We were asked a while back if we’d be willing for a message about the following appeal to appear on this site, and of course we were. Bob, “Sir” Bob as he should be known, was the manager in charge of the Reds as I grew up. I barely remember the Shanks era, in fact the only real memory I have is of being told he’d quit, and not fully understanding what that meant and why people were so worried. Bob Paisley was the man who chose which of my heroes and idols would appear on the field. The man who softened the blow I felt on seeing Kevin Keegan leave by bringing us a certain Kenneth Dalglish, soon to be known forever as King Kenny.
1977 sticks in my mind as the year I really started to sit and watch every game I could. I was still at primary school as we ended the season putting the FA Cup final out of our minds by winning a trophy far bigger in more ways than one for the first time. It felt like we won the league every year – we didn’t of course, but even when we missed out we usually had a European Cup or something to put in front of our lads for the team photos ahead of the new season.
Bob Paisley was a special man, and not just because of his extraordinary achievements as the manager of LFC. I know I’ll never forget him, ever, but to ensure his memory goes on long into the future some supporters are looking to make a permanent memorial for him in his birth place, Hetton-le-Hole.
They’ve set the bank accounts up and organised a pay pal address (please use one of the other methods to donate if you can though) and now their message is here and ready to be read:
The Bob Paisley Memorial Appeal
Last summer, myself and a few like-minded Reds who use the supporters website www.onthekop.com went to Glenbuck to see the memorial to Bill Shankly. It was more of a pilgrimage really and it struck us that only Liverpool supporters could do something like that to pay homage to one of our greats. Last Christmas thoughts turned to where to visit next and the obvious choice was Hetton-le-Hole, the birth place of Bob Paisley. I looked into it and found that the only memorial to the great man in his hometown was a small plaque high on the wall of one of Bob’s former schools.
Our immediate thought was that the supporters of Liverpool Football Club may be able to improve on that.
We think that if a memorial exists for Bill Shankly at the town of his birth then Bob Paisley should be honoured in the same way.
Bob Paisley is our most successful manager with a total of 3 European Cups, 6 League Titles, 3 League Cups, 1 UEFA Cup, 1 European Super Cup and 5 Charity Shields. Bob was named Manager Of The Year 6 times.
All this during a managerial career spanning just 8 seasons.
In 52 years of loyal service to Liverpool Football club, Bob was a player, physiotherapist, coach, manager and director. His achievements will surely be unsurpassed in the game.
In short, Bob Paisley is a World Football Great.
We approached the Paisley family in Liverpool with our idea to construct a memorial to Bob in Hetton-le-Hole. The Paisley family are delighted with the idea and would love to see this become a reality.
We then approached Hetton Town Council. They were really impressed with the idea and in early January invited us to Hetton to meet some of the local councillors and to show us around a few potential sites for the proposed memorial. We have since met with stone masons and construction firms in the Hetton-le-Hole area.
The local people of Hetton-le-Hole are very keen on this idea and fully support it.
Since then things have moved on to the point that we’re ready to commission the project, which will be similar to the Glenbuck memorial.
So now it’s up to us, the supporters of Liverpool F.C, to make this a reality.
We have decided to open this appeal fund so that supporters from home and abroad can make this happen. What we’re looking for is for supporters either through personal donations or as supporters clubs/organisations to donate whatever they can so that we can get this done as soon as possible, hopefully this summer.
We have already contacted as many supporters clubs as we can in case they need time to organise any fund raising events, should they wish.
A fund raising night is planned by us at The Sandon on March 29th. Details will be available soon, and tickets will be an affordable £10.
Myself and my 12 year old son Jack Graves will be doing a sponsored walk up England’s highest peak Scafell Pike towards the end of April, more details of this will be released soon.
Some websites and supporters clubs have already expressed an interest in holding events so that they can raise funds while celebrating the achievements of Bob Paisley.
If anyone would like further information please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Donations can be made to directly to our HSBC bank account
Account Number 73952886
Sort Code 40-22-25
If you wish to send cheques or postal orders then please make them payable to
“Bob Paisley Memorial Fund” and send to
Bob Paisley Memorial Fund
PO Box 72
*Please note – Paypal incurs commission fees and will reduce the amount donated so if you can use any other method to send your donation please do.
T Shirts are available and all profits will go directly to the cause.
There are 2 designs available in small, medium, large, XL and XXL. The cost is a very reasonable £10 each. One of the designs is Bobs Favourite picture.
For more information, and to pre-order, visit this site http://bobpaisleymemorial.homestead.com/.
All the information on ordering, delivery or collection at the match can be found there.
For background to this story, please follow these links
The original trip to Glenbuck (long read) – Glenbuck-the full thread.
The conception of The Bob Paisley Memorial – Bob Paisley. Long Awaited Update!
So now it’s up to you. Please donate whatever you can so that we, the supporters of Liverpool Football Club, can show our love and thanks to Bob Paisley.
For and on behalf of The Bob Paisley Memorial Committee.
Please feel free to copy this message to any Liverpool Football Club supporters forums that you use.
For even more information on what this is all about, here’s Ian Graves as featured on the club’s official channel: