Depicting the team Bill Shankly built to gain Liverpool promotion from the old second division in 1961-62 after languishing there for 8 years. When Shankly arrived at Anfield, from Huddersfield, it’s no exaggeration to say the club and its facilities were a shambles. But alongside his “Boot Room” staff of Bob Paisley, Joe Fagin & Reuben Bennett, things improved so much that, by the end of the 1963-64 season Liverpool became League Champions for the sixth time. Shankly led Liverpool to 2 further Championships, won 2 FA Cups and 1 UEFA Cup before retiring after the 1974 FA Cup final. He died 7 years later at the tragically young age of 68.
1. Gerry Byrne: A local lad who played his whole career at Liverpool. He was ever-present in a side that romped to 2nd Division title - Shankly's first trophy. A courageous footballer, he played all but the first 3 mins of the 1965 FA Cup Final with a broken collar bone. Despite this he still managed to set up Liverpool's first goal after maurading run and cross!
2. Jim Furnell: Bought for a run-in to get promotion to the 1st Division, a plan that succeeded. However, after breaking a finger 13 games into the next season he lost his place to Tommy Lawrence. After only 28 games for the club he was sold to Arsenal. He finished his career at Plymouth where he was voted into their all time greatest 11.
3. Ronnie Moran: Another local lad and one-club man. He established himself in the team in the 1954 - 55 season. He missed only 6 league matches in the next 5 years but injuries began to affect his career in the 2nd Division Championship season. He became part of the famous "Shankly Boot Room" before eventually retiring after 46 years at the club.
4. Gordon Milne: His father Jimmy played alongside Shanks at Preston and Gordon was one of Shankly's first signings, from Preston North End for £16,000. He played a prominent role in Liverpool's rise to success.
5. Ron Yeats: Due to his huge frame, Shankley said of Yeats "The man is a mountain, go into the dressing room and walk around him". He lived up to the reputation of his nickname "The Colossus". He played at the heart of Liverpool's defense for a decade, helping to win the club's first major honours in nearly 20 years.
6. Tommy Leishman: A driving force in midfield, he was signed from St Mirren with whom he'd won the Scottish Cup. He played in all but one game with the side that won the 2nd Division title. However, he subsequently only made 11 appearances in the first half of the season once the club was back in the big time. He rejoined St Mirren before finishing his career in Northern Ireland.
7. Ian Callaghan MBE: Toxteth born, he holds the record number of League appearances for Liverpool. He started his career as a right-winger and was a regular in the first team from 1961 until he left in 1978. He was named the Football Writers Footballer of the Year in 1974. He won his 2nd England Cap during the 1966 World Cup Finals but had to wait another 11 years and 49 days before he won his final England Cap aged 35.
8. Roger Hunt MBE: Scored on his debut in September 1959 and was one of the few players retained when Shankly took control. He scored 41 goals in 41 games during a promotion winning season. He scored the first goal ever shown on Match of the Day in 1964 and went on to be a member of England's World Cup winning side of 1966. He played in all six of England's games in the tournament scoring 3 goals.
9. Ian St. John: Joined Liverpool for a fee of £37,500 - more than double the previous highest fee paid for anyone by the Liverpool board. His arrival with Yates was seen as the "turning point" by Shankly. With Hunt, he formed an irrepressible partnership for the 2 League titles and he scored the winning goal in the 1965 Cup Final - the first time Liverpool ever won the trophy.
10. Jimmy Melia: Another local lad, he scored on his debut in December 1955 aged 18. It wasn't until the following season that he got a real run in the side and, like Hunt, was one of the few to survive the cull when Shankly arrived. Liverpool's return to the First Division saw him attract the attention of Alf Ramsey. Despite scoring a goal and making one in his 2nd international, no further caps allowed.
11. Alan A’Court: Made his debut in February 1953 in a First Division 3 - 2 win at Middlesbrough. The following season he made 16 appearances, however Liverpool were relegated. He became a regular first team choice over the following seasons, as Liverpool tried to regain top flight status. By the age of 24 he had played 200 League games for the club, becoming the youngest player to do so.
12. Bill Shankly OBE: Having been robbed of the best years of his footballing career by World War II, he manged successfully at Carlisle, Grimsby, Workington and Huddersfield before taking control at Liverpool. Slowly at first, and then with a gathering pace, he turned Liverpool around, gaining promotion back to the First Division in 1961 - 62. In 1965, Liverpool won the FA Cup for the first time in the club's history. Besides League and FA Cup successes he also led Liverpool to their first European success, winning the UEFA Cup in 1973. The following season he dramatically retired from management aged 61.
Frankly, Mr Shankly
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