Why Bill Shankly Was a True Man of the People

On an unremarkable day back in September 2016, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn stood on the banks of the River Mersey, arms held above his head attempting to imitate the man he was about to draw upon, and quoted not Marx or Locke, but Shankly – A man of the people.

“Let’s do it in the spirit of Shankly, who said: ‘The socialism I believe in, is everybody working for the same goal and everybody having a share in the rewards,” roared Corbyn to rapturous applause.

The decision to quote Shankly in Liverpool was hardly surprising, however, it showed that his words continue to resonate even today.

So, with this in mind, we thought we’d take a closer look at some of Shankly’s best quotes and his relationship with socialism.

A Man of the People

Described by his grandson Chris Carline as a “social whirlwind who loved being around people,” Shankly was known for his liberal views. “He made the people happy” says his statue, and that he did. In a city underfunded and undervalued, Shankly truly was a man of the people.

Ray Clemence remembered of times when Liverpool fans would be on on the same train as the team who were returning from away matches. Several of the fans had not bought tickets but, when the inspector came up the walkway, Shankly would put his hand in his pocket and pay for the fans’ tickets because he knew just how important they were to the club.

Stories of Shankly showing up at events and mingling with fans are legendary in a city, nonetheless, that makes legends out of mortals. That said, Shankly needed the fans as much as they needed him – and both were entwined and inextricably linked to politics.

There are so many examples of Shankly being kind and helpful. He would reply to letters from fans on a regular basis, give out tickets to matches – he was even seen carrying shopping for the elderly around West Derby. These genuine acts of kindness epitomise his belief in socialism.

A True Socialist

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One moment that cements Shankly’s status as a man of the people is the 1971 FA Cup Final in which Liverpool lost 2-1 to Arsenal.

Liverpool returned home defeated, yet Shankly managed to hold over 100,000 fans in the palm of his hand on the steps of St. George’s Hall. On a sun-drenched afternoon in May, Shankly stood in front of the crowd with his arms wide and gave a speech of epic proportion:

“Since I came here to Liverpool, and to Anfield, I have drummed it into our players time and time again that they are privileged to play for you. And if they didn’t believe me, they believe me now.”

Here, Shankly makes important use of the words “you” and “our” in service of the socialist imagine he sought to represent. As a man of the people, Shankly had the power to summarise moments of mass elation and to entertain a crowd with his words.

Shankly himself once professed that he was a man of the people, exclaiming: “I’m a people’s man. Only the people matter,” in reply to the familiar chant: “Shankly is our king” – however, if there was one man never to be king, it was Shankly: a stark socialist.

Returning to that day in 2016 when Jeremy Corbyn gave his speech, a banner that adorns the Kop at most home matches can be seen in the crowd; it reads: “UNITY IS STRENGTH.”

This message shows that Shankly truly understood Liverpool and for that, he truly was, a man of the people.

The Shankly Hotel

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Rejoice in some of Shankly’s best ever speeches in the stunning Shankly Hotel. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the hotel while also making the most of the delicious Bastion Bar and Restaurant.

Plus, in the spirt of Liverpool’s iconic leader, Lawrence Kenwright who, like Shankly, is also a man of the people, is offering anyone who joins the labour party a complimentary three course dinner at The Shankly Hotel.

The opulent hotel is perfect for overnight stays or just watching the Liverpool match surrounded by precious memorabilia. Sound exciting? Get in touch with our friendly and helpful team today on 0151 236 0166 or email reservations@shankly.com

Keep up to date with everything going on at the hotel by following The Shankly Hotel Facebook Page as we gear up to star in our very own BBC documentary.

The Best Pics from Grand National Weekend at The Shankly 2019

We had a wonderful Grand National weekend at The Shankly Hotel this year and we’ve got the photos to prove it.

Take a look at some of the best pics taken in The Garden of Eden, The Bastion and Baby Eden of those who attended our exclusive race day events.

Races Ready for Grand National 2019

The biggest race of the year took place last weekend and the turnout at The Shankly Hotel’s Grand National daytime event was everything we could have hoped for, and more.

Our stunning rooftop events venue looked glam, ready and waiting for racegoers’ arrival.

Garden of Eden set up Grand National weekend

The Garden of Eden terrace - Grand National weekend

Thank the lord for the fabulous weather we had on the day of the Grand National so our guests could soak up the sun out on the terrace.

Eden Rooftop Races - Grand National weekend

Garden of Eden Grand National weekend outdoors

Our racegoers all looked fantastic on the day, and everyone had fun picking out their bets and watching the races live on the big screens.

Garden of Eden Grand National weekendThe best-dressed competitions went down a treat, with some amazing entrants in the mix and some seriously stylish outfits.

Grand National weekend best dressed

Off course there was plenty of singing and dancing between races . . .

Grand National weekend guests

. . . plus an appearance from our very own June the Jockey.

June the jockey - Grand National weekend

Lovely Ladies from Grand National at The Shankly

The most stylish day on Liverpool’s social calendar, Ladies Day at the Grand National brings out the best dressed from all around.

The Bastion Ladies Day - Grand National weekend

This year we welcomed fabulous fashionistas and racegoers up to The Garden of Eden to enjoy a splendid day full of fun, food, drinks and fashion.

