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  1. Will

    30th August

    Central moves 2014 – Daniel Agger joined Brøndby IF in his native Denmark for a reported £3m, after fourteen goals in 232 games since signing from the same club for £5.8m in January 2006. He had helped us to claim the FA Community Shield and League Cup. 2011 – Uruguayan Sebastián Coates signed from Nacional for £7m after impressing at the recent Copa América tournament. He netted twice in 24 senior outings for the reds, failing to break through to becoming a first team regular. He was sold to Sunderland for £4m in July 2015 after spending the previous season on loan there. 1960 – Right-half Gordon Milne signed from his hometown club Preston North End for a club record £16,000. He played 282 times for us, netting eighteen times and winning the League title twice, as well as the Second Division championship before joining Blackpool in May 1967. He also won fourteen England caps, and later successfully managed Coventry City and Leicester City. Masch off 2010 - Javier Mascherano was sold to Barcelona for €22m, after two goals in 139 reds games. He signed for the reds on loan from West Ham United in January 2007, joining permanently thirteen months later. A hat-trick for Michael 1998 - Michael Owen bagged a hat-trick as we beat Newcastle United 4-1 at St. James’ Park, to spoil Ruud Gullit’s first game in charge. Stéphane Guivarc’h replied for the home side with Patrik Berger rounding out the scoring, which all took place in the first half. The Saint off the mark 1961 – Ian St. John struck his first two reds goals as we trounced Sunderland 4-1, with Roger Hunt also on target twice and Brian Clough netting the last of his ten goals past us. 1958 – We were beaten 2-1, when Billy Liddell grabbed our consolation at Roker Park. 1922 - We also lost 1-0 on another visit to the North East. Carra’s half century 2012 - Jamie Carragher played his fiftieth game in Europe’s second tier competition as Heart Of Midlothian held us to a 1-1 draw in the second leg of our UEFA Europa League play-off at Anfield. David Templeton’s strike that evaded Pepe Reina with just six minutes remaining looked to have secured extra time, but Luis Suárez scored to send us through. 1980 – Left-back Alan Kennedy reached a century of reds appearances, also scoring in our 4-1 defeat of Norwich City at Anfield with Alan Hansen, Terry McDermott and David Johnson also on target. Loaned out 2012 – Centre-forward Andy Carroll joined West Ham United on loan after bagging eleven goals in 58 reds games since his club record £35m capture on transfer deadline day in January 2011. He netted seven times in 24 games for the Irons, before signing on permanently for £15.5m in June 2013, their record fee paid to date. On the same day, young forward Samed Yeşil moved to Anfield from Bayer 04 Leverkusen for a reported £1m. He made two senior reds appearances before being released in June 2016. Meanwhile, ex-red Ryan Babel was released by TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, later re-joining Ajax. 2015 – Forward Lazar Marković joined Fenerbahçe Spor Kulübü on loan, netting twice in twenty outings. Also off and running 2003 - Harry Kewell netted his first reds goal as we won 3-0 at Everton, with Michael Owen bagging a brace. This was our fourth straight League win at Goodison, a record for any club. 1948 – Les Shannon struck his first reds goal as we won 2-1 at Sheffield United, with Billy Liddell also on target. Out of Anfield 2002 - Jari Litmanen rejoined his old club Ajax on a free transfer. He had only managed to make nineteen starts in as many months at Anfield, notching nine goals in 43 appearances in all, and failed to really establish himself back in the Netherlands. 2006 - Neil Mellor joined Preston North End for a reported £0.5m. He netted 43 times in 151 outings before having to retire due to injury in May 2012. 1999 - Bjørn Tore Kvarme signed for Saint-Étienne on a free transfer. He had made 54 reds appearances but was not the defensive missing link we were searching for. He spent two seasons in France before joining Sander Westerveld at Real Sociedad, retiring from the game in June 2008 after a spell back with his first club, Rosenborg BK. 1990 - Reserves defender Alex Watson joined Derby County on loan, going on to make five appearances for the Rams. His brother Dave, another ex-reds reserve, went on to far greater success with Everton. 1911 – Forward Herbert Leavey left the reds to join Barnsley after just five senior games since arriving from Plymouth Argyle in June 1910. Also off the mark 1919 – George Patterson took charge of the reds for the first time as inside-forward Harry Lewis, Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers and outside-left Albert Pearson all scored on their reds debuts, as we won 3-1 at Bradford City as another season began, with Jimmy Marshall nabbing one of his five goals against the reds. Lewis also missed a penalty, while full-back William Jenkinson also made his reds bow with forward Billy Lacey playing his hundredth League game for the club. 1933 - Forward Sam English scored his first reds goal in our 1-1 draw with Stoke City at Anfield, the first time we had faced them since their name change from the simpler Stoke. Tommy Sale struck the first of his five goals past us that day. We have beaten Stoke City twice more on this day over the years. 1947 - Billy Liddell struck a brace as we won 2-0 at the Victoria Ground. 1952 - We won 3-2 in L4 with Jack Smith, Kevin Baron and Billy Liddell on the scoresheet. Frank Bowyer struck one of his four goals against the reds, with Les Johnston also netting. Happy birthdays 1986 - Winger Sebastián Leto was born in Alejandro Korn in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He signed from Club Atlético Lanús for £1.85m in January 2007, although the transfer was not formally completed until seven months later. He made just four senior appearances and moved permanently to Panathinaikos in July 2009 after spending the previous season on loan at Olympiacos. 2002 – Portuguese forward Fábio Carvalho was born in Torres Vedras. He signed from Fulham for an initial £5m in July 2022, debuting as we won the FA Community Shield later that month. Out-foxed We twice visited Filbert Street to play Leicester City on this day in the 1970’s, without winning. 1972 - We lost 3-2 with John Toshack bagging an early brace to put us two goals ahead, before Keith Weller struck a hat-trick, the first of his six goals against the reds. 1975 - We were held 1-1, with Kevin Keegan nabbing our goal. Two minutes earlier he had converted a penalty, but had to retake it, and failed with his second attempt. Keith Weller netted against the reds again, the last of his six strikes against us. Losing out to the Villains We twice faced Aston Villa on this day in the 1920’s, without winning. 1924 - Donald McKinlay and Danny Shone netted as we lost 4-2 at Anfield in our opening match of the season. Billy Walker struck two of his five goals against the reds, with Billy Kirton and Arthur Dorrell also on target. 1926 - Dick Forshaw was on target as we drew 1-1 at Villa Park, with Len Capewell scoring one of his six strikes past us. Heading towards Wembley 1977 - Kenny Dalglish and Jimmy Case were on the scoresheet as we beat Chelsea 2-0 at Anfield in a League Cup Second Round fixture. We went on to reach the Final of the competition for the first time that season. East end Hutch 1994 - Don Hutchison left Anfield for West Ham United for £1.5m after ten goals in sixty reds games. 2001 - He moved back to Upton Park, joining from Sunderland for £5m, having also played for Sheffield United and Everton in the meantime. Starting off well 1930 - Jim Smith netted twice as we beat Blackburn Rovers 2-1 at Anfield in our opening fixture of the season, with outside-left Fred Hopkin playing his 300th League game for the reds. Jack Bruton scored one of his four goals past us. Beaten to a trophy 1989 - The reds lost 2-0 to Real Madrid in the eleventh Trofeo Internacional “Santiago Bernabéu”, thanks to goals from Hugo Sánchez and Emilio Butragueño. Other reds games 1995 – Neil Ruddock netted the only goal of Queens Park Rangers’ visit to Anfield. 1986 – We beat Arsenal 2-1 in L4. Jan Mølby converted a penalty before Tony Adams equalised. Ian Rush grabbed the winner. 1969 – Chris Lawler headed in as we drew 1-1 at Sheffield Wednesday. 1966 – We beat Manchester City 3-2 at home with Roger Hunt and Geoff Strong both scoring early on. Matt Gray pulled a goal back after the break with Hunt netting again before Jimmy Murray bagging the last of his four goals against the reds. 1950 – We lost 1-0 at Manchester United. A Gray day 1910 - 1930’s defender Alf Gray was born in Westhoughton, Bolton. He failed to break into our first team. On the move 2005 – Brazilian keeper Alexander Doni joined Roma from Juventude in his native land for US$18,000. 2003 - Steve McManaman signed for Manchester City from Real Madrid on a free transfer. He appeared just 44 times for them without scoring before being released. 2002 - Øyvind Leonhardsen joined Aston Villa from Tottenham Hotspur on a free transfer. He left Villa Park two years later, after three goals in 23 games. 2006 – Future reds scout Jonathan Woodgate joined Middlesbrough on loan from Real Madrid, making the move permanent for £7m the following summer. He played 52 times without scoring, moving on to Tottenham Hotspur for a reported £8m in January 2008. 2018 – Keeper Caoimhin Kelleher and winger Sheyi Ojo both signed new contracts, with Ojo then completing a loan move to Stade de Reims on the same day, where he scored once in eighteen games for their first team. 2021 – Left-back James Norris signed a new contract with the reds, having already made one senior appearance. On the same day, centre-half Ozan Kabak joined Norwich City on loan from Schalke 04, playing twelve times as they were relegated from the Premier League. First caps 1996 - Brad Friedel won his first cap as a Columbus Crew player, and fortieth in total, as the USA beat El Salvador 3-1 in a friendly in Los Angeles. 2006 – Future reds loanee Victor Moses played for England Under-17’s for the first time, in their 2-2 friendly draw with Turkey. On the same day, future red Alex Manninger played for Austria Under-21’s in their 4-0 European Championships qualifying defeat of Scotland in Amstetten.
  2. Will

    21st August

    Another charitable win 1982 - We beat Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 at Wembley to claim the FA Charity Shield outright for the sixth time, thanks to an extra-time strike from Ian Rush. David Hodgson made his first-class reds debut in this game. A sponsored run-out 1979 - We became the first English club to wear sponsored shirts when Hitachi was emblazoned on the red kit for the first time during a goalless draw with Bolton Wanderers at Anfield. New men in charge 1991 - David Moores became Chairman of the club. He showed patience towards the Managers he employed to lead the reds, while largely staying out of the limelight favoured by some club chairmen. He sold his stake in the club to George Gillett Jr. and Tom Hicks in February 2007, becoming Honorary Life President, although he resigned from the Board in June 2009 after this had proven to be a terrible mistake. 2015 – Ex-reds centre-half Sami Hyypiä was appointed Manager of Zürich, being sacked nine months later as they were on their way to relegation. In comes Soto 2009 – Greek centre-half Sotirios Kyrgiakos signed from A.E.K Athens for £2m, following the summer departure of Sami Hyypiä. Soto bagged three goals in 49 largely solid performances at the back, becoming something of a cult figure for his no-nonsense style before moving to VfL Wolfsburg on a free transfer two years later. On the same day, reserves left-back Robbie Threlfall joined Northampton Town on loan. He turned out five times in his one month with the Cobblers. Trebles at either end 1954 - Forward Tony Rowley scored a hat-trick on his reds debut as we beat Doncaster Rovers 3-2 in our season opener at Anfield. Kit Lawlor bagged a brace for the visitors. 1971 - We were on the receiving end at St. James’ Park as Malcolm MacDonald bagged a treble for Newcastle United who beat us 3-2, the first of his seven goals past us, with Emlyn Hughes and future Magpie Kevin Keegan striking our goals. New reds 1987 - Mike Marsh signed on at Anfield, joining on a free transfer from Kirkby Town. He netted six times in 101 first-team games for the reds, before moving to West Ham United in September 1993 as part of the deal that brought Julian Dicks to Anfield. He is now a First Team Coach back at Anfield. 1941 – Centre-forward Arthur Shepherd signed for the reds. He was on the Anfield books at the same time as his brothers Joseph and full-back Bill. He struck twelve times in eleven wartime games, but never appeared for the reds in peacetime. 1874 – Forward Joe Lumsden was born in Tanfield. He signed from Burton Wanderers in June 1897, scoring twice in just eight senior outings before moving on to Glossop North End in May 1898. Seeing red for City 2004 - Richard Dunne was sent off for Manchester City as they lost 2-1 at Anfield in our first home game under Rafael Benítez, with our goals coming from Milan Baroš and Steven Gerrard. This was the first time in over five years that we had triumphed in a League game after trailing at half-time, to a Nicolas Anelka strike, one of his five goals past us. The wrong kind of treble 2000 - Dietmar Hamann, Gary McAllister and Arsenal’s Patrick Vieira were all sent off as we lost 2-0 at Highbury. Hamann’s red card was later rescinded. Thierry Henry netted the first of his nine goals past us, after Lauren had opened the scoring. Macca off the mark 1991 - Steve McManaman scored his first official reds goal as we lost 2-1 at Manchester City, with Dean Saunders missing a penalty. Mark Wright was injured in this game, and subsequently missed the next 21 games. David White bagged a brace for City, the first two of his five strikes past us, a feat he repeated in the reverse fixture later that season. A striking debut 1976 - New £200,000 record signing David Johnson made his reds bow as we beat Norwich City 1-0 at Anfield, thanks to a Steve Heighway goal. Bob Paisley was presented with the Manager of the Year award from the previous season before the match. Into the Champions League 2001 - We thumped Haka 4-1 at Anfield to progress to the group stages of the new Champions League for the first time, 9-1 on aggregate. Robbie Fowler scored on his return to the first team after his spat with Phil Thompson, while French midfielder Bernard Diomède played his fifth and final reds game. Our other goals came from Jamie Redknapp, Emile Heskey and an own goal from ex-Manchester United player Mark Wilson. Cyril’s century 1951 – Forward Cyril Done reached a century of reds senior games in our goalless top-flight draw with Burnley at Turf Moor. 2021 – We beat Burnley 2-0 at Anfield, in front of a sell-out crowd for the first time since March 2020, due to previous COVID restrictions. Diogo Jota headed us in front, before both sies had goals ruled out for offside. Sadio Mané secured the victory after the break. On the same day, midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain became a father for the first time, a son. Meanwhile, ex-reds reserves centre-half Conor Masterson joined Cambridge United on loan from Queens Park Rangers, scoring once in 21 outings for the U’s. Kicking off 1948 - We started the season with a defeat, losing 2-1 at Aston Villa in a season when we finished twelfth in the table. Jack Balmer nabbed our consolation with Trevor Ford netting two of his seven goals against us, while Cyril Sidlow saved a Dickie Dorsett spot-kick. Quadruple debutants 2002 - Alou Diarra, Anthony Le Tallec, Florent Sinama-Pongolle and Grégory Vignal all made their debuts for the French Under-21’s. The French beat Iceland 2-1 in a friendly held at the Stade André Pestourie in Brive-la-Gaillarde. Future red Alex Manninger won his 1st cap for Austria as a R.C.D. Espanyol player as they lost 3-2 to Stéphane Henchoz’s Switzerland in a friendly in Basel. 2007 – Future red Joe Allen scored on his debut for Wales Under-21’s as they won a friendly 4-3 in Sweden. On the same day, future reds loanee Victor Moses nabbed a brace as England Under-17’s thumped New Zealand 5-0 in a World Championship Finals group game in South Korea, with future red James Milner playing for England Under-21’s. Three for the boss 1943 - Future reds boss Don Welsh bagged a treble as we beat Everton 5-2 in a wartime friendly at Goodison Park. Billy Liddell and Jack Balmer added our others. Robbie again 2002 - Robbie Keane netted in his fourth consecutive international, winning his final cap as a Leeds United player as the Republic of Ireland won a friendly in Finland 3-0. Sami Hyypiä, Jari Litmanen and ex-red Jason McAteer all also featured, with the latter captaining the side as he won his fiftieth cap, although some counts place this as his 49th due to a disputed game against a Mexico XI in 2000. Bruno l’international 2002 - Bruno Cheyrou made his senior international debut for France, as a late substitute for Lilian Thuram in their 1-1 draw with Tunisia in Rades. Future red Djibril Cissé also featured. On the same day, Øyvind Leonhardsen won his final cap as a Tottenham Hotspur player, and 79th in total, as Norway lost 1-0 to the Netherlands in a friendly in Oslo. John Arne Riise and future red Bolo Zenden also played. Christian Poulsen won his first cap while with Schalke 04 as Denmark beat Scotland 1-0 at Hampden Park. Also in international action were Milan Baroš, Vladimír Šmicer, and future reds Paul Jones, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Fernando Morientes and Andriy Voronin. Red Olympians 2004 - Momo Sissoko played for Mali as they lost 1-0 to Italy in the Quarter-final at the Olympic Games in Athens. More happily, future red Javier Mascherano featured in Argentina’s 4-0 thumping of Costa Rica in Patras at the same stage of the tournament. Diouf on target 2007 - Ex-red El-Hadji Diouf struck as Senegal drew 1-1 in a friendly with Ghana at The New Den in south London. Ex-reds Djibril Cissé and Alou Diarra both featured for France in a B international defeat in Slovakia, with Nikolay Mihaylov featuring for Bulgaria Under-21’s. Strikers on the move 2019 – Daniel Sturridge signed for Trabzonspor after netting an impressive 67 times in 160 reds games since arriving from Chelsea for £12m in January 2013. He was released the following March after scoring seven times in sixteen outings. 2008 – Djibril Cissé joined Sunderland on loan from Olympique de Marseille. He bagged eleven goals in 38 games for the Mackems that season. 2001 - King Kenny’s son Paul Dalglish re-joined Wigan Athletic on loan from Norwich City. He stayed for the whole season, scoring twice in thirty appearances. 1914 – Forward Jack Parkinson moved on to Bury after 128 goals in 219 reds games. Other reds games 1999 – We lost 1-0 at Middlesbrough with Brian Deane nabbing the last of his eight goals against the reds. 1995 – Tony Yeboah netted a wonder strike, the only goal of our visit to Leeds United. 1985 – We were held to a 2-2 draw at Aston Villa. Gary Shaw scored for the Villains with Ian Rush equalising before the break. Future red Mark Walters netted before Jan Mølby’s late leveller. However, there was still time for Nigel Spink to save a Rush spot-kick. 1965 – We won 3-1 at Leicester City with Geoff Strong adding to a Roger Hunt brace. For Shanks 1974 – An informal dinner party in honour of the retired Bill Shankly was staged at St. George’s Hotel. The event was sponsored by the reds players and labelled ‘Thank You Boss’. The menu included Cured Kop Cod and Clear Mersey Soup, with one of the accompanying wines being from “a Shankley [sic] vintage year” of 1972, curiously a year in which he failed to lead us to silverware. Also in international action 1990 – Future red Øyvind Leonhardsen played for Norway Under-21’s as they beat Sweden 2-0 in a friendly in Tromsø. 1999 – Future red Igor Bišcan featured for Croatia in their 2-1 defeat of Malta in a European Championships qualifier in Zagreb.
  3. Will

    20th August

    Happy birthdays 1961 - Steve McMahon was born in Liverpool. He signed from Aston Villa for £350,000 in September 1985 and struck fifty times in 277 reds appearances in his six years at Anfield, during which time he won three League titles, the FA Cup and two FA Charity Shields. He left the reds to sign for Manchester City for £900,000 in December 1991. 2003 – Forward Max Woltman was born in Wirral. He joined the Academy at the age of seven, playing in the FA Youth Cup Final in May 2021 after turning pro the previous January. He signed a new contract in May 2022, so far making two senior appearances in cup competitions. 1895 – Inside-left Dick Forshaw was born in Preston. He joined the reds in July 1919, winning two League titles while with the reds, scoring an impressive 124 times in 288 games. He has the unique honour of being the only player ever to claim League championship medals with both Merseyside clubs, helping the Blues to one in 1928 after he had crossed Stanley Park for £3,750 in March 1927. 1888 – Forward Harry Welfare was born in Liverpool. He signed from Northern Nomads in 1912, notching once in four outings before moving to 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. Double hola 2004 - We signed a pair of Spaniards. Xabi Alonso arrived from Real Sociedad for £10.7m, with Luis García signing from Barcelona for a £6m fee. Xabi netted nineteen times, showing his silky passing skills in 210 reds games before moving to Real Madrid for £30m in August 2009. García struck thirty times, including five in our glorious Champions League campaign in 2005, in 121 games, before returning to his homeland to join Club Atlético de Madrid in July 2007. 2012 – Slovakian centre-half Martin Škrtel signed a new contract. He arrived from Zenit St. Petersburg for £6.5m to become our most expensive defender to date, notching eighteen goals in 320 games in total, including one in our Carling Cup win at Wembley in February 2012, moving on to Fenerbahçe Spor Kulübü for £5.5m in July 2016. Goalscoring debuts 1977 - Kenny Dalglish scored on his League debut as we drew 1-1 at Middlesbrough, with David Armstrong bagging the first of his four goals past us. 1960 - Winger and new £13,000 record signing Kevin Lewis scored on his debut as we beat Leeds United 2-0 at Anfield in another season opener, with the other goal coming from former blue Dave Hickson. 2016 – Marko Grujić made his senior reds bow as we dominated but lost 2-0 at Burnley, with Sam Vokes and Andre Gray both on target before the break. Royal victories 2018 - Sadio Mané scored in his third consecutive reds game as we won 2-0 at Crystal Palace, with James Milner handing us the lead from the spot at the very end of the first half. Aaron Wan-Bissaka was sent off for the home side before Mané struck in injury time. Daniel Sturridge played his hundredth League game for the reds. 1994 - We thumped Palace 6-1 at Selhurst Park to get the season off to a great start. Steve McManaman and Ian Rush scored twice apiece, with Jan Mølby and Robbie Fowler also on the scoresheet. Chris Armstrong bagged the home side’s consolation. Lefties on the way in 2013 – Left-back Aly Cissokho signed on loan from Valencia. The Frenchman played nineteen reds games without scoring. 1894 – Outside-left John Drummond joined from Sheffield United, scoring once in eighteen outings before moving on to Barnsley St. Peter’s the following year. Mixed fortunes at Wembley 1983 - Joe Fagan’s first game in charge came in the FA Charity Shield, when we lost 2-0 to Manchester United. Michael Robinson made his first-class reds debut in this match. Bryan Robson bagged both United’s goals, two of his seven strikes against us. 1988 - We gained some revenge on Wimbledon for our FA Cup Final defeat earlier that year, coming from behind to beat them 2-1 thanks to a John Aldridge brace, to claim the Shield for the seventh time outright. Charlie Boyd and Jim Magilton both sat on our bench for the first of just two occasions, while John Fashanu netted one of his six goals against us. Beating the Gunners 2011 – We beat Arsenal 2-0 in our first ever win at the Emirates Stadium. Emmanuel Frimpong was sent off before Ignasi Miquel’s clearance rebounded off Aaron Ramsey’s chest for an own goal. Luis Suárez then added a second in stoppage time. The king at Anfield 1966 - A fifteen-year old Kenny Dalglish wore the number eight shirt playing for Liverpool B as they beat Southport 1-0 in a Lancashire League match, five years before he signed professional terms with Celtic. However, he was not taken on by Bill Shankly, returning to Anfield as our record signing eleven years later. Milan’s farewell 2005 - Milan Baroš played his 108th and final reds game, with Luis García making his fiftieth reds appearance, as Xabi Alonso nabbed the only goal of our Anfield encounter with Sunderland, who had Andy Welsh sent off, the second of fifteen dismissals against the reds that season. 1949 - We also entertained the Mackems, winning 4-2 in a season opener, with Bob Paisley, Jack Balmer, Kevin Baron and Albert Stubbins all on target, with Billy Liddell missing a penalty. Dickie Davis struck one of his seven goals against us, with Ivor Broadis also on target. We went on to finish eighth that season. The mancs at home at Anfield 1971 - An unusual situation occurred as Manchester United played a home fixture at Anfield. Old Trafford was closed for two weeks due to hooliganism, and so United entertained Arsenal at Anfield. The ‘home’ side won 3-1. Frank McLintock sent the Gunners in ahead at half time, but goals from George Best, Bobby Charlton and Brian Kidd secured United’s victory. Jan’s debut 1984 - Jan Mølby scored in his first reds game, two days before he officially signed, as we beat Home Farm 3-0 in a friendly held at Tolka Park in Dublin. Ronnie Whelan added a brace, while Ian Rush sustained cartilage damage that kept him out of the first team for two months. The game had been arranged as part of the transfer deal that brought Ken DeMange and Brian Mooney to Anfield. Cally’s milestone 1974 – Ian Callaghan played his 500th League game for the reds in our goalless game at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Another season opener 1955 - We began our season with a 3-1 Second Division win at Nottingham Forest, with Alan A’Court nabbing a brace and John Evans also netting, as full-back Ray Lambert played his 300th League game for the club. Unfortunately, we ended the season in third, missing out on promotion again. Phil the champion 2011 – Future red Philippe Coutinho won his seventh and final cap for Brazil Under-20’s as they beat Portugal 3-2 after extra time in the World Championship Final in Colombia. Fifty years for the League 1938 - We lost a friendly 2-1 at Everton. Jack Balmer netted in a game staged to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Football League. International reds on target 2008 – Xabi Alonso struck twice as Spain beat Daniel Agger’s Denmark 3-0 in a friendly in Copenhagen, with Pepe Reina and Fernando Torres also featuring and Christian Poulsen winning his first cap while with Juventus. Milan Baroš scored while winning his first cap as a Galatasaray player as the Czech Republic drew 2-2 with an England side that included Steven Gerrard, future red Stewart Downing and ex-reds Emile Heskey and David James at Wembley, with future red Joe Cole netting. Also in international action were Dirk Kuyt, future reds Ragnar Klavan, Raul Meireles, Nuri Şahin, Luis Suárez and Kolo Touré, and ex-reds Salif Diao, Alou Diarra and John Toshack. 2003 - Michael Owen scored for England as they beat Croatia 3-1 in a friendly at Portman Road. Steven Gerrard, Emile Heskey, Danny Murphy and ex-red David James all also played, with Joe Cole winning his first cap as a Chelsea player. On the same day, Jerzy Dudek, Stéphane Henchoz, ex-red Don Hutchison and future reds Craig Bellamy, Yossi Benayoun, Djibril Cissé, Mark González, Paul Jones, Christian Poulsen and Bolo Zenden all also featured for their countries. International beginnings and ends 2008 – Andrea Dossena won his first cap as a reds player, only his second to date, as Italy drew 2-2 with Austria in a friendly in Nice, with future red Alberto Aquilani also featuring and Alex Manninger playing for the last time while with Juventus. Meanwhile, Robbie Keane netted while making his first appearance for the Republic of Ireland since moving to Anfield as they drew 1-1 with Norway in Oslo. Steve Finnan won his last cap before leaving the reds, while John Arne Riise played his first international since joining Roma. On the same day, Jari Litmanen won his first cap in his second spell as a Lahti player, playing alongside Sami Hyypiä as Finland beat Yossi Benayoun’s Israel 2-0 in Tampere. Sotirios Kyrgiakos won his first cap while with A.E.K Athens in Greece’s 2-0 friendly win against Martin Škrtel’s Slovakia in Bratislava. Meanwhile, Salif Diao and El-Hadji Diouf both played as Senegal drew a friendly 0-0 in Libya, for the first time since joining Stoke City and Sunderland, respectively. 1997 - Ex-red Lee Jones won his second and final cap, and only one as a Tranmere Rovers player, as Wales lost a World Cup qualifier 6-4 in Turkey. Keeper Paul Jones won his first cap as a Southampton player, while ex-red Dean Saunders netted his last goal while with Nottingham Forest, as he won his 59th cap. On the same day, Christian Ziege won his first cap as an AC Milan player, and Jim Magilton made his last appearance while at Southampton as Germany beat Northern Ireland 3-1 in another qualifier at Windsor Park. Ray Houghton won his seventieth cap, and final one as a Crystal Palace player, as the Republic of Ireland were held to a goalless draw in their World Cup qualifier against Lithuania at Lansdowne Road. Mark Kennedy and ex-red Steve Staunton also featured. Meanwhile, future red John Arne Riise won his fourth and last cap for Norway Under-16’s as they lost 3-2 to Sweden. Also in action that day were Stig Inge Bjørnebye and future reds Markus Babbel, Stéphane Henchoz, Jari Litmanen and Vladimír Šmicer. 2002 - Pepe Reina won his first Under-21’s cap as a Villarreal player in Spain’s 1-0 friendly win in Hungary, with fellow future red Xabi Alonso also featuring, and Daniel Sjölund featuring for Finland Under-21’s in their 1-0 defeat by the Republic of Ireland. 2003 - Andriy Voronin won his last senior cap while with 1. FSV Mainz 05, and twelfth to date, as the Ukraine lost a friendly 2-0 to Romania in Kyiv. On the same day, Alou Diarra, Anthony Le Tallec, Florent Sinama-Pongolle and future red Charles Itandje all featured as France Under-21’s drew 1-1 in a friendly in Switzerland. 2018 – Future red Harvey Elliott won his only cap for England Under-16’s in their 1-0 defeat of Scotland at St. George’s Park. 2019 – Billy Koumetio made his debut for France Under-18’s as they thumped Paraguay 5-1 in a friendly. On the move again 2015 – Former Assistant Manager Pako Ayestarán was appointed Club Santos Laguna boss in Mexico, but only remained in charge for three months before his contract was terminated “by mutual consent”. 2011 – Harry Kewell signed for Melbourne Victory, while Nabil El Zhar joined Spanish side Levante U.D. Kewell struck eight times in 25 outings in his one season in southern Australia, while El Zhar scored ten goals in 114 games before rescinding his contract in August 2015. 2010 - Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain signed as a professional for Southampton, going on to score ten goals in 43 outings before moving on to Arsenal in August 2011 for an initial £12m. 2005 - Albert Riera signed for R.C.D. Espanyol from Girondins de Bordeaux, having struck four times in 53 League games for the French side. 1993 – Current Chief Scout Barry Hunter joined Wrexham from Crusaders for £50,000, scoring six goals in 120 games before moving on to Reading in July 1996 for £400,000. 2003 - Future red Jermaine Pennant joined Leeds United on loan from Arsenal. He struck twice in 36 games as the Whites were relegated. 2004 - Ex-reserves defender Alan Navarro joined Chester City on loan from Tranmere Rovers. He played four times for the Blues, and then had another loan spell later in the season, this time with fellow League Two side Macclesfield Town. 2019 – Ex-reds midfielder Kevin MacDonald left Aston Villa’s coaching staff for a second time, this time having been suspended for eight months following allegations of bullying. 2021 – Keeper Andy Lonergan signed for Everton, failing to make a senior appearance in his first campaign, just as he did in his one season with the reds. Other reds games 1969 – We won 2-0 at Manchester City with Bobby Graham bagging a brace. 1968 – We beat Stoke City 2-1 at Anfield with Terry Conroy giving the visitors the lead with the first of his four goals past us. Ian Callaghan equalised before Tony Allen turned a Peter Thompson cross into his own net. 1966 – We defeated Leicester City 3-2 in L4 in our opening League game of the season. Roger Hunt and Geoff Strong struck before Derek Dougan netted the first two of his four goals against the reds. Willie Stevenson scored the winner from the spot. Also in international action 2017 – Bobby Duncan played for England Under-17’s as they beat Scotland 2-1 in a friendly in Burton. 2007 – Future red Christian Benteke featured for Belgium Under-17’s in the World Championships Finals as they lost a group game 4-2 to Tunisia in South Korea. 1986 – Future red Glenn Hysén played for Sweden in their goalless friendly draw with the USSR in Gothenburg. 1980 – Hysén played for Sweden Under-21’s in their 1-0 friendly victory over Hungary in Budapest.
  4. Will

