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Heysel: a black day in our history 1985 - If April 15th is the saddest day in the club’s history, May 29th is surely the lowest. 39 football fans died at the Heysel stadium in Brussels before our European Cup Final against Juventus. Although many factors contributed to the tragedy, it is inescapable that violence by reds fans played a major role in the deaths of 32 Italians, four Belgians, two Frenchmen and one man from Northern Ireland. R.I.P. Rocco Acerra (aged 29), Bruno Balli (50), Alfons Bos, Giancarlo Bruschera (21), Andrea Casula (11), Giovanni Casula (44), Nino Cerullo (24), Willy Chielens, Giuseppina Conto (17), Dirk Daenecky, Dionisio Fabbro (51), Jacques François, Eugenio Gagliano (35), Francesco Galli (25), Giancarlo Gonnelli (20), Alberto Guarini (21), Giovacchino Landini (50), Roberto Lorentini (31), Barbara Lusci (58), Franco Martelli (22), Loris Messore (28), Gianni Mastroiaco (20), Sergio Bastino Mazzino (38), Luciano Rocco Papaluca (38), Luigi Pidone (31), Benito Pistolato (50), Patrick Radcliffe, Domenico Ragazzi (44), Antonio Ragnanese (49), Claude Robert, Mario Ronchi (43), Domenico Russo (28), Tarcisio Salvi (49), Gianfranco Sarto (47), Amedeo Giuseppe Spolaore (55), Mario Spanu (41), Tarcisio Venturin (23), Jean Michel Walla, Claudio Zavaroni (28). The match eventually kicked off late, and was played in a surreal atmosphere, with the reds losing Mark Lawrenson to injury after just two minutes, and then Paul Walsh before half-time. A Michel Platini penalty was the only score, converted after Zbigniew Boniek was brought down by Gary Gillespie outside the box. This was Joe Fagan’s final game in charge and remains our only first-class game on this day in history. Stevie the best 2009 - Steven Gerrard was presented with the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year award at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London. In the Middle East 1980 - David Fairclough bagged a treble as we thumped Al Nasr Club 8-0 in a friendly in the Three Fives Gulf Football Tour in the United Arab Emirates. Terry McDermott grabbed a brace, with Ray Kennedy, Sammy Lee and Graeme Souness also on the scoresheet. Happy birthday Lee 1973 - Former reserves forward Lee Jones was born in Wrexham. He signed from his hometown club for £300,000 in March 1992, making four senior reds appearances before moving to Tranmere Rovers for £100,000 in May 1997, following several loan spells back with the Robins. Sami for Finland 1996 - Sami Hyypiä won his eighth cap, and first as a Willem II player, as Finland lost 2-0 to France in a friendly in Strasbourg. Fellow future red Jari Litmanen also played. On the same day, ex-red Jim Magilton and future reds Patrik Berger, Vladimír Šmicer and Christian Ziege all also represented their countries in friendlies. International skippers Three reds have captained their countries on this day over the years, all away from home. 1974 - Emlyn Hughes wore the armband as England drew 1-1 with East Germany in a friendly in Leipzig. Fellow reds Ray Clemence, Kevin Keegan and Alec Lindsay all also played. 1982 - Southampton’s Kevin Keegan led England out at Hampden Park where they beat Scotland 1-0 in the British International Championships. Kenny Dalglish, Alan Hansen, Terry McDermott, Graeme Souness and Phil Thompson all also featured. 1996 - Future red Gary McAllister skippered Scotland as they beat Colombia 1-0 in a friendly in the Orange Bowl, Miami. In charge 2005 - Gérard Houllier was appointed Manager of Olympique Lyonnais. He led them to their fifth and sixth consecutive Ligue 1 titles in his two seasons in charge, as well as the knock-out stages of the Champions League. 2012 – John Toshack took charge of his last game as FYR Macedonia boss as they drew 0-0 with Angola in Portugal. Future red Nuri Şahin featured as Turkey beat Montenegro 1-0 in a friendly in Antalya. 2012 – Şahin also played as Turkey beat Bulgaria 2-0 in a friendly in Salzburg. 2014 - Former reds Assistant Manager Pako Ayestarán resigned as Manager of Tecos, having failed to clinch promotion in his only season in charge. Half a century for Ronnie 1994 - Ronnie Whelan won his fiftieth cap for the Republic of Ireland as they beat Germany 2-0 in a friendly in Hannover. Future reds Phil Babb, Jason McAteer and Karl-Heinz Riedle also played, as did ex-reds Ray Houghton and Steve Staunton. First and last caps 2011 – Luis Suárez won his first cap as a reds player as Uruguay lost a friendly 2-1 in Germany. Meanwhile, Charlie Adam played his last international while with Blackpool in their 1-0 defeat by the Republic of Ireland in the Carling Nations Cup in Dublin, with ex-red Robbie Keane on target. 