By David Peace.
One hundred years ago this September, in a small Scottish mining village in East Ayrshire, Bill Shankly was born. Shankly's passion was football. It was his job and it was his life, both as a player and then as a manager.
In 1959, Bill Shankly became manager of Liverpool Football Club. He transformed the fortunes of the club and has been immortalised as a hero. From the very beginning, he was as committed to the fans as they were to him.
David Peace, acclaimed author of the 'Red Riding' series, 'GB84' and 'The Damned United', now turns his attentions to Bill Shankly. David Peace's astonishing book 'Red or Dead' pulls Bill Shankly out of the football world and into the mainstream and tells us the story of the man, not just the manager. Peace describes Shankly as "not just a great football manager. Bill Shankly was one of the greatest men who ever lived."
Today Bill begins to lay the first building blocks for his new Liverpool team, the very start of a new era...
Read by Gary Lewis
Abridged by Robin Brooks
Producer: Allegra McIlroy.