Bob Paisley, the man who was so famously associated with Liverpool FC at the height of their powers a generation ago, was born in Hetton-le-Hole. He was a servant of the club for more than half a century.
He played for
Liverpool until 1954 – for many
of those years as club captain – before moving behind the scenes. He was first
a physio, then a coach (under Bill Shankly), being finally promoted to the post
of first-team manager in 1974.
During his nine-year tenure in charge,
Liverpool dominated the sport
both at home and abroad. He won six League Championships, three League Cups,
one UEFA Cup and, most notably, three European Cups (the latter being a record
for a manager). In 1983 he was succeeded by Joe Fagan, though he later returned
to work for the club as an advisor and director.
He was married to Jessie (in 1946), with whom he had three children, and finally left the club in 1992. He died in 1996, aged 77. In 2008 a grand memorial was unveiled to him in his home town – see here.
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