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  1. Will

    7th May

    Corner taken quickly 2019 – We entertained Barcelona in the second leg of our UEFA Champions League Semi-final, having lost the first meeting 3-0 and being without Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah due to injury. Divock Origi gave us an early lead, but we suffered another setback when left-back Andy Robertson had to be withdrawn at half time. However, substitute Gini Wijnaldum bagged a brace in a two-minute flurry before Origi completed a 4-0 rout from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s quickly taken corner. Forward Daniel Sturridge came on to make his 160th and last appearance for the club. Rush scored one, Rush scored two, Rush scored three and Rush scored four 1984 - Ian Rush bagged four goals, including a penalty, in our 5-0 demolition of Coventry City at Anfield. Alan Hansen netted the other goal. On our way to Wembley, but without the 96 1989 - We played our rearranged FA Cup Semi-final with Nottingham Forest at Old Trafford. The 3-1 victory was our first FA Cup Semi-final win without the need for a replay, setting up an emotional all-Merseyside final in the immediate aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster. John Aldridge netted a brace, either side of the last of Neil Webb’s five goals past us, with our other score coming from a Brian Laws own goal. Eleven in a row 2006 - Our final League game of the season resulted in a 3-1 victory at Portsmouth as we won our eleventh consecutive match. Robbie Fowler was on target before Peter Crouch grabbed our hundredth goal of the campaign, and a club record 21st from a substitute, and Djibril Cissé struck his sixth goal in nine outings. The only downside was an injury to Xabi Alonso that affected his involvement in the FA Cup Final a week later. This win took us to 82 points, our then highest tally in a 38-game season. Happy birthday Ed 1974 – Former joint Chief Scout Eduardo Macía was born in Valencia. He arrived from his hometown club in June 2006, explaining his role as “I work with Frankie McParland to look for players all over the world. We are always watching videos, going to games and talking to our scouts. It’s a very busy job but Liverpool is a fantastic club and I’m delighted to be here.” He left the club in December 2010, moving on to roles with Olympiacos and Fiorentina. Red endings 2000 - David Thompson played his 56th and final reds game, coming on as a substitute as Southampton held us to a goalless draw at Anfield in the Premiership. 1938 – Outside-left Alf Hanson appeared for the 177th and last time as we lost 2-0 at Stoke City in the top flight to end the season in eleventh. 1921 - Forward Peter McKinney made his third and final reds appearance in our 3-0 home defeat of Arsenal, with Harry Chambers, Dick Forshaw and Walter Wadsworth all scoring inside the first quarter of an hour. Four once more 1988 - We thumped Sheffield Wednesday 5-1, making this the twelfth game of the season that we had netted at least four goals. Craig Johnston and Peter Beardsley both struck twice with John Barnes also on target, with Beardsley and Ronnie Whelan both hitting the post. The Aussie’s last-minute strike was his fortieth and final reds goal. Jan Mølby moved to centre-half at half time as Alan Hansen was taken off as a precaution after straining a thigh. David Hirst netted the first of his four strikes against the reds, with four of the six goals in the game coming in the final three minutes. This remains our joint record victory over the Owls, although it was matched the following April. Second string champs 2008 – The reserves beat Aston Villa 3-0 in the play-off final at Anfield to become Barclays Premier Reserve League champions, thanks to goals from Krisztián Németh, Jordy Brouwer and Lucas Leiva. Pepe the champion 1999 - Pepe Reina played as Spain Under-16’s clinched the European Championships by beating Poland 4-1 in the Final in Olomouc in the Czech Republic. Off to a good start 1927 - Centre-forward Willie Devlin scored on his reds debut in our 3-3 draw at West Ham United, with Gordon Hodgson adding a brace in our final game of the season as we finished in ninth, as Tommy Lucas had a penalty saved. Devlin only played a further eighteen games, scoring fifteen goals in total before returning north of the border, to Heart Of Midlothian. Also recently 2017 – James Milner had a penalty saved as Southampton held us to a dire goalless draw at Anfield. Totally trottered 1932 - We were obliterated by Bolton Wanderers as they trounced us 8-1 at Burnden Park with Jack Milsom scoring four of his seven goals against the reds, one of five times we have conceded at least eight goals in the League. Outside-right Danny McRorie netted his sixth and last reds goal early in the game as we ended the season on a sour note, finishing tenth. Ex-reds outside-right Dick Edmed was amongst the scorers, having joined the Trotters earlier that month. Ray Westwood struck two of his nine goals past us, with Frederick Wilson also on target. Obscure new signings 1899 - Inside-right David Wilson arrived from East Bontas. He only made two senior appearances, leaving the club in July 1900. 1909 - Right-back James Dunlop, brother of left-back Billy, signed for the reds. 1940 - Kenneth Seddon signed as an amateur. He was the son of Assistant Trainer Jimmy Seddon. Neither man played a first-team reds game. Managerial moves 2013 - Dean Saunders was sacked as Manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers after only four months in charge, during which he could not prevent them from being relegated from the Championship. 2012 – Ex-reds centre-half Mauricio Pellegrino was named as Manager of Valencia, staying in the post for only seven months before being sacked. 1998 - Kevin Keegan was appointed Fulham boss. He was only in charge for one season, guiding the Cottagers to the Second Division title. 1991 - Ex-reds wing-half Bobby Campbell resigned as Manager of Chelsea. He had been in charge for three years, leading them to the Second Division title in his first full season. Oggy’s end 2000 - Steve Ogrizovic was released as a player by Coventry City, after 601 first-team games. He is now goalkeeping coach for the Sky Blues. Other international highlights 1958 - Tommy Younger captained Scotland for the first time while winning his 21st cap in their 1-1 friendly draw with Hungary at Hampden Park. 2007 – Victor Moses bagged a brace as England Under-17’s beat the Netherlands 4-2 in a European Championships Finals group game in Belgium. Fellow future red Mamadou Sakho represented France in the same competition that day. 2008 – Future red Thiago Alcântara netted twice as Spain Under-17’s drew 3-3 with France in another European Championships Finals group match in Turkey, with Gerardo Bruna also featuring. A testimonial thriller 1981 - We lost by the odd goal in thirteen in a testimonial match for Swans defender Wyndham Evans at Swansea City. Disappointment against the Villains 1983 - We were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Aston Villa, with Craig Johnston on the scoresheet after Nigel Spink had saved a penalty from Phil Neal. The referee ordered it to be re-taken, but he then saved his second kick as well! Gary Shaw was on target from the spot for the visitors. 1994 - Robbie Fowler netted as we lost another top-flight encounter 2-1 at Villa Park, the last match in front of the standing Holte End and our final game of the season as we finished in eighth, with Julian Dicks playing his 28th and final reds game and Don Hutchison turning out for the sixtieth and last time. Dwight Yorke bagged the first two of his eight goals past us. Meanwhile, travelling fans were glued to their radios as Everton somehow stayed up following their relegation decider with Wimbledon. Phil drives off 2003 - Defender Phil Brazier signed for Northwich Victoria on a free transfer from Vauxhall Motors. He had skippered us to victory in the FA Youth Cup in 1996. He played 36 times for them in the Conference before moving into management with Marine. Other games on this day 1977 – We drew 1-1 with Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road. Don Givens opened the scoring early on, with Jimmy Case bagging the equaliser. 1949 – Preston North End won 2-0 at Anfield as we ended the season in twelfth. Jackie Knight scored before the legendary Tom Finney netted the first of his five goals past us. Also in international action 1969 – Future red John Toshack played for Wales as they lost 2-1 to England in the British International Championships at Wembley. 1994 – Future red Brad Friedel featured in the USA’s 4-0 thumping of Estonia in California. 1996 – Future red Haukur Ingi Guðnason played for Iceland Under-19’s in their 2-1 European Championships Play-off defeat by the Republic of Ireland. 2002 - Future red Arnaud Bühler’s Switzerland Under-17’s side beat England 3-0 in their European Championships Semi-final in Denmark, with David Mannix and Mark Smyth on the losing side. Meanwhile, future red Carl Medjani featured as France knocked Spain out on penalties at the same stage after their match ended 1-1. 2015 – Trent Alexander-Arnold and Herbie Kane both played for England Under-17’s in their 1-0 European Championships group stage defeat of Italy in Bulgaria. Future red Caoimhín Kelleher played for the Republic of Ireland in their goalless draw with the Netherlands in the same competition that day. 2016 – Future reds Rafael Camacho and Ozan Kabak faced each other in a friendly as Portugal Under-16’s shared a goalless draw with their Turkish counterparts in Fão, with Turkey winning on penalties. 2018 – Bobby Duncan featured for England Under-17’s in their European Championships Finals group game in Walsall as they beat Italy 2-1. 2019 – Future red Jakub Ojrzyński played for Poland Under-16’s in their 2-2 draw with Croatia in Romania.
  2. Will

    13th May

    Cardiff glory once more 2006 - We claimed the FA Cup for the seventh time, in a game dubbed the ‘Gerrard Final’ after Steven Gerrard struck two stupendous shots. We went 2-0 down to West Ham United through a Jamie Carragher own goal followed by a Pepe Reina fumble that Dean Ashton profited from. Djibril Cissé gave us hope before half-time with Gerrard equalising after the break, his 24th goal in his 79th and final reds outing. Future red Paul Konchesky then struck a long-range fluke, our hundredth goal against under Rafael Benítez, with Stevie G scoring a stunning long-range effort as the game moved into injury time, a goal that was later voted as the BBC’s Goal of the Season. Extra time saw no further score, with the reds triumphing 3-1 in the penalty shoot-out thanks to Pepe Reina’s three saves and successful strikes from Didi Hamann, playing his 283rd and last reds game, Gerrard and John Arne Riise. Fernando Morientes made his 61st and final reds appearance in this game, coming on for Harry Kewell who limped out of his third successive major final. Stevie the best 2009 - Steven Gerrard was named the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year, following a season in which he had notched 24 times in 44 reds outings. Kenny’s second farewell 2012 - Kenny Dalglish took charge of his last game as Manager as we lost 1-0 at Brendan Rodgers’ Swansea City, with Danny Graham bagging the only goal of the game late on as we finished the season in a disappointing eighth spot. Craig Bellamy, Alexander Doni, Dirk Kuyt and Maxi Rodríguez all played their final games for the club. Future reds Joe Allen and Steven Caulker were on the winning side. Two-ton Mo 2021 – Mohamed Salah played his 200th reds game as we won 4-2 at Manchester United behind closed doors. We fell behind to a deflected Bruno Fernandes strike with Diogo Jota levelling the scores. Roberto Firmino netted either side of the break. Marcus Rashford reduced the arrears before Salah completed the scoring with his 124th reds goal in the final minute. More red departures 1997 - Stan Collymore was sold to Aston Villa for £7m. He had bagged 35 goals in 81 reds games after his British record £8.5m signing from Nottingham Forest in July 1995. He went on to net fifteen times in 61 games for the Villains before joining Leicester City on a free transfer in February 2000. 1967 - We lost our final game of the season 3-1 at home to Blackpool, who nonetheless finished bottom of the table. Peter Thompson bagged our consolation. Outside-right David Wilson debuted in this game as we ended the season in fifth, while right-half Gordon Milne made his 282nd and final reds outing, moving on to Blackpool later that same day after eighteen goals in 282 reds outings. Ray Charnley struck the last of his eight goals against us, with Graham Oates and Jimmy Robson also scoring. Dom at last 2018 – We thumped Brighton & Hove Albion 4-0 at Anfield to secure fourth place in the League and a place in the following season’s UEFA Champions League, with Adam Lallana reaching a century of League appearances for the reds. Mohamed Salah scored his 32nd League goal of the season, a record in a 38-game Premier League campaign for any club. Dejan Lovren also headed in before the break, with Dominic Solanke finally bagging his first reds goal in his 27th and last game for the club. Andy Robertson completed the scoring late on with his first for the reds, with Danny Ings making his 25th and final Liverpool appearance and Ben Woodburn appearing for the eleventh and last time. Gary Mac departs 2002 - Gary McAllister officially returned to Coventry City on a free transfer, having been appointed their player/manager three weeks previously. Robbie’s second farewell 2007 - Robbie Fowler played the 39th and final game of his second spell with the reds, to take him to 369 appearances in total. Italian keeper Daniele Padelli played his only reds game as already-relegated Charlton Athletic held us to a 2-2 draw at Anfield. Xabi Alonso was on target before Harry Kewell converted a penalty awarded just moments after Robbie had been withdrawn to an emotional standing ovation, his sixteenth and final reds strike. Darren Bent struck one of his five goals past the reds, with Matt Holland also on target. Happy birthday Bill 1921 - Utility player Bill Jones was born in Whaley Bridge, Derby. He signed from Hayfield St. Matthews in September 1938 and scored seventeen times in 277 games for us, with his appearances including the 1950 FA Cup Final when he was preferred to Bob Paisley. Bill won two significant medals in the 1940’s - first he was awarded a Military Medal for his part in the crossing of the Rhine in the Second World War, and then he won a League title medal in 1947 on his return to Anfield. He later scouted for the reds while his grandson Rob represented the club in defence on 243 occasions in the 1990’s. Cally for England 1966 - Ian Callaghan played for England in their 1-1 draw with a ‘Young England’ side, as part of the preparations for the World Cup. Cally made one appearance in the Finals, against France. Other games on this day We had only played three first-class games on this day in history prior to the 2006 FA Cup Final, all in the First Division. 1963 - We lost 1-0 at Bolton Wanderers, who narrowly escaped relegation, in a game originally postponed from three months earlier. 1989 - We beat Wimbledon 2-1 at Plough Lane, with John Aldridge and John Barnes scoring. We went behind to an Alan Hansen own goal in the first half, playing his 400th League game for the club. We had already conceded an own goal in the reverse fixture that season courtesy of Steve Nicol, when Kenny Dalglish had experimented with a sweeper system. The second half saw Ian Rush come on for the rarely-used Alex Watson, and we stormed to victory. Hansen also put through his own net in the Anfield meeting the following season! In aid of the man mountain 1974 - A testimonial match for Ron Yeats was staged as we lost 4-1 to Celtic at Anfield. Tranmere Rovers’ Bobby Tynan grabbed our goal, while Bobby Charlton was amongst the scorers for the visitors. Roker’s final roar 1997 - The last ever match at Roker Park was played, as we lost to Sunderland in a friendly with John Mullin grabbing the only goal of the game. Another trophy 1933 – We beat Bolton Wanderers 2-1 at Anfield to claim the Lancashire Senior Cup for the fifth time. Alf Hanson and Dave Wright were on target. 1944 - We also faced Wanderers in the second leg of the Final in the same competition, winning 3-2 at Burnden Park thanks to a Don Welsh brace and a goal from Cyril Done to claim the trophy 6-3 on aggregate. Scoring against the World Champions 1980 - David Johnson bagged a brace, with ex-red Kevin Keegan nabbing the other, as England beat Argentina 3-1 in a friendly at Wembley. Ray Clemence, Ray Kennedy, Phil Neal and Phil Thompson all also played. These were Johnson’s last international goals, and only ones as a reds player. 2018 – Bobby Duncan scored for England Under-17’s as they beat Norway 2-0 in their European Championships Quarter-final in Burton-on-Trent. New signings 1919 - Outside-right Harold Wadsworth signed from Tranmere Rovers. He struck three times in 55 reds games, many alongside his brother, centre-half Walter. 1914 – Forward Wilf Bartrop arrived from Barnsley for £900, playing three games before joining the Royal Field Artillery in 1915. He was killed in wartime action in November 1918. Three for Billy 1914 - Forward Billy Lacey scored a hat-trick as we won 6-2 in a friendly at Swedish side Djurgårdens IF. William Banks and Thomas Fairfoul also netted, while keeper Elisha Scott played outside-left that day! More reds farewells 1974 - Short-lived half-back Neil McBain died in Ayr. He signed from St. Johnstone in March 1928, playing twelve times before joining Watford eight months later, whom he later twice managed. His greatest claim to fame came in 1947 when he played in goal for New Brighton in an emergency, to become the oldest ever Football League player, aged 51 years and 120 days. 2015 – Future reds keeper Caoimhín Kelleher won his eighth and last Under-17’s cap as the Republic of Ireland lost 1-0 to England in a European Championships Finals group game in Bulgaria, with Herbie Kane on the winning side. Kenny for the Scots Kenny Dalglish twice played for his country on this day in history. 1975 - He featured alongside ex-red Ted MacDougall as they beat Portugal 1-0 in a friendly at Hampden Park. 1978 - Scotland drew 1-1 with Northern Ireland in the British International Championships at the same venue, with Joey Jones playing for Wales in their 3-1 defeat by England in Cardiff on the same day. More moves 2010 – Former youth team defender Gareth Roberts agreed to sign for Derby County on 1st July of that year. He netted once in 104 games for the Rams before moving on to Bury in June 2013. 2012 – Director of Communications Ian Cotton left the club by mutual consent. 2015 - Dean Saunders was appointed Manager of Chesterfield, only remaining in charge for six months before being sacked. 2016 – Midfielder Jordan Rossiter was sold to Rangers after one goal in five senior reds games. On the same day, keeper Shamal George signed professional terms with the reds. Falling at the final hurdle 2007 – Future reds loanee Victor Moses played as England Under-17’s lost 1-0 to Spain in the European Championships Final in Belgium. Future red Damien Plessis featured for France Under-19’s on the same day as they beat Israel 3-1 in a European Championships qualifier. 2008 – Future red Thiago Alcântara appeared for Spain Under-17’s as they beat the Netherlands 2-1 after extra time to reach the European Championships Final in Turkey. Also in international action 1916 – Keeper Ken Campbell played for Scotland as they lost a Military International 4-3 to England at Goodison Park. 1961 – Alan A’Court featured for England as they beat Malaya 4-2 in an FA Tour game in Kuala Lumpur. 1964 – Future red Dave Wilson played for England Under-23’s in their 2-1 friendly defeat in Hungary. 1972 – Emlyn Hughes played as England drew a European Championships qualifier 0-0 with West Germany in Berlin. 1986 – Jan Mølby featured as Denmark lost a friendly 1-0 to Norway in Oslo. 1992 – Future reds Stig Inge Bjørnebye and Øyvind Leonhardsen both played as Norway beat Faroe Islands 2-0 in a friendly in Oslo. 1993 – Future red Jari Litmanen featured in Finland’s 3-1 World Cup qualifying defeat of Austria in Turku. 1997 – Michael Owen played for England Under-18’s in their 3-0 defeat to Portugal in a European Championships qualifier.
  3. Will

    21st November

    Trebles away from home 1998 - Robbie Fowler scored a hat-trick after Paul Ince had headed the opener as we won 4-2 at Aston Villa, who were unbeaten in their first twelve games, their most successful ever start to a League campaign. This was Gérard Houllier’s first win in sole charge. Villa’s Stan Collymore was sent off in the second half for striking out at Michael Owen, while Dion Dublin had a penalty saved by David James to deny him his hat-trick, although he still netted two of his seven goals past us. Steve Harkness was playing his hundredth League game for the reds. 1936 - Centre-forward Fred Howe netted a hat-trick as we won 5-2 at Manchester United, our only ever treble at Old Trafford, with Alf Hanson netting and right-half Harry Eastham bagging his first reds goal. 1993 - Andy Cole bagged a treble inside the opening half hour as we lost 3-0 at Newcastle United, all inside the first half hour, the first of his eleven goals against the reds, a Premier League record to date. This was Torben Piechnik’s 24th and final reds game, and only one of that season, while former reds Peter Beardsley, Barry Venison and Mike Hooper all featured for the Magpies, under Kevin Keegan. This was later alleged to be one of the games ‘thrown’ by Bruce Grobbelaar. 1903 - We also played the Geordies in the top flight, when a Dickie Morris goal was enough to hand us victory at Anfield. A classic derby comeback 1970 - We came back from 2-0 down with twenty minutes remaining to win the Anfield derby. An Alan Whittle lob and Joe Royle header, one of his five goals past us, put the reigning champions in a strong position before a Steve Heighway belter brought us back into the game. John Toshack headed his first reds goal in just his second game to level the match, before Chris Lawler won the game 3-2 with a shot that went in off the post. A derby first The other two derbies staged on this day ended less happily. 1896 - The Blues left Anfield with a goalless draw. Alf Milward was sent off for the visitors for charging John McCartney to become the only player to be sent off in a derby until Terry McDermott and Gary Stanley 83 years later. The game was described in the press at the time as “utterly unworthy of the best traditions of both organisations and never rose above the standard of mediocrity”. 1994 - On-loan Duncan Ferguson bagged the first of his five goals against the reds, with Paul Rideout also on target as we lost 2-0 at Goodison Park in what was Joe Royle’s first game in charge of the Blues. Winning seven goal thrillers We have twice won by the odd goal in seven at Anfield on this day in history. 1931 - Manchester City went home without the points after we had gone in 2-1 down at the break, with right-back Bob Done bagging a brace that included a penalty and Archie McPherson and Gordon Hodgson also netting. Dave Halliday struck the last of his thirteen goals against the reds, with Bobby Marshall scoring one of his five past us and Fred Tilson one of his six. 1959 - Leyton Orient lost by the same score in our Second Division encounter, with Fred Morris bagging a brace, his final goals for the club, and Jimmy Melia and Dave Hickson on target as we remained manager-less. Tommy Johnston struck twice for the visitors, with Dennis Sorrell also netting. A European comeback 2017 – We raced into a three-goal lead at Sevilla in our UEFA Champions League group game, with Roberto Firmino netting twice and Sadio Mané also on target in the first half hour. However, French striker Wissam Ben Yedder bagged a brace after the break, including one from the spot. Guido Pizarro scored a stoppage-time equaliser for the home side with James Milner coming off the bench to reach a century of reds appearances. Martin milestones 2009 – We were held to a 2-2 draw at Anfield by Manchester City. Martin Škrtel opened the scoring after the break with his first reds goal, with substitute Yossi Benayoun grabbing an equaliser after we had fallen 2-1 behind, before himself being replaced. Emmanuel Adebayor bagged one of his five goals against the reds to date, with Stephen Ireland also on target. 2015 – Škrtel scored his eighteenth and last goal for the club as we thumped City 4-1 at the Etihad Stadium. We took a three-goal lead as Eliaquim Mangala put through his own net before Philippe Coutinho scored and then Roberto Firmino netted his first reds strike. Sergio Agüero pulled one back on the stroke of half time, one of his seven goals past us to date. Evans off 1957 - Forward John Evans was sold to Third Division South outfit Colchester United. He was signed at the fourth attempt from Charlton Athletic in December 1953 for £12,500, but we suffered relegation in his first season at Anfield. His greatest moment with the reds came when he netted all our goals in a 5-3 defeat of Bristol Rovers in September 1954. Overall, he struck 53 times in 107 reds games. Off on loan 1987 - Reserves centre-back Mark Seagraves joined Norwich City on a temporary basis. He made three appearances for the Canaries before returning to Anfield. 1998 - David Thompson joined First Division Swindon Town on loan. He played ten times for the Robins in his ten weeks at the County Ground, picking up four yellow cards. Happy birthday 1977 - Ex-reserves midfielder Jamie Cassidy was born in Liverpool. He never made the break-through to our first team, although he had featured in our victorious FA Youth Cup campaign in 1996. He joined Cambridge United in July 1999, where he again struggled to make an impact, before moving into non-League football. Management moves 2015 – Former Assistant Manager Pako Ayestarán left as Manager of Mexican side Club Santos Laguna by mutual consent. 2012 – Rafael Benítez was appointed Interim Manager of Chelsea. He led them to the UEFA Europa League title as well as qualification for the Champions League, despite suffering widespread abuse from their supporters. 2001 - Ex-reds defender Richard Money was installed as the new first team coach of Coventry City. He moved from being Director of the Sky Blues’ youth academy. 1998 - Roy Hodgson was sacked as Manager of Blackburn Rovers, with the Ewood Park outfit sitting rock bottom of the table. He was appointed in June 1997, leading them to sixth and into the UEFA Cup in his first season, a significant improvement on their previous campaign when they ended in thirteenth. 2007 – He took charge of his last match as Finland boss as they drew their last Euro 2008 qualifier 0-0 in Portugal, so missing out on a place in the Finals that a win would have given them. Sami Hyypiä and ex-reds Jari Litmanen and Daniel Sjölund all played. The prince departs 1997 - Paul Dalglish signed for Newcastle United on a free transfer. He only scored twice in just thirteen games for the Magpies, before joining Norwich City. Strikers on target 2007 - Peter Crouch and Andriy Voronin both netted in European Championships qualifiers, with England losing 3-2 at home to Croatia and Voronin’s first goal as a reds player helping the Ukraine to a 2-2 draw with France in Kyiv. Ryan Babel, Steven Gerrard, Dirk Kuyt, Pepe Reina, John Arne Riise, future reds Joe Cole, Milan Jovanović, Ragnar Klavan, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Dejan Lovren, Alex Manninger, Raul Meireles, Christian Poulsen, Luis Suárez and Kolo Touré and ex-reds Milan Baroš and John Toshack all also featured in qualifiers, with Scott Carson winning his second and final cap while on our books. Other reds games 1987 – Norwich City held us to a goalless draw at Anfield. 1981 – Kenny Dalglish netted a last-minute equaliser as we drew 1-1 at West Bromwich Albion, with Cyrille Regis having bagged one of his four goals against the reds. 1973 – We won 2-0 in a League Cup Third Round tie at Sunderland thanks to goals from Kevin Keegan and John Toshack. 1964 – Roger Hunt struck as we drew 1-1 at Stoke City, after John Ritchie had bagged one of his five past us 1953 – Arsenal won 2-1 at Anfield. Curiously, this was the only reds game ever attended by future Beatles drummer Ringo Starr. Louis Bimpson scored, with Doug Lisham nabbing the last of his four goals against us and Jimmy Logie also on target. 1925 – We lost 2-0 at Birmingham City as George Briggs scored one of his ten goals past the reds before Johnny Crosbie added a late second. 1914 – Fred Pagnam netted as we lost 2-1 at Sheffield United. 1908 – We lost 1-0 at Middlesbrough as Steve Bloomer netted one of his fourteen goals against us. Scottish reds 1929 - Wing-half Robert Ireland signed from Rangers, but only made one senior appearance before moving to St. Johnstone in July 1931. 1956 - Tommy Younger played in Scotland’s 2-0 friendly defeat of Yugoslavia at Hampden Park. 1979 - Kenny Dalglish, Alan Hansen, Graeme Souness and future red John Wark all appeared in their 2-0 European Championships qualifying defeat in Belgium. On the same day, Steve Heighway and ex-red Joey Jones also played in qualifiers. Also in international action 2009 – Future red Emre Can played as Germany Under-16’s won a friendly 1-0 in Turkey. 1984 – Ex-red Avi Cohen played for Israel in their 1-1 friendly draw with Romania in Petah Tikva.
  4. Will

