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On this day in Liverpool history - 20th December
Friday, 20th December 2013

Ablett’s able start

1986 - Gary Ablett made his reds bow, replacing the injured Alan Hansen as we held Charlton Athletic to a goalless draw at Selhurst Park. He went on to net just once in 147 games for the reds. Centre-forward Alan Irvine also made the first of his four senior reds appearances in this game.

1924 – Full-back James Garner played the first of his five senior reds games in our goalless Anfield top-flight encounter with Bolton Wanderers.

           

Bienvenue Nicolas

2001 - Nicolas Anelka signed on loan from Paris Saint-Germain. He netted five times in 22 reds games, but was not taken on permanently at the end of the season, and is now playing for West Bromwich Albion.

           

Most recently

1997 - Michael Owen netted the only goal of the game as we beat Coventry City at Anfield.

1977 - We also faced the Sky Blues, with Jimmy Case and Kenny Dalglish on target as we won a League Cup Fourth Round replay 2-0 at Highfield Road.

           

Rob starts out

1988 - Rob Jones signed as a professional for Crewe Alexandra. He made ninety appearances for the Alex, and even managed to bag two goals, something he never managed at Anfield.

           

Luis banned

2011 - Luis Suárez was banned for eight matches and fined £40,000 after being found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra two months earlier. On the same day, young forward Jordon Ibe signed from Wycombe Wanderers for a reported £750,000.

           

Double stalemate with PNE

We twice drew with Preston North End in First Division meetings on this day soon after the Second World War.

1947 - Bill Jones, Billy Liddell and Albert Stubbins netted in our 3-3 draw at Deepdale. Willie McIntosh struck two of his four goals against the reds, with Andy McLaren also scoring.

1952 - Our next senior game on this day saw the Lilywhites hold us 2-2 at Anfield, with Liddell and Kevin Baron on target. Angus Morrison struck the last of his four goals past us, with Jimmy Baxter also on target.

           

Derby stalemate

1919 - We held the Blues to a goalless draw at Goodison, with Everton keeper Tom Fern in fine form.

           

Up against the Blues

1983 - Graeme Souness was on the scoresheet as we drew our League Cup Fourth Round tie at Birmingham City, with Mick Harford equalising with one of his six strikes against the reds.

1930 - We also visited St. Andrews, when we lost a First Division match 2-0, with George Briggs scoring two of his ten goals past us.

           

Roy’s quit

2001 - Roy Evans resigned as Second Division Swindon Town’s boss after just four months in charge. They had only lost six of his 26 games.

2005 - Roy Hodgson resigned as Manager of Norwegian side Viking F.K. Stavanger, having already taken charge of the Finland national team.

           

Reds in Sudan

1982 - Kenny Dalglish was on target as we held a Khartoum XI to a 1-1 draw in a friendly in Sudan. The game was played just two days after our most recent League fixture and was arranged after persistent requests from the Sudanese President. Graeme Souness announced to the rest of the squad on the flight over that he had agreed a new three-year contract, with the players ‘celebrating’ by sticking Sammy Lee into one of the plane’s overhead lockers!

           

Loaned out

1996 - Nigel Clough joined Nottingham Forest on loan from Manchester City. He struck once in thirteen games in this second spell at the City Ground, before returning to Maine Road.

2000 - Robbie Keane joined Leeds United on loan from Internazionale. He notched nine times in twenty games before signing on permanently in May 2001.

           

Stone rolled on

1984 - Reserves forward Paul Jewell was sold to Wigan Athletic for £15,000, going on to bag 47 goals in 171 games for the Latics.

           

Happy birthday

1972 - Ex-reserves midfielder Kevin Lampkin was born in Liverpool. He signed professional terms at Anfield in May 1991, but failed to break into the first team. He went on to play League football with Huddersfield Town and Mansfield Town.



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