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  1. Will

    20th September

    Goalscoring feats at St. James’ Park 1987 - Steve Nicol grabbed a hat-trick in our 4-1 win at Newcastle United in front of the live TV cameras, following John Aldridge’s opener, who also had another strike disallowed for offside. Neil McDonald converted from the spot for the home side. 1961 - Right-half Gordon Milne scored his first reds goal to help us to a 2-1 Second Division win there, with our other score coming from a George Heslop own goal. Kevin Lewis had a penalty saved by United keeper Dave Hollins. Dirk off the mark 2006 - Dirk Kuyt grabbed his first reds goal, and 150th career strike to date, which was also our fiftieth Premier League strike against Newcastle United. We won 2-0 at Anfield, with Luis García playing his hundredth reds game. Xabi Alonso spectacularly scored from inside his own half, the second time he had managed that feat for the reds that year. Quick-fire Billy 1958 - Billy Liddell scored after sixteen seconds, with Ronnie Moran putting through his own net to level the score at Bristol City in our Second Division meeting. He added another in the second half, with wing-half Bobby Campbell grabbing the first of his two reds goals as we won 3-1. This was Liddell’s third brace in six games. Barney Rubble departs 1985 - Left-back Alan Kennedy was sold to Sunderland for £100,000. He is best remembered for his winning strikes in two European Cup Finals, but also won five League titles, four League Cups and three FA Charity Shields after moving from Newcastle United for £330,000 in August 1978, netting twenty times in 359 appearances. Off the mark 2015 – Substitute Danny Ings bagged his first reds goal as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Norwich City, with Lucas Leiva playing his 200th League game for the club. Unfortunately, Russell Martin capitalised on a Simon Mignolet error to equalise. Happy birthdays 1922 - Left-back Eddie Spicer was born in Liverpool. He was decorated for bravery whilst serving with the Royal Marines in the Second World War, going on to score twice in 168 reds games, helping us to the first post-war League title and playing in the 1950 FA Cup Final. Unfortunately, a second broken leg ended his career in December 1953. 1895 - Full-back Tommy Lucas was born in St. Helens. He signed from Alexandra Victoria in 1916 and played 366 reds games, netting three times, winning one League title and captaining England in his time at Anfield. He moved on to Clapton Orient in July 1933. 2003 – Midfielder James Balagizi was born in Manchester. He signed pro terms in September 2020, having joined as an Under-11 from Manchester City. A wise move 2012 – Defender Andre Wisdom netted on his reds bow as we won our UEFA Europa League group game 5-3 at BSC Young Boys, with winger Oussama Assaidi and midfielder Suso also debuting. Juhani Ojala scored an own goal after just three minutes, with Wisdom nodding us back in front after an equaliser from Raphael Nuzzolo. Ojala and then Gonzalo Zárate struck after the break to turn the game around, before Sebastián Coates headed us level, with substitute Jonjo Shelvey bagging a brace to secure victory. Thiago’s bow 2020 - Thiago Alcântara debuted as we won 2-0 behind closed doors at Chelsea, with Andreas Christensen sent off for the home side on the stroke of half time. Sadio Mané bagged a brace early in the second half, with Alisson Becker later saving a penalty from Jorginho. East end despair 2014 – We lost 3-1 at West Ham United, with Winston Reid and Diafra Sakho putting the Irons two up inside the first ten minutes, with ex-red Stewart Downing effectively man-marking Steven Gerrard. Raheem Sterling struck past future red Adrián to give the reds hope, but Morgan Amalfitano completed the scoring late on. This meant we set a new club record of scoring in seventeen consecutive away games in the top flight, a record that eventually stopped at eighteen. Happy birthday Jerome 1996 – Forward Jerome Sinclair was born in Birmingham. He arrived from West Bromwich Albion’s Academy aged fourteen in the summer of 2011, becoming our youngest ever player in September 2012, aged sixteen years and six days, when he featured in a League Cup Third Round tie at his old club. He eventually struck once in five senior appearances before he moved to Watford for £4m in June 2016. Out-foxed again 2003 - Michael Owen netted from the spot before Emile Heskey struck the winner against his old club Leicester City at Anfield for the third consecutive season as we won 2-1, with Marcus Bent bagging a very late consolation for the visitors. Disappointment at The Dell 1986 - Kevin MacDonald broke his leg shortly after coming on as a substitute as we lost 2-1 at Southampton, with Steve McMahon equalising after David Armstrong opened the scoring with the last of his four goals against the reds. However, Glenn Cockerill struck the winner for the Saints. 1980 - Graeme Souness and David Fairclough netted as we drew 2-2, with Phil Neal missing a penalty. Avi Cohen was heavily criticised in the Israeli press for playing on the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. 1997 - We also drew on the south coast, with Karl-Heinz Riedle nabbing our goal before Kevin Davies equalised with the first of his four strikes past us. A milestone day at Old Trafford 2004 - We lost 2-1 at Manchester United, as we benefited from a John O’Shea own goal, sandwiched between a Mikael Silvestre brace for the home side. Steven Gerrard broke a bone in his foot in front of 67,857, the largest crowd to watch the reds in the Premier League to that point. This was our 2,000th away League match, and 4,000th League game overall, as United reached 200 League goals against us, with keeper Jerzy Dudek playing his hundredth reds game, and Ryan Giggs appearing for the 600th time for United. 1893 - We had previously visited United, playing Newton Heath as they were then known in a friendly at Bank Street. Patrick Gordon, Hugh McQueen and Malcolm McVean all struck as we won 3-0. Centenary defeat 1988 - We lost 2-1 at Arsenal in the Mercantile Credit Centenary Trophy, staged to celebrate a hundred years of the Football League. Perry Groves opened the scoring in the first half with Steve Staunton bagging a late equaliser with his first reds goal, but Brian Marwood struck the winner. Charlie Boyd sat on our bench for one of only two times, on his nineteenth birthday. Derby joy 1913 - Billy Lacey struck a brace as we beat Everton 2-1 at Goodison Park in a First Division meeting, to secure our first win of the season in our fourth fixture. Full-back Sam Speakman made the first of his 26 reds appearances in this game. 2016 – Centre-half Ragnar Klavan opened the scoring with his first reds goal as we won 3-0 at Derby County in a League Cup Third Round match, as midfielder Ovie Ejaria and keeper Loris Karius made their debuts. Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi both scored after the break. Bill begins 1924 – Defender Bill Cockburn played the first of his 67 reds games as we held Bury to a goalless draw at Gigg Lane in a top-flight meeting. Mixed fortunes against the Villains We have faced Aston Villa three times in the top flight on this day in history, winning twice. 1975 - John Toshack, Kevin Keegan and Jimmy Case all netted in the final half hour as we won 3-0 at home. 1919 - Dick Forshaw bagged the only goal of the game at Villa Park to hand us victory, which was the first of his 124 reds strikes. 1930 - Gordon Hodgson struck a brace as we lost 4-2 in the Midlands. Eric Houghton scored the first of his six goals against the reds, with George Brown netting one of his nine, Billy Walker one of his five past us, and Tom Waring nabbing the first of his six. Three times against the Potters 2008 - We were held to a goalless draw by Stoke City at Anfield, with Steven Gerrard having a legitimate second-minute free-kick strike ruled out. 1969 - We saw off the Potters 3-1 at home, with Emlyn Hughes on target in his hundredth League game for the reds. Roger Hunt and Ian Callaghan also struck in our tenth consecutive League defeat of Stoke. 1902 - Leigh Roose struck through the wrong net in the second minute as were held to a 1-1 top-flight draw by Stoke in L4. Beattie beaten 1983 - Andy Beattie died, aged seventy. He guested for the reds at full-back during the Second World War, and later spent some time on our backroom staff. He managed a host of clubs as well as the Scotland national side, working with Bill Shankly at Huddersfield Town, having played alongside him at Preston North End. Young Englanders 1983 - Future red Paul Walsh grabbed a brace as England Under-21’s beat their Danish counterparts 4-1 in a European Championships qualifier at Carrow Road. Ex-red Dave Watson and future red Mark Walters both made their debuts in this game, while fellow future red Mark Wright also played. 2003 - Michael Foley-Sheridan and David Raven both played for their countries at Under-19’s level in European Championships qualifiers, with the latter making his debut for England at this level. The Republic of Ireland trounced San Marino 10-1 in Serravalle, while England beat Liechtenstein 2-0 in Moscow. 2010 – Samed Yeşil scored his first goal for Germany Under-17’s as they drew a friendly 2-2 with Italy in Elversberg with fellow future red Emre Can also featuring. 1950 – Centre-half Laurie Hughes played for an England World Cup XI against the FA Canadian Touring Team in the FA Charity Shield at Stamford Bridge, with England winning 4-2. Reds aiming to go to Italy 1978 - Phil Neal scored his third goal in four England games as they won 4-3 in a European Championships qualifier in Denmark. Emlyn Hughes skippered a side that also included Ray Clemence and ex-red Kevin Keegan, who netted twice. On the same day, Steve Heighway and future red Mark Lawrenson both played in the first ever senior international between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, at Lansdowne Road. Meanwhile, Kenny Dalglish and Graeme Souness both appeared for Scotland in their 3-2 win in Austria, as they too opened their campaign to qualify for the finals in Italy. Nice one Cyril 1941 - Cyril Done scored a hat-trick as we beat Manchester City 4-2 in a Wartime League game at Anfield, with Dickie Dorsett netting the other. Twice against the Trotters 1897 – Forward Dan Cunliffe bagged a brace with John McCartney also on target as we beat Bolton Wanderers 3-1 in a friendly at Anfield. 1947 - The Trotters returned for a First Division fixture, with the game this time ending goalless. Jameo saves 1995 - David James saved a penalty from Michael Gray as we beat Sunderland 2-0 in a League Cup Second Round first leg match at Anfield, thanks to goals from Steve McManaman and substitute Michael Thomas. Fabs at the Olympics 2000 – Future red Fábio Aurélio played for Brazil as they beat Japan 1-0 in an Olympics match in Brisbane. Only cap 1989 – Future reds goalkeeping coach José Ochotorena won his only cap in Spain’s 1-0 friendly defeat of Poland in A Coruña. On the move 2013 – Argentine ex-reserves midfielder Gerardo Bruna signed for Spanish Segunda División B side S.D. Huesca, netting once in seventeen outings during his one season there. 2016 – Former Assistant Manager Pako Ayestarán was sacked as Head Coach of Valencia, having only been in charge for three months. Other reds game 1952 – We beat Middlesbrough 4-1 at Anfield, with Jimmy Payne, Jack Smith, Bryan Williams and Kevin Baron all on target. Also in international action 2006 – Future red Astrit Ajdarević appeared for Sweden Under-17’s as they drew 1-1 with Liechtenstein in a European Championships qualifier in Greece. 2001 - Future reds Javier Mascherano and Fernando Torres faced each other in the Under-17’s World Championship Finals in Trinidad, with Argentina beating Spain 4-2. 1977 – Joey Jones and John Toshack both featured as Wales drew a friendly 0-0 in Kuwait.
  2. Will

    10th June

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

    1st August

    Mixed fortunes for Mark 1963 - Mark Wright was born in Dorchester. He was Graeme Souness’ first signing as Manager, arriving from Derby County for £2.2m in July 1991, and notched nine times in 210 reds appearances, the most memorable coming when he lifted the FA Cup at Wembley in 1992. 1998 - A sadder milestone for Mark, as his contract with the reds came to end and he was forced to retire from football due to injury. New boss 1895 – Director John McKenna was appointed as the club’s Secretary, taking charge of 36 games as we claimed the Second Division title. He then confined himself to board duties until July 1921, having two lengthy spells as the club’s Chairman. He was later Chairman of the Football League for two decades. Happy birthday Jameo 1970 – Keeper David James was born in Welwyn Garden City. He signed from Watford for £1m in July 1992, making 277 appearances before being sold to Aston Villa for £1.7m in June 1999, having helped us to claim the League Cup in 1995 and FA Cup Final the following year. 1973 – Former reserves coach Antonio Gómez Pérez was born in Madrid. He joined the reds from Albacete Balompié in June 2009 to work with John McMahon, leaving for Real Valladolid a year later. Feliz Cumpleaños Iago 1987 – Spanish forward Iago Aspas was born in Moaña in Galicia. He signed from Real Club Celta de Vigo for £7.7m in June 2013, notching just once in fifteen senior outings. He returned to his former club for €5m in June 2015, having spent the previous season on loan at Sevilla. Quasi off the mark 1987 - Peter Beardsley scored his first reds goal as we beat Danish side Vejle 3-0 in a pre-season friendly. He had arrived from Newcastle United for a record £1.9m just a week earlier. Craig Johnston and John Aldridge scored our other goals. We have also beaten four other Nordic sides in pre-season friendlies on this day. 1986 - We defeated Swedes IS Halmia 3-0 thanks to goals from Craig Johnston, Ronnie Whelan and Kevin MacDonald. 1989 - Ian Rush and Swede Glenn Hysén netted as we won 2-1 at Malmö FF. 1991 - We beat Rosenborg BK 3-2 in the Norway Cup in the Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo, with Dean Saunders adding a brace to a Jan Mølby penalty. 2015 – We beat HJK Helsinki 2-0 in the Olympiastadion, with our goals coming from Divock Origi and Philippe Coutinho. Red debutants 2016 – Keeper Alex Manninger played his first reds game as we lost 2-1 to Roma in an International Champions Cup game in St. Louis, Missouri. Lucas was sent off while remaining on the bench! Sheyi Ojo struck the equaliser after Edin Džeko gave the Italians the lead, with future red Mohamed Salah bagging the winning goal. 2010 – Joe Cole and youngsters Raheem Sterling, Suso and Danny Wilson all played their first reds games as we lost 1-0 in a friendly at Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Borussia-Park. 1979 - We beat the same opposition 4-2 at their old Bökelbergstadion, thanks to goals from Terry McDermott, Kenny Dalglish, Ray Kennedy and Graeme Souness. 2011 – Centre-half Stephen Sama played his first reds game as we drew a friendly 3-3 with Vålerenga in Oslo. Andy Carroll was on target with Daniel Agger bagging a brace, while this was the fifth consecutive match that pre-season in which we conceded three goals. On the same day, Michael Ngoo won his first England Under-20’s cap as they held Argentina to a goalless draw in their World Championship Finals group game in Colombia. Starting out 1996 - David Thompson officially signed for the reds as a professional. He was followed in subsequent years by young full-back Stephen Wright in 1997, and then forward Jon Newby the next year. 1974 - John Wark signed on as a professional for Ipswich Town. He went on to bag an impressive 181 goals in 678 games in three spells with the Tractor boys. 2001 - Glen Johnson signed professional terms for West Ham United. Leaving Anfield 2018 – Ben Woodburn moved to Sheffield United for the season, although he returned to Anfield early after only eight senior appearances for the Blades. 2013 – Left-back Jack Robinson joined Blackpool on loan, playing 36 times in his season with the Tangerines. 2004 - Young French centre-back Carl Medjani joined Lorient on loan. He played 25 League games for them before returning to Anfield, but later singed for them permanently. 1998 - Michael Thomas left Anfield, signing for SL Benfica on a free transfer after twelve goals in 163 reds games. He played just five League games in Portugal in his two years there before returning to England to join Wimbledon. 1930 – Forward Harry Race was sold to Manchester City for £3,000. He had signed from Raby United in February 1928, scoring eighteen times in 43 reds games. Claiming the cup 1998 - Goals from Patrik Berger and Michael Owen saw off Leeds United in the Final of the Carlsberg Trophy at Lansdowne Road in Dublin as we won 2-0. Reaching another final 2017 – Sadio Mané, Mohamed Salah and Daniel Sturridge netted as we beat Bayern München 3-0 in the Audi Cup Semi-final at their Allianz Arena. Friendly disappointments 2006 - We lost 2-0 to Grasshopper-Club Zürich in Hardturm. 2003 - We held Ajax to a goalless draw in The Sony Amsterdam Tournament 2003 at the Amsterdam ArenA. 1980 – We lost 4-3 at Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht, with David Fairclough bagging a brace and Terry McDermott also on target. Rushie off the mark 1987 - Ian Rush scored in his first game for Juventus, as they won a friendly 2-0 at Lucerne. Reds in Olympian opposition 2012 – Future red Daniel Sturridge netted the only goal as Great Britain beat Uruguay in an Olympics Finals group game at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. The two sides were both skippered by reds, Craig Bellamy and Luis Suárez, with Sebastián Coates and future reds Joe Allen and Steven Caulker also in action. On the same day, future red Sadio Mané featured as Senegal drew 1-1 with United Arab Emirates in Coventry as they joined Great Britain in the knock-out stages. Meanwhile, future red Mohamed Salah struck in his third consecutive group game as Egypt beat Belarus 3-1 at Hampden Park. Boss moves 2002 - Former reserves centre-back Dave Watson was sacked as Manager of Tranmere Rovers after fourteen months in charge. They had finished in mid-table in the Second Division in his one full season as boss. 2020 – Harry Kewell was appointed Manager of Oldham Athletic, but was sacked the following March after leading them to seventeen wins in 41 games in charge. Transfers galore A host of future reds have switched clubs on this day over the years. 1990 - Stan Collymore signed for Stafford Rangers from Wolverhampton Wanderers. 1995 - Patrik Berger left SK Slavia Praha for Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund. 1997 - Christian Ziege signed for AC Milan from Bayern München. 1999 - Jari Litmanen joined Barcelona from Ajax, having turned down the opportunity to come to Anfield. 2007 – Hungarian keeper Ádám Bogdán joined Bolton Wanderers from hometown club Vasas. 2017 – Keeper Shamal George signed a new contract with the reds, joining Carlisle United on loan on the same day, making seven senior appearances that campaign, but was released by the reds this summer. Meanwhile, forward Taiwo Awoniyi joined Royal Excelsior Mouscron on loan, scoring ten times in 31 outings. 1906 – Scottish inside-left Bill McPherson signed from St. Mirren, bagging seventeen goals in 55 outings including one on his debut against Woolwich Arsenal, before returning north of the border to join Rangers in May 1908. Ex-reds on the move 1998 - Legendary reds striker Ian Rush signed for Wrexham as Player/Coach, having left Newcastle United earlier that year. He failed to score in 24 appearances for them, a disappointing end to a glittering career. On the same day, Mike Marsh joined Conference side Barrow, having left Southend United the previous December. 1997 - Ex-loanee keeper Mark Prudhoe joined Bradford City from Stoke City for £70,000. 2002 – Former reserves defender Neil Murphy left Blackpool for Altrincham on a free transfer. 2006 - Ex-reserves keeper Paul Harrison joined Hereford United from Chester City on non-contract terms.
  4. Will

    30th August

    Central moves 2014 – Daniel Agger joined Brøndby IF in his native Denmark for a reported £3m, after fourteen goals in 232 games since signing from the same club for £5.8m in January 2006. He had helped us to claim the FA Community Shield and League Cup. 2011 – Uruguayan Sebastián Coates signed from Nacional for £7m after impressing at the recent Copa América tournament. He netted twice in 24 senior outings for the reds, failing to break through to becoming a first team regular. He was sold to Sunderland for £4m in July 2015 after spending the previous season on loan there. Masch off 2010 - Javier Mascherano was sold to Barcelona for €22m, after two goals in 139 reds games. He signed for the reds on loan from West Ham United in January 2007, joining permanently thirteen months later. A hat-trick for Michael 1998 - Michael Owen bagged a hat-trick as we beat Newcastle United 4-1 at St. James’ Park, to spoil Ruud Gullit’s first game in charge. Stéphane Guivarc’h replied for the home side with Patrik Berger rounding out the scoring, which all took place in the first half. The Saint off the mark 1961 – Ian St. John struck his first two reds goals as we trounced Sunderland 4-1, with Roger Hunt also on target twice and Brian Clough netting the last of his ten goals past us. 1958 – We were beaten 2-1, when Billy Liddell grabbed our consolation at Roker Park. 1922 - We also lost 1-0 on another visit to the North East. Carra’s half century 2012 - Jamie Carragher played his fiftieth game in Europe’s second tier competition as Heart Of Midlothian held us to a 1-1 draw in the second leg of our UEFA Europa League play-off at Anfield. David Templeton’s strike that evaded Pepe Reina with just six minutes remaining looked to have secured extra time, but Luis Suárez scored to send us through. 1980 – Left-back Alan Kennedy reached a century of reds appearances, also scoring in our 4-1 defeat of Norwich City at Anfield with Alan Hansen, Terry McDermott and David Johnson also on target. Loaned out 2012 – Centre-forward Andy Carroll joined West Ham United on loan after bagging eleven goals in 58 reds games since his club record £35m capture on transfer deadline day in January 2011. He netted seven times in 24 games for the Irons, before signing on permanently for £15.5m in June 2013, their record fee paid to date. On the same day, young forward Samed Yeşil moved to Anfield from Bayer 04 Leverkusen for a reported £1m. He made two senior reds appearances before being released in June 2016. Meanwhile, ex-red Ryan Babel was released by TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, later re-joining Ajax. 2015 – Forward Lazar Marković joined Fenerbahçe SK on loan, netting twice in twenty outings. Also off and running 2003 - Harry Kewell netted his first reds goal as we won 3-0 at Everton, with Michael Owen bagging a brace. This was our fourth straight League win at Goodison, a record for any club. 1948 – Les Shannon struck his first reds goal as we won 2-1 at Sheffield United, with Billy Liddell also on target. Out of Anfield 2002 - Jari Litmanen rejoined his old club Ajax on a free transfer. He had only managed to make nineteen starts in as many months at Anfield, notching nine goals in 43 appearances in all, and failed to really establish himself back in the Netherlands. 2006 - Neil Mellor joined Preston North End for a reported £0.5m. He netted 43 times in 151 outings before having to retire due to injury in May 2012. 1999 - Bjørn Tore Kvarme signed for Saint-Étienne on a free transfer. He had made 54 reds appearances but was not the defensive missing link we were searching for. He spent two seasons in France before joining Sander Westerveld at Real Sociedad, retiring from the game in June 2008 after a spell back with his first club, Rosenborg BK. 1990 - Reserves defender Alex Watson joined Derby County on loan, going on to make five appearances for the Rams. His brother Dave, another ex-reds reserve, went on to far greater success with Everton. 1911 – Forward Herbert Leavey left the reds to join Barnsley after just five senior games since arriving from Plymouth Argyle in June 1910. Also off the mark 1919 – George Patterson took charge of the reds for the first time as inside-forward Harry Lewis, Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers and outside-left Albert Pearson all scored on their reds debuts, as we won 3-1 at Bradford City as another season began, with Jimmy Marshall nabbing one of his five goals against the reds. Lewis also missed a penalty, while full-back William Jenkinson also made his reds bow with forward Billy Lacey playing his hundredth League game for the club. 1933 - Forward Sam English scored his first reds goal in our 1-1 draw with Stoke City at Anfield, the first time we had faced them since their name change from the simpler Stoke. Tommy Sale struck the first of his five goals past us that day. We have beaten Stoke City twice more on this day over the years. 1947 - Billy Liddell struck a brace as we won 2-0 at the Victoria Ground. 1952 - We won 3-2 in L4 with Jack Smith, Kevin Baron and Billy Liddell on the scoresheet. Frank Bowyer struck one of his four goals against the reds, with Les Johnston also netting. Happy birthday Seb 1986 - Winger Sebastián Leto was born in Alejandro Korn in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He signed from Club Atlético Lanús for £1.85m in January 2007, although the transfer was not formally completed until seven months later. He made just four senior appearances and moved permanently to Panathinaikos in July 2009 after spending the previous season on loan at Olympiacos. Out-foxed We twice visited Filbert Street to play Leicester City on this day in the 1970’s, without winning. 1972 - We lost 3-2 with John Toshack bagging an early brace to put us two goals ahead, before Keith Weller struck a hat-trick, the first of his six goals against the reds. 1975 - We were held 1-1, with Kevin Keegan nabbing our goal. Two minutes earlier he had converted a penalty, but had to retake it, and failed with his second attempt. Keith Weller netted against the reds again, the last of his six strikes against us. Losing out to the Villains We twice faced Aston Villa on this day in the 1920’s, without winning. 1924 - Donald Mackinlay and Danny Shone netted as we lost 4-2 at Anfield in our opening match of the season. Billy Walker struck two of his five goals against the reds, with Billy Kirton and Arthur Dorrell also on target. 1926 - Dick Forshaw was on target as we drew 1-1 at Villa Park, with Len Capewell scoring one of his six strikes past us. Heading towards Wembley 1977 - Kenny Dalglish and Jimmy Case were on the scoresheet as we beat Chelsea 2-0 at Anfield in a League Cup Second Round fixture. We went on to reach the Final of the competition for the first time that season. East end Hutch 1994 - Don Hutchison left Anfield for West Ham United for £1.5m after ten goals in sixty reds games. 2001 - He moved back to Upton Park, joining from Sunderland for £5m, having also played for Sheffield United and Everton in the meantime. Starting off well 1930 - Jim Smith netted twice as we beat Blackburn Rovers 2-1 at Anfield in our opening fixture of the season, with outside-left Fred Hopkin playing his 300th League game for the reds. Jack Bruton scored one of his four goals past us. Beaten to a trophy 1989 - The reds lost 2-0 to Real Madrid in the eleventh Trofeo Internacional “Santiago Bernabéu”, thanks to goals from Hugo Sánchez and Emilio Butragueño. Other reds games 1995 – Neil Ruddock netted the only goal of Queens Park Rangers’ visit to Anfield. 1986 – We beat Arsenal 2-1 in L4. Jan Mølby converted a penalty before Tony Adams equalised. Ian Rush grabbed the winner. 1969 – Chris Lawler headed in as we drew 1-1 at Sheffield Wednesday. 1966 – We beat Manchester City 3-2 at home with Roger Hunt and Geoff Strong both scoring early on. Matt Gray pulled a goal back after the break with Hunt netting again before Jimmy Murray bagging the last of his four goals against the reds. 1950 – We lost 1-0 at Manchester United. A Gray day 1910 - 1930’s defender Alf Gray was born in Westhoughton, Bolton. He failed to break into our first team. On the move 2005 – Brazilian keeper Alexander Doni joined Roma from Juventude in his native land for US$18,000. 2003 - Steve McManaman signed for Manchester City from Real Madrid on a free transfer. He appeared just 44 times for them without scoring before being released. 2002 - Øyvind Leonhardsen joined Aston Villa from Tottenham Hotspur on a free transfer. He left Villa Park two years later, after three goals in 23 games. 2006 – Future reds scout Jonathan Woodgate joined Middlesbrough on loan from Real Madrid, making the move permanent for £7m the following summer. He played 52 times without scoring, moving on to Tottenham Hotspur for a reported £8m in January 2008. 2018 – Keeper Caoimhin Kelleher and winger Sheyi Ojo both signed new contracts, with Ojo then completing a loan move to Stade de Reims on the same day, where he scored once in eighteen games for their first team. First caps 1996 - Brad Friedel won his first cap as a Columbus Crew player, and fortieth in total, as the USA beat El Salvador 3-1 in a friendly in Los Angeles. 2006 – Future reds loanee Victor Moses played for England Under-17’s for the first time, in their 2-2 friendly draw with Turkey. On the same day, future red Alex Manninger played for Austria Under-21’s in their 4-0 European Championships qualifying defeat of Scotland in Amstetten.
  5. Will

