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17th November


Taylor out
1959 - Phil Taylor resigned as Manager, paving the way for the arrival of Bill Shankly the following month. He had made 345 appearances as right-half before and after the war, netting 34 times and winning one League title, and captaining the side. He joined the coaching staff when he retired from playing in 1954, and became Manager two years later, staying in the job for three years. However, he has the unhappy distinction of being the only reds boss never to manage the side in the top flight. He said, “The strain of it all has made me very tired at times and I decided, great as is my love for Liverpool, to resign.” He led us to 76 victories in his 150 games in charge.

Smiley happy birthday
1896 - Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers was born in Willington Quay, Northumberland. He signed on in April 1915 and struck 151 times in 339 reds games, helping us to back-to-back League titles in the early 1920’s. He was transferred to West Bromwich Albion in March 1928.

Sammy’s goalscoring debut
1982 - Sammy Lee scored on his England debut in a 3-0 European Championships qualifying win in Greece. Phil Thompson was making his 42nd and final international appearance, while fellow clubmate Phil Neal also played. Alan Hansen, Mark Lawrenson, Graeme Souness and future reds Michael Robinson and John Wark all also played in qualifiers that day.

Farewell Emlyn
2004 - The funeral of reds legend Emlyn Hughes took place at Sheffield Cathedral. ‘Crazy Horse’ signed from Blackpool for a club record £65,000 in February 1967 and played 665 times in his twelve years at Anfield, netting 49 times and winning two European Cups, four League titles, two UEFA Cups, FA Cup and two FA Charity Shields. His greatest season was probably 1976/77 when he captained the side to within a whisker of a glorious treble, as well as being voted the Football Writers’ Player of the Year.

Three Anfield top-flight trebles
1973 - Kevin Keegan bagged a hat-trick, including a penalty, as we beat Ipswich Town 4-2, with Peter Cormack also on target. Bryan Hamilton and future red David Johnson scored for the Tractor Boys, one of his four goals past us.
1962 - Roger Hunt netted a treble as we thumped Leyton Orient 5-0. Willie Stevenson and Ian St. John were also on the scoresheet while Gerry Byrne was playing his hundredth League game. The Saint’s strike was the club’s 4,000th League goal.
1934 - Legendary striker Gordon Hodgson scored one of his seventeen reds hat-tricks as Leicester City went home on the wrong end of a 5-1 scoreline. David Wright and Harold Taylor also scored while right-back Bob Done played his 155th and last reds game. Danny Liddle bagged one of his four strikes against the reds.

Luis again
2012 – Luis Suárez scored in his third consecutive game, bagging a brace, before left-back José Enrique netted his first reds goal in our 3-0 defeat of Wigan Athletic at Anfield.

Didi’s century
2001 - Dietmar Hamann played his hundredth reds game as we drew 1-1 at Blackburn Rovers. Michael Owen’s early headed goal was cancelled out in the second half by Matt Jansen as we extended our unbeaten League run to eight games that season.
1965 - We also faced Rovers, with Ian St. John bagging a brace in a 5-2 win as we topped the table for the first time that season, with Willie Stevenson scoring from the spot and Roger Hunt and Tommy Smith also on target.

First Anfield League derby
1894 - Everton paid their first League visit to Anfield as the away side. Inside-left Davy Hannah bagged his first reds goal, with Jimmy Ross converting a last-minute penalty as we drew 2-2.

Thumping the Imps
1956 - Alan Arnell and Johnny Wheeler grabbed two goals apiece as we beat Lincoln City 4-0 in a Second Division encounter at Anfield.

Mixed fortunes against the Owls
1945 - Jack Balmer netted a brace as we beat Sheffield Wednesday 3-2 in a Wartime League match at Hillsborough, with Billy Liddell also on the scoresheet.
1900 - We lost by the same score to The Wednesday at their old Owlerton ground in a top-flight meeting, with Alex Raisbeck and Sam Raybould on the scoresheet. Andrew Wilson netted the first two of his eight strikes against the reds, with Tommy Crawshaw also on target.

Tosh exits the Bernabeu again
1999 - John Toshack was sacked as Manager of Real Madrid for the second time after nine months in charge, eleven games into the new season. His new £22m signing Nicolas Anelka had not yet set La Liga alight.

International farewells
2010 - Jari Litmanen became Finland’s oldest over goalscorer, converting a penalty while winning his 137th and last cap in Finland’s 8-0 thumping of San Marino in a European Championships qualifier in Helsinki, with ex-red Daniel Sjölund also featuring.

1993 - Gérard Houllier took charge of his twelfth and final game as France Manager as they lost 2-1 to Bulgaria at the Parc des Princes to a last-minute goal. This defeat ensured that they missed out on the World Cup in the USA the following summer. On the same day, Jim Magilton won his last cap as an Oxford United player, and eighteenth in all, as Northern Ireland were held to a 1-1 draw by the Republic of Ireland at Windsor Park. Ex-reds John Aldridge and Ray Houghton both played as the Republic qualified for the World Cup Finals. This was Billy Bingham’s last game as boss of the North. Also in action that day were future reds Gary McAllister and Karlheinz Riedle, while Roy Hodgson took charge of Switzerland.

