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  1. Will

    4th July

    Happy birthday Jan 1963 - Jan Mølby was born in Kolding. The big Dane arrived at Anfield in August 1984, signed by Joe Fagan for £225,000 from Ajax. He netted 61 times in his 292 reds games, including a remarkable forty of his 42 attempted spot-kicks. He won three League titles, two FA Cups and Screen Sport Super Cup while at Anfield, before moving into management. His armband proved he was a red 2007 - Fernando Torres signed from Club Atlético de Madrid for £20.2m in a six-year deal, although this fee was greatly inflated in the media. He proved an instant hit, notching 81 goals in just 142 reds outings, becoming the top scoring new Premier League import in his first campaign. He moved to Chelsea for a British record transfer fee of £50m on deadline day in January 2011. In comes Bobby 2015 – Forward Roberto Firmino signed from TSG 1899 Hoffenheim for an initial £21m, netting 77 times in 238 games to date, and helping us to clinch the Premier League, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Super Cup, as well as scoring the only goal as we won the FIFA Club World Cup last year. Supersub departs 1983 - David Fairclough was sold to Swiss side Luzern after 55 goals in 154 reds games, two-fifths of which were from off the bench. The bionic carrot helped us to three League titles, European Cup, UEFA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and two League Cups in his nine years at Anfield. Three in, one out 2005 - Three players arrived with one departing. Pepe Reina signed from Villarreal for £6m, keeping a remarkable 177 clean sheets in his 394 games and helping us to claim the FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FA Charity Shield before moving to Bayern München for £2m in August 2014. Bolo Zenden arrived from Middlesbrough on a free transfer, netting twice in 47 games before being released two years later. Also incoming was young right-back Antonio Barragán, who joined from Sevilla for £240,000. He too has already been moved on, joining Real Club Deportivo de La Coruña for €1m in August 2006. On the way out was second string defender Jon Otsemobor, who signed for Rotherham United on a free transfer, having made just six senior reds appearances. He only played fourteen times for the Merry Millers before moving to Crewe Alexandra in January 2006. In comes the Doss 2008 – Left-back Andrea Dossena signed from Udinese for £7m in a four-year deal. He made 31 appearances during his time at Anfield, saving his two goals to date for the same week, first at home to Real Madrid and then at Manchester United. He left in January 2010 for SSC Napoli. On the same day, Harry Kewell signed for Galatasaray, after his contract with the reds had expired. He notched 34 times in ninety games, helping them to claim the Turkish Super Cup in 2008. Also on the move 2006 - Gabriel Paletta officially signed from Club Atlético Banfield for £2m. The young Argentine centre-back made just eight senior appearances, notching on his debut against Reading in the League Cup in October 2006 before returning to his native land to join Boca Juniors in August 2007. On the same day, reserves forward Ramon Calliste joined Sc***horpe United, for whom he failed to play a first-team game, before being released. 2011 – The appointment of Andrew Parkinson as Operations Director was announced. Other birthdays 1949 - Former first team Coach Alex Miller was born in Glasgow. He became a scout under Gérard Houllier in 1999, before being given a first-team role by Rafael Benítez. He left the club in May 2008 to take over as Manager of JEF United Ichihara Chiba in Japan, leading them to safety from a perilous position in his first season in charge, although he was sacked in July 2009. 1966 - John Scales was born in Harrogate. He was signed by Roy Evans for £3.5m in September 1994, bagging four goals in 94 appearances before being sold to Tottenham Hotspur for £2.6m two years later. 1886 - Scottish full-back Bob Crawford was born in Blythswood. He played 115 times for the reds after signing from Arthurlie in January 1909, netting once in a career badly interrupted by injury, before he was killed in action during the First World War. World Cup despair galore 1990 - Peter Beardsley and future red Mark Wright suffered World Cup heartbreak as England were knocked out of the World Cup after a penalty shoot-out defeat to old enemies West Germany in their Semi-final encounter at the newly-opened Stadio delle Alpi in Turin. John Barnes was injured and so could not take part in this match. Future red Karl-Heinz Riedle came on from the bench to win his final cap as a SV Werder Bremen player for the victors, scoring in the penalty shoot-out, as did Beardsley. 1994 - Future reds Phil Babb and Jason McAteer and ex-reds Ray Houghton and Steve Staunton all featured as the Republic of Ireland lost 2-0 to the Netherlands in their Quarter-final match in Orlando. This was Phil Babb’s last cap as a Coventry City player and Ray Houghton’s last game for his country while with Aston Villa. 1998 - Yet another Quarter-final ended in misery as future red Dietmar Hamann was on the losing side as Croatia beat Germany 3-0 in Lyon. He was winning his twelfth cap, and last one as a Bayern München player. 2014 – Mamadou Sakho played as France lost 1-0 to Germany at the same hurdle in Rio de Janeiro. Red Olympians 1912 - The UK won Olympic Gold as they beat Denmark 4-2 in the Final in Stockholm. Ex-reds winger Arthur Berry was on the scoresheet, while future reds left-half Joe Dines also played. Bye bye Babb 2000 - Centre-back Phil Babb signed for Sporting Clube de Portugal on a free transfer after falling out of contract at Anfield, having struck once in 170 reds appearances. He spent two years in Lisbon, before returning to England to join Sunderland. World Cup wins 2001 – Future red Maxi Rodríguez featured as Argentina Under-20’s reached the Final of the World Championships in Buenos Aires by thumping Paraguay 5-0. 2004 - Ex-red Rigobert Song won his last cap as a Racing Club de Lens player, skippering Cameroon in their 2-0 defeat of the Ivory Coast in a World Cup qualifier in Yaoundé. 2011 – Future red Samed Yeşil bagged a brace as Germany Under-17’s beat England 3-2 in the Quarter-final of the World Championship Finals in Mexico. Jack Dunn and Brad Smith featured for the losing side, with Raheem Sterling winning his last cap at this level, while future red Emre Can skippered the Germans. Doctor Ged 2002 - Gérard Houllier was presented with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Liverpool. South American stars 2015 – Ex-red Javier Mascherano featured as Argentina lost on penalties to host nation Chile in the Copa América Final in Santiago after a goalless two hours. 2011 – Luis Suárez netted as Uruguay drew 1-1 with Peru in a Copa América group game in Argentina. 2007 – Future reds keeper Alexander Doni played as Brazil beat Ecuador 1-0 in a Copa América group game in Venezuela. On the same day, future red Luis Suárez and ex-red Antonio Barragan both featured in the Under-20’s World Cup Finals in Canada. Wedded bliss 1964 - Tommy Smith married Susie. 1970 – Future red Peter Cormack married Marion at St. Bernard’s Church in Edinburgh. Red departures 2001 - Young Welsh midfielder Leyton Maxwell left for Cardiff City on a free transfer, after spending the previous season on loan at Stockport County. He made just 45 appearances in three seasons with the Bluebirds. 2012 – Reserves right-back Stephen Darby signed for Bradford City, after just six senior reds appearance. He eventually became the Bantams’ club captain, but was released in May 2017. Also on the move 2001 - Future reds centre-forward Peter Crouch joined Portsmouth from Queens Park Rangers for £1.25m. He had struck twelve times in 47 games for the West London outfit as they were relegated from the First Division. On the same day, ex-reds winger Mark Kennedy joined Wolverhampton Wanderers from Manchester City for £2m. He was a regular as they finally won promotion to the Premiership, but then moved on to fellow Championship outfit Crystal Palace in July 2006. 2011 - Alou Diarra joined Olympique de Marseille from Girondins de Bordeaux for €5m, having struck eleven goals in 133 League games for les Girondins. 2013 - Nicolas Anelka signed for West Bromwich Albion, notching twice in nine outings before having his contract terminated following a controversial ‘quenelle’ gesture. On the same day, Scott Carson joined Wigan Athletic from Bursaspor for £700,000, playing eighteen times in his first campaign back in England. 2017 – Paul Ince’s son Tom was sold to Huddersfield Town from Derby County, after 38 goals in 114 games for the Rams.
  2. 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.
  3. Will

