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  1. Will

    10th November

    Happy birthday Paddy 1973 - Patrik Berger was born in Prague. He struck 35 times in 196 reds games after his £3.25m capture from Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund in September 1996 following a successful Euro ‘96 with the Czech Republic, coming off the bench to help us claim the FA Cup, UEFA Cup and FA Charity Shield in 2001. However, he was later dogged by persistent knee trouble, and allowed to join Premiership new-boys Portsmouth on a free transfer in June 2003. 1981 – Sports Therapist Iván Ortega was born. He joined the reds in the summer of 2009 from Celta de Vigo, but moved on to Chelsea in July 2011. Red centurions 2007 - Rafael Benítez took charge of the reds for the 200th time as we struggled to break down Fulham at Anfield, before Fernando Torres struck a late opener. Steven Gerrard then converted a penalty to secure a 2-0 victory, Rafa’s 115th to date. 1928 – Outside-right Dick Edmed played his hundredth reds game as we won 1-0 at Portsmouth, with forward Bill Salisbury nabbing his first reds goal. Centre-half David Davidson was sent off late in the second half, but we hung on for our first victory at Fratton Park. League Cup ends 1998 - Roy Evans took charge, jointly, of his last ever game as reds boss as we were beaten 3-1 at Anfield by Tottenham Hotspur in a Fourth Round League Cup tie. Steffen Iversen and ex-red John Scales put the visitors two up inside twenty minutes, with Allan Nielsen adding a third after an hour. Michael Owen netted our late consolation. 1981 - Kevin Sheedy struck his second and final reds goal in our 4-1 defeat of Middlesbrough in a Third Round tie, with our other goals coming from Ian Rush and a David Johnson brace. Both Sheedy’s reds goals had come in consecutive League Cup fixtures. David Shearer bagged the last of his four goals against the reds. 2004 - We also entertained Boro in a League Cup fixture, knocking the holders out 2-0 thanks to two late Neil Mellor goals, his first in front of the Kop, as we headed towards our tenth Final in the competition. Anfield debutants 1984 - Jim Beglin made his reds bow as we were held 1-1 by Southampton, with Ian Rush netting our goal. Joe Jordan struck for the Saints, one of just two goals he scored in 23 outings against the reds. 1951 - Outside-right Brian Jackson scored on his debut as we drew another top-flight match 1-1 with Bolton Wanderers, with future reds half-back Johnny Wheeler scoring for the visitors. King Kenny’s day 1979 – Kenny Dalglish’s second goal at Brighton & Hove Albion was his fiftieth for the reds in the League. We won 4-1 with Ray Kennedy and David Johnson also netting. 1971 - He made his Scotland debut while still with Celtic, coming on as a substitute in their 1-0 win over Belgium at Pittodrie. He went on to win a total of 102 caps for his country. On the same day, Emlyn Hughes and Larry Lloyd both played as England were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland in another qualifier at Wembley. Cormack off 1976 – Midfielder Peter Cormack was sold to Bristol City for £50,000. He had signed from Nottingham Forest for a club record £110,000 in July 1972 and won League title and UEFA Cup winners’ medals in his first season, notching a total of 26 goals in 178 reds appearances. Stevie free 2008 - Steven Gerrard was presented with the Freedom of Knowsley Borough. Away debuts 1894 - Inside-left Davy Hannah and half-back John McLean both debuted in our 3-1 defeat at Stoke, with Neil Kerr grabbing our consolation in what was our first ever visit to the Potters in all competitions. This was the eighth defeat of our opening thirteen top-flight fixtures that campaign as we went on to finish bottom. Teddy Sandland bagged a brace, with Joe Schofield also on target. Ton up Gary 1990 - Gary Ablett played his hundredth reds game as we beat Luton Town 4-0 at Anfield. Ian Rush struck twice, to add to a Jan Mølby penalty and a goal from Peter Beardsley. Crazy horse stabled 1982 - Second Division Rotherham United lost a Third Round League Cup tie at Anfield under the management of Emlyn Hughes, with Craig Johnston bagging the game’s only goal. 1956 – We were held to a 2-2 Second Division draw at Millmoor by the Millers, with Louis Bimpson and Alan A’Court on target. Royston Stephenson struck the first of his four goals past us, with Jack Grainger also scoring. Despair at Leeds Road We have lost twice at Huddersfield Town in First Division meetings on this day in history. 