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  1. Will

    2nd July

    Rushie’s immediate return 1986 - Ian Rush officially re-signed for the reds on loan from Juventus, having signed for the Old Lady a month earlier. He stayed at Anfield for another season, bagging forty goals in 57 games, before finally moving to Turin. Fortunately, he returned to the reds after just one season in Italy. Yossi off 2010 - Yossi Benayoun was sold to Chelsea for £5m. He had signed from West Ham United for the same fee three years earlier, bagging 29 goals in 134 reds games, including hat-tricks against Beşiktaş JK, Havant & Waterlooville and Burnley. In comes Kolo 2013 – Ivorian centre-half Kolo Touré signed on a free transfer after his contract with Manchester City had expired. He notched just once in 71 reds games before moving on to re-join Brendan Rodgers at Celtic in July 2016. Red Olympian 1912 - Future reds left-half Joe Dines played in the United Kingdom’s 4-0 Semi-final defeat of Finland at the Olympics in Stockholm. The UK team went on to retain their Olympic title two days later. Double goulash 2007 - Forwards Krisztián Németh and András Simon both signed from MTK Hungária for a combined fee of around £1m, although neither managed to break through to the first team. 2014 – Midfielder Kevin Stewart signed from Tottenham Hotspur on a free transfer, spending time out on loan with Cheltenham Town and Burton Albion during his first campaign. He broke through to the first team picture in 2015/16, playing twenty senior games before being sold to Hull City in July 2017 for a reported £6m. Gary Mac on the move 1990 - Gary McAllister stepped up to the big-time, moving from his first English club Leicester City to Leeds United for £1m. He helped steer them to the League title in 1992, netting 46 times in 295 appearances for the Yorkshire side before moving on to Coventry City, where he expected to see out the remainder of his career. Off at the World Cup 2010 – Future red Luis Suárez was dismissed for a deliberate goal-line handball as Uruguay were held to a 1-1 draw by Ghana in their World Cup Quarter-final in Johannesburg, although they went through after winning a penalty shoot-out 4-2. Meanwhile, Dirk Kuyt featured as the Netherlands beat Brazil 2-1 in Port Elizabeth. 1950 – Laurie Hughes won his third and final cap for England as they lost 1-0 to Spain in a group game in the Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro. 1994 – Roy Hodgson took charge of Switzerland as they lost 3-0 to Spain in the Round of Sixteen in Washington DC. 2018 – Roberto Firmino scored as Brazil beat Mexico 2-0 in Russia to reach the Quarter-finals, with future red Alisson Becker and ex-red Philippe Coutinho also featuring. Joe departs 1952 – Glasgow-born centre-half Joe Cadden left the reds to sign for Grimsby Town after just five games since his arrival from Brooklyn Wanderers in the USA in June 1948. Champions 2017 – Emre Can played as Germany beat Chile 1-0 in the Confederations Cup Final in Saint Petersburg. 2005 - Future reds defender Gabriel Paletta played in the Final of the Under-20’s World Championships as Argentina beat Nigeria 2-1 in Utrecht. Meanwhile, future red Nabil El Zhar featured in Morocco’s 2-1 defeat by Brazil in the third-place play-off. 2013 – Suso featured in the same tournament as a substitute as Spain beat Mexico 2-1 in their Round of 16 encounter in Istanbul. Raggy’s bow 2002 – Future red Ragnar Klavan debuted for Estonia Under-21’s in their 1-1 friendly draw with Azerbaijan in Kuressaare. New contracts 2008 – Young Argentine left-back Emiliano Insúa signed a new contract to keep him with the reds until 2011. He made 62 senior appearances, netting once before joining Sporting Clube de Portugal in August 2011. 2009 – The appointments of fitness coach Eduardo Parra García and sports therapist Iván Ortega were announced. 2002 - Vladimír Šmicer was offered a new three-year contract at Anfield, which he went on to sign. The Czech star bagged nineteen goals in his 184 reds games, including a crucial strike and penalty in Istanbul in 2005, before returning to France to join Girondins de Bordeaux, having helped us to claim the Champions League, UEFA Cup, FA Cup and two League Cups. Rededication 2008 – The grave of St. Domingo’s chapel minister, the Rev. Ben Swift Chambers, was rededicated. Rick Parry and club chaplain Bill Bygroves were amongst those in attendance to acknowledge Liverpool and Everton’s common descent from the cricket club Chambers formed at his chapel in Everton in 1877. Heading towards glory 2019 – Roberto Firmino scored as Brazil beat Argentina 2-0 in their Copa América Semi-final in Belo Horizonte, with Alisson Becker and ex-red Philippe Coutinho also featuring. On the same day, ex-red Toni Silva played for Guinea-Bissau as they lost 2-0 to Ghana in an Africa Cup of Nations Finals grou game in Egypt. 2007 - Javier Mascherano won his 25th cap as Argentina beat Colombia 4-2 in a Copa América group game in Venezuela. Released 1999 - Julian Dicks was released by West Ham United. He had made 327 appearances in his two spells at Upton Park and remains a Hammers legend, which is more than can be said for his year at Anfield. 2002 - Paul Ince was let go by Middlesbrough after three years and 106 games on Teesside. He found a new club a month later, signing up with First Division Wolverhampton Wanderers. Also on the move 2019 - Rafael Benítez was appointed Manager of Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang, who recently changed their name to Dalian Professional. 2012 – Estonian centre-back Ragnar Klavan joined Augsburg from AZ Alkmaar, helping them to a club record fifth place Bundesliga finish in 2014/15. He netted four times in 140 games before joining the reds for £4.2m in July 2016. 2010 – Centre-forward Neil Mellor joined Sheffield Wednesday on a season-long loan from Preston North End, netting an impressive twenty times in 43 games for the Owls. 2005 – Future reds winger Maxi Rodríguez joined Club Atlético de Madrid from R.C.D. Espanyol for €5m. He struck 42 times in 145 games before moving to Anfield in January 2010. 2004 - Ex-reserves keeper Tony Warner joined Cardiff City on a free transfer from Millwall. He turned out thirty times for them as they remained in the Championship, before joining Fulham in January 2006. On the same day, James Milner signed for Newcastle United from Leeds United for an eventual £5m. He netted eleven times in 141 games for the Geordies before joining Aston Villa for £12m in August 2008 after a previous loan spell at Villa Park. 2009 – Former keeper Daniele Padelli joined Bari on loan from Sampdoria, for whom he played three times. 2018 – Hungarian keeper Ádám Bogdán joined Hibernian on loan, playing 25 times in his season at Easter Road.
