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18th November


Mickey’s treble
1997 - Michael Owen scored his first reds hat-trick as we beat Grimsby Town 3-0 at Anfield in a League Cup Fourth Round tie.

Oggy signs on
1977 - Steve Ogrizovic signed from Chesterfield for £70,000. He only made five first-team starts in five years at Anfield as understudy to Ray Clemence, sitting on the bench on a further 27 occasions. He had more luck at Coventry City, winning the FA Cup with them in 1987 and making more than 500 League appearances.

Derby despair
1995 - Robbie Fowler netted our consolation very late on as we lost 2-1 at home to Everton through an Andrei Kanchelskis brace, two of his five goals past us. Ex-red Gary Ablett was carried off with knee ligament damage.

Finland’s best
2002 - Sami Hyypiä was named Finland’s Player of the Year, retaining the award he had won the previous year. He went on to win this award on six occasions within the space of eight years.

Beating the Mancs
1978 - Phil Neal converted a late penalty to hand us a 1-0 victory over Manchester City at Anfield after Ray Kennedy was apparently fouled in the area, although he admitted, “I don’t know what the penalty was for.” However, we had been denied a clear spot-kick earlier for a foul on Alan Kennedy.
1925 – We were thumped 5-0 at Maine Road to bow out of the Lancashire Senior Cup at the Second Round stage.

1911 - We also sent Manchester United home without the First Division points, with Jack Parkinson adding to a John Bovill brace in our 3-2 victory. Charlie Roberts struck, with Enoch West bagging one of his eight goals past us.
1939 - Willie Fagan bagged the only goal of our Wartime League meeting with United at Anfield from the spot.

Mo again
2017 - Mohamed Salah scored in his third consecutive game as we beat Southampton 3-0 at Anfield, bagging a brace with Philippe Coutinho also on target.

An Anfield win
1931 - England beat Wales 3-1 at Anfield in the British International Championships. England’s goals were scored by Derby County’s Samuel Crooks, Jack Smith from Portsmouth and Leicester City’s Ernest Hine, with Walter Robbins of Cardiff City responding for the Welsh. Future reds Ernie Blenkinsop and Tom Cooper both featured for the home side.

Twice against Villa and the Geordies
We have twice entertained Aston Villa in the First Division on this day in history, without losing.
1899 - We drew 3-3 when John Walker, Hugh Morgan and Alex Raisbeck were on the scoresheet. Keeper Harry Storer put through his own net, with Jack Devey bagging one of his seven goals against the reds and Albert Wilkes also on target.
1922 - Donald Mackinlay, Harry Chambers and Dick Johnson struck as we won 3-0.

1984 - We won 2-0 at Newcastle United with Steve Nicol and John Wark netting.
1972 - We also beat United in the top-flight at home with Peter Cormack, Alec Lindsay and John Toshack grabbing our goals as we won 3-2, despite Tommy Smith missing a penalty. John Tudor bagged one of his five goals against the reds, with Malcolm MacDonald striking one of his seven past us.

Happy birthdays
1997 – Midfielder Ovie Ejaria was born in Southwark in south London. He has so far made eight senior appearances, and is spending this season on loan at Rangers under Steven Gerrard.
1968 – Chief Scout Barry Hunter was born in Coleraine, Northern Ireland. He played as a defender for Wrexham and Reading, before moving into coaching and then scouting for Blackburn Rovers, Norwich City and most recently Manchester City, joining the reds in June 2012.
1948 - Former reds goalkeeping coach Joe Corrigan was born in Manchester. He made nearly 600 appearances for Manchester City, as well as winning nine England caps. He spent ten years on our backroom staff before moving on after the arrival of Rafael Benítez.

Finn to Fulham
1998 - Steve Finnan joined Kevin Keegan’s Fulham from Notts County for £600,000. He went on to play 209 times for the Cottagers, netting seven times and winning First and Second Division League titles, to add to the Third Division he had won with County.
2006 - Finn played his hundredth reds League game in our goalless Premiership draw at Middlesbrough as our away day blues continued.

Off the mark
1998 - Future red Yossi Benayoun made his senior international debut as Israel lost a friendly 2-0 in Portugal, who included fellow future red Abel Xavier.
2014 – Future red Roberto Firmino struck his first goal for Brazil as they won a friendly 2-1 in Austria. On the same day, Stewart Downing won his first cap as a West Ham United player as Roy Hodgson’s England won 3-1 in Scotland, with future red Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scoring one of the goals. Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Lazar Marković, Martin Škrtel, Raheem Sterling, future reds Nathaniel Clyne and James Milner, and ex-reds Alberto Aquilani and Javier Mascherano also played for their countries that day.

