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  1. Will

    6th November

    A roasting for the Turks 2007 - We secured the record ever victory in the Champions League by any club when we trounced Beşiktaş JK 8-0 at Anfield, with the lead only 2-0 at half time. Yossi Benayoun bagged a hat-trick, with his first strike being our 500th in Europe. Peter Crouch and Ryan Babel netted twice each with Steven Gerrard also on target. Sami Hyypiä played his hundredth club European game, while Babel became our hundredth different scorer in continental competition. This was Rafael Benítez’s fiftieth Champions League game in charge of the reds. It was announced on the same day that the construction of the club’s new home would begin in the spring after the city council approved revised plans for a 60,000-seater stadium. These plans have now been shelved. Rush scored one, Rush scored two 1982 - Ian Rush scored four goals in our 5-0 thumping of Everton at Goodison Park, our record win there. The Blues had debutant Glenn Keeley sent off early on for a professional foul on Kenny Dalglish, while Mark Lawrenson was also on target, his only strike in eighteen derby matches. In comes Dave 1959 - Centre-forward Dave Hickson controversially signed for the reds from Everton for £12,000, as he was the Blues’ current darling. His arrival added an extra 15,000 to the usual gate as we beat Second Division pace-setters Aston Villa 2-1 at Anfield on his debut the following day, with one supporter running onto the pitch to kiss him on the cheek! He went on to score 38 times in 67 reds games. Gini off the mark 2016 – Midfielder Gini Wijnaldum bagged his first reds strike, the final goal as we trounced Watford 6-1 at Anfield to end the day on top of the League table. Sadio Mané nabbed a brace, with Philippe Coutinho, Emre Can and Roberto Firmino also on target. He scored one goal 2003 - Djimi Traoré scored his only ever reds goal in a Romanian mud-bath as we drew 1-1 with Steaua Bucureşti in a UEFA Cup Second Round match. 2018 – We lost a UEFA Champions League group game 2-0 at Crvena Zvezda, also known as Red Star Belgrade, with Milan Pavkov bagging a brace inside the opening half hour. The reds hit the woodwork twice after the break but failed to make the break-through. European firsts 1973 - Crvena Zvezda beat us 2-1, our first ever home defeat in the European Cup, with Kevin Keegan having an effort chalked off despite the ball appearing to have crossed the line. Chris Lawler was on target in both legs, with his goal at Anfield being his 61st and last reds strike as we went out at the Second Round stage 4-2 on aggregate. 1991 - We beat Auxerre 3-0 in the UEFA Cup, the only time the reds have overcome a two-goal first leg deficit in European competition in normal play, to reach the Third Round. Jan Mølby set things rolling with a penalty before Mike Marsh bagged his first reds goal to level the tie with a stunning header, with Mark Walters scoring a memorable winner in front of the Kop seven minutes from time. The visitors had Frederic Darras sent off with fourteen minutes remaining. 1979 - We also travelled to France, losing a friendly 3-1 at Lille OSC, with Terry McDermott scoring our goal from the spot. Scully at Anfield 1983 - The title sequence of ‘Scully’ was filmed at Anfield, with actor Andrew Schofield running out onto the pitch with the reds, in place of Kenny Dalglish. Ian Rush, Michael Robinson and Steve Nicol’s diving header handed us a 3-0 derby win to send us back to the top of the table. Birth and death 1909 – England international inside-forward Frank Becton died of tuberculosis. He joined the reds from Preston North End for £100 in March 1895, our first confirmed three-figure fee, and struck 42 times in 86 reds games before joining Sheffield United in October 1898. 1920 – Former Chairman Sir John Smith was born. He held the post between 1973 and 1990, overseeing the most glorious period of our history, having joined the board as a Director in 1971. Semi’s bow 2002 - Jon Otsemobor made his senior reds bow in our 3-1 Worthington Cup Third Round victory over Southampton at Anfield, thanks to Patrik Berger’s 35th and final reds goal and strikes from El-Hadji Diouf and Milan Baroš. Steven Gerrard captained Liverpool for the first time. On the same day, Steve McManaman became the first Englishman to skipper Real Madrid, leading them to a 4-0 Copa del Rey defeat of Oviedo. 1920 - James Penman played his one and only senior reds game, as a replacement for Donald Mackinlay at left-back, as we lost 1-0 at home to Bradford Park Avenue. David McLean bagged one of his eight goals against the reds. Red centurions 1965 - Ian Callaghan played his 200th reds game as we won 2-0 at Sheffield Wednesday, thanks to goals from Roger Hunt and Peter Thompson inside the final fifteen minutes. 1897 – Matt McQueen reached a century of reds appearances as Nottingham Forest won 2-1 at Anfield with Dan Cunliffe on target. Beating the double winners 1971 - Goals from Emlyn Hughes, Ian Callaghan and Ian Ross gave us a 3-2 win over double winners Arsenal at Anfield. Tommy Smith put through his own net, with future red Ray Kennedy also on target. A goalscoring international debut 1957 - Reds left-winger Alan A’Court scored his only England goal on his debut in their 3-2 defeat by Northern Ireland at Wembley. The game counted for both the British International Championships and as a World Cup Qualifier. Keeper Tommy Younger played for Scotland on the same day. 2011 - Krisztián Adorján made his debut for Hungary Under-19’s as they beat the Faroe Islands 3-1 in a friendly in Portugal. First goals 1937 - Forward John Shafto bagged the first of his three senior reds goals as we lost 4-3 at home to Brentford, their only ever Anfield victory in nine attempts. Alf Hanson and Willie Fagan struck our other goals, while Bobby Reid bagged a treble for the visitors, the last of his five strikes against the reds, with Dave McCulloch grabbing one of his seven goals past us. 1954 - Left-half Geoff Twentyman grabbed his first reds goal in our 2-1 Second Division victory over Hull City, with Eric Anderson also on target in our first ever meeting with the Tigers. Jordan’s day 1995 – Midfielder Jordan Williams was born in Bangor. He left the reds after just one senior appearance to sign for Rochdale in June 2018 after a loan spell. Scots in and out 1935 - Scottish international right-half Tom Morrison was sold to Sunderland after four goals in 254 reds games. He helped them to claim the League title in his first season on Wearside. 1897 - Forward Robert Colvin signed from Oldham County. He only ever made three senior appearances, without finding the net, and then joined Glossop North End the following year. Management moves 2002 - Steve Nicol was appointed permanent head coach of New England Revolution, a role he held for almost nine years. 2010 - Christian Ziege was sacked as Manager of DSC Arminia Bielefeld, having been in charge for just six months. 2020 - Nigel Clough was named as Manager of Mansfield Town, leading them to sixteenth in League Two at the end of his first campaign. An unlucky break 1999 - Derby County’s Stefano Eranio suffered a broken leg after a tackle from Sami Hyypiä as we won 2-0 at Anfield with goals from Danny Murphy and Jamie Redknapp. Also on the move 1987 - Future reds loanee keeper Mark Prudhoe joined Third Division Bristol City on loan from Walsall. He only made three appearances for the Robins. 2014 – Jermaine Pennant signed for Indian Super League side Pune City, playing seven times. Meanwhile, left-back Andrea Dossena joined Leyton Orient. He was released at the end of the season after netting once in fifteen outings as they were relegated to League Two. 2019 – Argentinian centre-half Gabriel Paletta signed for S.S.D. Monza 1912, helping them to get promoted from Serie C in his first season. Other reds games 2004 – Darren Anderton struck the only goal of Birmingham City’s visit. 1993 – Nigel Clough netted as we beat West Ham United 2-0 at Anfield, with Alvin Martin putting through his own net. 1976 – David Fairclough was on target as we won 1-0 at Sunderland. 1948 – We beat Portsmouth 3-1 in L4. Billy Liddell, Jack Balmer and Cyril Done were all on the scoresheet, with Peter Harris scoring the first of his eight goals against the reds. 1926 – Huddersfield Town won 3-2 at Anfield as Dick Forshaw bagged a brace. Future red Willie Devlin scored, before Billy Smith netted one of his four past us and George Brown struck one of his nine. 1909 – We were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Bury. Arthur Goddard and Jack Parkinson scored with Tom Chorlton having a twice-taken penalty saved both times. Tom Kay struck one of his four goals past us, with Angus McIntosh also scoring. Uncle Roy tries out 1962 - Future reds left-back and Manager Roy Evans attended the Lancashire Schools County Trials.
  2. Will

    17th October

    Aldo’s record 1987 - John Aldridge scored in his tenth consecutive League game, including one from the previous season, netting from the spot as we beat Queens Park Rangers 4-0 at Anfield. Craig Johnston had a goal chalked off but also scored, while John Barnes bagged a brace. This goalscoring run remains a joint top-flight record, for any club, and took him to twelve goals already that season. Ex-red Ian Rush was watching in the crowd. Later that day, Kenny Dalglish, Peter Robinson and Chairman John Smith met with Ray Houghton and his wife at a Southport restaurant to agree to his £825,000 transfer from Oxford United, which was finalised two days later. A Euro thumping 2017 – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain bagged his first reds goal as we trounced Maribor 7-0 in Slovenia, our best ever away win in Europe and the joint record away victory in the UEFA Champions League. Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah scored twice each, with Philippe Coutinho and Trent Alexander-Arnold also scoring. Mo’s ton up 2020 – We drew 2-2 at Everton behind closed doors with Sadio Mané giving us an early lead before Michael Keane levelled. Mohamed Salah reached a century of reds goals before Dominic Calvert-Lewin equalised. Richarlison was dismissed for the home side right at the death for a late tackle on Thiago Alcântara which ruled him out for more than two months. Jordan Henderson had a very late winner cruelly ruled out for offside by VAR, but the game was marred by Jordan Pickford’s wild challenge resulting in a serious injury to Virgil van Dijk Triple centurions 2009 – Ryan Babel, Yossi Benayoun and Javier Mascherano all reached a century of reds appearances as we lost 1-0 at Sunderland to the freak ‘beach ball’ goal, as Pepe Reina was wrong-footed by a fifth-minute Darren Bent strike that should have been ruled out, one of his five goals against us to date. Ex-red Bolo Zenden and future red Jordan Henderson both featured for the home side. 1896 – We lost a top-flight fixture at Sunderland’s Newcastle Road ground by the odd goal in seven, having gone in 3-0 down at the break. Full-back Archie Goldie struck his only reds goal before we then fell 4-1 behind, with Donald Gow scoring an own goal for the reds and George Allan also on target late on to make the score slightly more respectable. Jimmy Hannah and Andrew Hamilton struck twice apiece for the home side. 1990’s Euro trips 1995 - Mark Wright excelled as we held Brøndby IF to a goalless draw in Denmark, although we lost the Anfield return 1-0 to crash out of the UEFA Cup at the Second Round stage. 1996 - Robbie Fowler and John Barnes netted as we beat Sion 2-1 after falling behind to a Christophe Bonvin strike in Switzerland at the same stage of the European Cup Winners’ Cup. We went as far as the Semi-final that year, after winning the Anfield return 6-3. Onto the Heighway 1970 - Steve Heighway netted his first reds strike to complete a 2-0 top-flight victory over Burnley at Anfield after Ron Yeats had opened the scoring just before half time. A new boss 2015 - Jürgen Klopp took charge for the first time as we held Tottenham Hotspur to a goalless draw at White Hart Lane, with Divock Origi striking the crossbar. Joe Allen reached a century of reds games. Daniel’s ton up 2016 – Forward Daniel Sturridge played his hundredth reds game as we were held to a goalless draw at Anfield by Manchester United. The Case for 1994 - A testimonial match for Jimmy Case was played, with the reds beating Brighton & Hove Albion 2-1 at the Goldstone Ground. Young forward Lee Jones scored his first reds goal, with Robbie Fowler netting the other. 1981 - We also faced the Seagulls on the south coast when Kenny Dalglish, Ray Kennedy and Terry McDermott struck in a 3-3 top-flight draw. Ex-red Jimmy Case was also amongst the scorers, with Steve Foster and Andy Ritchie also netting as Alan Kennedy played his hundredth League game for the reds. Derby disappointment 2010 - We tamely lost 2-0 at Goodison Park, with boss Roy Hodgson laughably claiming after the match that it had been our best performance of the season to date. Tim Cahill struck the last of his five derby goals with Mikel Arteta grabbing the other. 1998 - Our League trip across Stanley Park ended goalless, so taking the Blues’ unbeaten derby run to nine matches. Ivory Coast-born striker Ibrahima Bakayoko was making his debut for the home side. Red births 1876 – Scottish winger Tommy Robertson was born in Fauldhouse. He signed alongside inside-right Johnny Walker for a combined £175 from Heart Of Midlothian, netting 35 times in 141 games before returning to Tynecastle in May 1902, having helped us to claim our first League title in 1901. 1985 – Ex-reds reserves defender James Smith was born in Liverpool. He was last seen playing for Southport in the Conference Premier, having only played one senior reds game, in our Carling Cup tie at Reading in October 2006. A winning debut 1925 - Right-half David McMullan made his reds bow in our 2-1 defeat of Manchester City at Anfield. Harry Chambers and Dick Forshaw struck our goals, with left-half Tom Bromilow playing his 200th League game. Tommy Johnson netted the first of his eight strikes against the reds. In and out 1923 – Inside-forward Harry Lewis left for Hull City after twelve goals in seventy outings and 57 strikes in 101 wartime games, having helped us to claim the League title in 1922. 1953 – Welsh forward Tony Rowley signed from Stourbridge. He bagged a treble on his debut, 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. 1974 – Reserves winger Hughie McAuley moved on to Plymouth Argyle. He turned professional in January 1970, returning to work with the club’s Academy in June 1990, taking up several roles until leaving in the summer of 2009. Management no more 2007 - Sammy Lee and Frank McParland both left Bolton Wanderers by mutual consent. Sammy had been in charge for just fourteen matches, although he had only led them to three victories. 1994 - 1950’s wing-half Keith Burkinshaw was sacked as Manager of West Bromwich Albion. He had been in charge for sixteen months, as the Baggies struggled to stay in the First Division. Loaned out 2000 - Erik Meijer joined Preston North End on loan. He made nine appearances while at Deepdale, but failed to get on the scoresheet. 2002 – Right-back Glen Johnson joined Millwall on loan from West Ham United. He played eight times for the Lions before returning to establish himself in the first eleven at Upton Park. Disappointment in the Potteries 1903 - We were well beaten at Stoke, going down 5-2 in a top-flight match, with Jack Cox and George Fleming netting for the reds. Teddy Holdcroft bagged a brace for the Potters, with Tinker Whitehouse, Tom Holford also on target, and Arthur Capes bagging the last of his four goals past us. Inside-forward Fred Buck was sent off for kicking and punching future reds left-half Jim Bradley, for which he was suspended for six weeks. 1959 - We returned to the Victoria Ground for a Second Division encounter, with Jimmy Harrower on the scoresheet as we held Stoke City to a draw. Forward Reginald Blore made his only senior reds appearance in this game. Seeing off the Mancs 1942 - We beat Manchester United 2-1 at Anfield in a Wartime League game, with Willie Fagan and Cyril Done grabbing our goals. Bye bye Berry for now 1908 - Arthur Berry played the third and final game of his first spell as a reds player as we were held to a 2-2 draw at Anfield by Woolwich Arsenal. Ronald Orr and Joe Hewitt were both on the scoresheet, with Tom Chorlton missing a penalty. Ex-red Charlie Satterthwaite was on target for the Gunners, with David Neave nabbing one of his four strikes past us. Kenny for his country King Kenny has played for Scotland three times on this day over the years. 1973 - He won his twelfth cap while still with Celtic as they won 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Czechoslovakia. 1979 - Dalglish captained the side as they were held 1-1 at Hampden Park by Austria in a European Championships qualifier. Graeme Souness and future red John Wark played behind him in that game. 1984 - He won his 95th cap as Scotland beat Iceland 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier. Steve Nicol won his second cap in that game, as ex-red Graeme Souness skippered the side. International reds on target 1990 - Gary McAllister, then still with Leeds United, scored his first Scotland goal in his fifth international game, as they beat Switzerland 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier at Hampden Park. Steve Nicol also featured in this game. On the same day, ex-red John Aldridge netted a treble, including a penalty, as the Republic of Ireland beat Turkey 5-0 at Lansdowne Road. Ray Houghton and Steve Staunton both also played. Meanwhile, Ian Rush bagged his first goal for Wales in his second spell as a reds player in their 3-1 win over Belgium in Cardiff in another qualifier. Future red Dean Saunders was also on the scoresheet. Peter Beardsley netted in England’s 2-0 defeat of Poland at Wembley, with John Barnes and future red Mark Wright also featuring. Future red Istvan Kozma also featured in qualifying action that day. 2017 – Rhian Brewster converted in a penalty shoot-out as England Under-17’s beat Japan 5-3 following their goalless World Championship Finals Round of 16 game in India. 2015 – Herbie Kane played as England Under-17’s drew 1-1 with Guinea in a World Championship Finals group game in Colombia. 2010 – Future reds Emre Can and Samed Yeşil each struck twice for Germany Under-17’s as they thumped Bosnia-Herzegovina 6-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Estonia. 2007 - Steve Finnan struck his second and final goal for the Republic of Ireland, and only one as a reds player, as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Cyprus in a Euro 2008 qualifier at Croke Park in Dublin, with future red Robbie Keane also featuring. 1979 - Ex-red Kevin Keegan was on the scoresheet in England’s 5-1 European Championships qualifying win in Northern Ireland, with Terry McDermott, Phil Neal and Phil Thompson all also playing. First and last caps 1979 - Ex-red John Toshack won his fortieth and final cap for Wales as they were thumped 5-1 by West Germany in a European Championships qualifier in Cologne. Ex-red Joey Jones also played. Steve Heighway was also picked for a qualifier that day, as the Republic of Ireland beat Bulgaria 3-0 at Lansdowne Road. 1984 - Michael Robinson won his last cap as a reds player as the Republic of Ireland lost 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Norway. Mark Lawrenson and Ronnie Whelan both also featured. Jan Mølby and future reds John Barnes and Mark Wright also turned out in World Cup fixtures on the same day. 2007 - Future red Andrea Dossena made his senior international bow, his only appearance as an Udinese player, coming off the bench as Italy beat South Africa 2-0 in a friendly in Siena. On the same day, Ryan Babel, Steven Gerrard, Sami Hyypiä, Pepe Reina, John Arne Riise, ex-reds Craig Bellamy, Mark González, Roy Hodgson, Michael Owen, John Toshack and future reds Joe Allen, Joe Cole, Stewart Downing, Ragnar Klavan, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Dejan Lovren, Albert Riera, Luis Suárez and Kolo Touré all also represented their countries. 2012 – Glen Johnson, Gerrard, Hodgson and future red Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all represented England as they drew a World Cup qualifier 1-1 in Poland. Half a century high 2007 - Andriy Voronin won his fiftieth cap for the Ukraine as they thumped the Faroe Islands 5-0 in a Euro 2008 qualifier in Kiev. Meanwhile, future red Christian Poulsen also reached half a century as Denmark beat Latvia 3-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Copenhagen. Into the hall of fame 2007 - It was announced that Peter Beardsley and Graeme Souness were to be inducted into the Football Museum’s Hall of Fame. Beardsley won two League titles, the FA Cup, and two FA Charity Shields while at Anfield, as well as 59 England caps and a ‘new’ Second Division title with Fulham. Souness claimed five League titles, three European Cups, four League Cups and three FA Charity Shields while with the reds, also winning 54 Scottish caps, a Second Division championship, Coppa Italia and Scottish League title as a player. An international debut 1956 - Alan A’Court won the first of his seven caps for England Under-23’s as they were held to a goalless draw by France at Ashton Gate. Joe departs 2006 - Centre-half Joe Maloney died. He signed on at Anfield as a professional in January 1951, but only made twelve senior appearances before moving to Shrewsbury Town in July 1954, for whom he played 237 League games. Other reds games 1964 – Ian St. John and Roger Hunt netted as West Ham United drew 2-2 at Anfield as Geoff Hurst scored two of his nine goals against the reds. 1953 – We lost 2-0 at Huddersfield Town. Jimmy Glazzard scored one of his five past us with Vic Metcalfe bagging one of his six. 1936 – Bolton Wanderers held us to a goalless draw in L4. 1931 – We won 2-1 at League leaders West Bromwich Albion thanks to goals from Gordon Hodgson and Gordon Gunson. 1914 – Tom Miller struck twice as we beat Bradford City 2-1 in L4, with Jackie Sheldon missing two penalties. Ernie in action twice Future reds defender Ernie Blenkinsop played for England in the British International Championships twice on this day in consecutive years. 1931 - He helped them to a 6-2 win in Northern Ireland. 1932 – He captained his country to a 1-0 victory over the same opposition in Blackpool, with reds keeper Elisha Scott in the away side’s goal that day and future reds forward Tosh Johnson winning his fifth and last cap for England.
  3. Will

    15th October

    An epic swindle 2010 – The sale of the club to New England Sports Ventures under the leadership of John W. Henry was completed, after a chaotic few days of court cases. On the same day, Jamie Carragher signed a contract extension tying him to the club until 2013, while future reds Emre Can and Samed Yeşil both played as Germany Under-17’s won a European Championships qualifier 5-0 in Estonia. Michael at the treble 1983 - Michael Robinson netted a hat-trick, his first League goals for the reds, as we won 3-1 at West Ham United, despite Craig Johnston being sent off just after the hour mark. Billy Bonds made his 700th West Ham appearance in this game, as we closed the gap on the second-placed Hammers to two points. Alan Devonshire was on target for the home side with a late consolation. 1955 - We also faced them when Alan A’Court, Jimmy Payne and Billy Liddell all struck as we won a Second Division meeting 3-1 at Anfield. 1906 – Robert Blanthorne bagged a treble as we thumped Rossendale United 6-0 in a Lancashire Senior Cup game at Anfield. Bill McPherson added a brace, with John Carlin also netting. Luis in trouble 2011 - We were held to a 1-1 draw by Manchester United when Steven Gerrard put us ahead with a free-kick before Javier Hernández headed in a late equaliser. However, the game will be best remembered for the run-in between Luis Suárez and United skipper Patrice Evra. More reds trebles 2000 - Michael Owen left the pitch with a nasty head wound, with Emile Heskey responding by bagging a classic treble of header, right-foot and left-foot strikes as we won 4-0 at Derby County, with Vegard Heggem playing his 65th and final reds game. Patrik Berger rounded off a fantastic team move for the other goal. 1932 - Gordon Hodgson scored a twenty-minute second-half hat-trick as we beat Portsmouth 4-3 in a top-flight match at Anfield, after Dave Wright had opened the scoring. Jimmy Easson struck one of his eight goals past us, with Jack Smith and James Nichol also on target. 1960 - We also hosted Pompey in a Second Division fixture, when Dave Hickson bagged a brace in a 3-3 draw, with Roger Hunt also on target as we came from 1-0 and 3-1 down. Jimmy White bagged a brace for the visitors, with Sammy Chapman also netting. Cup first-timers 1892 - We played our first ever FA Cup match, winning 4-0 at Nantwich in the First Qualifying Round, with John Miller netting a hat-trick. Tom Wyllie grabbed the other goal while right-half John McCartney made his reds bow. Ben born 1999 – Forward Ben Woodburn was born in Tattenhall, near Chester. He made his reds bow in November 2016, so far scoring just once in eleven first-team outings, as well as becoming a regular part of the Wales senior squad. Cup winners 1962 – We claimed the Liverpool Senior Cup by beating Tranmere Rovers 2-1 at Anfield, with Roger Hunt and Gordon Wallace on target. Dirk’s bow 1913 – South African keeper Dirk Kemp was born in Cape Town. He signed from Transvaal in December 1936 but played just thirty senior and ten Wartime games for the reds. New skipper 2003 - It was announced that Steven Gerrard had replaced Sami Hyypiä as club captain, prior to our game at home to Slovenian side Olimpija Ljubljana. Florent Sinama-Pongolle made his reds bow as we reached the Second Round of the UEFA Cup 4-1 on aggregate, in our 150th game in this competition. Anthony Le Tallec scored his only reds goal, with Emile Heskey grabbing his fiftieth, and Harry Kewell also netting in our 3-0 win, with El-Hadji Diouf missing a late penalty. Leo’s reds bow 1997 - Øyvind Leonhardsen made his reds debut as a half-time substitute for Jamie Carragher after missing the opening eleven games of the season through injury, as we won 2-0 at West Bromwich Albion in a League Cup Third Round tie. Patrik Berger and Robbie Fowler were on target. 1904 - We also faced the Baggies when Jack Parkinson struck a brace in our 3-2 Second Division win at Anfield, with Bobby Robinson also on the scoresheet. Cally’s double century 1966 – Ian Callaghan played his 200th League game as Roger Hunt struck in our 1-1 top-flight draw at Nottingham Forest, with Joe Baker netting one of his four goals against us. This was our fourth straight stalemate at the City Ground. Mixed fortunes against the Villains 1938 - We beat Aston Villa 3-0 at home with Harman van den Berg, Jack Balmer and Willie Fagan all on target, with Fagan’s goal being the club’s 3,000th in all competitions. Left-half Jimmy McDougall was presented with a £650 cheque for “his loyalty and fine service as a player” after the game, nine months after his 356th and final reds game. 1898 - We also played them in the First Division at Anfield, going down to a 3-0 defeat. Jack Devey scored one of his seven goals against the reds, with Fred Wheldon netting one of his four and George Johnson also on the scoresheet. Sidlow’s farewell 1949 - Keeper Cyril Sidlow won his seventh and final cap for Wales as they lost 4-1 in Cardiff to England in the British International Championships. Mixed fortunes against Rovers 2005 - Djibril Cissé grabbed the only goal against Blackburn Rovers at Anfield from a free-kick, with the visitors having Zurab Khizanishvili dismissed, although his red card was later rescinded. 1994 - We lost 3-2 at Ewood Park in another Premiership game, when Robbie Fowler and John Barnes netted for the reds. Chris Sutton nabbed two of his seven goals against us, with Mark Atkins also on target. 1924 - We also met Rovers, being held to a goalless draw in our top-flight meeting at Anfield. Derby stalemate 1927 - We held Everton to a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park with Dick Edmed netting our goal as left-back Donald Mackinlay played his 400th game for the reds. Four-goal wins We have twice won top-flight fixtures 4-0 at home on this day in history. 1910 - Jack Parkinson struck a brace as we beat Bristol City, with Joseph Brough and Jimmy Harrop also on the scoresheet. 1921 – Tommy Lucas nabbed his first of his three reds goals as Harry Chambers and Dick Forshaw also scored against Preston North End, with Harry Beadles converting a penalty. First and last caps 2013 - Harry Wilson became Wales’ youngest ever player and the reds’ youngest ever senior international, aged 16 years 208 days, coming off the bench as they drew a World Cup qualifier 1-1 in Belgium, with ex-red Craig Bellamy winning his 78th and final cap. Steven Gerrard scored his 21st and last goal for his country as Roy Hodgson’s England beat Poland 2-0 at Wembley. Future red Alberto Moreno made his senior international bow as Spain beat Georgia 2-0 in Albacete. Luis Suárez scored from the spot with ex-red Maxi Rodríguez netting twice as Uruguay beat Argentina 3-2, while future red Mario Balotelli struck as Italy were held to a 2-2 draw by Armenia in Naples. Daniel Agger bagged a brace as Denmark thumped Malta 6-0 in Copenhagen, while ex-red Robbie Keane converted a penalty in the Republic of Ireland’s 3-1 defeat of Kazakhstan in Dublin. Ex-red Alexander Kačaniklić scored his last goal for Sweden as they lost 5-3 to Germany in Solna with Krisztián Németh winning his last cap as a Roda JC Kerkrade player. Also in international action were Tiago Ilori, Lucas, Jack Robinson, Daniel Sturridge, future reds Emre Can, Ragnar Klavan, Dejan Lovren and James Milner, and ex-reds Alberto Aquilani, Tom Ince and Dirk Kuyt. 2008 - Peter Crouch won his first cap as a Portsmouth player with Emile Heskey making his final appearance while with Wigan Athletic as Steven Gerrard netted in England’s 3-1 World Cup qualifying win in Belarus. Alberto Aquilani netted his only two goals as a Roma player as Italy beat Montenegro 2-1 in Lecce, while Yossi Benayoun was on target in Israel’s 1-1 draw in Latvia. Robbie Keane bagged his last goal as a red in the Republic of Ireland’s 1-0 victory over Cyprus at Croke Park. Future red Milan Jovanović netted in Serbia’s 3-1 win in Austria, with future red Mario Balotelli nabbing a brace as Italy Under-21’s won 3-1 in Israel and Ragnar Klavan winning his last cap as a Heracles Almelo player as they drew 0-0 with Turkey in Tallinn. Xabi Alonso, Ryan Babel, Andrea Dossena, Sami Hyypiä, Dirk Kuyt, Javier Mascherano, Fernando Torres, future reds Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Alex Manninger, Raul Meireles and Nuri Şahin, and ex-reds Milan Baroš, Craig Bellamy, Mark González, David James, Jari Litmanen, John Arne Riise, Daniel Sjölund and John Toshack all also featured in qualifiers that day. Other reds games 1977 – We won 2-1 at Leeds United with Jimmy Case bagging a brace. 1968 – Chris Lawler was on target as we lost a League Cup Fourth Round tie at Arsenal. Peter Simpson gave the Gunners the lead, with John Radford scoring one of his seven goals against the reds late on. 1949 – We were held to a goalless draw at Blackpool. On the move 2020 – Ex-reds loanee Victor Moses joined Spartak Moscow on loan from Chelsea, scoring four times in twenty games before making the move permanent in July 2021. Internationals on target 2019 – Future red Takumi Minamino struck twice as Japan won a World Cup qualifier 3-0 in Tajikistan while Rafael Camacho won his sixth and last cap for Portugal Under-20’s as they lost 4-3 to Italy in the Under 20 Elite League in Guarda. Rhian Brewster, future red Thiago and ex-red Brad Smith also represented their countries that day. 2018 - Ex-red Raheem Sterling bagged a brace as England beat Spain 3-2 in a UEFA Nations League group game in Seville, with Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, future red Thiago and ex-red Iago Aspas also featuring. Also in action that day were Curtis Jones, Dejan Lovren, Xherdan Shaqiri, future red Kostas Tsimikas and ex-red Péter Gulácsi. 2014 – Future red Mohamed Salah netted as Egypt beat Botswana 2-0 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Cairo, with future reds Naby Keïta and Sadio Mané also playing in qualifiers that day while future red Marko Grujić featured for Serbia Under-19’s. 2013 – Salah also played for country as they lost a World Cup qualifier 6-1 in Ghana. 2012 – Ryan McLaughlin scored for Northern Ireland Under-19’s as they trounced Moldova 8-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Portadown. Meanwhile, future red Gini Wijnaldum struck as the Dutch Under-21’s beat Slovakia 2-0 in a European Championships qualifying play-off. 2002 - A trio of reds youngsters scored in European Under-21 Championships qualifiers. Daniel Sjölund struck as Finland drew 3-3 with Serbia & Montenegro in Smederevo. Meanwhile, Anthony Le Tallec and Florent Sinama-Pongolle were both in target in France’s 3-0 win in Malta. This was Le Tallec’s first goal at this level, while Flo was netting in his third consecutive Under-21’s appearance. Alou Diarra also played, as all three won their fourth caps at this level. Also in Under-21’s action that day were Chris Kirkland and future reds Joe Cole, Peter Crouch, Ragnar Klavan, Paul Konchesky and Pepe Reina.
  4. Will