    1st September

    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 years and 250 days. He was sold to Queens Park Rangers in August 2014, scoring twice in 39 outings before moving on to Nottingham Forest in June 2018. The very beginning 1892 - We played our first ever game, beating reigning Midland League champions Rotherham Town 7-1 in a friendly that kicked off at Anfield at 5.30pm on a Thursday evening. 1894 - We played our first ever First Division game, drawing 1-1 at Blackburn Rovers, with Harry Bradshaw putting the reds in front before Coombe Hall equalised for the home side. Unfortunately, we were relegated at the end of the season. Outside-left John Drummond played the first of eighteen senior reds games, with keeper Bill McCann making the first of his seventeen outings. Rams hit for six 2007 - Ryan Babel scored his first reds goal as we thumped Derby County 6-0 at Anfield to go into the international break on top of the table for the first time in five seasons. Xabi Alonso and Fernando Torres each bagged a brace, with Andriy Voronin also on target. Birth of the Kop 1906 - Joe Hewitt bagged the only goal of our game against Stoke at Anfield as the Kop stand was used for the first time, in scorching temperatures, although it was not yet known by that name. After the previous season’s title success, the board had decided to demolish what was known as the Oakfield Road Embankment, or Walton Breck Road End, and replace it with a huge bank of rubble and cinders. Germany 1 Liverpool 5 2001 - All of England's goals in their sensational 5-1 win over Germany in Munich were scored by reds. Michael Owen grabbed a hat-trick, with Steven Gerrard nabbing his first international goal and Emile Heskey also on target. Dietmar Hamann was on the losing side, while Nick Barmby, Jamie Carragher and ex-red Steve McManaman all also appeared. Meanwhile, future reds forward Fernando Morientes bagged a brace as Spain beat Austria 4-0 in their qualifying encounter in Valencia. 2007 – Future red Mamadou Sakho scored in the penalty shoot-out as France Under-17’s lost 5-4 to Spain in their World Championship Finals Quarter-final after the game itself ended 1-1 in South Korea. Keeping debuts 1904 - Ned Doig became our oldest ever debutant, aged 37 years and 307 days, when he played in our 2-0 opening day home defeat of Burton United in the Second Division, thanks to a Robbie Robinson brace. Half-back Jimmy Hughes played the first of his fifteen reds games. 1912 - Elisha Scott signed for the reds. He played 468 times in eighteen seasons at Anfield, winning two League titles before joining Belfast Celtic as Player/Manager in June 1934. Crossing the park 1962 - Winger Johnny Morrissey was sold to Everton for £10,000. He had signed on as a professional in April 1957, netting six times in 37 reds games. He scored fifty goals in 314 appearances for the Blues, helping them to two League titles. Facing the Foxes 2018 – New keeper Alisson Becker was robbed while trying to play out from the back leading to Rachid Ghezzal’s consolation as we won 2-1 at Leicester City. Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino had both struck before the break to give us a two-goal lead. James Milner reached a century of League games for the reds. 1973 – We drew a top-flight encounter 1-1 at Filbert Street. John Toshack headed us into the lead after the break, but Alan Birchenall equalised with the last of his four goals against us. Red arrivals 1996 - Patrik Berger signed from Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund for £3.25m, following an impressive Euro ’96. He scored 35 times in 196 reds games, before joining Portsmouth in June 2003. 1994 - Phil Babb signed from Coventry City for a club record £3.6m, also a British record fee for a defender. He struck once in 170 reds appearances in his six years at Anfield, before being released on a free transfer to Sporting Clube de Portugal. 1997 - Reserves winger Nicky Rizzo signed as a professional at Anfield. He never made our first team, and is currently back in his homeland, running a soccer school. 2008 - Left-winger Albert Riera signed from R.C.D. Espanyol on transfer deadline day for an initial £5.5m. He made 56 appearances, netting five times before joining Olympiacos in July 2010. Right-back Steve Finnan moved in the opposite direction, after one goal in 217 appearances since signing from Fulham for £3.5m in July 2003. On the same day, second string keeper Péter Gulácsi signed permanently from MTK Hungária, having spent the previous season on loan at Anfield. Meanwhile, Andriy Voronin joined Hertha BSC Berlin on loan for the season, while young Brazilian forward Vitor Flora arrived from Botafogo on a free transfer. Lawler’s 300 1971 – Full-back Chris Lawler played his 300th League game for the reds in our 1-0 defeat at Manchester City. Deadline day moves 2014 – Centre-half Sebastián Coates joined Sunderland on loan, having failed to break through to the first team. On the same day, winger Oussama Assaidi returned to Stoke City on a temporary basis, while Hungarian forward Krisztián Adorján left Anfield to sign for Italian Serie C side Novara Calcio. Meanwhile, forward Nathan Eccleston signed for Partick Thistle, having been released by Blackpool, John Arne Riise joined APOEL in Cyprus, Swedish left-winger Alexander Kačaniklić joined F.C. København on loan from Fulham, and forward David N’Gog returned to France on loan from Bolton Wanderers with Stade de Reims. On the same day, winger Sadio Mané joined Southampton from Red Bull Salzburg for £11.8m after 45 goals in 87 games. 2015 – Centre-half Tiago Ilori joined Aston Villa on loan, failing to make a senior appearance before being recalled four months later. On the same day, winger Victor Moses made a temporary switch to West Ham United from Chelsea, netting twice in 26 outings in east London. Farewell Welfare 1966 – Forward Harry Welfare died in Angra dos Reis, Brazil. He joined the reds from Northern Nomads in 1912, notching once in four outings before signing for Wrexham the following year. He later had a very successful career in Brazil, helping Fluminense to claim the title three times in succession while bagging 163 goals in just 166 games. 1933 – Scottish outside-right Danny McRorie joined Millwall on trial, moving on permanently to Rochdale a month later. He had bagged six goals in 35 reds games after signing from Morton for £1,500 in November 1930. Starting and ending 1900 - Right-back Tom Robertson made his reds bow as we beat Blackburn Rovers 3-0 at Anfield in another season opener. Tommy Robertson, Charlie Satterthwaite and Sam Raybould struck the goals as Alex Raisbeck captained the side at the age of just 21 years and 249 years, remaining the club’s youngest ever captain until Curtis Jones in February 2020. 1937 – Forward Ted Harston scored his final two reds goals in our 3-2 home defeat of Portsmouth. Berry Nieuwenhuys also struck for the reds, with Jock Anderson bagging the first two of his four goals past us. 1951 – Inside-forward Willie Fagan played his 182nd and final reds game as we beat Huddersfield Town 2-1 in a First Division fixture at Anfield. Billy Liddell and Kevin Baron struck our goals, while Vic Metcalfe netted one of his six strikes against the reds. Centre-backs off the mark against the Saints 1979 - Colin Irwin scored his first senior reds goal, although it was not enough to prevent us going down to a 3-2 League defeat at The Dell, with David Johnson grabbing our other goal. Charlie George scored the last of his five goals past us, with Phil Boyer and Trevor Hebberd also on target for the home side. 1992 - Mark Wright struck his first reds goal, in a 1-1 draw at home to his former club Southampton after Kerry Dixon had put the visitors in front with his seventh and final goal against the reds. UEFA President Lennart Johansson officially opened the Centenary Stand prior to the game. 1993 - Phil Babb scored his first Coventry City goal in their 1-0 defeat of the reds at Highfield Road, as Rob Jones was sent off for receiving two yellow cards in the space of three minutes. David Burrows played his 193rd and final reds game, against one of his future employers. Hat-tricks against We conceded three hat-tricks on this day in the 1930’s. 1930 - Vic Watson netted the last four of his nine goals past us as we were crushed 7-0 at West Ham United in a game that kicked off at 6pm. Stan Earle grabbed the final two of his four strikes against the reds, with Wilfred James also scoring. 1934 - Ted Drake and Ray Bowden both grabbed trebles as we were humbled 8-1 at Arsenal who were on their way to a third consecutive League title, with outside-left Alf Hanson grabbing our consolation and Drake having another effort ruled out for a push. Cliff Bastin scored the final goal of his four against us, with Jack Crayston also netting. 1919 - We also faced the Gunners, when Harry Chambers and Fred Pagnam scored in a 3-2 home defeat. Bert White bagged a brace, with Billy Blyth also netting for the visitors. Alou and goodbye 2003 - Alou Diarra joined Bastia on loan. He eventually left Anfield permanently to join Racing Club de Lens for £2m in June 2005, without ever playing a first-class reds game. 2016 - Diarra had his contract with Charlton Athletic terminated by mutual consent after one goal in 45 outings, signing for AS Nancy-Lorraine on the same day. In Midlands action We have faced Aston Villa three times on this day in history. 1908 - We kicked off the season by beating the Villains 3-2 at Anfield, thanks to goals from Robbie Robinson and Joe Hewitt and a Tom Chorlton penalty. 1990 - Peter Beardsley and John Barnes netted in our 2-1 home victory, with David Platt on target for the visitors. 1928 – Left-half Jimmy McDougall scored his first reds goal as we lost 3-1 at Villa Park. Joe Beresford struck the first of his four goals against the reds, with Len Capewell scoring the last of his six past us and Dicky York also on target. Left-back Donald McKinlay was making his 434th and final reds appearance. Both of our meetings with West Bromwich Albion on this day have ended all square. 1920 - Tom Miller struck at The Hawthorns, his fiftieth League goal and final strike for the club. 1923 - Another top-flight encounter ended goalless at Anfield. Up against the Blades We twice faced Sheffield United on this day in the 1960’s, without conceding a goal. 1962 - Ian Callaghan and Ian St. John struck as we won 2-0 at Anfield. 1965 - We left Bramall Lane with a goalless draw. More season openers We have started our top-flight seasons on two more occasions on this day in history. 1896 - George Allan struck twice as we won 2-1 at The Wednesday in Tom Watson’s first game as Manager, and first game in a new kit of red shirts and white shorts. Right-half John McCartney reached a century of reds appearances in this game. 1913 - Tom Miller was on target following a fine dribble to open the scoring in our 1-1 draw at Derby County, with half-back Tommy Fairfoul making his reds bow. Horace Barnes struck one of his nine goals past us. Happy birthday Michael 1974 – Former reserves keeper Michael Stensgaard was born in Copenhagen. The Dane was signed by Roy Evans but never played a first team game for the reds, despite being named on the bench 28 times. Derby stalemate 1897 - We benefited from a Peter Meecham own goal as our Goodison Park friendly ended 1-1. First and last caps 2017 – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain played for England for the first time since moving to Anfield, in their 4-0 World Cup qualifying win in Malta. Meanwhile, Andy Robertson won his first cap as a reds player, scoring in Scotland’s 3-0 win in Lithuania, with Dominic Solanke playing for England Under-21’s for the first time since moving to Anfield. Ex-reds loanee Victor Moses scored as Nigeria thumped Cameroon 4-0 in Uyo, while Emre Can, Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson, future red Kostas Tsimikas, and ex-reds Raheem Sterling and Luis Suárez were also in international action that day. 2006 - Daniel Agger won his first cap as a red in Denmark’s 4-2 friendly win over Portugal in Copenhagen, with Christian Poulsen playing for his country for the first time since joining Sevilla. On the same day, Florent Sinama-Pongolle made his first appearance for France Under-21’s while on loan at Real Club Recreativo de Huelva, as they beat Scotland 3-1 in a European Championships qualifier at Pittodrie, with future red Charlie Adam winning his third and final cap at this level. Future red Alberto Aquilani played for Italy Under-21’s on the same day, in a 1-0 qualifying victory in Iceland, with a player being sent off for each side. 1982 – Jan Mølby won his second cap, and first one as an Ajax player, as Denmark lost 1-0 to Romania in a friendly in Bucharest. 2016 – Trent Alexander-Arnold debuted for England Under-19’s in their 1-1 friendly draw with the Netherlands in Wellington, Shropshire. Philippe Coutinho, Divock Origi, future red Thiago Alcântara and ex-reds Javier Mascherano, Brad Smith and Luis Suárez all featured for their countries, with keeper Alisson Becker winning his first cap as a Roma player. Meanwhile, Gini Wijnaldum scored in his third consecutive international, while winning his first cap as a red, as the Netherlands lost 2-1 to Greece in a friendly in Eindhoven. Kamil Grabara made his debut for Poland Under-18’s in their 1-1 friendly draw with Norway Under-17’s in Sweden, with midfielder Allan featuring for Brazil Under-20’s in their 1-1 draw with England at St. George’s Park. 2011 – Jordan Henderson captained England Under-21’s for the first time, scoring as they thumped Azerbaijan 6-0 in a European Championships qualifier at Vicarage Road, with Jon Flanagan and Jonjo Shelvey both debuting at this level and future red Steven Caulker also featuring while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain won his first cap as an Arsenal player. Future red Christian Benteke scored as Belgium Under-21’s lost a qualifier 2-1 in Iceland. On the same day, Péter Gulácsi skippered Hungary Under-21’s as they lost another qualifier 2-1 in the Republic of Ireland. 1999 - Mark Kennedy won his first cap as a Manchester City player, with Robbie Keane making his first appearance while with Coventry City. Both netted as the Republic of Ireland beat FR Yugoslavia 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier at Lansdowne Road. Steve Staunton also played. 1996 - Nick Barmby won his final cap while with Middlesbrough, scoring as England won a World Cup qualifier 3-0 in Moldova. Stig Inge Bjørnebye, future reds Sami Hyypiä, Paul Ince and Øyvind Leonhardsen and ex-red Ronnie Rosenthal also represented their countries that day. Other international reds 2001 - Don Hutchison won his first cap as a West Ham United player as Scotland were held to a goalless draw by Croatia at Hampden Park. Igor Bišcan won his fifteenth and final cap in this game with ex-red Dominic Matteo also featuring. Jerzy Dudek won his first cap as a red in Poland’s 3-0 defeat of Norway in Chorzów, with Everton’s Thomas Myhre at the other end, the first time two Merseyside keepers had been in international opposition since May 1979. John Arne Riise and ex-red Øyvind Leonhardsen both also played. Meanwhile, Jason McAteer netted the only goal of the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup qualifying defeat of the Netherlands at Lansdowne Road. He was winning his last cap as a Blackburn Rovers player, and 43rd in total. Future reds Steve Finnan, Robbie Keane and Bolo Zenden, and ex-red Steve Staunton also featured. Craig Bellamy won his first cap while with Newcastle United, his thirteenth to date, as Wales were held to a goalless draw by Armenia in Cardiff. Also in international action that day were Sami Hyypiä, Jari Litmanen, ex-reds Brad Friedel and Jim Magilton, and future reds Milan Baroš and Paul Jones. 1994 – Future red Haukur Ingi Guðnason played for Iceland Under-17’s as they lost 2-0 to Finland in a European Championships qualifier in Reykjavik. 2000 – Richie Partridge and future reds Milan Baroš and John Arne Riise all featured in European Championships qualifier at Under-21’s level, with Riise the only to be on the winning side as Norway beat Armenia 5-1. 2005 - Anthony Le Tallec struck as France Under-21’s beat FYR Macedonia 3-0 in a friendly in Epernay. 2013 – Future red Dominic Solanke came off the bench as England Under-17’s lost 2-1 to Italy in Burton. On the move 2005 - Bjørn Tore Kvarme re-signed for Rosenborg BK, having left Bastia earlier in the year. He retired from the game in June 2008. 2017 – Keeper David Martin signed for Millwall, only making one senior appearance in his first campaign with the Lions. 2020 – Young keeper Kai McKenzie-Lyle signed for Cambridge United, having been released by the reds three months earlier. On the same day, centre-half Rhys Williams signed a new contract while Chief Commercial Officer Billy Hogan took over as Chief Executive Officer. Other reds games 1984 – Queens Park Rangers held us to a 1-1 draw at Anfield. Ronnie Whelan was on target, with Paul Walsh having two goals disallowed. 1981 – Middlesbrough left L4 with a point. David Shearer bagged one of his four goals against the reds, with Phil Neal equalising from the spot. 1959 – We lost a Second Division game 1-0 at Bristol City. 1956 – We beat Grimsby Town 3-2 in a home Second Division encounter. Louis Bimpson struck twice, with Alan Arnell also on target as Bob Crosbie netted a brace for the visitors. 1954 – Plymouth Argyle held us to a 3-3 draw in the Second Division at Anfield. John Evans was on target, with Alan Arnell scoring twice late on. Milan the dad 2009 – Ex-reds striker Milan Baroš became a father to Patrick.
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    29th April

    The first title 1901 – We won 1-0 at West Bromwich Albion to clinch our first League title, with John Walker on target in the first half of our final game of the season against the already-relegated Baggies. A fife and drum band playing “The Conquering Hero” welcomed the team back into Liverpool. The plan was to lift Club Secretary Tom Watson shoulder high in celebration, but as the Liverpool Echo said, “No arms were long enough to grip his girth.” However, our two inter-war meetings with the Baggies both resulted in 2-1 defeats. 1922 - Harry Beadles nabbed our consolation at Anfield, with Howard Gregory bagging a brace for the Baggies. 1933 - Tom Bradshaw was on target at The Hawthorns, with forward Ted Crawford playing his eighth and last reds game. Billy Richardson scored one of his nine goals past us, with Jock Carter also on target. Nando’s last 2006 - Fernando Morientes scored his twelfth and final reds goal, which was our 300th against Aston Villa in all competitions. Gareth Barry equalised with one of his four goals past us to date before Steven Gerrard struck his twentieth and 21st goals of the season to hand us a 3-1 victory in our last home game of the season. This brought us to 48 points from home League games that campaign, our highest ever tally in a 38-game season. Djimi Traoré made his 141st and last reds appearance in this game. 1961 - Dave Hickson played his 67th and last reds game in a 1-1 draw at Sunderland, with Roger Hunt netting our goal. We have twice more faced Aston Villa in the First Division on this day in history. 1899 - Centre-forward George Allan made his 96th and final reds appearance as we were thumped 5-0 at Villa Park. This was our last match of the season, in which Villa won the title by two points from the second-placed reds. Fred Wheldon struck the last two of his five goals against the reds, with Jack Devey nabbing two of his seven past us and Jimmy Crabtree also on target. 1911 - We won 3-1 at Anfield, with Ronald Orr bagging a brace and John McDonald also on the scoresheet as we finished in thirteenth after this our final game of the season, with Joe Walters netting one of his five goals against the reds. Unfortunately, this result helped Manchester United to claim their second League title. 1972 – We lost the second leg of the FA Youth Cup Final at Anfield 4-2 to Aston Villa, having already been beaten 1-0 in the first game. The reds included Brian Kettle and Phil Thompson. Testimonial for Shanks 1975 - A testimonial match for Bill Shankly was played at Anfield. Emlyn Hughes and Jimmy Case both bagged braces, with Alan Waddle and Tommy Smith also on target as the reds beat a Don Revie Select side 6-2. 1992 - We took part in another testimonial, drawing a benefit game for our former reserves forward Wayne Harrison 2-2 at Oldham Athletic. Don Hutchinson and Ronnie Rosenthal were on the scoresheet. Harrison had signed from Oldham for £250,000 in January 1985 but never made a senior reds appearance before he retired due to injury in the summer of 1991, aged just 23. Falling at the final hurdle 2010 – We were knocked out of the UEFA Europa League at the Semi-final stage on away goals by Club Atlético de Madrid, the third time in our history we had fallen foul of this rule in Europe. Alberto Aquilani opened the scoring just before the break with his second and final goal for the club, with the tie having to go into extra time. Yossi Benayoun scored his 29th and last reds goal early in the additional half hour, but Diego Forlán then bagged a crucial away goal, the last of his four past us. Philipp Degen played his thirteenth and final reds game. King Kenny starts out 1968 - Kenny Dalglish signed as a professional for Celtic. He helped them to four League titles, two Scottish Cups and a League Cup, bagging 167 goals in 322 games before moving to Anfield for £440,000 in August 1977. 2018 – Roberto Firmino signed a new contract, having scored fifty times in 140 reds games to that point. 1957 – Full-back Allan Jones and winger Johnny Morrissey both signed pro terms with the reds. Morrissey struck six times in 37 outings before crossing the park to Everton for £10,000 in September 1962, for whom he scored fifty times in 314 appearances, helping them to two League titles. Wembley disappointment 1950 - We lost our second FA Cup Final, this time 2-0 to Arsenal with Reg Lewis scoring in each half, the last of his five strikes against us, despite the reds having beaten the Gunners twice in the League that season. It was to be another fifteen years before we finally won the famous trophy. We had to wear blue socks in this match, due to a mix-up over changing from the usual red ones to white, with neither side playing in their regular home strips. Off the mark 1995 – Steve Harkness struck the first of his three reds goals early on at Norwich City, with Robert Ullathorne equalising soon after. Ian Rush grabbed the winner as we won 2-1, with City on their way down to the Endsleigh League. Beating the Clarets We have defeated Burnley twice at Anfield on this day in history, without conceding a single goal. 1905 - Jack Cox, Robbie Robinson and Jack Parkinson were on the scoresheet. Keeper Ned Doig saved a penalty in what was our final game of the season, as we claimed the Second Division championship for a third time. 1914 - A friendly ended 1-0 to the reds, with centre-half Bob Ferguson netting. Award winners 2001 – Steven Gerrard was named the PFA Young Player of the Year, to become the fourth reds recipient after Ian Rush, Robbie Fowler (twice) and Michael Owen. He was also named in the PFA Team of the Year, for the first of eight times, a record in the Premier League era. 2007 - On-loan keeper Scott Carson was named Charlton Athletic’s Player of the Season, despite the Addicks being on their way down to the Championship. Off to Plainmoor 1935 - We played a friendly at Torquay United as part of the transfer of left-back Jack Tennant and fellow defender Alf Gray from the Gulls the previous season. We lost 7-2, with Alf Hanson and Berry Nieuwenhuys on target for the reds. 1924 – We lost 4-1 at Partick Thistle in a testimonial match for the Jags’ Tommy Crichton. First caps 1981 - Ronnie Whelan won the first of his 53 Republic of Ireland caps, helping them to a 3-1 victory over Czechoslovakia at Lansdowne Road as a substitute. Also in action that day was Terry McDermott, coming off the bench as Romania held England to a goalless draw in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley. 1980 – Future reds centre-half Glenn Hysén won his first Under-21’s cap as Sweden lost 2-1 to the USSR in a friendly in Kyiv. International reds on target 1987 - Ian Rush netted while winning his final cap in his first spell as a reds player. Wales drew 1-1 with Czechoslovakia in a European Championships qualifier in Wrexham. Meanwhile, Jan Mølby struck the only goal of Denmark’s win in Finland, his first goal for his country. John Aldridge, Ronnie Whelan and future reds John Barnes and Ray Houghton all also turned out for their countries that day. 2018 – Future red Harvey Elliott won his fourth and final cap for England Under-15’s, bagging a brace to complete a streak of scoring in each appearance. England beat Austria 5-3 in a tournament game in Italy. Young reds for England 1997 - Michael Owen netted for the England Under-18’s in their 2-1 European Championships qualifying defeat of Portugal at Gigg Lane. Jamie Carragher and future red Emile Heskey appeared for the Under-21’s at The Valley on the same day, as England were held to a goalless draw by Georgia in another qualifier while Alex Manninger played as Austria Under-21’s thumped Estonia 7-1, with fellow future red Vegard Heggem featuring as Norway Under-21’s beat Finland 3-0. 2001 - John Welsh scored from the spot as England Under-16’s beat Germany 5-3 in a penalty shoot-out after their European Championships Quarter-final ended 1-1 at the Cellnet Riverside Stadium. On the same day, Alberto Aquilani won his thirteenth and final cap for Italy in the same competition as they drew 1-1 with Spain in Sunderland, with Fernando Torres netting for Spain who also went through after penalties. Derby disappointment 1895 – We lost the Liverpool Senior Cup Final 3-0 at Goodison Park. Other reds games 2000 – We lost 2-0 at Chelsea with George Weah and Roberto Di Matteo both on target inside the opening quarter of an hour. 1978 – Terry McDermott and David Fairclough struck as we won 2-0 at West Ham United. 1968 – Tottenham Hotspur held us to a 1-1 draw at Anfield. Jimmy Greaves bagged one of his twelve goals against the reds before Tony Hateley headed in an equaliser. 1964 – We lost 3-1 at Stoke City as we ended our title-winning campaign with a defeat. Keith Bebbington scored for the Potters before Alf Arrowsmith levelled the scores. John Ritchie netted one of his five goals past us and Peter Dobing struck one of his eight. 1963 – Sheffield Wednesday won 2-0 in L4. 1925 – Cardiff City won 2-1 at Anfield with Fred Baron bagging our goal. Future red Harry Beadles scored, with Jimmy Gill netting one of his six past us. Keepers in opposition 2004 – Pepe Reina came off the bench for Spain Under-21’s as they beat Australia Under-23’s 1-0 in Lorca, with fellow future reds keeper Brad Jones winning the first of his six caps at this level for the losing side. Lee Peltier played for England Under-18’s on the same day. No longer a Tractor boy 2001 - John Scales was released by Ipswich Town. He had only made four appearances since arriving from Tottenham Hotspur the previous July. Leo in the big time 1992 - Øyvind Leonhardsen won his first cap as a Rosenborg BK player, and twelfth in total, playing alongside clubmate Stig Inge Bjørnebye and fellow future red Torben Piechnik as Denmark beat Norway 1-0 in Århus. Future reds Nigel Clough and Paul Stewart and ex-reds John Aldridge and Steve Staunton also featured in internationals the same day. Also in international action 1972 – Emlyn Hughes played as England lost 3-1 to West Germany in a European Championships qualifier at Wembley. 2002 – David Raven captained England Under-17’s to a 2-0 victory over the Netherlands in a European Championships group game in Denmark, with David Mannix and Mark Smyth also in action. 2003 – Daniel Sjölund featured as Finland Under-21’s lost 3-0 to Russia in a friendly. 2019 – Luke Chambers and Isaac Mabaya featured for England Under-15’s in a 6-0 thumping of Qatar.
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    21st April

    Clinching the title 1923 – We claimed the League title for the fourth time, retaining it from the previous season. Forward Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers netted in our 1-1 draw with Huddersfield Town at Anfield, with George Brown bagging the first of his nine goals against the reds. Sunderland, our closest rivals, lost that day, leaving us five points clear with two games remaining. 1962 - We secured the Second Division title. A brace from winger Kevin Lewis gave us a 2-0 home win over Southampton, in what was Bill Shankly’s hundredth League game in charge. We had been outside the top flight for eight seasons, while inside-forward Jimmy Melia made his 200th League appearance for the reds. 1906 - We were presented with the League title at Anfield after becoming the first team to win the Second and First Division in consecutive seasons. Jack Parkinson struck twice in a 3-1 defeat of Sheffield United in our final League game of the campaign with Robbie Robinson also on target, while centre-half James Gorman made his reds bow. Young champions 2006 - We won the FA Youth Cup for the second time in our history, losing the second leg 2-0 to Manchester City at the City of Manchester Stadium, but triumphing 3-2 on aggregate. Future reds forward Daniel Sturridge struck both the goals. Final outings 1928 - Legendary right-back Ephraim Longworth played his 370th and final reds game as we lost 2-0 at Birmingham City. This came more than seventeen and a half years after his debut! John Bradford netted two of his fifteen goals past us. 1999 – Keeper David James made his 277th and last reds appearance in our 1-0 home defeat by Leicester City, with ex-Evertonian Ian Marshall netting the last-minute winner. 1905 – Sam Raybould was on the scoresheet as we beat Doncaster Rovers 1-0 in a Second Division match at Anfield as inside-left Dickie Morris played his 39th and last game for the club. Luis makes his mark 2013 – We drew 2-2 with Chelsea at Anfield, with Oscar opening the scoring for the visitors before the break with a header from a corner. Daniel Sturridge equalised after having already hit the post since coming off the bench at half time. Eden Hazard converted a penalty after Luis Suárez handballed in the area, one of his seven goals past us to date. Suárez then headed in a stoppage-time equaliser. However, headlines were dominated by Suárez biting Branislav Ivanović’s arm as they challenged for a ball in the area, an offence for which he was later banned for ten matches. Also recently 2019 – We won 2-0 at Cardiff City with Gini Wijnaldum opening the scoring after a goalless first half. James Milner converted a late penalty to send us back to the top of the table. 2018 – We drew 2-2 at West Bromwich Albion, with Danny Ings handing us an early lead, his fourth and last goal for the club. Mohamed Salah doubled the reds’ advantage with just over ten minutes left, but Jake Livermore struck for the already relegated side, before Salomón Rondón headed in a late equaliser. 2003 - Two late, late goals snatched a victory from the jaws of defeat at home to Charlton Athletic. Shaun Bartlett had put the Addicks ahead after Djimi Traoré’s slip. However, Sami Hyypiä and Steven Gerrard scored inside the last five minutes to keep us on course for the Champions League, although we fell at the final hurdle. 2007 - Pepe Reina made his hundredth reds appearance with John Arne Riise playing his 300th game as we beat Wigan Athletic 2-0 at Anfield to guarantee a top-four finish in the League that season. Dirk Kuyt struck both our goals. A treble for Clem 1976 - Keeper Ray Clemence bagged a hat-trick that included two penalties as we lost 6-5 in a testimonial for Ray Mathias played at Tranmere Rovers. David Fairclough and Ray Kennedy also struck. A derby treble 1916 - Fred Pagnam scored a hat-trick, with two coming from the spot, as we beat Everton 5-2 in a Wartime League match at Anfield, with Billy Banks and Dave Watson also on target. 1917 - We were trounced 5-0 at Anfield in another wartime meeting. Other derby days 2000 - We were held to a goalless draw at Goodison, with referee Graham Poll ruling out a last-minute Don Hutchison winner for the Blues. 1948 - We secured a much better result when we beat the Blues 4-0 at Anfield, with outside-left Ken Brierley bagging the first of his eight reds goals and Albert Stubbins, Billy Liddell and Jack Balmer also netting. Gordon again 1934 – Gordon Hodgson scored in the fifth of six consecutive games, converting a spot-kick as we won 2-1 at Sheffield Wednesday, with Alf Hanson bagging the winner in the final minute. Four goals again 1990 - We have netted four goals in a League game on this day more recently than the derby thrashing. We beat Chelsea 4-1 at Anfield, with goals from Ronnie Rosenthal, Ian Rush and a Steve Nicol brace, with Kerry Dixon bagging a late consolation, one of his seven goals past us. Alan Hansen played his 620th and final reds game. 1951 - We also played Chelsea, losing 1-0 at Stamford Bridge to a Bobby Smith goal. Trounced 1894 – We lost 8-1 at Darwen in a Palatine League game, with Arthur Worgan on target for what was in fact our reserves outfit. Disappointment against the Geordies We have twice faced Newcastle United in the First Division on this day in history, without winning. 1930 - We were held to a goalless draw at Anfield with Charlie Thompson making the first of just six reds appearances. 1973 - We lost 2-1 at St. James’ Park thanks to a John Tudor brace, two of his five goals against the reds, when future Toon star Kevin Keegan bagged our consolation. A treble for Dioufy 2001 - El-Hadji Diouf bagged all the goals as Senegal beat Algeria 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Dakar, with fellow future red Salif Diao also in action. Player of the year 2011 - Raul Meireles won the ESPN PFA Fans’ Player of the Year: Premier League, following a recent run of five goals in six games. Crazy Horse twice for England 1970 - Emlyn Hughes won his fifth full international cap as England beat Northern Ireland 3-1 at Wembley in the British International Championships, in what was Bobby Charlton’s hundredth international. 1971 - Crazy Horse won his ninth cap, as they beat Greece 3-0 in a European Championships qualifier at the same venue. Meanwhile, future red Peter Cormack played in Scotland’s 2-0 qualifying defeat by Portugal in Lisbon. Other reds games 1993 – John Barnes struck with Mark Walters converting a penalty as we beat Leeds United 2-0 at Anfield. 1984 – We beat West Bromwich Albion 3-0 in L4. Ken McNaught deflected an Ian Rush shot past his own keeper before Graeme Souness and Kenny Dalglish both scored inside half an hour. 1979 – Kenny Dalglish bagged the only goal after just five minutes as we beat Bristol City at home. 1956 – Tony Rowley netted the only goal as we won a Second Division fixture at Rotherham United. 1902 – We were held to a 2-2 draw by Grimsby Town in L4 with both sides needing a point to ensure they were not relegated from the top-flight. Sam Raybould nabbed a brace, including one from the spot. 1900 – Tommy Robertson struck the only goal of Nottingham Forest’s win in Anfield from the spot. Young red on target 2004 - Young red Conal Platt scored for the Republic of Ireland Under-18’s as they beat Turkey 2-1 in a tournament game in Portugal. Also in international action 1977 – Glenn Hysén played for Sweden Under-18’s in their 3-3 friendly draw in West Germany. 1986 – Ian Rush and ex-red Joey Jones both appeared for Wales as they were held to a goalless draw in a friendly in Wrexham. 1998 – Jamie Carragher and future red Nick Barmby and Frode Kippe all featured in B internationals, with England beating Russia 4-1 at Loftus Road and Norway defeating Scotland 2-1 at Tynecastle. 1999 – Future red Milan Baroš played for the Czech Republic Under-18’s in their 2-2 European Championships qualifying draw with Georgia in Opava.
  7. Will

