The Ultimate Beatles Tour of Liverpool

Home of the Beatles, you can’t explore the best of Liverpool without walking in the shoes of the Fab Four. From Liverpool’s leafy suburbs to city centre landmarks, there’s an essence of John, Paul, George and Ringo wherever you go. At Shankly Tours, we’re here to ensure that your sight-seeing journey runs smoothly, so that you can enjoy a full Beatles experience. Your visit to the city may be fleeting, but there’s plenty you can fit in with some organising.

Cementing an iconic era, the rise of the Beatles ran parallel with Liverpool Football Club’s rise into a ‘Bastion of Invincibility’. It didn’t take long for excitement surrounding Liverpool’s stars to intermix; Bill Shankly’s Liverpool FC was one of the first clubs to have fans sing Beatles songs from the terraces. Liverpool is now renowned worldwide for two defining reasons: the Fab Four and its vibrant football culture. So, we thought we’d combine the two to create the ultimate tour of Liverpool.

For Beatles fans visiting Liverpool, it can be tricky to fit everything in. To truly experience the Beatles’ Liverpool, you’ll need to head out of the city centre and discover the most sentimental spots of the suburbs.  That’s where we come in to save the day!

What to Expect

  • Begin and finish the tour at the fabulous Shankly Hotel in Liverpool city centre
  • A combination of sights, incorporating Bill Shankly/football history and Beatles landmarks
  • The houses of the Fab Four
  • Strawberry Fields gates
  • Anfield football stadium
  • Bill Shankly’s former home
  • 20% off food & drink at the Shankly’s Bastion Bar & Restaurant
  • A once in a lifetime Beatles/Shankly memorabilia viewing at the Shankly Hotel

A Full Experience of Liverpool

Nestled away from the bright lights of the city centre, the story behind John Lennon’s nostalgic and and dreamy “Strawberry Fields Forever” revolves around Lennon’s very own childhood dreamworld.

You’ll be taken to the gatepost to Strawberry Field, where Lennon and his childhood friends would spend hours playing within the wooded garden. The popular tourist attraction is located close to Lennon’s childhood home in Woolton, one of Liverpool’s most scenic suburbs. A chance to truly follow in the footsteps of John Lennon, exploring this sentimental suburb will certainly be a day to remember for Beatles fans from near and far.

The Bastion Bar & Restaurant

What better way to end a busy day than with some hearty food at the Bastion? Upon returning from your tour, you’ll be awarded 20% off at this Liverpool favourite for food and drink, the perfect excuse for a refreshing Beer or a fruity cocktail!

With an array of delicious dishes to pick from, you’ll find everything from our famous Shankly Burger to Beer-Battered Fish and Chips, Steak and Mushroom Pie and Butternut Squash, Sweet Potato and Rocket Risotto. And for those with a sweet tooth, don’t miss out on our tasty desserts, ranging from Baileys and White Chocolate Cheesecake and Glazed Lemon Tart.

Whether you’re planning your first visit to Liverpool or it’s one of many, we’re sure this memorable experience won’t be your last! To enquire about our fabulous Fab Four and Shanks Tour, our helpful team would love to hear from you here. You can also contact our team on info@shanklyexperience.com.

 

Stay at the Shankly Hotel: St Patrick’s Day 2017

Liverpool is one of the best city’s for celebrating St Patrick’s Day weekend in style. For great craic, top Irish food and music that will keep you on your feet, Liverpool’s bars and top nightlife venues have got you covered.

At the Shankly Hotel, we have the perfect group accommodation for celebrating Paddy’s Day the way it should be. We’re equipped with spacious rooms to accommodate large groups and a location that offers Liverpool’s top Irish bars right on your doorstep.

Group Accommodation for Nights Out

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While Liverpool’s nightlife never disappoints, the city’s hotels aren’t always suitable for a night out on the town. That’s where the Shankly comes in to save Paddy’s Day! Our rooms are designed to bring guests a sociable experience from start to finish, so it’s unlikely that you’ll have to split from your group of friends into separate rooms.

