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  1. Will

    28th July

    Happy birthday Mr Kennedy 1951 - Ray Kennedy was born in Seaton Delavel. After five successful years as a forward with Arsenal, Bob Paisley converted him into a left-sided midfielder following his club record £180,000 arrival as Bill Shankly’s last signing in July 1974. He won six League titles, three European Cups, the UEFA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, League Cup and three FA Charity Shields before joining John Toshack’s Swansea City in January 1982, striking 72 times in 393 reds games. He is now battling against Parkinson’s disease. Robbie arrives 2008 - Robbie Keane signed from Tottenham Hotspur for £19.3m. He struck seven times in 28 reds outings before returning to north London for an initial £15m fee the following February. He grabbed fifteen goals in 52 games in his second spell with Spurs before moving on to LA Galaxy for £3.5m in August 2011, while also being loaned out to Celtic and West Ham United. On the same day, ex-red El-Hadji Diouf joined Sunderland from Bolton Wanderers for £2.5m, after a total of 24 goals in 136 games for the Trotters. Razor sheathed 1992 - Ray Houghton was sold to Aston Villa for £900,000 as Graeme Souness tried to reduce the number of non-Englishmen in the squad, to comply with UEFA regulations for European competition. He had netted 38 times in 202 reds games, helping us to claim two League titles, two FA Cups and the FA Charity Shield. In comes Harvey 2019 – Winger Harvey Elliott signed from Fulham for a fee eventually set at an initial £1.2m, having become the youngest ever to play in both the Premier League and League Cup while with the Cottagers. He made his senior bow on the same day as we lost 3-0 to SSC Napoli at Murrayfield in Edinburgh. He netted once in twenty senior appearances across his first three years with the reds, as well as suffering a serious ankle injury. 2020 – Northern Irish youngster Conor Bradley signed for the reds as a professional. He has so far made five senior reds appearances and is spending the 2022/23 season on loan at Bolton Wanderers. Rafa’s first capture 2004 - Josemi signed from Málaga for £2m, becoming new boss Rafael Benítez’s first signing. He made just 35 reds appearances at right-back before joining Villarreal in exchange for Jan Kromkamp in January 2006. Shaq off the mark 2018 – Xherdan Shaqiri scored in his first reds game as we thumped Manchester United 4-1 in an International Champions Cup game in Michigan, with Sadio Mané and Sheyi Ojo both scoring from the spot and Daniel Sturridge also on target. Four for Fagan 1945 - Willie Fagan scored four times, including two penalties, as we thumped an RAF XI 7-0 in Germany shortly after the end of hostilities. Legendary forward Billy Liddell bagged a brace, with Jack Balmer completing the scoring. Fernando the champion 2002 - Future red Fernando Torres bagged the only goal of the Final of the European Championships for Spain Under-19’s as they beat their German counterparts in Oslo. This was the third consecutive Under-19’s game in which he had scored. Reds firsts 2012 – Fabio Borini played his first reds game in a dour goalless draw with Tottenham Hotspur in Baltimore on our North American tour. 2014 – Herbie Kane skippered England Under-17’s while making his debut at this level as they thumped Iceland 5-1 in a Nordic Tournament group game in Denmark, with Trent Alexander-Arnold also featuring. On the same day, future red Marko Grujić played for Serbia Under-19’s in their goalless draw with Portugal in their European Championships Semi-final, with Portugal going through to the Final after a penalty shoot-out. New boys off the mark 1997 - New signing Øyvind Leonhardsen and young winger Mark Kennedy both scored their first reds goals in a 6-0 rout of Shelbourne in Dublin, each netting twice. Danny Murphy also struck his first reds goal, with Steve McManaman adding the other. Red deaths 1967 – Scottish centre-half David Pratt died. He played 84 times for the reds after signing from Bradford City in January 1923, scoring just once and being known for his long throw-ins. He left Anfield to sign for Bury in November 1927. 1960 – Scottish inside-right Jimmy Stewart died. He arrived from Motherwell in April 1909, bagging 26 goals in 63 outings before joining Hamilton Academical in January 1914. Starting out 1996 - We were held to a goalless draw at Goodison Park in the third-place play-off of a friendly tournament also featuring Borussia Mönchengladbach and Porto, to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Sir John Moores CBE. Jamie Carragher made his first reds appearance, playing at right wing-back in place of the injured Jason McAteer. 2013 – Future reds midfielder Naby Keïta won his first senior cap as Guinea beat Mali 1-0 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Conakry. 2016 – Winger Harry Wilson signed a new contract. He made his reds bow in January 2017 in our FA Cup Third Round replay win at Plymouth Argyle, but only made one further first-team appearance. He was sold to Fulham for a reported £12m in July 2021 after a successful loan spell. Scandinavian reds 1987 - Steve Nicol was on target as we drew 1-1 with Danish side Brønshøj at the Ringsted Stadion. Play was stopped briefly during the second half when a rabbit ran onto the pitch! 1991 - We were held to a goalless draw at Sirius in Sweden. Cleaned out by Ajax 2001 - We lost our closing fixture in the pre-season Amsterdam Tournament, going down 3-1 to Ajax. Jari Litmanen featured against his old side, while Robbie Fowler was on the scoresheet. Other pre-season games 1971 - Chris Lawler netted from long range as we beat Wrexham 1-0 in a testimonial game for Arfon Griffiths at the Racecourse Ground. 1993 - Ian Rush scored as we drew 1-1 at Birmingham City in the T.N.T. Inter-City Challenge Cup. We lost the resulting penalty shoot-out 4-3. 2007 - A Liverpool XI was held to a 1-1 friendly draw at Colchester United, with Miki Roqué volleying our goal. 2011 – We lost 3-0 at Galatasaray. 2013 – We beat the Thailand national side 3-0 in Bangkok, with Philippe Coutinho, Iago Aspas and Steven Gerrard on target. South coast moves 2009 - Peter Crouch joined Tottenham Hotspur from Portsmouth. He had struck sixteen times in 49 outings in this second spell with Pompey. 2006 - David Thompson moved to Fratton Park, having been released by Wigan Athletic at the end of the previous season. He featured just fifteen times for Pompey before moving to Bolton Wanderers the following January. Tosh for Charlie 1969 - Future red John Toshack played for Wales as they lost 1-0 to a Rest Of UK side at Ninian Park, in a game played to mark the investiture of the Prince of Wales, and raise funds for the Aberfan Disaster Fund. Youngsters in action 2009 – Conor Coady and future red Conor Thomas made their debuts for England Under-17’s as they drew 1-1 with Denmark in the Nordic Tournament in Trondheim, with Andre Wisdom also featuring. 2002 - Michael Foley-Sheridan appeared for the Republic of Ireland Under-19’s in the European Championship Finals third place play-off, which they lost 2-1 to Slovakia in Oslo. 1997 – Future red Haukur Ingi Gudnason won his seventeenth and last Under-19’s cap as Iceland drew 2-2 with Hungary in a European Championships group game. Ged in charge 1993 - Future reds boss Gérard Houllier led France to a 3-1 friendly win over Russia in Caen. Frank Sauzée, Eric Cantona and Jean-Pierre Papin netted for Les Bleus. Lucas at last 2008 – Lucas Leiva featured for a Brazil Olympic XI in their 3-0 defeat of a Singapore Select XI in the Stadium of Singapore, in what was the last match before the stadium was demolished later that year. On the move again 1987 - Future reds loanee keeper Alec Chamberlain joined Everton from Ipswich Town for £80,000, although he never made the first team before moving on to Luton Town for £150,000 a year later. 2005 - Ex-reserves midfielder Neil Prince signed for Conference North outfit Stalybridge Celtic three years ago, after impressing on a trial. He left in May 2007 after seventeen strikes in 84 appearances. 2010 – Ex-reds winger Mark Kennedy joined Ipswich Town for £75,000 from Cardiff City. He had failed to find the net in 79 outings for the Bluebirds. 2011 – Midfielder Momo Sissoko joined Paris Saint-Germain from Juventus for an initial €7m, netting twice in 35 outings, before having his contract terminated in September 2013. 2015 - Spanish forward Dani Pacheco joined Deportivo Alavés on loan from Real Betis Balompié, netting three times in 38 outings as they claimed the Segunda División title. 2017 – Midfielder Adam Phillips signed for Norwich City, having his contract cancelled in February 2019 having failed to make a senior appearance. On the same day, right-back Connor Randall joined Heart Of Midlothian on loan, turning out 27 times for the Jam Tarts.
  2. Will

    12th August

    The Doc is in 1976 – Ex-Blues forward David Johnson signed from Ipswich Town for a club record £200,000. He went on to win three League titles, European Cup, UEFA Super Cup and two FA Charity Shields, scoring 78 times in 213 reds games. He was the first player to score for both sides in Merseyside derbies, and returned to Goodison in August 1982 for £100,000. Most recently 2018 – Three reds made their debuts as we thumped West Ham United 4-0 in our season opener at Anfield – keeper Alisson Becker, Naby Keïta and Xherdan Shaqiri. Mohamed Salah opened the scoring, with Sadio Mané bagging a brace and Daniel Sturridge completing the scoring. This secured our 500th Premier League victory. In comes José 2011 – Left-back José Enrique signed from Newcastle United for £5.5m. He impressed reds fans in his early appearances, netting twice in 99 games in all and helping us to claim the Carling Cup and reach the FA Cup Final in his first campaign, before being released in May 2016. 2019 - Andy Lonergan joined the reds, having been released by Middlesbrough earlier in the summer. The reds became the twelfth club of his professional career, but he failed to make the first team, although he sat on the bench on eight occasions, including nights when we claimed the FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup. Joyeux anniversaire 1981 - Our former record £14m signing Djibril Cissé was born in Arles in France. His first season was one of tremendous ups and downs, including a horrific leg break and converting a penalty in the Champions League Final. He notched a total of 24 times in 79 reds games, including scoring in the UEFA Super Cup Final and FA Cup Final, but then spent a season on loan at Olympique de Marseille, for whom he signed permanently for £6.3m in July 2007. 1990 – Mario Balotelli was born in Palermo. The Italian striker signed from AC Milan for £16m in August 2014, only scoring four times in 28 games in his one season at Anfield, spending s campaign back on loan at AC Milan before joining Nice on a fee transfer in August 2016. 2010 - He joined Manchester City from Internazionale for €21.8m after 28 goals in 86 games for the nerazzurri. 1948 – Former first-team coach Patrice Bergues was born in Créteil, France. He worked with Gérard Houllier at Anfield between 1998 and 2001, later working with him at Olympique Lyonnais. 1997 – Nigerian forward Taiwo Awoniyi was born in Ilorin. He signed from Imperial Academy for £400,000 in August 2015, spending most of his time since out on loan before being sold to Union Berlin for £6.5m in July 2021. Joy in Charity We have twice claimed the FA Charity Shield on this day over the years. 1989 - Glenn Hysén made his reds debut as Peter Beardsley scored the only goal of the game against Arsenal at Wembley, in his hundredth reds match. Later, an Ian Rush header struck the post, landing in keeper John Lukic’s arms. 2001 - We made our third trip to the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff inside six months, as a Gary McAllister penalty and Michael Owen strike handed us a 2-1 win over arch-rivals Manchester United. John Arne Riise made his reds bow in this game, which was the first eleven-a-side first-class match to be played indoors, as the stadium’s roof was closed against the rain. Other signings 1982 – Forward David Hodgson arrived from Middlesbrough for £450,000. He never fully established himself in his two years at Anfield, scoring ten times in 49 appearances, although he did claim a League championship medal and helped us to clinch the FA Charity Shield on his reds bow before he left for Sunderland for £125,000. 2010 – Danish midfielder Christian Poulsen signed from Juventus for £4.5m, having previously worked with Roy Hodgson at F.C. København. He made 21 largely uninspiring appearances, without finding the back of the net, moving on to Évian Thonon Gaillard a year later. On the same day, future red Simon Mignolet played for Belgium Under-21’s. For Billy and Zico 1974 - The reds took part in a testimonial match at Celtic for their legendary player Billy McNeill. The game ended 1-1, with our goal being scored by John Toshack. 1985 - We played in another testimonial game, losing 3-2 to Everton at Anfield. Phil Neal, whose testimonial it was, and Craig Johnston were on target for the reds. International milestones 2009 - Sami Hyypiä won his hundredth senior cap, captaining Finland in their 1-0 friendly defeat by Sweden in Solna. This was his first cap as a Bayer 04 Leverkusen player, while fellow ex-red Jari Litmanen played his 125th international. On the same day, Sotirios Kyrgiakos won his fiftieth cap for Greece, his final one as an A.E.K Athens player, as Greece lost 2-0 to Poland in Chorzów. Javier Mascherano also reached a half century of international appearances, skippering Argentina as they beat Russia 3-2 in a friendly in Moscow, with future red Maxi Rodríguez also in action. Stan’s treble 1996 - Stan Collymore bagged a hat-trick in our 4-0 victory at Burnley in a pre-season friendly. Robbie Fowler completed the scoring. Beating City We have twice beaten Manchester City at Anfield in League encounters on this day over the years. 1969 - We won 3-2 with a goal from Roger Hunt and an Ian St. John brace. Tommy Smith scored an own goal in this game with City keeper Joe Corrigan playing his first game at Anfield, with Ian Bowyer also on target for the visitors. 1972 - We triumphed 2-0, thanks to an early Brian Hall strike and a late Ian Callaghan goal. However, this game was marred by the dismissals of Larry Lloyd and City’s Wyn Davies. Lloyd later became the first player to fight a ban before the newly formed independent disciplinary tribunal, in relation to this sending off. Steve Heighway reached a century of reds games that day. Off the mark 2017 – Mohamed Salah scored on his reds bow as we were held to a 3-3 draw at Watford, Jürgen Klopp’s hundredth game in charge. We fell behind to a Stefano Okaka goal before Sadio Mané equalised. Abdoulaye Doucouré put the Hornets back in front, with Roberto Firmino equalising from the spot and Salah giving us the lead, which we held until a stoppage-time leveller from Miguel Britos. 2012 - Raheem Sterling scored his first reds goal as we beat Sami Hyypiä’s Bayer 04 Leverkusen 3-1 in a friendly at Anfield. Lucas and Andy Carroll were also on target. 1991 - Mark Walters made his first reds appearance, in a 1-0 friendly defeat at Tranmere Rovers. He joined from Rangers for a £1.25m fee the following day, where he had been a big success. Euro anniversary 1984 - We met Icelandic side Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur in a friendly. They were the first team we ever played in European competition, almost exactly twenty years earlier. This meeting ended 2-2, with Michael Robinson and Phil Neal on the scoresheet after we had fallen two goals behind. 1990 - We returned to that part of the world, winning 2-0 at HJK Helsinki, with Ray Houghton and David Burrows on the scoresheet. Thumped in Spain 1988 - We were trounced 5-1 by Club Atlético de Madrid in the pre-season T Herrera Tournament. Substitute Ray Houghton scored our consolation goal at the Estadio Vicente Calderón. Alan Hansen dislocated his left knee in this game, keeping him out until the following May. 1983 - David Hodgson struck as we lost 2-1 to the same side in La Linea Tournament. 1986 - We held Real Sociedad to a goalless draw in San Sebastián. Other friendlies 1967 - Ian St. John, Willie Stevenson, Ron Yeats and Roger Hunt all netted as we beat German side Hannover 96 4-1 at their Niedersachsenstadion. 1995 - Steve McManaman bagged the only goal of the game as we beat Shelbourne 1-0 in the Yorkie Premier League Challenge at Tolka Park in Dublin. First and last caps 2009 - Glen Johnson won his first cap as a reds player as England drew 2-2 with the Netherlands in Amsterdam, with future red James Milner making his international bow. Dirk Kuyt was on target, while Ryan Babel and ex-red Emile Heskey also featured. Philipp Degen represented Switzerland for the first time since moving to Anfield, helping them to a goalless draw with Italy in another friendly in Basel. Meanwhile, Xabi Alonso and Álvaro Arbeloa both won their first caps as Real Madrid players. Albert Riera struck his final goal for Spain while on our books, with Fernando Torres also netting and Pepe Reina also playing as Spain beat FYR Macedonia 3-2 in Skopje. On the same day, keeper Nikolay Mihaylov won his first cap since becoming a red as Bulgaria beat Latvia 1-0 in a friendly in Sofia. More international goalscorers 2009 – Ex-red Milan Baroš converted a penalty as the Czech Republic beat Belgium 3-1 in a friendly in Teplice, while ex-red John Arne Riise scored as Norway thumped Scotland 4-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Oslo. Future red Raul Meireles netted for Portugal in their 3-0 friendly win in Liechtenstein. Also in international action that day were Yossi Benayoun, Péter Gulácsi, Krisztián Németh, David N’Gog, future reds Mario Balotelli, Milan Jovanović, Ragnar Klavan, Christian Poulsen, Nuri Şahin and Luis Suárez and ex-reds Nicolas Anelka, Robbie Keane, Harry Kewell and Nikolay Mihaylov, while John Toshack took charge of Wales. Olympian Raul 2004 - Raul Meireles played for Portugal in the Olympics Finals, coming off the bench as they lost a group game 4-2 to Iraq in Greece. In and out 2020 – French centre-half Billy Koumetio signed pro terms with the reds, having joined the Academy from Union Sportive Orléans Loiret Football in November 2018. He made his debut in the UEFA Champions League at Midtjylland in December 2020. On the same day, centre-back Morgan Boyes joined Fleetwood Town on loan, playing four times while with the Cod Army. Blackpool firsts 2003 - Michael Foley-Sheridan played his first senior reds game as we beat Fleetwood Town 6-1 in a friendly at Blackpool’s Broomfield Road ground. John Welsh scored his first goal for the first team, with Milan Baroš nabbing a brace to add to a penalty from El-Hadji Diouf and goals from Bruno Cheyrou and Anthony Le Tallec. Ex-reds on the move 1996 - Bruce Grobbelaar moved down the south coast, joining Plymouth Argyle from Southampton on a free transfer. He turned out 41 times in his one season at Home Park before joining Oxford United the following season. On the same day, Northern Irish youth forward Davy Larmour left Anfield to join Doncaster Rovers on a free transfer, having been part of the victorious FA Youth Cup winning squad earlier that year. He played 22 times for them without finding the net. 2015 – Chris Kirkland joined Preston North End from Sheffield Wednesday on a free transfer, but only played six times in his one campaign at Deepdale. 2016 – Forward David N’Gog signed for Panionios, scoring three times in sixteen games for the Greek side. 2020 – Ex-reds midfielder Adam Phillips re-joined Morecambe on loan from Burnley, netting ten times in 33 outings in this second spell. On the same day, former reds winger Mark Kennedy resigned as Head Coach of Macclesfield Town having rejected a new contract following the club’s relegation from the League due to a points deduction for financial issues. 2013 – Former reserves keeper Alexander Doni retired from playing. He joined the reds on a free transfer from Roma in July 2011 and played four times, as well as sitting on the bench on another 46 occasions. He returned to his native Brazil with Botafogo in January 2013 having apparently suffered a heart attack during a routine medical in the summer of 2012. 2009 – Winger Mark González signed for CSKA Moskva from Real Betis Balompié for €6.5m. He had struck ten times in 44 League games for the Andalusian outfit. 1991 - Former reserves defender Alan Harper rejoined Everton from Manchester City for £200,000. He made 62 appearances in this second spell at Goodison, before moving to Burnley on a free transfer three years later. Also in international action 2010 – Future red Simon Mignolet featured for Belgium Under-21’s in their 1-0 European Championships qualifying win in France. 2000 – Future red Fábio Aurélio played for Brazil as they beat Chile 3-0 in an unofficial friendly in Florianópolis. 1981 – Future red Glenn Hysén appeared for Sweden as they beat Bulgaria 1-0 in a friendly in Uddevalla.
  3. Will

