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Winning trophies
We have twice won major honours on this day in our history.
1974 - We ‘undressed’ Newcastle United 3-0 at Wembley to win our second FA Cup, thanks to a brace from Kevin Keegan and a Steve Heighway goal. Future reds Alan Kennedy and Terry McDermott both played for United.

1976 - We clinched our ninth League title, Bob Paisley’s first as Manager, as we won 3-1 at Wolverhampton Wanderers. We only needed a point, while Wolves had to win to stay up. Kevin Keegan, John Toshack and Ray Kennedy all scored in the last quarter of an hour after Steve Kindon had put Wolves ahead.
1988 – The PFA announced that the reds were the winners of the inaugural Fair Play trophy.

European disappointment
1965 - We played in our first European Semi-final, defeating European Cup holders Internazionale 3-1 in the first leg at Anfield, with the recently-won FA Cup being paraded around the ground prior to kick off. Roger Hunt, Ian Callaghan and Ian St. John all scored, with a Chris Lawler strike ruled off for a debatable offside. The crowd crowed “Oh Inter 1-2-3, go back to Italy!” Unfortunately, Inter’s away goal, scored by Alessandro Mazzola, would eventually prove crucial, as would the referee’s intervention in the San Siro.

Yet another win
2019 – We won 3-2 at Rafael Benítez’s Newcastle United with Divock Origi’s late header ensuring the title race with Manchester City went down to the last day of the campaign. Virgil van Dijk opened the scoring, with Christian Atsu equalising before Mohamed Salah put us back in front before half an hour had elapsed. Salomón Rondón drew the home side level again after the break, with Salah having to be taken off with an injury that ensured he missed the upcoming critical UEFA Champions League Semi-final second leg meeting with Barcelona.

Nando again
2008 - Fernando Torres scored in his eighth consecutive home League game, equalling Roger Hunt’s club record as we beat Manchester City 1-0. This was his 32nd goal of the season.
1929 - We also hosted Manchester City, with Gordon Hodgson netting in a 1-1 draw, our final game of a season in which we finished fifth, his thirtieth League strike of the season. Tommy Johnson netted one of his eight goals against the reds.

Sami off
2009 – Centre-back Sami Hyypiä agreed to sign for Bayer 04 Leverkusen when his contract expired at the end of the season. The mighty Finn played 464 reds games, netting 35 times and helping us to claim the European Cup, UEFA Cup, two FA Cups, two League Cups and two UEFA Super Cups following his £2.5m bargain capture from Dutch side Willem II in May 1999. He later took over as Team Manager at the BayArena for two years.
1898 – Forward Joe Lumsden left the reds to join Glossop North End. He had struck twice in eight outings since arriving from Burton Wanderers in June 1897.

Happy birthday Igor
1978 - Igor Bišcan was born in Zagreb. The big Croat played 118 reds games, netting three times as he helped us to the Worthington Cup, UEFA Super Cup and Charity Shield in 2001, and the Worthington Cup again two years later, as well as playing a key role on the road to Istanbul, moving on to Panathinaikos in July 2005. On the same day, eventual champions Nottingham Forest held us to a goalless draw at Anfield.

Facing the Blues
1991 - We came from two goals down to level but eventually lost 4-2 at Chelsea. Young winger Jimmy Carter came off the bench and was later himself substituted by Ronnie Rosenthal. David Speedie and Rosenthal got on the scoresheet, while Gary Gillespie played his 214th and last reds game. Kerry Dixon netted two of his seven strikes past us, with Dennis Wise converting a penalty, one of his four goals against the reds, and Gordon Durie also on target with the last of his five. Ex-red Bobby Campbell resigned as Blues boss three days later.
1985 - We also faced the Blues in the First Division, this time winning at Anfield by the odd goal in seven. Steve Nicol nabbed a brace while Ronnie Whelan and Ian Rush also struck. Future red Nigel Spackman scored from the spot for the visitors, with Kerry Dixon and Gordon Davies also on target.

Youngest ever
2019 – Future red Harvey Elliott became the youngest ever player in the Premier League in Fulham’s 1-0 defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers, aged just sixteen years and thirty days.

