Liverpool's Shankly Hotel to display unseen memorabilia

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image captionLiverpool won the FA Cup for the first time in the club's history under Shankly

Work has begun on a new £20m football-themed hotel which includes a museum with unseen memorabilia of Liverpool's former manager Bill Shankly.

The 83-bedroom Shankly Hotel in the former Liverpool City Council building in Victoria Street will display 70 pieces from his family's collection.

It is expected to be completed in August, creating more than 200 jobs.

Chris Shankly-Carline said it will be "the ultimate tribute to his grandfather".

The museum will feature items from Shankly's time as Liverpool manager and also from his playing days with Carlisle United and Preston North End.

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image captionBill Shankly's grandson Chris Shankly-Carline holding the This is Your Life book and the key to the Shankly Gates with developer Lawrence Kenwright

Pieces include the key to the Shankly Gates (pictured), presented to the family in 1982 and Nasa badges given to him by Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong when they visited Anfield in the 1970s.

Mr Shankly-Carline said: "[We] have identified some truly unique, unseen pieces of memorabilia from within the family collection to display."

Shankly took over as Liverpool manager in 1959. He is credited with taking the club from the second tier of English football and turning it into a major force in Europe.

Under Shankly, Liverpool won the First Division title in 1964, 1966 and 1973, won the FA Cup in 1965 for the first time in the club's history and the Uefa Cup in 1973.

He retired in 1974 after winning the FA Cup for a second time.

After his death in 1981, Liverpool erected the Shankly Gates at the stadium and a seven-foot bronze statue of Shankly was unveiled outside the Kop in 1997.

The hotel is being developed in conjunction with his family and Signature Living.

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