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On this day in Liverpool history - 29th December
Sunday, 29th December 2013

Michael the centurion

2001 - Michael Owen scored his hundredth reds goal after Trevor Sinclair had given West Ham United the lead, as we drew 1-1 at Upton Park. This was our 200th League goal under Gérard Houllier's sole charge.

1923 - We also faced the Hammers when Jimmy Walsh struck twice in a 2-0 win at Anfield.

           

Mac’s debut

1984 - Kevin MacDonald made his reds bow as we beat Luton Town 1-0 at home, with John Wark on target.

           

Nando’s half century

2009 - Fernando Torres struck the only goal of our game at Aston Villa in injury time, his fiftieth League goal, in his 72nd game, a new club record.

           

Gunning for a draw

2002 - A Danny Murphy penalty gave us the lead at Highbury. However, a controversial penalty won by Francis Jeffers and converted by Thierry Henry for one of his nine goals past us enabled Arsenal to share the points.

           

Going top

1996 - We won 1-0 at Graeme Souness’s Southampton to go top of the League in time for the New Year. Dave Beasant attempted to prevent a corner but his errant clearance was seized upon by John Barnes who sent it towards goal. Beasant attempted to get back to retrieve the situation but failed. Unfortunately, we ended up finishing fourth in a ‘two horse race’ that season.

           

Gordon’s milestone strike

1928 – The second of Gordon Hodgson’s brace in our top-flight match at Bury was our 2,000th League goal. The game ended 2-2, with outside-right Dick Edmed playing his hundredth League game for the reds. John Smith bagged the last of his seven goals against the reds, with Jack Ball also netting.

           

Two ton Pepe

2010 - Pepe Reina played his 200th League game for the reds as we lost 1-0 to Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield. Stephen Ward bagged the winner with ironic chants of “Hodgson for England” ringing around the Kop during the second half.

           

Derby stalemate

1945 - We held the Blues to a 2-2 draw in a Wartime League match at Goodison. Kevin Baron and Billy Liddell were on the scoresheet.

           

Baron born

1901 - Fred Baron was born in Prudhoe, Northumberland. He struck seven times in twenty games after signing from Mid-Rhondda United in February 1925, moving on to Southend United in March 1927.

           

Bert’s farewell

1971 - Bert Shelley died in Liverpool. He played 448 times for Southampton, a club record until the 1960’s. After retiring from playing, he joined George Kay’s coaching staff, following him to Anfield in August 1936. He stayed on as Trainer after Kay’s departure, working under Don Welsh and Phil Taylor until 1959 when he joined the general staff, with his duties including looking after the treatment room. He was still working for the club when he died.

           

Zico out of a job

1996 - Phil Neal resigned as Manager of First Division Manchester City. He had lost seven of his ten games in charge.

           

Other wins

In total, we have won nine of our sixteen fixtures on this day in history.

1973 – We won 1-0 at Chelsea with Peter Cormack grabbing the goal.

1979 - David Johnson struck twice without reply at West Bromwich Albion.

1897 – We won 2-1 at Sheffield United with Abe Hartley nabbing his only reds goal and Andrew McCowie also on the scoresheet.

1951 – We won by the same score at Huddersfield Town. Billy Liddell and Jimmy Payne netted at Leeds Road, with Jimmy Glazzard bagging one of his five goals against the reds.

           

1934 - Berry Nieuwenhuys and Sam English were on the scoresheet as we won 2-0 at Blackburn Rovers.

1900 - We also visited Ewood Park, with Sam Raybould netting as we lost 3-1. Jack Dewhurst netted the first two of his five goals past us, with Walter Whittaker scoring the first of his six against the reds.

           

Red endings

1894 – Defender James Cameron played his fourth and final reds game in a 3-0 top-flight defeat at Small Heath. Frank Mobley bagged a treble, the first of his four strikes against the reds.

2007 - Reserves centre-half James Smith left Anfield to sign for Stockport County after a successful loan spell.

           

Management endings

2008 – Paul Jewell resigned as Manager of Derby County with Reserve Team Coach Mark Seagraves also vacating his post. The Rams had won just twelve of his 58 games in charge.

           

Stevie nicked

2008 - Steven Gerrard was arrested following an alleged assault at a Southport bar the previous day. He was later acquitted of all charges.

           

In comes Chris

1920 – Winger Chris Harrington signed from South Liverpool. He failed to score in four senior outings, before returning to his former club the following year.

           

Also on the move

2010 – Jermaine Pennant joined Stoke City from Real Zaragoza for an initial £1.725m, after failing to score in 26 outings for the Spanish side. Meanwhile, keeper Diego Cavalieri left Cesena to sign for Fluminense back in his native Brazil. He had played just one senior game for the Italian club.

           

Internationals in action

1976 - Future red Avi Cohen played for Israel as they were beaten 1-0 in Tel-Aviv by the West German Olympics side.

1995 - Haukur Ingi Guðnason scored his first goal for Iceland Under-19’s as they beat Belgium 2-1 in an Israel Tournament game.

           

Jerzy a dad again

2006 - Jerzy Dudek became a father for the third time, to Natalia.




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