Looking Back at England in the World Cup Semi-Final 1990

Though choruses of ‘It’s Coming Home’ may have started with a hint of British sarcasm, the greatest plot twist of the World Cup 2018 is that football could actually be coming home.

With waistcoat sales soaring thanks to Gareth Southgate and the sunny backdrop of Britain’s heatwave keeping beer gardens busy, World Cup fever has been spreading thick and fast.

It’s been a competition to remember so far, and it’s safe to say that we’re clinging on to high hopes for the England vs Croatia semi-final.

To celebrate England’s success, we thought we’d take a step back in time to the last time England made it to the semi-final of the World Cup.

England vs West Germany Semi Final 1990

So, it’s back to 1990 we go. The World Cup semi-final of the new decade saw England take to the pitch against West Germany. It’s been 28 years since the game, and football fans who remember the highly anticipated match have been reminiscing on the atmosphere and moments that stood out most.

At the time, England were managed by Sir Bobby Robson. The team had played impressively throughout the competition, finally knocked out of the game by West Germany on penalties.

In Gazza Misses the Final, a collection of minute-by-minute reports written by Rob Smyth and Scott Murray, the classic World Cup match of 1990 is documented as it played out.

One extract summarises:

“England were the better side in normal time and West Germany in extra time. The Germans will go on to their third consecutive final, hoping to avenge their defeats in 1982 and 1986. England go into a third-place play-off with Italy on Saturday after a night of raw emotion and proud heartbreak that will live with us all for ever. Gazza has tears streaming down his reddened face as he salutes the England fans. Time to listen to ‘World in Motion’ on loop while drowning a million sweet sorrows.”

England World Cup 1990 Penalties

A bittersweet era for England supporters, fans shared some of their best memories of the 1990 World Cup with the East Anglican Daily Times.

Chris Wright recalled:

“I had a tough decision to make. Forego my ticket for the Rolling Stones Urban Jungle Tour at Wembley Stadium or stay at home and watch the game. I went to see the Stones and everyone brought along radios, so we were totally in touch with what was going on. Of course these days it would be possibly to watch the game on the phone and be at the gig.”

Though fans remembered the disappointment and heartbreak following the semi-final result, they were also quick to remember the highlights throughout the 1990 World Cup. A particular fond memory amongst fans was David Platt’s goal while playing against Belgium.

The timeless goal took place as extra time was heading towards a pentalty shoot-out. England got a free-kick with about a minute left to spare. Broadcaster John Motson describes the goal fondly in The Telegraph:

“Bobby Robson and the England bench were signalling frantically as to what they thought they should do with this free-kick but I don’t think Paul Gascoigne was paying any attention at all. Gazza floated his free-kick into the penalty area and David Platt, who was quite new then to international football, swivelled and volleyed it into the net.”

So, with England inching one step closer to the World Cup final once again, we can only hope this semi-final goes in our favour. Supermarkets such as Lidl and Aldi have already taken to social media to announce their employees will finish at 3:00pm should England make it the final on Sunday 15 July.

It seems this enthusiasm has filtered down to smaller workplaces. For example, AMI, a metalwork company in Sheffield has promised to offer all staff a paid day off on Monday 16 July if England really do win the World Cup.

Excitement is certainly building across the country, with nearly 20 million viewers tuning in to watch England beat Sweden in the quarter-finals last weekend.

We’re wishing the England boys the best of luck! Here’s to hoping football’s coming home.

Not sure where to watch the match? We’re showing the World Cup semi-final on our rooftop terrace at The Shankly Hotel. You can register for your spot on the roof here.