  2. Will

    24th June

    Clem arrives 1967 - Ray Clemence signed from Sc***horpe United for £18,000. He usurped Tommy Lawrence as first choice number one after two years, and went on to make 665 reds appearances, winning five League titles, an FA Cup, three European Cups, two UEFA Cups, a League Cup and a UEFA Super Cup in his time at Anfield, before moving on to Tottenham Hotspur for £300,000 in August 1981. 2015 – Forward Roberto Firmino agreed to sign from TSG 1899 Hoffenheim for an initial £21m, with the deal being finalised the following month. He has netted 77 times in 236 outings to date, helping us to clinch the UEFA Champions League in Madrid a year ago, as well as the brink of the League title. Happy birthday Luis 1978 - Luis García was born in Badalona in Spain. He settled into life in England quickly, and struck thirty times in 121 games, including five in our glorious Champions League campaign in 2005, before returning to his homeland to re-join Club Atlético de Madrid for around £4m in July 2007. He had also helped us to claim the UEFA Super Cup and FA Community Shield. 1899 - Left-winger George Pither was born in Kew, Surrey. He struck once in twelve senior appearances after signing from Merthyr Town for £500 in November 1926, stepping in for the established Fred Hopkin. He moved to Crewe Alexandra in May 1928. Going for a Song 1994 - Future red Rigobert Song was dismissed as Cameroon lost 3-0 to Brazil in Palo Alto, becoming the youngest player ever to see red in the World Cup Finals. He was sent off again in the World Cup almost exactly four years later to complete an unwanted double. 2010 – Rigobert Song won his 137th and final cap for Cameroon as they lost 2-1 to the Netherlands in Cape Town, with Dirk Kuyt in opposition as the Dutch topped the group. Christian Poulsen played his last game for Denmark while with Juventus as they lost 3-1 to Japan in Rustenburg, alongside Daniel Agger, so failing to progress. Also in action was Martin Škrtel, as Slovakia beat Italy 3-2 in a thrilling encounter in Johannesburg to reach the second stage at the Italians’ expense. Farewell Miki 2012 – Ex-reds centre-half Miki Roqué died of cancer aged just 23. He was part of the victorious FA Youth Cup winning side in 2005 and made his senior debut in our Champions League defeat at Galatasaray in December 2006, but was released in June 2009 after spending much of his time out on loan. International farewells 2014 – Steven Gerrard captained England while winning his 114th and final cap as they were held to a goalless draw in their final, dead rubber World Cup group game in Belo Horizonte. Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge and future red James Milner also featured for Roy Hodgson’s side, with Adam Lallana making his last appearance as a Southampton player. On the same day, Luis Suárez won his last cap as a reds player, biting Giorgio Chiellini as Uruguay beat Italy 1-0 in Natal, with Mario Balotelli playing for the last time while with AC Milan. Kolo Touré also represented his country that day. 2015 – Danny Ings made his last appearance for England Under-21’s while with Burnley as they lost 3-1 to Italy in a European Championships Finals group game in the Czech Republic. Meanwhile, Tiago Ilori featured as Portugal drew 1-1 with Sweden to reach the Semi-finals. 2019 – Suárez and ex-red Sebastián Coates both played as Uruguay beat Chile 1-0 in a Copa América group game in Brazil. Other future reds at the World Cup 1998 - Future red Fernando Morientes nabbed a brace as Spain thumped Bulgaria 6-1 in Lens, but it was not enough to take them through to the knock-out stage. Meanwhile, Bernard Diomède appeared as France beat Denmark 2-1 in Lyon in their final group game, as they progressed as group winners to face Paraguay in the Second Round. 1990 – Karl-Heinz Riedle played in West Germany’s 2-1 defeat of the Netherlands at the San Siro in Milan, as they reached the Quarter-finals. 2006 – Maxi Rodríguez bagged the stunning extra-time winner in Argentina’s 2-1 Round of sixteen defeat of Mexico in Leipzig, with Javier Mascherano also featuring. On target on the world stage 2018 – Sadio Mané scored while captaining Senegal as they drew 2-2 with Japan in a World Cup group stage game in Russia. On the same day, Jordan Henderson and ex-red Raheem Sterling both featured in England’s 6-1 thumping of Panama. Michael bows out 2004 - Michael Owen opened the scoring in England’s Quarter-final against host nation Portugal at the European Championships. The game was tied at 1-1 after ninety minutes, and then 2-2 after extra time. Owen also scored in the penalty shoot-out that Portugal won 6-5. This was his final international as a reds player, with Steven Gerrard and ex-red David James also featuring. 2012 – England were knocked out at the same stage, with skipper Steven Gerrard and future red Mario Balotelli both converting a penalty in the shoot-out after a goalless draw with Italy in Kiev. Andy Carroll, Jordan Henderson, Glen Johnson and future red James Milner all also featured for Roy Hodgson’s side. The Irish in Orlando 1994 - Ex-red John Aldridge netted the Republic of Ireland’s consolation as they lost 2-1 to Mexico in their World Cup group encounter in Orlando. Future reds Phil Babb and Jason McAteer also played, as did ex-reds Ray Houghton and Steve Staunton. This was Ireland’s 300th full international match. Wadsworth walks off 1924 - Outside-right Harold Wadsworth was sold to Leicester City for £250. He had netted three times in 55 reds games since his move from Tranmere Rovers in May 1919. He played many of those games alongside his brother, centre-half Walter. Deano starts out 1982 - Dean Saunders signed as a professional for Swansea City. He bagged twelve goals in 55 Swans games as they tumbled back down the divisions, before moving to Brighton & Hove Albion three years later, on a free transfer. Off the mark 1981 – Future reds centre-half Glenn Hysén bagged his first senior international goal in Sweden’s 3-0 World Cup qualifying defeat of Portugal in Stockholm. Uncle Roy the dad again 1978 - Backroom boy Roy Evans and his wife Mary had their second child, daughter Stacey. Youngsters on the world stage 2005 - Future red Nabil El Zhar struck for Morocco as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Italy in the Under-20’s World Championship Finals in Utrecht. The game was decided by a penalty shoot-out, with Nabil converting the decisive kick as Morocco won 4-2. 2001 - Auxerre’s Djibril Cissé appeared in France’s goalless draw with Ghana in the same competition in Argentina. 2013 – Suso captained Spain Under-20’s in a World Championship Finals group game as they beat Ghana 1-0 in Istanbul, while future red Tiago Ilori playing as Portugal drew 2-2 with South Korea. Missing out 2009 – Xabi Alonso, Albert Riera and Fernando Torres all featured as Spain lost their Confederations Cup Semi-final 2-0 to the USA in South Africa, despite the Americans going down to ten men. On the move 2007 - Paul Ince resigned as Manager of Macclesfield Town, having led them to safety after taking over when they were seven points adrift at the very bottom of League Two. He took over at MK Dons the following day. 2008 – Ex-reds reserves defender Richard Money was appointed Academy Director of Newcastle United. 2009 – Chief Executive Rick Parry was appointed as Chairman of a new anti-corruption panel set up by Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe. 1993 - Future reds loanee keeper Mark Prudhoe joined Stoke City from Darlington for £120,000. He had played 169 times in four years with the Quakers, the longest he ever stayed at any of his seventeen League clubs. 2013 – Winger Adam Hammill joined Huddersfield Town from Wolverhampton Wanderers, after one goal in 27 games for Wolves. 2019 – Midfielder Gary Mackay-Steven joined New York City from Aberdeen on a free transfer, scoring once in twelve outings before the end of the year.
