Shankly was an icon, a folk hero of the kop, a man of the people. They took him to their hearts after he re-awakened the slumbering giant liverpol fc.
in 1959 he stormed the football world by inspiring them to global acclaim. Shanklys deeds were matched only by his wicked acerbic humour, his passion and fervour for the game were unrivalled.
Here he was to build a marvels and remarkable career. His bravado, and outrageous quips, the put downs, and the glories of the man, who was more than just a football manager.shankly idolised the great Tom Finney and he just loved gangster movies. This is a man who reprimanded a policeman for flicking a fans Liverpool scarf with his truncheon. He asked one of his player if he hought he was the film star Errol Flynn when he was caught night clubbing.
He had a enduring footballing philosophy and showed this in his famous quote.
“Its not a matter of life and death, it’s more important than that.”
There will never be another like him, or will there I see so much of shanks in Klopp, so fingers crossed.
not to labour to long as I will post other sort stories of the great man another time, but just to conclude.
Shakly said, when I first came to Liverpool I wanted build the club into a bastion of invincibility. I wanted Liverpool to be untouchable. My idea was to build Liverpool up and up until eventually everyone would have to submit, give in.
And so the building of our great club started, don’t forget when he arrived here from Huddersfield he had just lead Huddersfield to a 1-0 victory over Liverpool and had previously shortly before he joined Huddersfield had beaten Liverpool 5-0. He was to take over he club officially on Monday 14th December 1959 at the age of 46 and on an annual salary of £2,500. And we were in the old second division.
if you all like this little snip it I will give you some more.