Football Legends Take a Tour of Liverpool with Shankly Tours

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

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

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

Albert Dock Scene Liverpool

Real Madrid Legends’ Tour of Liverpool

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

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

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

Welcoming Bayern Munich Legends

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

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

garden of eden

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

Take a Tour of Liverpool with Shankly Tours

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

bill shankly

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

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

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

The Art of Football Liverpool: See Vintage Bill Shankly Shirt

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

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

The Art of the Football Shirt

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

Where: Camp & Furnace

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

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

The Shankly Hotel Preston

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

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

The Art of Football Liverpool – What’s On

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

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

Disco Socrates

When: 30 June 2018

Where: Constellations

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

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

When: 29 June – 15 July 2018

Where: Camp & Furnace

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

Soccerama Symposium

When: 12 – 13 July 2018

Where: Liverpool Central Library

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

Shankly Experience Liverpool

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

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

the art of football liverpool

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

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

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Where to Watch the FIFA Club World Cup Live in Liverpool

The FIFA Club World Cup has kicked off to a great start for England if you are wondering where you can catch all the live action, look no further than The Shankly Hotel. In the Garden of Eden, we will be screening each and every match live as it happens on our glorious rooftop terrace.

We inviting you to come and bask in the rare summer sunshine whilst cheering our lads onto glory in style, join us for all the FIFA Club World Cup action.

Here are some FAQ’s answered in detail.

Which Games Will Be Showing?

Let’s start with every England game, and let’s hope there are plenty this year.

England fixtures for FIFA Club World Cup

England’s competition started well with two goals in the back of Tunsia’s net by the final whistle blow. Now we look forward to seeing what else our lads can do as they face their next opponents.

We will also be showing all the other major contending team matchups as well as keeping you up to date with any exciting news and events surrounding the competition.

Where Is It All Happening?

Garden of Eden - where to watch FIFA Club World Cup

Our stunning Garden of Eden will be transformed into a World Cup spectators paradise complete with huge projector screen, comfortable seating and the chance to soak up some British summer sun.

What’s more, there’s enough space in The Garden of Eden to host your very own football match so the more the merrier.

If the weather allows it our very stunning rooftop terrace will also be opening its doors giving guests an exclusive place to catch all the World Cup action.

Will there be drinks?

Is the Pope a Catholic? Of course, there’ll be drinks!

Garden of Eden FIFA Club World Cup Live

Our Garden of Eden bar will be serving up some of our famous in play offers such as four-pint pitchers for £10, five bottle of Carlsberg for £12 and double house spirits for just £1 extra, if our England boys do well so does your bar tab.

Better still we’ve just unleashed a fabulous new summer cocktail menu which has been beefed up to include more cocktail options with a kick.

What Else Can You Look Forward To?

Well if the Champions League Final was anything to go by the atmosphere on our rooftop Garden of Eden will be a football fans paradise.

Garden of Eden FIFA Club World Cup Live

Those with a passion for the game will love visiting The Shankly Hotel and the unparalleled views over the stunning city skyline are enough to lift anyone spirits up to the heavens.

Did Shankly Ever Play in The World Cup?

The answer is no but he managed a few players who brought home the trophy in 1966.

Gerry Byrne, Roger Hunt and Ian Callaghan were all members of the squad that led England to victory in 1966, the year that England hosted the FIFA Club World Cup and the year England beat Germany 4-2.

Callaghan remembers Shankly fondly and says that even after their success he remembers Shanks walking up to him and saying;

Well done, son. But you can forget about winning the World Cup because you’ve got more important things to think about!

To Shankly, all that mattered to the rest of the team, the people of Liverpool and the fans was that Liverpool came out on top again that season.

How Do I Book Tickets?

The best place to watch the FIFA Club World Cup in Liverpool is the Garden of Eden and rooftop access can be bought and pre-booked for just £10.

Once you’re in, you’re in, you can stay and watch as many matches as you’d like for just one entry fee.

Tickets to watch England vs Tunisia - FIFA Club World Cup Live

Everyone and their dog will want to be in The Garden of Eden to watch England play in the FIFA Club World Cup as well as all the other top contending teams. Every game will be screened to watch live as they happen so, to avoid disappointment, get your tickets booked for the games you want to see.

Why Not Make A Night Of It?

Instead of trying to get a taxi home after the match or struggling to get to the train, why not book to stay in the lap of luxury in The Shankly Hotel.

Accommodation for FIFA Club World Cup Live

The superb suites are just a few floors below The Garden of Eden and we have some excellent mid-week offers on during the FIFA Club World Cup this summer.

