Not that we need a reason to spoil ourselves but when one comes up it’s wrong not to take advantage. That’s why during afternoon tea week between the 14th and 21st of August The Shankly Hotel is inviting guests to stay overnight and enjoy a delicious afternoon tea after exploring the wonderful city.
As we said any excuse to spoil yourself and if a national celebration of afternoon tea isn’t a good excuse well we don’t know what is.
An Afternoon Tea Service with Style
Afterall, it is afternoon tea week and at The Shankly Hotel, our afternoon tea service certainly is a classy affair.
Served in the stylish and welcoming Bastion Bar and Restaurant our delicious afternoon tea will nourish you after spending some time in the city.
Take your afternoon tea with a nice hot cuppa or, as the national celebration dictates, make afternoon tea week special with a glass or two of bubbly.
Remember you are supposed to be treating yourselves here!
Our Shankly afternoon tea consists of mouthwatering preserves and pastries, delicate wraps and sarnies and a fresh selection of quaint cakes and sponges.
What’s more, you can immerse yourselves into Shankly Experience by taking a stroll around the Shankly Museum afterwards.
Read through some of the heartfelt letters sent to the man himself throughout his career and pour over rare and mesmerising Shankly relics.
Our reception area includes magnificent displays depicting Shankly’s footballing legacy and family life, pieces of which have been kindly bestowed upon the hotel from the Shankly family archives.
So much more than afternoon tea, at The Shankly Hotel, we do everything with a touch of effortless elegance helping visitors make memories worth keeping.
Shankly Themed Luxury Hotel Room
Top off your day in Liverpool with a stay in absolute luxury in one of our superbly stylish Shankly Hotel rooms.
Each room has been carefully designed to give guests a one of kind hotel experience in Liverpool, with a dignified decor and amazing in room facilities.
Our guests are blown away by the quality and comfort of the luxury rooms and studios at The Shankly Hotel, enjoying the flexible space and fabulous central location.
Every room comes complete with ensuite bathroom facilities, often including double whirlpool baths and rainfall showers.
What’s more, guests can continue to learn more about the great man Shankly as they drift off to sleep reading the stories and anecdotes emblazoned into the ceiling of their suite?
Afternoon tea week is the perfect excuse to treat yourself to our Stay and Afternoon Tea Offer at The Shankly Hotel between the 14th and 21st of August.
A Brilliant Breakfast Buffet
When you awake from a perfect night of blissful sleep the only way to begin your day is with a full belly bursting breakfast.
Make your way to the Bastion Bar and Restaurant to enjoy an amazing breakfast buffet, or sit down to a full English served with tea, coffee and fresh juices.
Our amazing chefs have sourced and prepared the best ingredients to fuel our guests up for the exciting day ahead.
Better still the breakfast is all part and parcel of the wonderful Stay and Afternoon Tea offer, so no need to shell out extra for this magnificent morning meal.
The entire Stay and Afternoon Tea offer is just £138 per couple including;
Luxury overnight stay
Amazing afternoon tea
Full buffet breakfast
So go on and book you and a special someone a little treat this afternoon tea week at The Shankly Hotel here or call 0151 601 8801 *
Exploring Liverpool The Shankly Way
Whilst you’re here really get to know the different sides of Liverpool and learn what helped shape the beautiful and exciting city we know and love today on a Shankly Tour.
Our sight seeing adventures take visitors all over the city.
From the hustle and bustle of the thriving city centre to the quaint and charming suburbs that filled with history and character.
Fans of footballing legends will know that Bill Shankly played a huge part in reviving Liverpool football club and transforming the team into the dominating football force we recognise today.
The Liverpool Was Made For Me tour stops at LFC rival club Goodison and LFC hallowed ground Anfield, after which fans of Shanks will get the chance to see his Liverpool family home followed by a tour of our wonderful Shankly memorabilia collection inside the hotel.
Just one of the fabulous tour packages on offer, and perfect for starting your break at The Shankly Hotel checking out some of the most iconic parts of the city.
Check out our other tour options here or contact our team via email firstname.lastname@example.org, they’ll be happy to help tailor your tour to suit you.
*subject to availability offer only valid Sunday to Thursday.
Summer holidays are finally here and that’s not just good news for the kids, teachers too can look forward to some much-needed time off. Good thing The Shankly Hotel have designed their own fabulous hotel offers for teachers only this summer.
Here are some details on this superb deal for the fabulous faculty that work so hard keeping our youth in check all year long. We thank you.
We thank you.
Now that you’re not working mid-week you and your colleagues can live it up large in style at The Shankly Hotel.
Come have a night out in Liverpool and enjoy all those marvellous mid-week restaurants offers you usually miss out on during term time.
Our luxury Shankly Hotel rooms and suites can sleep between 2 and 10 guests and are stylishly outfitted to reflect Bill Shankly’s own classic signature style.
