Bill Shankly It s Much More Important Than That

'Football is not just a matter of life and death: it's much more important than that' - Bill Shankly Bill Shankly was without doubt among the greatest football managers of the post-war era and his life story is an inspiring read for anyone ...


Author: Stephen F Kelly

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9780753546765

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

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'Football is not just a matter of life and death: it's much more important than that' - Bill Shankly Bill Shankly was without doubt among the greatest football managers of the post-war era and his life story is an inspiring read for anyone interested in the sport. To football fans everywhere, Bill Shankly was far more than just a manager: he was a folk hero whose legend still dominates the game. Shankly took Liverpool FC from Second Division obscurity and helped create the legend that became the Anfield of Keegan, Hughes, Toshack and Heighway. With his impertinent questions, blunt observations and appreciation of life, Bill Shankly's wit, down-to-earth wisdom and sheer determination set a standard that holds good to this day. This full and frank biography tells his larger-than-life story and is an inspiring tribute to one of football's most enduring heroes.

Bad Sports

It also was linked to the arrival of the most storied name in the history of Liverpool FC, manager Bill Shankly. ... As Shankly was fond of saying, “Football is not a matter of life and death. It's much more important than that.


Author: Dave Zirin

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439175748

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 240

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A THOUGHT-PROVOKING LOOK AT THE BIG BUSINESS AND IMMORAL PRACTICES BEHIND PROFESSIONAL SPORTS BY ACCLAIMED SPORTSWRITER DAVE ZIRIN, HAILED AS THE “CONSCIENCE OF AMERICAN SPORTSWRITING” (THE WASHINGTON POST ) The fastest-growing sector of today’s sports audience is the alienated fan. Complaints abound: from inflated ticket prices, $6 hot dogs, and $9 beers to owners endlessly demanding new multimillion-dollar stadiums funded by public tax dollars. Those sitting in the owners’ boxes are increasingly placing profit over players’ performances and fan loyalty. Bad Sports cuts through the hype and bombast to zero in on tales of abusive, dictatorial owners who move their teams thousands of miles away from their fan base, use their stadiums as religious and political platforms, or hold communities ransom for millions of dollars of taxpayer money to fund their gargantuan stadiums. As the multibillion-dollar sports-industrial complex continues to lumber along, Dave Zirin is the voice in the wilderness, speaking out for the common fan with a tough, passionate, and intelligent voice that will remind readers that there is more to sportswriting than glowing athlete profiles.


Bill Shankly uttered one of the most famous quotes in football when he said, 'Some people think football is a matter of life and death, but it's much more important than that.' In saying that, Bill inflicted lasting damage on the game.


Author: Jimmy Greaves

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780748113385

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 576

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The autobiography of football icon Jimmy Greaves James Peter 'Jimmy' Greaves was one of the greatest footballers to have graced the English game, a goalscorer of legendary prowess. His gripping and characteristically humorous autobiography journeys from Jimmy's childhood in the East End, via his early career at Chelsea and his short and troubled stay at A.C. Milan, to his emergence as one of the great stars of sixties football while at Spurs and an outstanding England forward. Jimmy's record as a striker is extraordinary - he was the leading goalscorer in the First Division (now Premier League) for six seasons and during his playing career was never out of the top five. There are darker aspects too: the bitter disappointment of failing to make the World Cup-winning team of 1966, and the battle against the alcoholism that followed his retirement from the game. This book is both Jimmy's story and the story of football in the golden era of the fifties and sixties before money changed the game. It is populated by the great players whom Jimmy played with and against and animated by wonderful anecdotes about the game. It is an account of how football was then and how it has changed.

British Sport a Bibliography to 2000

2685 Kelly, S. F., Bill Shankly: It's Much More Important Than That: A Biography (London: Virgin, I997), 320pp. 2686 Shankly, B., A Legend In His Own Time: Bill Shankly — A Tribute (Chester:j H Leeman, I975) 2687 Shankly, B., Shankly ...


Author: Richard Cox

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135287702

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 176

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Volume three of a bibliography documenting all that has been written in the English language on the history of sport and physical education in Britain. It lists all secondary source material including reference works, in a classified order to meet the needs of the sports historian.

Own Goals

William Shankly was born in Glenbuck, Scotland, on 2 September 1913 and died on 29 September 1981. ... I can assure you it is much, much more important than that” Bill Shankly “At a football club, there's a holy trinity – the players, ...


Author: Catriona Crombie

Publisher: Crombie Jardine Publishing

ISBN: 9781906051563

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 144

View: 740

Guaranteed to make you smile, if not laugh out loud, here is a collection of quotes, quips and gaffes from footballers and football lovers the world over . . . "e;The tide is very much in our court now"e; Kevin Keegan. "e;I've told the players we need to win so that I can have the cash to buy some new ones"e; Chris Turner.

Studying religion

But is it as straightforward as that? One prominent football manager declared: 'Some people say that football is a matter of life and death. It isn't. It's much more important than that' (Bill Shankly, when manager of Liverpool Football ...


Author: The Open University

Publisher: The Open University

ISBN: 9781473000957

Category: Religion

Page: 100

View: 267

This 20-hour free course introduced some of the key concepts and methods of Religious Studies and explored examples of religious practice and belief.

Soccer Stories

Many soccer coaches, however, are no less intense, like Lombardi's counterpart, the equally legendary Bill Shankly, and the Liverpool fc coach came up with an equally ... I can assure you that it is much, much more important than that.


