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.
Managers in and out
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.
1956 - Phil Taylor was appointed as Manager, having been on the coaching staff since retiring as a player in July 1954. He had signed from Bristol Rovers in March 1936 in exchange for outside-right Billy Hartill plus £5,000. He made 345 appearances at right-half before and after the war, scoring 34 times and winning one League title and captaining the side. He stayed in the top job for three years, but has the unhappy distinction of being the only reds boss never to manage the side in the top flight.
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.
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, with Dominic Matteo appearing for the 155th and last time.
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 97
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.
1950 - 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 Malmö.
1986 – Hysén played again for his country as Austria beat Sweden 1-0 in a friendly in Salzburg.
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.
1876 – Scottish winger Tommy Robertson returned to Heart Of Midlothian having struck 35 times in 141 games since signing alongside inside-right Johnny Walker for a combined £175 from Hearts in March 1898. He had helped us to claim our first League title in 1901.
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.
2021 – Left-back Joe Maguire was released by Accrington Stanley after just seventeen outings in two seasons.
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 fellow future red Salif Diao receiving his marching orders. Dietmar Hamann, John Arne Riise and ex-reds Øyvind Leonhardsen and Christian Ziege all also featuring in friendlies that day.
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.
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.
1982 – The Shankly Court flats on Anfield Road were opened by Bill Shankly’s widow, Nessie.
1985 – Our only other game on this day was a 1-1 draw at Southampton. John Wark struck after half an hour, but David Armstrong equalised after the break, one of his four goals past us. Mark Lawrenson dislocated a shoulder which made him a doubt for the European Cup Final in Brussels.
Also in international action
1992 – Future red Jari Litmanen played for Finland as they lost 2-0 to Bulgaria in a World Cup qualifier in Helsinki.
2007 – Future red Krisztián Németh featured for Hungary Under-19’s in their goalless European Championships qualifier against Germany in Dublin.