Grand National weekend - Ladies at The Shankly

Starting Ladies Day at The Shankly off in style, the talented Victoria Jones brought audiences a taste of the swinging sixties as they enjoyed a champagne breakfast in The Bastion.

Live entertainment - Grand National weekend

Then, those in Baby Eden had a cracking time, watching all the live races action on the big screen and being entertained by our very own Rosalie Galvin.

Baby Eden Grand National weekend

All in all, the entire weekend was a screaming success, and we cannot wait until next years’ Grand National at The Shankly Hotel. We bet our events will be bigger and better!

Keep your eye out and book the best seats in the house to enjoy the Grand National weekend live from the comfort and luxury of The Shankly Hotel.

Check out our past events gallery to see if you can spot yourself.

Shankly’s First Love: The Blue of Carlisle United

Before Shankly was a red he was a blue. Now before everyone gets annoyed and angry, Shank’s was never a proper blue, he was never an Evertonian – although he did come extremely close to managing Everton in 1977. No, the blue in question is that of Carlisle United.

Had the iconic Scotsman never donned the electric blue strip of Carlisle United in 1932 or managed the club in 1949, he may never had joined his beloved Liverpool. But what of his first Love? – and we don’t mean Nessie.

From his first forays into management to his resignation, here’s how the world’s most famous red was once a staunch blue.

Shankly and Carlisle United

Carlisle United

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It was with a certain initial reluctance that Shankly moved into management for he was convinced that he had more to offer as a player. Nevertheless, the 35-year-old masseur took the Carlisle United job in 1949 and thus, Shankly the manager was born.

Carlisle United were a destitute, Third Division North side who found it almost impossible to attract players due to their sheer remoteness; never mind their low league position. Nevertheless Shankly, ever the optimist, immediately turned the club’s remote location into an advantage and transformed Brunton Park into a fortress – as he did with Anfield years later.

Shankly would remind his players of how far the opposition had travelled for the match and how they would be extremely tired from the journey in order to inspire them. He also established a relationship with the fans in his own unique way, urging them to support the team: “I used to on the tannoy system at a quarter to three speak to the fans every other week before the game. Instead of putting something in the programme, I spoke to them, explaining if we’d change the team, how we had played in the last game – everything. The supporters loved it, they lapped it up.”

Shankly not only stabilised what was a sinking ship that season, but he also showed glimpses of the manager he would later become.

The Greatest Feat in History

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Shankly would transform Carlisle United into a more professional outfit, a feat he would repeat years later when managing Liverpool in the Second Division. In his maiden season in charge, the Cumbrians finished 9th; a vast improvement on their 15th place finish a year earlier. Indeed, the next season saw ticket sales sky rocket as fans flocked to watch Shank’s team.

The 1950-51 campaign saw Carlisle push for promotion, while a 0-0 draw with Arsenal in the FA Cup only stoked the fans’ excitement.

However, a final placing of 3rd wasn’t enough for promotion and after a Brian Clough-esc squabble with the board, who had refused to pay out on bonuses promised should the team finish in the top three, Shankly resigned.

The future Liverpool boss won 42 of his 95 matches in charge of Carlisle United and furthermore, some would claim that his stint in blue shaped his career in red. So much so that, in 1974 when Carlisle United won promotion to the first division, Shankly began his press conference at Melwood by describing his old club’s elevation as: “The greatest feat in the history of the game.”

The iconic Scotsman would go on to manage Grimsby Town, Workington and Huddersfield Town before arriving at Liverpool. That said, the lessons Shankly learned in Cumbria certainly shaped his career on Merseyside.

The Shankly Hotel

Carlisle United

Celebrate every Liverpool win at the stunning Shankly Hotel. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the hotel while also making the most of the delicious Bastion Bar and Restaurant.

The beautiful hotel is ideal for overnight stays or just watching the Liverpool match surrounded by precious memorabilia. Sound exciting? Get in touch with our friendly and helpful team today on 0151 236 0166 or email reservations@Shankly.com

Keep up to date with everything going on at the hotel by following The Shankly Hotel Facebook as we gear up to star in our very own BBC documentary.

The Shankly Hotel | Huge Party Planned if Liverpool Win the League

As the season enters its penultimate chapter Liverpool look in prime position to mount one final assault, one last hurrah.

If that’s the case, we at The Shankly Hotel have decided to throw an enormous party on May 12 if Liverpool win the league; because where else would be better to celebrate such a mammoth and wonderful occasion.

Prepare for a party of epic proportions on The Garden of Eden terrace within The Shankly Hotel if Liverpool can come out on top in May.

The Party of the Year

The Shankly

Picture the scene: the sun is ablaze, the unbroken stream of beer hasn’t stopped for hours, we haven’t been home since the final whistle was blown, oh, and Liverpool are Premier League champions – sounds incredible doesn’t it. We hope to replicate scenes such as these when – sorry – if Liverpool win the league in May.

They’ve come close before, so close in fact that we counted down the best Liverpool teams never to win it, but on this occasion it feels special, incredible almost. And, what could be a more appropriate way to commemorate such an achievement than to celebrate on top of a hotel that bears the name of Liverpool’s adopted son and iconic leader.

This massive event is to include a free bar and entertainment that wouldn’t look out of place in the bowls of the Kop; so, prepare for a soundtrack of Liverpool’s most loved chants on May 12.

