"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.
"Bob Paisley, brilliant Liverpool left-half, first saw the light of day in the little Durham mining village of Hetton-le-hole. There isn’t a great deal of him - he is barely 5ft. 7 inch. in height – but is includes 11 st. of muscle and never-say-die spirit. The lad who never knows when to be beaten, Paisley took the eye of his games master as a natural footballer, and it was not long before he was rewarded with a place in the Durham County Schools’ side. Eventually, threw in his lot with with Bishop Auckland, the famous amateur team. They won the Amateur cup during his stay with them. Later he joined the ground staff at Wolverhampton under Major Frank Buckley, but he decided Paisley was too small. Manager Mr. George Kay, stepped in and brought Bob to Anfield. The war intervened and Bob joined an anti-tank regiment and served from Alamein to Italy with “Monty”. It was during last season he grew into his own and made a regular place for himself in the Championship team.
There is no greater-hearted player than Bob Paisley. He seems to thrive on hard knocks. Likes billiards and snooker, admits to “bowling a bit” at cricket. Wants a cup winners’ medal to add to his Championship “prize”. Distantly related to Jack Hill, former Barnsley “pirot” and England captain. Married a Liverpool girl."
A profile of Bob Paisley the player, from a press article