He won everything as a manager after helping Liverpool to a league title as a player – Bob Paisley enters our 100 Players Who Shook the Kop countdown…
Date of birth: January 23, 1919 Place of birth: Hetton-Le-Hole Nationality: English Position: Midfielder Years at the club: 1946-54 Signed from: Bishop Auckland Left for: Retired Position in 2006 poll: 56
Although Bob Paisley's greatest contribution to Liverpool Football Club was clearly as a manager, his eight years in the Reds first team - which included a league title - should not be overlooked.
The Englishman actually joined Liverpool from thriving amateur outfit Bishop Auckland in 1939 but, like many of his contemporaries, the half-back lost much of his fledgling career to the Second World War.
He eventually made his debut for the club in January 1946 and quickly snatched the chance to exhibit his suitability for the half-back position in George Kay's aspiring team, which also boasted the likes of Jack Balmer, Billy Liddell and Albert Stubbins.
Paisley's first appearance of the 1946-47 campaign was in a thrilling 7-4 victory over Chelsea at Anfield; the future Reds boss would play another 32 times as Liverpool claimed their fifth championship.
Bob remained a fixture in the starting XI even as Liverpool's fortunes dipped slightly in the years that followed, but the greatest disappointment of the great man's relationship with the club was around the corner.
He scored a rare goal to help guide the Reds beyond neighbours Everton in their 1950 FA Cup semi-final but was famously overlooked for the showpiece against Arsenal - an immensely bitter blow.
Paisley's reaction to that misfortune embodied his character. Bob missed just one league fixture during the next season but could not stop an increasing decline in the standard of Liverpool's performances.
Into his mid-30s, the half-back was only selected for 19 matches in his final campaign as a player at Anfield and Paisley had to endure the despair of his team being relegated to the Second Division.
Fortunately for everyone concerned at the club, Bob would soon put that right...
Appearances: 277 Goals: 12 Honours with LFC: 1 First Division title (1946-47) Did you know? Fortunately, Paisley was talked out of a short-lived desire to leave Liverpool following his disappointment in 1950 Where is he now? Passed away in 1996