  3. Will

    10th June

    Digger’s Samba style 1984 - Future red John Barnes scored his first England goal, a stunning solo effort in their 2-0 friendly defeat of Brazil at the Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro. Ex-red Dave Watson made his full England debut in the same game. Ex-reds Avi Cohen and Joey Jones faced each other in a goalless international friendly in Tel-Aviv on the same day, with future reds Assistant Manager Colin Pascoe winning his last cap as a Swansea City player. Carl the champion 2005 - Carl Medjani skippered France Under-20’s as they thumped Portugal 4-1 in the Final of the Toulon Tournament at the Stade Mayol. Meanwhile, John Welsh came off the bench as England claimed third place by beating Mexico 3-2 on penalties after their match had ended 1-1. 2012 - Medjani featured for the senior Algerian side in a 2-1 World Cup qualifying defeat in Mali. The King returns to Parkhead 1999 - The ‘dream team’ of Kenny Dalglish as Director of Football and John Barnes as Manager took charge at Celtic. It was only a further eight months before John Barnes’ departure, and Kenny himself was gone inside a year. Deano cleared 1994 - Dean Saunders was cleared in the High Court of making a reckless challenge on Paul Elliott during a Liverpool game against Chelsea in September 1992. The tackle ended Elliott’s career, but Saunders was cleared of injuring him deliberately. A legend departs 2015 - Steven Gerrard was released by the reds after a stellar career. The departures of right-back Glen Johnson, keeper Brad Jones and young midfielders Jordan Lussey and Marc Pelosi were also announced that day. 2016 – The departures of centre-half Dan Cleary, left-back José Enrique, full-back Ryan McLaughlin, centre-half Kolo Touré and forward Samed Yeşil were confirmed. Emlyn’s farewell 1979 - Emlyn Hughes won his final cap as a red, his 59th overall, captaining England as they were held to a goalless draw by Sweden in their friendly in Solna. Terry McDermott, Phil Thompson and ex-red Kevin Keegan all also featured. Christian’s debut 1993 - Future red Christian Ziege made his full international debut, playing alongside fellow future red Karl-Heinz Riedle in Germany’s 3-3 US Cup draw with Brazil in Washington DC. Other reds friendlies 1983 - We beat Thailand 3-0 in the Rajamangala National Stadium in Bangkok with goals from Alan Kennedy, Sammy Lee and Graeme Souness. It was to be eighteen years before we returned to the country to play again. 1964 - Alf Arrowsmith bagged a brace as we beat a Vancouver All Stars side 2-0 at the Empire Stadium. On the move 2010 - Rafael Benítez was appointed Manager of Internazionale. He led them to the Supercoppa Italiana and FIFA Club World Cup before being sacked in December 2010. 2011 – Centre-back Lloyd Jones joined the reds from Plymouth Argyle. He only made it to the first-team bench once, for our 3-1 win at Fulham in May 2013. He skippered the reserves for the 2014/15 season, moving on to Luton Town in January 2018. On the same day, future red Fabio Borini featured as Italy Under-21’s beat Mexico Under-20’s on penalties after drawing a friendly 1-1. 2013 - Lazar Marković signed for SL Benfica from Partizan after fourteen goals in 65 outings for the Serbian side. He bagged seven goals in 49 outings before joining the reds for £20m in July 2014. 2014 - Joe Cole signed for Aston Villa from West Ham United on a free transfer, netting once in sixteen games for the Villains before joining Coventry City in January 2016. Liverpool Hotspur 1984 - A combined Liverpool-Tottenham Hotspur side took on a Swaziland Select XI, winning 1-0 thanks to a goal from Spurs’ Ian Culverhouse. Internationals on target 2017 – Future red Naby Keïta struck his first goal for Guinea as a RasenBallsport Leipzig e.V. player, as they won an African Cup of Nations qualifier 3-2 in the Ivory Coast. On the same day, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain netted his final goal while with Arsenal in England’s 2-2 World Cup qualifying draw with Scotland at Hampden Park as Andy Robertson won his last cap while with Hull City, with Emre Can, Adam Lallana and ex-red Raheem Sterling also in action. Ex-red Toni Silva played for Guinea-Bissau for the final time while a Levadiakos player, as they beat Namibia 1-0 in an African Cup of Nations qualifier. 1961 - Alan A’Court netted in England’s 6-1 defeat of New Zealand in an FA Tour game in Auckland. 1997 - Future red Milan Baroš scored for the Czech Republic Under-15’s as they beat Andorra 3-0 in a tournament game in Lisbon. 2003 – Fernando Torres bagged a brace as Spain Under-21’s won a European Championships qualifier 4-1 in Northern Ireland, with fellow future reds Paul Konchesky, Jermaine Pennant, Pepe Reina and Albert Riera also featuring at this level. 2009 – Future red Milan Jovanović struck as Serbia won a World Cup qualifier 2-0 in the Faroe Islands, with Ajax’s Luis Suárez netting as Uruguay drew their qualifier 2-2 in Venezuela. 2012 - Sebastián Coates scored his first goal for Uruguay, playing alongside Luis Suárez in their 4-2 defeat of Peru in a World Cup qualifier in Montevideo. On the same day, Mohamed Salah scored while winning his last cap as an Al Mokawloon Al Arab Sporting Club player as Egypt won a World Cup qualifier 3-2 in Guinea. 2015 - Future red Roberto Firmino struck the only goal of Brazil’s friendly defeat of Honduras in Porto Alegre, with Philippe Coutinho and future red Fabinho also featuring. Future red Xherdan Shaqiri scored as Switzerland beat Liechtenstein 3-0 in a friendly in Thun, while Sheyi Ojo netted for England Under-18’s in a 2-1 friendly defeat in Russia. 2018 – Ex-red Coutinho scored as Brazil won 3-0 in Austria, with Roberto Firmino and future red Alisson Becker also playing. At the World Cup 2006 - Peter Crouch, Steven Gerrard, future reds Joe Cole and Stewart Downing and ex-red Michael Owen all played as England unconvincingly beat Paraguay 1-0 in their opening group game in Frankfurt. Meanwhile, future reds Javier Mascherano and Maxi Rodríguez turned out for Argentina in Hamburg in their 2-1 defeat of the Ivory Coast. 