YNWA takes a look back at memorable away League meetings of the past as we prepare to visit Fulham on Monday for only our 25th League trip. We have a reasonable away League record in West London against the Cottagers, with ten wins, six draws and eight defeats so far.
We secured our biggest every victory at the Cottage last May, winning 5-2 after a sparkling performance. Maxi Rodríguez scored a hat-trick, netting in his third consecutive game while Dirk Kuyt struck in his fifth appearance in a row, with Luis Suárez also on target. Skipper Jamie Carragher played his 666th reds game, to move into second place on the all-time list, only behind Ian Callaghan.
Carragher and Philipp Degen were both sent off as we lost 3-1 to Roy Hodgson's side in October 2009. Fernando Torres volleyed in an equaliser after Bobby Zamora's opener. Erik Nevland restored the home side's lead, with Clint Dempsey sealing the points. Six months earlier, Yossi Benayoun bagged the injury time winner in our 1-0 victory to send us to the top of the table. We had rattled the woodwork four times in the first half.
Sami Hyypiä played his 300th League game as we won 2-0 in April 2008 thanks to goals from Jermaine Pennant and Peter Crouch, as we moved to within a single point of Champions League qualification ahead of our Semi-final first leg of that campaign's tournament. Pennant's strike was our 400th away goal in the Premiership and his third and final reds goal.
A cracking comeback
The reds were dismal in October 2004 in a first half that saw Luis Boa Morte put Fulham 2-0 up. We drew level after the break thanks to a Zat Knight own goal and a close-range Milan Baroš strike, before Josemi was sent off for a second caution. Xabi Alonso, who had replaced the hapless Salif Diao at half time, then bagged his first reds goal, with the 4-2 win completed by Igor Bišcan's glorious strike, his first League goal. All together now, "2-0, 4-2 up, Igor Bišcan wrapped it up."
Other recent visits
Papa Bouba Diop was sent off for the home side in May 2007, as Craig Bellamy and Gabriel Paletta both made their final appearances for the reds in our 1-0 defeat that came just four days after we had seen off Chelsea to reach Athens. Harry Kewell played his first game since the previous season's FA Cup Final, while young left-back Emiliano Insúa made only his second outing. We also lost in October 2005, with ex-reds reserve Tony Warner coming on for Mark Crossley as a second-half substitute in this 2-0 reverse. Collins John and Luís Boa Morte netted for the home side.
We won 2-1 at Loftus Road in November 2003, Fulham's temporary home, with ex-Cottager Steve Finnan setting Emile Heskey up for the opener, our 300th away goal in the Premier League. Our winner came when Danny Murphy netted his fiftieth career League goal, converting from the spot after Florent Sinama-Pongolle was brought down in the area, shortly after he had been assaulted by Luis Boa Morte in the centre circle, who was dismissed. Vladimír Šmicer played his hundredth League game. Our visit to Loftus Road a year earlier resulted in a 3-2 defeat towards the beginning of that season's horrible run of form. Dietmar Hamann's bullet free-kick added to a Milan Baroš strike, but this was not enough for any of the points, despite Alain Goma's sending off.
Ian St. John was dismissed late on for allegedly punching the home side's Mark Pearson as we lost 2-0 in February 1966. Both goals came from Steve Earle, although one was scored with the help of a hand. This result sparked Fulham into surviving relegation that season.
Geoff Strong made his reds bow in our 1-1 draw in November 1964, with Ian Callaghan netting our goal. Centre-half Joe Cadden's reds debut came in our 2-1 defeat in September 1950. Billy Liddell bagged our consolation.
Liddell in and out
Louis Bimpson scored the only goal of the game in October 1958, with the Liverpool Echo reporting that Billy Liddell had been dropped for the first time in his reds career. Our first League trip to Craven Cottage came nine years earlier, following three visits in the FA Cup, and resulted in a 1-0 win as Liddell grabbed the goal. He also netted there in March 1957, when John Evans grabbed his 53rd and final reds goal in our 2-1 Second Division victory.
Roy Dwight, Elton John's cousin, scored a hat-trick for Fulham as they won 3-1 in April 1956, with Billy Liddell again on the scoresheet for the reds against the Cottagers, while winger Joe Dickson played his sixth and final reds game.
Wright's last outing
In March 2002, Stephen Wright played his 21st and final game before his summer switch to Sunderland as we won 2-0. Nicolas Anelka and Jari Litmanen netted in a game whose highlight was possibly Stéphane Henchoz's stunning last-ditch tackle on Steve Marlet with the score at 1-0.