A Brief History of Liverpool and the Champions League

It’s been 39 years since Liverpool played FC Bayern Munich in the old European Cup. Liverpool, of course, went on to beat Real Madrid in the final in Paris that year in the wondrous Parc des Princes. Although this year’s final takes place in the ultra-modern Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid, the objective remains the same.

So, with this in mind, we’ve decided to take a closer look at Liverpool’s historic, almost mystical relationship with the Champions League.

1977 – Liverpool vs Borussia Mönchengladbach

Champions League

Source: Wikipedia Commons

Final Score: 3-1

Stadium: Stadio Olimpico

When these two teams met in the final in Rome their paths to the Stadio Olimpico couldn’t have been more dissimilar. Liverpool had won their matches with relative ease while Udo Lattek’s men, on the other hand, had scraped their way to Rome. The ’77 final took place in The Eternal City only four days after Liverpool had lost the FA Cup Final to Manchester United at Wembley.

Liverpool’s 3-1 win was the first time the club became European Champions, however, had it not been for their arch-rivals Manchester United, they would have also been the first team to win the treble; a feat United achieved 22 years later.

1978 – Liverpool vs Club Brugge

Final Score: 1-0

Stadium: Wembley

Liverpool returned to the competition, on home soil, as champions in 1978 and faced first-time finalists Club Brugge – a team they had already defeated in the UEFA Cup Final in ’76. The final was a tense affair, yet the Reds broke the deadlock in the second half with a strike that went on to be known as one of the best in European history.

Liverpool won the match 1-0 and became the first team in history to retain the European Cup. They did, however, lose the Super Cup to Anderlecht later in the year.

1981 – Liverpool vs Real Madrid

Final Score: 1-0

Stadium: Parc des Prince

Another year, and another final. On this occasion, Liverpool faced Real Madrid in the Parc des Prince. Liverpool and Los Blancos couldn’t be separated until the 81st minute when Alan Kennedy found the back of the net. The Red’s held on until the final whistle and won their third European Cup.

Bob Paisley mirrored Liverpool’s success that year as he became the first man to win three consecutive European Cups with one team.

Not for the first time had one strike secured Liverpool the trophy.

1984 – Liverpool vs Roma

Final Score: 1-1 (aet)

Stadium: Stadio Olimpico

Seasoned European champions by this point, their fourth European Cup final saw Liverpool take on Roma in the Stadio Olimpico in The Eternal City.

Liverpool had won their matches with relative ease on their way to the final, while Roma’s journey was littered with controversy. It had been rumoured that the Italian’s had bribed the referee in the semi-final versus Dundee United.

Despite Liverpool’s past performances, Roma were the favourites to win. Indeed, the match went to penalties.

Liverpool won 4-2 on penalties, however, the star of the show was Bruce Grobbelaar who famously wobbled his limbs throughout the shootout. The South African ultimately set a precedent that would win Liverpool their 5th Champions League 21 years later.

2005 – Liverpool vs AC Milan

Final Score: 3-3 (aet)

Stadium : Atatürk Stadium

Liverpool barely scraped through the knock out rounds of the 2004/5 Champions League.

After seeing off European competition in the knock out stages, Liverpool faced Chelsea in the semi-finals and scored what was dubbed the “ghost goal” by Chelsea manager José Mourinho, a strike that gave Liverpool a 1-0 lead to take them through to their sixth Champions League final.

They would be facing six-time European Champions AC Milan, who were favourites to win and were quickly leading the match 3-0 before halftime.

Liverpool pulled off one of their extraordinary comebacks in this all-important match and went on to score 3 goals in under six minutes.

The match went to penalties. Liverpool triumphed thanks to a save from goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek against Andriy Shevchenko. Dudek famously imitated Grobbelaar’s goalkeeping style throughout the shootout.

The game was nicknamed “The Miracle of Istanbul” and lasts long in the memory of many Liverpool fans as one of the best matches they’ve ever witnessed. And, because this was the 5th time Liverpool had won the Champions League, they were allowed to keep the trophy.

We Were the Champions

Liverpool went on to face AC Milan again in the 2006/7 final but lost.

Old opponents Chelsea knocked Liverpool out of the running in both 2008 and 2009 and then, in 2010, Liverpool failed to qualify for the competition for the first time since 1999.

It wasn’t until 2015/16 that the team managed to get back to Europe’s top table and reached the Europa League semi-finals against Villarreal. The match sparked yet another comeback that saw Liverpool fight back from 1-0 down to win 3-1 on aggregate. After this win, Liverpool had once again made it into the final and went up against Sevilla at St. Jakob-Park in Basel but lost 3-1.

The Red’s went on to face Real Madrid in the 2017/18 Champions League final but lost 3-1.

The Champions League at The Shankly Hotel

Champions League

As they did 39 years ago, Liverpool have made it into the next round after a 3-1 win over Bayern Munich.

Moreover, at The Bastion Bar and Restaurant within The Shankly Hotel, every time Liverpool take to the field the action is screened on our enormous monitors, evoking an electric atmosphere that can’t be matched anywhere else.

Join us every matchday and enjoy exclusive prizes and in-play deals that recreate that winning feeling and get you in the party mood.

The Champions League Club even lets you earn loyalty points for every game you attend. In return, you’re provided with exclusive access to unbeatable rewards, be it weekend stays in our luxurious football-themed rooms or unprecedented access to unseen Liverpool merchandise.

So, whether you want to watch the match or book a stay in one of our spectacular football-themed rooms, our friendly team can’t wait to hear from you on 0151 236 0166 or email reservations@shanklyhotel.com. Also, follow us on Facebook for loads of Liverpool and hotel updates.

The Ultimate Liverpool Football Club Fan Hotel

The Shankly Hotel is the number one destination in the North West for any Liverpool Football Club fan.

We pride ourselves on providing the most electric match day atmosphere, in addition to superb drinks deals, a unique environment that is sure to impress any Liverpool fan, and luxurious football-themed rooms that are perfect for group stays.

So, with Liverpool on the cusp of greatness, maybe it’s time you started planning your next stay in one of our amazing football-themed rooms.

The Only Place to Watch the Game

Liverpool football club fan

Dedicated to Liverpool’s icon leader, The Bastion Bar and Restaurant is the best place in Liverpool to watch the Reds. Located inside the spectacular Shankly Hotel, this wonderful restaurant enables diners to delve deeper into the personal and professional exploits of the ex-Liverpool boss.

Unearth some of Shankly’s most treasured memorabilia – which is displayed throughout the restaurant – and explore Liverpool’s remarkable history.

Every time the team take to the field the action is screened on our enormous monitors, evoking an electric atmosphere that can’t be matched anywhere else.

Join us every matchday and enjoy exclusive prizes and in-play deals that recreate that winning feeling and get you in the party mood.

Moreover, the amazing Premier League Club and Champions League Club lets you earn loyalty points for every game you attend. In return, you’re provided with exclusive access to unbeatable rewards, be it weekend stays in our luxurious football-themed rooms or unprecedented access to unseen Liverpool merchandise.

