History of Liverpool F.C. (1959–1985)
The history of Liverpool Football Club covers the period from 1959 to 1985. Bill Shankly was appointed manager of the then-Second Division club. The club won their first League championship since 1946–47 in 1961. The following season, Liverpool won the FA Cup and their first European trophy, the UEFA Cup. The Heysel Stadium disaster claimed the lives of 39 Liverpool fans.
About History of Liverpool F.C. (1959–1985) in brief
The history of Liverpool Football Club covers the period from 1959 to 1985. Bill Shankly was appointed manager of the then-Second Division club. The club won their first League championship since 1946–47 in 1961. The following season, Liverpool won the FA Cup and their first European trophy, the UEFA Cup. In 1985, the Heysel Stadium disaster claimed the lives of 39 Liverpool fans. The incident resulted in the expulsion of English clubs from European competition for five years. Liverpool won a treble of trophies during Joe Fagan’s first season as manager, winning the League championship, the Football League Cup for the fourth year in succession and a fourth European Cup. Liverpool were back in the First Division for the first time in eight years in 1962–63. Despite an uneasy start by March 1963, Liverpool’s form suffered following their 1–0 loss to Leicester City in the FA cup semi-final and a poor run of results including a 7–2 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in the quarter-final of the League Cup. They finished the season in eighth place, outside the promotion spots. In 1963, Shankly signed Peter Thompson from Preston North End so he could play on the right-hand side of midfield. He also signed Ian St John from Motherwell and Ron Yeats from Dundee United. Shankly released 24 players during his first year at Liverpool, and converted a boot storage room into a meeting place where he and his coaches discussed strategy. The Boot Room, as it came to be known, was to be an integral part of the club’s future success.
Liverpool finished third the next season, despite a run of 14 games without defeat; 5 defeats in the opening 11 matches had cost Liverpool the chance of promotion. In 1965–66 and 1972–73, Liverpool were promoted to the First division. In 1973, the club won the League Championship and UEFA Cup once more, and the following season was Shankly’s last, in which the club was promoted to First Division. In 1974, Liverpool finished second, before winning the league championship and UEFA cup the following year. In 1975, Liverpool reached the FA League final, where they were beaten by Manchester United. In 1976, Liverpool lost the FA Premier League final to Manchester City. In 1978, Liverpool became the first English club to reach the Champions League quarter-finals. In 1979, Liverpool qualified for the UEFA Champions League final for the second time. In 1980, the team reached the semi-finals of the competition, but lost to AC Milan. In 1981, Liverpool went on to win the European Cup and the League title. In 1982, the Liverpool team won their third European Cup, and their fourth League championship. In 1984, the Reds reached the final of the European Champions League, beating AC Milan 2-1. In 1986, Liverpool beat AC Milan 3-1 in the final. In 1987, Liverpool defeated AC Milan 1-0 in the Capital One Cup final. The next season saw the club win the League and European Cups for the third time.