With the Bastion Bar & Restaurant located within the hotel itself, you can enjoy some light bites or a hearty meal before you head out for the night. We also have a fantastic bar to start the night as you mean to go on!

For Paddy’s Day 2017, we suspect you’ll be celebrating all night long. So, upon your return, you may want to order from our Midnight Munchies menu, featuring delicious treats ranging from sweet to savoury.

And the next morning, you can let your hangover pass in style as you make the most of our deluxe double beds and whirlpool baths at your leisure. In our group spaces, we offer plenty of space for getting ready in the morning without feeling cramped.

Located in the Heart of Liverpool City Centre

You’ll discover the Shankly Hotel located on Victoria Street, only moments way from Liverpool’s most vibrant nightlife spots and most popular places to wine and dine, or simply enjoy lashings of Guinness.

Liverpool will be playing host to an array of great events to celebrate its Irish community, including its famous St Patrick’s Day parade. If you’re visiting Liverpool for the first time, the parade is a brilliant way to discover some of the city’s most scenic streets, with plenty of pubs and cafes around along the way.

At the Shankly Hotel, we’re also only a short walk from the best Irish bars in Liverpool, favoured by locals and tourists alike. Located on dynamic Mathew Street, why not head to Flanagan’s Apple for a tasty Guinness and some traditional Irish food? Afterwards, you may want to stop off at Bar Signature to enjoy a couple of cocktails before continuing the chaos.

To book your stay at the Shankly Hotel, our fabulous reservations team will be happy to help you out. They’re available to chat to on 0151 909 3614.

 

 

The Shankly’s Liverpool Theatre Guide

At the Shankly Hotel, we’re lucky enough to be right in the heart of Liverpool’s city centre. And that means we have some of the best theatres in the UK right on our doorstep. For those who have booked theatre tickets in Liverpool and are looking for accommodation, the Shankly Hotel offers luxurious rooms and facilities in a thriving location of the city.

If you’re still planning a stay with us, why not take a look at our guide to the fabulous theatres of Liverpool? We’re located only a short walk or taxi ride away, so we recommend spending a cosy afternoon at the theatre or making your theatre visit a glamorous night to remember.

The Everyman Theatre

Situated on one of Liverpool’s best loved streets, you’ll find the Everyman on Hope Street, between the city’s two breathtaking cathedrals and surrounded by flourishing independent businesses. After reopening in 2014, the theatre won the 2014 RIBA Stirling Prize for architecture, and with its trademark wrap-around auditorium and environmentally sustainable features, it’s easy to see why.

Renowned for its unique and creative productions, expect to see classic tales turned into plays, jazz nights in their basement Bistro and of course, their famous Rock ‘n’ Roll Christmas panto.

The Playhouse Theatre

Escape from the hustle and bustle of life with a trip to Liverpool’s traditional Playhouse Theatre. You’ll find this iconic theatre right beneath the Radio City Tower in Williamson Square.

The Grade II* listed building showcases a 19th century auditorium and 20th century front of house extension. Radiating character from its striking proscenium arch design, you’ll find yourself transported into the show from start to finish.

This Liverpool gem certainly cultivates an atmosphere. Known to show plays such as The Woman in Black and Haunting of Hill House, this is the go-to theatre for horror lovers hoping to find themselves on the edge of their seat. And for those looking for a more laid back experience.

Liverpool Empire Theatre

Seating an impressive 2348 people with the largest two-tier auditorium in Britain, Liverpool Empire Theatre is arguably the most dynamic in the city. In recent years, the theatre has played host to impressive West End favourites such as Dirty Dancing and Wicked.

With big productions ranging from musicals to ballet, the Empire is one of the city’s best venues for family entertainment all year long.

Liverpool Unity Theatre

At the unitytheatre Liverpool, expect to be swept away into the world of theatre with productions frequently showcasing the local talent of Liverpool.

The Unity describe themselves as a “small-scale theatre with big ambitions”, and we’re inclined to agree. Located off the cobbled streets of Hope Street surrounded by picturesque houses and bars, the theatre never offers anything short of creative, innovative productions that can’t be found elsewhere.

