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15th February


We always win in Rome
2001 - Michael Owen scored twice at the Stadio Olimpico to give us a 2-0 victory over Roma in the UEFA Cup Fourth Round – cue several songs! His second was our 200th goal since Gérard Houllier took sole control.

Into the final
1983 - Despite losing 1-0 on the night at Burnley, we still progressed to our third straight League Cup Final, 3-1 on aggregate. This is one of six defeats we have suffered in our fourteen matches on this day in history.
1995 - We were heading to the League Cup Final after beating Crystal Palace thanks to a last-minute Robbie Fowler goal in the first leg at Anfield. We won the return by the same score.

Happy birthdays
1983 - Philipp Degen was born in Hölstein. The Swiss right-back made just thirteen appearances for the first team as his time at Anfield was blighted by injury following his free transfer from Borussia Dortmund in July 2008. His contract was cancelled by mutual consent in August 2011 after he had spent the previous campaign on loan at VfB Stuttgart.
1986 - Former centre-back Gabriel Paletta was born in Buenos Aires. He signed from Club Atlético Banfield for £2m in July 2006, but only featured eight times for the first team before returning to his native land to join Boca Juniors in August 2007.

A change at the top
1928 - Matt McQueen resigned as Manager after five years in charge. He had previously played for the reds in every position on the park, as well serving as a Director. He led us to our fourth League title in his first season. Harry Race scored on his reds debut on the same day, in a 3-2 League win at Derby County, to add to a brace from Dick Edmed. Jimmy Gill struck the last of his six goals against the reds, with Harry Bedford bagging one of his nine past us.

Joe’s treble
1908 - Joe Hewitt scored a hat-trick in a 4-1 home League win over Woolwich Arsenal, with Jim Bradley also on the scoresheet, while outside-left Michael Griffin played his first reds game. Tim Coleman netted one of his nine goals past us.
1964 - We also beat the Gunners, with Ian St. John heading the only goal of our FA Cup Fifth Round tie at Highbury after fifteen minutes, as Roger Hunt had a last-minute penalty saved by ex-red Jim Furnell. Ron Yeats and Gunners striker Joe Baker were both dismissed in the first half following a mêlée brought on by a Baker tackle on Yeats, with the reds skipper vehemently protesting his innocence afterwards. Unfortunately, Swansea Town knocked us out at Anfield at the next hurdle.

Jan to the rescue
1986 - Jan Mølby’s penalty saved us from an embarrassing defeat, handing us a 1-1 draw at York City in the FA Cup Fifth Round. We won the replay and of course went on to claim the double that season. We had also drawn with York by the same score at the same stage the previous season.

Other Cup memories
2004 - Michael Owen scored his 150th reds goal after just ninety seconds of our FA Cup Fifth Round encounter with Portsmouth at Anfield. However, we were made to rue a series of missed chances when Pompey substitute Matthew Taylor scored a late equaliser to take the tie to a replay, which we lost.
1958 - A Bobby Murdoch goal gave us victory at Sc***horpe United in the Fifth Round of the FA Cup.
1896 - We lost our first FA Cup tie on this day, going down 2-0 at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Harry’s bow
1913 - Forward Harry Welfare played the first of his four reds games in our 2-1 top-flight win over The Wednesday at Anfield. Arthur Metcalf and Tom Miller both netted, with David McLean scoring one of his eight goals against us.

Stevie G against the world’s best
2005 - Steven Gerrard played alongside ex-red Jari Litmanen for Andriy Shevchenko’s European XI in a charity match in aid of the Asian tsunami relief fund at Barcelona’s Camp Nou. Ronaldinho’s World XI, including ex-red Rigobert Song, won 6-3. Gerrard played the first half in midfield, and the second period at centre-half!

Adidas in, Reebok on the way out
2006 - The club confirmed a new deal for adidas to be its Official Sportswear Supplier from July of that year.

St. Andrews disappointment
We twice lost First Division fixtures at Birmingham City on this day in the 1930’s, without finding the target.
1930 - We lost 1-0.
1936 – We were beaten 2-0, when South African forward Lance Carr played his 33rd and final reds game. Fred Harris bagged one of his five goals against the reds, with Charlie Jones also on target.

Match abandoned
1995 - England’s friendly against the Republic of Ireland at Lansdowne Road was abandoned after 27 minutes, due to crowd trouble. Ex-reds Peter Beardsley and Steve Staunton played, while future red Paul Ince won his last cap as a Manchester United player.

On the move
2005 - Former reserves forward Mark Peers signed for Conference outfit Leigh RMI, having previously been with Raith Rovers after leaving Anfield.
2007 - Another former second-string striker, Conal Platt, joined Weymouth on loan from Bournemouth, signing on permanently five months later.
2011 – Ex-reds centre-half Jack Hobbs joined Hull City on loan from Leicester City, playing thirteen times before signing on permanently four months later.
2016 – Centre-half Joël Matip agreed to sign from Schalke 04 on a free transfer on the following 1st July.



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