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  1. Will

    30th June

    Death of a true gentleman 2001 - Joe Fagan died aged eighty. He joined the coaching staff at Anfield in 1958, becoming Assistant Manager under Bob Paisley in 1974, before moving into the hot seat himself nine years later. In his first season as boss, he led the club to a unique treble of League title, European Cup and League Cup as we won 71 of his 131 games in charge. He retired in the aftermath of the Heysel tragedy in May 1985. 1958 – He was appointed Assistant Trainer under Phil Taylor’s management, replacing Dicky Dorsett. 2019 – Noel White died. He had resigned from the Board in October 2006 after leaking critical stories of Rafael Benítez’s rotation policy to the press. He had been on the Board for twenty years, including a spell as Chairman between 1990 and 1991. Final disappointments 2002 - Dietmar Hamann and ex-red Christian Ziege appeared for Germany in the World Cup Final as they went down 2-0 against Brazil in Yokohama. Hamann thus became only the second red to appear in the biggest game in world football, after ‘Sir’ Roger Hunt in 1966. 2013 – Ex-reds Álvaro Arbeloa and Fernando Torres played as Brazil beat Spain 3-0 in the Confederations Cup Final in Rio de Janeiro. On the same day, ex-red Alberto Aquilani and Luis Suárez both converted penalties in a shoot-out as Italy beat Uruguay 3-2 after their Third Place Play-off in Salvador had ended 2-2 after ninety and 120 minutes. Michael goes supernova 1998 - Michael Owen found worldwide fame as he scored ‘that’ goal for England against Argentina in their World Cup Second Round meeting in St. Étienne. He had already won England a penalty, and later himself converted one of the spot-kicks in the eventual shoot-out that settled the tie 4-3 in Argentina’s favour after the game ended 2-2. Clubmate Paul Ince had his penalty saved. Paddy and Vlad at Wembley 1996 - Patrik Berger scored a penalty for the Czech Republic in the Euro ‘96 Final, as they lost 2-1 to Germany thanks to a brace from Oliver Bierhoff, two months before Berger moved to Anfield. Vladimír Šmicer won his last cap as an SK Slavia Praha player in this game, while the German side included future reds Markus Babbel and Christian Ziege. Those six words 2000 - Evertonians cried ‘betrayal’ as Nick Barmby announced his desire for a switch across Stanley Park with the words, “I want to play for Liverpool”. He arrived at Anfield three weeks later. Coaches in and out 2008 – The appointment of Mauricio Pellegrino as first-team coach was announced by the club. He had been working as a youth team coach at Valencia. He stayed with the reds until he followed Rafael Benítez to Internazionale in the summer of 2010. 2011 – The departure of Assistant Manager Sammy Lee by mutual consent was announced. He had been in that role since May 2008. Knocked out in Rome 1990 - Ray Houghton, Steve Staunton and ex-reds John Aldridge and Kevin Sheedy all featured as the Republic of Ireland lost 1-0 to Italy in their World Cup Quarter-final in the Stadio Olimpico. Javier’s last 2006 - Javier Mascherano won his last cap as a Corinthians player as Argentina drew 1-1 with Germany in their World Cup Quarter-final in Berlin, with the host nation progressing 4-2 on penalties, as fellow future red Maxi Rodríguez converted his spot-kick with both players being cautioned. 2014 – Ex-red Victor Moses played as Nigeria lost 2-0 to France in their Round of Sixteen game in Brasilia. 2015 – Mascherano reached the Final of the Copa América in Chile as Argentina thumped Paraguay 6-1. On the same day, Tiago Ilori was on the losing side as Sweden Under-21’s beat Portugal 4-3 on penalties after their goalless European Championships Final in Prague. This was his tenth and last cap at this level. 2018 – Mascherano played as Argentina lost 4-3 to France in a Round of Sixteen tie in Kazan, with fellow ex-red Luis Suárez helping Uruguay to defeat Portugal 2-1 in Sochi at the same stage. Happy birthdays 1917 - Forward Harry Eastham was born in Blackpool. He signed from his hometown club in February 1936 but only notched four times in 68 games for the reds in a career interrupted by the Second World War, scoring four times. He left Anfield for Tranmere Rovers in May 1948 having helped us to claim the first post-war League title. 1970 - Former reds defender Barry Jones was born. The apprentice decorator signed from his hometown club Prescot Town for a £500 donation but only ever made one senior appearance for the reds, in our 1-0 UEFA Cup defeat against Kuusysi Lahti in Finland. Ronnie leaves the Shrimpers 1997 - Ronnie Whelan resigned as Manager of Southend United, blaming a lack of support from the board. He had been in charge at Roots Hall for two years, but was unable to keep them in the rarefied heights of the First Division. Keepers on the move 2005 - Chris Kirkland joined West Bromwich Albion on trial. He later joined them on a season-long loan, but injury once again struck, restricting him to just twelve appearances for the Baggies. 1999 - Ex-reds reserves keeper Michael Stensgaard signed for F.C. København from Southampton on a free transfer. As at Anfield, he had failed to make the first team at The Dell. Also on target 2007 - Harry Kewell scored as Australia won a friendly 3-0 in Singapore. He also captained his country for part of the game. Meanwhile, Emiliano Insúa featured as Argentina Under-20’s were held to a goalless draw by the Czech Republic in a World Championship Finals group game in Ottawa. 2011 - Raheem Sterling netted as England Under-17’s drew 1-1 with Argentina in their World Championship Finals Round of Sixteen game in Mexico, before triumphing 4-2 on penalties, with Adam Morgan on target in the shoot-out and Brad Smith also in action. Meanwhile, future red Samed Yeşil netted as Germany, skippered by future red Emre Can, beat the USA 4-1 at the same stage. 2019 – Mohamed Salah struck as Egypt beat Uganda 2-0 in an Africa Cup of Nations Finals group game in Cairo. Wingers fly away 2006 - Ex-red Richie Partridge signed for Rotherham United. He netted four times in 36 outings for the Merry Millers in his one season with them as they were relegated to League Two. 2009 – Paul Anderson was sold to Nottingham Forest for £250,000, having spent the previous campaign on loan at the City Ground. He joined the reds from Hull City in a swap deal for John Welsh in January 2006, making it onto the first-team bench just twice, both in Champions League matches. On the same day, midfielder Lee Peltier moved to Huddersfield Town on a free transfer from Yeovil Town, having struck just once in 77 outings for the Glovers. Olympian reds 1912 - Ex-reds winger Arthur Berry and future reds left-half Joe Dines both featured in the United Kingdom’s 7-0 thrashing of Hungary at the Olympics in Stockholm. The UK team went on to retain their Olympic title that year. King Kenny against the Brazilians 1973 - Future red Kenny Dalglish won his tenth cap for Scotland as they lost 1-0 to Brazil in a friendly at Hampden Park. Also on the move 2018 – Left-back Jack Robinson joined Nottingham Forest from Queens Park Rangers on a free transfer. He scored twice in forty outings in his first campaign at the City Ground. 2016 – Forward Jerome Sinclair was sold to Watford for £4m, having become our youngest ever player in September 2012 aged sixteen years and six days. He struck once in five senior reds games in total, so far netted once in twelve outings for the Hornets as he has spent much of his time out on loan. On the same day, Sammy Lee left as First-Team Assistant Coach of Southampton 2014 – Czech defender Jakub Sokolík signed for Yeovil Town, playing twelve senior games in his first campaign with the Glovers. He had joined the Academy in 2009. 2011 – Centre-half Jack Hobbs joined Hull City from Leicester City for an initial £850,000, having been on loan since the previous February. 2010 - Christopher Buchtmann returned to his native land from Fulham, signing for 1. FC Köln, having failed to break through at Craven Cottage. 2009 – Ex-reserves forward Astrit Ajdarević signed for Leicester City, after a successful loan spell at the Walkers Stadium in which he made five substitute appearances, although he did not play another first-team game, moving on to Swedish side Örebro SK in July 2010 after being released that May. Reds honoured 2014 – Manager Brendan Rodgers was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science for his outstanding contribution to sport by the University of Ulster in Coleraine. 2008 - Chief Executive Rick Parry was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Liverpool at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. He had graduated from the same institution with a BSc. in Mathematics back in 1976.
  2. Will

    26th March

    Wembley glory 1983 - We won our third consecutive League Cup, 2-1. Norman Whiteside opened the scoring for Manchester United with the first of his four goals past us before Alan Kennedy equalised at Wembley. The game went into extra time, with our fitness proving the greater as Frank Stapleton had to come back into defence with Gordon McQueen going up front, due to cramp. Ronnie Whelan, who had scored twice in the previous season’s Final, won the game for us with a beautifully curled shot past the helpless Gary Bailey. Bob Paisley was sent up to lift the trophy in his final season as boss. King Kenny’s centuries 1986 - Kenny Dalglish skippered Scotland while winning his hundredth cap in a 3-0 friendly defeat of Romania at Hampden Park. Alan Hansen and ex-red Graeme Souness both also played. On the same day, future red Mark Wright captained England as they beat the USSR 1-0 in a friendly in Tblisi. Fellow future red Peter Beardsley also played. Jan Mølby also turned out for his homeland that day, as Denmark held Northern Ireland to a 1-1 draw in another friendly, at Windsor Park. 1988 - Kenny secured another century when he led the reds to his hundredth victory as Manager, with John Aldridge and John Barnes striking in a 2-1 League defeat of Wimbledon at Anfield. This was Digger’s hundredth club goal, while Gary Gillespie reached a century of League appearances for the reds. Dalglish came on as a very late replacement for Aldridge, with Eric Young bagging the visitors’ consolation straight after that. Reds on the way out 1998 - Mark Kennedy moved to Wimbledon for £1.75m, a £250,000 profit after three years with the reds since signing from Millwall. He had only made 21 senior reds appearances, without getting on the scoresheet. On the same day, Neil Ruddock joined First Division Queens Park Rangers on loan, for whom he played seven times. Meanwhile, ex-red Peter Beardsley joined Fulham on loan from Bolton Wanderers. He netted three times in ten games, and later returned for a second spell, before signing permanently for the Cottagers in November of that year. Mixed fortunes against City We hosted Manchester City on this day in consecutive seasons just before the Second World War. 1937 - We were thumped 5-0 with Eric Brook bagging the last three of his nine strikes past us, Alex Herd netting one of his eight goals against the reds and Peter Doherty also on target. 1938 - We won 2-0 when Ron Jones netted on his reds bow, with Jack Balmer also on target. Triple international debutants 1986 - Future reds John Aldridge, Ray Houghton and Dean Saunders all made their full international debuts as Wales beat the Republic of Ireland in a friendly in Dublin, with Jack Charlton getting off to a losing start as Irish boss. Ian Rush bagged the only goal of the game, while Jim Beglin, Ronnie Whelan and ex-reds Joey Jones and Michael Robinson all also played. 1985 - Beglin and Whelan lined up alongside Mark Lawrenson as the Irish lost 2-1 to England in a friendly at Wembley, with future red Mark Wright also featuring. Another Welsh first 1969 - Cardiff City’s John Toshack won his first senior cap as Wales drew 1-1 with West Germany in a friendly in Frankfurt. Sunderland times three 1932 - Sunderland won at Anfield in the League for the third consecutive season, this time 2-1, with Gordon Hodgson nabbing our consolation. Outside-right Billy Eden equalised in his final game for the visitors, with Bobby Gurney bagging the winner, one of his sixteen goals against us. Brothers Jimmy and Jack McDougall captained the two sides. 2014 – We beat Sunderland 2-1 in L4 with Steven Gerrard opening the scoring with a free-kick. Daniel Sturridge struck his twentieth League goal of the campaign of the season after the break, also sending another shot onto the crossbar. Lee Cattermole hit the bar for the visitors before Ki Sung-yueng pulled a goal back to ensure a nervy finish. Twice against the Villains and Spurs We have twice entertained both Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur on this day in history, without experiencing defeat. 1904 - Robbie Robinson netted as we were held to a 1-1 draw by Villa at Anfield. 1910 - Jack Parkinson and James Stewart were on target as we beat Spurs 2-0 in our first ever meeting in L4. 1966 - Roger Hunt bagged a brace with Ian Callaghan also on the scoresheet as we won 3-0 at Villa Park. 1989 - John Aldridge converted a penalty and Peter Beardsley also struck as we won 2-1 at White Hart Lane. Terry Fenwick had opened the scoring with the last of his four goals past us. Big post-war Anfield wins We won top-flight matches 4-0 at Anfield on this day in consecutive years immediately following the Second World War. 1948 - Willie Fagan nabbed a brace with Billy Liddell and Albert Stubbins also striking against Sheffield United. 1949 - Stubbins netted twice past Stoke City, with Cyril Done and Jack Balmer also on target. Reds on target 2019 – Roberto Firmino netted as Brazil won a friendly 3-1 in the Czech Republic, while Sadio Mané scored in Senegal’s 2-1 defeat of Mali in Dakar. Dominic Solanke bagged his first England Under-21’s goal as a Bournemouth player while captaining the side in their 2-1 defeat at his home stadium, with Sepp van den Berg winning his last cap as a PEC Zwolle player for the Dutch Under-19’s. Alisson Becker, Fabinho and ex-red Philippe Coutinho also played for their countries that day. 2018 – Virgil van Dijk struck his first goal for the Netherlands as they beat Portugal 3-0 in a friendly in Geneva, with ex-red Ryan Babel also on target. Gini Wijnaldum, Harry Wilson and ex-reds Joe Allen, Sebastián Coates and Luis Suárez all also played for their countries that day. 1980 - Future red Mark Lawrenson netted his first international goal in the Republic of Ireland’s 3-2 World Cup qualifying win in Cyprus. Steve Heighway also played, as Irish boss Johnny Giles took charge for the last time. Meanwhile, Kenny Dalglish scored in Scotland’s 4-1 European Championships qualifying win over Portugal. Alan Hansen and Graeme Souness both also featured. On the same day, Emlyn Hughes won his first cap since leaving Anfield as England beat Spain 2-0 in a friendly in the Camp Nou. Ray Kennedy, Phil Neal and Phil Thompson all featured, while ex-red Kevin Keegan skippered the side as he won his fiftieth cap. 2013 – Daniel Agger converted a penalty while skippering Denmark to a 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw with Bulgaria in Copenhagen, while future red Mario Balotelli struck twice, including a spot-kick, as Italy won a qualifier 2-0 in Malta. Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson, Martin Škrtel, Luis Suárez, future reds Christian Benteke, James Milner, Mohamed Salah and Dominic Solanke, and ex-reds Charlie Adam, Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa, Craig Bellamy, Yossi Benayoun, Alexander Kačaniklić, Javier Mascherano, Carl Medjani, Raúl Meireles and Nuri Şahin all also represented their countries that day. 2017 – Adam Lallana, ex-red Raheem Sterling and future red Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all featured as England beat Lithuania 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley. Meanwhile, future red Andy Robertson featured in Scotland’s 1-0 defeat of Slovenia at Hampden Park. Walker’s final caps 1898 - Future reds inside-right John Walker won his final Scotland cap as a Heart Of Midlothian player as they beat Ireland 3-0 in the British International Championships in Belfast, and third one to date. After a four-year spell in Anfield, he moved back north to Rangers. 1904 - He made his fifth and final Scotland appearance in the same fixture, in Dublin. A testimonial thumping 1894 - We thumped Accrington Stanley 8-0 in a testimonial match for right-back Andrew Hannah, the first one ever staged for a reds player. The game took place at Accrington’s Thorneyholme Road ground, with John Givens bagging a treble. Tom Bradshaw and Hugh McQueen both added braces, with Malcolm McVean rounding out the scoring. Recent international reds in action 2005 - Luis García came off the bench to make his senior international debut in Spain’s 3-0 friendly defeat of China in Salamanca, with future red Fernando Torres converting a penalty. It was nearly a fantastic first cap for Luis as he hit the bar. Future red Ryan Babel also made his international bow, scoring as the Netherlands won a World Cup qualifier in Romania, with fellow future reds Jan Kromkamp and Dirk Kuyt also featuring. Future red Christian Poulsen bagged his first goal for his country while winning his 28th cap for Denmark as they beat Kazakhstan 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Copenhagen. El-Hadji Diouf bagged a brace, including a penalty, as Senegal trounced Liberia 6-1 in Dakar, his final goals as a reds player. Milan Baroš and ex-red Jari Litmanen both netted as Finland came from 2-0 and 3-1 down to draw level with the Czech Republic, but they ultimately lost 4-3 to a late winner in Teplice. This was Jari’s 25th goal in his 95th international, while Sami Hyypiä also featured. Ex-red Michael Owen and future red Joe Cole both struck in England’s 4-0 World Cup qualifying defeat of Northern Ireland at Old Trafford on the same day, with Owen also skippering his country for part of the game. Steven Gerrard also played, while Jerzy Dudek, Steve Finnan and future reds Craig Bellamy, Yossi Benayoun, Mark González, Robbie Keane and Maxi Rodríguez also featured for their countries in qualifiers that day. Stéphane Henchoz won his 72nd and final cap to become Switzerland’s eighth highest all-time cap holder as they held France to a goalless draw in the Stade de France, playing alongside future red Philipp Degen. Also in action was future red Michael Nardiello, who grabbed his second and final goal as a Manchester United player for England Under-16’s as they beat Cameroon 2-1 in the Montaigu Tournament in France, with future red Daniel Sturridge also on target in his fourth and final game at this level. Soto twice 2006 – Sotirios Kyrgiakos played for Greece in their 2-2 friendly draw with Austria in Graz while still with Panathinaikos. 2008 – Now with Eintracht Frankfurt, he featured as they beat Portugal 2-1 in a friendly played in Dusseldorf. Nabil off the mark 2008 - Nabil El-Zhar struck on his full debut for Morocco, coming on as a sub in their 4-1 friendly win in Belgium. On the same day, Jari Litmanen converted a spot-kick while winning his last cap as a Fulham player in Finland’s 2-1 defeat in Bulgaria. Milan Baroš played his final game for the Czech Republic while on loan at Portsmouth in their 1-1 draw with future red Christian Poulsen’s Denmark in Herning. Djibril Cissé made his first appearance for France while permanently signed with Olympique de Marseille as David Beckham won his hundredth cap in France’s 1-0 defeat of England in the Stade de France, with Steven Gerrard, future reds Joe Cole, Stewart Downing and Simon Mignolet, and ex-reds Nicolas Anelka, Peter Crouch, David James and Michael Owen all also featuring, and Glen Johnson winning his first cap while with Portsmouth. Yossi Benayoun netted the only goal of Israel’s encounter with Chile in Tel-Aviv, while Albert Riera won his final cap as an R.C.D. Espanyol player as Spain beat Italy 1-0, with Xabi Alonso and Fernando Torres also playing, and Álvaro Arbeloa making his senior bow and future red Alberto Aquilani on the losing side. Future reds loanee Nuri Şahin scored for Turkey Under-21’s in their 3-0 European championships qualifying defeat of Liechtenstein. Also in international action were Ryan Babel, Javier Mascherano, Dani Pacheco, John Arne Riise, Martin Škrtel, Andriy Voronin and future reds Joe Allen, Fabio Borini, Milan Jovanović and Maxi Rodríguez. Young Hungarians in action 2006 - Future reds reserves forward Krisztián Németh played for Hungary Under-17’s as they drew 1-1 in Portugal in the Elite Round of European Championships qualifiers in Viseu, while Alberto Aquilani played for Italy Under-19’s in their 3-0 defeat of the Czech Republic. 2007 - András Simon bagged a brace as they beat Finland 3-2 at the same stage in Périgny in France. 2016 - Krisztián Németh won his first senior cap as an Al-Gharafa player in Hungary’s 1-1 friendly draw with Croatia in Budapest, with Ádám Bogdán also featuring. On the same day, Roy Hodgson’s England drew 2-2 with Germany in Berlin, with Emre Can, Nathaniel Clyne, Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana all featuring. Meanwhile, Jordon Ibe was sent off for England Under-21’s in their 1-1 European Championships qualifying draw in Switzerland, winning his fourth and last cap at this level, with future red Dominic Solanke also featuring and Sheyi Ojo turning out for the Under-19’s. 2014 – Solanke scored for England Under-17’s as they won a European Championships qualifier 1-0 in the Czech Republic, with fellow future red Joe Gomez also playing. Meanwhile, Corey Whelan featured for the Republic of Ireland Under-21’s. 1996 – Future red Alex Manninger played for Austria Under-21’s in their 3-0 friendly defeat in Switzerland. 1999 – He played again, this time in a 4-0 European Championships qualifying defeat in Spain. First reds caps 1980 - Avi Cohen won his first cap as a reds player, and seventeenth in total, as Israel were held to a goalless draw by Northern Ireland in Tel Aviv. On the same day, Alan Kennedy played in his first England B international since arriving at Anfield as they beat their Spanish counterparts 1-0 at Roker Park. Future reds goalkeeping coach Joe Corrigan also played. 2002 - Future reds centre-forward Peter Crouch made his debut for England Under-21’s as they drew 1-1 with Italy in Bradford, with reds defender Stephen Wright and future red Jermaine Pennant also featuring. This was Crouch’s only cap as a Portsmouth player, as he joined Aston Villa the following day. 2011 – Brad Smith won his first cap for England Under-17’s in their 3-2 European Championships qualifying defeat of Northern Ireland in Belgium, with Adam Morgan also featuring. On the same day, ex-red Robbie Keane won his first cap while on loan at West Ham United, netting as the Republic of Ireland beat FYR Macedonia 2-1 in a Euro 2012 qualifier in Dublin. Future red Samed Yesil scored for Germany Under-17’s in their 2-0 European Championships qualifying win over Ukraine in Dusseldorf. Daniel Agger, Glen Johnson, Raúl Meireles, Christian Poulsen, Martin Škrtel, future reds Stewart Downing, Dejan Lovren and James Milner, and ex-reds Craig Bellamy, Javier Mascherano and John Arne Riise were also in international action that day. 2015 - Mohamed Salah won his first cap while on loan at Fiorentina from Chelsea as Egypt beat Equatorial Guinea 2-0 in a friendly in Cairo. Mamadou Sakho faced future red Roberto Firmino in a friendly in Paris as Brazil beat France 3-1. Future reds keeper Caoimhín Kelleher featured for the Irish Under-17’s as they lost a European Championships qualifier in Poland, with Tiago Ilori, Sheyi Ojo and future reds Joe Gomez and Dominic Solanke also playing for their countries at junior level. Off on loan 2015 – Forward Jack Dunn joined Burton Albion on loan, only making one senior appearance for the Brewers. 2014 – Forward Nathan Eccleston joined Coventry City on loan from Blackpool, failing to score in eight outings for the Sky Blues. On the same day, Harry Kewell announced his retirement from playing at the end of the season. 2009 – Young defender Martin Kelly moved to Huddersfield Town until the end of the season, whose Assistant Manager was reds legend Terry McDermott. He struck once in seven outings for the Terriers as they missed out on the League One play-offs. 1987 - Future reds loanee keeper Mark Prudhoe joined Grimsby Town on loan from Walsall. He played eight times for the Mariners as they were relegated from the old Second Division. Signing on 1999 – Keeper Brad Jones signed as a professional for Middlesbrough, aged seventeen. He went on to play 75 senior games for Boro before moving to Anfield for £2.3m in August 2010. 2015 - Young midfielder Jordan Lussey joined Bolton Wanderers on loan, signing on permanently four months later, while Kevin Stewart moved to Burton Albion on a temporary basis, netting twice in seven outings, including grabbing the goal that secured the League Two title. On the same day, former substitute keeper Tony Warner joined Accrington Stanley, while remaining a coach at Bolton. Meanwhile, ex-reds midfielder Danny Guthrie joined Fulham on loan from Reading, turning out six times for the Cottagers.
  3. Will

    11th June

    Another record for St. Michael 2003 - Michael Owen became England’s youngest ever player to reach fifty caps. He captained the side, bagging a brace, including a penalty, as they beat Slovakia 2-1 in a Euro 2004 qualifier at the Riverside Stadium. Steven Gerrard and ex-red David James also played. He also became England’s youngest ever captain for a competitive international. On the same day, Vladimír Šmicer netted as the Czech Republic thumped Moldova 5-0 in another qualifier in Olomouc, with clubmate Milan Baroš also playing. Future red Robbie Keane struck as the Republic of Ireland beat Georgia 2-0 in Dublin, while Jerzy Dudek, Stéphane Henchoz, Sami Hyypiä, John Arne Riise, ex-red Jari Litmanen and future reds Fernando Morientes and Andriy Voronin all also featured in Euro 2004 qualifiers. International endings 1995 - Ronnie Whelan captained the Republic of Ireland while winning his 53rd and final cap, as they lost 3-1 to Austria in a European Championships qualifier at Lansdowne Road. Ex-red Ray Houghton netted his sixth and final international goal, while Phil Babb and ex-red Steve Staunton also played. On the same day, John Scales won his third and final England cap, breaking his nose in their 3-1 defeat by Brazil at Wembley. Future red Stan Collymore won the second of his three senior caps in this game, and his last before moving to Anfield. István Kozma won his last cap in his second spell as an Újpest player as Hungary lost a Euro 96 qualifier 2-1 in Iceland. Meanwhile, future red Jari Litmanen was on target as Finland beat Greece 2-1 in a Euro ’96 qualifier in Helsinki, with future red Brad Friedel also in international action. 1958 - Tommy Younger skippered Scotland in his 24th and final game for them as they lost 3-2 to Paraguay in Sweden in the World Cup and was unfortunately responsible for one of the South Americans’ goals. His performance may have been affected by receiving a telegram shortly before kick-off to inform him that his wife had been taken to hospital with heart trouble. On the same day, Alan A’Court played in England’s goalless draw with Brazil in Gothenburg. 1997 - Haukur Ingi Guðnason won his last cap for Iceland Under-21’s cap as a Keflavík player in their 3-0 European Championships qualifying defeat by Lithuania. 2013 – Jonjo Shelvey made his last appearance for England Under-21’s as a red as they lost 1-0 to Israel in a European Championships Finals group game in Jerusalem, with future red winning his eighth and last cap at this level. Jordan Henderson, Andre Wisdom and ex-red Tom Ince also featuring. Also in international action that day were future red Mario Balotelli and ex-reds Alberto Aquilani, Álvaro Arbeloa, Alexander Kačaniklić, Robbie Keane and Dirk Kuyt, with Javier Mascherano being sent off for Argentina. 2008 - Milan Baroš won his final cap as an Olympique Lyonnais player as the Czech Republic lost 3-1 to Portugal in a European Championship Finals group game in Geneva. 2000 - Phil Babb won his 35th and final Irish cap as they beat South Africa 2-1 in a US Nike Cup game in New York. Ex-reds Mark Kennedy and Jason McAteer both also featured, while Robbie Keane won his last cap as a Coventry City player, and eighteenth to date. 2014 – Keane also played for his country as the Republic of Ireland lost 5-1 to Portugal in New Jersey, with ex-red Raúl Meireles on the winning side. Euro ’96 at Anfield 1966 - Italy beat Russia 2-1 in front of 35,000 in a Euro ‘96 game at Anfield with both their goals coming from Pierluigi Casiraghi. Neither side won another game in the tournament and were eliminated from a group containing both the eventual finalists, Germany and the Czech Republic. 2000 - Vladimír Šmicer and future reds Nicolas Anelka and Bolo Zenden all featured in Euro 2000 group games. Thumping the Yanks 1946 - Cyril Done scored four goals and Willie Fagan notched a hat-trick as we trounced an American League Select side 10-1 at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. Bob Priday, Jack Balmer and Harry Eastham all also netted. Mark off the mark 2003 - Future reds winger Mark González grabbed his first international goal while winning his second cap in Chile’s 2-1 friendly defeat of Honduras 2-1 in San Pedro Sula. R.C.D. Espanyol’s Maxi Rodríguez also featured in friendly action that day. 2009 – He represented his country again as Chile beat Bolivia 4-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Santiago. Red endings 1952 - Outside-right Archie Rawlings died. He signed from Preston North End in March 1924, striking ten times in his 67 reds games before moving on to Walsall in June 1926. 2003 - Reserves forward Mark Peers joined Raith Rovers on a free transfer. He made just eight senior appearances for them, only netting once, before returning south of the border to join Conference side Leigh RMI in February 2005. Kenny bows out in Argentina 1978 - Kenny Dalglish scored as Scotland beat the Netherlands 3-2 in the World Cup in Mendoza, but it was not enough to take them through to the next round. Graeme Souness also played in this game. The Dutch went on all the way to the Final to face hosts Argentina. 2017 – Sheyi Ojo won his fifth and last England Under-20’s cap as they beat Venezuela 1-0 in the World Championships Final in South Korea, with future red Dominic Solanke also featuring. Happy birthdays 1875 – Forward Dan Cunliffe was born in Bolton. He signed from Oldham County in 1897 and struck six times in eighteen games before moving to New Brighton Tower the following year. 1953 – Bob Paisley’s first signing as boss, keeper Peter McDonnell was born in Kendal. He arrived from Bury in July 1974 but never made the first team, but sat on the bench at the European Cup Final in Rome in 1977, and on another 27 occasions, including both legs of the 1976 UEFA Cup Final, three FA Charity Shields and both legs of the UEFA Super Cup Final in 1977. He left Anfield to join Oldham Athletic in August 1978. Pelle’s debut 1997 - Future red Mauricio Pellegrino won the first of his three caps for Argentina in their goalless draw with Ecuador in the Copa América. Red against red in Cagliari 1990 - John Barnes, Peter Beardsley and Steve McMahon all featured for England as they drew a World Cup group game 1-1 with a Republic of Ireland side that included goalscoring ex-red Kevin Sheedy as well as Ray Houghton, Steve Staunton and ex-red John Aldridge. 1986 - Beardsley also played in the World Cup Finals as England beat Poland 3-0 in Monterrey. Also at the World Cup 2002 - Germany beat Cameroon 2-0 in Shizuoka to progress to the last sixteen of the World Cup. Dietmar Hamann and ex-reds Rigobert Song and Christian Ziege were all booked in this game, with Rigo winning his final cap as a West Ham United player. 1998 - Song also played in the World Cup in Cameroon’s 1-1 draw with Austria in Toulouse. 2002 - Future red Robbie Keane struck in the Republic of Ireland’s 3-0 defeat of Saudi Arabia in Yokohama to also progress from the same group, with Steve Finnan and ex-reds Jason McAteer and Steve Staunton also featuring. Senegal drew 3-3 with Uruguay, after leading by three goals. El-Hadji Diouf won a penalty for the first goal, while Salif Diao was suspended for this game. Future red Djibril Cissé won his fifth full international cap as a substitute in France’s 2-0 defeat by Denmark in Incheon, as they crashed out of the tournament without scoring. Christian Poulsen won his final cap as an F.C. København player in this game. 2006 - Future red Dirk Kuyt played as the Netherlands beat Serbia & Montenegro 1-0 in Leipzig. 2010 – Ex-red Nicolas Anelka faced future red Luis Suárez as France and Uruguay shared a goalless draw in Cape Town. In Euro action 2012 – Roy Hodgson took charge of an England side skippered by Steven Gerrard, with Jordan Henderson, Glen Johnson and future reds James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also featuring against ex-red Alou Diarra’s France. This European Championships Finals group game ended 1-1 in Donetsk. On the same day, ex-red Andriy Voronin featured for the Ukraine as they beat Sweden 2-1 in the same group in Kiev. 2016 – Hodgson’s England drew 1-1 with Russia in Marseille, with Adam Lallana, James Milner and ex-red Raheem Sterling all featuring. On the same day, Joe Allen and Danny Ward faced Martin Škrtel as Wales beat Slovakia 2-1 in Bordeaux in the same group, with future red Xherdan Shaqiri also in qualifying action. 2019 – Harry Wilson and ex-reds Joe Allen and Péter Gulácsi all featured as Hungary beat Wales 1-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Budapest, with Dejan Lovren also featuring for his country. Tony on a run 1969 - Ex-red Tony Hateley scored in the fourth of all seven games of an FA Tour, grabbing a hat-trick as England thumped New Zealand 5-0 in Auckland. He netted a total of seventeen goals on the tour. In Toulon 1993 - Jamie Redknapp and future reds Academy coach Mike Sheron played for England Under-21’s in the Toulon Tournament as they held Brazil to a goalless draw. 1989 - Future red Neil Ruddock appeared as the USA clinched third place instead of England. 1987 – Nottingham Forest’s Nigel Clough was in the side that lost 2-0 to France in the same competition. Luis on target 2011 – Luis Suárez netted in an unofficial international as Uruguay thumped Plaza Colonia 5-0. Youngsters on the international stage 2005 - Future reds Gabriel Paletta and Nabil El Zhar were both on the losing side in group stage games in the Under-20’s World Championship Finals in the Netherlands. 2007 - Scott Carson and future red James Milner played for England Under-21’s as they held the Czech Republic to a goalless draw in the European Championships Finals in the same country. Alberto Aquilani played for Italy in the same competition as they lost 1-0 to Serbia. 2015 - Future red Danny Ings played for England Under-21’s in their 1-0 defeat of Belarus in Barnsley. Meanwhile, ex-red Mikel San José played for the full Spanish side as they beat Costa Rica 2-1 in a friendly in Leon. Jen under way 2012 - Jen Chang started work as the club’s Corporate Relations and Communications Director. However, he only lasted in the role for five months before leaving “by mutual consent”.
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    31st May

    Edging towards the title 1947 - We moved to within touching distance of our fifth League title as our 2-1 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers took us one point clear of both Wolves and Manchester United, in our final game of the season. Jack Balmer and Albert Stubbins bagged our goals before the break while Wolves legend Stan Cullis, who had guested for the reds during the war, played his final ever game for the club. Jimmy Dunn scored the first of his four goals past us in the second half. However, we had to wait a further two weeks to know for sure if the title was ours, as fellow championship challengers Stoke City had one final game, which they lost at Sheffield United. First and last caps 2000 - Steven Gerrard made his England debut as Kevin Keegan’s side beat the Ukraine 1-0 in a friendly at Wembley thanks to a goal from Robbie Fowler. Emile Heskey won his first cap as a reds player in this game, with future red Nick Barmby and ex-red Steve McManaman also featuring. 1989 - Future red Stig Inge Bjørnebye won his first cap for Norway as they beat Austria 4-1 in a friendly in Oslo. On the same day, Ian Rush, future reds player Dean Saunders and Assistant Manager Colin Pascoe faced future red Karl-Heinz Riedle in a goalless World Cup qualifier between Wales and West Germany in Cardiff. On the same day, Glenn Hysén won his last cap as a Fiorentina player as Sweden beat Algeria 2-0 in a friendly. 1994 - Dominic Matteo made his England Under-21’s debut as a substitute in their 3-0 defeat by France in the Toulon Tournament in Aubagne. Fellow reds Robbie Fowler and Jamie Redknapp both also played. 1977 - Kevin Keegan won his final cap as a reds player, skippering England in their 1-0 defeat to Wales in the British International Championships at Wembley. Fellow reds Emlyn Hughes, Joey Jones, Ray Kennedy and Phil Neal all also featured. 1994 - Ronnie Rosenthal won his last cap as a reds player, and 37th in total, as Israel lost 3-0 to Argentina in a friendly in Tel-Aviv. 2008 – Future red Andy Carroll won his sixth and final cap for England Under-19’s as they held Belarus to a goalless draw in Minsk, so qualifying for the European Championships Finals. 2014 – Young defender Ryan McLaughlin made his senior debut for Northern Ireland in their 1-0 friendly defeat in Uruguay. Sebastián Coates, future red Lazar Marković and ex-reds Alberto Aquilani, Carl Medjani and Gabriel Paletta all also represented their countries that day. Walker’s first steps 1874 - Inside-right John Walker was born in Coatbridge. He joined the reds from Heart Of Midlothian for £175 in March 1898, playing 120 times and scoring 31 goals, including the decisive final goal of the season to hand us our first League title in 1901. The following year he returned to his native Scotland, moving to Rangers. Goals galore in the US We have twice racked up hefty scores in US tour games on this day. 1953 - We trounced Toledo All Stars 10-3 with Kevin Baron, Jimmy Payne and Billy Liddell all bagging braces, and Alan A’Court, Bob Paisley and Jack Smith all also on target. 1946 - We thumped St. Louis All Stars 5-1 in the Walsh Stadium, with Willie Fagan netting twice this time around, and Bob Priday, Jack Balmer and Cyril Done also netting. A new trophy 1919 – We claimed the Lancashire Senior Cup, under its temporary tile of the Lancashire Section Subsidiary Competition, as we beat Oldham Athletic 3-0 in the Final at Old Trafford. Harold Wadsworth and John Miller netted either side of a Harry Lewis penalty. Derby stalemate 1941 - We drew 2-2 with Everton in a Wartime League game at Anfield with Billy Liddell and Cyril Done on target. Sal on target 2003 - Salif Diao netted in Senegal’s 2-1 friendly defeat of Cape Verde in Dakar, with clubmate El-Hadji Diouf also featuring. 2002 - They both also featured as Senegal beat France 1-0 in the opening game of the World Cup Finals, with future red Djibril Cissé appearing from the bench. Happy birthday Alan 1981 - Ex-reserves defender Alan Navarro was born in Liverpool. He never made a first-team appearance for us and moved to Tranmere Rovers for £225,000 in January 2002. Venison to Turkey 1995 - Barry Venison joined Galatasaray from Newcastle United for £750,000. He was signed by ex-reds boss Graeme Souness, but only remained in Turkey for five months, playing eight League games. Mighty Mouse on target 1976 - Kevin Keegan bagged a brace as England beat Team America 3-1 in the US Bicentennial Tournament in Philadelphia. Ray Clemence and Phil Thompson both also played for England, while ex-red Tommy Smith appeared for the Americans. On Song again and again Rigobert Song has played for Cameroon three times on this day in history. 2008 – He netted as skipper in their 2-0 defeat of Cape Verde Islands in a World Cup qualifier in Yaoundé. Xabi Alonso, Nabil El Zhar, Fernando Torres and ex-reds Nicolas Anelka and El-Hadji Diouf also represented their countries that day. 2001 - He was booked in their 2-0 defeat by Brazil in the Confederations Cup in Japan. 1998 - They won a friendly 2-0 in Luxembourg. Internationals on target 2013 – Alberto Aquilani bagged his first strike as a Fiorentina player as Italy beat San Marino 4-0 in a friendly in Bologna, with future red Mario Balotelli also in action, while future red Tiago Ilori played as Portugal Under-20’s beat Belgium Under-21’s 2-0 in a friendly in France. 2005 - Djibril Cissé struck in France’s 2-1 friendly defeat of Hungary in Metz. 2004 - He also featured for his country in a 2-0 friendly defeat of Denmark in Lens, with Christian Poulsen winning his final cap as a Schalke 04 player, and future red Philipp Degen also in international action that day. 2005 - Ex-red Michael Owen bagged a treble to become England’s all-time fourth top goalscorer as he struck his final goals as a Real Madrid player. England beat Colombia 3-2 in New Jersey, with Peter Crouch making his senior bow, winning his only cap as a Southampton player. Ex-red David James and future reds Joe Cole and Glen Johnson also played. On the same day, future red Besian Idrizaj played for Austria Under-19’s as they lost 3-2 to Scotland in a European Championships qualifier in Vöcklamarkt. Management moves 2005 - Mark Wright was appointed Manager of Peterborough United. He was only in charge until the following January, winning twelve of his 35 games in charge. 2018 – Former First Team Coach Paco Herrera was appointed Manager of Greek side Aris Thessaloniki, remaining in charge for six months. Conal on the move 2006 - Former reserves forward Conal Platt signed for Bournemouth having been released by the reds at the end of the season. He only made one senior appearance for the Cherries and is now playing for Stalybridge Celtic in the Conference North. On the same day, future red Nuri Şahin played as Turkey beat Saudi Arabia 1-0 in a friendly in Germany. 2015 - Ex-reserves defender Gareth Roberts signed for Conference North side Stockport County, having been released by Chester. John a Rover again 2007 – Future reds goalkeeping coach John Achterberg signed a new two-year playing/coaching contract with Tranmere Rovers. He went on to play 312 times in total for Rovers. Youngsters in action 2011 – Five reds featured for England Under-19’s as they beat Montenegro 1-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Switzerland. Andre Wisdom skippered a side that also included Conor Coady, Tom Ince, Michael Ngoo and Jack Robinson, with future red Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain making his debut at this level. 2017 – Future red Dominic Solanke played as England Under-20’s beat Costa Rica 2-1 in the World Cup Finals in South Korea.
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    23rd May

    Our first European triumph 1973 - We lost 2-0 at Borussia Mönchengladbach with Jupp Heynckes getting both goals inside ten first-half minutes. However, that was enough to secure the UEFA Cup for the first time, as we had won the first leg 3-0 at Anfield two weeks before. We therefore became the first English side to claim the League title and a European trophy in the same season. Athens despair 2007 - We lost 2-1 to AC Milan in the Champions League Final in Athens thanks to a Pippo Inzaghi brace, with Bolo Zenden playing his 47th and final reds game. Dirk Kuyt headed our late consolation, his first goal in Europe for us. Keeping on track for a title showdown 1989 - Ray Houghton netted a brace, with John Aldridge, Ian Rush and John Barnes also on target as we beat West Ham United 5-1 at Anfield, our 24th consecutive game without defeat, just three days after our emotional FA Cup Final win, to keep us on course for our second double in four years. The FA Cup was on display on a table on the pitch before the game. However, the League was to be cruelly snatched from our grasp by Arsenal in the very last kick of the season. 1985 - Our only other first-class game on this day saw John Wark miss a penalty as we lost at Everton. Paul Wilkinson bagged the only goal of the game. Uncle Joe announced 1983 – The appointment of Joe Fagan as Bob Paisley’s replacement as Manager was announced, although he did not take over until 1st July. In his first season as boss, he led the club to a unique treble of League, European Cup and League Cup, retiring just a year later. He remains the only Scouser to date to hold the position on a permanent basis. Happy birthdays 1997 - Centre-half Joe Gomez was born in Catford, south east London. He signed from Charlton Athletic for £3.5m in June 2015, so far making exactly one hundred senior appearances, without scoring. On the same day, Spanish midfielder Pedro Chirivella was born in Valencia. He signed from his hometown club in July 2013 and has played eleven first-team games to date, captaining the side in our League Cup thumping at Aston Villa in December 2019. 1996 - Keeper Ryan Fulton was born in Burnley. He signed pro terms in the summer of 2013, making his first senior appearance in our friendly at Swindon Town in August 2015. An obscure international 1987 - Young reds midfielder Ken de Mange made his senior international debut as a substitute for the Republic of Ireland alongside clubmates John Aldridge and Ronnie Whelan, as they beat Brazil 1-0 in a Rous Cup game at Lansdowne Road. He never made a first team appearance in his two seasons with the reds, before moving on to Leeds United. On the same day, Peter Beardsley and Mark Wright both played as England were held to a goalless draw by Scotland in the same competition at Hampden Park. It was Beardsley’s last cap as a Newcastle United player, and Wright’s final one while with Southampton. A treble for Albert 1948 - Albert Stubbins bagged a hat-trick as we beat a Philadelphia Select side 5-2 in a friendly on our post-season tour. Jack Balmer and Billy Liddell also netted. Rush for his country for the last time 1994 - Ian Rush grabbed his final goal for Wales as they won 2-1 in a friendly in Estonia. He netted 28 goals in his 73 internationals, a Welsh record. 1980 - He also represented his country in their 1-0 British International Championships defeat in Northern Ireland, alongside ex-red Joey Jones. Nigel’s debut 1989 - Future red Nigel Clough won his first full international cap as England were held to a goalless draw by Chile in a Rous Cup game at Wembley. 2001 – Future reds keeper Brad Jones won his only cap at Under-20’s level as Australia thumped Guam 6-0 in the East Asian Games in Japan. Larry for England 1972 - Larry Lloyd won his third and final England cap as a red, and his last for his country for eight years. Emlyn Hughes also played as Northern Ireland won 1-0 at Wembley in the British International Championships. Barmby’s brace 1996 - Future red Nick Barmby bagged a brace as England beat China 3-0 in a friendly in Beijing. Ex-red Peter Beardsley won his 59th and final cap in this game, while Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman and Jamie Redknapp all also featured. A French triumph 1956 - We thumped French outfit Racing Club Franc-Comtois 8-1 in Besançon. Billy Liddell bagged a brace, with Alan A’Court, Louis Bimpson, John Evans, Brian Jackson and Jimmy Melia all adding to an own goal. The kids done well 1963 – Tommy Smith captained the reds to a 3-1 victory in the first leg of our first ever FA Youth Cup Final at Anfield. Unfortunately, we crashed 5-2 in controversial circumstances in the return match two days later. Drawing at sea 1935 – We drew 2-2 with Victoria on Gran Canaria, with Vic Wright and Fred Howe netting. The reds were introduced to Miss Spain before the match! On the way out 2005 - It was announced that Paul Harrison, Patrice Luzi, Jon Otsemobor, Richie Partridge and Mark Smyth would all be leaving the club. They had only managed eleven first-team outings between them. 1997 - Roy Hodgson resigned as Manager of Internazionale, with two games remaining of the Serie A campaign and the club sitting in third place. This came two days after their UEFA Cup Final defeat to Schalke 04 on penalties, when he was pelted with coins and cigarette lighters by fans at the San Siro. 2011 – Ex-reds defender David Raven was released by Shrewsbury Town after 28 games for the Shrews. 2012 – Emile Heskey was released by Aston Villa after fifteen strikes in 111 outings. On the same day, keeper Chris Kirkland signed for Sheffield Wednesday. 2014 – Forward Michael Ngoo was released by the reds, having not made the breakthrough. On the same day, John Arne Riise was let go by Fulham after failing to score in exactly a century of games for the Cottagers. In charge 2006 - Nigel Spackman was appointed Manager of Millwall. He only remained in the post for four months before being sacked. 2009 – John Barnes led Jamaica to a 2-2 draw with Haiti in a friendly in Fort Lauderdale. 2010 – John Toshack took charge of Wales as they lost a friendly 2-0 in Croatia, with future red Dejan Lovren on the winning side. Future red Fabio Borini featured for Italy Under-19’s on the same day, as they beat Northern Ireland 3-2 in a friendly in Udine. Penalty shoot-out despair 1996 - Future red Jari Litmanen scored for Ajax in the UEFA Champions League Final as their match with Juventus ended 1-1 in the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. The Dutch outfit lost the penalty shoot-out 4-2, with Jari again on target from the spot. 2001 - Fellow future red Mauricio Pellegrino saw his decisive penalty saved by Oliver Kahn to hand Bayern München the UEFA Champions League as Valencia lost their shoot-out 5-4 in Milan, after the match had ended 1-1. Irish beginnings and end 2007 - Ex-red Darren Potter made his senior debut for the Republic of Ireland, with Steve Staunton leading his side to a 1-1 friendly draw with Ecuador in the Giants Stadium in New Jersey. 1998 - Mark Kennedy won his first cap as a Wimbledon player, and eighteenth in total, as the Irish were held to a goalless draw at Lansdowne Road by Mexico. Phil Babb and future red Robbie Keane also played. 1939 – Ex-reds reserves centre-half Matt O’Mahoney won his sixth and final Irish cap as they held Germany to a 1-1 draw in a friendly in Bremen. 2014 - Tiago Ilori scored his only goal for Portugal Under-21’s, the only goal of their European Championships qualifier in North Macedonia. Harry in charge 2008 – Harry Kewell captained Australia in their 1-0 friendly defeat of Ghana in Sydney. 2017 - He was appointed Manager of Crawley Town, leading them to mid-table safety in League Two in his first campaign in charge.
  6. Will

    22nd May

    Clem for the first time 1968 - Ray Clemence played his first reds game as we lost a friendly 1-0 to Porto in their Estádio das Antas. Farewells 2011 - We lost in our final game of the season at Aston Villa, with future red Stewart Downing netting the only goal. David N’Gog played his 94th and last reds game. On the same day, ex-reds keeper Jerzy Dudek announced his retirement from playing. He had made 186 reds appearances, helping us to glory in Istanbul, as well as the Worthington Cup in 2003. He left to join Real Madrid in July 2007, although barely featured for their first team. 1925 - Northern Irish inside-forward Billy McDevitt was sold to Exeter City for a club record fee, having been converted to a centre-half since arriving at Anfield from Swansea Town in 1923. He has played just four reds games. An England debutant 1974 - Reds left-back Alec Lindsay won the first of his four England caps in their 2-2 friendly draw with Argentina at Wembley. Emlyn Hughes was skipper that day, with Kevin Keegan also playing. Roger for England for the last time 1968 - Roger Hunt netted his eighteenth and final international goal as England beat Sweden 3-1 in a friendly at Wembley. He won a total of 34 caps for his country. A Scotland debutant 1979 - Reds reserves forward Frank McGarvey won his first full international cap as Scotland beat Northern Ireland 1-0 in the British International Championships at Hampden Park. Kenny Dalglish captained the side, with Graeme Souness and future red John Wark also featuring. Emile and Digger for England 2003 - Emile Heskey struck as England beat South Africa 2-1 in a friendly in Durban, his final England goal as a red. Steven Gerrard, Michael Owen, future red Joe Cole and ex-red David James all also played. 2016 – Jordan Henderson and ex-red Raheem Sterling played for Roy Hodgson’s England as they beat Turkey 2-1 in Manchester. 1990 - John Barnes was on target, although England lost 2-1 in a friendly to Uruguay at Wembley. Clubmate Peter Beardsley also appeared, as a substitute 1985 - Barnes also featured for England in a 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw in Finland 1994 - Beardsley represented his country again, playing with Rob Jones and future red Paul Ince as England were held to a goalless friendly draw by Norway at Wembley. Young debutants 2003 - Reds reserves forward Daniel Sjölund made his senior international debut as a substitute, with ex-red Øyvind Leonhardsen on target as Norway beat Finland 2-0 in a friendly in Oslo. John Arne Riise also played, while Finland were skippered by Sami Hyypiä. Oddly, Finland’s starting line-up included more players from the Norwegian Tippeliga than the eleven that began the game for Norway! 2002 - Sami Hyypiä also featured for Finland, playing alongside clubmate Jari Litmanen as they beat Latvia 2-1 in a friendly in Helsinki. On the same day, John Arne Riise and Øyvind Leonhardsen played as Norway were held to a 1-1 draw in another friendly in Bodø. 2014 – Keeper Peter Gulácsi made his senior bow as Hungary drew a friendly 2-2 with Denmark in Debrecen. Daniel Agger was on the opposing side. Meanwhile, Australian left-back Brad Smith won his first cap for England Under-21’s as they beat Qatar 3-0 in the Toulon Tournament. 2012 – Gini Wijnaldum won his first cap as a PSV Eindhoven as the Dutch Under-21’s were beaten 1-0 by Macedonia in a friendly in Austria. Feliz aniversário 2000 – Reserves forward Rafael Camacho was born in Lisbon. He made his senior bow at right-back in an FA Cup Third Round defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers last January, so far playing twice for the first team. Other friendlies 1932 – We trounced Århus Workers Sports Club 8-0 on our Danish tour, with Dave Wright, Gordon Gunson and Archie McPherson all bagging braces. Robert Done and Harold Barton also scored. 1969 - RCD Mallorca used ten substitutes at the start of the second half as we won a friendly there 2-1. Ian Callaghan and Bobby Graham netted our goals. Bizarrely, Bob Paisley was escorted to the dressing room by civil guards after trying to make a second substitution for the reds! 1984 - We defeated the Israeli national team 4-1, with Ronnie Whelan scoring twice and Michael Robinson and Graeme Souness also grabbing goals. For the King 1967 - We took part in a testimonial match for Tranmere Rovers legend John King, winning 3-1 at Prenton Park thanks to strikes from Gerry Byrne, Ian St. John and an own goal. Internationals on target 2012 – Future red Mohamed Salah struck twice as Egypt beat Togo 3-0 in a friendly in Sudan. 2002 - Future red Fernando Torres bagged a brace for Spain Under-19’s as they beat FYR Macedonia 4-0 in a European Championships Qualifier. On the same day, future reds Paul Konchesky and Jermaine Pennant played for England Under-21’s in their 3-1 European Championships Finals defeat to Portugal in Switzerland. 1991 - Future red Nick Barmby scored a brace as England Under-18’s beat Wales 3-0 at Yeovil in a European Championships qualifier. 1998 - Ex-reserves midfielder Kevin Sheedy struck as the Republic of Ireland beat Poland 3-1 in a friendly at Lansdowne Road. John Aldridge and Ronnie Whelan both also played. 2001 - Sheedy also played for his country at the same venue, alongside reds Ray Houghton and Steve Staunton in a 1-1 friendly draw with Chile. Tosh for Wales John Toshack twice played for Wales on this day in the 1970’s. 1971 - They lost 1-0 in Northern Ireland in the British International Championships. Chris Lawler faced future red Peter Cormack on the same day as England beat Scotland 3-1 at Wembley. 1976 - Wales were held to a 1-1 draw in a European Championships qualifier. For Billy 2010 - A memorial cairn in the Billy Liddell Sports Complex in Townhill, Dunfermline was unveiled in honour of the reds legend. Youngsters in action 2008 - Mikel San José played for Spain Under-19’s as they beat their Ukrainian counterparts 3-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Armenia. Meanwhile, Damien Plessis featured for France Under-20’s in their 2-1 defeat by Japan in the Toulon Tournament in Hyères. Titi in charge 2009 - Titi Camara was appointed National Technical Director of Guinea, additionally becoming Head Coach a month later. An international first 1938 – Ireland met Poland in an international fixture for the first time, with the home side triumphing 6-0 in Warsaw. Ex-reds reserves centre-half Matt O’Mahoney played for the Irish.
  7. Will

    19th May

    UEFA Cup glory 1976 - We claimed the UEFA Cup for the second time as we drew 1-1 at Club Brugge to triumph 4-3 on aggregate. Kevin Keegan equalised just five minutes after Raoul Lambert’s penalty had put the Belgians ahead, following Tommy Smith’s handball. This result came about despite Bob Paisley being without seven first-team players for ten of the fifteen days between the preceding final League game of the season and this match, due to the British International Championships. Carra’s farewell 2013 – Jamie Carragher played his 737th and last reds game as Philippe Coutinho struck the only goal of Queens Park Rangers’ visit to Anfield. Carra nearly rounded his career off with a rare goal as he struck the upright with a long-distance shot. Stewart Downing also played his final game for the club, his 91st, while winger Jordon Ibe made his reds bow. In comes Sami 1999 - Sami Hyypiä signed from Willem II for £2.6m. He made 464 reds appearances, many as captain, and notched 35 times, helping us to claim the European Cup, UEFA Cup, two FA Cups, two League Cups and two UEFA Super Cups before joining Bayer 04 Leverkusen in June 2009. That same day we beat Sunderland, the hundredth Football League champions, 3-2 at the Stadium of Light in the Football League 100th Championship Challenge. Robbie Fowler scored from the spot, with Jamie Redknapp and Paul Ince also on target. Ton-up 2001 - Sami Hyypiä and Sander Westerveld each played their hundredth reds game in our 4-0 win at Charlton Athletic, a result that took us into the new format of the Champions League for the first time as we ended the season third. After surviving a barrage of Addicks attacks in the first half, a brace from Robbie Fowler and goals from Danny Murphy and Michael Owen gave us the win. 1981 - Our only other first-class game on this day saw Ray Kennedy nab the only goal to see off Manchester City at Anfield, as we ended a disappointing League campaign in fifth place. Howard Gayle had earlier headed onto a post from a Jimmy Case corner, while making his fifth and final reds appearance. Players of the season 2008 – Fernando Torres was named as the club’s Player of the Season after a vote on the official website. Ryan Babel claimed the Young Player award, with Krisztián Németh named as the Reserves Player of the Season. Jocky meets Tosh in Cardiff 1979 - Alan Hansen and future red John Wark both made their Scotland debuts in a 3-0 defeat by Wales in the British International Championships. All the goals were scored by ex-red John Toshack, while Graeme Souness and ex-red Joey Jones also played, with Kenny Dalglish skippering the Scots. On the same day, Ray Clemence, Steve Heighway, Terry McDermott, Phil Neal and Phil Thompson all played in European Championships qualifiers. Double England debutants 1971 - Reds defensive pairing Larry Lloyd and Tommy Smith both made their England bows in a goalless draw with Wales at Wembley in the British International Championships. This was Tommy’s only full cap, while Emlyn Hughes, Chris Lawler and John Toshack all also played. Final caps 1978 - Joey Jones won his final cap as a reds player when Wales beat Northern Ireland 1-0 in the British International Championships in Wrexham. 1986 - He won his 72nd and final cap as they beat Canada 3-0 in a friendly in Vancouver. Future red Dean Saunders netted a brace, his first goals for his country. 2014 – Tom Ince won his last Under-21’s cap while on loan at Crystal Palace, and his final one as a Blackpool player, as England beat Wales 3-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Swansea, with future red Danny Ings also in action. 1987 - John Barnes won his 31st cap for England, and his final one as a Watford player, as they drew 1-1 with Brazil in the Rous Cup at Wembley. Fellow future red Peter Beardsley also played. On the same day, Ronnie Rosenthal won his first cap as a Club Brugge player as Israel lost 1-0 to Switzerland in a friendly in Aarhau. Nice one Cyril 1946 - Cyril Done scored a hat-trick as we beat an American League Select side 5-0 in New York. Jack Balmer and Bob Priday also netted. Euro champions 2012 - Fernando Torres was booked after coming off the bench as Chelsea saw off Bayern München in a penalty shoot-out in their UEFA Champions League Final in Munich. 2019 – Ki-Jana Hoever became a European champion as the Dutch Under-17’s beat Italy 4-2 in the Final in Dublin. A right Charlie 2006 – Future red Charlie Adam was sent off while making his debut for Scotland Under-21’s in their 1-1 friendly draw with Turkey in Kilmarnock. 2010 – Future red Christian Benteke made his senior international bow in Belgium’s 2-1 friendly defeat of Bulgaria in Brussels. King Billy on target 1945 - Billy Liddell scored as Scotland lost 4-1 to Austria in a friendly in Vienna. Future reds keeper Tommy Younger also played. For Keith 1982 - We took part in a testimonial match for Alan Kennedy’s brother Keith, beating a Bury Select XI 8-7 at Gigg Lane. Keith Kennedy came on as a substitute for the reds and scored two goals. David Johnson also struck twice, with Craig Johnston, Steve Ogrizovic and Bury’s Paul Hilton and Craig Madden all also netting for the reds. Pepe wed 2006 - Pepe Reina married Yolanda in Córdoba, just six days after helping us to claim the FA Cup against West Ham United in Cardiff. Murphy’s birthday 1980 - Ex-reserves defender Neil Murphy was born in Liverpool. He never made our first-team, and was last seen playing for West Cheshire League side Maghull as well as working as a fireman. Winning at sea 1935 – We beat Marino 5-3 in Gran Canaria, with Dave Wright and Tosh Johnson each netting twice and Fred Howe also on target. On the move again 2015 – Brazilian midfielder Fabinho joined AS Monaco from Rio Ave, having already spent two seasons on loan with the French side. On the same day, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Herbie Kane both played as England Under-17’s beat Spain on penalties after their World Championships play-off ended goalless in Bulgaria. 2010 – Reserves centre-half Mikel San José was sold to Athletic de Bilbao, where he remains a regular for the La Liga side. 2007 - Former reserves winger Nicky Rizzo signed for Perth Glory. He retired from playing in 2013, setting up his own soccer school. 2004 - Ex-reserves midfielder Danny Williams re-joined Wrexham from Bristol Rovers on a free transfer. He helped them avoid relegation from League Two in his first season, but they succumbed the second time around. Three Hungarians 2008 - Péter Gulácsi, Krisztián Németh and András Simon all played for Hungary Under-19’s in their 2-2 draw with Lithuania in a European Championships qualifier in Székesfehérvár. 2003 – Future reds winger Stewart Downing won his first cap for England Under-19’s as they beat the Republic of Ireland 1-0 in Dublin in a European Championships qualifier. John Welsh also featured.
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    17th May

    The youngsters claim a trophy 1996 - We won the FA Youth Cup for the first of four times to date. We beat West Ham United 2-1 at Anfield, to claim the trophy 4-1 on aggregate. Jamie Carragher and Michael Owen featured for the reds. Setting records 1979 - Our 3-0 win at Leeds United was our thirtieth League victory of the season, one behind Tottenham Hotspur’s record from 1960/61. David Johnson bagged a brace either side of a Jimmy Case strike in a game originally postponed from two months earlier. We therefore ended the League season having only conceded sixteen goals in all, a record that stood until 2004/05 with a then record 68 points, having clinched our eleventh League title a week earlier. We also netted a total of 85 League goals, so claiming a £50,000 prize from a national newspaper for scoring more than two goals per game across the season. Al’s farewell 2009 - We won 2-0 at West Bromwich Albion to relegate the home side, thanks to goals from Steven Gerrard and Dirk Kuyt. This was our thirteenth away League win of the season, equalling a club record from 1904/05, and our ninth straight win at The Hawthorns. Álvaro Arbeloa played his 98th and final reds game, being involved with an angry exchange with Jamie Carragher towards the end of the match. Other games on this day We have only played three other first-class games on this day over the years. 1985 - We beat Watford 4-3 at Anfield with Ian Rush grabbing a brace, to add to a goal from Kenny Dalglish and a John Wark penalty. Jim Beglin scored an own goal in this match, with John Barnes and Colin West also on target for the visitors. Our other two games ended in 1-1 away draws. 1947 - Winger Bob Priday netted his first reds goal at Brentford as we survived almost the entire second half with ten men after an injury to Bob Paisley. 1969 - Roger Hunt was on the scoresheet at Newcastle United as we ended the season in second place, six points behind champions Leeds United. This game was originally postponed back in December. International debutants 1964 - Peter Thompson made his England debut in their 4-3 friendly defeat of Portugal in Lisbon. Clubmate Gordon Milne also played. 1928 - Future reds left-back Ernie Blenkinsop won the first of his 26 England caps as they thumped France 5-1 in a friendly in Paris. 2007 - Stephen Darby won his first cap for England Under-19’s, playing alongside clubmates Adam Hammill, Jack Hobbs and Craig Lindfield, and against Jordy Brouwer as the Netherlands won this European Championships qualifier 2-1 at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. Into the park 2002 - Liverpool Football Club announced their first set of plans for a new stadium in Stanley Park, which it was said would hold 55,000 supporters. The new stadium was scheduled to cost between £60m and £70m to build and it was claimed that it could even be ready for the start of the 2005/06 season. These plans have now been moth-balled. Wor Kev’s testimonial 1984 - We took part in a testimonial game for Kevin Keegan as we drew 2-2 at Newcastle United. Michael Robinson and Graeme Souness bagged our goals, while Keegan and Terry McDermott were on target for the home side. Thommo at the wrong end 1980 - Skipper Phil Thompson scored an own goal for England as they were thumped 4-1 by Wales at the Racecourse Ground in the British International Championships. Ex-red Larry Lloyd won his fourth and final cap, and his only one as a Nottingham Forest player, eight years after his previous cap. Ray Clemence, Ray Kennedy and Phil Neal all also played, as did ex-red Joey Jones for the Welsh. A treble for the Saint 1964 - Ian St. John scored a hat-trick as we beat Mexican side Monterrey 3-0 in a friendly in Chicago. Heading east 1991 - We played our first ever game in Singapore, drawing 1-1 with Arsenal in the Caltex Cup, with Ian Rush on the scoresheet. The game went into extra-time, but we lost 4-3 on penalties in the National Stadium. 1961 - Alan A’Court netted for England in an FA Tour game in Singapore that ended in a 9-0 rout. Manchester City’s George Hannah bagged a treble. Facing the Mancs 1919 – We lost 1-0 to Manchester United at Old Trafford in a game staged in aid of the National Footballers’ War Fund. Done deal 1935 - Right-back Bob Done was sold to Reading for £150. He struck thirteen times in 155 reds games after signing from his hometown club Runcorn in April 1926. On target for England 1986 - Future red Peter Beardsley grabbed his first full international goal as England beat Mexico 3-0 in a friendly in Los Angeles. Watford’s John Barnes also played. 1993 - Beardsley, then back with Newcastle United, also scored for England, playing alongside reds full-back Rob Jones, as England thumped Greece 5-0 in a friendly at Wembley. 2002 - Another future reds forward struck for England Under-21’s, as Peter Crouch grabbed his only goal at this level in a 2-1 defeat of host nation Switzerland in the European Championship Finals, with fellow future reds Paul Konchesky and Jermaine Pennant also featuring. King Kenny for the Scots Kenny Dalglish twice represented his country against Wales in the British International Championships on this day in the 1970’s. 1975 - He featured in a 2-2 draw alongside John Toshack and ex-red Ted MacDougall. Ray Clemence, Emlyn Hughes and Kevin Keegan all played the same day in a goalless draw in Northern Ireland. 1978 - Kenny, Graeme Souness and Joey Jones also played in a 1-1 draw. A Swedish thumping 1914 - We trounced a Swedish XI 8-0 in a friendly in Stockholm. Billy Lacey bagged a brace, with William Banks, Donald Mackinlay and Tom Miller also amongst the scorers. Djibril the champion 1999 - Future red Djibril Cissé played as Auxerre beat Saint-Étienne at the Stade de France in a penalty shoot-out to claim the Coupe Nationale des Juniors, also known as the Challenge Emmanuel Gambardella. 2006 – Future reds centre-half Kolo Touré was on the losing side as Barcelona beat Arsenal 2-1 in the UEFA Champions League Final in Paris. Happy birthday cobber 1974 – Former Head of Fitness & Conditioning Darren Burgess was born in Sydney. He joined the club after the 2010 World Cup, but moved back down under in September 2012. On the move again 2005 - Ex-red Patrik Berger agreed to sign for Aston Villa from Portsmouth on a free transfer on 1st July. He had notched eight times in sixty Pompey games, but turned out just 32 times for Villa, netting twice. He was released in May 2008, returning home to join Sparta Praha. 2010 – Ex-reserves forward Astrit Ajdarević was released by Leicester City, having failed to make the first team since making his loan move permanent. 2012 – Ex-reserves left-back Robbie Threlfall signed for Morecambe, so far netting twice in 64 games for the League Two outfit. 2018 – Pep Lijnders was sacked as Manager of N.E.C. after they failed to gain promotion, soon returning to a coaching role with the reds. Signing on 1991 - Midfielder Kevin Lampkin signed professional terms with the reds. He failed to break through into the first team, but went on to play League football with Huddersfield Town and Mansfield Town. 2015 - Future reds midfielder Marko Grujić signed a new three-year contract with Crvena Zvezda. However, he was transferred to the reds for £5.1m the following January.
  9. Will

    14th May

    The birth of a great keeper 1940 - Tommy ‘The Flying Pig’ Lawrence was born in Dailly, Ayrshire. The legendary keeper signed professional terms in October 1957 and played 390 times for us, winning two League title medals and an FA Charity Shield as well as being a member of the 1965 FA Cup winning side. He left the club in November 1971 to join Tranmere Rovers. 1929 - Centre-forward Louis Bimpson was born in Rainford. He scored 39 goals in his 102 first-team appearances after signing on a free transfer from Burscough in January 1953. He moved on to Blackburn Rovers in November 1959. 1984 - Ex-reserves forward Mark Peers was born in St. Helens. He never made it into our first team and is currently playing for Canterbury United in New Zealand. The title clinched at Anfield again and again 1977 - We retained the League title, holding West Ham United to a goalless draw at Anfield, to win the championship for the tenth time. 1995 - Kenny Dalglish’s Blackburn Rovers side clinched the League despite losing 2-1 at Anfield, as Manchester United failed to beat West Ham United at Upton Park. Alan Shearer struck one of his eight goals past us before John Barnes equalised, with Jamie Redknapp scoring the goal that might have cost Rovers the League, had the Irons not held on for a draw. We therefore finished the season in fourth spot. Bye bye Bob 1983 - Bob Paisley bowed out as reds boss, signing off with a 2-1 defeat at second-placed Watford, having already clinched our fourteenth League title two weeks before. Craig Johnston netted our consolation that day. He had led us to a total of 307 victories in 535 games in charge, as we claimed six League titles, three European Cups, UEFA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, three League Cups and four FA Charity Shields. Wembley disappointment 1988 - We suffered defeat in the FA Cup Final at the hands of underdogs Wimbledon, to be denied a second double in three seasons. Lawrie Sanchez scored the only goal of the game, while Peter Beardsley had a goal chalked off and Dave Beasant saved a penalty from John Aldridge - the only spot-kick we have been awarded in an FA Cup Final, and the first penalty miss in any Wembley final. This game also saw Craig Johnston’s 271st and final reds appearance. Most recently 2017 – We paid our first visit to West Ham United’s new ground, the London Stadium, thumping the Hammers 4-0 as we closed in on Champions League qualification. Daniel Sturridge opened the scoring before the break, with Philippe Coutinho bagging a brace and Divock Origi also on target. Champions League failure 2000 - Our 1-0 defeat at Bradford City, thanks to a David Wetherall goal, meant we just missed out on a first venture in the new Champions League, and ensured the Bantams’ top-flight survival. Titi Camara played his 37th and final reds game. For Clem 1980 - A testimonial match for Ray Clemence was staged at Anfield as the reds lost 8-6 to Belgians Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht, with defender Richard Money bagging his first reds goal. Kevin Keegan returned to score for the reds that night, with Howard Gayle grabbing a brace and Clem himself and ex-red Joey Jones also on the scoresheet. For the 96 1989 - A friendly was played in aid of the Hillsborough Disaster Appeal, with a Liverpool Select side facing an Everton Select team at Southport’s Haig Avenue ground. 2009 – Liverpool Legends beat an All Stars team 3-1 in the Hillsborough Memorial Game at Anfield. Ian Rush, John Aldridge and Kenny Dalglish scored for the reds, with Teddy Sheringham netting for the All Stars. Keegan for England 1999 - Kevin Keegan was appointed full-time Manager of England after three months as interim head coach, while also managing Fulham. He remained as national boss until resigning in October 2000. International debutants 1950 - Utility player Bill Jones, grandfather of 1990’s defender Rob, made his England debut in their 5-3 defeat of Portugal at Kenilworth Road. 1938 - Future reds boss Don Welsh made his international bow as England beat Germany 6-3 in a friendly in Berlin, the infamous game before which the visiting side gave the Nazi salute. 1981 – Future red Glenn Hysén made his senior bow as Sweden lost 2-1 to Denmark in a Nordic Championships game in Malmo. On the move 1926 - Centre-half Walter Wadsworth was sold to Bristol City for £400 after helping us to consecutive League titles. He had signed as an amateur from Ormskirk in April 1912 and struck eight times in 242 reds games, many alongside his brother, outside-right Harold. 1986 - Reserves midfielder Jim Magilton signed as a professional. He never made into the reds first-team and was Manager of Queens Park Rangers until leaving by mutual consent in December 2009. 2007 - Ex-reds reserves forward Paul Jewell resigned as Manager of Wigan Athletic, having led them to safety in their second season in the top flight. On the same day, Abel Xavier signed for LA Galaxy on a free transfer from Middlesbrough, joining David Beckham in the USA. 2012 – Midfielder John Welsh signed for Preston North End from Tranmere Rovers, having struck eleven times in 149 outings while on the Wirral. International goalscorers 1974 - Future red Kenny Dalglish scored as Scotland beat Wales 2-0 in the British International Championships at Hampden Park. 2002 - El-Hadji Diouf struck as Senegal lost a friendly 3-2 in Saudi Arabia, with clubmate Salif Diao receiving his marching orders. Multiple debutants 2014 – Midfielder Cameron Brannagan, centre-half Rafael Páez, winger Kristoffer Peterson, right-back Connor Randall and midfielder Jordan Williams all played their first senior reds games as we beat Shamrock Rovers 4-0 in a post-season friendly in the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Forward Jack Dunn bagged his first reds strike, with Iago Aspas, Fabio Borini and Martin Kelly also on target. Ernie for England Future reds defender Ernie Blenkinsop played for England in friendlies in consecutive years on this day in history. 1930 - He featured in their goalless draw against Austria in Vienna. 1931 - He lined up alongside fellow future red Tom Cooper as they lost 5-2 to France in Paris. 2019 – Paul Glatzel scored for Germany Under-18’s as they won a friendly 3-0 in Belgium. Carra the dad again 2004 - Jamie Carragher’s fiancée Nicola gave birth to his second child, daughter Mia. Solna’s sixtieth 1951 - We took part in a match to commemorate Swedish side A.I.K.’s sixtieth anniversary, thumping our hosts 7-0. Willie Fagan and Billy Liddell both netted braces, with Kevin Baron and Phil Taylor also on target, to add to an own goal. Shanks opened 1982 – The Shankly Court flats on Anfield Road were opened by Bill Shankly’s widow, Nessie.
  10. Will

    13th May

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

    8th May

    Clinching the title 1979 - A 3-0 defeat of Aston Villa at Anfield handed us our eleventh League title, thanks to goals from Alan Kennedy, Kenny Dalglish and Terry McDermott. We ended the season with a record 68 points and record goal difference of +69, having only conceded sixteen League goals during the entire campaign. This game was originally postponed from New Year’s Day. The arrival of an Anfield legend 1939 - Left-half Bob Paisley signed from Bishop Auckland for a £10 signing-on fee, and £5 per week. He served the club well in his 277 games, notching twelve times, before joining the training staff. He eventually succeeded Bill Shankly in 1974, becoming the most successful manager in English football history. 1894 - A rather less notable Anfield servant arrived in L4. Defender James Cameron signed from Rangers, going on to make only four first-team appearances. Cup final disappointment 1971 - Arsenal completed the double, beating us 2-1 at Wembley in the FA Cup Final. Steve Heighway opened the scoring in extra time before Eddie Kelly equalised for the Gunners. Charlie George grabbed the winner with the first of his five goals past us - cue one very famous flat-out celebration. Future red Ray Kennedy appeared for the Gunners. 1972 - We also faced Arsenal, holding them to a goalless draw at Highbury. 2005 - Our third meeting with the North London outfit on this day in history ended in a 3-1 defeat at Highbury that ensured we would finish behind Everton in fifth place, although the glory of Istanbul was just around the corner. Steven Gerrard bagged our goal while playing his 200th League game, while Robert Pires netted the last of his four goals past us, with José Antonio Reyes and Cesc Fábregas also scoring. 2012 - Three days after losing out to the Blues in the FA Cup Final at Wembley, we saw off Chelsea 4-1 at Anfield in May 2012 with the reds wearing special ‘Seeing Is Believing’ sponsored kits. Michael Essien’s own goal following fine work from Luis Suárez opened the scoring, with Jordan Henderson doubling our lead after one of many errors forced on John Terry. Daniel Agger headed in from a corner before Fernando Torres and Stewart Downing each hit the woodwork, with Downing then placing a spot-kick onto the post, a club record seventh penalty miss of the season, excluding shoot-outs. Ramires pulled a goal back for the visitors before Jonjo Shelvey completed the scoring. 2001 – We were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Chelsea. Michael Owen bagged a brace, with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink twice drawing the visitors level, two of his seven goals against the reds. Heading towards second 2002 - We beat Blackburn Rovers 4-3 at home, having lost the lead three times before Emile Heskey finally won the game late on, to keep us on course to finish second in the League. Danny Murphy, Nicolas Anelka and Sami Hyypiä were the other scorers, with Andrew Cole netting one of his eleven goals past us, and Damien Duff and Matt Jansen also on the scoresheet. Meanwhile, it was confirmed that we were holding talks with French club Sedan over the possible transfer of Salif Diao. Final acts 2016 – Joe Allen struck his seventh and last goal for the club as we beat Watford 2-0 at Anfield, with Roberto Firmino also on target. 2004 - Emile Heskey bagged his sixtieth and final reds goal as we won 3-0 at his next club Birmingham City. Michael Owen and Steven Gerrard also struck, while the Blues had Kenny Cunningham sent off. 1982 - We also won at St. Andrews, with Ian Rush netting the only goal of the game. The Anfield Iron is forged 1963 - Tommy Smith made his reds bow in our 5-1 League defeat of Birmingham City at Anfield. This was the first official game we ever played on this day in history. Roger Hunt bagged a brace, with Gordon Wallace scoring his first reds goal and Ian St. John and Ian Callaghan also netting. Shanks for the last time 1974 - Bill Shankly took charge of his last official reds game as we drew 1-1 at Tottenham Hotspur in a game postponed from two months earlier, to end the season in second place, five points behind champions Leeds United. Centre-back Max Thompson made his reds bow, becoming our youngest League debutant to date, aged seventeen years and 129 days, just fifteen days younger than Michael Owen was on his debut 23 years later. Steve Heighway was on the scoresheet, while Ian Callaghan was making his 500th League appearance. 1993 - We also faced Spurs, winning 6-2 at Anfield in our final game of the season as we finished sixth, with many fans expecting this to be Graeme Souness’s last game in charge, although he was actually watching Coventry City entertain Leeds United at the time. Ian Rush and John Barnes grabbed a brace each, with Rushie’s first being his 300th reds goal. Mark Walters also netted with the reds also benefitting from a Stuart Nethercott own goal that was initially credited as Steve Harkness’s first reds strike. Bruce Grobbelaar saved a Teddy Sheringham penalty, our first spot-kick save at Anfield in the Premier League. Sheringham got on the scoresheet anyway with one of his seven goals against the reds, as did Steve Sedgley for the visitors. Bobby’s first strike 1964 - Forward Bobby Graham scored his first reds goal as we trounced Boston Metros 8-1 in the first friendly on our US tour. Alf Arrowsmith and Ian St. John both bagged braces, with Phil Chisnall, Chris Lawler and Tommy Smith also on target. Ferri off 1999 – Midfielder Jean-Michel Ferri made his second and final reds appearance as we lost 1-0 at Sheffield Wednesday thanks to a late Richard Cresswell header. Ferri came on as a late substitute for Jamie Redknapp. Managerial comings and goings 2012 - Nick Barmby was sacked as Manager of Hull City, after making disparaging comments about the owners and transfer funds. He had led them to thirteen victories in 33 games in charge. 2001 - Mark Wright was appointed Manager of basement side Oxford United. He only won four of the 22 games in which he was in charge, resigning after just six months at the Kassam Stadium, following accusations of racism. 1992 - Phil Neal was sacked as Bolton Wanderers boss, after nearly seven seasons in charge. He led them to the Freight Rover Trophy Final in his first campaign, before the Trotters were relegated to the basement division the next year, but immediately bounced back into the Third Division. He could not lead them any higher, despite twice making the play-offs. He also helped them to claim the Sherpa Van Trophy in 1989. Future reds starting out 1980 - Nigel Spackman signed for Bournemouth from Andover on a free transfer. He played 131 times for his first professional club, bagging ten goals as they were promoted to the Third Division in his second season. 1994 - Sami Hyypiä scored his first goal in the Finnish Premier League as Myllykosken Pallo-47 drew 1-1 with HJK Helsinki. 1863 - One-time reds trainer William Connell was born in Stockport. International debutants 1963 - Midfielder Gordon Milne made his full international debut as England drew 1-1 with Brazil in a friendly at Wembley. 1932 – Ex-red reserves outside-left Jimmy Kelly played for the Irish Free State for the first of four times in their 2-0 friendly defeat of the Netherlands in Amsterdam. Kenny on target 1976 - Future red Kenny Dalglish netted in Scotland’s 3-0 British International Championships defeat of Northern Ireland at Hampden Park. Meanwhile, Ray Clemence, Kevin Keegan, Ray Kennedy and Phil Thompson faced John Toshack as England won 1-0 in Cardiff. European joy and despair 1968 - Roger Hunt appeared for England as they beat Spain 2-1 in Madrid to reach the Semi-final of the European Championships 3-1 on aggregate. 2006 - Future red Krisztián Németh appeared for Hungary Under-17’s as they lost 2-0 to Spain in the European Championships Finals in Luxembourg. Beating the Blues 1962 – Ronnie Moran scored the only goal of our Liverpool Senior Cup Semi-final encounter with Everton at Goodison Park. Alex off 2008 – Former First Team Coach Alex Miller quit the club to take over as Manager of JEF United Ichihara Chiba in Japan. However, his contract was terminated in July 2009. Other reds milestones Two ex-reds defenders have been released by other clubs on this day in history. 2003 - David Burrows left Sheffield Wednesday after 23 games in his one year at Hillsborough as they struggled in the First Division. 2008 – Stephen Wright was on his way from Sunderland, having made 105 appearances and netted twice. He is now on the coaching staff at Wrexham. Knife junior 2009 – Danish centre-half Daniel Agger became a father to a son, Jamie.
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    4th May

    Winning trophies We have twice won major honours on this day in our history. 1974 - We ‘undressed’ Newcastle United 3-0 at Wembley to win our second FA Cup, thanks to a brace from Kevin Keegan and a Steve Heighway goal. Future reds Alan Kennedy and Terry McDermott both played for United. 1976 - We clinched our ninth League title, Bob Paisley’s first as Manager, as we won 3-1 at Wolverhampton Wanderers. We only needed a point, while Wolves had to win to stay up. Kevin Keegan, John Toshack and Ray Kennedy all scored in the last quarter of an hour after Steve Kindon had put Wolves ahead. 1988 – The PFA announced that the reds were the winners of the inaugural Fair Play trophy. European disappointment 1965 - We played in our first European Semi-final, defeating European Cup holders Internazionale 3-1 in the first leg at Anfield, with the recently-won FA Cup being paraded around the ground prior to kick off. Roger Hunt, Ian Callaghan and Ian St. John all scored, with a Chris Lawler strike ruled off for a debatable offside. The crowd crowed “Oh Inter 1-2-3, go back to Italy!” Unfortunately, Inter’s away goal, scored by Alessandro Mazzola, would eventually prove crucial, as would the referee’s intervention in the San Siro. Yet another win 2019 – We won 3-2 at Rafael Benítez’s Newcastle United with Divock Origi’s late header ensuring the title race with Manchester City went down to the last day of the campaign. Virgil van Dijk opened the scoring, with Christian Atsu equalising before Mohamed Salah put us back in front before half an hour had elapsed. Salomón Rondón drew the home side level again after the break, with Salah having to be taken off with an injury that ensured he missed the upcoming critical UEFA Champions League Semi-final second leg meeting with Barcelona. Nando again 2008 - Fernando Torres scored in his eighth consecutive home League game, equalling Roger Hunt’s club record as we beat Manchester City 1-0. This was his 32nd goal of the season. 1929 - We also hosted Manchester City, with Gordon Hodgson netting in a 1-1 draw, our final game of a season in which we finished fifth, his thirtieth League strike of the season. Tommy Johnson netted one of his eight goals against the reds. Sami off 2009 – Centre-back Sami Hyypiä agreed to sign for Bayer 04 Leverkusen when his contract expired at the end of the season. The mighty Finn played 464 reds games, netting 35 times and helping us to claim the European Cup, UEFA Cup, two FA Cups, two League Cups and two UEFA Super Cups following his £2.5m bargain capture from Dutch side Willem II in May 1999. He later took over as Team Manager at the BayArena for two years. Happy birthday Igor 1978 - Igor Bišcan was born in Zagreb. The big Croat played 118 reds games, netting three times as he helped us to the Worthington Cup, UEFA Super Cup and Charity Shield in 2001, and the Worthington Cup again two years later, as well as playing a key role on the road to Istanbul, moving on to Panathinaikos in July 2005. On the same day, eventual champions Nottingham Forest held us to a goalless draw at Anfield. Facing the Blues 1991 - We came from two goals down to level but eventually lost 4-2 at Chelsea. Young winger Jimmy Carter came off the bench and was later himself substituted by Ronnie Rosenthal. David Speedie and Rosenthal got on the scoresheet, while Gary Gillespie played his 214th and last reds game. Kerry Dixon netted two of his seven strikes past us, with Dennis Wise converting a penalty, one of his four goals against the reds, and Gordon Durie also on target with the last of his five. Ex-red Bobby Campbell resigned as Blues boss three days later. 1985 - We also faced the Blues in the First Division, this time winning at Anfield by the odd goal in seven. Steve Nicol nabbed a brace while Ronnie Whelan and Ian Rush also struck. Future red Nigel Spackman scored from the spot for the visitors, with Kerry Dixon and Gordon Davies also on target. Youngest ever 2019 – Future red Harvey Elliott became the youngest ever player in the Premier League in Fulham’s 1-0 defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers, aged just sixteen years and thirty days. Managerial comings and goings 1977 - Ian St. John was sacked as Manager of Portsmouth. He had been in charge for three seasons, leading them to just 31 victories in 124 games in charge as they were relegated into the old Third Division, and then narrowly escaped a further descent to the League basement. 2001 - Ex-reds reserve Dave Watson became Tranmere Rovers Manager. He won 22 of his 55 games as they steadied in the Second Division. 2018 - Steven Gerrard was appointed as Manager of Rangers, taking over the following month. The end of the road for Liddell 1940 - Billy Liddell’s first professional contract that he had signed the previous April expired. He went on to strike 228 times in 534 games. His only club honour was the League title in 1947, although he also played in the FA Cup Final three years later. Farewell to the lower reaches 1962 - We played our last ever Second Division game, going down 4-2 at Swansea Town in a game postponed from a month earlier due to a smallpox outbreak in South Wales. Ian St. John and Roger Hunt grabbed our goals. Colin Webster bagged a brace for the Swans, with Brayley Reynolds netting the last of his seven strikes past us and Mel Nurse also on target. King Kenny starts and ends 1967 - Kenny Dalglish signed as an amateur for Celtic, turning professional the following year. He helped them to claim four League titles, four Scottish Cups and the Scottish League Cup, striking 167 times in 269 games. 1986 – His testimonial match took place at Hampden Park. Tommy Docherty’s side of Anglos beat Alex Ferguson’s home-based Scots 5-2 with Kenny on target for both sides! European joy 1999 - Pepe Reina played for Spain Under-16’s as they reached the Final of the European Championships in the Czech Republic by seeing off Germany 4-0 in their Semi-final encounter in Drnovice. Comeback 1968 - Bobby Graham came on for Tony Hateley as we were 1-0 down at Leeds United to one of Mick Jones’s seven goals past us. Chris Lawler drew us level with six minutes remaining, with Graham bagging the winner a minute later. This result helped us to finish the season in third, one place above Leeds. Wins in Bristol We twice played Bristol Rovers at their Memorial Ground in consecutive years in the 1930’s, for the Bristol Hospitals Lord Mayor’s Cup. 1936 - The game ended 5-5 with Phil Taylor bagging a brace to add to goals from Syd Roberts, Fred Howe and Alf Hanson, with the trophy being shared. 1937 - We won 2-1, with Berry Nieuwenhuys on target twice. Rushie the skipper 1987 - Ian Rush captained the reds in his last home game before he moved to Juventus. He struck the only goal of the game against Watford. Sweet! 1992 – Ahead of the FA Cup Final, Candy was announced as the club’s first ever permanent match sponsor, for the 1992/93 season. Wrong shaped ball 1997 - A Super League match between St. Helens and Castleford Tigers was staged at Anfield, with Saints winning 42-16 in front of 12,329. Scots on target in friendlies 1960 - Future red Ian St. John netted his first goal for Scotland while winning his fifth cap, as they lost 3-2 at home to Poland. The Scots were managed by Andy Beattie, who had guested with the reds during the war, and later joined the backroom staff at Anfield after a successful management career. 1955 - Billy Liddell struck while winning his 25th cap as Portugal lost 3-0 at Hampden Park. Future reds keeper Tommy Younger won his first cap in the same game. More final caps 1986 - Ronnie Rosenthal won his last cap as a Maccabi Haifa player, his eleventh in total, as Israel were thumped 7-2 by Argentina in a friendly in Tel-Aviv. Ex-red Avi Cohen also played. 2017 – Future red Ki-Jana Hoever won his fourth and last Under-15’s cap as the Netherlands beat Germany 2-1 in a friendly in Wezen. Kozma twice 1988 – Future red István Kozma played for Hungary as they beat Iceland 3-0 in a friendly in Budapest. 1994 – Kozma won his first cap in his second spell as an Újpest player as they lost a friendly 3-2 in Poland. On the move 2016 – Ex-reds midfielder Joe Cole signed for Tampa Bay Rowdies, netting nine times in 26 outings in his first campaign. 2007 - Real Club Recreativo de Huelva announced that they would sign Florent Sinama-Pongolle for €4m, whom he had joined on loan the previous August. He struck 22 times in 69 outings for the Andalusian side before moving to Club Atlético de Madrid in July 2008. 2002 - Former reserves winger Nicky Rizzo signed for Serie A side Lecce from Ternana on a free transfer.
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    1st May

    Wembley glory at last 1965 – This day finally brought the FA Cup to Anfield for the first time in our history. The game against Leeds United was goalless after ninety minutes, with full-back Gerry Byrne playing most of the match with a broken collar-bone. Roger Hunt opened the scoring in extra time, before Billy Bremner equalised for the Yorkshire side with one of his five goals past us. With five minutes remaining, “up popped the head of Ian St. John” to win the cup. 1980 - We played in the only FA Cup Semi-final to go to a third replay, which we unfortunately lost to Arsenal courtesy of a Brian Talbot goal at Highfield Road, one of his six strikes against the reds, who went on to lose the Final to Second Division West Ham United. 1996 - We also faced the Gunners, holding them to a goalless Premiership draw at Highbury. This was the first time since three substitutes were permitted for League games four years previously that we did not name a keeper on the bench, with Mark Kennedy, Ian Rush and Michael Thomas getting the nod. Luis and Mo the best 2014 - Luis Suárez was named as the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year for a season in which he struck 31 times in total in 37 reds outings as we came close to claiming the League title. 2018 - Mohamed Salah won the same award, towards the end of a season in which he notched 44 times in 52 games, helping us to reach the UEFA Champions League Final in Kiev. On our way to Athens 2007 - Jamie Carragher played his ninetieth European game in our Champions League Semi-final second leg with Chelsea at Anfield, breaking Ian Callaghan’s club record. Daniel Agger converted a cleverly-worked free-kick to take the tie into extra time, following our single goal defeat in the first meeting. Dirk Kuyt had an effort ruled out for offside, and also hit the woodwork before Pepe Reina was the hero in a penalty shoot-out that we won 4-1, saving from both Geremi and Arjen Robben. Kuyt struck our decisive fourth spot-kick. This was the first time we had faced the same team in European competition in 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. Striking legends in and out Two striking legends have joined us on this day. 1971 - Bill Shankly signed Kevin Keegan for £33,000 from Sc***horpe United. 1980 - Ian Rush arrived from Chester for a fee of £300,000, which remains their record sale. 1990 - Kenny Dalglish made his 515th and final appearance in our 1-0 home defeat of Derby County, thanks to a goal from Gary Gillespie, as we were awarded our eighteenth, and most recent, League title. He was aged 39 years 58 days, a post-war club record. This game had been postponed from February. 1972 - We also faced the Rams, losing a First Division fixture 1-0 at the Baseball Ground thanks to a goal from John McGovern. On the Case 1973 - Jimmy Case signed from South Liverpool for £500. He went on to net 46 times in 269 reds games, helping us to three European Cups, four League titles, UEFA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, League Cup and three FA Charity Shields. Gary Mac yet again 2001 - Gary McAllister scored for the fifth straight game in our 2-0 win at Bradford City as we headed towards the Champions League. Michael Owen nabbed the other goal in a game that was originally postponed the previous December. Most recently 2017 – Emre Can struck a spectacular goal, the only one of our trip to Watford. 2016 - We lost 3-1 at Swansea City, with left-back Brad Smith seeing red. André Ayew struck twice for the home side, with Jack Cork also on target, as Christian Benteke scored for the reds. 2012 – Brazilian left-back Fábio Aurélio played his 134th and last reds game as Fulham won for the first time at Anfield, so completing their first ever League double over us. A presentation was made to Brian Hall before the game, marking his retirement as Public Relations Manager, a post he had held since 1991. Martin Škrtel put through his own net as ex-reds reserve Alex Kačaniklić attempted to convert John Arne Riise’s cross for the only goal. 2011 - We beat Newcastle United 3-0 at Anfield. Maxi Rodríguez opened the scoring before Dirk Kuyt converted a penalty and Luis Suárez struck, with ex-Toon star Andy Carroll making a late cameo from the bench. Replay 86 2006 - The Replay 86 game was played at Anfield in front of 32,947 in aid of the Marina Dalglish Appeal. The two sides were representing the 1986 FA Cup Final teams, and the only goal came in the final minute, through former reds reserves striker John Durnin. Also against the Blues 1937 - Jack Balmer was on target as we were held to a 1-1 draw by Chelsea at Anfield in the final game of a League campaign that saw us finish in a disappointing eighteenth, just three points clear of relegation. Dickie Spence netted one of his six goals against the reds. On the same day, Bill Shankly was on the losing side at Wembley, as Preston North End lost 3-1 to Sunderland in the first FA Cup Final to be played in the month of May. Goals galore 1978 - King Kenny grabbed a hat-trick in our 4-0 defeat of Manchester City at Anfield, with Phil Neal adding a penalty. 1926 - Forward Tom Reid scored both goals on his reds debut in our 2-2 home draw with Sheffield United, with outside-right Cyril Oxley playing his 34th and final reds game as we finished the season in sixth place. Harry Johnson scored two of his seven goals past us. 1999 - Less happily, Jamie Carragher scored an own goal as we came from 2-0 behind at half time to beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 at Anfield in the League, having already scored an own goal in the reverse fixture that season! Paul Ince and Steve McManaman netted after Jamie Redknapp’s spot-kick. Spurs’ Mauricio Taricco was sent off just before the break while Stig Inge Bjørnebye played his 184th and final reds game as a late substitute, with the young Steven Gerrard instrumental in our comeback after coming off the bench at half time. Steffen Iversen had netted the other goal for the visitors. 1943 - Cyril Done struck for the fourth consecutive game, grabbing a brace as we beat Bolton Wanderers 4-0 in our Lancashire Cup Second Round second leg at Anfield, with Thomas Pearson and Jackie Campbell also on target. This game also counted towards the Wartime League. 1979 - We also faced the Trotters in a game originally postponed from three months earlier, when Ray Kennedy netted twice and David Johnson and Kenny Dalglish were also on the scoresheet in a 4-1 win in wintry conditions at Burnden Park, with the home side’s score coming from a Graeme Souness own goal. Bolton keeper Jim McDonagh said afterwards, “Liverpool are perfection. This team would have been good enough to win the 1978 World Cup!” Eleven in a row 1982 - We won 2-0 at home to Nottingham Forest, our eleventh successive League win - a joint club record with 2013/14, and tenth straight win in all competitions, a then club record. Craig Johnston bagged both goals. Bob off the mark 1948 – Left-half Bob Paisley struck the first of his twelve reds goals as ended the season in tenth by beating Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 at Anfield, with Jack Balmer also on target. Another trophy 1946 - We beat Everton 3-1 at Anfield to claim the Liverpool Senior Cup. Bill Jones and Harry Eastham netted for the reds, with the Blues’ Purvis putting through his own net. Jameo off 1993 - David James was dismissed at Norwich City on the hour mark with David Phillips netting the only goal of the game past Mike Hooper from the subsequent spot-kick, as he became the first substitute keeper to take the field for the reds in the Premier League, in his 73rd and final senior reds appearance. This was a vital result as we finished in sixth, three places and three points behind City who reached the UEFA Cup, which we failed to do. English reds 1964 - Roger Hunt scored in England’s 3-0 victory over ‘Young England’. 1997 - Michael Owen netted a brace for the Under-16’s as they beat Turkey 2-1 in a European Championships group game in Austria. 2012 – Ex-reds boss Roy Hodgson was appointed Manager of the senior England side. An English treble 1935 - Sam English scored a hat-trick as we beat Exeter City 3-1 in a testimonial match for former reds full-back Jimmy Gray at St. James Park. Scottish-born South African international Gray had only ever played one senior reds game, but turned out 221 times for the Grecians, helping them to finish runners up in the Third Division South in 1933. First and last caps 1985 - Michael Robinson won his first cap as a Queens Park Rangers player, and nineteenth in all, as Norway held the Republic of Ireland to a goalless draw in a World Cup qualifier in Dublin. His former clubmates Jim Beglin, Mark Lawrenson and Ronnie Whelan all also featured. Ex-red Avi Cohen and future reds John Barnes and Mark Wright all also won international caps that day. 1991 - Poland’s European Championships qualifying visit to Lansdowne Road also ended goalless. This was the twentieth meeting between the countries, with John Aldridge winning his final cap as a Real Sociedad player, and 39th in total. Ray Houghton, Steve Staunton and ex-reds reserve Kevin Sheedy also played. John Barnes, Steve Nicol, ex-red Jim Magilton and future reds Stig Inge Bjørnebye, Istvan Kozma, Øyvind Leonhardsen, Gary McAllister, Colin Pascoe, Karl-Heinz Riedle and Dean Saunders all also represented their countries on the same day. Moving on 1992 – Future reds centre-half Glenn Hysén signed for GAIS, having been released by the reds after three goals in 93 outings since signing from Fiorentina for £600,000 in June 1989. He helped us to our most recent title win in 1990, as well as the FA Charity Shield on his debut. St. Michael the Dad 2003 - Michael Owen became a father when his future bride Louise Bonsall gave birth to their daughter, Gemma Rose.
  14. Will

    24th April

    European semi-finals We have played three European Semi-finals on this day. 1985 - Mark Lawrenson grabbed the only goal of the game in Greece to knock Panathinaikos out 5-0 on aggregate, as we reached our fifth European Cup Final in nine years. 1997 - Our 2-0 defeat of Paris Saint-Germain in the European Cup Winners’ Cup at Anfield was not enough to overcome a three goal first-leg deficit. Robbie Fowler and Mark Wright netted our goals. Robbie’s strike was his seventh in the competition, a club record. 2018 – Mohamed Salah scored in his seventh consecutive reds game, netting twice past future reds keeper Alisson Becker before the break as we beat his former club Roma 5-2 in the first leg of our UEFA Champions League Semi-final. Sadio Mané also scored before Roberto Firmino added a brace to reach fifty goals for the reds. However, the visitors pulled two late goals back through one of Edin Džeko’s five goals past us to date and a Diego Perotti spot-kick. Sadly, the night was spoiled by an injury to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain that kept him out of action for a full year. Mixed fortunes against the Mancs We have twice visited Manchester United for top-flight fixtures on this day in history. 2004 - Danny Murphy scored the only goal for the third time in four League meetings at Old Trafford, this time from the penalty spot after Gary Neville brought down Steven Gerrard. This was Stéphane Henchoz’s 200th reds game, John Arne Riise’s hundredth League game for us, and Bruno Cheyrou’s 48th and final reds appearance, after he came off the bench to replace Harry Kewell. 1965 - Unfortunately, we lost 3-0 as United went on to claim the title. Denis Law bagged the first two of his six goals past us with United also having two strikes ruled out, hitting the post twice and having two shots cleared off the line. John Connelly netted the other goal for the home side. Rafa honoured 2006 - Rafael Benítez was named Coach of the Year for 2005 by la Comunidad de Madrid at the annual Seven Stars of Sport Awards ceremony. This was in recognition of leading us to stunning Champions League success in Istanbul in his first season in charge at Anfield. Banned 2013 - Luis Suárez was banned by the FA for ten matches after being found guilty of biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanović at Anfield two days earlier. Gary Mac the boss 2002 - Gary McAllister was named Coventry City’s new player-manager, although he would remain at Anfield until the end of the season. He remained in the post until he had to step down due to his wife’s illness in January 2004. Happy birthdays 1976 - Steve Finnan was born in Limerick. He made 217 appearances after signing from Fulham for £3.5m in July 2003, notching once. He helped us to claim the Champions League, FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FA Community Shield before joining R.C.D. Espanyol in September 2008. 1974 - Dominic Matteo was born in Dumfries. He netted twice in 155 games for us before leaving for Leeds United in a £4m deal in August 2000. A rare defeat 1974 - We lost 1-0 at home to Arsenal with future red Ray Kennedy on target, one of just eleven League defeats at Anfield during the whole of the 1970’s, with the Gunners inflicting three of these. This game was in fact our hundredth meeting in the League. Down the Banks 1915 - William Banks played his 26th and final reds game as we won 2-0 at Oldham Athletic in a top-flight match, with Fred Pagnam bagging a brace. This was future reds boss David Ashworth’s final game in charge of the home side, while the result ensured that Everton were crowned champions, rather than the Latics. 1937 – Centre-forward Fred Howe struck his 36th and final goal for the club as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Huddersfield Town. Bobby Barclay netted one of his five goals against the reds. 1999 – Sean Dundee featured for the reds for the fifth and last time as we won 3-1 at Blackburn Rovers, with Steve McManaman, Jamie Redknapp and Øyvind Leonhardsen all on target in the first half before Damien Duff pulled a goal back after an hour. 1894 – We lost 3-1 at home to Rovers in a Palatine League game, with the reds fielding a reserves side containing just nine players! In and out 1919 - Outside-left Albert Pearson signed from Port Vale. He grabbed four goals in 51 reds games before returning to Vale Park in 1921. 2009 – Reserves centre-half Jack Hobbs joined Leicester City for £400,000 after spending the whole of the season on loan at the Walkers Stadium. He had made just five senior reds appearances. All-star SteG 2005 - Steven Gerrard was named in the PFA Team of the Year for the second season running, the only reds player to be so honoured. He was eventually named in the team eight times, a record in the Premier League era. International beginning 1977 - Future red Mark Lawrenson made his senior debut for the Republic of Ireland as they were held to a goalless draw in Dublin by Poland. He went on to amass a total of 39 caps. 2008 – Future reds reserves forward Nikola Sarić played for Denmark Under-18’s as they lost 2-1 to Estonia in Tallinn. 2019 – Curtis Jones scored, with Bobby Duncan also playing, as England Under-18’s beat Mexico 302 in a friendly in Dubai. Disappointment against the Trotters 1893 - We drew 1-1 with Bolton Wanderers in a friendly at Anfield with Hugh McQueen notching our goal. 1943 - We thumped Wanderers 6-3 in a Wartime League match at Burnden Park that also counted for the Lancashire Cup. Cyril Done and Don Welsh both bagged braces, with George Kaye and Michael Hulligan also on the scoresheet. Twice at The Dell 1979 - We visited Southampton with David Johnson heading us into the lead as we returned with a point from a game originally postponed from Christmas. 1982 - Ian Rush added to a brace from Ronnie Whelan as we won 3-2, with Joe Fagan taking charge of the reds in the absence of Bob Paisley through illness. Ex-red Kevin Keegan scored from the spot, his only goal against the reds, with Mick Channon bagging one of his seven goals past us. Youngsters in Euro action 2001 – John Welsh and future reds Alberto Aquilani and Glen Johnson all represented their country at Under-16’s level in the European Championships Finals, with England beating Switzerland 2-0 in Huddersfield, and Italy losing 4-3 to Hungary in Harrogate. Meanwhile, Christian Poulsen played for Denmark Under-21’s as they lost 2-0 to Slovenia in a friendly in Farum, while future red Fernando Torres struck twice as Spain thumped Belgium 5-0 in a European Championships Finals group game in Durham. Harry for the League 1897 - Forward Harry Bradshaw played for the Football League as they lost 3-0 to a Scottish League side.
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    23rd April

    Clinching the title 1988 - We secured our seventeenth League title with four more games remaining, as a curling Peter Beardsley strike was enough to defeat Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield. This was our ninth championship in the space of thirteen years. 1983 – We edged closer to the championship despite losing 2-0 at home to Norwich City, as they became the first side to take all six points off us after the introduction of three points for a win. Mark Lawrenson put through his own net before Martin O’Neill doubled the visitors’ lead from distance. Bob Paisley had received his 21st Bell’s managerial award prior to kick-off. Robbie signs on 1992 - Robbie Fowler signed as a professional. The ‘Toxteth terror’ went on to bag 171 goals in 330 reds games in his first spell with the club, gaining UEFA Cup, FA Cup and two League Cup winners’ medals during his reds career, and struck a further twelve times in 39 games second time around to become our fifth top all-time goalscorer, before moving on to Cardiff City in July 2007. 2019 – He was appointed Head Coach of Brisbane Roar, so far leading them to eleven wins in 24 games. Stevie honoured 2006 - Steven Gerrard was named PFA Player of the Year after a successful season that culminated in FA Cup glory and included a total of 23 goals in 53 games for the club. He was also named in the Team of the Year for the fourth of eight times, a record in the Premier League era, alongside Jamie Carragher. Meanwhile, we learnt that our opponents in the FA Cup Final would be West Ham United, who saw off Middlesbrough at Villa Park. Maxi’s treble 2011 – Maxi Rodríguez bagged a treble as we thumped Birmingham City 5-0 at Anfield, with Dirk Kuyt netting for the seventh time in nine games and Joe Cole adding a late fifth. 1927 – We lost a top-flight fixture 3-0 at Birmingham City, with George Briggs netting one of his ten goals against the reds, John Bradford scoring one of his fifteen and Benny Bond also on target. Happy birthday Bobby 1937 - Wing-half Bobby Campbell was born in Liverpool. He struck twice in 25 first-team appearances for the reds after signing on as a professional in May 1954, before joining Portsmouth in 1961. He later had a successful managerial career with Fulham, Portsmouth and Chelsea. Inching towards Wembley 1977 - We drew 2-2 with Everton in our FA Cup Semi-final encounter at Maine Road, with Terry McDermott and Jimmy Case twice putting us in front, before levellers from Duncan McKenzie and Bruce Rioch. Terry Mac’s goal was later named as the BBC’s Goal of the Season, while Evertonians still protest over Clive Thomas disallowing Bryan Hamilton’s last-gasp ‘winner’. We won the replay at the same venue four days later, although we lost the Final at Wembley to Manchester United. Inching towards the title 1973 – Our 2-0 Anfield defeat of Leeds United on Easter Monday combined with Arsenal dropping a point at Southampton meant that only a series of freak results could prevent the reds from claiming the title with just one of our League games remaining, although other sides had games in hand. Peter Lorimer missed an open goal in the first half, but Peter Cormack and Kevin Keegan netted after the break. The Leeds players lined up at full time to applaud Shankly’s side from the pitch. Mixed fortunes against Palace 1991 - We beat Crystal Palace 3-0 at Anfield. Ian Rush scored his 300th competitive club goal in 532 games for Chester, Juventus and Liverpool, while John Barnes also struck before a late own goal from Eddie McGoldrick. 2005 - John Welsh played his tenth and final reds game as we suffered yet another away League defeat, 1-0 at Selhurst Park, courtesy of an Andy Johnson strike. 2017 - Crystal Palace won at Anfield for the third consecutive season, despite Phillipe Coutinho giving us the lead. Ex-red Christian Benteke bagged a brace, the most recent of his seven goals past us to date. Brothers in arms 1938 - Our home League game with Bolton Wanderers brought the unusual sight of the two teams being captained by brothers - the reds by forward Alf Hanson, and Bolton by goalkeeper Stan. Jack Balmer and Phil Taylor netted as we won 2-1. 1921 - We faced the Trotters in another top-flight match, losing 1-0 at Burnden Park with Joe Smith bagging one of his twelve goals past us. This game also counted towards the Lancashire Senior Cup. 2008 - Reserves defender Alex Watson’s more famous brother Dave, who also featured for our second string, joined Wigan Athletic as Youth Team Coach, remaining in this role until moving to Newcastle United’s Academy in November 2011. Start and end 1932 - Inside-left Syd Roberts made his reds bow as Portsmouth beat us 3-1 at Anfield. Roberts went on to bag thirteen goals in 62 reds games. Daniel McRorie netted our goal, while wing-half Alastair Henderson played his fifth and final game for us. Jack Weddle struck two of his five goals past us, with Fred Worrall scoring the first of his four against the reds. 1904 – Half-back John ‘Geezer’ Hughes played his 32nd and last reds game as we won 3-2 at Blackburn Rovers. Sam Raybould, Jack Cox and Arthur Goddard bagged our goals. Jack Dewhurst nabbed the last of his five goals against the reds, with Bob Crompton also netting. In comes Walter 1912 - Centre-half Walter Wadsworth signed from Ormskirk as an amateur. He went on to net eight times in 242 reds games, being joined by his brother, outside-right Harold, after the First World War. Together they helped us to back-to-back League titles in the early 1920’s. Walter joined Bristol City in May 1926 when aged 36, but skippered them to the Third Division South title. Potters fired twice We have twice beaten Stoke City in League matches on this day over the years. 1962 - We won 2-1 at Anfield in our promotion season, thanks to a Ronnie Moran penalty and a late Jimmy Melia winner. That night, the match takings of around £4,000 were stolen in a burglary at Anfield, although the club’s allocation of FA Cup Final tickets were left behind! 1980 - We met at the Victoria Ground in a First Division fixture postponed from New Year’s Day, with the two David’s, Johnson and Fairclough, handing us a 2-0 win. Held by the Geordies We have twice drawn with Newcastle United in top-flight encounters at Anfield. 2016 – Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana struck inside half an hour, but we were pegged back after the break by Papiss Cissé and Jack Colback to draw 2-2 with Rafael Benítez’s side. 1949 - Bobby Mitchell grabbed the first of his eight goals past us in this top-flight meeting. Kevin Baron scored for the reds. Boro twice We have also played Middlesbrough twice on this day over the years. 1910 - We drew 2-2 at Ayresome Park, with our goals coming from Jack Parkinson and Arthur Goddard. George Elliott netted the first of his eight goals against us, with Tim Williamson also on target. 1955 - Tony Rowley and Billy Liddell struck as we won 2-1 at the same venue. International bows 1996 - Future red Harry Kewell made his senior international debut as Australia lost a friendly 3-0 in Chile. 2000 – Stade Rennais’ El-Hadji Diouf won his first senior cap as Senegal beat Benin 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Dakar on their way to the Finals in the Far East. Les gems on target 2011 – Future red Florent Sinama-Pongolle bagged a brace, with Anthony Le Tallec also on target as France Under-16’s beat Scotland 3-0 in a European Championships Finals group game in Barnsley. Scot coming back from Italy 1986 - Graeme Souness won his final cap as a Sampdoria player, and 52nd in total, as Scotland beat England 2-1 in a Rous Cup game at Wembley. He struck from the spot, with Steve Nicol also in the away side. Seven and out for A’Court 1958 - Alan A’Court won his seventh and final England Under-23’s cap as they lost 2-1 to Wales in Wrexham. Jordan signs on 2015 - Vice-captain Jordan Henderson signed a new contract until 2020. He has so far notched 28 times in 359 reds games, as well as helping us to claim the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup and League Cup.
  16. Will

