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Off the mark
2018 – Dutch centre-half Virgil van Dijk scored on his reds bow as we beat Everton 2-1 in the FA Cup Third Round at Anfield. James Milner opened the scoring from the spot after a foul on Adam Lallana, with Gylfi Sigurdsson netting the most recent of his four goals past us to level the scores. Our new record signing nodded in the winner late on to send the crowd into raptures.

Happy birthdays
1957 - David Fairclough was born in Liverpool. He signed pro terms in January 1974, bagging 55 goals in 154 reds games, two-fifths of which were from off the bench. The bionic carrot helped us to three League titles, European Cup, UEFA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and two League Cups before moving on to Luzern in July 1983.

1874 - Right-back Archie Goldie was born in Hurlford, Ayrshire. He signed from Clyde in June 1895 and helped us to the Second Division title the following year, netting once in 149 reds games, many alongside his brother, left-half Bill. He left Anfield to sign for New Brighton Tower in 1900.
1951 - Midfielder Steve Arnold was born in Wembley. He signed from Crewe Alexandra for £12,000 in September 1970 but only ever made two first-team appearances before moving to Rochdale in June 1973. His career never really took off, and he retired from the game aged 23.
1898 – Inside-forward Billy McDevitt was born in Belfast. He signed from Swansea Town in 1923, being converted into a centre-half, but played just four times before moving on to Exeter City for a club record fee in May 1925.

King Billy’s memorable debut
1946 - Billy Liddell scored on his official reds bow as we won 2-0 at Chester in an FA Cup Third Round first leg match. Inside-forward Kevin Baron, defender Fred Finney, centre-half Laurie Hughes, full-back Ray Lambert, keeper Harry Wheeler Nickson, left-half Bob Paisley and winger Bob Priday all also debuted in this game. Willie Fagan nabbed the other goal, but unfortunately, we were knocked out by Bolton Wanderers in the next round.

Reds farewells
2011 – Roy Hodgson took charge of his last reds game as we were beaten 3-1 at Blackburn Rovers. Left-back Paul Konchesky made his eighteenth and final reds appearance, while Steven Gerrard missed a penalty after notching from open play. When Ryan Babel came on for David N’Gog, this was the 3,000th substitution in the club’s history. Benjani bagged a brace, the last of his four goals past us, after Martin Olsson had opened the scoring.
1974 - Outside-left Peter Thompson joined Bolton Wanderers for £18,000 after a loan spell. He had netted 54 times in 416 reds games, helping us to win two League titles and our first FA Cup, after signing for £37,000 from Preston North End in August 1963.

1895 – We were thumped 5-0 by The Wednesday at Olive Grove in a top-flight encounter. Right-back Andrew Hannah played his 69th and last reds game. Fred Spiksley struck the first two of his four goals against the reds, with Harry Woolhouse bagging a brace and Harry Brandon also on the scoresheet.
2009 – Academy forward Marvin Pourié was sold to Schalke 04. He had arrived from Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund in the summer of 2007 at the age of sixteen, scoring twelve times in his first year with the Under-18’s

Red centurions
2002 - Michael Owen netted a brace in our 3-0 FA Cup Third Round defeat of Birmingham City at Anfield, with Jamie Carragher playing his 200th reds game and Emile Heskey reaching his century. Nicolas Anelka added the third goal late on, his first reds strike and our 300th goal under Gérard Houllier's sole charge. However, we relinquished our grip on the trophy at the next stage, losing to eventual winners Arsenal.
1952 – Full-back Ray Lambert played his 200th League game for the reds as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Wolverhampton Wanderers, with Phil Taylor on target.

Heading back to Wembley
2016 – We won the first leg of our League Cup Semi-final 1-0 at Stoke City thanks to a Jordon Ibe strike, despite three players suffering hamstring injuries during the game.

Curtis off the mark
2020 – Curtis Jones bagged his first reds strike, the only goal of our FA Cup Third Round encounter with Everton at Anfield. Left-back Yasser Larouci, forward Takumi Minamino and centre-half Nathaniel Phillips all made their reds bows as we fielded a young side.

The Latics again
2014 - We faced Oldham Athletic for the third consecutive season in the FA Cup, this time winning our Third Round tie 2-0 at Anfield. Spanish forward Iago Aspas struck his only reds goal, with James Tarkowski putting through his own net late on. Boss Brendan Rodgers’ son Anton came on as a late substitute for the visitors.

