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  1. Will

    19th September

    In comes Ronnie 1979 - Ronnie Whelan arrived from Irish side Home Farm on a free transfer. He went on to make 493 reds appearances, scoring 73 times and winning six League titles, one European Cup, two FA Cups, three League Cups and three FA Charity Shields before joining Southend United on a free transfer in September 1994. Happy birthdays 1937 - Utility player Geoff Strong was born in Kirkheaton, Northumberland. He made 201 reds appearances after moving from Arsenal in November 1964 for a club record £40,000, netting 33 times and winning a League title medal and the FA Charity Shield the year after helping us to our first ever FA Cup triumph. He left the reds to join Coventry City for £29,500 in August 1970. Sadly, he died in June 2013 after suffering with Alzheimer’s disease. 1940 - Winger Kevin Lewis was born in Ellesmere Port. He played 82 games in his three years at Anfield after signing from Sheffield United for a club record £13,000 in June 1960 as Bill Shankly’s second capture, helping us to the Second Division title and scoring an impressive 44 times. He returned to Yorkshire in August 1963 to join Huddersfield Town. 1929 - Forward Tony Rowley was born in Porthcawl. He bagged a treble on his debut after signing from Stourbridge in October 1953, going on to net 38 times in 61 reds games. He moved to Third Division Tranmere Rovers in March 1958, continuing to score at a rate of one goal every other game. For Cally 1977 - A testimonial match for Ian Callaghan was staged at Anfield against Bill Shankly’s Lancashire XI. Cally scored in the reds’ 4-2 defeat, with our other score coming from an own goal. 1955 – A benefit match for left-back Eddie Spicer was held in front of 41,266 at Anfield, with a ‘Liverton’ side facing a Lancashire XI that included Bert Trautmann, Stanley Matthews and Don Revie. He was decorated for bravery whilst serving with the Royal Marines in the Second World War, going on to score twice in 168 reds games, helping us to the first post-war League title as well as playing in the 1950 FA Cup Final. Unfortunately, a second broken leg had ended his career in December 1953. Signing on 2020 - Diogo Jota signed from Wolverhampton Wanderers for £41m, with Ki-Jana Hoever moving in the opposite direction for an initial £9m after one goal in four senior games. Jota scored 34 times in 85 appearances in his first two seasons at Anfield, helping us to claim the FA Cup and League Cup. On the same day, forward Taiwo Awoniyi joined Union Berlin on loan, scoring five times in 22 games that season. Hat-tricks 2010 – Dimitar Berbatov grabbed three of his five goals to date past us as we lost 3-2 at Manchester United. Steven Gerrard struck both our goals as we came from two goals behind, a free-kick and then one from the spot, but the home side struck a late winner. 1925 - Dick Forshaw bagged a treble in our 5-0 thumping of Manchester United at Anfield, with Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers and outside-right Archie Rawlings nabbing his tenth and last reds goal. He struck eight reds hat-tricks in all, including one against Everton a week later, and another against United eleven months later. 1931 - Legendary blue Dixie Dean bagged a treble as Everton beat the reds 3-1, three of his nineteen derby strikes, with centre-forward Dave Wright netting our consolation. 1953 - Louis Bimpson grabbed all four goals of our game against Burnley at Anfield to record our hundredth competitive hat-trick. Right-back Bert Childs played the first of just two reds games while Billy Liddell reached 300 outings for the club. European records 1967 - We played our first ever game in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, winning 2-0 at Swedes Malmö FF, thanks to a brace of headers from Tony Hateley. 1973 - Only 7,000 turned up for the opening game of our European Cup campaign at the Stade de la Frontière, the lowest attendance of any reds game in Europe, home or away, with some sources stating the gate to be as low as 5,000. Brian Hall opened the scoring, but we could only draw 1-1 with Luxembourg’s Jeunesse D’Esch with Gilbert Dussier nabbing a late equaliser. Last outings 2017 – Right-back Jon Flanagan and keeper Danny Ward both played their last reds games as we lost 2-0 at Leicester City in the Third Round of the League Cup, thanks to second-half goals from Shinji Okazaki and Islam Slimani. Defensive debutants 1910 - Legendary full-back Ephraim Longworth made his reds bow in our 2-0 defeat at Sheffield United, with Joe Kitchen bagging two of his eight goals against the reds, including one from the spot. It was the first of his 370 reds appearances. Jack Parkinson suffered concussion when heading the ball, leaving the reds down to ten men. 1903 – Half-back John ‘Geezer’ Hughes and full-back James McLean both debuted as we lost 2-1 at Sunderland, with Jimmy Gemmell bagging a brace before Billy Dunlop nabbed our consolation. 1992 - Torben Piechnik made his reds debut as we lost 4-2 at Aston Villa, when Mark Walters and Ronnie Rosenthal were on target. However, the game is probably most widely remembered for Rosenthal’s shocking miss, as he hit the bar from a few yards out of an open goal. Ex-red Dean Saunders bagged a brace, two of his four strikes past the reds, with Dalian Atkinson scoring one of his four goals against us and Garry Parker also on target. 1981 - We also faced the Villains, being held to a goalless draw at Anfield with visiting keeper Jimmy Rimmer giving a virtuoso display. Tony off 1968 – Tony Hateley was sold to Coventry City after 28 strikes in 56 outings. He had arrived from Chelsea for a then club record £96,000 fee in June 1967. Dirk again 2009 - Dirk Kuyt scored in his third consecutive reds game as we won a League game 3-2 at West Ham United. Fernando Torres bagged a brace as we twice saw a lead cancelled out, by Alesssandro Diamanti and then Carlton Cole, before he finally secured victory by heading home from a cross by substitute Ryan Babel. Sub at the double 1972 - Phil Boersma struck twice in our 5-1 thumping of Carlisle United at Anfield in a League Cup Second Round replay, so becoming our first goalscoring substitute in the competition, having replaced John Toshack with the game still scoreless. Kevin Keegan, Chris Lawler and Steve Heighway also netted, with Tommy Smith having a penalty saved. Another record for the Kop 1989 - The Kop was recorded for use on “Kenny D, The Pride Of Liverpool” by the Liverpool FC 1989 Squad featuring Peter Howitt as we thumped struggling Third Division outfit Wigan Athletic 5-2 in a League Cup tie. Glenn Hysén headed us in front before a thunderous Bryan Griffiths free-kick levelled the match. David Thompson then sensationally put the visitors ahead on 55 minutes before Ian Rush grabbed a brace, with Peter Beardsley and John Barnes also netting, although he also had a penalty saved by keeper Nigel Adkins. This was Digger’s hundredth reds game. More derby disappointment We have faced our neighbours from across the park on four more occasions on this day in history, without securing a victory. 