    9th March

    Heading towards Istanbul 2005 - Luis García netted twice before Milan Baroš struck his 27th and final reds goal as we beat Bayer 04 Leverkusen 3-1 in the BayArena to reach the Quarter-finals of the Champions League 6-2 on aggregate. We were able to take our feet off the gas towards the end, as John Welsh made his Champions League debut and we ended the match with Antonio Núñez at right-back and Igor Bišcan alongside Welsh in the centre of defence, although Jacek Krzynówek grabbed a late consolation – cue “Rocking All Over The World”! Rafa was also able to replace Dietmar Hamann with Vladimír Šmicer on the hour, in a replica of the switch made by his predecessor three years earlier that some people claimed had tipped the balance towards the German outfit. Yanks in 2007 - It was announced that George Gillett Jr. and Tom Hicks now owned 80.7% of the club’s shares. John’s bow 1901 – Forward John Davies played the first of his ten reds games as Sam Raybould bagged the only goal of our home top-flight fixture with Wolverhampton Wanderers. Leaving the reds 1999 - Steve Harkness was sold to SL Benfica for £750,000 after three goals in 139 reds games since signing from Carlisle United for £75,000 in July 1989. He only stayed five months in Portugal, playing nine League games for the Eagles before joining Blackburn Rovers. 1972 – Forward Bobby Graham left for Coventry City after 42 goals in 137 reds games, having been pushed down the pecking order by John Toshack and Kevin Keegan. 1964 – Inside-forward Jimmy Melia was sold to Wolverhampton Wanderers. After winning England caps at schoolboy and youth level, he broke into the first team, scoring on his debut in December 1955. He went on to net 79 times in 286 reds games, helping us to the First and Second Division titles. Twice from twelve yards 1991 - We won 3-0 at Manchester City to go joint top of the table, with Jan Mølby scoring two from the spot in a six-minute first-half spell, his 200th game for the reds, and John Barnes netting late on. 1982 - Our previous game on this day was a 5-1 thumping of Stoke City at the Victoria Ground, postponed from the previous December. Five different scorers bagged our goals, with Terry McDermott, Kenny Dalglish, Graeme Souness, Sammy Lee and Ronnie Whelan all on target. 1918 - We also visited the Potters in a Wartime League fixture when George Schofield netted in a 3-1 defeat. On our way to Wembley 1974 - John Toshack netted the only goal of the game as we won our FA Cup Quarter-final at Bristol City. The reds enjoyed the rare luxury of flying back from the game. Derby disappointment 1895 – We lost our Lancashire Senior Cup Semi-final 1-0 at Goodison Park. Happy birthdays 1996 – Centre-half Dan Cleary was born in Dublin. He arrived in 2011, moving up to the Under-21’s for the 2014/15 season. He made his first-team debut against a Malaysia XI in July 2015 but moved on in the summer of 2016. On the same day, Michael Owen played for England Schoolboys as they faced Spain in the Walkers Crisps International Challenge Cup at Wembley. 1983 - Midfielder Michael Foley-Sheridan was born in Dublin. He left Anfield in the summer of 2004, without having broken through into the first-team to return to Irish football. 1950 - Ex-coach Christian Damiano was born in France. He only spent one season with the reds after making the move from Fulham, before moving on for a second spell at Southampton, working as Steve Wigley’s assistant. International starts against the Irish 1901 - Winger Jack Cox won the first of his three England caps as they beat Ireland 3-0 in the British International Championships at The Dell. 1895 - Future reds right-half Rab Howell netted on his debut as England triumphed 9-0 at Derby, winning his only cap as a Sheffield United player. Fellow future reds inside-forward Frank Becton added a brace on his debut, also his only appearance while with Preston North End. 1889 - Future reds keeper Ned Doig won his second and final cap as an Arbroath player as Scotland trounced Northern Ireland 7-0 at Ibrox. 1949 – Future red Sammy Smyth played for Ireland as they lost 2-0 to Wales in the British International Championships at Windsor Park. Bish Bash Taff Tosh 1994 - A bittersweet day for John Toshack, who managed the Welsh national team for the first and only time in his initial 47-day reign in charge. The game ended in a 3-1 defeat by Norway with Stig Inge Bjørnebye, Ian Rush and ex-red Dean Saunders all playing at Ninian Park. Meanwhile, Roy Hodgson took charge of Switzerland as they beat Hungary 2-1 in a friendly in Budapest. Red against red in Cardiff 1903 - Alex Raisbeck captained Scotland for the first time as they lost 1-0 to Wales in the British International Championships at Ninian Park. Richard Morris won his first Welsh cap as a red, alongside team-mate Maurice Parry. Reds milestones 1994 - Ex-red Peter Beardsley won his fiftieth cap for England as they beat Denmark 1-0 in a friendly at Wembley. Future red Paul Ince also played. 1957 – We beat Barnsley 2-1 in a Second Division meeting at Anfield. Johnny McCann struck one of his four goals against us, with Johnny Wheeler and Billy Liddell scoring our goals as Ronnie Moran reached a century of League outings for the club. Disappointment in North London 1963 - Goals from Kevin Lewis and Roger Hunt helped us to a 2-2 draw with Arsenal at Highbury. 1929 - Gordon Hodgson and Dick Edmed both scored as we lost 4-2 to the Gunners at Anfield. Joe Hulme struck two of his ten goals against the reds, with Jimmy Brain bagging the last of his eight and Charlie Jones also on target. We have also twice visited Tottenham Hotspur on this day in history. 1977 – We lost a League fixture as Ralph Coates scored the last of his four goals past us. 1968 - We held them to a 1-1 draw in the Fifth Round of the FA Cup. Tony Hateley struck our goal, and we eventually went out to West Bromwich Albion in the next round, after two replays. Jimmy Greaves scored for Spurs, one of his twelve strikes against the reds. Wednesday twice We faced The Wednesday twice at Owlerton on this day in successive years early last century. 1908 - Goals from Robert Robinson and Joe Hewitt handed us a 2-1 League win. 1907 - We lost 1-0 in the FA Cup Fourth Round as Harry Chapman scored his sixth and final goal past us. Other reds games 1935 – Preston North End held us to a goalless draw in L4. 1912 – We drew 0-0 at Notts County. Also in international action 1988 – Ex-red Avi Cohen and future red Ronnie Rosenthal both represented Israel as they beat New Zealand 2-0 in an Olympics qualifier in Adelaide. 2005 – Future red Javier Mascherano played in Argentina’s 1-1 friendly draw with Mexico in Los Angeles.
  4. Will