    19th February

    Brucie’s farewell 1994 - Bruce Grobbelaar played his final reds game in a 2-0 League defeat at Leeds United, with David Wetherall and future red Gary McAllister on target, the latter via a deflection off Mark Wright. Our eccentric keeper had played 628 times in total, helping us to six League titles, one European Cup, three FA Cups, three League Cups and three FA Charity Shields. David James replaced him for the final minute, so beginning a run of 213 consecutive reds appearances. 1997 - We faced Leeds again, with Stan Collymore bagging a brace as we won 4-0 at Anfield, as Jamie Redknapp and Robbie Fowler also got on the scoresheet. Stan’s first goal was our 300th in the Premier League. Double centurions 1980 – Terry McDermott netted while playing his 200th reds game, with Alan Hansen completing his century, as we beat Nottingham Forest 2-0 at Anfield, with Ray Kennedy also on target. 1964 – Roger Hunt reached 200 appearances for the club, scoring in our 2-2 draw at Aston Villa. Alf Arrowsmith also netted. 1958 – Billy Liddell reached 200 goals for the reds in our 1-1 Second Division draw at Doncaster Rovers as right-back John Molyneux played his hundredth League game for us. Go back to Italy 2008 - Late goals from Dirk Kuyt and Steven Gerrard handed us a 2-0 victory over Internazionale in the first leg of our Champions League Round of sixteen tie at Anfield. Ex-Blue Marco Materazzi was sent off for the visitors, while Gerrard’s goal meant that he had scored in his fifth consecutive game in Europe, a joint club record and a new record in a single season. 2015 – We beat Beşiktaş JK 1-0 at Anfield in the first leg of our UEFA Europa League Round of 32 tie, with Mario Balotelli converting a late spot kick, his fourth and last reds goal, having fought off skipper Jordan Henderson for the right to take it. Unfortunately, we lost the return fixture by the same score, crashing out on penalties. Signing on 1990 - Steve McManaman signed as a professional for the reds. Shaggy struck 66 times in 364 reds games, helping us to the FA Cup in 1992 and the Coca-Cola Cup three years later. 1943 – Centre-half Laurie Hughes signed from Tranmere Rovers. He made 326 reds appearances, netting just once. He helped us to the first post-war League title in 1947 and the FA Cup Final three years later, becoming the first red to appear in the World Cup Finals later that year. Heading towards Wembley 2012 – We beat Brighton & Hove Albion 6-1 in an FA Cup Fifth Round tie at Anfield, as we benefited from three own goals for the first time in our history, although one of these is also often credited to Steven Gerrard. Martin Škrtel headed in the opener, with Andy Carroll and Luis Suárz also netting, with the Uruguayan also having a penalty saved. Ex-red Alan Navarro featured for the Seagulls. Last strike 1977 - Joey Jones netted his third and last goal for the reds as we beat Derby County 3-1 at Anfield. Kevin Hector scored his fourth and final past us, with John Toshack and Kevin Keegan both also on target. First time at Old Trafford 1910 - We played in the first ever match at Manchester United’s new ground, Old Trafford, spoiling the party by running out 4-3 winners to secure our first ever away victory against them. United’s Sandy Turnbull struck one of his five goals against the reds with Tom Homer also on target for the home side before the break. Arthur Goddard pulled a goal back after half-time before George Wall restored United’s two-goal cushion with one of his ten strikes past us. Goddard struck again, his fiftieth League goal for the reds, before a brace from James Stewart handed us victory. Dick departs 1925 – Centre-forward Dick Johnson was sold to Stoke after thirty goals in 82 outings, including two hat-tricks, since arriving in January 1920. He helped us to the League title in 1923 and was noted for his overhead bicycle kicks. Trigger at Wembley 1992 - Rob Jones made his full England debut in a 2-0 victory over France at Wembley, winning the first of his eight international caps. Mark Wright also played, winning his first cap as a red, with future red Nigel Clough also in the line-up. On the same day, Dean Saunders and ex-reds John Aldridge and Kevin Sheedy all played in the only full international ever played at the Royal Dublin Society, as Wales beat the Republic of Ireland 1-0. This was Sheedy’s 42nd cap, and final one as an Evertonian. Meanwhile, ex-red Jim Magilton and future red Gary McAllister were in opposition as Scotland beat Northern Ireland 1-0 in a friendly at Hampden Park. Held by the Germans 2019 – We were held to a goalless draw at Anfield in the first leg of our UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie by Bayern München, en route to glory in Madrid at the end of that campaign. FA Cup memories Of our four other FA Cup ties on this day over the years, we have only won one, although this was a handsome victory. 1968 - Striker Tony Hateley grabbed four goals in our 5-2 Fourth Round replay win over Walsall at Anfield, with Geoff Strong also on the scoresheet and Tommy Watson nabbing a brace for the visitors. It was such a foggy evening that the Kop had to chant for those in the Anny Road to tell them who had scored down that end! We went on to reach the Sixth Round that year, before succumbing to eventual winners West Bromwich Albion after a second replay. 1995 - Robbie Fowler netted his first goal in the competition, equalising in our 1-1 Anfield draw with Wimbledon in a Fifth Round tie, with Robbie Earle hitting the post with just two minutes remaining. We went on to win the replay 2-0 at Selhurst Park, but were knocked out at home by Tottenham Hotspur in the next round. The king honoured 1985 – Kenny Dalglish received his MBE for services to football from The Queen at Buckingham Palace. Bill at the treble again 1938 - Billy ‘Ginger’ Richardson struck a hat-trick for West Bromwich Albion as we were thumped 5-1 at The Hawthorns, having already done so against the reds two years earlier, taking his tally against us to nine. Jack Balmer bagged our consolation as Ike Clarke netted the first of his four goals against the reds, with Joe Johnson also on target. Ned for Scotland 1887 - Future reds keeper Ned Doig won the first of his five Scotland caps as they beat Northern Ireland 4-1 in the British International Championships at Hampden Park. Happy birthdays 2003 – Polish keeper Jakub Ojrzyński was born in Warsaw. He arrived at the Academy in the summer of 2019, turning professional in July 2020. 1973 – Former first-team fitness coach Paco de Miguel was born in Madrid. He left Valencia to move to Anfield in 2007, continuing to work with Rafael Benítez at future clubs. 1870 – Scottish winger Patrick Gordon was born in Renton, West Dunbartonshire. He signed from Everton in June 1893, netting eight times in thirty reds games as he helped us to the Second Division title before joining Blackburn Rovers in October 1894. Trouncing the Blues 1901 - We thumped Manchester City 8-0 at their old Hyde Road ground in a benefit match for Reid. John Hunter bagged a treble, with John Davies netting a brace and Bill Goldie, Andy McGuigan and Charles Satterthwaite also scoring. Brad bows out 2000 - Brad Friedel’s USA lost at the Quarter-final stage of the Gold Cup in Miami. Their game against Colombia ended 2-2, but the Americans lost a penalty shoot-out 2-1, despite Friedel saving one of the Colombian kicks. Derby despair 1898 - We lost 2-0 to Everton in a friendly at Anfield. Down from the seaside We have twice entertained Blackpool in First Division matches on this day in history. 1949 - We were held to a 1-1 draw when Jack Balmer grabbed our goal. The legendary Stanley Matthews and Stan Mortenson were both in the visitors’ side, for whom future Blue Jimmy McIntosh struck one of his six goals past us. 1966 - Roger Hunt bagged a brace with Alf Arrowsmith and Gordon Milne also on the scoresheet as we triumphed 4-1. Other reds games 1975 – We shared a goalless draw with West Ham United in muddy conditions in East London. 1972 – We beat Sheffield United 2-0 at Anfield with John Toshack on target twice. 1955 – We lost 2-0 to Huddersfield Town in an FA Cup Fifth Round meeting in L4 with Jimmy Glazzard nabbing the last of his five goals past us after Albert Hobson had given the Terriers the lead. 1927 – We lost 2-0 at Arsenal in another Fifth Round tie, with Jimmy Brain netting one of his eight goals against the reds and Charlie Buchan scoring one of his 21 past us. 1921 – We drew 0-0 at Bradford City. Danny on the move 2004 - Ex-reserves midfielder Danny Williams joined Chester City on loan from Kidderminster Harriers. He played five times for the Third Division outfit before moving into Welsh football. Also in international action 1944 – Matt Busby captained England as they thumped Scotland 6-2 in a Wartime International at Wembley. 1989 – Future reds Stig Inge Bjørnebye and Øyvind Leonhardsen both featured as Norway Under-20’s lost a World Championships Finals group game 2-0 to Argentina in Saudi Arabia. 2018 – Future red Fábio Carvalho played for England Under-16’s as they beat Scotland 2-0 at St. George’s Park.
  5. Will

    9th September

    A great start for the knight 1959 - ‘Sir’ Roger Hunt scored on his reds debut as we beat Sc***horpe United 2-0 at Anfield, with Jimmy Melia bagging the other. Roger went on to notch 285 times in 492 reds games, a club record until the arrival of Ian Rush. 1961 - We also beat The Iron 2-1 in another Second Division meeting at Anfield thanks to a Derek Hemstead own goal and an Alan A’Court strike. This was our sixth straight win from the start of the season as we went on to clinch the title. A red stalwart moves on 1994 - Ronnie Whelan left Anfield for Southend United on a free transfer. He had signed from Home Farm for £35,000 in September 1979 and played 493 reds games, netting 73 times and winning six League titles, one European Cup, two FA Cups, three League Cups and three FA Charity Shields. He turned out 35 times for the Shrimpers, netting once, and became Player/Manager the following summer. On the same day, Mark Walters joined Wolverhampton Wanderers on loan. He struck three times in eleven appearances for Wolves before returning to Anfield. Michael walks free 2009 - Michael Shields was finally released with a royal pardon after four years behind bars for a crime he did not commit in Bulgaria in the aftermath of the Champions League Final in Istanbul. A day of firsts and lasts 2000 - Christian Ziege made his reds bow as a substitute in our 3-2 defeat of Manchester City at Anfield. Jamie Carragher skippered the side for the first time, while Michael Owen netted in his hundredth League game. Mad Dutchman Erik Meijer made his 27th and final appearance for the reds, as Dietmar Hamann scored a very rare brace as City fought back from two goals down before Hamann’s late winner. Ex-World Player of the Year George Weah scored his only League goal for City, with Kevin Horlock converting a spot-kick. 1893 – Winger Patrick Gordon bagged the first of his eight reds goals as we beat Lincoln City 4-0 in a Second Division fixture at Anfield. Left-half James McBride netted a brace with Malcolm McVean also on target. 1944 - Cyril Done was on target in his fourth consecutive reds game as we drew 2-2 with Manchester City at Anfield in a Wartime League match, with Berry Nieuwenhuys also on the scoresheet. 1911 - We were held by the same score in L4, with Jack Parkinson and Ronald Orr both on target. Tommy Kelso struck twice from the spot for the Sky Blues. Debuting on the left 1912 - Left-half Joe Dines played his only reds game as we won 2-1 at Chelsea thanks to goals from Arthur Goddard and Tommy Gracie. He was killed on the Western Front in 1918. 1967 - We beat the Blues again, this time 3-1 at Anfield with Tommy Smith converting a penalty and Tony Hateley on the scoresheet twice. Keeper Tommy Lawrence played his 200th League game for the reds. 1933 - Left-back Jack Tennant made his reds bow as we went down 4-2 at Aston Villa, with Gordon Hodgson and Sam English on target. Eric Houghton struck two of his six goals past us for the home side, with Dai Astley bagging the first of his six and Alec Talbot also on target for the Villains. Triple centurion 1905 – Tom Watson took charge of his 300th reds League game as Blackburn Rovers won 3-1 at Anfield. Play was halted after 25 minutes due to torrential rain. Jack Cox put us in front, but an Adam Bowman brace gave the visitors a half-time lead. Bill Davies struck late on. Clem in charge 1978 – Ray Clemence skippered the reds in the absence of Emlyn Hughes as we won 3-0 at Birmingham City thanks to a brace from Graeme Souness and Alan Kennedy’s first reds strike, so apparently becoming the first red to captain the side from between the sticks. Garry Pendrey was sent off for the Blues after half an hour for a second bookable offence. Birth and death 1913 - Keeper Alf Hobson was born in County Durham. He signed from Shildon Colliery in April 1936 and made 28 reds appearances either side of the Second World War, as well as playing 171 wartime games. 2011 – Centre-half Laurie Hughes died. He signed from Tranmere Rovers in February 1943 and made 326 reds appearances, netting just once. He helped us to the first post-war League title and the FA Cup Final three years later and was the first red to appear in the World Cup Finals later that year. Derby despair 2006 - We lost 3-0 at Everton, our biggest derby defeat since September 1964, with Pepe Reina suffering a rare aberration. Tim Cahill opened the scoring with one of his five strikes past us before Andy Johnson added a brace. Heysel shame 1987 - 24 people were charged with involuntary manslaughter relating to the Heysel tragedy and extradited to Belgium. Fourteen people were eventually convicted. In comes Arnold 1970 - Midfielder Steve Arnold signed from Crewe Alexandra for £10,000, but only ever made one first-team appearance before moving to Rochdale in June 1973. His career never really took off, and he retired from the game aged 23. International starts 1980 - Boro’s future reds pairing David Hodgson and Craig Johnston both made their debuts for England Under-21’s as they beat Norway 3-1 in a friendly at The Dell. On the same day, Steve Nicol and future red Glenn Hysén faced each other at the same level in a European Championships qualifier in Degerfors. 1987 - John Barnes and Peter Beardsley both won their first England caps as reds players in a 3-1 friendly defeat to West Germany in Dusseldorf. Digger was winning his 32nd cap overall, while Quasi won his sixteenth. Future reds coach Steve Clarke won his first cap for Scotland in their 2-0 friendly win over Hungary at Hampden Park, with Steve Nicol also featuring. Ronnie Whelan and future red Ray Houghton also both played that fay as the Republic of Ireland beat Luxembourg 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Dublin. 1986 – István Kozma made his senior debut for Hungary in their goalless friendly draw in Norway, with fellow future red Nigel Clough featuring for England Under-21’s in a 1-1 friendly draw in Sweden. 1997 – Forde Kippe made his bow for Norway Under-21’s as they beat Switzerland 4-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Drammen, with fellow future red Vegard Heggem also in action. 1992 - Future red Paul Ince made his senior England debut in a 1-0 friendly defeat in Spain. Mark Wright and future red Nigel Clough also played. On the same day, Ronnie Rosenthal netted while winning his first cap as a reds player, and 26th to date, as Israel drew 1-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Poland. Also in qualifying action that day were future reds Øyvind Leonhardsen and Jari Litmanen, while Gérard Houllier took charge of France’s 2-0 defeat in Bulgaria and Roy Hodgson led Switzerland to a 3-1 defeat of a Scotland side that included future red Gary McAllister in Bern. 2009 – Sotirios Kyrgiakos won his first cap as a red, and 51st to date for Greece, in their 1-1 World Cup qualifier in Moldova. On the same day, Andriy Voronin won his last cap while at Anfield in Ukraine’s goalless qualifier in Belarus. 2018 - Naby Keïta won his first cap as a reds player, skippering Guinea in their 1-0 defeat of the Central African Republic in an African Cup of Nations qualifier in Conakry. On the same day, ex-red Ryan Babel scored as the Netherlands lost a UEFA Nations League group game 2-1 in France, with Virgil van Dijk captaining a side that also included Gini Wijnaldum, who was reaching a half century of caps. Meanwhile, Curtis Jones played for England Under-18’s as they beat France 2-1 to win the Limoges Tournament and Tom Clayton debuted for Scotland Under-19’s as they lost a friendly 4-3 in Poland. Also in international action were Sadio Mané, Liam Millar, Ben Woodburn, future red Fábio Carvalho and ex-reds Joe Allen and Martin Škrtel, while Glen McAuley faced Morgan Boyes and Neco Williams as Wales Under-19’s beat Ireland 1-0 in a friendly in Longford. Off! 2017 - Sadio Mané was sent off at Manchester City with the score at 1-0 as we eventually succumbed 5-0. Sergio Agüero opened the scoring with the most recent of his six goals past us to date before Mané saw red for a high challenge on keeper Ederson. Gabriel Jesus struck twice, either side of half time, with Leroy Sané adding a late brace. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made his reds bow as a half-time replacement for Mohamed Salah. 1997 - Skipper Michael Owen was dismissed in England Under-18’s goalless European Championships qualifier with FR Yugoslavia at Millmoor. On the same day, Jamie Carragher and Danny Murphy appeared for the Under-21’s, who beat Moldova 1-0 in a qualifier in Wycombe, with future red Alex Manninger playing for Austria in another qualifier. 2013 – Andre Wisdom skippered England Under-21’s as they drew 1-1 with Finland in a European Championships qualifier in Tampere, but was also sent off. Meanwhile, future red Alberto Moreno played for a Spain in another qualifier at this level, as they beat Albania 4-0 in Logroño. 2008 – Nikolay Mihaylov and future reds Joe Allen and Mario Balotelli all played in European Championships qualifiers at Under-21’s level. Beating the Rams and Wolves We have twice beaten both Derby County and Wolverhampton Wanderers in the top flight on this day in history. 1950 - Cyril Done grabbed the only goal of the game late on against Derby at Anfield. 1989 - Ian Rush and Peter Beardsley struck as we won 3-0 at the Baseball Ground, with John Barnes notching from the spot. 1963 - Roger Hunt bagged a brace with Jimmy Melia also on the scoresheet as we won 3-1 at Molineux with Ronnie Moran playing his 300th League game for the club. 1972 - Peter Cormack grabbed his first reds goal as we beat Wolves 4-2 at Anfield. Emlyn Hughes and Kevin Keegan also struck, with Tommy Smith converting a penalty. This was the first of 336 consecutive games that Ray Clemence played in, until March 1978. John Richards bagged the first of his five goals against the reds, with Steve Kindon also on target. Quasi the Manc 1982 - Peter Beardsley signed for Manchester United from Vancouver Whitecaps for £300,000. He only made one appearance, in the League Cup, before returning to Canada six months later. Mixed fortunes against the Wearsiders 1899 - We lost 2-0 at home to Sunderland in a First Division fixture. 1969 - Geoff Strong and Tommy Smith netted as we won by the same score in a Tuesday night game at Anfield. Reds aiming for Spain 1981 - Terry McDermott, Phil Neal and Phil Thompson all played in England’s famous 2-1 World Cup qualifying defeat in Oslo, alongside ex-reds Ray Clemence and skipper Kevin Keegan. This was Clem’s first cap as a Tottenham Hotspur player. On the same day, Mark Lawrenson won his last cap as a Brighton & Hove Albion player in their 1-1 World Cup draw in the Netherlands. Future red Michael Robinson struck their goal, with Ronnie Whelan also featuring. Kenny Dalglish, Alan Hansen, future reds Glenn Hysén and John Wark, and ex-red Joey Jones all also played in qualifiers that day. Reds on target for their countries 1992 - Ian Rush bagged a treble as Wales thumped the Faroe Islands 6-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Cardiff. Dean Saunders also netted, while winning his final cap as a reds player. On the same day, future red Karl-Heinz Riedle struck in Germany’s 2-1 friendly win in Denmark, for whom Torben Piechnik won his final cap while playing for F.C. København, in a game played to inaugurate the new Parken stadium in the Danish capital. Also that day, John Aldridge netted a hat-trick, including a penalty, in the Republic of Ireland’s 4-0 defeat of Latvia at Lansdowne Road in a World Cup qualifier. These were the first of his eight goals against them in four encounters. Ex-red Kevin Sheedy also scored, with Ronnie Whelan and ex-red Steve Staunton also playing. Ex-reds reserve Jim Magilton was on the scoresheet as Northern Ireland beat Albania 3-0 in another qualifier at Windsor Park. 2019 – Gini Wijnaldum netted as the Netherlands beat an Estonia side captained by Ragnar Klavan 4-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Tallinn who was winning his last cap as a Cagliari player, with ex-red Ryan Babel bagging a brace and Virgil van Dijk skippering the Dutch. Andy Robertson captained the Steve Clarke’s Scots as they lost 4-0 to Belgium at Hampden Park, while also in international action that day were Rhian Brewster, Rafael Camacho, Ki-Jana Hoever, Curtis Jones, Dejan Lovren, Harry Wilson, future red Ibrahima Konaté and ex-reds Joe Allen, Emre Can and Péter Gulácsi. 2009 – Steven Gerrard bagged a brace as England thumped Croatia 5-1 in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley, with Glen Johnson, future red James Milner and ex-red Emile Heskey also featuring. Ex-red Jari Litmanen netted as Finland drew a qualifier 1-1 in Liechtenstein, with fellow ex-red Sami Hyypiä skippering the side. Ex-red Milan Baroš struck four times as the Czech Republic thumped San Marino 7-0, while ex-red John Arne Riise scored as Norway beat FYR Macedonia 2-1. Future red Luis Suárez netted as Uruguay beat Colombia 3-1 in Montevideo. Also in World Cup action that day were Yossi Benayoun, Dirk Kuyt, Javier Mascherano, Martin Škrtel, Fernando Torres, future reds Milan Jovanović, Ragnar Klavan, Raul Meireles and Christian Poulsen, and ex-reds Nicolas Anelka, Craig Bellamy, Alou Diarra, Rigobert Song, with John Toshack taking charge of Wales. 2007 – Rigobert Song again represented his country, as did future reds keeper Alexander Doni. On the move again 1997 - Ex-reserves midfielder Jim Magilton joined Sheffield Wednesday from Southampton for £1.6m. He only managed thirty senior appearances in two seasons at Hillsborough, scoring once, before moving to Ipswich Town in March 1999. 2005 - Former reserves defender Alan Navarro joined Accrington Stanley on a free transfer from Tranmere Rovers. He played three times in the Conference before moving on to Macclesfield Town. 2010 - John Toshack left as Manager of Wales by mutual consent, having been in charge since November 2004. 2016 – Ex-reds winger Toni Silva signed for Greek Super League side Levadiakos, netting six times in 34 games before moving on to Astra Giurgiu in Romania in July 2019. Final caps 2003 – Future red Charles Itandje won his sixth and final cap for France Under-21’s, playing alongside Alou Diarra and Florent Sinama-Pongolle in their goalless European Championships qualifier in Slovenia. Also in international action that day were Steve Finnan, Daniel Sjölund and future reds Glen Johnson, Paul Konchesky and Albert Riera. 2014 – Danny Ward won his sixth and last cap for Wales Under-21’s in their 1-1 draw with Lithuania in a European Championships qualifier in Alytus. Joe Allen, Philippe Coutinho, Dejan Lovren and future reds Emre Can, Danny Ings and Gini Wijnaldum were also in international action that day. Other reds games 1998 – Patrik Berger and Jamie Redknapp netted as we beat Coventry City 2-0 at Anfield. 1995 – We lost 1-0 to Wimbledon at Selhurst Park as Mick Harford struck the last of his seven goals against the reds, with Vinny Jones sent off late on. 1964 – We went down 2-0 at Leicester City. 1936 – Portsmouth held us to a goalless draw in L4. 1931 – We lost 4-1 at Middlesbrough. Bobby Bruce bagged two of his five goals past us, with Jack Jennings and Freddie Warren also on target for the home side. Dave Wright netted our goal. 1922 – We won 3-1 at Preston North End, with Walter Wadsworth, Dick Johnson and Harry Chambers all on the scoresheet. Also in international action 2012 – Ex-red Carl Medjani played for Algeria as they won an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier 1-0 in Libya.
  6. Will

    13th October

    Le Boss taken ill 2001 - Gérard Houllier was admitted to Broadgreen Hospital with chest pains during our Anfield fixture with Leeds United. Thankfully he went on to make a full recovery. Future red Harry Kewell scored for the Yorkshire outfit, before Danny Murphy equalised, handing us our 600th Premiership point. The reds therefore became the third team, after Manchester United and Arsenal, to reach this milestone. First ever Merseyside derby 1894 - We played Everton for the first time in a senior game, unfortunately going down 3-0 at Goodison Park in our ninth ever game in the top flight, at the end of which we were still seeking our first win at that level. Tom McInnes went down in history as the first derby goalscorer, with right-winger Alex Latta and left-winger John Bell also netting. The victors received a silk hat each, valued at twenty shillings, on top of their usual win bonus! 1923 - We also lost 2-1 to them in a First Division fixture at Anfield with Jimmy Walsh netting our consolation. Outside-left Fred Hopkin made his hundredth reds appearance in this game. Drama in court 2010 – The prospective sale of the club to New England Sports Ventures went through a dramatic day. First, current club owners George Gillett Jr. and Tom Hicks obtained a Temporary Restraining Order from a Texas District Court to stop the sale of the club to NESV, before the High Court ruled against Gillett and Hicks. The sale was finally completed two days later. Foxes run off with the points again 1964 - Leicester City came out on top for the third consecutive League season at Anfield, this time winning 1-0, with Mike Stringfellow nabbing one of his five goals against the reds. 1962 - We also lost, going down 3-0 at Filbert Street. Beginnings and end 1955 - Richard Money was born in Lowestoft. The defender spent two years at Anfield after signing from Fulham for £50,000 in May 1980, but was unable to displace either Alan Kennedy or Phil Neal at full-back, making only seventeen first-team appearances before joining Luton Town in April 1982. 2002 – Midfielder Tom Hill was born in Formby. He made his senior debut in our Carabao Cup Quarter-final defeat at Aston Villa in December 2019, signing a new contract in August 2020. 1936 - Forward Bob McDougall died. He signed from St. Cuthbert Wanderers in November 1913, netting once in eight outings before moving on to Falkirk in October 1915. 2020 – Forward Harvey Blair signed as a professional, having joined at Under-12’s level from Manchester United. He signed an extension to his deal the following March. Into Europe 1965 - We reached the First Round proper of the European Cup Winners’ Cup when first-half goals from Chris Lawler and a Geoff Strong 25-yard screamer handed us a 2-0 Anfield victory over Juventus, to progress 2-1 on aggregate. Firsts and last 1956 – Forward Eric Anderson played his 76th and final reds game as we lost a Second Division match 2-1 at Bristol City, with Johnny Wheeler bagging his first reds goal. 1900 – Right-half Maurice Parry debuted as Bolton Wanderers lost 2-1 at Anfield. Jack Cox netted with Charlie Satterthwaite nabbing the winner, although he had to be carried off as a result of a collision with Trotters’ keeper John Sutcliffe. Four for young Mickey 1996 - Michael Owen grabbed all four goals as England Under-18’s beat Northern Ireland 4-0 in a European Championships qualifier at York City’s Bootham Crescent. 2010 – Michael Ngoo struck as England Under-19’s lost 2-1 to Belgium in a European Championships qualifier in Visé. Skipper Jonjo Shelvey had a penalty saved, while Andre Wisdom also featured. Misery on the South coast We have twice lost to Southampton at The Dell on this day in history. 1973 - We went down to a 1-0 defeat in a top-flight encounter, with Mick Channon on target with one of his seven strikes past us. 1999 - We lost 2-1 in a Third Round League Cup tie when Michael Owen put us ahead before the home side scored through Dean Richards and Trond Egil Soltvedt. Pako departs 2007 - It was announced that Assistant Manager Pako Ayestarán was to step down from his role, although he remained contracted to the club until June 2008. Chief Executive Rick Parry said, “The club want to thank Pako for his hard work and contribution to our success over the past three years.” Goals galore 1917 - We trounced Preston North End 6-0 in a Wartime League match at Deepdale, with Arthur Metcalf grabbing a brace and Jack Waine, Thomas Bennett, Harry Lewis and John Bamber also scoring. 1934 - We beat Birmingham City by the odd goal in nine in a First Division match at Anfield, with our goals coming from Vic Wright, Jimmy McDougall, Sam English and a Gordon Hodgson brace, which included a penalty. Dave Mangnall bagged a treble for the visitors, the last three of his seven goals against the reds, with his second being the 2,000th we had conceded in the top flight, with Harold Booton also netting. 1951 - Jimmy Payne struck twice with John Smith and Billy Liddell also on the scoresheet as we beat Fulham 4-0 in another top-flight fixture in L4. Tom’s treble 1926 – Tom Reid struck a hat-trick as we thumped Barrow 5-0 in a Lancashire Senior Cup Second Round tie at Anfield, with Gordon Hodgson adding a brace. International beginnings and ends 2015 – Future reds keeper Alisson Becker won his first senior cap for Brazil in their 3-1 World Cup qualifying defeat of Venezuela in Fortaleza as Red Bull Salzburg’s Takumi Minamino made his Japan debut in their 1-1 friendly draw in Iran. Sheyi Ojo, Jordan Rossiter and future red Dominic Solanke all played for England Under-19’s in a European Championships qualifier on the same day, with future red Marko Grujić playing for Serbia Under-21’s. 2013 – Future reds Charles Itandje and Joël Matip both played as Cameroon drew the first leg of their World Cup play-off 0-0 in Tunisia. 1998 - Frode Kippe won his last Under-21’s cap as a Lillestrøm player as Norway beat Albania 4-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Drammen. 2019 – Dejan Lovren won his last cap as a reds player as Croatia drew a European Championships qualifier 1-1 in Wales, with Harry Wilson and ex-red Joe Allen featuring for the home side. Andy Robertson captained a Scotland side managed by ex-red Steve Clarke, with Gini Wijnaldum bagging a brace as the Netherlands won a qualifier 2-1 in Belarus. Ex-red Emre Can was sent off as Germany won 3-0 in Estonia, with Fabinho, Roberto Firmino, Virgil van Dijk, ex-reds Ryan Babel, Christian Benteke, Philippe Coutinho and Péter Gulácsi also in action. 2018 – Emre Can won his first cap since moving to Juventus, with skipper Virgil van Dijk and Gini Wijnaldum both on target as the Netherlands beat Germany 3-1 in a UEFA Nations League group game in Amsterdam. Ex-reds Ryan Babel and Martin Škrtel both also played in the competition that day, with Academy keeper Kai McKenzie-Lyle playing for Guyana in a CONCACAF Nations League qualifier and Sadio Mané featuring for Senegal in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier. International reds on target 2014 – Luis Suárez bagged his first two goals for Uruguay as a Barcelona player as they won a friendly 3-0 in Oman, while Xherdan Shaqiri bagged his last goal while playing for Bayern München as Switzerland won a European Championships qualifier 4-0 in San Marino. On the same day, Lloyd Jones helped England Under-20’s to claim the Four Nations Tournament in the Netherlands, following their 1-1 draw with Turkey. Also in international action that day were Divock Origi and ex-reds Alberto Aquilani and Nikolay Mihaylov, who was winning his first cap as a Mersin İdmanyurdu player. 2015 – Origi featured for Belgium again, with Joe Gomez, Jordon Ibe, Simon Mignolet, Sheyi Ojo, Jordan Rossiter, ex-reds Javier Mascherano and Carl Medjani and future reds Sadio Mané, Virgil van Dijk and Gini Wijnaldum all also in international action. 2009 – Wijnaldum also played for the Netherlands Under-21’s. Krisztián Németh scored in the shoot-out as Hungary Under-20’s beat Costa Rica in the 3rd Place Play-off in the World Championship Finals in Cairo, with Péter Gulácsi and András Simon also featuring. Future red Fabio Borini scored for Italy Under-19’s that day, with David N’Gog and future reds Mario Balotelli and Mamadou Sakho also in international action. 1993 - Ian Rush, ex-red Dean Saunders and future reds Jari Litmanen and Karlheinz Riedle all netted for their countries. Wales beat Cyprus 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Cardiff, with Finland going down 3-2 in a qualifier in Sweden. Meanwhile, Roy Hodgson took charge of Switzerland as they lost a qualifier 1-0 in Portugal and Germany thumped Uruguay 5-0 in a friendly in Karlsruhe, with future red Christian Ziege also playing. 2020 – Ex-red Luis Súarez converted two penalties as Uruguay lost a World Cup qualifier 4-2 in Ecuador, with Darwin Núñez winning his first cap as a SL Benfica player. On the same day, Kamil Grabara won his nineteenth and last cap for Poland Under-21’s as they drew 1-1 with Bulgaria in a European Championships qualifier in Gdynia. Takumi Minamino, Xherdan Shaqiri and ex-red Emre Can all also played for their countries that day. 1982 - Future red John Wark was on the scoresheet as Scotland beat East Germany 2-0 at Hampden Park in a European Championships qualifier. Alan Hansen also played, with Graeme Souness skippering the side. Mark Lawrenson, Phil Thompson, Ronnie Whelan and future red Michael Robinson were all also in international action that day. 1971 - John Toshack scored as Wales beat Finland 3-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Cardiff. 2012 – Samed Yeşil bagged a brace for Germany Under-19’s in their 5-0 away thumping of Luxembourg in a European Championships qualifier. Meanwhile, future reds loanee Victor Moses bagged his first two goals for Nigeria in their 6-1 thumping of Liberia in an African Cup of Nations qualifier in Abuja, with future reds Sadio Mané and Kolo Touré facing off as Senegal lost 2-0 to the Ivory Coast in Dakar, with the match abandoned after 75 minutes due to crowd trouble. 2007 – Future red Luis Suárez struck his first senior international goal while winning his third cap for Uruguay as they thumped Bolivia 5-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Montevideo. Martin Škrtel netted his last goal as a Zenit St. Petersburg player in Slovakia’s 7-0 thumping of San Marino in a Euro 2008 qualifier. Meanwhile, Albert Riera bagged his only goal while with R.C.D. Espanyol in Spain’s 3-1 win in Denmark and Nicolas Anelka netted his final goal as a Bolton Wanderers player in France’s 6-0 victory in the Faroe Islands. Steven Gerrard skippered his country in a competitive game for the first time as England beat Estonia 3-0 at Wembley. Ryan Babel, Yossi Benayoun, Steve Finnan, Sami Hyypiä, Javier Mascherano, Krisztián Németh, Andriy Voronin, future reds Joe Cole, Péter Gulácsi, Robbie Keane, Ragnar Klavan, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Alex Manninger, Christian Poulsen and Maxi Rodríguez and ex-reds Craig Bellamy, Mark González, Michael Owen, Daniel Sjölund and Finland and Wales bosses Roy Hodgson and John Toshack were all also in international action that day. No more silent knight for England 1971 - Chris Lawler won his fourth and final cap for England as they won a European Championships qualifier 3-2 in Switzerland. 2-1 again 1906 - We lost 2-1 at The Wednesday, our fifth defeat by that score in consecutive fixtures that season. Sam Raybould struck for the reds in a game staged as a benefit match for Billy Dunlop, while Andrew Wilson netted one of his eight goals past us, with Ollie Tummon also on target. Back to Stoke 2000 - Frode Kippe joined Stoke City for a second loan spell. He made 24 appearances, staying at the Britannia Stadium for the rest of the season as the Potters narrowly missed out on promotion to the First Division. The road to Germany 2004 - Ex-red Michael Owen struck the only goal of England’s win in Azerbaijan, with future red Joe Cole also playing. Future red Robbie Keane bagged both goals, including a penalty, as the Republic of Ireland beat the Faroe Islands 2-0 in another qualifier, with Steve Finnan also featuring. Also in World Cup qualifying action that day were Alou Diarra, Jerzy Dudek, Sami Hyypiä, John Arne Riise, future reds Craig Bellamy, Dirk Kuyt, Javier Mascherano, Christian Poulsen, Fernando Torres and Andriy Voronin and ex-red Paul Jones, with Alex Manninger winning his last cap as a Bologna player as Austria drew 3-3 in Northern Ireland. A rare defeat 1993 - Ronnie Whelan and ex-reds Ray Houghton and Steve Staunton all featured as the Republic of Ireland suffered their first competitive defeat at Lansdowne Road for eight years, losing 3-1 to Spain in a World Cup qualifier. Stig Inge Bjørnebye, Ronnie Rosenthal, ex-red Jim Magilton and future reds Brad Friedel, Paul Ince and Gary McAllister all also played for their countries, with Gérard Houllier in charge as Ronnie Rosenthal’s Israel beat France 3-2 at the Stade de France. Starting out and finishing 1981 - Paul Stewart signed as a professional for Blackpool. He played 225 times for the Seasiders, scoring 62 times before being sold to Manchester City in March 1987. His greatest moment came when he scored Tottenham Hotspur’s equaliser in the 1991 FA Cup Final, but he failed to shine at Anfield. 1986 - Reserves winger John Jeffers turned pro at Anfield. He did not break into our first-team, but went on to carve out a career with Port Vale and Stockport County. 2008- Ex-reds centre-half Stéphane Henchoz announced his retirement from football. Other reds games 1979 – We won 2-1 at Ipswich Town to leave the Blues bottom of the table. Alan Hunter put through his own net, with David Johnson also on target. 1928 – Gordon Hodgson and Jimmy McDougall struck as we came from behind to beat Newcastle United 2-1 in L4 as forward Billy Millar played his third and last game for the club. Stevie in the running 2005 - Steven Gerrard was named among the thirty players short-listed for the FIFA World Player of the Year award, which was eventually retained by Ronaldinho. Papa again 2016 – Ex-reds centre-forward Christian Benteke became a father for the second time, this time to a daughter called Nylah.
  7. Will

