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  1. Will

    15th August

    Double debutants 1987 - John Barnes and new record signing Peter Beardsley both made their official reds debuts as we beat Arsenal 2-1 at Highbury, thanks to goals from John Aldridge and Steve Nicol, who scored an extraordinary header from the edge of the penalty box. This was Kenny Dalglish’s fiftieth League win as reds boss, coming in his 85th game - still the best record of any reds boss. Happy birthday Ox 1993 – Midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was born in Portsmouth. He signed from Arsenal for £35m in August 2017, netting seventeen times in 133 appearances across his first five campaigns as well as suffering a serious injury. He made it back to sit on the bench as we claimed the UEFA Champions League in Madrid in June 2019 and helping us to claim the Premier League, FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup. Clem departs 1981 – Ray Clemence was sold to Tottenham Hotspur for £300,000. He had arrived from Sc***horpe United for £18,000 in June 1967, usurping Tommy Lawrence as first choice number one after two years. He went on to make 665 reds appearances, winning five League titles, an FA Cup, three European Cups, two UEFA Cups, League Cup, UEFA Super Cup and four FA Charity Shields in his fourteen years at Anfield. 1976 – Kevin Keegan confirmed that the upcoming season would be his final one at Anfield. He struck twenty times in 57 outings in this campaign, helping us to claim the European Cup and League title, and reach the FA Cup Final. 1974- Centre-half Larry Lloyd was sold to Coventry City for £240,000. He is one of a rare breed to leave Anfield in his prime, and go on to better things – helping Nottingham Forest to two European Cups, one League title, League Cup and FA Charity Shield. He had won League and UEFA Cup medals after joining the reds from Bristol Rovers for £50,000 in April 1969, appearing 218 times and notching five times. Double dismissals 2010 – Joe Cole was sent off for a challenge on Laurent Koscielny just before half-time in our Anfield meeting with Arsenal. David N’Gog put us in front immediately after the break, with the lead lasting until the last minute when Marouane Chamakh diverted a cross against the post and Pepe Reina spilled the rebound into his own net. Koscielny was then sent off for a second bookable offence in injury-time. This turned out to be Javier Mascherano’s 139th and final reds game. Other birthdays 1988 – Moroccan winger Oussama Assaidi was born in Beni-Boughafar. He signed from Dutch side SC Heerenveen for £2.4m in August 2012, failing to score in twelve appearances before spending a season and a half on loan at Stoke City. He was sold to UAE Arabian Gulf League side Al Ahli for a reported £4.7m in January 2015. 1905 - Centre-forward Tommy Reid was born in Motherwell. He signed from Clydebank for £1,000 in April 1926 and bagged an impressive thirty goals in 55 games before moving to Manchester United in February 1929. Off the mark 2017 – Trent Alexander-Arnold scored his first senior goal as we won 2-1 at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in the first leg of our UEFA Champions League qualifier. Simon Mignolet saved a penalty, with forward Dominic Solanke making his reds bow as we benefited when Havard Nordtveit inadvertently diverted a James Milner cross into his own net. 2007 - Yossi Benayoun made his reds debut as Andriy Voronin’s first reds strike proved to be the only goal of the first leg of our Champions League qualifier in Toulouse, who became our hundredth different opponents in European competition. Happy birthday Boudewijn 1976 - Bolo Zenden was born in Maastricht in the Netherlands. He signed on a free transfer in July 2005 after his one-year contract with Middlesbrough had expired. He notched twice in 47 senior reds games, as injury hampered his career at Anfield. He helped us to claim the UEFA Super Cup and FA Community Shield, as well as reach the Champions League Final in his brief time with the reds. Bolo left the club in July 2007 to join Olympique de Marseille. 2021 – Former Director Terry Smith died at Arrowe Park Hospital in Birkenhead. He was on the board from 1992 until 2007. Charity at first 1964 - We played in our first FA Charity Shield, only drawing 2-2 with West Ham United at Anfield. Gordon Wallace and Gerry Byrne twice gave us the lead, with John Byrne and Geoff Hurst both netting equalisers, with the latter being one of his nine strikes against the reds. The trophy was shared between the two clubs, as this was in the days before extra-time and penalty shoot-outs. Phil Chisnall made his reds bow in this game when he became the first ever substitute in senior English football, replacing Alf Arrowsmith after just a quarter of an hour, who had suffered a serious knee injury. Red defenders on the way out 1991 - Gary Gillespie was sold to his boyhood heroes Celtic for £925,000. He had been Joe Fagan’s first signing, helping us to three League titles in his eight injury-ravaged years at Anfield, scoring sixteen times in 214 appearances. 2002 - Young full-back Stephen Wright joined Sunderland for £3m, after just 21 reds games. He netted twice in 105 games for them, with injuries blighting his time there, and was released in May 2008. Double capture 2005 - Liverpool confirmed the signings of young centre-backs Godwin Antwi from Real Zaragoza and Miki Roqué from U.E. Lleida. Both featured in our victorious FA Youth Cup winning campaign in 2006, but only made one senior appearance between them, when Roque made a late cameo at Galatasaray in December 2006. 1996 - Patrik Berger signed from Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund for £3.25m, following an impressive Euro ’96. He scored 35 times in 196 reds games, before joining Portsmouth in June 2003. 1983 – Winger Brian Mooney signed from Home Farm for £20,000. He only ever played one senior reds game, as a substitute for Jim Beglin in a League Cup win at Fulham in October 1986, moving on to Preston North End in November 1987. 1970’s League wins We twice played League games on this day in the 1970’s, winning them both. 1970 - We won 2-1 at Burnley, with Alun Evans and Emlyn Hughes on target. 1972 - We beat Manchester United 2-0 at Anfield, thanks to strikes from John Toshack and Steve Heighway. Ex-reds on the move 1997 - Ian Rush signed for Newcastle United on a free transfer from Leeds United. He only made fourten appearances for the Magpies, scoring twice, including one that made him the all-time top scorer in the FA Cup, with 44 goals in the competition. 1985 - Gary McAllister joined Leicester City from Motherwell along with clubmate Ally Mauchlen for a combined £250,000. He struck 52 times in 225 appearances for the Foxes, before joining Leeds United for £1m in July 1990. 2003 - Steve Staunton joined Coventry City on a free transfer from Aston Villa. He notched four times in 75 games for the Sky Blues before joining Walsall two years later. 2011 – Robbie Keane joined LA Galaxy from Tottenham Hotspur for £3.5m, so far bagging 97 goals in 145 outings for the American outfit and becoming their captain. Losing finalists 1982 - We lost the Final of the Málaga Tournament to the home side. We drew 1-1 after extra time, with our goal coming from Alan Kennedy, but lost the penalty shoot-out 4-2. The game started so late that the action did not come to an end until around 1:15am. Terry McDermott and Phil Neal converted their spot-kicks, with David Hodgson’s being saved and Howard Gayle sending his over the crossbar Management moves 2005 - Roy Hodgson was appointed Manager of Finland. He narrowly failed to take them to the European Championships Finals in 2008, as they fell just one goal short of reaching their first ever major tournament. He chose not to renew his contract when it expired in November 2007, taking over at Fulham the following month. 2020 - Jürgen Klopp was named Premier League Manager of the Season for 2019-20, having led us as we romped to the Premier League title. On the same day, Chris Morgan re-joined the red as a first-team physiotherapist. Reds in Ireland 1994 - We beat Dundalk 2-1 in a friendly at Oriel Park, with Robbie Fowler and Michael Thomas on the scoresheet. International friendly firsts and lasts 2012 – Charlie Adam won his last cap as a reds player as Scotland beat Australia 3-1 at Easter Road, while Nuri Şahin made his final appearance for Turkey before joining the reds on loan as Turkey lost 2-0 to Austria in Vienna. Joe Allen represented Wales for the first time since moving to Anfield as they lost 2-0 to Bosnia-Herzegovina in Llanelli, with Craig Bellamy playing his first international in his second spell as a Cardiff City player. Meanwhile, Raul Meireles won his last cap as a Chelsea player in Portugal’s 2-0 victory over Panama in Faro, while Christian Benteke scored his first senior goal for Belgium, and only one as a Koninklijke Racing Club Genk player, in their 4-2 friendly defeat of the Netherlands in Brussels. Daniel Agger reached a half century of caps in Denmark’s 3-1 defeat by Martin Škrtel’s Slovakia in Odense. On the same day, ex-red Alexander Kačaniklić made his senior bow in Sweden’s 3-0 defeat by Brazil in Solna, while Alberto Aquilani won his first cap as a Fiorentina player as Italy lost 2-1 to Roy Hodgson’s England in Bern. Xherdan Shaqiri won his last cap as a Basel player in Switzerland’s 4-2 win in Croatia, while Fulham’s John Arne Riise struck in Norway’s 3-2 loss to Greece in Oslo, with Krisztián Németh playing for Hungary for the first time while with Roda JC Kerkrade in their 1-1 draw with Israel in Budapest. Also in international action that day were Andy Carroll, Pepe Reina, future reds Mario Balotelli, Ádám Bogdán, Lazar Marković, James Milner, Mamadou Sakho, Kolo Touré and Virgil van Dijk, and ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa, Javier Mascherano, Nikolay Mihaylov, Daniel Sjölund, Fernando Torres. More reds in international action 2001 - A host of reds featured in international friendlies. Patrik Berger won his 44th and final cap in the Czech Republic’s 5-0 thumping of South Korea, with future red Milan Baroš also playing. Meanwhile, Jerzy Dudek won his last cap as a Feyenoord player in Poland’s 1-1 draw in Iceland. John Arne Riise won his first cap as a reds player as Norway drew 1-1 with Turkey in Oslo. Two reds also appeared for Finland in their 4-1 defeat of Belgium in Helsinki. Sami Hyypiä won his fortieth cap, while Jari Litmanen scored a penalty. Nick Barmby, Jamie Carragher, Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen all played in England’s 2-0 defeat by the Netherlands at White Hart Lane, with ex-red David James winning his first cap as a West Ham United player. Future red Bolo Zenden won his first cap while with Chelsea for the winning side, his 31st to date. Dietmar Hamann played in Germany’s 5-2 win in Hungary, with Christian Ziege winning his first cap as a Tottenham Hotspur player, his sixtieth international. Igor Bišcan featured in Croatia’s 2-2 draw with the Republic of Ireland in Dublin. Mark Kennedy played his first international as a Wolverhampton Wanderers player, with future reds Steve Finnan and Robbie Keane, and ex-reds Jason McAteer and Steve Staunton also featuring. Future reds Yossi Benayoun and Alex Manninger also represented their countries that day. Also recently for their countries 2006 - Craig Bellamy won his first cap as a reds player as John Toshack’s Wales were held to a goalless friendly draw by Bulgaria in Swansea, with ex-reds loanee Paul Jones also playing. Meanwhile, future red Yossi Benayoun was on target while winning his fiftieth cap as Israel drew 1-1 in Slovenia. Another future red, Andriy Voronin, struck in the Ukraine’s 6-0 trouncing of Azerbaijan in Kyiv, with another future red Martin Škrtel also representing his country. Also in international action that day were Pepe Reina, Luis García and future red Fernando Torres, who played as Raúl won his hundredth cap for Spain in their goalless draw in Iceland. Scott Carson won his first Under-21’s cap while on loan at Charlton Athletic as England were held to a 2-2 draw by Moldova in a European Championships qualifier at Portman Road, while Florent Sinama-Pongolle also played for his country’s junior side. Olympian Raul 2004 – Future red Raul Meireles played for Portugal in the Olympics Finals, featuring as they beat Morocco 2-1 in a group game in Greece. Also on the move 2014 – Portuguese midfielder João Teixeira joined Brighton & Hove Albion on loan, being voted their Young Player of the Year after six strikes in 35 games, despite breaking his leg towards the end of the campaign. On the same day, forward Michael Ngoo left the club to sign for Kilmarnock, failing to score in seven outings in his first season at Rugby Park. 2013 – Forward Steven Gillespie re-joined Cheltenham Town on loan from Fleetwood Town, netting twice in five games in this fourth spell with the Robins. 2011 - Future reds forward Danny Ings moved to Burnley from Bournemouth for £1m, going on to bag 43 goals in 130 run-outs before moving to Anfield in July 2015. Also in international action 1995 – Future red Vladimír Šmicer played for the Czech Republic Under-21’s as they beat Norway 4-3 in a European Championships qualifier in Stavanger.
  2. Will