2010 – Krisztián Németh made his senior international debut as a substitute as Hungary lost 3-0 to Germany in a friendly in Budapest, his only cap as a reds player. Martin Kelly, Martin Škrtel and ex-red Jari Litmanen also represented their countries, with John Toshack taking charge of Wales. 2016 – Škrtel played for Slovakia again, with ex-red Mikel San José also in international action. 2014 – Yossi Benayoun played his first game for Israel while with Queens Park Rangers, in their 3-0 friendly defeat in Mexico. Lloyd Jones and ex-red Charles Itandje both also represented their countries on that day. 2013 – Simon Mignolet won his twelfth cap, and last as a Sunderland player, with Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke bagging a brace in Belgium’s 4-2 friendly win over the USA in Cleveland. Glen Johnson, Daniel Sturridge and future reds James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain faced ex-red Robbie Keane on the same day as the Republic of Ireland held Roy Hodgson’s England to a 1-1 friendly draw at Wembley. 2009 – Future red Joe Allen won his first senior cap as John Toshack’s Wales beat Estonia 1-0 in a friendly in Cardiff. 1973 - Future red David Johnson made his debut for England Under-23’s in their 1-0 defeat by the Netherlands in Maastricht. Fellow future red Ray Kennedy also played. Robbie’s farewell 2008 – Future red Robbie Keane skippered the Republic of Ireland and scored the only goal of their friendly encounter with Colombia at Craven Cottage, while winning his final cap in his first spell with Tottenham Hotspur. Christian Poulsen netted his only goal as a Sevilla player as Denmark drew 1-1 with the Netherlands in Eindhoven, with Ryan Babel and Dirk Kuyt both featuring. Ex-red Jari Litmanen also played in a friendly that day. 2009 – Keane also scored for his country as they drew 1-1 with Nigeria in a friendly at Loftus Road. Ex-red Xabi Alonso netted as Spain beat Saudi Arabia in another friendly in Austria, with Álvaro Arbeloa also in action. Gordon again 1932 – Gordon Gunson scored in his fourth consecutive game of our Danish tour as we beat a Copenhagen Select side consisting of players based in the city 4-1. We fell behind to a spot-kick, with Dave Wright bagging a brace and Robert Done also on target. Thumping Rovers 1940 - We trounced Tranmere Rovers 8-3 in a Wartime League match at Anfield. Berry Nieuwenhuys, Peter Doherty and Len Carney all bagged braces, with Billy Liddell and Alf Hanson also on target. Going home 2008 - Patrik Berger signed for Sparta Praha on a free transfer, having been released by Aston Villa earlier that month. He netted eight times in 31 games before retiring in January 2010. Reds youngsters for the Under-21’s 1994 - Robbie Fowler and Jamie Redknapp both played as England beat Russia 2-0 in the Toulon Tournament in Bandol. 1991 - Steve McManaman and future red David James featured as Mexico were trounced 6-1 in the same competition in Vitrolles. 2000 - Jamie Carragher, Danny Murphy and David Thompson all played as England thumped Turkey 6-0 in a European Championships Finals group game in Slovakia. Meanwhile, future red Milan Baroš was booked while playing for the Czech Republic in their 3-1 defeat of the Netherlands in the same competition. 2006 - Daniel Agger played as Denmark were knocked out of the European Championships in Portugal by losing 2-1 to Ukraine. For Omagh 1999 - Phil Babb and future reds Robbie Keane and Mark Kennedy both played for the Republic of Ireland in a friendly at Lansdowne Road in aid of the Omagh Fund. Northern Ireland won the game 1-0. A happy day for Zico 1971 - Phil Neal married Sue at Cogenhoe, near Northampton. He was then twenty, and three years away from his big move from Northampton Town to Anfield. In South Africa 1994 – We held Iwisa Kaizer Chiefs to a goalless draw at Ellis Park in Johannesburg. Phil Neal’s son Ashley suffered knee ligament damage in the game and had to be replaced by the South African-born Andy Harris, while Iain Brunskill made a rare first-team appearance.
Champagne Charlie 1953 - Graeme Souness was born in Edinburgh. He won five League titles, three European Cups, four League Cups and three FA Charity Shields after signing from Middlesbrough for £352,000 in January 1978. He moved to Sampdoria for £650,000 in June 1984 after 55 goals in 359 games. He returned to Anfield as Manager in April 1991, although his time as reds boss was considerably less successful, with just one FA Cup triumph before his departure in January 1994. 1990 - Keeper Péter Gulácsi was born in Budapest. He joined on loan from MTK Hungária in August 2007, signing on permanently in September 2008. The young Hungarian made it into our bench 51 times, but failed to feature for the first team before joining Red Bull Salzburg in June 2013. 