2002 - Portugal thumped Poland 4-0 in their World Cup group game. Jerzy Dudek had a poor game, but Abel Xavier did not feature due to injury. Meanwhile, ex-red Brad Friedel saved a penalty from Lee Eul-Yong as the USA drew 1-1 with South Korea in Daegu. 1998 - Stig Inge Bjørnebye and Øyvind Leonhardsen played in Norway’s 2-2 draw with Morocco in Montpellier. More final caps 1997 - Paul Ince won his last cap as an Internazionale player, and 33rd in total, as England lost 1-0 to Brazil in Le Tournoi in Paris. 2009 – Glen Johnson won his final cap while with Portsmouth, with Peter Crouch bagging his last England goal as a Pompey player in their 6-0 World Cup qualifying thumping of Andorra at Wembley. Meanwhile, Sami Hyypiä won his last cap as a reds player, and 99th to date, as Finland were beaten 3-0 by Russia in another qualifier in Helsinki. Ryan Babel, Andrea Dossena, Steven Gerrard, Dirk Kuyt, Andriy Voronin, future reds Christian Benteke and Maxi Rodríguez, and ex-reds Harry Kewell, Jari Litmanen and John Arne Riise all also featured for their countries that day, with Péter Gulácsi and David N’Gog in Under-21’s action. Half a century for Nando 2008 - Fernando Torres won his fiftieth cap for Spain as they thumped Russia 4-1 in the opening game of their triumphant Euro 2008 campaign in Innsbruck, with David Villa nabbing a treble and Xabi Alonso also in action. Meanwhile, future red Sotirios Kyrgiakos featured as Greece lost 2-0 to Sweden in Salzburg. 2012 – Future red Mario Balotelli and ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa, Robbie Keane and Fernando Torres all featured in the European Championships Finals in Poland. Honoured at last 2009 - Gerry Byrne and Ian Callaghan finally received World Cup winners’ medals from the Prime Minister. They were not given them at the time, as non-playing members of the 1966 Final side. Babel in action Future red Ryan Babel has twice represented the Netherlands on home turf on this day in history. 2005 - He was on target for the Under-20s as they beat Japan 2-1 in the World Championship Finals in Kerkrade. 2007 - He featured for the Under-21’s in a 1-0 defeat of Israel in the European Championships Finals in Heerenveen.
  4. Will

    5th June

    Ton up for Stan 2002 - Ex-red Steve Staunton won his hundredth international cap, skippering the Republic of Ireland in their 1-1 World Cup Finals draw with Germany in Ibaraki, with future red Robbie Keane on target. Dietmar Hamann, future red Steve Finnan and ex-red Christian Ziege all also played. Meanwhile, Abel Xavier sat out Portugal’s shock 3-2 defeat by the USA in Suwon, for whom ex-red Brad Friedel was between the sticks. Steve Staunton has turned out for the Republic of Ireland twice more on this day in history. 1994 - He took part in their first meeting with the Czech Republic since the break-up of Czechoslovakia. The Czechs won 3-1, with future reds Phil Babb and Jason McAteer playing alongside ex-red John Aldridge. Stig Inge Bjørnebye also represented his country in a friendly that day. 2001 - He featured in a 2-0 World Cup qualifying win in Estonia. Future reds Joe Cole, Jermaine Pennant and Christian Poulsen were both in Under-21’s action that day. 2010 – Poulsen played for the senior Danish side as they lost a friendly 1-0 in South Africa. Daniel Agger, Dirk Kuyt, Martin Škrtel and future reds Milan Jovanović and Xherdan Shaqiri all also turned out in friendlies that day. Double trebles 1946 - Forward Willie Fagan and winger Bob Priday both scored hat-tricks as we thumped Ulster United 11-1 at the Maple Leaf Stadium in Toronto on our North American tour. Jack Balmer also netted twice, with Berry Nieuwenhuys, Cyril Done and Phil Taylor also on target. Willkommen 1998 - South African striker Sean Dundee signed from Karlsruher SC for £1.8m. He had claimed to be “as fast as Michael Owen”, a fanciful boast that was shown up in his five first-team games before he returned to Germany to join VfB Stuttgart after just one year at Anfield. New management 2018 – Pep Lijnders re-joined the coaching staff after half a season away as Manager of N.E.C.. 2001 - Reds boss Rafael Benítez joined Valencia. He led them to two La Liga titles and the UEFA Cup in his three years at the Mestalla, before arriving at Anfield three years later. 2009 – Brendan Rodgers was appointed Manager of Reading. However, disappointing results led to him leaving by mutual consent that December. He had led them to just six victories in 23 games in charge. 2006 - Former First Team Coach Paco Herrera was introduced to the press as Director of Football at R.C.D. Espanyol. He helped them to mid-table in La Liga and the UEFA Cup Final in his first season. On the same day, ex-reserves midfielder Jim Magilton was appointed Manager of Ipswich Town. He was in charge for three seasons, failing to take them to the play-offs or automatic promotion. Sammy the skipper 1981 - Sammy Lee captained England Under-21’s for the first time, while winning his third cap, as they won a European Championships qualifier in Hungary 2-1. First caps 1999 - Sami Hyypiä won his first cap as a reds player, making his 27th appearance in total in Finland’s 4-2 European Championships qualifying home defeat by Turkey, with future red Jari Litmanen also playing. Meanwhile, Abel Xavier won his tenth cap for Portugal, and last one while with PSV Eindhoven, in their 1-0 win over Slovakia in Lisbon. On the same day, Dinamo Zagreb’s Igor Bišcan made his senior international debut as a substitute in Croatia’s 1-1 draw with FYR Macedonia in Skopje. Meanwhile, Patrik Berger netted in the Czech Republic’s 2-0 win in Estonia, also a European Championships qualifier. Future red Vladimír Šmicer also played. Other future reds in international action that day were Craig Bellamy, Paul Jones and Fernando Morientes, as well as ex-red Dean Saunders. 