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  1. Will

    1st July

    In comes Mo 2017 – Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah signed from Roma for an initial €42m, proving to be a bargain signing even at that price. He has scored a stunning 156 goals in 254 games across his first five campaigns, helping us to claim the Premier League title, UEFA Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup, UEFA Super Cup, FA Cup and League Cup. Recent captures 2016 – Centre-half Joël Matip signed from Schalke 04 on a free transfer, bagging nine goals in 166 games in his first six campaigns for the reds, so far helping us to claim the Premier League title, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, FA Cup and League Cup. 2015 – James Milner arrived on a free transfer from Manchester City. He netted 26 times in 289 outings across his first seven campaigns, as well as regularly skippering the side in the absence of Jordan Henderson and helping us to claim the Premier League title, UEFA Champions League FIFA Club World Cup, UEFA Super Cup, FA Cup and League Cup. On the same day, right-back Nathaniel Clyne signed from Southampton for £12.5m, while keeper Ádám Bogdán arrived from Bolton Wanderers. Clyne bagged two goals in 103 outings before joining Crystal Palace in October 2020, while Bogdán made six largely uninspiring appearances before being released at the end of the 2018/19 season. On the same day, Uruguayan centre-half Sebastián Coates was sold to Sunderland for £4m after a successful loan spell. 2014 - Adam Lallana signed from Southampton for an initial £23m, becoming our second most expensive signing to date. He struck 22 times in 178 reds games, coming off the bench as we claimed the FIFA Club World Cup, while also being in the matchday squads as we claimed the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Super Cup, and playing an important role as we claimed our nineteenth League title in 2019/20. He signed for Brighton & Hove Albion in July 2020 once his contract with the reds had expired. 2021 – Centre-half Ibrahima Konaté signed from RasenBallsport Leipzig e.V., netting three times in 29 outings in his first campaign as he helped us to claim the FA Cup and League Cup. On the same day, ex-reds centre-half Ragnar Klavan signed for Paide Linnameeskond back in his native Estonia, scoring three times in 22 games across his first year. Rushie’s immediate return 1986 - Ian Rush officially re-signed for the reds on loan from Juventus, having signed for the Old Lady a month earlier. He stayed at Anfield for another season, bagging forty goals in 57 games, before finally moving to Turin. Fortunately, he returned to the reds after just one season in Italy. New bosses 1983 - Joe Fagan officially took over as Manager, the only Scouser to hold this position on a permanent basis to date. In his first season as boss, he led the club to a unique treble of League, European Cup and League Cup, retiring just a year later after 71 wins in 131 games. 2010 - Roy Hodgson was appointed. He struggled to make a major impact at Anfield, leading us to just thirteen victories in his 31 matches in charge before leaving by ‘mutual consent’ in January 2011. On the same day, Standard Chartered took over as the club’s main sponsors. In comes Finn 2003 - Right-back Steve Finnan officially signed from Fulham for £3.5m after playing in their promotion seasons from the Second Division up into the Premiership. He struck just once in 217 reds appearances, helping us to claim the Champions League, FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FA Community Shield before joining R.C.D. Espanyol in September 2008. On the same day, French duo Anthony Le Tallec and Florent Sinama-Pongolle joined the reds from Le Havre for a combined £6m. Le Tallec made just 32 senior reds appearances and scored only once, signing for Le Mans UC 72 in June 2008, having been sent out on loan from Anfield four times. Sinama-Pongolle netted nine times in 66 reds games, joining Real Club Recreativo de Huelva for €4m in May 2007 after a loan spell. Happy birthdays 1976 - Rigobert Song was born in Nkenglicock. He was the first ever red from Cameroon, signing from Italian side Salernitana for £2.6m in January 1999. He made 38 appearances before joining West Ham United for £2.5m in November 2000, having become a fans’ favourite with his marauding runs from defence. 2001 - He appeared for his country on his 25th birthday, in a 2-0 defeat of Togo 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Yaoundé, one of his 137 caps in total for the Indomitable Lions. 1904 - Outside-left Gordon Gunson was born in Chester. He signed from Sunderland in March 1930 and made 87 appearances, scoring an impressive 26 times in his injury-affected time at Anfield. He moved on to Swindon Town in June 1934. 1957 – Short-lived Assistant Manager Sean O’Driscoll was born in Wolverhampton. He was appointed in July 2015, leaving following the sacking of Brendan Rodgers just three months later. European champions 2012 - Ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa and Fernando Torres all featured as Spain thumped Italy 4-0 in the Final of Euro 2012 in Kyiv, with Torres coming off the bench to score the third goal. Future red Mario Balotelli featured for the losing side. 2016 – Joe Allen featured for Wales as they beat Belgium 3-1 in Villeneuve-d’Ascq to reach the European Championships Semi-final. Enter his Lordship 2004 - Djibril Cissé officially arrived from Auxerre in a club record £14m deal. He bagged 24 goals in 79 reds games, including goals to help us to claim three trophies in his time at Anfield, moving on to Olympique de Marseille for £6.3m three years later. 2001 - He played for France Under-20’s as they lost 3-1 to Argentina in a World Championships Quarter-final in Buenos Aires, with Grégory Vignal and future red Maxi Rodríguez also in action. Reds missed 2006 - Jamie Carragher’s retaken spot kick and Steven Gerrard’s effort were both saved as England crashed out to Portugal in their World Cup Quarter-final in Gelsenkirchen 3-1 on penalties after the game had ended goalless. Peter Crouch and future red Joe Cole also featured, with former Blue Wayne Rooney being sent off. Czeching out 2004 - Milan Baroš and Vladimír Šmicer both played in the Euro 2004 Semi-final as the Czech Republic lost 1-0 to Greece in Porto, thanks to a ‘silver goal’. All change 1999 - This was a busy day in the transfer market as Vladimír Šmicer arrived from Racing Club de Lens for £4.2m, while we also gained and lost a player on the Bosman ruling. Erik Meijer signed from Bayer 04 Leverkusen, with Steve McManaman officially joining Real Madrid on the same day. 2019 – Forward Danny Ings joined Southampton for an initial £18m following a successful season on loan, so far bagging 29 goals in 61 outings for the Saints. On the same day, midfielder Marko Grujić re-joined Hertha BSC Berlin on loan for a second successive campaign, so far scoring nine times in 54 games. Also arriving that day was young Polish keeper Jakub Ojrzyński who signed from Legia Warszawa. Other recent ins and outs 2009 – Winger Sebastián Leto was sold to Panathinaikos for a fee reported to be around £3m. He helped his new club to the domestic double in his first season, scoring the only goal in the Cup Final, and netting 27 times in 91 outings before leaving the club in January 2013. 2018 - Naby Keïta officially signed from RasenBallsport Leipzig e.V. for £52.75m, having agreed to join us the previous August. 2016 – Keeper Lawrence Vigouroux left the reds to sign for Swindon Town, so far playing 130 times, including a previous loan spell. On the same day, midfielder Jordan Rossiter joined Rangers, having signed a pre-contract agreement two months earlier. 2002 - Reserves keeper Jørgen Nielsen left for Farum in Denmark, after five years at Anfield without a first team appearance. 2000 - We signed up Pegguy Arphexad, Markus Babbel and Gary McAllister, all on free transfers. Pegguy arrived from Leicester City, one of Gary Mac’s former clubs. On the same day, future red Nicolas Anelka re-signed for Paris Saint-Germain from Real Madrid for £22m. Luis on target 2007 – Future red Luis Suárez scored for Uruguay Under-20’s against ex-red Antonio Barragán’s Spain as their World Championship Finals group game ended 2-2 in Canada. On the same day, Mark González faced future red Alexander Doni as Brazil beat Chile 3-0 in a Copa América group game in Venezuela. 2019 – Sadio Mané bagged a brace, including a penalty, as Senegal beat Kenya 3-0 in an Africa Cup of Nations Finals group game in Egypt. He also saw another spot-kick saved. Wedding bells 1972 - Emlyn Hughes married Barbara. They remained happily married until Emlyn’s sad death in November 2004, with two children called Emma and Emlyn. 2005 - Jamie Carragher married his fiancée Nicola Holt at Weston Park, while on the same day Harry Kewell settled his libel case against Gary Lineker out of court. Meanwhile, Sammy Lee was appointed Assistant Manager of Bolton Wanderers. Mighty Mouse on the way back 1980 - Kevin Keegan returned to England, joining Southampton for £400,000 in a move that had been announced five months earlier. He had struck 32 goals in ninety Bundesliga games, helping them to a League and Cup double in 1979, as well as twice claiming the European Footballer of the Year award while in Germany. Other new managers 1981 - Emlyn Hughes was appointed Player/Manager of Rotherham United. He was in charge for nearly two years, but was sacked as they headed towards the old Third Division. 2000 – Karl-Heinz Riedle was replaced as Manager of Fulham by Jean Tigana, having been in temporary charge for three months. 1995 - John Toshack took over as Deportivo La Coruña boss, having been appointed four months previously. He remained in charge for nineteen months before resigning. World Cup progress 1990 - John Barnes started England’s dramatic 3-2 extra-time defeat of Cameroon in the World Cup Quarter-final in Naples. He was replaced at half-time by fellow red Peter Beardsley, while his future clubmate Mark Wright played the full two hours. On the same day, future red Karl-Heinz Riedle featured in West Germany’s 1-0 win over Czechoslovakia in Milan, to set up their Semi-final clash with England. 2018 – Dejan Lovren played as Croatia knocked Denmark out on penalties to reach the Quarter-finals in Russia. Ex-red Iago Aspas also featured as Spain beat the host nation after a shoot-out at the same stage. 2014 – Future red Divock Origi featured in Belgium’s 2-1 defeat of the USA in Salvador, while ex-red Javier Mascherano played as Argentina needed extra time to see off future red Xherdan Shaqiri’s Switzerland 1-0 in São Paulo to reach the Quarter-finals. 2011 – Mascherano played for his country again as host nation Argentina drew 1-1 with Bolivia in a Copa América group game in La Plata. Other moves 1985 - Future reds keeper Mike Hooper signed for Wrexham from Bristol City on a free transfer. 1995 - Dean Saunders joined Galatasaray from Aston Villa for a £2.35m fee. 1996 - Gary Ablett joined Birmingham City from Everton for £390,000. 1997 - Future red Paul Jones moved to Southampton from Stockport County for £900,000 while ex-red Paul Stewart signed for Stoke City on a free transfer from Sunderland. 2005 - Jermaine Pennant joined Birmingham City from Arsenal for £3m. 2010 – Defender Gareth Roberts joined Derby County, while Jon Otsemobor signed for Sheffield Wednesday. 2011 – Scott Carson left West Bromwich Albion for Turkish side Bursaspor in a £2.1m deal. On the same day, reserves centre-back Stephen Sama signed a new contract with the reds. He moved on to VfB Stuttgart in September 2014 without making a senior first-team appearance. 2013 – Goalie Adrián signed for West Ham United, playing 150 times before joining the reds for free in August 2019. 2015 – Keeper Péter Gulácsi joined RasenBallsport Leipzig e.V. from Red Bull Salzburg for £3m after helping them to claim consecutive Austrian League and Cup doubles. 2017 – Centre-half Ozan Kabak signed as a professional for Galatasaray, playing eighteen times without scoring before moving to VfB Stuttgart in January 2019. Keeper Daniele Padelli signed for Internazionale, only making nine senior appearances in four seasons at the San Siro. 2020 – Keeper Ádám Bogdán signed for reigning champions Ferencváros, featuring seven times in his first campaign back in his native Hungary. Doctor Kenny 2011 – Reds boss Kenny Dalglish was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Science by the University of Ulster.
  2. New bosses 1959 - Bill Shankly was appointed reds boss, with the intention that he would take over in the New Year. However, he was in place just thirteen days later. He had led Huddersfield Town to 49 wins in 129 League games in charge, but could not get them out of the Second Division. The great man achieved his aim of turning the reds into a ‘bastion of invincibility’ as he led us out of the Second Division and then to three League titles, two FA Cups, the UEFA Cup and FA Charity Shield, before shocking the football world with his resignation in July 1974. 2010 - Tom Werner took over as Chairman of the club, following Martin Broughton’s departure. The New York-born businessman co-founded Fenway Sports Group and is also Chairman of the Boston Red Sox. King Billy’s treble 1951 - Billy Liddell scored a hat-trick, including a penalty, as we won 3-2 at Tottenham Hotspur. Sonny Walters bagged one of his four goals against the reds, with Les Bennett also on target. Great evening for the kids 2004 - We drew 1-1 at Tottenham Hotspur in the Fifth Round of the Carling Cup, with Florent Sinama-Pongolle converting a late penalty to equalise Jermain Defoe’s goal at the end of extra time, one of his six past us to date. The reds won the penalty shoot-out 4-3 as the away end rocked to the brand new ‘La Bamba’ song in honour of new boss Rafael Benítez. Stéphane Henchoz was making his 205th and final reds appearance, with winger Richie Partridge playing for the third and last time, while David Raven and Mark Smyth both made their senior bows. Jerzy’s nightmare 2002 - A Diego Forlán brace handed Manchester United a two-goal lead at Anfield, greatly assisted by Jerzy Dudek. A late Sami Hyypiä strike gave us hope, and Dietmar Hamann’s fierce drive hit the woodwork, but we lost 2-1. These were the first of Forlán’s four goals past us. Reds farewells 2012 - Phil Taylor died aged 95. He signed from his hometown club Bristol Rovers in March 1936 in exchange for outside-right Billy Hartill plus £5,000. He made 345 appearances at right-half before and after the war, scoring 34 times and winning one League title and captaining the side. He joined the coaching staff when he retired from playing in July 1954, and became Manager in May 1956, staying in the job for three years, but has the unhappy distinction of being the only reds boss never to manage the side in the top flight. 1962 - Left-winger Alan A'Court scored his 63rd and final reds goal as we beat Fulham 2-1 at Anfield in our first season back in the top flight. Roger Hunt also struck with Ronnie Moran missing a penalty. Mølby off the mark 1984 - Jan Mølby bagged his first reds goal, although it was merely a consolation in our 3-1 defeat at Chelsea. Future red David Speedie and Joe McLaughlin netted, with Kerry Dixon scoring the first of his seven goals against the reds. Thumping the Blues 2021 – We beat Everton 4-1 at Goodison Park. Jordan Henderson and Mohamed Salah struck before Demarai Gray pulled a goal back before half time. Salah and Diogo Jota then netted in the second half to increase the pressure on Rafael Benítez. Mauled by Tigers 2013 – We lost 3-1 at Hull City, the first time we had lost to the Tigers in seventeen meetings. They opened the scoring when a Jake Livermore strike was deflected off Martin Škrtel, before Steven Gerrard equalised with a free kick. David Meyler put the home side ahead before Škrtel diverted a shot from Tom Huddlestone into his own net for an own goal. 2012 - Daniel Agger headed in the only goal of the game as we hosted Southampton in a Premiership fixture. 2008 – We were held to a goalless Premiership draw at Anfield by West Ham United as we went to the top of the table. A Kop mosaic in support of Michael Shields was held up prior to kick off. Diego born 1982 – Sub keeper Diego Cavalieri was born in São Paulo. He signed from Palmeiras in his native Brazil for £3.5m in July 2008, making just ten senior appearances, all in cup competitions, although he sat on the bench on a further 103 occasions. He moved on to Italian side Cesena for £1.2m in August 2010. A winning debut 1973 - Forward Alan Waddle made his League bow in our defeat of West Ham United at Anfield, with Peter Cormack bagging the only goal of the game. Chris Lawler missed this game through injury, having played in all of our previous 102 League games. Razor off 1981 - Ray Kennedy was sent off for two bookable offences in the first half of our goalless League Cup Fourth Round tie at Arsenal as Terry McDermott played his 300th reds game. Fortunately, we won the replay the following week, en route to retaining the trophy. Beating the Rams again and again We have beaten Derby County three times on this day in history without conceding a goal. 2001 - Michael Owen’s poached effort gave us a win at Pride Park, although the reds had to thank Jerzy Dudek for a string of top-class saves, including one from a late Fabrizio Ravanelli penalty, to keep us top of the League. 1906 - Joe Hewitt nabbed the only goal of the game at the Baseball Ground as forward Sam Raybould played his 200th reds game. 1928 - Gordon Hodgson, Jimmy McDougall and James Clark struck as we won 3-0 at Anfield. European wins 1965 - We beat Belgians Standard de Liège 3-1 at Anfield in our first game of a European Cup Winners’ Cup campaign that saw us reach the Final in only our second season in continental competition. Chris Lawler struck a brace that night, with Peter Thompson also netting in a very bad-tempered game. 2020 – Curtis Jones struck the only goal of Ajax’s visit to Anfield in a UEFA Champions League group game, played behind closed doors. This result ensured we qualified as group winners with a game still to play. Mixed fortunes against the Blades We have faced Sheffield United three times over the years, winning just once. 1956 - Our most recent meeting was at Anfield, when Johnny Wheeler, Billy Liddell, Jimmy Melia, Alan A’Court and Alan Arnell were all on target in a 5-1 Second Division victory. Jimmy Hagan’s consolation was one of his four strikes against the reds. 1923 - Harry Chambers grabbed our goal as we drew a top-flight meeting at Bramall Lane, with Fred Tunstall nabbing one of his eight goals past us. 1900 - Charlie Satterthwaite was on target in a 2-1 home defeat, also in the First Division. Big wins 1979 - We beat Middlesbrough 4-0 at Anfield, with the goals coming from Terry McDermott, Alan Hansen, David Johnson and Ray Kennedy. Ray Clemence was presented with a specially inscribed carriage clock before the game to honour his achievement of only conceding sixteen goals in the 42 games of the last League campaign. 1917 - We trounced Blackburn Rovers 6-1 at Ewood Park in a Wartime League fixture, with Thomas Bennett bagging a brace and Harry Lewis, Arthur Metcalf, Jack Waine and Donald McKinlay all netting. 1945 - We won another Wartime League match, beating Huddersfield Town 4-1 at Anfield thanks to a Billy Liddell brace and goals from Willie Fagan and Jack Balmer. International first and last 1971 – Future red Peter Cormack won his ninth and final cap for Scotland in their 2-1 friendly victory over the Netherlands in Amsterdam, with Celtic’s Kenny Dalglish also in action. 2017 - Fulham’s Fábio Carvalho scored his first goal for England Under-16’s as they lost 2-1 to Brazil in Florida. In and out 2004 - Former reserves midfielder Layton Maxwell signed for Mansfield Town. He only played one game for the Stags before moving to Rhyl the following year. 1997 - Icelandic forward Haukur Ingi Guðnason arrived at Anfield from Keflavík for £150,000. Unfortunately, he never broke into the reds first-team, returning to his old club three years later. 1993 - Jimmy Case joined Sittingbourne from Darlington on a free transfer. He only remained there a month before rejoining Brighton & Hove Albion. 1911 – American-born outside-left Hugh Lester joined the reds, becoming the first player born outside the British Isles to play for Liverpool, although he only made two senior appearances before moving on to Oldham Athletic in May 1913. On the move again 1997 - Bruce Grobbelaar was released from Sheffield Wednesday, having been with the Owls for just over two months, without making a senior appearance. 2012 – Ex-reds centre-half and first-team coach Mauricio Pellegrino was sacked as Manager of Valencia. 2017 - Sammy Lee was appointed Assistant Manager of Everton, continuing his long association with Sam Allardyce who had just taken over as the Blues’ boss. He stayed in the role until the following May. Other reds games 1993 – Jan Mølby scored from the spot as Wimbledon held us to a 1-1 draw in a League Cup Fourth Round tie at Anfield. Robbie Earle equalised late on with one of his five goals against the reds as we went on to be knocked out on penalties after a replay. 1992 – We drew 1-1 with Crystal Palace in another League Cup Fourth Round match in L4 with Mike Marsh converting a penalty. David Burrows had to be carried off with a ligament injury that kept him out of action for four months. We lost the replay at Selhurst Park. 1934 – Aston Villa went back to the Midlands on the wrong end of a 3-1 scoreline. Tom Waring opened the scoring with the last of his six goals past us, but Gordon Hodgson bagged a brace, with Tommy Johnson also on target. 1894 – Wolverhampton Wanderers held us to a 3-3 draw at Anfield. Harry Bradshaw netted twice, with Malcolm McVean also scoring for the reds. Duncan McLean put through his own net, with Charlie Reynolds bagging twice for the Villains. European recognition 2009 - Steven Gerrard was voted into tenth in the Ballon d’Or, with Fernando Torres coming eleventh. Barcelona’s Lionel Messi winning the award for the first time. Also in international action 1971 – Emlyn Hughes played for England as they won a European Championships qualifier 2-0 in Greece. 1996 – Future red Brad Friedel kept goal as the USA lost a World Cup qualifier 2-1 in Costa Rica. 2003 – Future red Javier Mascherano featured for Argentina Under-20’s as they beat Uzbekistan 2-1 in a World Championships Finals game in the United Arab Emirates. 2004 – Future red Jari Litmanen captained Finland in their 2-1 defeat of the host nation in the Semi-final of the Bahrain Prime Minister’s Cup. 2009 – Future red Suso played for Spain Under-17’s as they beat Portugal 3-0 in a friendly.
  3. Will

    1st September

    Dan the man 1989 – Forward Daniel Sturridge was born in Birmingham. He signed from Chelsea for £12m in January 2013, netting an impressive 67 times in 160 reds games before being released in June 2019. 2013 – He scored the only goal of David Moyes’ Manchester United’s League visit to Anfield in just the fourth minute. 1993 – Ex-reds left-back Jack Robinson was born in Warrington. He became the club’s then youngest ever player when he debuted at Hull City in May 2010 aged just sixteen years and 250 days. He was sold to Queens Park Rangers in August 2014, scoring twice in 39 outings before moving on to Nottingham Forest in June 2018. The very beginning 1892 - We played our first ever game, beating reigning Midland League champions Rotherham Town 7-1 in a friendly that kicked off at Anfield at 5.30pm on a Thursday evening. 1894 - We played our first ever First Division game, drawing 1-1 at Blackburn Rovers, with Harry Bradshaw putting the reds in front before Coombe Hall equalised for the home side. Unfortunately, we were relegated at the end of the season. Outside-left John Drummond played the first of eighteen senior reds games, with keeper Bill McCann making the first of his seventeen outings. Rams hit for six 2007 - Ryan Babel scored his first reds goal as we thumped Derby County 6-0 at Anfield to go into the international break on top of the table for the first time in five seasons. Xabi Alonso and Fernando Torres each bagged a brace, with Andriy Voronin also on target. Birth of the Kop 1906 - Joe Hewitt bagged the only goal of our game against Stoke at Anfield as the Kop stand was used for the first time, in scorching temperatures, although it was not yet known by that name. After the previous season’s title success, the board had decided to demolish what was known as the Oakfield Road Embankment, or Walton Breck Road End, and replace it with a huge bank of rubble and cinders. Germany 1 Liverpool 5 2001 - All of England's goals in their sensational 5-1 win over Germany in Munich were scored by reds. Michael Owen grabbed a hat-trick, with Steven Gerrard nabbing his first international goal and Emile Heskey also on target. Dietmar Hamann was on the losing side, while Nick Barmby, Jamie Carragher and ex-red Steve McManaman all also appeared. Meanwhile, future reds forward Fernando Morientes bagged a brace as Spain beat Austria 4-0 in their qualifying encounter in Valencia. 2007 – Future red Mamadou Sakho scored in the penalty shoot-out as France Under-17’s lost 5-4 to Spain in their World Championship Finals Quarter-final after the game itself ended 1-1 in South Korea. Keeping debuts 1904 - Ned Doig became our oldest ever debutant, aged 37 years and 307 days, when he played in our 2-0 opening day home defeat of Burton United in the Second Division, thanks to a Robbie Robinson brace. Half-back Jimmy Hughes and left-back David Murray both also played their first reds games. 1912 - Elisha Scott signed for the reds. He played 468 times in eighteen seasons at Anfield, winning two League titles before joining Belfast Celtic as Player/Manager in June 1934. Crossing the park 1962 - Winger Johnny Morrissey was sold to Everton for £10,000. He had signed on as a professional in April 1957, netting six times in 37 reds games. He scored fifty goals in 314 appearances for the Blues, helping them to two League titles. Facing the Foxes 2018 – New keeper Alisson Becker was robbed while trying to play out from the back leading to Rachid Ghezzal’s consolation as we won 2-1 at Leicester City. Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino had both struck before the break to give us a two-goal lead. James Milner reached a century of League games for the reds. 1973 – We drew a top-flight encounter 1-1 at Filbert Street. John Toshack headed us into the lead after the break, but Alan Birchenall equalised with the last of his four goals against us. Red arrivals 1994 - Phil Babb signed from Coventry City for a club record £3.6m, also a British record fee for a defender. He struck once in 170 reds appearances in his six years at Anfield, before being released on a free transfer to Sporting Clube de Portugal. 2008 - Right-back Steve Finnan moved in the opposite direction, after one goal in 217 appearances since signing from Fulham for £3.5m in July 2003. On the same day, second string keeper Péter Gulácsi signed permanently from MTK Hungária, having spent the previous season on loan at Anfield. Meanwhile, Andriy Voronin joined Hertha BSC Berlin on loan for the season, while young Brazilian forward Vitor Flora arrived from Botafogo on a free transfer. Lawler’s 300 1971 – Full-back Chris Lawler played his 300th League game for the reds in our 1-0 defeat at Manchester City. Deadline day moves 2014 – Centre-half Sebastián Coates joined Sunderland on loan, having failed to break through to the first team. On the same day, winger Oussama Assaidi returned to Stoke City on a temporary basis, while Hungarian forward Krisztián Adorján left Anfield to sign for Italian Serie C side Novara Calcio. Meanwhile, forward Nathan Eccleston signed for Partick Thistle, having been released by Blackpool, John Arne Riise joined APOEL in Cyprus, Swedish left-winger Alexander Kačaniklić joined F.C. København on loan from Fulham, and forward David N’Gog returned to France on loan from Bolton Wanderers with Stade de Reims. On the same day, winger Sadio Mané joined Southampton from Red Bull Salzburg for £11.8m after 45 goals in 87 games. 2015 – Centre-half Tiago Ilori joined Aston Villa on loan, failing to make a senior appearance before being recalled four months later. On the same day, winger Victor Moses made a temporary switch to West Ham United from Chelsea, netting twice in 26 outings in east London. Farewell Welfare 1966 – Forward Harry Welfare died in Angra dos Reis, Brazil. He joined the reds from Northern Nomads in 1912, notching once in four outings before signing for Wrexham the following year. He later had a very successful career in Brazil, helping Fluminense to claim the title three times in succession while bagging 163 goals in just 166 games. 1933 – Scottish outside-right Danny McRorie joined Millwall on trial, moving on permanently to Rochdale a month later. He had bagged six goals in 35 reds games after signing from Morton for £1,500 in November 1930. Starting and ending 1900 - Right-back Tom Robertson made his reds bow as we beat Blackburn Rovers 3-0 at Anfield in another season opener. Tommy Robertson, Charlie Satterthwaite and Sam Raybould struck the goals as Alex Raisbeck captained the side at the age of just 21 years and 249 years, remaining the club’s youngest ever captain until Curtis Jones in February 2020. 1937 – Forward Ted Harston scored his final two reds goals in our 3-2 home defeat of Portsmouth. Berry Nieuwenhuys also struck for the reds, with Jock Anderson bagging the first two of his four goals past us. 1951 – Inside-forward Willie Fagan played his 182nd and final reds game as we beat Huddersfield Town 2-1 in a First Division fixture at Anfield. Billy Liddell and Kevin Baron struck our goals, while Vic Metcalfe netted one of his six strikes against the reds. Centre-backs off the mark against the Saints 1979 - Colin Irwin scored his first senior reds goal, although it was not enough to prevent us going down to a 3-2 League defeat at The Dell, with David Johnson grabbing our other goal. Charlie George scored the last of his five goals past us, with Phil Boyer and Trevor Hebberd also on target for the home side. 1992 - Mark Wright struck his first reds goal, in a 1-1 draw at home to his former club Southampton after Kerry Dixon had put the visitors in front with his seventh and final goal against the reds. UEFA President Lennart Johansson officially opened the Centenary Stand prior to the game. 1993 - Phil Babb scored his first Coventry City goal in their 1-0 defeat of the reds at Highfield Road, as Rob Jones was sent off for receiving two yellow cards in the space of three minutes. David Burrows played his 193rd and final reds game, against one of his future employers. Hat-tricks against We conceded three hat-tricks on this day in the 1930’s. 1930 - Vic Watson netted the last four of his nine goals past us as we were crushed 7-0 at West Ham United in a game that kicked off at 6pm. Stan Earle grabbed the final two of his four strikes against the reds, with Wilfred James also scoring as keeper Arthur Riley reached a century of reds outings. 1934 - Ted Drake and Ray Bowden both grabbed trebles as we were humbled 8-1 at Arsenal who were on their way to a third consecutive League title, with outside-left Alf Hanson grabbing our consolation and Drake having another effort ruled out for a push. Cliff Bastin scored the final goal of his four against us, with Jack Crayston also netting. 1919 - We also faced the Gunners, when Harry Chambers and Fred Pagnam scored in a 3-2 home defeat. Bert White bagged a brace, with Billy Blyth also netting for the visitors. Alou and goodbye 2003 - Alou Diarra joined Bastia on loan. He eventually left Anfield permanently to join Racing Club de Lens for £2m in June 2005, without ever playing a first-class reds game. 2016 - Diarra had his contract with Charlton Athletic terminated by mutual consent after one goal in 45 outings, signing for AS Nancy-Lorraine on the same day. In Midlands action We have faced Aston Villa three times on this day in history. 1908 - We kicked off the season by beating the Villains 3-2 at Anfield, thanks to goals from Robbie Robinson and Joe Hewitt and a Tom Chorlton penalty. 1990 - Peter Beardsley and John Barnes netted in our 2-1 home victory, with David Platt on target for the visitors. 1928 – Left-half Jimmy McDougall scored his first reds goal as we lost 3-1 at Villa Park. Joe Beresford struck the first of his four goals against the reds, with Len Capewell scoring the last of his six past us and Dicky York also on target. Left-back Donald McKinlay was making his 434th and final reds appearance. Both of our meetings with West Bromwich Albion on this day have ended all square. 1920 - Tom Miller struck at The Hawthorns, his fiftieth League goal and final strike for the club. 1923 - Another top-flight encounter ended goalless at Anfield. Up against the Blades We twice faced Sheffield United on this day in the 1960’s, without conceding a goal. 1962 - Ian Callaghan and Ian St. John struck as we won 2-0 at Anfield. 1965 - We left Bramall Lane with a goalless draw. More season openers We have started our top-flight seasons on two more occasions on this day in history. 1896 - George Allan struck twice as we won 2-1 at The Wednesday in Tom Watson’s first game as Manager, and first game in a new kit of red shirts and white shorts. Right-half John McCartney reached a century of reds appearances in this game. 1913 - Tom Miller was on target following a fine dribble to open the scoring in our 1-1 draw at Derby County, with half-back Tommy Fairfoul making his reds bow. Horace Barnes struck one of his nine goals past us. Happy birthday Michael 1974 – Former reserves keeper Michael Stensgaard was born in Copenhagen. The Dane was signed by Roy Evans but never played a first team game for the reds, despite being named on the bench 28 times. Derby stalemate 1897 - We benefited from a Peter Meecham own goal as our Goodison Park friendly ended 1-1. First and last caps 2021 – Gini Wijnaldum won his first cap as a Paris Saint-Germain player as the Netherlands drew a World Cup qualifier 1-1 with Norway in Oslo, with Virgil van Dijk skippering the side. On the same day, Harry Wilson played for Wales for the first time since joining Fulham, having a penalty saved as they drew a friendly 0-0 with Finland in Helsinki. Melkamu Frauendorf debuted for Germany Under-18’s in their 2-09 defeat of Slovakia. Sadio Mané netted as Senegal beat Togo 2-0 in the World Cup while Andy Robertson captained Steve Clarke’s Scotland as they lost a qualifier 2-0 in Denmark. Diogo Jota, Naby Keïta, Kostas Tsimikas, Ben Woodburn and ex-reds Dejan Lovren and Danny Ward also played for their countries. 2017 – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain played for England for the first time since moving to Anfield, in their 4-0 World Cup qualifying win in Malta. Meanwhile, Andy Robertson won his first cap as a reds player, scoring in Scotland’s 3-0 win in Lithuania, with Dominic Solanke playing for England Under-21’s for the first time since moving to Anfield. Ex-reds loanee Victor Moses scored as Nigeria thumped Cameroon 4-0 in Uyo, while Emre Can, Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson, future red Kostas Tsimikas, and ex-reds Raheem Sterling and Luis Suárez were also in international action that day. 2006 - Daniel Agger won his first cap as a red in Denmark’s 4-2 friendly win over Portugal in Copenhagen, with Christian Poulsen playing for his country for the first time since joining Sevilla. On the same day, Florent Sinama-Pongolle made his first appearance for France Under-21’s while on loan at Real Club Recreativo de Huelva, as they beat Scotland 3-1 in a European Championships qualifier at Pittodrie, with future red Charlie Adam winning his third and final cap at this level. Future red Alberto Aquilani played for Italy Under-21’s on the same day, in a 1-0 qualifying victory in Iceland, with a player being sent off for each side. 1982 – Jan Mølby won his second cap, and first one as an Ajax player, as Denmark lost 1-0 to Romania in a friendly in Bucharest. 2016 – Trent Alexander-Arnold debuted for England Under-19’s in their 1-1 friendly draw with the Netherlands in Wellington, Shropshire. Philippe Coutinho, Divock Origi, future red Thiago Alcântara and ex-reds Javier Mascherano, Brad Smith and Luis Suárez all featured for their countries, with keeper Alisson Becker winning his first cap as a Roma player. Meanwhile, Gini Wijnaldum scored in his third consecutive international, while winning his first cap as a red, as the Netherlands lost 2-1 to Greece in a friendly in Eindhoven. Kamil Grabara made his debut for Poland Under-18’s in their 1-1 friendly draw with Norway Under-17’s in Sweden, with midfielder Allan featuring for Brazil Under-20’s in their 1-1 draw with England at St. George’s Park. 2011 – Jordan Henderson captained England Under-21’s for the first time, scoring as they thumped Azerbaijan 6-0 in a European Championships qualifier at Vicarage Road, with Jon Flanagan and Jonjo Shelvey both debuting at this level and future red Steven Caulker also featuring while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain won his first cap as an Arsenal player. Future red Christian Benteke scored as Belgium Under-21’s lost a qualifier 2-1 in Iceland. On the same day, Péter Gulácsi skippered Hungary Under-21’s as they lost another qualifier 2-1 in the Republic of Ireland. 1999 - Mark Kennedy won his first cap as a Manchester City player, with Robbie Keane making his first appearance while with Coventry City. Both netted as the Republic of Ireland beat FR Yugoslavia 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier at Lansdowne Road. Steve Staunton also played. 1996 - Nick Barmby won his final cap while with Middlesbrough, scoring as England won a World Cup qualifier 3-0 in Moldova. Stig Inge Bjørnebye, future reds Sami Hyypiä, Paul Ince and Øyvind Leonhardsen and ex-red Ronnie Rosenthal also represented their countries that day. Other international reds 2001 - Don Hutchison won his first cap as a West Ham United player as Scotland were held to a goalless draw by Croatia at Hampden Park. Igor Bišcan won his fifteenth and final cap in this game with ex-red Dominic Matteo also featuring. Jerzy Dudek won his first cap as a red in Poland’s 3-0 defeat of Norway in Chorzów, with Everton’s Thomas Myhre at the other end, the first time two Merseyside keepers had been in international opposition since May 1979. John Arne Riise and ex-red Øyvind Leonhardsen both also played. Meanwhile, Jason McAteer netted the only goal of the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup qualifying defeat of the Netherlands at Lansdowne Road. He was winning his last cap as a Blackburn Rovers player, and 43rd in total. Future reds Steve Finnan, Robbie Keane and Bolo Zenden, and ex-red Steve Staunton also featured. Craig Bellamy won his first cap while with Newcastle United, his thirteenth to date, as Wales were held to a goalless draw by Armenia in Cardiff. Also in international action that day were Sami Hyypiä, Jari Litmanen, ex-reds Brad Friedel and Jim Magilton, and future reds Milan Baroš and Paul Jones. 1994 – Future red Haukur Ingi Guðnason played for Iceland Under-17’s as they lost 2-0 to Finland in a European Championships qualifier in Reykjavik. 2000 – Richie Partridge and future reds Milan Baroš and John Arne Riise all featured in European Championships qualifier at Under-21’s level, with Riise the only to be on the winning side as Norway beat Armenia 5-1. 2005 - Anthony Le Tallec struck as France Under-21’s beat FYR Macedonia 3-0 in a friendly in Epernay. 2013 – Future red Dominic Solanke came off the bench as England Under-17’s lost 2-1 to Italy in Burton. On the move 2005 - Bjørn Tore Kvarme re-signed for Rosenborg BK, having left Bastia earlier in the year. He retired from the game in June 2008. 2017 – Keeper David Martin signed for Millwall, only making one senior appearance in his first campaign with the Lions. 2020 – Young keeper Kai McKenzie-Lyle signed for Cambridge United, having been released by the reds three months earlier. On the same day, centre-half Rhys Williams signed a new contract while Chief Commercial Officer Billy Hogan took over as Chief Executive Officer. Other reds games 1984 – Queens Park Rangers held us to a 1-1 draw at Anfield. Ronnie Whelan was on target, with Paul Walsh having two goals disallowed. 1981 – Middlesbrough left L4 with a point. David Shearer bagged one of his four goals against the reds, with Phil Neal equalising from the spot. 1959 – We lost a Second Division game 1-0 at Bristol City. 1956 – We beat Grimsby Town 3-2 in a home Second Division encounter. Louis Bimpson struck twice, with Alan Arnell also on target as Bob Crosbie netted a brace for the visitors. 1954 – Plymouth Argyle held us to a 3-3 draw in the Second Division at Anfield. John Evans was on target, with Alan Arnell scoring twice late on. Milan the dad 2009 – Ex-reds striker Milan Baroš became a father to Patrick.
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    23rd September

