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#SHANKLY100... my mate, "The luckiest LFC fan in the world."
« on: August 20, 2013, 02:13:06 PM »
Someone's said this long before me. I suppose, it's a bit of a cliché, but... The assassination of John Lennon, First Man On The Moon, they're the moments I remember, exactly where I was and what I was doing. We've all got them, Rome, Istanbul, Birds and Babies, getting chased and shot at by Crack Heads for the first time, and all them treasures. But for all of us there at the time, Bill Shankly retiring was one of the biggest of all them moments.

All of us that were about at the time, have got our own, “Oh, no. It's really true, Shankly's retired,” memories and stories. I've got nothing new to add to them. I haven't got any original tales from his career, either. But, of course, I've got my own Shankly stories. This is one, in a roundabout way...

A couple of years back, I bumped into a lad I hadn't seen for ages. I wish he was telling the story. He's in his early late 60's. Funny lad, great character, proper red, Boys Pen graduate, got more Liverbirds on him than an Avery, but he wasn't a week in week out, match going fella. Life and it's circumstances, got in the way. But, starting in the 1950's, Some Team Or Another v Liverpool Football Club, no matter where, two bob in his pocket or not, if he was at liberty to go, or sometimes not, he was there.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles, from Tbilisi Georgia to George of Asda, Newcastle to New Year, he's been to some gaffs and got hilarious tales about them all. I'd tape them, only the old bastard would accuse me of selling them or working for MI6, CID, FSG, or some other shady agency or another.

There'll be lads on here who know him. Me and the wife have known him for 30 odd, knocking on 40, years. But we hadn't seen him in a couple of them. No excuse. He only lives a few miles away. But you know how that goes. He didn't. Terrible bollocking, the pair of us, for not coming to see him.

He was in a mobility scooter. So, I didn't call him any names back or say, You know where ours is. He's alright, but he's got some breathing thing going on. And the places he needs are a fair walk from his gaff. (Leave the bloody Post Offices and Libraries alone, Cameron, yer horrible robbing prick. You could learn a thing or two million from Shanks). So, anyway, the scooters handy for getting out and about. But he's far from knackered. Never mind dig me for implying it, he'd dig me just for talking about him on here. Fuck him. (For the PC amongst us, I'd best say, he'd get a laugh out of that).
   
Anyway, me and her are going somewhere and bumps into him. Bollocking, happy hellos, bit of a laugh over, we go back to his. Tea and biccies, her an him, on the couch, talking family things, his health, her health, the dog and it's wife’s health, everyone's business, the price of Rum and all that shite. Then, the pictures come out, “Go'way, is tha' her. Aged, woeful hasn't she, eh?” “Oh, remember that time when....”  They had a laugh strolling down memory lane.

As they're going through them, I spots a picture. There was a big pile. It near dodged through unnoticed. But I thought it was. So I grabbed it, and it was... him, our mate, about 30 years ago, kneeling next to a headstone with his name on it and a big smile on his face. For all the time I'd known him, I knew nothing about it. So I had a proper look at the headstone... Two Liver Birds, one either side of his name, and, underneath that, his date of birth and a blank space for when he shuffles off.

It's not the Shankly story, but he tells me about the headstone. Well, I asked him if it's real, and said, “Bit morbid that, isn't it?”
This is, more or less, his words... “Behave yerself, Soft Lad. Cost wads tha', even back then. An' I kopped it, Liverbirds, the works... next ter fuck all, nothin'.”

I think digging them up is bang out of order, an all. So, any complaints, take them up with the church or the council, or Tesco, or whoever does that crap. But long one short...
Me mate's walking past some grave yard, headstones were being dug up and carted off. He gets into the lads digging them up, bought one, got the first owners details shaved off and he's own put on... “Already got the plot, Lad, family one, had it for yonks.”