    18th April

    Clinching the title 1964 - Our biggest win on this day came when we beat Arsenal 5-0, with goals from Ian St. John, Alf Arrowsmith, Roger Hunt and a brace from Peter Thompson. This was enough to hand us our sixth League title, and first under Shanks. BBC’s Panorama programme filmed the Kop at the game, to report on this “extraordinary cultural phenomenon”. The game was an entertaining affair, with Tommy Lawrence saving a George Eastham penalty after a handball by Ron Yeats with the score at 1-0, and Ian Callaghan having a spot-kick saved by ex-reds keeper, and Gunners captain for the day, Jim Furnell late on with keeper Tommy Lawrence initially stepping forward to take it before Bill Shankly waved him back. The team celebrated with the home-made ‘Curlett Cup’ as the actual trophy was still at Goodison from the season before. We have twice also made the trip to Highbury on this day in history. 1931 - We lost 3-1, with our strike being a Herbert Roberts own goal. Jack Lambert struck one of his seven goals past us, with David Jack scoring one of his nine and Cliff Bastin bagging the first of his four against us. 1990 - John Barnes scored late on as we drew 1-1, with Paul Merson netting one of his seven goals past us in the first half. Ronnie Whelan broke a bone in his ankle, leaving the Irish national side sweating on his fitness ahead of that summer’s World Cup Finals in Italy, although he recovered in time to make one substitute appearance. 1923 - We also claimed the League title, winning it for the fourth time. Dick Forshaw’s goal earned us a share of the spoils at Bolton Wanderers, and gave us enough points so that neither Sunderland nor Huddersfield Town could catch us. John Smith scored the first of his seven goals against the reds in a game that also counted for the Lancashire Senior Cup. A century for Rushie 1984 - Ian Rush bagged his hundredth reds goal in his 166th game for us. Ronnie Whelan and John Wark were also on target as we came from 2-1 down to draw 3-3 with Leicester City at Filbert Street, with Gary Lineker scoring the first of his six goals against the reds. Andy Peake and Steve Lynex also netted for the Foxes. 1930 – Full-back Tommy Lucas played his 300th game for the reds as we lost 3-1 at Newcastle United with Jimmy Smith nabbing our consolation. Sam Weaver bagged the first of his four goals past us, with Hughie Gallacher netting one of his eight and Jack Hill also on target. Boro again and again We have faced Middlesbrough four times in the top flight on this day in history, winning just once. 2007 - We won 2-0 at Anfield when Steven Gerrard grabbed two goals, including a penalty. 1914 - Walter Tinsley scored the first of two hat-tricks against us in our 4-0 defeat at Ayresome Park, with Stewart Davidson also netting as Tom Watson took charge of the reds for the 700th time. 1938 – We were held to a 1-1 draw in L4, with Jack Balmer on target early on. 1908 - We lost 1-0 at Anfield, when forward Charlie Hewitt played his sixteenth and last reds game. Other goalscoring feats 1968 - Tony Hateley bagged his eighth FA Cup goal of the season, a club record, in our Sixth Round second replay with West Bromwich Albion at Maine Road. We lost the game 2-1 as Albion went on to claim the trophy for the fifth, and most recent, time. Jeff Astle put the Baggies in front with one of his seven strikes past us, with Clive Clark netting the winner after an hour, the last of his seven goals against the reds. 1987 - Less prolific was Gary Ablett, who scored his only reds goal in our 3-0 home win over Nottingham Forest, with Kenny Dalglish netting his 172nd and final goal for us and Ronnie Whelan also on the scoresheet. We have twice also lost to Forest on this day in history. 1903 – We went down 1-0 at the City Ground. 1963 – We lost 2-0 in L4 with full-back Robert Thomson making his reds bow in place of Ronnie Moran, who was suffering with flu. George passes on 1954 – Former Manager George Kay died in Liverpool, having won 142 of his 357 games in charge. He had led us to our first League title in 24 years in 1947, and the FA Cup Final three years later. Amongst the players who joined the club during his tenure were the great Billy Liddell and Bob Paisley. Reds birthdays 1940 - Winger Johnny Morrissey was born on this day in Liverpool. He signed on as a professional in April 1957 and struck six times in 37 outings before crossing the park to Everton for £10,000 in September 1962, for whom he struck fifty times in 314 appearances, helping them to two League titles. 1995 – Belgian forward Divock Origi was born in Ostend. He was signed from Lille OSC Métropole for £9.8m in July 2014, but was immediately loaned back to spend another season in France. He has so far struck 35 times in 157 reds games as of his 26th birthday, including a crucial goal as we won the UEFA Champions League in Madrid in June 2019, as well as helping us to claim the Premier League title, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup. 1981 – Forward Milan Jovanović was born in Bajina Bašta in Yugoslavia. He signed on a free transfer from Standard de Liège in July 2010, finding the net just twice in eighteen appearances before moving to RSC Anderlecht for free in August 2011. 1987 – Ex-reds midfielder Danny Guthrie was born in Telford. The former Manchester United trainee made just seven senior reds appearances before moving to Newcastle United for £2.5m in July 2008, after a season-long loan spell at Bolton Wanderers. 1967 - Veteran keeper Paul Jones was born in Chirk, near Wrexham. He made two appearances while on loan from Southampton at Anfield in January 2004. A red beginning and end 1970 - Midfielder John McLaughlin made the first of his 55 reds appearances in our 2-1 defeat at Chelsea, with Bobby Graham on target in our final game of the season and Peter Osgood bagging both the Blues’ goals, including one from the spot. This match was originally postponed two months earlier. 1924 - We lost by the same score in West London, with our score being a very late own goal from Benjamin Baker. 1925 - Keeper John Jones played his fourth and final senior reds game, keeping a clean sheet as Fred Baron struck the only goal of our top-flight game against Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield. Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers played his 200th League game for the reds. Derby memories 1919 - Albert Pearson struck as we were held to a 1-1 draw in the Lancashire Section Subsidiary Competition, as the Lancashire Senior Cup was then known. 1942 - Jack Balmer grabbed the only goal of the game at Goodison Park in a Wartime League match that also counted for the War League Cup. Mixed fortunes against the Terriers We have twice travelled to Leeds Road to face Huddersfield Town in top-flight fixtures on this day in history. 1949 - Jack Balmer bagged a brace as we triumphed 4-0 with Kevin Baron and Billy Liddell also on target. 1933 – Right-back Jimmy ‘Parson’ Jackson nabbed our consolation in his 224th and final reds game as we lost 3-1, the last of his two goals for the club. Jackie Williams bagged a brace, with Wilf Bott netting one of his five goals past us. Joy against the Tractor Boys We have twice entertained Ipswich Town on this day in history, without tasting defeat. 1959 - Jimmy Melia, Billy Liddell and Alan A’Court struck as we won our Second Division encounter 3-1. 1978 - Kenny Dalglish and Graeme Souness netted in a 2-2 draw at Anfield in a game postponed from two months earlier, with Bob Paisley declaring the reds’ performance to be “rubbish”. Trevor Whymark struck the last of his six goals against us, with Mick Lambert also on target. No goals with Leeds We have twice faced Leeds United in the top-flight on this day in history, with both games ending goalless. 1981 - We met at Elland Road. 1992 – We hosted Leeds, with Bruce Grobbelaar pulling a hamstring and Michael Thomas having to be replaced at half time after damaging an ankle. They therefore joined Ronnie Whelan and skipper Mark Wright on the treatment table ahead of the FA Cup Final. Liddell and Shanks in tandem 1942 - Billy Liddell and Preston North End’s Bill Shankly both scored as Scotland beat England 5-4 in a Wartime International at Hampden Park. Reds skipper Matt Busby also played. 1953 - Liddell also represented his country, winning his 23rd senior cap as they held England to a 2-2 draw in the British International Championships at Wembley. Reds honoured 2018 – Mohamed Salah was named in the PFA Team of the Year after a highly impressive first campaign with the reds. He went on to claim the PFA Player of the Year award, having netted 44 times in 52 games in all competitions as he helped us to reach the UEFA Champions League Final in Kiev. 2008 – A statue of reds legend Emlyn Hughes was unveiled in his hometown of Barrow. Other reds games 1960 – We beat Rotherham United 3-0 in a Second Division encounter at Anfield on Easter Monday. Dave Hickson struck twice, with Roger Hunt also on target. 1953 – We lost 3-1 at Blackpool with Sammy Smyth bagging our goal. 1936 – We shared a goalless draw with Brentford in L4. 1927 – We lost 2-0 at Cardiff City. Redders says farewell 2002 - Tottenham Hotspur’s new signing Jamie Redknapp returned to Melwood to say his goodbyes. “Everyone was so good to me during my eleven years with Liverpool that it would be wrong to just leave and not say goodbye. I have a lot of friends at the club and that will always be the case, no matter where I am playing.” Dan arrives 2012 – Sixteen-year old midfielder Dan Trickett-Smith signed from Crewe Alexandra for £300,000. He was released in April 2016 having failed to break through. Young Howie starts out 1984 - Ex-red Howard Gayle made his debut for England Under-21’s as they beat Italy 3-1 in their European Championships Semi-final first leg at Maine Road. Ex-red Dave Watson also played. Alberto il papa 2011 - Alberto Aquilani became a father, to Aurora. Also in international action 1925 – Maurice Parry faced Elisha Scott as Wales and Ireland shared a goalless draw in the British International Championships in Wrexham. 1970 – Emlyn Hughes featured as England drew 1-1 with Wales in the same tournament in Cardiff. 1978 – Joey Jones played for Wales in their 1-0 friendly win in Iran. 1981 – Bruce Grobbelaar was in action for Zimbabwe as they thumped Mozambique 6-1 in the Semi-final of their Independence Cup game in Bulawayo.
  6. 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. 1895 - Keeper John Jones was born in Holyhead. He signed from his hometown club in September 1924, but only managed four senior appearances while Elisha Scott was injured. He returned to Holyhead in 1925. 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. First and last 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. 1925 – Forward Tom Scott struck the first of his four reds goals as we lost 4-1 at Leeds United. Thomas Jennings scored the first of his seven goals past us, with Russell Wainscott nabbing the first of his five. Jack Armand and Jack Harris also scored for the home side as Matt McQueen took charge of the reds for the hundredth time. 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. George Latham played his nineteenth and final reds game. 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 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 1987 – Future red Øyvind Leonhardsen won his first cap for Norway Under-16’s in their 2-0 defeat by England at Lilleshall. 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 in Belgium in a European Championships Elite Round qualifier, while ex-red Mikel San José and future reds Thiago Alcântara and Christian Benteke also played for their countries. 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 Craig Bellamy 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. Stéphane Henchoz, Vladimír Šmicer, Christian Ziege, future reds Yossi Benayoun, Jerzy Dudek, Steve Finnan and Bolo Zenden, 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. Alou Diarra, Florent Sinama-Pongolle, Daniel Sjölund, Grégory Vignal and future red Charles Itandje all also played at this level that day. 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. Future red David Martin featured for England Under-19’s on the same day. 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 featured as they lost 1-0 to Norway at the same stage in Périgny in France. 2011 – Péter Gulácsi and András Simon both played for the Under-21’s in their 3-2 friendly defeat in Croatia. 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, Ragnar Klavan, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Raul 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, Steve Staunton an John Toshack all managing international sides. 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. Marko Grujić, Caoimhín Kelleher, Ragnar Klavan, Simon Mignolet, Gini Wijnaldum, future reds Thiago Alcântara, Ki-Jana Hoever and Diogo Jota, and ex-reds Iago Aspas and Brad Smith 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 Ragnar Klavan, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Raul Meireles, 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 reds Sadio Mané, 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 future reds Joe Gomez and Marko Grujić featured for the Under-19’s. 2016 – Allen again played for Wales, in their 1-0 friendly defeat in the Ukraine, with future reds Kamil Grabara and Diogo Jota also in international action. 2013 – Gomez played for England Under-17’s as they beat Slovenia 2-1 in a friendly in Burton. Other reds games 1987 – Wimbledon won 2-1 at Anfield with Nigel Winterburn giving the Dons a first-half lead. Mark Lawrenson ruptured his Achilles immediately after the break before Kenny Dalglish equalised. Alam Cork headed in the winner. 1972 – We beat Stoke City 2-1 in L4. John Ritchie struck the last of his five goals against the reds with Harry Burrows putting through his own net before the break. Kevin Keegan headed in the winner. 1970 – We lost 1-0 at West Ham United. 1921 – We went down 1-0 at Tottenham Hotspur. 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. Also in international action 1903 – Richard Morris played for Wales as they lost 2-0 to Ireland in the British International Championships in Belfast. 1973 – John Toshack featured as Wales beat Poland 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Cardiff. 1979 – Future red Avi Cohen played for Israel as they lost an Olympics qualifier 2-0 in Jaffa. 1984 – Future red Paul Walsh and ex-red Dave Watson featured for England Under-21’s in their 1-0 defeat of France in the second leg of their European Championships Quarter-final in Rouen to progress 7-1 on aggregate.
  7. Will

    11th March

    Happy birthday Robbo 1994 – Left-back Andy Robertson was born in Glasgow. He signed from Hull City for an initial £8m in July 2017, so far netting just five times in 165 games, helping us to claim the Premier League title, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA World Club Cup. Carra’s Euro century 2008 - Jamie Carragher played his hundredth European game as Fernando Torres struck the only goal of our Champions League tie against Internazionale at the San Siro, to reach the Quarter-finals thanks to a 3-0 aggregate victory. Nicolas Burdisso was sent off for the home side early in the second half. Xabi Alonso became a father to Jon that day, missing the game to remain at home for the birth. 1899 - Full-back Archie Goldie played his hundredth League game for the reds in our 2-1 win at Preston North End. Hugh Morgan and George Allan both netted in what was Tom Watson’s hundredth game in charge of the side. Emile’s debut 2000 - Emile Heskey made his reds debut in a 1-1 League draw with Sunderland at Anfield, with Patrik Berger bagging a penalty in the second minute while playing his hundredth League game. The same game also brought Erik Meijer’s final reds start. He only managed seven more appearances as a substitute before being released to Hamburger SV via a loan spell with Preston North End. On our way to Cardiff 2001 - We won 4-2 at John Aldridge’s Tranmere Rovers in the FA Cup Quarter-final, with Danny Murphy, Michael Owen and Steven Gerrard all on target. Robbie Fowler’s penalty made him the tenth different reds player to score in that season’s FA Cup, equalling a club record. TV history 1967 - We played in the first FA Cup match to be screened on CCTV, as 64,851 attended the Fifth Round derby meeting at Goodison and another 40,149 watched on eight giant TV screens at Anfield this Saturday evening. The result went the wrong way, however, with Everton winning 1-0 thanks to an Alan Ball strike, one of his eleven past us. On our way to Wembley 1986 - We were held to a goalless draw at Anfield by Watford in the Sixth Round of the FA Cup. However, we won the replay at Vicarage Road 2-1 six days later, as we headed towards the double. Adios amigos 2020 - Joe Gomez reached a century of reds games as we lost 3-2 to Club Atlético de Madrid after extra time in the second leg of our UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie, having led 1-0 on the night after ninety minutes through a Gini Wijnaldum header. Roberto Firmino put us in front in extra time, before a Marcos Llorente brace and late Álvaro Morata strike condemned us to defeat. This was our last game before the COVID-19 lockdown. Joe born 1873 – Centre-half Joe McQue was born in Springburn, Glasgow. He signed from Celtic in August 1892, netting fourteen times in 142 games before returning north of the border in September 1898 to sign for Third Lanark having helped us to claim the Second Division title twice. Stig retires 2003 - Stig Inge Bjørnebye announced his retirement from football. He had been at Blackburn Rovers for nearly three years after leaving Anfield. He bagged four goals in 184 reds games across eight seasons, helping us to the Coca Cola Cup in 1995, also winning 75 Norwegian caps. Doing the Boro, twice We have twice had great League results against Middlesbrough on this day in history. 1989 - We won 4-0 at Ayresome Park, with Peter Beardsley, Ray Houghton, John Aldridge and Steve McMahon all netting. 1911 - We won 3-0 at Anfield, with Jack Parkinson, Sam Gilligan and Arthur Goddard on the scoresheet. Centre-half Jimmy Harrop reached a century of games for the reds. Men against boys 1893 - Our first ever official game on this day in history was at Bootle Boys Brigade in the Second Round of the Lancashire Cup. The redmen got turned over 2-1 by the boys, with Hugh McQueen netting our goal. Another legend signs on 1936 – Right-half Matt Busby signed from Manchester City for £8,000. He played 122 reds games, many as captain, notching three times as well as netting once more in 26 wartime matches. He, of course, went on to even greater success as the Manager of Manchester United. Elisha’s last 1936 - Ex-red Elisha Scott won his 31st and final cap for Northern Ireland in their 3-2 defeat of Wales in the British International Championships in Belfast. Dunlop tyred out 1905 - Left-back Billy Dunlop scored his third and final reds goal as we thumped Doncaster Rovers 4-1 at their Benetthorpe Ground in a Second Division fixture. Robert Robinson added a brace, with Jack Cox also on target. Fighting back 1939 – Portsmouth came back from 4-1 down with less than half an hour remaining to draw 4-4 in a top-flight match at Anfield. Phil Taylor bagged a brace with Willie Fagan and Berry Nieuwenhuys also netting before smog descended on the pitch. Parker struck his fifth and final goal against the reds, with Jock Anderson bagging the last of his four and Jimmy McAlinden and Bert Barlow also scoring for Pompey. Mixed fortunes against Citeh We have faced Manchester City three times on this day in history, winning once and drawing on both other occasions. 1980 - Graeme Souness struck as we won 2-0 at Anfield, with a Tommy Caton own goal opening the scoring. 1933 - Gordon Hodgson was on target from the spot in a top-flight draw in L4, as Alex Herd struck the first of his eight goals past us. 1916 - Dave Watson was on the scoresheet in a Wartime League stalemate at Hyde Road. Zico fails 1978 – Phil Neal missed a penalty as Kenny Dalglish bagged the only goal of our top-flight meeting with Leeds United at Anfield. European disappointments 2004 - Milan Baroš struck our goal as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield in the first leg of our UEFA Cup Fourth round tie with Olympique de Marseille. Didier Drogba netted the equaliser for the French side, the first of eleven goals he scored against the reds. 2010 – Left-winger Albert Riera played his 56th and final reds game as we lost 1-0 at Lille OSC Métropole in the first leg of our UEFA Europa League Round of 16 tie after Eden Hazard’s late free-kick curled over everyone and into the far corner, the first of his seven goals against the reds to date. Other reds games 1995 – We lost 2-1 at home to Tottenham Hotspur in an FA Cup Sixth Round tie. Robbie Fowler gave us the lead, but Teddy Sheringham equalised on the stroke of half time with one of his seven goals past us. Jürgen Klinsmann nabbed the late winner. 1992 – Dean Saunders netted the only goal early on in West Ham United’s visit to Anfield. 1990 – We drew a Sixth Round match 2-2 at Queens Park Rangers. John Barnes scored direct from a free-kick, with Ian Rush also on the scoresheet. We lost out to Crystal Palace in the Semi-final that season. 1972 – We held Chelsea to a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge. 1970 – Alun Evans bagged the only goal of our trip to Southampton. 1961 – We beat Huddersfield Town 3-1 in a Second Division meeting in L4 with Alan Banks netting twice and Kevin Lewis scoring from the spot. 1950 – We lost 2-0 at Aston Villa. Johnny Dixon nabbed one of his four goals against the reds after Billy Giffin had given the Villains the lead. 1922 – Donald Mackinlay and Dick Forshaw struck as we beat Blackburn Rovers 2-0 at Anfield. Bosses on the move 2002 - John Toshack was sacked as Manager of Real Sociedad for the third time, after the club dropped back into the relegation zone. 2005 - Bruce Grobbelaar was asked to resign as Manager of South African side Umtata Bush Bucks. 2016 - Rafael Benítez was appointed Manager of Newcastle United, failing to save them from relegation that season, but then immediately leading them back up as champions. Also on the move 1980 – Forward Frank McGarvey was sold to Celtic for £270,000, becoming Scotland’s most expensive footballer. He had signed from St. Mirren for £300,000 in May 1979 but failed to break through at Anfield. He went on to score 113 times in 245 games for the Bhoys. 1998 - Steve Nicol joined First Division West Bromwich Albion on loan from Sheffield Wednesday. He made ten appearances while at The Hawthorns. 2010 – Reserves right-back Stephen Darby joined Swindon Town until the end of the season. He played fifteen times as they reached the League One Play-off Final. 2014 – Academy defender Jakub Sokolík joined Southend United on loan, playing twelve times in this first spell at Roots Hall. Also in international action 1912 – Ernest Peake played for Wales as they lost 2-0 to England in the British International Championships in Wrexham. 1975 – Steve Heighway featured as the Republic of Ireland beat a West Germany B team 1-0 in Dublin. 1998 – Future red Steve Finnan played for the Irish B team as they lost 1-0 to Northern Ireland in Dublin. 2006 – Future red Shane O’Connor played for the Republic of Ireland Under-16’s in their friendly encounter with Northern Ireland in Dundalk. 2009 – Future red Fabio Borini played for Italy Under-19’s as they beat Norway 1-0 in a friendly in Udine. 2015 – Future red Bobby Adekanye featured for the Dutch Under-16’s as they lost 1-0 to the Czech Republic.
  8. Will

