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23rd October


Happy birthdays
1951 – Forward David Johnson was born in Liverpool. The ex-Blue arrived from Ipswich Town in August 1976 for a club record £200,000 fee, and went on to win three League titles, European Cup, UEFA Super Cup and two FA Charity Shields, scoring 78 times in 213 reds games. He was the first player to score for both sides in Merseyside derbies, and returned to Goodison in August 1982 for £100,000.
1993 – Brazilian midfielder Fabinho was born in Campinas. He signed from Monaco for an initial £39m last July, so far featuring just four times.

 

1974 - Sander Westerveld was born in Enschede. The Dutch keeper made 103 reds appearances, helping us to five trophies in 2001 before being replaced by Jerzy Dudek, moving to Real Sociedad for £3.49m that December. He is now coaching for Ajax Cape Town in South Africa, where he ended his playing career.
1992 – Reserves forward Michael Ngoo was born in Walthamstow. He signed from Southend United in September 2009 for a potential fee of up to £250,000. He was released last summer after several loan spells away from Anfield, signing for Kilmarnock in August 2014.

 

Debutants
1993 - Dominic Matteo made his reds bow in our 1-1 draw at Manchester City, when Ian Rush netted a late equaliser after David White had opened the scoring with the last of his five strikes past us.
1991 - Jamie Redknapp made his debut at the Stade de l’Abbé-Deschamps as we lost 2-0 to Auxerre in the first leg of our UEFA Cup Second Round tie with Bruce Grobbelaar in fine form to keep the score down.

 

1937 - Forwards Willie Fagan and John Shafto both debuted in our 1-1 draw with Leicester City, with Alf Hanson on target for the reds at Anfield.
1926 - We also entertained the Foxes in the First Division, when Harry Chambers netted the only goal of the game very late on.

 

Half a millennium for Cally
1971 - Ian Callaghan played his 500th reds game as we beat Huddersfield Town 2-0 in a League match at Anfield. Tommy Smith had a penalty saved by keeper David Lawson but he reacted quickly to score from the rebound, with Alun Evans also on target.

 

Against the Addicks
We have faced Charlton Athletic twice on this day in history
1996 – We returned from Selhurst Park with a 1-1 League Cup Third Round draw when Robbie Fowler grabbed our goal.
2004 - John Arne Riise and Luis García struck as we won our Premiership meeting 2-0. This was our 2,000th League match at Anfield.

 

Keeping ends
1999 - Brad Friedel played his 31st and final reds game in our 1-1 draw at Southampton. Titi Camara grabbed our late equaliser after Norwegian midfielder Trond Egil Soltvedt had netted.
1920 - Goalkeeper Harold McNaughton played his only reds game, helping us to a home derby victory. Dick Forshaw nabbed the only goal of the game.

 

Also in Europe
1974 - We entertained Hungarians Ferencvárosi when Kevin Keegan struck as we were held to a draw in the Second Round of the European Cup Winners’ Cup, with keeper István Géczi in outstanding form. The visitors bagged a very late equaliser through Mate that eventually saw us crash out at this Second Round stage on the away goals rule.

 

Ex-reds in charge
1993 - Phil Neal was appointed Manager of Coventry City following the resignation of Bobby Gould. He remained in the post for sixteen months, only losing twenty of his 67 games in charge. His major legacy to the club was selling Phil Babb to the reds, and signing Dion Dublin, as well as ex-red Mike Marsh.
2006 - Paul Ince was appointed Player/Manager of Macclesfield Town. He led them to fourteen victories in 35 games and remained in charge until June 2007, when he left to take over at MK Dons.

 

1998 - Nigel Clough signed for Burton Albion from Manchester City as Player/Manager. He led them into the Conference, moving on to take over at Derby County in January 2009.
2013 – Clough was appointed Manager of Sheffield United, leading them to an eleventh-place finish in League One and the FA Cup Semi-Final in his first season in charge.

 

Gordon for the FA
1963 - Gordon Milne turned out for an England side as they faced a Rest of the World eleven in an FA Centenary game at Wembley, winning 2-1.

 

Up against the Shakers
1915 - We lost 2-1 at Gigg Lane in a Wartime League match with Fred Pagnam grabbing our consolation.
1954 - Bury held us to a 1-1 draw in our Second Division meeting, with Eric Anderson on the scoresheet. Stan Pearson struck one of his eleven goals against the reds.

 

Beating Boro
1948 - Jack Balmer and Albert Stubbins struck as we beat Middlesbrough 4-0 in a top-flight meeting at Anfield. Billy Liddell converted a penalty, with the scoring completed by a Billy Whitaker own goal.
2013 – Ex-reds centre-half Daniel Ayala joined Middlesbrough on loan from Norwich City, making the move permanent three months later for £350,000.

 

Farewell Tommy
1915 - Centre-forward Tommy Gracie died in Glasgow. He signed from Everton for £150 in February 1912, but only managed to score five times in 34 appearances for the reds, returning north of the border to join Heart Of Midlothian in May 1914.

 

Three in action
2010 - Adam Morgan, Matty Regan and Raheem Sterling all featured as England Under-17’s beat Poland 1-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Georgia.

 

Michael is officially the best
2000 - Michael Owen was named the Premiership’s Young Player of the Month for September. He had scored six goals during the month, including a hat-trick against Aston Villa, and he was the unanimous choice of the League Managers’ Association to secure the award.



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