A great start for the knight
1959 - ‘Sir’ Roger Hunt scored on his reds debut as we beat Sc***horpe United 2-0 at Anfield, with Jimmy Melia bagging the other. Roger went on to notch 285 times in 492 reds games, a club record until the arrival of Ian Rush.
1961 - We also beat The Iron 2-1 in another Second Division meeting at Anfield thanks to a Derek Hemstead own goal and an Alan A’Court strike. This was our sixth straight win from the start of the season as we went on to clinch the title.
1959 - ‘Sir’ Roger Hunt scored on his reds debut as we beat Sc***horpe United 2-0 at Anfield, with Jimmy Melia bagging the other
1972 - Markus Babbel was born in Munich. He arrived on a free transfer from Bayern München in June 2000 and was a vital member of the treble-winning team bagging six goals in 73 games, until he was struck down by Guillain-Barré syndrome, moving to VfB Stuttgart on a free transfer in July 2004 after a loan spell at Blackburn Rovers.
1998 – Irish centre-half Conor Masterson was born in Celbridge, signing on from Lucan United for £900,000 on his sixteenth birthday. He was rel
1974 - Stéphane Henchoz was born in Billens, Switzerland. He arrived for £3.5m from Blackburn Rovers in June 1999, and made a total of 205 appearances without scoring, forming a rock-solid partnership with Sami Hyypiä and helping us to claim five trophies in 2001 as well as another League Cup two years later. He joined Celtic on a free transfer in January 2005, and spent a season playing for Premiership new boys Wigan Athletic, before returning to Ewood Park for two injury-hit
1974 - Stéphane Henchoz was born in Billens, Switzerland
2000 - Michael Owen scored a first half hat-trick past former team-mate David James as we defeated Aston Villa 3-1 at Anfield. He therefore became our first ever player to score two first-half hat-tricks in League games. Steve Stone bagged Villa’s late consolation.
1965 - ‘Sir’ Roger Hunt netted a treble in our 5-1 win at West Ham United, after Gordon Milne and Ian Callaghan had opened the scoring. Martin Peters scored for the Irons, one of his fourteen goals past us, with all
2000 - Michael Owen scored a first half hat-trick past former team-mate David James as we defeated Aston Villa 3-1 at Anfield
Off the mark
1959 - Winger Johnny Morrissey nabbed his first reds goal as we suffered a 2-1 Second Division defeat at Sheffield United when we conceded two penalties inside three minutes, both converted by Graham Shaw.
1928 - We also faced the Blades, losing our top-flight meeting at Anfield 2-1, with Dick Edmed nabbing our consolation. Scottish-born South African international left-back Jimmy Gray played his only reds game. Fred Tunstall bagged one of his eight goals past us, with Thomas Bo
1959 - Winger John Morrissey nabbed his first reds goal as we suffered a 2-1 Second Division defeat at Sheffield United
Thommo off the mark
1973 – Phil Thompson bagged his first reds goal in our 2-0 home defeat of Derby County, with Kevin Keegan adding a late penalty. Ray Clemence was playing his 200th reds game.
2010 – Jamie Carragher’s testimonial took place at Anfield in front of more than 35,000, with the reds beating an Everton side 4-1. Luis García opened the scoring with Carra converting a spot-kick for the reds shortly before half time. Joe Cole made the score 3-0 with his first reds st
1973 – Phil Thompson bagged his first reds goal in our 2-0 home defeat of Derby County, with Kevin Keegan adding a late penalty
The reds start out
1892 - We played our first ever competitive fixture, trouncing Higher Walton 8-0 in a Lancashire League fixture at Anfield, in front of a crowd of just 200. Jock Smith, Joe McQue and James Cameron all netted braces, with Malcolm McVean and John McBride also notching. West Derby-born Joe Pearson was the only non-Scot in this ‘Team of the Macs’, playing his only reds game.
1898 - We stepped out in red for the first time, as we beat The Wednesday 4-0 at Anfield, with centr
1892 - We played our first ever competitive fixture, trouncing Higher Walton 8-0 in a Lancashire League fixture at Anfield, in front of a crowd of just 200
1934 - Left-winger Alan A’Court was born in Rainhill. He signed for free from Prescot Cables in September 1952 and scored 63 times in 381 reds games, helping us to the Second Division title in 1962, as well as representing England at the 1958 World Cup in his time at Anfield. He left to join Tranmere Rovers in October 1964.
