By David Peace.
One hundred years ago on 2nd September 1913, 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. He transformed the fortunes of Liverpool Football Club, turning the team into a world class side, and he 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."
Now, It's 1962, two years into his management, and Bill Shankly has taken his team to the top of the second division. The building blocks are in place, the hard work and the passion, and the team are desperate for promotion now that it's almost within their grasp...
Read by Gary Lewis
Abridged by Robin Brooks
Producer: Allegra McIlroy.