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24th February


Robbie’s last strikes
2007 - Robbie Fowler bagged his last two reds goals, converting two first-half penalties in front of the Kop in our 4-0 thumping of Sheffield United at Anfield to take his reds tally to 183 in total. Javier Mascherano made his debut, while we reached a new club record of nine consecutive clean sheets at Anfield in the League. Sami Hyypiä and Steven Gerrard added goals in the second half, while Peter Crouch suffered a broken nose after being kicked in the face.
1923 - We also entertained the Blades, with Harry Chambers grabbing our goal as we lost an FA Cup Third Round tie 2-1. Billy Gillespie scored one of his seven goals against the reds, with Jimmy Waugh also netting.

New signings
1998 – Steven Gerrard signed his first professional contract at the age of seventeen. He went on to net 186 times in 710 reds games, helping us to claim the European Cup, UEFA Cup, two FA Cups, two UEFA Super Cups and three League Cups as well as winning the PFA and Football Writers’ Player of the Year awards once apiece.
1987 - Nigel Spackman signed from Chelsea for £400,000. He made 63 first-team appearances, winning a League title medal in his one full season at Anfield. He moved on to Queens Park Rangers for £500,000 in February 1989.
1902 – Outside-right Arthur Goddard signed from Glossop for £460. He grabbed 77 goals in 414 reds games, helping us to Second Division and League championships. He was nominated into the club’s official Hall Of Fame, for the 1910-20 era.

Carra’s new record
2011 – Jamie Carragher played his 137th European game for the club, a new British record, as we beat Sparta Praha 1-0 at Anfield in the second leg of our UEFA Europa League round of 32 encounter. Dirk Kuyt headed in the only goal of the tie late on

Red centurions
1951 - Forward Jack Balmer played his 300th reds game in our 3-2 First Division win at Stoke City as we came back from two goals down. Cyril Done, Bill Jones and Billy Liddell struck our goals in what was our 2,000th first-class fixture. Les Johnston bagged a brace for the Potters.
1976 - We lost at Highbury in what was our hundredth First Division encounter with Arsenal, including sixteen when they were known as Woolwich Arsenal. John Radford struck the only goal of the game in the final minute, the last of his seven goals past us.

All Done
1993 - Forward Cyril Done died. He signed from Bootle Boys Brigade in January 1938 and struck 37 times in 110 reds games, helping us to the League title in 1947 and the FA Cup Final three years later. He moved to Tranmere Rovers in May 1952, scoring nearly a century of goals for them and Port Vale.

Goal of the season
1979 - Kenny Dalglish and Ray Kennedy netted as we won 2-0 at Derby County. Razor’s strike that came at the end of an eight-man passing movement was later named the BBC’s Goal of the Season.

Sir Roger’s fifth treble
1962 - Roger Hunt netted his fifth hat-trick of the season in a 5-1 Second Division win over Middlesbrough at Anfield. Ian St. John bagged the other two.

Reds debutants
1912 - Centre-forward Tommy Gracie scored on his reds debut in a 2-2 draw at Bury, with James Stewart also on target.
1954 - Full-back Tom McNulty made his reds bow as we drew 1-1 at Sheffield Wednesday, with Eric Anderson on target late on and Dennis Woodhead bagging one of his four goals against the reds.

A rare goal from Michael
1996 - Stan Collymore bagged a brace, with Michael Thomas netting his only goal of the season to give us a 3-2 League win at Blackburn Rovers. Stan’s first goal came from a tamely struck shot that was heading straight into the arms of Tim Flowers until it unexpectedly struck a divot and bounced into the net! Cue 5,000 travelling Kopites singing ‘England’s number one’ to the rueful keeper. Jason Wilcox struck one of his four goals against the reds, with Tim Sherwood also scoring.

Andy’s birthday
1878 - Inside-left Andy McGuigan was born in Newton Stewart, Dumfriesshire. He signed from Hibernian in May 1900 and bagged fourteen goals in 37 reds games, including five against Stoke at Anfield in January 1902, as he became the first red ever to score so many in one game. He was part of our first League title-winning side in 1901, before joining Middlesbrough the following year. He later returned to Anfield as a trainer, helping us to back-to-back titles in 1922 and 1923.

Four for Fagan
1940 - Willie Fagan netted four goals, including a penalty, as we won 8-3 at Port Vale in a Wartime League fixture. Harman van den Berg struck twice with Jack Tennant and Billy Liddell also on target.

Back on top
1973 - Steve Heighway and Kevin Keegan scored as we beat Ipswich Town 2-1 at Anfield to return to the top of the table, going on to claim our eighth League title that season. Future red David Johnson struck for the visitors, one of four goals he scored against us.

Tosh at the Bernabeu again
1999 - John Toshack was appointed Manager of Real Madrid for the second time. He only remained in charge for nine months on this occasion before being sacked, allegedly for criticising his players in public.

Mixed fortunes against the Trotters
We have faced Bolton Wanderers three times on this day in history in three different competitions, with three different outcomes, each at different venues.
1937 - A Harry Gosling own goal handed us a 1-0 top-flight victory at Burnden Park.
1945 - Jackie Campbell netted as we drew a Wartime League meeting 1-1 at Anfield.
1894 – We lost an FA Cup Third Round tie 3-0 at Bolton’s old Pike’s Lane ground.

International endings
1993 - Torben Piechnik won his final Danish cap as a red as they lost a penalty shoot-out 5-4 to Argentina, after their Artemio Franchi Trophy game ended 1-1. He went on to win fifteen caps in total.
1971 - Larry Lloyd netted his only goal for England Under-23’s as they drew 2-2 with Scotland. He was winning his fourth cap, as was Ray Clemence, for whom it was his final game at this level. The game was switched from Aberdeen after a fire at Pittodrie, and was instead staged at Hampden Park.

Young debutants
2004 - Michael Foley-Sheridan won his first cap for the Republic of Ireland Under-21’s as they held Portugal to a goalless draw in a tournament in Madeira.
2011 – Jack Dunn debuted for England Under-17’s as they drew 1-1 with Romania in the Algarve Tournament, with clubmate Matty Regan also featuring.
2009 – Tom Ince played for England Under-17’s as they thumped Israel 4-0 in the Algarve Tournament in Ferreiras.

A Dublin first
1981 - Steve Heighway and ex-red Joey Jones both played in the first ever full international to be played at Tolka Park in Dublin. Wales beat the Republic of Ireland 3-1.

Keepers on the move
2006 - Young reds custodian Paul Willis joined Stockport County on loan. He did not make a first-team appearance in his month at Edgeley Park. On the same day, ex-reds reserve goalie Paul Harrison joined Mark Wright’s Chester City from Wolverhampton Wanderers on a free transfer. Meanwhile, young midfielder Lee Peltier signed a new contract with the reds to keep him at Anfield until June 2008. He played just four times for the first eleven, and joined Yeovil Town in January 2008, having initially joined on loan.



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