Thursday, March 29, 2007

100 Person Who Shock The Kop - NO 56: Bob Paisley


He's more famous for his legendary deeds as a manager but Bob Paisley was not a bad player either, hence his inclusion at number 56 in our '100 Players Who Shook The Kop' countdown.
Four years after our ground-breaking '100 Days That Shook The Kop', we are delighted to invite you to enjoy our new '100 Players Who Shook The Kop' series – the definitive countdown of the 100 players who have made the biggest impact at Liverpool.

Over 110,000 supporters have all nominated their own personal Top 10 players in order of impact made and now the definitive top 100 countdown is underway.

Every player who has made the top 100 – and there are some surprises in there - will be honoured on this website via the e-Season ticket console with a specially produced video clip, including archive footage and exclusive interviews.

Since 1892 hundreds of players have represented this club but everyone has their own particular favourites so don't expect this list to be based solely on talent. The greatness of a player can be measured in many ways – obviously, his ability on the pitch is the most important, but 100 PWSTK is much more than that. It's about the impact the individuals chosen have had on this club, be it for a variety of reasons. Maybe it was because of their unique rapport with the crowd, a specific incident that has never been forgotten or anything else that has left a lasting impression.

Name: Bob Paisley

Years at Liverpool: 1939 to 1954

Date-of-birth: 23/1/1919
Birthplace: Hetton-le-Hole, County Durham

Signed from: Bishop Auckland

Games: 278
Goals: 13

Honours: First Division Championship 1946/47

He's obviously more famous for his achievements as Liverpool manager but it should never be forgotten that Bob Paisley was an influential figure in the club's immediate post-war era. An FA Amateur Cup winner with Bishop Auckland, he signed for the Reds as a 20-year old in 1939 but had to wait until the hostilities were over until making his official debut. Once the League Football resumed in 1946 he quickly established himself as a tough, uncompromising, half-back in the team that lifted the inaugural post-war Championship. But in 1950, after famously netting in the FA Cup semi-final victory over Everton at Maine Road, he found himself unceremoniously dropped from the starting line-up for the club's first Wembley final against Arsenal. A tough tackler with boundless energy and spirit, Paisley was a hugely popular member of the club's playing staff and it was feared that the disappointment of missing out on a place in the Cup Final would result in him walking away from Anfield. Thankfully, he was persuaded to carry on, which, given what he achieved in later years as Liverpool manager, must rank as one of the most important decisions in this club's history. Paisley continued to serve the Reds until the forgettable relegation campaign of 1953/54. Upon hanging up his boots he was immediately offered a job on the club's backroom staff and the rest is history. Paisley's legendary deeds in the Anfield hot-seat two decades later may have overshadowed his highly-respectable playing career but a combination of the two means there has probably been no fine servant to this club than the humble Geordie.

Sold to: Retired (May 1954)

Claim to fame: Scoring in the 1950 FA Cup semi-final but being dropped for the final

Did you know? Albert Stubbins had to talk Paisley out of leaving Liverpool following his omission from the 1950 FA Cup Final side

Where is he now? Passed away 14 February 1996

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