Soccer - Bill Shankly In His Office

LIVERPOOL 5 Everton 1 – September 26, 1925

IT was this week, some 89 years ago, that Liverpool smashed rivals Everton 5-1 in front of 49,426 fans in attendance at Anfield.

Matt McQueen’s side were 3-0 up by half time before Dick Forshaw added to his first half strike twice after the break to round off his hat-trick and make it five, with Everton grabbing a consolation six minutes from time.

Liverpool would finish the season in seventh, with their rivals just a few places behind in 11th — for what it’s worth, the top four was made up of Bury, Sunderland, Arsenal and Huddersfield Town in first place. Football was mad.

LIVERPOOL 6 Hull City 1 – September 26, 2009

AFTER recently beating Hull, in current day, it seems fitting that we look back at the Reds’ 6-1 win over the same opponents seven years ago.

Rafa Benitez’s side were seven games into the new season, having narrowly missed out on the league title the season before, and it had been something of a hit and miss start. Two losses in their first three games was a disappointing start to the campaign, especially considering they had lost just two games all season in 2008/9.

However, they went into the visit of Hull City on the back of two straight wins, with a certain degree of renewed optimism. These feelings were vindicated after Fernando Torres scored a hat-trick within an hour to make it 3-1, before a remarkable goal from Steven Gerrard and two from Ryan Babel made it 6-1.

Unfortunately, that win was not a sign of things to come for the Reds as they finished in seventh which subsequently saw Benitez relieved of his duties at the club.

Wolves 0 LIVERPOOL 6 – September 28, 1968

SIX of the best for Bill Shankly’s Reds, as they swept aside Wolves at the Molineux, having won four of their last five games in all competitions prior to their trip to the Midlands.

Goals from Roger Hunt, Peter Thompson and Alun Evans saw Liverpool three goals up before the interval and the same trio scored in the second half, though not in the same order, to make it six.

Shankly’s side would end up in second place, six points behind Leeds United, losing just one home game all season.

The Death Of Bill Shankly – September 29, 1981

BORN on September 2, 1913, in Glenbuck, Scotland — William Shankly spent 15 years as a manager at Liverpool Football Club, elapsing 783 games.

In this time, he won the First Division title three times, the Second Division once, two FA Cups, one UEFA Cup and was named manager of the year in 1973 — though that accolade doesn’t really do his time at Liverpool justice.

He truly transformed the club and kept good on his promise to “build Liverpool into a bastion of invincibility.” He will forever be remembered for playing a huge part in building the club we all love today. Rest in peace, Bill.

LIVERPOOL 7 Oulu Palloseura 0 – September 30, 1981

THE day after the death of the club’s greatest ever manager, his successor Bob Paisley saw his side win by seven goals, as the Kop celebrated the life of Shankly by chanting his name throughout the whole second half.

With the Reds 2-0 up at half time, courtesy of goals from Kenny Dalglish and Terry McDermott, the fans sensed the game was over and decided to dedicate the next 45 minutes to their former boss —  singing “Shankly, Shankly, Shankly” throughout.

Ray Kennedy, David Johnson, Ian Rush, Mark Lawrenson and McDermott’s second rounded off a memorable night for the 20,000-plus in attendance. Rush and Lawrenson scoring their first goals at the club, the former introducing himself as the club’s new hero.

LIVERPOOL 10 Oulu Palloseura 1 – October 1, 1980

A YEAR earlier, the Reds swept the same opposition aside by an even more impressive scoreline.

Two goals each from Graeme Souness and Terry McDermott had the Reds in a commanding lead at half time and, despite the away side grabbing a goal just after the interval, both would eventually round off their hat-tricks as Sammy Lee, Ray Kennedy and two from David Fairclough sealed a more than comfortable win.

The Reds would go on to win the European Cup in the Parc Des Princes, their third triumph in five seasons, beating Real Madrid 1-0.