Come that momentous day in May, our party could perhaps be a less nervous occasion as the Reds may have been crowned champions by then, or, everyone may be on the brink of a breakdown as the final whistle is blown. So, be prepared to either lessen the pressure or simply continue the celebrations which started way back when Liverpool tore up the history books.

The Shankly Hotel

The Shankly

So, what makes The Shankly Hotel the perfect place to host such an important party?

The Shankly Hotel is the number one destination in the North West for any Liverpool fan. We pride ourselves on our electric matchday atmosphere, in addition to superb drinks deals, a unique environment that is sure to impress any Liverpool supporter and luxurious rooms that are perfect for weekends away with your mates.

Dedicated to Liverpool’s iconic 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 escapades of the ex-Liverpool boss.

To complete this picture of remarkable opulence, the party is in The Garden of Eden within The Shankly. This beautiful venue is unlike anywhere else as it boasts some of the most wondrous views of the city.

Indeed, where would be more appropriate to toast Liverpool’s success than a venue which overlooks the city that shares their name.

Shed a tear on top of The Shankly as there will be no more worlds to concur when Liverpool win the league.

We hope that Liverpool can be crowned champions this summer so we can throw our epic party on May 12. We hope to have more information about the event soon, so keep an eye on our Facebook and be ready to celebrate come May.

What’s on Liverpool | Our Guide to the Best Events This March

February is finished, and with a new month comes a lot of new and wonderful events to revel in. Prepare for a mad March as we welcome in the warm weather at The Shankly Hotel. We’re just a stone’s throw away from most of Liverpool’s main attractions, theatres, bars and restaurants, so you can count on us to prepare you for the awesome adventure ahead.

From a curious comic book festival to afternoon tea with a soulful twist, March is sure to be spectacular. So, here’s our pick of the best events in Liverpool this month.

Liverpool Comic Con

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Where: The Exhibition Centre

When: Friday 8 – Sunday 10 March

From retro arcade cabs and props to comic book superstars, Liverpool Comic Con is not to be missed by anime experts this month. Head down to the waterside this March and bask in the wonder of Superman, meet Rocky Balboa’s brother-in-law or have a chat with one of cinemas most loved characters. One not to miss this month.

Gymnastics British Championships 2019

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Where: M&S Bank Arena

When: 17 March

prepared to be wowed by the suppleness and sheer power of some of Britain’s best athletes. This March take your seat and watch on in amazement as Olympic, Commonwealth and European superstars compete for the renowned UK title. Whether it be the powerhouses on the beam to the absolute beauty of the routines, the Gymnastics British Championships is an event in Liverpool for the entire family to enjoy.

Just Dusty Afternoon Tea

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Where: 30 James Street

When: 3 March

This fabulous event in Liverpool celebrates the voice of the one and only pop diva. With bubbles on arrival, an extremely talented tribute act and scrumptious afternoon tea, this is not to be missed by Dusty devotees. Set in the spectacular 30 James Street, Just Dusty is sure to “take another piece of your heart” – in a nice way.

Sheridan Smith – A Northern Soul Tour

Where: M&S Bank Arena

When 22 March

Another pop diva is back on home soil this March as Sheridan Smith’s ‘A Northern Soul Tour’ comes to Liverpool. An eclectic mix of soulful classics and contemporary hits, Sheridan Smith’s ‘A Northern Soul Tour’ is sure to be superb. A perfect opportunity indeed, to belt out some soulful tunes and support one of our own. Easily one of the best events in Liverpool this March.

Motown Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea

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Where: 30 James Street

When: 31 March (Mother’s Day)

Time to rewind and release your inner diva with mum this year at 30 James Street’s Motown Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea. Devour a scrumptious selection of delicious cakes, pastries, and sandwiches and a side of prosecco to toast the woman of the day. Then, watch on – in either embarrassment or happiness – as mum unleashes her inner diva to a soundtrack of Motown tunes. Motown Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea is, hands down, the best event in Liverpool to celebrate Mother’s Day this month.

Absolutely Fabulous Gin Festival

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Where: Royal Liver Building

When: 23 March

The Absolutely Fabulous Gin Festival comes to the wondrous Royal Liver Building this March. With a choice of over 107 gins, selection of rums, wine, prosecco and beer, channel your inner Patsy Stone and enjoy one of the most absolutely fabulous events in Liverpool.

National Pie Week

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Where: The Shankly Hotel

When: 4 – 10 March

To celebrate National Pie Week, The Bastion Bar and Restaurant at The Shankly Hotel – which has recently been nominated for Hotel of the Year at the LEP Liverpool Tourism Awards – has created a delicious pie to mark the event in Liverpool. Our pies are made entirely from scratch and baked fresh each day to ensure maximum flavour and maximum enjoyment. From chicken and onion to Shankly’s favourite steak and kidney, The Bastion Bar and Restaurant is the place to be this March.

Tate Liverpool’s 30th Anniversary

Where: Albert Dock

When: March

From April 2018 to its conclusion in March 2019, Tate Liverpool marks its 30th anniversary with exhibitions by two titans of modern art in addition to a whole host of free displays, events and celebrations to mark this momentous birthday. As the weather starts to warm, The Albert Dock is the place to be this month.

