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  1. Will

    13th November

    Terry Mac signs on 1974 – Terry McDermott signed from Newcastle United for £175,000. He struck 81 times in 329 reds games, helping us to three European Cups, four League titles, two League Cups, UEFA Super Cup and two FA Charity Shields. In 1980 he became the first player to win both the PFA and Football Writers’ Player Of The Year Awards in the same season. He returned to St. James’ Park in September 1982. Red trebles 2004 - Milan Baroš grabbed his only reds treble, including two penalties, as we beat Crystal Palace 3-2 at Anfield. This remains our only hat-trick against the Eagles to date. 1982 - Ian Rush scored a hat-trick as we beat Coventry City 4-0 in a League match at Anfield. Kenny Dalglish netted the other goal, while Bruce Grobbelaar conceded a penalty but saved the resultant spot-kick taken by Mark Hateley. On the same day, future red Glenn Hysén played as Sweden won a European Championships qualifier 1-0 in Cyprus. Goals galore 1996 - We beat Charlton Athletic 4-1 in a League Cup Third Round replay, with goals from Mark Wright, Jamie Redknapp and a Robbie Fowler brace. 1965 - Northampton Town headed home on the wrong end of a 5-0 scoreline. Ian St. John, Roger Hunt, Ian Callaghan and Peter Thompson were all on the scoresheet that day, with Willie Stevenson netting from the spot. The Cobblers were relegated to the Second Division at the end of that season. Beating Citeh 1937 - We won 3-1 at Maine Road thanks to goals from Phil Taylor, John Shafto and Willie Fagan, with right-back Tommy Cooper playing his hundredth reds game. 1948 - We beat Manchester City 4-2 in another First Division meeting at the same ground, with Phil Taylor again on target. Cyril Done bagged a brace, with Jimmy Payne opening the scoring. 1929 – We lost a Lancashire Senior Cup Third Round tie by the odd goal in nine at Anfield. Dick Edmed and Jimmy Smith bagged a brace apiece. Derby despair 1971 - We lost at Goodison Park with future red David Johnson grabbing the only goal of the game in his first Merseyside derby, the first of his four goals past us. Our cause was not helped when Larry Lloyd limped off with a serious knee injury in the first half that kept him out for two months. Referee Clive Thomas awarded an amazing 55 free-kicks in a niggly game. This was Bill Shankly’s 500th League game in charge. Dan the man 2006 - Daniel Agger was named Danish Young Player of the Year. He had turned out just sixteen times for the reds by this stage, having arrived from Brøndby IF for £5.8m that January. Seven for Cyril 1943 - Cyril Done scored an amazing seven goals as we trounced Chester 9-0 in a Wartime League fixture at Anfield. Stan Palk and Andy Beattie struck the others. In and out 1936 – Centre-half Norman Low left the reds for Newport County. He only played thirteen times since arriving at Anfield in October 1933, deputising for Tom Bradshaw. 1965 - Doug Livermore signed pro terms after starting out with Bolton Wanderers, making just eighteen appearances in our midfield before joining Norwich City in November 1970, but he returned to Anfield as Roy Evans’ Assistant in 1994. He left in November 1998 following Gérard Houllier taking full control. Lucas off 2010 - Lucas was sent off in stoppage time of our 2-0 League defeat at Stoke City. Ricardo Fuller put the home side ahead after the break with Kenwyne Jones doubling their lead in the final minute, the first of his three goals past us. Final walk in the park 1920 - We faced Bradford Park Avenue for the sixth and final time when Dick Forshaw struck a brace in a 3-1 win, with Harry Chambers grabbing our first goal. David McLean netted the last of his eight goals against the reds. A wee miss 1909 - Winger Bert Middlemiss struck the only goal as we lost our first ever meeting with Tottenham Hotspur, with ‘Wee’ Ronald Orr missing a penalty for the reds at White Hart Lane. Recent internationals on target 2021 – Neco Williams bagged his final Wales goal as a reds player in their 5-1 thumping of Belarus in a World Cup qualifier in Cardiff, with ex-reds Joe Allen, Danny Ward and Harry Wilson all also featuring. Ex-red Christian Benteke struck as Belgium beat Estonia 3-1 in another qualifier in Brussels, with Divock Origi also in action. Luke Chambers, Virgil van Dijk and ex-red Gini Wijnaldum also played for their countries that day. 2020 – Roberto Firmino scored the only goal of Brazil’s World Cup qualifier against Venezuela in São Paulo, while Takumi Minamino converted a penalty as Japan beat Panama 1-0 in a friendly in Austria, his first goal as a reds player. Curtis Jones struck for England Under-21’s for the first time in their 3-1 European Championships defeat of Andorra at Molineux, with Rhian Brewster playing for the first time since joining Sheffield United. Ex-red Luis Suárez scored in his fourth consecutive game, converting a penalty as Uruguay won a World Cup qualifier 3-0 in Colombia, with Darwin Núñez nabbing his only goal as a SL Benfica player and future red Luis Díaz on the losing side. Morgan Boyes and Rhys Williams were also in international action that day. 2016 – Mohamed Salah scored from the spot, his last goal for Egypt as a Roma player, as they beat Ghana 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Alexandria. Ragnar Klavan captained his country but put through his own net as Estonia were thumped 8-1 by Belgium in a qualifier in Brussels. Gini Wijnaldum, future reds Naby Keïta and Virgil van Dijk, and ex-reds Péter Gulácsi and Krisztián Németh also played in qualifiers that day. Young future reds on target for their countries 1994 - Crewe Alexandra’s Danny Murphy netted a brace as England Under-18’s beat Slovenia 3-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Wycombe. Future red Rigobert Song also played for his country that day. 1999 - Milan Baroš made his first appearance for the Czech Republic Under-21’s, coming on as a substitute in their 3-0 defeat of Greece in a European Championships qualifier in Teplice, and scoring. On the same day, Robbie Keane struck as the Republic of Ireland were held to a 1-1 draw by Turkey in the first leg of their Euro 2000 play-off. 2014 – Danny Ings bagged a brace as England Under-21’s beat Portugal 3-1 in a friendly at Turf Moor, with ex-red Tom Ince also in action. Future red Kostas Tsimikas was also in international action that day. 2017- Tsimikas played again for his country, this time as Greece Under-21’s drew 1-1 with Croatia in a European Championships qualifier in Thessaloniki. 2015 – Future red Sadio Mané scored as Senegal drew a World Cup qualifier 2-2 in Madagascar, while Harry Wilson struck for Wales Under-21’s as they beat Armenia 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Bangor. Joe Allen, Emre Can, Adam Lallana, Simon Mignolet, Martin Škrtel, future reds Alisson Becker, Marko Grujić, Thiago, Virgil van Dijk and Gini Wijnaldum, and ex-reds Javier Mascherano, Jonjo Shelvey and Raheem Sterling all featured in internationals that day, with Roy Hodgson taking charge of England and future red Xherdan Shaqiri winning his fiftieth senior cap for Switzerland. 2019 – Mané played for Senegal again, as they beat DR Congo 2-0 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Dakar. Young international debutants 1968 - Alun Evans won his first cap for England Under-23’s as they drew 2-2 with the Netherlands in a friendly at St. Andrews. 1963 - Future red David Wilson debuted at the same level as England drew 1-1 with Wales at Ashton Gate. 1990 - Future red David James won his first cap for England Under-21’s as they beat the Republic of Ireland 3-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Cork. 2009 – Future reds Christian Benteke and Fabio Borini both made their Under-21’s debuts, with Krisztián Németh scoring his first goal at this level as Hungary beat Italy in a European Championships qualifier 2-0 in Székesfehérvár. Péter Gulácsi and András Simon both also featured, with David N’Gog and future reds Simon Mignolet and Gini Wijnaldum also featuring at this level that day, and Chris Mavinga playing for France Under-19’s. 2012 – Jack Robinson debuted for England Under-21’s in their 2-0 friendly defeat of Northern Ireland in Blackpool, with Jordan Henderson skippering a side that also included Andre Wisdom, future red Nathaniel Clyne and ex-red Tom Ince. Meanwhile, Suso came off the bench to win his first cap for Spain at the same level in their 3-1 win in Italy. 2014 – Future red Marko Grujić debuted for Serbia Under-20’s as they lost 1-0 to Romania Under-21’s in Stara Pazova. Reds booked 1999 - Jamie Redknapp and ex-reds Paul Ince and Don Hutchison were all booked as Kevin Keegan’s England beat Scotland 2-0 at Hampden Park in a Euro 2000 play-off. Young reds striker Michael Owen also played, with Ince making his first appearance as a Middlesbrough player. Future red Yossi Benayoun was the victim of a 5-0 thumping in Tel-Aviv as Denmark won the first leg of their play-off. Meanwhile, fellow future red Fernando Morientes featured as Spain held Brazil to a goalless draw in a friendly in Vigo, with Frode Kippe and AS Monaco’s John Arne Riise played for Norway Under-21’s as they lost a European Championships qualifier 3-1 to Spain. International starts 1991 - Future red Torben Piechnik made his international debut in Denmark’s 2-1 Euro ’92 qualifying defeat of Northern Ireland in Odense. Ex-red Jim Magilton also played. On the same day, Steve Staunton won his 28th cap for the Republic of Ireland, and first in his first spell at Villa Park, as they won 3-1 in another qualifier in Turkey. Ex-reds John Aldridge and Kevin Sheedy both also featured. Ian Rush and future red Gary McAllister both also played in qualifiers on the same day. Beating the Irish 1981 - We beat an Irish Internationals XI in a friendly at Tolka Park in Dublin, with Craig Johnston grabbing the only goal of the game as Steve Nicol played his first reds game. Igor on his way 2000 - Igor Bišcan was granted a work permit by the Department of Employment, and so was free to join the reds from Dinamo Zagreb when the Croatian season broke for winter at the beginning of December. He moved on to Panathinaikos in July 2005, after three goals in 118 reds games, and helping us to claim two League Cups, UEFA Super Cup and FA Charity Shield, as well as playing a crucial role on the road to Istanbul. Heading to Brazil 2013 – Luis Suárez featured as Uruguay thumped Jordan 5-0 in the first leg of their World Cup play-off in Amman. 2014 – Suárez again represented his country, scoring during the game as well as converting in a penalty-shoot that Costa Rica won 7-6 after their friendly had finished 3-3 in Montevideo. Heading off 1998 - Reserves keeper Tony Warner joined Celtic on loan. He made three first-team appearances for the Bhoys, keeping just one clean sheet. 2018 – Ex-reds midfielder Joe Cole announced his retirement from playing, with Harry Kewell being sacked as Manager of Notts County on the same day. Other reds games 1954 – We lost a Second Division fixture 3-2 at Luton Town. Bob Morton struck the first two of his four goals against the reds to give the Hatters a two-goal half-time lead, but Billy Liddell scored from the spot before John Evans equalised. However, Jimmy Adam grabbed the winner for the home side. 1926 – We went down 2-1 at Sunderland with Dick Forshaw putting us in front. Bobby Marshall struck the first of his six goals past us before Dave Halliday netted one of his twelve late on. 1897 – We were beaten 2-1 at West Bromwich Albion’s old Stoney Lane ground, with Frank Becton on target. Reds farewells 1991 – Future reds Stig Inge Bjørnebye and Øyvind Leonhardsen both won their last Under-21’s caps for Norway in their 2-1 friendly defeat in Italy. Also in international action 1935 – Ex-red Elisha Scott played for Northern Ireland as they lost 2-1 to Scotland in the British International Championships in Edinburgh. 1938 – Ex-red Matt O’Mahoney played for the Republic of Ireland in their 3-2 friendly win over Poland in Dublin. 1946 – Cyril Sidlow played for Wales as they lost 3-0 to England in the British International Championships in Manchester. 1957 – Tommy Younger featured as Scotland drew 1-1 with Wales in the same competition at Hampden Park. 1984 – Future reds Steve McMahon and Barry Venison both played for England at junior levels. 1985 - Jim Beglin, Mark Lawrenson and ex-reds Michael Robinson and Kevin Sheedy all lined up against Jan Mølby in a World Cup qualifier at Lansdowne Road. Denmark won 4-1 in what was Eoin Hand’s last game as Republic of Ireland Manager. Meanwhile, future red Mark Wright played as England were held to a goalless draw at Wembley by Northern Ireland in another qualifier. 1997 – Leicester City’s Emile Heskey played as England Under-21’s lost the first leg of their European Championships Play-off 2-0 to Greece in Crete. 2001 – Chris Kirkland, Stephen Wright and future red Jermaine Pennant all featured as England Under-21’s beat the Netherlands 1-0 in another play-off. Future red Pepe Reina also played at this level that day. 2005 – Jerzy Dudek, future red Raul Meireles and ex-red Arnaud Bühler were all international action.
  2. Will

    3rd November

    Red trebles 2020 – Diogo Jota bagged a treble, scoring in his fourth consecutive game as we thrashed Atalanta 5-0 in their Stadio di Bergamo behind closed doors. Mohammed Salah and Sadio Mané were also on target. 1956 - Half-back Johnny Wheeler scored a quick-fire hat-trick to hand us a 4-1 Second Division win over Port Vale, with his goals coming between the 81st and 85th minutes. Billy Liddell scored our other goal. 1945 - Forward Willie Fagan bagged all the goals in our 3-0 Wartime League defeat of Newcastle United. 1951 - We also faced the Geordies, with Jimmy Payne netting in our 1-1 top-flight draw at St. James’ Park as Billy Liddell reached 200 League games for the reds. Willie’s debut 1962 - Half-back Willie Stevenson made his reds bow as we lost 2-1 at home to Burnley. Ian St. John netted our consolation. Andy Lochhead struck the first of his four goals against the reds, with Ray Pointer also on target. 1894 - We entertained the Clarets for the first time in another First Division fixture, although we lost this encounter 3-0. Right-back John Curran made his debut in this game, with centre-forward Hugh Henderson featuring for the second and last time. 25 in a row 2021 – We played in a joint club record 25th consecutive game unbeaten in all competitions as we beat Club Atlético de Madrid 2-0 in our UEFA Champions League group encounter at Anfield, as we qualified for the nock-out stages with two games to spare. We then lost at West Ham United four days later. Felipe was sent off for the visitors during the first half after Diogo Jota and Sadio Mané had struck. Jota and ex-red Luis Suarez both later had goals ruled out by VAR for offside as Mohamed Salah reached a half century of European outings for the reds. Three off in Spain 1998 - Paul Ince, Steve McManaman and Valencia’s Amadeo Carboni were all sent off very late on as we escaped from the Mestalla with a 2-2 draw in our UEFA Cup encounter. We progressed to the Third Round on the away goals rule, thanks to a Steve McManaman header and Patrik Berger strike after Claudio López gave the home side the lead in first-half stoppage time. However, we were pegged back by a very late equaliser when a López free-kick came back off the post and keeper David James for an own goal. Wolves three times We have faced Wolverhampton Wanderers three times on this day over the years, all in First Division games. 1900 - We lost 2-1 at Molineux, with inside-right John Walker grabbing our consolation. Future reds right-winger George Bowen bagged a brace for Wolves. However, we won both subsequent games at Anfield. 1934 - Dave Wright and Gordon Hodgson netted in our 2-1 win. 1979 - We triumphed 3-0 thanks to a Kenny Dalglish brace and a strike from Ray Kennedy, as Emlyn Hughes returned to Anfield for the first time since moving to Molineux. Wolves went on to finish sixth that season, while we retained our League title. Ray Clemence made his 400th League appearance for the reds in this game. Moving towards European glory 1976 - We beat Turkish champions Trabzonspor 3-0 in our European Cup Second Round encounter, to overcome a 1-0 first leg defeat. Steve Heighway, David Johnson and Kevin Keegan all struck inside the first eighteen minutes. We also had three later efforts ruled out for offside, while the Turks had Milemic Cemil sent off late on for a horrendous challenge on Phil Neal. Our next opponents in the competition were Saint-Étienne the following March. 2004 - We were also victorious when we won 1-0 at Real Club Deportivo de La Coruña in the group stage of the Champions League thanks to a Jorge Andrade own goal, with Igor Bišcan running the midfield in the absence of Steven Gerrard. Keeper Chris Kirkland was briefly knocked unconscious by the clumsy Croatian during the second half. The end of a European dream 1971 - Alun Evans netted his 33rd and last reds goal after legendary striker Gerd Müller had put Bayern München two goals up in a two-minute spell in our European Cup Winners’ Cup meeting in Germany as we eventually lost 3-1 to crash out at the Second Round stage, following an earlier goalless draw at Anfield with Uli Hoeneß also netting. This was our fourth meeting with the Munich side in continental competition that year. Alun’s wonder strike went on to win a German ‘goal of the month’ competition! Off goes Brad 2000 - Brad Friedel signed for Blackburn Rovers on a free transfer, after making just 31 reds appearances in three years at Anfield. Also recently 2018 – We drew 1-1 at the Emirates Stadium, with James Milner putting the reds ahead after Sadio Mané had had a goal incorrectly ruled out for offside. However, Alexandre Lacazette netted a late equaliser. 1973 – Tommy Smith walked out of Highbury half an hour before kick-off after being told he had been dropped and was subsequently dropped for five games. Emlyn Hughes and John Toshack both struck inside the final fifteen minutes as we beat Arsenal 2-0. Disappointment against Rovers 2007 - We were held to a goalless draw at Blackburn Rovers, with Dirk Kuyt missing several good opportunities, and the home side twice striking the woodwork in the opening period. 1996 - We went down 3-0 at the same venue. Chris Sutton opened the scoring from the spot in the third minute, adding a second after the break, to reach seven goals against us, with Jason Wilcox having also netted in the first half, the last of his four strikes past the reds. A thumping wartime win 1917 - Thomas Bennett and Arthur Metcalf bagged a brace each as we thumped Blackpool 6-0 in a Wartime League match at Bloomfield Road, with Walter Wadsworth and Jack Waine also on the scoresheet. Beating the Mancs 1924 – We beat Manchester United 4-2 in a Lancashire Senior Cup Second Round replay, with Danny Shone and Dick Forshaw each netting twice. Left-back Donald McKinlay had to go in goal for twenty minutes while Elisha Scott was receiving treatment. Bienvenue Damien 2010 – The appointment of Damien Comolli as Director of Football Strategy was announced. He was promoted to Director of Football in March 2011, working with Kenny Dalglish on his transfer and youth policies until leaving ‘by mutual consent’ in April 2012. Off the mark 1928 – Forward Bob Clark netted the first of his eleven reds goals as we lost 2-1 at home to Birmingham City. John Bradford nabbed one of his fifteen strikes against the reds, with Ernie Curtis also on target as half-back Neil McBain made his twelfth and last reds appearance. 1914 – Right-back Billy Hood was born in Belfast. He signed from Cliftonville in March 1937, playing just three times before joining Derry City the following year. International reds 1965 - Chris Lawler won his first cap for England Under-23’s, while Peter Thompson was making his fourth and final appearance at this level. Tommy Smith also played as England beat France 3-0 in a friendly at Carrow Road. 2009 – Dani Pacheco netted for Spain Under-19’s as they thumped FYR Macedonia 5-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Alginet. A Well century 1986 - We drew 1-1 at Motherwell’s Fir Park in a Centenary Challenge Match. Scotsman John Wark netted our goal. Other reds games 1984 – Ronnie Whelan netted the only goal of our trip to Stoke City. 1923 – We were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Huddersfield Town, with Harry Chambers on target and Clem Stephenson bagging one of his five goals against the reds. 1906 – Sam Raybould struck as we won 1-0 at Middlesbrough. Andy a dad again 2007 - Andriy Voronin became a father for the second time. On the move 2006 - Ex-Academy forward Conal Platt joined Morecambe on loan from Bournemouth. He played four times for the Shrimps.
  3. Will

    11th March

    Happy birthday Robbo 1994 – Left-back Andy Robertson was born in Glasgow. He signed from Hull City for an initial £8m in July 2017, netting just six times in 209 games before his 28th birthday, helping us to claim the Premier League title, UEFA Champions League, FIFA World Club Cup, UEFA Super Cup and League Cup. Carra’s Euro century 2008 - Jamie Carragher played his hundredth European game as Fernando Torres struck the only goal of our Champions League tie against Internazionale at the San Siro, to reach the Quarter-finals thanks to a 3-0 aggregate victory. Nicolas Burdisso was sent off for the home side early in the second half. Xabi Alonso became a father to Jon that day, missing the game to remain at home for the birth. 1899 - Full-back Archie Goldie played his hundredth League game for the reds in our 2-1 win at Preston North End. Hugh Morgan and George Allan both netted in what was Tom Watson’s hundredth game in charge of the side. 1907 – We drew 1-1 at Stoke with right-half Bobby Robinson reaching a century of League outings for the reds, with Joe Hewitt on target. Emile’s debut 2000 - Emile Heskey made his reds debut in a 1-1 League draw with Sunderland at Anfield, with Patrik Berger bagging a penalty in the second minute while playing his hundredth League game. The same game also brought Erik Meijer’s final reds start. He only managed seven more appearances as a substitute before being released to Hamburger SV via a loan spell with Preston North End. On our way to Cardiff 2001 - We won 4-2 at John Aldridge’s Tranmere Rovers in the FA Cup Quarter-final, with Danny Murphy, Michael Owen and Steven Gerrard all on target. Robbie Fowler’s penalty made him the tenth different reds player to score in that season’s FA Cup, equalling a club record. TV history 1967 - We played in the first FA Cup match to be screened on CCTV, as 64,851 attended the Fifth Round derby meeting at Goodison and another 40,149 watched on eight giant TV screens at Anfield this Saturday evening. The result went the wrong way, however, with Everton winning 1-0 thanks to an Alan Ball strike, one of his eleven past us. On our way to Wembley 1986 - We were held to a goalless draw at Anfield by Watford in the Sixth Round of the FA Cup. However, we won the replay at Vicarage Road 2-1 six days later, as we headed towards the double. Adios amigos 2020 - Joe Gomez reached a century of reds games as we lost 3-2 to Club Atlético de Madrid after extra time in the second leg of our UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie, having led 1-0 on the night after ninety minutes through a Gini Wijnaldum header. Roberto Firmino put us in front in extra time before a Marcos Llorente brace and late Álvaro Morata strike condemned us to defeat. This was our last game before the COVID-19 lockdown, and Jürgen Klopp’s fiftieth European game in charge of the reds. Joe born 1873 – Centre-half Joe McQue was born in Springburn, Glasgow. He signed from Celtic in August 1892, netting fourteen times in 142 games before returning north of the border in September 1898 to sign for Third Lanark having helped us to claim the Second Division title twice. Stig retires 2003 - Stig Inge Bjørnebye announced his retirement from football. He had been at Blackburn Rovers for nearly three years after leaving Anfield. He bagged four goals in 184 reds games across eight seasons, helping us to the Coca Cola Cup in 1995, also winning 75 Norwegian caps. Doing the Boro, twice We have twice had great League results against Middlesbrough on this day in history. 1989 - We won 4-0 at Ayresome Park, with Peter Beardsley, Ray Houghton, John Aldridge and Steve McMahon all netting. 1911 - We won 3-0 at Anfield, with Jack Parkinson, Sam Gilligan and Arthur Goddard on the scoresheet. Centre-half Jimmy Harrop reached a century of games for the reds. Men against boys 1893 - Our first ever official game on this day in history was at Bootle Boys Brigade in the Second Round of the Lancashire Cup. The redmen got turned over 2-1 by the boys, with Hugh McQueen netting our goal. Another legend signs on 1936 – Right-half Matt Busby signed from Manchester City for £8,000. He played 122 reds games, many as captain, notching three times as well as netting once more in 26 wartime matches. He, of course, went on to even greater success as the Manager of Manchester United. Elisha’s last 1936 - Ex-red Elisha Scott won his 31st and final cap for Northern Ireland in their 3-2 defeat of Wales in the British International Championships in Belfast. Dunlop tyred out 1905 - Left-back Billy Dunlop scored his third and final reds goal as we thumped Doncaster Rovers 4-1 at their Benetthorpe Ground in a Second Division fixture. Robert Robinson added a brace, with Jack Cox also on target. Fighting back 1939 – Portsmouth came back from 4-1 down with less than half an hour remaining to draw 4-4 in a top-flight match at Anfield. Phil Taylor bagged a brace with Willie Fagan and Berry Nieuwenhuys also netting before smog descended on the pitch. Parker struck his fifth and final goal against the reds, with Jock Anderson bagging the last of his four and Jimmy McAlinden and Bert Barlow also scoring for Pompey. Mixed fortunes against Citeh We have faced Manchester City three times on this day in history, winning once and drawing on both other occasions. 1980 - Graeme Souness struck as we won 2-0 at Anfield, with a Tommy Caton own goal opening the scoring. 1933 - Gordon Hodgson was on target from the spot in a top-flight draw in L4, as Alex Herd struck the first of his eight goals past us. 1916 - Dave Watson was on the scoresheet in a Wartime League stalemate at Hyde Road. Zico fails 1978 – Phil Neal missed a penalty as Kenny Dalglish bagged the only goal of our top-flight meeting with Leeds United at Anfield. European disappointments 2004 - Milan Baroš struck our goal as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield in the first leg of our UEFA Cup Fourth round tie with Olympique de Marseille. Didier Drogba netted the equaliser for the French side, the first of eleven goals he scored against the reds. 2010 – Left-winger Albert Riera played his 56th and final reds game as we lost 1-0 at Lille OSC Métropole in the first leg of our UEFA Europa League Round of 16 tie after Eden Hazard’s late free-kick curled over everyone and into the far corner, the first of his seven goals against the reds to date. Other reds games 1995 – We lost 2-1 at home to Tottenham Hotspur in an FA Cup Sixth Round tie. Robbie Fowler gave us the lead, but Teddy Sheringham equalised on the stroke of half time with one of his seven goals past us. Jürgen Klinsmann nabbed the late winner. 1992 – Dean Saunders netted the only goal early on in West Ham United’s visit to Anfield. 1990 – We drew a Sixth Round match 2-2 at Queens Park Rangers. John Barnes scored direct from a free-kick, with Ian Rush also on the scoresheet. We lost out to Crystal Palace in the Semi-final that season. 1972 – We held Chelsea to a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge. 1970 – Alun Evans bagged the only goal of our trip to Southampton. 1961 – We beat Huddersfield Town 3-1 in a Second Division meeting in L4 with Alan Banks netting twice and Kevin Lewis scoring from the spot. 1950 – We lost 2-0 at Aston Villa. Johnny Dixon nabbed one of his four goals against the reds after Billy Giffin had given the Villains the lead. 1922 – Donald McKinlay and Dick Forshaw struck as we beat Blackburn Rovers 2-0 at Anfield. Bosses on the move 2002 - John Toshack was sacked as Manager of Real Sociedad for the third time, after the club dropped back into the relegation zone. 2005 - Bruce Grobbelaar was asked to resign as Manager of South African side Umtata Bush Bucks. 2016 - Rafael Benítez was appointed Manager of Newcastle United, failing to save them from relegation that season, but then immediately leading them back up as champions. Also on the move 1980 – Forward Frank McGarvey was sold to Celtic for £270,000, becoming Scotland’s most expensive footballer. He had signed from St. Mirren for £300,000 in May 1979 but failed to break through at Anfield. He went on to score 113 times in 245 games for the Bhoys. 1998 - Steve Nicol joined First Division West Bromwich Albion on loan from Sheffield Wednesday. He made ten appearances while at The Hawthorns. 2010 – Reserves right-back Stephen Darby joined Swindon Town until the end of the season. He played fifteen times as they reached the League One Play-off Final. 2014 – Academy defender Jakub Sokolík joined Southend United on loan, playing twelve times in this first spell at Roots Hall. 2016 - Ex-red John Arne Riise re-signed for Aalesunds, only scoring once in thirteen outings back at his first club. Also in international action 1912 – Ernest Peake played for Wales as they lost 2-0 to England in the British International Championships in Wrexham. 1975 – Steve Heighway featured as the Republic of Ireland beat a West Germany B team 1-0 in Dublin. 1998 – Future red Steve Finnan played for the Irish B team as they lost 1-0 to Northern Ireland in Dublin. 2006 – Future red Shane O’Connor played for the Republic of Ireland Under-16’s in their friendly encounter with Northern Ireland in Dundalk. 2009 – Future red Fabio Borini played for Italy Under-19’s as they beat Norway 1-0 in a friendly in Udine. 2015 – Future red Bobby Adekanye featured for the Dutch Under-16’s as they lost 1-0 to the Czech Republic.
  4. 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, with forward Sam Raybould playing his 200th League game for the reds. 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. Red beginnings 1904 – Right-half Bobby Robinson signed from his hometown club Sunderland for £500. He was top scorer as we won the Second Division title the following season, also helping us claim the First Division championship in 1906. During the latter stages of his time with the reds, he moved into the half-back line but still bagged a total of 65 goals in 271 games, moving on to Tranmere Rovers in May 1913. 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. Rushie’s ton 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 as Ian Rush reached a century of League outings for the reds. 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 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 netting and Alex Raisbeck scoring his first reds goal 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.
  5. Will