    28th February

    Happy birthday Ronnie 1934 - Reds stalwart Ronnie Moran was born in Crosby. He spent 49 years at Anfield, making 379 senior appearances and bagging seventeen goals. He helped us to win the Second Division in 1963 and the League title the following year, before joining the coaching staff. He took charge of the reds for ten games in between Kenny Dalglish’s departure and Graeme Souness’s appointment, having another spell in temporary charge while Souness recovered from his heart operation. He died in March 2017. 1980 – Danish midfielder Christian Poulsen was born in Asnæs. He was signed by Roy Hodgson for £4.5m from Juventus in August 2010 and played 21 reds games without scoring, moving on to French side Évian Thonon Gaillard a year later. 1973 - Goalkeeping coach Xavi Valero was born in Castellón de la Plana. He played for a variety of clubs in Spain, including Real Murcia, and joined the staff at Melwood in July 2007 after José Ochotorena left to join Valencia. He then followed Rafael Benítez to Internazionale. 1962 – Former Head of the Academy medical department Dave Galley was born in Stoke-on-Trent. He had roles with Port Vale, Fulham, Luton Town and Sheffield Wednesday before joining the reds as a physiotherapist in the summer of 1999. He returned to the club in 2009, moving on to Sunderland a year later. Another record for Rushie 1995 - Ian Rush equalled Denis Law’s FA Cup scoring record of 41 goals as we beat Wimbledon 2-0 at Selhurst Park in a Fifth Round replay. John Barnes was also on target. Rush went on to net 44 FA Cup goals in total, still a competition record. Unfortunately, we were knocked out at Anfield by Tottenham Hotspur in the next round. Wembley disappointment 2016 – We lost the League Cup Final to Manchester City on penalties. Fernandinho put the Sky Blues ahead shortly after the break, with Philippe Coutinho equalising to send the game into extra time. Emre Can converted the first spot kick before Fernandinho missed. However, Lucas, Coutinho and Adam Lallana’s efforts were all saved as we lost the shoot-out 3-1. Seven thousand goals 2021 – Curtis Jones opened the scoring behind closed doors at Sheffield United as we won 2-0. Roberto Firmino’s strike deflected off Kean Bryan in what was our 7,000th goal in top-flight football, becoming the second club to reach that landmark. Off the mark 1987 - John Aldridge bagged his first reds goal to hand us a 1-0 victory over Southampton at Anfield. Centre-forward Alan Irvine made his fourth and final senior reds appearance in this game, coming on as a substitute for Gary Gillespie, with Ian Rush moving back into midfield to accommodate him. 1981 - We also entertained the Saints, with Ray Kennedy and Terry McDermott on target in a 2-0 win. 1914 – Forward Jimmy Nicholl struck his first reds goal in our 2-2 draw at Oldham Athletic, with Arthur Metcalf also on target. Centre-forward Tommy Gracie played his 34th and final reds game, while right-back Ephraim Longworth put through his own net, with Ollie Tummon also on target. Red trebles 1931 - South African forward Gordon Hodgson netted a hat-trick, including a penalty, in a 5-2 home League win over Blackpool with centre-half Norman James making his reds bow. Archie McPherson added a brace as Jimmy Hampson netted the first of his six goals against the reds and Jack Oxberry also on target. 1953 - Louis Bimpson bagged all three goals in our 3-2 friendly defeat of Burnley. Carra the top personality 2005 - Jamie Carragher was awarded the Merseyside Sports Personality of the Year in a ceremony organised by the Liverpool Echo. Friedel’s debut 1998 - Brad Friedel made his reds bow in a 2-1 League defeat at Aston Villa. Michael Owen bagged our goal from the spot, with ex-red Stan Collymore netting both of the home side’s goals in John Gregory’s first game as Villa boss. 2001 - Friedel won his 67th cap for the USA, his first one as a Blackburn Rovers player, in their 2-0 World Cup qualifying win over Mexico. The game was played in the Columbus Crew Stadium, where he used to play his club football. Second-rate King Kenny 1984 - Kenny Dalglish made his first reserves appearance for the reds, nearly seven years into his Anfield career. He had been out of action for two months since fracturing a cheekbone against Manchester United. Only 360 fans were there to see him lay on a goal for Paul Jewell as he played the full ninety minutes. On the same day, Graeme Souness captained Scotland to a 2-1 victory over Wales in the British International Championships at Hampden Park, with Ian Rush and ex-reds Joey Jones and Frank McGarvey also featuring. Twice against Boro 1903 - We won 2-0 at Linthorpe Road, with Sam Raybould and Edgar Chadwick on target in this top-flight meeting with Middlesbrough, our first visit to Boro and only fixture at this venue. 2009 – We lost 2-0 at the Riverside Stadium. A Xabi Alonso own goal handed the home side the lead with Tuncay also netting. Martin Škrtel had a rare outing at right-back. Derby action We twice faced Derby County on this day during the 1970s. 1970 - We lost 2-0 at Anfield, one of just eleven home League defeats in the entire decade. This was the Rams’ first win in L4 since December 1937 after fourteen unsuccessful visits. John O’Hare bagged one of his six goals past us, with Terry Hennessey also netting. 1976 - We drew 1-1 at the Baseball Ground, with Ray Kennedy netting late on for the reds after Charlie George had struck one of his five goals against the reds from the spot. Emlyn Hughes reached the impressive landmark of 500 reds games that day. Back in town 1979 – We beat Burnley 3-0 in an FA Cup Fifth Round tie at Anfield. David Johnson netted twice with Graeme Souness also scoring and ex-red Brian Hall on the losing side. We went as far as the Semi-final that season before losing to Manchester United. On target again 2010 - We scored in our 25th consecutive home League game as we beat Blackburn Rovers 2-1. Fábio Aurélio played his 110th and final game of his first spell at Anfield. Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres struck in the first half, either side of a Keith Andrews penalty after Jamie Carragher’s inadvertent handball. First time as a red 1999 - Rigobert Song won his first cap as a reds player as Cameroon beat Mozambique 1-0 in an African Cup of Nations qualifier in Yaoundé. International beginning and end 2006 - Ex-reds keeper Tony Warner won his first cap for Trinidad & Tobago as a substitute in their 2-0 friendly defeat of Iceland at Loftus Road. Future reds Sotirios Kyrgiakos and Andriy Voronin also played for their countries while Scott Carson, Darren Potter, future reds Alberto Aquilani, Raul Meireles and James Milner, and ex-red Michael Foley-Sheridan all featured in Under-21’s friendlies on the same day, with future red Glen Johnson winning his fourteenth and final cap at this level as England beat Norway 3-1 in Reading, with John Welsh playing for the first time since moving permanently to Hull City. Meanwhile, Roy Hodgson took charge of Finland in the Cyprus Tournament. 2012 – Future red Lazar Marković made his senior international debut for Serbia as they beat Armenia 2-0 in a friendly in Cyprus. Meanwhile, Conor Coady captained England Under-19’s in their 2-1 friendly victory over the Czech Republic in London, with Andre Wisdom also featuring. 1925 – Ex-red Harry Beadles won his second and final cap for Wales in their 2-1 defeat by England in the British International Championships at Vetch Field. 1995 – Future red Haukur Igni Gudnason won his sixteenth and last Under-17’s cap for Iceland as they were trounced 6-1 by Scotland in the Portugal Tournament. International reds in action 2001 - Nick Barmby bagged the first England goal of Sven-Göran Eriksson’s reign, with Emile Heskey also netting in a 3-0 friendly defeat of Spain at Villa Park, as Michael Owen won his 25th cap. Ex-red David James also played. On the same day, Igor Bišcan came on as a substitute in Croatia’s 1-0 friendly defeat of Austria in Rijeka, winning his twelfth cap, and first as a reds player, with future red Alex Manninger also playing. Also in action that day were Sander Westerveld, who kept a clean sheet against Turkey at the Amsterdam ArenA, Sami Hyypiä, Vladimír Šmicer and ex-red Jim Magilton. Future red Abel Xavier appeared in Portugal’s 3-0 World Cup qualifying defeat of Andorra in Funchal. Meanwhile, Feyenoord’s Jerzy Dudek won his tenth cap as Poland thumped a Switzerland side that included Stéphane Henchoz 4-0. On the move 2011 – Reserves forward David Amoo joined Hull City on loan, netting once in seven games for the Tigers. 2013 - Kevin MacDonald was appointed Manager of Swindon Town after Paolo Di Canio’s resignation. He led them to the League One play-offs at the end of that season, where they missed out in the Semi-final. However, he left by mutual consent after just fourteen games and five months in charge. Other reds games 1996 – We beat Charlton Athletic 2-1 in an FA Cup Fifth Round tie at Anfield as we headed towards Wembley. Robbie Fowler headed in before Stan Collymore struck. 1959 – We won a Second Division fixture 3-1 at Leyton Orient, with Jimmy Melia, Fred Morris and Alan A’Court all getting on the scoresheet. 1948 – We lost 3-1 at Chelsea, with Kevin Baron nabbing our goal. 1925 – We lost 3-0 at Sunderland. Charlie Buchan scored one of his 21 goals past us, with Billy Ellis scoring before Billy Clunas converted a penalty. 1920 – Notts County were beaten 3-0 in L4, thanks to goals from Albert Pearson, Jackie Sheldon and Tom Miller. Youngsters on target for their countries 2001 - Future red Milan Baroš netted as the Czech Republic Under-21’s beat Poland 4-2 in a friendly in Blšany. 1984 - Ex-red Dave Watson bagged his first goal in only his second game for England Under-21’s as they thumped France 6-1 in a European Championships Finals game at Hillsborough. Also in international action 2014 – Sheyi Ojo and future red Joe Gomez played for England Under-17’s as they drew 2-2 with Portugal in the Algarve Tournament. 1990 – Future red Karl-Heinz Riedle played as West Germany lost a friendly 2-1 in France.
  5. Will

