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Bob Shankly

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Full nameRobert Shankly
Date of birth25 February 1910
Place of birthGlenbuck, Scotland
Date of deathMay 1982 (aged 72)

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Robert "Bob" Shankly (25 February 1910 - May 1982) was a professional football player and manager. from the village of Glenbuck in Ayrshire, Scotland.

Shankly was one of five brothers who all played football professionally, including Bill who would become a Scottish international and manager of Liverpool. Bob began his career with junior club Auchinleck before moving to the local club Glenbuck Cherrypickers.

He then moved into the senior ranks with Alloa Athletic after being turned down by Ayr United, despite scoring a hat-trick of goals in a trial match. He later played for Falkirk, although he had signed for Falkirk whilst unaware that Preston North End (where his brother Bill was then playing) wanted to sign him. Like many working class men from Ayrshire at the time, he began working life as a miner (as did all his brothers), combining this job with football on a part-time basis. He married in 1936 and had two children, John (who became a civil engineer, but was offered the chance to become a professional footballer himself) and Margaret.

It was as a football club manager that Bob Shankly made his name. After retiring from playing he had a spell as a coach of Stenhousemuir before managing Falkirk, Third Lanark, Dundee, Hibernian and Stirling Albion, where he eventually became a director. Whilst manager of Dundee, he managed to guide his club to victory in the Scottish Football League championship of 1961-62, three points ahead of Rangers F.C. and to date the only time Dundee have won the league title. The following season he guided Dundee to the semi-finals of the European Champions Cup, where they were defeated 5-2 on aggregate by AC Milan. Craig Brown later compared Shankly's achievements with Walter Smith, Jock Stein, Alex Ferguson and Jim McLean. With Shankly Dundee made it to the 1963/64 Scottish Cup final. He resigned from Dundee in February, 1965 as he was finding it difficult to sustain this level of success.

He took over from Jock Stein as manager of Hibernian who he steered to a League Cup Final defeat by Celtic in April 1969.

He remained in football management until 1973 when he then went onto Stirling Albion's board. He survived a major car accident in 1975, in which he, Jock Stein and another friend were seriously injured. Bob died from a heart attack at an SFA meeting in 1982. He was 72 years old, and his death came just one year after that of his younger brother Bill, who had also died from a heart attack. A stand at Dens Park is named in Shankly's honour.

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