    31st October

    YNWA is number one 1963 - “You'll Never Walk Alone” by Gerry & The Pacemakers reached number one in the UK singles chart. It stayed there for four weeks, before being replaced by The Beatles’ “She Loves You”. Four for Fred 1914 - Fred Pagnam scored four goals as we thumped Tottenham Hotspur 7-2 in our First Division encounter at Anfield. Jackie Sheldon added a brace, with our scoring completed by Billy Banks. This was Spurs’ hundredth League defeat as they reached a century of away games in the League. We have also twice visited White Hart Lane on this day in history, losing on both occasions. 1984 - We lost a League Cup Third Round fixture 1-0, with Clive Allen on target after just six minutes. Michael Robinson made his 52nd and last reds appearance in this game. 1992 – We lost a League game 2-0. Nayim struck a spectacular volley before future red Neil Ruddock headed in from a corner. Rafa’s century 2006 - Rafael Benítez named an unchanged side for the first time in exactly a century of games as we beat Girondins de Bordeaux 3-0 to secure a place in the knock-out phase of the Champions League with two games remaining, thanks to a Luis García brace and a first reds goal of the season from Steven Gerrard. Fernando Menegazzo was sent off for the visitors, with Istanbul hero Vladimír Šmicer confined to the stands due to injury. Trent’s ton 2020 – Right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold played his hundredth League game for the reds as we came from behind to beat West Ham United 2-1 behind closed doors at Anfield. Mohamed Salah equalised from the spot before the break after Pablo Fornals had opened the scoring. Diogo Jota struck the late winner. Also recently 2015 – We came from behind to win 3-1 at Chelsea. Ramires opened the scoring for the home side early on, with Philippe Coutinho equalising in first-half stoppage time. Coutinho put us ahead before substitute Christian Benteke completed the scoring. 1953 – Roy Bentley bagged the last three of his five goals past us as we lost 5-2 at Chelsea, with Sammy Smyth nabbing a brace for the reds. Ken Armstrong and Frank Blunstone were also on target for the Blues as centre-half Joe Maloney turned out for the reds for the twelfth and final time. 2010 – Maxi Rodríguez bagged the only goal of our trip to Bolton Wanderers late on, with boss Roy Hodgson declaring it to be a “famous victory”. 2007 - Steven Gerrard netted in his third consecutive game to win the game, a minute after Darren Purse’s headed equaliser, with Nabil El-Zhar bagging his only reds strike from distance as we beat Cardiff City 2-1 in a Carling Cup Fourth Round tie at Anfield, with Robbie Fowler returning with the Bluebirds. Teenage centre-back Jack Hobbs made his first start in this game, while Argentine winger Sebastián Leto played his fourth and final reds game. Harry’s debut 1936 - Right-half Harry Eastham made his reds bow in our 2-1 First Division defeat of Arsenal at Anfield, with Jack Balmer and Fred Howe on the scoresheet and Alf Kirchen netting the first of his four goals past us. He struck four goals in 68 reds appearances, with his career being interrupted by the Second World War. Outside-left Alf Hanson reached a century of League appearances for the reds that day. Seeing off Sion 1996 - We beat Swiss side Sion 6-3 at home after falling two behind, to progress to the Third Round of the European Cup Winners’ Cup 8-4 on aggregate. No other team has scored more at Anfield in European competition. Robbie Fowler grabbed a brace, while Steve McManaman, Stig Inge Bjørnebye, John Barnes and Patrik Berger also struck that night. Forward Frédéric Chassot netted twice for the visitors, with midfielder Christophe Bonvin also on target. Losing to the Mancs We have twice faced Manchester United on this day in history, losing both meetings. 1964 - We were beaten 2-0 in a First Division game at Anfield, thanks to goals from Paddy Crerand and David Herd. 1990 - We lost a League Cup Third Round tie 3-1 at Old Trafford, with Ray Houghton grabbing our late consolation. Steve Bruce, Mark Hughes, with one of his nine goals past us, and Lee Sharpe had netted for the home side. We have also twice faced Manchester City on this day, although we won one of these encounters. 1942 - Cyril Done netted a brace with Willie Fagan also on the scoresheet as we secured a 3-1 Wartime League victory at home. 1903 - We lost 3-2 in a top-flight meeting at Hyde Road when Arthur Goddard and Jack Parkinson struck, our first ever defeat to them after nine previous meetings. Sandy Turnbull struck the first of his six goals against the reds, Billy Gillespie one of his six and Frank Booth also on target. On record 1995 - The Anfield crowd was recorded for “Three Lions” by Baddiel & Skinner And The Lightning Seeds as we lost 1-0 against Danes Brøndby IF to crash out of the UEFA Cup at the Second Round stage after a goalless first leg. Ian Rush had an effort ruled offside after just seventy seconds, with defender Dan Eggen heading the only goal of the tie with twelve minutes left. Joy against the Rokerites We have faced Sunderland three times on this day in history, without being beaten. 1925 - We were held to a 2-2 top-flight draw at Anfield when Harry Chambers and Dick Forshaw struck for the reds. Jock McNab put through his own net while outside-right Cyril Oxley made his reds bow. Dave Halliday grabbed the first of his thirteen strikes in just twelve outings against the reds. 1959 - We also drew at Roker Park in a Second Division match, with Roger Hunt grabbing our goal. 1981 - Our most recent meeting on this day ended in a 2-0 victory on Wearside, with Graeme Souness and Terry McDermott on the scoresheet. Also recently 2012 – We lost 3-1 at home to Brendan Rodgers’ former side Swansea City to crash out of the League Cup at the Fourth Round stage. Chico Flores headed the visitors in front. Substitute Steven Gerrard hit the post before Nathan Dyer doubled the Swans’ lead. Luis Suárez headed a goal back, but Jonathan de Guzmán completed the scoring for the Welsh outfit. Forward Samed Yeşil played his second and final senior reds game. Cottage despair 2009 - Jamie Carragher and Philipp Degen were both sent off as we lost 3-1 at Roy Hodgson’s Fulham. Fernando Torres volleyed in an equaliser after Bobby Zamora’s opener. Erik Nevland restored the home side’s lead, with Clint Dempsey sealing the points. 1980 - 1950’s wing-half Bobby Campbell was sacked as Manager of Fulham. He had been in charge for nearly four years, keeping them in the Second Division until they were relegated earlier that year. 1998 – Tony Cottee bagged the only goal of our trip to Leicester City, one of his eight past us, with Jason McAteer dismissed late on. Reds birthdays 1906 – Forward Ted Crawford was born in Filey, Yorkshire. He signed from Halifax Town in 1932, bagging four goals in eight games before joining Clapton Orient in July 1933, for whom he struck 73 times in 212 Division Three South games. 2002 – Midfielder Tyler Morton was born in Wirral. He joined the club in 2009, signing a new contract in January 2021. He made his senior bow from the bench in a League Cup Third Round win at Norwich City in October 2021, appearing nine times in total during 2021/22. White wrong 2006 - Noel White resigned from the Board after leaking critical stories of Rafael Benítez’s rotation policy to the press. He had been on the Board for twenty years, including a spell as Chairman between 1990 and 1991. On the move again 1983 - Former reserves striker Mike Newell joined Wigan Athletic from Crewe Alexandra on a free transfer. He struck 35 times in 92 games for the Latics, before moving on to Luton Town in January 1986. 2011 - El-Hadji Diouf signed for Doncaster Rovers, after his contract with Blackburn Rovers was terminated by mutual consent two months earlier. He bagged six goals in 23 outings for Donny. 2014 – Czech defender Jakub Sokolík re-joined Southend United on loan, playing just twice in this second spell. For Nicholson 1966 - We took part in a match in aid of The Late John Nicholson Memorial Fund, beating a Doncaster Rovers Representative XI 4-3 at Belle Vue. Geoff Strong bagged a brace, while Bobby Graham and Gordon Milne also netted. First caps 1990 - Molde’s Øyvind Leonhardsen made his debut for Norway in their 6-1 friendly defeat of Cameroon in Oslo. Kongsvinger’s Stig Inge Bjørnebye also played. Future red Istvan Kozma also represented his country on that day as Hungary beat Cyprus 4-2 in a Euro 92 qualifier in Budapest. 2000 – Future red Alberto Aquilani won his first cap for Italy Under-16’s as they beat Portugal 2-1. 2008 – Jack Robinson played for England Under-16’s for the only time as they beat Wales 1-0 in the Victory Shield in Llanelli, with Andre Wisdom also featuring. 2001 – Chris McGrath featured for the Irish Under-16’s as they lost a European Championships qualifier 2-0 to Spain in Latvia. Other reds games 1994 – We lost 2-1 at Queens Park Rangers. Trevor Sinclair opened the scoring for the Hoops before John Barnes equalised. Les Ferdinand then struck one of his six goals against the reds. 1972 – Leeds United held us to a 2-2 draw in our League Cup Fourth Round tie at Anfield. Kevin Keegan and John Toshack scored as Mick Jones netted one of his seven goals past us, with Peter Lorimer also on target. 1970 – Tommy Smith converted a penalty before Alun Evans struck as we beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 in L4. One of the linesmen was injured midway through the first half, having to be replaced by a referee who was amongst the crowd. 1931 – We lost 3-0 at Sheffield United as Jimmy Dunne nabbed one of his nine goals past us, Jack Pickering scoring the first of his five and George Green also scoring. 1908 – We beat Newcastle United 2-1 at Anfield, thanks to goals from Ronald Orr and Jack Cox, with George Wilson bagging one of his five goals past us. 1896 – George Allan netted the only goal of our visit to West Bromwich Albion’s old Stoney Lane ground in the first minute. New deals 2003 - Jamie Carragher and Chris Kirkland both signed new contracts until 2007 and 2009, respectively. Carra remained at the club until the summer of 2013, while Kirkland was sold to Wigan Athletic in October 2006. 2011 – Left-back Jack Robinson signed a new contract. He became the club’s youngest ever player in May 2010, aged sixteen years and 250 days. He made just eleven senior reds appearances before moving permanently to Queens Park Rangers in August 2014. Dad again 2011 - Steven Gerrard became the father of his third daughter, Lourdes.
  6. Will

    15th March

    The start of it all 1892 - Everton voted to move from Anfield. John Houlding was therefore left with an empty ground, but no team to play in it. Within six months, Liverpool FC had been formed and was on its way to taking the Lancashire League by storm. God strikes again 2006 - Robbie Fowler struck the first goal of his second reds spell, opening the scoring against Fulham at Anfield. Collins John equalised before an own goal from Michael Brown put us 2-1 ahead at the break. Fernando Morientes and Peter Crouch scored late on before Stephen Warnock grabbed his only ever goal for the club as we triumphed 5-1. 1997 – Fowler grabbed the opener at Nottingham Forest, but Ian Woan equalised as this League encounter ended 1-1, with Steve McManaman playing his 200th League game for the reds while Jamie Redknapp appeared for the reds for the 200th time in total. Masch off the mark 2008 - Javier Mascherano scored his first reds goal, a thunderous strike as we came from behind to beat Reading 2-1 at Anfield. Fernando Torres headed in a Steven Gerrard free-kick to net in his fourth consecutive game, to become the first red to score twenty League goals in a season since Robbie Fowler in 1995/96. This was our seventh straight victory in all competitions. Alberto off the mark 2010 - Alberto Aquilani scored his first reds goal as we thumped Portsmouth 4-1 at Anfield. Fernando Torres and Ryan Babel had already struck in the first half before the Italian netted our third goal in a six-minute spell. Torres added his second after the break with Nadir Belhadj nabbing a late consolation. 1947 – Albert Stubbins nabbed a brace as we won 2-1 at Fratton Park in a top-flight meeting, with right-half Harry Eastham playing his 68th and final reds game. Full-back Jim Harley reached a century of reds games. Happy birthdays 1946 - David Moores was born in Liverpool. He became Chairman in August 1991, remaining in charge until he sold his 51.5% of the shares in The Liverpool Football Club and Athletic Grounds Plc to George Gillett Jr. and Tom Hicks in February 2007. He resigned from the Board of Directors in June 2009. 1869 – Outside-left John Drummond was born in Edinburgh. He signed from Sheffield United in August 1894, scoring once in eighteen outings before moving on to Barnsley St. Peter’s the following year. Most recently 2021 – Diogo Jota netted the only goal behind closed doors at his former club Wolverhampton Wanderers. Seeing off the Portuguese We have twice on this day overcome Portuguese opposition to progress in European competition. 1978 - We defeated SL Benfica 4-1 at Anfield in the European Cup Third Round to go through 6-2 on aggregate, with Ian Callaghan scoring his 68th and final reds goal and Kenny Dalglish, Terry McDermott and Phil Neal also netting as Nené scored one of his three goals for Benfica against us. McDermott reached a century of reds games that evening. 2001 - We followed up a goalless away draw with a 2-0 home win over Porto in the UEFA Cup Quarter-final, thanks to Danny Murphy and Michael Owen both grabbing their first Anfield goals in Europe during a five-minute first-half spell. Goddard’s first 1902 - Outside-right ‘Graceful’ Arthur Goddard netted the first of his 77 reds goals in only his second game, as we drew 1-1 at Grimsby Town in a top-flight match. First and last games 1924 - Outside-right Archie Rawlings made his reds bow as Blackburn Rovers held us to a goalless draw at Anfield. He went on to net ten times in 67 reds games. 1930 - Outside-left Gordon Gunson debuted in our 2-0 win at Bolton Wanderers, with Jimmy Smith bagging both goals. 1950 - Defender Frank Christie made the first of his four reds appearances in a goalless draw at Manchester United. 1958 – Outside-right Tony McNamara played his tenth and last game as Billy Liddell netted the only goal of our Second Division trip to Lincoln City. Signing on 1930 – Keeper Andrew Aitken signed from Wallsend. He only ever made one senior reds appearance, in our 3-3 draw at Blackburn Rovers in December of that year, returning to amateur football with Mickley in April 1931. 1934 – Left-back Ernie Blenkinsop signed from Sheffield Wednesday for £6,500, having already earned 26 England caps. He played 71 reds games without scoring. He moved on to Cardiff City in November 1937. 1938 – Left-half Jimmy McInnes signed from Third Lanark for £5,500. He struck once in 48 outings, joining the administrative staff after retiring from playing in 1946, taking over as Club Secretary in 1955. He stayed in this role until May 1965, when he sadly hanged himself above the Archway Stile, the old turnstile between the Kop and Kemlyn Road stands, just four days after we had claimed the FA Cup for the first time. Red centurions 1952 - Inside-forward Kevin Baron made his hundredth reds appearance in a 3-3 draw at West Bromwich Albion. Billy Liddell, Bob Paisley and Albert Stubbins all struck, with Ronnie Allen netting two of his five goals against us and Reg Ryan also on target for the Baggies. 1975 – Kevin Keegan played his 200th game for the club as Sheffield United held us to a goalless draw at Anfield with Emlyn Hughes guilty of a lame dive in an attempt to win a late penalty. 1913 – Right-back Ephraim Longworth reached a century of League games for the reds as we beat Middlesbrough 4-2 at Anfield, with half-back Harry Lowe bagging his second and final goal for the club and defender Ernest Peake netting for the sixth and last time. Arthur Metcalf also netted, with Jack Parkinson converting a penalty. Jackie Carr bagged two of his five strikes past us. Berry passes on 1953 - Forward Arthur Berry died on this day in 1953. Arthur won Olympic gold in both 1908 and 1912 but only made four senior reds appearances across two spells at Anfield. He was the son of Edwin Berry, who was reds Chairman in the late 1900’s. Cally for the League 1967 - Ian Callaghan played for the Football League as they beat a Scottish League side 3-0. Other birthdays 1910 - Jack ‘Nipper’ Roberts was born in Blundellsands. He only made one first team appearance after signing from Southport in May 1933, moving on to Wigan Athletic in June 1934. He was an all-round sportsman, even playing baseball for England. He became famous when he escaped from a prisoner-of-war camp in Italy, walking 400 miles to freedom despite a broken neck! 1928 - Keeper Dave Underwood was born in London. He signed from Watford for £7,000 in December 1953, playing fifty reds games before returning to Vicarage Road in July 1956. Michael misses 2000 - Michael Owen saw his penalty crash back off the bar but not over the line as Aston Villa held us to a goalless draw at Anfield. Jamie Carragher was playing his hundredth reds game. Barney departs 1948 - Left-back Barney Ramsden left Anfield to join Sunderland. He had arrived on a free transfer from Sheffield Victoria in March 1935, helping us to claim the first post-war League title in 1947, making a total of 63 first-team appearances without notching. Fred’s treble 1890 – Future reds forward Fred Geary reportedly struck a hat-trick on his England debut, as they trounced Ireland 9-1 in the British International Championships in Belfast. Poland for Wales 1939 - Future reds keeper George Poland made his senior debut for Wales, playing in their 3-1 British International Championships defeat of Ireland in Wrexham. He only won two full caps, plus a further four in wartime while on our books. Mixed fortunes against the Seasiders We have twice faced Blackpool in Wartime League matches on this day in history. 1919 - Harry Lewis struck a brace as we won 3-1 at Anfield, with Donald McKinlay also on target. 1941 - Willie Fagan netted twice from the spot as we lost 6-4 at Bloomfield Road, with Bob Paisley and Cyril Done also on target. Parry for Wales Reds right-half Maurice Parry twice played for Wales in the British International Championships on this day in history. 1902 - They thrashed Scotland 5-1 in Greenock, with future red Richard Morris also playing. 1909 - He played alongside clubmate Ernest Peake as they lost 2-0 to England at the City Ground in Nottingham. Clubmate Sam Hardy was in the England goal. On the same day, future red Billy Lacey played for Ireland in their 5-0 thumping by Scotland in Glasgow. 1920 - Hardy also represented his country as they lost 2-1 to Wales at Highbury in another British International Championships match, by which time he was playing for Aston Villa. Other reds games 1986 – We came from behind to win 2-1 at Southampton thanks to goals from John Wark and Ian Rush. 1980 – We beat Bristol City 3-1 at Ashton Gate. Ray Kennedy scored early on, with Kenny Dalglish then bagging a brace. 1969 – Ian St. John and Alun Evans stuck as we won 2-0 at Sunderland. 1939 – We held Huddersfield Town to a 1-1 draw at Leeds Road with Berry Nieuwenhuys on target. Newell departs 2007 - Mike Newell was sacked as Manager of Luton Town after publicly asking the Board of Directors where the money received from player sales had gone. American tie-up 2007 - The club announced an affiliation with the Long Island Junior Soccer League in New York. Also in international action 1899 – Ex-red Harry Bradshaw played for and England XI as they lost 2-1 to a Scottish side in a Players’ Union International at Crystal Palace. 1977 – Glenn Hysén played for the Swedish Under-18’s as they lost 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Denmark. 2015 – Future red Bobby Adekanye played for the Dutch Under-16’s in their 3-1 defeat of the USA. 2017 – Rafael Camacho played for Portugal Under-17’s as they lost 2-0 to Spain in a European Championships qualifier in Rio Maior.
  7. Will

    24th September

    Left-back birthdays 1980 - John Arne Riise was born in Molde. He made 348 reds appearances, scoring 31 times, following his £4m arrival from AS Monaco in June 2001, but left for Roma for the same fee in June 2008. He helped us to win the European Cup, FA Cup, League Cup, two UEFA Super Cups and two FA Charity Shields in his time at Anfield. 1979 – Brazilian left-back Fábio Aurélio was born in São Carlos. He arrived on a Bosman free transfer in July 2006, netting four goals in 134 games, helping us to claim the FA Community Shield in his very first senior appearance. He was released for the second time in June 2012. Jocky on the off 1977 - Alan Hansen made his reds debut as we beat Derby County 1-0 at Anfield, with Terry McDermott on the scoresheet. This was Bob Paisley’s hundredth win as reds boss, which came in his 182nd game as Manager. 1949 - We also beat the Rams in a First Division fixture at home when Kevin Baron, Willie Fagan and Jimmy Payne all struck as we won 3-1, with John Morris bagging one of his seven goals against the reds. 1921 - Harry Beadles debuted as we won 1-0 at Chelsea courtesy of forward Billy Matthews’ fourth and last reds strike. 1904 - Sam Raybould bagged a brace as we won 2-0 at Lincoln City, with defender Tom Chorlton making his reds bow and centre-half Alex Raisbeck playing his 200th game for the club. Zico sets a record 1983 - Phil Neal made his 417th consecutive reds appearance in our 1-0 defeat at Manchester United, with Frank Stapleton on target. It was also his 365th consecutive League appearance – both still club records. He had to miss the next month after damaging a thigh in this game. 1998 - We also lost at Old Trafford, going down 2-0 thanks to goals from Dennis Irwin and Paul Scholes. Another record for St. Michael 2003 - Michael Owen scored his 21st goal in European competition, a new club record, to hand us a 1-1 draw at Slovenian side Olimpija Ljubljana in the opening game of our UEFA Cup campaign. Anton Zlogar’s opening goal was the 250th we conceded under the sole charge of Gérard Houllier. Owen has since been comprehensively overtaken by Steven Gerrard. Most recently 2020 – Diogo Jota, Kostas Tsimikas and Rhys Williams all made their reds bows as we thumped Lincoln City 7-2 in a League Cup Third Round tie behind closed doors at the LNER Stadium. Xherdan Shaqiri netted his eighth and final reds goal with Takumi Minamino and Curtis Jones both bagging a brace. Marko Grujić scored his only goal for the club before Divock Origi scored as he captained the side for the first time, after Virgil can Dijk had left the pitch. 2016 – We thumped Hull City 5-1 at Anfield, with Adam Lallana opening the scoring. Ahmed El Mohamadi was sent off for handball with James Milner converting the resultant penalty. Sadio Mané and Philippe Coutinho both struck before Milner scored again from the spot after Daniel Sturridge was felled. 2011 – We beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 at Anfield. We went two goals ahead when Roger Johnson deflected in a Charlie Adam strike with Luis Suárez also on target, as Steven Fletcher pulled a goal back shortly after the break. 7,500 up 1994 – Ian Rush scored the 7,500th goal in the club’s history as we drew 1-1 at Newcastle United. Rob Lee had opened the scoring shortly after the break, with Philippe Albert dismissed for the home side late on. Ex-reds Peter Beardsley and Barry Venison both featured for the Geordies. Sent off again 2005 - We drew 2-2 at Birmingham City, with Neil Kilkenny being sent off for the home side on his debut, one of fifteen opposition players dismissed against the reds that season. Our goals came from Luis García and a Djibril Cissé penalty, with Stephen Warnock scoring an own goal and Walter Pandiani also on target. Off the mark 1892 – Forward John Miller netted on his reds bow as we thumped Bury 4-0 in a Lancashire League game at Anfield. Jonathan Cameron and Malcolm McVean also struck, while James Kelso played his only reds game. Kelso sadly committed suicide aged just 29, back in his native Scotland. 1958 – Outside-right Fred Morris scored his first reds goal as we drew 2-2 in a Second Division match at Brighton & Hove Albion, with Billy Liddell also on target. Other birthdays 1949 - Former forward, and coach under Graeme Souness, Phil Boersma was born in Kirkby. He signed professional terms in September 1968 and struck thirty times in 120 reds games, although he struggled to get picked in front of Kevin Keegan and John Toshack. He left the club to join Middlesbrough in December 1975 for £72,000. 1912 – Centre-forward Fred Howe was born in Bredbury in Cheshire. He joined on a free transfer from Hyde United in March 1935, netting 36 times in 94 outings before joining Manchester City in June 1938. He bagged three reds trebles, including notching four times in our record 6-0 derby victory at Anfield in September 1935. 1889 - Irish forward Billy Lacey was born in Enniscorthy, Wexford. He signed from Everton alongside centre-forward Tommy Gracie in a swap deal for £300 and winger Harold Uren in February 1912, going on to play 259 times for the reds, including the FA Cup Final in 1914. He helped us to two League titles in the 1920’s, netting 29 times before crossing the Mersey to join New Brighton in June 1924. 1875 - Centre-half Robert Neill was born in Govan, Glasgow. At five feet four inches he is probably our shortest ever central defender, scoring three times in 27 games after signing on loan from Hibernian in April 1895 and then permanently in May 1896. He left to join Rangers in April 1897. Debuting at Manchester City 1910 - Forward Sam Gilligan scored on his reds debut as we beat City 2-1 at their Hyde Road ground, with Jack Parkinson also on target. 1969 - Phil Boersma made his reds bow on his twentieth birthday in our 3-2 defeat at Maine Road, becoming our first ever League Cup substitute, coming on for goalscorer Alun Evans in this Third Round tie, who bagged an equaliser when George Heslop’s panicked clearance struck him on the chest and went in. Bobby Graham netted our other goal, while Neil Young scored the last of his four goals past us. Ian Bowyer and Mike Doyle also struck for the home side. Supersub back at Anfield 1985 - David Fairclough played for the visitors as Oldham Athletic lost a League Cup Second Round first leg tie 3-0 at Anfield, our hundredth match in the competition. Steve McMahon bagged a brace, with Ian Rush also on target. A rare defeat 1974 - Burnley won 1-0 at Anfield, inflicting one of just eleven home League defeats we suffered in the whole of the 1970’s. Full-back Ian Brennan stunned Ray Clemence from thirty yards with his first ever goal for the club. Signing on 1938 – Utility player Bill Jones signed from Hayfield St Matthews. He 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. 2021 – Newcastle-born midfielder James McConnell signed pro terms with the reds. He had arrived as an Under-16 from Sunderland. Hooper steps in 1988 - Reserves keeper Mike Hooper replaced Bruce Grobbelaar, who had gone down with meningitis, as we won 3-1 at Southampton thanks to goals from John Aldridge, Peter Beardsley and Jan Mølby. Beating the Blues 1898 - Andrew McCowie bagged a brace, including a penalty, as we won 2-1 at Goodison Park. This was our first ever win across Stanley Park. Harkness on loan 1993 - Steve Harkness joined Second Division Huddersfield Town on loan. He made five appearances for the Terriers before returning to Anfield. 1987 - Reserves midfielder Ken DeMange joined Leeds United. He had never made a senior appearance while on our books, despite winning full international honours during that time. Double debutants 1924 – Future reds Gordon Hodgson and Arthur Riley won their first caps for South Africa as they beat Ireland 2-1 in Belfast. More first and last caps 1991 – Bjorn Tore Kvarme debuted for Norway Under-21’s in their 2-0 friendly win in Denmark, with fellow future red Stig Inge Bjørnebye also in action. 2001 - Robbie Foy won his first cap at Under-17’s level in Scotland’s 2-0 friendly win over Wales in Rhyl. On the same day, future red Javier Mascherano featured as Argentina Under-17’s beat Mali 2-1 after extra time to reach the Semi-finals of the World Championships Finals in Trinidad & Tobago. 2007 – Future reds centre-back Danny Wilson won his fourth and final cap for Scotland Under-17’s as they thumped Belarus 5-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Cumbernauld. Joey the boss 2001 - Joey Jones was appointed Caretaker Manager of Wrexham, following the departure of Bryan Flynn. He was only in charge for two games, both of which they lost, before ex-Oxford United boss Denis Smith took over. On the move 1999 - Ray Houghton joined Conference side Stevenage Borough having been released by Reading at the end of the previous season. He only made three appearances, all defeats, in his one season at Broadhall Way. 1990 - Former reserves centre-back Mark Seagraves signed for Bolton Wanderers from Manchester City for £100,000. He made 195 appearances in five seasons at Burnden Park before moving on to Swindon Town. 1984 - Future reds loanee keeper Mark Prudhoe joined Birmingham City from Sunderland for £22,000. He only appeared five times for the Blues, before moving on again to Walsall in February 1986. 2019 – Colombian defender Anderson Arroyo joined Czech side Mladá Boleslav on loan. He joined the reds in February 2018, spending all of his time out on loan to date. On the move 1999 - Ray Houghton joined Conference side Stevenage Borough having been released by Reading at the end of the previous season. He only made three appearances, all defeats, in his one season at Broadhall Way. 1990 - Former reserves centre-back Mark Seagraves signed for Bolton Wanderers from Manchester City for £100,000. He made 195 appearances in five seasons at Burnden Park before moving on to Swindon Town. 1984 - Future reds loanee keeper Mark Prudhoe joined Birmingham City from Sunderland for £22,000. He only appeared five times for the Blues, before moving on again to Walsall in February 1986. 2019 – Colombian defender Anderson Arroyo joined Czech side Mladá Boleslav on loan. He joined the reds in February 2018, spending all of his time out on loan to date. 2020 - Luis Suárez joined Club Atlético de Madrid from Barcelona, scoring 21 times in 38 appearances as he helped them to the Spanish title in his first season. Other reds games 1984 – We drew our League Cup Second Round first leg tie 0-0 at Stockport County. We won the second leg, but lost at Tottenham Hotspur at the next hurdle. 1966 – Ron Yeats and Roger Hunt netted as we drew 2-2 with Sunderland at Anfield. Neil Martin bagged one of his four goals against the reds, with George Herd netting a late equaliser. 1960 – We won 3-1 at Leyton Orient in a Second Division encounter thanks to goals from Dave Hickson, Alan A’Court and Johnny Morrissey. 1955 – Billy Liddell was on target as Middlesbrough held us to a 1-1 draw in L4. 1938 – We beat Leeds United 3-0 at home with Willie Fagan, Jack Balmer and Phil Taylor all on the scoresheet. 1932 – We lost 1-0 to Bolton Wanderers in L4 with Ray Westwood scoring one of his nine goals past us. 1927 – Dick Edmed struck as we lost 3-1 at West Ham United. Jimmy Ruffell and Stan Earle each bagged the first of their four goals against us, with William Gibbins also on target. Also in international action 2014 – Future red Dominic Solanke played for England Under-18’s as they lost 2-0 to Italy in a friendly in Caorle.
  8. Will