    20th September

    Goalscoring feats at St. James’ Park 1987 - Steve Nicol grabbed a hat-trick in our 4-1 win at Newcastle United in front of the live TV cameras, following John Aldridge’s opener, who also had another strike disallowed for offside. Neil McDonald converted from the spot for the home side. 1961 - Right-half Gordon Milne scored his first reds goal to help us to a 2-1 Second Division win there, with our other score coming from a George Heslop own goal. Kevin Lewis had a penalty saved by United keeper Dave Hollins. Dirk off the mark 2006 - Dirk Kuyt grabbed his first reds goal, and 150th career strike to date, which was also our fiftieth Premier League strike against Newcastle United. We won 2-0 at Anfield, with Luis García playing his hundredth reds game. Xabi Alonso spectacularly scored from inside his own half, the second time he had managed that feat for the reds that year. Quick-fire Billy 1958 - Billy Liddell scored after sixteen seconds, with Ronnie Moran putting through his own net to level the score at Bristol City in our Second Division meeting. He added another in the second half, with wing-half Bobby Campbell grabbing the first of his two reds goals as we won 3-1. This was Liddell’s third brace in six games. Barney Rubble departs 1985 - Left-back Alan Kennedy was sold to Sunderland for £100,000. He is best remembered for his winning strikes in two European Cup Finals, but also won five League titles, four League Cups and three FA Charity Shields after moving from Newcastle United for £330,000 in August 1978, netting twenty times in 359 appearances. Off the mark 2015 – Substitute Danny Ings bagged his first reds goal as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Norwich City, with Lucas Leiva playing his 200th League game for the club. Unfortunately, Russell Martin capitalised on a Simon Mignolet error to equalise. Happy birthdays 1922 - Left-back Eddie Spicer was born in Liverpool. 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 and playing in the 1950 FA Cup Final. Unfortunately, a second broken leg ended his career in December 1953. 1895 - Full-back Tommy Lucas was born in St. Helens. He signed from Alexandra Victoria in 1916 and played 366 reds games, netting three times, winning one League title and captaining England in his time at Anfield. He moved on to Clapton Orient in July 1933. 2003 – Midfielder James Balagizi was born in Manchester. He signed pro terms in September 2020, having joined as an Under-11 from Manchester City. A wise move 2012 – Defender Andre Wisdom netted on his reds bow as we won our UEFA Europa League group game 5-3 at BSC Young Boys, with winger Oussama Assaidi and midfielder Suso also debuting. Juhani Ojala scored an own goal after just three minutes, with Wisdom nodding us back in front after an equaliser from Raphael Nuzzolo. Ojala and then Gonzalo Zárate struck after the break to turn the game around, before Sebastián Coates headed us level, with substitute Jonjo Shelvey bagging a brace to secure victory. Thiago’s bow 2020 - Thiago Alcântara debuted as we won 2-0 behind closed doors at Chelsea, with Andreas Christensen sent off for the home side on the stroke of half time. Sadio Mané bagged a brace early in the second half, with Alisson Becker later saving a penalty from Jorginho. East end despair 2014 – We lost 3-1 at West Ham United, with Winston Reid and Diafra Sakho putting the Irons two up inside the first ten minutes, with ex-red Stewart Downing effectively man-marking Steven Gerrard. Raheem Sterling struck past future red Adrián to give the reds hope, but Morgan Amalfitano completed the scoring late on. This meant we set a new club record of scoring in seventeen consecutive away games in the top flight, a record that eventually stopped at eighteen. Happy birthday Jerome 1996 – Forward Jerome Sinclair was born in Birmingham. He arrived from West Bromwich Albion’s Academy aged fourteen in the summer of 2011, becoming our youngest ever player in September 2012, aged sixteen years and six days, when he featured in a League Cup Third Round tie at his old club. He eventually struck once in five senior appearances before he moved to Watford for £4m in June 2016. Out-foxed again 2003 - Michael Owen netted from the spot before Emile Heskey struck the winner against his old club Leicester City at Anfield for the third consecutive season as we won 2-1, with Marcus Bent bagging a very late consolation for the visitors. Disappointment at The Dell 1986 - Kevin MacDonald broke his leg shortly after coming on as a substitute as we lost 2-1 at Southampton, with Steve McMahon equalising after David Armstrong opened the scoring with the last of his four goals against the reds. However, Glenn Cockerill struck the winner for the Saints. 1980 - Graeme Souness and David Fairclough netted as we drew 2-2, with Phil Neal missing a penalty. Avi Cohen was heavily criticised in the Israeli press for playing on the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. 1997 - We also drew on the south coast, with Karl-Heinz Riedle nabbing our goal before Kevin Davies equalised with the first of his four strikes past us. A milestone day at Old Trafford 2004 - We lost 2-1 at Manchester United, as we benefited from a John O’Shea own goal, sandwiched between a Mikael Silvestre brace for the home side. Steven Gerrard broke a bone in his foot in front of 67,857, the largest crowd to watch the reds in the Premier League to that point. This was our 2,000th away League match, and 4,000th League game overall, as United reached 200 League goals against us, with keeper Jerzy Dudek playing his hundredth reds game, and Ryan Giggs appearing for the 600th time for United. 1893 - We had previously visited United, playing Newton Heath as they were then known in a friendly at Bank Street. Patrick Gordon, Hugh McQueen and Malcolm McVean all struck as we won 3-0. Centenary defeat 1988 - We lost 2-1 at Arsenal in the Mercantile Credit Centenary Trophy, staged to celebrate a hundred years of the Football League. Perry Groves opened the scoring in the first half with Steve Staunton bagging a late equaliser with his first reds goal, but Brian Marwood struck the winner. Charlie Boyd sat on our bench for one of only two times, on his nineteenth birthday. Derby joy 1913 - Billy Lacey struck a brace as we beat Everton 2-1 at Goodison Park in a First Division meeting, to secure our first win of the season in our fourth fixture. Full-back Sam Speakman made the first of his 26 reds appearances in this game. 2016 – Centre-half Ragnar Klavan opened the scoring with his first reds goal as we won 3-0 at Derby County in a League Cup Third Round match, as midfielder Ovie Ejaria and keeper Loris Karius made their debuts. Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi both scored after the break. Bill begins 1924 – Defender Bill Cockburn played the first of his 67 reds games as we held Bury to a goalless draw at Gigg Lane in a top-flight meeting. Mixed fortunes against the Villains We have faced Aston Villa three times in the top flight on this day in history, winning twice. 1975 - John Toshack, Kevin Keegan and Jimmy Case all netted in the final half hour as we won 3-0 at home. 1919 - Dick Forshaw bagged the only goal of the game at Villa Park to hand us victory, which was the first of his 124 reds strikes. 1930 - Gordon Hodgson struck a brace as we lost 4-2 in the Midlands. Eric Houghton scored the first of his six goals against the reds, with George Brown netting one of his nine, Billy Walker one of his five past us, and Tom Waring nabbing the first of his six. Three times against the Potters 2008 - We were held to a goalless draw by Stoke City at Anfield, with Steven Gerrard having a legitimate second-minute free-kick strike ruled out. 1969 - We saw off the Potters 3-1 at home, with Emlyn Hughes on target in his hundredth League game for the reds. Roger Hunt and Ian Callaghan also struck in our tenth consecutive League defeat of Stoke in what was Bill Shankly’s 500th game in charge of the reds. 1902 - Leigh Roose struck through the wrong net in the second minute as were held to a 1-1 top-flight draw by Stoke in L4. Beattie beaten 1983 - Andy Beattie died, aged seventy. He guested for the reds at full-back during the Second World War, and later spent some time on our backroom staff. He managed a host of clubs as well as the Scotland national side, working with Bill Shankly at Huddersfield Town, having played alongside him at Preston North End. Young Englanders 1983 - Future red Paul Walsh grabbed a brace as England Under-21’s beat their Danish counterparts 4-1 in a European Championships qualifier at Carrow Road. Ex-red Dave Watson and future red Mark Walters both made their debuts in this game, while fellow future red Mark Wright also played. 2003 - Michael Foley-Sheridan and David Raven both played for their countries at Under-19’s level in European Championships qualifiers, with the latter making his debut for England at this level. The Republic of Ireland trounced San Marino 10-1 in Serravalle, while England beat Liechtenstein 2-0 in Moscow. 2010 – Samed Yeşil scored his first goal for Germany Under-17’s as they drew a friendly 2-2 with Italy in Elversberg with fellow future red Emre Can also featuring. 1950 – Centre-half Laurie Hughes played for an England World Cup XI against the FA Canadian Touring Team in the FA Charity Shield at Stamford Bridge, with England winning 4-2. Reds aiming to go to Italy 1978 - Phil Neal scored his third goal in four England games as they won 4-3 in a European Championships qualifier in Denmark. Emlyn Hughes skippered a side that also included Ray Clemence and ex-red Kevin Keegan, who netted twice. On the same day, Steve Heighway and future red Mark Lawrenson both played in the first ever senior international between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, at Lansdowne Road. Meanwhile, Kenny Dalglish and Graeme Souness both appeared for Scotland in their 3-2 win in Austria, as they too opened their campaign to qualify for the finals in Italy. Nice one Cyril 1941 - Cyril Done scored a hat-trick as we beat Manchester City 4-2 in a Wartime League game at Anfield, with Dickie Dorsett netting the other. Twice against the Trotters 1897 – Forward Dan Cunliffe bagged a brace with John McCartney also on target as we beat Bolton Wanderers 3-1 in a friendly at Anfield. 1947 - The Trotters returned for a First Division fixture, with the game this time ending goalless. Jameo saves 1995 - David James saved a penalty from Michael Gray as we beat Sunderland 2-0 in a League Cup Second Round first leg match at Anfield, thanks to goals from Steve McManaman and substitute Michael Thomas. Fabs at the Olympics 2000 – Future red Fábio Aurélio played for Brazil as they beat Japan 1-0 in an Olympics match in Brisbane. Only cap 1989 – Future reds goalkeeping coach José Ochotorena won his only cap in Spain’s 1-0 friendly defeat of Poland in A Coruña. On the move 2013 – Argentine ex-reserves midfielder Gerardo Bruna signed for Spanish Segunda División B side S.D. Huesca, netting once in seventeen outings during his one season there. 2016 – Former Assistant Manager Pako Ayestarán was sacked as Head Coach of Valencia, having only been in charge for three months. Other reds game 1952 – We beat Middlesbrough 4-1 at Anfield, with Jimmy Payne, Jack Smith, Bryan Williams and Kevin Baron all on target. Also in international action 2018 - Future red Mateusz Musiałowski played for Poland Under-16’s in their 3-1 defeat of the Czech Republic. 2006 – Future red Astrit Ajdarević appeared for Sweden Under-17’s as they drew 1-1 with Liechtenstein in a European Championships qualifier in Greece. 2001 - Future reds Javier Mascherano and Fernando Torres faced each other in the Under-17’s World Championship Finals in Trinidad, with Argentina beating Spain 4-2. 1977 – Joey Jones and John Toshack both featured as Wales drew a friendly 0-0 in Kuwait.
  6. Team of the Year 2001 - We were named Team of the Year at the BBC’s Sports Personality Of The Year ceremony. Ian Rush presented the award to the recovering Gérard Houllier, who said, “My thoughts and my thanks go to my players. Not only this season’s players, but also the players who have left, like Christian and Robbie. I would also like to express my gratitude to David Moores, Rick Parry and the board because they have all been very supportive of what we are trying to do. I would like to thank my backroom staff because you don’t win things just like that. Above all I would like to thank the fans. Nobody knows better than I how fantastic and how supportive they have been to me.” Careless hands 1967 - Anfield witnessed a truly special own goal when Leeds United keeper Gary Sprake threw the ball into his own net at the Kop end. Straight away the Kop responded by singing Des O’Connor’s recent top ten hit “Careless Hands”. Roger Hunt had already scored, as we won 2-0. Careful hands 2006 - Pepe Reina kept his 28th clean sheet in his first fifty League games, a new club record, as we thumped Fulham 4-0 at Anfield. This was also Rafael Benítez’s fiftieth League victory, in his 93rd match. Jamie Carragher grabbed his first League goal in eight years, after Steven Gerrard had opened the scoring by converting the rebound of his own saved penalty kick. Luis García also scored with Mark González bagging his third and final reds goal. 1995 - Our most recent game on this day prior to that resulted in a 1-0 win over Bolton Wanderers at Burnden Park thanks to a Stan Collymore strike, our first victory in eight matches. This was despite us missing three players who were away on international duty with the Republic of Ireland. Nigel Clough played his 44th and final reds game. McVean’s treble 1893 - Former shipyard worker Malcolm McVean scored all three goals as we beat Walsall Town Swifts 3-0 in a Second Division meeting at Anfield. Rafa’s records 2008 – We secured our 39th win in European competition under Rafael Benítez, excluding by penalty shoot-outs, as we won 3-1 at PSV Eindhoven despite falling behind. This equalled Bob Paisley’s club record as we reached fourteen points, still our highest ever total in the Champions League group stage. Martin Kelly and Jay Spearing both made their senior bows as David N’Gog bagged his first reds goal after Ryan Babel had headed in and Albert Riera struck a spectacular long-range effort. 2005 - Benítez was named Manager of the Month for the first time after we had won five and drawn the other of our six games in November, all without conceding. Continental defeats 1984 - We lost 1-0 in Tokyo to Argentina’s Independiente in the World Club Championship, with José Alberto Percudani on target. 2009 – Dani Pacheco made his reds bow as Fiorentina won 2-1 at Anfield in our dead rubber Champions League group encounter. Yossi Benayoun headed us in front shortly before the break, but second-half strikes from Martin Jorgensen and Alberto Gilardino in injury time sent us to defeat as Alberto Aquilani made his first reds start. Ending a run 1978 - We brought Nottingham Forest’s remarkable 42-game unbeaten run to an end. Terry McDermott struck twice at Anfield, including one from the spot after an Archie Gemmill foul on Kenny Dalglish, as we won 2-0. Brian Clough said, “They murdered us. We hardly got a kick of the ball.” England captain 1931 - Future reds left-back Ernie Blenkinsop captained England for the first of four occasions as they trounced Spain 7-1 in a friendly at Highbury, with future red Tommy Cooper also in action and Tosh Johnson netting twice while winning his first cap as an Everton player, his last international goals. 1964 – Peter Thompson played for England in their 1-1 friendly draw with the Netherlands in Amsterdam. Stevie again 2014 – Steven Gerrard scored his hundredth goal at Anfield late on as we crashed out of the Champions League in the group stage thanks to a 1-1 draw with Basel. We had fallen behind to a Fabian Frei goal, with half-time substitute Lazar Marković laughably sent off on the hour mark. Lucas Leiva reached a century of European games for the club. 2012 - We won 3-2 at West Ham United, with ex-Hammer Glen Johnson handing us an early lead. Mark Noble equalised from the spot before Steven Gerrard headed into his own net. Late goals from ex-United player Joe Cole and Jonjo Shelvey ensured we left with all three points. These were Cole and Shelvey’s last reds strikes. Red firsts 2020 – Trent Alexander-Arnold captained the reds for the first time as we drew a dead rubber UEFA Champions League group game 1-1 behind closed doors at Midtjylland, with centre-back Billy Koumetio making his senior bow. Mohamed Salah netted inside the first minute, but Diogo Jota sadly suffered a knee injury that side-lined him for three months. Management moves 1959 – The Huddersfield Town board agreed to release Bill Shankly early from his notice period, so he was able to take over as reds boss a few days later. 2009 – Jim Magilton was suspended as Manager of Queens Park Rangers, following an alleged headbutt on one of his players after a game at Watford. He left the club by mutual consent a week later. Thumping Wolves 1905 - Sam Raybould scored his hundredth League goal for the reds as we beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 4-0 at Anfield on our way to our second League title, while they ended the season bottom. Arthur Goddard also struck to add to a Joe Hewitt brace. Wheels off 1961 - Half-back Johnny Wheeler played his 177th and final reds game in our 2-1 Second Division defeat of Plymouth Argyle at Anfield, their most recent visit in all competitions. Alan A’Court and Ian St. John scored our goals to secure Bill Shankly’s fiftieth win as reds boss in his 91st game in charge. 1899 – Inside-right David Wilson played his second and final reds game in our top-flight defeat of Preston North End at Anfield, with right-back General Stevenson playing for the 22nd and last time. Inside-right John Walker bagged the only goal of the game. Mixed fortunes against the Geordies We have twice faced Newcastle United in the top flight on this day in history, with the away side winning 1-0 on each occasion. 1911 - We lost at Anfield as Jimmy Stewart struck the last of his five goals against the reds. 1922 - Harry Chambers nabbed the only goal of the game on the hour mark in the North East, to avenge a 2-0 defeat in L4 the previous week. A European away win close to home 1970 - John Toshack netted the only goal of the game as we won at Hibernian in the first leg of our Third Round Fairs Cup tie. We had earlier survived a good penalty shout against Larry Lloyd, with the home side also having a goal ruled out for offside. Tosh had already scored for Cardiff City in the European Cup Winners’ Cup that season, against Nantes Atlantique, at a time when there was no concept of being ‘cup-tied’. Dismissed 1972 - Midfielder Peter Cormack was sent off in our 1-1 draw at West Bromwich Albion, for violent conduct after a clash with Asa Hartford. However, he successfully appealed against his three-match suspension. Phil Boersma scored our goal at The Hawthorns, before Tony Brown equalised with the last of his eight strikes past us. Spot-kick win in Arabia 1986 - We claimed the Dubai Super Cup by beating Celtic 4-2 in a penalty shoot-out after the game ended 1-1, with Owen Archdeacon opening the scoring in the second half before Alan Hansen struck late on. Steve McMahon, Ronnie Whelan, Jim Beglin and Steve Nicol were all successful from the spot. Bruce Grobbelaar saved from Archdeacon in the shoot-out, with Mo Johnston hitting the post. Berry on target again 1944 - South African outside-right Berry Nieuwenhuys scored in his third consecutive game as we lost 3-2 at Chester’s Moss Road Ground in a Wartime League match. Jackie Campbell bagged our other goal. Other reds games 1989 – Peter Beardsley equalised as Aston Villa held us to a 1-1 draw at Anfield. 1950 – We won 3-1 at Portsmouth. Jimmy Payne bagged a brace with Jack Balmer also netting as Ike Clarke scored the last of his four goals against the reds. 1933 – Alf Hanson scored as Sheffield Wednesday won 3-1 in L4. Mark Hooper struck two of his eight past us, with Ellis Rimmer grabbing one of his five. Brucie on the move again 1998 - Bruce Grobbelaar signed for Lincoln City on non-contract terms. He only stayed until the New Year, playing twice in the Second Division. Knocked out 2003 - Michael Foley-Sheridan played as the Republic of Ireland Under-20’s lost 3-2 on a golden goal to Colombia in the World Championship Finals in the United Arab Emirates, in their Second Round encounter.
  7. Will