Enjoy a wonderful night’s sleep in comfortable double beds, put your feet up and catch up on all missed TV you’ve missed on your own huge flat screen. Or perhaps you feel like indulging in a luscious whirlpool bath with a glass of bubbly or delicious cocktail in hand.
Better still all The Shankly Hotel rooms couldn’t be closer to Liverpool’s vibrant city centre. Spend a day shopping or sightseeing then hit the town and party in all the best bars and clubs in Liverpool. Never too far away from the comfort of your Shankly Hotel room.
Dining in Style
Have your meals over the last few months consisted of school dinner leftovers because you were in school until all hours marking papers and planning new lessons?
Let us give your palette and your stomachs a real treat with a delicious two-course meal served in the Bastion Bar and Restaurant. Better still we’ll give you a glass of Prosecco or welcome beers for your arrival.
Our superb Bastion Restaurant menu has a collection of dishes to suit any tastes. From juicy steaks, right off the grill to delicate mouth-watering pasta and refreshing salads.
After your meal take some time to browse through the vast collection of Bill Shankly memorabilia in our Shankly Museum.
Read letters written by the man himself and check out photos from his family life. We’ve taken care to document the footballing career of Shankly but also his dedication to being a family man as well.
The perfect after dinner excursion right in the reception of your hotel, so no need to venture too far on a full tummy.
The Perfect hotel offer for teachers only
All this can be all yours for just £45 pp if you can find another three willing members of the faculty to join you.
We are sure this won’t be too much of a struggle.
Get yourselves booked into The Shankly Hotel this summer with our spectacular hotel offers for teachers only and enjoy a kid free zone for one blissful night in Liverpool.
Call 0151 601 8801 or email email@example.com, this amazing offer is only available Sunday-Thursday and is based on four or more sharing, so the more the merrier.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bill Shankly is arguably one of the most famous figures in Liverpool Football Club’s history. Notably leading them to great success during his reign.
Shankly, or ‘Shanks’ as he is more affectionately known by Anfield faithful lead Liverpool Football Club to win; three First Division titles, two FA Cups and the UEFA Cup in his fifteen years at the club.
Recently, Liverpool Football Club stadium underwent a dramatic redevelopment which saw the main stand increase its capacity by 8,500 seats. Now total capacity at the stadium stands at just over 54,000 people.
The new development took a grand total of 643 days to complete and with it came a number of changes. One of which was the replacement of all seats in the Main Stand.
A gift that kept on giving
When Bill retired from management at Liverpool Football Club, the club gifted him two season tickets for the Main Stand. These seats were row 17, seats 134 and 135 which he regularly used for himself. When Bill passed away in 1981, the Shankly family took over the seats and when Shankly’s grandson Chris Carline was 7 years old, he began regularly attending the game, sitting in the very seats his grandfather was gifted.
Chris sat in seat 134 for 27 years, attending all Liverpool Football Club home games until May 2016 when the last home game was played before the redevelopment of the main stand began.
A piece of Liverpool history
The original seats which were used by Bill Shankly have been transferred into The Shankly Hotel where they can be admired along with a whole host of Shankly Memorabilia which is displayed in the reception area of the hotel and within the Bastion Bar & Restaurant.
It’s a huge honour to have these seats with us and we hope you enjoy them as much as Bill and his family have over the years.
To book a stay at the iconic Shankly Hotel, please call our reservations team who will be able to help you to make your trip to Liverpool and The Shankly nothing short of magical.
Whether it’s a fresh Tom Collins or a fruity Harvey Wallbanger, sometimes there’s nothing better than a colourful drink in a great atmosphere – and that’s exactly what you can expect to find at The Bastion Bar & Restaurant.
In addition to offering a wide selection of delicious dishes and a varied drinks menu, we also offer 2-4-1 cocktails every single day until 7pm*. How nice are we?!
You can sip a scrummy drink as you dine in our stylish Liverpool restaurant and bar. Immerse yourself in displays of genuine Bill Shankly memorabilia donated from the Shankly family’s private collection.
Our best drinks
We offer a wide variety of amazing cocktails that you will hope will never come to an end. These include the Classic Champagne Cocktail, an Old-Fashioned, The Long Island Iced Tea, The Godfather and a Pornstar Martini.
A most popular cocktail at The Bastion Bar & Restaurant just has to be the Liverpool G&T, which includes Liverpool Organic Gin with a Fever-Tree tonic and your choice of garnish.
Join us for dinner
Why not marry a cocktail up with one of the scrumptious dishes on our menu? Choose from beer battered fish and chips, the award-winning Shankly Burger, Thai green chicken and lemongrass curry or a Cajun chicken Caesar salad.
If you would like to take advantage of our fantastic 2-4-1 cocktail offer at The Bastion Bar & Restaurant, book a table today. Call us now on 0151 236 0166 or email email@example.com.