1936 - We lost 2-0 away, thanks to an Alex Stevenson goal and the last of Dixie Dean nineteen derby strikes. 1964 – We were thumped 4-0 at home in another top-flight meeting, with ex-red Johnny Morrissey, Derek Temple, Fred Pickering and Colin Harvey on target. Roger Hunt played his 200th League game for the reds that day. 1942 - Cyril Done and Billy Liddell on target as we drew 4-4 in a Wartime League game at Goodison, with Dickie Dorsett scoring twice. 1945 – Jack Balmer bagged a brace, including a penalty, as we were held to a 3-3 draw in a Lancashire Senior Cup First Round tie across the park, with Les Shannon also netting. Red centurions 1908 – Joe Hewitt bagged a brace as we thumped Bradford City 4-0 in L4, with Jack Parkinson and Ronald Orr also on the scoresheet. Centre-half Alex Raisbeck played his 300th League game for the reds. 1959 - Louis Bimpson played his hundredth reds game in our 2-1 Second Division win at Derby County, thanks to goals from Alan A’Court and Roger Hunt, while Ronnie Moran played his 200th League game for the club. 1998 – Dominic Matteo reached a century of reds games as Charlton Athletic held us to a 3-3 draw at Anfield. Richard Rufus headed the visitors in front, before Robbie Fowler equalised from the spot. Clive Mendonca restored the Addicks’ lead with goals from Patrik Berger and Fowler again putting us ahead. However, Steve Jones nabbed a late leveller as the reds produced a nightmare defensive performance. A youthful hat-trick 2001 - Florent Sinama-Pongolle bagged a treble for France in their 5-1 defeat of Japan at the Under-17 World Championships in Tobago, with club-mate Anthony Le Tallec also in the team. The French therefore qualified for the knock-out phase, going on to win the tournament. 2007 – Future reds reserves forward Nikola Sarić was on target for Denmark Under-17’s as they beat the Ukraine 2-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Galway, with future reds centre-back Danny Wilson playing for Scotland as they were thumped 4-0 by Slovakia in another qualifier in Kirkcaldy. Also in Europe We have played three more games in Europe’s top competition on this day in history. 2001 - We played out a dour goalless draw at Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund in the first group stage of the Champions League. 1984 - John Wark volleyed the only goal of our match with Lech Poznań in Poland. 1979 - David Johnson and Jimmy Case were on the scoresheet as we beat Dinamo Tbilisi 2-1 at Anfield. Mixed fortunes at Gigg Lane We have twice visited Bury in the top flight on this day in history. 1896 - Malcolm McVean and George Allan struck as we won 2-1 1927 - Willie Devlin added to a Laurie Crown own goal as we lost 5-2. Norman Bullock and Jack Ball bagged a brace each, with Wally Amos also netting. Loris debuts 2009 – Future reds keeper Loris Karius won his only cap for Germany Under-17’s as they beat Serbia 1-0. Olympian reds 2000 - Brad Friedel played in the USA’s 3-1 defeat of Kuwait in the Olympics in Melbourne. Meanwhile, future red Milan Baroš appeared for the Czech Republic in their 1-1 draw with Cameroon in Brisbane in the same group. St. Michael’s first treble 1987 - Ex-red Michael Owen scored his first ever hat-trick, for Mold Alexandra against Caergwrle in the Clwyd Junior League. Other reds games 1970 – We beat Nottingham Forest 3-0 at Anfield, thanks to goals from Bobby Graham, Peter Thompson and Alun Evans. 1957 – Alan Arnell and Jimmy Melia netted as we drew a Second Division encounter 2-2 at Rotherham United. Also on the move 2014 – Centre-half Ben Davies joined Tranmere Rovers on a one-month loan from Preston North End, appearing four times. Also in international action 1994 – Future red Haukr Ingi Guðnason played for Iceland Under-17’s as they shared a goalless draw with Scotland in a European Championships qualifier.
  2. Will

    23rd January

    Birth of a reds great 1919 - Bob Paisley was born in Hetton-le-Hole in County Durham. He made 277 reds appearances, netting twelve times and helping us to the League title in 1947 before joining the coaching staff in 1954. He took over as Manager twenty years later and remains the most successful English boss of all time, leading us to three European Cups, six League titles, the UEFA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, four League Cups and five FA Charity Shields. Jose’s day 1986 – Spanish left-back José Enrique was born in Valencia. He signed from Newcastle United for £5.5m in August 2011, notching twice in 99 reds appearances before being released in May 2016. He moved on to Real Zaragoza four months later. 1983 – Pepijn Lijnders was born in Broekhuizen in the Netherlands. He joined the reds as First-team Development Coach in 2014, leaving the club in January 2018 to take over as N.E.C. boss. However, he was sacked just four months later, returning to Melwood in June 2018 as Assistant Manager. 1883 – Keeper Peter Platt was born in Rishton. He signed from Blackburn Rovers in May 1902, playing 44 times before moving on to Luton Town in 1904. He sadly died aged just 39 in a mini-flu epidemic in Nuneaton in January 1922. Four for Harold 1932 - Centre-forward Harold Barton scored all four reds goals as we beat Chesterfield 4-2 at their Recreation Ground in a Fourth Round FA Cup tie. Unfortunately, we were knocked out by Chelsea in the Sixth Round that season. Beating the Blues 1937 - We won the Anfield derby 3-2 with Fred Howe, Phil Taylor and Jack Balmer on target, and Alex Stevenson bagging a brace for the Blues. Winning again 2020 – We won 2-1 at Wolverhampton Wanderers, extending our lead at the top of the table to sixteen points with a game in hand. Jordan Henderson headed us in front early on, but Raúl Jiménez equalised after the break as we conceded our first League goal for more than twelve hours. Roberto Firmino struck the winner. Cup wins We have twice won FA Cup Fourth Round ties 3-0 on this day in history. 1971 - John Toshack, Ian St. John and Chris Lawler netted as we beat Swansea City at Anfield on our way to the Final. 