    11th October

    Happy birthday Ronnie 1963 - Ronnie Rosenthal was born in Haifa. The Israeli forward made an instant impact on his arrival on loan in March 1990, with Kenny Dalglish saying, “Ronnie gave us the momentum. It was that which helped us to win the Championship.” He signed from Standard de Liège permanently that June for £1m and scored a total of 22 times in 97 reds games before joining Tottenham Hotspur for £250,000 after four years at Anfield. Lawler’s night 1978 - A testimonial match for full-back Chris Lawler was staged with the reds defeating Swansea City 3-2 at Anfield, thanks to a Kenny Dalglish brace and a strike by Graeme Souness, with Welsh rugby union star Gareth Edwards featuring for the Swans. Managing Director Ian Ayre, then aged just fourteen, took a penalty at half-time, having won a competition. Lawler made 549 appearances in sixteen years at Anfield, scoring 61 times, and helping us to two League titles, the UEFA Cup, FA Cup and FA Charity Shield. A treble for Tosh 1975 - John Toshack scored a hat-trick as we beat Birmingham City 3-1 at Anfield, while Bob Hatton struck the last of his four goals past us. Fifty for Terry 1980 – Terry McDermott’s penalty was his fiftieth reds goal as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Ipswich Town, with Frans Thijssen netting for the visitors. Don’s debut 1902 - Right-back Don McCallum played the first of his two reds games as we won 2-1 at West Bromwich Albion, with Sam Raybould bagging a brace. Mixed fortunes against the Blues 1919 - Chelsea completed the first half of their first ever League double over us, winning 1-0 at Stamford Bridge. Inside-right Tom Bennett played his only official reds game, although he had struck an amazing 77 times in seventy wartime games. 1947 - More happily, Albert Stubbins, Bob Priday and Billy Liddell struck as we won 3-0 at Anfield in another First Division meeting. Aldo for Ireland 1995 - Ex-red John Aldridge struck his final two goals for the Republic of Ireland, including a penalty, as they beat Latvia 2-0 in a Euro ’96 qualifier at Lansdowne Road. That took his tally to eight goals in four games against the men from the Baltic. Jason McAteer won his first cap as a reds player, with Phil Babb, Mark Kennedy and ex-red Steve Staunton also playing. Steve McManaman, Jamie Redknapp, ex-red Ronnie Rosenthal and future reds Nick Barmby, Stéphane Henchoz and Øyvind Leonhardsen all also featured in internationals that day, with Roy Hodgson taking charge of Switzerland. 1989 - Aldo won his first cap as a Real Sociedad player in a 3-0 World Cup qualifying defeat of Northern Ireland at the same venue. This was their first ever win over their near neighbours, at the fourth attempt. Ray Houghton and Ronnie Whelan both netted, while Steve Staunton and ex-red Kevin Sheedy also featured. Also in World Cup action that day were Peter Beardsley, Steve McMahon, Steve Nicol and future reds Stig Inge Bjørnebye, István Kozma, Colin Pascoe and Dean Saunders. Internationals on target 2017 – Rhian Brewster netted as England Under-17’s beat Mexico 3-2 in the World Championship Finals in India. Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino both featured as Brazil beat Chile 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier on the same day. Meanwhile, ex-red Luis Suárez bagged a brace as Uruguay beat Bolivia 4-2 in Montevideo. 2016 – Ex-red Luis Suárez netted as Uruguay were held to a 2-2 draw by Colombia in a World Cup qualifier, with Sebastián Coates also playing. Philippe Coutinho, Marko Grujić, Jordan Henderson, Caoimhín Kelleher, Daniel Sturridge, Harry Wilson, future reds Alisson Becker and Diogo Jota and ex-reds Martin Škrtel and Brad Smith all also featured for their countries. 2013 – Daniel Sturridge earned and then converted a penalty as Roy Hodgson’s England beat Montenegro 4-1 in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley, with Steven Gerrard captaining the side and future red James Milner also in action. Martin Škrtel put through his own net and was sent off while leading Slovakia to a 1-0 defeat in Greece. On the same day, ex-red Alberto Aquilani scored for Italy in their 2-2 qualifying draw with Denmark in Copenhagen, who were skippered by Daniel Agger, with ex-red Alexander Kačaniklić and future red Ragnar Klavan also playing for their countries. 2014 – Ex-red Robbie Keane bagged a treble that included a penalty as the Republic of Ireland trounced Gibraltar 7-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Dublin. Also in international action that day were Lloyd Jones, Lazar Marković, future red Naby Keïta and ex-reds Javier Mascherano and Carl Medjani. 1997 - Future red Vladimír Šmicer struck in the Czech Republic’s 3-0 World Cup qualifying win over Slovakia in Prague. Ex-red Dean Saunders and future reds Stéphane Henchoz, Sami Hyypiä and Jari Litmanen all also featured in qualifiers on the same day. Final caps 2010 – Philippe Coutinho won his second and last cap while with Internazionale as Brazil beat Uruguay 2-0 in a friendly in Derby, with Lucas Leiva also in action. 2000 - Igor Bišcan won his eleventh cap, and final one as a Dinamo Zagreb player, in Croatia’s 1-1 draw with Scotland in his home city. Ex-red Don Hutchison also played. Emile Heskey, Sami Hyypiä, ex-reds Øyvind Leonhardsen, Jim Magilton, Jason McAteer, Steve McManaman and future reds Yossi Benayoun, Jerzy Dudek, Steve Finnan, Paul Jones, Robbie Keane and Jari Litmanen all also played in World Cup qualifiers that day. 2003 - Djibril Cissé won his last cap as an Auxerre player, and sixteenth in total, coming off the bench in France’s 3-0 Euro 2004 qualifying defeat of Yossi Benayoun’s Israel at the Stade de France. Meanwhile, ex-red David James started for England for the tenth consecutive game as they held Turkey to a goalless draw in Istanbul. Steven Gerrard and Emile Heskey both also played. Jerzy Dudek, Steve Finnan, Stéphane Henchoz, John Arne Riise, future reds Xabi Alonso, Craig Bellamy, Robbie Keane, Ragnar Klavan and Christian Poulsen, and ex-reds Don Hutchison and Paul Jones all also featured in qualifiers that day. Roy Hodgson took charge of the United Arab Emirates as they drew a friendly 2-2 with Uzbekistan in Dubai. 2003 - Daniel Sjölund won his second and final senior cap as a reds player as Finland beat Canada 3-2 in a friendly in Tampere. 2002 - He turned out for the Under-21’s as they beat Azerbaijan 3-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Vantaa. Management moves 2002 - Jan Mølby was sacked as Manager of basement side Hull City. He had been in charge for just seven months, but had only managed two wins in seventeen games. 2001 – Future reds First Team Coach Kevin Keen took charge as Caretaker Manager of Macclesfield Town, following Manager Gil Prescott’s decision to concentrate on a role as Director of Football. 2004 - Ex-reds coach Christian Damiano was appointed First Team Coach at Southampton. Mixed fortunes against the Trotters We have faced Bolton Wanderers three times on this day in history, winning one, drawing one and losing the other. 1897 - We lost a friendly 4-1 at Burnden Park with Tom Bradshaw on target. 1952 - We returned there, with Kevin Baron and Jimmy Payne netting in a 2-2 top-flight draw, with Nat Lofthouse bagging the last two of his eight goals past us. 1913 - Our other meeting also came in the First Division, with Tom Miller bagging a brace in a 2-1 home victory. Drawing a blank on Tyneside We have twice visited St. James’ Park for First Division fixtures on this day in history, without securing victory or even scoring a goal. 1924 - We shared a goalless draw, with forward Hector Lawson playing his sixteenth and last reds game. 1969 - Newcastle United won 1-0. First caps 2013 – Mamadou Sakho won his first cap as a reds player in France’s 6-0 thumping of Australia in Paris. Future red Xherdan Shaqiri struck as Switzerland won a World Cup qualifier 2-1 in Albania, while Luis Suárez, future reds Ádám Bogdán and Dejan Lovren and ex-reds Álvaro Arbeloa, Craig Bellamy, Dirk Kuyt, Krisztián Németh and Maxi Rodríguez all featured in World Cup qualifiers that day. 2008 – Albert Riera won his first cap as a reds player as Spain won a World Cup qualifier 3-0 in Estonia, with Xabi Alonso and Fernando Torres also featuring. Daniel Agger converted a penalty as Denmark beat Malta 3-0 in Copenhagen, with Yossi Benayoun doing likewise while skippering Israel to a 3-1 victory in Luxembourg. However, ex-red Craig Bellamy had a spot-kick saved as Wales beat Liechtenstein 2-0 in Cardiff under the management of John Toshack. Ex-red Salif Diao won his fortieth and last cap for Senegal as they drew 1-1 with Gambia in Dakar. Also in qualifying action that day were Ryan Babel, Andrea Dossena, Nabil El Zhar, Sami Hyypiä, Dirk Kuyt, Javier Mascherano, Steven Gerrard, future reds Milan Jovanović, Ragnar Klavan, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Alex Manninger, Raul Meireles, Christian Poulsen, Nuri Şahin, Luis Suárez and Kolo Touré and ex-reds Milan Baroš, Alou Diarra, El-Hadji Diouf, Emile Heskey, David James, Jari Litmanen, John Arne Riise, Daniel Sjölund and Rigobert Song. 2019 – Ki-Jana Hoever won his last cap for the Dutch Under-18’s as they beat Belgium 3-2 in a friendly in Oldenzaal. Rhian Brewster, Jordan Henderson and ex-red Raheem Sterling all represented England that day. 2015 – Agger also played for Denmark as they lost 2-1 to France in a friendly in Copenhagen, with ex-red Krisztián Németh bagging a brace as Hungary lost a European Championships qualifier 4-3 in Greece. Herbie Kane and future reds Andy Robertson and Mohamed Salah were also in international action that day. 2014 – Andy Robertson won his first cap as a Hull City player in Scotland’s 1-0 defeat of Georgia in a European Championships qualifier at Ibrox. 1997 - Paul Ince skippered England while winning his 34th cap, and first one as a reds player, as they held Italy to a goalless draw in Rome to reach the World Cup Finals. On the same day, Jim Magilton won his first cap as a Sheffield Wednesday player as Northern Ireland lost 1-0 in Portugal. Meanwhile, Ray Houghton won his 71st cap, and first while with Reading, skippering the Republic of Ireland as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Romania in another qualifier at Lansdowne Road. Phil Babb, Mark Kennedy and Jason McAteer all also played. 1995 - Dean Saunders won his fiftieth cap, and first one as a Galatasaray player, as Wales lost 2-1 to Germany in a Euro ’96 qualifier in Cardiff. Future reds Markus Babbel and Christian Ziege both also featured. Meanwhile, Torben Piechnik was winning his first cap as an AGF Århus player, and thirteenth in all, as Denmark drew 1-1 with Spain in Copenhagen. 1989 - István Kozma won his first cap as a Dunfermline Athletic player as Hungary were held to a 2-2 World Cup qualifying draw in Budapest by Spain. Double trebles for young reds 1994 - Future red Patrik Berger bagged a treble while winning his only Czech Republic Under-21’s cap in their 7-0 European Championships qualifying win in Malta. On the same day, Jamie Redknapp also notched a hat-trick as England Under-21’s won 3-1 in Austria in another qualifier. Robbie Fowler and future red Nick Barmby also featured. Flo on target at Clermont-Ferrand 2002 - Florent Sinama-Pongolle scored a penalty, the only goal of France Under-21’s meeting with Slovenia in a European Championships qualifier in Clermont-Ferrand. Alou Diarra and Anthony Le Tallec both also won their third caps. Meanwhile, future red Joe Cole struck his last goal at this level as England won 4-0 in Slovakia, with future red Paul Konchesky also in action. On the same day, Daniel Sjölund and future reds Xabi Alonso, Albert Riera and Fernando Torres also featured in qualifiers at this level. 2003 – Sinama-Pongolle struck again as France beat Israel 2-0 in another qualifier on the same ground, playing alongside Diarra and Le Tallec again. 2005 - Le Tallec scored in his fifth consecutive Under-21’s game as France beat Cyprus 2-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Beauvais. On the same day, Ramon Calliste, Scott Carson, Besian Idrizaj and future reds Raul Meireles, James Milner and Gary O’Neil were also in qualifying action. Also in international action 2006 - Luis García won his eighteenth and final cap as he played against Javier Mascherano, who was playing his final international while with West Ham United. Xabi Alonso, Pepe Reina and future reds Maxi Rodríguez and Fernando Torres all also featured as Spain beat Argentina 2-1 in a friendly in Murcia. Sami Hyypiä and ex-red Jari Litmanen struck the goals as Roy Hodgson’s Finland won a European Championships qualifier 2-0 in Kazakhstan, with Nicolas Anelka notching for France against the Faroe Islands as he won his first cap as a Bolton Wanderers player. Welsh skipper Craig Bellamy was on target as John Toshack’s men beat Cyprus 3-1 in another qualifier in Cardiff. Meanwhile, Daniel Agger broke his right hand during Denmark’s 4-0 victory in Liechtenstein, while Jamie Carragher, Peter Crouch, Steve Finnan, ex-red Milan Baroš and future reds Ryan Babel, Robbie Keane, Ragnar Klavan, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Christian Poulsen, Martin Škrtel and Andriy Voronin all also featured in qualifiers, with Adam Hammill and Craig Lindfield playing for England Under-19’s in Austria, and future red Philipp Degen in friendly action. Meanwhile, Nikolay Mihaylov won his last cap for Bulgaria Under-21’s as a PFC Levski Sofia player as they had two players sent off in their 4-1. 2020 – Ex-red Simon Mignolet faced Trent Alexander-Arnold and skipper Jordan Henderson as England beat Belgium 2-1 in a UEFA Nations League group game at Wembley. Diogo Jota, Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk, Gini Wijnaldum, Neco Williams, Harry Wilson, future red Ozan Kabak and ex-reds Ryan Babel, Péter Gulácsi and Dejan Lovren all also featured in the same competition that day, with ex-reds coach Steve Clarke taking charge of Scotland. Dirk’s last strike 2011 – Dirk Kuyt bagged his last goal for the Netherlands as a reds player in their 3-2 Euro 2012 qualifying defeat in Sweden, with Thiago Alcântara winning his last cap as a Barcelona player as Spain beat Scotland 3-1 in a qualifier in Alicante. Charlie Adam, Alberto Aquilani, Craig Bellamy, Lucas, Luis Suárez, future reds Joe Allen, Ragnar Klavan, Dejan Lovren, Simon Mignolet and Xherdan Shaqiri, and ex-reds Álvaro Arbeloa, Milan Baroš, Alou Diarra, Milan Jovanović, Javier Mascherano, Raul Meireles, Nikolay Mihaylov, Christian Poulsen, John Arne Riise all also featured in internationals that day, with John Toshack taking charge of FYR Macedonia. Youngsters on the mark again 1983 - Future red Paul Walsh scored in his third consecutive England Under-21’s game as they won 2-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Hungary. Steve McMahon won his first cap as an Aston Villa player, while future reds Mark Walters and Mark Wright both also played. 2007 – Future red Jonjo Shelvey netted for England Under-16’s in the Sky Sports Victory Shield as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Northern Ireland at Bloomfield Road. He actually struck in all three games as England claimed the trophy. 2012 – Samed Yeşil converted a penalty for Germany Under-19’s in their 5-0 trouncing of FYR Macedonia in a European Championships qualifier in Luxembourg, with future red Gini Wijnaldum also in action at this level that day. 2018 – Dominic Solanke scored for England Under-21’s as they trounced Andorra 7-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Chesterfield. On the same day, Andy Robertson skippered Scotland as they lost a UEFA Nations League game 2-0 in Israel with Diogo Jota scoring his first goal for Portugal Under-21’s as they trounced Liechtenstein 9-0 in a qualifier in Vaduz. Rafael Camacho debuted for Portugal Under-20’s as they drew 1-1 with Switzerland in the Under 20 Elite League in Rio Maior. Meanwhile, Harry Wilson and ex-reds Joe Allen and Iago Aspas all featured as Spain beat Wales 4-1 in a friendly in Cardiff, with Curtis Jones and Corey Whelan also in international action. Captain Gary Mac Gary McAllister twice captained Scotland to 2-0 victories on this day, while still at Leeds United. 1995 - They beat Sweden in a friendly at the Råsunda Stadion in Solna. 1997 - Latvia lost in a World Cup qualifier at Celtic Park. Other reds games 1986 – Clive Allen bagged the only goal of Tottenham Hotspur’s visit to Anfield. 1958 – We beat Lincoln City 3-2 in a Second Division meeting in L4. Jimmy Harrower opened the scoring before Ron Smillie equalised. Fred Morris bagged a treble before the break, with Bert Linnecor netted the first of his five goals against the reds. 1930 – Sheffield Wednesday won 2-1 at Anfield. Jack Ball struck the first of his four past us before Gordon Hodgson levelled. Mark Hooper then nabbed one of his eight goals against the reds. On the move again 1999 - Bruce Grobbelaar signed for Northwich Victoria on non-contract terms, although he only stayed at the Victoria Stadium for three weeks. 2005 - Former reserves defender Alan Navarro joined Macclesfield Town on a free transfer from Accrington Stanley. He is now with League One outfit Swindon Town. 2010 – Ex-reds reserves custodian Tony Warner rejoined Leeds United on a short-term deal, to play for their reserves. 2012 – Warner moved on again, signing for Maltese side Floriana.
  5. Will

    11th September

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

    10th September

    Reds on the way out 1992 - Dean Saunders was sold to Aston Villa for £2.3m, just a year and 25 goals in 61 games after arriving from Derby County for a British record £2.9m fee in July 1991. 1986 - Gary Ablett joined Hull City on loan. He made five appearances for the Tigers before returning to Anfield. 1909 – Full-back Percy Saul moved on to Coventry City after two goals in 83 reds games since arriving from Plymouth Argyle in April 1906. Scales weighs in 1994 - Centre-half John Scales made his reds bow as West Ham United held us to a goalless draw at Anfield. Tony Cottee was sent off for the Hammers as Rob Jones reached a century of League appearances for the reds. Bell tolls again 2011 – Craig Bellamy played the first game of his second reds spell as we lost 1-0 at Stoke City, with Jon Walters scoring from the spot with the first of his seven goals past us to date after Jamie Carragher was penalised. Ex-red Peter Crouch made his Potters bow. Thumping the Trotters 1930 - We secured our record victory over Bolton Wanderers, running out 7-2 winners. Archie McPherson, Dick Edmed and Gordon Hodgson all nabbed braces, with Jimmy Smith completing the scoring. Jack Milsom struck the first of his seven goals against the reds, with George Gibson bagging one of his five. 1949 - We entertained the Trotters in another First Division meeting, with Kevin Baron netting in a 1-1 draw. Red endings 1938 – Matt Busby struck his third and final reds goal as we beat Charlton Athletic 1-0 at Anfield. 1974 – Midfielder John McLaughlin played his 55th and final game for the club in our 2-1 defeat of Brentford in a League Cup Second Round encounter at Anfield. Ray Kennedy and Phil Boersma both struck before the break, after we had fallen behind to an early Roger Cross goal. 1975 – Left-back Alec Lindsay nabbed his eighteenth and last goal for the reds, converting a penalty to secure a 1-0 League Cup Second Round win at York City. Beating the champions 2016 – We thumped reigning champions Leicester City 4-1 at Anfield. Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané scored before Jamie Vardy pulled a goal back, the third of his seven past us to date. Adam Lallana struck after the break with Firmino adding a fourth late on. The crowd of 53,075 was the largest at Anfield since May 1977 as the new, expanded Main Stand was used for the first time. Up against Spurs 1952 - We beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at Anfield in a top-flight match. John Smith equalised after Eddie Baily had given the visitors the lead from distance, with Billy Liddell converting a late penalty. 2005 - Our fixture at White Hart Lane ended goalless. Christening Roker Park 1898 - We took part in the first ever game at Roker Park as Sunderland won 1-0 in our First Division encounter thanks to a Jim Leslie strike. 1927 - We also lost on Wearside, with Gordon Hodgson netting in our 2-1 defeat. Dave Halliday scored one of his thirteen goals past us, with Len Hargreaves also on target. Double centurions 1983 – Alan Hansen played his 200th League game as we won 2-0 at Arsenal thanks to goals from Craig Johnston and Kenny Dalglish. 1966 – Keeper Tommy Lawrence reached 200 reds appearances in our 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday at Anfield, with Geoff Strong on target. Off on loan 2013 – Portuguese midfielder João Teixeira joined Brentford on loan, but only played twice before returning early to Melwood as the Bees struggled in League One. Red beginnings 1895 – Half-back Bill Keech signed from Barnsley St. Peter’s, although he played just six Second Division games, helping us to claim the title that season, returning to his former club in 1897. He later played as a forward for Leicester Fosse, before returning to the half-back line with Queens Park Rangers’ first professional team in the Southern League. 1910 - Forward Joseph Brough made the first of his eleven reds appearances in our 2-1 win at Blackburn Rovers. Jack Parkinson grabbed both our goals. 1928 – Inside-forward Jack Haigh was born in Rotherham. He signed from Gainsborough Trinity in October 1949, netting three times in eleven outings before joining Sc***horpe United in August 1952. He is remembered as one of the Iron’s greatest ever players, scoring 72 times in 264 games for them. 1995 – Midfielder Dan Trickett-Smith was born in Newcastle-under-Lyme. He arrived from Crewe Alexandra for an initial £300,000 in April 2012, signing pro terms in the summer of 2013. 1996 – Left-back Sam Hart was born in Horwich. He arrived at Melwood from Manchester United’s Academy, failing to break through to the first team, moving on to Blackburn Rovers in August 2017. A lucky day against the Blades We have beaten Sheffield United three times on this day in history. 1958 - Billy Liddell and Geoff Twentyman were on the scoresheet in our 2-1 win at Anfield in the Second Division, with the former netting his 200th League goal for the club in his 500th reds outing in all competitions. 1928 - Dick Edmed bagged a brace with Tom Reid also on target as we won 3-1 at Bramall Lane in a top-flight match, with Fred Tunstall netting one of his eight goals against the reds. 1921 - Tom Bromilow netted the only goal of the game at the same venue, with right-half Francis Checkland making the first of his five senior reds appearances. Goals ruled out 1988 - We drew 1-1 at Aston Villa, with both sides having goals disallowed for offside. Alan McInally netted after having an effort chalked off, with an Ian Rush goal also discounted. Ray Houghton bagged the equaliser with an audacious free-kick chipped past Nigel Spink. 1932 - We were held to a goalless draw at Anfield by the Villains. Michael on TV 1999 - “Michael Owen’s Soccer Skills” began its six-week run, airing at 6.45pm on BBC2, and repeated on subsequent Sundays at 11.30am. The first show focused on passing. Captain Thommo 1980 - Phil Thompson skippered England as they beat Norway 4-0 at Wembley in a World Cup qualifier, with Terry McDermott nabbing two goals, including a penalty. On the same day, future red Mark Lawrenson was on target in the Republic of Ireland’s 2-1 World Cup defeat of the Netherlands at Lansdowne Road. Meanwhile, Kenny Dalglish and Alan Hansen appeared in Scotland’s 1-0 defeat in Sweden. First and last caps 1985 - Joey Jones won his first cap as a Huddersfield Town player, and 67th to date, as Scotland held Wales to a 1-1 draw in their World Cup qualifier at Ninian Park. Steve Nicol and Ian Rush both also played in this match. Future reds Barry Venison and Mark Walters played in a 3-0 European Championships qualifying win for England Under-21’s against Romania at Portman Road on the same day. 2019 - Sepp van den Berg won his first cap for the Dutch Under-19’s as a reds player as they thumped Portugal 4-0 in a friendly in Katwijk. Corey Whelan played for the Irish Under-21’s for the first time as a Phoenix Rising player, with ex-red Raheem Sterling on target as the senior England side beat Kosovo 5-3 in a European Championships qualifier in Southampton, with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jordan Henderson also featuring. Future red Takumi Minamino netted as Japan won a World Cup qualifier 2-0 in Myanmar. Caoimhín Kelleher, Liam Millar and ex-reds Sebastián Coates and Toni Silva also played for their countries that day. 2008 – Ex-red Steve Finnan won his 53rd and last cap for the Republic of Ireland as they held Montenegro to a goalless draw in a World Cup qualifier in Podgorica, with Robbie Keane also featuring. 1997 - Stan Collymore won his third and final cap, and only one as an Aston Villa player, as a substitute in England’s 4-0 defeat of Moldova in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley. Phil Babb, Stig Inge Bjørnebye, Jason McAteer, ex-red Steve Staunton and future red Stéphane Henchoz all also featured in World Cup fixtures. 2001 – Future red Andrea Dossena won his fourth and final Under-20’s cap as Italy beat Algeria 2-1. 2013 - Pepe Reina won his first cap while on loan with SSC Napoli as Spain were held to a 2-2 friendly draw by Chile in Geneva, with ex-red Álvaro Arbeloa also featuring. On the same day, Krisztián Németh played for Hungary for the first time while with Roda JC Kerkrade, scoring as they thumped Estonia 5-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Budapest. Future red Mohamed Salah scored in his fourth consecutive international as Egypt beat Guinea 4-2 in another qualifier. Nikolay Mihaylov won his last cap as a Hellas Verona player as Bulgaria won a qualifier 2-1 in Malta. Daniel Agger converted a penalty while captaining Denmark to a 1-0 win in Armenia, with Raul Meireles on target in Portugal’s 3-1 defeat by Brazil in Boston and fellow future red Mario Balotelli dispatching a spot-kick in Italy’s 2-1 win over the Czech Republic in a qualifier in Turin. Meanwhile, ex-red Maxi Rodríguez also scored as Argentina won a qualifier 5-2 in Paraguay. Steven Gerrard, Martin Škrtel, Luis Suárez, ex-reds Craig Bellamy, Alexander Kačaniklić, Robbie Keane, Dirk Kuyt, Carl Medjani and future reds Ádám Bogdán, Ragnar Klavan, Rickie Lambert, Dejan Lovren, Lazar Marković, James Milner and Xherdan Shaqiri also played, with Roy Hodgson taking charge of England. 2018 – Andy Robertson captained Scotland as they beat Albania 2-0 in a UEFA Nations League group game at Hampden Park. Meanwhile, Rafael Camacho played for Portugal Under-19’s as they lost 3-1 to Italy in a friendly in Bologna, while future red Kostas Tsimikas struck his second and last goal for Greece Under-21’s in their 2-1 European Championships qualifying defeat of the Czech Republic in Prague. Reds strikers on target 2003 - Michael Owen netted in England’s 2-0 Euro 2004 qualifying win over Liechtenstein at Old Trafford, as well as skippering the side for part of the game. Steven Gerrard, future red Joe Cole and ex-red David James also featured. On the same day, Milan Baroš was on target as the Czech Republic qualified for the Finals by beating the Netherlands 3-1 in Prague, with Vladimír Šmicer also playing. Meanwhile, Stéphane Henchoz skippered Switzerland as they lost 4-1 in Russia, with future red Ragnar Klavan winning his only cap for Estonia Under-20’s. Jerzy Dudek, Sami Hyypiä, John Arne Riise and future reds Xabi Alonso, Yossi Benayoun, Paul Jones, Christian Poulsen, Fernando Torres and Andriy Voronin all also played in qualifiers, with Salif Diao playing for Senegal in a 1-0 friendly win in Japan. 2012 – Samed Yeşil scored for Germany Under-19’s as they beat Wales 3-1 in a friendly in Kiel. On the same day, Péter Gulácsi, Jordan Henderson, Jonjo Shelvey, Danny Wilson, future red Steven Caulker and ex-red Tom Ince all featured in Under-21’s action, with Nathaniel Clyne winning his first cap at this level as a Southampton player and Martin Kelly playing for the eighth and last time. 2014 – Ex-red Carl Medjani bagged his first goal as a Trabzonspor player as Algeria beat Mali 1-0 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Blida, while future red Sadio Mané bagged his first gaol while with Southampton as Senegal won 2-0 in Botswana. Future reds Naby Keïta and Mohamed Salah also featured in qualifiers that day. Kenny enters a new century 1986 - Kenny Dalglish won his 101st cap for Scotland in their goalless draw with Bulgaria in a European Championships qualifier at Hampden Park. Jim Beglin, Mark Lawrenson, Ian Rush, Ronnie Whelan and future reds John Aldridge, John Barnes, Ray Houghton, Glenn Hysén and Dean Saunders all also played for their countries that day. Other reds games 1977 – David Fairclough and Kenny Dalglish struck as we beat Coventry City 2-0 at Anfield. 1960 – We lost a Second Division fixture 1-0 at Ipswich Town, with Ted Phillips bagging one of his five goals against the reds. 1955 – We beat Lincoln City 2-1 in a Second Division meeting in L4 with Alan Arnell nabbing a brace. 1952 – We came from behind to defeat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at home thanks to a Jack Smith goal and Billy Liddell penalty. 1949 – Bolton Wanderers held us to a 1-1 draw at Anfield with Kevin Baron on target. 1906 – We drew 2-2 with Bury in L4 with Joe Hewitt and Sam Raybould on target as Alf West missed a penalty. 1904 – Arthur Goddard scored as we shared a 1-1 draw at Chesterfield in the Second Division. Other internationals 2008 – Sami Hyypiä captained Finland, with ex-red Daniel Sjölund netting as they drew 3-3 with Germany in a World Cup qualifier in Helsinki. Theo Walcott struck a treble for England as they thumped Croatia 4-1 in Zagreb, with future red Joe Cole and ex-reds Emile Heskey and David James featuring. Nicolas Anelka netted his first goal for France as a Chelsea player in their 2-1 victory over Serbia at the Stade de France with ex-red Alou Diarra also in action. Christian Poulsen bagged his first goal as a Juventus player, with Daniel Agger and future red Raul Meireles also playing in Denmark’s 3-2 win in Portugal. Yossi Benayoun skippered Israel to a 2-1 win in Moldova with Xabi Alonso, Andrea Dossena, Dirk Kuyt, Lucas Leiva, Martin Škrtel, Andriy Voronin, future reds Alberto Aquilani, Ragnar Klavan, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Alex Manninger and Luis Suárez and ex-reds Milan Baroš, Mark González and Harry Kewell also playing in qualifiers, with John Toshack taking charge of Wales in Russia. 1991 – Future reds keeper David James appeared for England Under-21’s as they beat their German counterparts 2-1 in a friendly in Sc***horpe.
  7. Will

