On This Day – Bill Shankly Born

2-9-1913: Liverpool’s legendary manager Bill Shankly was born on this day in 1913.

Here’s two anecdotes from Wikipedia:

For many years the legend had it that Shanks had taken his wife to a Rochdale game as a Wedding Anniversary treat. Eventually someone plucked up the courage to ask Bill if it were true. Naturally, the great man denied it venomously “Of course I didn’t take my wife to see Rochdale as an anniversary present, it was her birthday. Would I have got married in the football season? Anyway, it was Rochdale reserves.”

Shanks was famously competitive in 5 a side matches. Matches in which his talented full-back, Chris Lawler was equally famous for his taciturnity. Bob Paisley was refereeing one day and decreed a goal offside. Shanks argued long and hard, so much so that in the end Bob Paisley asked Lawler: “Chris- you were the last man, was Bill offside?” To which Chris replied “Yes Bob, he was” Shankly exploded with rage. “All these years he keeps his mouth shut, and when he does speak, it’s to tell a lie”

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