1982 - We won at Sunderland with Kenny Dalglish grabbing a brace and Ian Rush also on the scoresheet. Unfortunately, we lost at Chelsea at the very next hurdle. Tons up 1954 – Centre-half Laurie Hughes played his 200th reds game as Tottenham Hotspur held us to a 2-2 top-flight draw at Anfield. Billy Liddell and John Evans scored with full-back Frank Lock putting through his own net and Sonny Walters nabbing the last of his four strikes past us. 1915 – We lost 2-1 to The Wednesday at Hillsborough with left-back Bob Pursell reaching a century of reds games. Fred Pagnam scored our goal, while David McLean struck one of his eight goals past us with Sam Kirkman bagging the last of his four. A crazy win 2016 – We won by the odd goal in nine at Norwich City, thanks to a stoppage-time Adam Lallana winner that led to a mass celebration on the touchline with boss Jürgen Klopp having his glasses broken. Roberto Firmino put us in front, but we found ourselves 3-1 down. We completed a turnaround to lead 4-3 thanks to goals from Jordan Henderson, a second from Firmino and James Milner. We were still ahead at the ninety-minute mark but Sébastien Bassong bagged a late leveller before the final dénouement. Off the mark 1904 – Forward John Carlin struck the first of his eight reds goals as we drew 2-2 at West Bromwich Albion, with half-back John ‘Geezer’ Hughes also on target with his second and last strike for the club. Carra going free 2006 - Jamie Carragher was awarded the Freedom of Sefton, an honour that thrilled the Bootle-born defender, which he won for his local charity work and the good example he sets young people. He became only the second person to be handed such an accolade. Other births and death 1904 - Left-half Jimmy McDougall was born in Port Glasgow. He signed from Partick Thistle in April 1928 and went on to be nominated into the club’s official Hall of Fame for the 1930’s, having struck twelve times in 356 games for the reds. He moved on to South Liverpool in May 1938 and later set up a successful chandlery business in Liverpool. 1868 – Forward Fred Geary was born in Hyson Green, Nottingham. He signed from Everton for £60 in May 1895, having top scored as they won the League in 1891 and won three England caps. He bagged fourteen goals in 45 reds games, helping us to claim the Second Division title in his first season. 1961 – Former Academy Technical Manager Pep Segura was born in A Coruña, Spain. He joined the reds in June 2009 having led Olympiacos to the League and Cup double, moving on in September 2012. 1974 - One-time winger Bernard Diomède was born in Saint-Doulchard, France. He only made five first-team appearances after signing from Auxerre for £3m in June 2000. 2013 – Right-winger Jimmy Payne died. He notched 43 times in 243 appearances for the reds, including the 1950 FA Cup Final, before moving across Stanley Park in April 1956, where he was dogged by injury before retiring to become a newsagent. Stéph’s debut 1993 - Future red Stéphane Henchoz made his full international debut as Roy Hodgson’s Switzerland drew 1-1 with Japan B in a Carlsberg Cup game in Hong Kong, going on to win 5-3 in a penalty shoot-out. Bad boys 2006 - Abel Xavier was sacked by Middlesbrough after being found guilty of breaching UEFA’s anti-doping regulations. He served a ban and subsequently returned to the Riverside, playing 27 times for Boro in total. 2005 – Future red Daniel Agger was sent off for Denmark Under-21’s in an unofficial international against a Panama ‘A’ side, with the game ending 2-2. Four for Milan again 2003 - Milan Baroš scored four for the reserves as they trounced Bradford City 5-0 at the Deva Stadium in Chester. This was the second time that he had knocked four past the Bantams, following a similar performance the previous August. Dietmar Hamann made his comeback from injury in the same game. On the move 2021 – Midfielder Kevin Stewart signed for Blackpool, playing sixteen times in his first campaign with the Tangerines. 2020 – Victor Moses joined Internazionale on loan from Chelsea, failing to score in twenty games in Italy. 2019 – Ex-reds forward Mario Balotelli signed for Olympique de Marseille, scoring eight times in fifteen games for the French side. On the same day, full-back Ryan McLaughlin joined Rochdale from Blackpool, after eleven games for the Seasiders. Meanwhile, full-back Calum Woods joined Bradford City on a free transfer from Preston North End. 2018 – Forward David N’Gog signed for Ross County, netting once in ten outings. On the same day, left-winger Albert Riera announced his retirement from playing. 2017 – Winger Lazar Marković joined Hull City on loan, scoring twice in fourteen outings. 2009 - Emile Heskey joined Aston Villa from Wigan Athletic for £3.5m, after sixteen goals in 88 outings for the Latics. 2007 - Dominic Matteo joined Stoke City on a free transfer from Blackburn Rovers. He struck once in 25 outings for the Potters, often operating as a midfielder. 2003 - Charlie Adam signed for Rangers. He struck eighteen times in 86 games before moving to Blackpool in August 2009 for a club record £500,000, after several loan spells away from Ibrox. 2002 - Reserves defender Alan Navarro was sold to Tranmere Rovers for £225,000, playing 48 times before joining Accrington Stanley in September 2005. 1996 - Reserves forward Lee Jones re-joined Wrexham on loan. He struck nine times in 26 games while on loan at the Racecourse Ground. Reds skippers 2008 - Ex-red El-Hadji Diouf captained Senegal as they drew 2-2 with Tunisia in an Africa Cup of Nations group game in Ghana. 2006 – Diouf also featured as Senegal beat Zimbabwe 2-0 in a group game in Egypt. 2009 – Emiliano Insúa skippered Argentina as they beat Peru 2-1 in a Sudamericano Sub-20 “Juventud de América” group game in Venezuela. 2013 – Oussama Assaidi featured for Morocco as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Cape Verde in their Africa Cup of Nations Finals group game in South Africa. 2015 – Ex-red Carl Medjani played for Algeria as they lost 1-0 to Ghana in another group game in Equatorial Guinea. Future red Sadio Mané also featured that day as Senegal drew 1-1 with South Africa. 2012 – Future red Assaidi played as Morocco lost 2-1 to Tunisia in Gabon. 2000 – Future red Fábio Aurélio played for Brazil as they beat Ecuador 2-0 in an Olympics qualifier. On the same day, Alberto Aquilani featured as Italy Under-15’s lost 3-1 to Brazil. 2016 – Future red Ozan Kabak played for Turkey Under-16’s in their 3-1 friendly defeat of the USA. Other reds games 1988 – Peter Beardsley and John Barnes scored as we beat Charlton Athletic 2-0 at Selhurst Park 1960 – We drew a Second Division fixture 3-3 at Middlesbrough, with Brian Clough nabbing two of his ten goals past us. Kenny Thomson put through his own net with Dave Hickson and Roger Hunt also on target to hand us a 3-1 half-time lead. Bill Harris equalised through a late spot-kick. 1926 – We beat Arsenal 3-0 at Anfield with Dick Forshaw netting twice and Cyril Oxley also scoring, while Elisha Scott saved an Alf Baker penalty. Forshaw’s second came with just fifteen seconds left, with the referee momentarily dazed so Tom Bromilow blew the final whistle! 1909 – Joe Hewitt and Ronald Orr struck as we won 2-0 at Bradford City. Bruno le père 2007 – Ex-reds midfielder Bruno Cheyrou and his wife Constance welcomed a son, Nino, in France. On the same day, Shane O’Connor played for the Irish Under-17’s, while future red Lucas captained Brazil as they beat Uruguay 3-1 in a Sudamericano Sub-20 "Juventud de América" game in Paraguay.