    2nd September

    Birth of the legend 1913 - Bill Shankly was born in Glenbuck, Ayrshire. He was the ninth of ten children, and the youngest of five boys. Words cannot fully explain his importance to the history of Liverpool Football Club. However, his honours as reds boss between December 1959 and July 1974 included three League titles, two FA Cups, UEFA Cup and the Second Division championship. 1936 - Centre-half John Nicholson was born in Liverpool. He signed as a professional in January 1957, but only made one senior appearance before joining Port Vale in August 1961, playing over 200 games for them. 2001 – Midfielder Jake Cain was born in Wigan. He signed as a professional in September 2019, making his senior debut in our FA Cup Fourth Round replay against Shrewsbury Town in February 2020. Spurs stuffed 1978 - Tottenham Hotspur suffered their worst ever Anfield defeat, despite including their new World Cup winners, Osvaldo Ardiles and Ricky Villa. Kenny Dalglish and substitute David Johnson both grabbed a brace, added to by Ray Kennedy and a twice-taken Phil Neal penalty, before Terry McDermott rounded off a brilliant team move to make it 7-0. Into the League 1893 - We played our first ever game in the Football League, winning 2-0 at Middlesbrough Ironopolis. Forward Malcolm McVean scored our first ever League goal after an hour, with centre-half Joe McQue nabbing the other. James Henderson played his only senior reds game, while winger Patrick Gordon and forward James Stott also made their debuts in this game. This was also the first ever League game staged at the Paradise Ground. A busy day 2013 – A whole host of transfers took place on deadline day, with forward Fabio Borini joining Sunderland on loan, while ex-reds left-back Andrea Dossena also signed for the Black Cats on a free transfer from Rafael Benítez’s SSC Napoli. Two centre-halves arrived at Anfield, with Mamadou Sakho arriving from Paris Saint-Germain for £15m and Tiago Ilori signing from Sporting Clube de Portugal for £7m. On the same day, winger Victor Moses arrived on loan from Chelsea with Dani Pacheco leaving the reds to sign for Spanish side AD Alcorcón. Meanwhile, Momo Sissoko had his contract with Paris Saint-Germain terminated. More red ins and outs 1986 - Steve Staunton signed from Dundalk for £20,000. He bagged six goals in ninety appearances in his first spell at Anfield, joining Aston Villa for £1.1m after five years with the reds. 1994 - John Scales signed from Wimbledon for £3.5m. He struck four times in 94 games in his two years at Anfield, before joining Tottenham Hotspur for £2.6m in December 1996. On the same day, Paul Stewart joined Wolverhampton Wanderers on loan. He scored twice in ten appearances for Wolves, and later joined Burnley and Sunderland on loan, having slipped out of the first team picture at Anfield. 2015 – The capture of Brazilian midfielder Allan Rodrigues de Souza from Internacional for a reported £500,000 was announced, with his loan departure to Finnish club Seinäjoen Jalkapallokerho also revealed on the same day. 2019 – Winger Ryan Kent was sold to Rangers for £7m after a successful loan spell in which he had struck six times in 43 appearances. On the same day, keeper Shamal George joined Marine on loan and forward Bobby Duncan was sold to Fiorentina for €2m. Meanwhile, Martin Škrtel was released after less than a month with Atalanta and signed for İstanbul Başakşehir on the same day. Nice one Cyril 1939 - Cyril Done scored the only goal of the game on his reds debut at home to Chelsea, the day after Germany invaded Poland, and the day before Britain declared war, which resulted in the cancellation of the football season, so he had to wait until October 1946 to make his official reds bow. Full-back Jim Harley was sent off. Out-gunned We have faced Arsenal four times in top-flight matches on this day in history, without securing victory. 1905 - We lost 3-1 at Woolwich Arsenal with Bobby Robinson bagging our consolation, and Sam Raybould missing a penalty in our first game of the season. Jack Parkinson broke his wrist in this match, keeping him out of the side for six months. We finished the game with nine men after Billy Dunlop twisted his knee. Tim Coleman netted the first of his nine goals against the reds, with ex-red CharlIe Satterthwaite and Jimmy Blair also on the scoresheet. 1911 - We returned to the Manor Ground for another season opener, when John McConnell scored his only reds goal with Samual Gilligan also netting as we left with a 2-2 draw. 1922 - We lost 1-0 to Arsenal at Highbury, thanks to an Arthur Hutchins penalty. 2012 – Loanee Nuri Şahin made his reds bow as the Gunners comfortably won 2-0 at Anfield, with Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla bagging the goals. Beating the Trotters We have entertained Bolton Wanderers three times on this day in history, winning twice and drawing on the other occasion. 1914 - Billy Lacey, Arthur Metcalf, Jimmy Nicholl and Jackie Sheldon all struck as we won our opening First Division fixture 4-3. Evan Jones scored, with Joe Smith grabbing two of his twelve goals against us. 1916 - Fred Pagnam, Arthur Goddard and Jack Bamber netted as we won a Wartime League match 3-1. 1931 - Dave Wright bagged a brace in a 2-2 top-flight draw as George Gibson scored the final goal of his five past us, with Ray Westwood netting the first of his nine. Red centurions 1950 - Jack Balmer struck his hundredth reds goal as we drew 1-1 at Aston Villa. 1925 – Matt McQueen reached a century of League games in charge as we beat Notts County 2-0 at Anfield. Billy Flint put through his own net, with Dick Forshaw also scoring inside the opening half hour. Debutants on the mark 1899 – Inside-forward John ‘Sailor’ Hunter scored on his reds bow, as we lost 3-2 at Stoke in our season opener, with skipper Alex Raisbeck also on target and forward Peter Kyle also making his reds bow. Billy Maxwell bagged two of his six goals against the reds, with Jack Kennedy also scoring. 1907 - Charlie Hewitt also netted on his debut, as we started another season with a 3-1 defeat at Nottingham Forest. Enoch West struck the first of his eight goals against the reds, with Harry Green and Ted Hughes also on target. Double debutants 1972 - Keeper Frank Lane played the first of his two senior reds games, unfortunately conceding an own goal, often attributed to Alan Hinton, as we lost 2-1 at League champions Derby County, despite John Toshack putting us in front. Midfielder Peter Cormack also made his reds bow in this match. John O’Hare scored the last of his six goals past us for the home side. Ged’s double century 2002 - We were held at home by Newcastle United to a 2-2 draw in the 200th match since Gérard Houllier took sole charge. Ex-United player Dietmar Hamann struck before Michael Owen converted a penalty. However, late goals from Gary Speed and one of Alan Shearer’s eight past us levelled the match. 1953 - We also faced the Geordies, leaving St. James’ Park on the wrong end of a 4-0 scoreline, with the legendary Jackie Milburn and Vic Keeble adding to the last two of Robert Mitchell’s eight strikes against the reds. Starting out with a point 1901 - We kicked off our season with a goalless draw at Small Heath, who were later to become known as Birmingham City. Michael on the mark again 2000 - Michael Owen scored England’s equaliser against World Champions France in their friendly encounter at the Stade de France, having come on as a substitute. Kevin Keegan was in charge of a side that also featured ex-red Steve McManaman, while Nick Barmby was winning his first cap as a reds player. Future red Nicolas Anelka appeared for the home side. The same day, Sami Hyypiä won his 34th cap in Finland’s 2-1 home defeat of Albania in a World Cup qualifier, with future red Jari Litmanen on the scoresheet. Don Hutchison won his first cap as a Sunderland player as Scotland won their qualifier in Latvia 1-0. Robbie Keane bagged his only goal while with Internazionale as ex-red Jason McAteer also struck in the Republic of Ireland’s 2-2 draw with the Netherlands in Amsterdam, with Steve Staunton also featuring. Craig Bellamy was sent off while winning his first cap as a Coventry City player as Wales lost 2-1 in Belarus. Also in international action that day were Stéphane Henchoz, Vladimír Šmicer, future reds Igor Bišcan, Jerzy Dudek and Paul Jones, and ex-reds Øyvind Leonhardsen, Jim Magilton and Gareth Roberts. Crouchie at the double 2006 - Peter Crouch bagged a brace with Steven Gerrard also on target as England thumped Andorra 5-0 in their Euro 2008 qualifier at Old Trafford, with future red Stewart Downing also in action. Luis García and future red Fernando Torres both netted for Spain in their 4-0 defeat of Liechtenstein, with Xabi Alonso also in the side. Future red Martin Škrtel struck his first goal for his country on the same day, as Slovakia thumped Cyprus 6-1 in another qualifier in Bratislava. Dirk Kuyt won his first cap as a red, playing alongside future red Ryan Babel as the Netherlands won 1-0 in Luxembourg. Meanwhile, ex-red Jari Litmanen knocked a brace past Jerzy Dudek, including a penalty, as Roy Hodgson’s Finland beat Poland 3-1 in what was the keeper’s final international as a red. Also in international action were Craig Bellamy, Steve Finnan, Sami Hyypiä, future reds Yossi Benayoun, Philipp Degen, Robbie Keane, Ragnar Klavan and Sotirios Kyrgiakos, and ex-reds Paul Jones, El-Hadji Diouf and Rigobert Song. Also representing their countries that day were managers John Toshack and Steve Staunton, who was dismissed as the Republic of Ireland lost 1-0 in Germany. 2017 – Ben Woodburn netted on his senior international debut as Wales beat Austria 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Cardiff. Sadio Mané played for Senegal as they shared a goalless draw with Burkina Faso in another qualifier in Dakar on the same day. International bows 2016 – Future red Kostas Tsimikas debuted for Greece Under-21’s as they drew 1-1 with Albania in a European Championships qualifier in Athens. On the same day, Marko Grujić won his first cap for Serbia Under-21’s as a reds player in their 1-1 draw in another qualifier in Italy, while Diogo Jota appeared for Portugal at the same level for the first time while playing for Club Atlético de Madrid in their goalless draw with Israel. Harry Wilson also represented his country that day. 2011 – Stewart Downing won his first cap as a reds player as England won a Euro 2012 qualifier 3-0 in Bulgaria, with Raul Meireles playing for Portugal for the first time since moving to Chelsea as Portugal won 4-0 in Cyprus. Craig Bellamy featured for Wales as they beat Montenegro 2-1 in Cardiff, the first time since his return to Anfield. Sebastián Coates won his first cap as a red as Uruguay beat Ukraine 3-2 in Karkov, while future red Dejan Lovren struck his first goal for Croatia in their 3-1 qualifying win in Malta. Robbie Keane won his first cap as an LA Galaxy player as the Republic of Ireland shared a goalless draw with Slovakia in Dublin, with Yossi Benayoun playing for Israel for the first time while on loan at Arsenal in their 1-0 defeat by Greece in Tel-Aviv. Alou Diarra won his first cap as an Olympique de Marseille player as France won 2-1 in Albania. Dirk Kuyt scored as the Netherlands trounced San Marino 11-0 in Eindhoven, with future red Gini Wijnaldum netting on his debut, while Pepe Reina, Martin Škrtel, Luis Suárez, future reds Ragnar Klavan, Simon Mignolet and James Milner, and ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa, Milan Jovanović, Javier Mascherano, Nikolay Mihaylov, Daniel Sjölund, Fernando Torres and John Toshack all also represented their countries. More first caps 2010 – Michael Ngoo and Jonjo Shelvey both netted on their debuts for England Under-19’s as they beat Slovakia 2-0 in a friendly at Gresty Road, while Andre Wisdom also made his debut at this level, skippering the side for a time. Meanwhile, future red Thiago Alcântara made his bow for Spain Under-21’s as they beat the Netherlands 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Alicante. Captain Yossi Benayoun scored a treble, including a penalty, as he won his first cap as a Chelsea player in Israel’s 3-1 defeat of Malta in a European Championships qualifier in Tel-Aviv on the same day. Alberto in action 2002 – Future red Alberto Aquilani played for Italy Under-19’s as they lost 1-0 to Turkey. 2005 – He featured for the Under-21’s in their European Championships qualifier against Scotland in Motherwell that ended 2-2 with three players sent off in total. The match was forfeited by the home side and recorded as a 3-0 victory to Italy. Also in international action that day were Scott Carson, Michael Nardiello, John Welsh and future reds Glen Johnson, Nikolay Mihaylov and James Milner. 2011 – Aquilani won his first cap while on loan with AC Milan as Italy won a Euro 2012 qualifier 1-0 in the Faroe Islands, with future red Mario Balotelli also in action. 2012 – Sheyi Ojo and Jerome Sinclair played for England Under-17’s as they lost a friendly 1-0 to Portugal in Burton. Also on the move 1938 – Scottish centre-half Tom ‘Tiny’ Bradshaw signed for South Liverpool after four goals in 291 appearances since signing from Bury for £8,000 in January 1930. He was only with South Liverpool for three days while the reds negotiated his £600 transfer to Third Lanark. 1955 – Future reds centre-forward Dave Hickson signed for Aston Villa from Everton for £17,500, netting just once in twelve games before moving to Huddersfield Town for £16,000 two months later. 2011 – Ex-reds defender Stephen Wright signed for Hartlepool United, featuring eleven times for the Monkey Hangers. Other reds games 1980 – We thumped Bradford City 4-0 in a League Cup Second Round second leg at Anfield on our way to claiming the trophy for the first time. Kenny Dalglish struck twice, with Ray Kennedy and David Johnson also scoring. 1967 – Tony Hateley and Roger Hunt struck as we won 2-0 at West Bromwich Albion. 1964 – We came from behind to beat Leeds United 2-1 in L4. Peter Thompson and Tommy Smith were both on the scoresheet. 1936 – We were trounced 6-2 at Portsmouth with Alf Hanson and Berry Nieuwenhuys netting our goals. Fred Worrall scored one of his four goals against the reds, Jack Weddle struck the last of his five, Cliff Parker bagged two of his five and Billy Bagley also scored twice. 1933 – We beat Sheffield United 3-2 at Anfield. Sam English added to a Gordon Hodgson brace after Peter Spooner had given the Blades an early lead. Jimmy Dunne bagged one of his eleven goals past us late on after Mick Killourhy had sent a spot-kick wide. Also in international action 1995 – Robbie Fowler played for England Under-21’s as they lost a European Championships qualifier 2-0 in Portugal. 1998 – Future reds Markus Babbel and Stéphane Henchoz both played in senior international friendlies, with Switzerland drawing 1-1 with FR Yugoslavia in Nis and Germany winning 2-1 in Malta.
  8. Will

    10th June

    Digger’s Samba style 1984 - Future red John Barnes scored his first England goal, a stunning solo effort in their 2-0 friendly defeat of Brazil at the Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro. Ex-red Dave Watson made his full England debut in the same game. Ex-reds Avi Cohen and Joey Jones faced each other in a goalless international friendly in Tel-Aviv on the same day, with future reds Assistant Manager Colin Pascoe winning his last cap as a Swansea City player. Red champions 2005 - Carl Medjani skippered France Under-20’s as they thumped Portugal 4-1 in the Final of the Toulon Tournament at the Stade Mayol. Meanwhile, John Welsh came off the bench as England claimed third place by beating Mexico 3-2 on penalties after their match had ended 1-1, with future red James Milner winning his eighth and last cap at this level. 2012 - Medjani featured for the senior Algerian side in a 2-1 World Cup qualifying defeat in Mali. 2004 – Anthony Le Tallec and Florent Sinama-Pongolle both featured as France Under-21’s beat Sweden 1-0 in the Final of the Toulon Tournament. 2001 – Future red Nicolas Anelka played as France beat host nation Japan 1-0 to claim the Confederations Cup. The King returns to Parkhead 1999 - The ‘dream team’ of Kenny Dalglish as Director of Football and John Barnes as Manager took charge at Celtic. It was only a further eight months before John Barnes’ departure, and Kenny himself was gone inside a year. Deano cleared 1994 - Dean Saunders was cleared in the High Court of making a reckless challenge on Paul Elliott during a Liverpool game against Chelsea in September 1992. The tackle ended Elliott’s career, but Saunders was cleared of injuring him deliberately. A legend departs 2015 - Steven Gerrard was released by the reds after a stellar career. The departures of right-back Glen Johnson, keeper Brad Jones and young midfielders Jordan Lussey and Marc Pelosi were also announced that day. 2016 – The departures of centre-half Dan Cleary, left-back José Enrique, full-back Ryan McLaughlin, centre-half Kolo Touré and forward Samed Yeşil were confirmed. 1895 – Outside-left Hugh McQueen left the reds to join Derby County. He had scored eighteen times in 61 games, going on to appear on the losing side twice in the FA Cup Final with the Rams. Emlyn’s farewell 1979 - Emlyn Hughes won his final cap as a red, his 59th overall, captaining England as they were held to a goalless draw by Sweden in their friendly in Solna. Terry McDermott, Phil Thompson and ex-red Kevin Keegan all also featured. 1973 – Hughes had also played for his country in a 2-1 friendly defeat of the USSR in Moscow. Christian’s debut 1993 - Future red Christian Ziege made his full international debut, playing alongside fellow future red Karl-Heinz Riedle in Germany’s 3-3 US Cup draw with Brazil in Washington DC. On the same day, Gérard Houllier took charge of France A as they lost 3-1 to Colombia. Other reds friendlies 1983 - We beat Thailand 3-0 in the Rajamangala National Stadium in Bangkok with goals from Alan Kennedy, Sammy Lee and Graeme Souness. It was to be eighteen years before we returned to the country to play again. 1964 - Alf Arrowsmith bagged a brace as we beat a Vancouver All Stars side 2-0 at the Empire Stadium. On the move 2010 - Rafael Benítez was appointed Manager of Internazionale. He led them to the Supercoppa Italiana and FIFA Club World Cup before being sacked in December 2010. 2011 – Centre-back Lloyd Jones joined the reds from Plymouth Argyle. He only made it to the first-team bench once, for our 3-1 win at Fulham in May 2013. He skippered the reserves for the 2014/15 season, moving on to Luton Town in January 2018. On the same day, future red Fabio Borini featured as Italy Under-21’s beat Mexico Under-20’s on penalties after drawing a friendly 1-1. 2013 - Lazar Marković signed for SL Benfica from Partizan after fourteen goals in 65 outings for the Serbian side. He bagged seven goals in 49 outings before joining the reds for £20m in July 2014. 2014 - Joe Cole signed for Aston Villa from West Ham United on a free transfer, netting once in sixteen games for the Villains before joining Coventry City in January 2016. Liverpool Hotspur 1984 - A combined Liverpool-Tottenham Hotspur side took on a Swaziland Select XI, winning 1-0 thanks to a goal from Spurs’ Ian Culverhouse. Internationals on target 2017 – Future red Naby Keïta struck his first goal for Guinea as a RasenBallsport Leipzig e.V. player, as they won an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier 3-2 in the Ivory Coast. On the same day, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain netted his final goal while with Arsenal in England’s 2-2 World Cup qualifying draw with Scotland at Hampden Park as Andy Robertson won his last cap while with Hull City, with Emre Can, Adam Lallana and ex-red Raheem Sterling also in action. Toni Silva played for Guinea-Bissau for the final time while a Levadiakos player, as they beat Namibia 1-0 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier. 1961 - Alan A’Court netted in England’s 6-1 defeat of New Zealand in an FA Tour game in Auckland. 1997 - Future red Milan Baroš scored for the Czech Republic Under-15’s as they beat Andorra 3-0 in a tournament game in Lisbon. 2003 – Fernando Torres bagged a brace as Spain Under-21’s won a European Championships qualifier 4-1 in Northern Ireland, with fellow future reds Paul Konchesky, Jermaine Pennant, Pepe Reina and Albert Riera also featuring at this level, with Ragnar Klavan playing for Estonia Under-21’s for the last time while with Viljandi JK Tulevik and Daniel Sjölund also playing in a qualifier. 2009 – Future red Milan Jovanović struck as Serbia won a World Cup qualifier 2-0 in the Faroe Islands, with Ajax’s Luis Suárez netting as Uruguay drew their qualifier 2-2 in Venezuela. 2012 - Sebastián Coates scored his first goal for Uruguay, playing alongside Luis Suárez in their 4-2 defeat of Peru in a World Cup qualifier in Montevideo. On the same day, Mohamed Salah scored while winning his last cap as an Al Mokawloon Al Arab Sporting Club player as Egypt won a World Cup qualifier 3-2 in Guinea. 2015 - Future red Roberto Firmino struck the only goal of Brazil’s friendly defeat of Honduras in Porto Alegre, with Philippe Coutinho and future red Fabinho also featuring. Future red Xherdan Shaqiri scored as Switzerland beat Liechtenstein 3-0 in a friendly in Thun, while Sheyi Ojo netted for England Under-18’s in a 2-1 friendly defeat in Russia, with future red Marko Grujić also in international action. 2018 – Ex-red Coutinho scored as Brazil won 3-0 in Austria, with Roberto Firmino and future red Alisson Becker also playing. At the World Cup 2006 - Peter Crouch, Steven Gerrard, future reds Joe Cole and Stewart Downing and ex-red Michael Owen all played as England unconvincingly beat Paraguay 1-0 in their opening group game in Frankfurt. Meanwhile, future reds Javier Mascherano and Maxi Rodríguez face Arsenal’s Kolo Touré as Argentina beat the Ivory Coast 2-1 in Hamburg. 2002 - Portugal thumped Poland 4-0 in their World Cup group game. Jerzy Dudek had a poor game, but Abel Xavier did not feature due to injury. Meanwhile, ex-red Brad Friedel saved a penalty from Lee Eul-Yong as the USA drew 1-1 with South Korea in Daegu. 1998 - Stig Inge Bjørnebye and Øyvind Leonhardsen played in Norway’s 2-2 draw with Morocco in Montpellier. More final caps 1997 - Paul Ince won his last cap as an Internazionale player, and 33rd in total, as England lost 1-0 to Brazil in Le Tournoi in Paris. 2009 – Glen Johnson won his final cap while with Portsmouth, with Peter Crouch bagging his last England goal as a Pompey player in their 6-0 World Cup qualifying thumping of Andorra at Wembley. Meanwhile, Sami Hyypiä won his last cap as a reds player, and 99th to date, as Finland were beaten 3-0 by Russia in another qualifier in Helsinki, with future red Emre Can winning his only cap for Germany Under-15’s as they beat Poland 3-0 in a friendly. Ryan Babel, Andrea Dossena, Steven Gerrard, Péter Gulácsi, Dirk Kuyt, David N’Gog, Andriy Voronin, future reds Christian Benteke, Raul Meireles and Maxi Rodríguez, and ex-reds Harry Kewell, Jari Litmanen and John Arne Riise all also featured for their countries that day. Half a century for Nando 2008 - Fernando Torres won his fiftieth cap for Spain as they thumped Russia 4-1 in the opening game of their triumphant Euro 2008 Finals campaign in Innsbruck, with David Villa nabbing a treble and Xabi Alonso also in action. Meanwhile, future red Sotirios Kyrgiakos featured as Greece lost 2-0 to Sweden in Salzburg. Babel in action Future red Ryan Babel has twice represented the Netherlands on home turf on this day in history. 2005 - He was on target for the Under-20s as they beat Japan 2-1 in the World Championship Finals in Kerkrade. 2007 - He featured for the Under-21’s in a 1-0 defeat of Israel in the European Championships Finals in Heerenveen. At the Euros 1996 – Future red Gary McAllister captained Scotland in their goalless draw with the Netherlands at Villa Park. 2012 – Future red Mario Balotelli and ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa, Robbie Keane and Fernando Torres all featured in the European Championships Finals in Poland. Honoured at last 2009 - Gerry Byrne and Ian Callaghan finally received World Cup winners’ medals from the Prime Minister. They were not given them at the time, as non-playing members of the 1966 Final side. Also in international action 2019 – Ex-red Nikolay Mihaylov kept goal for Bulgaria as they lost a European Championships qualifier 3-2 to Kosovo in Sofia.
  9. Will

    1st April

    Our first League Cup 1981 - We claimed our first League Cup by beating West Ham United 2-1 in a Villa Park replay. Paul Goddard opened the scoring for the Hammers before Kenny Dalglish equalised with a glorious volley, to complete his record of scoring in every round. Alan Hansen was the unlikely match-winner, with a deflected header from a corner after half an hour. Ian Rush made only his second ever reds appearance in this game as veteran winger Steve Heighway had failed a late fitness test. This was the first time that the winners received medals, rather than tankards! Reds honoured 2002 - Gérard Houllier was awarded the Légion d’Honneur, one of the highest civil awards in France, for his achievements in the football world, both with the reds and the French national set-up. 2003 - El-Hadji Diouf was named African Footballer Of The Year for the second successive season. Emile off the mark 2000 - We won a Premiership meeting 3-0 at Coventry City, with our goals coming from a Michael Owen brace and Emile Heskey’s first reds strike. Ex-red Steve Ogrizovic made his 600th appearance for the Sky Blues in this game. Owen’s second goal was our 500th in the Premier League. 1980 – Kenny Dalglish scored the only goal against Stoke City. 1922 – Winger Cyril Gilhespy scored the first of his three reds strikes as we beat Oldham Athletic 2-0 at Anfield, after Harry Chambers had opened the scoring. Beating the Baggies 2006 - We won 2-0 at West Bromwich Albion, thanks to goals from Robbie Fowler and Djibril Cissé, from a sixty-yard Xabi Alonso pass. This was Robbie’s 173rd reds goal, moving him up to fifth in our all-time scoring list ahead of King Kenny. This was our eighth straight win at The Hawthorns. 1972 - We won there by the same score when Tommy Smith converted a penalty with Chris Lawler also on target. Feeling blue at Goodison 1904 - Our biggest defeat on this day came when Alex ‘Sandy’ Young scored four of his twelve goals past us for Everton in their 5-2 win on a not so Good Friday, which helped us on our way to relegation, while the Blues ended the season in third. Right-half Maurice Parry bagged his first reds goal, with Bobby Robinson also netting and Sam Raybould missing a penalty. Keeper Charles Cotton played his twelfth and final reds game, with Sam Wolstenholme also on target for the Toffees. 1916 - We also lost across the park in a Wartime League match, going down 1-0. 2017 – We beat Everton 3-1 at Anfield with Sadio Mané on target before Matthew Pennington equalised. Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi then secured the victory. European ton up 2010 – We played our hundredth game in the Fairs Cup/UEFA Cup/Europa League at SL Benfica in the first leg of our UEFA Europa League Quarter-final. We took the lead through a Daniel Agger strike from a Steven Gerrard free-kick before Ryan Babel was dismissed. We went on to lose 2-1 after two penalties converted by Óscar Cardozo, but won the Anfield return to reach the Semi-final. Signing on 1908 – Scottish forward ‘Wee’ Ronald Orr signed from Newcastle United for £350. He netted 39 times in 112 reds games, returning to Scotland in January 1912, signing for Raith Rovers. Double defeats by the Mancs 1907 - We lost 1-0 at home to Manchester United, despite being the reigning champions, with forward John Carlin playing his 35th and final reds game. Jimmy Turnbull struck the first of his six goals against the reds. 1911 - We lost another top-flight match at Old Trafford 2-0, as United edged towards their second League title. Enoch West bagged two of his eight goals past us. Pepe off 2012 - Pepe Reina was sent off while playing his 183rd consecutive League game as we lost 2-0 at Newcastle United’s recently rebranded Sports Direct Arena. Papiss Cissé bagged a brace, with former United player José Enrique ending up in goal as we had already used our three allotted substitutes. Reina’s dismissal meant he would miss the upcoming FA Cup Semi-final derby at Wembley. 1914 – We won another top-flight game 2-1 at St. James’ Park, with Jackie Sheldon converting from the spot and Tom Miller also on target. Rushie for Wales 1987 - Ian Rush was on target as Wales thumped Finland 4-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Wrexham. On the same day, John Aldridge and Ronnie Whelan played in the Republic of Ireland’s 2-1 qualifying defeat in Bulgaria, while future reds Peter Beardsley and Mark Wright appeared in England’s 2-0 win in Northern Ireland. Diarra’s day 2003 - Alou Diarra netted his only goal for France Under-21’s as they won a European Championships qualifier 3-0 in Israel. Florent Sinama-Pongolle also played. On the same day, Xabi Alonso won his ninth and final cap at the same level, playing alongside fellow future reds Pepe Reina and Albert Riera as Spain thumped Armenia 5-0 in a qualifier in Zamora. Happy birthdays 2000 – Forward Rhian Brewster was born in London. He made his first-team debut in September 2019, failing to score in four senior appearances before moving to Sheffield United last October for a club record £23.5m. 1989 – French forward David N’Gog was born in Gennevilliers. He signed from Paris St. Germain for £1.5m in July 2008, netting nineteen times in 94 reds outings, although he only started on 41 of those occasions. He was sold to Bolton Wanderers for £4m in August 2011. 1957 - Former reserves centre-back Alex Cribley was born in Liverpool. He moved to Wigan Athletic in November 1980 after failing to make the grade at Anfield. He spent eight years with the Lancashire side, nabbing eighteen goals in 328 games before retiring due to injury and becoming a physio with Wigan, being employed by the club for more than two decades. 1933 - Outside-right Brian Jackson was born in Walton-on-Thames in Surrey. He signed from Leyton Orient in November 1951 for £6,500 and forward Don Woan. He netted eleven times in 133 reds games before joining Port Vale for £1,700 in July 1958. 1903 – Centre-forward Les Bruton was born in Foleshill, Coventry. He signed from Blackburn Rovers in February 1932 but notched just once in eight senior appearances before returning to the amateur game with Leamington Town in August 1933. Nice one Cyril 1944 - Cyril Done scored a hat-trick as we thumped Southport 6-2 in a Wartime League match at Anfield. Berry Nieuwenhuys converted from the spot, while William Wilson Hall and Robert Beattie were also on target. Disappointment against the Trotters We faced Bolton Wanderers three times on this day around the turn of the nineteenth century, failing to win on either occasion. 1895 – We were thumped 7-2 in a Palatine League meeting at Pikes Lane, with Jimmy Ross and John Drummond scoring our goals. 1899 - Hugh Morgan was on the scoresheet as we lost a top-flight encounter 2-1 at Burnden Park as future reds boss Matt McQueen made his 103rd and last reds appearance. 1905 - Tom Chorlton struck from the spot as we drew 1-1 at Anfield in a Second Division meeting. Quasi emigrates 1982 - Peter Beardsley signed for Vancouver Whitecaps for the first time, joining for £275,000 from Carlisle United. He was in Canada for five months before moving to Old Trafford, but returned to Vancouver in March 1983. Internationals on target 2009 – Dirk Kuyt bagged a brace as the Netherlands thumped FYR Macedonia 4-0 in a friendly in Amsterdam. Ex-red Harry Kewell converted a penalty in Australia’s 2-0 World Cup qualifying defeat of Uzbekistan in Sydney, while Peter Crouch bagged his first goal as a Portsmouth player in England’s 2-1 win over Ukraine at Wembley. Albert Riera struck his first goal as a red with Xabi Alonso netting from the spot in Spain’s 2-1 victory over Turkey in Istanbul. John Arne Riise bagged his first goal for Norway while with Roma as they beat Finland 3-2 in a friendly in Oslo. Ex-red Robbie Keane scored as the Republic of Ireland held Italy to a 1-1 draw in another qualifier in Bari, while Martin Škrtel put through his own net as Slovakia beat the Czech Republic 2-1 in Prague. Juventus’s Christian Poulsen struck as Denmark beat Albania in a World Cup qualifier in Copenhagen, with Daniel Agger also featuring. Also in action that day were Ryan Babel, Yossi Benayoun, Andrea Dossena, Steven Gerrard, Javier Mascherano, Fernando Torres, Andriy Voronin, ex-reds Milan Baroš, Alou Diarra, Mark González, David James, Jari Litmanen and Daniel Sjölund, and future reds Glen Johnson, Milan Jovanović, Ragnar Klavan, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Maxi Rodríguez, Nuri Şahin and Luis Suárez, with John Toshack managing Wales. 1996 – Future reds reserves forward Haukur Ingi Guðnason struck as Iceland Under-19’s lost 4-1 to Turkey in an Italy Tournament group game. 1997 – Future red Alex Manninger played for Austria Under-21’s in their 2-1 European Championships qualifying win in Scotland, with Jamie Carragher also in action at this level that day. 2013 – Future red Dominic Solanke played for England Under-16’s as they drew 2-2 with Turkey in a friendly at St. George’s Park, before losing a penalty shoot-out. First and last caps 1933 - Future reds left-back Ernie Blenkinsop won his 26th and last cap for England, captaining his country in their 2-1 defeat by Scotland in the British International Championships at Hampden Park, with fellow future reds right-back Tommy Cooper also on the losing side. 2003 – Future red Glen Johnson won his first cap for England Under-21’s as they drew 1-1 with Turkey in a European Championships qualifier at St. James’ Park. Joe Cole won his eighth and last cap at this level, with fellow future red Paul Konchesky also featuring. 2010 – Jack Robinson won his fifth and final cap for England Under-17’s as they beat Slovakia 2-0 in Northampton. Meanwhile, keeper Tyrell Bedford won his first cap for the Under-16’s, with Matty Regan and Raheem Sterling also playing in the Montaigu Tournament as England thrashed Gabon 6-0. Other reds games 1991 – Matt Le Tissier bagged the only goal of our Easter Monday trip to Southampton, one of his seven goals against the reds. 1989 – Ronnie Whelan was on target as we won 1-0 at Norwich City. 1978 – We won 3-0 at Aston Villa. Kenny Dalglish struck twice with Ray Kennedy also scoring inside the opening half hour. 1967 – We lost 2-1 at Tottenham Hotspur with Jimmy Greaves nabbing two of his twelve goals past us before Peter Thompson struck our late consolation, with keeper Pat Jennings in fine form. 1965 – We drew 2-2 at Nottingham Forest as Ian Storey-Moore headed the home side in front with the first of his five goals against us. Peter Thompson and Roger Hunt scored, but John Barnwell levelled from the spot in the final minute. 1961 – Johnny Morrissey struck as our Second Division trip to Sheffield United ended in a 1-1 draw. 1950 – Billy Liddell netted the only goal of Charlton Athletic’s visit to Anfield from the spot. 1939 – We drew 1-1 at Blackpool with Willie Fagan on the scoresheet after Dai Astley had scored the last of his six goals past us. 1933 – We were held to a 1-1 draw at Derby County with Harold Barton scoring our goal. 1929 – Harry Race was on target as we won 2-1 at Cardiff City, with Bob Done converting a spot-kick. Sami in charge 2012 - Sami Hyypiä was appointed joint Caretaker Coach of Bayer 04 Leverkusen, along with Under-19’s Coach Sascha Lewandowski. He was appointed Team Manager permanently the following month, remaining in charge until April 2014. For Bryce 2009 – A service of Celebration for Club Secretary Bryce Morrison was held at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral, eleven days after his death. Also in international action 1893 – Future red Edgar Chadwick played for England as they thumped Scotland 5-2 in the British International Championships in London. 2015 – Future red Ozan Kabak featured for Turkey Under-15’s in their 2-0 friendly defeat of Northern Ireland in Belgium. 2016 – Future red Rafael Camacho played for Portugal Under-16’s as they beat Norway 1-0 in a friendly in Póvoa de Varzim.
  10. Will