The Shankly Hotel have the best accommodation offers in Liverpool for groups, couples and families so call 0151 601 8801 to book a room or 0151 541 9999 to arrange your seats to watch the FIFA Club World Cup live in the Garden of Eden.

Book today for one of a kind football hotel experience in the heart of the Liverpool city centre.

Chris Shankly Carline – My Reflections on The Champions League Final

I don’t think we should be downbeat. Gutted losing the final of the biggest game in world football but we competed with Madrid all game. They weren’t better than us. It’s not rocket science to say they were gifted things at crucial points in the game.

Mo’s injury being the first, it rattled us and we lost our shape. Team wasn’t balanced as Lallana isn’t a wide player as hard as he may try. Mo and Sadio play as inside forwards almost.

Clearly Karius did what he did and we won’t say anything more on it. He cost us the game with what are inexplicable errors. I said from day one he wasn’t good enough and I said I preferred Mignolet out the two. He lacks the basic attributes to be a good goalkeeper. Poor decision making, terrible handling and no command of his penalty area. Just because he makes a few Hollywood saves now and then doesn’t mean he’s a solid good goalkeeper as when you lack those basics you’ll always always get found out. A goalkeeper is a must in the Summer and a world class one. I just hope Jurgen doesn’t fall into the same traps that other managers have at the club, displaying a stubbornness towards players they have signed who clearly aren’t good enough but whom continue to be pushed into the team in the hope there is a ‘Eureka!’ moment with them.

I think we have to take positives that the difference was the goalkeeper and that we competed well despite losing Mo.

The game showed things that we must learn from and address in the Summer, namely the lack of plan B and the fact the squad is way too thin in terms of quality. No disrespect to the bench but there was no real quality in it meaning when Bale scored what is a goal that you simply have to applaud, you got the sense we were spent. That needs sorting ASAP with the goalkeeper situation so we can mount the challenge again next year. It is good to see that we have already begun, with the signing of Fabiano who is a much needed real quality defensive centre mid. Keita coming will also be a fantastic signing meaning a midfield that has often been thin on the ground and most definitely devoid of genuine quality already has the makings of being able to stand toe to toe with the front 3 ahead of it and that of our top 4 rivals. I think Fekir plus a world class goalkeeper would represent fantastic business for the Summer ahead.

I’m proud of us though. They’ve given us some unbelievable moments this season and as everyone says, we’ve seen things they’ll never see. Proud of all the reds over there too who showed what real football fans are.

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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

10 Reasons Why Everyone Falls in Love with Liverpool

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! And we thought we’d celebrate the special occasion with some love for Liverpool.

The Maritime Mercantile City is bursting with things to see and do, perfect for a short and sweet break or romantic adventure.

From world famous landmarks to unique hidden gems, join us as we take a look at why everyone falls in love with Liverpool…

The Picturesque Pier Head

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It wouldn’t be a visit to Liverpool without taking in the city’s most breathtaking architecture. The world famous Three Graces define Liverpool’s picturesque skyline.

The most famous of the 3 is the Royal Liver Building. A Grade I listed venue, the building is a symbol of the city, adorned by the iconic Liver Birds.

Neighbouring buildings the Cunard and Port of Liverpool Building are both Grade II* listed, filled with enthralling histories and character.

Only a short stroll away, you’ll find Liverpool Museum, offering a fantastic view looking out towards the Three Graces.

The World Famous Albert Dock

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At the heart of Liverpool’s waterfront, you’ll find the famous Albert Dock in all its glory! And it’s simply one of a kind.

Bustling with everything from quirky souvenir shops to the  Tate art gallery, it’s well worth spending an afternoon exploring the sights.

Take a wander along the cobbled waterfront and you’ll also find romantic rows of love locks. And if you’re lucky, you may just catch a clear and calm golden red sunset.

The Charming Georgian Quarter

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The elegant Georgian Quarter means you don’t have to walk far to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. While you’re here, why not take a stroll and admire the opulence of Liverpool’s Georgian town houses?