    19th September

    In comes Ronnie 1979 - Ronnie Whelan arrived from Irish side Home Farm on a free transfer. He went on to make 493 reds appearances, scoring 73 times and winning six League titles, one European Cup, two FA Cups, three League Cups and three FA Charity Shields before joining Southend United on a free transfer in September 1994. Happy birthdays 1937 - Utility player Geoff Strong was born in Kirkheaton, Northumberland. He made 201 reds appearances after moving from Arsenal in November 1964 for a club record £40,000, netting 33 times and winning a League title medal and the FA Charity Shield the year after helping us to our first ever FA Cup triumph. He left the reds to join Coventry City for £29,500 in August 1970. Sadly, he died in June 2013 after suffering with Alzheimer’s disease. 1940 - Winger Kevin Lewis was born in Ellesmere Port. He played 82 games in his three years at Anfield after signing from Sheffield United for a club record £13,000 in June 1960 as Bill Shankly’s second capture, helping us to the Second Division title and scoring an impressive 44 times. He returned to Yorkshire in August 1963 to join Huddersfield Town. 1929 - Forward Tony Rowley was born in Porthcawl. He bagged a treble on his debut after signing from Stourbridge in October 1953, going on to net 38 times in 61 reds games. He moved to Third Division Tranmere Rovers in March 1958, continuing to score at a rate of one goal every other game. For Cally 1977 - A testimonial match for Ian Callaghan was staged at Anfield against Bill Shankly’s Lancashire XI. Cally scored in the reds’ 4-2 defeat, with our other score coming from an own goal. 1955 – A benefit match for left-back Eddie Spicer was held in front of 41,266 at Anfield, with a ‘Liverton’ side facing a Lancashire XI that included Bert Trautmann, Stanley Matthews and Don Revie. He was decorated for bravery whilst serving with the Royal Marines in the Second World War, going on to score twice in 168 reds games, helping us to the first post-war League title as well as playing in the 1950 FA Cup Final. Unfortunately, a second broken leg had ended his career in December 1953. Signing on 2020 - Diogo Jota signed from Wolverhampton Wanderers for £41m, with Ki-Jana Hoever moving in the opposite direction for an initial £9m after one goal in four senior games. Jota scored 34 times in 85 appearances in his first two seasons at Anfield, helping us to claim the FA Cup and League Cup. On the same day, forward Taiwo Awoniyi joined Union Berlin on loan, scoring five times in 22 games that season. Hat-tricks 2010 – Dimitar Berbatov grabbed three of his five goals to date past us as we lost 3-2 at Manchester United. Steven Gerrard struck both our goals as we came from two goals behind, a free-kick and then one from the spot, but the home side struck a late winner. 1925 - Dick Forshaw bagged a treble in our 5-0 thumping of Manchester United at Anfield, with Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers and outside-right Archie Rawlings nabbing his tenth and last reds goal. He struck eight reds hat-tricks in all, including one against Everton a week later, and another against United eleven months later. 1931 - Legendary blue Dixie Dean bagged a treble as Everton beat the reds 3-1, three of his nineteen derby strikes, with centre-forward Dave Wright netting our consolation. 1953 - Louis Bimpson grabbed all four goals of our game against Burnley at Anfield to record our hundredth competitive hat-trick. Right-back Bert Childs played the first of just two reds games while Billy Liddell reached 300 outings for the club. European records 1967 - We played our first ever game in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, winning 2-0 at Swedes Malmö FF, thanks to a brace of headers from Tony Hateley. 1973 - Only 7,000 turned up for the opening game of our European Cup campaign at the Stade de la Frontière, the lowest attendance of any reds game in Europe, home or away, with some sources stating the gate to be as low as 5,000. Brian Hall opened the scoring, but we could only draw 1-1 with Luxembourg’s Jeunesse D’Esch with Gilbert Dussier nabbing a late equaliser. Last outings 2017 – Right-back Jon Flanagan and keeper Danny Ward both played their last reds games as we lost 2-0 at Leicester City in the Third Round of the League Cup, thanks to second-half goals from Shinji Okazaki and Islam Slimani. Defensive debutants 1910 - Legendary full-back Ephraim Longworth made his reds bow in our 2-0 defeat at Sheffield United, with Joe Kitchen bagging two of his eight goals against the reds, including one from the spot. It was the first of his 370 reds appearances. Jack Parkinson suffered concussion when heading the ball, leaving the reds down to ten men. 1903 – Half-back John ‘Geezer’ Hughes and full-back James McLean both debuted as we lost 2-1 at Sunderland, with Jimmy Gemmell bagging a brace before Billy Dunlop nabbed our consolation. 1992 - Torben Piechnik made his reds debut as we lost 4-2 at Aston Villa, when Mark Walters and Ronnie Rosenthal were on target. However, the game is probably most widely remembered for Rosenthal’s shocking miss, as he hit the bar from a few yards out of an open goal. Ex-red Dean Saunders bagged a brace, two of his four strikes past the reds, with Dalian Atkinson scoring one of his four goals against us and Garry Parker also on target. 1981 - We also faced the Villains, being held to a goalless draw at Anfield with visiting keeper Jimmy Rimmer giving a virtuoso display. Tony off 1968 – Tony Hateley was sold to Coventry City after 28 strikes in 56 outings. He had arrived from Chelsea for a then club record £96,000 fee in June 1967. Dirk again 2009 - Dirk Kuyt scored in his third consecutive reds game as we won a League game 3-2 at West Ham United. Fernando Torres bagged a brace as we twice saw a lead cancelled out, by Alesssandro Diamanti and then Carlton Cole, before he finally secured victory by heading home from a cross by substitute Ryan Babel. Sub at the double 1972 - Phil Boersma struck twice in our 5-1 thumping of Carlisle United at Anfield in a League Cup Second Round replay, so becoming our first goalscoring substitute in the competition, having replaced John Toshack with the game still scoreless. Kevin Keegan, Chris Lawler and Steve Heighway also netted, with Tommy Smith having a penalty saved. Another record for the Kop 1989 - The Kop was recorded for use on “Kenny D, The Pride Of Liverpool” by the Liverpool FC 1989 Squad featuring Peter Howitt as we thumped struggling Third Division outfit Wigan Athletic 5-2 in a League Cup tie. Glenn Hysén headed us in front before a thunderous Bryan Griffiths free-kick levelled the match. David Thompson then sensationally put the visitors ahead on 55 minutes before Ian Rush grabbed a brace, with Peter Beardsley and John Barnes also netting, although he also had a penalty saved by keeper Nigel Adkins. This was Digger’s hundredth reds game. More derby disappointment We have faced our neighbours from across the park on four more occasions on this day in history, without securing a victory. 1936 - We lost 2-0 away, thanks to an Alex Stevenson goal and the last of Dixie Dean nineteen derby strikes. 1964 – We were thumped 4-0 at home in another top-flight meeting, with ex-red Johnny Morrissey, Derek Temple, Fred Pickering and Colin Harvey on target. Roger Hunt played his 200th League game for the reds that day. 1942 - Cyril Done and Billy Liddell on target as we drew 4-4 in a Wartime League game at Goodison, with Dickie Dorsett scoring twice. 1945 – Jack Balmer bagged a brace, including a penalty, as we were held to a 3-3 draw in a Lancashire Senior Cup First Round tie across the park, with Les Shannon also netting. Red centurions 1908 – Joe Hewitt bagged a brace as we thumped Bradford City 4-0 in L4, with Jack Parkinson and Ronald Orr also on the scoresheet. Centre-half Alex Raisbeck played his 300th League game for the reds. 1959 - Louis Bimpson played his hundredth reds game in our 2-1 Second Division win at Derby County, thanks to goals from Alan A’Court and Roger Hunt, while Ronnie Moran played his 200th League game for the club. 1998 – Dominic Matteo reached a century of reds games as Charlton Athletic held us to a 3-3 draw at Anfield. Richard Rufus headed the visitors in front, before Robbie Fowler equalised from the spot. Clive Mendonca restored the Addicks’ lead with goals from Patrik Berger and Fowler again putting us ahead. However, Steve Jones nabbed a late leveller as the reds produced a nightmare defensive performance. A youthful hat-trick 2001 - Florent Sinama-Pongolle bagged a treble for France in their 5-1 defeat of Japan at the Under-17 World Championships in Tobago, with club-mate Anthony Le Tallec also in the team. The French therefore qualified for the knock-out phase, going on to win the tournament. 2007 – Future reds reserves forward Nikola Sarić was on target for Denmark Under-17’s as they beat the Ukraine 2-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Galway, with future reds centre-back Danny Wilson playing for Scotland as they were thumped 4-0 by Slovakia in another qualifier in Kirkcaldy. Also in Europe We have played three more games in Europe’s top competition on this day in history. 2001 - We played out a dour goalless draw at Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund in the first group stage of the Champions League. 1984 - John Wark volleyed the only goal of our match with Lech Poznań in Poland. 1979 - David Johnson and Jimmy Case were on the scoresheet as we beat Dinamo Tbilisi 2-1 at Anfield. Mixed fortunes at Gigg Lane We have twice visited Bury in the top flight on this day in history. 1896 - Malcolm McVean and George Allan struck as we won 2-1 1927 - Willie Devlin added to a Laurie Crown own goal as we lost 5-2. Norman Bullock and Jack Ball bagged a brace each, with Wally Amos also netting. Loris debuts 2009 – Future reds keeper Loris Karius won his only cap for Germany Under-17’s as they beat Serbia 1-0. Olympian reds 2000 - Brad Friedel played in the USA’s 3-1 defeat of Kuwait in the Olympics in Melbourne. Meanwhile, future red Milan Baroš appeared for the Czech Republic in their 1-1 draw with Cameroon in Brisbane in the same group. St. Michael’s first treble 1987 - Ex-red Michael Owen scored his first ever hat-trick, for Mold Alexandra against Caergwrle in the Clwyd Junior League. Other reds games 1970 – We beat Nottingham Forest 3-0 at Anfield, thanks to goals from Bobby Graham, Peter Thompson and Alun Evans. 1957 – Alan Arnell and Jimmy Melia netted as we drew a Second Division encounter 2-2 at Rotherham United. Also on the move 2014 – Centre-half Ben Davies joined Tranmere Rovers on a one-month loan from Preston North End, appearing four times. Also in international action 1994 – Future red Haukr Ingi Guðnason played for Iceland Under-17’s as they shared a goalless draw with Scotland in a European Championships qualifier.
  9. Will

    5th September

    Off the mark 1959 - Winger Johnny Morrissey nabbed his first reds goal as we suffered a 2-1 Second Division defeat at Sheffield United when we conceded two penalties inside three minutes, both converted by Graham Shaw. 1928 - We also faced the Blades, losing our top-flight meeting at Anfield 2-1, with Dick Edmed nabbing our consolation. Scottish-born South African international left-back Jimmy Gray played his only reds game. Fred Tunstall bagged one of his eight goals past us, with Thomas Boyle also on target. Deano not guilty 1992 - We beat Chelsea 2-1 at Anfield, our most recent game on this day in history. Dean Saunders, who headed us in front, injured Paul Elliott in a challenge that ended his career, for which Deano was later unsuccessfully sued. Jamie Redknapp netted our last-minute winner after Mick Harford’s equaliser, the last of his six goals past us, while this was Saunders’ 61st and final reds game before moving to Aston Villa. 1908 - We also beat the Blues at Anfield by the same score, when Ronald Orr grabbed a brace and George Hilsdon bagged one of his five goals against the reds. A refereeing record 1896 - Referee C.E. Sutcliffe disallowed six goals in our First Division match at Blackburn Rovers, still a League record. He only permitted one strike to count, unfortunately scored by Rovers’ Jim Stuart. Inside-forward Willie Michael made his debut as a replacement for Harry Bradshaw who was “suffering from an old injury to his ear.” Debutants galore 1903 - Sydney Smith scored on his reds debut, although we lost 2-1 at Nottingham Forest in our season opener, with forward Fred Buck and right-back John Chadburn also making their reds bows. Grenville Morris netted one of his six goals past us, with Alf Spouncer also on target. 1967 - We travelled to the City Ground again, with Emlyn Hughes bagging the only goal of the game, as Gerry Byrne played his 300th reds game. 1934 - Centre-half Norman Low debuted in our 2-1 home win over Manchester City, deputising for Tom Bradshaw. Sam English and Gordon Hodgson netted our goals, with the latter missing his first spot-kick for the reds, while Fred Tilson struck one of his six goals against us. Nice one Cyril 1942 - Cyril Done bagged a treble as we beat Wrexham 4-0 in a Wartime League game at Anfield. Dickie Dorsett struck the other. Red departures 1895 – Scottish outside-right Neil Kerr was sold to Nottingham Forest after three goals in twelve outings since arriving from Rangers in June 1894. 1980 – Left-back Brian Kettle moved on to Wigan Athletic. He signed for the reds in May 1973 but only made four senior appearances as his route to the first-team was blocked first by Alec Lindsay, then Joey Jones and Alan Kennedy. An Addicks first 1936 - Charlton Athletic played their first ever home game in the First Division as we held them to a 1-1 draw at The Valley, with Alf Hanson on the scoresheet. Off the mark 2020 – Harvey Elliott and Sepp van den Berg both bagged their first reds goals as we thumped Blackpool 7-2 in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Anfield. Joël Matip, Sadio Mané, Roberto Firmino, Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi all also got on the scoresheet. Rare reds 1953 – Inside-forward Harold Jones made his only senior appearance in our 5-1 thumping at Anfield by Preston North End. Bill Jones scored our goal, with Tom Finney netting a treble for the visitors, the last of his five goals against the reds. Charlie Wayman scored one of his six past us, with Gordon Kaile also scoring for PNE. 1972 – Keeper Frank Lane played his second and final reds game as we drew a League Cup second Round tie 1-1 at Carlisle United with Kevin Keegan bagging our goal. We won the replay, eventually being knocked out by Tottenham Hotspur in the Fifth Round. International shame 1998 - Reds midfielder Paul Ince became only the sixth England player to be sent off, as they lost 2-1 to Sweden in a Euro 2000 qualifier in Stockholm. Michael Owen won his tenth cap in this game, having a goal disallowed for offside, while Jamie Redknapp also featured. On the same day, Wales lost 2-0 to Italy in a qualifier played at Anfield. Ex-red Dean Saunders and future red Paul Jones both appeared for the Welsh. Also on the same day, Steve Staunton won his first cap in his second spell as a reds player as the Republic of Ireland beat Croatia 2-0 in another qualifier at Lansdowne Road. Fellow reds Phil Babb and Jason McAteer and future red Robbie Keane also played. Future red Fernando Morientes was on target as Spain lost 3-2 in Cyprus, while future reds Markus Babbel, Sami Hyypiä and Jari Litmanen all also featured in qualifiers. Haukur Ingi Gudnason won his first cap as a reds player as Iceland Under-21’s lost 2-0 to France in a European Championships qualifier, with future reds Milan Baroš and Frode Kippe also playing for their countries. Nuri’s day 1988 – Turkish international midfield loanee signing Nuri Şahin was born in Lüdenscheid, Germany. He joined for the season from Real Madrid in August 2012, netting three times in twelve games before re-joining Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund on loan in January 2013. On the move 1998 - Bruce Grobbelaar signed for Bury from Chesham United on non-contract terms. He only made one senior appearance before moving on again to Lincoln City. 1938 – Scottish centre-half Tom ‘Tiny’ Bradshaw was sold to Third Lanark for £600. He had signed from Bury for £8,000 in January 1930, netting four times in 291 reds games. World Cup scorers 2001 - Several reds were on the mark for their countries in World Cup qualifiers. Michael Owen struck England’s opener in their 2-0 defeat of Albania at St. James’ Park, with Robbie Fowler netting his final international goal to send them top of their group. Nick Barmby, Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard and Emile Heskey all also featured, as did ex-red Steve McManaman. Meanwhile, Jari Litmanen scored from the spot in Finland’s 5-1 thumping of Greece in Helsinki. His club-mate Sami Hyypiä also played. Imminent red Milan Baroš was also on target as the Czech Republic saw off Malta 3-2 in Teplice. Bolo Zenden bagged his first goal as a Chelsea player as the Netherlands beat Estonia 5-0 in Eindhoven. Craig Bellamy nabbed his first goal for Wales while with Newcastle United as they lost 3-2 in Norway, with John Arne Riise, ex-red Øyvind Leonhardsen and future red Paul Jones all also featuring. Also in international action that day were Jerzy Dudek, ex-reds Brad Friedel, Don Hutchison, Jim Magilton and Dominic Matteo and future red Fernando Morientes. 2009 – Ex-red John Arne Riise netted as Norway drew 1-1 with Iceland in a World Cup qualifier in Reykjavik. Ex-red Daniel Sjölund played for Finland as they won 2-1 in Azerbaijan, coming on as a substitute and later himself being replaced. On the same day, ex-red Robbie Keane was on target in the Republic of Ireland’s 2-1 win in Cyprus, while ex-red Milan Baroš struck as the Czech Republic drew 2-2 with Martin Škrtel’s Slovakia in Bratislava. Kolo Touré won his first cap since joining Manchester City in their 5-0 trouncing of Burkina Faso in Abidjan. Yossi Benayoun, Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson, Dirk Kuyt, Albert Riera, Fernando Torres, Andriy Voronin and future reds Ragnar Klavan, Raul Meireles, James Milner, Christian Poulsen, Mamadou Sakho and Luis Suárez, and ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Nicolas Anelka, Álvaro Arbeloa, Emile Heskey, Jari Litmanen and Rigobert Song also featured in internationals that day. 2018 – Ex-red Martin Škrtel played for his country again, with Curtis Jones in action for England Under-18’s. Thumped in the North East 1892 - W. MacArthur scored a first-half hat-trick as Middlesbrough Ironopolis beat us 5-0 at their Paradise Ground in a friendly. Joy against the Seasiders We twice faced Blackpool in top-flight fixtures on this day in the 1960’s, scoring twice on each occasion, and not tasting defeat. 1964 - Peter Thompson and Roger Hunt were on the scoresheet as we were held to a 2-2 draw in L4, with Ray Charnley bagging a brace for the visitors, two of his eight goals past us. 1966 - The same reds players netted as we won 2-1 at Bloomfield Road. Willie Stevenson had a penalty saved by Blackpool goalkeeper Alan Taylor shortly after Bobby Waddell had equalised, but Hunt grabbed a late winner. Level with the Londoners We have twice faced both Arsenal and West Ham United on this day in history, winning once and drawing on the other three occasions. 1925 - We were held to a goalless draw at Anfield by the Hammers. 1987 - John Aldridge was on target from the spot as we left Upton Park with a 1-1 draw, with Tony Cottee equalising for the home side, one of his eight goals against the reds. 1951 - We held the Gunners to a goalless draw at Highbury. 1981 - Terry McDermott and David Johnson were on the scoresheet as we beat Arsenal 2-0 at Anfield. Yossi off the mark 1999 - Future red Yossi Benayoun bagged his first senior international goal as Israel lost a Euro 2000 qualifier 3-2 in Cyprus. 2002 - He won his first cap as a Real Racing Club de Santander player in their 5-0 friendly win in Luxembourg. Kozma on target 1990 - Future red István Kozma netted in Hungary’s 4-1 defeat of Turkey in a friendly in Budapest, his only senior goal for his country. On the same day, Glenn Hysén skippered Sweden as they lost a home friendly 1-0 to Denmark. 1989 – He joined Dunfermline Athletic in a £550,000 move from Girondins de Bordeaux. He struck nine times in 103 games for the Pars, including featuring in the 1991 League Cup Final. Other international scorers 2020 - Diogo Jota scored his only goal as a Wolverhampton Wanderers player as Portugal beat Croatia 4-1 in a UEFA Nations League group game in Porto. Ex-red Raheem Sterling scored from the spot as Danny Ings won his first cap as a Southampton player in England’s 1-0 win in Iceland. Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez and ex-reds Dejan Lovren and Simon Mignolet all also played for their countries that day. Kirkland’s farewell 2003 - Chris Kirkland won his eighth and final England Under-21’s cap as they were held to a 1-1 draw in a European Championships qualifier in FYR Macedonia. Future red Jermaine Pennant won his only cap while on loan at Leeds United in the same game, with fellow future reds Glen Johnson and Paul Konchesky also featuring. Alou Diarra, Anthony Le Tallec, Florent Sinama-Pongolle and future red Raul Meireles also played in Under-21’s qualifiers on the same day, while John Toshack took charge of Wales as they lost 2-0 to Brazil in a friendly at White Hart Lane, with Craig Bellamy and ex-red Paul Jones playing. Young debutants 2006 - Paul Anderson, Adam Hammill and Craig Lindfield all made their debuts for England Under-19’s as they were held to a goalless draw by the Netherlands in a friendly in Walsall. Meanwhile, Florent Sinama-Pongolle struck as France Under-21’s beat Slovenia 2-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Amiens. Besian Idrizaj faced future red Alberto Aquilani, while Craig Bellamy and ex-red Paul Jones all also featured for their countries that day. 2008 – Future red Mario Balotelli scored as he won his first cap for Italy Under-21’s in their 1-1 European Championships qualifying draw with Greece in Castel di Sangro. Keeper Nikolay Mihaylov played for Bulgaria Under-21’s on the same day. 2019 – Ki-Jana Hoever debuted for the Dutch Under-18’s as they beat Denmark 2-1, while Curtis Jones made his England Under-19’s bow in their 3-1 defeat of Greece in Burton and future red Melkamu Frauendorf debuted for Germany Under-16’s as they lost 1-0 at home to Austria. On the same day, Rafael Camacho bagged his only goal for Portugal Under-20’s as they drew 2-2 with Switzerland. Future red Takumi Minamino scored as Japan beat Paraguay 2-0 in Ibariki, with ex-red Krisztián Németh captaining Hungary as they lost a friendly 2-1 in Montenegro. More international starts 2016 – Joe Allen made his first appearance for Wales since joining Stoke City in their 4-0 World Cup Qualifying thumping of Moldova in Cardiff, with Kamil Grabara and future red Thiago Alcântara also playing for their countries. 2015 - Nathaniel Clyne and James Milner both won their first caps as reds players as Roy Hodgson’s England thumped San Marino 6-0 in a Euro 2016 qualifier in Serravalle, as ex-red Jonjo Shelvey became the first Swansea City player to be capped by England with future red Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also in action. Xherdan Shaqiri won his first cap as a Stoke City player as Switzerland beat Slovenia 3-2 in another qualifier. Meanwhile, future red Sadio Mané struck as Senegal won an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier 2-0 in Namibia. On the same day, Philippe Coutinho played as Brazil beat Costa Rica 1-0 in a friendly in New Jersey, with Herbie Kane, future red Ragnar Klavan and ex-red Oussama Assaidi also in international action. 2014 - Coutinho won his first cap as a reds player as Brazil beat Colombia 1-0 in a friendly in Miami, with Sadio Mané playing for Senegal for the first time since joining Southampton in their 2-0 defeat of Egypt in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Dakar. On the same day, Tom Ince played his first game for England Under-21’s since joining Hull City as they beat Lithuania 1-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Kaunas. Meanwhile, Jordon Ibe and Lloyd Jones both debuted as England Under-20’s thrashed Romania 6-0 in a friendly in Telford, with future red Kostas Tsimikas winning his first cap for Greece Under-19’s as they lost 2-1 in Finland. Emre can played for Germany Under-21’s for the first time since joining the reds in their 2-0 European Championships qualifying defeat of the Republic of Ireland in Halle. Future red Dominic Solanke netted as England Under-18’s beat the Netherlands 3-1 in Bury, with Sheyi Ojo also in action. Danny Ward and future reds Naby Keïta and Mohamed Salah also played for their countries. 2017 – Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and future red Alisson Becker all played as Brazil drew 1-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Colombia. Dejan Lovren also featured in a qualifier that day, while Mohamed Salah scored his first goal as a reds player in Egypt’s 1-0 defeat of Uganda in Alexandria. Ex-red Iago Aspas came off the bench to bag a brace as Spain trounced Liechtenstein 8-0 in Vaduz. Ex-red Joe Allen netted as Wales won a qualifier 2-0 in Moldova, with Sadio Mané on target in Senegal’s 2-2 draw in Burkina Faso. Sheyi Ojo won his only cap for England Under-21’s as they beat Latvia 3-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Bournemouth, with Trent Alexander-Arnold debuting at this level, Joe Gomez captaining the side and Dominic Solanke also playing, with Corey Whelan in action for the Irish Under-21’s and Ben Woodburn, future red Thiago Alcântara and ex-red Nuri Şahin also in international action. 2011 – Andre Wisdom made his debut for England Under-21’s as they thumped Israel 4-1 in a friendly at Oakwell, with Jonjo Shelvey and future reds Steven Caulker and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also in action. Ex-reds reserve Chris Mavinga won his first cap for France at the same level in their 1-0 defeat to Portugal in a friendly in Rio Maior. Meanwhile, Lucas Leiva played for the senior Brazil side as they beat Ghana 1-0 at Craven Cottage. 2013 – Wisdom skippered England Under-21’s as they beat Moldova 1-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Reading. Jordon Ibe scored on his debut for England Under-19’s as they thumped Estonia 6-1 in a friendly in Tallinn, while Krisztián Adorján converted a penalty as Hungary beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 4-1 in a European Championships qualifier. Sheyi Ojo featured for England Under-18’s on the same day, with Suso and future red Alberto Moreno playing for Spain Under-21’s. 2008 – El-Hadji Diouf played his first international since moving to Sunderland as Senegal lost 3-2 to Algeria in a World Cup qualifier in Blida. On the same day, Damien Plessis appeared for France Under-21’s as they thumped Malta 5-0 in Boulogne-sur-Mer while James Milner scored in his third consecutive game for England Under-21’s, converting a penalty while winning his first cap since moving permanently to Aston Villa in their 2-0 European Championships qualifying defeat of Portugal at Wembley. 2004 - Rigobert Song won his first cap as a Galatasaray player, and ninetieth overall, as Cameroon lost a World Cup qualifier 3-2 in Egypt. On the same day, Salif Diao faced future red Momo Sissoko as Mali and Senegal drew 2-2 in another qualifier in Bamako, while future red Kolo Touré played in the Ivory Coast’s 5-0 thumping of Sudan in Abidjan. New job 2011 - Andrew Parkinson started work as the club’s Operations Director. He is the great grandson of pre-First World War forward Jack Parkinson. Other reds games 1970 – Alun Evans equalised as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Manchester United. Brian Kidd headed in the first of his six goals against the reds. 1931 – We beat Aston Villa 2-0 in L4, with Dave Wright bagging a brace. 1925 – West Ham United held us to a goalless draw at home. 1923 – We lost 2-1 at Birmingham City. Moses Lane struck before John Bradford scored one of his fifteen past us. Jimmy Walsh struck our consolation. 1914 – Arthur Metcalf was on target as we drew 1-1 with Notts County at Anfield. Digger’s debut 1981 - Future red John Barnes made his debut for Watford as a substitute in their 1-1 draw with Oldham Athletic at Vicarage Road. Also in international action 1989 – Future red Stig Inge Bjørnebye played for Norway as they held France to a 1-1 draw in a World Cup qualifier in Oslo. On the same day, future red Michael Thomas captained an England Under-21’s side that included David Burrows and future red Paul Ince as they lost a European Championships qualifier in Sweden, with future red Øyvind Leonhardsen also in action at that level. 1993 – Future red Abel Xavier played for Portugal in their 2-0 World Cup qualifying win in Estonia. 1995 – Vladimír Šmicer featured for the Czech Republic Under-21’s as they lost 2-1 to Norway in a European Championships qualifier. 1997 – Future red Alex Manninger played for Austria Under-21’s as they were thumped 4-0 at home by Sweden in a European Championships qualifier. 2021 – Trent Alexander-Arnold, Conor Bradley, Jordan Henderson, Kostas Tsimikas, future red Luis Díaz and ex-reds Joe Allen, Conor Coady and Danny Ward all played for their countries, with Mohamed Salah and ex-red Péter Gulácsi skippering their sides in World Cup qualifiers.
  10. Will

    3rd October

    A European treble 1984 - John Wark bagged a hat-trick as we beat Polish champions Lech Poznań 4-0 at Anfield to progress to the Second Round of the European Cup 5-0 on aggregate, having also scored our goal in the away leg. Paul Walsh was also on target that night. Debutants 1903 - Jack Parkinson scored on his reds debut in our 2-1 win at Small Heath, with left-half George Fleming also on the scoresheet, scoring from the rebound after his own spot-kick was saved. 1926 - We also beat Birmingham City, as they were by then known, in the top flight with Vic Wright and Phil Taylor netting in our 2-0 win at Anfield. 1972 - Trevor Storton made his reds bow in our 1-1 League Cup Third Round draw at West Bromwich Albion, with Steve Heighway netting our goal late on and Asa Hartford on target for the home side. We won the Anfield replay 2-1 a week later, making it as far as the Fifth Round that season. Euro disappointment 2007 - Olympique de Marseille became the first French side to win at Anfield, at the tenth attempt, when they won 1-0 in a Champions League group game, with Eric Gerets in charge of the visitors for the first time and ex-reds Djibril Cissé and Bolo Zenden both featuring. The reds produced a very lacklustre performance as Mathieu Valbuena grabbed the only goal. “That could be the worst performance of my time here”, Rafael Benítez said. “It was very bad, a very bad game.” 2018 – We lost 1-0 in the opening game of our UEFA Champions League group at SSC Napoli, with Lorenzo Insigne bagging the late winner. For Bill 1981 - A minute’s silence was held before our First Division meeting with Swansea City at Anfield in honour of Bill Shankly, who had died four days earlier. Terry McDermott netted both our goals from the spot as we came from two goals down to draw 2-2. The Swans were managed by ex-red John Toshack, who was wearing a Liverpool shirt in Shanks’ honour. Leighton James converted a penalty with Bob Latchford netting the last of his five goals past us. 1959 - We also faced Swansea, when they were Town rather than City, losing by the odd goal in nine at the Vetch Field, with our goals coming from a Jimmy Melia penalty, Roger Hunt, and a Ronnie Moran free-kick after we had initially taken the lead through a Malcolm Kennedy own goal. We went 3-1 down inside 22 minutes thanks to goals from Peter Davies, the last of Len Allchurch’s five goals against the reds and Colin Webster, but fought back to level the game. The eventual winner, Brayley Reynolds’ second goal, who eventually netted seven goals past us, came just two minutes from time. Reds keeper Doug Rudham suffered from double vision throughout the match. Happy birthdays 1984 - Anthony Le Tallec was born in Hennebont. The young Frenchman made just 32 senior reds appearances and scored only once, signing for Le Mans UC 72 in June 2008, having been sent out on loan from Anfield four times. 1929 - Outside-right Tony McNamara was born in Liverpool. He signed from Everton for £4,000 in December 1957 after spending seven seasons across Stanley Park, but only played ten first-team games before joining Crewe Alexandra in July 1958. 1979 - Ex-reserves midfielder Layton Maxwell was born in St. Asaph in Wales. He only made one first-team appearance, scoring in front of the Kop in our 4-2 League Cup defeat of Hull City in September 1999. Seven on the bounce for the Blues 1914 - Everton won in the League for the seventh consecutive season at Anfield, this time 5-0 - a record run for any club, with Bobby Parker bagging three of his eight goals against us, including one from the spot, with Joe Clennell adding the first two of his seven strikes past us. Keeper Kenny Campbell had to leave the pitch after one minute when the referee spotted he was wearing a blue jersey! Defender Phil Bratley made his reds debut in this game which remains our record home derby defeat. We have also lost another two derbies on this day in history. 1908 – We went down 1-0 at Anfield with George Barlow scoring. 1896 – We lost 2-1 at Goodison when Jimmy Ross nabbed our consolation. Alfred Milward and future red Abe Hartley had put the Blues in front. Most recently 2021 – Manchester City held us to a 2-2 draw at Anfield, with Sadio Mané putting us ahead after the break before Phil Foden equalised. Mohamed Salah then struck an audacious goal, but Kevin De Bruyne levelled the scores again. Also in Europe 1973 - We beat Jeunesse D’Esch from Luxembourg 2-0 at Anfield to reach the Second Round of the European Cup 3-1 on aggregate, with an own goal from Léon Mond getting the scoring going straight after half-time, and John Toshack also on the scoresheet. 1979 - We were knocked out at the same stage, for the second consecutive season, losing 3-0 to Dinamo Tbilisi on a rainy night in the USSR, with all the goals coming in the second half, having only won the first leg 2-1. A new low 2010 – We lost 2-1 at home to Blackpool, with future red Charlie Adam opening the scoring from the spot before Luke Varney doubled the visitors’ lead. Sotirios Kyrgiakos pulled a goal back, the club’s 9,000th in all competitions, but we failed to produce a fight-back with the away side warmly applauded off at the end of the match. Red jocks 1964 - Ron Yeats made his Scotland debut in their 3-2 British International Championships defeat by Wales at Ninian Park. On the same day, Gordon Milne and Peter Thompson both played in England’s 4-3 win in Northern Ireland in the same competition. 1959 - Ian St. John won his second cap in Scotland’s 4-0 defeat in Northern Ireland, while still a Motherwell player. The Scots were managed by Andy Beattie, who had guested for the reds at full-back during the Second World War, and later spent some time on our backroom staff. He managed a host of clubs as well as the Scotland national side, working with Bill Shankly at Huddersfield Town, having played alongside him at Preston North End. 1891 - Future red Matt McQueen, who played in an unofficial international at the Ibrox Stadium, with the Scots thumping Canada 5-1. For Emlyn 1978 – A testimonial dinner was held for skipper Emlyn Hughes at Formby FC. Ex-Blue Joe Mercer was guest speaker, with comedian Sonny Jones providing the jokes. Guests were treated to cream of chicken soup, followed by a roast turkey dinner, rounded off with peaches and cream. Mixed fortunes against the Blues We have faced Chelsea three times in the top flight on this day in history. 2004 - We lost to a Joe Cole goal at Stamford Bridge. 1970 - Alun Evans netted the only goal of the game at Anfield, with Bobby Graham breaking his leg. 1931 - We were beaten 2-0 in West London, with Alex Jackson bagging the last two of his four goals past us. Hosting the Owls We have twice hosted Sheffield Wednesday in top-flight encounters at Anfield on this day in history. 1953 - Bob Paisley and Louis Bimpson were on target as we drew 2-2. Dennis Woodhead scored one of his four goals against the reds, with Jackie Sewell also netting. 1992 - Don Hutchison bagged the only goal of the game ten minutes from time, as we kept our first clean sheet of the season in our fifteenth fixture. This was Ian Rush’s 500th game for the reds. Big Anfield wins 1987 - We beat Alan Ball’s Portsmouth 4-0 as we scored four for the third consecutive League game. Peter Beardsley, Steve McMahon and Ronnie Whelan bagged our goals, to add to a spot-kick from John Aldridge. Aldo had now scored in all of our first eight League games, and nine reds games in a row in all, with the reds notching a total of 24 goals in those eight fixtures. 1942 - Cyril Done struck twice as we beat Bury 5-2 in a Wartime League fixture, with George Mills and Michael Hulligan adding to a Gemmall own goal. International beginning and end 1951 - Ex-reds centre-half Allenby Chilton won his second and final England cap in their 2-2 friendly draw with France at Highbury. 2001 – Future red Alberto Aquilani won his first cap for Italy Under-19’s as they beat Lithuania 2-0. On target 2009 – Krisztián Németh scored for Hungary Under-20’s in the World Championship Finals as Hungary beat the United Arab Emirates 2-0 in a group game in Egypt, with Péter Gulácsi also featuring. 2018 – Ki-Jana Hoever scored for the Dutch Under-17’s as they won a European Championships qualifier 6-4 in Sweden. In and outs 1898 – Scottish half-back Barney Battles left the reds to join Celtic for a third spell. He won the title two years running in Scotland, for Hearts in 1895 and then Celtic, joining the reds for six weeks on loan at the end of the 1895/96 season where he featured in two Second Division games and three of the four Test matches as we secured promotion, for which he received a special gold medal and a cheque for a “handsome sum”. He re-signed from Dundee in March 1898 for £20 but only played one more game for the club. 2007 – Former reds half-back Johnny Wheeler’s wife Freda died. On the same day, Dani Pacheco played for Spain Under-17’s as they won a European Championships qualifier 3-0 in Andorra. 2012 - Ryland Morgans was appointed as Head of Fitness & Conditioning, having previously worked under Brendan Rodgers at Swansea City. 2014 - Daniel Sturridge signed a new contract, having netted 36 times in 52 reds games to date. He eventually moved on to Trabzonspor in August 2019. Other reds games 1936 – Vic Wright and Phil Taylor netted as we beat Birmingham City 2-0 at Anfield. 1925 – We lost 2-1 at Burnley, with Harry Chambers bagging our late consolation. Digger off the mark 1981 - Future red John Barnes scored his first Watford goal as they beat Barnsley 3-1 at Vicarage Road. Also in international action 1996 – Future red John Arne Riise played for Norway Under-15’s as they beat Wales 3-1 in a tournament game in Poland.
  11. Will

