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14th May


Will

The birth of a great keeper
1940 - Tommy ‘The Flying Pig’ Lawrence was born in Dailly, Ayrshire. The legendary keeper signed professional terms in October 1957 and played 390 times for us, winning two League title medals and an FA Charity Shield as well as being a member of the 1965 FA Cup winning side. He left the club in November 1971 to join Tranmere Rovers.

1929 - Centre-forward Louis Bimpson was born in Rainford. He scored 39 goals in his 102 first-team appearances after signing on a free transfer from Burscough in January 1953. He moved on to Blackburn Rovers in November 1959.
1984 - Ex-reserves forward Mark Peers was born in St. Helens. He never made it into our first team and is currently playing for Canterbury United in New Zealand.

The title clinched at Anfield again and again
1977 - We retained the League title, holding West Ham United to a goalless draw at Anfield, to win the championship for the tenth time.
1995 - Kenny Dalglish’s Blackburn Rovers side clinched the League despite losing 2-1 at Anfield, as Manchester United failed to beat West Ham United at Upton Park. Alan Shearer struck one of his eight goals past us before John Barnes equalised, with Jamie Redknapp scoring the goal that might have cost Rovers the League, had the Irons not held on for a draw. We therefore finished the season in fourth spot.

Bye bye Bob
1983 - Bob Paisley bowed out as reds boss, signing off with a 2-1 defeat at second-placed Watford, having already clinched our fourteenth League title two weeks before. Craig Johnston netted our consolation that day. He had led us to a total of 307 victories in 535 games in charge, as we claimed six League titles, three European Cups, UEFA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, three League Cups and four FA Charity Shields.

Wembley disappointment
1988 - We suffered defeat in the FA Cup Final at the hands of underdogs Wimbledon, to be denied a second double in three seasons. Lawrie Sanchez scored the only goal of the game, while Peter Beardsley had a goal chalked off and Dave Beasant saved a penalty from John Aldridge - the only spot-kick we have been awarded in an FA Cup Final, and the first penalty miss in any Wembley final. This game also saw Craig Johnston’s 271st and final reds appearance.

Most recently
2017 – We paid our first visit to West Ham United’s new ground, the London Stadium, thumping the Hammers 4-0 as we closed in on Champions League qualification. Daniel Sturridge opened the scoring before the break, with Philippe Coutinho bagging a brace and Divock Origi also on target.

Champions League failure
2000 - Our 1-0 defeat at Bradford City, thanks to a David Wetherall goal, meant we just missed out on a first venture in the new Champions League, and ensured the Bantams’ top-flight survival. Titi Camara played his 37th and final reds game.

For Clem
1980 - A testimonial match for Ray Clemence was staged at Anfield as the reds lost 8-6 to Belgians Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht, with defender Richard Money bagging his first reds goal. Kevin Keegan returned to score for the reds that night, with Howard Gayle grabbing a brace and Clem himself and ex-red Joey Jones also on the scoresheet.

For the 96
1989 - A friendly was played in aid of the Hillsborough Disaster Appeal, with a Liverpool Select side facing an Everton Select team at Southport’s Haig Avenue ground.
2009 – Liverpool Legends beat an All Stars team 3-1 in the Hillsborough Memorial Game at Anfield. Ian Rush, John Aldridge and Kenny Dalglish scored for the reds, with Teddy Sheringham netting for the All Stars.

Keegan for England
1999 - Kevin Keegan was appointed full-time Manager of England after three months as interim head coach, while also managing Fulham. He remained as national boss until resigning in October 2000.

International debutants
1950 - Utility player Bill Jones, grandfather of 1990’s defender Rob, made his England debut in their 5-3 defeat of Portugal at Kenilworth Road.
1938 - Future reds boss Don Welsh made his international bow as England beat Germany 6-3 in a friendly in Berlin, the infamous game before which the visiting side gave the Nazi salute.
1981 – Future red Glenn Hysén made his senior bow as Sweden lost 2-1 to Denmark in a Nordic Championships game in Malmo.

On the move
1926 - Centre-half Walter Wadsworth was sold to Bristol City for £400 after helping us to consecutive League titles. He had signed as an amateur from Ormskirk in April 1912 and struck eight times in 242 reds games, many alongside his brother, outside-right Harold.
1986 - Reserves midfielder Jim Magilton signed as a professional. He never made into the reds first-team and was Manager of Queens Park Rangers until leaving by mutual consent in December 2009.

2007 - Ex-reds reserves forward Paul Jewell resigned as Manager of Wigan Athletic, having led them to safety in their second season in the top flight. On the same day, Abel Xavier signed for LA Galaxy on a free transfer from Middlesbrough, joining David Beckham in the USA.
2012 – Midfielder John Welsh signed for Preston North End from Tranmere Rovers, having struck eleven times in 149 outings while on the Wirral.

International goalscorers
1974 - Future red Kenny Dalglish scored as Scotland beat Wales 2-0 in the British International Championships at Hampden Park.
2002 - El-Hadji Diouf struck as Senegal lost a friendly 3-2 in Saudi Arabia, with clubmate Salif Diao receiving his marching orders.

Multiple debutants
2014 – Midfielder Cameron Brannagan, centre-half Rafael Páez, winger Kristoffer Peterson, right-back Connor Randall and midfielder Jordan Williams all played their first senior reds games as we beat Shamrock Rovers 4-0 in a post-season friendly in the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Forward Jack Dunn bagged his first reds strike, with Iago Aspas, Fabio Borini and Martin Kelly also on target.

Ernie for England
Future reds defender Ernie Blenkinsop played for England in friendlies in consecutive years on this day in history.
1930 - He featured in their goalless draw against Austria in Vienna.
1931 - He lined up alongside fellow future red Tom Cooper as they lost 5-2 to France in Paris.

2019 – Paul Glatzel scored for Germany Under-18’s as they won a friendly 3-0 in Belgium.

Carra the dad again
2004 - Jamie Carragher’s fiancée Nicola gave birth to his second child, daughter Mia.

Solna’s sixtieth
1951 - We took part in a match to commemorate Swedish side A.I.K.’s sixtieth anniversary, thumping our hosts 7-0. Willie Fagan and Billy Liddell both netted braces, with Kevin Baron and Phil Taylor also on target, to add to an own goal.

Shanks opened
1982 – The Shankly Court flats on Anfield Road were opened by Bill Shankly’s widow, Nessie.

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