Soak up the eclectic atmosphere as you devour delicious home cooked meals from a delectable menu, expertly crafted by our talented chefs.

The Bastion Bar and Restaurant is the ideal destination for a Liverpool Football Club fan.

The Ultimate Liverpool Football Club Fan Hotel

Liverpool football club fan

The Shankly Hotel in Liverpool provides luxurious accommodation that’s as iconic as its namesake.

The perfect place to rest your head if you’re a red, The Shankly Hotel is an ideal tribute to the career of one of the games finest managers and a Liverpool hero.

The hotel is home to never-before-seen memorabilia which has been donated by The Shankly family and exhibited around the restaurant and rooms.

Our personal favourite is the assortment of handwritten notes by Shankly himself. The notes cover numerous topics such as tactics and match reports.

We are the ideal destination for those who appreciate luxury, fun and comfort, providing visitors with the ultimate hotel experience in Liverpool.

Situated close to numerous transport links, The Shankly Hotel is the perfect place to stay if you’re going the game, or if you’re looking for somewhere to watch the action unfold.

 

Football-Themed Rooms

Liverpool football club fan

Our football-themed rooms and suites have been designed with comfort and luxury in mind, featuring inspirational quotes and memorabilia from the main man himself.

For comfort, elegance and unprecedented luxury, look no further than our Shankly inspired rooms. Shankly was a man of the people – and there’s no finer way to bring people together than with our spacious football-themed rooms.

Perfect for those party weekends away or Liverpool matchdays, our football-themed rooms are a must stay for those looking to explore the football capital of the country.

Sound good? Our helpful team can’t wait to hear from you. Contact us on 0151 236 0166 or email reservations@shanklyhotel.com

Experience a Football Tour With a Difference

Always wanted to learn more about Liverpool and one of their most iconic and cherished managers? The Shankly Experience is the perfect tour for you. With a wide range of routes and themes to choose from, we can promise you won’t be disappointed.

Tour Anfield and soak up plenty of Liverpool’s impressive culture, or maybe you’ve always wanted to see Shanks’ house – it doesn’t matter if you can’t decide, we also provide packages that let you book a tour tailored to your interests.

At the end of every tour explore the Shankly museum, set within our remarkable hotel. Bask in Shankly’s first ever Liverpool contract, the key to The Shankly Gates or his telegram from Neil Armstrong.

No matter if you’re a fan of culture, architecture, sport, music or history, The Shankly Experience is ideal for any Liverpool Football Club Fan.

The World’s First Football Quarter

football quarter

Last year, it was announced that a new hotel dedicated to the Everton icon Dixie Dean would be opening opposite The Shankly Hotel. And recently, the Dixie Dean family put pen to paper on a deal that would see them work closely with the hotel.

Set to celebrate the friendly rivalry that unites – and sometimes divides – the city, the quarter is to be decorated with statues of Everton and Liverpool icons.

So, whether you want to watch the match or book a stay in one of our spectacular football-themed rooms, our friendly team cant wait to hear from you.

Celebrate Shankly’s Birthday With His Best Moments Caught on Film

On 2 September, it would have been Bill Shankly’s birthday. For the special occasion, we thought it would be a great chance to look back at Shankly’s best moments caught on film and celebrate the legacy of the renowned Liverpool FC leader.

Famously reserved, the glimpses of his grace and humour shine through on the few clips we have of the legendary manager, as does the down-to-earth manner, and no-nonsense straight talking he became famous for.

Here are our favourite moments of Shankly on film, showing the true gentlemen he was and his immeasurable connection to the city of Liverpool…

Shankly celebrating the ’73 Championship with The Kop

“This is the man they love. The Kop rise and Shankly responds. A great day for him and a great, great day for them.”

The coverage of Anfield celebrations after the Reds took the Championship in ‘73 reveal the special bond between Shankly and LFC fans.

In the video, the winning team runs towards the Kop to a resounding cheer, with the cup thrust above their heads. Shankly himself then heads towards the Kop as the emotionally-charged singing of You’ll Never Walk Alone fills the stadium.

The legendary manager waves to the crowds, raising his fists in triumph. His admiration for the fans is clear but, as the commentator says, “It’s difficult to say who admires who most now”.

Shankly’s View on Working Hard

“No football club is ever successful without hard work”.

 

In this short interview clip, Bill Shankly sets out where his ethos as a football manager stems from. Remembering his time in the armed forces, Shankly reveals how he’s adapted his work ethic in the army for his footballing career.

Just as the tough jobs of cleaning floors and latrines in the forces was matched by hard work and determination to do the best job possible, Shankly suggests that playing football can be defined by the same ideas. “If everyone thinks along these lines and does the small jobs to the best of their ability,” he says, “then the world will be better.”

Talking to the people of Liverpool

“I’ve drummed it into our players time and again that they are privileged to play for you.”

We often talk of Shankly being the greatest ever, but it’s also true to say that Liverpool fans are also some of the best supporters in the world. The legendary football manager knew that the dedication Reds put into their team was second to none.

Shankly once described his intimate connection with fans in a typically eloquent way: “Liverpool was made for me and I was made for Liverpool”.

The above video was taken on 9 May 1971 after Liverpool had just lost the 1971 FA Cup Final against Arsenal. Despite the score of 2-1, Reds fans still filled the square outside St George’s Hall in Liverpool city centre, giving the frustrated team a hero’s welcome.

On seeing the throng of fans, Shankly apparently held his arms wide and declared: “Chairman Mao has never seen the greatest show of red strength!” to cheers from the crowd.

He then went on to express the privilege it was for LFC footballers to play for their fans, to chants of ‘Shankly, Shankly’ from the whole square.

 

“Natural Enthusiasm!”

“It’s the greatest thing in the world, natural enthusiasm. You’re nothing without it.”

In this short clip of a Shankly interview, the King of the Kop reaffirms his belief in hard work being the deciding factor for success in life, singling out ‘natural enthusiasm’ as his most important trait.

Much of Shankly’s childhood was defined by working hard and to the best of your ability – he grew up in a remote and poverty-stricken village in Scotland, who’s only exports were coal and footballers.

The community of Glenbuck, in East Ayrshire, strove to do the best job possible in helping out their neighbours. According to former inhabitants of the tiny village, the mining settlement had a collective attitude to life and were happy to help any family in need.

This community spirit followed Shankly into his career as a manager, where he instilled a belief that footballers should play as a team and not as a group of individuals, and that the best footballers were the hard-working ones.

On The Kop

“If you’re a member of The Kop, you feel as though you’re a member of a big society, where you’ve got thousands of friends all about you. They’re united and loyal.”

At the beginning of this clip, Bill Shankly describes his admiration for The Kop and the loyal fans who count themselves as part of the famous fan group.

The football manager always had a special place in his heart for Anfield’s best-loved stand: allegedly, after The Beatles asked for tickets to a FA Cup final at Wembley, Shankly replied saying “I have never seen any of The Beatles standing on The Kop. Any ticket I have spare will be going to my mates on The Kop.”