    28th September

    Hat-tricks all round 2002 - Michael Owen bagged a treble as we won 3-0 at Manchester City. It was our 400th Premier League match, and Steven Gerrard made his 150th reds appearance in the game. 1895 - George Allan scored four goals in our 5-1 Second Division defeat of Burslem Port Vale at Anfield, with David Hannah netting the other. Full-back Archie Goldie made his reds bow in this game. 2003 - Kevin Lisbie bagged a treble for Charlton Athletic as we lost 3-2 at The Valley, with Steven Gerrard playing his 200th reds game. Vladimír Šmicer scored and Michael Owen converted a penalty. Anfield debut 1884 - The first game at Anfield was played, when Everton beat Earlestown 5-0 in a friendly. ¡Feliz Cumpleaños! 1992 – Midfielder Luis Alberto was born in San José del Valle, Cádiz. He signed from Sevilla for £6.8m in June 2013, making twelve senior appearances in his first campaign before returning to his homeland on loan for the next two seasons, moving on to sold to S.S. Lazio for €4m in August 2016. 2003 – Polish keeper Fabian Mrozek was born in Wrocław. He joined the Academy in August 2020, signing pro terms the following July. European records 1976 - We registered our then record equal away win in Europe, thumping Northern Irish champions Crusaders 5-0 in our First Round match to go through 7-0 on aggregate, en route to our first European Cup win. David Johnson bagged a brace, to add to goals from Kevin Keegan, Terry McDermott and Steve Heighway, with four of our goals coming in the final nine minutes. Crusaders had been unfortunate enough to hit the woodwork twice before we had opened the scoring on the night. 1982 - Anfield witnessed its lowest ever European attendance of just 12,021 as we beat Dundalk 1-0 in our European Cup First Round second leg, to progress 5-1 on aggregate. Ronnie Whelan volleyed the only goal, just nine minutes from time to secure a joint club record 25th consecutive game unbeaten in all competitions. Terry McDermott was making his farewell reds appearance, and 329th in all. 1983 - Phil Neal missed his first game in seven years as Michael Robinson scored his first two reds goals as we beat Danes OB Odense 5-0 at Anfield. Kenny Dalglish also struck twice, to break Denis Law’s British record for most goals in the European Cup, reaching fifteen. Our other strike came from a Frank Clausen own goal. Captain Jocky 1985 - Alan Hansen was confirmed as club captain in place of Phil Neal, prior to our 4-1 defeat of Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield. Ian Rush and Mark Lawrenson both scored, before Jan Mølby added two penalties. Craig Johnston reached a century of League games for the reds. Off the mark 2020 – Diogo Jota scored his first reds goal late on as we beat Arsenal 3-1 behind closed doors at Anfield, despite falling behind to an Alexandre Lacazette goal. Sadio Mané equalised with Andy Robertson putting us in front at the break. Out with the old, in with the new 1957 - Centre-half Laurie Hughes played his 326th and final reds game and full-back Tom McNulty making his 36th and last appearance as we were thumped 5-1 at Charlton Athletic, with Tony Rowley grabbing our consolation. Gerry Byrne made his reds bow in the same game, scoring an own goal. Bobby Ayre bagged a treble, with South African centre-forward Stuart Leary netting the last of his six strikes against the reds. Another legend passes on 1944 - Matt McQueen died. He had played for the club in its first eight years of existence, making 103 appearances in every position on the park and scoring seven times. He became a Director at the end of the First World War, and then managed the club for five years during the 1920’s, helping us to retain the League title in 1923. Another win 2019 – Gini Wijnaldum bagged the only goal of our League visit to Sheffield United to secure our seventh straight League win from the start of the season. Another debutant 1912 - Inside-forward Arthur Metcalf made his reds bow as we lost 3-1 at West Bromwich Albion. Tom Miller grabbed our consolation. 1935 - We had a happier time against the Baggies, thumping them 5-0 at Anfield, with Lance Carr bagging a brace and Berry Nieuwenhuys, Gordon Hodgson and Fred Howe all on the scoresheet. Running riot at Molineux 1968 - We recorded our equal biggest win over Wolverhampton Wanderers as Roger Hunt, ex-Wolves star Alun Evans and Peter Thompson all netted braces in a 6-0 top-flight thumping. A derby win 1963 - Ian Callaghan netted twice as we beat Everton 2-1 at Anfield, with Roy Vernon bagging one of his six goals against the reds. Tons up 1974 - Phil Boersma played his hundredth reds game as we lost a First Division match 1-0 at Sheffield United, thanks to an Alan Woodward goal. 2021 – Jordan Henderson played his 400th reds game as we thumped Porto 5-1 in their Estádio do Dragão in a UEFA Champions League group encounter. Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino struck twice each, with Sadio Mané also netting. Also in Europe 2004 - We lost at Olympiacos in the Champions League group stage, despite the Greek outfit having Anastasious Pantos sent off late on. Ieroklis Stoltidis netted the only goal of the game. 2000 - We were held to a goalless draw at Anfield by Rapid Bucureşti to reach the UEFA Cup Second Round 1-0 on aggregate, on our way to claiming the trophy for the third time. 2005 – Both sides drew blanks as Chelsea visited Anfield in our most recent European game on this day, a Champions League group game. 1966 - Ian St. John headed us into the lead before Ian Callaghan’s volley secured a 2-0 victory over Romanians Petrolul Ploieşti in the opening game of our European Cup campaign. Mixed fortunes against the Brummies and Rovers We have twice scored three against the Blues from Birmingham at Anfield, although one of these occasions ended in defeat. 1901 - We beat Small Heath, as they were then known, 3-1, with Sam Raybould on target twice and Tom Robertson converting a penalty while centre-half Alex Raisbeck reached a century of League outings for the reds. 1907 - Birmingham City left L4 with all the points having won 4-3. Arthur Goddard, Joe Hewitt and Robbie Robinson grabbed our goals. Arthur Mounteney struck two of his five goals past us, with Benny Green and Edmund Eyre also on target. We have met Blackburn Rovers three times in the Lancashire Senior Cup on this day in history. 1927 – We won a Second Round tie 4-3 at Anfield. Gordon Hodgson bagged a brace, with Bill Devlin and Tommy Reid also on target. 1936 – We lost 2-1 at Ewood Park in the First Round, benefitting from an own goal. 1938 – We drew another First Round tie 4-4, with Stanley Eastham converting a penalty and Bill Kinghorn, John Browning and George Paterson also netting. Reserve birthdays 1964 - Reserves forward Paul Jewell was born in Liverpool. He never made our first-team, moving on to Wigan Athletic for £15,000 in December 1984. He also had a successful spell with Bradford City, before moving into management. 1981 - More recent second-string striker John Miles was born in Fazakerley. He too never broke through to the first eleven at Anfield, but continued his career in the lower leagues. 1897 - Harry Beadles was born in Llanllwehaiarn, Newtown in Wales. He bagged six goals in eighteen games after signing on for free from Grayson’s FC in June 1921, but left three years later to join Cardiff City. Forwards on their way out 1999 - Karl-Heinz Riedle was sold to Fulham for £200,000. He netted six goals in 35 outings in two seasons at Craven Cottage, as his career wound to an end. 1983 - Reserves forward Mike Newell joined Crewe Alexandra on a free transfer, having failed to break into the first team at Anfield. He only lasted one month and three matches at Gresty Road, before moving to Wigan Athletic on another free transfer. 2013 – Nigel Clough was sacked as Manager of Derby County having been in charge since January 2009. 1933 – Ex-reds outside-right Danny McRorie re-signed for Morton from Rochdale after playing five League games in just two months with the Dale. Keepers heading off 2020 - Kamil Grabara re-joined AGF Århus for a second loan spell, with Loris Karius moving to 1. FC Union Berlin for the season. Grabara played 35 times while in Denmark, with Karius appearing just five times. Wartime scorers 1940 - Denis Westcott nabbed his first reds goals, scoring both in our 2-0 win at Chester’s Moss Road Ground in a Wartime League game. 1918 - Inside-forward Harry Lewis scored in his fourth consecutive game as we won a Wartime League game at Preston North End 2-0. Thomas Bennett netted the other goal. Ex-reds keepers in opposition 2003 - Two ex-reds custodians, David James and Tony Warner, played against each other as West Ham United drew 1-1 with Millwall in a First Division fixture at Upton Park. 2012 - David James signed for Bournemouth. He stayed until the following March, playing nineteen times for the Cherries. 2015 – Keeper Lawrence Vigouroux had his loan spell terminated by Swindon Town for paying a £50 fine in pennies, although he was reinstated after he apologised. Other reds games 1991 – Ray Houghton netted as Sheffield Wednesday held us to a 1-1 draw at Anfield. 1988 – Gary Gillespie bagged the only goal of Walsall’s visit in the first leg of our League Cup Second Round tie. We made it as far as the Fourth Round that season, before being knocked out at West Ham United. 1946 – We beat Leeds United 2-0 in L4, with Jack Balmer and Berry Nieuwenhuys on target. Albert Stubbins then had a penalty saved. 1929 – We beat Grimsby Town 2-0 at Anfield, thanks to goals from Gordon Hodgson and Harry Race, with Billy Powell dismissed for the visitors. The King, the father 1975 – Future reds legend Kenny Dalglish became a father for the first time, to Kelly. Youngsters in action 2006 - Michael Collins netted for the Republic of Ireland Under-17’s, playing alongside Laurence Gaughan and Shane O'Connor as they beat Latvia 2-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Azerbaijan. 2012 – Brad Smith won his first cap for England Under-19’s in their 6-0 trouncing of the Faroe Islands in a European Championships qualifier in Tallinn. 2013 – Harry Wilson bagged a brace for Wales Under-17’s in their 3-0 European Championships qualifying defeat of Slovenia in Slovakia. 1994 – Future red Haukur Ingi Guðnason featured for Iceland Under-17;s in their 1-0 defeat by Finland in a European Championships qualifier. 2016 – Future red Ozan Kabak played for Turkey Under-17’s as they beat Lithuania 1-0 in a European Championships qualifier.
  12. Will

    26th November

    Treble from the spot 1986 - Jan Mølby scored a hat-trick of penalties at Anfield past ex-red Steve Ogrizovic in our 3-1 League Cup Fourth Round replay defeat of Coventry City. This is reputedly the first reds game that current skipper Steven Gerrard attended. Rafa’s record 2008 - Steven Gerrard headed the only goal of the game as we entertained Olympique de Marseille in a Champions League group game. This was Rafael Benítez’s 66th European game in charge, overtaking Bob Paisley’s club record. Happy birthdays 1915 - Post-war keeper Cyril Sidlow was born in Colwyn Bay in North Wales. He played 165 reds games after signing from Wolverhampton Wanderers for £4,000 in February 1946, helping us claim the League title in 1947. He also played in the 1950 FA Cup Final before joining Notts County in August 1952. 1947 - Ian Ross was born in Glasgow. He signed professional terms in August 1965 and netted four times in 69 appearances spread across six seasons at Anfield. He left for Aston Villa in February 1972 for £60,000, going on to captain them to the Third Division title, as well as the League Cup in 1975. 1949 - Centre-back Trevor Storton was born in Keighley. He had struck eight times in 118 League games for Tranmere Rovers before switching to Anfield for £25,000 in July 1972. He only played twelve times in two years before joining Chester, for whom he turned out more than 400 times. Centurions 2005 - Steven Gerrard captained the reds for the hundredth time as John Arne Riise bagged the only goal of our Premiership game at Manchester City. This was the Norwegian’s 150th League outing for the reds. 1983 - Kenny Dalglish scored his hundredth League goal for the reds as we drew 1-1 at Ipswich Town, with future red John Wark also on target. He therefore became only the second player to score a century of goals in the top flight in both England and Scotland, after Liverpool-born Joe Baker who reached this milestone for Hibernian, Arsenal and Nottingham Forest. Double off the bench 1969 - Two reds substitutes scored in the same game for the first time. Alun Evans and Roger Hunt added to a Tommy Smith penalty, to give us a 3-2 win over Portuguese side Vitória de Setúbal in the Fairs Cup, with Geoff Strong putting through his own net. However, it was not enough to progress to the Third Round, as we went out on the new away goals rule, with the referee having to inform the players that the game was over with the players and supporters waiting around for extra time. This was Hunt’s 285th and last goal for the club while full-back Chris Lawler was playing for the reds for the 300th time. Forward Steve Peplow was making his third and last senior reds appearance. 2014 – We drew 2-2 with Ludogorets Razgrad in a Champions League group game in the Vasil Levski National Stadium, leaving us needing victory in our final home game against Basel to progress. We fell behind to a Dani Abalo goal after a Simon Mignolet error before Rickie Lambert and Jordan Henderson netted for the reds. However, Georgi Terziev bagged a late equaliser. 2016 – Forward Ben Woodburn made his reds bow as a very late substitute as we beat Sunderland 2-0 at Anfield, aged just seventeen. Divock Origi put us ahead with a quarter of an hour left before James Milner converted a last-minute spot-kick. Beating the Mancs We have twice beaten Manchester United at Anfield on this day in history. 1985 - We won our League Cup Fourth Round encounter 2-1, thanks to a Jan Mølby brace inside a minute. The first followed a run from deep inside his own half, with the winner coming from the spot. Phil Neal sat on the bench for his final appearance in a reds match-day squad. Paul McGrath had put the visitors ahead early on. 1910 - Arthur Goddard converted a penalty with Jack Parkinson and James Stewart also striking as we beat them 3-2 in a First Division meeting. However, the Red Devils went on to claim their second League title that season. Charlie Roberts scored for the visitors, with Sandy Turnbull nabbing the last of his six past us. Mixed fortunes against the Seasiders 1938 - We beat Blackpool at Anfield with Bill Kinghorn nabbing the only goal of the game in the tenth minute, his first for the reds. This was George Kay’s hundredth League game in charge. 1932 - We lost 4-1 at Bloomfield Road in another top-flight meeting, despite Dave Wright giving us the lead after just two minutes. Jimmy Hampson netted the last two of his six goals against us, with Albert Butterworth also bagging a brace. Red debutants 1949 – Scottish centre-froward Sam Shields played his only goal for the club as we drew 1-1 at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Dennis Wilshaw struck one of his seven goals against the reds, with Willie Fagan bagging our goal. 1898 – Right-back General Stevenson made his reds bow in a 3-0 win at Nottingham Forest, with John Walker, Andrew McCowie and Hugh Morgan all on target. 1892 – Midfielder Philip Kelly played the first of his three reds games as we won 2-0 at Rossendale United in the Lancashire League, thanks to goals from Jim McBride and John Miller. Hugh and Matt McQueen both missed the game due to the former’s wedding in Scotland the day before. Fulham take a beating 1955 - We thrashed Fulham 7-0 in a Second Division fixture. Alun Evans, Alan Arnell, Geoff Twentyman, Alan A’Court and Jimmy Payne all scored to add to a Billy Liddell brace. 1977 - We secured another big win when we won a First Division fixture 4-0 at Leicester City, our record victory at Filbert Street. David Fairclough, Steve Heighway, Kenny Dalglish and Terry McDermott were all among the goals, with McDermott scoring our 4,000th strike in the top flight. On the way to European glory 1975 - We won 2-1 at Polish side Slask Wroclaw, with goals from Ray Kennedy and John Toshack on an icebound pitch in our UEFA Cup Third Round first leg meeting. We went all the way in the competition that season, to claim it for the second time. 2015 – We beat Girondins de Bordeaux 2-1 at Anfield in a UEFA Europa League group game, on our way to the Final at the end of the season. The visitors scored from a free-kick after keeper Simon Mignolet was penalised for holding on to the ball too long, but James Milner equalised from the spot before Christian Benteke put us in front on the stroke of half time. Red trebles 1960 - Inside-forward Jimmy Harrower bagged a treble as we beat Sheffield United 4-2 in a Second Division game at Anfield. Dave Hickson was also on the scoresheet, with Billy Russell nabbing a brace for the Blades. 1904 - Sam Raybould struck a hat-trick as we beat Millwall Athletic 5-1 in a friendly at Anfield. Robert Robinson bagged the other two goals. Digger denied 1989 – John Lukic saved a penalty from John Barnes awarded for a Lee Dixon handball. However, we still beat Arsenal 2-1 at Anfield, thanks to later goals by Steve McMahon and Barnes himself. Alan Smith struck a late consolation for the Gunners, one of his nine goals past us. Ins and outs 1913 – Winger Jackie Sheldon arrived from Manchester United for £300, going on to grab twenty goals in 147 reds games, 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. 1937 – Left-back Ernie Blenkinsop left the reds to join Cardiff City after playing 71 reds games without scoring, having won 26 England caps by the time he arrived from Sheffield Wednesday for £6,500 in March 1934. 1970 – Midfielder Doug Livermore moved on to Norwich City, having made just eighteen appearances. He returned to Anfield as Roy Evans’ Assistant in 1994. He left in November 1998 following Gérard Houllier taking full control. Stopping off on loan 2009 – Two reserves keepers both left the club on loan. Dean Bouzanis joined Accrington Stanley, while David Martin went to Leeds United. Bouzanis turned out nineteen times for Stanley, while Martin made just one senior appearance before returning to Anfield. 2011 – Bouzanis signed for Oldham Athletic, having been released by the reds the previous May. He played 51 times in two seasons with the Latics. 2010 – Ex-reds reserves forward Craig Lindfield joined Kidderminster Harriers on loan from Accrington Stanley, although he made just one substitute appearance for them. 1925 - Outside-left Albert Pearson joined Stockport County from Rochdale, going on to score seven goals in 72 outings for the Hatters. He had netted four times in 51 reds games after signing from Port Vale in March 1919, returning there two years later. A’Court for England 1958 - Alan A’Court won his fifth and final cap for England in their 2-2 draw with Wales at Villa Park in the British International Championships. Champions 2013 – Loanee winger Victor Moses was named Nigerian Footballer of the Year. 2004 - Future reds reserves striker Michael Nardiello came off the bench as England Under-16’s were held to a goalless draw at Bloomfield Road by Scotland. England won the Victory Shield that year, although the trophy had already been secured before this match. 2009 – Future red Raheem Sterling also featured in the Victory Shield as England won 2-1 in Scotland. Other reds games 2000 – Emile Heskey struck a late consolation as we lost 2-1 at Newcastle United. Nobby Solano scored one of his four goals against the reds, with Kieron Dyer also netting. 1994 – Tottenham Hotspur held us to a 1-1 draw at Anfield. Robbie Fowler converted a penalty, but Neil Ruddock put through his own net. 1988 – We drew 1-1 with Wimbledon in L4 as Ray Houghton put us in front, but Steve Nicol scored a late own goal. 1966 – We lost 2-1 at West Bromwich Albion. Tony Brown scored one of his eight goals past us with Clive Clark nabbing one of his seven, before Geoff Strong struck. 1927 – We beat Huddersfield Town 4-2 at Anfield. Gordon Hodgson bagged a brace, with Dick Edmed and Tom Bromilow also scoring, with Donald McKinlay having a spot-kick saved. Billy Smith netted the last of his four against us, with Roy Goodall also on target. 1921 – Danny Shone netted as we lost 3-1 at Middlesbrough. Also in international action 1939 – South African keeper Arthur Riley played for an All-British XI against a Football League side in the Red Cross Fund International. 2015 – Future red Rafael Camacho played for Portugal Under-16’s in their 3-2 friendly defeat of Belgium in Beja.
  13. Will

    25th November

    Happy birthdays 1947 - Winger Steve Heighway was born in Dublin. He signed from Skelmersdale United in May 1970 and made 475 appearances for the reds, scoring 76 times and helping us to win four League titles, two European Cups, two UEFA Cups, FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and two FA Charity Shields, before moving to the USA to sign for Minnesota Kicks in 1981. He later returned to the club in 1989 as Youth Development Officer, becoming Academy Director before leaving at the end of the 2006/07 season. He scored on his 25th birthday as we won 2-1 at Tottenham Hotspur, with Kevin Keegan also netting and Martin Chivers bagging one of his seven goals against the reds. 1981 - Xabi Alonso was born in Tolosa. He arrived from Real Sociedad for £10.7m in August 2004, and bagged nineteen goals in 210 reds games, including two strikes from inside his own half, helping us to claim the European Cup, UEFA Super Cup, FA Cup and FA Community Shield. He moved on to Real Madrid for £30m in August 2009. 1933 - Forward Alan Arnell was born in Chichester. He struck 35 times in 75 reds games having arrived from non-league Worthing in March 1953. He stayed with the club until February 1961 when he was sold to Tranmere Rovers. 1883 – Inside-forward Tommy Green was born in Rock Ferry. He signed from New Brighton in September 1901, netting once in seven outings before moving to Swindon Town in April 1903. Euro joy 1964 - We beat Belgian champions Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht 3-0 at Anfield in a European Cup Second Round first leg tie, thanks to goals from Ian St. John, Roger Hunt and Ron Yeats, who notched his first goal at Anfield. Roger’s treble 1961 - Roger Hunt bagged a hat-trick with Jimmy Melia adding a brace in a 5-0 drubbing of Swansea Town at Anfield. This was Sir Roger’s third treble of the season. Robbie’s first farewell 2001 - Robbie Fowler played the final game in his first spell with the club as Emile Heskey handed us a 1-0 home win over Sunderland, breaking his duck after seventeen games without a goal. Robbie was sacrificed at half-time following the dismissal of Dietmar Hamann for a two-footed tackle on Bernt Haas, joining Leeds United four days later. 300 up 1933 – Gordon Hodgson played his 300th reds game as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by West Bromwich Albion. Sam English netted our goal. Youngsters celebrating 1988 - Jay Spearing was born in Wallasey. The central midfielder graduated to Melwood in the summer of 2007 after captaining the reds as they retained the FA Youth Cup that May. He made 55 senior appearances without finding the back of the net, moving on to Bolton Wanderers in August 2013 after a season on loan with the Trotters. 1988 – Ex-reserves left-back Robbie Threlfall was born in Liverpool. He was part of FA Youth Cup winning sides in consecutive years, scoring in the first leg of the 2006 Final, and made his first appearance with the first eleven in our pre-season friendly at Wrexham in July 2006. He moved to Bradford City in May 2010 after a successful loan spell, moving on to Morecambe two years later. Mixed fortunes against Wolves We have faced Wolverhampton Wanderers three times in the top flight on this day in history, winning one, drawing one and losing the other. 1899 - We drew 1-1 at Anfield with John Walker on target. Defender Thomas Hunter played the first of his five reds games. 1967 - We won 2-1 when we entertained them again, with Tony Hateley striking in the first minute and Willie Stevenson converting a late penalty. The spot-kick was originally taken by Tommy Smith with Evan Williams saving it, but the referee ordered a re-take because the keeper had moved too early, with Stevenson taking responsibility at the second attempt. Future red Alun Evans netted for the visitors. 1980 - We were thumped 4-1 at Molineux, with Phil Neal grabbing our goal. Ex-red Emlyn Hughes bagged their fourth and was then whisked away by Eamonn Andrews to film ‘This Is Your Life’. John Richards netted the last of his five goals against the reds, with Mel Eves and Normal Bell also on target. Most recently 2020 – We lost a UEFA Champions League group game 2-0 to Atalanta behind closed doors at Anfield, although we remained top of the table with two matches to go. James Milner reached a half century of European games for the reds. 2017 – Chelsea held us to a 1-1 draw at Anfield. Ex-Blue Mohamed Salah put us ahead during the second half, but Willian bagged a late leveller. 2012 - We were held to a goalless draw at Swansea City’s Liberty Stadium, with José Enrique having a goal ruled out for a very marginal offside. Mixed fortunes against Boro 1978 - We beat Middlesbrough 2-0 at home thanks to goals from Terry McDermott and former Boro star Graeme Souness. 1995 - We lost 2-1 on our first visit to the Riverside Stadium, with Neil Ruddock grabbing our goal after Neil Cox had opened the scoring, with future red Nick Barmby scoring the winner a minute later as keeper David James played his hundredth League game for us. Ged’s au revoir 1993 - Gérard Houllier resigned as Manager of France after their failure to qualify for the World Cup Finals in the USA. He had been in charge for twelve games, winning seven of these. McQueen between the sticks 1893 - Utility player and future Manager Matt McQueen played in goal for the first of 41 times, keeping a clean sheet in our goalless Second Division draw at Newcastle United on our first ever visit there. 1905 - We returned to St. James’ Park in the top flight, winning 3-2 thanks to a Sam Raybould goal and two penalties from Alf West. This completed our first ever treble of League wins on the North East in a season, having already won at Sunderland and Middlesbrough. Future red ‘Wee’ Ronald Orr scored for the home side, as did Peter McWilliam. 1892 – Matt’s brother winger Hugh McQueen married Mary Jane Ross in Edinburgh. On the move 1897 - Left-half Bill Goldie signed from Clyde for the reds, joining his brother Archie at Anfield. He went on to score six times in 174 appearances, helping us to the League title in 1901 before joining Fulham in January 1904. 1995 - Steve Nicol joined Sheffield Wednesday on a free transfer from Notts County. He made just 54 appearances in three seasons with the Owls, without scoring. 2004 – Midfielder Lee Peltier signed as a professional with the reds. He made his senior debut in our Carling Cup Third Round defeat of Reading in October 2006, but made just four first-team appearances in total before moving to Yeovil Town in January 2008 after a successful loan spell. 2018 – Ex-reds forward Robbie Keane was appointed to Republic of Ireland's coaching staff as Assistant Manager. 2021 – Spanish midfielder Stefan Bajčetić signed as a professional, having arrived as a centre-back from Real Club Celta de Vigo. He made his senior bow from the bench in our 9-0 thrashing of Bournemouth in August 2022. Other reds games 2006 – Steven Gerrard netted the only goal of Manchester City’s visit to Anfield. 1950 – We drew 1-1 at Burnley with Kevin Baron on the scoresheet. 1925 – We held Huddersfield Town to a goalless draw at Leeds Road. 1922 – Harry Chambers was on target as we won 1-0 at Aston Villa, with Billy Walker missing a penalty for the home side. 1911 – Preston North End won 1-0 in L4. Not going to the Far East 2001 - Future red Harry Kewell played as Australia lost 3-0 in Uruguay in the second leg of their World Cup play-off, to fall at the final hurdle 3-1 on aggregate. Youngsters in action 2005 – Future reds loanee Nuri Şahin became the youngest ever Bundesliga goalscorer, aged seventeen years and 81 days, scoring for Borussia Dortmund against 1. FC Nürnberg. On the same day, future reds loanee Victor Moses won his only cap for England Under-16’s in their 2-1 victory over Scotland. Also in international action 1970 – Emlyn Hughes played for England in their 3-1 friendly defeat of East Germany at Wembley. 1990 – Future red Jari Litmanen played as Finland drew a European Championships qualifier 1-1 in Malta.
  14. Will

