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On this day in Liverpool history - 4th August
Sunday, 4th August 2013

Happy birthday John

1957 - John Wark was born in Glasgow. He struck an impressive 42 times in his 108 games for the reds following his £450,000 capture from Ipswich Town in March 1984, where he had been named PFA Player of the Year three years earlier. He left Anfield in January 1988 to return to Portman Road, having won a League championship medal with us.

           

Striking German debuts

1967 - Tony Hateley made his reds bow in our 1-0 friendly defeat by 1. FC Köln at the Müngersdorfer Stadion, following his record signing from Chelsea for £96,000 the previous month.

1997 - Karlheinz Riedle made his first appearance in a 3-1 friendly win at Crewe Alexandra, when Michael Owen and Paul Ince added to a Danny Murphy penalty.

           

Beating Roma again

2004 - We beat Roma 2-1 in a ChampionsWorld Series game in the Giants Stadium in New Jersey. Michael Owen netted in his final reds game, while right-back Josemi made his first appearance for us. Dietmar Hamann was skipper briefly, the first time he had received this honour, while Djibril Cissé grabbed our first goal.

           

Milan at the treble

2002 - We beat AC Milan 2-1 in the third-place play-off of the Real Madrid Trofeo Centenario. Milan scored all three goals, as a Dario Šimić own goal put us in front, before Milan Baroš doubled our advantage. Jon Dahl Tomasson pulled one back for the Italians, but we held on to win.

1998 - We also faced Italian opposition, beating Internazionale 2-1 at Anfield to claim the pre-season Pirelli Cup. Ex-Inter player Paul Ince and Steve Harkness netted that day.

           

Martin off

2008 – Reserves keeper David Martin joined Leicester City on loan. He played thirty times as they claimed the League One title, leaving Anfield permanently in May 2010 to re-join MK Dons.

           

Pre-season routs

We have twice run amok in friendlies on this day in history.

1970 - We won 5-0 at Preston North End in a ‘public practice match’. Emlyn Hughes and Peter Thompson both netted twice, with Alun Evans also on target.

1992 - We ran riot at Tranmere Rovers, thrashing them 7-1, with Ian Rush and Dean Saunders both grabbing a brace. Paul Stewart, Mike Marsh and Ronnie Rosenthal all also scored.

2006 - Less happily, we were humbled 5-0 at 1. FSV Mainz 05 in our final pre-season friendly.

           

Winning in Norway

We have twice overcome Norwegian opponents on pre-season tours on this day over the years.

1991 - We won 2-1 at Elfsborg, thanks to goals from John Barnes and Dean Saunders.

1993 - We won in the Norway Cup at Rosenborg BK, with Ian Rush grabbing the only goal of the game.

           

For Dortmund

1984 - We helped Borussia Dortmund to celebrate their 75th anniversary, although an Ian Rush strike condemned them to a 1-0 friendly defeat at the Westfalenstadion.

           

Other friendlies

1951 - Billy Liddell netted a brace as we beat an Edinburgh Select side 2-1 in a charity match at Easter Road.

1981 - Terry McDermott and David Johnson got on the scoresheet as we won 2-1 at Scunthorpe United.

1996 - Steve McManaman grabbed the only goal of the game at Northern Irish side Dundalk.

1976 - We lost 2-0 at Feyenoord.

           

Farewell Jon

2000 - Reserves forward Jon Newby joined First Division Sheffield United on loan. He made three starts and a further ten substitute appearances in his three months at Bramall Lane, without hitting the net. He later left Anfield for Bury, and is now Player/Manager for Conference North side Colwyn Bay.

           

Turned down

2005 - Mark González was denied a work permit, having signed on loan from Albacete Balompié two weeks earlier. He was finally given the official go-ahead to move to the reds a year later, though his reds career did not last long.

           

Future reds on the move

2009 – Midfielder Charlie Adam joined Blackpool from Rangers for a club record £500,000 after a successful loan spell. He netted 36 times in 101 games in total while at Bloomfield Road, before moving to Anfield for an initial £6.75m in July 2011.

2006 – Keeper Brad Jones joined Sheffield Wednesday on loan from Middlesbrough, turning out fifteen times for the Owls.

           

Ex-reds on the move

2006 - Former reserves keeper Tony Warner joined Leeds United on loan from Fulham. He played fourteen times as they struggled against relegation from the Championship.

2003 - Ex-reds reserves striker John Durnin joined Accrington Stanley on loan from Port Vale. He netted four times in fifteen Conference games for them, before being released at the end of the season.

           

Olympian despair

2012 – Craig Bellamy captained a Great Britain side that also included future reds Joe Allen and Daniel Sturridge as they drew 1-1 with South Korea in the Quarter-final of the Olympics Finals in Cardiff. South Korea won 5-4 on penalties with Sturridge having his penalty saved

           

Haukur on target

1994 – Future red Haukur Igni Gudnason bagged a brace as Iceland Under-17’s beat England 4-3, his final goals at this level.

2011 – Michael Ngoo featured for England Under-20’s as they were held to a goalless draw by Mexico in their World Championship Finals group game in Colombia.




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