1934 - We were thumped 8-0, our second biggest ever defeat. Albert Malam scored a hat-trick, with Jimmy Richardson nabbing two of his eight goals against the reds, Wilf Bott the last of his five, Charlie Luke netting the final one of his four past the reds, and Alf Lythgoe also on target. 1923 - We lost 3-1 to the reigning champions with Harry Chambers netting our goal. Walter Wadsworth put through his own net, with Billy Cook adding a brace. Most recently 2020 – The reds officially left Melwood for the AXA Training Centre in Kirkby, having used it as their training centre since the 1950’s. 2019 – We beat Manchester City 3-1 at Anfield to hand us a eight-point lead at the top of the table after twelve games. Fabinho opened the scoring with a long-range strike with Mohamed Salah nodding in a second. Sadio Mané headed in after the break, with Bernardo Silva pulling a goal back late on. 2010 – We were held to a 1-1 draw at Wigan Athletic, with Fernando Torres firing us into an early lead. However, Hugo Rodallega levelled after the break with Steven Gerrard striking the crossbar late on. Thumping wins We twice secured convincing First Division wins at Anfield at the beginning of the last century. 1900 - John Walker and Sam Raybould each netted twice as we beat reigning champions Aston Villa 5-1, with Andy McGuigan also scoring. 1906 - Raybould again bagged a brace as Preston North End lost 6-1, with Bill McPherson and Alex Raisbeck also striking twice. International debuts 2017 – Joe Gomez won his first cap for England in their goalless friendly draw with Germany at Wembley, with Emre Can also in action. On the same day, Dominic Solanke netted for England Under-21’s as they won a European Championships qualifier 2-0 in the Ukraine, with future red Diogo Jota captaining Portugal Under-21’s as they drew a qualifier 1-1 in Romania. Carl Medjani won his first cap as a Sivasspor player in Algeria’s 3-0 World Cup qualifying defeat of Nigeria. Sadio Mané, Divock Origi, Ben Woodburn, future red Alisson Becker and ex-red Joe Allen also featured in internationals that day. 2001 - Danny Murphy became the 54th Liverpool player to represent the full England team when he debuted in a 1-1 friendly draw with Sweden at Old Trafford, coming on as a substitute for Nicky Butt. Murphy was joined by three fellow reds, as Jamie Carragher played 85 minutes at left-back, Emile Heskey started alongside Kevin Phillips in attack and was replaced by Teddy Sheringham in the 58th minute, with Robbie Fowler coming on for Phillips at the same time. Robbie was winning his 22nd cap, and final one as a reds player. On the same day, future red Christian Poulsen won his first cap for Denmark as they were held to a 1-1 friendly draw by the Netherlands in Copenhagen. Meanwhile, Milan Baroš and Vladimír Šmicer both appeared for the Czech Republic as they lost 1-0 in a World Cup play-off in Belgium. This left Baroš needing just one more cap at full international level before he could be granted a work permit to join the reds. Vlad in charge 2009 - Vladimír Šmicer was appointed Manager of the administrative division for the Czech Republic national team, having announced his retirement from playing the day before. First and last Irish caps 1987 - Mark Lawrenson won his 39th and final cap for the Republic of Ireland, skippering them as they thumped Israel 5-0 in a friendly at Dalymount Park. Ray Houghton won his thirteenth cap, and first one as a reds player, while ex-red Kevin Sheedy also played. 2001 - Jason McAteer won his first cap as a Sunderland player, and 44th in total, as the Republic of Ireland beat Iran 2-0 in the first leg of their World Cup qualifying play-off at Lansdowne Road, with Robbie Keane bagging his first goal as a Leeds United player. Future red Steve Finnan and ex-red Steve Staunton both also played. Dietmar Hamann, future red Bolo Zenden and ex-red Christian Ziege all also featured in internationals that day. Honours even with the Mancs 1962 - Ian St. John equalised against Manchester United at Old Trafford although we then trailed 2-1 with just five minutes remaining. Jimmy Melia levelled the scores before Ronnie Moran struck a late free-kick. Unfortunately, there was still time for United to score through Johnny Giles with the last kick of the game as it ended 3-3, the first of his five goals against us. David Herd and Albert Quixall had also netted for United, the latter from the spot. Cox for the League 1900 - Reds winger Jack Cox played for the Football League as they beat an Irish League side 4-2 in Belfast. International goalscorers 1987 - Nigel Clough netted his first England Under-21’s goal while winning his tenth cap. Fellow future red Michael Thomas debuted in the same game, as England won 5-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Yugoslavia. 