2007 – Roma’s Alexander Doni made his senior international bow as Brazil were held to a goalless draw by Turkey in a friendly in Dortmund, with future reds loanee Nuri Şahin also featuring. 2015 - Krisztián Németh won his first cap as a Sporting Kansas City player as Hungary thumped Lithuania 4-0 in Jerusalem. On the same day, future reds Danny Ings and Gini Wijnaldum, and ex-red Charlie Adam all also played for their countries. 2017 – Ex-reds Christian Benteke and Péter Gulácsi featured for their countries in friendlies, with future red Dominic Solanke netting for England Under-20’s as they beat Mexico 1-0 in their World Cup Quarter-final in South Korea, with Ovie Ejaria also in action. Final caps 1963 - Jimmy Melia won his second and final cap, netting in England’s 8-1 friendly trouncing of Switzerland in Basel. 1974 - Alec Lindsay made his fourth and final senior appearance in England’s 2-2 friendly draw with Yugoslavia in Belgrade. Kevin Keegan was on target, while Emlyn Hughes captained a side that also included Ray Clemence. 1985 - Joey Jones won his final cap as a Chelsea player, and 66th in total, as Wales lost 4-2 to Norway in a friendly in Bergen. 1991 - Dean Saunders made his final appearance for Wales as a Derby County player as they beat Germany 1-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Cardiff, thanks to an Ian Rush goal. Future red Jari Litmanen also played for his country that day. 2005 - El-Hadji Diouf won his final cap as a reds player as Senegal held Congo to a goalless draw in a World Cup qualifier in Brazzaville. 2016 – Naby Keïta won his last cap as a Red Bull Salzburg player as Guinea lost an African Cup of Nations qualifier 1-0 in Eswatini, with future reds loanee Nuri Şahin also playing for his country that day. 2009 – Şahin featured again as Turkey lost 1-0 in a friendly in France, with ex-red Nicolas Anelka on the winning side. Luis on target 2013 – Luis Suárez came off the bench to strike the only goal of Uruguay’s friendly meeting with France in Montevideo, with Sebastián Coates also in action. Jordan Henderson skippered an England Under-21’s side on the same day that also included Jack Robinson, Jonjo Shelvey and future reds Steven Caulker and Nathaniel Clyne as they lost 1-0 to Fabio Borini’s Italy in a European Championships Finals group game in Tel-Aviv. 2014 – Coates also featured as Uruguay beat Slovenia 2-0 in Montevideo, with Ryan McLaughlin and Kolo Touré both also representing their countries. Tommy in trouble 2007 - Reds legend Tommy Smith suffered a heart attack. Fortunately, he has recovered fully. Winning a trophy 1983 - We won the Vita Cup, beating now-defunct Hong Kong side Bulova 2-0. Mark Lawrenson and Robert Savage were on target. Arsenal’s Pat Jennings and Alan Sunderland both guested for the opposition. Birth and death 1950 – Joe Fagan’s son Kit was born in Manchester. He made two senior reds outings before moving to Tranmere Rovers in July 1971, for whom he played 84 League games. 1952 - Forward Fred Buck died in Stafford. He only scored once in thirteen reds games after arriving from West Bromwich Albion in May 1903, moving on to Plymouth Argyle a year later. In the Toulon Tournament 2004 - Florent Sinama-Pongolle was on the scoresheet as France Under-21’s beat Colombia 2-0 in Aubagne. 1994 - Dominic Matteo and Jamie Redknapp both played as England beat Belgium 2-1 in the Semi-final in Berre. 1988 - Future red Nigel Clough nabbed a brace as England beat Mexico 2-1 in the Stade Mayol. Fellow future red Julian Dicks was dismissed while Michael Thomas also played. 1989 - Southampton’s Neil Ruddock made his debut at the same level as a substitute in England’s 3-2 defeat by Bulgaria in the same stadium. Future reds on target 2004 - Fernando Morientes netted in Spain’s 4-0 friendly defeat of Andorra in Getafe, with fellow future reds Xabi Alonso and Fernando Torres also featuring. Meanwhile, Robbie Keane bagged the only goal of the Republic of Ireland’s friendly against the Netherlands, with Steve Finnan also in the side. Jamie Carragher, Jerzy Dudek, Steven Gerrard, Michael Owen, future reds Joe Cole and Christian Poulsen and ex-red Emile Heskey all also played for their countries that day. 2012 – Gini Wijnaldum netted his last goal for the Dutch Under-21’s while with PSV Eindhoven as they thrashed Bulgaria 5-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Maastricht, with future reds loanee Nuri Şahin also in international action. 2011 – Future red Daniel Sturridge scored his last goal for England Under-21’s as they beat Norway 2-0 in a friendly in Southampton. On the same day, future red Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain won his last cap for the Under-19’s as England drew 1-1 with Spain in a European Championships qualifier in Switzerland, with Conor Coady, Tom Ince, Michael Ngoo, Jack Robinson, Andre Wisdom and future red Fabio Borini all also in action. 2007 – Jose Enrique struck the only goal of the game as Spain Under-21’s beat Georgia in a European Championships Finals game in Tbilisi. Future red James Milner also featured at this level that day. 1999 – Reds reserves forward Haukur Ingi Guðnason scored his only Under-21’s goal as Iceland beat Armenia 2-0 in a European Championships qualifier. Falling at the last hurdle 2019 – Xherdan Shaqiri played as Switzerland lost 3-1 to host nation Portugal in their UEFA Nations League Semi-final. Mr & Mrs Barclay 1878 – The club’s first Manager, William Barclay, married Emily Jane King at Bleasdale Church in Lancashire. He worked as a Secretary-c**-Manager for the first four years of the club’s existence, having previously been Vice Chairman of Everton. On the move 2013 – It was announced that keeper Adrián would sign for West Ham United from Real Betis Balompié on 1st July of that year. He turned out on 150 occasions for the Irons, before joining the reds in August 2019.