    20th January

    Another Rushie treble 1984 - Ian Rush scored a hat-trick past the young Nigel Spink on a frozen Villa Park pitch, as we came from behind to win 3-1 in a live Friday night BBC game, in front of 19,566 hardy fans. Scouser Dennis Mortimer struck the Villains’ consolation. 1934 - We also visited Villa Park, when right-back Bob Done bagged his thirteenth and final reds goal with Syd Roberts also on target as we lost 3-2. Tom Waring struck two of his six goals against the reds, with Ronnie Dix nabbing the first of his four past us. Birth and death 1994 - Former reds right-half Sir Matt Busby died. He, of course, went on to far greater fame down the East Lancs Road, but in his time at Anfield he captained the reds, and struck three times in 122 first-team appearances before the Second World War, as well as another goal in 26 wartime outings. 1869 – Scottish left-back Duncan McLean was born in Renton. He made his reds bow in our very first game having remained when Everton departed Anfield. He bagged four goals in 82 games, helping us to the Second Division title before returning north of the border to join Edinburgh St. Bernard’s in October 1895, with whom he won two full international caps. Champions defeated 2007 - We beat Chelsea convincingly, 2-0, thanks to an early Dirk Kuyt strike and Jermaine Pennant’s first reds goal. This secured Rafael Benítez’s 56th win in his hundredth League game in charge, so equalling Bill Shankly’s record. This was also Jose Mourinho’s hundredth League match as Chelsea boss. Later that day, celebrated reds fan Dr. Fun, whose real name was Lenny Campbell, sadly died in hospital aged 63, following a bout of cancer. 2015 – We were held to a 1-1 draw by the Blues in the first leg of our League Cup Semi-final at Anfield. Eden Hazard opened the scoring from the spot, one of his seven goals past us to date, with Raheem Sterling netting a second-half equaliser. A great start from Sam 1900 - Sam Raybould scored after thirty seconds, but we were eventually beaten 3-1 in the Goodison derby, as the Blues completed a League double. This was his first reds goal, while Jimmy Settle netted two of his eleven goals against the reds as Joe Blythe also scored. Red centurions 2010 – Lucas Leiva played his hundredth reds game as we beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 at Anfield, with a fans’ guard of honour greeting the team coach on its way into Anfield. Dirk Kuyt scored a twice-taken penalty in the final minute, having opened the scoring early on. 1962 – Roger Hunt reached a century of games for the club in our 1-1 Second Division draw at Sc***horpe United, when Ian St. John netted our goal. Youngest in the cup 2016 - Sheyi Ojo became our youngest ever FA Cup goalscorer in our 3-0 Third Round replay win at Exeter City, aged 18 years and 215 days, with both he and midfielder João Teixeira bagging their only reds goals. Left-back José Enrique skippered the side for the only time while playing centre-half, with Joe Allen having opened the scoring. Marching on together 1996 - Gary Kelly was sent off for Leeds United for bringing down Rob Jones in the area with the score 1-0 at Anfield. Robbie Fowler converted the resulting spot-kick, the first penalty we had been awarded in 41 matches. We eventually romped home 5-0, our equal record victory over the Whites. Robbie Fowler scored a second with Neil Ruddock also bagging a brace and Stan Collymore also on target. Failure at last 1973 - John Toshack struck as we were held to a 1-1 draw by Derby County at Anfield, after Roger Davies had bagged the first of his five goals against the reds. This ended a run of 21 consecutive home League wins, still a top-flight record. This was Tosh’s final goal of the season in all competitions, although he still finished as our joint top scorer in the League with thirteen strikes. Steve Heighway played his hundredth League game for the reds. More derby despair We have lost both the Anfield derbies played on this day in history. 1912 - Sam Gilligan struck as we went down 3-1. Tommy Browell scored the first of his seven goals past us, with Frank Jefferies and George Beare also on target. 1951 - We were beaten 2-0 as Jimmy McIntosh bagged his only two derby goals, although he had previously scored for times past us with Blackpool. Michael on target 1998 - Michael Owen struck the only goal of the game as we beat Newcastle United at Anfield in game that was postponed from the previous August, following the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. Signing on 1909 – Full-back Bob Crawford signed from Arthurlie. He played 115 times for the reds, netting once in a career badly interrupted by injury. 1926 – Outside-right Dick Edmed signed from Gillingham for £1,800. He scored 46 times in 170 reds games before joining Bolton Wanderers in May 1932. He died on his eightieth birthday. 2006 - John Arne Riise signed a new contract to tie him to the club until 2009. He made 348 first-team appearances in total, notching 31 times. In his time with the club, he helped us to claim the European Cup, FA Cup, League Cup, two UEFA Super Cups and two FA Charity Shields before moving to Roma for £4m in June 2008. A new breeding ground 1999 - The new Academy was officially opened in Kirkby, seven miles from Anfield. On the same day, future red Nicolas Anelka played for France as they beat Morocco 1-0 in a friendly in Marseille. Stevie honoured 2013 - Steven Gerrard was presented with the Football Writers’ Association Tribute Award at the Savoy Hotel in London. He followed Bob Paisley in 1984 and Kenny Dalglish in 1987 as the club’s only winners of this trophy. Raw Venison 1982 - Barry Venison signed as a professional for Sunderland. He played more than two hundred games for the Wearsiders, including the 1985 Milk Cup Final, before moving to Anfield for £200,000 in July 1986. All wrong for Wright 1990 – Crystal Palace’s Ian Wright broke his leg as we won 2-0 at Selhurst Park. Ian Rush and Peter Beardsley both netted as we completed a League double over the Eagles after our 9-0 triumph the previous September. In African action 2015 – Kolo Touré played as Ivory Coast drew 1-1 with future red Naby Keïta’s Guinea in an African Cup of Nations group game in Equatorial Guinea. Future red Ibrahima Konaté played for France Under-16’s as they thumped the Czech Republic 6-0 in a tournament game. 2013 – Ex-red Momo Sissoko featured in another group game as Mali beat Niger 1-0 in South Africa. 2002 – Ex-red Rigobert Song captained Cameroon in their 1-0 defeat of DR Congo in Mali. On the same day, future reds Salif Diao and El-Hadji Diouf both played in Senegal’s 1-0 defeat of Egypt in another group game. 2001 – Future red Touré appeared in a qualifier as Ivory Coast beat Sudan 2-0 in Bouaké. Other reds games 2001 – Middlesbrough held us to a goalless draw at Anfield. 1968 – Geoff Strong and Ron Yeats both scored with their head as we beat Southampton 2-0 in L4. 1923 – We beat Boro 2-0 at Ayresome Park, with Harry Chambers and Dick Johnson on the scoresheet. 1906 – We defeated Sunderland 2-0 in a First Division match at Anfield, thanks to goals from Joe Hewitt and John Carlin, in a game that also acted as a benefit game for right-half Maurice Parry. Also on the move 2017 – Forward Michael Ngoo joined Oldham Athletic from Bromley on a free transfer. 2014 – Young Portuguese centre-half Tiago Ilori joined Granada in Spain on loan, playing nine games there. 2005 - Sotirios Kyrgiakos joined Rangers from Panathinaikos for £1.75m. He struck five times in 57 outings while in Scotland, helping them to claim the League title and League Cup, bagging a brace in their Final defeat of Motherwell later that year. He was released in May 2006. 2011 – Ex-reserves winger Adam Hammill joined Wolverhampton Wanderers from Barnsley for £500,000. He scored once in 27 games before moving to Huddersfield Town in June 2013 after a successful loan spell there. 1995 - Steve Nicol joined Notts County as a Player/Coach on a free transfer. He made 37 appearances for the Magpies before moving on to Sheffield Wednesday after County were relegated. 1998 - Ex-reserves defender Barry Jones joined York City from Wrexham for £40,000. He made 134 League appearances before joining Southport in 2001. Also in international action 2000 – Future red Alberto Aquilani played for Italy Under-15’s in their 3-1 defeat by Japan. 2009 – Ronald Huth featured for Paraguay in the Sudamericano Sub-20 "Juventud de América" as they drew 1-1 with Brazil in Venezuela. 2017 – Midfielder Allan played in the South American Championships for Brazil Under-20’s as they drew 0-0 with Chile in Ecuador. 2019 – Future red Darwin Núñez featured as Uruguay Under-20’s beat Ecuador 3-1 in the South American Championships in Chile.
  8. Will

    17th June

    Happy birthday Jordan 1990 – Midfielder Jordan Henderson was born in Sunderland. He signed from his hometown club for £16m in June 2011 after netting five times in 79 outings while on Wearside. He has notched 33 times in 449 reds games by the end of the 2021/22 season, becoming club captain and then helping us to claim the Premier League title, UEFA Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup, UEFA Super Cup, FA Cup and two League Cups. 1994 – American midfielder Marc Pelosi was born in Bad Säckingen, Germany. He joined the reds in November 2011 from Californian side De Anza Force, becoming a reserves regular despite a series of serious injuries. He was released in June 2015. Strong no more 2013 - Utility player Geoff Strong died in Southport after suffering with Alzheimer’s disease. He made 201 reds appearances after moving from Arsenal in November 1964 for a club record £40,000, netting 33 times and winning a League title medal and the FA Charity Shield the year after helping us to our first ever FA Cup triumph. He left the reds to join Coventry City for £29,500 in August 1970. Other birthdays 1972 - Bjørn Tore Kvarme was born in Trondheim, Norway. He joined the reds in January 1997 on a Bosman free transfer from Rosenborg BK as a replacement for John Scales, and quickly showed his worth. However, high profile errors against Everton and Manchester United dented his confidence. After just 54 first-team appearances, he was sold to Saint-Étienne in August 1999. 1964 – Paul Small was born in Liverpool. One of the club’s masseurs, he came to Melwood from the Widnes rugby union club in 2001, also working with England. Jameo sold 1999 - David James was sold to Aston Villa for £1.7m. He had played 277 times for us, helping us to win the Coca Cola Cup in 1995. He only stayed at Villa Park for just under two years, before moving on to West Ham United in July 2001. Scott’s record 2007 - Scott Carson set a new record for number of England Under-21’s caps, previously held by Jamie Carragher and Gareth Barry. He turned out for the 28th time in a 2-0 defeat of Serbia in a European Championships Finals group game in Nijmegen. He went on to claim 29 caps at this level in total, but this record has since been superseded by future red James Milner with 46 appearances at this level, who also featured in this game. Meanwhile, future red Alberto Aquilani struck his final goal at this level as Italy’s 3-1 defeat of the Czech Republic in Arnhem was not enough to take them through to the next stage. International exits 2002 - Ex-red Steve Staunton confirmed his retirement from international football, after winning his 102nd cap in the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup exit to Spain the night before. He said, “I don’t think my knee could handle a few more years of this to be honest.” 2012 - Christian Poulsen won his last cap as an Évian Thonon Gaillard player, coming off the bench as Denmark lost 2-1 to Germany in the European Championships Finals in Lviv, with Daniel Agger skippering the side. Ex-red Raul Meireles also featured in the tournament, as Portugal beat the Netherlands 2-1 in Kharkiv. 1984 - Midfield terrier Sammy Lee won his fourteenth and final England cap in their goalless friendly match in Chile. Future red John Barnes and ex-red Dave Watson both also featured. 1997 - Future red Mauricio Pellegrino made his third and final appearance for Argentina in their 1-1 Copa América draw with Paraguay in Bolivia. On the same day, Gérard Houllier and Christian Damiano took charge of France Under-20’s as they lost 3-0 to Brazil in a World Championships Finals group game in Malaysia. 2003 – Jon Otsemobor won his sixth and final cap for England Under-20’s as they lost 1-0 to Japan in the Toulon Tournament, with future red Andy Lonergan also in action. Reds in Europe 2008 – Dirk Kuyt, future red Alberto Aquilani and ex-red Nicolas Anelka all came off the bench in the European Championships in Switzerland. France lost 2-0 to Italy in Zurich while the Netherlands beat Romania 2-0 in Berne. This meant that the Dutch topped the group with maximum points while France finished bottom of the same group. Meanwhile, future red Luis Suárez played in a World Cup qualifier as Uruguay thumped Peru 6-0 in Montevideo. 2004 - Steven Gerrard was on target as an England side that also included Michael Owen and ex-red David James beat Switzerland 3-0 in a group game in Portugal. 2000 - Michael Owen faced Dietmar Hamann as Kevin Keegan’s England beat Germany 1-0 in their Euro 2000 fixture in Charleroi. Steven Gerrard won his second cap, coming on as a substitute for his clubmate on the hour mark. Future red Markus Babbel won his 51st and final cap in this game, while Christian Ziege made his final appearance for his country before his switch to Anfield, bringing him to 52 caps in total at this time. Future red Nick Barmby and ex-red Paul Ince both also featured. 1992 - Future red Torben Piechnik came off the bench in Denmark’s 2-1 win over France in Malmo, a result that took them through to the knock-out stages at the expense of their opponents. 2016 – Ex-reds loanee Nuri Şahin won his fiftieth cap for Turkey as they lost 3-0 to Spain in a group stage game in Nice. At the World Cup 2018 – Ex-red Philippe Coutinho scored as Brazil were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland in a group game in Russia, with Roberto Firmino and future reds Alisson Becker and Xherdan Shaqiri also featuring. 2014 – Future red Divock Origi faced ex-red Carl Medjani as Belgium beat Algeria 2-1 in a group game in Belo Horizonte. 2010 – Javier Mascherano skippered Argentina as they beat South Korea 4-1 in Johannesburg, with Maxi Rodríguez also in action. Sotirios Kyrgiakos played as Greece beat Nigeria 2-1 in Bloemfontein, while ex-red Nicolas Anelka featured in France’s 2-0 defeat by Mexico in Polokwane. 1994 - Future red Karl-Heinz Riedle appeared in Germany’s 1-0 defeat of Bolivia in Chicago, their opening game of the tournament. 1990 - Ray Houghton, Steve Staunton and ex-reds John Aldridge and Kevin Sheedy all played in the Republic of Ireland’s goalless draw with Egypt in Palermo. 1958 - Alan A’Court played as England lost 1-0 to the USSR in Gothenburg. 1998 - Future red Rigobert Song played in Cameroon’s 3-0 defeat by Italy in Montpellier. 2007 - Song also played for his country as they beat Rwanda 2-1 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Garoua. 2002 - Ex-red Brad Friedel featured in the USA’s 2-0 win over Mexico in Jeonju, to set up a Quarter-final showdown with Germany. 1997 - He also played for his country in their 2-1 friendly defeat of Israel in Jacksonville. Emre on target 2015 – Emre Can scored his only goal for Germany Under-21’s as they drew 1-1 with Serbia in a European Championships Finals group game in Prague. Philippe Coutinho and future red Roberto Firmino both played for Brazil as they lost 1-0 to Colombia in a Copa América group game in Chile on the same day. On the move 2010 - Keeper Simon Mignolet joined Sunderland from Koninklijke Sint-Truidense Voetbalvereniging for £2m, having helped them to claim the Second Division title and being named as Belgian Goalkeeper of the Year as they avoided relegation. He had even managed to convert a penalty in his 104 senior games before moving to England. 1997 - Stéphane Henchoz joined Blackburn Rovers from Hamburger SV for £3m, joining forces again with Roy Hodgson whom he had worked with at Neuchâtel Xamax. He played 82 times for Rovers, failing to score, before he switched to Anfield for £3.5m in June 1999. 1938 - Centre-forward Fred Howe joined Manchester City. He had struck 36 goals in 94 outings since signing on a free transfer from Hyde United in March 1935. He bagged three reds trebles, including notching four times in our record 6-0 derby victory at Anfield in September 1935. Backroom changes 2005 - Argentine centre-half Mauricio Pellegrino was released after rarely impressing in his thirteen reds games, having signed from Valencia on a free transfer, five months previously. He had arrived at Anfield with an impressive reputation, having previously won the Spanish League three times and the UEFA Cup, as well as appearing in two Champions League Finals. He then returned to Spain to join Deportivo Alavés, but subsequently returned to join the reds’ backroom staff before following Rafael Benítez to Internazionale. 2004 - Coach Christian Damiano left Anfield after just one season with the reds. 2010 - Gary Ablett stepped down as Manager of Stockport County by mutual consent when new owners took charge after a full season spent in administration. 2013 - Andy Hughes was appointed as the club’s Chief Financial Officer. Youngsters on the world stage 2005 - Future red Nabil El Zhar featured in the World Championships Finals as Morocco Under-20’s beat Chile 1-0 in a group stage game in Utrecht, to take them into the last sixteen. They eventually made it as far as the Semi-finals. 2001 – Future red Maxi Rodríguez netted the first goal of the same competition as Argentina beat Finland 2-0 in the same tournament in Buenos Aires, with Daniel Sjölund on the losing side. Future red Kolo Touré played for Ivory Coast on the same day as they drew an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier 2-2 with Egypt in Abidjan. In the army now 1975 - Bruce Grobbelaar joined the Rhodesian army. He went on to operate as a scout, tracking the movements and dodgi22ng the bullets of Robert Mugabe’s guerrilla fighters. Also in South Africa 2009 - Xabi Alonso and Fernando Torres both featured in Spain’s 1-0 victory over Iraq in a Confederations Cup group game in Bloemfontein. Bellers wed 2006 - Craig Bellamy married Claire Jensen in the Vale of Glamorgan, just five days before he signed for the reds. Also in international action 2017 – Marko Grujić faced future red Diogo Jota as Portugal Under-21’s beat Serbia 2-0 in a European Championships Finals group game in Poland. 2021 – Roberto Firmino reached a half century of caps as host nation Brazil beat Peru 4-0 in a Copa América group game in Rio de Janeiro, with Fabinho also featuring. Gini Wijnaldum captained the Netherlands in their 2-0 defeat of Austria in a European Championship Finals group game in Amsterdam, while future red Luis Díaz was sent off as Venezuela held Colombia to a goalless draw in the same group as Brazil.
  9. Will

