Spend a Special Father’s Day out in Liverpool at The Shankly Hotel

The perfect Father’s Day out in Liverpool starts and ends at The Shankly Hotel this year with our Dads and Lads on Tour package.

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

Full English at Bastion

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

Shankly at LFC

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

Anfield football ground

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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

Bastion main meal

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;

Starter:

Vine Ripened Tomato and Feta Bruschetta with Pine nuts and Ripped Basil

Main Course:

Roast Striploin of Beef, Tenderstem Broccoli, Chantenay Carrots, Mange Tout and Rich Beef Gravy, Served with a Yorkshire Pudding

Or

Wild Mushroom and Truffle Macaroni Bake with a Garlic Ciabatta Crumb and House Salad (V)

Dessert:

Baked Chocolate Fondant, Salted Caramel Ice Cream and Chocolate Sauce

What more could you want?

Luxury suite at the Shankly

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 info@signatureliving.co.uk.

It’s time to make dad’s dreams come true this year with the full Shankly Experience Dads and Lads on Tour Package the best Father’s Day gift you can give.

The Ultimate Team Building Day in Liverpool

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!

You can book your tour online today  or enquire for more information at info@shanklyexperiene.com. We’d love to be of assistance!

The Sandon – The Home of Liverpool Football

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

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

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

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

The Sandon Pub Liverpool

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The History of The Sandon

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

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

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

John Houlding

Houlding Calls A Meeting at The Sandon

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

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

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

Everton Move To Anfield Road

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

St Domingo’s

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

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

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

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

The Transformation

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

Anfield 1891

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

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

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

Success Soon Brings Trouble

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

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

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

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

The Sandon, Oakfield Road, Anfield. 1902

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

The Sandon Pub

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

The Birth of Liverpool F.C

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

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

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

Within nine seasons Liverpool Football Club were appointed League champions.

Anfield 1901

What Happened To John Houlding?

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

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

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

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

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

Anfield

Anfield Stadium 1912

The Sandon Pub

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

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

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

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

The Sandon Pub Liverpool

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

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

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

Shankly Experience Tours

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To keep up-to-date with all things Shankly follow us on Twitter @ShanklyTours and Facebook – The Shankly Family Experience.

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

The Best Heritage, Culture and Football Tour of Liverpool

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

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

Liverpool Was Made For Me

tour of Liverpool was made for me

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

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

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

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

The Fab Four and Shanks Tour

Fab Four and Shanks tour of Liverpool

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Match Day Tour

tour of Liverpool - match day tour Shankly Experience

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

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

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

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

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

Bespoke Tour Packages

Bespoke tour of Liverpool

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

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

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

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

The Shankly Hotel

Shankly Experience tour of Liverpool

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

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

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

tour of Liverpool - Bastion Bar and Restaurant

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

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

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

Liverpool accommodation the Shankly Hotel

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

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

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

Surprise a Football Fan With a Stay at The Shankly Hotel

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

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

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

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

An Unforgettable Surprise

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

Surprise a football fan

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

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

The Shankly Tours

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

Bill Shankly

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

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

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

A Dining Experience like no other

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

Bastion Bar and Restaurant

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

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

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

The Only Place to Spend Derby Day in Liverpool: The Shankly Hotel

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

Unlimited Breakfast Derby Day in Liverpool

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.

Bill Shankly Museum

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.

Call 0151 541 5999 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk to book your seats fast.

The Ultimate Beatles Tour of Liverpool

Home of the Beatles, you can’t explore the best of Liverpool without walking in the shoes of the Fab Four. From Liverpool’s leafy suburbs to city centre landmarks, there’s an essence of John, Paul, George and Ringo wherever you go.

At Shankly Tours, we’re here to ensure that your sight-seeing journey runs smoothly, so that you can enjoy a full Beatles experience. Your visit to the city may be fleeting, but there’s plenty you can fit in with 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
  • Visit Anfield
  • 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 info@shanklyexperience.com.

 

Second Euro Exit Within a Week is Not as Shocking as the First!

I have to confess right away, I am not a fan of the English national team. I’m not sure when and where this happened; I seem to remember being full of patriotism during Euro 96, but somewhere between now and then I’ve actually developed something of a dislike for our nations football team. I can only hazard a guess as to some of the reasons why.