Liverpool Epstein Theatre

Formerly the Neptune Theatre, the Epstein Theatre is known for its sparkling pantomime productions, this family favourite is one that shouldn’t be missed during a visit with the kids to Liverpool.

Described by visitors as an “oldy worldy theatre”, the Epstein has managed to maintain the character of a traditional theatre while weaving in modern twists. Surrounded by Hanover Street’s bar and dining scene, expect upbeat shows and events that are perfect for a night out in the city centre.

Royal Court Theatre

If you ask a Liverpool local about the Royal court, they’re likely to tell you about a good night out. This unique theatre experience allows you to drink and dine in your seat before the show begins and enjoy drinks at your table throughout the production.

You can be certain of a fantastic auditorium, vibrant bar area and high-quality facilities at the Royal Court, which has seen significant investment over the past few years. Plans to continue the upkeep of this stunning venue are already underway.

The Lantern Theatre

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The Lantern Theatre is without a doubt one of Liverpool’s most charming and quaint hidden gems. A cosy, family-run company, this venue was grown from a love for the performing arts.

You’d be unlikely to stumble across the Latern unless you were looking, but located in the Baltic Triangle, just outside of the thriving Liverpool One shopping and dining area. And though the venue is low-key, we guarantee that it’s well worth a visit.

With a cosy bar and a blend of creative productions, visitors can indulge in a range of productions, varying from local writing, acting,  live music and laugh-out-loud comedy from talented performers who are ready to shine.

To start your Liverpool theatre experience with an unforgettable stay at the Shankly Hotel, our team will be happy to find the best available price for you. You can give them a call on 0151 601 8998.

 

Heritage to Football: Tailored Tours of Liverpool

The city of 2 cathedrals, 2 iconic football teams and home to the Beatles, it can be hard to see the best of Liverpool’s dazzling sights all in one go. And that’s where Shankly Tours comes in to save the day!

Whether you’re visiting the city for a weekend or you’re staying for a full week, the variety of attractions in Liverpool aren’t always in walking distance of each other, so you can end up wasting time with a map.

To make your experience stress-free and worth your while, we’ve put together our very own Shankly Tours of Liverpool to ensure that you there’s truly something for everyone. For a set price to suit your group, you can experience Liverpool the way you want to, all with the one package.

If you’re travelling in a larger group or simply have a long list of sights to see, this is the perfect solution for keeping everyone happy as you see the best of the city.

Design Your Own Tour

If you’re someone who likes to plan things from scratch, then this option to design your own tour is ideal for you.

You may have an LFC fan in the group, someone who’s been dreaming of Strawberry Fields, or just fancy taking the perfect snap of Liverpool’s infamous architecture and maritime heritage. With this bespoke package, you have the freedom to pick something for everyone.

All you need to do is decide what your perfect tour of Liverpool would look like, let us know what you want to see and we’ll work out the best plan and price tailored to your group.

Tour A – Liverpool Was Made for Me

As the Shanks once said, “Liverpool was made for me and I was made for Liverpool”.

Taking you on a tour of the city that football legend Bill Shankly held close to his heart, you can experience a blend of the city’s best football heritage, and most iconic cultural sights.

Throughout this 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.

Taking you on a broad tour of the city’s football history, you’ll see the defining locations for the formation of both Everton and Liverpool Football Club. And of course, you can discover the connection between Bill Shankly and the city’s rivalling football teams. You’ll have the chance to visit both the home of the Blues, and the LFC new Stadium and Museum Tour at Anfield.

Back to the Shankly

And that’s not all! You’ll need to save some energy because you’ll be in for a treat when you return to the Shankly Hotel.

We’ll be taking you on a tour of our personal Shankly memorabilia, featuring unseen items that aren’t on display to the public. You’ll also have the chance to get your photo taken with the Shanks himself, thanks to our Virtual Reality Shankly Experience.

We sense that after this busy day, you may be in need of a cold pint and some tasty food! So at the end of the tour, you’ll be awarded 20% off all food and drink in the hotel’s stunning Bastion Bar and Restaurant.

Tour B – The Fab 4 and Shanks Tour

Liverpool is one of the most visited cities in the world, and arguably the legacy of the infamous Beatles has a lot to do with that!