  3. Will

    23rd April

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

    7th November

    Happy birthday Digger 1963 - John Barnes was born at Up Park in Kingston, Jamaica. He signed from Watford for £900,000 in June 1987, a transfer that had been heavily trailed for at least six months. Kopites were not disappointed by his performances once he had arrived, as he helped us to two League titles, FA Cup, League Cup and two FA Charity Shields during an Anfield career in which he scored 108 goals in 407 appearances. He was also twice voted Football Writers’ Player Of The Year, as well as once by his fellow players, joining Newcastle United on a free transfer in August 1997. He became a father for the seventh time on his 47th birthday. Anfield goalscoring feats 1992 - Ian Rush scored his 200th League goal, including fourteen for Chester. Jimmy Phillips scored the first Premier League penalty against the reds as we beat Middlesbrough 4-1. Ronnie Rosenthal grabbed a brace, with Steve McManaman also on target, while future reds bench-warmer Stephen Pears was in the visitors’ goal. Steve Nicol played his 400th game for the club. 1896 - Inside-left Davy Hannah bagged a top-flight treble as we beat Sunderland 3-0. Beating the Blues 2010 – We beat Chelsea 2-0 in a Premiership fixture at Anfield, thanks to a first-half Fernando Torres brace as Lucas dominated the midfield. 1981 - Kenny Dalglish bagged a brace in the space of six minutes with Ian Rush also striking as we beat Gordon Lee’s Everton 3-1 at Anfield, with the game goalless at half time. The Blues had Eamonn O’Keefe dismissed for a high, late challenge on Ronnie Whelan, with Mick Ferguson netting for the visitors. Farewell to Melwood 2020 – The reds trained at Melwood for the last time, ahead of the move to Kirkby. It had been the club’s training ground since the 1950’s. Three-ton Hendo 2021 - Jordan Henderson played his 300th League game for the reds as we lost 3-2 at West Ham United. Alisson Becker flapped at a cross to score an early own goal, with Trent Alexander-Arnold levelling before the break. Pablo Fornals and Kurt Zouma both struck in the second half, before Divock Origi netted. More birthdays 1877 – Welsh international right-half Maurice Parry was born in Trefonen, Shropshire. He signed from Brighton United in August 1900, scoring four times in 221 reds games, moving on to Partick Thistle in May 1909, later spending time coaching back at Anfield. 1990 – Spanish centre-half Daniel Ayala was born in Seville. He signed from Sevilla for £160,000 in September 2007, making his senior debut as substitute in our 2-1 League defeat at Tottenham Hotspur in August 2009, and his first start as we thumped Stoke City 4-0 at Anfield three days later. He played five reds games in total before being sold to Norwich City for £850,000 in August 2011 after loan spells at Hull City and Derby County. Gloves on and off 1919 - Pre-war reds custodian Ned Doig died from Spanish flu. He made 53 reds appearances after signing from Sunderland for £150 in August 1904, helping us to the Second Division title in his first season, and played on until 1908, finishing as our oldest ever player aged 41 years and 165 days. 1997 - Reserves keeper Tony Warner joined Swindon Town on loan, where he made three first-team appearances. 1977 - Steve Ogrizovic signed from Chesterfield for £70,000. He only made five first-team starts in five years at Anfield as understudy to Ray Clemence, sitting on the bench on a further 27 occasions. He had more luck at Coventry City, winning the FA Cup with them in 1987 and making more than 500 League appearances. Making their bow 1959 - Dave Hickson scored both goals on his reds debut, the day after his controversial move across Stanley Park, as we beat Second Division pace-setters Aston Villa 2-1, one of his former clubs, ending their run of fourteen games unbeaten. His arrival added an extra 15,000 to the usual gate, with one supporter running onto the pitch to kiss him on the cheek! Peter McParland struck for the Villains, doing so again in the away encounter later in the season. 1964 - Geoff Strong made his reds bow in our 1-1 top-flight draw at Fulham. Ian Callaghan netted our goal, with Johnny Haynes on target for the Cottagers. 1908 – Inside-left Bert Goode played the first of his seven reds games in our 1-0 First Division defeat at Bristol City, as Andy Burton struck one of his four goals against the reds, as well as missing a penalty. 1903 - Right-back Alf West debuted as we beat Notts County 2-1 in another top-flight fixture at Anfield thanks to half-back John ‘Geezer’ Hughes’ first reds strike and a Thomas Prescott own goal. Percy Humphreys netted one of his six goals past the reds. Beating Rovers 1904 - Jack Parkinson scored all our goals as we thumped Blackburn Rovers 5-1 in a Lancashire Senior Cup tie at Anfield. 1931 – We won a top-flight meeting 4-2, thanks to a Harold Barton brace and goals from Gordon Gunson and Gordon Hodgson. King Kenny dismissed 1984 - Kenny Dalglish and SL Benfica’s Minervino Pietra were both sent off after a scuffle as we lost 1-0 in the Estádio da Luz with Bruce Grobbelaar conceding an early penalty, although we progressed to the Third Round of the European Cup 3-2 on aggregate as Mark Lawrenson reached 200 reds appearances. Also in Europe 1967 - We trounced German high-fliers TSV 1860 München 8-0 in a Fairs Cup Second Round tie at Anfield with Roger Hunt and Ian Callaghan both netting twice. Hunt’s goals took him to 242 reds strikes, so beating Gordon Hodgson’s club record. The other goals came from a Tommy Smith penalty, Ian St. John, Tony Hateley and Peter Thompson. 1972 - Emlyn Hughes bagged a brace as we won 3-1 at AEK Athens although he handled to give away the penalty that the Greeks scored from. Phil Boersma added the final goal, one of four he scored in that season’s victorious UEFA Cup campaign. Derby disappointment 1998 - Jamie Redknapp grabbed our late consolation as we lost 2-1 at home to Derby County, Roy Evans’ last League game as joint Manager. Paulo Wanchope struck one of his four goals past us, with Kevin Harper also scoring for the visitors. 