    Four apiece 1986 - Steve McMahon missed a penalty but struck four goals as we recorded the equal biggest ever win in the League Cup, thumping Fulham 10-0. Ian Rush and John Wark both netted braces with the other goals coming from Ronnie Whelan and Steve Nicol, while Rush also struck the post twice. Both managers played in this game, with Kenny Dalglish lining up against the Cottagers’ new player/manager Ray Lewington. 1995 - Robbie Fowler bagged four in our 5-2 defeat of Bolton Wanderers, his hundredth reds game, with Steve Harkness nabbing our other goal late on. 1939 - We also entertained the Trotters, with Jack Balmer bagging a brace and Matt Busby also on target in a 3-0 friendly victory. Jonjo off 2012 - We lost 2-1 to Manchester United at Anfield, with Jonjo Shelvey somewhat harshly dismissed in the first half, and Fabio Borini having to go off injured at half-time. Steven Gerrard put us ahead straight after the break, but Rafael da Silva equalised before Robin van Persie converted a late, soft penalty to secure victory, one of his seven goals past us. Martin Kelly suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in this game. The first Irish red 1970 - Steve Heighway became the first ever red to represent the Republic of Ireland in their 2-0 friendly defeat at home to Poland, winning the first of his 33 caps less than a month after his senior reds debut. 1992 - Torben Piechnik won his first cap as a reds player, and tenth to date, as Denmark were held to a goalless draw by Lithuania in a World Cup qualifier in Vilnius. Future red Stig Inge Bjørnebye won his twentieth cap on the same day as Norway beat the Netherlands in another qualifier in Oslo. Reds sold 1993 - Reserves keeper Mike Hooper left Anfield after 73 reds games to join Newcastle United for £550,000. He made thirty appearances for the Toon before retiring from the game. 1982 – Forward Colin Russell moved on to Huddersfield Town. He only ever tasted half an hour of first team action for the reds, coming on for Howard Gayle in a home League defeat to Sunderland in May 1981. 1920 - Scottish international centre-forward Tom Miller was sold to Manchester United for £2,000, after 56 goals in 146 reds games, including appearing in our first FA Cup Final in 1914. He had been suspended for his part in the 1915 match-fixing scandal involving the reds and the Old Trafford side. Debutants galore 2008 – Keeper Diego Cavalieri and right-back Philipp Degen both made their reds debuts as we beat Crewe Alexandra 2-1 in a League Cup Third Round tie at Anfield, the hundredth game we had played in the competition on home turf, although one came as the ‘away’ side. Unfortunately, Degen suffered two broken ribs during the match. Daniel Agger opened the scoring before Michael O’Connor equalised. Lucas Leiva struck the winner. 1899 - Forward John Parkinson made his only reds appearance in our 2-1 home derby defeat, with Tom Robertson netting our consolation. Jack Taylor bagged one of his five goals past us, with Jimmy Settle netting one of his eleven. 1905 - Left-half Jim Bradley made his reds bow in our 2-0 win over Birmingham City at Anfield, when Robbie Robinson and Joe Hewitt were on target. 1933 - South African outside-right Berry Nieuwenhuys made his debut in our 3-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur. Sam English nabbed a brace with Alf Hanson also on the scoresheet. 1950 - Centre-half Joe Cadden made his reds bow in our 2-1 defeat at Fulham, with Billy Liddell netting. 1957 - Winger Johnny Morrissey debuted in our 2-1 win at Stoke City, with Louis Bimpson and Tony Rowley grabbing the goals, and Geoff Twentyman putting through his own net. Mo again 2017 – Mohamed Salah scored in his third consecutive game as we won 3-2 in the League at Leicester City, just four days after being knocked out of the League Cup at the same venue. Philippe Coutinho also scored before Shinji Okazaki pulled a goal back on the stroke of half time. Jordan Henderson restored our two-goal advantage, but Jamie Vardy responded immediately with the sixth of his ten goals past us to date. Simon Mignolet then saved a Vardy spot-kick to ensure victory. Penalties galore 2014 – After a 2-2 draw, our League Cup Third Round tie with Middlesbrough at Anfield resulted in a 14-13 win on penalties, a club, competition and joint English professional record, with even keeper Simon Mignolet amongst the scorers. Midfielder Jordan Rossiter opened the scoring on his debut, with Jordan Williams making his only senior appearance. Adam Reach levelled to send the game into extra time before Suso struck his only goal in his last game for the club. However, Patrick Bamford converted a stoppage time spot kick to send the match to a shoot-out. 2015 – We beat League Two side Carlisle United 3-2 on penalties after another Third Round tie ended 1-1 after extra time. Keeper Ádám Bogdán saved three of the spot kicks on his reds bow while centre-half Martin Škrtel played his 300th reds game. Danny Ings had given us the lead before Derek Asamoah equalised before half time. Happy birthday Fred 1895 - Outside-left Fred Hopkin was born in Dewsbury, Yorkshire. He netted twelve times in 360 reds games after signing from Manchester United for £2,800 in May 1921, helping us to back-to-back League titles in the early 1920’s before re-joining former club Darlington in August 1931. On the same day, a benefit match was held for Matt McQueen at Anfield. He played 105 times for the reds between 1892 and 1899, and later became a director, before managing the side for five years in the 1920’s. An England International XI beat the reds 3-0, with Sheffield United’s Harry Hammond bagging a treble. 1931 – Welsh international centre-forward Des Palmer was born in Swansea. He signed from his hometown club in March 1959, in a £15,000 deal with right-half Roy Saunders moving in the opposite direction. Unfortunately, he suffered a serious knee injury on his reserves bow, moving on to Johannesburg Ramblers in 1960. 2005 – Right-back Josh Davidson was born in Liverpool. He signed pro terms in October 2022. First goal against 1893 - Centre-forward David Henderson scored on his reds debut as we beat Small Heath 3-1, as we conceded our first ever League goal in our fourth match, netted by Caesar Jenkyns, with Jimmy Stott grabbing a brace. Derby wins We have twice beaten Everton in other games on this day in history. 1989 - Ian Rush netted a brace to reach 150 League goals for the reds after John Barnes had equalised as we won 3-1 at Goodison, with ex-reds reserve Mike Newell having put the Toffees in front with one of his eight strikes against the reds. 1967 - Roger Hunt grabbed the only goal of the game at Anfield. This was our 2,500th League game. Double century 2006 - Mark González struck our 200th League goal against Tottenham Hotspur after the ball came back off the post from a failed Craig Bellamy tap-in, before Dirk Kuyt and John Arne Riise netted to complete a 3-0 victory. Not bribed 1922 – Before our 3-0 home League defeat of Burnley, keeper Elisha Scott, centre-half Walter Wadsworth and centre-forward Dick Johnson had all been offered £10 to let the visitors win. However, they reported this attempt to the Club Secretary, which was later dismissed as a hoax by the police. Dick Forshaw bagged a brace, with Harry Chambers also on target as forward Billy Lacey made his 200th League appearance for the reds. All sung out 2000 - Rigobert Song played his 38th and final reds game as we were held 1-1 by Sunderland at Anfield. Robbie Fowler played his 200th League game, with Michael Owen bagging our equaliser after Kevin Phillips had netted for the visitors. Five three times We have won 5-0 at Anfield on three separate occasions on this day in history. 1980 - Sammy Lee struck twice with Kenny Dalglish and David Fairclough also on the scoresheet as we met Third Division Swindon Town in a League Cup Third Round tie, as we also benefited from a Glen Cockerill own goal. 1972 - Phil Boersma, Alec Lindsay, Steve Heighway and Peter Cormack netted against Sheffield United to take us to the top of the First Division, with Kevin Keegan converting a penalty immediately after Tommy Smith had one saved for the second consecutive game. 1961 - Jimmy Melia grabbed a brace while Ian St. John, Roger Hunt and Kevin Lewis also struck as we beat Bury in a Second Division meeting, our record ever victory over the Shakers. 1907 – Bobby Robinson bagged the only goal of our Lancashire Senior Cup Second Round meeting with Bury at Anfield as we progressed to the next round. Award winners 2019 - Alisson Becker and Virgil van Dijk were both named in the FIFA FIFPRO Men’s World 11 at The Best FIFA Football Awards in Milan, with Alisson named as The Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper and Jürgen Klopp as The Best FIFA Men’s Coach, following UEFA Champions League glory in Madrid. Management moves 1998 - Steve McMahon left as Swindon Town boss by mutual consent after 201 games in charge, during which they were relegated but immediately bounced back as Second Division champions. 2010 - Paul Dalglish left as Head Coach of Tampa Bay by mutual consent, after they had lost 3-0 to Montreal which knocked them out of a play-off spot. 2011 – Dean Saunders was appointed Manager of Doncaster Rovers. However, they were relegated from the Championship in his first season in charge. He remained in charge until January 2013 when he left to take over at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Internationals on target 2001 - Anthony Le Tallec and Florent Sinama-Pongolle both netted for the French Under-17’s in their 2-1 defeat of reigning champions Brazil in the World Championships Quarter-final, in The Dwight Yorke Stadium in Tobago. 2013 – Harry Wilson scored for Wales Under-17’s in their 5-5 European Championships qualifying draw with Hungary in Slovenia. Disappointment against the Baggies We have twice faced West Bromwich Albion in the First Division on this day in history, and have yet to win. 1911 - Jack Parkinson was on target as we lost 3-1 at Anfield. 1978 - Kenny Dalglish netted an opportunist equaliser in our 1-1 draw at The Hawthorns. He hid behind keeper Tony Godden and poked the ball home when he rolled it out. These were our first dropped points of the season, in our seventh League match. Winger Laurie Cunningham had opened the scoring for the home side, while Ray Clemence was playing his 500th reds game. Olympian reds 2000 - Brad Friedel played as the USA drew 2-2 with Japan in the Olympics Quarter-final in Adelaide, and then won the resulting penalty shoot-out 5-4 after extra time. On the same day, future red Fábio Aurélio played for Brazil in their 2-1 defeat by Cameroon after extra time in Brisbane. Mighty Mouse ties the knot 1964 - Kevin Keegan married Jean at St. Peter-in-Chains Catholic Church in Doncaster. Finn off the mark 1995 - Future reds right-back Steve Finnan scored on his debut for Birmingham City as they drew 1-1 at Watford. Fame at last 2010 - Ian Callaghan, Ray Clemence and Kenny Dalglish were all inducted into the National Football Museum’s Hall of Fame at Hilton Hotel, Manchester, with Kenny doing so as a Manager, having previously been enrolled as a player. Other reds game 1987 – We drew the first leg of our League Cup Second Round tie 1-1 at Blackburn Rovers. Steve Nicol struck our goal, but we fell to Everton at the next hurdle. On the move 2011 – Reserves forward David Amoo joined Bury on loan. He bagged four goals in 28 outings for the Shakers. 1998 – Future reds goalkeeping coach John Achterberg joined Tranmere Rovers on a free transfer from PSV Eindhoven. He played 312 times on the Wirral, before moving to Melwood in June 2009. 1987 - Reserves centre-back Mark Seagraves signed for Manchester City for £100,000. He made just fifty appearances in three years at Maine Road before joining Bolton Wanderers. 1983 - Future red Peter Beardsley signed for Newcastle United from Vancouver Whitecaps for £150,000. He netted 61 in 163 games for the Toon, before moving to Anfield in July 1987. Other internationals in action 1987 – Glenn Hysén played for Sweden as they lost a European Championships qualifier 1-0 to Portugal in Solna. 1997 – Future red Vladimír Šmicer appeared as the Czech Republic won a World Cup qualifier 1-0 in Malta. 1998 – Future red Fernando Morientes featured as Spain beat Russia 1-0 in a friendly in Granada. 2003 – Future red Daniel Agger played for Denmark Under-20’s in their 1-0 defeat in the Ukraine. 2006 - Michael Collins, Laurence Gaughan and Shane O’Connor all appeared for the Republic of Ireland Under-17’s as they held Denmark to a goalless draw in a European Championships qualifier in Azerbaijan. 2016 – Future red Ozan Kabak played as Turkey Under-17’s beat Norway 2-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Lithuania.
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    1st June

    Numero seis 2019 – We secured our sixth European Cup after defeating Tottenham Hotspur in the UEFA Champions League Final in Madrid. Mohamed Salah opened the scoring from the spot after just two minutes, with substitute Divock Origi making the game safe late on. This was the first time we had played a first-class match in June in our history. In comes Brendan 2012 - Brendan Rodgers was appointed as reds boss. He had a mixed first season in charge, followed by a terrific second campaign as we came a close second in the League, before a disappointing third season. He led us to 85 victories in 166 games before being sacked in October 2015. Birth and death 1963 – Centre-half John McGregor was born in Airdrie. He arrived from Queen’s Park in 1979 but failed to make a senior appearance before joining Rangers in May 1987, with whom he won the League Cup, having been released by the reds a couple of weeks earlier. 1985 – Forward Jack ‘Nipper’ Roberts died. He only made one first team appearance after signing from Southport in May 1933, moving on to Wigan Athletic in June 1934. He was an all-round sportsman, even playing baseball for England. He became famous when he escaped from a prisoner-of-war camp in Italy, walking 400 miles to freedom despite a broken neck! More managerial ins and outs 2004 - Rafael Benítez resigned from Valencia, having led them to a second La Liga title and the UEFA Cup in his last season in charge. It was fifteen days later when he was confirmed as our new boss. 1936 - Turn-of-the-century centre-half Alex Raisbeck was appointed Manager of Third Division North side Chester. They finished third and ninth in his two seasons at Sealand Road. 2011 - Gérard Houllier resigned as Manager of Aston Villa due to poor health, having led the Villains to fourteen victories in 39 games in charge. 2019 - Xabi Alonso was appointed as head coach for Real Sociedad’s B-team. 2000 - Kenny Dalglish stood down as Caretaker Manager of Celtic, as Martin O’Neill arrived at Parkhead. Kenny had been in charge since John Barnes’ departure four months before. Celtic finished 21 points behind Rangers in the League that season, although they did win the League Cup while Kenny was boss. 1997 - Roy Hodgson was appointed Manager of Blackburn Rovers. He led them to sixth and into the UEFA Cup in his first season, a significant improvement on their previous campaign when they ended in thirteenth. However, his second season in charge started disastrously, and he was sacked in December 1998 with Rovers sitting rock bottom of the table. Big money signings 1989 – Swedish centre-half Glenn Hysén signed from Fiorentina for £600,000. He went on to make 93 appearances, notching three times and helping us to our most recent title win in 1990, as well as the FA Charity Shield on his debut. He returned to his hometown to sign for GAIS in May 1992. 2002 - El-Hadji Diouf signed for a whopping £10m fee. He went on to bag just six goals in eighty games before moving to Bolton Wanderers in June 2005 for £4.5m after a season-long loan there. In friendly action We have faced a variety of foreign clubs in post-season friendlies on this day over the years. 1922 - We drew 2-2 with a Liguria & Toscana Select team in Pisa, with Harry Beadles and Harry Chambers on target. 1936 - We beat Venus Bucureşti 4-1 at the Splai Ground, with centre-forward Fred Howe bagging a brace and Tom Bush and Alf Hanson also netting. 1948 - We defeated a St. Louis All Stars side 4-2 on our US tour with Billy Liddell grabbing two goals, to add to strikes from Bob Priday and Albert Stubbins. 1971 - We saw off Swedes GIF Sundsvaal 4-0 in our most recent game on this day, thanks to goals from Ian Callaghan, Bobby Graham, Kevin Keegan and Peter Thompson. Reds at the World Cup 2002 - Dietmar Hamann played as Germany thrashed Saudi Arabia 8-0 in their opening World Cup game in Sapporo with ex-red Christian Ziege also featuring. Meanwhile, ex-reds Steve Staunton and Rigobert Song led their countries out as the Republic of Ireland drew 1-1 with Cameroon in Niigata. Future reds Steve Finnan and Robbie Keane, and ex-red Jason McAteer all also featured. Future red Christian Poulsen featured as Denmark beat Uruguay 2-1 in Ulsan. 1991 - Staunton had also played for his country as they drew a friendly 1-1 in the USA, playing alongside Ray Houghton and ex-red Kevin Sheedy. Future reds Nigel Clough and Mark Wright played on the same day as England won 1-0 in Australia. Kenny at the double 1977 - Two months before joining the reds from Celtic, Kenny Dalglish grabbed a brace as Scotland beat Northern Ireland 3-0 at Hampden Park in the British International Championships, on their way to retaining the trophy. Meanwhile, Steve Heighway played in a World Cup qualifier in Sofia as Bulgaria beat the Republic of Ireland 2-1. This game was notable for the fact that two players from each side were dismissed. 1974 - Kenny also featured for the Scots as they beat Belgium 2-1 in a friendly in Brugge. Ray Clemence, Kevin Keegan and Alec Lindsay were also in action, with Emlyn Hughes skippering England to a 1-0 friendly win in Bulgaria. 1975 – Dalglish also played in a 1-1 European Championships qualifying draw in Romania. Carra’s final caps 2000 - Jamie Carragher won his 27th and final England Under-21’s cap as they lost 2-0 to Slovakia in a European Championship Finals group game, a record tally that his since been surpassed by Scott Carson and then James Milner. Danny Murphy and David Thompson both also featured. This was the first ever England international at any level played against Slovakia. 2007 - The first full international at the new Wembley Stadium was played, with Steven Gerrard captaining his country for part of the game as England were held to a 1-1 draw by Brazil. Jamie Carragher won his 34th and last senior cap before retiring, with Peter Crouch, future reds Joe Cole and Stewart Downing and ex-red Michael Owen also featuring. Jamie of course came out of international retirement for the 2010 World Cup Finals in South Africa. On the same day, future reds loanee Nuri Şahin netted as Turkey Under-21’s beat Ukraine 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Kyiv. Rushie on target 1988 - Ian Rush bagged his first goal for Wales as a Juventus player, captaining them for the first time as they beat Malta 3-2 in a friendly in Valletta. Future red Dean Saunders lined up alongside him. On the same day, John Aldridge, Ray Houghton and Ronnie Whelan all played as the Republic of Ireland shared a goalless friendly draw with Norway in Oslo, with future red Glenn Hysén playing for Sweden in a 3-1 friendly win in Spain. More international skippers 1958 - Tommy Younger captained Scotland as they lost 2-1 in a friendly in Poland. 1983 - Graeme Souness wore the armband for Scotland as they lost 2-0 to England at Wembley in the British International Championships. Sammy Lee, Phil Neal and future red John Wark all also played. 1997 - Future red Gary McAllister skippered the Scots as they lost 3-2 in a friendly in Malta. 2005 – Carl Medjani skippered France Under-20’s as they beat South Africa 2-0 in the Toulon Tournament. 2018 – Ex-red Nuri Şahin led out Turkey as they lost 2-1 to the USA in a friendly in New Jersey. Mamadou Sakho, ex-red Charles Itandje and future reds Joël Matip and Divock Origi were all also in international action that day. International goalscorers 2017 – Future red Xherdan Shaqiri scored the only goal of Switzerland’s friendly against Belarus in Neuchatel. 2016 – Future red Gini Wijnaldum scored as the Netherlands beat Poland 2-1 in a friendly in Warsaw, with Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk also playing. Christian Benteke and Divock Origi both also featured for Belgium in their 1-1 friendly draw with Finland in Brussels, with future red Thiago featuring as Spain thumped South Korea 6-1 in Austria. 2011 - Andriy Voronin bagged his first goal as a Dinamo Moskva player as Ukraine beat Uzbekistan 2-0 in a friendly in Kyiv, with Emiliano Insúa and future red Fabio Borini also in international action. 2010 – Porto’s Raul Meireles bagged a brace as Portugal beat Cameroon 3-1 in a friendly in Covilhã, while Dirk Kuyt netted as the Netherlands thumped Ghana 4-1 at the Feyenoord Stadion. Daniel Agger, Ryan Babel and future reds Christian Poulsen and Xherdan Shaqiri all also played in friendlies that day. 2004 - Michael Owen struck his 25th senior international goal, while winning his 55th cap as England were held to a 1-1 draw by Japan in a tournament at the City of Manchester Stadium. Emile Heskey was winning his first cap as a Birmingham City player, with Steven Gerrard, future red Joe Cole and ex-red David James also playing. Florent Sinama-Pongolle and future reds Mark González and Bolo Zenden also played for their countries that day. 1998 – Future red Bolo Zenden appeared for the Netherlands as they thumped Paraguay 5-1 in Eindhoven. 2006 – Future red Ryan Babel was on target for the Netherlands as they beat Mexico 2-1 in a friendly in Eindhoven, with Jan Kromkamp and future red Dirk Kuyt also in action. Florent Sinama-Pongolle and John Arne Riise also represented their countries that day. 2008 – Harry Kewell struck for Australia as he skippered them to a 1-0 defeat of Iraq in a World Cup qualifier in Brisbane. Christian Poulsen played his last game for Denmark while with Sevilla as they drew 1-1 with Poland in a friendly in Chorzów. On the same day, Peter Crouch won his final cap as a red as England beat Trinidad & Tobago 3-0 in a friendly in Port of Spain, with ex-red Stephen Warnock making his international bow, winning his only cap while at Blackburn Rovers. Steven Gerrard, Dirk Kuyt, future reds Stewart Downing, Glen Johnson and Sotirios Kyrgiakos and ex-reds Craig Bellamy, David James, Momo Sissoko and John Toshack also represented their countries that day. 1972 - Kevin Keegan netted for England Under-23’s and was then sent off as they drew 2-2 with East Germany in Magdeburg. Clubmate Larry Lloyd also featured. 2000 - Milan Baroš was on target for the Czech Republic Under-21’s as they beat fellow future red Igor Bišcan’s Croatia 4-3 in a European Championships Finals group game in Slovakia. 2012 – Baroš featured for his country at senior level, up against fellow ex-red Krisztián Németh and future red Ádám Bogdán, with Péter Gulácsi, future reds Mario Balotelli, Ragnar Klavan, Mohamed Salah and Gini Wijnaldum, and ex-red Andriy Voronin also in international action that day. New man 2009 – New Academy Technical Manager José Segura started work. On the same day, Martin Kelly played for England Under-19’s for the fifth and last time in their 2-1 defeat of Scotland in the European Championships Finals at Bramall Lane, with future red Danny Wilson on the losing side and Crystal Palace’s Victor Moses winning his eleventh and final cap at this level. Macca at Anfield 2008 - Paul McCartney headlined the Liverpool Sound concert at Anfield, staged as part of the city’s status as European Capital of Culture. The Zutons and Kaiser Chiefs also played. Harper’s off 1983 - Reserves defender Alan Harper was sold to Everton for £100,000. He had never made a first-team appearance at Anfield, going on to net five times in 178 games in this first spell with the Toffees. Danny’s happy day 2012 – Ex-reds midfielder Danny Guthrie married Rebecca at Allerton Castle, near Knaresborough in North Yorkshire. Also in international action 1909 – Sam Hardy kept goal for England as they trounced Austria 8-1 in a friendly in Vienna. 1968 – Peter Thompson played for England in their 1-0 friendly defeat to West Germany in Hannover. 1973 – Future reds David Johnson and Ray Kennedy featured as England Under-23’s lost 3-0 in Czechoslovakia. 1984 – John Wark played for Scotland in their 2-0 friendly win in France, while Jim Beglin appeared in the Republic of Ireland’s goalless draw with SC Internacional in a Kirin Cup game in Japan. 1987 – Ex-red Avi Cohen and future Ronnie Rosenthal both played for Israel as they lost 4-0 to Brazil in Tel-Aviv. 1993 – Jamie Redknapp and future reds coach Mike Sheron both featured for England Under-21’s in their 1-1 draw with Norway in a European Championships qualifier in Stavanger. 1994 – Future red Øyvind Leonhardsen played for Norway as they beat Denmark 2-1 in a friendly in Oslo. 1996 – Future reds Markus Babbel, Patrik Berger and Christian Ziege all played in friendlies. 2001 – Future red Nicolas Anelka played for France as they lost a Confederations Cup game 1-0 to Australia in South Korea. On the same day, future reds John Arne Riise, Christian Poulsen and Pepe Reina also played for their countries. 2018 – Ex-red Carl Medjani featured in Algeria’s 3-2 friendly defeat of Cape Verde in Algiers. 2021 – Ex-red Nikolay Mihaylov played for Bulgaria as they drew 1-1 with Slovakia in a friendly in Austria.
  6. Will

    11th February

    Many happy returns Two former midfielders share a birthday today. 1972 - Steve McManaman was born in Kirkdale. Shaggy struck 66 times in 364 reds games, helping us to the FA Cup in 1992 and the Coca-Cola Cup three years later. He joined Real Madrid on a Bosman free transfer in July 1999. 1974 - Nick Barmby was born in Hull. He arrived in a controversial £6m switch across Stanley Park in July 2000 and netted eight goals in 58 games, including four in our successful UEFA Cup campaign in 2001, before being moved on to Leeds United after just two years at Anfield. 1888 - Winger Jackie Sheldon was born in Clay Cross. He grabbed twenty goals in 147 reds games after joining from Manchester United in November 1913, playing in our first ever FA Cup Final in 1914. He retired in 1922 after breaking his leg, with his name forever tainted by being the go-between in our match-fixing scandal with Manchester United in April 1915. Michael’s bow 1998 - Michael Owen made his senior England debut in a 2-0 defeat by Chile at Wembley, becoming England’s youngest international of the century. Clubmate Paul Ince also featured. An eleven-goal derby thriller 1933 - An amazing match against Everton at Anfield finished 7-4, with Harold Barton netting a hat-trick for the reds. Alf Hanson, Tom Morrison, Harold Taylor and Syd Roberts were also on target for us. Dixie Dean netted two of his nineteen derby goals, with Tommy Johnson bagging one of his eight and Jimmy Stein also scoring. Most recently 2017 – We beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 at Anfield, with Sadio Mané bagging a quick-fire first-half brace. 2018 – Centre-half Dejan Lovren played his hundredth League game for the reds as we won 2-0 at Southampton. Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah both scored in the first half. 2012 - We lost 2-1 at Manchester United when Wayne Rooney bagged two of his seven goals against the reds before Luis Suárez’s consolation, with the game overshadowed somewhat by the controversy regarding Suárez and Patrice Evra not shaking hands before kick-off. On the same day, future red Tiago Ilori featured for Portugal Under-19’s as they lost 2-1 to Sweden in a friendly. Mixed fortunes against the Baggies 1905 – We won 2-0 in a Second Division game at West Bromwich Albion, thanks to goals from Sam Raybould and Jack Parkinson. 2013 – We lost 2-0 at Anfield, with Philippe Coutinho making his reds bow from the bench. Gareth McAuley and on-loan Romelu Lukaku both struck late on, one of his five goals past us to date, after Steven Gerrard had seen a penalty saved. Lucas Leiva playing his 200th reds game, while Glen Johnson reached a century of League games for the club. We dominated the match but only put the ball in the net once, when Luis Suárez was correctly ruled offside early on. Trebles galore Barton’s hat-trick in 1933 is one of three reds trebles on this day over the years. 1911 - The first came when Jack Parkinson got all the goals in a 3-0 home League win over The Wednesday, with forward Sam Raybould playing his 200th League game for the reds. On the same day, future red Billy Lacey played for Ireland as they lost 2-1 to England in the British International Championships in Derby. 1961 - Our most recent treble on this day was scored by former Blue Dave Hickson in a 5-0 thumping of Leyton Orient in a Second Division game at Anfield, when fellow ex-Blue Johnny Morrissey and winger Kevin Lewis also scored. Record gates 2006 - Wigan Athletic attracted their then record attendance of 25,023 as a Sami Hyypiä strike was enough to hand us victory at the JJB Stadium, our first ever game away to the Latics. 1939 - 61,315 paid to see Wolverhampton Wanderers thump us 4-1 in the FA Cup Sixth Round, still their record crowd. Willie Fagan netted our consolation from the spot as Dennis Westcott struck one of his nine goals against the reds and Dickie Dorsett bagged the first of his four, with Stan Burton and Alex McIntosh also on target. South African keeper Dirk Kemp was making his thirtieth and last appearance for the reds. Sub at the double 1970 - Alun Evans bagged a brace as we won our FA Cup Fifth Round replay 2-0 at Leicester City, so becoming our first ever goalscoring substitute in the competition. He had replaced Peter Thompson after just 21 minutes. Red beginnings 1904 – Right-half Bobby Robinson signed from his hometown club Sunderland for £500. He was top scorer as we won the Second Division title the following season, also helping us claim the First Division championship in 1906. During the latter stages of his time with the reds, he moved into the half-back line but still bagged a total of 65 goals in 271 games, moving on to Tranmere Rovers in May 1913. 1928 - Right-half Tom Morrison made his reds bow as we lost 1-0 at Portsmouth. He went on to make 254 reds appearances. Final strikes 1967 – Right-half Gordon Milne nabbed the only goal of Aston Villa’s visit to L4, his eighteenth and final goal for the club. 1895 – Outside-left John Drummond grabbed his only reds goal as we beat Barnsley St. Peters 4-0 at Anfield in an FA Cup First Round replay that was staged after the Tykes protested at our 2-1 extra time victory in the first match. Outside-left Hugh McQueen scored his eighteenth and final reds goal with Harry Bradshaw and Malcolm McVean also netting in a game played unusually for the times on a Monday. However, we went out to Nottingham Forest at the next stage. On our way to Wembley 1950 - We won 2-1 at Stockport County in an FA Cup Fifth Round tie, when Willie Fagan and Albert Stubbins were on target and Alex Herd bagged his eighth and last strike against the reds in the final minute. We eventually lost out to Arsenal in the Final. 1992 - We beat Second Division Bristol Rovers 2-1 in a Fourth Round replay at Anfield thanks to goals from birthday boy Steve McManaman and Dean Saunders, after Carl Saunders had given the visitors a shock lead. 1987 - We held Southampton to a goalless draw in the first leg of our Littlewoods Cup Semi-final at The Dell, with Paul Walsh being dismissed for retaliating after Kevin Bond spat in his face. This was the eighth time in nine seasons we had reached this stage of the competition. We won the Anfield return 3-0 to reach our sixth League Cup Final, where we unfortunately lost to Arsenal. Today is a good day This day has been very successful for the reds over the years, as we have won fifteen of our 21 fixtures. 1956 - Our most recent defeat came when we were crushed 4-0 at Plymouth Argyle in a Second Division match. Neil Langman scored a hat-trick, with Arthur Morgan also scoring. Billy Liddell was playing his 400th reds game. 2004 - Michael Owen broke a goalless run in our 2-1 defeat of Manchester City at Anfield, with Steven Gerrard also netting. The game was marred by a section of the support booing the substitution of Bruno Cheyrou for Igor Bišcan. Rushie’s ton 1984 – We beat Arsenal 2-1 at Anfield, with Alan Kennedy giving us the lead before Graham Rix scrambled in an equaliser on the stroke of half time. Phil Neal nodded in the late winner as Ian Rush reached a century of League outings for the reds. Twice against the Hoops We played Queens Park Rangers twice in consecutive years on this day in history. 1995 - John Scales scored a rare goal as we were held 1-1 at Anfield. 1996 - Mark Wright and Robbie Fowler netted as we won 2-1 at Loftus Road. Flo for les espoirs 2003 - Florent Sinama-Pongolle scored the only goal as the French Under-21’s beat their Czech Republic counterparts in a friendly in Caen. Alou Diarra, Anthony Le Tallec and future red Charles Itandje also played, with future red Pepe Reina also in Under-21’s action that day. International goalscorers 2009 – David N’Gog struck for France Under-21’s as they drew 1-1 with Tunisia in Sousse, while Yossi Benayoun captained the side and netted the only goal of Israel’s senior friendly with Hungary in Tel-Aviv. Robbie Keane won the first cap of his second spell as a Tottenham Hotspur player, bagging a brace including a penalty while skippering the Republic of Ireland to a 2-1 World Cup qualifying defeat of Georgia at Croke Park in Dublin. Emile Heskey won his first cap while with Aston Villa as England lost 2-0 to Spain in a friendly in Seville, with Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa, Pepe Reina, Fernando Torres, future reds Stewart Downing and Glen Johnson, and ex-reds Peter Crouch and David James all also featuring. Future red Alex Manninger won his 33rd and last cap for Austria as they lost a friendly 2-0 to Sweden in Graz. Andriy Voronin faced future red Milan Jovanović as the Ukraine beat Serbia 1-0 in the Final of the Cyprus Tournament in Nicosia. Also in international action that day were Daniel Agger, Ryan Babel, Sami Hyypiä, Dirk Kuyt, Javier Mascherano, Martin Škrtel, future reds Mario Balotelli, Ragnar Klavan, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Dejan Lovren, Raul Meireles, Christian Poulsen, Maxi Rodríguez, Luis Suárez, Kolo Touré and Gini Wijnaldum and ex-reds Nicolas Anelka, Jari Litmanen, Daniel Sjölund and Rigobert Song. John Barnes and John Toshack both managed their countries, with captain Craig Bellamy winning his first cap as a Manchester City player. 1997 - Former reserves midfielder Jim Magilton netted his fifth and final goal for Northern Ireland, from the spot, his only strike as a Southampton player, as they beat Belgium 3-0 in a friendly at Windsor Park. Jason McAteer, ex-red Steve Staunton and future red Gary McAllister all also played for their countries that day. 2018 – Bobby Duncan scored for England Under-17’s as they drew 1-1 with Germany in the Algarve Tournament. Other reds games 1922 – Dick Forshaw scored the only goal as Birmingham City went back to the Midlands without a point. 1899 – We won an FA Cup Second Round tie 3-1 against Newcastle United at Anfield, with Hugh Morgan netting and Alex Raisbeck scoring his first reds goal before Sandy Higgins put through his own net. Jock Peddie nabbed one of his five goals past us as a consolation. We lost out to Sheffield United in the Semi-final later that season. 1893 – We lost a Lancashire League game 3-0 at top-of-the-table Bury, with the reds remaining in second. Off Song in France 2003 - Rigobert Song won his first cap as a Racing Club de Lens player as Cameroon lost 3-0 to the Ivory Coast in a friendly in France. 1998 - He also played for his country as they drew 2-2 with Guinea in the African Cup of Nations in Burkina Faso, with fellow future red Titi Camara skippering Guinea. On the move 2011 – Roy Hodgson was appointed West Bromwich Albion boss, helping to keep them up in the Premiership. On the same day, reserves centre-half Daniel Ayala joined Derby County on loan, playing seventeen times for the Rams. 1994 - Jim Magilton joined Southampton from Oxford United for £600,000. He netted eighteen goals in 156 games for the Saints, before joining Sheffield Wednesday for £1.6m in September 1997. 2000 - Mike Newell joined Blackpool from Doncaster Rovers on a free transfer. He bagged three goals in 22 games for the Seasiders. 2020 – Forward Layton Stewart signed on as a professional. He made it to the first-team bench for the first time in our League Cup thumping at Aston Villa in December 2019, signing a new contract in May 2021 as he awaits his break-through. 2021 – Midfielder Dominic Corness signed pro terms with the reds. He is a regular with the Under-18’s, also playing at left-back. Also in international action 2010 – Future red Emre Can played for Germany Under-16’s as they won a friendly 3-1 in Cyprus. 2016 – Future reds keeper Kamil Grabara featured for Poland Under-17’s in their 1-0 friendly defeat of Belgium in Marbella. 2017 – Future red Luis Díaz won his fifth and final cap for Colombia Under-20’s as they shared a goalless draw with Brazil in a South American Championships final stage game in Ecuador.
  7. Will

    2nd November

    400 for the reds 2002 - Michael Owen scored a brace that included our 400th Premiership goal at Anfield as we beat West Ham United 2-0. Le Boss released 2001 - Gérard Houllier was released from Broadgreen Hospital after heart surgery. On the same day we were drawn with Barcelona, Galatasaray and Roma for the second group phase of the Champions League. Trent’s century 2019 – Right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold reached a century of reds games as we left it late to win 2-1 at Aston Villa. Trézéguet put the home side in front after twenty minutes. Andy Robertson headed in a late leveller, before Sadio Mané nodded in injury time to maintain our six-point lead at the top of the table. 300 for the reds 2003 - We beat Fulham 2-1 at Loftus Road. Ex-Cottager Steve Finnan set Emile Heskey up for the opener, our 300th away goal in the Premier League, before Louis Saha equalised. Our winner came when Danny Murphy netted his fiftieth career League goal, converting from the spot after Florent Sinama-Pongolle was brought down in the area, shortly after he had been assaulted by Luis Boa Morte in the centre circle, who was dismissed. Vladimír Šmicer played his hundredth League game. European Cup games We have played in the European Cup three times on this day over the years. 1977 - We lost 2-1 at Dynamo Dresden but still progressed to the Second Round 6-3 on aggregate, with Steve Heighway on target. 1982 - We beat Finnish champions HJK Helsinki 5-0 at Anfield to wipe out a single-goal first-leg defeat to reach the Third Round. Kenny Dalglish, Craig Johnston and Phil Neal all netted in the first half, with Alan Kennedy adding a brace after the break. 1983 - We won 1-0 at Athletic Bilbao at the same stage, thanks to an Ian Rush header, following a goalless first leg at Anfield. A Manchester treble 1895 - Jack Peters scored a hat-trick for Newton Heath, later to become Manchester United, as they beat us 5-2 at Bank Street, with John Clarkin and Dick Smith also scoring for the home side. Frank Becton and Jimmy Ross were on target for the reds. Disappointment against the Gunners 1988 – We were held to a 1-1 draw in a League Cup Third Round tie at Anfield. John Barnes netted, with the reds eventually progressing after a second replay, before being knocked out at West Ham United at the next hurdle. 2013 – We lost 2-0 in a League game at the Emirates Stadium, with Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey on target either side of the break. Red arrivals 1944 – Bootle-born right-winger Jimmy Payne turned pro with the reds. He notched 43 times in 243 appearances for the reds, including the 1950 FA Cup Final, before moving across Stanley Park in April 1956, where he was dogged by injury before retiring to become a newsagent. 1894 - Northern Irish inside-left Davy Hannah signed from Sunderland. He was the cousin of Andrew Hannah, a Scottish right-back who left Anfield for Rob Roy soon afterwards. Davy struck twelve times in 33 reds games. 1879 – Inside-forward Fred Buck was born in Audley, Staffordshire. He arrived from West Bromwich Albion in May 1903, scoring once in thirteen senior outings before joining Plymouth Argyle in April 1904. 1885 – Left-back Tom Rogers was born in Prescot. He signed from Rossendale United in April 1907, playing forty times without scoring in five years with the reds. Wadsworth passes on 1975 - Outside-right Harold Wadsworth died. He signed from Tranmere Rovers in May 1919 and struck three times in 55 reds games, often featuring alongside his brother, centre-half Walter. He moved on to Leicester City in June 1924. Red farewells 1907 – Harold Fitzpatrick played his fourth and last reds game in our 2-0 top-flight defeat at Bristol City. He moved on to Chesterfield Town the following year. Sam Gilligan netted one of his five goals past his future employers, with Jack Wedlock also on target. 1929 – Centre-half David Davidson bagged his second and final reds goal as we drew 3-3 at Portsmouth in a top-flight fixture. Gordon Hodgson and Jimmy Smith were also on target. Jimmy Easson bagged the first of his eight goals past the reds, with Jack Weddle nabbing the first of his five past us, and Fred Cook also on the scoresheet. 1924 – Future reds Gordon Hodgson and Arthur Riley both won their second and last caps for South Africa as they lost 2-1 to the Netherlands in Amsterdam. 1957 – Forward John Evans played his 107th and last reds game after Jimmy Melia failed a late fitness test. Half-back Johnny Wheeler bagged the only goal of our Second Division fixture at Lincoln City in just the second minute. 1991 – Swedish centre-half Glenn Hysén gave us a half-time lead as we lost 2-1 to Crystal Palace with his third and last reds goal, the Eagles’ only League win at Anfield to date. Marco Gabbiadini and Geoff Thomas struck for the visitors after the break. Mixed fortunes against the Foxes We have twice entertained Leicester City in the First Division on this day in history. 1963 – We lost 1-0. 1985 - Ian Rush grabbed the only goal of the game late on to hand us victory. Thumping Anfield wins 1912 - Jack Parkinson netted a brace as we beat Tottenham Hotspur 4-1. Donald McKinlay had opened the scoring in the first minute with the first of his 35 reds goals, with Arthur Goddard completing the scoring. Billy Minter’s consolation was one of his five strikes against the reds. 1940 - We beat Stockport County 5-0 in a Wartime League fixture with Bob Paisley, Arnold Grundy and Berry Nieuwenhuys on the scoresheet, to add to a George Hunt brace. On the move 1959 – Blues centre-forward Dave Hickson revealed that he would welcome a move across the park if the reds were to pursue their alleged interest. He signed four days later for £12,000 and went on to score 38 times in 67 reds games, having grabbed 95 goals in 225 League games in his two spells with the Blues before moving to Anfield. 2015 – Ex-reds defender Richard Money was sacked as Manager of Cambridge United. He had been in charge since October 2012, leading them to the FA Trophy and back into the Football League. 2006 – Future reds keeper Andy Lonergan joined Swindon Town on loan from Preston North End, playing just once for the Robins. 1899 – Inside-left Bill White signed for Queens Park Rangers from West Calder Swifts, netting eight times in 39 games for the R’s. He went on to score within two minutes of his reds debut at home to Everton in September 1901. This was his only strike in six senior games, and he moved on to Dundee in July 1902. Happy birthdays 1994 – Ex-reserves midfielder Jordan Lussey was born in Ormskirk. He was released in June 2015, signing on with Bolton Wanderers the following month after a successful loan spell. 1982 - Former reserves keeper Charles Itandje was born in Bobigny. The Frenchman signed from Racing Club de Lens in August 2007 and played seven largely unconvincing games in his first season, being released from his contract in December 2010. Other reds games 1974 – We lost 1-0 at Ipswich Town as Brian Talbot bagged the first of his six goals against the reds. 1968 – We were held to a goalless draw at West Bromwich Albion with Baggies keeper John Osborne in fine form. 1946 – We left Blackburn Rovers after a goalless encounter. 1935 – Lance Carr and Gordon Hodgson netted as we drew 2-2 at Middlesbrough. George Camsell nabbed the last of his nine goals past us, with Ralph Birkett also on the scoresheet. 1901 – We won 3-2 at Manchester City’s old Hyde Road ground with Tommy Robertson, Charlie Satterthwaite and Jack Cox all scoring. Billy Gillespie bagged one of his five goals past us, with Fred Williams also on target. Jonjo again 2007 – Future red Jonjo Shelvey captained England Under-16’s in the Sky Sports Victory Shield, scoring as they beat Wales 2-0 in Telford. He actually struck in all three games as England claimed the trophy. 2021 – Future red Ben Doak featured for Scotland Under-17’s as they lost 3-0 to Italy in a European Championships qualifier in Northern Ireland. 2000 – Future red Alberto Aquilani played for Italy Under-16’s as they lost 1-0 to FR Yugoslavia.
  8. Will

    7th January

    Xabi from his own half 2006 - Jan Kromkamp made his reds bow in a thrilling FA Cup Third Round tie at Luton Town. We took the lead through Steven Gerrard before falling 3-1 behind with Djibril Cissé having a penalty saved with the score at 2-1. Florent Sinama-Pongolle bagged a brace with his first goal being our thirteenth from a substitute that season, a new club record. Xabi Alonso also struck twice, with our final goal being an outrageous strike from inside his own half, with the keeper making his way back from a corner. Scott Carson made his ninth and final reds appearance in this game. 1939 - We also faced the Hatters at the same stage of the Cup with left-winger George Paterson grabbing his only reds goal in a 3-0 Anfield victory. Jack Balmer added two strikes. At last at the Bridge 2004 - Bruno Cheyrou’s first League goal handed us our first win at Stamford Bridge for fifteen years, as we beat Chelsea 1-0 despite the absence of Michael Owen and Steven Gerrard. El-Hadji Diouf was unjustly sent off, with his red card later rescinded, and Jerzy Dudek went off injured to be replaced by debutant Patrice Luzi for the last quarter of an hour, becoming the 52nd senior keeper in our history, and only the fourth man to never concede a goal in his entire reds career between the sticks, although this was his only senior outing. 1978 - We lost at Stamford Bridge, being knocked out of the FA Cup at the Third Round stage, with Joey Jones playing his hundredth and last game against his future employers. David Johnson and Kenny Dalglish bagged our goals as we lost 4-2. Steve Finnieston netted one of his four strikes past us, with Clive Walker bagging a brace and Tommy Langley also on target. Death of a legend 1968 - Ephraim Longworth died in Liverpool. He signed from Leyton in June 1910, playing at right-back for us until 1928, making a total of 370 reds appearances in seventeen years without ever finding the net. He also became the first red to captain England. He then served as Reserve team trainer, before joining the ground staff. Beginnings and ends 2019 – Winger Rafael Camacho and midfielder Curtis Jones both made their reds bows, with centre-half Ki-Jana Hoever coming off the bench after just six minutes for his debut to become our youngest ever player in the FA Cup as we lost a Third Round tie 2-1 at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Keeper Simon Mignolet and left-back Alberto Moreno both played their final reds games. Mexican forward Raúl Jiménez gave the home side the lead with Divock Origi equalising after the break. However, Rúben Neves struck the winner shortly afterwards, with Xherdan Shaqiri later hitting the woodwork. Happy birthdays 1989 - Left-back Emiliano Insúa was born in Buenos Aires. He made 62 senior appearances, netting his only goal in our Carling Cup defeat at Arsenal in October 2009. He initially arrived on loan from Boca Juniors in January 2007 before signing permanently for £1.675m seven months later. He joined Galatasaray on loan in August 2010, joining Sporting Clube de Portugal permanently a year later. 1906 – Forward Harry Race was born in Evenwood, County Durham. He signed from Raby United in February 1928, scoring eighteen times in 43 games before being sold to Manchester City in August 1930 for £3,000. Management moves 2000 - Steve McMahon was appointed Blackpool Manager, with Gary Ablett arriving at the club on non-contract terms on the same day. He remained in charge of the Seasiders until June 2004, leading them to promotion via the play-offs in his first full season. Ablett only made twelve appearances for Blackpool before retiring. 2012 – Ex-reds reserves midfielder Jim Magilton was named as Melbourne Victory boss. He stayed for just three months, winning only two of his twelve games in charge. 2013 - Dean Saunders became Manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers, but he could not prevent them from being relegated to League One and was sacked after just four months in the job. Sadio the best 2020 - Sadio Mané was named CAF African Footballer of the Year, having been runner-up to Mohamed Salah for the previous two years. Salah and Joël Matip were also named in the CAF African Team of the Year. On the same day, the club announced a deal with Nike as official kit supplier from 2020/21. A great day for the reds We have only lost one of our eighteen first-class games on this day, winning twelve. 1905 - These victories include a 6-1 thumping of Chesterfield in a Second Division match at Anfield when Robert Robinson, Alex Raisbeck, Arthur Goddard and Maurice Parry all netted, the latter while making his hundredth reds appearance, in addition to Sam Raybould’s brace. Future reds keeper Sam Hardy was on the losing side. Towards the Semi-final 1998 - Extra-time strikes from Michael Owen and Robbie Fowler at St. James’ Park took us past Newcastle United 2-0 and into the Semi-finals of the Coca-Cola Cup, where we went out to First Division Middlesbrough. 1933 - We also beat the Geordies in a First Division game. Gordon Hodgson scored a brace, including one from the spot, with Dave Wright also on target in our 3-0 win. Scouse git at Anfield 1967 - Scenes for the BBC comedy Till Death Us Do Part, starring Warren Mitchell as Alf Garnett and Tony Booth, were filmed during our 2-0 defeat of West Ham United at Anfield. Peter Thompson struck both goals to send us to the top of the table, as well as hitting the post. Knocking the Sky Blues out We have twice faced Coventry City in the Third Round of the FA Cup on this day in history. 1961 – Inside-forward Jimmy Harrower struck his 22nd and final reds goal with Roger Hunt and Kevin Lewis also netting as we won 3-2 at Anfield, although we went out at home to Sunderland at the next hurdle. 1970 - Bobby Graham struck our equaliser as we drew 1-1 at Highfield Road, although we won the replay 3-0 and got as far as the Sixth Round that season. Neil Martin had netted the last of his four goals against the reds. Wearside stalemates We have twice drawn with Sunderland on this day in history. 1899 – We were held to a goalless top-flight draw at Anfield. 1922 - We drew an FA Cup First Round tie 1-1 at Roker Park, with Dick Forshaw on target for the reds. We won the Anfield replay 5-0 but went out at the next stage, beaten at home by West Bromwich Albion. Honours even with Rovers We have also twice shared the spoils with Blackburn Rovers on this day in history. 1950 - We held them to a goalless draw at Ewood Park in the Third Round of the FA Cup, winning the replay as we reached the Final for the second time in our history. Ex-red Bob Priday featured for the home side. 1911 - We were held to a 2-2 draw in a First Division match, with Jack Parkinson and Arthur Goddard on target for the reds. Johnny Orr scored the first of his five goals past us, with Billy Garbutt also on the scoresheet for the visitors. Signing on 1952 – Ronnie Moran signed pro terms with the reds. 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. 1957 - Centre-half John Nicholson signed as a professional, but he could only make one senior appearance before joining Port Vale in August 1961, playing over 200 League games for them. On the move 1987 - Ex-red Michael Robinson joined Club Atlético Osasuna from Queens Park Rangers. He struck twelve times in 59 La Liga games, before becoming a well-respected pundit in Spain. 2015 - Steven Gerrard announced that he would sign for LA Galaxy when his contract expired at the end of the season. On the same day, First-team doctor Zaf Iqbal left the club to return to London due to family illness while future reds forward Takumi Minamino joined Red Bull Salzburg from Cerezo Osaka after fifteen goals in 82 games for the J1 League side. 2016 - Joe Cole joined Coventry City from Aston Villa on a free transfer after a successful loan spell, netting twice in 22 outings in total. On the same day, centre-half Ben Davies joined Newport County on loan from Preston North End, playing twenty times for the Exiles. 2019 – Keeper Kamil Grabara joined AGF Århus on loan, with midfielder Ovie Ejaria moving to Reading on a temporary basis. Grabara played sixteen League games in Denmark, with Ejaria netting once in sixteen outings in this first spell. 2020 – Forward Rhian Brewster joined Swansea City on loan, netting eleven times in 22 outings as the Swans narrowly failed to secure promotion to the Premier League. Called off 2005 - Our FA Cup Third Round meeting with Burnley at Turf Moor was called off at the last minute due to a heavily waterlogged pitch. The game was staged eleven days later instead, when we lost 1-0 thanks to a comical Djimi Traoré own goal. Cameron’s farewell 1893 – Forward Jonathan Cameron played his eleventh and final reds game as we came from behind to win 2-1 at Heywood Central in the Lancashire League, thanks to goals from James McBride and Tom Wyllie. The game was played in six inches of snow as no-one had cleared the pitch. International reds 1945 – Willie Fagan and Billy Liddell played for a Scottish Services XI as they lost 6-4 to Flanders in Brugge. 1992 - Stig Inge Bjørnebye won his first cap as a Rosenborg BK player, and fourteenth in total, as Norway played out a goalless friendly draw with Egypt in Cairo. 2002 – Ex-red Rigobert Song played for Cameroon as they won a friendly 3-1 in Burkina Faso. 2004 – Roy Hodgson managed the United Arab Emirates as they lost 3-1 to Bahrain in a Gulf Cup of Nations game in Kuwait. 2007 - Future red Lucas Leiva appeared for Brazil Under-20’s in the Sudamericano Sub-20 “Juventudjde América” as they beat Chile 4-2 in a group game in Paraguay. 2010 – Future red Kolo Touré played as the Ivory Coast beat Rwanda 2-0 in a friendly in Tanzania. Other reds games 1995 – We shared a goalless draw in an FA Cup Third Round tie at Birmingham City, progressing after a replay and reaching the Sixth Round that season. 1989 – Kenny Dalglish took charge of his 200th game as we won 3-0 at Carlisle United in another Third Round fixture with John Barnes opening the scoring before Steve McMahon netted a brace as we started our journey to Wembley. 1956 – We beat Accrington Stanley 2-0 at Anfield in the FA Cup Third Round, with Billy Liddell nabbing both goals. We went out to Manchester City in the Fifth Round later that campaign. 1928 – We won 4-3 at Aston Villa in a top-flight encounter. Reg Chester struck two of his four goals past us, with Dick Edmed netting a reds brace. Len Capewell scored one of his six goals against the reds, with Tommy Reid and Fred Hopkin also on the scoresheet. Missing out 2013 – Ex-red Xabi Alonso was voted into eleventh place in the FIFA Ballon d’Or award for 2012, with future red Mario Balotelli coming 23rd as Barcelona’s Lionel Messi won for the fourth consecutive year. Mark’s day 2011 – Ex-reds winger Mark González married Maura Rivera in Ñuñoa in Chile.
  9. Will

    20th October

    Happy birthdays 1961 - Ian Rush was born in St. Asaph. His club record 346 strikes in 660 games across two spells with the reds helped us to five League titles, the European Cup, three FA Cups, five League Cups, two FA Charity Shields and the Screen Sport Super Cup, after signing from Chester for just £300,000 in April 1980, moving on to Leeds United in May 1996. 1943 - Chris Lawler was born in Liverpool. He signed pro terms on his seventeenth birthday and struck 61 times in 549 reds appearances, helping us to win two League titles, an FA Cup, UEFA Cup and FA Charity Shield before moving to Portsmouth in October 1975. He later returned to the club in the 1980’s as Reserve Team Manager. 1984 - Forward Florent Sinama-Pongolle was born in Saint-Pierre on Réunion Island. He netted nine times in 66 reds games, joining Real Club Recreativo de Huelva for €4m in May 2007 after a loan spell. Dirk at the double 2007 - Dirk Kuyt converted two spot-kicks as we came from behind to win 2-1 at Everton. The Blues had fortuitously gone ahead through a Sami Hyypiä own goal, but we equalised after Tony Hibbert brought down Steven Gerrard, with the defender rightly being dismissed. Lucas was denied the stoppage time winning goal by Phil Neville’s handball on the line, for which he too was red-carded. Mark Clattenburg joined the lengthy list of referees castigated by Blues due to both his failure to send Kuyt off for a strong challenge on the home side’s skipper, and the lack of a penalty given for Jamie Carragher’s tussle with Joleon Lescott in the box immediately after we had finally taken the lead. Ten a side at Anfield 1979 - Terry McDermott and Everton’s Garry Stanley were sent off for fighting as the game ended 2-2, the first dismissals in a Merseyside derby in 83 years. A spectacular forty-yard own goal by Mick Lyons put us ahead after just nine minutes although Brian Kidd equalised with the last of his six goals against the reds, before Ray Kennedy restored our lead. Andy King levelled the scores for the second time, before the dual sendings off, while Kidd and King also had strikes chalked off for offside. The game also featured a female streaker! 1984 - We also faced the Blues when we went down 1-0 at Anfield, with Graeme Sharp’s strike later being named as the BBC’s Goal of the Season, one of his seven goals past us. This result left us seventeenth in the table. God’s final work 2001 - Robbie Fowler scored a hat-trick in our 4-1 win at Leicester City, his last reds goals in his first spell, with Sami Hyypiä netting the other. Stephen Wright made his first start in this game, with Dennis Wise bagging the last of his four goals past us. 1923 - A less celebrated red made his final appearance when Harry Beadles played his eighteenth game in a 4-2 top-flight defeat of Nottingham Forest at Anfield. Donald McKinlay grabbed two goals past ex-red Sam Hardy, including one from the spot, with Jimmy Walsh also grabbing a brace. Dick Forshaw was playing in his 106th consecutive Liverpool game, but missed the next one as we beat Forest at the City Ground. Duncan Walker scored twice for the visitors. The end of the run 1990 - We failed to win for the first time following a club record twelve consecutive League victories, being held to a 1-1 draw at Norwich City. Gary Gillespie struck our goal after just two minutes, his sixteenth and final reds strike, but Ruel Fox equalised just five minutes later. 1894 - We ended another run by winning our first ever First Division fixture, after nine previous games without a victory. Jimmy Ross bagged a brace in our 2-0 defeat of Stoke at Anfield, with inside-right John Givens playing his tenth and final reds game. 2019 – Adam Lallana scored his 22nd and last goal for the club late on to secure a 1-1 draw at Manchester United and maintain our unbeaten League record that season. Marcus Rashford had given the home side a half-time lead, one of his six goals past us to date. Facing the Terriers 2018 – Mohamed Salah netted the only goal of our game at Huddersfield Town, his fiftieth strike in English football. 1928 – We lost 3-2 at home to Huddersfield Town in a top-flight encounter. Dick Edmed scored both our goals, with Johnny Dent nabbing a brace for the Terriers, with Clem Stephenson netting the last of his five goals past us. Off the mark 2012 - Raheem Sterling scored his first reds goal, the only one of our League meeting with Reading at Anfield. European stalemates We have played three European Second Round ties on this day in history, failing to score every time. 1971 - We drew at Anfield with Bayern München’s eleven-man defence in the European Cup Winners’ Cup. We lost the return in Germany 3-1 as we were knocked out. 1998 - We drew with Valencia at home in the UEFA Cup, who were managed by future Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri. Bizarrely, we had to wear our white away kit due to the visitors’ insistence on wearing orange. However, the second leg in the Mestalla ended 2-2, so we went through on the away goals rule. 1976 - We lost 1-0 in Turkey to Trabzonspor in the European Cup thanks to a dubious penalty award, although neither side managed a shot on target and the reds only won one corner. Boss Bob Paisley described it as “the worst trip I have known in thirteen years”, while Ian Callaghan set a new club record of 79 European appearances. Fortunately, we won the Anfield return 3-0 to progress en route to our first European Cup win. John’s bow 1900 – Left-back John Glover made his reds debut as we lost a top-flight fixture 3-0 at Notts County. In and out 2005 - Mark González officially signed from Albacete Balompié for £1.5m. However, he had to wait until July 2006 to have his work permit approved. He bagged three goals in 36 reds games, but left the club after just a year to join Real Betis Balompié. 2011 – Forward Nathan Eccleston joined Rochdale on loan. He struck once in seven outings for the Dale. European defeat 2009 – The reds lost four games in a row for the first time since April 1987 when we went down 2-1 to Olympique Lyonnais in a Champions League group game at Anfield, with Yossi Benayoun putting us ahead. Young defender Martin Kelly made his first start, impressing before he had to go off injured. Beaten by the Mancs 1913 – We lost a Lancashire Senior Cup Third Round tie 3-1 to Manchester United at Anfield, with Tommy Gracie netting our goal. Purslow’s progress 2010 – Managing Director Christian Purslow announced his resignation, five days after the protracted completion of the sale of the club to New England Sports Ventures. On the same day, Adam Morgan, Matty Regan, Raheem Sterling all featured for England Under-17’s in their 1-1 European Championships qualifying draw in Georgia, while Samed Yeşil nabbed a brace in Germany’s 2-1 defeat of Austria in Estonia at the same level, with fellow future red Emre Can also playing. To and fro with the Baggies 1988 - Second string forward John Durnin joined West Bromwich Albion on loan. He scored two goals in five games for the Baggies, before returning to our reserves. On the same day, David Burrows made the reverse journey, for a £550,000 fee. He netted three times in 193 appearances in five years at Anfield, winning League and FA Cup medals. International beginnings and ends 1930 - Gordon Hodgson won his first cap for England as they thumped Northern Ireland 5-1 in the British International Championships in Sheffield. Future red Ernie Blenkinsop also played for the home side, with reds keeper Elisha Scott in the opposing goal. 1934 - Scott won his first cap as a Belfast Celtic player, his 28th to date, as Northern Ireland beat Scotland 2-1 in the same competition in Belfast. 1923 - Harry Chambers won his eighth and final cap as England lost 2-1 at Windsor Park in the same competition. 1956 - Tommy Younger won his first Scotland cap as a red, his ninth in total, as they held Wales to a 2-2 draw at Ninian Park, also in the British International Championships. 2008 – Future reds centre-back Danny Wilson won his first cap for Scotland Under-19’s as they won a European Championships qualifier 1-0 in Hungary. 2015 – Future red Ozan Kabak scored on his debut for Turkey Under-16’s in their 3-2 friendly win in Italy. On the same day, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Herbie Kane both played for England Under-17’s as they lost their World Championship Finals group game 1-0 in Chile, while future red Ibrahima Konaté featured in a European Championships qualifier as France beat Northern Ireland 1-0 in Israel. Defenders on their way 2000 - Steve Staunton joined Crystal Palace on loan. He made six appearances, scoring in their home defeat of Tranmere Rovers, and was then released back to Aston Villa on a free transfer shortly afterwards. 1997 - Barry Venison left Southampton after failing to score in thirty appearances in two years at The Dell. He has since moved into media work. 1994 - Julian Dicks was sold back to West Ham United for £1m. He had only played 28 times in his one season with the reds, netting three times, and went on to retake his regular place for the Hammers. 2005 - Ex-reds left-back Christian Ziege announced his retirement from football. He had signed for the reds in controversial circumstances from Middlesbrough in August 2000 for £5.5m. He netted twice in 32 reds games, leaving Anfield for Tottenham Hotspur after just one year having won a Worthington Cup winner’s medal. He had then returned to his native land to play for Borussia Mönchengladbach. Other reds games 1973 – We lost 1-0 at Leeds United with Mick Jones scoring the last of his seven goals against the reds. 1956 – We beat Fulham by the odd goal in seven in a Second Division encounter at Anfield. Alan A’Court, Johnny Wheeler, Billy Liddell and Jimmy Melia struck our goals. Tosh Chamberlain nabbed the first two of his four goals past us, with Johnny Haynes also on the scoresheet. 1951 – We drew 3-3 at Middlesbrough after falling three goals behind to Wilf Mannion, Johnny Spuhler and a Lindy Delapenha penalty, the first of his four goals past us. Billy Liddell, Jack Smith and Bill Jones then scored for the reds. 1934 – Vic Wright netted as we drew 1-1 with Grimsby Town in L4. 1906 – We won 3-1 at Bury. Bobby Robinson netted before Tom Kay struck the first of his four goals past us. Sam Raybould then bagged a brace. An Olympian scorer 1908 - Arthur Berry struck as the United Kingdom trounced Sweden 12-1 in a preliminary game for the Olympics at White City. Anfield in action 1926 - England drew 3-3 with Northern Ireland in an international match staged at Anfield, with reds custodian Elisha Scott winning his tenth cap for the away side. 1954 - A representative match between the Football League and the Irish Football League took place at Anfield on a Wednesday afternoon. No reds were involved, but the Football League side did include Duncan Edwards, Nat Lofthouse and Billy Wright.
  10. Will

    19th September

    In comes Ronnie 1979 - Ronnie Whelan arrived from Irish side Home Farm on a free transfer. He went on to make 493 reds appearances, scoring 73 times and winning six League titles, one European Cup, two FA Cups, three League Cups and three FA Charity Shields before joining Southend United on a free transfer in September 1994. Happy birthdays 1937 - Utility player Geoff Strong was born in Kirkheaton, Northumberland. 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. Sadly, he died in June 2013 after suffering with Alzheimer’s disease. 1940 - Winger Kevin Lewis was born in Ellesmere Port. He played 82 games in his three years at Anfield after signing from Sheffield United for a club record £13,000 in June 1960 as Bill Shankly’s second capture, helping us to the Second Division title and scoring an impressive 44 times. He returned to Yorkshire in August 1963 to join Huddersfield Town. 1929 - Forward Tony Rowley was born in Porthcawl. He bagged a treble on his debut after signing from Stourbridge in October 1953, going on to net 38 times in 61 reds games. He moved to Third Division Tranmere Rovers in March 1958, continuing to score at a rate of one goal every other game. For Cally 1977 - A testimonial match for Ian Callaghan was staged at Anfield against Bill Shankly’s Lancashire XI. Cally scored in the reds’ 4-2 defeat, with our other score coming from an own goal. 1955 – A benefit match for left-back Eddie Spicer was held in front of 41,266 at Anfield, with a ‘Liverton’ side facing a Lancashire XI that included Bert Trautmann, Stanley Matthews and Don Revie. 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 as well as playing in the 1950 FA Cup Final. Unfortunately, a second broken leg had ended his career in December 1953. Signing on 2020 - Diogo Jota signed from Wolverhampton Wanderers for £41m, with Ki-Jana Hoever moving in the opposite direction for an initial £9m after one goal in four senior games. Jota scored 34 times in 85 appearances in his first two seasons at Anfield, helping us to claim the FA Cup and League Cup. On the same day, forward Taiwo Awoniyi joined Union Berlin on loan, scoring five times in 22 games that season. Hat-tricks 2010 – Dimitar Berbatov grabbed three of his five goals to date past us as we lost 3-2 at Manchester United. Steven Gerrard struck both our goals as we came from two goals behind, a free-kick and then one from the spot, but the home side struck a late winner. 1925 - Dick Forshaw bagged a treble in our 5-0 thumping of Manchester United at Anfield, with Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers and outside-right Archie Rawlings nabbing his tenth and last reds goal. He struck eight reds hat-tricks in all, including one against Everton a week later, and another against United eleven months later. 1931 - Legendary blue Dixie Dean bagged a treble as Everton beat the reds 3-1, three of his nineteen derby strikes, with centre-forward Dave Wright netting our consolation. 1953 - Louis Bimpson grabbed all four goals of our game against Burnley at Anfield to record our hundredth competitive hat-trick. Right-back Bert Childs played the first of just two reds games while Billy Liddell reached 300 outings for the club. European records 1967 - We played our first ever game in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, winning 2-0 at Swedes Malmö FF, thanks to a brace of headers from Tony Hateley. 1973 - Only 7,000 turned up for the opening game of our European Cup campaign at the Stade de la Frontière, the lowest attendance of any reds game in Europe, home or away, with some sources stating the gate to be as low as 5,000. Brian Hall opened the scoring, but we could only draw 1-1 with Luxembourg’s Jeunesse D’Esch with Gilbert Dussier nabbing a late equaliser. Last outings 2017 – Right-back Jon Flanagan and keeper Danny Ward both played their last reds games as we lost 2-0 at Leicester City in the Third Round of the League Cup, thanks to second-half goals from Shinji Okazaki and Islam Slimani. Defensive debutants 1910 - Legendary full-back Ephraim Longworth made his reds bow in our 2-0 defeat at Sheffield United, with Joe Kitchen bagging two of his eight goals against the reds, including one from the spot. It was the first of his 370 reds appearances. Jack Parkinson suffered concussion when heading the ball, leaving the reds down to ten men. 1903 – Half-back John ‘Geezer’ Hughes and full-back James McLean both debuted as we lost 2-1 at Sunderland, with Jimmy Gemmell bagging a brace before Billy Dunlop nabbed our consolation. 1992 - Torben Piechnik made his reds debut as we lost 4-2 at Aston Villa, when Mark Walters and Ronnie Rosenthal were on target. However, the game is probably most widely remembered for Rosenthal’s shocking miss, as he hit the bar from a few yards out of an open goal. Ex-red Dean Saunders bagged a brace, two of his four strikes past the reds, with Dalian Atkinson scoring one of his four goals against us and Garry Parker also on target. 1981 - We also faced the Villains, being held to a goalless draw at Anfield with visiting keeper Jimmy Rimmer giving a virtuoso display. Tony off 1968 – Tony Hateley was sold to Coventry City after 28 strikes in 56 outings. He had arrived from Chelsea for a then club record £96,000 fee in June 1967. Dirk again 2009 - Dirk Kuyt scored in his third consecutive reds game as we won a League game 3-2 at West Ham United. Fernando Torres bagged a brace as we twice saw a lead cancelled out, by Alesssandro Diamanti and then Carlton Cole, before he finally secured victory by heading home from a cross by substitute Ryan Babel. Sub at the double 1972 - Phil Boersma struck twice in our 5-1 thumping of Carlisle United at Anfield in a League Cup Second Round replay, so becoming our first goalscoring substitute in the competition, having replaced John Toshack with the game still scoreless. Kevin Keegan, Chris Lawler and Steve Heighway also netted, with Tommy Smith having a penalty saved. Another record for the Kop 1989 - The Kop was recorded for use on “Kenny D, The Pride Of Liverpool” by the Liverpool FC 1989 Squad featuring Peter Howitt as we thumped struggling Third Division outfit Wigan Athletic 5-2 in a League Cup tie. Glenn Hysén headed us in front before a thunderous Bryan Griffiths free-kick levelled the match. David Thompson then sensationally put the visitors ahead on 55 minutes before Ian Rush grabbed a brace, with Peter Beardsley and John Barnes also netting, although he also had a penalty saved by keeper Nigel Adkins. This was Digger’s hundredth reds game. More derby disappointment We have faced our neighbours from across the park on four more occasions on this day in history, without securing a victory. 1936 - We lost 2-0 away, thanks to an Alex Stevenson goal and the last of Dixie Dean nineteen derby strikes. 1964 – We were thumped 4-0 at home in another top-flight meeting, with ex-red Johnny Morrissey, Derek Temple, Fred Pickering and Colin Harvey on target. Roger Hunt played his 200th League game for the reds that day. 1942 - Cyril Done and Billy Liddell on target as we drew 4-4 in a Wartime League game at Goodison, with Dickie Dorsett scoring twice. 1945 – Jack Balmer bagged a brace, including a penalty, as we were held to a 3-3 draw in a Lancashire Senior Cup First Round tie across the park, with Les Shannon also netting. Red centurions 1908 – Joe Hewitt bagged a brace as we thumped Bradford City 4-0 in L4, with Jack Parkinson and Ronald Orr also on the scoresheet. Centre-half Alex Raisbeck played his 300th League game for the reds. 1959 - Louis Bimpson played his hundredth reds game in our 2-1 Second Division win at Derby County, thanks to goals from Alan A’Court and Roger Hunt, while Ronnie Moran played his 200th League game for the club. 1998 – Dominic Matteo reached a century of reds games as Charlton Athletic held us to a 3-3 draw at Anfield. Richard Rufus headed the visitors in front, before Robbie Fowler equalised from the spot. Clive Mendonca restored the Addicks’ lead with goals from Patrik Berger and Fowler again putting us ahead. However, Steve Jones nabbed a late leveller as the reds produced a nightmare defensive performance. A youthful hat-trick 2001 - Florent Sinama-Pongolle bagged a treble for France in their 5-1 defeat of Japan at the Under-17 World Championships in Tobago, with club-mate Anthony Le Tallec also in the team. The French therefore qualified for the knock-out phase, going on to win the tournament. 2007 – Future reds reserves forward Nikola Sarić was on target for Denmark Under-17’s as they beat the Ukraine 2-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Galway, with future reds centre-back Danny Wilson playing for Scotland as they were thumped 4-0 by Slovakia in another qualifier in Kirkcaldy. Also in Europe We have played three more games in Europe’s top competition on this day in history. 2001 - We played out a dour goalless draw at Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund in the first group stage of the Champions League. 1984 - John Wark volleyed the only goal of our match with Lech Poznań in Poland. 1979 - David Johnson and Jimmy Case were on the scoresheet as we beat Dinamo Tbilisi 2-1 at Anfield. Mixed fortunes at Gigg Lane We have twice visited Bury in the top flight on this day in history. 1896 - Malcolm McVean and George Allan struck as we won 2-1 1927 - Willie Devlin added to a Laurie Crown own goal as we lost 5-2. Norman Bullock and Jack Ball bagged a brace each, with Wally Amos also netting. Loris debuts 2009 – Future reds keeper Loris Karius won his only cap for Germany Under-17’s as they beat Serbia 1-0. Olympian reds 2000 - Brad Friedel played in the USA’s 3-1 defeat of Kuwait in the Olympics in Melbourne. Meanwhile, future red Milan Baroš appeared for the Czech Republic in their 1-1 draw with Cameroon in Brisbane in the same group. St. Michael’s first treble 1987 - Ex-red Michael Owen scored his first ever hat-trick, for Mold Alexandra against Caergwrle in the Clwyd Junior League. Other reds games 1970 – We beat Nottingham Forest 3-0 at Anfield, thanks to goals from Bobby Graham, Peter Thompson and Alun Evans. 1957 – Alan Arnell and Jimmy Melia netted as we drew a Second Division encounter 2-2 at Rotherham United. Also on the move 2014 – Centre-half Ben Davies joined Tranmere Rovers on a one-month loan from Preston North End, appearing four times. Also in international action 1994 – Future red Haukr Ingi Guðnason played for Iceland Under-17’s as they shared a goalless draw with Scotland in a European Championships qualifier.
  11. Will

    15th November

    Have a rowdy birthday 1937 - Ron Yeats was born in Aberdeen. The giant centre-half played 454 times for the reds, netting sixteen times and captaining us to two League titles, our first FA Cup, the Second Division title and FA Charity Shield. He was one of Bill Shankly’s first and most inspired signings, arriving for just £30,000 from Dundee United in July 1961. He moved on to Tranmere Rovers in December 1971. Clem departs 2020 – Legendary keeper Ray Clemence died. He arrived from Sc***horpe United for £18,000 in June 1967, usurping Tommy Lawrence as first choice number one after two years. He went on to make 665 reds appearances, winning five League titles, an FA Cup, three European Cups, two UEFA Cups, a League Cup, UEFA Super Cup and four FA Charity Shields, before moving on to Tottenham Hotspur in August 1981. Technicolor reds 1969 - Our 2-0 home win over West Ham United was the first game screened in colour by the BBC’s Match Of The Day. Chris Lawler and Bobby Graham scored the goals, with forward Steve Peplow making the first of his three senior appearances. On the move 1999 - Stephen Wright was loaned to Crewe Alexandra for the second time, making seventeen appearances before returning to Anfield. On the same day, ex-red Mark Walters joined Bristol Rovers from Swindon Town on a free transfer. He struck fourteen times in 96 Pirates games. 1928 – Scottish forward John McFarlane signed from Aberdeen. He became our then-youngest ever player when he debuted as we lost 2-1 at home to Everton in the League three months later, aged just seventeen years and 47 days. However, he only played one more senior game, moving on to Halifax Town in July 1930. 1983 - Future reds winger Jimmy Carter signed as a professional for Crystal Palace. He never made the first team, a fate that also befell him at Queens Park Rangers, his next club. 1991 - Ex-reds reserve forward Mike Newell joined Blackburn Rovers from Everton in a £1.1m deal. He went on to net 48 times in 167 appearances for Rovers. Other birthdays 1979 – Josemi was born in Málaga. Rafael Benítez’s first signing, for £2m from his hometown club in July 2004, made just 35 reds appearances, mostly at right-back, before joining Villarreal back in his native Spain in swap deal for Jan Kromkamp in January 2006. 2013 - Forward Wayne Harrison was born in Stockport. He signed from Oldham Athletic for £250,000 in January 1985 at the age of seventeen, then a record fee for a teenager, although he never made a senior reds appearance before having to retire due to injury in the summer of 1991, aged just 23. 1895 - Half-back Neil McBain was born in Campbeltown, Argyllshire. He played twelve times after signing from St. Johnstone for £1,000 in March 1928. He moved on to Watford after eight months at Anfield, later managing the Hornets and Ayr United as well as coaching in Argentina. A treble against 1952 - Cliff Holton scored a hat-trick for Arsenal as they ran out 5-1 winners at Anfield, the last of his four goals against us, with Ben Marden bagging a brace. Jimmy Payne netted our goal, as early as the fifth minute. 1947 - We were also thumped 5-1 at Sunderland in another First Division fixture with Billy Liddell grabbing our consolation. Dickie Davis netted two of his seven strikes against the reds, with Albert Quinn bagging another brace and Willie Watson also on the scoresheet. Thumping Wolves 1902 - We beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 4-1 in a top-flight meeting in L4, with George Livingstone, Jack Cox, Arthur Goddard and Sam Raybould all on the scoresheet inside the opening eleven minutes. Brian’s last 1975 – Brian Hall bagged his 21st and final reds goal as we beat Newcastle United 2-1 at St. James’ Park, with Ray Kennedy nabbing the winner. Future Evertonian Geoff Nulty struck for the home side. 200 up 1924 – Dick Forshaw netted in his 200th reds game as we lost 2-1 at Burnley. George Beel bagged the first of his eight goals against the reds, with Tommy Roberts scoring the last of his four past us. Most recently 2008 – We won 2-0 at Bolton Wanderers. Dirk Kuyt headed us in front with the home side having a Gary Cahill goal disallowed just before the break. Steven Gerrard added the second. Management moves 1955 - Bill Shankly resigned as Manager of Workington. He had been in charge for two years as they struggled in the Third Division North, winning 35 of their 87 League games under his leadership. 2011 – Nick Barmby was appointed Caretaker Manager of Hull City, being appointed permanently two months later. However, he was sacked in May 2012. 2005 - Ex-reds defender Nicky Tanner resigned as Manager of Hellenic League side Almondsbury Town after two years in charge. 1995 - Roy Hodgson stepped down as Manager of Switzerland after his final game, a 3-1 friendly defeat to England at Wembley, with Steve McManaman, Jamie Redknapp and future red Stéphane Henchoz all in action. On the same day, future red Patrik Berger scored in the Czech Republic’s 3-0 European Championships qualifying defeat of Luxembourg in Prague. Fellow future clubmate Vladimír Šmicer won his second cap in the same game, coming on as a substitute. Phil Babb, Stig Inge Bjørnebye, Mark Kennedy, Jason McAteer, future reds Markus Babbel, Gary McAllister and Øyvind Leonhardsen, and ex-reds John Aldridge, Ronnie Rosenthal, Dean Saunders and Steve Staunton all also featured in Euro ’96 qualifiers. International debutants 2018 – Trent Alexander-Arnold scored his first England goal in their 3-0 defeat of the USA at Wembley, with Jordan Henderson also in action. Paul Glatzel made his debut for Germany Under-18’s as they beat Cyprus Under-21’s 1-0, while Dominic Solanke bagged a brace for England Under-21’s in their 2-1 win in Italy. Curtis Jones, Dejan Lovren and ex-reds Iago Aspas and Suso also played for their countries that day. 2006 – Future red Alberto Aquilani made his senior international bow as Italy were held to a 1-1 friendly draw by Turkey in Bergamo, with future red Nuri Şahin also featuring. 1972 - Ray Clemence and Kevin Keegan both made their senior England debuts as they beat Wales 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Cardiff. Emlyn Hughes and John Toshack both also played. 1997 - Future red Dietmar Hamann netted on his full international debut as Germany beat South Africa 3-0 in a friendly in Dusseldorf. Fellow future red Christian Ziege was also in the side. 2000 - Ex-red Dominic Matteo won his first Scotland cap in their 2-0 home friendly defeat by Australia. Ex-red Don Hutchison also featured. 2013 – Future red Adam Lallana made his England bow as Roy Hodgson’s side were beaten 2-0 at Wembley by Chile, with Jordan Henderson, Glen Johnson and future red James Milner also featuring. Ex-reds reserves midfielder Gary Mackay-Steven made his Scotland debut as they were held to a goalless draw by the USA at Hampden Park, winning his only cap while with Dundee United. Daniel Agger, Martin Škrtel, future reds Mario Balotelli and Emre Can, and ex-reds Alexander Kačaniklić, Javier Mascherano, Raul Meireles and Maxi Rodríguez all also played for their countries that day. Robbie’s treble 2006 - Future red Robbie Keane struck a hat-trick as Steve Staunton’s Republic of Ireland thumped San Marino 5-0 at Lansdowne Road, with Steve Finnan also featuring. 2013 – Ex-red Keane also scored as his country beat Latvia 3-0 in a friendly in Dublin. For Jackie 1922 – We beat Derby County 3-1 at Anfield in a testimonial match for Jackie Sheldon, who had recently retired after breaking his leg. Guest player Owen apparently scored all three of our goals. Sheldon grabbed twenty goals in 147 reds games after joining from Manchester United in November 1913 and played in our first ever FA Cup Final in 1914. Unfortunately, his name was forever tainted by being the go-between in our match-fixing scandal with Manchester United in April 1915. Two more legends honoured 2007 - Peter Beardsley and Graeme Souness were both inducted into the Football Museum’s Hall of Fame. Beardsley won two League titles, the FA Cup, and two FA Charity Shields while at Anfield, as well as 59 England caps and a ‘new’ Second Division title with Fulham. Souness claimed five League titles, three European Cups, four League Cups and three FA Charity Shields while with the reds, also winning 54 Scottish caps, a Second Division championship, Coppa Italia and Scottish League title as a player. More first and last caps 1997 - Ex-red Ray Houghton was on target while winning his 73rd and final cap in the Republic of Ireland’s 2-1 World Cup play-off defeat in Belgium. Mark Kennedy made his seventeenth appearance, and final one as a reds player, while ex-red Steve Staunton also featured. 2000 - David James won his first cap as an Aston Villa player, only his second to that point, as England lost 1-0 to Italy in a friendly in Turin. This was Peter Taylor’s only game in charge, and he also selected Nick Barmby, Jamie Carragher, Robbie Fowler and Emile Heskey. Dietmar Hamann, Stéphane Henchoz and Christian Ziege all also featured in friendlies that day. 2011 – Future red Daniel Sturridge made his senior debut as Scott Carson won his first cap as a Bursaspor player as England beat Sweden 1-0 in a friendly at Wembley, with Stewart Downing and future red James Milner also featuring. Ryan Babel won his last cap as a TSG 1899 Hoffenheim player as the Netherlands lost a friendly 3-0 in Germany, with Dirk Kuyt and future red Gini Wijnaldum also featuring. 2021 - Xherdan Shaqiri won his last cap as an Olympique Lyonnais player, appearing for Switzerland for the hundredth time as they thumped Bulgaria 4-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Lucerne. Ex-red Ki-Jana Hoever scored his first goal for the Dutch Under-21’s in their 7-0 trouncing of Gibraltar in a European Championships qualifier. Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson, Mohamed Salah and ex-red Conor Coady also represented their countries that day, with Steve Clarke taking charge of Scotland. 2006 – Porto’s Raul Meireles made his international bow in Portugal’s 3-0 European Championships qualifying defeat of Kazakhstan in Coimbra. Meanwhile, Milan Baroš won his final cap as an Aston Villa player, his 53rd to date, and struck the Czech Republic’s goal in their 1-1 friendly draw with Daniel Agger’s Denmark in Prague, with fellow future red Christian Poulsen also in action. Alex Manninger won his first cap as a Robur Siena player as Austria beat Trinidad & Tobago 4-1 in Vienna. Xabi Alonso, Steven Gerrard, Sami Hyypiä, Dirk Kuyt, John Arne Riise, future reds Joe Cole, Ragnar Klavan, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Martin Škrtel and Kolo Touré, and ex-reds Nicolas Anelka, Alou Diarra and Frode Kippe all also represented their countries on the same day, while Roy Hodgson took charge of Finland. 2005 – Future reds coach Gary O’Neil won his ninth and last cap for England Under-21’s as they lost 2-1 to France in the second leg of their European Championships Play-off in Nancy, with Scott Carson and Anthony Le Tallec both also in action and ex-red Rigobert Song also playing for his country. International reds on target galore 2020 – Naby Keïta was on target for Guinea in their 1-1 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying draw in Chad, with Sadio Mané scoring the only goal as Senegal won a qualifier in Guinea-Bissau. Gini Wijnaldum struck twice as the Netherlands beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 3-1 in a UEFA Nations League group game in Amsterdam. Jordan Henderson, Marko Grujić, Neco Williams, future red Ozan Kabak and ex-reds Steve Clarke and Danny Ward also represented their countries that day. 2016 – Ex-red Iago Aspas netted for Spain on his senior bow with Adam Lallana converting a penalty and Pepe Reina winning his first cap as a permanent S.S.C. Napoli player in Spain’s 2-2 draw with England in a friendly at Wembley. Krisztián Németh won his last cap as an Al-Gharafa player as Hungary lost a friendly 2-0 to Sweden in Budapest. Trent Alexander-Arnold converted a penalty and Ben Woodburn bagged a brace at Under-19’s level, with Nathaniel Clyne, Philippe Coutinho, Marko Grujić, Jordan Henderson, Lazar Marković, future reds Alisson Becker, Diogo Jota and Thiago, and ex-reds Javier Mascherano, Brad Smith, Raheem Sterling and Luis Súarez all also representing their countries that day as Sebastián Coates won his last cap as a Sunderland player. 2015 – Naby Keïta scored his second and last goal as a Red Bull Salzburg player, as Guinea beat Namibia 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Morocco. On the same day, Krisztián Németh won his final cap while with Sporting Kansas City in Hungary’s 2-1 Euro 2016 qualifying defeat of Norway in Budapest, while Sheyi Ojo featured for England Under-19’s. 2014 – Jordan Henderson put through his own net as Roy Hodgson’s England beat Slovenia 3-1 in a friendly at Wembley. Adam Lallana, Raheem Sterling and future reds James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all also featured, with Southampton’s Nathaniel Clyne making his senior international bow. Sheyi Ojo, ex-red Carl Medjani and future reds Naby Keïta, Sadio Mané, Mohamed Salah, Xherdan Shaqiri and Dominic Solanke all also played for their countries that day. 2011 – Denmark captain Daniel Agger scored as they beat Finland 2-1 in a friendly in Esbjerg. Sebastián Coates, Péter Gulácsi, future reds Mario Balotelli, Ádám Bogdán, Ragnar Klavan, Mamadou Sakho and Xherdan Shaqiri, and ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa, Milan Baroš, Robbie Keane, Javier Mascherano, Raul Meireles, Christian Poulsen, Daniel Sjölund and Fernando Torres also featured in international action that day, with John Toshack taking charge of FYR Macedonia. 2006 - Future red Yossi Benayoun notched for Israel as they lost a European Championships qualifier to Croatia in Tel-Aviv by the odd goal in seven. 2003 - El-Hadji Diouf scored the only goal of Senegal’s friendly with Ivory Coast in Dakar, with Salif Diao also playing. Ex-red Don Hutchison won his 26th and last senior cap as Scotland beat the Netherlands 1-0 in the first leg of their ultimately unsuccessful Euro 2004 play-off. John Arne Riise and future reds Mark González, Paul Jones, Ragnar Klavan, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Albert Riera, Martin Škrtel and Fernando Torres also played for their countries that day. 2000 - Steve Staunton grabbed his final Republic of Ireland goal while winning his last cap as a reds player, and 86th in total, as they beat Finland 3-0 in a friendly at Lansdowne Road. Steve Finnan bagged his first international goal, and only one as a Fulham player, while ex-red Jason McAteer and future red Jari Litmanen also played, with Robbie Keane playing his final game for his country before joining Leeds United on loan from Internazionale. On the same day, Yossi Benayoun struck his final goal as a Maccabi Haifa player as Israel lost a friendly 2-1 in Portugal. 1997 - Robbie Fowler was on target in England’s 2-0 friendly defeat of Cameroon at Wembley. Paul Ince skippered a side that also featured Steve McManaman, while the Africans included future red Rigobert Song. 1989 - John Aldridge grabbed a brace, including a penalty, his first goals for the Republic of Ireland while a Real Sociedad player. The Irish won their World Cup qualifier 2-0 in Malta, skippered by Ronnie Whelan, with Ray Houghton, Steve Staunton and ex-red Kevin Sheedy all also in the side. John Barnes, Peter Beardsley, Steve McMahon and future reds Stig Inge Bjørnebye, Dean Saunders, István Kozma and Colin Pascoe all also featured in internationals that day. 1988 – Kozma played for Hungary again in their 3-0 friendly defeat in Greece. 1972 - Celtic’s Kenny Dalglish scored his first senior international goal in Scotland’s 2-0 World Cup qualifying defeat of Denmark at Hampden Park. Young future reds on target 1994 - Sami Hyypiä netted in the second of five consecutive games for Finland Under-21’s as they lost a friendly 2-1 in Germany. 2003 - Djibril Cissé struck a brace as France Under-21’s won the first leg of their European Championships play-off in Portugal 2-1. Alou Diarra and Florent Sinama-Pongolle both also played. Other reds games 1987 – John Aldridge struck as we drew 1-1 at Manchester United, before Norman Whiteside netted the last of his four goals against the reds. 1980 – We drew 2-2 at Crystal Palace. Ray Kennedy scored before Gerry Francis converted a spot kick. Avi Cohen put through his own net, then Terry McDermott netted. 1958 – Louis Bimpson was on target as we lost a Second Division fixture 3-2 at Derby County with the reds also benefiting from an Albert Mays own goal as keeper Tommy Younger had to go off injured. 1930 – We beat Leicester City 3-1 at Anfield with Jimmy Smith netting twice. Arthur Lochhead struck one of his five goals past us before Adam Black scored an own goal. 1919 – Dick Forshaw bagged a brace as we were held to a 3-3 draw in L4 by Bradford Park Avenue, with Albert Pearson also on the scoresheet. David McLean scored one of his eight goals past us, with Bobby Turnbull scoring from the spot and Joe Crozier also on target. We had to play the last half hour with just ten men as William Jenkinson had to go off injured. There was no half-time interval due to freezing weather as the referee just made the teams switch ends after 45 minutes. 1913 – Donald McKinlay netted the only goal of our visit to Preston North End. On the move 2002 - Jermaine Pennant joined Watford from Arsenal for a second loan spell. He grabbed one goal in fourteen games this time around. 2016 – Ex-reds winger Oussama Assaidi was released by Al Ahli after three goals in 29 games since joining from the reds for a reported £4.7m in January 2015. Also in international action 2019 – Alisson Becker, Rhian Brewster, Fabinho, Roberto Firmino, Kamil Grabara, future reds Thiago Alcântara, Luis Díaz, Melkamu Frauendorf and Arthur Melo, and ex-reds Philippe Coutinho, Sebastián Coates, Luis Suárez all played for their countries. 2009 – Chris Mavinga played for France Under-19’s as they drew 2-2 with Switzerland in the Limoges Tournament. 2001 – Future reds Steve Finnan and Robbie Keane and ex-red Jason McAteer and Steve Staunton all featured in the Republic of Ireland’s 1-0 World Cup Play-off defeat in Iran. 1978 – Future red Avi Cohen played for Israel in their 1-0 friendly defeat of Belgium in Jaffa.
  12. Will

    18th November

    Mickey’s treble 1997 - Michael Owen scored his first reds hat-trick as we beat Grimsby Town 3-0 at Anfield in a League Cup Fourth Round tie. Derby despair 1995 - Robbie Fowler netted our consolation very late on as we lost 2-1 at home to Everton through an Andrei Kanchelskis brace, two of his five goals past us. Ex-red Gary Ablett was carried off with knee ligament damage. Finland’s best 2002 - Sami Hyypiä was named Finland’s Player of the Year, retaining the award he had won the previous year. He went on to win this award on six occasions within the space of eight years. Beating the Mancs 1978 - Phil Neal converted a late penalty to hand us a 1-0 victory over Manchester City at Anfield after Ray Kennedy was apparently fouled in the area, although he admitted, “I don’t know what the penalty was for.” However, we had been denied a clear spot-kick earlier for a foul on Alan Kennedy. 1925 – We were thumped 5-0 at Maine Road to bow out of the Lancashire Senior Cup at the Second Round stage. 1911 - We also sent Manchester United home without the First Division points, with Jack Parkinson adding to a John Bovill brace in our 3-2 victory. Charlie Roberts struck, with Enoch West bagging one of his eight goals past us. 1939 - Willie Fagan bagged the only goal of our Wartime League meeting with United at Anfield from the spot. Mo again 2017 - Mohamed Salah scored in his third consecutive game as we beat Southampton 3-0 at Anfield, bagging a brace with Philippe Coutinho also on target. Archie signs on 1929 – Scottish inside-left Archie McPherson signed from Rangers. He bagged nineteen goals in 133 reds games as we endured a barren spell. He moved on to Sheffield United in December 1934, appearing for the Blades in the FA Cup Final as they lost to Arsenal at Wembley in 1936. An Anfield win 1931 - Future reds Ernie Blenkinsop and Tom Cooper both featured for the home side as England beat Wales 3-1 at Anfield in the British International Championships. Twice against Villa and the Geordies We have twice entertained Aston Villa in the First Division on this day in history, without losing. 1899 - We drew 3-3 when John Walker, Hugh Morgan and Alex Raisbeck were on the scoresheet. Keeper Harry Storer put through his own net, with Jack Devey bagging one of his seven goals against the reds and Albert Wilkes also on target. 1922 - Donald McKinlay, Harry Chambers and Dick Johnson struck as we won 3-0. 1984 - We won 2-0 at Newcastle United with Steve Nicol and John Wark netting. 1972 - We also beat United in the top-flight at home with Peter Cormack, Alec Lindsay and John Toshack grabbing our goals as we won 3-2, despite Tommy Smith missing a penalty. John Tudor bagged one of his five goals against the reds, with Malcolm MacDonald striking one of his seven past us. Happy birthdays 1997 – Midfielder Ovie Ejaria was born in Southwark in south London. He made eight senior appearances, moving on to Reading in August 2020 after a successful campaign on loan. 1968 – Chief Scout Barry Hunter was born in Coleraine, Northern Ireland. He played as a defender for Wrexham and Reading, before moving into coaching and then scouting for Blackburn Rovers, Norwich City and most recently Manchester City, joining the reds in June 2012. 1948 - Former reds goalkeeping coach Joe Corrigan was born in Manchester. He made nearly 600 appearances for Manchester City, as well as winning nine England caps. He spent ten years on our backroom staff before moving on after the arrival of Rafael Benítez. Finn to Fulham 1998 - Steve Finnan joined Kevin Keegan’s Fulham from Notts County for £600,000. He went on to play 209 times for the Cottagers, netting seven times and winning First and Second Division League titles, to add to the Third Division he had won with County. 2006 - Finn played his hundredth reds League game in our goalless Premiership draw at Middlesbrough as our away day blues continued. Off the mark 1998 - Future red Yossi Benayoun made his senior international debut as Israel lost a friendly 2-0 in Portugal, who included fellow future red Abel Xavier. 2014 – Future red Roberto Firmino struck his first goal for Brazil as they won a friendly 2-1 in Austria. On the same day, Stewart Downing won his first cap as a West Ham United player as Roy Hodgson’s England won 3-1 in Scotland, with future red Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scoring one of the goals and Andy Robertson netting his first senior strike and only one as a Hull City player. Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Lazar Marković, Martin Škrtel, Raheem Sterling, future reds Nathaniel Clyne and James Milner, and ex-reds Alberto Aquilani and Javier Mascherano also played for their countries that day. Reds on opposite sides 1998 - Patrik Berger and future red Vladimír Šmicer both ran out at Wembley as England beat the Czech Republic 2-0 in a friendly, with Robbie Fowler coming on as a substitute. Meanwhile, Vegard Heggem and future red Stéphane Henchoz also played in international friendlies. 1939 - England’s Jack Balmer netted past future reds keeper Cyril Sidlow as they beat Wales 3-2 in a Wartime international at the Racecourse Ground. First and last caps 2020 – Ozan Kabak won his last cap for Turkey before joining the reds on loan as they lost a UEFA Nations League group game in Hungary. Harry Wilson netted for Wales in their 3-1 defeat of Finland in Cardiff, with Gini Wijnaldum on target while captaining the Netherlands as they won 2-1 in Poland. Kostas Tsimikas, Andy Robertson and ex-red Danny Ward all also played, with ex-reds coach Steve Clarke taking charge of Scotland. 2019 - Luis Suárez won his final cap as a Barcelona player, scoring as Uruguay drew 2-2 in a friendly with Argentina in Israel, with ex-red Sebastián Coates also featuring. Future red Melkamu Frauendorf played for Germany Under-16’s for the fourth and last time as they beat the Czech Republic 3-0 in Bogen. 2014 - Xherdan Shaqiri played for Switzerland for the last time as a Bayern München player in their 2-2 draw with Poland in a friendly in Wroclaw. Meanwhile, ex-red Alexander Kačaniklić won his nineteenth and final senior cap in Sweden’s 1-0 defeat in France, with future red Loris Karius playing for Germany Under-21’s for the only time as they drew a friendly 1-1 with the Czech Republic in Prague. 2008 – Adam Lallana won his only cap for England Under-21’s, coming off the bench in their 2-0 friendly defeat of the Czech Republic at Bramall Lane. On the same day, Ragnar Klavan won his first cap as an AZ Alkmaar player in Estonia’s 1-0 friendly defeat of Moldova in Tallinn. Future reds Mario Balotelli and Victor Moses were also in international action that day. 1998 - Dietmar Hamann won his first cap as a Newcastle United player, and thirteenth in total, as Germany were held to a 1-1 draw in their friendly against the Netherlands in Gelsenkirchen. On the same day, Jason McAteer won his 28th cap, and his final one as a reds player, as the Republic of Ireland lost 1-0 in a Euro 2000 qualifier in Yugoslavia. Steve Staunton also played. 1981 - Avi Cohen won his first cap in his second spell with Maccabi Tel-Aviv as Israel lost a World Cup qualifier 1-0 in Northern Ireland. Kenny Dalglish, Alan Hansen, Terry McDermott, Phil Neal, Ian Rush, Graeme Souness, Phil Thompson and ex-reds Joey Jones and Kevin Keegan all also played in qualifiers that day. Half century for Aldo 1992 - Ex-red John Aldridge had a goal wrongly ruled out for offside while winning his fiftieth cap. The Republic of Ireland held Spain to a goalless draw in their World Cup qualifier in Seville, with ex-reds Ray Houghton and Steve Staunton also playing. Ian Rush, ex-reds Jim Magilton and Dean Saunders, and future reds Paul Ince, Gary McAllister and Karlheinz Riedle all also featured in internationals that day, with Roy Hodgson taking charge of Switzerland. Management moves 1990 - John Toshack was sacked as Manager of Real Madrid on the back of three straight defeats, eleven games into the new season, having led them to the League title earlier that year. He returned to the Bernabeu in February 1999, lasting just nine months before being dismissed again. 2009 – King Kenny’s son Paul was appointed Head Coach of USSF Division 2 expansion team Tampa Bay. However, he left by mutual consent in September 2010. Young future reds on target 2003 - Djibril Cissé struck as France Under-21’s lost the second leg of their European Championships play-off game 2-1 to Portugal in Clermont-Ferrand. He was later dismissed, which led to him missing out on the senior Euro 2004 tournament. Alou Diarra and Florent Sinama-Pongolle both also featured with the tie ending level at 3-3 on aggregate, although Portugal won through 4-1 on penalties. Meanwhile, future red Robbie Keane bagged a brace as the Republic of Ireland beat Canada 3-0 in a friendly in Dublin and Roy Hodgson took charge of United Arab Emirates as they beat Sri Lanka 3-1 in an AFC Asian Cup qualifier in Dubai. 1995 - Leicester City’s Emile Heskey struck twice for England Under-18’s in their 6-2 European Championships qualifying defeat of Sweden in Kettering. 1980 - Future red David Hodgson grabbed his first goal for England Under-21’s as they thumped Switzerland 5-0 in a European Championships qualifier at Portman Road. Other recent internationals 2009 – Future red Raul Meireles scored the only goal in the second leg of Portugal’s World Cup play-off meeting with Bosnia-Herzegovina in Zenica. Ex-red Robbie Keane also netted as the Republic of Ireland drew their controversial encounter with France in Paris 1-1 after extra time, with ex-reds Nicolas Anelka and Alou Diarra therefore both qualifying for the Finals in South Africa. Future red Joe Allen scored his last goal for Wales Under-21’s as Sotirios Kyrgiakos and future red Luis Suárez both also helped their countries to reach the World Cup Finals, while Ryan Babel, Dirk Kuyt, Nikolay Mihaylov, Pepe Reina, ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa, Harry Kewell and future reds Milan Jovanović, Dejan Lovren, Christian Poulsen and Kolo Touré were all also in international action. 2007 – Future red Luis Suárez netted as Uruguay drew 2-2 with Chile in a World Cup qualifier in Montevideo. On the same day, future reds keeper Ádám Bogdán was sent off as Hungary Under-21’s lost a European Championships qualifier 1-0 in Latvia, with Krisztián Nemeth also featuring. 2018 – Naby Keïta captained Guinea as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Ivory Coast in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Conakry. On the same day, Dejan Lovren reached a half century of caps for Croatia as they were beaten 2-1 by England in a UEFA Nations League group game at Wembley. Joe Gomez, Liam Millar, Divock Origi, Xherdan Shaqiri and ex-reds Péter Gulácsi, Raheem Sterling and Suso also in international action. Other reds games 1967 – Cecil Irwin put through his own net as we drew 1-1 at Sunderland, with Neil Martin scoring one of his four goals against the reds. This was Bill Shankly’s 400th game in charge of the reds. 1961 – We won 2-1 in a Second Division trip to Huddersfield Town, thanks to goals from Jimmy Melia and Roger Hunt. 1950 – Arsenal won 3-1 at Anfield as Doug Lishman struck one of his four goals past us, Don Roper scored one of his five with Jimmy Logie also on target, while Denis Compton scored an own goal. 1933 – Sam English netted as we lost 3-1 at Derby County. Jack Nicholas bagged the first of his four goals against us, with Dally Duncan and Jack Bowers also on target. 1905 – Joe Hewitt was on target as Preston North End held us to a 1-1 draw in L4, with Dickie Bond scoring the first of his four goals past us. 1893 – We beat Notts County 2-1 in a home Second Division encounter thanks to goals from Patrick Gordon and David Henderson. Mark moves 2005 - Ex-reserves forward Mark Smyth signed for Accrington Stanley. He had made just one solitary first-team appearance, in the Carling Cup win at Tottenham Hotspur in December 2004, but only spent one season with Stanley. Baby news 2011 – Keeper Brad Jones sadly lost his son Luca, who died aged just six years old from leukaemia. 2017 – Left-back Alberto Moreno became a father for the first time, to Alberto Jnr. Other international reds 1964 – Roger Hunt and Peter Thompson both played as England beat Wales 2-1 in a friendly at Wembley. 1975 – Future reds David Johnson and Alan Kennedy both featured as England Under-23’s beat Portugal 2-0 in a European Championships game at Selhurst Park. 2004 – Future reds keeper David Martin played as England Under-19’s beat France 1-0 in a friendly in Barnsley. 2013 – Tiago Ilori, ex-reds Javier Mascherano and Maxi Rodríguez and future reds Mario Balotelli and Victor Moses all played for their countries.
  13. Will

    5th September

    Off the mark 1959 - Winger Johnny Morrissey nabbed his first reds goal as we suffered a 2-1 Second Division defeat at Sheffield United when we conceded two penalties inside three minutes, both converted by Graham Shaw. 1928 - We also faced the Blades, losing our top-flight meeting at Anfield 2-1, with Dick Edmed nabbing our consolation. Scottish-born South African international left-back Jimmy Gray played his only reds game. Fred Tunstall bagged one of his eight goals past us, with Thomas Boyle also on target. Deano not guilty 1992 - We beat Chelsea 2-1 at Anfield, our most recent game on this day in history. Dean Saunders, who headed us in front, injured Paul Elliott in a challenge that ended his career, for which Deano was later unsuccessfully sued. Jamie Redknapp netted our last-minute winner after Mick Harford’s equaliser, the last of his six goals past us, while this was Saunders’ 61st and final reds game before moving to Aston Villa. 1908 - We also beat the Blues at Anfield by the same score, when Ronald Orr grabbed a brace and George Hilsdon bagged one of his five goals against the reds. A refereeing record 1896 - Referee C.E. Sutcliffe disallowed six goals in our First Division match at Blackburn Rovers, still a League record. He only permitted one strike to count, unfortunately scored by Rovers’ Jim Stuart. Inside-forward Willie Michael made his debut as a replacement for Harry Bradshaw who was “suffering from an old injury to his ear.” Debutants galore 1903 - Sydney Smith scored on his reds debut, although we lost 2-1 at Nottingham Forest in our season opener, with forward Fred Buck and right-back John Chadburn also making their reds bows. Grenville Morris netted one of his six goals past us, with Alf Spouncer also on target. 1967 - We travelled to the City Ground again, with Emlyn Hughes bagging the only goal of the game, as Gerry Byrne played his 300th reds game. 1934 - Centre-half Norman Low debuted in our 2-1 home win over Manchester City, deputising for Tom Bradshaw. Sam English and Gordon Hodgson netted our goals, with the latter missing his first spot-kick for the reds, while Fred Tilson struck one of his six goals against us. Nice one Cyril 1942 - Cyril Done bagged a treble as we beat Wrexham 4-0 in a Wartime League game at Anfield. Dickie Dorsett struck the other. Red departures 1895 – Scottish outside-right Neil Kerr was sold to Nottingham Forest after three goals in twelve outings since arriving from Rangers in June 1894. 1980 – Left-back Brian Kettle moved on to Wigan Athletic. He signed for the reds in May 1973 but only made four senior appearances as his route to the first-team was blocked first by Alec Lindsay, then Joey Jones and Alan Kennedy. An Addicks first 1936 - Charlton Athletic played their first ever home game in the First Division as we held them to a 1-1 draw at The Valley, with Alf Hanson on the scoresheet. Off the mark 2020 – Harvey Elliott and Sepp van den Berg both bagged their first reds goals as we thumped Blackpool 7-2 in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Anfield. Joël Matip, Sadio Mané, Roberto Firmino, Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi all also got on the scoresheet. Rare reds 1953 – Inside-forward Harold Jones made his only senior appearance in our 5-1 thumping at Anfield by Preston North End. Bill Jones scored our goal, with Tom Finney netting a treble for the visitors, the last of his five goals against the reds. Charlie Wayman scored one of his six past us, with Gordon Kaile also scoring for PNE. 1972 – Keeper Frank Lane played his second and final reds game as we drew a League Cup second Round tie 1-1 at Carlisle United with Kevin Keegan bagging our goal. We won the replay, eventually being knocked out by Tottenham Hotspur in the Fifth Round. International shame 1998 - Reds midfielder Paul Ince became only the sixth England player to be sent off, as they lost 2-1 to Sweden in a Euro 2000 qualifier in Stockholm. Michael Owen won his tenth cap in this game, having a goal disallowed for offside, while Jamie Redknapp also featured. On the same day, Wales lost 2-0 to Italy in a qualifier played at Anfield. Ex-red Dean Saunders and future red Paul Jones both appeared for the Welsh. Also on the same day, Steve Staunton won his first cap in his second spell as a reds player as the Republic of Ireland beat Croatia 2-0 in another qualifier at Lansdowne Road. Fellow reds Phil Babb and Jason McAteer and future red Robbie Keane also played. Future red Fernando Morientes was on target as Spain lost 3-2 in Cyprus, while future reds Markus Babbel, Sami Hyypiä and Jari Litmanen all also featured in qualifiers. Haukur Ingi Gudnason won his first cap as a reds player as Iceland Under-21’s lost 2-0 to France in a European Championships qualifier, with future reds Milan Baroš and Frode Kippe also playing for their countries. Nuri’s day 1988 – Turkish international midfield loanee signing Nuri Şahin was born in Lüdenscheid, Germany. He joined for the season from Real Madrid in August 2012, netting three times in twelve games before re-joining Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund on loan in January 2013. On the move 1998 - Bruce Grobbelaar signed for Bury from Chesham United on non-contract terms. He only made one senior appearance before moving on again to Lincoln City. 1938 – Scottish centre-half Tom ‘Tiny’ Bradshaw was sold to Third Lanark for £600. He had signed from Bury for £8,000 in January 1930, netting four times in 291 reds games. World Cup scorers 2001 - Several reds were on the mark for their countries in World Cup qualifiers. Michael Owen struck England’s opener in their 2-0 defeat of Albania at St. James’ Park, with Robbie Fowler netting his final international goal to send them top of their group. Nick Barmby, Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard and Emile Heskey all also featured, as did ex-red Steve McManaman. Meanwhile, Jari Litmanen scored from the spot in Finland’s 5-1 thumping of Greece in Helsinki. His club-mate Sami Hyypiä also played. Imminent red Milan Baroš was also on target as the Czech Republic saw off Malta 3-2 in Teplice. Bolo Zenden bagged his first goal as a Chelsea player as the Netherlands beat Estonia 5-0 in Eindhoven. Craig Bellamy nabbed his first goal for Wales while with Newcastle United as they lost 3-2 in Norway, with John Arne Riise, ex-red Øyvind Leonhardsen and future red Paul Jones all also featuring. Also in international action that day were Jerzy Dudek, ex-reds Brad Friedel, Don Hutchison, Jim Magilton and Dominic Matteo and future red Fernando Morientes. 2009 – Ex-red John Arne Riise netted as Norway drew 1-1 with Iceland in a World Cup qualifier in Reykjavik. Ex-red Daniel Sjölund played for Finland as they won 2-1 in Azerbaijan, coming on as a substitute and later himself being replaced. On the same day, ex-red Robbie Keane was on target in the Republic of Ireland’s 2-1 win in Cyprus, while ex-red Milan Baroš struck as the Czech Republic drew 2-2 with Martin Škrtel’s Slovakia in Bratislava. Kolo Touré won his first cap since joining Manchester City in their 5-0 trouncing of Burkina Faso in Abidjan. Yossi Benayoun, Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson, Dirk Kuyt, Albert Riera, Fernando Torres, Andriy Voronin and future reds Ragnar Klavan, Raul Meireles, James Milner, Christian Poulsen, Mamadou Sakho and Luis Suárez, and ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Nicolas Anelka, Álvaro Arbeloa, Emile Heskey, Jari Litmanen and Rigobert Song also featured in internationals that day. 2018 – Ex-red Martin Škrtel played for his country again, with Curtis Jones in action for England Under-18’s. Thumped in the North East 1892 - W. MacArthur scored a first-half hat-trick as Middlesbrough Ironopolis beat us 5-0 at their Paradise Ground in a friendly. Joy against the Seasiders We twice faced Blackpool in top-flight fixtures on this day in the 1960’s, scoring twice on each occasion, and not tasting defeat. 1964 - Peter Thompson and Roger Hunt were on the scoresheet as we were held to a 2-2 draw in L4, with Ray Charnley bagging a brace for the visitors, two of his eight goals past us. 1966 - The same reds players netted as we won 2-1 at Bloomfield Road. Willie Stevenson had a penalty saved by Blackpool goalkeeper Alan Taylor shortly after Bobby Waddell had equalised, but Hunt grabbed a late winner. Level with the Londoners We have twice faced both Arsenal and West Ham United on this day in history, winning once and drawing on the other three occasions. 1925 - We were held to a goalless draw at Anfield by the Hammers. 1987 - John Aldridge was on target from the spot as we left Upton Park with a 1-1 draw, with Tony Cottee equalising for the home side, one of his eight goals against the reds. 1951 - We held the Gunners to a goalless draw at Highbury. 1981 - Terry McDermott and David Johnson were on the scoresheet as we beat Arsenal 2-0 at Anfield. Yossi off the mark 1999 - Future red Yossi Benayoun bagged his first senior international goal as Israel lost a Euro 2000 qualifier 3-2 in Cyprus. 2002 - He won his first cap as a Real Racing Club de Santander player in their 5-0 friendly win in Luxembourg. Kozma on target 1990 - Future red István Kozma netted in Hungary’s 4-1 defeat of Turkey in a friendly in Budapest, his only senior goal for his country. On the same day, Glenn Hysén skippered Sweden as they lost a home friendly 1-0 to Denmark. 1989 – He joined Dunfermline Athletic in a £550,000 move from Girondins de Bordeaux. He struck nine times in 103 games for the Pars, including featuring in the 1991 League Cup Final. Other international scorers 2020 - Diogo Jota scored his only goal as a Wolverhampton Wanderers player as Portugal beat Croatia 4-1 in a UEFA Nations League group game in Porto. Ex-red Raheem Sterling scored from the spot as Danny Ings won his first cap as a Southampton player in England’s 1-0 win in Iceland. Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez and ex-reds Dejan Lovren and Simon Mignolet all also played for their countries that day. Kirkland’s farewell 2003 - Chris Kirkland won his eighth and final England Under-21’s cap as they were held to a 1-1 draw in a European Championships qualifier in FYR Macedonia. Future red Jermaine Pennant won his only cap while on loan at Leeds United in the same game, with fellow future reds Glen Johnson and Paul Konchesky also featuring. Alou Diarra, Anthony Le Tallec, Florent Sinama-Pongolle and future red Raul Meireles also played in Under-21’s qualifiers on the same day, while John Toshack took charge of Wales as they lost 2-0 to Brazil in a friendly at White Hart Lane, with Craig Bellamy and ex-red Paul Jones playing. Young debutants 2006 - Paul Anderson, Adam Hammill and Craig Lindfield all made their debuts for England Under-19’s as they were held to a goalless draw by the Netherlands in a friendly in Walsall. Meanwhile, Florent Sinama-Pongolle struck as France Under-21’s beat Slovenia 2-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Amiens. Besian Idrizaj faced future red Alberto Aquilani, while Craig Bellamy and ex-red Paul Jones all also featured for their countries that day. 2008 – Future red Mario Balotelli scored as he won his first cap for Italy Under-21’s in their 1-1 European Championships qualifying draw with Greece in Castel di Sangro. Keeper Nikolay Mihaylov played for Bulgaria Under-21’s on the same day. 2019 – Ki-Jana Hoever debuted for the Dutch Under-18’s as they beat Denmark 2-1, while Curtis Jones made his England Under-19’s bow in their 3-1 defeat of Greece in Burton and future red Melkamu Frauendorf debuted for Germany Under-16’s as they lost 1-0 at home to Austria. On the same day, Rafael Camacho bagged his only goal for Portugal Under-20’s as they drew 2-2 with Switzerland. Future red Takumi Minamino scored as Japan beat Paraguay 2-0 in Ibariki, with ex-red Krisztián Németh captaining Hungary as they lost a friendly 2-1 in Montenegro. More international starts 2016 – Joe Allen made his first appearance for Wales since joining Stoke City in their 4-0 World Cup Qualifying thumping of Moldova in Cardiff, with Kamil Grabara and future red Thiago Alcântara also playing for their countries. 2015 - Nathaniel Clyne and James Milner both won their first caps as reds players as Roy Hodgson’s England thumped San Marino 6-0 in a Euro 2016 qualifier in Serravalle, as ex-red Jonjo Shelvey became the first Swansea City player to be capped by England with future red Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also in action. Xherdan Shaqiri won his first cap as a Stoke City player as Switzerland beat Slovenia 3-2 in another qualifier. Meanwhile, future red Sadio Mané struck as Senegal won an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier 2-0 in Namibia. On the same day, Philippe Coutinho played as Brazil beat Costa Rica 1-0 in a friendly in New Jersey, with Herbie Kane, future red Ragnar Klavan and ex-red Oussama Assaidi also in international action. 2014 - Coutinho won his first cap as a reds player as Brazil beat Colombia 1-0 in a friendly in Miami, with Sadio Mané playing for Senegal for the first time since joining Southampton in their 2-0 defeat of Egypt in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Dakar. On the same day, Tom Ince played his first game for England Under-21’s since joining Hull City as they beat Lithuania 1-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Kaunas. Meanwhile, Jordon Ibe and Lloyd Jones both debuted as England Under-20’s thrashed Romania 6-0 in a friendly in Telford, with future red Kostas Tsimikas winning his first cap for Greece Under-19’s as they lost 2-1 in Finland. Emre can played for Germany Under-21’s for the first time since joining the reds in their 2-0 European Championships qualifying defeat of the Republic of Ireland in Halle. Future red Dominic Solanke netted as England Under-18’s beat the Netherlands 3-1 in Bury, with Sheyi Ojo also in action. Danny Ward and future reds Naby Keïta and Mohamed Salah also played for their countries. 2017 – Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and future red Alisson Becker all played as Brazil drew 1-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Colombia. Dejan Lovren also featured in a qualifier that day, while Mohamed Salah scored his first goal as a reds player in Egypt’s 1-0 defeat of Uganda in Alexandria. Ex-red Iago Aspas came off the bench to bag a brace as Spain trounced Liechtenstein 8-0 in Vaduz. Ex-red Joe Allen netted as Wales won a qualifier 2-0 in Moldova, with Sadio Mané on target in Senegal’s 2-2 draw in Burkina Faso. Sheyi Ojo won his only cap for England Under-21’s as they beat Latvia 3-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Bournemouth, with Trent Alexander-Arnold debuting at this level, Joe Gomez captaining the side and Dominic Solanke also playing, with Corey Whelan in action for the Irish Under-21’s and Ben Woodburn, future red Thiago Alcântara and ex-red Nuri Şahin also in international action. 2011 – Andre Wisdom made his debut for England Under-21’s as they thumped Israel 4-1 in a friendly at Oakwell, with Jonjo Shelvey and future reds Steven Caulker and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also in action. Ex-reds reserve Chris Mavinga won his first cap for France at the same level in their 1-0 defeat to Portugal in a friendly in Rio Maior. Meanwhile, Lucas Leiva played for the senior Brazil side as they beat Ghana 1-0 at Craven Cottage. 2013 – Wisdom skippered England Under-21’s as they beat Moldova 1-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Reading. Jordon Ibe scored on his debut for England Under-19’s as they thumped Estonia 6-1 in a friendly in Tallinn, while Krisztián Adorján converted a penalty as Hungary beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 4-1 in a European Championships qualifier. Sheyi Ojo featured for England Under-18’s on the same day, with Suso and future red Alberto Moreno playing for Spain Under-21’s. 2008 – El-Hadji Diouf played his first international since moving to Sunderland as Senegal lost 3-2 to Algeria in a World Cup qualifier in Blida. On the same day, Damien Plessis appeared for France Under-21’s as they thumped Malta 5-0 in Boulogne-sur-Mer while James Milner scored in his third consecutive game for England Under-21’s, converting a penalty while winning his first cap since moving permanently to Aston Villa in their 2-0 European Championships qualifying defeat of Portugal at Wembley. 2004 - Rigobert Song won his first cap as a Galatasaray player, and ninetieth overall, as Cameroon lost a World Cup qualifier 3-2 in Egypt. On the same day, Salif Diao faced future red Momo Sissoko as Mali and Senegal drew 2-2 in another qualifier in Bamako, while future red Kolo Touré played in the Ivory Coast’s 5-0 thumping of Sudan in Abidjan. New job 2011 - Andrew Parkinson started work as the club’s Operations Director. He is the great grandson of pre-First World War forward Jack Parkinson. Other reds games 1970 – Alun Evans equalised as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Manchester United. Brian Kidd headed in the first of his six goals against the reds. 1931 – We beat Aston Villa 2-0 in L4, with Dave Wright bagging a brace. 1925 – West Ham United held us to a goalless draw at home. 1923 – We lost 2-1 at Birmingham City. Moses Lane struck before John Bradford scored one of his fifteen past us. Jimmy Walsh struck our consolation. 1914 – Arthur Metcalf was on target as we drew 1-1 with Notts County at Anfield. Digger’s debut 1981 - Future red John Barnes made his debut for Watford as a substitute in their 1-1 draw with Oldham Athletic at Vicarage Road. Also in international action 1989 – Future red Stig Inge Bjørnebye played for Norway as they held France to a 1-1 draw in a World Cup qualifier in Oslo. On the same day, future red Michael Thomas captained an England Under-21’s side that included David Burrows and future red Paul Ince as they lost a European Championships qualifier in Sweden, with future red Øyvind Leonhardsen also in action at that level. 1993 – Future red Abel Xavier played for Portugal in their 2-0 World Cup qualifying win in Estonia. 1995 – Vladimír Šmicer featured for the Czech Republic Under-21’s as they lost 2-1 to Norway in a European Championships qualifier. 1997 – Future red Alex Manninger played for Austria Under-21’s as they were thumped 4-0 at home by Sweden in a European Championships qualifier. 2021 – Trent Alexander-Arnold, Conor Bradley, Jordan Henderson, Kostas Tsimikas, future red Luis Díaz and ex-reds Joe Allen, Conor Coady and Danny Ward all played for their countries, with Mohamed Salah and ex-red Péter Gulácsi skippering their sides in World Cup qualifiers.
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    30th April

    Goss makes history 1994 - Norwich City’s Jeremy Goss became the last player to score in front of the standing Kop as the Canaries won 1-0. Goss said: “I’ve put that day down as the proudest moment of my footballing career.” The very last person to score was actually Kopite John Garner who took to the field in an odd outfit that incorporated a fez, dodging stewards and coppers to net in front of those left long after the match had ended. For the 97 1989 - We played our first game since Hillsborough, at Celtic in aid of the Hillsborough Disaster Appeal. John Aldridge came off the bench to net a brace, to add to goals from Kenny Dalglish and Ian Rush on an emotional day as the reds won 4-0. Not going to Moscow 2008 - We eventually lost 3-2 after extra time to Chelsea in the second leg of our Champions League Semi-final, having been held to a 1-1 draw in the Anfield meeting. Martin Škrtel had to be taken off injured early on, before Didier Drogba opened the scoring. Fernando Torres equalised to take the tie beyond the allotted three hours, but Frank Lampard then converted a spot-kick, one of his eight strikes past us, after substitute Sami Hyypiä had tripped Michael Ballack. Drogba added another of his eleven goals against the reds before Ryan Babel struck a late 35-yard consolation as we ended the Champions League campaign on 28 goals, the most of any club. This was his seventh goal from off the bench that season, equalling a club record, while John Arne Riise played his 348th and last reds game. Clinching the title 1966 - We clinched our seventh League title as Roger Hunt bagged a brace in our 2-1 defeat of Chelsea at Anfield despite a Bert Murray equaliser after an hour. 1988 - We also played the Blues, with John Barnes equalising with a 30-yard free-kick after Gordon Durie’s penalty at Stamford Bridge, one of his five strikes against the reds, in our first game since we clinched our seventeenth League title. Peter Beardsley had a late spot-kick saved that would have handed us victory. 1983 - We claimed our fourteenth championship with three games to play, despite Steve Archibald bagging two of his six goals past us in our 2-0 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur, as our closest rivals Manchester United dropped points at Norwich City meaning that no team could catch us. 1927 - We also faced Spurs in the top flight, with Dick Edmed bagging the only goal of the game at Anfield. Digger the best 1988 - John Barnes was named as Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers’ Association, to add to his PFA award. Alan Hansen finished as runner-up with 96% of the votes going to reds, and Barnes himself claiming two thirds of the nominations. 2000 - Sami Hyypiä and future red Harry Kewell were named in the PFA Team of the Year. Happy birthdays 1931 – Left-winger Mervyn Jones was born in Bangor, one of the smallest players to ever play for the club at just five feet four inches. He signed from Bangor City in November 1951, moving on to Southampton in July 1953 after just five reds outings. 1991 – Former Icelandic reserves midfielder Victor Pálsson was born in Reykjavik. He joined the reds from AGF Århus in January 2009 but failed to make the first team, joining Hibernian two years later after a loan spell with Dagenham & Redbridge. Storming back to the top flight 1962 - Roger Hunt and Alan A’Court both struck in our 2-1 win over Charlton Athletic, bringing us to 68 League goals at Anfield for the season, a club record. We were presented with the Second Division title that day. Double century for Ginger 2005 - John Arne Riise played his 200th reds game as Steven Gerrard equalised with a 35-yard thunderbolt past future reds stopper Brad Jones in a 1-1 League draw with Middlesbrough at Anfield. Szilárd Németh had given the visitors an early lead. For the Saint 1973 - A testimonial match for Ian St. John was staged as the reds beat Chelsea 4-2 at Anfield, with the Saint grabbing a brace and Brian Hall and Roger Hunt also netting. 1924 - We played in another testimonial, drawing 1-1 at Aberdeen in a game staged for the Dons’ Scottish international defender John Hutton. 1951 - Our other such game on this day saw Billy Liddell strike in a 1-1 draw at Brighton & Hove Albion, in a game in aid of Harry Baldwin, Jack Ball and Jack Dugnolle. Most recent win 1986 - Our most recent first-class victory on this day was a 2-0 League win at Leicester City. Goals from Ian Rush and Ronnie Whelan kept us on course for the double. Double farewell 1909 – Winger Jack Cox played his 361st and final reds game as we won 1-0 at Newcastle United, with centre-half Alex Raisbeck appearing for the 341st and last time. This result was enough to keep us in the top flight, thanks to a goal from ex-Toon inside-left ‘Wee’ Ronald Orr. He had bagged eighty goals since signing from Blackpool for £150 in December 1897, helping us to two League titles and the Second Division championship before returning to Bloomfield Road as Player/Manager that May. Ins and outs 2018 – The club announced that Assistant Manager Željko Buvač was to take a leave of absence for the rest of the season, with his departure later made permanent. 1906 – Full-back Percy Saul signed from Plymouth Argyle, netting twice in 83 reds games, moving on to Coventry City in July 1909. 1898 - Centre-half Alex Raisbeck signed from Hibernian for £350. He played 341 times in eleven years, netting nineteen times and becoming our first skipper to lift the League title in 1901. He won a further League title five years later, as well as a Second Division championship, returning to the club in 1939 as a scout until his death ten years later. 1897 – Inside-forward Willie Michael returned to Heart Of Midlothian. He had joined the reds from Tynecastle in May 1896, scoring five times in 23 reds games. 1894 – Keeper Billy McOwen left the reds to sign as an amateur for Blackpool, as well as returning to his dentistry career, after eleven clean sheets in 27 appearances since arriving from Darwen in July 1892, helping us to claim the Second Division title. Glory for the kids 1996 - We took a step towards winning the FA Youth Cup for the first of three times to date. We won 2-0 at West Ham United, going on to win the return leg 2-1 at Anfield. Jamie Carragher and Michael Owen were both in the victorious side. Shanks at Wembley 1938 - Bill Shankly won an FA Cup winner’s medal as Preston North End beat Huddersfield Town 1-0 at Wembley thanks to a penalty in the last minute of extra time, making up for their defeat the year before. This was the first Final to be televised in its entirety. International debuts 2003 - Future reds midfielder Xabi Alonso made his senior international debut as Spain beat Ecuador 4-0 in a friendly in Madrid. Fellow future red Fernando Morientes grabbed a treble, taking him onto twenty senior international goals, after just 28 caps. 1997 - Bolo Zenden won his first cap for the Netherlands as they thumped San Marino 6-0 in a World Cup qualifier. Other reds games 1977 – We beat Ipswich Town 2-1 at Anfield. Ray Kennedy and Kevin Keegan scored after the break, before future red John Wark netted the first of his four goals against the reds from the spot. 1960 – We defeated Sunderland 3-0 in L4 to finish our Second Division campaign in third. Dave Hickson, Roger Hunt and Jimmy Melia all scored. 1955 – Birmingham City held us to a 2-2 draw at home in the Second Division. Billy Liddell struck twice, including one from the spot as Gordon Astall netted for the Blues with Eddie Brown nabbing the last of his four against us. 1949 – Jack Balmer and Albert Stubbins struck late on as we won 2-0 at Burnley. 1938 – We lost 1-0 at Arsenal. 1932 – Gordon Hodgson bagged a brace as we won 2-1 at Derby County. 1921 – Bolton Wanderers won 3-2 at Anfield despite taking a two-goal lead through Dick Johnson and Billy Lacey. Joe Smith struck two of his twelve goals past us, with David Jack netting the first of his nine. 1910 – Ronald Orr and Jack Parkinson were on target as we beat Aston Villa 2-0 in L4 to finish the season in second place behind the visitors. Keeper Sam Hardy suffered a wrist injury in the first half, so captain Arthur Goddard had to take his place between the sticks. Managerial ins and outs 2007 - Sammy Lee was named as Manager of Bolton Wanderers following the departure of Sam Allardyce. He was only given fourteen games in charge, of which they lost just four, before leaving the club by mutual consent that October. On the same day, Mark Wright was sacked as Chester City boss after fourteen months in charge of the League Two outfit following a poor run of form, with just one game of the season remaining. 2014 – Ex-reserves defender Phil Brazier left as Manager of Northern Premier League side Marine by mutual consent. 1982 - Roy Hodgson was sacked as Manager of Bristol City. He had originally joined as Bobby Houghton’s Assistant, but only lasted four months in the top job. Half a century for Gary Mac 1997 - Future red Gary McAllister won his fiftieth cap, captaining Scotland in their 2-1 World Cup qualifying win in Sweden. Stig Inge Bjørnebye, Mark Kennedy, Jamie Redknapp, future reds Sami Hyypiä, Paul Ince, Jari Litmanen and Christian Ziege, and ex-reds Ray Houghton and Steve Staunton all also represented their countries in qualifiers that day. Rushie yet again 1985 - Ian Rush scored in his third consecutive international, bagging a brace as Wales beat Spain 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Wrexham. Future red Mark Walters represented England Under-21’s on the same day. Djibril on target 2003 - Future red Djibril Cissé netted in France’s 5-0 friendly defeat of Egypt at the Stade de France. On the same day, Steve Finnan won his 22nd Republic of Ireland cap, and last as a Fulham player, in their 1-0 friendly defeat of Norway at Lansdowne Road. Ex-red Øyvind Leonhardsen and future red Robbie Keane also played. Also on the international scoresheet that day were Milan Baroš and Vladimír Šmicer as the Czech Republic beat Turkey 4-0 in Teplice. Ex-red Jari Litmanen netted in Finland’s 3-0 defeat of Iceland in Helsinki. Meanwhile, Salif Diao, Alou Diarra, El-Hadji Diouf, Sami Hyypiä, Anthony Le Tallec, Florent Sinama-Pongolle, Grégory Vignal, future reds Yossi Benayoun, Charles Itandje, Ragnar Klavan, Andriy Voronin and Bolo Zenden, and ex-red Don Hutchison all also featured for their countries. 2001 – Future reds Le Tallec and Sinama-Pongolle both played as France Under-16’s beat Russia 2-0 in the Quarter-final of the European Championships Finals in York, on their way to reaching the Final. More farewells 1955 – Ex-reds forward Bert Goode died in Wrexham. He struck once in seven reds outings after signing from his hometown club in May 1908, moving on to Wrexham in June 1910. He scored 136 goals in 276 matches in his three spells at Wrexham, including playing in their first ever Football League match in August 1921, and is remembered as one of the greatest strikers in their history. 2011 – Australian keeper Dean Bouzanis left the club by mutual consent. He joined League One side Oldham Athletic seven months later. Player of the year 2008 - On-loan winger Paul Anderson was named Swansea City’s Young Player of the Year after helping them to the League One title. Also in international action 1952 – Billy Liddell played for Scotland as they thumped the USA 6-0 in a friendly at Hampden Park. 1980 – Future red Mark Lawrenson featured in Alan Kelly Senior’s only game as Republic of Ireland boss as they beat Switzerland 2-0 in a friendly at Lansdowne Road. 1991 – Future red David James played as England Under-21’s drew a European Championships qualifier 2-2 in Turkey. 1998 – Future red Milan Baroš featured as the Czech Republic Under-17’s lost a tournament game 2-1 to Sweden in Slovenia. 2002 – Future red Arnaud Bühler played for Switzerland Under-17’s as they beat Portugal 1-0 in a European Championships Finals group game in Denmark. On the same day, future red Carl Medjani captained France Under-17’s as they drew 0-0 with Ukraine in the same competition. 2004 – David Raven featured as England Under-19’s beat Denmark 3-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Slovenia. 2015 – Future red Kamil Grabara played for Poland Under-16’s in their 2-1 friendly defeat in Israel. 2019 – Isaac Mabaya played for England Under-15’s as they lost a friendly 3-0 to the Czech Republic.
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    11th October

    Happy birthday Ronnie 1963 - Ronnie Rosenthal was born in Haifa. The Israeli forward made an instant impact on his arrival on loan in March 1990, with Kenny Dalglish saying, “Ronnie gave us the momentum. It was that which helped us to win the Championship.” He signed from Standard de Liège permanently that June for £1m and scored a total of 22 times in 97 reds games before joining Tottenham Hotspur for £250,000 after four years at Anfield. Lawler’s night 1978 - A testimonial match for full-back Chris Lawler was staged with the reds defeating Swansea City 3-2 at Anfield, thanks to a Kenny Dalglish brace and a strike by Graeme Souness, with Welsh rugby union star Gareth Edwards featuring for the Swans. Managing Director Ian Ayre, then aged just fourteen, took a penalty at half-time, having won a competition. Lawler made 549 appearances in sixteen years at Anfield, scoring 61 times, and helping us to two League titles, the UEFA Cup, FA Cup and FA Charity Shield. A treble for Tosh 1975 - John Toshack scored a hat-trick as we beat Birmingham City 3-1 at Anfield, while Bob Hatton struck the last of his four goals past us. Fifty for Terry 1980 – Terry McDermott’s penalty was his fiftieth reds goal as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Ipswich Town, with Frans Thijssen netting for the visitors. Double debut 1902 - Right-back Don McCallum played the first of his two reds games as we won 2-1 at West Bromwich Albion, with Sam Raybould bagging a brace and keeper Peter Platt also debuting. Mixed fortunes against the Blues 1919 - Chelsea completed the first half of their first ever League double over us, winning 1-0 at Stamford Bridge. Inside-right Tom Bennett played his only official reds game, although he had struck an amazing 77 times in seventy wartime games. 1947 - More happily, Albert Stubbins, Bob Priday and Billy Liddell struck as we won 3-0 at Anfield in another First Division meeting. Aldo for Ireland 1995 - Ex-red John Aldridge struck his final two goals for the Republic of Ireland, including a penalty, as they beat Latvia 2-0 in a Euro ’96 qualifier at Lansdowne Road. That took his tally to eight goals in four games against the men from the Baltic. Jason McAteer won his first cap as a reds player, with Phil Babb, Mark Kennedy and ex-red Steve Staunton also playing. Steve McManaman, Jamie Redknapp, ex-red Ronnie Rosenthal and future reds Nick Barmby, Stéphane Henchoz and Øyvind Leonhardsen all also featured in internationals that day, with Roy Hodgson taking charge of Switzerland. 1989 - Aldo won his first cap as a Real Sociedad player in a 3-0 World Cup qualifying defeat of Northern Ireland at the same venue. This was their first ever win over their near neighbours, at the fourth attempt. Ray Houghton and Ronnie Whelan both netted, while Steve Staunton and ex-red Kevin Sheedy also featured. Also in World Cup action that day were Peter Beardsley, Steve McMahon, Steve Nicol and future reds Stig Inge Bjørnebye, István Kozma, Colin Pascoe and Dean Saunders. Internationals on target 2021 – Virgil van Dijk struck while captaining the Netherlands to a 6-0 thumping of Gibraltar in a World Cup qualifier in Rotterdam. Mohamed Salah also captained his country, with ex-red Rhian Brewster dismissed for England Under-21’s. Curtis Jones and ex-reds Joe Allen, Danny Ward, Gini Wijnaldum and Harry Wilson also played for their countries. 2017 – Rhian Brewster netted as England Under-17’s beat Mexico 3-2 in the World Championship Finals in India. Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino both featured as Brazil beat Chile 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier on the same day. Meanwhile, ex-red Luis Suárez bagged a brace as Uruguay beat Bolivia 4-2 in Montevideo. 2016 – Ex-red Luis Suárez netted as Uruguay were held to a 2-2 draw by Colombia in a World Cup qualifier, with Sebastián Coates also playing. Philippe Coutinho, Marko Grujić, Jordan Henderson, Caoimhín Kelleher, Daniel Sturridge, Harry Wilson, future reds Alisson Becker and Diogo Jota and ex-reds Martin Škrtel and Brad Smith all also featured for their countries. 2013 – Daniel Sturridge earned and then converted a penalty as Roy Hodgson’s England beat Montenegro 4-1 in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley, with Steven Gerrard captaining the side and future red James Milner also in action. Martin Škrtel put through his own net and was sent off while leading Slovakia to a 1-0 defeat in Greece. On the same day, ex-red Alberto Aquilani scored for Italy in their 2-2 qualifying draw with Denmark in Copenhagen, who were skippered by Daniel Agger, with ex-red Alexander Kačaniklić and future red Ragnar Klavan also playing for their countries. 2014 – Ex-red Robbie Keane bagged a treble that included a penalty as the Republic of Ireland trounced Gibraltar 7-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Dublin. Also in international action that day were Lloyd Jones, Lazar Marković, future red Naby Keïta and ex-reds Javier Mascherano and Carl Medjani. 1997 - Future red Vladimír Šmicer struck in the Czech Republic’s 3-0 World Cup qualifying win over Slovakia in Prague. Ex-red Dean Saunders and future reds Stéphane Henchoz, Sami Hyypiä and Jari Litmanen all also featured in qualifiers on the same day. Final caps 2010 – Philippe Coutinho won his second and last cap while with Internazionale as Brazil beat Uruguay 2-0 in a friendly in Derby, with Lucas Leiva also in action. 2000 - Igor Bišcan won his eleventh cap, and final one as a Dinamo Zagreb player, in Croatia’s 1-1 draw with Scotland in his home city. Ex-red Don Hutchison also played. Emile Heskey, Sami Hyypiä, ex-reds Øyvind Leonhardsen, Jim Magilton, Jason McAteer, Steve McManaman and future reds Yossi Benayoun, Jerzy Dudek, Steve Finnan, Paul Jones, Robbie Keane and Jari Litmanen all also played in World Cup qualifiers that day. 2003 - Djibril Cissé won his last cap as an Auxerre player, and sixteenth in total, coming off the bench in France’s 3-0 Euro 2004 qualifying defeat of Yossi Benayoun’s Israel at the Stade de France. Meanwhile, ex-red David James started for England for the tenth consecutive game as they held Turkey to a goalless draw in Istanbul. Steven Gerrard and Emile Heskey both also played. Jerzy Dudek, Steve Finnan, Stéphane Henchoz, John Arne Riise, future reds Xabi Alonso, Craig Bellamy, Robbie Keane, Ragnar Klavan and Christian Poulsen, and ex-reds Don Hutchison and Paul Jones all also featured in qualifiers that day. Roy Hodgson took charge of the United Arab Emirates as they drew a friendly 2-2 with Uzbekistan in Dubai. 2003 - Daniel Sjölund won his second and final senior cap as a reds player as Finland beat Canada 3-2 in a friendly in Tampere. 2002 - He turned out for the Under-21’s as they beat Azerbaijan 3-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Vantaa. Management moves 2002 - Jan Mølby was sacked as Manager of basement side Hull City. He had been in charge for just seven months, but had only managed two wins in seventeen games. 2001 – Future reds First Team Coach Kevin Keen took charge as Caretaker Manager of Macclesfield Town, following Manager Gil Prescott’s decision to concentrate on a role as Director of Football. 2004 - Ex-reds coach Christian Damiano was appointed First Team Coach at Southampton. Mixed fortunes against the Trotters We have faced Bolton Wanderers three times on this day in history, winning one, drawing one and losing the other. 1897 - We lost a friendly 4-1 at Burnden Park with Tom Bradshaw on target. 1952 - We returned there, with Kevin Baron and Jimmy Payne netting in a 2-2 top-flight draw, with Nat Lofthouse bagging the last two of his eight goals past us. 1913 - Our other meeting also came in the First Division, with Tom Miller bagging a brace in a 2-1 home victory. Drawing a blank on Tyneside We have twice visited St. James’ Park for First Division fixtures on this day in history, without securing victory or even scoring a goal. 1924 - We shared a goalless draw, with forward Hector Lawson playing his sixteenth and last reds game. 1969 - Newcastle United won 1-0. First caps 2013 – Mamadou Sakho won his first cap as a reds player in France’s 6-0 thumping of Australia in Paris. Future red Xherdan Shaqiri struck as Switzerland won a World Cup qualifier 2-1 in Albania, while Luis Suárez, future reds Ádám Bogdán and Dejan Lovren and ex-reds Álvaro Arbeloa, Craig Bellamy, Dirk Kuyt, Krisztián Németh and Maxi Rodríguez all featured in World Cup qualifiers that day. 2008 – Albert Riera won his first cap as a reds player as Spain won a World Cup qualifier 3-0 in Estonia, with Xabi Alonso and Fernando Torres also featuring. Daniel Agger converted a penalty as Denmark beat Malta 3-0 in Copenhagen, with Yossi Benayoun doing likewise while skippering Israel to a 3-1 victory in Luxembourg. However, ex-red Craig Bellamy had a spot-kick saved as Wales beat Liechtenstein 2-0 in Cardiff under the management of John Toshack. Ex-red Salif Diao won his fortieth and last cap for Senegal as they drew 1-1 with Gambia in Dakar. Also in qualifying action that day were Ryan Babel, Andrea Dossena, Nabil El Zhar, Sami Hyypiä, Dirk Kuyt, Javier Mascherano, Steven Gerrard, future reds Milan Jovanović, Ragnar Klavan, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Alex Manninger, Raul Meireles, Christian Poulsen, Nuri Şahin, Luis Suárez and Kolo Touré and ex-reds Milan Baroš, Alou Diarra, El-Hadji Diouf, Emile Heskey, David James, Jari Litmanen, John Arne Riise, Daniel Sjölund and Rigobert Song. 2019 – Ki-Jana Hoever won his last cap for the Dutch Under-18’s as they beat Belgium 3-2 in a friendly in Oldenzaal. Rhian Brewster, Kamil Grabara, Jordan Henderson, future red Fábio Carvalho and ex-red Raheem Sterling all represented their countries that day. 2015 – Agger also played for Denmark as they lost 2-1 to France in a friendly in Copenhagen, with ex-red Krisztián Németh bagging a brace as Hungary lost a European Championships qualifier 4-3 in Greece. Herbie Kane and future reds Andy Robertson and Mohamed Salah were also in international action that day. 2014 – Andy Robertson won his first cap as a Hull City player in Scotland’s 1-0 defeat of Georgia in a European Championships qualifier at Ibrox. 1997 - Paul Ince skippered England while winning his 34th cap, and first one as a reds player, as they held Italy to a goalless draw in Rome to reach the World Cup Finals. On the same day, Jim Magilton won his first cap as a Sheffield Wednesday player as Northern Ireland lost 1-0 in Portugal. Meanwhile, Ray Houghton won his 71st cap, and first while with Reading, skippering the Republic of Ireland as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Romania in another qualifier at Lansdowne Road. Phil Babb, Mark Kennedy and Jason McAteer all also played. 1995 - Dean Saunders won his fiftieth cap, and first one as a Galatasaray player, as Wales lost 2-1 to Germany in a Euro ’96 qualifier in Cardiff. Future reds Markus Babbel and Christian Ziege both also featured. Meanwhile, Torben Piechnik was winning his first cap as an AGF Århus player, and thirteenth in all, as Denmark drew 1-1 with Spain in Copenhagen. 1989 - István Kozma won his first cap as a Dunfermline Athletic player as Hungary were held to a 2-2 World Cup qualifying draw in Budapest by Spain. Double trebles for young reds 1994 - Future red Patrik Berger bagged a treble while winning his only Czech Republic Under-21’s cap in their 7-0 European Championships qualifying win in Malta. On the same day, Jamie Redknapp also notched a hat-trick as England Under-21’s won 3-1 in Austria in another qualifier. Robbie Fowler and future red Nick Barmby also featured. Flo on target at Clermont-Ferrand 2002 - Florent Sinama-Pongolle scored a penalty, the only goal of France Under-21’s meeting with Slovenia in a European Championships qualifier in Clermont-Ferrand. Alou Diarra and Anthony Le Tallec both also won their third caps. Meanwhile, future red Joe Cole struck his last goal at this level as England won 4-0 in Slovakia, with future red Paul Konchesky also in action. On the same day, Daniel Sjölund and future reds Xabi Alonso, Albert Riera and Fernando Torres also featured in qualifiers at this level. 2003 – Sinama-Pongolle struck again as France beat Israel 2-0 in another qualifier on the same ground, playing alongside Diarra and Le Tallec again. 2005 - Le Tallec scored in his fifth consecutive Under-21’s game as France beat Cyprus 2-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Beauvais. On the same day, Ramon Calliste, Scott Carson, Besian Idrizaj and future reds Raul Meireles, James Milner and Gary O’Neil were also in qualifying action. Also in international action 2006 - Luis García won his eighteenth and final cap as he played against Javier Mascherano, who was playing his final international while with West Ham United. Xabi Alonso, Pepe Reina and future reds Maxi Rodríguez and Fernando Torres all also featured as Spain beat Argentina 2-1 in a friendly in Murcia. Sami Hyypiä and ex-red Jari Litmanen struck the goals as Roy Hodgson’s Finland won a European Championships qualifier 2-0 in Kazakhstan, with Nicolas Anelka notching for France against the Faroe Islands as he won his first cap as a Bolton Wanderers player. Welsh skipper Craig Bellamy was on target as John Toshack’s men beat Cyprus 3-1 in another qualifier in Cardiff. Meanwhile, Daniel Agger broke his right hand during Denmark’s 4-0 victory in Liechtenstein, while Jamie Carragher, Peter Crouch, Steve Finnan, ex-red Milan Baroš and future reds Ryan Babel, Robbie Keane, Ragnar Klavan, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Christian Poulsen, Martin Škrtel and Andriy Voronin all also featured in qualifiers, with Adam Hammill and Craig Lindfield playing for England Under-19’s in Austria, and future red Philipp Degen in friendly action. Meanwhile, Nikolay Mihaylov won his last cap for Bulgaria Under-21’s as a PFC Levski Sofia player as they had two players sent off in their 4-1. 2020 – Ex-red Simon Mignolet faced Trent Alexander-Arnold and skipper Jordan Henderson as England beat Belgium 2-1 in a UEFA Nations League group game at Wembley. Diogo Jota, Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk, Gini Wijnaldum, Neco Williams, Harry Wilson, future red Ozan Kabak and ex-reds Ryan Babel, Péter Gulácsi and Dejan Lovren all also featured in the same competition that day, with ex-reds coach Steve Clarke taking charge of Scotland. Dirk’s last strike 2011 – Dirk Kuyt bagged his last goal for the Netherlands as a reds player in their 3-2 Euro 2012 qualifying defeat in Sweden, with Thiago Alcântara winning his last cap as a Barcelona player as Spain beat Scotland 3-1 in a qualifier in Alicante. Charlie Adam, Alberto Aquilani, Craig Bellamy, Lucas, Luis Suárez, future reds Joe Allen, Ragnar Klavan, Dejan Lovren, Simon Mignolet and Xherdan Shaqiri, and ex-reds Álvaro Arbeloa, Milan Baroš, Alou Diarra, Milan Jovanović, Javier Mascherano, Raul Meireles, Nikolay Mihaylov, Christian Poulsen, John Arne Riise all also featured in internationals that day, with John Toshack taking charge of FYR Macedonia. Youngsters on the mark again 1983 - Future red Paul Walsh scored in his third consecutive England Under-21’s game as they won 2-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Hungary. Steve McMahon won his first cap as an Aston Villa player, while future reds Mark Walters and Mark Wright both also played. 2007 – Future red Jonjo Shelvey netted for England Under-16’s in the Sky Sports Victory Shield as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Northern Ireland at Bloomfield Road. He actually struck in all three games as England claimed the trophy. 2012 – Samed Yeşil converted a penalty for Germany Under-19’s in their 5-0 trouncing of FYR Macedonia in a European Championships qualifier in Luxembourg, with future red Gini Wijnaldum also in action at this level that day. 2018 – Dominic Solanke scored for England Under-21’s as they trounced Andorra 7-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Chesterfield. On the same day, Andy Robertson skippered Scotland as they lost a UEFA Nations League game 2-0 in Israel with Diogo Jota scoring his first goal for Portugal Under-21’s as they trounced Liechtenstein 9-0 in a qualifier in Vaduz. Rafael Camacho debuted for Portugal Under-20’s as they drew 1-1 with Switzerland in the Under 20 Elite League in Rio Maior. Meanwhile, Harry Wilson and ex-reds Joe Allen and Iago Aspas all featured as Spain beat Wales 4-1 in a friendly in Cardiff, with Curtis Jones and Corey Whelan also in international action. Captain Gary Mac Gary McAllister twice captained Scotland to 2-0 victories on this day, while still at Leeds United. 1995 - They beat Sweden in a friendly at the Råsunda Stadion in Solna. 1997 - Latvia lost in a World Cup qualifier at Celtic Park. Other reds games 1986 – Clive Allen bagged the only goal of Tottenham Hotspur’s visit to Anfield. 1958 – We beat Lincoln City 3-2 in a Second Division meeting in L4. Jimmy Harrower opened the scoring before Ron Smillie equalised. Fred Morris bagged a treble before the break, with Bert Linnecor netted the first of his five goals against the reds. 1930 – Sheffield Wednesday won 2-1 at Anfield. Jack Ball struck the first of his four past us before Gordon Hodgson levelled. Mark Hooper then nabbed one of his eight goals against the reds. On the move again 1999 - Bruce Grobbelaar signed for Northwich Victoria on non-contract terms, although he only stayed at the Victoria Stadium for three weeks. 2005 - Former reserves defender Alan Navarro joined Macclesfield Town on a free transfer from Accrington Stanley. He is now with League One outfit Swindon Town. 2010 – Ex-reds reserves custodian Tony Warner rejoined Leeds United on a short-term deal, to play for their reserves. 2012 – Warner moved on again, signing for Maltese side Floriana.
  16. Will

    7th October

    Happy birthday Sami 1973 – Ex-reds centre-half Sami Hyypiä was born in Helsinki. 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 left the club in the summer of 2009 to sign for Bayer 04 Leverkusen on a free transfer, subsequently moving into management. Other reds celebrating 1998 – Trent Alexander-Arnold was born in Liverpool, signing pro terms on his seventeenth birthday. He was at the Academy since the age of six, striking twelve times in 226 senior appearances across his first six seasons as he helped the reds to claim the League title, UEFA Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup, UEFA Super Cup, FA Cup, League Cup and FA Community Shield. 1990 – Uruguayan centre-half Sebastián Coates was born in Montevideo. He signed from Nacional for £7m in August 2011, scoring twice in 24 games before joining Sunderland for £4m in July 2015 after a season there on loan. He played for Uruguay Under-20’s on his nineteenth birthday as they were beaten 3-1 by Brazil in their World Cup Finals Round of Sixteen encounter in Egypt. 1995 – Reserves centre-back Lloyd Jones was born. He signed from his hometown club Plymouth Argyle for £150,000 in June 2011, turning pro in May 2013 after sitting on the bench in our Premiership visit to Fulham earlier that month. He skippered our Under-21’s for more than a season, moving on permanently to Luton Town in January 2018 after a series of loan spells. Didi makes Wembley history 2000 - Dietmar Hamann scored the last ever goal at the old Wembley as Germany beat England 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier. Christian Ziege was winning his first cap as a reds player, with Michael Owen and future red Nick Barmby also playing. Kevin Keegan resigned as England boss that evening. First treble 1893 - James Stott bagged our first ever League hat-trick in our 6-0 Second Division defeat of Middlesbrough Ironopolis, with Duncan McLean scoring his first goal for the club and Hugh McQueen and David Henderson also on target. Harry all smiles 1922 - Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers scored our first ever derby hat-trick in a 5-1 League win at Anfield that also counted for the Lancashire Senior Cup, although his first goal is also sometimes credited as an own goal by keeper Tom Fern. We went behind early on to a Billy Williams strike, but fought back in the second half. Jock McNab and birthday boy Tom Bromilow also struck as we hit the Blues for five for the first time, with the Kop forgetting the opener and adopting a new chant, “One two, one two three, one two three four, five nil”, which is now part of ‘Poor Scouser Tommy’. We went on to claim our third League title that season. 1972 - We hosted another derby fixture when Peter Cormack headed in the only goal of the game. Bill Shankly was presented with the Bell’s Manager of the Month awards for September and the previous April before the match. 1931 – We beat Everton 3-2 in a Lancashire Senior Cup Second Round tie at Goodison, with Bob Done converting a penalty and Gordon Hodgson bagging a brace. Other birthdays 1894 - Left-half Tom Bromilow was born in Liverpool. He signed professional terms 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. 1920 - Centre-half Allenby Chilton was born in South Hylton, County Durham. He signed for the reds as an amateur in summer 1938, before moving to Manchester United that November, without making a senior reds appearance. He won the first of his two England caps on his thirtieth birthday in a 4-1 British International Championships win in Northern Ireland. 1964 - Paul Stewart was born in Manchester. He was one of Graeme Souness’s failed buys, arriving from Tottenham Hotspur for £2.3m in July 1992, scoring three times in 42 uninspiring appearances before leaving for free for Sunderland in March 1996 after a successful loan spell. Most recently 2018 – We were held to a goalless draw at Anfield by champions Manchester City, with Riyad Mahrez blasting a late spot kick over the bar for the visitors. Spurs stalemates We have hosted Tottenham Hotspur twice on this day in history, with both matches ending all square. 2007 - We suffered our thousandth draw in the League with Fernando Torres heading a late equaliser after the visitors had come from behind following Andriy Voronin’s opener. Future red Robbie Keane struck two of his five goals past us. 1969 - The game ended goalless. Debutants 1961 - Alf Arrowsmith made his reds bow in our 2-0 Second Division defeat at Middlesbrough, our first reverse in the twelfth game of this promotion-winning campaign. Centre-half Dick White unfortunately put through his own net twice! 1980 - We also faced Boro when Terry McDermott struck twice, including a penalty, in a 4-2 home win, with Ray Kennedy and Kenny Dalglish also on target. Alan Hansen played his hundredth League game that day, with future red Craig Johnston and Božo Janković on target for the visitors. 1986 - Striker John Durnin made his first-team debut in our 3-2 League Cup win at Fulham, with winger Brian Mooney making his only reds appearance, as a substitute for Jim Beglin. Steve McMahon opened the scoring with Jan Mølby adding a penalty to a Paul Parker own goal. This was Kenny Dalglish’s fiftieth victory as reds boss, in just his 77th game in charge. 1950 - Centre-half Jack Heydon debuted in our goalless top-flight draw with Stoke City at Anfield. 2012 – The Potters held us to another blank stalemate in L4, with Luis Suárez, Raheem Sterling and Martin Škrtel all striking the woodwork. Cally’s triple century 1967 - Ian Callaghan played his 300th reds game as we lost 2-1 at Leicester City in a League meeting, with Ian St. John netting our consolation and Mike Stringfellow nabbing the last two of his five goals for the Foxes against the reds. Thumping the Canaries 1978 – We won 4-1 at Norwich City with Steve Heighway bagging a brace inside the first ten minutes. David Johnson and Jimmy Case struck before John Ryan converted a late penalty for the home side. International beginnings and end 2020 – Curtis Jones and Rhys Williams both debuted for England Under-21’s in their 3-3 European Championships qualifier in Andorra. On the same day, Diogo Jota won his first cap as a red in Portugal’s goalless friendly draw with Spain in Lisbon, while ex-red Emre Can faced future red Ozan Kabak as Germany drew 3-3 with Turkey in Cologne. 2010 – Future red Philippe Coutinho won his first senior cap, playing alongside Lucas as Brazil beat Iran 3-0 in a friendly in Abu Dhabi. 2000 - Ex-red Stig Inge Bjørnebye won his 75th and final international cap as Norway drew a World Cup qualifier 1-1 with Wales in Cardiff. He played alongside a former Anfield clubmate, Øyvind Leonhardsen, who won his 68th cap, while future red Paul Jones was in the Welsh goal. 1992 – They also played in a World Cup qualifier while both were still Rosenborg BK players, as Norway won 2-0 in San Marino. 2016 – Christian Benteke won his first cap as a Crystal Palace player in Belgium’s 4-0 trouncing of Bosnia-Herzegovina in a World Cup qualifier in Brussels. Meanwhile, Ragnar Klavan skippered Estonia in their 4-0 thumping of Gibraltar in another qualifier in Tallinn. Gini Wijnaldum, future reds Xherdan Shaqiri and Virgil van Dijk, and ex-reds Péter Gulácsi and Krisztián Nemeth also featured in qualifiers that day. 2017 - Ryan Babel won his first cap as a Beşiktaş J.K. player as the Netherlands won a World Cup qualifier 3-1 in Belarus with Gini Wijnaldum and future red Virgil van Dijk both also featuring. Future red Naby Keïta skippered Guinea, scoring and also being dismissed as they were beaten 4-1 at home by Tunisia in another qualifier. Sadio Mané and future reds loanee Victor Moses also played in World Cup qualifiers that day, with Ragnar Klavan skippering Estonia and ex-red Péter Gulácsi facing future red Xherdan Shaqiri. 2021 – Liam Millar won his first cap for Canada since joining Basel in their 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw in Mexico. Alisson Becker, Fabinho, Takumi Minamino, ex-reds Rhian Brewster and Luis Suárez, and future reds Luis Díaz and Darwin Núñez all also played for their countries. A pastoral death 2002 - 1940’s reds centre-forward Arthur Shepherd died. His brothers Joe and full-back Bill also both played for the reds at the same time. Arthur never made our first team in peacetime, but did net twelve times in eleven wartime games for us. Last strike 1911 – Centre-half Jimmy Harrop scored his fourth and last reds goal as we lost 2-1 at home to Blackburn Rovers. Walter Aitkenhead netted one of his four goals past us, with Johnny Orr bagging one of his five strikes against the reds. Another rare excursion up front 1899 - Centre-back Alex Raisbeck played his second and final match at centre-forward, as we lost 2-0 at home to Derby County thanks to a Steve Bloomer brace, two of his fourteen goals against us, with forward Abe Foxall playing his only reds game. This was our seventh straight defeat that season, and eighth including the final game of the previous campaign. 1905 - We also entertained the Rams when Jack Cox struck twice in our 4-1 win, with our other goals coming from Arthur Goddard and Robert Robinson. Mixed derby fortunes 1959 - We won the first leg of our Floodlight Challenge Cup 3-0 against the Blues at Goodison Park, thanks to a Roger Hunt brace and goal from Johnny Wheeler. We lost the Anfield return 2-0 three weeks later to claim the trophy for the second of three times. 1939 - Worse occurred when we lost a friendly 4-1 at Anfield with Phil Taylor bagging our consolation. Thumping Anfield wins 1895 - We trounced Crewe Alexandra 6-1 in a Second Division encounter with George Allan, Fred Geary and Jimmy Ross all netting twice each, with these being Geary’s first reds strikes. 1981 - Ian Rush struck his first two reds goals in domestic competition as we beat Third Division Exeter City 5-0 in the first leg of our League Cup Second Round tie, with Kenny Dalglish reaching a century of reds goals and Terry McDermott and Ronnie Whelan also on target. A Croatian legend honoured 2002 - Igor Bišcan played in Zagreb for a Croatia 1998 side as they lost 2-1 to a Rest Of The World XI in Zvonimir Boban’s testimonial. Tennis player Goran Ivanisevic scored for the Croatia team, while Jean-Pierre Papin and Leonardo netted the other goals. Youngsters in action 1997 - Future red Milan Baroš scored on his debut for the Czech Republic Under-16’s as they beat Bavaria 3-0 in a friendly in Tachov. 2005 - Besian Idrizaj made his debut for Austria Under-21’s, appearing in their 2-1 defeat of Scott Carson’s England at Elland Road, with future red James Milner also featuring. Meanwhile, Anthony Le Tallec scored in his fourth consecutive Under-21’s game, grabbing a treble with Florent Sinama-Pongolle also playing in France’s 3-0 win in another qualifier in Switzerland. Ramon Calliste was also in international action that day. 2010 – Danny Wilson played as Scotland Under-21’s lost the first leg of their European Championships Play-off 2-1 in Iceland. Meanwhile, Lucas featured as the senior Brazil side beat Iran 3-0 in a friendly in Abu Dhabi, with Péter Gulácsi also in international action. 2015 – Trent Alexander-Arnold played for England Under-17’s in their 8-0 friendly thumping of DR Congo in Burton, with future red Marko Grujić featuring for Serbia Under-21’s as they thumped Andorra 5-0 in a European Championships qualifying win in Novi Sad and future red Javier Manquillo also playing at this level. Other internationals on target 2016 - Trent Alexander-Arnold scored his first two goals for England Under-19's, with one coming from the spot in their 3-2 friendly win in Croatia. On the same day, Ovie Ejaria and future red Dominic Solanke both debuted for England Under-20’s as they beat Germany 3-1 in a friendly in Huddersfield, with Marko Grujić also in international action. 2011 – Luis Suárez netted while reaching half a century of caps in Uruguay’s 4-2 World Cup qualifying defeat of Bolivia in Montevideo, with ex-red Raul Meireles also reaching that milestone in Portugal’s 5-3 defeat of Iceland in Porto. Ex-red Xabi Alonso struck as Spain won a Euro 2012 qualifier 2-0 in the Czech Republic, while Adam Morgan was on target for England Under-19’s in their 1-0 defeat of Portugal in the Limoges Tournament. Djibril Cissé won his first cap as a Lazio player, with Christian Poulsen playing his first game for Denmark since joining Évian Thonon Gaillard. Alberto Aquilani, Craig Bellamy, Conor Coady, Stewart Downing, Dirk Kuyt, Jack Robinson, Martin Škrtel and ex-reds Álvaro Arbeloa, Milan Baroš, Milan Jovanović, Robbie Keane, Chris Mavinga, Nikolay Mihaylov, Fernando Torres and future reds Joe Allen, Ragnar Klavan, Dejan Lovren, Simon Mignolet and Xherdan Shaqiri were all also in international action, with John Toshack taking charge of FYR Macedonia. 1995 - Future red Patrik Berger netted as the Czech Republic won a European Championships qualifier in Belarus 2-0. 2000 - Ex-red Don Hutchison struck as Scotland won a World Cup qualifier 2-0 in San Marino. Also in international action were Stéphane Henchoz, Sami Hyypiä, future reds Nicolas Anelka, Yossi Benayoun, Jerzy Dudek, Steve Finnan, Robbie Keane and Jari Litmanen, and ex-reds Jim Magilton and Jason McAteer. 2008 – Future red Christian Benteke scored from the spot as Belgium Under-19’s won a friendly 5-0 in Estonia. 2006 - Ex-red Milan Baroš grabbed a brace as the Czech Republic thumped San Marino 7-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Liberec. On the same day, Steve Finnan and future red Robbie Keane played for Steve Staunton’s Republic of Ireland, with Daniel Agger, Luis García, Sami Hyypiä, Dirk Kuyt, John Arne Riise, future reds Ryan Babel, Yossi Benayoun, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Fernando Torres and Andriy Voronin and ex-red Jari Litmanen also featuring in qualifiers, with ex-red Rigobert Song also in international action and Roy Hodgson taking charge of Finland. Bells in charge 2006 - Craig Bellamy captained Wales for the first time, with ex-red Paul Jones winning his fiftieth cap as John Toshack’s Wales were trounced 5-1 by Slovakia in Cardiff. Gareth Bale became Wales’ youngest ever senior goalscorer, aged just seventeen years and 83 days. On the same day, the record attendance for a home England international away from Wembley Stadium was set as 72,062 saw England held to a goalless draw by FYR Macedonia in another qualifier at Old Trafford. Peter Crouch, Steven Gerrard and future red Stewart Downing all played. Also in international action that day were Adam Hammill, Craig Lindfield, ex-red El-Hadji Diouf and future reds Lucas Leiva, Nikolay Mihaylov and Christian Poulsen. Recent reds milestones 2007 - Jamie Carragher’s restaurant Café Sports England on Stanley Street in Liverpool opened. Guests at the VIP opening night included Daniel Agger, Xabi Alonso, Steven Gerrard and ex-reds Kenny Dalglish, Alan Hansen, Michael Owen and Phil Thompson. Unfortunately, the business went bust in October 2013. 2011 - Martin Škrtel became a father to Matteo. Other reds games 1975 – Jimmy Case scored as Burnley held us to a 1-1 draw with Burnley in a League Cup Third Round tie at Anfield, although we lost the second leg at Turf Moor. 1964 – We beat Sheffield United 3-1 in L4. Roger Hunt struck either side of the first of Alan Burchenall’s four goals against the reds before the break. Hunt netted again in the second half, with Bobby Graham also on the scoresheet. 1933 – Chelsea lost 3-0 at Anfield with Dave Wright, Gordon Hodgson and Sam English all on the scoresheet. On the move 2009 - Steve Staunton took over as Manager of Darlington. He was sacked in March 2010 with the Quakers at the bottom of the League and facing relegation to the Conference. He had won just four of his 23 League matches in charge. 2008 - Joe Allen joined Wrexham on loan from Swansea City, netting once in just two outings for the Dragons. 1898 – Inside-forward Frank Becton moved on to Sheffield United. The England international had signed from his hometown club Preston North End for £200 in March 1895, notching 42 times in 86 reds games.
  17. Will

    31st January

    Transfer deadline day drama 2011 – We broke our record transfer twice in the same day, first when Luis Suárez arrived from Ajax for a fee of £22.8m. We then signed Andy Carroll for a British record £35m, with Fernando Torres then joining Chelsea for £50m, another British record. On the same day, left-back Paul Konchesky joined Nottingham Forest on loan while young midfielder Conor Thomas arrived from Coventry City on a temporary basis, although the move was not made permanent. Meanwhile, El-Hadji Diouf joined Rangers on loan from Blackburn Rovers and Daniel Sturridge joined Bolton Wanderers from Chelsea until the end of the season. 1923 – Scottish centre-half David Pratt signed from Bradford City. He played 84 times for the reds, scoring just once and being known for his long throw-ins. He left Anfield to sign for Bury in November 1927. In steps Royston 1994 - Roy Evans took over as Manager, after almost thirty years at Anfield. He remained in charge for nearly five years, leading us to a Coca-Cola Cup win in 1995, and the FA Cup Final a year later, although he struggled to deliver a consistent Championship challenge. In comes Al 2007 - Álvaro Arbeloa signed from Real Club Deportivo de La Coruña for £2.64m. He struck twice in 98 senior outings, playing right across the back four and impressing with his solid performances before moving to Real Madrid for £3.5m in July 2009. On the same day, young Spanish midfielder Francis Durán signed from Málaga for a compensation fee, while Uruguayan centre-back Ronald Huth arrived from Tacuary. Neither made the break-through at Anfield and have since moved on. Goalscoring feats 1976 - John Toshack bagged a genuine hat-trick of right-foot and left-foot shots and then a header as we thumped West Ham United 4-0 at Upton Park. Kevin Keegan netted our other goal late on. 2015 – We beat the Hammers 2-0 at Anfield, thanks to second-half strikes by Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge. 1959 - Terry Bleasdale scored an amazing eighteen goals as Liverpool Youth beat Pilkington Amateurs 19-0 in the Liverpool County F.A. Minor Cup 1st Round at Melwood. Tons up 2017 – Centre-half Dejan Lovren reached a century of reds games as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Chelsea, with Simon Mignolet saving a Diego Costa penalty. David Luiz gave the visitors the lead with an opportunistic free-kick, with Gini Wijnaldum heading in after the break. 1920 – Right-back Ephraim Longworth played his 200th reds game as we won an FA Cup Second Round tie 2-0 at Luton Town thanks to a brace from Billy Lacey. Gini’s last 2021 – Gini Wijnaldum bagged his 22nd and last goal for the club as we won 3-1 behind closed doors at West Ham United, after Mohamed Salah had nabbed a brace. Red villains We have twice won 2-0 at Aston Villa on this day over the years. 1988 - The first occasion was in a live televised Fourth Round FA Cup tie on our way to the Final when John Barnes and Peter Beardsley scored, with Bruce Grobbelaar recalled in goal following an injury that had seen Mike Hooper fill in for the previous four fixtures, as we secured a club record ninth consecutive clean sheet. 1996 - Stan Collymore and Robbie Fowler gave us a Premiership victory in a game postponed from Boxing Day. Deaths galore 1995 - Former Chairman Sir John Smith died of cancer in Gayton. He had overseen eleven League titles and four European Cups amongst our many honours during his seventeen years in charge of the club. 1965 – Full-back Percy Saul died. He signed from Plymouth Argyle in April 1906, netting twice in 83 reds games, moving on to Coventry City in July 1909. 1961 – Right-back General Stevenson passed on. He joined the reds from Padham in December 1897, playing 22 times without scoring before joining Barnsley in June 1900. No change of ownership 2007 - DIC abandoned their proposed £450m takeover of the club, after David Moores decided to reconsider his options in the light of a revised bid from George Gillett. Craig’s farewell 2012 - Craig Bellamy bagged his eighteenth and final reds goal after Andy Carroll had given us the lead at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Dirk Kuyt then scored his fiftieth Premiership goal, our 500th League goal under Kenny Dalglish’s management to complete a 3-0 victory. On the same day, midfielder João Teixeira signed from Sporting Clube de Portugal for £830,000. He netted once in eight senior outings before moving on to Porto in July 2016. Derby stalemate 2004 - A very entertaining Anfield derby somehow ended goalless with Jerzy Dudek and especially Nigel Martyn pulling off a string of fine stops. Clem’s League start 1970 - Ray Clemence made the first of his 470 League appearances for the reds as we lost 1-0 at Nottingham Forest. Off on loan 2006 - Florent Sinama-Pongolle joined Blackburn Rovers on loan, bagging just one goal in ten outings. He had only netted nine times in 66 reds games, although two thirds of these appearances came from off the bench. On the same day, reserves defender David Raven moved to Tranmere Rovers until the end of the season, after having only made four senior appearances for the reds. 2013 - Dani Pacheco joined S.D. Huesca on loan, netting five times in nineteen games. On the same day, ex-reds midfielder Alou Diarra joined Stade Rennais from West Ham United on a temporary basis, playing twelve times. 2014 – Reserves forward Michael Ngoo moved to Walsall on loan, netting once in fourteen outings. 2017 – Forward Jack Dunn joined Tranmere Rovers on loan, while ex-reds winger Sergi Canós left Norwich City to sign for Brentford and forward Jerome Sinclair joined Birmingham City on loan from Watford. On the same day, ex-reds forward Nabil El Zhar signed for Club Deportivo Leganés, for whom he scored eight goals in 82 games. 2019 – Canadian forward Liam Millar joined Kilmarnock on loan for the first time, netting once in fourteen outings. On the same day, midfielder Matty Virtue was sold to Blackpool, nabbing three goals in thirteen games before the end of the season. Ex-red Peter Crouch joined Burnley from Stoke City in a swap deal with Sam Vokes, failing to score in six appearances before retiring in the summer. Meanwhile, forward Jerome Sinclair joined Oxford United on loan from Watford, midfielder Jordan Rossiter made a temporary switch from Bury to Rangers, while centre-half Lloyd Jones re-joined Plymouth Argyle on loan from Luton Town. 2005 - Craig Bellamy joined Celtic from Newcastle United on a temporary basis, after 43 goals in 128 outings for the Geordies. He struck nine goals in fifteen games for the Bhoys, helping them to claim the Scottish FA Cup. On the same day, Jermaine Pennant joined Birmingham City on loan from Arsenal. He played twelve times in this spell before signing permanently the following July. 1997 - Lee Jones joined Wrexham for a third loan spell, making six first-team appearances this time around. Out-foxed 1981 - Leicester City won 2-1 at Anfield, becoming the first side to complete a League double over us for six seasons, with our score coming from an Alan Young own goal. This was our first home defeat for three years, after 85 games without being beaten. A good cup day We have won all five of our FA Cup ties on this day over the years, conceding just once. 1990 - The most recent game saw us beat Norwich City 3-1 in a Fourth Round replay at Anfield. Steve Nicol and John Barnes scored, with Peter Beardsley adding a penalty. We made it as far as the Semi-final that season before losing out to Crystal Palace. Up against ten 1993 - Nigel Winterburn was sent off for Arsenal as we won 1-0 at Highbury, the first dismissal for an opposing team against us in the newly renamed Premier League. John Barnes converted a penalty, while David James saved a Paul Merson spot-kick. On our way to Wembley 1914 - We defeated non-League Gillingham 2-0 at Anfield, with centre-half Bob Ferguson bagging his second and final reds goal. Billy Lacey also struck as we reached the FA Cup Third Round. We made it to the Final for the first time that year, but sadly lost out to Burnley. Joe born 1934 – Winger Joe Dickson was born in Liverpool. He bagged four goals in six reds games after signing pro terms in June 1952. Award winners 2000 - Tranmere Rovers boss John Aldridge was named the Liverpool Echo’s Sports Personality Of The Year. 2002 - El-Hadji Diouf was named BBC African Player Of The Year, voted for by visitors to BBC Sport Online and listeners to the World Service’s Fast Track programme. Other moves 1929 - Centre-forward Tommy Reid left Anfield for Manchester United after thirty goals in 55 reds games. He had signed from Clydebank for £1,000 in April 1926. 2013 – Second choice keeper Alexander Doni joined Botafogo on a free transfer, having not even made it to the bench that season after four first-team outings and 46 stints as an unused substitute in the previous campaign, having arrived on a free transfer from Roma in July 2011. He had to retire seven months later due to heart problems. On the same day, winger Victor Moses joined Wigan Athletic from Crystal Palace for £2.5m after the Eagles went into administration. He had struck eleven times in 69 games in south London. Also on the move that day was Stephen Warnock, who left Aston Villa for Leeds United on a free transfer after four goals in 104 matches for the Villains. Meanwhile, Mario Balotelli joined AC Milan from Manchester City for an initial £19m after thirty goals in eighty games for the Sky Blues. 2006 - Danny Murphy joined Tottenham Hotspur from Charlton Athletic for a fee of up to £2m, having struck ten times in 64 games for the Addicks. On the same day, former reserves forward Steven Gillespie left Bristol City for Cheltenham Town on a free transfer, after two previous loan spells with the Gloucestershire outfit. He had netted just once in seventeen run-outs for City. 2007 - David Thompson joined Bolton Wanderers from Portsmouth for an undisclosed fee. He had played just fifteen times for Pompey since arriving the previous July, but made just eight appearances for the Trotters before being released at the end of the season. 2008 - Jari Litmanen joined Fulham on transfer deadline day, but failed to make a first-team appearance for them. Lee Peltier joined Yeovil Town permanently, after a successful loan spell, while Besian Idrizaj joined Wacker Innsbruck on loan. Paul Dalglish signed for Hibernian from Livingston, with keeper Tony Warner moving to Barnsley on loan from Fulham. 2012 - Djibril Cissé joined Queens Park Rangers from S.S. Lazio for £4m, after five goals in 27 outings. On the same day, reserves keeper Martin Hansen left Anfield for Viborg on a free transfer. Meanwhile, Sotirios Kyrgiakos joined Sunderland on loan from VfL Wolfsburg. 2014 – Centre-half Jack Hobbs signed for Nottingham Forest from Hull City after a successful loan spell. Ex-reserves defender Gareth Roberts signed for Notts County having been released by Bury two weeks before. Tom Ince joined Crystal Palace on loan from Hull City, netting once in eight outings. 2018 – Centre-half Lloyd Jones left the club to sign for Luton Town, with midfielder Ovie Ejaria joining Sunderland on loan. 2020 - Lloyd Jones was on the move from the Hatters again, this time to Northampton Town on a temporary basis. On the same day, Emre Can joined Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund on loan from Juventus, making the move permanent for €25m the following month. Meanwhile, ex-red Lee Peltier joined West Bromwich Albion from Cardiff City after 163 games for the Bluebirds. International bows 2000 - AS Monaco’s John Arne Riise made his international debut as he played in Norway’s goalless Nordic Cup draw in Iceland. Rigobert Song played in the Africa Cup of Nations Finals on the same day as Cameroon lost a group game 1-0 to Togo in Ghana. 2017 – Future red Ki-Jana Hoever won his first cap for the Dutch Under-15’s in their 5-1 friendly defeat of the Republic of Ireland. 1998 – Future red Titi Camara played for Guinea as they lost a friendly 4-1 in Tunisia. 2002 – Future reds Salif Diao and El-Hadji Diouf both featured in Senegal’s goalless Africa Cup of Nations group encounter with Tunisia in Mali. 2006 – Ex-red Diouf played in a 2-1 defeat by Nigeria in another group game in Egypt. Former strikers break out their passports 2005 - Nicolas Anelka joined Fenerbahçe Spor Kulübü from Manchester City for £7m. He struck fourteen times in 39 games for them before returning to England to join Bolton Wanderers in August 2006. Also on the move was ex-red Titi Camara who joined Ligue 2 side Amiens after two years in the Middle East. He bagged six goals in thirteen League games in his first season back in France. Wright in the wrong 2006 - Mark Wright was sacked as Manager of Peterborough United for gross misconduct, after failing to appear before the board. It is alleged that he made a racist comment to one of his staff, although he always denied the charge. Other reds games 2001 – We drew 1-1 at Manchester City’s Maine Road with Emile Heskey bagging our goal. 1998 – Blackburn Rovers held us to a goalless draw at Anfield. 1959 – We beat Charlton Athletic 3-2 at The Valley as we fell behind to a John Hewie strike and Ronnie Moran own goal before Geoff Twentyman missed a penalty for the reds. Twentyman pulled a goal back, with Fred Morris and Jimmy Melia scoring in the second half to secure the Second Division points. 1948 – We lost 3-0 to Portsmouth in L4, with Guy Wharton on target before Duggie Reid netted two of his six goals past the reds. 1931 – We drew 2-2 at Chelsea, with Gordon Gunson and Gordon Hodgson scoring. Future reds wartime guest George Mills bagged the first of his four goals against us, with Jackie Crawford also on target for the Blues. 1925 – Archie Rawlings netted the only goal of our FA Cup Second Round tie at Bristol City’s Ashton Gate. Youngsters in action 2009 – Emiliano Insúa skippered Argentina as they drew 1-1 with Ronald Huth’s Paraguay in the final phase of the Sudamericano Sub-20 “Juventud de América” tournament in Venezuela, with both players being cautioned. 1989 – Future reds Stig Inge Bjørnebye and Øyvind Leonhardsen both played for Norway Under-20’s as they held host nation Portugal to a goalless draw in a tournament game in Lisbon.
  18. 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. 1988 – Vitor Matos was born in Vila Nova de Gaia in Portugal. He joined the reds as Elite Development Coach in October 2019. 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 as keeper Bill Perkins played his 117th and last reds game, while forward Sam Raybould appeared for the hundredth time. 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 Kyiv. 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. 2021 – Xherdan Shaqiri struck the only goal of Switzerland’s World Cup qualifier against Lithuania in St. Gallen. Thiago Alcântara, Curtis Jones, Andy Robertson, future red Ibrahima Konaté and ex-reds Rhian Brewster, Emre Can, Raheem Sterling also played for their countries that day, with Steve Clarke taking charge of Scotland. 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.
  19. Will

    23rd April

    Clinching the title 1988 - We secured our seventeenth League title with four more games remaining, as a curling Peter Beardsley strike was enough to defeat Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield. This was our ninth championship in the space of thirteen years. 1983 – We edged closer to the championship despite losing 2-0 at home to Norwich City, as they became the first side to take all six points off us after the introduction of three points for a win. Mark Lawrenson put through his own net before Martin O’Neill doubled the visitors’ lead from distance. Bob Paisley had received his 21st Bell’s managerial award prior to kick-off. Robbie signs on 1992 - Robbie Fowler signed as a professional. The ‘Toxteth terror’ went on to bag 171 goals in 330 reds games in his first spell with the club, gaining UEFA Cup, FA Cup and two League Cup winners’ medals during his reds career, and struck a further twelve times in 39 games second time around to become our fifth top all-time goalscorer, before moving on to Cardiff City in July 2007. 2019 – He was appointed Head Coach of Brisbane Roar, leading them to eleven wins in 24 games before stepping down during the COVID-19 pandemic. Stevie honoured 2006 - Steven Gerrard was named PFA Player of the Year after a successful season that culminated in FA Cup glory and included a total of 23 goals in 53 games for the club. He was also named in the Team of the Year for the fourth of eight times, a record in the Premier League era, alongside Jamie Carragher. Meanwhile, we learnt that our opponents in the FA Cup Final would be West Ham United, who saw off Middlesbrough at Villa Park. Maxi’s treble 2011 – Maxi Rodríguez bagged a treble as we thumped Birmingham City 5-0 at Anfield, with Dirk Kuyt netting for the seventh time in nine games and Joe Cole adding a late fifth. 1927 – We lost a top-flight fixture 3-0 at Birmingham City, with George Briggs netting one of his ten goals against the reds, John Bradford scoring one of his fifteen and Benny Bond also on target. Happy birthday Bobby 1937 - Wing-half Bobby Campbell was born in Liverpool. He struck twice in 25 first-team appearances for the reds after signing on as a professional in May 1954, before joining Portsmouth in 1961. He later had a successful managerial career with Fulham, Portsmouth and Chelsea. Inching towards Wembley 1977 - We drew 2-2 with Everton in our FA Cup Semi-final encounter at Maine Road, with Terry McDermott and Jimmy Case twice putting us in front, before levellers from Duncan McKenzie and Bruce Rioch. Terry Mac’s goal was later named as the BBC’s Goal of the Season, while Evertonians still protest over Clive Thomas disallowing Bryan Hamilton’s last-gasp ‘winner’. We won the replay at the same venue four days later, although we lost the Final at Wembley to Manchester United. Inching towards the title 1973 – Our 2-0 Anfield defeat of Leeds United on Easter Monday combined with Arsenal dropping a point at Southampton meant that only a series of freak results could prevent the reds from claiming the title with just one of our League games remaining, although other sides had games in hand. Peter Lorimer missed an open goal in the first half, but Peter Cormack and Kevin Keegan netted after the break. The Leeds players lined up at full time to applaud Shankly’s side from the pitch. Mixed fortunes against Palace 1991 - We beat Crystal Palace 3-0 at Anfield. Ian Rush scored his 300th competitive club goal in 532 games for Chester, Juventus and Liverpool, while John Barnes also struck before a late own goal from Eddie McGoldrick. 2005 - John Welsh played his tenth and final reds game as we suffered yet another away League defeat, 1-0 at Selhurst Park, courtesy of an Andy Johnson strike. 2017 - Crystal Palace won at Anfield for the third consecutive season, despite Phillipe Coutinho giving us the lead. Ex-red Christian Benteke bagged a brace, the most recent of his seven goals past us to date. Brothers in arms 1938 - Our home League game with Bolton Wanderers brought the unusual sight of the two teams being captained by brothers - the reds by forward Alf Hanson, and Bolton by goalkeeper Stan. Jack Balmer and Phil Taylor netted as we won 2-1. 1921 - We faced the Trotters in another top-flight match, losing 1-0 at Burnden Park with Joe Smith bagging one of his twelve goals past us. This game also counted towards the Lancashire Senior Cup, with outside-left Albert Pearson playing his 51st and last reds game. 2008 - Reserves defender Alex Watson’s more famous brother Dave, who also featured for our second string, joined Wigan Athletic as Youth Team Coach, remaining in this role until moving to Newcastle United’s Academy in November 2011. Start and ends 1932 - Inside-left Syd Roberts made his reds bow as Portsmouth beat us 3-1 at Anfield. Roberts went on to bag thirteen goals in 62 reds games. Daniel McRorie netted our goal, while wing-half Alastair Henderson played his fifth and final game for us. Jack Weddle struck two of his five goals past us, with Fred Worrall scoring the first of his four against the reds. 1904 – Half-back John ‘Geezer’ Hughes played his 32nd and last reds game as we won 3-2 at Blackburn Rovers, with keeper Peter Platt appearing for the 44th and final time. Sam Raybould, Jack Cox and Arthur Goddard bagged our goals. Jack Dewhurst nabbed the last of his five goals against the reds, with Bob Crompton also netting. Centre-halves incoming 1969 – Larry Lloyd joined from hometown club Bristol Rovers for a fee of £50,000. He is one of a rare breed to leave Anfield in his prime, and go on to better things – helping Nottingham Forest to two European Cups, one League title, League Cup and FA Charity Shield. He had won League and UEFA Cup medals, appearing 218 times and notching five times. He was sold to Coventry City for £240,000 in August 1974. 1912 - Centre-half Walter Wadsworth signed from Ormskirk as an amateur. He went on to net eight times in 242 reds games, being joined by his brother, outside-right Harold, after the First World War. Together they helped us to back-to-back League titles in the early 1920’s. Walter joined Bristol City in May 1926 when aged 36, but skippered them to the Third Division South title. Potters fired twice We have twice beaten Stoke City in League matches on this day over the years. 1962 - We won 2-1 at Anfield in our promotion season, thanks to a Ronnie Moran penalty and a late Jimmy Melia winner. That night, the match takings of around £4,000 were stolen in a burglary at Anfield, although the club’s allocation of FA Cup Final tickets were left behind! 1980 - We met at the Victoria Ground in a First Division fixture postponed from New Year’s Day, with the two David’s, Johnson and Fairclough, handing us a 2-0 win. Held by the Geordies We have twice drawn with Newcastle United in top-flight encounters at Anfield. 2016 – Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana struck inside half an hour, but we were pegged back after the break by Papiss Cissé and Jack Colback to draw 2-2 with Rafael Benítez’s side. 1949 - Bobby Mitchell grabbed the first of his eight goals past us in this top-flight meeting. Kevin Baron scored for the reds. Boro twice We have also played Middlesbrough twice on this day over the years. 1910 - We drew 2-2 in the top flight at Ayresome Park, with our goals coming from Jack Parkinson and Arthur Goddard. George Elliott netted the first of his eight goals against us, with Tim Williamson also on target. 1955 - Tony Rowley and Billy Liddell struck as we won 2-1 in the Second Division at the same venue with full-back Frank Lock playing his 42nd and final reds game. International bows 1996 - Future red Harry Kewell made his senior international debut as Australia lost a friendly 3-0 in Chile. 2000 – Stade Rennais’ El-Hadji Diouf won his first senior cap as Senegal beat Benin 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Dakar on their way to the Finals in the Far East. Rigobert Song appeared for Cameroon on the same day as they beat Somalia 3-0 in a qualifier in Yaoundé. Les gems on target 2011 – Future red Florent Sinama-Pongolle bagged a brace, with Anthony Le Tallec also on target as France Under-16’s beat Scotland 3-0 in a European Championships Finals group game in Barnsley. Other reds games 1994 – We won 2-1 at West Ham United despite Martin Allen giving the Hammers a first-minute lead. Robbie Fowler equalised with Ian Rush bagging a late winner. 1966 – We lost 2-0 at Burnley with Willie Irvine heading in before Ralph Coates nabbing the first of his four goals against the reds. That meant the wait to secure our seventh League title continued for another game. 1960 – Dave Hickson nodded in the only goal of our visit to Ipswich Town early on as right-back John Molyneux played his 200th game for the club. Scot coming back from Italy 1986 - Graeme Souness won his final cap as a Sampdoria player, and 52nd in total, as Scotland beat England 2-1 in a Rous Cup game at Wembley. He struck from the spot, with Steve Nicol also in the away side. Future reds John Aldridge and Ray Houghton both played for the Republic of Ireland on the same day as they drew a friendly 1-1 with Uruguay at Lansdowne Road. Seven and out for A’Court 1958 - Alan A’Court won his seventh and final England Under-23’s cap as they lost 2-1 to Wales in Wrexham. Also signing on 2015 - Jordan Henderson signed a new contract until 2020. He has by now helped us to claim the Premier League title, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup and two League Cups. 1928 – Left-half Jimmy McDougall signed from Partick Thistle, going on to score twelve times in 356 games for the reds. He moved on to South Liverpool in May 1938 and later set up a successful chandlery business in Liverpool. He was later nominated into the club’s official Hall of Fame for the 1930’s. Also in international action 1986 – England Under-21’s were held to a 1-1 draw in the second leg of their European Championships Semi-final in Swindon to crash out 3-1 to Italy on aggregate, with future red Mark Walters and ex-red Mike Newell both in action. 1995 – Future red Fernando Morientes played for Spain Under-20’s as they thumped Russia 4-1 in their World Championships Quarter-final in Qatar. 2002 – Future red Alberto Aquilani featured as Italy Under-18’s drew a friendly 1-1 in Czechoslovakia. 2011 – Future red Mohamed Salah played as Egypt Under-20’s beat the host nation South Africa 1-0 in an African Championships Finals group game.
  20. Will

    27th September

    Another derby victory 2008 – A Fernando Torres brace after an hour of our trip to Goodison Park resulted in a 2-0 win, with a third goal harshly ruled out for an alleged foul by Dirk Kuyt. Tim Cahill was sent off late on for a challenge on Xabi Alonso. 2014 – We were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield as Steven Gerrard scored in the League for the sixteenth consecutive season, a new club record. Phil Jagielka equalised for the visitors with a wonder strike from distance in stoppage time. Three off in the derby 1999 - Sander Westerveld, Steven Gerrard and Everton’s Francis Jeffers were all sent off in our 1-0 derby defeat at Anfield. Steve Staunton went in goal for the final minutes, keeping a clean sheet and saving from future red Abel Xavier. Kevin Campbell netted the only goal of the game in the fourth minute, one of his four goals against us. Losing the European Cup 1978 - We lost our grip on the European Cup, being held to a goalless draw at Anfield by League champions Nottingham Forest, with ex-red Larry Lloyd dominant in the visitors’ defence. That was enough to take them through, as they had won the first leg 2-0 at the City Ground. Forest went on to claim the trophy that season, and then retain it the following year. 1924 - We also faced them in a First Division fixture at Anfield. Archie Rawlings struck his first two reds goals as we won 3-0, with Danny Shone also on the scoresheet. Sir Roger passes on 2021 – Legendary centre-forward Roger Hunt died. He netted 285 times in 492 reds games after signing from Stockton Heath in July 1958, with his 245 League goals still a club record, and he has the distinction of being the first red to win the World Cup while at Anfield. His club medal haul includes two League championships, FA Cup, Second Division title and FA Charity Shield. Another Istanbul comeback 2006 - We raced into a 3-0 lead against Galatasaray in our Champions League group game at Anfield, thanks to a goal from Luis García surrounded by a stunning Peter Crouch brace that included an overhead bicycle kick. However, Ümit Karan struck two goals after the break, although we held on to triumph 3-2. Other derby encounters We have travelled across the park on three other occasions on this day in history. 1975 – We held the Blues to a goalless draw. 1947 - We won 3-0 with Jack Balmer, Albert Stubbins and Willie Fagan grabbing our goals. 1902 - We lost 3-1, with Sam Raybould netting our consolation from the spot as Tom Watson took charge of his 200th reds League game. Sandy Young netted one of his twelve derby goals, with John Brearley and Walter Abbott also scoring for the Blues. Three past Chelsea 1930 - Gordon Hodgson scored one of his seventeen reds hat-tricks as we beat Chelsea 3-1 at Anfield, with right-half Tom Morrison reaching a century of League games for the club. Larry’s start 1969 - Centre-half Larry Lloyd made his reds bow as we drew 2-2 at West Bromwich Albion. Bobby Graham scored in the first half, with ‘Sir’ Roger Hunt netting a late equaliser after the Baggies had taken the lead through one of Jeff Astle’s seven strikes past the reds, and Danny Hegan. We have faced the Baggies in the First Division on two other occasions on this day in history, without hitting the target. 1913 - We were held to a goalless draw at Anfield, with half-back Ralph Holden playing his second and final reds game. 1952 - We lost 3-0 at The Hawthorns. Frank Griffin bagged two of his six strikes against the reds, with Ronnie Allen also on the scoresheet with one of his five goals past us. Nice one Cyril 1941 - Cyril Done grabbed four goals as we thumped New Brighton 7-2 in a Wartime League game at Anfield. Willie Fagan netted a brace, with Billy Liddell completing the scoring. The gems make the final 2001 - Anthony Le Tallec scored for the French Under-17’s in their 2-1 defeat of Argentina in the World Championships Semi-final in Trinidad. Club-mate Florent Sinama-Pongolle also played, the only game of this tournament in which he failed to hit the target. Future red Javier Mascherano was on the losing side. 2018 - Ki-Jana Hoever nabbed a brace, his first goals for the Dutch Under-17’s, as they trounced Liechtenstein 10-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Sweden. 2014 – Keeper Caoimhin Kelleher debuted for the Irish under-17’s in their goalless draw with Scotland in another qualifier in Longford. Births and death 1999 – Canadian forward Liam Millar was born in Toronto. He left Fulham to join the reds in July 2016 and is currently in his second loan spell with Kilmarnock. On the same day, Colombian defender Anderson Arroyo was born in Quibdó. He joined the reds in February 2018, so far spending all of his time out on loan. 1987 – Hungarian keeper Ádám Bogdán was born in Budapest. He arrived on a free transfer from Bolton Wanderers in July 2015, making six senior appearances but spending much of his time out on loan, finally being released at the end of last season. 1918 - Left-half Joe Dines died in First World War action in France. He won Olympic Gold in 1912 before giving up his teaching job and signing on at Anfield. However, he only made one senior reds appearance before the war intervened. In comes Tom 1899 – Defender Thomas Hunter signed from Scottish side Beith. He only made four senior appearances for the club, moving on to Preston North End in May 1902. Lawro on the receiving end 1980 - Mark Lawrenson and Michael Robinson both featured for the visitors as we saw off a stubborn Brighton & Hove Albion at Anfield. Graeme Souness bagged a brace as we eventually won 4-1, with Terry McDermott and David Fairclough also netting, and Brian Horton on target for the Seagulls. 1986 – Lawrenson played his 200th League game for the reds as Aston Villa held us to a 3-3 draw at Anfield. Steve Hodge scored one of his goals against us early on, before John Wark equalised from the spot. Garry Thompson restored the visitors’ lead after a Bruce Grobbelaar fumble, but Wark drew us level again before the break. Allan Evans converted a penalty to again put the Villains in front, but former Villa player Steve McMahon struck our third leveller. Rushie off the mark in Italy 1987 - Ex-red Ian Rush scored his first two official goals for Juventus as they beat Pescara 3-1 at the Stadio Comunale. Red centuries 1919 - Scottish keeper Ken Campbell played his hundredth League game for the reds as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Newcastle United. Fred Pagnam struck our goal, his thirtieth and last for the club. 1967 – We lost 3-2 at Bolton Wanderers in our League Cup Second Round replay as Ian Callaghan added to a Tommy Smith penalty. Gordon Taylor struck the first two of his four goals against the reds, with Frederick Hill also scoring. This was Phil Taylor’s hundredth game in charge of the reds. Harkness on the move 2000 - Steve Harkness left Blackburn Rovers for Sheffield Wednesday for £200,000. He went on to make 32 appearances in two seasons with the Owls before signing for Conference side Chester City on a free transfer. World stars 2009 – Keeper Dean Bouzanis played for Australia Under-20’s in the World Championship Finals in Egypt as they lost 2-1 to the Czech Republic. Meanwhile, Péter Gulácsi, Krisztián Nemeth and András Simon all featured in Hungary’s 3-0 defeat by Honduras in the same competition. A friendly trip to Sweden 1977 - We played IFK Göteborg in a friendly with David Fairclough adding a brace to a strike from Jimmy Case in our 3-2 win. For Tom 1920 – A benefit game was staged for inside-right Tom Bennett against an International XI at Anfield. He had struck 77 times in seventy wartime games, but only made one first-class appearance before ill health forced his early retirement. He sadly died from tuberculosis in January 1923, aged just 31. Other reds games 1997 – Robbie Fowler was on target as we lost 2-1 at West Ham United. 1958 – We lost a Second Division match 2-1 to Cardiff City at Anfield, with Alan Banks putting us in front. Joe Bonson levelled with one of his five goals past us, before Ron Hewitt nabbed the winner. Also in international action 1988 – Future red Stig Inge Bjørnebye played for Norway Under-21’s as they lost a European Championships qualifier 2-0 in France. God the father again 2002 - Robbie Fowler’s wife Kerrie gave birth to their third daughter, Mackenzie.
  21. Will