I think traditionally a lot of patriotism towards the national side is London-centric, and over the years travelling around the country with Liverpool has lead me into contact with a number of fans of other clubs whose behaviour left a sour taste in the mouth. Perhaps I identify them with fans of England. There is of course the feeling that Liverpool as a city and Scousers see themselves as fiercely independent from the rest of the country. We rally round our own and after being on the receiving end of the biggest government cover up in the history of the British justice system; you can’t really blame us for looking away from that British Bulldog style feeling.

Or maybe it’s the idea that an inherent arrogance surrounds the national team’s plight, despite only ever achieving success way back in 1966 as a nation. It was an arrogance in many ways that was in full flow last night against Iceland and yet a familiar story come the final whistle. An arrogance with no substance resulting in England out of yet another tournament, having hugely underachieved and with another manager heading for the hills.

I have to admit, I sat with a wry smile last night as the England’s superstars postured uncomfortably as they ran out of ideas on how to break down ‘little’ Iceland. I’d already developed a soft spot for them in the wake of Ronaldo’s comments after his Portugal side failed to beat them in the first group game.

His sentiments irked me a lot if I am being honest and in many ways were the perfect metaphor for England’s national teams problems. A sense of self entitlement. Ronaldo seemed to think that Portugal had a god given right to roll over Iceland, a country I believe in their first ever meaningful International Tournament, and a nation with just 330,000 people in situ (so less than Liverpool as a City). Indeed the fact that they celebrated wildly having avoided defeat to Portugal was in some way offensive to Ronaldo who insisted that, “only one team came to win the game,” and that, “you’d think they had won the tournament.” It brought down the red mist for me personally and I indicated via social media that instead of the petulant stance he had taken, perhaps it would have been better to look at his own personal failures in front of goal that night, and that of his team on the whole, rather than point the finger of blame elsewhere.

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It is a notion that the English national team should take heed of also. Every single tournament they approach it with the same sense of arrogance and self-entitlement. “We are England, home of the Premier League, fear us!” (a sentiment that seemed to have spilled over to the fans also until the Russians turned up). And every time, it ends the same way. Exit and sub-standard performances. In a world that saw Leicester City defy the juggernaut that is modern day football, right here in their very own back yard; you would have thought England’s footballers would have entered Euro 2016 with a sense of caution; and a refining of the essence of the game that inspires no ego’s, hard work and a desire to run through brick wall’s for your team mates. Sadly for England there was only one team on display last night that elicited that and they play France in a few days’ time whilst Joe Hart and co sun themselves on a beach.

This current England side seemed to be seduced by the successes they had in a sub-standard qualifying group, and coupled with the usual over indulged romanticism of the nation’s press when it comes to England, brought rise to the notion that this group of players seemed to be some sort of golden generation. A misguided sentiment if ever there was one. Throw into the mix the fact the manager, a lovely bloke we are all told, is one of the most over rated, average managers I have ever had the displeasure to experience, what was produced was a team high on over confidence, full of individuals, harbouring a fierce sense of self-entitlement and one with no discernible game plan imposed on it by the ‘manager’ and ‘coaching’ team. You can, if you wish, drill down into specifics.

Why was Wayne Rooney shoe horned into the side with this idea that all of a sudden he is a world class midfielder. No. He is either good enough to start up front or not. Which one is it. If it’s ‘not’ then he starts from the bench. Midfielders who had great seasons with their clubs were either sat on the bench or not in the squad at all. Milner, Barkley, Noble, Drinkwater all spring to mind.

What was the game plan and the system? What was the preferred starting XI. Roy is still working it out, it is just a shame he didn’t work it out as quick as he worked up that resignation statement.

If a team/squad had been put together that had a clear game plan, with players playing in their correct positions, based on form and not reputation, and crucially, had been moulded into a unit designed to work for each other and as a team, not individuals, then I am sure progress would have been much more achievable. Previous England sides have had much bigger and better individuals in tow (Gerrard, Lampard, Beckham, Scholes, Terry), and failed due to the same misgivings and having fallen into the same trap that individuals will bail the team out or drag them through with pieces of individual brilliance because let’s face it, “we’re England and we deserve it.”

Antonio Conte summed it up brilliantly with his perspective on Italy, a side who I personally am tipping for success this year. He stated that his squad does not harbour the same individual brilliance of former Italian sides and that his task has been about moulding a team who work for each other and win as a unit, not as individuals. It was a beautifully refreshing piece of honesty and humility from a manager of a nation who have achieved regularly throughought their history. Maybe when the FA look to appoint their next manager, they take that into consideration but I wouldn’t hold your breath. As for me, I’m a Shankly, aren’t I? Scottish blood flows through these veins!

