Bill Shankly - distinguished player at Preston, talented manager at Grimsby, legend established at Liverpool.
It is a name that is synonymous with football greatness. But Bill was the youngest of five Shankly brothers, all of whom played professional football.
And, one of those siblings, Bob, later became a fine manager in his own right, turning Dundee not only into the best side in the city, but also the best in Scotland.
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Bob Shankly started his playing career at Alloa Athletic in 1930, alongside elder brother John. On his debut, both men scored in a Penman Cup win over Dundee, ironically enough.
After turning out for Tunbridge Wells in the English non-league, he later moved to Falkirk where he spent 15 years before retiring.
However, like brother Bill, Bob had no interest in leaving football altogether and so turned his hand to coaching. Following a brief spell at Stenhousemuir, he was appointed Falkirk manager in August 1950.
His return to Brockville Park did not begin well - the Bairns were relegated to the Scottish Second Division in his first season at the helm.
Two results summed up their campaign - a 6-0 thumping at Hibernian on the opening day and an 11-1 (yes, eleven) humiliation at Airdrie on the final day.
To his credit though, Shankly guided the club back to the top flight at the first time of asking - indeed, they did not drop outside the top two in the division from mid-November onwards.
He then set about solidifying Falkirk's place in Division One, a job which he accomplished.
But every time the Bairns looked like they might kick on and secure top-half finishes, they repeatedly lost their way at the back end of a season - in 1953-54, they lost their last four league matches; the following campaign, they failed to win any of their final twelve; the year after, no victories in their closing nine games.
When that run of results continued into the start of 1956-57, Shankly and Falkirk parted ways - when he left, the club were in the relegation zone and out of the League Cup.
How frustrating it must have been for him to see new boss Reg Smith take the team that he had built all the way to the Scottish Cup final and victory over Kilmarnock in a replay.
Shankly however was not out of work for long, taking the reins at Third Lanark. Within two years, he established Thirds in the top flight and oversaw their run to the final of the 1959-60 Scottish League Cup.
It would have been the highlight of his career thus far to lead his team out at Hampden Park. Except that it never happened.
Instead, he passed up that opportunity to fill the managerial vacancy at Dundee, following Willie Thornton's resignation.
Thirds meanwhile succumbed to Hearts in their final and then lost their next nine league games. Was this a coincidence, given Shankly's departure? Probably not.
Many may have been surprised by the move, but Bob had clearly favoured long-term ambition over short-term gain. It must have been a difficult decision to make, but history proves that it was a right one.
Dundee had won back-to-back League Cups at the start of the Fifties, but since then, had become a perennial mid-table club in the First Division.
Moreover, they had been embarrassingly knocked out of the previous season's Scottish Cup by Highland League side Fraserburgh in the first round.
Shankly's task then was to restore the good old days. He would have some skillful youngsters to work with too - most notably Alan Gilzean, Jimmy Gabriel and Ian Ure (later of Tottenham, Everton and Arsenal fame respectively).
The Dark Blues had begun the campaign poorly but, boosted by Shankly's arrival, recovered to finish a creditable fourth in the league.
They then made an impressive start to 1960-61, and were only one point off top spot by mid-October. However, injuries to key players and a loss of form ensured that any challenge for the title faded away.
Nevertheless, Shankly felt that he was on the cusp of something special. To complement his talented tyros, he had added experience to his squad in the shape of right-half Bob Seith and inside-left Bobby Wishart.
And, in the summer of 1961, he made a move for winger Gordon Smith.
Smith was a Scottish football legend, who had won championship medals with both Hibernian (for whom he scored 170 goals in 247 league games) and Hearts.
But he had become injury-prone, and at 37, many thought that he was past his sell-by date.
They were wrong, Shankly was right. The signing proved to be ingenious.
For what Smith now lacked in pace, he made up for in technical ability and intelligence as he consistently provided the ammunition for the two Alans up front - Gilzean and Cousin.
As a result, the Dark Blues began the new season in sensational style, winning 18 of their first 21 league fixtures and building an eight-point lead over defending champions Rangers at the top of the table. In the process, they hammered their title rivals 5-1 at Ibrox.
Then, just when they seemed to have one hand on the trophy, Dundee suffered four defeats on the spin and slipped to second.
They stopped the rot with a goalless draw against the Gers. It was an important result - another loss and they would have been five points behind the Glasgow club (in the days of two points for a win) with only seven matches left.
Instead, they found a second wind and won their next six games, retaking the lead as Rangers faltered against Dundee United and Aberdeen.
It all meant that if Dundee could avoid defeat in their final fixture at St Johnstone, they would be the champions of Scotland.
Yet, the game was also crucial for the Perth club - for if St Johnstone (with one Alex Ferguson in their side) could avoid defeat, they would be certain of retaining their top-flight status. Otherwise, they would need to rely on favourable scorelines elsewhere.
