Derby County v Liverpool (26/12/2007) - Down Memory Lane
Monday, 24th December 2007
YNWA looks back at past memorable away League encounters as we prepare to visit Derby County on Boxing Day, for our 63rd encounter, and sixth at Pride Park. Our overall record reads 23 wins, thirteen draws and 26 defeats.

Ronnie's bow
Ronnie Moran made his reds bow in a 3-2 defeat in November 1952. Jack Smith scored for the reds, with Billy Liddell adding a penalty.

Other reds debutants
Long-time reserve keeper Steve Ogrizovic made his reds debut in a 4-2 top-flight defeat in March 1978, when David Fairclough and Kenny Dalglish bagged our goals. Keeper Frank Lane played his only senior reds game in our trip to the reigning League champions in November 1972, as we lost 2-1, despite John Toshack putting us in front. Midfielder Peter Cormack also made his reds bow in this match.

Inside-left Andy McGuigan made his reds bow in our 3-2 win in October 1900, when Tom Robertson struck a brace, with John Walker also on the scoresheet. Forward Henry Race scored on his reds debut in a 3-2 victory in February 1928, to add to a brace from Dick Edmed. Future boss Phil Taylor netted on his first-team bow in March 1936, with Fred Howe also on target in our 2-2 draw.

Trebles all round
Michael Owen left the pitch with a nasty head wound in October 2000, before Emile Heskey responded by bagging a classic treble of header, right-foot and left-foot strikes, as we won 4-0 at Pride Park, with Vegard Heggem playing his 65th and final reds game. Patrik Berger rounded off a fantastic team move for the other goal.

Our only other hat-trick at Derby came back in November 1946, when Jack Balmer bagged all four goals in our 4-1 win. This was the second of his three hat-tricks in consecutive games, while his third goal was his fiftieth reds strike. Less happily, back in October 1912, Rams hero Steve Bloomer bagged a hat-trick as we lost 4-2, with Arthur Metcalf netting both our goals.

Big winning margins
We secured a stunning 7-1 victory in March 1991, under Ronnie Moran's temporary control, thanks to a Jan Mølby penalty, braces from John Barnes and Steve Nicol, and goals from Ian Rush and Ray Houghton. Jack Balmer netted twice as we won 4-0 in March 1948, with Albert Stubbins and Willie Fagan also on target. Unfortunately, we lost by the same score in November 1969.

Milestone games
Robert Neill and Bill Michael struck as we lost 3-2 in December 1896, with Harry Bradshaw playing his hundredth reds game. Louis Bimpson also reached a century of reds games at the Baseball Ground in 1959, when we won 2-1 in a Second Division fixture, thanks to goals from Alan A'Court and Roger Hunt.

Our first ever visit to the Baseball Ground ended in a 1-0 defeat back in January 1895. We won by the same score on our last ever visit, when Stan Collymore notched in February 1997. Our first trip to their new Pride Park stadium came in May of the following year, in what proved to be Roy Evans' final game as sole Manager. We lost 1-0 as we finished the season in third to qualify for the UEFA Cup, twelve points behind Manchester United in second. By the start of the next season Gérard Houllier was alongside him for a short-lived joint management venture.

Previously at Christmas
Ian Rush bagged the only goal of the game on Boxing Day in 1988. We have also twice visited the Baseball Ground on Christmas Day itself. Tommy Robertson and John ‘Sailor' Hunter netted as we lost 3-2 in 1899, while we suffered a 2-0 reverse in another top-flight meeting exactly four years later.

Other memorable meetings
Craig Johnston scored in our 1-1 draw in March 1988. This was our 31st consecutive undefeated League match, then a League record. However, we lost our next League match, 1-0 at Goodison. Kenny Dalglish and Ray Kennedy netted as we won 2-0 in February 1979. Razor's strike that came at the end of an eight-man passing movement was later named the BBC's Goal of the Season.

Back in October 1957, keeper Tommy Younger went off injured but returned as a centre-forward as we lost 2-1, with Antonio Rowley netting our consolation. Forward John Evans struck on his 25th birthday as we lost 3-2 in a Second Division fixture, with Louis Bimpson also on target.

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