There’s an array of iconic sights and venues across the land of yellow submarines that played a part in the lives of the four Liverpool lads. And for those waiting to see exactly what shaped the timeless band, our organised tour will go above and beyond fulfilling your dreams.

The growth of the Mersey Beat ran parallel with the rise of Liverpool FC into a ‘Bastion of Invincibility’, and LFC fans would often sing Beatles lyrics at matches. Since the city is renowned for the Fab Four and its thriving football scene, this tour combines the two, bringing you a unique tour that you won’t forget.

All for one price, you’ll be transported around the city from sight to sight, saving you lots of time.

Back to the Shankly

We didn’t want the tour to stop there, so on return to the Shankly, you’ll be taken on an exclusive tour of our Bill Shankly memorabilia AND have the chance to view a priceless piece of memorabilia linking Bill Shankly to the Beatles on a touching and personal level.

Again, we know you’ll be in search of an ice cold drink and some hearty British food! So, sit back and relax as you enjoy 20% off at the Bastion Bar and Restaurant, right within the hotel.

Tour C – The Match Day Tour

If you’re in town for a match day and want to see what our tours are all about, we offer a bespoke tour just for match days so that you can see the best of Liverpool.

Perfect for football fanatics and those who love the city, you can enjoy the Shankly elements of Tour A followed by an exciting match day stadium tour at Anfield.

To book your dream tour of Liverpool, just let us know what you’re after, and who will be joining us at INFO@SHANKLYEXPERIENCE.COM

For more information, check out The Shankly Family Experience.

 

 

3 Unique Ways to Explore Liverpool’s History

Have you ever wanted to explore a piece of Liverpool’s history that’s a little off the beaten track?

If so we recommend one of these three unique tourist experiences that will show you pieces of Liverpool’s past from a unique perspective.

Slavery Trail

Take a walk back in time and explore Liverpool’s history by learning about what helped shape the exuberant waterfront architecture and early wealth of the city.

Liverpool waterfront

Liverpool’s position on the Mersey River made city docks the hub of UK trade from overseas. Goods such as tobacco, spices, cotton and Gin flowed through Liverpool bringing extreme wealth and prosperity to the area.

This wealth was also built on the sale of humans as goods at the peak of slave trading.

In what was once known as the ‘Slave Trade Triangle’ Liverpool played a crucial role.

The port of Liverpool served as the beginning and end point for a staggering three-quarters of the slaving ships coming to and from Africa and the Caribbean.

There are traces of this sad part of Liverpool’s history all around us, in the artwork found on the cities most prominent buildings and monuments.

Slavery in Liverpool

The Liverpool Slavery Trail is operated Eric Lynch, a man who has educated himself on the intricate details of Liverpool’s history.

Eric shares this wealth of knowledge with those partaking in the walkign city tour.

Shankly Experience

Another huge part of Liverpool’s interesting history is football.

Evident in the numerous tours in operation that ferry visitors around the two major premier league football stadiums and training grounds in the city.

We recommend another way to explore the unique footballing history of Liverpool with our Shankly Experience tour.

Take a journey with the Shankly Family Foundation and learn how the power of one man transformed a football club and stirred inspiration across a city of people.

Bill Shankly

Pioneering the ‘Liverpool way of play’, Bill Shankly made the city famous through football. Because of his efforts at LFC, his working-class background and outstanding moral compass, the people of Liverpool loved him.

His character was admired by many, known as a stand-up family man dedicated only to his wife, children and the game of football.

During a visit to the Shankly Hotel take a chance to explore a piece of Liverpool’s history through various displays of Shankly memorabilia.

Never before seen iconic items donated by the Shankly family can be viewed, such as rare photos and his own training tracksuit. This, as well as handwritten letters and tactics notes, give visitors a keen insight into the mind and life of the great man.

Why not book an exclusive training session on Shankly playing field to see where Bill Shankly worked and played during his Liverpool career?

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Participants can enjoy running drills fashioned from handwritten notes taken from Shankly archives and learn to understand the ethos of Bill Shankly; that you can play hard as long as you work harder.

You can even play in and keep a limited-edition training kit as a memento.