    21st September

    Births and death 1891 - Reds boss George Kay was born in Manchester. He arrived at Anfield in August 1936 and led us to our first League title in 24 years in 1947, and the FA Cup Final three years later. He was forced to retire due to illness in February 1951, and sadly died just three years later. Amongst the players who joined the club during his tenure were the great Billy Liddell and Bob Paisley. He had led us to a total of 140 victories in 354 matches in charge. 1883 – Forward Jack Parkinson was born in Bootle. He joined the reds in 1910, turning pro in October 1911. He struck 128 times in 219 games, moving on to Bury in August 1914. 1987 – Left-winger Peter Kippax died. He left his hometown club Burnley to join the reds as an amateur in 1948, having helped Great Britain to fourth place in the Olympics football competition that summer. He made one League outing, against Birmingham City in March 1949, having already netted in a Wartime League fixture for the reds against Bolton Wanderers in August 1945, before moving on to Preston North End in 1950. For King Billy 1960 - A testimonial match for Billy Liddell was staged. The reds beat an International XI 4-2 at Anfield. Liddell appeared for both sides, scoring for the Internationals. Dave Hickson netted a brace for the reds, with Jim Harrop and Alan A’Court also on target. Other stars in action for the international side included Jimmy Armfield, Tom Finney, Nat Lofthouse, Stanley Matthews, Don Revie and Bert Trautmann. Goalscoring debuts 1929 - Forward Jimmy Smith netted a brace on his reds bow, to hand us a 2-1 win at Manchester United. Joe Spence struck the last of his five goals against the reds. 1968 - New record signing Alun Evans scored on his debut in our 4-0 win at home to Leicester City, with all four goals coming in the opening twelve minutes, courtesy also of Ron Yeats, a Tommy Smith penalty and Ian Callaghan. 1999 - Young midfielder Layton Maxwell scored on his only senior reds appearance as we beat Hull City 4-2 in the second leg of our Worthington Cup Second Round tie, with Karl-Heinz Riedle netting a brace in his 76th and last appearance, and Danny Murphy also on the scoresheet. Stéphane Henchoz, Frode Kippe and Jon Newby all also made their senior bows, with keeper Lee Bracey sent off in the first half with the score 1-0 to the reds. Hull fought back from two goals to draw level through a John Eyre penalty and Colin Alcide before the reds restored order to proceedings. More recent reds firsts 2021 – Joe Gomez skippered the reds for the first time as we won a League Cup Third Round tie 3-0 on our way to claiming the trophy for the ninth time. Right-back Conor Bradley and midfielders Kaide Gordon and Tyler Morton all debuted, with keeper Caoimhín Kelleher saving a spot-kick to maintain our lead before the break. Takumi Minamino struck either side of a Divock Origi header. Bells toll again 2011 – Craig Bellamy struck the first goal in his second spell at Anfield as we won 2-1 at Brighton & Hove Albion in the Third Round of the League Cup, also smashing the crossbar with a 35-yard free-kick. A new record attendance of 21,897 at the American Express Community Stadium was set. Dirk Kuyt added a second goal late on, before Ashley Barnes converted a last-minute spot-kick for the home side. Ex-reds reserve Alan Navarro featured for the Seagulls. Other debutants 1935 - Forward Jack Balmer made his first reds appearance as we lost 1-0 at Leeds United. 1901 - Left-half George Fleming made his reds bow as we drew 1-1 at Sunderland, with Jack Cox on target. George Bowen made his second and final reds appearance in this game. First and last strikes 1895 - Centre-forward George Allan bagged the first of his 56 reds goals as we won 4-2 at Loughborough Town in a Second Division fixture. Davy Hannah bagged a brace with Jimmy Ross also on target. 1974 - Phil Boersma netted his thirtieth and final goal for the reds in our 3-0 top-flight defeat of Stoke City at Anfield. Steve Heighway rounded off the scoring, with the ball having been set rolling by a John Ritchie own goal. 1994 – John Scales netted his first reds goal as we beat Burnley 2-0 in the first leg of our League Cup Second Round tie at Anfield. Robbie Fowler also scored. Macca off the mark 1985 - Kenny Dalglish scored at Goodison inside twenty seconds, to become the only ever Player/Manager to net in this fixture. Ian Rush equalled Harry Chambers’ club record for derby strikes with his eighth against the Blues before Steve McMahon nabbed his first reds goal from 25 yards, as we raced into a three-goal half-time lead. Graeme Sharp struck one of his seven derby goals after the break before Gary Lineker scored one of his six goals against us late on, but we hung on to win 3-2 with Lineker also rattling the crossbar. Phil Neal came on as a substitute, and so equalled Ian Callaghan’s record of 29 consecutive derby appearances, while Steve Nicol reached a century of reds outings. 1946 - Our other derby match on this day ended in a goalless draw at Anfield. Future reds on target 1991 - Gary McAllister scored the only goal of the game as we lost 1-0 at Leeds United. 2013 – Centre-back Dejan Lovren headed in as Southampton won 1-0 at Anfield, with fellow future reds Nathaniel Clyne, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert also featuring. Kenny at Hampden Kenny Dalglish twice turned out for the Scots at Hampden Park on this day. 1977 - He scored in their 3-1 World Cup qualifying defeat of Czechoslovakia. 1983 - He played alongside captain Graeme Souness, and ex-red Frank McGarvey and John Wark, as Scotland beat Uruguay 2-0 in a friendly. Robbo for Ireland 1983 - Michael Robinson won his first cap as a reds player, netting his final goal for the Republic of Ireland in their 3-0 European Championships qualifying win in Iceland. Clubmate Mark Lawrenson also played. Future red Glenn Hysén played for Sweden as the beat Czechoslovakia 1-0 in another qualifier in Solna the same day. Reserve keepers loaned out 1990 - Mike Hooper joined Leicester City on loan. He played fifteen times for them, before returning to our second string. 1985 - Bob Bolder moved to Sunderland on a temporary basis, going on to join them permanently for £100,000 the following month. English reds beaten at home 1983 - Phil Neal won his fiftieth and final cap in England’s 1-0 European Championships qualifying defeat by Denmark at Wembley, which meant they missed out on the Finals in France. Sammy Lee and future red John Barnes also played, while Ajax’s Jan Mølby came off the bench for the Danes. On the same day, Ian Rush and ex-red Joey Jones both played as Wales held Norway to a goalless draw in their qualifier in Oslo. Young England reds 1982 - Future reds John Barnes, Barry Venison and Paul Walsh all made their debuts for England Under-21’s as they won 4-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Denmark, with fellow future red Steve McMahon also playing. On the same day, another England Under-21’s side was winning the first leg of their European Championships Final 3-1 at Bramall Lane. Sammy Lee and future red David Hodgson both played against West Germany. England eventually won 5-4 on aggregate. Also on the move 1991 - Ex-red John Wak signed for Ipswich Town for the third time, this time on a free transfer from Middlesbrough. He spent another six seasons at Portman Road, helping them back into the top flight in 1992 and taking his total appearances for the Blues to 678. 2012 - Stephen Warnock joined Bolton Wanderers on loan from Aston Villa, playing fifteen times for the Trotters. 2020 - Mikel San José signed for Birmingham City, playing 28 times before terminating his contract by mutual consent the following May. Big wins 1907 – Forward Joe Hewitt nabbed a brace as we won 4-0 at Bolton Wanderers with James Bradley and Robbie Robinson also on the scoresheet. 1996 - Patrik Berger netted twice to add to strikes from John Barnes and Robbie Fowler and an Andy Myers own goal, when he knelt down to head back towards his keeper as we beat Chelsea 5-1 at Anfield. Frank Leboeuf struck the visitors’ late consolation. This game was the 129th consecutive reds game Robbie had played in, but he sat out the next one, our return meeting with Finnish side Myllykosken Pallo-47 in the European Cup Winners’ Cup. Bennett’s treble 1918 - Thomas Bennett grabbed a hat-trick as we trounced Preston North End 8-0 in a Wartime League game at Anfield. Donald McKinlay nabbed a brace, while Arthur Metcalf, Harry Lewis and Harold Wadsworth all also scored. 1940 - We also met the Lilywhites in a wartime fixture, this time losing 5-0 at Deepdale. Other reds games 1963 – We lost 3-0 at Sheffield United. 1957 – We beat Leyton Orient 3-0 in a Second Division encounter in L4 with Johnny Wheeler, Tony Rowley and Brian Jackson all on the scoresheet. 1914 – Arthur Metcalf and Jimmy Nicholl netted as we lost 4-2 at Blackburn Rovers. Danny Shea struck the last two of his ten goals against the reds, with Eddie Latheron also bagging a brace. 1912 – Manchester City beat the reds 2-1 at Anfield, with Billy Lacey nabbing our goal. Also in international action 1969 – Future red Peter Cormack played for Scotland as they drew a friendly with the Republic of Ireland 1-1 in Dublin. 1988 – Future red István Kozma featured for Hungary in their 3-0 friendly win in Iceland. 1993 – Future red Bjørn Tore Kvarme played for Norway Under-21’s as they beat Poland 3-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Stavanger. 2007 – Future red Danny Wilson represented Scotland Under-17’s as they thrashed Liechtenstein 8-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Livingston. 2011 – Future reds keeper Danny Ward played for Wales Under-19’s in their 3-0 defeat by Belgium in a European Championships qualifier in Slovenia. 2016 – Rafael Camacho featured for Portugal Under-17’s in their 1-0 defeat by Scotland in a European Championships qualifier.
  15. Will

    16th September

    Happy birthday KHR 1965 - Karl-Heinz Riedle was born in Weiler-Simmerberg. The German striker arrived from Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund for a £1.8m fee in July 1997, and struck fifteen times in 76 reds games, as well as having a positive influence on the young Michael Owen before joining Fulham for £200,000 in September 1999. 1900 – Full-back Jimmy Gray was born in Glasgow. The South African international signed from Transvaal in 1926 but only played one first-team game for the reds, a 2-1 home League defeat by Sheffield United in September 1928. He left in January 1930 to sign for Exeter City for £75, where he is remembered as one of their greatest ever players. European Anfield thumpings 1969 - Alec Lindsay scored on his debut in our 10-0 trouncing of Irish side Dundalk in the Fairs Cup. This is also the first time that Gérard Houllier witnessed the reds in action, while working as a teacher on Merseyside. He was accompanied by future reds coach Patrice Bergues. Alun Evans, Tommy Smith and Bobby Graham all grabbed a brace each, with Chris Lawler, Peter Thompson and Ian Callaghan all also on target. 1992 - Ian Rush scored four goals in our 6-1 defeat of Cypriots Apollon Limassol in our first game of that season’s European Cup Winners’ Cup campaign, in front of just 12,769 fans. Rushie’s goals made him our leading European marksman to that point on nineteen and came following a rare brace from Paul Stewart. Phil Charnock made his reds debut, becoming our youngest ever European player. Marios Charalambous was sent off for the visitors with the score at 3-0. Stevie at the double 2008 - Steven Gerrard scored a twice-taken penalty to put us ahead at Olympique de Marseille in our Champions League group encounter after equalising with a stunning strike following Lorik Cana’s opener. We held on to claim a 2-1 victory as Stevie moved to 99 goals for the reds. Dan again 2013 – Daniel Sturridge scored in his fifth consecutive game as we drew 2-2 in a crazy game at Swansea City. Victor Moses scored on his reds bow as Mamadou Sakho also debuted, with Steven Gerrard captaining the side for the 400th time. Ex-red Jonjo Shelvey opened the scoring before presenting Sturridge with the ball inside the penalty area. Moses then put the reds back in front after Shelvey again gave the ball away. However, he later crossed for Michu to head in the equaliser. Reds farewells 1959 - Legendary left-back Donald McKinlay died in Liverpool. He signed from Newton Villa in January 1910, making 434 appearances before joining Prescot Cables in July 1929. He 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. 1949 – Left-winger Doug McAvoy moved on to Queen Of The South. He had only made two senior reds appearances after signing from his hometown club Kilmarnock in December 1947 for £7,000. 1929 – Forward John McFarlane played his second and last reds game as we lost 3-0 at Huddersfield Town, with Harry Davies netting a treble for the Terriers, the first goals of his four past us. He remained our youngest ever player until Jack Robinson’s debut in May 2010, having debuted seven months earlier at home to Everton, aged seventeen years and 47 days. Anfield trebles 1922 - Dick Forshaw scored a hat-trick in our 5-2 top-flight defeat of Preston North End, to add to goals from Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers and Tom Bromilow. Tommy Roberts netted one of his four goals against the reds, with Alf Quantrill also on target as left-back Donald McKinlay reached 200 reds outings. 1990 - Peter Beardsley struck a treble, including his fiftieth reds goal, with John Barnes also heading in a goal as we trounced Manchester United 4-0. Keeper Les Sealey booted the ball into the crowd at the end, but the Kopite who caught it later returned the ball to the hat-trick hero. Most recently 2017 – Burnley held us to a 1-1 draw at Anfield, with Mohamed Salah equalising shortly after Scott Arfield had given the visitors a shock lead. 2016 – We won 2-1 at Chelsea, taking a two-goal half-time lead thanks to a Dejan Lovren goal and a stunning strike from Jordan Henderson. Diego Costa pulled one back after an hour. 1936 – We lost a top-flight encounter 2-0 at Stamford Bridge, with Joe Bambrick netting the last two of his four goals past us for Chelsea. Treble firsts 2010 - Joe Cole bagged his first reds goal as we thumped Steaua Bucureşti 4-1 at Anfield in a UEFA Europa League group game, with Roy Hodgson becoming the first reds boss to win all of his first five games in continental competition. His goal came after just 27 seconds, our fast ever European strike as Pepe Reina captained the reds for the first time. Cristian Tanase levelled the score inside a quarter of an hour but David N’Gog converted a second-half penalty before late strikes from Lucas and N’Gog. 2014 – Mario Balotelli struck his first reds goal to open the scoring late on against Bulgarian side Ludogorets Razgrad in our opening UEFA Champions League group game at Anfield. Dani Abalo equalised in the ninetieth minute, but Steven Gerrard secured a 2-1 victory from the spot in stoppage time after Javier Manquillo was felled in the area. 300 for Rafa 2009 – Dirk Kuyt grabbed the only goal of our Champions League group game against Hungarian side Debreceni VSC at Anfield, in what was Rafael Benítez’s 300th game in charge. From the TV studio to pitch-side 1972 - TV pundit Jimmy Hill came out of the crowd to fill in for injured linesman Dennis Drewitt, during our goalless League draw at Highbury. Alf off the mark 1963 - Alf Arrowsmith and Peter Thompson both struck their first reds goals as we thumped Wolverhampton Wanderers 6-0 in a First Division fixture with Ian Callaghan and Gordon Milne also on target, and Roger Hunt bagging a brace. This remains our joint best ever victory over Wolves, with keeper Jim Furnell playing his 28th and last reds game. 1953 - We also hosted Wolves in the top flight, when Bill Jones netted his seventeenth and last reds goal in a 1-1 draw, and Dennis Wilshaw scoring one of his seven goals past us. Two derby wins We have twice beaten Everton 3-1 on this day in history. 1986 - We won the first leg of the Screen Sport Super Cup Final at Anfield by that score thanks to an Ian Rush brace and a goal from Steve McMahon. Ex-red Kevin Sheedy netted for the Blues. 1950 - Jack Balmer netted two as we won in the First Division at Goodison, with Albert Stubbins also on the mark. This season was the most recent occasion that the Blues were relegated. 1911 - We lost another top-flight encounter 2-1 across the park, with Jack Parkinson grabbing our consolation. Forward ‘Wee’ Ronald Orr injured ligaments in his right leg, leaving us down to ten men for the second half. He was out of action for six weeks. Also in Europe 1997 - Steve McManaman struck a last-minute wonder goal to level the first leg of our UEFA Cup First Round match at Celtic, after Michael Owen had netted his first European goal just six minutes into the game. Jackie McNamara had equalised before Simon Donnelly put the home side ahead from the spot. 1981 - Our other European game on this day ended in a 1-0 defeat of Oulun Palloseura in Finland, with Kenny Dalglish nabbing the goal. This was Bob Paisley’s fiftieth European game in charge. Debuting against his next club 1995 - Jason McAteer came off the bench to make his reds bow in our 3-0 defeat of Blackburn Rovers at Anfield. Jamie Redknapp, Robbie Fowler and Stan Collymore netted the goals inside the first half hour, after a kick-off delayed by fire alarms going off in the ground. Henning Berg was sent off for Rovers in this game. Thumping Boro 1931 - We beat Middlesbrough 7-2 in a First Division match at Anfield, our biggest ever win over the Teesiders. Harold Barton and Gordon Hodgson both struck twice, with the latter playing his 200th League game for the reds. Our other goals came from Gordon Gunson, Jim Smith and Tom Morrison. George Camsell bagged two of his nine strikes against the reds. Against City We have twice visited Manchester City on this day in history. 1893 - The first time came in a Second Division match at Hyde Road when they were still known as Ardwick, with James Stott netting the only goal of the game, his first reds strike. 1944 – Reginald Dix bagged a brace, including a penalty, as we drew a Wartime League game 2-2. On the same day, Ray Lambert and future reds boss Don Welsh featured as England drew 2-2 with Wales in a wartime international staged at Anfield. Red arrivals 1893 - Left-half William Hughes signed from Bootle. He only ever made one senior reds appearance, in our first season in the League. 2011 – The appointment of Gary Adlen as Foundation Director was announced. He was in charge of the expansion of the existing LFC Foundation charity to include all of the club’s community work in one place, moving on in August 2013. 2019 – Young midfielder Jake Cain signed professional terms with the club. He made his senior debut in our FA Cup Fourth Round replay defeat of Shrewsbury Town in February 2020. 2021 – Defender Lee Jonas turned pro with the reds. He had arrived from Everton at Under-12’s level. A youthful hat-trick 2001 - Florent Sinama-Pongolle bagged a treble for France Under-17’s in their 5-3 defeat of the USA at the World Championships in The Dwight Yorke Stadium in Tobago, with club-mate Anthony Le Tallec also in the team. 2016 - Rafael Camacho scored his first Under-17's goal for Portugal, converting a spot-kick in their 2-0 defeat of Wales in a European Championships qualifier. Loris debuts 2008 – Future reds keeper Loris Karius won his first cap for Germany Under-16’s in their 5-0 thumping of Belgium. Olympian reds 2000 - Future red Milan Baroš appeared for the Czech Republic in their 3-2 defeat by Kuwait in the Olympics in Brisbane. On the same day, Brad Friedel featured as the USA drew 1-1 with Cameroon in Canberra in the same group. Strikers on the move 1991 - Paul Walsh joined Queens Park Rangers on loan from Tottenham Hotspur. He only made two appearances for the R’s before returning to White Hart Lane. 1987 - Ex-reserves striker Mike Newell joined Leicester City from Luton Town for £350,000. He struck 26 goals in 96 games for the Foxes before moving on again in July 1989, joining Everton for £1.1m. Other games on this day 1989 – Norwich City held us to a goalless draw at Anfield. 1978 – Graeme Souness bagged the only goal of Coventry City’s visit to L4. The Sky Blues were managed by ex-red Gordon Milne. 1967 – We lost 1-0 at Southampton with Martin Chivers bagging the first of his seven goals against the reds in the first minute. Tommy Smith then had a penalty saved. 1961 – We drew a Second Division match 0-0 at Brighton & Hove Albion. 1933 – Leicester City won 3-1 at Anfield. Hugh Adcock and Arthur Lochhead each struck the last of their five goals past us with Arthur Maw also on target before Alf Hanson bagged our late consolation. 1907 – We drew 0-0 at Sheffield United. 1905 – Sam Raybould netted either side of one of George Bridgett’s five goals against us as we won 2-1 at Sunderland. 1899 – We lost 2-0 at West Bromwich Albion’s Stoney Lane ground, with Ben Garfield grabbing a brace. Also in international action 1933 – Elisha Scott played for Northern Ireland as they beat Scotland 2-1 in a British International Championships game in Glasgow. 2006 – Future red Joe Allen played for Wales Under-17’s in their 2-0 defeat by Bosnia-Herzegovina in a European Championships qualifier. 2007 – Future red Nikola Sarić featured for Denmark Under-17’s as they lost 2-0 to the Republic of Ireland in a European Championships qualifier in Athlone.
  16. Will

    7th September

    Happy birthdays 1974 - Stéphane Henchoz was born in Billens, Switzerland. He arrived for £3.5m from Blackburn Rovers in June 1999, and made a total of 205 appearances without scoring, forming a rock-solid partnership with Sami Hyypiä and helping us to claim five trophies in 2001 as well as another League Cup two years later. He joined Celtic on a free transfer in January 2005, and spent a season playing for Premiership new boys Wigan Athletic, before returning to Ewood Park for two injury-hit seasons. 1993 – Midfielder Kevin Stewart was born in Enfield. He arrived from Tottenham Hotspur in July 2014 on a free transfer, making twenty senior reds appearances without scoring before joining Hull City in July 2017. 1988 – Ex-reserves striker Craig Lindfield was born in Greasby on the Wirral peninsula. He struck in a pre-season friendly at Crewe Alexandra in July 2006 on his first appearance for the senior side, but failed to make a first-class appearance for the reds, and was released in August 2009. Trigger pulled 1995 - Birkenhead-born Jason McAteer signed from Bolton Wanderers for £4.5m, which was still their record transfer fee received until Nicolas Anelka’s £15m departure for Chelsea in January 2008, just five months after impressing against the reds in the Coca Cola Cup Final. He bagged six goals in his 139 reds games before joining Blackburn Rovers for £4m in January 1999. Four against the blues 1935 - Centre-forward Fred Howe scored four goals in our 6-0 triumph in the Anfield derby with Gordon Hodgson adding a brace. This remains the biggest ever winning margin by either side in the Merseyside derby. 1929 - Our other Anfield derby on this day ended in a 3-0 defeat. Dixie Dean bagged two of his nineteen derby goals with George Martin also on target. Red England 1977 - Six reds, plus the recently-departed Kevin Keegan, represented England in their goalless friendly draw with Switzerland at Wembley. This was England’s highest total from any one club since seven Arsenal players turned out against Italy in 1934, at Highbury. Terry McDermott made his debut alongside clubmates Ian Callaghan, Ray Clemence, skipper Emlyn Hughes, Ray Kennedy and Phil Neal. On the same day, Kenny Dalglish won his 48th Scottish cap, and his first as a reds player, as they beat East Germany 1-0 in a friendly in Berlin. King Billy starts out 1946 - We thumped Chelsea 7-4 at Anfield. Billy Liddell scored a brace on his official League debut, including one direct from a corner in the third minute as we raced into a 4-0 interval lead, with the lead eventually stretching to 6-0 before the west London outfit fought back. Bill Jones grabbed his first two reds goals with Willie Fagan also netting twice and Jack Balmer grabbing the other goal. Keeper Charlie Ashcroft also made his reds bow in this game, with Bob Paisley playing his first League game. Alex Machin bagged a brace for the visitors, with Len Goulden and Jimmy Argue also on target. 1963 - We also beat the Blues at Stamford Bridge, with Ian St. John nabbing a brace and Roger Hunt also on target in a 3-1 victory. Red trebles 1974 - Phil Boersma scored a first-half hat-trick in our 5-2 defeat of Tottenham Hotspur. Emlyn Hughes and Ray Kennedy were also on the scoresheet, with Martin Chivers netting the last of his seven goals against us, and Steve Perryman also scoring. This was Emlyn’s 300th League game for the reds. 1903 - Sydney Smith bagged a treble as we beat Manchester City 6-5 in a friendly at Anfield. Edgar Chadwick, Alex Raisbeck and Jack Cox also netted. 1921 - We also faced City, drawing 1-1 at their old Hyde Road ground, with Harry Chambers on target for the reds. Red first and last 1996 - Patrik Berger made his reds bow as a substitute in our 2-1 defeat of Southampton on Graeme Souness’s first return to Anfield. Stan Collymore and Steve McManaman were on target either side of ex-red Jim Magilton’s equaliser. 1985 – We beat Watford 3-1 at Anfield after falling behind to a Colin West goal. Phil Neal levelled from the spot before the break, his 59th and final reds goal, before Craig Johnston and Ian Rush secured the victory. More debutants 1895 – John McKenna took charge of the reds for the first time as left-back Tom Wilkie and forward Fred Geary both debuted in our season-opening 3-2 defeat of Notts County at Forest’s Town Ground, as Trent Bridge was being used for a cricket match. Jimmy Ross, Joe McQue and Harry Bradshaw struck for the reds. Future reds right-back Jack Chadburn scored for the home side, with Elijah Allsopp also on target. 1991 - We also beat County, with Ronnie Rosenthal netting and Mark Walters converting a penalty as we came from behind at half time to win 2-1 at Meadow Lane. Tons up 1901 - Winger Tommy Robertson made his hundredth consecutive reds appearance in our 1-0 defeat at Stoke. 1971 – Forward Alun Evans reached a century of reds games as we beat Hull City 3-0 in a League Cup Second Round win at Anfield. Chris Lawler and Steve Heighway scored in the first half before Brian Hall converted a penalty after the break. 2012 – Ex-red Fernando Torres won his hundredth senior cap in Spain’s 5-0 friendly thumping of Saudi Arabia in Pontevedra. Mixed fortunes against the Mancs We have faced Manchester United three times in top-flight fixtures on this day in history, with differing results. 1907 - We were thumped 4-0 at their old Bank Street ground, with forward Sam Bowyer making an unhappy debut. Jimmy Turnbull bagged three of his seven strikes against the reds with George Wall netting the first of his ten goals past us. 1938 - Berry Nieuwenhuys grabbed the only goal of the game at Anfield. 1949 - Albert Stubbins struck as we were held 1-1 in L4, with Charlie Mitten bagging one of his five goals past us. International records 2012 – Ex-red John Arne Riise played for Norway for the 105th time as they lost a World Cup qualifier 2-0 in Iceland to become their most capped player ever. He went on to make 110 appearances in total. On the same day, Xherdan Shaqiri won his first cap as a Bayern München player in Switzerland’s 2-0 World Cup qualifying win in Slovenia. On the same day, future red Gini Wijnaldum scored as the Dutch Under-21’s thumped Austria 4-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Tilburg. 2007 – Future red James Milner set a new record for England Under-21’s caps, previously held by Scott Carson, as he played for the thirtieth time in their 3-0 European Championships qualifying win in Montenegro. He went on to win 46 caps in total, still a record. Ádám Bogdán won his first cap for Hungary Under-21’s as a Bolton Wanderers player as they won a qualifier 6-1 in San Marino. 2004 - James Milner also played for England Under-21’s, alongside fellow future reds Scott Carson, Glen Johnson, Gary O’Neil and Jermaine Pennant as they beat Poland 3-1 in another qualifier in Rybnik. Darren Potter and future reds Alberto Aquilani and Raul Meireles also appeared in qualifiers at this level that day. Young captains 1999 - Jamie Carragher captained England Under-21’s as they lost 3-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Poland. Steven Gerrard won his second cap, while David Thompson also featured as a substitute. Frode Kippe and future reds Milan Baroš, Haukur Ingi Guðnason and John Arne Riise all also played in qualifiers that day. 2009 – Future reds centre-half Danny Wilson skippered Scotland Under-19’s as they lost 2-0 to Iceland in Cumbernauld. 2010 – Péter Gulácsi was captain as Hungary Under-21’s were held to a goalless draw by Bosnia-Herzegovina in a European Championships qualifier in Budapest. Danny Wilson and future reds Thiago Alcântara, Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge also featured in Under-21’s qualifiers that day. 2018 – Andy Robertson skippered Scotland for the first time as they were thumped 4-0 by Belgium in a Hampden Park friendly. Reds on target 2002 - Ex-red Phil Babb scored an own goal as the Republic of Ireland lost a Euro 2004 qualifier 4-2 in Russia, while winning his 36th and final cap. Future red Steve Finnan also featured, with Robbie Keane making his first outing while with Tottenham Hotspur. On the same day, ex-red Øyvind Leonhardsen was winning his first cap as an Aston Villa player, and his eightieth in total, in Norway’s 2-2 home qualifying draw with Denmark. John Arne Riise scored one of Norway’s goals, his first as a reds player, while future red Christian Poulsen played for the Danes. Future red Djibril Cissé scored his first senior international goal on his first full appearance as France won 2-1 in Cyprus in another qualifier. Also in international action that day were Steven Gerrard, Dietmar Hamann, Stéphane Henchoz, Emile Heskey, Sami Hyypiä, Danny Murphy, Michael Owen, future reds Craig Bellamy, Joe Cole, Paul Jones, Alex Manninger and Bolo Zenden and ex-reds Haukur Ingi Guðnason, David James and Jari Litmanen. 2012 – James Milner netted his first goal for his country, and only one as a Manchester City player, as Roy Hodgson’s England won a World Cup qualifier 5-0 in Moldova. Ex-red Robbie Keane converted a penalty as the Republic of Ireland won a qualifier 2-1 in Kazakhstan. On the same day, Nuri Şahin won his first cap while on loan with the reds in Turkey’s 2-0 defeat in the Netherlands, while Raul Meireles represented Portugal for the first time since moving to Fenerbahçe Spor Kulübü as they won 2-1 in Luxembourg. Ragnar Klavan played for Estonia for the first time while with Augsburg in their 2-0 defeat by Romania in Tallinn. Yossi Benayoun played for Israel for the first time while on loan at West Ham United as Israel drew another qualifier 1-1 in Azerbaijan. Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson, Martin Škrtel, future reds Ádám Bogdán, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mamadou Sakho and ex-reds Nikolay Mihaylov and Krisztián Németh all also represented their countries that day. 2013 – Victor Moses converted a penalty in Nigeria’s 2-0 World Cup qualifying defeat of Malawi in Calabar, as he won his first cap while on loan with the reds. Future red Sadio Mané was also on target as Senegal beat Uganda 1-0 in another qualifier in Dakar. 2021 - Sadio Mané scored in his fourth consecutive game for Senegal, converting a penalty in their 3-1 World Cup qualifying win in Congo. Diogo Jota struck for Portugal as they won 3-0 in Azerbaijan, while ex-red Rhian Brewster scored from the spot, his first goal for England Under-21’s in his thirteenth appearance, as they beat Kosovo 2-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Milton Keynes. Morgan Boyes, Andy Robertson and ex-reds Steve Clarke and Dejan Lovren also represented their countries that day. Together with Juve 1989 - A Northern League representative team took on a combined Liverpool and Juventus Under-21’s side as part of the Northern League’s centenary celebrations. Jim Magilton and Mike Marsh struck as the non-leaguers won 3-2 at St. James’ Park. Bob Paisley managed a side that also featured Steve Harkness, Wayne Harrison and Nicky Tanner. First and last caps 2021 – Keeper Jakub Ojrzyński made his bow for Poland Under-19’s as they lost 1-0 to Denmark in a friendly in Norway. Future red Calvin Ramsay debuted for Scotland Under-21’s in their 1-1 draw with Turkey in a European Championships qualifier in Bursa. Ex-red Ki-Jana Hoever won his first cap for the Netherlands at the same level on the same day, in their 3-0 defeat of Moldova in Deventer. Meanwhile, Ozan Kabak featured for Turkey for the first time while on loan from Schalke 04 to Norwich City as they were thumped 6-1 in a World Cup qualifier by a Netherlands side in Amsterdam that was captained by Virgil van Dijk, with ex-red Gini Wijnaldum also in action. 2019 - Philippe Coutinho won his first cap while on loan at Bayern München as Brazil drew 2-2 with Colombia in a friendly in Florida, with Roberto Firmino and future reds Arthur Melo and Luis Díaz also featuring. Jordan Henderson, Liam Millar, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and ex-reds Sebastián Coates and Raheem Sterling also played for their countries that day. 2018 – Alisson Becker and Fabinho both won their first caps for Brazil as reds players, with Roberto Firmino on target in their 2-0 friendly defeat of the USA in New Jersey and future red Arthur Melo also debuting. Meanwhile, Ki-Jana Hoever made his debut for the Dutch Under-17’s as they held Germany to a 2-2 draw, with Kai McKenzie-Lyle playing for Guyana for the first time since joining the reds in their 3-0 defeat of Barbados in a CONCACAF Nations League qualifier. Fulham’s Fábio Carvalho debuted for England Under-17’s as they thrashed Norway Under-16’s 6-0 in Poland. Kamil Grabara, Curtis Jones, Corey Whelan and ex-red Philippe Coutinho also played for their countries that day. 2015 – Rafael Camacho made his bow for Portugal Under-19’s as they won 1-0 in Italy, while Diogo Jota won his first cap for the Under-21’s as a Wolverhampton Wanderers player as they lost 2-1 to Romania in a European Championships qualifier. Emre Can, Joe Gomez, Jordon Ibe, Lazar Marković, Sheyi Ojo, Jordan Rossiter, ex-red Krisztián Németh and future red Dominic Solanke all also played for their countries while ex-reds Daniel Agger and Robbie Keane both skippered their nations. 2014 - Lazar Marković won his first cap as a reds player as Serbia held France to a 1-1 friendly draw in Belgrade. Péter Gulácsi appeared for Hungary for the final time while playing for Red Bull Salzburg in their 2-1 defeat by Northern Ireland in Budapest. Ex-red Robbie Keane and future red Kostas Tsimikas were also in international action that day. 2010 – Christian Poulsen won his first cap as a reds player, skippering Denmark to a 1-0 Euro 2012 qualifying defeat of Iceland in Copenhagen, with Daniel Agger also featuring. Javier Mascherano won his first cap since his move to Barcelona as Argentina thumped Spain 4-1 in a friendly in Buenos Aires, with Pepe Reina and ex-reds Xabi Alonso and Álvaro Arbeloa on the losing side. Ex-reds Yossi Benayoun, Alou Diarra and Robbie Keane all also captained their countries in qualifiers, with Keane netting as the Republic of Ireland beat Andorra 3-1 in Dublin. Joe Allen won his last Under-21’s cap as Wales lost a European Championships qualifier 1-0 in Italy. Roma’s John Arne Riise netted for Norway as they beat Portugal 1-0 in Oslo, while Basel’s Xherdan Shaqiri netted his first senior international goal as Switzerland lost 3-1 to England in Basel. Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson, Milan Jovanović, Raul Meireles, Martin Škrtel, future red James Milner and ex-reds Nikolay Mihaylov and Daniel Sjölund also featured in qualifiers, with ex-red Milan Baroš having a spot-kick saved as the Czech Republic lost 1-0 at home to Lithuania. 1994 - Ex-red Barry Venison won the first of his two full England caps in their 2-0 friendly defeat of the USA at Wembley. John Barnes, Rob Jones and future red Brad Friedel all also featured. On the same day, future red Karl-Heinz Riedle won his 42nd and final cap for Germany as they beat Russia 1-0 in a friendly in Moscow. Also that day, Phil Babb won his first cap as a reds player as the Republic of Ireland won 3-0 in a Euro ’96 qualifier in Latvia. Ex-red John Aldridge scored the fifth and sixth of his eight goals in four games against Latvia, one coming from the spot, with future red Jason McAteer and ex-red Steve Staunton also playing. Stig Inge Bjørnebye, Ian Rush, ex-red István Kozma and future reds Øyvind Leonhardsen, Jari Litmanen, Jim Magilton and Gary McAllister all also played for their countries. 2008 – Future red Ádám Bogdán won his seventh and last Under-21's cap as Hungary were thumped 8-0 by Serbia in a European Championships qualifier in Belgrade. Future red Kolo Touré and ex-reds Mark González and Momo Sissoko all featured in World Cup qualifiers on the same day. 2003 - Harry Kewell netted in his first game for Australia as a reds player, as they beat Jamaica 2-1 in a friendly in Reading. 2005 - Daniel Agger won his fourth and last cap and scored his only goal as a Brøndby IF player as Denmark thumped Georgia 6-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Copenhagen. Christian Poulsen netted his final goal while with Schalke 04 in the same game. Milan Baroš bagged his first goal as an Aston Villa player, playing alongside ex-red Vladimír Šmicer in the Czech Republic’s 4-1 defeat of Armenia in another qualifier. Meanwhile, Michael Owen won his first cap as a Newcastle United player in England’s 1-0 defeat in Northern Ireland. Xabi Alonso, Jamie Carragher, Djibril Cissé, Luis García, Steven Gerrard, John Arne Riise and future reds Yossi Benayoun, Joe Cole, Philipp Degen, Robbie Keane, Martin Škrtel, Fernando Torres and Andriy Voronin all also featured in qualifiers, with John Toshack taking charge of Wales. 2007 - Degen also represented his country as they beat Chile 2-1 in Vienna, with future Joe Allen also in international action that day. Moving on 1928 – Outside-right Cyril Oxley moved on to Southend United after scoring six goals in 34 games since signing from Chesterfield for £2,000 in October 1925. 2005 – Future reds Direct of Football Damien Comolli was appointed Sporting Director of Tottenham Hotspur, with overall responsibility for the medical, academy, scouting and club secretarial departments. 2016 – Left-back José Enrique signed for Real Zaragoza, having been released by the reds at the end of the previous season. He struck once in 24 outings in his first campaign with the Segunda División side. 2020 - Sheyi Ojo joined Cardiff City on loan. He scored five goals in 42 outings for the Bluebirds. Other reds games 1982 – We won by the odd goal in seven when Nottingham Forest visited L4. We were 3-2 down at the break after Steve Hodge had scored the first two of his six goals against the reds and Peter Davenport also on target. David Hodgson bagged a first-half brace, with Graeme Souness and Ian Rush scoring late on. 1968 – Ron Yeats and Bobby Graham struck as we beat Queens Park Rangers at home. 1960 – We were held to a 2-2 draw by Luton Town in a Second Division encounter at Anfield. Gordon Turner bagged one of his five goals past us very early, with Dave Hickson equalising straight away. Ronnie Moran converted a penalty, but Billy Bingham equalised before the break. 1957 – We drew 2-2 at Fulham in a Second Division meeting. Tosh Chamberlain scored one of his four goals past us, with Billy Liddell and Alan A’Court putting us in front by half time. Johnny Haynes equalised for the Cottagers in the second half. 1955 – Bristol Rovers won a Second Division match 2-0 in L4. Geoff Bradford netted one of his five strikes against us, with Alfie Biggs also on the scoresheet. 1953 – Brian Jackson netted as we lost 2-1 at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Roy Swinbourne struck the last of his five goals past us with Peter Broadbent bagging the late winner. 1932 - We were held to a 2-2 draw at Anfield by Sheffield United. Jack Pickering scored two of his five against us straight after the break, with Dave Wright then bagging a brace. 1896 – Bolton Wanderers won 2-0 in L4. Also in international action 2020 – Ex-reds coach Steve Clarke took charge of a Scotland side captained by Andy Robertson as they won a UEFA Nations League group game in the Czech Republic. On the same day, Virgil van Dijk skippered the Netherlands in their 1-0 defeat by Italy in Amsterdam, with Gini Wijnaldum also in action. 1997 – Future red Gary McAllister captained Scotland as they beat Belarus 4-1 in a World Cup qualifier at Pittodrie. 1993 – Steve McManaman, Jamie Redknapp and future reds coach Mike Sheron all played for England Under-21’s as they lost 2-1 to Poland in a European Championships qualifier at The Den. On the same day, Sami Hyypiä played for Finland at the same level as they lost 1-0 to France in another qualifier in Tampere, while fellow future red Bjørn Tore Kvarme featured for Norway Under-21’s as they drew 1-1 with Spain in a friendly in Albacete. 1983 – Glenn Hysén and future red Jan Mølby both played in friendlies, with Sweden beating Finland 3-0 in Helsinki and Denmark seeing off France 3-1 in Copenhagen.
  17. Will