Managerial comings and goings
1977 - Ian St. John was sacked as Manager of Portsmouth. He had been in charge for three seasons, leading them to just 31 victories in 124 games in charge as they were relegated into the old Third Division, and then narrowly escaped a further descent to the League basement.
2001 - Ex-reds reserve Dave Watson became Tranmere Rovers Manager. He won 22 of his 55 games as they steadied in the Second Division.
2018 - Steven Gerrard was appointed as Manager of Rangers, taking over the following month.

The end of the road for Liddell
1940 - Billy Liddell’s first professional contract that he had signed the previous April expired. He went on to strike 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.

Farewell to the lower reaches
1962 - We played our last ever Second Division game, going down 4-2 at Swansea Town in a game postponed from a month earlier due to a smallpox outbreak in South Wales. Ian St. John and Roger Hunt grabbed our goals. Colin Webster bagged a brace for the Swans, with Brayley Reynolds netting the last of his seven strikes past us and Mel Nurse also on target.

King Kenny starts and ends
1967 - Kenny Dalglish signed as an amateur for Celtic, turning professional the following year. He helped them to claim four League titles, four Scottish Cups and the Scottish League Cup, striking 167 times in 269 games.
1986 – His testimonial match took place at Hampden Park. Tommy Docherty’s side of Anglos beat Alex Ferguson’s home-based Scots 5-2 with Kenny on target for both sides!

European joy
1999 - Pepe Reina played for Spain Under-16’s as they reached the Final of the European Championships in the Czech Republic by seeing off Germany 4-0 in their Semi-final encounter.

Comeback
1968 - Bobby Graham came on for Tony Hateley as we were 1-0 down at Leeds United to one of Mick Jones’s seven goals past us. Chris Lawler drew us level with six minutes remaining, with Graham bagging the winner a minute later. Keeper Tommy Lawrence played his 300th reds game, with this result helping us to finish the season in third, one place above Leeds.

Wins in Bristol
We twice played Bristol Rovers at their Memorial Ground in consecutive years in the 1930’s, for the Bristol Hospitals Lord Mayor’s Cup.
1936 - The game ended 5-5 with Phil Taylor bagging a brace to add to goals from Syd Roberts, Fred Howe and Alf Hanson, with the trophy being shared.
1937 - We won 2-1, with Berry Nieuwenhuys on target twice.

Rushie the skipper
1987 - Ian Rush captained the reds in his last home game before he moved to Juventus. He struck the only goal of the game against Watford.

Sweet!
1992 – Ahead of the FA Cup Final, Candy was announced as the club’s first ever permanent match sponsor, for the 1992/93 season.

Wrong shaped ball
1997 - A Super League match between St. Helens and Castleford Tigers was staged at Anfield, with Saints winning 42-16 in front of 12,329.

Scots on target in friendlies
1960 - Future red Ian St. John netted his first goal for Scotland while winning his fifth cap, as they lost 3-2 at home to Poland. The Scots were managed by Andy Beattie, who had guested with the reds during the war, and later joined the backroom staff at Anfield after a successful management career.
1955 - Billy Liddell struck while winning his 25th cap as Portugal lost 3-0 at Hampden Park. Future reds keeper Tommy Younger won his first cap in the same game.

More final caps
1986 - Ronnie Rosenthal won his last cap as a Maccabi Haifa player, his eleventh in total, as Israel were thumped 7-2 by Argentina in a friendly in Tel-Aviv. Ex-red Avi Cohen also played.
2017 – Future red Ki-Jana Hoever won his fourth and last Under-15’s cap as the Netherlands beat Germany 2-1 in a friendly in Wezep.

Kozma twice
1988 – Future red István Kozma played for Hungary as they beat Iceland 3-0 in a friendly in Budapest.
1994 – Kozma won his first cap in his second spell as an Újpest player as they lost a friendly 3-2 in Poland.

