KNOW the name - can't quite place the face... Is it Bill Shankly, or that doyene of mad-cap fun and games, Stuart Hall?

The name and design of the new stand at PNE's Deepdale was announced this week.

The Bill Shankly stand will feature the soccer ace's face - but getting the shy grin exactly right has proved a problem for award-winning designer Ben Casey.

When he looked at his plans for the new Kop, all he could see Stuart Hall!

Said Ben: "During the planning process I noticed that it looked like Mr Hall. We have made more developments and changed it but you can still see a resemblance. On reflection I guess they just look alike."

Ben believes the stand is a marvellous development and said he was proud to be a part of something special at Deepdale. He said: "To have two great footballers, Sir Tom and Bill in this stadium is fantastic. The Shankly Stand is going to look great next to Sir Tom Finney."

And Sir Tom, too, was delighted: "I am very pleased to see Bill honoured in this way. I had a great amount of admiration for him."

Shankly made nearly 300 appearances for North End after joining them from Carlisle in 1933.

After helping them gain promotion in his first season he then went on to win an FA Cup winners medal at Wembley in 1938. War stopped him in his prime and Bill was forced to go back to his native Scotland with the RAF.

He later returned to Deepdale, where he played alongside a young Tom Finney. In 1949 he started an extremely successful managerial career, including 15 years at Liverpool FC.

In his time at Anfield he won four league championships, two FA Cups and the UEFA Cup transforming the team from a Division Two outfit to one of the best sides in Europe.

Now Bill Shankly's name will always live on thanks to North End who are developing their Deepdale ground in to one of the best in the lower leagues.

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