So, our countdown is as finished as February. Sound wonderful? Why don’t you book a stay in The Shankly this March – or any month for that matter. Contact our friendly team on 0151 236 0166 or email reservations@shanklyhotel.come

The Greatest Liverpool Teams Never to Win a League Title

Manchester City and Tottenham are snapping at Liverpool’s heels as Jurgen Klopp tries desperately to hold them at arm’s length. As the season enters its penultimate chapter Liverpool look ready to mount one final assault, one last hurrah. Now not to curse anything but, this got us thinking: Who are the greatest Liverpool teams never to win a league title?

From ruckuses and rants, to 1-point shootouts – Liverpool have come so close to success on numerous occasions.

Liverpool 1996/97

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Liverpool wrapped up the season seven points behind champions Manchester United in 1997. Liverpool also completed the season level on points with both Newcastle United and Arsenal while Manchester United’s sum of 75 points is the lowest ever recorded by a Premier League winner.

Despite leading the Premier League for much of the season, a culmination of too many red cards and even more mistakes contributed to this Liverpool teams’ ultimate demise – an opportunity missed, nonetheless by one of the best, albeit undisciplined Liverpool teams ever.

Liverpool 2008/09

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When Liverpool’s 2008-09 season is discussed, two faces and one word in particular spring to mind: those of Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres and the word “fact.”

The potent duo combined on an almost weekly basis to demolish teams, forming a powerful, two-headed monster that was supported by superstars such as Xabi Alonso, Pepe Reina and Javier Mascherano. It seemed almost inevitable that Liverpool would become champions.

But too many draws in January and February, in addition to Rafa Benitez’s remarkable “facts” rant, saw Liverpool hand Manchester United the trophy in spectacular fashion.

This Liverpool team finished the season strongly, but the damage had already been done – some would claim by their own manager.

Liverpool 1971/72

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In 1971-72, Shankly’s Liverpool team succumbed to Derby County by one point and missed out on the coveted crown.

Despite the talents of Kevin Keegan, John Toshack and Roy Evans, Liverpool were unable to catch Derby County; however, this season isn’t remembered for Liverpool’s inadequacies but rather for the manager they yielded to: Brian Clough.

Shankly and Clough’s tussles would go on to epitomise an era when splender and eminence abounded across Europe in the shape of Liverpool, Derby County and Nottingham Forest. However, it was in 1972 when one of Shankly’s best Liverpool teams lost the league by a lonesome point.

Liverpool 2013/14

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Despite Steven Gerrard’s numerous achievements, formidable one-man performances’ and impenetrable status as a Liverpool legend, one lamentable moment comes to mind when remembering a season defined by a blunder. We know what happened, it needs no description nor explanation; it is, what it unfortunately is.

Nonetheless, over the course of the 2013-14 Premier League season, Brenden Rodgers’ Liverpool team won 26 matches, scored in excess of 100 times, while a resurgent Daniel Sturridge and a demented Luis Suarez combined for 52 goals and 19 assists.

Ultimately, however, it wasn’t enough. Concerned about an inferior goal difference to Manchester City, Liverpool threw everything they had and more at Crystal Palace only to draw 3-3.

Manchester City finished above Liverpool by two points.

Liverpool 2018/19?

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So, how does Klopp’s team compare to those Liverpool teams of yesteryear who couldn’t cross the line? Can this team do what previous Liverpool teams couldn’t do and finish top in May? We think so.

Provided Liverpool can avoid the senseless suspensions that plagued the 1996-97 team, assuming they can steer clear of any “fact” based meltdowns, and if nobody takes a tumble then maybe, just maybe, Klopp’s team can be crowned champions at the end of the season.

The Shankly Hotel

Liverpool teams

Celebrate every Liverpool win at the stunning Shankly Hotel. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the hotel while also making the most of the memorabilia covered Bastion Bar & Restaurant.

The hotel is ideal for overnight stays or just watching the Liverpool match – you could be here to watch Liverpool be crowned Premier League champions.

Sound good? Get in touch with our helpful team today by contacting us on 0151 236 0166 or email reservations@shanklyhotel.com

Keep up to date with everything happening at the hotel by following The Shankly Hotel Facebook Page and check back to the blog soon.

Football History | What We Have to be Thankful For

The game as we now know it is unrecognisable from the game adored by our grandads and grandmothers; choreographed dance routines have replaced more conservative celebrations while the once sacred pre-match pint is no more. Gone are the days of local painter and decorator companies adorning the sides of stadiums, replaced now by Qatari airlines and Chinese banks.

It is undeniable that the era of bursting balconies and sodden stadiums paved the way for the game we recognise today and so, we thought we’d wax nostalgic about football history and what it once looked like “as it is no longer what it used to be,” according to your grandad.

1930-1949 | The Interwar Years

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Prior to the interwar years, the game bared no resemblance whatsoever to what we now know and so, we’ve decided to begin with two of perhaps the most turbulent decades in football history: the 1930s and 40s.

The 1930s saw the emergence of notable players including Mathews, Lawton and Shankly yet it was Herbert Chapman, a manager, who revolutionised the game beyond recognition. Tantamount to Shankly who managed Huddersfield Town in 1956-1959, Chapman managed the team from 1921-1925 and although he would go on to win the same amount of trophies with Arsenal as he would with Huddersfield, it was his groundbreaking ideas that earnt him the nickname the ‘moderniser’ and a place in football history.

