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2nd September


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 made one senior appearance before joining Port Vale in August 1961, playing over 200 games for them.
2001 – Midfielder Jake Cain was born in Wigan. He signed as a professional in September 2019, making his senior debut in our FA Cup Fourth Round replay against Shrewsbury Town last February.

Spurs stuffed
1978 - Tottenham Hotspur suffered their worst ever Anfield defeat, despite including their new World Cup winners, Osvaldo Ardiles and Ricky Villa. Kenny Dalglish and substitute David Johnson both grabbed a brace, added to by Ray Kennedy and a twice-taken Phil Neal penalty, before Terry McDermott rounded off a brilliant team move to make it 7-0.

Into the League
1893 - We played our first ever game in the Football League, winning 2-0 at Middlesbrough Ironopolis. Forward Malcolm McVean scored our first ever League goal after an hour, with centre-half Joe McQue nabbing the other. James Henderson played his only senior reds game, while winger Patrick Gordon, forward James Stott and reds legend Matt McQueen also made their debuts in this game. This was also the first ever League game staged at the Paradise Ground.

A busy day
2013 – A whole host of transfers took place on deadline day, with forward Fabio Borini joining Sunderland on loan, while ex-reds left-back Andrea Dossena also signed for the Black Cats on a free transfer from Rafael Benítez’s SSC Napoli. Two centre-halves arrived at Anfield, with Mamadou Sakho arriving from Paris Saint-Germain for £15m and Tiago Ilori signing from Sporting Clube de Portugal for £7m. On the same day, winger Victor Moses arrived on loan from Chelsea with Dani Pacheco leaving the reds to sign for Spanish side AD Alcorcón. Meanwhile, Momo Sissoko had his contract with Paris Saint-Germain terminated.

More red ins and outs
1986 - Steve Staunton signed from Dundalk for £20,000. He bagged six goals in ninety appearances in his first spell at Anfield, joining Aston Villa for £1.1m after five years with the reds.
1994 - John Scales signed from Wimbledon for £3.5m. He struck four times in 94 games in his two years at Anfield, before joining Tottenham Hotspur for £2.6m in December 1996. On the same day, Paul Stewart joined Wolverhampton Wanderers on loan. He scored twice in ten appearances for Wolves, and later joined Burnley and Sunderland on loan, having slipped out of the first team picture at Anfield.
2015 – The capture of Brazilian midfielder Allan Rodrigues de Souza from Internacional for a reported £500,000 was announced, with his loan departure to Finnish club Seinäjoen Jalkapallokerho also revealed on the same day.
2019 – Winger Ryan Kent was sold to Rangers for £7m after a successful loan spell in which he had struck six times in 43 appearances. On the same day, keeper Shamal George joined Marine on loan and forward Bobby Duncan was sold to Fiorentina for €2m. Meanwhile, Martin Škrtel was released after less than a month with Atalanta and signed for İstanbul Başakşehir on the same day.

Nice one Cyril
1939 - Cyril Done scored the only goal of the game on his reds debut at home to Chelsea, the day after Germany invaded Poland, and the day before Britain declared war, which resulted in the cancellation of the football season, so he had to wait until October 1946 to make his official reds bow. Full-back Jim Harley was sent off.

Out-gunned
We have faced Arsenal four times in top-flight matches on this day in history, without securing victory.
1905 - We lost 3-1 at Woolwich Arsenal with Bobby Robinson bagging our consolation, and Sam Raybould missing a penalty in our first game of the season. Jack Parkinson broke his wrist in this match, keeping him out of the side for six months. We finished the game with nine men after Billy Dunlop twisted his knee. Tim Coleman netted the first of his nine goals against the reds, with ex-red Charles Satterthwaite and Jimmy Blair also on the scoresheet.
1911 - We returned to the Manor Ground for another season opener, when John McConnell scored his first reds goal with Samual Gilligan also netting as we left with a 2-2 draw.

1922 - We lost 1-0 to Arsenal at Highbury, thanks to an Arthur Hutchins penalty.
2012 – Loanee Nuri Şahin made his reds bow as the Gunners comfortably won 2-0 at Anfield, with Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla bagging the goals.