 

Sink or Swim time for Klopp

To kick off the first leg of the Europa League semi-finals, Liverpool FC are due to take on Villarreal. A challenge for Jürgen Klopp, who is yet to bring home a UEFA win on Spanish soil. Both sides are entering the fray unbeaten, with our reds being the first team to have gone 12 games undefeated in a single UEFA Europa League campaign. Let us hope that the last four wins for Jürgen can afford us a victory on Spanish turf, and give him something worth smiling about.

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source; www.skysports.com

 Since a friendly match ending 0-0, in 2008, Villarreal and Liverpool have never faced off in a UEFA Club competition. Although “The Yellow Submarine”, did grace the shores of the Mersey in the summer of 2015, going up against the Reds’ nemesis’ Everton and came out on top in a 2-1 defeat. The Villarreal fans followed up this win by gracing The Cavern’s patrons with a rendition of the “Yellow Submarine” song, made famous by The Beatles, but the title of which is a nickname the supporters chose for their team in the late 60’s.

Yellow Sub

source; www.absofcakes.blogspot.com

Liverpool fans are hopeful that 2016 could be the year to bring home a fourth UEFA Europa League title, with the second leg of this meet going down on home turf, and with Liverpool having remained undefeated at home this campaign. Villarreal yet to win at any of their last 10 matches against Premier League opponents, only adds to the high spirits of Liverpool supporters.

Villarreal vs Liverpool

source; www.premiertrophies.co.uk

However a comment from Marcos Senna, former Villarreal player, sums up the reaction to the pairing with UEFA.com news “There are no favourites anymore”, and with Cedric Bakambu, Villarreal star forward, being on top form, Klopp knows what lies ahead. Hopes are pinned on Simon Mingolet, having not missed a minute of play since group stages began, being on his game for this meeting.

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source; www.espnfc.com and www.whoscored.com

To credit the Spanish side, The Bastion Bar & Restaurant, will be serving up a feast of the ever present footy food staple, meat and potato pie, but with a twist of Española. Supplied by Homebaked Anfield, a socially enterprising local bakery, the usual meat and potato filling will be substituted with a chorizo, Spanish meatballs, and patatas bravas creation. All profits of which are invested back into the local community.

Combine this with a free drink and a seat in The Bastion Bar, you’ve found the ideal surrounding to watch this clash play out. To book your seat call 0151 601 8801.

The Modern Game of Football

“Make no bones about it; this is the biggest rebuilding job faced by a Liverpool manager since my Granddad in ’59.”

I don’t want to start my latest blog by sounding like the harbinger of doom, so at least give me a chance to offer some rational consensus on my opinion above. What I am trying to do is bring a sense of reality to the modern day football fan’s perspective.

The modern game and, by default, the modern fan, demands instant success, at times to farcical levels. When a new manager (and often a player, too) comes to a football club, there is, these days, an air of expectation that come equipped with a magic wand; something exacerbated when they come with a track record of success, as Jurgen Klopp has.

My point is that fans need to step back, take a reality check and examine the situation and the facts before they make a decision on when success is ‘expected’.

Jurgen Klopp is an exceptional manager. We all know that. He, on paper, comes across as someone who is completely in touch with the fans, and someone who would walk through walls for his players and his club. Dare I say, he has a touch of the Shankly about him.

But let us look at reality. He has inherited a squad from Brendan Rogers, which is one of the poorest, quality wise, in many, many years. For a majority of the years, we have spent since our last top division league title. We have been able to state with conviction that we have a least one world class player in our midst. At present, we can’t make such a claim.

Anfield-Stadium

There are perhaps two pretenders to that throne in Phil Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge, but the former is inconsistent and the latter has yet to shake off the injury jinx tag. Roberto Firmino displays signs of ability, but is a work in progress, to say the least. If you were to ask me, with hand on heart, who from the current squad would you honestly state with 100% conviction that they needed to be part of the rebuilding process going forward, I wouldn’t be able to look past the three players listed above, and even they are touch-and-go for the reasons stated.

Outside of the playing side, the situation with owners remains a cause for concern. I’m not as hard on FSG as many people are. I don’t think they made any sweeping statements like Gillet or Hicks did. I think it was fairly transparent what their plan was. They are pure businessmen. They bought a commodity that was in debt, reduced and got it out of debt, whilst establishing a margin for it tmake profit, but are now looking, I’m sure, to sell it on for a profit as a business in good shape. THAT IS NOT TO SAY I AGREE WITH THIS; ON THE CONTRARY.