    22nd September

    God off the mark 1993 - Robbie Fowler scored on his reds debut as we beat Fulham 3-1 at Craven Cottage in our League Cup Second Round first leg match. Ian Rush and Nigel Clough had put us two ahead at the break, with Sean Farrell pulling a goal back before God struck. Happy birthday Harry 1978 - Harry Kewell was born in Smithfield in Australia. He signed from Leeds United for £5m in July 2003, but his time at Anfield was somewhat disappointing due to a series of niggling injuries, as he bagged sixteen goals in 139 reds games before moving to Galatasaray as his contract expired in July 2008. He helped us to claim the Champions League and FA Cup in his reds career, although he limped out of both finals. 1927 - Defender George Whitworth was born in Eckington, Derbyshire. He signed from Stanton Ironworks in February 1950, but only made nine appearances in his three years at Anfield, standing in for Phil Taylor. 1911 - Forward John McFarlane was born in Shettleston, Glasgow. He signed from Aberdeen in November 1928 and became our then-youngest ever player when he debuted as we lost 2-1 at home to Everton in the League three months later, aged just seventeen years and 47 days. However, he only played one more senior game, moving on to Halifax Town in July 1930. Seven in a row 2018 – We secured a club record seventh consecutive win from the start of a season when we beat Southampton 3-0 at Anfield, with all the goals coming in the first half. We took the lead when Xherdan Shaqiri's shot took two deflections, eventually going down as a Wesley Hoedt own goal. Joël Matip headed in with Mohamed Salah netting in first-half stoppage time. Unfortunately, we lost our next game, an EFL Cup Third Round tie at home to Chelsea. 2019 – We won 2-1 at Chelsea with Trent Alexander-Arnold opening the scoring with a fabulous free-kick, with the home side having a goal ruled out for offside by VAR before Roberto Firmino doubled our lead after half an hour. N’Golo Kanté pulled a goal back after the break, but we held on to secure maximum points from our opening six League games. Graduating to the first team 1970 - The reds included two university graduates in their ranks for the first time, as Brian Hall and Steve Heighway both featured against Third Division Mansfield Town in a League Cup Second Round replay at Anfield. Joe Fagan’s son, right-back Kit, made his reds debut as a late substitute for Heighway. However, he only ever made one more senior appearance. Jimmy Sutton gave the visitors a shock lead from thirty yards inside two minutes. Emlyn Hughes equalised before John Stenson headed the visitors back in front. Tommy Smith netted a penalty to take the match into extra time, with Alun Evans grabbing the winner as we won 3-2. Unfortunately, we were knocked out at Swindon Town at the next hurdle. A lucky escape 1992 - We came back from 3-0 and 4-2 down to Third Division Chesterfield to draw our League Cup Second Round first leg 4-4, as we conceded four times at Anfield for the first time since December 1969. Mark Wright netted a brace, with Ronnie Rosenthal also on target and Don Hutchison bagging his first reds goal. However, we won the second leg 4-1 to progress to the next round. This game saw young midfielder Phil Charnock’s first reds start, and second and final appearance in all. Steve Norris and Dave Lancaster struck twice each for the Spireites. Undefeated at Goodison We have not lost any of our three trips to Goodison on this day in history. 1990 - We won 3-2, with Peter Beardsley adding a brace to a John Barnes spot-kick to put us three goals ahead, before Andy Hinchcliffe and then Stuart McCall, from a free-kick that bounced off the bar onto Glenn Hysén and in, struck for the home side. 1962 - A last-minute Roger Hunt goal handed us a share of the spoils in the first League derby for eleven years, with Kevin Lewis also scoring in a 2-2 draw, although the Blues had two further goals disallowed. Roy Vernon opened the scoring from the spot for the home side, one of his six strikes against us, with ex-red Johnny Morrissey putting them in front. 1900 - Sam Raybould equalised immediately after the break as the game ended 1-1, getting on the scoresheet for the fourth game in a row. Anfield despair 2010 – We were knocked out of the Carling Cup by the ‘formidable challenge’ of Northampton Town, 4-2 on penalties after the game had ended 1-1 in normal time and then 2-2 after extra time. This was our first ever League Cup defeat to basement opposition. Milan Jovanović opened the scoring with his first reds goal as Sotirios Kyrgiakos skippered the reds for the only time, with David N’Gog heading in our extra-time equaliser. Keeper Brad Jones, centre-half Danny Wilson and midfielders Tom Ince and Jonjo Shelvey all made their reds bows. Shelvey and Daniel Agger both converted in the shoot-out, with N’Gog and Nathan Eccleston both missing. Bienvenue Grég 2000 - Left-back Grégory Vignal signed from Montpelier for £500,000. He only made fourteen starts and twenty appearances in total, and moved permanently to Portsmouth in July 2006, following four loan spells away from Anfield. Disappointment against the Blues We have twice faced Birmingham City on this day in history, without securing a victory. 2007 - We were held to a frustrating goalless draw at Anfield, with media attention focused on the fact that Fernando Torres was rested for the opening hour. 1906 - We lost 2-1 at Coventry Road. Jack Cox grabbed our consolation, while full-back Percy Saul made his reds bow. Arthur Mounteney bagged one of his five goals against us, with Bill Jones also netting. Five thousand points 2001 - Jari Litmanen’s goal at Anfield to defeat Tottenham Hotspur took us past 5,000 points in League football. Michael Owen came on as a substitute, but suffered a hamstring pull after just a quarter of an hour on the pitch. A Dane in Yorkshire 1995 - Jan Mølby joined Barnsley on loan, for whom he only made five appearances. He then moved to Norwich City on loan, in the twilight of his Anfield career. Defensive debuts 1976 - Future red Avi Cohen won his first senior cap as Israel won a friendly 1-0 in Greece. 1993 - Future red Rigobert Song won his first senior international cap in Cameroon’s 1-0 friendly defeat by Mexico in Los Angeles. Stig Inge Bjørnebye and future reds Karl-Heinz Riedle and Christian Ziege also played for their countries that day. Rushie on target again 1982 - Ian Rush scored in the third of five consecutive internationals as Wales beat Norway 1-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Swansea. Ex-red Joey Jones also played, winning his final cap while with Wrexham. Mark Lawrenson and future red Michael Robinson both featured as the Republic of Ireland lost 2-1 to the Netherlands in Rotterdam on the same day, while Phil Neal won his fortieth England cap as they drew 2-2 in Denmark in another qualifier. International finales 1987 – Future red Stig Inge Bjørnebye won his seventh and last Under-19's cap as Norway beat Poland 3-1 in Aberdeen. 1997 – Future red John Arne Riise won his only cap at Under-17’s level as Norway lost 3-2 to Italy. Mixed fortunes against the Villains 1997 - Robbie Fowler converted a spot-kick in front of the live TV cameras, with first-time skipper Steve McManaman and Karl-Heinz Riedle also on target as we beat Aston Villa 3-0 at Anfield. 1951 - We lost 2-0 at Villa Park in another top-flight encounter back. A double treble 1917 - Thomas Bennett and Harry Lewis both bagged hat-tricks as we thumped Bolton Wanderers 6-0 in a Wartime League game at Anfield. Rovers and Leeds again and again 1945 - Jack Balmer and Willie Fagan both grabbed braces as we thumped Blackburn Rovers 5-0 in a Wartime League match at Ewood Park, with Bill Jones also scoring. 1894 - Malcolm McVean and Hugh McQueen netted as we were held to a 2-2 draw at Anfield in a First Division meeting, the first time we had ever hosted Rovers. 1928 - Jimmy McDougall was on the scoresheet as Leeds United held us to a 1-1 draw, with Russell Wainscott scoring one of his five goals against the reds. 1934 - Alf Hanson netted twice as we won another top-flight encounter 3-0 at Elland Road, with future Leeds player Gordon Hodgson grabbing his 200th League goal for the reds. 2009 – David N’Gog bagged the only goal of our League Cup Third Round tie at Leeds as midfielder Jay Spearing made his first start for the reds. For the League 1971 - Emlyn Hughes and Chris Lawler both played for a Football League representative side that beat a League of Ireland team 2-1 in Dublin. Other reds games 1984 – Paul Walsh netted as we drew 1-1 at Manchester United. 1981 – We won 2-1 at Coventry City with Alan Kennedy bagging a rapid equaliser after we had fallen behind to a Gerry Daly goal in the first minute. Terry McDermott scored the winner from the spot. 1979 – Norwich City held us to a goalless draw at Anfield. 1973 – We beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 in L4. Martin Peters opened the scoring with one of his fourteen goals against the reds, before Chris Lawler equalised. Martin Chivers nabbed one of his seven goals past us. Pat Jennings saved a penalty from Emlyn Hughes but was judged to have left his line too early. Alec Lindsay converted the subsequent retake, with Chris Lawler netting the last-minute winner. 1956 – Dicky Robinson scored an own goal as we drew a Second Division encounter 1-1 at Middlesbrough, with Brian Clough bagging the first of his ten goals past us. 1923 – We lost 2-0 at Burnley. On the move again 1997 - Bruce Grobbelaar signed for Sheffield Wednesday from Oxford United for a nominal fee. He did not make a first-team appearance for the Owls. 2020 – Ex-reds winger Jordon Ibe signed for Derby County, having been released by Bournemouth the previous June. He only made one senior appearance before his contract was cancelled by mutual consent at the end of the season. On the same day, midfielder Luca Stephenson signed as a professional with the reds. Michael in international action 1999 – Michael Foley-Sheridan played for the Irish Under-16’s as they shared a goalless draw with Belgium in Dublin. 2003 – He featured for the Under-19’s as they beat Lithuania 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in San Marino.
  8. Will

    18th September

    Happy birthdays 1958 - John Aldridge was born in Liverpool. He signed from Oxford United for £750,000 in January 1987 and struck 63 times in 104 reds appearances, including one in the 1989 FA Cup Final. He also won a League title and FA Charity Shield in his time at Anfield, before moving on to Real Sociedad for £1.1m in September 1989. 1987 – French left-back Aly Cissokho was born in Blois. He arrived on loan from Valencia in August 2013 for a season, making nineteen appearances. 1917 - Phil Taylor was born in Bristol. He signed from Bristol Rovers in March 1936 in exchange for outside-right Billy Hartill plus £5,000. He made 345 appearances at right-half before and after the war, scoring 34 times and winning one League title and captaining the side. He joined the coaching staff when he retired from playing in July 1954, and became Manager in May 1956, staying in the job for three years, but has the unhappy distinction of being the only reds boss never to manage the side in the top flight. A derby record 1948 - The record attendance at a Merseyside derby was set as 78,299 witnessed a 1-1 draw. Willie Fagan grabbed our goal before Jock Dodds converted a penalty for the Blues after a Bill Shepherd handball, the first spot-kick they had ever been awarded in a derby. This remains the biggest crowd for any League match at Goodison. Four for Deano 1991 - Dean Saunders scored four goals in our 6-1 thumping of Finnish side Kuusysi Lahti in the opening game of our UEFA Cup campaign. Ray Houghton scored the other two in our first game back in Europe after the ban following the Heysel disaster. Thiago signs on 2020 – Midfielder Thiago Alcântara signed from Bayern München for an initial £20m. He scored once in thirty appearances in his first season at Anfield. Red trebles 1909 - Jack Parkinson bagged a hat-trick as we won 4-1 at Nottingham Forest, with ‘Wee’ Ronald Orr also on the scoresheet and Enoch West grabbing one of his eight goals against the reds. 1954 - Billy Liddell scored three times, including two penalties, in our 4-1 Second Division defeat of Fulham at Anfield. John Evans netted the other, with future England boss Bobby Robson on target for the visitors. Liddell’s goal from open play was struck so hard that it rebounded off the stanchion and flew back out onto the pitch, while his second, late spot-kick was his hundredth League goal for the reds. Multiple centurions 1971 – Full-back Chris Lawler played his 400th reds game in our 1-0 defeat at Leeds United thanks to a Peter Lorimer goal. 1920 – Right-back Ephraim Longworth made his 200th League appearance for the club as we were held to a goalless draw at Oldham Athletic. 1897 – Right-half John McCartney played his hundredth League game for the reds in our 4-2 defeat at The Wednesday, with William Walker and Frank Becton netting. Off, off, off! 2011 - Sebastián Coates made his reds bow as a first-half replacement for the injured Daniel Agger just before Charlie Adam was sent off after two cautions with the reds 1-0 down at Tottenham Hotspur thanks to a Luka Modrić strike. We eventually crashed to a 4-0 defeat, Kenny Dalglish’s worst ever as reds boss, as Martin Škrtel was also dismissed for a second yellow card, shortly before Jermain Defoe doubled Spurs’ lead, one of his six strikes against us to date. Emmanuel Adebayor then added a late brace, the most recent of his five goals past us. 2007 - Jermaine Pennant was dismissed, the first red card of his club career, as we held Porto to a 1-1 draw in their Estádio do Dragão, with Dirk Kuyt heading our goal after we had gone behind to a Lucho González penalty. 1999 - David Thompson and Leicester City’s Frank Sinclair were both sent off as we drew 2-2 at Filbert Street, with both our goals coming from Michael Owen, including one from the spot. Tony Cottee had opened the scoring early on with one of his eight goals against us, with Muzzy Izzet bagging a late equaliser for the Foxes. Up against the Mancs 2005 - We were held to a fairly uneventful goalless draw at Anfield by Manchester United. Also in Europe 2018 – Brazilian midfielder Fabinho made his reds bow as we beat Paris Saint-Germain 3-2 in our opening UEFA Champions League group game at Anfield as we started on the road to winning the cup for the sixth time. His compatriot Roberto Firmino bagged the winner in injury time, scoring in his third consecutive reds game. Daniel Sturridge headed us in front, with James Milner doubling the lead from the spot before Thomas Meunier pulled a goal back before the break. Kylian Mbappé bagged a late equaliser, but Bobby gave the reds the last laugh. 1968 - We lost 2-1 at Athletic Bilbao in the first game of our Fairs Cup campaign, with Roger Hunt grabbing our consolation. We eventually went out at this opening stage, on a coin toss! 1982 - Ian Rush struck a brace with Craig Johnston also on target as we beat Swansea City 3-0 at the Vetch Field in a First Division fixture, with Kenny Dalglish playing his 300th reds game. Dicks starts out 1993 - Full-back Julian Dicks made his reds bow in our 2-0 defeat at Everton, the most recent red to make his debut in a derby. Bruce Grobbelaar, playing his 600th reds game, and Steve McManaman came to blows in this game, with ex-red Gary Ablett skippering the Blues for the only time in a derby. Mark Ward and Tony Cottee struck for the Toffees. Czech mates on target 1996 - Euro ‘96 runners-up Czech Republic thumped Malta 6-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Teplice. Patrik Berger grabbed a brace while winning his first cap as a red. Future clubmate Vladimír Šmicer was also on the scoresheet, while making his first appearance as a Racing Club de Lens player. International bow 2018 – Future red Mateusz Musiałowski debuted for Poland Under-16’s in their 2-0 defeat by the Czech Republic. Sami on the mark 1991 - Future red Sami Hyypiä scored as Finland Under-18’s won 2-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Austria. Mixed fortunes against the Potters and Spurs 1915 - We drew 2-2 with Stoke at the Victoria Ground in a Wartime League match, with Ephraim Longworth and Fred Pagnam on the scoresheet. 1935 - Gordon Hodgson netted twice as we beat Stoke City 2-0 in a top-flight match at Anfield. 1965 - Geoff Strong nabbed our late consolation as we lost 2-1 at White Hart Lane. Alan Gilzean and Eddie Clayton netted for the home side. 1976 - David Johnson and Steve Heighway were on target as we beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 at Anfield in another top-flight meeting. Ray Clemence saved a Keith Osgood penalty to maintain his clean sheet. Emlyn honoured 2008 – Reds hero Emlyn Hughes was inducted into the National Football Museum’s Hall of Fame in a ceremony at the Millennium Mayfair Hotel in London. Other moves 2018 – Ex-reds right-back Stephen Darby announced his retirement from football at the age of 29 after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease. 2015 – Centre-half Mamadou Sakho signed a new five-year contract. He notched three times in eighty reds outings before falling out with boss Jürgen Klopp, moving on to Crystal Palace in August 2017 after a successful loan spell. 2010 - Gary McAllister was appointed Assistant Manager of Aston Villa under Gérard Houllier. He took charge of three games at the end of the season after Houllier’s illness, but left the club in June 2011. 1995 - Ex-reserves forward Paul Jewell re-joined Grimsby Town on loan from Bradford City. He struck once in his three games in this second spell at Blundell Park. 1992 - Future loanee keeper Alec Chamberlain joined Chelsea on loan from Luton Town, although he did not play for their first team in his time at Stamford Bridge. Other reds games 1937 – Jack Balmer and Berry Nieuwenhuys netted as we beat Grimsby Town 2-1 at Anfield. 1926 – We lost 2-0 at Arsenal, with Jimmy Brain scoring the first of his eight goals against the reds and Sid Hoar also on target. Bruce blessed 1983 - Bruce Grobbelaar’s marriage to Debbie was blessed in Ubley, near Bristol. In typical Brucie fashion, both the happy couple had worn tracksuits on their actual wedding day! Also in international action 1938 – Ex-red Matt O’Mahoney played for the Republic of Ireland as they thumped Switzerland 4-0 in a friendly in Dublin. 2002 – Future red Glen Johnson represented England Under-19’s in their 3-1 defeat of Hungary in a friendly in Budapest. 2003 – Michael Foley-Sheridan featured as the Irish Under-19’s drew 1-1 with Bulgaria in a European Championships qualifier in San Marino. 2016 – Rafael Camacho skippered Portugal Under-17’s in their 5-0 trouncing of Malta in a European Championships qualifier.
  9. Will

    26th July

    The start of a dynasty 1974 - Bob Paisley was appointed Manager, a fortnight after Bill Shankly’s resignation. He became Britain’s most successful boss, leading us to six League titles, three European Cups, UEFA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, three League Cups and five Charity Shields in just nine years in charge. In comes Milan 2001 - Milan Baroš signed from Baník Ostrava for £3.2m, although he was not granted a work permit and allowed to come to Anfield for another five months. He bagged 27 goals in 108 reds games, before moving to Aston Villa for £6.5m in August 2005, having helped us to claim the UEFA Champions League and Worthington Cup. To the World Cup Final 1966 - Roger Hunt played in England’s 2-1 World Cup Semi-final defeat of Portugal at Wembley. He would shortly become the first red to claim football’s top honour while with the club. Double debutants 2005 - Peter Crouch and Momo Sissoko both made their reds debuts as we won 3-1 at FBK Kaunas in the first leg of our Champions League Second Round qualifier, with Jamie Carragher nabbing his first goal for more than six years! Djibril Cissé also scored with Steven Gerrard converting a penalty. Carra said, “If I'd have known I was going to score against Kaunas I would have worn a t-shirt under my Liverpool shirt with Michael’s name on it. I want to dedicate that goal to Michael Shields and all his family who are suffering so badly right now.” Another win 2020 – We came from a goal down to win 3-1 behind closed doors at Newcastle United to finish the season on a club record 99 points, eighteen points ahead of runners up Manchester City. Dwight Gayle scored after just 25 seconds, the most recent of his five goals past us, but Virgil van Dijk headed up level, with Divock Origi and Sadio Mané both on target after the break. Wingers on the move 2006 - Jermaine Pennant signed from Birmingham City for £6.7m. He made 81 appearances, bagging three goals before joining Real Zaragoza in July 2009 after a five-month loan spell with Portsmouth. On the same day, it was announced that Paul Anderson and Scott Carson had signed new four- and five-year contracts respectively. 2012 - Paul Anderson joined Bristol City from Nottingham Forest on a free transfer, scoring three times in 23 games for the Robins before moving to Ipswich Town in a swap deal for Jay Emmanuel-Thomas a year later. Stéph on the move 2005 - Stéphane Henchoz signed for Wigan Athletic. He had made a total of 205 reds appearances, forming a rock-solid partnership with Sami Hyypiä, helping us to claim five trophies in 2001 and another League Cup two years later. He played 32 times for the Latics before rejoining Blackburn Rovers in September 2006. Birth and death 1928 - Half-back and reds skipper Johnny Wheeler was born in Crosby. He joined his cousin Ronnie Moran at Anfield when he signed from Bolton Wanderers for £9,000 in September 1956 and made 177 appearances, bagging 23 goals. One of his greatest games came in November 1956, when he netted a four-minute hat-trick against Port Vale. He was appointed player-manager of New Brighton in May 1963, but did not take up the post, becoming Assistant Trainer at Bury instead, where he stayed until 1969. 1963 – Scottish outside-right Danny McRorie died. He had bagged six goals in 35 reds games after signing from Morton for £1,500 in November 1930, moving on to Rochdale in October 1933. Justice denied 2000 - The judge in the trial of retired Chief Superintendent David Duckenfield, the police officer in charge at Hillsborough, ruled that he should not have to face a retrial, after the jury could not agree on a verdict. Off the mark 2009 - Krisztián Németh bagged a brace, his first reds goals, as we thumped a Singapore League Select XI 5-0 in their National Stadium. The other goals came from Andriy Voronin, Albert Riera and Fernando Torres. 2002 - The reds thumped a Swiss XI 5-1 at their pre-season training camp. El-Hadji Diouf and Grégory Vignal both scored their first reds goals, while Neil Mellor netted a brace in his first senior appearance. Milan Baroš added the other. Starting the right way 1968 - Roger Hunt grabbed a brace as we kicked off our pre-season campaign with a 3-1 win over Linfield in Belfast. Tony Hateley bagged the other, while Ray Clemence made an early appearance as a substitute. 1995 - Stan Collymore made his reds bow as we beat Birmingham City in the pre-season T.N.T. Inter-City Challenge Cup 1-0 at St. Andrews, thanks to an Ian Rush strike. Jari in Amsterdam 2001 - Ex-Ajax star Jari Litmanen struck the only goal of the game for us against Rafael Benítez’s Valencia to send the Amsterdam ArenA crowd wild. It was a brilliant volley after a fifty-yard run and superb cross from Bernard Diomède. Leverkusen for the first time 1991 - We encountered Bayer 04 Leverkusen for the first time, holding them to a goalless draw in their Ulrich-Haberland-Stadion in a pre-season friendly. Spectators were allowed in for free to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the Bayer company moving to Leverkusen. Off to a bad start 1994 - We kicked off our pre-season campaign by going down 4-1 at First Division Bolton Wanderers, with Ian Rush grabbing our late consolation. Defenders signing on 2021 – Right-back Conor Bradley signed a new contract. He has so far made five senior reds appearances and is spending the 2022/23 season on loan at Bolton Wanderers. On the same day, left-back Yasser Larouci joined French side Troyes, after being released by the reds after just two senior outings. Taking home the bacon 1987 - The reds beat Danish side Aalborg Chang 4-0 in a friendly to celebrate their 75th anniversary. John Aldridge grabbed a brace, including one from the spot, while John Barnes netted for the second consecutive game. The scoring was completed by Ronnie Whelan. Other foreign friendlies 2018 – We beat Manchester City 2-1 in the International Champions Cup in New Jersey. Mohamed Salah equalised a minute after Leroy Sané had given City the lead, with Sadio Mané converting an injury time penalty to hand us victory. We have twice faced Linfield at Windsor Park on this day in history. 1969 - Emlyn Hughes and Ron Yeats netted as we won 2-1. 1997 - We won by the same score, with Michael Owen grabbing a brace. 1992 - Dean Saunders was on target from the spot as we lost 2-1 to AS Monaco in the Tournoi de Paris at the Parc des Princes. Keepers moving 2006 - Sander Westerveld returned to Spain to join UD Almería, after brief spells back in England with Portsmouth and Everton. He made 33 League appearances in his one season there, as they gained promotion to the top flight. On the same day, former reserves custodian Ian Dunbavin joined Accrington Stanley on a free transfer from Halifax Town. 2008 - Brad Friedel joined Aston Villa from Blackburn Rovers, after 356 games for the Ewood Park outfit. He played 131 times for the Villains before moving to Tottenham Hotspur on a free transfer in June 2011. Off on loan again 2004 - Alou Diarra joined Racing Club de Lens on loan, having spent the previous two seasons with Le Havre AC and Bastia. He joined Lens permanently in June 2005 after netting twice in 34 League games during his loan spell. 2017 - Young Spanish midfielder Pedro Chirivella joined Willem II on loan, failing to score in 35 outings for the Dutch side. Alberto the champion 2003 – Alberto Aquilani won his sixteenth and last cap for Italy Under-19’s as they beat Portugal 2-0 to clinch the European Championships at this level in Liechtenstein. 2005 – Future red David Martin was in goal as England Under-19’s beat Serbia & Montenegro 3-1 in Northern Ireland to reach the Final of the same competition. 2006 - Reds right-back Antonio Barragán played as Spain Under-19’s thumped Austria 5-0 in Poland to reach the Final of the European Championships. 2002 - John Welsh, Jon Otsemobor and future reds Glen Johnson represented England Under-19’s as they lost 3-2 to Republic of Ireland in a European Championship Finals group game in Norway, who included Michael Foley-Sheridan, while future red Jermaine Pennant won his fifth and final cap at this level. Also on the move 1997 – Robbie Keane signed for Wolverhampton Wanderers. He grabbed 29 goals in 88 outings before moving to Coventry City for £6m in August 1999. 1996 - Gary McAllister joined Coventry City from Leeds United in a £3m deal. He spent four years at Highfield Road before his shock move to the reds, netting 26 times in 150 appearances. 1963 - Tony Hateley moved to Aston Villa for £22,000 from Notts County, netting 86 times in 148 games before moving to Chelsea for £100,000 in October 1966, from where he joined the reds. 1982 - Paul Walsh joined Luton Town from Charlton Athletic for £400,000. He struck 28 times in 89 games in his two years with the Hatters as they struggled in the top flight, before moving to Anfield in May 1984 for £700,000. 2007 - Don Hutchison signed for Luton Town, having been released by Coventry City the month before. He bagged just one goal in 26 outings for the Hatters. Olympian reds 2012 – Craig Bellamy netted for Great Britain as they drew 1-1 with Senegal in a group game at the Olympics at Old Trafford, with future reds Joe Allen, Steven Caulker, Sadio Mané and Daniel Sturridge also in action. Later that day in the same stadium, Luis Suárez skippered Uruguay to a 2-1 defeat of the United Arab Emirates, with Sebastián Coates also featuring. Future red Mohamed Salah also featured in the Olympics that day, scoring as Egypt lost 3-2 to Brazil in Cardiff. 2008 – Ryan Babel scored for a Netherlands Olympic XI as they beat Cameroon 2-0 in an ING Cup match in Hong Kong. Also in international action 1997 – Future red Haukur Ingi Guðnason featured for Iceland Under-19’s as they lost 1-0 to Portugal in a European Championship Finals group game in his homeland.
  10. Will

