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Bill Shankly

  • Scottish athlete
  • Born September 2, 1913
  • Died September 29, 1981

William Shankly (2 September 1913 – 29 September 1981) was a Scottish football player and manager, who is best known for his time as manager of Liverpool. Shankly brought success to Liverpool, gaining promotion to the First Division and winning three League Championships and the UEFA Cup. He laid foundations on which his successors Bob Paisley and Joe Fagan were able to build by winning seven league titles and four European Cups in the ten seasons after Shankly retired in 1974. Shankly came from a small Scottish mining community and was one of five brothers who played football professionally.


If you are first you are first. If you are second you are nothing.




Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it's much more serious than that.




The trouble with referees is that they know the rules, but they do not know the game.




If Everton were playing down the bottom of my garden, I'd draw the curtains.




We murdered them 0-0.




A lot of football success is in the mind. You must believe you are the best and then make sure that you are.




Aim for the sky and you'll reach the ceiling. Aim for the ceiling and you'll stay on the floor.




Denis Law could dance on eggshells.




What a great day for football, all we need is some green grass and a ball.




I'm a people's man - only the people matter.




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.




Football (soccer) is a matter of life and death, except more important.



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