Formations, numbered shirts, both teams walking out together in the cup final: these were just some of the ideas Chapman implemented during his career, while his iconic ‘WM’ formation paved the way for what we now know to be 3-4-3, the formation that won Antonio Conte the Premier League in 2017.

Like Shankly to follow and Bernabeu before him, Chapman’s workings can be seen in the planning of Pep Guardiola; his value of what would become sports science is evident in Marco Silva; his aura pervaded every action of Sir Alex Ferguson and thus, he set the standard for the modern game back in 1934.

1950-1974 | A Bastion of Invincibility

Chapman was an innovator, a panoramic mind in an era of inward thinking. However, in 1959, Shankly re-reconsidered the role of manager when he nabbed control of one of the bastions of the beautiful game: Liverpool.

The way in which Shankly managed Liverpool can not only be seen in the manner in which Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger managed their clubs in an omnipotent fashion, but it can also be seen in how we lambaste the short-termism in the modern game as we are culpable of expecting every manager to build a dynasty just like Shankly did.

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This is not to say however, that Shankly was the only manager ever to “circle the wagons” as Ferguson would say, around his club, yet he was pioneering in the sense that he combined his teams underdog status with that of a population who knew nothing else but to fight for what it had.

This is something some modern managers have imitated, be it David Moyes who proclaimed that Everton were “the people’s club” or Fergusons nurturing of The Class of ’92 while some, on the other hand, have failed spectacularly.

Nevertheless, Shankly paved the way for the modern bastions, the all-encompassing juggernauts who manage teams today.

2009-2019 | The Modern Modernisers

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And so, what of todays ‘modernisers’ who those over a certain age say aren’t deserving of comparison to Shankly or Chapman?

One man who has captured the essence of the city in which he works is Jurgen Klopp. The German gets Liverpool, while his innovative gegenpressing approach is sure to be copied by those managing in the future. Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola’s tiki-taka tactic is as groundbreaking as Chapman’s ‘WM’ formation was.

What we can conclude from looking back is that while football continues to change those who adore it don’t, as what draws you in is a sense of wonderment that never seems to dwindle.

The Shankly Hotel

Football history

Celebrate football history by staying in the stunning Shankly Hotel while also basking in the memorabilia covered walls of the spectacular Bastion Bar & Restaurant.

The beautiful hotel is perfect for overnight stays or just watching the Liverpool match. Sound exciting? Get in touch with our friendly team today by calling 0151 236 0166 or email reservations@shankly.com

Keep up to date with everything going on at the hotel by following The Shankly Hotel Facebook or test your knowledge of football history by attempting our Liverpool quiz.

The Story of Liverpool’s History Through the Ages

Liverpool Football Club are one of the most decorated sporting institutions in the world having amassed 18 League Titles, 7 FA Cups, 8 League Cups and 5 European Cups in their 126 year history. They are often accused of living in the past, but what a past to live in.

Liverpool celebrate their history with enormous pride; but they never stand idle as one of the most successful stories in English Football continues to be written.

So, in order to look forward to what could be a monumental and prosperous year for the club, we’ve decided to look back at some of the most memorable moments in Liverpool’s history.

1892 – Liverpool Football Club are Born

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On March 15, 1892, John Houlding famously broke away from the board of Everton to form a new club and thus, Liverpool were born. And, from that day forward Liverpool played like the team they are today, beating Higher Walton 8-0 on September 3. In the wake of this tremendous trouncing Liverpool – following a match with Bury – unveiled an emblem that would become synonymous with the team forever: the Liver Bird.

Two years later Liverpool won promotion to the First Division and, just eight years later, were crowned champions; a triumph that would set the standard for future generations.

The ensuing decade would bring with it unprecedented success as Liverpool would go on to be crowned champions three more times, break the world transfer record when purchasing George Kay from Newcastle for £12,500, and yet, they were unable to win the FA Cup.

That was until Shankly arrived and changed the course of Liverpool’s history forever.

A Bastion of Invincibility

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1959. A date that is forever etched in the annals of Liverpool history – on December 1, Shankly was announced as the new Liverpool manager. What would follow was nothing short of unimaginable for a team that were once mediocre at best.

Shankly would win 3 League Titles, 2 FA Cups and 1 Uefa Cup. However, it was how he went about his business that adhered him to the people who sung his name.

It is often said that those who manger Everton must get them, if that is the case, Shankly got Liverpool. Speaking to the hordes of supporters who waited to welcome the team in St George’s Square, Shankly exclaimed: “I’ve drummed it into our players time and time again that they are privileged to play for you.”

However, eras must end, and leaders must leave and, in 1974, Shankly resigned as Liverpool manager.

He would never be forgotten.

The Impossible Job

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What seemed like the impossible job, the next Liverpool icon would make it look easy. On July 26, Bob Paisley was named Liverpool manager.

Paisley built arguably the best side in Liverpool’s history winning 6 League Titles, 3 League Cups, a Uefa Cup and 3 European Cups.

It is Liverpool’s win versus Borussia Monchengladbach in Rome that is mainly remembered the fondest while Alan Kennedy’s winner against Real Madrid is remembered for just that. However, in 1978, in the midst of these two triumphs, Paisley’s Liverpool team retained the European Cup at Wembley.

Like Shankly, Paisley abdicated the Liverpool throne victorious – paving the way for one of his players to take the reins.

Arise King Kenny.