    17th May

    The youngsters claim a trophy 1996 - We won the FA Youth Cup for the first of four times to date. We beat West Ham United 2-1 at Anfield, to claim the trophy 4-1 on aggregate. Jamie Carragher and Michael Owen featured for the reds. Setting records 1979 - Our 3-0 win at Leeds United was our thirtieth League victory of the season, one behind Tottenham Hotspur’s record from 1960/61. David Johnson bagged a brace either side of a Jimmy Case strike in a game originally postponed from two months earlier. We therefore ended the League season having only conceded sixteen goals in all, a record that stood until 2004/05 with a then record 68 points, having clinched our eleventh League title a week earlier. We also netted a total of 85 League goals, so claiming a £50,000 prize from a national newspaper for scoring more than two goals per game across the season. Al’s farewell 2009 - We won 2-0 at West Bromwich Albion to relegate the home side, thanks to goals from Steven Gerrard and Dirk Kuyt. This was our thirteenth away League win of the season, equalling a club record from 1904/05, and our ninth straight win at The Hawthorns. Álvaro Arbeloa played his 98th and final reds game, being involved with an angry exchange with Jamie Carragher towards the end of the match. Crossing the park 1895 - Forward Fred Geary signed from Everton for £60, having top scored as they won the League in 1891 and won three England caps. He bagged fourteen goals in 45 reds games, helping us to claim the Second Division title in his first season. Other games on this day We have only played three other first-class games on this day over the years. 1985 - We beat Watford 4-3 at Anfield with Ian Rush grabbing a brace, to add to a goal from Kenny Dalglish and a John Wark penalty. Jim Beglin scored an own goal in this match, with John Barnes and Colin West also on target for the visitors. Our other two games ended in 1-1 away draws. 1947 - Winger Bob Priday netted his first reds goal at Brentford as we survived almost the entire second half with ten men after an injury to Bob Paisley. 1969 - Roger Hunt was on the scoresheet at Newcastle United as we ended the season in second place, six points behind champions Leeds United. This game was originally postponed back in December. International debutants 1964 - Peter Thompson made his England debut in their 4-3 friendly defeat of Portugal in Lisbon. Clubmate Gordon Milne also played. 1928 - Future reds left-back Ernie Blenkinsop won the first of his 26 England caps as they thumped France 5-1 in a friendly in Paris. 2007 - Stephen Darby won his first cap for England Under-19’s, playing alongside clubmates Adam Hammill, Jack Hobbs and Craig Lindfield, and against Jordy Brouwer as the Netherlands won this European Championships qualifier 2-1 at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. Into the park 2002 - Liverpool Football Club announced their first set of plans for a new stadium in Stanley Park, which it was said would hold 55,000 supporters. The new stadium was scheduled to cost between £60m and £70m to build and it was claimed that it could even be ready for the start of the 2005/06 season. These plans have now been moth-balled. Wor Kev’s testimonial 1984 - We took part in a testimonial game for Kevin Keegan as we drew 2-2 at Newcastle United. Michael Robinson and Graeme Souness bagged our goals, while Keegan and Terry McDermott were on target for the home side. Thommo at the wrong end 1980 - Skipper Phil Thompson scored an own goal for England as they were thumped 4-1 by Wales at the Racecourse Ground in the British International Championships. Ex-red Larry Lloyd won his fourth and final cap, and his only one as a Nottingham Forest player, eight years after his previous cap. Ray Clemence, Ray Kennedy and Phil Neal all also played, as did ex-red Joey Jones for the Welsh. A treble for the Saint 1964 - Ian St. John scored a hat-trick as we beat Mexican side Monterrey 3-0 in a friendly in Chicago. Heading east 1991 - We played our first ever game in Singapore, drawing 1-1 with Arsenal in the Caltex Cup, with Ian Rush on the scoresheet. The game went into extra-time, but we lost 4-3 on penalties in the National Stadium. 1961 - Alan A’Court netted for England in an FA Tour game in Singapore that ended in a 9-0 rout. Manchester City’s George Hannah bagged a treble. Facing the Mancs 1919 – We lost 1-0 to Manchester United at Old Trafford in a game staged in aid of the National Footballers’ War Fund. In and outs 1909 – Welsh international right-half Maurice Parry left the reds to join Partick Thistle. He had scored four times in 221 reds games since arriving from Brighton United in August 1900. He later spent time coaching back at Anfield. 1935 - Right-back Bob Done was sold to Reading for £150. He struck thirteen times in 155 reds games after signing from his hometown club Runcorn in April 1926. 1982 – Centre-half John McGregor signed from Queen's Park, failing to break through before moving on to Rangers in May 1987, with whom he won the League Cup. 2020 – First-team coach Jacques Crevoisier died. He worked under Gérard Houllier for two years after the departure of Patrice Bergues. On target for England 1986 - Future red Peter Beardsley grabbed his first full international goal as England beat Mexico 3-0 in a friendly in Los Angeles. Watford’s John Barnes also played. 1994 - Beardsley, then back with Newcastle United, also scored for England, playing alongside reds full-back Rob Jones, as England thumped Greece 5-0 in a friendly at Wembley. 2002 - Another future reds forward struck for England Under-21’s, as Peter Crouch grabbed his only goal at this level in a 2-1 defeat of host nation Switzerland in a European Championship Finals group game, with fellow future reds Paul Konchesky and Jermaine Pennant also featuring. Ex-red Rigobert Song also represented his country that day, as Cameroon lost a friendly 2-1 in Denmark. King Kenny for the Scots Kenny Dalglish twice represented his country against Wales in the British International Championships on this day in the 1970’s. 1975 - He featured in a 2-2 draw alongside John Toshack and ex-red Ted MacDougall at Ninian Park. Ray Clemence, Emlyn Hughes and Kevin Keegan all played the same day in a goalless draw in Northern Ireland. 1978 - Kenny, Graeme Souness and Joey Jones also played in a 1-1 draw at Hampden Park. A Swedish thumping 1914 - We trounced a Swedish XI 8-0 in a friendly in Stockholm. Billy Lacey bagged a brace, with William Banks, Donald McKinlay and Tom Miller also amongst the scorers. Djibril the champion 1999 - Future red Djibril Cissé played as Auxerre beat Saint-Étienne at the Stade de France in a penalty shoot-out to claim the Coupe Nationale des Juniors, also known as the Challenge Emmanuel Gambardella. 2006 – Future reds centre-half Kolo Touré was on the losing side as Barcelona beat Arsenal 2-1 in the UEFA Champions League Final in Paris. Happy birthday cobber 1974 – Former Head of Fitness & Conditioning Darren Burgess was born in Sydney. He joined the club after the 2010 World Cup, but moved back down under in September 2012. On the move again 2005 - Ex-red Patrik Berger agreed to sign for Aston Villa from Portsmouth on a free transfer on 1st July. He had notched eight times in sixty Pompey games, but turned out just 32 times for Villa, netting twice. He was released in May 2008, returning home to join Sparta Praha. 2010 – Ex-reserves forward Astrit Ajdarević was released by Leicester City, having failed to make the first team since making his loan move permanent. 2012 – Ex-reserves left-back Robbie Threlfall signed for Morecambe, so far netting twice in 64 games for the League Two outfit. 2018 – Pepijn Lijnders was sacked as Manager of N.E.C. after they failed to gain promotion, soon returning to a coaching role with the reds. Signing on 1991 - Midfielder Kevin Lampkin signed professional terms with the reds. He failed to break through into the first team but went on to play League football with Huddersfield Town and Mansfield Town. 2015 - Future reds midfielder Marko Grujić signed a new three-year contract with Crvena Zvezda. However, he was transferred to the reds for £5.1m the following January. 2021 – New York-born midfielder Matteo Ritacci signed a new contract. He has yet to make the breakthrough at Anfield, spending the 2022 season on loan with Charleston Battery in North Carolina. On the same day, ex-reds left-back Paul Konchesky was appointed Assistant Manager of West Ham United Women. Final caps 2018 - Elijah Dixon-Bonner won his fourth and last cap for England Under-17’s, with Bobby Duncan also playing in their goalless European Championships Semi-final in Chesterfield. However, the Dutch triumphed in a penalty shoot-out. On the same day, future red Jakub Ojrzyński featured for Poland Under-15’s for the third and final time as they drew a friendly 0-0 in Estonia. Also in international action 1924 – Tommy Lucas played for England as they beat France 3-1 in a friendly in Paris. 1950 – Jimmy Payne and Phil Taylor both featured for England B in an unofficial international against the Netherlands in Amsterdam, losing 3-0. 1964 – Future red Dave Wilson appeared for England Under-23’s in their 4-0 win in Israel. 1968 – Roger Hunt played for England as they lost 4-1 to a Young England side. 1984 – Ex-reds Howard Gayle and Dave Watson both featured for England Under-21’s as they won the first leg of their European Championships Final 1-0 in Spain. 1988 – Steve Nicol played for Scotland in their goalless Rous Cup draw with Colombia at Hampden Park, with future red István Kozma appearing for Hungary in their 4-0 friendly defeat by Austria in Budapest. 1992 – Future red Gary McAllister represented Scotland in their 1-0 friendly defeat by the USA in Denver. 2006 – Future red Daniel Agger played for Denmark Under-21’s as they beat Spain 2-0 in Copenhagen. 2014 – Future red Gini Wijnaldum featured for the Netherlands in their 1-1 friendly draw with Ecuador in Amsterdam.
  3. Will

    18th April

    Clinching the title 1964 - Our biggest win on this day came when we beat Arsenal 5-0, with goals from Ian St. John, Alf Arrowsmith, Roger Hunt and a brace from Peter Thompson. This was enough to hand us our sixth League title, and first under Shanks. BBC’s Panorama programme filmed the Kop at the game, to report on this “extraordinary cultural phenomenon”. The game was an entertaining affair, with Tommy Lawrence saving a George Eastham penalty after a handball by Ron Yeats with the score at 1-0, and Ian Callaghan having a spot-kick saved by ex-reds keeper, and Gunners captain for the day, Jim Furnell late on with keeper Tommy Lawrence initially stepping forward to take it before Bill Shankly waved him back. The team celebrated with the home-made ‘Curlett Cup’ as the actual trophy was still at Goodison from the season before. We have twice also made the trip to Highbury on this day in history. 1931 - We lost 3-1, with our strike being a Herbert Roberts own goal. Jack Lambert struck one of his seven goals past us, with David Jack scoring one of his nine and Cliff Bastin bagging the first of his four against us. 1990 - John Barnes scored late on as we drew 1-1, with Paul Merson netting one of his seven goals past us in the first half. Ronnie Whelan broke a bone in his ankle, leaving the Irish national side sweating on his fitness ahead of that summer’s World Cup Finals in Italy, although he recovered in time to make one substitute appearance. 1923 - We also claimed the League title, winning it for the fourth time. Dick Forshaw’s goal earned us a share of the spoils at Bolton Wanderers, giving us enough points so that neither Sunderland nor Huddersfield Town could catch us. John Smith scored the first of his seven goals against the reds in a game that also counted for the Lancashire Senior Cup. A century for Rushie 1984 - Ian Rush bagged his hundredth reds goal in his 166th game for us. Ronnie Whelan and John Wark were also on target as we came from 2-1 down to draw 3-3 with Leicester City at Filbert Street, with Gary Lineker scoring the first of his six goals against the reds. Andy Peake and Steve Lynex also netted for the Foxes. 1930 – Full-back Tommy Lucas played his 300th game for the reds as we lost 3-1 at Newcastle United with Jimmy Smith nabbing our consolation. Sam Weaver bagged the first of his four goals past us, with Hughie Gallacher netting one of his eight and Jack Hill also on target. Boro again and again We have faced Middlesbrough four times in the top flight on this day in history, winning just once. 2007 - We won 2-0 at Anfield when Steven Gerrard grabbed two goals, including a penalty. 1914 - Walter Tinsley scored the first of two hat-tricks against us in our 4-0 defeat at Ayresome Park, with Stewart Davidson also netting as Tom Watson took charge of the reds for the 700th time. 1938 – We were held to a 1-1 draw in L4, with Jack Balmer on target early on. 1908 - We lost 1-0 at Anfield, when forward Charlie Hewitt played his sixteenth and last reds game. Other goalscoring feats 1968 - Tony Hateley bagged his eighth FA Cup goal of the season, a club record, in our Sixth Round second replay with West Bromwich Albion at Maine Road. We lost the game 2-1 as Albion went on to claim the trophy for the fifth, and most recent, time. Jeff Astle put the Baggies in front with one of his seven strikes past us, with Clive Clark netting the winner after an hour, the last of his seven goals against the reds. 1987 - Less prolific was Gary Ablett, who scored his only reds goal in our 3-0 home win over Nottingham Forest, with Kenny Dalglish netting his 172nd and final goal for us and Ronnie Whelan also on the scoresheet. We have twice also lost to Forest on this day in history. 1903 – We went down 1-0 at the City Ground. 1963 – We lost 2-0 in L4 with full-back Robert Thomson making his reds bow in place of Ronnie Moran, who was suffering with flu. George passes on 1954 – Former Manager George Kay died in Liverpool, having won 142 of his 357 games in charge. He had led us to our first League title in 24 years in 1947, and the FA Cup Final three years later. Amongst the players who joined the club during his tenure were the great Billy Liddell and Bob Paisley. Reds birthdays 1940 - Winger Johnny Morrissey was born on this day in Liverpool. He signed on as a professional in April 1957 and struck six times in 37 outings before crossing the park to Everton for £10,000 in September 1962, for whom he scored fifty times in 314 appearances, helping them to two League titles. 1995 – Belgian forward Divock Origi was born in Ostend. He was signed from Lille OSC Métropole for £9.8m in July 2014, but was immediately loaned back to spend another season in France. He has so far struck 35 times in 157 reds games as of his 26th birthday, including a crucial goal as we won the UEFA Champions League in Madrid in June 2019, as well as helping us to claim the Premier League title, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup. 1981 – Forward Milan Jovanović was born in Bajina Bašta in Yugoslavia. He signed on a free transfer from Standard de Liège in July 2010, finding the net just twice in eighteen appearances before moving to RSC Anderlecht for free in August 2011. 1987 – Ex-reds midfielder Danny Guthrie was born in Telford. The former Manchester United trainee made just seven senior reds appearances before moving to Newcastle United for £2.5m in July 2008, after a season-long loan spell at Bolton Wanderers. 1967 - Veteran keeper Paul Jones was born in Chirk, near Wrexham. He made two appearances while on loan from Southampton at Anfield in January 2004. A red beginning and end 1970 - Midfielder John McLaughlin made the first of his 55 reds appearances in our 2-1 defeat at Chelsea, with Bobby Graham on target in our final game of the season and Peter Osgood bagging both the Blues’ goals, including one from the spot. This match was originally postponed two months earlier. 1924 - We lost by the same score in West London, with our score being a very late own goal from Benjamin Baker. 1925 - Keeper John Jones played his fourth and final senior reds game, keeping a clean sheet as Fred Baron struck the only goal of our top-flight game against Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield. Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers played his 200th League game for the reds. Derby memories 1919 - Albert Pearson struck as we were held to a 1-1 draw in the Lancashire Section Subsidiary Competition, as the Lancashire Senior Cup was then known. 1942 - Jack Balmer grabbed the only goal of the game at Goodison Park in a Wartime League match that also counted for the War League Cup. Mixed fortunes against the Terriers We have twice travelled to Leeds Road to face Huddersfield Town in top-flight fixtures on this day in history. 1949 - Jack Balmer bagged a brace as we triumphed 4-0 with Kevin Baron and Billy Liddell also on target. 1933 – Right-back Jimmy ‘Parson’ Jackson nabbed our consolation in his 224th and final reds game as we lost 3-1, the last of his two goals for the club. Jackie Williams bagged a brace, with Wilf Bott netting one of his five goals past us. Joy against the Tractor Boys We have twice entertained Ipswich Town on this day in history, without tasting defeat. 1959 - Jimmy Melia, Billy Liddell and Alan A’Court struck as we won our Second Division encounter 3-1. 1978 - Kenny Dalglish and Graeme Souness netted in a 2-2 draw at Anfield in a game postponed from two months earlier, with Bob Paisley declaring the reds’ performance to be “rubbish”. Trevor Whymark struck the last of his six goals against us, with Mick Lambert also on target. No goals with Leeds We have twice faced Leeds United in the top-flight on this day in history, with both games ending goalless. 1981 - We met at Elland Road. 1992 – We hosted Leeds, with Bruce Grobbelaar pulling a hamstring and Michael Thomas having to be replaced at half time after damaging an ankle. They therefore joined Ronnie Whelan and skipper Mark Wright on the treatment table ahead of the FA Cup Final. Liddell and Shanks in tandem 1942 - Billy Liddell and Preston North End’s Bill Shankly both scored as Scotland beat England 5-4 in a Wartime International at Hampden Park. Reds skipper Matt Busby also played. 1953 - Liddell also represented his country, winning his 23rd senior cap as they held England to a 2-2 draw in the British International Championships at Wembley. Reds honoured 2018 – Mohamed Salah was named in the PFA Team of the Year after a highly impressive first campaign with the reds. He went on to claim the PFA Player of the Year award, having netted 44 times in 52 games in all competitions as he helped us to reach the UEFA Champions League Final in Kyiv. 2008 – A statue of reds legend Emlyn Hughes was unveiled in his hometown of Barrow. Other reds games 1960 – We beat Rotherham United 3-0 in a Second Division encounter at Anfield on Easter Monday. Dave Hickson struck twice, with Roger Hunt also on target. 1953 – We lost 3-1 at Blackpool with Sammy Smyth bagging our goal. 1936 – We shared a goalless draw with Brentford in L4. 1927 – We lost 2-0 at Cardiff City. Redders says farewell 2002 - Tottenham Hotspur’s new signing Jamie Redknapp returned to Melwood to say his goodbyes. “Everyone was so good to me during my eleven years with Liverpool that it would be wrong to just leave and not say goodbye. I have a lot of friends at the club and that will always be the case, no matter where I am playing.” Dan arrives 2012 – Sixteen-year-old midfielder Dan Trickett-Smith signed from Crewe Alexandra for £300,000. He was released in April 2016 having failed to break through. First and last caps 1984 - Ex-red Howard Gayle made his debut for England Under-21’s as they beat Italy 3-1 in their European Championships Semi-final first leg at Maine Road. Ex-red Dave Watson also played. 2018 – Future red Mateusz Musiałowski won his fourth and last Under-15’s cap for Poland as they beat Finland 2-0. Alberto il papa 2011 - Alberto Aquilani became a father, to Aurora. Also in international action 1925 – Maurice Parry faced Elisha Scott as Wales and Ireland shared a goalless draw in the British International Championships in Wrexham. 1970 – Emlyn Hughes featured as England drew 1-1 with Wales in the same tournament in Cardiff. 1978 – Joey Jones played for Wales in their 1-0 friendly win in Iran. 1981 – Bruce Grobbelaar was in action for Zimbabwe as they thumped Mozambique 6-1 in the Semi-final of their Independence Cup game in Bulawayo.
  4. Will