  5. Will

    28th May

    Milan the European champion 2002 - Milan Baroš featured for the Czech Republic Under 21’s as they clinched the European Championships against France in Switzerland. He only played for the first 45 minutes, with the Czechs winning the tournament in a penalty shoot-out after a goalless match. 1997 - He bagged a brace for the Under-15’s as they thumped Hungary 5-1 in a friendly in Ostrozska Nova Ves. On target for England 1976 - Phil Thompson scored the winner for England, his only goal for his country, as they beat Italy 3-2 in the US Bicentenary Tournament in New York. Joe Corrigan won his first cap, as a substitute, while Phil Neal also played. 1969 - Alun Evans won his fourth and final England Under-23’s cap as they drew 1-1 with Portugal in Funchal. Clubmate Emlyn Hughes netted England’s goal. Digger’s debut 1983 - Future red John Barnes made his full England debut as they were held to a goalless draw in the British International Championships in Northern Ireland. Phil Neal also played. 1988 - Barnes also played for his country, alongside Peter Beardsley and future clubmate Mark Wright, as they beat Switzerland 1-0 in a friendly in Lausanne. Staying and going 2018 – It was announced that Brazilian midfielder Fabinho would sign on 1st July for an initial £39m. He has so far score twice in 72 outings, helping us to claim the UEFA Champions League in Madrid in June 2019. 2013 – Manchester City’s centre-half Kolo Touré agreed to join the reds on a free transfer in July of that year, once his contract had expired. He netted just once in 71 first-team appearances for the reds before being released in July 2016. 2009 - Fernando Torres agreed a new improved contract to tie him to the club until 2013, although he left for a Chelsea in January 2011 for a £50m fee. On the same day, it was announced that reserves boss Gary Ablett was to leave at the end of the month. 1924 – Defender Bill Cockburn signed from Stockport County. He played 67 times before joining Queens Park Rangers in July 1928. On target for the Irish 1987 - Ronnie Whelan scored his first full international goal in the Republic of Ireland’s 2-0 European Championships qualifying win in Luxembourg. John Aldridge and future red Ray Houghton both also played. 1989 - Ray Houghton netted as the Irish beat Malta 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier at Lansdowne Road. John Aldridge, Steve Staunton, Ronnie Whelan and ex-red Kevin Sheedy all also featured. A friendly triumph 1922 - We thumped an Emilia Select side 6-1 in Modena, the second game of our six-match Italian tour. Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers scored a hat-trick, with Harry Beadles bagging a brace and Cyril Gilhespy also on target. In the Middle East 1979 - We met the Israeli national side in a friendly, with the game at the Ramat-Gan Stadium ending 3-3. Avi Cohen played for Israel in the first half, before making his first reds appearance after the interval, two months before he actually joined the reds. Jimmy Case converted a penalty with Ray Kennedy and David Fairclough also netting for the reds as we took a three-goal lead. Tom’s day 1910 – Half-back Tommy Gardner was born in Huyton. He signed as an amateur from Orrell in July 1928, and then professionally the following April, but played only five reds games before moving on to Grimsby Town in May 1931. He was eventually capped twice for England during his stint at Aston Villa. Gary Mac for Scotland 1990 - Gary McAllister won his third Scotland cap, and last one as a Leicester City player, as they lost 2-1 in a friendly in Malta. Gary Gillespie also played in that game. International bows 1988 - West Ham United’s Julian Dicks made his debut for England Under-21’s as a substitute in their 1-1 friendly draw with Switzerland in Lausanne. 2018 – Liam Millar won his first cap for Canada Under-23’s in their goalless draw with Portugal Under-19’s in France. Souey twice 1983 - Graeme Souness skippered Scotland as they lost 2-0 to Wales at Ninian Park in the British International Championships. Ex-red Joey Jones was on the winning side. 1985 - Souness was also captain and was booked as the Scots lost 1-0 to Iceland in a World Cup qualifier in Reykjavik. 2013 – Ex-reds loanee Nuri Şahin captained Turkey in their 3-3 friendly draw with Latvia in Duisburg in Germany. 2016 – Christian Benteke and Divock Origi faced future red Xherdan Shaqiri as Belgium beat Switzerland 2-1 in a friendly in Geneva, with future reds Nuri Şahin also in international action. On target in friendlies 2008 - John Arne Riise netted while winning his final cap as a reds player as Norway were held to a 2-2 draw in Oslo by Uruguay, with future red Luis Suárez also on target. Meanwhile, Steven Gerrard struck in England’s 2-0 defeat of the USA at Wembley, with Peter Crouch, future red Glen Johnson and ex-red David James also featuring and future red Joe Cole winning his fiftieth cap. Ex-red Craig Bellamy reached a half century of caps for Wales as they won 1-0 in Iceland under the management of John Toshack. 2014 – Daniel Agger converted a penalty, his final goal as a reds player, as Denmark beat Sweden 1-0 in Copenhagen. On the same day, Brad Smith featured for England Under-21’s in the Toulon Tournament, while Andrew Robertson won his second and last senior cap while with Dundee United as Scotland drew 2-2 with Nigeria in a friendly at Craven Cottage, with ex-red Victor Moses also in action. 2012 – Ex-red Andriy Voronin scored as the Ukraine thumped Estonia 4-0 in Austria, with future red Suso playing for Spain Under-19’s on the same day. 2010 – Ex-red Robbie Keane bagged a brace, including a penalty, as the Republic of Ireland beat Algeria 3-0 in Dublin. Other reds internationals Kenny Dalglish twice represented Scotland on this day over the years. 1977 - The Scots held Wales to a goalless draw in the British International Championships at the Racecourse Ground. Joey Jones played for the home side. 1980 - He won his 74th cap as they beat Poland 1-0 in a friendly in Poznan. Future reds keeper Brad Friedel also twice played for his country on this day, both times in friendlies. 1994 - He featured as the USA drew 1-1 with Greece in New Haven. 1995 - They lost 2-1 to Costa Rica in Tampa. European Cup joy and despair 2011 – Ex-red Javier Mascherano featured as Barcelona beat Manchester United 3-1 in the UEFA Champions League Final at Wembley. 1997 - Future red Karl-Heinz Riedle bagged a brace as Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund beat favourites Juventus 3-1 to claim the UEFA Champions League in Munich. 1980 - Two ex-reds faced each other in the European Cup Final in Madrid, with Larry Lloyd’s Nottingham Forest edging out Kevin Keegan’s Hamburger SV 1-0. On the move again 2008 – Our former substitute keeper Tony Warner was released by Fulham after 26 appearances for the Cottagers, including both our League meetings in 2005/06. 2015 - Rafael Benítez resigned as Manager of SSC Napoli, having led them to 59 victories in 112 games in charge, as they claimed the Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana in his first season. Babb back in England 2002 - Ex-red Phil Babb joined Sunderland, having recently quit Sporting Clube de Portugal. However, he was unable to keep them in the Premiership in his first season at the Stadium Of Light, making sixty appearances in total.
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    26th May

    Last-gasp heartache 1989 - Having already claimed the FA Cup in the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster, we only had to avoid defeat at home to Arsenal by two clear goals or more to clinch our second double in four seasons. The Gunners took the lead in the second half when Alan Smith was judged to have headed in from an indirect free-kick, one of his nine goals against the reds. We held on until stoppage time, when Michael Thomas burst through to grab the decisive, heart-breaking second and take the title back to Highbury for the first time since 1971. Bruce Grobbelaar was playing his 300th League game for the club. A Busby birthday 1909 - Right-half Sir Matt Busby was born on this day in Orbiston, Lanarkshire. He joined the reds from Manchester City for £8,000 in March 1936, making 122 appearances for us, many as captain, notching three times. He was appointed as coach and Assistant Manager to George Kay at Anfield in May 1944, but he was released by the club the following February after disagreements with the board, taking over as Manager of Manchester United a few days later. 1991 – Reserves left-back Chris Mavinga was born in Meaux, France. He signed from Paris St. Germain in July 2009 but was sold to Stade Rennais for £1m two years later, having failed to break through to the first team. Final despair 2018 – We lost 3-1 to Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League Final in Kiev, as keeper Loris Karius had a personal nightmare, with Mohamed Salah being forced off with injury after just half an hour. Karim Benzema scored the most recent of his four goals past us shortly after half time, but Sadio Mané levelled just four minutes later. However, Gareth Bale then struck twice to secure the trophy for the Spanish side for a record thirteenth time. Emre Can came off the bench to make his 167th and last appearance for the reds. A Philly dozen 1946 - We trounced a Philadelphia Select of American League side 12-0 in a friendly in the Yellow Jacket Stadium. Cyril Done struck four times, with Jack Balmer bagging a hat-trick and Phil Taylor and Willie Fagan both netting braces, and Bob Priday rounding out the scoring. Opening a new stadium 1978 - We played a game to commemorate the opening of the new Al Nasr Stadium in the United Arab Emirates, beating Al Nasr Club 5-0. Our scorers were fairly unusual, with substitute Colin Irwin and Ray Kennedy both bagging braces, and Alan Hansen also on target. 1980 - We returned to the Middle East to beat a Bahrain XI 2-1 on the Three Fives Gulf Football Tour. This time, Howard Gayle and Graeme Souness got on the scoresheet. Signing on 2014 - Brendan Rodgers signed a new contract, having just led the reds to within a whisker of the League title. However, the team regressed and he was sacked in October 2015. 2015 - Centre-half Kolo Touré signed a new contract, notching just once in 71 reds games before moving on to join Rodgers at Celtic in July 2016 after this deal expired. Charnock on target 1994 - Reserves midfielder Phil Charnock scored his first senior reds goal in our 3-0 defeat of Cape Town Spurs in the United Bank International Soccer Festival in South Africa, with Bruce Grobbelaar appearing for the reds for the final time. Robbie Fowler netted the other two. The players were introduced to South African President Nelson Mandela prior to the game. Select thumpings 1948 - We beat a New England Select side 6-0 at Fall River, with Willie Fagan and Albert Stubbins both nabbing braces to add to goals from Jack Balmer and Bob Priday. 1914 - We defeated a Denmark Select XI 7-1 in Copenhagen. Fred again 1935 – Fred Howe scored in our 4-2 friendly win at CD Tenerife, so netting in all three of our tour games. Alf Hanson bagged a brace with Tosh Johnson also on target. Welsh first and last 1949 - Ray Lambert won his fifth and final cap for Wales as they lost 4-0 to Switzerland in a friendly in Bern. 1957 – Future reds centre-forward Des Palmer made the first of his three senior appearances for the Welsh in their 2-0 World Cup qualifying defeat in Czechoslovakia. 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 Lloyd Jones, Brad Smith and future red Lazar Marković 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. 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 Raúl 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. Daniel Agger and future red 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, Christian Poulsen and Daniel Sjölund also played for their countries that day. Pither off 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. 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 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.
