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Bob Paisley

Bob Paisley

Bob Paisley, the most successful English club manager died ten years ago. What are your memories of the ex Liverpool boss?


Paisley's Managerial Record

3 European Cups

6 First Division league titles

1 UEFA Cup

1 European Super Cup

5 Charity Shields

3 League Cups

Bob Paisley managed Liverpool between from 1974 to 1983 winning six first division tiles and leading the club to it’s first European cup triumph in 1977 and another two in 1978 and 1981.

Paisley signed some of Liverpool’s most famous players including Kenny Dalglish, Graeme Souness and Alan Hansen. His record of three European Cup titles has never been equalled by a manager of any other British club. Unlike Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley was never really comfortable with the media preferring to let his teams do the talking, perhaps because of this lack of profile many Liverpool fans feel he didn’t receive the official recognition that other managers like Sir Matt Busby did.

Paisley with the European Cup
Paisley with the European Cup

While six league championships is a tremendous record Paisley’s greatest achievement was probably leading Liverpool to three European Cups, this at a time when winning either the title of retaining the European Cup was the only way of qualifying for the next seasons competition.

Bob Paisley was born on January 23rd 1919 in Hetten-le-Hole, County Durham. Paisley played for amateur side Bishop Auckland before joining Liverpool in May 1939. During the war he served with the Desert Rats in North Africa and Italy where he drove through Rome on a tank when Italy was liberated in June 1944. Paisley returned to Rome 33 years later to lead Liverpool to victory over German side Borussia Monchengladbach to clinch his first European Cup.

Disappointment

Paisley and Matt Busby
Sir Matt Busby and Bob Paisley

Paisley’s time as a player for Liverpool included a bitter moment when he was left out of the side for the 1950 Cup Final against Arsenal, despite scoring in the semi-final against Everton. Liverpool lost to Arsenal and the FA Cup was to remain one of the few trophies that eluded Paisley as both a player and manager.

Bob Paisley captained Liverpool before retiring as a player in 1954, the same year the club were relegated to Division Two. He then joined Liverpool’s coaching staff, having already completed a correspondence course in physiotherapy. When Bill Shankly arrived in 1959 he asked Bob and the rest of the backroom staff to stay on.

When Bill Shankly resigned in 1974 the Liverpool board persuaded Paisley to take the job even though he didn’t really want it. The next nine years were to be the most successful in the club’s history.

last updated: 21/02/06
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karl whittle
Probly the most succsessful manager ever

David Jones
Shanks lay the foundations for Bob Paisley's success. It is probably unlikely that Shank's would have achieved the success that Paisley did. Shank's was right for his time and Paisley was for his. My memories of Bob will always be of him sprinting onto the field in his old fashioned tracksuit bottoms with his sponge. A great manager who should have been knighted!

Mufiid
"SIR Bob Paisley"

BRUCE BARTON
LIVING IN ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA, I CANNOT EXPERIENCE FIRST HAND OF THE SUCCESS OF BOB PAISLEY. I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO SEE LIVERPOOL PLAY TWICE IN 1974/75 SEASON. THEY WON BOTH MATCHES, 2-0? AGAINST LUTON AT ANFIELD AND 2-0 WITH SPURS AT WHITE HART LANE. FROM AUSTRALIA WE KNEW WHAT A GREAT JOB BOB DID AND PROVED THAT HIS TEAM WAS THE BEST OF THE BEST TO EVER PLAY OUR GREAT GAME. I HAVE A VIDEO OF THE FIRST HUNDRED YEARS OF FOOTBALL AND THE LAST HALF HOUR IS MANY ON LIVERPOOL AND ESPECIALLY THE PAISLEY ERA. THE BEST FOOTBALL EVER PLAYED. GREAT GUY AND HIS MEMORIES WILL LIVE ON FOR EVER AND EVER, THANKS BOB.

Alan Skeggs
I have no memories as such,but the mans record speaks for itself,as against "sir" alex fergusons'!?

Malcolm Smith
Without doubt the greatest manager ever because of what he won. Also unlike some managers of other clubs today he was a gentleman who on the rare occasion Liverpool lost he would be gracious in defeat. I met him and spoke to him once in the late John Smith's room at Anfield .I got invited in because My friend was the stepson of the Southampton chairman.I was left on my own and suddenly I spotted an old fellow with a jumper underneath his suit all on his own.I went over to him and said hello and I he talked to me about Liverpool FC. as if he had known me for years.What a lovely man and how disgusting that he never received a knighthood for his acheivements.

Eddy
Put ye knighthood where the sun dont shine. The footbaling world knows Bob Paiseley was "The Man

Eddy
A true working class hero. A humble colossus. In an era of real men he was head and shoulders above the rest.

clinton
MR Paisley kicked the door open and all the Liverpool Legends have followed ever since.......he was the king in Europe and in England..the best!

ken gibo
it should be lord paisley not sir

Brian Parker
Bob Paisley had everything that the game is now lacking. Class and Integrity amongst managers and basic humility which has now been lost to the game. He will forever be remembered and honoured by the people who really matter. His like will never be seen again,unfortunately.

russ davidson
he was a lefal manager just like rafiel benitez he was cool and he could do anything he wanted one of the best manager well ever see in a long time

BARRY BEATSON
Bob Paisley is a legend and it should be SIR Bob Paisley, come on the powers that be.

ali e
What a legend, A true football fan who di what he did better than any other manager could ever do

JimD
Modesty and self effacement do not hide his genius. Sometimes the things you do not do are more important than the things you do.

Dave Lenton
My home was on the opposite side of the road from Bob's in a cul de sac in Woolton. I well remember the day he was promoted to manager, some friends were wondering how he would get on in the job. My father had always maintained that Bob had masterminded behind all of Bill Shankly's succeses. I told them what he had said. When some of them stopped sniggering I said don't worry from what I've seen of Bob I'm convinced he will be the best manager ever. History speaks for itself.

David Sankey
Great man and this from a Everton supporter. John Lennon airport my goodnes what a insult to great men like Bob.

h
leaves all others in his wake...rip sir bob

Alan Blaz
What can you say...! Just look at his record....It t ells you everything..!

deano
without doubt the greatest.. and at a time when money had know relevance in the game,and creating a team from scratch

mike
Modern awards are handed out like toffees. Let's just remember the greatest manager in British Club football for his three Eurpopean cups. A modern day knighthood wouldn't do his achievements justice.

ste amps
i was b p gardener towards the end as jessie was recovering after being in hospital +bp would wander and chat +i found bp abrill man +humours at times . he thought it amusing me telling him how great he was and telling him im a everton fan . he still spoke to me afterwards .so he forgave. he never saw himself as a great man . he just talked with passion for sport +football all teams not just l.pool.

Ian McNally
We shouldn't worry about Bob being knighted. He was always a humble man, proud to be one of the people. A working class hero not an aristocrat.

Lynsay Pain
He should be given a posthumous knighthood.

Matt
How Bob Paisley was never knighted is an absolute disgrace. The best manager in British Football history. He has the respect of the football world now it's time he was respected by the powers that be, even though it is too late.

steve chorley u. s. a.
when you compare the achievements of bob paisley to alex ferguson who should really be the sir.

Liam
As a blue, I have to say that the man was a huge figure in football, and it is a disgrace that his achievements have never formerly been recognised. We gave the cricket team honours for winning a single ashes series...

raymond green
the greatest manager of all time.with the greatest club team of all time.should be knighted

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