"Some people believe football is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that."
The above quote just about sums up the attitude of Bill Shankly, the former Liverpool manager, who was born on September 2, 1913 in Glenbuck, Scotland.
He is regarded as one of football's great managers for the manner in which he re-shaped Liverpool's fortunes during his 15-year reign from 1959 to 1974.
Shankly took charge of Liverpool when they were in the Second Division and rebuilt the team into a major force in English football. He led Liverpool to the Second Division Championship to gain promotion to the top-flight First Division in 1962, before going on to win three First Division Championships, two FA Cups, four Charity Shields and one UEFA Cup.
Shankly announced his surprise retirement from football a few weeks after Liverpool won the 1974 FA Cup Final, having managed the club for 15 years, and was succeeded by his long-time assistant Bob Paisley. He died seven years later at the age of 68.
Shankly was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in November 1974, four months after he retired as Liverpool manager.
Shankly was an inaugural inductee of the English Football Hall of Fame in 2002, in recognition of his impact on the English game as a manager.