    22nd April

    Mo the best 2018 - Mohamed Salah was named the PFA Player of the Year, after his first campaign with the reds that eventually yielded 44 goals in 52 games in all competitions as he helped us to reach the UEFA Champions League Final in Kyiv. To Cardiff once more 2006 - We beat Chelsea 2-1 at Old Trafford in the FA Cup Semi-final. John Arne Riise’s free-kick opened the scoring before Luis García extended our lead early in the second half with a sublime volley. Didier Drogba’s header, one of his eleven goals past us, ensured a nervous last twenty minutes, but future red Joe Cole blazed over with the Blues’ only real chance of note as we hung on to reach our thirteenth FA Cup Final. En route to gay Paree 1981 - Howard Gayle came on as a substitute for the injured Kenny Dalglish after just nine minutes and ran the Bayern München defence ragged, before later himself being substituted by Jimmy Case. We held the German champions to a 1-1 draw in the Olympic Stadium, with Ray Kennedy putting us in front with just seven minutes left before Karl-Heinz Rummenigge equalised, to make it through to our third European Cup Final in five years, on away goals after a goalless first meeting. Boss Bob Paisley had called this “our biggest test since Rome”, prior to the game. A first treble 1905 - Forward Sam Raybould became the first reds player to score a hat-trick against Manchester United as we beat them 4-0 at Anfield in a Second Division fixture. Jack Cox netted the other goal as this victory secured our promotion, with reds’ fans carrying the players on their shoulders after the final whistle in celebration. 1916 - Fred Pagnam also struck three times as we thumped United 7-1 in a Wartime League match at Anfield. Ernie Pinkney and Walter Wadsworth were also on target with Dave Watson netting twice. Held by the Blues 2008 – We took the lead in the first leg of our Champions League Semi-final against Chelsea shortly before half-time through Dirk Kuyt, before failing to take a number of other good chances. We suffered a sucker punch in the final seconds of time added on when John Arne Riise headed into his own net. This was the first time we had faced the same team in European competition in four consecutive seasons. 2010 – We also suffered European disappointment, losing 1-0 in the first leg of our UEFA Europa League Semi-final at Club Atlético de Madrid, with the reds having to make the long journey to Spain by train following volcanic eruptions over Iceland causing all flights to be grounded. Diego Forlán gave the home side an early lead with one of his four strikes past the reds, with Yossi Benayoun having an equaliser wrongly ruled out for offside. Reds farewells 1950 - Winger William Watkinson made his 24th and final reds appearance in our 2-1 defeat at Portsmouth, with keeper Ray Minshull playing for the 31st and last time. Albert Stubbins bagged our consolation as Duggie Reid struck one of his six goals past us, with Jack Froggatt also on target. 1939 - Scottish forward Bill Kinghorn bagged his fourth goal in his nineteenth and final reds game as we were held by Sunderland to a 1-1 draw at Anfield, with the legendary Raich Carter netting one of his six goals against the reds. 1899 - George Allan struck his 56th and final goal as we beat Blackburn Rovers 2-0 in a top-flight match at Anfield, with Tom Robertson nabbing the other. Baggies bouncing 1967 – West Bromwich Albion won 1-0 at Anfield, thanks to one of Jeff Astle’s seven goals past the reds. 2012 – Peter Odemwingie struck the only goal of the game as the Baggies won at Anfield for the first time in exactly 45 years, under the management of ex-reds boss Roy Hodgson. Jordan Henderson and Dirk Kuyt both struck the woodwork before we fell behind. Double red 1969 – We were held to a goalless draw at Coventry City with Alun Evans and City’s Maurice Setters both sent off for fighting. Under twelve thousand 1959 - We hosted our lowest post-war League crowd of only 11,976 as we beat Sc***horpe United 3-0 in the Second Division. Alan Arnell netted his 35th and final reds goal, with Billy Liddell and Fred Morris also on the scoresheet. Happy birthday to the reserves 1956 - Left-back Brian Kettle was born in Prescot. He signed for the reds in May 1973 but only made four senior appearances as his route to the first-team was blocked first by Alec Lindsay, then Joey Jones and Alan Kennedy, and he moved to Wigan Athletic in August 1980. 1983 – Former Finnish reserves striker Daniel Sjölund was born in Marieham. He never made the first team after arriving Anfield from West Ham United in November 2000 as part of the deal that took Rigobert Song in the opposite direction, moving on to Swedish side Djurgårdens IF in January 2004. 1993 - Midfielder Craig Roddan was born in Fazakerley. He joined the Academy from Wigan Athletic in 2007, but was released in the summer of 2014. 2001 – Centre-back Morgan Boyes was born in Chester. He put through his own net while making his senior debut in the 5-0 EFL Cup loss at Aston Villa in December 2019, also featuring in the FA Cup win over Shrewsbury Town at Anfield two months later. An eventful friendly for Don 1925 - Scottish left-back Donald McKinlay scored and then replaced Elisha Scott in goal after he was injured at Anfield against Aberdeen. The game ended 1-1. Beating the Blues 1944 - Cyril Done netted a treble, including a penalty, as we beat Everton 4-2 in a Wartime League match at Anfield, with Stan Polk also on target. 1893 - We also beat the Blues in the Liverpool Senior Cup Final at Goodison Park, with Tom Wyllie bagging the only goal of the game in front of just 10,000 at Bootle’s ground on Hawthorne Road. This was the first ever meeting between the two sides. Some things never change as Everton were denied a penalty and protested a number of decisions made by referee Herbie Arthur, with the ceremony to award the trophy and winners’ medals minted by Bovril having to be abandoned. Mixed fortunes against the other Blues We have twice faced Birmingham City in First Division matches on this day in history. 1933 - Gordon Hodgson grabbed the only goal of the game in L4, with centre–forward Harold Barton playing his hundredth reds game. 1964 - Roger Hunt was on target in a 3-1 defeat at St. Andrews. Three-ton Laurie 1957 – Centre-half Laurie Hughes played his 300th League game for the reds in our goalless Second Division trip to Bristol Rovers. Stevie again 2007 - Steven Gerrard was named in the PFA Team of the Year for the fifth of eight times, a record in the Premier League era. Joy against the Potters We have also twice met Stoke City on this day in history. 1935 - Our top-flight meeting at the Victoria Ground ended in a draw, with Berry Nieuwenhuys on the scoresheet and Tommy Sale netting one of his five goals past us. 1961 - We won 3-0 in a Second Division fixture at Anfield. Roger Hunt and Kevin Lewis were on target, with Dave Hickson bagging his 38th and last goal for the club. Tony for the only time 1959 - Ex-reds inside-right Tony Rowley won his only senior cap for Wales. Their 4-1 defeat by Northern Ireland in Belfast was enough to hand the Ulster side a share of the British International Championships with England that season. This cap was even more special in that Rowley was a Tranmere Rovers player at the time, then in the Third Division. Welsh Englishman 2001 - John Welsh scored for England Under-16’s as they lost 3-1 to Italy in the European Championships at Bramall Lane, with future red Alberto Aquilani on the winning side. On the same day, future red Fernando Torres scored for Spain Under-21’s in their 3-0 defeat of Romania in the European Championships Finals in Durham. Future reds Rigobert Song and Kolo Touré both played in World Cup qualifying wins on the same day. 2002 - Welsh starred for England Under-19’s as they qualified for the European Championship Finals by beating Lithuania 2-1 at Nottingham Forest’s City Ground, with future red Jermaine Pennant on target and future reds Glen Johnson and Gary O’Neil also in action. Aquilani featured for his country again, playing for the Under-18’s as they beat Poland 2-0. Stan the Irish Villain 1998 - Steve Staunton won his 74th cap, and final one in his first spell as an Aston Villa player, as the Republic of Ireland lost 2-0 to Argentina in a friendly at Lansdowne Road. Phil Babb and future red Robbie Keane also played. On the same day, Abel Xavier won his final cap as an SL Benfica player, and fifth in total, as Portugal lost 3-0 to England in a friendly at Wembley. Paul Ince and Michael Owen both featured. Meanwhile, future red Nicolas Anelka made his senior international debut in France’s goalless draw in Sweden and future red Vladimír Šmicer netted as the Czech Republic won 3-1 in Slovenia. Also representing their countries that day were Stig Inge Bjørnebye, Øyvind Leonhardsen and future reds Markus Babbel, Dietmar Hamann, Stéphane Henchoz, Sami Hyypiä and Jari Litmanen. Richard devalued 2008 – Ex-reserves defender Richard Money resigned as Manager of Walsall having failed to receive assurances over transfer funds. He had led them to 44 victories in his 103 games as they won the League Two title in his first full season in charge. He joined Newcastle United as Academy Director two months later. 1982 – Money left the reds to sign for Luton Town after seventeen first-team outings with the reds, having joined from Fulham for £50,000 in May 1980. First cap 1995 - Brad Friedel won his first cap as a Brøndby IF player, and 28th in total as the USA lost 1-0 to Belgium in a friendly in Molenbeek. A record for Jameo 2007 - Ex-red David James broke the all-time Premiership clean sheets record with his 143rd shut-out as Portsmouth held Aston Villa to a goalless draw in the Midlands. Other reds games 2001 – We beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 at Anfield with Emile Heskey opening the scoring. Willem Korsten equalised before the break with Patrik Berger putting us ahead from the spot with Robbie Fowler also on the scoresheet. 1992 – Ian Rush netted our equaliser as we drew 1-1 at Nottingham Forest after Teddy Sheringham had scored the first of his seven goals past us. 1978 – We bet Norwich City 3-0 in L4. John Ryan put through his own net with David Fairclough on target either side of half time. 1972 – John Toshack struck twice as we beat Ipswich Town 2-0 at home. 1922 – We lost 2-0 at Cardiff City with Jimmy Gill bagging the first of his six goals against the reds, with Len Davies nabbing the first of his seven. 1901 – Sam Raybould and Charlie Satterthwaite were on target as we won 2-0 at Sheffield United. Signing on 1978 - Reserves defender Alan Harper signed as a professional. However, he never played a senior reds game, later enjoying greater success across the park. 2021 – Centre-half Tom Clayton signed a new contract. He can also play in midfield, regularly turning out for the Under-23’s. Also in international action 1944 – Matt Busby captained Scotland as they drew 2-2 with England in a Wartime International at Hampden Park. 2002 – Conal Platt played for the Republic of Ireland Under-18’s as they beat Portugal 1-0 in Viseu to clinch the tournament in which they were competing. 2004 - John Paul 'Joxer' Kelly featured as the Irish Under-17’s lost a friendly 1-0 in Turkey. 2008 – Future reds reserves forward Nikola Sarić played for Denmark Under-19’s as they beat Estonia 1-0 in Tallinn. 2019 – Bobby Duncan and Curtis Jones both featured as England Under-18’s lost 1-0 to the Czech Republic in a friendly in Dubai.
  5. Will

    25th April

    Red endings 1978 - Tommy Smith played his 638th and final reds game as we beat Arsenal at Anfield in the League. David Fairclough grabbed the only goal of the game as we secured the points to ensure our sixteenth consecutive season of European football. 1928 - Left-winger George Pither played his twelfth and final reds game as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Leicester City. Tom Reid netted our goal, with Arthur Chandler bagging one of his six past us. 1998 - Rob Jones made the last of his 243 reds appearances in our 4-1 defeat at Chelsea. Karlheinz Riedle nabbed our consolation that day. Mark Hughes bagged the last two of his nine goals past us, with future reds coach Steve Clarke and Tore André Flo also netting. 1953 - We also faced the Blues in the top flight, with Rob’s grandfather Bill Jones and Louis Bimpson on target in our 2-0 home win. This was our last game of the season, as we finished in seventeenth position. First FA Cup Final 1914 - We played in our first FA Cup Final, but lost to Burnley in the last one ever to be staged at Crystal Palace. Tom Miller had a strike disallowed for offside for the reds before ex-Evertonian Bertie Freeman volleyed the only goal of the game, one of his nine against us. King George V that day became the first reigning monarch to attend an FA Cup Final. Reaching European finals 1973 - We suffered our first ever defeat in the UEFA Cup, 2-1 at holders Tottenham Hotspur in our sixth meeting of the season. However, Steve Heighway’s strike took us through to the Final on the away goals rule despite Martin Peters’ brace, two of his fourteen strikes against the reds. 1984 - An Ian Rush brace booked our place in a fourth European Cup Final, as we won 2-1 at Dinamo Bucureşti, to go through 3-1 on aggregate. Rush reached forty goals for the season in a match played in a fiery atmosphere after Graeme Souness had broken Lica Movilă’s jaw in the first leg at Anfield. Maxi off the mark 2010 – Maxi Rodríguez bagged his first reds goal as we won 4-0 at Burnley, following seven away fixtures without victory. Steven Gerrard bagged a brace early in the second half to open the scoring, with David N’Gog also netting in injury time. Edging towards Athens 2007 – Future red Joe Cole bagged the only goal of our Champions League Semi-final first leg defeat at Chelsea, as the Blues were unable to get past Pepe Reina a second time, despite an under-par reds performance. Jamie Carragher played his 89th European game, equalling Ian Callaghan’s club record. This was the first time we had faced the same team in European competition three consecutive seasons, as well as being the third round in a row in which Bolo Zenden had come up against a former employer, following ties with Barcelona and PSV Eindhoven. Dirk’s ton up 2009 – Dirk Kuyt played his hundredth League game for the reds as we won at Hull City. Xabi Alonso bagged his nineteenth and final reds goal to open the scoring just before the break, pouncing on his own rebounded free kick. Caleb Folan was sent off for the home side before Kuyt headed in. Geovanni pulled one back with Kuyt then making it 3-1. Happy dot birthday 2001 - The official club website liverpoolfc.tv was launched. It remains the most popular football club website in the world. Howard’s way 1981 - Winger Howard Gayle scored his only reds goal, on his full debut, as we held Tottenham Hotspur to a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane, with Glenn Hoddle netting one of his four goals past us for the home side. Another trophy 1931 – We won the Lancashire Senior Cup for the fourth time after beating Manchester United 4-0 at Anfield, with Dave Wright bagging a brace and Gordon Hodgson and Archie McPherson also netting. 1938 – We lost 3-1 at Old Trafford in the same competition, with goalscorer Ted Harston having to go off injured, leaving us down to ten men for more than seventy minutes. Kop farewell 1994 - Ashley Neal struck from the penalty spot in our 3-2 reserves defeat by Nottingham Forest at Anfield. This was the final reds goal scored in front of the standing Kop, two weeks after Julian Dicks’ famed spot-kick at the same end of the ground, and six days before Jeremy Goss’s historic strike. A derby win 1987 - Blues old boy Steve McMahon put us ahead against Everton at Anfield. Kevin Sheedy equalised with a free-kick past Mike Hooper, before flicking the V’s to the Kop. Ian Rush added two more to equal Dixie Dean’s derby scoring record of nineteen, as we won 3-1. However, our neighbours still went on to reclaim the League title. The Storer ends 1908 - Ex-reds keeper Harry Storer died of consumption aged just 37. He signed from Woolwich Arsenal in December 1895 for £75, taking over from the versatile Matt McQueen between our sticks. He made a total of 121 reds appearances before retiring in 1901. Signing on 1900 – Scottish right-back Tom Robertson signed from Stoke for £400. He played 47 times without notching, helping us to claim our first League title in 1901 before joining Southampton in May 1902, with whom he won the Southern League in two successive years. First and last caps 1970 - Peter Thompson won his sixteenth and final cap as England held Scotland to a goalless draw in the British International Championships at Hampden Park. Clubmate Emlyn Hughes also played. 1964 - Roy Evans won his first cap for England Schoolboys, playing in their 1-1 draw with West Germany at Wembley Stadium. Boing boing boing We have faced West Bromwich Albion three times on this day. 1896 - We beat them 2-0 in a Test Match at Anfield, thanks to goals from George Bradshaw and George Allan, helping to take us back into the top flight. Half-back Barney Battles made his fifth and final appearance in his first spell at Anfield in this game. 1964 - Roger Hunt struck twice as we drew at The Hawthorns in a First Division fixture. John Kaye scores the first of his four goals against the reds, with Clive Clark netting the first of his seven past us. 2015 - Fabio Borini made his 38th and last reds appearance as we were held to a goalless draw at The Hawthorns. All-star reds 2019 – Trent Alexander-Arnold, Sadio Mané, Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk and ex-red Raheem Sterling were al named in the PFA Team of the Year, with van Dijk going on to be named the Player of the Year the following day. 2004 - Steven Gerrard was named in the PFA Team of the Year, coming third in the Player Of The Year vote behind eventual winner Thierry Henry after a terrific season for the reds. 2010 – Future red James Milner was voted the PFA Young Player of the Year after scoring twelve times in 49 games for Aston Villa that season. He was also named in the Team of the Year. Milan for the Czechs 2001 - Future red Milan Baroš made his senior international debut, scoring in their 1-1 friendly draw with Belgium in Prague. Patrik Berger also played, while Igor Bišcan, future reds Jerzy Dudek, Alex Manninger and Bolo Zenden, and ex-red Øyvind Leonhardsen all also played for their countries that day. Meanwhile, Abel Xavier won his final cap as an Everton player, and seventeenth to date, as Portugal were thumped 4-0 by France in a friendly at the Stade de France. Gary Mac for Scotland 1990 - Future red Gary McAllister made his debut for Scotland as they lost 1-0 to East Germany in a friendly at Hampden Park. Gary Gillespie also featured. On the same day, Dean Saunders struck twice for Wales as they lost 4-2 to Glen Hysén’s Sweden in Stockholm. These were his first goals as a Derby County player. Meanwhile, Steve McMahon and future red Mark Wright both came off the bench in England’s 4-2 defeat of Czechoslovakia in another friendly at Wembley. 2012 – Ex-red Gary Mackay-Steven scored his first goal for Scotland Under-21’s as they lost 4-1 to Italy in a friendly at Easter Road, with Danny Wilson also featuring. Future red Mohamed Salah turned out for Egypt Under-23’s on the same day, with Krisztián Adorján and future red Ádám Hajdú both playing for Hungary Under-19’s. Stan for the Irish 1990 - Steve Staunton scored the only goal of the Republic of Ireland’s friendly encounter with the USSR at Lansdowne Road. It was his first goal for his country, and the only one in his first spell as a red. Ex-reds reserve Kevin Sheedy also played. 2001 - Staunton won his 87th cap, and first one in his second spell as an Aston Villa player, as the Irish beat Andorra 3-1 in a World Cup qualifier at the same venue. Mark Kennedy was winning his last cap as a Manchester City player, while future red Steve Finnan also featured. Also on the mark 2018 - Future red Harvey Elliott netted as England Under-15’s lost 4-3 to Japan in a tournament game in Italy. 2013 – Ex-reds winger Mark González scored as Chile held Brazil to a 2-2 friendly draw in Belo Horizonte. 2001 – Future red Florent Sinama-Pongolle grabbed a hat-trick, including a penalty, as France Under-16’s beat Croatia 3-0 in a European Championships Finals group game in Harrogate. Future red John Arne Riise netted as Norway Under-21’s drew 2-2 with Portugal. 1995 - Ex-red Ronnie Rosenthal struck as Israel lost 4-3 to Poland in a World Cup qualifier in Zabrze. Future red Fernando Morientes was also in international action that day. Honoured 1921 - Long-serving keeper Elisha Scott captained a Central League eleven in their 2-0 win over a Football Combination side. 2013 – Midfielder Jay Spearing was named Player of the Season by the Bolton Wanderers Supporters’ Association, after a successful loan campaign with the Trotters following which he made the move permanent. Other reds games 1959 – We drew 3-3 in a Second Division match at Swansea Town to finish the season in third. Alan A’Court scored after just a minute with Len Allchurch netting one of his five goals against the reds With Ray Daniel on target twice as we were 3-1 down at half time. Jimmy Melia scored twice after the break to level the scores. 1951 – Aston Villa held us to a goalless draw at Anfield. 1936 – We drew 0-0 at Sheffield Wednesday. 1925 – We lost 2-0 at Bolton Wanderers. David Jack struck one of his nine goals past us with Joe Smith bagging one of his twelve. 1903 – Sam Raybould netted twice as we beat Bury 2-0 in L4. Babb starts out 1989 - Phil Babb signed as a professional for Millwall. He never made a senior appearance for his first club, moving on to Bradford City in August 1990 on a free transfer. Thomas the skipper 1989 - Future red Michael Thomas captained England Under-21’s as they beat Albania 2-0 in a European Championships qualifier at Portman Road. David Burrows also played. Also in international action 1981 – Bruce Grobbelaar played for Zimbabwe as they lost an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier 2-0 in Zambia. 1995 – Future red Fernando Morientes appeared for Spain Under-20’s as they lost 3-0 to Argentina in their World Championships Semi-final in Qatar. 2000 – Richie Partridge and future red Milan Baroš both played in Under-21’s internationals. 2002 – Future red Alberto Aquilani played for Italy Under-18’s in their 3-1 win in Croatia. 2006 - Future reds Michael Collins and Shane O'Connor both featured as the Republic of Ireland Under-16’s lost 1-0 to Croatia in a tournament game in Italy.
  6. Will

