Farewells to legends
1991 - Alan Hansen retired through injury. He had signed from Partick Thistle for £100,000 in May 1977 and made 620 reds appearances, notching fourteen times and helping us to claim three European Cups, eight League titles, two FA Cups, three League Cups and four FA Charity Shields.
2021 – Scottish forward Ian St. John died. He joined from his hometown club Motherwell in May 1961 for a then club record fee of £37,500. The Saint scored 118 goals in 425 games for the reds, including the winning goal in the 1965 FA Cup Final, also helping us to win two First Division titles, the Second Division and FA Charity Shield, before moving to South Africa in February 1971 to join Hellenic.
This day has brought three reds hat-tricks.
1902 - Sam Raybould netted a treble in our very first senior game on this day, a 4-0 home League win over Manchester City, with Jack Cox adding the other.
1930 - We faced City again, losing a top-flight encounter at Maine Road 4-3, with Jim Smith, Archie McPherson and Gordon Hodgson on the scoresheet. Eric Brook bagged one of his nine goals against the reds, with Tommy Tait nabbing the last two of his four against us and future Blue Tommy Johnson netting one of his eight past us.
1947 - Albert Stubbins grabbed three including a full-length diving header along the icy pitch in a 4-1 FA Cup Sixth Round win over Birmingham City at Anfield, with Jack Balmer also on target. This was the first all-ticket game staged in the city, and only went ahead after a mid-morning pitch inspection. We were knocked out by Burnley in the Semi-final that season after a replay.
1919 - Tom Miller struck a hat-trick as we thumped Bury 6-0 in a Wartime League match at Anfield. Rob Matthews and Donald McKinlay were also on target, with Harry Lewis converting a penalty.
1941 - We also beat the Shakers in another Wartime League fixture as we won 5-2 at Gigg Lane, thanks to braces from Billy Liddell and Dicky Dorsett and a Cyril Done strike.
1988 - We played in a testimonial match for Sammy Lee, beating Club Atlético Osasuna 2-0 at their Estadio El Sadar. Kenny Dalglish and Ray Houghton scored the goals, but unfortunately Sammy himself could not play due to injury.
1894 – We beat Newton Heath, as Manchester United were then known, 3-0 in a friendly at Anfield in aid of Stanley Hospital. Tom ‘Tiny’ Bradshaw, Douglas Dick and Arthur Worgan all netted.
2023 – Wolverhampton Wanderers lost 2-0 at Anfield, with Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah both on target late on.
2015 - We beat Manchester City 2-1 with Jordan Henderson scoring before Edin Džeko equalised for the visitors with one of his five goals past us to date. Philippe Coutinho struck the winner.
2014 - We won 3-0 at Southampton, with Luis Suárez and substitute Raheem Sterling on target before Steven Gerrard converted a last-minute penalty, his tenth consecutive success from the spot, while future red Adam Lallana hit the woodwork as Suárez reached a century of League outings for the reds.
1958 - Outside-right Brian Jackson played his 133rd and last reds game as we lost an FA Cup Sixth Round tie 2-1 at Blackburn Rovers, with Bobby Murdoch netting our goal.
1962 - Inside-right Fred Pagnam died. He signed for the reds from Blackpool in May 1914, and so could only bag thirty goals in 39 reds games before joining Arsenal in October 1919, with whom he kept up his remarkable strike-rate.
Happy birthday Djimi
1980 - Djimi Traoré was born in Saint Ouen. He signed for the reds from Stade Lavallois Mayenne for just £550,000 in February 1999, and struck once in 141 reds games, helping us to claim the Champions League in 2005. He joined Charlton Athletic for £2m in August 2006, but moved on again just five months later, this time to Portsmouth, before returning to French football.
1989 - Mike Marsh made his reds debut in our 2-0 home League victory over Charlton Athletic, when Peter Beardsley struck for the first time in eighteen matches, later added to by a John Aldridge penalty past ex-reds reserves keeper Bob Bolder. This was our first home fixture in six weeks.
1952 - Left-winger Mervyn Jones and defender George Whitworth both debuted in our 1-1 top-flight draw at Fulham. Jimmy Payne scored before Charlie Mitten converted a spot-kick, the last of his five goals against us.
We have twice travelled overseas for first leg European matches on this day in history, both times returning the happier of the two teams.
1978 - We won 2-1 at SL Benfica in the European Cup Third Round, with Jimmy Case converting a free-kick and Emlyn Hughes netting in torrential rain after we had gone behind. This was Benfica’s first defeat in 47 games as Nené struck the first of his three goals against us for the Eagles.