1970 - We also faced the Rams when we held them to a goalless draw at the Baseball Ground. First caps 1992 - Myllykosken Pallo-47’s Sami Hyypiä won his first full international cap as Finland drew 1-1 in a friendly in Tunisia. His clubmate Jari Litmanen also played, winning his 23rd cap. 2001 – Future red Glen Johnson made his debut for England Under-19’s as they beat Georgia 4-1 in a European Championships qualifier in York, with future reds coach Gary O’Neil also in action. Harry for the League 1896 - Forward Harry Bradshaw represented the Football League as they beat an Irish League side 2-0. The reds beat Sunderland 3-0 in a top-flight meeting on the same day, thanks to a David Hannah brace and goal from Malcolm McVean. Done it again 1942 - Cyril Done scored in his eighth consecutive game as the reds beat Chester 4-2 in a Wartime League fixture at Anfield. Willie Fagan, Jack Balmer and Billy Liddell also netted. Management moves 2002 - John Toshack was appointed Manager of Italian Serie B side Calcio Catania. He stayed in the job for less than three months before resigning. 2011 – Dietmar Hamann resigned as Stockport County boss, after a failed takeover of the club. On the same day, Dave Watson was appointed Under-18's Coach at Newcastle United. Beginning and end 1918 – Forward Wilf Bartrop died in First World War action in Warcoing, Belgium. He arrived from Barnsley for £900 in May 1914, playing three games before joining the Royal Field Artillery in 1915. 1923 - Joe Keetley signed from Accrington Stanley for £1,200, netting twice in nine reds games before moving to Wolverhampton Wanderers in May 1925. Other reds games 1953 – Louis Bimpson and Kevin Baron struck as Manchester City held us to a 2-2 draw at Anfield. 1936 – Berry Nieuwenhuys was on target early on as we lost 3-1 at Preston North End, despite leading at the break. Joe Beresford netted the last of his four goals against the reds before Hugh O’Donnell scored. Future red Willie Fagan was also on the scoresheet. 1914 – We shared a goalless draw with Newcastle United at St. James’ Park. Also on the move 2001 - Julian Dicks signed for non-League Canvey Island, helping them to reach the FA Cup Third Round. 2014 – Ex-Academy midfielder Craig Roddan joined Accrington Stanley, although he managed only one FA Cup appearance in his two months with them. Diego at Melwood 2008 – Argentina boss Diego Maradona visited Melwood, with the reds players clamouring to meet the legendary former player.
  5. Will

    6th March

    He was our keeper 1988 – Belgian goalie Simon Mignolet was born in Sint-Truiden. He signed from Sunderland for £9m in June 2013, playing 204 times, but only managing to keep 65 clean sheets, moving on Club Brugge for an initial reported £6.4m in August 2019. Dirk’s treble 2011 – Luis Suárez dazzled as Dirk Kuyt scored a remarkable close-distance hat-trick as we beat Manchester United 3-1 at Anfield, two days after boss Kenny Dalglish’s sixtieth birthday. Javier Hernández bagged a late consolation, the first of his three goals past us to date, with record signing Andy Carroll making his reds bow as a substitute. 1993 - Mark Hughes headed Manchester United’s first goal at Anfield in five visits, one of his nine goals past us, before Ian Rush equalised in our Premiership meeting. Brian McClair nodded in the winner from a corner. Through against Barca 2007 - Jamie Carragher played his 57th game in the European Cup to equal Phil Neal’s club record as we lost 1-0 at home to Barcelona, although we still progressed to the Champions League Quarter-finals on the away goals rule. New owners George Gillett Jr. and Tom Hicks attended their first game at Anfield in a cauldron of noise. Both John Arne Riise and Momo Sissoko rattled the woodwork, but Eiður Guðjohnsen put the visitors ahead on the night with a quarter of an hour remaining, although we held on for a famous victory. Seeing off the Geordies 2002 - After floodlight failure delayed kick-off, we put on a sparkling display to beat Newcastle United 3-0 at Anfield, with a brace from Danny Murphy and a Dietmar Hamann strike. Nicolas Anelka put on probably his best display in a red shirt. Further good news that day came with the announcement that Gérard Houllier was back on Merseyside, as he continued his recuperation from his heart operation. A new Case 1982 - Jimmy Case made his first appearance back at Anfield after joining Brighton & Hove Albion, as they won 1-0 in the League with Andy Ritchie on target. A rare defeat 1976 - Middlesbrough won 2-0 at Anfield, inflicting on us one of just eleven home League defeats during the whole of the 1970’s. Graeme Souness and Phil Boersma both played for the visitors. A hat-trick of Huddersfield and Spurs We have played Huddersfield Town three times on this day over the years. 1920 - We lost 2-1 at Leeds Road in the FA Cup Fourth Round as they went on to reach the Final, after taking the lead through Tom Miller on a muddy pitch. 1948 - Albert Stubbins got all our goals in a 4-0 home League win, with outside-left Ken Brierley making his debut, while wing-half Stan Palk played his thirteenth and final reds game as George Kay took charge in the League for the 200th time. 1954 - We were beaten 3-1 at Anfield in another First Division encounter, with Johnny Evans on the scoresheet as Gerry Burrell bagged a brace for the Terriers, with Tommy Cavanagh also on target. We have also played Tottenham Hotspur three times on this day, with each game ending in a draw. 1971 - The most recent was an FA Cup Sixth Round tie at Anfield that ended goalless, although we won the replay as we headed towards Wembley. This day set the record for combined attendances on Merseyside as 54,731 were at Anfield for this game, with another 53,028 across the park to witness Everton thump Colchester United 5-0 in another cup tie. 1926 - Our Anfield League meeting also ended without score. 1915 - Jackie Sheldon netted at White Hart Lane in another top-flight meeting, with Billy Minter netting the last of his five goals against the reds. European draws We have twice drawn European Third Round first legs on this day over the years. 1985 - Austria Wien were known as Austria Memphis due to a sponsorship deal when we drew 1-1 at their Franz Horr Stadion, on our way to a fifth European Cup Final, with Steve Nicol on the scoresheet late on, to notch our 150th goal in Europe’s premier club competition. 1997 - Robbie Fowler netted as we drew by the same score at Norwegian side Brann in the European Cup Winners’ Cup, before we went on to win the return leg 3-0 at Anfield to progress. 