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25th March


Will

Stevie off but derby joy
2006 - Steven Gerrard was sent off at home to Everton for two quick-fire yellow cards before Phil Neville put us ahead at the end of the first half with a superb headed own goal from a corner. Luis García put us 2-0 up with a beautiful lob soon after the restart, our 500th home Premiership goal. Tim Cahill headed the visitors back into the game with one of his five goals against us, also their hundredth League goal in an Anfield derby. Substitute Andy van der Meyde was sent off for elbowing Xabi Alonso just five minutes after coming on before Harry Kewell rounded off a 3-1 victory with a fine strike. The two clubs had received special permission for Gerrard and James Beattie to wear ‘08’ shirts to promote Liverpool’s status as the European Capital of Culture in 2008.
1905 – Orlando Evans was sent off for Burton United for kicking Sam Raybould as we lost 2-1 at Peel Croft in a Second Division meeting. Winger Jack Cox struck our goal.

We’re all off to Wembley
1984 - The first all-Merseyside cup final ended in a goalless draw, after extra time. The game was notable for a failed penalty appeal for handball against Alan Hansen, and an Alan Kennedy goal that was disallowed for offside. We clinched our fourth consecutive League Cup in the replay three days later.
1950 - We won through to our first Wembley FA Cup Final, beating Everton 2-0 at Maine Road thanks to goals from Bob Paisley and Billy Liddell. Unfortunately, Arsenal went on to claim the cup.

Igor sees red
2004 - Igor Bišcan was sent off after Emile Heskey had given us the lead at the Stade Vélodrome as we lost 2-1 on the night to Olympique de Marseille, with Didier Drogba converting the resulting penalty, one of his eleven goals past us. We therefore crashed out of the UEFA Cup at the Fourth Round stage 3-2 on aggregate with Abdoulaye Meïté scoring the home side’s other goal.

Willie’s treble
1908 - Inside-left Bill McPherson scored a hat-trick in our stunning 7-4 top-flight win over Manchester United at Anfield. Joe Hewitt and Robbie Robinson both added braces that day against the side that would be crowned champions at the end of the season. George Wall netted two of his ten strikes past us, with Jimmy Turnbull nabbing one of his seven and Jimmy Bannister also on target.
1967 - Our other top-flight meeting with United on this day ended goalless.

First and last
1895 - Inside-forward Frank Becton scored on his reds debut in a 3-2 home First Division defeat by Sunderland, with Jimmy Ross also on the scoresheet. Left-back Billy Dunlop made his reds bow in the same game, which was the first time we had ever entertained the Wearsiders. Jimmy Millar scored one of his four goals past the reds with John Campbell adding a brace.
1921 – Winger Chris Harrington played his fourth and final reds game as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Tottenham Hotspur, with Dick Forshaw on target.
1933 – Outside-left Gordon Gunson played his 87th and last reds game as we were held to a 2-2 top-flight draw at Anfield by Blackburn Rovers. Gordon Hodgson and Harold Barton netted for the reds, while Tommy McLean struck one of his five goals against us, with Ernie Thompson also scoring.

No longer in training
1893 – Trainer Wally Richardson had to step in to play his only reds game in our Lancashire League fixture against Rossendale United at Anfield due to injuries. Malcolm McVean and John Smith netted as we won 2-1.

Beating the Geordies
We have twice beaten Newcastle United in the top flight at Anfield on this day in history.
2000 - We won 2-1 as substitute Jamie Redknapp headed a dramatic winner. Titi Camara had opened the scoring with his tenth and final reds goal before Alan Shearer nodded in a leveller, one of his eight goals against the reds.
1975 - John Toshack netted twice as we triumphed 4-0, with future and past Magpies Kevin Keegan and Terry McDermott also netting.

International beginnings and end
1981 - Steve Heighway won his 33rd and final cap for the Republic of Ireland as they lost 1-0 to Belgium in a World Cup qualifier in Liège. Future red Michael Robinson also played.
1998 - Future red Craig Bellamy won his first senior international cap as Wales were held to a goalless draw by Jamaica in a friendly at Ninian Park. Robbie Keane made his senior bow for the Irish on the same day while fellow future red Vladimír Šmicer was on target in the Czech Republic’s 2-1 friendly win in Olomouc.

