No. 67 – Chairman Mao has never seen the greatest show of red strength
Shanklys Chairman Mao Speech – a story that will be told again and again for generations to come….
Sunday 9th May 1971, Liverpool had lost the 1971 FA Cup Final 2-1 against Arsenal but the Liverpool squad still returned to Liverpool to be treated to a heros welcome, hundreds of thousands of Liverpool fans came out to greet them in Liverpool.
On the open top bus trip to Lime Street, Bill Shankly asked Brian Hall… “Son, You know about these things, who’s that Chairman with the red book, lots of sayings? The chinaman, what’s his name?” A bemused Brian Hall answered Chairman Mao to which Shankly replied “Aye, that’s him son, Chairman Mao, that’s him”…..
A few minutes later Shankly began to make a speech outside on the balcony of St. George’s Hall. Shanks held wide his arms and silence descended on the reds down below and delivered one of the greatest opening lines: “Chairman Mao has never seen the greatest show of red strength”
It was another moment of genius from Shankly as the Liverpool crowd erupted in celebrations!!