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.
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
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.
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.
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.
To celebrate 25 years since Liverpool beat Sunderland 2-0 in the 1992 Fa Cup Final, the Shankly Hotel proudly hosted a glorious reunion dinner to honour the winners.
This wonderful evening saw Liverpool captain of the day, Mark Wright, reunite with fellow players Dean Saunders who partnered Rush as a striker, midfielder Jan Molby and physio Phil Boersma, for a night of reminiscence and celebration.
A Fun Filled Evening of Football
Set within the stunning Eden venue in The Shankly Hotel, the evening included a delicious 3 course meal and a host of treats for the guests.
Highlights were shown of the historic match and a Q+A was held with the famous players, along with football themed quizzes and games.
Fans who attended were treated to photographs with the footballing legends, as well as speeches from the players.
During the night exclusive memorabilia including shirts and photographs from the day were put on auction and a raffle was held featuring brilliant prizes.
The event was attended by a range of football enthusiasts, including the next generation of Reds fans and the heroes of the club’s history.
A roaring success, the night was thoroughly enjoyed by all and was a chance for younger fans of the game to learn about the brilliant history of Liverpool FC.
The 1992 Fa Cup Final
On the 9th May 1992, Liverpool faced Sunderland in the Fa Cup Final at Wembley stadium. Sunderland were the first second division team to appear in an FA Cup final since West Ham did so in 1980 and they had a better start to the game than Liverpool.
However, things quickly turned around when Michael Thomas chipped in a half volley in the 47th minute, with an assist from Steve McManaman.
Not long after, Dean Saunders unfortunately hit the crossbar with a header as the Reds pushed for a second goal to cement their lead.
And 20 minutes later the win was sealed when Ian Rush completed the scoring to put the team 2-0 up and became the leading goalscorer in FA Cup Finals with five.
Graeme Souness’s men emphatically lifted the trophy and it returned to Merseyside after a 73 year draught for Liverpool FC.
It was Liverpool’s fifth triumph in the competition, and would be their only major trophy under the management of Graeme Souness
Liverpool didn’t win the trophy again until nine years later.
The Shankly Hotel
The Shankly were proud to be the hosts of this brilliant evening that celebrated Liverpool Football Club’s history and the event couldn’t have been held in a more appropriate venue.
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.
Bill Shankly successfully transformed Liverpool football club into the fighting force we’ve known and loved.
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 the stuff that dreams are made of.
We hope to host many more football themed evenings that celebrate the beautiful game.
Liverpool is a proud sporting city, with a long history in the football world. This year’s football season kicks off August 12th and The Shankly Hotel is the premier destination for a first class football viewing experience.
As the home of two of football’s best and most exciting teams, Liverpool is a haven for fanatics and lovers of the beautiful game.
What to Expect from the Premier League
The fixtures for all 92 clubs in both the Premier League and the Football League were released in June, with everyone learning their opponents for the highly anticipated season.
Although dates may change to fit in with TV scheduling, Liverpool are set to face their first challenge on August 12th against Watford, before facing neighbouring rivals Manchester United in mid-October.
The much-loved Merseyside Derby will take place on 9th December and Everton will travel to Anfield to take on the mighty reds. Liverpool’s away derby won’t happen until April 7th, but as always, there will be an atmosphere of excitement and friendly competition in the city on derby day.
Klopp’s team will also be looking forward to returning to the Champion’s League after three years away. To join their premier league rivals in the tournament, they will have to negotiate a play-off tie.
Meanwhile, Everton will face Stoke in their first match of the Premier League and then Manchester City a week later.
The blues finished 7th in the table in the 16/17 season and will be keen to overtake their Merseyside rivals, who finished in a cool 4th.
Merseyside’s Most Talked About Transfer
After many rumours and much speculation, Rooney’s return to Everton was confirmed in early July and sent the football world into a frenzy. The football forward began his career at Everton in 2004, scoring 17 goals in 77 games in his original time at Goodison Park.
After moving to Manchester United, he honed his skills and went on to become Captain of the national team. Rooney played a total of 559 times for United and scored 253 goals.
