The Dalglish Story

Posted on 14 May 2011

An affectionate portrait of a Scots footballing legend.

In 2011, Kenny Dalglish smashed back into the headlines when he was reappointed manager of his beloved Liverpool FC. Our exclusive tribute looks back at the life and achievements of one of the most outstanding sportsmen Scotland has ever produced. Uniquely too, it reveals his lesser known charity work in the Western Isles, with his wife Marina.

A survivor of breast cancer, Marina Dalglish devotes her time to fund-raising. Since 2004, the Dalglishes have had a regular commitment to the Bethesda Hospice in Stornoway, where Kenny's golf games and auctions have raised hundreds of thousands of pounds.

As he pulled Liverpool FC back from the brink of relegation, 2011 also brought fresh reminders of dark days for Dalglish. The Hillsborough tragedy came into focus once more, when a massive online petition led to an emotional debate in the House of Commons. The programme recalls the events of April 1989, when Kenny acted effectively as caretaker for Merseyside's countless grieving. In a moving interview with the mother of one young victim, the depth of his bond with Liverpool becomes apparent.

At key moments, the film pulls back the curtain to recall Kenny Dalglish’s astounding record on the pitch, ever since he was first earmarked by Celtic FC as a young boy growing up on a Glasgow housing estate. Former team mates Graeme Souness and Danny McGrain pay personal tribute, with appealing archive including accolades from Bill Shankly, and Jock Stein.

"On the pitch, he was the best I ever played with. He was the King."
Graeme Souness, in an interview recorded exclusively for Sorbier