*The 2-4-1 cocktail offer will apply until December 2015
The Kop Magazine is one of the most popular football magazines in the country, providing fans with LFC insights for over 20 years. After 243 editions, The Kop Magazine published their final edition, and we here at The Shankly Hotel are honoured to be featured in the last publication.
If that wasn’t enough, we are thrilled to announce The Kop Magazine has presented us with a fantastic donation to The Shankly Museum. Back in September 2013, the magazine produced a giant birthday card in honour of Bill Shankly’s 100th birthday, which went on display at the Shankly 100 Exhibition in the Capital Building, Old Hall Street, Liverpool. LFC fans and stars signed the card, including Jamie Carragher. After nearly two years of gathering dust in The Kop Magazine storeroom, they proudly donated the card to The Shankly Museum for football fans to enjoy for many years to come.
The Kop Magazine also donated numerous other LFC memorabilia, including a signed John Aldridge photograph and a pile of Kop Challenge entries.
Bill Shankly’s grandson, Chris Carline, recently commented: “I’m made up to receive the giant card that The Kop Magazine recreated and got fans to signs to mark my granddad’s 100th birthday. The response around that anniversary reminded the family of the influence of the man. Even so far on after he passed away, his legacy is still as strong as ever and that was one of the reasons for the hotel.
“The family wants to keep his legacy alive and even when I go to the match now, young lads come up to me and say ‘I love yer granddad, he’s a God’ when they weren’t even born until after he died.”
Other items include the key to The Shankly Gates and the legendary manager’s This Is Your Life book, plus many more. The items will be displayed in The Shankly Museum and will be free of charge to the public.
Chris added: “A big thing for me was getting the ethos of the hotel right. My granddad was a man of the people, he had a socialist persona, so it would never have felt right to me to charge people who are not staying here to see the museum.
“If anyone wants to come in off the street and wander around that’s fine. If you want to come in and have a bite to eat and a drink while viewing then it’s entirely up to you. It’ll be open to everyone because it should be.”
Last week saw the 1st birthday fundraiser of The Shankly Family Foundation. For those who may not know; I set the charity up 12 months ago in Grandy’s honour, in what would have been his 100th birthday year; to support grass roots football and provide positive activity for children and young people, two causes that were close to Grandy’s heart.
What The Shankly Family Foundation actually does
The Foundation is chaired by myself and run by a board of 5 volunteers including me. In 12 months, we have achieved some unbelievable stuff, supporting Liverpool Schoolboys under the grass roots umbrella.
We have funded training, equipment and costs for taking the players to tournaments abroad. Sourced coaches and volunteers for the lads whilst and provided FA badges for budding coaches.
We delivered the first ever Shankly Family Foundation Cup for local county FA teams in May. This was completely free of charge and achieved a positive activity for children and young people across some of the most deprived areas of the City.
We also organised a fully funded Summer Programme for children and young people in Croxteth, Norris Green, Yew Tree, Knotty Ash and Huyton that engaged nearly 1000 participants.
Last Tuesday saw our first ever fundraising night to commemorate our 1st birthday.
Whilst on that topic, I can’t thank Lawrence and Katie Kenwright and their staff enough for the help, support and generosity they displayed in the lead up to and delivery of the event. Everything about them and their company conveys the Shankly ethos and the hotel is going to be a sight to behold next year, which will mean our 2nd birthday fundraiser will actually take place, excitingly at The Shankly Hotel.
Shankly’s Team Values
The main purpose of my blog however is that following the evening; I felt compelled to speak about the warmness, and humility of those members of grandy’s team who attended on the night to speak; in particular Mr Kevin Keegan.
We had Ian Callaghan, Chris Lawler, Roy Evans and Kevin Keegan who all answered the call to help raise some funds for the charity, and none of them disappointed.
They spoke with a warmness and emotion about my granddad that couldn’t help to elicit a tear, especially to those in attendance from the family like myself. We were regaled with stories and anecdotes that had everything; comedy, facts, emotion, passion and inspiration. It was Mr Kevin Keegan in particular who led the way however.
Another Great Man
Keegan was debatably the superstar of all the Shankly teams. A hero to millions, a legend and genius of the game; one of the first real global icons of the game.
Status like that in modern day football has given birth to one or two diva’s. Not Mr Keegan though and not any of the lads in attendance, all of whom have been schooled in the Shankly arts. I have met him on several occasions but this the most time I have spent in his presence. He is hands down one of the most down to earth, humble and warm people I have ever met.
Kevin delivered a power point presentation to the audience. Its topical content was of course about my granddad but in a way that showed Kevin’s life and career story and how grandy influenced that. The audience laughed. The audience cried and the audience were inspired.