    6th June

    Ciao Rushie 1986 - Ian Rush signed for Juventus for £3.2m, but was shortly loaned back to the reds, before finally joining the ‘Old Lady’ the following summer. He started off brightly, netting six times in ten pre-season friendlies. He struck eight times in 29 Serie A matches in his one season there, as well as a further six goals for Juventus in other competitions. He was never on the losing side once he had scored, helping the Turin outfit to qualify for the UEFA Cup after a difficult season. Berger off 2003 - Patrik Berger joined Portsmouth on a free transfer. He had netted 35 times in 196 reds games, helping us to claim the UEFA Cup, FA Cup and FA Charity Shield in 2001, setting up Michael Owen for his second goal in Cardiff. Cashing in 1928 - We received a club record £7,500 fee from Chelsea for outside-left Alf Hanson in June 1938. He had stuck 52 times in 177 outings since arriving from Everton in November 1931, as well as three in sixteen Wartime games, and he netted nine times in 46 games for the Blues. In the World Cup 2002 - Future reds El-Hadji Diouf and Salif Diao both played for Senegal in their 1-1 World Cup draw with Christian Poulsen’s Denmark in Daegu. Diao had an eventful game – first conceding a penalty, then rounding off a fantastic team goal, his last strike while with Sedan, before finally being sent off for a rash challenge. Meanwhile, ex-red Rigobert Song skippered Cameroon as they beat Saudi Arabia 1-0 in Saitama. Future red Djibril Cissé came on as a substitute as France were held to a goalless draw by Uruguay in Busan, to leave their chances of qualification for the knock-out phase hanging by a thread. Birth and death 1907 - Forward Malcolm McVean died in Bonhill, Dumbartonshire. He had scored our first ever League goal, and bagged 43 in total in 126 reds games, helping us to the Lancashire League title and two Second Division championships. 1900 – Scottish right-back Tom Robertson was born in Newton Mearns. He signed from Stoke for £400 and played 47 times without notching, helping us to claim our first League title in 1901 before joining Southampton in May 1902, with whom he won the Southern League in two successive years. Sami the Frenchman 1998 - Future red Sami Hyypiä played for France, wearing Marcel Desailly’s shirt, as they were a man short for their friendly encounter with HJK Helsinki, just prior to their victorious World Cup campaign. Future red Craig Bellamy and ex-red Dean Saunders both represented the right country on the same day, as Wales were thumped 4-0 in a friendly in Tunisia. 2014 - Sami was appointed Manager of Brighton & Hove Albion. He resigned just six months later after leading them to just six victories in 26 games in charge. D-Day all over again 1964 - Alf Arrowsmith netted as we drew 1-1 in a friendly encounter with German side Meidericher Spielverein at the Empire Stadium in Vancouver on our North American tour. This game was played on the twentieth anniversary of D-Day, and Ian St. John was sent off, alongside a German player. Newly in reserve 2009 – John McMahon, Steve’s brother, was appointed as our new Reserve Team Manager. He led them to third place in the League in his first campaign in charge, but he left the club in March 2011. International bows 1998 - Reserves forward Haukur Ingi Gudnason made his senior international debut as Iceland drew 1-1 with South Africa in a friendly in Germany. On the same day, reserves winger Nicky Rizzo won his only senior cap as Australia were thumped 7-0 in Croatia. 1984 – Future reds Assistant Manager Colin Pascoe won the first of his ten senior caps as Wales lost a friendly 1-0 in Norway, with ex-red Joey Jones also in the side. Future red Glenn Hysén was also in international action that day. 2017 - Carl Medjani won his first cap in his second spell as a Trabzonspor player as Algeria beat Guinea 2-1 in a friendly in Blida, with future red Naby Keïta on the losing side. Emre Can also played for his country that day. Three times for Stéph 1998 - Stéphane Henchoz played in three internationals on this day, firstly in a 1-1 friendly draw with FR Yugoslavia in Basel. 2001 – He featured as they lost a World Cup qualifier 1-0 to Slovenia at the same venue. 2004 - He also appeared in a 1-0 friendly defeat of Liechtenstein in Zurich. Friendly defeats 1939 - We lost 5-2 to Elfsborg in Sweden, with Willie Fagan bagging a brace 1942 - We were beaten 3-2 at Anfield by a Liverpool Services side, with John Wharton and Fred Haycock on target. Czechs on target 1995 - Future red Vladimír Šmicer netted while winning his second cap for Czech Republic Under-21’s as they trounced Luxembourg 7-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Dudelange. 2001 – Future red Milan Baroš was on target as the Czech Republic beat Northern Ireland 3-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Teplice. Patrik Berger also played. 2004 - Baroš also bagged a brace, playing alongside Šmicer and against future red Ragnar Klavan in a 2-0 friendly defeat of Estonia at the same venue. Dietmar Hamann and future reds Javier Mascherano, Momo Sissoko and Kolo Touré also played for their countries that day, while Rigobert Song netted his only goal for Cameroon as a Racing Club de Lens player in their 2-1 World Cup qualifying defeat of Benin in Yaoundé. On the same day, future red Mark González won his first cap in a home game, and ninth to date, as Chile drew 1-1 with Brazil in a World Cup qualifier in Santiago. This was also his final cap as a Club Deportivo Universidad Católica player. Crouchie on target 2007 - Peter Crouch, future red Joe Cole and ex-red Michael Owen all struck in England’s 3-0 Euro 2008 qualifying win in Estonia, with Steven Gerrard and future reds Stewart Downing and Ragnar Klavan also featuring. Meanwhile, Yossi Benayoun won his final cap as a West Ham United player in Israel’s 2-0 win in Andorra. Djibril Cissé won his last cap as a reds player as a substitute in France’s 1-0 defeat of Georgia in another qualifier in Auxerre, with ex-red Nicolas Anelka also appearing. Ádám Bogdán won his last cap as a Vasas player for Hungary Under-21’s as they beat Latvia 1-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Budapest. Meanwhile, Daniel Agger, Xabi Alonso, Dirk Kuyt, Javier Mascherano, Pepe Reina, John Arne Riise and future reds Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Dejan Lovren and Martin Škrtel all also played for their countries, with Roy Hodgson taking charge of Finland. Other international reds on target 1999 - Rigobert Song netted his only goal as a reds player as Cameroon beat Eritrea 1-0 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Yaoundé. 1993 - Dean Saunders bagged his first goal for Wales as an Aston Villa player, on his fortieth appearance overall, as they won 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier in the Faroe Islands. Ian Rush was also on the scoresheet, while winning his sixtieth cap. 1974 - Celtic’s Kenny Dalglish, on as a substitute, scored the winner four minutes from time in Scotland’s 2-1 win in Norway, in a warm-up game just before the World Cup in West Germany. 2013 – Future red Gini Wijnaldum scored for the Dutch Under-21’s in their 3-2 European Championship Finals defeat of Germany in Israel, with ex-red Krisztián Németh and future reds Thiago Alcântara, Ádám Bogdán and Alberto Moreno also in international action. 2009 – Ex-red Emile Heskey struck in England’s 4-0 World Cup qualifying win in Kazakhstan. Daniel Agger, Ryan Babel, Andrea Dossena, Steven Gerrard, Sami Hyypiä, Dirk Kuyt, Javier Mascherano, future reds Glen Johnson, Milan Jovanović, Ragnar Klavan, Raul Meireles, Christian Poulsen and Luis Suárez and ex-reds Mark González, Robbie Keane, Harry Kewell, Jari Litmanen and John Arne Riise all also featured in qualifiers, with John Toshack taking charge of Wales. Meanwhile, Péter Gulácsi, Krisztián Németh, David N’Gog and future red Gini Wijnaldum all played in junior internationals. 2000 - Future red Nicolas Anelka scored as France thumped host nation Morocco 5-1 in the Final of the Hassan II Tournament. Phil Babb, Brad Friedel and ex-reds Mark Kennedy and Jason McAteer also played for their countries that day. 2019 – Ex-red Raheem Sterling skippered England while reaching a half century of caps as they lost 3-1 after extra time to the Netherlands in their UEFA Nations League Semi-final in Portugal, with Virgil van Dijk captaining the winning side. Jordan Henderson, Gini Wijnaldum and ex-red Ryan Babel all also featured. Caoimhín Kelleher and ex-red Philippe Coutinho both also represented their countries that day. Final reds caps 1981 - Ray Clemence won his 56th and final cap as a Liverpool player as England beat Hungary 3-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Budapest. Ex-red Kevin Keegan captained the side and netted from the spot, while Terry McDermott, Phil Neal and Phil Thompson all also played. 1979 - All bar McDermott had also played for England as they won a European Championships qualifier 3-0 in Bulgaria. 2016 – Jordan Rossiter skippered England Under-19’s as they lost a friendly 1-0 to Mexico, with Sheyi Ojo and future red Dominic Solanke also in action. 2001 - Christian Ziege won his final cap as a red, and 59th in total, as Germany won a World Cup qualifier 2-0 in Albania. Meanwhile, future red John Arne Riise scored while playing for Norway Under-21’s for the seventeenth and last time in their 5-1 thrashing of Belarus in a European Championships qualifier in Drammen. Robbie Fowler, Steven Gerrard, Emile Heskey, Michael Owen, future reds Yossi Benayoun, Jerzy Dudek and Paul Jones and ex-reds Øyvind Leonhardsen and Steve McManaman also all played in qualifiers that day. 2007 – Charlie Adam won his last cap as a Rangers player as Scotland won a European Championships qualifier 2-0 in the Faroe Islands. 2008 - Alexander Doni won his final cap as a Roma player in Brazil’s 2-0 defeat by Venezuela in a friendly in the USA. 2014 - Lazar Marković won his last cap as an SL Benfica player as they lost 1-0 to Brazil in São Paulo. Future red Dejan Lovren also featured in friendly action that day. Euro champions 2015 - Ex-reds Javier Mascherano and Luis Suárez both played as Barcelona beat Juventus 3-1 in the UEFA Champions League Final in Berlin. On the move 2018 – The appointment of Philipp Jacobsen as the club’s new Medical Rehabilitation & Performance Manager was announced. 2015 - Forward Danny Ings agreed to sign from Burnley on 1st July for a fee eventually set at an initial £6.5m. He only struck four times in 25 games as he suffered two serious injuries, spending a season on loan at Southampton before making the move permanent for £18m in July 2020. 2014 – Yossi Benayoun re-signed for Israeli side Maccabi Haifa from Queens Park Rangers, where he had first risen to prominence. 1995 - Former reserves centre-back Mark Seagraves signed for Swindon Town from Bolton Wanderers for £100,000. He went on to make 79 appearances in three years with the Robins. 1955 – Keeper Charlie Ashcroft moved on to Ipswich Town after just fifteen first-team games since debuting in September 1946. Also in international action 1964 – Gordon Milne and Peter Thompson both appeared in England’s 1-0 defeat to Argentina in the Copa de las Naciones in Brazil. 1973 - Emlyn Hughes featured in England’s 2-0 defeat in a World Cup qualifier in Poland. 1985 – Future reds John Barnes and Mark Wright both played as England lost 2-1 to Italy in a friendly in Mexico City. 1991 – Future red Stig Inge Bjørnebye featured for Norway Under-21’s as they thrashed Italy 6-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Stvanager. 2003 – Daniel Sjölund and future reds Albert Riera and Fernando Torres all played in European Championships qualifiers for their countries’ Under-21’s, with Spain beating Greece 2-0 but Finland losing 2-1 to Serbia & Montenegro. Jerzy Dudek was also in international action that day. 2005 – John Welsh featured as England Under-20’s beat South Korea 3-0 in the Toulon Tournament. 2011 – Future reds Mamadou Sakho and Andriy Voronin faced each other as France won a friendly 4-1 in the Ukraine. 2015 – Future red Marko Grujić appeared as Serbia Under-20’s defeated Mexico 2-0 in a World Championships Finals group game in New Zealand. 2018 – Ex-reds Péter Gulácsi and Victor Moses both featured in friendlies.
  11. Will

    13th August

    Barney Rubble signs on 1978 – Left-back Alan Kennedy signed from Newcastle United for £330,000. He is best remembered for his winning strikes in two European Cup Finals, but also won five League titles, four League Cups and three FA Charity Shields, making 359 appearances and notching twenty times before joining his hometown club Sunderland for £100,000 in September 1985. Fourteen not out 2006 - We won our fourteenth consecutive match, a club record, as we beat a poorly-supported Chelsea 2-1 at Cardiff to claim the FA Community Shield for the tenth time outright. John Arne Riise opened the scoring having run almost the full length of the pitch with the ball, with Peter Crouch heading in the winner from a Craig Bellamy cross after Andriy Shevchenko had equalised. Fábio Aurélio made his reds bow as a second-half substitute. Unfortunately, we drew our next game, 1-1 at Sheffield United. Charity begins away from home 1966 - We claimed our first outright FA Charity Shield, defeating Everton 1-0 at Goodison Park thanks to a 25-yard strike from Roger Hunt. Hunt and Everton’s Ray Wilson had paraded the World Cup trophy round the pitch before the match. 1977 - Kenny Dalglish made his reds debut as we played out a goalless draw with Manchester United at Wembley. The trophy was shared between the two clubs. Debutants galore 2011 – Charlie Adam, Stewart Downing, José Enrique and Jordan Henderson all made their reds bows as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Sunderland in our season opener. Luis Suárez missed a penalty before then heading in, with Stewart Downing rattling the crossbar before the break. However, Sebastian Larsson equalised in the second half. Wingers in and out 1991 - Mark Walters officially signed from Rangers for a £1.25m fee, going on to score nineteen times in 124 reds appearances. He had been a big success in Scotland, but could not reproduce that at Anfield, and eventually moved to Southampton in January 1996. 1997 - John Barnes left Anfield for Newcastle United on a free transfer. He won two League titles, an FA Cup, League Cup and two FA Charity Shields in his ten years with the reds, but went on to play just 41 times for the Toon, netting seven times, before moving on again to Charlton Athletic. 2013 - Stewart Downing was sold to West Ham United for £6m after seven goals in 91 outings since arriving from Aston Villa for £18.5m in July 2011. His finest hour came as we claimed the Carling Cup at Wembley in February 2012, scoring in the shoot-out. 1900 – Welsh international right-half Maurice Parry signed from Brighton United, scoring four times in 221 reds games, moving on to Partick Thistle in May 1909, later spending time coaching back at Anfield. Double debutants 2008 – We held Standard de Liège to a goalless Champions League qualifying draw in their Stade Maurice Dufrasne, with Pepe Reina saving a penalty as we struggled in our first game of the season. Left-back Andrea Dossena and forward Robbie Keane both made their reds bows as future Blue Marouane Fellaini struck the inside of a post before Reina clawed it away. Starting out 2005 - We kicked off our League campaign with a goalless draw at Middlesbrough. Ugo Ehiogu was sent off for the home side, the first of fifteen opposition players to be dismissed against the reds that season. Parma pummelled 2000 - We thumped Italian side Parma 5-0 in a pre-season friendly at Anfield. Michael Owen grabbed a brace, including a penalty, with Dietmar Hamann, Nick Barmby and Gary McAllister also netting. A poor start 1997 - We lost 2-1 to Leicester City at Anfield with Paul Ince grabbing a late consolation, his first reds goal. This meant that we had only secured one point from our first two League fixtures of the season. 2002 - We were beaten 1-0 at Chester City in a humiliating reverse just before the start of the new season. Salif Diao made his first reds appearance in a game played to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Deva Stadium, against a Chester side managed by ex-red Mark Wright, and featuring Steve Harkness. Billy for Britain 1955 - Billy Liddell played for a Great Britain side as they lost 4-1 to a Rest of Europe eleven at Windsor Park in a game staged to celebrate the Irish FA’s 75th anniversary. Signing on 2009 - Fernando Torres signed a new improved contract to keep him at Anfield until 2013. He notched an impressive 81 goals in 142 reds games after signing from Club Atlético de Madrid for a club record £20.2m in July 2007, moving on to Chelsea for £50m in January 2011. 2014 – Reserve Team Head Coach Alex Inglethorpe was announced as the club’s new Academy Manager, a role he still holds. Olympian reds 2008 – Javier Mascherano skippered Argentina as they beat Serbia 2-0 in an Olympics Finals group game in Beijing. Meanwhile, Lucas Leiva featured as Brazil beat China 3-0 in Qinhuangdao and Ryan Babel played for the Netherlands in their 1-0 defeat of Japan in Shenyang. Births and death 1991 – Left-winger Alexander Kačaniklić was born in Sweden. He signed from Helsingborgs IF in the summer of 2007 and scored in the FA Youth Cup Final in 2009, establishing himself as a regular in the reserves before moving to Fulham in August 2010 as part of the Paul Konchesky deal. 1941 – Scottish winger Tommy Robertson died. He had signed alongside inside-right Johnny Walker for a combined £175 from Heart Of Midlothian in March 1898. He had helped us to claim our first League title in 1901, scoring 35 times in 141 reds games. 1914 – Bob Glassey was born in Chester-le-Street. He signed from Horden Colliery Welfare in March 1934 and netted four goals in nine outings before moving to Stoke City in November 1936. 1890 - Jimmy Dawson was born in Edinburgh. He was snapped up from junior football for the 1912/13 season and struck three goals in fourteen reds games, as well as a further two strikes in eleven wartime fixtures. He moved to amateur club Edinburgh Emmett back in his hometown in 1916. On the move 1999 - Former reserves defender Gareth Roberts returned to Merseyside, joining Tranmere Rovers on loan from Panionos. He made fifteen appearances in his loan spell before signing on permanently later that year. 2001 - Barry Jones left York City to join non-League Southport on a free transfer, for whom he struck three times in 81 senior matches. 2009 – Ex-reds left-back Grégory Vignal signed for Birmingham City, having been released by Racing Club de Lens. He appeared just nine times for the Blues and was not kept on at the end of the season. 2012 - John Toshack left as Manager of FYR Macedonia, having refused to relocate to the country. Youngsters off the mark 2013 – Jonjo Shelvey scored while winning his first cap for England Under-21’s as a Swansea City player as Roy Hodgson took charge of a side that was skippered by Andre Wisdom. Jack Robinson played for the first time while on loan at Blackpool, with Raheem Sterling also finding the back of the net in a 6-0 thumping of Scotland at Bramall Lane. On the same day, future red Emre Can captained Germany Under-21’s in their goalless draw with France in a friendly in Freiburg. International farewells 2010 – Greek centre-half Sotirios Kyrgiakos announced his retirement from international football, having won sixty caps for his country. 1998 – Future red John Arne Riise won his third and final cap for Norway Under-18’s in their 3-1 defeat by Sweden in a friendly in Dokka. Swiss reds 1981 - We held Neuchâtel Xamax to a goalless draw at their La Maladière stadium in a pre-season friendly. Also in international action 2009 – Alexander Kačaniklić played for Sweden Under-19’s on his eighteenth birthday as they lost a friendly 1-0 to Finland.
  12. Will

    4th November

    Stevie at the treble 2010 - Steven Gerrard scored a second-half hat-trick as we came from behind to beat SSC Napoli 3-1 in our UEFA Europa League group game at Anfield, only the second reds substitute to net a treble, which included a penalty. Ezequiel Lavezzi put the visitors ahead, who included ex-red Andrea Dossena in their ranks. Five thousand goals 1990 - Ian Rush’s second goal in our 3-1 win at Tottenham Hotspur was our 5,000th goal in top-flight League football. Peter Beardsley also netted for the reds, having come on in place of John Barnes early in the first half. Bruce Grobbelaar reached a personal milestone in this game, playing for the reds for the 500th time as we won for the tenth time in our opening eleven League matches. Gary Lineker netted Spurs’ consolation, the last of his six strikes past us. We have visited Spurs twice more for First Division matches on this day in history. 1922 - Harry Chambers bagged a brace with Cyril Gilhespy netting his third and final reds goal and Dick Forshaw also on target as we won 4-2. 1967 - Roger Hunt struck as we held them to a draw, with Welsh winger Cliff Jones bagging one of his five strikes against the reds. Recent milestones 2006 - Jamie Carragher played his 300th League game as a Dirk Kuyt brace was enough to see off Reading at Anfield in our first ever League encounter. 2009 - Andriy Voronin played his fortieth and final reds game as we held Olympique Lyonnais to a 1-1 draw in their Stade Gerland, before being replaced by goalscorer Ryan Babel. Unfortunately, Lisandro López bagged a late equaliser. 2012 – Steven Gerrard played his 600th game for the club as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Newcastle United. Yohan Cabaye put the visitors ahead just before the break, with Luis Suárez bagging a sublime equaliser midway through the second period. 2017 – Keeper Simon Mignolet skippered the side for the first time as we thumped West Ham United 4-1 at their London Stadium. Mohamed Salah and Joël Matip scored inside the first half an hour, with Manuel Lanzini pulling a goal back after the break. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain soon restored our two-goal lead, with Salah then adding his second. Razor sharpened 1987 - Ray Houghton notched his first reds goal as we drew 1-1 at Wimbledon’s Plough Lane, with Steve McMahon reaching a century of appearances for the club. Cally off the mark 1961 - Ian Callaghan struck the first of his 68 reds goals as we won 3-1 at Preston North End in a Second Division match, our most recent League visit. Preston-born Gordon Milne netted against his former club with Ian St. John also on the scoresheet as we secured our first win there in thirteen attempts. 1895 - We also visited Deepdale when Jimmy Ross netted as we lost a testimonial played for Preston’s Bob Holmes 2-1. 1907 – Preston won a Lancashire Senior Cup Semi-final 2-1 at Anfield, with left-half Jim Bradley nabbing our goal. 1911 - John Bovill bagged his first reds goals, striking twice in our 3-0 defeat of Notts County at Anfield. Arthur Goddard was also on the scoresheet. Happy birthday Gerd 1982 - Neil Mellor was born in Manchester. He struck six times in 22 senior appearances for the reds, before moving to Preston North End in August 2006 for a reported £0.5m. Kettle’s debut 1975 - Left-back Brian Kettle made his reds debut in our 6-0 UEFA Cup Second Round thumping of Real Sociedad, as we went through 9-1 on aggregate en route to our second triumph in the competition. David Fairclough struck his first reds goal in just his second game while Ray Kennedy nabbed a brace with John Toshack, Steve Heighway and Phil Neal all also on the scoresheet, while Kevin Keegan blasted a penalty over the bar. Thumping the Mancs 2001 - A Michael Owen brace and a John Arne Riise belter gave us a 3-1 win over Manchester United in an 11:30 kick off, to record our third victory over them that year, and third straight League win for the first time since December 1979. David Beckham netted for the visitors. 1944 - We also hosted them in Wartime League match with Don Welsh netting twice, including a penalty, in a 3-2 victory, as we also benefited from a Roughton own goal. Spanish stalemate 2008 - We had to rely on a stoppage-time Steven Gerrard penalty to secure a 1-1 draw with Club Atlético de Madrid in our home UEFA Champions League group game. Future red Maxi Rodríguez had given the visitors the lead, with Fernando Torres again missing out against his former club due to injury. The spot-kick we were awarded was generous, but we had already been denied two much better shouts. Ex-red Luis García featured against us. Meanwhile, new Argentina boss Diego Maradona declared that he wanted Javier Mascherano to take over as captain of his country. 2014 – We lost 1-0 at Real Madrid in another group game with Karim Benzema on target, one of his four goals past us to date. This was our third consecutive defeat and third consecutive game without scoring in Europe, both joint club records. Players of the year 2006 - Sami Hyypiä was named Finland’s Player of the Year for the sixth time in eight years. 2003 - John Arne Riise was named the Norwegian PFA Player of the Year for the second year running. Four against 2000 - Mark Viduka scored four goals as Leeds United won a 4-3 thriller at Elland Road, the first of his six strikes against us. Christian Ziege scored his first reds goal, with Sami Hyypiä and Vladimír Šmicer also on target, while Patrik Berger suffered a serious knee injury. This was the first time an opposing player had notched four times against the reds since Jimmy Greaves for Tottenham Hotspur in April 1963. For King Billy 2004 - A plaque in honour of Billy Liddell was unveiled at Anfield. Off against the Russians again 1992 - Mike Marsh was sent off late on in Spartak Moskva’s 2-0 win at Anfield as we crashed out of the European Cup Winners’ Cup 6-2 on aggregate at the Second Round stage. This followed Bruce Grobbelaar’s dismissal in the first leg, and Paul Stewart’s in our preceding game to complete an unwelcome treble. A rare strike against 1978 - Forward John Hawley scored one of only four opposition goals in the League at Anfield that season, as Leeds United left with a point after using rough-house tactics to help secure a 1-1 draw. Terry McDermott was on target for the reds from the spot. Phil Neal had earlier struck a penalty against a post as we dropped points at home for the first time that season, in our seventh home fixture. An Anfield treble 1950 - Chilean forward George Robledo scored a hat-trick for Newcastle United as they won 4-2 at Anfield, the first of his five strikes against us, with Ernest Taylor netting one of his five goals past the reds. Our goals came from Jimmy Payne and a Billy Liddell penalty. 1995 - We also lost at St. James’ Park, with Ian Rush grabbing our goal in a 2-1 defeat. Les Ferdinand bagged one of his six goals past us, with Steve Watson also scoring for the Geordies. 1893 - However, we thumped them 5-1 at Anfield when Patrick Gordon struck twice with Harry Bradshaw, Douglas Dick and James Stott all also on target in our Second Division meeting, the first time we had ever faced the Geordie outfit. These were the first reds strikes for both Bradshaw and Dick. Also in Europe 1970 - We moved into the Third Round of the Fairs Cup, holding Dinamo Bucureşti to a draw on their own patch to progress 4-1 on aggregate, with our equaliser coming from substitute Phil Boersma, the first of his thirty reds goals. 1981 - A thrilling night at Anfield ended in a 3-2 defeat of the previous season’s losing UEFA Cup Finalists AZ’67 Alkmaar, as we reached the Third Round of the European Cup 5-4 on aggregate. The Dutch champions equalised twice after a Terry McDermott penalty and an Ian Rush strike before Alan Hansen won it with five minutes to go. Alkmaar’s second equaliser came from a 25-yard shot from future Nottingham Forest star Johnny Metgod that bounced down from the crossbar and onto Phil Thompson’s foot for a bizarre own goal. Kees Kist scored in both legs for the Dutch side. 1997 - We beat Racing Club de Strasbourg 2-0 at Anfield thanks to a penalty from Robbie Fowler and a late goal from Karlheinz Riedle. This was our hundredth win in Europe, excluding those secured through penalty shoot-outs or coin tosses. However, this was not enough to overcome a three goal first-leg deficit as we went out of the UEFA Cup at the Second Round stage. A rare defeat 1989 - Coventry City won at Anfield for the first time, at the 23rd attempt, when Cyrille Regis struck the only goal of the game, the last of his four strikes past us. Elisha’s last 1933 - Elisha Scott won his 27th and last cap as a reds player as Northern Ireland were held to a 1-1 draw by Wales in the British International Championships in Belfast. He went on to win 31 in total, remaining the last red to achieve full international honours with the province until Ryan McLaughlin in May 2014. Facing the Trotters We have twice faced Bolton Wanderers in the Lancashire Senior Cup in the 1930’s, without tasting defeat. 1939 – We won a First Round tie 3-1 at Burnden Park, with Phil Taylor netting twice and Willie Fagan also on target. 1931 – We were held to a 1-1 Third Round draw at Anfield, with Jimmy Smith nabbing our goal. In and out 1983 - Centre-back Mark Seagraves signed for the reds as a professional. He only made two senior appearances before joining Manchester City in September 1987. 2002 - Young ex-reds midfielder Neil Prince was released by Torquay United, just three months after arriving at Plainmoor. He had made eight appearances for the Gulls, and then moved into non-League football. 2010 – Icelandic midfielder Victor Pálsson joined Dagenham & Redbridge on loan, for whom he played three times. He left Anfield to sign for Hibernian in January 2011. 2011 – Ex-reserves forward Krisztián Németh re-signed for MTK Hungária, scoring in his only League outing before joining Dutch side RKC Waalwijk two months later. On the same day, future red Tiago Ilori played for Portugal Under-19’s as they trounced the Faroe Islands 9-1 in a friendly. Other reds games 1972 – We beat Chelsea 3-1 at Anfield with Kevin Keegan adding to a John Toshack brace. 1933 – Sam English and Gordon Hodgson netted as we won 2-1 at Birmingham City. After the game, Chairman W.H. Cartwright went into the dressing room to inform English that he had just become the father of a baby daughter. 1905 – We beat Bury 3-1 in L4 with Bobby Robinson scoring twice and John Carlin also netting. 1899 – John Hunter and Tommy Robertson were on target as Sheffield United held us to a 2-1 draw at Anfield. Wilson for England 1964 - Future red David Wilson won his seventh and final cap for England Under-23’s as they beat Wales 3-2 in a friendly at the Racecourse Ground. Keepers on the move 2005 - Paul Harrison joined Wolverhampton Wanderers, having been released from Anfield at the end of the previous season. He never made their first team, soon moving on to Chester City. 2003 – Aussie custodian Brad Jones joined Blackpool on loan from Middlesbrough. He played seven times, returning for another spell a year later. 1983 - Future reds loanee keeper Mark Prudhoe joined Hartlepool United on loan from Sunderland. He turned out for them three times in the Fourth Division.
  13. Will

    14th March

    Rafa’s century 2009 – Rafael Benítez secured his hundredth League win as reds boss as we came from behind to trounce Manchester United 4-1 at Old Trafford. Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring from the spot but Fernando Torres hounded Nemanja Vidić into a mistake before coolly slotting home the equaliser, with Steven Gerrard converting a penalty a minute before the break. The hapless Vidić was sent off against the reds for the second time that season with a quarter of an hour to go, with Fábio Aurélio netting from the resultant free-kick. The day was complete when Andrea Dossena struck his second and final reds goal, in consecutive fixtures. Happy birthday Joe 1990 – Welsh midfielder Joe Allen was born in Carmarthen. He signed from Swansea City for £15m in August 2012, still a Welsh record sale, following his former boss Brendan Rodgers. He notched seven times in 132 reds games before being sold to Stoke City for £13m in July 2016. 1979 - Ex-red Nicolas Anelka was born in Versailles, Paris. He struck five times in 22 reds games while on loan at Anfield from Paris Saint-Germain, arriving in December 2001. The real Busby babe 1936 - Right-half Matt Busby made his reds debut in a 1-0 League defeat at Huddersfield Town, the first of his 122 reds appearances, many as captain. He of course found even greater fame as Manager down the East Lancs. Road. Reg Chester struck the last of his four goals against the reds. 1925 – Forward Tom Scott debuted as we were thumped 4-0 at Preston North End. Horace Barnes struck the last of his nine goals against the reds, with George Sapsford netting twice and William Aitken also scoring. League Cup Final 1981 - West Ham United held us to a 1-1 draw at Wembley in the League Cup Final, with Ray Kennedy deputising as captain for the injured Phil Thompson, for whom Colin Irwin stood in. Veteran Steve Heighway replaced David Johnson, whose throat infection ruled him out just half an hour before kick-off. The game was goalless after ninety minutes, before Alan Kennedy’s right-footed extra-time strike looked to have won us the trophy for the first time, with Sammy Lee lying on the ground in an offside position. However, a last-minute Terry McDermott handball led to a Ray Stewart penalty that meant we had to wait another three weeks before we claimed the cup in the Villa Park replay. Four-ton Brucie 1992 - Bruce Grobbelaar played his 400th League game for the club as we lost 1-0 at Crystal Palace. Trebles all round 1989 - John Aldridge bagged a hat-trick, including a penalty, in a 5-0 First Division victory over Luton Town at home, with Peter Beardsley and Steve McMahon also netting. Aldo’s first strike was his fiftieth reds goal. 1995 - Peter Ndlovu scored all three goals for Coventry City in their 3-2 League win at Anfield, including one from the spot, the first treble by a visiting player in the newly-renamed Premier League. Ex-red David Burrows scored an own goal, with Jan Mølby bagging our other. 1942 - Jack Balmer and Cyril Done both scored hat-tricks as we trounced Rochdale 8-2 at Spotland in a Wartime League fixture that also counted for the War League Cup. Done’s treble included a spot-kick, while Berry Nieuwenhuys added a brace. Off the mark 1953 - Left-winger Alan A'Court struck the first of his 63 reds goals as we beat Sunderland 2-0 in a top-flight encounter at Anfield. Sammy Smyth had opened the scoring inside a quarter of an hour. 1914 - Billy Banks scored on his reds debut, although we lost 5-2 at Burnley in a First Division fixture. Jimmy Nicholl grabbed our other goal. On the same day, Billy Lacey played for Ireland in their 1-1 draw with Scotland in the British International Championships in Belfast. English debutants galore 1921 - Right-half John Bamber won his only cap as England held Wales to a goalless draw in the British International Championships in Wrexham. Clubmates Tom Bromilow and Harry Chambers also made their England debuts in the same game. 1910 - Forward Jack Parkinson made his England bow as they beat Wales 1-0 in the British International Championships at Ninian Park. Sam Hardy was in the England goal, while ex-red George Latham won his ninth cap for Wales, and only one as a Southport Central player. 1984 – Future red Jan Mølby played for the Netherlands as they thumped Denmark 6-0 in a friendly in Amsterdam. The Wright signing 1934 – Forward Vic Wright signed from Rotherham United. He struck 33 times in 85 reds games, moving on to Plymouth Argyle in June 1937. Michael misses again 2004 - Michael Owen had a penalty saved as we lost 2-0 at Southampton, in what was Paul Sturrock’s first of only thirteen games in charge of the Saints. This was Michael’s ninth failure in 22 spot-kicks for the reds. James Beattie and Kevin Phillips netted for the home side. Souey to Ewood 2000 - Graeme Souness was appointed Manager of Blackburn Rovers. He led them back into the top flight in his first full season, and the Worthington Cup the following year. He left them in September 2004 to take over at Newcastle United. Swap deal 1936 – Right-half and future reds boss Phil Taylor signed from Bristol Rovers for £5,000 plus outside-right Billy Hartill. Hartill had failed to score in four outings since arriving from Everton two months earlier, while Taylor went on to net 32 times in 343 reds games. Thumping the Baggies 1896 - Tom Bradshaw struck a brace with Frank Becton, Malcolm McVean and Jimmy Ross all also on the scoresheet as we trounced West Bromwich Albion 5-1 in a friendly at Anfield. Other reds games 1998 – We drew 3-3 at Tottenham Hotspur. Steve McManaman nabbed a brace with Paul Ince also on target. 1990 – Peter Beardsley netted the only goal of our FA Cup Sixth Round replay early on against Queens Park Rangers at Anfield. 1987 – We won 3-1 at Oxford United with the transfer-listed John Wark netting either side of an Ian Rush strike. 1970 – We lost 2-1 at Arsenal. John Radford bagged one of his seven goals against the reds, with Jon Sammels also scoring before Ron Yeats scored. 1964 – We lost 1-0 at Fulham. 1931 – Derby County held us to a goalless draw in L4. 1908 – George Dorsett missed a penalty for Manchester City, having already scored as the visitors won 1-0 at Anfield. 1906 – We won 2-1 at Nottingham Forest with Joe Hewitt grabbing both our goals. Off Ayre 2016 - Ian Ayre announced that he would be stepping down as the club’s Chief Executive Officer in May 2017. He was later replaced by Peter Moore. On the same day, future red Diogo Jota agreed to sign for Club Atlético de Madrid on 1st July of that year, when his contract with Paços de Ferreira expired. King Kenny on target 1973 - Future red Kenny Dalglish netted for Scotland Under-23’s in their 2-1 defeat of Wales at the Vetch Field. Peter the dad 2011 – Ex-red Peter Crouch became a father for the first time, to a girl named Sophia Ruby.
  14. Will

    7th April

    Brian’s bow 1969 - University graduate Brian Hall made his reds bow in a goalless top-flight draw at Stoke City as a substitute for Roger Hunt. He went on to net 21 times in 224 reds appearances, was also the club’s Public Relations Manager from 1991 until retiring in 2012. 1960 - We also faced the Potters, with Billy Liddell striking a brace, including a penalty, as we beat them 3-0 in a Second Division fixture at Anfield. Bobby Murdoch netted the other. Debuting between the sticks 2012 – Brazilian custodian Alexander Doni played the first of his four reds games as Aston Villa held us to a 1-1 draw at Anfield. Chris Herd scored for the Villains after ten minutes, with Luis Suárez nabbing a late leveller after we had hit the woodwork four times. On the same day, Jerome Sinclair featured for England Under-16’s who lost a penalty shoot-out to Russia after their friendly ended 2-2. 1967 - Keeper John Ogston played his only reds game in our 3-1 home League win over Newcastle United, with Roger Hunt bagging a brace to add to a goal from Ian Callaghan. This game launched Emlyn Hughes’ nickname of Crazy Horse after he rugby tackled United forward Albert Bennett in only his fifth reds match. Heading towards Basel 2016 – We held Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund to a 1-1 draw in their Signal Iduna Park in the first leg of our UEFA Europa League Quarter-final. Divock Origi handed us a half-time lead, but Mats Hummels headed in soon after the break. Al off the mark 2007 - Our first ever game at Reading ended in a 2-1 win. Full-back Álvaro Arbeloa raced most of the length of the pitch to notch his first reds goal as we reached 200 League points under Rafael Benítez. Dirk Kuyt headed a late winner after Brynjar Gunnarsson had drawn the home side level. Bashing the Hammers 1984 - We trounced West Ham United 6-0 at Anfield. Ian Rush and Graeme Souness both netted twice, with Kenny Dalglish bagging his 150th reds goal and Ronnie Whelan also on target as we went 4-0 up inside half an hour. Cottaged by Elton’s cousin 1956 - Roy Dwight scored a hat-trick for Fulham in their 3-1 Second Division win over us at Craven Cottage, the first of his four goals past us. Roy’s cousin Reg later went on to great fame and fortune, under the name of Elton John. Billy Liddell netted our consolation, while winger Joe Dickson played his sixth and final reds game. On a roll 1979 - We secured the third of five straight League wins, all without conceding, as we beat Arsenal 3-0 at Anfield. Jimmy Case, Kenny Dalglish and Terry McDermott all struck in the second half to wipe out the bad memories of losing an FA Cup Semi-final replay to Manchester United three days earlier. This was Phil Thompson’s first game as reds skipper. 1951 - We also beat the Gunners in a top-flight meeting, with Albert Stubbins and Jimmy Payne scoring in a 2-1 win at Highbury, with Cliff Holton nabbing the first of his four goals against the reds. Derby disappointment 2018 – We were held to a goalless draw by Everton in a drab Goodison encounter. 1917 - We were beaten 4-0 at Goodison Park in a Wartime League match. International debutants 1900 - Alex Raisbeck won the first of his eight Scotland caps as they thumped England 4-1 at Celtic Park in the British International Championships. 1965 - Tommy Smith made his debut for England Under-23’s in their goalless encounter with Czechoslovakia at Elland Road. 1906 - Billy Dunlop won his only Scottish cap as they won 2-1 in the same fixture at Hampden Park. Clubmate Raisbeck was his skipper that day, while ex-reds inside-right George Livingstone also debuted in this game, winning his only cap as a Manchester City player. Bush at last 1947 - Wing-half Tom Bush played his 69th and final reds game, over thirteen years after his debut. We beat Preston North End 3-0 as we closed in on our fifth League title, with Albert Stubbins grabbing two and Jack Balmer also on target. Bush later joined the reds’ coaching staff. Keeper Ray Minshull saved a penalty taken by the visitors’ Bill Shankly. A win at Old Trafford 1982 - A goal from Craig Johnston was enough to beat Manchester United. Bruce Grobbelaar saved an early Frank Stapleton penalty, being helped by seeing a picture of him converting a previous spot-kick in the programme before the match! Win, lose and draw against the Blues We have played Birmingham City three times in the top-flight on this day over the years, with varying degrees of success. 1939 - Berry Nieuwenhuys and Jack Balmer scored a brace apiece as we thumped City 4-0 at Anfield. 1923 – We were held to a goalless draw, also at home. 1973 - A Tommy Smith goal was not enough as we went down 2-1 at St. Andrews, with Emlyn Hughes sent off in the final minute, although he later successfully appealed the dismissal. Future Blues forward Bob Latchford netted one of his five goals against us, with Bob Hatton bagging the first of his four past us while left-back Alec Lindsay reached a century of League games for the reds. Mixed fortunes against the Clarets We have faced Burnley three times on this day in history, winning only once and losing twice. 1900 - We lost 1-0 at Anfield, with ex-reds forward Abe Hartley on target. Sam Raybould had a penalty saved for the reds. 1950 - We won another First Division meeting 2-0 at Turf Moor thanks to goals from Jimmy Payne and Billy Liddell. 1919 - Our Wartime League match ended in a 5-3 away defeat, with Rob Matthews netting twice and Harold Wadsworth also on target. Also recently 2013 – West Ham United held us to a goalless League draw at Anfield, with a Daniel Sturridge strike wrongly ruled out for offside. Oussama Assaidi played his twelfth and last reds game. Up against the Terriers 1928 - We won a top-flight match 4-2 at Huddersfield Town, with Jimmy Walsh, Tom Reid, Gordon Hodgson and Dick Edmed grabbing the goals, with Alex Jackson nabbing the first two of his four goals against us. 1962 - We were held to a 1-1 draw in our other meeting on this day in history on our way to the Second Division title. Roger Hunt netted for the reds at Anfield that day. Beating City We have twice defeated Manchester City on this day in history. 1954 - Brian Jackson struck twice as we won a top-flight encounter 2-0 at Maine Road. 1945 - Don Welsh bagged a brace with Billy Liddell also on the scoresheet as we won a Wartime League match at Anfield 3-0 that also counted for the Wartime League Cup. Bobby’s farewell strike 1958 - Forward Bobby Murdoch bagged his seventh and final reds goal as we beat Stoke City 3-0 at Anfield in a Second Division encounter. He only played five more times before joining Barrow in September 1959. Billy Liddell scored the other goals, one of them from the spot. Other reds game 1934 – We drew 2-2 at West Bromwich Albion. We fell two goals behind at the break to a Jock Carter strike and then the first of Teddy Sandford’s five goals against the reds. Vic Wright and Gordon Hodgson both netted in the second half. Management moves 2009 – Assistant Secretary Ian Silvester was appointed Club Secretary, following the death of Bryce Morrison the previous month. On the same day, ex-reserves midfielder David Mannix was charged with breaching the FA’s betting rules while playing for Chester City. He was later banned for ten months and fined £4,000. 2017 – Ex-reds boss Brendan Rodgers signed a new four-year contract with Celtic, having already led them to the League Cup and title since taking charge in May 2016. He left for Leicester City last February. Harry on the move 2013 – Left-winger Harry Kewell signed for Al-Gharafa, in the Qatar Stars League. He struck once in three games before returning to Australia to sign for Melbourne Heart. In trouble 2015 - Ex-reds left-back Andrea Dossena was arrested on suspicion of shoplifting from Harrods, although no further action was taken. Also in international action 1894 – Future red Edgar Chadwick featured as England drew 2-2 with Scotland in the British International Championships at Celtic Park. 1976 – Future red Kenny Dalglish played for Scotland in their 1-0 friendly defeat of Switzerland at Hampden Park. 1987 – Future red Stig Inge Bjørnebye played for Norway Under-19’s as they lost a tournament game 5-1 to Hungary in Poland. 2004 – Jordan Holmes played for England Under-16’s as they lost 1-0 to the Ivory Coast in the Montaigu Tournament. 2007 – Future red Nikola Sarić played for Denmark Under-16’s as they beat Castelo Branco Under-18’s in Portugal.
  15. Will

    20th August

    Happy birthdays 1961 - Steve McMahon was born in Liverpool. He signed from Aston Villa for £350,000 in September 1985 and struck fifty times in 277 reds appearances in his six years at Anfield, during which time he won three League titles, the FA Cup and two FA Charity Shields. He left the reds to sign for Manchester City for £900,000 in December 1991. 2003 – Forward Max Woltman was born in Wirral. He joined the Academy at the age of seven, playing in the FA Youth Cup Final in May 2021 after turning pro the previous January. 1895 – Inside-left Dick Forshaw was born in Preston. He joined the reds in July 1919, winning two League titles while with the reds, scoring an impressive 124 times in 288 games. He has the unique honour of being the only player ever to claim League championship medals with both Merseyside clubs, helping the Blues to one in 1928 after he had crossed Stanley Park for £3,750 in March 1927. 1888 – Forward Harry Welfare was born in Liverpool. He signed from Northern Nomads in 1912, notching once in four outings before moving to Wrexham the following year. He later had a very successful career in Brazil, helping Fluminense to claim the title three times in succession while bagging 163 goals in just 166 games. Double hola 2004 - We signed a pair of Spaniards. Xabi Alonso arrived from Real Sociedad for £10.7m, with Luis García signing from Barcelona for a £6m fee. Xabi netted nineteen times, showing his silky passing skills in 210 reds games before moving to Real Madrid for £30m in August 2009. García struck thirty times, including five in our glorious Champions League campaign in 2005, in 121 games, before returning to his homeland to join Club Atlético de Madrid in July 2007. 2012 – Slovakian centre-half Martin Škrtel signed a new contract. He arrived from Zenit St. Petersburg for £6.5m to become our most expensive defender to date, notching eighteen goals in 320 games in total, including one in our Carling Cup win at Wembley in February 2012, moving on to Fenerbahçe SK for £5.5m in July 2016. Goalscoring debuts 1977 - Kenny Dalglish scored on his League debut as we drew 1-1 at Middlesbrough, with David Armstrong bagging the first of his four goals past us. 1960 - Winger and new £13,000 record signing Kevin Lewis scored on his debut as we beat Leeds United 2-0 at Anfield in another season opener, with the other goal coming from former blue Dave Hickson. 2016 – Marko Grujić made his senior reds bow as we dominated but lost 2-0 at Burnley, with Sam Vokes and Andre Gray both on target before the break. Royal victories 2018 - Sadio Mané scored in his third consecutive reds game as we won 2-0 at Crystal Palace, with James Milner handing us the lead from the spot at the very end of the first half. Aaron Wan-Bissaka was sent off for the home side before Mané struck in injury time. Daniel Sturridge played his hundredth League game for the reds. 1994 - We thumped Palace 6-1 at Selhurst Park to get the season off to a great start. Steve McManaman and Ian Rush scored twice apiece, with Jan Mølby and Robbie Fowler also on the scoresheet. Chris Armstrong bagged the home side’s consolation. Lefties on the way in 2013 – Left-back Aly Cissokho signed on loan from Valencia. The Frenchman played nineteen reds games without scoring. 1894 – Outside-left John Drummond joined from Sheffield United, scoring once in eighteen outings before moving on to Barnsley St. Peter’s the following year. Mixed fortunes at Wembley 1983 - Joe Fagan’s first game in charge came in the FA Charity Shield, when we lost 2-0 to Manchester United. Michael Robinson made his first-class reds debut in this match. Bryan Robson bagged both United’s goals, two of his seven strikes against us. 1988 - We gained some revenge on Wimbledon for our FA Cup Final defeat earlier that year, coming from behind to beat them 2-1 thanks to a John Aldridge brace, to claim the Shield for the seventh time outright. Charlie Boyd and Jim Magilton both sat on our bench for the first of just two occasions, while John Fashanu netted one of his six goals against us. Beating the Gunners 2011 – We beat Arsenal 2-0 in our first ever win at the Emirates Stadium. Emmanuel Frimpong was sent off before Ignasi Miquel’s clearance rebounded off Aaron Ramsey’s chest for an own goal. Luis Suárez then added a second in stoppage time. The king at Anfield 1966 - A fifteen-year old Kenny Dalglish wore the number eight shirt playing for Liverpool B as they beat Southport 1-0 in a Lancashire League match, five years before he signed professional terms with Celtic. However, he was not taken on by Bill Shankly, returning to Anfield as our record signing eleven years later. Milan’s farewell 2005 - Milan Baroš played his 108th and final reds game, with Luis García making his fiftieth reds appearance, as Xabi Alonso nabbed the only goal of our Anfield encounter with Sunderland, who had Andy Welsh sent off, the second of fifteen dismissals against the reds that season. 1949 - We also entertained the Mackems, winning 4-2 in a season opener, with Bob Paisley, Jack Balmer, Kevin Baron and Albert Stubbins all on target, with Billy Liddell missing a penalty. Dickie Davis struck one of his seven goals against us, with Ivor Broadis also on target. We went on to finish eighth that season. The mancs at home at Anfield 1971 - An unusual situation occurred as Manchester United played a home fixture at Anfield. Old Trafford was closed for two weeks due to hooliganism, and so United entertained Arsenal at Anfield. The ‘home’ side won 3-1. Frank McLintock sent the Gunners in ahead at half time, but goals from George Best, Bobby Charlton and Brian Kidd secured United’s victory. Jan’s debut 1984 - Jan Mølby scored in his first reds game, two days before he officially signed, as we beat Home Farm 3-0 in a friendly held at Tolka Park in Dublin. Ronnie Whelan added a brace, while Ian Rush sustained cartilage damage that kept him out of the first team for two months. The game had been arranged as part of the transfer deal that brought Ken DeMange and Brian Mooney to Anfield. Cally’s milestone 1974 – Ian Callaghan played his 500th League game for the reds in our goalless game at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Another season opener 1955 - We began our season with a 3-1 Second Division win at Nottingham Forest, with Alan A’Court nabbing a brace and John Evans also netting, as full-back Ray Lambert played his 300th League game for the club. Unfortunately, we ended the season in third, missing out on promotion again. Phil the champion 2011 – Future red Philippe Coutinho won his seventh and final cap for Brazil Under-20’s as they beat Portugal 3-2 after extra time in the World Championship Final in Colombia. Fifty years for the League 1938 - We lost a friendly 2-1 at Everton. Jack Balmer netted in a game staged to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Football League. International reds on target 2008 – Xabi Alonso struck twice as Spain beat Daniel Agger’s Denmark 3-0 in a friendly in Copenhagen, with Pepe Reina and Fernando Torres also featuring and Christian Poulsen winning his first cap while with Juventus. Milan Baroš scored while winning his first cap as a Galatasaray player as the Czech Republic drew 2-2 with an England side that included Steven Gerrard, future red Stewart Downing and ex-reds Emile Heskey and David James at Wembley, with future red Joe Cole netting. Also in international action were Dirk Kuyt, future reds Ragnar Klavan, Raul Meireles, Nuri Şahin, Luis Suárez and Kolo Touré, and ex-reds Salif Diao, Alou Diarra and John Toshack. 2003 - Michael Owen scored for England as they beat Croatia 3-1 in a friendly at Portman Road. Steven Gerrard, Emile Heskey, Danny Murphy and ex-red David James all also played, with Joe Cole winning his first cap as a Chelsea player. On the same day, Jerzy Dudek, Stéphane Henchoz, ex-red Don Hutchison and future reds Craig Bellamy, Yossi Benayoun, Djibril Cissé, Mark González, Paul Jones, Christian Poulsen and Bolo Zenden all also featured for their countries. International beginnings and ends 2008 – Andrea Dossena won his first cap as a reds player, only his second to date, as Italy drew 2-2 with Austria in a friendly in Nice, with future red Alberto Aquilani also featuring and Alex Manninger playing for the last time while with Juventus. Meanwhile, Robbie Keane netted while making his first appearance for the Republic of Ireland since moving to Anfield as they drew 1-1 with Norway in Oslo. Steve Finnan won his last cap before leaving the reds, while John Arne Riise played his first international since joining Roma. On the same day, Jari Litmanen won his first cap in his second spell as a Lti player, playing alongside Sami Hyypiä as Finland beat Yossi Benayoun’s Israel 2-0 in Tampere. Sotirios Kyrgiakos won his first cap while with A.E.K Athens in Greece’s 2-0 friendly win against Martin Škrtel’s Slovakia in Bratislava. Meanwhile, Salif Diao and El-Hadji Diouf both played as Senegal drew a friendly 0-0 in Libya, for the first time since joining Stoke City and Sunderland, respectively. 1997 - Ex-red Lee Jones won his second and final cap, and only one as a Tranmere Rovers player, as Wales lost a World Cup qualifier 6-4 in Turkey. Keeper Paul Jones won his first cap as a Southampton player, while ex-red Dean Saunders netted his last goal while with Nottingham Forest, as he won his 59th cap. On the same day, Christian Ziege won his first cap as an AC Milan player, and Jim Magilton made his last appearance while at Southampton as Germany beat Northern Ireland 3-1 in another qualifier at Windsor Park. Ray Houghton won his seventieth cap, and final one as a Crystal Palace player, as the Republic of Ireland were held to a goalless draw in their World Cup qualifier against Lithuania at Lansdowne Road. Mark Kennedy and ex-red Steve Staunton also featured. Meanwhile, future red John Arne Riise won his fourth and last cap for Norway Under-16’s as they lost 3-2 to Sweden. Also in action that day were Stig Inge Bjørnebye and future reds Markus Babbel, Stéphane Henchoz, Jari Litmanen and Vladimír Šmicer. 2002 - Pepe Reina won his first Under-21’s cap as a Villarreal player in Spain’s 1-0 friendly win in Hungary, with fellow future red Xabi Alonso also featuring, and Daniel Sjölund featuring for Finland Under-21’s in their 1-0 defeat by the Republic of Ireland. 2003 - Andriy Voronin won his last senior cap while with 1. FSV Mainz 05, and twelfth to date, as the Ukraine lost a friendly 2-0 to Romania in Kiev. On the same day, Alou Diarra, Anthony Le Tallec, Florent Sinama-Pongolle and future red Charles Itandje all featured as France Under-21’s drew 1-1 in a friendly in Switzerland. 2019 – Billy Koumetio made his debut for France Under-18’s as they thumped Paraguay 5-1 in a friendly. On the move again 2015 – Former Assistant Manager Pako Ayestarán was appointed Club Santos Laguna boss in Mexico, but only remained in charge for three months before his contract was terminated “by mutual consent”. 2011 – Harry Kewell signed for Melbourne Victory, while Nabil El Zhar joined Spanish side Levante U.D. Kewell struck eight times in 25 outings in his one season in southern Australia, while El Zhar played 22 times during his first campaign. 2010 - Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain signed as a professional for Southampton, going on to score ten goals in 43 outings before moving on to Arsenal in August 2011 for an initial £12m. 2005 - Albert Riera signed for R.C.D. Espanyol from Girondins de Bordeaux, having struck four times in 53 League games for the French side. 1993 – Current Chief Scout Barry Hunter joined Wrexham from Crusaders for £50,000, scoring six goals in 120 games before moving on to Reading in July 1996 for £400,000. 2003 - Future red Jermaine Pennant joined Leeds United on loan from Arsenal. He struck twice in 36 games as the Whites were relegated. 2004 - Ex-reserves defender Alan Navarro joined Chester City on loan from Tranmere Rovers. He played four times for the Blues, and then had another loan spell later in the season, this time with fellow League Two side Macclesfield Town. 2019 – Ex-reds midfielder Kevin MacDonald left Aston Villa’s coaching staff for a second time, this time having been suspended for eight months following allegations of bullying. Other reds games 1969 – We won 2-0 at Manchester City with Bobby Graham bagging a brace. 1968 – We beat Stoke City 2-1 at Anfield with Terry Conroy giving the visitors the lead with the first of his four goals past us. Ian Callaghan equalised before Tony Allen turned a Peter Thompson cross into his own net. 1966 – We defeated Leicester City 3-2 in L4 in our opening League game of the season. Roger Hunt and Geoff Strong struck before Derek Dougan netted the first two of his four goals against the reds. Willie Stevenson scored the winner from the spot. Also in international action 2017 – Bobby Duncan played for England Under-17’s as they beat Scotland 2-1 in a friendly in Burton. 2007 – Future red Christian Benteke featured for Belgium Under-17’s in the World Championships Finals as they lost a group game 4-2 to Tunisia in South Korea. 1986 – Future red Glenn Hysén played for Sweden in their goalless friendly draw with the USSR in Gothenburg. 1980 – Hysén played for Sweden Under-21’s in their 1-0 friendly victory over Hungary in Budapest.
  16. Will