2011 – Martin Kelly scored for England Under-21’s as they thumped Iceland 5-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Colchester, with future red Nathaniel Clyne debuting at this level and Jordan Henderson skippering the side, and future red Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also featuring. On the same day, Jon Flanagan won his only cap for the Under-19’s in their 1-0 friendly defeat of Denmark in Brighton, with Conor Coady captaining a team that also included Adam Morgan and Andre Wisdom. Lucas and future red Thiago were also in international action that day. 2016 – Ex-red Sebastián Coates scored his first goal for Uruguay in their 2-1 World Cup qualifying defeat of Ecuador in Montevideo, with ex-red Luis Súarez also featuring. Philippe Coutinho scored for Brazil as they beat Argentina 3-0 in a qualifier in Belo Horizonte, with Roberto Firmino, future red Alisson Becker and ex-red Javier Mascherano also in action. Ovie Ejaria netted as future red Dominic Solanke won his eleventh and last cap for England Under-19’s in their 2-1 friendly defeat in South Korea. Kamil Grabara won his third and last cap for Poland Under-18’s, with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ben Woodburn playing at Under-19’s level that day. A final cap 1996 - Stéphane Henchoz won his last cap as a Hamburger SV player as Switzerland were beaten 1-0 by Norway in a World Cup qualifier in Bern, with Øyvind Leonhardsen on the winning side. Also in qualifying action that day were Phil Babb, Patrik Berger, Jason McAteer, ex-red Ronnie Rosenthal and future reds Vladimír Šmicer and Rigobert Song. Other reds game 1973 – Steve Heighway bagged the only goal of Wolverhampton Wanderers’ visit to Anfield. Also on the move 2001 - Ex-reserves forward Sean Friars signed for Carlisle United from Ipswich Town on a monthly contract. He only made one senior appearance for the Blues. 2005 - Former second-string keeper Ian Dunbavin joined Scarborough on loan from Halifax Town. He played fourteen Conference games for them.
  2. Will

    25th October

    Births and death 1968 – Defender David Burrows was born in Dudley. He signed from West Bromwich Albion for £550,000 in October 1988 and bagged three goals in 193 reds appearances, helping us to a League title, FA Cup and FA Charity Shield before joining West Ham United as part of the deal that brought Julian Dicks to Anfield in September 1993. 1985 - Italian keeper Daniele Padelli was born in Lecco. He spent the second half of the 2006/07 season on loan from Sampdoria, making just one senior appearance as we were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Charlton Athletic in our final League game of the season. 2006 – Irish forward Billy Millar was born in Ballymena. He arrived from Linfield for £1,150 in March 1928, scoring twice in three games before moving on to Barrow in January 1930. He went on to set a scoring record at Barrow by netting thirty goals in as many Third Division North games, as well as making his debut for Northern Ireland. 1958 – Half-back Harry Lowe died. He notched twice in 136 games for the reds after signing from Gainsborough Trinity in May 1911. Unfortunately, he missed the 1914 FA Cup Final through injury, and he moved on to Nottingham Forest in March 1920. Double centurions 2009 – Rafael Benítez took charge of his 200th League game as we beat Manchester United 2-0 at Anfield, with Fernando Torres opening the scoring just after the hour mark. Nemanja Vidić became the first player to be sent off against the reds in three successive fixtures, with Javier Mascherano also dismissed in stoppage time before substitute David N’Gog bagged our 200th League goal against United. Michael Owen was greeted with derision when he came off the bench for the visitors. Recent games 2016 – Trent Alexander-Arnold made his debut at right-back as we beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 in a League Cup Fourth Round tie at Anfield. Daniel Sturridge struck twice as well as hitting the crossbar before Vincent Janssen converted a penalty for the visitors. 2015 – Future reds forward Sadio Mané was sent off for Southampton as they left Anfield with a 1-1 draw. He had just tapped in a late equaliser after substitute Christian Benteke had opened the scoring with a quarter of an hour remaining. 1969 – We beat Southampton 4-1 at Anfield, with Emlyn Hughes scoring early on. Roger Hunt bagged a brace, with left-back Tony Byrne putting through his own net. Tommy Lawrence saved a Denis Hollywood spot-kick, with the Saints’ goal coming from the first of Mick Channon’s seven strikes against the reds. 2014 – We were held to a goalless draw by Hull City in L4. 