Shankly


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Shankly

Bill. 1913--81, Scottish footballer and manager of Liverpool FC (1959--74)
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The union, who recently celebrated their 10th anniversary, held an evening with Kevin Keegan and Ian Callaghan to raise funds to support ex-players from the Shankly era and paid tribute to Liverpool legend Tommy Lawrence, who died recently.
But David's career came to a quick and sorry end the day Shankly told him he simply wasn't good enough to make the grade and had to go.
And there are notable contributions from the Shankly family themselves, both in Glenbuck and back in Liverpool, as well as sports writers including Hugh McIlvanney and of course supporters.
Christopher Shankly Carline apologised after being arrested outside Wembley before the match between Manchester City and Liverpool began.
But Bill Shankly was not the only football star to be born in Glenbuck; two of his brothers, Jimmy and Bob, went professional, while as far back as 1900, Sandy Brown propelled Spurs to their first FA Cup success.
But hold up for a moment and consider the scenario Shankly walked into when he succeeded Phil Taylor in December 1959.
Many would not even have been born when a second thumping heart attack snatched Shankly from the world in 1981.
In case you didn't know, Shankly, born on September 2, 1913, made one solitary appearance for Cardiff City before moving on because he could earn more money elsewhere.
On the way, as he's done on countless occasions, when he passes by the seven foot tall bronze statue of Bill Shankly outside Anfield, I wonder was he again filled with the same pride, passion and enthusiasm for the club as displayed by the great man himself?
St John, who Shankly signed as a centre forward in the 1960s, adds: "With Roy Hodgson's appointment as manager, Liverpool FC is embarking on a new era, but the way audiences, young and old alike, turn out to see our show underlines what a phenomenon Shankly is.
Today is a half-century from the day Bill Shankly was confirmed as Liverpool boss.