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On this day in Liverpool history - 1st August
Thursday, 1st August 2013

Feliz Cumpleaños Iago

1987 – Spanish forward Iago Aspas was born in Moaña in Galicia. He signed from Real Club Celta de Vigo for £7.7m in June, notching in his first reds game at Preston North End last month.

           

Mixed fortunes for Mark

1963 - Mark Wright was born in Dorchester. He was Graeme Souness’ first signing as Manager, arriving from Derby County for £2.2m in July 1991, and notched nine times in 210 reds appearances, the most memorable coming when he lifted the FA Cup at Wembley in 1992.

1998 - A sadder milestone for Mark, as his contract with the reds came to end and he was forced to retire from football due to injury.

           

Happy birthday Jameo

1970 – Keeper David James was born in Welwyn Garden City. He signed from Watford for £1m in July 1992, making 277 appearances before being sold to Aston Villa for £1.7m in June 1999, having helped us to claim the League Cup in 1995 and FA Cup Final the following year.

1973 – Former reserves coach Antonio Gómez Pérez was born in Madrid. He joined the reds from Albacete Balompié in June 2009 to work with John McMahon, but left for Real Valladolid a year later.

           

Quasi off the mark

1987 - Peter Beardsley scored his first reds goal as we beat Danish side Vejle 3-0 in a pre-season friendly. He had arrived from Newcastle United for a record £1.9m just a week earlier. Craig Johnston and John Aldridge scored our other goals.

           

We have also beaten three other Scandinavian sides in pre-season friendlies on this day.

1986 - We defeated Swedes IS Halmia 3-0 thanks to goals from Craig Johnston, Ronnie Whelan and Kevin MacDonald.

1989 - Ian Rush and Swede Glenn Hysén netted as we won 2-1 at Malmö FF.

1991 - We beat Rosenborg BK 3-2 in the Norway Cup in the Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo, with Dean Saunders adding a brace to a Jan Mølby penalty.

           

Red debutants

2010 – Joe Cole and youngsters Jesus “Suso” Fernandez, Raheem Sterling and Danny Wilson all played their first reds games as we lost 1-0 in a friendly at Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Borussia-Park.

1979 - We beat the same opposition 4-2 at their old Bökelbergstadion, thanks to goals from Terry McDermott, Kenny Dalglish, Ray Kennedy and Graeme Souness.

           

2011 – Centre-half Stephen Sama played his first reds game as we drew a friendly 3-3 with Vålerenga in Oslo. Andy Carroll was on target with Daniel Agger bagging a brace, while this was the fifth consecutive match that pre-season in which we conceded three goals. On the same day, Michael Ngoo won his first England Under-20’s cap as they held Argentina to a goalless draw in their World Championship Finals group game in Colombia.

           

Starting out

1996 - David Thompson officially signed for the reds as a professional. He was followed in subsequent years by young full-back Stephen Wright in 1997, and then forward Jon Newby the next year.

1974 - John Wark signed on as a professional for Ipswich Town. He went on to bag an impressive 181 goals in 678 games in three spells with the Tractor boys.

2001 - Glen Johnson signed professional terms for West Ham United.

           

Leaving Anfield

2004 - Young French centre-back Carl Medjani joined Lorient on loan. He played 25 League games for them before returning to Anfield, but later singed for them permanently.

1998 - Michael Thomas left Anfield, signing for SL Benfica on a free transfer after twelve goals in 163 reds games. He played just five League games in Portugal in his two years there before returning to England to join Wimbledon.

           

Claiming the cup

1998 - Goals from Patrik Berger and Michael Owen saw off Leeds United in the Final of the Carlsberg Trophy at Lansdowne Road in Dublin as we won 2-0.

           

Friendly disappointments

2006 - We lost 2-0 to Grasshopper-Club Zürich in Hardturm.

2003 - We held Ajax to a goalless draw in The Sony Amsterdam Tournament 2003 at the Amsterdam ArenA.

1980 – We lost 4-3 at RSC Anderlecht, with David Fairclough bagging a brace and Terry McDermott also on target.

           

Rushie off the mark

1987 - Ian Rush scored in his first game for Juventus, as they won a friendly 2-0 at Lucerne.

           

Reds in Olympian opposition

2012 – Future red Daniel Sturridge netted the only goal as Great Britain beat Uruguay in an Olympics Finals group game at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. The two sides were both skippered by reds, Craig Bellamy and Luis Suárez, with Sebastián Coates and future red Joe Allen also both in action.

           

Getting the boot

2002 - Former reserves centre-back Dave Watson was sacked as Manager of Tranmere Rovers after fourteen months in charge. They had finished in mid-table in the Second Division in his one full season as boss.

           

Transfers galore

A host of future reds have switched clubs on this day over the years.

1990 - Stan Collymore signed for Stafford Rangers from Wolverhampton Wanderers.

1995 - Patrik Berger left SK Slavia Praha for Borussia Dortmund.

1997 - Christian Ziege signed for AC Milan from Bayern München.

1999 - Jari Litmanen joined Barcelona from Ajax, having turned down the opportunity to come to Anfield.

           

Ex-reds on the move

1998 - Legendary reds striker Ian Rush signed for Wrexham as Player/Coach, having left Newcastle United earlier that year. He failed to score in 24 appearances for them, a disappointing end to a glittering career. On the same day, Mike Marsh signed for Conference side Barrow, having left Southend United the previous December.

           

1997 - Ex-loanee keeper Mark Prudhoe joined Bradford City from Stoke City for £70,000.

2002 – Former reserves defender Neil Murphy left Blackpool for Altrincham on a free transfer.

2006 - Ex-reserves keeper Paul Harrison joined Hereford United from Chester City on non-contract terms.



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