    25th June

    Happy birthdays 1960 - Craig Johnston was born in Johannesburg in South Africa. The Aussie battler arrived from Middlesbrough for a club record £650,000 fee in April 1981 and grabbed forty goals, including one in the 1986 FA Cup Final, in 271 reds games. He won the European Cup, five League titles, the FA Cup and two League Cups in his time at Anfield. 1973 - Jamie Redknapp was born in Barton-on-Sea, Hampshire. He struck 41 times in his 308 first-team appearances after signing from Bournemouth in June 1990. Although he only won one winners’ medal in his time at Anfield, the Coca Cola Cup in 1995, he was a popular member of the squad, and was club captain during the historic treble season of 2000/01, going up to lift the FA Cup at the Millennium Stadium with Robbie Fowler. He retired from the game in June 2005 after brief spells with Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton and is now a regular on Sky Sports. 2001 – Forward Bobby Duncan was born in Whiston. He joined from Manchester City in August 2018. 1927 - Keeper Russell Crossley was born in Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire. He joined the reds from Army football twenty years later, but made just 73 appearances in his seven seasons at Anfield. 1906 - Outside-right Danny McRorie was born in Glasgow. He bagged six goals in 35 reds games after signing from Morton in November 1930. He moved on to Rochdale in October 1933. First red at the World Cup 1950 - Defender Laurie Hughes made his England debut against Chile in Rio de Janeiro, becoming the first red to appear in the World Cup Finals. England won the game 2-0, with goals from Blackpool’s Stan Mortensen and Wilf Mannion of Middlesbrough. To the World Cup Final 2002 - Dietmar Hamann won his 45th cap as Germany beat South Korea 1-0 to reach the World Cup Final. He therefore became the first red since ‘Sir’ Roger Hunt in 1966 to qualify for the biggest football game of them all. He was our keeper... 2013 – Our Belgian keeper Simon Mignolet signed from Sunderland for £9m. He kept 65 clean sheets in 204 senior outings, making a string of top-class saves as we finished second in the League in his first campaign. However, his subsequent five seasons were more mixed and he moved on to Club Brugge for an initial reported £6.4m last August. Also at the World Cup 2006 - Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard and future reds Joe Cole and Stewart Downing all played in England’s 1-0 defeat of Ecuador in Stuttgart to reach the Quarter-finals of the World Cup. Meanwhile, future red Dirk Kuyt was on the losing side as Portugal beat the Netherlands 1-0 in Nuremberg. 2010 – Fernando Torres and ex-red Xabi Alonso faced ex-red Mark González as Spain beat Chile 2-1 in Pretoria to both qualify for the knock-out phase. Meanwhile, future red Raúl Meireles played for Portugal as their goalless draw with Brazil in Durban ensured both sides progressed, with future red Xherdan Shaqiri in action as Switzerland’s goalless draw with Honduras ensured both teams went home early. 2014 – Mamadou Sakho and ex-red Javier Mascherano both featured in group games in Brazil, with future red Xherdan Shaqiri bagging a treble as Switzerland beat Honduras 3-0 in Manaus. 2018 – Mohamed Salah scored as Egypt lost 2-1 to Saudi Arabia in Volgograd as they finished bottom of their group. On the same day, ex-red Iago Aspas came off the bench to net in Spain’s 2-2 draw with Morocco in Kaliningrad to help them progress as group winners. Luis Suárez also struck as Uruguay beat the host nation Russia 3-0 in Samara, with fellow ex-red Sebastián Coates also in action as they finished on top of their group. 2005 - Future red Ryan Babel scored in the penalty shoot-out that the Netherlands Under-20’s won 10-9 in their World Championships Finals Quarter-final in Kerkrade, after their match against Nigeria finished 1-1. Meanwhile, future red Gabriel Paletta featured in Argentina’s 3-1 defeat of Spain at the same stage in Enschede. Departures 1934 - Legendary keeper Elisha Scott left Anfield to become Player/Manager for Belfast Celtic, after 22 years with the club. He had arrived at Liverpool after being rejected by Everton for being too small and went on to play 468 times for the reds, winning the League title in 1922 and 1923. During those two seasons he only conceded 61 goals in 81 games. He was one of the first players to inspire a Kop chant – the simple “Lisha, Lisha”. 1940 - England international right-back Tommy Cooper was killed in a road accident while with the military police. He had played 160 times for the reds after signing from Derby County for £7,500 in December 1934, as well as becoming club captain. An inquiry into his death led to the ruling that all Army despatch riders had to wear crash helmets. In comes Dioufy 2002 - El-Hadji Diouf officially signed from Racing Club de Lens for £10m. He scored just six times in eighty reds appearances before joining Bolton Wanderers in June 2005 for £4.5m, after a season-long loan spell. Other World Cup successes 1990 - Ray Houghton, Steve Staunton and ex-reds John Aldridge and Kevin Sheedy all played as the Republic of Ireland’s Second Round game against Romania ended goalless after extra time. Houghton and Sheedy both registered in the subsequent penalty shoot-out, as the Irish made it through to the Quarter-finals. 1982 - Both Phil Neal and Phil Thompson played as England beat Kuwait 1-0 in Bilbao, to progress to the second stage of the Finals in Spain. 1998 - Future reds Dietmar Hamann and Christian Ziege both featured in Germany’s 2-0 defeat of Iran in Montpellier as they topped their group. On the same day, Brad Friedel kept goal as the USA lost 1-0 to Yugoslavia in Nantes, to finish bottom of the same section. 1995 - Friedel also played for his country in a goalless US Cup draw with Colombia in Piscataway. 2011 – Jack Dunn and Brad Smith both played for England Under-17’s as they beat Uruguay 2-0 in a World Championship Finals group game in Mexico. On the same day, future red Xherdan Shaqiri played as Switzerland Under-21’s lost the European Championships Final 2-0 to Spain in Denmark. 2017 – Emre Can played in a Confederations Cup group game in Russia as Germany beat Cameroon 3-1. 2019 – Ex-red Toni Silva played for Guinea-Bissau in their 2-0 Africa Cup of Nations Finals defeat to Cameroon in Egypt. Sander for Holland 2000 - Sander Westerveld won his fifth full international cap as the Netherlands thrashed Yugoslavia 6-1 in Rotterdam to reach the Euro 2000 Semi-final with future red Bolo Zenden also in action. He came on for Edwin van der Sar with 25 minutes remaining, but was unable to preserve the Dutch clean sheet. On the same day, future red Nicolas Anelka came off the bench as France beat Spain 2-1 in Brugge to also reach the Semi-final. 2016 – Joe Allen played as Wales beat Northern Ireland 1-0 in Paris to reach the Quarter-finals. On the same day, Xherdan Shaqiri bagged his first goal as a Stoke City player, also scoring in the penalty shoot-out as Switzerland lost to Poland in St. Étienne. Peter’s bow 1966 – Future red Peter Cormack made his debut for Scotland in their 1-1 friendly draw with Brazil at Hampden Park. Managerial ins and outs 1984 - 1950’s centre-half Keith Burkinshaw resigned as Manager of Tottenham Hotspur after eight years in charge, during which time he had led them to two FA Cups and the UEFA Cup, as well as signing two World champions in Osvaldo Ardiles and Ricky Villa. He left in the aftermath of Spurs’ stock market flotation. 2007 - Paul Ince was named as MK Dons boss, having resigned from Macclesfield Town a day before. He led them to the Football League Trophy and League Two title before being poached by Blackburn Rovers after one year in Milton Keynes, later returning for another season in 2009/10. 1997 - John Toshack was appointed Manager of Turkish side Beşiktaş JK. He remained there for twenty months before returning to Real Madrid. 2006 – Academy Director Alex Inglethorpe resigned as Manager of Exeter City to join Tottenham Hotspur’s coaching staff, having been in charge since October 2004. On the move 2001 - Craig Bellamy signed for Newcastle United from Coventry City for £6m, after eight goals in 39 games for the Sky Blues. He struck 43 times in 128 outings for the Geordies before joining Celtic on loan in January 2005. 1999 - Ex-reserves forward Mike Newell joined Conference side Doncaster Rovers from Crewe Alexandra on a free transfer. He bagged three goals in seventeen games for Rovers, before joining Blackpool in February 2000. 2002 - Yossi Benayoun signed for Real Racing Club de Santander from Maccabi Haifa. He struck 21 times in 101 League outings for the Spanish side before moving to West Ham United for £2.5m in July 2005. 2008 – Ex-reds reserves midfielder David Mannix signed for Chester City on free transfer from Accrington Stanley. He struck twice in fourteen games as the Blues were relegated out of the Football League. 2012 - Danny Murphy signed for Blackburn Rovers, having been released by Fulham at the end of the previous season. He notched twice in 35 appearances for the Ewood Park outfit, before retiring from playing after one campaign. 2015 – Ex-reds midfielder Momo Sissoko signed for Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua, netting once in fifteen outings before being released the following February. 2018 – Ex-reds midfielder John Welsh joined Grimsby Town from Preston North End on a free transfer after three goals in 176 outings for the Lilywhites. Youngster honoured 2001 - Reds starlet David Raven was one of four youngsters chosen to join the PFA/Adidas Platinum group, an initiative aimed at nurturing the best young talent in the country. Previous beneficiaries of this scheme had included future red Jermaine Pennant.
  4. Will

    19th June

    Andy off 2013 – Centre-forward Andy Carroll was sold to West Ham United for £15.5m, their record fee paid. He had spent the previous season on loan at Upton Park after netting eleven goals in 58 games since arriving at Anfield from Newcastle United for a club record £35m in January 2011. He notched 34 times in 142 outings for the Irons before being released at the end of last season. Czech mates at Anfield again 1996 - The Czech Republic drew 3-3 with Russia in their Euro ‘96 match at Anfield. Patrik Berger and Vladimír Šmicer both played at their future club ground for the second time in the tournament, with Vlad grabbing his first full international goal right at the death to ensure his country’s passage to the Quarter-finals after they had previously led 2-0. On the same day, future red Christian Ziege featured as Germany and Italy played out a goalless draw at Old Trafford. Milan on target 2004 - Milan Baroš scored in his fourth consecutive international game as the Czech Republic beat the Netherlands 3-2 in a Euro 2004 game in Aveiro. Vladimír Šmicer grabbed the late winner. Meanwhile, Dietmar Hamann was booked as Germany were held to a goalless draw by Latvia in Porto, and future red Momo Sissoko was also cautioned as Mali drew 1-1 with Zambia in a World Cup qualifier in Bamako. 2008 – Future red Raúl Meireles played as Portugal lost 3-2 to Germany in the Quarter-final of the European Championships in Basel. Other international goalscorers 2014 – Luis Suárez scored his last two goals as a reds player as Uruguay beat England 2-1 in a World Cup group game in São Paulo. Roy Hodgson’s side included skipper Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Glen Johnson, Rickie Lambert, Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge and future red Adam Lallana, with Sebastián Coates also featuring for the South Americans. 2013 – Future red Mario Balotelli converted a penalty as Italy beat Japan 4-3 in their Confederations Cup game in Brazil, with ex-red Alberto Aquilani also in action. 2009 – Balotelli also struck as Italy Under-21’s beat Sweden 2-1 in a European Championships finals group game in Helsingborg, as well as being dismissed. 1999 - Future red Igor Bišcan scored his only full international goal, while winning his fourth cap, as Croatia drew 1-1 in South Korea in a Korea Cup game. Zico at the wrong end 1983 - Phil Neal scored an own goal for England as they drew 1-1 with Australia in Melbourne, in the third game of their summer tour down under. Sammy Lee and future reds John Barnes and Paul Walsh all also featured. At the World Cup 2006 - Future red Fernando Torres bagged a brace as Spain beat Tunisia 3-1 in a group game in Stuttgart, with Xabi Alonso and Luis García also playing. Future red Andriy Voronin featured in the Ukraine’s 4-0 defeat of Saudi Arabia in Hamburg, with another future red, Philipp Degen, playing for Switzerland as they beat Togo 2-0 in Dortmund. 2010 – Ex-red Harry Kewell was sent off as Australia drew 1-1 with Ghana in Rustenburg. Daniel Agger and future red Christian Poulsen played in Denmark’s 2-1 defeat of Cameroon in Pretoria, while Dirk Kuyt featured as the Netherlands beat Japan 1-0 in Durban. 2018 – Mohamed Salah converted a spot-kick as Egypt lost 3-1 to Russia in Saint Petersburg, with Sadio Mané featuring in Senegal’s 2-1 defeat of Poland in Moscow. 1994 - Stig Inge Bjørnebye and future red Øyvind Leonhardsen played in Norway’s 1-0 win over Mexico in Washington DC, their opening game of this tournament. Meanwhile, future red Rigobert Song featured as Cameroon drew 2-2 with Sweden in their opening game in Pasadena. This was the only point they gained in that tournament. 2003 - Song, by then an ex-red, also played for Cameroon as they beat Brazil 1-0 in the Confederations Cup at the Stade de France. 2005 - He also played in a 1-0 defeat of Libya in a World Cup qualifier in Yaoundé. Meanwhile, future red Sotirios Kyrgiakos played for Greece as they lost 1-0 to Japan in the Confederations Cup in Frankfurt. 2017 – Emre Can featured in the Confederations Cup in Russia as Germany beat Australia 3-2 in Sochi. 2019 – Keeper Kamil Grabara played as Poland Under-21’s beat host nation Italy 1-0 in a European Championships Finals group game. 2011 – Raheem Sterling was on target as England Under-17’s beat Rwanda 2-0 in a World Championships Finals game in Mexico, with clubmates Adam Morgan and Brad Smith also featuring. On the same day, Jordan Henderson played for England Under-21’s in their 2-1 defeat by the Czech Republic in their European Championships Finals group encounter in Denmark, with future red Daniel Sturridge winning his fifteenth and last cap at this level. Boss at the World Cup 1954 - Andy Beattie managed Scotland as they lost 7-0 to Uruguay in the World Cup in Switzerland. This was the last game of his first spell in charge of the national side. Beattie had guested with the reds during the war, and later joined the backroom staff at Anfield after a successful management career. Happy birthday 1997 – Midfielder Sheyi Ojo was born in Hemel Hempstead. He signed from MK Dons in November 2011 for a reported £2m. He has so far struck once in thirteen senior reds games since making his debut in January 2016, spending much of his time out on loan. In Europe 2016 – Future red Xherdan Shaqiri played as Switzerland shared a goalless draw with host nation France at the European Championships Finals. Keith the boss 1993 - Keith Burkinshaw was appointed Manager of West Bromwich Albion. He was only in charge for sixteen months, keeping them in the First Division on goal difference in his one full season. On the move 2005 - Jamie Redknapp was released by Southampton after seventeen appearances under the management of his father, as they failed in their fight against relegation. 2015 – Future keeper Andy Lonergan signed for Fulham, having been released by Bolton Wanderers. He played 31 times before moving on to Wolverhampton Wanderers in June 2016. International first and lasts 1993 - Abel Xavier won his third senior cap, his first one as an SL Benfica player. Portugal beat Malta 4-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Porto. On the same day, future red Nigel Clough won his fourteenth and final cap for England. He played alongside John Barnes and future red Paul Ince, coming face to face with another Anfield-bound pair, Karl-Heinz Riedle and Christian Ziege, as England lost 2-1 to Germany in the US Cup in Detroit. Meanwhile, future red Brad Friedel kept goal as the USA lost 2-0 to Ecuador in the Copa América in Quito. 2012 - Alou Diarra represented France for the final time while with Olympique de Marseille as they lost 2-0 to Sweden in the European Championships Finals in Ukraine. Meanwhile, Steven Gerrard skippered an England side managed by Roy Hodgson that also included Andy Carroll, Glen Johnson and future reds James Milner, as they beat the host nation 1-0 in the same group. Announcements 2009 – The club announced that Academy Director of Recruitment Malcolm Elias was leaving the club after three years in the role. It was also revealed that the reserves would play at Tranmere Rovers’ ground Prenton Park from the following season.
  5. 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.
  6. Will

