Bob Shankly

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Bob Shankly
Personal information
Full name Robert Fleming Blyth Shankly
Date of birth (1910-02-25)25 February 1910
Place of birth Glenbuck, East Ayrshire, Scotland
Date of death May 1982 (aged 72)
Playing position Centre Forward
Youth career
Glenbuck Cherrypickers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Alloa Athletic
Tunbridge Wells
National team
1937 Scottish League XI[1] 1 (0)
Teams managed
1950–1957 Falkirk[2]
1957–1959 Third Lanark
1959–1965 Dundee
1965–1969 Hibernian
1967 Toronto City
1970–1973 Stirling Albion
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

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[3] after being turned down by Ayr United, despite scoring a hat-trick of goals in a trial match. Shankly then played for English non-league team Tunbridge.[3] 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 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.[4] Dundee made it to the 1964 Scottish Cup Final, but a Scottish Cup defeat by St Johnstone the following season prompted his departure.[3]

Shankly resigned from Dundee in February 1965 to succeed Jock Stein as manager of Hibernian.[3] Hibs reached a League Cup Final in April 1969, but lost heavily to Stein's Celtic. He temporarily retired and left Hibs later in 1969.[3] He returned to football management with Stirling Albion, then became their general manager and a club director.[3] He survived a major car accident in 1975, in which he, Jock Stein and another friend were seriously injured.[3] Bob died from a heart attack at an SFA meeting in 1982.[3] 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.[3] A stand at Dens Park is named in Shankly's honour[5] and he is a member of the Dundee hall of fame.[3]


Stirling Albion


  1. ^ "Bob Shankly". London Retrieved 18 March 2013.
  2. ^ "Falkirk FC Managers". Retrieved 18 March 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Hall of Fame – Shankly" Archived 3 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine.. Dundee F.C. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
  4. ^ Spiers, Graham (10 February 2010). "Craig Brown and Walter Smith prove passion isn't a grey area". The Times. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
  5. ^ "Dundee". Scottish Football Ground Guide. Archived from the original on 8 May 2009. Retrieved 22 February 2010.

Further reading

  • Powley, Adam; Gillan, Robert (2015). Shankly's Village: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Glenbuck and its Famous Sons. Pitch Publishing. ISBN 1-78531-125-5.
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