Honorary Citizen Of Liverpool certificate awarded to Bill Shankly
This Honorary Citizen of Liverpool certificate, awarded posthumously to Bill Shankly, highlights the importance of one man and his success to Liverpool Football Club. Bill was the Club’s inspirational manager from 1959 to 1974. He is widely regarded as the founding father of the modern-day Club, taking them from 2nd Division obscurity to an unprecedented period of success in the 1960s. The award, presented in 2009 by Liverpool City Council, marked 50 years since he first arrived in the city and turned Liverpool Football Club’s fortunes around. This is an extremely rare accolade. Had he been alive, it is likely he would have received the Freedom of the City, testament to his outstanding contribution to football and the city as a whole. Shankly had a great fondness for the city of Liverpool and its people. In his retirement, he became a regular and popular visitor to Everton’s training ground, close to his home. The certificate was kindly donated to National Museums Liverpool by his Granddaughter.