    20th March

    Debutants 1963 - Full-back Chris Lawler made his reds bow in a 2-2 draw at home to West Bromwich Albion, with Roger Hunt adding to a Ronnie Moran penalty. This was our third consecutive 2-2 League draw. 1935 - Keeper Stanley Kane made his reds debut in our 2-1 derby win at Anfield. Gordon Hodgson netted both our goals, including one from the spot. Dixie Dean also converted a penalty, one of his nineteen derby strikes. 1909 - Forward Bill Hunter made his only senior appearance in our 2-0 top-flight defeat at Preston North End. Herbert Danson struck one of his four goals past us, with Percy Smith also on the scoresheet. 1999 - Future red Djibril Cissé made his senior club debut, coming off the bench in Auxerre’s 1-0 home defeat by Paris Saint-Germain. Bernard Diomède was also in the Auxerre side that day. Cumpleaños feliz Nando 1984 - Fernando Torres was born in Madrid. He signed from Club Atlético de Madrid for a club record £20.2m in July 2007 and notched an astounding 81 times in 142 reds outings, becoming a firm favourite on the Kop before moving to Chelsea for £50m in January 2011. Wark walks in 1984 - John Wark signed from Ipswich Town for £475,000 He struck an impressive 42 times in his 108 games for the reds. He left Anfield in January 1988 for £100,000 to return to Portman Road. More derby joy 2005 - We beat Everton 2-1 at Anfield as we continued to chase our neighbours for a top-four finish. Steven Gerrard opened the scoring from a free-kick after Luis García was felled. The diminutive Spaniard then put us two ahead with an opportunist header at the break. Milan Baroš was dismissed for a reckless lunge on Alan Stubbs before Tim Cahill pulled a goal back, the first of his five goals past us. However, we held on to secure our 150th home Premiership win as we used three substitutions before the break for the first time, with Stephen Warnock, Didi Hamann and Fernando Morientes all going off injured. García spent the second half playing on despite having suffered an ankle injury at the end of the first period. Good and bad runs 1988 - Our 1-0 defeat at Goodison was one of only two League defeats that season, with this game ending a League record-equalling 29-match unbeaten run. Alex Watson sat on the reds bench while his brother Dave turned out for the Blues, for whom Wayne Clarke scored the decisive goal. 1993 - We won the other derby match on this day in history, with Ronnie Rosenthal stealing victory with the only goal of the game in the final minute, so becoming the final sub to score in front of the standing Kop. This was also his 22nd and final reds goal. 1954 - Less impressively, a 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Anfield was our fourteenth consecutive League match without a win, with Eric Anderson nabbing our goal. Milestone games 1976 - Bob Paisley secured his fiftieth win as reds boss as David Fairclough grabbed the only goal of our League match at Norwich City. This was only Bob’s 101st game as Manager. 1964 – Ian Callaghan played his hundredth League game as we beat Bolton Wanderers 2-0 at Anfield thanks to goals from Alf Arrowsmith and Ian St. John. 1959 - Jimmy Melia struck twice with Louis Bimpson also netting as Stoke City won 4-3 in the Second Division at Anfield. Dick White headed into his own net as Dennis Wilshaw scored the last two of his seven strikes past us, with Bill Asprey also scoring as Ronnie Moran played his 200th reds game. 1926 – Forward Dick Forshaw struck his hundredth League goal for the reds as we lost 2-1 at Huddersfield Town. Future red Bill Devlin netted, with Clem Stephenson grabbing one of his five goals past us. Facing the Mackems 2011 – Dirk Kuyt converted from the spot after Jay Spearing was fouled outside the box at the Stadium of Light, with John Mensah later being sent off for Sunderland. Luis Suárez added a stunning second from a very tight angle to secure a 2-0 victory. 1982 – We beat Sunderland in a League match at Anfield, with Ian Rush bagging the only goal of the game and David Johnson making his 213rd and final reds appearance, as a substitute for Craig Johnston. Most recently 2016 – We lost 3-2 at Southampton, with future red Sadio Mané bagging a brace. We had gone two goals up through Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge inside the first half of the first half, but were pegged back after the break, with Graziano Pellè also on target for the Saints, while Mané had a penalty saved by Simon Mignolet. Walsh misses out 1985 - Austria Wien were known as Austria Memphis due to a sponsorship deal when we faced them in the second leg of our European Cup Third Round tie. We had drawn the away leg 1-1 with Steve Nicol on target, and we won the return leg convincingly, as Paul Walsh nabbed a brace and Nicol netted again to give us 4-1 win on the night, with our other score coming from an Erich Obermayer own goal. Paul Walsh missed a penalty that would have handed him the match ball, but we were safely through to another European Semi-final. 1997 - Our other European game on this day also ended in victory. Robbie Fowler struck twice, including a penalty, as we beat Norwegian side Brann 3-0 at Anfield to reach the European Cup Winners’ Cup Semi-final 4-1 on aggregate. Robbie famously incurred the wrath of UEFA by lifting up his shirt to reveal a t-shirt in support of 500 recently-sacked dockers. Stan Collymore was also on target, while John Barnes made his 400th reds appearance. On our way to Wembley 1996 - Steve McManaman netted twice as we beat Leeds United 3-0 in an FA Cup Sixth Round replay at Anfield, with Robbie Fowler adding the third. 1897 - Unfortunately, we lost our first ever FA Cup Semi-final, going down 3-0 to reigning League champions and eventual Cup winners Aston Villa at Bramall Lane. Jimmy Cowan struck the last two of his four goals against the reds, with Charlie Athersmith also on the scoresheet. Martin O’Neill outwits Ged 2003 - We were knocked out of the UEFA Cup at Anfield, as Celtic won 2-0 in the second leg of our Quarter-final to progress 3-1 on aggregate as they headed towards the Final, with Alan Thompson and John Hartson on target. Danny Murphy was playing his 200th reds game. Lightning strikes twice on Teesside 1915 - Walter Tinsley scored a hat-trick for Middlesbrough against the reds for the second successive season as we lost 3-0 at Ayresome Park. Centre-half Walter Wadsworth made his reds bow in this game, while inside-forward played his 63rd and last match for the reds. International goalscorers 1897 - Future reds inside-right John Walker bagged his third and final international goal in only his second game for Scotland, as they drew 2-2 with Wales in the British International Championships in Wrexham. 1909 - Future red Billy Lacey scored his first goal for Ireland, and only one as an Everton player, in their 3-2 defeat by Wales in the British International Championships in Belfast. George Latham and Ernest Peake both played for the Welsh. 2019 – Ben Woodburn scored the only goal as Wales beat Trinidad & Tobago in a friendly in Wrexham, with future red Sepp van den Berg also on target for the Dutch Under-19’s as they beat Wales 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Hardenberg, his last goal as a PEC Zwolle player. Rafael Camacho, Bobby Duncan, Ki-Jana Hoever, Curtis Jones and ex-red Danny Ward were also in international action that day. Birth and death 1886 - Half-back Harry Lowe was born in Whitwell, Derbyshire. He notched twice in 136 games for the reds after signing from Gainsborough Trinity in May 1911. Unfortunately, he missed the 1914 FA Cup Final through injury, and he moved on to Nottingham Forest in March 1920. 2010 – Forward Ron Jones died. He signed from Wrexham in March 1938, scoring once in five outings before the war intervened. He returned to Wrexham in peacetime. Beating the Seasiders We beat Blackpool twice at Anfield on this day in the 1940’s. 1943 - Jack Balmer was on target twice as we won 3-1 in a Wartime League match, with George Kaye grabbing the other. 1948 - Albert Stubbins netted a brace, including a penalty, as we won a top-flight meeting 2-0. Taming Wolves We have twice beaten Wolverhampton Wanderers in top-flight matches at Anfield on this day in history. 2004 - Sami Hyypiä headed the only goal of the game from a stoppage-time corner to hand us a crucial victory. Paul Jones was in the visitors’ goal, appearing at Anfield for the third time that season, all with different clubs, having already turned out for Southampton and the reds. 1979 - Terry McDermott and David Johnson were both on target with deflected strikes in a 2-0 victory, a game originally postponed from Christmas. Representing the League Right-back Ephraim Longworth, who later became reserve team manager before joining the ground staff, played for the Football League twice on this day, both times against the Scottish League at Celtic Park. 1915 - He was in the team that won 4-1. 1920 - The Football League won 4-0 at the same venue. 1968 - Roger Hunt scored for the Football League as they beat a Scottish League side 2-0 at Ayresome Park. Ex-reds on the move 1985 - Jimmy Case left Brighton & Hove Albion for Southampton in a £30,000 deal. He went on to play 271 times for the Saints, bagging fourteen goals. 2003 - Ex-reserves forward Paul Dalglish joined Third Division Sc***horpe United on loan from Blackpool. He made ten appearances for the Irons, netting three times. 2014 - Christian Ziege was appointed Manager of 3. Liga side Spielvereinigung Unterhaching back in his native Germany. Stevie the newcomer 2002 - Steven Gerrard was nominated for the World Newcomer Of The Year prize in the Laureus World Sports Awards, alongside three tennis players and Formula 1’s Juan Pablo Montoya, who eventually won the award. On the same day, future red Alberto Aquilani played for Italy Under-18’s as they beat England 3-0. Bye bye Jon-boy 2001 - Forward Jon Newby was sold to Bury for £100,000, after only four substitute appearances for the reds. He notched just 24 times in 122 games in his first spell for the Shakers. Avi for Israel Avi Cohen twice represented his country on this day in history. 1977 - He played in their 3-1 World Cup qualifying defeat in South Korea. 1988 - He featured in a goalless Olympics qualifier with Australia in New Zealand, playing alongside future red Ronnie Rosenthal. Other reds games 1971 – Dave Mackay put through his own net as we beat Derby County 2-0 at Anfield, with Chris Lawler nabbing our late second. 1965 – We defeated Fulham 3-2 in L4. Ian Callaghan struck twice with Gordon Milne netting a late winner after he had previously missed a penalty, 1937 – We won 2-1 at Sheffield Wednesday thanks to goals from Jack Balmer and Alf Hanson. 1920 – Harry Chambers nabbed the only goal of Manchester City’s visit to L4. For Geoff 2007 - Liverpool Old Boys met Crystal Palace in a charity match in aid of the Geoff Thomas Foundation. The re-match of the 1990 FA Cup Semi-final ended 1-1 at Selhurst Park, with Phil Babb on target. Also in international action 2008 – Future red Jonjo Shelvey played for England Under-16’s in their 1-0 defeat of Germany in the Montaigu Tournament. 2012 – Future red Samed Yeşil featured as Germany Under-18’s beat Germany 1-0 in a friendly in Weil am Rhein. 2013 – Future reds Emre Can and Javier Manquillo faced each other as Germany beat Spain 1-0 in a friendly in Dusseldorf. 2018 – Future red Ozan Kabak played for Turkey Under-18’s as they won a friendly 2-1 in Belgium.
  8. Will

    23rd April

    Clinching the title 1988 - We secured our seventeenth League title with four more games remaining, as a curling Peter Beardsley strike was enough to defeat Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield. This was our ninth championship in the space of thirteen years. 1983 – We edged closer to the championship despite losing 2-0 at home to Norwich City, as they became the first side to take all six points off us after the introduction of three points for a win. Mark Lawrenson put through his own net before Martin O’Neill doubled the visitors’ lead from distance. Bob Paisley had received his 21st Bell’s managerial award prior to kick-off. Robbie signs on 1992 - Robbie Fowler signed as a professional. The ‘Toxteth terror’ went on to bag 171 goals in 330 reds games in his first spell with the club, gaining UEFA Cup, FA Cup and two League Cup winners’ medals during his reds career, and struck a further twelve times in 39 games second time around to become our fifth top all-time goalscorer, before moving on to Cardiff City in July 2007. 2019 – He was appointed Head Coach of Brisbane Roar, leading them to eleven wins in 24 games before stepping down during the COVID-19 pandemic. Stevie honoured 2006 - Steven Gerrard was named PFA Player of the Year after a successful season that culminated in FA Cup glory and included a total of 23 goals in 53 games for the club. He was also named in the Team of the Year for the fourth of eight times, a record in the Premier League era, alongside Jamie Carragher. Meanwhile, we learnt that our opponents in the FA Cup Final would be West Ham United, who saw off Middlesbrough at Villa Park. Maxi’s treble 2011 – Maxi Rodríguez bagged a treble as we thumped Birmingham City 5-0 at Anfield, with Dirk Kuyt netting for the seventh time in nine games and Joe Cole adding a late fifth. 1927 – We lost a top-flight fixture 3-0 at Birmingham City, with George Briggs netting one of his ten goals against the reds, John Bradford scoring one of his fifteen and Benny Bond also on target. Happy birthday Bobby 1937 - Wing-half Bobby Campbell was born in Liverpool. He struck twice in 25 first-team appearances for the reds after signing on as a professional in May 1954, before joining Portsmouth in 1961. He later had a successful managerial career with Fulham, Portsmouth and Chelsea. Inching towards Wembley 1977 - We drew 2-2 with Everton in our FA Cup Semi-final encounter at Maine Road, with Terry McDermott and Jimmy Case twice putting us in front, before levellers from Duncan McKenzie and Bruce Rioch. Terry Mac’s goal was later named as the BBC’s Goal of the Season, while Evertonians still protest over Clive Thomas disallowing Bryan Hamilton’s last-gasp ‘winner’. We won the replay at the same venue four days later, although we lost the Final at Wembley to Manchester United. Inching towards the title 1973 – Our 2-0 Anfield defeat of Leeds United on Easter Monday combined with Arsenal dropping a point at Southampton meant that only a series of freak results could prevent the reds from claiming the title with just one of our League games remaining, although other sides had games in hand. Peter Lorimer missed an open goal in the first half, but Peter Cormack and Kevin Keegan netted after the break. The Leeds players lined up at full time to applaud Shankly’s side from the pitch. Mixed fortunes against Palace 1991 - We beat Crystal Palace 3-0 at Anfield. Ian Rush scored his 300th competitive club goal in 532 games for Chester, Juventus and Liverpool, while John Barnes also struck before a late own goal from Eddie McGoldrick. 2005 - John Welsh played his tenth and final reds game as we suffered yet another away League defeat, 1-0 at Selhurst Park, courtesy of an Andy Johnson strike. 2017 - Crystal Palace won at Anfield for the third consecutive season, despite Phillipe Coutinho giving us the lead. Ex-red Christian Benteke bagged a brace, the most recent of his seven goals past us to date. Brothers in arms 1938 - Our home League game with Bolton Wanderers brought the unusual sight of the two teams being captained by brothers - the reds by forward Alf Hanson, and Bolton by goalkeeper Stan. Jack Balmer and Phil Taylor netted as we won 2-1. 1921 - We faced the Trotters in another top-flight match, losing 1-0 at Burnden Park with Joe Smith bagging one of his twelve goals past us. This game also counted towards the Lancashire Senior Cup. 2008 - Reserves defender Alex Watson’s more famous brother Dave, who also featured for our second string, joined Wigan Athletic as Youth Team Coach, remaining in this role until moving to Newcastle United’s Academy in November 2011. Start and end 1932 - Inside-left Syd Roberts made his reds bow as Portsmouth beat us 3-1 at Anfield. Roberts went on to bag thirteen goals in 62 reds games. Daniel McRorie netted our goal, while wing-half Alastair Henderson played his fifth and final game for us. Jack Weddle struck two of his five goals past us, with Fred Worrall scoring the first of his four against the reds. 1904 – Half-back John ‘Geezer’ Hughes played his 32nd and last reds game as we won 3-2 at Blackburn Rovers. Sam Raybould, Jack Cox and Arthur Goddard bagged our goals. Jack Dewhurst nabbed the last of his five goals against the reds, with Bob Crompton also netting. Centre-halves incoming 1969 – Larry Lloyd joined from hometown club Bristol Rovers for a fee of £50,000. He is one of a rare breed to leave Anfield in his prime, and go on to better things – helping Nottingham Forest to two European Cups, one League title, League Cup and FA Charity Shield. He had won League and UEFA Cup medals, appearing 218 times and notching five times. He was sold to Coventry City for £240,000 in August 1974. 1912 - Centre-half Walter Wadsworth signed from Ormskirk as an amateur. He went on to net eight times in 242 reds games, being joined by his brother, outside-right Harold, after the First World War. Together they helped us to back-to-back League titles in the early 1920’s. Walter joined Bristol City in May 1926 when aged 36, but skippered them to the Third Division South title. Potters fired twice We have twice beaten Stoke City in League matches on this day over the years. 1962 - We won 2-1 at Anfield in our promotion season, thanks to a Ronnie Moran penalty and a late Jimmy Melia winner. That night, the match takings of around £4,000 were stolen in a burglary at Anfield, although the club’s allocation of FA Cup Final tickets were left behind! 1980 - We met at the Victoria Ground in a First Division fixture postponed from New Year’s Day, with the two David’s, Johnson and Fairclough, handing us a 2-0 win. Held by the Geordies We have twice drawn with Newcastle United in top-flight encounters at Anfield. 2016 – Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana struck inside half an hour, but we were pegged back after the break by Papiss Cissé and Jack Colback to draw 2-2 with Rafael Benítez’s side. 1949 - Bobby Mitchell grabbed the first of his eight goals past us in this top-flight meeting. Kevin Baron scored for the reds. Boro twice We have also played Middlesbrough twice on this day over the years. 1910 - We drew 2-2 in the top flight at Ayresome Park, with our goals coming from Jack Parkinson and Arthur Goddard. George Elliott netted the first of his eight goals against us, with Tim Williamson also on target. 1955 - Tony Rowley and Billy Liddell struck as we won 2-1 in the Second Division at the same venue with full-back Frank Lock playing his 42nd and final reds game. International bows 1996 - Future red Harry Kewell made his senior international debut as Australia lost a friendly 3-0 in Chile. 2000 – Stade Rennais’ El-Hadji Diouf won his first senior cap as Senegal beat Benin 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Dakar on their way to the Finals in the Far East. Rigobert Song appeared for Cameroon on the same day as they beat Somalia 3-0 in a qualifier in Yaoundé. Les gems on target 2011 – Future red Florent Sinama-Pongolle bagged a brace, with Anthony Le Tallec also on target as France Under-16’s beat Scotland 3-0 in a European Championships Finals group game in Barnsley. Other reds games 1994 – We won 2-1 at West Ham United despite Martin Allen giving the Hammers a first-minute lead. Robbie Fowler equalised with Ian Rush bagging a late winner. 1966 – We lost 2-0 at Burnley with Willie Irvine heading in before Ralph Coates nabbing the first of his four goals against the reds. That meant the wait to secure our seventh League title continued for another game. 1960 – Dave Hickson nodded in the only goal of our visit to Ipswich Town early on as right-back John Molyneux played his 200th game for the club. Scot coming back from Italy 1986 - Graeme Souness won his final cap as a Sampdoria player, and 52nd in total, as Scotland beat England 2-1 in a Rous Cup game at Wembley. He struck from the spot, with Steve Nicol also in the away side. Future reds John Aldridge and Ray Houghton both played for the Republic of Ireland on the same day as they drew a friendly 1-1 with Uruguay at Lansdowne Road. Seven and out for A’Court 1958 - Alan A’Court won his seventh and final England Under-23’s cap as they lost 2-1 to Wales in Wrexham. Also signing on 2015 - Jordan Henderson signed a new contract until 2020. He has by now helped us to claim the Premier League title, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup and two League Cups. 1928 – Left-half Jimmy McDougall signed from Partick Thistle, going on to score twelve times in 356 games for the reds. He moved on to South Liverpool in May 1938 and later set up a successful chandlery business in Liverpool. He was later nominated into the club’s official Hall of Fame for the 1930’s. Also in international action 1986 – England Under-21’s were held to a 1-1 draw in the second leg of their European Championships Semi-final in Swindon to crash out 3-1 to Italy on aggregate, with future red Mark Walters and ex-red Mike Newell both in action. 1995 – Future red Fernando Morientes played for Spain Under-20’s as they thumped Russia 4-1 in their World Championships Quarter-final in Qatar. 2002 – Future red Alberto Aquilani featured as Italy Under-18’s drew a friendly 1-1 in Czechoslovakia. 2011 – Future red Mohamed Salah played as Egypt Under-20’s beat the host nation South Africa 1-0 in an African Championships Finals group game.
  9. Will

    30th March

    Derby joy 2008 - We bounced back from defeat at Old Trafford by beating Everton 1-0 at Anfield. Pepe Reina kept his 54th clean sheet in his hundredth League game, a new club record to beat Ray Clemence on 53. Fernando Torres scored our hundredth goal of the season early on, notching in his sixth consecutive League home game, equalling a club record, while the club reached 3,000 League points. 1940 - Berry Nieuwenhuys grabbed a brace with Billy Liddell also on the scoresheet as we won a Wartime League match 3-1 at Everton. Reds being born 1892 – A meeting was held in the Neptune Hotel in Clayton Square, Liverpool to draw up club rules for the nascent reds. The first rule was “that the club be called Liverpool Football Club and shall play under the Rules of the Football Association”. Thumping Spurs 2014 – We trounced Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 at Anfield to return to the top of the League for the first time since Christmas. Younes Kaboul turned in a Glen Johnson cross early on before Luis Suárez doubled our lead. Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson both struck after the break. 1964 – We beat Spurs 3-1 at Anfield, with Ian St. John bagging a brace before the interval, with Alf Arrowsmith on target after the break. Eventually successful semis We have twice played Semi-finals on this day over the years. 1974 - We drew 0-0 with Leicester City in the FA Cup at Old Trafford, before winning the replay 3-1 at Villa Park four days later. Kevin Keegan had two efforts cleared off the line and also hit the post. 1976 - We won 1-0 at the Camp Nou in our UEFA Cup Semi-final first leg, with John Toshack grabbing the only goal as we dominated the match from the start, despite Barca’s line-up including the Dutch maestros Johan Cruyff and Johan Neeskens. This was Barcelona’s first home defeat by English opposition in European competition and thousands of home fans vented their frustration during the second half by hurling seat cushions onto the pitch, holding up the game for a while. A 1-1 draw at Anfield took us through to the final against Club Brugge. A failed semi 1899 - We lost out in our second FA Cup Semi-final in three years, losing 1-0 to eventual winners Sheffield United in a second replay at the Baseball Ground. Left-half Bill Goldie was charged with “discourteous language” after the game and was subsequently banned for the last three games of the season, when we were competing for the title. The FA’s disciplinary committee had to employ an interpreter to understand his very strong Scottish accent! 1923 - We played the Blades again, with Harry Chambers on target twice in a 2-1 First Division win at Anfield. Billy Gillespie struck one of his seven goals against the reds. Vlad on fire 2002 - Vladimír Šmicer’s second goal in consecutive reds games and a Michael Owen tap-in from a Šmicer cross gave us a 2-0 home League win over Charlton Athletic, moving us back to the top of the table. Vlad became our fastest ever goalscoring substitute, having netted just four minutes after entering the fray as an early replacement for the injured Emile Heskey. Beaten by the R’s 1991 - We lost at home to Queens Park Rangers for the only time to date, under the temporary charge of Ronnie Moran, with Les Ferdinand heading in his seventh goal in as many games to put them in front, the first of his six goals past us. Roy Wegerle pounced on a slack Steve Staunton back-pass to double their half-time lead. Jan Mølby converted a spot-kick before Peter Beardsley struck a post, but substitute Clive Wilson scored with his first touch to make the final score 3-1. A memorable day for Mr Walker 1898 - We paid Hearts £350 in total for Scottish international winger Tom Robertson and inside-right Johnny Walker, who had both just helped their side to claim the League title, both then repeating the feat south of the border. Robertson netted 34 goals in 141 reds outings, returning to Hearts in May 1902 while Walker famously scored the goal that clinched our first League title in 1901, bagging 31 goals in 120 outings before moving to Rangers in 1902. 1895 - Walker won his first full international cap, grabbing a brace as Scotland beat Ireland 3-1 in the British International Championships at Celtic Park. First and last strikes 1934 – Forward Tosh Johnson grabbed his first reds goal in our 2-2 top-flight draw with Huddersfield Town at Anfield, with Alf Hanson also on target. Charlie Luke bagged two of his four goals past us. 1982 – Terry McDermott bagged his 81st and final goal for the club as we beat Birmingham City 3-1 at Anfield. Ian Rush had already netted twice, with Mick Harford scoring the first of his seven goals past us late on. Trebles galore We have registered several trebles in Wartime League football on this day in history. 1946 - Cyril Done scored a hat-trick in a 5-2 win at Middlesbrough, with Jack Balmer and Willie Fagan also on target. 1918 - Thomas Bennett struck four times with Thomas Green adding three as we thumped Southport Central 8-0 at their Ash Lane ground. George Schofield added the final goal. Births and death 1990 - Hungarian forward András Simon was born in Salgotarjan. He arrived from MTK Hungária in a joint £1m three-year deal with his compatriot Krisztián Németh in July 2007. He failed to make the first team before returning to his native land. 1990 - Right-back Emmanuel Mendy was born in Medina Gounass, Senegal. He joined the reds from Real Murcia on a three-year deal in July 2008, but was released four years later. 1958 - Joe Keetley died. He signed from Accrington Stanley in November 1923 for £1,200 and struck twice in nine reds games before moving to Wolverhampton Wanderers in May 1925. He went through three League clubs in eight months after leaving Anfield before moving into non-League football. Red milestones 1959 – Jimmy Melia netted a brace in his hundredth game for the club as we won a Second Division encounter 2-0 at Barnsley. 2005 - Jerzy Dudek won his fiftieth cap for Poland as they beat Northern Ireland 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Warsaw. International scorers 1977 - Kevin Keegan bagged his final England goal as a reds player, with Ray Kennedy also on target as they thumped Luxembourg 5-0 in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley. Ray Clemence and Emlyn Hughes also played. Steve Heighway and Joey Jones both also represented their countries on the same day. 1983 - Future red John Wark netted in Scotland’s 2-2 European Championships qualifying draw with Switzerland at Hampden Park. Kenny Dalglish, Alan Hansen and Graeme Souness all also played. Meanwhile, Sammy Lee and Phil Neal featured in England’s goalless draw with Greece at Wembley, as they also bid to qualify for the Finals in France. International bows 1993 - Stig Inge Bjørnebye won his first cap as a reds player as Norway thumped Qatar 6-1 in a friendly in Doha. Future clubmate Øyvind Leonhardsen also played with Steve McManaman also in international action. 2004 – Future red James Milner made the first of his record 46 appearances for England Under-21’s, his only one while with Leeds United, as they drew 2-2 with Sweden in a friendly in Kristianstad. Future red David Martin made his debut for England Under-19’s in their 1-1 draw in Germany. Robbie Foy, David Raven, Mark Smyth, future reds Scott Carson, Stewart Downing, Raul Meireles and Daniel Sjölund also featured for their countries. Eight goal thriller 1960 - We led Aston Villa 4-0 with just 24 minutes remaining of our Second Division fixture at Villa Park thanks to a brace from Dave Hickson and goals from Roger Hunt and right-back John Molyneux, his third and last reds goal. However, the home side struck three times inside nine minutes, and Bobby Thomson grabbed his second goal to equalise with five minutes remaining. Peter McParland, who had already scored, as in the earlier meeting at Anfield that season, missed a clear-cut chance in the last minute that nearly completed an amazing comeback for the Villains, who went on to claim the title that season. Villa’s other goal came from Stan Lynn’s spot-kick. 1907 - We were thumped 4-0 in another top-flight meeting there, with four first-team regulars missing. Harry Hampton bagged one of his fifteen strikes against the reds, while Albert Hall bagged a brace with Fred Chapple also on target. Forward John Lipsham played his third and last game for us. Red ending 1895 – Outside-right Neil Kerr played his twelfth and final reds game as we beat The Wednesday 4-2 at Anfield, with Frank Becton and Harry Bradshaw each bagging a brace. Signing on 2011 – Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva signed a new contract until 2015, later further extended. He bagged seven goals in 346 reds games, growing to become a firm fans’ favourite before being sold to S.S. Lazio for £5m in July 2017. 1898 – Winger Tommy Robertson and inside-right Johnny Walker both arrived from Heart Of Midlothian for a combined £175. They both helped us to claim our first League title in 1901, with Robertson netting 35 times in 141 games before returning to Hearts in May 1902. Walker scored thirty goals in 120 outings, moving on to Rangers at the same time as Robertson’s departure. Semi at Anfield 1912 – The third of five FA Cup Semi-finals to be staged at Anfield took place, with losing Finalists West Bromwich Albion sharing a goalless draw with Blackburn Rovers. Recent international reds on target 2021 – Diogo Jota scored for Portugal as they won a World Cup qualifier 3-1 in Luxembourg, while Takumi Minamino struck as Japan thrashed Mongolia 14-0 in another qualifier in Chiba and Gini Wijnaldum netted while captaining the Netherlands to a 7-0 win in Gibraltar. Ex-red Christian Benteke was on target as Belgium thumped Belarus 8-0 in Leuven. Marko Grujić, Ozan Kabak, Sadio Mané, Neco Williams, Harry Wilson and ex-reds Ryan Babel, Simon Mignolet and Danny Ward also played for their countries that day. 2012 – Future red Mohamed Salah netted as Egypt beat Uganda 2-1 in a friendly in Sudan. 2005 - Steven Gerrard and Milan Baroš both struck in World Cup qualifiers. Ex-red Michael Owen and future red Joe Cole also featured in England’s 2-0 defeat of Azerbaijan at St. James’ Park, with Owen skippering the side for part of the game. Baroš also won a penalty and set up another goal as the Czech Republic won 4-0 in Andorra. On the same day, future red Andriy Voronin grabbed his first goal as a Bayer 04 Leverkusen player, the only goal of Ukraine’s qualifier against future red Christian Poulsen’s Denmark in Kyiv. 2006 – Future red Maxi Rodríguez netted as Argentina beat Angola 2-0 in a friendly in Italy. 2004 - Future reds winger Mark González was on target as Chile won a World Cup qualifier 2-0 in Bolivia. On the same day, Harry Kewell and future red Daniel Agger played for their countries. 2005 - González also played for his country, winning his final cap before making the switch to Anfield, as Chile lost 2-1 in Paraguay in another qualifier. KHR in charge 2000 – Karl-Heinz Riedle was appointed Manager of Fulham. He was in charge for the rest of the season, with Jean Tigana replacing him that summer. Final caps 1901 – Ex-reds half-back Barney Battles won his third and final cap for Scotland as they drew 2-2 with England in the British International Championships at Crystal Palace, with Alex Raisbeck also in action for the away side. 2005 - Alou Diarra won his third and final cap as a reds player in France’s 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw in Israel, with future red Yossi Benayoun featuring for the home side. Meanwhile, Jan Kromkamp won his fourth and last cap as an AZ Alkmaar player as the Netherlands beat Armenia 2-0 in Eindhoven, with future reds Ryan Babel and Dirk Kuyt also featuring. On the same day, Craig Bellamy won his last cap as a Newcastle United player, and 33rd to date, although he was on loan at Celtic at the time, as John Toshack’s Wales lost a World Cup qualifier 1-0 in Austria. John Arne Riise and future reds Philipp Degen, Ragnar Klavan, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Javier Mascherano and Fernando Torres also played for their countries that day. Two ton up for the Irish 1983 - Mark Lawrenson, Ronnie Whelan and future red Michael Robinson all played in the Republic of Ireland’s 1-0 European Championships qualifying win in Malta. It was Ireland’s 200th full international match, while Robinson was winning his final cap as a Brighton & Hove Albion player. International treble 2006 - Future reds reserves forward Krisztián Németh bagged a hat-trick as Hungary Under-17’s thumped Sweden 4-0 in the Elite Round of European Championships qualifiers in Portugal. 2009 – Tom Ince played in another qualifier at the same level as England won 2-0 in Hungary. 2015 - Future red Danny Ings faced Emre Can as England Under-21’s beat Germany 3-2 at the Riverside Stadium, with ex-red Carl Medjani and future red Kostas Tsimikas also in international action on the same day. Other reds games 1994 – Future red Paul Ince headed in the only goal of our trip to Manchester United. 1970 – Chris Lawler was on target as we won 1-0 at Wolverhampton Wanderers, with Tommy Smith having a penalty saved. 1968 – We drew an FA Cup Sixth Round replay 0-0 at West Bromwich Albion. 1963 – Roger Hunt bagged the only goal of West Ham United’s visit to Anfield in a Sixth Round tie. 1957 – We drew 3-3 at Lincoln City in the Second Division. Brian Jackson struck twice, with Tony Rowley also on the scoresheet. 1956 – We lost 1-0 at Doncaster Rovers in another Second Division fixture played on Good Friday, with the game marred by some crowd disturbances. 1935 – We lost 3-1 at Leicester City as Danny Liddle bagged the last of his four goals against the reds and Arthur Maw also scoring before the break. Taffy O’Callaghan also netted before Tommy Johnson struck our late consolation. 1929 – We drew 0-0 at Bolton Wanderers. 1912 – We lost 2-1 at Preston North End despite Sam Gilligan giving us an early lead. 1903 – Sunderland held us to a 1-1 draw in L4. George Bridgett bagged the first of his five goals past us, with Sam Raybould nabbing our goal. 1901 – We beat Newcastle United 3-0 at Anfield. John Hunter struck twice with Sam Raybould also scoring. Brucie demobbed 1977 - Bruce Grobbelaar was discharged from the Rhodesian army. HIG twice Haukur Ingi Guðnason twice represented his country on this day. 1996 – He played for the Under-19’s as they lost 2-1 to Switzerland in a tournament game in Israel. 1999 – Iceland Under-21’s were thumped 5-1 in a European Championships qualifier in the Ukraine. Also in international action 2003 – El-Hadji Diouf and future red Kolo Touré both played in Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, with ex-red Rigobert Song captaining Cameroon as they lost 1-0 to Tunisia in the Tunis Tournament. 2013 – Future red Dominic Solanke played for England Under-16’s in their 1-1 friendly draw with Germany in France. 2016 – Future red Kamil Grabara featured as Poland Under-17’s lost 2-1 to Serbia in a European Championships qualifier in Warsaw. 2017 – Future red Ki-Jana Hoever played for the Dutch Under-15’s as they beat Belgium 2-1.
  10. Will