    10th March

    A Real thumping 2009 - We thrashed Real Madrid 4-0 at Anfield to reach the Quarter-finals of the Champions League 5-0 on aggregate. Steven Gerrard played his hundredth game in Europe, while Xabi Alonso was making his 200th reds appearance. Fernando Torres opened the scoring before Gerrard converted a penalty prior to the break. The skipper added his second before the night was rounded off by Andrea Dossena bagging the first of his two, equally memorable reds strikes. Pepe Reina played his fiftieth game in Europe for the club. In comes Emile 2000 - Emile Heskey joined the reds from Leicester City for a then club record transfer fee of £10.5 million. The big front man scored sixty goals in 223 reds appearances, helping us to claim the UEFA Cup, FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, two League Cups and FA Charity Shield before moving to Birmingham City in May 2004 for a fee of up to £6.25m. On the same day, Michael Foley played for the Republic of Ireland Under-16’s as they lost 2-1 to Yugoslavia in a Belgium Tournament game. 1938 – Forward Ron Jones signed from Wrexham, scoring once in five outings before the war intervened. He returned to Wrexham in peacetime. 1904 – Forward James Garside signed from Accrington Stanley, but only played five times without scoring before returning to Stanley in May 1906. Wark walks in 1984 - John Wark signed from Ipswich Town for £450,000 He struck an impressive 42 times in his 108 games for the reds. He left Anfield in January 1988 for £100,000 to return to Portman Road. Carra’s 500 2013 – Jamie Carragher played his 500th League game as we beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 at Anfield. Luis Suárez opened the scoring with his fiftieth reds strike, before centre-back Jan Vertonghen bagged a brace to put the visitors in front. Stewart Downing netted his seventh and last reds goal following a wayward back-pass before Steven Gerrard converted a spot-kick awarded after Suárez was fouled. 1984 – We beat Spurs 3-1 at Anfield, with Kenny Dalglish and Ronnie Whelan both netting just before half time. Sammy Lee added the third late on as left-back Alan Kennedy reached 200 League games with the reds. 1951 – Billy Liddell played his 200th reds game as we drew 1-1 at Middlesbrough, bagging our late equaliser. 1920 – Left-back Donald Mackinlay reached a century of League games for the reds as we beat The Wednesday 1-0 at Anfield thanks to a goal from Harry Chambers. 4-3 again 1997 - We secured our second successive 4-3 League win over Newcastle United at Anfield, with Robbie Fowler nabbing his second in the last minute, after we had led 3-0 going into the final twenty minutes before Keith Gillespie, Faustino Asprilla and Warren Barton drew the Geordies level. Steve McManaman and Patrik Berger also scored for the reds. Jamie Redknapp remembers this game as his favourite from his reds career. United in Europe 2016 – We beat Manchester United 2-0 in the first leg of our UEFA Europa League Round of 16 tie at Anfield. Daniel Sturridge converted a penalty after Nathaniel Clyne was brought down in the box, with Roberto Firmino also on target. We went on to reach the Final in Basel that season. New stand 1973 – The present-day Main Stand was officially opened by the Duke of Kent, prior to our 3-2 top-flight defeat of Southampton. Future Saint Kevin Keegan bagged a brace after Larry Lloyd had opened the scoring. Mick Channon bagged one of his seven goals against the reds, with Paul Gilchrist also on target. Red birthdays 1986 - Centre-half Danny O’Donnell was born in Rainford, St. Helens. He moved up to Melwood from the Academy full-time in the summer of 2005, having skippered the Under-18’s during 2004/05. He joined Crewe Alexandra in June 2007 after a season-long loan. 1985 - Former reserves defender and England Under-19’s skipper David Raven was born in Birkenhead. He made four first-team appearances but left Anfield to sign for Carlisle United in July 2006. 1926 - Right-winger Jimmy Payne was born in Bootle. He notched 43 times in 243 appearances for the reds, including the 1950 FA Cup Final, before moving across Stanley Park in April 1956, where he was dogged by injury before retiring to become a newsagent. 1924 – Defender Fred Finney was born in Prescot. He signed on as an amateur in August 1941, but played just two senior reds games, both in the space of a week against Chester in January 1946. 1899 – Forward Jack Sambrook was born in Wednesfield. He played just twice after signing from Wolverhampton Wanderers in April 1922, moving on to Stockport County in May 1923. 1897 – Welsh centre-half Billy Matthews was born in Plas Bennion. After eight goals in thirteen Wartime reds games, he signed on from Colwyn Bay in 1918, netting four times in nine senior outings before joining Bristol City in March 1922. Reds hat-tricks galore We have scored three hat-tricks on this day. 1985 - Ian Rush netted a treble in an FA Cup Sixth Round tie at Barnsley, taking him to seven goals in that season’s competition. Ronnie Whelan also scored in a 4-0 win. Unfortunately, we lost out to eventual winners Manchester United in the Semi-final that year. 1971 - Alun Evans bagged a hat-trick, our first in Europe, in his first full match after a cartilage operation as we beat Bayern München 3-0 in our Fairs Cup Fourth Round first leg tie. 1906 - Sam Raybould scored our first cup treble as we beat Southampton 3-0 in the FA Cup Fourth Round. We were then knocked out by Everton in the Semi-final, who went on to claim the cup. Gordon off the mark 1926 – Legendary forward Gordon Hodgson struck the first two of his 241 reds goals as we drew 3-3 at Manchester United. Dick Forshaw also netted, with Elisha Scott saving a penalty from Charlie Rennox, who also scored. Joseph Spence struck the first of his five goals past us, with Jim Hanson also on target. 2018 – We lost 2-1 at Old Trafford as Marcus Rashford bagged an early brace, the first of his four goals past us to date. We pulled a goal back after the break when Eric Bailly turned a Sadio Mané cross past his own keep. Another memorable trip to Oakwell 1956 - Oakwell was also the setting for centre-half Dick White’s reds debut as we trounced Barnsley 5-0 in a Second Division game, our biggest ever defeat of the Tykes. Eric Anderson and Billy Liddell both bagged braces, with Liddell reaching 150 League goals for the reds. Joe Dickson was also on target. A treble against 1913 - Johnny Orr netted the last three of his five strikes past us as Blackburn Rovers thumped us 5-1 at Ewood Park, with Donald Mackinlay grabbing our consolation. Danny Shea struck the first two of his ten goals against the reds. We have lost twice more in First Division fixtures at Ewood Park on this day in history. 1928 - Dick Edmed converted a spot-kick as we lost 2-1. Tommy McLean and Jack Roscamp were on target for the home side with half-back Neil McBain debuting for the reds. 1934 - Gordon Hodgson netted as we were beaten 3-1. Ted Harper and Tommy McLean each netted the last of their five goals past us with Thomas Brennan also on the scoresheet as left-half Jimmy McDougall played his 200th League game for the reds. Christian’s farewell 2011 – Christian Poulsen made his 21st and final reds appearance as we lost our UEFA Europa League Round of 16 first leg 1-0 at Sporting Clube de Braga, with Sotirios Kyrgiakos conceding a penalty that was converted by Alan. Skipper Jamie Carragher played his 138th European game, passing Ryan Giggs’ British record of 137 games. Substitute Andy Carroll had to wear the number 29 shirt as Fernando Torres had previously worn nine in the competition. On our way to Wembley 1965 - Roger Hunt struck the only goal of our FA Cup Sixth Round replay against Leicester City at Anfield. 1996 - We held Leeds United to a goalless draw at Elland Road in another Sixth Round tie. Knocking out the holders 1979 - We beat FA Cup holders Ipswich Town in the Sixth Round, with Kenny Dalglish grabbing the only goal of the game. We reached the Semi-final that season, only to lose out to Manchester United after a replay. Most recently 2019 - Sadio Mané scored his fiftieth reds goal as we came from behind early on to beat Burnley 4-2 at Anfield. Roberto Firmino bagged a brace, with Mané’s second goal coming in stoppage time to complete his half century in the wind and hail. This result left us a point behind Manchester City with eight League games remaining, as we ended the season on a mammoth 97 points. 2012 – Nicklas Bendtner bagged the only goal of the game at Sunderland after Fraizer Campbell’s shot from distance had rebounded off a post, Pepe Reina’s head and then the post again. Mixed fortunes against the Gunners We have twice played Arsenal at Highbury in the top-flight on this day, exactly fifty years apart. 1937 - We lost 1-0 there with Alf Kirchen netting one of his four goals against the reds. 1987 - Ian Rush grabbed the only goal of the game. Spot-kick despair 1993 – Mike Marsh had a penalty saved by Queens Park Rangers keeper Tony Roberts before Ian Rush headed the only goal of our Premier League game at Anfield. John Barnes then struck a second spot-kick wide. On the same day, future reds keeper Brad Friedel played for the USA as they held Hungary to a goalless draw in a Kirin Cup game in Japan. A treble for Dioufy 2001 - Future red El-Hadji Diouf netted a hat-trick for Senegal as they thumped Namibia 4-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Dakar, with fellow future red Salif Diao also in the side. On the same day, future reds Alberto Aquilani and Kolo Touré also played for their countries. First and last caps 1976 - Phil Thompson and future red David Johnson both won their final caps for England Under-23’s as they lost 3-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Hungary. Newcastle United’s Alan Kennedy also played. 1888 – Future reds right-back Andrew Hannah won his only Scotland cap as they thumped Wales 5-1 in the British International Championships at Easter Road. 1948 – Future red Sammy Smyth faced Cyril Sidlow as Wales beat Ireland 2-0 in the British International Championships in Wrexham. Gillespie heads south 1978 - Future reds defender Gary Gillespie signed for Coventry City from Falkirk for £75,000. He stayed at Highfield Road until his move to Anfield in July 1983, making over 200 appearances for the Sky Blues. In and out of City 2005 - Kevin Keegan resigned as Manager of Manchester City after nearly four years in charge during which he led them to the First Division title and top-flight safety. 1994 - Paul Walsh joined the Sky Blues from Portsmouth for £750,000. He netted nineteen times in 62 games before returning to Fratton Park for £500,000 in September 1995. Other reds games 1962 – We thumped Derby County 4-1 at Anfield in a Second Division fixture with Roger Hunt and Jimmy Melia both scoring twice. 1915 – We lost 3-2 at Bradford City with Arthur Metcalf and Fred Pagnam on target. Jimmy Marshall stuck the first of his five goals against us, with Oscar Fox and Jimmy McIlvenny also scoring. 1900 – We won 2-1 at Sheffield United thanks to goals from Sam Raybould and Charlie Satterthwaite. Keepers on the move 2006 - Scott Carson joined Sheffield Wednesday on loan. He played nine times for the Owls, keeping five clean sheets as he helped them to stay up in the Championship. 2004 - Ex-reds keeper Pegguy Arphexad joined Second Division Notts County on loan from Coventry City, making three appearances for the Magpies. Also in international action 1977 – Future red Avi Cohen played for Israel in their 2-0 defeat of Japan in a World Cup qualifier in Tel-Aviv. 1990 – Future red Jari Litmanen played for Finland as they lost a friendly 2-1 to the USA in Tampa. 2016 – Future red Ozan Kabak netted his fifth and final goal for Turkey Under-16’s as they won a friendly 3-1 in Croatia. 2017 – Rafael Camacho scored for Portugal Under-17’s as they beat Greece 4-0 in a European Championships qualifier.
  17. Will

    10th February

    On our way to Wembley 1981 - We reached our second League Cup Final as a Kenny Dalglish goal was enough to secure a 1-1 draw with Manchester City at Anfield despite an equaliser from Kevin Reeves, one of his four goals past us, to ensure we progressed 2-1 on aggregate. Many happy returns 1964 - Mike Hooper was born in Bristol. He signed from Wrexham for £40,000 in October 1985 but spent most of his Anfield career as understudy to first Bruce Grobbelaar and then David James, although he managed to make 73 first-team appearances. 1977 - Salif Diao was born in Kedogou Tallie, Senegal. He arrived at Anfield for £4.7m from Sedan in August 2002, and bagged three goals in 61 reds games, nearly half of them from the bench, and joined Stoke City permanently in January 2007 after spending most of that season on loan at the Britannia Stadium. 1910 - Inside-left Archie McPherson was born in Alva, Clackmannanshire. He signed from Rangers in November 1929 and bagged nineteen goals in 133 reds games as we endured a barren spell. He moved on to Sheffield United in December 1934, appearing for the Blades in the FA Cup Final as they lost to Arsenal at Wembley in 1936. 1995 – Midfielder Naby Keïta was born in Conakry in Guinea. In August 2017 he agreed to sign from RasenBallsport Leipzig e.V. the following July after the reds agreed to meet his £48m release fee, plus an undisclosed premium. He has so far notched seven times in 71 games, helping us to claim the League title and FIFA Club World Cup as well as suffering from a succession of injuries. Last strikes 1951 - Jack Balmer struck his 111th and final reds goal in our 2-1 win at home to the reigning League champions Portsmouth, with Bill Jones also on the scoresheet. Peter Harris struck one of his eight goals against the reds. 1894 – David Henderson bagged his last two reds goals as we beat Preston North End 3-2 in an FA Cup Second Round tie at Anfield, with Malcolm McVean also on target. Future reds Frank Becton and Jimmy Ross scored for the visitors as we entertained a five-figure crowd for the first time as 18,000 attended this game. Sir Roger’s treble We have won only four of our fifteen games on this day over the years. 1962 - Our most recent victory on this day came when Roger Hunt netted all our goals in a 3-0 Second Division win at Bury, Bill Shankly’s hundredth game in charge. This was his fourth treble of the season. 1917 - We also thumped the Shakers in a Wartime League meeting, with Thomas Bennett nabbing a brace and James Bradley and Harry Lewis also on target in a 4-0 victory at Anfield. Most recently 2015 – We beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 at Anfield, with Lazar Marković opening the scoring with his third and last goal for the club before Harry Kane equalised with the first of his six goals past us to date. Steven Gerrard converted a penalty after the break, then Moussa Dembélé struck for the visitors, with substitute Mario Balotelli bagging the winner, his only League goal for the reds. Al’s bow 2007 - Álvaro Arbeloa made his reds debut as we lost 2-1 at Newcastle United, despite ex-Magpie Craig Bellamy putting us in front after just six minutes. Momo Sissoko made his first appearance since dislocating his shoulder against Birmingham City in November, while Danny Guthrie played his seventh and final reds game. Nobby Solano’s fourth and final goal past us came from the spot to secure the victory, with Obafemi Martins having struck the equaliser. Goalless against Chelsea 1993 - We held Chelsea to a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge as the Blues extended their winless run to eleven matches. On the same day, future red Øyvind Leonhardsen played for Norway as they drew a friendly 1-1 with Portugal in Faro. 2008 - We suffered a similar scoreless stalemate in West London. Yellow letter day for Jari 2001 - We drew 1-1 at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light in a League match. It was a notable day for Jari Litmanen, who scored his first reds goal, from the spot, and received the only booking of his brief reds career! Ex-red Don Hutchison had opened the scoring for the home side. Ton up for Quasi 1990 - Peter Beardsley played his hundredth League game for the reds as we were held to a goalless draw at Norwich City. Mixed African fortunes 2013 – Future reds loanee Victor Moses was on the winning side as Nigeria beat Burkina Faso 1-0 in the African Cup of Nations Final in Johannesburg. Future red Joe Gomez featured for England Under-17’s on the same day. 2006 – Future red Kolo Touré converted for the Ivory Coast as they lost a penalty shoot-out to Egypt in the Final in Cairo after the game ended goalless. 2002 - Future red Salif Diao played in the African Cup of Nations Final for Senegal on his 25th birthday alongside fellow future red El-Hadji Diouf. Ex-red Rigobert Song’s Cameroon won a penalty shoot-out that followed the goalless two hours of normal play in Bamako, with Diouf and Song both failing to convert their kicks. 2000 - Song also featured in the competition, helping his country to a 3-0 win over Tunisia in Ghana in the Semi-final. 2008 - Song skippered his country in the same tournament as they lost the Final 1-0 to Egypt in Accra. King Kenny replaces Digger 2000 - Kenny Dalglish was appointed Caretaker Manager of Celtic, with John Barnes and Chief Scout Terry McDermott both dismissed. King Kenny led them to ten wins in his eighteen games in charge, as they finished 21 points adrift of Rangers, although they won the League Cup under his stewardship. Martin O’Neill was appointed that June. European stalemate 1965 - We faced West German champions 1. FC Köln at their Müngersdorfer Stadion in the Second Round of the European Cup. The game ended without score, although they had a goal disallowed for offside. The tie was eventually decided on a coin toss in our favour after three drawn matches. Derby joy 1945 - We beat Everton 3-1 in a Wartime League match at Anfield, with Horace Cumner netting a brace and Berry Nieuwenhuys also on the scoresheet. 1934 - We held them to a goalless draw across the park in a top-flight meeting. Debuting between the sticks 1912 - Keeper Ken Campbell made his reds debut in a 1-0 defeat at Blackburn Rovers. He donned the gloves 142 times, before his place was taken by Elisha Scott. A rare reverse 1973 - Arsenal’s 2-0 win was our only home League defeat of the season, as we went on to claim our eighth League title. It was also one of just eleven League defeats at Anfield during the whole of the 1970’s, although three of these came at the hands of the Gunners. Alec Lindsay conceded a penalty that was converted by ex-Blue Alan Ball, one of his eleven goals past us, with John Radford netting one of his seven strikes against the reds as we were knocked off the top of the table by our visitors. 2010 – We lost 1-0 at Arsenal, with Jamie Carragher’s injury helping the Gunners to find the space to score through Abou Diaby’s header. We were then denied a very late penalty when Cesc Fàbregas handled a Steven Gerrard free-kick inside the area. On the move 1928 – Forward Harry Race signed from Raby United, scoring eighteen times in 43 games before being sold to Manchester City in August 1930 for £3,000. 1904 - Joe Hewitt arrived from Sunderland for £150, becoming top scorer as we won the title for the second time in 1906, netting a total of 74 goals in 164 reds games. He moved to Bolton Wanderers in August 1910 but returned to Anfield to serve the reds as a coach, handyman and finally press box attendant over more than sixty years’ service. 1980 - Lawrie McMenemy announced that Kevin Keegan would sign for Southampton in the summer, after three years in Germany with Hamburger SV. Bob Paisley revealed that the reds had had first option on Keegan, but had let him pursue a new challenge instead. 1989 - Reserves forward John Durnin joined Oxford United for £225,000. He had made just two first-team appearances in three years at Anfield, going on to bag 47 goals in 180 games for Oxford. 2009 - Djimi Traoré joined Birmingham City on loan from Portsmouth. He only featured three times in his time at St. Andrews. First and last caps 2009 – Alberto Aquilani won his final cap as a Roma player, and eleventh to date, coming off the bench as Italy lost 2-0 to Brazil at the Emirates Stadium, with Andrea Dossena also featuring as a substitute. Martin Kelly won his first cap for England Under-19’s as they lost 3-0 to Spain in a friendly in Bournemouth. Meanwhile, future red Milan Jovanović netted in Serbia’s 2-0 defeat of Cyprus in the Semi-final of the Cyprus Tournament in Nicosia, while Martin Škrtel also represented his country in the same competition that day. 1912 - Keeper Sam Hardy won his fourteenth and final cap as a reds player as England thumped Ireland 6-1 in the British International Championships in Dublin, with future red Billy Lacey winning his tenth and last cap as an Everton player. 1999 - Future red Bolo Zenden won his first cap as a Barcelona player, and eleventh in all, as the Netherlands shared a goalless friendly with Portugal in Paris. Strikers on target 1988 - Ronnie Rosenthal bagged his first goal on his final international appearance as a Club Brugge player as Israel lost 3-1 to Poland in a friendly in Tel Aviv. 1998 - Future red Emile Heskey netted for England B as they lost 2-1 to their counterparts from Chile at The Hawthorns. Jamie Carragher and Dominic Matteo both also featured. 2002 - Fernando Morientes scored five goals for Real Madrid, and had a penalty saved, as they beat Las Palmas 7-0. 2010 – Future red Samed Yeşil netted a brace as Germany Under-16’s thumped Cyprus 6-0 in a friendly. International reds in friendly action 1999 - Paul Ince, Michael Owen and Jamie Redknapp all played as England lost 2-0 at Wembley to World champions France, with both goals coming from future red Nicolas Anelka. Meanwhile, Vegard Heggem played for Norway as they held Italy to a goalless draw in Pisa. Future red Sami Hyypiä featured in Finland’s 1-1 draw with Poland in Malta. On the same day, Jason McAteer won his first cap as a Blackburn Rovers player as the Republic of Ireland beat Paraguay 2-0 at Lansdowne Road. Phil Babb and future red Robbie Keane also featured. Also on the move 2000 - Stan Collymore joined Leicester City from Aston Villa on a free transfer, less than three years after he had arrived from Anfield for £7m. He only stayed eight months at Filbert Street, netting five times in twelve games. 2012 - Markus Babbel was appointed Manager of TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, but was sacked after ten months in charge. On the same day, former reserves midfielder Victor Pálsson signed for New York Red Bulls, playing sixteen times before joining N.E.C. in the Netherlands. Other reds games 1923 – We shared a goalless draw at The Hawthorns with West Bromwich Albion. 1913 – Arthur Metcalf netted a late consolation as we lost 3-1 at Oldham Athletic, in a rearranged game after it had been called off due to pitch conditions two months earlier. 1906 – We won 3-0 at Derby County, with Joe Hewitt, Sam Raybould and Bobby Robinson all on target inside the opening twenty minutes. Olympian Zak 2004 - Zak Whitbread won his first official cap for the USA Under-23’s as they were thumped 4-0 by Mexico in an Olympics qualifier in Guadalajara. Also in international action 1994 – Future red Brad Friedel played for the USA as they lost a penalty shoot-out to Denmark in their Carlsberg Cup game in Hong Kong. 2005 – Future red Ragnar Klavan featured in Estonia’s 3-0 friendly defeat in Venezuela. 2015 – Future red Ozan Kabak played for Turkey Under-15’s in their 1-1 friendly draw with Austria. 2017 – Keeper Caoimhín Kelleher played as the Republic of Ireland Under-19’s lost 2-1 to Norway in a friendly in Spain.
  18. Will

    10th January

    Birth of a legend 1922 - Billy Liddell was born in Townhill, Dunfermline. He joined the reds in July 1938 while still only sixteen, signing as an amateur from Lochgelly Violet for £200 and turning professional nine months later. He left the club in 1961, having struck 228 times in 534 games. His only club honour was the League title in 1947, although he also played in the FA Cup Final three years later. He was on target on his 26th birthday as we beat Nottingham Forest 4-1 in the Third Round of the FA Cup, with Albert Stubbins grabbing a brace and Bob Priday also on the scoresheet. In comes Souey 1978 - Graeme Souness signed from Middlesbrough for £352,000 after 22 goals in 176 League games. He won five League titles, three European Cups, four League Cups and three FA Charity Shields in six years as a reds player, netting 55 times in 359 games. His later time as Manager was considerably less successful, with just one FA Cup triumph, along with the controversial dismantling of the legendary Boot Room, and his infamous liaison with a certain tabloid newspaper. Debut of the Mighty Mullet 2001 - Jari Litmanen made his reds bow as we lost 2-1 at Crystal Palace in the first leg of the Worthington Cup Semi-final, with Andrejs Rubins opening the scoring for the Eagles. Vladimír Šmicer netted our goal immediately after Clinton Morrison had put the home side two up with the first of his four strikes against the reds. We emphatically turned things around in the Anfield return, progressing 6-2 on aggregate. Up against the Potters 1970 - We won 2-0 at Stoke City’s Victoria Ground thanks to goals from Bobby Graham and Peter Thompson. 2009 – We were held to a goalless draw at the Britannia Stadium, with Steven Gerrard striking the crossbar late on. Jonah makes a splash 2004 - On-loan keeper Paul ‘Jonah’ Jones made his reds bow as we beat Aston Villa 1-0 at Anfield thanks to a Mark Delaney own goal. He therefore became our oldest post-war debutant aged 36 years and 267 days. 1981 - We also faced the Villains, going down 2-0 to the eventual champions in the Midlands thanks to goals from Peter Withe and Dennis Mortimer. Get Carter 1991 - Jimmy Carter signed from Millwall for £800,000 after twelve goals in 130 games for the Lions. He moved on to Arsenal for £500,000 after just nine months and eight appearances in his time at Anfield. More ins and outs 1949 – Left-winger Peter Kippax signed for the reds a few days after his contract with his hometown club Burnley was cancelled. He only made one senior appearance, moving on to Preston North End in 1950. 2007 - Left-winger Sebastián Leto signed from Club Atlético Lanús for £1.85m, although the transfer was not formally completed until seven months later. He made just four senior appearances, moving permanently to Panathinaikos in July 2009 after spending the previous season on loan at Olympiacos. 2010 - Andriy Voronin was sold to Dinamo Moskva for £1.8m after six strikes in forty reds outings, following his free transfer signing from Bayer 04 Leverkusen in July 2007. Most recently 2015 – We won 1-0 at Sunderland, with Lazar Marković on target early on. Liam Bridcutt was sent off for the home side shortly after half time. Local births 1984 - John Welsh was born in Liverpool. The young midfielder only made ten senior reds appearances, joining Hull City in January 2007 after a loan spell. 1952 – Keeper Grahame Lloyd was born in Liverpool. He signed pro terms in January 1968, making it onto the bench once for an Inter-Cities Fairs Cup game against Dundalk in September 1969. He moved on to Motherwell in July 1974. North-east disappointment We have twice visited the North East in the FA Cup on this day in history. 1920 - We drew 1-1 at South Shields in the First Round, with Harry Lewis grabbing our goal and Harry Woods nabbing the first of his five strikes past us as Donald Mackinlay reached a century of reds games. We won the Anfield replay, but went out to Huddersfield Town in the Fourth Round that season. 1953 - We lost 1-0 at Gateshead in the Third Round with left-winger Mervyn Jones and right-half Roy Saunders making their reds bows. Management moves 2012 - Nick Barmby was appointed Manager of Hull City on a permanent basis, staying in the role for just four months before he was sacked for speaking out about the owners and transfer funds. 2011 - Steve Clarke joined the reds as First-team Coach under King Kenny. On the same day, ex-reds reserves forward Paul Jewell was appointed Manager of Ipswich Town. 2002 - Steve Nicol was named Assistant Coach of New England Revolution. He was appointed permanent head coach ten months later, taking them to the final of the MLS play-offs in his first full season in charge. Sheila’s farewell 2008 - The funeral of Club Secretary Sheila Walsh took place at St. Mary’s The Virgin, Waterloo. Those who paid tribute to her included boss Rafael Benítez, who said, “Sheila worked as a Secretary to seven different managers at Liverpool Football Club during her 26 years with us. I was privileged to work with her during these last four years. During my time as the manager here I found Sheila to be professional, committed, warm, friendly and above all courageous in the face of her suffering.” Prince Kenny 1972 - Celtic’s Kenny Dalglish won the first of his four caps for Scotland Under-23’s as they beat a West German Olympics XI 1-0 at Hampden Park. A Merseyside centenary 1983 - We took part in a centenary friendly for Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park. David Johnson, Phil Neal and Ronnie Whelan scored as we won 3-1. Harry on target 2011 - Ex-red Harry Kewell struck for Australia as they beat India 4-0 in an AFC Asian Cup Finals group game in Qatar. Ryan in trouble 2011 - Ryan Babel was charged by the FA with improper conduct relating to tweeting about referee Howard Webb after our recent defeat at Manchester United. Other reds games 2000 – We lost 1-0 at home to Blackburn Rovers in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup, with Nathan Blake bagging the late winner. 1998 – Jamie Redknapp struck twice as we beat Wimbledon 2-0 at Anfield 1979 – Southend United held us to a goalless draw in our FA Cup Third Round trip to a snowy Roots Hall. We won the replay, making it as far as the Semi-final that season. 1976 – We were held to a 3-3 draw by Ipswich Town, with Jimmy Case adding to a Kevin Keegan brace. Trevor Whymark scored two of his six goals against the reds, with Eric Gates netting the first of his five. 1931 – We lost 2-0 to Birmingham City in an FA Cup Third Round tie in L4, with Ernie Curtis on target before John Bradford struck one of his fifteen past us in the final minute. 1925 – Danny Shone scored twice with Fred Hopkin also on the scoresheet as we beat Leeds United 3-0 in a First Round meeting at Anfield. 1914 – Barnsley held the reds to a 1-1 draw in a First Round encounter in L4, with Billy Lacey bagging our goal. Also on the move 1996 - Don Hutchison joined Sheffield United from West Ham United for £1.2m. He bagged six goals in 91 games while at Bramall Lane, before moving back to Merseyside to join Everton in February 1998 for £1m. 2002 - Jermaine Pennant joined Watford on loan from Arsenal. He struck twice in nine games for the Hornets, returning to Vicarage Road for a second loan spell ten months later. 2012 – Ex-reserves midfielder Victor Pálsson was released by Hibernian after one goal in 34 outings. 2013 – Left-back Andrea Dossena joined U.S. Città di Palermo on loan from SSC Napoli, turning out eleven times for them.
  19. Will

