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  1. Nic’s debut 2001 - Nicolas Anelka made his red bow as we won 2-1 at Aston Villa with goals from Jari Litmanen, gifted to him by Peter Schmeichel, and Vladimír Šmicer. Jari also struck a spot-kick against the post. Bowyer off again 2005 - We equalled a club record of eight consecutive League wins with our 2-0 defeat of Newcastle United, our 250th victory in the Premier League, a sequence that eventually rose to ten. Josemi came off the bench late on to make his 35th and final reds appearance, with Michael Owen making his first return to Anfield as an ex-red while Lee Bowyer was sent off for the visitors for the second successive season. Steven Gerrard and Peter Crouch were both on target in the first half. This was also our eighth consecutive clean sheet in the League, the best run since 1922/23. Off the mark 2018 – Fabinho scored his first reds goal as we thumped Newcastle United 4-0 at Anfield, extending our lead at the top of the table to six points. Dejan Lovren opened the scoring with Mohamed Salah converting a penalty shortly after the break. Xherdan Shaqiri also struck before Fabinho completed the scoring. This was Jürgen Klopp’s hundredth victory as reds boss, in his 181st game in charge. 2019 – We thumped Leicester City 4-0 at the King Power Stadium with Roberto Firmino bagging a brace. James Milner converted a penalty with Trent Alexander-Arnold also on target to leave us thirteen points clear at the top of the table. Reds trebles 1963 - Roger Hunt netted four as we thumped Stoke City 6-1 at Anfield to give Bill Shankly his hundredth victory as reds boss, in his 188th game in charge. Ian St. John and Alf Arrowsmith also scored in one of eight meetings with the Potters on this day in history. The scores were level at 1-1 at half-time, with five of our goals coming at the Anfield Road end in the second period. John Ritchie struck the first of his five goals against the reds. 1928 - Gordon Hodgson scored a hat-trick in his hundredth League game as we trounced Burnley 8-0 at Anfield. Jimmy Clark and Dick Edmed both bagged braces with Bill Salisbury netting the other. The score could have been far greater as Bob Done missed a penalty, we had three goals dubiously ruled out for offside, hit the crossbar three times and the posts twice each. Burnley had beaten us 3-2 at their ground the previous afternoon. 1969 - We also thumped the Clarets, winning 5-1 at Turf Moor, one of five other occasions we have met them on Boxing Day. Ian Ross bagged his first reds goal while Bobby Graham, Chris Lawler, Peter Thompson and Ian Callaghan were all also on target. Tommy Lawrence saved a penalty from Burnley’s Brian O’Neil who then followed up to score from the rebound. 1896 – Keeper Willie Donnelly made his reds bow as we lost 4-1 at Burnley, despite Frank Becton scoring inside five minutes in our first ever Boxing Day fixture. Billy Bowes bagged a hat-trick, the first of his four goals past us, with Will Toman also on target. Hosting the Trotters 2008 – Robbie Keane bagged a second-half brace as we beat Bolton Wanderers 3-0, with Albert Riera having opened the scoring before the break. These were to be the Irishman’s final reds strikes. When Steven Gerrard came off he became the first Liverpool payer to be substituted a hundred times. 2003 - We won 3-1 with all three of our goals being headers, coming from Sami Hyypiä and substitutes Florent Sinama-Pongolle and Vladimír Šmicer. Henrik Pedersen struck a late consolation. On the same day, Roy Hodgson managed the United Arab Emirates lost 2-0 to Saudi Arabia in a Gulf Cup of Nations game in Kuwait. 1906 - We also hosted the Trotters when we lost 2-0. Jackie Owen and David Stokes netted, with Wattie White missing a penalty for the visitors. Also against the Potters We have faced Stoke City on seven more occasions on this day in history. 1905 – We lost 2-1 at the Victoria Ground, when they were still known just as Stoke. Joe Hewitt struck our goal. 1936 – We lost 1-1 in the Potteries, with Vic Wright on target. 1938 – We lost 3-1 at the Victoria Ground, with Willie Fagan scoring our goal. Tommy Sale netted the last two of his five goals against the reds, with Frank Baker also on the scoresheet. 1946 – Berry Nieuwenhuys and Albert Stubbins struck as we won 2-0 at Anfield. 1955 – Billy Liddell converted a penalty, with John Evans also netting as we were held to a 2-2 Second Division draw in L4. Harry Oscroft struck one of his six goals against the reds, with Johnny King bagging one of his five past us. 1970 – Our home encounter ended goalless. 1975 – We drew 1-1 at Stoke, with John Toshack on target. Happy birthdays 1878 - Centre-back Alex Raisbeck was born in Wallacestone, near Polmont in Stirlingshire. He signed from Stoke for £350 in May 1898 and struck nineteen times in 341 games in eleven years with the reds, 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, and returned to the club as scout in 1939 until his death ten years later. 1903 - South African goalkeeper Arthur Riley was born in Boksburg in the Transvaal. He became our first ever foreign signing in August 1925, making 338 reds appearances before taking over from his father as the club’s head groundsman. 1920 – Scottish left-winger Tommy McLeod was born in Musselburgh. He joined the reds from the Army in October 1945, but only made seven senior appearances before joining Chesterfield in June 1951. 1880 - Defender Phil Bratley was born in Rawmarsh, Yorkshire. He only played thirteen first-team games after signing from Barnsley in 1914. He returned to Rotherham County, one of his former clubs, the following year, but was killed in action during the First World War. Double debutants 1953 - Full-back Frank Lock and forward John Evans both made their debuts in a goalless draw with West Bromwich Albion at Anfield. They had both signed from Charlton Athletic the previous day. 1950 – Inside-forward Jack Haigh debuted as Jack Balmer bagged the only goal of our Anfield encounter with Blackpool. 1951 - We also faced the Seasiders, going down 2-0 at Bloomfield Road with Stan Mortensen bagging both goals, two of his eleven against us. 1957 - Forward Bobby Murdoch made his reds bow as we beat Grimsby Town 3-2 at Anfield, with Billy Liddell scoring twice, including a penalty, and Tony McNamara also on target in this Second Division fixture. This was the last time we played a double-header against the same side on successive days over Christmas, having lost 3-1 at Blundell Park the day before. 1930 – Wing-half Robert Ireland played his only reds game in our 1-1 draw with Grimsby, with Tim Coleman netting the first of his nine strikes past us and Archie McPherson scoring for the reds. Two hundred up 1990 – Gary Gillespie played his 200th reds game as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Queens Park Rangers, with John Barnes on target and Mark Falco netting for the R’s. 1960 – Inside-forward Jimmy Harrower reached a century of reds appearances in our 2-1 defeat of Rotherham United in the Second Division at Anfield. Roger Hunt and Kevin Lewis scored our goals. Beating the Mancs 1978 – We won 3-0 at Manchester United thanks to a Ray Kennedy header and goals from Jimmy Case and David Fairclough, to hand Bob Paisley his first win at Old Trafford as boss. Beating the Rams 2007 - We beat Derby County 2-1 at Pride Park thanks to a very late Steven Gerrard goal after Fernando Torres had given us the lead in the first half. 1988 - We also visited the Rams, with Ian Rush grabbing the only goal of the game at the Baseball Ground. Outpaced by Rovers We have faced Blackburn Rovers four times in top-flight fixtures on Boxing Day. 1903 - Insdie-forward Fred Buck netted his only reds goal as we lost 2-1 at Anfield, with Fred Pentland bagging a brace for the visitors. 2002 - Andy Cole equalised after John Arne Riise’s deflected shot, to score his seventh Premiership goal at Anfield and one of his eleven past the reds in total as we were held to a 1-1 draw in L4. Emile Heskey was playing his hundredth League game for the reds. 2006 - We lost 1-0 at Ewood Park with Benni McCarthy on target, despite dominating for long periods. 2011 - Charlie Adam scored an own goal on the stroke of half-time for Blackburn Rovers at Anfield, with Maxi Rodríguez heading in shortly after the break, with the game ending 1-1. Winning in the Black Country We have won three times at West Bromwich Albion on this day in history. 