    27th March

    Yanks in 2007 - Liverpool FC announced that George Gillett Jr. and Tom Hicks now owned 98.6% of the club’s shares and intended to compulsorily acquire the remaining shares. Chief Executive Rick Parry said, “The incredibly high level of acceptance of the offer shows shareholders have faith in the vision outlined for the club by George Gillett and Tom Hicks.” The two Americans remained in control until October 2010. We’re all on our way to Wembley 1965 - We beat Chelsea 2-0 in a Villa Park Semi-final en route to our first ever FA Cup triumph. John Mortimore had a goal disallowed for the Blues before Peter Thompson netted, with Willie Stevenson adding a penalty, the first he had ever taken. Right-half Gordon Milne played his 200th game for the club this day. 1971 - We beat Everton 2-1 at Old Trafford, before losing to Arsenal in the Final. Alun Evans and Brian Hall were on target this time after Alan Ball had given the Blues the lead, one of his eleven strikes past us, with Hall netting his first reds goal. 1899 - Our other Semi-final on this day, a second replay against Sheffield United at Fallowfield in Manchester, was postponed due to crowd congestion, with the reds leading 1-0 at the time thanks to a George Allan goal. We lost the rearranged game 1-0 three days later. For Crazy Horse 1979 - A testimonial match was played at Anfield for long-serving skipper Emlyn Hughes. Borussia Mönchengladbach won 1-0 in front of a crowd of 25,290, raising gate receipts of £39,500. Trebles 1964 - ‘Sir’ Roger Hunt scored a hat-trick in our 3-1 win at Tottenham Hotspur before 57,022 spectators, the highest ever for this fixture. 1909 - Less happily, Middlesbrough beat us 2-1, their third successive League win over us at home, with centre-half Jimmy Harrop grabbing our consolation, the first of his four reds goals. Alf Common struck the last of his four goals against the reds, with Steve Bloomer bagging one of his fourteen past us. A flood of generosity 2005 - A charity match was staged at Anfield, billed as the Tsunami Football Testimonial. A Legends side beat a Celebs team 6-2, with the Legends’ goals including a brace from Jason McAteer, a Patrick McGuinness own goal, and strikes by Ian Rush, David Johnson and John Aldridge. The event raised an estimated half a million pounds to support those who suffered in the Asian tsunami tragedy that happened the previous Boxing Day. Royal approval 1920 - King George V was presented to both captains, including our own Ephraim Longworth, before our League game with Manchester City at Hyde Road, the day after having attended the Grand National at Aintree. We lost the game 2-1, with Harry Chambers netting from the spot and Horace Barnes bagging two of his nine goals against us. Debuting at Anfield against the Mancs 1937 - South African keeper Dirk Kemp played the first of his thirty reds games as we beat Manchester United 2-0 at Anfield, with Alf Hanson netting before Fred Howe added the second in the final minute. Derby joy 1982 - Ronnie Whelan struck with Graeme Sharp equalising inside the first three minutes as we won 3-1 at Goodison Park. Graeme Souness and Craig Johnston netted in the second half. Keeper Bruce Grobbelaar was handed a cardboard clown’s face by a Blues fan before the game, which he took in good spirits, placing it in the back of his goal! Other milestones 1948 – Left-back Eddie Spicer netted his second and final reds goal as we won a top-flight match 2-0 at Grimsby Town, after Jack Balmer had opened the scoring. 1967 – Roger Hunt played his 300th League game for the reds in our goalless Anfield meeting with Arsenal. God for England 1996 - Robbie Fowler made his senior England debut at Wembley as a substitute in a 1-0 friendly defeat of Bulgaria. Steve McManaman also played, while Paul Ince won his first cap as an Internazionale player, following his move from Old Trafford. Mark Kennedy, Jason McAteer, ex-reds John Aldridge and Steve Staunton, and future reds Markus Babbel, Gary McAllister and Christian Ziege all also featured in international friendlies on the same day. 2002 - Robbie scored in England’s 2-1 defeat by Italy at Elland Road, while winning his first cap as a Leeds United player, as well as skippering the side for forty minutes after David Beckham was substituted. Emile Heskey, Danny Murphy, Michael Owen, future red Joe Cole and ex-red David James all also featured. 2015 - Raheem Sterling netted his first England goal as Roy Hodgson’s side thumped Lithuania 4-0 at Wembley. Jordan Henderson and future red Nathaniel Clyne both also featured. Xherdan Shaqiri won his first cap as an Internazionale player as Switzerland beat Estonia 3-0 in Lucerne as future red Ragnar Klavan reached a century of caps. Meanwhile, future red Danny Ings played for England Under-21’s as they beat the Czech Republic in a friendly in Prague. 2009 – Tom Ince and future red Jonjo Shelvey both featured as England Under-17’s beat Serbia 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Hungary. Also in international action that day were David N’Gog and future reds Joe Allen, Dejan Lovren and James Milner. Mixed fortunes against the Clarets We have twice entertained Burnley in the top-flight on this day in history. 1976 - Substitute David Fairclough netted a brace as we won 2-0, our last League meeting for more than thirty years. 1897 - Robert Neill grabbed our consolation in a 2-1 defeat. 1946 – We also faced the Clarets, losing a Lancashire Senior Cup Third Round tie 3-2 at Turf Moor after extra time. Cyril Done and Willie Fagan struck for the reds. Martin the best 2009 - Martin Škrtel was named Slovakia’s Player of the Year for 2008. This was the first of four times he has claimed this award to date. 2015 - He played for his country as they beat Luxembourg 3-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Zilina. International reds in friendly action 2002 - Jari Litmanen became Finland’s joint all-time top scorer on 21 goals with a brace in a 4-1 win in Portugal, with Sami Hyypiä also playing. Meanwhile, Dietmar Hamann played in Germany’s 4-2 win over the USA in Rostock, with ex-red Christian Ziege on target with his final international goal. Future red Andriy Voronin made his senior bow as the Ukraine lost 4-1 in Romania. Leeds United’s Robbie Keane netted as the Republic of Ireland beat future red Christian Poulsen’s Denmark 3-0, with ex-reds Jason McAteer and Steve Staunton also in action. Jerzy Dudek needed treatment after being hit by a missile during Poland’s surprise 2-0 defeat by Japan in Łódź. Vladimír Šmicer and future reds Salif Diao, El-Hadji Diouf, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Alex Manninger and Fernando Morientes also played for their countries that day. Meanwhile, ex-red Dominic Matteo won his sixth and final cap for Scotland as they were thumped 5-0 by France in Paris. 2011 – Danny Wilson and future red Charlie Adam faced Lucas Leiva as Brazil beat Scotland 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium. Meanwhile, future red Oussama Assaidi and ex-red Carl Medjani both featured in Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. In action many times Stéphane Henchoz has played for Switzerland three times on this day in history, each time away from home. 1996 - The Swiss lost 1-0 in Austria in a friendly. 1999 - They won their Euro 2000 qualifier in Belarus 1-0 2002 – Switzerland held Sweden to a 1-1 draw in a friendly. Rigobert Song has also represented his country on three occasions on this day over the years. 2002 - Cameroon drew 2-2 with Argentina in a friendly in Switzerland. 2003 - They beat Madagascar 2-0 in the Semi-final of the Tunis Tournament. 2005 - He played in their 2-1 World Cup qualifying defeat of Sudan in Yaoundé. More international reds on target 2021 – Diogo Jota bagged a brace as Portugal drew a World Cup qualifier 2-2 in Serbia. Neco Williams, Ozan Kabak, Gini Wijnaldum and ex-reds Ryan Babel and Dejan Lovren also played for their countries that day. 2017 – Sadio Mané converted a penalty as Senegal drew 1-1 with Ivory Coast in Paris, although the match was abandoned after 88 minutes due to crowd trouble. Trent Alexander-Arnold won his tenth and last cap for England Under-19’s in their 5-1 European Championships qualifying defeat of Belarus at St. George’s Park, with Joe Gomez and future red Kostas Tsimikas also in international action that day. 1974 - Celtic’s Kenny Dalglish netted as Scotland beat West Germany 2-1 in a friendly in Frankfurt. 1985 - Ian Rush bagged the only goal as Wales beat Scotland in a World Cup qualifier at Hampden Park. Kenny Dalglish, Alan Hansen, Steve Nicol and ex-reds Joey Jones and Graeme Souness also played. 1991 - Dean Saunders, playing alongside Ian Rush, was on target as Wales drew 1-1 in Belgium in a European Championships qualifier. This was his final goal as a Derby County player. On the same day, John Barnes, Peter Beardsley and future red Mark Wright lined up against Ray Houghton, Steve Staunton and ex-reds John Aldridge and Kevin Sheedy as England and the Republic of Ireland drew their qualifier 1-1 at Wembley. 1999 - Future red Dietmar Hamann netted in Germany’s 3-0 Euro 2000 qualifying win in Northern Ireland, although the goal is sometimes credited as a Steve Morrow own goal. Fellow future red Markus Babbel also featured, while also in action that day were Patrik Berger, Vegard Heggem and future reds Nicolas Anelka and Vladimír Šmicer. International bosses 1999 - Ex-red Kevin Keegan took charge of England for the first time as they beat Poland 3-1 in a Euro 2000 qualifier at Wembley. He selected Steve McManaman and Jamie Redknapp. 1993 - Future reds boss Gérard Houllier managed France as they won a World Cup qualifier 1-0 in Austria thanks to a Jean-Pierre Papin goal. Jim’s farewell 2002 - Ex-reserves midfielder Jim Magilton won his 52nd and final cap for Northern Ireland as they were held to a goalless draw in a friendly in Liechtenstein. 1996 - He also turned out for his country, facing Stig Inge Bjørnebye and future red Øyvind Leonhardsen as Norway won a friendly 2-0 at Windsor Park. Future red Vladimír Šmicer also played for his country that day. 1991 - His first international appearance on this day came as his side lost a Euro ’92 qualifier 4-1 in Yugoslavia. Final caps 2016 – Trent Alexander-Arnold won his second and final cap for England Under-18’s in their 4-1 friendly defeat of the Republic of Ireland at St. George’s Park, with Herbie Kane also featuring. 2005 - Momo Sissoko won his twelfth and final cap as a Valencia player as Mali lost 2-1 to Togo in a World Cup qualifier in Bamako, with future red Kolo Touré featuring as Ivory Coast beat Benin 3-0 in a qualifier in Abidjan. 1988 - Ex-reds defender Avi Cohen was booked while winning his last international cap at any level as Israel won 1-0 in an Olympics qualifying game in New Zealand. Future red Ronnie Rosenthal also played. 1897 - Ex-reds left-back Duncan McLean won his second and final cap for Scotland as they thumped Ireland 5-1 at Ibrox in the British International Championships. Ex-reds on the move 2014 – Left-winger Albert Riera signed for Watford having recently had his contract with Galatasaray terminated. He netted once in eight games for the Hornets. On the same day, Lee Peltier joined Nottingham Forest on loan from Leeds United, playing seven times. 2013 - Toni Silva joined Dagenham & Redbridge on loan from Barnsley, turning out for them four times in League Two. 2009 – John Welsh moved to Bury on loan from Hull City, playing six times for the League Two outfit. 2003 - John Miles joined Third Division Macclesfield Town on loan from Crewe Alexandra. He netted four goals in eight games, signing permanently two months later. 1997 - Ex-reserves defender Ashley Neal signed for Peterborough United from Huddersfield Town on non-contract terms, going on to play for the Posh just nine times. On the same day, forward Lee Jones joined Tranmere Rovers on loan, for whom he struck five times in eight games before signing permanently two months later. Other reds games 1959 – We beat Barnsley 3-2 in a Second Division match at Anfield with Jimmy Melia adding to a Billy Liddell brace. 1926 – We defeated West Bromwich Albion 3-0 at the Hawthorns. Gordon Hodgson netted, with Dick Forshaw bagging a brace, including one from the spot. Youngsters on target again 2018 – Dominic Solanke scored as England Under-21’s beat Ukraine 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier at Bramall Lane. Ex-red Iago Aspas scored for Spain as they thumped Argentina 6-1 in a friendly in Madrid, with ex-red Javier Mascherano skippering his country and Thiago Alcântara scoring his last goal as a Bayern München player. Ragnar Klavan captained Estonia while winning his last cap as a reds player as they lost 2-0 in Georgia, while Sadio Mané won his fiftieth cap as Senegal shared a goalless draw with Bosnia-Herzegovina in Dakar. Kamil Grabara, Marko Grujić, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, Simon Mignolet, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Corey Whelan, future reds Alisson Becker, Fábio Carvalho and Kostas Tsimikas, and ex-reds Philippe Coutinho, Brad Jones, Carl Medjani, Victor Moses and Raheem Sterling all also represented their countries. Krisztián Németh won his last cap as a New England Revolution player as Hungary lost 1-0 to Scotland in Budapest, with ex-red Péter Gulácsi and Andy Robertson also featuring. 2007 – Future reds forward Daniel Sturridge netted twice while winning his only cap for England Under-18’s in their 4-1 victory over the Netherlands in Yeovil. 2001 - Milan Baroš netted a brace in the Czech Republic Under-21’s 3-0 European Championships qualifying defeat of fellow future red Christian Poulsen’s Denmark in Teplice. This was the fifth consecutive international in which he had scored. Future red John Arne Riise played as Norway lost 1-0 to Belarus in the same tournament that day. 1997 – Future red Haukur Ingi Guðnason struck his sixth and last goal for Iceland Under-19’s as they beat Romania 2-0 in the Italy Tournament. Behind the scenes moves 2009 – Assistant Manager Sammy Lee, first-team coach Mauricio Pellegrino, goalkeeping coach Xavi Valero, joint chief scout Eduardo Macía and fitness coach Paco de Miguel all extended their contracts with the reds. Meanwhile, Frank McParland was appointed to undertake a strategic review of the Academy. Big money Crouch 2002 - Future reds centre-forward Peter Crouch joined Aston Villa from Portsmouth for £5m after a successful spell at Fratton Park. His time in the Midlands was less noteworthy, as he netted just six times in 43 games for the Villains, as well as spending three months on loan with Norwich City. Also in international action 1994 – Titi Camara featured for Guinea as they lost an Africa Cup of Nations Finals group game 1-0 to Ghana in Tunisia. 1990 – Ex-reds Jim Beglin and Ken DeMange faced future red Nigel Clough as the Republic of Ireland beat England 4-1 in a B international in Cork, with future red Gary McAllister playing for Scotland B on the same day. 1905 – John Hughes and George Latham both played for Wales as they lost 3-1 to England in the British International Championships at Anfield.
  11. Will

    16th April

    Happy birthday Rafa 1960 – Former reds boss Rafael Benítez was born in Madrid. He arrived from Valencia in June 2004 and took charge of the reds on 350 occasions, winning 194 times and leading us to the European Cup, FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FA Community Shield as well as three other finals. He left the club “by mutual consent” in June 2010. Clinching the title 1906 – We secured our second League title despite losing 3-2 on Easter Monday at Bolton Wanderers, as nearest challengers Preston North End also lost and so could not catch the reds. We therefore became the first team to win the Second and First Division championships in consecutive seasons. Jack Parkinson bagged a brace in our defeat at Burnden Park, with Albert Shepherd striking two of his twelve goals against the reds and Marshall McEwan also scoring. A derby classic 2001 - An amazing Easter Monday game ended in a 3-2 win, our first at Goodison for eleven years. Emile Heskey opened the scoring straight after an unsuccessful Blues penalty appeal. Duncan Ferguson then pounced on a defensive mix-up to equalise with his fifth and last goal past the reds before Markus Babbel netted a classic breakaway goal. Robbie Fowler missed a penalty that would have made it 3-1, before referee Jeff Winter changed the odds by first giving Igor Bišcan a second booking, and then awarding a dubious penalty, which David Unsworth converted, the hundredth League goal we had conceded under Gérard Houllier’s sole charge. Finally, Gary McAllister won the game with a supremely dramatic 44-yard free-kick late into stoppage time. This was Gary Mac’s hundredth career League goal. The birth of the hat-trick king 1904 - Forward Gordon Hodgson was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He signed from Transvaal in November 1925 and bagged a club record seventeen hat-tricks amongst his 241 goals in 377 games, but could not claim a club medal in his time at Anfield before joining Aston Villa for £3,000 in January 1936. A new man in charge 1991 - Graeme Souness took over as Liverpool Manager. He led us to the FA Cup in his first full season, his only trophy in three years in charge. He won 65 of his 157 games as boss. Pepe clean again 2006 - Pepe Reina kept his thirtieth clean sheet in his fiftieth game for the club, as Robbie Fowler grabbed the only goal of the game at Blackburn Rovers with Djibril Cissé controversially ruled inactive while in an offside position. Debuting in 4-0 home League wins 1960 - Ian Callaghan played the first of his 857 reds games in our Second Division win over Bristol Rovers, replacing the legendary Billy Liddell. Wing-half Bobby Campbell bagged his second and final reds goal, with Jimmy Melia, Alan A’Court and Roger Hunt also netting. The People named Cally as man of the match, saying he “put up a fantastic show that even old favourite Billy Liddell couldn’t have bettered”. 1898 - Romany right-half Rab Howell made his reds bow in our defeat of Aston Villa, with inside-forward Frank Becton scoring his 42nd reds goal in his 86th and final reds game, and our final fixture of the season. Inside-left Hugh Morgan struck the first of his seventeen goals for the club with Tommy Robertson and John Walker also on target. 1979 - We also faced the Villains, losing 3-1 at Villa Park, with David Johnson nabbing our consolation and Phil Thompson putting through his own net, and John Deehan bagging two of his five strikes past us. We only conceded sixteen goals in the whole of that League campaign. 1974 - Our third 4-0 victory on this day came when Manchester City were beaten at Anfield. Brian Hall struck twice, with Phil Boersma and Kevin Keegan also on target. Winning on the plastic 1986 - We played our first ever game on Luton Town’s controversial new plastic pitch, with Craig Johnston bagging the only goal of the game. This was our third of seven straight League victories as we ended the season with eleven wins and one draw in our final twelve League outings to clinch our sixteenth title. Most recently 2017 – Roberto Firmino headed in the only goal of the game at West Bromwich Albion on the stroke of half time. SteG misses 2005 - Steven Gerrard missed a penalty as we were held to a 2-2 draw at Anfield by Tottenham Hotspur. It was game of stunning strikes, with Erik Edman giving the visitors the lead with a 35-yard effort before Luis García equalised. Spurs went in front again through a deflected Robbie Keane header, one of his five past us, but Sami Hyypiä lashed in from eighteen yards to secure a point. Moving out 2002 - Jamie Redknapp signed for Tottenham Hotspur on a free transfer after 41 goals in 308 reds games. He was injured for much of his time at White Hart Lane, playing just 49 times for the Lilywhites and bagging four goals, before joining his father at Southampton. 1904 – Inside-forward Fred Buck left the reds for Plymouth Argyle after one goal in thirteen outings since arriving from West Bromwich Albion in May 1903. Other eventful Goodison derbies 1996 - Wayne Rooney was the Everton mascot before a game that ended 1-1, with Robbie Fowler netting late on after Andrei Kanchelskis had opened the scoring with one of his five goals against the reds. 1997 - Fowler and Everton’s David Unsworth were sent off towards the end of another 1-1 draw, after Duncan Ferguson had equalised Jamie Redknapp’s opener. A century in south London 2000 - Emile Heskey grabbed a brace as we reached a hundred League goals under Gérard Houllier's sole charge, beating Wimbledon 2-1 at Selhurst Park, with Martin Andresen on target for the Dons. A big day for the Bionic Carrot 1980 - David Fairclough netted as we drew our FA Cup Semi-final replay with Arsenal 1-1 after extra time at Villa Park, with Alan Sunderland equalising with a goal that TV replays proved was offside, one of his six goals past us. We eventually succumbed in a fourth game nearly three weeks later at Highfield Road. 1977 - We also faced the Gunners, when Phil Neal and Kevin Keegan netted as we won a top-flight fixture 2-0 at Anfield. Ray Clemence was making his 300th League appearance for the reds. 1983 - Fairclough played his 154th and final reds game as we lost 3-2 at Southampton, with Kenny Dalglish and Craig Johnston on the scoresheet. Nick Holmes struck a brace, with Steve Moran converting a penalty for the home side. New chairman 2010 – The club announced that Martin Broughton had been appointed as Chairman. He was brought in to find a buyer for the club from George Gillett and Tom Hicks, which he succeeded in finding in New England Sports Ventures six months later, following a series of legal battles. He left his role in November 2010 and was knighted for his services to business the following month. A poor club record 1904 - Our 3-0 First Division defeat of Bury in our final home game of the season took us to just 24 League goals at Anfield, a club record low for a season. Alf West struck his first reds goal from the spot, with Jack Cox also netting and left-half George Fleming bagging his sixth and final reds goal. 1927 - We also entertained the Shakers, when birthday boy Gordon Hodgson netted a brace in a 2-2 draw. Doing the Boro We have twice won at Ayresome Park 1-0 in the First Division on this day in history. 1949 - Jack Balmer struck the only goal of the game against Middlesbrough. 1954 - Sammy Smyth was on target. Mixed fortunes against the Geordies and Rams 1910 - We won 3-1 at Newcastle United, thanks to two goals from Arthur Goddard, including a penalty, and a James Stewart strike. Jock Rutherford netted one of his six goals against the reds. 1994 - We lost another top-flight encounter 2-0 at Anfield. Rob Lee opened the scoring before Andy Cole equalled the Geordies’ club record of 29 strikes in a season, one of his eleven strikes past us. 1921 - We were held to a 1-1 draw by Derby County at Anfield in a First Division fixture, with Harry Chambers on the scoresheet. 1938 - We were beaten 4-1 at the Baseball Ground, with outside-left Alf Hanson grabbing our early consolation, his 52nd and last reds strike, and fiftieth in the League. Jack Nicholas and Ronnie Dix each netted the last of their four goals past us, with Sammy Crooks and Dai Astley both scoring one of their six goals against us. On the move 2010 – Reserves keeper Péter Gulácsi joined Tranmere Rovers on loan. He played five times, returning for a second temporary spell five months later. 2013 – Ex-reds winger Sebastián Leto signed for Italian side Calcio Catania, having been released by Panathinaikos three months earlier. Tosh for the Taffs 1969 – Future red John Toshack struck his first senior goal in his second game for Wales as they lost 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier in East Germany. 1975 - He also netted as they won a European Championships qualifier 2-1 in Hungary. 2010 – Future red Thiago Alcântara netted for Spain Under-19’s in their 3-2 friendly win in Turkey. Stevie honoured again 2007 - Steven Gerrard was nominated for the PFA Player of the Year for the fourth consecutive season, although he eventually lost his crown to Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo. Jocky, Ted and Tommy for the Scots 1975 - Partick Thistle’s Alan Hansen made his Scotland Under-23’s debut as they beat Sweden 2-1 in Gothenburg. Ex-reds reserves forward Ted MacDougall, then at Norwich City, netted on his senior Scotland debut on the same day as they drew 1-1 with the Swedes in a friendly, played in the same city. Future reds Kenny Dalglish and Graeme Souness both also played, with Kevin Keegan also playing for his country. 1969 - Tommy Lawrence won his second cap, nearly six years after his first, in a 1-1 draw with West Germany in a World Cup qualifier at Hampden Park. He went on to win three caps in total, with Alun Evans playing for England Under-23’s on the same day. First and last caps 2002 - Stephen Wright won his tenth and final England Under-21’s cap as Portugal won a friendly 1-0 at the Britannia Stadium. Peter Crouch won his first cap as an Aston Villa player in the same game, and his second of six in total while Chris Kirkland and future reds Paul Konchesky and Jermaine Pennant also played. On the same day, Pepe Reina won his last Under-21’s cap as a Barcelona player as Spain beat FR Yugoslavia 2-1 in a friendly in Ceuta, with fellow future reds Xabi Alonso and Djibril Cissé also in action at this level. 2015 - Future red Bobby Adekanye won his eighth and last Under-16’s cap for the Netherlands in their 2-1 friendly defeat of Italy. Other reds games 1966 – Geoff Strong and Ian St. John struck as we beat Stoke City 2-0 at Anfield, leaving us needing just one more point to clinch the League title. Calvin Palmer was sent off for the visitors as right-half Gordon Milne played his 200th League game for the reds. 1965 – We lost 4-0 at Chelsea on Good Friday. Bobby Tambling bagged one of his eight goals against the reds, with Marvin Hinton also on target before the break. Bert Murray netted twice in the second half. 1955 – We drew 2-2 with Leeds United in a Second Division encounter in L4. Jimmy Payne and Tony Rowley both scored. 1932 – We lost 3-1 at Birmingham City with Gordon Gunson scoring from the spot. John Bradford netted the final two of his fifteen goals past us with Tom Grosvenor also on target. Dirk signs on 2011 – Dirk Kuyt agreed a new contract until 2013. He bagged 71 goals in 285 reds games since signing from Feyenoord for £9m in August 2006, moving on to Fenerbahçe SK for €1m in June 2012. A centenary celebration 1988 - We took part in the Mercantile Credit Football League Centenary Festival, but only survived one 40-minute morning match at Wembley Stadium that ended in a goalless draw with Newcastle United before the Geordies won a sudden-death penalty shoot-out 1-0 after Gary Kelly saved Steve McMahon’s spot-kick. Unfortunately, John Barnes suffered an injury in this game that ruled him out of our next League fixture. Also in international action 1989 – Future red Ronnie Rosenthal played for Israel in their 1-1 draw with Australia in a World Cup qualifier in Sydney. 1994 – Future red Brad Friedel featured for the USA as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Moldova in Florida.
  12. Will

    1st June

    Numero seis 2019 – We secured our sixth European Cup after defeating Tottenham Hotspur in the UEFA Champions League Final in Madrid. Mohamed Salah opened the scoring from the spot after just two minutes, with substitute Divock Origi making the game safe late on. This was the first time we had played a first-class match in June in our history. In comes Brendan 2012 - Brendan Rodgers was appointed as reds boss. He had a mixed first season in charge, followed by a terrific second campaign as we came a close second in the League, before a disappointing third season. He led us to 85 victories in 166 games before being sacked in October 2015. Happy birthday 1963 – Centre-half John McGregor was born in Airdrie. He arrived from Queen’s Park in 1979, but failed to make a senior appearance before joining Rangers in May 1987, with whom he won the League Cup, having been released by the reds a couple of weeks earlier. More managerial ins and outs 2004 - Rafael Benítez resigned from Valencia, having led them to a second La Liga title and the UEFA Cup in his last season in charge. It was fifteen days later when he was confirmed as our new boss. 1936 - Turn-of-the-century centre-half Alex Raisbeck was appointed Manager of Third Division North side Chester. They finished third and ninth in his two seasons at Sealand Road. 2011 - Gérard Houllier resigned as Manager of Aston Villa due to poor health, having led the Villains to fourteen victories in 39 games in charge. 2019 - Xabi Alonso was appointed as a coach for Real Sociedad’s B-team. 2000 - Kenny Dalglish stood down as Caretaker Manager of Celtic, as Martin O’Neill arrived at Parkhead. Kenny had been in charge since John Barnes’ departure four months before. Celtic finished 21 points behind Rangers in the League that season, although they did win the League Cup while Kenny was boss. 1997 - Roy Hodgson was appointed Manager of Blackburn Rovers. He led them to sixth and into the UEFA Cup in his first season, a significant improvement on their previous campaign when they ended in thirteenth. However, his second season in charge started disastrously, and he was sacked in December 1998 with Rovers sitting rock bottom of the table. Big money signings 1989 – Swedish centre-half Glenn Hysén signed from Fiorentina for £600,000. He went on to make 93 appearances, notching three times and helping us to our most recent title win in 1990, as well as the FA Charity Shield on his debut. He returned to his hometown to sign for GAIS in May 1992. 2002 - El-Hadji Diouf signed for a whopping £10m fee. He went on to bag just six goals in eighty games before moving to Bolton Wanderers in June 2005 for £4.5m after a season-long loan there. In friendly action We have faced a variety of foreign clubs in post-season friendlies on this day over the years. 1922 - We drew 2-2 with a Liguria & Toscana Select team in Pisa, with Harry Beadles and Harry Chambers on target. 1936 - We beat Venus Bucureşti 4-1 at the Splai Ground, with centre-forward Fred Howe bagging a brace and Tom Bush and Alf Hanson also netting. 1948 - We defeated a St. Louis All Stars side 4-2 on our US tour with Billy Liddell grabbing two goals, to add to strikes from Bob Priday and Albert Stubbins. 1971 - We saw off Swedes GIF Sundsvaal 4-0 in our most recent game on this day, thanks to goals from Ian Callaghan, Bobby Graham, Kevin Keegan and Peter Thompson. Reds at the World Cup 2002 - Dietmar Hamann played as Germany thrashed Saudi Arabia 8-0 in their opening World Cup game in Sapporo with ex-red Christian Ziege also featuring. Meanwhile, ex-reds Steve Staunton and Rigobert Song led their countries out as the Republic of Ireland drew 1-1 with Cameroon in Niigata. Future reds Steve Finnan and Robbie Keane, and ex-red Jason McAteer all also featured. Future red Christian Poulsen featured as Denmark beat Uruguay 2-1 in Ulsan. 1991 - Staunton had also played for his country as they drew a friendly 1-1 in the USA, playing alongside Ray Houghton and ex-red Kevin Sheedy. Future reds Nigel Clough and Mark Wright played on the same day as England won 1-0 in Australia. Kenny at the double 1977 - Two months before joining the reds from Celtic, Kenny Dalglish grabbed a brace as Scotland beat Northern Ireland 3-0 at Hampden Park in the British International Championships, on their way to retaining the trophy. Meanwhile, Steve Heighway played in a World Cup qualifier in Sofia as Bulgaria beat the Republic of Ireland 2-1. This game was notable for the fact that two players from each side were dismissed. 1974 - Kenny also featured for the Scots as they beat Belgium 2-1 in a friendly in Brugge. Ray Clemence, Kevin Keegan and Alec Lindsay were also in action, with Emlyn Hughes skippering England to a 1-0 friendly win in Bulgaria. 1975 – Dalglish also played in a 1-1 European Championships qualifying draw in Romania. Carra’s final caps 2000 - Jamie Carragher won his 27th and final England Under-21’s cap as they lost 2-0 to Slovakia in a European Championship Finals group game, a record tally that his since been surpassed by Scott Carson and then James Milner. Danny Murphy and David Thompson both also featured. This was the first ever England international at any level played against Slovakia. 2007 - The first full international at the new Wembley Stadium was played, with Steven Gerrard captaining his country for part of the game as England were held to a 1-1 draw by Brazil. Jamie Carragher won his 34th and last senior cap before retiring, with Peter Crouch, future reds Joe Cole and Stewart Downing and ex-red Michael Owen also featuring. Jamie of course came out of international retirement for the 2010 World Cup Finals in South Africa. On the same day, future reds loanee Nuri Şahin netted as Turkey Under-21’s beat Ukraine 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Kyiv. Rushie on target 1988 - Ian Rush bagged his first goal for Wales as a Juventus player, captaining them for the first time as they beat Malta 3-2 in a friendly in Valletta. Future red Dean Saunders lined up alongside him. On the same day, John Aldridge, Ray Houghton and Ronnie Whelan all played as the Republic of Ireland shared a goalless friendly draw with Norway in Oslo, with future red Glenn Hysén playing for Sweden in a 3-1 friendly win in Spain. More international skippers 1958 - Tommy Younger captained Scotland as they lost 2-1 in a friendly in Poland. 1983 - Graeme Souness wore the armband for Scotland as they lost 2-0 to England at Wembley in the British International Championships. Sammy Lee, Phil Neal and future red John Wark all also played. 1997 - Future red Gary McAllister skippered the Scots as they lost 3-2 in a friendly in Malta. 2005 – Carl Medjani skippered France Under-20’s as they beat South Africa 2-0 in the Toulon Tournament. 2018 – Ex-red Nuri Şahin led out Turkey as they lost 2-1 to the USA in a friendly in New Jersey. Mamadou Sakho, ex-red Charles Itandje and future reds Joël Matip and Divock Origi were all also in international action that day. International goalscorers 2017 – Future red Xherdan Shaqiri scored the only goal of Switzerland’s friendly against Belarus in Neuchatel. 2016 – Future red Gini Wijnaldum scored as the Netherlands beat Poland 2-1 in a friendly in Warsaw, with Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk also playing. Christian Benteke and Divock Origi both also featured for Belgium in their 1-1 friendly draw with Finland in Brussels, with future red Thiago featuring as Spain thumped South Korea 6-1 in Austria. 2011 - Andriy Voronin bagged his first goal as a Dinamo Moskva player as Ukraine beat Uzbekistan 2-0 in a friendly in Kyiv, with Emiliano Insúa and future red Fabio Borini also in international action. 2010 – Porto’s Raul Meireles bagged a brace as Portugal beat Cameroon 3-1 in a friendly in Covilhã, while Dirk Kuyt netted as the Netherlands thumped Ghana 4-1 at the Feyenoord Stadion. Daniel Agger, Ryan Babel and future reds Christian Poulsen and Xherdan Shaqiri all also played in friendlies that day. 2004 - Michael Owen struck his 25th senior international goal, while winning his 55th cap as England were held to a 1-1 draw by Japan in a tournament at the City of Manchester Stadium. Emile Heskey was winning his first cap as a Birmingham City player, with Steven Gerrard, future red Joe Cole and ex-red David James also playing. Florent Sinama-Pongolle and future reds Mark González and Bolo Zenden also played for their countries that day. 1998 – Future red Bolo Zenden appeared for the Netherlands as they thumped Paraguay 5-1 in Eindhoven. 2006 – Future red Ryan Babel was on target for the Netherlands as they beat Mexico 2-1 in a friendly in Eindhoven, with Jan Kromkamp and future red Dirk Kuyt also in action. Florent Sinama-Pongolle and John Arne Riise also represented their countries that day. 2008 – Harry Kewell struck for Australia as he skippered them to a 1-0 defeat of Iraq in a World Cup qualifier in Brisbane. Christian Poulsen played his last game for Denmark while with Sevilla as they drew 1-1 with Poland in a friendly in Chorzów. On the same day, Peter Crouch won his final cap as a red as England beat Trinidad & Tobago 3-0 in a friendly in Port of Spain, with ex-red Stephen Warnock making his international bow, winning his only cap while at Blackburn Rovers. Steven Gerrard, Dirk Kuyt, future reds Stewart Downing, Glen Johnson and Sotirios Kyrgiakos and ex-reds Craig Bellamy, David James, Momo Sissoko and John Toshack also represented their countries that day. 1972 - Kevin Keegan netted for England Under-23’s and was then sent off as they drew 2-2 with East Germany in Magdeburg. Clubmate Larry Lloyd also featured. 2000 - Milan Baroš was on target for the Czech Republic Under-21’s as they beat fellow future red Igor Bišcan’s Croatia 4-3 in a European Championships Finals group game in Slovakia. 2012 – Baroš featured for his country at senior level, up against fellow ex-red Krisztián Németh and future red Ádám Bogdán, with Péter Gulácsi, future reds Mario Balotelli, Ragnar Klavan, Mohamed Salah and Gini Wijnaldum, and ex-red Andriy Voronin also in international action that day. New man 2009 – New Academy Technical Manager José Segura started work. On the same day, Martin Kelly played for England Under-19’s for the fifth and last time in their 2-1 defeat of Scotland in the European Championships Finals at Bramall Lane, with future red Danny Wilson on the losing side and Crystal Palace’s Victor Moses winning his eleventh and final cap at this level. Macca at Anfield 2008 - Paul McCartney headlined the Liverpool Sound concert at Anfield, staged as part of the city’s status as European Capital of Culture. The Zutons and Kaiser Chiefs also played. Harper’s off 1983 - Reserves defender Alan Harper was sold to Everton for £100,000. He had never made a first-team appearance at Anfield, going on to net five times in 178 games in this first spell with the Toffees. Danny’s happy day 2012 – Ex-reds midfielder Danny Guthrie married Rebecca at Allerton Castle, near Knaresborough in North Yorkshire. Also in international action 1909 – Sam Hardy kept goal for England as they trounced Austria 8-1 in a friendly in Vienna. 1968 – Peter Thompson played for England in their 1-0 friendly defeat to West Germany in Hannover. 1973 – Future reds David Johnson and Ray Kennedy featured as England Under-23’s lost 3-0 in Czechoslovakia. 1984 – John Wark played for Scotland in their 2-0 friendly win in France, while Jim Beglin appeared in the Republic of Ireland’s goalless draw with SC Internacional in a Kirin Cup game in Japan. 1987 – Ex-red Avi Cohen and future Ronnie Rosenthal both played for Israel as they lost 4-0 to Brazil in Tel-Aviv. 1993 – Jamie Redknapp and future reds coach Mike Sheron both featured for England Under-21’s in their 1-1 draw with Norway in a European Championships qualifier in Stavanger. 1994 – Future red Øyvind Leonhardsen played for Norway as they beat Denmark 2-1 in a friendly in Oslo. 1996 – Future reds Markus Babbel, Patrik Berger and Christian Ziege all played in friendlies. 2001 – Future red Nicolas Anelka played for France as they lost a Confederations Cup game 1-0 to Australia in South Korea. On the same day, future reds John Arne Riise, Christian Poulsen and Pepe Reina also played for their countries. 2018 – Ex-red Carl Medjani featured in Algeria’s 3-2 friendly defeat of Cape Verde in Algiers. 2021 – Ex-red Nikolay Mihaylov played for Bulgaria as they drew 1-1 with Slovakia in a friendly in Austria.
  13. Will

