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17th May


Will

The youngsters claim a trophy
1996 - We won the FA Youth Cup for the first of four times to date. We beat West Ham United 2-1 at Anfield, to claim the trophy 4-1 on aggregate. Jamie Carragher and Michael Owen featured for the reds.

Setting records
1979 - Our 3-0 win at Leeds United was our thirtieth League victory of the season, one behind Tottenham Hotspur’s record from 1960/61. David Johnson bagged a brace either side of a Jimmy Case strike in a game originally postponed from two months earlier. We therefore ended the League season having only conceded sixteen goals in all, a record that stood until 2004/05 with a then record 68 points, having clinched our eleventh League title a week earlier. We also netted a total of 85 League goals, so claiming a £50,000 prize from a national newspaper for scoring more than two goals per game across the season.

Al’s farewell
2009 - We won 2-0 at West Bromwich Albion to relegate the home side, thanks to goals from Steven Gerrard and Dirk Kuyt. This was our thirteenth away League win of the season, equalling a club record from 1904/05, and our ninth straight win at The Hawthorns. Álvaro Arbeloa played his 98th and final reds game, being involved with an angry exchange with Jamie Carragher towards the end of the match.

Other games on this day
We have only played three other first-class games on this day over the years.
1985 - We beat Watford 4-3 at Anfield with Ian Rush grabbing a brace, to add to a goal from Kenny Dalglish and a John Wark penalty. Jim Beglin scored an own goal in this match, with John Barnes and Colin West also on target for the visitors.

Our other two games ended in 1-1 away draws.
1947 - Winger Bob Priday netted his first reds goal at Brentford as we survived almost the entire second half with ten men after an injury to Bob Paisley.
1969 - Roger Hunt was on the scoresheet at Newcastle United as we ended the season in second place, six points behind champions Leeds United. This game was originally postponed back in December.

International debutants
1964 - Peter Thompson made his England debut in their 4-3 friendly defeat of Portugal in Lisbon. Clubmate Gordon Milne also played.
1928 - Future reds left-back Ernie Blenkinsop won the first of his 26 England caps as they thumped France 5-1 in a friendly in Paris.
2007 - Stephen Darby won his first cap for England Under-19’s, playing alongside clubmates Adam Hammill, Jack Hobbs and Craig Lindfield, and against Jordy Brouwer as the Netherlands won this European Championships qualifier 2-1 at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

Into the park
2002 - Liverpool Football Club announced their first set of plans for a new stadium in Stanley Park, which it was said would hold 55,000 supporters. The new stadium was scheduled to cost between £60m and £70m to build and it was claimed that it could even be ready for the start of the 2005/06 season. These plans have now been moth-balled.

Wor Kev’s testimonial
1984 - We took part in a testimonial game for Kevin Keegan as we drew 2-2 at Newcastle United. Michael Robinson and Graeme Souness bagged our goals, while Keegan and Terry McDermott were on target for the home side.

Thommo at the wrong end
1980 - Skipper Phil Thompson scored an own goal for England as they were thumped 4-1 by Wales at the Racecourse Ground in the British International Championships. Ex-red Larry Lloyd won his fourth and final cap, and his only one as a Nottingham Forest player, eight years after his previous cap. Ray Clemence, Ray Kennedy and Phil Neal all also played, as did ex-red Joey Jones for the Welsh.

A treble for the Saint
1964 - Ian St. John scored a hat-trick as we beat Mexican side Monterrey 3-0 in a friendly in Chicago.

Heading east
1991 - We played our first ever game in Singapore, drawing 1-1 with Arsenal in the Caltex Cup, with Ian Rush on the scoresheet. The game went into extra-time, but we lost 4-3 on penalties in the National Stadium.
1961 - Alan A’Court netted for England in an FA Tour game in Singapore that ended in a 9-0 rout. Manchester City’s George Hannah bagged a treble.

Facing the Mancs
1919 – We lost 1-0 to Manchester United at Old Trafford in a game staged in aid of the National Footballers’ War Fund.

Done deal
1935 - Right-back Bob Done was sold to Reading for £150. He struck thirteen times in 155 reds games after signing from his hometown club Runcorn in April 1926.