Stevie’s ton up
2015 - James Shea became the hundredth different goalkeeper that Steven Gerrard scored past for the reds as we beat AFC Wimbledon 2-1 in an FA Cup Third Round tie at the Cherry Red Records Stadium. The skipper was on target either side of the break against the League Two side.

Pelle signs on
2005 - Argentine centre-back Mauricio Pellegrino signed from Valencia on a free transfer. He arrived at Anfield with an impressive reputation, having previously won the Spanish League three times and the UEFA Cup, as well as appearing in two Champions League Finals. However, he rarely impressed in his thirteen reds games, and moved on to Deportivo Alavés five months later.

FA Cup shocks
1957 - Half-back Johnny Wheeler scored, but it was not enough to prevent us losing 2-1 to Southend United from the Third Division South at Roots Hall in the Third Round.
1974 - Doncaster Rovers’ Brendan O’Callaghan hit the woodwork in the final minute of our Third Round tie against the Third Division side at Anfield, to keep the scores level at 2-2. Kevin Keegan bagged both our goals, with defender Dave Rylands playing his only game for the club. We won the replay 2-0 and went on to claim the trophy that season.

A Cup treble
1980 - David Johnson grabbed a treble that included his fiftieth reds strike as we thumped Grimsby Town 5-0 at Anfield, with Graeme Souness and Jimmy Case also on target. The Mariners went on to claim the Third Division title that season. We fell at the Semi-final stage for the second successive season.

Beating the Villa
1985 – We beat Aston Villa 3-0 in the FA Cup Third Round at Anfield, with a John Wark strike sandwiched between two from Ian Rush.
1929 – We won a top-flight encounter 4-0 in L4, when Dick Edmed bagged a brace, with Bob Clark and Gordon Hodgson also on target. Villa’s Thomas Smart sent a penalty high over the bar.

Death of a scout
2004 - Jim Aspinall died aged 72. He had been involved in youth recruitment at Anfield for 26 years, during which time he had unearthed talents such as Robbie Fowler and Steve McManaman. Fowler visited him in hospital but was minutes too late as he had already passed away.

Out of the Cup
1991 - Glenn Hysén was sent off as we were held 1-1 by Blackburn Rovers in our FA Cup Third Round meeting at Ewood Park, with Rovers having Kevin Moran shown a red card as well. A Mark Atkins own goal with just ten seconds left on the clock took the tie to an Anfield replay, which we won 3-0 with Steve McMahon dismissed this time around. BBC pundit Jimmy Hill complained about a ball girl, sixteen-year old Gillian Maynard, retrieving the ball so promptly in the build up to our equaliser, and was later forced to apologise. We went as far as the Fifth Round that year before being knocked out by Everton.
1907 - We also faced Rovers, going down 2-0 at Anfield in a First Division encounter.

Birthdays in reserve
1991 – Spanish forward Dani Pacheco was born in Málaga. He arrived at the club from Barcelona in July 2007. He failed to score in his seventeen senior reds appearances before moving to AD Alcorcón in September 2013.
1989 – Hungarian forward Krisztián Németh was born in Gyor. He signed from MTK Hungária in a joint deal with compatriot András Simon for around £1m in July 2007. He really impressed for the reserves in his first season, bagging ten goals in fourteen outings. However, he was sold to Olympiacos for £1m in August 2010.

Mixed fortunes against the Hammers
1982 - We beat West Ham United 3-0 at Anfield thanks to goals from Terry McDermott, Ronnie Whelan and Kenny Dalglish.
1901 - We also won in an FA Cup Supplementary Round fixture at their old Memorial Recreation Ground, with Sam Raybould grabbing the only goal of the game. We had to play in a specially arranged extra round having failed to register in time for the competition.
1924 - We lost another top-flight meeting 1-0 at Upton Park.

Raven flies up
2004 - Young defender David Raven officially stepped up to Melwood. He only managed to play four times for the first team and moved on to Carlisle United in July 2006. On the same day, the AGM at Anfield was a stormy affair, with Chairman David Moores saying for the first time that he might stand down if the reds again failed to qualify for the Champions League.