It was a relationship that went both ways: as the rest of the clip shows, when Shankly sadly past away in 1981, it was The Kop that lead the mourning for the father of football in Liverpool.

Happy Birthday Shanks!

On behalf of everyone at The Shankly Hotel, we’d like to say Happy Birthday to Bill Shankly – a legendary football manager like no other.

The Shankly Hotel is dedicated to celebrating the life and legacy of LFC’s greatest leader. We like to say that a night at The Shankly isn’t a stay, but an experience. The stories of Shankly’s successes and his ethos in life are woven into the design of the hotel, with each suite based around a quote or anecdote celebrating the legendary manager.

Shankly room

With unseen memorabilia throughout the hotel, including Shankly’s own typewriter, a Telegram wishing him luck from The Beatles, and much more, a night at The Shankly is the perfect present for any Liverpool fan looking to discover more about the Reds legendary manager.

To book, call our friendly team today on 0151 909 3635

International Beatleweek 2018: Stay at The Shankly Hotel

From 22 to 28 August, the sounds of Paul, John, Ringo and George will be ringing through the streets of Liverpool even more than they normally do, as International Beatleweek 2018 hits the city.

Whether you’re a fan of Hey Jude, Eleanor Rigby, Penny Lane or one of the many other classic hits, they’ll all be booming out from venues across Merseyside, including the legendary Cavern Club and even Signature Living’s very own Alma de Cuba.

And if you’re looking for somewhere to stay during annual celebrations, there’s nowhere better than The Shankly Hotel.

International Beatleweek 2018

Catapulted to global fame during the swinging 60s, the meteoric rise of the band from Merseyside came at exactly the same time that Liverpool FC, manned by the legendary Bill Shankly, began their own whirlwind trip to the top and it’s hard not to draw comparisons between these two bastions of Scouse culture.

So we’ve taken a look at the intertwined journey of the Fab Four and LFC on their way to national and international domination to show you why staying at The Shankly Hotel will make your International Beatleweek an occasion to remember as you enjoy the best of Liverpool’s fabulous culture…

The Beatle – Fans of Football?

It’s well known that none of The Beatles were huge football fans – and none of them were Reds!

The are-they-aren’t-they questions over John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s sporting allegiances have been put to rest by the discovery that Paul is an Evertonian, following in his father’s footsteps. There’s even a photo of him outside Wembley during the 1968 FA Cup final.

International Beatleweek 2018

Source: Wiki Commons | United States Library of Congress

John seemed to have little to no interest in the game. George also wasn’t a footie fan.

Ringo, meanwhile, was an Arsenal supporter, following in the steps of his stepfather who hailed from London.

But that didn’t stop the boys occasionally taking an interest and at The Shankly Hotel you can experience some of the exclusive memorabilia that shows just how closely LFC’s glory days were linked to the Fab Four.

Displayed in the hotel is a telegram sent to Bill Shankly by The Beatles before the 1965 FA Cup final. In it, the Scouse band wish the Reds best of luck in their forthcoming game and tell Shankly that they’ll be watching it on ‘the tele’.

International Beatleweek 2018

The telegram from The Beatles on display at The Shankly Hotel

Brian Epstein, the Beatles manager, even asked Shankly for tickets to the match but, in typical Shankly fashion, Bill replied:

“I have never seen any of The Beatles standing on The Kop. Any ticket I have spare will be going to my mates on the Kop.”

The lack of interest in Liverpool FC shown by The Beatles didn’t dampen LFC supporters mutual admiration for them however. Instead, Reds fans celebrated the success of four of Liverpool’s sons in their own special way…

Kop Culture and The Beatles

At the start of the 60s, Liverpool’s fans were renowned for their passion and excitement but also their songs. At each game, the Kop would come alive as the crowds roared out popular tunes and famous Anfield lyrics.

Included in that game-day track list were some of the Beatles best hits, such as ‘We Love You’.

International Beatleweek 2018

Koppites singing a Beatles song during the BBC segment on them. Source: YouTube | ReclaimTheKop

As the Merseybeats movement took off and Beatlemania started to grow from 1962 onwards, a buzz took over the city (which in the eyes of the music world had become the centre of the universe).

The Reds became renowned for singing out the hits of the band during matches. Their acclaim grew so large that they were even featured on a BBC news programme, with the journalist saying:

“It used to be thought that Welsh International Rugby crowds were the most musical and passionate in the world, but I’ve never seen anything like this Liverpool crowd… they seem, mysteriously, to be in touch with one another, with Wacker: the spirit of scouse.”

International Beatleweek 2018 Highlights

This year’s International Beatleweek kicks off with a rock’n’roll all-day session at The Cavern from 10:30am on Wednesday 22 August, with live music on three stages from global tribute bands.

The party at The Cavern continues on 23 August, before Friday sees the start of some special events for this year.

Alma de Cuba is hosting a birthday party for George Harrison and the Philharmonic celebrating the 50th anniversary of ‘The White Album’ in a special evening performance.

International Beatleweek 2018

Head to the Adelphi Hotel on Friday even for the first of four late night parties filled with all the hits until the early hours. Over the bank holiday weekend, highlights include the Annual Convention and new for 2018, Scousechella at Grand Central Hall, where tribute acts will be paying homage to Paul McCartney’s 2016 Coachella performance, as well as the global superstars he played alongside: Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Roger Waters and Neil Young.

For a full schedule and to buy tickets or packages, visit the International Beatleweek website. Some of the events during the week are only available for package-holders.

Staying at The Shankly

With the ultimate celebration of all things Beatles just around the corner, why not stay at The Shankly Hotel during the festival and celebrate the glory years of the city of Liverpool?

Whether you’re a Reds fan, a Beatles fan, or both, the landmark hotel in the centre of Liverpool is a celebration of the best of the city. Plus, our exclusive memorabilia includes the famous Beatles telegram sent to Bill Shankly on the eve of the 1964 FA cup final!

International Beatleweek 2018

A Shankly Suite

A stay at the Shankly is an experience like no other with suites that commemorate the legacy of the legendary manager and a bar and restaurant dedicated to the beautiful game.

Situated in the centre of the city, you’ll only be a short walk away from the key venues of International Beatleweek including the Adelphi Hotel (9mins) and the Cavern Club (5mins) as well as nearby to all the best Beatles attractions around Liverpool.

For more information, or to book a room, call our team on 0151 601 5623 today.

Shankly Documentary Available Now On BBC iPlayer

More famous today than he was when he passed away, Bill Shankly is a name that will resonate throughout the ages in Liverpool and the sporting world. Famous for moulding the Liverpool football club we know and love today, Shankly laid the foundations for what would be the clubs continued success long after his retirement.

 

So what was it that took Bill Shankly from a humble miner living in Glenbuck to the greatest and most well-respected football manager among peers, fans and players?

A recent BBC Shankly documentary titled Shankly: Natures Fire takes a look at everything from Shankly’s humble beginnings to the height of his stardom.