    24th May

    Happy birthday Vlad 1973 - Vladimír Šmicer was born in Děčín in Czechoslovakia. He made 184 reds appearances following his £3.75m transfer from Racing Club de Lens, scoring nineteen times, including a crucial strike in Istanbul. He signed for us on his 26th birthday, although he did not officially become a Liverpool player until 1st July 1999, and left for Girondins de Bordeaux in June 2005, having helped us to claim the Champions League, UEFA Cup, FA Cup and two League Cups. 1965 - Nicky Tanner was born in Bristol. He signed from Bristol Rovers for £20,000 in August 1988 and made a total of 59 appearances for the reds under Graeme Souness, netting his only goal at Goodison Park in December 1991. Sami’s farewell 2009 - We beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 at Anfield in our final game of the season, with Xabi Alonso playing his 210th and final reds game and Sami Hyypiä making an emotional farewell after his 464th and last appearance for the club. Fernando Torres headed in the opener with his fiftieth reds goal, in just his 84th game. We extended our lead after Alan Hutton deflected in a Dirk Kuyt effort to register our 150th own goal, before ex-red Robbie Keane reduced the deficit with the most recent of his five goals past us. Yossi Benayoun rounded off the scoring before Sami made his entrance. Ged steps down 2004 - Gérard Houllier stepped down as reds boss. He had been in sole charge since November 1998, leading us to the UEFA Cup, FA Cup, two League Cups, UEFA Super Cup and FA Charity Shield. He said, “I'd rather have stayed as manager but I leave on good terms with everybody. I may have left Liverpool, but Liverpool will not leave me.” Crushed 2015 - We were humbled 6-1 in the final game of the season at Stoke City. Mame Biram Diouf bagged a brace before Jon Walters grabbed one of his seven goals past us. Ex-red Charlie Adam and Steven N’Zonzi then put the home side five up at the break. Steven Gerrard netted his 186th and last goal in his 710th and final reds game, but ex-red Peter Crouch then added his fourth and last goal against the reds. This was our biggest defeat since April 1963. Appointments galore 2011 – A raft of appointments at the club were announced, including Frank McParland as Director of Academy and Player Development, Pep Segura as Technical Director, Stuart Webber as Director of Recruitment, and Steve Cooper as Under-16’s Coach and Academy Manager. Rodolfo Borrell stepped up from Under-18’s Coach to Reserve Team Head Coach, with Mike Marsh taking over the Under-18’s. On the same day, Lucas Leiva was presented with the Standard Chartered Liverpool FC Player of the Season for 2010-11 award. En route to title number five 1947 - Our only other first-class game on this day to date brought a 2-1 victory at Arsenal in our penultimate game of the season, taking us back to the top of the table, despite being behind with only a quarter of an hour to go. Jack Balmer headed us level before a Bob Priday cross was turned into his own net by full-back Wally Barnes. We pipped Manchester United for the title that season by one point, to claim it for the fifth time. Boss George Kay was not present at the match as he was away watching transfer targets, so captain Balmer gave the team talk and the board of directors voted on tactical changes during the match! Emlyn for the last time 1980 - Ex-red Emlyn Hughes won his 62nd and final cap for England, coming off the bench as they beat Scotland 2-0 in a British International Championships match at Hampden Park. Phil Thompson skippered an England side that also included Ray Clemence, David Johnson and Terry McDermott, while Kenny Dalglish played for the Scots. Nice one Cyril 1941 - Cyril Done netted a treble as we thumped Chester 6-1 in a Wartime League game at Sealand Road. Douglas Cooke and Billy Liddell also scored, with our other strike coming from a Cole own goal. New York friendlies We have twice played friendlies in New York on this day in history. 1953 - We beat 1. FC Nürnberg 4-3 in the Triborough Stadium, with Kevin Baron, Mervyn Jones, Billy Liddell and Sammy Smyth all on target. 1964 - We lost 2-0 to Hamburger SV at the Yankee Stadium. This was our first defeat in 36 games played over five visits to North America since the war. Most recently 2017 – Forward Rhian Brewster played his first reds game as we beat Sydney 3-0 in a post-season friendly down under, with ex-reds Daniel Agger, Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard and Steve McManaman all also in action. Daniel Sturridge, Alberto Moreno and Roberto Firmino were all on target in the first half. Friendlies in Scandinavia We have played three matches in Scandinavia on this day in history, scoring a total of twelve goals, but conceding eleven. 1914 - Billy Lacey struck twice as we drew 3-3 with a København Select XI in Denmark, with Tom Miller also scoring. 1932 – We beat an Odense Select side 3-0 on our Danish tour. Edmund Hancock struck twice, with Gordon Gunson also on target. 1939 - We lost 5-4 to a Swedish Combination side, with our goals coming from Harman van den Berg, Willie Fagan, Jack Balmer and Phil Taylor. 1951 - Cyril Done bagged a brace as we beat a Göteborg Select team 5-3, while Kevin Baron, Billy Liddell and Jimmy Payne also got on the scoresheet. This was the third consecutive game on this Swedish tour that Done had scored in. Double debutants 2001 - Future reds Chris Kirkland and Jermaine Pennant both made their debuts for England Under-21’s, with Stephen Wright also appearing in their 3-0 friendly defeat of Mexico at Filbert Street. This was Kirkland’s only cap as a Coventry City player. Reds on target at Wembley for England 2010 - Glen Johnson grabbed his first senior international goal, with ex-red Peter Crouch also netting as England beat Mexico 3-1 in a friendly. Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard and future red James Milner all also featured. On the same day, Maxi Rodríguez won his first cap as a reds player, netting twice as Argentina thumped Canada 5-0 in a friendly in Buenos Aires, with Javier Mascherano skippering the side. Meanwhile Brad Jones won his last cap while with Middlesbrough as Australia beat New Zealand 2-1 in a friendly in Melbourne. 1975 - Future red David Johnson scored as England trounced Scotland 5-1 in the British International Championships. Ray Clemence, Kevin Keegan, future red Kenny Dalglish and ex-red Ted MacDougall all also played. 1978 - Phil Neal netted from the spot as England thumped Hungary 4-1 in a friendly. Emlyn Hughes captained the side, with ex-red Kevin Keegan also playing. Steve Heighway and future red Mark Lawrenson played for the Republic of Ireland on the same day as they drew their European Championships qualifier in Denmark 3-3. Double Dutch 2008 – Ryan Babel bagged his final international goal as a reds player with Dirk Kuyt also on target as the Netherlands beat Andriy Voronin’s Ukraine 3-0 in a friendly in Feyenoord. Meanwhile, Krisztián Németh struck the only goal as Hungary Under-19’s faced Portugal in a European Championships qualifier in Székesfehérvár, with keeper Péter Gulácsi also featuring. Damien Plessis and future reds Robbie Keane and Sotirios Kyrgiakos also played for their countries that day. 2013 – Future red Gini Wijnaldum scored for the Dutch Under-21’s as they beat Australia Under-20’s 3-1 in a friendly in Emmen. Signing on 2016 – Keeper Loris Karius signed from 1. FSV Mainz 05 for £4.7m, officially becoming a red on 1st July, so far making 49 senior appearances for the reds. On the same day, former reds Assistant Manager Pako Ayestarán was appointed permanent Head Coach of Valencia, although he was sacked just four months later. 1912 – Inside-forward Arthur Metcalf signed from Newcastle United for £150. He netted 28 times in 63 reds games, playing in every position on the park. 2006 - Ex-reds left-back Grégory Vignal signed for Racing Club de Lens, having been released by Portsmouth. He made 22 League appearances before moving back to England to join Birmingham City. 1948 – Right-half Roy Saunders signed on a free transfer from Hull City. He netted once in 146 reds appearances before joining Swansea Town in March 1959 in part-exchange for forward Des Palmer, who never featured for our first team. He was the father of 1990’s reds striker Dean and died in January 2009. 2012 – Reserves forward David Amoo signed for Preston North End, netting once in 24 games before joining Tranmere Rovers in January 2013. On the same day, left-back Fábio Aurélio joined Grêmio back in his native Brazil, having been released for the second time. He had arrived at Anfield on a Bosman free transfer in July 2006, netting four goals in 134 games, helping us to claim the FA Community Shield in his very first senior appearance. 2017 - Amoo signed for Cambridge United having been released by Partick Thistle, netting twice in 27 games in his first season with the U’s. Other bosses coming and going 2001 - Kevin Keegan was appointed Manager of Manchester City, following his departure from the England job seven months earlier. He led them to the First Division title in his first season, then keeping them in the top flight before leaving in March 2005. 1997 - Graeme Souness resigned as Southampton boss. He had been in charge at The Dell for less than a year, during which time he had guided them to just one point clear of relegation, and famously signed Ali Dia, George Weah’s alleged cousin. Redders injured 1997 - Jamie Redknapp was stretchered off with an ankle injury as England beat South Africa 2-1 in a friendly at Old Trafford. This was not the only time he was injured while on international duty. Roger on target 1963 - Roger Hunt scored for the Football League side in a FA Centenary/Football League 75th anniversary match that ended 3-3 at Highbury. 1967 - He struck in England’s 2-0 friendly defeat of Spain at Wembley. Other international goalscorers 2019 – Future red Darwin Núñez struck as Uruguay Under-20’s beat Norway 3-1 in a World Championship Finals group game in Poland. 2014 – Jordon Ibe bagged a treble as England Under-19’s thumped Montenegro 6-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Walsall, his last goals at this level. Clubmate Lloyd Jones debuted at this level, while Ryan Fulton played for Scotland in the same competition in Burton. 1939 - Future reds boss Don Welsh netted his only international goal while winning his third and final cap in England’s 2-0 friendly win in Romania. 1971 - Steve Heighway scored for the Republic of Ireland as they drew 1-1 with an FA XI at Lansdowne Road in a match to celebrate the FAI’s Golden Jubilee. This was his only goal for the senior Irish side. 2011 – Ex-red Robbie Keane bagged a brace, including a penalty, skippering the Republic of Ireland as they trounced Northern Ireland 5-0 in a Carling Nations Cup game in Dublin. 2012 - Future reds loanee Nuri Şahin netted for Turkey as they beat Georgia 3-1 in a friendly in Austria, his only goal as a Real Madrid player. 2006 – Şahin also played for Turkey as they drew a friendly 3-3 in Belgium. Backroom appointments 2012 – The appointments of Jen Chang as Corporate Relations and Communications Director and Chief Commercial Officer Billy Hogan were both announced. However, Chang left “by mutual consent” after just five months in the role. Chico the boss again 2002 - Steve Nicol was re-appointed interim head coach of New England Revolution, in the US Major League. He took them to the final of the MLS play-offs in his first full season, remaining in charge until October 2011. Skippers for the first time 1982 - Graeme Souness captained Scotland for the first time as they beat Wales 1-0 in the British International Championships at Hampden Park. Kenny Dalglish, Alan Hansen, Ian Rush and ex-red Joey Jones all also played that day. 1926 - Full-back Tommy Lucas became only the second red to captain England as he won his third and final cap in their 5-3 friendly defeat off Belgium in Antwerp. Future reds forward Tosh Johnson scored on his international bow. 1958 - Reds midfielder Johnny Wheeler skippered an FA XI that won a tour game 5-0 in Nigeria. Howie for England 1984 - Ex-red Howard Gayle scored his only England Under-21’s goal while winning his third and final cap as they beat Spain 2-0 at Bramall Lane to clinch the European Championships 3-0 on aggregate. Fellow ex-red Dave Watson also played. 2010 – Conor Coady skippered England Under-17’s as they beat Turkey 2-1 in a European Championships Finals group game in Liechtenstein, with Andre Wisdom also featuring. First and last caps 2006 - Mark González won his first cap as a reds player, and fourteenth to date, as Chile beat Steve Staunton’s Republic of Ireland side 1-0 in a friendly at Lansdowne Road, with future red Robbie Keane also featuring. Meanwhile, Ramon Calliste made his final appearance for Wales Under-21’s while on our books as they thumped Estonia 5-1 in a European Championships qualifier, with future red Ragnar Klavan winning his seventh and last cap at this level. Future red Daniel Agger and John Arne Riise were also in international action that day. 1998 – Future red Frode Kippe made his Norway Under-23’s debut as they beat Sweden 1-0 in Romania. Carl the champion 2006 - Carl Medjani skippered France Under-20’s to victory in the Final of the Toulon Tournament, with the game against the Netherlands ending goalless, but the French winning 5-3 on penalties. European Cup joy 1995 - Future red Jari Litmanen started as Ajax beat AC Milan 1-0 in Vienna to win the UEFA Champions League. 2000 - Ex-red Steve McManaman and future red Fernando Morientes both netted as Real Madrid beat Valencia 3-0 in the Stade de France to claim the trophy, with future reds Nicolas Anelka and Mauricio Pellegrino both also featuring. Also in international action 1964 – Gordon Milne and Peter Thompson both played for England as they beat the Republic of Ireland 3-1 in a friendly in Dublin. 1973 – Future red Ray Kennedy featured for England Under-23’s in their 1-1 draw in Denmark. 1981 – Future reds Mark Lawrenson and Michael Robinson both played as the Republic of Ireland lost a friendly 3-0 in Poland. 1983 – Future red John Wark turned out for Scotland as they were held to a goalless draw by Northern Ireland in the British International Championships at Hampden Park. 1986 – Future reds John Barnes and Peter Beardsley played for England as they beat Canada 1-0 in a friendly in Vancouver. 1987 – Future red Glenn Hysén played for Sweden as they beat Malta 1-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Gothenburg. 1988 – Barnes and Beardsley featured for England again, with clubmate Steve McMahon and future red Mark Wright also in action as England were held to a 1-1 draw by Colombia in a Rous Cup game at Wembley. 1994 – Future reds Phil Babb and Jason McAteer and ex-reds Ray Houghton and Steve Staunton all played for the Republic of Ireland as they beat Bolivia 1-0 in a friendly at Lansdowne Road. 2015 – Future red Marko Grujić played for Serbia Under-20’s as they beat the USA 1-0.
  7. Will