I'm laughing. He starts pulling out all sorts of memorabilia and telling match stories. Great stuff, but the pictures... well, from me teens on, I always remember being bang on tidy, the handsomest lad to ever go on The Kop, proper smart and trendy. All I can say is, some woefully dodgy gobs, teeth, clobber and haircuts around back then... I've seen some ugly Scousers in me time, but that Oink Peterson takes the biscuit.” (Aul punchline of an aul joke for the aul arses).

He pulls a draw out the sideboard and puts it on me knee. I'm flipping throw wads of great LFC and Liverpool memories. Me mate starts pulling things out of envelopes, tickets from mad games in far flung places, with fantastic lies and brilliant stories to go with them all. It was great, a real treat, proper laugh. I can never leave it that long, again.

Anyway, I spots this little newspaper clipping from The Echo and start reading it. The headline is, my mate's name and calls him “The Luckiest Liverpool Supporter In The World.” And it says, The Great Man Shanks gave him a ticket to get into the 1971 FA Cup Final, Liverpool v Arsenal.

Me mate tells the story. He'd hitch hiked down from Liverpool the night before...
“Didn't have a carrot, La'. She's kickin off, callin' me all sorts, kids drivin her mad, snuck out the house, murder, kill me when Ah get back.”
Next morning, nice and handy, but not a penny, he made his way to the team hotel. He's got the Final Echo in his arse pocket. It's got a big colour picture of the team, middle pages. He gets himself in the hotel somehow and lurks about, walking round swerving hotel staff, looking nonchalant, hiding, all that caper.

The Lads come down for breakie. Made up, me mate opens the Echo to the picture, holds it up and walks over... “Alright Lads, we'll batter dese terday, eh?”

Hotel staff come over to turf him out. But before me mate kicks off on them, Shanks chases them and...
“Have you got a ticket, Son?”
“No, Bill. I haven't gorra carrot, either, hitched down last night, me bird'll kill me, blag-blah-blag.”

In the Echo clipping, it says Mister Shankly gave him a ticket. Me mate...
“Did he bollocks. He sold it to me at face value, and warned me... he knew the seat number, in case I sold it an' bunked in.”
“Go'way. Did he? How much was it?”
“A fuckin' nicker! The aul mingebag.”

I never bothered asking where he got the nicker from. And I'd leave it there if it was just aul arses reading it. They know what Shanks meant to lads like us. He still does. Cliche again, but my mate loved Shanks like a Father. So did I. We all did. But the older I get, the more I realise, how lucky I am that a bit of my time crossed with Mister Shankly's. And I've no doubt, Shanks would have got a bit of a giggle out of that little story, himself. One of us, but a Giant. We call him The Great Man. I can't add to that, either.
« Last Edit: August 25, 2013, 08:39:05 PM by MichaelA »
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Re: SHANKLY 100... my mate, "The luckiest LFC fan in the world."
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2013, 02:21:25 PM »
Great read that FS.
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Re: SHANKLY 100... my mate, "The luckiest LFC fan in the world."
« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2013, 02:52:23 PM »
Capturing read, you have a great writing style - thanks for sharing.

Wish a bit of my time had crossed with that great man.

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Re: SHANKLY 100... my mate, "The luckiest LFC fan in the world."
« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2013, 02:55:57 PM »
Wonderful writing.
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Re: SHANKLY 100... my mate, "The luckiest LFC fan in the world."
« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2013, 02:57:53 PM »
really enjoyable read, thanks fs
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Re: SHANKLY 100... my mate, "The luckiest LFC fan in the world."
« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2013, 02:58:20 PM »
Loved reading that FS... this site needs more of your stories

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Re: SHANKLY 100... my mate, "The luckiest LFC fan in the world."
« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2013, 04:03:46 PM »
Lovely stuff, thanks mate.
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Re: SHANKLY 100... my mate, "The luckiest LFC fan in the world."
« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2013, 04:09:20 PM »
Shanks was 'one of us', we worshiped him and called him 'The Messiah' and gave praise at his feet and at times we felt like he was a God or a Saint  as we worshiped him from the Kop but he was a human being and that made his achievements all the more extraordinary because he couldn't click his fingers and zap Liverpool to the top of the leauge. He did it by hard work, made mistakes and learnt from those mistakes as he corrected them. And the paradox is that his real honest down to earth ordinaryness made him all the more extraordinary and Fat Scouser's story captures that beautifully.
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« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2013, 07:05:52 PM »
Too short, could read these all day.