As the football season approaches and Rooney is given the full pitch to test out and brush off the dust on Merseyside soil, Liverpool waits with bated breath to see what’s in store for the blues now their prodigal son has returned.
2018 FIFA World Cup
As well as the annual season excitement, 2018 also welcomes the 21st FIFA World Cup as it takes place in Russia.
The quadrennial international football tournament is arguably the most anticipated event, with everyone from all corners of the world coming together in friendly competition to celebrate their country’s sporting talent.
64 matches will be played in 12 venues across the Eastern European country with the final taking place in the capital city of Moscow on July 15th 2018.
England is still in with a chance of qualifying after taking the top place in their group. Winning four and drawing one of their qualifying matches. The next step is the inter-confederation play-offs.
Football at The Shankly Hotel
The Shankly Hotel is a living, breathing museum to the beautiful game, Liverpool Football Club and, most importantly, Bill Shankly – former manager and legend of LFC.
The onsite eatery, The Bastion Bar & Restaurant, recognises the importance of football and its place in the DNA of the hotel. With large screen TVs and all the sporting channels, you’ll never miss a match at The Bastion.
With a fully stocked bar and a delicious menu to feast on, there’s no better place to have a football mad weekend.
Why not book an overnight stay and have the ultimate football weekend for an important match. There’s luxury suites, incredible food and even football-focused tours to explore Liverpool.
Get in touch today to avoid missing out on the only football-themed hotel in Liverpool this football season. Call 0151 601 8801 or email email@example.com to book your stay at The Shankly Hotel.
Not sure how to spend the summer? Whether you’re a Liverpool local or simply plan on visiting soon, look no further than our bespoke tours of Liverpool.
Perfect for sunny family days out in Liverpool, our Shankly Tours invite you to embark on a range of jam-packed adventures.
Brought to you by the Shankly family in collaboration with The Shankly Hotel, you’ll discover the city that Bill Shankly loved and the Beatles called home.
Experience the very best of Liverpool, from the picturesque waterfront to the leafy suburbs of John Lennon’s childhood.
Following your busy day out, you may be in need of a well earned pint or two! And you’ll be able to enjoy 20% off at The Bastion Bar & Restaurant back at The Shankly Hotel.
Football Themed Tour of Liverpool
Bill Shankly famously said, “Liverpool was made for me and I was made for Liverpool.” And with our ‘Liverpool was Made for Me’ tour, you’ll discover why the footballing legend held Liverpool so close to his heart.
This bespoke football themed tour of Liverpool will take you on an unforgettable journey around the city. On this tour, famous landmarks are interwoven with footballing history and remarkable stories, making it perfect for local football fans as well as tourists.
This tour includes the chance to embark on the new Liverpool FC Stadium and Museum Tour and see sights that shaped two of the biggest clubs in football, Liverpool FC and Everton FC.
Combining the best of the city’s landmarks and football history, this is a fantastic opportunity for groups of friends, family and couples to come along and explore this captivating city.
Bill Shankly/Beatles Themed Tour in Liverpool
For a bespoke Beatles tour of Liverpool, this is just the ticket to ride that you’ve been dreaming of.
With Shankly Tours, you’ll discover how Beatlemania ran parallel to the rise of Liverpool FC with this nostalgic tour of Liverpool.
Perfect for couples and groups with a wider variety of interests, our Fab Four and Shanks Tour incorporates unmissable Beatles landmarks and Bill Shankly/LFC themed sights.
We’ll take you on a journey through time as you find yourself transported to the 1960s – the atmospheric era that saw choruses of “She Loves You” fill the Liverpool Kop.
Catch some tunes at the Cavern Club or snap a shot by Strawberry Field with fantastic Bill Shankly sights and stories along the way.
So for those hoping to avoid a squabble over the map, we’ve got you covered with something fantastic for everyone.
Match Day Tour in Liverpool
Not forgetting, we also offer the fantastic Match Day Tour, designed specifically for Liverpool FC match days.
We’ll take you on a special detour before the match as you visit an array of football themed destinations, followed by the new LFC Stadium Tour before the big kick off!
