Wednesday, February 14 – 1996
Bob Paisley, English football’s reluctant genius, died yesterday bequeathing our national game a record that will never be surpassed.
The man whose penchant for woollen cardigans gave him the appearance of a favourite uncle rather than the Liverpool manager who terrorised Europe, was 76.
He passed away in a Merseyside nursing home at 9.30 am after suffering for several years from Alzheimers disease.
But his deeds, amassing 19 trophies in nine seasons between 1974 and 1983, assure him of a place in history.
Bob signed Kenny Dalglish from Celtic for £440,000 in August 1977 and still had a few bob in the bank from the £500,000 sale of Kevin Keegan to Hamburg.
Paisley rated Dalglish as the greatest Liverpool player he had seen and the legendary Scot paid a fulsome tribute to his former manager on hearing the news of his death.
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