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Legend Shankly to be made Honorary Liverpool Citizen

Football fans across Liverpool will celebrate the life of one of their team's greatest sporting managers as he is awarded an Honorary Citizenship on December 17. The late Bill Shankly will be awarded the posthumous title in recognition of the 50th anniversary of his arrival as manager at Liverpool Football Club (LFC), and also his dedication to the region.

The award will be presented by Lord Mayor Mike Storey on stage during the Shankly Show at the BT Convention Centre in Liverpool.

Councillor Storey said: "This is a fantastic opportunity to recognise one of our finest special citizens and honour everything that he brought to our city. Bill Shankly represented the city with distinction and never missed an opportunity to talk up the city.

"He really was a great ambassador for Liverpool and I thought it would be great to be able to give him some form of official recognition and fully acknowledge him as a Liverpool great."

Former player Brian Hall will be collecting the award on behalf of the Liverpool manager's family and his former football club. Other players whose careers were impacted by Shankly will also be joining in the celebrations.

Mr Hall said: "Bill Shankly had the greatest single impact on the development of Liverpool Football Club and on my life more than anyone - bar none. It is a phrase that is used often, but of him it is absolutely true, he is a legend. It will be great to get the boys together to honour his memory".

The idea was first suggested to Mayor Storey by The Shankly Show writer and director, Andrew Sherlock, who said: "It has always rankled with Liverpool fans that we should have had at least two footballing knights, Sir Bill Shankly and Sir Bob Paisley, so on this special anniversary I asked the Lord Mayor if we could honour our own with a special award for Shankly - not just for what he did for LFC but for all football fans and for the life, passion and energy he brought to the city he made his home".

The awards will take place on December 17 and The Shankly Show will run from December 17-18 at the BT Convention Centre.

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