Customised Tours of Liverpool
If you’re visiting Liverpool for the first time or with a larger group, you may have a lengthy list of sights and landmarks you’re hoping to squeeze in.
Why not let us take care of the planning with our customised tours of Liverpool?
You can tell us what you’re looking for from your experience of Liverpool and we’ll do our best to create a personalised tour package tailored to you.
We can showcase the best of Liverpool by incorporating scenic suburban spots, famous homes and the most striking landmarks of Liverpool.
We hope to see you soon for an unforgettable summer day out. With our bespoke tours of Liverpool, you can see Liverpool through a whole new light.
At the Shankly Hotel it’s obvious that we are big sports fans, so we’re starting to get excited about the prospect of hosting the 2022 games.
Liverpool is the perfect stage to showcase an amazing event like the Commonwealth Games and here’s why we think our city should win the bid.
The organisers have gone big and bold with their plans for Liverpool, and we’re not surprised.
Everyone knows, hosting a huge sporting event like the Commonwealth Games means transformations will need to happen to accommodate for new venues and the influx of tourists and fans.
Central to Liverpool’s ambitious plans is to accelerate the transformation of the city’s world-famous waterfront and the regeneration of Bramley Moore Dock, which will be home to Everton FC’s new stadium after the event.
This would also promise to be a catalyst for regenerating and transformation of areas like Kirkdale and Vauxhall.
Anfield has also been included in Liverpool’s plans, the club’s stadium is part of a proposal that would see the competition’s opening ceremony and the rugby sevens tournament held in front of the Kop. While Goodison Park will be the venue for the boxing events.
Plus a 5,000-seat swimming arena will be built near the Albert Dock, complete with a floating 50m swimming pool.
A number of other iconic venues will also be utilised, including St George’s Hall, Stanley Park, Goodison Park and the Arena and Convention Centre.
The proposals are predicted to accelerate £1bn of investment and create 12,000 jobs.
This plan is both compelling and deliverable and will be amazing for the athletes, the spectators and the Commonwealth.
Crucially it is designed to leave Liverpool transformed.
Our Track Record of Delivering
Liverpool has hosted numerous large sporting, cultural, musical and artistic events over the years.
Nobody will ever forget the exciting treasure hunt for the Superlambanana statues which captured the city’s imagination.
Or think back to when the Giants took over he city’s streets and pulled in thousands of visitors to witness a remarkable piece of street theatre in action.
There are also the numerous music festivals such as Sound City, LIMF and many more that are planned to perfection each year.
It’s clear Liverpool has a track record of delivering world-class showpiece events and everyone in Liverpool is confident they can deliver a world-class Commonwealth Games too.
We Love Sport!
Liverpool is a city that loves sport. With a passion for football that runs deep and a host of other brilliant sporting events, without a doubt the people of Liverpool are all sports fans.
When you have two Premier League football clubs with a rich history of success, one of the world’s most renowned racecourses and a pair of golf courses on The Open hosting roster, it’s clear major sporting events have a natural home on Merseyside.
The Shankly Hotel, dedicated to one of the greatest football managers of our time, is just one example of how much the city loves its sports stars.
With a special museum dedicated to footballing memorabilia and various football themed tours that continue to be extremely popular, our Hotel is a brilliant example of the passion Liverpudlians have for great sport.
Bringing Two Great Cities Together
If Liverpool win the Commonwealth Games Bid, events won’t just be held in Merseyside.
Manchester have stepped up to the mark and offered their services and venues to help strengthen Liverpool’s bid.
Through a creative partnership, they will host T20 cricket at Manchester’s Old Trafford Cricket Ground, plus track cycling in world class velodrome.
Merging two cities that usually have a bitter rivalry, all in the name of sport, what more could you ask for.
A Stunning Backdrop
The architecture in Liverpool is internationally renowned as being some of the most beautiful in the world, with the River Mersey skyline topping any poles in the most spectacular city spaces.
Recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, this backdrop would provide the classiest of settings for any sporting event. Imagine sweeping shots of the Three Graces with all the spectacle of the medal-contention action going on before them.
Not only that, it provides some fantastic selfie backgrounds for the athletes and spectators to take home with them.