    26th May

    Last-gasp heartache 1989 - Having already claimed the FA Cup in the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster, we only had to avoid defeat at home to Arsenal by two clear goals or more to clinch our second double in four seasons. The Gunners took the lead in the second half when Alan Smith was judged to have headed in from an indirect free-kick, one of his nine goals against the reds. We held on until stoppage time, when Michael Thomas burst through to grab the decisive, heart-breaking second and take the title back to Highbury for the first time since 1971. Bruce Grobbelaar was playing his 300th League game for the club. A Busby birthday 1909 - Right-half Sir Matt Busby was born on this day in Orbiston, Lanarkshire. He joined the reds from Manchester City for £8,000 in March 1936, making 122 appearances for us, many as captain, notching three times. He was appointed as coach and Assistant Manager to George Kay at Anfield in May 1944, but he was released by the club the following February after disagreements with the board, taking over as Manager of Manchester United a few days later. 1991 – Reserves left-back Chris Mavinga was born in Meaux, France. He signed from Paris St. Germain in July 2009 but was sold to Stade Rennais for £1m two years later, having failed to break through to the first team. Final despair 2018 – We lost 3-1 to Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League Final in Kyiv, as keeper Loris Karius had a personal nightmare in his 49th and final game for the club, with Mohamed Salah being forced off with injury after just half an hour. Karim Benzema scored the most recent of his four goals past us shortly after half time, but Sadio Mané levelled just four minutes later. However, Gareth Bale then struck twice to secure the trophy for the Spanish side for a record thirteenth time. Emre Can came off the bench to make his 167th and last appearance for the reds. A Philly dozen 1946 - We trounced a Philadelphia Select of American League side 12-0 in a friendly in the Yellow Jacket Stadium. Cyril Done struck four times, with Jack Balmer bagging a hat-trick and Phil Taylor and Willie Fagan both netting braces, and Bob Priday rounding out the scoring. Opening a new stadium 1978 - We played a game to commemorate the opening of the new Al Nasr Stadium in the United Arab Emirates, beating Al Nasr Club 5-0. Our scorers were fairly unusual, with substitute Colin Irwin and Ray Kennedy both bagging braces, and Alan Hansen also on target. 1980 - We returned to the Middle East to beat a Bahrain XI 2-1 on the Three Fives Gulf Football Tour. This time, Howard Gayle and Graeme Souness got on the scoresheet. Signing on 2014 - Brendan Rodgers signed a new contract, having just led the reds to within a whisker of the League title. However, the team regressed and he was sacked in October 2015. 2015 - Centre-half Kolo Touré signed a new contract, notching just once in 71 reds games before moving on to join Rodgers at Celtic in July 2016 after this deal expired. Charnock on target 1994 - Reserves midfielder Phil Charnock scored his first senior reds goal in our 3-0 defeat of Cape Town Spurs in the United Bank International Soccer Festival in South Africa, with Bruce Grobbelaar appearing for the reds for the final time. Robbie Fowler netted the other two. The players were introduced to South African President Nelson Mandela prior to the game. Select thumpings 1948 - We beat a New England Select side 6-0 at Fall River, with Willie Fagan and Albert Stubbins both nabbing braces to add to goals from Jack Balmer and Bob Priday. 1914 - We defeated a Denmark Select XI 7-1 in Copenhagen. Fred again 1935 – Fred Howe scored in our 4-2 friendly win at CD Tenerife, so netting in all three of our tour games. Alf Hanson bagged a brace with Tosh Johnson also on target. Welsh first and last 1949 - Ray Lambert won his fifth and final cap for Wales as they lost 4-0 to Switzerland in a friendly in Bern. 1957 – Future reds centre-forward Des Palmer made the first of his three senior appearances for the Welsh in their 2-0 World Cup qualifying defeat in Czechoslovakia. Tommy Younger played for Scotland as they beat Spain 4-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Madrid on the same day. 2014 – Future red Divock Origi won his first senior cap as Belgium thumped Luxembourg 5-1 in a friendly in Genk. On the same day, Jordon Ibe won his sixth and last cap for England Under-19’s, with future red Ragnar Klavan bagging his only goal as an Augsburg player, captaining Estonia as they drew 1-1 with Gibraltar in a friendly in Tallinn. Lloyd Jones, Brad Smith and future reds Lazar Marković and Joël Matip all also represented their countries. 2008 – Future reds loanee Victor Moses won his first cap for England Under-19’s in their 2-0 European Championships qualifying defeat of Poland in Borisov, with future red Andy Carroll also featuring. Feyenoord’s Gini Wijnaldum also featured at the same level that day. Wark on target 1979 - Future red John Wark netted in Scotland’s 3-1 defeat of England in the British International Championships at Wembley. Ray Clemence and Everton’s George Wood were in the opposing goals, while the sides were skippered by ex-red Kevin Keegan and his Anfield replacement Kenny Dalglish. Phil Neal, Graeme Souness and Phil Thompson all also played. 1984 - John Wark and future red John Barnes played in the last ever British International Championships game, with Scotland and England drawing 1-1 at Hampden Park. God on the scoresheet 2002 - Ex-red Robbie Fowler scored in England’s 2-2 pre-World Cup friendly draw with Cameroon in Japan. Michael Owen was captain, with Emile Heskey, future red Joe Cole and ex-reds David James and Rigobert Song also playing. Meanwhile, future red Djibril Cissé came on as a substitute in France’s 3-2 defeat of South Korea in Suwon and F.C. København’s Christian Poulsen played as Denmark beat Tunisia 2-1 in Wakayama. 1996 - Fowler also played for England, alongside Steve McManaman and future red Paul Ince, as they beat a Hong Kong Garden Select side 1-0 in an unofficial warm-up game at the Happy Valley Stadium before Euro ‘96. Future red Gary McAllister played for Scotland as they beat the USA 2-1 in a friendly. Tosh on target 1971 - John Toshack bagged the only goal of the game as Wales beat Finland in a European Championships qualifier in Helsinki. 2012 – Tosh managed FYR Macedonia as they held Portugal to a goalless friendly draw in Leiria. Ex-red Raul Meireles featured for the home side. In charge 2010 - Christian Ziege was appointed Manager of DSC Arminia Bielefeld, although he was sacked just six months later. On the same day, future red Fabio Borini scored his last goal for Italy Under-19’s in their 3-1 European Championships qualifying defeat in Russia. Dirk Kuyt, future reds Dejan Lovren, Nuri Şahin and Luis Suárez and ex-reds Nicolas Anelka and Alou Diarra all also turned out for their countries that day. 2012 – Roy Hodgson took charge of England for the first time, winning a friendly 1-0 in Norway. Martin Kelly and future red Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain both made their senior bows, with Jordan Henderson winning his first cap as a reds player. Steven Gerrard skippered a side that also included Andy Carroll, Stewart Downing, winning his last cap while with the reds, and future red James Milner, while ex-red John Arne Riise was on the losing side. Scoring against Albania 1992 - Ex-red John Aldridge netted for the Republic of Ireland as they beat Albania 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier at Lansdowne Road. Ray Houghton and ex-reds Kevin Sheedy and Steve Staunton also played. 1993 - Staunton was on target as the Irish won the return 2-1 in Tirana. Fellow ex-reds Aldridge and Houghton also played. 1985 - Ex-red Michael Robinson featured as Spain held Ireland to a friendly goalless draw in the only senior international ever to be played at the Flower Lodge in Cork. Milan also on target 2006 - Ex-red Milan Baroš struck for the Czech Republic as they beat Saudi Arabia 2-0 in a friendly in Austria. Future reds Daniel Agger and Nuri Şahin also represented their countries that day. 2008 – Baroš played in the Czech Republic’s 2-0 friendly defeat of Lithuania in Prague. 2012 – He converted a spot-kick in a 2-1 defeat of ex-red Yossi Benayoun’s Israel in Austria. Daniel Agger, Dirk Kuyt and ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Robbie Keane, Carl Medjani, Christian Poulsen and Daniel Sjölund also played for their countries that day. Heading off 1925 - Joe Keetley let the reds for Wolverhampton Wanderers after scoring twice in nine games since arriving from Accrington Stanley in November 1923 for £1,200. 1928 - Left-winger George Pither left Anfield to sign for Crewe Alexandra, after one goal in twelve reds games stepping in for the established Fred Hopkin. 1987 – Centre-half John McGregor moved on to Rangers, with whom he won the League Cup. He had failed to make the first team since arriving from Queen’s Park in May 1982. A young Geoff 1957 - Future reds left-half Geoff Twentyman became Carlisle United’s youngest ever debutant, aged seventeen years and 127 days, as they drew 2-2 at New Brighton in Division Three North. European Cup despair Two future reds have lost UEFA Champions League Finals on this day in recent years. 2004 - Fernando Morientes played as AS Monaco lost 2-0 to Jose Mourinho’s Porto in Gelsenkirchen. 1999 - Markus Babbel suffered heartache as Bayern München cruelly lost 2-1 to Manchester United in Barcelona. Bells toll twice 2007 - Craig Bellamy struck a brace as John Toshack’s Wales were held to a 2-2 friendly draw in Wrexham by New Zealand, his last two goals in his first spell as a reds player. On the same day, ex-red Darren Potter won his second senior cap playing for Steve Staunton’s Republic of Ireland in their 1-1 friendly draw with Bolivia in Boston, USA. Pepe the papa again 2011 – Keeper Pepe Reina became a father for the third time, to Luca. Ed up 2012 – Former Chief Scout Eduardo Macía was promoted by Fiorentina to Technical Director. Also in international action 1951 – Future red Frank Lock played for England as they beat Australia 4-1 in an FA Tour game in Sydney. 2001 – Future red Andrea Dossena featured for Italy Under-20’s in their 2-1 defeat of the Netherlands. 2003 – Future red Paul Jones turned out for Wales as they lost a friendly 2-0 in the USA. 2017 – Ovie Ejaria, Sheyi Ojo and future red Dominic Solanke all played for England Under-20’s in their 1-0 defeat of host nation South Korea in a World Championship Finals group game.
  14. Will

    20th February

    Many happy returns all round 1951 - Phil Neal was born in Irchester, Northamptonshire. He signed from Northampton Town for £66,000 in October 1974 and struck 59 times in 650 reds appearances, becoming our most decorated player of all time, with his medal haul including four European Cups, eight League titles, the UEFA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, four League Cups and four FA Charity Shields. 1971 - Jari Litmanen was born in Lahti. He struck nine goals in 43 reds games after arriving for free from Barcelona in January 2001, before returning to his spiritual home with Ajax in Amsterdam on another free in August 2002. 1960 - David Speedie was born in Glenrothes, Fife. Kenny Dalglish signed him from Coventry City for £700,000 in January 1991. He netted eight times in fourteen reds games before moving to Blackburn Rovers seven months later. 1917 - Scottish inside-left Willie Fagan was born in Musselburgh, Midlothian. He arrived from Preston North End in October 1937 for £8,000, a record deal for a teenager, and netted 57 goals in 182 reds games, helping to fire us to the League title in 1947 and the FA Cup Final three years later. He finally left Anfield in January 1952 to join Belfast Distillery. 2001 – Academy forward Paul Glatzel was born in Liverpool. He has yet to break through to the first team, spending the 2021/22 season on loan at Tranmere Rovers. The FA Cup and King Kenny’s departure 1991 - One of the most amazing games in our history took place, an FA Cup Fifth Round replay with Everton at Goodison Park, in what was to be Kenny Dalglish’s last match in charge. We led four times, and four times we were pegged back, with the match ending 3-3 after ninety minutes and 4-4 after extra time, before we lost 1-0 at the same venue in the last ever second replay in the competition. Future Blue Peter Beardsley netted a brace, his final reds goals, with Ian Rush and John Barnes also scoring. Graeme Sharp struck the last two of his seven goals past us with Tony Cottee netting two of his eight. Meanwhile, Bruce Grobbelaar was making his 107th consecutive reds appearance, but missed our next game, a 3-1 League defeat at Luton Town. 1971 - Our top-flight meeting at Goodison also ended all square, with neither side scoring. 1946 – We thumped Everton 4-0 in Lancashire Senior Cup First Round second replay, thanks to goals from Billy Liddell, Willie Fagan, Jack Balmer and Phil Taylor. International first 1897 - Forward Harry Bradshaw became the first reds player to win international honours, winning his only cap while playing for England in their 6-0 thumping of Ireland at Trent Bridge in the British International Championships. Red treble 1985 - John Wark scored a hat-trick in our 7-0 trouncing of York City at Anfield in the FA Cup Fifth Round. Ronnie Whelan added a brace, with birthday boy Phil Neal and Paul Walsh also on the scoresheet. We went on to reach the Semi-final that year, where we fell to eventual winners Manchester United. Bitter defeat 2021 – Everton won 2-0 behind closed doors at Anfield, their first victory across the park since September 1999. Richarlison opened the scoring early on, with Gylfi Sigurðsson converting a late, harshly-awarded spot-kick, the most recent of his five goals against the reds. Divock Origi reached a century of League outings for the reds as a late substitute. Javier on his way 2007 - Javier Mascherano’s loan signing was approved by the Premier League. He settled into the red engine room with impressive speed, turning out on 139 occasions, finding the back of the net just twice before moving to Barcelona for €22m in August 2010. La première victoire 2003 - Djimi Traoré played his fiftieth reds game, while Jerzy Dudek was making his fiftieth European club appearance. Our 1-0 defeat of Auxerre at their Stade de l’Abbé-Deschamps in the Fourth Round of the UEFA Cup, courtesy of a Sami Hyypiä strike, was our first competitive win in France over French opposition. Zico off target 1983 – Birthday boy Phil Neal missed a penalty in front of the Kop, as a Jimmy Case-inspired Brighton & Hove Albion won 2-1 at Anfield in an FA Cup Fifth Round tie, with Jimmy himself and Gerry Ryan on target. Craig Johnston netted our consolation in Bob Paisley’s final FA Cup game, which was the first ever Sunday game at Anfield and first home cup defeat since November 1974, after 63 unbeaten ties. In order to comply with the law, all supporters had to pay £1.90 for a team-sheet which they then got free entry to the ground with! Brighton were managed by former reds favourite Jimmy Melia, while Case had his named chanted by reds fans at the end of the game. On our way to Wembley 1965 – A late Ian Callaghan header handed us victory at Bolton Wanderers as we reached the Sixth Round of the FA Cup, en route to winning the trophy for the first time. The wooden railing behind the goal collapsed under the pressure of a crowd surge after our goal, but play was not stopped. Ironed out 1999 - We were held to a 2-2 draw at Anfield by West Ham United, with Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen bagging our goals as we were twice pegged back. Frank Lampard struck the first of his eight goals against the reds, with Marc Keller also netting. 1932 - We lost our previous meeting with the Hammers on this day 1-0 at Upton Park, when centre-forward Les Bruton made the first of his eight reds appearances and Jimmy Ruffell bagged the last of his four goals past us. Nice one Cyril, again 1943 - Cyril Done scored in his third consecutive game as we beat Manchester City 4-2 in a Wartime League game at Anfield. Michael Hulligan nabbed a brace with Cyril Done and Maurice Edelston also on the scoresheet. Four again and again We have struck four goals on another three occasions on this day in history, all at Anfield against opposition from various corners of Great Britain. 1954 - Billy Liddell netted twice with Alan A’Court and Alun Evans also grabbing goals as we beat St. Mirren 4-2 in a friendly. 1960 - Dave Hickson and Roger Hunt both struck braces as we beat Swansea Town 4-1 in a Second Division fixture, with Brayley Reynolds scoring one of his seven goals against the reds. 1982 - Coventry City left L4 on the wrong end of a 4-0 scoreline after our top-flight encounter, with Graeme Souness, Sammy Lee and Ian Rush all on target, with a Terry McDermott penalty completing the scoring. Three against 1909 - Albert Beney scored a hat-trick for Woolwich Arsenal as we were thumped 5-0 in a First Division game at their Manor Ground. Charlie Lewis missed a penalty and scored, with ex-red Charles Satterthwaite converting a spot-kick. Defender Ernest Peake made his reds bow. Also in Europe 2002 - We were held to a goalless draw at Anfield by Galatasaray in our Champions League second group stage match. Young Stevie on target 1996 - Steven Gerrard scored his first goal for England Under-16’s while winning his second cap in their 2-1 defeat of the Republic of Ireland at Lilleshall. 2017 – Bobby Duncan bagged a brace, including one from the spot, with Curtis Jones also on target as England Under-16’s beat Italy 3-1 at St. George’s Park. Other reds games 1993 – Ipswich Town held us to a goalless draw in L4. 1935 – Sheffield Wednesday won 2-1 at Anfield, despite Alf Hanson giving us the lead. Harry Burgess struck one of his nine goals against the reds with Ronnie Starling netting the winner. 1926 – We drew 1-1 at Leeds United, with Thomas Jennings nabbing one of his seven goals past us before Dick Forshaw equalised. All Wright now 2001 - Young right-back Stephen Wright signed a new three-year deal. However, he was on his way to Sunderland only six months later, for whom he played 105 first-team games before joining Coventry City on a free transfer in August 2008. On the move 2015 - Kevin MacDonald was appointed Assistant Manager of Aston Villa, later taking charge of the Under-21’s before taking charge of the club on a temporary basis for the second time after Tim Sherwood was sacked. Also in international action 1994 – Future reds keeper Brad Friedel played for the USA in their 3-1 defeat by Sweden in the Joe Robbie Cup in Miami. 1998 – Future red Rigobert Song featured in Cameroon’s 1-0 defeat to DR Congo in their Africa Cup of Nations Quarter-final in Burkina Faso.
  15. Will

    4th May

    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. Welsh out 1956 – Don Welsh was sacked as reds boss. He had guested for the reds during the Second World War, taking charge at Anfield for 232 games after being appointed in March 1951. He has the indignity of being our first Manager to be dismissed, after presiding over our relegation from the top flight in 1954, before failing to lead us back to the promised land. 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. In and out 1896 - Inside-forward Willie Michael signed from Heart Of Midlothian, scoring five times in 23 reds games before, returning to Tynecastle in April 1897. 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.
  16. Will

    11th February

    Many happy returns Two former midfielders share a birthday today. 1972 - Steve McManaman was born in Kirkdale. Shaggy struck 66 times in 364 reds games, helping us to the FA Cup in 1992 and the Coca-Cola Cup three years later. He joined Real Madrid on a Bosman free transfer in July 1999. 1974 - Nick Barmby was born in Hull. He arrived in a controversial £6m switch across Stanley Park in July 2000 and netted eight goals in 58 games, including four in our successful UEFA Cup campaign in 2001, before being moved on to Leeds United after just two years at Anfield. 1888 - Winger Jackie Sheldon was born in Clay Cross. He grabbed twenty goals in 147 reds games after joining from Manchester United in November 1913, playing in our first ever FA Cup Final in 1914. He retired in 1922 after breaking his leg, with his name forever tainted by being the go-between in our match-fixing scandal with Manchester United in April 1915. Michael’s bow 1998 - Michael Owen made his senior England debut in a 2-0 defeat by Chile at Wembley, becoming England’s youngest international of the century. Clubmate Paul Ince also featured. An eleven-goal derby thriller 1933 - An amazing match against Everton at Anfield finished 7-4, with Harold Barton netting a hat-trick for the reds. Alf Hanson, Tom Morrison, Harold Taylor and Syd Roberts were also on target for us. Dixie Dean netted two of his nineteen derby goals, with Tommy Johnson bagging one of his eight and Jimmy Stein also scoring. Most recently 2017 – We beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 at Anfield, with Sadio Mané bagging a quick-fire first-half brace. 2018 – Centre-half Dejan Lovren played his hundredth League game for the reds as we won 2-0 at Southampton. Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah both scored in the first half. 2012 - We lost 2-1 at Manchester United when Wayne Rooney bagged two of his seven goals against the reds before Luis Suárez’s consolation, with the game overshadowed somewhat by the controversy regarding Suárez and Patrice Evra not shaking hands before kick-off. On the same day, future red Tiago Ilori featured for Portugal Under-19’s as they lost 2-1 to Sweden in a friendly. Mixed fortunes against the Baggies 1905 – We won 2-0 in a Second Division game at West Bromwich Albion, thanks to goals from Sam Raybould and Jack Parkinson. 2013 – We lost 2-0 at Anfield, with Philippe Coutinho making his reds bow from the bench. Gareth McAuley and on-loan Romelu Lukaku both struck late on, one of his five goals past us to date, after Steven Gerrard had seen a penalty saved. Lucas Leiva playing his 200th reds game, while Glen Johnson reached a century of League games for the club. We dominated the match but only put the ball in the net once, when Luis Suárez was correctly ruled offside early on. Trebles galore Barton’s hat-trick in 1933 is one of three reds trebles on this day over the years. 1911 - The first came when Jack Parkinson got all the goals in a 3-0 home League win over The Wednesday. On the same day, future red Billy Lacey played for Ireland as they lost 2-1 to England in the British International Championships in Derby. 1961 - Our most recent treble on this day was scored by former Blue Dave Hickson in a 5-0 thumping of Leyton Orient in a Second Division game at Anfield, when fellow ex-Blue Johnny Morrissey and winger Kevin Lewis also scored. Record gates 2006 - Wigan Athletic attracted their then record attendance of 25,023 as a Sami Hyypiä strike was enough to hand us victory at the JJB Stadium, our first ever game away to the Latics. 1939 - 61,315 paid to see Wolverhampton Wanderers thump us 4-1 in the FA Cup Sixth Round, still their record crowd. Willie Fagan netted our consolation from the spot as Dennis Westcott struck one of his nine goals against the reds and Dickie Dorsett bagged the first of his four, with Stan Burton and Alex McIntosh also on target. South African keeper Dirk Kemp was making his thirtieth and last appearance for the reds. Sub at the double 1970 - Alun Evans bagged a brace as we won our FA Cup Fifth Round replay 2-0 at Leicester City, so becoming our first ever goalscoring substitute in the competition. He had replaced Peter Thompson after just 21 minutes. Tom’s debut 1928 - Right-half Tom Morrison made his reds bow as we lost 1-0 at Portsmouth. He went on to make 254 reds appearances. Final strikes 1967 – Right-half Gordon Milne nabbed the only goal of Aston Villa’s visit to L4, his eighteenth and final goal for the club. 1895 – Outside-left John Drummond grabbed his only reds goal as we beat Barnsley St. Peters 4-0 at Anfield in an FA Cup First Round replay that was staged after the Tykes protested at our 2-1 extra time victory in the first match. Outside-left Hugh McQueen scored his eighteenth and final reds goal with Harry Bradshaw and Malcolm McVean also netting in a game played unusually for the times on a Monday. However, we went out to Nottingham Forest at the next stage. On our way to Wembley 1950 - We won 2-1 at Stockport County in an FA Cup Fifth Round tie, when Willie Fagan and Albert Stubbins were on target and Alex Herd bagged his eighth and last strike against the reds in the final minute. We eventually lost out to Arsenal in the Final. 1992 - We beat Second Division Bristol Rovers 2-1 in a Fourth Round replay at Anfield thanks to goals from birthday boy Steve McManaman and Dean Saunders, after Carl Saunders had given the visitors a shock lead. 1987 - We held Southampton to a goalless draw in the first leg of our Littlewoods Cup Semi-final at The Dell, with Paul Walsh being dismissed for retaliating after Kevin Bond spat in his face. This was the eighth time in nine seasons we had reached this stage of the competition. We won the Anfield return 3-0 to reach our sixth League Cup Final, where we unfortunately lost to Arsenal. Today is a good day This day has been very successful for the reds over the years, as we have won fifteen of our 21 fixtures. 1956 - Our most recent defeat came when we were crushed 4-0 at Plymouth Argyle in a Second Division match. Neil Langman scored a hat-trick, with Arthur Morgan also scoring. Billy Liddell was playing his 400th reds game. 2004 - Michael Owen broke a goalless run in our 2-1 defeat of Manchester City at Anfield, with Steven Gerrard also netting. The game was marred by a section of the support booing the substitution of Bruno Cheyrou for Igor Bišcan. Twice against the Hoops We played Queens Park Rangers twice in consecutive years on this day in history. 1995 - John Scales scored a rare goal as we were held 1-1 at Anfield. 1996 - Mark Wright and Robbie Fowler netted as we won 2-1 at Loftus Road. Flo for les espoirs 2003 - Florent Sinama-Pongolle scored the only goal as the French Under-21’s beat their Czech Republic counterparts in a friendly in Caen. Alou Diarra, Anthony Le Tallec and future red Charles Itandje also played, with future red Pepe Reina also in Under-21’s action that day. International goalscorers 2009 – David N’Gog struck for France Under-21’s as they drew 1-1 with Tunisia in Sousse, while Yossi Benayoun captained the side and netted the only goal of Israel’s senior friendly with Hungary in Tel-Aviv. Robbie Keane won the first cap of his second spell as a Tottenham Hotspur player, bagging a brace including a penalty while skippering the Republic of Ireland to a 2-1 World Cup qualifying defeat of Georgia at Croke Park in Dublin. Emile Heskey won his first cap while with Aston Villa as England lost 2-0 to Spain in a friendly in Seville, with Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa, Pepe Reina, Fernando Torres, future reds Stewart Downing and Glen Johnson, and ex-reds Peter Crouch and David James all also featuring. Future red Alex Manninger won his 33rd and last cap for Austria as they lost a friendly 2-0 to Sweden in Graz. Andriy Voronin faced future red Milan Jovanović as the Ukraine beat Serbia 1-0 in the Final of the Cyprus Tournament in Nicosia. Also in international action that day were Daniel Agger, Ryan Babel, Sami Hyypiä, Dirk Kuyt, Javier Mascherano, Martin Škrtel, future reds Mario Balotelli, Ragnar Klavan, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Dejan Lovren, Raul Meireles, Christian Poulsen, Maxi Rodríguez, Luis Suárez, Kolo Touré and Gini Wijnaldum and ex-reds Nicolas Anelka, Jari Litmanen, Daniel Sjölund and Rigobert Song. John Barnes and John Toshack both managed their countries, with captain Craig Bellamy winning his first cap as a Manchester City player. 1997 - Former reserves midfielder Jim Magilton netted his fifth and final goal for Northern Ireland, from the spot, his only strike as a Southampton player, as they beat Belgium 3-0 in a friendly at Windsor Park. Jason McAteer, ex-red Steve Staunton and future red Gary McAllister all also played for their countries that day. 2018 – Bobby Duncan scored for England Under-17’s as they drew 1-1 with Germany in the Algarve Tournament. Other reds games 1984 – We beat Arsenal 2-1 at Anfield, with Alan Kennedy giving us the lead before Graham Rix scrambled in an equaliser on the stroke of half time. Phil Neal nodded in the late winner. 1922 – Dick Forshaw scored the only goal as Birmingham City went back to the Midlands without a point. 1899 – We won an FA Cup Second Round tie 3-1 against Newcastle United at Anfield, with Hugh Morgan and Alex Raisbeck scoring before Sandy Higgins put through his own net. Jock Peddie nabbed one of his five goals past us as a consolation. We lost out to Sheffield United in the Semi-final later that season. 1893 – We lost a Lancashire League game 3-0 at top-of-the-table Bury, with the reds remaining in second. Off Song in France 2003 - Rigobert Song won his first cap as a Racing Club de Lens player as Cameroon lost 3-0 to the Ivory Coast in a friendly in France. 1998 - He also played for his country as they drew 2-2 with Guinea in the African Cup of Nations in Burkina Faso, with fellow future red Titi Camara skippering Guinea. On the move 2011 – Roy Hodgson was appointed West Bromwich Albion boss, helping to keep them up in the Premiership. On the same day, reserves centre-half Daniel Ayala joined Derby County on loan, playing seventeen times for the Rams. 1994 - Jim Magilton joined Southampton from Oxford United for £600,000. He netted eighteen goals in 156 games for the Saints, before joining Sheffield Wednesday for £1.6m in September 1997. 2000 - Mike Newell joined Blackpool from Doncaster Rovers on a free transfer. He bagged three goals in 22 games for the Seasiders. 2020 – Forward Layton Stewart signed on as a professional. He made it to the first-team bench for the first time in our League Cup thumping at Aston Villa in December 2019, signing a new contract in May 2021 as he awaits his break-through. 2021 – Midfielder Dominic Corness signed pro terms with the reds. He is a regular with the Under-18’s, also playing at left-back. Also in international action 2010 – Future red Emre Can played for Germany Under-16’s as they won a friendly 3-1 in Cyprus. 2016 – Future reds keeper Kamil Grabara featured for Poland Under-17’s in their 1-0 friendly defeat of Belgium in Marbella. 2017 – Future red Luis Díaz won his fifth and final cap for Colombia Under-20’s as they shared a goalless draw with Brazil in a South American Championships final stage game in Ecuador.
  17. Will

