Come September it will be time to make sure that no Liverpool fan has forgotten the immortal Bill Shankly.
There can be no questioning the effect this man had on transforming the Reds.
After being appointed manager of Liverpool in 1959, Shankly guided Liverpool to promotion into the First Division in 1962 and would go on to win the league in 1964, the first time that had happened in seventeen years.
Shankly told the club’s management that there were two players he wanted to sign whom would win the F.A. Cup for Liverpool. Ron Yeats and Ian St. John were signed for the club and shortly after, Liverpool won the F.A. Cup in 1965 for the first time in team history. Here was a man who knew how to win and wouldn’t let anything stop him.
This desire for winning would manifest itself over the years. Under Shankly’s reign Liverpool won the Football League First Division three times and the F.A. Cup twice in addition to winning the UEFA Cup in 1973.
Although it has been almost forty years since Bill Shankly managed at Liverpool, his legacy still remains. Any time fans make it to the grounds of Anfield they can see him immortalized at the famous “Shankly Gates”. If that’s not enough then any time Liverpool dons their all red kit, you can thank Bill Shankly, the one who introduced them.
Liverpool FC is a club with a long and illustrious history, having been home to many great players and managers alike. The modern day history and legacy can trace its roots to Bill Shankly, and thank the Scot for laying the groundwork that would form one of the most prestigious football clubs in the world.
So when the 100th anniversary of his birth comes around in September, let us all raise our glasses and say a toast of thanks to the immortal man and remember what it is that makes Liverpool special.
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