    24th February

    Robbie’s last strikes 2007 - Robbie Fowler bagged his last two reds goals, converting two first-half penalties in front of the Kop in our 4-0 thumping of Sheffield United at Anfield to take his reds tally to 183 in total. Javier Mascherano made his debut, while we reached a new club record of nine consecutive clean sheets at Anfield in the League. Sami Hyypiä and Steven Gerrard added goals in the second half, while Peter Crouch suffered a broken nose after being kicked in the face. 1923 - We also entertained the Blades, with Harry Chambers grabbing our goal as we lost an FA Cup Third Round tie 2-1. Billy Gillespie scored one of his seven goals against the reds, with Jimmy Waugh also netting. New signings 1998 – Steven Gerrard signed his first professional contract at the age of seventeen. He went on to net 186 times in 710 reds games, helping us to claim the European Cup, UEFA Cup, two FA Cups, two UEFA Super Cups and three League Cups as well as winning the PFA and Football Writers’ Player of the Year awards once apiece. On the same day, future red Bolo Zenden played for the Netherlands in their 3-2 friendly defeat of Mexico in Miami. 1987 - Nigel Spackman signed from Chelsea for £400,000. He made 63 first-team appearances, winning a League title medal in his one full season at Anfield. He moved on to Queens Park Rangers for £500,000 in February 1989. 1902 – Outside-right Arthur Goddard signed from Glossop for £460. He grabbed 77 goals in 414 reds games, helping us to Second Division and League championships. He was nominated into the club’s official Hall Of Fame, for the 1910-20 era. Carra’s new record 2011 – Jamie Carragher played his 137th European game for the club, a new British record, as we beat Sparta Praha 1-0 at Anfield in the second leg of our UEFA Europa League round of 32 encounter. Dirk Kuyt headed in the only goal of the tie late on Red centurions 1951 - Forward Jack Balmer played his 300th reds game in our 3-2 First Division win at Stoke City as we came back from two goals down. Cyril Done, Bill Jones and Billy Liddell struck our goals in what was our 2,000th first-class fixture. Les Johnston bagged a brace for the Potters. 1976 - We lost at Highbury in what was our hundredth First Division encounter with Arsenal, including sixteen when they were known as Woolwich Arsenal. John Radford struck the only goal of the game in the final minute, the last of his seven goals past us. All Done 1993 - Forward Cyril Done died. He signed from Bootle Boys Brigade in January 1938 and struck 37 times in 110 reds games, helping us to the League title in 1947 and the FA Cup Final three years later. He moved to Tranmere Rovers in May 1952, scoring nearly a century of goals for them and Port Vale. Goal of the season 1979 - Kenny Dalglish and Ray Kennedy netted as we won 2-0 at Derby County. Razor’s strike that came at the end of an eight-man passing movement was later named the BBC’s Goal of the Season. Sir Roger’s fifth treble 1962 - Roger Hunt netted his fifth hat-trick of the season in a 5-1 Second Division win over Middlesbrough at Anfield. Ian St. John bagged the other two. Most recently 2020 – We beat West Ham United 3-2 at Anfield to equal the English top-flight record of eighteen successive wins, with Gini Wijnaldum nodding us in front early on. However, we fell behind to an Issa Diop header and Pablo Fornals strike before we eventually triumphed through Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané to restore our 22-point lead at the top of the table. Reds debutants 1912 - Centre-forward Tommy Gracie scored on his reds debut in a 2-2 draw at Bury, with James Stewart also on target, while half-back John McConnell made his 53rd and final reds appearance. 1954 - Full-back Tom McNulty made his reds bow as we drew 1-1 at Sheffield Wednesday, with Eric Anderson on target late on and Dennis Woodhead bagging one of his four goals against the reds. Rare goals 2018 – Emre Can headed in his fourteenth and last reds goal, our hundredth of the season to date, opening the scoring as we beat West Ham United 4-1 at Anfield. Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino scored after the break, with Michail Antonio pulling a goal back, one of his five past us to date, before Sadio Mané added another goal. Salah and Mané both also struck the woodwork while Dejan Lovren reached a century of League games for the reds. 1996 - Stan Collymore bagged a brace, with Michael Thomas netting his only goal of the season to give us a 3-2 League win at Blackburn Rovers. Stan’s first goal came from a tamely struck shot that was heading straight into the arms of Tim Flowers until it unexpectedly struck a divot and bounced into the net! Cue 5,000 travelling Kopites singing ‘England’s number one’ to the rueful keeper. Jason Wilcox struck one of his four goals against the reds, with Tim Sherwood also scoring as Rob Jones played his 200th game for the club. Happy birthdays 1878 - Inside-left Andy McGuigan was born in Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire. He signed from Hibernian in May 1900 and bagged fourteen goals in 37 reds games, including five against Stoke at Anfield in January 1902, as he became the first red ever to score so many in one game. He was part of our first League title-winning side in 1901, before joining Middlesbrough the following year. He later returned to Anfield as a scout and was a club director as we won back-to-back titles in 1922 and 1923. 2001 - Midfielder Luis Longstaff was born in Darlington. He joined the reds from Newcastle United in 2015, making his senior debut in our League Cup defeat at Aston Villa in December 2019. On the same day, future red Ragnar Klavan played for Estonia Under-17’s. Four for Fagan 1940 - Willie Fagan netted four goals, including a penalty, as we won 8-3 at Port Vale in a Wartime League fixture. Harman van den Berg struck twice with Jack Tennant and Billy Liddell also on target. Back on top 1973 - Steve Heighway and Kevin Keegan scored as we beat Ipswich Town 2-1 at Anfield to return to the top of the table, going on to claim our eighth League title that season. Future red David Johnson struck for the visitors, one of four goals he scored against us. 2019 – We shared a goalless draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford as we overtook Manchester City by a single point, failing to take advantage of the home side suffering a series of injuries before and during the game. Tosh at the Bernabeu again 1999 - John Toshack was appointed Manager of Real Madrid for the second time. He only remained in charge for nine months on this occasion before being sacked, allegedly for criticising his players in public. Mixed fortunes against the Trotters We have faced Bolton Wanderers three times on this day in history in three different competitions, with three different outcomes, each at different venues. 1937 - A Harry Gosling own goal handed us a 1-0 top-flight victory at Burnden Park. 1945 - Jackie Campbell netted as we drew a Wartime League meeting 1-1 at Anfield. 1894 – We lost an FA Cup Third Round tie 3-0 at Bolton’s old Pike’s Lane ground. International endings 1993 - Torben Piechnik won his final Danish cap as a red as they lost a penalty shoot-out 5-4 to Argentina, after their Artemio Franchi Trophy game ended 1-1. He went on to win fifteen caps in total. 1971 - Larry Lloyd netted his only goal for England Under-23’s as they drew 2-2 with Scotland. He was winning his fourth cap, as was Ray Clemence, for whom it was his final game at this level. The game was switched from Aberdeen after a fire at Pittodrie, being staged instead at Hampden Park. Young debutants 2001 – Future red Salif Diao debuted for Senegal in their goalless World Cup qualifying draw in Morocco, with future reds El-Hadji Diouf and Ragnar Klavan also in international action. 2004 - Michael Foley-Sheridan won his first cap for the Republic of Ireland Under-21’s as they held Portugal to a goalless draw in a tournament in Madeira. 2011 – Jack Dunn debuted for England Under-17’s as they drew 1-1 with Romania in the Algarve Tournament, with clubmate Matty Regan and future reds Emre Can and Samed Yeşil also featuring in the competition. 2009 – Tom Ince played for England Under-17’s as they thumped Israel 4-0 in the Algarve Tournament in Ferreiras. A Dublin first 1981 - Steve Heighway and ex-red Joey Jones both played in the first ever full international to be played at Tolka Park in Dublin. Wales beat the Republic of Ireland 3-1. Other reds games 1968 – We beat Leicester City 3-1 at Anfield despite falling behind, thanks to second-half goals from Ian Callaghan, Geoff Strong and Tony Hateley. 1965 – We defeated Birmingham City by the odd goal in seven in L4 as we led on four separate occasions. Ian Callaghan scored twice, including the eventual winner, with Roger Hunt and Peter Thompson also on the scoresheet. 1934 – Sunderland held us to a 1-1 draw at home, with Raich Carter putting the visitors ahead with one of his six goals past us. Right-half Tom Morrison bagged a late equaliser, his fourth and last reds goal. 1906 – Joe Hewitt and Arthur Goddard struck as we beat Brentford 2-0 in an FA Cup Third Round tie at Anfield. On the move 2006 - Young reds custodian Paul Willis joined Stockport County on loan. He did not make a first-team appearance in his month at Edgeley Park. On the same day, ex-reds reserve goalie Paul Harrison joined Mark Wright’s Chester City from Wolverhampton Wanderers on a free transfer. Meanwhile, young midfielder Lee Peltier signed a new contract with the reds to keep him at Anfield until June 2008. He played just four times for the first eleven, and joined Yeovil Town in January 2008, having initially joined on loan. 1928 – Future reds outside-right Danny McRorie joined Alloa Athletic from Stenhousemuir, scoring five times in nine League outings before moving on to Morton just three months later. Also in international action 1982 – Kenny Dalglish, Alan Hansen, Graeme Souness and future red John Wark all played as Scotland won a friendly 3-0 in Spain. 2015 - Future reds keeper Caoimhín Kelleher played for the Republic of Ireland Under-17’s as they lost a friendly 4-3 in Croatia.
  11. Will

    22nd July

    Double capture 2016 – Midfielder Gini Wijnaldum signed from Newcastle United for an initial £23m, bagging 22 goals in 237 outings, helping us to claim the Premier League, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Super Cup before joining Paris Saint-Germain in June 2020. On the same day, veteran keeper Alex Manninger arrived from Augsburg on a free transfer, only making it to the bench on four occasions and failing to make a first-team appearance before retiring in May 2017. Lifting the title at last 2020 – The team was presented with the Premier League trophy after our Anfield encounter with Chelsea ended 5-3 behind closed doors. We went three goals ahead through Naby Keïta, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Gini Wijnaldum, with Olivier Giroud scoring the latest of his eight goals past us in first-half stoppage time. Roberto Firmino then struck before Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic both netted for the visitors. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain completed the scoring as we completed three unbeaten League seasons at Anfield. Happy birthdays 1980 - Dirk Kuyt was born in Katwijk aan Zee in the Netherlands. He signed from Feyenoord for £9m in August 2006, striking 71 times in 285 reds outings, including a goal in the Champions League Final in Athens in 2007, and a treble against Manchester United in March 2011. He moved on to Fenerbahçe SK for €1m in June 2012. 1984 – Stewart Downing was born in Middlesbrough. The England international winger moved to Anfield in July 2011 from Aston Villa for £18.5m, netting seven times in 91 outings before moving to West Ham United for £6m in August 2013, as well as scoring in the shoot-out as we claimed the Carling Cup at Wembley in February 2012. 1900 – Scottish wing-half Robert Ireland was born in Darvel in Ayrshire. He signed from Rangers in November 1929, but only made one senior appearance before joining St. Johnstone in July 1931. Take a walk around him 1961 - Bill Shankly signed Ron Yeats from Dundee United for £22,000. He was the rock at the centre of our defence for 454 games across a decade, netting sixteen times as he helped us to our first ever FA Cup, two League titles, a Second Division championship and the FA Charity Shield. He then moved into management with Tranmere Rovers, but returned to Anfield in 1986, spending the next sixteen years as Chief Scout. Christian arrival 2015 – Centre-forward Christian Benteke signed from Aston Villa for £32.5m, bagging ten goals in 42 outings and featuring in the UEFA Europa League Final in Basel. He moved on to Crystal Palace for £27m in August 2016. Willkommen Didi 1998 - Dietmar Hamann signed from Newcastle United for £8m, becoming the second most expensive German to be transferred to that point, behind Oliver Bierhoff’s £13.5m move from Udinese to AC Milan. He made 283 first-team appearances, in which he acted as a sturdy bulwark in front of the defence, scoring just eleven times. He helped us to claim the European Cup, UEFA Cup, two FA Cups, two UEFA Super Cups, two League Cups and the FA Charity Shield. However, he joined Manchester City in July 2006, after an aborted move to Bolton Wanderers. In comes Razor 1994 - Neil Ruddock signed from Tottenham Hotspur for £2.5m after just one season back at White Hart Lane. The burly centre-half made an inauspicious reds debut, breaking former red Peter Beardsley’s cheekbone in Ronnie Whelan’s testimonial match. He struck twelve times in 152 first-team appearances while at Anfield, before moving on to West Ham United in July 1998 for £100,000. In comes Mark 2005 - Mark González officially joined on loan from Albacete Balompié, subject to international clearance. He actually signed permanently three months later, but his work permit was not granted until the following summer. He struck three times in 36 games, before moving to Real Betis Balompié for £4.2m in July 2007. 2006 - He made his first-team bow, with fellow debutant Craig Lindfield bagging the only goal of the game at Crewe Alexandra. Fábio Aurélio also played for the first time. Emiliano the world champion 2007 - Emiliano Insúa helped Argentina Under-20’s to win the World Championships as they beat the Czech Republic 2-1 in the Final in Toronto. Claiming another trophy 2017 – Mohamed Salah and Philippe Coutinho netted as we beat Leicester City 2-1 in the Final of the Premier League Asia Trophy in Hong Kong. Most recently 2018 – We lost 3-1 to Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund in an International Champions Cup game in the USA, with Virgil van Dijk heading us into the lead. On the same day, young winger Ryan Kent joined Rangers on loan, scoring six times in 43 games and winning the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year award. Mad Erik makes his bow 1999 - Dutch striker Erik Meijer made his first appearance for the reds as we beat Linfield 4-0 in the Carlsberg Belfast Challenge at Windsor Park. Danny Murphy and Patrik Berger both netted, while the scoring was completed by a Gary Porter own goal and a Jamie Redknapp penalty. God’s trinity 1993 - Robbie Fowler bagged a hat-trick as England Under-18’s thumped Spain 5-1 in a European Championship Finals group game in Walsall. 2002 – Jon Otsemobor, John Welsh and future reds Glen Johnson, Gary O’Neil and Jermaine Pennant all played for England Under-19’s in their 3-3 draw with Germany in the same competition in Norway. Meanwhile, Michael Foley-Sheridan appeared for the Republic of Ireland as they defeated Belgium 2-1. First and last outings 2009 – Álvaro Arbeloa played his final reds game before moving on to Real Madrid as we were held to a 1-1 draw by the Thailand national side in the Rajamangala National Stadium. Ryan Babel bagged our goal. 2000 - We were beaten 1-0 by Second Division Stoke City at their Britannia Stadium. This was the first time that Pegguy Arphexad, Gary McAllister and Bernard Diomède had appeared for the reds. Andriy misses 2008 – Andriy Voronin missed a penalty for the reds against his future employers as we were held to a goalless draw by Hertha BSC Berlin at the Olympiastadion. Stig debuts 1986 – Future red Stig Inge Bjørnebye made his bow for Norway Under-16’s in their goalless draw with East Germany in a tournament in Hungary. 1988 – Bjørnebye debuted at Under-18’s level in their 4-2 defeat to Italy in the Czech Republic. Sander back in England 2005 - Sander Westerveld joined Portsmouth on a free transfer from Real Sociedad. He only played seven senior games for Pompey and is currently coaching for Ajax Cape Town in South Africa. Youngsters moving on 2014 – Defender Andre Wisdom moved to West Bromwich Albion for the season, playing 26 times for the Baggies. On the same day, future loanee centre-half Steven Caulker joined Queens Park Rangers form Cardiff City after five goals in 39 games for the Bluebirds. 2013 – Conor Coady joined Sheffield United on loan, netting six times in fifty outings as the Blades just missed out on the play-offs. 1999 – Another local midfielder Jamie Cassidy left Anfield for Cambridge United on a free transfer. He had been unable to break into the first team on L4, although he had featured in our victorious FA Youth Cup campaign in 1996 and did not do much better at the Abbey Stadium, only making ten first-team appearances before moving on to Northwich Victoria. 2019 – Ex-reds midfielder Charlie Adam signed for Reading, netting twice in 27 games in his one campaign with the Royals. Mannix banned 2009 – Ex-reds reserves midfielder David Mannix was banned for ten months and fined £4,000 for breaching the FA’s betting rules. He was convicted of having bet approximately £4,000 on Accrington Stanley losing against Bury in May 2008. Also in international action 1995 - Future red Øyvind Leonhardsen appeared for Norway as they held France to a goalless draw in their friendly encounter in Oslo. 2014 – Future red Marko Grujić featured as Croatia Under-19’s drew 2-2 with Germany in a European Championship Finals group game in Hungary.
  12. Will