On the move
2020 – Keeper Loris Karius terminated his two-year loan contract with Beşiktaş JK a year early, due to a dispute over wages.
2016 – Ex-reds midfielder Joe Cole signed for Tampa Bay Rowdies, netting nine times in 26 outings in his first campaign.
2007 - Real Club Recreativo de Huelva announced that they would sign Florent Sinama-Pongolle for €4m, whom he had joined on loan the previous August. He struck 22 times in 69 outings for the Andalusian side before moving to Club Atlético de Madrid in July 2008.
2002 - Former reserves winger Nicky Rizzo signed for Serie A side Lecce from Ternana on a free transfer.

Other games on this day
1978 – We were held to a goalless draw with Nottingham Forest at Anfield, ending the season seven points behind the visiting champions in second place, despite securing the same number of points as in the previous campaign when we won the League.
1949 – Derby County triumphed 3-0 at the Baseball Ground. John Morris scored two of his seven goals past us, with Billy Steel also on the scoresheet with one of his four.
1935 – Tommy Johnson and Alf Hanson struck to put us two goals ahead against Sunderland in L4. However, Bobby Gurney grabbed one of his sixteen strikes past us, with George Goddard also scoring as the game ended 2-2 in L4 as we ended the season in seventh.

More youngsters in Euro action
2002 – David Raven and Mark Smyth played for England Under-17’s in their 1-0 defeat of FR Yugoslavia in their European Championships Quarter-final in Denmark.
2007 – Future reds Victor Moses and Mamadou Sakho both featured in group games in the same competition in Belgium.
2008 – Future reds Xherdan Shaqiri and Thiago Alcântara featured as the Swiss Under-17’s lost 2-0 to Spain in Turkey.
2018 – Elijah Dixon-Bonner played for England in the same tournament as they beat Israel 2-1 in a group game in Chesterfield.


