YNWA takes a look back at our past trips to the Racecourse Ground, as we visit Wrexham for the sixth time in a pre-season encounter on Saturday. We have also played there in several other competitions, although we have yet to face the Robins in a League match.
Paul Anderson and Craig Bellamy both scored in their first reds games as we won 2-0 a year ago. Also making their first senior appearance that day were Godwin Antwi, Danny Guthrie, Adam Hammill, Jack Hobbs, Besian Idrizaj, David Martin, Danny O'Donnell, Gabriel Paletta, Lee Peltier, Miki Roque, James Smith and Robbie Threlfall.
Other recent visits
We paraded the European Cup prior to kick-off in July 2005. Pepe Reina and Bolo Zenden both played their first reds games as we won our opening pre-season friendly 4-3. Fernando Morientes and Milan Baroš grabbed a brace each.
A year earlier, Anthony Le Tallec struck twice in our 2-1 win. This was Rafael Benítez's first game in charge, with Djibril Cissé, Carl Medjani, Darren Potter, David Raven and Stephen Warnock all playing their first reds games. Robbie Fowler nabbed a brace, with Steve McManaman also on target, as we won 3-1 in August 1994.
We visited the Racecourse Ground in May 1993 to play a testimonial match for Joey Jones, who is a legend at both clubs. Future Robin Ian Rush and Don Hutchison struck as the game ended level.
A rare treble for the King
Kenny Dalglish scored his first reds hat-trick in January 1978, as we beat Wrexham 3-1 in a League Cup Fifth Round tie, en route to our first Final in the competition. Phil Thompson debuted his dodgy perm in this game! Kenny's only other reds trebles both came against Manchester City. We returned to North Wales in the Fourth Round seven years later, with Bobby Graham netting a brace in a 3-1 victory, and Ian St. John also on target.
We visited Wrexham for a testimonial match for Arfon Griffiths in July 1971, with Chris Lawler grabbing the only goal of the game from long range. We also played a benefit match for ex-red Bertram Goode in October 1920, losing 1-0. He had only ever played seven times for us, scoring once.
Up for the Cup
Roger Hunt, Kevin Lewis and Jimmy Melia were on target in January 1963 as we knocked the Robins out of the FA Cup at the Third Round stage, our first ever official encounter. We reached the Semi-final that year, losing to Leicester City at Hillsborough, who lost the Final to Manchester United.
Berry Nieuwenhuys struck as we lost 2-1 in November 1939, in the first of our eight Wartime League visits to North Wales. The South African outside-right was on target again in May 1941, with reds legends Bob Paisley and Billy Liddell also on the scoresheet, although we lost 4-3.
Four months later, we lost another high-scoring meeting, this time 5-3. Our goals came from Billy Liddell, Stan Polk and Cyril Done. In August 1942, Polk scored from the spot, while Nieuwenhuys and Liddell struck against the Robins again as we won 4-3, our first ever victory at the Racecourse Ground with GR Mills also netting. We returned in January 1943, with Dickie Dorsett netting the only goal of the game to give us two wins there in the same season.
Jack Balmer and Arthur Shepherd both bagged braces as we won 5-2 in September 1943, with Laurie Hughes also on the scoresheet. This came just a week after we had thumped them 8-0 at Anfield. However, they had revenge the following January, as Cyril Done's brace was not enough to prevent us losing 4-2. Future reds boss Don Welsh grabbed our goal as we lost 2-1 in October 1944, our final Wartime meeting.