Bill Shankly is no boss-in-boots

December 11, 1950
For a couple of hours after yesterday’s Third Round draw had given his team an away game with the FA Cup-holders, Arsenal, Carlisle United manager Bill Shankly was in two minds whether to get back into training and play in the tie.

Mr. Shankly, who had played his last away game, for Preston, at Highbury two years ago, and who had twice been to Wembley with North End, decided, after consulting the Carlisle chairman, not to put back the clock.

We have decided that the team is playing so well that it would not be quite fair for me to come in, but, all being well, we shall have Paddy Waters (ex-Preston), and an Ireland international), at left half,” said Mr. Shankly.

Shankly, sturdy little Scottish international wing half, who was an Arsenal guest during the war, is eligible to play for Carlisle in cup-ties but not in League matches – it was as a manager-to-be that Preston parted with him. Carlisle have only once before made the 299-mile journey to London, and that was 40 years ago, to play at Brentford.

Arsenal, who were drawn at home for four successive ties last season, are not risking any such shock result as Walsall’s famous victory over them in 1933. As with all their opponents, League as well as Cup, Arsenal will send scouts (the “Men in Black,” Highbury players call them) to watch Carlisle in two matches before the meeting.
(Daily Mail: December 12, 1950)

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