    8th January

    The return of the king 2011 – Roy Hodgson left as Manager “by mutual consent”, with Kenny Dalglish resuming the hot seat on a caretaker basis. Hodgson had led us to just thirteen wins in 31 games, with the King restoring the club’s pride and ethos, although he was sacked in May 2012. Carra makes his debut 1997 - Jamie Carragher made his reds bow as a substitute for Rob Jones in our 2-1 defeat at Middlesbrough in a Coca-Cola Cup Fifth Round tie. Steve McManaman grabbed our consolation, while Stig Inge Bjørnebye was making his hundredth reds appearance. Departure of a striking sensation 1936 - South African striker Gordon Hodgson was sold to Aston Villa for £3,000. He had bagged a club record eighteen hat-tricks amongst his 241 goals in 377 games since signing from Transvaal in November 1925, although he was unable to claim a medal in his time at Anfield. He only stayed at Villa Park for a year before joining Leeds United. Tchau Phil 2018 – Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho joined Barcelona for an initial, eye-watering £105m fee, comfortably a reds club record. He had signed from Internazionale in January 2013 for £8.5m, bagging 54 goals in 201 appearances. Fielding the kids 2017 – Our youngest ever starting eleven, aged on average 21 years and 296 days, was held to a goalless draw by Plymouth Argyle in an FA Cup Third Round tie at Anfield. We won the replay but fell at the next hurdle to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Happy birthdays 1953 - Hughie McAuley was born in Bootle. He moved to Melwood to become Reserve Team Manager just before the start of the 2002/03 season, working as a Coach at that level with Gary Ablett, before taking charge of the Under-18’s back at the Academy. He had previously been a regular in our reserves in the early 1970’s, before working with the Academy on a full-time basis since June 1990. He played a major role in our FA Youth Cup triumph in 1996 and helped to develop players including Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard and Michael Owen.. He left the club in the summer of 2009. 1947 - Former reserves forward Ted MacDougall was born in Inverness. He signed pro terms on his nineteenth birthday in 1966 but never made our first-team, moving on to York City for £5,000 in 1967. He enjoyed his greatest success with Norwich City, for whom he banged in 66 goals in 138 games. 1949 – Forward Steve Peplow was born in Liverpool. He signed on at Anfield as a professional in January 1966 and struck nineteen goals for the reserves in 1968/69, but only played three senior games, without finding the back of the net. He left for Swindon Town in June 1971 after a successful loan spell there. 1991 – Former Academy forward Marvin Pourié was born in Werne in Germany. He arrived from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2007 at the age of sixteen, scoring twelve times in his first year with the Under-18’s but returned to Germany in January 2009, joining Schalke 04. 1999 – Polish Under-23’s keeper Kamil Grabara was born in Ruda Śląska. He arrived in the summer of 2016 from Ruch Chorzów and has so far made it to the first-team bench once. 1884 - Robert Blanthorne was born in Birkenhead. He only played twice for the first team, at the end of the 1906/07 season after signing from Birkenhead in the second half of the campaign. 1932 - Left-back Tom Wilkie died. He struck once in 64 reds appearances after signing from Heart Of Midlothian in January 1895, moving on to Portsmouth in 1899. 1869 - James Kelso was born in Cardross. He only played one senior reds game, in a 4-0 Lancashire League defeat of Bury at Anfield in September 1892, and sadly committed suicide aged just 29, back in his native Scotland. Stewart’s treble 1910 – Inside-right James Stewart scored a hat-trick as we thumped Chelsea 5-1 at Anfield. Jack Parkinson added a brace. Debutants galore 2016 – Winger Ryan Kent and left-back Joe Maguire played their only senior reds games, with centre-half Tiago Ilori, winger Sheyi Ojo and midfielder Kevin Stewart also debuting as a very inexperienced side drew 2-2 at League Two side Exeter City in the FA Cup Third Round as Christian Benteke skippered the side for the only time. We twice fell behind, but the only reds goals from forward Jerome Sinclair and left-back Brad Smith drew us level each time. Red departures 1955 – Forward Fred Geary died. He signed from Everton for £60 in May 1895, having top scored as they won the League in 1891 and won three England caps. He bagged fourteen goals in 45 reds games, helping us to claim the Second Division title in his first season. 2010 - Andrea Dossena joined SSC Napoli for €4.25m. He had struck twice in 31 reds games after signing from Udinese for £7m in July 2008. On the same day, centre-half Zak Whitbread left Millwall for Norwich City after four goals in 119 games for the Lions. 2020 – Young midfielder Isaac Christie-Davies joined Cercle Brugge Koninklijke Sportvereniging on loan, having played just one senior reds game. He netted on his debut in a friendly, but failed to make a senior appearance, moving on permanently to Barnsley in September 2020. Stumbling towards Cardiff 2003 - Two late Michael Tonge strikes gave Sheffield United the first leg advantage in our Worthington Cup Semi-final at Bramall Lane, after Neil Mellor’s first senior goal had opened the scoring. We, of course, turned things around in the second leg, to progress to our ninth League Cup Final. More managerial ins and outs 1997 - Kevin Keegan resigned as Manager of Newcastle United for the first time. He had been in charge for nearly five years, guiding them to the First Division title in his first full season in charge, and then to within a whisker of the Premiership in 1996. 2001 - Nigel Spackman was appointed First Division Barnsley’s boss. He was in charge for nine months before being sacked. 2009 - Nigel Clough took over as Manager of Derby County, as a replacement for Paul Jewell. He remained in charge until being sacked in September 2013. Bill’s century 1949 – Bill Jones played his hundredth reds game, putting through his own net as we drew an FA Cup third Round tie 2-2 at Nottingham Forest. We were two goals behind at half time, but Willie Fagan and Bob Paisley both struck late on, before the match headed into extra time. The Shrimpers again 1958 - Right-back John Molyneux struck his first reds goal as we beat Southend United 3-2 in an FA Cup Third Round replay, as well as putting through his own net. Centre-half Dick White scored his only reds goal, with Tony Rowley also on target and Sammy McCrory bagging the other goal for the Shrimpers. We made it to the Sixth Round that season before falling to Blackburn Rovers. The lights go out in Bristol 1994 - Our FA Cup Third Round match at Bristol City was called off during the second half, due to floodlight failure. We were eventually knocked out by the First Division side in an Anfield replay. Mixed fortunes against Rovers We have faced Blackburn Rovers three times on this day in history, winning twice in the FA Cup. 1898 - However, we lost the first meeting 2-1, when our strike came from a William Ball own goal in a First Division match at Ewood Park. Forward Bobby Colvin made the first of his three reds appearances in this game. 1983 - We won away from home by the same score in the Third Round, with David Hodgson and Ian Rush on target. Unfortunately, we only reached the Fifth Round, going out at home to Brighton & Hove Albion. 1991 - Ray Houghton, Ian Rush and Steve Staunton were on the scoresheet as we won a Third Round replay 3-0 at Anfield. Steve McMahon was sent off in this game, as Glenn Hysén had been in the drawn first meeting. We went as far as the Fifth Round again that year before being knocked out by Everton. Evans on target and off 1955 - We drew 1-1 at Lincoln City in an FA Cup Third Round tie, with goalscorer John Evans sent off. We won the replay four days later, after extra time, as we made it to the Fifth Round before being knocked out by Huddersfield Town at Anfield. No goals against Palace We have twice faced Crystal Palace in the FA Cup Third Round on this day in history, with both matches ending goalless. 1938 – We were held at Selhurst Park in our first ever meeting with the Eagles, making it as far as the Fifth Round when we were knocked out by Huddersfield Town. 1977 – We drew in L4 when Ray Clemence made his 400th appearance for the reds. We of course reached the Final that year. On our way to Wembley 1974 - We won an FA Cup Third Round replay 2-0 at Doncaster Rovers in a game that kicked off at 1:30pm on a Tuesday, due to the three-day working week, having only just survived the first game at Anfield. Steve Heighway and Peter Cormack netted as we set off towards our second Cup triumph. Mo the best 2019 - Mohamed Salah was named as CAF African Footballer of the Year for the second consecutive year after a calendar year in which he had netted in the UEFA Champions League Final, amongst his 24 goals in 51 reds games. Naby Keïta and Sadio Mané were also named in the Team of the Year. Jermaine the record breaker 1999 - Jermaine Pennant signed for the Gunners from Notts County in a £2m deal, becoming the most expensive teenager in English football history, aged just sixteen. He only grabbed three goals for Arsenal, but they all came in his first League start as he made just 26 senior appearances, although he only played one other League game from the off. Other reds games 1972 – We lost 1-0 at Leicester City with Ally Brown heading in very early. 1966 – Ron Yeats scored a diving header, the only goal of our trip to Highbury against Arsenal. 1921 – We were held to a 1-1 draw by Manchester United in an FA Cup First Round tie at Anfield. We won the replay, but were knocked out in the next round by Newcastle United. Ex-red Tom Miller opened the scoring, but Harry Chambers nabbed our equaliser. A new contract 2007 - Young midfielder Danny Guthrie signed a new contract until June 2009. He played just seven senior reds games before being sold to Newcastle United for £2.25m in July 2008. A final cap 1995 - Rigobert Song won his eighth and final cap as a Tonnerre Yaoundé player as Cameroon were held to a goalless draw by Malawi in Douala. 2013 – Oussama Assaidi played for Morocco as they held Zambia to a goalless draw in a friendly in Johannesburg. 2017 – Future red Mohamed Salah featured in Egypt’s 1-0 friendly defeat of Tunisia in Cairo.
  20. Will

    19th July

    Alisson in 2018 – Brazilian keeper Alisson Becker signed for an initial £56m from Roma, a fee that was the world record for a goalkeeper until Chelsea paid almost £72m for Kepa Arrizabalaga just three weeks later. He won the Premier League Golden Glove award in his first campaign, going on to help us to claim the UEFA Champions League, Premier League title, FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup so far. He has kept 57 clean sheets in 130 outings across his first three seasons, as well as heading in a crucial winner at West Bromwich Albion in May 2021. In comes Deano 1991 - Dean Saunders signed from Derby County for a British record £2.9m fee as a replacement for Peter Beardsley. He scored 25 goals in 61 appearances as the reds won the FA Cup, before being moved on to Aston Villa in September 1992. In comes Joe 2010 – Midfielder Joe Cole signed on a free transfer after his contract at Chelsea had expired. He had an underwhelming first campaign on Merseyside, being sent off on his debut against Arsenal, and notching three times in 32 outings. He spent the next season on loan in France with Lille OSC Métropole, leaving Anfield in January 2013 for West Ham United for free after five strikes in 42 games. We always win in Wales 2005 - We beat Total Network Solutions 3-0 at Wrexham’s Racecourse Ground in the second leg of our Champions League qualifier, to reach the second qualifying round 6-0 on aggregate. Dietmar Hamann had a penalty saved, with Steven Gerrard coming off the bench to add a late brace to Djibril Cissé’s first-half goal. Anthony Le Tallec made his 32nd and final reds appearance in this game. Sadio sadness 2019 - Sadio Mané was on the losing side as Algeria beat Senegal 1-0 in the Africa Cup of Nations Final in Cairo. On the same day, the reds lost a friendly 3-2 to Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund in the USA, with Harry Wilson scoring and Rhian Brewster converting a penalty. Happy birthdays 1926 - Inside-forward Kevin Baron was born in Preston. The Anfield favourite arrived from his hometown side as an amateur in September 1944, signing pro terms in August 1945. He made 153 reds appearances, including the 1950 FA Cup Final, nabbing 32 goals. He moved on to Southend United in May 1954. 1981 - Grégory Vignal was born in Montpellier. The young French left-back failed to establish himself at Anfield, spending much of his time out on loan at Bastia, Stade Rennais and R.C.D. Espanyol. He signed for Portsmouth in July 2005 after being released from Anfield following just fourteen starts and six substitute appearances. Luis at the double 2011 – Luis Suárez struck a brace as Uruguay beat Peru 2-0 in their Copa América Semi-final in Argentina, with future red Sebastian Coates also in action. Starting out 2014 – Emre Can and Rickie Lambert both made their reds bows as we beat Preston North End 2-1 at Deepdale to claim the Shankly Shield. Suso and Kristoffer Peterson scored our goals. 2017 – Forward Dominic Solanke bagged his first reds goal as we beat Crystal Palace 2-0 in the Semi-final of the Premier League Asia Trophy in Hong Kong. Divock Origi was also on target. 2018 – Keeper Caoimhín Kelleher played his first reds game as we won 2-0 at Blackburn Rovers. James Milner had an early penalty saved, but Lazar Marković and Daniel Sturridge were on target after the break. 2008 – Andrea Dossena played his first reds game as we drew 1-1 with Wisla Kraków in Fribourg in Switzerland. Andriy Voronin bagged our goal. 2003 - Anthony Le Tallec and Florent Sinama-Pongolle both played their first reds games as we drew 1-1 with Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road, with Michael Owen on target. The game was a testimonial match for Crewe’s Steve Macauley and Shaun Smith, held over from the season before. Diarra’s day 2002 - We won 1-0 at Le Havre AC as we kicked off our pre-season schedule. Debutant Alou Diarra, who was soon to join the home side on loan, enjoyed the rare distinction of returning to the pitch after having been substituted, as a replacement for Vegard Heggem, so making his only reds appearance. New signings Bruno Cheyrou and El-Hadji Diouf both appeared in a red shirt for the first time, while future reds Anthony Le Tallec and Florent Sinama-Pongolle both featured for the French side. 2009 – We lost a friendly 1-0 to SK Rapid Wien in the Ernst-Happel Stadion in Vienna. In the far east 2001 - We beat the Thailand national side 3-1 in Bangkok to claim the Coca-Cola Super Cup in the Rajamangala National Stadium. Michael Owen struck twice, with Nick Barmby netting the other. International beginnings 1976 - Future red Avi Cohen played his first senior game for his country as Israel were held to a goalless draw by Guatemala in the Olympics in Toronto. 2003 – Future red Daniel Agger made his debut for Denmark Under-20’s, netting his only goal at this level as they beat Wales 2-0 in a NI Milk Cup game in Northern Ireland. Yossi to England 2005 - Yossi Benayoun signed for West Ham United from Real Racing Club de Santander for £2.5m. He struck eight times in 72 games for the Hammers before joining the reds for £5m in July 2007, featuring for the losing side in the 2006 FA Cup Final. Moving on 1928 - Forward Tom Devlin was sold to Swindon Town for £250, having failed to make our first team. His brother, centre-forward Willie, was at Anfield at the same time as him. 1956 – Keeper Dave Underwood left for Watford after playing fifty reds games since arriving from Vicarage Road for £7,000 in December 1953. 2006 - Reserves full-back Calum Woods signed for Dunfermline Athletic, having failed to make the break-through at Anfield. He struck eleven goals in 153 games for the Pars, often at centre-back, before joining Huddersfield Town in June 2011. 2013 – Reserves forward Henoc Mukendi joined Partick Thistle on loan, making just one first-team appearance in six months at Firhill. 2011 – Two reserves left the club. Left-back Chris Mavinga was sold to Stade Rennais for £1m, while keeper Péter Gulácsi joined Hull City on loan. Mavinga signed from Paris St. Germain in July 2009, joining Belgian side Koninklijke Racing Club Genk on loan in January 2011. Gulácsi played fifteen times for the Tigers before returning to our second string. Trigger on the move again 2004 - Ex-red Jason McAteer signed for Tranmere Rovers. He bagged five goals in ninety games for the Prenton Park outfit, as well as taking on coaching duties. Partridge stars 1999 - Richie Partridge starred for the Republic of Ireland Under-18’s in their 1-0 defeat of Spain in a European Championship Finals group game in Sweden, winning the penalty from which the Irish scored. 1998 – He was on target in the same competition in Ireland’s 5-2 defeat of Croatia in Ayia Napia. Emiliano on the world stage 2007 - Emiliano Insúa played for Argentina Under-20’s in Toronto as they beat Chile 3-0 to reach the Final of the World Championships. Grég sees red 2000 - Grégory Vignal was sent off as France Under-18’s beat a Czech Republic side that included future red Milan Baroš 1-0 in a European Championship Finals group game in Bavaria. More moves 1999 - Stan Collymore joined Fulham on loan from Aston Villa. He scored just once in nine appearances for the Cottagers before returning to Villa Park. He was then moved on to Leicester City on a free transfer a few months later, at a loss to Villa of £7m. 2000 - Ex-reserves winger Nicky Rizzo signed for Italian side Ternana from Crystal Palace for j£100,000. He stayed there for two seasons before moving on to Lecce. 2012 – Right-back Nathaniel Clyne joined Southampton from Crystal Palace after one goal in 139 games for the Eagles. Future Assistant Manager Sean O'Driscoll was named Nottingham Forest boss on the same day. He was sacked just five months later after only leading them to ten wins in 26 games in charge. 2013 – Future reds midfielder Fabinho joined AS Monaco on loan from Rio Ave, eventually making the move permanent in May 2015. He struck 31 times in 233 games for the French side before joining the reds for an initial £39m in July 2018. On the same day, centre-half Ben Davies joined York City on loan from Preston North End, playing 47 times for the Minstermen. 2014 – Forward Steven Gillespie signed for newly promoted Conference Premier side Altrincham. He netted once in 22 outings before moving on to Warrington Town.
  21. Will

    4th July

    Happy birthday Jan 1963 - Jan Mølby was born in Kolding. The big Dane arrived at Anfield in August 1984, signed by Joe Fagan for £225,000 from Ajax. He netted 61 times in his 292 reds games, including a remarkable forty of his 42 attempted spot-kicks. He won three League titles, two FA Cups and Screen Sport Super Cup while at Anfield, before moving into management. Stan sets a record 1995 - Stan Collymore signed from Nottingham Forest for a British record fee of £8.5m. He went on to net 35 times in 81 games, before moving on to his boyhood heroes Aston Villa for £7m two years later. His armband proved he was a red 2007 - Fernando Torres signed from Club Atlético de Madrid for £20.2m in a six-year deal, although this fee was greatly inflated in the media. He proved an instant hit, notching 81 goals in just 142 reds outings, becoming the top scoring new Premier League import in his first campaign. He moved to Chelsea for a British record transfer fee of £50m on deadline day in January 2011. In comes Bobby 2015 – Forward Roberto Firmino signed from TSG 1899 Hoffenheim for an initial £21m, netting 87 times in 292 games across his first six campaigns and helping us to clinch the Premier League title, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Super Cup, as well as scoring the only goal as we won the FIFA Club World Cup in December 2019. Supersub departs 1983 - David Fairclough was sold to Swiss side Luzern after 55 goals in 154 reds games, two-fifths of which were from off the bench. The bionic carrot helped us to three League titles, European Cup, UEFA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and two League Cups in his nine years at Anfield. Three in, one out 2005 - Three players arrived with one departing. Pepe Reina signed from Villarreal for £6m, keeping a remarkable 177 clean sheets in his 394 games and helping us to claim the FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FA Charity Shield before moving to Bayern München for £2m in August 2014. Bolo Zenden arrived from Middlesbrough on a free transfer, netting twice in 47 games before being released two years later. Also incoming was young right-back Antonio Barragán, who joined from Sevilla for £240,000. He too has already been moved on, joining Real Club Deportivo de La Coruña for €1m in August 2006. On the way out was second string defender Jon Otsemobor, who signed for Rotherham United on a free transfer, having made just six senior reds appearances. He only played fourteen times for the Merry Millers before moving to Crewe Alexandra in January 2006. In comes the Doss 2008 – Left-back Andrea Dossena signed from Udinese for £7m in a four-year deal. He made 31 appearances during his time at Anfield, saving his two goals to date for the same week, first at home to Real Madrid and then at Manchester United. He left in January 2010 for SSC Napoli. On the same day, Harry Kewell signed for Galatasaray, after his contract with the reds had expired. He notched 34 times in ninety games, helping them to claim the Turkish Super Cup in 2008. Also on the move 2006 - Gabriel Paletta officially signed from Club Atlético Banfield for £2m. The young Argentine centre-back made just eight senior appearances, notching on his debut against Reading in the League Cup in October 2006 before returning to his native land to join Boca Juniors in August 2007. On the same day, reserves forward Ramon Calliste joined Sc***horpe United, for whom he failed to play a first-team game, before being released. 2011 – The appointment of Andrew Parkinson as Operations Director was announced. Other birthdays 1949 - Former first team Coach Alex Miller was born in Glasgow. He became a scout under Gérard Houllier in 1999, before being given a first-team role by Rafael Benítez. He left the club in May 2008 to take over as Manager of JEF United Ichihara Chiba in Japan, leading them to safety from a perilous position in his first season in charge, although he was sacked in July 2009. 1966 - John Scales was born in Harrogate. He was signed by Roy Evans for £3.5m in September 1994, bagging four goals in 94 appearances before being sold to Tottenham Hotspur for £2.6m two years later. 1886 - Scottish full-back Bob Crawford was born in Blythswood. He played 115 times for the reds after signing from Arthurlie in January 1909, netting once in a career badly interrupted by injury. World Cup despair galore 1990 - Peter Beardsley and future red Mark Wright suffered World Cup heartbreak as England were knocked out of the World Cup after a penalty shoot-out defeat to old enemies West Germany in their Semi-final encounter at the newly-opened Stadio delle Alpi in Turin. John Barnes was injured and so could not take part in this match. Future red Karl-Heinz Riedle came on from the bench to win his final cap as a SV Werder Bremen player for the victors, scoring in the penalty shoot-out, as did Beardsley. 1994 - Future reds Phil Babb and Jason McAteer and ex-reds Ray Houghton and Steve Staunton all featured as the Republic of Ireland lost 2-0 to the Netherlands in their Quarter-final match in Orlando. This was Phil Babb’s last cap as a Coventry City player and Ray Houghton’s last game for his country while with Aston Villa. 1998 - Yet another Quarter-final ended in misery as future red Dietmar Hamann was on the losing side as Croatia beat Germany 3-0 in Lyon. He was winning his twelfth cap, and last one as a Bayern München player. 2014 – Mamadou Sakho played as France lost 1-0 to Germany at the same hurdle in Rio de Janeiro. Red Olympians 1912 - The UK won Olympic Gold as they beat Denmark 4-2 in the Final in Stockholm. Ex-reds winger Arthur Berry was on the scoresheet, while future reds left-half Joe Dines also played. Bye bye Babb 2000 - Centre-back Phil Babb signed for Sporting Clube de Portugal on a free transfer after falling out of contract at Anfield, having struck once in 170 reds appearances. He spent two years in Lisbon, before returning to England to join Sunderland. World Cup wins 2001 – Future red Maxi Rodríguez featured as Argentina Under-20’s reached the Final of the World Championships in Buenos Aires by thumping Paraguay 5-0. 2004 - Ex-red Rigobert Song won his last cap as a Racing Club de Lens player, skippering Cameroon in their 2-0 defeat of future red Kolo Touré‘s Ivory Coast in a World Cup qualifier in Yaoundé. 2011 – Future red Samed Yeşil bagged a brace as Germany Under-17’s beat England 3-2 in the Quarter-final of the World Championship Finals in Mexico. Jack Dunn and Brad Smith featured for the losing side, with Raheem Sterling winning his last cap at this level, while future red Emre Can skippered the Germans. Future red Takumi Minamino also played at this level for the final time as Japan lost 3-2 to Brazil at the same stage. Doctor Ged 2002 - Gérard Houllier was presented with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Liverpool. South American stars 2015 – Ex-red Javier Mascherano featured as Argentina lost on penalties to host nation Chile in the Copa América Final in Santiago after a goalless two hours. 2011 – Luis Suárez netted as Uruguay drew 1-1 with Peru in a Copa América group game in Argentina. 2007 – Future reds keeper Alexander Doni played as Brazil beat Ecuador 1-0 in a Copa América group game in Venezuela, with Mark González playing in Chile’s goalless draw with Mexico. On the same day, future red Luis Suárez and ex-red Antonio Barragan both featured in Under-20’s World Championship Finals group games in Canada. Wedded bliss 1964 - Tommy Smith married Susie. 1970 – Future red Peter Cormack married Marion at St. Bernard’s Church in Edinburgh. Red departures 2001 - Young Welsh midfielder Layton Maxwell left for Cardiff City on a free transfer, after spending the previous season on loan at Stockport County. He made just 45 appearances in three seasons with the Bluebirds. 2012 – Reserves right-back Stephen Darby signed for Bradford City, after just six senior reds appearance. He eventually became the Bantams’ club captain, but was released in May 2017. Also on the move 2001 - Future reds centre-forward Peter Crouch joined Portsmouth from Queens Park Rangers for £1.25m. He had struck twelve times in 47 games for the West London outfit as they were relegated from the First Division. On the same day, ex-reds winger Mark Kennedy joined Wolverhampton Wanderers from Manchester City for £2m. He was a regular as they finally won promotion to the Premiership, but then moved on to fellow Championship outfit Crystal Palace in July 2006. 2011 - Alou Diarra joined Olympique de Marseille from Girondins de Bordeaux for €5m, having struck eleven goals in 133 League games for les Girondins. 2013 - Nicolas Anelka signed for West Bromwich Albion, notching twice in nine outings before having his contract terminated following a controversial ‘quenelle’ gesture. On the same day, Scott Carson joined Wigan Athletic from Bursaspor for £700,000, playing eighteen times in his first campaign back in England. 2017 – Paul Ince’s son Tom was sold to Huddersfield Town from Derby County, after 38 goals in 114 games for the Rams.
  22. Will

    21st June

    Happy birthday Deano 1964 - Dean Saunders was born in Swansea. He scored 25 times in 61 first-team appearances while at Anfield, following his British record £2.9m signing from Derby County in July 1991. He was sold by Graeme Souness after only fourteen months at the club, moving on to Aston Villa for £2.3m, grabbing a brace against the reds on his home debut. Back in action 2020 – We returned to action after the COVID-19 lockdown with a drab goalless draw at Goodison as we headed inexorably towards the League title. Dejan Lovren played for the reds for the 185th and final time. Making the right mark 1990 - Future red Mark Wright netted his first England goal as they beat Egypt 1-0 in a World Cup group game in Cagliari. John Barnes, Peter Beardsley and Steve McMahon all also played. On the same day, Ray Houghton, Steve Staunton, Ronnie Whelan and ex-reds John Aldridge and Kevin Sheedy all featured as the Republic of Ireland held the Netherlands 1-1 in Palermo. These two results were enough to take both England and the Republic through to the Second Round. Ton for Masch 2014 – Ex-red Javier Mascherano won his hundredth cap for Argentina in their 1-0 defeat of Iran in a World Cup group game in Belo Horizonte. Also at the World Cup 2006 – Ryan Babel and Dirk Kuyt faced fellow future reds Javier Mascherano and Maxi Rodríguez in a group game in Frankfurt, as the Netherlands and Argentina shared a goalless draw. 2002 - Michael Owen scored as England lost 2-1 to Brazil in the Quarter-final in Shizuoka. His strike partner Emile Heskey also started. Meanwhile, clubmate Dietmar Hamann had a happier day, winning his 44th cap as Germany beat the USA 1-0 to progress to the Semi-final. Ex-reds Christian Ziege and Brad Friedel also featured in this game. 1998 - Future reds Hamann and Ziege both played as Germany were held 2-2 by Yugoslavia in Lens. Both teams went on to progress to the Second Round. 1995 - Ziege also played for his country, alongside fellow future red Markus Babbel in Germany’s 2-0 defeat of Italy in the SFV Centenary Tournament in Zurich. 2018 – Ex-red Javier Mascherano faced Dejan Lovren as Croatia beat Argentina 3-0 in a group game in Russia. 2010 - Raul Meireles bagged his final goal as a Porto player as Portugal thumped South Korea 7-0 in Cape Town. Meanwhile, ex-red Mark González grabbed the only goal of Chile’s meeting with Switzerland in Port Elizabeth. Fernando Torres and ex-reds Xabi Alonso and Álvaro Arbeloa played in Spain’s 2-0 defeat of Honduras in Johannesburg. 2013 – Future reds Javier Manquillo and Suso played for Spain Under-20’s as they thumped the USA 4-1 in a World Championship Finals group game in Istanbul. Reds at Euro 2000 2000 - Vladimír Šmicer bagged his first strikes as a reds player, netting both goals in the Czech Republic’s 2-0 defeat of Denmark in Liège. Patrik Berger won his fortieth cap in the same game. Meanwhile, Stig Inge Bjørnebye won his last cap as a reds player, and 73rd in total, as Norway were held to a goalless draw by Slovenia in Arnhem. On the same day, Sander Westerveld won his fourth full international cap as the Netherlands beat France 3-2 in Amsterdam in their final group game to progress with a 100% record. Nicolas Anelka featured for the French while fellow future red Bolo Zenden bagged his final goal as a Barcelona player. 2008 – Dirk Kuyt featured as the Netherlands lost 3-1 to Russia after extra time in the Quarter-final of Euro 2008 in Basel. 2016 – Future red Thiago Alcântara played for Spain as they lost 2-1 to Croatia in a group game in Bordeaux. Another record for St. Michael 2004 - Michael Owen equalled the current record for most England caps earned by a reds player, held by Emlyn Hughes, as he won his 59th cap in England’s 4-2 defeat of Croatia in a Euro 2004 group game in Lisbon, although this has since been broken by Steven Gerrard. Gerrard and ex-red David James also played as England qualified for the knock-out phase. Meanwhile, Stéphane Henchoz played as Switzerland lost 3-1 to France in Coimbra. KHR at the double 1992 - Future red Karl-Heinz Riedle netted a brace as Germany beat host nation Sweden 3-2 in Solna to reach the Final of Euro ’92. Nabil twice 2008 – Nabil El Zhar scored as Morocco beat Rwanda 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Casablanca. 2005 - He played for the Under-20’s in the World Championships Finals as Morocco beat Japan 1-0 in Enschede to reach the Quarter-final. Also on target 2001 - Future red Djibril Cissé struck as France Under-20’s drew 2-2 with Paraguay in the World Championship Finals in Argentina. Grégory Vignal also played. 2008 – Ex-red El-Hadji Diouf netted as Senegal beat Liberia 3-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Dakar. On the same day, Rigobert Song won his final cap as a Galatasaray player as they beat Tanzania 2-1 in another qualifier in Yaoundé. 2015 – Future red Roberto Firmino scored for Brazil as they beat Venezuela 2-1 in a Copa América group game in Chile, with Philippe Coutinho also featuring. Meanwhile, Tiago Ilori and future red Danny Ings both represented their countries at Under-21’s level in the European Championships Finals in the Czech Republic. Heading off 2018 – Midfielder Emre Can signed for Juventus on a free transfer, having struck fourteen times in 167 games since arriving from Bayer 04 Leverkusen for £9.75m in July 2014. On the same day, right-back Jon Flanagan joined Rangers for free, after one goal in 51 outings for the reds. Meanwhile, ex-reds right-back Stephen Darby married Steph Houghton. 2007 - Reserves midfielder Danny Guthrie agreed to join Bolton Wanderers on loan. He had a successful season at the Reebok Stadium, making 35 first-team appearances before being sold to Newcastle United for £2.25m in July 2008. Taki’s debut 2011 – Future red Takumi Minamino played for Japan Under-17’s as they drew 1-1 in a World Championships Finals group game in Mexico. Bad last caps 2012 – Milan Baroš played his 93rd and final senior game for the Czech Republic as they lost 1-0 to ex-red Raul Meireles’ Portugal in the European Championships Finals Quarter-final in Warsaw. 2009 – Andrea Dossena won his final cap while a reds player, putting through his own net as Italy lost a Confederations Cup group game 3-0 to Brazil in Pretoria. Off to the Olympics 2007 – Future red Alberto Aquilani won his nineteenth and final cap for Italy Under-21’s in a goalless draw with Portugal in the European Championships Finals in Nijmegen that acted as a play-off to reach the Olympics Finals. The Italians triumphed 4-3 on penalties after playing the final quarter of an hour and all of extra time with only ten men after Manchester United’s Giuseppe Rossi was dismissed. Paul the cockerel 1988 - Paul Stewart joined Tottenham Hotspur from Manchester City for £1.7m. He netted 38 times in 173 games for Spurs, before moving to Anfield for £2.3m in July 1992. New management 2000 - Paul Jewell was named Manager of Sheffield Wednesday. He was in charge for just eight months, as the Owls struggled in the First Division. 2001 - Roy Hodgson was appointed Manager of Udinese. He was fired after just four months having allegedly stated that he regretted taking the job. Parry honoured 2003 - Chief Executive Rick Parry was named Business Person of the Year at the Liverpool Daily Post Regional Business Awards. On the move 2005 - Swiss centre-back Arnaud Bühler, who never actually appeared for the reds, signed for Sochaux-Montbéliard from Aarau. 2012 – Ex-reserves defender Alan Navarro signed for Swindon Town, having been released by Brighton & Hove Albion two months earlier. He struck twice in twenty outings for the Robins before being released at the end of the season. 2013 – Ex-reserves midfielder Jim Magilton was appointed Elite Performance Director for the Irish Football Association. 2013 – Centre-half Virgil van Dijk joined Celtic from Groningen for £2.6m, after seven goals in 66 games for the Dutch side. Also in international action 2019 – Mohamed Salah played in Egypt’s 1-0 defeat of Zimbabwe in an Africa Cup of Nations Finals group game in Cairo. Future red Ibrahima Konaté played for France Under-21’s on the same day as they beat Croatia 1-0 in a European Championships Finals group game in San Marino. 2003 – Ex-red Rigobert Song played for Cameroon as they beat Turkey 1-0 in a Confederations Cup group game in Paris.
  23. Will