The Shankly Tours and training experiences are bookable here and are a unique way to explore Liverpool’s history from a different perspective.

Williamson Tunnel tours

There are some magnificent sights across Liverpool city centre.

The Three Graces, The Anglican and Metropolitan Cathedrals and Albert Dock are all stunning pieces of Liverpool history…above ground.

How about what lies beneath the city?

Liverpool's history underground - Williamson's tunnels

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In 1995 a series of tunnels were discovered by a university student beneath the streets of Liverpool. Since then these tunnels have been slowly excavated by volunteers.

The tunnels are the work of a wealthy tobacco baron, Joseph Williamson. After building what were known to have been grand mansions of unconventional design, Williamson moved onto constructing his obscure series of underground tunnels.

His reasons behind constructing these tunnels remain unknown but have been widely speculated upon.

Theories include Williamson’s involvement in a religious sect, convinced the apocalypse was looming. The tunnels, therefore, built as a post-apocalyptic haven for Williamson, his family and friends.

Others suspected Williamson of being involved in smuggling using the tunnels to transport goods across the city undetected.

A popular explanation is that Williamson’s tunnels were built to employ hundreds of soldiers returning from the Napoleonic war.

Liverpool's history underground - Williamson's tunnels

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It seems construction carried on for 70 years and ceased immediately after Williamson’s death.

Now the Joseph Williamson Society are exploring this mysterious piece of Liverpool’s history concealed within these fascinating underground structures. You too can explore the Labyrinth as part of a guided tour and check out the progress of ongoing excavation.

Explore Liverpool’s History from the Shankly Hotel

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If you are planning a short city break, then explore Liverpool’s history during one or all of these unique city tours.

Other popular city attractions such as the amazing nightlife and superb shopping complexes are within easy reach of the Shankly Hotel.

Why not book to stay at the Shankly Hotel and see what you can learn about the interesting history of Liverpool?

Call 0151 601 8801 or email ifno@signatureliving.co.uk.

Liverpool: The UKs Hottest Destination to Visit In 2017

With its multitude of landmarks, top attractions and dazzling nightlife, it’s no wonder that Liverpool is the UK’s hottest destination to visit. A must-visit location for 2017, you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice when it comes to the city’s array of attractions and days-worth of sight-seeing!

 

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Unbeatable Group Accommodation in Liverpool

For luxury group accommodation in the heart of Liverpool city centre, you’ll find The Shanky Hotel rooms and suites waiting for you to enjoy. A tribute to the life of iconic LFC manager Bill Shankly, our hotel offers only the finest customer service and elegant decor that simply can’t be matched.

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We care about your experience of the city, so we ensure that it’s a great one! From our deluxe beds, to double Jacuzzi baths and 50″ TV Screens, we have everything you could need to feel right at home, without having to lift a finger.

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Dining at The Bastion

The wining and dining spots in Liverpool are undoubtedly one of the best parts of the city. And The Shankly’s Bastion Bar & Restaurant definitely doesn’t disappoint. Our menu features delicious hearty dishes and lighter bites, with perfected cocktails to complement your meal.

After a night of exploring Liverpool’s hidden gems and top bars and clubs, you can settle into bed with our Midnight Munchies menu, available until 5am. Tuck into tasty options from the comfort of your room. Our late night menu ranges from pizzas and sandwiches, so you can give the dodgy takeaways a miss!

A Night at Noctua

Make the most of Liverpool’s most exclusive VIP lounge, where you can enjoy the dynamic atmosphere that fills the club on a Saturday. You can guarantee that Noctua’s music that will keep you dancing all night long.

And if you want to plan an extra special night, you can build a booth and tailor your drinks to suit your group from start to finish.

Setting us apart from other bars and clubs across the city, you can expect a safe environment filled with people who are looking for a fabulous night out.

Moments From The Sights

Only moments away from the best sights in Liverpool, our helpful team are always on-hand to help you plan your ideal sight-seeing experience. If you’re in a group or just want to see the sights with someone guiding the way, our very own Shankly Tours are a unique way to see the best of the city, especially for LFC fans.

