Macca’s farewell and hello
1991 - Steve McMahon played his 277th and final reds game as we drew 2-2 at home with Manchester City, whom he was shortly to join, as was widely known at the time. Dean Saunders and Steve Nicol scored our goals, with David White netting two of his five goals past us, having already also bagged a brace in the reverse fixture earlier that season.
Getting shuttered of Titi
2000 - Aboubakar ‘Titi’ Camara was sold to West Ham United for £2.2m. He had bagged ten goals in 37 reds games after signing from Olympique de Marseille for £2.6m in June 1999.
1927 - Centre-forward Jack Smith was born in Birkenhead. He netted fourteen times in 59 reds games after signing from Bromborough Pool in March 1951. He moved on to Torquay United in May 1954.
1877 - Winger Jack Cox was born in Everton. He signed from Blackpool for £150 in December 1897 and struck eighty times in 361 reds games, helping us to two League titles and the Second Division championship before returning to Bloomfield Road as Player/Manager in May 1909.
1984 - Irish midfielder Darren Potter was born in Liverpool. A former Liverpool schoolboys’ captain who was once with Everton, he used to attend Alsop High School, where Gérard Houllier once taught. He made seventeen senior appearances under Rafael Benítez, but moved to Wolverhampton Wanderers in January 2007 after a successful loan spell.
A goalscoring debut
1957 - Outside-right Tony McNamara scored on his reds bow as we beat Bristol City 4-3 at Anfield in a Second Division fixture. Tony Rowley bagged a brace, with Alan A’Court also on target. Johnny Watkins netted one of his four goals against the reds, with Tommy Burden and Dermot Curtis also on the scoresheet.
The mighty Finn
1999 - Sami Hyypiä was named Finland’s Player of the Year for the first time, succeeding future clubmate Jari Litmanen who had won for seven straight years. Future reds reserve Daniel Sjölund was named their Youth Player of the Year on the same day.
2011 - Charlie Adam had a penalty saved as we were held to a goalless draw at Wigan Athletic, the fourth red to suffer that fate this season. The whole team had warmed up before the match in Luis Suárez t-shirts following the FA’s decision to ban him for eight matches for alleged racial abuse the day before.
2012 – Raheem Sterling signed a new contract with the reds, having already made 28 senior appearances at that point. On the same day, José Enrique became a father for the first time.
Facing the Gunners
2008 – We drew 1-1 at Arsenal, with Robbie Keane grabbing a spectacular equaliser after Robin van Persie had given the home side the lead with the first of his six strikes against the reds to date. Emmanuel Adebayor was sent off for the Gunners but we could not convert our numerical superiority into victory. We were wearing a curious kit combining silver shirts with red shorts and socks.
1929 - We beat the Gunners 1-0 in a top-flight fixture at Anfield, with inside-left Archie McPherson grabbing his first reds goal.
Friday night live
1984 - John Wark and Ian Rush struck as we won 2-0 at Queens Park Rangers in front of the live TV cameras on a Friday night, to keep us in touch with the First Division leaders.
Thumping the Villains
1946 - Jack Balmer bagged a brace with Albert Stubbins and Berry Nieuwenhuys also on the scoresheet as we beat Aston Villa 4-1 at Anfield in a top-flight meeting. Balmer was actually netting in his seventh consecutive game, in which time he had struck fifteen times in total. Former hero of both sides of Stanley Park, Fred Geary, presented the visiting side with the match ball from the 1897 FA Cup Final before the game as this had been taken home by the defeated Everton side on the day. Dickie Dorsett bagged one of his four goals against the reds.
Clem in action
1974 - We lost 3-1 at Birmingham City, with Ray Clemence saving a penalty from Alan Campbell. Gordon Taylor then put the home side in front with the last of his four strikes past us before John Toshack equalised. Howard Kendall then converted a spot-kick with Bob Hatton heading in one of his four goals against the reds.
2008 – Gary McAllister was sacked as Manager of Leeds United. He had led them into the League One Play-off Final earlier that year.
1983 - John Toshack was appointed Manager of Second Division Swansea City for the second time. However, he could only lead them to two victories in eleven games in charge this time around.
Quasi on target
1985 - Peter Beardsley scored for Newcastle United as they held us to a 1-1 draw at Anfield. One of the linesmen was called Mr. Everton! Steve Nicol grabbed our goal.
Mixed fortunes in Arabia
1997 - Future red Harry Kewell was on the wrong end of a 6-0 thumping as Australia lost to Brazil in the Final of the Confederations Cup in Saudi Arabia. On the same day, future red Vladimír Šmicer played as the Czech Republic beat Uruguay 1-0 in the third-place play-off.
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