Bill Shankly: 25 years today
Arsenal football club celebrated yesterday a decade of Arsene Wenger at the helm of the team, a period that has brought the club three titles, four FA cup wins and four Community Shield victories. They almost, almost obtained the most sought after accolade in European football in May in Paris, the European Cup. Congratulations to Wenger who has managed 324 wins, 139 draws and 100 defeats.
Today is not another one for celebration in that sense, maybe one in reflection of one's memory. One of the most famous managers in British football, maybe worldwide, Bill Shankly of Liverpool FC, passed away on this day in 1981 age 67, due to a heart attack. Shankly joined Liverpool in 1959 after managerial stints with Carlisle, Grimsby and Huddersfield, and help materialise a club into one of the best in Europe with a pedigree and a reputation that has made it a legendary one.
Four league titles, two FA Cups and a UEFA Cup and a number of finals and semi-finals, in all a period of almost fifteen years at Anfield that involved 393 wins, 185 draws and 175 defeats, before retiring from football in 1974 and receiving the award of the OBE. Compared to his successor, Bob Paisley, Shankly's honours are not as numerous but his presence at Liverpool set the trend for a milestone.
Thank you, Bill Shankly.