    8th February

    Gunners silenced 2014 - We blitzed Arsenal in the opening twenty minutes at Anfield, racing into a four-goal lead as we eventually beat the League leaders 5-1. Martin Škrtel and Raheem Sterling each bagged a brace with Daniel Sturridge also on target. When Steven Gerrard was substituted late on, the captain’s armband passed to Luis Suárez, who in turn handed it to Martin Škrtel when he himself was substituted ten minutes later. Ex-Blue Mikel Arteta bagged the Gunners’ consolation from the spot. Have a Wright good day 1980 - Former reds right-back Stephen Wright was born in Bootle. He signed on as a pro in July 1996, netting once in 21 reds appearances before moving to Sunderland for £3m in August 2002, for whom he turned out on 105 occasions. 1872 – Forward Abe Hartley was born in Dumbarton. He signed from Everton for £175 in December 1897, but only notched once in twelve outings before joining Southern League side Southampton the following May. On our way to a treble 1983 - Goals from Graeme Souness, David Hodgson and a Phil Neal penalty gave us a 3-0 Semi-final first-leg lead over Burnley on our way to a third consecutive League Cup triumph. Kolo the champion 2015 – Kolo Touré converted during the penalty shoot-out that decided the African Cup of Nations Final in Equatorial Guinea, after Ivory Coast’s match against Ghana ended goalless after extra time. This was the first time they claimed the trophy since 1992, with Touré winning his 120th and final cap for his country. 2012 – Touré played as his country beat Mali 1-0 in their Semi-final in Gabon, going on to lose the Final to Zambia on penalties. 2004 – Ex-red Rigobert Song captained Cameroon as they lost 2-1 to Nigeria in a Quarter-final in Tunisia. 1998 – Future red Titi Camara skippered Guinea in their 1-0 group stage defeat of Algeria in Burkina Faso. Another stalemate 2003 - We suffered our fifth straight home League draw, after Geremi’s free-kick gave Middlesbrough the lead with their only first-half attempt on goal. It was their first away League goal for more than thirteen hours. John Arne Riise grabbed a late equaliser after Michael Owen’s mazy run through the penalty area. Bobby off the mark 1958 - We beat Charlton Athletic 3-1 in a Second Division encounter at Anfield. Geoff Twentyman and Billy Liddell struck before Bobby Murdoch bagged his first reds goal. 2006 - We also faced the Addicks, going down 2-0 at The Valley to succumb to our third defeat in four League games, and ninth straight loss in London. Darren Bent converted a soft spot-kick, the first of his five goals past us to date, with Luke Young doubling the home side’s lead in first-half stoppage time. FA Cup memories We have had mixed fortunes in the FA Cup on this day over the years. 1902 - We were knocked out by non-League opposition for the first time, as reigning Southern League champions Southampton won 4-1 in the Second Round, with left-half George Fleming bagging our consolation at The Dell, the first of his six reds strikes. Edgar Chadwick grabbed a brace three months before his move to Anfield, with ex-Evertonian Joe Turner and Bert Lee also netting as inside-left Andy McGuigan played his 37th and final reds game. 1947 - We managed to put out the Cup holders for the first time in our history, beating Derby County 1-0 in the Fifth Round at Anfield, with Jack Balmer heading in the goal. We were eventually knocked out by Burnley in a Semi-final replay. On the same day, future reds forward Sammy Smyth played for Ireland as they lost 3-1 to England in an amateur international. Mixed derby fortunes We have faced Everton at Goodison three times on this day in history, only winning once. 1913 – We won 2-0 in a top-flight encounter when Jack Parkinson netted a brace. 1905 - We lost an FA Cup First Round replay 2-1, when Arthur Goddard nabbed our consolation in his hundredth reds game. 1964 - We were beaten 3-1 in a League game when Ian St. John was on the scoresheet. Roy Vernon struck two of his six goals against the reds, with Jimmy Gabriel also on target. Jimmy Melia made his 286th and final reds appearance. 1941 - We also lost 3-1 when we entertained our neighbours in a Wartime League fixture, with Cyril Done bagging our1980 goal. Everton full-back George Jackson actually played in goal for the reds! Digger on the move 1999 - John Barnes joined Charlton Athletic from Newcastle United on a free transfer. He made just two starts for the Addicks, and another ten appearances from off the bench, before retiring at the end of the season. 1989 - He scored in England’s 2-1 friendly win in Greece. Fellow red Peter Beardsley also played. Meanwhile, Steve Nicol appeared for Scotland on the same day, as they lost a World Cup qualifier 3-2 in Cyprus. Thumping the Tractor boys 1975 - John Toshack nabbed a brace while Brian Hall, Alec Lindsay and Peter Cormack all struck as we beat Ipswich Town 5-2 at Anfield. Trevor Whymark scored one of his six goals past us, with Thomas Beattie also on the scoresheet. Wearside despair We have twice faced Sunderland in First Division matches on this day in history, losing both games without finding the net. 1908 - We lost 1-0 at Roker Park with centre-half James Gorman playing his 23rd and last reds game and keeper Sam Hardy reaching a century of appearances for the club. George Bridgett netted his fifth and final goal against the reds in the last minute. 1936 - We went down 3-0 at Anfield as Bobby Gurney struck two of his sixteen goals past us, with Pat Gallacher nabbing one of his six. First caps for the youngsters 2005 - Scott Carson won his first cap for England Under-21’s as a red, and ninth to date, as they lost 2-0 to the Netherlands in a friendly at Pride Park, with John Welsh and future red James Milner also appearing. Meanwhile, ex-red Jari Litmanen won his first cap as a Hansa Rostock player, and 94th in all, skippering Finland as they beat Latvia 2-1 in the Semi-final of the Cyprus Tournament. Sami Hyypiä also played, while David Raven, Darren Potter and future reds Ramon Calliste and Kolo Touré all also featured for their countries. 2006 - Young reds keeper Paul Willis made his debut for Northern Ireland Under-21’s, conceding and then saving a penalty as they beat Israel 1-0 in a friendly in Nazareth. 1997 – John Arne Riise made his debut for Norway Under-16’s in their 3-0 defeat by Spain in the Algarve Tournament. 1999 – Frode Kippe won his first cap for Norway Under-21’s as a reds player with Riise making his bow at this level in their 2-0 tournament defeat of Finland in Spain. Other first caps 2011 – Conor Coady skippered an England Under-19’s side that included his clubmates Tom Ince and Jack Robinson, with all three making their debut at this level as they lost 1-0 to Germany in Chesterfield. On the same day, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made his Under-21’s debut, winning his only cap while with Southampton in their 1-0 friendly defeat by Italy in Empoli. Future reds Thiago Alcântara and Kolo Touré also played for their countries that day. 1989 - Dean Saunders won his first cap as a Derby County player, and twelfth in total, as Wales drew 3-3 with Israel in a friendly in Tel Aviv. Future reds player Ronnie Rosenthal and Assistant Manager Colin Pascoe also featured. 2007 - Milan Baroš won his first cap while with Olympique Lyonnais as the Czech Republic beat Belgium 2-0 in a friendly in Brussels. On the same day, Djibril Cissé won his first cap while on loan at Olympique de Marseille as France were beaten 1-0 by Argentina at the Stade de France, with ex-red Nicolas Anelka also featuring. Also in friendly action that day were Mark González, Dirk Kuyt and John Arne Riise, with Ryan Babel nabbing his final goal while with Ajax. Signing on 2013 – Defender Martin Kelly signed a new contract with the reds. He suffered badly with injuries during his career at Anfield, notching once in 62 senior outings before being sold to Crystal Palace in August 2014 for a reported £2m. 1928 – Scottish international right-half Tom Morrison joined the reds from St. Mirren for £4,000. He struck four times in 254 reds games, moving on to Sunderland in November 1935. More youngsters in action 2005 – Future red Alberto Aquilani struck for Italy Under-21’s as they beat Russia 2-1. On the same day, future red Daniel Agger featured as Denmark Under-21’s won a European Championships qualifier 1-0 in Greece. 1961 - Gerry Byrne won his only England Under-23’s cap as they beat Wales 2-0 at Goodison Park. 2009 – Skipper Emiliano Insúa was sent off as Argentina lost 1-0 to Colombia in the final phase of the Sudamericano Sub-20 “Juventud de América” tournament in Venezuela. Ronald Huth featured for Paraguay as they beat Brazil in the same competition that day. 2018 – Future red Ki-Jana Hoever played as the Netherlands beat Germany on penalties after their friendly with Germany ended 2-2 in Portugal. Jessie passes on 2012 - Bob Paisley’s widow Jessie died, aged 96. Out on loan 1995 - Paul Stewart joined First Division Burnley on loan. He made six appearances for the Clarets as they headed towards relegation. On the same day, future red Øyvind Leonhardsen played in Norway’s 2-0 friendly win in Cyprus. 1985 - Mike Hooper temporarily joined basement side Wrexham from his hometown club Bristol City. He played twenty times before signing permanently that July. 2000 - Reserves defender Neil Murphy joined Luton Town on loan. He spent a month at Kenilworth Road before returning to Anfield, although he was released at the end of the season, joining Steve McMahon’s Blackpool on a free transfer. Also on the move 2008 - Ex-reds reserves right-back Stephen Vaughan re-signed for Chester City from Boston United. 1905 – Ex-red inside-forward Tommy Green joined Middlesbrough from Stockport County for £300, having scored sixteen goals in 23 Midland League games during 1904/05, then notching twelve times in 61 Second Division appearances for the Hatters. 2017 - Markus Breglec was appointed as Director of Marketing and Media for the reds. Other reds games 1992 – We drew 0-0 at Coventry City. 1930 – We were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Leicester City, with Gordon Hodgson on target. Arthur Lochhead scored one of his five goals past us. Also in international action 1941 – Ex-red Alf Hanson played for England as they lost 3-2 to Scotland in a Wartime International at St. James’ Park. 1947 – Future red Sammy Smyth played for Ireland in their 3-1 defeat by England in an amateur international. 1978 – Future red Avi Cohen played as Israel beat Denmark 2-0 in a friendly in Jaffa. 2017 – Midfielder Allan won his seventh and last cap for Brazil Under-20’s as they drew 2-2 with Argentina in a South American Championships final stage game in Ecuador. Banned 2017 – Ex-reds reserves keeper Dean Bouzanis was banned for five games for seemingly calling Melbourne Victory’s Kosovan-Albanian player Besart Berisha a gypsy while playing for Melbourne City.
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    11th September

    2,000 up 2004 - We hosted our 2,000th League game, with West Bromwich Albion on the receiving end of a 3-0 defeat. Steve Finnan scored his only reds goal while Luis García bagged the first of his thirty strikes, after Steven Gerrard had opened the scoring. Doss debuts 1981 - Italian left-back Andrea Dossena was born in Lodi. He signed from Udinese for £7m in July 2008 in a four-year deal. He made 31 appearances, saving his two goals for the same week, first at home to Real Madrid and then at Manchester United. He left Anfield to sign for SSC Napoli for €4.25m in January 2010. A nightmare for Carra 1999 - Jamie Carragher scored two own goals to help us to a 3-2 defeat at home to deadly rivals Manchester United, despite goalscorer Andrew Cole’s late sending off, in front of our record home Premier League attendance of 44,929. Sami Hyypiä struck his first reds goal with Patrik Berger also on target for the reds. Cole had struck one of his eleven goals past us. Hat-tricks for 1926 - Gordon Hodgson scored the first of his seventeen reds hat-tricks in our 5-1 First Division defeat of Sheffield United, with Dick Forshaw netting a brace, including a penalty. Harry Johnson struck one of his seven goals against the reds. 1943 - Arthur Shepherd netted an incredible six goals as we trounced Wrexham 8-0 in a Wartime League game at Anfield. Jack Balmer and Alf Hanson were also on target. A unique treble 1982 - We scored against three different Luton Town goalkeepers at Anfield – regular custodian Jake Findlay, right-back Kirk Stephens and Mal Donaghy. Findlay tore a muscle and had to be replaced before the break, with two different outfield players taking a turn between the sticks. Unfortunately, we could only draw 3-3, with Graeme Souness, Ian Rush and Craig Johnston on target. Current Academy Chief Scout Dave Moss was amongst the scorers, with Brian Stein bagging a brace, the first two of his four goals past us. Into the Champions League 2001 - We played our first ever game in the UEFA Champions League proper as we were held 1-1 at Anfield by Boavista, on the day of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington DC. Michael Owen equalised after Elpidio Silva had put the Portuguese champions ahead, who had seven players booked, while Steven Gerrard played his hundredth reds game. Yet another 2-2 2002 - We were held to a 2-2 draw at Anfield by newly-promoted Birmingham City. This was the first time in 39 years that we had drawn three consecutive League games 2-2. Danny Murphy and Steven Gerrard put us two goals ahead, before City hit back through a pair of late Clinton Morrison goals, two of his four strikes against the reds. Debuting on the flank 1948 - Winger Jimmy Payne made his reds bow in our 1-0 home defeat by Bolton Wanderers. He went on to make 243 reds appearances, grabbing 43 goals. Hat-tricks against 1905 - Harry Hampton scored the first of his club-record fourteen hat-tricks for Aston Villa in our 5-0 trouncing at Villa Park to leave us without a point and with a goal difference of -9 after three games. These were the first of his fifteen goals against the reds. However, we still went on to claim the title, becoming the first side to do so having won promotion the previous season. Left-half George Fleming played his 82nd and last reds game as Alf West put through his own net, with Billy Brawn grabbing the other goal. 1946 - Stan Pearson bagged a treble for Manchester United in their 5-0 win at Maine Road to take them to the top of the table, the first three of his eleven past us, although we eventually claimed the title that season. Jack Rowley netted the first of his six goals against the reds, with Charlie Mitten scoring the first of his five. Bamber on target 1920 - Left-half Jack Bamber grabbed his second and final reds goal in our 5-2 defeat of Oldham Athletic at Anfield. Dick Johnson nabbed his first two strikes for the club with Harry Chambers and Jackie Sheldon also on target while the Latics benefitted from an Elisha Scott own goal, with Arthur Gee also on the scoresheet. Lancashire rivals We have faced Blackburn Rovers and Preston North End twice each on this day in history, winning only once. 1897 - We were held to a goalless draw at Anfield by Preston in a First Division fixture, with forward Pat Finnerhan playing the first of his eight reds games. 1937 - Berry Nieuwenhuys scored in the first minute as we lost 4-1 at Deepdale. Bud Maxwell bagged a treble for the home side, three of his seven strikes against the reds, with Hugh O’Donnell also on target. 1909 - We beat Blackburn in a top-flight match 3-1 at Anfield thanks to first reds goals from outside-left John McDonald and inside-right James Stewart, and a Jack Parkinson strike. Tom Rogers played his first reds game for more than a year after being seriously injured at Nottingham Forest in October 1908. 1954 - We lost 4-3 at Ewood Park in a Second Division game, with John Evans on target twice for the reds, and Billy Liddell also on the scoresheet. Eddie Quigley bagged a brace for the home side, with Frank Mooney and Tommy Briggs also on target. Disappointment against City We have twice been beaten by Manchester City on this day in history. 1915 - We lost a Wartime League game 1-0. 1935 - We were thumped 6-0 in a First Division match at Maine Road, our worst ever defeat by City with future red Matt Busby among the scorers. Forward Jimmy Heale and outside-right Ernie Toseland each struck twice, with Alex Herd bagging one of his eight goals against the reds. Nicol signs off 1991 - Steve Nicol won his 27th and final Scotland cap as they drew 2-2 with Switzerland at the w***dorf Stadium in Bern. Future red Gary McAllister also played. Also in international action that day were ex-red Jim Magilton and future red Jari Litmanen. First caps 1991 - Dean Saunders netted the only goal of the game while winning his first cap as a reds player as Wales beat Brazil in a friendly in Cardiff, while future reds Assistant Manager Colin Pascoe won his tenth and final cap. On the same day, future red Karl-Heinz Riedle was on target in Germany’s 1-0 friendly defeat of England at Wembley. Tottenham Hotspur’s Paul Stewart won his first cap in this game, as a substitute. Meanwhile, John Aldridge won his first cap as a Tranmere Rovers player as the Republic of Ireland won a friendly 2-1 in Hungary, with ex-red Kevin Sheedy notching one of the goals, his final one as a Toffees player. Ray Houghton and future red István Kozma both also featured. 2018 – Future red Luis Díaz made his senior international bow for Colombia as they shared a goalless draw with Argentina in a friendly in New Jersey. 2007 – Future red Andy Carroll struck on his debut for England Under-19’s as they beat Belarus 4-0 in a friendly at Meadow Lane. He was on loan with Preston North End from Newcastle United at the time. Javier Mascherano, Nikolay Mihaylov and future reds Dejan Lovren and James Milner also featured in international action that day. Internationals on target 2018 – Ex-red Philippe Coutinho scored as Brazil thumped El Salvador 5-0 in a friendly in Washington. Meanwhile, future red Takumi Minamino netted as Japan beat Costa Rica 3-0 in a friendly in Suita, with Ragnar Klavan winning his first cap as a Cagliari player as he captained Estonia in their 1-0 defeat in a UEFA Nations League group game in Finland. Also in international action that day were Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kamil Grabara, Jordan Henderson, Ki-Jana Hoever, Xherdan Shaqiri, Dominic Solanke, Neco Williams, Corey Whelan, future reds Thiago Alcântara, Fábio Carvalho and Diogo Jota, and ex-red Péter Gulácsi. 2019 – Coutinho played for Brazil again, alongside Roberto Firmino in their 1-0 friendly defeat by Peru in Los Angeles. On the same day, Academy forward Paul Glatzel signed a new contract with the reds. Prudhoe starts out 1981 - Future reds loanee keeper Mark Prudhoe signed as a professional for Sunderland. He only made seven first-team appearances for the Wearsiders, before joining Birmingham City three years later. Stevie off 2012 – Captain Steven Gerrard was sent off as Roy Hodgson’s England were held to a 1-1 World Cup qualifying 1-1 draw by Ukraine at Wembley. Ex-red John Arne Riise converted a penalty as Norway beat Slovenia 2-1 in Oslo, while future red Xherdan Shaqiri struck his first goal as a Bayern München player in Switzerland’s 2-0 defeat of Albania in Lucerne. Also in World Cup action that day were Joe Allen, Glen Johnson, Nuri Şahin, Martin Škrtel, Luis Suárez, future reds Ádám Bogdán, Christian Benteke, Ragnar Klavan, Dejan Lovren, Lazar Marković, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mamadou Sakho and Daniel Sturridge, and ex-reds Charlie Adam, Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa, Yossi Benayoun, Javier Mascherano, Raul Meireles, Nikolay Mihaylov, Krisztián Németh, Maxi Rodríguez and Daniel Sjölund. Also in international action 1990 – Future reds Stig Inge Bjørnebye and Øyvind Leonhardsen both played for Norway Under-21’s as thy drew a European Championships qualifier 2-2 with the USSR in Moscow. Ian Rush and future red Dean Saunders faced Jan Mølby as Denmark beat Wales 1-0 in a senior friendly in Copenhagen on the same day. 1985 – Jim Beglin, Mark Lawrenson and ex-red Kevin Sheedy all played as the Republic of Ireland shared a goalless World Cup qualifier with Switzerland in Bern. Meanwhile, Jan Mølby and future reds John Barnes, Glenn Hysén and Mark Wright also featured for their countries. 1979 – Ex-red Joey Jones played for wales as they lost 2-1 to the Republic of Ireland in a friendly in Swansea. Other reds games 1976 – We won 3-2 at Derby County. Ray Kennedy netted before Charlie George scored one of his five goals against the reds and Phil Neal put through his own net to give the Rams a half-time lead. John Toshack and Kevin Keegan scored after the break. 1971 – John Toshack bagged the only goal of Southampton’s visit to Anfield. 1965 – Chris Lawler and Roger Hunt struck as we beat Fulham 2-1 in L4. Out on loan 2010 – Centre-half Daniel Ayala moved away from Anfield to join Hull City on a temporary basis. He struck once in twelve outings for the Tigers. 1997 - Nigel Clough joined Sheffield Wednesday on loan from Manchester City. He only managed two first-team appearances for the Owls. 1995 - Former reserves defender Alex Watson joined Gillingham on loan from Bournemouth. He played ten times for the Gills before returning to Dean Court. 2015 – Centre-half Ben Davies joined Southport on loan from Preston North End, playing nine times for the Sandgrounders.
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    2nd February

    Luis off the mark 2011 - Luis Suárez netted on his reds debut as a substitute to round off a 2-0 victory over Stoke City at Anfield. Raul Meireles had opened the scoring immediately after the break. Hodgson’s seventeenth 1935 - Gordon Hodgson scored his seventeenth and final reds hat-trick in a 4-2 League win at Leeds United, with Alf Hanson also netting. This remains a club record. Arthur Hydes struck the last two of his four goals against the reds that day. 1929 - We also faced Leeds, drawing 2-2 at Elland Road, with Jimmy McDougall and Albert Whitehurst bagging our goals, while Bob Done put through his own net and Thomas Jennings netted his ninth and last goal against the reds. Keeper Elisha Scott missed the game to feature for Northern Ireland in their 2-2 British International Championships draw with Wales in Wrexham. 1946 - Our other trip to face the Yorkshire outfit on this day came in a Wartime League match that we lost 3-0. Reds galore 1952 - Our record home attendance was set, as 61,905 crammed into Anfield to watch us beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 in the FA Cup Fourth Round. Bob Paisley and Cyril Done were on target inside the first nine minutes that day. Unfortunately, we went out at Burnley in the next round. Most recently 2014 – We were held to a 1-1 draw at West Bromwich Albion, with future Baggie Daniel Sturridge putting the reds in front. A wayward pass from Kolo Touré handed ex-Blue Victor Anichebe a golden opportunity to equalise that he capitalised on. Martin Kelly played his 62nd and final reds game. 2016 – Jordan Henderson played his 200th reds game as we lost 2-0 at eventual champions Leicester City thanks to a Jamie Vardy brace, the first of his ten goals past us to date. Robbie departs 2009 - Robbie Keane returned to Tottenham Hotspur for an initial £15m fee, having travelled in the opposite direction for £19.3m seven months previously. He had struck seven times in 28 reds outings. Pepe sets a record 2008 - Pepe Reina kept his fiftieth clean sheet in the League, in his 92nd game, to set a new club record as we beat Sunderland 3-0 at Anfield. Peter Crouch and Fernando Torres struck before Steven Gerrard converted a late penalty. On the same day, future red Nikola Sarić played for Denmark Under-17’s as they lost 3-0 to England in the Algarve Tournament. Spackman sold 1989 - Nigel Spackman was sold to Queens Park Rangers for £500,000 after losing his place to Ronnie Whelan. He had made 63 first-team appearances without scoring, winning a League title medal in his one full season at Anfield. Taki off 2021 – Japanese forward Takumi Minamino joined Southampton on loan for the rest of the season, netting twice in ten outings before returning to Anfield. Two defenders depart 2004 - Jon Otsemobor joined Bolton Wanderers on loan. He had made five starts for the reds that season, but only appeared once while at the Reebok Stadium, a 3-1 defeat by Manchester City. He moved on to League One strugglers Rotherham United in the summer. On the same day, Abel Xavier’s contract was cancelled by mutual consent. The Portuguese defender then joined mid-table German Bundesliga side Hannover 96. He had netted twice in 21 reds games, of which we only lost three, including on his debut in a 6-0 thumping of Ipswich Town at Portman Road. Double century 2003 - We secured our 200th Premiership win. A Milan Baroš header and a Steven Gerrard thunderbolt give us an early cushion at West Ham United. A late Emile Heskey goal, his third header in as many League games, wrapped up a comfortable 3-0 win over the Hammers, who were relegated at the end of the season. This goal trickled over the line with such a lack of pace that it failed to actually hit the back of the net! Larry’s farewell 1974 - Larry Lloyd played his 218th and final reds game as substitute Peter Cormack struck the only goal of the game in the last minute against Norwich City at Anfield. He moved to Coventry City that summer, before joining Nottingham Forest. On our way to Wembley 1982 - We edged towards our second consecutive League Cup Final as Terry McDermott and Ian Rush both struck in the first four minutes of the second half in a 2-0 win at Ipswich Town in our Semi-final first leg. We drew the return to reach the Final 4-2 on aggregate. This was the first of three consecutive matches in which we faced the Tractor Boys. When is a win not a win 1895 - We won our First Round FA Cup match with Barnsley St. Peters 2-1 in wintry conditions, after extra time, thanks to goals from Malcolm McVean and Jimmy Ross. However, a replay was ordered following a protest as the home side had not agreed to the extra period decided upon by the referee. Happily, we also won this second meeting, this time 4-0 at Anfield. However, we went out to Nottingham Forest at the next stage. Jimmy’s hat-trick 1924 - Centre-forward Jimmy Walsh grabbed a treble as we came from behind to win an FA Cup Second Round tie 4-1 at holders Bolton Wanderers. Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers also notched as we progressed as far as the Fourth Round that season before being knocked out by Newcastle United. John Smith struck one of his seven goals against the reds. Arthur on target again 1918 - Inside-forward Arthur Metcalf struck for the third consecutive reds game as we thumped Southport Central 6-1 in a Wartime League match at Anfield. Harry Lewis and Thomas Bennett both netted braces with our other goal coming from Donald McKinlay. Shanks off the mark 1938 - Bill Shankly scored his first League goal for Preston North End as they came from two goals down to hold us to a 2-2 top-flight draw at Anfield as we suffered our fourth draw in our last five League games. Jack Balmer netted for the reds, with Willie Fagan scoring from the spot and Bud Maxwell nabbing the last of his seven strikes past us. Births and death 1997 – Spanish winger Sergi Canós was born in Nules. He arrived from Barcelona in the summer of 2013. He failed to break into the first team, moving on to Norwich City for an initial £2.5m in July 2016. 1966 - Reserves winger Brian Mooney was born in Dublin. He signed from Home Farm for £20,000 in August 1983 but only ever played one senior reds game, as a substitute for Jim Beglin in a League Cup win at Fulham in October 1986, moving on to Preston North End in November 1987. 1874 - Full-back John Stephenson was born in Leigh-on-Sea. He played for our second string in the Lancashire Combination, without ever making our first-team. He later played for Gainsborough Trinity, Swindon Town and Tottenham Hotspur, and sadly died aged just 34 following a bout of pneumonia. 1990 - Don Welsh died. He had guested for the reds during the Second World War, and later took charge at Anfield for 232 games over five years during the 1950’s. He has the indignity of being our first Manager to be sacked, in May 1956, after presiding over our relegation from the top flight in 1954, before failing to lead us back to the promised land. Liddell at the double 1946 - Billy Liddell bagged a brace as Scotland beat Ireland 3-2 in a Victory International at Windsor Park. Others out on loan 2015 – Winger Sheyi Ojo moved to Wigan Athletic, playing eleven games for the Latics. On the same day, ex-red Tom Ince joined Derby County on loan from Hull City, moving there permanently five months later for £4.75m after eleven goals in eighteen outings for the Rams. On the same day, ex-reserves midfielder Gary Mackay-Steven joined Celtic from Dundee United for £250,000, centre-half Gabriel Paletta was sold to AC Milan from Parma for €2.5m and Mohamed Salah joined Fiorentina on loan from Chelsea, bagging nine goals in 26 games for La Viola. 2009 – Reserves keeper Péter Gulácsi joined Hereford United on loan, while second string winger Adam Hammill moved to Barnsley on a temporary basis. The young stopper played eighteen League One games for the Bulls, while Hammill struck once in fourteen outings before making the move permanent in August 2009. On the same day, future reds midfielder Charlie Adam joined Blackpool on loan from Rangers. He struck twice in thirteen outings before signing on permanently for £500,000 six months later. 1984 - Ex-red David Johnson joined Barnsley on loan from Everton. He struck once in four League games for the Tykes. 1998 - Michael Thomas joined First Division Middlesbrough on loan. He played ten times in his two months on Teesside and was released by the reds that summer. 2017 – Uruguayan centre-half Sebastián Coates joined Sporting Clube de Portugal from Sunderland. In African action 2004 - Salif Diao and El-Hadji Diouf faced future red Momo Sissoko in the African Cup of Nations Finals as Senegal and Mali shared two goals in a group fixture in Tunis. Diao and Sissoko were both booked. 2013 – Ex-red Momo Sissoko played as Mali beat host nation 3-1 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in the Quarter-Final meeting in Durban. Barclay resigns 1892 – William Barclay’s resignation as Vice Chairman of Everton was accepted. He tendered it four days earlier after John Houlding had asked the Blues to quit Anfield. He later worked as a Secretary-c**-Manager for the first four years of the reds’ existence. Souey sacked 2006 - Graeme Souness was sacked as Manager of Newcastle United, after just 36 wins in 83 games. He had taken charge after the dismissal of Sir Bobby Robson in September 2004. Fabs comes to Europe 2001 - Left-back Fábio Aurélio signed for Valencia from São Paulo. He struck eleven times in 81 outings and helped them to claim La Liga before following Rafael Benítez to Anfield in July 2006. Other reds games 1985 – Sheffield Wednesday held us to a 1-1 draw at Hillsborough, with Mark Lawrenson grabbing a late equaliser. 1957 – Alan A’Court was on target as we lost 2-1 to Middlesbrough in a Second Division encounter. 1907 – Bill McPherson netted the only goal of our FA Cup Second Round tie at Oldham Athletic. We were knocked out at The Wednesday in the Fourth Round that season. Don for the Scots 1994 - Reds midfielder Don Hutchison played his only game for Scotland B as they lost 2-1 to the Welsh B side at the Racecourse Ground in Wrexham. Youngsters in action 2009 - Emiliano Insúa skippered Argentina as they lost 2-0 to Brazil in a final phase game at the Sudamericano Sub-20 “Juventud de América” tournament in Venezuela. Meanwhile, Ronald Huth was cautioned as Paraguay beat the host nation 3-0 in the same competition. 2000 - Haukur Ingi Guðnason and future red John Arne Riise both featured in Nordic Cup games in La Manga.
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    1st February

