It will be a very sad day indeed when they lock those Melwood gates for the last time, because in behind those gates is the entire history of our club, well, since Shanks, Bob, Joe, Rueben & Bugsy walked from goal posts to goal posts picking up every piece of crap the could find, from broken glass to broken bricks & stone, from pebble & grit and of course dog sh*t, back & forth they went every day for three weeks, while the players ran round the perimeter, until it was absolutely pristine, that was how Bill Shankly worked that was his methology,
When he first went there, in his own words he said it was a toilet, with no running water, that soon changed, and with it training methods unseen in English football, and thanks to Rueben Bennett who was a ex gym instructor for the army, knocked the players into the fittest in the land, another one of Shanks demands, he introduced the box, where players would hit a ball against the boards to imitate receiving the ball at pace using both feet,
Yes, Melwood has seen it all and some, it should indeed be called after Ronnie Moran, as Thommo suggested, the diaries Ronnie wrote in and kept are something to behold, in them they are full of information from what the weather was like that particular day, what excercises took place, the conditions of the players, who the opposition were next game , and information of how to get the better of them, it really is unbelievable how much down to detail and the professionalism displayed back then.
And I bet those changing rooms could tell a tale or two as well.
It might be a good idea to name the streets of the new housing estate after this who graced Melwood for all those years ?
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