There’s no doubt that it would be an amazing display of everything that makes Liverpool great.
The Creation of a Legacy
One of the key requirements of any bid is to provide evidence of the legacy that can be created for future generations by the hosting of the event.
There has already been talk of expanding the local rail network to serve the new stadium at Bramley Moore Dock, something that will surely be required for the thousands of blues fans heading there every week when it becomes Everton’s home.
The organisers have also put forward an innovative new way of presenting the jumping events by moving them to spectacular locations along the docks.
If Liverpool host the Commonwealth Games it would trigger a huge regeneration of major areas of Liverpool that are in need of an injection of funds and the new stadiums are sure to have a legacy of sporting achievements long after the games have been and gone.
Liverpool will set the bar for how major games leave a real and tangible legacy.
Home Grown Talent Will Shine
There’s nothing like home advantage when it comes to an event of this magnitude.
By the time 2022 rolls along, we’ll have Merseyside athletes in their prime and poised to go for gold.
We already have the hugely talented Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Tony Bellew and Michael Rimmer to name but a few.
Imagine the Soundtrack
We all know Liverpool is famous for its music, so just imagine how amazing the music would be for the parade of athletes.
From The Beatles to Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Cast, The Wombats, Echo & the Bunnymen, The Zutons, The Farm, Elvis Costello or even Atomic Kitten, it would be an opening to remember.
While Birmingham is playing it safe, Liverpool are dreaming big and in our opinion that’s the only way to do it.
There is no other UK city with global relevance and profile that better embodies the core Commonwealth principles of consensus and common action, mutual respect, inclusiveness, transparency, accountability, legitimacy, and responsiveness.
The Shankly Hotel are proud to support the bid to host the Commonwealth Games, let’s hope we win and make this city even greater than it already is.
Spoil the number one man in your life on this special day and make this a spectacular Father’s Day he’ll never forget.
A Breakfast of Champions
Starting in the Bastion Bar and Restaurant, Dad can tuck into a huge buffet breakfast with all his favourites.
Fresh pastries and fruit, bread and preserves or a good old full English will be on the table as well as unlimited tea, coffee and fruit juice.
Start the day the right way in the Bastion as you and dad look forward to what’s still to come.
Take a look around the rare Bill Shankly memorabilia on display in our very own Shankly Museum before commencing onto the next portion of your special Father’s day out in Liverpool from The Shankly Hotel.
Liverpool Was Made For Me
The next portion of a truly memorable Father’s Day out in Liverpool’s comes in the form of a Shankly Experience Tour.
This amazing all encompassing tour will introduce you and dad to the city of Liverpool as seen through the eyes of Bill Shankly whilst he lived and worked in Liverpool.
Take a journey through the rich footballing heritage of Liverpool whilst enjoying tales about the legendary football manager as told by his family and friends.
After seeing and learning all about Shankly’s Liverpool your next stop will take you around the newly refurbished Anfield Stadium.
A New Anfield
Setting foot in Anfield for any football fan is a special experience, whether you are a Reds fan or not. The stadium holds so much history with regards to great footballing moments and sporting icons.
On this special Father’s Day out in Liverpool, you and Dad can take a tour around Anfield and check out the progress of works underway.
A brand-new pitch is being laid as we speak and there are another 40 jobs being carried out to improve the look and accessibility of Liverpool football clubs most hallowed grounds.
Dad will get to go behind the scenes and stand where legends have stood before him. A fabulous footballing experience for any true fan of the sport.
Back at The Shankly
With a new perspective on the life of Shankly in Liverpool, you can return to the Shankly Hotel and learn a little more about how the legend lived and worked.
Enjoy a complimentary drink as you hear all about the items on display in the Shankly museum.
Learn how each piece relates to the footballing icon and in doing so understand the effect Shankly had on all those who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Next, sit down to a superb three course Sunday lunch prepared by the talented hands of the Bastion Bar and Restaurant chefs who’ve made it their mission to provide a mouth-watering menu for dads who deserve treating this Father’s Day.