Where Shankly Began

The BBC Shankly documentary starts where Shankly did, in Glenbuck village. Talking with one of Shankly’s nieces, Barbara we get a sense of what his early life was and where his love of football began. At 15 years old Shankly worked down the mines, as did any other young man in the area and the game of football was a reprieve from the dark and claustrophobic conditions of the pits.

Shankly documentary - Glenbuck village

Glenbuck Village

During interviews with many of Shankly’s peers and friends, there is an overall conclusion that the camaraderie and communal spirit of the pits remained with Shankly throughout his life and helped forge Shankly ‘sand another 50 pro-footballers careers from within the area. Their collective drive and ambition born from forging a common purpose together as one unit in both work and play.

Teamwork was in their bones, chiselled into their way of life from an early age and it is on these principals that Shankly went on to build his style of management in later life.

Shankly’s Journey To Greatness

After leaving Glenbuck behind the BBC Shankly documentary takes us to through Shankly’s brief playing career at first Carlisle then Preston Northend.

At the time of being scouted by Preston Northend, the club was one of the top class teams in the league. They paid a huge sum of £500 to sign Shankly and despite this being a huge opportunity for Shanks as a player he was reluctant to move so far from home.

Bill Shankly Glenbuck

Bill Shankly playing for Preston

Family and friends recount how he confided to his older sibling worries about moving so far away for not much more money. Thankfully Shanks was reminded of the opportunity and took it, playing in the 1938 FA Cup and winning against Huddersfield Town.

War cut off Shankly’s pro-football career taking 6 or 7 of his best playing years away whilst he served in the RAF. Upon returning to professional football after the war was over for the 1946-47 season Shanks was coming to the end of his playing career at the age of 33 and decided instead to put his skills into a promising management career.

Following Shankly from his return to Carlisle as a manager to Grimsby and then Huddersfield, viewers are given a real sense of what made Bill Shankly a force to be reckoned with both on and off the pitch.

His Effect on Liverpool Football and the People

“Share the ball, share the game, share the worries” Shankly

The majority of the BBC Shankly documentary covers Shankly’s overwhelming effect on the people of Liverpool as he comes to transform Liverpool football club from a second division team to FA Cup winners.

Players like Ian St John, Roger Hunt, Kevin Keegan and Chris Lawler give detailed recollections of their time under Shankly. Each remembering fondly the personal and professional advice he gave them as well as some of their favourite memories of his character.

Shankly documentary 1965 team

BBC Shanky: Nature’s Fire

Ian St John remembers how “he made us believe” and Kevin Keegan recollects how “it was all about the team”.

Shankly believed that with a strong team and strong support of the fans, anything could be accomplished and that by working together no one player could ever be to blame for the team’s failure or success.

Shankly documentary - Shankly and the people

Each person who is interviewed throughout recalls Shankly being a man of the people and how he wanted to change the luck of Liverpool football club so the fans had a team they could be proud of.

What He Meant To Those Who Knew Him

“He’s more famous now than he was when he passed away” Granddaughter Emma

Even though Shankly seemingly lived for the game of football, the legacy he has left behind was built upon so much more than the games he won.

the kop

The people who knew Shankly well recall his connection with everyone he met. How he knew the name of the cleaners and tea lady’s at the training grounds and stadiums and how he always opened his doors to fans who came knocking at this home address.

His granddaughter, Karen Gill, recalls her nan, Nessie, asking for the front lawn to be paved over as it was constantly being worn away by visitors and fans coming to see him.

The Spirit of Shankly remembers his attitude towards the game of football and what it meant to communities who not only played it but supported the game too.

There are dedications to Shankly in Preston’s Deepdale football ground, The Shankly Hotel in Liverpool and the Shankly Museum and Shankly Experience tours each helping others to remember the great man. Such is the lasting legacy that Shankly left behind with his fans, his peers and of course his loving family.

Shankly’s Training Methods

“If you are fit you have a tremendous advantage” Shankly

Many of the players who contributed to the BBC Shankly documentary recall Shankly’s unique training methods and remember how his style of playing became dubbed the Liverpool way.

The Shankly Hotel Preston

The sweat boxes being a particular favourite of Shankly’s, players would have to react to a rebounding ball kicked off a specially made board. The players note that before the time of Shankly, the training involved staying in shape by running laps of the pitch but not so much ball time.

Melwood 1956

source: LFCHistory

Howard Gale thinks back to a time when he used to climb the walls of Mellwood to watch the players train, dreaming of nothing but playing for Liverpool. In the documentary, Gale remembers the day Shankly came out to speak with those watching asking why they weren’t in school and instilling how important an education is before playing football.

There was more to playing the game for Shankly, he said that anyone could play football the skill was learning to work together as a team.

Career Changing Moments

‘The Liver Bird Upon My Chest, We Are Men Of Shankly’s Best, A Team That Plays The Liverpool Way, And Wins The Leaguea nd A Cup in May’ Phil Aspinall

After building his team up from key players, Shankly had but one goal, to win the FA Cup for Liverpool and the people for the very first time.

This, he and his world-class team did in 1965 and the Shankly documentary shows the unprecedented turn out of Liverpool fans when the team came home to parade the cup through the city.

More fans share their memories of the extraordinary day and how much it changed moral in the city. It was onwards and upwards for the team from that moment on and Liverpool football club had become the Bastion of English football Shankly always knew they could be.

The peak of Shankly’s time with Liverpool coincided with the meteoric rise of Merseybeat music, the Shankly documentary captures how Liverpool had become the spotlight of the world in areas of sport and music.


Following the success of Liverpool into the next decade, the BBC Shankly documentary covers Liverpool’s first European trophy win in 1973, another league win, Liverpool’s 8th so far and the return of the FA Cup to Liverpool in 1974 after beating Newcastle United.

As with all good things, the career of Shankly had to come to an end and in July 1974 news broke that Shankly had resigned as manager of Liverpool football club.

Old film footage has been collected to show the shock and bewilderment of fans all over the city as reporters break the news to groups of Liverpool supporters. Their looks of dismay captured on camera show just how important Shankly had become to the people of Liverpool and just how much he was going to be missed.

The BBC Shankly Documentary Shankly: Natures Fire

“Players are privileged to play for you” Shankly

By watching the entire Shankly documentary showing now on BBC iPlayer, people can learn all about a man that changed Liverpool by doing more than building a football team that won trophies.

His efforts involved uniting the city and the players with a common purpose. By forging strong ties with the public, Shankly gained the fans, trust, respect and support which in turn bolstered the players to do their best to avoid disappointing Shankly and the people who loved them.

Shankly and a fan

People like Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard remember how important football was in the city of Liverpool, both players enjoyed a kick about form a young age and were instantly obsessed with the game.

Jamie Carragher recounts learning all about how football brought the city together, he remembers it being a part of the city’s interesting history and even says in the documentary;

“Liverpool is football” Jamie Carragher

Today the sport has changed, moved forward into a business rather than the communal game Bill Shankly had used to inspire his training and managing tactics.