In an ideal world, football owners would be in it for the love of the game and their team; to build and develop it into a partnership with the fans, in an effort to make it the best it can be, and in a sustainable manner. Sadly, the world we live in, with modern football, means this is rare. I cast an envious eye to the Etihad in many ways. Grass isn’t always greener and all that, and who knows what the long term plan is, but the owners at Manchester City seem to have invested in a vision of development and success.

Refurbishment of the Etihad, construction of what can only be described as a small city on site neighbouring the ground that plays host to an academy, youth team stadium and training facilities, and, of course, what seems like unlimited funds available to improve the squad. It all seems very impressive. Too good to be true? Maybe. On the face of it, they seem to have a good deal and one that is worlds apart from where Liverpool currently find themselves.

Throw into the mix that the club currently has no guarantees at Champions League Football, and the knock on effect this has on attracting the best players, and it all serves to reinforce my point that Klopp has a huge task on his hands. One that he simply cannot achieve overnight. One that needs to be given a more than realistic timeframe to complete. I think my Granddad’s first game in charge ended in a 4-0 defeat. At home. To Cardiff. It took him two years to get them out of the second tier. He was given time, however, and look what happened there. The same applies to Alex Ferguson. I just hope the modern football fan remembers it!

What Went Wrong for the Reds Last Night?

I don’t think anyone can hide their disappointment at last night’s result. To lose two cup finals in one season is hard for any fan to take and, of course, we can’t overlook the vast incentive that had been on offer of Champions League qualification for next season. Whether this will play a factor in Klopp’s rebuilding strategy for next year remains to be seen. My heart says no, but my head says yes. My hope is that the infectious nature of the manager combined with the fact that Liverpool FC will always be one of the biggest clubs in the world will see us still able to attract the biggest players on the planet. Goetze certainly comes into that category and, frankly, I’m not sure how true the rumours have been up until now. I’m from the school of people who don’t believe it until I see them sat at Melwood holding the shirt up, but, the fact is, he is a world-class performer and, if Klopp wants him, I hope we get him. The signing of a proven world-class schemer will always then be an anchor for others. We shall see.

So what went wrong last night? I don’t think it was anything that hasn’t been symptomatic of Liverpool’s all season. That said, the issues we had last night that conspired to hand us defeat are the issues we as fans and the manager and his staff have been acutely aware of all season.

First up is the lack of a genuine on field leader. Jordan Henderson as club captain didn’t play a part last night due to fitness and, even so, I am not convinced at his leadership qualities when he is on the field. He is a mouthy little so and so and I like that; he won’t back down to anyone, but that tends to be with opposition players and referees. I am not convinced he believes himself that he has the credentials to lead a Liverpool team and when his team mates need geeing up and picking up, it rarely comes from him as an individual. The self-belief just isn’t there, in that I think he truly thinks that if he started screaming at team mates he’d be almost told to “do one!”

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As vice-captain, James Milner is more your lead-by-example type of captain. His tireless work ethic sets the benchmark for the rest of the team, but the problem here is that this doesn’t always inspire team mates, more so the crowd in many respects.

When either of these has been absent from the field, the captain’s arm band at Liverpool this season has been passed round from pillar to post, (I think even Sturridge took it against Chelsea for a period), confirming the fears that there just isn’t a natural leader in the team who fits the bill. As a result, and you can chart this the whole season, not just last night; when we face adversity on the field, namely in the shape of conceding a goal, heads drop and players start hiding, as there is no leader to rattle them from the slumber.

Sevilla’s equaliser last night was a classic example of this. Players sleeping from the first whistle, and a goal conceded 30 seconds in the half and all of a sudden, panic stations, heads down and a game of hide-and-seek from many of the players in Liverpool red. What was needed was a period of calm for 10 minutes after conceding. Keep hold of the ball, slow the tempo, give every player a touch of the ball and take the momentum out of Sevilla who clearly have their tails up after getting themselves back in the game. With no ‘leader’ to orchestrate this Liverpool fell into the trap they have all season after conceding and a second and more that point were always inevitable; you only have to think back to games like Southampton away, Newcastle at home and Sunderland at home to see my point.