1994 – Another young custodian, Tyrell Belford, was born in Nuneaton. He arrived from Coventry City in the summer of 2009, aged just fifteen. He signed on professionally in July 2011, but moved to Swindon Town on a free transfer two years later after falling behind Gulácsi and Danny Ward in the pecking order. The first sighting of Saint Michael 1997 - Michael Owen netted on his reds debut, becoming our youngest ever scorer aged seventeen years and 144 days. He had come on as a substitute for Patrik Berger less than twenty minutes previously in our 2-1 defeat by Wimbledon at Selhurst Park, nabbing our consolation after a Jason Euell goal and one of Dean Holdsworth’s four strikes past the reds. 2006 - He became a father for the second time, to his first son, named James Michael. Missing out on the League 1991 - Our 2-1 defeat at Nottingham Forest handed the League title to Arsenal, their second in three seasons. Nigel Clough scored the opener with Jan Mølby netting our equaliser from the spot, while David Burrows was playing his hundredth game for the reds. Ian Woan bagged the winner. This game was postponed from the previous December. 1998 - We hosted the Gunners at Anfield after they had already clinched the League title, their first since that 1991 triumph. We thumped them 4-0, with Paul Ince bagging a brace, and Michael Owen and Øyvind Leonhardsen also on the scoresheet. Owen also had a penalty saved by Arsenal keeper Alex Manninger after Matthew Upson had fouled Steve McManaman. Red beginnings and ends 1898 - Centre-half Alex Raisbeck signed from Stoke City for £350. He played 341 times in eleven years, netting nineteen times and becoming our first skipper to lift the League title in 1901. He won a further League title five years later, as well as a Second Division championship, returning to the club in 1939 as a scout until his death ten years later. 1996 - At the other end of the reds spectrum, Phil Neal’s son Ashley played his final reserves game. 1939 – Right-back Tommy Cooper played his 160th and final reds game as we lost 2-0 at Manchester United in front of just 12,073 spectators. Johnny Hanlon bagged a brace as we ended the season in eleventh. Reaching a super cup final 1986 - Kevin Macdonald and Craig Johnston netted as we came from behind to beat Norwich City 3-1 at Anfield in the Semi-final second leg of the Screen Sport Super Cup, with Gary Brooke on target for the visitors. Jan Mølby added a penalty as we went through 4-2 on aggregate. The reds were presented with the League title prior to this game. The Final against Everton was held over until the following season - which we won, of course. Big wins We have twice won top-flight fixtures 4-1 on this day in history. 1922 - We beat West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns, with a Harry Beadles brace, his final reds strikes, and goals from Dick Forshaw and Jock McNab. Stan Davies struck one of his four goals past us. 1933 - Sheffield Wednesday lost at Anfield, centre-half Tom ‘Tiny’ Bradshaw put through his own net with Gordon Hodgson and Dave Wright both striking twice, as we finished the season in thirteenth position. Ton up Jameo 1995 – Keeper David James reached a century of reds games in our 2-0 defeat at Aston Villa, with Dwight Yorke netting two of his eight strikes against us. Most recently 2018 – We lost at Chelsea as Olivier Giroud headed in the only goal, one of his seven past us to date, as we stuttered towards a top-four finish in the League. Other birthdays 1971 - Former reserve keeper Jørgen Nielsen was born in Nykøbing Falster. The Dane never played a senior reds game, but he did sit on the bench 55 times following his £400,000 capture from Hvidovre in August 1997. 1969 - Another former reserve, midfielder Jim Magilton, was born in Belfast. He later had a successful career with Oxford United, Southampton and Ipswich Town before moving into management. Nando the champion 2001 – Future red Fernando Torres converted a penalty to hand Spain Under-16’s the European Championships, as they beat France 1-0 in the Final in the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, with Anthony Le Tallec and Florent Sinama-Pongolle both on the losing side. Firsts for Scotland 1959 - Motherwell’s Ian St. John won his first full international cap as Scotland beat West Germany 3-2 at Hampden Park. The Scots were managed by Andy Beattie, who had guested with the reds during the war, and later joined the backroom staff at Anfield after a successful management career. 1966 – Kenny Dalglish made his first international appearance, bagging a brace as the Under-15’s won 4-3 in Northern Ireland. New ground approved 2008 – The revised design for the club’s new stadium in Stanley Park was granted planning permission by Liverpool City Council. However, work never fully got underway and these plans have now been scrapped. Management ins and outs 1999 - Jan Mølby was appointed Manager of Kidderminster Harriers. He led them to the Conference title in his first season, and then mid-table Third Division safety in the next two years. 2004 - Steve McMahon resigned as Blackpool boss, with fellow ex-red Mark Seagraves dismissed as Assistant Manager on the same day. McMahon had guided the Seasiders to 102 wins in his 350 games in charge, leading them back out of the basement in his first full season, and mid-table security in his following three seasons. Reds on target 2003 – Future red Alberto Aquilani struck for Italy Under-19’s as they beat Northern Ireland 2-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Andria. 2009 – Christopher Buchtmann scored and was booked as Germany Under-17’s beat Turkey 3-1 in a European Championships Finals match in Erfurt, while future red Jonjo Shelvey featured as England drew 1-1 with the Netherlands in Gera. 2011 – Future red Samed Yeşil netted as Germany Under-17’s drew 1-1 with the Czech Republic in a European Championships Finals game in Serbia. Adam Morgan, Brad Smith and Raheem Sterling all featured as England lost 2-0 to Denmark in the same competition that day. 2019 – Ki-Jana Hoever played for the Dutch Under-17’s as they beat England 5-2 in a European Championships Finals group game in Dublin. Signing on 2017 – Scottish centre-back George Johnston signed professional terms with the reds. He is currently playing for the Under-23’s. 2011 – Midfielder Jay Spearing signed a new contract. He played 55 senior reds games without notching, moving on to Bolton Wanderers in August 2013 after a season-long loan there. 1992 - Future reds winger Mark Kennedy signed as a professional for Millwall. He went on to net twelve times in 54 games for the Lions, before moving to Anfield three years later. For John 1975 - We played in a testimonial match for Plymouth Argyle legend John Hore, with Brian Hall, Emlyn Hughes and Terry McDermott netting as we won 4-3 at Home Park, and Ray Clemence converting a penalty!
Red endings 1978 - Tommy Smith played his 638th and final reds game as we beat Arsenal at Anfield in the League. David Fairclough grabbed the only goal of the game as we secured the points to ensure our sixteenth consecutive season of European football. 1928 - Left-winger George Pither played his twelfth and final reds game as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Leicester City. Tom Reid netted our goal, with Arthur Chandler bagging one of his six past us. 1998 - Rob Jones made the last of his 243 reds appearances in our 4-1 defeat at Chelsea. Karlheinz Riedle nabbed our consolation that day. Mark Hughes bagged the last two of his nine goals past us, with future reds coach Steve Clarke and Tore André Flo also netting. 1953 - We also faced the Blues in the top flight, with Rob’s grandfather Bill Jones and Louis Bimpson on target in our 2-0 home win. This was our last game of the season, as we finished in seventeenth position. First FA Cup Final 1914 - We played in our first FA Cup Final, but lost to Burnley in the last ever Final staged at Crystal Palace. Tom Miller had a strike disallowed for offside for the reds before ex-Evertonian Bertie Freeman volleyed the only goal of the game, one of his nine against us. King George V that day became the first reigning monarch to attend an FA Cup Final. Reaching European finals 1973 - We suffered our first ever defeat in the UEFA Cup, 2-1 at holders Tottenham Hotspur in our sixth meeting of the season. However, Steve Heighway’s strike took us through to the Final on the away goals rule despite Martin Peters’ brace, two of his fourteen strikes against the reds. 1984 - An Ian Rush brace booked our place in a fourth European Cup Final, as we won 2-1 at Dinamo Bucureşti, to go through 3-1 on aggregate. Rush reached forty goals for the season in a match played in a fiery atmosphere after Graeme Souness had broken Lica Movilă’s jaw in the first leg at Anfield. Maxi off the mark 2010 – Maxi Rodríguez bagged his first reds goal as we won 4-0 at Burnley, following seven away fixtures without victory. Steven Gerrard bagged a brace early in the second half to open the scoring, with David N’Gog also netting in injury time. Edging towards Athens 2007 – Future red Joe Cole bagged the only goal of our Champions League Semi-final first leg defeat at Chelsea, as the Blues were unable to get past Pepe Reina a second time, despite an under-par reds performance. Jamie Carragher played his 89th European game, equalling Ian Callaghan’s club record. This was the first time we had faced the same team in European competition three consecutive seasons, as well as being the third round in a row in which Bolo Zenden had come up against a former employer, following ties with Barcelona and PSV Eindhoven. Dirk’s ton up 2009 – Dirk Kuyt played his hundredth League game for the reds as we won at Hull City. Xabi Alonso bagged his nineteenth and final reds goal to open the scoring just before the break, pouncing on his own rebounded free kick. Caleb Folan was sent off for the home side before Kuyt headed in. Geovanni pulled one back with Kuyt then making it 3-1. Happy dot birthday 2001 - The official club website liverpoolfc.tv was launched. It remains the most popular football club website in the world. Howard’s way 1981 - Winger Howard Gayle scored his only reds goal, on his full debut, as we held Tottenham Hotspur to a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane, with Glenn Hoddle netting one of his four goals past us for the home side. Another trophy 1931 – We won the Lancashire Senior Cup for the fourth time after beating Manchester United 4-0 at Anfield, with Dave Wright bagging a brace and Gordon Hodgson and Archie McPherson also netting. 