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      For Bill
      1981 - A minute’s silence was held before our First Division meeting with Swansea City at Anfield in honour of Bill Shankly, who had died four days earlier. Terry McDermott netted both our goals from the spot as we came from two goals down to draw 2-2. The Swans were managed by ex-red John Toshack, who was wearing a Liverpool shirt in Shanks’ honour. Leighton James converted a penalty with Bob Latchford netting the last of his five goals past us.
      1959 - We also faced Swansea, when they were Town rather than City, losing by the odd goal in nine at the Vetch Field, with our goals coming from a Jimmy Melia penalty, Roger Hunt, and a Ronnie Moran free-kick after we had initially taken the lead through a Malcolm Kennedy own goal. We went 3-1 down inside 22 minutes thanks to goals from Peter Davies, the last of Len Allchurch’s five goals against the reds and Colin Webster, but fought back to level the game. The eventual winner, Brayley Reynolds’ second goal, who eventually netted seven goals past us, came just two minutes from time. Reds keeper Doug Rudham suffered from double vision throughout the match.
      Happy birthdays
      1984 - Anthony Le Tallec was born in Hennebont. The young Frenchman made just 32 senior reds appearances and scored only once, signing for Le Mans UC 72 in June 2008, having been sent out on loan from Anfield four times.
      1929 - Outside-right Tony McNamara was born in Liverpool. He signed from Everton for £4,000 in December 1957 after spending seven seasons across Stanley Park, but only played ten first-team games before joining Crewe Alexandra in July 1958.
      1979 - Ex-reserves midfielder Layton Maxwell was born in St. Asaph in Wales. He only made one first-team appearance, scoring in front of the Kop in our 4-2 League Cup defeat of Hull City in September 1999.
      Seven on the bounce for the Blues
      1914 - Everton won in the League for the seventh consecutive season at Anfield, this time 5-0 - a record run for any club, with Bobby Parker bagging three of his eight goals against us, including one from the spot, with Joe Clennell adding the first two of his seven strikes past us. Keeper Kenny Campbell had to leave the pitch after one minute when the referee spotted he was wearing a blue jersey! Defender Phil Bratley made his reds debut in this game which remains our record home derby defeat.
      We have also lost another two derbies on this day in history.
      1908 – We went down 1-0 at Anfield with George Barlow scoring.
      1896 – We lost 2-1 at Goodison when Jimmy Ross nabbed our consolation. Alfred Milward and future red Abe Hartley had put the Blues in front.
      Also in Europe
      1973 - We beat Jeunesse D’Esch from Luxembourg 2-0 at Anfield to reach the Second Round of the European Cup 3-1 on aggregate, with an own goal from Léon Mond getting the scoring going straight after half-time, and John Toshack also on the scoresheet.
      1979 - We were knocked out at the same stage, for the second consecutive season, losing 3-0 to Dinamo Tbilisi on a rainy night in the USSR, with all the goals coming in the second half, having only won the first leg 2-1.
      A new low
      2010 – We lost 2-1 at home to Blackpool, with future red Charlie Adam opening the scoring from the spot before Luke Varney doubled the visitors’ lead. Sotirios Kyrgiakos pulled a goal back, the club’s 9,000th in all competitions, but we failed to produce a fight-back with the away side warmly applauded off at the end of the match.
      Red jocks
      1964 - Ron Yeats made his Scotland debut in their 3-2 British International Championships defeat by Wales at Ninian Park. On the same day, Gordon Milne and Peter Thompson both played in England’s 4-3 win in Northern Ireland in the same competition.
      1959 - Ian St. John won his second cap in Scotland’s 4-0 defeat in Northern Ireland, while still a Motherwell player. The Scots were managed by Andy Beattie, who had guested for the reds at full-back during the Second World War, and later spent some time on our backroom staff. He managed a host of clubs as well as the Scotland national side, working with Bill Shankly at Huddersfield Town, having played alongside him at Preston North End.
      1891 - Future red Matt McQueen, who played in an unofficial international at the Ibrox Stadium, with the Scots thumping Canada 5-1.
      For Emlyn
      1978 – A testimonial dinner was held for skipper Emlyn Hughes at Formby FC. Ex-Blue Joe Mercer was guest speaker, with comedian Sonny Jones providing the jokes. Guests were treated to cream of chicken soup, followed by a roast turkey dinner, rounded off with peaches and cream.
      Mixed fortunes against the Blues
      We have faced Chelsea three times in the top flight on this day in history.
      2004 - We lost to a Joe Cole goal at Stamford Bridge.
      1970 - Alun Evans netted the only goal of the game at Anfield, with Bobby Graham breaking his leg.
      1931 - We were beaten 2-0 in West London, with Alex Jackson bagging the last two of his four goals past us.
      Hosting the Owls
      We have twice hosted Sheffield Wednesday in top-flight encounters at Anfield on this day in history.