    4th June

    Kenny defeats the auld enemy 1977 - Kenny Dalglish scored the winning goal past Ray Clemence as Scotland defeated England 2-1 at Wembley to clinch the British International Championships. Skipper Emlyn Hughes, Ray Kennedy and Phil Neal were also in the England side that day. In the World Cup 2002 - Jerzy Dudek was on the losing side as Poland went down 2-0 to South Korea in their opening World Cup match in Busan. 1986 - Graeme Souness won his first cap as a Rangers player, skippering Scotland in their 1-0 defeat of Denmark in the World Cup Finals in Mexico. Jan Mølby and Steve Nicol also featured. Rushie’s last Italian goal 1988 - Ian Rush bagged his final Wales goal as a Juventus player as they beat Italy 1-0 in a friendly in Brescia. Future red Dean Saunders also played. Double capture 2007 - Skipper Steven Gerrard and vice-captain Jamie Carragher both signed new four-year contracts. Each subsequently further extended these, although both have now left the club. 2015 - James Milner agreed to sign from Manchester City on 1st July of that year, so far netting 26 times in 210 reds games, helping us to claim the UEFA Champions League in Madrid in June 2019 as well as skippering the side on many occasions. On the same day, centre-forward Adam Morgan signed for Accrington Stanley. Happy birthdays 1905 - Centre-half David Davidson was born in Aberdeen. He signed from Forfar Athletic in July 1928, going on to score twice in his 62 reds appearances. He moved on to Newcastle United in January 1930. 1974 - Ex-reserves forward Steven Gillespie was born in Liverpool. He never made our first team and is now with League Two side Fleetwood Town. 1977 – Austrian keeper Alex Manninger was born in Salzburg. He signed from Augsburg on a free transfer in July 2016, featuring on the bench on just four occasions before retiring at the end of the season. More international goalscorers 2011 – Ex-red Robbie Keane scored his fiftieth international goal, skippering the Republic of Ireland to a 2-0 European Championships qualifying defeat of FYR Macedonia in Skopje. On the same day, ex-red Yossi Benayoun netted as Israel won another qualifier 2-1 in Latvia, while Fernando Torres struck as Spain beat the USA 4-0 in a friendly in Foxborough, with Pepe Reina and fellow ex-reds Xabi Alonso and Álvaro Arbeloa also featuring. Future red Oussama Assaidi also scored in Morocco’s 4-0 thumping of Algeria in an African Cup of Nations qualifier in Marrakech. 2016 – Future red Gini Wijnaldum scored as the Netherlands won a friendly 2-0 in Austria while winning his last cap as a Newcastle United player. Toni Silva netted his only goal for Guinea-Bissau while playing for Clube de Futebol União, in their 3-2 African Cup of Nations qualifying defeat of Zambia. Mohamed Salah scored both goals while winning his last cap before making his loan move to Roma permanent as Egypt won an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier 2-0 in Tanzania. On the same day, Emre Can, Philippe Coutinho, Sheyi Ojo, Jordan Rossiter, Martin Škrtel, Brad Smith and future reds Andy Robertson, Dominic Solanke and Virgil van Dijk all also featured in international action. 2017 – Gini Wijnaldum and ex-red Sebastián Coates both played for their countries in friendlies. 2014 – Ex-reds Javier Mascherano and Maxi Rodríguez both netted as Argentina beat Trinidad & Tobago 3-0 in a friendly in Buenos Aires. On the same day, Joe Allen skippered Wales, with future reds Mario Balotelli, Mohamed Salah and Gini Wijnaldum, and ex-reds Alberto Aquilani and Carl Medjani also featuring in friendlies. 1996 - Future red Christian Ziege was on the scoresheet as Germany thumped Liechtenstein 9-1 in a friendly in Mannheim. Mark Kennedy appeared as a substitute for the Republic of Ireland in their 3-1 friendly defeat in the Netherlands on the same day. 1964 - Roger Hunt netted in England’s 1-1 Copa de las Naciones draw with Portugal in São Paulo, Brazil. Peter Thompson was also in the side. First caps 2014 – Jon Flanagan won his first senior cap as Roy Hodgson’s England drew 2-2 with Ecuador in Miami. Rickie Lambert struck while making his first appearance as a red, with Raheem Sterling dismissed and Jordan Henderson and future reds Adam Lallana, James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also featuring. More final caps 2013 – Ex-red Jerzy Dudek won his sixtieth and last cap for Poland, captaining them in their 2-0 friendly defeat of Liechtenstein in Krakow while wearing the number sixty shirt. 1999 - Dietmar Hamann won his last cap as a Newcastle United player, and seventeenth in total, as Germany thumped Moldova 6-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Leverkusen. Fellow future red Markus Babbel also played. 2005 - Yossi Benayoun won his last cap as a Real Racing Club de Santander player in Israel’s 2-2 World Cup qualifying draw with the Republic of Ireland at Lansdowne Road. Future red Robbie Keane struck his 25th senior international goal in this game. 2011 – Stewart Downing won his last cap before his switch to Anfield as England drew 2-2 with Switzerland in a European Championships qualifier at Wembley, while Emiliano Insúa won his fourth and last cap as a reds player as Argentina lost a friendly 2-1 in Poland. Meanwhile, Oussam Assaidi bagged his first goal for Morocco, his only one while with SC Heerenveen, in their 4-0 thumping of Algeria in an African Cup of Nations qualifier in Marrakech. Glen Johnson, Dirk Kuyt, Lucas Leiva, Raúl Meireles, Christian Poulsen, future reds James Milner and Xherdan Shaqiri, and ex-red John Arne Riise all also featured for their countries that day. 2012 - Krisztián Németh played his final games for Hungary as a RKC Waalwijk player, up against ex-red Robbie Keane’s Republic of Ireland side in a game that ended goalless in Budapest, with keeper Ádám Bogdán also featuring. Nic from the spot 2000 - Real Madrid’s Nicolas Anelka was on target in a penalty shout-out after France and Japan had drawn 2-2 in the Hassan II Tournament in Morocco. France won 4-2 on penalties to progress to the Final. Phil Babb, future reds Jerzy Dudek and Robbie Keane, and ex-reds Mark Kennedy and Jason McAteer all also represented their countries on this day. 1999 - Anelka also played for France as they lost 3-2 to Russia in a Euro 2000 qualifier at the Stade de France. 2010 – Anelka featured as China beat France 1-0 in a friendly on the French island of Réunion. 250 for Ireland 1989 - John Aldridge, Ray Houghton, Steve Staunton and ex-red Kevin Sheedy all appeared in the Republic of Ireland’s 250th full international match, as they beat Hungary 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier at Lansdowne Road, with István Kozma winning his only cap as a Girondins de Bordeaux player for the visitors. 1992 - All of the Irish bar Sheedy also played for their country, losing 2-0 to Italy in a US Cup match in Boston. Also in international action 2005 - Milan Baroš and Vladimír Šmicer both struck for the Czech Republic as they thumped Andorra 8-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Liberec, with Vladi’s goal being his final one as a reds player. Ex-red Rigobert Song nabbed his first goal while with Galatasaray in Cameroon’s 4-1 qualifying win in Benin, while future red Dirk Kuyt struck as the Netherlands beat Romania 2-0 in his home stadium. Philipp Degen won his fourth and final cap as a Basel player as Switzerland won a qualifier 3-1 in the Faroe Islands. Jerzy Dudek, Luis García, John Arne Riise and future reds Maxi Rodríguez, Fernando Torres and Andriy Voronin all also played in World Cup matches, while John Welsh skippered England Under-20’s in the Toulon tournament. 2006 - Kuyt also represented his country, alongside Jan Kromkamp who was winning his eleventh and final cap, as the Netherlands were held to a 1-1 friendly draw by Australia, also in Feyenoord. Future reds loanee Nuri Şahin also played for his country that day. 2008 – Torres also played for Spain as they beat the USA 1-0 in a friendly in Santander, alongside Xabi Alonso and Álvaro Arbeloa, with Javier Mascherano and future red Maxi Rodríguez also in friendly action. 2018 – Virgil van Dijk skippered the Netherlands as they drew 1-1 with Italy in a friendly in Turin, with Gini Wijnaldum and ex-red Ryan Babel also in action. On the same day, Marko Grujić played as Serbia lost 1-0 to Chile in Austria. Rafa honoured 2008 – Reds boss Rafael Benítez was presented with an Honorary Doctorate from the Miguel Hernandez University (Elche) in Spain. No longer in charge 1969 - Sir Matt Busby resigned as Manager of Manchester United for the first time. He had led our deadly rivals to the European Cup, five League titles and two FA Cups. He was soon to be replaced by Wilf McGuinness, a former ‘Busby babe’. A new deal 2009 – The club announced a three-year partnership deal with international tyre company Maxxis. On the same day, David N’Gog played for France Under-21’s in the Toulon Tournament as they beat Qatar 1-0. Also on the move 2007 - Don Hutchison was released by Coventry City after four goals in forty outings. He found a new club later in the summer when he joined Luton Town. 2019 – The departures of left-back Alberto Moreno and forward Daniel Sturridge were announced. Moreno struck three times in 141 reds games after signing for £12m from his hometown club Sevilla in August 2014. Sturridge had signed from Chelsea for £12m in January 2013, netting an impressive 67 times in 160 reds games.
  7. Will

    28th May

    Milan the European champion 2002 - Milan Baroš featured for the Czech Republic Under 21’s as they clinched the European Championships against France in Switzerland. He only played for the first 45 minutes, with the Czechs winning the tournament in a penalty shoot-out after a goalless match. 1997 - He bagged a brace for the Under-15’s as they thumped Hungary 5-1 in a friendly in Ostrozska Nova Ves. On target for England 1976 - Phil Thompson scored the winner for England, his only goal for his country, as they beat Italy 3-2 in the US Bicentenary Tournament in New York. Joe Corrigan won his first cap, as a substitute, while Phil Neal also played. 1969 - Alun Evans won his fourth and final England Under-23’s cap as they drew 1-1 with Portugal in Funchal. Clubmate Emlyn Hughes netted England’s goal. Digger’s debut 1983 - Future red John Barnes made his full England debut as they were held to a goalless draw in the British International Championships in Northern Ireland. Phil Neal also played. 1988 - Barnes also played for his country, alongside Peter Beardsley and future clubmate Mark Wright, as they beat Switzerland 1-0 in a friendly in Lausanne. Staying and going 2018 – It was announced that Brazilian midfielder Fabinho would sign on 1st July for an initial £39m. He has so far score twice in 72 outings, helping us to claim the UEFA Champions League in Madrid in June 2019. 2013 – Manchester City’s centre-half Kolo Touré agreed to join the reds on a free transfer in July of that year, once his contract had expired. He netted just once in 71 first-team appearances for the reds before being released in July 2016. 2009 - Fernando Torres agreed a new improved contract to tie him to the club until 2013, although he left for a Chelsea in January 2011 for a £50m fee. On the same day, it was announced that reserves boss Gary Ablett was to leave at the end of the month. 1924 – Defender Bill Cockburn signed from Stockport County. He played 67 times before joining Queens Park Rangers in July 1928. On target for the Irish 1987 - Ronnie Whelan scored his first full international goal in the Republic of Ireland’s 2-0 European Championships qualifying win in Luxembourg. John Aldridge and future red Ray Houghton both also played. 1989 - Ray Houghton netted as the Irish beat Malta 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier at Lansdowne Road. John Aldridge, Steve Staunton, Ronnie Whelan and ex-red Kevin Sheedy all also featured. A friendly triumph 1922 - We thumped an Emilia Select side 6-1 in Modena, the second game of our six-match Italian tour. Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers scored a hat-trick, with Harry Beadles bagging a brace and Cyril Gilhespy also on target. In the Middle East 1979 - We met the Israeli national side in a friendly, with the game at the Ramat-Gan Stadium ending 3-3. Avi Cohen played for Israel in the first half, before making his first reds appearance after the interval, two months before he actually joined the reds. Jimmy Case converted a penalty with Ray Kennedy and David Fairclough also netting for the reds as we took a three-goal lead. Tom’s day 1910 – Half-back Tommy Gardner was born in Huyton. He signed as an amateur from Orrell in July 1928, and then professionally the following April, but played only five reds games before moving on to Grimsby Town in May 1931. He was eventually capped twice for England during his stint at Aston Villa. Gary Mac for Scotland 1990 - Gary McAllister won his third Scotland cap, and last one as a Leicester City player, as they lost 2-1 in a friendly in Malta. Gary Gillespie also played in that game. International bows 1988 - West Ham United’s Julian Dicks made his debut for England Under-21’s as a substitute in their 1-1 friendly draw with Switzerland in Lausanne. 2018 – Liam Millar won his first cap for Canada Under-23’s in their goalless draw with Portugal Under-19’s in France. Souey twice 1983 - Graeme Souness skippered Scotland as they lost 2-0 to Wales at Ninian Park in the British International Championships. Ex-red Joey Jones was on the winning side. 1985 - Souness was also captain and was booked as the Scots lost 1-0 to Iceland in a World Cup qualifier in Reykjavik. 2013 – Ex-reds loanee Nuri Şahin captained Turkey in their 3-3 friendly draw with Latvia in Duisburg in Germany. 2016 – Christian Benteke and Divock Origi faced future red Xherdan Shaqiri as Belgium beat Switzerland 2-1 in a friendly in Geneva, with future reds Nuri Şahin also in international action. On target in friendlies 2008 - John Arne Riise netted while winning his final cap as a reds player as Norway were held to a 2-2 draw in Oslo by Uruguay, with future red Luis Suárez also on target. Meanwhile, Steven Gerrard struck in England’s 2-0 defeat of the USA at Wembley, with Peter Crouch, future red Glen Johnson and ex-red David James also featuring and future red Joe Cole winning his fiftieth cap. Ex-red Craig Bellamy reached a half century of caps for Wales as they won 1-0 in Iceland under the management of John Toshack. 2014 – Daniel Agger converted a penalty, his final goal as a reds player, as Denmark beat Sweden 1-0 in Copenhagen. On the same day, Brad Smith featured for England Under-21’s in the Toulon Tournament, while Andrew Robertson won his second and last senior cap while with Dundee United as Scotland drew 2-2 with Nigeria in a friendly at Craven Cottage, with ex-red Victor Moses also in action. 2012 – Ex-red Andriy Voronin scored as the Ukraine thumped Estonia 4-0 in Austria, with future red Suso playing for Spain Under-19’s on the same day. 2010 – Ex-red Robbie Keane bagged a brace, including a penalty, as the Republic of Ireland beat Algeria 3-0 in Dublin. Other reds internationals Kenny Dalglish twice represented Scotland on this day over the years. 1977 - The Scots held Wales to a goalless draw in the British International Championships at the Racecourse Ground. Joey Jones played for the home side. 1980 - He won his 74th cap as they beat Poland 1-0 in a friendly in Poznan. Future reds keeper Brad Friedel also twice played for his country on this day, both times in friendlies. 1994 - He featured as the USA drew 1-1 with Greece in New Haven. 1995 - They lost 2-1 to Costa Rica in Tampa. European Cup joy and despair 2011 – Ex-red Javier Mascherano featured as Barcelona beat Manchester United 3-1 in the UEFA Champions League Final at Wembley. 1997 - Future red Karl-Heinz Riedle bagged a brace as Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund beat favourites Juventus 3-1 to claim the UEFA Champions League in Munich. 1980 - Two ex-reds faced each other in the European Cup Final in Madrid, with Larry Lloyd’s Nottingham Forest edging out Kevin Keegan’s Hamburger SV 1-0. On the move again 2008 – Our former substitute keeper Tony Warner was released by Fulham after 26 appearances for the Cottagers, including both our League meetings in 2005/06. 2015 - Rafael Benítez resigned as Manager of SSC Napoli, having led them to 59 victories in 112 games in charge, as they claimed the Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana in his first season. Babb back in England 2002 - Ex-red Phil Babb joined Sunderland, having recently quit Sporting Clube de Portugal. However, he was unable to keep them in the Premiership in his first season at the Stadium Of Light, making sixty appearances in total.
  8. Will

    27th May

    European glory in Gay Paree 1981 - We won the European Cup for the third time by beating the mighty Real Madrid at the Parc des Princes in Paris thanks to an Alan Kennedy strike nine minutes from time. Unbeknownst to everyone, Ray Clemence was making his 665th and final reds appearance, keeping his 335th clean sheet, with Jimmy Case also playing his 269th and last reds game. Tommy’s testimonial 1977 - Two days after we won the European Cup for the first time, Anfield hosted a testimonial match for Tommy Smith, who had intended to retire. The game featured Liverpool playing a Bobby Charlton Select XI, ending 9-9 with both Tommy Smith and Ray Clemence grabbing a brace! Jimmy Case, David Fairclough, David Johnson, Kevin Keegan and Terry McDermott were all also on target. Bobby Charlton briefly appeared for the reds in this game, with Emlyn Hughes taking a turn in goal and delivery driver Lol Cotterell also appearing, thanks to winning a competition on the BBC’s “The Big Time” programme, hosted by Esther Rantzen. Mighty Mouse off the mark 1971 - Kevin Keegan scored his first reds goal as we thumped Swedish side IFK Lulea 5-0 in an end-of-season friendly. Forward Jack Whitham added a brace, with Alec Lindsay and Bobby Graham also on the scoresheet. Young Mickey for England 1998 - Michael Owen scored his first senior England goal as they won 1-0 in the King Hassan II International Cup in Morocco, becoming England’s then youngest-ever scorer at eighteen years 164 days. Fellow red Paul Ince captained England for the seventh and final time in this game, with Steve McManaman also featuring. On the same day, Stig Inge Bjørnebye, ex-red Rigobert Song and future reds Markus Babbel, Dietmar Hamann, Sami Hyypiä, Jari Litmanen and Bolo Zenden all also played for their countries in friendlies. 2000 - Owen also scored for his country as Kevin Keegan’s England drew 1-1 with Brazil in a friendly at Wembley. Robbie Fowler and ex-red Paul Ince also featured, while future red Nick Barmby won his first cap as an Evertonian. Meanwhile, Vegard Heggem and future red John Arne Riise played in Norway’s 2-0 friendly defeat of Slovakia in Oslo. Friendly victories 1953 - Bill Jones struck a treble as we thumped a Montreal All Stars side 10-0, with Billy Liddell, Joseph Maloney and Jimmy Payne all bagging braces and Alan A’Court also on the scoresheet. 1923 – We beat Levallois 4-0 in Paris. 1932 - We beat a Copenhagen Select 3-1, thanks to goals from Gordon Gunson, Edmund Hancock and Harold Barton. Our opponents were chosen to be the best players from the Danish League. 1964 – We beat German side Meidericher Spielverein 4-1 in Detroit, with Alf Arrowsmith and Gordon Wallace both striking twice. 1958 - We won 4-0 at Perpignan, with Bobby Campbell, Billy Liddell and Johnny Morrissey among the scorers. Four for Sir Roger 1964 – While his clubmates were playing in Detroit, Roger Hunt scored four goals for England as they thumped the USA 10-0 in a friendly at the Downing Stadium in New York City. Fellow red Peter Thompson also played. 1967 - Hunt also played for his country in a 1-0 friendly win in Austria. Rushie off the mark 1982 - Ian Rush netted his first full international goal, while winning his eighth cap, as Wales beat Northern Ireland 3-0 in the British International Championships in Wrexham. Ex-red Joey Jones also played. On the same day, future reds Assistant Manager Sean O’Driscoll played as the Republic of Ireland lost a friendly 7-0 in Brazil. On the move 2002 - A fee of £4.7m was agreed with French club Sedan for the Senegalese midfielder Salif Diao. He made a total of 61 reds appearances, netting three times, before joining Stoke City in January 2007 after a series of loan spells away from Anfield over his last three seasons. 2013 – Centre-half Danny Wilson signed for Heart Of Midlothian after a successful four-month loan spell at Tynecastle. On the same day, Rafael Benítez was appointed Manager of SSC Napoli, guiding them to the Italian Cup and a third-place Serie A finish in his first campaign in charge. Joneses for Wales 1997 - Reserves striker Lee Jones and future reds keeper Paul Jones both made their senior international debuts from the bench as Wales beat Scotland 1-0 in a friendly at Rugby Park, Kilmarnock. Paul Jones was winning his only cap as a Stockport County player, while Lee Jones made his only appearance as a red. Leeds United’s Gary McAllister skippered the Scots, while ex-red Dean Saunders also played. Reds defenders in and out 1992 - Dominic Matteo signed on as a professional at Anfield. He went on to play 155 times for the reds, scoring just twice, before joining Leeds United for £4m in August 2000. 1999 - Rob Jones was released after failing in his latest comeback from serious injury. He had made 243 first-team appearances, despite suffering a succession of injuries, without once hitting the back of the net. Irish glory 1986 - The Republic of Ireland won the Icelandic Triangular Tournament, their only senior prize. This was a result of their 1-0 defeat of Czechoslovakia in Reykjavik, with ex-red Michael Robinson winning his 24th and final cap, and future reds John Aldridge and Ray Houghton also in the team. Happy birthdays 1980 - Ex-reserves keeper Ian Dunbavin was born in Knowsley. He joined Shrewsbury Town on a free transfer in January 2000, but moved on to Halifax Town in July 2004 after 115 games for the Shrews. 1979 - Andy Parkinson, who was also in the victorious FA Youth Cup squad in 1996, was born in Liverpool. He failed to break through to our first team, later finding greater success with Tranmere Rovers. First and last caps 2004 - Ex-red Christian Ziege won his 72nd and final cap for Germany in their 7-0 friendly trouncing of Malta in Freiberg, with Dietmar Hamann also featuring. Steve Finnan, John Arne Riise, future reds Craig Bellamy, Yossi Benayoun and Robbie Keane, and ex-red Gareth Roberts all also turned out in international friendlies that day. 2011 – Bellamy featured for Wales again, playing in their 2-0 Carling Nations Cup defeat of Northern Ireland in Dublin. Gini Wijnaldum won his last cap for the Dutch Under-21’s as a Feyenoord player as they beat Israel 2-0 in a friendly in Austria. 2012 – Bellamy won his last cap as a reds player, with Joe Allen playing for Wales for the final time while with Swansea City as they lost 2-0 to Mexico in a friendly in New York. Ex-red Alou Diarra was also in international action that day. 2006 - Jan Kromkamp won his first cap as a reds player as the Netherlands beat Cameroon 1-0 in a friendly at his international team-mate Dirk Kuyt’s home ground in Feyenoord. Xabi Alonso, Djibril Cissé, Luis García, future reds Ryan Babel, Philipp Degen, Christian Poulsen and Fernando Torres and ex-red Alou Diarra also featured in friendly action, with John Toshack also involved. 1994 - Future red Gary McAllister skippered Scotland in their 3-1 friendly win in the Netherlands, with future reds coach Steve Clarke winning his sixth and final cap. More internationals on target 2001 - Future red Djibril Cissé netted as France Under-20’s drew 1-1 with Japan in the Toulon Tournament. Grégory Vignal and future red Alou Diarra both also played. 2008 – Cissé featured for the senior French side alongside fellow ex-reds Nicolas Anelka and Alou Diarra as they beat Ecuador 2-0 in a friendly in Grenoble. Mikel San José also represented his country that day. 2010 - Christian Poulsen struck his last goal for Denmark as a Juventus player in their 2-0 friendly defeat of Senegal in Ålborg, with Daniel Agger also in action. Young finalists 2010 – Conor Coady skippered England Under-17’s as they beat France 2-1 in the Semi-final of the European Championships in Liechtenstein, with Andre Wisdom also in the side. More youngsters in action 2009 - Danny Wilson captained Scotland Under-19’s for the first time as they beat Slovakia 2-1 in a European Championships Finals group game at Bramall Lane, with Martin Kelly also in action for England in the same tournament that day in Doncaster. 2000 - Jamie Carragher conceded a penalty from which Italy scored while playing for England Under-21’s in the European Championship Finals in Slovakia. Danny Murphy and David Thompson also featured in the 2-0 defeat. Jari for Finland Future red Jari Litmanen twice represented his country in friendlies on this day in history. 1990 - He won his fifth cap in a 6-0 friendly defeat in Sweden. On the same day, Steve Staunton and ex-reds John Aldridge and Kevin Sheedy played for the Republic of Ireland in their goalless draw in Turkey. 1994 - The Finns lost 2-0 in Italy. Fernando’s day 2009 - Fernando Torres married Olalla Dominguez at El Escorial in Madrid. On the same day, he was awarded with the Merseyside Sports Personality of the Year for 2008. Quasi the dad 1989 - Peter Beardsley became a father for the first time, to Drew. On the move 1978 – Academy Chief Scout Dave Moss joined Luton Town from his boyhood favourites Swindon Town for £110,000, having notched sixty goals in 231 League games for the Robins. 2004 - Reserves forward Steven Gillespie joined Bristol City on a free transfer. He is now with League One side Colchester United. Roy in charge Roy Hodgson twice took charge of Switzerland in friendlies on this day in history. 1992 – He led them to a 2-1 defeat of France in Lausanne. 1994 – The Swiss beat Liechtenstein 2-0 at Basel. 2016 – Hodgson managed England as they beat Australia 2-1 in a friendly at the Stadium of Light, with Nathaniel Clyne, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, James Milner and ex-red Raheem Sterling lining up against Brad Smith. Future reds Virgil van Dijk and Gini Wijnaldum, and ex-red Javier Mascherano both also featured in international friendlies that day.
  9. Will

    26th May

    Last-gasp heartache 1989 - Having already claimed the FA Cup in the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster, we only had to avoid defeat at home to Arsenal by two clear goals or more to clinch our second double in four seasons. The Gunners took the lead in the second half when Alan Smith was judged to have headed in from an indirect free-kick, one of his nine goals against the reds. We held on until stoppage time, when Michael Thomas burst through to grab the decisive, heart-breaking second and take the title back to Highbury for the first time since 1971. Bruce Grobbelaar was playing his 300th League game for the club. A Busby birthday 1909 - Right-half Sir Matt Busby was born on this day in Orbiston, Lanarkshire. He joined the reds from Manchester City for £8,000 in March 1936, making 122 appearances for us, many as captain, notching three times. He was appointed as coach and Assistant Manager to George Kay at Anfield in May 1944, but he was released by the club the following February after disagreements with the board, taking over as Manager of Manchester United a few days later. 1991 – Reserves left-back Chris Mavinga was born in Meaux, France. He signed from Paris St. Germain in July 2009 but was sold to Stade Rennais for £1m two years later, having failed to break through to the first team. Final despair 2018 – We lost 3-1 to Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League Final in Kiev, as keeper Loris Karius had a personal nightmare, with Mohamed Salah being forced off with injury after just half an hour. Karim Benzema scored the most recent of his four goals past us shortly after half time, but Sadio Mané levelled just four minutes later. However, Gareth Bale then struck twice to secure the trophy for the Spanish side for a record thirteenth time. Emre Can came off the bench to make his 167th and last appearance for the reds. A Philly dozen 1946 - We trounced a Philadelphia Select of American League side 12-0 in a friendly in the Yellow Jacket Stadium. Cyril Done struck four times, with Jack Balmer bagging a hat-trick and Phil Taylor and Willie Fagan both netting braces, and Bob Priday rounding out the scoring. Opening a new stadium 1978 - We played a game to commemorate the opening of the new Al Nasr Stadium in the United Arab Emirates, beating Al Nasr Club 5-0. Our scorers were fairly unusual, with substitute Colin Irwin and Ray Kennedy both bagging braces, and Alan Hansen also on target. 1980 - We returned to the Middle East to beat a Bahrain XI 2-1 on the Three Fives Gulf Football Tour. This time, Howard Gayle and Graeme Souness got on the scoresheet. Signing on 2014 - Brendan Rodgers signed a new contract, having just led the reds to within a whisker of the League title. However, the team regressed and he was sacked in October 2015. 2015 - Centre-half Kolo Touré signed a new contract, notching just once in 71 reds games before moving on to join Rodgers at Celtic in July 2016 after this deal expired. Charnock on target 1994 - Reserves midfielder Phil Charnock scored his first senior reds goal in our 3-0 defeat of Cape Town Spurs in the United Bank International Soccer Festival in South Africa, with Bruce Grobbelaar appearing for the reds for the final time. Robbie Fowler netted the other two. The players were introduced to South African President Nelson Mandela prior to the game. Select thumpings 1948 - We beat a New England Select side 6-0 at Fall River, with Willie Fagan and Albert Stubbins both nabbing braces to add to goals from Jack Balmer and Bob Priday. 1914 - We defeated a Denmark Select XI 7-1 in Copenhagen. Fred again 1935 – Fred Howe scored in our 4-2 friendly win at CD Tenerife, so netting in all three of our tour games. Alf Hanson bagged a brace with Tosh Johnson also on target. Welsh first and last 1949 - Ray Lambert won his fifth and final cap for Wales as they lost 4-0 to Switzerland in a friendly in Bern. 1957 – Future reds centre-forward Des Palmer made the first of his three senior appearances for the Welsh in their 2-0 World Cup qualifying defeat in Czechoslovakia. 2014 – Future red Divock Origi won his first senior cap as Belgium thumped Luxembourg 5-1 in a friendly in Genk. On the same day, Jordon Ibe won his sixth and last cap for England Under-19’s, with Lloyd Jones, Brad Smith and future red Lazar Marković all also represented their countries. 2008 – Future reds loanee Victor Moses won his first cap for England Under-19’s in their 2-0 European Championships qualifying defeat of Poland in Borisov, with future red Andy Carroll also featuring. Feyenoord’s Gini Wijnaldum also featured at the same level that day. Wark on target 1979 - Future red John Wark netted in Scotland’s 3-1 defeat of England in the British International Championships at Wembley. Ray Clemence and Everton’s George Wood were in the opposing goals, while the sides were skippered by ex-red Kevin Keegan and his Anfield replacement Kenny Dalglish. Phil Neal, Graeme Souness and Phil Thompson all also played. 1984 - John Wark and future red John Barnes played in the last ever British International Championships game, with Scotland and England drawing 1-1 at Hampden Park. God on the scoresheet 2002 - Ex-red Robbie Fowler scored in England’s 2-2 pre-World Cup friendly draw with Cameroon in Japan. Michael Owen was captain, with Emile Heskey, future red Joe Cole and ex-reds David James and Rigobert Song also playing. Meanwhile, future red Djibril Cissé came on as a substitute in France’s 3-2 defeat of South Korea in Suwon and F.C. København’s Christian Poulsen played as Denmark beat Tunisia 2-1 in Wakayama. 1996 - Fowler also played for England, alongside Steve McManaman and future red Paul Ince, as they beat a Hong Kong Garden Select side 1-0 in an unofficial warm-up game at the Happy Valley Stadium before Euro ‘96. Tosh on target 1971 - John Toshack bagged the only goal of the game as Wales beat Finland in a European Championships qualifier in Helsinki. 2012 – Tosh managed FYR Macedonia as they held Portugal to a goalless friendly draw in Leiria. Ex-red Raúl Meireles featured for the home side. In charge 2010 - Christian Ziege was appointed Manager of DSC Arminia Bielefeld, although he was sacked just six months later. On the same day, future red Fabio Borini scored his last goal for Italy Under-19’s in their 3-1 European Championships qualifying defeat in Russia. Dirk Kuyt, future reds Dejan Lovren, Nuri Şahin and Luis Suárez and ex-reds Nicolas Anelka and Alou Diarra all also turned out for their countries that day. 2012 – Roy Hodgson took charge of England for the first time, winning a friendly 1-0 in Norway. Martin Kelly and future red Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain both made their senior bows, with Jordan Henderson winning his first cap as a reds player. Steven Gerrard skippered a side that also included Andy Carroll, Stewart Downing, winning his last cap while with the reds, and future red James Milner, while ex-red John Arne Riise was on the losing side. Scoring against Albania 1992 - Ex-red John Aldridge netted for the Republic of Ireland as they beat Albania 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier at Lansdowne Road. Ray Houghton and ex-reds Kevin Sheedy and Steve Staunton also played. 1993 - Staunton was on target as the Irish won the return 2-1 in Tirana. Fellow ex-reds Aldridge and Houghton also played. 1985 - Ex-red Michael Robinson featured as Spain held Ireland to a friendly goalless draw in the only senior international ever to be played at the Flower Lodge in Cork. Milan also on target 2006 - Ex-red Milan Baroš struck for the Czech Republic as they beat Saudi Arabia 2-0 in a friendly in Austria. Daniel Agger and future red Nuri Şahin also represented their countries that day. 2008 – Baroš played in the Czech Republic’s 2-0 friendly defeat of Lithuania in Prague. 2012 – He converted a spot-kick in a 2-1 defeat of ex-red Yossi Benayoun’s Israel in Austria. Daniel Agger, Dirk Kuyt and ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Robbie Keane, Christian Poulsen and Daniel Sjölund also played for their countries that day. Pither off 1928 - Left-winger George Pither left Anfield to sign for Crewe Alexandra, after one goal in twelve reds games stepping in for the established Fred Hopkin. A young Geoff 1957 - Future reds left-half Geoff Twentyman became Carlisle United’s youngest ever debutant, aged seventeen years and 127 days, as they drew 2-2 at New Brighton in Division Three North. European Cup despair Two future reds have lost UEFA Champions League Finals on this day in recent years. 2004 - Fernando Morientes played as AS Monaco lost 2-0 to Jose Mourinho’s Porto in Gelsenkirchen. 1999 - Markus Babbel suffered heartache as Bayern München cruelly lost 2-1 to Manchester United in Barcelona. Bells toll twice 2007 - Craig Bellamy struck a brace as Wales were held to a 2-2 friendly draw in Wrexham by New Zealand, his last two goals in his first spell as a reds player. On the same day, ex-red Darren Potter won his second senior cap playing for Steve Staunton’s Republic of Ireland in their 1-1 friendly draw with Bolivia in Boston, USA. Pepe the papa again 2011 – Keeper Pepe Reina became a father for the third time, to Luca. Ed up 2012 – Former Chief Scout Eduardo Macía was promoted by Fiorentina to Technical Director.
  10. 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.
  11. Will

    15th May

    Clinching the title 1982 - We claimed our thirteenth League title with a game remaining by beating Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 at Anfield, having been mid-table at Christmas. Ex-red Ray Clemence was in the Spurs goal, with Mark Lawrenson, Kenny Dalglish and Ronnie Whelan scoring past him after Glenn Hoddle had handed the visitors the lead with a glorious strike, one of his four against us. 1984 - Ian Rush was on target as we drew 1-1 with Norwich City, having won the League three days before at Notts County. Kenny Dalglish played his 400th reds game. Quadruple farewell 2004 - Emile Heskey, Danny Murphy and Michael Owen all played their final first-class games for the reds. Owen struck the equaliser as we were held to a 1-1 draw by Newcastle United at Anfield, so finishing the season in fourth spot. This was also Gérard Houllier’s last game in charge, while Paul Harrison was on the bench for the first of thirteen times. Shola Ameobi netted for the visitors. Sammy returns 2008 – Sammy Lee returned to the club as Assistant Manager, having left the backroom staff in the summer of 2004 for a full-time post with England, before joining Bolton Wanderers. In comes Jack 1935 - Forward Jack Balmer signed as an amateur from Everton, turning professional three months later. He went on to score 110 times in 309 games, helping us to the League title in 1947. It was during that season that he netted hat-tricks in three consecutive games, a remarkable feat that has yet to be matched in English top-flight football. He also played in the FA Cup Final three years later. Pepe the best again 2008 - Pepe Reina was awarded the Barclays Golden Glove Award for most clean sheets for the third successive season, having kept eighteen shut-outs in the League. Most recently 2011 – We lost 2-0 at home to Tottenham Hotspur to damage our hopes of qualifying for Europe. Spurs took an early lead when Rafael van der Vaart’s strike deflected in off Glen Johnson, with Luka Modrić converting a controversial second-half penalty. 2016 – We drew 1-1 at West Bromwich Albion, with winger Sergi Canos making his only senior reds appearance. Midfielder Cameron Brannagan, winger Jordon Ibe, centre-half Martin Škrtel and left-back Brad Smith all played their last games for the club. Ibe struck our goal as we finished the League season in eighth, our joint lowest placing since returning to the top flight in 1962. This game came just three days before the UEFA Europa League Final against Sevilla in Basel. Happy birthdays 1981 – Left-back Paul Konchesky was born in Barking. Roy Hodgson paid £3.5m for him on transfer deadline day in August 2010, as well as transferring Lauri Dalla Valle and Alex Kačaniklić to Fulham as part of the deal, who were valued at a combined £1.5m. He made eighteen reds appearances without scoring, being sold to Leicester City in July 2011 for £1.5m after spending the second half of the season on loan at Nottingham Forest. 1901 - Forward Jimmy Walsh was born in Stockport. He signed from his hometown club in May 1922 and netted a brace on his reds bow, bagging a total of 27 goals in his 77 reds games before joining Hull City in June 1928. 1985 - Former reserves centre-back Carl Medjani was born in Lyon. The highly-rated Frenchman signed from Saint-Étienne on a free transfer in August 2003 but failed to break through into the senior squad, moving back to France to join Lorient in July 2006 after a loan spell there. 1976 – Winger Mark Kennedy was born in Dublin. He signed from Millwall for £1.5m in March 1995 but only played 21 times for us, before being sold to Wimbledon for £1.75m three years later. 1979 - Forward Sean Friars was born in Derry. He never made our first team, moving on to Ipswich Town in 1998. Last game before Istanbul 2005 - Argentinean centre-back Mauricio Pellegrino played his thirteenth and final reds game as we beat Aston Villa 2-1 at Anfield in our final League game of the season, to finish behind our neighbours in fifth. Djibril Cissé struck a brace, including a penalty, with Gareth Barry on target for the Villains with the first of his four goals against the reds to date. Igor Bišcan also made his final reds outing as he played his 118th reds game, with Dietmar Hamann turning out for the reds on the 250th occasion. International debutants 1946 - Billy Liddell made his international bow as Scotland beat Switzerland 3-1 in a Victory International at Hampden Park. 1955 - He also played for his country as they drew a friendly 2-2 in Yugoslavia. Future red Tommy Younger was in the Scots’ goal that day. 2008 - Jack Hobbs won his first cap for England Under-19’s, playing alongside clubmate Adam Hammill as they lost 2-0 to Russia in a European Championships qualifier in Walsall. 2009 – Christopher Buchtmann played for Germany Under-17’s as they reached the Final of the European Championships by beating Italy 2-0 in Dessau. Double trebles 1946 - Jack Balmer bagged four goals and Cyril Done scored a hat-trick as we thumped Baltimore All Stars 9-0 in an end-of-season friendly at the Municipal Stadium in Baltimore. Willie Fagan added a brace. 1943 - Jack Balmer also struck three times as we drew the second leg of the Lancashire Cup Final 3-3 with Manchester United at Maine Road, to lose 6-4 on aggregate. Holding on 1920 – We retained the Lancashire Senior Cup, sharing the trophy after the Final at Anfield ended 1-1 after extra time against Manchester United. Tom Miller scored for the reds. King Kenny against Clem 1976 - Kenny Dalglish scored through the legs of his future clubmate Ray Clemence as Scotland beat England 2-1 in the British International Championships at Hampden Park. Kevin Keegan, Ray Kennedy and Phil Thompson all also played. Sami in charge 2012 - Sami Hyypiä was appointed Team Manager of Bayer 04 Leverkusen on a permanent basis after a successful temporary period in charge. He stayed in charge until being sacked in April 2014. A busy day 2002 - Danny Murphy signed a new five-year contract. Meanwhile, Stéphane Henchoz was named Swiss Player of the Year, for the second consecutive season. On the same day, our Under-19’s won 3-2 at Highbury in the second leg of the FA Premier Academy League Play-Off Final, but it was not enough to overturn a 5-1 first leg defeat. Also, ex-red Mike Marsh signed for Accrington Stanley from Boston United on a free transfer. He spent one season there, helping them to the UniBond Premier League, and promotion to the Conference, before becoming Manager at Burscough, back in the UniBond. Tosh for Wales 1971 - John Toshack won his first cap as a red, and ninth in total, as Wales were held to a goalless draw by Scotland in the British International Championships in Cardiff, with future red Peter Cormack featuring for the Scots. 1973 - He also turned out for the Welsh in the same competition, as they lost 3-0 to England at Wembley. Clubmate Emlyn Hughes was on the winning side that day. 1974 - Crazy Horse also featured for England, skippering them to a 1-0 defeat of Northern Ireland at Wembley in the same competition, with Kevin Keegan also playing. At Hampden 2002 - Ex-red Steve McManaman and future red Fernando Morientes both played in the UEFA Champions League Final for Real Madrid as they beat Bayer 04 Leverkusen 2-1 at Hampden Park. Dan’s happy day 2010 – Centre-half Daniel Agger married Sophie Nelson in Hvidovre in his native Denmark. Internationals on target 2011 – Future reds forward Samed Yeşil netted as Germany Under-17’s lost 5-2 to the Netherlands in the European Championships Final in Serbia. 1983 – Future reds centre-half Glenn Hysén scored as Sweden thumped Cyprus 5-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Malmo. Jon released 2006 - Ex-reds reserves forward Jon Newby was released by Bury, after five goals in 51 appearances in his second spell at Gigg Lane. Marina honoured 2009 - Kenny Dalglish’s wife Marina was awarded the Citizens of Honour award by Liverpool’s Lord Mayor, which was collected on her behalf by Kenny as she was ill.
  12. Will

    9th May

    Winning the cup 1992 - We beat Second Division Sunderland 2-0 to win our fifth FA Cup. Ian Rush scored his fifth FA Cup Final goal, to break Stan Mortensen’s record, after Michael Thomas had opened the scoring, with Dean Saunders also hitting the bar. Graeme Souness led the team out just 48 hours after leaving hospital. However, the wrong medals were presented to each team, and so the two sides had to swap them afterwards! Ray Houghton was playing his 202nd and final reds game. Youngest ever 2010 - Left-back Jack Robinson became the reds’ youngest ever player, aged sixteen years and 250 days as we were held to a goalless draw at Hull City. This was Rafael Benítez’s last game in charge, and Dirk Kuyt’s 200th game for the club, while Nabil El Zhar made his 32nd and final reds appearance. 1995 – Steven Gerrard represented the reds for the first time ever, aged fourteen, as the ‘B’ team lost 2-1 at Manchester United, with the team including many winners of the FA Youth Cup a year later. Maxi’s treble 2011 - We secured our biggest every victory at Fulham, winning 5-2 after a sparkling performance. Maxi Rodríguez scored a hat-trick, netting in his third consecutive game while Dirk Kuyt struck in his fifth appearance in a row, with Luis Suárez also on target. Skipper Jamie Carragher played his 666th reds game, to move into second place on the all-time list, only behind Ian Callaghan. A quiet day Our only other two first-class games on this day in history both ended in stalemate. 1987 - We drew 3-3 at Chelsea, with Ian Rush, Steve McMahon and John Aldridge on target in our final game of the season, as we ended nine points behind Everton in second place. Gary Gillespie made his hundredth reds appearance in this game. Future red David Speedie was amongst the scorers, with Gordon Durie netting the first of his six goals past us and John Bumstead also on target. 1988 - John Aldridge struck a spectacular overhead kick as we were held 1-1 at Anfield by Luton Town to reach ninety points in our final League game of the campaign. We had already clinched our seventeenth League title two weeks earlier. Nigel Spackman lined up alongside Gary Gillespie in central defence as Kenny Dalglish rested Alan Hansen ahead of the FA Cup Final, with Jan Mølby away on international duty. Unfortunately, Gillespie and Spackman collided when going for the same ball, resulting in them both taking to the Wembley turf in head bandages the following week! Before the game, the PFA’s Fair Play Trophy and a cheque for £2,000 was presented to Alan Hansen by PFA Secretary Gordon Taylor. The game was watched by 30,376 giving us an average home crowd of 39,682, the best in the division. 1973 - We were also due to play a game, but our UEFA Cup Final first leg meeting with Borussia Mönchengladbach at Anfield was postponed after only 27 minutes, due to a sodden pitch. Happy birthdays 1993 – Defender Andre Wisdom was born in Leeds. He joined the reds from Bradford City in January 2008, making 22 first-team appearances, netting on his debut at BSC Young Boys in September 2013. He left for Derby County for an initial £2m in July 2017. 1996 – Midfielder Cameron Brannagan was born in Salford. He was with the club since the age of eight, making nine senior appearances before joining Oxford United in January 2018. 1989 – Former reserves forward Michael Nardiello was born. 1968 - Neil Ruddock was born in Tooting, London. He played 152 games for the reds after being signed from Tottenham Hotspur for £2.5 million, bagging twelve goals and helping us to the Coca-Cola Cup in 1995 before moving on to West Ham United for £100,000 in July 1998. 1971 - Don Hutchison was born in Gateshead. He made only sixty first-team appearances following his £175,000 capture from Hartlepool United in November 1990, netting ten times, before leaving for Upton Park for £1.5m in August 1994. 1933 – Forward Arthur Rowley was born in Fazakerley in Liverpool. He joined the reds in May 1951, failing to score in eleven outings, moving on to Wrexham in November 1954. Reds trebles 1961 - Ian St. John bagged a hat-trick on his reds debut as we lost 4-3 to Everton in the Liverpool County F.A. Senior Cup Final at Goodison Park. 1942 - Cyril Done netted a treble as we beat Chester 3-0 in a Lancashire Cup First Round second leg match to progress 6-1 on aggregate. Unfortunately, Blackburn Rovers knocked us out at Anfield at the next hurdle. Beating the Hammers 2009 - We won 3-0 at West Ham United thanks to a Steven Gerrard brace and a goal from Ryan Babel. The skipper’s second goal came when keeper Robert Green saved his penalty, although he followed in to net the rebound. His first was his hundredth reds goal from open play. The comedy moment of the game came when David Di Michele performed a laughable dive that led to a booking. In comes Ken 1911 – Scottish international keeper Ken Campbell signed from Cambuslang Rovers for £10. He played 142 reds games before joining Partick Thistle in April 1920. Sir Roger in Italy 1964 - Roger Hunt played for a Football League representative side as they lost 1-0 to an Italian League team at the San Siro in Milan. Keegan for England 1999 - Kevin Keegan resigned as Manager of Fulham, soon signing up as the England team boss. He had guided the Cottagers to the Second Division title, with an impressive 101 points, in his one season in charge. Testimonial defeat 1967 - We took part in a testimonial match for George Curtis and Mick Kearns, losing 2-1 to Coventry City at Highfield Road, with Roger Hunt on target. Dads again 2006 - Steven Gerrard became the father of his second daughter, Lexie. On the same day, Robbie Fowler became a dad for the fourth time, with his first son, named Jacob. For and against England 1942 - Reds keeper George Poland played for England as they lost 1-0 to Wales at Ninian Park in a Wartime international. 2009 – Christopher Buchtmann was booked as Germany Under-17’s thumped England 4-0 in the European Championships Finals in Jena, with future red Jonjo Shelvey on the losing side while winning his seventh and final cap at this level. 2011 – Brad Smith netted for England Under-17’s in their 3-0 win in a European Championships Finals game in Serbia, with Adam Morgan also featuring. On the same day, future reds forward Samed Yeşil scored the only goal of Germany’s meeting with Romania in the same competition. On their way out 1936 – Ex-reds reserves outside-left Jimmy Kelly played for the Irish Free State for the last of four times, grabbing his only two goals for them in their 5-1 friendly win in Luxembourg. 2012 – Ex-reds centre-forward Neil Mellor announced his retirement from playing, aged 29, following a serious knee injury. Avi the Olympian 1979 - Future red Avi Cohen played in Israel’s 1-1 Olympics qualifying draw against Spain in Murcia. Red tonkings 1994 - Ian Rush bagged a brace, with John Barnes, Don Hutchison and Jamie Redknapp also scoring in a 5-0 SDS Challenge Series victory over Shelbourne at Tolka Park in Dublin. 1945 - We thumped Preston North End 5-1 in a Wartime League game at Anfield, with Phil Taylor and Les Shannon both netting twice, and George Kaye bagging a penalty. On the move 2005 - Former reserves forward Ian Armstrong was released by Port Vale after seventeen goals in 101 outings. 2011 – Future reds loanee Nuri Şahin joined Real Madrid from Borussia Dortmund for €10m. However, he only made ten senior appearances while in Spain, netting once, before returning to Dortmund.
  13. Will

