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29th March


Happy birthdays
1937 - Right-half Gordon Milne was born in Preston. He played 282 times for us after signing for a club record £16,000 from Preston North End in August 1960, netting eighteen times and winning the League title twice, as well as the Second Division championship before joining Blackpool in May 1967. He also won fourteen England caps, and later successfully managed Coventry City and Leicester City.

1991 – Italian forward Fabio Borini was born in Bentivoglio. He arrived from Roma for £10.4m in July 2012 to become new boss Brendan Rodgers’ first capture. He struck only three times in 38 reds games, moving to Sunderland for an initial £8m in August 2015 after a successful loan spell on Wearside.
1907 – Forward Ted Hancock was born in Rotherham. He signed from Gainsborough Trinity in January 1931, scoring twice in ten reds games before joining Burnley in February 1933.

Semi-finals
1978 - We lost 2-1 at Borussia Mönchengladbach in the European Cup, with Wilfried Hannes putting the home side ahead. David Johnson netted a late equaliser before Rainer Bonhof’s free-kick put the home side ahead after a rare Ray Clemence error a minute later. Ian Callaghan made his 857th and final reds appearance. Fortunately, we won through to the Final in the Anfield second leg.
1947 - We shared a goalless two hours with Burnley in the FA Cup at Ewood Park, but lost the replay at Maine Road two weeks later.

Bob’s bow
1925 - South African winger Bob Priday was born in Cape Town. His chances were limited to forty reds games after he made the switch from Cape Town City in December 1945, as he was behind Billy Liddell in the pecking order. He notched seven times while at Anfield, before moving on to Blackburn Rovers in March 1949.

Another for Gordon
1932 - Gordon Hodgson’s first of two strikes in our 4-3 top-flight defeat at Huddersfield Town was his 150th reds goal. Dave Wright also scored, with Dave Mangnall bagging the first three of his seven goals past us and Wilf Bott grabbing one of his five against the reds.

Keepers debuting in friendlies
1997 - David James made his England bow in a 2-0 defeat of Mexico at Wembley, his only appearance while a red. Robbie Fowler struck his first senior goal for his country, with Steve McManaman and Jamie Redknapp also playing and future red Paul Ince captaining the side. Stig Inge Bjørnebye, ex-reds Jim Magilton and Dean Saunders, and future reds Gary McAllister and Øyvind Leonhardsen all also turned out for their countries that day.
2000 - Sander Westerveld won his second cap, and first as a red, as the Netherlands drew 2-2 in Belgium. Meanwhile, Dietmar Hamann, ex-red Don Hutchison and future reds Abel Xavier and Christian Ziege all also won international caps that day.

Beating the Tractor boys
We have twice beaten Ipswich Town at Anfield on this day in history.
1958 - We won 3-1 in a Second Division match, with Jimmy Harrower netting his first reds goal and Jimmy Melia and Alan A’Court also on the scoresheet.
1971 - Alun Evans and Bobby Graham were on target as we won 2-1 in a top-flight meeting.

Derby disappointment
1918 - Harry Lewis and Thomas Green struck as we lost 3-2 at Everton in a Wartime League fixture.
1907 - Our other derby on this day in history was a top-flight match at Goodison that ended goalless.

Harry’s farewell
1913 - Forward Harry Welfare played his fourth and final reds game in our 2-0 defeat by Manchester United at Anfield, with ex-reds forward William Hunter making the first of his three appearances for the visitors. George Wall struck one of his ten goals against the reds, with Enoch West bagging one of his eight past us.

First and last caps
1890 – Future red Tom Wyllie won his only cap for Scotland in their 4-1 thumping of Northern Ireland in the British International Championships in Belfast.
1897 - Frank Becton won his second and final England cap, and only one as a reds player. The home side thumped Wales 4-0 in a British International Championships encounter at Bramall Lane.

Paddy and Jari at the double
1995 - Future red Patrik Berger bagged a brace as the Czech Republic beat Belarus 4-2 in a European Championships qualifier. This was the second of three consecutive internationals in which he scored. On the same day, Dean Saunders netted as Wales lost 3-1 in a qualifier in Bulgaria. Phil Babb, Stig Inge Bjørnebye, future reds Markus Babbel, Gary McAllister, Jason McAteer and Øyvind Leonhardsen and ex-reds Jim Magilton, Ronnie Rosenthal and Steve Staunton all also represented their countries.

Meanwhile, future red Jari Litmanen struck as Finland won 2-0 in a Euro ‘96 qualifier in San Marino, and then again as they won 2-1 in Wales in a friendly five years later. Sami Hyypiä played in both games, with ex-red Gareth Roberts debuting for Wales in the latter game, and ex-red Dean Saunders also playing.
2003 - Sami also played for Finland, skippering them in their 2-0 Euro 2004 qualifying defeat in Italy. Future red Andriy Voronin was on target in a 2-2 qualifying draw with Spain in Kiev.

Thumping the Shakers
1941 - We trounced Bury 5-1 in a Wartime League match at Gigg Lane. Dicky Dorsett grabbed a brace, with Stanley Pickstock, Cyril Done and Billy Liddell also netting.

Dismissed
1939 – George Paterson was sent off as Preston North End won a Lancashire Senior Cup Third Round tie 1-0 at Anfield.