      1953 - Bob Paisley and Louis Bimpson were on target as we drew 2-2. Dennis Woodhead scored one of his four goals against the reds, with Jackie Sewell also netting.
      1992 - Don Hutchison bagged the only goal of the game ten minutes from time, as we kept our first clean sheet of the season in our fifteenth fixture. This was Ian Rush’s 500th League game for the reds.
      Big Anfield wins
      1987 - We beat Alan Ball’s Portsmouth 4-0 as we scored four for the third consecutive League game. Peter Beardsley, Steve McMahon and Ronnie Whelan bagged our goals, to add to a spot-kick from John Aldridge. Aldo had now scored in all of our first eight League games, and nine reds games in a row in all, with the reds notching a total of 24 goals in those eight fixtures.
      1942 - Cyril Done struck twice as we beat Bury 5-2 in a Wartime League fixture, with George Mills and Michael Hulligan adding to a Gemmall own goal.
      International beginning and end
      1951 - Ex-reds centre-half Allenby Chilton won his second and final England cap in their 2-2 friendly draw with France at Highbury.
      2001 – Future red Alberto Aquilani won his first cap for Italy Under-19’s as they beat Lithuania 2-0.
      On target
      2009 – Krisztián Németh scored for Hungary Under-20’s in the World Championship Finals as Hungary beat the United Arab Emirates 2-0 in a group game in Egypt, with Péter Gulácsi also featuring.
      2018 – Ki-Jana Hoever scored for the Dutch Under-17’s as they won a European Championships qualifier 6-4 in Sweden.
      In and outs
      1898 – Scottish half-back Barney Battles left the reds to join Celtic for a third spell. He won the title two years running in Scotland, for Hearts in 1895 and then Celtic, joining the reds for six weeks on loan at the end of the 1895/96 season where he featured in two Second Division games and three of the four Test matches as we secured promotion, for which he received a special gold medal and a cheque for a “handsome sum”. He re-signed from Dundee in March 1898 for £20 but only played one more game for the club.
      2007 – Former reds half-back Johnny Wheeler’s wife Freda died. On the same day, Dani Pacheco played for Spain Under-17’s as they won a European Championships qualifier 3-0 in Andorra.
      2012 - Ryland Morgans was appointed as Head of Fitness & Conditioning, having previously worked under Brendan Rodgers at Swansea City.
      2014 - Daniel Sturridge signed a new contract, having netted 36 times in 52 reds games to date. He eventually moved on to Trabzonspor in August 2019.
      Other reds games
      1936 – Vic Wright and Phil Taylor netted as we beat Birmingham City 2-0 at Anfield.
      1925 – We lost 2-1 at Burnley, with Harry Chambers bagging our late consolation.
      Digger off the mark
      1981 - Future red John Barnes scored his first Watford goal as they beat Barnsley 3-1 at Vicarage Road.
      Also in international action
      1996 – Future red John Arne Riise played for Norway Under-15’s as they beat Wales 3-1 in a tournament game in Poland.
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      Michael named Europe’s greatest
      2001 - Michael Owen was named European Footballer of the Year, winning the Ballon d’Or ahead of Real Madrid’s Raúl and Bayern München keeper Oliver Khan. Lúis Figo had won it the previous year. Michael had enjoyed a fantastic year, helping us to claim five trophies, while bagging 31 goals in 49 reds games, and a further six in eight outings for England.
      Sander’s been and gone
      2001 - Sander Westerveld left for Real Sociedad in a £3.49m deal. He had kept goal for us 103 times, helping the reds to five trophies in that year. He is currently goalkeeping coach for Ajax Cape Town in South Africa.
      Ged the centurion
      2000 - Gérard Houllier’s hundredth game in sole charge was a 1-0 win at Manchester United, our fiftieth against them in all competitions. Danny Murphy’s free-kick after Gary Neville handled the ball shortly before half time sent United to their hundredth League defeat under Sir Alex Ferguson, with Michael Owen striking the crossbar after the break. United’s Luke Chadwick was sent off late on for bringing down Vladimír Šmicer.
      More victories over the Mancs
      We have twice beaten Manchester United in the top flight at Anfield on this day in history.
      1995 - Robbie Fowler netted both in a 2-0 win, including a superb free-kick at the Kop end, while his second took him to fifty League goals. He also later struck twice in that season’s 2-2 draw at Old Trafford.
      1921 - Billy Lacey and Harry Chambers netted in our 2-1 victory as we came from behind.
      A goalscoring debut
      1955 - Jimmy Melia scored a left-foot volley in front of the Kop on his reds bow as we thumped Nottingham Forest 5-2 in a Second Division fixture. Billy Liddell scored a second-half hat-trick, including his 150th goal for the club, with John Evans netting our opener. James Barrett netted one of his four goals past us, with Peter Small also on target for Forest.
      1996 - We also beat Forest at Anfield when Stan Collymore struck a brace against his old club as we won 4-2. Robbie Fowler was also on target, with our other strike being a Des Lyttle own goal. Kevin Campbell struck the first of his four goals against the reds, with Stuart Pearce also netting.
