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Happy birthday Sammy
1959 - Sammy Lee was born in Liverpool. He had a fine career in the reds midfield, bagging nineteen goals in 295 games, helping us to two European Cups, four League titles, four League Cups and the FA Charity Shield. He returned as a coach in 1992, initially being put in charge of the reserves. He left the backroom staff in the summer of 2004 for a full-time post with England, before joining Bolton Wanderers, but returned to Anfield in May 2008 as Assistant Manager, staying in that role until June 2011.
1992 - A sad day as Bob Paisley had to retire from the board due to ill health. He died four years later.
2013 - Jamie Carragher announced his retirement from playing at the end of the season. The tough defender ended his career having bagged five goals in 737 reds appearances, leaving him second in the club’s all-time appearance holders. He helped us to claim the European Cup, UEFA Cup, FA Cup, two UEFA Super Cups, two League Cups and two FA Charity/Community Shields.
1904 - Tom ‘Tiny’ Bradshaw was born in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire. He struck four times in 291 appearances at centre-half after signing from Bury for £8,000 in January 1930. He returned to his native land in September 1938, joining Third Lanark.
1969 - Jean-Michel Ferri was born in Lyon. The French midfielder arrived from Turkish side Istanbulspor for £1.8m in December 1998 to become Gérard Houllier’s first signing. He left after just eight months and two substitute appearances, having been rumoured to be Le Boss’s mole in the dressing room.
1946 - Tom Hicks was born in Houston, Texas. He took over the club with George Gillett Jr. in March 2007, but was finally driven out of the club in October 2010.
On our way to Wembley
1978 - Goals from Kenny Dalglish and ex-Gunner Ray Kennedy gave us a 2-1 League Cup Semi-final first leg win over Arsenal at Anfield after Malcolm Macdonald had given the visitors the lead with the last of his seven goals against us. This was the first of 85 consecutive home games we played without defeat, with Steve Heighway playing his 400th reds game. A goalless draw at Highbury a week later took us through to our first Final in this competition.
2015 – Brendan Rodgers took charge of his hundredth reds League game as we endured a dour goalless draw at Goodison Park, with Jordon Ibe coming closest when he struck a post.
Twice from behind at the Reebok
2004 - Sami Hyypiä and Steven Gerrard both netted equalisers as we drew 2-2 at Bolton Wanderers. Bolton’s first goal, scored by Nicky Hunt, was the 200th League goal conceded since Gérard Houllier took sole charge. Youri Djorkaeff scored Bolton’s other goal.
1948 - We also faced Bolton, losing 3-0 at Burnden Park in another top-flight encounter with Nat Lofthouse netting one of his eight goals against the reds and Don Howe and Malcolm Barrass also on target.
A’Court sets off
1953 - Left winger Alan A’Court made the first of his 381 reds appearances in a 3-2 win at Middlesbrough. South African half-back Hugh Gerhardi also made his reds bow, the first of just six senior outings. Inside-right Sammy Smyth nabbed his first reds goal in this game, with Billy Liddell and skipper Phil Taylor also on the scoresheet. Lindy Delapenha struck two of his four goals past us.
D-day for Gary
1984 - Gary Gillespie made his reds bow in our League Cup Semi-final first leg at home to Walsall as we drew 2-2, with Ronnie Whelan netting both our goals. However, he did not make the first-team again that season, scoring an own goal when his attempted clearance off the line struck Phil Neal on the back and went into the net. Substitute Kevin Summerfield scored the other goal for the Saddlers.
2009 - Ex-red David James played his 535th Premier League game as we won 3-2 at Portsmouth, equalling Gary Speed’s record for the renamed competition. David Nugent opened the scoring after an hour, with Fábio Aurélio levelling with a free-kick following a poor Pompey back-pass. Herman Hreidarsson put the home side in front again before Dirk Kuyt netted. Fernando Torres secured the victory with a late header to send us back to the top of the table.
1927 – Outside-left Fred Hopkin played his 200th League game for the reds in our 4-1 win at Sheffield United. Tom Reid bagged a brace, with Harry Chambers and Tom Scott also scoring.
A treble all Wright
1931 - Short-lived centre forward Dave Wright bagged his first three reds goals in a 4-2 home League win over Newcastle United, with his strike partner Harold Barton also bagging his first for the club in the same game.