    6th September

    Red trebles 2000 - Michael Owen scored a first half hat-trick past former team-mate David James as we defeated Aston Villa 3-1 at Anfield. He therefore became our first ever player to score two first-half hat-tricks in League games. Steve Stone bagged Villa’s late consolation. 1965 - ‘Sir’ Roger Hunt netted a treble in our 5-1 win at West Ham United, after Gordon Milne and Ian Callaghan had opened the scoring. Martin Peters scored for the Irons, one of his fourteen goals past us, with all the goals coming before the hour mark. 1986 - We also thumped the Hammers on their home turf when substitute Kenny Dalglish struck twice in a 5-2 victory, with Ronnie Whelan, Craig Johnston and Ian Rush also on target. Future reds first-team coach Kevin Keen made his senior debut for the Hammers in this game. Ray Stewart put the home side in front inside ten minutes, with Tony Cottee bagging the first of his eight goals against the reds. Macca signs on 1985 - Steve McMahon signed from Aston Villa for £375,000, becoming the first arrival direct from Villa Park. He was Kenny Dalglish’s first signing, winning three League titles, the FA Cup and two FA Charity Shields before joining Manchester City in December 1991 after fifty goals in 277 games. Births and deaths 1892 - Scottish keeper Ken Campbell was born in Cambuslang, near Glasgow. He signed from Cambuslang Rangers in May 1911 and took over from Sam Hardy in the reds goal, playing 142 times including the 1914 FA Cup Final, before being replaced after the war by the great Elisha Scott. On exactly the same day, outside-left Albert Pearson was born in Tynemouth. He netted four times in 51 reds games after signing from Port Vale in March 1919, returning there two years later. 1988 - Jimmy Ryan was born in Maghull. The central midfielder joined League Two outfit Accrington Stanley in August 2008, having featured in both of our recent victorious FA Youth Cup campaigns, but failed to break into the first–team squad. 1948 – Half-back Bill Keech died. He played just six Second Division games in late 1895, having signed from Barnsley St. Peter’s that October, helping us to claim the title that season. He later played as a forward for Leicester Fosse, before returning to the half-back line with Queens Park Rangers’ first professional team in the Southern League. 2003 – Inside-forward Harold Jones died. He joined the reds in January 1952, but only made one senior appearance in a 5-1 thumping at Anfield by Preston North End in September 1953. He moved on to Rhyl in June 1954. A goalscoring debut 1902 - Inside-right George Livingstone scored on his reds bow as we beat Blackburn Rovers 5-2 at Anfield in our first game of the season, with Sam Raybould and Jack Cox both grabbing braces. Inside-forward Edgar Chadwick also debuted in this game, with Walter Whittaker nabbing two of his six goals against the reds. Four against 1913 - Danny Shea scored four of his ten goals against the reds as Blackburn Rovers thumped us 6-2 at Ewood Park, with Tom Miller netting both our goals and Bob Ferguson missing a penalty for the reds. Eddie Latheron also scored for the home side with Billy Bradshaw converting from the spot. Red centurions 1954 – Centre-half Laurie Hughes played his 200th League game for the reds as we lost a Second Division fixture 3-0 at Bristol Rovers. Geoff Bradford netted the first three of his five goals past us. 1950 – George Kay took charge of the reds for the 300th time in the League as we defeated Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 in L4 with Albert Stubbins and Jack Balmer on the scoresheet. Managerial moves 1989 - Mark Lawrenson was appointed Manager of Fourth Division Peterborough United. They finished ninth at the end of that season, and he stayed in the job for fourteen months, before being sacked. 2004 - Graeme Souness resigned as Blackburn Rovers boss after four and a half years in charge. He took up the vacant managerial post at Newcastle United the following week, but was sacked after seventeen months at St. James’ Park. Out with the old, in with the new 1995 - John Barnes won his 79th and final cap in England’s goalless friendly draw with Colombia at Wembley. He had scored eleven times for his country. Jamie Redknapp made his senior international debut in the same game, while Nick Barmby won his first cap as a Middlesbrough player. Steve McManaman also played. On the same day, Markus Babbel grabbed his only international goal as Germany beat Georgia 4-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Nuremberg. Fellow future red Christian Ziege netted his first goal for the German senior side in the same game. Ex-red István Kozma won his fortieth and final cap for Hungary as they lost a qualifier 2-0 in Turkey. Also in action that day were Ian Rush, ex-red Ronnie Rosenthal and future reds Stéphane Henchoz, Øyvind Leonhardsen, Jari Litmanen and Gary McAllister, with Roy Hodgson managing Switzerland. Vlad on target again and again 2003 - Vladimír Šmicer struck in his third consecutive Czech Republic game for the second time, with clubmate Milan Baroš also on target in their 3-1 European Championships qualifying win in Belarus. 2002 - Milan bagged a brace with Vlad also scoring in their 5-0 friendly defeat of FR Yugoslavia in Prague, despite having broken a toe in the first minute of the game. 1997 - Future red Šmicer also netted for his country as they won a World Cup qualifier 2-0 in the Faroe Islands. 1998 - Šmicer grabbed the only goal of a Euro 2000 qualifier in the same country, with future reds clubmate Patrik Berger also playing. Meanwhile, Baroš played for the Under-18’s as they beat Hungary 3-1 in a tournament game in Yugoslavia, with Stig Inge Bjørnebye and Vegard Heggem both appearing as Norway lost 3-1 to Latvia in a European Championships qualifier in Oslo. 1994 - Future red Patrik Berger netted in the Czech Republic’s 6-1 European Championships qualifying thumping of Malta in Bazaly. Roy Hodgson managed a Switzerland side that included future red Stéphane Henchoz to a 1-0 friendly win over the United Arab Emirates in Sion. Robbie Fowler, Jamie Redknapp and future red Nick Barmby all featured for England Under-21’s as they were held to a goalless draw by France in a European Championships qualifier in Leicester. 2011 – Future red Xherdan Shaqiri bagged a treble as Switzerland beat Bulgaria 3-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Basel, with ex-red Nikolay Mihaylov in goal for the visitors. Meanwhile, Christian Benteke scored while winning his last Under-21’s cap as a Royal Standard de Liège player in Belgium’s 4-1 qualifying win over Azerbaijan in Antwerp. Fellow future red Fabio Borini scored past Péter Gulácsi as Italy Under-21’s won 3-0 in a qualifier in Hungary. Disappointment on Teesside We have twice visited Ayresome Park on this day in history, without securing a win. 1930 - Robert Done scored from the spot with Gordon Hodgson and Dick Edmed also on target in a 3-3 top-flight draw. Bobby Bruce bagged one of his five goals past us, with Freddie Warren and Billy Pease also on the scoresheet as right-half Tom Morrison reached a century of reds outings. 1958 - Jimmy Harrower nabbed our consolation as Middlesbrough won a Second Division encounter 2-1, thanks to a Brian Clough brace, two of his ten goals against the reds. International firsts 2003 - Fernando Torres won his first senior international cap as they won a friendly 3-0 in Portugal, with fellow future red Xabi Alonso also featuring. On the same day, Andriy Voronin made his first appearance for Ukraine as a 1. FC Köln player in their goalless Euro 2004 qualifier with Northern Ireland in Donetsk. 2016 – Mohamed Salah played his first game for Egypt since moving permanently to Roma as they lost a friendly 1-0 in South Africa, with captain Ragnar Klavan playing for Estonia for the first time since arriving at Anfield as they were thumped 5-0 in a Wo5ld Cup qualifier in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Ex-red Luis Suárez converted a penalty as Uruguay thumped Paraguay 4-0 in Montevideo, while Philippe Coutinho, Marko Grujić, Ragnar Klavan, Harry Wilson, Gini Wijnaldum, future reds Alisson Becker, Diogo Jota, Ozan Kabak, Kostas Tsimikas and Virgil van Dijk, and ex-reds Péter Gulácsi, Krisztián Németh and Brad Smith all also featured for their countries. 2015 – Future red Wijnaldum also played for his country, as the Netherlands lost a European Championships qualifier 3-0 in Turkey. Salah won his first cap while on loan at Roma as Egypt won a World Cup qualifier 5-2 in Chad. Christian Benteke won his first cap as a red as Belgium won a European Championships qualifier 1-0 in Cyprus, with Divock Origi also featuring. Meanwhile, future red Joël Matip played for Cameroon in a 1-0 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying win in Gambia and ex-red captained Algeria to a 3-1 qualifying win in Lesotho. A good day for Mark 1995 - Mark Kennedy won his first cap for the Republic of Ireland as they lost 3-1 in a Euro ’96 qualifier in Austria, with Phil Babb and ex-red Ray Houghton also playing. 1997 - He netted his first goal as the Irish won a World Cup qualifier 4-2 in Iceland. Jason McAteer and ex-red Steve Staunton also featured. Crouchie on target again 2006 - Peter Crouch scored in his third consecutive England game for the second time as they won 1-0 in the FYR Macedonia, taking him to eleven international strikes in 2006, a national record for a calendar year. Steven Gerrard won his fiftieth cap in the same game, with future red Stewart Downing also featuring. Daniel Agger, Xabi Alonso, Luis García, Sami Hyypiä, future reds Christian Poulsen, Nuri Şahin, Martin Škrtel, Fernando Torres and Andriy Voronin and ex-red Jari Litmanen also played in Euro 2008 qualifiers that day, with Roy Hodgson taking charge of Finland and future red Philipp Degen appearing in a friendly tournament. Future red Yossi Benayoun netted as Israel thumped Andorra 4-1 in another qualifier, while Dirk Kuyt bagged his first goal as a reds player in the Netherlands’ 3-0 defeat of Belarus, with future red Ryan Babel also in action. Meanwhile, Scott Carson was in the England Under-21’s goal as they qualified for the European Championships Finals with a 3-2 win in Switzerland, as future red James Milner scored. 2013 – Rickie Lambert bagged his final goal as a Southampton player, with skipper Steven Gerrard also on target as Roy Hodgson’s England beat Moldova 4-0 in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley. Luis Suárez bagged a brace, including a penalty, as Uruguay won 2-1 in Peru. Also in World Cup action that day were Daniel Agger, Martin Škrtel and future red Ragnar Klavan, who all captained their countries, future reds Christian Benteke, Ádám Bogdán, James Milner and Xherdan Shaqiri, and ex-reds Craig Bellamy, Alexander Kačaniklić, Robbie Keane, Dirk Kuyt, Raul Meireles, Nikolay Mihaylov and Nuri Şahin, while Danny Ward played for Wales Under-21’s. Milan off the mark 2011 - Milan Jovanović struck his first goal for Serbia as a Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht player in their 3-1 defeat of Faroe Islands in a Euro 2012 qualifier in Belgrade. Also in international action that day were Daniel Agger, Andy Carroll, Stewart Downing, Péter Gulácsi, Dirk Kuyt, Martin Škrtel, future reds Ragnar Klavan, Dejan Lovren, Simon Mignolet, James Milner and Thiago Alcântara, and ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa, Yossi Benayoun, Robbie Keane, Javier Mascherano, Nikolay Mihaylov, John Arne Riise, Daniel Sjölund and Andriy Voronin, with John Toshack taking charge of FYR Macedonia. St. Michael loses a record 2003 - Everton’s Wayne Rooney became England’s youngest ever goalscorer, beating Michael Owen’s record as they won 2-1 in a Euro 2004 qualifier in the FYR Macedonia. Emile Heskey, Owen and ex-red David James all also featured. Also in international action that day were Jerzy Dudek, Sami Hyypiä and John Arne Riise and future reds Craig Bellamy, Yossi Benayoun, Mark González, Paul Jones, Ragnar Klavan and Andriy Voronin, while Bolo Zenden was winning his first cap while on loan at Middlesbrough, and 47th in all. Thumping the Wearsiders 1922 - We beat Sunderland 5-1 at Anfield thanks to a Harry Chambers brace and goals from Dick Johnson and Donald McKinlay, with Dick Forshaw netting in his hundredth reds game while Charlie Buchan bagged one of his 21 goals against the reds. Beating the Mancs 1893 – Hugh McQueen netted the only goal of our Anfield friendly meeting with Newton Heath, as Manchester United were then known. Disappointment against the Baggies 1920 – We were held to a goalless draw by West Bromwich Albion in a top-flight encounter at Anfield. Inside-forward Tom Miller played his 146th and last game for the club. 1976 - We lost 1-0 in a League Cup Second Round replay at The Hawthorns, with Irish midfielder Mick Martin bagging the decisive goal. Other international reds 1989 - John Aldridge won his final cap as a reds player as the Republic of Ireland held West Germany to a 1-1 draw in a friendly at Lansdowne Road. Clubmates Steve Staunton and Ronnie Whelan both also played. John Barnes, Peter Beardsley, Gary Gillespie, Glenn Hysén, Steve McMahon, Steve Nicol, Ian Rush and future red Dean Saunders were all in World Cup qualifying action that day. 1997 - Future red Jari Litmanen netted in Finland’s 2-1 World Cup qualifying win in Switzerland while winning his fiftieth cap, with future red Stéphane Henchoz on the losing side. Stig Inge Bjørnebye and future reds Markus Babbel and Christian Ziege also played for their countries that day. 2017 – Ex-red Luis Suárez played as Uruguay won a World Cup qualifier 2-1 in Paraguay. 2018 – Ex-red Ryan Babel won his fiftieth cap for the Netherlands as they beat Peru 2-1, with Virgil van Dijk and Gini Wijnaldum also featuring. Adam Lewis made his debut for England Under-20’s, with Dominic Solanke and ex-red Joe Allen also playing for their countries that day. 2019 – Gini Wijnaldum scored as the Netherlands beat Germany 4-2 in a European Championships qualifier in Hamburg, with Virgil van Dijk captaining the side and Ryan Babel winning his first cap as a Galatasaray player as Rhian Brewster debuted for England Under-21’s in their 3-2 win in a European Championships qualifier in Turkey. Dejan Lovren bagged his last goal for Croatia as a red in their 4-0 qualifying win in Slovakia. Caoimhín Kelleher, Divock Origi, Andy Robertson, Harry Wilson and ex-reds Joe Allen and Ragnar Klavan all also played for their countries that day, with Steve Clarke taking charge of Scotland. First caps 2008 – Steve Finnan won his first cap as an R.C.D. Espanyol player as the Republic of Ireland beat Georgia 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Mainz in Germany, with Robbie Keane also featuring. Harry Kewell played for Australia for the first time since joining Galatasaray, converting a penalty while skippering them to a 2-1 friendly defeat of the Netherlands in Eindhoven, with Ryan Babel and Dirk Kuyt both on the losing side. On the same day, Rigobert Song won his first cap as a Trabzonspor player as Cameroon won a World Cup qualifier 2-1 in the Cape Verde Islands. Andriy Voronin played his first international while on loan with Hertha BSC Berlin as Ukraine beat Belarus 1-0 in another qualifier in Lviv. Daniel Agger, Xabi Alonso, Javier Mascherano, future reds Ragnar Klavan, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Alex Manninger, Raul Meireles, Christian Poulsen and Luis Suárez and ex-reds Nicolas Anelka, Mark González and John Arne Riise all also featured in qualifiers, with John Toshack managing Wales. 2009 – Javier Mascherano and future red Maxi Rodríguez represented Argentina again, as they lost 3-1 to Brazil in a World Cup qualifier in Rosario. 2013 – Lazar Marković won his first cap after moving to SL Benfica as Serbia were held to a 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw by Croatia in Belgrade, with future red Dejan Lovren playing for the visitors. 2014 - Carl Medjani played for Algeria for the first time since joining Trabzonspor as they beat Ethiopia 2-1 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Addis Ababa. 2019 - Harvey Elliott won his first cap for England Under-17’s since moving to Anfield, as they thumped Finland 5-0 in a friendly in Poland with Jarell Quansah also in action. On the same day, future red Fábio Carvalho played for England Under-18’s for the first time in their 3-2 victory over Australia Under-17’s in Hinckley. Meanwhile, future red Mateusz Musiałowski won his only cap for Poland Under-17’s in their 2-1 defeat of Georgia, with Kamil Grabara also featuring for his country. Alberto in action 2002 – Future red Alberto Aquilani played for Italy Under-19’s as they beat Yugoslavia 2-1. 2005 – He was booked as the Under-21’s were held to a 1-1 draw by Belarus in a European Championships qualifier in Borisov. First and last goals 2008 - Martin Škrtel scored his first goal as a reds player as Slovakia beat Northern Ireland 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Bratislava. Joe Cole bagged a brace from off the bench, his final England goals as a Chelsea player, as they beat Andorra 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Barcelona. Ex-reds Emile Heskey, David James and future reds Stewart Downing and Glen Johnson also featured. Meanwhile, Yossi Benayoun netted while skippering Israel in their 2-2 draw with Switzerland in Tel-Aviv. 2020 – Neco Williams struck for Wales for the first time, the only goal of their UEFA Nations League group games against Bulgaria in Cardiff. Thiago Alcântara appeared for Spain for the last time before moving to Anfield as they thumped Ukraine 4-0 in Madrid, with future red Ozan Kabak and ex-reds Emre Can and Péter Gulácsi also playing in the same competition. Youngsters on target for their countries Daniel Sjölund struck for Finland Under-21’s in European Championships qualifiers on this day in consecutive years. 2002 - He netted in their 2-1 defeat of Wales in Valkeakoski. 2003 - He bagged the only goal of their game in Azerbaijan. 2012 - Jonjo Shelvey scored his first goal for England Under-21’s as they won a European Championships qualifier 2-0 in Azerbaijan, with future red Steven Caulker nabbing his second and last strike at this level. Jordan Henderson skippered a side that also included Martin Kelly, with ex-red Tom Ince winning his first cap at this level. Samed Yeşil struck his first two goals for Germany Under-19’s while winning his first cap at this level as a reds player in a 3-1 friendly defeat of England in Hamburg, with Raheem Sterling winning his only cap at this level and Adam Morgan also playing. Péter Gulácsi and Danny Wilson also featured in Under-21’s action that day. 2002 - Florent Sinama-Pongolle struck his first goal for France Under-21’s, the only one of their qualifier in Cyprus. He was winning his second cap, as were fellow reds Alou Diarra and Anthony Le Tallec. Chris Kirkland and future reds Xabi Alonso, Ragnar Klavan, Paul Konchesky, Jermaine Pennant, Pepe Reina, Albert Riera and Fernando Torres also played for their Under-21’s sides that day, with future red Alberto Aquilani featuring for Italy Under-19’s. 2005 - Ramon Calliste won his first cap for Wales Under-21’s as a reds player, having a goal disallowed as they lost 3-2 in a European Championships qualifier in Poland. Meanwhile, Anthony Le Tallec scored in his third consecutive Under-21’s game, converting a penalty as France beat the Republic of Ireland 2-1 in a qualifier in Cork. John Welsh won his last cap at this level as a reds player as England drew 1-1 in another qualifier with Germany in Mainz, with Scott Carson and future reds Alberto Aquilani, James Milner and Gary O’Neil also playing for the Under-21’s. Back to Merseyside 1994 - David Burrows signed for Everton from West Ham United on a free transfer, just a year after leaving Anfield. He only played 23 times in his one season with the Toffees, before moving on again to Birmingham City. 2013 - Neil Critchley was appointed Under-18’s Coach at the Academy. He moved up to the Under-23’s, leaving to take over as Head Coach of Blackpool last March. Other reds games 1983 – Southampton held us to a 1-1 draw at Anfield. Ian Rush netted before Mick Mills equalised late on with a free-kick from close to the touchline. 1980 – We drew 1-1 at Birmingham City with Kenny Dalglish on target. 1975 – Ray Kennedy headed in the only goal of Sheffield United’s visit to L4. 1969 – We beat Coventry City 2-1 at home. Ian St. John scored, with Geoff Strong netting a stoppage-time winner. 1952 – Kevin Baron and Jack Smith both struck inside the opening ten minutes as we won 2-0 at Manchester City. 1947 – Jack Balmer struck as Burnley drew 1-1 at Anfield. 1924 – We lost 2-0 at Arsenal with Harry Woods scoring the last two of his five goals against the reds. 1919 – We beat Bradford City 2-1 in L4 with Fred Pagnam and Donald McKinlay both scoring. 1909 – We won 2-1 at Bolton Wanderers with Jack Parkinson nabbing a brace. Also in international action 1977 – Glenn Hysén played for Sweden Under-18’s as they lost a home friendly 1-0 to Finland, while Joey Jones and John Toshack played as Wales were held to a goalless draw by Kuwait in Wrexham. 1984 – Ex-red Avi Cohen featured in Israel’s 2-1 defeat of Malta in a friendly in Jerusalem.
  10. Will

    24th August

    Red legends are born 1893 - Legendary keeper Elisha Scott was born in Belfast. He kept goal for the reds on 468 occasions across his 21 years with us after signing from Broadway United in September 1912, and ended his career with two League title medals, joining Belfast Celtic as Player/Manager in June 1934. 1873 - Forward Harry Bradshaw was born in Liverpool. He became the reds’ first international in February 1897 when he won his one and only England cap, at outside-left. He signed from Northwich Victoria in October 1893 and struck 53 times in 138 reds games, before moving on to Tottenham Hotspur in May 1898. European glory 2001 - We claimed our second UEFA Super Cup by beating European champions Bayern München 3-2 at the Stade Louis II in Monaco. John Arne Riise, with his first reds goal, Emile Heskey and Michael Owen put us in a commanding lead before the Germans staged a late, but ultimately fruitless, come-back. Most recently 2019 – Jordan Henderson captained the club in the League for the hundredth time as we beat Arsenal 3-1 at Anfield. Centre-half Joël Matip headed us in front from a corner shortly before the break. Mohamed Salah scored twice, including a penalty, before Lucas Torreira bagged a late consolation for the Gunners as we equalled a top-flight club record of twelve consecutive wins. 2015 – James Milner skippered the reds from the start for the first time as we held Arsenal to a goalless draw at the Emirates Stadium. 2011 – Kenny Dalglish secured his 200th win as reds boss as we won a League Cup Second Round tie 3-1 at Exeter City as we started our journey to Wembley glory. Luis Suárez scored in his third consecutive game before the break. Maxi Rodríguez and Andy Carroll struck after the break before a late consolation from the spot by Danny Nardiello. Centre-half Danny Wilson played his ninth and last reds game, with Raul Meireles appearing for the 44th and final time. 2004 - We lost the second leg of our Champions League qualifier 1-0 to Grazer AK at Anfield to progress 2-1 on aggregate. This was the first time we had lost a home second leg in Europe after winning the first leg away, although the feat was repeated a year later. Mario Tokić struck for the Austrian side, not giving fans much confidence that we could go all the way in the competition. Mixed fortunes against the Villains 2013 – Left-back Aly Cissokho made his reds bow from the bench as Daniel Sturridge’s first-half strike was enough to secure victory at Villa Park, with keeper Simon Mignolet making a series of crucial stops after the break. 2009 – We lost 3-1 at home to Aston Villa, as they took a first-half lead through a Lucas own goal as he deflected a free kick past the helpless Pepe Reina, and then a Curtis Davies header from a corner. Fernando Torres scored before Steven Gerrard conceded a needless penalty, converted by Ashley Young. 2003 - We left Villa Park having shared a goalless draw with Aston Villa, in our first away match of the season. Thommo’s bow 1963 - Winger and new record signing Peter Thompson made his official reds debut as we came from behind to win our season opener 2-1 at Blackburn Rovers. Ronnie Moran headed in after Rovers keeper Fred Else had saved his penalty, with Ian Callaghan bagging the winner as right-half Gordon Milne reached a century of League outings for the club. Other birthdays 1967 - Midfielder Michael Thomas was born in Lambeth. He arrived at Anfield from Arsenal for £1.5m in December 1991, less than three years after cruelly snatching the title for the Gunners with practically the last kick of the season’s final game in L4, as well as coming off the bench in their 1987 League Cup Final defeat of the reds. He made 163 appearances for the reds scoring twelve times, including the 1992 FA Cup Final opener, before teaming up with Graeme Souness again at SL Benfica. 1985 - Former reserves central midfielder David Mannix was born in Liverpool. He left Anfield in January 2007 to join Ham-Kam, who played in the second tier of Norwegian football, but later returned to England with Chester City. 1993 – Keeper Jamie Stephens was born in Wotton-under-Edge. He signed from Swindon Town in 2010, going on to win the Barclays Premier Academy League Save of the Season award for 2010/11 for a stop in an away win at Manchester United. He left the club for Newport County in July 2013, after a loan spell with Welsh side Airbus UK Broughton earlier that year. Macca dismissed 1991 - Steve McMahon was sent off for a stray elbow at Kenilworth Road as we were held to a goalless draw by Luton Town on our most recent League visit there. Dean Saunders somehow missed an open goal from well inside the six-yard box. Hodgson departs 1984 - David Hodgson joined Sunderland for £125,000. He had never fully established himself in his two years at Anfield after signing from Middlesbrough for £450,000, scoring ten times in 49 appearances, although he did claim a League championship medal and help us to clinch the FA Charity Shield on his reds bow. Crusading Lawro 1981 - We played Northern Irish side Crusaders in a friendly, winning 5-0. The game was arranged to commemorate the opening of a new stand at their Seaview ground. Mark Lawrenson struck his first reds goal in this game, with David Johnson and Terry McDermott adding to a brace from Kenny Dalglish. On the spot twice 1974 - Left-back Alec Lindsay scored two penalties as we beat Leicester City 2-1 at Anfield. Foxes skipper Keith Weller scored one of his six goals past us but was later fined £100 with £60 costs for “bringing the game into disrepute” after allegedly insulting the referee after the game due to his spot-kick awards. First southern visit 1960 - We visited The Dell in the League for the first time, being comprehensively beaten 4-1, with Tommy Leishman bagging his first reds goal. Terry Paine bagged the first of his four strikes against the reds, with Derek Reeves, George O’Brien and John Sydenham all also on target. We had previously played at The Dell four times in cup games, also without tasting victory. 2002 - We also faced Southampton when El-Hadji Diouf nabbed a brace in his first Anfield match, his first reds strikes, with Danny Murphy converting a last-minute penalty as we won 3-0. Stéphane Henchoz reached a century of League appearances for the reds in this game. A win for the new boss 1985 - We lost at St. James’ Park in what was Willie McFaul’s first match in charge as Caretaker Manager of Newcastle United. George Reilly headed the only goal of the game. Starting with a win 1957 - We kicked off our Second Division campaign with a 2-1 victory at Bristol City with both goals scored by Tony Rowley and Johnny Watkins netting the first of his four strikes past the reds. We ended that season in fourth. Entertaining the Mackems twice 1968 - We beat Sunderland 4-1 in a top-flight fixture thanks to goals from Tommy Smith, Chris Lawler, Ian Callaghan and Tony Hateley, who netted his 28th and last reds strike. Colin Suggett bagged one of his four goals against us. 1996 - We were held to a goalless draw in the Premiership. Heading to the Final 2004 - Future red Javier Mascherano helped Argentina to reach the Final of the Olympics football tournament in Athens as they beat Italy 3-0. On the move 2013 – Future reds loanee Victor Moses joined Chelsea from Wigan Athletic for £9m after nine goals in eighty outings for the Latics. On the same day, former reds Assistant Manager Pako Ayestarán was appointed Tecos boss, staying on until the following May having failed to secure promotion. 2007 – Moses featured for England Under-17’s as they beat Brazil 2-1 in a World Championship Finals group game in South Korea, his twelfth and last cap at this level. 2011 – Dani Pacheco joined Club Atlético de Madrid on loan, with an option to buy at the end of the season. However, they then loaned him out themselves to Rayo Vallecano de Madrid. On the same day, ex-reds reserves forward Lauri Dalla Valle joined Dundee United on loan from Fulham, netting three times in fifteen games for the Terrors. 2020 – Midfielder Jordan Williams joined Blackpool on a free transfer from Rochdale. He played fourteen times without scoring, moving on to Bolton Wanderers the following February. 2021 – Left-back Andy Robertson signed a new contract, having struck five times in 196 appearances to date, helping us to claim the Premier League title, UEFA Champions League, FIFA World Club Cup and UEFA Super Cup. 2009 – Young Hungarian forward András Simon joined Córdoba on loan. He failed to score in nine League outings for the Andalusian outfit. 2006 - Anthony Le Tallec joined Sochaux-Montbéliard on loan. He grabbed two goals in nineteen outings in his one season with Les Lionceaux. On the same day, Nicolas Anelka joined Bolton Wanderers from Fenerbahçe Spor Kulübü for £8m. He bagged 23 goals in 61 appearances for the Trotters, before moving to Chelsea for £15m in January 2008. Other reds games 1971 – John Toshack nabbed the only goal of our trip to Crystal Palace. 1966 – We lost 2-1 at Manchester City. Jimmy Murray scored one of his four goals past us before Geoff Strong headed in an equaliser. However, Colin Bell netted a last-minute winner. 1955 – We lost a Second Division fixture 3-0 to Sheffield Wednesday at Anfield. Inside-left John Evans had to leave the pitch after just ten minutes having broken his collar bone in a collision with Owls keeper Dave McIntosh. Redfern Froggatt scored one of his six goals past us before Roy Shiner and Jackie Sewell struck. Reds boss for England 1946 - Future reds Manager Don Welsh bagged a brace as England were held to a 2-2 draw by Scotland, who included Billy Liddell, in an unofficial international at Maine Road. The game was played in aid of the Bolton Disaster Fund, after 33 people had died during an FA Cup match between Bolton Wanderers and Stoke City at Burnden Park in March of that year. Also in international action 1993 – Future red Sami Hyypiä played for Finland Under-21’s in their 2-2 draw in a European Championships qualifier in Austria. On the same day, future red Bjørn Tore Kvarme featured for Norway Under-21’s as they won a friendly 1-0 in Denmark.
  11. Will

    14th November

    Ged takes charge 1998 - Gérard Houllier took sole charge of a reds game for the first time as we lost 3-1 at home to Leeds United. Robbie Fowler’s penalty was cancelled out by three late Leeds goals in front of the Kop, including one from Alan Smith on his debut, with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink bagging the first two of his seven strikes past us. Debutants galore 1970 - John Toshack made his reds bow as we were held to a goalless draw at Anfield by Coventry City, with ex-red Geoff Strong being given a rapturous reception as he led his new side out. 1925 – Right-back Jimmy ‘Parson’ Jackson debuted in our 2-0 home defeat of West Bromwich Albion, with Cyril Oxley bagging a brace, his first reds goals. 1914 – Half-back Charles Hafekost played his only senior reds game as Middlesbrough held us to a 1-1 top-flight draw at Anfield, with Fred Pagnam on target and George Elliott netting one of his eight strikes against the reds. 1953 - Right-back Don Campbell made his debut as we lost 3-2 at Sunderland, with Sammy Smyth scoring both our goals. Billy Elliott bagged a brace for the home side, with George Aitken also on target. 1931 - We also played a First Division match at Roker Park, with Dave Wright netting twice in our 3-1 win and Gordon Hodgson also on the scoresheet. Bobby Gurney bagged one of his sixteen strikes in just fifteen games against the reds. Happy birthdays 1956 - Israeli defender Avi Cohen was born in Cairo in Egypt. He only made 24 appearances during his Anfield career after signing for £200,000 from Maccabi Tel-Aviv in July 1979, with his most memorable game coming in May 1980 as we clinched our twelfth League title. He put through his own net before scoring his only reds goal at the same end in the second half, as we beat Aston Villa 4-1. 1937 - Left-back Phil Ferns was born in Liverpool. The local lad struck once in 28 reds games after signing on at Anfield in September 1957. He made enough appearances in 1963/64 to claim a League title medal but moved on to Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic in August 1965. 1971 – Academy Manager Alex Inglethorpe was born in Epsom in Surrey. He left Tottenham Hotspur in November 2012 to move to Melwood as Reserve Team Head Coach. 2002 – French centre-back Billy Koumetio was born in Lyon. He signed as a professional last August, playing for the first team for the first time that month in a friendly defeat of VfB Stuttgart in Austria. On the same day, reds youngster Ryan Wilkie played for Scotland Under-18’s in their 2-0 friendly defeat in Germany. Good fortune against PNE 1896 - We drew 1-1 at Deepdale with Bill Michael nabbing our goal. 1908 - Robert Robinson and Joe Hewitt struck as we beat Preston North End 2-1 in another top-flight meeting at Anfield. Herbert Danson nabbed one of his four goals against the reds. Un-fair defeat 1967 - We suffered our first ever defeat in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, going down 2-1 at TSV 1860 München, although we progressed to the Third Round 9-2 on aggregate. Half-back Willie Stevenson became our first ever European substitute, coming on for Tony Hateley in this game. Ian Callaghan grabbed our goal that evening to put us nine ahead on aggregate, with Tommy Smith rattling the bar late on. Wilfried Kohlars netted twice for the home side. Tommy’s century 1964 – Keeper Tommy Lawrence played his hundredth reds game as we beat Nottingham Forest 2-0 at Anfield, thanks to goals from Peter Thompson and Roger Hunt. World Cup goals 1984 - Future red John Barnes netted a brace in England’s 8-0 demolition of Turkey in Istanbul. Fellow future red Mark Wright won his fourth full cap in the same game. On the same day, ex-red Graeme Souness captained Scotland as they beat Spain 3-1 at Hampden Park, with Kenny Dalglish on target with his thirtieth and final international goal, equalling Denis Law’s record. Steve Nicol won his third cap in the same match. Jim Beglin, Mark Lawrenson, Jan Mølby, Ian Rush, future red Glenn Hysén and ex-red Kevin Sheedy also played in qualifiers that same day. 1987 - Hysén captained Sweden in their 2-1 European Championships qualifying defeat in Italy. Mixed fortunes in World Cup play-offs 2001 - Future red Milan Baroš was sent off late on as the Czech Republic lost 1-0 to Belgium in Prague, as they fell at the final hurdle in qualifying for the World Cup in the far east. Vladimír Šmicer also played, while there was better news as Baroš had now played enough international games to make his work permit application to join the reds likely to succeed. Dietmar Hamann and ex-red Christian Ziege were more fortunate, as Germany beat the Ukraine 4-1 in Dortmund to reach the Finals. Meanwhile, ex-red Rigobert Song and future red Fernando Morientes both featured in friendlies. 1999 – Hamann and future red Ziege also played for Germany in their 1-0 friendly win in Norway, with Vegard Heggem, future red Markus Babbel and ex-red Øyvind Leonhardsen all also featuring. Jack’s treble 1942 - Jack Balmer bagged a hat-trick as we beat Chester 5-1 at their Moss Road Ground in a Wartime League fixture. Len Carney and Willie Fagan were also on target. Unlucky thirteen 1990 - Gary Gillespie won his thirteenth and final international cap in Scotland’s 1-1 European Championships qualifying draw in Bulgaria. Future red Gary McAllister won his sixth cap in the same game. On the same day, Ian Rush struck the only goal of Wales’ Euro ’92 qualifier in Luxembourg, playing up front alongside future red Dean Saunders. Future red Øyvind Leonhardsen also featured in another qualifier. First and last caps 1990 - Steve McMahon and Jan Mølby both also made their final international appearances. McMahon won his seventeenth cap in England’s 1-1 Euro ’92 qualifying draw in the Republic of Ireland, with Ray Houghton, Steve Staunton, Ronnie Whelan, ex-red John Aldridge and future red Mark Wright all also playing. On the same day, Mølby won his 33rd cap as Denmark lost 2-0 in another qualifier against Yugoslavia in Copenhagen. 2012 – Mario Balotelli won his last cap as a Manchester City player as Italy lost 2-1 to France in a friendly in Parma, with future red Mamadou Sakho on the winning side. Future red Christian Benteke scored as Belgium lost a friendly 2-1 in Romania, with Sunderland’s Simon Mignolet also featuring. Nuri Şahin won his last cap as a reds player in Turkey’s 1-1 draw with Denmark in Istanbul. 2013 – Keeper Simon Mignolet won his first cap as a reds player in Belgium’s 2-0 friendly defeat by Colombia in Brussels. On the same day, Jordon Ibe, Raheem Sterling and ex-red Tom Ince represented England at junior levels, with future reds Christian Benteke and Mohamed Salah also in action. 1951 – Future red Sammy Smyth won his ninth and last cap for Ireland, and only one as a Stoke City player, as they lost 2-0 to England in the British International Championships at Villa Park. Billy Liddell played for the Scots in the same competition that day, as they lost 1-0 to Wales at Hampden Park. 2017 – Philippe Coutinho won his last cap as a reds player as England and Brazil shared a goalless draw at Wembley, with Dominic Solanke making his senior bow from the bench. Roberto Firmino, Joe Gomez and future red Alisson Becker all also featured. On the same day, Alberto Moreno won his only cap as a reds player as Spain drew 3-3 with Russia in Saint Petersburg, with ex-red Suso making his senior international debut, while keeper Kamil Grabara made his bow for Poland Under-21’s and future reds custodian Jakub Ojrzyński debuted for Poland Under-15’s. Virgil van Dijk played for the Netherlands for the last time before leaving Southampton, with Ryan Babel scoring his first goal as a Beşiktaş J.K. player. Meanwhile, Emre Can and Danny Ward both also played for their countries for the last time while at Anfield, with Marko Grujić, Simon Mignolet, Divock Origi, Corey Whelan, Harry Wilson, Ben Woodburn, future red Thiago and ex-red Carl Medjani and Krisztián Németh also in action. Ged against Jari 1992 - Gérard Houllier’s France beat Finland 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier at the Parc des Princes. Future red Jari Litmanen was on the losing side that day. Jari’s clubmate Sami Hyypiä played for Finland Under-21’s as they faced their French counterparts in Rouen on the same day. Youngsters on target 1995 - Robbie Fowler scored for England Under-21’s as they beat Austria 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Middlesbrough, with future red Alex Manninger on the losing side. 2001 - Djibril Cissé bagged a brace as France Under-21’s beat Romania 4-0 in the second leg of their European Championships qualifying play-off against Romania in Brest to progress to the Finals 5-0 on aggregate. 2011 – Martin Kelly scored for England Under-21’s as they lost 2-1 to Belgium in a European Championships qualifier in Mons, with Jordan Henderson skippering the side and Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also in action as Nathaniel Clyne won his second and last cap at this level as a Crystal Palace player. Future red Virgil van Dijk debuted for the Dutch at this level, with future red Thiago converting a penalty for Spain and Lucas Leiva and Danny Wilson both also featuring for their countries that day. On the same day, Lucas was named the Premier League Player of the Year at the MBNA Northwest Football Awards at Lancashire Cricket Club in Manchester. 2017 – Bobby Duncan bagged a brace as England Under-17’s beat Germany 2-1 in a friendly in Rotherham, with Curtis Jones also featuring. Future red Diogo Jota captained his country and netted as Portugal Under-21’s beat Switzerland 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Paços de Ferreira. 2018 – Future red Sepp van den Berg scored his first goal for the Dutch Under-19’s as they won a friendly 4-0 in Armenia. Future red Harvey Elliott, Rafael Camacho and Xherdan Shaqiri also played for their countries that day. Management joy 2008 - Rafael Benítez was named Barclays Manager of the Month for October, having led us to four League wins out of four that month, as well as a victory and a draw in the Champions League. On the same day, Mark Wright was appointed Manager of Chester City for the third time. He could not save the club from relegation from the Football League and resigned the following June. Starting out 2019 – Future red Diogo Jota made his senior international bow as Portugal thumped Lithuania 6-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Faro. 2012 – Raheem Sterling made his senior England bow in Roy Hodgson’s side’s 4-2 friendly defeat in Sweden, to celebrate the opening of the Friends Arena in Solna. Steven Gerrard won his hundredth cap while skippering a team that also included Glen Johnson, while Daniel Sturridge won his last cap as a Chelsea player, with ex-red Alexander Kačaniklić on the winning side. Luis Suárez netted as Uruguay beat Poland 3-1 in Gdansk. Future red Loris Karius won his only cap for Germany Under-20’s in their 2-1 defeat in Poland. Also in international action were future reds Joël Matip, Mohamed Salah and Kolo Touré, and ex-reds Dirk Kuyt, Javier Mascherano, Carl Medjani, Krisztián Németh and Daniel Sjölund. 2000 - Future red Andrea Dossena won his first Under-20’s cap as Italy beat Romania 3-1. Other international reds on the scoresheet 2019 - Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain bagged his first goal for England as a reds player in their 7-0 trouncing of Montenegro at Wembley. Takumi Minamino scored in his fifth consecutive game for Japan, winning his last cap as a Red Bull Salzburg player as they won a World Cup qualifier 2-0 in Kyrgyzstan. Meanwhile, Naby Keïta captained Guinea and scored his first goal as a red in their 2-2 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying draw in Mali. Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez and ex-red Brad Smith also played for their countries that day. 2012 - Lazar Marković scored his first goal for Serbia, and only one as a Partizan player, as they beat Chile 3-1 in a friendly in Switzerland. Meanwhile, future red Xherdan Shaqiri scored in Switzerland’s 2-1 friendly win in Tunisia while Sadio Mané scored his first goal as a Red Bull Salzburg player as Senegal drew a friendly 1-1 in Niger. 2014 – Marković also played as Serbia were beaten 3-1 by Denmark in a European Championships qualifier in Belgrade. Kolo Touré bagged his last goal for his country and only one as a reds player as the Ivory Coast thumped Sierra Leone 5-1 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Abidjan. Harry Wilson and future reds Diogo Jota and Andy Robertson were also in international action that day. 2006 - Craig Bellamy notched for John Toshack’s Wales as they thumped Liechtenstein 4-0 in a friendly in Wrexham. Meanwhile, Adam Hammill was on target for England Under-19’s as they beat Switzerland 3-2 in a friendly at Gresty Road, with Paul Anderson and Craig Lindfield both also featuring. Ex-red John Welsh won his eighth and final Under-21’s cap as they beat the Netherlands 1-0 under the caretaker charge of Sammy Lee in Alkmaar. Scott Carson, Darren Potter and future red James Milner also represented their countries. 2009 – Xabi Alonso bagged a brace that included a penalty, his first goals as a Real Madrid player, as Spain beat Argentina 2-1 in a friendly at the Estadio Vicente Calderón. Javier Mascherano, Pepe Reina and future red Maxi Rodríguez also featured, while keeper Iker Casillas won his hundredth cap for Spain. Ex-red Nicolas Anelka netted the only goal of France’s World Cup play-off against the Republic of Ireland in Dublin, with ex-reds Alou Diarra and Robbie Keane also in action. Ryan Babel, Philipp Degen, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Dirk Kuyt, Martin Škrtel, future reds Joe Allen, Andy Carroll, Milan Jovanović, Ragnar Klavan, Dejan Lovren, Raul Meireles, James Milner, Christian Poulsen and Luis Suárez and ex-reds Peter Crouch, John Arne Riise and Rigobert Song also represented their countries that day, with John Toshack taking charge of Wales. Reds skippers 2015 - Ex-reds Daniel Agger and Carl Medjani both captained their countries, with Denmark losing 2-1 in Sweden in the first leg of their Euro 2016 Play-off, while Algeria drew 2-2 in a World Cup qualifier in Tanzania. Spiring sold 1974 – Winger Peter Spiring left Anfield to sign for Luton Town. He had signed from Bristol City for £60,000 in March 1973, but only made it as far as the first-team bench on two occasions, without making it onto the field. He later established himself at Hereford United. Other reds games 1962 – Roger Hunt netted before Ronnie Moran converted a penalty as we beat Arsenal 2-1 at Anfield, with future red Geoff Strong on target for the visitors. 1959 – We lost a Second Division encounter 4-2 at Lincoln City with Dave Hickson and Roger Hunt on the scoresheet. Andy Graver bagged the last two of his five goals against the reds, with Bert Linnecor grabbing one of his five and John McClelland also scoring. This was Phil Taylor’s last game as Manager before resigning. 1936 – We drew 2-2 with Sheffield Wednesday in L4 as Fred Howe struck twice. 1903 – Fred Priest opened the scoring as we lost 2-1 at Sheffield United before George Fleming had a penalty saved by the Blades’ Billy Foulke. Arthur Brown extended the home side’s lead before Arthur Goddard scored from the spot. Red dads 2006 – Ex-reds keeper Chris Kirkland became a father, to Lucy. 1994 – Future red Nick Barmby became a dad for the first time, to Jack, who has gone on to a playing career in the lower leagues. More international reds 1973 – Emlyn Hughes and future red Kenny Dalglish both featured in friendlies. 1989 – Ex-red Mike Newell and future red Michael Thomas both played for England B as they drew 1-1 with Italy Under-21’s in Brighton, while future red Øyvind Leonhardsen featured for Norway Under-21’s in their 2-0 defeat in a European Championships qualifier in Scotland. 1993 – Future reds keeper Brad Friedel played in the USA’s 8-1 thumping of the Cayman Islands in a friendly in California. 2003 – Future reds Andy Lonergan, James Milner and Gary O’Neil all played for England Under-20’s as they beat Wales 2-0 in Stoke, with Roy Hodgson taking charge of the United Arab Emirates in their 3-1 AFC Asian Cup qualifying defeat of Syria in Al-Ain. 2020 – Diogo Jota and Xherdan Shaqiri both played in UEFA Nations League group games as Portugal lost 1-0 to France in Lisbon and Switzerland drew 1-1 with Spain in Basel.
  12. Will