    22nd April

    Mo the best 2018 - Mohamed Salah was named the PFA Player of the Year, after his first campaign with the reds that eventually yielded 44 goals in 52 games in all competitions as he helped us to reach the UEFA Champions League Final in Kiev. To Cardiff once more 2006 - We beat Chelsea 2-1 at Old Trafford in the FA Cup Semi-final. John Arne Riise’s free-kick opened the scoring before Luis García extended our lead early in the second half with a sublime volley. Didier Drogba’s header, one of his eleven goals past us, ensured a nervous last twenty minutes, but future red Joe Cole blazed over with the Blues’ only real chance of note as we hung on to reach our thirteenth FA Cup Final. En route to gay Paree 1981 - Howard Gayle came on as a substitute for the injured Kenny Dalglish after just nine minutes and ran the Bayern München defence ragged, before later himself being substituted by Jimmy Case. We held the German champions to a 1-1 draw in the Olympic Stadium, with Ray Kennedy putting us in front with just seven minutes left before Karl-Heinz Rummenigge equalised, to make it through to our third European Cup Final in five years, on away goals after a goalless first meeting. Boss Bob Paisley had called this “our biggest test since Rome”, prior to the game. A first treble 1905 - Forward Sam Raybould became the first reds player to score a hat-trick against Manchester United as we beat them 4-0 at Anfield in a Second Division fixture. Jack Cox netted the other goal as this victory secured our promotion, with reds’ fans carrying the players on their shoulders after the final whistle in celebration. 1916 - Fred Pagnam also struck three times as we thumped United 7-1 in a Wartime League match at Anfield. Ernie Pinkney and Walter Wadsworth were also on target with Dave Watson netting twice. Held by the Blues 2008 – We took the lead in the first leg of our Champions League Semi-final against Chelsea shortly before half-time through Dirk Kuyt, before failing to take a number of other good chances. We suffered a sucker punch in the final seconds of time added on when John Arne Riise headed into his own net. This was the first time we had faced the same team in European competition in four consecutive seasons. 2010 – We also suffered European disappointment, losing 1-0 in the first leg of our UEFA Europa League Semi-final at Club Atlético de Madrid, with the reds having to make the long journey to Spain by train following volcanic eruptions over Iceland causing all flights to be grounded. Diego Forlán gave the home side an early lead with one of his four strikes past the reds, with Yossi Benayoun having an equaliser wrongly ruled out for offside. Reds farewells 1950 - Winger William Watkinson made his 24th and final reds appearance in our 2-1 defeat at Portsmouth, with Albert Stubbins bagging our consolation. Duggie Reid bagged one of his six goals past us, with Jack Froggatt also on target. 1939 - Scottish forward Bill Kinghorn bagged his fourth goal in his nineteenth and final reds game as we were held by Sunderland to a 1-1 draw at Anfield, with the legendary Raich Carter netting one of his six goals against the reds. 1899 - George Allan struck his 56th and final goal as we beat Blackburn Rovers 2-0 in a top-flight match at Anfield, with Tom Robertson nabbing the other. Baggies bouncing 1967 – West Bromwich Albion won 1-0 at Anfield, thanks to one of Jeff Astle’s seven goals past the reds. 2012 – Peter Odemwingie struck the only goal of the game as the Baggies won at Anfield for the first time in exactly 45 years, under the management of ex-reds boss Roy Hodgson. Jordan Henderson and Dirk Kuyt both struck the woodwork before we fell behind. Under twelve thousand 1959 - We hosted our lowest post-war League crowd of only 11,976 as we beat Sc***horpe United 3-0 in the Second Division. Alan Arnell netted his 35th and final reds goal, with Billy Liddell and Fred Morris also on the scoresheet. Happy birthday to the reserves 1956 - Left-back Brian Kettle was born in Prescot. He signed for the reds in May 1973 but only made four senior appearances as his route to the first-team was blocked first by Alec Lindsay, then Joey Jones and Alan Kennedy, and he moved to Wigan Athletic in August 1980. 1983 – Former Finnish reserves striker Daniel Sjölund was born in Marieham. He never made the first team after arriving Anfield from West Ham United in November 2000 as part of the deal that took Rigobert Song in the opposite direction, moving on to Swedish side Djurgårdens IF in January 2004. 1993 - Midfielder Craig Roddan was born in Fazakerley. He joined the Academy from Wigan Athletic in 2007, but was released in the summer of 2014. 2001 – Left-back Morgan Boyes was born in Chester. He put through his own net while making his senior debut in the 5-0 EFL Cup loss at Aston Villa in December 2019, also featuring in the FA Cup win over Shrewsbury Town at Anfield two months later. An eventful friendly for Don 1925 - Scottish left-back Donald Mackinlay scored and then replaced Elisha Scott in goal after he was injured at Anfield against Aberdeen. The game ended 1-1. Beating the Blues 1944 - Cyril Done netted a treble, including a penalty, as we beat Everton 4-2 in a Wartime League match at Anfield, with Stan Polk also on target. 1893 - We also beat the Blues in the Liverpool Senior Cup Final at Goodison Park, with Tom Wyllie bagging the only goal of the game in front of just 10,000 at Bootle’s ground on Hawthorne Road. This was the first ever meeting between the two sides. Some things never change as Everton were denied a penalty and protested a number of decisions made by referee Herbie Arthur, with the ceremony to award the trophy and winners’ medals minted by Bovril having to be abandoned. Mixed fortunes against the other Blues We have twice faced Birmingham City in First Division matches on this day in history. 1933 - Gordon Hodgson grabbed the only goal of the game in L4, with centre–forward Harold Barton playing his hundredth reds game. 1964 - Roger Hunt was on target in a 3-1 defeat at St. Andrews. Three-ton Laurie 1957 – Centre-half Laurie Hughes played his 300th League game for the reds in our goalless Second Division trip to Bristol Rovers. Stevie again 2007 - Steven Gerrard was named in the PFA Team of the Year for the fifth of eight times, a record in the Premier League era. Joy against the Potters We have also twice met Stoke City on this day in history. 1935 - Our top-flight meeting at the Victoria Ground ended in a draw, with Berry Nieuwenhuys on the scoresheet and Tommy Sale netting one of his five goals past us. 1961 - We won 3-0 in a Second Division fixture at Anfield. Roger Hunt and Kevin Lewis were on target, with Dave Hickson bagging his 38th and last goal for the club. Tony for the only time 1959 - Ex-reds inside-right Tony Rowley won his only senior cap for Wales. Their 4-1 defeat by Northern Ireland in Belfast was enough to hand the Ulster side a share of the British International Championships with England that season. This cap was even more special in that Rowley was a Tranmere Rovers player at the time, then in the Third Division. Welsh Englishman 2001 - John Welsh scored for England Under-16’s as they lost 3-1 to Italy in the European Championships at Bramall Lane, with future red Alberto Aquilani on the winning side. On the same day, future red Fernando Torres scored for Spain Under-21’s in their 3-0 defeat of Romania in the European Championships Finals in Durham. 2002 - Welsh starred for England Under-19’s as they qualified for the European Championship Finals by beating Lithuania 2-1 at Nottingham Forest’s City Ground. Jon Otsemobor was an unused substitute that day. Aquilani featured for his country again, playing for the Under-18’s as they beat Poland 2-0. Stan the Irish Villain 1998 - Steve Staunton won his 74th cap, and final one in his first spell as an Aston Villa player, as the Republic of Ireland lost 2-0 to Argentina in a friendly at Lansdowne Road. Phil Babb and future red Robbie Keane also played. On the same day, Abel Xavier won his final cap as an SL Benfica player, and fifth in total, as Portugal lost 3-0 to England in a friendly at Wembley. Paul Ince and Michael Owen both featured. Meanwhile, future red Nicolas Anelka made his senior international debut in France’s goalless draw in Sweden and Vladimír Šmicer netted as the Czech Republic won 3-1 in Slovenia. Also representing their countries that day were Stig Inge Bjørnebye, Øyvind Leonhardsen and future reds Markus Babbel, Dietmar Hamann, Sami Hyypiä and Jari Litmanen. Richard devalued 2008 – Ex-reserves defender Richard Money resigned as Manager of Walsall having failed to receive assurances over transfer funds. He had led them to 44 victories in his 103 games as they won the League Two title in his first full season in charge. He joined Newcastle United as Academy Director two months later. First caps 1995 - Brad Friedel won his first cap as a Brøndby IF player, and 28th in total as the USA lost 1-0 to Belgium in a friendly in Molenbeek. 2008 – Future reds reserves forward Nikola Sarić played for Denmark Under-18’s as they beat Estonia 1-0 in Tallinn. 2019 – Bobby Duncan and Curtis Jones both featured as England Under-18’s lost 1-0 to the Czech Republic in a friendly in Dubai. A record for Jameo 2007 - Ex-red David James broke the all-time Premiership clean sheets record with his 143rd shut-out as Portsmouth held Aston Villa to a goalless draw in the Midlands. Harper signs on 1978 - Reserves defender Alan Harper signed as a professional. However, he never played a senior reds game, later enjoying greater success across the park.
  17. Will

    18th April

    Clinching the title 1964 - Our biggest win on this day came when we beat Arsenal 5-0, with goals from Ian St. John, Alf Arrowsmith, Roger Hunt and a brace from Peter Thompson. This was enough to hand us our sixth League title, and first under Shanks. BBC’s Panorama programme filmed the Kop at the game, to report on this “extraordinary cultural phenomenon”. The game was an entertaining affair, with Tommy Lawrence saving a George Eastham penalty after a handball by Ron Yeats with the score at 1-0, and Ian Callaghan having a spot-kick saved by ex-reds keeper, and Gunners captain for the day, Jim Furnell late on with keeper Tommy Lawrence initially stepping forward to take it before Bill Shankly waved him back. The team celebrated with the home-made ‘Curlett Cup’ as the actual trophy was still at Goodison from the season before. We have twice also made the trip to Highbury on this day in history. 1931 - We lost 3-1, with our strike being a Herbert Roberts own goal. Jack Lambert struck one of his seven goals past us, with David Jack scoring one of his nine and Cliff Bastin bagging the first of his four against us. 1990 - John Barnes scored late on as we drew 1-1, with Paul Merson netting one of his seven goals past us in the first half. Ronnie Whelan broke a bone in his ankle, leaving the Irish national side sweating on his fitness ahead of that summer’s World Cup Finals in Italy, although he recovered in time to make one substitute appearance. 1923 - We also claimed the League title, winning it for the fourth time. Dick Forshaw’s goal earned us a share of the spoils at Bolton Wanderers, and gave us enough points so that neither Sunderland nor Huddersfield Town could catch us. John Smith scored the first of his seven goals against the reds in a game that also counted for the Lancashire Senior Cup. A century for Rushie 1984 - Ian Rush bagged his hundredth reds goal in his 166th game for us. Ronnie Whelan and John Wark were also on target as we came from 2-1 down to draw 3-3 with Leicester City at Filbert Street, with Gary Lineker scoring the first of his six goals against the reds. Andy Peake and Steve Lynex also netted for the Foxes. Boro again and again We have faced Middlesbrough four times in the top flight on this day in history, winning just once. 2007 - We won 2-0 at Anfield when Steven Gerrard grabbed two goals, including a penalty. 1914 - Walter Tinsley scored the first of two hat-tricks against us in our 4-0 defeat at Ayresome Park, with Stewart Davidson also netting. 1938 – We were held to a 1-1 draw in L4, with Jack Balmer on target early on. 1908 - We lost 1-0 at Anfield, when forward Charlie Hewitt played his sixteenth and last reds game. Other goalscoring feats 1968 - Tony Hateley bagged his eighth FA Cup goal of the season, a club record, in our Sixth Round second replay with West Bromwich Albion at Maine Road. We lost the game 2-1 as Albion went on to claim the trophy for the fifth, and most recent, time. Jeff Astle put the Baggies in front with one of his seven strikes past us, with Clive Clark netting the winner after an hour, the last of his seven goals against the reds. 1987 - Less prolific was Gary Ablett, who scored his only reds goal in our 3-0 home win over Nottingham Forest, with Kenny Dalglish netting his 172nd and final goal for us and Ronnie Whelan also on the scoresheet. We have twice also lost to Forest on this day in history. 1903 – We went down 1-0 at the City Ground. 1963 – We lost 2-0 in L4 with full-back Robert Thomson making his reds bow in place of Ronnie Moran, who was suffering with flu. George passes on 1954 – Former Manager George Kay died in Liverpool, having won 142 of his 357 games in charge. He had led us to our first League title in 24 years in 1947, and the FA Cup Final three years later. Amongst the players who joined the club during his tenure were the great Billy Liddell and Bob Paisley. Reds birthdays 1940 - Winger Johnny Morrissey was born on this day in Liverpool. He signed on as a professional in April 1957 and struck six times in 37 outings before crossing the park to Everton for £10,000 in September 1962, for whom he struck fifty times in 314 appearances, helping them to two League titles. 1995 – Belgian forward Divock Origi was born in Ostend. He was signed from Lille OSC Métropole for £9.8m in July 2014, but was immediately loaned back to spend another season in France. He has so far struck 33 times in 134 reds games, including a crucial goal as we won the UEFA Champions League in Madrid in June 2019, as well as helping us to claim the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup. 1981 – Forward Milan Jovanović was born in Bajina Bašta in Yugoslavia. He signed on a free transfer from Standard de Liège in July 2010, finding the net just twice in eighteen appearances before moving to RSC Anderlecht for free in August 2011. 1987 – Ex-reds midfielder Danny Guthrie was born in Telford. The former Manchester United trainee made just seven senior reds appearances before moving to Newcastle United for £2.5m in July 2008, after a season-long loan spell at Bolton Wanderers. 1967 - Veteran keeper Paul Jones was born in Chirk, near Wrexham. He made two appearances while on loan from Southampton at Anfield in January 2004. A red beginning and end 1970 - Midfielder John McLaughlin made the first of his 55 reds appearances in our 2-1 defeat at Chelsea, with Bobby Graham on target in our final game of the season and Peter Osgood bagging both the Blues’ goals, including one from the spot. This match was originally postponed two months earlier. 1924 - We lost by the same score in West London, with our score being a very late own goal from Benjamin Baker. 1925 - Keeper John Jones played his fourth and final senior reds game, keeping a clean sheet as Fred Baron struck the only goal of our top-flight game against Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield. Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers played his 200th League game for the reds. Derby memories 1919 - Albert Pearson struck as we were held to a 1-1 draw in the Lancashire Section Subsidiary Competition, as the Lancashire Senior Cup was then known. 1942 - Jack Balmer grabbed the only goal of the game at Goodison Park in a Wartime League match that also counted for the War League Cup. Mixed fortunes against the Terriers We have twice travelled to Leeds Road to face Huddersfield Town in top-flight fixtures on this day in history. 1949 - Jack Balmer bagged a brace as we triumphed 4-0 with Kevin Baron and Billy Liddell also on target. 1933 – Right-back Jimmy ‘Parson’ Jackson nabbed our consolation in his 224th and final reds game as we lost 3-1, the last of his two goals for the club. Jackie Williams bagged a brace, with Wilf Bott netting one of his five goals past us. Joy against the Tractor Boys We have twice entertained Ipswich Town on this day in history, without tasting defeat. 1959 - Jimmy Melia, Billy Liddell and Alan A’Court struck as we won our Second Division encounter 3-1. 1978 - Kenny Dalglish and Graeme Souness netted in a 2-2 draw at Anfield in a game postponed from two months earlier, with Bob Paisley declaring the reds’ performance to be “rubbish”. Trevor Whymark struck the last of his six goals against us, with Mick Lambert also on target. No goals with Leeds We have twice faced Leeds United in the top-flight on this day in history, with both games ending goalless. 1981 - We met at Elland Road. 1992 – We hosted Leeds, with Bruce Grobbelaar pulling a hamstring and Michael Thomas having to be replaced at half time after damaging an ankle. They therefore joined Ronnie Whelan and skipper Mark Wright on the treatment table ahead of the FA Cup Final. Liddell and Shanks in tandem 1942 - Billy Liddell and Preston North End’s Bill Shankly both scored as Scotland beat England 5-4 in a Wartime international at Hampden Park. Reds skipper Matt Busby also played. 1953 - Liddell also represented his country, winning his 24th senior cap as they held England to a 2-2 draw in the British International Championships at Wembley Stadium. Reds honoured 2018 – Mohamed Salah was named in the PFA Team of the Year after a highly impressive first campaign with the reds. He went on to claim the PFA Player of the Year award, having netted 44 times in 52 games in all competitions as he helped us to reach the UEFA Champions League Final in Kiev. 2008 – A statue of reds legend Emlyn Hughes was unveiled in his hometown of Barrow. Redders says farewell 2002 - Tottenham Hotspur’s new signing Jamie Redknapp returned to Melwood to say his goodbyes. “Everyone was so good to me during my eleven years with Liverpool that it would be wrong to just leave and not say goodbye. I have a lot of friends at the club and that will always be the case, no matter where I am playing.” Dan arrives 2012 – Sixteen-year old midfielder Dan Trickett-Smith signed from Crewe Alexandra for £300,000. He was released in April 2016 having failed to break through. Young Howie starts out 1984 - Ex-red Howard Gayle made his debut for England Under-21’s as they beat Italy 3-1 in their European Championship Semi-final first leg at Maine Road. Ex-red Dave Watson also played. Alberto il papa 2011 - Alberto Aquilani became a father, to Aurora.
  18. Will

    17th April

    Liddell signs on 1939 - Billy Liddell signed as a professional at Anfield. He went on to strike 228 times in 534 games. His only club honour was the League title in 1947, although he also played in the FA Cup Final three years later. Clinching the title 1922 - We clinched our third League championship on this Easter Monday by beating title rivals Burnley 2-1 thanks to goals from Harry Chambers and Dick Forshaw, as Tottenham Hotspur, the other side in the hunt lost that day. Left-half Tom Bromilow played his hundredth League game that day as we regained the title for the first time in sixteen years. 1965 - We also entertained the Clarets, with Tommy Smith on target in a 1-1 draw. Andy Lochhead struck one of his four goals against the reds. Hat-tricks galore 1993 - Mark Walters scored a hat-trick, including a penalty, in our 4-0 defeat of Coventry City, our first treble in the Premier League. David Burrows nabbed the other goal, his third and final one for the club. 1973 - We also faced the Sky Blues, this time at Highfield Road. Phil Boersma netted both goals in our 2-1 victory. 1907 - Alf Common bagged a treble for Middlesbrough in their 4-2 win at Anfield, the first of his four goals past us, with Birkenhead-born Robert Blanthorne netting in his second and final senior reds appearance. Arthur Goddard also scored for the reds, with Andrew Aitken also on target for the visitors. This was a record eighth home League defeat of the season. Heading towards Madrid 2019 – We thumped Porto 4-1 in the second leg of our UEFA Champions League Quarter-final, having already won the first fixture 2-0. Sadio Mané opened the scoring before the break, with Mohamed Salah adding a second before Éder Militão pulled a goal back for the home side. Roberto Firmino and Virgil van Dijk both headed in late on to complete the scoring. Reds birthdays 1894 – Scottish right-half Jock McNab was born in Cleland, Lanarkshire. He signed from Bellshill Athletic in November 1919 and helped us to two League titles in the 1920’s, netting six times in 222 reds games before moving to Queens Park Rangers in June 1928. 1909 - Full-back Ben Dabbs was born in Oakengates, Shropshire. He failed to score in 56 first-team appearances for the reds after arriving from his hometown club in June 1932, moving to Watford in June 1938. 1910 - Defender Fred ‘The Bullet’ Rogers was born in Frodsham, Cheshire. He played 75 reds games without finding the net after signing from Helsby Athletic in 1933. 1990 – Former reserves forward Astrit Ajdarević was born in Pristina, Kosova, although he grew up in Sweden. He joined the reds in December 2006, moving on to Leicester City in June 2009 having failed to break through to the first team. Soto’s farewell 2011 - We drew 1-1 at Arsenal in a game with plenty of late drama. We suffered injuries to Fábio Aurélio, Andy Carroll and Jamie Carragher, with young full-back pairing Jon Flanagan and Jack Robinson impressing. The home side took the lead in the eighth minute of stoppage time through Robin van Persie from the spot, one of his seven goals past us, but Emmanuel Eboué then shoved Lucas in the back, with Dirk Kuyt converting the late, late penalty to equalise. This was Sotirios Kyrgiakos’s 49th and final reds game. Saved! 2004 - Steven Gerrard had a penalty saved as we were held to a goalless draw by Fulham at Anfield, with Fulham’s Zesh Rehman becoming the first British-born Asian player to appear in the Premiership. El-Hadji Diouf made his eightieth and final reds appearance as a substitute, while Jamie Carragher played his 300th game for us. 1954 – Billy Liddell had a spot-kick saved by Cardiff City full-back Alfred Sherwood who had to go between the sticks when keeper Ron Howells broke his thumb. We lost 1-0 in this top-flight fixture at Anfield. Sami the skipper 2002 - In the light of Jamie Redknapp’s departure for Tottenham Hotspur the day before, Sami Hyypiä was named club captain. Double benefits at Anfield 1909 - Our top-flight meeting with Bury was played as a benefit game for winger Jack Cox and skipper Alex Raisbeck. Robert Orr netted a first-half brace as we drew 2-2, while left-back Billy Dunlop played his 363rd and final reds game. Billy Hibbert struck one of his thirteen goals against the reds, with Bob Currie also on target. 1911 - Jack Parkinson scored his hundredth League goal as we drew 1-1 with Woolwich Arsenal, in a benefit game for keeper Sam Hardy. Overall record Of our 24 fixtures on this day over the years, an amazing nineteen have been at Anfield, with only three away games. Despite this historical home bias, we have only won around a third of our games on this day, with ten draws and five defeats. 1985 - The other game was an FA Cup Semi-final replay at Maine Road which we lost 2-1 to Manchester United, with our goal scored by United’s Paul McGrath before the break. However, Bryan Robson struck one of his seven goals past us after the break with Mark Hughes also grabbing the first of his nine in the second half. Other beginnings and ends 2016 – Keeper Danny Ward made his senior reds bow as we won 2-1 at Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium, as Dean Court was then known. Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge both struck at the end of the first half, with the latter also striking the woodwork twice. Josh King bagged a stoppage time consolation for the home side. 1948 – Inside-left Willie Fagan netted in his hundredth League appearance for the reds as we were held to a 1-1 draw by Manchester City at Anfield, with centre-forward Les Shannon making his reds bow and full-back Jim Harley playing his 131st and last reds game. 1915 - Wilf Bartrop played his third and final reds game, with William Banks netting his sixth and last reds goal as we beat Bradford Park Avenue 2-1 in a First Division fixture at Anfield, with Fred Pagnam also on the scoresheet. Off at Anfield 1995 - Goals from Robbie Fowler and Ian Rush handed us a 2-0 victory over Leicester City at Anfield, for whom Mike Whitlow was dismissed. Michael the skipper 2002 - Michael Owen captained England for the first time, scoring in a 4-0 defeat of Paraguay at Anfield. Danny Murphy also netted his first senior international goal, with Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard, future red Joe Cole and ex-red Robbie Fowler all also playing. Yossi Benayoun won his final cap as a Maccabi Haifa player, and 21st to date, as Israel lost a friendly 3-1 to future red Christian Poulsen’s Denmark in Copenhagen. On the same day, John Welsh appeared for the Under-19’s as they drew the first leg of their European Championships play-off 1-1 with Lithuania in Kaunas. Elsewhere, Jerzy Dudek saved a penalty as Poland lost 2-1 to Romania in Warsaw. Abel Xavier won his first cap as a red, and eighteenth in total, as Portugal drew 1-1 with Brazil in Lisbon. Jari Litmanen featured as Finland surprisingly lost 1-0 to FYR Macedonia in Prilep. Future red Fernando Morientes struck in Spain’s 5-0 friendly win in Northern Ireland. Rigobert Song’s Cameroon held Austria to a goalless draw in Vienna, while ex-red Brad Friedel played in the USA’s 2-1 defeat by the Republic of Ireland in Dublin, who included future reds Steve Finnan and Robbie Keane, and ex-red Steve Staunton. John Arne Riise played for Norway, alongside ex-red Øyvind Leonhardsen, as they were held to a goalless draw by Sweden, and Nicolas Anelka had a goal disallowed as France also had to settle for a 0-0 scoreline at home to Russia. This was the only cap he won as a red. Future red Sotirios Kyrgiakos played in Greece’s goalless friendly against the Czech Republic in Ioannina while Alou Diarra appeared for France Under-20’s in their 1-0 defeat of Egypt in Villeneuve. Eight-goal thriller 1976 - We beat Stoke City 5-3 at Anfield in a League match. Phil Neal equalised from the spot after we had fallen behind to the last of Terry Conroy’s four goals past us, with our other goals coming from John Toshack, Ray Kennedy, Emlyn Hughes and David Fairclough. Ian Moores and Alan Bloor also struck for the Potters. Derby stalemate 1908 - We were held to a goalless draw at Anfield by Everton. Mo’s debut 2011 – Future red Mohamed Salah converted a penalty while winning his first cap for Egypt Under-20’s as they beat Lesotho 2-0 in an African Championship Finals group game in South Africa. Up against the Baggies We have twice entertained West Bromwich Albion in the top flight on this day in history, without tasting defeat. 1920 - We were held to a goalless draw by the Baggies 1982 - Kenny Dalglish netted the only goal of our meeting, with Joe Fagan taking charge of the reds in Bob Paisley’s absence through illness. Youngsters in action 1972 – We lost the first leg of the FA Youth Cup Final 1-0 at Aston Villa, thanks to a John Gidman penalty. The reds included Brian Kettle and Phil Thompson, but also lost the second leg 4-2. Adam on target 2006 – Future red Adam Lallana scored while winning his only cap for England Under-18’s as they beat Slovenia 2-1 in a friendly in Bournemouth. Facing the neighbours We have twice beaten Southport 3-0 at Anfield on this day in history. 1943 – George Paterson, Michael Hulligan and Cyril Done struck in a Wartime League fixture. 1961 - Dave Hickson, Roger Hunt and Ian Callaghan scored as we reached the Liverpool Senior Cup Final. Beattie’s bow 1937 - Full-back Andy Beattie won the first of his seven full caps for Scotland as they beat England 3-1 in the British International Championships at Hampden Park. He went on to guest for the reds during the war, as well as joining our backroom staff later in life.
  19. Will