    6th May

    Champagne Charlie 1953 - Graeme Souness was born in Edinburgh. He won five League titles, three European Cups, four League Cups and three FA Charity Shields after signing from Middlesbrough for £352,000 in January 1978. He moved to Sampdoria for £650,000 in June 1984 after 55 goals in 359 games. He returned to Anfield as Manager in April 1991, although his time as reds boss was considerably less successful, with just one FA Cup triumph before his departure in January 1994. 1990 - Keeper Péter Gulácsi was born in Budapest. He joined on loan from MTK Hungária in August 2007, signing on permanently in September 2008. The young Hungarian made it into our bench 51 times, but failed to feature for the first team before joining Red Bull Salzburg in June 2013. 1994 – Another young custodian, Tyrell Belford, was born in Nuneaton. He arrived from Coventry City in the summer of 2009, aged just fifteen. He signed on professionally in July 2011, but moved to Swindon Town on a free transfer two years later after falling behind Gulácsi and Danny Ward in the pecking order. The first sighting of Saint Michael 1997 - Michael Owen netted on his reds debut, becoming our youngest ever scorer aged seventeen years and 144 days. He had come on as a substitute for Patrik Berger less than twenty minutes previously in our 2-1 defeat by Wimbledon at Selhurst Park, nabbing our consolation after a Jason Euell goal and one of Dean Holdsworth’s four strikes past the reds. 2006 - He became a father for the second time, to his first son, named James Michael. Missing out on the League 1991 - Our 2-1 defeat at Nottingham Forest handed the League title to Arsenal, their second in three seasons. Nigel Clough scored the opener with Jan Mølby netting our equaliser from the spot, while David Burrows was playing his hundredth game for the reds. Ian Woan bagged the winner. This game was postponed from the previous December. 1998 - We hosted the Gunners at Anfield after they had already clinched the League title, their first since that 1991 triumph. We thumped them 4-0, with Paul Ince bagging a brace, and Michael Owen and Øyvind Leonhardsen also on the scoresheet. Owen also had a penalty saved by Arsenal keeper Alex Manninger after Matthew Upson had fouled Steve McManaman. Red beginnings and ends 1898 - Centre-half Alex Raisbeck signed from Stoke City for £350. He played 341 times in eleven years, netting nineteen times and becoming our first skipper to lift the League title in 1901. He won a further League title five years later, as well as a Second Division championship, returning to the club in 1939 as a scout until his death ten years later. 1996 - At the other end of the reds spectrum, Phil Neal’s son Ashley played his final reserves game. 1939 – Right-back Tommy Cooper played his 160th and final reds game as we lost 2-0 at Manchester United in front of just 12,073 spectators. Johnny Hanlon bagged a brace as we ended the season in eleventh. Reaching a super cup final 1986 - Kevin Macdonald and Craig Johnston netted as we came from behind to beat Norwich City 3-1 at Anfield in the Semi-final second leg of the Screen Sport Super Cup, with Gary Brooke on target for the visitors. Jan Mølby added a penalty as we went through 4-2 on aggregate. The reds were presented with the League title prior to this game. The Final against Everton was held over until the following season - which we won, of course. Big wins We have twice won top-flight fixtures 4-1 on this day in history. 1922 - We beat West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns, with a Harry Beadles brace, his final reds strikes, and goals from Dick Forshaw and Jock McNab. Stan Davies struck one of his four goals past us. 1933 - Sheffield Wednesday lost at Anfield, centre-half Tom ‘Tiny’ Bradshaw put through his own net with Gordon Hodgson and Dave Wright both striking twice, as we finished the season in thirteenth position. Ton up Jameo 1995 – Keeper David James reached a century of reds games in our 2-0 defeat at Aston Villa, with Dwight Yorke netting two of his eight strikes against us. Most recently 2018 – We lost at Chelsea as Olivier Giroud headed in the only goal, one of his seven past us to date, as we stuttered towards a top-four finish in the League. Other birthdays 1971 - Former reserve keeper Jørgen Nielsen was born in Nykøbing Falster. The Dane never played a senior reds game, but he did sit on the bench 55 times following his £400,000 capture from Hvidovre in August 1997. 1969 - Another former reserve, midfielder Jim Magilton, was born in Belfast. He later had a successful career with Oxford United, Southampton and Ipswich Town before moving into management. Nando the champion 2001 – Future red Fernando Torres converted a penalty to hand Spain Under-16’s the European Championships, as they beat France 1-0 in the Final in the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, with Anthony Le Tallec and Florent Sinama-Pongolle both on the losing side. Firsts for Scotland 1959 - Motherwell’s Ian St. John won his first full international cap as Scotland beat West Germany 3-2 at Hampden Park. The Scots were managed by Andy Beattie, who had guested with the reds during the war, and later joined the backroom staff at Anfield after a successful management career. 1966 – Kenny Dalglish made his first international appearance, bagging a brace as the Under-15’s won 4-3 in Northern Ireland. New ground approved 2008 – The revised design for the club’s new stadium in Stanley Park was granted planning permission by Liverpool City Council. However, work never fully got underway and these plans have now been scrapped. Management ins and outs 1999 - Jan Mølby was appointed Manager of Kidderminster Harriers. He led them to the Conference title in his first season, and then mid-table Third Division safety in the next two years. 2004 - Steve McMahon resigned as Blackpool boss, with fellow ex-red Mark Seagraves dismissed as Assistant Manager on the same day. McMahon had guided the Seasiders to 102 wins in his 350 games in charge, leading them back out of the basement in his first full season, and mid-table security in his following three seasons. Reds on target 2003 – Future red Alberto Aquilani struck for Italy Under-19’s as they beat Northern Ireland 2-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Andria. 2009 – Christopher Buchtmann scored and was booked as Germany Under-17’s beat Turkey 3-1 in a European Championships Finals match in Erfurt, while future red Jonjo Shelvey featured as England drew 1-1 with the Netherlands in Gera. 2011 – Future red Samed Yeşil netted as Germany Under-17’s drew 1-1 with the Czech Republic in a European Championships Finals game in Serbia. Adam Morgan, Brad Smith and Raheem Sterling all featured as England lost 2-0 to Denmark in the same competition that day. 2019 – Ki-Jana Hoever played for the Dutch Under-17’s as they beat England 5-2 in a European Championships Finals group game in Dublin. Signing on 2017 – Scottish centre-back George Johnston signed professional terms with the reds. He is currently playing for the Under-23’s. 2011 – Midfielder Jay Spearing signed a new contract. He played 55 senior reds games without notching, moving on to Bolton Wanderers in August 2013 after a season-long loan there. 1992 - Future reds winger Mark Kennedy signed as a professional for Millwall. He went on to net twelve times in 54 games for the Lions, before moving to Anfield three years later. For John 1975 - We played in a testimonial match for Plymouth Argyle legend John Hore, with Brian Hall, Emlyn Hughes and Terry McDermott netting as we won 4-3 at Home Park, and Ray Clemence converting a penalty!
  14. Will

    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.
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    9th April

    Happy birthday God 1975 - Robbie Fowler was born in Toxteth. He scored 171 goals in 330 reds appearances in his first spell at Anfield, winning UEFA Cup, FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and two League Cups. He re-signed on a short-term contract in January 2006, striking a further twelve times in 39 games to become our fifth top all-time goalscorer, before moving on to Cardiff City in July 2007. 1995 - He was presented with the first of two consecutive PFA Young Player of the Year awards on his twentieth birthday. 2006 - Robbie scored on his 31st birthday, grabbing the only goal of our Premiership defeat of Bolton Wanderers at Anfield on the stroke of half time, our hundredth League goal under Rafael Benítez. 1965 - Former Assistant Manager Colin Pascoe was born in Port Talbot. He followed Brendan Rodgers to Anfield from Swansea City in the summer of 2012, being sacked in June 2015, just four months before his boss. 1904 - England international full-back and reds skipper Tom Cooper was born in Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent. He signed from Derby County for £7,500 in December 1934 but never scored in his 160 reds games and died on military duty in June 1940. 1994 – Former left-back Brad Smith was born in Penrith, Australia. He struck once in eleven senior games before moving on to Bournemouth for £6m in July 2016. On the way to Wembley 1988 - We beat Nottingham Forest 2-1 at Hillsborough in the FA Cup Semi-final, thanks to a John Aldridge brace that included a penalty as well as a strike that was later voted as the BBC’s Goal of the Season, with future red Nigel Clough bagging Forest’s consolation. This was our 4,000th first-class fixture. 1955 - We also faced Forest, losing a Second Division match 3-1 at the City Ground, with Billy Liddell netting and centre-half Alex South playing his seventh and final reds game. James Barrett bagged the first two of his four goals against the reds, with Jackie French also on target past us. Final goals 1994 - Full-back Julian Dicks scored a penalty to win our League fixture with Ipswich Town. This was our last first-team goal in front of the standing Kop, and his third and final reds goal. The game kicked off at 11:30am to avoid clashing with the Grand National. 1983 – David Fairclough grabbed his 55th and final reds goal, coming off the bench in our 3-0 defeat of Swansea City at Anfield. Ian Rush and Sammy Lee had already scored. Current Assistant Manager Colin Pascoe made his full debut for the Swans in this game. Out of the Champions League 2002 - Michael Owen missed several good chances while playing his 200th reds game as we went crashing out of the Champions League at the Quarter-final stage. The game in the BayArena swung one way and then another, as we eventually lost 4-2 to Bayer 04 Leverkusen on the night, and 4-3 on aggregate. Our goals came from Abel Xavier and Jari Litmanen. Michael Ballack bagged a brace for the home side, with Dimitar Berbatov bagging the first of his five goals against the reds and Lúcio also on target. A debut to be sure 1995 - Young Irish winger Mark Kennedy made his reds debut in our 1-0 home League defeat by Leeds United as Brian Deane struck one of his eight goals past us. Disaster at Goodison 1909 - Everton thumped five goals past Sam Hardy in the Liverpool goal without reply, in a First Division encounter. This remains our worst defeat at Goodison Park. Bertie Freeman scored the first two of his nine goals against us, with Tim Coleman nabbing one of his five and Bob Turner and Wattie White also netting. Trebles galore 1917 - Fred Pagnam and Donald Mackinlay both bagged trebles as we thumped Southport Central 7-0 in a Wartime League match at Ash Lane. Arthur Goddard nabbed the other. 1901 - Sam Raybould struck three as we won 4-3 at Cumberland in a friendly, with Jack Cox also on the scoresheet. 2004 - Thierry Henry scored three of his nine strikes against the reds as we lost 4-2 at Arsenal despite twice leading, through Sami Hyypiä and Michael Owen. Robert Pires scored the home side’s other goal, one of his four past us. 1932 - We also faced the Gunners, with Ted Hancock bagging his second and final reds goal and Danny McRorie also on target in a 2-1 victory, with Jack Lambert scoring one of his seven goals against the reds. Three times against City 2005 - We lost 1-0 at the City Of Manchester Stadium in our 500th Premier League match, falling to a late Kiki Musampa goal. We have also twice hosted Manchester City in top-flight matches on this day in history. 1949 - We lost 1-0. 1977 - Kevin Keegan and Steve Heighway were on target in a 2-1 Easter Saturday win to move us three points ahead of the visitors. Brian Kidd netted for City, one of his six goals against the reds. Mixed fortunes against Spurs 2000 - We defeated Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 at Anfield, thanks to goals from Patrik Berger and Michael Owen. 1965 - We went down 3-0 at White Hart Lane in another top-flight meeting. Alf’s half ton 1938 – Outside-left Alf Hanson bagged his fiftieth reds goal in our 4-2 top-flight victory over Blackpool at Anfield. Phil Taylor and Berry Nieuwenhuys also netted, with Willie Fagan converting a penalty. International debuts 1938 - Preston North End’s Bill Shankly made his Scotland debut as they lost 1-0 to England at Wembley in the British International Championships, which was the first international to be screened live on BBC television. His clubmate, full-back Andy Beattie also played. Beattie went on to guest for the reds during the war, before linking up with Shanks again at Huddersfield Town, as well as joining our backroom staff later in life. 1960 – Andy Beattie managed Scotland, picking future red Ian St. John for their 1-1 British International Championships draw with England at Hampden Park. 1921 - Reds centre-forward Robert Matthews won his first official cap for Wales as they beat Ireland 2-1 in Swansea in the same competition, with clubmates Elisha Scott and Billy Lacey on the losing side. International endings 1904 - Future reds forward Ronald ‘Wee’ Orr won his second and final cap for Scotland as they lost 1-0 to England in the British International Championships at Celtic Park. Future clubmate Alex Raisbeck was his skipper that day. 1921 - Ex-red Tom Miller won his third and last Scotland cap as they beat England 3-0 at Hampden Park in the same competition. Reds forward Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers played for the away side. Pepe signs on 2010 - Pepe Reina signed a new contract until 2016. He kept an impressive 177 clean sheets in 394 reds outings, moving on to Bayern München for £2m in August 2014 after a season on loan at SSC Napoli. Barmby starts out 1991 - Nick Barmby signed as a professional for Tottenham Hotspur. He went on to bag 28 goals in 110 Spurs games before moving to Middlesbrough for £5.25m in August 1995. Other internationals in action 2002 - Roy Hodgson was appointed Manager of United Arab Emirates, remaining in charge until January 2004. 1989 - Future red Ronnie Rosenthal netted in Israel’s 2-2 World Cup qualifying draw with New Zealand in Auckland. 1932 – Future reds left-back Ernie Blenkinsop captained England for the second of four occasions in their 3-0 defeat of Scotland in the British International Championships at Wembley, with future reds forward Tosh Johnson also on the winning side. David’s farewell 2011 - David Fairclough’s wife Jan died, following a brain haemorrhage.
  16. 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.
  17. Will

