Happy birthday Luis
1978 - Luis García was born in Badalona in Spain. He settled into life in England quickly, and struck thirty times in 121 games, including five in our glorious Champions League campaign in 2005, before returning to his homeland to re-join Club Atlético de Madrid for around £4m in July 2007. He had also helped us to claim the UEFA Super Cup and FA Community Shield.
1899 - Left-winger George Pither was born in Kew, Surrey. He struck once in twelve senior appearances after signing from Merthyr Town for £500 in November 1926, stepping in for the established Fred Hopkin. He moved to Crewe Alexandra in May 1928.
Bobby signs on
2015 – Forward Roberto Firmino agreed to sign from TSG 1899 Hoffenheim for an initial £21m, with the deal being finalised the following month. He has netted 77 times in 236 outings to date, helping us to clinch the UEFA Champions League in Madrid a year ago, as well as the brink of the League title.
Going for a Song
1994 - Future red Rigobert Song was dismissed as Cameroon lost 3-0 to Brazil in Palo Alto, becoming the youngest player ever to see red in the World Cup Finals. He was sent off again in the World Cup almost exactly four years later to complete an unwanted double.
2010 – Rigobert Song won his 137th and final cap for Cameroon as they lost 2-1 to the Netherlands in Cape Town, with Dirk Kuyt in opposition as the Dutch topped the group. Christian Poulsen played his last game for Denmark while with Juventus as they lost 3-1 to Japan in Rustenburg, alongside Daniel Agger, so failing to progress. Also in action was Martin Škrtel, as Slovakia beat Italy 3-2 in a thrilling encounter in Johannesburg to reach the second stage at the Italians’ expense.
2012 – Ex-reds centre-half Miki Roqué died of cancer aged just 23. He was part of the victorious FA Youth Cup winning side in 2005 and made his senior debut in our Champions League defeat at Galatasaray in December 2006, but was released in June 2009 after spending much of his time out on loan.
2014 – Steven Gerrard captained England while winning his 114th and final cap as they were held to a goalless draw in their final, dead rubber World Cup group game in Belo Horizonte. Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge and future red James Milner also featured for Roy Hodgson’s side, with Adam Lallana making his last appearance as a Southampton player. On the same day, Luis Suárez won his last cap as a reds player, biting Giorgio Chiellini as Uruguay beat Italy 1-0 in Natal, with Mario Balotelli playing for the last time while with AC Milan. Kolo Touré also represented his country that day.
2015 – Danny Ings made his last appearance for England Under-21’s while with Burnley as they lost 3-1 to Italy in a European Championships Finals group game in the Czech Republic. Meanwhile, Tiago Ilori featured as Portugal drew 1-1 with Sweden to reach the Semi-finals.
2019 – Suárez and ex-red Sebastián Coates both played as Uruguay beat Chile 1-0 in a Copa América group game in Brazil.
Other future reds at the World Cup
1998 - Future red Fernando Morientes nabbed a brace as Spain thumped Bulgaria 6-1 in Lens, but it was not enough to take them through to the knock-out stage. Meanwhile, Bernard Diomède appeared as France beat Denmark 2-1 in Lyon in their final group game, as they progressed as group winners to face Paraguay in the Second Round.
1990 – Karl-Heinz Riedle played in West Germany’s 2-1 defeat of the Netherlands at the San Siro in Milan, as they reached the Quarter-finals.
2006 – Maxi Rodríguez bagged the stunning extra-time winner in Argentina’s 2-1 Round of sixteen defeat of Mexico in Leipzig, with Javier Mascherano also featuring.
On target on the world stage
2018 – Sadio Mané scored while captaining Senegal as they drew 2-2 with Japan in a World Cup group stage game in Russia. On the same day, Jordan Henderson and ex-red Raheem Sterling both featured in England’s 6-1 thumping of Panama.
Michael bows out
2004 - Michael Owen opened the scoring in England’s Quarter-final against host nation Portugal at the European Championships. The game was tied at 1-1 after ninety minutes, and then 2-2 after extra time. Owen also scored in the penalty shoot-out that Portugal won 6-5. This was his final international as a reds player, with Steven Gerrard and ex-red David James also featuring.
2012 – England were knocked out at the same stage, with skipper Steven Gerrard and future red Mario Balotelli both converting a penalty in the shoot-out after a goalless draw with Italy in Kiev. Andy Carroll, Jordan Henderson, Glen Johnson and future red James Milner all also featured for Roy Hodgson’s side.
The Irish in Orlando
1994 - Ex-red John Aldridge netted the Republic of Ireland’s consolation as they lost 2-1 to Mexico in their World Cup group encounter in Orlando. Future reds Phil Babb and Jason McAteer also played, as did ex-reds Ray Houghton and Steve Staunton. This was Ireland’s 300th full international match.
Wadsworth walks off
1924 - Outside-right Harold Wadsworth was sold to Leicester City for £250. He had netted three times in 55 reds games since his move from Tranmere Rovers in May 1919. He played many of those games alongside his brother, centre-half Walter.
Deano starts out
1982 - Dean Saunders signed as a professional for Swansea City. He bagged twelve goals in 55 Swans games as they tumbled back down the divisions, before moving to Brighton & Hove Albion three years later, on a free transfer.
Off the mark
1981 – Future reds centre-half Glenn Hysén bagged his first senior international goal in Sweden’s 3-0 World Cup qualifying defeat of Portugal in Stockholm.
Uncle Roy the dad again
1978 - Backroom boy Roy Evans and his wife Mary had their second child, daughter Stacey.
Youngsters on the world stage
2005 - Future red Nabil El Zhar struck for Morocco as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Italy in the Under-20’s World Championship Finals in Utrecht. The game was decided by a penalty shoot-out, with Nabil converting the decisive kick as Morocco won 4-2.
2001 - Auxerre’s Djibril Cissé appeared in France’s goalless draw with Ghana in the same competition in Argentina.
2013 – Suso captained Spain Under-20’s in a World Championship Finals group game as they beat Ghana 1-0 in Istanbul, while future red Tiago Ilori playing as Portugal drew 2-2 with South Korea.
2009 – Xabi Alonso, Albert Riera and Fernando Torres all featured as Spain lost their Confederations Cup Semi-final 2-0 to the USA in South Africa, despite the Americans going down to ten men.
On the move
2007 - Paul Ince resigned as Manager of Macclesfield Town, having led them to safety after taking over when they were seven points adrift at the very bottom of League Two. He took over at MK Dons the following day.
2008 – Ex-reds reserves defender Richard Money was appointed Academy Director of Newcastle United.
2009 – Chief Executive Rick Parry was appointed as Chairman of a new anti-corruption panel set up by Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe.
1993 - Future reds loanee keeper Mark Prudhoe joined Stoke City from Darlington for £120,000. He had played 169 times in four years with the Quakers, the longest he ever stayed at any of his seventeen League clubs.
2013 – Winger Adam Hammill joined Huddersfield Town from Wolverhampton Wanderers, after one goal in 27 games for Wolves.
2019 – Midfielder Gary Mackay-Steven joined New York City from Aberdeen on a free transfer, scoring once in twelve outings before the end of the year.