International firsts
1972 - Arsenal’s Ray Kennedy won his first Under-23’s cap as England beat Wales 2-0 in Swindon. John Toshack was on the losing side that day.
2011 - Keeper Brad Jones won his first cap as a reds player as Australia were held to a goalless friendly draw by the United Arab Emirates in Qatar.
1966 – Roger Hunt played for England in their 1-1 friendly draw with Poland at Goodison Park.

Dicks in charge
2009 – Julian Dicks was appointed Manager of Eastern Counties League side Wivenhoe Town. However, he left the club at the end of the season by mutual consent.
2016 – Ex-reds keeper Brad Friedel was named Head Coach of the USA Under-19’s side.

On the move
2018 – Young defender Corey Whelan joined Yeovil Town on loan, netting once in eleven games for the Glovers.
2016 – Ex-reds keeper Brad Jones signed for Nijmegen Eendracht Combinatie, playing seventeen times before moving on again at the end of the campaign.
2007 - Albert Riera joined Manchester City on loan from R.C.D. Espanyol, notching once in 21 games.
2006 - Ex-reds reserves keeper Tony Warner joined Fulham from Cardiff City for an undisclosed fee, after a loan spell at Craven Cottage. He had played thirty times for the Bluebirds and turned out 26 times for the West London outfit in total, before moving to Hull City in July 2008 after loan spells with Leeds United, Norwich City and Barnsley.


