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2nd October


Farewell to Shanks
1981 - Bill Shankly’s funeral was held at St. Mary’s Church in West Derby, Liverpool. His coffin was carried by four stalwarts from his reds teams - Ray Clemence, Emlyn Hughes, John Toshack and Ron Yeats - while the service fittingly ended with a moving rendition of YNWA.

 

400 in Europe
2002 - Emile Heskey’s second goal of our 5-0 thumping of Spartak Moskva in a Champions League encounter at Anfield was our 400th goal in European competition. Bruno Cheyrou and Salif Diao both netted their first reds goals, with Sami Hyypiä also on target.

 

Happy birthdays
1887 - Full-back Ephraim Longworth was born in Halliwell, Bolton. He played for the reds 370 times after signing from Leyton in June 1910 without ever finding the net, but helped us to two League titles and became the first Liverpool player to captain England. He then served as Reserve team trainer, before joining the ground staff.
1891 - Outside-right Archie Rawlings was born in Leicester. He struck ten times in his 67 reds games after signing from Preston North End in March 1924, where he had won one England cap, before moving on to Walsall in June 1926.

 

1991 – Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino was born in Maceió. He signed from TSG 1899 Hoffenheim for an initial £21m in July 2015, so scoring 27 goals in 101 outings.

 

1958 - Reserves goalkeeper Bob Bolder was born in Dover. He signed from Sheffield Wednesday for £125,000 in 1983, after more than 200 games for the Owls. He never made our first team, but sat on the bench at the 1984 European Cup Final in Rome, one of seventeen times he did so in Europe's premier club competition, also doing so on four other occasions. He moved on to Sunderland the following year.
1990 – Former second string custodian Dean Bouzanis was born in Sydney, Australia. He arrived at Anfield in the summer of 2007 and helped the reds to reach the FA Youth Cup Final in 2009. He spent much of the 2009/10 season on loan at League Two side Accrington Stanley, turning out nineteen times in total, and was released by the reds in April 2011.

 

Youngest derby scorer
1937 - Tommy Lawton scored from the spot for Everton aged seventeen years and 362 days, the first of his six goals past us to become the youngest ever Merseyside derby goalscorer, helping to condemn us to a 2-1 defeat at Anfield. Berry Nieuwenhuys grabbed our late consolation, with Ben Dabbs playing his 56th and final reds game. Douglas Trentham had opened the scoring for the visitors.

 

Chelsea despair
2005 - We were humbled 4-1 at home by Chelsea in a League game, with Steven Gerrard drawing us level after Djimi Traoré had conceded a penalty converted by Frank Lampard to hand the Blues the lead, one of his eight goals past us. This was our worst home defeat since December 1969, and the Blues’ third straight League win at Anfield. Damien Duff, future red Joe Cole and Geremi all also struck for the visitors.

 

Tossed out
1968 - We were dumped out of the Fairs Cup, losing on the toss of a disc to Athletic de Bilbao. We had lost the first leg in Spain 2-1, with this second leg ending 2-1 in our favour, even after extra time, with Chris Lawler and Emlyn Hughes netting after we had gone behind to a José Argoitia goal. We had been the beneficiaries of a coin-toss win three years earlier, against 1. FC Köln in the European Cup. This time, a coloured disc was used with skipper Ron Yeats allocated the red side and the Spaniards white, according to the team colours. Red was unfortunately not the colour that night.

 

Barry who?
1991 - Barry Jones made his only senior reds appearance as a substitute in our 1-0 defeat in Finland to Kuusysi Lahti in a UEFA Cup tie, although we progressed 6-2 on aggregate. This was our first European trip since the ban imposed after Heysel was lifted. Ex-Wimbledon striker Mike Belfield netted for the Finns on the night, while winger Jimmy Carter played his eighth and final reds game.

 

A derby win
1909 - Jack Parkinson, James Stewart and Arthur Goddard all struck as we won 3-2 in the top flight at Goodison. Bertie Freeman and Tim Coleman each scored one of their nine goals past us.

 

Representing the League
1963 - Roger Hunt and Ian Callaghan both represented the Football League as they lost 2-1 to a League of Ireland side at Dalymont Park in Dublin.

 

Beating the Lilywhites
We have travelled to Deepdale to take on Preston North End three times on this day in history, without tasting defeat.
1915 - Fred Pagnam and Walter Wadsworth grabbed the goals as we won 2-1 in a Wartime League fixture.
1897 - We drew 1-1, with Harry Bradshaw on the scoresheet in his hundredth League outing. Keeper Harry Storer saved a penalty from Moses Sanders.
1920 - Harry Chambers, Dick Forshaw and Harold Wadsworth were on target as we won another top-flight encounter 3-2, with Tommy Roberts bagging the first two of his four goals against the reds.

 

Up against the Villains
1965 - Peter Thompson struck twice as we beat Aston Villa 3-1 at Anfield in the First Division, with Ian St. John also scoring. Chris Lawler made the first of 316 consecutive reds appearances in this game.
1999 - Our Premiership meeting at Villa Park ended goalless. Steve Staunton was laughably sent off by Rob Harris for a second bookable offence after half an hour having been wrongly adjudged not to have retreated ten yards at a free-kick. Steven Gerrard then superbly slotted in as our emergency left-back.

 

Four against
1926 - Tom Jennings scored all Leeds United’s goals as they won 4-2 at Anfield in the top flight, four of his seven past us in all and the second of three consecutive League games in which he struck trebles. Dick Forshaw and Gordon Hodgson netted our goals.

 

Twice against the Tangerines
1935 – We lost a Lancashire Senior Cup First Round tie 4-1 to Blackpool at Anfield, with Alf Hanson on target for the reds.
1946 – We drew 2-2 at Bloomfield Road at the same hurdle. Cyril Done struck twice, including once from the spot.

 

Reds in Arabia
1978 - We drew 1-1 with the Saudi Arabian national side in a friendly in Jeddah with Kenny Dalglish grabbing our goal.

 

Walsh starts out
1979 - Paul Walsh signed as a professional for Charlton Athletic, a day after his seventeenth birthday. He scored 28 times in 89 games for the Addicks, before moving to Luton Town for £400,000 in July 1982.

 

Simon on target
2006 - András Simon grabbed the only goal of the game as Hungary Under-17’s won a European Championships qualifier in Armenia. The forward was also booked.

 

Reds bosses in and out
2003 - Mike Marsh resigned as Manager of Unibond League side Burscough, after just over three months in the job. On the same day, reds striking legend Ian Rush was appointed Wales Under-17’s coach.
2004 - Bruce Grobbelaar was sacked as Manager of South African side Manning Rangers.
2008 - Dean Saunders was named as Wrexham boss. He led them to tenth, eleventh and then fourth in the Conference National in his three seasons in charge.

 

An international debutant
1968 - Future red Jack Whitham won his only cap for England Under-23’s as a substitute in their 3-1 defeat of Wales at the Racecourse Ground.

 

In World Cup action
2009 - Martin Kelly played for England Under-20’s as they drew 1-1 with Uzbekistan in a World Championship Finals group game in Egypt, while future red Sebastián Coates featured in Uruguay’s 2-2 draw with Ghana in the same group.

 

Fans favourite
2009 - Fernando Torres was named PFA Fans’ Player of the Month for August and September, having netted eight times in seven outings.



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