2004 – We triumphed 5-0 when John Arne Riise struck twice, with Florent Sinama-Pongolle, Steven Gerrard and Luis García also on target. Milan Baroš had a penalty saved, with Cosmin Contra being sent off for the Baggies. 1898 - Hugh Morgan netted the only goal of the game at Stoney Lane. 1983 - Steve Nicol and Graeme Souness struck as we won 2-1 at the Hawthorns. 1900 - We also visited Stoney Lane, losing a friendly 5-2, with Rab Howell and Sam Raybould grabbing our goals. An Anfield milestone 1924 - We played our 500th home League game with Harry Chambers netting the only goal of the game against Notts County. Down to twelfth 1981 - We slipped to twelfth in the League after losing 3-1 at home to Manchester City, with Ronnie Whelan on the scoresheet. Rookie keeper Bruce Grobbelaar was responsible for two of the goals, while Kenny Dalglish was employed ‘in the hole’ behind Ian Rush and Craig Johnston for the first time. Kevin Reeves netted his fourth and final goal against us, with Asa Hartford also on target and Kevin Bond converting a penalty. Phil Thompson lost the captaincy to Graeme Souness following this defeat as we went on to stage the mother of all comebacks to clinch our thirteenth League title. We have faced City four more times on Boxing Day. 1913 – We lost 1-0 away, with Fred Howard nabbing one of his nine goals against the reds in the first minute. 1974 – We won 4-1 at Anfield, when Brian Hall grabbed a brace with Steve Heighway and John Toshack striking the other goals, and Colin Bell netting for the visitors. 1985 – We again lost 1-0 away with Alan Hansen playing his 300th League game for the club. 2013 – We lost 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium despite Philippe Coutinho putting us in front. Vincent Kompany and Álvaro Negredo both replied before the break, with keeper Simon Mignolet at fault for the second. Boxing Day gloom 2012 – We lost 3-1 at Stoke City, with Joe Cole coming off the bench to make his 42nd and final reds appearance. Steven Gerrard opened the scoring from the spot, but Jon Walters and Kenwyne Jones put the home side ahead before a quarter of an hour had elapsed. Walters added his second after the break, another of his seven goals past us. 2000 - We lost our first Boxing Day game since 1986 as Christian Karembeu struck the only goal of the game on an icy pitch at Middlesbrough. 1934 - We also met Boro, with Syd Roberts and Berry Nieuwenhuys on target in a 2-2 draw at Anfield. Tim Coleman and George Camsell each struck one of their nine goals past us. 1998 - We won at the Riverside Stadium when Vegard Heggem’s wonder goal, his first ever reds strike, rounded off a 3-1 win after Michael Owen’s slight touch on a Jamie Carragher shot opened the scoring. Brian Deane equalised with one of eight goals against the reds before Jamie Redknapp put us back in front after Mark Schwarzer was penalised for picking up a back pass. David James was playing his 200th League game for us. Most recently 2009 - Stephen Ward was sent off at Anfield for two bookable offences, with Pepe Reina riling the Wolverhampton Wanderers fans by running most of the length of the pitch to remonstrate with the referee. We won 2-0, with Steven Gerrard and Yossi Benayoun both netting in the second half. 2014 – Keeper Brad Jones played his 27th and last reds game as a Raheem Sterling strike was enough to secure victory at Burnley. He went off injured after only a quarter of an hour. Future red Danny Ings hit a post for the home side. 2017 – We trounced Swansea City 5-0 at Anfield, with Philippe Coutinho and Simon Mignolet both reaching 200 reds games. Coutinho opened the scoring with his 54th and last goal for the club. Roberto Firmino netted twice after the break, with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also on target. Previously against the Foxes 2015 – We won our 4,000th top-flight League game with Christian Benteke bagging the only goal of the game against Leicester City at Anfield. 1996 – We were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Leicester City to remain top of the table, with Stan Collymore equalising after Steve Claridge had given the visitors the lead. 1994 – We won 2-1 at Filbert Street. David James saved a penalty from Steve Thompson before Robbie Fowler converted from the spot. Ian Rush also netted before Simon Grayson was sent off for the home side. Iwan Roberts bagged a late consolation. 1984 – The Foxes won 2-1 in L4, thanks to one of Gary Lineker’s six goals past us and one of Alan Smith’s nine. Phil Neal scored our goal from the spot. Reds farewells 1973 – Roy Evans played his eleventh and final senior reds game as we lost 2-1 at Burnley. Kevin Keegan missed a penalty after an hour, with Peter Cormack netting our goal late on. 1932 - Outside-left Gordon Gunson struck his 26th and final reds goal in our 3-0 defeat of Chelsea at Anfield, with centre-half Tom ‘Tiny’ Bradshaw and centre-forward Harold Barton also netting. Christmas derby despair We have made the short trip across Stanley Park to face the Blues three times on this day in history, without winning. 1894 – Harry Bradshaw bagged our consolation as we lost a friendly 2-1. 1939 - Matt Busby was on target as we again were beaten 2-1 in a friendly. 1944 - Billy Liddell bagged a brace as we drew 2-2 in the Wartime League. Keetley’s first 1923 - Joe Keetley netted the first of just two reds goals as we lost 2-1 at Newcastle United, with Tommy McDonald bagging a brace. We have also faced the Geordies in the top flight on four more occasions on this day in history. 1912 - Tom Miller was on target twice as we won 2-1 at home, with George Wilson netting the last of his five goals against the reds. 1921 - Harry Chambers bagged the only goal of the game late on at Anfield. 1925 - We lost 3-0 at St. James’ Park as Hughie Gallacher struck one of his eight goals past us, with Jimmy Clark and Tommy Urwin also on target. 1999 - Michael Owen nabbed a brace as we drew 2-2 in the North East. Alan Shearer netted one of his eight goals against the reds, with Duncan Ferguson bagging one of his five past us. Another defeat for Shanks 1959 - Bill Shankly took charge of his first away game for the reds as we lost 3-0 on a slippery pitch at Charlton Athletic, with Jim Fryatt bagging a brace and Sam Lawrie also netting. This was our tenth League defeat of the season. Things soon changed, however, as we lost just three of our remaining nineteen fixtures to finish third, eight points off a promotion spot. Wearside yuletide cheer 1901 - Sunderland won for the third consecutive League season at Anfield, this time by 1-0 in what was Tom Watson’s 200th game in charge. 1910 - They also left L4 with both points with Arthur Goddard netting a penalty in our 2-1 defeat, as Tim Coleman nabbed two of his nine goals against the reds. 1964 - However, we won 3-2 at Roker Park, with Willie Stevenson netting a brace and Gordon Milne also on target. Great Scott 1922 - Oldham Athletic’s League visit to Anfield was played as a benefit game for legendary keeper Elisha Scott. Donald Mackinlay and Dick Johnson were on target in a 2-1 win as we welcomed back David Ashworth who had been reds boss until just six days earlier and was now Oldham’s Manager. On the move 2001 - Ex-reds loanee keeper Mark Prudhoe signed for Bradford City. He played eight times for the Bantams before joining Southend United as Player/Coach. 2012 – Future reds Assistant Manager Sean O'Driscoll was sacked as Nottingham Forest boss after just five months in charge, having led them to ten victories in 26 games. Birth and death 2006 – Future red Charlie Adam became a father to Jack. 2010 – Utility player Bill Jones died at the Countess of Chester Hospital. He signed from Hayfield St. Matthews in September 1938 and scored seventeen times in 277 games for us, with his appearances including the 1950 FA Cup Final when he was preferred to Bob Paisley. Bill won two significant medals in the 1940’s - first he was awarded a Military Medal for his part in the crossing of the Rhine in the Second World War, and then he won a League title medal in 1947 on his return to Anfield. His grandson Rob later represented the reds in defence on 243 occasions in the 1990’s.
  2. 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. 2008 - Reserves defender Alex Watson’s more famous brother Dave, who also featured for our second string, joined Wigan Athletic as Youth Team Coach, remaining in this role until moving to Newcastle United’s Academy in November 2011. Start and end 1932 - Inside-left Syd Roberts made his reds bow as Portsmouth beat us 3-1 at Anfield. Roberts went on to bag thirteen goals in 62 reds games. Daniel McRorie netted our goal, while wing-half Alastair Henderson played his fifth and final game for us. Jack Weddle struck two of his five goals past us, with Fred Worrall scoring the first of his four against the reds. 1904 – Half-back John ‘Geezer’ Hughes played his 32nd and last reds game as we won 3-2 at Blackburn Rovers. Sam Raybould, Jack Cox and Arthur Goddard bagged our goals. Jack Dewhurst nabbed the last of his five goals against the reds, with Bob Crompton also netting. 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. 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 League Cup. 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.
  3. Will

    12th March

    Uncle Joe emerges 1921 - Joe Fagan was born in Walton Hospital, Liverpool. He joined the Anfield coaching staff in 1958, becoming Assistant Manager to Bob Paisley in 1974, before moving into the hot seat himself nine years later. In his first season as boss, he led the club to a unique treble of League, European Cup and League Cup, retiring just a year later after 71 victories in 131 games in all competitions. Welcome to Brucie 1981 - Bruce Grobbelaar signed for £250,000 from Vancouver Whitecaps. Our eccentric keeper played 628 times for the reds, helping us to six League titles, one European Cup, three FA Cups, three League Cups, three FA Charity Shields and Screen Sport Super Cup. Other reds birthdays 1902 – Scottish centre-forward Jimmy Smith was born in Old Kilpatrick. He still holds the British seasonal scoring record, netting 66 for Ayr United in 1927/28. He signed for the reds for £5,500 in September 1929, going on to bag 38 goals in 62 reds games including two on his debut against Manchester United. He moved into amateur football with Tunbridge Wells Rangers after three seasons at Anfield. 1897 - John Miller was born in Motherwell. He only played eight times while at Anfield before moving on to Aberdeen in June 1921. He was Tom’s brother, who was caught up in the 1915 match fixing scandal. 1922 – Full-back Frank Lock was born in London. He signed from Charlton Athletic for £7,500 on Christmas Day 1953, playing 42 times before moving on to Watford in June 1955. 1926 – Centre-forward Les Shannon was born in Liverpool. He signed professional terms in November 1944, but had to wait until April 1948 to make his reds bow. He bagged just one goal in eleven games, as well as six in fifteen wartime appearances, moving on to Burnley in November 1949. He is the father of recent Under-16’s coach Dave Shannon. 1931 - Inside-forward Eric Anderson was born in Manchester. He signed pro terms in December 1951 and netted 22 times in 76 games before joining Barnsley in July 1957. Most recently 2017 - We beat Burnley 2-1, with Ashley Barnes putting the visitors in front before goals from Gini Wijnaldum and Emre Can. Double capture 1930 - Outside-left Gordon Gunson and forward Dave Wright both signed from Sunderland. Gunson made 87 appearances, scoring an impressive 26 times in his injury-affected time at Anfield before moving on to Swindon Town in June 1934. Wright bagged 35 goals in exactly a century of reds games, remaining at Anfield until July 1934, when he joined Hull City for £1,000. Farewell to Highbury 2006 - Xabi Alonso was laughably sent off as we lost our 84th and final competitive game at Highbury, going down 2-1 in a League meeting with Arsenal. Luis García equalised before Steven Gerrard gifted the ball to Thierry Henry who struck his second goal of the game to secure victory, two of his nine past us. Other farewells 1949 - Scottish international centre-half Alex Raisbeck died in Liverpool. He scored nineteen goals in 341 games after signing from Hibernian for £350 in May 1898. He was our first skipper to lift the League championship in 1901 and won a further League title five years later, as well as a Second Division championship before returning to Scotland in August 1909 to sign for Partick Thistle. He later had a spell as a scout for the reds. 1954 – Left-half Jim Bradley died. He had signed from Stoke in September 1905, helping us to claim the League title at the end of his first campaign. He struck eight times in 186 reds games, including one in goal, moving on to Reading in June 1911. 1924 - Forward Billy Lacey played his 260th and last reds game as we lost 4-1 at Bolton Wanderers with Jimmy Walsh nabbing our consolation. Joe Smith scored two of his twelve goals past us, with David Jack netting one of his nine and John Smith one of his seven. 1892 - Reds club founder John Houlding was voted off the Everton board, paving the way for him to form Liverpool Football Club. Four for Evans 1955 - Striker John Evans scored all four reds goals in our 4-3 Second Division win over Bury at Gigg Lane. Keeper Charlie Ashcroft played his 89th and last reds game in this match, while centre-half Fred Tomley made his reds bow. Stan Pearson netted the last two of his eleven goals against the reds, with Doug Fletcher also on target. More reds debutants 1898 - Outside-left Jack Cox scored on his reds debut in our 2-0 defeat of Notts County at Anfield, our first ever game on this day in history. Frank Becton grabbed the other goal. 1949 - Utility player Bryan Williams made his reds bow as we beat Birmingham City 1-0 at Anfield, with Cyril Done netting. Williams became renowned for his long throws. Red centuries 1910 – Defender Tom Chorlton played his hundredth League game for the reds as we lost 1-0 to Bristol City in a top-flight fixture. Future red Sam Gilligan struck the last of his five goals past us. 1923 – Right-back Ephraim Longworth made his 300th appearance for the club as we lost 1-0 at Blackburn Rovers. 1983 – Mark Lawrenson reached a century of reds games as we beat West Ham United 3-0 at Anfield. Sammy Lee and Ian Rush netted after Geoff Pike put through his own net after the break. Knocking out the holders 1968 - We beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 in an Anfield FA Cup Fifth Round replay, with Tommy Smith netting the winner from the spot at the second attempt, after Spurs had twelve men on the pitch for his first try, which was saved by Pat Jennings. Roger Hunt was also on target, while Cliff Jones netted his fifth and final goal past us. 1966 - We also beat Spurs in L4, when Ted Clayton put through his own net in this top-flight encounter. Twice against the Blades and Boro We have twice beaten Sheffield United at Anfield in First Division matches on this day in history. 1904 – Joe Hewitt struck the first of his 74 reds goals as we won 3-0, with Arthur Goddard and Robbie Robinson also netting, while full-back Joseph Hoare played his seventh and last reds game. 1932 - Gordon Hodgson converted a penalty with Gordon Gunson also on target in a 2-1 win as Fred Tunstall bagged the last of his eight goals past us. We have also twice faced Middlesbrough in the top-flight on this day. 1977 - Emlyn Hughes netted the only goal of the game at Ayresome Park. 1921 - Our Anfield meeting ended goalless, with William Cunningham playing the first of his three reds games. Thumping the Wearsiders 1938 - Jack Balmer bagged a brace with Berry Nieuwenhuys and Phil Taylor also on the scoresheet as we trounced Sunderland 4-0 at Anfield in a top-flight meeting. Young reds strikers for England 1986 - Future red Nigel Clough and ex-red Mike Newell both made their England Under-21’s debuts in a 1-0 European Championships Quarter-final win in Denmark. Future red Barry Venison also featured. Red against red 1904 - Ex-reds inside-right John Walker won his first cap as a Rangers player, and fourth in total, as Scotland drew 1-1 with Wales in the British International Championships in Dundee. Reds inside-left Richard Morris played for the Welsh. 1956 - Reds reserves keeper Doug Rudham appeared for an Anglo-South African XI as they lost 2-1 to Scotland at Ibrox in an unofficial international in aid of the British Olympic Games Appeal Fund. Future red Tommy Younger played in goal for the Scots. Other reds games 1960 – We lost 2-1 in a Second Division meeting at Portsmouth with Jimmy Harrower putting us in front. 1927 – We lost 3-2 in a top-flight encounter at Leicester City with Tom Reid nabbing a brace. Arthur Chandler struck one of his six goals past us, with ex-red Harold Wadsworth scoring before Ernie Hine netted the first of his ten against the reds. Jones comes to Anfield 1992 - Forward Lee Jones signed from Wrexham for £300,000. He only played four senior games before joining Tranmere Rovers in May 1997. Also on the move 1987 - Two future reds were transferred. Dean Saunders joined Oxford United from Brighton & Hove Albion for £60,000. He struck 23 times in 73 games, before moving to Derby County in October 1988. Jimmy Carter signed for Millwall from Queens Park Rangers for £15,000 on the same day. He played 130 times in his first spell at The Den, moving to Anfield in October 1991. 2010 – Reserves keeper David Martin joined Derby County on loan. He only played twice for the Rams and left Anfield to re-join MK Dons permanently in July 2010. 2015 – Centre-half Lloyd Jones joined Accrington Stanley on loan, netting once in eleven games. 2017 – Momo Sissoko terminated his contract with Italian club Ternana, after just 25 days with the club. 2018 – Ex-reds centre-half and coach Mauricio Pellegrino was sacked as Southampton boss after just eight wins in 34 games in charge since taking over in June 2017. Also in international action 1910 – Sam Hardy kept goal for England as they drew 1-1 with Ireland in the British International Championships in Belfast. 1975 – Ray Clemence and Kevin Keegan both featured as England beat West Germany 2-0 in a friendly at Wembley. 1994 – Future red Brad Friedel played as the USA drew 1-1 with South Korea in California. 1997 – Future red Vladimír Šmicer played for the Czech Republic in their 2-1 defeat of Poland in Ostrava, with ex-red Ronnie Rosenthal in action for Israel as they lost 1-0 to Sweden in Tel-Aviv. 2017 - Rafael Camacho scored his last two Under-17's goals as Portugal drew 3-3 with Poland in a European Championships qualifier.
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    23rd January

    Birth of a reds great 1919 - Bob Paisley was born in Hetton-le-Hole in County Durham. He made 277 reds appearances, netting twelve times and helping us to the League title in 1947 before joining the coaching staff in 1954. He took over as Manager twenty years later and remains the most successful English boss of all time, leading us to three European Cups, six League titles, the UEFA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, four League Cups and five FA Charity Shields. Jose’s day 1986 – Spanish left-back José Enrique was born in Valencia. He signed from Newcastle United for £5.5m in August 2011, notching twice in 99 reds appearances before being released in May 2016. He moved on to Real Zaragoza four months later. 1983 – Pep Lijnders was born in Broekhuizen in the Netherlands. He joined the reds as First-team Development Coach in 2014, leaving the club in January 2018 to take over as N.E.C. boss. However, he was sacked just four months later, returning to Melwood in June 2018 as Assistant Manager. 1883 – Keeper Peter Platt was born in Rishton. He signed from Blackburn Rovers in May 1902, playing 44 times before moving on to Luton Town in 1904. He sadly died aged just 39 in a mini-flu epidemic in Nuneaton in January 1922. Four for Harold 1932 - Centre-forward Harold Barton scored all four reds goals as we beat Chesterfield 4-2 at their Recreation Ground in a Fourth Round FA Cup tie. Unfortunately, we were knocked out by Chelsea in the Sixth Round that season. Beating the Blues 1937 - We won the Anfield derby 3-2 with Fred Howe, Phil Taylor and Jack Balmer on target, and Alex Stevenson bagging a brace for the Blues. Winning again 2020 – We won 2-1 at Wolverhampton Wanderers, extending our lead at the top of the table to sixteen points with a game in hand. Jordan Henderson headed us in front early on, but Raúl Jiménez equalised after the break as we conceded our first League goal for more than twelve hours. Roberto Firmino struck the winner. Cup wins We have twice won FA Cup Fourth Round ties 3-0 on this day in history. 1971 - John Toshack, Ian St. John and Chris Lawler netted as we beat Swansea City at Anfield on our way to the Final. 1982 - We won at Sunderland with Kenny Dalglish grabbing a brace and Ian Rush also on the scoresheet. Unfortunately, we lost at Chelsea at the very next hurdle. Two-ton Laurie 1954 – Centre-half Laurie Hughes played his 200th reds game as Tottenham Hotspur held us to a 2-2 top-flight draw at Anfield. Billy Liddell and John Evans scored with full-back Frank Lock putting through his own net and Sonny Walters nabbing the last of his four strikes past us. A crazy win 2016 – We won by the odd goal in nine at Norwich City, thanks to a stoppage-time Adam Lallana winner that led to a mass celebration on the touchline with boss Jürgen Klopp having his glasses broken. Roberto Firmino put us in front, but we found ourselves 3-1 down. We completed a turnaround to lead 4-3 thanks to goals from Jordan Henderson, a second from Firmino and James Milner. We were still ahead at the ninety-minute mark but Sébastien Bassong bagged a late leveller before the final dénouement. Off the mark 1904 – Forward John Carlin struck the first of his eight reds goals as we drew 2-2 at West Bromwich Albion, with half-back John ‘Geezer’ Hughes also on target with his second and last strike for the club. Carra going free 2006 - Jamie Carragher was awarded the Freedom of Sefton, an honour that thrilled the Bootle-born defender, which he won for his local charity work and the good example he sets young people. He became only the second person to be handed such an accolade. Other birthdays 1904 - Left-half Jimmy McDougall was born in Port Glasgow. He signed from Partick Thistle in April 1928 and went on to be nominated into the club’s official Hall of Fame for the 1930’s, having struck 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. 1868 – Forward Fred Geary was born in Hyson Green, Nottingham. He signed from Everton for £60 in May 1895, having top scored as they won the League in 1891 and won three England caps. He bagged fourteen goals in 45 reds games, helping us to claim the Second Division title in his first season. 1961 – Former Academy Technical Manager Pep Segura was born in A Coruña, Spain. He joined the reds in June 2009 having led Olympiacos to the League and Cup double, moving on in September 2012. 1974 - One-time winger Bernard Diomède was born in Saint-Doulchard, France. He only made five first-team appearances after signing from Auxerre for £3m in June 2000. Stéph’s debut 1993 - Future red Stéphane Henchoz made his full international debut as Roy Hodgson’s Switzerland drew 1-1 with Japan B in a Carlsberg Cup game in Hong Kong, going on to win 5-3 in a penalty shoot-out. Bad boys 2006 - Abel Xavier was sacked by Middlesbrough after being found guilty of breaching UEFA’s anti-doping regulations. He served a ban and subsequently returned to the Riverside, playing 27 times for Boro in total. 2005 – Future red Daniel Agger was sent off for Denmark Under-21’s in an unofficial international against a Panama ‘A’ side, with the game ending 2-2. Four for Milan again 2003 - Milan Baroš scored four for the reserves as they trounced Bradford City 5-0 at the Deva Stadium in Chester. This was the second time that he had knocked four past the Bantams, following a similar performance the previous August. Dietmar Hamann made his comeback from injury in the same game. On the move 2020 – Victor Moses joined Internazionale on loan from Chelsea, failing to score in twenty games in Italy. 2019 – Ex-reds forward Mario Balotelli signed for Olympique de Marseille, scoring eight times in fifteen games for the French side. On the same day, full-back Ryan McLaughlin joined Rochdale from Blackpool, after eleven games for the Seasiders. Meanwhile, full-back Calum Woods joined Bradford City on a free transfer from Preston North End. 2018 – Forward David N’Gog signed for Ross County, netting once in ten outings. On the same day, left-winger Albert Riera announced his retirement from playing. 2017 – Winger Lazar Marković joined Hull City on loan, scoring twice in fourteen outings. 2009 - Emile Heskey joined Aston Villa from Wigan Athletic for £3.5m, after sixteen goals in 88 outings for the Latics. 2007 - Dominic Matteo joined Stoke City on a free transfer from Blackburn Rovers. He struck once in 25 outings for the Potters, often operating as a midfielder. 2003 - Charlie Adam signed for Rangers. He struck eighteen times in 86 games before moving to Blackpool in August 2009 for a club record £500,000, after several loan spells away from Ibrox. 2002 - Reserves defender Alan Navarro was sold to Tranmere Rovers for £225,000, playing 48 times before joining Accrington Stanley in September 2005. 1996 - Reserves forward Lee Jones re-joined Wrexham on loan. He struck nine times in 26 games while on loan at the Racecourse Ground. Reds skippers 2008 - Ex-red El-Hadji Diouf captained Senegal as they drew 2-2 with Tunisia in an Africa Cup of Nations group game in Ghana. 2006 – Diouf also featured as Senegal beat Zimbabwe 2-0 in a group game in Egypt. 2009 – Emiliano Insúa skippered Argentina as they beat Peru 2-1 in a Sudamericano Sub-20 “Juventud de América” group game in Venezuela. 2013 – Oussama Assaidi featured for Morocco as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Cape Verde in their Africa Cup of Nations Finals group game in South Africa. 2015 – Ex-red Carl Medjani played for Algeria as they lost 1-0 to Ghana in another group game in Equatorial Guinea. Future red Sadio Mané also featured that day as Senegal drew 1-1 with South Africa. 2012 – Future red Assaidi played as Morocco lost 2-1 to Tunisia in Gabon. 2000 – Future red Fábio Aurélio played for Brazil as they beat Ecuador 2-0 in an Olympics qualifier. On the same day, Alberto Aquilani featured as Italy Under-15’s lost 3-1 to Brazil. 2016 – Future red Ozan Kabak played for Turkey Under-16’s in their 3-1 friendly defeat of the USA. Other reds games 1988 – Peter Beardsley and John Barnes scored as we beat Charlton Athletic 2-0 at Selhurst Park 1960 – We drew a Second Division fixture 3-3 at Middlesbrough, with Brian Clough nabbing two of his ten goals past us. Kenny Thomson put through his own net with Dave Hickson and Roger Hunt also on target to hand us a 3-1 half-time lead. Bill Harris equalised through a late spot-kick. 1926 – We beat Arsenal 3-0 at Anfield with Dick Forshaw netting twice and Cyril Oxley also scoring, while Elisha Scott saved an Alf Baker penalty. Forshaw’s second came with just fifteen seconds left, with the referee momentarily dazed so Tom Bromilow blew the final whistle! 1909 – Joe Hewitt and Ronald Orr struck as we won 2-0 at Bradford City. Bruno le père 2007 – Ex-reds midfielder Bruno Cheyrou and his wife Constance welcomed a son, Nino, in France. On the same day, Shane O’Connor played for the Irish Under-17’s, while future red Lucas captained Brazil as they beat Uruguay 3-1 in a Sudamericano Sub-20 "Juventud de América" game in Paraguay.
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    20th June

    Defensive recruits 2015 – Centre-half Joe Gomez signed from Charlton Athletic for £3.5m. He has so far made exactly a century of senior appearances, helping us to claim the UEFA Champions League in Madrid last year, as well as the verge of the League title. 2001 - John Arne Riise signed from AS Monaco for £4m. He netted 31 times in his 348 first-team appearances, at either left-back or on the left side of midfield, but left for Roma for the same fee he was signed for in June 2008. He helped us to claim the Champions League, FA Cup, two UEFA Super Cups, League Cup and two FA Charity Shields. Moving on 1972 - Alun Evans was sold to Aston Villa for £72,000. He had become the first £100,000 teenager four years earlier when arriving at Anfield from Wolverhampton Wanderers, our new record signing. He netted 33 times in his 111 first team appearances for the reds before moving to Villa Park. 1955- Full-back Frank Lock was sold to Watford. He had signed from Charlton Athletic for £7,500 on Christmas Day 1953, playing 42 times without scoring. 1901 – Right-back Don McCallum signed from Queen’s Park, but only made two senior appearances before moving on to Morton in May 1903. European ban 1985 - UEFA banned Liverpool from European competition for three years, on top of the overall English ban, following the shameful events at Heysel three weeks earlier. However, this was later reduced to just one year. Final caps 2007 - Scott Carson won his 29th and final cap for England Under-21’s as they fell at the penultimate hurdle in the European Championships Finals in Heerenveen. Host nation the Netherlands held them to a 1-1 draw, with no further score in extra time. The penalty shoot-out was long drawn out, finally ending 13-12 in favour of the Dutch, with both Carson and future red Ryan Babel converting their spot-kicks, and future red James Milner doing so twice. Holland went on to beat Serbia in the Final. 2013 – Pepe Reina won his last cap for Spain before joining SSC Napoli on loan as they thrashed Tahiti 10-0 in a Confederations Cup group game in Brazil. Ex-red Fernando Torres scored four times, also missing a penalty, while Sebastián Coates and Luis Suárez both also featured in the same competition that day as Uruguay beat Nigeria 2-1. 2015 - Sebastián Coates won his last cap as a reds player in Uruguay’s 1-1 draw with Paraguay in a Copa América group game in Chile, with ex-red Javier Mascherano also in action in the same tournament that day. Meanwhile, Emre Can featured for Germany Under-21’s as they beat Denmark 3-0 in the European Championships Finals in Prague. European disappointments 2000 - German and English reds crashed out of Euro 2000. Dietmar Hamann won his 27th cap as Germany lost 3-0 to Portugal in Rotterdam. On the same day, Michael Owen’s goal could not prevent Kevin Keegan’s England from succumbing 3-2 to Romania after Phil Neville conceded a last-minute penalty in Charleroi. Emile Heskey and future red Nick Barmby also featured, with ex-red Paul Ince winning his 53rd and final cap in this game. 2004 - Future reds Xabi Alonso, Fernando Morientes and Fernando Torres all played in Spain’s 1-0 defeat by host nation Portugal in Lisbon, which meant that the Spaniards missed out on reaching the knock-out phase. Future red Kolo Touré played in a World Cup qualifier on the same day, as Ivory Coast won 2-1 in Egypt. 2009 – Torres featured alongside clubmates Álvaro Arbeloa, Pepe Reina and Albert Riera as Spain set a world record of fifteen consecutive international wins, equalling Brazil’s all-time record of 35 matches unbeaten. The game was a 2-0 defeat of host nation South Africa in the Confederations Cup. On the same day, Touré won his last cap as an Arsenal player in Ivory Coast’s 3-2 win in a World Cup qualifier in Burkina Faso. Also in Europe 2016 - Martin Škrtel captained Slovakia as he won his last cap as a reds player as they held Roy Hodgson’s England to a goalless draw in Saint-Étienne, meaning both sides qualified for the knock-out phase. Joe Allen played for Wales as they beat Russia 3-0 in Toulouse in the same group to progress as group winners. Nathaniel Clyne, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge all also featured that day. 2017 – Marko Grujić played for Serbia Under-21’s in their 2-2 draw with FYR Macedonia in a European Championships Finals group game in Poland. Reds for Scotland Reds have twice represented Scotland on this day in history. 1983 - Graeme Souness captained his country as they beat Canada 2-0 in a friendly in Toronto. 1990 - Gary Gillespie won his twelfth senior cap as a substitute in their 1-0 defeat by Brazil in the Stadio delle Alpi in Turin. This defeat ensured that the Scots again failed to progress past the first stage of the World Cup Finals. Also at the World Cup 1982 - Phil Thompson played in England’s 2-0 win over Czechoslovakia in Bilbao, their second game of the group stage. 1998 - Future red Bolo Zenden came off the bench as the Netherlands thumped South Korea 5-0 in Marseille. 1990 - Glenn Hysén skippered Sweden to a 2-1 defeat by Costa Rica in Genoa as they finished bottom of their group without a point. 2006 - Steven Gerrard and future red Joe Cole were on target as England were held to a 2-2 draw by Sweden in Cologne, with Jamie Carragher, Peter Crouch and ex-red Michael Owen all also featuring. Owen damaged his knee ligaments in the opening minute, an injury that kept him out for almost all of the following season. 2010 – Martin Škrtel played as Slovakia lost 2-0 to Paraguay in Bloemfontein, while future red Kolo Touré appeared for the Ivory Coast in their 3-1 defeat by Brazil in Johannesburg. 2014 – Mamadou Sakho faced future red Xherdan Shaqiri as France beat Switzerland 5-2 in a group game in Salvador, with future red Mario Balotelli playing in Italy’s 1-0 defeat by Costa Rica in Recife. 2018 – Ex-red Luis Suárez reached a century of caps for his country, scoring the only goal of the game as Uruguay beat Saudi Arabia in Russia. 2019 – Suárez converted a spot-kick as Uruguay drew 2-2 with Japan in a Copa América group game in Brazil, the third consecutive international in which he netted. Happy birthday 1964 - Ex-loanee keeper Alec Chamberlain was born in March in Cambridgeshire. He came to Anfield as cover for David James, sitting on the bench at the Coca-Cola Cup Final in 1995, and five subsequent League games, without getting onto the pitch. He is now coaching at Watford, having made 290 appearances for the Hornets. Spackers on the move 1983 - Nigel Spackman signed for Chelsea from Bournemouth for £35,000. He spent nearly four years at Stamford Bridge before joining the reds in February 1987, making 179 appearances in this first spell with the Blues. Eight in New York 1948 - We beat Kearny Celtic Scots 8-0 in a friendly in New York. Jack Balmer netted a hat-trick, with Billy Liddell and Les Shannon grabbing a brace each and Bob Priday also on target. Goalscorers on a run 1969 - Ex-red Tony Hateley scored in the seventh of all seven games of an FA Tour as England thumped Thailand 4-0 in Bangkok. He netted a total of seventeen goals on the tour. 2011 - Future red Samed Yeşil scored in his ninth consecutive Under-17's game, nabbing a brace as Germany thumped Ecuador 6-1 in a World Championships Finals group game in Mexico, with future red Emre Can captaining the side. Meanwhile, left-back Tom King played for Australia in their 2-1 win over the Ivory Coast at the same tournament. On the same day, ex-red Javier Mascherano featured for Argentina in their 4-0 friendly defeat of Albania in Buenos Aires. Future reds youngsters on target 1997 – Danny Murphy bagged a treble as England Under-20’s thumped the United Arab Emirates 5-0 in Malaysia in the World Championship Finals. Michael Owen was also on target. 2001 – Maxi Rodríguez netted as Argentina came from behind to beat Egypt 7-1 in the same tournament in Buenos Aires. Daniel Sjölund was also in action earlier that day as Finland beat Jamaica 1-0 in the same stadium. Forwards on the move 2006 - Ex-reds reserves forward Andy Parkinson joined Notts County on a free transfer from Grimsby Town. He bagged five goals in 73 games for the Magpies before moving to Cambridge United in July 2008. 2007 - Winger Richie Partridge signed for Chester City. He struck seven times in 68 outings before joining MK Dons in July 2009. 2014 - John Toshack was appointed Manager of Moroccan side Wydad Casablanca. Hillsborough march 2009 – The Hillsborough March4Justice to 10 Downing Street took place, taking a petition of more than 40,000 signatures to the Prime Minister. Bobby’s happy day 2017 – Forward Roberto Firmino married Larissa Pereira in Maceió, Brazil.
  6. Happy birthday Gary Mac 1964 - Gary McAllister was born in Motherwell. He arrived on a free transfer in July 2000, proving inspirational in the run-in to the treble that season. He netted nine goals in 87 reds games before moving back to Coventry City as Player/Manager in May 2002. He returned to Anfield as a First Team Coach last summer, moving into an ambassadorial role after Brendan Rodgers was sacked. 1896 – Winger Chris Harrington was born in Edge Hill. He signed from South Liverpool in December 1920, failing to score in four senior outings, before returning to his former club the following year. A sad day 1984 - Jack Balmer died in Liverpool. He had bagged 111 goals in 309 reds games after signing from Everton in May 1935, including trebles in three consecutive matches on our way to the League title in 1947. He also played in the FA Cup Final three years later. 1899 - Thomas ‘Harry’ Bradshaw died of tuberculosis in Tottenham. He joined from Northwich Victoria in October 1893 and netted 51 times in 138 games for the reds, helping us to our first two Second Division titles and was the first reds player to win senior international honours. He left Anfield to join Tottenham Hotspur in May 1898. 2004 - Left-back Eddie Spicer died. He was decorated for bravery whilst serving in the Royal Marines in World War Two, going on to net twice in 168 reds games, helping us to the first post-war League title and featuring in the 1950 FA Cup Final. Unfortunately, a second broken leg ended his career in December 1953. 2013 - Forward Wayne Harrison died aged just 46 after suffering from pancreatic cancer. 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. King Billy’s four 1954 - Billy Liddell scored four goals as we thumped Ipswich Town 6-2 at Anfield in our first season after relegation. Also on the scoresheet were Louis Bimpson and John Evans. Rushie starts out 1979 - Ian Rush signed as a professional for Chester. He bagged seventeen goals in 39 games at Sealand Road, before moving to Anfield for £300,000 the following April. Smiling at a treble 1925 - Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers and the visitors’ Hughie Gallacher each bagged a hat-trick as we beat Newcastle United 6-3 at Anfield. Centre-half David Pratt scored his only reds goal, with Cyril Oxley and Dick Forshaw also on the scoresheet. These were the first of Gallacher’s eight goals past us, while our third goal was the club’s 2,000th in all competitions. 1923 - The Geordies left Anfield with both points after winning 1-0. A pair from The Valley 1953 - Don Welsh signed full-back Frank Lock and forward John Evans from Charlton Athletic, for £7,500 and £12,500 respectively. On the same day, right-half and future Manager Phil Taylor made his 314th and final League appearance as we lost 5-2 at West Bromwich Albion. Alan A’Court was on target for the reds, with full-back Ray Lambert scoring from the spot, his second and last reds goal. Frank Griffin struck the last two of his six goals against the reds, with Ronnie Allen scoring the final one of his five, and Ray Barlow and Johnny Nicholls also on target. 1936 - We also lost 3-1 at The Hawthorns, with Fred Howe grabbing our consolation. Harry Jones bagged a brace for the Baggies, with Stan Wood netting one of his five goals past us. Most recent Christmas goal 1957 - Tony Rowley scored our most recent goal on Christmas Day as we lost 3-1 in a Second Division fixture at Grimsby Town. 1930 - We also visited Blundell Park for a game that ended goalless, with full-back Tommy Lucas making his 300th League outing for the reds. Christmas derbies 1916 – We were beaten 1-0 in a friendly at Goodison Park. 1939 - We lost a friendly 3-2 to Everton at Anfield with both our goals coming from Willie Fagan. 1940 - We won a Wartime League game 3-1 at home, thanks to a Len Carney brace and Berry Nieuwenhuys. Bradley into the breach 1909 - Left-half Jim Bradley stepped in as an emergency goalkeeper, helping us to a 3-0 top-flight win over Bolton Wanderers at Anfield. Arthur Goddard and Ronald Orr grabbed our goals, to add to a Jack Parkinson penalty. We have faced Bolton seven times in the First Division on Christmas Day, winning five and losing just once. 1902 - Our biggest win was a 5-1 thumping at Anfield when Charlie Wilson struck a brace, Jack Cox and Edgar Chadwick were on the scoresheet, and Sam Raybould added a penalty. Peter Platt saved a penalty from Laurie Bell. 1897 – Forward Abe Hartley debuted as we won an away meeting 2-0, thanks to goals from Dan Cunliffe and Andrew McCowie. 1914 – Centre-half Bob Ferguson played his hundredth reds game in our 1-0 win at Burnden Park. Forward Billy Lacey was our scorer. Arsenal again 1935 - Arsenal won for the fourth consecutive season in the League at Anfield, with Joe Hulme scoring one of his ten goals against the reds. No team has since equalled this feat. 1947 - They also left L4 with both points when Bob Priday netted in a 3-1 defeat. Ronnie Rooke struck twice for the Gunners, with Don Roper netting the first of his five past us. Eased in on his debut 1946 - John Easdale made his reds bow as we lost 2-1 at Stoke City, with Albert Stubbins netting late on for the reds after a Freddie Steele brace had put the Potters in control. 1941 - We also lost at the Victoria Ground, going down 4-3 in a Wartime League match, with our goals coming from Berry Nieuwenhuys, Stan Polk and Billy Liddell. 1906 – Forward John Lipsham debuted in our goalless draw at Manchester United, the first of just three outings for the club. Two-ton Jimmy 1931 - Right-back Jimmy ‘Parson’ Jackson played his 200th reds game in our 3-1 defeat of Sheffield Wednesday in a top-flight encounter at Anfield. Harry Burgess struck one of his nine goals past us, with Gordon Gunson bagging a brace and Harold Barton also on target. Tommy’s last 1913 – Centre-forward Tommy Gracie bagged his fifth and final reds goal as we beat Manchester City 4-2 at Anfield, with Jackie Sheldon netting a brace and Billy Lacey also on the scoresheet. Fred Howard struck two of his nine goals against the reds, both from the spot. Match abandoned 1893 - Our friendly with Accrington Stanley at their Crown Ground was abandoned after 75 minutes due to bad weather. We were losing 1-0 at the time.
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    26th May

    Last-gasp heartache 1989 - Having already claimed the FA Cup in the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster, we only had to avoid defeat at home to Arsenal by two clear goals or more to clinch our second double in four seasons. The Gunners took the lead in the second half when Alan Smith was judged to have headed in from an indirect free-kick, one of his nine goals against the reds. We held on until stoppage time, when Michael Thomas burst through to grab the decisive, heart-breaking second and take the title back to Highbury for the first time since 1971. Bruce Grobbelaar was playing his 300th League game for the club. A Busby birthday 1909 - Right-half Sir Matt Busby was born on this day in Orbiston, Lanarkshire. He joined the reds from Manchester City for £8,000 in March 1936, making 122 appearances for us, many as captain, notching three times. He was appointed as coach and Assistant Manager to George Kay at Anfield in May 1944, but he was released by the club the following February after disagreements with the board, taking over as Manager of Manchester United a few days later. 1991 – Reserves left-back Chris Mavinga was born in Meaux, France. He signed from Paris St. Germain in July 2009 but was sold to Stade Rennais for £1m two years later, having failed to break through to the first team. Final despair 2018 – We lost 3-1 to Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League Final in Kiev, as keeper Loris Karius had a personal nightmare, with Mohamed Salah being forced off with injury after just half an hour. Karim Benzema scored the most recent of his four goals past us shortly after half time, but Sadio Mané levelled just four minutes later. However, Gareth Bale then struck twice to secure the trophy for the Spanish side for a record thirteenth time. Emre Can came off the bench to make his 167th and last appearance for the reds. A Philly dozen 1946 - We trounced a Philadelphia Select of American League side 12-0 in a friendly in the Yellow Jacket Stadium. Cyril Done struck four times, with Jack Balmer bagging a hat-trick and Phil Taylor and Willie Fagan both netting braces, and Bob Priday rounding out the scoring. Opening a new stadium 1978 - We played a game to commemorate the opening of the new Al Nasr Stadium in the United Arab Emirates, beating Al Nasr Club 5-0. Our scorers were fairly unusual, with substitute Colin Irwin and Ray Kennedy both bagging braces, and Alan Hansen also on target. 1980 - We returned to the Middle East to beat a Bahrain XI 2-1 on the Three Fives Gulf Football Tour. This time, Howard Gayle and Graeme Souness got on the scoresheet. Signing on 2014 - Brendan Rodgers signed a new contract, having just led the reds to within a whisker of the League title. However, the team regressed and he was sacked in October 2015. 2015 - Centre-half Kolo Touré signed a new contract, notching just once in 71 reds games before moving on to join Rodgers at Celtic in July 2016 after this deal expired. Charnock on target 1994 - Reserves midfielder Phil Charnock scored his first senior reds goal in our 3-0 defeat of Cape Town Spurs in the United Bank International Soccer Festival in South Africa, with Bruce Grobbelaar appearing for the reds for the final time. Robbie Fowler netted the other two. The players were introduced to South African President Nelson Mandela prior to the game. Select thumpings 1948 - We beat a New England Select side 6-0 at Fall River, with Willie Fagan and Albert Stubbins both nabbing braces to add to goals from Jack Balmer and Bob Priday. 1914 - We defeated a Denmark Select XI 7-1 in Copenhagen. Fred again 1935 – Fred Howe scored in our 4-2 friendly win at CD Tenerife, so netting in all three of our tour games. Alf Hanson bagged a brace with Tosh Johnson also on target. Welsh first and last 1949 - Ray Lambert won his fifth and final cap for Wales as they lost 4-0 to Switzerland in a friendly in Bern. 1957 – Future reds centre-forward Des Palmer made the first of his three senior appearances for the Welsh in their 2-0 World Cup qualifying defeat in Czechoslovakia. Tommy Younger played for Scotland as they beat Spain 4-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Madrid on the same day. 2014 – Future red Divock Origi won his first senior cap as Belgium thumped Luxembourg 5-1 in a friendly in Genk. On the same day, Jordon Ibe won his sixth and last cap for England Under-19’s, with future red Ragnar Klavan bagging his only goal as an Augsburg player, captaining Estonia as they drew 1-1 with Gibraltar in a friendly in Tallinn. Lloyd Jones, Brad Smith and future reds Lazar Marković and Joël Matip all also represented their countries. 2008 – Future reds loanee Victor Moses won his first cap for England Under-19’s in their 2-0 European Championships qualifying defeat of Poland in Borisov, with future red Andy Carroll also featuring. Feyenoord’s Gini Wijnaldum also featured at the same level that day. Wark on target 1979 - Future red John Wark netted in Scotland’s 3-1 defeat of England in the British International Championships at Wembley. Ray Clemence and Everton’s George Wood were in the opposing goals, while the sides were skippered by ex-red Kevin Keegan and his Anfield replacement Kenny Dalglish. Phil Neal, Graeme Souness and Phil Thompson all also played. 1984 - John Wark and future red John Barnes played in the last ever British International Championships game, with Scotland and England drawing 1-1 at Hampden Park. God on the scoresheet 2002 - Ex-red Robbie Fowler scored in England’s 2-2 pre-World Cup friendly draw with Cameroon in Japan. Michael Owen was captain, with Emile Heskey, future red Joe Cole and ex-reds David James and Rigobert Song also playing. Meanwhile, future red Djibril Cissé came on as a substitute in France’s 3-2 defeat of South Korea in Suwon and F.C. København’s Christian Poulsen played as Denmark beat Tunisia 2-1 in Wakayama. 1996 - Fowler also played for England, alongside Steve McManaman and future red Paul Ince, as they beat a Hong Kong Garden Select side 1-0 in an unofficial warm-up game at the Happy Valley Stadium before Euro ‘96. Future red Gary McAllister played for Scotland as they beat the USA 2-1 in a friendly. Tosh on target 1971 - John Toshack bagged the only goal of the game as Wales beat Finland in a European Championships qualifier in Helsinki. 2012 – Tosh managed FYR Macedonia as they held Portugal to a goalless friendly draw in Leiria. Ex-red Raul Meireles featured for the home side. In charge 2010 - Christian Ziege was appointed Manager of DSC Arminia Bielefeld, although he was sacked just six months later. On the same day, future red Fabio Borini scored his last goal for Italy Under-19’s in their 3-1 European Championships qualifying defeat in Russia. Dirk Kuyt, future reds Dejan Lovren, Nuri Şahin and Luis Suárez and ex-reds Nicolas Anelka and Alou Diarra all also turned out for their countries that day. 2012 – Roy Hodgson took charge of England for the first time, winning a friendly 1-0 in Norway. Martin Kelly and future red Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain both made their senior bows, with Jordan Henderson winning his first cap as a reds player. Steven Gerrard skippered a side that also included Andy Carroll, Stewart Downing, winning his last cap while with the reds, and future red James Milner, while ex-red John Arne Riise was on the losing side. Scoring against Albania 1992 - Ex-red John Aldridge netted for the Republic of Ireland as they beat Albania 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier at Lansdowne Road. Ray Houghton and ex-reds Kevin Sheedy and Steve Staunton also played. 1993 - Staunton was on target as the Irish won the return 2-1 in Tirana. Fellow ex-reds Aldridge and Houghton also played. 1985 - Ex-red Michael Robinson featured as Spain held Ireland to a friendly goalless draw in the only senior international ever to be played at the Flower Lodge in Cork. Milan also on target 2006 - Ex-red Milan Baroš struck for the Czech Republic as they beat Saudi Arabia 2-0 in a friendly in Austria. Future reds Daniel Agger and Nuri Şahin also represented their countries that day. 2008 – Baroš played in the Czech Republic’s 2-0 friendly defeat of Lithuania in Prague. 2012 – He converted a spot-kick in a 2-1 defeat of ex-red Yossi Benayoun’s Israel in Austria. Daniel Agger, Dirk Kuyt and ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Robbie Keane, Carl Medjani, Christian Poulsen and Daniel Sjölund also played for their countries that day. Heading off 1925 - Joe Keetley let the reds for Wolverhampton Wanderers after scoring twice in nine games since arriving from Accrington Stanley in November 1923 for £1,200. 1928 - Left-winger George Pither left Anfield to sign for Crewe Alexandra, after one goal in twelve reds games stepping in for the established Fred Hopkin. 1987 – Centre-half John McGregor moved on to Rangers, with whom he won the League Cup. He had failed to make the first team since arriving from Queen’s Park in May 1982. A young Geoff 1957 - Future reds left-half Geoff Twentyman became Carlisle United’s youngest ever debutant, aged seventeen years and 127 days, as they drew 2-2 at New Brighton in Division Three North. European Cup despair Two future reds have lost UEFA Champions League Finals on this day in recent years. 2004 - Fernando Morientes played as AS Monaco lost 2-0 to Jose Mourinho’s Porto in Gelsenkirchen. 1999 - Markus Babbel suffered heartache as Bayern München cruelly lost 2-1 to Manchester United in Barcelona. Bells toll twice 2007 - Craig Bellamy struck a brace as John Toshack’s Wales were held to a 2-2 friendly draw in Wrexham by New Zealand, his last two goals in his first spell as a reds player. On the same day, ex-red Darren Potter won his second senior cap playing for Steve Staunton’s Republic of Ireland in their 1-1 friendly draw with Bolivia in Boston, USA. Pepe the papa again 2011 – Keeper Pepe Reina became a father for the third time, to Luca. Ed up 2012 – Former Chief Scout Eduardo Macía was promoted by Fiorentina to Technical Director. Also in international action 1951 – Future red Frank Lock played for England as they beat Australia 4-1 in an FA Tour game in Sydney. 2001 – Future red Andrea Dossena featured for Italy Under-20’s in their 2-1 defeat of the Netherlands. 2003 – Future red Paul Jones turned out for Wales as they lost a friendly 2-0 in the USA. 2017 – Ovie Ejaria, Sheyi Ojo and future red Dominic Solanke all played for England Under-20’s in their 1-0 defeat of host nation South Korea in a World Championship Finals group game.
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