    15th August

    Double debutants 1987 - John Barnes and new record signing Peter Beardsley both made their official reds debuts as we beat Arsenal 2-1 at Highbury, thanks to goals from John Aldridge and Steve Nicol, who scored an extraordinary header from the edge of the penalty box. This was Kenny Dalglish’s fiftieth League win as reds boss, coming in his 85th game - still the best record of any reds boss. Happy birthday Ox 1993 – Midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was born in Portsmouth. He signed from Arsenal for £35m in August 2017, netting seventeen times in 133 appearances across his first five campaigns as well as suffering a serious injury. He made it back to sit on the bench as we claimed the UEFA Champions League in Madrid in June 2019 and helping us to claim the Premier League, FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup. Clem departs 1981 – Ray Clemence was sold to Tottenham Hotspur for £300,000. He had arrived from Sc***horpe United for £18,000 in June 1967, usurping Tommy Lawrence as first choice number one after two years. He went on to make 665 reds appearances, winning five League titles, an FA Cup, three European Cups, two UEFA Cups, League Cup, UEFA Super Cup and four FA Charity Shields in his fourteen years at Anfield. 1976 – Kevin Keegan confirmed that the upcoming season would be his final one at Anfield. He struck twenty times in 57 outings in this campaign, helping us to claim the European Cup and League title, and reach the FA Cup Final. 1974- Centre-half Larry Lloyd was sold to Coventry City for £240,000. 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 after joining the reds from Bristol Rovers for £50,000 in April 1969, appearing 218 times and notching five times. Double dismissals 2010 – Joe Cole was sent off for a challenge on Laurent Koscielny just before half-time in our Anfield meeting with Arsenal. David N’Gog put us in front immediately after the break, with the lead lasting until the last minute when Marouane Chamakh diverted a cross against the post and Pepe Reina spilled the rebound into his own net. Koscielny was then sent off for a second bookable offence in injury-time. This turned out to be Javier Mascherano’s 139th and final reds game. Other birthdays 1988 – Moroccan winger Oussama Assaidi was born in Beni-Boughafar. He signed from Dutch side SC Heerenveen for £2.4m in August 2012, failing to score in twelve appearances before spending a season and a half on loan at Stoke City. He was sold to UAE Arabian Gulf League side Al Ahli for a reported £4.7m in January 2015. 1905 - Centre-forward Tommy Reid was born in Motherwell. He signed from Clydebank for £1,000 in April 1926 and bagged an impressive thirty goals in 55 games before moving to Manchester United in February 1929. Off the mark 2017 – Trent Alexander-Arnold scored his first senior goal as we won 2-1 at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in the first leg of our UEFA Champions League qualifier. Simon Mignolet saved a penalty, with forward Dominic Solanke making his reds bow as we benefited when Havard Nordtveit inadvertently diverted a James Milner cross into his own net. 2007 - Yossi Benayoun made his reds debut as Andriy Voronin’s first reds strike proved to be the only goal of the first leg of our Champions League qualifier in Toulouse, who became our hundredth different opponents in European competition. Happy birthday Boudewijn 1976 - Bolo Zenden was born in Maastricht in the Netherlands. He signed on a free transfer in July 2005 after his one-year contract with Middlesbrough had expired. He notched twice in 47 senior reds games, as injury hampered his career at Anfield. He helped us to claim the UEFA Super Cup and FA Community Shield, as well as reach the Champions League Final in his brief time with the reds. Bolo left the club in July 2007 to join Olympique de Marseille. 2021 – Former Director Terry Smith died at Arrowe Park Hospital in Birkenhead. He was on the board from 1992 until 2007. Charity at first 1964 - We played in our first FA Charity Shield, only drawing 2-2 with West Ham United at Anfield. Gordon Wallace and Gerry Byrne twice gave us the lead, with John Byrne and Geoff Hurst both netting equalisers, with the latter being one of his nine strikes against the reds. The trophy was shared between the two clubs, as this was in the days before extra-time and penalty shoot-outs. Phil Chisnall made his reds bow in this game when he became the first ever substitute in senior English football, replacing Alf Arrowsmith after just a quarter of an hour, who had suffered a serious knee injury. Red defenders on the way out 1991 - Gary Gillespie was sold to his boyhood heroes Celtic for £925,000. He had been Joe Fagan’s first signing, helping us to three League titles in his eight injury-ravaged years at Anfield, scoring sixteen times in 214 appearances. 2002 - Young full-back Stephen Wright joined Sunderland for £3m, after just 21 reds games. He netted twice in 105 games for them, with injuries blighting his time there, and was released in May 2008. Double capture 2005 - Liverpool confirmed the signings of young centre-backs Godwin Antwi from Real Zaragoza and Miki Roqué from U.E. Lleida. Both featured in our victorious FA Youth Cup winning campaign in 2006, but only made one senior appearance between them, when Roque made a late cameo at Galatasaray in December 2006. 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. 1983 – Winger Brian Mooney signed from Home Farm for £20,000. He 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. 1970’s League wins We twice played League games on this day in the 1970’s, winning them both. 1970 - We won 2-1 at Burnley, with Alun Evans and Emlyn Hughes on target. 1972 - We beat Manchester United 2-0 at Anfield, thanks to strikes from John Toshack and Steve Heighway. Ex-reds on the move 1997 - Ian Rush signed for Newcastle United on a free transfer from Leeds United. He only made fourten appearances for the Magpies, scoring twice, including one that made him the all-time top scorer in the FA Cup, with 44 goals in the competition. 1985 - Gary McAllister joined Leicester City from Motherwell along with clubmate Ally Mauchlen for a combined £250,000. He struck 52 times in 225 appearances for the Foxes, before joining Leeds United for £1m in July 1990. 2003 - Steve Staunton joined Coventry City on a free transfer from Aston Villa. He notched four times in 75 games for the Sky Blues before joining Walsall two years later. 2011 – Robbie Keane joined LA Galaxy from Tottenham Hotspur for £3.5m, so far bagging 97 goals in 145 outings for the American outfit and becoming their captain. Losing finalists 1982 - We lost the Final of the Málaga Tournament to the home side. We drew 1-1 after extra time, with our goal coming from Alan Kennedy, but lost the penalty shoot-out 4-2. The game started so late that the action did not come to an end until around 1:15am. Terry McDermott and Phil Neal converted their spot-kicks, with David Hodgson’s being saved and Howard Gayle sending his over the crossbar Management moves 2005 - Roy Hodgson was appointed Manager of Finland. He narrowly failed to take them to the European Championships Finals in 2008, as they fell just one goal short of reaching their first ever major tournament. He chose not to renew his contract when it expired in November 2007, taking over at Fulham the following month. 2020 - Jürgen Klopp was named Premier League Manager of the Season for 2019-20, having led us as we romped to the Premier League title. On the same day, Chris Morgan re-joined the red as a first-team physiotherapist. Reds in Ireland 1994 - We beat Dundalk 2-1 in a friendly at Oriel Park, with Robbie Fowler and Michael Thomas on the scoresheet. International friendly firsts and lasts 2012 – Charlie Adam won his last cap as a reds player as Scotland beat Australia 3-1 at Easter Road, while Nuri Şahin made his final appearance for Turkey before joining the reds on loan as Turkey lost 2-0 to Austria in Vienna. Joe Allen represented Wales for the first time since moving to Anfield as they lost 2-0 to Bosnia-Herzegovina in Llanelli, with Craig Bellamy playing his first international in his second spell as a Cardiff City player. Meanwhile, Raul Meireles won his last cap as a Chelsea player in Portugal’s 2-0 victory over Panama in Faro, while Christian Benteke scored his first senior goal for Belgium, and only one as a Koninklijke Racing Club Genk player, in their 4-2 friendly defeat of the Netherlands in Brussels. Daniel Agger reached a half century of caps in Denmark’s 3-1 defeat by Martin Škrtel’s Slovakia in Odense. On the same day, ex-red Alexander Kačaniklić made his senior bow in Sweden’s 3-0 defeat by Brazil in Solna, while Alberto Aquilani won his first cap as a Fiorentina player as Italy lost 2-1 to Roy Hodgson’s England in Bern. Xherdan Shaqiri won his last cap as a Basel player in Switzerland’s 4-2 win in Croatia, while Fulham’s John Arne Riise struck in Norway’s 3-2 loss to Greece in Oslo, with Krisztián Németh playing for Hungary for the first time while with Roda JC Kerkrade in their 1-1 draw with Israel in Budapest. Also in international action that day were Andy Carroll, Pepe Reina, future reds Mario Balotelli, Ádám Bogdán, Lazar Marković, James Milner, Mamadou Sakho, Kolo Touré and Virgil van Dijk, and ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa, Javier Mascherano, Nikolay Mihaylov, Daniel Sjölund, Fernando Torres. More reds in international action 2001 - A host of reds featured in international friendlies. Patrik Berger won his 44th and final cap in the Czech Republic’s 5-0 thumping of South Korea, with future red Milan Baroš also playing. Meanwhile, Jerzy Dudek won his last cap as a Feyenoord player in Poland’s 1-1 draw in Iceland. John Arne Riise won his first cap as a reds player as Norway drew 1-1 with Turkey in Oslo. Two reds also appeared for Finland in their 4-1 defeat of Belgium in Helsinki. Sami Hyypiä won his fortieth cap, while Jari Litmanen scored a penalty. Nick Barmby, Jamie Carragher, Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen all played in England’s 2-0 defeat by the Netherlands at White Hart Lane, with ex-red David James winning his first cap as a West Ham United player. Future red Bolo Zenden won his first cap while with Chelsea for the winning side, his 31st to date. Dietmar Hamann played in Germany’s 5-2 win in Hungary, with Christian Ziege winning his first cap as a Tottenham Hotspur player, his sixtieth international. Igor Bišcan featured in Croatia’s 2-2 draw with the Republic of Ireland in Dublin. Mark Kennedy played his first international as a Wolverhampton Wanderers player, with future reds Steve Finnan and Robbie Keane, and ex-reds Jason McAteer and Steve Staunton also featuring. Future reds Yossi Benayoun and Alex Manninger also represented their countries that day. Also recently for their countries 2006 - Craig Bellamy won his first cap as a reds player as John Toshack’s Wales were held to a goalless friendly draw by Bulgaria in Swansea, with ex-reds loanee Paul Jones also playing. Meanwhile, future red Yossi Benayoun was on target while winning his fiftieth cap as Israel drew 1-1 in Slovenia. Another future red, Andriy Voronin, struck in the Ukraine’s 6-0 trouncing of Azerbaijan in Kyiv, with another future red Martin Škrtel also representing his country. Also in international action that day were Pepe Reina, Luis García and future red Fernando Torres, who played as Raúl won his hundredth cap for Spain in their goalless draw in Iceland. Scott Carson won his first Under-21’s cap while on loan at Charlton Athletic as England were held to a 2-2 draw by Moldova in a European Championships qualifier at Portman Road, while Florent Sinama-Pongolle also played for his country’s junior side. Olympian Raul 2004 – Future red Raul Meireles played for Portugal in the Olympics Finals, featuring as they beat Morocco 2-1 in a group game in Greece. Also on the move 2014 – Portuguese midfielder João Teixeira joined Brighton & Hove Albion on loan, being voted their Young Player of the Year after six strikes in 35 games, despite breaking his leg towards the end of the campaign. On the same day, forward Michael Ngoo left the club to sign for Kilmarnock, failing to score in seven outings in his first season at Rugby Park. 2013 – Forward Steven Gillespie re-joined Cheltenham Town on loan from Fleetwood Town, netting twice in five games in this fourth spell with the Robins. 2011 - Future reds forward Danny Ings moved to Burnley from Bournemouth for £1m, going on to bag 43 goals in 130 run-outs before moving to Anfield in July 2015. Also in international action 1995 – Future red Vladimír Šmicer played for the Czech Republic Under-21’s as they beat Norway 4-3 in a European Championships qualifier in Stavanger.
  18. 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. 2000 – Middlesbrough held us to a dour goalless draw at Anfield, with forward Jon Newby coming off the bench to make his fourth and final reds appearance. 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 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.
  19. Will

    29th August

    Happy birthdays 1938 - Defender Gerry Byrne was born in Liverpool. He was the hero of our first FA Cup triumph in 1965 when he played for 117 minutes of the final against Leeds United at Wembley with a broken collar bone sustained in an early challenge by Bobby Collins. He also won two League titles and the FA Charity Shield in his eleven years at Anfield, making a total of 333 reds appearances and scoring four times. 1963 – Former First-team coach Steve Clarke was born in Saltcoats, Scotland. He was appointed in January 2011 following Kenny Dalglish’s return to the hot seat, signing a new three-year contract four months later. However, he left the club in June 2012 following Dalglish’s sacking. Triple debutants 1981 - Bruce Grobbelaar, Craig Johnston and new record signing Mark Lawrenson all made their official reds debuts in our 1-0 defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers as we kicked off another season. Midfielder Mike Matthews bagged the only goal of the game. Debuting against the Trotters 2009 - Sotirios Kyrgiakos played his first reds game as we came from behind twice to win 3-2 at Bolton Wanderers. Glen Johnson drew us level first after Sean Davis netted before Fernando Torres scored in his third consecutive game to make the scores 2-2 shortly after Tamir Cohen scored and Davis was sent off for the home side. Steven Gerrard netted the winner. 2004 - Xabi Alonso and Luis García both made their reds bows as we lost at the Reebok Stadium, our first League defeat under Rafael Benítez. Kevin Davies struck the only goal of the game in the first half, one of his four against the reds. 1945 - We drew a Wartime League match at Anfield 2-2, with Phil Taylor and Peter Kippax on target. 1953 - We lost a First Division game 2-0 at Burnden Park as Willie Moir bagged one of his five goals past the reds, with Harry Webster also on the scoresheet. Don Welsh reached a century of games in charge of the reds. Danny’s bow 2015 – We were beaten 3-0 at home by West Ham United, their biggest ever win at Anfield, with Philippe Coutinho sent off shortly after the break before Danny Ings made his reds bow from the bench. Mark Noble bagged the most recent of his three goals past us but was then dismissed for the visitors, a decision that was later rescinded. Manuel Lanzini and Diafra Sakho were also on target. Missing out at Wembley 2020 – Takumi Minamino scored his first reds goal after Pierre Aubameyang had put Arsenal in front in the FA Community Shield behind closed doors at Wembley. The game ended 1-1 after ninety minutes, with Arsenal winning the subsequent shoot-out 5-4. Rhian Brewster hit the bar with his penalty on what was his last game for the club, the only player to fail to score. In and out 2010 – Midfielder Raul Meireles signed from his hometown club Porto for £11.5m. He bagged five goals in 44 matches, with all these strikes coming in a six-game spell following Kenny Dalglish’s return as Manager. He left for Chelsea in a £12m deal a year after arriving in L4. 2014 – Winger Jordon Ibe joined Derby County on loan, bagging five goals in 24 games before being recalled the following January. 1904 – Left-back David Murray joined the reds from Everton on a free transfer. He helped us to clinch the Second Division title, playing fifteen senior games before moving to Leeds City for £130 in December 1905. Up against the Baggies 2010 - Fernando Torres scored his fiftieth goal at Anfield, the only game of our League encounter with West Bromwich Albion, who later had James Morrison sent off. This was our 2,000th victory in the top flight. 1970 – Steve Heighway debuted from the bench as we drew 1-1 at The Hawthorns, with Alun Evans on target in this top-flight meeting. Jeff Astle was on target for the Baggies with the last of his seven goals against the reds. Off the mark 1987 - Peter Beardsley scored his first reds goal in a 4-1 win at Coventry City. John Aldridge converted a penalty, with Steve Nicol adding a brace. Cyrille Regis struck the home side’s late consolation, one of his four goals past us. 1959 – We fell 2-0 behind to Hull City at Anfield in a Second Division fixture, thanks to a John Coady brace, before eventually triumphing 5-3. Jimmy Harrower scored from distance with Jimmy Melia heading in to draw us level, before Ronnie Moran struck for the first time, from a free-kick to put us in front. Alan A’Court and Billy Liddell also got on the scoresheet, with all our goals coming at the Kop end in the second half after new Scottish keeper Bert Slater had endured a torrid early period to the game. Vic Metcalfe bagged the last of his six strikes against us late on in this game, with John Coady bagging a brace. Another debut 1936 - Keeper Alf Hobson made his reds bow as goals from Alf Hanson and Berry Nieuwenhuys secured a 2-1 defeat of Stoke City at Anfield in our opening fixture of the season. This was Manager George Kay’s first game in charge of the reds, while left-half Jimmy McDougall made his 300th appearance for the club. Bagging a treble 1923 - Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers netted a hat-trick in our 6-2 trouncing of Birmingham City at Anfield. Centre-forward Jimmy Walsh bagged a brace on his reds debut, with Dick Forshaw also on target. John Bradford struck the first two of his fifteen goals against the reds. Defenders in and out 2003 - Grégory Vignal joined Stade Rennais on loan. He only stayed there for three months, playing five League games before joining Spanish side R.C.D. Espanyol later that season. 1911 – Scottish left-back Bob Pursell signed from Queen’s Park for £360, with the reds initially making an illegal approach. He was then involved in the 1915 match-fixing scandal with Manchester United. He played 113 reds games without scoring, including the 1914 FA Cup Final, moving on to Port Vale in May 1920. 1902 - Centre-half Andrew Raisbeck signed from Queens Park Rangers. He never made our first team in his two years at Anfield. A big day for Phil 1962 - Left-back Phil Ferns made his reds bow in our 4-1 defeat of Manchester City at Anfield, our first win back in the top flight, with our goals coming from Ian St. John, Alan A’Court and a Roger Hunt brace. Peter Dobing bagged one of his eight goals past us. 1964 - He netted his only reds goal in our 3-2 defeat at Blackburn Rovers, with Tommy Smith scoring for the club for the first time. Andy McEvoy scored one of his four goals past us, with John Byrom and Mike Harrison also on target. 1934 - We also entertained City, when Gordon Hodgson struck in the second minute as we lost 3-1. Centre-half Tom ‘Tiny’ Bradshaw pit through his own net, with Eric Brook netting one his nine goals against us and Bobby Marshall scoring the last of his five. Jimmy passes on 2006 - Inside-forward Jimmy Harrower died of cancer in Stirling Royal Infirmary. He had bagged 22 goals in 105 reds games after signing from Hibernian for £11,000 in January 1958. He moved on to Newcastle United in March 1961. A great credit 1988 - We beat Nottingham Forest 4-1 in our opening fixture of the Mercantile Credit Centenary Trophy, competed for by the previous season’s top eight sides. Barry Venison, Ray Houghton, John Barnes and Jan Mølby, with a penalty, were our scorers. Neil Webb scored Forest’s late consolation, one of his five goals against us. Two-ton Jimmy 1932 – Right-back Jimmy ‘Parson’ Jackson played his 200th League game for the reds as we lost 6-2 at Sheffield United, with Gordon Gunson and Ted Crawford on target. Jimmy Dunne netted two of his eleven goals past us, with Bobby Barclay bagging two of his five. Jack Pickering struck one of his five goals against the reds, with Bert Oswald also on target. Starting out We have twice more begun our season on this day in history. 1925 - We lost 3-1 at Leicester City with Donald McKinlay grabbing our late consolation. Arthur Chandler nabbed the first two of his six goals against us, with Hugh Adcock netting the first of his five. 1931 - Gordon Hodgson struck the only goal of the game as we won at Newcastle United. Young champions 2010 - England won The FA International U17 Tournament by beating Portugal 3-1 in Sc***horpe, with Adam Morgan, Matty Regan and Raheem Sterling all featuring. Macca starts out 1979 - Steve McMahon signed as a professional for Everton. He struck fourteen times in 120 appearances for the Toffees before joining Aston Villa for £175,000 in May 1983. On the move 2019 – Forward Darwin Núñez joined Unión Deportiva Almería from Club Atlético Peñarol for a reported club record $4.5m. He struck sixteen times in 32 games before moving to SL Benfica in September 2020. 2014 - Xabi Alonso joined Bayern München from Real Madrid after six goals in 236 games for the Spanish side, helping them to claim the League, the Copa del Rey twice and Supercopa de España. 2008 - James Milner signed for Aston Villa from Newcastle United for £12m after a previous successful loan spell. 2002 - David Thompson signed for Blackburn Rovers from Coventry City for £1.5m. He had scored sixteen goals in 72 appearances in his two years at Highfield Road, and turned out 84 times for Rovers, notching ten times, before moving to Wigan Athletic in January 2006. 1995 - Paul Stewart joined Sunderland on loan from the reds. He only made two appearances in his two months at Roker Park, although they went on to sign him on a free transfer in March 1996. 1987 - Future reds loanee keeper Mark Prudhoe rejoined basement side Hartlepool United on loan from Walsall. He played thirteen times for them in this spell. Other reds games 1992 – We drew 2-2 at reigning champions Leeds United with future red Gary McAllister putting the home side in front. Ronnie Whelan levelled before the break with Jan Mølby converting a penalty in the second half before Lee Chapman bagged the last of his six goals against the reds late on. 1979 – We were held to a goalless draw at Tranmere Rovers in a League Cup Second Round tie. We won the replay, making it as far as the Semi-final that season. 1956 – Geoff Twentyman bagged a brace as we drew 3-3 with Notts County in a Second Division fixture at Anfield, with Louis Bimpson also on target. 1951 – We beat Burnley 3-1 in L4, with Albert Stubbins, Cyril Done and Billy Liddell all scoring. International bows 1990 - Karl-Heinz Riedle won his first cap as an S.S. Lazio player as world champions West Germany drew 1-1 with Portugal in a friendly in Lisbon. Fellow future red Jari Litmanen also represented his country that day, as Finland drew 1-1 in a friendly with Czechoslovakia in Kuusankoski. 2012 – Jerome Sinclair made his debut for England Under-17’s as they lost 3-2 to Italy in a friendly in Burton, with Sheyi Ojo also featuring. Also in international action 2007 - Mamadou Sakho played for France Under-17’s as they beat Tunisia 3-1 in their World Championship Finals Round of 16 tie in South Korea. On the same day, fellow future red Nikola Sarić featured for Denmark Under-17’s in their 2-1 defeat by the Ukraine in the Syrenka Cup in Poland.
  20. Will