1999 - Jamie Redknapp won his seventeenth and final cap for England, with ex-red Don Hutchison bagging the only goal of Scotland’s 1-0 win over Kevin Keegan’s England at Wembley, although the home side progressed to Euro 2000 from the play-offs 2-1 on aggregate. Michael Owen, future red Emile Heskey and ex-red Paul Ince all also featured. Brad Friedel and future reds Yossi Benayoun and Fernando Morientes were also in friendly action that day.
1980 - Bruce Grobbelaar won his fourth and final cap for Zimbabwe as a Vancouver Whitecaps player as they beat Cameroon 1-0 in the first leg of their World Cup qualifying play-off in Harare.
2013 – Ex-reds keeper Charles Itandje featured as Cameroon beat Tunisia 4-1 in the second leg of their World Cup Play-off to reach the Finals in Brazil.

2010 – Fernando Torres won his final cap as a reds player as Spain were thumped 4-0 in a friendly in Portugal, with Raul Meireles and ex-reds Álvaro Arbeloa and Xabi Alonso also featuring. Ryan Babel played for the Netherlands for the last time as a red as they beat Turkey 1-0 in another friendly. Luis Suárez won his final cap while with Ajax as Uruguay lost 2-0 in Chile.
2007 - Martin Škrtel won his last cap as a Zenit St. Petersburg player as his Slovakia side lost 3-1 to ex-red Milan Baroš’s Czech Republic in a Euro 2008 qualifier in Prague.
2009 – Škrtel again represented his country as they lost 2-1 to Chile in a friendly in Žilina. Future red Gini Wijnaldum bagged his first goal for the Dutch Under-21’s as they beat Spain 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier. Meanwhile, future reds Andy Carroll and Daniel Sturridge featured for England Under-21’s.

First caps
2010 - Alberto Aquilani won his first cap while on loan at Juventus as Italy drew 1-1 with Romania in a friendly in Germany, with Mario Balotelli playing for the first time since moving to Manchester City. Andy Carroll and Jordan Henderson both made their senior bows for England, winning their only caps before moving to Anfield, with future red Mamadou Sakho also playing his first senior international. Ex-red Peter Crouch netted as France won 2-1 at Wembley, with Steven Gerrard, future red James Milner and ex-reds Alou Diarra and Steven Warnock also in action. Also featuring for their countries that day were Nabil El Zhar, Lucas, Christian Poulsen, and ex-reds Javier Mascherano and John Arne Riise.

On target for their countries
2015 – Ex-red Carl Medjani scored while captaining Algeria in their 7-0 trouncing of Tanzania in a World Cup qualifier in Blida. On the same day, Jonjo Shelvey won his last cap as a Swansea City player as Roy Hodgson’s England beat France 2-0 in a friendly at Wembley. Nathaniel Clyne, Adam Lallana, Harry Wilson, future red Alisson Becker and ex-reds Daniel Agger, Sebastián Coates, Javier Mascherano and Raheem Sterling were all also in international action that day.

2007 - Future red Robbie Keane netted in the Republic of Ireland’s 2-2 Euro 2008 qualifying draw in Wales with Steve Finnan and ex-red Darren Potter both also playing. Ryan Babel, Sami Hyypiä, Harry Kewell, Dirk Kuyt, Javier Mascherano, John Arne Riise, Andriy Voronin, future reds Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Christian Poulsen, Albert Riera and Maxi Rodríguez and ex-reds Jari Litmanen and Daniel Sjölund all also turned out for their countries that day, with Roy Hodgson taking charge of Finland.

1993 - Robbie Fowler was on target for England Under-21’s in their 4-0 European Championships qualifying win in San Marino. Future reds Academy coach Mike Sheron won his sixteenth and final cap at this level. On the same day, ex-red Dean Saunders netted for Wales as they were beaten 2-1 by Romania in a World Cup qualifier in Cardiff. Ian Rush partnered him up front. Meanwhile, future red Paul Ince bagged a brace, his only goals for England, as they thumped San Marino 7-1 in Bologna, although results elsewhere led England to miss out on the Finals in America.
1992 - Fowler also scored on his debut for the Under-18’s as they beat Switzerland 7-2 at Vale Park, with Steve McManaman and Mike Sheron featuring for the Under-21’s.

Also in international action
2004 - Ex-red Michael Owen moved into England’s all-time top twenty appearances ranking when he won his 66th cap in a 1-0 friendly defeat to Spain at his then club ground, the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu. Xabi Alonso, Jamie Carragher and future red Fernando Torres also featured in Spain’s 500th international fixture. Meanwhile, future red Mark González won his first cap as an Albacete Balompié player in Chile’s 2-1 World Cup qualifying defeat in Peru. It was his tenth international appearance to date. Milan Baroš, Salif Diao, El-Hadji Diouf, Jerzy Dudek, future reds Yossi Benayoun, Dirk Kuyt, Javier Mascherano, Christian Poulsen and Andriy Voronin and ex-reds Jari Litmanen and Rigobert Song were all also in international action.

Talent rewarded
2008 - Fernando Torres was named Barclays Premiership Player of the Year at the Northwest Football Awards.
2011 – Former reds Chief Scout Eduardo Macía was appointed as talent scout for Fiorentina.



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