new stadium and Museum Tour at Anfield. And of course, you can discover the connection between Bill Shankly and the city’s rivalling football teams.

Throughout the tour, enjoy exclusive Shankly family anecdotes to give you a real feel for the city through the eyes of Bill Shankly. The package also features a visit to Shankly’s West Derby home.

To really make this a day they will remember forever, take a picture with Shankly himself with our Virtual Reality Shankly Experience.

A Dining Experience like no other

Treat them to the ultimate LFC dining experience in the Bastion Restaurant and Bar. A truly unique dining experience, tuck into delicious food and choose from a wide selection of beers, wines, spirits and cocktails whilst you immerse yourself in the wonderful world of Shankly.

Bastion Bar and Restaurant

The restaurant and bar is decorated with a plethora of original relics kindly donated by the Shankly family, including handwritten tactical notes, letters from colleagues and fans, medals and training tracksuits.

If you happen to be with us on a match day, the Bastion Bar is the perfect place to catch the game. With around 10 flat screen TV’s and a brilliant atmosphere, it’s the best present a true football fan could hope for.

To make a devoted football enthusiast’s dreams come true, chat to one of our friendly team about organising the perfect surprise gift at info@shanklyexperience.com