2018 – We were held to a goalless draw in L4 by Porto in the second leg of our UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie, having won the first game in Portugal 5-0. Off 2016 - We won 2-1 at Crystal Palace, despite Joe Ledley giving the home side the lead shortly after the break and James Milner being dismissed after an hour. Roberto Firmino equalised before future Eagle Christian Benteke grabbed a stoppage time winner from the spot. Philippe Coutinho was making his hundredth League appearance for the reds. International beginnings and end 1905 - John ‘Geezer’ Hughes and George Latham both made their international debuts for Wales in their 3-1 defeat of Scotland in the British International Championships in Wrexham. 2014 – Victor Moses won his last cap while on loan with the reds as Nigeria and Mexico shared a goalless draw in Atlanta, Georgia. 2018 - Mateusz Musiałowski debuted for Poland Under-15’s as they beat Macedonia 4-0, with fellow future red Jakub Ojrzyński also featuring. For Archie 1899 - We lost 1-0 to Manchester City at Anfield in a testimonial for full-back Archie Goldie. He signed from Clyde in June 1895 and helped us to the Second Division title the following year, netting once in 149 reds games, many alongside his brother, left-half Bill. He left Anfield to sign for New Brighton Tower in 1900. Management moves 1988 - Bobby Campbell was appointed Manager of Chelsea. He was in charge for three years, leading them to the Second Division title in his first full season. 2016 – Former Assistant Manager Sean O’Driscoll was sacked as Head Coach of Walsall after just three months in charge. Stumbling towards Wembley 1965 - We held Leicester City to a goalless draw at Filbert Street in the Sixth Round of the FA Cup. Youngsters in action for their countries 2002 - Robbie Foy netted a consolation for Scotland Under-17’s in their 3-1 European Championships qualifying defeat to England at Ashton Gate. David Raven skippered England, with Mark Smyth also playing. Meanwhile, future red Christian Poulsen featured for Denmark as they lost 1-0 to Norway in an unofficial international in Brøndby. 2019 – Future red Calvin Ramsay played for Scotland Under-16’s in their 3-1 friendly win over Albania in Malta. 2001 – Future red Alberto Aquilani played for Italy Under-16’s in their 5-0 thumping of Bosnia-Herzegovina. 2000 – Michael Foley played for the Irish Under-16’s as they held the host nation to a goalless draw in the Belgium Tournament. Israelis in action Avi Cohen twice represented his country on this day in history. 1977 - He won his eighth cap as Israel beat Japan 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Tel-Aviv. 1988 - He appeared alongside future red Ronnie Rosenthal as they lost an Olympics qualifier 2-0 to Australia in Melbourne. In and out 1973 – Winger Peter Spiring signed from Bristol City for £60,000. He only made it as far as the first-team bench on two occasions, without making it onto the field. He left for Luton Town in November 1974, later establishing himself at Hereford United. 1959 - Right-half Roy Saunders joined Swansea Town in part-exchange for forward Des Palmer, who never featured for our first team. He had signed from Hull City in May 1948 and netted once in 146 reds appearances, as well as fathering future reds striker Dean. He died in January 2009. Other reds game 1979 – We shared a goalless draw with Coventry City in torrential rain at Highfield Road. Also in international action 2010 – Future red Milan Jovanović featured as Serbia won a friendly 3-0 in Algeria.
  6. Will

    27th March

    Yanks in 2007 - Liverpool FC announced that George Gillett Jr. and Tom Hicks now owned 98.6% of the club’s shares and intended to compulsorily acquire the remaining shares. Chief Executive Rick Parry said, “The incredibly high level of acceptance of the offer shows shareholders have faith in the vision outlined for the club by George Gillett and Tom Hicks.” The two Americans remained in control until October 2010. We’re all on our way to Wembley 1965 - We beat Chelsea 2-0 in a Villa Park Semi-final en route to our first ever FA Cup triumph. John Mortimore had a goal disallowed for the Blues before Peter Thompson netted, with Willie Stevenson adding a penalty, the first he had ever taken. Right-half Gordon Milne played his 200th game for the club this day. 1971 - We beat Everton 2-1 at Old Trafford, before losing to Arsenal in the Final. Alun Evans and Brian Hall were on target this time after Alan Ball had given the Blues the lead, one of his eleven strikes past us, with Hall netting his first reds goal. 1899 - Our other Semi-final on this day, a second replay against Sheffield United at Fallowfield in Manchester, was postponed due to crowd congestion, with the reds leading 1-0 at the time thanks to a George Allan goal. We lost the rearranged game 1-0 three days later. For Crazy Horse 1979 - A testimonial match was played at Anfield for long-serving skipper Emlyn Hughes. Borussia Mönchengladbach won 1-0 in front of a crowd of 25,290, raising gate receipts of £39,500. Trebles 1964 - ‘Sir’ Roger Hunt scored a hat-trick in our 3-1 win at Tottenham Hotspur before 57,022 spectators, the highest ever for this fixture. 1909 - Less happily, Middlesbrough beat us 2-1, their third successive League win over us at home, with centre-half Jimmy Harrop grabbing our consolation, the first of his four reds goals. Alf Common struck the last of his four goals against the reds, with Steve Bloomer bagging one of his fourteen past us. A flood of generosity 2005 - A charity match was staged at Anfield, billed as the Tsunami Football Testimonial. A Legends side beat a Celebs team 6-2, with the Legends’ goals including a brace from Jason McAteer, a Patrick McGuinness own goal, and strikes by Ian Rush, David Johnson and John Aldridge. The event raised an estimated half a million pounds to support those who suffered in the Asian tsunami tragedy that happened the previous Boxing Day. Royal approval 1920 - King George V was presented to both captains, including our own Ephraim Longworth, before our League game with Manchester City at Hyde Road, the day after having attended the Grand National at Aintree. We lost the game 2-1, with Harry Chambers netting from the spot and Horace Barnes bagging two of his nine goals against us. Debuting at Anfield against the Mancs 1937 - South African keeper Dirk Kemp played the first of his thirty reds games as we beat Manchester United 2-0 at Anfield, with Alf Hanson netting before Fred Howe added the second in the final minute. Derby joy 1982 - Ronnie Whelan struck with Graeme Sharp equalising inside the first three minutes as we won 3-1 at Goodison Park. Graeme Souness and Craig Johnston netted in the second half. Keeper Bruce Grobbelaar was handed a cardboard clown’s face by a Blues fan before the game, which he took in good spirits, placing it in the back of his goal! Other milestones 1948 – Left-back Eddie Spicer netted his second and final reds goal as we won a top-flight match 2-0 at Grimsby Town, after Jack Balmer had opened the scoring. 