That was brilliant, thanks.
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« Reply #9 on: August 20, 2013, 07:49:39 PM »
Too short, could read these all day.

He's right FS, but it was brilliant, loved it.

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Re: SHANKLY 100... my mate, "The luckiest LFC fan in the world."
« Reply #10 on: August 20, 2013, 08:17:15 PM »
Criminal i know but i've only just got round to reading 44 Years With The Same Bird. Just started it tonight & read the early chapters from when he was a lad and it's a great insight into that decade or so that us Paisley-era Reds always wish we'd been around for (despite the fact we were spoiled rotten by Bob and the boys). Best compliment i can pay to FS is that that was seamless, like reading some more of Brian Reade's brilliant book. Can't get enough of this Shankly 100 stuff. It goes way beyond the football.

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Re: SHANKLY 100... my mate, "The luckiest LFC fan in the world."
« Reply #11 on: August 20, 2013, 08:28:59 PM »
Captivating and wonderfully told story, FS. Thank you.
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Re: SHANKLY 100... my mate, "The luckiest LFC fan in the world."
« Reply #12 on: August 20, 2013, 08:30:27 PM »
Thanks folks. It's always a pleasure to speak about Mister Shankly. I honestly loved the man and still do. In fact, this is a bit weird. But my growing disaffection with football today, is down to the love of it Bill instilled. Probably doesn't make any sense that, but I'm sure most can understand what I mean, especially the people that Shankly reared and taught in the Liverpool Way.
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Re: SHANKLY 100... my mate, "The luckiest LFC fan in the world."
« Reply #13 on: August 20, 2013, 08:33:36 PM »
Boss read that FS.
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« Reply #14 on: August 20, 2013, 08:36:36 PM »
Great read FS. He was the leader of our red army and we walked through walls and over turney's to worship him and his team. For me it was always him first, the rest second
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« Reply #15 on: August 20, 2013, 08:47:00 PM »
Lovely reading that Leo,I must have been the second luckiest supporter at the 71 final,13 at the time stood outside with me dad, at ten to three no tickets,fella taps me dad on the shoulder & asked if we wanted 2 tickets,recognised him as Syd Owen who was Don Revie's assistant at Leeds,yes we had to pay for them as well,face value £1-50 Arsenal end..Lucky enough to be going to the dinner at the Hilton the day after the united game next month to celebrate the great mans life,can't wait to see & maybe meet some of my 70's heroes including my all time favourite Jimmy Case!!

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« Reply #16 on: August 20, 2013, 09:29:35 PM »
Great read Leo.

Sure I've heard that story of Shankly sorting a final ticket for a potless lad. A nicker though? Haha. Still, a memory of a lifetime and a priceless story.

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« Reply #17 on: August 20, 2013, 09:42:13 PM »
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« Reply #18 on: August 20, 2013, 09:55:19 PM »
It's when you read things like this that you realise that without FS around that we won't get pearls like this one. Fab read mate
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« Reply #19 on: August 20, 2013, 11:23:48 PM »
Fuckin brilliant. Thanks FS!
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« Reply #20 on: August 20, 2013, 11:52:30 PM »
Great stuff and a writing style that paints a true picture of how it happened.

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« Reply #21 on: August 21, 2013, 12:54:44 AM »
cheers Leo, I enjoyed reading that.