1938 – We lost 3-1 at Old Trafford in the same competition, with goalscorer Ted Harston having to go off injured, leaving us down to ten men for more than seventy minutes. Kop farewell 1994 - Ashley Neal struck from the penalty spot in our 3-2 reserves defeat by Nottingham Forest at Anfield. This was the final reds goal scored in front of the standing Kop, two weeks after Julian Dicks’ famed spot-kick at the same end of the ground, and six days before Jeremy Goss’s historic strike. A derby win 1987 - Blues old boy Steve McMahon put us ahead against Everton at Anfield. Kevin Sheedy equalised with a free-kick past Mike Hooper, before flicking the V’s to the Kop. Ian Rush added two more to equal Dixie Dean’s derby scoring record of nineteen, as we won 3-1. However, our neighbours still went on to reclaim the League title. The Storer ends 1908 - Ex-reds keeper Harry Storer died of consumption aged just 37. He signed from Woolwich Arsenal in December 1895 for £75, taking over from the versatile Matt McQueen between our sticks. He made a total of 121 reds appearances before retiring in 1901. First and last caps 1970 - Peter Thompson won his sixteenth and final cap as England held Scotland to a goalless draw in the British International Championships at Hampden Park. Clubmate Emlyn Hughes also played. 1964 - Roy Evans won his first cap for England Schoolboys, playing in their 1-1 draw with West Germany at Wembley Stadium. Boing boing boing We have faced West Bromwich Albion three times on this day. 1896 - We beat them 2-0 in a Test Match at Anfield, thanks to goals from George Bradshaw and George Allan, helping to take us back into the top flight. Half-back Barney Battles made his fifth and final appearance in his first spell at Anfield in this game. 1964 - Roger Hunt struck twice as we drew at The Hawthorns in a First Division fixture. John Kaye scores the first of his four goals against the reds, with Clive Clark netting the first of his seven past us. 2015 - Fabio Borini made his 38th and last reds appearance as we were held to a goalless draw at The Hawthorns. All-star reds 2019 – Trent Alexander-Arnold, Sadio Mané, Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk and ex-red Raheem Sterling were al named in the PFA Team of the Year, with van Dijk going on to be named the Player of the Year the following day. 2004 - Steven Gerrard was named in the PFA Team of the Year, coming third in the Player Of The Year vote behind eventual winner Thierry Henry after a terrific season for the reds. 2010 – Future red James Milner was voted the PFA Young Player of the Year after scoring twelve times in 49 games for Aston Villa that season. He was also named in the Team of the Year. Milan for the Czechs 2001 - Future red Milan Baroš made his senior international debut, scoring in their 1-1 friendly draw with Belgium in Prague. Patrik Berger also played, while Igor Bišcan, future red Jerzy Dudek and ex-red Øyvind Leonhardsen all also played for their countries that day. Meanwhile, Abel Xavier won his final cap as an Everton player, and seventeenth to date, as Portugal were thumped 4-0 by France in a friendly at the Stade de France. Gary Mac for Scotland 1990 - Future red Gary McAllister made his debut for Scotland as they lost 1-0 to East Germany in a friendly at Hampden Park. Gary Gillespie also featured. On the same day, Dean Saunders struck twice for Wales as they lost 4-2 to Glen Hysén’s Sweden in Stockholm. These were his first goals as a Derby County player. Meanwhile, Steve McMahon and future red Mark Wright both came off the bench in England’s 4-2 defeat of Czechoslovakia in another friendly at Wembley. 2012 – Ex-red Gary Mackay-Steven scored his first goal for Scotland Under-21’s as they lost 4-1 to Italy in a friendly at Easter Road, with Danny Wilson also featuring. Future red Mohamed Salah turned out for Egypt Under-23’s on the same day. Stan for the Irish 1990 - Steve Staunton scored the only goal of the Republic of Ireland’s friendly encounter with the USSR at Lansdowne Road. It was his first goal for his country, and the only one in his first spell as a red. Ex-reds reserve Kevin Sheedy also played. 