"There was only one Bob Paisley and he was the greatest of them all. He went through the card in football. He played for Liverpool, he treated the players, he coached them, he managed them and then he became a director. He could tell if someone was injured and what the problem was just by watching them walk a few paces. He was never boastful but had great football knowledge. I owe Bob more than I owe anybody else in the game. There will never be another like him." - Kenny Dalglish
Liverpool won the League championship SIX times in NINE seasons under Bob Paisley in 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1982 and 1983.
Liverpool won the European Cup THREE times in 1977, 1978 and 1981 and the UEFA Cup in 1976.
Liverpool won the League Cup THREE years in a row in 1981, 1982 and 1983.
Bob Paisley was voted Manager of the year: 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1982 and 1983.
His record speaks for itself as the most successful manager in Liverpool's glorious history.
In addition to the above honours, Bob Paisley's Liverpool also finished as League runners-up twice, won the Charity Shield on 5 occasions, reached 2 F.A. Cup semi-finals and 1 League Cup semi-final.
During Paisley's reign, Liverpool set an all-time record of 85 home games unbeaten in all competitions. This run included 63 league matches and stretched over 3 years from 7th February 1978 to 31st January 1981.
The words so much quieter
Than the deeds
And the philosophy snug
Beneath the flat cap
Upon a head that desired
No other crown
Whose heart wrapped itself
In the warmth of wool and
Not the fickle spotlight
Sharon Marshall (Beautiful Game) 2001
Jessie Paisley who was married to Bob Paisley for half a century died this Wednesday morning 96 years of age. "She was the driving force behind my dad," son Graham told LFC.tv today. "She idolised my dad and was very much Liverpool Football Club through and through. In fact, the last piece of good news she got was the team beating the two Manchester clubs in the cups - she was very pleased about that. She was so fully supportive of what my dad did - she was always 100 per cent behind him. There was no side to her and she never begrudged the time he'd have to spend away from home.
"She was a schoolteacher most of her working life, so when my dad was off on his travels, she was very much the one in charge of the family. She controlled what was going on and even controlled my dad when he was at home - she was a very organised lady. In many ways, she was his unpaid secretary and would help him write speeches and respond to correspondence. Obviously the demands of football were different back then to what they are now, but she was very protective of his limited home life. If he came home and things were stressful, she knew when to say something or when not to mention anything about games - she got the balance right most of the time."
Paul Tomkins' book, Dynasty, is a reassessment and an in-depth analysis of every manager of the club over the last 50 years. Bobpaisley.com offers you an exclusive look into an abridged version of Dynasty's chapter on Bob Paisley. Read Paul Tomkins on Bob Paisley.
A veteran of 1300+ Liverpool games, John Martin, tells us about when he was sat next to Bob Paisley at a function for the duration of the evening. Read John Martin on Paisley.
"But the second leg of the semi-final was not a game, it was a war. We stayed at Lake Como, and we had trouble with the church bells. It wasn't so bad until about eleven o'clock at night, when the noise of the day had ceased and there was nothing to hear but the bells. One in particular was like doomsday. Bob Paisley and I went to see the Monsignor about it. We tried to get him to stop the bells ringing for the night so the players could sleep. 'It's not very fair', I said to him through an interpreter. 'We didn't know about this noise and we've come here on the eve of the most important match in the world this year, Inter Milan versus Liverpool.' That was right, because if we had won it, we would have won the European Cup. He was sympathetic towards us, but he said he could not do what we asked. So I said, 'Well, could you let Bob here go up and put a bandage on them and maybe kind of dull them a bit?' Crepe bandages and cotton wool! Bob was killing himself laughing. That would have been one of the funniest things Bob had ever done, one of his greatest cures as a trainer, creeping up the aisle with cotton-wool and bandages! But, we just had to put up with the noise."
Bill Shankly - Liverpool were in Milan waiting to face Inter in the second leg of the European Cup semi-final in 1965