Our striking main image this week shows Liverpool manager Bill Shankly standing alone at Anfield after announcing his retirement in June 1974.
While Shankly was leaving after 15 years in charge of the Reds, current manager Jurgen Klopp had just arrived in our modern image from October 2015.
Bright-eyed with anticipation, Klopp is surrounded by sponsors’ logos while Shankly ‘s backdrop is devoid of even advertising hoardings.
A charismatic, hard-talking Scot, Shankly brought Liverpool into the First Division, and won three League Championships, two FA Cups and the UEFA Cup before handing over to Bob Paisley.
As a right half, he turned out for Carlisle and Preston North End – and won 12 caps for Scotland. He managed Grimsby Town, Workington and Huddersfield Town before moving to Merseyside in December 1959.
It was during Shankly’s tenure that You’ll Never Walk Alone from the musical Carousel became Liverpool’s anthem, and the team started playing in their world-renowned all-red strip.
Soon after his retirement, Shankly was praised by another of football’s irrepressible characters – Brian Clough. He’d just been sacked as Leeds manager at the time.
Clough said of Shankly: ‘He’s a one-off, there’ll never be another one like Shanks. Never at all. He absolutely lives the game … he was totally honest, he believed implicitly in what he was doing.’
*Unmissable wartime images from Liverpool and the North West are included in Clive Hardy’s latest hardback book The Home Front – Britain 1939-45. It’s available for £14.99 from inostalgia.co.uk or the order hotline 01928 503777.
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