Beating the Trotters
We have entertained Bolton Wanderers three times on this day in history, winning twice and drawing on the other occasion.
1914 - Billy Lacey, Arthur Metcalf, Jimmy Nicholl and Jackie Sheldon all struck as we won our opening First Division fixture 4-3. Evan Jones scored, with Joe Smith grabbing two of his twelve goals against us.
1916 - Fred Pagnam, Arthur Goddard and Jack Bamber netted as we won a Wartime League match 3-1.
1931 - Dave Wright bagged a brace in a 2-2 top-flight draw as George Gibson scored the final goal of his five past us, with Ray Westwood netting the first of his nine.

Ton up for Jack
1950 - Jack Balmer struck his hundredth reds goal as we drew 1-1 at Aston Villa.

Debutants on the mark
1899 – Inside-forward John ‘Sailor’ Hunter scored on his reds bow, as we lost 3-2 at Stoke in our season opener, with skipper Alex Raisbeck also on target and forward Peter Kyle also making his reds bow. Billy Maxwell bagged two of his six goals against the reds, with Jack Kennedy also scoring.
1907 - Charlie Hewitt also netted on his debut, as we started another season with a 3-1 defeat at Nottingham Forest. Enoch West struck the first of his eight goals against the reds, with Harry Green and Ted Hughes also on target.

Double debutants
1972 - Keeper Frank Lane played his only senior reds game, unfortunately conceding an own goal, often attributed to Alan Hinton, as we lost 2-1 at League champions Derby County, despite John Toshack putting us in front. Midfielder Peter Cormack also made his reds bow in this match. John O’Hare scored the last of his six goals past us for the home side.

Ged’s double century
2002 - We were held at home by Newcastle United to a 2-2 draw in the 200th match since Gérard Houllier took sole charge. Ex-United player Dietmar Hamann struck before Michael Owen converted a penalty. However, late goals from Gary Speed and one of Alan Shearer’s eight past us levelled the match.
1953 - We also faced the Geordies, leaving St. James’ Park on the wrong end of a 4-0 scoreline, with the legendary Jackie Milburn and Vic Keeble adding to the last two of Robert Mitchell’s eight strikes against the reds.

Starting out with a point
1901 - We kicked off our season with a goalless draw at Small Heath, who were later to become known as Birmingham City.

Michael on the mark again
2000 - Michael Owen scored England’s equaliser against World Champions France in their friendly encounter at the Stade de France, having come on as a substitute. Kevin Keegan was in charge of a side that also featured ex-red Steve McManaman, while Nick Barmby was winning his first cap as a reds player. Future red Nicolas Anelka appeared for the home side.

The same day, Sami Hyypiä won his 34th cap in Finland’s 2-1 home defeat of Albania in a World Cup qualifier, with future red Jari Litmanen on the scoresheet. Don Hutchison won his first cap as a Sunderland player as Scotland won their qualifier in Latvia 1-0. Robbie Keane bagged his only goal while with Internazionale as ex-red Jason McAteer also struck in the Republic of Ireland’s 2-2 draw with the Netherlands in Amsterdam, with Steve Staunton also featuring. Craig Bellamy was sent off while winning his first cap as a Coventry City player as Wales lost 2-1 in Belarus. Also in international action that day were Stéphane Henchoz, Vladimír Šmicer, future reds Igor Bišcan, Jerzy Dudek and Paul Jones, and ex-reds Øyvind Leonhardsen, Jim Magilton and Gareth Roberts.

Crouchie at the double
2006 - Peter Crouch bagged a brace with Steven Gerrard also on target as England thumped Andorra 5-0 in their Euro 2008 qualifier at Old Trafford, with future red Stewart Downing also in action. Luis García and future red Fernando Torres both netted for Spain in their 4-0 defeat of Liechtenstein, with Xabi Alonso also in the side. Future red Martin Škrtel struck his first goal for his country on the same day, as Slovakia thumped Cyprus 6-1 in another qualifier in Bratislava.

Dirk Kuyt won his first cap as a red, playing alongside future red Ryan Babel as the Netherlands won 1-0 in Luxembourg. Meanwhile, ex-red Jari Litmanen knocked a brace past Jerzy Dudek, including a penalty, as Roy Hodgson’s Finland beat Poland 3-1 in what was the keeper’s final international as a red. Also in international action were Craig Bellamy, Steve Finnan, Sami Hyypiä, future reds Yossi Benayoun, Philipp Degen, Robbie Keane, Ragnar Klavan and Sotirios Kyrgiakos, and ex-reds Paul Jones, El-Hadji Diouf and Rigobert Song. Also representing their countries that day were managers John Toshack and Steve Staunton, who was dismissed as the Republic of Ireland lost 1-0 in Germany.

