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  1. Will

    21st February

    Aldo’s debut 1987 - John Aldridge made his reds debut as a substitute for goalscorer Craig Johnston in our 2-2 League draw at Aston Villa, with Paul Walsh and Villa’s Paul Elliott also netting and Mark Lawrenson putting through his own net. Aldo went on to net 63 goals in 104 reds games. 1948 – Right-winger Alex Muir made his reds bow as Middlesbrough won 1-0 in L4 with Micky Fenton bagging the last of his nine goals past us late on. Another win at Camp Nou 2007 - We came from behind to win 2-1 at Barcelona in the first leg of our Champions League Round of 16 meeting. The game was played in the aftermath of a stormy bonding trip to Portugal, with Craig Bellamy allegedly attacking John Arne Riise with a golf club. Perhaps inevitably, it was these two players who struck our goals, with Bellamy celebrating what was to be the final strike of his first reds spell with an imaginary golf swing! Riise’s winner was our 250th goal in the European Cup. Dirk Kuyt hit the crossbar with the home side’s goalscorer Deco also striking the woodwork for the home side. The end of a great career 1934 - Legendary keeper Elisha Scott made his 468th and final reds appearance in a 2-0 defeat at Chelsea, giving a farewell speech to the crowd from the Directors’ box at the end of the match! His career had spanned an amazing 21 years and 52 days. Hughie Gallacher netted the last of his eight goals against the reds, with Eric Oakton also on target. 1981 – Avi Cohen played his 24th and final reds game as we drew 2-2 in a League game at Brighton & Hove Albion. David Johnson and Terry McDermott netted our goals, with future red Michael Robinson and Gordon Smith scoring for the Seagulls. Sami’s record 2006 - Sami Hyypiä made his 57th consecutive European appearance, a club record for an outfield player. Unfortunately, we lost 1-0 at SL Benfica in the first leg of our Champions League round of sixteen tie. This was the fourth time we had faced the Portuguese side in European competition, more than any other club. We set a new European clean sheet club record of 573 minutes before conceding our hundredth goal in the European Cup, when Luisão headed home late on at the Estádio da Luz. Of even greater concern was the serious eye injury suffered by Momo Sissoko in an innocuous challenge with Beto, which fortunately only kept him out for a month in the end. Kenny steps down 1991 - Kenny Dalglish resigned as reds boss in a board meeting at Anfield. He had been in charge for nearly six years, leading us to the double in his first season, and a further two League titles, FA Cup, two FA Charity Shields and Screen Sport Super Cup. The pressures of management, and his role in counselling players, supporters and the city of Liverpool in the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster led to him stepping down. Hitting the Canaries for six 1979 - We crushed Norwich City 6-0 in the League despite their five-man defence, with both Alan and Ray Kennedy getting on the scoresheet. Kenny Dalglish and David Johnson added a brace apiece. Bowing out 2013 – We beat Zenit St. Petersburg 3-1 at Anfield in the second leg of our UEFA Europa League Round of 32 tie, but crashed out on away goals. Jamie Carragher, playing his 150th and last game in Europe, gifted Hulk the ball who gave the visitors the lead. Luis Suárez struck brilliant free-kicks either side of Joe Allen’s goal, but the final decisive goal did not come. Daniel Agger reached 200 reds appearances in this game. On our way to Wembley 1988 - A Ray Houghton header saw off Everton at Goodison Park in a live televised FA Cup Fifth Round meeting as we headed towards Wembley yet again. John Barnes debuted his new shaved head in this game! Farewell Alf 2004 - Former reds keeper Alf Hobson died in County Durham. He only made 28 senior appearances after signing from Shildon Colliery in April 1936, adding a further 171 reds games in Wartime football. Not on our way to Wembley 1970 - We were knocked out of the FA Cup in the Sixth Round, losing 1-0 at Second Division Watford thanks to Barry Endean’s diving header, in revenge for us knocking them out of the League Cup at Vicarage Road earlier that season. This game prompted Bill Shankly into rebuilding his reds side. Births and a death 1917 - Full-back Jim Harley was born in Methil, Fife. He failed to score in 131 reds appearances after signing from Hearts Of Beath in April 1934, helping us to the League title in 1947 before leaving the following year. 1990 – Brazilian ex-reserves forward Vitor Flora was born in São Joaquim da Barra. He signed from Botafogo on a free transfer in September 2008, returning to his native land to join to Goiás Esporte Clube in April 2010. 1956 – Chairman Will Harrop died. He had been in that role for six years from 1935, returning to the post in 1953. Edging towards the Final 1914 - We held West Ham United to a 1-1 draw in an FA Cup Third Round match, with Tom Miller on target and Syd Puddefoot bagging the first of his six strikes past us. We won the replay 5-1 as we eventually reached our first ever FA Cup Final that season. Beating the Brummies twice in the Cup Back in the 1920’s we twice knocked Birmingham City out of the FA Cup on this day, both times at Anfield at the Third Round stage. 