    16th April

    Happy birthday Rafa 1960 – Former reds boss Rafael Benítez was born in Madrid. He arrived from Valencia in June 2004 and took charge of the reds on 350 occasions, winning 194 times and leading us to the European Cup, FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FA Community Shield as well as three other finals. He left the club “by mutual consent” in June 2010. Clinching the title 1906 – We secured our second League title despite losing 3-2 on Easter Monday at Bolton Wanderers, as nearest challengers Preston North End also lost and so could not catch the reds. We therefore became the first team to win the Second and First Division championships in consecutive seasons. Jack Parkinson bagged a brace in our defeat at Burnden Park, with Albert Shepherd striking two of his twelve goals against the reds and Marshall McEwan also scoring. A derby classic 2001 - An amazing Easter Monday game ended in a 3-2 win, our first at Goodison for eleven years. Emile Heskey opened the scoring straight after an unsuccessful Blues penalty appeal. Duncan Ferguson then pounced on a defensive mix-up to equalise with his fifth and last goal past the reds before Markus Babbel netted a classic breakaway goal. Robbie Fowler missed a penalty that would have made it 3-1, before referee Jeff Winter changed the odds by first giving Igor Bišcan a second booking, and then awarding a dubious penalty, which David Unsworth converted, the hundredth League goal we had conceded under Gérard Houllier’s sole charge. Finally, Gary McAllister won the game with a supremely dramatic 44-yard free-kick late into stoppage time. This was Gary Mac’s hundredth career League goal. The birth of the hat-trick king 1904 - Forward Gordon Hodgson was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He signed from Transvaal in November 1925 and bagged a club record seventeen hat-tricks amongst his 241 goals in 377 games, but could not claim a club medal in his time at Anfield before joining Aston Villa for £3,000 in January 1936. A new man in charge 1991 - Graeme Souness took over as Liverpool Manager. He led us to the FA Cup in his first full season, his only trophy in three years in charge. He won 65 of his 157 games as boss. Pepe clean again 2006 - Pepe Reina kept his thirtieth clean sheet in his fiftieth game for the club, as Robbie Fowler grabbed the only goal of the game at Blackburn Rovers with Djibril Cissé controversially ruled inactive while in an offside position. Debuting in 4-0 home League wins 1960 - Ian Callaghan played the first of his 857 reds games in our Second Division win over Bristol Rovers, replacing the legendary Billy Liddell. Wing-half Bobby Campbell bagged his second and final reds goal, with Jimmy Melia, Alan A’Court and Roger Hunt also netting. The People named Cally as man of the match, saying he “put up a fantastic show that even old favourite Billy Liddell couldn’t have bettered”. 1898 - Romany right-half Rab Howell made his reds bow in our defeat of Aston Villa, with inside-forward Frank Becton scoring his 42nd reds goal in his 86th and final reds game, and our final fixture of the season. Inside-left Hugh Morgan struck the first of his seventeen goals for the club with Tommy Robertson and John Walker also on target. 1979 - We also faced the Villains, losing 3-1 at Villa Park, with David Johnson nabbing our consolation and Phil Thompson putting through his own net, and John Deehan bagging two of his five strikes past us. We only conceded sixteen goals in the whole of that League campaign. 1974 - Our third 4-0 victory on this day came when Manchester City were beaten at Anfield. Brian Hall struck twice, with Phil Boersma and Kevin Keegan also on target. Winning on the plastic 1986 - We played our first ever game on Luton Town’s controversial new plastic pitch, with Craig Johnston bagging the only goal of the game. This was our third of seven straight League victories as we ended the season with eleven wins and one draw in our final twelve League outings to clinch our sixteenth title. Most recently 2017 – Roberto Firmino headed in the only goal of the game at West Bromwich Albion on the stroke of half time. SteG misses 2005 - Steven Gerrard missed a penalty as we were held to a 2-2 draw at Anfield by Tottenham Hotspur. It was game of stunning strikes, with Erik Edman giving the visitors the lead with a 35-yard effort before Luis García equalised. Spurs went in front again through a deflected Robbie Keane header, one of his five past us, but Sami Hyypiä lashed in from eighteen yards to secure a point. Moving out 2002 - Jamie Redknapp signed for Tottenham Hotspur on a free transfer after 41 goals in 308 reds games. He was injured for much of his time at White Hart Lane, playing just 49 times for the Lilywhites and bagging four goals, before joining his father at Southampton. 1904 – Inside-forward Fred Buck left the reds for Plymouth Argyle after one goal in thirteen outings since arriving from West Bromwich Albion in May 1903. Other eventful Goodison derbies 1996 - Wayne Rooney was the Everton mascot before a game that ended 1-1, with Robbie Fowler netting late on after Andrei Kanchelskis had opened the scoring with one of his five goals against the reds. 1997 - Fowler and Everton’s David Unsworth were sent off towards the end of another 1-1 draw, after Duncan Ferguson had equalised Jamie Redknapp’s opener. A century in south London 2000 - Emile Heskey grabbed a brace as we reached a hundred League goals under Gérard Houllier's sole charge, beating Wimbledon 2-1 at Selhurst Park, with Martin Andresen on target for the Dons. A big day for the Bionic Carrot 1980 - David Fairclough netted as we drew our FA Cup Semi-final replay with Arsenal 1-1 after extra time at Villa Park, with Alan Sunderland equalising with a goal that TV replays proved was offside, one of his six goals past us. We eventually succumbed in a fourth game nearly three weeks later at Highfield Road. 1977 - We also faced the Gunners, when Phil Neal and Kevin Keegan netted as we won a top-flight fixture 2-0 at Anfield. Ray Clemence was making his 300th League appearance for the reds. 1983 - Fairclough played his 154th and final reds game as we lost 3-2 at Southampton, with Kenny Dalglish and Craig Johnston on the scoresheet. Nick Holmes struck a brace, with Steve Moran converting a penalty for the home side. New chairman 2010 – The club announced that Martin Broughton had been appointed as Chairman. He was brought in to find a buyer for the club from George Gillett and Tom Hicks, which he succeeded in finding in New England Sports Ventures six months later, following a series of legal battles. He left his role in November 2010 and was knighted for his services to business the following month. A poor club record 1904 - Our 3-0 First Division defeat of Bury in our final home game of the season took us to just 24 League goals at Anfield, a club record low for a season. Alf West struck his first reds goal from the spot, with Jack Cox also netting and left-half George Fleming bagging his sixth and final reds goal. 1927 - We also entertained the Shakers, when birthday boy Gordon Hodgson netted a brace in a 2-2 draw. Doing the Boro We have twice won at Ayresome Park 1-0 in the First Division on this day in history. 1949 - Jack Balmer struck the only goal of the game against Middlesbrough. 1954 - Sammy Smyth was on target. Mixed fortunes against the Geordies and Rams 1910 - We won 3-1 at Newcastle United, thanks to two goals from Arthur Goddard, including a penalty, and a James Stewart strike. Jock Rutherford netted one of his six goals against the reds. 1994 - We lost another top-flight encounter 2-0 at Anfield. Rob Lee opened the scoring before Andy Cole equalled the Geordies’ club record of 29 strikes in a season, one of his eleven strikes past us. 1921 - We were held to a 1-1 draw by Derby County at Anfield in a First Division fixture, with Harry Chambers on the scoresheet. 1938 - We were beaten 4-1 at the Baseball Ground, with outside-left Alf Hanson grabbing our early consolation, his 52nd and last reds strike, and fiftieth in the League. Jack Nicholas and Ronnie Dix each netted the last of their four goals past us, with Sammy Crooks and Dai Astley both scoring one of their six goals against us. On the move 2010 – Reserves keeper Péter Gulácsi joined Tranmere Rovers on loan. He played five times, returning for a second temporary spell five months later. 2013 – Ex-reds winger Sebastián Leto signed for Italian side Calcio Catania, having been released by Panathinaikos three months earlier. Tosh for the Taffs 1969 – Future red John Toshack struck his first senior goal in his second game for Wales as they lost 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier in East Germany. 1975 - He also netted as they won a European Championships qualifier 2-1 in Hungary. 2010 – Future red Thiago Alcântara netted for Spain Under-19’s in their 3-2 friendly win in Turkey. Stevie honoured again 2007 - Steven Gerrard was nominated for the PFA Player of the Year for the fourth consecutive season, although he eventually lost his crown to Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo. Jocky, Ted and Tommy for the Scots 1975 - Partick Thistle’s Alan Hansen made his Scotland Under-23’s debut as they beat Sweden 2-1 in Gothenburg. Ex-reds reserves forward Ted MacDougall, then at Norwich City, netted on his senior Scotland debut on the same day as they drew 1-1 with the Swedes in a friendly, played in the same city. Future reds Kenny Dalglish and Graeme Souness both also played, with Kevin Keegan also playing for his country. 1969 - Tommy Lawrence won his second cap, nearly six years after his first, in a 1-1 draw with West Germany in a World Cup qualifier at Hampden Park. He went on to win three caps in total, with Alun Evans playing for England Under-23’s on the same day. First and last caps 2002 - Stephen Wright won his tenth and final England Under-21’s cap as Portugal won a friendly 1-0 at the Britannia Stadium. Peter Crouch won his first cap as an Aston Villa player in the same game, and his second of six in total while Chris Kirkland and future reds Paul Konchesky and Jermaine Pennant also played. On the same day, Pepe Reina won his last Under-21’s cap as a Barcelona player as Spain beat FR Yugoslavia 2-1 in a friendly in Ceuta, with fellow future reds Xabi Alonso and Djibril Cissé also in action at this level. 2015 - Future red Bobby Adekanye won his eighth and last Under-16’s cap for the Netherlands in their 2-1 friendly defeat of Italy. Other reds games 1966 – Geoff Strong and Ian St. John struck as we beat Stoke City 2-0 at Anfield, leaving us needing just one more point to clinch the League title. Calvin Palmer was sent off for the visitors as right-half Gordon Milne played his 200th League game for the reds. 1965 – We lost 4-0 at Chelsea on Good Friday. Bobby Tambling bagged one of his eight goals against the reds, with Marvin Hinton also on target before the break. Bert Murray netted twice in the second half. 1955 – We drew 2-2 with Leeds United in a Second Division encounter in L4. Jimmy Payne and Tony Rowley both scored. 1932 – We lost 3-1 at Birmingham City with Gordon Gunson scoring from the spot. John Bradford netted the final two of his fifteen goals past us with Tom Grosvenor also on target. Dirk signs on 2011 – Dirk Kuyt agreed a new contract until 2013. He bagged 71 goals in 285 reds games since signing from Feyenoord for £9m in August 2006, moving on to Fenerbahçe SK for €1m in June 2012. A centenary celebration 1988 - We took part in the Mercantile Credit Football League Centenary Festival, but only survived one 40-minute morning match at Wembley Stadium that ended in a goalless draw with Newcastle United before the Geordies won a sudden-death penalty shoot-out 1-0 after Gary Kelly saved Steve McMahon’s spot-kick. Unfortunately, John Barnes suffered an injury in this game that ruled him out of our next League fixture. Also in international action 1989 – Future red Ronnie Rosenthal played for Israel in their 1-1 draw with Australia in a World Cup qualifier in Sydney. 1994 – Future red Brad Friedel featured for the USA as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Moldova in Florida.
  13. 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 birthdays 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. 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. 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.
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    22nd August

    Match of the Day 1964 - Our 3-2 win over Arsenal at Anfield was the first game ever to be screened on the BBC’s new “Match Of The Day” show. Phil Chisnall was the first player to kick a ball on MOTD, knocking the kick-off to Gordon Wallace, who grabbed a brace, including the winner that deflected off Don Howe past ex-reds keeper Jim Furnell. Roger Hunt headed in the first goal on the show that only garnered an audience of 75,000 as BBC2 was still unavailable in large parts of the country. Future red Geoff Strong scored for the Gunners, with Joe Baker bagging one of his four past us, while a black cat did a full lap of the pitch! Soto departs 2011 – Greek centre-half Sotirios Kyrgiakos joined VfL Wolfsburg on a free transfer. He had arrived from A.E.K Athens for £2m two years earlier, following the summer departure of Sami Hyypiä. Soto bagged three goals in 49 largely solid performances at the back, becoming something of a cult figure for his no-nonsense style. On the same day, Steve Staunton joined Sunderland as a scout. 2015 – Full-back Tom Lowry died. He signed pro terms in April 1963 but only ever played one first-team game, when Bill Shankly fielded a team of eleven reserves in our League match at Wolverhampton Wanderers, which came only five days before the 1965 FA Cup Final. He moved on to Crewe Alexandra in June 1966, going on to set their club record of 436 League appearances that stands to this day. Bert’s bow 1959 - Goalkeeper Bert Slater made his reds debut as we lost 3-2 at Cardiff City in our first game of the season. Cardiff in fact scored all five goals, as we benefited from two own goals from the unfortunate Danny Malloy, who had already scored an own goal against the reds two years earlier! Johnny Watkins netted the first of his four goals against us, with Graham Moore and Steve Mokone also on target. Seventies wins 1970 - We thumped Huddersfield Town 4-0 at Anfield with John McLaughlin netting his first two reds goals as Alun Evans also grabbed a brace. Forward Bobby Graham played his hundredth reds game. 1978 - We won another top-flight fixture, this time 3-0 at FA Cup holders Ipswich Town, when Graeme Souness struck before a Kenny Dalglish double, with Ray Kennedy playing his 200th reds game. Eight goals shared with the mancs 1953 - Centre-forward Louis Bimpson struck twice at Anfield, but it was not enough to hand us victory over Manchester United, as the game ended 4-4, with Billy Liddell and Bill Jones also on the scoresheet. Jack Rowley struck the last of his six goals past us, with Tommy Taylor nabbing the first of his four against the reds and Eddie Lewis and Roger Byrne also on target. In and out 2007 - Centre-half Mikel San José signed from Athletic de Bilbao, while keeper Péter Gulácsi arrived on loan from MTK Hungária. The young Hungarian made it into our match-day squad 51 times before moving to Red Bull Salzburg for free in June 2013, while San José did the same at Stamford Bridge in the League in February 2008, although he left for Athletic de Bilbao in May 2010. 2005 - It was a busy day at Melwood, with one arrival and two players departing on loan. Austrian midfielder Besian Idrizaj signed from Linzer ASK for £190,000, while Robbie Foy moved to Wrexham and John Welsh signed for Hull City. Welsh struck twice in 23 games before signing permanently for the Tigers in January 2006 in a swap deal for winger Paul Anderson. Foy nabbed three goals in twenty games while at the Racecourse Ground. On the same day, ex-reds loanee keeper Paul Jones joined Millwall on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers. He played four times for the struggling South London outfit. 2006 - Foy signed for Sc***horpe United on non-contract terms. He struck once in nine outings for the Iron but was released after just a season. 2009 - Idrizaj signed for Swansea City. He played four times for the Swans before tragically dying in May 2010 of a suspected heart attack at the age of just 22. A new striker 1893 - Centre-forward James Henderson signed from Scottish side Annbank. He only ever made one first-team appearance for the reds, in our first ever Football League fixture, a 2-0 Second Division win at Middlesbrough Ironopolis. Kenny resigns 1996 - Kenny Dalglish resigned as Director of Football at Blackburn Rovers. He had led them to the League title as team manager the year before. St. Michael signs on 1998 - Michael Owen signed a new five-year contract ten minutes before our first home game of the season, when Arsenal held us to a goalless draw at Anfield. Most recently 2006 - We squeezed into the group stage of the Champions League, being held to a 1-1 draw by Maccabi Haifa in Kyiv in the second leg of our Third Qualifying Round tie, to progress 3-2. Peter Crouch headed us in front, with the reds wasting numerous chances to build a convincing lead. We also suffered injuries to Momo Sissoko and Stephen Warnock, who joined Jamie Carragher and John Arne Riise on the sidelines. 1993 - Our most recent game before that came when Steve McManaman struck twice in a 5-0 thumping of Swindon Town at their County Ground. Neil Ruddock, Ronnie Whelan and Mike Marsh all also netted. This was Marsh’s final reds strike in his hundredth game for the club. A win in Ireland 1981 - Terry McDermott grabbed a brace, with Ronnie Whelan, Phil Neal and Kenny Dalglish also scoring, as we thumped Ronnie’s former side Home Farm 5-0 at Tolka Park in Dublin. This game had been arranged as part of Whelan’s transfer to Anfield. However, the match was almost cancelled after a massive H was carved into the pitch the night before in support of IRA hunger strikers. Emergency re-turfing saved the game with the reds flying over in the afternoon for the evening fixture. International reds 2007 - Young Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva made his senior international debut in their 2-0 friendly defeat of Algeria in Montpellier, playing alongside future reds keeper Alexander Doni. Ryan Babel, Yossi Benayoun, Fernando Torres and Andriy Voronin all won their first caps as reds players, while Luis García made his first appearance while with Club Atlético de Madrid, as Spain won 3-2 in Greece with Xabi Alonso and Pepe Reina also in action. Ukraine beat Uzbekistan 2-1, with Israel beaten 2-1 in Belarus and the Netherlands losing 2-1 in Switzerland with Dirk Kuyt on target, and future red Philipp Degen also featuring. Future red Robbie Keane bagged a brace as the Republic of Ireland thumped Daniel Agger’s Denmark 4-0 in Copenhagen, with Steve Finnan and ex-red Darren Potter also in Steve Staunton’s line-up. David James won his first cap as a Portsmouth player as England lost 2-1 to Germany at Wembley, with Peter Crouch, future red Joe Cole and ex-red Michael Owen also playing. Javier Mascherano faced John Arne Riise with future red Maxi Rodríguez netting as Norway beat Argentina 2-1 in Oslo, while future red Ragnar Klavan was sent off as Estonia beat Andorra 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Tallinn. Also in international action that day were Sami Hyypiä, future reds Alberto Aquilani, Milan Jovanović, Alex Manninger, Raul Meireles, Mamadou Sakho and Kolo Touré, ex-reds Nicolas Anelka, Milan Baroš, Daniel Sjölund and Rigobert Song, with Roy Hodgson and John Toshack both on management duties. On the move 2008 – Reserves forward Craig Lindfield joined Bournemouth on loan. He struck once in five outings for the Cherries. 2005 - Paul Dalglish signed for Livingston from Modena. He struck six times in 23 games before moving to Hibernian in January 2006. 2003 - Former reserves midfielder Phil Charnock signed for basement side Bury on a free transfer from Port Vale, although he only stayed two weeks at Gigg Lane, playing three times. 1986 - Former reserves centre-back Dave Watson made his big move, leaving Norwich City for Everton for a fee of £900,000. At the time his brother Alex was still playing in our reserves. 1997 - Future reds keeper Pegguy Arphexad signed for Leicester City from Racing Club de Lens on a free transfer. He only played 29 times for the Foxes, before switching to Anfield in July 2000. 2012 – Danish midfielder Christian Poulsen signed for Ajax, whom he helped to claim the League title in his first season in Amsterdam. 2019 – Midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain signed a new contract, having struck five times in 47 outings to date since arriving from Arsenal for £35m two years earlier. Other reds games 1967 – We beat Arsenal 2-0 at Anfield with Roger Hunt scoring twice past ex-reds custodian Jim Furnell. 1962 – We drew 2-2 at Manchester City. Neil Young struck the first two of his four goals against the reds, after first Ronnie Moran had converted a penalty and then Roger Hunt scored. 1949 – Stoke City held us to a goalless draw at the Victoria Ground. Billy’s day 2019 – Billy Koumetio won his second and final cap for France Under-18’s in their 1-1 friendly draw with Paraguay. Isaac Mabaya featured for England Under-16’s on the same day as they were held to a 3-3 friendly draw by the Republic of Ireland at St. George’s Park. 2020 – Koumetio played his first games for the club, as did left-back Kostas Tsimikas in our 3-0 defeat of VfB Stuttgart in a behind closed doors friendly in Austria. Roberto Firmino, Naby Keïta and Rhian Brewster all scored. Also in international action 1990 - Stig Inge Bjørnebye, then still with Kongsvinger, won his eighth cap for Norway as they lost 2-1 at home to Sweden in a friendly, played in Stavanger. 1993 - Gérard Houllier managed France as they drew a World Cup qualifier 1-1 in Sweden. 2017 – Bobby Duncan featured for England Under-17’s in their 2-1 defeat by Italy in Kidderminster.
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    10th September

    Reds on the way out 1992 - Dean Saunders was sold to Aston Villa for £2.3m, just a year and 25 goals in 61 games after arriving from Derby County for a British record £2.9m fee in July 1991. 1986 - Gary Ablett joined Hull City on loan. He made five appearances for the Tigers before returning to Anfield. 1909 – Full-back Percy Saul moved on to Coventry City after two goals in 83 reds games since arriving from Plymouth Argyle in April 1906. Scales weighs in 1994 - Centre-half John Scales made his reds bow as West Ham United held us to a goalless draw at Anfield. Tony Cottee was sent off for the Hammers as Rob Jones reached a century of League appearances for the reds. Bell tolls again 2011 – Craig Bellamy played the first game of his second reds spell as we lost 1-0 at Stoke City, with Jon Walters scoring from the spot with the first of his seven goals past us to date after Jamie Carragher was penalised. Ex-red Peter Crouch made his Potters bow. Thumping the Trotters 1930 - We secured our record victory over Bolton Wanderers, running out 7-2 winners. Archie McPherson, Dick Edmed and Gordon Hodgson all nabbed braces, with Jimmy Smith completing the scoring. Jack Milsom struck the first of his seven goals against the reds, with George Gibson bagging one of his five. 1949 - We entertained the Trotters in another First Division meeting, with Kevin Baron netting in a 1-1 draw. Red endings 1938 – Matt Busby struck his third and final reds goal as we beat Charlton Athletic 1-0 at Anfield. 1974 – Midfielder John McLaughlin played his 55th and final game for the club in our 2-1 defeat of Brentford in a League Cup Second Round encounter at Anfield. Ray Kennedy and Phil Boersma both struck before the break, after we had fallen behind to an early Roger Cross goal. 1975 – Left-back Alec Lindsay nabbed his eighteenth and last goal for the reds, converting a penalty to secure a 1-0 League Cup Second Round win at York City. Beating the champions 2016 – We thumped reigning champions Leicester City 4-1 at Anfield. Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané scored before Jamie Vardy pulled a goal back, the third of his seven past us to date. Adam Lallana struck after the break with Firmino adding a fourth late on. The crowd of 53,075 was the largest at Anfield since May 1977 as the new, expanded Main Stand was used for the first time. Up against Spurs 1952 - We beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at Anfield in a top-flight match. John Smith equalised after Eddie Baily had given the visitors the lead from distance, with Billy Liddell converting a late penalty. 2005 - Our fixture at White Hart Lane ended goalless. Christening Roker Park 1898 - We took part in the first ever game at Roker Park as Sunderland won 1-0 in our First Division encounter thanks to a Jim Leslie strike. 1927 - We also lost on Wearside, with Gordon Hodgson netting in our 2-1 defeat. Dave Halliday scored one of his thirteen goals past us, with Len Hargreaves also on target. Double centurions 1983 – Alan Hansen played his 200th League game as we won 2-0 at Arsenal thanks to goals from Craig Johnston and Kenny Dalglish. 1966 – Keeper Tommy Lawrence reached 200 reds appearances in our 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday at Anfield, with Geoff Strong on target. Off on loan 2013 – Portuguese midfielder João Teixeira joined Brentford on loan, but only played twice before returning early to Melwood as the Bees struggled in League One. Red beginnings 1895 – Half-back Bill Keech signed from Barnsley St. Peter’s, although he played just six Second Division games, helping us to claim the title that season, returning to his former club in 1897. He later played as a forward for Leicester Fosse, before returning to the half-back line with Queens Park Rangers’ first professional team in the Southern League. 1910 - Forward Joseph Brough made the first of his eleven reds appearances in our 2-1 win at Blackburn Rovers. Jack Parkinson grabbed both our goals. 1928 – Inside-forward Jack Haigh was born in Rotherham. He signed from Gainsborough Trinity in October 1949, netting three times in eleven outings before joining Sc***horpe United in August 1952. He is remembered as one of the Iron’s greatest ever players, scoring 72 times in 264 games for them. 1995 – Midfielder Dan Trickett-Smith was born in Newcastle-under-Lyme. He arrived from Crewe Alexandra for an initial £300,000 in April 2012, signing pro terms in the summer of 2013. 1996 – Left-back Sam Hart was born in Horwich. He arrived at Melwood from Manchester United’s Academy, failing to break through to the first team, moving on to Blackburn Rovers in August 2017. A lucky day against the Blades We have beaten Sheffield United three times on this day in history. 1958 - Billy Liddell and Geoff Twentyman were on the scoresheet in our 2-1 win at Anfield in the Second Division, with the former netting his 200th League goal for the club in his 500th reds outing in all competitions. 1928 - Dick Edmed bagged a brace with Tom Reid also on target as we won 3-1 at Bramall Lane in a top-flight match, with Fred Tunstall netting one of his eight goals against the reds. 1921 - Tom Bromilow netted the only goal of the game at the same venue, with right-half Francis Checkland making the first of his five senior reds appearances. Goals ruled out 1988 - We drew 1-1 at Aston Villa, with both sides having goals disallowed for offside. Alan McInally netted after having an effort chalked off, with an Ian Rush goal also discounted. Ray Houghton bagged the equaliser with an audacious free-kick chipped past Nigel Spink. 1932 - We were held to a goalless draw at Anfield by the Villains. Michael on TV 1999 - “Michael Owen’s Soccer Skills” began its six-week run, airing at 6.45pm on BBC2, and repeated on subsequent Sundays at 11.30am. The first show focused on passing. Captain Thommo 1980 - Phil Thompson skippered England as they beat Norway 4-0 at Wembley in a World Cup qualifier, with Terry McDermott nabbing two goals, including a penalty. On the same day, future red Mark Lawrenson was on target in the Republic of Ireland’s 2-1 World Cup defeat of the Netherlands at Lansdowne Road. Meanwhile, Kenny Dalglish and Alan Hansen appeared in Scotland’s 1-0 defeat in Sweden. First and last caps 1985 - Joey Jones won his first cap as a Huddersfield Town player, and 67th to date, as Scotland held Wales to a 1-1 draw in their World Cup qualifier at Ninian Park. Steve Nicol and Ian Rush both also played in this match. Future reds Barry Venison and Mark Walters played in a 3-0 European Championships qualifying win for England Under-21’s against Romania at Portman Road on the same day. 2019 - Sepp van den Berg won his first cap for the Dutch Under-19’s as a reds player as they thumped Portugal 4-0 in a friendly in Katwijk. Corey Whelan played for the Irish Under-21’s for the first time as a Phoenix Rising player, with ex-red Raheem Sterling on target as the senior England side beat Kosovo 5-3 in a European Championships qualifier in Southampton, with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jordan Henderson also featuring. Future red Takumi Minamino netted as Japan won a World Cup qualifier 2-0 in Myanmar while Harvey Elliott bagged his only goal for England Under-17’s while a reds player, winning his tenth and last cap at this level in their 2-2 friendly draw in Poland. Kamil Grabara, Caoimhín Kelleher, Liam Millar, future reds Fábio Carvalho and Luis Díaz, and ex-reds Sebastián Coates and Toni Silva also played for their countries that day. 2008 – Ex-red Steve Finnan won his 53rd and last cap for the Republic of Ireland as they held Montenegro to a goalless draw in a World Cup qualifier in Podgorica, with Robbie Keane also featuring. 1997 - Stan Collymore won his third and final cap, and only one as an Aston Villa player, as a substitute in England’s 4-0 defeat of Moldova in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley. Phil Babb, Stig Inge Bjørnebye, Jason McAteer, ex-red Steve Staunton and future red Stéphane Henchoz all also featured in World Cup fixtures. 2001 – Future red Andrea Dossena won his fourth and final Under-20’s cap as Italy beat Algeria 2-1. 2013 - Pepe Reina won his first cap while on loan with SSC Napoli as Spain were held to a 2-2 friendly draw by Chile in Geneva, with ex-red Álvaro Arbeloa also featuring. On the same day, Krisztián Németh played for Hungary for the first time while with Roda JC Kerkrade, scoring as they thumped Estonia 5-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Budapest. Future red Mohamed Salah scored in his fourth consecutive international as Egypt beat Guinea 4-2 in another qualifier. Nikolay Mihaylov won his last cap as a Hellas Verona player as Bulgaria won a qualifier 2-1 in Malta. Daniel Agger converted a penalty while captaining Denmark to a 1-0 win in Armenia, with Raul Meireles on target in Portugal’s 3-1 defeat by Brazil in Boston and fellow future red Mario Balotelli dispatching a spot-kick in Italy’s 2-1 win over the Czech Republic in a qualifier in Turin. Meanwhile, ex-red Maxi Rodríguez also scored as Argentina won a qualifier 5-2 in Paraguay. Steven Gerrard, Martin Škrtel, Luis Suárez, ex-reds Craig Bellamy, Alexander Kačaniklić, Robbie Keane, Dirk Kuyt, Carl Medjani and future reds Ádám Bogdán, Ragnar Klavan, Rickie Lambert, Dejan Lovren, Lazar Marković, James Milner and Xherdan Shaqiri also played, with Roy Hodgson taking charge of England. 2018 – Andy Robertson captained Scotland as they beat Albania 2-0 in a UEFA Nations League group game at Hampden Park. Meanwhile, Rafael Camacho played for Portugal Under-19’s as they lost 3-1 to Italy in a friendly in Bologna, while future red Kostas Tsimikas struck his second and last goal for Greece Under-21’s in their 2-1 European Championships qualifying defeat of the Czech Republic in Prague. Reds strikers on target 2003 - Michael Owen netted in England’s 2-0 Euro 2004 qualifying win over Liechtenstein at Old Trafford, as well as skippering the side for part of the game. Steven Gerrard, future red Joe Cole and ex-red David James also featured. On the same day, Milan Baroš was on target as the Czech Republic qualified for the Finals by beating the Netherlands 3-1 in Prague, with Vladimír Šmicer also playing. Meanwhile, Stéphane Henchoz skippered Switzerland as they lost 4-1 in Russia, with future red Ragnar Klavan winning his only cap for Estonia Under-20’s. Jerzy Dudek, Sami Hyypiä, John Arne Riise and future reds Xabi Alonso, Yossi Benayoun, Paul Jones, Christian Poulsen, Fernando Torres and Andriy Voronin all also played in qualifiers, with Salif Diao playing for Senegal in a 1-0 friendly win in Japan. 2012 – Samed Yeşil scored for Germany Under-19’s as they beat Wales 3-1 in a friendly in Kiel. On the same day, Péter Gulácsi, Jordan Henderson, Jonjo Shelvey, Danny Wilson, future red Steven Caulker and ex-red Tom Ince all featured in Under-21’s action, with Nathaniel Clyne winning his first cap at this level as a Southampton player and Martin Kelly playing for the eighth and last time. 2014 – Ex-red Carl Medjani bagged his first goal as a Trabzonspor player as Algeria beat Mali 1-0 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Blida, while future red Sadio Mané bagged his first gaol while with Southampton as Senegal won 2-0 in Botswana. Future reds Naby Keïta and Mohamed Salah also featured in qualifiers that day. Kenny enters a new century 1986 - Kenny Dalglish won his 101st cap for Scotland in their goalless draw with Bulgaria in a European Championships qualifier at Hampden Park. Jim Beglin, Mark Lawrenson, Ian Rush, Ronnie Whelan and future reds John Aldridge, John Barnes, Ray Houghton, Glenn Hysén and Dean Saunders all also played for their countries that day. Other reds games 1977 – David Fairclough and Kenny Dalglish struck as we beat Coventry City 2-0 at Anfield. 1960 – We lost a Second Division fixture 1-0 at Ipswich Town, with Ted Phillips bagging one of his five goals against the reds. 1955 – We beat Lincoln City 2-1 in a Second Division meeting in L4 with Alan Arnell nabbing a brace. 1952 – We came from behind to defeat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at home thanks to a Jack Smith goal and Billy Liddell penalty. 1949 – Bolton Wanderers held us to a 1-1 draw at Anfield with Kevin Baron on target. 1906 – We drew 2-2 with Bury in L4 with Joe Hewitt and Sam Raybould on target as Alf West missed a penalty. 1904 – Arthur Goddard scored as we shared a 1-1 draw at Chesterfield in the Second Division. Other internationals 2008 – Sami Hyypiä captained Finland, with ex-red Daniel Sjölund netting as they drew 3-3 with Germany in a World Cup qualifier in Helsinki. Theo Walcott struck a treble for England as they thumped Croatia 4-1 in Zagreb, with future red Joe Cole and ex-reds Emile Heskey and David James featuring. Nicolas Anelka netted his first goal for France as a Chelsea player in their 2-1 victory over Serbia at the Stade de France with ex-red Alou Diarra also in action. Christian Poulsen bagged his first goal as a Juventus player, with Daniel Agger and future red Raul Meireles also playing in Denmark’s 3-2 win in Portugal. Yossi Benayoun skippered Israel to a 2-1 win in Moldova with Xabi Alonso, Andrea Dossena, Dirk Kuyt, Lucas Leiva, Martin Škrtel, Andriy Voronin, future reds Alberto Aquilani, Ragnar Klavan, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Alex Manninger and Luis Suárez and ex-reds Milan Baroš, Mark González and Harry Kewell also playing in qualifiers, with John Toshack taking charge of Wales in Russia. 1991 – Future reds keeper David James appeared for England Under-21’s as they beat their German counterparts 2-1 in a friendly in Sc***horpe.
  16. Will