Arise Sir Kenny

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Under the guidance of player-manager Kenny Dalglish Liverpool Football Club would complete a League and Cup double in 1986. He would go on to win another 8 trophy’s.

However, it is how he handled himself in the aftermath of the Hillsborough tragedy that adhered him to a city no longer divided by football but brought together in grief.

The 96 Liverpool supporters who sadly passed away on that day in 1989 will never be forgotten, nor will Sir Kenny Dalglish’s compassion, courage and support in the wake of such a tragic event.

In 1991, Dalglish would leave Liverpool a hero only to return in 2011 as a legend.

The Miracle of Istanbul

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The most incredible might in Liverpool’s history saw Rafael Benitez’s team add a fifth European Cup to their now bursting trophy cabinet.

3-0 down to AC Milan at half-time, Gerrard and Co fought back to win 3-2 on penalties.

The team were given a heroes welcome when they returned to Liverpool, sparking stunning scenes not seen since Shankly’s day.

A New Era

And so, what now?

Liverpool are on the cusp of greatness. No longer finding comfort in their past achievements, they are blindly looking to the future; a future teeming with silverware,

Jurgen Klopp, no matter how much he denies it, knows that he has a chance to etch his name in the annals of Liverpool folklore alongside Shankly, Paisley, Fagan, Dalglish et al.

By looking back on how previous icons secured silverware, Liverpool could win yet another title and thus, said history could repeat itself.

The Shankly Hotel

Liverpool history

Understand even more of Liverpool’s history by staying in the spectacular Shankly Hotel while also basking in the memorabilia covered walls of the unique Bastion Bar & Restaurant.

The astonishing hotel is perfect for overnight stays or just watching the Liverpool match. You could be here to watch Liverpool lift the Premier League Title.

Sound exciting? Get in touch with our friendly team today by calling 0151 236 0166 or email reservations@shanklyhotel.com

Keep up to date with everything going on at the hotel by following The Shankly Hotel Facebook or test your knowledge of everything Liverpool by attempting our Liverpool quiz.

Why You Should Plan the Next Family Holiday at The Shankly Hotel

Its that time of year again, now that Christmas is over, the rush to get the big family holiday booked begins.

Instead of spending all your time searching for exotic places to go on a family holiday why not simply book to stay in the heart of the UK’s most exciting and accessible city; Liverpool.

The Shankly Hotel is known for being family friendly and has everything you need for the perfect break away. So, sit back and let us show you exactly why you should plan your next family holiday at The Shankly Hotel.

One Room for One Family

Our exceptional accommodation has been designed to host large groups of guests in the heart of the city. At The Shankly Hotel, we want you to be able to stay and play together in the comfort of one luxurious hotel room.

The fabulous family rooms have multiple double beds for you and your family to cosy up together in and a huge flat screen TV for all the family’s favourite shows and movies.

Shankly Hotel room - family holiday

And let’s not forget the excellent ensuite bathroom facilities that are out of this world. Fun for the kids and indulgent for parents, the double whirlpool baths turn into a private swimming pool for little ones and for adults a late-night dip with a glass of bubbly when the kids are asleep is essential.

Plenty of space ensures you won’t trip up over each other as all our hotel rooms are more than double the size of your average city centre accommodation. At The Shankly Hotel, our rooms are nothing short of perfection when it comes to accommodating you and your family in style.

Culture and Adventure at Your Fingertips

As a city known for hosting exciting events and having an excess of amazing cultural venues, Liverpool is the perfect place to visit for a fun and family holiday.

Loads of Liverpool Museums

Expand the minds of your little ones at the interactive talks, workshops and exhibitions hosted in museums dotted all over the city.

The World Museum, less than two minutes’ walk from The Shankly Hotel, has permanent exhibitions portraying the natural and historic wonders of earth as well as pop up interactive classes and studies. Take the kids to learn about everything from Astronomy to Ancient Egypt and all that’s inbetween.

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And why not take the opportunity to learn more about the amazing history of the city in the Museum of Liverpool which helps visitors explore and understand the city’s interesting past and showcases current and up and coming events.

Awesome Adventures at Every Turn

If the kids are craving something a little more energetic there are amazing annual pop-ups that occur in the heart of the city every year.

When the weather gets a little warmer, we can look forward to the return of Albert Dock’s floating obstacle course Adventure Dock, where you and the family can race each other round huge inflatable slides and bounce on wobbly trampolines.

Adventure Dock - family holiday

For those more inevitable rainy days, take things indoors to Mattel on Albert Dock where younger children can play in the worlds of all their favourite TV characters.

Got a few big kids on your hands? Look no further than the Ultimate Indoor Paintball experience or the amazing Nerf Centre close by. Here the older ones can take pleasure in shooting both you and each other.

Up and Coming Events

Not only does The Shankly Hotel provide the perfect family accommodation in Liverpool, but we also host exceptional events that are ideal for families.

Our Madhatters Afternoon Tea, hosted on the roof The Shankly Hotel in The Garden of Edden, welcomes all the fantasy characters of Wonderland to Liverpool for an afternoon of fun, food and games.

Madhatter Afternoon Tea - family holiday

You and the family can enjoy interreacting with the White Rabbit, Madhatter and Alice herself as well as other whimsical favourites we’ve asked along. Book tickets to this extraordinary event on your family holiday in Liverpool and enjoy tasty food and fantastic entertainment for all the family at The Shankly Hotel.

