Bill Shankly

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William Shankly (2 September 191329 September 1981) was a Scottish football manager.


  • I have been received more warmly by Everton than I have by Liverpool. It is scandalous that I should have to write these things about the club that I helped build into what it is today.
    • From his autobiography It's More Important Than That (1976), discussing the period after his retirement
  • Someone said to me 'To you football is a matter of life or death!' and I said 'Listen, it's more important than that'.
    • An interview on a Granada Television chat-show, hosted by Shelley Rohde on Wednesday 20th of May 1981


  • Aim for the sky and you’ll reach the ceiling. Aim for the ceiling and you’ll stay on the floor.
    • Attributed to Shankly in 2013[1], thirty years after Shankly's death. However, very similar sayings are found anonymously from the late twentieth-century.[2]

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