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Celebrate 50 Years ..Shanks…(Kop UNlimited)

I make NO apologies for  repeating some of this content, and dedicating the next 2 weeks to Bill Shankly, "Shanks" some might say was "only" a  football manager, but he could have been a social worker, prime minister, general or pope, for some he was a "messiah" …for me, his sheer energy, dynamic, conviction and dedication to the "target" was an inspiration to me, even now, NEVER to give up on something (or someONE) I believe in..such rold models do not exist today, (unless U believe the media & political "spin") he was under-valued but many remember his influence in our lives, certain the biggest positive influence in MY LIFE..and I call on everyone, footballer, Supporter, fan or anyone…to celebrate this man, and use his as an example to IMPROVE the world we live in, to homnour this man by being the best U can be…and NEVER surrender to evil (direct or indirect) when U know what U SHOULD do…is the right thing to do, DO it for its own sake, and not for a "reward" 




These are (some) memories and sayings of " Shanks" I have accumulated at this time, from ..thousands….(you can apply them to football and the rest of life, come to that…)

*****



George Best (former
manchester united player) > Fame, son,’ Shanks told me, ‘is the
price you pay for doing your job well.’ Shanks gave me a long hard
look. ‘George, son, some advice,’ he said. ‘Don’t be too demanding,
because it’s a sad fact of life that genius is born and not paid.’




John Aldride>(former LFc
player) The 1974 FA Cup final and his antics on the touchline spring to
mind, but winning the league against Leicester on the last day of the
season with a 0-0 draw in 1973 is a personal favourite. I vividly
recall it was a sunny day and wasn’t a great game, but we only needed a
draw to win the league. I was in the Kop that afternoon and it was
packed. I only managed to get into the corner, when normally I’d be in
the middle – it was that crammed. We got the draw we needed and people
stayed behind to sing Shankly’s name incessantly for a long, long time.
He came onto the pitch and it was just a fantastic day.


His personality was brilliant
and when he spoke, everyone stopped and listened. I was there that
famous day he spoke at St Georges’ Hall and you could hear a pin drop
amongst the crowd. He built us up from nothing.


It wasn’t a nice environment
to work in when he arrived, but he just picked it up almost single
handedly and took it to where it is now.

Ian Callaghan (former  Lfc
player) callyHe was a man who was a big part of my life. I met him when
I was 16 and he had a big influence on me – not just on my football but
my life in general.


 

He broke the mould. There
will never be anyone like him ever again. I had 14 wonderful years with
him and I’ll always treasure them.   He made a huge impression on my
Mum and Dad, In all the time I worked with him, we never had an
argument. I never asked for a pay rise, he always came to me and told
me the lads were getting more money and that so was I. It was a
fantastic time in my life. I suppose his biggest asset as a manager was
that he was such a motivator. He’d make you feel 10 feet tall as you
ran out onto that pitch.


I go to the games today and
walk through those gates and I think to myself how the place is all
about Bill Shankly. They were in the Second Division going nowhere when
he arrived. He came in and just transformed the club within such a
short space of time. He’ll always be a part of Liverpool. People loved
him.






Jamie Carragher (Current
vice-capt.) Bill Shankly was obviously a long time before me, but I
think the thing about him was that he wasn’t just a great football
manager. He was a very funny one with a reputation for some brilliant
one liners. He would have been a real character to have been around and
played under, that’s for sure. You can read all the famous sayings and
quotes in books and magazines, but I always remember the one about
football being more important than life or death and that he’d break
his wife’s leg in a match if he had to! Someone once told me I had to
take football seriously because if Bill Shankly had said that, then it
must be right. That’s how much people valued his opinion. No matter
what you think, it’s a fact that if Bill Shankly hadn’t come in and
done what he did, we certainly wouldn’t be the club we are now.

‘Some people believe football is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.’

*****


‘If you are first you are first. If you are second you are nothing.’

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‘Liverpool was made for me and I was made for Liverpool.’

*****


‘The trouble with referees is that they know the rules, but they don’t know the game.’

*****


‘Son, you’ll do well here as long as you remember two things. Don’t over-eat and don’t lose your accent.’ – to Ian St John when he signed for Liverpool.

*****


To a journalist who suggested Liverpool were struggling – ‘Ay, here we are with problems at the top of the league.’

*****


Talking to a reporter about Roger Hunt – ‘Yes Roger Hunt misses a few, but he gets in the right place to miss them.’

*****


Explaining to Kevin Keegan what’s expected of him at Anfield – ‘Just go out and drop a few hand grenades all over the place son!’

*****


‘I know this is a sad occasion, but I think that Dixie would be amazed to know that even in death he could draw a bigger crowd to Goodison than Everton on a Saturday afternoon’ – speaking at the funeral of Everton legend Dixie Dean

*****


‘If Everton were playing at the bottom of the garden, I’d pull the curtains.’

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‘Sickness would not have kept me away from this one. If I’d been dead, I would have had them bring the casket to the ground, prop it up in the stands, and cut a hole in the lid.’ – after beating Everton in the 1971 FA Cup semi-final

*****


Addressing the Liverpool fans who turned up in their thousands to welcome the team home despite losing to Arsenal in the 1971 FA Cup Final – ‘Chairman Mao has never seen a greater show of red strength.’

*****


After signing Ron Yeats – ‘With him in defence, we could play Arthur Askey in goal.’

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To Alan Ball after he’d signed for Everton – ‘Never mind Alan, at least you’ll be able to play next to a great team’

*****


To Tommy Smith after he’d turned up for training with a bandaged knee – ‘Take that poof bandage off, and what do you mean YOUR knee, it’s LIVERPOOL’S knee !’

