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4th June


Kenny defeats the auld enemy
1977 - Kenny Dalglish scored the winning goal past Ray Clemence as Scotland defeated England 2-1 at Wembley to clinch the British International Championships. Skipper Emlyn Hughes, Ray Kennedy and Phil Neal were also in the England side that day.

 

In the World Cup
2002 - Jerzy Dudek was on the losing side as Poland went down 2-0 to South Korea in their opening World Cup match in Busan.
1986 - Graeme Souness won his first cap as a Rangers player, skippering Scotland in their 1-0 defeat of Denmark in the World Cup Finals in Mexico. Jan Mølby and Steve Nicol also featured.

 

Rushie’s last Italian goal
1988 - Ian Rush bagged his final Wales goal as a Juventus player as they beat Italy 1-0 in a friendly in Brescia. Future red Dean Saunders also played.

 

Double capture
2007 - Skipper Steven Gerrard and vice-captain Jamie Carragher both signed new four-year contracts. Each subsequently further extended these, although both have now left the club.
2015 - James Milner agreed to sign from Manchester City on 1st July of that year, so far netting 22 times in 177 reds games, as well as skippering the side on many occasions. On the same day, centre-forward Adam Morgan signed for Accrington Stanley.

 

Happy birthdays
1905 - Centre-half David Davidson was born in Aberdeen. He signed from Forfar Athletic in July 1928, going on to score twice in his 62 reds appearances. He moved on to Newcastle United in January 1930.
1974 - Ex-reserves forward Steven Gillespie was born in Liverpool. He never made our first team, and is now with League Two side Fleetwood Town.
1977 – Austrian keeper Alex Manninger was born in Salzburg. He signed from Augsburg on a free transfer last July, so far featuring on the bench on just four occasions.

 

More international goalscorers
2011 – Ex-red Robbie Keane scored his fiftieth international goal, skippering the Republic of Ireland to a 2-0 European Championships qualifying defeat of FYR Macedonia in Skopje. On the same day, ex-red Yossi Benayoun netted as Israel won another qualifier 2-1 in Latvia, while Fernando Torres struck as Spain beat the USA 4-0 in a friendly in Foxborough, with Pepe Reina and fellow ex-reds Xabi Alonso and Álvaro Arbeloa also featuring. Future red Oussama Assaidi also scored in Morocco’s 4-0 thumping of Algeria in an African Cup of Nations qualifier in Marrakech.
2016 – Future red Gini Wijnaldum scored as the Netherlands won a friendly 2-0 in Austria while winning his last cap as a Newcastle United player. On the same day, Emre Can, Philippe Coutinho, Martin Škrtel, Brad Smith and future red Virgil van Dijk all also featured in international action.
2017 – Gini Wijnaldum and ex-red Sebastián Coates both played for their countries in friendlies.

 

2014 – Ex-reds Javier Mascherano and Maxi Rodríguez both netted as Argentina beat Trinidad & Tobago 3-0 in a friendly in Buenos Aires. On the same day, Joe Allen skippered Wales, with future reds Mario Balotelli and Gini Wijnaldum, and ex-reds Alberto Aquilani and Carl Medjani also featuring in friendlies.
1996 - Future red Christian Ziege was on the scoresheet as Germany thumped Liechtenstein 9-1 in a friendly in Mannheim. Mark Kennedy appeared as a substitute for the Republic of Ireland in their 3-1 friendly defeat in the Netherlands on the same day.
1964 - Roger Hunt netted in England’s 1-1 Copa de las Naciones draw with Portugal in São Paulo, Brazil. Peter Thompson was also in the side.

 

First caps
2014 – Jon Flanagan won his first senior cap as Roy Hodgson’s England drew 2-2 with Ecuador in Miami. Rickie Lambert struck while making his first appearance as a red, with Raheem Sterling dismissed and Jordan Henderson and future reds Adam Lallana, James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also featuring.