    25th May

    The glory of Istanbul 2005 - We claimed the European Cup for the fifth time as we came from 3-0 down against the mighty AC Milan in Istanbul to triumph after a penalty shoot-out. Paolo Maldini scored before Hernan Crespo bagged a brace, with the reds having a strong penalty claim for handball turned down as well as losing Harry Kewell to injury half-way through the first period. The fans and team inspired each other in the second half as we began our comeback through skipper Steven Gerrard, whose goal was the only header of that season’s victorious European campaign. Vladimír Šmicer then struck his nineteenth reds goal in his 184th and final game for the club, before Xabi Alonso saw his penalty saved but tucked away the rebound, just six minutes after Gerrard’s goal. We hung on to the 3-3 scoreline through the rest of normal and extra time, with Jerzy Dudek making an incredible double save from Andriy Shevchenko. An amazing night was completed as we won the penalty shoot-out 3-2, with Dietmar Hamann, Djibril Cissé and Šmicer converting their spot-kicks and Dudek dancing on the goal-line. The glory that was Rome 1977 – This day brought one of only a couple of other days that can vie with Istanbul as the most glorious day in our history, as we claimed the European Cup for the first time. Our opponents were Borussia Mönchengladbach, who we had beaten in the UEFA Cup Final four years earlier. Rainer Bonhof hit the post for the Germans before Terry McDermott opened the scoring after half an hour, although Alan Simonsen equalised shortly after half-time, capitalising on a loose Jimmy Case back-pass. After sustaining heavy German pressure, we regained the lead when Tommy Smith rose to head in magnificently from a corner, in his 600th reds game, which was then assumed to be his final outing. Seven minutes from time, Kevin Keegan, playing in his 323rd and last reds match, was felled by Berti Vogts in the area, and Phil Neal stepped up to convert from the spot. Then the party could really start. This game remains our only other first-class game on this day in history. Heading off 2006 - Fernando Morientes was sold to Valencia for a reported £3m after twelve goals in 61 reds games. He had joined for £6.3m from Real Madrid in January 2005, but failed to fully convince in a reds shirt. However, he did help us to claim the FA Cup and UEFA Super Cup in his time at Anfield. 1954 – Utility player Bill Jones’s contract with the reds expired. He signed from Hayfield St. Matthews in September 1938 and scored seventeen times in 277 games for us, with his appearances including the 1950 FA Cup Final when he was preferred to Bob Paisley. Bill won two significant medals in the 1940’s - first he was awarded a Military Medal for his part in the crossing of the Rhine in the Second World War, and then he won a League title medal in 1947 on his return to Anfield. He later scouted for the reds while his grandson Rob represented the club in defence on 243 occasions in the 1990’s. Mighty Mouse starts out 1971 - Kevin Keegan played his first reds game as we lost 3-2 at Danish side AGF Århus, with Bobby Graham and Jack Whitham netting our goals. Happy birthdays 1999 – Centre-half Ibrahima Konaté was born in Paris. It was announced in May 2021 that he would sign from RasenBallsport Leipzig e.V. on 1st July. 1994 – Reserves forward Samed Yeşil was born in Dusseldorf. He signed for £1m from Bayer 04 Leverkusen last August, so far making two senior appearances. 1974 – Former sub keeper Robbie Holcroft was born in Skelmersdale. He sat on our bench five times in the early 1990’s. Thumped in Blackpool 1942 - We were trounced 8-2 at Blackpool in a Wartime League game. Billy Liddell converted a penalty, with Cyril Done also netting. Friendly scorers 2001 - Robbie Fowler was on target in England’s 4-0 friendly defeat of Mexico at Pride Park as future red Joe Cole won his first cap. Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard, Emile Heskey and Michael Owen all also featured, while David James made his last appearance as an Aston Villa player. Future red Djibril Cissé and ex-red Rigobert Song also played for their countries that day. 2008 – Future red Luis Suárez bagged a brace, including a penalty, as Uruguay beat Turkey 3-2 in a friendly in Germany. 2016 - Marko Grujić won his first senior cap for Serbia as they beat Cyprus 2-1 in a friendly in Užice. On the same day, future red Takumi Minamino netted for Japan Under-23’s as they beat Guinea 2-1 in a friendly in France. Digger for England John Barnes twice played for his country on this day in history. 1985 – England lost 1-0 to Scotland in the Rous Cup at Hampden Park, while he was still a Watford player. Ex-red Graeme Souness captained the victors. 1991 - He played alongside future reds Nigel Clough and Mark Wright in a 2-2 friendly draw with Argentina at Wembley. Defensive signings 1979 - Centre-back Dave Watson signed as an apprentice. Unlike his brother Alex, he never played a senior reds game, and found greater success across the park. 1903 – Full-back Joseph Hoare arrived from Southampton for £75, playing just seven times before returning to the Saints a year later. 1894 - Full-back Abel Hughes signed for the reds. He too never made a first-team appearance. On the same day, Scottish keeper Bill McCann arrived from Abercorn, playing seventeen times before moving on the following March. Flo on target 2006 - Florent Sinama-Pongolle netted for France Under-21’s in their 3-0 defeat of Germany in a European Championships Finals group game in Portugal. Also in international action that day were Jamie Carragher, Scott Carson, Peter Crouch, future reds Joe Cole and Raul Meireles, and ex-reds David James, Jari Litmanen and Michael Owen, with Roy Hodgson taking charge of Finland. 2007 - Carson and ex-red Owen both featured for England B in their 3-1 defeat of Albania at Turf Moor. A Hungarian double 2007 - It was announced that forwards Krisztián Németh and András Simon would both sign from MTK Hungária for around £1m. Both left the club in 2010 without having made the first team. On the move 2007 - Gérard Houllier resigned as Manager of Olympique Lyonnais after two years in charge, in which time he had led them to their fifth and sixth consecutive Ligue 1 titles as well as the knock-out stages of the Champions League. On the same day, future reds goalkeeping coach John Achterberg was released by Tranmere Rovers, although he was then given a further two-year contract as a player and coach. 2018 – Ex-reds loanee midfielder Conor Thomas signed for Cheltenham Town, having spent the previous year playing in India. He struck twenty times in 146 outings across his first four campaigns with the Robins. The kids done well 1963 – Tommy Smith captained the reds as they lost the second leg of our first ever FA Youth Cup Final 5-2 at West Ham United. We had won the first leg 3-1 and led 2-1 on the night in East London with Bobby Graham amongst the scorers. However, reds keeper Rodney Swindlehurst was bundled over the line by the Hammers centre-forward to equalise, getting injured in the process. The Irons then did enough to take the tie into extra time and go on to claim the prize. We had to wait another 33 years to clinch the trophy for the first time. Euro despair 2013 – Ex-reds loanee Nuri Şahin played in the UEFA Champions League Final for Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund, managed by Jürgen Klopp, as they lost 2-1 to Bayern München at Wembley. Birth and death 1890 – Scottish keeper Frank Mitchell was born in Elgin, Morayshire. He signed from Everton for £1,250 in February 1921, playing eighteen times before joining Tranmere Rovers in June 1923 after failing to permanently displace the great Elisha Scott. 1899 – Scottish left-half Jim McBride died in Manchester, aged just 25. He struck seven times in 56 games, helping us to the Second Division title in 1894 after signing from Renton in June 1892. He moved on to Ardwick in December 1894. Ex-Ger 2006 – Sotirios Kyrgiakos won his final cap for Greece while a Rangers player as they lost 1-0 to Australia in a friendly in Melbourne. 2010 – He also played for his country, as they drew 2-2 with North Korea in Austria. Future red Joël Matip and ex-reds Robbie Keane and Rigobert Song also featured in international friendlies that day. Magilton for his country Ex-reds reserves midfielder Jim Magilton twice represented Northern Ireland on this day in the 1990’s. 1993 - He won his fourteenth cap in a 1-0 World Cup qualifying win in Lithuania. 1995 - He made his 28th appearance as they lost 2-1 to Chile in a Canada Cup game in Edmonton. International firsts and last 2012 – Future red Sadio Mané debuted for Senegal in their 1-0 win in Morocco. Meanwhile, Christian Benteke won his first cap as a Koninklijke Racing Club Genk player, his fourth to date, as Belgium were held to a 2-2 friendly draw in Brussels by Montenegro. Future red Emre Can won his first cap for Germany Under-19’s in their 2-2 draw in Serbia. Luis Suárez netted for Uruguay as they drew a friendly 1-1 in Russia. Also in international action were Krisztián Adorján, Jack Robinson, ex-red Ádám Hajdú and future reds Ragnar Klavan, Suso and Gini Wijnaldum. 2014 - Nuri Şahin won his first cap in his second spell as a Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund player, captaining Turkey as they beat the Republic of Ireland 2-1 in a friendly in Dublin. Meanwhile, Sadio Mané played for the final time while with Red Bull Salzburg as Senegal beat Kosovo 3-1 in Switzerland. 2018 - Diogo Jota won his last Under-21’s cap as a Club Atlético de Madrid player, bagging a brace and captaining Portugal as they beat Italy 3-2 in a friendly in Estoril. Also in international action 1952 – Billy Liddell played for Scotland in their 2-1 friendly defeat in Denmark. 1954 – Andy Beattie took charge of Scotland as they won a friendly 2-1 in Finland. He had guested with the reds during the war, and later joined the backroom staff at Anfield after a successful management career. 1965 – Tommy Smith played for England Under-23’s in their 1-0 defeat in West Germany. 1969 – Alun Evans and Emlyn Hughes both appeared for England Under-12’s as they beat a Belgium B team 1-0 in Ostend. 1979 – Ex-reds Joey Jones and John Toshack both featured for Wales as they drew 1-1 with Northern Ireland in the British International Championships in Belfast. 1982 – Terry McDermott, Phil Neal and Phil Thompson all played for England as they beat the Netherlands 2-0 in a friendly at Wembley. 1986 – Future reds John Aldridge and Ray Houghton both appeared for the Republic of Ireland as they beat host nation 2-1 in a tournament game in Iceland. 1987 – Future red Øyvind Leonhardsen played for Norway Under-16’s as they shared a goalless draw with West Germany in France. 1994 – Future red Jean-Michael Ferri featured as France beat Australia 1-0 in Japan. 2000 – Richie Partridge played for the Irish Under-21’s as they lost 1-0 to Colombia in the Toulon Tournament. 2002 - Milan Baroš was on the winning side as the Czech Republic Under-21’s beat Italy 3-2 in Switzerland to reach the European Championships Final. Meanwhile, ex-reds Jason McAteer and Steve Staunton played for the senior Republic of Ireland team that beat Japanese club side Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2-1, with Abel Xavier also in international action. 2004 – Michael Foley-Sheridan and Darren Potter both featured for the Irish Under-21’s as they beat Scotland 3-1 in a friendly in Galway. 2011 – Future red Charlie Adam played as Scotland beat Wales 3-1 in a Carling Nations Cup game in Dublin.
  13. A treble for Sir Roger 1964 - Roger Hunt scored a hat-trick as we thumped Burnley 5-1 in a top-flight meeting at Turf Moor. Geoff Strong and Chris Lawler both struck their first reds goals. Half a millennium for Stevie 2009 - Steven Gerrard played his 500th reds game as we held Blackburn Rovers to a goalless Premiership draw at Ewood Park. The closest we came was when David N’Gog rattled the crossbar. 1925 – Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers struck in the ninetieth minute as we held Blackburn Rovers to a 1-1 draw in a top-flight meeting at Ewood Park. Ted Harper bagged one of his five goals against the reds. Arnell off the mark fast 1953 - Forward Alan Arnell scored on his reds debut as we beat Blackpool 5-2 at Anfield. Jimmy Payne and Sammy Smyth were also on the scoresheet, with Alan A’Court bagging a brace. Half-back Barry Wilkinson was also making his reds bow. Ernest Taylor struck the last two of his five goals past us in this game. Carra’s error 1998 - Jamie Carragher scored an own goal as we lost 2-1 at Tottenham Hotspur. He also put through his own net in the return fixture at Anfield later that season. Patrik Berger grabbed our goal at White Hart Lane, with Ruel Fox also netting for the home side. We never lose in Rome 2001 - Our second trip in successive seasons to the Stadio Olimpico resulted in a goalless draw to keep us in with a shout of qualifying for the Quarter-finals of the Champions League. Razor’s last 1981 – Ray Kennedy headed in his 72nd and last reds goal in our 2-0 win at Nottingham Forest, with Mark Lawrenson also nodding in. Most recently 2018 – We won 3-1 at Burnley, despite falling behind to a Jack Cork goal after the break. James Milner equalised before substitute Roberto Firmino prodded in with his first touch. Xherdan Shaqiri completed the scoring in injury time. Beating Wednesday We have twice beaten Sheffield Wednesday on this day over the years. 1999 - We triumphed 4-1 at Anfield, as Steven Gerrard bagged his first reds goal. Sami Hyypiä, Danny Murphy and David Thompson all also struck after future Blue Niclas Alexandersson had opened the scoring for the Owls. 1908 - We beat The Wednesday 3-2, as they were then still known, in another top-flight encounter. Joe Hewitt, Sam Bowyer and Ronald Orr grabbed our goals at Owlerton. Andrew Wilson struck the last of his eight goals against the reds, with Billy Lloyd also on target. Jay off 2011 - Jay Spearing was harshly sent off as we lost 1-0 at Fulham, in what was Martin Jol’s first defeat of the reds as Manager, at the eighth attempt in all competitions. Future reds target Clint Dempsey struck the only goal of the game late on, with Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing both hitting a post. Goals galore 1931 - Gordon Hodgson, Dave Wright, Gordon Gunson and Danny McRorie were all on target as we beat Birmingham City by the odd goal in seven in a First Division fixture at Anfield. George Briggs netted the last of his ten goals against the reds, with Tom Grosvenor and Sam Smith also on the scoresheet. 1896 – We thumped Fleetwood Rangers 9-0 in a Lancashire Senior Cup game at Anfield. George Allan struck four times with Frank Becton also nabbing a hat-trick. Our other goals came from Joe McQue and an own goal. Miki’s bow in Istanbul 2006 - Young Spanish centre-half Miki Roqué made his only reds appearance as a substitute for Xabi Alonso for the final six minutes of our 3-2 defeat at Galatasaray, so becoming the player with the shortest first-class career in our history. This was the final game of our Champions League group, in which we had already secured top spot. Robbie Fowler bagged both our goals, his only reds strikes in the Champions League proper. Young debutants 1990 - Steve McManaman became the first player to play for the England Under-21’s without any first-team experience, as he featured in their goalless friendly draw with Wales at Prenton Park. He went on to make his senior reds debut ten days later. 1962 - Tommy Lawrence won his only cap for Scotland Under-23’s as they beat England 2-0 in a friendly at Pittodrie. Colvin born 1876 – Scottish forward Bobby Colvin was born in Kirkconnel. He only ever made three senior appearances after signing from Oldham County in November 1897, without finding the net, and then joined Glossop North End the following year. In comes John 1902 - Forward John Carlin signed from Barnsley, netting eight times in 35 games before moving on to Preston North End in May 1907. Other reds games 1979 – We won a League Cup Fifth Round tie 3-1 at Norwich City. David Johnson bagged a brace, with Kenny Dalglish also on target before Kevin Reeves bagged the first of his four goals against the reds. 1970 – John Toshack netted as top-of-the-table Leeds United held us to a 1-1 draw at Anfield. 1959 – We beat Ipswich Town 3-1 in a Second Division fixture in L4. Roger Hunt struck twice, with Dave Hickson also on the scoresheet. 1936 – We lost 2-0 at Wolverhampton Wanderers, with James Clayton nabbing a brace. 1914 – Jimmy Nicholl struck as we drew 1-1 with Manchester City at their old Hyde Road ground, with Fred Howard scoring one of his nine past us. Youngsters in Arabia 2003 - Four young reds appeared for their countries in the Under-20 World Championship Finals in the United Arab Emirates. Zak Whitbread played in the USA’s 2-0 defeat of South Korea, while John Welsh turned out as England were held to a goalless draw by Colombia, with future red Andy Lonergan wining his ninth and last cap at this level. Meanwhile, Darren Potter was sent off as the Republic of Ireland, also featuring Michael Foley-Sheridan, beat Mexico 2-0. Elisha for the Irish 1931 - Reds keeper Elisha Scott won his sixteenth cap for Northern Ireland, following five for the combined Ireland, as they thumped Wales 4-0 in the British International Championships in Belfast. Digger in charge 2008 – John Barnes led Jamaica to a 4-0 thumping of Grenada in the Digicel Caribbean Championships in Montego Bay.
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