The special set menu includes;
Vine Ripened Tomato and Feta Bruschetta with Pine nuts and Ripped Basil
Roast Striploin of Beef, Tenderstem Broccoli, Chantenay Carrots, Mange Tout and Rich Beef Gravy, Served with a Yorkshire Pudding
Wild Mushroom and Truffle Macaroni Bake with a Garlic Ciabatta Crumb and House Salad (V)
Baked Chocolate Fondant, Salted Caramel Ice Cream and Chocolate Sauce
What more could you want?
If all this isn’t enough why not top your Father’s Day out in Liverpool off with a luxurious overnight stay in the stunning Shankly Hotel.
Make dad’s day with a luxury hotel suite in the heart of Liverpool city centre complete with large flat screen TV that he can hog all night and an indulgent whirlpool bath (because we all know dad secretly loves a bubble bath).
Organise the perfect Father’s Day out in Liverpool at The Shankly Hotel by calling 0151 601 8801 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For corporate team building in Liverpool with a special twist, look no further than The Shankly Family Experience.
Give standard team building exercises a miss and join us on a Shankly Tour for an unforgettable day in our wonderful city.
Bond with your co-workers over the course of the day as you learn more about Liverpool and most importantly, have plenty of fun!
Our tours of Liverpool offer the chance to see the city in a whole new light, so if you”re lucky enough to have some Scousers on your team, the day will be just as great for them.
Team Building Day in Liverpool
Far from bland and boring, our Shankly tours showcase the best of Liverpool with the flexibility to meet your company’s requirements.
Our tours can be tailored to your group on a personal level, so it’s well-worth letting us know exactly what you’re looking for from your experience with us.
And while our tours can be personalised, we also offer fantastic packages designed with the perfect blend of sightseeing and socialising.
Liverpool Tour Package: Liverpool Was Made For Me
Explore the wonders of Liverpool’s football heritage with our unmissable Liverpool Was Made For Me tour.
You’ll be taken on a tour of the city’s key historical and cultural locations in style, including Bill Shankly’s West Derby home and related locations.
Take a trip to the new stadium and discover a wealth of history upon the Museum Tour at Liverpool Football Club’s Anfield home.
What better way to spend a day out the office and celebrate the history of Liverpool?
The tour will finish at The Shankly Hotel where you’ll have access to our enthralling collection of unseen memorabilia and have a photograph taken with the legend himself via our Virtual Reality Shankly Experience.
Not forgetting, you’ll be able to finish the day off how it should be spent with 20% off at our Bastion Bar & Restaurant. Treat yourself to some delicious dishes and a drink or two after a busy day of exploring!
Liverpool Tour Package: The Fab 4 and Shanks Tour
For a little more variety, why not delve into Liverpool’s iconic music and footballing history with our Fab Four and Shanks Tour?
Renowned for the legendary success of four local lads, this package combines the best of Liverpool’s Beatles sights, thoughtfully interwoven with the city’s famous footballing landmarks.
This ultimate Ticket to Ride will take you on an unforgettable Liverpool journey, featuring the houses of the Fab Four and Bill Shankly, a visit to Strawberry Fields and a trip to Anfield.
Fantastic for a team building day in Liverpool, this varied tour is perfect for groups with a variety of interests.
Upon heading back to The Shankly, you’ll be given the once in a lifetime chance to view unseen memorabilia that you won’t forget.
This spectacular day out also finishes at the Bastion Bar & Restaurant where you can enjoy 20% off food and drink.
The Bastion Bar & Restaurant
The Bastion Bar & Restaurant is a go-to spot in Liverpool for wining and dining in style. There’s truly something for everyone on our diverse and vibrant menus.
A fantastic space for gathering as a group, The Bastion is perfect for a sociable sit down meal or some tasty drinks served in a lively atmosphere.
Our menu features hearty dishes guaranteed to hit the spot after a busy day. Choose from dishes including our famous Shankly Burger to Chargrilled Lamb Rump and Spinach and Ricotta Tortellini.
We also have a scrumptious dessert menu featuring everything from Baked Chocolate Fondant and Golden Treacle Tart to our Selection of Local Cheeses.
The Shankly Hotel in Liverpool
At Liverpool’s luxury Shankly Hotel we commemorate and celebrate the legendary legacy of Liverpool Football Club manager Bill Shankly.