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« Reply #22 on: August 21, 2013, 01:26:06 AM »
Great story. I was about 5 years old when Mr Shankly came to Liverpool and the man had such an aura about him, that he genuinely was like a father to me and thousands like me. At the time I thought I felt that way because I was such a young lad, but it didn't  take me long to realise that age had nothing to do with it, as blokes of all ages felt exactly the same.
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Re: SHANKLY 100... my mate, "The luckiest LFC fan in the world."
« Reply #23 on: August 21, 2013, 01:44:20 AM »
What an evocative tribute to a fabulous Memory for your mate FS.

I was a kid when Paisley took over and grew up with him as my leader, I missed Shanks but my Dad always spoke of him in the most reverential terms, I grew up knowing he was a Gentlemen and a legend

That's a great story, thanks for sharing.

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« Reply #24 on: August 21, 2013, 03:53:31 AM »
Couldn't help but read that in my head with a Scouse accent, felt like you were right beside me telling the story. Great.

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« Reply #25 on: August 21, 2013, 09:17:34 AM »
Thanks folks. It's always a pleasure to speak about Mister Shankly. I honestly loved the man and still do. In fact, this is a bit weird. But my growing disaffection with football today, is down to the love of it Bill instilled. Probably doesn't make any sense that, but I'm sure most can understand what I mean, especially the people that Shankly reared and taught in the Liverpool Way.


Me too mate, I know lots and lots of people who love him still. I'm struggling a bit with the modern game and LFC in particular. Great piece Leo
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« Reply #26 on: August 21, 2013, 09:59:27 AM »

Me too mate, I know lots and lots of people who love him still. I'm struggling a bit with the modern game and LFC in particular. Great piece Leo
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Re: #SHANKLY 100... my mate, "The luckiest LFC fan in the world."
« Reply #27 on: August 21, 2013, 10:08:38 AM »
Thanks for sharing that, really good read,
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« Reply #28 on: August 21, 2013, 11:35:19 AM »

Me too mate, I know lots and lots of people who love him still. I'm struggling a bit with the modern game and LFC in particular. Great piece Leo
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I don't want to be to jaundiced, or go all moral, but imagine Bill going to Anfield, walking in The Boot Room and getting an ice cream with a sparkler in. He'd probably be more disheartened by that than the shithole he took over. Mind you, there again, he'd probably clear the gaff in seconds flat and start again... like I said, just one of us, a working man but a Giant.
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« Reply #29 on: August 21, 2013, 06:12:49 PM »
Thanks for taking the time to write that FS, I really enjoyed it.  It's vitally important that stories like that get told today, and no better man to tell them.  You've got a really great story telling way that just draws in the reader.  Thanks again.
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« Reply #30 on: August 22, 2013, 08:06:33 PM »
Wonderful writing.

A proper treat.

Thank you mate, I loved this.

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« Reply #31 on: August 22, 2013, 08:14:11 PM »
killer post big man and a treat to read

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« Reply #32 on: August 23, 2013, 05:56:54 PM »
killer post big man and a treat to read

Agreed, thanks for sharing this story, Leo :wave

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« Reply #33 on: August 25, 2013, 06:40:57 PM »
Thank you, Vic. I was a bit worried about bringing down the father in law to human being status. Albie's comment summed it up. For all the glitz and hype of the global-kick-ball-entertainment-industry, give me Bill saying it straight and Bob strolling round in his cardie and slippers, saying nothing, any day over what we've got now.

I don't want to be to jaundiced, or go all moral, but imagine Bill going to Anfield, walking in The Boot Room and getting an ice cream with a sparkler in. He'd probably be more disheartened by that than the shithole he took over. Mind you, there again, he'd probably clear the gaff in seconds flat and start again... like I said, just one of us, a working man but a Giant.

His first week on the job and he threatened the board he would report them to the Health people and have Anfield closed, he said he wouldn't let his dog use the toilets.
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Re: #SHANKLY100... my mate, "The luckiest LFC fan in the world."
« Reply #34 on: September 2, 2013, 11:27:51 AM »
taken the day off work to have a Shankly stories day, couldnt of started with a better one FS ,brilliant read