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  1. Will

    17th September

    A Norwegian nightmare 1974 - We secured our record victory, thumping Norwegians Strømsgodset 11-0 at Anfield in our opening game of that season’s European Cup Winners’ Cup campaign. Midfielder Brian Hall was the only outfield player not to score, with Phil’s Boersma and Thompson grabbing a brace apiece. For the record, our other goals that day came from an Alec Lindsay penalty, Steve Heighway, Peter Cormack, Emlyn Hughes, Tommy Smith, Ian Callaghan and Ray Kennedy. Debuting at the back 1988 - Steve Staunton made his reds bow in a 1-1 home draw with Tottenham Hotspur, when Peter Beardsley nabbed our goal with Terry Fenwick equalising a minute later, one of his four strikes against the reds. 1994 - New record signing Phil Babb made his first appearance, as we lost 2-0 at Manchester United. Andrei Kanchelskis struck the first of his five goals past us, with Brian McClair scoring the other. 1938 – Matthew John Fitzsimmons played his only senior reds game, standing in for regular centre-half Fred Rogers in our 3-1 defeat at Bolton Wanderers. Phil Taylor bagged our consolation, with George Hunt nabbing two of his five goals against us, and Jackie Roberts also on target for the Trotters. 2015 – Midfielders Cameron Brannagan and Pedro Chirivella both made their reds debuts as we drew 1-1 with Girondins de Bordeaux in our UEFA Europa League group game with keeper Simon Mignolet reaching a century of reds games. Adam Lallana struck our goal in France. Two-ton Bob 2019 – Forward Roberto Firmino played his 200th reds game as we eventually lost our UEFA Champions League group game 2-0 at SSC Napoli, so losing our first game as holders from the previous season. Dries Mertens' penalty and a late Fernando Llorente goal condemned us to defeat with the match still goalless with ten minutes remaining. To and from Upton Park 1993 - We undertook a complex transfer deal with West Ham United. Julian Dicks arrived at Anfield, with David Burrows, Mike Marsh and £1.5m heading in the opposite direction. None of them lasted much beyond a year at their new club. Dan the man 2007 – Centre-half Daniel Ayala signed from Sevilla for £160,000. He made five senior appearances, sitting on the bench on a further eleven occasions before moving to Norwich City for £850,000 in August 2011. Reds dismissed 2002 - Dietmar Hamann was sent off in our 2-0 UEFA Champions League defeat at Rafael Benítez’s Valencia, with Salif Diao given the run-around at centre-back. Pablo Aimar and Rubén Baraja struck, while Jerzy Dudek said, “We didn’t close down quickly enough and we weren’t strong enough. We played like girls.” 1983 - Future red Steve McMahon was dismissed as Aston Villa lost 2-1 at Anfield, thanks to second-half goals from Kenny Dalglish and Ian Rush as we extended our unbeaten run to the first six League games of that season. Colin Gibson netted for the Villains. Another defeat at the Bridge 2006 - We lost 1-0 at Chelsea, despite Michael Ballack being sent off for the home side. This was our fifth straight League defeat against the Blues. Didier Drogba struck one of his eleven goals against the reds. Red birthdays 1864 - Right-back Andrew Hannah was born in Renton, joining the reds from his hometown club in May 1892. He was the first ever captain of the club, and cousin of inside-left Davy Hannah who also turned out for the reds in the 1890’s. Andrew made 69 reds appearances, netting once as he led us to the Lancashire League and Second Division titles in his first two seasons at Anfield. 2003 – Midfielder Luca Stephenson was born in Sunderland. He signed pro terms in September 2020. First win at The Dell 1966 - We finally won at The Dell, at our seventh attempt, as Ian’s St. John and Callaghan scored in our 2-1 victory. 1985 - We also faced the Saints, when Jan Mølby and Kenny Dalglish struck as we won our Screen Sport Super Cup match 2-1 at Anfield, with Danny Wallace on target for the visitors. Mixed fortunes in Europe We have played two other European ties on this day, without securing a win, although the seasons were both successful in the end. 1975 - We lost 1-0 at Hibernian in our first game of that victorious UEFA Cup campaign, with the goal scored by former Evertonian Joe Harper. Full-back Chris Lawler played his 549th and last reds game. 1980 - Terry McDermott netted our goal as we were held 1-1 at Finnish champions Oulun Palloseura. Forward beginning and end 1910 - Joseph Brough bagged the first of his three reds goals as we lost 3-2 at home to Nottingham Forest, with ‘Wee’ Ronald Orr also on target. Grenville Morris nabbed one of his six strikes past us, with JB Ford and Harry Lockett also netting. 1898 – Fred Geary played his 45th and final reds game in our 1-0 top-flight victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield, with Jack Cox on target. Twice against the Iron We faced Sc***horpe United in the Second Division on this day in consecutive years. 1959 - We drew 1-1 at the Old Show Ground, with Jimmy Melia nabbing our goal. 1960 - Jimmy Harrower, Tommy Leishman and Roger Hunt netted as we won 3-2 at Anfield. Big Anfield wins 1904 - We thumped Bradford City 4-1 in a Second Division meeting, thanks to a Jack Cox brace, Dickie Morris’s fifth and last reds strike and a Maurice Parry goal. 1923 – Forwards Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers and Jimmy Walsh each scored a hat-trick as we thumped Preston North End 7-3 in a Lancashire Senior Cup Second Round tie, with Dick Forshaw also netting. 1927 - Willie Devlin netted twice as we beat Derby County 5-2 in the top flight, with Jock McNab bagging his sixth and last reds goal and Gordon Hodgson and Dick Edmed also on the scoresheet. Harry Bedford bagged a brace for the Rams, two of his nine strikes against us. 1928 – Albert Whitehurst bagged a treble as we thumped Bury 6-1 in a Lancashire Senior Cup Second Round tie at Anfield. Dick Edmed added a brace, with Kelly also on target. Another first 1892 – We played our first game in the Lancashire Senior Cup, beating Southport Central 2-0 at Anfield, thanks to goals from Tom Wyllie and John Smith. Double ton 1932 - Centre-half Tom ‘Tiny’ Bradshaw played his hundredth reds League game as we won 1-0 at Middlesbrough thanks to a Gordon Gunson strike, with inside-left Archie McPherson reaching a century of games for clubs in all competitions. Fabs at the Olympics 2000 – Future red Fábio Aurélio played for Brazil as they lost 3-1 to South Africa in an Olympics group game in Brisbane. Youngsters starting out 2003 - Unione Sportiva Triestina’s Alberto Aquilani bagged his only goal at this level while winning his first Under-20’s cap in Italy’s 2-0 defeat of Romania. 1998 – Future red Christian Poulsen won the first of his four caps for Denmark Under-19’s as they thumped Switzerland 4-0 in a friendly in Vejle. Youngsters on the world stage 2001 - Fernando Torres played for Spain Under-17’s as they lost 1-0 to Burkina Faso in the World Championship Finals in Trinidad. Unfortunately, they also lost their third group game to crash out at this stage. Fellow future red Javier Mascherano featured for Argentina in the same tournament as they beat Oman 3-0 as they went on to top the same group. Digger in charge 2008 – John Barnes was named as Manager of Jamaica. He took over that November, moving on in June 2009 to take charge of Tranmere Rovers. Other reds games 2000 – Steven Gerrard netted as we drew 1-1 at West Ham United, with Paolo Di Canio scooring for the home side. 1955 – We lost a Second Division fixture 3-1 at Leicester City, with Billy Liddell on the scoresheet. 1949 – We won 3-2 at Birmingham City. Billy Liddell struck twice after Cyril Done had opened the scoring. 1947 – We lost 2-0 at Charlton Athletic. 1921 – Harry Chambers struck as Sheffield United held us to a 1-1 draw at Anfield, with Fred Tunstall nabbing the first of his eight goals against the reds. On the move again 1999 - Ex-loanee Mark Prudhoe joined Darlington on loan from Bradford City, ten years after he had first joined the Quakers. However, he did not make a senior appearance this time around. 2010 - Péter Gulácsi rejoined Tranmere Rovers on loan, playing fourteen times in this second spell. 2020 – Aussie left-back Brad Smith signed for Seattle Sounders, having been on loan since August 2018. Future reds in international action 1978 – Gary Gillespie played for Scotland Under-21’s as they beat a senior USA side 3-1 in a friendly at Pittodrie. 2006 – Astrit Ajdarević appeared for Sweden Under-17’s in their 2-0 European Championships qualifying win in Greece. 2010 – Emre Can represented Germany Under-17’s as they beat Israel 2-0 in a friendly in Villingen-Schwenningen.