    14th November

    Ged takes charge 1998 - Gérard Houllier took sole charge of a reds game for the first time as we lost 3-1 at home to Leeds United. Robbie Fowler’s penalty was cancelled out by three late Leeds goals in front of the Kop, including one from Alan Smith on his debut, with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink bagging the first two of his seven strikes past us. Debutants galore 1970 - John Toshack made his reds bow as we were held to a goalless draw at Anfield by Coventry City, with ex-red Geoff Strong being given a rapturous reception as he led his new side out. 1925 – Right-back Jimmy ‘Parson’ Jackson debuted in our 2-0 home defeat of West Bromwich Albion, with Cyril Oxley bagging a brace, his first reds goals. 1914 – Half-back Charles Hafekost played his only senior reds game as Middlesbrough held us to a 1-1 top-flight draw at Anfield, with Fred Pagnam on target and George Elliott netting one of his eight strikes against the reds. 1953 - Right-back Don Campbell made his debut as we lost 3-2 at Sunderland, with Sammy Smyth scoring both our goals. Billy Elliott bagged a brace for the home side, with George Aitken also on target. 1931 - We also played a First Division match at Roker Park, with Dave Wright netting twice in our 3-1 win and Gordon Hodgson also on the scoresheet. Bobby Gurney bagged one of his sixteen strikes in just fifteen games against the reds. Happy birthdays 1956 - Israeli defender Avi Cohen was born in Cairo in Egypt. He only made 24 appearances during his Anfield career after signing for £200,000 from Maccabi Tel-Aviv in July 1979, with his most memorable game coming in May 1980 as we clinched our twelfth League title. He put through his own net before scoring his only reds goal at the same end in the second half, as we beat Aston Villa 4-1. 1937 - Left-back Phil Ferns was born in Liverpool. The local lad struck once in 28 reds games after signing on at Anfield in September 1957. He made enough appearances in 1963/64 to claim a League title medal but moved on to Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic in August 1965. 1971 – Academy Manager Alex Inglethorpe was born in Epsom in Surrey. He left Tottenham Hotspur in November 2012 to move to Melwood as Reserve Team Head Coach. 2002 – French centre-back Billy Koumetio was born in Lyon. He signed as a professional last August, playing for the first team for the first time that month in a friendly defeat of VfB Stuttgart in Austria. On the same day, reds youngster Ryan Wilkie played for Scotland Under-18’s in their 2-0 friendly defeat in Germany. Good fortune against PNE 1896 - We drew 1-1 at Deepdale with Bill Michael nabbing our goal. 1908 - Robert Robinson and Joe Hewitt struck as we beat Preston North End 2-1 in another top-flight meeting at Anfield. Herbert Danson nabbed one of his four goals against the reds. Un-fair defeat 1967 - We suffered our first ever defeat in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, going down 2-1 at TSV 1860 München, although we progressed to the Third Round 9-2 on aggregate. Half-back Willie Stevenson became our first ever European substitute, coming on for Tony Hateley in this game. Ian Callaghan grabbed our goal that evening to put us nine ahead on aggregate, with Tommy Smith rattling the bar late on. Wilfried Kohlars netted twice for the home side. Tommy’s century 1964 – Keeper Tommy Lawrence played his hundredth reds game as we beat Nottingham Forest 2-0 at Anfield, thanks to goals from Peter Thompson and Roger Hunt. World Cup goals 1984 - Future red John Barnes netted a brace in England’s 8-0 demolition of Turkey in Istanbul. Fellow future red Mark Wright won his fourth full cap in the same game. On the same day, ex-red Graeme Souness captained Scotland as they beat Spain 3-1 at Hampden Park, with Kenny Dalglish on target with his thirtieth and final international goal, equalling Denis Law’s record. Steve Nicol won his third cap in the same match. Jim Beglin, Mark Lawrenson, Jan Mølby, Ian Rush, future red Glenn Hysén and ex-red Kevin Sheedy also played in qualifiers that same day. 1987 - Hysén captained Sweden in their 2-1 European Championships qualifying defeat in Italy. Mixed fortunes in World Cup play-offs 2001 - Future red Milan Baroš was sent off late on as the Czech Republic lost 1-0 to Belgium in Prague, as they fell at the final hurdle in qualifying for the World Cup in the far east. Vladimír Šmicer also played, while there was better news as Baroš had now played enough international games to make his work permit application to join the reds likely to succeed. Dietmar Hamann and ex-red Christian Ziege were more fortunate, as Germany beat the Ukraine 4-1 in Dortmund to reach the Finals. Meanwhile, ex-red Rigobert Song and future red Fernando Morientes both featured in friendlies. 1999 – Hamann and future red Ziege also played for Germany in their 1-0 friendly win in Norway, with Vegard Heggem, future red Markus Babbel and ex-red Øyvind Leonhardsen all also featuring. Jack’s treble 1942 - Jack Balmer bagged a hat-trick as we beat Chester 5-1 at their Moss Road Ground in a Wartime League fixture. Len Carney and Willie Fagan were also on target. Unlucky thirteen 1990 - Gary Gillespie won his thirteenth and final international cap in Scotland’s 1-1 European Championships qualifying draw in Bulgaria. Future red Gary McAllister won his sixth cap in the same game. On the same day, Ian Rush struck the only goal of Wales’ Euro ’92 qualifier in Luxembourg, playing up front alongside future red Dean Saunders. Future red Øyvind Leonhardsen also featured in another qualifier. First and last caps 1990 - Steve McMahon and Jan Mølby both also made their final international appearances. McMahon won his seventeenth cap in England’s 1-1 Euro ’92 qualifying draw in the Republic of Ireland, with Ray Houghton, Steve Staunton, Ronnie Whelan, ex-red John Aldridge and future red Mark Wright all also playing. On the same day, Mølby won his 33rd cap as Denmark lost 2-0 in another qualifier against Yugoslavia in Copenhagen. 2012 – Mario Balotelli won his last cap as a Manchester City player as Italy lost 2-1 to France in a friendly in Parma, with future red Mamadou Sakho on the winning side. Future red Christian Benteke scored as Belgium lost a friendly 2-1 in Romania, with Sunderland’s Simon Mignolet also featuring. Nuri Şahin won his last cap as a reds player in Turkey’s 1-1 draw with Denmark in Istanbul. 2013 – Keeper Simon Mignolet won his first cap as a reds player in Belgium’s 2-0 friendly defeat by Colombia in Brussels. On the same day, Jordon Ibe, Raheem Sterling and ex-red Tom Ince represented England at junior levels, with future reds Christian Benteke and Mohamed Salah also in action. 1951 – Future red Sammy Smyth won his ninth and last cap for Ireland, and only one as a Stoke City player, as they lost 2-0 to England in the British International Championships at Villa Park. Billy Liddell played for the Scots in the same competition that day, as they lost 1-0 to Wales at Hampden Park. 2017 – Philippe Coutinho won his last cap as a reds player as England and Brazil shared a goalless draw at Wembley, with Dominic Solanke making his senior bow from the bench. Roberto Firmino, Joe Gomez and future red Alisson Becker all also featured. On the same day, Alberto Moreno won his only cap as a reds player as Spain drew 3-3 with Russia in Saint Petersburg, with ex-red Suso making his senior international debut, while keeper Kamil Grabara made his debut for Poland Under-21’s. Virgil van Dijk played for the Netherlands for the last time before leaving Southampton, with Ryan Babel scoring his first goal as a Beşiktaş J.K. player. Meanwhile, Emre Can and Danny Ward both also played for their countries for the last time while at Anfield, with Marko Grujić, Simon Mignolet, Divock Origi, Corey Whelan, Harry Wilson, Ben Woodburn, future red Thiago and ex-red Carl Medjani and Krisztián Németh also in action. Ged against Jari 1992 - Gérard Houllier’s France beat Finland 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier at the Parc des Princes. Future red Jari Litmanen was on the losing side that day. Jari’s clubmate Sami Hyypiä played for Finland Under-21’s as they faced their French counterparts in Rouen on the same day. Youngsters on target 1995 - Robbie Fowler scored for England Under-21’s as they beat Austria 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Middlesbrough, with future red Alex Manninger on the losing side. 2001 - Djibril Cissé bagged a brace as France Under-21’s beat Romania 4-0 in the second leg of their European Championships qualifying play-off against Romania in Brest to progress to the Finals 5-0 on aggregate. 2011 – Martin Kelly scored for England Under-21’s as they lost 2-1 to Belgium in a European Championships qualifier in Mons, with Jordan Henderson skippering the side and Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also in action as Nathaniel Clyne won his second and last cap at this level as a Crystal Palace player. Future red Virgil van Dijk debuted for the Dutch at this level, with future red Thiago converting a penalty for Spain and Lucas Leiva and Danny Wilson both also featuring for their countries that day. On the same day, Lucas was named the Premier League Player of the Year at the MBNA Northwest Football Awards at Lancashire Cricket Club in Manchester. 2017 – Bobby Duncan bagged a brace as England Under-17’s beat Germany 2-1 in a friendly in Rotherham, with Curtis Jones also featuring. Future red Diogo Jota captained his country and netted as Portugal Under-21’s beat Switzerland 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Paços de Ferreira. 2018 – Future red Sepp van den Berg scored his first goal for the Dutch Under-19’s as they won a friendly 4-0 in Armenia. Rafael Camacho and Xherdan Shaqiri also played for their countries that day. Management joy 2008 - Rafael Benítez was named Barclays Manager of the Month for October, having led us to four League wins out of four that month, as well as a victory and a draw in the Champions League. On the same day, Mark Wright was appointed Manager of Chester City for the third time. He could not save the club from relegation from the Football League and resigned the following June. Starting out 2019 – Future red Diogo Jota made his senior international bow as Portugal thumped Lithuania 6-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Faro. 2012 – Raheem Sterling made his senior England bow in Roy Hodgson’s side’s 4-2 friendly defeat in Sweden, to celebrate the opening of the Friends Arena in Solna. Steven Gerrard won his hundredth cap while skippering a team that also included Glen Johnson, while Daniel Sturridge won his last cap as a Chelsea player, with ex-red Alexander Kačaniklić on the winning side. Luis Suárez netted as Uruguay beat Poland 3-1 in Gdansk. Future red Loris Karius won his only cap for Germany Under-20’s in their 2-1 defeat in Poland. Also in international action were future reds Joël Matip, Mohamed Salah and Kolo Touré, and ex-reds Dirk Kuyt, Javier Mascherano, Carl Medjani, Krisztián Németh and Daniel Sjölund. 2000 - Future red Andrea Dossena won his first Under-20’s cap as Italy beat Romania 3-1. Other international reds on the scoresheet 2019 - Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain bagged his first goal for England as a reds player in their 7-0 trouncing of Montenegro at Wembley. Takumi Minamino scored in his fifth consecutive game for Japan, winning his last cap as a Red Bull Salzburg player as they won a World Cup qualifier 2-0 in Kyrgyzstan. Meanwhile, Naby Keïta captained Guinea and scored his first goal as a red in their 2-2 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying draw in Mali. Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez and ex-red Brad Smith also played for their countries that day. 2012 - Lazar Marković scored his first goal for Serbia, and only one as a Partizan player, as they beat Chile 3-1 in a friendly in Switzerland. Meanwhile, future red Xherdan Shaqiri scored in Switzerland’s 2-1 friendly win in Tunisia while Sadio Mané scored his first goal as a Red Bull Salzburg player as Senegal drew a friendly 1-1 in Niger. 2014 – Marković also played as Serbia were beaten 3-1 by Denmark in a European Championships qualifier in Belgrade. Kolo Touré bagged his last goal for his country and only one as a reds player as the Ivory Coast thumped Sierra Leone 5-1 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Abidjan. Harry Wilson and future reds Diogo Jota and Andy Robertson were also in international action that day. 2006 - Craig Bellamy notched for John Toshack’s Wales as they thumped Liechtenstein 4-0 in a friendly in Wrexham. Meanwhile, Adam Hammill was on target for England Under-19’s as they beat Switzerland 3-2 in a friendly at Gresty Road, with Paul Anderson and Craig Lindfield both also featuring. Ex-red John Welsh won his eighth and final Under-21’s cap as they beat the Netherlands 1-0 under the caretaker charge of Sammy Lee in Alkmaar. Scott Carson, Darren Potter and future red James Milner also represented their countries. 2009 – Xabi Alonso bagged a brace that included a penalty, his first goals as a Real Madrid player, as Spain beat Argentina 2-1 in a friendly at the Estadio Vicente Calderón. Javier Mascherano, Pepe Reina and future red Maxi Rodríguez also featured, while keeper Iker Casillas won his hundredth cap for Spain. Ex-red Nicolas Anelka netted the only goal of France’s World Cup play-off against the Republic of Ireland in Dublin, with ex-reds Alou Diarra and Robbie Keane also in action. Ryan Babel, Philipp Degen, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Dirk Kuyt, Martin Škrtel, future reds Joe Allen, Andy Carroll, Milan Jovanović, Ragnar Klavan, Dejan Lovren, Raul Meireles, James Milner, Christian Poulsen and Luis Suárez and ex-reds Peter Crouch, John Arne Riise and Rigobert Song also represented their countries that day, with John Toshack taking charge of Wales. Reds skippers 2015 - Ex-reds Daniel Agger and Carl Medjani both captained their countries, with Denmark losing 2-1 in Sweden in the first leg of their Euro 2016 Play-off, while Algeria drew 2-2 in a World Cup qualifier in Tanzania. Spiring sold 1974 – Winger Peter Spiring left Anfield to sign for Luton Town. He had signed from Bristol City for £60,000 in March 1973, but only made it as far as the first-team bench on two occasions, without making it onto the field. He later established himself at Hereford United. Red dads 2006 – Ex-reds keeper Chris Kirkland became a father, to Lucy. 1994 – Future red Nick Barmby became a dad for the first time, to Jack, who has gone on to a playing career in the lower leagues. More international reds 1973 – Emlyn Hughes and future red Kenny Dalglish both featured in friendlies. 1989 – Ex-red Mike Newell and future red Michael Thomas both played for England B as they drew 1-1 with Italy Under-21’s in Brighton, while future red Øyvind Leonhardsen featured for Norway Under-21’s in their 2-0 defeat in a European Championships qualifier in Scotland. 1993 – Future reds keeper Brad Friedel played in the USA’s 8-1 thumping of the Cayman Islands in a friendly in California. 2003 – Future reds Andy Lonergan, James Milner and Gary O’Neil all played for England Under-20’s as they beat Wales 2-0 in Stoke, with Roy Hodgson taking charge of the United Arab Emirates in their 3-1 AFC Asian Cup qualifying defeat of Syria in Al-Ain.
  24. Will

    26th May

    Last-gasp heartache 1989 - Having already claimed the FA Cup in the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster, we only had to avoid defeat at home to Arsenal by two clear goals or more to clinch our second double in four seasons. The Gunners took the lead in the second half when Alan Smith was judged to have headed in from an indirect free-kick, one of his nine goals against the reds. We held on until stoppage time, when Michael Thomas burst through to grab the decisive, heart-breaking second and take the title back to Highbury for the first time since 1971. Bruce Grobbelaar was playing his 300th League game for the club. A Busby birthday 1909 - Right-half Sir Matt Busby was born on this day in Orbiston, Lanarkshire. He joined the reds from Manchester City for £8,000 in March 1936, making 122 appearances for us, many as captain, notching three times. He was appointed as coach and Assistant Manager to George Kay at Anfield in May 1944, but he was released by the club the following February after disagreements with the board, taking over as Manager of Manchester United a few days later. 1991 – Reserves left-back Chris Mavinga was born in Meaux, France. He signed from Paris St. Germain in July 2009 but was sold to Stade Rennais for £1m two years later, having failed to break through to the first team. Final despair 2018 – We lost 3-1 to Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League Final in Kiev, as keeper Loris Karius had a personal nightmare, with Mohamed Salah being forced off with injury after just half an hour. Karim Benzema scored the most recent of his four goals past us shortly after half time, but Sadio Mané levelled just four minutes later. However, Gareth Bale then struck twice to secure the trophy for the Spanish side for a record thirteenth time. Emre Can came off the bench to make his 167th and last appearance for the reds. A Philly dozen 1946 - We trounced a Philadelphia Select of American League side 12-0 in a friendly in the Yellow Jacket Stadium. Cyril Done struck four times, with Jack Balmer bagging a hat-trick and Phil Taylor and Willie Fagan both netting braces, and Bob Priday rounding out the scoring. Opening a new stadium 1978 - We played a game to commemorate the opening of the new Al Nasr Stadium in the United Arab Emirates, beating Al Nasr Club 5-0. Our scorers were fairly unusual, with substitute Colin Irwin and Ray Kennedy both bagging braces, and Alan Hansen also on target. 1980 - We returned to the Middle East to beat a Bahrain XI 2-1 on the Three Fives Gulf Football Tour. This time, Howard Gayle and Graeme Souness got on the scoresheet. Signing on 2014 - Brendan Rodgers signed a new contract, having just led the reds to within a whisker of the League title. However, the team regressed and he was sacked in October 2015. 2015 - Centre-half Kolo Touré signed a new contract, notching just once in 71 reds games before moving on to join Rodgers at Celtic in July 2016 after this deal expired. Charnock on target 1994 - Reserves midfielder Phil Charnock scored his first senior reds goal in our 3-0 defeat of Cape Town Spurs in the United Bank International Soccer Festival in South Africa, with Bruce Grobbelaar appearing for the reds for the final time. Robbie Fowler netted the other two. The players were introduced to South African President Nelson Mandela prior to the game. Select thumpings 1948 - We beat a New England Select side 6-0 at Fall River, with Willie Fagan and Albert Stubbins both nabbing braces to add to goals from Jack Balmer and Bob Priday. 1914 - We defeated a Denmark Select XI 7-1 in Copenhagen. Fred again 1935 – Fred Howe scored in our 4-2 friendly win at CD Tenerife, so netting in all three of our tour games. Alf Hanson bagged a brace with Tosh Johnson also on target. Welsh first and last 1949 - Ray Lambert won his fifth and final cap for Wales as they lost 4-0 to Switzerland in a friendly in Bern. 1957 – Future reds centre-forward Des Palmer made the first of his three senior appearances for the Welsh in their 2-0 World Cup qualifying defeat in Czechoslovakia. Tommy Younger played for Scotland as they beat Spain 4-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Madrid on the same day. 2014 – Future red Divock Origi won his first senior cap as Belgium thumped Luxembourg 5-1 in a friendly in Genk. On the same day, Jordon Ibe won his sixth and last cap for England Under-19’s, with future red Ragnar Klavan bagging his only goal as an Augsburg player, captaining Estonia as they drew 1-1 with Gibraltar in a friendly in Tallinn. Lloyd Jones, Brad Smith and future reds Lazar Marković and Joël Matip all also represented their countries. 2008 – Future reds loanee Victor Moses won his first cap for England Under-19’s in their 2-0 European Championships qualifying defeat of Poland in Borisov, with future red Andy Carroll also featuring. Feyenoord’s Gini Wijnaldum also featured at the same level that day. Wark on target 1979 - Future red John Wark netted in Scotland’s 3-1 defeat of England in the British International Championships at Wembley. Ray Clemence and Everton’s George Wood were in the opposing goals, while the sides were skippered by ex-red Kevin Keegan and his Anfield replacement Kenny Dalglish. Phil Neal, Graeme Souness and Phil Thompson all also played. 1984 - John Wark and future red John Barnes played in the last ever British International Championships game, with Scotland and England drawing 1-1 at Hampden Park. God on the scoresheet 2002 - Ex-red Robbie Fowler scored in England’s 2-2 pre-World Cup friendly draw with Cameroon in Japan. Michael Owen was captain, with Emile Heskey, future red Joe Cole and ex-reds David James and Rigobert Song also playing. Meanwhile, future red Djibril Cissé came on as a substitute in France’s 3-2 defeat of South Korea in Suwon and F.C. København’s Christian Poulsen played as Denmark beat Tunisia 2-1 in Wakayama. 1996 - Fowler also played for England, alongside Steve McManaman and future red Paul Ince, as they beat a Hong Kong Garden Select side 1-0 in an unofficial warm-up game at the Happy Valley Stadium before Euro ‘96. Future red Gary McAllister played for Scotland as they beat the USA 2-1 in a friendly. Tosh on target 1971 - John Toshack bagged the only goal of the game as Wales beat Finland in a European Championships qualifier in Helsinki. 2012 – Tosh managed FYR Macedonia as they held Portugal to a goalless friendly draw in Leiria. Ex-red Raul Meireles featured for the home side. In charge 2010 - Christian Ziege was appointed Manager of DSC Arminia Bielefeld, although he was sacked just six months later. On the same day, future red Fabio Borini scored his last goal for Italy Under-19’s in their 3-1 European Championships qualifying defeat in Russia. Dirk Kuyt, future reds Dejan Lovren, Nuri Şahin and Luis Suárez and ex-reds Nicolas Anelka and Alou Diarra all also turned out for their countries that day. 2012 – Roy Hodgson took charge of England for the first time, winning a friendly 1-0 in Norway. Martin Kelly and future red Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain both made their senior bows, with Jordan Henderson winning his first cap as a reds player. Steven Gerrard skippered a side that also included Andy Carroll, Stewart Downing, winning his last cap while with the reds, and future red James Milner, while ex-red John Arne Riise was on the losing side. Scoring against Albania 1992 - Ex-red John Aldridge netted for the Republic of Ireland as they beat Albania 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier at Lansdowne Road. Ray Houghton and ex-reds Kevin Sheedy and Steve Staunton also played. 1993 - Staunton was on target as the Irish won the return 2-1 in Tirana. Fellow ex-reds Aldridge and Houghton also played. 1985 - Ex-red Michael Robinson featured as Spain held Ireland to a friendly goalless draw in the only senior international ever to be played at the Flower Lodge in Cork. Milan also on target 2006 - Ex-red Milan Baroš struck for the Czech Republic as they beat Saudi Arabia 2-0 in a friendly in Austria. Future reds Daniel Agger and Nuri Şahin also represented their countries that day. 2008 – Baroš played in the Czech Republic’s 2-0 friendly defeat of Lithuania in Prague. 2012 – He converted a spot-kick in a 2-1 defeat of ex-red Yossi Benayoun’s Israel in Austria. Daniel Agger, Dirk Kuyt and ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Robbie Keane, Carl Medjani, Christian Poulsen and Daniel Sjölund also played for their countries that day. Heading off 1925 - Joe Keetley let the reds for Wolverhampton Wanderers after scoring twice in nine games since arriving from Accrington Stanley in November 1923 for £1,200. 1928 - Left-winger George Pither left Anfield to sign for Crewe Alexandra, after one goal in twelve reds games stepping in for the established Fred Hopkin. 1987 – Centre-half John McGregor moved on to Rangers, with whom he won the League Cup. He had failed to make the first team since arriving from Queen’s Park in May 1982. A young Geoff 1957 - Future reds left-half Geoff Twentyman became Carlisle United’s youngest ever debutant, aged seventeen years and 127 days, as they drew 2-2 at New Brighton in Division Three North. European Cup despair Two future reds have lost UEFA Champions League Finals on this day in recent years. 2004 - Fernando Morientes played as AS Monaco lost 2-0 to Jose Mourinho’s Porto in Gelsenkirchen. 1999 - Markus Babbel suffered heartache as Bayern München cruelly lost 2-1 to Manchester United in Barcelona. Bells toll twice 2007 - Craig Bellamy struck a brace as John Toshack’s Wales were held to a 2-2 friendly draw in Wrexham by New Zealand, his last two goals in his first spell as a reds player. On the same day, ex-red Darren Potter won his second senior cap playing for Steve Staunton’s Republic of Ireland in their 1-1 friendly draw with Bolivia in Boston, USA. Pepe the papa again 2011 – Keeper Pepe Reina became a father for the third time, to Luca. Ed up 2012 – Former Chief Scout Eduardo Macía was promoted by Fiorentina to Technical Director. Also in international action 1951 – Future red Frank Lock played for England as they beat Australia 4-1 in an FA Tour game in Sydney. 2001 – Future red Andrea Dossena featured for Italy Under-20’s in their 2-1 defeat of the Netherlands. 2003 – Future red Paul Jones turned out for Wales as they lost a friendly 2-0 in the USA. 2017 – Ovie Ejaria, Sheyi Ojo and future red Dominic Solanke all played for England Under-20’s in their 1-0 defeat of host nation South Korea in a World Championship Finals group game.
  25. Shanks starts out 1959 - Bill Shankly’s first game in charge ended in a convincing 4-0 defeat at home by Cardiff City, who were promoted ahead of us that year. A crowd of 27,291 watched the floodlit game which resulted in our eighth League defeat of the season and remained our most recent meeting with the Bluebirds until our Carling Cup tie in October 2007. Full-back Allan Jones played the first of his five reds games, as Derek Tapscott struck the last two of his six goals against the reds, with Johnny Watkins nabbing the final one of his four past us, and Joe Bonson one of his five. Merry Christmas Everton 2016 – Sadio Mané bagged an injury-time winner, the only goal of our game at Goodison Park. Happy birthdays 1986 - Ryan Babel was born in Amsterdam. He signed from Ajax for £11.5m in July 2007, proving a very useful asset in his first season, especially from the bench, as he equalled Djibril Cissé’s club record of seven strikes in a season as a substitute. However, subsequent campaigns were far less productive, and he struck a total of 22 times in 146 appearances before being sold to German side TSG 1899 Hoffenheim for £6m in January 2011. 1896 – Inside-forward Harry Lewis was born in Birkenhead. He scored 57 goals in 101 wartime games for the reds before netting twelve times in seventy outings. He helped us to claim the League title in 1922, moving on to Hull City in October 1923. Yee-haw! A new keeper 1997 - American keeper Brad Friedel signed from US side Columbus Crew for £1m. He went on to appear 31 times between our sticks before joining Blackburn Rovers in November 2000 on a free transfer. Disappointing debuts 1953 - Left-half Geoff Twentyman and keeper Dave Underwood both made their reds bows as we were thumped 5-1 by Manchester United at Old Trafford on our way down to the Second Division with Louis Bimpson grabbing our consolation. Left-back Eddie Spicer broke his leg for the second time in his career in a collision with our debutant custodian in what was to be his 168th and final reds game. In fact, he suffered nineteen fractures and was in and out of hospital for a year, having it set and reset before he was able to walk again. Tommy Taylor bagged a treble for United, the last of his four goals past us, with Jackie Blanchflower and Dennis Viollet also on target. A milestone at Leeds Road 1936 - We played our 1,500th League game, although we were thumped 4-0 at Huddersfield Town. Jimmy Richardson struck the last two of his eight goals past the reds, with Len Butt and Willie McFadyen also on the scoresheet. 1970 - We returned to Leeds Road for another top-flight fixture, this time being held to a goalless draw. Premiership records 1992 - We suffered our worst ever Premier League defeat in Graeme Souness’s hundredth game in charge, going down 5-1 at Coventry City, with Jamie Redknapp becoming our first dismissal in the newly renamed League, after scoring our goal. Stig Inge Bjørnebye made his reds debut in this game, just a day after signing for the club. Brian Borrows bagged a brace, including a penalty, with Mick Quinn also netting twice and Kevin Gallacher scoring on target. Recent dismissals 2009 – Javier Mascherano was dismissed in our woeful 2-0 defeat at Portsmouth, with Jamie Carragher playing his 600th game for the club and Andrea Dossena making his 31st and last reds appearance. 2007 - Peter Crouch was sent off as we lost 2-0 at Chelsea in a League Cup Fifth Round tie, our seventeenth meeting with the Blues under Rafael Benítez. Momo Sissoko played his 87th and final reds game as the deadlock was broken by a deflected Frank Lampard effort, one of his eight goals past us to date, before Andriy Shevchenko rounded off the scoring at the death. Jack Hobbs also made his last senior outing for us, only his fifth. 2004 - Lee Bowyer was sent off as we beat Newcastle United 3-1 at Anfield. Patrick Kluivert opened the scoring despite being yards offside but we levelled the scores through a Titus Bramble own goal, with Neil Mellor putting us ahead before the break with his sixth and final reds strike. Milan Baroš completed the scoring. Anfield debutants 1931 - Right-back Willie Steel made the first of his 128 reds appearances in our 1-1 draw with Derby County, when Gordon Hodgson nabbed our goal and Peter Ramage netting one of his five goals against the reds. 1896 - We also faced the Rams, when Robert Neill struck the first of his three reds goals with Bill Michael also netting as we lost 3-2 at the Baseball Ground, with Harry Bradshaw playing his hundredth reds game. Steve Bloomer struck the first of his fourteen goals past us, with John Miller and Jimmy Stevenson also on target. 1914 - Wilf Bartrop made his reds bow as we lost 2-1 to Oldham Athletic, with Fred Pagnam grabbing our goal. European disappointment 1978 - We beat European Cup Winners’ Cup holders Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht 2-1 in thick fog at Anfield in the second leg of our UEFA Super Cup tie, which meant that we lost out 4-3 on aggregate. Emlyn Hughes scored his 49th and last reds goal, with David Fairclough also striking on the night. Steve Ogrizovic played instead of Ray Clemence, who was on the bench, missing his first European fixture for the reds since November 1969, a run of 67 consecutive appearances in continental competition. François van der Elst netted for the visitors, having already struck in the first leg. 200 for Gerry 1964 - Gerry Byrne played his 200th reds game as we beat Blackburn Rovers 3-2 at home, thanks to a Tommy Smith goal and brace from Roger Hunt. Andy McEvoy struck the last of his four goals against the reds, with future Wales boss Mike England also on target. Five for Dickie 1942 - Dickie Dorsett scored five goals, including a penalty, as we beat Tranmere Rovers 6-1 in a Wartime League game at Anfield. Cyril Done struck our other goal. Starting out 1968 - Phil Neal signed professionally for Northampton Town, who were relegated to the Fourth Division that season. He often played in midfield for the Cobblers, but was versatile enough to fill a number of other positions before being signed by Bob Paisley for £66,000 in October 1974. 1925 – Gordon Hodgson made his reds bow, in a 1-0 reserves defeat at Manchester City, a few days after signing from Transvaal. Mixed fortunes against the Blades We have twice faced Sheffield United in the First Division on this day in history. 1908 - Ronald Orr netted a brace as we won 2-1 at Anfield. 1925 - Dick Forshaw struck our consolation as we lost 3-1 at Bramall Lane. Elisha Scott saved a penalty from Fred Tunstall, who also struck one of his eight goals against the reds. Harry Johnson nabbed one of his seven past us, with Bert Menlove also on target. Beating the Owls We have twice defeated Sheffield Wednesday in the top flight at Anfield on this day. 1987 - Gary Gillespie grabbed the only goal of the game as we reached nineteen League games unbeaten, equalling the club record from the start of a season. 1998 - Patrik Berger and Michael Owen struck as we won 2-0. Shaken but not stirred We have twice been held to draws by Bury on this day in history. 1903 – Jack Cox bagged a brace in a top-flight encounter with the Shakers at Gigg Lane. Charles Sagar netted the last two of his four goals against the reds. 1898 – George Allan converted a first-minute penalty in a Lancashire Senior Cup game at Anfield. Ronnie for Israel 1984 - Future red Ronnie Rosenthal made his senior international debut as a substitute in Israel’s 2-0 friendly defeat of Luxembourg in Petah Tikva. Ex-red Avi Cohen played too. 1978 – Cohen was also in international action, as Israel were held to a 1-1 draw by Romania in a friendly in Jaffa. Future reds on target 1990 - Karl-Heinz Riedle struck his first goal as a S.S. Lazio player in what was Germany’s first match since reunification. They beat Switzerland 4-0 in a friendly in Stuttgart. 1997 – Future red Harry Kewell struck the goal that took Australia through to the Final of the Confederations Cup in Saudi Arabia as they beat Uruguay 1-0 courtesy of a golden goal. On the same day, future red Vladimír Šmicer was on the losing side as Brazil also reached the Final, winning 2-0. Mac the Terrier 2008 - Terry McDermott was appointed Assistant Manager of Huddersfield Town. They finished ninth in League One at the end of that season and he stayed with the Terriers until being sacked in February 2012 after Lee Clark was dismissed as Manager. Czechs bouncing 2002 - Milan Baroš and Vladimír Šmicer were named among the top ten Czech footballers in the country’s annual Player of the Year poll. Baroš came fourth in the Golden Ball awards while Šmicer was placed tenth. Borussia Dortmund’s Tomáš Rosický was the overall winner. New challenge for Newell 1996 - Former reserves forward Mike Newell joined West Ham United on loan from Birmingham City. He made seven appearances for the Hammers, including a goalless League draw at Anfield, without registering. 1997 - Defender Barry Jones joined York City on loan from Wrexham. He went on to play 134 times for them after signing permanently a month later. Also in international action 1979 – Kenny Dalglish and future red John Wark both played as Scotland lost a European Championships qualifier 3-1 to Belgium at Hampden Park. 2013 – Future red Marko Grujić featured as Serbia Under-18’s drew 1-1 with Germany.
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