Keegan and his fellow colleagues speak about grandy with such passion and emotion that it is something to behold. Kevin profoundly proclaimed,
“whenever anybody asks us to do something to support Bill Shankly, we are there, no questions asked. That is the impact he had.”
As he uttered those words, he fixed his stare on myself and the family.
It is both refreshing and proud to witness how one man really did shape their careers and their lives, to the extent that they live to this very day by his visions and values; and that they hold them dear.
Auctions and Raffles
As the auction and raffles proceeded on the night; the lads even participated; Keegan even successfully bidding for a framed Kenny Dalglish shirt, the man who inherited the famous number 7 from him.
As the evening drew to a close; and fans were given the opportunity to meet the lads, have photos taken and have items signed; all stood for whatever time was necessary to meet the wishes of those who had come to meet their heroes.
Keegan even brought a replica England shirt from his time playing for his country which he raffled off for The Shankly Family Foundation charity; signing and personalising it for the winner. All done off his own bat as he thought it would be nice and raise some money.
It is at times like this that you ask yourself whether the modern stars of today; many of whom aren’t as good ability wise as those in attendance and many of whom won’t have won half of what these lads won or would be so humble and giving.
I suppose the difference is that they haven’t had Shankly as a manager and a mentor, although I do have to say, we can’t stereotype all modern day players and I am sure there are many who hold Shankly-esque values dear.
Kevin was keen to highlight his and the lads support for our hotel coming neat year, vehemently proclaiming
“This City has a statue and has gates, but it doesn’t have anywhere near enough to celebrate the life and achievements of Bill Shankly. This hotel is a fantastic, exciting idea and something we will wholly support!”
A resounding endorsement indeed!
Since the event we have been inundated with people who attended on the night, thanking us for a wonderful evening at a fabulous venue with unbelievable service and company; everyone stating they cant wait for the 2nd birthday bash (at The Shankly Hotel!), but far and away, all commenting on the warmness of Keegan and the ex players.
Whilst on this topic; I really have to say a huge thanks to all those who attended, who bought tickets and put their hands in their pockets for raffle tickets and auction prizes. Your generosity really is so appreciated and The Shankly Family Foundation will prosper as a result of these efforts.
Before they left, I spoke to the ex players about events and promotions leading up to the opening of The Shankly Hotel next August. All pledged their support. It really is going to be something else!
I thought it may be on interest to give some insight into why I decided to explore the idea of a Bill Shankly themed hotel in Liverpool.
As his grandson, one of the most important things for me and the family is to enhance and sustain his legacy for future generations. One of the most humbling things as a Liverpool fan who travels everywhere with the team is that when I continue to meet fans from all over the world of all ages, they all still worship Grandy. When youngsters who are barely in their teens talk to me with so much passion about him; it shows the profound effect he had on generations of Liverpool fans; as the love for him has clearly been passed down from parents to children, to grandchildren and beyond.
He was more than a football manager, he was an icon and an inspiration for many people, and the phrase, ‘He made the people happy,’ emblazoned on the Shankly statue summed him up perfectly. He just wanted to make people happy. His personality was infectious. His beliefs were invariably socialist and his quote which highlighted his mantra in this respect is one of my favourite Shankly quotes;
“The socialism I believe in is everybody working for the same goal and everybody having a share in the rewards. That’s how I see football, that’s how I see life.”
It is one which I try to live by myself and is at the heart of all the ventures I have started in Grandy’s name. As a family therefore, we are trying to continue this ethos of using his name and influence to make people happy via these ventures.
So why a hotel? It was simple really. Liverpool FC is one of the biggest football clubs in the world. Liverpool as a City is one of the most visited cities in the wold. Shankly is the godfather of Liverpool FC and much loved by the people of the City. The City welcomes thousands and thousands of fans into its midst every week. Providing them with a venue to stay, that offers a genuine football experience, that offers them an experience that is MORE than just a room for the night; but instead, a complete unique experience that will send them home with memories for life; is something that is, to coin a phrase, ‘very Shankly.’ He would most definitely approve, as it is for the people and he made the people happy.
As some of you will probably know; I am the founder and Chair of The Shankly Family Foundation, a charity I started in September 2013 in what would have been Grandy’s 100th birthday year. The aims of the charity are to support grass roots football and children and young people and you can check out more detail on www.theshanklyfamilyfoundation.com and @shanklyFF
There is no doubt that having a charity operate in his name would have ticked the Shankly socialist mantra, it gives something back to the people and epitomises his beliefs conveyed above. I have already made a commitment that the commercial success of The Shankly Hotel will make a contribution to The Shankly Family Foundation to help it sustain and grow. It is quite simply, ‘everybody working for the same goal and everybody having a share of the rewards.’
So how did we manage to achieve such a feat and what can you expect from ‘The Shankly?’ Stay tuned for subsequent blogs…….