1876 - Future reds centre-half Robert Neill made his Scotland debut in their 3-0 friendly defeat of Wales at Hamilton Crescent in Glasgow, becoming the first player to play for Liverpool ever to win an international cap.
2011 – Future reds keeper Simon Mignolet made his senior international bow as Belgium won a European Championships qualifier 2-0 in Austria.
2017 – Corey Whelan won his first Under-21’s cap for the Republic of Ireland in their 1-0 European Championships qualifying defeat of Kosovo in Dublin.

Thommo at the wrong end
1978 – Phil Thompson scored an own goal after Jimmy Case had opened the scoring at Molineux. A second-half Kenny Dalglish brace secured a 3-1 defeat of Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Irish reds for both sides
1992 - Ex-red John Aldridge bagged a penalty in the Republic of Ireland’s 2-1 friendly defeat of Roy Hodgson’s Switzerland at Lansdowne Road. Ronnie Whelan put though his own net, while ex-reds Kevin Sheedy and Steve Staunton also featured. This was Sheedy’s first cap as a Newcastle United player.

Mixed fortunes against the Trotters
1922 - We beat Bolton Wanderers 3-1 at Burnden Park in a First Division fixture, with Dick Forshaw grabbing a brace and Harry Chambers also on target late on with his fiftieth League strike for the reds. Jock McNab was sent off for retaliation between our second and third goals. Joe Smith struck one of his twelve goals past us.
1940 - We also met them in a friendly, losing 1-0 at Anfield.

The Wright move
1982 - Mark Wright joined Southampton from Oxford United in a deal that saw £80,000 and forward Keith Cassells also head south, with midfielder Trevor Hebberd leaving the Saints. He had only made eleven senior appearances for the U’s, but established himself with England while at The Dell.

On the move en masse
2004 - Three ex-reds reserves switched clubs. Forward Jon Newby left Huddersfield Town to join York City on loan, but he failed to find the net in seven games for the Minstermen. Midfielder Danny Williams joined Bristol Rovers from Kidderminster Harriers on a free transfer, for whom he made just six first-team appearances, scoring once, before rejoining Wrexham in May 2004. Meanwhile, Leyton Maxwell, who scored in his only senior reds game, joined Swansea City on non-contract terms. He played for the Swans three times, moving on to Mansfield Town in December 2004, after a spell with Rhyl.

Also on the move
1999 - Steve Nicol was released by Conference side Doncaster Rovers after one season at Belle Vue. On the same day, Paul Dalglish joined Norwich City on loan from Newcastle United. He played five times before signing permanently in May of that year. Also, Mike Newell re-joined Crewe Alexandra from Aberdeen on a free transfer. He only played four times in this second spell, before joining Doncaster Rovers three months later. Meanwhile, keeper Jørgen Nielsen re-joined Wolverhampton Wanderers on loan, again failing to make their first team.

1988 - Julian Dicks left Birmingham City for West Ham United for £300,000, after one goal in 102 appearances as they struggled in the Second Division. On the same day, current Assistant Manager joined Sunderland from Swansea City for £70,000, after 45 strikes in 201 outings in this first spell in south Wales.
2010 – Another former reserves custodian, Tony Warner, signed for Charlton Athletic having recently been released by Hull City although he did not play a first-team game in his two months with the Addicks. Former reserves forward Astrit Ajdarević joined Hereford United on loan from Leicester City on the same day, making just one substitute appearance for the Bulls.
2014 – Centre-half James Smith joined Telford United on loan from Southport.

Youngsters off the mark
1908 – Centre-half Norman James was born in Liverpool. He signed from Braby’s Athletic in April 1929, making eight senior appearances before moving on to Bradford City in May 1933.

