The meeting of Spirit of Shankly, the Liverpool FC supporters’ union, held at the Olympia yesterday began with a statement from Bill Shankly’s granddaughter Karen Gill.
Here’s the statement, which was read out at the meeting by Nicky Allt.
STATEMENT FROM KAREN GILL
First I would like to thank each and every one of you for honouring my grandfather’s name by calling this Union ‘The Spirit Of Shankly.’
For me though it’s more than just honouring his name. In these times of corporate gluttony I am truly heartened to discover that there are still so many people who embody my granddad’s spirit. It’s an Olympic spirit: passionate pure and true. It’s a dream of greatness and glory which comes from dedication, hard work and integrity. In this dream, money is only a means to an end, it’s not the end itself.
My granddad had a dream for Liverpool Football Club and you are all helping to keep that dream alive. It’s the people with dreams who achieve things in the end because they have a vision which drives them on.
We know Bill Shankly “made the people happy”, but I know that you would have all made him happy were he alive to see this legendary support today.
I speak on behalf of the Shankly family when I say that we are wholeheartedly behind The Sprit Of Shankly.
Karen Gill March 2008
It’s a wonderful and inspiring statement, and was deservedly met with a massive round of applause. The decision was taken after a unanimous vote to approach Karen with respect to her becoming the union’s patron.