William 'Bill' Shankly (September 2, 1913 - September 8, 1981) was one of the most successful and respected football managers.


Born in Glenbuck, Ayrshire, Scotland, he was one of five brothers who played professional football. Bob Shankly was also a successful manager, taking Dundee FC to the Scottish championship for the first time in 1962.

Player career

Bill Shankly played for Carlisle United and Preston North End (he also played for Partick Thistle during the Second World War) and won the FA Cup with Preston in 1938. He also won seven Scottish caps.


1934 Second Division runners-up (with Preston North End) .
1937 FA Cup finalists. (with Preston North End)
1938 FA Cup winners. (with Preston North End)

Managerial career

He was appointed the manager of Carlisle in 1949. Later he moved to Grimsby in 1951, Workington in 1953 and Huddersfield in 1956.

Shankly became the manager of Liverpool in December 1959.


1962 Second Division champions, European Champions' Cup semi-finalists.
1964 First Division champions.
1965 FA Cup Winners.
1966 First Division champions, European Cup Winners Cup beaten finalists.
1969 First Division runners-up.
1971 FA Cup beaten finalists, Inter-Cities Fairs Cup semi-finalists.
1973 First Division champions, UEFA Cup winners.
1974 FA Cup winners, First division runners-up.

Shankly retired at the end of the 1973-74 season and was awarded the OBE.


Shankly's most famous quote is arguably "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."

For more quotes, please see Wikiquote - Quotes by Bill Shankly

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