2012 - We beat Anji Makhachkala 1-0 at Anfield in a UEFA Europa League group game, with Stewart Downing on target. A Royal meeting 2006 – Skipper Robbie Fowler and John Arne Riise both struck in the closing minutes of the first half of our League Cup Third Round tie against Reading at Anfield, our first ever meeting with the Royals. Argentinean centre-back Gabriel Paletta then scored on his reds debut four minutes after the break. However, we threw away the three-goal lead in the closing quarter of an hour. Andre Bikey pulled a goal back before Peter Crouch restored our cushion. However, first Leroy Lita then Shane Long scored for the visitors to make the final score 4-3, the first of his four goals against us, with the reds surviving a couple of very late threats for an equaliser. Also making their reds bows that night were midfielder Danny Guthrie, Lee Peltier at right-back and centre-half James Smith. Hooperman lands 1985 - Mike Hooper signed from Wrexham for £40,000. He went on to make 73 first-team appearances in eight years at Anfield, remaining behind Bruce Grobbelaar in the pecking order. 1961 - Reserves forward George Scott signed professional terms on his seventeenth birthday. Bill Shankly called him “the best player ever to play for my reserves”, but he failed to break through to the first team, later turning out for Aberdeen and Tranmere Rovers. League Cup records 1983 - An Anfield crowd of just 9,902 witnessed our 4-0 defeat of Brentford in the Milk Cup Second Round second leg, the smallest ever gate to watch the reds in that competition, as we progressed 8-1 on aggregate. Graeme Souness set the ball rolling from the spot, before David Hodgson’s tenth and last reds goal, with Kenny Dalglish and Michael Robinson also netting. 1995 - Ian Rush scored his 48th League Cup goal for the reds in our 4-0 Third Round defeat of Manchester City, with three of our goals coming in the final quarter of an hour. He shares the competition record for most goals with Geoff Hurst on 49, having added one with Newcastle United. John Scales, Robbie Fowler also struck before Steve Harkness grabbed his third and final reds goal. 2005 - Steven Gerrard grabbed his fiftieth reds goal to equalise after Dougie Freedman’s opener as we lost 2-1 at Crystal Palace in the Third Round. Young defender David Raven was making his fourth and final senior reds appearance. After Marco Reich’s winning strike we went 1,040 minutes before conceding another goal, with São Paulo ending the run twelve games later. Ending runs 1975 - Emlyn Hughes played in his 177th consecutive reds game as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Derby County with John Toshack netting our goal. Phil Boersma made his 121st and final reds outing in this match, as a half-time replacement for Emlyn, with injury keeping Crazy Horse out of the next two games. Francis Lee scored the last of his six goals against the reds that day. 1913 - John Bovill played his 29th and final reds game in our 3-0 top-flight defeat by Oldham Athletic at Anfield. Joe Walters bagged two of his five goals past us with Lady Woodger also on the scoresheet. 1924 - Keeper Elisha Scott also ended a long run, making his 132nd consecutive appearance in our 3-1 defeat of Sunderland at Anfield, with Archie Rawlings netting twice and Harry Chambers also on target. John Jones replaced him for the next three games. 1952 - We also faced the Wearsiders, losing 3-1 at Roker Park with Billy Liddell netting our consolation. Trevor Ford struck the final two of his seven goals past us with Harry Kirtley also on target for the home side. Debuting at Turf Moor 1919 - Left-half Tom Bromilow made his reds bow at right-half as we won 2-1 at Burnley thanks to a brace from Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers. Trebles all round 1930 - Jimmy Smith scored a hat-trick as we won 3-1 at Blackpool. 1986 - Ex-reds reserve Mike Newell bagged a treble as we were thumped 4-1 at Luton Town in another First Division fixture, the first of his eight strikes against us, with Ricky Hill also scoring. Jan Mølby, who had been employed as a sweeper behind Alan Hansen and Mark Lawrenson in a new formation, netted our late consolation from the spot. 2017 – Rhian Brewster netted three times as England Under-17’s beat Brazil 3-1 in their World Championship Finals Semi-final in India. Over the bar 1992 - Norwich City were awarded the first penalty against us in the newly-formed Premier League, but Mark Bowen blazed the ball high into the Kop. Ian Butterworth scored for the visitors in the second minute with a goal that went in via Mike Marsh, Bruce Grobbelaar and the crossbar! However, we went on to win the game 4-1, with Michael Thomas, Don Hutchison and birthday boy David Burrows on target before Mark Walters converted from the spot. Reds off the mark 2003 - Florent Sinama-Pongolle bagged his first reds strike as we beat Leeds United 3-1 at Anfield. Michael Owen and Danny Murphy grabbed the others, with Alan Smith netting for the visitors. 