1967 – Roger Hunt played his 300th League game for the reds in our goalless Anfield meeting with Arsenal. God for England 1996 - Robbie Fowler made his senior England debut at Wembley as a substitute in a 1-0 friendly defeat of Bulgaria. Steve McManaman also played, while Paul Ince won his first cap as an Internazionale player, following his move from Old Trafford. Mark Kennedy, Jason McAteer, ex-reds John Aldridge and Steve Staunton, and future reds Markus Babbel, Gary McAllister and Christian Ziege all also featured in international friendlies on the same day. 2002 - Robbie scored in England’s 2-1 defeat by Italy at Elland Road, while winning his first cap as a Leeds United player, as well as skippering the side for forty minutes after David Beckham was substituted. Emile Heskey, Danny Murphy, Michael Owen, future red Joe Cole and ex-red David James all also featured. 2015 - Raheem Sterling netted his first England goal as Roy Hodgson’s side thumped Lithuania 4-0 at Wembley. Jordan Henderson and future red Nathaniel Clyne both also featured. Xherdan Shaqiri won his first cap as an Internazionale player as Switzerland beat Estonia 3-0 in Lucerne as future red Ragnar Klavan reached a century of caps. Meanwhile, future red Danny Ings played for England Under-21’s as they beat the Czech Republic in a friendly in Prague. 2009 – Tom Ince and future red Jonjo Shelvey both featured as England Under-17’s beat Serbia 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Hungary. Also in international action that day were David N’Gog and future reds Joe Allen, Dejan Lovren and James Milner. Mixed fortunes against the Clarets We have twice entertained Burnley in the top-flight on this day in history. 1976 - Substitute David Fairclough netted a brace as we won 2-0, our last League meeting for more than thirty years. 1897 - Robert Neill grabbed our consolation in a 2-1 defeat, his third and last goal for the club. 1946 – We also faced the Clarets, losing a Lancashire Senior Cup Third Round tie 3-2 at Turf Moor after extra time. Cyril Done and Willie Fagan struck for the reds. Martin the best 2009 - Martin Škrtel was named Slovakia’s Player of the Year for 2008. This was the first of four times he has claimed this award to date. 2015 - He played for his country as they beat Luxembourg 3-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Zilina. International reds in friendly action 2002 - Jari Litmanen became Finland’s joint all-time top scorer on 21 goals with a brace in a 4-1 win in Portugal, with Sami Hyypiä also playing. Meanwhile, Dietmar Hamann played in Germany’s 4-2 win over the USA in Rostock, with ex-red Christian Ziege on target with his final international goal. Future red Andriy Voronin made his senior bow as the Ukraine lost 4-1 in Romania. Leeds United’s Robbie Keane netted as the Republic of Ireland beat future red Christian Poulsen’s Denmark 3-0, with ex-reds Jason McAteer and Steve Staunton also in action. Jerzy Dudek needed treatment after being hit by a missile during Poland’s surprise 2-0 defeat by Japan in Łódź. Vladimír Šmicer and future reds Salif Diao, El-Hadji Diouf, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Alex Manninger and Fernando Morientes also played for their countries that day. Meanwhile, ex-red Dominic Matteo won his sixth and final cap for Scotland as they were thumped 5-0 by France in Paris. 2011 – Danny Wilson and future red Charlie Adam faced Lucas Leiva as Brazil beat Scotland 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium. Meanwhile, future red Oussama Assaidi and ex-red Carl Medjani both featured in Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. In action many times Stéphane Henchoz has played for Switzerland three times on this day in history, each time away from home. 1996 - The Swiss lost 1-0 in Austria in a friendly. 1999 - They won their Euro 2000 qualifier in Belarus 1-0 2002 – Switzerland held Sweden to a 1-1 draw in a friendly. Rigobert Song has also represented his country on three occasions on this day over the years. 2002 - Cameroon drew 2-2 with Argentina in a friendly in Switzerland. 2003 - They beat Madagascar 2-0 in the Semi-final of the Tunis Tournament. 2005 - He played in their 2-1 World Cup qualifying defeat of Sudan in Yaoundé. More international reds on target 2021 – Diogo Jota bagged a brace as Portugal drew a World Cup qualifier 2-2 in Serbia. Neco Williams, Ozan Kabak, Gini Wijnaldum and ex-reds Ryan Babel and Dejan Lovren also played for their countries that day. 2017 – Sadio Mané converted a penalty as Senegal drew 1-1 with Ivory Coast in Paris, although the match was abandoned after 88 minutes due to crowd trouble. Trent Alexander-Arnold won his tenth and last cap for England Under-19’s in their 5-1 European Championships qualifying defeat of Belarus at St. George’s Park, with Joe Gomez and future red Kostas Tsimikas also in international action that day. 1974 - Celtic’s Kenny Dalglish netted as Scotland beat West Germany 2-1 in a friendly in Frankfurt. 1985 - Ian Rush bagged the only goal as Wales beat Scotland in a World Cup qualifier at Hampden Park. Kenny Dalglish, Alan Hansen, Steve Nicol and ex-reds Joey Jones and Graeme Souness also played. 1991 - Dean Saunders, playing alongside Ian Rush, was on target as Wales drew 1-1 in Belgium in a European Championships qualifier. This was his final goal as a Derby County player. On the same day, John Barnes, Peter Beardsley and future red Mark Wright lined up against Ray Houghton, Steve Staunton and ex-reds John Aldridge and Kevin Sheedy as England and the Republic of Ireland drew their qualifier 1-1 at Wembley. 