2000 - A truly momentous day for Rigobert Song, who captained Cameroon to the African Cup of Nations, scoring the decisive penalty in the shoot-out in the Final against host nation Nigeria in Lagos after the game had ended 2-2 after extra-time. This was happening at the same time as we won at Highbury in the League for the final time, hanging on after Titi Camara’s strike to beat Arsenal 1-0.
2004 - Future red Momo Sissoko played for Mali as they lost their Third-place play-off 2-1 to Nigeria in the same competition in Tunisia.
Happy birthday Mamadou
1990 – Centre-half Mamadou Sakho was born in Paris. He signed from Paris Saint-Germain for £15m in September 2013, netting three times in eighty games before falling out with boss Jürgen Klopp and being sent off to Crystal Palace on loan in February 2017, making the move permanent for an initial £24m six months later.
1999 - We lost 1-0 to Charlton Athletic, our first match at The Valley since 1961. Jamie Carragher was sent off for a supposed elbow, while John Barnes made his debut for the Addicks, as a substitute. Keith Jones was on target to net the first Charlton goal in this fixture since 1960.
1954 - We also lost to Charlton, being beaten 3-2 at Anfield. Ex-Addick Johnny Evans and inside-forward Eric Anderson struck for the reds, while keeper Russell Crossley played his 73rd and final reds game. Eddie Firmani bagged a brace, with Syd O’Linn also on target.
1915 - Fred Pagnam grabbed a hat-trick as we shared six goals with Chelsea in a League game at Anfield. Donald Mackinlay put through his own net, with Harold Halse scoring the last of his four goals against the reds and Bobby Thomson also netting for the Blues as Elisha Scott saved a late penalty from Robert Abrams.
1982 - We also faced the Blues, losing an FA Cup Fifth Round tie 2-0 to the then-Second Division outfit at Stamford Bridge. Peter Rhoades-Brown and Colin Lee struck the goals.
Super sub’s ton up
1979 – David Fairclough reached a century of reds games in our League meeting with Birmingham City, originally postponed from a month earlier. Graeme Souness struck the only goal at Anfield.
Luther at last
1988 - Luther Blissett finally breached the reds’ defence in a League game at Watford to score the first goal against us in all competitions for 994 minutes, a then club record. We still won comfortably in a mud bath, 4-1, with Peter Beardsley bagging a brace to take his tally to eight in as many games, to add to goals from John Aldridge and ex-Hornet John Barnes.
Mixed FA Cup fortunes
We have won three of our four FA Cup ties on this day over the years, with the other tie being our defeat at Chelsea in 1982.
1971 - A Chris Lawler goal saw off Southampton in the Fifth Round at Anfield, as we headed towards Wembley.
1993 - We visited The Dell in a League game, losing 2-1 with Don Hutchison netting for the reds.
1932 - Outside-left Gordon Gunson scored to defeat Grimsby Town at Anfield, in another Fifth Round tie, just a week after we had been thumped 5-1 by them in a top-flight fixture at Blundell Park. We were then knocked out by Chelsea at Anfield in the next round.
1897 - Our first cup tie on this day was played at West Bromwich Albion’s Stoney Lane ground, with Malcolm McVean and centre-half Robert Neill scoring in our 2-1 win and Willie Donnelly making his eighth and final appearance in our goal. The reds prepared for this game by spending the week in Worcestershire, going straight there from our away match at Stoke City the previous Saturday. We lost out to Aston Villa that season after reaching our first ever Semi-final.
1943 - Cyril Done grabbed a hat-trick as we beat Tranmere Rovers 4-1 in a Wartime League game at Anfield. Michael Hulligan bagged our other goal.
Firsts and last
1904 – Right-half Bobby Robinson played the first of his 271 reds games as we were held to a goalless draw at Anfield by Stoke. Forward Joe Hewitt also debuted in this game, the first of his 164 appearances.
1909 - Left-half Jim Bradley struck his eighth and final reds goal in the first minute of our 4-1 thumping of Leicester Fosse at Anfield, with full-back Bob Crawford making his reds bow and outside-left Michael Griffin playing his fourth and final reds game. Arthur Goddard nabbed a brace, with Sam Bowyer also on target.
1890 – Frank Grayer was born in Southampton. He signed from his hometown club for £100 in July 1912 but only played one senior reds game, as right-back in our 2-1 home defeat to Manchester United in April 1914. He was so badly wounded during the First World War that he was unable to play football again.
2002 – Future red Sotirios Kyrgiakos won his first senior cap as Greece drew 2-2 with Sweden in a friendly in Thessaloniki.
1937 - Future reds right-back Billy Hood won his only international cap, playing for Ireland as they thumped England 5-1 in an amateur international in Belfast.
1909 - Ex-reds winger Arthur Berry won his only cap for England as they beat Ireland 4-0 in the British International Championships at Valley Parade. Reds keeper Sam Hardy also played for the home side, while future red Billy Lacey made his debut for Ireland in the same game.
Friendly scoring for their countries
2002 - Dietmar Hamann netted in Germany’s 7-1 defeat of Israel in Kaiserslautern. Substitute Vladimír Šmicer was on target on the same day as the Czech Republic won 4-3 in Cyprus, with Milan Baroš also playing. Real Madrid’s Fernando Morientes struck as Spain drew 1-1 with Portugal in Barcelona.
Meanwhile, future red Djibril Cissé bagged a brace as France Under-21’s thumped their Belgian counterparts 5-1 in Boulogne. This was the third consecutive international in which he had found the net. Another future red, Craig Bellamy, scored as Wales held Argentina to a 1-1 draw in a friendly in Cardiff. Also playing for their countries that day were Steven Gerrard, Emile Heskey, David Raven, John Arne Riise and Mark Smyth, as well as ex-reds Brad Friedel, David James, Jim Magilton and Øyvind Leonhardsen, and future reds Yossi Benayoun, Joe Cole and Paul Jones.
1926 - Edward Parry won his fifth and final cap for Wales as they lost 3-0 to Northern Ireland in the British International Championships in Belfast. Ex-red Robert Matthews, then with Bradford Park Avenue, also won his final Welsh cap in this game while reds custodian Elisha Scott was in the Irish goal.
2002 - Ex-red Mark Kennedy won his 34th and final cap for the Republic of Ireland as they beat Russia 2-0 in a friendly at Lansdowne Road, with future red Robbie Keane on target. Steve Staunton, future red Steve Finnan and ex-red Jason McAteer all also played.
Three youngsters in action
2010 – Conor Coady captained England Under-17’s as they drew 1-1 with France in the Algarve Tournament, with Jack Robinson and Andre Wisdom also playing.
Razor heads south
1989 - Neil Ruddock signed for Southampton from Millwall for £250,000. He struck thirteen times in 138 games while at The Dell before rejoining Tottenham Hotspur for £750,000 in July 1992.