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14th March


Happy birthday Joe
1990 – Welsh midfielder Joe Allen was born in Carmarthen. He signed from Swansea City for £15m in August 2012, still a Welsh record sale, following his former boss Brendan Rodgers. He notched seven times in 132 reds games before being sold to Stoke City for £13m in July 2016.
1979 - Ex-red Nicolas Anelka was born in Versailles, Paris. He struck five times in 22 reds games while on loan at Anfield from Paris Saint-Germain, arriving in December 2001.

Rafa’s century
2009 – Rafael Benítez secured his hundredth League win as reds boss as we came from behind to trounce Manchester United 4-1 at Old Trafford. Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring from the spot but Fernando Torres hounded Nemanja Vidić into a mistake before coolly slotting home the equaliser, with Steven Gerrard converting a penalty a minute before the break. The hapless Vidić was sent off against the reds for the second time that season with a quarter of an hour to go, with Fábio Aurélio netting from the resultant free-kick. The day was complete when Andrea Dossena struck his second and final reds goal, in consecutive fixtures.

The real Busby babe
1936 - Right-half Matt Busby made his reds debut in a 1-0 League defeat at Huddersfield Town, the first of his 122 reds appearances, many as captain. He of course found even greater fame as Manager down the East Lancs. Road. Reg Chester struck the last of his four goals against the reds.

League Cup Final
1981 - West Ham United held us to a 1-1 draw at Wembley in the League Cup Final, with Ray Kennedy deputising as captain for the injured Phil Thompson, for whom Colin Irwin stood in. Veteran Steve Heighway replaced David Johnson, whose throat infection ruled him out just half an hour before kick-off. The game was goalless after ninety minutes, before Alan Kennedy’s right-footed extra-time strike looked to have won us the trophy for the first time, with Sammy Lee lying on the ground in an offside position. However, a last-minute Terry McDermott handball led to a Ray Stewart penalty that meant we had to wait another three weeks before we claimed the cup in the Villa Park replay.

Four-ton Brucie
1992 - Bruce Grobbelaar played his 400th League game for the club as we lost 1-0 at Crystal Palace.

Trebles all round
1989 - John Aldridge bagged a hat-trick, including a penalty, in a 5-0 First Division victory over Luton Town at home, with Peter Beardsley and Steve McMahon also netting. Aldo’s first strike was his fiftieth reds goal.
1995 - Peter Ndlovu scored all three goals for Coventry City in their 3-2 League win at Anfield, including one from the spot, the first treble by a visiting player in the newly-renamed Premier League. Ex-red David Burrows scored an own goal, with Jan Mølby bagging our other.
1942 - Jack Balmer and Cyril Done both scored hat-tricks as we trounced Rochdale 8-2 at Spotland in a Wartime League fixture that also counted for the War League Cup. Done’s treble included a spot-kick, while Berry Nieuwenhuys added a brace.

Off the mark
1953 - Left-winger Alan A'Court struck the first of his 63 reds goals as we beat Sunderland 2-0 in a top-flight encounter at Anfield. Sammy Smyth had opened the scoring inside a quarter of an hour.
1914 - William Banks scored on his reds debut, although we lost 5-2 at Burnley in a First Division fixture. Jimmy Nicholl grabbed our other goal.

English debutants galore
1921 - Right-half John Bamber won his only cap as England held Wales to a goalless draw in the British International Championships in Wrexham. Clubmates Tom Bromilow and Harry Chambers also made their England debuts in the same game.
1910 - Forward Jack Parkinson made his England bow as they beat Wales 1-0 in the British International Championships at Ninian Park. Sam Hardy was in the England goal, while ex-red George Latham won his ninth cap for Wales, and only one as a Southport Central player.

Michael misses again
2004 - Michael Owen had a penalty saved as we lost 2-0 at Southampton, in what was Paul Sturrock’s first of only thirteen games in charge of the Saints. This was Michael’s ninth failure in 22 spot-kicks for the reds. James Beattie and Kevin Phillips netted for the home side.

Souey to Ewood
2000 - Graeme Souness was appointed Manager of Blackburn Rovers. He led them back into the top flight in his first full season, and the Worthington Cup the following year. He left them in September 2004 to take over at Newcastle United.

Thumping the Baggies
1896 - Tom Bradshaw struck a brace with Frank Becton, Malcolm McVean and Jimmy Ross all also on the scoresheet as we trounced West Bromwich Albion 5-1 in a friendly at Anfield.

Off Ayre
2016 - Ian Ayre announced that he would be stepping down as the club’s Chief Executive Officer in May 2017. He has since been replaced by Peter Moore.

King Kenny on target
1973 - Future red Kenny Dalglish netted for Scotland Under-23’s in their 2-1 defeat of Wales at the Vetch Field.

Peter the dad
2011 – Ex-red Peter Crouch became a father for the first time, to a girl named Sophia Ruby.



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