1920 - Goals from Jackie Sheldon and Tom Miller handed us a 2-0 win, with the latter’s goal being his fiftieth reds strike. 1925 - Archie Rawlings and Danny Shone netted as we won 2-1, with George Briggs nabbing the first of his ten goals against the reds. 2014 – Winger Jordon Ibe joined Birmingham City on loan, netting once in eleven outings. Beating the Geordies We have twice defeated Newcastle United in First Division meetings on this day in history. 1976 - Kevin Keegan and Jimmy Case struck as we won 2-0 at Anfield. 1953 - Sammy Smyth and Phil Taylor were on the scoresheet in our 2-1 away victory, as Robert Mitchell struck one of his eight goals past us. Reds on target for England 1978 - David Fairclough and Terry McDermott were both on target as England B beat their West German counterparts 2-1 in Augsburg. Phil Thompson and future reds Joe Corrigan and Alan Kennedy all also played. 2009 – Tom Ince played for England Under-17’s in the Algarve Tournament as they lost 2-0 to the host nation. Diarra’s debut 2001 - Future red Alou Diarra made his debut for France Under-20’s as they beat Finland 2-1 in Narbonne. Thumping the Blades 1942 - We beat Sheffield United 5-1 in a match that counted for both the Wartime League and the War League Cup. Cyril Done and Billy Liddell both netted braces, with Bill Jones also on target for the reds. On the move 2006 - Mark Wright was appointed as Manager of Chester City for the second time. He had resigned in August 2004 after disagreements with the Board of Directors. He was sacked just fourteen months later, later returning for a third spell. 2015 – Jermaine Pennant signed for Wigan Athletic, scoring three times in thirteen games as they were relegated to League One before choosing to move on at the end of the season. 2021 – Ex-reds scout Jonathan Woodgate was appointed Head Coach of Bournemouth until the end of the campaign, staying in the role until Scott Parker was appointed four months later. Other reds games 2010 – We drew 0-0 at Manchester City after a dull encounter. 1959 – Huddersfield Town held us to a 2-2 draw in the Second Division at Anfield with Kevin McHale giving the visitors the lead before Jimmy Melia drew us level just before the break. Fred Morris scored late on but there was still time for Dick White to head into his own net. 1931 – We won 2-1 at Leeds United, with Dave Wright and Gordon Hodgson netting either side of the last of Russell Wainscott’s five goals against us. 1900 – We lost 2-1 in an FA Cup Second Round replay at West Bromwich Albion with Archibald Dunn and future red Jack Chadburn on target for the home side. Tommy Robertson scored our goal. Also in international action 2017 – Liam Millar played for Canada Under-20’s in their 5-0 CONCACAF Championships group stage mauling by Mexico in Costa Rica. 1996 – Future reds Markus Babbel and Christian Ziege both played as Germany won a friendly 2-1 in Portugal. 1993 – Future reds keeper Brad Friedel featured in the USA’s goalless draw with Russia in California. 1990 - Glenn Hysén played in Sweden’s goalless friendly draw in Belgium. 1910 – Alex Raisbeck represented Scotland A as they faced a Scotland B side.
  2. Jimmy’s treble 1975 - Jimmy Case scored a hat-trick as we beat Polish side Slask Wroclaw 3-0 at Anfield in our UEFA Cup Third Round second leg tie, with Ray Clemence a virtual spectator, to progress 5-1 on aggregate on our way to claiming the trophy for the second time. 3,000 up 1949 - Willie Fagan struck our 3,000th League goal as we lost 3-2 at Huddersfield Town, with Ken Brierley also on target. Vic Metcalfe netted the first of his six goals against the reds, with John McKenna and Jeff Taylor also on the scoresheet. If you like Croatian players 2000 - Igor Bišcan made his reds bow as a substitute for Christian Ziege as a Marcus Stewart goal handed Ipswich Town victory at Anfield. This came just three days after his arrival in L4. Derby stalemate 2017 – We were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Everton. Mohamed Salah put us ahead before the break, but Wayne Rooney equalised from the spot when a soft penalty was awarded against Dejan Lovren, the most recent of his seven goals past us to date. Also recently 2019 – We won 2-0 at Salzburg in the UEFA Champions League to ensure we topped the group. Naby Keïta headed in the opener after the break, before Mohamed Salah struck less than two minutes later. 2018 – Defender Joe Gomez signed a new contract, so far failing to score in 121 reds games, helping us to claim the Premier League title, UEFA Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup. 2015 – Jordan Rossiter payed his fifth and last game for the club as we were held to a goalless draw in our UEFA Europa League game at Sion. 2011 – Luis Suárez headed the only goal of our League meeting with Queens Park Rangers at Anfield shortly after the break. 