    18th May

    Birthdays galore 1954 - Midfielder Jimmy Case was born in Liverpool. He signed from South Liverpool for a bargain £500 in May 1973 and bagged 46 goals in 269 reds games, helping us to claim three European Cups, four League titles, UEFA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, League Cup and three FA Charity Shields, before joining Brighton & Hove Albion for £350,000 in August 1981. 1863 - Matt McQueen was born in Harthill, Lanarkshire. He arrived from Leith Athletic in October 1892 and bagged seven goals in 103 games for the reds, playing in every position on the park including 41 games in goal, helping us to claim the Second Division title twice, once while as a keeper. He moved on to Heart Of Midlothian in 1899 but later served the reds as a Director, and then as Manager for five years in the 1920’s, leading us to our fourth League title in 1923. 1958 - Howard Gayle was born in Toxteth. The first black player to represent Liverpool in modern times, he signed professional terms in November 1977 and notched once in five first-team appearances before moving on to Birmingham City in January 1983 for £75,000. 2013 – Under-23’s Assistant Coach Gary O’Neil was born in Beckenham. He had enjoyed a successful playing career with the likes of Portsmouth and Middlesbrough, retiring in the summer of 2019. He joined the reds in August 2020, leaving the following February to take over as Senior First Team Coach at Bournemouth. Two keepers also share a birthday today. 1971 - Brad Friedel was born in Bay Village, Ohio. He made 31 first-team appearances for us after signing from US side Columbus Crew for £1m in December 1997, moving to Blackburn Rovers on a free transfer in November 2000. 1973 - Pegguy Arphexad was born in Guadeloupe. Our former reserve custodian signed on a free transfer in July 2000 but only played six senior reds games, although he claimed six winners’ medals from the bench in his time at Anfield, before moving on to Coventry City in August 2003 after his contract had expired. Euro disappointment 2016 – Daniel Sturridge gave us a half-time lead in the UEFA Europa League Final against Sevilla in Basel, but we collapsed after the break to lose 3-1 with Jorge Moreno bagging a brace to add to a Kévin Gameiro strike. Midfielder Joe Allen, centre-forward Christian Benteke and centre-half Kolo Touré all played their last reds games. We had been denied a clear-cut penalty in the first half as the Spanish side went on to claim the trophy for the third consecutive season. Off goes Emile 2004 - Emile Heskey was sold to Birmingham City for a fee rising to £6.25m after sixty goals in 223 reds games. He struck sixteen times in 78 games for the Blues before moving to Wigan Athletic for £5.5m in July 2006. Other reds signings 1927 - Forward Tom Devlin signed from Preston North End for £250. He was unable to make the first-team, unlike his brother, centre-forward Willie, who was at Anfield at the same time. He moved on to Swindon Town in July 1928. 1985 - Reserves defender Alex Watson signed for the reds as a professional. He only made nine first-team appearances, including our 1988 FA Charity Shield win, before joining Bournemouth in January 1991 for £150,000. The end of the road for A’Court 1963 - Alan A’Court played his 354th and final League game as we lost 2-0 at Aston Villa in a game postponed from Boxing Day to finish the season in eighth place with George Graham netting the first of his four goals past us and Bobby Thomson also on target. He had played 381 games for us in total, scoring 63 goals, helping us to win the Second Division title in 1962. 1982 - Our only other first-class game on this day produced a goalless draw at Middlesbrough, the final game of a season in which we won the League by four points from Ipswich Town. Led by skipper Graeme Souness, the reds had all snuck out of the hotel to go down the pub shortly before the game! On target 2014 – Future red Dominic Solanke netted as England Under-17’s beat Portugal 2-0 in their European Championships Semi-final in Malta, with fellow future red Joe Gomez also in action. First and last caps 1935 - Ex-reds defender Tom Gardner won his second and final cap as England beat the Netherlands 1-0 in a friendly in Amsterdam. 1938 – Ex-reds reserves centre-half Matt O’Mahoney won the first of his six caps for Ireland in their 2-2 friendly draw with Czechoslovakia in Prague. 1939 – O’Mahoney played again as Ireland again drew 2-2 in a friendly, this time with Hungary in Budapest. 1950 - Bill Jones made his second and final senior appearance for England as they beat Belgium 4-1 in a friendly in Brussels. His grandson Rob went on to win eight full caps for England. 1949 - Bill also played for his country, when England B beat the Netherlands 4-0 in an unofficial international in Amsterdam. 2002 - Future red Djibril Cissé made his senior international debut as a substitute in France’s 2-1 defeat by Belgium at the Stade de France. On the same day, Vladimír Šmicer scored the only goal of the game as the Czech Republic beat World Cup-bound Italy in Prague, his twentieth senior goal for his country. Meanwhile, Dietmar Hamann starred in Germany’s 6-2 defeat of Austria in Leverkusen, playing alongside ex-red Christian Ziege. 1996 - Reds centre-back Mark Wright won his 45th and final full England cap as they beat Hungary 3-0 in a friendly at Wembley. Future red Paul Ince also played. 2016 – Midfielder Allan debuted for Brazil Under-20’s as they drew 1-1 with South Korea Under-19’s in Suwon. Into the book 2009 – The club launched its own official Facebook page, which now has over 38m followers. Ex-reds on the move 1999 - John Barnes was released by Charlton Athletic. He had made just two starts for the Addicks, plus a further ten appearances from the bench. His Charlton debut had been at home to the reds, as they won 1-0 following Jamie Carragher’s dubious dismissal. 2000 - Mike Marsh signed for Southport from Kidderminster Harriers on a free transfer. He netted seven times in 37 games as they just missed out on promotion from the Conference. 2020 – Nigel Clough brought his second spell as Manager of Burton Albion to a close by mutual consent, due to the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Walters starts out 1982 - Mark Walters signed as a professional for Aston Villa. He struck 48 times in 224 games for the Villains before moving to Rangers for £550,000 in December 1987. Released 2006 - It was announced that Ramon Calliste, Robbie Foy, Paul Lancaster, Paul Willis and Calum Woods were not being retained for the next season once their contracts expired later in the summer. 2007 - Ex-reds midfielder David Thompson was released by Bolton Wanderers after eight games in five months with the Trotters. 1907 – Forward John Carlin was sold to Preston North End after eight goals in 35 outings since signing from Barnsley in December 1902, helping us to the League title in 1906. Young champion 2009 – Christopher Buchtmann helped Germany Under-17’s to claim the European Championships as they beat their Dutch counterparts 2-1 in the Final in Magdeburg after extra time. 2010 – Andre Wisdom featured in the same tournament as England beat the Czech Republic 3-1 in a group game in Liechtenstein. On the same day, future red Gini Wijnaldum played as the Dutch Under-21’s lost 3-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Portugal. Also in international action 1974 – Emlyn Hughes captained England as they lost 2-0 to Scotland in the British International Championships, with future red Kenny Dalglish on the winning side. 1975 – Steve Heighway featured for the Republic of Ireland as they lost a European Championshosp qualifier 2-1 to the USSR in Kyiv. 2006 – Carl Medjani skippered France Under-20’s as they drew 1-1 with the Netherlands in the Toulon Tournament. 2019 – Future red Darwin Núñez played for Uruguay Under-20’s as they drew a friendly 1-1 with the USA in Poland.
  8. Will