    4th March

    Happy birthday King Kenny 1951 - Kenny Dalglish was born in Dalmarnack, Glasgow. He signed from Celtic for £440,000 in August 1977 and bagged 172 goals in 515 games, helping us to countless honours, both as a player for which he is fêted by many as the finest ever on the pitch, and later in two spells as Manager. His greatest moments as a player include scoring the goals that clinched the European Cup at Wembley in 1978, and the first half of a League and FA Cup double at Stamford Bridge eight years later, while his efforts in the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster ensure he retains an even more special place in our hearts. Other birthdays 1955 - Joey Jones was born in Bangor. He signed from Wrexham for £110,000 in July 1975 and made exactly a century of reds appearances, bagging three goals and helping us to win a European Cup, two League titles and the FA Charity Shield in his time at Anfield. He rejoined Wrexham for £210,000 in October 1978. 1984 - Our former American reserves centre-back Zak Whitbread was born in Houston, Texas. He made just seven senior appearances in the cups, and was sold to Millwall for £200,000 in June 2006 after a season-long loan spell at The New Den. Crazy Horse out of the traps 1967 - New record signing Emlyn Hughes made his reds debut in a 2-1 home League win over Stoke City, when Chris Lawler and Roger Hunt netted, while Peter Dobing bagged one of his eight goals past us. ‘Crazy Horse’ went on to make 665 reds appearances in total. 1953 – Centre-half Joe Maloney debuted as Bolton Wanderers held us to a goalless draw at Anfield. 1922 – Winger Cyril Gilhespy made his reds bow as we drew 0-0 at Blackburn Rovers. Setting club records 1978 - Ray Clemence set a club record for a goalkeeper by making his 336th consecutive appearance in a 3-1 defeat at Chelsea, with Steve Ogrizovic stepping in to make his debut in the next match. Phil Neal opened the scoring from the spot, our 5,000th League goal to date. Steve Finnieston struck the last two of his four goals against the reds, with Tommy Langley also on the scoresheet. 2000 - Liverpool fielded nine non-British born players for the first time, with Jamie Carragher and Dominic Matteo being the only home-grown talents who started our 1-1 Premiership draw at Old Trafford, when Patrik Berger netted a trademark free-kick before Ole Gunnar Solskjær equalised. Red trebles at Anfield 1905 - Jack Parkinson netted three in a 5-0 Second Division victory over Blackpool, with Robert Robinson and Arthur Goddard also scoring. 1950 - We also beat the Seasiders, with Willie Fagan and Billy Liddell on target in our 2-1 FA Cup Sixth Round win, as we headed towards our second Final. The legendary Stan Mortensen bagging one of his eleven strikes against the reds. 1981 - Graeme Souness grabbed a hat-trick to become the first and so far only reds player to bag two European trebles in the same season, in our 5-1 trouncing of CSKA Sofia in the European Cup Third Round first leg, en route to lifting the trophy for the third time. Sammy Lee and Terry McDermott were also on target. The Bulgarians actually made a number of good chances but either missed them, or saw Ray Clemence repel their efforts. Derby joy 1972 - We thumped Everton 4-0 at Anfield with our first two strikes being own goals, from keeper Tommy Wright and John McLaughlin, with Wright also putting through his own net in his next game! Chris Lawler and Emlyn Hughes completed the scoring, the latter while playing his 200th League game for the reds. Most recently 2015 – We beat Burnley 2-0 at Anfield, thanks to a Jordan Henderson strike and header from Daniel Sturridge. 2017 – We beat Arsenal 3-1 at Anfield, with Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané netting before the break. Danny Welbeck pulled a goal back, but Gini Wijnaldum struck late on. 1933 – Gordon Hodgson struck the only goal of the game as we beat Arsenal 1-0 at Highbury in a top-flight encounter. Final outings 1939 - Left-half John Browning played his nineteenth and final reds game in our 1-1 home draw with Leicester City, with Phil Taylor bagging our late goal. 1897 – We beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-0 in L4 thanks to goals from Frank Becton, Harry Bradshaw and George Allan as forward Malcolm McVean made his 126th and last reds appearance. Beating the Geordies We have twice defeated Newcastle United on this day in history. 1995 - Robbie Fowler and Ian Rush struck as we beat them 2-0 in a Premiership match at Anfield. 1899 - We won a friendly at St. James’ Park 3-1, with George Allan bagging a treble. Thumping Oldham 1944 - Jack Balmer scored four goals as we trounced Oldham Athletic 8-1 at Anfield, in a game that counted for the Wartime League Cup as well as the League. Phil Taylor and Cyril Done both added braces. 1916 - We also beat them in another Wartime League match. Dave Watson and Arthur Metcalf were on target in our 4-1 victory, with Fred Pagnam netting twice. European disappointment 1992 - We lost 2-0 at Genoa in the first leg of our UEFA Cup Fourth Round encounter. Unfortunately, we also lost the Anfield return to crash out 4-1 on aggregate. R.I.P. Tom 1959 - Left-half Tom Bromilow died on a train while returning from a scouting mission for Leicester City. He signed professional terms at Anfield in 1919, having asked for a trial straight from the army. He went on to make 375 appearances, scoring eleven times while helping us to claim two League titles in successive seasons in the 1920’s, as well as earning full international honours with England. 1964 – Forward Vic Wright died. He struck 33 times in 85 reds games after signing from Rotherham United in March 1934. He moved on to Plymouth Argyle in June 1937. For Scotland 1922 - Left-back Donald Mackinlay won his second and final cap for Scotland in a 2-1 victory over Northern Ireland at Celtic Park. Partick Thistle’s ex-reds keeper Ken Campbell also featured for Scotland, while Billy Lacey was playing his final game as a reds player for the away side. 1911 - Centre-half Alex Raisbeck played for the Scottish League against a Football League side. 1907 - Ex-reds inside-right George Livingstone won his second and final cap, and only one as a Rangers player, as the Scots lost 1-0 in Wales, also in the British International Championships. Reds defender George Latham was on the winning side. Future reds in opposition 2014 – Alberto Moreno faced Emre Can in an Under-21’s friendly in Palencia, with Spain beating Germany 2-0, with this being Can’s last cap at this level while playing for Bayer 04 Leverkusen. Beating the rest 1931 – Gordon Hodgson and future reds Ernie Blenkinsop and Tosh Johnson all featured as England beat The Rest 3-2 in a trial match at Highbury, with Dixie Dean bagging a treble. Tosh leaves the Vetch 1984 - John Toshack was sacked as Manager of Swansea City, after just two wins in eleven games in this second spell in charge. Other reds games 2006 – Charlton Athletic held us to a goalless draw at Anfield. 1964 – We came from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Sheffield Wednesday. Ian St. John and Willie Stevenson were on the scoresheet. 1961 – We drew 2-2 in a Second Division match at Portsmouth with Alan Banks and Johnny Morrissey scoring our goals. 1911 – We lost 1-0 at Tottenham Hotspur as Billy Minter grabbed one of his five goals past us, with Sam Hardy saving a Bobby Steel penalty. 1893 – We beat Nelson 3-0 in a Lancashire League meeting at Anfield. Matt McQueen struck twice, with his brother Hugh also on target. Keepers on the move 1995 - Sander Westerveld joined Vitesse Arnhem from Twente. He played 101 League games for them before moving to Anfield four years later. 2004 - Former reserves custodian Ian Dunbavin joined Morecambe on loan from fellow Conference side Shrewsbury Town on loan, making three appearances. Also on the move 1996 - Paul Stewart joined Sunderland on a free transfer following a loan period. He netted five times in 37 games, before being offloaded to Stoke City. 2011 – Ex-reserves forward Lauri Dalla Valle joined Bournemouth on loan from Fulham, netting twice in eight outings for the Cherries. 2019 – Former reds coach Paco Herrera was sacked as Manager of Unión Deportiva Las Palmas for the second time, having led them to only three victories in fourteen League matches. Also in international action 2010 – Chris Mavinga played for France Under-19’s in their 2-1 friendly defeat of Ukraine in Saint-Denis.
  9. Will

    31st August

    Happy birthday Mr. Kennedy 1954 - Alan Kennedy was born in Sunderland. He is best remembered for his winning strikes in two European Cup Finals, but also won five League titles, four League Cups and three FA Charity Shields after moving from Newcastle United for £330,000 in August 1978, making 359 appearances and notching twenty times before joining his hometown club for £100,000 in September 1985. 1911 - Frank O’Donnell was born in Buckhaven, Fife. He struck once in two Wartime appearances for the reds. He gained six Scotland caps as well as scoring for Preston North End in every round of the FA Cup in 1937, including the Final. 1990 – Scottish reserves midfielder Gary Mackay-Steven was born in Thurso. He joined the reds in 2007 but failed to break through before being released two years later. Happy birthday Pepe 1982 - Keeper Pepe Reina was born in Madrid. He arrived from Villarreal for £6m in July 2005, 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 after spending the previous campaign on loan at SSC Napoli. Farewell to a legend 1960 - Billy Liddell played his 534th and final reds game as we lost 1-0 to Southampton in a Second Division fixture at Anfield. Right-half Gordon Milne made his reds debut in the same game. 1994 - We also faced Southampton, winning 2-0 with John Barnes and Robbie Fowler on target at The Dell. Bruce Grobbelaar and former reds reserve Jim Magilton both featured for the home side. 1968 – Tony Hateley played his 56th and last reds game in our 1-0 defeat at Leeds United, with Mick Jones netting one of his seven goals past us. Keepers on the move 2002 - We signed two goalkeepers on transfer deadline day as Gérard Houllier lost faith with incumbent Sander Westerveld. Jerzy Dudek signed from Feyenoord for £4.85m, while Chris Kirkland arrived from Coventry City for £6m. Dudek played 186 reds games, with Kirkland making 45 appearances. On the same day, defender Djimi Traoré joined French side Racing Club de Lens on loan for the rest of the season. 2004 - Sander Westerveld joined Real Club Deportivo Mallorca on loan from Real Sociedad. He played six League games for the island side. 2009 - Charles Itandje joined Greek side A.O. Kavala on loan, where he played nineteen League games that season. In comes the Ox 2017 – Midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain signed from Arsenal for £35m, so far scoring fourteen times in 104 games across his first four campaigns. He made it back from serious injury to sit on the bench as we claimed the UEFA Champions League in Madrid in June 2019 and then helped us to claim the Premier League, FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup. On the same day, forward Divock Origi joined VfL Wolfsburg on loan, for whom he struck six times in 34 outings. Meanwhile, centre-half Mamadou Sakho was sold to Crystal Palace for an initial £24m after a successful loan spell, and Brazilian midfielder Allan Rodrigues de Souza joined Apollon Limassol on loan. David’s debut 2008 - David N’Gog made his reds bow as a substitute for the injured Fernando Torres as we held Aston Villa to a goalless draw in our Premiership meeting in the Midlands, with Robbie Keane again drawing a blank. Bobby’s half ton 2019 – Roberto Firmino scored his fiftieth League goal late on as we won 3-0 at Burnley. Chris Wood put through his own net with Sadio Mané also on target before the break. Mané had a much-hyped, short-lived argument with Mohamed Salah as he was substituted. Other recent deadline day moves 2016 – Mario Balotelli joined Nice on a free transfer after a season on loan back at AC Milan. He had signed from the rossoneri for £16m two years earlier, scoring just four times in 28 reds games. On the same day, defender Andre Wisdom joined Red Bull Salzburg on loan, with winger Lazar Marković moving to Sporting Clube de Portugal on a temporary basis. Luis Alberto was sold to S.S. Lazio for €4m after just twelve senior reds appearances since arriving from Sevilla for £6.8m in June 2013. Meanwhile, defender Álvaro Arbeloa joined West Ham United from Real Madrid on a free transfer and forward Rickie Lambert left West Bromwich Albion to sign for Cardiff City. 2015 – Fabio Borini was sold to Sunderland for £8m after a previous loan spell, having bagged three goals in 38 reds games since his £10.4m arrival from Roma in July 2012. On the same day, winger Sergi Canós joined Brentford on loan, while forward Samed Yeşil moved to Luzern on a temporary basis. Nigerian forward Taiwo Awoniyi signed from Imperial Academy for £400,000 and joined Fußballsportverein Frankfurt 1899 e.V. on loan on the same day. 2012 – Winger Sadio Mané joined Red Bull Salzburg from Metz for a reported €4m, going on to net 45 times in 87 games for the Austrian side to secure a £11.8m move to Southampton in September 2014. 2011 – This day brought a whole host of deadline day transfers. Raúl Meireles left Anfield to sign for Chelsea for £12m, after five goals in 44 reds appearances since arriving from Porto for £11.5m a year earlier. Craig Bellamy signed on a free transfer from Manchester City, netting nine times in 37 games in this second spell and helping us to claim the Carling Cup. David N’Gog was sold to Bolton Wanderers for £4m after nineteen strikes in 94 reds games since signing from Paris St. Germain for £1.5m in July 2008. Meanwhile, Christian Poulsen joined French side Évian Thonon Gaillard having played 21 times for the reds, while Joe Cole signed for Lille OSC Métropole on loan, for whom he netted nine goals in 42 outings. On the same day, Yossi Benayoun joined Arsenal on loan from Chelsea, while future red Fabio Borini signed for Roma on a temporary basis from Parma. Peter Crouch joined Stoke City from Tottenham Hotspur for a club record £10m after bagging 24 goals in 94 games for Spurs. Meanwhile, El-Hadji Diouf’s contract with Blackburn Rovers was terminated by mutual consent, with the same happening to Philipp Degen at Anfield. 2010 – Left-back Paul Konchesky signed from Fulham in exchange for £3.5m, Finnish forward Lauri Dalla Valle and Swedish left-winger Alex Kačaniklić. Konchesky only played eighteen reds games before being sold to Leicester City in July 2011, after a previous loan spell at Nottingham Forest. Left-back Emiliano Insúa joined Galatasaray on loan, while Moroccan forward Nabil El Zhar moved to PAOK in Greece on a temporary basis. Meanwhile, Dutch midfielder Vincent Weijl left Anfield to join Spanish side S.D. Eibar, with midfielder Ádám Hajdú arriving on loan from MTK Hungária. On the same day, ex-reds midfielder Jermaine Pennant joined Stoke City on loan from Real Zaragoza, making the move permanent four months later. Damien in and out 2007 - Young French midfielder Damien Plessis signed from Olympique Lyonnais. He made eight senior appearances, netting once. On the same day, Danny Murphy joined Fulham from Tottenham Hotspur. He struck 28 goals in 210 games for the Cottagers before moving to Blackburn Rovers in June 2012. 2010 – Plessis left Anfield for Panathinaikos, for whom he played nine times before joining French side Athlétic Club Arles-Avignon in July 2012. On the same day, ex-red Luis García also joined the Greek side, on a free transfer from Real Racing Club de Santander. He netted twice in 20 games in Greece before moving to Mexico to sign for Puebla in July 2011. Other deadline day moves 2006 - Florent Sinama-Pongolle joined Real Club Recreativo de Huelva on loan. He struck twelve times in 34 League outings in his first season, subsequently signing for them permanently in a £2.7m deal. On the same day, Jan Kromkamp returned to his native Netherlands to join PSV Eindhoven after just eighteen reds appearances following his January 2006 swap arrival from Villarreal, although he left Anfield with an FA Cup winners’ medal. Meanwhile, Paul Ince signed for Swindon Town and Javier Mascherano joined West Ham United from Corinthians Paulista for an undisclosed fee. Ince only turned out three times for the Robins, with Mascherano only doing marginally better, with just seven appearances for the Hammers. 2018 – Defender Corey Whelan joined Crewe Alexandra on loan, scoring once in eighteen games for the Alex. On the same day, left-back Joe Maguire joined Crawley Town on loan from Fleetwood Town, scoring once in thirty appearances for the reds. 2020 – Midfielder Tyler Morton signed professional terms. He penned a new contract in January 2021, featuring in the FA Youth Cup Final defeat to Aston Villa four months later. Four for William 1927 - Centre-forward Willie Devlin scored four goals as we thumped Bury 5-1 at Anfield, with Gordon Hodgson netting the other. Derby joy 1991 - David Burrows struck a screamer inside the first minute after Blues skipper Dave Watson forced the reds to attack the Kop end in the first half, the first of his three reds strikes. Dean Saunders and Ray Houghton also netted as we beat Everton 3-1, our fifth straight derby victory. Ex-reds reserves striker Mike Newell struck the consolation while Peter Beardsley made the short return across the park to be greeted with chants of “what a waste of talent.” Scoring starts 1974 - Ray Kennedy was on the scoresheet on his reds debut as we won 3-0 at Chelsea. A Phil Boersma brace completed the scoring. 1935 - We also visited Stamford Bridge, with Berry Nieuwenhuys on target twice in a 2-2 draw in our first game of the season. Joe Bambrick bagged the first two of his four goals past the reds. 1921 – Forward Billy Matthews struck his first two reds goals as we beat Manchester City 3-2 at Anfield, with Dick Forshaw also on target. Horace Barnes netted one of his nine goals against us, with Billy Murphy also scoring. Ton up for Brendan 2014 – Brendan Rodgers led us to a 56th win in his hundredth game as reds boss as we won 3-0 at Tottenham Hotspur. Raheem Sterling opened the scoring before Steven Gerrard converted a new club record 43rd penalty. Left-back Alberto Moreno bagged his first goal for the club, with Mario Balotelli making his reds bow. 2018 – Harry Kewell took over as Manager of Notts County, but only lasted three months before being sacked. On the same day, former reds Managing Director Christian Purslow was appointed as CEO of Aston Villa, ex-reds loanee Nuri Şahin joined SV Werder Bremen on a free transfer from Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund and keeper Dean Bouzanis joined PEC Zwolle on loan from Melbourne City. Debutants galore 1946 - Len Carney, making his debut, scored our first post-war goal in the final minute, the only strike of our opening First Division fixture at Sheffield United, and his solitary senior reds goal. Keeper Cyril Sidlow and Bill Jones both also made their reds bows. The reds had caused a stir by coming out onto the pitch ten minutes before kick-off to warm up, largely unheard of at the time. 1982 - Steve Nicol made his first reds appearance in our goalless draw at Birmingham City. A reds legend starts out 1968 - Phil Neal made his debut for Fourth Division Northampton Town in their 1-0 defeat of Walsall. He spent six years at the County Ground before arriving at Anfield for £66,000 in October 1974. More recent moves 2014 - Fernando Torres joined AC Milan on loan from Chelsea, netting once in ten games before returning to his first club Atlético de Madrid the following January. 2012 – Jay Spearing joined Bolton Wanderers on loan, where he struck twice in 39 outings before signing on permanently a year later. On the same day, Charlie Adam moved to Stoke City for a reported £4m after two goals in 37 reds games since his arrival from Blackpool for an initial £6.75m in July 2011. Meanwhile, reserves forward Nathan Eccleston was sold to Blackpool, having made nine senior reds appearances. Yossi Benayoun rejoined West Ham United on loan from Chelsea, winger Adam Hammill moved to Huddersfield Town from Wolverhampton Wanderers on a temporary basis, while Ryan Babel re-signed for Ajax. On the same day, Christian Benteke left Koninklijke Racing Club Genk to join Aston Villa for a reported £7m. 2007 – Right-back Glen Johnson joined Portsmouth from Chelsea for £4m, having spent the previous season on loan at Fratton Park. He bagged four goals in exactly a century of games for Pompey in total. On the same day, future Under-23’s Assistant Coach Gary O’Neil joined to Middlesbrough from Portsmouth for a reported £5m, going on to net twelve times in 120 games before moving on to West Ham United in January 2011. 2006 - Rickie Lambert joined Bristol Rovers from League Two side Rochdale for £200,000 after 28 goals in 68 games for the Dale. 2004 – Centre-half Ragnar Klavan joined Vålerenga on loan from Flora Tallinn, playing just four times while in Norway. 2002 - Robbie Keane joined Tottenham Hotspur from Leeds United for £7m. He notched 107 times in 254 outings in his first spell with Spurs before moving to Anfield for £19.3m in July 2008. 2005 - Michael Owen joined Newcastle United from Real Madrid for £17m after a proposed move back to Anfield failed to materialise. He bagged thirty goals in 79 games for the Toon as serious injuries interrupted his time in the north east. On the same day, Salif Diao joined Portsmouth on loan. He only managed to make thirteen appearances for Pompey and was not taken on permanently. Meanwhile, Darren Potter signed a new three-year contract at Anfield and ex-red Abel Xavier signed for Middlesbrough. He played twenty times for Boro while also being found guilty of breaching UEFA’s anti-doping regulations. Meanwhile, James Milner joined Aston Villa on loan from Newcastle United on loan, netting three times in 33 games. An opening day thumping 1929 - We were well beaten as we lost 5-0 at Middlesbrough in our opening fixture of the season. Forward Alan Scott played the first of his four senior reds games. Bobby Bruce struck the first two of his five goals against us, with Jackie Carr bagging the last of his five, George Camsell the first of his nine past the reds and Owen Williams also on target. Called off 1997 – Our Premiership encounter with Newcastle United at Anfield was called off following the death of Diana, Princess of Wales in Paris earlier that day. Other reds games 1985 – Craig Johnston and Ronnie Whelan struck as we drew 2-2 at West Ham United with Frank McAvennie twice giving the Hammers the lead. 1983 – Graeme Souness netted the only goal of our trip to Norwich City. 1976 – We drew 1-1 with West Bromwich Albion in a League Cup Second Round tie at Anfield. Johnny Giles struck the last of his five goals against the reds after Ian Callaghan had given us the lead. However, we lost the replay. 1963 – We lost 2-1 to Blackpool in L4. John McPhee scored before Ray Charnley struck one of his seven goals past us before half time. Ronnie Moran had a penalty saved before Jimmy Melia struck. 1957 – We beat Cardiff City 3-0 in a Second Division encounter at Anfield. Jimmy Melia and Billy Liddell each netted inside the first five minutes, with Danny Malloy putting through his own net after the break. 1955 – We drew another Second Division fixture 1-1 at Sheffield Wednesday with Billy Liddell scoring our goal. 1949 – Billy Liddell was on target as Stoke City held us to a 1-1 draw at home with Frank Bowyer nabbing one of his four goals against us. International bows 1988 - Karl-Heinz Riedle netted on his senior international debut, coming on as a substitute in West Germany’s 4-0 World Cup qualifying win in Finland. Meanwhile, fellow future red István Kozma featured for Hungary in their goalless friendly in Austria, with Fiorentina’s Glenn Hysen in action as Sweden lost 2-1 to Denmark in a friendly in Solna. 2005 – Michael Nardiello debuted for England Under-17’s in their 3-1 defeat of Portugal in the Pepsi International Tournament at Ashton Gate. 2000 - Stephen Wright won his first cap for England Under-21’s as a substitute in their 6-1 friendly mauling of Georgia at the Riverside Stadium, with future red Joe Cole scoring his first goal at this level. 2001 – They both also featured at the same level in a 2-1 European Championships qualifying win in Germany, with Cole again on target. Meanwhile, Pepe Reina played for Spain Under-21’s as they beat Austria 2-0 in Burriana, and fellow future red Christian Poulsen featured in Denmark’s 2-0 defeat of Northern Ireland in another qualifier in Odense. Final caps 2017 – Philippe Coutinho struck has last goal for Brazil while a reds player as they beat Ecuador 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Porto Alegre, with future red Alisson Becker also in action. Future red Naby Keïta scored as Guinea beat Libya 3-2 in a qualifier in Conakry. On the same day, Mohamed Salah won his first cap as a red in Egypt’s 1-0 qualifying defeat in Uganda. Ragnar Klavan, Gini Wijnaldum, ex-reds Péter Gulácsi and Brad Smith, and future red Xherdan Shaqiri also featured in qualifiers that day. 2016 – Ex-red Robbie Keane won his 146th and last cap for the Republic of Ireland, netting in their 4-0 thumping of Oman in a friendly in Dublin. Internationals on target 1996 - Ex-red Dean Saunders netted twice while winning his first cap as a Nottingham Forest player, and 53rd in total, as Wales thumped San Marino 6-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Cardiff. Other ex-reds in international action on the same day were Ray Houghton, Jim Magilton and Steve Staunton, with future red Stéphane Henchoz also playing for his country. 2007 – Future reds reserves forward Nikola Sarić bagged his first Under-17’s goal as Denmark thumped Norway 4-0 in a Syrenka Cup game in Poland. 2012 – Jerome Sinclair scored for England Under-17’s as they beat Turkey 4-1 in a friendly in Northampton, with Sheyi Ojo also featuring. Captain Gary Mac 1996 - Leeds United’s Gary McAllister captained Scotland as he won his 45th international cap, in their goalless World Cup qualifier in Austria. Also in international action 1993 – Future red Brad Friedel played for the USA as they won a friendly 1-0 in Iceland.
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    2nd May

    Strikers on the move 1961 - Ian St. John signed from Motherwell for a club record £37,500. He went on to bag 118 goals in 425 reds games, helping us to two League titles, our first ever FA Cup, Second Division championship and FA Charity Shield before joining South African side Hellenic in February 1971. 1897 – Scottish inside-forward William Walker arrived from Leith Athletic. He struck three times in twelve reds games in his one year with the reds. 1938 – Bill Kinghorn joined the reds from Queen’s Park. He netted four times in nineteen reds games, and another three times in eleven wartime matches. 1979 - Future red John Aldridge signed for Newport County from South Liverpool for £3,500. He netted 83 times in 198 games for County. Cally honoured 1974 - Ian Callaghan was named as the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year, surprisingly becoming the first red ever to win this honour since its launch in 1948. 2008 - Fernando Torres was voted runner-up in the same awards, with ex-red David James in third. Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo was the winner. Happy birthdays 1981 - Chris Kirkland was born in Leicester. He only appeared 45 times between our sticks after signing from Coventry City for £6m in August 2001, while suffering from a succession of injuries, and moved to Wigan Athletic in October 2006 for a reported £3.5m after a successful loan spell. 1904 - Outside-right Cyril Oxley was born in Worksop. He signed from Chesterfield for £2,000 in October 1925 and bagged six goals in 34 games before moving to Southend United in September 1928. 1997 – Midfielder Matty Virtue was born in Epsom. He was Under-23’s skipper, moving on to Blackpool in January 2019. Red farewells 2018 – Ragnar Klavan featured in his 53rd and last reds game as we lost the second leg of our UEFA Champions League Semi-final 4-2 at Roma, our first defeat in the competition that season, to progress 7-6 on aggregate. Sadio Mané and Gini Wijnaldum both scored inside the first half hour, either side of an unfortunate James Milner own goal. Edin Džeko gave the home side hope with the latest of his five goals past us before Radja Nainggolan added two late strikes, including a stoppage-time penalty. 2010 – Yossi Benayoun played his 134th and final reds game prior to joining the visitors as we meekly surrendered 2-0 to Chelsea at Anfield, thus helping to ensure they won the League title ahead of Manchester United and that we could not qualify for the following season’s Champions League. Didier Drogba pounced on a stray Steven Gerrard back-pass to open the scoring with one of his eleven goals past us, with Frank Lampard also on target with last of his eight. Daniel Ayala also made his final senior appearance, his fifth. 2004 - Danny Murphy scored his 44th and last reds goal, converting a spot-kick in a 2-0 defeat of Middlesbrough at Anfield, to continue his hundred per cent record at penalties for us, with his eighth successful conversion. Emile Heskey grabbed the other goal. 1925 – Full-back Ted Parry made his thirteenth and final reds appearance as we drew 1-1 at League champions Huddersfield Town, benefiting from a Tommy Wilson own goal as we finished the season in fourth. Five against the Hammers 1998 - We thumped West Ham United 5-0 at home in the Premiership. Michael Owen, Jason McAteer, with a brace that included his final reds goal, and Øyvind Leonhardsen all scored before the break, with ex-Hammer Paul Ince wrapping up the scoring in the second half to ensure our place in the UEFA Cup for the next season. 1931 - We also played the Hammers as Gordon Hodgson struck twice in our final game of the season to hand us a 2-0 win at Anfield, as we finished ninth in the top flight. This was the sixth consecutive game in which he had netted. The worst season ever 1955 - We finished the season with a 6-1 thumping at Rotherham United, ending up in our worst ever final League position, eleventh in the Second Division. The great Billy Liddell bagged our consolation with Ian Wilson netting four goals, with Jack Grainger and Dennis Pell also on target for the Millers. Champions! 1988 - We were presented with the League Championship trophy, along with the new Barclays trophy, before our 1-1 Bank Holiday Monday home draw with Southampton. John Aldridge put us in front just before half-time, with Rod Wallace equalising with the first of his five strikes against the reds. Also recently 2015 - Philippe Coutinho gave us a first-half lead over Queens Park Rangers before Leroy Fer equalised after the break. Nedum Onuoha was sent off for the visitors and Steven Gerrard had a penalty saved by Robert Green, but went on to head in a late goal as we won 2-1 with Lazar Marković making his 34th and last reds appearance. Colin for the only time 1981 - Forward Colin Russell played his only reds game as Sunderland won 1-0 at Anfield, thanks to a Stan Cummins goal. Future Bolton Wanderers boss Sam Allardyce played his final game for the visitors. A Tiny mistake 1936 - We lost 2-1 in our final game of the season as we finished nineteenth with Stoke City securing their joint highest ever League placing, ending up fourth in the top flight. Fred Howe netted for the reds with centre-half Tom ‘Tiny’ Bradshaw putting through his own net and Jim Westland also on target for the home side. Injured 1992 – John Barnes had to limp off during our goalless draw at Sheffield Wednesday with an injury that ruled him out of the FA Cup Final the following weekend. Danny stays 2009 – Centre-half Daniel Agger agreed a new contract until 2014, later further extended. He struck fourteen times in 232 reds games since signing from Brøndby IF for £5.8m in January 2006, before returning there for a reported £3m in August 2014. Reds against reds 1984 - Alan Kennedy and Sammy Lee faced Ian Rush in a British International Championships game at the Racecourse Ground. It was Barney’s second and final cap. Future red Mark Wright made his England debut, while his future clubmate Paul Walsh won his fifth and last cap. Ex-red Joey Jones also played as the home side won 1-0 thanks to a Mark Hughes goal. Future red Glenn Hysén and ex-red Dave Watson both also featured in internationals that day. First and last caps 1979 - John Toshack won his first cap as a Swansea City player, and 35th overall, in Wrexham, coming on as a substitute in their 2-0 defeat by West Germany in a European Championships qualifier. Fellow ex-red Joey Jones also played. 1989 – Øyvind Leonhardsen debuted for Norway Under-21’s as they lost 2-1 to Poland, with fellow future red Stig Inge Bjørnebye also in action. 2004 - David Raven won his sixth and last cap for England Under-19's as they drew a European Championships qualifier with Ukraine 1-1 in Slovenia. In and out 2011 – Sami Hyypiä announced his retirement from playing, having bagged three goals in 61 outings for Bayer 04 Leverkusen after leaving Anfield two years earlier. On the same day, it was announced that Club Secretary Ian Silvester was to leave by mutual consent, having been in that role for two years. 1908 – Scottish keeper Don Sloan signed from Everton for £300, failing to keep a clean sheet in six reds games before becoming Player/Manager of his old club Distillery in Belfast in July 1909. More disappointments on this day 1995 – We shared a goalless draw with Wimbledon at Selhurst Park. 1987 – We lost 1-0 at Coventry City, with Nick Pickering scoring shortly after the break. 1983 – Peter Davenport bagged the only goal of our trip to Nottingham Forest as we fell to our fourth consecutive defeat, with the League title already in the bag. 1963 – Ian St. John scored as we lost 2-1 at Leyton Orient, although the O’s were still relegated after just one season in the top flight. 1921 – We shared a goalless draw with Arsenal at Highbury. Young uncle Roy on target 1964 - Roy Evans netted for England Schoolboys as they beat their Scottish counterparts 4-2 in Dundee. Also in international action 1956 – Future reds keeper Tommy Younger played for Scotland in their 1-1 friendly draw with Austria at Hampden Park. 1962 – Ian St. John featured as Scotland lost 3-2 to Uruguay at the same venue. 1978 – Future reds coach Joe Corrigan played for England Under-21’s as they drew the second leg of their European Championships Semi-final 1-1 with Yugoslavia at Maine Road, losing out 3-2 on aggregate. 2002 – Carl Medjani captained France Under-17’s as they lost 2-1 to fellow future red Arnaud Bühler’s Switzerland in a European Championships Finals group game in Denmark. 2006 – Jerzy Dudek played for Poland as they lost a friendly 1-0 to Lithuania in Bełchatów. 2007 – Future reds Victor Moses and Mamadou Sakho both played in European Championships Finals group games in Belgium.
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    21st April

    Clinching the title 1923 – We claimed the League title for the fourth time, retaining it from the previous season. Forward Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers netted in our 1-1 draw with Huddersfield Town at Anfield, with George Brown bagging the first of his nine goals against the reds. Sunderland, our closest rivals, lost that day, leaving us five points clear with two games remaining. 1962 - We secured the Second Division title. A brace from winger Kevin Lewis gave us a 2-0 home win over Southampton, in what was Bill Shankly’s hundredth League game in charge. We had been outside the top flight for eight seasons. 1906 - We were presented with the League title at Anfield after becoming the first team to win the Second and First Division in consecutive seasons. Jack Parkinson struck twice in a 3-1 defeat of Sheffield United in our final League game of the campaign with Robbie Robinson also on target, while centre-half James Gorman made his reds bow. Young champions 2006 - We won the FA Youth Cup for the second time in our history, losing the second leg 2-0 to Manchester City at the City of Manchester Stadium, but triumphing 3-2 on aggregate. Future reds forward Daniel Sturridge struck both the goals. Final outings 1928 - Legendary right-back Ephraim Longworth played his 370th and final reds game as we lost 2-0 at Birmingham City. This came more than seventeen and a half years after his debut! John Bradford netted two of his fifteen goals past us. 1999 – Keeper David James made his 277th and last reds appearance in our 1-0 home defeat by Leicester City, with ex-Evertonian Ian Marshall netting the last-minute winner. Luis makes his mark 2013 – We drew 2-2 with Chelsea at Anfield, with Oscar opening the scoring for the visitors before the break with a header from a corner. Daniel Sturridge equalised after having already hit the post since coming off the bench at half time. Eden Hazard converted a penalty after Luis Suárez handballed in the area, one of his seven goals past us to date. Suárez then headed in a stoppage-time equaliser. However, headlines were dominated by Suárez biting Branislav Ivanović’s arm as they challenged for a ball in the area, an offence for which he was later banned for ten matches. Also recently 2019 – We won 2-0 at Cardiff City with Gini Wijnaldum opening the scoring after a goalless first half. James Milner converted a late penalty to send us back to the top of the table. 2018 – We drew 2-2 at West Bromwich Albion, with Danny Ings handing us an early lead, his fourth and last goal for the club. Mohamed Salah doubled the reds’ advantage with just over ten minutes left, but Jake Livermore struck for the already relegated side, before Salomón Rondón headed in a late equaliser. 2003 - Two late, late goals snatched a victory from the jaws of defeat at home to Charlton Athletic. Shaun Bartlett had put the Addicks ahead after Djimi Traoré’s slip. However, Sami Hyypiä and Steven Gerrard scored inside the last five minutes to keep us on course for the Champions League, although we fell at the final hurdle. 2007 - Pepe Reina made his hundredth reds appearance with John Arne Riise playing his 300th game as we beat Wigan Athletic 2-0 at Anfield to guarantee a top-four finish in the League that season. Dirk Kuyt struck both our goals. A treble for Clem 1976 - Keeper Ray Clemence bagged a hat-trick that included two penalties as we lost 6-5 in a testimonial for Ray Mathias played at Tranmere Rovers. David Fairclough and Ray Kennedy also struck. A derby treble 1916 - Fred Pagnam scored a hat-trick, with two coming from the spot, as we beat Everton 5-2 in a Wartime League match at Anfield, with Billy Banks and Dave Watson also on target. 1917 - We were trounced 5-0 at Anfield in another wartime meeting. Other derby days 2000 - We were held to a goalless draw at Goodison, with referee Graham Poll ruling out a last-minute Don Hutchison winner for the Blues. 1948 - We secured a much better result when we beat the Blues 4-0 at Anfield, with outside-left Ken Brierley bagging the first of his eight reds goals and Albert Stubbins, Billy Liddell and Jack Balmer also netting. Gordon again 1934 – Gordon Hodgson scored in the fifth of six consecutive games, converting a spot-kick as we won 2-1 at Sheffield Wednesday, with Alf Hanson bagging the winner in the final minute. Four goals again 1990 - We have netted four goals in a League game on this day more recently than the derby thrashing. We beat Chelsea 4-1 at Anfield, with goals from Ronnie Rosenthal, Ian Rush and a Steve Nicol brace, with Kerry Dixon bagging a late consolation, one of his seven goals past us. Alan Hansen played his 620th and final reds game. 1951 - We also played Chelsea, losing 1-0 at Stamford Bridge to a Bobby Smith goal. Trounced 1894 – We lost 8-1 at Darwen in a Palatine League game, with Arthur Worgan on target for what was in fact our reserves outfit. Disappointment against the Geordies We have twice faced Newcastle United in the First Division on this day in history, without winning. 1930 - We were held to a goalless draw at Anfield with Charlie Thompson making the first of just six reds appearances. 1973 - We lost 2-1 at St. James’ Park thanks to a John Tudor brace, two of his five goals against the reds, when future Toon star Kevin Keegan bagged our consolation. A treble for Dioufy 2001 - El-Hadji Diouf bagged all the goals as Senegal beat Algeria 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Dakar, with fellow future red Salif Diao also in action. Player of the year 2011 - Raul Meireles won the ESPN PFA Fans’ Player of the Year: Premier League, following a recent run of five goals in six games. Crazy Horse twice for England 1970 - Emlyn Hughes won his fifth full international cap as England beat Northern Ireland 3-1 at Wembley in the British International Championships, in what was Bobby Charlton’s hundredth international. 1971 - Crazy Horse won his ninth cap, as they beat Greece 3-0 in a European Championships qualifier at the same venue. Meanwhile, future red Peter Cormack played in Scotland’s 2-0 qualifying defeat by Portugal in Lisbon. Other reds games 1993 – John Barnes struck with Mark Walters converting a penalty as we beat Leeds United 2-0 at Anfield. 1984 – We beat West Bromwich Albion 3-0 in L4. Ken McNaught deflected an Ian Rush shot past his own keeper before Graeme Souness and Kenny Dalglish both scored inside half an hour. 1979 – Kenny Dalglish bagged the only goal after just five minutes as we beat Bristol City at home. 1956 – Tony Rowley netted the only goal as we won a Second Division fixture at Rotherham United. 1905 – Sam Raybould was on the scoresheet as we beat Doncaster Rovers 1-0 in a Second Division match at Anfield. 1902 – We were held to a 2-2 draw by Grimsby Town in L4 with both sides needing a point to ensure they were not relegated from the top-flight. Sam Raybould nabbed a brace, including one from the spot. 1900 – Tommy Robertson struck the only goal of Nottingham Forest’s win in Anfield from the spot. Young red on target 2004 - Young red Conal Platt scored for the Republic of Ireland Under-18’s as they beat Turkey 2-1 in a tournament game in Portugal. Also in international action 1977 – Glenn Hysén played for Sweden Under-18’s in their 3-3 friendly draw in West Germany. 1986 – Ian Rush and ex-red Joey Jones both appeared for Wales as they were held to a goalless draw in a friendly in Wrexham. 1998 – Jamie Carragher and future red Nick Barmby and Frode Kippe all featured in B internationals, with England beating Russia 4-1 at Loftus Road and Norway defeating Scotland 2-1 at Tynecastle. 1999 – Future red Milan Baros played for the Czech Republic Under-18’s in their 2-2 European Championships qualifying draw with Georgia in Opava.
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    8th April

    Semi-final joy and despair 2001 - We played in our 21st FA Cup Semi-final, beating Wycombe Wanderers 2-1 at Villa Park, with Emile Heskey and Robbie Fowler scoring after the underdogs had kept us out for nearly eighty minutes. Keith Ryan bagged a late consolation for Wanderers. 1981 - We were held to a goalless draw at home by Bayern München in the European Cup with Kurt Niedermayer rattling the crossbar, but we went through on away goals after the return in Germany. This game marked Steve Heighway’s 475th and final reds game, as he came on at half time to replace Terry McDermott, while Graeme Souness missed the match through injury. 1990 - We lost 4-3 to Crystal Palace in the FA Cup, also at Villa Park. This is the furthest we have ever gone in the competition as holders. We went in ahead at half time, thanks to an Ian Rush strike, and in total control, although our goalscorer had gone off injured after half an hour. However, the Eagles came out fighting in the second half. The game ended 3-3 after ninety minutes, with Steve McMahon also on target, and John Barnes scoring from spot. Future Eagles boss Alan Pardew grabbed the dramatic winner in extra time, with Mark Bright, Gary O’Reilly and Andy Gray all also on target for Palace. Tom born 1859 – Tom Watson was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He was appointed as reds boss in July 1896, doubling his salary to £300 a year from his time at Sunderland, whom he had led to three League titles and three FA Cup Semi-finals in four seasons. He went beyond the remit of Club Secretary at Anfield, involving himself in team selection, tactics and player recruitment, so becoming a Manager in all but name. He led the reds to two League titles and the Second Division championship and our first ever FA Cup Final, remaining in charge until his death in May 1915. Through to another semi 2008 - We beat Arsenal 4-2 in the second leg of our Champions League Quarter-final. Abou Diaby put the visitors ahead before Sami Hyypiä and Fernando Torres gave us the lead. Emmanuel Adebayor looked to have sent the Gunners through on the away goals rule after a storming run from Theo Walcott, with one of his five goals past us to date, but moments later Ryan Babel was brought down in the box and Steven Gerrard converted the spot-kick to score in his fourth consecutive home game in Europe, a new club record. Babel then added a fourth in stoppage time. In Bob’s honour 1999 - The Paisley Gateway was officially opened at Anfield by his widow Jessie, three years after Bob’s death, to commemorate his service to the club. As Manager, he won an incredible nineteen trophies in nine seasons. He had also played 277 times in our first team, netting twelve times. Quadruple trebles We have three times bagged hat-tricks on this day over the years. 1933 - Gordon Hodgson grabbed three in a 4-3 defeat of Blackpool, with Dave Wright also on target. Phil Watson bagged a brace for the visitors. 1905 - Jack Parkinson netted a treble in our 8-1 thrashing of Burslem Port Vale at Anfield, with Robert Robinson and Jack Cox adding braces and Sam Raybould also scoring. Defender George Latham made the first of his nineteen reds appearances in this game. 1955 - Ex-red Cyril Done bagged four in our 4-3 defeat at Port Vale, as they were by then known. Eric Anderson, Johnny Evans and Billy Liddell netted our goals. 1899 - John Walker struck three times as we beat Derby County 4-0 at Anfield, with Alex Raisbeck also on target. Outside-right Andrew McCowie played his 35th and last reds game. We have also beaten the Rams twice more in First Division matches at Anfield on this day. 1980 – David Johnson netted while playing his hundredth League game for the reds as we won 3-0, with Colin Irwin scoring and Keith Osgood putting through his own net. 1939 - Phil Taylor bagged a brace in a 2-1 victory, with Dave McCulloch netting the last of his seven goals against us. Heading to another European semi 2010 - We faced SL Benfica for the tenth time in European competition, a joint club record along with Chelsea. We overcame a first leg deficit in our UEFA Europa League Quarter-final by winning 4-1 at Anfield. Dirk Kuyt headed us in front from a corner before Lucas Leiva bagged the second. Fernando Torres then struck a brace either side of Óscar Cardozo’s consolation, so becoming the first red ever to net twice in four consecutive home games. For Gerry 1970 - A testimonial match was staged for Gerry Byrne with the reds drawing 8-8 with an All Star XI at Anfield. Bobby Graham, Chris Lawler and Ian St. John each netted a brace, with Roger Hunt and Willie Stevenson also on target. Steve Heighway played his first reds game and was so unfamiliar with his surroundings that he asked a member of the opposition which end was the Kop! Sammy starts off with a bang 1978 - Sammy Lee scored on his reds debut as a substitute for David Johnson, who tore his knee ligaments, in our 3-2 home League win over Leicester City. Tommy Smith nabbed both our other goals, his final reds strikes. Brian’s ton up 1974 – Brian Hall played his hundredth League game as we lost 1-0 at Sheffield United, with Terry Nicholl on target and Ray Clemence saving a penalty from Keith Eddy. Beaten by the Blues 2009 – We lost 3-1 at home to Chelsea in the first leg of our Champions League Quarter-final after Fernando Torres had handed us the lead, to suffer our only defeat of the season at Anfield. Branislav Ivanović twice headed in when unmarked at set pieces, with Didier Drogba rounding off the scoring late on with one of his eleven goals past us to equal our worst ever home defeat in European competition. Pepe Reina played his fiftieth European Cup game. Three off the mark 1912 – American outside-left Hugh Lester and James Scott both debuted as we won 2-0 at Bradford City in a top-flight fixture, with the former becoming the first player born outside of the British Isles to play for the reds. Forward James Speakman grabbed his only reds goal with Sam Gilligan also on the scoresheet as Dickie Bond missed a penalty for the home side. Red beginnings and ends 1944 - Outside-left Hugh McQueen died in Norwich. He had made 61 reds appearances after signing from Leith Athletic in October 1892, bagging eighteen goals and helping us to the Lancashire League and Second Division titles in successive seasons before joining Derby County in July 1895. 1889 - Inside-forward Arthur Metcalf was born in Sunderland. He signed from Newcastle United for £150 in May 1912 and netted 28 times in 63 reds games, playing in every position on the park. Most recently 2015 - Philippe Coutinho bagged the only goal of our FA Cup Sixth Round replay at Blackburn Rovers. Sadly, we crashed out to Aston Villa in the subsequent Semi-final at Wembley. 2017 – We won 2-1 at Stoke City’s rechristened bet365 Stadium, despite falling behind to the last of Jon Walters’ seven goals past us on the stroke of half time. The Brazilian pair Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino both came off the bench to score within two minutes of each other to hand us victory. Souey in charge 1986 - Graeme Souness joined Rangers as Player/Manager from Sampdoria for £300,000, scoring three times in 73 outings and leading them to three League titles and four League Cups. Mixed fortunes against Oldham We have faced Oldham Athletic three times on this day in history. 1911 - Sam Gilligan netted the only goal of our top-flight meeting at Anfield, with centre-half Jimmy Harrop playing his hundredth League game for the reds. 1916 - Dave Watson struck our consolation as we lost a Wartime League match 2-1 at Boundary Park. 1922 - We were thumped 4-0 away from home in another First Division meeting, on the way to our third League title, with left-half Tom Bromilow away on international duty. Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers played his hundredth League game for the reds as Jack Marshall bagged a treble for the home side, the last of his five goals past us, with Reuben Butler also scoring. Beating the Owls 1989 - We thumped Sheffield Wednesday 5-1 in a top-flight encounter at Anfield that kicked off at 11:30am due to it being Grand National day. Peter Beardsley was on target twice, with Steve McMahon, Ray Houghton and John Barnes also netting. This remains our joint record victory over the Hillsborough outfit. 1896 - We also beat the Owls, with Clarke netting the only goal of our friendly against The Wednesday at Anfield. Disappointment at St. James’ Park We have twice visited Newcastle United on this day in history. 1950 - Willie Fagan grabbed our consolation as we were thumped 5-1 in a top-flight match. Robert Mitchell bagged two of his eight goals against the reds, with Ernest Taylor netting the first of his five past us, with Tommy Walker and George Hannah also on target. 1893 - Our friendly ended goalless. Derby stalemate 1963 - Our top-flight trip to Goodison Park ended without score. International beginnings 1992 - Myllykosken Pallo-47’s Sami Hyypiä won his first Under-21’s cap for Finland as they drew 1-1 in a friendly in Poland. 2007 – Future reds reserves forward Nikola Sarić won his only official cap for Denmark Under-16’s, netting in their 3-2 defeat by Georgia in Portugal. 2009 – Conor Coady played for England Under-16’s for the first time as they beat Russia 3-1 in the Montaigu Tournament. International endings 1970 - Emlyn Hughes won his eighth and final England Under-23’s cap as they thumped Bulgaria 4-1 in Plymouth. 1905 – John ‘Geezer’ Hughes made his third and final senior international appearance for Wales as they drew 2-2 with Ireland in the British International Championships in Belfast. 1900 - England’s Raby Howell and Scotland’s Hugh Morgan both won their second and final caps, and only ones as reds players, as the Scots won 2-1 at Villa Park in the same tournament. Future reds keeper Ned Doig was in the Scotland goal. 1999 - Future red Gary McAllister announced his international retirement after a total of 57 caps. Other reds games 1996 – Stan Collymore and John Barnes netted as we beat West Ham United 2-0 on Easter Monday at Anfield. 1992 – Wimbledon won 3-2 in L4 as Ronnie Moran took charge of the side with Graeme Souness recuperating from a heart operation. Michael Thomas struck before Lawrie Sanchez equalised, but Ronnie Rosenthal put us in front at the break. Andy Clarke levelled the scores again before John Fashanu scored one of his five goals against the reds from the spot. 1972 – We defeated Coventry City 3-1 at home with Kevin Keegan and John Toshack on the scoresheet either side of a Tommy Smith penalty. 1961 – We beat Charlton Athletic 2-1 in a Second Division encounter at Anfield as Roger Hunt bagged a brace. 1959 – We lost 2-1 to Middlesbrough in a Second Division fixture in L4. Jimmy Melia struck our consolation after Eddie Holiday and then Brian Clough had scored for the home side, the latter with one of his ten goals past us. 1901 – Sam Raybould bagged the only goal of Notts County’s visit. Razor sheathed 2001 - Neil Ruddock was released by Crystal Palace after 28 games for them. He joined Roy Evans at Swindon Town four months later. Also in international action 1922 – Tom Bromilow played for England as they beat Scotland 1-0 in the British International Championships at Villa Park, with ex-red Ken Campbell in the visitors’ goal. 1964 – Peter Thompson played for England Under-23’s in their 2-2 draw in France. 1987 – Ex-red Avi Cohen featured as Israel lost 3-2 to Romania in a friendly in Brasov. 1992 – Future red Torben Piechnik played for Denmark in their 2-1 friendly defeat in Turkey. 2016 – Future red Ozan Kabak captained Turkey Under 16’s to a 2-0 victory over the Republic of Irelands in Dublin.
  13. Will

    18th January

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

    Jan the man 1984 - Midfield maestro Jan Mølby signed from Ajax for £225,000. He struck 61 times in 292 reds appearances, including a remarkable forty of his 42 attempted spot-kicks. He won three League titles and two FA Cups during his time at Anfield before joining Swansea City as Player/Manager on a free transfer in February 1996. Match of the Day 1964 - Our 3-2 win over Arsenal at Anfield was the first game ever to be screened on the BBC’s new “Match Of The Day” show. Phil Chisnall was the first player to kick a ball on MOTD, knocking the kick-off to Gordon Wallace, who grabbed a brace, including the winner that deflected off Don Howe past ex-reds keeper Jim Furnell. Roger Hunt headed in the first goal on the show that only garnered an audience of 75,000 as BBC2 was still unavailable in large parts of the country. Future red Geoff Strong scored for the Gunners, with Joe Baker bagging one of his four past us, while a black cat did a full lap of the pitch! Soto departs 2011 – Greek centre-half Sotirios Kyrgiakos joined VfL Wolfsburg on a free transfer. He had arrived from A.E.K Athens for £2m two years earlier, following the summer departure of Sami Hyypiä. Soto bagged three goals in 49 largely solid performances at the back, becoming something of a cult figure for his no-nonsense style. On the same day, Steve Staunton joined Sunderland as a scout. 2015 – Full-back Tom Lowry died. He signed pro terms in April 1963 but only ever played one first-team game, when Bill Shankly fielded a team of eleven reserves in our League match at Wolverhampton Wanderers, which came only five days before the 1965 FA Cup Final. He moved on to Crewe Alexandra in June 1966, going on to set their club record of 436 League appearances that stands to this day. Bert’s bow 1959 - Goalkeeper Bert Slater made his reds debut as we lost 3-2 at Cardiff City in our first game of the season. Cardiff in fact scored all five goals, as we benefited from two own goals from the unfortunate Danny Malloy, who had already scored an own goal against the reds two years earlier! Johnny Watkins netted the first of his four goals against us, with Graham Moore and Steve Mokone also on target. Seventies wins 1970 - We thumped Huddersfield Town 4-0 at Anfield with John McLaughlin netting his first two reds goals as Alun Evans also grabbed a brace. Forward Bobby Graham played his hundredth reds game. 1978 - We won another top-flight fixture, this time 3-0 at FA Cup holders Ipswich Town, when Graeme Souness struck before a Kenny Dalglish double, with Ray Kennedy playing his 200th reds game. Eight goals shared with the mancs 1953 - Centre-forward Louis Bimpson struck twice at Anfield, but it was not enough to hand us victory over Manchester United, as the game ended 4-4, with Billy Liddell and Bill Jones also on the scoresheet. Jack Rowley struck the last of his six goals past us, with Tommy Taylor nabbing the first of his four against the reds and Eddie Lewis and Roger Byrne also on target. In and out 2007 - Centre-half Mikel San José signed from Athletic de Bilbao, while keeper Péter Gulácsi arrived on loan from MTK Hungária. The young Hungarian made it into our match-day squad 51 times before moving to Red Bull Salzburg for free in June 2013, while San José did the same at Stamford Bridge in the League in February 2008, although he left for Athletic de Bilbao in May 2010. 2005 - It was a busy day at Melwood, with one arrival and two players departing on loan. Austrian midfielder Besian Idrizaj signed from Linzer ASK for £190,000, while Robbie Foy moved to Wrexham and John Welsh signed for Hull City. Welsh struck twice in 23 games before signing permanently for the Tigers in January 2006 in a swap deal for winger Paul Anderson. Foy nabbed three goals in twenty games while at the Racecourse Ground. On the same day, ex-reds loanee keeper Paul Jones joined Millwall on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers. He played four times for the struggling South London outfit. 2006 - Foy signed for Sc***horpe United on non-contract terms. He struck once in nine outings for the Iron but was released after just a season. 2009 - Idrizaj signed for Swansea City. He played four times for the Swans before tragically dying in May 2010 of a suspected heart attack at the age of just 22. A new striker 1893 - Centre-forward James Henderson signed from Scottish side Annbank. He only ever made one first-team appearance for the reds, in our first ever Football League fixture, a 2-0 Second Division win at Middlesbrough Ironopolis. Kenny resigns 1996 - Kenny Dalglish resigned as Director of Football at Blackburn Rovers. He had led them to the League title as team manager the year before. St. Michael signs on 1998 - Michael Owen signed a new five-year contract ten minutes before our first home game of the season, when Arsenal held us to a goalless draw at Anfield. Most recently 2006 - We squeezed into the group stage of the Champions League, being held to a 1-1 draw by Maccabi Haifa in Kiev in the second leg of our Third Qualifying Round tie, to progress 3-2. Peter Crouch headed us in front, with the reds wasting numerous chances to build a convincing lead. We also suffered injuries to Momo Sissoko and Stephen Warnock, who joined Jamie Carragher and John Arne Riise on the sidelines. 1993 - Our most recent game before that came when Steve McManaman struck twice in a 5-0 thumping of Swindon Town at their County Ground. Neil Ruddock, Ronnie Whelan and Mike Marsh all also netted. This was Marsh’s final reds strike in his hundredth game for the club. A win in Ireland 1981 - Terry McDermott grabbed a brace, with Ronnie Whelan, Phil Neal and Kenny Dalglish also scoring, as we thumped Ronnie’s former side Home Farm 5-0 at Tolka Park in Dublin. This game had been arranged as part of Whelan’s transfer to Anfield. However, the match was almost cancelled after a massive H was carved into the pitch the night before in support of IRA hunger strikers. Emergency re-turfing saved the game with the reds flying over in the afternoon for the evening fixture. International reds 2007 - Young Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva made his senior international debut in their 2-0 friendly defeat of Algeria in Montpellier, playing alongside future reds keeper Alexander Doni. Ryan Babel, Yossi Benayoun, Fernando Torres and Andriy Voronin all won their first caps as reds players, while Luis García made his first appearance while with Club Atlético de Madrid, as Spain won 3-2 in Greece with Xabi Alonso and Pepe Reina also in action. Ukraine beat Uzbekistan 2-1, with Israel beaten 2-1 in Belarus and the Netherlands losing 2-1 in Switzerland with Dirk Kuyt on target, and future red Philipp Degen also featuring. Future red Robbie Keane bagged a brace as the Republic of Ireland thumped Daniel Agger’s Denmark 4-0 in Copenhagen, with Steve Finnan and ex-red Darren Potter also in Steve Staunton’s line-up. David James won his first cap as a Portsmouth player as England lost 2-1 to Germany at Wembley, with Peter Crouch, future red Joe Cole and ex-red Michael Owen also playing. Javier Mascherano faced John Arne Riise with future red Maxi Rodríguez netting as Norway beat Argentina 2-1 in Oslo, while future red Ragnar Klavan was sent off as Estonia beat Andorra 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Tallinn. Also in international action that day were Sami Hyypiä, future reds Alberto Aquilani, Milan Jovanović, Alex Manninger, Raul Meireles, Mamadou Sakho and Kolo Touré, ex-reds Nicolas Anelka, Milan Baroš, Daniel Sjölund and Rigobert Song, with Roy Hodgson and John Toshack both on management duties. On the move 2008 – Reserves forward Craig Lindfield joined Bournemouth on loan. He struck once in five outings for the Cherries. 2005 - Paul Dalglish signed for Livingston from Modena. He struck six times in 23 games before moving to Hibernian in January 2006. 2003 - Former reserves midfielder Phil Charnock signed for basement side Bury on a free transfer from Port Vale, although he only stayed two weeks at Gigg Lane, playing three times. 1986 - Former reserves centre-back Dave Watson made his big move, leaving Norwich City for Everton for a fee of £900,000. At the time his brother Alex was still playing in our reserves. 1997 - Future reds keeper Pegguy Arphexad signed for Leicester City from Racing Club de Lens on a free transfer. He only played 29 times for the Foxes, before switching to Anfield in July 2000. 2012 – Danish midfielder Christian Poulsen signed for Ajax, whom he helped to claim the League title in his first season in Amsterdam. 2019 – Midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain signed a new contract, having struck five times in 47 outings to date since arriving from Arsenal for £35m two years earlier. Other reds games 1967 – We beat Arsenal 2-0 at Anfield with Roger Hunt scoring twice past ex-reds custodian Jim Furnell. 1962 – We drew 2-2 at Manchester City. Neil Young struck the first two of his four goals against the reds, after first Ronnie Moran had converted a penalty and then Roger Hunt scored. 1949 – Stoke City held us to a goalless draw at the Victoria Ground. Billy’s day 2019 – Billy Koumetio won his second and final cap for France Under-18’s in their 1-1 friendly draw with Paraguay. 2020 – Koumetio played his first games for the club, as did left-back Kostas Tsimikas in our 3-0 defeat of VfB Stuttgart in a behind closed doors friendly in Austria. Roberto Firmino, Naby Keïta and Rhian Brewster all scored. Also in international action 1990 - Stig Inge Bjørnebye, then still with Kongsvinger, won his eighth cap for Norway as they lost 2-1 at home to Sweden in a friendly, played in Stavanger. 1993 - Gérard Houllier managed France as they drew a World Cup qualifier 1-1 in Sweden. 2017 – Bobby Duncan featured for England Under-17’s in their 2-1 defeat by Italy in Kidderminster.
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    13th March

    Two cups on the same day 1982 - We claimed two trophies - the old Football League Cup and the new Milk Cup trophy. Tottenham Hotspur went ahead at Wembley early on through Steve Archibald, one of his six goals past us, but Ronnie Whelan grabbed a late equaliser past ex-red Ray Clemence, before netting a second in extra time. Ian Rush added a third, as Spurs suffered their first defeat at Wembley, and their first loss in nine domestic cup finals. Skipper Graeme Souness lifted the old three-handled trophy, while former captain Phil Thompson held the new Milk Cup aloft. Stevie’s derby treble 2012 - Steven Gerrard scored a hat-trick past Everton at Anfield in his 400th League game as we won 3-0, with his third goal being the club’s 300th derby goal. Visiting boss David Moyes was hours from celebrating his tenth anniversary as their Manager, still without having tasted victory at Anfield. On our way to Wembley 1988 - An FA Cup game brought us our best ever result on this day, as we won 4-0 on a muddy pitch at Manchester City in the Sixth Round in front of the live TV cameras, on our way to the Final. Ray Houghton, Craig Johnston and John Barnes all netted, to add to a Peter Beardsley penalty, with Johnston’s strike being our 500th in the competition. This was our seventh consecutive away victory, and the tenth time we had bagged four in a game that season. 1915 - We also beat City when Fred Pagnam, Arthur Metcalf and Tom Miller struck in a 3-2 First Division win at Anfield. Centre-half Bob Ferguson played his 103rd and final reds game. Horace Barnes bagged one of his nine goals past us, with Fred Howard netting the last of his nine against the reds, in just five outings. Heading towards Madrid 2019 – We won 3-1 at Bayern München in the second leg of our UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie, following the goalless first game at Anfield. Sadio Mané put us ahead but Joël Matip put through his own net before the break. Virgil van Dijk and Mané both then headed in after half time. Milan in Barcelona 2002 - Milan Baroš made his reds debut as a substitute in our goalless Champions League draw with Barcelona in the Camp Nou. This result left us needing to beat Roma by two clear goals at Anfield to be sure of a place in the Quarter-finals. Nick Barmby came on as a late replacement for Steven Gerrard, his 58th and final reds appearance, although he sat on the bench on a further five occasions that season. Emile in front of his old boss 2003 - Emile Heskey drew us level at Martin O’Neill’s Celtic after Henrik Larsson had put the Hoops into an early lead. This UEFA Cup Quarter-final first leg tie ended 1-1, but was marred by El-Hadji Diouf spitting into the crowd. Unfortunately, the Scottish side won the Anfield return 2-0. Mixed derby outcomes 1979 - Andy King scored one of only four opposition goals in the League at Anfield that season, as we were held in this derby encounter. Kenny Dalglish bagged our goal on his hundredth reds appearance as well as suffering an injury, along with Phil Thompson and David Johnson. 1994 – Dave Watson headed the visitors in front in the 150th League derby before Ian Rush struck just nine seconds after the re-start. Robbie Fowler then netted to secure a 2-1 win, Roy Evans’ only victory over Everton as boss. Fowler’s goal was the last derby strike in front of the old standing Kop. 1988 - We took part in a testimonial match for the Blues’ legendary centre-half Brian Labone. John Toshack struck as Everton won 2-1 at Goodison Park. Red one-offs 1909 – Forward Dick Allman made his only reds appearance as we lost 2-1 to Bristol City at Anfield in a top-flight encounter. Tom Chorlton nabbed our goal from the spot, his eighth and final reds goal, with Willis Rippon bagging a brace for the visitors, including a penalty. 1920 - Keeper Tom Armstrong played his only reds game as we drew 2-2 with The Wednesday at Hillsborough in another First Division fixture. Dick Forshaw and Donald Mackinlay struck within the last ten minutes. Incomings 1896 – Half-back Barney Battles arrived on loan from Celtic. He won the title two years running in Scotland, for Hearts in 1895 and then Celtic, joining the reds for just six weeks, featuring in two Second Division games and three of the four Test matches as we secured promotion, for which he received a special gold medal and a cheque for a “handsome sum”. He re-signed from Dundee in March 1898 for £20 but only played one more game before joining Celtic for a third spell seven months later. On the same day, Scottish half-back Tom Cleghorn signed from Blackburn Rovers, scoring once in seventy games before moving to Portsmouth in August 1899. 1969 – Left-back Alec Lindsay signed from his hometown club Bury for £67,000. He netted eighteen times in 248 reds games, helping us to the League and UEFA Cup in 1973, and FA Cup and FA Charity Shield the following year, before leaving for Stoke City in September 1977. Three-ton Stevie 1976 – Steve Heighway played his 300th reds game, with Phil Neal scoring the only goal of our League game at Birmingham City from the spot late on. Goalscoring beginning and end 1929 – Centre-half David Davidson bagged the first of his two reds goals late on as we beat West Ham United 2-1 at Anfield after eight games without a win, with John Lindsay also on target. Vic Watson bagged one of his nine goals against the reds. 1993 – Don Hutchison scored his tenth and last goal for the club, opening the scoring as we won 2-1 at Middlesbrough in our last trip to Ayresome Park. Steve Nicol put through his own net, with Ian Rush bagging a late winner. Making an exhibition of themselves 2007 - Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard, Robbie Fowler and Bolo Zenden all played for a Europe XI who lost 4-3 to Manchester United at Old Trafford, in a game played to celebrate the fiftieth anniversaries of the Treaty of Rome and Manchester United in European competition. Ex-red El-Hadji Diouf bagged a brace, including a penalty. Nice one Cyril 1943 - Cyril Done scored a hat-trick as we thumped Bury 7-2 at Gigg Lane in a game that counted for both the Wartime League and the War League Cup. Michael Hulligan added a brace, with our other goals coming from Jack Pilling and a Griffiths own goal. Red farewells 1897 – Inside-left Davy Hannah played his 33rd and last reds game as we drew 0-0 with Aston Villa at their Perry Barr ground. 1926 - Fred Baron bagged his seventh and final reds goal. Harry Chambers was also on target as we lost 3-2 at Sunderland in a top-flight encounter. Donald Mackinlay missed a penalty, while Dave Halliday scored two of his thirteen goals past us, with Jack Prior also on target. 1958 – Welsh forward Tony Rowley was sold to Third Division side Tranmere Rovers, for whom he continued to score at a rate of one goal every other game. He had bagged a treble on his debut after signing from Stourbridge in October 1953, going on to net 38 times in 61 reds games. 2010 – Keeper Charlie Ashcroft died. He signed for the reds in December 1943 and appeared 89 times before joining Ipswich Town in June 1955. Disappointment at Bramall Lane We have twice lost First Division fixtures at Sheffield United on this day in history. 1954 - Billy Liddell netted our consolation from the spot, his hundredth reds strike, as we lost 3-1. Geoff Twentyman put through his own net, with Joe Shaw and Sam McNab also scoring for the home side. 1965 - We went down 3-0 to send us down to ninth in the table. Alan Birchenall struck one of his four goals past us, with Barry Hartle and Alan Woodward also on target as keeper Tommy Lawrence played his hundredth League game for the reds. Reds keepers in opposition 1920 - Two reds keepers faced each other in an international as Ken Campbell played for Scotland, who beat Ireland, for whom Elisha Scott was making his international debut. The game ended 3-0 at Celtic Park, with fellow red Billy Lacey also playing for the visitors. 1922 - England beat Wales 1-0 in an international at Anfield. Tom Bromilow played for the home side on his club ground. Off on loan 2003 - Jon Otsemobor joined Third Division Hull City on loan. He bagged three goals in nine games for the Tigers before returning to Anfield. 2007 - Centre-back Godwin Antwi joined Accrington Stanley, for whom he made nine League Two outings. 2009 – Former reserves keeper Tony Warner joined Leicester City on loan from Hull City. He played four times for them as they progressed towards the League One title. For the last time 1937 – Forward Jimmy Collins played his seventh and final reds game as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Preston North End. Harry Holdcroft saved a penalty from the reds’ Tommy Cooper in the first half. Alf Hanson then converted a spot-kick after the break. Vladi on target 1996 - Vladimír Šmicer netted for the Czech Republic Under-21’s as they lost 2-1 to Spain in a European Championships qualifier in Granada. On the same day future red Stéphane Henchoz played for Switzerland in their 1-1 friendly draw in Luxembourg. Souey’s debut 1974 - Future red Graeme Souness won his first cap for Scotland Under-23’s as they lost 2-0 to England at St. James’ Park. Other reds games 1999 – We lost 3-2 at Derby County with Robbie Fowler on target, once from the spot. Deon Burton netted for the Rams before Paolo Wanchope bagged the last two of his four goals against the reds. 1996 – Wimbledon held us to a 2-2 draw at Anfield. Steve McManaman and Stan Collymore struck our goals. Efan Ekoku scored for the visitors before Dean Holdsworth nabbed one of his four past us. 1971 – We lost 1-0 at Coventry City with John O’Rourke pouncing after Ray Clemence had pushed a free-kick onto the post. Also in international action 1988 – Ex-red Avi Cohen played for Israel as they beat Taiwan 5-1 in an Olympics qualifier in Sydney. 1991 – Future red Jari Litmanen played for Finland in their 1-1 friendly draw in Poland. 2008 – Future red Mamadou Sakho played for France Under-18’s as they drew 1-1 with Germany in Reutlingen. 2014 – Future red Marko Grujić featured as Serbia Under-19’s beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 1-0. 2015 – Future red Bobby Adekanye played for the Dutch Under-16’s in their 4-0 defeat of the Republic of Ireland in Hoorn.
  16. Will

    28th February

    Happy birthday Ronnie 1934 - Reds stalwart Ronnie Moran was born in Crosby. He spent 49 years at Anfield, making 379 senior appearances and bagging seventeen goals. He helped us to win the Second Division in 1963 and the League title the following year, before joining the coaching staff. He took charge of the reds for ten games in between Kenny Dalglish’s departure and Graeme Souness’s appointment, having another spell in temporary charge while Souness recovered from his heart operation. He died in March 2017. 1980 – Danish midfielder Christian Poulsen was born in Asnæs. He was signed by Roy Hodgson for £4.5m from Juventus in August 2010 and played 21 reds games without scoring, moving on to French side Évian Thonon Gaillard a year later. 1973 - Goalkeeping coach Xavi Valero was born in Castellón de la Plana. He played for a variety of clubs in Spain, including Real Murcia, and joined the staff at Melwood in July 2007 after José Ochotorena left to join Valencia. He then followed Rafael Benítez to Internazionale. 1962 – Former Head of the Academy medical department Dave Galley was born in Stoke-on-Trent. He had roles with Port Vale, Fulham, Luton Town and Sheffield Wednesday before joining the reds as a physiotherapist in the summer of 1999. He returned to the club in 2009, moving on to Sunderland a year later. Another record for Rushie 1995 - Ian Rush equalled Denis Law’s FA Cup scoring record of 41 goals as we beat Wimbledon 2-0 at Selhurst Park in a Fifth Round replay. John Barnes was also on target. Rush went on to net 44 FA Cup goals in total, still a competition record. Unfortunately, we were knocked out at Anfield by Tottenham Hotspur in the next round. Wembley disappointment 2016 – We lost the League Cup Final to Manchester City on penalties. Fernandinho put the Sky Blues ahead shortly after the break, with Philippe Coutinho equalising to send the game into extra time. Emre Can converted the first spot kick before Fernandinho missed. However, Lucas, Coutinho and Adam Lallana’s efforts were all saved as we lost the shoot-out 3-1. Off the mark 1987 - John Aldridge bagged his first reds goal to hand us a 1-0 victory over Southampton at Anfield. Centre-forward Alan Irvine made his fourth and final senior reds appearance in this game, coming on as a substitute for Gary Gillespie, with Ian Rush moving back into midfield to accommodate him. 1981 - We also entertained the Saints, with Ray Kennedy and Terry McDermott on target in a 2-0 win. 1914 – Forward Jimmy Nicholl struck his first reds goal in our 2-2 draw at Oldham Athletic, with Arthur Metcalf also on target. Centre-forward Tommy Gracie played his 34th and final reds game, while right-back Ephraim Longworth put through his own net, with Ollie Tummon also on target. Red trebles 1931 - South African forward Gordon Hodgson netted a hat-trick, including a penalty, in a 5-2 home League win over Blackpool with centre-half Norman James making his reds bow. Archie McPherson added a brace as Jimmy Hampson netted the first of his six goals against the reds and Jack Oxberry also on target. 1953 - Louis Bimpson bagged all three goals in our 3-2 friendly defeat of Burnley. Carra the top personality 2005 - Jamie Carragher was awarded the Merseyside Sports Personality of the Year in a ceremony organised by the Liverpool Echo. Friedel’s debut 1998 - Brad Friedel made his reds bow in a 2-1 League defeat at Aston Villa. Michael Owen bagged our goal from the spot, with ex-red Stan Collymore netting both of the home side’s goals in John Gregory’s first game as Villa boss. 2001 - Friedel won his 67th cap for the USA, his first one as a Blackburn Rovers player, in their 2-0 World Cup qualifying win over Mexico. The game was played in the Columbus Crew Stadium, where he used to play his club football. Second-rate King Kenny 1984 - Kenny Dalglish made his first reserves appearance for the reds, nearly seven years into his Anfield career. He had been out of action for two months since fracturing a cheekbone against Manchester United. Only 360 fans were there to see him lay on a goal for Paul Jewell as he played the full ninety minutes. On the same day, Graeme Souness captained Scotland to a 2-1 victory over Wales in the British International Championships at Hampden Park ,with Ian Rush and ex-reds Joey Jones and Frank McGarvey also featuring. Twice against Boro 1903 - We won 2-0 at Linthorpe Road, with Sam Raybould and Edgar Chadwick on target in this top-flight meeting with Middlesbrough, our first visit to Boro and only fixture at this venue. 2009 – We lost 2-0 at the Riverside Stadium. A Xabi Alonso own goal handed the home side the lead with Tuncay also netting. Martin Škrtel had a rare outing at right-back. Derby action We twice faced Derby County on this day during the 1970s. 1970 - We lost 2-0 at Anfield, one of just eleven home League defeats in the entire decade. This was the Rams’ first win in L4 since December 1937 after fourteen unsuccessful visits. John O’Hare bagged one of his six goals past us, with Terry Hennessey also netting. 1976 - We drew 1-1 at the Baseball Ground, with Ray Kennedy netting late on for the reds after Charlie George had struck one of his five goals against the reds from the spot. Emlyn Hughes reached the impressive landmark of 500 reds games that day. Back in town 1979 – We beat Burnley 3-0 in an FA Cup Fifth Round tie at Anfield. David Johnson netted twice with Graeme Souness also scoring and ex-red Brian Hall on the losing side. We went as far as the Semi-final that season before losing to Manchester United. On target again 2010 - We scored in our 25th consecutive home League game as we beat Blackburn Rovers 2-1. Fábio Aurélio played his 110th and final game of his first spell at Anfield. Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres struck in the first half, either side of a Keith Andrews penalty after Jamie Carragher’s inadvertent handball. First time as a red 1999 - Rigobert Song won his first cap as a reds player as Cameroon beat Mozambique 1-0 in an African Cup of Nations qualifier in Yaoundé. International beginning and end 2006 - Ex-reds keeper Tony Warner won his first cap for Trinidad & Tobago as a substitute in their 2-0 friendly defeat of Iceland at Loftus Road. Future reds Sotirios Kyrgiakos and Andriy Voronin also played for their countries while Scott Carson, Darren Potter, future reds Alberto Aquilani, Raul Meireles and James Milner, and ex-red Michael Foley-Sheridan all featured in Under-21’s friendlies on the same day, with future red Glen Johnson winning his fourteenth and final cap at this level as England beat Norway 3-1 in Reading, with John Welsh playing for the first time since moving permanently to Hull City. Meanwhile, Roy Hodgson took charge of Finland in the Cyprus Tournament. 2012 – Future red Lazar Marković made his senior international debut for Serbia as they beat Armenia 2-0 in a friendly in Cyprus. Meanwhile, Conor Coady captained England Under-19’s in their 2-1 friendly victory over the Czech Republic in London, with Andre Wisdom also featuring. 1925 – Ex-red Harry Beadles won his second and final cap for Wales in their 2-1 defeat by England in the British International Championships at Vetch Field. 1995 – Future red Haukur Igni Gudnason won his sixteenth and last Under-17’s cap for Iceland as they were trounced 6-1 by Scotland in the Portugal Tournament. International reds in action 2001 - Nick Barmby bagged the first England goal of Sven-Göran Eriksson’s reign, with Emile Heskey also netting in a 3-0 friendly defeat of Spain at Villa Park, as Michael Owen won his 25th cap. Ex-red David James also played. On the same day, Igor Bišcan came on as a substitute in Croatia’s 1-0 friendly defeat of Austria in Rijeka, winning his twelfth cap, and first as a reds player, with future red Alex Manninger also playing. Also in action that day were Sander Westerveld, who kept a clean sheet against Turkey at the Amsterdam ArenA, Sami Hyypiä, Vladimír Šmicer and ex-red Jim Magilton. Future red Abel Xavier appeared in Portugal’s 3-0 World Cup qualifying defeat of Andorra in Funchal. Meanwhile, Feyenoord’s Jerzy Dudek won his tenth cap as Poland thumped a Switzerland side that included Stéphane Henchoz 4-0. On the move 2011 – Reserves forward David Amoo joined Hull City on loan, netting once in seven games for the Tigers. 2013 - Kevin MacDonald was appointed Manager of Swindon Town after Paolo Di Canio’s resignation. He led them to the League One play-offs at the end of that season, where they missed out in the Semi-final. However, he left by mutual consent after just fourteen games and five months in charge. Other reds games 1996 – We beat Charlton Athletic 2-1 in an FA Cup Fifth Round tie at Anfield as we headed towards Wembley. Robbie Fowler headed in before Stan Collymore struck. 1959 – We won a Second Division fixture 3-1 at Leyton Orient, with Jimmy Melia, Fred Morris and Alan A’Court all getting on the scoresheet. 1948 – We lost 3-1 at Chelsea, with Kevin Baron nabbing our goal. 1925 – We lost 3-0 at Sunderland. Charlie Buchan scored one of his 21 goals past us, with Billy Ellis scoring before Billy Clunas converted a penalty. 1920 – Notts County were beaten 3-0 in L4, thanks to goals from Albert Pearson, Jackie Sheldon and Tom Miller. Youngsters on target for their countries 2001 - Future red Milan Baroš netted as the Czech Republic Under-21’s beat Poland 4-2 in a friendly in Blšany. 1984 - Ex-red Dave Watson bagged his first goal in only his second game for England Under-21’s as they thumped France 6-1 in a European Championships Finals game at Hillsborough. Also in international action 2014 – Sheyi Ojo and future red Joe Gomez played for England Under-17’s as they drew 2-2 with Portugal in the Algarve Tournament. 1990 – Future red Karl-Heinz Riedle played as West Germany lost a friendly 2-1 in France.
  17. Will

    27th February

    Crazy Horse trots in 1967 – Emlyn Hughes signed from Blackpool for a club record £65,000, netting 49 times in 665 games. He helped us to claim two European Cups, four League titles, two UEFA Cups, FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and two FA Charity Shields before joining Wolverhampton Wanderers for £90,000 in August 1979. His greatest season was probably 1976/77 when he captained the side to within a whisker of a unique treble, as well as being voted the Football Writers’ Player of the Year. Sadly, he died in November 2004, aged just 57. Incomings 2010 – Winger Raheem Sterling signed from Queens Park Rangers for £500,000. He bagged 23 goals in 129 reds games before being sold to Manchester City for an initial £44m in July 2015. 1912 – Forward Billy Lacey and centre-forward Tommy Gracie signed from Everton for £300 with winger Harold Uren heading in the opposite direction as part of the deal. Lacey played 259 times for the reds, including the FA Cup Final in 1914. He helped us to two League titles in the 1920’s, netting 29 times before crossing the Mersey to join New Brighton in June 1924. Gracie only managed to score five times in 34 reds games, returning north of the border to join Heart Of Midlothian for £400 in May 1914. Jonjo’s day 1992 – Ex-reds midfielder Jonjo Shelvey was born in Romford. He signed from Charlton Athletic for £1.7m in May 2010, having become their youngest ever player. He struck seven times in 69 senior appearances, moving on to Swansea City for an initial £5m in July 2013. Cardiff disappointment 2005 - We were beaten by Chelsea in the Final of the Carling Cup in Cardiff, 3-2 after extra time. John Arne Riise struck in the first minute, and we led until a Steven Gerrard own goal rescued the Blues with just eleven minutes left. Didier Drogba bagged one of his eleven goals against us with Mateja Kezman also netting before Antonio Núñez bagged a consolation, his only reds goal. We have faced Chelsea twice more on this day in history, also suffering defeat each time. 1932 - We lost an FA Cup Sixth Round tie 2-0 at Anfield when Hughie Gallacher netted one of his eight goals against the reds, with George Pearson also on target. 1999 - Michael Owen grabbed the consolation in our 2-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge in a Premiership meeting. This was the game in which Robbie Fowler infamously bent over to taunt Graeme Le Saux, while midfielder Jean-Michel Ferri made the first of his two substitute appearances for the reds, coming on to replace Paul Ince early in the second half. Happy birthdays 1948 - Left-back Alec Lindsay was born in Bury. He signed from his hometown club for £67,000 in March 1969 and netted eighteen times in 248 reds games, helping us to the League and UEFA Cup in 1973, and FA Cup and FA Charity Shield the following year, before leaving for Stoke City in September 1977. 1912 - Outside-left Alf Hanson was born in Bootle. He signed from Everton in November 1931 and scored 52 goals in 177 reds games before we received a club record £7,500 fee from Chelsea in July 1938, although he returned to guest sixteen times for the reds during the war, bagging another three goals. Forward Bill Kinghorn was born in Strathblane on exactly the same day. The Scotsman signed from Queens Park in April 1938 and netted four times in nineteen reds games, and another three times in eleven wartime matches. 1937 - Hanson struck on his 25th birthday as we were held to a 2-2 draw at Anfield by Brentford, with Jack Balmer also scoring. Bobby Reid bagged one of his five goals past us as Dave McCulloch nabbed one of his seven against the reds. 1907 - Forward Ted Harston was born in Monk Bretton, Barnsley. He joined the reds for £3,000 from Mansfield Town in June 1937, striking on his reds bow as we were thumped 6-1 at Chelsea that August. He bagged a brace in his second game but only played a further three games, returning to amateur football with Shorts in the Kent League in August 1939 after suffering a broken leg that ended his professional career. Moran in charge 1991 - Ronnie Moran remained in temporary charge following Kenny Dalglish’s resignation as Everton knocked us out of the FA Cup in a Fifth Round second replay at Goodison, the last ever to be played in the competition. Ex-red Dave Watson headed the only goal of the game. Hodgson’s debut 1926 - South African forward Gordon Hodgson made his reds bow as Dick Forshaw struck early on in our 1-1 draw at Manchester City. Ex-Evertonian Tommy Browell netted his seventh and last goal against us. We have faced City on two more occasions on this day in history. 1904 - We were held to a 2-2 top-flight draw at Anfield with Sam Raybould and Robert Robinson on target as Arthur Goddard missed a penalty. Billy Gillespie scored the last of his five goals past us, with Tommy Hynds also scoring. 1943 - William Wilson Hall bagged our consolation as we lost a Wartime League fixture 3-1 at Maine Road. On the same day, ex-reds keeper George Poland played for Wales as they lost 5-3 to England in a Wartime International at Wembley. More records for Mickey 2003 - Michael Owen scored in his fifteenth different European game, a then club record, as we beat an Auxerre side that featured future red Djibril Cissé 2-0 in the UEFA Cup Fourth Round second leg at Anfield, with Danny Murphy also on target. Owen’s goal was his twentieth in Europe, equalling Ian Rush’s club record. Most recently 2019 – We thumped Watford 5-0 at Anfield, with Sadio Mané scoring twice before the break. Divock Origi was on target in the second half, before Virgil van Dijk headed in a brace, as Trent Alexander-Arnold ended the match with three assists. 2017 – We lost 3-1 at Leicester City, with Jamie Vardy bagging two of his eight goals past us to date and Danny Drinkwater also on target, as Philippe Coutinho bagged our consolation in their first game after Claudio Ranieri’s sacking. Disappointment in the East End 1965 – We lost a top-flight fixture 2-1 at West Ham United, with Roger Hunt grabbing our goal. Geoff Hurst struck one of his nine goals against us, with Eddie Presland also on the scoresheet. 2011 – We went down 3-1 at Upton Park, with ex-Hammer Glen Johnson on target after Scott Parker and Demba Ba had put the Irons two goals ahead. Carlton Cole added a late third. In McKenna’s honour 1937 - A tablet in honour of John McKenna was unveiled in the Anfield entrance hall by Mr W.C. Cuff, the Football League Vice Chairman and Everton Chairman. McKenna had managed the reds for our first four years, as well as serving as a Director for thirty years. International start and end 2012 – Future red Mohamed Salah scored his first senior goal while winning his third cap for Egypt, in their 5-0 friendly thumping of Kenya in Qatar. 1974 - Future red Joey Jones made his Under-23’s debut as Wales lost 3-0 to Scotland at the Pittodrie Stadium. 2011 – Keeper Tyrell Bedford won his second and final cap for England Under-17’s as they drew 2-2 with Portugal in the Algarve Tournament, with Jack Dunn and Matty Regan both also in action. On the same day, future red Samed Yeşil scored as Germany drew 1-1 with Romania in the same competition, with fellow future red Emre Can also featuring. Avi for Israel Avi Cohen twice represented his country on this day in history. 1985 - He won his 32nd cap as they were held to a goalless draw by the Republic of Ireland in a friendly in Tel-Aviv. Jim Beglin, Ronnie Whelan, future red Ronnie Rosenthal and ex-red Kevin Sheedy all also played. On the same day, ex-red Graeme Souness captained Scotland with future red John Barnes also playing in a World Cup qualifier and future reds Barry Venison and Mark Walters playing for England Under-21’s. 1977 - He played in a World Cup qualifier in the same stadium, as South Korea left with a share of the points following a goalless draw. Boardroom changes 2009 – Chief Executive Rick Parry announced he would leave at the end of the season. 2017 - The appointment of Peter Moore as Chief Executive Officer later that year was announced. Other reds games 1993 – We drew 1-1 at Sheffield Wednesday. Don Hutchison scored our goal, with Viv Anderson heading in a late equaliser. 1988 – John Barnes struck twice as we won 2-0 at Portsmouth. 1982 – We beat Leeds United 2-0 at Elland Road thanks to goals from Graeme Souness and Ian Rush. 1971 – We lost 1-0 at Wolverhampton Wanderers. 1960 – We won 2-1 at Brighton & Hove Albion in a Second Division fixture, with Dave Hickson grabbing a brace. 1954 – We lost 2-1 at Aston Villa. Dave Walsh struck the last of his four goals past us just before half time. Louis Bimpson levelled, but Ken Roberts scored the winner. 1924 – Harry Chambers and Dick Forshaw netted as we beat Southampton 2-0 in an FA Cup Third Round replay in L4. However, we fell at the next hurdle at Newcastle United. 1915 – We beat Burnley 3-0 at Anfield. Jackie Sheldon converted a penalty, with Jimmy Nicholl on target either side of the break. 1911 – We defeated Newcastle United 3-0 in a home League fixture. Sam Gilligan scored twice, with Jack Parkinson also on the scoresheet. 1909 – We were held to a 1-1 draw by Notts County in L4 with Bobby Robinson scoring our goal. 1897 – Nottingham Forest held us to a 1-1 draw in an FA Cup Third Round encounter in L4. Frank Becton netted as we went on to win the replay, but we fell at the next hurdle, actually a Semi-final against Aston Villa. On the move 1986 - Future reds loanee keeper Mark Prudhoe joined Third Division Walsall from Birmingham City for £22,000. He made 31 appearances for the Saddlers. 2004 - Ex-red Nick Barmby joined Nottingham Forest on loan from Leeds United, netting once in six outings while at the City Ground. Billy the dad 1950 - Billy Liddell became a father to twins, David and Malcolm. Also in international action 1926 – Elisha Scott played for Northern Ireland as they lost 4-0 to Scotland in the British International Championships in Glasgow. 2001 – Dietmar Hamann and Christian Ziege faced future red Nicolas Anelka as France beat Germany 1-0 in a friendly at the Stade de France. Meanwhile, future red Pepe Reina played for Spain Under-21’s in their 4-0 defeat of England, with future red John Arne Riise in action for Norway Under-21’s as they beat Finland 3-1 in Spain.
  18. Will

    4th May

    Winning trophies We have twice won major honours on this day in our history. 1974 - We ‘undressed’ Newcastle United 3-0 at Wembley to win our second FA Cup, thanks to a brace from Kevin Keegan and a Steve Heighway goal. Future reds Alan Kennedy and Terry McDermott both played for United. 1976 - We clinched our ninth League title, Bob Paisley’s first as Manager, as we won 3-1 at Wolverhampton Wanderers. We only needed a point, while Wolves had to win to stay up. Kevin Keegan, John Toshack and Ray Kennedy all scored in the last quarter of an hour after Steve Kindon had put Wolves ahead. 1988 – The PFA announced that the reds were the winners of the inaugural Fair Play trophy. European disappointment 1965 - We played in our first European Semi-final, defeating European Cup holders Internazionale 3-1 in the first leg at Anfield, with the recently-won FA Cup being paraded around the ground prior to kick off. Roger Hunt, Ian Callaghan and Ian St. John all scored, with a Chris Lawler strike ruled off for a debatable offside. The crowd crowed “Oh Inter 1-2-3, go back to Italy!” Unfortunately, Inter’s away goal, scored by Alessandro Mazzola, would eventually prove crucial, as would the referee’s intervention in the San Siro. Yet another win 2019 – We won 3-2 at Rafael Benítez’s Newcastle United with Divock Origi’s late header ensuring the title race with Manchester City went down to the last day of the campaign. Virgil van Dijk opened the scoring, with Christian Atsu equalising before Mohamed Salah put us back in front before half an hour had elapsed. Salomón Rondón drew the home side level again after the break, with Salah having to be taken off with an injury that ensured he missed the upcoming critical UEFA Champions League Semi-final second leg meeting with Barcelona. Nando again 2008 - Fernando Torres scored in his eighth consecutive home League game, equalling Roger Hunt’s club record as we beat Manchester City 1-0. This was his 32nd goal of the season. 1929 - We also hosted Manchester City, with Gordon Hodgson netting in a 1-1 draw, our final game of a season in which we finished fifth, his thirtieth League strike of the season. Tommy Johnson netted one of his eight goals against the reds. Sami off 2009 – Centre-back Sami Hyypiä agreed to sign for Bayer 04 Leverkusen when his contract expired at the end of the season. The mighty Finn played 464 reds games, netting 35 times and helping us to claim the European Cup, UEFA Cup, two FA Cups, two League Cups and two UEFA Super Cups following his £2.5m bargain capture from Dutch side Willem II in May 1999. He later took over as Team Manager at the BayArena for two years. 1898 – Forward Joe Lumsden left the reds to join Glossop North End. He had struck twice in eight outings since arriving from Burton Wanderers in June 1897. Happy birthday Igor 1978 - Igor Bišcan was born in Zagreb. The big Croat played 118 reds games, netting three times as he helped us to the Worthington Cup, UEFA Super Cup and Charity Shield in 2001, and the Worthington Cup again two years later, as well as playing a key role on the road to Istanbul, moving on to Panathinaikos in July 2005. On the same day, eventual champions Nottingham Forest held us to a goalless draw at Anfield. Facing the Blues 1991 - We came from two goals down to level but eventually lost 4-2 at Chelsea. Young winger Jimmy Carter came off the bench and was later himself substituted by Ronnie Rosenthal. David Speedie and Rosenthal got on the scoresheet, while Gary Gillespie played his 214th and last reds game. Kerry Dixon netted two of his seven strikes past us, with Dennis Wise converting a penalty, one of his four goals against the reds, and Gordon Durie also on target with the last of his five. Ex-red Bobby Campbell resigned as Blues boss three days later. 1985 - We also faced the Blues in the First Division, this time winning at Anfield by the odd goal in seven. Steve Nicol nabbed a brace while Ronnie Whelan and Ian Rush also struck. Future red Nigel Spackman scored from the spot for the visitors, with Kerry Dixon and Gordon Davies also on target. Youngest ever 2019 – Future red Harvey Elliott became the youngest ever player in the Premier League in Fulham’s 1-0 defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers, aged just sixteen years and thirty days. Managerial comings and goings 1977 - Ian St. John was sacked as Manager of Portsmouth. He had been in charge for three seasons, leading them to just 31 victories in 124 games in charge as they were relegated into the old Third Division, and then narrowly escaped a further descent to the League basement. 2001 - Ex-reds reserve Dave Watson became Tranmere Rovers Manager. He won 22 of his 55 games as they steadied in the Second Division. 2018 - Steven Gerrard was appointed as Manager of Rangers, taking over the following month. The end of the road for Liddell 1940 - Billy Liddell’s first professional contract that he had signed the previous April expired. He went on to strike 228 times in 534 games. His only club honour was the League title in 1947, although he also played in the FA Cup Final three years later. Farewell to the lower reaches 1962 - We played our last ever Second Division game, going down 4-2 at Swansea Town in a game postponed from a month earlier due to a smallpox outbreak in South Wales. Ian St. John and Roger Hunt grabbed our goals. Colin Webster bagged a brace for the Swans, with Brayley Reynolds netting the last of his seven strikes past us and Mel Nurse also on target. King Kenny starts and ends 1967 - Kenny Dalglish signed as an amateur for Celtic, turning professional the following year. He helped them to claim four League titles, four Scottish Cups and the Scottish League Cup, striking 167 times in 269 games. 1986 – His testimonial match took place at Hampden Park. Tommy Docherty’s side of Anglos beat Alex Ferguson’s home-based Scots 5-2 with Kenny on target for both sides! European joy 1999 - Pepe Reina played for Spain Under-16’s as they reached the Final of the European Championships in the Czech Republic by seeing off Germany 4-0 in their Semi-final encounter. Comeback 1968 - Bobby Graham came on for Tony Hateley as we were 1-0 down at Leeds United to one of Mick Jones’s seven goals past us. Chris Lawler drew us level with six minutes remaining, with Graham bagging the winner a minute later. Keeper Tommy Lawrence played his 300th reds game, with this result helping us to finish the season in third, one place above Leeds. Wins in Bristol We twice played Bristol Rovers at their Memorial Ground in consecutive years in the 1930’s, for the Bristol Hospitals Lord Mayor’s Cup. 1936 - The game ended 5-5 with Phil Taylor bagging a brace to add to goals from Syd Roberts, Fred Howe and Alf Hanson, with the trophy being shared. 1937 - We won 2-1, with Berry Nieuwenhuys on target twice. Rushie the skipper 1987 - Ian Rush captained the reds in his last home game before he moved to Juventus. He struck the only goal of the game against Watford. Sweet! 1992 – Ahead of the FA Cup Final, Candy was announced as the club’s first ever permanent match sponsor, for the 1992/93 season. Wrong shaped ball 1997 - A Super League match between St. Helens and Castleford Tigers was staged at Anfield, with Saints winning 42-16 in front of 12,329. Scots on target in friendlies 1960 - Future red Ian St. John netted his first goal for Scotland while winning his fifth cap, as they lost 3-2 at home to Poland. The Scots were managed by Andy Beattie, who had guested with the reds during the war, and later joined the backroom staff at Anfield after a successful management career. 1955 - Billy Liddell struck while winning his 25th cap as Portugal lost 3-0 at Hampden Park. Future reds keeper Tommy Younger won his first cap in the same game. More final caps 1986 - Ronnie Rosenthal won his last cap as a Maccabi Haifa player, his eleventh in total, as Israel were thumped 7-2 by Argentina in a friendly in Tel-Aviv. Ex-red Avi Cohen also played. 2017 – Future red Ki-Jana Hoever won his fourth and last Under-15’s cap as the Netherlands beat Germany 2-1 in a friendly in Wezep. Kozma twice 1988 – Future red István Kozma played for Hungary as they beat Iceland 3-0 in a friendly in Budapest. 1994 – Kozma won his first cap in his second spell as an Újpest player as they lost a friendly 3-2 in Poland. On the move 2020 – Keeper Loris Karius terminated his two-year loan contract with Beşiktaş JK a year early, due to a dispute over wages. 2016 – Ex-reds midfielder Joe Cole signed for Tampa Bay Rowdies, netting nine times in 26 outings in his first campaign. 2007 - Real Club Recreativo de Huelva announced that they would sign Florent Sinama-Pongolle for €4m, whom he had joined on loan the previous August. He struck 22 times in 69 outings for the Andalusian side before moving to Club Atlético de Madrid in July 2008. 2002 - Former reserves winger Nicky Rizzo signed for Serie A side Lecce from Ternana on a free transfer. Other games on this day 1978 – We were held to a goalless draw with Nottingham Forest at Anfield, ending the season seven points behind the visiting champions in second place, despite securing the same number of points as in the previous campaign when we won the League. 1949 – Derby County triumphed 3-0 at the Baseball Ground. John Morris scored two of his seven goals past us, with Billy Steel also on the scoresheet with one of his four. 1935 – Tommy Johnson and Alf Hanson struck to put us two goals ahead against Sunderland in L4. However, Bobby Gurney grabbed one of his sixteen strikes past us, with George Goddard also scoring as the game ended 2-2 in L4 as we ended the season in seventh. More youngsters in Euro action 2002 – David Raven and Mark Smyth played for England Under-17’s in their 1-0 defeat of FR Yugoslavia in their European Championships Quarter-final in Denmark. 2007 – Future reds Victor Moses and Mamadou Sakho both featured in group games in the same competition in Belgium. 2008 – Future reds Xherdan Shaqiri and Thiago Alcântara featured as the Swiss Under-17’s lost 2-0 to Spain in Turkey. 2018 – Elijah Dixon-Bonner played for England in the same tournament as they beat Israel 2-1 in a group game in Chesterfield.
  19. Will

    25th May

    The glory of Istanbul 2005 - We claimed the European Cup for the fifth time as we came from 3-0 down against the mighty AC Milan in Istanbul to triumph after a penalty shoot-out. Paolo Maldini scored before Hernan Crespo bagged a brace, with the reds having a strong penalty claim for handball turned down as well as losing Harry Kewell to injury half-way through the first period. The fans and team inspired each other in the second half as we began our comeback through skipper Steven Gerrard, whose goal was the only header of that season’s victorious European campaign. Vladimír Šmicer then struck his nineteenth reds goal in his 184th and final game for the club, before Xabi Alonso saw his penalty saved but tucked away the rebound, just six minutes after Gerrard’s goal. We hung on to the 3-3 scoreline through the rest of normal and extra time, with Jerzy Dudek making an incredible double save from Andriy Shevchenko. An amazing night was completed as we won the penalty shoot-out 3-2, with Dietmar Hamann, Djibril Cissé and Šmicer converting their spot-kicks and Dudek dancing on the goal-line. The glory that was Rome 1977 – This day brought one of only a couple of other days that can vie with Istanbul as the most glorious day in our history, as we claimed the European Cup for the first time. Our opponents were Borussia Mönchengladbach, who we had beaten in the UEFA Cup Final four years earlier. Rainer Bonhof hit the post for the Germans before Terry McDermott opened the scoring after half an hour, although Alan Simonsen equalised shortly after half-time, capitalising on a loose Jimmy Case back-pass. After sustaining heavy German pressure, we regained the lead when Tommy Smith rose to head in magnificently from a corner, in his 600th reds game, which was then assumed to be his final outing. Seven minutes from time, Kevin Keegan, playing in his 323rd and last reds match, was felled by Berti Vogts in the area, and Phil Neal stepped up to convert from the spot. Then the party could really start. This game remains our only other first-class game on this day in history. Heading off 2006 - Fernando Morientes was sold to Valencia for a reported £3m after twelve goals in 61 reds games. He had joined for £6.3m from Real Madrid in January 2005, but failed to fully convince in a reds shirt. However, he did help us to claim the FA Cup and UEFA Super Cup in his time at Anfield. 1954 – Utility player Bill Jones’s contract with the reds expired. He signed from Hayfield St. Matthews in September 1938 and scored seventeen times in 277 games for us, with his appearances including the 1950 FA Cup Final when he was preferred to Bob Paisley. Bill won two significant medals in the 1940’s - first he was awarded a Military Medal for his part in the crossing of the Rhine in the Second World War, and then he won a League title medal in 1947 on his return to Anfield. He later scouted for the reds while his grandson Rob represented the club in defence on 243 occasions in the 1990’s. Mighty Mouse starts out 1971 - Kevin Keegan played his first reds game as we lost 3-2 at Danish side AGF Århus, with Bobby Graham and Jack Whitham netting our goals. Happy birthdays 1999 – Centre-half Ibrahima Konaté was born in Paris. It was announced in May 2021 that he would sign from RasenBallsport Leipzig e.V. on 1st July. 1994 – Reserves forward Samed Yeşil was born in Dusseldorf. He signed for £1m from Bayer 04 Leverkusen last August, so far making two senior appearances. 1974 – Former sub keeper Robbie Holcroft was born in Skelmersdale. He sat on our bench five times in the early 1990’s. Thumped in Blackpool 1942 - We were trounced 8-2 at Blackpool in a Wartime League game. Billy Liddell converted a penalty, with Cyril Done also netting. Friendly scorers 2001 - Robbie Fowler was on target in England’s 4-0 friendly defeat of Mexico at Pride Park as future red Joe Cole won his first cap. Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard, Emile Heskey and Michael Owen all also featured, while David James made his last appearance as an Aston Villa player. Future red Djibril Cissé and ex-red Rigobert Song also played for their countries that day. 2008 – Future red Luis Suárez bagged a brace, including a penalty, as Uruguay beat Turkey 3-2 in a friendly in Germany. 2016 - Marko Grujić won his first senior cap for Serbia as they beat Cyprus 2-1 in a friendly in Užice. On the same day, future red Takumi Minamino netted for Japan Under-23’s as they beat Guinea 2-1 in a friendly in France. Digger for England John Barnes twice played for his country on this day in history. 1985 – England lost 1-0 to Scotland in the Rous Cup at Hampden Park, while he was still a Watford player. Ex-red Graeme Souness captained the victors. 1991 - He played alongside future reds Nigel Clough and Mark Wright in a 2-2 friendly draw with Argentina at Wembley. Defensive signings 1979 - Centre-back Dave Watson signed as an apprentice. Unlike his brother Alex, he never played a senior reds game, and found greater success across the park. 1903 – Full-back Joseph Hoare arrived from Southampton for £75, playing just seven times before returning to the Saints a year later. 1894 - Full-back Abel Hughes signed for the reds. He too never made a first-team appearance. On the same day, Scottish keeper Bill McCann arrived from Abercorn, playing seventeen times before moving on the following March. Flo on target 2006 - Florent Sinama-Pongolle netted for France Under-21’s in their 3-0 defeat of Germany in a European Championships Finals group game in Portugal. Also in international action that day were Jamie Carragher, Scott Carson, Peter Crouch, future reds Joe Cole and Raul Meireles, and ex-reds David James, Jari Litmanen and Michael Owen, with Roy Hodgson taking charge of Finland. 2007 - Carson and ex-red Owen both featured for England B in their 3-1 defeat of Albania at Turf Moor. A Hungarian double 2007 - It was announced that forwards Krisztián Németh and András Simon would both sign from MTK Hungária for around £1m. Both left the club in 2010 without having made the first team. On the move 2007 - Gérard Houllier resigned as Manager of Olympique Lyonnais after two years in charge, in which time he had led them to their fifth and sixth consecutive Ligue 1 titles as well as the knock-out stages of the Champions League. On the same day, future reds goalkeeping coach John Achterberg was released by Tranmere Rovers, although he was then given a further two-year contract as a player and coach. The kids done well 1963 – Tommy Smith captained the reds as they lost the second leg of our first ever FA Youth Cup Final 5-2 at West Ham United. We had won the first leg 3-1 and led 2-1 on the night in East London with Bobby Graham amongst the scorers. However, reds keeper Rodney Swindlehurst was bundled over the line by the Hammers centre-forward to equalise, getting injured in the process. The Irons then did enough to take the tie into extra time and go on to claim the prize. We had to wait another 33 years to clinch the trophy for the first time. Euro despair 2013 – Ex-reds loanee Nuri Şahin played in the UEFA Champions League Final for Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund, managed by Jürgen Klopp, as they lost 2-1 to Bayern München at Wembley. Birth and death 1890 – Scottish keeper Frank Mitchell was born in Elgin, Morayshire. He signed from Everton for £1,250 in February 1921, playing eighteen times before joining Tranmere Rovers in June 1923 after failing to permanently displace the great Elisha Scott. 1899 – Scottish left-half Jim McBride died in Manchester, aged just 25. He struck seven times in 56 games, helping us to the Second Division title in 1894 after signing from Renton in June 1892. He moved on to Ardwick in December 1894. Ex-Ger 2006 – Sotirios Kyrgiakos won his final cap for Greece while a Rangers player as they lost 1-0 to Australia in a friendly in Melbourne. 2010 – He also played for his country, as they drew 2-2 with North Korea in Austria. Future red Joël Matip and ex-reds Robbie Keane and Rigobert Song also featured in international friendlies that day. Magilton for his country Ex-reds reserves midfielder Jim Magilton twice represented Northern Ireland on this day in the 1990’s. 1993 - He won his fourteenth cap in a 1-0 World Cup qualifying win in Lithuania. 1995 - He made his 28th appearance as they lost 2-1 to Chile in a Canada Cup game in Edmonton. International firsts and last 2012 – Future red Sadio Mané debuted for Senegal in their 1-0 win in Morocco. Meanwhile, Christian Benteke won his first cap as a Koninklijke Racing Club Genk player, his fourth to date, as Belgium were held to a 2-2 friendly draw in Brussels by Montenegro. Future red Emre Can won his first cap for Germany Under-19’s in their 2-2 draw in Serbia. Luis Suárez netted for Uruguay as they drew a friendly 1-1 in Russia. Also in international action were Krisztián Adorján, Jack Robinson, ex-red Ádám Hajdú and future reds Ragnar Klavan, Suso and Gini Wijnaldum. 2014 - Nuri Şahin won his first cap in his second spell as a Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund player, captaining Turkey as they beat the Republic of Ireland 2-1 in a friendly in Dublin. Meanwhile, Sadio Mané played for the final time while with Red Bull Salzburg as Senegal beat Kosovo 3-1 in Switzerland. 2018 - Diogo Jota won his last Under-21’s cap as a Club Atlético de Madrid player, bagging a brace and captaining Portugal as they beat Italy 3-2 in a friendly in Estoril. Also in international action 1952 – Billy Liddell played for Scotland in their 2-1 friendly defeat in Denmark. 1954 – Andy Beattie took charge of Scotland as they won a friendly 2-1 in Finland. He had guested with the reds during the war, and later joined the backroom staff at Anfield after a successful management career. 1965 – Tommy Smith played for England Under-23’s in their 1-0 defeat in West Germany. 1969 – Alun Evans and Emlyn Hughes both appeared for England Under-12’s as they beat a Belgium B team 1-0 in Ostend. 1979 – Ex-reds Joey Jones and John Toshack both featured for Wales as they drew 1-1 with Northern Ireland in the British International Championships in Belfast. 1982 – Terry McDermott, Phil Neal and Phil Thompson all played for England as they beat the Netherlands 2-0 in a friendly at Wembley. 1986 – Future reds John Aldridge and Ray Houghton both appeared for the Republic of Ireland as they beat host nation 2-1 in a tournament game in Iceland. 1987 – Future red Øyvind Leonhardsen played for Norway Under-16’s as they shared a goalless draw with West Germany in France. 1994 – Future red Jean-Michael Ferri featured as France beat Australia 1-0 in Japan. 2000 – Richie Partridge played for the Irish Under-21’s as they lost 1-0 to Colombia in the Toulon Tournament. 2002 - Milan Baroš was on the winning side as the Czech Republic Under-21’s beat Italy 3-2 in Switzerland to reach the European Championships Final. Meanwhile, ex-reds Jason McAteer and Steve Staunton played for the senior Republic of Ireland team that beat Japanese club side Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2-1, with Abel Xavier also in international action. 2004 – Michael Foley-Sheridan and Darren Potter both featured for the Irish Under-21’s as they beat Scotland 3-1 in a friendly in Galway. 2011 – Future red Charlie Adam played as Scotland beat Wales 3-1 in a Carling Nations Cup game in Dublin.
  20. Will

    13th June

    Happy birthday Jocky 1955 - Alan Hansen was born in Sauchie, Clackmannan, Stirlingshire. He signed from Partick Thistle for £100,000 in May 1977 and was a classy figure in the centre of our defence on 620 occasions, notching fourteen times and helping us to an amazing trophy haul including eight League titles, three European Cups, two FA Cups, three League Cups and four FA Charity Shields. Other birthdays 1944 - Inside-left Gordon Wallace was born in Lanark. He signed professional terms in July 1961 but only made 22 first-team appearances, netting six times, with his most famous game being the first to be screened on the BBC’s Match Of The Day programme, when he grabbed a brace as we beat Arsenal 3-2 at Anfield in August 1964. He had also netted twice on our European debut against Icelandic champions Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur earlier that week. He left in October 1967 to join Crewe Alexandra. 1941 - Tony Hateley was born in Derby. He became our record signing when he joined from Chelsea in July 1967 for £96,000 and got off to a flyer at Anfield, grabbing 27 goals in 52 appearances in his first season. Unfortunately, injuries took their toll, and he was sold to Coventry City only fourteen months after arriving at the club, after 28 goals in 56 outings in total. He was a fine header of the ball in his prime, as was his son, England international striker Mark. Honest John 1910 - John McKenna was named President of the Football League, after the first ever elections to fill this post. He was the reds’ first ever Manager, leading us to the Lancashire League and two Second Division titles, as well as holding the post of Director for the club’s first thirty years. George arrives 1895 – Centre-forward George Allan signed from Leith Athletic for £100. He went on to score 56 goals in 96 reds games across two spells, but had to endure an eight-match suspension from the Scottish FA later that year as he had also signed for St. Bernard’s at the same time as moving to Anfield! He also has the distinction of being the first reds player to represent Scotland. Defenders on their way out 2016 – Ex-reds left-back John Arne Riise announced his retirement from football. He made 348 reds appearances, scoring 31 times, following his £4m arrival from AS Monaco in June 2001, but left for Roma for the same fee in June 2008. He helped us to win the European Cup, FA Cup, League Cup, two UEFA Super Cups and two FA Charity Shields in his time at Anfield. He also became his country’s most capped player, winning 110 in total. 2007 - Jon Otsemobor joined Norwich City on a free transfer from Crewe Alexandra, after one goal in 65 outings for the Alex in total. 2006 - Young American centre-back Zak Whitbread joined Millwall for £200,000 after a successful loan spell as they were relegated to League One. He had made seven senior reds appearances, all in cup competitions, including our League Cup win at The New Den in October 2004. 1911 – Left-half Jim Bradley re-joined Stoke having struck eight times in 186 reds games since arriving from the Potters in September 1905. A treble for KHR 1993 - Future red Karl-Heinz Riedle bagged a hat-trick as Germany beat the USA 4-3 in a US Cup game at Soldier Field in Chicago. Bayern München’s Christian Ziege won his second cap in the same game. On the same day, future red Paul Ince skippered England as they drew 1-1 with Brazil in the same competition in Washington DC. Fellow future red Nigel Clough also played. Meanwhile, Jamie Redknapp and future reds Academy coach Mike Sheron helped England Under-21’s to reach the Final of the Toulon Tournament by beating Scotland 1-0. 1987 - Clough also played for England Under-21’s as they beat Portugal 4-1 in a penalty shoot-out following their goalless draw in a fifth-place play-off at the Toulon Tournament. Mighty Mouse on target for England 1976 - Kevin Keegan bagged a brace in England’s 4-1 World Cup qualifying win in Finland. Ray Clemence and Phil Thompson both also played. 1979 - Ex-red Keegan skippered England as they lost 4-3 in a friendly in Austria, netting one of the goals. Ray Clemence, Phil Neal and Phil Thompson all also featured. Other international scorers 2014 – Ex-red Xabi Alonso converted a penalty in Spain’s 5-1 humbling by the Netherlands in a World Cup Finals group game in Brazil. Fellow ex-reds Charles Itandje and Fernando Torres, and future red Gini Wijnaldum also featured in World Cup action that day. 1963 - Ian St. John was on target in Scotland’s 6-2 friendly defeat to Spain in Madrid. 2011 – Jack Dunn struck with fellow red Adam Morgan converting a penalty as England Under-17’s beat the Ivory Coast by the odd goal in nine in a friendly in Mexico City. Alex’s final cap 2017 – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain won his final cap as an Arsenal player in England’s 3-2 friendly defeat by France in Paris. Philippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana and ex-red Raheem Sterling also played that day. Beating the Irish 1953 - Kevin Baron bagged a brace with Sammy Smyth also on target as we beat an Irish Internationals side 3-1 at the Varsity Stadium in Toronto. Also at the World Cup 1986 - Steve Nicol played in Scotland’s goalless draw with Uruguay in Nezahualcóyotl, Mexico. Meanwhile, clubmate Jan Mølby featured in Denmark’s 2-0 defeat of West Germany in the same group in Queretaro. These results meant that Denmark and West Germany qualified for the second phase. 1998 - Future red Bolo Zenden featured as the Netherlands shared a goalless draw with Belgium in their opening group game at the Stade de France. 2006 - Future red Philipp Degen appeared as Switzerland held France to a goalless draw in their opening game of the Finals in Stuttgart. 2010 - Standard de Liège’s Milan Jovanović played as Serbia lost 1-0 to Ghana in Pretoria. In the European Championships 2008 – Dirk Kuyt struck as the Netherlands beat France 4-1 in a group game in Berne, with ex-red Nicolas Anelka reaching half a century of caps. 2012 – Daniel Agger skippered Denmark as they lost 3-2 to Portugal in Lviv, who included ex-red Raul Meireles. Ex-red Kuyt was also in action that day. 2016 – Divock Origi, future red Thiago Alcântara and ex-red Robbie Keane all featured from off the bench in group games in France. Philippe Coutinho played in a Copa América Centenario group match in Boston on the same day as Brazil crashed out by losing 1-0 to Peru, with future red Alisson Becker winning his final cap as an Internacional player. 2000 - Vegard Heggem played in Norway’s 1-0 defeat of Spain in Rotterdam. 2004 - Steven Gerrard, Stéphane Henchoz, Michael Owen and ex-reds Emile Heskey and David James all played in group games in the Portugal tournament, with Heskey winning his final cap as a Birmingham City player, and last for more than three years. 1996 – Future red Henchoz also featured as the Swiss were beaten 2-0 by the Netherlands at Villa Park. Ryan on the mark 2007 - Future red Ryan Babel converted a penalty as Netherlands Under-21’s beat Portugal 2-1 in a European Championships Finals group game in Groningen. Other internationals 2018 – Rafael Camacho played for Portugal Under-18’s in their 3-0 friendly win over Norway in Lisbon. 2015 – Future red Sadio Mané netted as Senegal beat Burundi 3-1 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Dakar. Lazar Marković, Mamadou Sakho, and ex-reds Daniel Agger, Robbie Keane, Javier Mascherano, Carl Medjani and Krisztián Németh all also featured for their countries that day. 2003 – Jon Otsemobor featured in the Toulon International Festival as England Under-20’s were trounced 8-0 by Argentina. 1999 – Future red Igor Bišcan was in action for Croatia as they drew 2-2 with Egypt in a Korea Cup game in Seoul. 1997 – Future red Milan Baroš played as the Czech Republic Under-15’s beat Portugal 2-1 in a tournament game in Lisbon. 1989 – Future red Øyvind Leonhardsen played for Norway Under-21’s in their 1-0 defeat by Yugoslavia in a European Championships qualifier. 1984 – Future red John Barnes and ex-red Dave Watson both featured as England lost a friendly 2-0 in Uruguay.
  21. Will

    17th June

    Happy birthday Jordan 1990 – Midfielder Jordan Henderson was born in Sunderland. He signed from his hometown club for £16m in June 2011 after netting five times in 79 outings while on Wearside. He has notched thirty times in 392 reds games by the end of the 2020/21 season, becoming club captain and then helping us to claim the Premier League title, UEFA Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup, UEFA Super Cup and League Cup. 1994 – American midfielder Marc Pelosi was born in Bad Säckingen, Germany. He joined the reds in November 2011 from Californian side De Anza Force, becoming a reserves regular despite a series of serious injuries. He was released in June 2015. Strong no more 2013 - Utility player Geoff Strong died in Southport after suffering with Alzheimer’s disease. He made 201 reds appearances after moving from Arsenal in November 1964 for a club record £40,000, netting 33 times and winning a League title medal and the FA Charity Shield the year after helping us to our first ever FA Cup triumph. He left the reds to join Coventry City for £29,500 in August 1970. Other birthdays 1972 - Bjørn Tore Kvarme was born in Trondheim, Norway. He joined the reds in January 1997 on a Bosman free transfer from Rosenborg BK as a replacement for John Scales, and quickly showed his worth. However, high profile errors against Everton and Manchester United dented his confidence. After just 54 first-team appearances, he was sold to Saint-Étienne in August 1999. 1964 – Paul Small was born in Liverpool. One of the club’s masseurs, he came to Melwood from the Widnes rugby union club, also working with England. Jameo sold 1999 - David James was sold to Aston Villa for £1.7m. He had played 277 times for us, helping us to win the Coca Cola Cup in 1995. He only stayed at Villa Park for just under two years, before moving on to West Ham United in July 2001. Scott’s record 2007 - Scott Carson set a new record for number of England Under-21’s caps, previously held by Jamie Carragher and Gareth Barry. He turned out for the 28th time in a 2-0 defeat of Serbia in a European Championships Finals group game in Nijmegen. He went on to claim 29 caps at this level in total, but this record has since been superseded by future red James Milner with 46 appearances at this level, who also featured in this game. Meanwhile, future red Alberto Aquilani struck his final goal at this level as Italy’s 3-1 defeat of the Czech Republic in Arnhem was not enough to take them through to the next stage. International exits 2002 - Ex-red Steve Staunton confirmed his retirement from international football, after winning his 102nd cap in the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup exit to Spain the night before. He said, “I don’t think my knee could handle a few more years of this to be honest.” 2012 - Christian Poulsen won his last cap as an Évian Thonon Gaillard player, coming off the bench as Denmark lost 2-1 to Germany in the European Championships Finals in Lviv, with Daniel Agger skippering the side. Ex-red Raul Meireles also featured in the tournament, as Portugal beat the Netherlands 2-1 in Kharkiv. 1984 - Midfield terrier Sammy Lee won his fourteenth and final England cap in their goalless friendly match in Chile. Future red John Barnes and ex-red Dave Watson both also featured. 1997 - Future red Mauricio Pellegrino made his third and final appearance for Argentina in their 1-1 Copa América draw with Paraguay in Bolivia. On the same day, Gérard Houllier and Christian Damiano took charge of France Under-20’s as they lost 3-0 to Brazil in a World Championships Finals group game in Malaysia. 2003 – Jon Otsemobor won his sixth and final cap for England Under-20’s as they lost 1-0 to Japan in the Toulon Tournament, with future red Andy Lonergan also in action. Reds in Europe 2008 – Dirk Kuyt, future red Alberto Aquilani and ex-red Nicolas Anelka all came off the bench in the European Championships in Switzerland. France lost 2-0 to Italy in Zurich while the Netherlands beat Romania 2-0 in Berne. This meant that the Dutch topped the group with maximum points while France finished bottom of the same group. Meanwhile, future red Luis Suárez played in a World Cup qualifier as Uruguay thumped Peru 6-0 in Montevideo. 2004 - Steven Gerrard was on target as an England side that also included Michael Owen and ex-red David James beat Switzerland 3-0 in a group game in Portugal. 2000 - Michael Owen faced Dietmar Hamann as Kevin Keegan’s England beat Germany 1-0 in their Euro 2000 fixture in Charleroi. Steven Gerrard won his second cap, coming on as a substitute for his clubmate on the hour mark. Future red Markus Babbel won his 51st and final cap in this game, while Christian Ziege made his final appearance for his country before his switch to Anfield, bringing him to 52 caps in total at this time. Future red Nick Barmby and ex-red Paul Ince both also featured. 1992 - Future red Torben Piechnik came off the bench in Denmark’s 2-1 win over France in Malmo, a result that took them through to the knock-out stages at the expense of their opponents. 2016 – Ex-reds loanee Nuri Şahin won his fiftieth cap for Turkey as they lost 3-0 to Spain in a group stage game in Nice. At the World Cup 2018 – Ex-red Philippe Coutinho scored as Brazil were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland in a group game in Russia, with Roberto Firmino and future reds Alisson Becker and Xherdan Shaqiri also featuring. 2014 – Future red Divock Origi faced ex-red Carl Medjani as Belgium beat Algeria 2-1 in a group game in Belo Horizonte. 2010 – Javier Mascherano skippered Argentina as they beat South Korea 4-1 in Johannesburg, with Maxi Rodríguez also in action. Sotirios Kyrgiakos played as Greece beat Nigeria 2-1 in Bloemfontein, while ex-red Nicolas Anelka featured in France’s 2-0 defeat by Mexico in Polokwane. 1994 - Future red Karl-Heinz Riedle appeared in Germany’s 1-0 defeat of Bolivia in Chicago, their opening game of the tournament. 1990 - Ray Houghton, Steve Staunton and ex-reds John Aldridge and Kevin Sheedy all played in the Republic of Ireland’s goalless draw with Egypt in Palermo. 1958 - Alan A’Court played as England lost 1-0 to the USSR in Gothenburg. 1998 - Future red Rigobert Song played in Cameroon’s 3-0 defeat by Italy in Montpellier. 2007 - Song also played for his country as they beat Rwanda 2-1 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Garoua. 2002 - Ex-red Brad Friedel featured in the USA’s 2-0 win over Mexico in Jeonju, to set up a Quarter-final showdown with Germany. 1997 - He also played for his country in their 2-1 friendly defeat of Israel in Jacksonville. Emre on target 2015 – Emre Can scored his only goal for Germany Under-21’s as they drew 1-1 with Serbia in a European Championships Finals group game in Prague. Philippe Coutinho and future red Roberto Firmino both played for Brazil as they lost 1-0 to Colombia in a Copa América group game in Chile on the same day. On the move 2010 - Keeper Simon Mignolet joined Sunderland from Koninklijke Sint-Truidense Voetbalvereniging for £2m, having helped them to claim the Second Division title and being named as Belgian Goalkeeper of the Year as they avoided relegation. He had even managed to convert a penalty in his 104 senior games before moving to England. 1997 - Stéphane Henchoz joined Blackburn Rovers from Hamburger SV for £3m, joining forces again with Roy Hodgson whom he had worked with at Neuchâtel Xamax. He played 82 times for Rovers, failing to score, before he switched to Anfield for £3.5m in June 1999. 1938 - Centre-forward Fred Howe joined Manchester City. He had struck 36 goals in 94 outings since signing on a free transfer from Hyde United in March 1935. He bagged three reds trebles, including notching four times in our record 6-0 derby victory at Anfield in September 1935. Backroom changes 2005 - Argentine centre-half Mauricio Pellegrino was released after rarely impressing in his thirteen reds games, having signed from Valencia on a free transfer, five months previously. He had arrived at Anfield with an impressive reputation, having previously won the Spanish League three times and the UEFA Cup, as well as appearing in two Champions League Finals. He then returned to Spain to join Deportivo Alavés, but subsequently returned to join the reds’ backroom staff before following Rafael Benítez to Internazionale. 2004 - Coach Christian Damiano left Anfield after just one season with the reds. 2010 - Gary Ablett stepped down as Manager of Stockport County by mutual consent when new owners took charge after a full season spent in administration. 2013 - Andy Hughes was appointed as the club’s Chief Financial Officer. Youngsters on the world stage 2005 - Future red Nabil El Zhar featured in the World Championships Finals as Morocco Under-20’s beat Chile 1-0 in a group stage game in Utrecht, to take them into the last sixteen. They eventually made it as far as the Semi-finals. 2001 – Future red Maxi Rodríguez netted the first goal of the same competition as Argentina beat Finland 2-0 in the same tournament in Buenos Aires, with Daniel Sjölund on the losing side. Future red Kolo Touré played for Ivory Coast on the same day as they drew an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier 2-2 with Egypt in Abidjan. In the army now 1975 - Bruce Grobbelaar joined the Rhodesian army. He went on to operate as a scout, tracking the movements and dodgi22ng the bullets of Robert Mugabe’s guerrilla fighters. Also in South Africa 2009 - Xabi Alonso and Fernando Torres both featured in Spain’s 1-0 victory over Iraq in a Confederations Cup group game in Bloemfontein. Bellers wed 2006 - Craig Bellamy married Claire Jensen in the Vale of Glamorgan, just five days before he signed for the reds. Also in international action 2017 – Marko Grujić faced future red Diogo Jota as Portugal Under-21’s beat Serbia 2-0 in a European Championships Finals group game in Poland.
  22. Will

    17th May

    The youngsters claim a trophy 1996 - We won the FA Youth Cup for the first of four times to date. We beat West Ham United 2-1 at Anfield, to claim the trophy 4-1 on aggregate. Jamie Carragher and Michael Owen featured for the reds. Setting records 1979 - Our 3-0 win at Leeds United was our thirtieth League victory of the season, one behind Tottenham Hotspur’s record from 1960/61. David Johnson bagged a brace either side of a Jimmy Case strike in a game originally postponed from two months earlier. We therefore ended the League season having only conceded sixteen goals in all, a record that stood until 2004/05 with a then record 68 points, having clinched our eleventh League title a week earlier. We also netted a total of 85 League goals, so claiming a £50,000 prize from a national newspaper for scoring more than two goals per game across the season. Al’s farewell 2009 - We won 2-0 at West Bromwich Albion to relegate the home side, thanks to goals from Steven Gerrard and Dirk Kuyt. This was our thirteenth away League win of the season, equalling a club record from 1904/05, and our ninth straight win at The Hawthorns. Álvaro Arbeloa played his 98th and final reds game, being involved with an angry exchange with Jamie Carragher towards the end of the match. Crossing the park 1895 - Forward Fred Geary signed from Everton for £60, having top scored as they won the League in 1891 and won three England caps. He bagged fourteen goals in 45 reds games, helping us to claim the Second Division title in his first season. Other games on this day We have only played three other first-class games on this day over the years. 1985 - We beat Watford 4-3 at Anfield with Ian Rush grabbing a brace, to add to a goal from Kenny Dalglish and a John Wark penalty. Jim Beglin scored an own goal in this match, with John Barnes and Colin West also on target for the visitors. Our other two games ended in 1-1 away draws. 1947 - Winger Bob Priday netted his first reds goal at Brentford as we survived almost the entire second half with ten men after an injury to Bob Paisley. 1969 - Roger Hunt was on the scoresheet at Newcastle United as we ended the season in second place, six points behind champions Leeds United. This game was originally postponed back in December. International debutants 1964 - Peter Thompson made his England debut in their 4-3 friendly defeat of Portugal in Lisbon. Clubmate Gordon Milne also played. 1928 - Future reds left-back Ernie Blenkinsop won the first of his 26 England caps as they thumped France 5-1 in a friendly in Paris. 2007 - Stephen Darby won his first cap for England Under-19’s, playing alongside clubmates Adam Hammill, Jack Hobbs and Craig Lindfield, and against Jordy Brouwer as the Netherlands won this European Championships qualifier 2-1 at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. Into the park 2002 - Liverpool Football Club announced their first set of plans for a new stadium in Stanley Park, which it was said would hold 55,000 supporters. The new stadium was scheduled to cost between £60m and £70m to build and it was claimed that it could even be ready for the start of the 2005/06 season. These plans have now been moth-balled. Wor Kev’s testimonial 1984 - We took part in a testimonial game for Kevin Keegan as we drew 2-2 at Newcastle United. Michael Robinson and Graeme Souness bagged our goals, while Keegan and Terry McDermott were on target for the home side. Thommo at the wrong end 1980 - Skipper Phil Thompson scored an own goal for England as they were thumped 4-1 by Wales at the Racecourse Ground in the British International Championships. Ex-red Larry Lloyd won his fourth and final cap, and his only one as a Nottingham Forest player, eight years after his previous cap. Ray Clemence, Ray Kennedy and Phil Neal all also played, as did ex-red Joey Jones for the Welsh. A treble for the Saint 1964 - Ian St. John scored a hat-trick as we beat Mexican side Monterrey 3-0 in a friendly in Chicago. Heading east 1991 - We played our first ever game in Singapore, drawing 1-1 with Arsenal in the Caltex Cup, with Ian Rush on the scoresheet. The game went into extra-time, but we lost 4-3 on penalties in the National Stadium. 1961 - Alan A’Court netted for England in an FA Tour game in Singapore that ended in a 9-0 rout. Manchester City’s George Hannah bagged a treble. Facing the Mancs 1919 – We lost 1-0 to Manchester United at Old Trafford in a game staged in aid of the National Footballers’ War Fund. In and outs 1909 – Welsh international right-half Maurice Parry left the reds to join Partick Thistle. He had scored four times in 221 reds games since arriving from Brighton United in August 1900. He later spent time coaching back at Anfield. 1935 - Right-back Bob Done was sold to Reading for £150. He struck thirteen times in 155 reds games after signing from his hometown club Runcorn in April 1926. 1982 – Centre-half John McGregor signed from Queen's Park, failing to break through before moving on to Rangers in May 1987, with whom he won the League Cup. 2020 – First-team coach Jacques Crevoisier died. He worked under Gérard Houllier for two years after the departure of Patrice Bergues. On target for England 1986 - Future red Peter Beardsley grabbed his first full international goal as England beat Mexico 3-0 in a friendly in Los Angeles. Watford’s John Barnes also played. 1994 - Beardsley, then back with Newcastle United, also scored for England, playing alongside reds full-back Rob Jones, as England thumped Greece 5-0 in a friendly at Wembley. 2002 - Another future reds forward struck for England Under-21’s, as Peter Crouch grabbed his only goal at this level in a 2-1 defeat of host nation Switzerland in a European Championship Finals group game, with fellow future reds Paul Konchesky and Jermaine Pennant also featuring. Ex-red Rigobert Song also represented his country that day, as Cameroon lost a friendly 2-1 in Denmark. King Kenny for the Scots Kenny Dalglish twice represented his country against Wales in the British International Championships on this day in the 1970’s. 1975 - He featured in a 2-2 draw alongside John Toshack and ex-red Ted MacDougall at Ninian Park. Ray Clemence, Emlyn Hughes and Kevin Keegan all played the same day in a goalless draw in Northern Ireland. 1978 - Kenny, Graeme Souness and Joey Jones also played in a 1-1 draw at Hampden Park. A Swedish thumping 1914 - We trounced a Swedish XI 8-0 in a friendly in Stockholm. Billy Lacey bagged a brace, with William Banks, Donald Mackinlay and Tom Miller also amongst the scorers. Djibril the champion 1999 - Future red Djibril Cissé played as Auxerre beat Saint-Étienne at the Stade de France in a penalty shoot-out to claim the Coupe Nationale des Juniors, also known as the Challenge Emmanuel Gambardella. 2006 – Future reds centre-half Kolo Touré was on the losing side as Barcelona beat Arsenal 2-1 in the UEFA Champions League Final in Paris. Happy birthday cobber 1974 – Former Head of Fitness & Conditioning Darren Burgess was born in Sydney. He joined the club after the 2010 World Cup, but moved back down under in September 2012. On the move again 2005 - Ex-red Patrik Berger agreed to sign for Aston Villa from Portsmouth on a free transfer on 1st July. He had notched eight times in sixty Pompey games, but turned out just 32 times for Villa, netting twice. He was released in May 2008, returning home to join Sparta Praha. 2010 – Ex-reserves forward Astrit Ajdarević was released by Leicester City, having failed to make the first team since making his loan move permanent. 2012 – Ex-reserves left-back Robbie Threlfall signed for Morecambe, so far netting twice in 64 games for the League Two outfit. 2018 – Pep Lijnders was sacked as Manager of N.E.C. after they failed to gain promotion, soon returning to a coaching role with the reds. Signing on 1991 - Midfielder Kevin Lampkin signed professional terms with the reds. He failed to break through into the first team, but went on to play League football with Huddersfield Town and Mansfield Town. 2015 - Future reds midfielder Marko Grujić signed a new three-year contract with Crvena Zvezda. However, he was transferred to the reds for £5.1m the following January. Also in international action 1924 – Tommy Lucas played for England as they beat France 3-1 in a friendly in Paris. 1950 – Jimmy Payne and Phil Taylor both featured for England B in an unofficial international against the Netherlands in Amsterdam, losing 3-0. 1964 – Future red Dave Wilson appeared for England Under-23’s in their 4-0 win in Israel. 1968 – Roger Hunt played for England as they lost 4-1 to a Young England side. 1984 – Ex-reds Howard Gayle and Dave Watson both featured for England Under-21’s as they won the first leg of their European Championships Final 1-0 in Spain. 1988 – Steve Nicol played for Scotland in their goalless Rous Cup draw with Colombia at Hampden Park, with future red István Kozma appearing for Hungary in their 4-0 friendly defeat by Austria in Budapest. 1992 – Future red Gary McAllister represented Scotland in their 1-0 friendly defeat by the USA in Denver. 2006 – Future red Daniel Agger played for Denmark Under-21’s as they beat Spain 2-0 in Copenhagen. 2014 – Future red Gini Wijnaldum featured for the Netherlands in their 1-1 friendly draw with Ecuador in Amsterdam. 2018 - Elijah Dixon-Bonner won his fourth and last cap for England Under-17’s, with Bobby Duncan also playing in their goalless European Championships Semi-final in Chesterfield. However, the Dutch triumphed in a penalty shoot-out.
  23. Will