 

More final caps
1999 - Dietmar Hamann won his last cap as a Newcastle United player, and seventeenth in total, as Germany thumped Moldova 6-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Leverkusen. Fellow future red Markus Babbel also played.
2005 - Yossi Benayoun won his last cap as a Real Racing Club de Santander player in Israel’s 2-2 World Cup qualifying draw with the Republic of Ireland at Lansdowne Road. Future red Robbie Keane struck his 25th senior international goal in this game.

 

2011 – Stewart Downing won his last cap before his switch to Anfield as England drew 2-2 with Switzerland in a European Championships qualifier at Wembley, while Emiliano Insúa won his fourth and last cap as a reds player as Argentina lost a friendly 2-1 in Poland. Glen Johnson, Dirk Kuyt, Lucas Leiva, Raúl Meireles, Christian Poulsen, future red James Milner and ex-red John Arne Riise all also featured for their countries that day.
2012 - Krisztián Németh played his final games for Hungary as a RKC Waalwijk player, up against ex-red Robbie Keane’s Republic of Ireland side in a game that ended goalless in Budapest, with keeper Ádám Bogdán also featuring.

 

Nic from the spot
2000 - Real Madrid’s Nicolas Anelka was on target in a penalty shout-out after France and Japan had drawn 2-2 in the Hassan II Tournament in Morocco. France won 4-2 on penalties to progress to the Final. Phil Babb, future reds Jerzy Dudek and Robbie Keane, and ex-reds Mark Kennedy and Jason McAteer all also represented their countries on this day.
1999 - Anelka also played for France as they lost 3-2 to Russia in a Euro 2000 qualifier at the Stade de France.
2010 – Anelka featured as China beat France 1-0 in a friendly on the French island of Réunion.

 

250 for Ireland
1989 - John Aldridge, Ray Houghton, Steve Staunton and ex-red Kevin Sheedy all appeared in the Republic of Ireland’s 250th full international match, as they beat Hungary 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier at Lansdowne Road.
1992 - All bar Sheedy also played for their country, losing 2-0 to Italy in a US Cup match in Boston.

 

Also in international action
2005 - Milan Baroš and Vladimír Šmicer both struck for the Czech Republic as they thumped Andorra 8-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Liberec, with Vladi’s goal being his final one as a reds player. Ex-red Rigobert Song nabbed his first goal while with Galatasaray in Cameroon’s 4-1 qualifying win in Benin, while future red Dirk Kuyt struck as the Netherlands beat Romania 2-0 in his home stadium. Philipp Degen won his fourth and final cap as a Basel player as Switzerland won a qualifier 3-1 in the Faroe Islands. Jerzy Dudek, Luis García, John Arne Riise and future reds Maxi Rodríguez, Fernando Torres and Andriy Voronin all also played in World Cup matches, while John Welsh skippered England Under-20’s in the Toulon tournament.

 

2006 - Kuyt also represented his country, alongside Jan Kromkamp who was winning his final cap as a red, as the Netherlands were held to a 1-1 friendly draw by Australia, also in Feyenoord.
2008 – Torres also played for Spain as they beat the USA 1-0 in a friendly in Santander, alongside Xabi Alonso and Álvaro Arbeloa, with Javier Mascherano and future red Maxi Rodríguez also in friendly action.
2018 – Virgil van Dijk skippered the Netherlands as they drew 1-1 with Italy in a friendly in Turin, with Gini Wijnaldum and ex-red Ryan Babel also in action. On the same day, Marko Grujić played as Serbia lost 1-0 to Chile in Austria.

 

Rafa honoured
2008 – Reds boss Rafael Benítez was presented with an Honorary Doctorate from the Miguel Hernandez University (Elche) in Spain.

 

No longer in charge
1969 - Sir Matt Busby resigned as Manager of Manchester United for the first time. He had led our deadly rivals to the European Cup, five League titles and two FA Cups. He was soon to be replaced by Wilf McGuinness, a former ‘Busby babe’.

 

A new deal
2009 – The club announced a three-year partnership deal with international tyre company Maxxis. On the same day, David N’Gog played for France Under-21’s in the Toulon Tournament as they beat Qatar 1-0.

 

Hutch on the move
2007 - Don Hutchison was released by Coventry City after four goals in forty outings. He found a new club later in the summer when he joined Luton Town.



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