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On this day in Liverpool history - 5th December
Thursday, 5th December 2013

A treble for Sir Roger

1964 - Roger Hunt scored a hat-trick as we thumped Burnley 5-1 in a top-flight meeting at Turf Moor. Geoff Strong and Chris Lawler both struck their first reds goals.

           

Half a millennium for Stevie

2009 - Steven Gerrard played his 500th reds game as we held Blackburn Rovers to a goalless Premiership draw at Ewood Park. The closest we came was when David N’Gog rattled the crossbar.

1925 – Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers struck in the ninetieth minute as we held Blackburn Rovers to a 1-1 draw in a top-flight meeting at Ewood Park. Ted Harper bagged one of his five goals against the reds.

           

Arnell off the mark fast

1953 - Forward Alan Arnell scored on his reds debut as we beat Blackpool 5-2 at Anfield. Jimmy Payne and Sammy Smyth were also on the scoresheet, with Alan A’Court bagging a brace. Half-back Barry Wilkinson was also making his reds bow. Ernest Taylor struck the last two of his five goals past us in this game.

           

Carra’s error

1998 - Jamie Carragher scored an own goal as we lost 2-1 at Tottenham Hotspur. He also put through his own net in the return fixture at Anfield later that season. Patrik Berger grabbed our goal at White Hart Lane, with Ruel Fox also netting for the home side.

           

We never lose in Rome

2001 - Our second trip in successive seasons to the Stadio Olimpico resulted in a goalless draw to keep us in with a shout of qualifying for the Quarter-finals of the Champions League.

           

Beating Wednesday

We have twice beaten Sheffield Wednesday on this day over the years.

1999 - We triumphed 4-1 at Anfield, as Steven Gerrard bagged his first reds goal. Sami Hyypiä, Danny Murphy and David Thompson all also struck after future Blue Niclas Alexandersson had opened the scoring for the Owls.

1908 - We beat The Wednesday 3-2, as they were then still known, in another top-flight encounter. Joe Hewitt, Sam Bowyer and Ronald Orr grabbed our goals at Owlerton. Andrew Wilson struck the last of his eight goals against the reds, with Billy Lloyd also on target.

           

Jay off

2011 - Jay Spearing was harshly sent off as we lost 1-0 at Fulham, in what was Martin Jol’s first defeat of the reds as Manager, at the eighth attempt in all competitions. Future reds target Clint Dempsey struck the only goal of the game late on, with Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing both hitting a post.

           

Goals galore

1931 - Gordon Hodgson, David Wright, Gordon Gunson and Danny McRorie were all on target as we beat Birmingham City by the odd goal in seven in a First Division fixture at Anfield. George Briggs netted the last of his ten goals against the reds, with Tom Grosvenor and Sam Smith also on the scoresheet.

1896 – We thumped Fleetwood Rangers 9-0 in a Lancashire Senior Cup game at Anfield. George Allan struck four times with Frank Becton also nabbing a hat-trick. Our other goals came from Joe McQue and an own goal.

           

Miki’s bow in Istanbul

2006 - Young Spanish centre-half Miki Roqué made his only reds appearance as a substitute for Xabi Alonso for the final six minutes of our 3-2 defeat at Galatasaray, so becoming the player with the shortest first-class career in our history. This was the final game of our Champions League group, in which we had already secured top spot. Robbie Fowler bagged both our goals, his only reds strikes in the Champions League proper.

           

Young debutants

1990 - Steve McManaman became the first player to play for the England Under-21’s without any first-team experience, as he featured in their goalless friendly draw with Wales at Prenton Park. He went on to make his senior reds debut ten days later.

1962 - Tommy Lawrence won his only cap for Scotland Under-23’s as they beat England 2-0 in a friendly at Pittodrie.

           

Colvin born

1876 – Scottish forward Robert Colvin was born in Kirkconnel. He only ever made three senior appearances after signing from Oldham County in November 1897, without finding the net, and then joined Glossop North End the following year.

           

In comes John

1902 - Forward John Carlin signed from Barnsley, netting eight times in 35 games before moving on to Preston North End in May 1907.

           

Youngsters in Arabia

2003 - Four young reds appeared for their countries in the Under-20 World Championship Finals in the United Arab Emirates. Zak Whitbread played in the USA’s 2-0 defeat of South Korea, while John Welsh turned out as England were held to a goalless draw by Colombia. Meanwhile, Darren Potter was sent off as the Republic of Ireland, also featuring Michael Foley-Sheridan, beat Mexico 2-0.

           

Elisha for the Irish

1931 - Reds keeper Elisha Scott won his sixteenth cap for Northern Ireland, following five for the combined Ireland, as they thumped Wales 4-0 in the British International Championships in Belfast.

           

Digger in charge

2008 – John Barnes led Jamaica to a 4-0 thumping of Grenada in the Digicel Caribbean Championships in Montego Bay.



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