Kevin Nolan knows all about the famous Liverpool team of 1962, managed by a certain Bill Shankley, that won promotion back to the old English League Division One by being Division Two champions.
Bill Shankley in 1962 – the famous Liverpool manager
Kevin Nolan told the Evening Chronicle today:
“That was one thing I spoke about with my family the day after we got relegated.”
“I went out with my dad, and we spoke about it being the same trophy that Liverpool won.”
“All of them, being Liverpool fans, said it would be lovely to win that, and that’s when you know you’ve got good people around you.”
For our young readers Liverpool were promoted from the old English Divsision Two in 1962, when Liverpool had a manager called Bill Shankley.
And the Physiotherapist at the club at that time was Bob Paisley, who was born in Hetton-Le-Hole, County Durham and was a one club player, having played half-back for Liverpool over 250 times from 1939 until 1954, when he had joined the back-room staff at the club.
Of course Bob took the club to even greater heights, after he took over form the retiring Shankley back in 1974.
Liverpool had been relegated from Division One in 1954, and Bill had taken over the club in 1959 and had completely transformed the playing staff by 1962.
And the Liverpool captain when the team won promotion back to Division One in 1962 was the Scot Ron Yates, and the side included players such as Roger Hunt, Ian Callaghan, goalkeeper Tommy Lawrence, Gordon Milne, Tommy Smith and Ian St. John.
These players went onto make Liverpool great in the 1960s and 1970s, and the team went onto win the League One title in 1964 and again in 1966 and they also won the FA Cup in 1965.
You may remember one of Bill Shankley’s famous quotes on football:
People think football is about life and death – but it’s much more important than that.”
Bill is one of our most popular personalities ever in the game of football, and could he inspire his players!
And getting back to Newcastle, Kevin Nolan revealed it was words from his father that helped him get over the depression of relegation last summer, and focus on the positives for this season.
Nolan talked about the very comforting words of his family back in May:
“They said `they’ve got to see the best of you this season’, and, hopefully, I’ll get better as the years go on,”
“I’ll be here for a long time and this is the start of good things for me and this football club.”
Now we know why Nolan has been such an inspiring figure, both on and off the field for Newcastle this season,
And we have a feeling this is only the start of a great career on Tyneside for the Liverpudlian.