International bows
2016 – Future red Kostas Tsimikas debuted for Greece Under-21’s as they drew 1-1 with Albania in a European Championships qualifier in Athens.
2011 – Stewart Downing won his first cap as a reds player as England won a Euro 2012 qualifier 3-0 in Bulgaria, with Raúl Meireles playing for Portugal for the first time since moving to Chelsea as Portugal won 4-0 in Cyprus. Craig Bellamy featured for Wales as they beat Montenegro 2-1 in Cardiff, the first time since his return to Anfield. Sebastián Coates won his first cap as a red as Uruguay beat Ukraine 3-2 in Karkov, while future red Dejan Lovren struck his first goal for Croatia in their 3-1 qualifying win in Malta.

Robbie Keane won his first cap as an LA Galaxy player as the Republic of Ireland shared a goalless draw with Slovakia in Dublin, with Yossi Benayoun playing for Israel for the first time while on loan at Arsenal in their 1-0 defeat by Greece in Tel-Aviv. Alou Diarra won his first cap as an Olympique de Marseille player as France won 2-1 in Albania.

Dirk Kuyt scored as the Netherlands trounced San Marino 11-0 in Eindhoven, with future red Gini Wijnaldum netting on his debut, while Pepe Reina, Martin Škrtel, Luis Suárez, future reds Simon Mignolet and James Milner, and ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa, Milan Jovanović, Javier Mascherano, Nikolay Mihaylov, Daniel Sjölund, Fernando Torres and John Toshack all also represented their countries.

More first caps
2010 – Michael Ngoo and Jonjo Shelvey both netted on their debuts for England Under-19’s as they beat Slovakia 2-0 in a friendly at Gresty Road, while Andre Wisdom also made his debut at this level, skippering the side for a time. Meanwhile, Yossi Benayoun won his first cap as a Chelsea player as Israel beat Malta 3-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Tel-Aviv.

Alberto in action
2002 – Future red Alberto Aquilani played for Italy Under-19’s as they lost 1-0 to Turkey.
2005 – He featured for the Under-21’s in their European Championships qualifier against Scotland in Motherwell that ended 2-2 with three players sent off in total. The match was forfeited by the home side and recorded as a 3-0 victory to Italy. Also in international action that day were Scott Carson, Nikolay Mihaylov, Michael Nardiello, John Welsh and future reds Glen Johnson and James Milner.
2011 – Aquilani won his first cap while on loan with AC Milan as Italy won a Euro 2012 qualifier 1-0 at the Faroe Islands, with future red Mario Balotelli also in action.
2012 – Sheyi Ojo and Jerome Sinclair played for England Under-17’s as they lost a friendly 1-0 to Portugal in Burton.

Also on the move
1955 – Future reds centre-forward Dave Hickson signed for Aston Villa from Everton for £17,500, netting just once in twelve games before moving to Huddersfield Town for £16,000 two months later.
2011 – Ex-reds defender Stephen Wright signed for Hartlepool United, featuring eleven times for the Monkey Hangers.