    28th March

    Cup final glory 1984 - Joe Fagan won his first trophy as reds boss as a Graeme Souness strike handed us the Milk Cup in a replay at Maine Road against Everton. 1902 - We also faced Everton with our friendly at Goodison ending goalless. In comes Cally 1960 - Ian Callaghan signed as a professional. He went on to make a record 857 reds appearances, netting 68 times as he helped us to five League titles, two FA Cups, one European Cup, two UEFA Cups, UEFA Super Cup and three FA Charity Shields. 1898 – Half-back Barney Battles re-signed from Dundee for £20, but only played once before joining Celtic for a third spell seven months later. He had won the title two years running in Scotland, for Hearts in 1895 and then Celtic, joining the reds for six weeks for the first time on loan at the end of the 1895/96 season where he featured in two Second Division games and three of the four Test matches as we secured promotion, for which he received a special gold medal and a cheque for a “handsome sum”. Semi-final glory 1914 - We reached our first Cup Final, beating Aston Villa 2-0 at White Hart Lane thanks to a brace from James Nicholl. Ex-red Sam Hardy was in the Villa goal that day. 1908 - Anfield hosted the biggest ever FA Cup Semi-final win as Newcastle United beat Fulham 6-0. Reds debuts 1936 - Future boss Phil Taylor netted very late on to secure a point on his first-team bow, with Fred Howe also on target in our 2-2 draw at Derby County. Matt Busby missed a penalty as Sammy Crooks bagged one of his six goals against the reds, with Reg Stockill also on target. 1932 – Forward Ted Hancock debuted as we lost 3-0 to Huddersfield Town at Anfield, with Wilf Bott scoring the first of his five goals past us, Dave Mangnall netting the first of his seven against the reds, and George Crownshaw also on the scoresheet. 1953 - Forward Eric Anderson made the first of his 76 reds appearances as we were beaten 2-1 by Charlton Athletic at Anfield, with Jimmy Payne nabbing our consolation. Future red John Evans bagged one of his six goals against the reds, with Stuart Leary netting the first of his six past us. 1866 - Scottish inside-right Jimmy Ross was born in Edinburgh. The ‘little demon’ signed from the ‘invincible’ Preston North End for a club record £75 in August 1894, helping us to the Second Division title, scoring 39 times in 85 reds games and captaining the side before joining Burnley in March 1897. He was a key player in the formation of the Association Footballers’ Union in February 1898, founded in protest at wage restrictions imposed by the FA, and sadly died aged just 36 in June 1902 having succumbed to an acute skin disease. Trebles galore 1962 - Ian St. John scored a second-half hat-trick as we beat Rotherham United 4-1 in a Second Division game at Anfield, after Roger Hunt had opened the scoring in our most recent League meeting with the Merry Millers. This was his 37th League strike of the season, beating Gordon Hodgson’s club record of 36 set during 1930/31. Don Weston bagged one of his four goals against the reds in a game originally postponed from Christmas. 1942 - Billy Liddell bagged a treble in a 5-2 Wartime League defeat of Rochdale at Anfield. Dicky Dorsett and Stan Polk also struck. 1896 - Centre-forward George Allan netted a hat-trick as we achieved our record equal away League win, 7-0 at Crewe Alexandra. Malcolm McVean bagged a brace, with Joe McQue and Frank Becton also on target that day in what remains the most recent League encounter between the two sides. Final goals 1959 - Louis Bimpson grabbed his 39th and final reds goal as we lost 2-1 at Lincoln City in a Second Division meeting. Andy Graver struck one of his five goals against the reds, with Roy Chapman also scoring. 1908 – Forward Charlie Hewitt netted his sixth and last goal for the reds in our 3-1 top-flight defeat at Bury. Tom Kay nabbed one of his five goals past us, with Billy Hibbert netting the first two of his thirteen. 1894 – Left-back Duncan McLean bagged his sixth and final reds goal in our 3-2 Second Division win at Northwich Victoria. John Givens and Hugh McQueen also got on the scoresheet. Mixed fortunes against the Mackems 2010 – We beat Sunderland 3-0 in a Premiership game at Anfield. Fernando Torres bagged a brace, with his first strike being a spectacular effort from distance, while Glen Johnson was also on target. 1910 – We lost 2-1 in another top-flight encounter, with inside-forward James Stewart bagging our goal at Roker Park and defender Tom Chorlton putting through his own net. Willie Clark also struck for the home side. Off, off and off 1998 - Barnsley had Darren Bernard, Chris Morgan and Darren Sheridan all sent off as we won 3-2 at Oakwell, thanks to a Karl-Heinz Riedle brace and a last-minute goal from Steve McManaman. Neil Redfearn struck twice, including one from the spot. End of the road for Heighway 1981 - Steve Heighway made his 331st and final League appearance for the reds as we lost at Arsenal, with Alan Sunderland netting the only goal of the game, one of his six against the reds. 1967 - We also visited Highbury with Alf Arrowsmith on target in a 1-1 draw, a day after our goalless meeting at Anfield. Future Gunners boss George Graham struck one of his four goals past us. Up against the Foxes 2004 - We held Leicester City to a goalless draw at the Walkers Stadium, with Dietmar Hamann playing his 200th reds game. 1964 - Roger Hunt and Alf Arrowsmith were on target as we won 2-0 at Filbert Street, despite being without suspended skipper Ron Yeats. Gordon’s last 1931 - Gordon Hodgson won his third and final cap for England as they lost 2-0 to Scotland in a British International Championships game at Hampden Park. Future reds left-back Ernie Blenkinsop also played for England. On the same day, forward Bob Clark struck his eleventh goal in his 42nd and final reds game as we beat Portsmouth 3-1 at Anfield, with Jimmy McDougall and Dave Wright also on target. 1891 – Future red James Cleland won his only Scotland cap as they beat Northern Ireland 2-1 in the British International Championships at Celtic Park. Digger’s half century 1990 - John Barnes won his fiftieth cap for England as they beat Brazil 1-0 in a friendly at Wembley. Clubmates Peter Beardsley and Steve McMahon both also featured. On the same day, the Republic of Ireland secured their first win over Wales, at the fifth attempt. Ronnie Whelan skippered a side that also included Steve Staunton and ex-red Kevin Sheedy, while Ian Rush was on the losing side. Young debutants 1995 - Vladimír Šmicer debuted for the Czech Republic Under-21’s as they beat Belarus 2-0 in a European Championships qualifier. On the same day, Sami Hyypiä grabbed a brace as Finland won 6-0 in San Marino, the fourth of five consecutive Under-21’s games in which he was on target. 2011 – Ex-reds winger Adam Hammill won his first cap for England Under-21’s as they lost 2-1 to Iceland in a friendly at Deepdale. On the same day, Adam Morgan, Brad Smith and Raheem Sterling all featured for England Under-17’s as they won 2-1 at Belgium in a European Championships Elite Round qualifier, while future red Christian Benteke played for Belgium Under-21’s. Cut by the Blades We have twice been beaten by Sheffield United in this day in history. 1903 - Jack Cox and Sam Raybould were on target in a 4-2 defeat at Anfield. Walter Bennett scored the last of his five goals against the reds, with Ernest Needham converting a penalty and Archie Needham and Bert Lipsham also scoring. 1992 - We lost 2-0 at Bramall Lane, with Brian Deane bagging two of his eight goals against us. On the move 1995 - Dominic Matteo joined Sunderland on loan. He played just one first-team game while on Wearside, returning to establish himself at Anfield. 2002 - Maxi Rodríguez joined R.C.D. Espanyol from Club Atlético Newell’s Old Boys for £4m. He bagged 26 goals in 110 La Liga outings, before joining Club Atlético de Madrid for €5m in July 2005. 1991 - Former Under-13’s Coach Mike Sheron joined Bury on loan from Manchester City, netting once in five outings for the Shakers. Deano’s last 2001 - Ex-red Dean Saunders won his 75th and final Welsh cap, alongside future red Paul Jones, as they drew 1-1 with the Ukraine in a World Cup tie in Cardiff, with another future red Craig Bellamy booked while winning his last cap as a Coventry City player. On the same day, Don Hutchison won his final cap as a Sunderland player as Scotland thumped San Marino 4-0 at Hampden Park. Fellow ex-red Dominic Matteo also played. Meanwhile, Michael Owen netted in England’s 3-1 win in Albania, playing alongside Emile Heskey and ex-red Steve McManaman. Future red Fernando Morientes was on target as Spain beat France 2-1 in a friendly in Valencia. Vladimír Šmicer, Christian Ziege, future reds Yossi Benayoun, Jerzy Dudek and Steve Finnan, and ex-reds Brad Friedel and Jim Magilton also played for their countries, with Robbie Keane claiming his second and final cap while on loan at Leeds United from Internazionale. 2003 - Future reds centre-forward Peter Crouch won his sixth and final England Under-21’s cap as they lost a European Championships qualifier 4-2 in Portugal, with fellow future reds Joe Cole, Paul Konchesky and Jermaine Pennant also in the side. 2005 - Future reds reserves forward Michael Nardiello won his fifth and last Under-16’s cap as a Manchester United player as England beat the Ivory Coast 2-0 in the fifth-place play-off in the Montaigu Tournament in France. 2007 - Ryan Babel won his last cap as an Ajax player, with Dirk Kuyt also featuring as the Netherlands won a Euro 2008 qualifier 1-0 in Slovenia. Young Hungarians on target 2006 - Future reds reserves forward Krisztián Németh grabbed a brace, including a penalty, for Hungary Under-17’s as they beat Ukraine 4-0 in the Elite Round of European Championships qualifiers in Portugal. Jerzy Dudek played for his country on the same day. 2007 - András Simon was booked as they lost 1-0 to Norway at the same stage in Périgny in France. Stevie at the double 2007 - Steven Gerrard struck twice as England laboured to a 3-0 Euro 2008 qualifying win in Andorra. Future red Yossi Benayoun was also on target in the same group as Israel thumped Estonia 4-0 in Tel-Aviv. Fernando Torres won his final cap while with Club Atlético de Madrid as Spain beat Iceland 1-0 in another qualifier. Meanwhile, Daniel Agger, Xabi Alonso, Craig Bellamy, Djibril Cissé, Steve Finnan, Sami Hyypiä, John Arne Riise, future reds Stewart Downing, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Raúl Meireles, Christian Poulsen, Martin Škrtel and Andriy Voronin and ex-reds Nicolas Anelka, Milan Baroš, Jari Litmanen and Fernando Morientes all also turned out for their countries, with Roy Hodgson taking charge of Finland. 2003 – Future reds Xabi Alonso, Albert Riera and Fernando Torres were all booked as Spain Under-21’s held the Ukraine to a goalless European Championships qualifying draw in Kiev. 2017 – Philippe Coutinho scored as Brazil beat Paraguay 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier in São Paulo, with Roberto Firmino and future red Alisson Becker also playing. Ex-red Christian Benteke bagged a brace as Belgium drew 3-3 with Russia in a friendly in Sochi. Caoimhin Kelleher, Ragnar Klavan, Simon Mignolet, Gini Wijnaldum, future red Ki-Jana Hoever and ex-red Iago Aspas all also played for their countries that day. Future red Dominic Solanke netted for England Under-20’s as they beat Senegal 2-0 in a tournament game in France. 2014 – Solanke featured for England Under-17’s as they beat Albania 1-0 in a European Championships qualifier in the Czech Republic, with fellow future red Joe Gomez also in action. Reds on target 2009 - Dirk Kuyt converted a penalty while winning his fiftieth cap as the Netherlands beat Scotland 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Amsterdam. Future red Maxi Rodríguez struck as Argentina thumped Venezuela 4-0 in another qualifier, with Javier Mascherano skippering the side. Emile Heskey bagged his first England goal as an Aston Villa player as England beat Slovakia 4-0 in a friendly at Wembley, with Stewart Downing winning his final cap as a Middlesbrough player and Steven Gerrard, Martin Škrtel, future red Glen Johnson and ex-reds Peter Crouch and David James all also featuring. Meanwhile, future red Milan Jovanović scored in Serbia’s 3-2 World Cup win in Romania. Also in international action that day were Daniel Agger, Xabi Alonso, Yossi Benayoun, Sami Hyypiä, Fernando Torres, future reds Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Christian Poulsen and Luis Suárez and ex-reds Milan Baroš, Craig Bellamy, Robbie Keane, Jari Litmanen, John Arne Riise, Daniel Sjölund and Rigobert Song, with John Toshack managing Wales in their 2-0 Cardiff defeat by Finland. 2015 - Joe Allen, future red Gini Wijnaldum and ex-reds Javier Mascherano, Nikolay Mihaylov and Maxi Rodríguez all played for their countries, with Christian Benteke bagging his last Belgium goal as an Aston Villa player in their 5-0 European Championships qualifying thumping of Cyprus in Brussels. Future red Dominic Solanke netted while winning his last cap for England Under-18’s as they thumped Switzerland 6-1 in a friendly in Walsall, with Sheyi Ojo also in action, as Joe Gomez featured for the Under-19’s. 2016 – Allen again played for Wales, in their 1-0 friendly defeat in the Ukraine, with future red Kamil Grabara also in international action. 2013 – Gomez played for England Under-17’s as they beat Slovenia 2-1 in a friendly in Burton. Another award for Stevie 2007 - Steven Gerrard’s autobiography won the Tesco Sports Book of the Year at the Galaxy British Book Awards. Jones back to Wales 2002 - Ex-reserves forward Lee Jones re-joined Wrexham from Barnsley on a free transfer. He netted nineteen times in 56 games during this spell at the Racecourse Ground. Spurred into action 1988 – John Barnes and Kenny Dalglish both turned out as guests for a Tottenham Hotspur XI against Manchester United in a testimonial match for Danny Thomas, with United winning 3-2.
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