Transporting you back to times gone by, you’ll soon fall head over heels for the beautiful terraced houses, leafy streets and cosy independent bistros.

Not forgetting, at the heart of it all is enchanting Hope Street, the winner of the Academy of Urbanism Awards for ‘Best Street’.

Liverpool’s Amazing Theatres

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Liverpool is also home to an array of charming theatres and the grand Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. You’ll find the Liverpool Playhouse, Everyman Theatre and Royal Court only a short distance from The Shankly Hotel.

The Liverpool Playhouse dates all the way back to 1866 with exquisite interior details taking inspiration from Greek Revival style. Alternatively, the Everyman offers a more contemporary and bohemian feel, showcasing productions with a political edge.

If you’re simply after a local favourite, the Georgian Quarter’s Unity Theatre is a cosy hidden gem, located along Hope Place.

Two Cathedrals to Explore

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Liverpool is home to two stunning cathedrals, situated at opposing ends of scenic Hope Street. As the song goes, if you want a cathedral, we’ve got one to spare!

Grade I listed Liverpool Cathedral is noted as the fifth-largest cathedral around the world. Visitors can take in spectacular views across the city on The Tower Experience tour.

And if that’s not enough to sweep you off your feet, simply take a wander down towards Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral for another dose of dazzling architecture.

The Footsteps of The Fab Four

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It goes without saying that many visit Liverpool to fall even more ion love with The Fab Four. And once you’re here, you won’t be disappointed!

When in Liverpool, you can walk in the footsteps of John, Paul, George and Ringo as you relive everything from their childhood memories to rise to fame.

From the suburban streets that they called home to the one and only Cavern Club, it’s easy to see why Beatles fans never forget their visit to the city.

Views from Rooftop Bars in Liverpool

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Perfect for warmer months relaxing in Liverpool,  you could spend a sunny day out soaking up the views from the best rooftop bars in Liverpool.

Carpathia Champagne Bar & Restaurant is home to one of the very best in the city, serving up tasty tapas dishes and stylish cocktails as you take in the sights.

Meanwhile, waterfront Pan Asian restaurant Matou is perfect for late night celebrations and spectacular views before hitting the town.

Discovering Cosy Hidden Gems

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One of the many charms of Liverpool is its magical hidden gems. Tucked neatly away, it takes a thorough stroll around the city to discover their character and charm.

But if you’re in the know before you visit, you can definitely save yourself some time! Only a stone’s throw from the Shankly and from the Pier Head, you’ll find Ma Boyle’s Alehouse.

Best loved for lively jazz nights, local ales and fabulous cocktails, this historic gem dates all the way back to 1870. And it’s certainly worth a visit.

The City’s Unique Football History

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Liverpool Football Club fans will find themselves right at home at The Shankly Hotel in Liverpool, celebrating the life and legacy of a football icon.

Whether you’re an overnight guest or simply wining and dining, you can enjoy a range of exclusive Bill Shankly memorabilia in our Bastion Bar & Restaurant.

Our guests can look forward to admiring everything from Bill Shankly’s prized typewriter, fan letters, telegram from Neil Armstrong and original LFC contract.

The Ferry Cross the Mersey

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A trip to Liverpool isn’t complete without taking a ride on our Ferry Cross the Mersey. Made famous by Gerry & The Pacemakers, the Mersey Ferry is still one of the top attractions in the city. And it’s easy to see why.

A fantastic way to see the stunning waterfront, taking a cruise will certainly leave you with some special memories. The cruise includes a full commentary so that you can enjoy learning more about the city and take plenty away with you.

Offers at The Shankly Hotel

At The Shankly Hotel, we always have an unmissable range of offers to choose from. Whether you join us for a tasty Afternoon Tea or romantic break, we’ve got it covered!

If you’d like to enquire further or book your stay with us, you can get in touch on 0151 601 8801.

Derby Food & Drink Offer: Liverpool v Everton this Friday

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

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

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

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

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

Derby Deal at The Bastion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Staying at The Shankly Hotel

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Upcoming Football Quarter

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

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

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

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

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