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You can choose from our array of tours, offering something for everyone. From sights including Shankly’s West Derby home and the incomparable Anfield Stadium, to a personal tour of our Shankly memorabilia. You can even let us know what your ideal tour would look like, and we can put together a bespoke package for you.

To book the ultimate stay in the must-visit city of 2017, just contact a member of our helpful team on on 0151 909 3643 and they’ll be more than happy to help you out! Alternatively, you can book online and secure your stay today.

 

 

 

Unique Shankly Tours for Sight-Seeing in Liverpool

The best sights of Liverpool simply can’t be seen in one particular area. With an iconic football history and timeless musical influence, there’s just too much to fit in!

From the city’s picturesque town centre to its leafy suburbs, Liverpool is illuminated by character, charm and stories you’ll remember. So, to avoid the stress of public transport, why not leave the worrying at home and let us take care of the sight-seeing?

We have a range of tours designed thoughtfully by people who really know the city. To discover which option is best for you, why not take a quick browse at what we offer?

Tour A – Liverpool was Made for Me

As Bill Shankly said himself, “Liverpool was made for me and I was made for Liverpool”.

After this one of a kind tour, we’re sure that you’ll feel the same. Tailored for football and Shanks fans from start to finish, this tour provides the ultimate experience of the city.

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Starting and finishing at the Shankly Hotel, you can expect a visit to the home of Liverpool FC rivals the Blues, along with the new Stadium and Museum at Liverpool Football Club’s Anfield home.

You can also enjoy a visit to Bill Shankly’s very own West Derby home and exclusive anecdotes about the Scots legend, adding a personal touch to the day.

Following a tour around the Shankly Hotel’s public memorabilia, you’ll also be granted access to our unseen collection which isn’t available to the public, and have the chance to take a photo to cherish with our Virtual Reality Shankly Experience.

After the tour you can enjoy a free drink and will be awarded 20% off  in our stunning Bastion Bar and Restaurant.

Tour B – The Fab 4 and Shanks Tour

Undoubtedly one of the most iconic and timeless pieces of Liverpool’s history, we’re sure you’ll want to add an element of Beatles to your visit. And we have the ultimate surprise for you to enjoy on this tour.

Following the devastating effects of war, both the Fab 4 and Bill Shankly played an integral role in Liverpool’s rise to success. With the Beatles unknowingly redefining music and Shankly leading the Reds to victory, the city was revived with a new found sense of hope and passion. Linked by their success, fans of LFC would recite Beatles lyrics from the terraces in support of their team, while in 1965 the Beatles boys sent a telegram wishing him luck for the FA Cup Final.

To refuel after a day of excitement, this package also includes a free drink and 20% off at our elegant Bastion Bar and Restaurant.

Tour C – The Match Day Tour

If you’re visiting Liverpool specifically for a match day, we recommend booking our fantastic Match Day Tour. To get in the mood before the game kicks off, this tour takes you on the LFC Stadium Tour and features our fantastic Bill Shankly elements from Tour A.

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Bespoke tour packages

For a little more flexibility, we also offer our bespoke package, where you do the thinking and we do the organising.

Simply let us know what your ideal tour would look like and we’ll do our best to design one personally tailored to your requirements.

The Bastion Bar & Restaurant

After a busy day of sight-seeing, you can sink into a comfortable chair within our elegant Bastion Bar & Restaurant, featuring memorabilia to admire while you wine and dine.

The Bastion

The delicious menu crafted by our talented chefs provides an arrangement of delicious dishes for you to choose from, while you sit back and relax with a glass in hand.

To book your unique Liverpool city tour, check out The Shanky Experience or chat to someone from our friendly team on info@shanklyexperience.com

 

Special Cinema Offer

Treat yourself to dinner, a movie for a great night out in Liverpoool with this exclusive offer from The Shankly Hotel.

Valid from October 7th and for just £30 per person, we’re delighted to offer all the above

The Five Most Iconic Shankly Images

When you hear the words Bill Shankly, various images spring to mind. These images are what capture him as the powerful, determined, and loved manager of Liverpool who is still etched in our memories today.
Here are just five of our favourites, which we think shows Shanks’ passion for the beautiful game.