      Youngest ever reds
      2019 – We fielded the club’s youngest ever side, at an average age of nineteen years and 182 days as the senior players were in Qatar for the FIFA Cup World Cup, although this record was broken just two months later. Pedro Chirivella captained the reds for the first time as we lost our League Cup Quarter-final 5-0 at Aston Villa. Forward Jack Bearne, centre-back Morgan Boyes, left-backs Tony Gallacher and James Norris, winger Luis Longstaff and midfielders Isaac Christie-Davies, Leighton Clarkson and Tom Hill all made their debuts for the club with Under-23’s Coach Neil Critchley taking charge, as midfielder Herbie Kane made his second and last senior outing.
      On the same day, the club reached agreement to sign Japanese forward Takumi Minamino at the end of the season from Red Bull Salzburg for £7.25m.
      Debut strikes
      2014 - We beat Bournemouth 3-1 in a Capital One Cup Fifth Round tie at their Goldsands Stadium, thanks to a Raheem Sterling brace and Lazar Marković’s first reds goal, with ex-Evertonian Dan Gosling on target for the home side.
      2017 – We beat Bournemouth 4-0 at the renamed Vitality Stadium, with Philippe Coutinho, Dejan Lovren and Mohamed Salah all on target before the break. Roberto Firmino completed the scoring.
      1997 - Michael Owen won his only Under-21’s cap, netting in England’s 4-2 play-off defeat of Greece at Carrow Road, with strike partner and future red Emile Heskey bagging a brace. Jamie Carragher also played. Unfortunately, the Greeks qualified for the European Championships Finals, 4-4 on the away goals rule.
      Joy against the Baggies
      1932 - Gordon Hodgson and Harold Barton scored as we beat West Bromwich Albion 2-0 at Anfield.
      1898 - We also entertained the Baggies, when Hugh Morgan and John Walker were on the scoresheet as we drew 2-2.
      Signing on
      1919 - David Ashworth was appointed as Manager. He had previously guided Oldham Athletic from non-League into the top flight, to whom he returned in December 1922 with the reds en route to retaining the League title he had led them to the previous season.
      1953 – Left-half Geoff Twentyman signed from his hometown club Carlisle United for £10,000. He netted nineteen times in 184 reds games, moving on to Ballymena United in March 1960. He returned to Anfield as Chief Scout in 1967, a post he held for nineteen years, helping to bring players such as Ray Clemence, Alan Hansen, Steve Heighway, Phil Neal and Ian Rush to the club. He died aged 74 in February 2004.
      Bradley’s farewell
      1910 - Left-half Jim Bradley played his 185th and final reds game, as goals from Jack Parkinson and James Stewart handed us a 2-0 home win over Sheffield United as keeper Sam Hardy saved a penalty from Joe Kitchen. In fact, Bradley's last three reds games were against the two Sheffield clubs!
      1953 - Forward Sam Raybould died. He signed from New Brighton Tower in January 1900 for £250, scoring 130 times in 226 reds games and helping us to claim two League titles before moving on to Sunderland in May 1907.
      Mixed fortunes on Wearside
      1938 - We won 3-2 at Roker Park thanks to goals from Bill Kinghorn and Phil Taylor and wing-half Tom Bush’s only reds strike.
      1949 - Ken Brierley and Cyril Done netted as Sunderland beat us by the same score in another First Division encounter as centre-half Laurie Hughes played his hundredth reds game. Len Shackleton bagged the first of his five goals against the reds, with Harry Kirtley and Tommy Reynolds also on the scoresheet.
      Parson off the mark
      1927 – Right-back Jimmy ‘Parson’ Jackson scored the first of his two reds strikes as we lost 3-1 at Tottenham Hotspur. Frank Osborne bagged the last of his four goals past us with Jack Elkes nabbing the first two of his four against the reds.
      Thumping the Magpies
      1983 - Graeme Souness bagged a brace, including one from the spot, as we beat Notts County 5-0 at Anfield. Steve Nicol and Ian Rush were also on target, with David Hunt putting through his own net.
      A Fox once more
      1987 - Kevin MacDonald joined his old club Leicester City on loan as he continued his comeback from a broken leg suffered in September 1986. He later returned to Anfield, but only made a further seven senior appearances before returning to Filbert Street permanently.
      Vlad’s Arabian night
      1997 - Future red Vladimír Šmicer bagged a treble in the Czech Republic’s 6-1 thumping of the United Arab Emirates in a Confederations Cup game in Saudi Arabia.
      Toni on the move
      2013 – Former reserves right-winger Toni Silva signed for CSKA Sofia, having been released by Barnsley six months previously.
      Scots in action
      1975 - Ex-reds reserves striker Ted MacDougall won his seventh and final cap for Scotland as a substitute in their 1-1 European Championships qualifying draw with Romania at Hampden Park. Future red Kenny Dalglish also played.
      2003 - Robbie Foy won his only cap for Scotland Under-20’s as they won 2-1 in Portugal in a friendly.
      2015 – Future red Ozan Kabak skippered Turkey Under-16’s in their 2-1 friendly defeat of North Macedonia in Side.
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