What i liked about him was, if he said something about Everton, it was TONGUE IN CHEEK
......and with a little bit of class. You sensed he wasn't being serious,and that he knew Everton as well as Liverpool where a great club..... where as Benitez seems quite the opposite.
Was interesting having him one side of Stanley Park & Catterick the other side. Both where everything each other wasn't. They wbere good friends though.
Read a story in Colin Harveys book
, two actually, about Alan Ball to do with Shankly Read Below
1) When Ball had come into training for his first day at Everton, in his pigeon was a note from Shankly, reading ' Congrats Son, you've joined NEAR a great team'
2) (recounted later by Catterick himself) When Harry Catterick had come back from a big operation, Shankly came into Bellefield with a big carton of soup made by his wife for "The Cat", smiling and saying 'Harrrrrrrrry, glad your better, here's some soup my wife made you'......then WITHOUT a pause "By The Way, How Much WOuld you let me buy Alan Ball for?'
There's other stories about him INSISTING he be put in an ordinary and not a private bed like anybody else when he died in Liverpool hospital, and paying for the train for fans who didn't have the money who'd bunked on. He understood what it was like to be working class.
A truly great man.