    Red trebles 1964 - Ian St. John scored three in a 6-1 First Division win over Sheffield United at Anfield. Roger Hunt bagged a brace, with Peter Thompson also on the scoresheet. 1913 - Arthur Metcalf bagged a treble in our first ever FA Cup meeting with the Gunners, then known as Woolwich Arsenal. We won 4-1 at the Manor Ground to reach the Third Round, with Billy Lacey also on target. Unfortunately, we went out to Newcastle United at the next hurdle. 1975 - We also faced Arsenal, losing a top-flight encounter 2-0 at Highbury as Alan Ball netted two of his eleven goals against the reds. Hunting a new record 1969 - Roger Hunt bagged the only goal of the game against Sheffield Wednesday at Anfield, taking him past Gordon Hodgson to become our all-time record scorer in the League with 234, still a club record. Setting another record 2020 - The reds beat Southampton 4-0 to Anfield to ensure that we defeated all our opponents in a top-flight League season for the first time, although the score was goalless at half time. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain opened the scoring, before Jordan Henderson netted and Mohamed Salah added a brace. This ensured we had a 22-point lead at the top of the table, the greatest ever at the end of a day of top-flight football. Robbie’s return 2006 - Robbie Fowler came off the bench to make his first appearance in his second spell with the reds, shortly after Steven Gerrard had opened the scoring in our home Premiership meeting with Birmingham City. Robbie even had a late winner correctly ruled out for offside, while Daniel Agger made his reds bow in a game that was Rafael Benítez’s hundredth in charge. Damien Johnson was sent off for the visitors, who equalised through a Xabi Alonso own goal in the dying minutes to deny us a club record eleventh consecutive clean sheet. Nando off the mark 2005 - We won 2-1 at Charlton Athletic thanks to Fernando Morientes’ first reds goal and a John Arne Riise strike, as we came from behind, with ex-red Danny Murphy taking the corner that led to Shaun Bartlett’s opener. Jamie Carragher played his 241st League game for the reds, a club Premiership record, while Vladimír Šmicer came on as a late substitute for Morientes to make his first appearance of the season. Up against the Blues 1992 - We lost 2-1 at home to Chelsea, with Ronnie Rosenthal netting for the reds after Vinnie Jones had put the visitors in front. Rosenthal then hit the bar when clean through before Dennis Wise put the Blues ahead again with one of his four goals past us, with Bruce Grobbelaar saving a late spot-kick taken by Wise. Graeme Souness received his Manager of the Month award prior to the game as we suffered our first defeat in fourteen League fixtures. This was Chelsea’s first League win at Anfield since December 1935. 2009 – Frank Lampard was sent off as we beat Chelsea 2-0 at Anfield thanks to two late Fernando Torres goals to secure our 200th win in the Premier League, after Xabi Alonso had hit the crossbar. José Bosingwa amazingly escaped punishment for an assault on Yossi Benayoun right in front of the assistant referee in stoppage time. Alf off the mark 1933 – Outside-right Alf Hanson bagged the first of his 52 reds goals as Middlesbrough won 3-1 at Anfield. George Camsell netted two of his nine goals past us, with Harold Blackmore bagging the last of his five against the reds. Forward Ted Hancock played his tenth and last reds game. Alles Gute zum Geburtstag 1972 - Christian Ziege was born in Berlin. He signed in controversial circumstances from Middlesbrough in August 2000 for £5.5m and netted twice in 32 reds games, leaving Anfield for Tottenham Hotspur after just one year having won a Worthington Cup winner’s medal. He also won the Bundesliga twice, the UEFA Cup and Serie A during his club playing career, as well as Euro ’96 with Germany. 1937 - Keeper Tony Waiters was born in Southport. He won five senior England caps in 1964 while playing for Blackpool. He left there in 1967 to take on a coaching role with the reds, but returned to playing with Burnley in 1970, playing 38 League games before becoming the Manager of Plymouth Argyle in 1972. 1886 – Full-back Harry Griffiths was born in Middlesbrough. He joined the reds in 1905, but only played six senior games before joining Chesterfield Town in June 1908. He later linked up with ex-red Maurice Parry and Alex Raisbeck at Partick Thistle. Ton up for Jim 1908 - Left-half Jim Bradley made his hundredth reds appearance as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Brighton & Hove Albion in the FA Cup Second Round, with Jack Cox heading in our equaliser late on after right-half Maurice Parry had conceded a penalty converted by Jack Hall. The visitors appealed in vain that reds keeper Sam Hardy had carried the ball over the line before scrambling it round the post. This was the first game in which Anfield’s new grandstand, where the Main Stand is today, was used. Green’s bow 1902 – Inside-forward Tommy Green made the first of his seven senior reds appearances in our goalless top-flight draw at Bury. Reds farewells 2014 – Forward Tony Hateley died in Preston after a long illness. He became our record signing when he joined from Chelsea in July 1967 for £96,000 and got off to a flyer at Anfield, grabbing 27 goals in 52 appearances in his first season. Unfortunately, injuries took their toll, and he was sold to Coventry City only fourteen months after arriving at the club, after 28 goals in 56 outings in total. 1997 - Stan Collymore scored the only goal of the game at Derby County, our last ever visit to the Baseball Ground. The home side’s Daryl Powell was sent off at the beginning of the second period. 1900 – Forward Peter Kyle played his fifth and last game as we beat Stoke 1-0 in an FA Cup First Round replay at Anfield, thanks to an early John ‘Sailor’ Hunter goal. On the losing side We have suffered seven defeats in our fourteen League games on this day over the years. 1936 – We lost 6-1 at West Bromwich Albion, their record win over the reds. Jack Balmer grabbed our consolation, while Billy ‘Ginger’ Richardson netted a hat-trick for the Baggies, three of his nine goals against the reds. Stan Wood bagged two of his five against us, with Jack Mahon scoring the last of his four past us. Forward Jimmy Collins made his reds bow in this game. 1986 - Our 2-1 defeat at Ipswich Town, with both Kenny Dalglish and Ian Rush absent, helped lift Everton to the top of the table that day, although we still managed to claim the title at the end of the season. Ronnie Whelan was on target that day. Beating the Hornets We have twice seen off Watford at Anfield on this day in history. 1967 - Ian St. John, Roger Hunt and Chris Lawler struck past ex-red Bert Slater as we won an FA Cup Third Round replay 3-1 as we went on to be knocked out by Everton two rounds later that year. 1984 - We secured a 3-0 League victory thanks to goals from Ian Rush, Steve Nicol and Ronnie Whelan. Tosh the boss 1978 - John Toshack was appointed Player/Manager of basement side Swansea City. He remained in charge for more than five years, as the Swans won 104 of their 250 games under his management, rising from the Fourth Division to the top flight in just four years, although they were relegated back to the Second Division in his final full season. 2020 – Former reds Assistant Manager Željko Buvač was appointed Sporting Director of Dynamo Moskva. For Blackpool 1983 - We beat a Blackpool Select XI 6-2 in a friendly in aid of the Mayor of Blackpool’s Special Appeal Fund. Ian Rush bagged a brace, with Ronnie Whelan, Steve Nicol, Kenny Dalglish and Phil Neal also on target at Bloomfield Road. Beating the Mancs 1919 - Harold Wadsworth bagged the only goal of the game as we beat Manchester United in a Wartime League game at Old Trafford. Heading to the final 2017 – Future red Mohamed Salah scored in a penalty shoot-out as Egypt beat Burkina Faso 4-3 on penalties after their Semi-final in Gabon ended 1-1 after extra time. Sadly, they lost to Cameroon in the Final. Internationals on target 2019 – Future red Takumi Minamino scored as Japan lost 3-1 to Qatar in the AFC Asian Cup Final in Abu Dhabi. 2004 - Ex-red Titi Camara grabbed a late equaliser for Guinea as they held the host nation to a 1-1 draw and secured their place in the Quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations. 2015 – Kolo Touré faced ex-red Carl Medjani as Ivory Coast beat Algeria 3-1 at the same stage of this competition in Equatorial Guinea. Meanwhile, future red Naby Keïta played for Guinea as they lost 3-0 to Ghana. Future red Ozan Kabak played for Turkey Under-15’s as they beat the Czech Republic 4-2 in Side. 1998 – Future red Rigobert Song played for Cameroon as they lost a friendly 1-0 in the Ivory Coast. On the same day, Brad Friedel played as the USA beat Cuba 3-0 in a Gold Cup game in Oakland. 2003 – Future red Carl Medjani won his tenth and last cap for France Under-17’s, skippering them as they were held to a goalless draw by Burkina Faso in the UEFA-CAF Meridian Cup in Egypt. David Raven and Mark Smyth played for England in the same tournament that day. 1990 – Øyvind Leonhardsen played as Norway Under-21’s lost 1-0 to Iraq in a tournament game in Baghdad. Other reds games 1958 – We lost 1-0 to Leyton Orient in a Second Division fixture at Brisbane Road. 1947 – Albert Stubbins struck twice as we won 2-1 at Leeds United. 1934 – We lost 1-0 at Leicester City with Danny Liddle scoring one of his four goals against us. 1930 – Steve Coglin bagged a treble as Grimsby Town beat the reds 3-2 at Blundell Park, with Jimmy Smith netting both our goals. From the north to the south 1899 - Ex-reds forward Harry Bradshaw appeared for the South as they lost 3-1 to a representative North side, while a Tottenham Hotspur player. On the move 2021 – Two centre-halves arrived on this day, with Ozan Kabak arriving on loan from Schalke 04 on loan, and Ben Davies signing from Preston North End for £500,000, with Sepp van den Berg joining the Lilywhites on a temporary basis in exchange. Kabak played thirteen times, with Davies failing to make a senior appearance and van den Berg playing sixteen games in this initial loan. On the same day, ex-reds forward Dani Pacheco signed for UD Logroñés, midfielder Adam Phillips joined Accrington Stanley on loan from Burnley, Tom Ince made a temporary move from Stoke City to Luton Town, midfielder Jordan Williams joined Bolton Wanderers from Blackpool on a free transfer, and ex-reds scout Jonathan Woodgate was appointed First-Team Coach of Bournemouth. 2019 - Lazar Marković joined Fulham on a free transfer, having only scored three times in 34 outings since signing from SL Benfica for £20m in July 2014. 2017 – Centre-half Mamadou Sakho joined Crystal Palace on loan after falling out with boss Jürgen Klopp. He made the move permanent for £24m six months later after eight first-team appearances for the Eagles. On the same day, Steven Gerrard started work as an Academy coach. 2010 – Young German left-back Christopher Buchtmann was sold to Fulham for £100,000. On the same day, Robbie Keane joined Celtic on loan from Tottenham Hotspur, while ex-reserves keeper Tony Warner was released by Hull City. Former youth forward Andy Parkinson had his contract with Cambridge United terminated by mutual consent on the same day. 2001 - Reserves striker Jon Newby joined Second Division Bury on loan. He bagged four goals in nine games, before signing permanently that March. 1929 - Centre-forward Tommy Reid left Anfield for Manchester United after thirty goals in 55 reds games. He had signed from Clydebank for £1,000 in April 1926.
  21. Will

    4th September

    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. For Jamie 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 strike but Jamie then scored from the spot for Everton! Nathan Eccleston also opened his account for the reds. Babb strikes 1996 - Phil Babb notched his only reds strike, the only goal of the game against his former club Coventry City at Highfield Road, in what was Roy Evans’ hundredth League game in charge. 1976 - We also faced the Sky Blues, winning 3-1 at Anfield thanks to goals from Kevin Keegan, David Johnson and John Toshack. Mick Ferguson had shocked the home side by scoring in the first minute. Happy birthdays 1891 - Forward Fred Pagnam was born in Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire. He signed from Blackpool in May 1914, and so could only bag thirty goals in 39 reds games before joining Arsenal in October 1919, with whom he kept up his remarkable strike-rate. 1930 – Right-half Roy Saunders was born in Salford. He signed from Hull City in May 1948 and netted once in 146 reds appearances before joining Swansea Town in March 1959 in part-exchange for forward Des Palmer, who never featured for our first team. He was the father of 1990’s reds striker Dean and died in January 2009. 1988 - Midfielder Ryan Flynn was born in Falkirk. He was awarded with a full-time contract at Melwood in the summer of 2006 having impressed in the previous season’s victorious FA Youth Cup campaign, including notching a goal in the Final. He made a loan move to his hometown club permanent in September 2009. The Bridge opens 1905 - The reds helped Chelsea to open Stamford Bridge, taking part in the first ever game played there. Unfortunately, we started as we meant to continue at the Bridge, losing 4-0 in a friendly encounter. 1909 - We visited there again, with outside-left John McDonald and inside-right James Stewart making their reds bows as we lost 2-1 in a season opener, with Joe Hewitt nabbing our consolation. George Hilsdon’s penalty was the last of his five goals against the reds, with Jimmy Windridge also netting. An unhappy millennium 1971 - We lost 2-0 in a League game at Tottenham Hotspur in what was our 3,000th first-class fixture, with Martin Chivers nabbing one of his seven goals past us and Martin Peters scoring one of his fourteen. Off the mark 1912 - John Tosswill scored on his reds debut as we beat Oldham Athletic 2-0 at Anfield, with Tom Miller also netting. Centre-half Bob Ferguson also made his debut, following his signing from Third Lanark. 1926 – Winger Dick Edmed bagged the first of his 46 reds goals as we lost 2-1 at Derby County, with Jimmy Gill bagging one of his six goals past us and Harry Bedford scoring the first of his nine. Starting off with a stalemate 1897 - We kicked off our season with a 2-2 draw against Stoke, with inside-forward William Walker scoring on his reds bow and Frank Becton also on the scoresheet. Forward Dan Cunliffe and right-winger Bobby Marshall also debuted as Billy Maxwell bagged the first of six goals against the reds, with Tom Hill also on target. 1933 - We also left the Victoria Ground with a share of the spoils, with Harold Taylor netting as we drew 1-1 with Stoke City, as they were known by then. Forward Jack ‘Nipper’ Roberts made his only senior reds outing in this game, while Harry Davies nabbed his fourth and final goal past us. Disappointment against the Trotters and Terriers 1911 - We lost 2-1 at Bolton Wanderers in a top-flight meeting, with Jack Parkinson grabbing our consolation and John Bovill and half-back Harry Lowe both debuting. Alf Bentley struck one of his four goals against the reds, with Harold Hilton also scoring. 1915 - We returned to Burnden Park, drawing a Wartime League fixture 1-1, with Fred Pagnam netting. We have also faced Huddersfield Town twice on this day in history. 1929 - We won a top-flight encounter 3-0 at Anfield, thanks to goals from Gordon Hodgson, James Clark and Henry Race. 1957 - We also played them in the Second Division with Tony Rowley on the scoresheet in a 2-1 defeat at Leeds Road. Stan Howard bagged a brace for the home side. In and out 1937 - Left-back Ernie Blenkinsop played his 71st and final reds game as Charlton Athletic won 2-1 at Anfield, with Jack Balmer on target and George Tadman and future reds boss Don Welsh netting for the visitors. Centre-half Tom ‘Tiny’ Bradshaw was also making his final appearance for the club, turning out for the 291st time. 1901 – Inside-forward Tommy Green signed from New Brighton Tower, notching once in seven outings before joining Swindon Town in April 1903. A win at Highbury 1982 - David Hodgson’s first reds strike and a Phil Neal goal handed us a 2-0 win at Arsenal. The author was present at this game, seeing the reds win for the first time. Three against 1920 - Tommy Browell scored a hat-trick for Manchester City in their 3-2 defeat of the reds at Hyde Road, three of his seven goals past us. Harry Chambers and Walter Wadsworth netted our goals. 1935 - We also lost to City, going down 2-0 at Anfield in another top-flight match with Eric Brook bagging one of his nine goals against the reds, and Fred Tilson grabbing one of his six. 1943 - Our third meeting on this day resulted in a 2-1 Wartime League defeat at Maine Road, with Alf Hanson on target. A League Cup first 1968 - We won at home in the League Cup for the first time, at the fourth attempt, as Roger Hunt, Chris Lawler, Ian Callaghan and Peter Thompson all netted in our 4-0 defeat of Sheffield United. International reds 1999 - Several reds turned out for their countries in Euro 2000 qualifiers. Michael Owen struck in England’s 6-0 demolition of Luxembourg, his first senior England goal at Wembley, with Steve McManaman on the scoresheet twice, his first goals for his country, in his first game as a Real Madrid player. Robbie Fowler also played, under the management of ex-red Kevin Keegan. Sami Hyypiä skippered Finland for the first time as they lost 2-1 to Germany in Helsinki, with Christian Ziege winning his first cap as a Middlesbrough player, and fellow future red Markus Babbel also playing. Nicolas Anelka won his first cap as a Real Madrid player in France’s goalless draw in the Ukraine. Ex-red Øyvind Leonhardsen was on target in Norway’s 1-0 defeat of Greece in Oslo, with Vegard Heggem also in the side. Another ex-red, Don Hutchison, netted as Scotland won 2-1 in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Dean Saunders won his seventieth cap, and first while with Bradford City, grabbing his final goal for Wales in their 2-1 win in Belarus. Future reds loanee keeper Paul Jones also featured. Also in action that day were Patrik Berger, Steve Staunton and future reds Alex Manninger, Fernando Morientes and Bolo Zenden. 2010 - Péter Gulácsi saved a penalty for Hungary Under-21’s in their 1-0 home defeat to Wales. Future reds Joe Allen and Dejan Lovren, and ex-red Krisztián Németh also featured at this level that day. Meanwhile, future reds Kolo Touré and Andriy Voronin both played at senior level for their countries. 2020 – Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson both captained their countries in UEFA Nations League group games, with ex-reds coach Steve Clarke taking charge of Scotland as they were held 1-1 by Israel at Hampden Park. Rhian Brewster and Gini Wijnaldum both also featured in internationals that day. Stevie on target for England 2016 – Adam Lallana bagged the only goal of England’s World Cup qualifying win in Slovakia, with ex-red Martin Škrtel winning his first cap as a Fenerbahçe Spor Kulübü player. He was sent off, while Jordan Henderson, Daniel Sturridge and ex-red Raheem Sterling all also featured, with future red Andy Robertson turning out for Scotland. 2017 – Jordan Henderson skippered England as they beat Slovakia 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and ex-red Raheem Sterling also featuring. Andy Robertson, future reds Naby Keïta and Kostas Tsimikas, and ex-reds loanee Victor Moses also represented their countries that day. 2004 - Steven Gerrard netted while winning his thirtieth England cap as they drew 2-2 in a World Cup qualifier in Austria. Jamie Carragher, future red Joe Cole and ex-reds David James and Michael Owen all also played with Alex Manninger winning his first cap as a Bologna player for the home side. Meanwhile, future red Robbie Keane converted a penalty as the Republic of Ireland beat Cyprus 3-0 in another qualifier, with Steve Finnan also in action. Jerzy Dudek, Sami Hyypiä, John Arne Riise, future reds Craig Bellamy, Yossi Benayoun, Ragnar Klavan, Javier Mascherano and Christian Poulsen, and ex-reds Paul Jones and Jari Litmanen all also featured for their countries on that day. 2015 – Sheyi Ojo scored his only goal while debuting for England Under-19’s in their 3-2 defeat of Germany in Bergisch Gladbach, with future red Dominic Solanke also on target on his debut with Jordan Rossiter also making his bow at this level. On the same day, Harry Wilson netted as Wales Under-21’s beat Luxembourg 3-1 in a European Championships qualifier, with Brad Smith appearing for Australia Under-23’s. Meanwhile, ex-red Robbie Keane bagged a brace, including one from the spot, in the Republic of Ireland’s 4-0 Euro 2016 qualifying win in Gibraltar. Sebastián Coates won his first cap as a Sunderland player as Uruguay won a friendly 1-0 in Panama, while Emre Can made his senior bow as Germany beat Poland 3-1 in a Euro 2016 qualifier in Frankfurt. Future red Andy Robertson and ex-reds Daniel Agger and Krisztián Németh also featured in qualifiers that day. International firsts and lasts 2020 – Centre-back Morgan Boyes debuted for Wales Under-21’s as they lost a European Championships qualifier 1-0 to Bosnia-Herzegovina in Zenica. 2019 – Toni Silva played for Guinea-Bissau for the first time since joining Astra Giurgiu as they won a World Cup qualifier 1-0 in São Tomé and Príncipe. 2016 – Keeper Caoimhín Kelleher made his debut for the Irish Under-19’s, keeping a clean sheet as they beat Austria 1-0 in a friendly in Dublin. Meanwhile, Toni Silva won his second and last cap for Guinea-Bissau as a Clube de Futebol União player as they lost an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier 1-0 in DR Congo, with Carl Medjani winning his first cap as a Club Deportivo Leganés player as Algeria thumped Lesotho 6-0 in another qualifier in Blida. Meanwhile, Trent Alexander-Arnold featured for England Under-19’s and midfielder Allan played for Brazil Under-20’s as they beat England 2-1 in Kidderminster. 2014 – Ex-red Mikel San José won his first senior cap as Spain lost 1-0 to France in a friendly in Paris, while Dirk Kuyt won his 104th and last cap for the Netherlands in their 2-0 defeat by Italy in Bari. On the same day, Dejan Lovren made his first appearance for Croatia since moving to Anfield, as they beat Cyprus 2-0 in Zagreb, with Divock Origi playing for Belgium for the first time since signing for the reds as they beat Australia 2-0 in Liège, as Brad Smith debuted for the visitors. Javier Manquillo made his debut for Spain Under-21’s while on loan at Anfield in their 1-0 European Championships qualifying win in Hungary. Also in friendly action that day were Mamadou Sakho, Brad Smith and future reds Ragnar Klavan and Gini Wijnaldum. 2011 – Future red Loris Karius played for Germany Under-19’s for the only time as they drew 2-2 with the Netherlands in a friendly in Cologne. Future red Oussama Assaidi played for Morocco on the same day as they drew 0-0 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in the Central African Republic. 2009 – Future red Gini Wijnaldum won his first cap for the Netherlands Under-21’s in their 2-0 European Championships qualifying defeat of Finland in Emmen. Future reds Mario Balotelli, Simon Mignolet and Daniel Sturridge also featured at the same level that day. Laurie at the wrong end 1946 - Centre-back Laurie Hughes scored an own goal as we lost 1-0 at home to Middlesbrough in our first home game of the first post-war season. Wor Kev no more 2008 - Kevin Keegan resigned as Manager of Newcastle United for the second time, stating that “a manager must have the right to manage and that clubs should not impose upon any manager any player that he does not want.” On the move again 2003 - Future red Peter Crouch joined Norwich City on loan from Aston Villa. He struck four times in fifteen games for the Canaries as they headed towards the First Division title. Meanwhile, James Milner joined Swindon Town on loan from Leeds United, netting twice in six games for the Robins. 2012 – Michael Owen signed for Stoke City, having been released by Manchester United. He could only net once in just nine senior outings before retiring at the end of the season. Young international reds 1998 - Jamie Carragher netted his only goal for England Under-21’s as they beat Sweden 2-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Sundsvall. Future red Emile Heskey also played. On the same day, future red Milan Baroš won his first cap at Under-18’s level, as the Czech Republic lost 2-0 to Italy in a tournament in Yugoslavia. Meanwhile, future red Alex Manninger was in action for Austria Under-21’s. 2001 - Future red Djibril Cissé scored his first Under-21's goal as France beat Spain 3-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Brest, while winning his second cap. Unfortunately, he also damaged his ankle ligaments in this game. Meanwhile, future red Christian Poulsen appeared at the same level as Denmark lost a qualifier 3-1 in Bulgaria, with Stephen Wright and future red Jermaine Pennant playing for England Under-21’s in their 5-0 trouncing of Albania in Middlesbrough. Other reds games 1984 – Phil Neal converted a penalty as we won 2-1 at Luton Town, with Kenny Dalglish also on target. 1979 – We thumped Tranmere Rovers 4-0 in a League Cup Second Round second leg at Anfield after the first game ended goalless. Phil Thompson and David Fairclough netted either side of a Kenny Dalglish brace, with all the goals coming in the second half. 1965 – We won 3-2 at Blackpool with Ray Charnley netting one of his seven goals against the reds. Roger Hunt struck twice with Ian Callaghan also scoring. Jimmy Robson scored the other goal for the Seasiders. 1954 – West Ham United won a Second Division fixture 2-1 in L4, with Jimmy Payne bagging our consolation. 1948 – We drew 0-0 at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Death of a guest 1952 - Frank O’Donnell died, aged just 41. He struck once in two wartime appearances for the reds. He gained six Scotland caps as well as scoring for Preston North End in every round of the FA Cup in 1937, including the Final. Also in international action 1974 – John Toshack played for Wales in their 2-1 defeat by Austria in a European Championships qualifier in Vienna. 1994 – Ex-red Ronnie Rosenthal featured for Israel in their 2-1 defeat of Poland in a European Championships qualifier in Tel-Aviv. 1996 – Future reds Markus Babbel and Christian Ziege both appeared for Germany in their 2-0 friendly win in Poland. 2005 – Ex-red Rigobert Song faced future red Kolo Touré as Ivory Coast lost 3-2 to Cameroon in a World Cup qualifier in Abidjan.
  22. Will

    30th January

    In comes Phil 2013 – Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho arrived from Internazionale for a £8.5m fee, having notched five times in fifty games for the Italian side since being signed by Rafael Benítez in July 2010. He netted 54 times in 201 reds games before moving on to Barcelona for a mammoth initial £105m fee in January 2018. 2012 - He joined R.C.D. Espanyol on loan from Internazionale, nabbing five goals in sixteen games. 2007 - Javier Mascherano signed on loan from West Ham United in a deal that was still to be approved by the Premier League. He netted twice in 139 outings in total, signing on permanently for £18.6m in February 2008. He left for Barcelona in a €22m in August 2010. Happy birthday Peter 1981 - Peter Crouch was born in Macclesfield. He arrived at Anfield for £7m in July 2005 after a successful season with Southampton, when he had bagged sixteen goals in 33 games as the Saints were relegated. He struck 42 times in 134 reds games, despite not notching in his first nineteen outings, helping us to claim the FA Cup and FA Community Shield, but was sold to Portsmouth for a fee of up to £11m in July 2008. 2001 – Midfielder Curtis Jones was born in Liverpool, making his senior debut in our FA Cup Third Round defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers in January 2019, netting his first reds goal to secure a derby win at Anfield at the same stage a year later. He has struck eight times in 62 reds games before his 21st birthday, helping us to claim the Premier League title. Speeding in 1991 - David Speedie was signed from Coventry City by Kenny Dalglish for £700,000. He netted eight times in fourteen reds games before moving to Blackburn Rovers seven months later. 2002 - Abel Xavier made the short trip across Stanley Park for £800,000. He netted twice in 21 reds games, of which we only lost three, including on his debut in a 6-0 thumping of Ipswich Town at Portman Road. He moved on to Hannover 96 in February 2004, having been released by the reds. Double debutants Two reds defenders have made their debuts on this day over the years. 1999 - Rigobert Song made his reds bow in a 2-1 defeat at Coventry City, with Steve McManaman nabbing our late consolation. 1946 - Left-back Eddie Spicer debuted in a 2-0 FA Cup Fourth Round win at home to Bolton Wanderers, although we went out 5-2 on aggregate. Jack Balmer and Berry Nieuwenhuys were on target for the reds. 1929 - We also went out of the FA Cup to Bolton, losing a Fourth Round replay 5-2 at Burnden Park after extra time. John Lindsay grabbed the first of his three reds goals with Gordon Hodgson also on target. Harold Blackmore netted two of his five goals past us, with George Gibson also bagging one of his five against the reds and Jim McClelland and Billy Butler also scoring. Fifty for Terry 1982 – Terry McDermott’s second goal was his fiftieth in the League for the reds as we won 3-0 at Aston Villa. Ian Rush had opened the scoring in the third minute. Luis again 2013 - Luis Suárez scored in his third consecutive game as we drew 2-2 at Arsenal. He opened the scoring early on, with Jordan Henderson giving us a two-goal lead after an hour. However, Olivier Giroud headed in a free-kick, the first of his eight goals against us to date, before Theo Walcott struck three minutes later to level the match. 1971 – We beat Arsenal 2-0 at Anfield, thanks to goals from John Toshack and Tommy Smith. Births and death 1992 – Former reserves midfielder Tom Ince was born in Stockport. He made just one senior reds appearance, as a substitute in our humiliating Carling Cup defeat by Northampton Town, moving on to Blackpool in August 2011. 1911 – Forward Jimmy Collins was born in London. He signed from Walsall in January 1936, but failed to score in seven reds games before joining Cardiff City the following May, for whom he bagged forty goals in 75 League outings. 1917 - William Barclay died. The former Secretary and Vice-Chairman of Everton was the reds’ Secretary for the first three years of the club’s existence, but the team was picked by the Board, in which time we claimed the Lancashire League and Second Division titles. Heading off 1951 – George Kay stepped down as Manager due to illness, and sadly died just three years later. He had led us to our first League title in 24 years in 1946, and the FA Cup Final four years later as we won just 142 of his 357 games in charge. Amongst the players who joined the club during his tenure were the great Billy Liddell and Bob Paisley. 1930 – Scottish outside-left John Lindsay left the reds to join Swansea Town. He had struck three times in sixteen outings since signing from Rhyl Athletic in April 1928. Only strike 1897 – Half-back Tom Cleghorn bagged his only reds goal in our 4-3 defeat of Burton Swifts in an FA Cup First Round tie at Anfield. Inside-left Davy Hannah headed us ahead somewhat against the run of play with his twelfth and final reds goal. George Allan restored our lead after Joseph Dewey had equalised, although James Wyllie levelled the scores again. B. Evans gave the visitors the lead after half-time before Cleghorn pounced. Jimmy Ross struck the late winner. Most recently 2018 – We won 3-0 at Huddersfield Town, with Emre Can and Roberto Firmino on target before the break. Mohamed Salah added a late penalty. 2016 – We were held to a goalless draw at Anfield by West Ham United in our FA Cup Fourth Round tie with left-back José Enrique playing his 99th and last reds game, with forward Jerome Sinclair making his fifth and last appearance. 2010 – Pepe Reina played his hundredth consecutive League game as we beat Bolton Wanderers 2-0 at Anfield. Dirk Kuyt opened the scoring before we doubled our lead through an Emiliano Insúa strike that deflected in off Kevin Davies for an own goal. 2007 - Peter Crouch was on target on his 26th birthday as we won 2-1 at West Ham United, netting the club’s 6,000th goal in top-flight football, after Dirk Kuyt had opened the scoring straight after the break. The board members had met before the game to reconsider DIC’s offer for the club in the light of a potential new bid from George Gillett. 2008 - We also faced the Hammers, losing 1-0 at Upton Park to a last-minute Mark Noble penalty after Jamie Carragher had brought down Freddie Ljungberg in the box. Emlyn at the wrong end 1968 - Tony Hateley, Peter Thompson, Roger Hunt and Chris Lawler all netted before Emlyn Hughes put through his own net as we beat Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 4-1 in an FA Cup Third Round replay at Anfield. We eventually bowed out to West Bromwich Albion in the Sixth Round that season. Ex-red strikers on the move again 2011 - Robbie Keane joined West Ham United on loan from Tottenham Hotspur. He netted just twice in ten outings for the Irons. 2001 - Stan Collymore joined Real Oviedo from Bradford City on a free transfer. He only lasted a little over two months in Spain before sensationally quitting the game. 2003 - Robbie Fowler was sold to Manchester City from Leeds United for £6m, after just fourteen months at Elland Road, in which time he had netted fourteen times in 33 games. 2007 - Sean Dundee signed for Stuttgarter Kickers from Kickers Offenbach. He netted once in five League games before returning to South Africa to sign for AmaZulu. 2009 - El-Hadji Diouf joined Blackburn Rovers from Sunderland for £2.5m, after failing to score in sixteen games for the Black Cats. 2014 – Steven Gillespie was released by Fleetwood Town after four goals in 25 games. Twice apiece against our bitterest rivals Both Everton and Manchester United have been our opponents twice on this day in history. 1902 - The first time came when we won 2-0 at Goodison in an FA Cup First Round replay, with goals from Alex Raisbeck and John ‘Sailor’ Hunter’s twelfth and last reds strike, our first Cup defeat of our neighbours. Unfortunately, we were knocked out at Southampton at the next hurdle. 1932 - We returned to Goodison, but this time lost 2-1 in a League game, with Dave Wright nabbing our consolation. Tommy White struck one of his four goals past us, with Ted Critchley also scoring for the home side. 1909 - We beat Manchester United 3-1 at Anfield in the League, thanks to strikes from Arthur Goddard and Joe Hewitt, and a Tom Chorlton penalty. Sandy Turnbull netted one of his six goals against the reds. 1960 - We lost by the same score in an FA Cup Fourth Round tie at Anfield, with Johnny Wheeler grabbing our goal. Bobby Charlton bagged the first two of his four goals against the reds, with Warren Bradley also scoring for United. Stumbling towards Wembley 1965 - We were held 1-1 at Anfield by Stockport County in an FA Cup Fourth Round tie, who were then bottom of the Fourth Division. Bill Shankly missed the game to scout our next European opponents, so confident was he of victory. The game was played in front of 51,851 despite clashing with Sir Winston Churchill’s funeral on TV. County took a shock lead through Len White after just eighteen minutes, with Gordon Milne equalising early in the second half. We won the replay 2-0, en route to our first ever cup triumph. Hosting the Foxes 2019 – We were held to a 1-1 draw as we extended our lead at the top of the table to five points in our ultimately foiled attempt to claim the League title for the first time since 1990. Sadio Mané struck early on, with Harry Maguire bagging a first-half stoppage-time equaliser. We were denied a seemingly clear-cut penalty in the second half for a foul on Naby Keïta. 2002 – Emile Heskey bagged the only goal of the game against his former club. A Savage end 1964 - Right-half Ted Savage died. He played 105 reds games after signing from Lincoln City in May 1931. He made his debut as a forward, netting his only two goals for the club in a 4-0 defeat of Grimsby Town at Anfield that September. He moved on to Manchester United in January 1938. 2018 – The funeral for 1960’s keeper Tommy Lawrence was held at St Elphin’s Parish Church in Warrington. A win on the south coast 1991 - Steve McMahon put us in front at Brighton & Hove Albion in our FA Cup Fourth Round replay. However, Mike Small equalised to send the tie into extra time, with John Byrne putting the home side ahead. Ian Rush levelled the match before McMahon bagged his second with five minutes to go as we won 3-2. We were knocked out by Everton in the next round, after three meetings. African action 2004 - Future red Momo Sissoko played in Mali’s 3-1 defeat of Burkina Faso in the Africa Cup of Nations Finals in Tunisia. Salif Diao and El-Hadji Diouf both played as Senegal beat Kenya 3-0 in another group game that day. 2008 - Ex-red Rigobert Song featured in the same competition as Cameroon beat Sudan 3-0 in Ghana. 2012 – Future red Kolo Touré played for the Ivory Coast in their 2-0 defeat of Angola in a group game in Equatorial Guinea. 2013 – Touré also played in a 2-2 draw with Algeria in South Africa. 1979 – Future red Avi Cohen played for Israel as they lost a friendly 1-0 to Austria in Jaffa. 2015 – Future red Ozan Kabak debuted for Turkey Under-15’s in their 5-1 friendly thumping of the Czech Republic in Side. 2017 – Future red Luis Díaz played for Colombia in their 1-1 draw with Venezuela in a South American Championships final stage game in Ecuador. Other reds games 1979 – Kenny Dalglish netted the only goal of Blackburn Rovers’ visit to Anfield in the FA Cup Fourth Round late on. We made it as far as the Semi-final that season. 1937 – We beat Leeds United 3-0 in L4, with Berry Nieuwenhuys netting a brace and Alf Hanson also on target, with all the goals coming after the break. 1926 – We lost 3-1 at Fulham in an FA Cup Fourth Round tie with Dick Forshaw nabbing our goal. 1915 – We lost a Second Round match 1-0 at Sheffield United, with Joe Kitchen scoring one of his eight goals past us late on. Also on the move 2001 - Ian Rush joined Barnsley as striking coach, being employed by former reds team-mate Nigel Spackman, who had recently taken over at Oakwell. 2012 – Reserves keeper Danny Ward signed from Wrexham for an initial £100,000. On the same day, former second-string left-winger Alex Kačaniklić joined Watford on loan from Fulham, netting once in twelve outings. 2013 – Ex-reds reserves centre-half Carl Medjani joined AS Monaco from AJ Ajaccio after seven strikes in 149 League outings for the Corsican team. 2014 - Momo Sissoko signed for Levante U.D., playing ten times for them until the end of the season. 2015 – Jay Spearing joined Blackburn Rovers on loan from Bolton Wanderers, scoring once in fifteen games. On the same day, ex-reserves centre-half Rafael Páez joined S.D. Eibar on loan, although he was unable to play due to an administrative error. 2018 – Future red Diogo Jota’s transfer to Wolverhampton Wanderers from Club Atlético de Madrid for a reported €14m was announced for the following July. 2020 – Left-back Brad Smith joined Cardiff City on loan from Bournemouth, but only played three times for the Bluebirds. Alex for the Scots 1897 - Reds centre-half Alex Raisbeck played for the Scottish League as they beat an Irish League side 2-0.
  23. Will