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      Champagne Charlie
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      1990 - Keeper Péter Gulácsi was born in Budapest. He joined on loan from MTK Hungária in August 2007, signing on permanently in September 2008. The young Hungarian made it into our bench 51 times, but failed to feature for the first team before joining Red Bull Salzburg in June 2013.
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      2006 - He became a father for the second time, to his first son, named James Michael.
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      1998 - We hosted the Gunners at Anfield after they had already clinched the League title, their first since that 1991 triumph. We thumped them 4-0, with Paul Ince bagging a brace, and Michael Owen and Øyvind Leonhardsen also on the scoresheet. Owen also had a penalty saved by Arsenal keeper Alex Manninger after Matthew Upson had fouled Steve McManaman.
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      1898 - Centre-half Alex Raisbeck signed from Stoke City for £350. He played 341 times in eleven years, netting nineteen times and becoming our first skipper to lift the League title in 1901. He won a further League title five years later, as well as a Second Division championship, returning to the club in 1939 as a scout until his death ten years later.
      1996 - At the other end of the reds spectrum, Phil Neal’s son Ashley played his final reserves game.
      1939 – We lost 2-0 at Manchester United in front of just 12,073 spectators. Johnny Hanlon bagged a brace as we ended the season in eleventh. This game saw the final official appearances of right-half Matt Busby, right-back Tommy Cooper, left-half Jimmy McInnes, keeper Arthur Riley, defender Fred Rogers and winger Harman van den Berg.
      Reaching a super cup final
      1986 - Kevin Macdonald and Craig Johnston netted as we came from behind to beat Norwich City 3-1 at Anfield in the Semi-final second leg of the Screen Sport Super Cup, with Gary Brooke on target for the visitors. Jan Mølby added a penalty as we went through 4-2 on aggregate, with Sammy Lee playing his 295th and last reds game. The reds were presented with the League title prior to this game. The Final against Everton was held over until the following season - which we won, of course.
      Big wins
      We have twice won top-flight fixtures 4-1 on this day in history.
      1922 - We beat West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns, with a Harry Beadles brace, his final reds strikes, and goals from Dick Forshaw and Jock McNab. Stan Davies struck one of his four goals past us.
      1933 - Sheffield Wednesday lost at Anfield, centre-half Tom ‘Tiny’ Bradshaw put through his own net with Gordon Hodgson and Dave Wright both striking twice, as we finished the season in thirteenth position.
      Ton up Jameo
      1995 – Keeper David James reached a century of reds games in our 2-0 defeat at Aston Villa, with Dwight Yorke netting two of his eight strikes against us.
      Most recently
      2018 – We lost at Chelsea as Olivier Giroud headed in the only goal, one of his seven past us to date, as we stuttered towards a top-four finish in the League.
      Other birthdays
      1971 - Former reserve keeper Jørgen Nielsen was born in Nykøbing Falster. The Dane never played a senior reds game, but he did sit on the bench 55 times following his £400,000 capture from Hvidovre in August 1997.
      1969 - Another former reserve, midfielder Jim Magilton, was born in Belfast. He later had a successful career with Oxford United, Southampton and Ipswich Town before moving into management.
      Nando the champion
      2001 – Fernando Torres converted a penalty to hand Spain Under-16’s the European Championships, as they beat France 1-0 in the Final in the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, with fellow future reds Anthony Le Tallec and Florent Sinama-Pongolle both on the losing side.
      Firsts for Scotland
      1959 - Motherwell’s Ian St. John won his first full international cap as Scotland beat West Germany 3-2 at Hampden Park. The Scots were managed by Andy Beattie, who had guested with the reds during the war, and later joined the backroom staff at Anfield after a successful management career.
      1966 – Future red Kenny Dalglish made his first international appearance, bagging a brace as the Under-15’s won 4-3 in Northern Ireland.
      New ground approved
      2008 – The revised design for the club’s new stadium in Stanley Park was granted planning permission by Liverpool City Council. However, work never fully got underway and these plans have now been scrapped.
      Management ins and outs
      1999 - Jan Mølby was appointed Manager of Kidderminster Harriers. He led them to the Conference title in his first season, and then mid-table Third Division safety in the next two years.
      2004 - Steve McMahon resigned as Blackpool boss, with fellow ex-red Mark Seagraves dismissed as Assistant Manager on the same day. McMahon had guided the Seasiders to 102 wins in his 350 games in charge, leading them back out of the basement in his first full season, and mid-table security in his following three seasons.
      Reds on target
      2003 – Future red Alberto Aquilani struck for Italy Under-19’s as they beat Northern Ireland 2-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Andria.
      2009 – Christopher Buchtmann scored as Germany Under-17’s beat Turkey 3-1 in a European Championships Finals match in Erfurt, while future red Jonjo Shelvey featured as England drew 1-1 with the Netherlands in Gera.
