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6th April


On the way to our first European Cup
1977 - We drew closer to our first European Cup triumph. Having overcome Saint-Étienne in the previous round, we won our Semi-final first leg 3-1 at Zürich, with two goals from Phil Neal, including a spot-kick, and a Steve Heighway strike after we had gone behind to an early penalty from Peter Risi.

Souey under the knife
1992 - Graeme Souness underwent a successful triple heart by-pass operation.

Jordan’s ton up
2014 – Jordan Henderson reached a century of reds games as we won 2-1 at West Ham United. Steven Gerrard converted two spot kicks with ex-red Andy Carroll proving an awkward opponent. Guy Demel struck for the Hammers.

Twice against the Sky Blues
This has been a very busy day over the years, with a total of 26 matches played, fourteen of which we have won. However, our two most recent games on this day have both resulted in League defeats to Coventry City.
1997 - Robbie Fowler opened the scoring as we lost 2-1 at Anfield to effectively put us out of the title race. Noel Whelan equalised, with Dion Dublin bagging the injury time winner, the first of his seven strikes past us.
1996 - We lost 1-0 at Highfield Road, with Steve Harkness suffering a broken leg. City’s Whelan was again on target.

Mixed fortunes against the Mancs
1968 - Ron Yeats and Roger Hunt netted as we won 2-1 at Old Trafford, with George Best scoring his seventh and last goal for the home side against us.
1931 - Alan Scott bagged our consolation as we were thumped 4-1. Ex-reds centre-forward netted the last two of his four goals against the reds, with Hugh McLenahan and Harry Rowley also on the scoresheet.

Sailing in
1878 – Inside-forward John ‘Sailor’ Hunter was born in Johnstone, Renfrewshire. The Scottish international signed from Abercorn in 1899 and bagged twelve goals in 45 reds games before returning north of the border in a combined £300 deal with winger Tom Robertson in May 1902 to join Heart Of Midlothian. Hunter later became Motherwell’s longest ever serving Manager, taking charge of them for over a thousand games.

Cyril’s treble
1942 - Cyril Done bagged a hat-trick as we beat Burnley 4-1 in a Wartime League game at Anfield that also counted towards the War League Cup, with Phil Taylor also on the scoresheet.
1896 - We hosted the Clarets in a testimonial match for reds defender Joe McQue on an Easter Monday. Tom Bradshaw struck twice with Fred Geary also on target as we won 4-2, with Clarke netting in his first reds game.
1928 - Our third meeting with Burnley was a top-flight encounter at Turf Moor, when Jimmy Walsh and Tom Reid scored as we drew 2-2.

Ed off the mark
1932 – Forward Ted Hancock netted his first reds goal as we beat Chelsea 2-1 at Anfield, with Gordon Hodgson also on target.

In comes Rab
1898 – Right-half Rab Howell signed from Sheffield United for £200. He went on to become the only true Romany to play for England, and played 67 reds games without scoring before joining Preston North End in June 1901.

Ton up
1974 – Midfielder Peter Cormack played his hundredth reds game as we beat Queens Park Rangers 2-1 at Anfield, thanks to an Alec Lindsay penalty and an own goal from Terry Mancini.

Cooper bows out
1940 - Right-back and former reds skipper Tommy Cooper played his final game for us in a Wartime League game at Anfield against his hometown team, Stoke City. He was killed on military duty just two months later.
1946 - We visited the Victoria Ground for another Wartime League match, with Cyril Done netting the only goal of the game.

1953 – South African half-back Hugh Gerhardi played his sixth and final reds game as we were thumped 4-0 in a top-flight match at Cardiff City. Wilf Grant and Ken Chisholm each netted the first two of their four goals against the reds.

Chasing the Foxes twice
We have twice beaten Leicester City 1-0 on this day over the years.
1976 - Kevin Keegan was on target at Anfield.
1985 - Ronnie Whelan netted at Filbert Street.

International beginnings and end
1963 - Gerry Byrne and Jimmy Melia both won the first of their two England caps as they beat Ian St. John’s Scotland 2-1 in the British International Championships at Wembley.
1907 - Alex Raisbeck won his eighth and final cap as he skippered Scotland in their 1-1 draw in the same fixture at St. James’ Park. Sam Hardy kept goal for England that day.

Three times against the Rams
We have entertained Derby County three times on this day in history, winning twice and losing on the other occasion.
1907 - Joe Hewitt struck a brace as we won 2-0.
1935 - Berry Nieuwenhuys netted our consolation in a 3-1 defeat. Sammy Crooks struck one of his six goals past us, with Jack Bowers and Dickie Bird also on target as centre-forward Fred Howe made his reds bow.
1960 - Our most recent meeting was a Second Division fixture, when Roger Hunt, Alan A’Court, Johnny Wheeler and Dave Hickson bagged the goals in a 4-1 victory in a game that was originally postponed two months earlier.

Beating the Owls
We have twice defeated Sheffield Wednesday in top-flight matches at Anfield on this day in history.
1966 - Willie Stevenson grabbed the only goal of a game postponed from four days earlier.
1929 - Henry Race, James Clark and Gordon Hodgson all struck as we won 3-2. Ellis Rimmer and Jack Allen each netted one of their five goals against the reds.

Meeting the Villains
We have twice lost First Division matches to Aston Villa on this day in history.
1912 - Sam Gilligan grabbed our consolation in a 2-1 home defeat in what was keeper Sam Hardy’s 240th and final reds game prior to joining Villa, while Robbie Robinson also turned out for the 271st and last time. Harry Hampton bagged one of his fifteen goals past us, with Clem Stephenson scoring the first of his five against the reds.
1926 - We went down 3-0 at Villa Park. Fred Norris bagged a brace, with Reg Chester grabbing the first of four goals past us.

Vitor off
2010 – Brazilian reserves forward Vitor Flora was sold to Goiás Esporte Clube. He had arrived in the summer of 2008, netting twice in nine second string outings in his first campaign in England, before he made just one appearance from the bench in the following season.

International goalscorers
1891 – Future red Edgar Chadwick scored in the second of three consecutive internationals as England beat Scotland 2-1 in the British International Championships at Ewood Park. Fellow future red Fred Geary won his second and final cap for the home side in this fixture.
1996 – Future reds forward Haukur Ingi Guðnason netted for Iceland Under-19’s in their 3-1 defeat of Hungary in the Italy Tournament.



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