2005 - Daniel Agger bagged his first two goals for Denmark Under-21’s in their 5-1 European Championships qualifying thumping of Kazakhstan in Copenhagen.
1985 - Aston Villa’s Mark Walters netted his first England goal at the same level while winning his fourth cap, as they beat the Republic of Ireland 3-2 in a friendly at Fratton Park.

Future reds on target for their countries
1981 - John Wark grabbed Scotland’s goal as Northern Ireland held them to a World Cup qualifying draw at Hampden Park. On the same day, Kevin Keegan won his first cap since his return from Germany, as England lost 2-1 to Spain in a friendly at Wembley. Ray Clemence and Phil Neal also featured. Meanwhile, ex-red Joey Jones played as Wales won a qualifier 1-0 in Turkey.
2019 – Ex-red Raheem Sterling netted as England thumped Montenegro 5-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Podgorica, with Jordan Henderson and ex-red Nikolay Mihaylov also in action.

1992 - Jari Litmanen also scored at Hampden Park as Finland and Scotland drew 1-1 in a friendly. Fellow future red Gary McAllister played for the Scots.
1997 – Forward Haukur Ingi Guðnason netted for Iceland Under-19’s as they lost 2-1 to Belgium in the Italy Tournament.
1998 - Fernando Morientes struck twice as Spain thumped Slovenia 4-0 in Vigo.
2008 - Ex-red Florent Sinama-Pongolle scored as France A beat Mali 3-2 in a friendly in Charléty.
2013 – Future red Gini Wijnaldum bagged a brace as the Dutch Under-21’s beat Norway 4-1 in a friendly in Waalwijk, with Sevilla’s Alberto Moreno also in action at this level, while future red Joe Gomez played for England Under-17’s.

Most recent internationals
2016 – Ex-red Luis Suárez struck while captaining Uruguay in their 2-2 World Cup qualifying draw with Brazil in Recife, with Sebastián Coates winning his first cap while on loan at Sporting Clube de Portugal. Future red Mohamed Salah scored as Egypt drew 1-1 in an African Cup of Nations qualifier in Nigeria. Philippe Coutinho, Martin Škrtel, future reds Alisson Becker, Virgil van Dijk and Gini Wijnaldum, future red Naby Keïta and ex-reds Sebastián Coates and Victor Moses also played for their countries that day.
2017 – Wijnaldum played for the Netherlands again, as they lost a World Cup qualifier 2-0 in Bulgaria, with ex-red Nikolay Mihaylov also in action. Also representing their countries that day were Caoimhín Kelleher, ex-red Toni Silva and future red Xherdan Shaqiri.

2011 – Dirk Kuyt struck while winning his 75th cap for the Netherlands in their 4-0 thumping of Hungary in a Euro 2012 qualifier in Budapest. Milan Jovanović won his last cap as a reds player as Serbia beat Northern Ireland 2-1 in another qualifier in Belgrade. Meanwhile, Alberto Aquilani and ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa, Milan Baroš and Fernando Torres all also featured in qualifiers, while Chris Mavinga won his fourth and final cap for France Under-20’s as they won a friendly 2-1 in Peru.

More youngsters in action
2005 - Scott Carson, Anthony Le Tallec, Darren Potter, John Welsh, ex-red Arnaud Bühler and future reds Alberto Aquilani, Glen Johnson and James Milner all featured in European Championships qualifiers for the Under-21’s, with Le Tallec coming on as a substitute and then later himself being substituted. Italy beat Scotland 2-0 in Pavia, England drew 2-2 with Germany in Hull, France were held 1-1 by Switzerland, while the Irish lost 3-1 in Israel.

2009 – Future red Jordan Henderson won his only cap for England Under-19’s as they were held to a goalless draw by the Czech Republic in a friendly in Walsall, with Martin Kelly also featuring. On the same day, future red Jonjo Shelvey played for the Under-17’s as England beat Portugal 1-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Hungary.
2013 – Jonjo Shelvey scored as England Under-21’s thumped Austria 4-0 in a friendly in Brighton, with the visitors having two players dismissed. Jordan Henderson, Jack Robinson, Raheem Sterling, Andre Wisdom and future red Nathaniel Clyne all also featured.

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