There’s no end of adventure to be had all over the city and all of it is easy to reach from the central location of The Shankly Hotel.

Fab Family Food Sorted at The Bastion Bar and Restaurant

Forget cooking for picky eaters or struggling to find somewhere to eat that everyone likes in the city, The Bastion Bar and Restaurant has a wonderful mouth-watering menu of hearty dishes with something for everyone.

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The Shanky Burger

Enjoy succulent steaks from the grill, the belly-bursting Shankly Burger or the perfect pasta dish all freshly prepared in The Bastion Bar and Restaurant located inside The Shankly Hotel.

You and the family can sit down to an enjoyable meal together at the end of a fun-filled day out in Liverpool then head up to your room with full bellies and tired eyes.

For mum and dad, the well-stocked bar has everything including fine wines, craft beers and creative cocktails, so you too can unwind after a long and exciting day exploring Liverpool with the little ones.

What more could you need from a family holiday this year than fun, food and fabulous accommodation all at the heart of the UK’s most exciting city?

Call and book to stay now on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk.

The Ultimate Liverpool Quiz of 2018

2018 included numerous new signings and departures, incident, frustration, the good, bad and everything in between and therefore, a wealth of material for a Liverpool quiz.

We’ve compiled 15 questions to test your memory and knowledge of everything Liverpool from the previous 12 months.

The Ultimate Liverpool Quiz of 2018

There are questions on Klopp, goals, opponents, quotations and plenty of other conundrums that are sure to cast doubt on how much you were really paying attention to Liverpool in 2018. Enjoy!

The Shankly Hotel

The Liver Birds

One way in which you can improve upon your score in our Liverpool quiz is by staying in the spectacular Shankly Hotel and basking in the memorabilia covered walls of the unique Bastion Bar & Restaurant.

The astonishing hotel is perfect for overnight stays or just watching the Liverpool match.

Sound exciting? Get in touch with our friendly team today by calling 0151 236 0166 or email reservations@shanklyhotel.com

Keep up to date with everything going on at the hotel by following The Shankly Hotel Facebook.

What’s On Liverpool | Our Guide to the Best Events This January 2019

Leave the January blues behind and let the fun continue with a winter visit to Liverpool. With so much to see and do, why not start the New Year in style at The Shankly Hotel?

Find yourself within walking distance of Liverpool’s world-famous attractions and top theatres and shops. So, if you’re looking for the best of what’s on in Liverpool this January, take a browse of our recommendations…

What’s On Liverpool – January 2019

It’s Still Christmas at the Rock n Rollin’ Panto

When: 1-19 January

Where: Everyman Theatre

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Source: everymanplayhouse.com

Pantos may be a Christmas tradition, but the Everyman’s Rock n Roll Panto is still going way past New Year. Bringing all the famous musical mayhem, dancing, singing and jokes to the stage, this is the perfect event to shake away those January blues.

Featuring an all-star, multi-talented cast including the notorious dame, Francis Tucker and the master of mischief Adam Keast, get ready to jump up to your feet and avoid a good soaking!

A Wonderful Wedding Fayre

When: 6 January

Where: The Shankly Hotel

Winter Wedding Package

Credit: Matthew Rycraft

Are you planning your special day and need a bit of inspiration? Join us at the beautiful Shankly Hotel and let the Signature Living Wedding team give you a helping hand. Perfect for happy couples ready to exchange vows, you will have the chance to meet a range of top suppliers from the North West, enjoy a designer catwalk, live entertainment, goodies bags and more!

From stunning dresses, to the most delicious cakes, talented photographers and stylish florists, the event will feature everything you need for your dream day. If you’d like to attend this amazing free event, register for tickets by filling out the registration form.

An Exhibition for Football and Music Fans

When: 7-13 January

Where: British Music Experience

The work of Mark Liptrott and Nick Fraser, better known as Bands FC, cleverly combines two of the nation’s biggest loves, music and football into an amazing free exhibition. After having the idea to re-imagine bands as football teams, and football teams as bands, they took Twitter by storm and gained nearly 20k followers.

From Oasis, to the Stone Roses, Wu Tang Clan, Queen, Beastie Boys and Daft Punk, they incorporate the world’s most popular bands into the beautiful game’s iconic club crests. Don’t miss this brilliant exhibition at the British Music Experience, this January.

Red Rum Club Launch Their Debut Album

When: 11 January

Where: Jacaranda Phase One

After years of writing, touring and perfecting their music, Liverpool legends Red Rum Club have announced the release of their debut album. Formed in 2016, the rock n roll six-piece have taken the city by storm with their rousing live performances, electric stage presence and catchy song writing.

This loved band performed on the rooftop of our very own Shankly Hotel last summer, showcasing their frenetic live style and now-notorious guerrilla gigs that have become the stuff of local legend.

Guaranteed to be an amazing night of music, get down to the stylish Jacaranda Phase One and show your support for this hugely talented Merseyside band.

Russell Kane is Coming to Liverpool

When: 13- 16 January

Where: Hot Water Comedy Club

Best known for BBC Three’s Stupid Man, Smart Phone and the host of three series of BBC Three’s Live at The Electric, the legendary Russell Kane is coming to Liverpool for short run of warm up performances.