2001 - Staunton won his 87th cap, and first one in his second spell as an Aston Villa player, as the Irish beat Andorra 3-1 in a World Cup qualifier at the same venue. Mark Kennedy was winning his last cap as a Manchester City player, while future red Steve Finnan also featured. Also on the mark 1995 - Ex-red Ronnie Rosenthal struck as Israel lost 4-3 to Poland in a World Cup qualifier in Zabrze. Future red Fernando Morientes was also in international action that day. 2013 – Ex-reds winger Mark González scored as Chile held Brazil to a 2-2 friendly draw in Belo Horizonte. 2001 – Future red Florent Sinama-Pongolle grabbed a hat-trick, including a penalty, as France Under-16’s beat Croatia 3-0 in a European Championships Finals group game in Harrogate. Honoured 1921 - Long-serving keeper Elisha Scott captained a Central League eleven in their 2-0 win over a Football Combination side. 2013 – Midfielder Jay Spearing was named Player of the Season by the Bolton Wanderers Supporters’ Association, after a successful loan campaign with the Trotters following which he made the move permanent. Babb starts out 1989 - Phil Babb signed as a professional for Millwall. He never made a senior appearance for his first club, moving on to Bradford City in August 1990 on a free transfer. Thomas the skipper 1989 - Future red Michael Thomas captained England Under-21’s as they beat Albania 2-0 in a European Championships qualifier at Portman Road. David Burrows also played.
Yanks in 2007 - Liverpool FC announced that George Gillett Jr. and Tom Hicks now owned 98.6% of the club’s shares and intended to compulsorily acquire the remaining shares. Chief Executive Rick Parry said, “The incredibly high level of acceptance of the offer shows shareholders have faith in the vision outlined for the club by George Gillett and Tom Hicks.” The two Americans remained in control until October 2010. We’re all on our way to Wembley 1965 - We beat Chelsea 2-0 in a Villa Park Semi-final en route to our first ever FA Cup triumph. John Mortimore had a goal disallowed for the Blues before Peter Thompson netted, with Willie Stevenson adding a penalty, the first he had ever taken. 1971 - We beat Everton 2-1 at Old Trafford, before losing to Arsenal in the Final. Alun Evans and Brian Hall were on target this time after Alan Ball had given the Blues the lead, one of his eleven strikes past us, with Hall netting his first reds goal. 1899 - Our other Semi-final on this day, a second replay against Sheffield United at Fallowfield in Manchester, was postponed due to crowd congestion, with the reds leading 1-0 at the time thanks to a George Allan goal. We lost the rearranged game 1-0 three days later. For Crazy Horse 1979 - A testimonial match was played at Anfield for long-serving skipper Emlyn Hughes. Borussia Mönchengladbach won 1-0 in front of a crowd of 25,290, raising gate receipts of £39,500. Trebles 1964 - ‘Sir’ Roger Hunt scored a hat-trick in our 3-1 win at Tottenham Hotspur before 57,022 spectators, the highest ever for this fixture. 1909 - Less happily, Middlesbrough beat us 2-1, their third successive League win over us at home, with centre-half Jimmy Harrop grabbing our consolation, the first of his four reds goals. Alf Common struck the last of his four goals against the reds, with Steve Bloomer bagging one of his fourteen past us. A flood of generosity 2005 - A charity match was staged at Anfield, billed as the Tsunami Football Testimonial. A Legends side beat a Celebs team 6-2, with the Legends’ goals including a brace from Jason McAteer, a Patrick McGuinness own goal, and strikes by Ian Rush, David Johnson and John Aldridge. The event raised an estimated half a million pounds to support those who suffered in the Asian tsunami tragedy that happened the previous Boxing Day. Royal approval 1920 - King George V was presented to both captains, including our own Ephraim Longworth, before our League game with Manchester City at Hyde Road, the day after having attended the Grand National at Aintree. We lost the game 2-1, with Harry Chambers netting from the spot and Horace Barnes bagging two of his nine goals against us. Debuting at Anfield against the Mancs 1937 - South African keeper Dirk Kemp played the first of his thirty reds games as we beat Manchester United 2-0 at Anfield, with Alf Hanson netting before Fred Howe added the second in the final minute. Derby joy 1982 - Ronnie Whelan struck with Graeme Sharp equalising inside the first three minutes as we won 3-1 at Goodison Park. Graeme Souness and Craig Johnston netted in the second half. Keeper Bruce Grobbelaar was handed a cardboard clown’s face by a Blues fan before the game, which he took in good spirits, placing it in the back of his goal! Other milestones 1948 – Left-back Eddie Spicer netted his second and final reds goal as we won a top-flight match 2-0 at Grimsby Town, after Jack Balmer had opened the scoring. 