Bill Shankly took control of Liverpool Football Club in the winter of 1959.
In his third season in charge, he had taken Liverpool to the top of the second division,
and only two years later, he had guided Liverpool to thier first ever Division One title.
When Shankly retired in 1974, after 783 games in charge, he had won 3 Divsion One titles,
1 UEFA Cup (1973) and 2 FA Cups (1965 and 1974).
The foundations were well and truly laid...
Between 1968 and 1976, Liverpool utilised a plain red shirt with a white round collar for the
majority of their competitive matches. A small white liverbird was stitched onto the chest of
each shirt to represent both the city of Liverpool, and the Football Club. This particular shirt
has long sleeves and stitched-on numbers to the rear of the shirt.
This shirt would have been worn multiple times throughout the late 60s and early 70s by
numerous players at Liverpool Football Club. This actual shirt, once it had been replaced by
the V Neck style of shirt in 1976, was then worn by Geoff Twentyman during training sessions
and scouting missions. The sheer rarity of this shirt, and the events that it must have witnessed
during two glorious decades, make this shirt such an important part of Liverpool's history.
(above) John Toshack wearing this style of shirt in 1973.
(below) Geoff Twentyman - Liverpools Chief Scout between 1967 and 1986.
Whilst the overall design of this shirt remained consisitent for nearly a decade, there were
many subtle differences and style variations witnessed each season. These differences
included the types of fabric used during manufacturing, the inclusion / exlcusion of umbro
logos, and small amendments to the internal washing tags and labels. Genuine match worn
shirts from this era came with embroidered liverbird logos, and sticthed-on numbers.