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On this day in Liverpool history - 31st July
Wednesday, 31st July 2013

Venison out

1992 - Barry Venison was sold to Newcastle United for £250,000. He had struck three times in 158 appearances for the reds since arriving from Sunderland for £200,000 in August 1986, winning two League titles and an FA Cup in his time at Anfield.

           

A Fab return

2010 – Left-back Fábio Aurélio re-signed for the club, having been released at the end of the previous season, after four goals in 110 reds games since his free signing from Valencia in July 2006. He made only a further 24 appearances before joining Grêmio in his native Brazil in May 2012.

           

Stewart off the mark

1992 - Paul Stewart scored his first reds goal, the winner in our 2-1 friendly win in Tromsø, with Ian Rush also on the scoresheet. His time at Anfield was a failure, as he scored just three times in 42 first-class appearances in nearly four seasons. He eventually left for Sunderland on a free transfer in March 1996.

           

Up against Norway

We played a Norway XI in Vålerenga on this day in consecutive years as part of our pre-season campaigns.

1996 - Robbie Fowler scored as we drew 1-1 with the match being decided by a penalty shoot-out. Welsh reserves striker Lee Jones missed the fifth and final spot-kick, as we lost 5-4.

1997 - We won 3-1, thanks to a brace from Robbie Fowler and a strike from the young Michael Owen.

           

Reds in Ireland

1970 - Bobby Graham and Peter Thompson were both on the scoresheet as we beat a League Of Ireland Select side 2-1 at Dalymount Park in Dublin.

1998 - Patrik Berger, Karlheinz Riedle and Danny Murphy grabbed our goals as we beat St. Patrick's Athletic 3-2 in the Carlsberg Belfast Challenge at Lansdowne Road.

           

Twice at Ewood Park

1971 - John Toshack netted to give us a 1-0 victory over Blackburn Rovers in a pre-season friendly.

1999 - Robbie Fowler and Jamie Redknapp were on target as we drew 2-2.

           

Francis born

1895 – Right-half Francis Checkland was born in Seaforth. He arrived from junior football during the 1918/19 season but only made five senior appearances before joining Tranmere Rovers in October 1923.

           

Other friendlies

2004 - We lost 1-0 to Porto, the reigning European champions, in a ChampionsWorld Series game in Toronto.

1994 - We helped the German town of Fulda celebrate its 1,250th anniversary, losing 2-0 to Bayern München in the Firestone International Challenge Cup at Das Stadion der Stad.

1993 - John Barnes bagged a brace, with Stig Inge Bjørnebye and Ian Rush also on target as we won 4-3 at Tranmere Rovers.

           

England reds on target

1996 - Michael Owen and future red Emile Heskey both netted for England Under-18’s in Besancon as they beat Belgium 3-2 to claim third place in the European Championship Finals. Reds reserve Jamie Cassidy also played.

2009 - Conor Coady, Jack Robinson and Andre Wisdom all featured as England Under-17’s beat host nation Norway 1-0 in a Nordic Tournament group game in Trondheim.

           

On the move

1996 - Mark Walters joined Swindon Town from Southampton on a free transfer, just six months and nine appearances after arriving at The Dell. He scored 32 times in 130 appearances, as the Robins struggled to survive in the First Division.

1999 - Christian Ziege joined Middlesbrough from AC Milan for £4m. He scored six times in 29 League games while at the Riverside, before moving to Anfield in a rancorous transfer the following summer.

           

2009 – Steve Finnan signed for Portsmouth, having been released by R.C.D. Espanyol four days previously. He played 25 times for Pompey before being released at the end of the season. On the same day, reserves right-back Stephen Darby and midfielder Jay Spearing both signed new contracts to tie them to the reds until 2012. Darby moved on at the end of his contract while Spearing has since extended his deal, although he spent last season on loan with Bolton Wanderers.

           

Other youngsters in action

2007 – Future reds reserves forward Nikola Sarić played for Denmark Under-17’s in their 2-0 defeat of the Faroe Islands in a tournament game in Ikast.

2011 – Dani Pacheco was booked while Spain Under-20’s beat Costa Rica 4-1 in a World Championship Finals group game in Colombia.



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