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Liverpool v Bolton Wanderers (27/08/2011) - Down Memory Lane
Thursday, 25th August 2011

YNWA takes a look back at previous memorable home League meetings as we welcome Bolton Wanderers for their 59th League visit to Anfield on Saturday. We have a good League record against them at home, having won all of the last nine encounters and 32 in total, drawing sixteen and losing just ten times.


Recent encounters
We won 2-1 on New Year's Day in front of 35,400, the lowest League attendance at Anfield since Portsmouth visited on a Tuesday evening in December 2004. Kevin Davies headed the visitors in front but Fernando Torres equalised early in the second half, with Joe Cole grabbing a dramatic late winner. Pepe Reina played his hundredth consecutive League game as we won 2-0 in January 2010. Dirk Kuyt opened the scoring before an Emiliano Insúa strike that deflected in off Kevin Davies for an own goal.


Robbie Keane bagged a second-half brace as we won 3-0 on Boxing Day 2008, with Albert Riera having opened the scoring before the break. These were to be the Irishman's final reds strikes. We won 3-1 exactly five years earlier with all three of our goals being headers, coming from Sami Hyypiä and substitutes Florent Sinama-Pongolle and Vladimír Šmicer. Henrik Pedersen's late consolation remains Bolton's most recent at Anfield.


Steven Gerrard converted a penalty to score in his sixth consecutive home game as we triumphed 4-0 in December 2007. Sami Hyypiä headed our hundredth home League goal against the Trotters to open the scoring, before ex-red Nicolas Anelka missed an open goal. Fernando Torres and Ryan Babel were also on target.


We won 3-0 on New Year's Day 2007, thanks to a fantastic scissor-kick volley from Peter Crouch, and strikes from Steven Gerrard and Dirk Kuyt, with all the goals coming in the second half. Dirk's goal was our 900th in the Premier League. Robbie Fowler grabbed the only goal of the game on his 31st birthday in April 2006, our hundredth League goal under Rafael Benítez. A year earlier, Igor Bišcan headed the only score late on from a Djimi Traoré cross, his third and final reds goal. El-Hadji Diouf struck his sixth and final reds goal in our 2-0 victory in March 2003, with Michael Owen also on the scoresheet.


Red trebles
Robbie Fowler plundered four goals in our 5-2 win over the Trotters in September 1995, in his hundredth reds game. Our other goal came from Steve Harkness, one of only three League goals he scored for us. Jimmy Case scored all our goals in a 3-0 victory against newly-promoted Bolton in September 1978. Kenny Dalglish was stand-in captain in the absence of Emlyn Hughes. However, the game was somewhat spoiled by a smoke bomb that was thrown from the Anny Road end into the Bolton goal area. Henry Race scored all our goals in a 3-0 victory in November 1929. Lethal striker Jack Parkinson grabbed a hat-trick in our 5-0 win in April 1913, with Arthur's Metcalf and Goddard also on target.


Reds debutants
Outside-right Brian Jackson scored on his reds debut in November 1951 as we were held to a 1-1 draw. Winger Jimmy Payne made the first of his 243 Liverpool appearances in our 1-0 defeat in September 1948. Full-back James Garner played the first of just five senior reds games in a goalless draw in December 1924.


Our 1-0 win in January 1908 came in a match that was also a benefit game for winger Arthur Goddard. Jack Parkinson was again on the scoresheet, while centre-half Jimmy Harrop made his reds bow. Wing-half Charlie Wilson debuted in a 1-1 draw in March 1898, with Harry Bradshaw bagging our goal, his 53rd and final reds strike, and forward Pat Finnerhan playing the last of his eight games for the club. Jimmy Ross scored on his reds debut back in September 1894, although he was unable to prevent us losing in our first ever League meeting, as we went down 2-1.


Biggest win
Our 7-2 tonking of the Trotters in September 1930 is our biggest ever win over them, with Archie McPherson, future Bolton star Dick Edmed and Gordon Hodgson all bagging braces, with Jim Smith also on target.


On fire!
Outside-left Fred Hopkin scored his first reds goal after his move from Manchester United in a 3-0 win in March 1923. Amazingly, it was immediately followed by a fire in the Anfield Road end! Dick's Forshaw and Johnson added the others.


Another reds first
Our goalless draw in August 1979 was memorable mainly for being the first time we had worn our Hitachi-sponsored shirts. This English first netted us the princely sum of £10,000!


Other memorable meetings
Bolton's most recent League win at Anfield came back in January 1954 when John Evans bagged our consolation in a 2-1 defeat. This was the first of 53 goals that Evans struck for the reds. Ian Callaghan played his hundredth League game as we won 2-0 in March 1964 thanks to goals from Alf Arrowsmith and Ian St. John.


The two teams in April 1938 were captained by brothers for the day - the reds by outside-left Alf Hanson, Bolton by goalkeeper Stan. Jack Balmer and future boss Phil Taylor netted in our 2-1 win. We lost 2-0 in March 1922 in what was our 1,000th first-class fixture, with William Cunningham playing his third and final reds game. This game also counted for Section 2 of the Lancashire Senior Cup.


Left-half James Bradley had to step into the breach as an emergency goalkeeper on Christmas Day 1909, although we hung on to win 3-0 thanks to goals from Ronald Orr, Arthur Goddard and a Jack Parkinson penalty. Bradley therefore became the first of just four players to never concede a goal in their entire reds careers between the sticks, although all of them played just once each!





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