1999 - Future red Dietmar Hamann netted in Germany’s 3-0 Euro 2000 qualifying win in Northern Ireland, although the goal is sometimes credited as a Steve Morrow own goal. Fellow future red Markus Babbel also featured, while also in action that day were Patrik Berger, Vegard Heggem and future reds Nicolas Anelka and Vladimír Šmicer. International bosses 1999 - Ex-red Kevin Keegan took charge of England for the first time as they beat Poland 3-1 in a Euro 2000 qualifier at Wembley. He selected Steve McManaman and Jamie Redknapp. 1993 - Future reds boss Gérard Houllier managed France as they won a World Cup qualifier 1-0 in Austria thanks to a Jean-Pierre Papin goal. Jim’s farewell 2002 - Ex-reserves midfielder Jim Magilton won his 52nd and final cap for Northern Ireland as they were held to a goalless draw in a friendly in Liechtenstein. 1996 - He also turned out for his country, facing Stig Inge Bjørnebye and future red Øyvind Leonhardsen as Norway won a friendly 2-0 at Windsor Park. Future red Vladimír Šmicer also played for his country that day. 1991 - His first international appearance on this day came as his side lost a Euro ’92 qualifier 4-1 in Yugoslavia. Final caps 2016 – Trent Alexander-Arnold won his second and final cap for England Under-18’s in their 4-1 friendly defeat of the Republic of Ireland at St. George’s Park, with Herbie Kane also featuring. 2005 - Momo Sissoko won his twelfth and final cap as a Valencia player as Mali lost 2-1 to Togo in a World Cup qualifier in Bamako, with future red Kolo Touré featuring as Ivory Coast beat Benin 3-0 in a qualifier in Abidjan. 1988 - Ex-reds defender Avi Cohen was booked while winning his last international cap at any level as Israel won 1-0 in an Olympics qualifying game in New Zealand. Future red Ronnie Rosenthal also played. 1897 - Ex-reds left-back Duncan McLean won his second and final cap for Scotland as they thumped Ireland 5-1 at Ibrox in the British International Championships. Ex-reds on the move 2014 – Left-winger Albert Riera signed for Watford having recently had his contract with Galatasaray terminated. He netted once in eight games for the Hornets. On the same day, Lee Peltier joined Nottingham Forest on loan from Leeds United, playing seven times. 2013 - Toni Silva joined Dagenham & Redbridge on loan from Barnsley, turning out for them four times in League Two. 2009 – John Welsh moved to Bury on loan from Hull City, playing six times for the League Two outfit. 2003 - John Miles joined Third Division Macclesfield Town on loan from Crewe Alexandra. He netted four goals in eight games, signing permanently two months later. 1997 - Ex-reserves defender Ashley Neal signed for Peterborough United from Huddersfield Town on non-contract terms, going on to play for the Posh just nine times. On the same day, forward Lee Jones joined Tranmere Rovers on loan, for whom he struck five times in eight games before signing permanently two months later. Other reds games 1959 – We beat Barnsley 3-2 in a Second Division match at Anfield with Jimmy Melia adding to a Billy Liddell brace. 1926 – We defeated West Bromwich Albion 3-0 at the Hawthorns. Gordon Hodgson netted, with Dick Forshaw bagging a brace, including one from the spot. Youngsters on target again 2018 – Dominic Solanke scored as England Under-21’s beat Ukraine 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier at Bramall Lane. Ex-red Iago Aspas scored for Spain as they thumped Argentina 6-1 in a friendly in Madrid, with ex-red Javier Mascherano skippering his country and Thiago Alcântara scoring his last goal as a Bayern München player. Ragnar Klavan captained Estonia while winning his last cap as a reds player as they lost 2-0 in Georgia, while Sadio Mané won his fiftieth cap as Senegal shared a goalless draw with Bosnia-Herzegovina in Dakar. Kamil Grabara, Marko Grujić, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, Simon Mignolet, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Corey Whelan, future reds Alisson Becker, Fábio Carvalho and Kostas Tsimikas, and ex-reds Philippe Coutinho, Brad Jones, Carl Medjani, Victor Moses and Raheem Sterling all also represented their countries. Krisztián Németh won his last cap as a New England Revolution player as Hungary lost 1-0 to Scotland in Budapest, with ex-red Péter Gulácsi and Andy Robertson also featuring. 2007 – Future reds forward Daniel Sturridge netted twice while winning his only cap for England Under-18’s in their 4-1 victory over the Netherlands in Yeovil. 2001 - Milan Baroš netted a brace in the Czech Republic Under-21’s 3-0 European Championships qualifying defeat of fellow future red Christian Poulsen’s Denmark in Teplice. This was the fifth consecutive international in which he had scored. Future red John Arne Riise played as Norway lost 1-0 to Belarus in the same tournament that day. 1997 – Future red Haukur Ingi Guðnason struck his sixth and last goal for Iceland Under-19’s as they beat Romania 2-0 in the Italy Tournament. Behind the scenes moves 2009 – Assistant Manager Sammy Lee, first-team coach Mauricio Pellegrino, goalkeeping coach Xavi Valero, joint chief scout Eduardo Macía and fitness coach Paco de Miguel all extended their contracts with the reds. Meanwhile, Frank McParland was appointed to undertake a strategic review of the Academy. Big money Crouch 2002 - Future reds centre-forward Peter Crouch joined Aston Villa from Portsmouth for £5m after a successful spell at Fratton Park. His time in the Midlands was less noteworthy, as he netted just six times in 43 games for the Villains, as well as spending three months on loan with Norwich City. Also in international action 1994 – Titi Camara featured for Guinea as they lost an Africa Cup of Nations Finals group game 1-0 to Ghana in Tunisia. 1990 – Ex-reds Jim Beglin and Ken DeMange faced future red Nigel Clough as the Republic of Ireland beat England 4-1 in a B international in Cork, with future red Gary McAllister playing for Scotland B on the same day. 1905 – John Hughes and George Latham both played for Wales as they lost 3-1 to England in the British International Championships at Anfield.
  7. Will

    8th April

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