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Bob Paisley

Born January 23 1919, Hetton-Le-Hole, County Durham

Bob Paisley is Liverpool most successful manager ever.  He joined the reds in May 1939 as a wing-half only to have his Liverpool debut delayed by the second world war.  Bob eventually amassed a total of 278 appearances for the reds whilst scoring 13 goals.  His most disappointing event of his reds playing career was being dropped for the 1950 cup final which Liverpool lost.  He did, however, receive a losers medal which had to be specially struck for him after a request by Liverpool.

Paisley began his managerial role in July 1974 after reluctantly stepping into Bill Shankly’s shoes.  The manager never looked back.  He won virtually every honour on offer to the club game, most notably guiding the club to european domination.  He guided the club to its first European Cup triumph in 1977 only to repeat the feat in 1978 before letting it slip until regaining it in 1981.

Paisley retired in 1983 as manager but became a director at the club and notably helped Kenny Dalglish in his early days of football management.

The Paisley honours - 6 league titles, 3 league cups, 3 European cups, 1 UEFA cup, 1 European super-cuip, 5 Charity Shields, 6 Manager of the Year awards.

Bob Paisley was awarded the freedom of the city of Liverpool and also received an OBE for his services to football.  Quite why the man was not knighted is unknown.  He moved not just the club but English football to the top of the European scene.  Bob Paisley died in 1996 and three years later has been honoured with a suitable tribute behind Liverpool’s Famous Kop.  A set of gates provide a fitting entrance to the ground where he provided such joy to the fans of this club, yet never took all the fame to himself, rather spreading it across the whole team.  That was Paisley all over.

Bob Paisley - The most successful Liverpool manager ever