    4th August

    Happy birthday John 1957 - John Wark was born in Glasgow. He struck an impressive 42 times in his 108 games for the reds following his £450,000 capture from Ipswich Town in March 1984, where he had been named PFA Player of the Year three years earlier. He left Anfield in January 1988 to return to Portman Road, having won a League championship medal with us. Striking German debuts 1967 - Tony Hateley made his reds bow in our 1-0 friendly defeat by 1. FC Köln at the Müngersdorfer Stadion, following his record signing from Chelsea for £96,000 the previous month. Emlyn Hughes was sent off in the seventeenth minute for retaliating after being kicked by Wolfgang Overath. 1997 - Karl-Heinz Riedle made his first appearance in a 3-1 friendly win at Crewe Alexandra, when Michael Owen and Paul Ince added to a Danny Murphy penalty. Beating Roma again 2004 - We beat Roma 2-1 in a ChampionsWorld Series game in the Giants Stadium in New Jersey. Michael Owen netted in his final reds game, while right-back Josemi made his first appearance for us. Dietmar Hamann was skipper briefly, the first time he had received this honour, while Djibril Cissé grabbed our first goal. Milan at the treble 2002 - We beat AC Milan 2-1 in the third-place play-off of the Real Madrid Trofeo Centenario. Milan scored all three goals, as a Dario Šimić own goal put us in front, before Milan Baroš doubled our advantage. Jon Dahl Tomasson pulled one back for the Italians, but we held on to win. 1998 - We also faced Italian opposition, beating Internazionale 2-1 at Anfield to claim the pre-season Pirelli Cup. Ex-Inter player Paul Ince and Steve Harkness netted that day. Losing to the Mancs 2014 – We lost the International Champions Cup Final 3-1 to Manchester United in Miami, with our score being a penalty converted by Steven Gerrard. 2019 – We lost a penalty shoot-out 5-4 to Manchester City after the FA Community Shield ended 1-1 at Wembley. Ex-red Raheem Sterling opened the scoring early on with the first of his two goals past us to date, with Joël Matip equalising shortly after Virgil van Dijk had struck the bar. Mohamed Salah had an effort cleared off the line, the closest either side came to securing victory. Xherdan Shaqiri, Adam Lallana, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Salah all converted their spot-kicks, with Gini Wijnaldum having his saved. Al starts out 2018 – Brazilian keeper Alisson Becker played his first reds game as we thumped Napoli 5-0 in a friendly in Dublin. James Milner and Gini Wijnaldum struck early on, with Mohamed Salah, Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno on target after the break. 2021 – Alisson signed a new contract, having kept 87 clean sheets in 130 games to date, as he helped us to claim the Premier League, UEFA Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup. He also dramatically headed in an injury-time winner at West Bromwich Albion in May 2021 to help secure qualification for the UEFA Champions League again. Off on loan 2008 – Reserves keeper David Martin joined Leicester City on loan. He played thirty times as they claimed the League One title, leaving Anfield permanently in May 2010 to re-join MK Dons. 2015 – Winger Sheyi Ojo moved to Wolverhampton Wanderers, netting three times in nineteen outings before being recalled to Anfield the following January. Pre-season routs We have twice run amok in friendlies on this day in history. 1970 - We won 5-0 at Preston North End in a ‘public practice match’. Emlyn Hughes and Peter Thompson both netted twice, with Alun Evans also on target. 1992 - We ran riot at Tranmere Rovers, thrashing them 7-1, with Ian Rush and Dean Saunders both grabbing a brace. Paul Stewart, Mike Marsh and Ronnie Rosenthal all also scored. 2006 - Less happily, we were humbled 5-0 at Jürgen Klopp’s 1. FSV Mainz 05 in our final pre-season friendly. Scandinavian victories We have twice overcome Scandinavian opponents on pre-season tours on this day over the years. 1991 - We won 2-1 at Swedish side Elfsborg, thanks to goals from John Barnes and Dean Saunders. 1993 - We won in the Norway Cup at Rosenborg BK, with Ian Rush grabbing the only goal of the game. 1986 - We beat Länslaget, a Swedish Select XI, 3-1 thanks to two Jan Mølby penalties and an Ian Rush strike. This match was billed as the biggest football event in the city of Örebro since France played Scotland during the World Cup in 1958. For Dortmund 1984 - We helped Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund to celebrate their 75th anniversary, although an Ian Rush strike condemned them to a 1-0 friendly defeat at the Westfalenstadion. Other friendlies 1951 - Billy Liddell netted a brace as we beat an Edinburgh Select side 2-1 in a match at Easter Road, arranged to celebrate Edinburgh Charities Day. 1981 - Terry McDermott and David Johnson got on the scoresheet as we won 2-1 at Sc***horpe United, with ex-Iron keeper turning out for the reds for the last time. 1996 - Steve McManaman grabbed the only goal of the game at Northern Irish side Dundalk. 1976 - We lost 2-0 at Feyenoord. Farewell Jon 2000 - Reserves forward Jon Newby joined First Division Sheffield United on loan. He made three starts and a further ten substitute appearances in his three months at Bramall Lane, without hitting the net. He left Anfield for good when he joined Bury in March 2001. Turned down 2005 - Mark González was denied a work permit, having signed on loan from Albacete Balompié two weeks earlier. He was finally given the official go-ahead to move to the reds a year later, though his reds career did not last long. Future reds on the move 2009 – Midfielder Charlie Adam joined Blackpool from Rangers for a club record £500,000 after a successful loan spell. He netted 36 times in 101 games in total while at Bloomfield Road, before moving to Anfield for an initial £6.75m in July 2011. 2006 – Keeper Brad Jones joined Sheffield Wednesday on loan from Middlesbrough, turning out fifteen times for the Owls. 2005 – Centre-half Ragnar Klavan joined Dutch side Heracles Almelo from Flora Tallinn, scoring five times in 104 games while in the Netherlands. Ex-reds on the move 2021 – Forward Danny Ings moved to Aston Villa from Southampton for a £25m fee, having struck 46 times in exactly a century of outings for the Saints. 2015 – Left-back Paul Konchesky joined Queens Park Rangers on loan from Leicester City, playing 34 times for them that season. 2012 – Lee Peltier left Leicester City to sign for Leeds United after two goals in 47 games in his one season with the Foxes. 2006 - Former reserves keeper Tony Warner joined Leeds United on loan from Fulham. He played fourteen times as they struggled against relegation from the Championship. 2003 - Ex-reds reserves striker John Durnin joined Accrington Stanley on loan from Port Vale. He netted four times in fifteen Conference games for them, before being released at the end of the season. Olympian despair 2012 – Craig Bellamy captained a Great Britain side that also included future reds Joe Allen, Steven Caulker and Daniel Sturridge as they drew 1-1 with South Korea in the Quarter-final of the Olympics Finals in Cardiff. South Korea won 5-4 on penalties with Sturridge having his penalty saved. On the same day, future red Sadio Mané played as Senegal lost 4-2 to Mexico after extra time at Wembley, with fellow future red Mohamed Salah also crashing out as Egypt lost 3-0 to Japan at Old Trafford. Internationals on target 2016 – Future red Takumi Minamino netted as Japan lost 5-4 to Nigeria in a Olympic Finals group game in Brazil. Tiago Ilori also featured that day as Portugal beat Argentina 2-0 in another group stage game in Rio de Janeiro. 1994 – Future red Haukur Igni Gudnason bagged a brace as Iceland Under-17’s beat England 4-3, his final goals at this level. Also in international action 2011 – Michael Ngoo featured for England Under-20’s as they were held to a goalless draw by Mexico in their World Championship Finals group game in Colombia. 2010 – Adam Morgan played as England Under-17’s beat Denmark 2-0 in a Nordic Tournament game in Finland. 2007 – Future red Nikola Sarić appeared for Denmark Under-17’s in their 2-0 defeat of Finland in a tournament in Kolding.
  21. Will

    12th October

    Goalscoring debutants 1946 - Forward Cyril Done scored on his official reds debut as we were held 1-1 by Charlton Athletic at home. He had also scored in the previous first-class reds game in which he had played - seven years before, just before the outbreak of war when the season was cancelled. Future reds boss Don Welsh netted for the visitors, having previously done so against us before the Second World War! 1907 - Harold Fitzpatrick scored on his reds debut to hand us a 1-0 home victory over Sunderland in another top-flight encounter as outside-right Arthur Goddard played his 200th reds game, while left-half Samuel Hignett made his only senior appearance for the club. Another record for Michael 2002 - Michael Owen scored his nineteenth England goal, more than any other red in history until it was equalled by Steven Gerrard in August 2010, in his 43rd game as they beat Slovakia 2-1 in their Euro 2004 qualifier in Bratislava. Gerrard and Emile Heskey both also played. On the same day, Sami Hyypiä netted in Finland’s 3-0 defeat of Azerbaijan in Helsinki, playing alongside ex-red Jari Litmanen who was winning his eightieth cap. Meanwhile, Salif Diao and El-Hadji Diouf both won their first caps as reds players as Senegal drew 2-2 with Nigeria in a Joola Disaster Charity Match in Dakar. Bruno Cheyrou, Jerzy Dudek, John Arne Riise, ex-red Øyvind Leonhardsen and future reds Yossi Benayoun, Alex Manninger, Fernando Morientes and Christian Poulsen all also played in internationals that day. Kenny scores away at Anfield 1977 - Kenny Dalglish scored with a header to complete Scotland’s 2-0 defeat of Wales at Anfield, following a controversial penalty, as he won his fiftieth cap. This result ensured the Scots qualified for the World Cup Finals in Argentina. Joey Jones and John Toshack were on the losing, ‘home’ side. Steve Heighway and future red Mark Lawrenson both featured as the Republic of Ireland were held to a goalless draw by Bulgaria at Lansdowne Road on the same day. 1984 – Dalglish was dropped for the first time in his reds career when Joe Fagan left him out of our Friday night live televised League game at Tottenham Hotspur that we lost 1-0, thanks to a first-half Garth Crooks goal, the first of his four past us. Fagan later admitted that it was his “daftest decision” as reds boss. Europe’s best 1978 – The reds were named as European team of the year at a ceremony in Paris, having retained the European Cup at Wembley earlier that year. Reds come into the world 1867 - Right-half Rab Howell was born in Sheffield. He went on to become the only true Romany to play for England, playing 67 reds games without scoring after signing from Sheffield United for £200 in April 1898. He left for Preston North End in June 1901. 1897 - Forward Sam Bowyer was born in Northwich. He signed from Earlestown in March 1907, grabbing sixteen goals in 48 reds games before leaving for Bedminster in 1912. 1987 - Former reserves attacking midfielder Besian Idrizaj was born in Baden in Austria. He was actually a Kosovan-Albanian and was voted the best young player in the Austrian equivalent of the Championship shortly before moving to England. He signed from Linzer ASK for an initial £190,000 in August 2005 and made his first senior appearance in our friendly at Crewe Alexandra back in July 2006, netting a treble at Wrexham a year later, but failed to make the first-team squad, sadly dying aged just 22 in May 2010. Sammy the champion 1982 - Sammy Lee skippered England Under-21’s as they lost 3-2 to West Germany in Bremen in the second leg of the Final of the European Championships. However, their first leg lead was enough to hand them the title, 5-4 on aggregate. Future red David Hodgson also played. Mixed fortunes against the Mancs We have faced Manchester United three times on this day in history. 1996 - David Beckham netted the only goal of the game at Old Trafford. 1968 - We beat the European Champions 2-0 at Anfield when Ian St. John and Alun Evans struck. 1895 - We thumped Newton Heath as they were then known 7-1 at home, with two apiece from Frank Becton, Tom ‘Tiny’ Bradshaw and Fred Geary, and a goal from Jimmy Ross. Into Romania 1966 - Willie Stevenson put through his own net to start the scoring as we lost 3-1 in Romania to Petrolul Ploieşti in the second leg of our European Cup First Round tie. Roger Hunt grabbed our goal, with home defender Gheorghe Florea sent off late on in a bruising encounter. The tie ended level at 3-3 on aggregate and, as this was before the away goals rule, a third game was needed, which we won in Brussels a week later. Bill’s treble 1938 – Forward Bill Kinghorn scored a hat-trick as we thumped Blackburn Rovers 6-1 in the second replay of our Lancashire Senior Cup First Round tie. John Browning bagged a brace, with Ted Harston also netting. Saints beaten 1985 - Steve McMahon scored the only goal of the game as we beat Southampton 1-0 at Anfield. Six Saints were booked, including ex-red Jimmy Case and future red Mark Wright. Derby despair 1918 - We lost a Wartime League fixture 4-2 at Goodison with our goals coming from Thomas Green and a Billy Wareing own goal. Kenny in charge again 1991 - Kenny Dalglish was appointed Manager of Blackburn Rovers. He led them to their first League title in 81 years in 1995, before moving upstairs. Salif departs 2006 - Salif Diao joined Stoke City on loan. He turned out seventeen times for them before making the switch permanent in January 2007. On the same day, Steven Gerrard was named on the thirty-man shortlist for the FIFA World Player of the Year awards. He had finished seventh the year before, and this time he was named in twelfth place as Italian defender Fabio Cannavaro claimed the prize. 1933 – Scottish outside-right Danny McRorie left the reds to join Rochdale, after a trial at Millwall earlier in the year. He had bagged six goals in 35 reds games after signing from Morton for £1,500 in November 1930. Red trebles 2005 - Future red Fernando Torres grabbed a hat-trick, including a penalty, as Spain thumped San Marino 6-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Serravalle. 1932 – Gordon Hodgson scored three times in our Lancashire Senior Cup Second Round defeat of Accrington Stanley at Anfield. Dave Wright also struck in a 5-1 win. 1908 – Bert Goode netted a treble as we won a Lancashire Senior Cup Second Round tie 4-2 at Nelson, with Arthur Berry also netting. Igor on his way 2000 - It was announced that Igor Bišcan would be joining the reds from Dinamo Zagreb during the Croatian mid-season break. He went on to play 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 in 2005. Beaten twice by Wednesday We have lost two top-flight fixtures to The Wednesday on this day in history. 1901 - Tom Robertson grabbed our consolation in a 2-1 home defeat. Harry Chapman bagged the first of his six strikes against the reds, with Andrew Wilson netting one of his eight past us. 1912 - We lost 1-0 at Hillsborough, with David McLean missing a penalty for the home side. We have also entertained Birmingham City in the First Division twice on this day. 1929 - Jim Smith was on target in a 1-1 draw as John Lindsay played his sixteenth and final reds game. 1935 - Berry Nieuwenhuys was on the scoresheet in our 2-1 defeat as Fred Harris netted one of his five goals past us, with Charlie Jones also scoring. Don’s last 1957 – Right-back Don Campbell struck his second and final reds goal as we beat Swansea Town 4-0 in a Second Division fixture at Anfield. Tony Rowley bagged a brace with Jimmy Melia also on target. Stan’s farewell 2009 – Wing-half Stan Palk died at Royal Liverpool Hospital. He only played thirteen reds games after signing from South Liverpool in 1940. He moved to Port Vale in July 1948, who were managed by ex-red Gordon Hodgson, for £10,000, the record fee we had received to date. Other international goalscorers 1983 - Sammy Lee netted in England’s 3-0 European Championships qualifying win in Hungary, his final goal for his country. Ian Rush bagged a brace on the same day as Wales thrashed Romania 5-0, with ex-red Joey Jones also featuring. Meanwhile, Kenny Dalglish, future red John Wark and ex-red Frank McGarvey all featured as Scotland were held to a 1-1 draw by Belgium at Hampden Park. 2013 – Ex-red Carl Medjani struck as Algeria lost 3-2 in the first leg of their World Cup play-off in Burkina Faso, his first goal for his country and only one while on loan with Olympiacos from AS Monaco. Jordon Ibe, Lucas and future red Sadio Mané were also in international action that day. 1996 – Future red Haukur Ingi Guðnason netted the only goal of Iceland Under-19’s friendly in Belgium. 2002 - Future red Andriy Voronin bagged his first goal for the Ukraine, while winning his third cap in their 2-0 Euro 2004 qualifying defeat of Greece in Kyiv. 2004 - Harry Kewell struck as Australia thumped the Solomon Islands 6-0 in the second leg of the OFC Nations Cup Final in Sydney, to claim the title 11-1 on aggregate, and therefore also qualify for the 2005 Confederations Cup. 1977 - Ray Kennedy netted his final England goal in their 2-0 World Cup qualifying win in Luxembourg. Ian Callaghan won his fourth and final cap, while Emlyn Hughes skippered a side that also included Ray Clemence and Terry McDermott. 1963 - Ian St. John was on target as Scotland won 2-1 in Northern Ireland in the British International Championships. 2010 – Raul Meireles scored for Portugal in their 3-1 European Championships qualifying win in Iceland. David N’Gog struck as France Under-21’s won 3-1 in a friendly in Denmark. Ex-red Robbie Keane had a penalty saved while skippering the Republic of Ireland to a 1-1 qualifying draw in Slovakia. Sami Hyypiä won his 105th and last senior cap in Finland’s 2-1 defeat by Hungary in Helsinki in another qualifier. Also in international action that day were Daniel Agger, Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson, Dirk Kuyt, Christian Poulsen, ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Peter Crouch, Alou Diarra, Jari Litmanen, John Arne Riise, Mikel San José and Daniel Sjölund and future reds Charlie Adam, Thiago Alcântara, Jordan Henderson, Ragnar Klavan, Daniel Sturridge, Luis Suárez, and Gini Wijnaldum, with Dejan Lovren sent off for Croatia Under-21’s. 2012 – Ex-red Alexander Kačaniklić scored his first goal for the senior Sweden side in their 2-1 World Cup qualifying win in the Faroe Islands, with Christian Benteke scored while winning his first cap since moving to Aston Villa as Belgium won 3-0 in Serbia. Also in World Cup action that day were Daniel Agger, Joe Allen, Nuri Şahin, Martin Škrtel, Luis Suárez, ex-reds Charlie Adam, Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa, Mark González, Dirk Kuyt, Javier Mascherano, Nikolay Mihaylov, John Arne Riise and future reds Ádám Bogdán, Lazar Marković and Xherdan Shaqiri, with Ryan McLaughlin featuring for Northern Ireland Under-19’s in a European Championships qualifier and future red Mamadou Sakho turning out for France in a friendly. 2014 – Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Raheem Sterling and future red Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all featured as Roy Hodgson’s England won a European Championships qualifier 1-0 in Estonia, with future red Ragnar Klavan dismissed. Martin Škrtel skippered Slovakia to a 3-1 win in Belarus on the same day. Ryan Fulton and future reds Marko Grujić and Kostas Tsimikas all also represented their countries that day. Future reds on target 2018 – Takumi Minamino scored as Japan beat Panama 3-0 in a friendly in Niigata City. 2004 –Alberto Aquilani netted as Italy Under-21’s beat Belarus 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Mantova. Meanwhile, Daniel Agger featured for Denmark in another qualifier at this level, as they were held to a 1-1 draw in Farum by Turkey. 2002 - Aquilani featured for Italy Under-19’s in their 4-1 European Championships qualifying defeat of Armenia in Lithuania. First and last caps 2012 – Jonjo Shelvey made his senior England bow, his only cap as a reds player, as Roy Hodgson’s side thumped San Marino 5-0 in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley with future red Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain bagging his first goal for his country. Andy Carroll played his only international while on loan at West Ham United. Raheem Sterling was booked while winning his first cap for England Under-21’s in their 1-0 victory over Serbia in a European Championships play-off at Carrow Road, with Jordan Henderson skippering a side that also featured ex-red Tom Ince and future red Steven Caulker. 2015 – Danny Ings made his senior bow as Roy Hodgson’s England won 3-0 in a Euro 2016 qualifier in Lithuania, his only cap as a reds player, with future red Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on target. Adam Lallana, Martin Škrtel, Brad Smith, future reds Thiago Alcântara, Naby Keïta and Xherdan Shaqiri, and ex-reds Mikel San José and Jonjo Shelvey all also featured for their countries that day with Augsburg’s Ragnar Klavan scoring an own goal. 2016 – Keeper Kai McKenzie-Lyle won his second and last cap for Guyana as a Barnet player as they lost a Caribbean Cup qualifier 4-2 to Jamaica in Providence after extra time. 2018 - Krisztián Németh won his first cap in his second spell as a Sporting Kansas City player as Hungary lost a UEFA Nations League game 1-0 in Greece, with future red Kostas Tsimikas debuting for the home side. Fulham’s Harvey Elliott debuted for England Under-17’s as they beat the USA 3-1 in a friendly in Chester, with his clubmate Fábio Carvalho also featuring. Fabinho, Kamil Grabara, Jordan Henderson, Naby Keïta, Dejan Lovren, Xherdan Shaqiri, future red Arthur Melo and ex-reds Sebastián Coates, Philippe Coutinho, Péter Gulácsi and Raheem Sterling all also played for their countries that day, with Mohamed Salah scoring direct from a corner in Egypt’s 4-1 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying defeat of Swaziland in Cairo. 2019 – James Balagizi debuted for England Under-17’s in their 2-1 friendly defeat by Germany in Spain. Future red Luis Díaz featured for Colombia on the same day as they shared a goalless draw with Chile in Alicante, Spain. 2021 - Marko Grujić won his first cap since signing permanently for Porto as Serbia beat Azerbaijan 3-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Belgrade. Sepp van den Berg debuted for the Dutch Under-21’s in their 5-0 thumping of Wales in a European Championships qualifier in Nijmegen, with ex-red Ki-Jana Hoever also featuring. Also in international action were James Balagizi, Conor Bradley, Luke Chambers, Jordan Henderson, Naby Keïta, Caoimhín Kelleher, Sadio Mané, Takumi Minamino, Jakub Ojrzyński, Andy Robertson, Kostas Tsimikas and ex-reds Steven Caulker, Péter Gulácsi, Xherdan Shaqiri and Raheem Sterling, with Steve Clarke taking charge of Scotland. 1983 - Ex-red Kevin Sheedy made his senior international debut as a substitute in the Republic of Ireland’s 3-2 European Championships qualifying defeat by the Netherlands at Dalymount Park. Mark Lawrenson and Michael Robinson both also played. 1980 - Bruce Grobbelaar won his first cap for the renamed Zimbabwe as they lost a World Cup qualifier 2-0 in Cameroon. 1988 - Øyvind Leonhardsen won his only cap for Norway Under-18’s cap as fellow future red Stig Inge Bjørnebye won his third and final one in their 4-1 friendly defeat in Denmark. 1986 – Leonhardsen turned out at Under-15’s level for the only time as they beat Finland 3-2 in Mariehamn. 1994 - Øyvind Leonhardsen won his last cap as a Rosenborg BK player in Norway’s 1-1 draw at home to the Dutch in a Euro ’96 qualifier in Oslo, with Stig Inge Bjørnebye also playing. Phil Babb, John Barnes, Rob Jones, future reds Stéphane Henchoz, Paul Ince, Jari Litmanen, Jason McAteer and Steve Staunton, and ex-reds István Kozma, Jim Magilton and Ronnie Rosenthal all also represented their countries that day, with Roy Hodgson managing Switzerland. 2004 - Future red Jermaine Pennant won his 24th and final cap for England Under-21’s as they held Azerbaijan to a goalless draw in a European Championships qualifier in Baku. Fellow future reds Scott Carson, Stewart Downing, Glen Johnson, James Milner and Gary O’Neil all also featured, with future red Raul Meireles playing for Portugal at the same level. 2007 – Milner played for the Under-21’s again as they beat Montenegro 1-0 in another qualifier in Leicester, with future red Dejan Lovren also in action at this level. Future red Andy Carroll scored for England Under-19’s in their 5-1 thumping of Iceland in a qualifier in Doncaster, with Nikolay Mihaylov also in action for his country. Also in World Cup action 2005 - Ex-red Michael Owen was on target in England’s 2-1 defeat of Poland at Old Trafford, with Jamie Carragher, Peter Crouch and future red Joe Cole also featuring. Djibril Cissé, Sami Hyypiä, John Arne Riise, future reds Ryan Babel, Philipp Degen, Robbie Keane, Ragnar Klavan, Dirk Kuyt, Christian Poulsen, Martin Škrtel and ex-reds Alou Diarra, Daniel Sjölund and Vladimír Šmicer all also represented their countries, while former loanee keeper Paul Jones won his last cap as a Wolverhampton Wanderers player, and 45th to date, as John Toshack’s Wales beat Azerbaijan 2-0 in Cardiff. 2017 - Future red Ozan Kabak played for Turkey Under-17’s as they lost 3-1 to Paraguay in a World Championships Finals group game in India. Other reds games 1988 – We beat Walsall 3-1 at their Bescot Stadium in the second leg of our League Cup Second Round encounter. John Barnes and Ian Rush struck, with Jan Mølby scoring from the spot. 1974 – Ian Callaghan netted as we beat Middlesbrough 2-0 at Anfield, with Kevin Keegan converting a penalty. On the move 2000 - Ex-reserves forward John Durnin signed for Kidderminster Harriers. He notched nine times in 32 games before moving on to Port Vale. 2011 - Chris Kirkland joined Doncaster Rovers on loan from Wigan Athletic, playing just once for them. 2012 - Jermaine Pennant joined Wolverhampton Wanderers on loan from Stoke City, playing fifteen times before returning to the Britannia Stadium. Also in international action 1993 – Future red Bjørn Tore Kvarme played for Norway Under-21’s as they lost a European Championships qualifier 2-0 in Poland.
  22. Will

    18th January

    Happy birthday Quasi 1961 - Peter Beardsley was born in Newcastle. He arrived at Anfield from Newcastle United for a British record £1.9m fee in July 1987, winning two League titles, an FA Cup and two FA Charity Shields, scoring 59 times in 175 games. He was controversially sold by Graeme Souness to Everton for £1m in August 1991. 2002 – Dutch defender Ki-Jana Hoever was born in Amsterdam. He joined from Ajax in the summer of 2018, signing his first professional contract in July 2019. He scored once in four senior appearances before moving to Wolverhampton Wanderers for an initial £9m in September 2020. 1882 – Forward Sam Gilligan was born in Dundee. He signed from Bristol City in May 1910, having featured in the FA Cup Final for them the previous year. He netted sixteen goals in forty games, including the crucial strike at Oldham Athletic in April 1912 that kept us in the top flight, before joining Gillingham as Player/Manager in July 1913. 1993 – Portuguese midfielder João Teixeira was born in Braga. He signed from Sporting Clube de Portugal for £830,000 in January 2012, making his senior bow as a substitute in our win at Fulham in February 2014. He struck once in eight first-team games in total before moving on to Porto for a £250,000 compensation fee in July 2016. 1996 – Academy left-back Joe Maguire was born in Manchester. He made his first senior appearance in our game against a True Thai Premier League All Stars side in July 2015, making his full debut in our FA Cup tie at Exeter City in January 2016. He moved on to Fleetwood Town in January 2017. Humbled at Turf Moor 2005 - Antonio Núñez was sent off as Djimi Traore scored a comical own goal to hand Burnley victory in our rearranged FA Cup Third Round tie. This turned out to be Neil Mellor’s 22nd and final game for the club. Crazy Horse’s century 1969 - Emlyn Hughes reached a century of reds appearances as we won 2-1 at Chelsea. Roger Hunt struck what was erroneously believed at the time to be a club record 234th League goal for the reds, although it was in fact only his 233rd! Alun Evans headed in, with Bobby Tambling scoring the last of his eight goals against the reds. A win at last 2003 - We finally won a League game, after a run of eleven matches without tasting victory, with a superb performance at a rain-sodden Southampton. Emile Heskey’s first-half header was the highlight of a barnstorming performance. Most recently 2014 - We came back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Aston Villa at Anfield. Andreas Weimann scored before future red Christian Benteke grabbed one of his seven goals against us to date, with Daniel Sturridge pulling a goal back in first-half stoppage time. Steven Gerrard levelled from the spot. Through on penalties 1995 - We finally saw off Birmingham City in the replay of our FA Cup Third Round tie. The game ended 1-1 after ninety minutes with Jamie Redknapp grabbing our goal, remaining that way through extra time as Ian Rush had a goal disallowed. We won the penalty shoot-out 2-0 with Stig Inge Bjørnebye netting the decisive spot-kick, and Jamie Redknapp also converting, as City missed all four of their kicks, while Neil Ruddock’s effort was saved. However, we were knocked out by Tottenham Hotspur in the Sixth Round that season. Red debutants 1997 - Bjørn Tore Kvarme made his reds bow in a 3-0 defeat of Aston Villa at Anfield, as Jamie Carragher headed the opener with his first ever senior goal on his first start. Stan Collymore and Robbie Fowler were also on the scoresheet. 1936 – Outside-right Billy Hartill debuted in our goalless top-flight fixture at Grimsby Town, with pat Glover missing a penalty for the home side. The sheriff departs 2005 - Salif Diao joined Birmingham City on loan. He only made two senior appearances in his time at St. Andrews, both defeats. First and last goals 2017 – Lucas Leiva headed his seventh and last reds goal as we won our FA Cup Third Round replay 1-0 at Plymouth Argyle. Winger Harry Wilson made his reds bow, while midfielder Kevin Stewart played his twentieth and last reds game, with Sheyi Ojo featuring for the thirteenth and final time. Divock Origi had a late penalty saved, but we hung on to win, falling to Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield at the next hurdle. 1992 - Michael Thomas scored his first reds goal in a 3-2 win at Oldham Athletic. The former Arsenal midfielder grabbed the winning goal, after strikes from Steve McManaman and Dean Saunders. 1941 – We won a Wartime League game 3-0 at Boundary Park, thanks to goals from Bob Paisley, George Collister and John Search. An east end double 1964 - West Ham United completed the only League double over the reds that season, winning 1-0 at Upton Park thanks to a John Byrne strike. 1930 - We also lost 4-1 there with Jim Smith nabbing our consolation as centre-half David Davidson put through his own net while playing his 62nd and final reds game. Vic Watson struck one of his nine goals against the reds as Jim Barrett and George Robson also netted for the Irons. 1983 – We beat the Hammers 2-1 in a League Cup Fifth Round tie at Anfield, thanks to goals from David Hodgson and Graeme Souness. This was Bob Paisley’s fiftieth game in charge in this competition. 1986 – We won a League meeting 3-1 in L4, when Ian Rush reached a century of League goals for the reds. Paul Walsh also scored, with Jan Mølby converting a penalty. Four against 1913 - Fred Howard scored all four Manchester City goals on his debut as they beat us 4-1 at their old Hyde Road ground, the first of his nine goals past us. Jimmy Stewart nabbed our consolation, with half-back Ralph Holden playing the first of just two senior games. For Arthur 1908 - Centre-half Jimmy Harrop made his reds bow as we beat Bolton Wanderers 1-0 in a First Division match at Anfield. Jack Parkinson struck in a match that was also a benefit game for winger Arthur Goddard. Forward Joe Hewitt reached a century of League appearances for the club in this game. 1947 - We lost 3-0 to Wanderers at Anfield with Nat Lofthouse scoring one of his eight goals against the reds, Willie Moir bagging the first of his five and Malcolm Barrass also on target. New deals 2012 – The club announced a deal with Warrior Sports Inc. to become its Official Kit Supplier, apparently worth £25m per season. 2016 – Keeper Simon Mignolet signed a new contract. He made 204 first-team appearances after signing from Sunderland for £9m in June 2013, moving on to Club Brugge for an initial reported £6.4m in August 2019. Youngsters on the move 2007 - Irish international midfielder Darren Potter was sold to Wolverhampton Wanderers after a successful 24-game loan spell. On the same day, winger Adam Hammill joined Dunfermline Athletic on loan, helping them to the Scottish Cup Final at the end of the season. Meanwhile, ex-reserves right-back Stephen Vaughan signed for Boston United on a free transfer from Chester City. 2008 - Second string forward Craig Lindfield moved to Chester City on loan, where he failed to score in seven outings. Meanwhile, Djimi Traoré joined Stade Rennais from Portsmouth on a temporary basis, playing fifteen League games for them. 2013 – Scottish centre-half Danny Wilson joined Heart Of Midlothian on loan, playing fifteen times before signing on permanently in the summer. In and out 1895 - Left-back Tom Wilkie signed from Heart Of Midlothian. He struck once in 64 games for the reds before joining Portsmouth in 1899. 1996 – Mark Walters joined Southampton on a free transfer. The most famous of his 124 games in a red shirt came when he inspired a UEFA Cup comeback against Auxerre in 1991. He also scored the crucial second goal in our defeat of Manchester United that handed the title to Leeds United earlier the following year, one of his nineteen reds strikes after signing from Rangers for £1.25m in August 1991. First and last caps 1913 - Ex-red George Latham won his tenth and final cap for Wales, his only one as a Cardiff City player. His former Anfield team-mate Ernest Peake also played for the Welsh as they beat Ireland 1-0 in the British International Championships in Belfast. Reds half-back Billy Lacey was winning his first cap as a reds player for the Irish and eleventh to date. 1995 – Future reds midfielder Jean-Michel Ferri won the last of his five senior caps for France as they beat the Netherlands 1-0 in a friendly in Utrecht. Also on the move 1991 – Defender Alex Watson joined Bournemouth for £150,000 after just nine first-team appearances, including being on the winning side in the FA Charity Shield in 1988. He is the brother of fellow former reserve Dave Watson, who found greater fame across Stanley Park. 2001 - Former reserves midfielder Danny Williams joined Conference side Doncaster Rovers from Wrexham on loan. He played six times in his one month at Belle Vue. 2008 – Ex-reds midfielder Bernard Diomède announced his retirement from playing having been without a club for eighteen months. He only made five first-team appearances after signing from Auxerre for £3m in June 2000. 2016 – The loaning of Brazilian midfielder Allan Rodrigues de Souza to Koninklijke Sint-Truidense Voetbalvereniging was announced. He played nine times for the Dutch side. 2017 – Centre-half Tiago Ilori was sold to Reading for a reported £3.75m after just three senior reds games since signing from Sporting Clube de Portugal for £7m in September 2013. For Africa 1996 – Future red Rigobert Song played for Cameroon in their 2-1 defeat of Egypt in an Africa Cup of Nations group game in Johannesburg. 2010 – Ex-red Momo Sissoko featured for Mali in their 3-1 defeat of Malawi in Angola. 2017 – Ex-red Toni Silva played for Guinea-Bissau as they lost 2-1 to Cameroon in Gabon. Other reds games 1975 – We beat Coventry City 2-1 at Anfield with Steve Heighway giving us a half-time lead. Kevin Keegan struck late on, but there was still enough time for Brian Alderson to bag a consolation. 1967 – We lost 2-1 at Leicester City with Mike Stringfellow opening the scoring with one of his five goals past us, before we levelled through a Peter Rodrigues own goal. Graham Cross struck the winner. 1958 – Middlesbrough won 2-0 in L4 with Brian Clough scoring one of his ten goals against the reds, and Ron Burbeck also on target. Also in international action 1950 – Emlyn Hughes played for England B in their 5-0 thumping of Switzerland at Hillsborough. 2000 – Future red Alberto Aquilani featured as Italy Under-15’s beat Hungary 2-1. 2004 – Salif Diao and El-Hadji Diouf both played in Senegal’s 2-1 friendly defeat of South Africa in Dakar. 2010 – Ex-red Jari Litmanen captained Finland as they lost 2-0 to South Korea in Spain. 2011 – Ex-red Harry Kewell played for Australia in their 1-0 win over Bahrain in an AFC Asian Cup Finals group game in Qatar. 2016 – Future red Ozan Kabak scored as Turkey Under-16’s beat Ukraine 2-0 in a friendly. 2019 – Future red Darwin Núñez played for Uruguay Under-20’s in their 1-0 group stage defeat of Peru in the World Championship Finals in Chile.
  23. Will

