The birth of a legend
1871 - Forward Malcolm McVean was born in Jamestown, Dumbarton. McVean signed from Third Lanark in 1892, scored our first ever League goal, bagging 43 in total in 126 reds games. He helped us to the Lancashire League title and two Second Division championships before joining Burnley in March 1897 alongside inside-forward Jimmy Ross. He died back in his native Scotland in 1907 aged just 36.
Sir Roger MBE
2000 - Roger Hunt finally received his MBE at Buckingham Palace, many years after most of the rest of his fellow 1966 World Cup winning side.
Anfield European memories
We have twice played European first legs on this day in history.
1973 - We entertained table-topping Dynamo Dresden in the Fourth Round of the UEFA Cup, winning 2-0 thanks to a Brian Hall header and a goal from Phil Boersma. This was the first time we had faced clubs from the same country in successive European rounds, having already beaten Dynamo Berlin before Christmas.
1984 - We faced Sven-Göran Eriksson’s SL Benfica in the European Cup Third Round, with Ian Rush scoring the only goal of the game, as Kenny Dalglish made his return from injury as a second-half substitute for Michael Robinson.
1913 - Scottish centre-half Robert Neill died. He stood at only five foot four inches, but won five full international caps. He signed from Hibernian in May 1896 after a loan spell, netting three times in 27 reds games before joining Rangers in April 1897, with whom he won the League and Cup.
1963 - 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.
Hitting the Tractor Boys for six
1964 - A 24-minute four-goal blitz set us up to beat Ipswich Town 6-0 at Anfield, the fourth time that season we had bagged half a dozen in a game. Roger Hunt and Alf Arrowsmith both netted braces, with Ian St. John and Peter Thompson also scoring on this occasion.
1953 - Centre-forward Louis Bimpson made his reds bow as we lost 4-0 at Aston Villa. He went on to play 102 reds games in total. Johnny Dixon and Dickie Dorsett, who had guested with the reds during the war, each bagged the last of their four goals past us, with Dave Walsh nabbing one of his four and Tom Thompson also on the scoresheet.
A new record
1931 – Gordon Hodgson bagged his 32nd League goal of the season as we drew 1-1 at Manchester City. This created a new club record, surpassing Sam Raybould’s 31 goals in 1902/03. Hodgson went on to score 36 in total during that campaign.
1998 - Our most recent game on this day brought a 2-1 home Premiership victory over Bolton Wanderers, with Paul Ince heading us level after Alan Thompson’s sensational 30-yard strike. Michael Owen struck the winner.
Heading towards the Palace
1914 - We beat Queens Park Rangers 2-1 in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup, with Jackie Sheldon and Tom Miller netting the goals that edged us closer to our first appearance in the Final. Jimmy Birch missed a penalty for the visitors.
In the snow
1987 – Luton Town were beaten 2-0 at Anfield in a top-flight fixture in snowy conditions, thanks to a Jan Mølby penalty and Mal Donaghy own goal. A bored Bruce Grobbelaar resorted to throwing snowballs at one of the linesmen!
Three for the Gunners
1928 - James Brain bagged a treble as Arsenal thumped us 6-3 at Highbury. Gordon Hodgson struck a brace, with Henry Race also on target, as Harry Chambers played his 339th and final reds game before his move to West Bromwich Albion. Charlie Buchan netted the last of his 21 goals against the reds with Joe Hulme scoring the first of his ten and Jack Lambert grabbing the first of his seven past us.
1905 – Outside-right Arthur Goddard played his hundredth League game for the reds as we won 4-2 at Bradford City. Jack Parkinson nabbed a brace, including a penalty, with Sam Raybould and Robbie Robinson also on target. Left-half George Fleming put through his own net in the final minute, with Andrew McGeachan also scoring for the Bantams.
1891 – Future red Edgar Chadwick netted on his England debut as they thumped Wales 4-1 in the British International Championships in Sunderland.
1896 – He played in a 2-0 win in Ireland in the same competition.
Youngsters for England
1989 - West Ham United’s Paul Ince won his first England Under-21’s cap as they won 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Albania. David Burrows also played, while Arsenal’s Michael Thomas skippered the side.
1964 - Future red Roy Evans played for The Rest against an England XI in an England Schools trial that ended goalless at St. Andrews.
Toni stays on
2014 – Ex-reserves right-winger Toni Silva signed a new contract with CSKA Sofia, having been with them since the previous November. He struck nine times in 45 games in his two seasons in Bulgaria.
The birth of a legend