Mixed fortunes against Spurs and City
We have twice faced both Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur on this day in history in top-flight matches, winning one and losing one against each side.
1924 - Harry Chambers grabbed the only goal of the game in the second minute against Spurs at Anfield.
1980 - We lost 2-0 at White Hart Lane, with John Pratt netting and Glenn Hoddle converting a penalty, the first of his four goals against the reds.

1937 - We were thumped 5-1 at Maine Road with Fred Howe nabbing our consolation. Eric Brook scored the last of his nine goals against us, having bagged a treble in the reverse fixture just three days earlier. Alex Herd bagged two of his eight goals past us, with Fred Tilson netting the last of his six goals against us and Richard Neilson also on target.
1950 - Billy Liddell and Jimmy Payne struck at the same venue as we won 2-1.

International reds no more
1995 - Rob Jones and future red Barry Venison won their final caps for England as Uruguay held them to a goalless draw at Wembley. Future red Nick Barmby made his senior debut in this game as a substitute, while John Barnes, ex-red Peter Beardsley and Steve McManaman all also featured.

Jan no longer the man
2002 - Jan Mølby resigned as Kidderminster Harriers’ boss, fuelling speculation that he was about to take over at Hull City, which he did five days later.

Dudek & Henchoz twice
Stéphane Henchoz has twice represented his country on this day in history.
1995 - He was a substitute in their 2-2 European Championships qualifying draw in Hungary, with Roy Hodgson in charge of the Swiss.
2000 - They drew a friendly with Norway by the same score in Lugano.

Jerzy Dudek twice won international caps in goalless draws against Hungary.
2000 - He won his fourth cap, while still a Feyenoord player, in a friendly in Debrecen.
2003 - He won his 27th cap in a European Championships qualifier in Chorzów.

A rare strike for Eph
1919 - Ephraim Longworth scored one of his two only recorded goals as we beat Stockport County 3-0 in a Wartime League match at Anfield. Harry Lewis added a brace.

Doctor in the house
2010 – The appointment of Dr. Peter Brukner as Head of Sports Medicine & Sports Science was announced.

On the move
1986 - John Durnin signed on a free from Waterloo Docks. On the same day we were held to a goalless draw at Sheffield Wednesday, the only points we dropped in the final twelve games of that season.
1985 - Dean Saunders joined Cardiff City on loan from Swansea City, failing to net in four games for the Bluebirds.

2002 - Second string striker John Miles moved to Stoke City on loan until the end of the season in a move that became permanent a month later.
1996 – Former Assistant Manager Colin Pascoe joined Blackpool from Swansea City on a free transfer. However, he only made one senior appearance before retiring from playing in May 1998.

Also on target
2003 - Future red Craig Bellamy struck as Wales beat Azerbaijan 4-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Cardiff, with fellow future red Paul Jones also playing. Also in international action that day were Milan Baroš, Steven Gerrard, Dietmar Hamann, Emile Heskey, Danny Murphy, Michael Owen and Vladimír Šmicer, future reds Yossi Benayoun, Christian Poulsen and Bolo Zenden and ex-reds Don Hutchison and David James.
2015 - Future red Roberto Firmino scored the only goal as Brazil beat Chile in a friendly at Wembley, with Philippe Coutinho also featuring. Meanwhile, Lazar Marković and ex-red Robbie Keane both played in European Championships qualifiers.

2011 – Andy Carroll netted while winning his first cap as a reds player in England’s 1-1 friendly draw with Ghana at Wembley. Dirk Kuyt bagged a brace, scoring in his third consecutive international as the Netherlands beat Hungary 5-3 in a Euro 2012 qualifier in Amsterdam. Ex-red Milan Baroš was on target as the Czech Republic beat Liechtenstein 2-0 in another qualifier, while Harry Kewell won his last cap as a Galatasaray player in Australia’s 2-1 friendly win in Germany. Alberto Aquilani, Tom Ince, Glen Johnson, Martin Škrtel, Andrew Wisdom, future reds Stewart Downing, Dejan Lovren, Simon Mignolet, James Miner and Mamadou Sakho and ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa, Yossi Benayoun, Alou Diarra, Javier Mascherano and Daniel Sjölund all also featured in internationals that day.
2016 – Emre Can, Nathaniel Clyne, Adam Lallana, James Milner, Mamadou Sakho, Martin Škrtel, Daniel Sturridge, future reds Alisson Becker and Gini Wijnaldum, and ex-reds Daniel Agger, Sebastián Coates, Javier Mascherano and Luis Suárez all featured for their countries, with Roy Hodgson taking charge of England.

International youngsters
1983 - Southampton’s Mark Wright made his England Under-21’s debut as they beat Greece 2-1 at Fratton Park in a European Championships qualifier. Steve McMahon won his final cap as a Blue in the same game, with fellow future red Paul Walsh also featuring.
2005 - John Welsh struck his first goal for England Under-21’s as he started his first game at this level, although this was his fourth cap. Scott Carson and future red James Milner also played as Azerbaijan were beaten 2-0 at the Riverside Stadium in a European Championships qualifier. Future red Daniel Agger netted his third and final goal for Denmark at this level as they won 1-0 in the Ukraine in another qualifier. On the same day, Ramon Calliste won his final Under-21’s cap as a Manchester United player, with Wales losing a qualifier 2-0 in Austria.



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