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Friday, September 29, 2006

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.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

GunnerPete....Yes Thank you so much Arsene. Please Stay for life. I am now certain that by the time you retire, AFC will have doubled the ammount of trophies you have won so far.

As for Shanks well, he was Liverpool, and without him they may have stayed in the lower divisions for much longer. He was a very generous man in victory & defeat. This comes from his working class * socialist upbringing, which he never lost. As for his successor Bob Paisley, well rarely does a club find the ideal man to take over from a giant like Shanks, but that was the Liverpool way ie; promote from within. Its only my opinion as an outside Gunner, but Bob would never have won the trophies he did if he had not taken over this machine of success that Shanks left. What Shanks did that Fergie copied, was to buy the best in Britain at almost any cost, and he never waited for someone to want to leave or retire before he invested. This was the opposite of Bertie Mee when he & Don built the 1970/72 double team. He sold top players first then tried to replace, and we all know what happened. You could say tha Shanks invented foootball continuity.

The whole of football owes these two men such a lot for there contibution to exciting and never say die attitudes.

9/29/2006 11:01 am

Blogger SKG said...


9/29/2006 5:56 pm

Blogger T said...

Thanks Redsman and GunnerPete for your informative analysis of the impact of Shankly. As a manager before my time it is informative to read GP's viewpoint of his significant contribution to the success of Liverpool in the last forty years.

Of course I must also say thanks to Arsene for ten years of the best football I could ever hope to see.

9/30/2006 11:47 am

Blogger Skippy said...

Thank you Bill Shankly

9/30/2006 3:51 pm


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