    9th August

    Wembley win 1980 - A Terry McDermott goal gave us the FA Charity Shield against FA Cup holders West Ham United at Wembley in the traditional curtain-raiser to the season. This was our fifth outright Shield win, retaining it after also having won it the previous season, while the goal was our 6,000th in all competitions. Bruce makes his bow 1981 - Bruce Grobbelaar made his first reds appearance in our 3-0 win at Zürich. Kenny Dalglish and Ray Kennedy netted, with Phil Neal converting a penalty. The game was due to be played the day before, but torrential rain had made the pitch unplayable. Management debuts 1947 – Recent reds boss Roy Hodgson was born in Croydon. He arrived from Fulham in July 2010, only leading us to thirteen victories in his 31 games matches in charge, leaving “by mutual consent” six months later. 2010 – Ex-reds midfielder Kevin MacDonald was appointed Caretaker Manager of Aston Villa after Martin O’Neill’s sudden departure. He took charge of them for seven games until Gérard Houllier’s arrival. Ton up 2019 – Divock Origi played his hundredth reds game as we beat Norwich City 4-1 at Anfield in our opening League fixture of a triumphant campaign. All our goals came before the break, with Grant Hanley turning an Origi cross into his own net before Mohamed Salah struck. Virgil van Dijk and Origi then both headed in either side of an injury sustained by Alisson Becker that brought the debut of Adrián. Teemu Pukki bagged a second-half consolation for the visitors. Quick off the mark 2006 - Craig Bellamy and Mark González both scored on their reds debuts as we came from behind to beat Maccabi Haifa 2-1 in the first leg of our Champions League qualifier at Anfield. This was the first time a pair of debutants had scored since a 3-0 defeat of Bury in August 1928, with Jermaine Pennant also making his official reds bow. Fabio starts out 2012 - Fabio Borini struck his first reds goal as we beat Belarusian side Gomel 3-0 in our UEFA Europa League Third Qualifying Round second leg encounter at Anfield. Steven Gerrard scored his 150th goal for the club, with Glen Johnson also netting. Multiple debutants 2015 – Centre-forward Christian Benteke, right-back Nathaniel Clyne, forward Roberto Firmino, defender Joe Gomez and midfielder James Milner all made their reds bows as a late Philippe Coutinho strike earned us a 1-0 victory at Stoke City in the opening game of the season, just eleven weeks after our 6-1 humiliation at the same venue. 1997 – Paul Ince and Danny Murphy made their first-class reds debuts in our 1-1 draw with Wimbledon at Selhurst Park. Karl-Heinz Riedle also made his reds bow, aged 31 years and 328 days, a then club record for our oldest debutant. Michael Owen scored from the spot. Heading off 1982 – Forward David Johnson re-joined Everton for £100,000 after 78 times in 213 reds games. He had arrived at Anfield from Ipswich Town in August 1976 for a record £200,000 fee, and went on to win three League titles, European Cup, UEFA Super Cup and two FA Charity Shields, as well as becoming the first player to score for both sides in the Merseyside derby. 2013 – Midfielder Jay Spearing joined Bolton Wanderers, having spent a successful season on loan with the Trotters. He had graduated to Melwood in the summer of 2007 after captaining the reds as they retained the FA Youth Cup that May. He made 55 senior reds appearances without finding the back of the net. 2018 – Danny Ings joined Southampton on loan for the season, making the move permanent for an initial £18m fee in July 2019. He had only struck four times in 25 games since signing from Burnley in July 2015 as he suffered two serious injuries. Backing Michael 2005 - Rafael Benítez backed Michael Shields, ahead of our game against CSKA Sofia in Bulgaria, saying, “We support Michael Shields’ family and we also support the family of Martin Georgiev. It is up to the court to decide what to do with Michael, but we hope to see him back in England soon.” He was eventually pardoned and released in September 2009. Benítez against Houllier 2003 - Rafael Benítez’s Valencia left Anfield with the Ladbroke.com Cup, having beaten the reds 2-0, with the goals coming from Vicente Rodríguez and Xisco Muñoz. Testimonials 1996 - Our most recent testimonial fixture on this day was held in honour of Jan Mølby in front of a crowd of just 8,316. PSV Eindhoven provided the opposition, leaving Anfield having won 3-2 with Mølby playing just under an hour. Stan Collymore was on target with Stig Inge Bjørnebye also heading a goal after we had gone three goals behind, while the eventual winning goal came from second half substitute Bolo Zenden. Robbie Fowler had to be substituted on the referee’s advice after an ugly confrontation with PSV’s Bjorn van der Doelen. 1993 - A testimonial for Ronnie Whelan was played at Anfield with Newcastle United providing the opposition. Neil Ruddock scored the only goal of the game, his first for the reds. He also broke ex-red Peter Beardsley’s cheekbone in a collision. 1987 - We travelled north of the border to face Celtic in a match in aid of their legendary player Tommy Burns, with the reds running out 1-0 winners thanks to a goal from Ronnie Whelan. Chelsea at Anfield 1969 - We kicked off our season with a 4-1 defeat of Chelsea at Anfield in what was Bill Shankly’s 400th League game in charge of the reds. Ian St. John bagged a brace, with our other goals being scored by Chris Lawler and Geoff Strong. A right Charlie 2007 - Keeper Charles Itandje signed from Racing Club de Lens. He made seven appearances in the cups in his first season, but failed to impress, conceding ten goals and only keeping one clean sheet, eventually departing for Greek side P.A.E. A.P.S. Atromitos Athens in January 2011. Red strikers going free 1979 - A young Peter Beardsley signed for Carlisle United having been released by Newcastle United. He scored 29 times in 126 appearances for the Cumbrians before being sold to Vancouver Whitecaps in April 1982 for £275,000. 2002 - Former reserves forward Paul Dalglish joined Blackpool from Norwich City on a free transfer. He could only score twice in thirty games for the Seasiders, before moving on again, this time to Linfield. Happy birthdays 1884 – Full-back Sam Speakman was born in Huyton. He signed from amateur side Colne in 1912 but could only play 26 first-team games without scoring before joining South Liverpool in 1920. 2002 – Left-back Owen Beck was born in Wrexham. He joined the Academy from Stoke City at Under-13’s level, signing his first professional contract in June 2020. Another friendly 2021 – Takumi Minamino scored before Roberto Firmino bagged a brace as we beat Club Atlético Osasuna 3-1 in an Anfield friendly in front of a 75% capacity crowd, post-COVID. Christian off the mark 2011 – Future red Christian Benteke bagged a brace as Belgium Under-21’s lost 3-2 to Turkey in a friendly, his first goals at this level. Also on the move 2019 – Centre-half Martin Škrtel signed for Atalanta from Fenerbahçe Spor Kulübü, but his contract was terminated by mutual consent after just three weeks, moving back to Turkey to join İstanbul Başakşehir. 2007 - Luis Suárez joined Ajax from Groningen for €7.5m, having bagged fifteen goals in 37 games since arriving in the Netherlands the previous summer. 2002 - Academy starlet Neil Prince joined Torquay United on a free transfer, after failing to break into the first team at Anfield. Also in international action 1996 – Future red John Arne Riise played for Norway Under-15’s as they drew 1-1 with the Republic of Ireland. 2000 – Future red Fábio Aurélio featured for Brazil as they won a friendly 5-3 in Chile. 2015 – Kamil Grabara won his fifth and last cap for Poland Under-16’s as they lost 1-0 in Sweden, although the match is also credited as being at Under-17’s level.
  17. Will

    15th September

    Off the bench for the first time 1965 - Utility player Geoff Strong became our first ever League substitute, netting after coming on for full-back Chris Lawler in our 1-1 top-flight draw at home to West Ham United. Gerry Byrne made his 200th League appearance in this fixture while Geoff Hurst bagged on of his nine strikes against us. A win at Goodison 2001 - After Kevin Campbell put the home side ahead, the last of his four goals against the reds, we stormed back to beat Everton 3-1, thanks to a Steven Gerrard pile-driver, a Michael Owen penalty and a John Arne Riise strike that inspired two songs. Thomas Radzinski made his debut for the home side as a substitute for future red Abel Xavier. 1934 - We also played across the park, losing 1-0 courtesy of a late Dixie Dean header, one of his nineteen derby goals. A nap hand for John 1954 - Forward John Evans scored all five reds goals in our 5-3 Second Division defeat of Bristol Rovers at Anfield. Peter Hooper bagged the first two of his seven goals past us, with Harry Bamford also on target. Debutants 1956 - Half-back Johnny Wheeler made his reds bow as we lost 2-0 at home to Stoke City in our Second Division fixture, with Johnny King netting one of his five goals past the reds and George Kelly also on target. 1937 - We also entertained the Potters, with Alf Hanson on target twice in a 3-0 victory, including a penalty, and Berry Nieuwenhuys also netting. 1979 - Israeli defender Avi Cohen made his debut in our 1-1 draw at Leeds United, with David Johnson reaching a century of reds games. Terry McDermott struck our goal in what was our 3,000th League game. 1973 - Forward Derek Brownbill played his only reds game. We were losing 1-0 at Birmingham City to a Bob Latchford strike, one of his five goals against us, when Brownbill was replaced by Brian Hall, who grabbed our late equaliser as the game ended all square. 1958 – Wing-half Bobby Campbell made his reds bow in our 2-0 Second Division defeat at Sheffield United. Paddy’s first strikes 1996 - Patrik Berger bagged the first two of his 35 reds goals as we won 3-0 at Leicester City, having come on as a half-time substitute for Stan Collymore. Michael Thomas also hit the net as we topped the table for the first time that season. Pepe to the rescue 2007 - Pepe Reina saved a penalty from Kanu as we held Portsmouth to a goalless draw at Fratton Park, with Andriy Voronin hitting the bar late on. Most recently 2018 – We secured our fifth straight League victory from the start of the season when we beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at Wembley Stadium, dominating the match. Gini Wijnaldum headed in for his first away League goal in England, with Roberto Firmino doubling the lead after the break. Érik Lamela bagged an injury-time consolation. 1952 – We lost 3-1 at White Hart Lane, with Bryan Williams on target for the reds, although we remained top of the table. Amateur player Vic Groves bagged a brace for the home side, with centre-forward Len Duquemin also scoring. Hendersons incoming 1893 - Centre-forward David Henderson signed for the reds from Kings Park in Stirling. He was only at Anfield for fourteen months, but netted twelve goals in 23 games as we won the Second Division title. 2014 - Jordan Henderson was named as the club’s official vice-captain, following the departure of Daniel Agger. 1905 – Left-half Jim Bradley signed from Stoke, helping us to claim the League title in his first season and scoring eight times in 186 reds appearances before joining Reading in June 1911. European fortunes Our four continental ties on this day in history have ended in three wins and a defeat. 2004 - We beat AS Monaco 2-0 at Anfield in the group stage of the Champions League with strike partners Djibril Cissé and Milan Baroš both on the scoresheet. 1998 - We won our opening UEFA Cup match 3-0 at Slovakian side Košice, thanks to goals from Patrik Berger, Karl-Heinz Riedle and Michael Owen. 1970 - We won 1-0 at home to Hungarians Ferencvárosi in the Fairs Cup, thanks to a Bobby Graham strike. 1971 - We lost 2-1 in the opening game of our European Cup Winners’ Cup campaign at Servette FC Genève, with Chris Lawler nabbing our late consolation and the reds missing a host of chances. However, we won the Anfield return 2-0 to progress. Five each against the Baggies Our first two games on this day in history both came against West Bromwich Albion, with the home side winning 5-0 each time. 1894 - We lost at Stoney Lane, with winger Patrick Gordon playing his thirtieth and last reds game. 1900 - We won by the same score at Anfield, thanks to a Sam Raybould brace and goals from Archie Goldie, John Walker and Tommy Robertson. Facing the Mackems We have played Sunderland four times in the top flight on this day in history, without securing a victory. 2012 – We were held 1-1 at the Stadium Of Light when Steven Fletcher scored for the home side before Luis Suárez equalised past Simon Mignolet, with Glen Johnson also hitting the bar. 1984 - Paul Walsh grabbed our goal as we were held to a 1-1 draw. 1951 - Billy Liddell and Kevin Baron were on target in a 2-2 draw. Dickie Davis bagged one of his seven strikes against the reds, and Len Shackleton netting one of his five past us. 1906 - Joe Hewitt struck as we lost 2-1 at Anfield. George Bridgett and Billy Hogg each netted one of their five goals past us. Beating the Addicks 1987 - We saw off Charlton Athletic 3-2 at Anfield. Garth Crooks put the visitors in front with the last of his four goals past us. John Aldridge equalised from the spot two minutes later, but Colin Walsh gave the Londoners a second shock lead with a thirty-yard free-kick. Alan Hansen then headed in his first goal in more than three years, his fourteenth and final strike for the club. Steve McMahon struck the winner just two minutes later. Management moves 2009 - Titi Camara was sacked as Manager of Guinea after just three months in charge, while Julian Dicks was appointed boss of Grays Athletic, remaining in charge until last May. 2008 - Steve Clarke took over as first-team coach at West Ham United, working with Gianfranco Zola. He remained at Upton Park until June 2010. Youngsters starting out 2014 – Future reds keeper Kamil Grabara made his debut for Poland Under-16’s as they thrashed Northern Ireland 5-0 in Dungannon. 2010 – Future red Samed Yeşil won his first cap for Germany Under-17’s in their 2-1 friendly defeat of the Netherlands. Young Nando on target 2001 - Future red Fernando Torres scored for Spain Under-17’s as they beat Oman 2-1 in the World Championship Finals in Trinidad. However, they lost their next two games to crash out at the group stage. Fellow future red Javier Mascherano also played as Argentina drew 2-2 with Burkina Faso as they went on to top the same group. Cloughie starts out 1984 - Nigel Clough joined Nottingham Forest from Heanor Town on a free transfer. He went on to score 130 goals for Forest in 400 appearances, before joining the reds for £2.275m in June 1993. Moving on 2020 – Ex-reds centre-half Daniel Ayala signed for Blackburn Rovers, playing ten times in his first season at Ewood Park. On the same day, midfielder Charlie Adam joined Dundee, netting eleven times in 65 games in his two seasons at Dens Park. 2015 – Left-winger Albert Riera signed for Zavrč in Slovenia. He terminated his contract the following January after one goal in twelve League outings. 2014 - Nicolas Anelka signed for Indian Super League side Mumbai City, netting twice in seven outings. He returned to the club the following July as Player/Manager. 2009 - Falkirk-born reserves midfielder Ryan Flynn converted a loan move back to his hometown club into a permanent switch. He was awarded with a full-time contract at Melwood in the summer of 2006 having impressed in the previous season’s victorious FA Youth Cup campaign, including notching a goal in the Final. Births and deaths 1993 – Ex-reserves right-winger Toni Silva was born in Guinea-Bissau. He moved to Melwood in 2009 after spending time in the SL Benfica and Chelsea youth set-ups, but left for Barnsley on a free transfer in July 2012. 1978 - Former youth keeper Roy Naylor was born in Liverpool. He never even made our first-team squad, although he featured in both legs of our victorious FA Youth Cup Final in 1996. He joined Clydebank in December 1998, for whom he only played once, and was last heard of working as a postman in Ellesmere Port. 2001 – Forward Jack Bearne was born in Nottingham. He made his senior bow in our EFL Cup Quarter-final defeat at Aston Villa in December 2019. 1915 – The wife of the club’s first Manager, William Barclay, died in Lancaster Hospital. Emily had been married to him since June 1878. 2011 – The funeral of centre-half Laurie Hughes took place at Thornton Crematorium. He signed from Tranmere Rovers in February 1943 and made 326 reds appearances, netting just once. He helped us to the first post-war League title and the FA Cup Final three years later and was the first red to appear in the World Cup Finals later that year. 1916 – Ex-reds outside-right’s Hugh McQueen's son Hugh Jr. died in First World War action in France. Other reds games 1962 – Roger Hunt netted as Ipswich Town held us to s 1-1 draw at Anfield. 1948 – Arsenal won 1-0 in L4 with Reg Lewis scoring one of his five goals against the reds. 1928 – We drew 2-2 at Manchester United despite Gordon Hodgson and Dick Edmed each giving us the lead. 1924 – We lost 3-1 at Blackburn Rovers. 1923 – We beat Preston North End 3-1 at Anfield. Donald McKinlay scored our goal, with Ted Harper bagging the first of his five past us and Johnny McIntyre netting twice. Also in international action 2006 – Future red Astrit Ajdarević featured for Sweden Under-17’s as they drew 2-2 with Austria in a European Championships qualifier in Greece.
  18. Will