Author: Donn Risolo

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803233959

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 376

View: 495

Arguably the world's most popular sport, soccer has its own colorful lore, still little known in a nation only now beginning to give the game its due. This book offers the perfect opportunity to catch up on soccer's rich historyand to discover some of the funniest, most ironic, outlandish, and tragic stories ever to come out of the world of sports. Taking readers as far afield as the Faeroe Islands, Thailand, Madagascar, Belarus, Bhutan, and the North Pole, the selections inSoccer Storiesrange from the strange (Brazilian players paid in cattle by their cash-strapped club) to the wild (the Mexican prison warden who threw open all the cell doors in celebration of a World Cup victory) to the comical (the referee who ejected himself). Here is the plane crash that wiped out the Italian team on the eve of its fifth straight national championship; the spiteful African club that scored 149 goals against itself in one game; and the youngster who banked a shot into the goal off a passing seagull. As lively as it is informative,Soccer Storieswill engage fans of all levels.

Passing Rhythms

He also knew who was having trouble with their drains, whose roof needed repair and whose garage doors had fallen off. He was constantly checking ... Kelly, S. (1996) Bill Shankly: It's Much More Important Than That, London: Virgin.


Author: Stephen Hopkins

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781845209674

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 252

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Liverpool Football Club, in stark contrast to its competitors, remains locally owned, not a conglomerate or media business. Unlike its main rivals, the Liverpool club has been loathe to pursue global markets for merchandizing - though it attracts a huge fandom around the world - and its ambitions remain resolutely fixed on footballing success. No football club has ever had such an extended period of dominance inthe English game, nor extended that dominance to Europe so effectively.Many of the current crop of top young players are locally born and are a central feature of the city's nightlife, as well as national icons in pop/football/youth culture. But there are fears that the Club's great days have now passed. At the height of its powers in the 1980s, Liverpool FC was the site of two catastrophic crowd disasters, which effectively transformed the sport and added to wounding perceptions about the city's alleged sentimentality, fatalism and irreversible decline. The legacy of the Heysel and Hillsborough tragedies continues to shape the self-image of the Club and those who support it. A seething rivalry with nearby corporate giant Manchester United is a constant reminder of football's new order.Addressing all of these concerns, as well as Liverpool's global reputation as the home of the Beatles and the 'Mersey sound', this book takes an original approach to the study of football by examining its links with other important popular culture forms, especially pop music, but also television and youth styles. In particular, however, it looks at the very special meaning of football in Liverpool.

Knowing the Score

According to the legendary Liverpool football manager Bill Shankly, 'Football is not a matter of life and death. It's much more important than that.' It's a good joke, not least because Shankly wasn't aiming to be funny.


Author: David Papineau

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781472123558

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 336

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'A tour de force that provides fresh insight not only into the nature of sport, but cooperation, the mind, altruism, teamwork, leadership, tribalism and ritualism. It's a book that every sports fan should read, and every sports writer should absorb' Matthew Syed 'David Papineau's book is an important contribution to our thinking about sports, society, psychology, and moral philosophy. But it is also much more than that. Gripping from start to finish, it is a terrific read full of humour and good sense. You don't even have to like sports to enjoy it' Ian Buruma Why do sports competitors choke? How can Roger Federer select which shot to play in 400 milliseconds? Should foreign-born footballers be eligible to play for England? Why do opposing professional cyclists help each other? Why do American and European golfers hate each other? Why does test cricket run in families? Why is punching tolerated in rugby but not in soccer? These may not look like philosophical questions, but David Papineau shows that under the surface they all raise long-standing philosophical issues. To get to the bottom of these and other sporting puzzles, we need help from metaphysics or ethics, or from the philosophy of mind or political philosophy, as well as numerous other philosophical disciplines. Knowing the Score will be an entertaining, fact-filled and erudite book that ranges far and wide through the sporting world. As a prominent philosopher who is also an enthusiastic amateur sportsman and omnivorous sports fan, David Papineau is uniquely well-placed to show how philosophy can illuminate sporting issues. By bringing his philosophical expertise to bear, he will add a new dimension to the way we think about sport.

Fictional Representations of English Football and Fan Cultures

David Peace returned to the topic of football managers in 2013 with Red or Dead, a 716-page 'whale' of a book about legendary Liverpool manager Bill Shankly. Shankly is widely regarded as one of the most important and influential ...


Author: Cyprian Piskurek

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319767628

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 274

View: 580

This book explores how recent football fiction has negotiated the decisive political developments in English football after the 1989/90 publication of the 'Taylor Report'. A direct response to the 1989 Hillsborough Disaster and growing concerns of hooliganism, the 'Taylor Report' suggested a number of measures for stricter regulation of fan crowds. In consequence, stadiums in the top divisions were turned into all-seated venues and were put under CCTV surveillance. The implementation of these measures reduced violent incidents drastically, but it also led to an unparalleled increase in ticket prices, which in turn significantly altered the demographics of the crowd. This development, which also enabled football's entry into other mainstream cultural forms, changed the game decisively. Piskurek traces patterns across prose and film to detect how these fictions have responded to the changed circumstances of post-Taylor football. Lending a cultural lens to these political changes, this book is pioneering in its analysis of football fiction as a whole, offering a fresh perspective to a range of scholars and students interested in cultural studies, sociology, leisure and politics.