      2011 – Samed Yeşil netted as Germany Under-17’s drew 1-1 with the Czech Republic in a European Championships Finals game in Serbia, with future red Emre Can also playing. Adam Morgan, Brad Smith and Raheem Sterling all featured as England lost 2-0 to Denmark in the same competition that day.
      2017 – Future red Ozan Kabak netted for Turkey Under-17’s as they beat Croatia 4-1 in a European Championships finals group game in Rijeka.
      Signing on
      2017 – Scottish centre-back George Johnston signed professional terms with the reds. He is currently playing for the Under-23’s.
      2011 – Midfielder Jay Spearing signed a new contract. He played 55 senior reds games without notching, moving on to Bolton Wanderers in August 2013 after a season-long loan there.
      1992 - Future reds winger Mark Kennedy signed as a professional for Millwall. He went on to net twelve times in 54 games for the Lions, before moving to Anfield three years later.
      For John
      1975 - We played in a testimonial match for Plymouth Argyle legend John Hore, with Brian Hall, Emlyn Hughes and Terry McDermott netting as we won 4-3 at Home Park, and Ray Clemence converting a penalty!
      Also in international action
      1944 – Ray Lambert and future red Cyril Sidlow played for Wales as they lost 2-0 to England in a Wartime International at Ninian Park.
      1964 – Gordon Milne featured in England’s 2-1 friendly defeat of Uruguay at Wembley.
      1976 – Joey Jones played for Wales as they lost 3-1 to Scotland in the British International Championships in Glasgow.
      2001 – Future reds Salif Diao and El-Hadji Diouf both featured for Senegal as they lost a World Cup qualifier 1-0 in Egypt.
      2019 – Ki-Jana Hoever played for the Dutch Under-17’s as they beat England 5-2 in a European Championships Finals group game in Dublin.
    • By Will
      A treble for Ron, Ron, Ron
      1990 - Ronnie Rosenthal scored a hat-trick in his second reds appearance, and his first start, as we beat Charlton Athletic 4-0 in a League encounter at Selhurst Park. Future Addick John Barnes nabbed the other late on.
      Feliz cumpleaños
      1991 – Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara was born in San Pietro Vernotico, Italy. He signed from Bayern München for an initial £20m last September, appearing 22 times up to his thirtieth birthday.
      Andy off the mark
      2011 – We beat Manchester City 3-0 at Anfield, with right-back Jon Flanagan making his reds bow. Andy Carroll struck his first two reds goals, with Dirk Kuyt also netting before the break.
      1952 – We won 2-1 at Maine Road in a First Division fixture, thanks to goals from inside-forward Kevin Baron and winger Jimmy Payne.
      Beginnings and ends
      1908 - Ned Doig played his 53rd and final reds game in our 3-1 defeat at Newcastle United. He was aged 41 years 166 days, our oldest ever goalkeeper. Forward Arthur Berry debuted in the same game, with Ronald Orr on target. George Wilson struck one of his five goals against the reds, with George Jobey and Jimmy Howie also netting.
      1898 - Winger Tommy Robertson scored on his reds bow in our 4-0 top-flight win over The Wednesday at Anfield, while inside-right John Walker also made his debut. Frank Becton netted a brace, with Hugh Morgan also on target.
      1936 – John Shield played his only reds game when he deputised for regular left-half Jimmy McDougall as we lost 3-1 at Preston North End. Berry Nieuwenhuys struck our consolation with Bud Maxwell bagging one of his seven goals past us. Jimmy Dougal and Les Vernon also scored for the home side, while forward Tosh Johnson made his 38th and last reds appearance before moving on to Darwen four months later.
      1955 - Wing-half Keith Burkinshaw made his only reds appearance in our 1-1 Second Division draw with Port Vale at Anfield, with Brian Jackson netting. He later found greater fame as the Manager of Tottenham Hotspur, becoming the only ex-red to lead a side out against us in a cup final. Ex-red Cyril Done struck the last of his five goals against us.
      Two-ton Pepe
      2009 – Keeper Pepe Reina played his 200th reds game, keeping his 102nd clean sheet as we thumped Blackburn Rovers 4-0. Ex-red Stephen Warnock laid a floral tribute in front of the Kop before kick-off, as the game was played four days before the twentieth anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster. Fernando Torres bagged a first-half brace, with his first being a stunning strike. Daniel Agger added a spectacular long-range effort before David N’Gog completed the scoring late on.
      2010 – He kept another clean sheet as Roy Hodgson’s Fulham held us to a goalless draw at Anfield in the League, the first home game we had failed to score in for eleven months.
      For Sir Roger
      1972 - Anfield hosted a testimonial match for Roger Hunt, with the man himself netting a hat-trick, including a penalty, in the 1965 FA Cup winning team’s 8-6 victory over an England XI that included Kevin Keegan. The 55,214 crowd remains the largest ever for a benefit game at Anfield. Keeper Tommy Lawrence also converted a spot-kick, with Tommy Smith, Ian St. John and Peter Thompson also amongst the goalscorers and Martin Peters scoring an own goal in the reds’ favour.
      Reaching yet another European semi
      2007 - Peter Crouch bagged the only goal from two yards out against PSV Eindhoven at Anfield as we reached the Champions League Semi-final 4-0 on aggregate. This was Crouch’s sixth European strike of the campaign, while teenager Dirk Marcellis was somewhat unfortunately dismissed for the visitors on his debut.
      Sammy puts us ahead