    26th May

    Last-gasp heartache 1989 - Having already claimed the FA Cup in the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster, we only had to avoid defeat at home to Arsenal by two clear goals or more to clinch our second double in four seasons. The Gunners took the lead in the second half when Alan Smith was judged to have headed in from an indirect free-kick, one of his nine goals against the reds. We held on until stoppage time, when Michael Thomas burst through to grab the decisive, heart-breaking second and take the title back to Highbury for the first time since 1971. Bruce Grobbelaar was playing his 300th League game for the club. A Busby birthday 1909 - Right-half Sir Matt Busby was born on this day in Orbiston, Lanarkshire. He joined the reds from Manchester City for £8,000 in March 1936, making 122 appearances for us, many as captain, notching three times. He was appointed as coach and Assistant Manager to George Kay at Anfield in May 1944, but he was released by the club the following February after disagreements with the board, taking over as Manager of Manchester United a few days later. 1991 – Reserves left-back Chris Mavinga was born in Meaux, France. He signed from Paris St. Germain in July 2009 but was sold to Stade Rennais for £1m two years later, having failed to break through to the first team. Final despair 2018 – We lost 3-1 to Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League Final in Kyiv, as keeper Loris Karius had a personal nightmare in his 49th and final game for the club, with Mohamed Salah being forced off with injury after just half an hour. Karim Benzema scored the most recent of his four goals past us shortly after half time, but Sadio Mané levelled just four minutes later. However, Gareth Bale then struck twice to secure the trophy for the Spanish side for a record thirteenth time. Emre Can came off the bench to make his 167th and last appearance for the reds. A Philly dozen 1946 - We trounced a Philadelphia Select of American League side 12-0 in a friendly in the Yellow Jacket Stadium. Cyril Done struck four times, with Jack Balmer bagging a hat-trick and Phil Taylor and Willie Fagan both netting braces, and Bob Priday rounding out the scoring. Opening a new stadium 1978 - We played a game to commemorate the opening of the new Al Nasr Stadium in the United Arab Emirates, beating Al Nasr Club 5-0. Our scorers were fairly unusual, with substitute Colin Irwin and Ray Kennedy both bagging braces, and Alan Hansen also on target. 1980 - We returned to the Middle East to beat a Bahrain XI 2-1 on the Three Fives Gulf Football Tour. This time, Howard Gayle and Graeme Souness got on the scoresheet. Signing on 2014 - Brendan Rodgers signed a new contract, having just led the reds to within a whisker of the League title. However, the team regressed and he was sacked in October 2015. 2015 - Centre-half Kolo Touré signed a new contract, notching just once in 71 reds games before moving on to join Rodgers at Celtic in July 2016 after this deal expired. Charnock on target 1994 - Reserves midfielder Phil Charnock scored his first senior reds goal in our 3-0 defeat of Cape Town Spurs in the United Bank International Soccer Festival in South Africa, with Bruce Grobbelaar appearing for the reds for the final time. Robbie Fowler netted the other two. The players were introduced to South African President Nelson Mandela prior to the game. Select thumpings 1948 - We beat a New England Select side 6-0 at Fall River, with Willie Fagan and Albert Stubbins both nabbing braces to add to goals from Jack Balmer and Bob Priday. 1914 - We defeated a Denmark Select XI 7-1 in Copenhagen. Fred again 1935 – Fred Howe scored in our 4-2 friendly win at CD Tenerife, so netting in all three of our tour games. Alf Hanson bagged a brace with Tosh Johnson also on target. Welsh first and last 1949 - Ray Lambert won his fifth and final cap for Wales as they lost 4-0 to Switzerland in a friendly in Bern. 1957 – Future reds centre-forward Des Palmer made the first of his three senior appearances for the Welsh in their 2-0 World Cup qualifying defeat in Czechoslovakia. Tommy Younger played for Scotland as they beat Spain 4-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Madrid on the same day. 2014 – Future red Divock Origi won his first senior cap as Belgium thumped Luxembourg 5-1 in a friendly in Genk. On the same day, Jordon Ibe won his sixth and last cap for England Under-19’s, with future red Ragnar Klavan bagging his only goal as an Augsburg player, captaining Estonia as they drew 1-1 with Gibraltar in a friendly in Tallinn. Lloyd Jones, Brad Smith and future reds Lazar Marković and Joël Matip all also represented their countries. 2008 – Future reds loanee Victor Moses won his first cap for England Under-19’s in their 2-0 European Championships qualifying defeat of Poland in Borisov, with future red Andy Carroll also featuring. Feyenoord’s Gini Wijnaldum also featured at the same level that day. Wark on target 1979 - Future red John Wark netted in Scotland’s 3-1 defeat of England in the British International Championships at Wembley. Ray Clemence and Everton’s George Wood were in the opposing goals, while the sides were skippered by ex-red Kevin Keegan and his Anfield replacement Kenny Dalglish. Phil Neal, Graeme Souness and Phil Thompson all also played. 1984 - John Wark and future red John Barnes played in the last ever British International Championships game, with Scotland and England drawing 1-1 at Hampden Park. God on the scoresheet 2002 - Ex-red Robbie Fowler scored in England’s 2-2 pre-World Cup friendly draw with Cameroon in Japan. Michael Owen was captain, with Emile Heskey, future red Joe Cole and ex-reds David James and Rigobert Song also playing. Meanwhile, future red Djibril Cissé came on as a substitute in France’s 3-2 defeat of South Korea in Suwon and F.C. København’s Christian Poulsen played as Denmark beat Tunisia 2-1 in Wakayama. 1996 - Fowler also played for England, alongside Steve McManaman and future red Paul Ince, as they beat a Hong Kong Garden Select side 1-0 in an unofficial warm-up game at the Happy Valley Stadium before Euro ‘96. Future red Gary McAllister played for Scotland as they beat the USA 2-1 in a friendly. Tosh on target 1971 - John Toshack bagged the only goal of the game as Wales beat Finland in a European Championships qualifier in Helsinki. 2012 – Tosh managed FYR Macedonia as they held Portugal to a goalless friendly draw in Leiria. Ex-red Raul Meireles featured for the home side. In charge 2010 - Christian Ziege was appointed Manager of DSC Arminia Bielefeld, although he was sacked just six months later. On the same day, future red Fabio Borini scored his last goal for Italy Under-19’s in their 3-1 European Championships qualifying defeat in Russia. Dirk Kuyt, future reds Dejan Lovren, Nuri Şahin and Luis Suárez and ex-reds Nicolas Anelka and Alou Diarra all also turned out for their countries that day. 2012 – Roy Hodgson took charge of England for the first time, winning a friendly 1-0 in Norway. Martin Kelly and future red Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain both made their senior bows, with Jordan Henderson winning his first cap as a reds player. Steven Gerrard skippered a side that also included Andy Carroll, Stewart Downing, winning his last cap while with the reds, and future red James Milner, while ex-red John Arne Riise was on the losing side. Scoring against Albania 1992 - Ex-red John Aldridge netted for the Republic of Ireland as they beat Albania 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier at Lansdowne Road. Ray Houghton and ex-reds Kevin Sheedy and Steve Staunton also played. 1993 - Staunton was on target as the Irish won the return 2-1 in Tirana. Fellow ex-reds Aldridge and Houghton also played. 1985 - Ex-red Michael Robinson featured as Spain held Ireland to a friendly goalless draw in the only senior international ever to be played at the Flower Lodge in Cork. Milan also on target 2006 - Ex-red Milan Baroš struck for the Czech Republic as they beat Saudi Arabia 2-0 in a friendly in Austria. Future reds Daniel Agger and Nuri Şahin also represented their countries that day. 2008 – Baroš played in the Czech Republic’s 2-0 friendly defeat of Lithuania in Prague. 2012 – He converted a spot-kick in a 2-1 defeat of ex-red Yossi Benayoun’s Israel in Austria. Daniel Agger, Dirk Kuyt and ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Robbie Keane, Carl Medjani, Christian Poulsen and Daniel Sjölund also played for their countries that day. Heading off 1925 - Joe Keetley let the reds for Wolverhampton Wanderers after scoring twice in nine games since arriving from Accrington Stanley in November 1923 for £1,200. 1928 - Left-winger George Pither left Anfield to sign for Crewe Alexandra, after one goal in twelve reds games stepping in for the established Fred Hopkin. 1987 – Centre-half John McGregor moved on to Rangers, with whom he won the League Cup. He had failed to make the first team since arriving from Queen’s Park in May 1982. A young Geoff 1957 - Future reds left-half Geoff Twentyman became Carlisle United’s youngest ever debutant, aged seventeen years and 127 days, as they drew 2-2 at New Brighton in Division Three North. European Cup despair Two future reds have lost UEFA Champions League Finals on this day in recent years. 2004 - Fernando Morientes played as AS Monaco lost 2-0 to Jose Mourinho’s Porto in Gelsenkirchen. 1999 - Markus Babbel suffered heartache as Bayern München cruelly lost 2-1 to Manchester United in Barcelona. Bells toll twice 2007 - Craig Bellamy struck a brace as John Toshack’s Wales were held to a 2-2 friendly draw in Wrexham by New Zealand, his last two goals in his first spell as a reds player. On the same day, ex-red Darren Potter won his second senior cap playing for Steve Staunton’s Republic of Ireland in their 1-1 friendly draw with Bolivia in Boston, USA. Pepe the papa again 2011 – Keeper Pepe Reina became a father for the third time, to Luca. Ed up 2012 – Former Chief Scout Eduardo Macía was promoted by Fiorentina to Technical Director. Also in international action 1951 – Future red Frank Lock played for England as they beat Australia 4-1 in an FA Tour game in Sydney. 2001 – Future red Andrea Dossena featured for Italy Under-20’s in their 2-1 defeat of the Netherlands. 2003 – Future red Paul Jones turned out for Wales as they lost a friendly 2-0 in the USA. 2017 – Ovie Ejaria, Sheyi Ojo and future red Dominic Solanke all played for England Under-20’s in their 1-0 defeat of host nation South Korea in a World Championship Finals group game.
  9. Crouchie off the mark 2005 - Peter Crouch finally scored his first goals for the club after eighteen goalless outings with a brace in our 3-0 defeat of Wigan Athletic at Anfield, our first ever League encounter with the Latics. Luis García completed the scoring. Happy birthday Christian 1990 – Centre-forward Christian Benteke was born in Kinshasa in Zaire. The Belgian international signed from Aston Villa for £32.5m in July 2015, bagging ten goals in 42 outings and featuring in the UEFA Europa League Final in Basel. He moved on to Crystal Palace for £27m in August 2016. A humbling defeat 1991 - Third Division Peterborough United knocked us out of the League Cup as a single Garry Kimble goal, gifted by a blunder by Bruce Grobbelaar, gave them victory in our Fourth Round tie at London Road. Spud no longer the lucky omen 2003 - Bolton Wanderers knocked us out of the Carling Cup in a Fourth Round tie at Anfield, 3-2. Vladimír Šmicer and Danny Murphy both scored equalisers, but it was not enough. Danny’s goal was his fortieth reds strike, and his first in a game that we lost. Afterwards, Gérard Houllier fired a rare salvo at his underperforming players, “We let the fans and the club down and there’s no excuse! We didn’t deserve to go through tonight and we let ourselves down. I’m angry with my players and I am not happy with the performance.” 1898 - We beat the Trotters 2-0 at home in the top flight, with Andrew McCowie nabbing his eleventh and final goal for the club, as Hugh Morgan also got on the scoresheet. 1904 - We lost by the same score at Burnden Park in a Second Division meeting, with Sam Marsh bagging a brace, including a penalty. Five for Miller 1892 - John Miller bagged five goals as we thumped Fleetwood Rangers 7-0 in a Lancashire League match at Anfield. Matt McQueen scored his first goal for the reds, with Malcolm McVean also on target. Red centurions 1983 - Bruce Grobbelaar made his hundredth consecutive reds appearance, also reaching a century of League games for the club, keeping a clean sheet as a late Ian Rush strike beat a Birmingham City side including ex-red Howard Gayle in a League fixture at Anfield, with Ronnie Whelan rattling the crossbar as we moved four points clear at the top of the table. 1977 – Emlyn Hughes played his 600th reds game in our 2-0 victory over West Ham United at Anfield, thanks to goals from Kenny Dalglish and David Fairclough. Ex-reds loaned out 1999 - Gary Ablett joined Second Division Wycombe Wanderers on loan from Birmingham City. He made four appearances while at the Causeway Stadium. On the same day, ex-reserves forward John Durnin temporarily joined Third Division Carlisle United from Portsmouth. He scored once in seven first-team outings, and later signed permanently for the Cumbrians. Award winners 2008 - Sami Hyypiä was named Finland’s Player of the Year for the seventh time in ten years. 2018 - Mohamed Salah was named as the Football Supporters' Association Men's Player of the Year for the first time, winning it again three years later. New contracts 2010 - Martin Kelly and Dani Pacheco both signed new contracts to keep them at Anfield until 2014. Kelly struck once in 62 senior appearances before moving to Crystal Palace for a reported £2m in August 2014, while Pacheco featured on seventeen occasions before moving on to AD Alcorcón in September 2013. Norman’s last 1932 – Centre-half Norman James played his eighth and last reds game in our 3-3 draw with Sunderland at Anfield, with centre-forward Harold Barton, inside-left Syd Roberts and forward Dave Wright on target. James Connor nabbed two of his five goals past us, with Raich Carter scoring the first of his six against the reds. New keeper 1901 – Liverpool-born custodian Bill Marshall signed on with the reds. He only made one senior appearance before leaving the club the following year. Stig the boss 2003 - Stig Inge Bjørnebye was named Norway’s Assistant Manager under former Rosenborg BK manager Åge Hareide, who also took over that day following their Euro 2004 play-off defeat to Spain the previous month. Happy birthday Mr Kozma 1964 - Istvan Kozma was born in Paszto. The Hungarian international spent two seasons at Anfield, having impressed Graeme Souness while playing for Dunfermline Athletic, but made just ten first-team appearances for the reds after signing for £300,000 in February 1992. He returned to his homeland to sign for Tatabánya after he failed to secure a new work permit in England in June 1993. Management moves 2001 - Bruce Grobbelaar took over as coach of struggling South African top flight side Hellenic. He remained in the post for just five months. 2012 - Markus Babbel was sacked as Manager of TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, having been in charge for just ten months. Igor returns home 2007 - Igor Bišćan re-signed for Dinamo Zagreb, having been released by Panathinaikos. He became club captain, netting eight times in 104 games as they dominated Croatian football, retiring in April 2012. Jari at last 2004 - Jari Litmanen won his 93rd cap, and final one in his first spell as a Lahti player. He skippered his country to a goalless draw against Oman, but the Finns lost this Final of the Bahrain Prime Minister’s Cup 4-3 on penalties. Other reds games 1994 – Ian Rush netted as we drew 1-1 at Coventry City. 1985 – We beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in a Screen Sport Super Cup group game at Anfield thanks to goals from Kevin MacDonald and Paul Walsh. 1968 – Ian Callaghan was on target as we beat Southampton 1-0 in L4. 1966 – Ian St. John struck the only goal of Sheffield United’ visit late on. 1955 – We drew a Second Division encounter 1-1 at Port Vale, with Billy Liddell scoring. 1949 – Cyril Done bagged a brace as Portsmouth held us to a 2-2 draw at Anfield. Peter Harris struck one of his eight goals against the reds, with Ike Clarke nabbing one of his four. 1938 – We drew 2-2 at Derby County as Phil Taylor and Bill Kinghorn scored. Dave McCulloch netted one of his seven past the reds with Sammy Crooks striking the last of his six. 1927 – We held Newcastle United to a 1-1 draw at St. James’ Park. Gordon Hodgson scored, with full-back Tommy Lucas having a spot-kick saved. 1921 – Harry Chambers scored as we drew 1-1 at Aston Villa. 1910 – We lost 3-1 at Oldham Athletic with Arthur Goddard netting. Also in international action 1992 – Future red Bjørn Tore Kvarme played for Norway Under-21’s as they beat a Singapore A side 1-0 in Singapore. 2008 – John Barnes took charge of Jamaica as they beat Barbados 2-1 in a Digicel Caribbean Championships group game in Kingston. 2009 – Future red Suso featured as Spain Under-17’s lost a friendly 4-1 to Portugal. 2011 – Future red Mohamed Salah played in Egypt’s 2-0 Africa Cup of Nations group defeat of South Africa in Morocco. 2016 – Future reds centre-half Ozan Kabak featured as Turkey Under-17’s were thumped 5-1 by the USA in Florida. 2017 - Future reds Fábio Carvalho and Ki-Jana Hoever faced each other as the Dutch Under-16’s beat England 3-1 in a friendly in Florida.
  10. Will

    14th May

    The birth of a great keeper 1940 - Tommy ‘The Flying Pig’ Lawrence was born in Dailly, Ayrshire. The legendary keeper signed professional terms in October 1957 and played 390 times for us, winning two League title medals and an FA Charity Shield as well as being a member of the 1965 FA Cup winning side. He left the club in November 1971 to join Tranmere Rovers. 1929 - Centre-forward Louis Bimpson was born in Rainford. He scored 39 goals in his 102 first-team appearances after signing on a free transfer from Burscough in January 1953. He moved on to Blackburn Rovers in November 1959. 1984 - Ex-reserves forward Mark Peers was born in St. Helens. He never made it into our first team and is currently playing for Canterbury United in New Zealand. The title clinched at Anfield again and again 1977 - We retained the League title, holding West Ham United to a goalless draw at Anfield, to win the championship for the tenth time. 1995 - Kenny Dalglish’s Blackburn Rovers side clinched the League despite losing 2-1 at Anfield, as Manchester United failed to beat West Ham United at Upton Park. Alan Shearer struck one of his eight goals past us before John Barnes equalised, with Jamie Redknapp scoring the goal that might have cost Rovers the League, had the Irons not held on for a draw. We therefore finished the season in fourth spot. Managers in and out 1983 - Bob Paisley bowed out as reds boss, signing off with a 2-1 defeat at second-placed Watford, having already clinched our fourteenth League title two weeks before. Craig Johnston netted our consolation that day. He had led us to a total of 307 victories in 535 games in charge, as we claimed six League titles, three European Cups, UEFA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, three League Cups and four FA Charity Shields. 1956 - Phil Taylor was appointed as Manager, having been on the coaching staff since retiring as a player in July 1954. He had signed from Bristol Rovers in March 1936 in exchange for outside-right Billy Hartill plus £5,000. He made 345 appearances at right-half before and after the war, scoring 34 times and winning one League title and captaining the side. He stayed in the top job for three years, but has the unhappy distinction of being the only reds boss never to manage the side in the top flight. Wembley disappointment 1988 - We suffered defeat in the FA Cup Final at the hands of underdogs Wimbledon, to be denied a second double in three seasons. Lawrie Sanchez scored the only goal of the game, while Peter Beardsley had a goal chalked off and Dave Beasant saved a penalty from John Aldridge - the only spot-kick we have been awarded in an FA Cup Final, and the first penalty miss in any Wembley final. This game also saw Craig Johnston’s 271st and final reds appearance. Most recently 2017 – We paid our first visit to West Ham United’s new ground, the London Stadium, thumping the Hammers 4-0 as we closed in on Champions League qualification. Daniel Sturridge opened the scoring before the break, with Philippe Coutinho bagging a brace and Divock Origi also on target. Champions League failure 2000 - Our 1-0 defeat at Bradford City, thanks to a David Wetherall goal, meant we just missed out on a first venture in the new Champions League, and ensured the Bantams’ top-flight survival. Titi Camara played his 37th and final reds game, with Dominic Matteo appearing for the 155th and last time. For Clem 1980 - A testimonial match for Ray Clemence was staged at Anfield as the reds lost 8-6 to Belgians Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht, with defender Richard Money bagging his first reds goal. Kevin Keegan returned to score for the reds that night, with Howard Gayle grabbing a brace and Clem himself and ex-red Joey Jones also on the scoresheet. For the 97 1989 - A friendly was played in aid of the Hillsborough Disaster Appeal, with a Liverpool Select side facing an Everton Select team at Southport’s Haig Avenue ground. 2009 – Liverpool Legends beat an All Stars team 3-1 in the Hillsborough Memorial Game at Anfield. Ian Rush, John Aldridge and Kenny Dalglish scored for the reds, with Teddy Sheringham netting for the All Stars. Keegan for England 1999 - Kevin Keegan was appointed full-time Manager of England after three months as interim head coach, while also managing Fulham. He remained as national boss until resigning in October 2000. International debutants 1950 - Bill Jones, grandfather of 1990’s defender Rob, made his England debut in their 5-3 defeat of Portugal at Kenilworth Road. 1938 - Future reds boss Don Welsh made his international bow as England beat Germany 6-3 in a friendly in Berlin, the infamous game before which the visiting side gave the Nazi salute. 1981 – Future red Glenn Hysén made his senior bow as Sweden lost 2-1 to Denmark in a Nordic Championships game in Malmö. 1986 – Hysén played again for his country as Austria beat Sweden 1-0 in a friendly in Salzburg. On the move 1926 - Centre-half Walter Wadsworth was sold to Bristol City for £400 after helping us to consecutive League titles. He had signed as an amateur from Ormskirk in April 1912 and struck eight times in 242 reds games, many alongside his brother, outside-right Harold. 1876 – Scottish winger Tommy Robertson returned to Heart Of Midlothian having struck 35 times in 141 games since signing alongside inside-right Johnny Walker for a combined £175 from Hearts in March 1898. He had helped us to claim our first League title in 1901. 1986 - Reserves midfielder Jim Magilton signed as a professional. He never made into the reds first-team and was Manager of Queens Park Rangers until leaving by mutual consent in December 2009. 2007 - Ex-reds reserves forward Paul Jewell resigned as Manager of Wigan Athletic, having led them to safety in their second season in the top flight. On the same day, Abel Xavier signed for LA Galaxy on a free transfer from Middlesbrough, joining David Beckham in the USA. 2012 – Midfielder John Welsh signed for Preston North End from Tranmere Rovers, having struck eleven times in 149 outings while on the Wirral. 2021 – Left-back Joe Maguire was released by Accrington Stanley after just seventeen outings in two seasons. International goalscorers 1974 - Future red Kenny Dalglish scored as Scotland beat Wales 2-0 in the British International Championships at Hampden Park. 2002 – El-Hadji Diouf struck as Senegal lost a friendly 3-2 in Saudi Arabia, with fellow future red Salif Diao receiving his marching orders. Dietmar Hamann, John Arne Riise and ex-reds Øyvind Leonhardsen and Christian Ziege all also featuring in friendlies that day. Multiple debutants 2014 – Midfielder Cameron Brannagan, centre-half Rafael Páez, winger Kristoffer Peterson, right-back Connor Randall and midfielder Jordan Williams all played their first senior reds games as we beat Shamrock Rovers 4-0 in a post-season friendly in the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Forward Jack Dunn bagged his first reds strike, with Iago Aspas, Fabio Borini and Martin Kelly also on target. Ernie for England Future reds defender Ernie Blenkinsop played for England in friendlies in consecutive years on this day in history. 1930 - He featured in their goalless draw against Austria in Vienna. 1931 - He lined up alongside fellow future red Tom Cooper as they lost 5-2 to France in Paris. 2019 – Paul Glatzel scored for Germany Under-18’s as they won a friendly 3-0 in Belgium. Carra the dad again 2004 - Jamie Carragher’s fiancée Nicola gave birth to his second child, daughter Mia. Solna’s sixtieth 1951 - We took part in a match to commemorate Swedish side A.I.K.’s sixtieth anniversary, thumping our hosts 7-0. Willie Fagan and Billy Liddell both netted braces, with Kevin Baron and Phil Taylor also on target, to add to an own goal. Shanks opened 1982 – The Shankly Court flats on Anfield Road were opened by Bill Shankly’s widow, Nessie. Other game 1985 – Our only other game on this day was a 1-1 draw at Southampton. John Wark struck after half an hour, but David Armstrong equalised after the break, one of his four goals past us. Mark Lawrenson dislocated a shoulder which made him a doubt for the European Cup Final in Brussels. Also in international action 1992 – Future red Jari Litmanen played for Finland as they lost 2-0 to Bulgaria in a World Cup qualifier in Helsinki. 2007 – Future red Krisztián Németh featured for Hungary Under-19’s in their goalless European Championships qualifier against Germany in Dublin.
  11. Will

