Mention his name and every head at Liverpool Football Club will bow in respect but there was even more to Bill Shankly than just his amazing achievements at Anfield - his career blazed a stunning trail through football both as player and as manager. Nothing defines a football legend more than what happens on the pitch. These are fifty fantastic fixtures which etched the name Shankly on the heart of football for ever. Carlisle Reserves 0, Middlesbrough Reserves 6. Not a great start to a career in the Football League but this was Shankly's first ever game in England and, as a trialist he did enough on that day in December 1932 to make an impression that would lead to a carving.
Other matches include his full debut for Carlisle, his debut for Preston, his first Cup Final, his first winning Cup final, playing for Liverpool in one match during the Second World War, playing for Scotland, his first managerial match with Carlisle, his first match as manager at Grimsby (having just been turned down for the Liverpool job), first match as boss of Workington, debut with Huddersfield, debut with Liverpool, winning the Second Division, winning the league in 1964, Liverpool's European debut in 1964 - classic matches, winning the FA Cup in 1965, winning the league again, reaching the final of the European Cup Winner's Cup, winning the UEFA Cup, another FA Cup success and his last game in charge. Other matches involve high drama, high scores and of course, classic quotes from the man himself.
A vastly experienced writer, broadcaster and speaker, Bernard Bale formerly worked in Fleet Street with a number of national newspapers and still writes for many journals as well as having had more than 30 books published - at the last count - with more on the way. As a broadcaster he has twice doubled the listening figures for his BBC radio shows and has appeared on award-winning television programmes both in Britain and overseas.