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12th February


Red hat-tricks
1966 - Roger Hunt netted three times in just nineteen minutes in the second half of our League game at home to Sunderland. He actually scored all the goals in our 4-0 victory that day.
1947 - Cyril Done grabbed his second hat-trick of the season, with Willie Fagan scoring the other two, as we jumped from seventh in the table to second with a 5-0 home win over Grimsby Town in snowy conditions. Wing-half Stan Palk made the first of his thirteen senior reds appearances in this game.
1944 - Done struck another treble as we trounced Crewe Alexandra 8-0 in a Wartime League match at Anfield. Jackie Campbell added a brace with Jack Balmer, Billy Liddell and Robert Beattie also on target.

League Cup record
1980 - We set our record League Cup attendance at Anfield as 50,880 saw us draw 1-1 with Nottingham Forest in the Semi-final second leg, with substitute David Fairclough netting a late equaliser after John Robertson had converted from the spot, as in the first leg, to maintain our two-year unbeaten home record, although we lost 2-1 on aggregate. Terry McDermott made his 200th reds appearance in this game. Forest lost to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Final, with ex-red Emlyn Hughes completing his domestic medal clean sweep.

Red centurions
2011 – Lucas played his hundredth League game for the reds as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Wigan Athletic. Raúl Meireles gave us the lead when he scored in his third consecutive match, while Luis Suárez hit the woodwork twice on his first start for the club.
2005 - We lost 2-0 at Birmingham City after an abject performance, with Walter Pandiani scoring from the spot after Sami Hyypiä, who was playing his 300th reds game, was judged to have fouled ex-red Emile Heskey. Julian Gray added the second, his first goal for the club.

Daniel again
2014 – Kolo Touré put through his own net at Craven Cottage, with Daniel Sturridge scoring in his eighth consecutive reds game shortly before the break. Kieran Richardson put Fulham ahead again before a Philippe Coutinho strike and late spot-kick converted by Steven Gerrard secured a 3-1 victory. Young Portuguese midfielder João Teixeira came off the bench to make his reds bow.

League Cup heartache
1986 - We lost 1-0 to Queens Park Rangers in a Semi-final first leg with Terry Fenwick nabbing one of his four goals against us, as Mark Seagraves made the first of only two senior reds appearances. We drew the return 2-2, with our conquerors going on to lose the Final to Oxford United.

Our overall record
Our overall record on this day in history is not that good, as we have won seven and lost seven of our nineteen matches.
1985 - Our most recent success was a 3-0 home League win over Arsenal when Ian Rush had a penalty saved by John Lukic. However, he had already struck his eighth goal in eight games, with Phil Neal and Ronnie Whelan also on target.

Mixed derby fortunes
1910 - We lost 1-0 in the Anfield derby, with defender Tom Chorlton playing his hundredth reds game. Bertie Freeman struck one of his nine goals against us.
1927 - We won by the same score there, with Harry Chambers grabbing the goal.

Up against the Terriers
We have twice faced Huddersfield Town on this day in history, with the away side winning 1-0 on each occasion.
1938 - We lost our FA Cup Fifth Round encounter as Bobby Barclay netted his fifth and last goal against the reds, with centre-forward Fred Howe playing his 94th and final reds game.
1972 - We won a top-flight match at Leeds Road thanks to a Jack Whitham goal.

Chadburn born
1873 - Right-back Jack Chadburn was born in Mansfield. He arrived from West Bromwich Albion in May 1903 and only played twice before moving on to Plymouth Argyle in March 1904.

For Bobby
1989 - We took part in a testimonial match for Bobby Geddes, winning 3-1 at Dundee, with Mike Marsh bagging a brace and Ray Houghton also getting on the scoresheet.

Xabi’s first
2002 - Future red Xabi Alonso won his first cap for Spain Under-21’s, playing alongside Pepe Reina in their 1-1 draw with the senior Andorra side in a testimonial match. On the same day, Milan Baroš won his first cap as a reds player, as the senior Czech Republic side beat Hungary 2-0 in a friendly in Cyprus. Vladimír Šmicer also played.

Captain Campbell
1921 - Ex-reds keeper Ken Campbell, then with Partick Thistle, skippered Scotland for the only time, while winning his fourth cap, as they beat Wales 2-1 in the British International Championships at the Pittodrie Stadium.

Jari on target
1997 - Future red Jari Litmanen scored in Finland’s 1-1 friendly draw with Turkey in Denizli.
2003 - Sotirios Kyrgiakos scored his first goal for Greece, and only one as a Panathinaikos player, as they beat Norway 1-0 in a friendly in Heraklion.

Henchman twice
Stéphane Henchoz represented his country on this day in consecutive years.
2002 - He played in the Semi-final of the Cyprus Tournament, with Switzerland losing out to the host nation on penalties.
2003 - He was booked in their 5-1 friendly win in Slovenia.

Other international reds in action
2003 - Many reds represented their countries in friendlies across Europe. Finnish skipper Sami Hyypiä scored the only goal of the game against Northern Ireland at a foggy Windsor Park while winning his fiftieth cap. Milan Baroš also scored as the Czech Republic beat France 2-0 in Paris. He came off the bench and then was himself later substituted. Vladimír Šmicer and future red Djibril Cissé both also featured.

Meanwhile, Michael Owen and Danny Murphy got 45 minutes apiece in England’s 3-1 defeat to Australia at Upton Park. Harry Kewell was on target for the Socceroos, playing in his final international as a Leeds United player, while Paul Konchesky won his first cap, and only one as a Charlton Athletic player. Also in action were Salif Diao, El-Hadji Diouf, Jerzy Dudek, John Arne Riise and future reds Craig Bellamy, Yossi Benayoun, Christian Poulsen and Andriy Voronin.

Lacey for the Irelands
1910 - Future red Billy Lacey played for Ireland as they were held to a 1-1 draw in the British International Championships in Belfast. He also went on to play for Northern Ireland.
1928 - Lacey later also turned out for the Republic after leaving the reds, winning the second of his three caps for this new country in a 4-2 win in Belgium.

Once for Watford
2002 - Jermaine Pennant won his only England Under-21’s cap while on loan at Watford, with future red Paul Konchesky making his debut as they won a friendly 1-0 in Slovenia. Reds defender Stephen Wright also featured.

Moving on
2001 - Ex-reds reserve striker Paul Jewell was sacked as Sheffield Wednesday’s boss after only eight months in charge as they struggled in the First Division.
1999 – Chief Scout Barry Hunter joined Southend United on loan from Reading, grabbing two goals in five outings for the Shrimpers.



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