1967 – Roger Hunt played his 300th League game for the reds in our goalless Anfield meeting with Arsenal. God for England 1996 - Robbie Fowler made his senior England debut at Wembley as a substitute in a 1-0 friendly defeat of Bulgaria. Steve McManaman also played, while Paul Ince won his first cap as an Internazionale player, following his move from Old Trafford. Mark Kennedy, Jason McAteer, ex-reds John Aldridge and Steve Staunton, and future reds Markus Babbel, Gary McAllister and Christian Ziege all also featured in international friendlies on the same day. 2002 - Robbie scored in England’s 2-1 defeat by Italy at Elland Road, while winning his first cap as a Leeds United player, as well as skippering the side for forty minutes after David Beckham was substituted. Michael Owen, Emile Heskey, Danny Murphy, future red Joe Cole and ex-red David James all also featured. 2015 - Raheem Sterling netted his first England goal as Roy Hodgson’s side thumped Lithuania 4-0 at Wembley. Jordan Henderson and future red Nathaniel Clyne both also featured. Xherdan Shaqiri won his first cap as an Internazionale player as Switzerland beat Estonia 3-0 in Lucerne. Meanwhile, future red Danny Ings played for England Under-21’s as they beat the Czech Republic n a friendly in Prague. 2009 – Tom Ince and future reds James Milner and Jonjo Shelvey both featured as England Under-17’s beat Serbia 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Hungary. Also in international action that day were David N’Gog and future reds Joe Allen and Dejan Lovren. Mixed fortunes against the Clarets We have twice entertained Burnley in the top-flight on this day in history. 1976 - Substitute David Fairclough netted a brace as we won 2-0, our last League meeting for more than thirty years. 1897 - Robert Neill grabbed our consolation in a 2-1 defeat. 1946 – We also faced the Clarets, losing a Lancashire Senior Cup Third Round tie 3-2 at Turf Moor after extra time. Cyril Done and Willie Fagan struck for the reds. Martin the best 2009 - Martin Škrtel was named Slovakia’s Player of the Year for 2008. This was the first of four times he has claimed this award to date. 2015 - He played for his country as they beat Luxembourg 3-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Zilina. International reds in friendly action 2002 - Jari Litmanen became Finland’s joint all-time top scorer on 21 goals with a brace in a 4-1 win in Portugal, with Sami Hyypiä also playing. Meanwhile, Dietmar Hamann played in Germany’s 4-2 win over the USA in Rostock, with ex-red Christian Ziege on target with his final international goal. Future red Andriy Voronin made his senior bow as the Ukraine lost 4-1 in Romania. Leeds United’s Robbie Keane netted as the Republic of Ireland beat future red Christian Poulsen’s Denmark 3-0, with ex-reds Jason McAteer and Steve Staunton also in action. Jerzy Dudek needed treatment after being hit by a missile during Poland’s surprise 2-0 defeat by Japan in Łódź. Vladimír Šmicer and future reds Sotirios Kyrgiakos and Fernando Morientes also played for their countries that day. Meanwhile, ex-red Dominic Matteo won his sixth and final cap for Scotland as they were thumped 5-0 by France in Paris. 2011 – Charlie Adam and Danny Wilson faced Lucas Leiva as Brazil beat Scotland 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium. Meanwhile, future red Oussama Assaidi featured in an African Cup of Nations qualifier. In action many times Stéphane Henchoz has played for Switzerland three times on this day in history, each time away from home. 1996 - The Swiss lost 1-0 in Austria in a friendly. 1999 - They won their Euro 2000 qualifier in Belarus 1-0 2002 – Switzerland held Sweden to a 1-1 draw in a friendly. Rigobert Song has also represented his country on three occasions on this day over the years. 2002 - Cameroon drew 2-2 with Argentina in a friendly in Switzerland. 2003 - They beat Madagascar 2-0 in the Semi-final of the Tunis Tournament. 2004 - He played in their 2-1 World Cup qualifying defeat of Sudan in Yaoundé. More international reds on target 2017 – Sadio Mané converted a penalty as Senegal drew 1-1 with Ivory Coast in Paris, although the match was abandoned after 88 minutes due to crowd trouble. Trent Alexander-Arnold won his tenth and last cap for England Under-19’s in their 5-1 European Championships qualifying defeat of Belarus at St. George’s Park, with Joe Gomez also in international action that day. 1974 - Celtic’s Kenny Dalglish netted as Scotland beat West Germany 2-1 in a friendly in Frankfurt. 1985 - Ian Rush bagged the only goal as Wales beat Scotland in a World Cup qualifier at Hampden Park. Kenny Dalglish, Alan Hansen, Steve Nicol and ex-reds Joey Jones and Graeme Souness also played. On the same day, John Barnes, Peter Beardsley and future red Mark Wright lined up against Ray Houghton, Steve Staunton and ex-reds John Aldridge and Kevin Sheedy as England and the Republic of Ireland drew their qualifier 1-1 at Wembley. 