    26th November

    Treble from the spot 1986 - Jan Mølby scored a hat-trick of penalties at Anfield past ex-red Steve Ogrizovic in our 3-1 League Cup Fourth Round replay defeat of Coventry City. This is reputedly the first reds game that current skipper Steven Gerrard attended. Rafa’s record 2008 - Steven Gerrard headed the only goal of the game as we entertained Olympique de Marseille in a Champions League group game. This was Rafael Benítez’s 66th European game in charge, overtaking Bob Paisley’s club record. Happy birthdays 1915 - Post-war keeper Cyril Sidlow was born in Colwyn Bay in North Wales. He played 165 reds games after signing from Wolverhampton Wanderers for £4,000 in February 1946, helping us claim the League title in 1947. He also played in the 1950 FA Cup Final before joining Notts County in August 1952. 1947 - Ian Ross was born in Glasgow. He signed professional terms in August 1965 and netted four times in 69 appearances spread across six seasons at Anfield. He left for Aston Villa in February 1972 for £60,000, going on to captain them to the Third Division title, as well as the League Cup in 1975. 1949 - Centre-back Trevor Storton was born in Keighley. He had struck eight times in 118 League games for Tranmere Rovers before switching to Anfield for £25,000 in July 1972. He only played twelve times in two years before joining Chester, for whom he turned out more than 400 times. Centurions 2005 - Steven Gerrard captained the reds for the hundredth time as John Arne Riise bagged the only goal of our Premiership game at Manchester City. This was the Norwegian’s 150th League outing for the reds. 1983 - Kenny Dalglish scored his hundredth League goal for the reds as we drew 1-1 at Ipswich Town, with future red John Wark also on target. He therefore became only the second player to score a century of goals in the top flight in both England and Scotland, after Liverpool-born Joe Baker who reached this milestone for Hibernian, Arsenal and Nottingham Forest. Double off the bench 1969 - Two reds substitutes scored in the same game for the first time. Alun Evans and Roger Hunt added to a Tommy Smith penalty, to give us a 3-2 win over Portuguese side Vitória de Setúbal in the Fairs Cup, with Geoff Strong putting through his own net. However, it was not enough to progress to the Third Round, as we went out on the new away goals rule, with the referee having to inform the players that the game was over with the players and supporters waiting around for extra time. This was Hunt’s 285th and last goal for the club while full-back Chris Lawler was playing for the reds for the 300th time. 2014 – We drew 2-2 with Ludogorets Razgrad in a Champions League group game in the Vasil Levski National Stadium, leaving us needing victory in our final home game against Basel to progress. We fell behind to a Dani Abalo goal after a Simon Mignolet error before Rickie Lambert and Jordan Henderson netted for the reds. However, Georgi Terziev bagged a late equaliser. 2016 – Forward Ben Woodburn made his reds bow as a very late substitute as we beat Sunderland 2-0 at Anfield, aged just seventeen. Divock Origi put us ahead with a quarter of an hour left before James Milner converted a last-minute spot-kick. Beating the Mancs We have twice beaten Manchester United at Anfield on this day in history. 1985 - We won our League Cup Fourth Round encounter 2-1, thanks to a Jan Mølby brace inside a minute. The first followed a run from deep inside his own half, with the winner coming from the spot. Phil Neal sat on the bench for his final appearance in a reds match-day squad. Paul McGrath had put the visitors ahead early on. 1910 - Arthur Goddard converted a penalty with Jack Parkinson and James Stewart also striking as we beat them 3-2 in a First Division meeting. However, the Red Devils went on to claim their second League title that season. Charlie Roberts scored for the visitors, with Sandy Turnbull nabbing the last of his six past us. Mixed fortunes against the Seasiders 1938 - We beat Blackpool at Anfield with Bill Kinghorn nabbing the only goal of the game in the tenth minute, his first for the reds. This was George Kay’s hundredth League game in charge. 1932 - We lost 4-1 at Bloomfield Road in another top-flight meeting, despite Dave Wright giving us the lead after just two minutes. Jimmy Hampson netted the last two of his six goals against us, with Albert Butterworth also bagging a brace. Red debutants 1949 – Scottish centre-froward Sam Shields played his only goal for the club as we drew 1-1 at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Dennis Wilshaw struck one of his seven goals against the reds, with Willie Fagan bagging our goal. 1898 – Right-back General Stevenson made his reds bow in a 3-0 win at Nottingham Forest, with John Walker, Andrew McCowie and Hugh Morgan all on target. 1892 – Midfielder Philip Kelly played the first of his three reds games as we won 2-0 at Rossendale United in the Lancashire League, thanks to goals from Jim McBride and John Miller. Hugh and Matt McQueen both missed the game due to the former’s wedding in Scotland the day before. Fulham take a beating 1955 - We thrashed Fulham 7-0 in a Second Division fixture. Alun Evans, Alan Arnell, Geoff Twentyman, Alan A’Court and Jimmy Payne all scored to add to a Billy Liddell brace. 1977 - We secured another big win when we won a First Division fixture 4-0 at Leicester City, our record victory at Filbert Street. David Fairclough, Steve Heighway, Kenny Dalglish and Terry McDermott were all among the goals, with McDermott scoring our 4,000th strike in the top flight. On the way to European glory 1975 - We won 2-1 at Polish side Slask Wroclaw, with goals from Ray Kennedy and John Toshack on an icebound pitch in our UEFA Cup Third Round first leg meeting. We went all the way in the competition that season, to claim it for the second time. 2015 – We beat Girondins de Bordeaux 2-1 at Anfield in a UEFA Europa League group game, on our way to the Final at the end of the season. The visitors scored from a free-kick after keeper Simon Mignolet was penalised for holding on to the ball too long, but James Milner equalised from the spot before Christian Benteke put us in front on the stroke of half time. Red trebles 1960 - Inside-forward Jimmy Harrower bagged a treble as we beat Sheffield United 4-2 in a Second Division game at Anfield. Dave Hickson was also on the scoresheet, with Billy Russell nabbing a brace for the Blades. 1904 - Sam Raybould struck a hat-trick as we beat Millwall Athletic 5-1 in a friendly at Anfield. Robert Robinson bagged the other two goals. Digger denied 1989 – John Lukic saved a penalty from John Barnes awarded for a Lee Dixon handball. However, we still beat Arsenal 2-1 at Anfield, thanks to later goals by Steve McMahon and Barnes himself. Alan Smith struck a late consolation for the Gunners, one of his nine goals past us. Ins and outs 1926 - Left-winger George Pither signed from Merthyr Town. He only made twelve senior appearances, stepping in for the established Fred Hopkin, before joining Crewe Alexandra in May 1928. 1913 – Winger Jackie Sheldon arrived from Manchester United for £300, going on to grab twenty goals in 147 reds games, 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. 1937 – Left-back Ernie Blenkinsop left the reds to join Cardiff City after playing 71 reds games without scoring, having won 26 England caps by the time he arrived from Sheffield Wednesday for £6,500 in March 1934. 1970 – Midfielder Doug Livermore moved on to Norwich City, having made just eighteen appearances. He returned to Anfield as Roy Evans’ Assistant in 1994. He left in November 1998 following Gérard Houllier taking full control. Stopping off on loan 2009 – Two reserves keepers both left the club on loan. Dean Bouzanis joined Accrington Stanley, while David Martin went to Leeds United. Bouzanis turned out nineteen times for Stanley, while Martin made just one senior appearance before returning to Anfield. 2011 – Bouzanis signed for Oldham Athletic, having been released by the reds the previous May. He played 51 times in two seasons with the Latics. 2010 – Ex-reds reserves forward Craig Lindfield joined Kidderminster Harriers on loan from Accrington Stanley, although he made just one substitute appearance for them. A’Court for England 1958 - Alan A’Court won his fifth and final cap for England in their 2-2 draw with Wales at Villa Park in the British International Championships. Champions 2013 – Loanee winger Victor Moses was named Nigerian Footballer of the Year. 2004 - Future reds reserves striker Michael Nardiello came off the bench as England Under-16’s were held to a goalless draw at Bloomfield Road by Scotland. England won the Victory Shield that year, although the trophy had already been secured before this match. 2009 – Future red Raheem Sterling also featured in the Victory Shield as England won 2-1 in Scotland. Other reds games 2000 – Emile Heskey struck a late consolation as we lost 2-1 at Newcastle United. Nobby Solano scored one of his four goals against the reds, with Kieron Dyer also netting. 1994 – Tottenham Hotspur held us to a 1-1 draw at Anfield. Robbie Fowler converted a penalty, but Neil Ruddock put through his own net. 1988 – We drew 1-1 with Wimbledon in L4 as Ray Houghton put us in front, but Steve Nicol scored a late own goal. 1966 – We lost 2-1 at West Bromwich Albion. Tony Brown scored one of his eight goals past us with Clive Clark nabbing one of his seven, before Geoff Strong struck. 1927 – We beat Huddersfield Town 4-2 at Anfield. Gordon Hodgson bagged a brace, with Dick Edmed and Tom Bromilow also scoring, with Donald McKinlay having a spot-kick saved. Billy Smith netted the last of his four against us, with Roy Goodall also on target. 1921 – Danny Shone netted as we lost 3-1 at Middlesbrough. Also in international action 1939 – South African keeper Arthur Riley played for an All-British XI against a Football League side in the Red Cross Fund International. 2015 – Future red Rafael Camacho played for Portugal Under-16’s in their 3-2 friendly defeat of Belgium in Beja.
  19. Shanks in charge 1959 - Bill Shankly took over as Manager, thirteen days after his appointment was announced. Words cannot fully explain his importance to the history of Liverpool Football Club, but his honours as reds boss included three League titles, two FA Cups, the UEFA Cup and the Second Division championship. Happy birthdays 1979 - Michael Owen was born in Chester. He struck 158 times in 297 games for us, moving on to Real Madrid in August 2004 for £8m after seven years’ great service to the reds, having helped us to claim the UEFA Cup, FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, League Cup and FA Charity Shield. He signed on as a professional on his seventeenth birthday. 1963 – Former Managing Director Christian Purslow was born in Cardiff. He was appointed in June 2009 to replace Rick Parry. He stood down in October 2010 after the sale of the club to New England Sports Ventures. He is now Chief Executive of Aston Villa. In comes a striking legend 1925 - South African forward Gordon Hodgson signed from Transvaal. He bagged a club record eighteen hat-tricks amongst his 241 goals in 377 games, but was unable to claim a club medal in his time at Anfield, moving on to Aston Villa for £3,000 in January 1936. 1908 – Keeper Augustus Beeby joined the reds, but only made sixteen senior appearances before leaving for Manchester City in May 1911. Red farewells 2020 - Gérard Houllier died. 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, as well as having a spell in charge of Aston Villa. 2009 – Left-winger Alan A’Court died. He signed for free from Prescot Cables in September 1952 and scored 63 times in 381 reds games, helping us to the Second Division title in 1962, as well as representing England at the 1958 World Cup in his time at Anfield. He moved on to Tranmere Rovers in October 1964. God hits four for his century 1996 - Robbie Fowler scored four goals in our 5-1 thrashing of Middlesbrough at Anfield, with the opener coming after just 29 seconds and the second being his hundredth reds goal. He reached this milestone in 165 games, one faster than Ian Rush, and celebrated one of his goals by revealing a t-shirt with the hand-written slogan “God’s job’s a good un” on it! For the record, Stig Inge Bjørnebye netted our other goal, his fourth and final one for the club, with Michael Thomas putting through his own net. The start of a record run 1974 - Phil Neal made the first of 365 consecutive League appearances, a club record, as we beat Luton Town 2-0 at Anfield. John Toshack and Steve Heighway scored. Mo, mo, mo 2019 – Mohamed Salah struck in his third consecutive reds game as we beat Watford 2-0 at Anfield, with the Egyptian on target twice. 2016 – Divock Origi scored in his fifth consecutive reds game as we won 3-0 at Middlesbrough, with Adam Lallana nabbing a brace, Spot-kick misery in London 1993 - We were knocked out of the League Cup by Wimbledon in a Fourth Round replay at Selhurst Park. We benefited from a Hans Segers own goal in the final minute as the game ended 2-2 with Neil Ruddock also scoring, Dean Holdsworth netting the first of his four strikes against the reds, and Robbie Earle bagging one of his five past us. John Barnes then had a penalty saved in extra time. Unfortunately, we lost the shoot-out 4-3, with both Jamie Redknapp and Mark Walters failing from the spot. We also suffered because Jan Mølby ripped a calf muscle in this game. A European draw 1966 - We came from behind twice as we were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Ajax in the European Cup, with ‘Sir’ Roger Hunt and the legendary Johan Cruyff scoring twice each, as we crashed out at the Second Round stage 7-3 on aggregate. Peter Thompson and Geoff Strong had both hit the woodwork before the scoring began. This was the first time we had ever played in a yellow kit. Red milestones 2014 – Raheem Sterling reached a century of games for the reds as we lost 3-0 at Manchester United, with keeper Simon Mignolet dropped in favour of Brad Jones after 93 consecutive Premier League starts, following recent errors. Wayne Rooney scored one of his seven goals past us to date, with Juan Mata also on target before the break. Robin van Persie’s seventh and latest strike against the reds completed the scoring as David de Gea made a string of fine saves. 1968 – Denis Law bagged the only goal of our League trip to Old Trafford, one of his six strikes against the reds. 1912 – Forward Sam Gilligan played his fortieth and last reds game as we drew 1-1 at Bolton Wanderers, with Donald McKinlay on target and Joe Smith bagging the first of his eleven goals against the reds. 1957 – Outside-right Brian Jackson struck his eleventh and last reds goal as we lost a Second Division game 2-1 at Barnsley. 2004 - Harry Kewell played his fiftieth League game for the reds as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Portsmouth, with Steven Gerrard netting our goal. Unfortunately, Lomana Lua Lua headed in a last-minute equaliser. Treble awards 2001 - We won all three awards in World Soccer magazine’s annual poll. Michael Owen became the first Englishman to win World Player of the Year, Gérard Houllier claimed Manager of the Year and we were also made Team of the Year. It was the first time in twenty years that a single club had swept the board. Four for Berry 1940 - Outside-right Berry Nieuwenhuys scored four goals as we beat New Brighton 6-4 at Anfield in a Wartime League fixture. Billy Liddell netted from the spot, with Bob Paisley also on target. Mixed fortunes against Forest We have twice entertained Nottingham Forest on this day in history. 1991 - Steve McMahon struck his fiftieth and final goal for the club as we won 2-0 with Jan Mølby also on the scoresheet, with David Burrows playing his hundredth League game for the club. 1901 - We lost 2-0 in another top-flight meeting. Arthur Capes scored one of his four goals against us, with Jack Calvey also on the scoresheet. Beating the Black Cats We have twice won at Roker Park on this day in history. 1929 - Jim Smith, Fred Hopkin and Gordon Hodgson netted as we beat Sunderland 3-2, with Evelyn Morrison bagging a brace for the home side. 1946 - Albert Stubbins, Jack Balmer, Berry Nieuwenhuys and Billy Liddell were all on target as we won 4-1, with Dickie Davis netting the first of his seven goals past us. Mixed fortunes against Rovers 1963 - We lost 2-1 at Anfield to Blackburn Rovers as Andy McEvoy struck the first two of his four strikes past us, with Roger Hunt netting our consolation in this First Division match. 1918 - Arthur Metcalf struck twice as we won an away Wartime League meeting 2-1. 1908 – We lost the Lancashire Senior Cup Final 5-3 at Ewood Park, with Ronald Orr bagging a brace and Sam Bowyer also on target. Welsh reds Joey Jones, Ian Rush and Dean Saunders have all twice represented their country on this day over the years. 1977 - Jones played as Wales drew 1-1 with West Germany in a friendly in Dortmund. 1983 - He appeared in their 1-1 draw with Yugoslavia in Cardiff, as a Chelsea player. Ian Rush also featured in this game, a European Championships qualifier. 1994 - Rush appeared alongside Aston Villa’s Dean Saunders as the Welsh were beaten 3-0 in Cardiff by Bulgaria in another European Championships qualifier. 1996 - Saunders played in a goalless World Cup qualifying draw with Turkey, when he was a Nottingham Forest player. Future reds Markus Babbel, Brad Friedel and Christian Ziege all also played for their countries that day. Ronnie on target 1994 - Ex-red Ronnie Rosenthal struck as Israel were held to a 1-1 draw by Romania in a qualifier in Tel-Aviv. Also in action that day were Stig Inge Bjørnebye and future red Jari Litmanen, while Roy Hodgson took charge of Switzerland. 2003 – Hodgson managed Switzerland once more, as they won a World Cup qualifier 2-1 in Turkey. Other reds games 1986 – We beat Chelsea 3-0 in L4, with Ronnie Whelan, Ian Rush and Steve Nicol all on the scoresheet. 1985 – We lost 2-0 at Arsenal, with Charlie Nicholas and Niall Quinn both scoring inside the opening half hour. 1935 – Bob Glassey and Vic Wright netted as we won 2-1 at Brentford. 1907 – Jack Parkinson was on target as Newcastle United triumphed 5-1 at Anfield. George Wilson struck the first two of his five goals against the reds, with Jock Rutherford nabbing two of his seven and Bill Appleyard also scoring. 1895 - We beat Darwen 4-0 at Barley Bank in a Second Division fixture. Joe McQue, Malcolm McVean, Fred Geary and Frank Becton all scored as the home side had to play the second half with only ten men after defender Richard Shaw had to go off injured. Management highs and lows 2008 – John Barnes led Jamaica to victory in the Digicel Caribbean Championships as they beat Grenada 2-0 in the Final in Kingston. 1994 - Kevin MacDonald stepped down as Caretaker Manager of Leicester City. He was only in charge for four games, before Mark McGhee took over. 2009 - Erik Meijer was appointed Director of Sport at Alemannia Aachen, having already played for and coached the club. On the move again 2013 – Former reds First Team Coach Steve Clarke was sacked as Manager of West Bromwich Albion, with Kevin Keen also departing from his role as Joint-Assistant Head Coach. 2001 - Ex-reserves striker John Durnin signed for Second Division Port Vale from Rhyl on a free transfer. He only netted twice in fifty games while at Vale Park, before joining Conference side Accrington Stanley. 1975 – Ex-reds forward Alun Evans joined Walsall from Aston Villa for £30,000 after sixteen goals in 74 games for the Villains. Youngsters sign on 2004 - Reserve defenders David Raven and Zak Whitbread both signed new contracts until 2007. However, they have both subsequently left the club. Also in international action 2004 – Future red Stéphane Henchoz played in Switzerland’s 2-1 World Cup qualifying win in Turkey. 1999 – Future red Fábio Aurélio featured as Brazil drew a friendly 3-3 with Paraguay in Campo Grande. 1966 – Roy Evans played for England Youth as they faced a Sunderland Under-19’s side at Roker Park.
  20. Will

    23rd November

    A treble treble 1946 - Jack Balmer scored a hat-trick in our 4-2 First Division defeat of Arsenal at Anfield, including a penalty, as we came from 2-1 down to cement our place at the top of the table. This was his third treble in consecutive games, becoming the third player in top-flight history to achieve this. Albert Stubbins netted our other goal, with Reg Lewis bagging the first of his five goals against the reds, with Jimmy Logie also on target. 1988 - We also beat Arsenal 2-1 in the second replay of our League Cup Third Round tie at Villa Park, with Steve McMahon and John Aldridge both netting after Paul Merson put the Gunners ahead, the first of his seven strikes past us. However, we went out to West Ham United at the next hurdle. 3,500 up 1991 - We played our 3,500th League game, returning from Selhurst Park with a goalless draw against Wimbledon. 1996 - We faced the Dons again, being held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield, with future red Øyvind Leonhardsen netting for the visitors. Stan Collymore struck the fastest goal of the Premiership season after only 33 seconds. Steve McManaman was absent from the team sheet, missing out after appearing in 106 consecutive reds games. A reds first 1992 - We secured our first away win in the newly-formed Premier League, at the eighth attempt, as a last-minute Ronnie Rosenthal goal handed us a 1-0 win at Queens Park Rangers in a Monday night game live on Sky. John Barnes played his 200th reds game that night. Reds farewells 2000 - Steve Staunton played his 148th and final reds game, having been recalled from his loan spell with Crystal Palace. It came as we returned from a UEFA Cup Third Round first leg match at Greek champions Olympiacos with a 2-2 draw, having led for much of the game through goals from Nick Barmby and Steven Gerrard. Alekos Alexandris bagged a brace for the home side. On the same day, future red Alberto Aquilani played for Italy Under-16’s as they lost 2-1 to Brazil. 1928 – Scottish half-back Neil McBain moved on to Watford. He played twelve times after signing from St. Johnstone for £1,000 in March 1928, later managing the Hornets and Ayr United as well as coaching in Argentina. A derby thriller 2013 – We were held to a 3-3 draw at Goodison Park, despite twice leading. Philippe Coutinho opened the scoring inside five minutes before Kevin Mirallas levelled for the Blues. Luis Suárez restored our lead with a free kick, but Joe Allen missed a golden opportunity to extend our lead before Romelu Lukaku struck two of his five goals past us to date to leave us on the verge of defeat. However, Daniel Sturridge came off the bench to nod in a late equaliser. 1986 – Our visit to Goodison Park ended goalless. 1908 – Bert Goode bagged a brace as we won a Lancashire Senior Cup game 2-0 across the park. 1938 – We drew 2-2 in a Lancashire Senior Cup Second Round replay at Everton, with Cyril Done bagging a brace as even extra time could not separate the sides. Stumbling towards Istanbul 2004 - We lost at AS Monaco in the group stage of the Champions League, despite Javier Saviola handling before scoring the only goal of the game. Even worse news was the injuries to Luis García and Josemi, who came on as a substitute and was later himself replaced after suffering a horrific-looking head injury. This result left us needing a two-goal victory over Olympiacos in our final group game at Anfield. 2005 - We were held to a goalless draw at home by Real Betis Balompié in another group fixture. However, this was enough to ensure that we reached the knock-out phase. Darren Potter made his seventeenth and final reds outing in this match. Bob made free 1983 - Bob Paisley was made a Freeman of the city of Liverpool, five months after stepping down as reds boss. Facing the Eagles 2019 – We won 2-1 at Selhurst Park. Sadio Mané opened the scoring after the break, with Wilfred Zaha netting a late equaliser. However, Roberto Firmino scored with just five minutes on the clock to secure victory. 2014 – Rickie Lambert opened the scoring with his first reds goal, but we succumbed 3-1 at Crystal Palace. Dwight Gayle equalised with the most recent of his four goals against us, with Joe Ledley and Mile Jedinak both on target late on to secure victory. Archie’s bow 1929 - Inside-left Archie McPherson made his reds debut as a Jim Smith goal in the first minute was enough to hand us victory over Leeds United in a First Division match at Anfield. Bill Murray played his fourth and final reds game. Mixed fortunes against the Mancs 1963 - Ron Yeats netted the only goal of the game at Old Trafford as we beat Manchester United. 1912 – Donald McKinlay nabbed our consolation in a 3-1 away defeat in another top-flight encounter, with Arthur Goddard missing a late penalty. George Anderson struck the first two of his four goals past us, with George Wall bagging one of his ten goals against the reds. 1940 - We were held to a 2-2 draw in our Wartime League meeting in L4, with George Hunt and Willie Fagan netting. Defeat at Loftus Road 2002 - We lost 3-2 to Fulham at Loftus Road. We went in at half-time 2-0 down before a Didi Hamann pile-driver brought us back into the game. Alain Goma’s late dismissal could not prevent us losing, with Milan Baroš netting a second consolation. Facundo Sava bagged a brace for the Cottagers, with Sean Davis nabbing the first of his three goals against the reds. Happy birthdays 1937 - Jim Furnell was born in Clitheroe. He signed from Burnley for £18,000 in February 1962, taking over in goal during that promotion season. However, he broke his finger early the following campaign, losing his place to Tommy Lawrence. He made just 28 first-team appearances in total before moving to Arsenal in November 1963, being fondly remembered as Plymouth Argyle’s greatest ever custodian. 1998 – Irish keeper Caoimhín Kelleher was born in Cork. He has so far played two senior games, in this season’s League Cup, having signed a new contract in August 2018. On the same day, midfielder Herbie Kane was born in Bristol. He made his senior debut on the same day as Kelleher, at Milton Keynes Dons last September. Michael Owen comes second 2001 - Michael Owen was named runner-up to Zinedine Zidane in French monthly magazine Onze Mondial’s annual award for the best player in the world. Bennett again 1918 - Forward Thomas Bennett scored in his third consecutive game as we beat Manchester City 2-0 in a Wartime League game at Anfield. Harold Wadsworth netted the other. 1927 – We lost a Lancashire Senior Cup Semi-final 3-2 at Maine Road, with Gordon Hodgson and Bill Devlin on target for the reds. Wright wrong 2001 - Mark Wright was suspended as Oxford United Manager following allegations that he racially abused a referee. He resigned a week later. Markus in charge 2008 – Markus Babbel was appointed Manager of VfB Stuttgart, having previously been in the Assistant’s role. He led them to third in the table in his first season, and into the following campaign’s group stages of the Champions League, although he parted company with them in December 2009. Other reds games 1985 – Ian Rush and Paul Walsh netted as we won 2-0 at Birmingham City. 1974 – West Ham United held us to a 1-1 draw at Anfield, with Tommy Smith on target a minute after Pop Robson had scored the last of his five goals against the reds. 1968 – Geoff Strong and Ian Callaghan struck in a 2-0 defeat of Coventry City in L4. 1957 – We beat Blackburn Rovers 2-0 in a Second Division match at Anfield with Billy Liddell bagging a brace. 1935 – Derby County held us to a goalless draw in L4. 1907 – Ex-red Thomas Hunter and Harry Stringfellow scored for Preston North End as they went home having won 2-1, with Charlie Hewitt bagging our consolation. 1901 – We lost 1-0 at Newcastle United. 1895 – Darwen held us to a goalless draw in a Second Division fixture at Anfield as we remained top of the table. Out on loan 2006 - Young midfielder David Mannix joined Accrington Stanley on loan. However, a knee injury forced his early return after just one run-out. On the same day, Patrik Berger moved to Stoke City from Aston Villa on a temporary basis. He played seven times in the Potteries, returning to re-join the first team picture at Villa Park. Watson on the move 1994 - Ex-reserves defender Alex Watson joined Torquay United from Bournemouth for £50,000. He made more than two hundred appearances for the Gulls before moving on to Exeter City.
  21. Will

    7th November

    Happy birthday Digger 1963 - John Barnes was born at Up Park in Kingston, Jamaica. He signed from Watford for £900,000 in June 1987, a transfer that had been heavily trailed for at least six months. Kopites were not disappointed by his performances once he had arrived, as he helped us to two League titles, FA Cup, League Cup and two FA Charity Shields during an Anfield career in which he scored 108 goals in 407 appearances. He was also twice voted Football Writers’ Player Of The Year, as well as once by his fellow players, joining Newcastle United on a free transfer in August 1997. He became a father for the seventh time on his 47th birthday. Anfield goalscoring feats 1992 - Ian Rush scored his 200th League goal, including fourteen for Chester. Jimmy Phillips scored the first Premier League penalty against the reds as we beat Middlesbrough 4-1. Ronnie Rosenthal grabbed a brace, with Steve McManaman also on target, while future reds bench-warmer Stephen Pears was in the visitors’ goal. 1896 - Inside-left Davy Hannah bagged a top-flight treble as we beat Sunderland 3-0. Beating the Blues 2010 – We beat Chelsea 2-0 in a Premiership fixture at Anfield, thanks to a first-half Fernando Torres brace as Lucas dominated the midfield. 1981 - Kenny Dalglish bagged a brace in the space of six minutes with Ian Rush also striking as we beat Gordon Lee’s Everton 3-1 at Anfield, with the game goalless at half time. The Blues had Eamonn O’Keefe dismissed for a high, late challenge on Ronnie Whelan, with Mick Ferguson netting for the visitors. Farewell to Melwood 2020 – The reds trained at Melwood for the last time, ahead of the move to Kirkby. It had been the club’s training ground since the 1950’s. More birthdays 1877 – Welsh international right-half Maurice Parry was born in Trefonen. He signed from Brighton United in August 1900, scoring four times in 221 reds games, moving on to Partick Thistle in May 1909, later spending time coaching back at Anfield. 1990 – Spanish centre-half Daniel Ayala was born in Seville. He signed from Sevilla for £160,000 in September 2007, making his senior debut as substitute in our 2-1 League defeat at Tottenham Hotspur in August 2009, and his first start as we thumped Stoke City 4-0 at Anfield three days later. He played five reds games in total before being sold to Norwich City for £850,000 in August 2011 after loan spells at Hull City and Derby County. Gloves off 1919 - Pre-war reds custodian Ned Doig died from Spanish flu. He made 53 reds appearances after signing from Sunderland for £150 in August 1904, helping us to the Second Division title in his first season, and played on until 1908, finishing as our oldest ever player aged 41 years and 165 days. 1997 - Reserves keeper Tony Warner joined Swindon Town on loan, where he made three first-team appearances. Making their bow 1959 - Dave Hickson scored both goals on his reds debut, the day after his controversial move across Stanley Park, as we beat Second Division pace-setters Aston Villa 2-1, one of his former clubs, ending their run of fourteen games unbeaten. His arrival added an extra 15,000 to the usual gate, with one supporter running onto the pitch to kiss him on the cheek! Peter McParland struck for the Villains, doing so again in the away encounter later in the season. 1964 - Geoff Strong made his reds bow in our 1-1 top-flight draw at Fulham. Ian Callaghan netted our goal, with Johnny Haynes on target for the Cottagers. 1908 – Inside-left Bert Goode played the first of his seven reds games in our 1-0 First Division defeat at Bristol City, as Andy Burton struck one of his four goals against the reds, as well as missing a penalty. 1903 - Right-back Alf West debuted as we beat Notts County 2-1 in another top-flight fixture at Anfield thanks to half-back John ‘Geezer’ Hughes’ first reds strike and a Thomas Prescott own goal. Percy Humphreys netted one of his six goals past the reds. Beating Rovers 1904 - Jack Parkinson scored all our goals as we thumped Blackburn Rovers 5-1 in a Lancashire Senior Cup tie at Anfield. 1931 – We won a top-flight meeting 4-2, thanks to a Harold Barton brace and goals from Gordon Gunson and Gordon Hodgson. King Kenny dismissed 1984 - Kenny Dalglish and SL Benfica’s Minervino Pietra were both sent off after a scuffle as we lost 1-0 in the Estádio da Luz with Bruce Grobbelaar conceding an early penalty, although we progressed to the Third Round of the European Cup 3-2 on aggregate as Mark Lawrenson reached 200 reds appearances. Also in Europe 1967 - We trounced German high-fliers TSV 1860 München 8-0 in a Fairs Cup Second Round tie at Anfield with Roger Hunt and Ian Callaghan both netting twice. Hunt’s goals took him to 242 reds strikes, so beating Gordon Hodgson’s club record. The other goals came from a Tommy Smith penalty, Ian St. John, Tony Hateley and Peter Thompson. 1972 - Emlyn Hughes bagged a brace as we won 3-1 at AEK Athens although he handled to give away the penalty that the Greeks scored from. Phil Boersma added the final goal, one of four he scored in that season’s victorious UEFA Cup campaign. Derby disappointment 1998 - Jamie Redknapp grabbed our late consolation as we lost 2-1 at home to Derby County, Roy Evans’ last League game as joint Manager. Paulo Wanchope struck one of his four goals past us, with Kevin Harper also scoring for the visitors. 1970 - We also faced the Rams when we held them to a goalless draw at the Baseball Ground. First caps 1992 - Myllykosken Pallo-47’s Sami Hyypiä won his first full international cap as Finland drew 1-1 in a friendly in Tunisia. His clubmate Jari Litmanen also played, winning his 23rd cap. 2001 – Future red Glen Johnson made his debut for England Under-19’s as they beat Georgia 4-1 in a European Championships qualifier in York, with future reds coach Gary O’Neil also in action. Harry for the League 1896 - Forward Harry Bradshaw represented the Football League as they beat an Irish League side 2-0. The reds beat Sunderland 3-0 in a top-flight meeting on the same day, thanks to a David Hannah brace and goal from Malcolm McVean. Done it again 1942 - Cyril Done scored in his eighth consecutive game as the reds beat Chester 4-2 in a Wartime League fixture at Anfield. Willie Fagan, Jack Balmer and Billy Liddell also netted. Management moves 2002 - John Toshack was appointed Manager of Italian Serie B side Calcio Catania. He stayed in the job for less than three months before resigning. 2011 – Dietmar Hamann resigned as Stockport County boss, after a failed takeover of the club. On the same day, Dave Watson was appointed Under-18's Coach at Newcastle United. Beginning and end 1918 – Forward Wilf Bartrop died in First World War action in Warcoing, Belgium. He arrived from Barnsley for £900 in May 1914, playing three games before joining the Royal Field Artillery in 1915. 1923 - Joe Keetley signed from Accrington Stanley for £1,200, netting twice in nine reds games before moving to Wolverhampton Wanderers in May 1925. Other reds games 1953 – Louis Bimpson and Kevin Baron struck as Manchester City held us to a 2-2 draw at Anfield. 1936 – Berry Nieuwenhuys was on target early on as we lost 3-1 at Preston North End, despite leading at the break. Joe Beresford netted the last of his four goals against the reds before Hugh O’Donnell scored. Future red Willie Fagan was also on the scoresheet. 1914 – We shared a goalless draw with Newcastle United at St. James’ Park. Also on the move 2001 - Julian Dicks signed for non-League Canvey Island, helping them to reach the FA Cup Third Round. 2014 – Ex-Academy midfielder Craig Roddan joined Accrington Stanley, although he managed only one FA Cup appearance in his two months with them. Diego at Melwood 2008 – Argentina boss Diego Maradona visited Melwood, with the reds players clamouring to meet the legendary former player.
  22. Will

    5th November

    Happy birthdays 1971 - Full-back Rob Jones was born in Wrexham. The grandson of post-war utility man Bill Jones, he signed from Crewe Alexandra for £300,000 in October 1991 and played 243 times for the reds without ever getting on the scoresheet, before injury ended his career. He helped us to win the FA Cup and Coca Cola Cup in his eight years at Anfield. 1911 - Outside-right Berry Nieuwenhuys was born in Kroonstad in South Africa. He signed from Germiston Calies in September 1933 and struck 79 times in 257 reds games, helping us to the League title in 1947 before joining Arsenal later that year. He in fact scored on his 27th birthday as we drew 1-1 at Portsmouth, with Jock Anderson bagging one of his four goals against the reds. 1886 – Forward Herbert Leavey was born in Guildford. He signed from Plymouth Argyle in June 1910, only making five appearances before joining Barnsley in August 1911. 300 up for Stevie 2005 - Steven Gerrard played his 300th reds game, converting a late penalty with Xabi Alonso then also scoring as we won 2-0 at Aston Villa. First ever defeat 1892 - We registered our first ever competitive defeat as we lost 3-0 to Blackpool in the Lancashire League at their Raikes Hall Gardens ground. 1904 - We beat the Seasiders by the same score with Bobby Robinson netting a brace and Jack Parkinson also on target at Bloomfield Road. This was the sixth consecutive game in which Robinson had scored, in which time he had struck a total of ten times. Rushie back in action 1988 - Ian Rush scored his first goal since his return from Juventus as we beat newly promoted Middlesbrough 3-0 at Anfield to remain in fourth spot. John Aldridge and Peter Beardsley were also on target. 1910 - Sam Bowyer and Arthur Goddard struck as we left Ayresome Park with a top-flight point. George Elliott netted one of his eight goals against the reds, with Samuel McClure also on target. On the way to Gay Paree 1980 - We thumped Alex Ferguson’s Aberdeen 4-0 at Anfield to progress to the Third Round of the European Cup 5-0 on aggregate. We scored through a Willie Miller own goal, Phil Neal, Kenny Dalglish’s header and Alan Hansen. Our next opponents were Bulgarians CSKA Sofia the following March. Most recently 2019 – Gini Wijnaldum opened the scoring as we beat Koninklijke Racing Club Genk 2-1 in a UEFA Champions League group game at Anfield. Mbwana Samatta headed in an equaliser before the break, but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain secured victory in the second half. 2015 – Jordon Ibe struck the first of his four reds goals as we won 1-0 at Rubin Kazan in a UEFA Europa League group game. 2011 – Pepe Reina kept his 150th reds clean sheet as we were held to a goalless draw at Anfield by Brendan Rodgers’ Swansea City, with Andy Carroll striking the crossbar early on. First and last 1932 - Forward Harold Taylor made the first of his 72 reds appearances as Leeds United’s Harry Duggan struck the only goal of our First Division encounter at Anfield, the first of his five goals against us. 1898 – Right-winger Bobby Marshall played his 21st and final reds game as we lost 3-0 at Newcastle United. Jock Peddie netted the first two of his five goals past the reds, with Sandy MacFarlane also on target. A rare defeat 1977 - We lost one of just eleven home League games throughout the whole of the 1970’s when Aston Villa won 2-1, with the reds benefiting from a Frank Carrodus own goal. Jimmy Case played his hundredth reds game, with Andy Gray bagging a brace for the visitors, the last of his four goals against us. Out of Europe 1974 - We returned from Hungary with a goalless draw after our European Cup Winners’ Cup Second Round meeting with Ferencvárosi, with two penalty shouts on Ray Kennedy waved away. Unfortunately, the 1-1 score from the Anfield first leg put us out on the away goals rule. Tommy Smith was later fined and given a European ban for allegedly feigning injury after a bottle was thrown onto the pitch late on. Devlin’s last 1927 – Centre-forward Willie Devlin grabbed his fifteenth and final reds goal as we drew a top-flight meeting 1-1 at Cardiff City. Shanks the boss 1956 - Bill Shankly was appointed Manager of Huddersfield Town. He led them to 49 wins in 129 League games in charge but could not get them out of the Second Division. He resigned after three years in the job to take over at Anfield, and the rest is history! An unhappy millennium 1955 - We lost 2-1 at Swansea Town in a Second Division fixture with Alan Arnell on target. This was our 1,000th away League game and Don Welsh’s 200th game in charge of the reds. Len Allchurch struck one of his five goals against the reds, with Terry Medwin also netting. Beating Forest twice We have twice entertained Nottingham Forest on this day in history, winning both encounters. 1994 - Robbie Fowler grabbed the only goal of the game. 1966 - Roger Hunt struck twice as we triumphed 4-0, with Geoff Strong and Peter Thompson also on target. Thumping wins We have twice more won League matches 4-0 on this day in history. 1949 - We beat Manchester City in a First Division meeting at Anfield to send us to the top of the table, with Billy Liddell bagging a brace, including a penalty, and Kevin Baron and Ken Brierley on target. 1960 - Roger Hunt struck twice as we won a Second Division match at Plymouth Argyle’s Home Park, with Alan A’Court and Dave Hickson also on the scoresheet. Derby spoils shared 1921 - Danny Shone netted his first reds goal as we left Goodison Park with a point in a game that also counted towards the Lancashire Senior Cup. Crazy Horse for England 1969 - Emlyn Hughes won his first senior cap as England beat the Netherlands 1-0 in a friendly in Amsterdam. Clubmate Peter Thompson came off the bench to claim his fifteenth cap. 1947 – Phil Taylor faced future red Sammy Smyth as England drew 2-2 with Ireland in the British International Championships at Goodison Park. Hodgson for the League 1930 - Gordon Hodgson scored for the Football League in their 7-3 defeat of a Scottish League side at White Hart Lane. Launches 2009 - Jamie Carragher officially launched his charity, The 23 Foundation. It was to benefit by more than £1m from his testimonial the following year. On the same day, the club announced an exclusive agreement with Halliwell Jones BMW to become its Official Supplier of motor vehicles. Raheem’s bow 2009 – Future red Raheem Sterling made his debut for England Under-16’s from the bench as they beat Northern Ireland 2-0 in a Victory Shield match at the Deva Stadium. On the move 2004 – Keeper Brad Jones re-joined Blackpool on loan from Middlesbrough, playing twelve times in this second spell. 2012 – Ex-reds reserves forward Lauri Dalla Valle joined Crewe Alexandra on loan from Fulham, netting five times in twelve outings. 2018 – Former First Team Coach Paco Herrera had his contract as Manager of Aris Thessaloniki terminated by mutual consent, after six months in charge.
  23. Will