  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. 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 - Utility player 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 in an unofficial international, when England B beat the Netherlands 4-0 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. Meanwhile, Dietmar Hamann starred in Germany’s 6-2 defeat of Austria, 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. Into the book 2009 – The club launched its own official Facebook page, which now has over 31m 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. 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 Championship 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 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.
  8. 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. 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. Done deal 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. 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. 1993 - 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 the European Championship Finals, with fellow future reds Paul Konchesky and Jermaine Pennant also featuring. 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. 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. 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 Mackinlay 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 – Pep 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.
  9. Will

    19th March

    Ged’s return 2002 - A famous night in Anfield history came as we defeated Roma 2-0 to qualify for the Quarter-finals of the Champions League in our first season in the current format of the competition. Jari Litmanen’s penalty and an Emile Heskey header ensured we did not miss the injured Michael Owen or suspended Didi Hamann. The night was made complete by the emotional return of Gérard Houllier to the dug-out after heart surgery. Another win in the North East 2006 - We won 3-1 at Newcastle United as we played with three centre-backs and two wing-backs for the first time under Rafael Benítez. Peter Crouch and Steven Gerrard struck in the first half before Djibril Cissé converted a penalty after Jean-Alain Boumsong was sent off for bringing down Crouch. Our French striker enraged the home fans who accused him of ‘over-celebrating’ after his goal. 1904 - We visited St. James’ Park for another top-flight meeting, with Arthur Goddard on target in a 1-1 draw. Happy birthdays 1981 – Centre-back Kolo Touré was born in Bouaké in the Ivory Coast. He arrived on a free transfer from Manchester City in July 2013, netting once in 71 reds games before being released in July 2016. 1982 – Substitute keeper Brad Jones was born in Armadale, Australia. He signed from Middlesbrough for £2.3m in August 2010, making 27 senior appearances before being released in June 2015. 1966 - Nigel Clough was born in Sunderland. He netted nine times in 44 reds games after signing from Nottingham Forest for £2,275,000 in June 1993, without making the expected impact at Anfield. He is now Manager of Derby County, after a successful spell in charge of non-league Burton Albion. The secretary made a good start 1938 - We won 3-1 at Brentford in a Second Division match, with Arthur Riley saving a penalty from Bobby Reid. Left-half Jimmy McInnes scored on his debut, with Jack Balmer and Alf Hanson also netting. McInnes only played 48 times for us, and was the club’s Secretary between 1955 and 1965, before hanging himself from the turnstile area of the Kop four days after our first ever FA Cup Final win. United beaten 1995 - We defeated Manchester United 2-0 in the League at Anfield, thanks to a Steve Bruce own goal, the second he had netted for us after a previous one while with Norwich City, and a sweet strike from Jamie Redknapp. This result helped ensure United were denied a third consecutive League title that season. Most recently 2017 – We drew 1-1 at Manchester City, with ex-City player James Milner putting us in front from the spot before Sergio Agüero struck one of his seven goals past us to date. Howe’s that 1935 - Centre-forward Fred Howe joined on a free transfer from Hyde United. He struck 36 times in 94 outings before joining Manchester City in June 1938. He netted three reds trebles, including notching four times in our record 6-0 derby victory at Anfield in September 1935. Wilson's debut 1898 - Wing-half Charlie Wilson made his reds bow as Bolton Wanderers held us to a 1-1 draw at Anfield, with Harry Bradshaw striking his 53rd and final reds goal and forward Pat Finnerhan playing his eighth and last game for the club. Wilson joined the backroom team in 1905, staying on staff until the Second World War. Heading towards Wembley 1977 - We beat Middlesbrough 2-0 at Anfield in the Sixth Round of the FA Cup as we headed towards another Final. David Fairclough and Kevin Keegan struck the goals. 1921 - We also faced Boro, with Harry Chambers grabbing the only goal of our top-flight meeting at Ayresome Park from the spot. On the same day, the fourth of five FA Cup Semi-finals to be staged at Anfield took place, with losing Finalists Wolverhampton Wanderers sharing a goalless draw with Cardiff City. Derby stalemates We have twice played out goalless top-flight draws with Everton on this day in history 1966 – Both sides drew blanks at Goodison. 1983 – Another meeting ended without score at Anfield. Up against Rovers We have twice faced Blackburn Rovers in First Division fixtures on this day. 1927 - Harry Chambers and Tom Reid were on target in a 2-2 draw at Anfield. Tommy McLean bagged the first of his five goals against the reds, with Red Harper also scoring one of his five past us. 1932 - Gordon Gunson struck a brace with Gordon Hodgson also on the scoresheet as we won 3-1 at Ewood Park. Jack Bruton struck the last of his four goals against us. Morgan’s first 1898 - Future red Hugh Morgan made his debut for Scotland as they thumped Wales 5-2 in the British International Championships at Fir Park. This was his only cap as a St. Mirren player. Chmabers for England 1923 - Harry Chambers was on target as England thrashed Belgium 6-1 in a friendly at Highbury. Fellow reds Tom Bromilow and Ephraim Longworth also featured. Yet another draw 1975 - We were held for the sixth consecutive League game, this time 1-1 at Leicester City with John Toshack notching our goal, while midfielder Peter Cormack was playing his hundredth League game for the reds. This run helped ensure we missed out on the League title by just two points. Former reds target Frank Worthington netted for the home side. On the move 1987 - Future red Paul Stewart joined Manchester City from Blackpool for £200,000. He bagged an impressive thirty goals in 63 games, before moving to Tottenham Hotspur for £1.7m in June 1988. 2004 - Andy Parkinson, who was in the victorious FA Youth Cup squad in 1996, rejoined Notts County on loan from Sheffield United. He played nine times in this spell. 2012 – Former reserves forward Lauri Dalla Valle joined Exeter City on loan from Fulham, playing five times without notching. 2013 – Ex-reds forward Michael Owen announced he would retire from playing at the end of the season, with his career having stalled at Stoke City. Papa Lucas 2011 - Lucas Leiva became a father for the first time, to Pedro.
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