On target for England
1986 - Future red Peter Beardsley grabbed his first full international goal as England beat Mexico 3-0 in a friendly in Los Angeles. Watford’s John Barnes also played.
1993 - Beardsley, then back with Newcastle United, also scored for England, playing alongside reds full-back Rob Jones, as England thumped Greece 5-0 in a friendly at Wembley.
2002 - Another future reds forward struck for England Under-21’s, as Peter Crouch grabbed his only goal at this level in a 2-1 defeat of host nation Switzerland in the European Championship Finals, with fellow future reds Paul Konchesky and Jermaine Pennant also featuring.

King Kenny for the Scots
Kenny Dalglish twice represented his country against Wales in the British International Championships on this day in the 1970’s.
1975 - He featured in a 2-2 draw alongside John Toshack and ex-red Ted MacDougall. Ray Clemence, Emlyn Hughes and Kevin Keegan all played the same day in a goalless draw in Northern Ireland.
1978 - Kenny, Graeme Souness and Joey Jones also played in a 1-1 draw.

A Swedish thumping
1914 - We trounced a Swedish XI 8-0 in a friendly in Stockholm. Billy Lacey bagged a brace, with William Banks, Donald Mackinlay and Tom Miller also amongst the scorers.

Djibril the champion
1999 - Future red Djibril Cissé played as Auxerre beat Saint-Étienne at the Stade de France in a penalty shoot-out to claim the Coupe Nationale des Juniors, also known as the Challenge Emmanuel Gambardella.
2006 – Future reds centre-half Kolo Touré was on the losing side as Barcelona beat Arsenal 2-1 in the UEFA Champions League Final in Paris.

Happy birthday cobber
1974 – Former Head of Fitness & Conditioning Darren Burgess was born in Sydney. He joined the club after the 2010 World Cup, but moved back down under in September 2012.

On the move again
2005 - Ex-red Patrik Berger agreed to sign for Aston Villa from Portsmouth on a free transfer on 1st July. He had notched eight times in sixty Pompey games, but turned out just 32 times for Villa, netting twice. He was released in May 2008, returning home to join Sparta Praha.
2010 – Ex-reserves forward Astrit Ajdarević was released by Leicester City, having failed to make the first team since making his loan move permanent.
2012 – Ex-reserves left-back Robbie Threlfall signed for Morecambe, so far netting twice in 64 games for the League Two outfit.
2018 – Pep Lijnders was sacked as Manager of N.E.C. after they failed to gain promotion, soon returning to a coaching role with the reds.

Signing on
1991 - Midfielder Kevin Lampkin signed professional terms with the reds. He failed to break through into the first team, but went on to play League football with Huddersfield Town and Mansfield Town.
2015 - Future reds midfielder Marko Grujić signed a new three-year contract with Crvena Zvezda. However, he was transferred to the reds for £5.1m the following January.

