When you hear the words Bill Shankly, various images spring to mind. These images are what capture him as the powerful, determined, and loved manager of Liverpool who is still etched in our memories today.
Here are just five of our favourites, which we think shows Shanks’ passion for the beautiful game.
Bill Shankly leads out the Liverpool side for the FA cup final. 7th May 1974.
In this game, Liverpool lost to Arsenal during extra time.
Bill is smartly dressed in his tie and collar, even on a hot day. He has his hand on his heart and a Liverpool football club badge on his lapel.
Shankly looking straight into the camera, looking thoroughly self-assured and you can just imagine how the players must have been so inspired having a man such as him leading them out!
Liverpool manager Bill Shankly rejoices with the Kop after Liverpool secured the football league championship with a draw against Leicester City at Anfield on 27th April 1973.
With his LFC scarf on and fists out, the spectators at the ground reach out to him like some sort of managerial demigod.
This really sums up what Shanks was about, he was in it for the fans and wanted to make them happy most of all.
Shankly leads out Preston North End in 1948, a year before he left the club.
He went straight into management after his playing career was over, despite feeling like he had more to give. He firstly went to Carlisle, and then with Grimsby, Workington and Huddersfield.
It was when he joined Liverpool as their manager in 1959 that his legend really began to take shape.
This is Bill during his time managing at Huddersfield FC.
Rumour has it that, he was always up for playing football with Dads and lads on the park somewhere in Huddersfield town. The local press must have learned of this and went to watch and took photographs. There’s Shankly going up for a header and you can be sure that whatever side he was playing on, they would keep going until his team won!
Shanks revels in the ambience of The Kop after losing to Arsenal in the 1971 FA Cup Final.
Despite the score, the Reds came back to the city to an incredible homecoming.
The supporters were all cheering and showing their support for Shankly and his players. Steve Hale stood on St George’s plateau and was amongst a bunch of other photographers who called out to Bill Shankly to turn around and face them. Then a succession of images that terminated with this one.
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