A crowd of 26,500 piled into a sun-drenched Muirton Park to watch the action unfold. And Dundee were not in a charitable mood.
A Gilzean brace and an Andy Penman strike secured a 3-0 victory for the Dark Blues as they were crowned league winners for the first and, thus far, only time in their history.
St Johnstone meanwhile were relegated on goal average as other results went against them. If they had succumbed only 2-0, they would have stayed up.
The moment, however, belonged to Bob Shankly and Dundee. Together, both had finally reached the apogee of Scottish football.
Shankly was able to work with some talented individuals, thanks to the club's youth set-up and his own shrewd dealings in the transfer market.
Indeed, of the eleven players that started against St Johnstone, six either were or became full Scottish internationals and another two represented Scotland Under-23s.
But it was the manager who had molded them into a terrific team and encouraged them to play fast, fluid counter-attacking football to such wonderful effect.
And now they had a European Cup adventure in 1962-63 to look forward to. Some adventure!
In the preliminary round, they faced Cologne - a team that, between 1960 and 1965 inclusive, only once failed to finish as either champions or runners-up in West Germany.
On paper, it was a devilish, difficult tie. But no-one told Dundee.
They surged into a three-goal lead in the first leg at Dens Park within a quarter of an hour. It was five by half-time. Gilzean completed a hat-trick after the interval. It finished 8-1.
Given the quality of the opposition and the fact that this was Dundee's European debut, this result remains one of the best of any British side in European competition. Quite incredible.
Cologne attempted to, quite literally, fight their way back into the tie in the return fixture. They deliberately targeted Dark Blues keeper Bert Slater, who went off injured. He later returned to play on the wing initially (to prove to Shankly that he had fully recovered) before going back between the sticks.
Using tactics described by Dundee coach Sammy Kean as 'the worst brutality I have seen on a football field', the Germans pulled four goals back with still half an hour to go. But the Scots kept their heads and went through 8-5 on aggregate. The 'Battle of Cologne' was over.
Their next tie was against Sporting Lisbon, who had won the Portuguese title ahead of Benfica, the reigning European Cup holders.
Dundee lost the away match, after conceding the only goal late on. However, they turned things around at Dens Park, inspired by another Gilzean hat-trick, to reach the quarter-finals.
There, they were paired with Anderlecht, who had knocked out Alfredo Di Stefano's Real Madrid earlier in the competition.
But the Belgians were left stunned as the Dark Blues won both legs, including a fantastic 4-1 triumph at the Heysel Stadium.
And so to a semi-final against AC Milan, with the first game in Italy. The Scots would doubtless have been happy with the 1-1 scoreline at half-time. But they collapsed after the break, conceding four unanswered goals.
The tie was already effectively over. Nevertheless, Dundee notched a consolation win over the eventual winners at home, courtesy of an Alan Gilzean header. In the end however, they bowed out 5-2 on aggregate.
Bob Shankly had narrowly missed out on becoming the first manager to steer a British team to the final of the European Cup - an honour that would go to his good friend Jock Stein some four years later.
The following season, he took Dundee to the Scottish Cup final in a run that saw 31 goals scored in the space of seven matches. Yet, his side fell at the final hurdle against Rangers.
This was to be Bob's last hurrah at Dens Park - having become increasingly irritated over the sale of his best players, he resigned in February 1965 to take over at Hibernian.
He spent the next four years at Easter Road, consistently achieving high finishes in the First Division and sealing a place in the 1969 League Cup final. At Hampden though, Hibs were pummelled 6-2 by Stein's Celtic.
Shankly opted to retire in September of that year, but in 1971, could not resist the opportunity of taking charge at Second Division Stirling Albion. He was later appointed as general manager and then as a director of the Binos.
He died, aged 72, of a heart attack in May 1982 - less than a year after brother Bill had died in the same way. He has since had a stand at Dens Park named after him, and been inducted into Dundee's Hall of Fame.
Bob's record in the game has, for the most part, been overshadowed by that of Bill. But make no mistake - he was to Dundee what his younger sibling was to Liverpool.
The two men were, in fact, quite different - according to journalist Arthur Montford, Bill was 'brisk, no frills, outspoken and chatty' while Bob was 'the complete opposite'.
But both were winners, who were able to inspire and motivate their players to do great things.
And they did share a similar wit. While at Stirling Albion, Bob caught sight of injured player Rab Duffin, pressed against a wall, with his arms and legs outstretched.
"I'm doing my exercises, boss. In fact, I feel a bit like Jesus Christ," Duffin said. "Well son, you might feel like Christ, and you might even look like Christ. But Christ was back with us in three days whereas you've been gone for six weeks," Shankly retorted.