2005 - Chris Riggott was sent off for Middlesbrough as Fernando Morientes bagged a brace in a 2-0 victory at Anfield. This was our tenth straight game without conceding a goal, equalling our record from the 1987/88 season. Rare wins We have only won five of our sixteen first-class games played on this day over the years, all at Anfield, with the other victories being as follows. 1960 - We beat Swansea Town 4-0, with Alan A’Court and Dave Hickson adding to a Kevin Lewis brace. 1921 - Danny Shone and Dick Forshaw scored to hand us a 2-0 win over Aston Villa, with keeper Frank Mitchell playing his eighteenth and final reds game. Bye bye Beeby 1910 - Keeper Augustus Beeby played his sixteenth and final reds game as we lost 3-0 at Bury in a top-flight fixture, with outside-right Arthur Goddard playing his 300th League game for the club. Billy Hibbert bagged two of his thirteen strikes against the reds, with Tom Kay nabbing the last of his five past us. It could have been worse as Jack Dewhurst blasted a penalty over the bar just before half time with the score 1-0, after centre-half Jimmy Harrop had handled in the box. Losing to Brum We lost twice to Birmingham City on this day in the space of five years. 1927 - Gordon Hodgson struck twice in a minute as we were beaten 3-2 at Anfield in what was Matt McQueen’s 200th League game in charge. It was his last game for more than two months as he was struck down with pneumonia. George Briggs struck two of his ten goals against the reds, with Stan Davies netting the last of his four past us. 1932 – Bob Gregg bagged a treble as we lost another top-flight meeting 3-0 at St. Andrews. Honours even at Old Trafford 1966 - Ian St. John netted twice as we drew 2-2 at Manchester United. George Best bagged a brace for the home side, two of his seven goals past us, which included a spot-kick on this occasion. Ton up for Jack 1938 - Forward Jack Balmer played his hundredth reds game as Grimsby Town held us to a 2-2 draw in our Second Division meeting at Anfield. Berry Nieuwenhuys and Willie Fagan struck our goals. Trebles for and against 1983 - Terry Gibson scored a hat-trick for Coventry City as they thumped us 4-0 at Highfield Road, with Nick Platnauer opening the scoring after just forty seconds. 1904 - Jack Parkinson scored a treble as we drew a friendly with Corinthians 3-3 in Leytonstone, with the reds also having a penalty saved. On the move 1998 - Peter Beardsley was released by Fulham. He racked up a total of 28 appearances for them, including during two brief loan spells, scoring seven times. He moved on to Third Division Hartlepool United at the end of that month. 2013 - Yossi Benayoun signed for Queens Park Rangers having been released by Chelsea, netting three times in seventeen outings before returning to Israel to join Maccabi Haifa in June 2014. International reds 1969 - Emlyn Hughes won his second full cap for England as they beat Portugal 1-0 in a friendly at Wembley. 1999 - Fábio Aurélio played his first game for Brazil, although this was an unofficial international. The result was a 3-0 defeat of Bolivia in Cuiabá. 2011 – Future red Mohamed Salah played for Egypt Under-23’s as they beat Senegal 2-0 in their Africa Cup of Nations Third Place Play-off in Morocco. Other reds games 1977 – We lost 2-1 at Norwich City. Phil Thompson scored after Colin Suggett had netted the last of his four goals against the reds and Martin Peters had struck one of his fourteen. 1955 – Barnsley held us to a 1-1 draw in a Second Division encounter at Anfield with John Evans on target. 1898 – Billy Dunlop put through his own net as we lost 1-0 at Derby County. Dismissed 2001 - Roy Hodgson was sacked as Manager of Udinese after just four months in charge. He later claimed that he had wanted to leave so was happy to be sacked. His next job was as national team boss for the United Arab Emirates. Happy birthdays 1985 – Midfielder Charlie Adam was born in Dundee. He signed from Blackpool for an initial £6.75m in July 2011, netting twice in 37 reds games and helping us to claim the League Cup before moving to Stoke City for a reported £4m in August 2012. 1988 - Former reserves custodian Dave Roberts was born in Birkenhead. He moved up to Melwood in the summer of 2006 and was back-up keeper to David Martin. He had played a key role in our two victorious FA Youth Cup campaigns, including saving penalties in a shoot-out in the Semi-final in 2006 and the Final the following year, but was released in May 2007. 1913 - Matthew John Fitzsimmons was born in Toxteth. He signed from Mather United in October 1936 and played his only senior reds game when he stood in for regular centre-half Fred Rogers in our 3-1 defeat at Bolton Wanderers in September 1938. 1923 – Right-winger Alex Muir was born in Inverkeithing, Fife. He signed from Lochgelly Violet in July 1947, the same club that Billy Liddell was signed from. He only played four senior games before joining South Liverpool in 1949.
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