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50 years ago, today the 17th of August 1964, Liverpool played their first
European game. The great European history of Liverpool started on the
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Liverpool Team 17th August 1964
Liverpool: 1. Tommy Lawrence, 2. Gerry Byrne, 3. Ronnie Moran, 4. Gordon
Milne, 5. Ron Yeats (Captain), 6. Willie Stevenson, 7. Ian Callaghan, 8. Roger
Hunt, 9. Phil Chisnall, 10. Gordon Wallace and 11. Peter Thompson.
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Bob Paisley: How Liverpool's reluctant hero began a revolution
By Russell Stoddart
BBC Sport When Liverpool begin their Premier Wholesale
Nike Jerseys League campaign against Southampton on Sunday, manager Brendan
Rodgers will be attempting to build on last season's second placed finish.
But whatever Rodgers achieves at Anfield, he is unlikely to surpass the
feats of Bob Paisley, who took charge of Liverpool in the league for the first
time exactly 40 years ago, with a 2 1 win at Luton on 17 August 1974.
In his nine seasons in charge, Paisley won six league titles, three European
Cups, three League Cups, a Uefa Cup, Super Cup and three Charity Shields. He
was also manager of the year on six occasions an honour won by Rodgers for the
first time last season.
Paisley's 45 years as a player, physiotherapist, coach, assistant manager,
manager and director is a unique example of loyalty to one club. Here, we look
back at the career of one of the great managers.
Paisley spent his entire professional playing career at Liverpool
The reluctant genius
There is no knighthood on the family mantelpiece or statue outside Anfield
to commemorate one of Liverpool's true legends, but Paisley was never one for
personal plaudits or making a fuss.
Long time Liverpool secretary Peter Robinson described having a "frightful
time" trying to persuade Paisley to take over the managerial reins following
the departure of predecessor Bill Shankly, who had claimed three league titles,
two FA Cups and two Uefa Cups over 15 seasons after taking over in 1959.
When Paisley took his first training session after his appointment, he told
a shocked dressing room that he was "only looking after the shop until a proper
Record appearance holder Ian Callaghan, who played in midfield for the club
between 1960 and 1978, said: "Bob was very reluctant to become manager because
he didn't think he was cut out for it. He was an introvert and preferred being
in the background.
"I think we all had to adjust. He'd always been known as simply 'Bob'. It
was Shanks who was 'boss', and it took time to change.
"Shanks was a one off, but Bob was a one off too and he found ways of making
a great club even greater."
Paisley guided Liverpool to their first European Cup win, beating Borussia
Monchengladbach 3 1 in 1977
Shankly v Wholesale NFL Jerseys Paisley
These two greats were entirely different characters with different
strengths, but they complemented each other.
Paisley biographer John Keith, who has written and produced a 40th
anniversary tribute show that will be staged at New Brighton's Floral Pavilion
on 12 September, said: "Bob once remarked that while Shanks wore steel tips on
his shoes so people knew he was coming, he preferred to wear carpet
"When Bob took over he called some of the press into his office and
explained he was not very good at saying what he meant, and gave permission for
us Cheap Jerseys to finish off his sentences for him."
Left back Alan Kennedy, who scored winning goals in two European Cup finals
under Paisley, said that he had a ruthless streak that Shankly never had.
He said: "Bob learned a lot from Shanks' reluctance to change an ageing
Liverpool side in the late 1960s. Just after we won the European Cup against
Real Madrid in 1981 he said the team needed freshening up and he went out and
Among the players who were phased out within a year were goalkeeper Ray
Clemence, Nike NFL Jerseys Cheap midfielder Terry McDermott
and striker David Johnson.
Right back Phil Neal, who won nine league championships and four European
Cups with the club, said that Paisley's ability to pick players from obscurity
was a major strength.
Neal added: "He signed defender Ronnie Whelan from Irish League side Home
Farm, striker Ian Rush from Chester City and goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar from
"When Kevin Keegan moved to German side Hamburg in 1977 for 500,000, Bob
brought in Kenny Dalglish from Celtic and made a 60,000 profit on the