 

Bill Shankly leading out LFC before the FA cup final, 1974

Bill Shankly leads out the Liverpool side for the FA cup final. 7th May 1974.
In this game, Liverpool lost to Arsenal during extra time.
Bill is smartly dressed in his tie and collar, even on a hot day. He has his hand on his heart and a Liverpool football club badge on his lapel.

Shankly looking straight into the camera, looking thoroughly self-assured and you can just imagine how the players must have been so inspired having a man such as him leading them out!

 

Shankly celebrates with the kop

Liverpool manager Bill Shankly rejoices with the Kop after Liverpool secured the football league championship with a draw against Leicester City at Anfield on 27th April 1973.
With his LFC scarf on and fists out, the spectators at the ground reach out to him like some sort of managerial demigod.

This really sums up what Shanks was about, he was in it for the fans and wanted to make them happy most of all.

 

Shankly leading out Preston FC

Shankly leads out Preston North End in 1948, a year before he left the club.
He went straight into management after his playing career was over, despite feeling like he had more to give. He firstly went to Carlisle, and then with Grimsby, Workington and Huddersfield.
It was when he joined Liverpool as their manager in 1959 that his legend really began to take shape.

 

Bill playing football with locals at Huddersfield

This is Bill during his time managing at Huddersfield FC.
Rumour has it that, he was always up for playing football with Dads and lads on the park somewhere in Huddersfield town. The local press must have learned of this and went to watch and took photographs. There’s Shankly going up for a header and you can be sure that whatever side he was playing on, they would keep going until his team won!

 

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Shanks revels in the ambience of The Kop after losing to Arsenal in the 1971 FA Cup Final.
Despite the score, the Reds came back to the city to an incredible homecoming.
The supporters were all cheering and showing their support for Shankly and his players. Steve Hale stood on St George’s plateau and was amongst a bunch of other photographers who called out to Bill Shankly to turn around and face them. Then a succession of images that terminated with this one.

 

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Bill Shankly: A Timeline of Events

Shankly’s life was an interesting one to say the least. From being born in Glenbuck, to living in Liverpool as an honourary Scouser till the end.
Here’s a timeline of important events during Shankly’s 68 year life and beyond!

The early years

02.09.1913 – William Shankly is born in Glenbuck, Scotland.

1931 – He plays football for his local team in Ayrshire, Cronberry Eglinton.

1932 – Shankly moves south where he joins Carlisle United in Third Division North.

July 1933 – After a remarkable season for Carlisle Shankly signs for 2nd division Preston North End. Preston was soon promoted as Shankly’s career flourished.

Young Shankly

09.04.1938 – Shankly was selected to play for his country, Scotland for the first time, playing against England in a 1-0 win at Wembley.

30.04.1938 – Shankly’s highlight as player when Preston wins the FA Cup by beating Huddersfield.

29.06.1944 – Bill marries Agnes “Nessie” Fisher

Bill and Agnes Shankly

From player to manager

22.03.1949 – Despite feeling he had more to offer as a player, 35-year-old Shankly took the manager’s job at Carlisle United.

June 1951 – Grimsby’s board felt Shankly was the right man to revive the club that had dropped from Division 1 to regional football in Division 3.

1951 – Liverpool interview Shankly for the vacant manager’s job at Liverpool.

06.01.1954 – Shankly moves down the ranking in Third Division North, but saving Workington from destruction is a commendable challenge.

05.11.1956 – Takes over as manager of Huddersfield after coaching their reserves for 11 months.

01.12.1959 – Liverpool appoint Bill Shankly as Phil Taylor’s successor in the managerial seat.

Shankly arrives at LFC

14.12.1959 – Shankly takes officially over at Liverpool after finishing his occupancy at Huddersfield.

19.12.1959 – Shankly is in control of his first Liverpool game, but it’s a long way from a perfect start as Liverpool lose 0-4 to Cardiff.

21.04.1962 – After seven years in the 2nd division, Liverpool are promoted with five League games remaining!

18.04.1964 – Liverpool win the championship for the sixth time in their history after a 17 year wait with an impressive 5-0 win vs Arsenal at Anfield.