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      Happy birthday Jan
      1963 - Jan Mølby was born in Kolding. The big Dane arrived at Anfield in August 1984, signed by Joe Fagan for £225,000 from Ajax. He netted 61 times in his 292 reds games, including a remarkable forty of his 42 attempted spot-kicks. He won three League titles, two FA Cups and Screen Sport Super Cup while at Anfield, before moving into management.
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      Supersub departs
      1983 - David Fairclough was sold to Swiss side Luzern after 55 goals in 154 reds games, two-fifths of which were from off the bench. The bionic carrot helped us to three League titles, European Cup, UEFA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and two League Cups in his nine years at Anfield.
      Three in, one out
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      In comes the Doss
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      2006 - Gabriel Paletta officially signed from Club Atlético Banfield for £2m. The young Argentine centre-back made just eight senior appearances, notching on his debut against Reading in the League Cup in October 2006 before returning to his native land to join Boca Juniors in August 2007. On the same day, reserves forward Ramon Calliste joined Sc***horpe United, for whom he failed to play a first-team game, before being released.
      2011 – The appointment of Andrew Parkinson as Operations Director was announced.
      Other birthdays
      1949 - Former first team Coach Alex Miller was born in Glasgow. He became a scout under Gérard Houllier in 1999, before being given a first-team role by Rafael Benítez. He left the club in May 2008 to take over as Manager of JEF United Ichihara Chiba in Japan, leading them to safety from a perilous position in his first season in charge, although he was sacked in July 2009.
      1966 - John Scales was born in Harrogate. He was signed by Roy Evans for £3.5m in September 1994, bagging four goals in 94 appearances before being sold to Tottenham Hotspur for £2.6m two years later.
      1886 - Scottish full-back Bob Crawford was born in Blythswood. He played 115 times for the reds after signing from Arthurlie in January 1909, netting once in a career badly interrupted by injury, before he was killed in action during the First World War.
      World Cup despair galore
      1990 - Peter Beardsley and future red Mark Wright suffered World Cup heartbreak as England were knocked out of the World Cup after a penalty shoot-out defeat to old enemies West Germany in their Semi-final encounter at the newly-opened Stadio delle Alpi in Turin. John Barnes was injured and so could not take part in this match. Future red Karl-Heinz Riedle came on from the bench to win his final cap as a SV Werder Bremen player for the victors, scoring in the penalty shoot-out, as did Beardsley.
      1994 - Future reds Phil Babb and Jason McAteer and ex-reds Ray Houghton and Steve Staunton all featured as the Republic of Ireland lost 2-0 to the Netherlands in their Quarter-final match in Orlando. This was Phil Babb’s last cap as a Coventry City player and Ray Houghton’s last game for his country while with Aston Villa.
      1998 - Yet another Quarter-final ended in misery as future red Dietmar Hamann was on the losing side as Croatia beat Germany 3-0 in Lyon. He was winning his twelfth cap, and last one as a Bayern München player.
      2014 – Mamadou Sakho played as France lost 1-0 to Germany at the same hurdle in Rio de Janeiro.
      Red Olympians
      1912 - The UK won Olympic Gold as they beat Denmark 4-2 in the Final in Stockholm. Ex-reds winger Arthur Berry was on the scoresheet, while future reds left-half Joe Dines also played.
      Bye bye Babb
      2000 - Centre-back Phil Babb signed for Sporting Clube de Portugal on a free transfer after falling out of contract at Anfield, having struck once in 170 reds appearances. He spent two years in Lisbon, before returning to England to join Sunderland.
      World Cup wins
      2001 – Future red Maxi Rodríguez featured as Argentina Under-20’s reached the Final of the World Championships in Buenos Aires by thumping Paraguay 5-0.
      2004 - Ex-red Rigobert Song won his last cap as a Racing Club de Lens player, skippering Cameroon in their 2-0 defeat of the Ivory Coast in a World Cup qualifier in Yaoundé.
      2011 – Future red Samed Yeşil bagged a brace as Germany Under-17’s beat England 3-2 in the Quarter-final of the World Championship Finals in Mexico. Jack Dunn and Brad Smith featured for the losing side, with Raheem Sterling winning his last cap at this level, while future red Emre Can skippered the Germans.
      Doctor Ged
      2002 - Gérard Houllier was presented with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Liverpool.
      South American stars
      2015 – Ex-red Javier Mascherano featured as Argentina lost on penalties to host nation Chile in the Copa América Final in Santiago after a goalless two hours.
      2011 – Luis Suárez netted as Uruguay drew 1-1 with Peru in a Copa América group game in Argentina.