    21st January

    Happy birthday Thommo 1954 - Phil Thompson was born in Liverpool. He notched thirteen times in 477 games for the reds, many as skipper, as we won two European Cups, seven League titles, the UEFA Cup, FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, two League Cups and five FA Charity Shields. He later had two separate spells on the backroom staff, under Kenny Dalglish, Graeme Souness and Gérard Houllier, and is now working in the media. 1906 - Forward Harry Barkas was born in Wardley Colliery. He only played five reds games, all in the First Division, after arriving for £1,500 from Gateshead in December 1930, returning there in 1932. Martin’s bow 2008 - Centre-back Martin Škrtel made his reds debut as a substitute for the injured Álvaro Arbeloa in our 2-2 home draw with Aston Villa, our fourth successive tie in the League. Yossi Benayoun gave us the lead before Villa hit back through Marlon Harewood and a Fábio Aurélio own goal in the space of three minutes. Peter Crouch came off the bench to bag a late leveller. 1905 – Forward James Garside played the first of his five senior reds games as we were held to a 1-1 draw in the Second Division at Anfield by Lincoln City, with our goal coming from right-half Robbie Robinson. In comes Scott 2005 - Young keeper Scott Carson signed from Leeds United for £750,000, with Paul Harrison going on loan in the opposite direction. Carson made just nine first-team appearances, only managing to keep two clean sheets. He moved on to West Bromwich Albion for £3.25m in July 2008 after loan spells with Sheffield Wednesday, Aston Villa and Charlton Athletic. Meanwhile, young midfielder John Welsh signed a new contract on the same day that tied him to Anfield until summer 2007. However, he moved to Hull City a year later, in exchange for winger Paul Anderson. Meanwhile, future red Daniel Agger played for Denmark Under-21’s as they lost 1-0 to Panama A in an unofficial international in Panama City. Most recently 2021 – Gini Wijnaldum skippered the reds for the first time as Burnley won 1-0 at Anfield behind closed doors. Ashley Barnes’ late spot-kick brough to an end our 68-game unbeaten home League run. On the same day, young midfielder Tyler Morton signed a new contract. 2017 – Swansea City won 3-2 at Anfield, with Fernando Llorente netting twice shortly after the break. A Roberto Firmino brace brought us level but future Blue Gylfi Sigurðsson grabbed one of his four goals past us to date to secure the victory. 2012 – Craig Bellamy bagged our consolation as we tamely lost 3-1 at Bolton Wanderers with ex-red David N’Gog on the winning side. Beglin’s bad break 1987 - Jim Beglin had his leg broken by Gary Stevens in his 98th and final reds game, with Ian Rush nabbing the only goal of our League Cup Fifth Round tie late on at Goodison. We reached the Final that season for the sixth time. Africa’s finest 2003 - El-Hadji Diouf was named as the Glo-CAF African Footballer of the Year for the second successive season, a feat since surpassed by Barcelona’s Samuel Eto’o who won the award three times in succession. That evening, he scored the opener in our 2-0 Worthington Cup Semi-final second leg win over Sheffield United at Anfield, with Michael Owen grabbing the decisive second in extra time, to take us through to Cardiff 3-2 on aggregate. This was our 400th goal in all competitions under the sole charge of Gérard Houllier. Red centurions 2004 - Jamie Carragher made his comeback from a broken leg, playing his 200th League game as a late Kenny Miller strike denied us all three points at Wolverhampton Wanderers, after Bruno Cheyrou had put us ahead. This was our 200th League match since Gérard Houllier took sole charge, which had been rearranged after a flooded pitch before Christmas. 1950 – Centre-half Laurie Hughes reached a century of League appearances for the reds in our 2-0 defeat of Birmingham City at Anfield. Jimmy Payne and Albert Stubbins scored the goals. A first double 1899 - We beat Everton 2-0 at Anfield to complete the first ever League double in this fixture. John Walker and Tom Robertson netted our goals. Beginnings and end 1939 – Right-half Harry Eastham nabbed his fourth and final reds goal as we thumped Stockport County 5-1 in the FA Cup Fourth Round at Anfield. Willie Fagan had a penalty saved, but Berry Nieuwenhuys and Jack Balmer struck twice apiece, with Duggie Reid bagging the first of his six goals against the reds. 1933 - Outside-left Alf Hanson made his reds bow as we lost 5-2 at Aston Villa. Gordon Hodgson and Syd Roberts were on target for the reds, with centre-forward Les Bruton playing his eighth and last game for the club. Tom Waring nabbed two of his six goals against the reds, with Eric Houghton also scoring one of his six past us, Joe Beresford netting one of his four and James Gibson also on target. 1911 - Forward Joseph Brough played his eleventh and final reds game as we lost 2-0 at Nottingham Forest. Grenville Morris struck the last of his six goals past us, with Jack Armstrong also netting. A rare defeat 1978 - Birmingham City left Anfield with a 3-2 win to inflict on us one of just eleven home League defeats during the whole of the 1970’s. Birthday boy Phil Thompson and Ray Kennedy netted our goals. 500 away 1925 - We won 4-1 at Aston Villa in our 500th away League game, in a match postponed from three weeks earlier. Jimmy Walsh bagged a brace with Harry Chambers and Danny Shone also on the scoresheet as Len Capewell nabbed one of his six goals past us. Other birthdays 1961 - Former reserves forward Colin Russell was born in Liverpool. He only ever tasted half an hour of first team action for the reds, coming on for Howard Gayle in a home League defeat to Sunderland in May 1981. He left for Huddersfield Town in 1982. 1904 - Scottish international right-half Tom Morrison was born in Coylton, Ayrshire. He signed from St. Mirren in February 1928 for £4,000 and struck four times in 254 reds games. He failed to win any honours during his spell at Anfield but had won the Scottish Cup with St. Mirren before joining the reds. He was a member of the Sunderland team that won the League title in 1936, having moved to Wearside in November 1935. Brucie’s back 1989 - Bruce Grobbelaar returned to the side after recovering from meningitis, with lookey-likey strike pairing John Aldridge and Ian Rush netting in a 2-0 defeat of Southampton at Anfield. 1967 - We also beat the Saints at home, with Chris Lawler and Alf Arrowsmith on target in a 2-1 victory in what was Bill Shankly’s 300th League game in charge. Twice against the Tractor Boys We have twice entertained Ipswich Town on this day in history. 1961 - We were held to a 1-1 draw in a Second Division meeting, when winger Kevin Lewis netted and Ted Phillips scored one of his five goals against the reds. Inside-forward Jimmy Harrower played his 105th and last reds game. 1986 - Paul Walsh, Ronnie Whelan and Ian Rush struck as we won 3-0 in our Fifth Round League Cup tie. We were then knocked out by Queens Park Rangers in the Semi-final. Off on loan 2011 – Reserves defender Stephen Darby rejoined Notts County on loan, for whom he played a further eighteen times. 2009 – Jermaine Pennant moved to Portsmouth on loan. He had hit the target just three times in 81 reds games after signing from Birmingham City for £6.7m in July 2006. He appeared fourteen times for Pompey without scoring. 2000 - Phil Babb temporarily joined First Division Tranmere Rovers. He played seven times for the Lilywhites, before returning to the stiffs at Anfield. Ton up for Rigo 2006 - Ex-red Rigobert Song won his hundredth full international cap for Cameroon in their 3-1 defeat of Angola in the Africa Cup of Nations Finals in Cairo. On the same day, Jari Litmanen was making his 99th appearance for Finland as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Saudi Arabia in a tournament in Riyadh, in what was Roy Hodgson’s first game in charge of the Finns. 2010 – Song also represented his country, as they drew 2-2 with Tunisia in a MTN Africa Cup of Nations group game in Angola. 2017 – Future red Mohamed Salah played for Egypt as they beat Uganda 1-0 in a group game in Gabon. Kolo Touré has played three times for the Ivory Coast in the Africa Cup of Nations Finals on this day 2002 – He was booked as they were held to a goalless draw by Togo in Mali. 2006 – He was on the winning side as Morocco lost 1-0 in Egypt, with the Ivory Coast making it all the way to the Final that year. 2008 – Nigeria lost 1-0 in Ghana. 2007 – Lucas captained Brazil as they drew 2-2 with Chile in a Sudamericano Sub-20 "Juventud de América" game in Paraguay, with five players in total dismissed. 2016 - Future red Ozan Kabak played for Turkey Under-16’s in their 2-0 friendly defeat of the Czech Republic. Young English reds 1975 - Future red David Johnson netted as England Under-23’s beat their Welsh counterparts 2-0 in Wrexham. Phil Thompson made his debut at this level, on his 21st birthday, while future red Joey Jones also played. Other reds games 1956 – We beat Leicester City 3-1 in a Second Division match at Anfield, with Billy Liddell scoring a brace, including a penalty, and Alan Arnell also on target. 1928 – Sunderland won 5-2 in L4 with Fred Hopkin and Tom Reid scoring our goals. Bobby Marshall struck one of his six goals past us, with Dave Halliday netting two of his twelve. Len Hargreaves also scored for the visitors, with reds keeper Arthur Riley punching the ball into his own net. 1922 – Harry Chambers bagged the only goal of our trip to Huddersfield Town late on. On the move 2004 - John Toshack took charge of Real Murcia, having been appointed two days earlier. This was the fourth Spanish club he had managed. They were bottom of the table in the Spanish League and he could not prevent them returning to the Second Division after just one season in the top flight. 2014 - Paul Ince was sacked as Manager of Blackpool after just eleven months in charge, leading them to just twelve victories in 42 games. 2020 – Keeper Daniel Atherton joined Marine on loan. On the same day, left-back Jack Robinson signed for Sheffield United from Nottingham Forest, so far playing eighteen times for the Blades. 2019 – Ex-reds right-back Glen Johnson announced his retirement from playing, having been released by Stoke City at the end of the previous season. On the same day, future red Takumi Minamino played as Japan beat Saudi Arabia 1-0 in an AFC Asian Cup Round of 16 tie in the United Arab Emirates.
  12. Will

