Chelsea v Liverpool (25/10/2008) - Down Memory Lane
Thursday, 23rd October 2008
YNWA looks back at past memorable away League encounters as we prepare to visit Chelsea on Sunday. Our overall record is poor, reading fifteen wins, fourteen draws and 36 defeats. We have won only two of the most recent 24 meetings in West London.

Last season
We held the Blues to a goalless draw in February, in the absence of the injured Fernando Torres, with the reds carving out the better of the meagre array of chances.

Recent defeats
Joe Cole bagged the only goal of the game as we lost 1-0 in January 2005. He later scored the only goal at Anfield as the Blues secured only their second League double over us, and first since October 1919. However, they repeated the feat in February 2006, as Pepe Reina was sent off for ‘pushing' Arjen Robben in our 2-0 defeat. Luis García came on as a substitute and then was himself taken off as we had to re-organise. Seven months later, we lost 1-0, despite Michael Ballack being sent off for the home side. This was our fifth straight League defeat against the Blues.

We lost a Champions League decider 2-1 in May 2003, despite Sami Hyypiä giving us an early lead. Steven Gerrard saw red late on for a wild challenge, while Patrik Berger played his final reds game.

Rare wins
Bruno Cheyrou's first League goal handed us our first win at the Bridge for fifteen years in January 2004, despite the absence of Michael Owen and Steven Gerrard. El-Hadji Diouf was unjustly sent off, with his red card later rescinded, and Jerzy Dudek went off injured to be replaced by debutant Patrice Luzi for the last quarter of an hour. Luzi became the fourth man to never concede a goal in his entire reds career between the sticks, although this was his only senior outing.

Ian Rush grabbed a brace as we won 5-2 in December 1989, with Peter Beardsley, Steve McMahon and Ray Houghton also on target against Bobby Campbell's side, while Dave Beasant saved a Jan Mølby penalty. Tom Chorlton and Jack Parkinson struck in the last ten minutes as we won our first ever trip to the Bridge 2-0 in April 1908, with left-half Jim Bradley playing his hundredth League game for us.

Clinching the title
Kenny Dalglish's goal clinched our sixteenth League title in May 1986, and first half of the double, as we won 1-0. Future reds Nigel Spackman and David Speedie both played for Chelsea, with their Chairman stating in his programme notes that "Liverpool will win the Championship over my dead body". We played our first game as reigning champions two years later, with John Barnes notching to secure us a share of the spoils, and Peter Beardsley having a late penalty saved that would have handed us victory.

Ray Kennedy scored on his reds bow in our 3-0 victory in August 1974, with Phil Boersma netting a brace. In April 1970, midfielder John McLaughlin made his reds debut as we lost 2-1, with Bobby Graham on the scoresheet in our final game of the season. Forward Ted Harston scored on his debut back in August 1937, but George Mills notched a treble as we were thumped 6-1. Richard Spence scored all four Chelsea goals in December 1934 as we were beaten 4-1. Vic Wright nabbed our goal, with full-back Tom Cooper making his reds bow.

Harold Beadles debuted as we won 1-0 in September 1921 courtesy of a Robert Matthews strike. Inside-right Fred Pagnam scored on his reds debut in October 1914 as we lost 3-1, while Thomas Bennett played his only first-class reds game in place of Pagnam as we lost 1-0 in October 1919. Left-half Joe Dines played his only reds game in a 2-1 win in September 1912, with Arthur Goddard and Tommy Gracie on target. Three years earlier, outside-left John McDonald debuted in our 2-1 loss, with Joe Hewitt scoring in our first game of the season.

Keeping records
Ray Clemence played his 336th consecutive game in March 1978, a club record for a goalkeeper. Unfortunately we lost 3-1, with Phil Neal grabbing our consolation from the spot. Clem then missed our trip to Derby County four days later before making an immediate return. Back in February 1934, Elisha Scott played his 467th and final reds game in a 2-0 defeat, a career that spanned 21 years and 52 days.

Heavy defeats
We lost 4-0 in December 2001, our hundredth Premier League defeat, with Carlo Cudicini saving a Gary McAllister penalty. However, we remained three points clear at the top of the table. Jamie Carragher played his hundredth League game in October 2000, while Sander Westerveld scored an own goal to set us on the way to a 3-0 defeat. Karlheinz Riedle's goal took us in level at half-time in April 1998, but three goals in eleven minutes led to a 4-1 defeat. Rob Jones made his final appearance in this game.

Other memorable games
Michael Owen grabbed our consolation in a 2-1 defeat in February 1999. This was the game in which Robbie Fowler infamously bent over to taunt Graeme Le Saux. We lost 4-2 in May 1991, with Jimmy Carter coming on as a substitute, and then later being substituted. David Speedie and Ronnie Rosenthal bagged our goals. Ex-red Bobby Campbell resigned as Blues boss three days later. Jan Mølby scored his first reds goal in a 3-1 defeat in December 1984. Les Bruton grabbed his only reds strike in a 2-0 win in December 1932, with Harold Barton also netting.

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