The great Scotsman played an integral role in the city’s history, proclaiming “Liverpool was made for me and I was made for Liverpool”.
We offer guests the chance to stay in the heart of the city, surrounded by plush decor and captivating stories about the man himself.
Hugely popular for group accommodation, you may want to book a stay with us as a final finish to your team building experience.
If you like to play just as hard as you work, The Shankly Hotel is the perfect spot for accommodation in Liverpool on a big night out!
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Oakfield Road Then And Now – Facebook.com/TheSandonAnfield
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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When people visit Liverpool they often come one of four things, football, nightlife, music or culture. Liverpool is a city famed for producing legendary musical talents such as The Beatles, it’s two premier league football teams, Everton FC and Liverpool FC and oodles of culture from past and present. Sometimes it’s hard to fit everything in that you wish to see, but not when you book a Shankly Experience tour of Liverpool direct from the Shankly Hotel.
Choose from one of these amazing tailored tours of Liverpool that are designed to cover all the best sights of the city you want to see.
Liverpool Was Made For Me
If you’ve seen and heard all about The Beatles before, and want to learn a little more about the city beyond the Fab Four then this is a tour of Liverpool perfect for you.
Taking tourists on a journey into Liverpool’s interesting footballing past and exploring some of the key historical and cultural locations along the way, this tour combines all the best bits in Liverpool for one affordable price.
You will learn all there is to know about the cities amazing sights and the best bits of our amazing footballing heritage.
What’s more, tourists will even get to see where the legend that is Bill Shankly lived and trained during his time in Liverpool. His family home and the surrounding local areas which he frequented are all covered under this amazing all-encompassing tour of the city.
The Fab Four and Shanks Tour
Two of the things that attract many a tourist to Liverpool are music and football.
In the early sixties, Merseybeat swept across the nation as did LFC under their new management, Bill Shankly.
Together these two phenomena became synonymous with Liverpool and transformed the into the globally recognised tourist location it is today.
During this superb tour of Liverpool, you will be whisked away on a voyage of discovery. Check out all four of The Beatles Liverpool homes, visit the iconic Strawberry fields then it’s on to the revered footballing stadium, Anfield, topped off with a call to the West Derby home of Bill Shankly.
See parts of Liverpool like you’ve never seen them before, venture outside of the city centre and pass through streets of legend. Imagine The Beatles strolling down these very streets, passing by the home where Shankly and his family lived.
Culminating the tour at The Shankly Hotel, tourists can see a final piece of precious memorabilia. A telegram sent to Shanks ahead of his 1965 FA Cup Final wishing him good luck signed by the Fab Four themselves.
This inclusive tour of Liverpool will give patrons the opportunity to immerse themselves in the parts of Liverpool’s past that ultimately shaped the present. Who knows you could even see a famous face along the way?
The Match Day Tour
If you’ve come to Liverpool to attend one of the amazing home matches at Anfield, let us make the experience even more memorable by taking you on a tour of Liverpool tailored to delivering the perfect match day experience.
This particular Shankly Experience tour will take visitors to Liverpool on a grand tour of the city. Patrons can soak up plenty of Liverpool’s interesting culture, taking a tour around the city’s most celebrated historic landmarks and vibrant cultural hotspots.
Once the city tour is complete, fans will be taken to Anfield before kick-off to embark on a bespoke expedition around the hallowed ground that is Anfield stadium.
Taking Liverpool football club fans behind the scenes of this iconic football ground, educating them on the history of the club and the legacy that Bill Shankly left behind following his work with the club.
For any football fan staying in the city on match day, this is the ultimate tour of Liverpool that covers the most sought after city attractions as well as a unique look into the Liverpool’s most legendary football club.
Bespoke Tour Packages
Whilst each Shankly Experience tour of Liverpool has been designed to encompass a variety of interesting sights around the city, there may be something that you think we’ve missed.
If there are parts of Liverpool that you want to visit or if you would like to cover a particular part of our existing tours in more detail then our Bespoke Tour Packages can be adapted to suit your interests.