1925 - Goals from centre-forward Danny Shone, outside-left Fred ‘Polly’ Hopkin and forward Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers handed us a 3-1 win over Everton at Anfield. Forward Dick Johnson played his 82nd and last reds game.
1995 - Neil Ruddock was dismissed late on in our FA Cup Third Round replay at home to Burnley, with John Barnes nabbing the only goal. We saw off the challenge of Wimbledon in the next round before being knocked out at Anfield by Tottenham Hotspur.
Out to the Mancs
1903 - We were knocked out of the FA Cup by Manchester United in the First Round, with Sam Raybould grabbing our consolation at Bank Street. Jock Peddie struck the last two of his five goals against the reds as we lost 2-1.
Mixed fortunes against the Baggies
Both our meetings with West Bromwich Albion on this day in history have ended in 2-0 home League victories.
1923 - Dick Forshaw and Dick Johnson were on target at Anfield.
1981 - We lost at The Hawthorns, the Baggies’ most recent triumph over the reds, thanks to a back-heel from Bryan Robson, the first of his seven goals past us, and a Cyrille Regis strike, the first of his four.
His country’s hero
2002 - Future red Salif Diao netted Senegal’s extra-time winner in their 2-1 African Cup of Nations Semi-final victory over Nigeria. El-Hadji Diouf also played in this game, while ex-red Rigobert Song skippered Cameroon to their 3-0 defeat of host nation Mali on the same day.
2004 - Diao and Diouf both played as Senegal lost 1-0 to hosts Tunisia, while ex-red Titi Camara featured against future red Momo Sissoko as Guinea lost 2-1 to Mali.
2006 - Diouf was also in action as Senegal lost their Semi-final 2-1 to Egypt in Cairo.
1998 - Song also featured in the tournament as Cameroon beat host nation Burkina Faso 1-0.
2008 - Ex-red Rigobert Song skippered his country as they beat Ghana 1-0 in Accra to reach the MTN Africa Cup of Nations Final.
First and last caps for the youngsters
1989 - David Burrows won his first England Under-21’s cap as a reds player, and second in all, as they lost 1-0 to Greece in a friendly in Patras. Future red Michael Thomas skippered the side.
1968 - Tommy Smith won his tenth and last Under-23’s cap as England beat Scotland 2-1 at Hampden Park. Clubmate Emlyn Hughes also played.
Disappointment by the seaside
We have twice visited Blackpool at their Bloomfield Road ground on this day in history.
1900 - We held them to a 2-2 draw in a testimonial for the Seasiders defender Harry Stirzaker. Charlie Wilson bagged one of our goals.
1942 - Cyril Done struck both our goals as we were thumped 6-2 in a game that counted for both the Wartime League and the War League Cup.
Stig for his country
Stig Inge Bjørnebye twice played in friendlies for Norway on this day in history.
1996 - He lined up alongside future red Øyvind Leonhardsen as they lost 1-0 in Spain.
1990 - Stig played as Norway drew 1-1 in Malta.
2007 – Luis Suárez was sent off for two bookable offences on his senior international debut as Uruguay beat Colombia 3-1 in a friendly in Cúcuta. This was his only cap while playing for Groningen.
2004 - Ex-red Daniel Sjölund was sent off after just seventeen minutes of Finland’s 2-1 friendly defeat by China in Shenzhen, while winning his fourth senior cap.
2007 - He also featured in a B international as Finland held Scotland to a 2-2 draw in Kilmarnock.
Daniel breaking new ground
2007 - Daniel Agger featured as Denmark faced Australia for the first ever time in a senior international, winning 3-1 at Loftus Road. Meanwhile, future red Martin Škrtel was on target as Slovakia were held to a 2-2 draw by Poland in Spain. Fernando Morientes made his first appearance for Spain as a Valencia player, with Fernando Torres also in action in their 1-0 defeat of England at Old Trafford, as Steven Gerrard skippered a side that also included Jamie Carragher, Peter Crouch and future red Stewart Downing.
Also in international friendly action were future reds Philipp Degen and Robbie Keane, and ex-reds Antonio Barragán and Rigobert Song, with Steve Staunton taking charge of Steve Finnan as the Republic of Ireland won a European Championships qualifier 2-1 in San Marino. Meanwhile, future reds Yossi Benayoun and Andriy Voronin faced each other in Tel-Aviv in a game that ended 1-1.