Shankly is remembered

Bill Shankly
Bill Shankly
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Today marks the 34th anniversary of the passing of former Preston North End player and Liverpool manager Bill Shankly.

Shankly died on September 29, 1981 and was held in the highest regard in the game.

He made 337 appearances as a right-half for North End in a 16-year stay at Deepdale, playing in two FA Cup finals and winning promotion to the First Division in his debut season at the club.

The Lilywhites had signed him from Carlisle United for £500 in 1933, with him making his first-team debut in December that year after a spell in the reserves.

During the redevelopment of Deepdale, the re-built Kop was named in his honour in 1998, with a pattern of his face being designed into the seats.

Shankly cut his managerial teeth at Carlisle after retiring as a player.

The Bill Shankly Kop at Deepdale

The Bill Shankly Kop at Deepdale

He went on to manage Grimsby, Workington and Huddersfield before arriving at Liverpool in 1959.

Under his management, Liverpool were transformed from a Second Division side to one which won silverware on a regular basis.

Liverpool won three league titles, the FA Cup twice and the UEFA Cup with Shankly at the helm.

Shankly retired in the summer of 1974 at the age of 60, Liverpool having beaten Newcastle 3-0 in the FA Cup final.