Bill Shankly is often referred to as one of the greatest footballing managers of all time.
He transformed Liverpool Football Club and coached some of the most famed players in the world ensuring he is celebrated by fans for an eternity.
Earlier in the year, we set out on a quest to find Shankly’s Greatest XI, made up of former players from his 15 years at LFC. We wanted to bring these iconic men together to celebrate Shankly and all he did for football and the Liverpool community.
Using a 4-3-3 formation, we asked the public to vote in players based on positions, over the course of a few weeks, the votes poured in and we eventually found Shankly’s Greatest XI.
Players included Lawrence, Lawler, Smith, Yeats, Hughes, Callaghan, Hall, Thompson, St John, Hunt, Keegan. Roy Evans was also in attendance as an original member of the boot room.
On Thursday 8th December, we hosted an incredible dinner in the beautiful Garden of Eden at The Shankly Hotel where these former players along with the families of Emlyn Hughes and Brian Hall were in attendance. Members of the public were able to buy tickets to the event with 330 people overall enjoying this remarkable event.
Each former player was formally inducted into the XI with Kevin Keegan himself hosting the evening and welcoming each player.
Guests had the option to book specific tiers depending on what they wanted their ticket to include, for those with a red tier ticket, they were invited to a private meet and great with the players in Baby Eden before the main event.
As well as a delicious three-course meal, there were lots of old stories shared around each of the tables with unique tales from the former players, Shankly’s grandson Chris Carline and live entertainment.
There was furthermore a silent auction which saw memorabilia such as a Luis Suarez signed shirt and signed Steven Gerrard Boots and framed photographs.
It was a memorable night and absolutely incredible to have all of these amazing players in one place.
We’d like to thank all former players who were in attendance and we hope to be hosting more events like this in the future.