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20th May


Wembley glory for the 96
1989 - We clinched the FA Cup for the fourth time, in an all-Merseyside final, five weeks after the Hillsborough disaster that claimed 96 lives. John Aldridge, who was playing his hundredth reds game, opened the scoring in the fourth minute with a strike that was named as the BBC’s Goal of the Season, the only time the same player has claimed the award in consecutive seasons. We led until Stuart McCall equalised towards the end of the second half. Ian Rush put us back in front in extra-time before McCall became the first substitute to score twice in an FA Cup Final to level the match again. McCall’s achievement was then matched by Rushie who won us the cup with his 23rd FA Cup goal.

The departure of a legend
1996 - Ian Rush signed for Leeds United on a free transfer, after his 346 strikes in 660 games had helped shoot us to countless honours. However, he bagged just three goals in 43 games for Leeds.

Last win of the season
1985 - We played our only other first-class game on this day, winning 3-0 at West Ham United, our last win of a season that saw us finish second in the First Division, thirteen points behind Everton, and then go on to lose the European Cup Final on a tragic day at the Stade du Heysel in Brussels. Paul Walsh netted a brace, with Jim Beglin bagging the other. Jan Mølby played at centre-back, but lost five teeth in a collision with the Hammers’ Dave Swindlehurst.

Jimmy, Jimmy
1922 - Centre-forward Jimmy Walsh signed from Stockport County. He netted 27 times in 77 reds games, before moving on to Hull City in June 1928.

Jack’s treble
1948 - Jack Balmer scored a hat-trick as we beat a Baltimore All Stars side 9-2, with Ken Brierley netting a brace and Billy Liddell, Willie Fagan, Jim Harley and Albert Stubbins all also on the scoresheet.
1953 - We played another friendly in the USA, beating a New England Select 4-0 in Fall River, thanks to two goals from Mervyn Jones and strikes from Jack Smith and Don Welsh.

A special day for Emlyn
1972 - Emlyn Hughes nabbed his only full international goal as England beat Wales 3-0 in the British International Championships in Cardiff, up against John Toshack.
1980 - He played in the same tournament, no longer as a red, as England drew 1-1 with Northern Ireland at Wembley, as he captained them for the last time. This was his 23rd full international as skipper, and 61st in total. Joe Corrigan, David Johnson and Terry McDermott all also featured.

Crazy Horse in fact turned out for England twice more on this day in history.
1978 - He played with Ray Clemence and Phil Neal against Kenny Dalglish and Graeme Souness as England won 1-0 at Hampden Park.
1970 - He played in a B international as England won 1-0 in Colombia.

In training for their birthdays
1869 - Left-half George Fleming was born in Bannockburn, Stirlingshire. He struck six times in 82 reds games after signing from Wolverhampton Wanderers in May 1901, helping us to the Second Division title in 1905, before becoming Assistant Trainer the following year.

1895 - Another Assistant Trainer, Jimmy Seddon, was born. He was in this role for fifteen years from 1939, during which time his son Kenneth was on our books.
1916 - Jack Westby was born in Aintree in 1916. He only featured for us during the Second World War.

On the committee
2011 – The inaugural members of the club’s Supporters’ Committee were announced.

Macca on the move
1983 - Steve McMahon signed for Aston Villa from Everton for £175,000, having turned down the chance to move to Anfield. He netted seven times in 91 games for the Villains, before eventually arriving at Anfield in September 1985 for double the money.

Rushie on target
1992 - Ian Rush bagged Wales’s consolation as they were thumped 5-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Romania. Clubmate Dean Saunders also played. On the same day, future red Gary McAllister netted a brace as Scotland beat Canada 3-1 in a friendly in Toronto.

Ending a brief international career
1931 - Reds left-half Jimmy McDougall won his second and final Scotland cap at centre-half, skippering them in their 3-0 defeat by Italy in Rome.

More international goals
1975 - Celtic’s Kenny Dalglish and ex-red Ted MacDougall both scored as Scotland beat Northern Ireland 3-0 in the British International Championships at Hampden Park.
1990 - Future red Dean Saunders grabbed the only goal of Wales’s friendly encounter with Costa Rica at Ninian Park.
2017 – Future red Dominic Solanke converted a penalty as England Under-20’s beat Argentina 3-0 in the World Cup Finals in South Korea, with Ovie Ejaria and Sheyi Ojo also in action.

1998 - Milan Baroš was on target as the Czech Republic Under-17’s drew 1-1 in a friendly in Poland.
2007 - Craig Lindfield struck while winning his seventh and final cap for England Under-19’s as they beat the Czech Republic 2-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Northampton, with Stephen Darby and Jack Hobbs both also featuring.
1964 - Roy Evans struck as England Schoolboys drew 2-2 with their Republic of Ireland counterparts in Cork.

In Denmark
1914 – We beat Kampartenna 5-2 in Copenhagen, with Billy Lacey bagging a brace, Jackie Sheldon converting a penalty and William Banks and Tom Miller also on target.

New coaches
2010 - Dietmar Hamann joined MK Dons as player-coach, while Gary McAllister was appointed First Team Coach at Middlesbrough, although he moved on to Aston Villa just four months later. Hamann played thirteen first-team games while in Milton Keynes, moving on to become a First Team Coach at Leicester City in February 2011.
2016 – Ex-reds boss Brendan Rodgers was appointed Manager of Celtic on a twelve-month rolling contract, leading them to domestic trebles in each of his first two campaigns before leaving for Leicester City last February.

On the move
2004 - Reserves right-back Stephen Vaughan left Anfield to join Chester City on a free transfer, making 85 appearances in two spells with the Blues. Meanwhile, Jason McAteer and Phil Babb were both released by Sunderland. McAteer went on to join Tranmere Rovers, while Babb retired from the game.
2008 - Former reserves forward Conal Platt signed for Conference National side Forest Green Rovers.



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