1949 - Forward Alun Evans was born in Bewdley, near Kidderminster. He was Britain’s first £100,000 teenager when he signed from Wolverhampton Wanderers in
1934 - Left-winger Alan A’Court was born in Rainhill
Birth of the legend
1913 - Bill Shankly was born in Glenbuck, Ayrshire. He was the ninth of ten children, and the youngest of five boys. Words cannot fully explain his importance to the history of Liverpool Football Club. However, his honours as reds boss between December 1959 and July 1974 included three League titles, two FA Cups, UEFA Cup and the Second Division championship.
1936 - Centre-half John Nicholson was born in Liverpool. He signed as a professional in January 1957, but only
1913 - Bill Shankly was born in Glenbuck, Ayrshire
A black day for the club
1981 - Bill Shankly died. Undoubtedly the greatest ever influence on the reds, he arrived as Manager in December 1959 and shook the club to its roots. He took us out of the Second Division in 1962 as champions and three years later led us to our first ever FA Cup. He also led us to three League titles, the UEFA Cup and another FA Cup before retiring in July 1974.
Luis at the treble
2012 - Luis Suárez scored a hat-trick as we won 5-2 at Norwich City, becoming the
Hat-tricks all round
2002 - Michael Owen bagged a treble as we won 3-0 at Manchester City. It was our 400th Premier League match, and Steven Gerrard made his 150th reds appearance in the game.
1895 - George Allan scored four goals in our 5-1 Second Division defeat of Burslem Port Vale at Anfield, with David Hannah netting the other. Full-back Archie Goldie made his reds bow in this game.
2003 - Kevin Lisbie bagged a treble for Charlton Athletic as we lost 3-2 at The Valley, with Steven Ger
2002 - Michael Owen bagged a treble as we won 3-0 at Manchester City
Another derby victory
2008 – A Fernando Torres brace after an hour of our trip to Goodison Park resulted in a 2-0 win, with a third goal harshly ruled out for an alleged foul by Dirk Kuyt. Tim Cahill was sent off late on for a challenge on Xabi Alonso.
2014 – We were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield as Steven Gerrard scored in the League for the sixteenth consecutive season, a new club record. Phil Jagielka equalised for the visitors with a wonder strike from distance in stoppage time.
2008 – A Fernando Torres brace after an hour of our trip to Goodison Park resulted in a 2-0 win, with a third goal harshly ruled out for an alleged foul by Dirk Kuyt
2009 – Fernando Torres struck three times as we thumped Hull City 6-1 at Anfield. Geovanni equalised after Torres handed us an early lead. Steven Gerrard made the score 4-1 before Ryan Babel bagged a late brace, with the second fortuitously deflecting off his ankle and looping over the keeper.
1964 - Bobby Graham bagged a treble on his League debut as we beat Aston Villa 5-1 at Anfield, with Ian Callaghan and Roger Hunt also on target. Future red Tony Hateley struck for th
2009 – Fernando Torres struck three times as we thumped Hull City 6-1 at Anfield
1961 - Ronnie Whelan was born in Dublin. He signed from Home Farm for £35,000 in September 1979 and played 493 times in his fifteen years with the reds, netting 73 times and winning six League titles, one European Cup, two FA Cups, three League Cups and three FA Charity Shields before joining Southend United for free in September 1994.
1920 - Right-back Bill Shepherd was born in Liverpool. He signed from Elm Park in December 1945 and made 58 reds appearances, with his brot
1980 - John Arne Riise was born in Molde. He made 348 reds appearances, scoring 31 times, following his £4m arrival from AS Monaco in June 2001, but left for Roma for the same fee in June 2008. He helped us to win the European Cup, FA Cup, League Cup, two UEFA Super Cups and two FA Charity Shields in his time at Anfield.
1979 – Brazilian left-back Fábio Aurélio was born in São Carlos. He arrived on a Bosman free transfer in July 2006, netting four goals in 134 games, h
1986 - Steve McMahon missed a penalty but struck four goals as we recorded the equal biggest ever win in the League Cup, thumping Fulham 10-0. Ian Rush and John Wark both netted braces with the other goals coming from Ronnie Whelan and Steve Nicol, while Rush also struck the post twice. Both managers played in this game, with Kenny Dalglish lining up against the Cottagers’ new player/manager Ray Lewington.
1995 - Robbie Fowler bagged four in our 5-2 defeat of Bolton Wanderers,
1986 - Steve McMahon missed a penalty but struck four goals as we recorded the equal biggest ever win in the League Cup, thumping Fulham 10-0
God off the mark
1993 - Robbie Fowler scored on his reds debut as we beat Fulham 3-1 at Craven Cottage in our League Cup Second Round first leg match. Ian Rush and Nigel Clough had put us two ahead at the break, with Sean Farrell pulling a goal back before God struck.