      2007 – Future reds keeper Alexander Doni played as Brazil beat Ecuador 1-0 in a Copa América group game in Venezuela. On the same day, future red Luis Suárez and ex-red Antonio Barragan both featured in the Under-20’s World Cup Finals in Canada.
      Wedded bliss
      1964 - Tommy Smith married Susie.
      1970 – Future red Peter Cormack married Marion at St. Bernard’s Church in Edinburgh.
      Red departures
      2001 - Young Welsh midfielder Leyton Maxwell left for Cardiff City on a free transfer, after spending the previous season on loan at Stockport County. He made just 45 appearances in three seasons with the Bluebirds.
      2012 – Reserves right-back Stephen Darby signed for Bradford City, after just six senior reds appearance. He eventually became the Bantams’ club captain, but was released in May 2017.
      Also on the move
      2001 - Future reds centre-forward Peter Crouch joined Portsmouth from Queens Park Rangers for £1.25m. He had struck twelve times in 47 games for the West London outfit as they were relegated from the First Division. On the same day, ex-reds winger Mark Kennedy joined Wolverhampton Wanderers from Manchester City for £2m. He was a regular as they finally won promotion to the Premiership, but then moved on to fellow Championship outfit Crystal Palace in July 2006.
      2011 - Alou Diarra joined Olympique de Marseille from Girondins de Bordeaux for €5m, having struck eleven goals in 133 League games for les Girondins.
      2013 - Nicolas Anelka signed for West Bromwich Albion, notching twice in nine outings before having his contract terminated following a controversial ‘quenelle’ gesture. On the same day, Scott Carson joined Wigan Athletic from Bursaspor for £700,000, playing eighteen times in his first campaign back in England.
      2017 – Paul Ince’s son Tom was sold to Huddersfield Town from Derby County, after 38 goals in 114 games for the Rams.
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      Death of a legend
      2001 - Legendary forward Billy Liddell died in Liverpool of Alzheimer’s disease. He joined the reds in July 1938 while still only sixteen, and left the club 23 years later, having struck 228 times in 534 games. His only club honour was the League title in 1947, although he also played in the FA Cup Final three years later.
      Midfield departures
      2007 - Luis García re-signed for Club Atlético de Madrid for around £4m after thirty strikes, including five in our glorious Champions League campaign in 2005, in 121 games. He had also helped us to claim the UEFA Super Cup and FA Community Shield. On the same day, keeper Nikolay Mihaylov signed from Levski Sofia. However, he was sold to Twente in the Netherlands for €1.8m in February 2010 after a loan spell, as work permit problems meant he was unable to feature for the reds.
      2013 – Jonjo Shelvey left for Swansea City for an initial £5m fee, after seven strikes in 69 reds outings since signing from Charlton Athletic for £1.7m in May 2010. On the same day, ex-reds forward Djibril Cissé signed for Russian side Kuban Krasnodar, having been released by Queens Park Rangers five days earlier.
      Can he?
      2014 – Midfielder Emre Can signed from Bayer 04 Leverkusen for £9.75m. He struck fourteen times in 167 outings, moving on to Juventus in June 2018 after his contract expired.
      Defensive signings
      1998 - Steve Staunton re-signed from Aston Villa on a free transfer. He struck once in 58 first-team appearances before returning to Villa Park again in December 2000.
      2008 – Right-back Philipp Degen signed on a free transfer from Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund on a four-year deal. Injuries restricted him to just thirteen largely unconvincing senior outings.
      Warnock sent to Coventry
      2003 - Stephen Warnock joined Coventry City on loan. He struck three times in 49 games for the Sky Blues as they finished twelfth in the First Division, becoming their Player of the Year. He finally made the break-through at Anfield under Rafael Benítez, but only bagged one goal in 67 reds games before leaving for Blackburn Rovers in January 2007. On the same day, ex-reserves forward Jon Newby joined Huddersfield Town on a free transfer from Bury. He failed to find the net in fifteen games for the Terriers.
      2004 - Bruno Cheyrou joined Olympique de Marseille on loan. He had struck five times in 48 games in his one year at Anfield and bagged one goal in nineteen League games for the Mediterranean outfit.
      The King returns
      2009 - Kenny Dalglish was appointed to a role with the Academy and as a Club Ambassador.
      International bows
      1977 - Bruce Grobbelaar won his only senior international cap for Rhodesia before the country’s name change to Zimbabwe. They were held to a 1-1 draw by South Africa in a friendly in Salisbury.
      2003 – Future red Ragnar Klavan made his senior bow as Estonia were thumped 5-1 by Lithuania in a friendly in Valga.
      Happy birthday Doc
      1958 – Former club doctor Mark Waller was born in Northampton. A reds fan since moving to Liverpool in 1977, he was in this role from 1993 until June 2010.