The BBC Shankly documentary highlights the fans growing disappointment about how the sport has moved from being for the fans and is more money orientated today. High ticket prices, kit costs away games and season ticket restrictions are making it increasingly difficult for those who love football to support it.

Something that if Shanks were around today, would shake him to his very core. As he would say, what is football without the fans?

Check out the documentary on BBC iPlayer here and come along to The Shankly Hotel to tour The Shankly Museum or stay the night in one of the luxury hotel rooms dedicated to the great life and career of Bill Shankly using any of our amazing Shankly Hotel offers.

Who is Liverpool’s Newest Signing, Alisson Becker?

Last week, Liverpool agreed to a recording-breaking deal when they signed Roma goalkeeper Alisson Becker. The Reds paid a rumoured £65 million for the Brazilian, who has agreed to a six-year contract.

But who is Alisson Becker? From his footballing history to his friendship with Liverpool forward Firmino, here’s the low-down on LFC’s new goalkeeper…

He’s the Most Expensive Goalkeeper on the Planet

The rumored £65 million Liverpool paid for the Alisson makes him the most expensive goalkeeper of all time.

Before this deal, the record-holder was Ederson Santana de Moraes, Alisson’s teammate and rival. Manchester City paid £35m for Ederson last year. The pair were both tipped to be Brazil’s starting goalkeeper at the World Cup, but it was Alisson who made the cut.

Alisson is likely to be paid well above the average Premier League wage of £2.4 million a year – a far cry from the years of Bill Shankly’s managerial reign, when the average wage was just £20 a week.

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He’s Only 25

Alisson was born in Novo Hamburgo, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil on 2 October 1992. The city is an industrial settlement in the south of Brazil which was named by German migrants in 1927.

It’s now famous for its shoe-making industry, and is called the capital of Brazilian footwear.

A Former Goalkeeping Coach Called Alisson ‘the Messi of Goalkeepers’

The ex-Roma goalkeeping coach Roberto Negrisolo made the statement back in February, when rumours suggested that Alisson would be sold for €50 million, which Negrisolo thought was well below the Brazilian’s worth.

The ex-coach said:

“I don’t think many people have realized who Alisson is. This guy is a phenomenon. He is the Number One of Number Ones. He is the Messi of goalkeepers, because he has the same mentality as Messi. He is a goalkeeper who can mark an era.”

 

He’s Set to Make his Liverpool Debut in August

Alisson will start his Liverpool career playing a friendly against Napoli in Dublin on 4 August this year, before walking out onto Anfield for the first time on August 7 in the club’s final warm-up game against Torino.

The goalie wanted to join the Liverpool squad immediately after signing and take part in their tour of the United States, but the Red’s manager Jurgen Klopp revealed in an interview that he’d had to persuade the goalkeeper to finish his holiday before joining the team.

“He is desperate to play”, said Klopp, “He could have joined us here [in the USA], he wanted to stay that day, but it made absolutely no sense. He had a long year. As Brazil No 1, it was quite an intense year!”

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He’s a Family Man, Like Bill Shankly

Liverpool’s legendary former manager Bill Shankly was famous for being a family man, and it seems that Liverpool’s latest signing is following in the footsteps of the LFC legend. Becker is married to Natália Loewe Becker and the couple have a daughter, Helena.  Judging by his Instagram, there’s nothing Alisson likes more than spending time with his family.

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And His Wife is a Qualified Doctor

Natália graduated from medical school just five months before the pair moved to Rome. She completed her degree at the Catholic University of Pelotas, in Brazil, and has worked as a paediatrician.

LFC has a history of strong women supporting their footballing partners, including Agnes Wren Shankly. ‘Nessie’ Shankly was Bill Shankly’s famously supportive and outspoken wife, who followed the former Liverpool manager around the country.

Her grandson, Chris Shankly-Carline, has previously written about how the First-Lady of Football was a true philanthropist and people-person, who supported Bill throughout his managerial career at Liverpool and beyond.

He Signed to a Club’s Youth Team at Just 11 Years of Age

The 25-year old Becker started out for Brazilian club Internacional’s youth side at the tender age of 11, making his first-team debut for them just 10 years later in 2013.

He went on to make 83 appearances for Internacional. During his time there, he helped the side top the Campeonato Gaucho – the Brazilian equivalent of the Premier League – four years running.

Before the Liverpool move, Alisson been playing at Roma for two seasons.

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He’s Good Friends with Bobby Firmino

The two Brazilian footballers are good friends. The Liverpool forward was even behind Alisson’s decision to join the Reds.

The new goalie revealed that his Brazil team-mate spoke positively about life in Merseyside, telling him good things about both LFC and the city, encouraging him to make the move.

In the same interview, Alisson also revealed that Liverpool’s Mo Salah nagged him to join the team, sending him a text asking what the goalie was waiting for during advanced stages of the negotiations.

He Comes From a Footballing Family

Footballing, and more specifically goalkeeping, evidently runs in the Becker family blood. Alisson’s older brother, Muriel, is also a goalkeeper who plays for the Portuguese side Belenenses.

 

Here at The Shankley Hotel, we can’t wait to welcome Alisson and his family to Merseyside. We’ll be watching all the televised LFC games at our Bastion Bar and Restaurant.

If you’re travelling to Anfield to watch a match from afar, why not stay at The Shankly Hotel? Situated in the centre of Liverpool, the hotel is a tribute to one of football’s greatest managers and offers spacious rooms, luxurious facilities and unseen Bill Shankly memorabilia  just a stone’s throw away from the city’s main transport links.

Call our team on 0151 909 5729 or book a room online today.

 

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Liverpool FC History: How Bill Shankly Led Liverpool to Greatness

Liverpool FC weren’t always in the top half of the footballing league tables, before Bill Shankly took over as manager, the club were struggling. When Shankly arrived at Anfield on Monday 14th December 1959, Liverpool had been in the Second Division for five years and had been beaten by non-league Worcester City in the 1958 – 59 FA Cup.

However, their success all came down to a pivotal year when Bill Shankly led Liverpool to promotion from Division Two, showcasing both Shankly’s shrewd ability in the transfer market and his outstanding management skills.

We take a look back at some fascinating Liverpool FC history and discover how Shankly built the club into the force we know it as today.

Building a New TeamShankly training

When Shankly arrived at Anfield, the team and ground was in disrepair. There was no means of watering the pitch, the training ground at Melwood was a shambles and the Liverpool squad consisted largely of average players, with a few promising reserves.

Shankly quickly decided that he needed to strengthen the team through the middle, they needed a strong goalkeeper, a centre half who could stop goals and somebody up front who could create and score goals.

Shankly highlighted a list of 24 players that he wanted to replace, all were placed on the transfer list and had left the club within a year. One of the men on the list was legendary Billy Liddell, a player that was so loved that for a short time Liverpool were referred to as ‘Liddellpool’.