1997 - Øyvind Leonhardsen scored his first senior reds goal in our 4-0 home defeat of Derby County, with Roy Evans winning his hundredth game as reds boss. The other goals came from Steve McManaman and a Robbie Fowler brace, with Robbie also spurning a penalty. 1947 - Bob Priday and Jack Balmer netted as we were held to a 2-2 draw at Anfield in another top-flight meeting with Derby. Billy Steel bagged a brace for the visitors, the first two of his four goals past the reds. Half a century at the wrong end 1958 – We benefited from our fiftieth own goal in all competitions to date as John Martin put through his own net as we beat eventual Second Division champions Sheffield Wednesday 3-2 at Anfield. This was added to by a Fred Morris penalty and a Jimmy Harrower strike. Redfern Froggatt scored one of his six goals past us, with Roy Shiner also netting. Out-gunned 1980 - Arsenal held us to a 1-1 draw at Anfield with Graeme Souness on target, a sixth League stalemate in our first thirteen games that season. Alan Sunderland struck for the Gunners, one of his six goals against us. 1989 - We lost a League Cup Third Round tie 1-0 at Highbury thanks to an Alan Smith strike, one of his nine past the reds, as they beat us in this competition for the second time in four seasons. Derby joy 1941 - We beat Everton 3-2 at Anfield in a Wartime League fixture, with our goals coming from Tom Bush and a Billy Liddell brace. Scott off 1928 – Forward Tom Scott left the reds to sign for Bristol City after four goals in eighteen games. He had arrived from Darlington in February 1925, despite Everton believing they had a deal in place to sign him. Management moves 1988 - Mark Lawrenson was sacked as Manager of Oxford United by Chairman Kevin Maxwell after he objected to the sale of Dean Saunders to Derby County, whose then Chairman was Kevin’s dad Robert Maxwell! 2001 - Nigel Spackman was sacked as First Division Barnsley’s boss after nine months in charge, following a run of eight games without a win. 2015 - Kevin MacDonald was appointed Caretaker Manager of Aston Villa for the second time, following the dismissal of Golden boys? 2005 - Jamie Carragher, Luis García and Steven Gerrard were all nominated for the prestigious Ballon d’Or award. Brazilian Ronaldinho went on to claim the honour, with Gerrard finishing in third, Carragher in twentieth and García 23rd. Kenny at the double 1978 - Kenny Dalglish bagged a brace in Scotland’s 3-2 European Championships qualifying defeat of Norway at Hampden Park. Graeme Souness also played in this game. On the same day, Emlyn Hughes skippered an England side that also included Ray Clemence, Phil Neal, Phil Thompson and ex-red Kevin Keegan as they drew 1-1 with the Republic of Ireland in a qualifier at Lansdowne Road. Future red Mark Lawrenson featured for the home side. International debuts 1930 - Future red Daniel McRorie won his only cap in Scotland’s 1-1 draw with Wales in the British International Championships at Ibrox. 1978 - Joey Jones won his first cap as a Wrexham player, and nineteenth in total, as Wales trounced Malta 7-0 in a European Championships qualifier. 2010 – Future red Danny Ward made his debut for Wales Under-19’s as they drew 1-1 with Kazakhstan in a European Championships qualifier in Bridgend. 1999 – Michael Foley played for the Irish Under-16’s as they beat Sweden 2-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Dublin. Other reds games 1994 – Ian Rush bagged a brace as we beat Stoke City 2-1 in a League Cup Third Round tie at Anfield, en route to claiming the trophy for the fifth time. 1902 - Laurie Bell missed a penalty for the home side as we drew 1-1 with Bolton Wanderers at Burnden Park, having already converted one spot kick. Sam Raybould scored our goal. On the move 2012 – Ex-reserves forward Nathan Eccleston joined Tranmere Rovers on loan from Blackpool, but only made one senior appearance due to injury. Foy in action Robbie Foy has twice played for Scotland Under-19’s on this day. 2002 - He played his third game at this level in a 2-1 defeat of Iceland in a European Championships qualifier in Slovenia. 2003 - He won his next cap in a 3-1 win over the Faroe Islands in another qualifier in Ayr. 2016 - Elijah Dixon-Bonner, Paul Glatzel and Curtis Jones all played for England Under-16’s as they lost 2-1 to the USA in France.