Happy birthday Harry
1978 - Harry Kewell was born in Smithfield in Australia. He signed from Leeds United for £5m in July 2003, but his time at Anfield was somewhat disappointing due to a series of niggling injuries, as he
1993 - Robbie Fowler scored on his reds debut as we beat Fulham 3-1 at Craven Cottage in our League Cup Second Round first leg match
Births and death
1891 - Reds boss George Kay was born in Manchester. He arrived at Anfield in August 1936 and led us to our first League title in 24 years in 1947, and the FA Cup Final three years later. He was forced to retire due to illness in February 1951, and sadly died just three years later. Amongst the players who joined the club during his tenure were the great Billy Liddell and Bob Paisley. He had led us to a total of 140 victories in 354 matches in charge.
1883 – Forward Jack P
1891 - Reds boss George Kay was born in Manchester
Goalscoring feats at St. James’ Park
1987 - Steve Nicol grabbed a hat-trick in our 4-1 win at Newcastle United in front of the live TV cameras, following John Aldridge’s opener, who also had another strike disallowed for offside. Neil McDonald converted from the spot for the home side.
1961 - Right-half Gordon Milne scored his first reds goal to help us to a 2-1 Second Division win there, with our other score coming from a George Heslop own goal. Kevin Lewis had a penalty saved by United kee
1987 - Steve Nicol grabbed a hat-trick in our 4-1 win at Newcastle United in front of the live TV cameras, following John Aldridge’s opener, who also had another strike disallowed for offside
Dan the man
1989 – Forward Daniel Sturridge was born in Birmingham. He signed from Chelsea for £12m in January 2013, netting an impressive 67 times in 160 reds games before being released in June 2019.
2013 – He scored the only goal of David Moyes’ Manchester United’s League visit to Anfield in just the fourth minute.
1993 – Ex-reds left-back Jack Robinson was born in Warrington. He became the club’s then youngest ever player when he debuted at Hull City in May 2010 aged just sixteen ye
1989 – Forward Daniel Sturridge was born in Birmingham
In comes Ronnie
1979 - Ronnie Whelan arrived from Irish side Home Farm on a free transfer. He went on to make 493 reds appearances, scoring 73 times and winning six League titles, one European Cup, two FA Cups, three League Cups and three FA Charity Shields before joining Southend United on a free transfer in September 1994.
1937 - Utility player Geoff Strong was born in Kirkheaton, Northumberland. He made 201 reds appearances after moving from Arsenal in November 1964 f
1979 - Ronnie Whelan arrived from Irish side Home Farm on a free transfer
1958 - John Aldridge was born in Liverpool. He signed from Oxford United for £750,000 in January 1987 and struck 63 times in 104 reds appearances, including one in the 1989 FA Cup Final. He also won a League title and FA Charity Shield in his time at Anfield, before moving on to Real Sociedad for £1.1m in September 1989.
1987 – French left-back Aly Cissokho was born in Blois. He arrived on loan from Valencia in August 2013 for a season, making nineteen appearances.
A Norwegian nightmare
1974 - We secured our record victory, thumping Norwegians Strømsgodset 11-0 at Anfield in our opening game of that season’s European Cup Winners’ Cup campaign. Midfielder Brian Hall was the only outfield player not to score, with Phil’s Boersma and Thompson grabbing a brace apiece. For the record, our other goals that day came from an Alec Lindsay penalty, Steve Heighway, Peter Cormack, Emlyn Hughes, Tommy Smith, Ian Callaghan and Ray Kennedy.
Debuting at the back
1974 - We secured our record victory, thumping Norwegians Strømsgodset 11-0 at Anfield in our opening game of that season’s European Cup Winners’ Cup campaign
Happy birthday KHR
1965 - Karl-Heinz Riedle was born in Weiler-Simmerberg. The German striker arrived from Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund for a £1.8m fee in July 1997, and struck fifteen times in 76 reds games, as well as having a positive influence on the young Michael Owen before joining Fulham for £200,000 in September 1999.
1900 – Full-back Jimmy Gray was born in Glasgow. The South African international signed from Transvaal in 1926 but only played one first-team game for the
1965 - Karl-Heinz Riedle was born in Weiler-Simmerberg
Off the bench for the first time
1965 - Utility player Geoff Strong became our first ever League substitute, netting after coming on for full-back Chris Lawler in our 1-1 top-flight draw at home to West Ham United. Gerry Byrne made his 200th League appearance in this fixture while Geoff Hurst bagged on of his nine strikes against us.
A win at Goodison
2001 - After Kevin Campbell put the home side ahead, the last of his four goals against the reds, we stormed back to beat Everton 3-1, th
1965 - Utility player Geoff Strong became our first ever League substitute, netting after coming on for full-back Chris Lawler in our 1-1 top-flight draw at home to West Ham United