    20th November

    Derby spoils shared 1996 - Robbie Fowler headed us in front in the Anfield derby on the half-hour mark with his ninth goal in seven games, but Gary Speed nodded in a late equaliser. Steve McManaman was playing in his 106th consecutive reds game, but missed Wimbledon’s visit three days later. This game was postponed from a month earlier. A new stadium 1999 - We played our first official game at Sunderland’s new Stadium Of Light, as goals from Michael Owen and Patrik Berger gave us a 2-0 win. A win at the Bridge 2011 – We won 2-1 at Chelsea when Maxi Rodríguez opened the scoring. Future red Daniel Sturridge equalised, with ex-Blue Glen Johnson nabbing the late winner. An unwelcome European record 2001 - An early Michael Owen strike counted for nothing when Barcelona treated the Anfield crowd to a virtuoso display of attacking football, winning 3-1 in our Champions League group game. This remains the joint highest number of goals we have conceded at home in European competition. Patrick Kluivert, Fabio Rochemback and Marc Overmars struck for the visitors. Half a millennium against 2004 - We conceded our 500th goal in the Premier League when Chris Riggott struck in our 2-0 defeat at Middlesbrough. Future red Bolo Zenden added the second. Double treble 1943 - Robert Beattie and future reds Manager Don Welsh both scored hat-tricks as we thumped Southport 9-0 in a Wartime League game at Anfield. Berry Nieuwenhuys, Cyril Done and Jackie Campbell netted the others. Tommy in 1959 – Left-half Tommy Leishman signed from St. Mirren for £10,000, having won the Scottish Cup with them. He helped us back to the First Division in 1962, although he then only made eleven top-flight appearances before returning north of the border, to Hibernian, in January 1963 after a total of seven goals in 118 reds games, including our first ever League Cup strike. Reds firsts 1897 – Forward Pat Finnerhan struck his only reds goal in the final minute, the only score in our top-flight meeting with Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield. 1937 – Irish right-back Billy Hood played the first of his three reds games as we lost a top-flight encounter with Huddersfield Town 1-0 at Anfield. Four against Vale 1991 - We won 4-1 at Port Vale in a League Cup Third Round replay, with Steve McManaman, Mark Walters, Ray Houghton and Dean Saunders grabbing our goals. Unfortunately, we were knocked out by Third Division Peterborough United in the next round. Royal approval 2005 - Prince Charles and the Duchess of York visited Anfield to meet participants in the Prince’s Trust football initiative. As part of their visit, they posed for pictures on the pitch with Chairman David Moores, Manager Rafael Benítez, club captain Steven Gerrard and the European Cup. Happy birthdays 1961 - Ex-reserves centre-back Dave Watson was born in Liverpool. He never broke through into the reds first team and went on to far greater success with Norwich City and across Stanley Park, and is now Under-18’s Coach at Newcastle United. 1993 – Former reserves forward Henoc Mukendi was born in Zaire. He joined the youth system in 2007, signing a new two-year contract in May 2012, but never managed to make the break through, moving into non-League football. On the move 1992 - Stan Collymore joined First Division Southend United from Crystal Palace for £150,000. He struck eighteen times in 33 games in his one season with the Shrimpers, before joining Nottingham Forest in a £2m deal in July 1993. 2017 – The departure of Andy Renshaw as Head of Physiotherapy was announced. He had been with the club since 2009. Nottingham wins 1954 - Billy Liddell grabbed the only goal of the game from the spot at Anfield as we beat Nottingham Forest in a Second Division fixture. 1982 - Craig Johnston and Kenny Dalglish were on target as we won 2-1 at Notts County. Most recently 2010 – We beat West Ham United 3-0 at Anfield, with all the goals coming before the break. Ex-Hammer Glen Johnson opened the scoring before Dirk Kuyt converted a penalty, with Maxi Rodríguez also heading in. International goalscorers 1974 - John Toshack was on target as Wales thumped Luxembourg 5-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Swansea. Ray Clemence, Steve Heighway and Emlyn Hughes also played in qualifiers that day. 1929 – Forward Tosh Johnson bagged a brace as England thumped Wales 6-0 in the British International Championships at Stamford Bridge while winning his final cap as a Manchester City player. Fellow future red Ernie Blenkinsop also played. Final caps 2002 - Milan Baroš struck as the Czech Republic were held to a 3-3 friendly draw in Teplice by Sweden, with clubmate Vladimír Šmicer also playing. Former reserves forward Haukur Ingi Gudnason won his eighth and final cap as Iceland lost a friendly 2-0 in Estonia. Jerzy Dudek and John Arne Riise were also in international action that day, as were future reds Yossi Benayoun, Steve Finnan, Paul Jones, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Christian Poulsen, Andriy Voronin and Bolo Zenden, as well as ex-red Øyvind Leonhardsen. 2018 – Dominic Solanke netted a brace while winning his last England Under-21’s cap as a reds player in their 5-1 thrashing of Denmark in Esbjerg. On the same day, Danny Ward played for Wales for the first time since moving to Leicester City in their 1-0 friendly defeat in Albania, while Mamadou Sakho won his first cap as a Crystal Palace player as France beat Uruguay 1-0 in a friendly in Paris. Future red Diogo Jota was on target while skippering Portugal Under-21’s, winning his twentieth and last cap at this level as they lost 3-1 in a European Championships Play-off to Poland. Also in action that day were Rafael Camacho, Roberto Firmino, Kamil Grabara, Kai McKenzie-Lyle, Andy Robertson, Harry Wilson, Ben Woodburn, future reds Takumi Minamino and Sepp van den Berg and ex-reds Joe Allen and Luis Suárez. Facing the Latics 1946 – We were held to a 3-3 draw in the Second Round of the Lancashire Senior Cup at Anfield, with Bill Jones bagging a brace and Billy Liddell also on target. We won the replay, going on to claim the trophy for the seventh time. 1915 – We won a Wartime League fixture 2-1 at Boundary Park, thanks to a William Banks brace. Kenny and Souey for the Scots Kenny Dalglish and Graeme Souness have both played for Scotland at Hampden Park twice on this day in history. 1974 - They both featured in a 2-1 defeat by Spain in a European Championships qualifier, before either of them had joined the reds. 1985 - Kenny won his 99th cap as Sampdoria’s Souness skippered Scotland to a 2-0 World Cup Play-off win over Australia. Steve Nicol also played. Other internationals 2013 – Luis Suárez featured in Uruguay’s goalless draw with Jordan in the second leg of their World Cup Play-off in Montevideo as they reached the Finals in Brazil. 2008 – Future red Raul Meireles played for Portugal in their 6-2 friendly defeat in Brazil. 2007 – Javier Mascherano and future red Maxi Rodríguez played in Argentina’s 2-1 World Cup qualifying defeat in Colombia. Also in international action that day were Nikolay Mihaylov and future reds Charlie Adam, Joe Allen, Philipp Degen and James Milner. 2001 – Future red Harry Kewell plated as Australia beat Uruguay 1-0 in the first leg of their World Cup Play-off in Melbourne. 1996 – Future red Milan Baroš played for the Czech Republic Under-15’s as they beat France 2-1. 1991 – Future red Karlheinz Riedle featured as Germany won a European Championships qualifier 1-0 in Belgium. 1963 – Gordon Milne played for England as they thumped Northern Ireland 8-3 in the British International Championships at Wembley.
  24. Will

    29th November

    Debuting at Anfield 1998 - Steven Gerrard made his reds bow as a last-minute substitute for Vegard Heggem in our 2-0 defeat of Blackburn Rovers at Anfield, which came courtesy of goals from Michael Owen and Paul Ince. 1913 - Winger Jackie Sheldon debuted in our 2-1 defeat of Tottenham Hotspur, with Jimmy Dawson grabbing his first reds goal and Tom Miller also on target. Ken Campbell saved a penalty from Jimmy Cantrell, who struck the visitors’ goal. 2006 - Young Moroccan forward Nabil El Zhar debuted as we were held to a goalless draw at home by Portsmouth, with Jamie Carragher stepping up into central midfield as we struggled to overcome an injury crisis. 1976 - Mark Lawrenson played his first game at Anfield, nearly five years before signing for the reds. He appeared for Preston North End in an FA Cup First Round replay, as they beat Crewe Alexandra 3-0. Recent milestones 2016 – Forward Ben Woodburn became the club’s youngest ever goalscorer aged 17 years 45 days as we beat Leeds United 2-0 in a League Cup Quarter-final encounter at Anfield. Divock Origi had handed us the lead with just under a quarter of an hour remaining before Woodburn struck. 2017 – Emre Can reached a century of League games for the reds as we won 3-0 at Stoke City. Sadio Mané opened the scoring, with substitute Mohamed Salah adding a late brace. God has left the building 2001 - Robbie Fowler was sold to Leeds United for a reported £11m. He had notched 171 goals in 330 reds games in this first spell, and left with UEFA Cup, FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and two League Cup winners’ medals from this first spell. He only played 33 times in fourteen months at Elland Road, netting fourteen times before moving on again to Manchester City. A good and bad day for Stoke 2000 - We secured our biggest ever away win, and Stoke City’s record home defeat, as we triumphed 8-0 in the Fourth Round of the Worthington Cup. 27,109 attended the game – a then record at their new Britannia Stadium. They struggled to keep up, with the scoreboard at one time flashing up 9-0! It was also a game of several firsts, as Richie Partridge and Stephen Wright both made their first-team debuts, with Markus Babbel bagging his first reds goal. Robbie Fowler grabbed a hat-trick, including a penalty, with our other goals coming from Christian Ziege, Vladimír Šmicer, Sami Hyypiä and Danny Murphy. Another derby win 2009 - We won 2-0 at Goodison, securing our third straight victory in this fixture. We opened the scoring when Joseph Yobo deflected a speculative Javier Mascherano strike past Tim Howard, with Dirk Kuyt adding a late second after Pepe Reina had pulled off a spectacular double save. A win at the Bridge 2011 – We won 2-0 at Chelsea in the Fifth Round of the League Cup, with Andy Carroll having a penalty saved. Maxi Rodríguez struck before Martin Kelly headed in his only reds goal. Lucas Leiva ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in this game, thus ruling him out for the rest of the season. Half ton doc 1980 – David Johnson scored his fiftieth League goal for the reds as we won 4-2 at Sunderland, with Sammy Lee nabbing a brace and Terry McDermott also on target. Also recently 2015 – James Milner scored from the spot to secure a 1-0 victory over Swansea City at Anfield. 2014 – Right-back Glen Johnson headed his ninth and last reds goal late on to beat Stoke City at Anfield after Rickie Lambert’s effort had rebounded off the crossbar. Into third 2005 – Steven Gerrard was voted third in the annual Ballon d’Or award for the best player in Europe, behind Barcelona’s Ronaldinho and Frank Lampard from Chelsea. Jamie Carragher finished twentieth with Luis García in 23rd. A change that backfired 1975 - We changed our usual routine by not staying overnight in a hotel before our game at home to Norwich City. We immediately returned to the usual routine following our 3-1 defeat, with Emlyn Hughes netting our consolation. Ex-reds reserve Ted MacDougall scored, with World Cup winner Martin Peters netted one of his fourteen strikes against the reds, and Colin Suggett bagging one of his four goals past us. This was one of just eleven home League defeats we suffered throughout the whole of the 1970’s. A century against the Gunners 1969 - Arsenal won 1-0 at Anfield in a top-flight fixture, our hundredth meeting in all competitions, including 21 when they were known as Woolwich Arsenal. Off 1980 - Reserves centre-back Dave Watson left for Norwich City for £50,000, rising to £200,000. He went on to make 256 appearances for the Canaries, leading them to the Milk Cup in 1985 and the Second Division title a year later. 2017 – Future red Ki-Jana Hoever was dismissed for Netherlands Under-16’s as they lost 2-1 to Brazil Under-15’s in Florida. Trebles for and against 1930 - Gordon Hodgson scored the seventh of his seventeen reds hat-tricks as we thumped Sheffield United 6-1 at Anfield. Inside-left Archie McPherson added a brace, while Jim Smith was also on target. Outside-right Daniel McRorie made his debut in this game, as Jimmy Dunne bagged one of his eleven strikes against the reds. 1902 - We also faced the Blades in another First Division fixture, when we lost 2-0 at Bramall Lane. 1924 - John Bradford bagged a treble for Birmingham City in their 5-2 win at St. Andrews, three of his fifteen goals past us, with Harry Chambers and Dick Forshaw on target for the away side and left-winger Billy Chalmers making his reds bow. Bradford remains City’s record scorer against the reds with fifteen. Percy Barton and Ernie Islip also netted for the Blues. European stalemate 1972 - We held Dynamo Berlin to a goalless draw in East Germany in the first leg of our UEFA Cup Third Round tie with the reds caught offside on eighteen occasions. We won the return 3-1 to continue towards our first European trophy. Against the Sky Blues We have entertained Coventry City twice on this day in history. 1986 - Jan Mølby netted a penalty and John Wark also struck as we won our First Division fixture 2-0, just three days after he had struck a treble of spot kicks past the Sky Blues in a Milk Cup tie also at Anfield. 1977 - David Fairclough and Phil Neal, from the spot, scored as we were held to a 2-2 draw in the Fourth Round of the League Cup. Boss Bob Paisley was presented with his OBE by the Queen at Buckingham Palace earlier that day. We won the replay three weeks later as we went all the way to our first ever Final in this competition that season. Knocked out 1995 - We lost our grip on the Coca-Cola Cup when future Blue Steve Watson grabbed the only goal of the game late on for Newcastle United in our Fourth Round tie at Anfield. Prudhoe arrives 1994 - Keeper Mark Prudhoe signed on loan from Stoke City. He never made our first team, but sat on our bench eight times. He is now working as a coach in Sunderland’s Academy. International goalscorers 1961 - Ian St. John bagged a brace in Scotland’s 4-2 extra-time World Cup play-off defeat by Czechoslovakia played at the Stade du Heysel in Brussels. 1994 - Ex-red Ronnie Rosenthal netted in Israel’s 4-3 friendly defeat of Cyprus in Jerusalem. 1997 - Future red Harry Kewell struck as Australia drew 2-2 with Iran in a World Cup play-off in Melbourne, which meant that they missed out on the World Cup in France on the away goals rule. 2007 – Future red Jonjo Shelvey netted for England Under-16’s in the Sky Sports Victory Shield as they beat Scotland 2-1 in Falkirk. He actually struck in all three games as England claimed the trophy. Happy birthdays 1962 - Alan Irvine was born in Broxburn. The Scot only made four substitute appearances for the reds after signing from Falkirk for £75,000 in October 1986. He returned north the following August to join Dundee United. 1918 - Left-winger Doug McAvoy was born. He only made two senior reds appearances after signing from his hometown club Kilmarnock in December 1947 for £7,000, moving back to Scotland to join Queen Of The South in September 1949. Youngsters in action 2003 - Three young reds appeared in the Under-20’s World Championship Finals in the United Arab Emirates. Zak Whitbread played in the USA’s 3-1 defeat of Paraguay, Darren Potter appeared as the Republic of Ireland beat Saudi Arabia 2-1, and John Welsh and future reds Andy Lonergan, James Milner and Gary O’Neil all featured in England’s 1-0 defeat by Japan. 2012 – Jordan Rossiter captained England Under-16’s as their 1-0 defeat of Scotland in Burton saw them win the Victory Shield for the twelfth consecutive year, with future red Joe Gomez also featuring. Tens of caps 1978 - Four current or future reds reached international milestones. Kenny Dalglish won his sixtieth cap as Scotland won a European Championships qualifier 1-0 in Portugal, while ex-red Joey Jones made his twentieth appearance as Wales beat Turkey 1-0 in another qualifier at his home ground in Wrexham. Phil Thompson played his tenth game for England, while his former clubmate Kevin Keegan won his fortieth cap as England beat Czechoslovakia 1-0 in a friendly at Wembley. On the way out 2010 – Former reds reserves coach Antonio Gómez Pérez was sacked as Head Coach of Real Valladolid after just five months in the job. 2014 – Ex-reds left-winger Albert Riera had his contract with Udinese terminated, having attended a poker tournament rather than reporting for a match. Brad’s record 2008 – Ex-reds keeper Brad Friedel made a record 167th consecutive Premier League appearance as Aston Villa were held to a goalless draw at home by Fulham.
  25. Will

    27th November

    Happy birthday Peter 1942 – Winger Peter Thompson was born in Carlisle. He netted 54 times in 416 reds games, helping us to win two League titles, our first FA Cup and the FA Charity Shield, having signed in August 1963 for £37,000 from Preston North End. He moved on to Bolton Wanderers for £18,000 in January 1974. He made his debut for England Under-23’s on his 21st birthday, as they beat West Germany 4-1 in a friendly at Anfield. Future red David Wilson also featured. In comes Don 1990 - Don Hutchison signed from Hartlepool United for £175,000. He went on to play sixty times in four years at Anfield, bagging ten goals in the process. He was sold to West Ham United for £1.5m in August 1994. Arsenal again 1996 - We met Arsenal for the eighth time in the League Cup, our most frequent opponents in this competition, and have now been drawn against them ten times. We won this Fourth Round tie 4-2 at Anfield, with goals from Steve McManaman, Patrik Berger and a Robbie Fowler brace that included a penalty. Ian Wright grabbed both of the Gunners’ goals from the spot, two of his seven goals against the reds, while they also had Steve Bould dismissed with the score at 3-1. 1957 - That was our seventh straight win in games played on this day, a record that stretched back to a 2-0 Second Division defeat of Rotherham United at Anfield when Johnny Wheeler and Billy Liddell were on the scoresheet. This game had originally been postponed back in September. 1982 - These wins included a 3-0 defeat of Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield when Phil Neal converted a penalty before Kenny Dalglish grabbed a brace. A double debutant 1897 - Joe Lumsden scored his only two reds goals on his debut as we won 3-2 at Nottingham Forest’s Town Ground. Andrew McCowie also struck his first reds goal. 1909 - We were also in Nottingham when Jim Harrop grabbed our consolation in a 3-1 top-flight defeat by Notts County at Trent Bridge. Freddie Jones nabbed a brace, with Jimmy Cantrell also on the scoresheet. Most recently 2019 – Centre-half Dejan Lovren netted his eighth and last reds goal as we were held to a 1-1 draw by SSC Napoli in a UEFA Champions League group game at Anfield. Dries Mertens put the visitors in front, but Lovren headed in our equaliser. 2011 - Vincent Kompany headed Manchester City in front at Anfield from a corner before we equalised when a Charlie Adam strike deflected off Joleon Lescott for an own goal. Substitute Mario Balotelli was sent off late on for the visitors after two quick-fire bookings as the game ended 1-1. On the same day, future red Mohamed Salah featured for Egypt Under-23’s as they beat Gabon 1-0 in the Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco. A treble against the Blues 1915 - Fred Pagnam scored a hat-trick as we beat Everton 4-1 in a Wartime League game at Anfield, with Dave Watson also on the scoresheet. Bob’s century 1976 – We beat Bristol City 2-1 at Anfield in Bob Paisley’s hundredth League game in charge, thanks to goals from Kevin Keegan and Joey Jones. European wins 1991 - We won 2-0 at Swarovski Tirol in a UEFA Cup Third Round tie, thanks to a Dean Saunders brace, with Mark Wright in commanding form after a 21-game absence. Saunders added a treble in the return at Anfield, as we progressed 6-0 on aggregate. However, we were knocked out by Genoa in the next round. 2003 - We beat Steaua Bucureşti at Anfield, our fiftieth win in the UEFA Cup/Fairs Cup, with Harry Kewell netting the only goal as we reached the Third Round 2-1 on aggregate. Mixed fortunes against the Irons 1999 - We lost 1-0 at Upton Park thanks to a Trevor Sinclair goal. 1971 - We beat West Ham United at Anfield when Emlyn Hughes struck the only goal of the game. Forward Bobby Graham made his hundredth League appearance in this match. Loan moves 2006 - Emiliano Insúa agreed to sign on loan from Boca Juniors in January 2007. He notched once in 62 senior appearances, after his transfer was made permanent for £1.675m seven months later. He moved to Sporting Clube de Portugal in August 2011. 2008 – Ex-reserves midfielder Ryan Flynn joined Wrexham on loan. He struck four times in 27 outings, returning to Falkirk in September 2009 having failed to make the reds’ first team. Waddle’s bow 1973 - Forward Alan Waddle made his reds debut as we were held to a goalless draw at Hull City in our League Cup Fourth Round encounter. We won the Anfield replay 3-2 a week later when Ian Callaghan grabbed a hat-trick. Ted’s farewell 1937 – Forward Ted Harston played his fifth and final reds game as we won 1-0 at Blackpool thanks to an Alf Hanson goal. New arrivals 2012 - Rodolfo Borrell was announced as Head of Academy Coaching, with Alex Inglethorpe being named as his replacement as Reserve Team Head Coach. King Kenny’s big day 1974 - Kenny Dalglish married Marina on her birthday at Glasgow’s Netherlee Church. They remain happily married. International bows 2002 – Jon Otsemobor and future reds keeper Andy Lonergan both made their debuts for England Under-20’s as they lost 5-3 to Italy in the Toulon Tournament, with future reds coach Gary O’Neil also in action. 1946 – Billy Liddell played for Scotland in their goalless draw with Northern Ireland in the British International Championships at Hampden Park.
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