A multi-award-winning comedian, actor, author, presenter and scriptwriter, Kane is one of the nation’s favourite funny men and we can’t wait to see him grace the stage at the Hot Water Comedy Club.

These unique and exclusive performances are sure to be hilarious, so don’t miss out!

Wave Goodbye to Boyzone

When: 27 January

Where: Echo Arena

First forming in Dublin over 25 years ago, Boyzone have announced their final album and farewell tour. Having secured five UK number 1 albums and six UK number 1 singles over their career, the Irish boy band are travelling around the country one last time.

Performing a mix of old hits and some brand-new tracks from the new album ‘Thank You & Goodnight’, we’re looking forward to seeing the boys do what they do best in Liverpool.

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Enjoy a Pint or Two at The Winter Ales Festival

When: 31 January

Where: St George’s Hall

What's On January

Source: The Guide Liverpool

Shake away those January blues and enjoy some delicious winter ales at Liverpool’s Winter Ale Festival, in St George’s Hall. With over 200 different ales and ciders to try, as well as an indoor gin garden with a selection of boutique gins, spirits, wine and prosecco, there’s plenty for everyone to enjoy.

There will also be live entertainment and a tasty selection of hot and cold food to soak up all the alcohol. With a range of different session times, get your tickets today to avoid disappointment!

A Luxury Stay at The Shankly Hotel This January

Christmas doesn’t have to be the end of relaxation. Why not start January off in utter luxury at The Shankly Hotel?

Our stylish rooms and suites are perfect for enjoying an overnight stay in the heart of the city. Rooms feature fantastic facilities including everything from double whirlpool baths, to 50″ TV screens, Bluetooth and free WiFi.

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As Liverpool’s unique Bill Shanky-themed venue, you’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy an abundance of exclusive memorabilia.

See Bill Shankly’s original LFC contract, personal typewriter and lots more within our hotel and stunning Bastion Bar & Restaurant.

To book your stay with us or to enquire further about what to expect, simply get in touch with our helpful team today on 0151 601 8801. We also offer our guests a range of fantastic January offers, check them out here.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Why Liverpool are the Rightful Owners of The Liver Birds

It is rumoured that the Liver Birds oversee separate sections of Liverpool. One looks inwards and watches over the locals, while the second statue stares outwards and watches over the Scouse sailors.

However, it is also rumoured that the two seabirds are an argumentative couple, facing away from each other because of an ongoing dispute. It is this fable that best epitomises Everton and Liverpool’s ongoing feud: Who has the largest claim to the Liver Birds? Everton or Liverpool.

Below, we’ve put forward our argument for Liverpool Football Club.

Liverpool and The Liver Birds

Liverpool is a city of two’s: two cathedrals, two tunnels and, in 1892, two football teams. Following the formation of the club which bores the name of the city, Liverpool Football Club adopted the Liver Bird as the team’s emblem and thus, a 126-year argument ensued.

The National Field newspaper wrote on September 19, 1892 – following Liverpool’s match with Bury – “A flag floated on the old staff, bearing the letters L.F.A surmounted with the Liver. Right proudly did it wave over the field of battle and seemed to beam on its patrons with a hopeful smile.” It seems that the “beaming” seabird was a constant fixture at Anfield – much like the banners that “wave over” the Kop today.

The Liver Birds

If any doubt or confusion remained about the seabird’s owners, when Liverpool were crowned champions for the third time in 1922, a new banner was unwound with the Liver Bird brazenly tacked in the centre even more ardently than before.

This presentation seemed like a premeditated plan to claim the civic emblem as their own and, in 1950, Liverpool began to use a club badge which featured a certain domestic seabird.

The Club Crest

It was in the 1950 FA Cup Final when the Liver Bird first featured on Liverpool’s Spice Boy-esc white shirt.

The Liverpool badge has had various makeovers since then; in 1955 the monogram ‘LFC’ was added to the emblem. Then, in 1992, The Shankly Gates and the maxim “You’ll Never Walk Alone” were included. And finally, in 1993, two eternal flames were added in memory of the 96.

But, the one constant has always been the unchanged Liver Bird.

Unsuccessful Counter Arguments

In November 2008, Liverpool Football Club unsuccessfully attempted to trademark the Liver Bird.

“The Liver Bird belongs to all the people of Liverpool, [it] is a symbol of the city,” said Flo Clucas, while a man from North Liverpool argued that the seabirds were a wider symbol of Liverpool and not Liverpool Football Club.

One of the rather more unusual arguments came from Keith Wilson, an Everton shareholder who attempted to “reclaim” the Liver Birds. Keith argued that the seabirds should be on both kits “because they’re both from Liverpool.” As one could imagine, this idea didn’t go down particularly well.

It is undeniable that the Liver Birds are Liverpool’s. However, when it comes to football, the Liver Bird is synonymous with Liverpool Football Club.

The Bastion Bar & Restaurant

The Liver Birds

The Liver Bird is blazoned across the memorabilia covered walls of the unique Bastion Bar & Restaurant located within the Shankly Hotel.

The spectacular hotel is ideal for overnight stays, watching Liverpool matches and basking in and enjoying unseen memorabilia.

Sound exciting? Get in touch with our friendly team today by calling 0151 236 0166 or email reservations@shanklyhotel.com

Keep up to date with everything going on at the hotel by following The Shankly Hotel Facebook.