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Secondly, was the lack of performance from our so called better players when it most matters. True world-class footballers don’t wait for the game to find them. They go and take the game by the scruff of the neck and run it themselves. I don’t want to single out players but it is hard not to, so I will. Phillipe Coutinho is often mentioned in the same sentence as the words, ‘world class’, yet for me, he will always struggle to justify that if he continues to float in and out of games, especially big ones. Is that something you could ever level at Messi, Ronaldo or Suarez? He skirted round the periphery of the game last night and had no impact on proceedings at all. And he wasn’t the only one. Roberto Firmino has caught the imagination of Liverpool fans in the clichéd difficult first season in English football, but there is a worry there for me that he suffers to much from the same problem of his Brazillian counterpart Coutinho. He is either right on it or he is anonymous and, again, last night he had little impact on proceedings. Sturridge at least produced one piece of genius in the game, yet in the second half when the chips were down, looked like he had one eye on Euro 2016. Where was the running in behind, working the channels etc.?

The only consolation you can take is that Klopp now must know clearly what his team needs for next season and must now set about getting it. Genuine competition for Sturridge up front is needed; as well as a genuinely class ball playing midfielder who is comfortable in possession, understand the game inside out and isn’t afraid to put a foot in where needed. A world class centre half is needed and I think we can all now see the need for another left back. Within his recruitment of these players, Klopp needs to find himself someone who has the persona to be his leader and his general on the pitch, an individual who not only leads by example performance wise, but has the self-belief to say, “I am captain of Liverpool FC,” whilst truly believing he is worthy of that accolade and whom knows that is he asked it, his team would go to war on his command.

Over to you, Jurgen. “Shankly, don’t worry, about a thing, cos every little thing, is gonna be alright…”

Klopp of the Kop

So despite my reservations in my last post; Liverpool ultimately made the decision to get rid of Brendan Rodgers, taking the opinion that he wasn’t the man capable of dragging Liverpool out of their spiral.

I said at the time that I couldn’t work out how I felt about it (the prospect of us getting rid of Rodgers). Now it has happened, I have to admit the sense of excitement I feel about Klopp seems to indicate it was the right decision to make. It doesn’t however alter the points I made about the danger of being fickle and that how Rodgers was working with one hand tied behind his back. From my side, I feel sorry for him for these reasons and I wish him all the best. Say what you will but he still presided over one of the best seasons of football I have ever seen two seasons ago and almost achieved the impossible. For those who say, ‘it was all Suarez,’ I simply don’t buy it. You buy players for huge sums and pay them huge wages to win you games. Suarez played under Kenny remember and never hit the levels he did until Rodgers set about a system and style of play that brought the best out of the Uruguayan. It’s like saying Pep Guardiola isn’t great as Lionel Messi won Barca everything.

If we take the points about Rodgers operating with his hands tied behind his back out the equation for just a second, his biggest problem was that he seemed to have lost the ability to inspire what he had. The players looked lost and in need of some motivation to get them going again and for the best will in the world it appeared Brendan was failing to address this.

It is with this in mind that the appointment of Klopp looks like a good one. The man has charisma and character (there is that word again), and is the kind of manager that players would run through brick walls for. As a fan, I already feel excited about going the game again, and I am sure players cant wait to get back from international duty to start training and playing for him.

Darest I say also that Klopp seems to have a touch of the Shankly-esque about him. In his first weekend at the club, he has spent a lot of time taking in the city and meeting fans out and about in everyday locations such as local pubs, shops and restaurants. He certainly seems to be a man of the people.

It is however; the sentence he uttered in his first press conference that really struck me when talking about Liverpool’s infamous transfer committee. When I talk about Rodgers having to work with his hands tied behind his back, it is in reference to feeling that he was at times, overawed and maybe even bullied by the committee into taking players that he didn’t want. Klopp was emphatic is his take on the situation. When speaking about how he had no problem speaking with a committee about players, his statement that, “I will have the first and last word,” was exactly what every Liverpool fan wanted to hear. So long as Klopp sticks to this, there shouldn’t be a problem. He identifies a player, puts him on the table, discusses him with others, and then HE makes the decision as to whether it goes forward or not. It is simple in theory but one look at Rodgers demise shows it may not be as easy in practice. Time will tell.

My big hope however is that fans remember the clamour they have had for Klopp over the past weeks and don’t jump on the fickle bandwagon if things don’t take shape sooner rather than later. For now however, let’s enjoy the excitement and anticipation his appointment brings. And if he wants to bring a few of those Dortmund players with him, that’s ok too. Marko Reus for a start will do……