      1984 - We kept our fourth Anfield clean sheet in that season’s European Cup, with Sammy Lee heading the only goal of our Semi-final first leg encounter with Romanian champions Dinamo Bucureşti from an Alan Kennedy free-kick, his final goal for the club. We escaped when Ionel Augustin raced clear of the defence and rounded Bruce Grobbelaar, but could only strike the post. Graeme Souness incurred the wrath of the visiting side when Lica Movilă broke his jaw in an off-the-ball challenge by the fiery Scot.
      Bamber born
      1895 - Left-half Jack Bamber was born in Peasley Cross, St. Helens. He netted twice in eighty official reds games after signing on in December 1915, as well as scoring another eight goals in 118 Wartime outings for the reds. He left for Leicester City in February 1924.
      Three times against the Villains
      We have faced Aston Villa three times in the top-flight on this day over the years.
      1992 - We lost 1-0 at Villa Park with Tony Daley on target, the first time we had been beaten by the Villains for more than eleven years.
      1914 - We also lost 1-0 at home, with Joe Bache bagging the eighth of his nine goals against the reds.
      1903 - Arthur Goddard and Sam Raybould netted as we won 2-1 at home.
      Up for awards
      2008 - Steven Gerrard was nominated for the PFA Player of the Year for the fifth consecutive season, with Fernando Torres being put forward for that and the Young Player of the Year award in his first season in England. Ex-red David James was also on the shortlist for the main trophy. The titles were eventually taken by Cristiano Ronaldo and Cesc Fabregas.
      2014 - Steven Gerrard and Luis Suárez were named joint Barclays Players of the Month for the previous month, with Brendan Rodgers named as Manager of the Month after leading us to five straight wins in March.
      Disappointment against the Wearsiders
      We have twice faced Sunderland in First Division matches on this day in history, winning on neither occasion.
      1966 - We drew 2-2 at Roker Park as Chris Lawler bagged a brace, with his first goal coming after just twenty seconds. Neil Martin scored the first of his four goals past us, with Martin Harvey also on target.
      1931 - Archie McPherson was on the scoresheet as we were beaten 4-2 at home, with Gordon Hodgson converting a spot-kick in his 200th reds game. Bobby Gurney struck two his sixteen goals against the reds, adding to the hat-trick he had already scored against us in the reverse fixture that season. James Connor bagged one of his five goals past us, with Jimmy Leonard also on the scoresheet.
      Derby disappointment
      1942 - We lost 2-0 to Everton at Anfield in a Wartime League match that also counted for the War League Cup.
      Canaries chirping
      1987 – Ian Rush put us in front at Norwich City, but we then lost a League game for the first time in which he had scored as Trevor Putney and Kevin Drinkell struck in the second half to help ensure Everton took a three-point lead in the title race.
      Yet another win
      1989 - We won 2-1 at Millwall to secure our eleventh straight victory, and ninth in the League, with John Barnes and John Aldridge both on target in the first half after Denis Salman had opened the scoring in our last game before the Hillsborough tragedy.
      Morris bows out
      1908 - Ex-reds inside-left Richard Morris won his eleventh and final Welsh cap, his only one as a Plymouth Argyle player. Reds right-half Maurice Parry also played as Wales lost 1-0 to Ireland in the British International Championships in Aberdare.
      Representative honours
      1910 - Winger Arthur Goddard played for the Football League in a 2-2 draw with a Southern League representative side at Stamford Bridge. On the same day, Ernest Peake’s Wales faced future red Billy Lacey’s Ireland in the British International Championships in Wrexham, with the home side triumphing 4-1.
      Beattie in charge again
      1959 - Andy Beattie managed Scotland for the first time in his second spell as they lost 1-0 to England at Wembley in the British International Championships. Beattie had guested with the reds during the war, and later joined the backroom staff at Anfield after a successful management career.
      International firsts
      1981 - Bruce Grobbelaar won his first cap for Zimbabwe since his arrival at Anfield. Unfortunately, they lost the first leg of their African Cup on Nations qualifier 1-0 at home to Zambia.
      1989 - Reserves midfielder Jim Magilton became the first reds player to win an Under-23’s cap for Northern Ireland as they lost 3-0 to the Republic of Ireland in Dublin. Ex-reserve Ken DeMange won his first cap at this level for the home side.
      Up against the Clarets
      We twice faced Burnley on this day in the space of three years, failing to win on either occasion.
      1894 – We lost a Palatine League game 2-0 at Anfield, our first home defeat for 26 fixtures, which had included 24 wins and one draw.
      1896 – Davy Hannah, Malcolm McVean and Clarke netted as we drew a friendly 3-3 at Turf Moor.
      Dirk the dad again
      2008 - Dirk Kuyt became a father for the second time, with his wife Gertrude giving birth to a boy called Roan.
      Also in international action
      1964 – Roger Hunt and Gordon Milne both featured as England lost 1-0 to Scotland in the British International Championships at Hampden Park.
      1984 – Future red Jan Mølby played as Denmark lost a friendly 2-1 to Spain in Valencia.
      1990 – Glenn Hysén featured for Sweden in their 1-1 friendly draw in Algeria.
      1999 – Rigobert Song played as Cameroon thumped Mozambique 6-1 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Maputo.
      2009 – Conor Coady featured for England Under-16’s as they beat Ivory Coast 3-0 in the Montaigu Tournament.
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