1991 - Dean Saunders, playing alongside Ian Rush, was on target as Wales drew 1-1 in Belgium in a European Championships qualifier. This was his final goal as a Derby County player. 1999 - Future red Dietmar Hamann netted in Germany’s 3-0 Euro 2000 qualifying win in Northern Ireland, although the goal is sometimes credited as a Steve Morrow own goal. Fellow future red Markus Babbel also featured, while also in action that day were Patrik Berger, Vegard Heggem and future reds Nicolas Anelka and Vladimír Šmicer. International bosses 1999 - Ex-red Kevin Keegan took charge of England for the first time as they beat Poland 3-1 in a Euro 2000 qualifier at Wembley. He selected Steve McManaman and Jamie Redknapp. 2003 - Future reds boss Gérard Houllier managed France as they won a World Cup qualifier 1-0 in Austria thanks to a Jean-Pierre Papin goal. Jim’s farewell 2002 - Ex-reserves midfielder Jim Magilton won his 52nd and final cap for Northern Ireland as they were held to a goalless draw in a friendly in Liechtenstein. 1996 - He also turned out for his country, facing Stig Inge Bjørnebye and future red Øyvind Leonhardsen as Norway won a friendly 2-0 at Windsor Park. 1991 - His first international appearance on this day came as his side lost a Euro ’92 qualifier 4-1 in Yugoslavia. Final caps 2016 – Trent Alexander-Arnold won his second and final cap for England Under-18’s in their 4-1 friendly defeat of the Republic of Ireland at St. George’s Park, with Herbie Kane also featuring. 2005 - Momo Sissoko won his twelfth and final cap as a Valencia player as Mali lost 2-1 to Togo in a World Cup qualifier in Bamako. 1988 - Ex-reds defender Avi Cohen was booked while winning his last international cap as Israel won 1-0 in an Olympics qualifying game in New Zealand. Future red Ronnie Rosenthal also played. 1897 - Ex-reds left-back Duncan McLean won his second and final cap for Scotland as they thumped Ireland 5-1 at Ibrox in the British International Championships. Ex-reds on the move 2014 – Left-winger Albert Riera signed for Watford having recently had his contract with Galatasaray terminated. He netted once in eight games for the Hornets. On the same day, Lee Peltier joined Nottingham Forest on loan from Leeds United, playing seven times. 2013 - Toni Silva joined Dagenham & Redbridge on loan from Barnsley, turning out for them four times in League Two. 2009 – John Welsh moved to Bury on loan from Hull City, playing six times for the League Two outfit. 2003 - John Miles joined Third Division Macclesfield Town on loan from Crewe Alexandra. He netted four goals in eight games, signing permanently two months later. 1997 - Ex-reserves defender Ashley Neal signed for Peterborough United from Huddersfield Town on non-contract terms, going on to play for the Posh just nine times. On the same day, forward Lee Jones joined Tranmere Rovers on loan, for whom he struck five times in eight games before signing permanently two months later. Youngsters on target again 2018 – Dominic Solanke scored as England Under-21’s beat Ukraine 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier at Bramall Lane. Ex-red Iago Aspas scored for Spain as they thumped Argentina 6-1 in a friendly in Madrid, with ex-red Javier Mascherano skippering his country. Marko Grujić, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, Simon Mignolet, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Kamil Grabara, Andrew Robertson, Corey Whelan, future red Alisson Becker and ex-reds Philippe Coutinho, Victor Moses and Raheem Sterling all also represented their countries. 2007 – Future reds forward Daniel Sturridge netted twice while winning his only cap for England Under-18’s in their 4-1 victory over the Netherlands in Yeovil. 2001 - Milan Baroš netted a brace in the Czech Republic Under-21’s 3-0 European Championships qualifying defeat of Christian Poulsen’s Denmark in Teplice. This was the fifth consecutive international in which he had scored. 1997 – Future red Haukur Ingi Guðnason struck his sixth and last goal for Iceland Under-19’s goal as they beat Romania 2-0 in the Italy Tournament. Behind the scenes moves 2009 – Assistant Manager Sammy Lee, first-team coach Mauricio Pellegrino, goalkeeping coach Xavi Valero, joint chief scout Eduardo Macía and fitness coach Paco de Miguel all extended their contracts with the reds. Meanwhile, Frank McParland was appointed to undertake a strategic review of the Academy. Big money Crouch 2002 - Future reds centre-forward Peter Crouch joined Aston Villa from Portsmouth for £5m after a successful spell at Fratton Park. His time in the Midlands was less noteworthy, as he netted just six times in 43 games for the Villains, as well as spending three months on loan with Norwich City.