    31st October

    YNWA is number one 1963 - “You'll Never Walk Alone” by Gerry & The Pacemakers reached number one in the UK singles chart. It stayed there for four weeks, before being replaced by The Beatles’ “She Loves You”. Four for Fred 1914 - Fred Pagnam scored four goals as we thumped Tottenham Hotspur 7-2 in our First Division encounter at Anfield. Jackie Sheldon added a brace, with our scoring completed by Billy Banks. This was Spurs’ hundredth League defeat as they reached a century of away games in the League. We have also twice visited White Hart Lane on this day in history, losing on both occasions. 1984 - We lost a League Cup Third Round fixture 1-0, with Clive Allen on target after just six minutes. 1992 – We lost a League game 2-0. Nayim struck a spectacular volley before future red Neil Ruddock headed in from a corner. Rafa’s century 2006 - Rafael Benítez named an unchanged side for the first time in exactly a century of games as we beat Girondins de Bordeaux 3-0 to secure a place in the knock-out phase of the Champions League with two games remaining, thanks to a Luis García brace and a first reds goal of the season from Steven Gerrard. Fernando Menegazzo was sent off for the visitors, with Istanbul hero Vladimír Šmicer confined to the stands due to injury. Trent’s ton 2020 – Right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold played his hundredth League game for the reds as we came from behind to beat West Ham United 2-1 behind closed doors at Anfield. Mohamed Salah equalised from the spot before the break after Pablo Fornals had opened the scoring. Diogo Jota struck the late winner. Also recently 2015 – We came from behind to win 3-1 at Chelsea. Ramires opened the scoring for the home side early on, with Philippe Coutinho equalising in first-half stoppage time. Coutinho put us ahead before substitute Christian Benteke completed the scoring. 1953 – Roy Bentley bagged the last three of his five goals past us as we lost 5-2 at Chelsea, with Sammy Smyth nabbing a brace for the reds. Ken Armstrong and Frank Blunstone were also on target for the Blues as centre-half Joe Maloney turned out for the reds for the twelfth and final time. 2010 – Maxi Rodríguez bagged the only goal of our trip to Bolton Wanderers late on, with boss Roy Hodgson declaring it to be a “famous victory”. 2007 - Steven Gerrard netted in his third consecutive game to win the game, a minute after Darren Purse’s headed equaliser, with Nabil El-Zhar bagging his only reds strike from distance as we beat Cardiff City 2-1 in a Carling Cup Fourth Round tie at Anfield, with Robbie Fowler returning with the Bluebirds. Teenage centre-back Jack Hobbs made his first start in this game, while Argentine winger Sebastián Leto played his fourth and final reds game. Harry’s debut 1936 - Right-half Harry Eastham made his reds bow in our 2-1 First Division defeat of Arsenal at Anfield, with Jack Balmer and Fred Howe on the scoresheet and Alf Kirchen netting the first of his four goals past us. He struck four goals in 68 reds appearances, with his career being interrupted by the Second World War. Outside-left Alf Hanson reached a century of League appearances for the reds that day. Seeing off Sion 1996 - We beat Swiss side Sion 6-3 at home after falling two behind, to progress to the Third Round of the European Cup Winners’ Cup 8-4 on aggregate. No other team has scored more at Anfield in European competition. Robbie Fowler grabbed a brace, while Steve McManaman, Stig Inge Bjørnebye, John Barnes and Patrik Berger also struck that night. Forward Frédéric Chassot netted twice for the visitors, with midfielder Christophe Bonvin also on target. Losing to the Mancs We have twice faced Manchester United on this day in history, losing both meetings. 1964 - We were beaten 2-0 in a First Division game at Anfield, thanks to goals from Paddy Crerand and David Herd. 1990 - We lost a League Cup Third Round tie 3-1 at Old Trafford, with Ray Houghton grabbing our late consolation. Steve Bruce, Mark Hughes, with one of his nine goals past us, and Lee Sharpe had netted for the home side. We have also twice faced Manchester City on this day, although we won one of these encounters. 1942 - Cyril Done netted a brace with Willie Fagan also on the scoresheet as we secured a 3-1 Wartime League victory at home. 1903 - We lost 3-2 in a top-flight meeting at Hyde Road when Arthur Goddard and Jack Parkinson struck, our first ever defeat to them after nine previous meetings. Sandy Turnbull struck the first of his six goals against the reds, Billy Gillespie one of his six and Frank Booth also on target. On record 1995 - The Anfield crowd was recorded for “Three Lions” by Baddiel & Skinner And The Lightning Seeds as we lost 1-0 against Danes Brøndby IF to crash out of the UEFA Cup at the Second Round stage after a goalless first leg. Ian Rush had an effort ruled offside after just seventy seconds, with defender Dan Eggen heading the only goal of the tie with twelve minutes left. Joy against the Rokerites We have faced Sunderland three times on this day in history, without being beaten. 1925 - We were held to a 2-2 top-flight draw at Anfield when Harry Chambers and Dick Forshaw struck for the reds. Jock McNab put through his own net while outside-right Cyril Oxley made his reds bow. Dave Halliday grabbed the first of his thirteen strikes in just twelve outings against the reds. 1959 - We also drew at Roker Park in a Second Division match, with Roger Hunt grabbing our goal. 1981 - Our most recent meeting on this day ended in a 2-0 victory on Wearside, with Graeme Souness and Terry McDermott on the scoresheet. Also recently 2012 – We lost 3-1 at home to Brendan Rodgers’ former side Swansea City to crash out of the League Cup at the Fourth Round stage. Chico Flores headed the visitors in front. Substitute Steven Gerrard hit the post before Nathan Dyer doubled the Swans’ lead. Luis Suárez headed a goal back, but Jonathan de Guzmán completed the scoring for the Welsh outfit. Forward Samed Yeşil played his second and final senior reds game. Cottage despair 2009 - Jamie Carragher and Philipp Degen were both sent off as we lost 3-1 at Roy Hodgson’s Fulham. Fernando Torres volleyed in an equaliser after Bobby Zamora’s opener. Erik Nevland restored the home side’s lead, with Clint Dempsey sealing the points. 1980 - 1950’s wing-half Bobby Campbell was sacked as Manager of Fulham. He had been in charge for nearly four years, keeping them in the Second Division until they were relegated earlier that year. 1998 – Tony Cottee bagged the only goal of our trip to Leicester City, one of his eight past us, with Jason McAteer dismissed late on. Reds birthdays 1906 – Forward Ted Crawford was born in Filey, Yorkshire. He signed from Halifax Town in 1932, bagging four goals in eight games before joining Clapton Orient in July 1933, for whom he struck 73 times in 212 Division Three South games. 2002 – Midfielder Tyler Morton was born in Wirral. He joined the club in 2009, signing a new contract in January 2021. He made his senior bow from the bench in a League Cup Third Round win at Norwich City in October 2021. White wrong 2006 - Noel White resigned from the Board after leaking critical stories of Rafael Benítez’s rotation policy to the press. He had been on the Board for twenty years, including a spell as Chairman between 1990 and 1991. On the move again 1983 - Former reserves striker Mike Newell joined Wigan Athletic from Crewe Alexandra on a free transfer. He struck 35 times in 92 games for the Latics, before moving on to Luton Town in January 1986. 2011 - El-Hadji Diouf signed for Doncaster Rovers, after his contract with Blackburn Rovers was terminated by mutual consent two months earlier. He bagged six goals in 23 outings for Donny. 2014 – Czech defender Jakub Sokolík re-joined Southend United on loan, playing just twice in this second spell. For Nicholson 1966 - We took part in a match in aid of The Late John Nicholson Memorial Fund, beating a Doncaster Rovers Representative XI 4-3 at Belle Vue. Geoff Strong bagged a brace, while Bobby Graham and Gordon Milne also netted. First caps 1990 - Molde’s Øyvind Leonhardsen made his debut for Norway in their 6-1 friendly defeat of Cameroon in Oslo. Kongsvinger’s Stig Inge Bjørnebye also played. Future red Istvan Kozma also represented his country on that day as Hungary beat Cyprus 4-2 in a Euro 92 qualifier in Budapest. 2000 – Future red Alberto Aquilani won his first cap for Italy Under-16’s as they beat Portugal 2-1. 2008 – Jack Robinson played for England Under-16’s for the only time as they beat Wales 1-0 in the Victory Shield in Llanelli, with Andre Wisdom also featuring. 2001 – Chris McGrath featured for the Irish Under-16’s as they lost a European Championships qualifier 2-0 to Spain in Latvia. Other reds games 1994 – We lost 2-1 at Queens Park Rangers. Trevor Sinclair opened the scoring for the Hoops before John Barnes equalised. Les Ferdinand then struck one of his six goals against the reds. 1972 – Leeds United held us to a 2-2 draw in our League Cup Fourth Round tie at Anfield. Kevin Keegan and John Toshack scored as Mick Jones netted one of his seven goals past us, with Peter Lorimer also on target. 1970 – Tommy Smith converted a penalty before Alun Evans struck as we beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 in L4. One of the linesmen was injured midway through the first half, having to be replaced by a referee who was amongst the crowd. 1931 – We lost 3-0 at Sheffield United as Jimmy Dunne nabbed one of his nine goals past us, Jack Pickering scoring the first of his five and George Green also scoring. 1908 – We beat Newcastle United 2-1 at Anfield, thanks to goals from Ronald Orr and Jack Cox, with George Wilson bagging one of his five goals past us. 1896 – George Allan netted the only goal of our visit to West Bromwich Albion’s old Stoney Lane ground in the first minute. New deals 2003 - Jamie Carragher and Chris Kirkland both signed new contracts until 2007 and 2009, respectively. Carra remained at the club until the summer of 2013, while Kirkland was sold to Wigan Athletic in October 2006. 2011 – Left-back Jack Robinson signed a new contract. He became the club’s youngest ever player in May 2010, aged sixteen years and 250 days. He made just eleven senior reds appearances before moving permanently to Queens Park Rangers in August 2014. Dad again 2011 - Steven Gerrard became the father of his third daughter, Lourdes.
  24. Will

    8th October

    Willkommen Jürgen 2015 - Jürgen Klopp was appointed reds boss following the sacking of Brendan Rodgers. He has so far led us to UEFA Champions League glory in Madrid, our first League title in thirty years, FIFA Club World cup and UEFA Super Cup as well as three other cup finals, generating a great rapport with the crowd. On the same day, the departures of Chris Davies, Glen Driscoll and Sean O’Driscoll from the backroom staff were all announced. All sitting comfortably 1994 - Neil Ruddock scored the first goal in front of the new all-seater Kop, as we beat Aston Villa 3-2, with Robbie Fowler bagging a brace. Guy Whittingham and ex-red Steve Staunton struck for the visitors. Centenaries 1968 - Tommy Smith and Alan Ball, with one of his eleven goals against the reds, were on the scoresheet in the hundredth League derby as we drew 1-1 at Anfield. 1898 – Full-back Archie Goldie played his hundredth reds game as we lost 2-1 at Stoke, with Jack Cox on target. Carra’s record 1999 - Jamie Carragher equalled the record number of England Under-21’s caps, held by Gary Owen, as he won his 22nd cap, captaining them for the first time in their 4-1 friendly defeat of Denmark at Valley Parade. Substitute David Thompson scored, with fellow red Steven Gerrard also in the team. Carra went on to claim 27 in total, which was still an England record until he was overtaken by Scott Carson, and more recently by James Milner who eventually made 46 appearances. 1996 - David Thompson won his first cap at Under-21’s level as a substitute in England’s goalless draw with Poland at Molineux. Future red Emile Heskey was in the starting eleven. Bowing out 1955 - Billy Liddell won his 29th and final cap as Scotland beat Northern Ireland 2-1 at Windsor Park in Belfast. Future reds keeper Tommy Younger won his fifth cap in the same game. 2013 - Craig Bellamy announced his retirement from international football after nineteen strikes in 78 games for Wales. Off the mark 1921 - Harry Beadles struck the first of his six reds goals as we drew 1-1 at Preston North End in a top-flight encounter. Right-half Francis Checkland played his fifth and final reds game that day, with Preston’s late equaliser coming from the spot from future red Archie Rawlings. 1949 – Full-back Ray Lambert bagged the first of his two reds goals, scoring from the spot in our 2-0 defeat of Middlesbrough at Anfield, with Jimmy Payne also netting. Jimmy’s treble 1930 – Jimmy Smith scored a hat-trick as we thumped Everton 5-0 in a Lancashire Senior Cup Second Round tie at Anfield, with Gordon Hodgson and Tom Bradshaw also scoring. International debuts 2009 – Future red Dejan Lovren came off the bench to make his debut in Croatia’s 3-2 friendly defeat of Qatar in Rijeka. 1997 - Bjørn Tore Kvarme won his only senior international cap as Norway were held to a goalless friendly draw in Oslo by Colombia. Clubmate Stig Inge Bjørnebye also played, with future red Milan Baroš in action for the Czech Republic Under-16’s on the same day. 1995 - Brad Friedel won his first cap as a Galatasaray player as the USA beat Saudi Arabia by the odd goal in seven in a friendly in Washington DC. Future reds Markus Babbel and Christian Ziege both played in Germany’s 6-1 thumping of Moldova in a Euro ’96 qualifier in Leverkusen on the same day. Off to Filbert Street again and again 1927 - We drew 1-1 at Leicester City with Gordon Hodgson on target and Ernie Hine bagging one of his ten strikes past us. 1932 - Hodgson struck again as we won 2-1, with Syd Roberts scoring his first reds goal, while Danny Liddle netted the first of his four goals against the reds. 1938 - Harman van den Berg netted an 89th minute equaliser, his first reds goal, as we drew 2-2 with Berry Nieuwenhuys also on target. Twice against the Robins We have twice played at Ashton Gate on this day in history, winning on neither occasion. 1955 - Bristol City won our Second Division encounter 2-1 with Tony Rowley bagging our consolation as John Atyeo bagged the first two of his five goals past us for the home side. 1974 - We were held to a goalless draw in a Third Round League Cup tie. However, we won the Anfield replay 4-0 three weeks later. More legends 2008 - Kenny Dalglish, Kevin Keegan, Bob Paisley and the 1978 reds team were all inducted into the National Football Museum’s European Hall of Fame at the Echo Arena in Liverpool. In and out 1991 - Winger Jimmy Carter joined Arsenal for £500,000, just nine months after signing from Millwall. He had made just eight appearances in his time at Anfield. 2020 – Brazilian keeper Marcelo Pitaluga signed from Fluminense for an initial £1m, but has yet to make the first-team bench. Management ends 2001 - Joey Jones stepped down as Caretaker Manager of Wrexham. He had been in charge for just two games, both of which were lost, and was replaced by Denis Smith. 1997 - Jan Mølby was sacked as Manager of Swansea City, his first management role, despite only losing sixteen of his eighty games in charge, and only just missing out on promotion in his one full season at the Vetch Field. Avi for Israel Ex-red Avi Cohen twice turned out for his country on this day in consecutive years. 1985 - Israel lost a World Cup qualifier 2-1 to Australia in Tel-Aviv, with future red Ronnie Rosenthal also appearing as a substitute. 1986 - Avi featured as Romania won a friendly 4-2 at the same stadium. Yossi’s first strike 2005 - Yossi Benayoun bagged his first goal for Israel as a West Ham United player as they beat the Faroe Islands 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Tel-Aviv. Future red Fernando Torres grabbed both goals as Spain beat Belgium 2-0 in another qualifier in Brussels. On the same day, future red Nuri Şahin made his senior international bow, netting his only goal as a Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund player as Turkey beat Germany 2-1 in a friendly in Istanbul. Also representing their countries were Steve Finnan, Sami Hyypiä, John Arne Riise, future reds Robbie Keane, Jan Kromkamp, Dirk Kuyt, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Martin Škrtel, Kolo Touré and Andriy Voronin and ex-reds Milan Baroš, Paul Jones, Daniel Sjölund, Vladimír Šmicer and Rigobert Song. 2020 – Ex-reds Conor Coady and Danny Ings both scored their first goals for England in their 3-0 friendly defeat of Wales at Wembley, with Joe Gomez and Neco Williams also featuring. On the same day, Luis Suárez scored from the spot while winning his first cap as a Club Atlético de Madrid player as Uruguay beat Chile 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Montevideo. Divock Origi, Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk, Gini Wijnaldum and ex-reds Ryan Babel, Christian Benteke, Sebastián Coates, Péter Gulácsi and Simon Mignolet all also played for their countries that day, with Steve Clarke taking charge of Scotland as they qualified for the Euro 2020 Finals. More international goalscorers 2017 – Emre Can scored his first senior international goal, and his only one as a reds player, as Germany beat Azerbaijan 5-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Kaiserslautern. Mohamed Salah scored twice, including one from the spot, as Egypt beat Republic of the Congo 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Alexandria. Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge both featured as England won a qualifier 1-0 in Lithuania, while Rhian Brewster played for England Under-17’s as they beat Chile 4-0 in the World Championship Finals in India. Future red Andy Robertson also featured in a World Cup qualifier that day. 2006 – Kolo Touré scored his last goal as an Arsenal player as the Ivory Coast thrashed Gabon 5-0 in an African Cup of Nations qualifier in Abidjan. Future red Alex Manninger played for Austria Under-21’s in their 4-1 European Championships qualifying defeat in Sweden on the same day. 2019 – Sepp van den Berg scored his last goal for the Dutch Under-19’s, his only one as a reds player, in their 5-0 trouncing of Moldova in a European Championships qaulfiier in Latvia. 2016 – Daniel Sturridge scored in England’s 20 defeat of Malta in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley. Jordan Henderson, Sadio Mané and Andy Robertson also played in qualifiers that day. Future reds Academy keeper Kai McKenzie-Lyle scored a header on his debut for Guyana as they lost a Caribbean Cup qualifier 3-2 in Suriname. 2010 – Jonjo Shelvey converted a penalty as England Under-19’s thumped Albania 6-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Belgium, with Andre Wisdom also featuring. David N’Gog netted for France Under-21’s as they beat Turkey 2-0 in a friendly in Troyes, while future red Jordan Henderson bagged his first goal at the same level as England beat Romania 2-1 in the first leg of their European Championships Play-off at Carrow Road, with future red Daniel Sturridge also featuring. On the same day, Luis Suárez struck a hat-trick that included a penalty, his final goals as an Ajax player, as Uruguay trounced Indonesia 7-1 in a friendly in Jakarta. John Arne Riise was booked and also grabbed his last goal while with Roma as Norway won a Euro 2012 qualifier 2-1 in Cyprus, with ex-red Robbie Keane scoring from the spot as the Republic of Ireland lost 3-2 to Russia in another qualifier in Dublin. Also in international action that day were Milan Jovanović, Dirk Kuyt, Raul Meireles, Christian Poulsen, Martin Škrtel, future reds Ragnar Klavan, Nuri Şahin and Xherdan Shaqiri and ex-reds Álvaro Arbeloa, Alou Diarra, Javier Mascherano, Nikolay Mihaylov and Andriy Voronin. JAR off 1999 – Future red John Arne Riise was dismissed as Norway Under-21’s lost a European Championships qualifier 2-1 in Latvia, with Frode Kippe also in action. 1997 – Future reds Vegard Heggem and Frode Kippe both featured for the Under-21’s in their 3-1 defeat of South Africa in Oslo. International reds galore 2005 - A whole host of reds featured in World Cup qualifiers, with Peter Crouch winning his first cap as a reds player in England’s 1-0 defeat of Austria at Old Trafford, and Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard, future reds Joe Cole and Christian Poulsen and ex-red Michael Owen all also in action. Djibril Cissé struck as France drew 1-1 in future red Philip Degen’s Switzerland, with ex-red El-Hadji Diouf on target as Senegal beat a Mali side that included Djimi Traoré 3-0 in Dakar. 2004 – Darren Potter and future reds Daniel Agger, Alberto Aquilani, Ramon Calliste, Scott Carson, Stewart Downing, Glen Johnson, Gary O’Neil and Jermaine Pennant all played in European Championships qualifiers at Under-21’s level, with future red James Milner netting his first goal at this level. 2007 - Péter Gulácsi and Krisztián Németh both played for Hungary Under-19’s as they trounced Kazakhstan 6-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Szekesfehervar, with Németh winning his first cap at this level as a red. 2011 – Gulácsi skippered Hungary Under-21’s in their 2-1 European Championships qualifying defeat in Turkey. Charlie Adam and future red Mohamed Salah were also in international action that day. 2015 – Sheyi Ojo, Jordan Rossiter and future red Dominic Solanke all played as England Under-19’s won a European Championships qualifier 2-0 in Macedonia. Mamadou Sakho and ex-reds Javier Mascherano and Krisztián Németh also featured for their countries on the same day. Joe honoured 2012 – Reds midfielder Joe Allen was named Player of the Year and Club Player of the Year for 2011/12 at the FAW Awards, based on his time with Swansea City and the national side. Other reds games 1988 – We lost 1-0 at Luton Town, with Mick Harford bagging one of his seven goals against the reds. 1977 – Kenny Dalglish and David Fairclough netted as we beat Chelsea 2-0 at Anfield. 1973 – We drew a League Cup Second Round tie 2-2 at West Ham United. Peter Cormack put us in front before ex-red Ted MacDougall equalised. Steve Heighway restored our lead, but Pop Robson levelled with one of his five strikes past us. 1966 – Fulham held us to a 2-2 draw in L4. Geoff Strong scored inside the first minute, but Allan Clarke bagged the first two of his seven goals against us, with Ian St. John completing the scoring before the break. 1960 – We won a Second Division encounter 2-1 at Lincoln City as Roger Hunt nabbed a brace. 1904 – We beat Barnsley 2-0 in a Second Division fixture at Oakwell. Bobby Robinson had a penalty saved but converted the rebound, with John Carlin also on target. In opposition 1938 – Ex-reds reserves centre-half Matt O’Mahoney won his only cap for Northern Ireland as they lost 2-0 to Scotland in the British International Championships at Windsor Park. Andy Beattie, who guested for the reds during the war and later spent some time on our backroom staff, and Bill Shankly were both on the winning side. O’Mahoney also won six caps for the south of Ireland.
  25. Will

    5th October

    Five for young Robbie 1993 - Robbie Fowler scored all five goals as we thumped Fulham in a League Cup Second Round tie at Anfield, having already scored on his club debut in the first leg. Only four other reds have scored five times in the same game. A premier millennium 2008 – We went in 2-0 down at half time at Manchester City. A Stephen Ireland volley was City’s hundredth home League goal against the reds, while a Javier Garrido free-kick four minutes before the break ensured City reached 200 goals against us in all competitions. Fernando Torres netted our thousandth goal in the Premier League before heading in a second to draw us level after Pablo Zabaleta was dismissed for a foul on Xabi Alonso. Dirk Kuyt grabbed a dramatic stoppage-time winner as we won 3-2, while Martin Škrtel suffered a posterior cruciate ligament injury that kept him out of action for over two months. 1914 – We thumped City 6-3 in our Lancashire Senior Cup Second Round tie at their old Hyde Road ground. Jimmy Nicholl and Fred Pagnam bagged a brace each, with Phil Bratley and Billy Lacey also on target. A Czech treble 1997 - Patrik Berger bagged his only hat-trick in English football as we beat Chelsea 4-2 at Anfield, with Robbie Fowler netting the other late on, and Stig Inge Bjørnebye playing his hundredth League game for us. Chelsea’s Bernard Lambourde had been sent off shortly before the half-hour mark, with the score still level at 1-1 after Gianfranco Zola’s equaliser. Gustavo Poyet scored from the spot late on for the Blues. Sadio’s half century 2019 - Sadio Mané scored his fiftieth League goal for the reds as he reached a century of League outings for us in our 2-1 defeat of Leicester City at Anfield. James Maddison equalised late on, but James Milner converted a stoppage-time penalty to secure victory after Mané was felled, our eighth straight League win from the start of the season. 1929 – We lost a First Division encounter 2-1 at Filbert Street, despite Jimmy Smith giving us an early lead. After the break, Arthur Lochhead scored one of his five goals past the reds with Ernie Hine netting one of his ten for Leicester against us as we came under the cosh. Stevie again 2013 - Steven Gerrard scored in his fifteenth consecutive League season, a new club record, converting a penalty as we beat Crystal Palace 3-1 at Anfield. Luis Suárez and Daniel Sturridge had both already struck as we raced into a three-goal lead. Dwight Gayle headed in a second-half consolation, the first of his five goals past us to date. Happy birthday to the long pork sausage 1971 – Former first-team coach and centre-back Mauricio Pellegrino was born in Leones in Argentina. He arrived at Anfield with an impressive reputation, having previously won the Spanish League three times and the UEFA Cup, as well as appearing in two Champions League Finals. However, he rarely impressed in his thirteen reds games, and moved on to Deportivo Alavés after just five months in L4. He returned to the club in a coaching capacity in June 2008, following Rafael Benítez to Internazionale in the summer of 2010. Double treble 1940 - Denis Westcott scored four goals and South African outside-right Berry Nieuwenhuys netted a hat-trick as we trounced Chester 9-1 in a Wartime League fixture at Anfield. Bob Paisley and George Drury netted the others. Other birthdays 1905 - Scottish forward Dave Wright was born in Kirkcaldy. He bagged 35 goals in exactly a century of reds games after signing from Sunderland in March 1930. He remained at Anfield until July 1934, when he joined Hull City for £1,000. 1938 - Inside-forward Alan Banks was born in Liverpool. He signed from Rankin Boys in August 1956, turning professional in May 1958. He struck six times in just eight games for the reds, leaving for Cambridge City in July 1961 and going on to enjoy far greater success in the lower divisions, netting more than two hundred goals. 1968 - Reserves winger John Jeffers was born in Liverpool. He never made our first-team, but was a regular for Port Vale after moving there in December 1988. He also turned out for Shrewsbury Town and Stockport County. 2004 - Kaide Gordon was born in Derby. He arrived from Derby County in February 2021 for an initial fee reported to be £1m, making his senior bow in our League Cup Third Round tie at Norwich City seven months later. Mixed derby fortunes 1907 - Jack Cox, brothers Charlie and Joe Hewitt, and Alex Raisbeck all struck as we won 4-2 at Goodison Park. Jimmy Settle netted the last of his eleven goals past us, with Harry Makepeace also on target. 1912 - We lost 2-0 in another First Division meeting, this time at home. Tommy Browell scored one of his seven goals against the reds, with Ernie Gault also on the scoresheet. 1918 - Arthur Metcalf and Harold Wadsworth struck as we lost 4-2 in a Wartime League fixture at Anfield. In comes Roy 1965 - Reds stalwart Roy Evans signed on at Anfield as a professional, the day after his seventeenth birthday. One of the club’s greatest servants, he served as fan, left-back, reserves coach, Assistant Manager and then finally the top job for four years. He only made eleven first team appearances before injury cut his career short. A rare excursion up front 1899 - Centre-half Alex Raisbeck played the first of two matches at centre-forward, in our 2-1 defeat by Notts County at Trent Bridge, with Jack Cox netting our consolation as Tom Watson reached a century of League games in charge. Big post-war wins 1946 - We thumped Grimsby Town 6-1 at Blundell Park, thanks to a brace apiece from Albert Stubbins and Billy Liddell, a Willie Fagan penalty and a Jack Balmer goal. 1957 - We hit five without reply at home to Doncaster Rovers in a Second Division fixture, with Tony Rowley and Jimmy Melia both netting twice and Louis Bimpson also on the scoresheet. 1963 - Ian St. John, Ian Callaghan and Peter Thompson were all on target as we beat Aston Villa 5-2 at Anfield, with the scoring rounded out by a double from Roger Hunt. Future red Tony Hateley bagged the first two of his five goals against us. Lee’s debut 1994 - Forward Lee Jones made his reds bow as a substitute for Steve McManaman in a 4-1 League Cup win at Burnley as we reached the Third Round 6-1 on aggregate. Jamie Redknapp bagged a brace with Robbie Fowler on target and Nigel Clough scoring his ninth and final reds goal. Liam Robinson bagged a late consolation for the Clarets. 1968 - We also won at Burnley when Peter Thompson and Geoff Strong struck in our 4-0 top-flight win, after Roger Hunt had grabbed a first-half brace. Underneath the floodlights 1960 - We won the first leg of the Floodlight Challenge Cup, beating Everton 3-1 at Anfield. Dave Hickson, Roger Hunt and Johnny Morrissey bagged our goals. The return was not played for another year, when we drew 2-2 to claim the trophy for the third and final time. Management moves 1995 – Roy Hodgson was appointed Manager of Internazionale. He led them to seventh in his first season, and then to third and the UEFA Cup Final in the following campaign. He was then tempted to return to England to take over at Blackburn Rovers in the summer of 1997. 2009 - Steve Staunton was named as Darlington boss, taking over two days later. 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. Young debutants 2011 – Jack Robinson struck his first goal for England Under-19’s while winning his fifth cap in their 2-2 draw with France in the Limoges Tournament. Adam Morgan made his debut at this level, with Conor Coady skippering the side. On the same day, future red Tiago Ilori struck his only goal for Portugal at this level in the same competition as they drew 1-1 with Ukraine. 2001 - Chris Kirkland won his first England Under-21’s cap as a reds player, playing alongside future red Jermaine Pennant in their 2-1 defeat of Greece in a European Championships qualifier at Ewood Park. On the same day, future red Christian Poulsen won his eighth and last Under-21’s cap as Denmark thumped Iceland 4-0 in another qualifier in Odense. 2017 – Emre Can, Philippe Coutinho, Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, future reds Alisson Becker and Andy Robertson, and ex-reds Raheem Sterling and Luis Suárez all featured in World Cup qualifiers, with Corey Whelan and future red Kostas Tsimikas playing at Under-21’s level. On the move 2020 – Three ex-reds were on the move. Winger Bobby Adekanye joined Cádiz on loan from S.S. Lazio, with forward Jerome Sinclair making a temporary switch from Watford to CSKA Sofia. Adekanye only made five appearances before his loan was ended early, with Sinclair scoring three times in 27 outings. Meanwhile, winger Kristoffer Peterson left Swansea City to sign for Fortuna Düsseldorf, having struck once in just twelve games for the Swans. Other reds games 1985 – We lost 2-1 at Queens Park Rangers despite Paul Walsh giving us the lead. Terry Fenwick bagged the first of his four goals against the reds, with Gary Bannister netting the winner. 1983 – We beat Brentford 4-1 in the first leg of our League Cup Second Round tie at Griffin Park. Ian Rush nabbed a brace with Michael Robinson and Graeme Souness also on target. 1982 – Ian Rush netted twice as we won 2-1 at Ipswich Town in another League Cup Second Round first leg. Future red John Wark then scored one of his four goals past us. 1974 – Ray Kennedy bagged the only goal of our trip to Carlisle United. 1971 – Steve Heighway was on target as we beat Southampton 1-0 in a League Cup Third Round tie at Anfield. 1935 – We lost 2-0 at Sunderland as George Goddard scored before Raich Carter nabbed one of his six goals past the reds. 1901 – Tommy Robertson struck as we held Derby County to a 1-1 draw at their Baseball Ground. 1895 – We lost 1-0 in a Second Division encounter at Newcastle United. Signing on again 2012 - Daniel Agger signed a new contract. He joined the reds from Brøndby IF for £5.8m in January 2006, notching fourteen times in 232 games before returning to his old club in Denmark in August 2014 for a reported £3m. 2013 – Jason McAteer got married for the second time, this time to Lucy Edwards, in St Mary’s Cathedral in Limerick. International goalscorers 1996 - Ex-red Dean Saunders scored the consolation as Wales lost 3-1 in Cardiff to the Netherlands in a World Cup qualifier. Also in World Cup action that day were ex-red Jim Magilton and future red Gary McAllister, while future red John Arne Riise won his ninth and last cap for Norway Under-15’s as they lost 1-0 to Scotland in a tournament game in Poland. 2008 – Future red Christian Benteke scored for Belgium Under-19’s in their 2-1 friendly defeat of Kazakhstan in Estonia.
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