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Don't miss out on a Shankly special; Echo pullout celebrates 50th anniversary of his arrival.

Byline: DAVE RANDLES

CCeelleebbrraattiinngg tthhee 5500tthh aannnniivveerrssaarryy ooff hhiiss aarrrriivvaall aatt AAnnffiieelldd THE first day of December 1959 is one of the most pivotal dates in the history of Liverpool Football Club.

That was the day Bill Shankly announced he was leaving Huddersfield Town to take the reins at Anfield.

From that day forth he set about dragging the club from second division wilderness to the top of the English game.

No one man has had the impact on a football club that Shankly manufactured in his 15 years with Liverpool.

SSHHAANNKKLLYY CCeelleebbrraattiinngg tthhee 5500tthh aannnniivveerrssaarryy From events on the pitch to his extraordinary relationship with the fans, the man from Glenbuck revolutionised the ailing club, setting the standards that paved the way for Liverpool FC to become the most successful club in British football.

Next Tuesday marks the 50th anniversary of Shankly''s landmark arrival and the the Echo is producing a free 20-page special pull-out souvenir to celebrate his monumental appointment.

"It is in my opinion that Liverpool have a crowd of followers which rank with the greatest in the game," said Shankly as he put pen to paper at Anfield 50 years ago.

"They deserve success and I hope, in my small way, to be able to do something towards helping them to achieve it."

From a man who would become renowned for his colourful oratory skills, this was perhaps the understatement of his career.

The club Shankly left on his shock retirement in 1974 was unrecognisable to the one he walked into five decades ago.

His legacy was much more than laying the foundations for the Reds to dominate at home and abroad for years to come.

The reciprocal adulation between Shankly and the fans was also unprecedented.

With a range of exclusive interviews, including Rafael Benitez, our 20-page pull-out uncovers new revelations about Shankly.

Kevin Keegan recalls being plucked him from obscurity and reveals why playing for Liverpool was never the same for him after Shankly left.

ooff hhiiss aarrrriivvaall aatt AAnnffiieelldd The last of the original bootroom boys, Ronnie Moran, played for Shankly before joining his backroom staff and he provides a unique insight into the Scotsman's ethos that would stand the test of time.

And no Reds fan can afford to miss former chief executive Peter Robinson's recollections of how Shankly overhauled the club's transfer policy - and how he tried to get him to change his mind when he tendered his resignation.

Including memories from fans who met Shankly, we chart the pride and the glory, the legend and the legacy of a man who was arguably the single most important character in the proud and decorated history of Liverpool FC.

Don't miss your 20-page Bill Shankly souvenir pull-out in next Tuesday's Echo...

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Nov 27, 2009
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