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      1969 - Emlyn Hughes grabbed our consolation as we were thumped 4-1, with Ron Yeats putting through his own net. Roger Hunt made his 492nd and final reds appearance in this game. Bobby Charlton bagged one of his four goals past us, with Willie Morgan and Ian Ure also scoring.
      Another European win
      1972 - Phil Boersma netted in the opening minute with Steve Heighway and John Toshack also striking as we beat Dynamo Berlin 3-1 at Anfield in the Third Round of the UEFA Cup, after a goalless first leg in East Germany. Boersma’s strike was our quickest in Europe until Joe Cole’s goal against Steaua Bucureşti at Anfield in September 2010.
      King Kenny back at Anfield
      1992 - Kenny Dalglish returned to Anfield as visiting Manager for the first time, with substitute Mark Walters netting a brace either side of a stunning Alan Shearer volley, one of his eight goals past us, as we beat Blackburn Rovers 2-1, our first goals from off the bench in the newly-renamed Premier League.
      Carra errs again
      2008 - Jamie Carragher struck his seventh own goal for the reds, a club record, as Hull City held us to a 2-2 draw at Anfield. The Tigers took a surprise lead when defender Paul McShane headed in before we went two behind. Steven Gerrard bagged a brace before the break, but we were unable to find a winner. His second strike was our 600th at home in the Premier League.
      Starting and ending in the far east
      1981 - Craig Johnston made his first reds start as a Zico-inspired Flamengo beat us 3-0 in the World Club Championship in Tokyo’s National Stadium. Ray Kennedy made his 393rd and final reds appearance in this game. Nunes bagged a brace, with Adilio also on target.
      Goalscoring firsts
      2000 - Two reds substitutes scored in the same domestic game for the first time, with Michael Owen and Nick Barmby both netting as we beat Fulham 3-0 in a League Cup Fifth Round tie after extra time, on our way to winning the trophy for the eighth time. Vladimír Šmicer bagged his first goal at Anfield to complete the scoring.
      Red trebles
      1941 - James McIntosh scored a hat-trick, his first reds goals, as we beat Tranmere Rovers 7-2 in a Wartime League game. Dicky Dorsett and Len Carney both added braces.
      Disappointment against the Gunners
      2009 – Arsenal won 2-1 at Anfield as we scored in a new club record nineteenth consecutive home Premier League game. Dirk Kuyt gave us a deserved first-half lead but Glen Johnson handed the initiative to the visitors with an unlucky own goal after the break. Andriy Arshavin bagged the winner with the most recent of his five strikes past us, as Fábio Aurélio played his hundredth reds game.
      1930 - Right-half Tom Morrison grabbed his first reds goal, in the opening minute of our 1-1 draw with Arsenal at Anfield, with the Gunners going on to claim the League title for the first time that season. David Jack struck one of his nine goals against the reds.
      Jim’s century
      1947 – Full-back Jim Harley played his hundredth League game for the reds as we won 2-1 at Wolverhampton Wanderers, with Albert Stubbins and Jack Balmer on target.
      Czech out Vlad’s double
      1997 - Future red Vladimír Šmicer bagged both the Czech Republic’s goals as they drew with South Africa in a Confederations Cup game in Saudi Arabia.
      Failing at Anfield
      1995 - Phil Babb, Jason McAteer and ex-red John Aldridge all played as the Republic of Ireland lost 2-0 to the Netherlands in a Euro ’96 play-off at Anfield. Patrick Kluivert netted both goals in Jack Charlton’s last game as Ireland boss.
      Young deity on target in L4
      1994 - Robbie Fowler came off the bench to score for England B as they beat the Republic of Ireland 2-0 in a friendly at Anfield. Neil Ruddock skippered a side that also included David James, Jamie Redknapp, John Scales and future red Nick Barmby, while Phil Babb, ex-red Ronnie Whelan and future red Jason McAteer all played for the Irish. Also in international action that day was future reds midfielder Jean-Michel Ferri.
      On the move
      1996 - Reserves defender and Phil’s son, Ashley Neal joined Huddersfield Town on a free transfer. He did not make a first-team appearance for the Terriers, before joining Peterborough United on non-contract terms three months later.
      2002 – Keeper Brad Jones joined Stockport County on loan from Middlesbrough. He only played once for the Hatters in his one month at Edgeley Park.
      2012 – He signed a new contract at Anfield, having signed from Boro for £2.3m in August 2010. He made 23 senior appearances for the reds before being released in June 2015.
      More new contracts
      2019 – Manager Jürgen Klopp signed a new contract tying him to the reds until 2024. On the same day, vice-captain James Milner penned an extension to keep him at Anfield until 2022.
      Beating Austria
      1933 – Sam English bagged a treble as we defeated the Austrian national side 4-2 at Anfield, with Berry Nieuwenhuys also netting. They were a very fine side at the time, finishing fourth in the World Cup Finals in Italy the following summer.
      Also in international action
      1950 – Billy Liddell played for Scotland as they lost a friendly 1-0 to Austria at Hampden Park.