      1926 - Keeper Charlie Ashcroft was born in Chorley. He signed for the reds in December 1943 and appeared 89 times for the reds before joining Ipswich Town in June 1955.
      Coaching changes
      2011 – The appointment of Kevin Keen as First Team Coach was announced. Meanwhile, Iván Ortega left the reds to join Chelsea as Sports Therapist. Keen left the club in June 2012 after Kenny Dalglish’s sacking.
      2012 - Keen joined West Bromwich Albion as Joint-Assistant Head Coach, working under Steve Clarke again until they were both sacked in December 2013.
      Other management moves
      1996 - Ex-reds player and boss Graeme Souness was appointed Manager of Southampton. He was in charge at The Dell for less than a year, during which time he guided them to just one point clear of relegation from the top flight, and famously signed Ali Dia, George Weah’s alleged cousin.
      2009 - Paul Ince was re-appointed Manager of MK Dons. He led them to mid-table in League One before resigning at the end of the season.
      2014 – Former reds coach Paco Herrera was named as Manager of second division side Unión Deportiva Las Palmas for the first time, who are based in the Canary Islands. He was sacked in October 2015, but returned to the job in November 2018, but only for another four months before being dismissed again.
      Pelle off
      2005 - Mauricio Pellegrino signed for Deportivo Alavés, having been released by the reds two weeks earlier. The Argentine centre-back had rarely impressed in his thirteen reds games, after signing from Valencia on a free transfer in January. He had arrived at Anfield with an impressive reputation, having previously won the Spanish League three times and the UEFA Cup, as well as appearing in two Champions League Finals.
      Mixed fortunes at the World Cup
      2010 – Javier Mascherano skippered Argentina as they were thumped 4-0 by Germany in their World Cup Quarter-final in Cape Town, with Maxi Rodríguez also in action. Meanwhile, ex-red Xabi Alonso had a twice-taken penalty saved as Spain beat Paraguay 1-0 at the same stage in Johannesburg, with Fernando Torres also featuring.
      2018 – Xherdan Shaqiri won his last cap as a Stoke City player in Switzerland lost 1-0 to Sweden in a Round of 16 game in Saint Petersburg. Meanwhile, Jordan Henderson had a spot-kick saved as England progressed past Colombia at the same stage after a penalty shoot-out in Moscow. Ex-red Raheem Sterling also featured.
      On the move
      2002 - Crewe Alexandra released Phil Charnock, who had been the youngest ever red to appear in European competition, back in September 1992. He had played 183 times for the Alex, moving on to Port Vale later that summer.
      2006 - Reserves defender David Raven signed for Carlisle United after just four senior reds appearances. He scored once in 154 games for the Cumbrians before joining Shrewsbury Town in July 2010.
      2009 - Daniel Sturridge joined Chelsea from Manchester City for an initial £3.5m after six strikes in 32 games for the Sky Blues.
      Red on the committee
      2003 - Former reds Director Noel White was re-elected as Chairman of the FA’s International Committee. The former Liverpool Chairman, who was on the Board of Directors at Anfield for 21 years until his resignation in October 2006, was confirmed in the post for a further year, having first been elected in 1994.
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      2008 - Florent Sinama-Pongolle joined Club Atlético de Madrid from Real Club Recreativo de Huelva for £8m after 22 goals in 68 games. On the same day, ex-reserves forward Andy Parkinson moved to Cambridge United on a free transfer from Notts County. He struck once in twelve Conference outings last season as they narrowly failed to return to the Football League.
      2019 – Irish centre-half Conor Masterson signed for Queens Park Rangers, so far making ten senior appearances for the R’s.
      2017 – Defender Andre Wisdom signed for Derby County, having netted once in 22 senior outings.
      2015 – Midfielder Conor Coady joined Wolverhampton Wanderers from Huddersfield Town for £2m, while Paul Ince’s son Tom left Hull City for Derby County as they paid a club record £4.75m. On the same day, Nicolas Anelka was appointed Player/Manager for Indian side Mumbai City.
      2009 - Michael Owen signed for Manchester United, having left Newcastle United at the end of the previous season. He bagged seventeen goals in 52 outings for the Red Devils, although he made just eighteen starts in three seasons.
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      Emiliano at the World Cup
      2007 - Reserves left-back Emiliano Insúa played for Argentina Under-20’s as they trounced Panama 6-0 in the World Championship Finals in Canada.
      2012 – Future red Tiago Ilori, Conor Coady, Suso and Jack Robinson all featured in the European Championships Finals in Estonia at Under-19’s level.
      2013 – Ilori played for Portugal Under-20’s as they lost 3-2 to Ghana in the World Championships Finals Round of 15 in Turkey.
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