    25th January

    Souey on his way out 1994 - Graeme Souness took charge of his final game as Manager as we were humbled at home by First Division Bristol City, who won an FA Cup Third Round replay 1-0 thanks to Brian Tinnion’s second-half goal. Heading to finals 2005 - Steven Gerrard grabbed the only goal of our Carling Cup Semi-final second leg at Watford, with Igor Bišcan playing his hundredth reds game. Florent Sinama-Pongolle came on as a substitute for Milan Baroš and was later himself substituted just four minutes later having damaged a cartilage in his knee. 2012 – We drew 2-2 with Manchester City in the second leg of our Carling Cup Semi-final at Anfield. Nigel de Jong levelled the tie on aggregate after half an hour before Steven Gerrard scored from the spot. Edin Džeko struck before Craig Bellamy netted the crucial goal. Legend signs on 1910 - Left-back Donald McKinlay signed from Newton Villa in Glasgow. He made 434 appearances across two decades, and scored 34 times, including one struck spectacularly from ten yards inside his own half at West Ham United in January 1926! He skippered us to two League titles, and also played in our first FA Cup Final, in 1914. He returned to the amateur game in July 1929 with Prescot Cables. 1930 – Scottish centre-half Tom ‘Tiny’ Bradshaw signed from Bury for £8,000. He struck four times in 291 appearances at centre-half. He returned to his native land in September 1938, joining Third Lanark. Derby despair 2009 – We were held to a 1-1 draw in our FA Cup Fourth Round tie at Anfield, after being drawn against Everton in the competition for the sixteenth time, more than any other club. Joleon Lescott opened the scoring with Steven Gerrard bagging our equaliser. Kirks out again 2003 - Chris Kirkland suffered a posterior knee ligament injury in our goalless FA Cup Fourth Round draw at Crystal Palace that kept him out of the side for nine months. Worse was to follow, as we lost the Anfield replay. First and last 1896 - Winger Ben Bull scored on his only reds appearance as we thumped Lincoln City 6-1 in a Second Division fixture at Anfield. Fred Geary, Frank Becton and George Allan were also on target, with Jimmy Ross netting a brace. Ben Gillespie struck the first of his six goals against us, with the other five coming with Manchester City. 1939 – Forward Ron Jones played his fifth and last reds game as we lost 2-1 to Bolton Wanderers in the top flight at Anfield, with Willie Fagan nabbing our consolation. George Hunt struck the last of his five goals past us before Thomas Sinclair put the visitors two ahead. Winning on the south coast 2014 - We beat Bournemouth 2-0 in an FA Cup Fourth Round tie at the Goldsands Stadium, thanks to goals from Victor Moses and Daniel Sturridge, with Luis Suárez setting them both up. This was Moses’ second and last reds goal. Off on loan 1985 - Gary Ablett joined Derby County on loan. He made eight appearances before returning to break through into the first team at Anfield. 2008 - Ex-reserves forward John Miles joined MK Dons on loan from Accrington Stanley, failing to score in twelve outings. FA Cup wins Apart from the Bristol City debacle and the games at Bournemouth and Crystal Palace, we have played six other FA Cup ties on this day, all at Anfield, winning three and losing once. 1902 - Tommy Robertson had a penalty saved by keeper George Kitchen, but scored the rebound, his 35th and final goal for the club. John ‘Sailor’ Hunter also scored as we twice led but drew 2-2 with Everton, our first meeting in the competition, with Jack Sharp bagging a late equaliser for the Blues after Sandy Young had nabbed one of his twelve goals against us. We won the Goodison replay to progress but went out to Southampton at the next stage. Grimsby Town, Northampton Town and Burnley are the teams who have been knocked out of the cup at Anfield on this day over the years, all in the Fourth Round. 1958 - We won our first ever meeting with Northampton 3-1, thanks to goals from Billy Liddell, Louis Bimpson and a Ben Collins own goal with strange weather conditions causing the postponement of Everton’s cup tie across the park! 1947 - Albert Stubbins and Cyril Done struck as we beat Grimsby 2-0, a year in which we made it as far as the Semi-final, losing out to Burnley. 1969 - We beat Burnley 2-1 thanks to a Tommy Smith penalty and an Emlyn Hughes pile-driver, with the Clarets nearly securing a replay after Frank Casper’s header struck the bar. Leicester City knocked us out at the next hurdle, after a replay. On our way to Wembley 1984 - We won a League Cup Fifth Round replay at home to Sheffield Wednesday as we edged towards a fourth straight triumph in the competition. Ian Rush netted twice as we won 3-0 with Michael Robinson also on target, while Craig Johnston reached a century of reds appearances. 2017 – We failed at the final hurdle as Southampton won the second leg of our League Cup Semi-final at Anfield, to progress 2-0 on aggregate. Shane Long struck the only goal in injury time, one of his four goals past us to date. Joe’s half century 1908 – Forward Joe Hewitt bagged his fiftieth reds goal in our 1-1 top-flight draw at Birmingham City, with Arthur Mounteney netting the last of his five goals against the reds. Beaten 1936 - We lost an FA Cup Fourth Round encounter at Anfield 2-0 to Arsenal, with the Gunners going on to lift the trophy for the second time that season. Ray Bowden nabbed the last of his four goals against us, with Joe Hulme netting the last of his ten. A minute’s silence was observed before kick off in honour of the late King George V. Reds boss George Patterson missed the game due to being on a fruitless transfer mission to Sunderland. Jari the centurion 2006 - Ex-red Jari Litmanen won his hundredth cap as Roy Hodgson’s Finland lost 1-0 to South Korea in a tournament game in Saudi Arabia. On the same day, Rigobert Song played his 101st game for Cameroon in their 2-0 defeat of Togo in the Africa Cup of Nations Finals in Cairo. Beating the Mancs 1930 - Henry Race grabbed the only goal of the game as we beat Manchester United in a First Division encounter at Anfield, with centre-half Tom ‘Tiny’ Bradshaw and half-back Tommy Gardner both making their reds bows. 1919 - Robert Matthews netted as we were held to a draw in a Wartime League match in L4. Harold’s treble 1933 – Centre-forward Harold Barton scored a hat-trick as we beat SK Rapid Wien 5-2 in a friendly at Anfield. Syd Roberts and Alf Hanson also netted. Ryan departs 2011 - Ryan Babel was sold to TSG 1899 Hoffenheim for £6m. He signed from Ajax for £11.5m in July 2007, proving a very useful asset in his first season, especially from the bench, as he equalled Djibril Cissé’s club record of seven strikes in a season as a substitute. However, subsequent campaigns were far less productive, and he struck a total of 22 times in 146 appearances. On the same day, reserves forward David Amoo joined MK Dons on loan, making three substitute appearances. Happy birthday Bobby 1936 - Short-lived reds forward Bobby Murdoch was born in Garston. He struck seven times in nineteen reds games after signing as a professional in May 1957, as we struggled in the Second Division. He moved on to Barrow in September 1959. 1988 – Ex-reserves winger Adam Hammill was born in Liverpool. He was part of the victorious FA Youth Cup winning side in 2006 and was sold to Barnsley in August 2009 after several loan spells away from Anfield, including one at Oakwell. Managers in and out 2005 - Steve McMahon was appointed Manager of Perth Glory. He remained in the post for eleven months. On the same day, ex-red Frode Kippe played as Norway won a friendly 1-0 in Bahrain. 2006 - Mark Wright was suspended as Manager of Peterborough United. Six days later he was sacked for gross misconduct after failing to appear before the board. It is alleged that he made a racist comment to one of his staff, although he has always denied the charge. On the move 2007 - Salif Diao joined Stoke City on a free transfer, having made seventeen appearances while on loan at the Britannia Stadium. On the same day, ex-reds reserves forward Jon Newby joined Southport from Wrexham. He struck just once in eleven outings before moving on to Morecambe. 2013 – Reserves forward Michael Ngoo joined Heart Of Midlothian on loan, netting five times in seventeen games for the Scottish side. On the same day ex-reds left-back Emiliano Insúa joined Club Atlético de Madrid from Sporting Clube de Portugal for €3.5m after six goals in sixth outings while with the Lisbon outfit. 2017 – Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho signed a new five-year contract. He moved on to Barcelona for a mammoth initial £105m fee in January 2018 after 54 goals in 201 reds games since arriving from Internazionale for £8.5m in January 2013. 2018 – Left-back Tony Gallacher signed from Falkirk for £200,000, making his senior bow in our League Cup tie at Aston Villa last December. 2019 – Ex-reds loanee winger Victor Moses joined Fenerbahçe Spor Kulübü on another temporary switch from Chelsea, scoring four times in sixteen appearances that season. African reds 2017 – Future red Mohamed Salah netted the only goal of Egypt’s Africa Cup of Nations group game against Ghana in Gabon. 2013 – Future reds loanee Victor Moses played in Nigeria’s 1-1 draw with Zambia in South Africa. 2008 - Momo Sissoko won his final cap as a red as Mali held Nigeria to a goalless draw in an Africa Cup of Nations group game in Ghana, with future red Kolo Touré playing as Ivory Coast beat Benin 4-1. 2004 - Ex-red Titi Camara netted as Guinea beat DR Congo 2-1 in their Africa Cup of Nations opener in Tunis. On the same day, ex-red Rigobert Song skippered Cameroon as they were held 1-1 by Algeria in Sfax, winning his fiftieth cap. 2002 - Song captained his country in the previous tournament as they beat the Ivory Coast 1-0 in Mali, with future red Kolo Touré on the losing side. 2001 - Rigobert Song won his first cap as a West Ham United player, his fiftieth for his country, as Cameroon won a friendly 3-1 in Benin. Harry on target 2011 – Ex-red Harry Kewell netted as Australia thumped Uzbekistan 6-0 in their AFC Asian Cup Finals Semi-final in Qatar. On the same day, future reds coach Gary O’Neil joined West Ham United from Middlesbrough. He struck three times in 56 outings for the Hammers until being released in June 2013. Other reds games 1975 – We lost 1-0 at Ipswich Town with Mick Mills nabbing the only goal of our FA Cup Fourth Round tie late on at Portman Road. 1964 – We shared a goalless draw with Port Vale at the same stage of the competition at Anfield. We won the replay but went out to Swansea Town in the Sixth Round. 1913 – We beat West Bromwich Albion 2-1 in a top-flight match in L4 with Tom Miller netting twice. Young reds in action 2003 - Current and future reds were in action in the Under-17’s UEFA-CAF Meridian Cup in Egypt. David Raven was on target in England’s 3-2 defeat of Burkina Faso in Al-Misry. Meanwhile, future reds defenders Carl Medjani and Arnaud Bühler both featured for their countries. Medjani’s France beat Nigeria 3-2, while Bühler played as Switzerland beat host nation Egypt 2-0. 2009 – Emiliano Insúa skippered Argentina as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Colombia in a Sudamericano Sub-20 “Juventud de América” group game in Venezuela. 2007 – Insúa played in the same tournament in a goalless draw with Colombia in Paraguay, with future red Lucas playing for Brazil in the same tournament that day as they beat the host nation 1-0. 1999 – Future red Christian Poulsen won his fourth and last cap for Denmark Under-19’s as they lost 1-0 to the USA in a friendly in Spain.
  24. Will

    22nd January

    Happy birthdays 1971 - Former striker Stan Collymore was born in Stone. He netted 35 times in 81 reds games after signing from Nottingham Forest for a British record £8.5m fee in July 1995. He was offloaded to Aston Villa in February 2000 for £7m, where he again failed to fulfil his potential. 1985 - Momo Sissoko was born in Mont Saint Agnain, France. He signed from Valencia for £5.6m in July 2005 and helped us to claim the FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FA Community Shield, playing 87 times and scoring just once. He had previously been signed by Rafael Benítez while he was in Spain, from Auxerre, and was sold to Juventus for £8.2m in January 2008. 1954 – Piet Hamberg was born in Winschoten in the Netherlands. He joined the reds as Academy Technical Manager in June 2007, staying in the role for two years. 1986 – Ex-reserves custodian David Martin was born in Romford. The son of West Ham United centre-back Alvin signed from MK Dons for £250,000 in January 2006 and sat on the bench nineteen times without making a senior appearance, returning to Stadium:mk in May 2010. 1980 – First-team physiotherapist Matt Konopinski was born in Leeds. He joined the club in February 2009 from Barnsley, moving on to the FA in October 2018. 1990 - Jonathan Woodgate was born in Nunthorpe, Middlesbrough. He worked as a scout for the reds during the 2016/17 season. In comes Thommo 1971 - Phil Thompson signed for the club from Kirkby Schools, the day after his seventeenth birthday. He notched thirteen times in 477 games for the reds, many as skipper, as we won two European Cups, seven League titles, the UEFA Cup, FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, two League Cups and five FA Charity Shields. He later had two separate spells on the backroom staff, under Kenny Dalglish, Graeme Souness and Gérard Houllier, and is now working in the media. 1914 – Forward Jimmy Nicholl signed from Middlesbrough, bagging fourteen goals in 59 outings before moving on to Wishaw Thistle in 1915. He had featured in our FA Cup Final defeat to Burnley in April 1914. 2015 – Midfielder Jordan Williams signed a new contract until 2017. He made his only senior appearance in a League Cup tie against Middlesbrough in September 2014, moving on to Rochdale in June 2018. Red farewells 2011 – Fernando Torres struck his last two reds goals as we won 3-0 at Wolverhampton Wanderers, with Raúl Meireles’ stunning volley coming between his strikes. We opened the scoring by breaking Wolves’ offside trap, with Richard Keys and Andy Gray’s disparaging remarks about the female assistant referee on Sky leading to their eventual departure. Ex-reds reserve Adam Hammill made his debut for the home side as a substitute. 1977 – Left-back Brian Kettle played his fourth and final reds game as we lost 2-1 at Norwich City, giving away an early penalty that Martin Peters converted, one of his fourteen goals against us. Jimmy Neighbour doubled the lead straight after the break, before Phil Neal struck from the spot for our eventual consolation. Warnock walks 2007 - Stephen Warnock was sold to Blackburn Rovers for a fee believed to be £1.5m. He had played 67 reds games, netting just once, and turned out 109 times for Rovers, striking six times, before joining Aston Villa in August 2009. On the same day, Milan Baroš joined Olympique Lyonnais from Aston Villa in a swap deal for John Carew, after fourteen goals in 51 games for Villa. A record crowd 2006 - The then biggest crowd to watch the reds in the Premier League, of 67,874, witnessed a 1-0 defeat at Manchester United when we succumbed to a late Rio Ferdinand goal. 2002 - The previous record was just 275 supporters fewer, set when Danny Murphy grabbed a late winner as we won at Old Trafford for the second season in a row. Yet another treble 1927 - Gordon Hodgson scored one of his seventeen reds hat-tricks as we beat Derby County 3-2 at Anfield. Harry Bedford struck one of his nine goals against the reds, with Jack Whitehouse also on target as full-back Tommy Lucas played his 200th League game for the reds. In Africa 2000 - Rigobert Song played for his country as Cameroon drew 1-1 with Ghana in an Africa Cup of Nations Finals group game in Accra. Future red Alberto Aquilani also represented his country that day. 2008 - Song also featured in a 4-2 to Egypt in another group game in Ghana. 2012 – Future red Kolo Touré played in an Africa Cup of Nations group game as Ivory Coast beat Sudan 1-0 in Equatorial Guinea. Ex-red Daniel Sjölund was also in international action that day. 2013 – Touré featured again as Togo lost 2-1 in South Africa. On the same day, Carl Medjani won his last cap as an AJ Ajaccio player as Algeria lost 1-0 to Tunisia. 2017 – Ex-red Toni Silva played for Guinea-Bissau as they lost 2-0 to Burkina Faso in a group game in Gabon. Cally’s milestone 1972 - Ian Callaghan played his 400th League game in our goalless draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers, while forward Alun Evans made his 111th and final reds appearance. Southern despair 2018 – We were beaten 1-0 at Swansea City, with centre-back Alfie Mawson on target before the break. Roberto Firmino struck a post with a late header, but the Swans held on to win. 2005 - We lost 2-0 at Southampton, with David Prutton on target and future red Peter Crouch bagging the first of his four goals past us. Ex-red Jamie Redknapp also featured for the home side. On the same day, ex-red Frode Kippe played as Norway drew a friendly 1-1 in Kuwait. Other birthdays 1878 - Left-half Bill Goldie was born in Hurlford, Ayrshire. He joined his brother Archie at Anfield in November 1897 from Clyde, and bagged six goals in 174 reds appearances, helping us to our first ever League title in 1901, moving to Fulham in January 1904. 1962 - Former reserves keeper Stephen Pears was born in Brandon in County Durham. He left Middlesbrough with the reputation as perhaps their best-ever custodian, but was merely back-up to David James at Anfield, sitting on the bench just five times. 1985 - Ex-reserves full-back Stephen Vaughan was born in Liverpool. He was released in 2004, going on to play 85 times for Chester City. Wearside woe We have played at Sunderland in First Division matches twice on this day in history. 1898 - We lost 1-0. 1921 - Harry Chambers struck as we left Roker Park having lost 2-1, with Charlie Buchan bagging two of his 21 strikes against us. Joy against Rovers We have twice faced Blackburn Rovers on this day in history, without losing. 1910 - We drew 1-1 at Ewood Park in a top-flight meeting with James Stewart netting. 1955 - Billy Liddell and John Evans both nabbed braces as we beat them 4-1 at Anfield in a Second Division encounter, with one of Liddell’s goals coming when he converted the rebound after his penalty was saved. McAteer on the way up 1992 - Jason McAteer joined Bolton Wanderers from Marine on a free transfer. He bagged fifteen goals in 145 outings for the Trotters, including lining up against the reds in the Coca-Cola Cup Final in 1995, before moving to Anfield five months later. Derby despair 1944 - Willie Fagan netted as we were thumped 4-1 at Anfield by Everton in a Wartime League match. On the move 2000 - Young keeper Ian Dunbavin joined Third Division Shrewsbury Town on a free transfer. His finest moment at Anfield was helping us win our first FA Youth Cup in 1996. 2009 – Reserves forward Jordy Brouwer joined RKC Waalwijk on loan, playing five League games for them before returning to our reserves. 2013 – Ex-reds winger Sebastián Leto was released by Panathinaikos. He had helped them to the Greek domestic double in his first season, scoring the only goal in the Cup Final, and netting 27 times in 91 outings since signing from the reds for a reported £3m in July 2009. 2016 – Keeper Ryan Fulton joined Portsmouth on loan, playing thirteen times for Pompey. On the same day, left-winger Albert Riera had his contract with Slovenian side Zavrč terminated by mutual consent after just four months with the club. 2021- Ex-reds defender Corey Whelan signed for Wigan Athletic, playing ten times as the Latics avoided relegation to League Two. Ex-reds off to warmer climes 2003 - Aboubakar ‘Titi’ Camara joined Saudi Arabian side Al-Ittihad on loan from West Ham United. 2004 - Paul Dalglish signed a three-month contract with Serie A side Modena. Harry on target 2011 – Ex-red Harry Kewell netted the only goal of Australia’s AFC Asian Cup Finals Quarter-final defeat of Iraq in Qatar. Brad in action twice Future red Brad Friedel twice represented his country on this day in history. 1994 - The USA drew 1-1 with Roy Hodgson’s Switzerland in a friendly in Fullerton. 1997 - They lost 4-1 to a Denmark League XI in the US Cup in Pasadena. Finn stands down 2008 - Steve Finnan announced his retirement from international football, after fifty caps. However, he reversed his decision following the appointment of Giovanni Trapattoni a month later, going on to play twice more for his country. Other reds games 2000 – Middlesbrough held us to a dour goalless draw at Anfield. 1994 – We came from behind to beat Manchester City 2-1 in L4 thanks to an Ian Rush brace. 1983 – Phil Neal was on target as we beat Birmingham City at Anfield. 1980 – John Robertson struck the only goal of our League Cup Semi-final first leg at Nottingham Forest, late on from the penalty spot after Ray Clemence was judged to have brought down Garry Birtles. We drew the second leg at Anfield although Forest lost the Final to Wolverhampton Wanderers. 1966 – We lost 2-1 at home to Chelsea in an FA Cup Third Round tie, with Roger Hunt scoring after just two minutes. Peter Osgood headed in five minutes later, with Bobby Tambling nodding in one of his eight goals against us in the second half. 1949 – We won 3-0 at Bolton Wanderers, with Jack Balmer and Albert Stubbins scoring before Matt Gillies put through his own net. 1938 – Alf Hanson netted as we drew 1-1 at Sheffield United in an FA Cup Fourth Round tie. We won the replay, but then lost to Huddersfield Town in the next round. Also in international action 2015 – Future red Ibrahima Konaté played for France Under-16’s as they beat the Ukraine 3-0 in a tournament game.
  25. Will

    21st January

    Happy birthday Thommo 1954 - Phil Thompson was born in Liverpool. He notched thirteen times in 477 games for the reds, many as skipper, as we won two European Cups, seven League titles, the UEFA Cup, FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, two League Cups and five FA Charity Shields. He later had two separate spells on the backroom staff, under Kenny Dalglish, Graeme Souness and Gérard Houllier, and is now working in the media. 1906 - Forward Harry Barkas was born in Wardley Colliery. He only played five reds games, all in the First Division, after arriving for £1,500 from Gateshead in December 1930, returning there in 1932. Martin’s bow 2008 - Centre-back Martin Škrtel made his reds debut as a substitute for the injured Álvaro Arbeloa in our 2-2 home draw with Aston Villa, our fourth successive tie in the League. Yossi Benayoun gave us the lead before Villa hit back through Marlon Harewood and a Fábio Aurélio own goal in the space of three minutes. Peter Crouch came off the bench to bag a late leveller. 1905 – Forward James Garside played the first of his five senior reds games as we were held to a 1-1 draw in the Second Division at Anfield by Lincoln City, with our goal coming from right-half Robbie Robinson. In comes Scott 2005 - Young keeper Scott Carson signed from Leeds United for £750,000, with Paul Harrison going on loan in the opposite direction. Carson made just nine first-team appearances, only managing to keep two clean sheets. He moved on to West Bromwich Albion for £3.25m in July 2008 after loan spells with Sheffield Wednesday, Aston Villa and Charlton Athletic. Meanwhile, young midfielder John Welsh signed a new contract on the same day that tied him to Anfield until summer 2007. However, he moved to Hull City a year later, in exchange for winger Paul Anderson. Meanwhile, future red Daniel Agger played for Denmark Under-21’s as they lost 1-0 to Panama A in an unofficial international in Panama City. Most recently 2021 – Gini Wijnaldum skippered the reds for the first time as Burnley won 1-0 at Anfield behind closed doors. Ashley Barnes’ late spot-kick brough to an end our 68-game unbeaten home League run. On the same day, young midfielder Tyler Morton signed a new contract. 2017 – Swansea City won 3-2 at Anfield, with Fernando Llorente netting twice shortly after the break. A Roberto Firmino brace brought us level but future Blue Gylfi Sigurðsson grabbed one of his four goals past us to date to secure the victory. 2012 – Craig Bellamy bagged our consolation as we tamely lost 3-1 at Bolton Wanderers with ex-red David N’Gog on the winning side. Beglin’s bad break 1987 - Jim Beglin had his leg broken by Gary Stevens in his 98th and final reds game, with Ian Rush nabbing the only goal of our League Cup Fifth Round tie late on at Goodison. We reached the Final that season for the sixth time. Africa’s finest 2003 - El-Hadji Diouf was named as the Glo-CAF African Footballer of the Year for the second successive season, a feat since surpassed by Barcelona’s Samuel Eto’o who won the award three times in succession. That evening, he scored the opener in our 2-0 Worthington Cup Semi-final second leg win over Sheffield United at Anfield, with Michael Owen grabbing the decisive second in extra time, to take us through to Cardiff 3-2 on aggregate. This was our 400th goal in all competitions under the sole charge of Gérard Houllier. Red centurions 2004 - Jamie Carragher made his comeback from a broken leg, playing his 200th League game as a late Kenny Miller strike denied us all three points at Wolverhampton Wanderers, after Bruno Cheyrou had put us ahead. This was our 200th League match since Gérard Houllier took sole charge, which had been rearranged after a flooded pitch before Christmas. 1950 – Centre-half Laurie Hughes reached a century of League appearances for the reds in our 2-0 defeat of Birmingham City at Anfield. Jimmy Payne and Albert Stubbins scored the goals. A first double 1899 - We beat Everton 2-0 at Anfield to complete the first ever League double in this fixture. John Walker and Tom Robertson netted our goals. Beginnings and end 1939 – Right-half Harry Eastham nabbed his fourth and final reds goal as we thumped Stockport County 5-1 in the FA Cup Fourth Round at Anfield. Willie Fagan had a penalty saved, but Berry Nieuwenhuys and Jack Balmer struck twice apiece, with Duggie Reid bagging the first of his six goals against the reds. 1933 - Outside-left Alf Hanson made his reds bow as we lost 5-2 at Aston Villa. Gordon Hodgson and Syd Roberts were on target for the reds, with centre-forward Les Bruton playing his eighth and last game for the club. Tom Waring nabbed two of his six goals against the reds, with Eric Houghton also scoring one of his six past us, Joe Beresford netting one of his four and James Gibson also on target. 1911 - Forward Joseph Brough played his eleventh and final reds game as we lost 2-0 at Nottingham Forest. Grenville Morris struck the last of his six goals past us, with Jack Armstrong also netting. A rare defeat 1978 - Birmingham City left Anfield with a 3-2 win to inflict on us one of just eleven home League defeats during the whole of the 1970’s. Birthday boy Phil Thompson and Ray Kennedy netted our goals. 500 away 1925 - We won 4-1 at Aston Villa in our 500th away League game, in a match postponed from three weeks earlier. Jimmy Walsh bagged a brace with Harry Chambers and Danny Shone also on the scoresheet as Len Capewell nabbed one of his six goals past us. Other birthdays 1961 - Former reserves forward Colin Russell was born in Liverpool. He only ever tasted half an hour of first team action for the reds, coming on for Howard Gayle in a home League defeat to Sunderland in May 1981. He left for Huddersfield Town in 1982. 1904 - Scottish international right-half Tom Morrison was born in Coylton, Ayrshire. He signed from St. Mirren in February 1928 for £4,000 and struck four times in 254 reds games. He failed to win any honours during his spell at Anfield but had won the Scottish Cup with St. Mirren before joining the reds. He was a member of the Sunderland team that won the League title in 1936, having moved to Wearside in November 1935. Brucie’s back 1989 - Bruce Grobbelaar returned to the side after recovering from meningitis, with lookey-likey strike pairing John Aldridge and Ian Rush netting in a 2-0 defeat of Southampton at Anfield. 1967 - We also beat the Saints at home, with Chris Lawler and Alf Arrowsmith on target in a 2-1 victory in what was Bill Shankly’s 300th League game in charge. Twice against the Tractor Boys We have twice entertained Ipswich Town on this day in history. 1961 - We were held to a 1-1 draw in a Second Division meeting, when winger Kevin Lewis netted and Ted Phillips scored one of his five goals against the reds. Inside-forward Jimmy Harrower played his 105th and last reds game. 1986 - Paul Walsh, Ronnie Whelan and Ian Rush struck as we won 3-0 in our Fifth Round League Cup tie. We were then knocked out by Queens Park Rangers in the Semi-final. Off on loan 2011 – Reserves defender Stephen Darby rejoined Notts County on loan, for whom he played a further eighteen times. 2009 – Jermaine Pennant moved to Portsmouth on loan. He had hit the target just three times in 81 reds games after signing from Birmingham City for £6.7m in July 2006. He appeared fourteen times for Pompey without scoring. 2000 - Phil Babb temporarily joined First Division Tranmere Rovers. He played seven times for the Lilywhites, before returning to the stiffs at Anfield. Ton up for Rigo 2006 - Ex-red Rigobert Song won his hundredth full international cap for Cameroon in their 3-1 defeat of Angola in the Africa Cup of Nations Finals in Cairo. On the same day, Jari Litmanen was making his 99th appearance for Finland as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Saudi Arabia in a tournament in Riyadh, in what was Roy Hodgson’s first game in charge of the Finns. 2010 – Song also represented his country, as they drew 2-2 with Tunisia in a MTN Africa Cup of Nations group game in Angola. 2017 – Future red Mohamed Salah played for Egypt as they beat Uganda 1-0 in a group game in Gabon. Kolo Touré has played three times for the Ivory Coast in the Africa Cup of Nations Finals on this day 2002 – He was booked as they were held to a goalless draw by Togo in Mali. 2006 – He was on the winning side as Morocco lost 1-0 in Egypt, with the Ivory Coast making it all the way to the Final that year. 2008 – Nigeria lost 1-0 in Ghana. 2007 – Lucas captained Brazil as they drew 2-2 with Chile in a Sudamericano Sub-20 "Juventud de América" game in Paraguay, with five players in total dismissed. 2016 - Future red Ozan Kabak played for Turkey Under-16’s in their 2-0 friendly defeat of the Czech Republic. Young English reds 1975 - Future red David Johnson netted as England Under-23’s beat their Welsh counterparts 2-0 in Wrexham. Phil Thompson made his debut at this level, on his 21st birthday, while future red Joey Jones also played. Other reds games 1956 – We beat Leicester City 3-1 in a Second Division match at Anfield, with Billy Liddell scoring a brace, including a penalty, and Alan Arnell also on target. 1928 – Sunderland won 5-2 in L4 with Fred Hopkin and Tom Reid scoring our goals. Bobby Marshall struck one of his six goals past us, with Dave Halliday netting two of his twelve. Len Hargreaves also scored for the visitors, with reds keeper Arthur Riley punching the ball into his own net. 1922 – Harry Chambers bagged the only goal of our trip to Huddersfield Town late on. On the move 2004 - John Toshack took charge of Real Murcia, having been appointed two days earlier. This was the fourth Spanish club he had managed. They were bottom of the table in the Spanish League and he could not prevent them returning to the Second Division after just one season in the top flight. 2014 - Paul Ince was sacked as Manager of Blackpool after just eleven months in charge, leading them to just twelve victories in 42 games. 2020 – Keeper Daniel Atherton joined Marine on loan. On the same day, left-back Jack Robinson signed for Sheffield United from Nottingham Forest, so far playing eighteen times for the Blades. 2019 – Ex-reds right-back Glen Johnson announced his retirement from playing, having been released by Stoke City at the end of the previous season. On the same day, future red Takumi Minamino played as Japan beat Saudi Arabia 1-0 in an AFC Asian Cup Round of 16 tie in the United Arab Emirates.
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