Liddell had played for the club for 22 years and remains the oldest goalscorer in the Reds’ history. Although the decision may not have seemed too hard to make, as Liddell was now an aged player, it was still difficult to replace a man of that stature within the club. But, Shankly knew the squad needed a change and he needed to build a whole new team of his own.

Gaining Financial Support

Bill Shankly was aware that Liverpool FC were struggling for money. They hadn’t won a trophy for 13 years and had spent six years in Division Two, meaning that the Board of Directors were reluctant to invest any money in them.

However, with the help of Eric Sawyer, Shankly was able to secure the signatures of the two players at the top of his transfer wish list, Ian St John and Ron Yeats. These two players, as well as goalkeeper Tommy Lawrence, were described as the backbone of the new team.

St John was a hugely important influence at Liverpool and played for the team for 10 years. Similarly, Yeats proved to be a great signing for Shankly and went on to captain Liverpool, lifting seven trophies during his career with them. Both players instantly went down in Liverpool FC history.

Unrivalled Managerial Ability

When Shankly first came to Liverpool, he had orchestrated a lot of departures from the team. However, those that showed real talent and success stayed at Liverpool, which showed Shankly’s real skill as a manager.

Liverpool FC’s key striker, Roger Hunt, was a driving force in the club’s improved performance. He scored 41 goals in 41 league appearances in the 61/62 season and Shankly used Hunt extensively in the two previous seasons, too, showing the strength in his judgement.

It was clear that Shankly was not just selling players to make a profit for a whole new squad, he was remoulding the one he had and making them into a Division One side.

And that is exactly what he did, in the 61/62 season Shankly lifted Liverpool out of Division Two forever. Shankly had built a squad that the fans had no fear would lose, they won their first six games and won the league title in April with five games to spare.

Liverpool FC Become Champions

When Liverpool made the leap from Division Two to Division One, it was a hugely significant event in Liverpool FC history. It kick started the golden age for football on Merseyside, the promotion saw Liverpool gain access to a better level of football and much more prestigious trophies were now up for grabs.

After their second season in Division One, Shankly won the league title with Liverpool FC and the following year they won the FA Cup for the very first time.

In his autobiography, Shankly recounted that among his many achievements, winning the 1965 FA Cup was his “greatest day”.

By the end of Bill Shankly’s management career at the club, Liverpool FC had become a First Division club that had won two FA Cups (1965 and 1974), the UEFA Cup (1973) and the FA Charity Shield in 1964, 1965 and 1966.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our look back some Liverpool FC history and how the legendary Bill Shankly developed LFC into the amazing football team they are today. If you’d like to delve into his fascinating life more, visit the Shankly Hotel and check out the never-seen-before memorabilia in the Bastion Bar and Restaurant. Or, why not try a Shankly Tour Experience and see the Liverpool Shanks loved.

We hope to see you soon!

Where to watch the Champions League Final in Liverpool

With just over a week to go until one of the most hotly-anticipated football matches in years, we can’t wait to see Liverpool battle it out with Real Madrid in the Champions League Final on Saturday 26th May.

It’s been a staggering 13 years since the Reds last won the title, making it all the more exciting. If you aren’t lucky enough to have a ticket for Kiev, there are plenty of venues in Liverpool that are screening the big match.

From big screens to sit down meals, DJs and all-inclusive offers, here’s your round up of the best places to watch the Champions League Final in Liverpool.

Bound to be a memorable night, many places have already sold out of seats, so you best get booking!

The Bastion Bar and Restaurant

Bastion - The Shankly

Set within the famous Shankly Hotel, a venue that is dedicated to the Liverpool legend Bill Shankly, The Bastion Bar and Restaurant is the perfect place to watch Liverpool in the Champions League Final.

You and your mates can enjoy all the exciting action from the game on our HD big screens, alongside all the biggest LFC fans in the city.

Especially for the occasion, The Bastion are offering fans a match day offer which includes a choice of one of three delicious dishes, access to prize raffles with AAA sports memorabilia, match day drinks offers and in play drinks promotions.

There will also be some pre-match and post-match entertainment from a fantastic singer, to either lift your spirits or enhance the party atmosphere!

Lucky fans can get all of these amazing extras for just £12.95 per person. Watching the Champions League Final in the Bastion Bar and Restaurant really is the ultimate destination for an LFC fan.

The Garden of Eden

Garden of Eden

One of the most popular destinations for big events in Liverpool, The Garden of Eden are showing the big game, with lots of amazing extras that will keep your spirits high if things don’t go the way we want!

You and your friends can enjoy the Reds take on Real Madrid with a tasty buffet lunch, access to prize raffles with AAA sports memorabilia, match day drinks offers and in-play promotions.

There will also be a talented singer, who will provide some unmissable entertainment in between the football.

For just £16.95, this amazing offer is a steal.

Garden of Eden Terrace

Champions League Final

Set on the rooftop of The Shankly Hotel, Garden of Eden Terrace are showing the match on outdoor big screens in a standing only capacity.

Take in the spectacular skyline views over our glorious city as you enjoy the electric atmosphere of the Champions League Final.  Garden of Eden Terrace is definitely the most picturesque backdrop to what could be an unforgettably historic evening.

For £10 per person, you will receive exclusive access to the Garden of Eden Terrace, front row views of the big screens and a free drink of your choice on entry.

30 James Street

30 James Street - Champions League

If you’re looking for a sophisticated venue to watch the Champions League Final, look no further than the White Star Grand Hall, in the luxurious 30 James Street Hotel.

To celebrate one of Liverpool’s most important match for over ten years, this hotel is offering fans an amazing all-inclusive deal that is sure to sell out.

Enjoy the nail biting action from their huge screens, whilst tucking into a delicious three course meal and unlimited draft, house wine and spirits, all in the breathtaking surroundings of this iconic venue.

One of the best match day deals in Liverpool, you won’t want to miss out on this amazing deal for just £75 per person. To book a table, call 0151 305 5101.

Make the Most of The Champions League Final

Shankly Hotel room - bank holiday weekend in Liverpool

If you really want to make the most of what promises to be the biggest and most electric night in Liverpool, book a stay at The Shankly Hotel and celebrate LFC’s big game in style.

The entire hotel is dedicated to preserving the legacy of footballs greatest manager, Bill Shankly. From the moment you step into The Shankly Hotel guests are greeted by endless displays of Shankly memorabilia relating to the great man and his career.

Every Shankly Hotel room is luxurious and spacious with comfortable double beds, extravagant ensuite bathrooms and facilities that will make any guests stay enjoyable. Explore the city after staying from the amazing central location of the hotel and check out the superb culture of Liverpool during your stay.

Call 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk today.

Liverpool Game: Champions League Match Day Offers at The Shankly Hotel

The Reds have made it to the semi-finals and are up against old foes Roma, a team they haven’t played against in 34 years. To celebrate this momentous Liverpool game The Shankly Hotel have some excellent match day offers for the fans to enjoy.

The excitement in the city is almost as hot as the weather and to help our football fans really get into the Champions League spirit we’re inviting them to join the Champions League Club for the last few games of the season.