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To the players after failing to sign Lou Macari – ‘I only wanted him for the reserves anyway’

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To Ian St John – ‘If you’re not sure what to do with the ball, just pop it in the net and we’ll discuss your options afterwards.’

*****


‘In my time at Anfield we always said we had the best two teams on Merseyside – Liverpool and Liverpool reserves.’

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About the This-is-Anfield plaque – ‘This is to remind our lads who they’re playing for, and to remind the opposition who they’re playing against.’

*****


‘Of course I didn’t take my wife to see Rochdale as an anniversary present. It was her birthday amd would I have got married during the football season? Anyway, it was Rochdale reserves.’

*****


Shankly to the Brussels hotel clerk who queried his signing ‘Anfield’ as his address on the hotel register: ‘But that’s where I live.’

*****


Shankly explaining rotation to a reporter – ‘Laddie, I never drop players, I only make changes.’

*****


Comparing the Anfield pitch to other grounds – ‘It’s great grass at Anfield, professional grass!’

*****


‘The difference between Everton and the Queen Mary is that Everton carry more passengers!’

*****


To a local barber, who in 1968 had asked ‘Anything off the top? Shanks retorted: ‘Aye, Everton!’

*****


On awaiting Everton’s arrival for a derby game at Anfield, Shankly gave a box of toilet rolls to the doorman and said: ‘Give them these when they arrive – they’ll need them!’

*****


‘I always look in the Sunday paper to see where Everton are in the league – starting, of course, from the bottom up.’

*****


To Chris Lawler during a training session at Melwood – ‘Was it a goal? Was I off-side?’ Lawler replied: ‘You were boss.’ Shanks then quipped: ‘Christ, son, you’ve been here four years, hardly said a word and, when you do, it’s a bloody lie!’

*****


To Tommy Smith during training – ‘You son, could start a riot in a graveyard.’

*****


‘There’s Man. Utd and Man. City at the bottom of Division 1, and by God they’ll take some shifting.’

*****


‘It’s a 90 minute game for sure. In fact I used to train for a 190 minute game so that when the whistle blew at the end of the match I could have played another 90 minutes.’

*****


On a wartime Scotland v England match – ‘We absolutely annihilated England. It was a massacre. We beat them 5-4.’

*****


After losing to Ajax in the 1967 European Cup – ‘We cannae play these defensive continental sides!’

Shanks and Tommy Docherty were at a game. There was a player every other club coveted on view. Docherty said to Shanks: ‘100,000 wouldn’t buy him.’ Shanks retorted: ‘Yeah, and I’m one of the 100,000!’

*****


What Shanks disliked about football: ‘The end of the season.’

*****


Radio Merseyside reporter to Shankly: ‘Mr Shankly, why is it that your teams’ unbeaten run has suddenly ended?’ Shanks replied: ‘Why don’t you go and jump in the lake?’

*****


On hearing a rival manager was unwell: ‘I know what’s wrong – he’s got a bad side!’

*****


To reporters after a 3-0 defeat – ‘They’re nothing but rubbish. Three breakaways, that’s all they got.’

*****


Talking about Tommy Smith – ‘If he isn’t named Footballer of the Year, football should be stopped and the men who picked any other player should be sent to the Kremlin.’

*****


To a translator, when being surrounded by gesticulating Italian journalists – ‘Just tell them I completely disagree with everything they say!’

*****


After winning the FA Cup in 1974 Shankly goes into a fish and chip shop and orders a fish supper. The woman at the counter asks: ‘Mr Shankly, shouldn’t they be having steak suppers?’ Shanks replied: ‘No lass, they’ll get steak suppers when they win the double!’

*****


To the Anfield PA during a match – ‘Jesus Christ, son, can ye no’ talk into that microphone when the players are in the penalty box. You’re putting them off, you’re doing more damage than the opposition.’

*****


Shankly on boardroom meetings – ‘At a football club, there’s a holy trinity – the players, the manager and the supporters. Directors don’t come into it. They are only there to sign the cheques.’

*****


Talking about the Liverpool fans – ‘I’m just one of the people who stands on the kop. They think the same as I do, and I think the same as they do. It’s a kind of marriage of people who like each other.’

*****


Explaining on what the off-side rule should be – ‘If a player is not interfering with play or seeking to gain an advantage, then he should be.’

*****


‘I was only in the game for the love of football – and I wanted to bring back happiness to the people of Liverpool.’

*****


‘"If you can’t make decisions in life, you’re a bloody menace. You’d be better becoming an MP!’

*****


When told he had never experienced playing in a derby – ‘Nonsense! I’ve kicked every ball, headed out every cross. I once scored a hat-trick; One was lucky, but the others were great goals.’

*****


After a 0-0 draw at Anfield – ‘What can you do playing against 11 goalposts!’

Waxing lyrical about Ian Callaghan – ‘He typifies everything that is good in football, and he has never changed. You could stake your life on Ian.’

*****


‘Fire in your belly comes from pride and passion in wearing the red shirt. We don’t need to motivate players because each of them is responsible for the performance of the team as a whole. The status of Liverpool’s players keeps them motivated.’

*****


‘Football is a simple game based on the giving and taking of passes, of controlling the ball and of making yourself available to receive a pass. It is terribly simple.’

*****


On the leaving of Liverpool – ‘It was the most difficult thing in the world, when I went to tell the chairman. It was like walking to the electric chair. That’s the way it felt.’

BILL SHANKLY – 1913 to 1981 – Gone But Never Forgotten


I shall add some more later..

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