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23rd February


Nando at the treble
2008 - Fernando Torres scored a hat-trick to pass twenty goals for the season after we had fallen behind against Middlesbrough at Anfield. We went on to win 3-2, with Jérémie Aliadière sent off for the visitors for slapping Javier Mascherano. This meant we became the first team ever to score hat-tricks in all of the League, FA Cup, League Cup and Champions League in the same season. Tuncay Şanlı and future red Stewart Downing netted for the visitors.

Daniel again
2014 - Daniel Sturridge scored in his seventh consecutive League game as we eventually beat Swansea City 4-3 at Anfield. He put us in front inside three minutes, with Jordan Henderson extending our lead before ex-red Jonjo Shelvey scored a spectacular goal and Martin Škrtel put through his own net to level the scores. Sturridge headed in his second before Wilfred Bony equalised from the spot. Henderson then grabbed the winner.

Sami the centurion twice
2002 - Nicolas Anelka netted after Thomas Radzinski had opened the scoring in the Anfield derby, while Sami Hyypiä played in his hundredth League match for us. This was the first League derby in a quarter of century to feature two English goalies, as Chris Kirkland and Steve Simonsen played. Kirkland thus became the first reds keeper to play his first three games for the club in three different competitions, following appearances in the League Cup and Champions League. Abel Xavier appeared for the reds, becoming the first player ever to play for both sides in the derby during the same season.

2003 - Sami Hyypiä played his 200th reds game as we lost 2-1 at Birmingham City, with Michael Owen bagging our consolation. Ray Clemence’s son Stephen opened the scoring for the home side, with Clinton Morrison nabbing the last of his four strikes against us.
1935 - We also visited St. Andrews, with Gordon Hodgson grabbing a brace and Sam English also on target in a 3-1 win as Fred Harris bagged the first of his five goals against the reds.

Happy birthdays
1955 – Former Chief Executive Rick Parry was born. The qualified Chartered Accountant had previously been involved with Manchester’s bid for the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games and advised the Birmingham Olympic Games Council on financial matters, joining the reds from the Premier League in July 1998. He played a pivotal role in the takeover of the club by Tom Hicks and George Gillett Jr. in March 2007, before leaving the club in the summer of 2009.

1968 - Former Masseur Stuart Welsh was born in Liverpool. Previously with Wigan Athletic, he helped out with the first team and reserves before his move to Anfield came about during the summer of 2002.
1899 - Forward Bill Salisbury was born in Glasgow. He signed from Partick Thistle in October 1928, bagging three goals in seventeen games before joining Bangor City the following August.

Red against blue at Wembley
1983 - Ian Rush netted in his fifth consecutive international, with Phil Neal converting a penalty as England beat Wales 2-1 in the British International Championships at Wembley. It was Zico’s fifth and final international goal. Sammy Lee and ex-red Joey Jones also played. This is the most recent occasion when a red has scored against an Everton goalkeeper in a full international, as Neville Southall was in the Welsh goal.

Farewell to two legendary forwards
1927 - Dick Forshaw played his 288th and final reds game as we held Leeds United to a goalless draw at Elland Road, while Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers was playing his 300th game for us.
1952 - Jack Balmer made his 309th and last reds appearance as we lost 2-0 at Burnley in the FA Cup Fifth Round, with centre-half Joe Cadden playing his fifth and last reds game and forward Cyril Done turning out for the 110th and last time. Billy Morris and ex-red Les Shannon scored the goals.
1918 - We also visited Turf Moor, winning a Wartime League match 3-1 thanks to goals from Walter Wadsworth, George Schofield and Thomas Green.

Top of the table controversy
1980 - David Fairclough put the reds ahead at Anfield against Ipswich Town early on, but Eric Gates equalised against the run of play six minutes from time with one of his five goals past us. That was when the drama really started as Terry Butcher then fouled Kenny Dalglish in the box, with referee Bert Newsome immediately pointing to the spot. The visiting players were incensed, and as Terry McDermott ran up to take the spot-kick Frans Thijssen hurled a dollop of mud across his path. Town keeper Paul Cooper got down well to smother the shot and the Kop was outraged when the ref failed to order a retake.

Bernard’s bow
1901 – Ex-reds half-back Barney Battles made his debut for Scotland as they trounced Northern Ireland 11-0 in a British International Championships game at his home ground, Celtic Park.

Also on target in the British International Championships
1982 - Ex-red Kevin Keegan struck his 21st and final international goal in England’s 4-0 thumping of Northern Ireland at Wembley, while winning his sixtieth cap. Fellow ex-red Ray Clemence also played.
1907 - George Latham played as Wales beat Ireland 3-2 in Belfast. Richard Morris won his tenth cap, his only one as a Grimsby Town player, and netted his only international goal.

