Issue Date: 16/04/2013
Issue Name: Great Britons - A Tibute to William Shankly OBE
Producer: Buckingham Covers
April 2013 saw the release of a set of 10 stamps celebrating famous Britons. We produced two covers, each with 5 stamps from the set of ten issued by Royal Mail. This particular cover commemorates William Shankly OBE, one of football's most successful managers and has our Liverpool 'You'll Never Walk Alone' postmark. It is available signed by Ian St John or Roger Hunt MBE.
William Shankly OBE - A Short History
Bill Shankly was born 100 years ago on 2 September 1913. He was a right half who was capped twelve times for Scotland, but he is best remembered as manager of Liverpool. Shankly took charge when Liverpool was in the Second Division and rebuilt the team into a major force in English football. He led them to the Second Division Championship to gain promotion to the top-flight First Division in 1962, before going on to win three First Division Championships, two FA Cups, four Charity Shields and one UEFA Cup.
Shankly announced his surprise retirement from football a few weeks after Liverpool won the 1974 FA Cup Final, having managed the club for fifteen years, and was succeeded by his long-time assistant Bob Paisley. He died seven years later at the age of 68 on 29 September 1981.
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Ian St John is a Scottish former footballer, who played for Scotland 21 times. He later became a manager and pundit. In 2008, he was inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame.
Roger Hunt, MBE is an English former footballer who played as a forward. He spent eleven years at Liverpool and became the club's record goalscorer with 286 goals.