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Shankly quote about street sweeping

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"I used to rule the world

Seas would rise when I gave the word

Now in the morning I sleep alone

Sweep the streets I used to own"

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Have looked for this as well but can't find the full thing. Am sure I saw an interview once where he said it, Parkinson maybe, but can't find it.

 

Think the phrase was cleanest street in the borough

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wasn't it cleaning latrines ?

Yeah, can find that one on YouTube bit there is one about streets that gets referred to. Might be a corruption of that one.

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Related by Keegan in an interview (where he says his record as a manager is better than shanks' !?)

 

"I learned so much from Shanks. He used to say: 'If I was a road-sweeper, my street would be the cleanest in the borough.' I took that to heart,” Keegan continued.

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I am an old fart, I'll be 57 in a couple of weeks.It was the charisma, passion and wit of Bill Shankly that first thrilled my soul   about Liverpool, and then (on TV from my Donegal home) seeing and hearing the Kop in full  voice affirmed me as a passionate addicted LFC loyalist. I am still  as commited and fixated now as when I   was all those years ago. Shanks was amazing, a pillar   of  an old value system  that is now gone quite apart from his managerial brilliance. David Peace's novel Red or Dead   isgreat                                                                                                                                                                                

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. David Peace's novel Red or Dead   isgreat                                                                                                                                                                                

 

Maybe a separate discussion, but is it? It was a f***ing hard read....I stayed with it out of a sense of duty more than anything else. Just not sure the style worked that well.

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Maybe a separate discussion, but is it? It was a f***ing hard read....I stayed with it out of a sense of duty more than anything else. Just not sure the style worked that well.

I thought that too.

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Yeah, I got about half way through. I keep meaning to give it another go but it gets shunted to the back of the queue.

THIS

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Maybe a separate discussion, but is it? It was a f***ing hard read....I stayed with it out of a sense of duty more than anything else. Just not sure the style worked that well.

I think you can allow yourself to skip through bits once you know the formula - reading every team out gets a bit much like - but the pay-off of the last few pages makes the effort worthwhile, it's a really beautiful flourish of an ending that makes sense of the grind, although I don't think you'd appreciate without going through the bulk to get there.

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I found Red Or Dead very moving and beautiful in the end. I admit I initially glossed over some of the team sheets and records of attendance but then you become kind of hypnotised by it and read on. I think the conceit of listing the everyday quotidian stuff including his house chores, oven cleaning etc has a cumulative effect and enhances your understanding of the mans exacting, rigorous attention to detail, it's what made him great as well as his wit and understanding of and empathy with ordinary people

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Peace must have been really pleased with that ending. He must have been terrified of where it would go and then he comes up with that. It's like the Newcastle game for placing a feckin big cherry on top of what was already greatness.

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I found the book moving and compelling, the style perfectly captured Shankly's mono-mania and driven passion and   yes, the ending is heart-wrenchingly brilliant                                                                        

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possible confusion about street cleaning: Bob Paisley said he'd sweep the streets if that was what was asked of him

it's one of the famous quotes, tastefully displayed near the lounges in the Upper Cent

 

f*** off FSG

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Shankly: Nature's Fire: www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b09g3d4s via @bbciplayer

 

Documentary that was on bbc2 scotland last night about the great man.

Edited by libero

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Shankly: Nature's Fire: www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b09g3d4s via @bbciplayer

 

Documentary that was on bbc2 scotland last night about the great man.

Brilliant watch that. Thank you

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