In and out
1972 - Ian Ross was sold to Aston Villa for £60,000. He had struck four goals in 69 reds games, but spent a large portion of his career skippering our Central League side. He captained Villa into the First Division, and then to League Cup glory in 1975.
1962 – Keeper Jim Furnell arrived from Burnley for £18,000, helping us to secure the Second Division title that season. He moved on to Arsenal in November 1963 after 28 first-team outings.

2015 – French midfielder Alou Diarra signed for Charlton Athletic, netting once in 45 games for the Addicks before moving to AS Nancy-Lorraine in September 2016.
2016 – Midfielder Kevin Stewart signed a new contract. He made twenty senior appearances for the reds since arriving in July 2014 after his contract with Tottenham Hotspur expired, moving on to Hull City after three years in L4.
2018 – Ex-reds centre-half Gabriel Paletta signed for Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning

Derby despair
1998 - David James played his 213th consecutive reds game in a 1-1 derby draw at Anfield, before finally making way for Brad Friedel. Paul Ince nabbed our equaliser after Duncan Ferguson had struck one of his five goals past us, while Robbie Fowler suffered a serious knee injury in a clash with keeper Thomas Myhre. This was our eighth consecutive derby without victory.

After Kenny
1991 - We played our first game since Kenny Dalglish resigned, losing 3-1 at Luton Town. Jan Mølby netted our goal from the spot, the club’s 6,000th League goal to date, as Ronnie Moran took temporary charge for the first time. This was our last game on their controversial plastic pitch, as it was replaced with grass in time for the following season. Bruce Grobbelaar was replaced by Mike Hooper after taking ill overnight, after 107 consecutive reds games. Iain Dowie bagged a brace, with Kingsley Black also netting.

International reds in friendlies
2000 - Future reds Bolo Zenden and Christian Ziege both scored as Germany lost 2-1 to the Netherlands at the Amsterdam ArenA. Dietmar Hamann and future red Markus Babbel also played, as Lothar Matthäus became the most capped footballer of all time, winning his 144th cap. Stéphane Henchoz was sent off for the first time in his career, for dissent, as Switzerland lost 1-0 to the United Arab Emirates in a tournament in Oman. Ex-reds reserves midfielder Jim Magilton won his fortieth cap for Northern Ireland, and first as an Ipswich Town player, as they won 3-1 in Luxembourg.

Meanwhile, Emile Heskey won his fifth cap, and last as a Leicester City player, as Kevin Keegan’s England played out a goalless draw with Argentina at Wembley. Future red John Arne Riise bagged his first Norway goal in their 2-0 win in Turkey, playing alongside Vegard Heggem. Future red Robbie Keane netted his final goal while with Coventry City as Phil Babb, Steve Staunton and ex-reds Mark Kennedy and Jason McAteer also faced Patrik Berger and Vladimír Šmicer as the Republic of Ireland beat the Czech Republic 3-2 in Dublin, their first win over the Czechs in four attempts. Future reds keepers Jerzy Dudek and Paul Jones also played for their countries that day.

North-eastern encounters
We have twice faced both Newcastle United and Sunderland on this day in history, drawing three times and winning the other game.
1946 - The only one of these fixtures to be played at Anfield was a 2-2 draw with Sunderland in a Wartime League match, when Billy Liddell and Jack Balmer struck our goals.
1901 - We won at Roker Park with Jack Cox netting the only goal of the game. This was our first victory on Wearside, after five previous top-flight defeats there.

1929 - Dick Edmed was on the scoresheet as we drew 2-2 with Newcastle, with our other strike being an Alf Maitland own goal, with Tommy Lang grabbing the first two of his four goals against the reds. Right-back Jimmy ‘Parson’ Jackson played his hundredth League game for us. Reds keeper Elisha Scott was playing for Northern Ireland in their 7-3 thumping by Scotland at Windsor Park that same day.
1974 - Our encounter ended goalless, the most recent such outcome in our meetings with the Geordies.

Keepers on the move temporarily
2006 - Ex-reds keeper Sander Westerveld joined Everton on loan from Portsmouth. He only played twice for the Blues, conceding twice in both matches - at Newcastle United and West Ham United.
2007 - Reserves custodian David Martin moved to Accrington Stanley on loan. He kept just two clean sheets in ten League Two outings.

Entertaining the Potters
1985 - Steve Nicol and Kenny Dalglish were on target in the first half-hour as we beat Stoke City 2-0 at Anfield in a top-flight match, with Kenny making his 300th League appearance for the reds.
1893 - We also entertained Stoke, when our friendly ended goalless.

Rushie the Blade
1998 - Ian Rush joined Sheffield United on loan from Newcastle United. He played four times during his month at Bramall Lane, without netting.

Stevie the dad
2004 - Steven Gerrard became the father of his first baby girl, Lilly-Ella.

St. Michael on TV
2000 - Michael Owen starred in Children’s BBC’s “Hero To Zero” drama series, stepping out of a poster on a young boy’s wall to offer advice.



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