The Bill & Bob Show

The compelling story of how Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley joined forces to transform Liverpool FC and English football will be told in Southport later this year to mark the 60th anniversary of Shankly’s appointment as manager in December 1959.

Narrated by writer and broadcaster John Keith and with Kop heroes Ian St John, Ian Callaghan, Chris Lawler and Phil Neal live on stage, Bill And Bob: The Anfield Revolutionaries at is booked for The Atkinson theatre on Friday evening, December 6.

 The show charts Shankly’s arrival at a club trapped in Second Division mediocrity and how he inspired a glorious revival of Liverpool fortunes.

The charismatic Scot, assisted by coach and physio Paisley, guided Liverpool to promotion, three League titles, two FA Cup triumphs – ending the club’s 73-year wait for the trophy in 1965 – a UEFA Cup success and unbroken qualification for European football.

And when Shankly sensationally quit in 1974 Paisley succeeded him and went on to amass a stunning collection of 19 trophies in nine seasons, crowning Liverpool’s 17-year journey from the second tier of English football to become kings of Europe in 1977.

Shankly and Paisley were poles apart in personality but shared an abiding passion and genius for building football teams and the show provides a unique, revealing insight into the two men who set the standards for future Anfield generations.

Southport resident John Keith, who scripted the show, wrote biographies of both Shankly and Paisley. The production also features exclusive audio and video material, under the technical direction of Gill Beattie, with songs from international artiste Ian Ross.

Tickets, £26, are now available in person at The Atkinson box office or by calling:

 01704 533333. On line at: www.theatkinson.co.uk