The Black-And-White Years: 18 Glorious Photos Of Bill Shankly – Happy Birthday Shanks!

Chris Wright

2nd, September 2011


By Chris Wright

This very day in 1913, one William Shankly was born in the Ayrshire mining village of Glenbuck, making today his 98th birthday.

Happy Birthday Shanks…

Shankly at Preston North End, 1937

Shankly playing for Preston North End, 1946

Shankly, “the man who is taking Liverpool FC along the road to the First Division Title for the first time since 1947”, aged 50, 1964

Shankly stands in front of the empty terraces at Anfield during a Liverpool training session, 1965

Shankly poses with his 1965/66 trophy haul including the League Championship trophy and the FA Charity Shield, 1966

Shankly feels the stress of a new season set in as the Liverpool players and coaches gather for a team group picture, 1967

Shankly is unimpressed with the cutlery at the breakfast table, 1968

Shankly reacts to an erroneous news report in his office at Anfield, 1969

Shankly poses with a football during Liverpool’s pre-season photocall, 1969

Shankly shows his new signing Kevin Keegan (nice tank top Keggy!) around Anfield, 1971

After securing the title with a 0-0 draw against Leicester, Shankly holds aloft the League Championship trophy at Anfield, 1973

Celebrating their title win, the Kop worship at Shankly’s feet, 1973

Emlyn Hughes gives Shankly a hug on the pitch as Liverpool’s title celebrations continue, 1973

Shankly travels back on the train with the FA Cup at his feet after Liverpool’s victory over Newcastle in the final, 1974

Brian Clough (of Leeds United) and Shankly lead their teams out onto the Wembley pitch ahead of the 1974 Charity Shield match

An enthusiastic Liverpool fan ties a scarf around Shankly’s neck after Liverpool’s Charity Shield victory over Leeds United, 1974

The crowning moment of the great man’s towering career: that day Shankly met Freddie Starr, 1976

Artist Tom Murphy puts the finishing touches to his statue Shankly – a sculpture that has stood outside Anfield since 1997

Photos: PA