For many, today will mean the first day that they get to open their advent calender but for a Liverpool fan it means so much more...
50 years ago today Bill Shankly arrived at Anfield with a dream that was almost laughable.
Just before the 'Shankly era' Liverpool FC were struggling. Relegated from the top flight and now struggling in the bottom half of the old second division, it seemed only a miracle could help them. In steps Bill Shankly.
How could a man from a mining town in Scotland create such an impression? Well, he stamped his personality all over Anfield with the players and fans all looking up to him. He understood what needed to be done and he wasn't afraid to step on anyones toes.
Without the influence of Shankly, I'm sure that Liverpool would not be in the place they are now. His sheer determination and visions lifted Liverpool out of a dark period and raised them to where they should be! (Pity he couldn't give Rafa a hand this season...)
"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."
With thanks: Photo: http://pirun.ku.ac.th/~b4801237/Quotes.html