  3. Will

    29th September

    A black day for the club 1981 - Bill Shankly died. Undoubtedly the greatest ever influence on the reds, he arrived as Manager in December 1959 and shook the club to its roots. He took us out of the Second Division in 1962 as champions and three years later led us to our first ever FA Cup. He also led us to three League titles, the UEFA Cup and another FA Cup before retiring in July 1974. Luis at the treble 2012 - Luis Suárez scored a hat-trick as we won 5-2 at Norwich City, becoming the first red to score three goals in the same away League fixture in successive seasons, with Nuri Şahin bagging the last of his three reds strikes and Leon Barnett deflecting a Steven Gerrard shot into his own net. Aldo’s treble 1987 - John Aldridge scored a hat-trick past Peter Shilton, including two penalties, in our 4-0 defeat of Derby County. Peter Beardsley bagged the other, while John Barnes had a goal disallowed for scoring direct from an apparently indirect free-kick. Rushie’s European record 1992 - Ian Rush scored his twentieth and final European goal, a then club record, in our 2-1 win at Apollon Limassol in the European Cup Winners’ Cup. Don Hutchinson scored the second as we progressed 8-2 on aggregate. Paul Stewart was dismissed late on after a tangle with the Cypriot keeper Christophi. Moving on 1982 - Terry McDermott left the reds to re-join Newcastle United. He had struck 81 times in 329 reds games after signing from the Toon for £175,000 in November 1974, helping us to three European Cups, four League titles, two League Cups, UEFA Super Cup and two FA Charity Shields. In 1980, he became the first player to win both the PFA and Football Writers’ Player Of The Year Awards in the same season. Red centuries 2013 – Jordan Henderson played his hundredth reds game as we won 3-1 at his former club Sunderland, our 400th Premier League victory. Daniel Sturridge opened the scoring with Luis Suárez adding a brace. 2007 - Substitute Yossi Benayoun’s strike past ex-red Chris Kirkland at Wigan Athletic ensured that the reds reached 400 away points in the Premiership as we won 1-0. However, the match was somewhat marred by fighting in the home stands when some reds celebrated our winning goal in amongst Latics fans. 1984 – Bruce Grobbelaar played his 200th game for the reds as Sheffield Wednesday won 2-0 at Anfield. Ex-Evertonian Imre Varadi and Gary Shelton grabbed the goals. A goalscoring debut 1951 - Centre-forward Jack Smith scored on his reds debut in our 2-0 First Division defeat of Derby County at Anfield, with Bryan Williams netting the other. Another European first 1965 - We made our first appearance in the European Cup Winners’ Cup, going down 1-0 to a late Gianfranco Leoncini pile-driver at Juventus with the home side also having three penalty appeals turned down. We won the second leg 2-0 and went on to reach the final. More European adventures 1970 - Emlyn Hughes struck a 25-yard equaliser as we drew 1-1 at Hungarian side Ferencvárosi in a Fairs Cup match, to go through to the Second Round 2-1 on aggregate. 1971 - Crazy Horse netted again as we beat Servette FC Genève 2-0 at Anfield, the first Swiss visitors to Anfield, with Steve Heighway also scoring, to reach the Second Round of the European Cup Winners’ Cup. 1998 - Jamie Redknapp bagged a brace as we beat Kosice 5-0 in Slovakia to reach the UEFA Cup Second Round 8-0 on aggregate. Robbie Fowler also netted twice, having previously missed a penalty, while Paul Ince was also on target with Patrik Berger and Michael Owen both hitting the woodwork. Marek Spilar was dismissed for the home side after an hour for yet another clumsy challenge on Owen. 2009 – We lost our Champions League group game 2-0 at Fiorentina, with Stevan Jovetić netting both goals, the first of his four goals