01.05.1965 – Liverpool win the FA Cup for the first time in the club’s history. Shankly added that it was his finest moment at Liverpool.

FA Cup

12.05.1965 – Liverpool knocked out of the semi-finals in the club’s inaugural season in the European Cup. After a sensational 3-1 win at Anfield in the first leg, Inter beat the Reds 0-3 in Italy after bribing the referee!

30.04.1966 – Liverpool close their second League title under Shankly by beating Chelsea 2-1 at Anfield.

08.05.1971 – Liverpool lose 1-2 to Arsenal in the FA Cup – Shankly delivers the famous Chairman Mao speech.

08.07.1971 – Shankly agrees a new three-year contract with Liverpool which became his last.

23.04.1973 – After 7 years deprived of a title, Liverpool win the championship by beating Leeds 2-0 at Anfield.

23.05.1973 – Liverpool beat Gladbach 3-2 on aggregate in the UEFA Cup final, almost conceding their 3-0 lead from Anfield.

1973 – Bill voted Manager of the year, the only time in his career!

Bill Shankly Memorabilia

04.05.1974 – One of the most one-sided FA Cup finals in history when Liverpool annihilates Newcastle 3-0 at Wembley.

The shock announcement

12.07.1974 – The football world and the whole of Liverpool are stunned when Bill Shankly announces that he is retiring as Liverpool’s manager.

10.08.1974 – Shankly is given the honour of leading Liverpool out at Wembley vs Leeds in the Charity Shield despite retiring in the summer.

12.08.1974 – Bill Shankly legitimately terminates his ‘reign’ as manager of the Reds in Billy McNeill’s testimonial in front of 60,000 people at Celtic Park.

29.04.1975 – Shankly’s testimonial against a Don Revie Select XI – an emotional night at Anfield.

25.05.1977 – Shankly was in attendance when Liverpool won its first ever European Cup in Rome.

The loss of a great man

29.09.1981 – Shankly passes away. Bill suffered a cardiac arrest after battling for life since a heart attack early on Saturday morning. He had been making good progress until his condition deteriorated.

30.09.1981 – Liverpool face Finnish European Cup opponents, Oulu Palloseura, at Anfield. Reds won 7-0 and for the whole of second half the Kop sang Shankly’s name to the tune of Amazing Grace.
A banner in the crowd reads “King Shankly lives”.

King Shankly Lives

03.10.1981 – Bob Paisley and John Toshack lead out their teams at Anfield in the league. Tosh, who was now the manager of Swansea, created quite a stir among the Swansea faithful when he revealed a Liverpool shirt underneath his Swansea tracksuit when Shankly was remembered before the game.

22.11.1981 – “A Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Bill Shankly” held at Liverpool Cathedral.

A series of tributes

26.08.1982 – Shankly Gates unlocked by Bill’s widow, Nessie.

27.04.1997 – The Shankly memorial is erected – a fitting tribute in his hometown, Glenbuck.

04.12.1997 – The statue of Shankly in front of the Kop is unveiled.

June 1998 – Preston North’s End ground was replaced by a new stand named the “Bill Shankly Kop”, designed with different coloured seats providing an image of the great man’s head and shoulders.

18.12.1999 – A mosaic on the Kop to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Bill Shankly’s arrival at Anfield.

02.08.2002 – Nessie Shankly passes away, 82 years of age.

2002 – Bill Shankly is introduced to the English Football Hall of Fame due to his impact on the English game as a manager.

08.11.2004 – Bill is introduced to the Scottish Football Association’s Hall of Fame.

01.12.2009 – 50th anniversary since he signed his contract to become manager of Liverpool Football Club.

16.12.2009 – A “SHANKS LEGEND” mosaic was unveiled on the Kop prior to kick off.

17.12.2009 – Shankly is awarded an Honorary Citizenship of Liverpool in recognition of the 50th anniversary of his arrival as manager of Liverpool FC and his dedication to Merseyside.

May 2014 – A Shankly themed hotel and museum is unveiled by Shankly’s family and Signature Living.

Bill Shankly

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