1966 - We returned from Honvéd with a goalless draw in the first leg of our Second Round match in the European Cup Winners’ Cup on as we edged a step closer to the Final.
An unhappy century
1924 – Forward Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers bagged his hundredth reds goal as we lost 3-1 at Arsenal in a top-flight fixture as right-half Jock McNab reached a century of reds games. Harry Woods scored two of his five goals past us, with Jock Rutherford netting the last of his six against the reds.
1980 – Legendary Blues forward Dixie Dean died from a heart attack after attending our 2-1 win at Goodison. Ex-Blue David Johnson scored, added to by a controversial Phil Neal penalty, with Peter Eastoe scoring one of his four goals against us. Ex-reds boss Bill Shankly was also in attendance at this match.
Harry’s only strike
1913 – Forward Harry Welfare bagged his only reds goal in our 2-1 defeat of Derby County at Anfield, with Billy Lacey grabbing the other goal. Horace Barnes netted the first of his nine strikes past us.
1909 - Ernest Peake won his first Welsh cap, alongside team-mate Maurice Parry, as they beat Scotland 3-2 in Wrexham in the British International Championships.
England scorers off the mark
2006 - Peter Crouch struck his first goal for his country in England’s 2-1 friendly defeat of Uruguay at Anfield, with future red Joe Cole nabbing the other and Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard both also featuring. Crouch was wearing a shirt with the number twelve on the back but 21 on the front!
1967 - Tommy Smith bagged the first of his two goals for England Under-23’s, converting a penalty as they lost 3-1 to Scotland at St. James’ Park. Clubmate Chris Lawler also played.
Jari the record-breaker
2006 - Ex-red Jari Litmanen broke Finland’s all-time appearance record, overtaking Arj Hjelm, when he was captain as he won his 101st cap as Roy Hodgson’s side beat Belarus 5-4 on penalties after their Cyprus Tournament Third-place play-off had ended 2-2 in Larnaca. Sami Hyypiä was playing his 75th game for his country.
1981 - Larry Lloyd was appointed Manager of basement side Wigan Athletic. He was in charge at Springfield Park for two years, leading them to promotion in his one full season in charge.
2006 - Steve Staunton took charge of his first game as Republic of Ireland Manager, guiding them to a 3-0 friendly defeat of Sweden at Lansdowne Road, with future red Robbie Keane on target.
Other reds games
1975 – Chelsea held us to a 2-2 draw at Anfield as we fell behind to an Ian Britton strike before Steve Heighway equalised in the first half. Steve Finnieston scored the first of his four goals past us, but Peter Cormack nabbed a late leveller.
1969 – Our FA Cup Fifth Round tie at Leicester City ended goalless. The game had to be played on Sixth Round day following seven postponements due to the weather, but we lost the Anfield replay two days later.
2010 - Fernando Torres retained the Liverpool Echo’s Sports Personality Of The Year award.
Also in international friendly action
2006 - Paul Jones won his first cap as a Queens Park Rangers player and Craig Bellamy made his final appearance while with Blackburn Rovers as John Toshack’s Wales were held to a goalless draw by Paraguay at the Millennium Stadium. Fernando Morientes won his final cap as a reds player in Spain’s 3-2 defeat of the Ivory Coast, with Xabi Alonso, Luis García and future red Fernando Torres also playing.
Dirk Kuyt struck for the last time as a Feyenoord player, notching the only goal as the Netherlands faced Ecuador in Amsterdam. Nicolas Anelka won his last cap as a Fenerbahçe Spor Kulübü player as future red Martin Škrtel’s Slovakia beat France 2-1 in the Stade de France, with fellow ex-red Alou Diarra also in action. Jerzy Dudek, John Arne Riise, future reds Yossi Benayoun, Philipp Degen, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Christian Poulsen and Nuri Şahin, ex-red Milan Baroš and future reds youngsters Michael Collins and Shane O'Connor also played for their countries that day.
2012 - Ragnar Klavan captained Estonia for the first time and scored his only goal as an AZ Alkmaar player while winning his 76th cap in their 2-0 friendly defeat of El Salvador in California.
On the move
2013 – Swedish left-winger Alexander Kačaniklić joined Burnley on loan from Fulham, playing six times for the Clarets.
2012 – Ex-reds reserves winger Adam Hammill joined Middlesbrough on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers, turning out ten times without scoring.
1996 - Gary Ablett joined Sheffield United on loan from Everton. He played twelve times for the Blades, before being sold to Birmingham City that summer.
1983 - Peter Beardsley re-signed for Vancouver Whitecaps on a free transfer from Manchester United. He spent six months there in his second spell, before returning to England to join Newcastle United.