    15th April

    Justice for the 96 1989 - The Hillsborough Disaster occurred that tragically took the lives of 96 Liverpool supporters. R.I.P. and justice for the 96, now that the truth has finally been revealed to the wider world. Happy birthdays 1947 – Recent Chairman Martin Broughton was born in London. He was appointed in April 2010 to locate a buyer for the club from George Gillett and Tom Hicks, which he succeeded in finding in New England Sports Ventures in October 2010, following a series of legal battles. He left his role in the following month and was knighted for his services to business in December 2010. 1982 – Albert Riera was born in Manacor in Mallorca. He signed from R.C.D. Espanyol for an initial £5.5m on transfer deadline day in September 2008, notching five times in 56 reds games before moving to Olympiacos for an initial £3.3m fee in July 2010. Harry’s treble 1922 - We beat Cardiff City 5-1 at Anfield, our first ever meeting with the Bluebirds. Forward Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers scored a hat-trick, with Jock McNab bagging his first reds goal and Tom Bromilow also on target. Ex-Toffee Joe Clennell bagged one of his seven goals against the reds. 1927 - We again thumped five past City, this time without reply, our record defeat of the Welsh side. Tom Reid bagged a brace, with Gordon Hodgson and Dick Edmed also on the scoresheet to add to a Tommy Lucas penalty. A thumping defeat 1963 - Jimmy Greaves scored the first four of his twelve goals against us, including a penalty, for Tottenham Hotspur in their 7-2 First Division win at White Hart Lane. Roger Hunt bagged both our consolation goals as Cliff Jones netted two of his five goals past us, with Frank Saul also on target for the home side. A McEnglish debut 1893 - Keeper Billy McOwen made his reds bow as we drew 1-1 at Southport Central in our final ever Lancashire League fixture, with John Miller on target. McOwen was the only Englishman to feature regularly in our ‘team of the Macs’, making 27 appearances in total. Most recently 1978 – We drew 1-1 at Bristol City in our most recent full game on this day, with Steve Heighway on target. Bob Paisley said afterwards, “City must have thought it was Christmas all over again. We presented them with a point.” Ex-red Peter Cormack struck for the home side, as well as missing a penalty. 1905 - We also visited Ashton Gate when Jack Cox struck the only goal to hand us victory in our Second Division encounter. This was our thirteenth away League win of the season, a club record since equalled in May 2009. Twice at Roker Park 1970 - Chris Lawler netted the only goal of the game late on to beat the Wearsiders. 1933 - We left Sunderland with a goalless draw in another top-flight meeting. Derby joy We have twice entertained Everton on this day in history. 1944 - Michael Hulligan bagged a brace with Cyril Done also on the scoresheet as we won a Liverpool Cup First Round second leg 3-0, with a further 45 minutes not adding to the score as the tie ended level. The game also counted for Wartime League. 1895 - Jimmy Ross was on target as we drew 1-1 in a friendly. Arrow sheathed 1968 - Alf Arrowsmith played his 56th and final reds game in our 1-1 Easter Monday First Division draw at Sheffield United. Geoff Strong struck our goal from the spot, with Tony Currie on target for the home side. 1931 – Outside-left Fred Hopkin made his 360th and last appearance for the reds as we were held to a goalless draw at Anfield by Birmingham City. Sami the best 2002 - Sami Hyypiä and future red Steve Finnan were both named in the PFA Team of the Year, while Steven Gerrard finished third in the vote for the Young Player of the Year, which was won by future red Craig Bellamy. First and last 1914 – Right-back Frank Grayer played his only reds game, with Jimmy Dawson netting his third and final goal in his fourteenth and last game for the club as we lost 2-1 at home to Manchester United, with George Wall bagging one of his ten goals against us and George Travers also netting. Grayer was so badly wounded during the First World War that he was unable to play football again. Red Scots in action 1950 - Billy Liddell played as Scotland lost a World Cup qualifier 1-0 to England at Hampden Park. 1961 - Future red Ian St. John was in the Scotland side that trounced England 9-3 in a British International Championships game at Wembley Stadium. 1939 - Bill Shankly represented his country in another home international at Hampden, with England winning 2-1. On the move 2015 - Future reds boss Jürgen Klopp announced his departure from Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund at the end of that season, after seven campaigns in charge, having led them to two Bundesliga titles, the DFB-Pokal and two DFL-Supercups.
  20. Will

    8th April

    Semi-final joy and despair 2001 - We played in our 21st FA Cup Semi-final, beating Wycombe Wanderers 2-1 at Villa Park, with Emile Heskey and Robbie Fowler scoring after the underdogs had kept us out for nearly eighty minutes. Keith Ryan bagged a late consolation for Wanderers. 1981 - We were held to a goalless draw at home by Bayern München in the European Cup with Kurt Niedermayer rattling the crossbar, but we went through on away goals after the return in Germany. This game marked Steve Heighway’s 475th and final reds game, as he came on at half time to replace Terry McDermott, while Graeme Souness missed the match through injury. 1990 - We lost 4-3 to Crystal Palace in the FA Cup, also at Villa Park. This is the furthest we have ever gone in the competition as holders. We went in ahead at half time, thanks to an Ian Rush strike, and in total control, although our goalscorer had gone off injured after half an hour. However, the Eagles came out fighting in the second half. The game ended 3-3 after ninety minutes, with Steve McMahon also on target, and John Barnes scoring from spot. Future Eagles boss Alan Pardew grabbed the dramatic winner in extra time, with Mark Bright, Gary O’Reilly and Andy Gray all also on target for Palace. Through to another semi 2008 - We beat Arsenal 4-2 in the second leg of our Champions League Quarter-final. Abou Diaby put the visitors ahead before Sami Hyypiä and Fernando Torres gave us the lead. Emmanuel Adebayor looked to have sent the Gunners through on the away goals rule after a storming run from Theo Walcott, with one of his five goals past us to date, but moments later Ryan Babel was brought down in the box and Steven Gerrard converted the spot-kick to score in his fourth consecutive home game in Europe, a new club record. Babel then added a fourth in stoppage time. In Bob’s honour 1999 - The Paisley Gateway was officially opened at Anfield by his widow Jessie, three years after Bob’s death, to commemorate his service to the club. As Manager, he won an incredible nineteen trophies in nine seasons. He had also played 277 times in our first team, netting twelve times. Quadruple trebles We have three times bagged hat-tricks on this day over the years. 1933 - Gordon Hodgson grabbed three in a 4-3 defeat of Blackpool, with Dave Wright also on target. Phil Watson bagged a brace for the visitors. 1905 - Jack Parkinson netted a treble in our 8-1 thrashing of Burslem Port Vale at Anfield, with Robert Robinson and Jack Cox adding braces and Sam Raybould also scoring. Defender George Latham made the first of his nineteen reds appearances in this game. 1955 - Ex-red Cyril Done bagged four in our 4-3 defeat at Port Vale, as they were by then known. Eric Anderson, Johnny Evans and Billy Liddell netted our goals. 1899 - John Walker struck three times as we beat Derby County 4-0 at Anfield, with Alex Raisbeck also on target. We have also beaten the Rams twice more in First Division matches at Anfield on this day. 1980 – David Johnson netted while playing his hundredth League game for the reds as we won 3-0, with Colin Irwin scoring and Keith Osgood putting through his own net. 1939 - Phil Taylor bagged a brace in a 2-1 victory, with Dave McCulloch netting the last of his seven goals against us. Heading to another European semi 2010 - We faced SL Benfica for the tenth time in European competition, a joint club record along with Chelsea. We overcame a first leg deficit in our UEFA Europa League Quarter-final by winning 4-1 at Anfield. Dirk Kuyt headed us in front from a corner before Lucas Leiva bagged the second. Fernando Torres then struck a brace either side of Óscar Cardozo’s consolation, so becoming the first red ever to net twice in four consecutive home games. For Gerry 1970 - A testimonial match was staged for Gerry Byrne with the reds drawing 8-8 with an All Star XI at Anfield. Bobby Graham, Chris Lawler and Ian St. John each netted a brace, with Roger Hunt and Willie Stevenson also on target. Steve Heighway played his first reds game and was so unfamiliar with his surroundings that he asked a member of the opposition which end was the Kop! Sammy starts off with a bang 1978 - Sammy Lee scored on his reds debut as a substitute for David Johnson, who tore his knee ligaments, in our 3-2 home League win over Leicester City. Tommy Smith nabbed both our other goals, his final reds strikes. Brian’s ton up 1974 – Brian Hall played his hundredth League game as we lost 1-0 at Sheffield United, with Terry Nicholl on target and Ray Clemence saving a penalty from Keith Eddy. Beaten by the Blues 2009 – We lost 3-1 at home to Chelsea in the first leg of our Champions League Quarter-final after Fernando Torres had handed us the lead, to suffer our only defeat of the season at Anfield. Branislav Ivanović twice headed in when unmarked at set pieces, with Didier Drogba rounding off the scoring late on with one of his eleven goals past us to equal our worst ever home defeat in European competition. Pepe Reina played his fiftieth European Cup game. Three off the mark 1912 - Outside-left Henry Lester and James Scott both debuted as we won 2-0 at Bradford City in a top-flight fixture, with forward James Speakman grabbing his only reds goal. Sam Gilligan also got on the scoresheet. Red beginnings and ends 1944 - Outside-left Hugh McQueen died in Norwich. He had made 61 reds appearances after signing from Leith Athletic in October 1892, bagging eighteen goals and helping us to the Lancashire League and Second Division titles in successive seasons before joining Derby County in July 1895. 1889 - Inside-forward Arthur Metcalf was born in Sunderland. He signed from Newcastle United for £150 in May 1912 and netted 28 times in 63 reds games, playing in every position on the park. Most recently 2015 - Philippe Coutinho bagged the only goal of our FA Cup Sixth Round replay at Blackburn Rovers. Sadly, we crashed out to Aston Villa in the subsequent Semi-final at Wembley. 2017 – We won 2-1 at Stoke City’s rechristened bet365 Stadium, despite falling behind to the last of Jon Walters’ seven goals past us on the stroke of half time. The Brazilian pair Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino both came off the bench to score within two minutes of each other to hand us victory. Mixed fortunes against Oldham We have faced Oldham Athletic three times on this day in history. 1911 - Sam Gilligan netted the only goal of our top-flight meeting at Anfield, with centre-half Jimmy Harrop playing his hundredth League game for the reds. 1916 - Dave Watson struck our consolation as we lost a Wartime League match 2-1 at Boundary Park. 1922 - We were thumped 4-0 away from home in another First Division meeting, on the way to our third League title, with left-half Tom Bromilow away on international duty. Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers played his hundredth League game for the reds as Jack Marshall bagged a treble for the home side, the last of his five goals past us, with Reuben Butler also scoring. Beating the Owls 1989 - We thumped Sheffield Wednesday 5-1 in a top-flight encounter at Anfield that kicked off at 11:30am due to it being Grand National day. Peter Beardsley was on target twice, with Steve McMahon, Ray Houghton and John Barnes also netting. This remains our joint record victory over the Hillsborough outfit. 1896 - We also beat the Owls, with Clarke netting the only goal of our friendly against The Wednesday at Anfield. Disappointment at St. James’ Park We have twice visited Newcastle United on this day in history. 1950 - Willie Fagan grabbed our consolation as we were thumped 5-1 in a top-flight match. Robert Mitchell bagged two of his eight goals against the reds, with Ernest Taylor netting the first of his five past us, with Tommy Walker and George Hannah also on target. 1893 - Our friendly ended goalless. Derby stalemate 1963 - Our top-flight trip to Goodison Park ended without score. International beginnings 1992 - Myllykosken Pallo-47’s Sami Hyypiä won his first Under-21’s cap for Finland as they drew 1-1 in a friendly in Poland. 2007 – Future reds reserves forward Nikola Sarić won his only official cap for Denmark Under-16’s, netting in their 3-2 defeat by Georgia in Portugal. 2009 – Conor Coady played for England Under-16’s for the first time as they beat Russia 3-1 in the Montaigu Tournament. International endings 1970 - Emlyn Hughes won his eighth and final England Under-23’s cap as they thumped Bulgaria 4-1 in Plymouth. 1905 – John ‘Geezer’ Hughes made his third and final senior international appearance for Wales as they drew 2-2 with Ireland in the British International Championships in Belfast. 1900 - England’s Raby Howell and Scotland’s Hugh Morgan both won their second and final caps, and only ones as reds players, as the Scots won 2-1 at Villa Park in the same tournament. Future reds keeper Ned Doig was in the Scotland goal. 1999 - Future red Gary McAllister announced his international retirement after a total of 57 caps. Razor sheathed 2001 - Neil Ruddock was released by Crystal Palace after 28 games for them. He joined Roy Evans at Swindon Town four months later.
  21. Will

    31st March

    Crouchie at the treble 2007 - Peter Crouch scored the perfect hat-trick of right-foot, header and left-foot shot as we thumped Arsenal 4-1 at Anfield to gain some measure of revenge for having been dumped out of both the FA and League Cups by the Gunners in L4 already that season. John Arne Riise played his 200th League game, while Daniel Agger grabbed the other goal, with William Gallas on target for the visitors. This was George Gillett Jr. and Tom Hicks’ first game as owners of the reds. 1969 - We were held to a 1-1 draw by Arsenal at Anfield. Tommy Smith converted a penalty at the second try, as Bob Paisley was on the field at the time of his first successful attempt, treating the injured Alun Evans. Triple debutants Three players have made their reds bows on this day over the years, all in League matches. 1984 - John Wark scored on his debut in a 2-0 win at Watford, our first League victory there, with Ian Rush also netting. 1990 - Ronnie Rosenthal made his reds debut in a 3-2 home win over Southampton with ex-red Jimmy Case giving the visitors the lead after Paul Rideout had equalised, when John Barnes and Ian Rush struck to add to a Russell Osman own goal. 1992 - Don Hutchinson started his Liverpool career in a 4-0 home victory over Notts County, with Michael Thomas, Steve McManaman, Ian Rush and Barry Venison all on target. Consecutive runs 1996 - Robbie Fowler scored in his seventh consecutive FA Cup round, as we beat Aston Villa 3-0 at Old Trafford in the Semi-final. He netted a brace to take him to sixteen strikes in his last fourteen outings, with Jason McAteer also on the scoresheet in the final minute. 1951 - Huddersfield Town won for the third consecutive League season at Anfield, this time 4-1, with inside-forward Jack Haigh grabbing our consolation, his third and last reds strike. Left-back Eddie Spicer put through his own net in the final minute. Jimmy Glazzard bagged one of his five goals against the reds, with Vic Metcalfe netting one of his six past us and Harold Hassal also on target. Failed penalties This has not been a good day for our penalty takers. 1973 - Pat Jennings made a double save from Tommy Smith’s spot-kick as we were held 1-1 by Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield, having already saved one from Kevin Keegan in the first half. Keegan netted our goal in the meantime. 1979 - Terry McDermott’s penalty hit a post and bounced away with the scores at 1-1 in our Maine Road FA Cup Semi-final with Manchester United. The game ended 2-2, with Kenny Dalglish and Alan Hansen on target, and we were knocked out in the replay at Goodison five days later. Most recently 2019 – We beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at Anfield, with Roberto Firmino nodding us ahead early on. Lucas Moura equalised after the break, but Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris failed to hold a last-minute Mohamed Salah header with the ball going into the net off Toby Alderweireld to send us back to the top of the table. 2018 – We won 2-1 at Crystal Palace despite falling behind to an early Luka Milivojević penalty. Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah both struck after the break to secure victory. 2013 - We won 2-1 at Aston Villa in an Easter Sunday game, after falling behind to a Christian Benteke strike, one of his seven goals past us to date. Jordan Henderson levelled the scores before Steven Gerrard converted a penalty. Up against Leeds 1965 - We discovered our opponents for the FA Cup Final when a Billy Bremner header handed Leeds United a 1-0 victory over Manchester United in their Semi-final replay at the City Ground in Nottingham. 1906 - We featured in another FA Cup Semi-final, losing 2-0 to eventual winners Everton at Villa Park, thanks to second-half goals from Walter Abbott and Harold Hardman. We have since won all six derbies at this stage or later of the competition. Beating the Mancs 2001 - We beat Manchester United 2-0 in the League at Anfield, with Steven Gerrard and Robbie Fowler scoring past the hapless Fabien Barthez, with Danny Murphy being sent off. 1985 - We lost our other meeting with United on this day, going down 1-0 at home thanks to a goal from Frank Stapleton. Top of the table 1986 - We headed the League table for the first time that season after a 2-0 Easter Monday defeat of Manchester City at Anfield, thanks to a brace from Steve McMahon. Signing on 1902 - Inside-left Richard Morris signed from Newtown. He only struck five times in 39 reds games before joining Leeds City in July 1905. 2011 – Future reds keeper Ádám Bogdán signed a new contract with Bolton Wanderers, having signed from Vasas in his native Hungary in August 2007. 2015 - Winger Ryan Kent signed a new contract, with his eventful year continuing with a first-team debut at Brisbane Roar in July followed by a loan move to Coventry City. He was recalled in January 2016 by Jürgen Klopp, making his senior bow in an FA Cup Third Round tie at Exeter City. Ton up for Alan 1956 - Alan A’Court played his hundredth reds game as we beat Bristol City 2-1 in a Second Division encounter at Anfield. Alan Arnell and John Evans, with a late penalty, got on the scoresheet with John Atyeo bagging one of his five goals past us. Beating the Rams We have twice beaten Derby County in top-flight matches on this day in history, hitting four goals each time. 1934 - Berry Nieuwenhuys struck a brace as we won 4-2 at Anfield, with Tom Johnson and Gordon Hodgson also scoring. Peter Ramage bagged one of his five goals past us, with Arthur Groves also on the scoresheet. 1948 - Jack Balmer netted twice as we won 4-0 at the Baseball Ground, with Albert Stubbins and Willie Fagan also on target. International debutants 1928 - Future red Tom ‘Tiny’ Bradshaw won his only cap for Scotland as they thumped England 5-1 in the British International Championships at Wembley. 1993 - Future red Abel Xavier was booked as he made his senior international bow in Portugal’s 1-1 draw with Roy Hodgson’s Switzerland in a World Cup qualifier in Bern. On the same day, Ian Rush netted as Wales beat Belgium 2-0 in Cardiff, playing alongside ex-red Dean Saunders. 2009 – Future reds forward Daniel Sturridge won his only cap for England Under-20’s in their 2-0 defeat of Italy at Loftus Road. On the same day, David N’Gog featured for France Under-21’s as they beat England 2-0 in Nottingham, with future red James Milner also in action. Swansea City’s Joe Allen also appeared at this level that day, with future red Mario Balotelli playing for Italy Under-21’s. Stan from a corner 1993 - Ex-red Steve Staunton scored direct from a corner for the Republic of Ireland for the second time, having achieved the same feat against Portugal ten months earlier. Fellow ex-reds Ray Houghton and Jim Magilton both also played as they beat Northern Ireland 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier at Lansdowne Road. Meanwhile, John Barnes and future reds Nigel Clough and Paul Ince played in England’s 2-0 win in Turkey. Vlad on target 1999 - Future red Vladimír Šmicer scored the winner as the Czech Republic won 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Scotland. Ex-red Don Hutchison made his debut in the same game, while Patrik Berger also featured and future red Gary McAllister won his 57th and final cap. On the same day, Dean Saunders won his first cap as an SL Benfica player as Wales lost 2-0 in another qualifier in Switzerland, with Stéphane Henchoz winning his final cap while with Blackburn Rovers. Future reds Craig Bellamy and Paul Jones also played. Meanwhile, future red Nicolas Anelka played as France beat Armenia 2-0 in Paris. 2004 - Henchoz also represented his country in their 1-0 friendly defeat in Greece. Derby joy 1945 - Billy Liddell grabbed the only goal of the game as we won a Wartime League match at Goodison Park that also counted towards the Wartime League Cup. Red endings 1898 – Half-back Barney Battles played his sixth and final reds game, the only one of his second spell at Anfield. Fred Geary bagged his fourteenth and last reds goal with Andrew McCowie also on target as we were held to a 2-2 top-flight draw at home by Bury. Forward Bobby Colvin was also playing his final reds game, although he had managed to rack up just three senior appearances, while defender John Holmes played his 44th and last game for us. William Brimblecombe struck twice for the visitors. 1894 – Inside-right John Givens headed in his third and final reds goal, the only score in our Second Division trip to Grimsby Town. First and last caps 2004 - Brad Friedel won his 82nd and final cap for the USA, keeping a clean sheet as they beat Jerzy Dudek’s Poland 1-0 in Plock. On the same day, Jari Litmanen won his last cap in his second spell as an Ajax player, his 85th in total. He also scored as Finland won a friendly 2-1 in Malta, with Sami Hyypiä also playing. Paul Jones won his first cap as a Wolverhampton Wanderers player on the same day as Wales won 2-1 in Hungary. Ex-red Gareth Roberts also featured. Steven Gerrard was on the losing side for England for the first time on the same day, skippering them for the first time to a 1-0 friendly defeat in Sweden. Jamie Carragher, Emile Heskey, future red Joe Cole and ex-red David James also featured in a match that was played to mark the centenary of the Swedish FA. 2015 - Jordan Henderson, Tiago Ilori, Divock Origi, Martin Škrtel, Harry Wilson, future reds Christian Benteke, Nathaniel Clyne, Xherdan Shaqiri and Gini Wijnaldum, and ex-reds Javier Mascherano and Mikel San José all represented their countries, with Roy Hodgson taking charge of England. Meanwhile, future red Joe Gomez won his fourth and last cap for England Under-19’s as they lost 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in France. On target for their countries 2004 - Future red Fernando Morientes struck as Spain beat Denmark 2-0 in a friendly in Gijón. Fellow future reds Xabi Alonso and Fernando Torres also played. Meanwhile, Milan Baroš and future red Robbie Keane were on target as the Czech Republic lost 2-1 to the Republic of Ireland in Dublin, and Dietmar Hamann struck as Germany beat Belgium 3-0 in Cologne. Bruno Cheyrou was also in international action that day, winning his third and final cap to date. 2010 – Raheem Sterling struck his only goal for England Under-16’s as they beat the Ukraine 3-1 in a Montaigu Tournament group game in St. Gilles Croix de Vie. This was his fourth cap at this level, and first as a reds player. 2011 – Sterling played for England Under-17’s as they beat Spain 2-1 in a European Championships Elite Round qualifier in Belgium, with fellow red Brad Smith also featuring 2012 – Future red Mohamed Salah scored in Egypt’s 4-0 friendly defeat of Chad in Sudan. 2014 – Dominic Solanke scored for England Under-17’s as they beat Italy 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in the Czech Republic, with fellow future red Joe Gomez also playing. Ray the dad 1978 – Keeper Ray Clemence became a father to Stephen, who went on to have a successful football career with Tottenham Hotspur, Birmingham City and Leicester City. Pako in charge 2016 – Former reds Assistant Manager Pako Ayestarán was appointed Head Coach of Valencia for the remainder of the season, following the sacking of Gary Neville.
  22. Will