Reds on opposite sides
1998 - Patrik Berger and future red Vladimír Šmicer both ran out at Wembley as England beat the Czech Republic 2-0 in a friendly, with Robbie Fowler coming on as a substitute. Meanwhile, Vegard Heggem and future red Stéphane Henchoz also played in international friendlies.
1939 - England’s Jack Balmer netted past future reds keeper Cyril Sidlow as they beat Wales 3-2 in a Wartime international at the Racecourse Ground.

First and last caps
2008 – Adam Lallana won his only cap for England Under-21’s, coming off the bench in their 2-0 friendly defeat of the Czech Republic at Bramall Lane.
1998 - Dietmar Hamann won his first cap as a Newcastle United player, and thirteenth in total, as Germany were held to a 1-1 draw in their friendly against the Netherlands in Gelsenkirchen. On the same day, Jason McAteer won his 28th cap, and his final one as a reds player, as the Republic of Ireland lost 1-0 in a Euro 2000 qualifier in Yugoslavia. Steve Staunton also played.

1981 - Avi Cohen won his first cap in his second spell with Maccabi Tel-Aviv as Israel lost a World Cup qualifier 1-0 in Northern Ireland. Kenny Dalglish, Alan Hansen, Terry McDermott, Phil Neal, Ian Rush, Graeme Souness, Phil Thompson and ex-reds Joey Jones and Kevin Keegan all also played in qualifiers that day.

Half century for Aldo
1992 - Ex-red John Aldridge had a goal wrongly ruled out for offside while winning his fiftieth cap. The Republic of Ireland held Spain to a goalless draw in their World Cup qualifier in Seville, with ex-reds Ray Houghton and Steve Staunton also playing. Ian Rush, ex-reds Jim Magilton and Dean Saunders, and future reds Paul Ince, Gary McAllister and Karlheinz Riedle all also featured in internationals that day, with Roy Hodgson taking charge of Switzerland.

Management moves
1990 - John Toshack was sacked as Manager of Real Madrid on the back of three straight defeats, eleven games into the new season, having led them to the League title earlier that year. He returned to the Bernabeu in February 1999, lasting just nine months before being dismissed again.
2009 – King Kenny’s son Paul was appointed Head Coach of USSF Division 2 expansion team Tampa Bay. However, he left by mutual consent in September 2010.

Young future reds on target
2003 - Djibril Cissé struck as France Under-21’s lost the second leg of their European Championships play-off game 2-1 to Portugal in Clermont-Ferrand. He was later dismissed, which led to him missing out on the senior Euro 2004 tournament. Alou Diarra and Florent Sinama-Pongolle both also featured with the tie ending level at 3-3 on aggregate, although Portugal won through 4-1 on penalties. Meanwhile, Robbie Keane bagged a brace as the Republic of Ireland beat Canada 3-0 in a friendly in Dublin and Roy Hodgson took charge of United Arab Emirates as they beat Sri Lanka 3-1 in an AFC Asian Cup qualifier in Dubai.

1995 - Leicester City’s Emile Heskey struck twice for England Under-18’s in their 6-2 European Championships qualifying defeat of Sweden in Kettering.
1980 - Future red David Hodgson grabbed his first goal for England Under-21’s as they thumped Switzerland 5-0 in a European Championships qualifier at Portman Road.

Other recent internationals
2009 – Future red Raúl Meireles scored the only goal in the second leg of Portugal’s World Cup play-off meeting with Bosnia-Herzegovina in Zenica. Ex-red Robbie Keane also netted as the Republic of Ireland drew their controversial encounter with France in Paris 1-1 after extra time, with ex-reds Nicolas Anelka and Alou Diarra therefore both qualifying for the Finals in South Africa. Sotirios Kyrgiakos and future red Luis Suárez both also helped their countries to reach the World Cup Finals, while Ryan Babel, Dirk Kuyt, Pepe Reina, ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa, Harry Kewell and future reds Milan Jovanović, Dejan Lovren and Christian Poulsen were all also in international action.
2007 – Future red Luis Suárez netted as Uruguay drew 2-2 with Chile in a World Cup qualifier in Montevideo.

Mark moves
2005 - Ex-reserves forward Mark Smyth signed for Accrington Stanley. He had made just one solitary first-team appearance, in the Carling Cup win at Tottenham Hotspur in December 2004, but only spent one season with Stanley.

Baby news
2011 – Keeper Brad Jones sadly lost his son Luca, who died aged just six years old from leukaemia.
2017 – Left-back Alberto Moreno became a father for the first time, to Alberto Jnr.



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