    4th October

    Happy birthday Uncle Roy 1948 - Roy Evans was born in Bootle. 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, but his time as reserves boss was incredibly successful, leading them to eleven Central League titles, including seven in nine seasons. However, his time as the main man was less glittering, as he could only claim one Coca Cola Cup. 1927 - Wing-half Bryan Williams was born in Liverpool. He netted five times in 34 reds games after arriving from South Liverpool at the end of the Second World War, moving on to Crewe Alexandra in May 1954, where he became a regular. 2001 – Midfielder Matteo Ritacci was born in New York. He arrived at the Academy in August 2018, signing as a professional fifteen months later. Farewell Brendan 2015 – We were held to a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park, with boss Brendan Rodgers getting the sack later that same day. Danny Ings headed us into the lead but Romelu Lukaku equalised just four minutes later, on the stroke of half time, the most recent of his five strikes past us to date. Rodgers had led us to 85 victories in his 166 games in charge, failing to win any silverware but guiding us to within a whisker of claiming the League title in 2013/14. A big day for Jones 1991 - Full-back Rob Jones signed from Crewe Alexandra for £300,000. The grandson of post-war utility man Bill made his reds bow just two days later, going on to play 243 times for the reds, before injury ended his career, famously failing to ever find the net in his time at Anfield. 1995 – He was sent off in our League Cup Second Round second leg at Sunderland after a rash tackle on Michael Gray. The home side’s Martin Smith was also dismissed after retaliating. Robbie Fowler bagged the only goal of the game to send us through 3-0 on aggregate. We wore the curious kit of gold shirts and green shorts to avoid a colour clash. Off the mark 2014 – Adam Lallana bagged his first reds strike to open the scoring on the stroke of half time as we beat West Bromwich Albion 2-1 at Anfield. Saido Berahino equalised from the spot after the break, but Jordan Henderson struck the winner. Ouch 1998 - Pierluigi Casiraghi netted his only Chelsea strike. Phil Babb attempted to prevent the goal but only succeeded in wrapping his legs around a post at the Anfield Road end, causing grown men around the ground to wince in sympathy, and he was taken off shortly after. Jamie Redknapp equalised for the reds late on. 2009 – We lost 2-0 at Stamford Bridge, thanks to the last of Nicolas Anelka’s five strikes against the reds and a Florent Malouda goal. Italian despair 2012 – Jonjo Shelvey headed us in front against Udinese in a UEFA Europa League group game at Anfield, but the Italian side went 3-1 ahead thanks to Antonio Di Natale, a Sebastián Coates own goal and Giovanni Pasquale. Luis Suárez scored a late free-kick, but we still lost 3-2. Trebles for 1989 - Steve Staunton bagged a hat-trick as we beat Wigan Athletic 3-0 in an away League Cup tie that was switched to Anfield. He had come on in the second half as an emergency forward substitute after Ian Rush had limped off. 1941 - Cyril Done netted a treble in our 5-5 Wartime League draw at New Brighton, his third in consecutive games. Dicky Dorsett grabbed the other two. Out-gunned 2003 - We lost 2-1 at home to Arsenal, with Harry Kewell netting after a quarter of an hour, and Michael Owen suffering a shin injury. Sami Hyypiä unfortunately scored an own goal in his last game as official club captain, with Robert Pires bagging one of his four goals past us as the Gunners won for the 21st time at Anfield in the League, with only Everton responsible for us missing out on all the points more often. 1977 - We also faced the Gunners, holding them to a goalless draw at Highbury. Howard makes his way 1980 - Howard Gayle made his reds bow as a substitute for David Fairclough in a 3-0 win at Manchester City. Our goals came from Kenny Dalglish, Graeme Souness and Sammy Lee. Hat-tricks against 2020 – Ollie Watkins bagged a first-half treble as we lost 7-2 at Aston Villa behind closed doors, the first of his four goals against the reds to date. Mohamed Salah and Jack Grealish each struck twice, with John McGinn and ex-Blue Ross Barkley also on target. This was the first time we had conceded seven goals since April 1963 when we lost by the same score at Tottenham Hotspur. 1919 - Billy Hibbert scored a hat-trick for Newcastle United as they beat us 3-0 at St. James’ Park, the last of his thirteen goals past us. Outside-right Harold Wadsworth made his debut in this game. Duncan off 1895 – Scottish left-back Duncan McLean was sold to St. Bernard's. 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. Happier days against the Geordies Our three other League meetings with Newcastle United on this day in history have all resulted in victories. 1961 - Kevin Lewis and Roger Hunt struck as we won 2-0 at Anfield, our twelfth straight game unbeaten since the start of this promotion season. 1952 - Jack Smith netted a brace as we won 5-3. Billy Liddell, Kevin Baron and Bob Paisley grabbed the other goals. George Robledo struck the last two of his five goals past us, with Ken Prior also netting for the visitors 1930 - We won 4-0 on Tyneside, thanks to a Jim Smith brace, Gordon Hodgson’s hundredth reds strike and outside-right Dick Edmed’s 46th and final reds goal. Shanks thumps the reds 1958 - Bill Shankly’s Huddersfield Town trounced us 5-0 at Leeds Road in a Second Division fixture. Alan A’Court made his 200th reds appearance in this game. Derek Hawksworth struck a brace, with Les Massie scoring one of his four goals against the reds, and Ken Taylor and Ramon Wilson also on the scoresheet. A derby win 1924 - Archie Rawlings struck the only goal of the game at Goodison Park after just three minutes. A fair old win 1967 - Ron Yeats and Roger Hunt were on target as we beat Swedish side Malmö FF 2-1 at Anfield in a Fairs Cup First Round match to progress 4-1 on aggregate. Dag Szepanski bagged a late consolation for the visitors. Mixed fortunes against the Owls 1902 - We beat The Wednesday 4-2 at Anfield thanks to a Sam Raybould brace, including a penalty, and goals from George Livingstone and Arthur Goddard. Harry Chapman scored one of his six goals past us, with Fred Spiksley nabbing the last of his four. 1913 - We visited Owlerton in another top-flight encounter, with full-back Bob Crawford bagging our consolation from the spot as we were thumped 4-1. This was his only goal in 115 reds games, while outside-right Fred Staniforth was making the first of just three reds appearances. Sam Kirkman bagged one of his four goals against us, with Andre Wilson, George Robertson and Jack Burkinshaw all also netting. Internationals on target 1998 - Future red Milan Baroš netted for the Czech Republic Under-18’s in their 2-1 European Championships qualifying win in Armenia. 2001 - Future red El-Hadji Diouf struck as Senegal beat Japan 2-0 in a friendly on his home ground in Lens. Salif Diao also featured. On the same day, future reds coach Gary O’Neil played for England Under-19’s as they lost 1-0 to Russia in a friendly in Barnsley. 1947 – Future reds forward Sammy Smyth bagged a brace as Ireland beat Scotland 2-0 in the British International Championships at Windsor Park, with Billy Liddell on the losing side. Bosses against each other 1941 - Future reds boss Don Welsh netted as England beat Scotland 2-0 in a Wartime International at Wembley. Bill Shankly was on the losing side. Sami on home soil 1995 - Sami Hyypiä won his seventh cap for Finland, his first on home soil, as Turkey held them to a goalless friendly draw in Helsinki. It was his final cap as a Myllykosken Pallo-47 player, before he joined Willem II in the Netherlands. For Don 1951 - We took part in a testimonial match for Rhyl Athletic centre-forward Don Spendlove, with the reds winning 3-0 at Belle Vue. Jack Balmer struck twice with John Heydon also netting. Durnin for the reds 2006 - Liverpool and Celtic drew a charity legends match at Celtic Park 2-2, with the reds’ goals coming from John Durnin and Steve McManaman. On the same day, young Danish centre-back Daniel Agger was named as the PFA Fans Player of the Month for September. On the move 2006 - David Hodgson was sacked as Manager of Darlington after 51 victories in his 144 games in charge of this third spell with the Quakers. On the same day, Paul Ince’s playing contract with Swindon Town was cancelled by mutual consent, although he remained on the coaching staff for a few more weeks before taking over as Manager at Macclesfield Town. 2012 - Richard Money was appointed Cambridge United boss. He was sacked in November 2015, having guided them to the FA Trophy and promotion back into the Football League. 2013 – Ex-reds reserves forward Nathan Eccleston joined Carlisle United on loan from Blackpool, playing three times without scoring. Song at last 2000 - Rigobert Song skippered Cameroon, winning his final cap as a reds player and being booked as they drew a friendly with France 1-1 at the Stade de France. This was his 49th cap to date. Sad day 2010 – Joe Fagan’s widow Lil died at a nursing home in Lincolnshire, aged 92. 2016 – Welsh left-winger Mervyn Jones died. He was one of the smallest players to ever play for the club at just five feet four inches. He signed from Bangor City in November 1951, moving on to Southampton in July 1953 after just five reds outings. Other reds games 1986 – We beat Wimbledon 3-1 at Plough Lane. Ian Rush struck twice with Jan Mølby also netting, with all the goals coming in the second half. 1975 – Brian Hall and Jimmy Case struck as we beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 at Anfield. The visitors’ coach broke down on the M62, meaning they arrived at the ground less than half an hour before kick-off. 1969 – Nottingham Forest held us to a 1-1 draw in L4 as we benefitted from a Bob Chapman own goal. 1947 – We lost 3-1 at Middlesbrough with Jack Balmer scoring our goal. Mickey Fenton netted two of his nine goals past us, with Johnny Spuhler also on the scoresheet. Joe honoured 2011 – Future reds midfielder Joe Allen was named Young Player of the Year for 2010/11 at the FAW Awards.
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    UEFA Cup glory 1976 - We claimed the UEFA Cup for the second time as we drew 1-1 at Club Brugge to triumph 4-3 on aggregate. Kevin Keegan equalised just five minutes after Raoul Lambert’s penalty had put the Belgians ahead, following Tommy Smith’s handball. This result came about despite Bob Paisley being without seven first-team players for ten of the fifteen days between the preceding final League game of the season and this match, due to the British International Championships. Carra’s farewell 2013 – Jamie Carragher played his 737th and last reds game as Philippe Coutinho struck the only goal of Queens Park Rangers’ visit to Anfield. Carra nearly rounded his career off with a rare goal as he struck the upright with a long-distance shot. Stewart Downing also played his final game for the club, his 91st, while winger Jordon Ibe made his reds bow. In comes Sami 1999 - Sami Hyypiä signed from Willem II for £2.6m. He made 464 reds appearances, many as captain, and notched 35 times, helping us to claim the European Cup, UEFA Cup, two FA Cups, two League Cups and two UEFA Super Cups before joining Bayer 04 Leverkusen in June 2009. That same day we beat Sunderland, the hundredth Football League champions, 3-2 at the Stadium of Light in the Football League 100th Championship Challenge. Robbie Fowler scored from the spot, with Jamie Redknapp and Paul Ince also on target. Ton-up 2001 - Sami Hyypiä and Sander Westerveld each played their hundredth reds game in our 4-0 win at Charlton Athletic, a result that took us into the new format of the Champions League for the first time as we ended the season third. After surviving a barrage of Addicks attacks in the first half, a brace from Robbie Fowler and goals from Danny Murphy and Michael Owen gave us the win. 1981 - Our only other first-class game on this day saw Ray Kennedy nab the only goal to see off Manchester City at Anfield, as we ended a disappointing League campaign in fifth place. Howard Gayle had earlier headed onto a post from a Jimmy Case corner, while making his fifth and final reds appearance. Most recently 2021 – Centre-half Nathaniel Phillips bagged his only reds goal to date as we won 3-0 at Burnley in front of just 3,500 fans due to the relaxed COVID lockdown. Roberto Firmino had opened the scoring before the break, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also on target. Players of the season 2008 – Fernando Torres was named as the club’s Player of the Season after a vote on the official website. Ryan Babel claimed the Young Player award, with Krisztián Németh named as the Reserves Player of the Season. Jocky meets Tosh in Cardiff 1979 - Alan Hansen and future red John Wark both made their Scotland debuts in a 3-0 defeat by Wales in the British International Championships at Ninian Park. All the goals were scored by ex-red John Toshack, while Graeme Souness and ex-red Joey Jones also played, with Kenny Dalglish skippering the Scots. On the same day, Ray Clemence, Steve Heighway, Terry McDermott, Phil Neal and Phil Thompson all played in European Championships qualifiers. Double England debutants 1971 - Reds defensive pairing Larry Lloyd and Tommy Smith both made their England bows in a goalless draw with Wales at Wembley in the British International Championships. This was Tommy’s only full cap, while Emlyn Hughes, Chris Lawler and John Toshack all also played. 1973 – Emlyn Hughes faced future red Kenny Dalglish as Scotland beat England 1-0 at Wembley in the same competition. Final caps 1978 - Joey Jones won his final cap as a reds player when Wales beat Northern Ireland 1-0 in the British International Championships in Wrexham. 1986 - He won his 72nd and final cap as they beat Canada 3-0 in a friendly in Vancouver. Future red Dean Saunders netted a brace, his first goals for his country. 2014 – Tom Ince won his last Under-21’s cap while on loan at Crystal Palace, and his final one as a Blackpool player, as England beat Wales 3-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Swansea, with future red Danny Ings also in action. 1987 - John Barnes won his 31st cap for England, and his final one as a Watford player, as they drew 1-1 with Brazil in the Rous Cup at Wembley. Fellow future red Peter Beardsley also played. On the same day, Ronnie Rosenthal won his first cap as a Club Brugge player as Israel lost 1-0 to Switzerland in a friendly in Aarhau, with ex-red Avi Cohen also playing. 2007 - Krisztián Németh won his last Under-19’s cap as an MTK Hungaria player as Hungary lost a European Championships qualifier 2-0 in the Republic of Ireland. 2008 - Németh played alongside fellow reds Péter Gulácsi and András Simon for Hungary Under-19’s in their 2-2 draw with Lithuania in a European Championships qualifier in Székesfehérvár. Nice one Cyril 1946 - Cyril Done scored a hat-trick as we beat an American League Select side 5-0 in New York. Jack Balmer and Bob Priday also netted. Euro champions 2012 - Fernando Torres was booked after coming off the bench as Chelsea saw off Bayern München in a penalty shoot-out in their UEFA Champions League Final in Munich. 2019 – Ki-Jana Hoever became a European champion as the Dutch Under-17’s beat Italy 4-2 in the Final in Dublin. A right Charlie 2006 – Future red Charlie Adam was sent off while making his debut for Scotland Under-21’s in their 1-1 friendly draw with Turkey in Kilmarnock. 2010 – Christian Benteke made his senior international bow in Belgium’s 2-1 friendly defeat of Bulgaria in Brussels, with keeper Nikolay Mihaylov winning his first cap as a Twente player. Meanwhile, fellow future red Dejan Lovren featured for Croatia Under-21’s as they drew 1-1 with Slovakia in a European Championships qualifier. King Billy on target 1955 - Billy Liddell scored as Scotland lost 4-1 to Austria in a friendly in Vienna. Future reds keeper Tommy Younger also played. For Keith 1982 - We took part in a testimonial match for Alan Kennedy’s brother Keith, beating a Bury Select XI 8-7 at Gigg Lane. Keith Kennedy came on as a substitute for the reds and scored two goals. David Johnson also struck twice, with Craig Johnston, Steve Ogrizovic and Bury’s Paul Hilton and Craig Madden all also netting for the reds. Pepe wed 2006 - Pepe Reina married Yolanda in Córdoba, just six days after helping us to claim the FA Cup against West Ham United in Cardiff. Birth and death 1980 - Ex-reserves defender Neil Murphy was born in Liverpool. He never made our first-team, and was last seen playing for West Cheshire League side Maghull as well as working as a fireman. 2011 – Reserves keeper Frank Lane died. He signed from Tranmere Rovers for £15,000 in September 1971, but only made two first-team appearances, deputising for Ray Clemence. Unfortunately, he distinguished himself for all the wrong reasons on his debut in September 1972 by safely catching a deep cross from Derby County’s Alan Hinton and then stepping backwards over his own goal-line, to help us on our way to a 2-1 defeat. Winning at sea 1935 – We beat Marino 5-3 in Gran Canaria, with Dave Wright and Tosh Johnson each netting twice and Fred Howe also on target. On the move again 2015 – Brazilian midfielder Fabinho joined AS Monaco from Rio Ave, having already spent two seasons on loan with the French side. On the same day, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Herbie Kane both played as England Under-17’s beat Spain on penalties after their World Championships play-off ended goalless in Bulgaria. 2010 – Reserves centre-half Mikel San José was sold to Athletic de Bilbao, where he remains a regular for the La Liga side. 2007 - Former reserves winger Nicky Rizzo signed for Perth Glory. He retired from playing in 2013, setting up his own soccer school. 2004 - Ex-reserves midfielder Danny Williams re-joined Wrexham from Bristol Rovers on a free transfer. He helped them avoid relegation from League Two in his first season, but they succumbed the second time around. 1947 – Wing-half Harry Kaye moved on to Swindon Town after just two senior games since arriving at Anfield in 1940. Also in international action 2003 – Future reds winger Stewart Downing won his first cap for England Under-19’s as they beat the Republic of Ireland 1-0 in Dublin in a European Championships qualifier. John Welsh also featured. 2002 – Milan Baroš played for the Czech Republic Under-21’s in their 1-0 defeat of Belgium in the European Championships Finals in Switzerland. On the same day, ex-red Brad Friedel faced future red Bolo Zenden as the Netherlands beat the USA 2-0 in a friendly in Boston. 1990 – Gary Gillespie and future red Gary McAllister featured for Scotland as they drew 1-1 with Poland in a friendly at Hampden Park. 1989 – Future red Paul Stewart played for England B in their 2-0 win in Iceland. 1977 – Future red Glenn Hysén featured as Sweden Under-18’s beat the Netherlands 2-1 in a European Championships Finals group game in Belgium. 1967 – Roger Hunt was on the losing side as England were thumped 5-0 by a Young England side. 1957 – Alan A’Court played as England Under-23’s lost a friendly 2-1 in Bulgaria. Meanwhile, Tommy Younger appeared for Scotland as they lost a World Cup qualifier 2-1 in Switzerland. 1954 – Andy Beattie took charge of Scotland in their 1-1 friendly draw with Norway in Oslo. He had guested with the reds during the war, and later joined the backroom staff at Anfield after a successful management career. 1928 – Future red Ernie Blenkinsop played in England’s 3-1 friendly win in Belgium.
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