    25th March

    Stevie off but derby joy 2006 - Steven Gerrard was sent off at home to Everton for two quick-fire yellow cards before Phil Neville put us ahead at the end of the first half with a superb headed own goal from a corner. Luis García put us 2-0 up with a beautiful lob soon after the restart, our 500th home Premiership goal. Tim Cahill headed the visitors back into the game with one of his five goals against us, also their hundredth League goal in an Anfield derby. Substitute Andy van der Meyde was sent off for elbowing Xabi Alonso just five minutes after coming on before Harry Kewell rounded off a 3-1 victory with a fine strike. The two clubs had received special permission for Gerrard and James Beattie to wear ‘08’ shirts to promote Liverpool’s status as the European Capital of Culture in 2008. 1905 – Orlando Evans was sent off for Burton United for kicking Sam Raybould as we lost 2-1 at Peel Croft in a Second Division meeting. Winger Jack Cox struck our goal. We’re all off to Wembley 1984 - The first all-Merseyside cup final ended in a goalless draw, after extra time. The game was notable for a failed penalty appeal for handball against Alan Hansen, and an Alan Kennedy goal that was disallowed for offside. We clinched our fourth consecutive League Cup in the replay three days later. 1950 - We won through to our first Wembley FA Cup Final, beating Everton 2-0 at Maine Road thanks to goals from Bob Paisley and Billy Liddell. Unfortunately, Arsenal went on to claim the cup. Igor sees red 2004 - Igor Bišcan was sent off after Emile Heskey had given us the lead at the Stade Vélodrome as we lost 2-1 on the night to Olympique de Marseille, with Didier Drogba converting the resulting penalty, one of his eleven goals past us. We therefore crashed out of the UEFA Cup at the Fourth Round stage 3-2 on aggregate with Abdoulaye Meïté scoring the home side’s other goal. Willie’s treble 1908 - Inside-left Bill McPherson scored a hat-trick in our stunning 7-4 top-flight win over Manchester United at Anfield. Joe Hewitt and Robbie Robinson both added braces that day against the side that would be crowned champions at the end of the season. George Wall netted two of his ten strikes past us, with Jimmy Turnbull nabbing one of his seven and Jimmy Bannister also on target. 1967 - Our other top-flight meeting with United on this day ended goalless. First and last 1895 - Inside-forward Frank Becton scored on his reds debut in a 3-2 home First Division defeat by Sunderland, with Jimmy Ross also on the scoresheet. Left-back Billy Dunlop made his reds bow in the same game, which was the first time we had ever entertained the Wearsiders. Jimmy Millar scored one of his four goals past the reds with John Campbell adding a brace. 1921 – Winger Chris Harrington played his fourth and final reds game as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Tottenham Hotspur, with Dick Forshaw on target. 1933 – Outside-left Gordon Gunson played his 87th and last reds game as we were held to a 2-2 top-flight draw at Anfield by Blackburn Rovers. Gordon Hodgson and Harold Barton netted for the reds, while Tommy McLean struck one of his five goals against us, with Ernie Thompson also scoring. No longer in training 1893 – Trainer Wally Richardson had to step in to play his only reds game in our Lancashire League fixture against Rossendale United at Anfield due to injuries. Malcolm McVean and John Smith netted as we won 2-1. Beating the Geordies We have twice beaten Newcastle United in the top flight at Anfield on this day in history. 2000 - We won 2-1 as substitute Jamie Redknapp headed a dramatic winner. Titi Camara had opened the scoring with his tenth and final reds goal before Alan Shearer nodded in a leveller, one of his eight goals against the reds. 1975 - John Toshack netted twice as we triumphed 4-0, with future and past Magpies Kevin Keegan and Terry McDermott also netting. International beginnings and end 1981 - Steve Heighway won his 33rd and final cap for the Republic of Ireland as they lost 1-0 to Belgium in a World Cup qualifier in Liège. Future red Michael Robinson also played. 1998 - Future red Craig Bellamy won his first senior international cap as Wales were held to a goalless draw by Jamaica in a friendly at Ninian Park. Robbie Keane made his senior bow for the Irish on the same day while fellow future red Vladimír Šmicer was on target in the Czech Republic’s 2-1 friendly win in Olomouc. 1876 - Future reds centre-half Robert Neill made his Scotland debut in their 3-0 friendly defeat of Wales at Hamilton Crescent in Glasgow, becoming the first player to play for Liverpool ever to win an international cap. 2011 – Future reds keeper Simon Mignolet made his senior international bow as Belgium won a European Championships qualifier 2-0 in Austria. 2017 – Corey Whelan won his first Under-21’s cap for the Republic of Ireland in their 1-0 European Championships qualifying defeat of Kosovo in Dublin. Thommo at the wrong end 1978 – Phil Thompson scored an own goal after Jimmy Case had opened the scoring at Molineux. A second-half Kenny Dalglish brace secured a 3-1 defeat of Wolverhampton Wanderers. Irish reds for both sides 1992 - Ex-red John Aldridge bagged a penalty in the Republic of Ireland’s 2-1 friendly defeat of Roy Hodgson’s Switzerland at Lansdowne Road. Ronnie Whelan put though his own net, while ex-reds Kevin Sheedy and Steve Staunton also featured. This was Sheedy’s first cap as a Newcastle United player. Mixed fortunes against the Trotters 1922 - We beat Bolton Wanderers 3-1 at Burnden Park in a First Division fixture, with Dick Forshaw grabbing a brace and Harry Chambers also on target late on with his fiftieth League strike for the reds. Jock McNab was sent off for retaliation between our second and third goals. Joe Smith struck one of his twelve goals past us. 1940 - We also met them in a friendly, losing 1-0 at Anfield. The Wright move 1982 - Mark Wright joined Southampton from Oxford United in a deal that saw £80,000 and forward Keith Cassells also head south, with midfielder Trevor Hebberd leaving the Saints. He had only made eleven senior appearances for the U’s, but established himself with England while at The Dell. On the move en masse 2004 - Three ex-reds reserves switched clubs. Forward Jon Newby left Huddersfield Town to join York City on loan, but he failed to find the net in seven games for the Minstermen. Midfielder Danny Williams joined Bristol Rovers from Kidderminster Harriers on a free transfer, for whom he made just six first-team appearances, scoring once, before rejoining Wrexham in May 2004. Meanwhile, Leyton Maxwell, who scored in his only senior reds game, joined Swansea City on non-contract terms. He played for the Swans three times, moving on to Mansfield Town in December 2004, after a spell with Rhyl. Also on the move 1999 - Steve Nicol was released by Conference side Doncaster Rovers after one season at Belle Vue. On the same day, Paul Dalglish joined Norwich City on loan from Newcastle United. He played five times before signing permanently in May of that year. Also, Mike Newell re-joined Crewe Alexandra from Aberdeen on a free transfer. He only played four times in this second spell, before joining Doncaster Rovers three months later. Meanwhile, keeper Jørgen Nielsen re-joined Wolverhampton Wanderers on loan, again failing to make their first team. 1988 - Julian Dicks left Birmingham City for West Ham United for £300,000, after one goal in 102 appearances as they struggled in the Second Division. On the same day, current Assistant Manager joined Sunderland from Swansea City for £70,000, after 45 strikes in 201 outings in this first spell in south Wales. 2010 – Another former reserves custodian, Tony Warner, signed for Charlton Athletic having recently been released by Hull City although he did not play a first-team game in his two months with the Addicks. Former reserves forward Astrit Ajdarević joined Hereford United on loan from Leicester City on the same day, making just one substitute appearance for the Bulls. 2014 – Centre-half James Smith joined Telford United on loan from Southport. Youngsters off the mark 1908 – Centre-half Norman James was born in Liverpool. He signed from Braby’s Athletic in April 1929, making eight senior appearances before moving on to Bradford City in May 1933. 2005 - Daniel Agger bagged his first two goals for Denmark Under-21’s in their 5-1 European Championships qualifying thumping of Kazakhstan in Copenhagen. 1985 - Aston Villa’s Mark Walters netted his first England goal at the same level while winning his fourth cap, as they beat the Republic of Ireland 3-2 in a friendly at Fratton Park. Future reds on target for their countries 1981 - John Wark grabbed Scotland’s goal as Northern Ireland held them to a World Cup qualifying draw at Hampden Park. On the same day, Kevin Keegan won his first cap since his return from Germany, as England lost 2-1 to Spain in a friendly at Wembley. Ray Clemence and Phil Neal also featured. Meanwhile, ex-red Joey Jones played as Wales won a qualifier 1-0 in Turkey. 2019 – Ex-red Raheem Sterling netted as England thumped Montenegro 5-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Podgorica, with Jordan Henderson and ex-red Nikolay Mihaylov also in action. 1992 - Jari Litmanen also scored at Hampden Park as Finland and Scotland drew 1-1 in a friendly. Fellow future red Gary McAllister played for the Scots. 1997 – Forward Haukur Ingi Guðnason netted for Iceland Under-19’s as they lost 2-1 to Belgium in the Italy Tournament. 1998 - Fernando Morientes struck twice as Spain thumped Slovenia 4-0 in Vigo. 2008 - Ex-red Florent Sinama-Pongolle scored as France A beat Mali 3-2 in a friendly in Charléty. 2013 – Future red Gini Wijnaldum bagged a brace as the Dutch Under-21’s beat Norway 4-1 in a friendly in Waalwijk, with Sevilla’s Alberto Moreno also in action at this level, while future red Joe Gomez played for England Under-17’s. Most recent internationals 2016 – Ex-red Luis Suárez struck while captaining Uruguay in their 2-2 World Cup qualifying draw with Brazil in Recife, with Sebastián Coates winning his first cap while on loan at Sporting Clube de Portugal. Future red Mohamed Salah scored as Egypt drew 1-1 in an African Cup of Nations qualifier in Nigeria. Philippe Coutinho, Martin Škrtel, future reds Alisson Becker, Virgil van Dijk and Gini Wijnaldum, future red Naby Keïta and ex-reds Sebastián Coates and Victor Moses also played for their countries that day. 2017 – Wijnaldum played for the Netherlands again, as they lost a World Cup qualifier 2-0 in Bulgaria, with ex-red Nikolay Mihaylov also in action. Also representing their countries that day were Caoimhín Kelleher, ex-red Toni Silva and future red Xherdan Shaqiri. 2011 – Dirk Kuyt struck while winning his 75th cap for the Netherlands in their 4-0 thumping of Hungary in a Euro 2012 qualifier in Budapest. Milan Jovanović won his last cap as a reds player as Serbia beat Northern Ireland 2-1 in another qualifier in Belgrade. Meanwhile, Alberto Aquilani and ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa, Milan Baroš and Fernando Torres all also featured in qualifiers, while Chris Mavinga won his fourth and final cap for France Under-20’s as they won a friendly 2-1 in Peru. More youngsters in action 2005 - Scott Carson, Anthony Le Tallec, Darren Potter, John Welsh, ex-red Arnaud Bühler and future reds Alberto Aquilani, Glen Johnson and James Milner all featured in European Championships qualifiers for the Under-21’s, with Le Tallec coming on as a substitute and then later himself being substituted. Italy beat Scotland 2-0 in Pavia, England drew 2-2 with Germany in Hull, France were held 1-1 by Switzerland, while the Irish lost 3-1 in Israel. 2009 – Future red Jordan Henderson won his only cap for England Under-19’s as they were held to a goalless draw by the Czech Republic in a friendly in Walsall, with Martin Kelly also featuring. On the same day, future red Jonjo Shelvey played for the Under-17’s as England beat Portugal 1-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Hungary. 2013 – Jonjo Shelvey scored as England Under-21’s thumped Austria 4-0 in a friendly in Brighton, with the visitors having two players dismissed. Jordan Henderson, Jack Robinson, Raheem Sterling, Andre Wisdom and future red Nathaniel Clyne all also featured.
  23. Will

    18th March

    Happy birthday Spud 1977 - Danny Murphy was born in Chester. He arrived from Crewe Alexandra for an overall £3m fee in July 1997. Spud was nearly on his way out early into his Anfield career, but later established himself as a vital squad member. He made a total of 249 first-team appearances, notching 44 times, helping us to claim the UEFA Cup, FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FA Charity Shield before moving to Charlton Athletic for £2.5m in August 2004. Two-ton Rushie 1987 - Ian Rush bagged his 200th and 201st reds goals as we beat Queens Park Rangers 2-1, with ex-red Sammy Lee in the visitors’ side. Skipper once again 2010 – Steven Gerrard captained the reds for the 300th time as we beat Lille OSC Métropole 3-0 in the second leg of our UEFA Europa League Round of 16 tie at Anfield, so overcoming a 1-0 first leg deficit. Gerrard opened the scoring from the spot after Lucas was brought down inside the first ten minutes. Fernando Torres bagged a second-half brace to secure victory. On the way to Wembley 1989 - We beat Third Division Brentford 4-0 at Anfield in the Sixth Round of the FA Cup, thanks to a diving header from Steve McMahon, John Barnes strike and a late brace from Peter Beardsley as we headed towards Wembley yet again. 1899 - Unfortunately, we failed to reach our first ever FA Cup Final, holding Sheffield United to a 2-2 draw in the Semi-final at the City Ground, with George Allan and Hugh Morgan on the scoresheet. We eventually lost a second replay following a further draw. A disappointing League Cup first 1978 - We played our first ever League Cup Final, dominating the match but being held to a goalless draw by Nottingham Forest at Wembley, after extra time, before losing the replay four days later. Terry McDermott had a goal ruled out for offside with the referee also turning down a good penalty shout after Kenny Dalglish was felled in the area. Keeping milestones 2007 - Pepe Reina kept his fiftieth clean sheet as we held Aston Villa to a goalless draw at Villa Park, in what was his 93rd reds game. 1911 – Sam Hardy played his 200th reds game in our 2-1 top-flight defeat at Preston North End. Inside-left Ronald Orr struck our goal, with Ernest Bannister bagging a brace for the home side. Short-term long contracts 2009 - Rafael Benítez signed a new contract with the reds to tie him to Anfield until 2014. However, he left the club “by mutual consent” in June 2010 after 194 wins in his 350 games in charge. 2003 – Future reds right-back Glen Johnson signed a new four-year contract with West Ham United, although he moved to Chelsea for £6m just four months later. Other birthdays 1889 - Scottish left-back Bob Pursell was born in Campbeltown. He twice got us into trouble, firstly when we made an illegal approach to sign him from Queen’s Park in September 1911. He was then involved in the 1915 match-fixing scandal with Manchester United. He played 113 reds games without scoring, including the 1914 FA Cup Final, moving on to Port Vale in May 1920. 1942 - Forward Reginald Blore was born in Wrexham. He only made one senior appearance for the reds, aged just seventeen, and later had much greater success at Oldham Athletic, for whom he made over 200 League appearances in midfield. He also won the Professional Footballers’ Golf Championship in 1968! 1952 - Academy Chief Scout Dave Moss was born in Witney. He played as a striker for Swindon Town and Luton Town before moving into coaching, joining the reds in February 2006. Heading towards Wembley 2012 – We beat Stoke City 2-1 in the FA Cup Sixth Round at Anfield. Luis Suárez scored before ex-red Peter Crouch headed in a leveller, one of his four goals past us to date. Stewart Downing scored the winner after the break. Unhappy millennium 1922 - We lost 2-0 at home to Bolton Wanderers in a top-flight encounter that was our thousandth first-class fixture, with William Cunningham playing his third and final reds game. Joe Smith netted one of his twelve goals past us with David Jack nabbing one of his nine in a match that also counted for Section 2 of the Lancashire Senior Cup. Getting rammed 2001 - Robbie Fowler played his 300th reds game in our 1-1 home League draw with Derby County, as Michael Owen equalised Deon Burton’s opener for the Rams. 2000 - We won 2-0 at Pride Park, with Owen and Titi Camara getting our goals. Sam’s treble 1905 - Sam Raybould scored a hat-trick in our 6-1 Second Division defeat of Gainsborough Trinity at Anfield. Jack Parkinson added a brace, with Arthur Goddard also on the scoresheet. European memories 1981 - We won 1-0 at CSKA Sofia in the second leg of our European Cup Third Round tie, with David Johnson on target after Sammy Lee had hit the post to send us through 6-1 on aggregate. Ray Clemence saved a penalty from Plamen Markov with ten minutes to go after a Jimmy Case foul. The night was one of mixed fortunes for our scorer, as Johnson pulled a hamstring, and had to be replaced by Steve Heighway before half time. 1992 - Less happily, we crashed out of the UEFA Cup at the Fourth Round stage, losing 2-1 to Genoa at Anfield to bow out 4-1 overall. Ian Rush bagged our goal with Mark Wright being taken off with a torn hamstring after just seventeen minutes. Uruguayan forward Carlos Aguileira struck both the visitors’ goals. Ronnie at the wrong end 1990 - Ronnie Whelan scored a late own goal at Old Trafford, although we still beat Manchester United 2-1 on the way to our most recent League title. John Barnes bagged both our goals, with one coming from the spot, his fiftieth reds goal. 1916 - We also took a trip down the East Lancs. Road with our Wartime League fixture ending goalless. Thumping the Geordies 1972 - We trounced Newcastle United 5-0 at Anfield with Chris Lawler, Kevin Keegan, John Toshack, Emlyn Hughes and Steve Heighway all netting. To Elland back 1933 - Leeds United recorded their best ever win over the reds, thumping us 5-0 at Elland Road, to complete a League double. Centre-half Tom ‘Tiny’ Bradshaw put through his own net, with Jack Mahon bagging the first two of his four goals against the reds, Arthur Hydes scoring the first of his four past us and Harry Duggan bagging one of his five. 1936 - We beat the Yorkshire side 2-1 at Anfield, with Fred Howe and Phil Taylor on target. Arthur Riley saved a penalty from the visitors’ Jack Milburn, with George Brown netting the last of his nine strikes against us. Representative honours 1895 – Forward Gerald Dewhurst won his only England cap as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Wales in the British International Championships at Queen’s Club in London. He was a Liverpool Ramblers player at the time and had played one reds game as a guest from Corinthians in March 1894. 1964 - ‘Sir’ Roger Hunt played for the Football League as they drew 2-2 with a Scottish League side at Roker Park. Loan moves 2000 - Former reserves forward Sean Friars joined Portadown on loan from Ipswich Town. He returned to Portman Road two months later, where he continued to fail to break through. 2005 - Former second-string defender Andrew Nicholas joined Chester City on loan from Swindon Town. He played five League Two games in his spell with the Blues.
  24. Will

    20th March

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