  2. Jimmy’s treble 1975 - Jimmy Case scored a hat-trick as we beat Polish side Slask Wroclaw 3-0 at Anfield in our UEFA Cup Third Round second leg tie, with Ray Clemence a virtual spectator, to progress 5-1 on aggregate on our way to claiming the trophy for the second time. 3,000 up 1949 - Willie Fagan struck our 3,000th League goal as we lost 3-2 at Huddersfield Town, with Ken Brierley also on target. Vic Metcalfe netted the first of his six goals against the reds, with John McKenna and Jeff Taylor also on the scoresheet. If you like Croatian players 2000 - Igor Bišcan made his reds bow as a substitute for Christian Ziege as a Marcus Stewart goal handed Ipswich Town victory at Anfield. This came just three days after his arrival in L4. Derby stalemate 2017 – We were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Everton. Mohamed Salah put us ahead before the break, but Wayne Rooney equalised from the spot when a soft penalty was awarded against Dejan Lovren, the most recent of his seven goals past us to date. Also recently 2019 – We won 2-0 at Salzburg in the UEFA Champions League to ensure we topped the group. Naby Keïta headed in the opener after the break, before Mohamed Salah struck less than two minutes later. 2018 – Defender Joe Gomez signed a new contract, so far failing to score in 121 reds games, helping us to claim the Premier League title, UEFA Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup. 2015 – Jordan Rossiter payed his fifth and last game for the club as we were held to a goalless draw in our UEFA Europa League game at Sion. 2011 – Luis Suárez headed the only goal of our League meeting with Queens Park Rangers at Anfield shortly after the break. 2005 - Chris Riggott was sent off for Middlesbrough as Fernando Morientes bagged a brace in a 2-0 victory at Anfield. This was our tenth straight game without conceding a goal, equalling our record from the 1987/88 season. Rare wins We have only won five of our sixteen first-class games played on this day over the years, all at Anfield, with the other victories being as follows. 1960 - We beat Swansea Town 4-0, with Alan A’Court and Dave Hickson adding to a Kevin Lewis brace. 1921 - Danny Shone and Dick Forshaw scored to hand us a 2-0 win over Aston Villa, with keeper Frank Mitchell playing his eighteenth and final reds game. Bye bye Beeby 1910 - Keeper Augustus Beeby played his sixteenth and final reds game as we lost 3-0 at Bury in a top-flight fixture, with outside-right Arthur Goddard playing his 300th League game for the club. Billy Hibbert bagged two of his thirteen strikes against the reds, with Tom Kay nabbing the last of his five past us. It could have been worse as Jack Dewhurst blasted a penalty over the bar just before half time with the score 1-0, after centre-half Jimmy Harrop had handled in the box. Losing to Brum We lost twice to Birmingham City on this day in the space of five years. 1927 - Gordon Hodgson struck twice in a minute as we were beaten 3-2 at Anfield in what was Matt McQueen’s 200th League game in charge. It was his last game for more than two months as he was struck down with pneumonia. George Briggs struck two of his ten goals against the reds, with Stan Davies netting the last of his four past us. 1932 – Bob Gregg bagged a treble as we lost another top-flight meeting 3-0 at St. Andrews. Honours even at Old Trafford 1966 - Ian St. John netted twice as we drew 2-2 at Manchester United. George Best bagged a brace for the home side, two of his seven goals past us, which included a spot-kick on this occasion. Ton up for Jack 1938 - Forward Jack Balmer played his hundredth reds game as Grimsby Town held us to a 2-2 draw in our Second Division meeting at Anfield. Berry Nieuwenhuys and Willie Fagan struck our goals. Trebles for and against 1983 - Terry Gibson scored a hat-trick for Coventry City as they thumped us 4-0 at Highfield Road, with Nick Platnauer opening the scoring after just forty seconds. 1904 - Jack Parkinson scored a treble as we drew a friendly with Corinthians 3-3 in Leytonstone, with the reds also having a penalty saved. On the move 1998 - Peter Beardsley was released by Fulham. He racked up a total of 28 appearances for them, including during two brief loan spells, scoring seven times. He moved on to Third Division Hartlepool United at the end of that month. 2013 - Yossi Benayoun signed for Queens Park Rangers having been released by Chelsea, netting three times in seventeen outings before returning to Israel to join Maccabi Haifa in June 2014. International reds 1969 - Emlyn Hughes won his second full cap for England as they beat Portugal 1-0 in a friendly at Wembley. 1999 - Fábio Aurélio played his first game for Brazil, although this was an unofficial international. The result was a 3-0 defeat of Bolivia in Cuiabá. 2011 – Future red Mohamed Salah played for Egypt Under-23’s as they beat Senegal 2-0 in their Africa Cup of Nations Third Place Play-off in Morocco. Other reds games 1977 – We lost 2-1 at Norwich City. Phil Thompson scored after Colin Suggett had netted the last of his four goals against the reds and Martin Peters had struck one of his fourteen. 1955 – Barnsley held us to a 1-1 draw in a Second Division encounter at Anfield with John Evans on target. 1898 – Billy Dunlop put through his own net as we lost 1-0 at Derby County. Dismissed 2001 - Roy Hodgson was sacked as Manager of Udinese after just four months in charge. He later claimed that he had wanted to leave so was happy to be sacked. His next job was as national team boss for the United Arab Emirates. Happy birthdays 1985 – Midfielder Charlie Adam was born in Dundee. He signed from Blackpool for an initial £6.75m in July 2011, netting twice in 37 reds games and helping us to claim the League Cup before moving to Stoke City for a reported £4m in August 2012. 1988 - Former reserves custodian Dave Roberts was born in Birkenhead. He moved up to Melwood in the summer of 2006 and was back-up keeper to David Martin. He had played a key role in our two victorious FA Youth Cup campaigns, including saving penalties in a shoot-out in the Semi-final in 2006 and the Final the following year, but was released in May 2007. 1913 - Matthew John Fitzsimmons was born in Toxteth. He signed from Mather United in October 1936 and played his only senior reds game when he stood in for regular centre-half Fred Rogers in our 3-1 defeat at Bolton Wanderers in September 1938. 1923 – Right-winger Alex Muir was born in Inverkeithing, Fife. He signed from Lochgelly Violet in July 1947, the same club that Billy Liddell was signed from. He only played four senior games before joining South Liverpool in 1949.
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