"There was only one Bob Paisley and he was the greatest of them all. He went through the card in football. He played for Liverpool, he treated the players, he coached them, he managed them and then he became a director. He could tell if someone was injured and what the problem was just by watching them walk a few paces. He was never boastful but had great football knowledge. I owe Bob more than I owe anybody else in the game. There will never be another like him." - Kenny Dalglish
Liverpool won the League championship SIX times in NINE seasons under Bob Paisley in 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1982 and 1983.
Liverpool won the European Cup THREE times in 1977, 1978 and 1981 and the UEFA Cup in 1976.
Liverpool won the League Cup THREE years in a row in 1981, 1982 and 1983.
Bob Paisley was voted Manager of the year: 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1982 and 1983.
His record speaks for itself as the most successful manager in Liverpool's glorious history.
In addition to the above honours, Bob Paisley's Liverpool also finished as League runners-up twice, won the Charity Shield on 5 occasions, reached 2 F.A. Cup semi-finals and 1 League Cup semi-final.
During Paisley's reign, Liverpool set an all-time record of 85 home games unbeaten in all competitions. This run included 63 league matches and stretched over 3 years from 7th February 1978 to 31st January 1981.
The words so much quieter
Than the deeds
And the philosophy snug
Beneath the flat cap
Upon a head that desired
No other crown
Whose heart wrapped itself
In the warmth of wool and
Not the fickle spotlight
Sharon Marshall (Beautiful Game) 2001
This is Your life with Bill Paisley is no longer lost - It has been uploaded on YouTube for all to enjoy! The show was recorded on 12th November 1977 and broadcast on 28th December 1977. The original recordings had been destroyed and it was only in the faint hope that someone who had recorded this on VHS back in 1977 would one day upload this. That has finally come true thanks to a man by the name of Pete Day.
Jessie Paisley who was married to Bob Paisley for half a century died this Wednesday morning 96 years of age. "She was the driving force behind my dad," son Graham told LFC.tv today. "She idolised my dad and was very much Liverpool Football Club through and through. In fact, the last piece of good news she got was the team beating the two Manchester clubs in the cups - she was very pleased about that. She was so fully supportive of what my dad did - she was always 100 per cent behind him. There was no side to her and she never begrudged the time he'd have to spend away from home.
"She was a schoolteacher most of her working life, so when my dad was off on his travels, she was very much the one in charge of the family. She controlled what was going on and even controlled my dad when he was at home - she was a very organised lady. In many ways, she was his unpaid secretary and would help him write speeches and respond to correspondence. Obviously the demands of football were different back then to what they are now, but she was very protective of his limited home life. If he came home and things were stressful, she knew when to say something or when not to mention anything about games - she got the balance right most of the time."
Paul Tomkins' book, Dynasty, is a reassessment and an in-depth analysis of every manager of the club over the last 50 years. Bobpaisley.com offers you an exclusive look into an abridged version of Dynasty's chapter on Bob Paisley. Read Paul Tomkins on Bob Paisley.
"In Israel just before the European Cup final, we’d been playing fizzbuzz, one of those drinking games. There was Alan Hansen, Kenny, Bruce Grobbelaar, Stevie Nicol, myself, Ronnie Whelan, Ian Rush, Sammy Lee, all drinking in the square in Tel Aviv. Things got said and a fight started. Me and Rushie were quite close so it’s us back to back against everybody else. Somehow it calmed down and I went to the hotel with Rushie and Alan Kennedy, who fell on the ground and couldn’t get up. The old Liverpool director Mr Moss was coming out of the hotel just at that moment. So I’ve got down to pick up Alan Kennedy and I couldn’t get up either. And Mr Moss is stood above us frowning. He says: ‘Gentlemen, this is Liverpool Football Club.’ So I grabbed hold of his trousers and pulled myself up his body. And I put my arm around him and said: ‘Mossy, you old bugger, you might be a director but I think you’re a great fella.’
After breakfast the next morning, they call this big meeting upstairs and around the table there’s Bob, Joe Fagan, Moran, Evo and Mr Moss, who stands up. ‘I’ve been at this club for over 20 years and I’ve never witnessed anything like last night in my life. I’ve had many accolades passed on to me, but never have I received one so touching than from David Hodgson.’ Then they lift the tablecloth and underneath it’s piled high with beer!’ After that meeting, Bob Paisley turned to me and said: ‘You’re a good Geordie, son. That’s what you are.’"