We are open to suggestions and will always work in partnership with our friends and associates around the city to deliver the most personal tour that’s suited to you. Simply let us know what it is you want to do or see and we will do what we can to make it happen.
After all, Bill Shankly was a man of the people, and we like to operate with the great man always in mind.
The Shankly Hotel
Each tour of Liverpool includes a visit to the Shankly Hotel where visitors are treated to a tour of the Shankly Museum and given VIP access to memorabilia not out for display.
There will be opportunities to enjoy the amazing Shankly Virtual Experience where fans can have their picture taken standing next to a virtual representation of Bill Shankly to take home.
Dining in Liverpool doesn’t get much more fabulous than in the Bastion Bar and Restaurant and as part of the tour package guests can enjoy a whopping 20% off the menu including food and drinks.
During any Shankly Experience tour of Liverpool visitors are given a one of a kind excursion across the UK’s most vibrant city. Visiting iconic landmarks of music, heritage, culture and football all in one day.
Each tour is guided by an expert of Liverpool, armed and ready to answer all your questions about Liverpool’s exciting history and today’s vibrant culture.
Why not book the entire Shankly package with a stay in the stunning Shankly Hotel for your visit to Liverpool?
There is always amazing accommodation offers on for groups, families and couples staying in Liverpool so make the most of your time in the city with a Shankly Experience tour and an unforgettable overnight stay in an award winning hotel.
Click here to book or create your own Shankly Experience tour of Liverpool you’ll be glad you did.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
When the two tribes of Liverpool football come together the city turns purple. A mix of bright blue and ruby red shirts, hats and scarves fill the streets and bars of Liverpool in preparation for watching an age-old clash of titans. This time derby day in Liverpool will take place on the home ground of the reds, Anfield.
If you haven’t managed to snatch a ticket to this rare and glorious footballing spectacle then worry not as the Bastion Bar and Restaurant have a fabulous venue that’s perfect for catching the derby match this weekend.
The most important meal of Derby Day
Get your seat early for a 12:30 kick off and enjoy a never-ending Bastion Bar and Restaurant breakfast from The Shankly Hotel.
Join us from as early as 11:00 am and tuck into an unlimited full English breakfast that no man or woman could ever tackle, for just £10pp.
Bellfield Bingo at Halftime
Forget feeling distracted or bored at halftime and instead enjoy a playful game of Bellfield to be in with the chance of winning some fabulous Shankly Hotel or Bastion Bar and Restaurant prizes.
Who knows you could win a luxury overnight stay or a delicious two-course meal to treat someone special after being at the footy all day.
Either way, it’s better than making a cup of tea or flicking over to watch the last of Saturday Kitchen now, isn’t it?
Derby Day Drinks Offers
After your belly bursting breakfast and during an exciting derby day football match there’s nothing better than a cool refreshing beer. Even better when it’s a four-pint pitcher to share with your mates for only £10.
If you prefer your beer in a bottle then five of them are just £12 and for something a little stronger, you can double up on your spirits for only £1 extra.
The Bastion Bar and Restaurant have a cocktail list to die for as well, so if you’re feeling like something fruity or have a cause to celebrate enjoy one their classic or creative cocktails and get 2 for the price of one.
The Shankly Hotel
If after all that your still not convinced that The Shankly is the best place to spend your derby day in Liverpool this weekend consider the man that inspired it.
Bill Shankly is celebrated today as one of football’s greatest managerial forces. He successfully transformed Liverpool football club into the fighting force we’ve known and loved. Not only were his talents extended to football but he also won the hearts of Liverpudlians far and wide for his sense of humour and outstanding personal morals.
Blue or Red 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 the stuff that dreams are made of.
Check out his handwritten tactical notes, like looking into the strategic mind of the man himself. Read through letters from colleagues, friends and fans written to Shankly or peruse the selection of Shankly family donated memorabilia. This includes his training tracksuit and medals that were awarded to him for his achievements in both the army and in football.
Experience the ultimate derby day in Liverpool with us here at The Shankly Hotel to celebrate and enjoy Liverpool football together in the Bastion Bar and Restaurant.
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 a great plan.
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
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 email@example.com.