YNWA takes a trip down memory lane as Blackburn Rovers travel to Anfield on Boxing Day for our 64th home League meeting. So far, we have beaten them 38 times, drawn sixteen, and lost only nine.
Jamie Carragher scored a club record eighth own goal as we won 2-1 in October 2010, after Sotirios Kyrgiakos had headed in his third and last reds goal. Fernando Torres struck the winner, with all the goals coming in the second half. We scored in our 25th consecutive home League game as we won by the same score eight months earlier. Fábio Aurélio played his 110th and final game of his first spell at Anfield. Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres struck in the first half, either side of a Keith Andrews penalty after Jamie Carragher's inadvertent handball.
We thumped Rovers 4-0 in April 2009, with Pepe Reina keeping his 102nd clean sheet in his 200th reds game. Ex-red Stephen Warnock laid a floral tribute in front of the Kop before kick-off, as the game was played four days before the twentieth anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster. Fernando Torres bagged a first-half brace, with his first being a stunning strike. Daniel Agger added a spectacular long-range effort before David N'Gog completed the scoring late on.
Steven Gerrard opened the scoring as he played his 300th League game in our 3-1 win in April 2008, with substitute Yossi Benayoun proving inspirational. Fernando Torres headed his thirtieth goal of the season, so scoring in his seventh consecutive home League game, a new club record in the top flight. Andriy Voronin added a late third, before Roque Santa Cruz grabbed an injury-time consolation.
Craig Bellamy was on target with a header against his former employers as we were held to a 1-1 draw in October 2006, with Benni McCarthy giving the visitors a surprise early lead. Djibril Cissé grabbed the only goal from a free-kick a year earlier, with the visitors having Zurab Khizanishvili dismissed, although his red card was later rescinded.
King Kenny returns
Kenny Dalglish's Rovers clinched their first title for 83 years despite losing in May 1995, as Manchester United failed to win at Upton Park on the same day. John Barnes and Jamie Redknapp scored as we won 2-1. Blackburn's most recent League win at Anfield came in September 1993, with ex-red Mike Newell scoring the only goal as Kenny won in L4 as visiting Manager for the only time. His first return to his old stomping ground as boss was in December 1992, when he left empty-handed as a Mark Walters brace either side of a stunning Alan Shearer volley gave us a 2-1 win, our first goals from a substitute in the newly-renamed Premier League. This was Rovers' first League visit for 27 years.
In November 1998, Steven Gerrard made his reds bow as a last minute substitute for Vegard Heggem in a 2-0 win, as Michael Owen and Paul Ince grabbed our goals. Stéphane Henchoz was in the away side that day. In September 1995, Jason McAteer eventually made his reds bow against the reigning champions after kick-off was delayed due to fire alarms going off. We won 3-0, with goals from Stan Collymore, Jamie Redknapp and Robbie Fowler, all inside the first half hour. Henning Berg was sent off for Rovers.
Back in October 1929, centre-forward Harold Barton debuted in our 1-1 draw, with Henry Race nabbing our goal. Outside-right Archie Rawlings made his first reds appearance in a goalless draw in March 1924. In February 1923, centre-half David Pratt made his reds bow in a 3-0 win, as Dick Forshaw scored the only treble in this fixture, with his first goal being his fiftieth reds strike. This was Matt McQueen's first game as reds boss.
In September 1902, inside-right George Livingstone scored on his reds bow, as we won 5-2 in our first game of the season. Sam Raybould and Jack Cox both netted braces, while inside-forward Edgar Chadwick was also making his debut. Two years earlier, right-back John Robertson played his first reds game in another season opener as we won 3-0 thanks to goals from Thomas Robertson, Charles Satterthwaite and Sam Raybould.
We triumphed 4-0 in April 2004, equalling our record defeat of Rovers. Michael Owen bagged a brace and Andy Todd notched an own goal before Emile Heskey added a late fourth. This was our 300th match since Gérard Houllier took sole charge. We won by the same score in October 1933 with Alf Hanson, Berry Nieuwenhuys and Syd Roberts adding to a Gordon Hodgson penalty. 37 years earlier, George Allan, Bill Michael, Jimmy Ross and Malcolm McVean all struck, while keeper Harry Storer saved a penalty from Rovers' Anderson.
We eventually triumphed 4-3 in a thrilling encounter in May 2002, with Emile Heskey striking a dramatic late winner. Sami Hyypiä, Nicolas Anelka and Danny Murphy also netted for the reds. We won another high-scoring game in November 1965 5-2 to go top of the table for the first time that season, thanks to an Ian St. John brace, penalty from Willie Stevenson, and goals from Roger Hunt and Tommy Smith. This was our last Anfield meeting for fourteen years.
Andy Cole equalised after John Arne Riise's deflected shot, to score his seventh Premiership goal at Anfield, as we drew 1-1 on Boxing Day 2002. Emile Heskey played his hundredth reds League game as we became only the third side to reach 700 Premiership points. Gerry Byrne played his 200th reds game in December 1964 as we won 3-2, thanks to a Tommy Smith goal and brace from Roger Hunt.
First and last goals
We lost 3-2 in a Second Division fixture in October 1956, with Eric Anderson bagging his 22nd and final reds goal, with Billy Liddell also on target. Right-half Jack Bamber struck the first of his 29 reds goals as we won 3-0 in February 1920, with Harry Chambers adding a brace.
Centre-half Bob Ferguson scored the first of only two reds goals as we triumphed 4-1 in October 1912, with Arthur Metcalf netting a brace, and Arthur Goddard scoring from the spot. Forward Fred Buck bagged his only reds strike as we lost 2-1 in December 1903. In April 1899, centre-forward George Allan grabbed his 56th and final reds goal as we won 2-0, with Tom Robertson also on the scoresheet.
We lost 3-1 back in September 1905, with Jack Cox nabbing our consolation, our worst defeat at Anfield to Rovers.