    29th March

    Happy birthdays 1937 - Right-half Gordon Milne was born in Preston. He played 282 times for us after signing for a club record £16,000 from Preston North End in August 1960, netting eighteen times and winning the League title twice, as well as the Second Division championship before joining Blackpool in May 1967. He also won fourteen England caps, and later successfully managed Coventry City and Leicester City. 1991 – Italian forward Fabio Borini was born in Bentivoglio. He arrived from Roma for £10.4m in July 2012 to become new boss Brendan Rodgers’ first capture. He struck only three times in 38 reds games, moving to Sunderland for an initial £8m in August 2015 after a successful loan spell on Wearside. 1907 – Forward Ted Hancock was born in Rotherham. He signed from Gainsborough Trinity in January 1931, scoring twice in ten reds games before joining Burnley in February 1933. 1925 - South African winger Bob Priday was born in Cape Town. His chances were limited to forty reds games after he made the switch from Cape Town City in December 1945, as he was behind Billy Liddell in the pecking order. He notched seven times while at Anfield, before moving on to Blackburn Rovers in March 1949. Semi-finals 1978 - We lost 2-1 at Borussia Mönchengladbach in the European Cup, with Wilfried Hannes putting the home side ahead. David Johnson netted a late equaliser before Rainer Bonhof’s free-kick put the home side ahead after a rare Ray Clemence error a minute later. Ian Callaghan made his 857th and final reds appearance. Fortunately, we won through to the Final in the Anfield second leg. 1947 - We shared a goalless two hours with Burnley in the FA Cup at Ewood Park, but lost the replay at Maine Road two weeks later. Another for Gordon 1932 - Gordon Hodgson’s first of two strikes in our 4-3 top-flight defeat at Huddersfield Town was his 150th reds goal. Dave Wright also scored, with Dave Mangnall bagging the first three of his seven goals past us and Wilf Bott grabbing one of his five against the reds. Keepers debuting in friendlies 1997 - David James made his England bow in a 2-0 defeat of Mexico at Wembley, his only appearance while a red. Robbie Fowler struck his first senior goal for his country, with Steve McManaman and Jamie Redknapp also playing and future red Paul Ince captaining the side. Stig Inge Bjørnebye, ex-reds Jim Magilton and Dean Saunders, and future reds Gary McAllister and Øyvind Leonhardsen all also turned out for their countries that day. 2000 - Sander Westerveld won his second cap, and first as a red, as the Netherlands drew 2-2 in Belgium. Ex-red Gareth Roberts made his senior debut for Wales in the opening match at the Millennium Stadium as they lost 2-1 to Finland, with future red Jari Litmanen netting the first goal at the new ground. Meanwhile, Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard, Dietmar Hamann, Emile Heskey, Sami Hyypiä, ex-reds Don Hutchison and Dean Saunders, and future reds Milan Baroš, Abel Xavier and Christian Ziege all also won international caps that day. Beating the Tractor boys We have twice beaten Ipswich Town at Anfield on this day in history. 1958 - We won 3-1 in a Second Division match, with Jimmy Harrower netting his first reds goal and Jimmy Melia and Alan A’Court also on the scoresheet. 1971 - Alun Evans and Bobby Graham were on target as we won 2-1 in a top-flight meeting. Derby disappointment 1918 - Harry Lewis and Thomas Green struck as we lost 3-2 at Everton in a Wartime League fixture. 1907 - Our other derby on this day in history was a top-flight match at Goodison that ended goalless. Harry’s farewell 1913 - Forward Harry Welfare played his fourth and final reds game in our 2-0 defeat by Manchester United at Anfield, with ex-reds forward William Hunter making the first of his three appearances for the visitors. George Wall struck one of his ten goals against the reds, with Enoch West bagging one of his eight past us. First and last caps 1890 – Future red Tom Wyllie won his only cap for Scotland in their 4-1 thumping of Ireland in the British International Championships in Belfast. 1897 - Frank Becton won his second and final England cap, and only one as a reds player. The home side thumped Wales 4-0 in a British International Championships encounter at Bramall Lane. Two-ton Bill 1952 – Bill Jones played his 200th League game for the reds as we drew 1-1 at Bolton Wanderers. Billy Liddell opened the scoring, but future red Johnny Wheeler equalised after the break. International reds at the double 1995 - Future red Patrik Berger bagged a brace as the Czech Republic beat Belarus 4-2 in a European Championships qualifier. This was the second of three consecutive internationals in which he scored. On the same day, ex-red Dean Saunders netted as Wales lost 3-1 in a qualifier in Bulgaria. Phil Babb, Stig Inge Bjørnebye, future reds Markus Babbel, Gary McAllister, Jason McAteer and Øyvind Leonhardsen and ex-reds Jim Magilton, Ronnie Rosenthal and Steve Staunton all also represented their countries. Meanwhile, future red Jari Litmanen struck as Finland won 2-0 in a Euro ‘96 qualifier in San Marino, with future red Sami Hyypiä also playing. 2003 - Sami also played for Finland, skippering them in their 2-0 Euro 2004 qualifying defeat in Italy. Future red Andriy Voronin was on target in a 2-2 qualifying draw with Spain in Kyiv. 2021 – Mohamed Salah struck twice as Egypt thumped Comoros 4-0 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Cairo, with Liam Millar featuring for Canada as they trounced the Cayman Islands 11-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Florida. Meanwhile, James Balagizi and Jarell Quansah both played as England Under-18’s beat Wales 2-0 in a friendly in Cardiff. Thumping the Shakers 1941 - We trounced Bury 5-1 in a Wartime League match at Gigg Lane. Dicky Dorsett grabbed a brace, with Stanley Pickstock, Cyril Done and Billy Liddell also netting. Dismissed 1939 – George Paterson was sent off as Preston North End won a Lancashire Senior Cup Third Round tie 1-0 at Anfield. Mixed fortunes against Spurs and City We have twice faced both Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur on this day in history in top-flight matches, winning one and losing one against each side. 1924 - Harry Chambers grabbed the only goal of the game in the second minute against Spurs at Anfield. 1980 - We lost 2-0 at White Hart Lane, with John Pratt netting and Glenn Hoddle converting a penalty, the first of his four goals against the reds. 1937 - We were thumped 5-1 at Maine Road with Fred Howe nabbing our consolation. Eric Brook scored the last of his nine goals against us, having bagged a treble in the reverse fixture just three days earlier. Alex Herd bagged two of his eight goals past us, with Fred Tilson netting the last of his six goals against us and Richard Neilson also on target. 1950 - Billy Liddell and Jimmy Payne struck at the same venue as we won 2-1. International reds no more 1995 - Rob Jones and future red Barry Venison won their final caps for England as Uruguay held them to a goalless draw at Wembley. Future red Nick Barmby made his senior debut in this game as a substitute, while John Barnes, ex-red Peter Beardsley and Steve McManaman all also featured. Jan no longer the man 2002 - Jan Mølby resigned as Kidderminster Harriers’ boss, fuelling speculation that he was about to take over at Hull City, which he did five days later. Dudek & Henchoz twice Stéphane Henchoz has twice represented his country on this day in history. 1995 - He was a substitute in their 2-2 European Championships qualifying draw in Hungary, with Roy Hodgson in charge of the Swiss and ex-red István Kozma featuring for the home side. 2000 - They drew a friendly with Norway by the same score in Lugano. Jerzy Dudek twice won international caps in goalless draws against Hungary. 2000 - He won his fourth cap, while still a Feyenoord player, in a friendly in Debrecen. 2003 - He won his 27th cap in a European Championships qualifier in Chorzów. A rare strike for Eph 1919 - Ephraim Longworth scored one of his two only recorded goals as we beat Stockport County 3-0 in a Wartime League match at Anfield. Harry Lewis added a brace. Other reds games 1989 – John Barnes grabbed the only goal of Derby County’s visit to L4 after just two minutes. 1969 – We won 2-1 at Queens Park Rangers with Tommy Smith converting a penalty and Roger Hunt also on the scoresheet. 1930 – Jimmy Smith was on target late on as we drew 1-1 at Leeds United after Russell Wainscott struck one of his five goals past us after just a minute. 1929 – Gordon Hodgson netted twice as we beat Cardiff City 2-0 at Anfield. 1915 – Newcastle United held us to a 2-2 draw at home. We fell two goals behind before Tom Hill and Fred Pagnam levelled the scores late on. 1902 – George Fleming struck late on, the only goal of our trip to Aston Villa. Doctor in the house 2010 – The appointment of Dr. Peter Brukner as Head of Sports Medicine & Sports Science was announced. On the move 1986 - John Durnin signed on a free from Waterloo Docks. On the same day we were held to a goalless draw at Sheffield Wednesday, the only points we dropped in the final twelve games of that season. 1985 - Dean Saunders joined Cardiff City on loan from Swansea City, failing to net in four games for the Bluebirds. 1960 – Left-half Geoff Twentyman left for Ballymena United. He had netted nineteen times in 184 reds games after signing for £10,000 from his hometown club Carlisle United in December 1953. He returned to Anfield as Chief Scout in 1967, a post he held for nineteen years, helping to bring players such as Ray Clemence, Alan Hansen, Steve Heighway, Phil Neal and Ian Rush to the club. He died aged 74 in February 2004. 2002 - Second string striker John Miles moved to Stoke City on loan until the end of the season in a move that became permanent a month later. 1996 – Future Assistant Manager Colin Pascoe joined Blackpool from Swansea City on a free transfer. However, he only made one senior appearance before retiring from playing in May 1998. Also on target 1994 – Titi Camara netted for Guinea in their 2-1 defeat to Senegal in an Africa Cup of Nations Finals group game in Tunisia. 2003 - Future red Craig Bellamy struck as Wales beat Azerbaijan 4-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Cardiff, with fellow future red Paul Jones also playing. Also in international action that day were Milan Baroš, Steven Gerrard, Dietmar Hamann, Emile Heskey, Danny Murphy, Michael Owen and Vladimír Šmicer, future reds Yossi Benayoun, Christian Poulsen and Bolo Zenden and ex-reds Don Hutchison and David James. 2015 - Future red Roberto Firmino scored the only goal as Brazil beat Chile in a friendly at the Emirates Stadium, with Philippe Coutinho also featuring. Meanwhile, Lazar Marković, future red Andy Robertson and ex-red Robbie Keane all played in European Championships qualifiers. 2011 – Andy Carroll netted his first goal for his country while winning his first cap as a reds player in England’s 1-1 friendly draw with Ghana at Wembley. Dirk Kuyt bagged a brace, scoring in his third consecutive international as the Netherlands beat Hungary 5-3 in a Euro 2012 qualifier in Amsterdam. Ex-red Milan Baroš was on target as the Czech Republic beat Liechtenstein 2-0 in another qualifier, while Harry Kewell won his last cap as a Galatasaray player in Australia’s 2-1 friendly win in Germany. Nuri Şahin won his last cap in his first spell as a Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund player as Turkey beat Austria 2-0 in a qualifier in Istanbul. Future red Samed Yeşil scored for Germany Under-17’s as they beat Switzerland 2-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Dusseldorf, with future red Fabio Borini netting his fist Italy Under-21’s goal in their 2-2 friendly draw in Germany. Alberto Aquilani, Tom Ince, Glen Johnson, Raul Meireles, Martin Škrtel, Andrew Wisdom, future reds Stewart Downing, Ragnar Klavan, Dejan Lovren, Simon Mignolet, James Milner and Mamadou Sakho and ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa, Yossi Benayoun, Alou Diarra, Javier Mascherano and Daniel Sjölund all also featured in internationals that day. 2016 – Sakho won his last cap as a reds plater as France beat Russia 4-2 in a friendly in Paris. Emre Can, Nathaniel Clyne, Adam Lallana, James Milner, Martin Škrtel, Brad Smith, Daniel Sturridge, future reds Alisson Becker, Sadio Mané, Mohamed Salah and Gini Wijnaldum, and ex-reds Daniel Agger, Sebastián Coates, Javier Mascherano, Carl Medjani, Victor Moses, Nuri Şahin and Luis Suárez all also featured for their countries, with Roy Hodgson taking charge of England. International youngsters 1983 - Southampton’s Mark Wright made his England Under-21’s debut as they beat Greece 2-1 at Fratton Park in a European Championships qualifier. Steve McMahon won his final cap as a Blue in the same game, with fellow future red Paul Walsh also featuring. 2005 - John Welsh struck his first goal for England Under-21’s as he started his first game at this level, although this was his fourth cap. Scott Carson and future red James Milner also played as Azerbaijan were beaten 2-0 at the Riverside Stadium in a European Championships qualifier. Future red Daniel Agger netted his third and final goal for Denmark at this level as they won 1-0 in the Ukraine in another qualifier. On the same day, Ramon Calliste won his final Under-21’s cap as a Manchester United player, with Wales losing a qualifier 2-0 in Austria with future red Robbie Keane also in international action. Also in international action 2009 – Nineteen people were killed in a stampede before Ivory Coast thrashed Malawi 5-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Abidjan, with future red Kolo Touré in action. Ex-red Mark González also featured in a qualifier that day. 2017 – Ex-red Luis Suárez played as Uruguay lost a World Cup qualifier 2-1 in Peru. 2018 – Future red Fábio Carvalho played for England Under-16’s in their 2-0 friendly defeat of Cameroon in France.
  24. Will

    31st March

    Crouchie at the treble 2007 - Peter Crouch scored the perfect hat-trick of right-foot, header and left-foot shot as we thumped Arsenal 4-1 at Anfield to gain some measure of revenge for having been dumped out of both the FA and League Cups by the Gunners in L4 already that season. John Arne Riise played his 200th League game, while Daniel Agger grabbed the other goal, with William Gallas on target for the visitors. This was George Gillett Jr. and Tom Hicks’ first game as owners of the reds. 1969 - We were held to a 1-1 draw by Arsenal at Anfield. Tommy Smith converted a penalty at the second try, as Bob Paisley was on the field at the time of his first successful attempt, treating the injured Alun Evans. Triple debutants Three players have made their reds bows on this day over the years, all in League matches. 1984 - John Wark scored on his debut in a 2-0 win at Watford, our first League victory there, with Ian Rush also netting. 1990 - Ronnie Rosenthal made his reds debut in a 3-2 home win over Southampton with ex-red Jimmy Case giving the visitors the lead after Paul Rideout had equalised, when John Barnes and Ian Rush struck to add to a Russell Osman own goal. 1992 - Don Hutchinson started his Liverpool career in a 4-0 home victory over Notts County, with Michael Thomas, Steve McManaman, Ian Rush and Barry Venison all on target. Consecutive runs 1996 - Robbie Fowler scored in his seventh consecutive FA Cup round, as we beat Aston Villa 3-0 at Old Trafford in the Semi-final. He netted a brace to take him to sixteen strikes in his last fourteen outings, with Jason McAteer also on the scoresheet in the final minute. 1951 - Huddersfield Town won for the third consecutive League season at Anfield, this time 4-1, with inside-forward Jack Haigh grabbing our consolation, his third and last reds strike. Left-back Eddie Spicer put through his own net in the final minute. Jimmy Glazzard bagged one of his five goals against the reds, with Vic Metcalfe netting one of his six past us and Harold Hassal also on target. Failed penalties This has not been a good day for our penalty takers. 1973 - Pat Jennings made a double save from Tommy Smith’s spot-kick as we were held 1-1 by Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield, having already saved one from Kevin Keegan in the first half. Keegan netted our goal in the meantime. 1979 - Terry McDermott’s penalty hit a post and bounced away with the scores at 1-1 in our Maine Road FA Cup Semi-final with Manchester United. The game ended 2-2, with Kenny Dalglish and Alan Hansen on target, and we were knocked out in the replay at Goodison five days later. Most recently 2019 – We beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at Anfield, with Roberto Firmino nodding us ahead early on. Lucas Moura equalised after the break, but Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris failed to hold a last-minute Mohamed Salah header with the ball going into the net off Toby Alderweireld to send us back to the top of the table. 2018 – We won 2-1 at Crystal Palace despite falling behind to an early Luka Milivojević penalty. Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah both struck after the break to secure victory in what was Jürgen Klopp’s hundredth League game in charge of the reds. 2013 - We won 2-1 at Aston Villa in an Easter Sunday game, after falling behind to a Christian Benteke strike, one of his seven goals past us to date. Jordan Henderson levelled the scores before Steven Gerrard converted a penalty. Up against Leeds 1965 - We discovered our opponents for the FA Cup Final when a Billy Bremner header handed Leeds United a 1-0 victory over Manchester United in their Semi-final replay at the City Ground in Nottingham. 1906 - We featured in another FA Cup Semi-final, losing 2-0 to eventual winners Everton at Villa Park, thanks to second-half goals from Walter Abbott and Harold Hardman. We have since won all six derbies at this stage or later of the competition. Beating the Mancs 2001 - We beat Manchester United 2-0 in the League at Anfield, with Steven Gerrard and Robbie Fowler scoring past the hapless Fabien Barthez, with Danny Murphy being sent off. 1985 - We lost our other meeting with United on this day, going down 1-0 at home thanks to a goal from Frank Stapleton. Top of the table 1986 - We headed the League table for the first time that season after a 2-0 Easter Monday defeat of Manchester City at Anfield, thanks to a brace from Steve McMahon. Signing on 2011 – Future reds keeper Ádám Bogdán signed a new contract with Bolton Wanderers, having signed from Vasas in his native Hungary in August 2007. 2015 - Winger Ryan Kent signed a new contract, with his eventful year continuing with a first-team debut at Brisbane Roar in July followed by a loan move to Coventry City. He was recalled in January 2016 by Jürgen Klopp, making his only senior appearance in an FA Cup Third Round tie at Exeter City that month. He moved on to Rangers for £7m in September 2019 after a successful season on loan. Red centurions 1956 - Alan A’Court played his hundredth reds game as we beat Bristol City 2-1 in a Second Division encounter at Anfield. Alan Arnell and John Evans, with a late penalty, got on the scoresheet with John Atyeo bagging one of his five goals past us. 1962 – Left-half Tommy Leishman reached a century of appearances for the reds as we lost 1-0 in a Second Division match at Luton Town. Beating the Rams We have twice beaten Derby County in top-flight matches on this day in history, hitting four goals each time. 1934 - Berry Nieuwenhuys struck a brace as we won 4-2 at Anfield, with Tom Johnson and Gordon Hodgson also scoring. Peter Ramage bagged one of his five goals past us, with Arthur Groves also on the scoresheet. 1948 - Jack Balmer netted twice as we won 4-0 at the Baseball Ground, with Albert Stubbins and Willie Fagan also on target. International debutants 1928 - Future red Tom ‘Tiny’ Bradshaw won his only cap for Scotland as they thumped England 5-1 in the British International Championships at Wembley. 1993 - Future red Abel Xavier made his senior international bow in Portugal’s 1-1 draw with Roy Hodgson’s Switzerland in a World Cup qualifier in Bern. On the same day, Ian Rush netted as Wales beat Belgium 2-0 in Cardiff, playing alongside ex-red Dean Saunders. 2009 – Future reds forward Daniel Sturridge won his only cap for England Under-20’s in their 2-0 defeat of Italy at Loftus Road. On the same day, David N’Gog featured for France Under-21’s as they beat England 2-0 in Nottingham, with future red James Milner also in action. Future reds Joe Allen, Mario Balotelli and Raul Meireles all also played for their countries that day. Stan from a corner 1993 - Ex-red Steve Staunton scored direct from a corner for the Republic of Ireland for the second time, having achieved the same feat against Portugal ten months earlier. Fellow ex-reds Ray Houghton and Jim Magilton both also played as they beat Northern Ireland 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier at Lansdowne Road. Meanwhile, John Barnes and future reds Nigel Clough and Paul Ince played in England’s 2-0 win in Turkey. Vlad on target 1999 - Future red Vladimír Šmicer scored the winner as the Czech Republic won 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Scotland. Ex-red Don Hutchison made his debut in the same game, while Patrik Berger also featured and future red Gary McAllister won his 57th and final cap. On the same day, Dean Saunders won his first cap as an SL Benfica player as Wales lost 2-0 in another qualifier in Switzerland, with Stéphane Henchoz winning his final cap while with Blackburn Rovers. Future reds Craig Bellamy and Paul Jones also played. Meanwhile, future reds Nicolas Anelka, Markus Babbel, Dietmar Hamann, Sami Hyypiä, Jari Litmanen and Bolo Zenden also played for their countries. 2004 - Henchoz also represented his country in their 1-0 friendly defeat in Greece. Mixed night for Curtis 2021 – Curtis Jones scored for England Under-21’s as they beat Croatia 2-1 in a European Championships Finals group game 2-1 in Slovenia. However, he was later sent off. Andy Robertson, Xherdan Shaqiri and ex-reds Rhian Brewster, Emre Can and Raheem Sterling also played for their countries, with Steve Clarke taking charge of Scotland. Derby joy 1945 - Billy Liddell grabbed the only goal of the game as we won a Wartime League match at Goodison Park that also counted towards the Wartime League Cup. Red endings 1898 – Half-back Barney Battles played his sixth and final reds game, the only one of his second spell at Anfield. Fred Geary bagged his fourteenth and last reds goal with Andrew McCowie also on target as we were held to a 2-2 top-flight draw at home by Bury. Forward Bobby Colvin was also playing his final reds game, although he had managed to rack up just three senior appearances, while defender John Holmes played his 44th and last game for us. William Brimblecombe struck twice for the visitors. 1894 – Inside-right John Givens headed in his third and final reds goal, the only score in our Second Division trip to Grimsby Town. 1952 – Left-back Tom Rogers died. He signed from Rossendale United in April 1907, playing forty times without scoring in five years with the reds. First and last caps 2004 - Brad Friedel won his 82nd and final cap for the USA, keeping a clean sheet as they beat Jerzy Dudek’s Poland 1-0 in Plock. On the same day, Jari Litmanen won his last cap in his second spell as an Ajax player, his 85th in total. He also scored as Finland won a friendly 2-1 in Malta, with Sami Hyypiä also playing. Paul Jones won his first cap as a Wolverhampton Wanderers player on the same day as Wales won 2-1 in Hungary. Ex-red Gareth Roberts also featured, with future red Ragnar Klavan also in international action. Steven Gerrard was on the losing side for England for the first time on the same day, skippering them for the first time to a 1-0 friendly defeat in Sweden. Jamie Carragher, Emile Heskey, future red Joe Cole and ex-red David James also featured in a match that was played to mark the centenary of the Swedish FA. 2015 - Jordan Henderson, Tiago Ilori, Divock Origi, Martin Škrtel, Harry Wilson, future reds Christian Benteke, Nathaniel Clyne, Marko Grujić, Ragnar Klavan, Xherdan Shaqiri and Gini Wijnaldum, and ex-reds Javier Mascherano and Mikel San José all represented their countries, with Roy Hodgson taking charge of England. Meanwhile, future red Joe Gomez won his fourth and last cap for England Under-19’s as they lost 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in France. 2008 - Dani Pacheco won his fifth and last Under-17’s cap for Spain as they beat Italy 1-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Romania. On target for their countries 2004 - Future red Fernando Morientes struck as Spain beat Denmark 2-0 in a friendly in Gijón. Fellow future reds Xabi Alonso and Fernando Torres also played. Meanwhile, Milan Baroš and future red Robbie Keane were on target as the Czech Republic lost 2-1 to the Republic of Ireland in Dublin, and Dietmar Hamann struck as Germany beat Belgium 3-0 in Cologne. Bruno Cheyrou was also in international action that day, winning his third and final cap as France held future red Bolo Zenden’s Netherlands to a goalless draw in Rotterdam. 2010 – Raheem Sterling struck his only goal for England Under-16’s as they beat the Ukraine 3-1 in a Montaigu Tournament group game in St. Gilles Croix de Vie. This was his fourth cap at this level, and first as a reds player. 2011 – Sterling played for England Under-17’s as they beat Spain 2-1 in a European Championships Elite Round qualifier in Belgium, with fellow red Brad Smith also featuring 2012 – Future red Mohamed Salah scored in Egypt’s 4-0 friendly defeat of Chad in Sudan. 2014 – Dominic Solanke scored for England Under-17’s as they beat Italy 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in the Czech Republic, with fellow future red Joe Gomez also playing. 2018 – Future red Fábio Carvalho scored his second and last goal for England Under-16’s as they drew 3-3 with Brazil. Other reds games 1975 – We lost 2-0 at Stoke City with Terry Conroy bagging two of his four goals against the reds, including a penalty. 1961 – We beat Bristol Rovers 3-0 in a home Second Division encounter thanks to goals from Roger Hunt, Johnny Wheeler and Dave Hickson. 1934 – We defeated Derby County 4-2 in L4. Berry Nieuwenhuys bagged a brace with Tommy Johnson also scoring inside the first twenty minutes. Arthur Groves pulled a goal back before the break, with Peter Ramage netting one of his five past us before Gordon Hodgson struck late on. 1928 – Middlesbrough held us to a 1-1 draw at Anfield with Gordon Hodgson bagging our goal. 1923 – Harry Chambers netted the only goal late on of our trip to Birmingham City. 1900 – Tommy Robertson was on target as we won 1-0 at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Ray the dad 1978 – Keeper Ray Clemence became a father to Stephen, who went on to have a successful football career with Tottenham Hotspur, Birmingham City and Leicester City. In charge 2016 – Former reds Assistant Manager Pako Ayestarán was appointed Head Coach of Valencia for the remainder of the season, following the sacking of Gary Neville. 2021 - Daniel Agger was appointed Manager of Danish second tier side Herfølge Boldklub Køge. Also in international action 1988 – Future red Glenn Hysén played for Sweden as they beat West Germany on penalties in their Four Nations Tournament Semi-final in Berlin. 1997 – Ex-red Ronnie Rosenthal featured in Israel’s 3-0 World Cup qualifying win in Luxembourg. 2016 – Future red Ibrahima Konaté played for France Under-17’s in their 1-0 European Championships qualifying defeat of Iceland in Biarritz.
  25. 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, his third and last goal for the club. 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.