The Champions League Club Offer

Join us at the Bastion Bar and Restaurant and watch the Liverpool game this Tuesday in style, after all it is the Champions League semi-finals.

Make your way to The Shankly Hotel on the 26th of April and enjoy food and drink on arrival, in the form of a juicy burger and beer, then take a seat in the buzzing atmosphere of The Bastion Bar and Restaurant.

Here the Liverpool game will be shown on huge screen TV’s all around the bar for all to see and live entertainment will be provided before and in between the game.

Bring the family along as the little ones can eat for free, and this is a Liverpool game every football fan should get to enjoy, no matter how big or small.

There will also be exclusive match day offers including giant 4-pint pitchers for just £10, 5 bottles of larger for £12 and the option to double up on house spirits for just £1 more.

This is just one of the ways we like to spoil our customers at The Shankly Hotel giving the people of Liverpool what they want, the best place to watch the Liverpool game in the heart of the city.

Liverpool Game Matchday in-play offers

Only in town for one Liverpool game and it’s the semi-finals?

If so chose the Bastion Bar and Restaurant and bag yourself a great seat to watch all the action.

Not only does the Bastion provide a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere for each and every football fan, there are some terrific in play offers to take advantage of at the bar.

Of course, it’s always a great thing when Liverpool are in a winning position, but that gets even better when you’re watching a Liverpool game in the Bastion.

If the Reds are up at halftime, the prices of the drinks go down as selected drinks become buy one get one free. Should Liverpool be skilled enough to score the first goal then its time to celebrate with buy one get one free on any shots at the bar?

At the end of the game, when the final whistle blows and Liverpool are victorious by one get one free will continue on for an hour more to help toast the Reds success.

Better still, all customers who are watching the Liverpool game in the Bastion Bar will be given a special 50% discount off the Bastion Restaurant menu to use on a meal anytime during the following week.

Football at The Shankly Hotel

The Shankly Hotel has become the go-to place to watch the football in Liverpool and it’s little wonder why.

The entire hotel is dedicated to preserving the legacy of footballs greatest player/manager Bill Shankly. From the moment you step into The Shankly Hotel guests are greeted by endless displays of Shankly memorabilia relating to the great man and his career.

People are invited to look over a rare and extensive collection of Shankly archives and keepsakes that was kindly donated by the Shankly family. Everything from Bill’s training tracksuit to his handwritten tactics notes and personal correspondence with colleagues, friends, there’s even a telegraph from the FabFour.

Why not make a break of the Champions League semi-finals with the family and bring everyone along for an overnight stay in any of our Shankly themed rooms?

Every Shankly Hotel room is luxurious and spacious with comfortable double beds, extravagant ensuite bathrooms and facilities that will make any guests stay enjoyable. Explore the city after staying from the amazing central location of the hotel and check out the superb culture of Liverpool during your stay.

Call 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk today.

30 Bellefield Boxing Day Bonanza at The Shankly Hotel

Spend a brilliant day watching boxing day football in Liverpool with the whole family at The Shankly Hotel. We’ve tailormade a special boxing day football event for families of footy fans to come together and enjoy the match in an amazing atmosphere.

Pop your new team shirt on and make your way to our 30 Bellefield Boxing Day Bonanza this boxing day in Liverpool.

The best place to watch boxing day football 2017

Where else could you gather together with the whole family, enjoy a menu of delicious food, superb drinks offers and get a guaranteed seat to watch boxing day football in Liverpool?

At The Shankly Hotel, there’s nothing more important than family (but football comes close). Bill Shankly himself was a man who wholeheartedly dedicated himself to the game of football but still made time for his loving family.

Our Bellefield Boxing Day Bonanza celebrates Shankly’s love of the game and his devoted family by giving people a safe and welcoming place to enjoy boxing day football in Liverpool.

The match will be screened on 10 TV’s dotted all around The Bastion Bar and Restaurant giving every fan unobstructed views of the action.

For just £19.95 per adult, a choice of meal from The Bastion Restaurant’s favourite dishes and a free drink is yours and better still your little footy fans eat for free.

Wait there’s more . . .

Throughout the game, a gifted local musician will be keeping the match day atmosphere alive playing a superb song list of LFC and other football-themed tunes.

To keep the whole family entertained we will also be giving you the chance to get your hands on some unbelievable prizes that include food, drink and accommodation in The Shankly Hotel.

Those in town to watch boxing day football in Liverpool will also have access to The Bastion Bar’s legendary drinks offers and enjoy the “In Play Drink” promotions where the prices are dictated what happening on the pitch.

 

On top of all this visitors will be able to peruse the wonderful collection of rare Shankly memorabilia including family photos telegrams and coveted LFC treasures.

The Shankly Hotel is Liverpool’s only football-themed hotel, that has family fun at its core so come enjoy the boxing day football in Liverpool as Shankly would have, surrounded by family.

Why Bellefield?

When Shankly came to Liverpool he and his loving family settled down in West Derby in a house that is now a footballing landmark.

This family home is situated in the leafy suburbs of Liverpool on Bellefield Ave, within an easy walking distance of Walker Playing Fields, Melwood Training Ground and what is now known as the Bill Shankly Recreation Ground.

It was common practice for the large Shankly family to come together in the Bellefield family home where Shank’s would have the footy on and Nanny Ness would whip up a delicious family meal for everyone to tuck into.

 

Why not book your family a Shankly Tour including a trip to the hallowed ground which is the Shankly family home?

This, as well as a guided trip around the city’s most iconic cultural and footballing landmarks, ensures the whole family enjoy a fun, family day together before sitting down to watch the boxing day football in Liverpool at The Shankly Hotel.

Book today to watch boxing day football in Liverpool

The Liverpool vs Swansea match kicks off at 17:30 pm giving you and the family plenty of time to enjoy a scrumptious evening meal, some “In Play Drinks” and toe-tapping music.

At The Bastion Bar and Restaurant, the homely atmosphere is perfect for bringing families together and for true football fans, a chance to learn a little more about the sports greatest player-manager.

Thanks to the Shankly family there’s plenty of fascinating Shankly stories associated with his time at Liverpool Football Club and hilarious anecdotes detailing Shankly as a family man can be found among the memorabilia.

Our Bellefield Boxing Day Bonanza is the perfect combination of footballing family fun and the best way to enjoy the boxing day football in Liverpool this year.

Also is you are hanging around in town consider the amazing Stardust Boxing Night Disco taking place in Garden of Eden our fabulous rooftop events venue click here for more details.

Call to book your table on 0151 541 9999 and check out some of our amazing seasonal accommodation offers here built for families of football.

The Shankly Hotel Hands out FREE Tickets to YNWA – The Story of Liverpool Football Club

Liverpool is a leader in culture and football. With two world class teams and the prestigious European Capital of Culture being awarded to us in 2008, it was only a matter of time before the two collided.

YNWA – The Story of Liverpool Football Club is a stunning theatre performance that tells the story of Liverpool Football Club’s rich history. The play beautifully depicts the life and times of one of our city’s great clubs.