      1983 – Graeme Souness captained his country with ex-red Frank McGarvey also playing in Scotland’s 2-0 British International Championships win in Northern Ireland.
      1989 – Steve McMahon and future red Michael Thomas played as England beat Yugoslavia 2-1 in a friendly at Wembley.
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      Happy birthdays
      1984 – Danish centre-back Daniel Agger was born in Hvidovre. He joined the reds from Brøndby IF for £5.8m in January 2006, notching fourteen times in 232 games before returning to his old club in Denmark in August 2014 for a reported £3m, having helped us to claim the League Cup in 2012.
      1981 - Stephen Warnock was born in Ormskirk. He played 67 reds games, notching once, before moving to Blackburn Rovers in January 2007 for £1.5m, although he moved on to Aston Villa in August 2009.
      1990 – Winger Victor Moses was born in Lagos, Nigeria. He signed on loan from Chelsea in September 2013, netting twice in 22 outings before returning to his parent club at the end of the season.
      Team of the year
      1978 - We were voted the best team in the world at the International Sports Writers’ Association awards ceremony, with the trophy being presented to Vice Chairman Sidney Reakes. We also pipped the Davis Cup team to the British Team of the Year award at the Cunard Hotel in London.
      Another European win
      2002 - Michael Owen nabbed the only goal of the game at Anfield as we progressed past Vitesse Arnhem in the UEFA Cup Third Round by 2-0 on aggregate.
      Welsh despair
      1925 - Cardiff City won for the third consecutive League season at Anfield, this time by 2-0. Len Davies netted one of his seven strikes against the reds, with Hugh Ferguson also on target.
      Mixed fortunes against Bury
      1896 - We beat Bury 3-1 at Anfield thanks to a George Allan brace and a goal from Malcolm McVean.
      1908 - Joe Hewitt netted as we lost 2-1 at Gigg Lane, with Billy Hibbert scoring two of his thirteen goals against the reds.
      Pompey despair
      We have twice lost at Portsmouth on this day in history.
      1953 - Sammy Smyth grabbed our consolation as we were thumped 5-1. Peter Harris struck a hat-trick, the last of his eight goals against the reds, with Charlie Vaughan bagging the final goal of his four past us and Johnny Gordon also netting.
      1931 - We lost 2-0 in another First Division meeting when Jimmy Easson netted two of his eight goals past us.
      Thumping the Black Cats
      1936 - Alf Hanson struck twice as we beat Sunderland 4-0 at Anfield, with Berry Nieuwenhuys and Jack Balmer also on the scoresheet.
      The cup in December
      1999 - We played our earliest FA Cup tie since 1892 when the Third Round was staged in December. Dominic Matteo netted his second and final reds goal as we won 2-0 at Huddersfield Town after Titi Camara had opened the scoring.
      Djimi signs on
      2000 - Djimi Traoré signed a new four-year contract. He struck once in 141 reds appearances before joining Charlton Athletic for £2m in August 2006, having helped us to claim the Champions League in 2005.
      On the move
      1979 - 1950’s wing-half Bobby Campbell was sacked as Manager of Bristol Rovers. He had led them to just eleven wins in 46 games in charge, as they struggled in the old Second Division.
      1997 - Mike Marsh was released by Southend United after just over two years at Roots Hall. He had struck thirteen times in 97 games for the Shrimpers.
      2011 - Nicolas Anelka signed for Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua, netting three times in 23 outings before joining West Bromwich Albion on a free transfer in July 2013.
      2017 – Former reds First Team Coach Paco Herrera was sacked as Manager of Real Sporting de Gijón after just six months in charge.
      A saintly century
      1977 - We played St. Mirren at Love Street to commemorate their centenary. The game ended 1-1, with Kenny Dalglish on target for the reds, before we won a penalty shoot-out 5-4. Phil Neal, Emlyn Hughes, Terry McDermott, Ray Kennedy and David Johnson converted spot-kicks with Ray Clemence saving from future red Frank McGarvey.
      Nice one Cyril
      1942 - Cyril Done bagged a treble as we trounced Burnley 9-2 in a Wartime League fixture at Anfield. Dicky Dorsett and Willie Fagan both netted braces, with Michael Hulligan and Fred Haycock also on target.
      Newell for England
      1989 - Ex-reds reserves striker Mike Newell, then playing across the park, netted for England B as they beat Yugoslavia 2-0 at The Den.
      1995 – Steve McManaman, ex-red Peter Beardsley and future red Nick Barmby all played in England’s 1-1 friendly draw with Portugal at Wembley.
      2002 – Future reds Glen Johnson, Andy Lonergan and Gary O’Neil all featured as England Under-20’s lost 2-0 to Switzerland at Upton Park.
      Mixed fortunes for the youngsters
      2003 - Zak Whitbread faced future red Javier Mascherano as Argentina Under-20’s beat the USA 2-1 on a golden goal in the Quarter-finals of the World Championship Finals in the United Arab Emirates, with Mascherano grabbing the injury time equaliser.
      Daniele’s debut
      2006 - Future reds loanee keeper Daniele Padelli won his first cap for Italy Under-21’s as they beat Luxembourg 2-0 in Vibo Valentia. He was then on loan at Crotone from Sampdoria.
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