Tuesday, December 07, 2010


From 'The Little Book Of Liverpool,' a birthday present from Mook...

"There are two great teams in Liverpool: Liverpool and Liverpool Reserves." Bill Shankly.

"If Everton were playing at the bottom of my garden, I'd draw the curtains." Bill Shankly.

"Don't worry Alan, you'll be playing near a great side." Shankly to Alan Ball, after the latter signed for Everton.

"When the ball's down the Kop end, they frighten the ball. Sometimes they suck it into the back of the net." Shankly.

"Mind, I've been here during the bad times too. One year we came second." Bob Paisley.

"There's Man United and Man City at the bottom of Division One. And by God they'll take some shifting." Shankly in 1972/73.

"I was the best manager in Britain because I was never devious or cheated anyone. I'd break my wife's legs if I played against her, but I'd never cheat her." Shankly.

"They say he's tough, he's hard, he's ruthless. Rubbish, he's got a heart of gold, he loves the game, he loves his fans, he loves his players. He's like an old Collie dog, he doesn't like hurting his sheep. He'll drive them. Certainly. But bite them, never." Joe Mercer on Shankly.

"One of my great regrets is that I got the chance to speak to Bill Shankly only the once, John Toshack took me to Shanks' house to meet him. He gave me two pieces of advice: Don't over-eat and don't lose your accent." Kenny Dalglish.

"We never bothered with sand dunes and hills and roads; we trained on grass, where football is played." Shankly.

...and my favourite...

"Take that poof bandage off, what do you mean you've hurt your knee? It's Liverpool's knee!" Shankly to an injured Tommy Smith.


Andrew said...

Roy Evans: "I really think those suits would look better if they were, y'know, creamier?"

Radge said...

"I swear that when we walked out, most people thought we were the band." Robbie Fowler.

Andrew said...

"Conseeeestency of selection? Que?"

Rafa Benitez.

Conor said...

The advice to Kenny Dalglish is excellent.

'I know this is a sad occasion, but I think that Dixie would be amazed to know that even in death he could draw a bigger crowd to Goodison than Everton on a Saturday afternoon.'

- Shankly speaking at the funeral of Everton legend Dixie Dean

Radge said...

"Th...th...th...th...importANT... quality..." Benitez, ad nauseam.

Conor - That particular quote just missed the cut.

McMuck and the Mystery of the Kuúgleflarg said...

You neglect to mention it's a signed copy!

Radge said...

I'm afraid I wasn't able to authenticate that signature!