    19th November

    Happy birthday Gary 1965 - Gary Ablett was born in Liverpool. He signed on at Anfield as a professional on his eighteenth birthday, going on to make 147 reds appearances, scoring just once – in only his second game. He helped us to two League titles, FA Cup and FA Charity Shield before being sold to Everton by Graeme Souness for £750,000 in January 1992, with whom he won a second FA Cup. He returned to the club in the summer of 2006 to take over as Reserve Team Manager, leading them to the national title in his second season, although he left at the end of the following campaign. He sadly died in January 2012, aged just 46. 1993 – Keeper Lawrence Vigouroux was born in Camden, north London. He left Tottenham Hotspur to join the reds in 2014, moving on to Swindon Town in July 2016 after a successful loan spell there. Tosh’s farewell 1977 - John Toshack made his 246th and final reds appearance in a 1-1 draw with Bristol City, setting up the goal for Kenny Dalglish. Anfield trebles 1921 - Centre-forward Danny Shone bagged a treble in our 4-0 defeat of Middlesbrough, with Tommy Lucas adding a penalty. 1927 - We faced Boro again in the First Division, holding them to a 1-1 draw at Ayresome Park, with Harry Chambers on the scoresheet. 1932 - Gordon Hodgson scored one of his seventeen reds trebles as we thrashed Derby County 6-1 in a top-flight meeting, with right-back Bob Done playing his hundredth League game. Dave Wright and Syd Roberts also netted to add to a George Collin own goal. Peter Ramage’s consolation was one of his five strikes past the reds. Crouchie not yet off the mark 2005 - Steve Finnan reached a century of reds games as we beat Portsmouth 3-0 at Anfield. Peter Crouch saw his penalty saved as he still awaited his first goal for the club. Fortunately, Bolo Zenden converted the rebound and Djibril Cissé and Fernando Morientes were also on target to secure victory. We ended the game with ten men after Xabi Alonso had to limp off after we had used all three of our substitutes. This was Alain Perrin’s final game as Pompey boss. Tons up 2016 – Emre Can played his hundredth reds game as we drew 0-0 in a League game at Southampton, despite dominating the game. 2000 - We reached a century of goals against under Gérard Houllier’s sole charge as we lost 2-1 at Tottenham Hotspur. Robbie Fowler nabbed our consolation strike, with Les Ferdinand netting the last of his six strikes against the reds, and Tim Sherwood scoring the final one of his three goals past us. Leeds thumped 1966 - We secured our record equal victory over Leeds United as goals from Chris Lawler, Peter Thompson, Ian St. John and a Geoff Strong brace handed us a 5-0 top-flight win at Anfield. 1955 - We also faced Leeds, going down 4-2 at Elland Road in a Second Division encounter. Billy Liddell netted from the spot, with Alan Arnell also on the scoresheet for the reds. John Price played his only senior reds game this day, at left-back. The legendary John Charles bagged a brace for the home side, with Harold Brook and Jack Overfield also on target while full-back Ray Lambert played his 342nd and last game for the reds. More births and a death 1994 – Reserves forward Jack Dunn was born in Liverpool. He scored while making his first senior appearance in our post-season friendly at Shamrock Rovers in May 2014, moving on to Tranmere Rovers in June 2017 after being released by the reds. 1993 – Spanish midfielder Jesús Fernández Sáez, known as Suso, was born in Cádiz. He signed on as a professional on his seventeenth birthday, having left his hometown club the previous summer. He made 21 senior appearances, scoring once before signing on with AC Milan in January 2015. 1931 - Defender Ernest Peake died. He arrived as a Welsh international from his hometown club Aberystwyth Town in May 1908, netting six times in 55 games. The cup can be cruel 1892 - We suffered our first ever FA Cup defeat, losing 2-1 to Northwich Victoria at their Drill Field ground in the Third Qualifying Round. Tom Wyllie scored our consolation, while outside-left Andrew Kelvin was making his sixth and last reds appearance. Ton up for Jan 1986 – Coventry City held us to a goalless draw in our League Cup Fourth Round tie at Highfield Road as Jan Mølby reached a century of reds games. We won the replay a week later, going on to reach the Final once again that season. Eph at home with the League 1919 - Right-back Ephraim Longworth played for the Football League in their 2-2 draw with an Irish League side at Anfield. Future reds on target 2014 – Chelsea’s Mohamed Salah scored as Egypt lost an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier 2-1 in Tunisia. Kolo Touré, ex-red Carl Medjani and future reds Naby Keïta and Sadio Mané all also featured in qualifiers that day. 2008 – Milan Jovanović struck twice as Serbia thumped Bulgaria 6-1 in a friendly in Belgrade. 1974 - David Johnson bagged a brace as England Under-23’s won 3-2 in a friendly in Portugal, with future red Alan Kennedy putting through his own net. 1980 - Michael Robinson scored his first senior international goal as the Republic of Ireland thrashed Cyprus 6-0 in a World Cup qualifier at Lansdowne Road. Steve Heighway and future red Mark Lawrenson also played in what remains the Republic’s record World Cup win. Meanwhile, Terry McDermott and Phil Neal featured in England’s 2-1 World Cup defeat of Switzerland at Wembley. International beginnings and ends 2019 – Simon Mignolet won his first cap for Belgium since joining Club Brugge in their 6-1 European Championships qualifying thumping of Cyprus in Brussels, with ex-red Christian Benteke bagging a brace. Gini Wijnaldum netted a hat-trick while captaining his country for the first time as the Netherlands beat Estonia 5-0 in another qualifier in Amsterdam, while ex-red Philippe Coutinho scored in Brazil’s 3-0 win over South Korea in Abu Dhabi, his only goal and last cap while on loan at Bayern München, with future red Arthur Melo playing for the last time while with Barcelona. Emre Can played for Germany for the last time while with Juventus, in their 6-1 trouncing of Northern Ireland in a qualifier in Frankfurt. Alisson Becker, Rhian Brewster, Fabinho, Roberto Firmino, Divock Origi, Harry Wilson, future red Luis Díaz and ex-reds Joe Allen, Steve Clarke, Péter Gulácsi all also represented their countries that day. 2009 – Future red Emre Can played for Germany Under-16’s in their 4-1 win in Turkey. 2018 - Ryan Babel won his last cap as a Beşiktaş J.K. player as the Netherlands drew 2-2 in a UEFA Nations League group game in Germany, with Virgil van Dijk on target while skippering a side that also included Gini Wijnaldum. On the same day, Curtis Jones played for England Under-18’s as they beat Belgium 3-1 in Murcia to win a friendly tournament, while Adam Lewis featured for England Under-20’s. 2003 - Future red Momo Sissoko made his debut for Mali in their 1-0 friendly defeat of Morocco in Casablanca. Meanwhile, future reds loanee keeper Paul Jones won his final cap as a Southampton player, and 37th in total, as they lost the second leg of their Euro 2004 play-off with Russia 1-0 at the Millennium Stadium. John Arne Riise faced future clubmate Xabi Alonso as Spain were 3-0 victors in Norway to win their Euro 2004 play-off 5-1 on aggregate. Future reds Ragnar Klavan, Pepe Reina and Albert Riera all also represented their countries that day. 2008 – Craig Bellamy won his last cap as a West Ham United player, netting the only goal as skipper as John Toshack’s Wales faced Daniel Agger’s Denmark in a friendly in Copenhagen. Scott Carson made his only senior appearance since joining West Bromwich Albion as England beat Germany 2-1 in another friendly in Berlin. Future reds Stewart Downing and Glen Johnson and ex-reds Peter Crouch and David James also featured. Dirk Kuyt netted for the Netherlands in their 3-1 defeat of Sweden in Eindhoven, with Ryan Babel also in action, while Fernando Torres was on target in Spain’s 3-0 defeat of Chile in Villarreal, with Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa, Pepe Reina and Albert Riera all also featuring. Javier Mascherano captained his country as Argentina beat Scotland 1-0 at Hampden Park, with future red Maxi Rodríguez on target in Diego Maradona’s first game in charge. David N’Gog won his first cap for France Under-21’s as they beat Denmark 1-0 in Aalborg, with future red Mamadou Sakho also playing. On the same day, Yossi Benayoun, Sami Hyypiä, future reds Nuri Şahin and Luis Suárez and ex-reds Nicolas Anelka, Alou Diarra and Jari Litmanen all also played in friendlies, with ex-red John Arne Riise dismissed in Norway’s 1-0 defeat in the Ukraine. Meanwhile, ex-reds John Barnes, Milan Baroš and Harry Kewell were all involved in victorious World Cup qualifiers. 2013 - Rickie Lambert won his fourth and final cap as a Southampton player as Roy Hodgson’s England lost 1-0 to Germany in a friendly at Wembley, with Steven Gerrard skippering a side that also included Jordan Henderson, Daniel Sturridge and future red Adam Lallana. On the same day, Mamadou Sakho struck his first two goals as France beat Ukraine 3-0 in the second leg of their World Cup Play-off in Paris to reach the Finals in Brazil. Mohamed Salah won his last cap as a Basel player as Egypt beat Ghana 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Cairo. On the same day, Raheem Sterling nabbed a brace while winning his eighth and last cap for England Under-21’s, with future red Danny Ings netting his first two goals at this level and ex-red Tom Ince also on target as they thrashed San Marino 9-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Shrewsbury, their record victory at this level. Lucas Leiva, Simon Mignolet, Pepe Reina, Jack Robinson, future red Dejan Lovren and ex-reds Charlie Adam, Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa, Alexander Kačaniklić, Carl Medjani, Raul Meireles, Pepe Reina all also represented their countries that day. 1975 - Joey Jones made his debut for Wales as they beat Austria 1-0 in a friendly in Wrexham. He went on to win a total of 72 caps for his country. Ray Clemence and Kevin Keegan also played in a qualifier that day. 1947 - Right-half and future reds boss Phil Taylor won his third and final cap for England as they beat Sweden 4-2 in a friendly at Highbury. Other reds games 1989 – We won 2-1 at Millwall thanks to goals from John Barnes and Ian Rush. 1988 – John Aldridge bagged the only goal of our trip to Queens Park Rangers. 1983 – Ian Rush was on target as we beat Stoke City 1-0 at Anfield. 1960 – We won a Second Division fixture 3-1 at Charlton Athletic with right-winger Sam Lawrie scoring at both ends before Roger Hunt and Johnny Wheeler struck. 1949 – Billy Liddell and Ken Brierley netted as we beat Aston Villa 2-1 in L4, with Johnny Dixon bagging the first of his four goals against the reds. 1938 – We lost 2-1 at Brentford with Berry Nieuwenhuys on the scoresheet. 1910 – We lost 1-0 at Notts County. 1904 – We won a Second Division encounter 2-1 at Gainsborough Trinity, with Jack Parkinson converting a penalty and Sam Raybould also scoring. 1898 – We lost 3-0 at Bury as Jimmy Settle struck two of his eleven goals past us, with Michael Kelly also on target. Gems back home 2002 - Anthony Le Tallec and Florent Sinama-Pongolle won their fifth caps for France Under-21’s in a 3-0 friendly defeat of Yugoslavia at the Stade Jules-Deschaseaux in Le Havre. Future reds keeper Charles Itandje won his first cap at this level in this game, with Grégory Vignal coming on as a substitute, while future red Xabi Alonso was also in Under-21’s action. Marsh moves 1999 - Ex-red Mike Marsh signed for Conference side Kidderminster Harriers. He struck four times in 24 appearances in his one season at Aggborough, before joining Southport on a free transfer. Rizzo back to England 2004 - Ex-reds winger Nicky Rizzo returned to England from Italy to sign for MK Dons. The Aussie netted five times in sixty games for the League Two outfit before returning to his native land in May 2007 to join Perth Glory.
  22. Will

    14th September

    A legend departs 1978 - Ian Callaghan signed for Swansea City on a free transfer. He had helped us to five League titles, two FA Cups, one European Cup, two UEFA Cups, UEFA Super Cup and three FA Charity Shields, as well as winning the Football Writers’ Player of the Year award in 1973/74. He remains the player with the record number of reds appearances, with an amazing 857 outings, during which time he bagged 68 goals. New boss 1918 - George Patterson was appointed as the club’s Secretary, having been Tom Watson’s deputy for a decade. He returned to more administrative duties in December 1919 after just eighteen games in charge, although he then became Secretary/Manager in March 1928, remaining in charge in this second spell until August 1936. Into Europe 1964 - Bobby Graham struck on his reds debut in the first European game at Anfield, as we beat Iceland’s Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur 6-1 in our European Cup preliminary round encounter, to progress 11-1 on aggregate. Ian St. John netted a brace with Gerry Byrne, Roger Hunt and Willie Stevenson scoring the other goals, while Alan A’Court was playing his 381st and final reds game. Shanks apparently told Ron Yeats to let the visiting side score once we had gone 7-0 up on aggregate! Gunnar Felixson was the visitors’ goalscorer. Yet another win 2019 – The reds won a club record fourteenth League game in a row when we beat Newcastle United 3-1 at Anfield. Jetro Willems put the visitors in front early on, but Sadio Mané’s brace gave us a half-time lead. Mohamed Salah completed the scoring after the break. Other goalscoring debuts 2002 - Milan Baroš netted his first two reds goals on his League debut as we won 3-2 at Bolton Wanderers. Emile Heskey grabbed a late winner to prevent us falling to our fourth consecutive 2-2 draw after Ivan Campo’s late equaliser. Ricardo Gardner had also struck for the home side as we secured our first victory at the Reebok. 1946 - Albert Stubbins scored on his reds bow as we won 3-1, again at Bolton. Berry Nieuwenhuys and Jack Balmer scored the others. 1901 - George Bowen and Bill White made their reds debuts in our 2-2 derby draw at Anfield, with White scoring his only reds goal after just two minutes. Sam Raybould was also on target that day, with Jimmy Settle netting one of his eleven goals against the reds and Jack Sharp also scoring for the Blues. Anfield trebles 1895 - Inside-right Jimmy Ross scored a hat-trick as we thumped Newcastle United 5-1 in a Second Division encounter. Centre-forward George Allan and defender John Holmes both made their reds debuts, while Frank Becton and Harry Bradshaw added our other goals. 1935 - Centre-forward Fred Howe bagged a treble in our 7-2 top-flight trouncing of Grimsby Town. Gordon Hodgson added a brace with Lance Carr also on the scoresheet for the reds and forward Tosh Johnson bagging his eighth and last reds goal. Happy birthdays 1997 – Forward Dominic Solanke was born in Basingstoke. He signed from Chelsea in July for an undisclosed fee that was later agreed without going to a tribunal, netting just once in six starts and 21 substitute appearances before moving to Bournemouth for £19m in January 2019. 2003 – Forward Harvey Blair was born in Huddersfield. He signed as an Under-12 from Manchester United, penning his first professional contract in October 2020. 2004 - Midfielder Tommy Pilling was born in St. Helens. Having been at the Academy since the age of five, he signed his first professional contract in August 2022. New deal 2009 – The club announced a lucrative new shirt sponsorship deal with Standard Chartered for four years, beginning the following July. Recent debutants 1985 - Steve McMahon made his reds bow in a 2-2 draw at Oxford United. John Aldridge gave Oxford the lead, before goals from Ian Rush and Craig Johnston put us ahead. However, a last-minute own goal from Alan Kennedy, playing his 359th and final reds game, handed a point to the U’s. 1999 - Djimi Traoré made his reds debut in our 5-1 League Cup Second Round win at Hull City. Erik Meijer netted a brace, his only senior goals while at Anfield, with Danny Murphy nabbing his first two reds goals. Steve Staunton grabbed the other a minute from time. 2000 - Bernard Diomède made his first reds appearance in our first match of that season’s triumphant UEFA Cup campaign, as Nick Barmby bagged his first reds strike, the only goal of the game at Rapid Bucureşti. Christian Ziege made his first start for the club. Other European adventures We have three times won other European Cup opening matches on this day. 1976 - Phil Neal converted a dubiously-awarded penalty, with John Toshack also on target as we beat Northern Irish side Crusaders 2-0 at Anfield, our first game of that victorious continental campaign. 1982 - Ronnie Whelan struck a brace as we won 4-1 at Dundalk, with Ian Rush and David Hodgson also netting. The loudest roar of the night came when Leo Flanagan converted a free-kick for the home side after Bruce Grobbelaar was penalised for taking too many steps with the ball. Dundalk were managed by Jim McLaughlin, who was also the reds Irish scout, who had recommended Whelan to Bob Paisley. 1983 - Kenny Dalglish grabbed the only goal of the game in Denmark against OB Odense. 200 up 1908 – We beat Sheffield United 2-0 at Bramall Lane with Ronald Orr bagging a brace. Right-half Maurice Parry made his 200th appearance for the reds. Lauri’s day 1991 – Former reserves forward Lauri Dalla Valle was born in Kontiolahti, Finland. He arrived from Joensuun Iloiset Peli-Pojat for a reported £600,000 in November 2007, signing professional terms with the reds in September 2008. He moved to Fulham in August 2010 after just one brief substitute appearance, as part of the deal that brought left-back Paul Konchesky to Anfield. A new scout 1999 - It was announced that Alex Miller, then Scotland’s Assistant Manager, had joined the club as a scout, to work alongside Ron Yeats. He later became First Team Coach under Rafael Benítez, but left to manage JEF United Ichihara Chiba in Japan, although he lost his job there in July 2009. Mixed fortunes We have twice entertained Blackburn Rovers on this day in history. 1907 - Arthur Goddard nabbed a brace as we won a First Division fixture 2-0, with centre-half Alex Raisbeck playing his 300th reds game. 1940 - Berry Nieuwenhuys was on the scoresheet in a 1-1 Wartime League draw. We have also twice hosted West Ham United in the top-flight. 1929 - Dick Edmed grabbed a brace and John Lindsay netted his third and final reds goal in a 3-1 victory, with Vic Watson bagging one of his nine goals past us. 1963 - Martin Peters struck the first of his fourteen goals against the reds, with fellow England hero-to-be Geoff Hurst scoring the first of his nine before Ronnie Moran had a penalty saved and then Roger Hunt bagged our consolation. This was the Irons’ most recent Anfield victory, and our third consecutive 2-1 reverse in the League at home, although we went on to claim the title for the first time under Bill Shankly that season. 1938 - We beat Middlesbrough 3-1 at Anfield in a First Division meeting, thanks to a Willie Fagan brace and a goal from Berry Nieuwenhuys. Micky Fenton struck one of his nine goals past us. 1957 - Jimmy Melia and Tony Rowley netted as we drew 2-2 in a Second Division match at Ayresome Park. Sinama on target 2001 - Florent Sinama-Pongolle scored in France Under-17’s 2-1 defeat by Nigeria in the World Championship Finals in the Dwight Yorke Stadium in Tobago, while Anthony Le Tallec also played. The French won their final two group games to progress, eventually going on to claim the title. A first for Rushie 1988 - Ian Rush won his first cap in his second spell as a reds player as Wales lost 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier in the Netherlands. Future reds strike partner Dean Saunders also played. John Aldridge, Peter Beardsley, Gary Gillespie, Ray Houghton, Jan Mølby, Steve Nicol, Ronnie Whelan and ex-red Kevin Sheedy all also represented their countries that day. Fabs at the Olympics 2000 - Future red Fábio Aurélio scored in Brazil’s 3-1 defeat of Slovakia at the Sydney Olympics. Other reds games 1974 – We lost 2-0 at Manchester City, with Bill Shankly in attendance. 1968 – Bobby Graham and Ian St. John struck as we won 2-0 at Ipswich Town. 1960 – We lost a Second Division fixture 2-1 at Luton Town. Ronnie Moran followed up to score the rebound after his penalty was saved by Ron Baynham. 1912 – We lost 2-0 at Bradford City. Sometime reds on the move 2020 – Young Scottish left-back Tony Gallacher joined Major League Soccer side Toronto on loan from the reds, playing ten times. 1995 - Paul Walsh re-joined Portsmouth from Manchester City for £500,000. He scored five times in 22 appearances in his second spell with Pompey. 1997 - Bruce Grobbelaar signed for Oxford United, although he only remained there just over a week. 1989 - Future red Paul Ince joined Manchester United for £1m from West Ham United after twelve goals in 95 outings for the Irons. Also in international action 2007 – Future red Nikola Sarić featured for Denmark Under-17’s in their 1-1 draw with Slovenia in a European Championships qualifier in Athlone.
  23. Will

    3rd September

    The reds start out 1892 - We played our first ever competitive fixture, trouncing Higher Walton 8-0 in a Lancashire League fixture at Anfield, in front of a crowd of just 200. Jock Smith, Joe McQue and James Cameron all netted braces, with Malcolm McVean and John McBride also notching. West Derby-born Joe Pearson was the only non-Scot in this ‘Team of the Macs’, playing his only reds game. 1898 - We stepped out in red for the first time, as we beat The Wednesday 4-0 at Anfield, with centre-half Alex Raisbeck making his debut. We had played in blue and white quartered shirts until then. Left-half Bill Goldie bagged his first reds goal with Hugh Morgan, John Walker and Tommy Robertson also on the scoresheet that day. 1952 - We also played the Owls, beating Sheffield Wednesday 2-0 at Hillsborough thanks to goals from Kevin Baron and Billy Liddell. Happy birthday Le Ex-Boss 1947 - Gérard Houllier was born in Therouanne in France. He was appointed as joint Manager alongside Roy Evans in July 1998, taking over sole charge four months later. He led us to the UEFA Cup, FA Cup, two League Cups, UEFA Super Cup and FA Charity Shield before leaving by mutual consent in May 2004. He then went on to lead Olympique Lyonnais to two straight League titles. Other birthdays 1937 - Left-half Tommy Leishman was born in Stenhousemuir. He had won the Scottish Cup with St. Mirren, signing for £10,000 in November 1949. 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. 2002 – Forward Layton Stewart was born in Liverpool. He has been with the reds since the age of seven, signing as a professional in February 2020, having made it onto the first-team bench in our League Cup tie at Aston Villa two months earlier. 2003 – Keeper Harvey Davies was also born in Liverpool. He has been with the reds since the age of nine, featuring on the bench in four UEFA Champions League fixtures during 2020/21 and the following campaign. 1985 - Former second choice keeper Scott Carson was born in Whitehaven. He made just nine senior reds appearances following his arrival from Leeds United for £750,000 in January 2005, but only managed to keep two clean sheets. He was sold to West Bromwich Albion for £3.25m in July 2008, after seasons on loan at first Charlton Athletic and then Aston Villa. 1964 - 1980’s Irish reserve midfielder Ken DeMange was born in Dublin. He never made a senior appearance while at Anfield, despite winning full international honours during that time. 1977 - Phil Brazier was born in Liverpool. The defender skippered us to victory in the FA Youth Cup in 1996. Red departures 1958 – Scottish inside-forward Tom Miller died. He netted 56 times in 146 reds games after signing from Hamilton Academical for £400 in February 1912, including an appearance in the 1914 FA Cup Final. However, he is also remembered as being one of the players caught up in the Manchester United match-rigging scandal of 1915, whom he joined in September 1920.His brother John was on the reds books alongside him immediately after the First World War. 1966 - Centre-half John Nicholson died in a car crash, just one day after his thirtieth birthday. He signed with the reds as a professional in January 1957, but only played one senior game before joining Port Vale in August 1961, playing over 200 games for them. 1995 – Right-winger Alex Muir died. He signed from Lochgelly Violet in July 1947, the same club that Billy Liddell was signed from. He only played four senior games before joining South Liverpool in 1949. Bert at the wrong end 1969 – Ex-reds keeper Bert Slater put through his own net as we won a League Cup Second Round tie 2-1 at Watford, with Ian St. John bagging the winner, the club’s 5,000th goal in all competitions. Most recently 1988 - Our most recent game on this day came when Jan Mølby netted the only goal of our home fixture with Manchester United from the spot, with Nigel Spackman also hitting the woodwork. 1947 - We also entertained United, with Albert Stubbins on target in our 2-2 top-flight draw and Jack Balmer converting a penalty. Cyril Sidlow saved a spot-kick taken by United’s Jack Rowley. Stan Pearson bagged one of his eleven strikes past us, with Charlie Mitten netting one of his five. A goalscoring debut 1958 - Inside-forward Alan Banks scored on his reds debut as we thumped Brighton & Hove Albion 5-0 in a home Second Division fixture, with Alan Arnell nabbing a brace and Jimmy Harrower and right-back John Molyneux also netting. Outside-right Fred Morris also made his reds bow that day. 1960 - We also entertained the Seagulls, with Jimmy Harrower on target twice in a 2-0 victory. 1955 - Molyneux made his reds bow as we drew 3-3 at Blackburn Rovers. Alan Arnell struck a brace with Billy Liddell also on target for the reds. Eddie Crossan bagged a brace for the home side, with Bob Langton also on target. 1932 - Centre-half Tom ‘Tiny’ Bradshaw grabbed the first of his four reds goals in our 4-3 defeat at Newcastle United. Gordon Hodgson scored from the spot with Ted Crawford bagging his fourth and final reds goal, our 2,000th in top-flight football, as right-back Willie Steel put through his own net for one of the Geordies’ goals. Tommy Lang scored one of his four goals past us, with Jack Allen scoring the last of his five and Harry McMenemy also on the scoresheet. Razor’s ton 1977 - Ray Kennedy reached a century of League appearances for the reds, scoring the only goal very early on at Birmingham City. Robbo in charge 2018 – Left-back Andy Robertson was appointed captain of Scotland. On the same day, Jordan Henderson signed a new contract with the reds. Gems on their way 2001 - Liverpool agreed a deal to sign Le Havre’s two young gems, Anthony Le Tallec and Florent Sinama-Pongolle, for a combined £6m fee, although they would remain in France for another two years. Sinama-Pongolle bagged nine goals in 66 reds games, while his compatriot netted just once in 32 games, and neither remains with the club. Zico foiled 1983 - Phil Neal had a penalty saved, although we were still able to beat Nottingham Forest at Anfield thanks to an Ian Rush goal. We have faced Forest twice more on this day in history in the top flight. 1963 - Our City Ground encounter ended goalless, as we started this title-winning season with just three points from our opening four fixtures. 1985 - Ronnie Whelan bagged a brace as we won 2-0 at Anfield. Ironed out 1956 - We drew 1-1 at Upton Park in a Second Division meeting, with Billy Liddell on the scoresheet. Forward John Evans made his hundredth reds appearance in this game. Future Manchester United boss Frank O’Farrell struck for the home side. 1966 - Geoff Strong netted as we again held West Ham United to a draw in the East End, with Geoff Hurst on the scoresheet for the Irons, one of his nine goals against us. 1962 - Our other trip to face the Hammers on this day in history ended in defeat, with winger Tony Scott nabbing the only goal of the game. 2008 – Future reds First Team Coach Kevin Keen was appointed Caretaker Manager at West Ham for the second time after Alan Curbishley’s resignation. He was in charge for just one game, a 3-2 defeat at West Bromwich Albion before Gianfranco Zola took over. Starting off badly 1910 - We kicked off the season with a defeat, when James Stewart nabbed our consolation as Bradford City won 2-1 at Anfield. Reserves custodian Augustus Beeby had to step in between the sticks due to Sam Hardy’s damaged wrist. Final strike 1894 – Winger Patrick Gordon netted his eighth and final reds goal in our 3-3 top-flight draw at Burnley. Hugh McQueen and Harry Bradshaw also scored. Bad Bhoy 1895 – We faced Celtic for the first time in our history, winning an Anfield friendly 2-0 thanks to goals from George Allan and Frank Becton. Tommy Morrison from the visitors was sent off in the second half for dissent. Young reds 1999 - Steven Gerrard scored on his debut for England Under-21’s as they beat Luxembourg 5-0 in a European Championships qualifier at the Madejski Stadium in Reading. Jamie Carragher and future red Emile Heskey also started, while David Thompson came on as a substitute. On the same day, Frode Kippe scored in Norway Under-21’s 2-1 qualifying win over Greece, with future red John Arne Riise also in action. 2010 – Danny Wilson played for Scotland Under-21’s in their 1-1 European Championships qualifying draw in Belarus, while future red Daniel Sturridge scored as England won their qualifier at the same level 1-0 in Portugal, with fellow future red Jordan Henderson also featuring and future reds Christian Benteke and Simon Mignolet also in international action. 2011 – Wilson featured for the senior side as Scotland drew 2-2 with the Czech Republic in a Euro 2012 qualifier at Hampden Park, with Charlie Adam and ex-red Milan Baroš also in action. 2015 – Joe Gomez and Jordon Ibe both made their debuts for England Under-21’s as they beat USA Under-23’s 1-0 at Deepdale. Meanwhile, Gini Wijnaldum won his first senior cap for the Netherlands as a Newcastle United player in their 1-0 defeat by Iceland in a European Championships qualifier in Amsterdam. Divock Origi played for Belgium that day as they beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 3-1 in another qualifier in Brussels. Recent internationals 2017 – Dejan Lovren featured in Croatia’s 1-0 World Cup qualifying defeat of Kosovo in Zagreb, while Gini Wijnaldum played as the Netherlands beat Bulgaria 3-1 in Amsterdam. Future red Xherdan Shaqiri and ex-red Péter Gulácsi also played in qualifiers that day. 2014 – Daniel Agger converted a penalty while winning the first cap of his second spell with Brøndby IF, as Denmark lost a friendly 2-1 to Turkey in Odense. Meanwhile, Roy Hodgson’s England beat Norway 1-0 at Wembley, with Jordan Henderson, Rickie Lambert, Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge and future reds James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all featuring. Jordan Rossiter won his only cap for England Under-18’s as they beat the Netherlands 4-1 in Leigh, with future red Dominic Solanke also debuting at this level and Sheyi Ojo also in action. Ex-reds Robbie Keane and Javier Mascherano also featured in friendlies that day. 2010 – Fernando Torres netted his last two goals for Spain as a reds player as they won a Euro 2012 qualifier 4-0 in Liechtenstein. Raul Meireles was on target while playing for Portugal as a red for the first time, in their 4-4 draw with Cyprus. Dirk Kuyt converted a penalty as the Netherlands thumped San Marino 5-0 in Serravalle. Ex-red Sami Hyypiä was sent off while skippering Finland to a 2-0 defeat in Moldova. Craig Bellamy skippered Wales while winning his first cap on loan at Cardiff City from Manchester City in their 1-0 defeat in Montenegro, John Toshack’s last game in charge of his country. James Milner played for England for the first time since moving to Manchester City, with Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson, Milan Jovanović, Martin Škrtel, future reds Christian Benteke, Ragnar Klavan and Xherdan Shaqiri, and ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Robbie Keane, Jari Litmanen, Carl Medjani, Nikolay Mihaylov and John Arne Riise also featuring in qualifiers that day. First and last caps 2004 - Xabi Alonso won his first cap as a reds player, and thirteenth to date, as Spain were held to a 1-1 draw by Scotland at the Estadio Ciutat de València, although the game was postponed after 59 minutes due to floodlight failure. This was the first ever senior international staged at this ground, with future red Fernando Torres captaining the side for the first time. Meanwhile, Bolo Zenden won his only cap while permanently with Middlesbrough as the Netherlands beat Liechtenstein 3-0 in Utrecht, with future red Dirk Kuyt winning his first cap. Future red Daniel Agger won his first Under-21’s cap as Denmark beat Ukraine 3-2 in Farum in a European Championships qualifier. Also in Under-21’s action that day were Darren Potter and future reds Ramon Calliste, Scott Carson, Stewart Downing, James Milner, Gary O’Neil and Jermaine Pennant. 1975 - David Johnson won his third cap, and final one as an Ipswich Town player, in England’s 2-1 European Championships qualifying win in Switzerland. Ray Clemence and Kevin Keegan both also played. Future red Kenny Dalglish played for Scotland as they lost 1-0 in Denmark on the same day. 1992 - Future reds keeper Brad Friedel made his senior international debut for the USA in their 2-0 friendly defeat of Canada in St. John’s. 2006 - Javier Mascherano played his first international while with West Ham United as Argentina lost a friendly 3-0 to Brazil at the Emirates Stadium. 2011 – Mohamed Salah made his senior international debut in Egypt’s 2-1 defeat in an African Cup of Nations qualifier in Sierra Leone, with fellow future red featuring as Algeria drew another qualifier 1-1 in Tanzania. 2016 - Sadio Mané won his first cap as a red in Senegal’s 2-0 defeat of Namibia in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Dakar, with ex-red Victor Moses playing in Nigeria’s 1-0 win over Tanzania in Uyo on the same day. 2020 – Neco Williams debuted for Wales as they won a UEFA Nations League group game 1-0 in Finland, with Harry Wilson also featuring. Emre Can won his first cap as a Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund player as Germany drew 1-1 with Spain in Stuttgart. Future red Thiago Alcântara and ex-red Péter Gulácsi also played in the UEFA Nations League that day. 2021 - Luke Chambers, Kaide Gordon and Lee Jonas all debuted for England Under-18’s in their 1-1 draw with Wales in Newport, with Melkamu Frauendorf featuring for Germany at the same level as they beat Austria 3-1 in the Czech Republic. Also in international action 2005 - Momo Sissoko won his first cap as a reds player, netting in Mali’s 2-0 defeat of Congo in a World Cup qualifier in Bamako, with Djimi Traoré also in the side. Fernando Morientes struck his first international goal since moving to Anfield, with Xabi Alonso, Luis García, Pepe Reina and future red Fernando Torres all also featuring in Spain’s 2-1 friendly defeat of Canada in Santander. Meanwhile Yossi Benayoun won his first cap while with West Ham United, playing against future red Philipp Degen’s Switzerland in Basel. Djibril Cissé bagged a brace as France beat the Faroe Islands 3-0 in a qualifier in Lens, with El-Hadji Diouf grabbing his first goal as a Bolton Wanderers player as Senegal won 1-0 in Zambia. Milan Baroš won his first cap as an Aston Villa player as the Czech Republic lost 2-0 in Romania, with ex-red Vladimír Šmicer also featuring. Jamie Carragher made his first start in a competitive England fixture as he won his nineteenth cap, with future red Joe Cole bagging the only goal in Wales, who were managed by John Toshack. Also representing their countries on this day were Steven Gerrard, Sami Hyypiä, ex-red Daniel Sjölund, and future reds Daniel Agger, Jan Kromkamp, Dirk Kuyt, Christian Poulsen, Martin Škrtel and Andriy Voronin. Alberto in action 2004 – Alberto Aquilani won his first Italy Under-21’s cap as a Roma player in their 2-0 European Championships qualifying defeat of Norway in Trapani, netting his first goal at this level. 2002 – He featured for the Under-19’s as they drew 1-1 with Belgium. 2004 – Future red Raul Meireles netted for Portugal Under-21’s as they won a European Championships qualifier 2-1 in Latvia. On the move 1993 - Reserves forward Lee Jones joined Crewe Alexandra on loan, netting once in eight appearances. 2003 - Ex-reserves midfielder Phil Charnock was released by Bury after just three games for the Shakers. 2011 - Albert Riera joined Galatasaray from Olympiacos for €3m, after six goals in 28 outings as they claimed the League title. 2012 - Raul Meireles left Chelsea for Fenerbahçe Spor Kulübü for €10m, after six goals in 48 outings for the Blues. 2014 – Future Assistant Manager Sean O’Driscoll was appointed Manager of England Under-19’s, a position he left to move to Anfield in July 2015. 2018 – Ex-reds forward Samed Yeşil signed for KFC Uerdingen 05, moving on the following July after just ten minutes of first-team action. Back to England 1995 - Ex-red Mike Marsh signed for Southend United from Galatasaray for £500,000. He played nearly a hundred times for the Shrimpers, before being forced into retirement. Other reds games 1986 – We lost 2-1 at Leicester City