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Rewind: Cliff Jones on Liverpool great Bill Shankly and the day Jimmy Greaves 'broke Shankly's heart' at the Lane!

Posted on 10 February 2017  - 09:00

As the legendary Bill Nicholson was leading us to a historic double and successive cup wins in the early 1960s, another Bill was laying the foundations at a club that would go on to dominate English football - the one and only Bill Shankly at Liverpool. Here, Cliff Jones talks about the man behind the Anfield revolution - and the day Jimmy Greaves 'broke Shankly's heart' at the Lane...

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Bill Shankly took over at Anfield in December, 1959, led them to the old Division Two title in 1962 and within two years, lifted the Division One championship.

Under his guidance, the Reds went on to win titles in 1966 and 1973, the FA Cup in 1965 and 1974 and the UEFA Cup in 1973.

Retiring aged 60 in the summer of 1974, Shankly handed over the reigns to Bob Paisley and he would lead the Merseysiders to six titles between 1974-1983, three European Cups in 1977, 1978 and 1981, a hat-trick of League Cups in 1981, 1982 and 1983 and the UEFA Cup in 1976.

It all started with Shankly, however - as double-winner Cliff explained.

 


Below: Bill Shankly

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"Bill Shankly was very much like Bill Nicholson," said the Welsh hero, who helped us to the double in 1961, the FA Cup in 1962 the European Cup Winners Cup in 1963 and the FA Cup again in 1967. "He was so involved in everything at the club and the supporters were so important to him. Anfield was always rocking, especially the Kop end.

"I wasn’t at all surprise to see them go on to dominate English football because they’ve always produced the football and the players. It’s a very special club.

"It’s always a great game and we always look forward to it. I’m sure they feel the same about us."

Below: The great Bill Nicholson

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The day Greavsie broke Shankly's heart...

We played Liverpool back-to-back over the Easter weekend of 1963. We led 2-0 in the Good Friday game at Anfield only to lose 5-2! "I thought at half-time 'we might have cracked it here' but in the end we got stuffed!" said Cliff.

However, the tables were turned as we put together a stunning performance and 7-2 win at the Lane on Easter Monday!

Jimmy Greaves scored four goals and Cliff recalled: "Greavsie was sensational. After the game, Bill Shankly was seen wandering around the car park in a complete daze and when he was approached by one of the reporters saying 'Bill, 7-2, any injuries?' he said 'no injuries laddy, just a broken heart'. Jimmy Greaves broke his heart!"