To celebrate the return of YNWA to Liverpool’s Royal Court theatre this weekend, The Shankly Hotel ran an exciting Facebook competition to give eight lucky winners tickets to the opening night!

The Perfect Prize for Football Lovers

Shankly Hotel reception

The Shankly Hotel isn’t just a tribute to the great man himself, it’s also dedicated to the football of Liverpool.

We’re a city strongly rooted in its sporting history and we’re proud of the fact we’re home to two of the best teams in the world and The Shankly Hotel is the premier destination for football lovers.

YNWA opens on Thursday 28th September at Liverpool’s Royal Court and we managed to get our hands on four pairs of tickets!

The first prize for the winner of our exclusive competition not only received two tickets to the opening night, they’ll also enjoy an overnight stay at one of The Shankly’s stunning luxury suites.

It’s a big night, full of jokes, emotion and football revelry, so the winners will need a hearty meal to get them ready for kickoff. The lucky first prize winner will also be treated to a pre-theatre meal and drinks in the beautiful (and tasty) Bastion Bar and Restaurant, on the ground floor of the iconic hotel.

Three runners-up also received two tickets each to the opening night and will enjoy amazing seats for the beautiful story of the beautiful game.

YNWA – The Story of Liverpool Football Club

shankly competition

The play was first staged in 2011 to outstanding reviews and praise and has enjoyed the same success every time it’s returned to the city.

Written by Nick Allt and supported by Liverpool FC, the play tells the story of the well-loved football club. From its conception in 1892, past Bill Shankly’s triumphant rein, through the tragedy of Hillsborough and right through to a time when Gerrard ruled the pitch.

The tale is told through the eyes of a typical Merseyside family. As they bury their LFC devotee Grandad, the clan looks back through generations of dedication to the iconic club.

The play does a fantastic job of bringing legendary Kopite tales to lie, making the experience nostalgic and heartwarming, it’s enough to make you swell with pride for our city – regardless of if you’re a red or a blue.

Missed the Competition?

17/18 football season

Don’t worry if you missed on winning this incredible prize, The Shank Hotel always has something up our sleeves!

Head over to our Facebook and like our page to be the first to hear about the next exciting competition. Who knows, you could be in with a chance of staying in one of our awe-inspiring rooms, free food at the Bastion or something even bigger and better!

The Rise of Kop and Pop Culture in 1965 Liverpool

In Liverpool, music and football go hand in hand thanks to the rise in both Merseybeat and the quality of Merseyside football in the 1950’s. After Bill Shankly accepted the manager’s role at Liverpool football club there was a dramatic turnaround in performance and of course, Beatlemania began to traverse the globe as the boys made headlines with their unique sound.

The Shankly Museum holds vast archives of rare Shankly memorabilia but none showcase the link between Liverpool music and football so much as the telegram that will be unveiled to mark the two-year anniversary of The Sahnkllky Hotel opening. Shanks received the telegram from the FabFour on the day of the 1965 FA Cup Final when Liverpool played Leeds and won.

This remarkable piece of footballing and music memorabilia marks an upturn in the pop and Kop culture of Liverpool. These two fascinating phenomena took audiences across the world by storm creating a combined passion for Liverpool football and Merseybeat music.

Kop Culture

“I’m just one of the people who stands on the Kop. They think the same as I do, and I think the same as they do. It’s a kind of marriage of people who like each other.”

Shankly was loved by Liverpool, not just for what he did to transform the city’s beloved team but also for his quick wit and sharp humour. Scousers are known for being direct, straight talking people with hearts of gold and that’s just what Shankly was like.

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Above all Shankly was a down to earth man who knew the magnitude of the task he had ahead of him when he walked through the main entrance at Anfield in December 1959.

It wasn’t long before his work was rewarded as Liverpool football club climbed the ranks sweeping into division one by April 1962.

The turn around delighted fans who could be heard singing their hearts out from the Kop urging their players onward and upwards.

Fathers would drop their boys into the “boy’s pen” and go stand with their mates bellowing out tune after tune from the charts, which at the time was filled with tracks from local Merseybeat bands.

“The fans here are the greatest in the land. They know the game and they know what they want to see. The People on the Kop make you feel great – yet humble.”

Pop Culture

The rise in the quality of Liverpool football, thanks to Shanks’, mirrored another sweeping craze of the sixties; Beatlemania.

Four boys from the city were taking the music world by storm producing track after track, each hitting the UK top ten and holding their positions for weeks on end.

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Of course, the people of Liverpool were jubilant at this point as two of their homegrown talents were sweeping the world and coming up trumps.

Liverpool Football club even played the top ten at Anfield matches through the PA system before the game as almost every song belonged to a Merseybeat band. This also became known as the earliest instance of pre-match entertainment.

Gerry and the Pacemakers, Cilla Black and The Beatles had arrived on the music scene as had Liverpool football club in the international world of football.

The synchronicity of the two occurrences stirred something inside the people of Liverpool creating the amazing mix of music loving football fans we have today.

The Beatles and Shankly

The Beatles are known for having no particular ties to either of the Merseyside football clubs and quite famously when Brian Epstein asked for tickets for the 1965 FA Cup final for the boys Shanks replied;

“I have never seen any of The Beatles standing on the Kop, any tickets I have spare will be going to my mates on the Kop.”

Never the less The Beatles sent support to their home team on the day of the 1965 FA Cup final against Leeds, the clubs greatest moment to date and a testament to Shankly, the man who put them there.

The FabFour sent a telegram wishing the team and Shanks the best of luck and letting them know they’d be watching on TV.

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Liverpool went on to play a gruelling match against Leeds, who also gave it their all, and the FA Cup final of 1965 went into extra time with no goals scored.

The first goal of extra time was scored in a matter of minutes putting Liverpool up by one, then Leed’s equalised seven minutes later making it neck and neck. The final goal was scored in the 117th minute by Liverpool winning the game and giving Liverpool their first-ever FA Cup triumph.

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Could the Beatles telegram have given them the extra push to perform or was it just the brilliance of Shankly and the player’s reluctance to disappoint him and their fans?

All we know is that The Beatles telegram to Shanks now serves as a reminder of one of Liverpool’s finest footballing moments and Shankly’s “greatest day”.

The Shankly Hotel Museum

Come along and learn more about the man and legend Bill Shankly, take a guided tour of the museum and be recounted with heartwarming stories about the great man from those who knew him best, his family.

Take a Shankly Experience tour around Liverpool, discovering important sites of local history and heritage as well as seeing the hallowed grounds of Anfield or Goodison.

You can even stay the night with amazing accommodation offers that can include, overnight stays, breakfast or evening meals in luxury Shankly themed hotel rooms.

After two wonderful years have passed since we opened our doors to the public The Shankly Hotel has helped make some amazing memories for our guests, our staff and the city of Liverpool. We look forward to what the future holds at The Shankly Hotel.

Call on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk and book your stay at The Shankly Hotel, Liverpool’s only football-themed city centre hotel.