How Bill Shankly Changed Melwood

2 Sep


…Back in the reception, the European Cup stands proudly, enshrined in a gleaming glass box, with a quote from Rafael Benitez stencilled underneath. It reads: “To me, being part of Europe’s elite is central to this club’s ethos.”

But when Bill Shankly arrived at a dilapidated Melwood training ground in late 1959, Liverpool hadn’t the faintest concept of what it meant to play in Europe – never mind expect a place at its top table as some form of birthright.

“It was a sorry wilderness,” wrote Shankly in his autobiography ‘My Story’.

“One pitch looked as if a couple of bombs had been dropped on it. ‘The Germans were over here, were they?’ I asked…| How Bill Shankly changed Melwood



Story first appeared in the official Liverpool FC site on 02 September 2013

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