past us to date. 1,500 at the City Ground 1979 - We played our 1,500th away League game, going down 1-0 at Nottingham Forest, with Garry Birtles netting. During this game, Viv Anderson’s indirect free-kick went straight in and was disallowed. Most recently 2018 – Gini Wijnaldum played his hundredth reds game as we secured a 1-1 draw at Chelsea, with Daniel Sturridge’s fabulous late curled effort being his fiftieth reds League goal and his 67th and last strike for the club. Eden Hazard had opened the scoring with his seventh and most recent goal against us. Derby despair We have lost both our top-flight meetings with Everton on this day in history. 1906 - Jack Parkinson bagged our consolation as we lost 2-1 at Anfield, with Sam Hardy saving a Walter Abbott penalty. Sandy Young bagged a brace for the visitors, two of his twelve derby goals. 1928 - We lost 1-0 across the park. 1917 - We also faced the Blues in a Wartime League game at Goodison, with Thomas Bennett and Arthur Metcalf striking as we drew 2-2. St Michael signs on 1997 - Michael Owen signed a new contract until 2003. He stayed at Anfield until August 2004, netting 158 times in 297 reds games. Irwin born 1990 – Ex-reserve Steven Irwin was born in Liverpool. He was promoted to Melwood in July 2008, having featured in the FA Youth Cup Final in 2006. He failed to break through to the first team proper, although he played in all three pre-season games in the summer of 2010 and was released in June 2011. Red farewells 1934 - Ex-red Tom Cooper skippered England while winning his fifteenth and final cap, as they thumped Wales 4-0 in the British International Championships in Cardiff. 1996 – Forward Lee Jones made his fourth and last reds appearance as we won 2-1 at West Ham United. Stan Collymore put us in front before Slaven Bilić equalised after a quarter of an hour. Michael Thomas nabbed the second-half winner. Disappointment in the Black Country We have twice lost to Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux in First Division meetings on this day in history. 1894 - Jimmy Ross nabbed our consolation from the spot as we lost 3-1. 1962 - Jimmy Melia bagged a brace in our 3-2 defeat. Jimmy Murray struck the first of his four goals against the reds, with Chris Crowe and Terry Wharton also on target. Mixed fortunes against the Wearsiders 1900 - We lost 2-1 at home to Sunderland, with wing-half Charlie Wilson bagging his first reds goal. Jimmy Millar netted one of his four goals past us, with Billy Hogg grabbing the first of his five. 1990 - We won another top-flight encounter at Roker Park, with Ray Houghton striking the only goal of the game. Winning the League 2013 - Liverpool Ladies won the Women’s Premier League title for the first time after beating Bristol Academy in their final game of the campaign. Out on loan 2001 - Pegguy Arphexad joined Stockport County on a month’s loan. He played three times, conceding five goals as they only picked up one point. 2013 – Ex-reds centre-half Zak Whitbread joined Derby County on loan from Leicester City, signing on permanently in June 2014 after one goal in four games in this spell. Olympic defeat 2000 - Brad Friedel was on the losing side as the USA failed to win a medal at the Sydney Olympics, being beaten 2-0 by Chile in the third-place play-off. Other reds games 1973 – We shared a dour goalless draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford. 1956 – Jimmy Melia and Billy Liddell netted as we beat Leicester City 2-0 in a Second Division fixture at Anfield. 1934 – We beat West Bromwich Albion 3-2 in L4. Alf Hanson, Sam English and Gordon Hodgson all scored before the break, with Terry Sandford scoring two of his five goals against the reds 1923 – Dick Forshaw bagged the only goal of Burnley’s visit to Anfield. Youngsters on the world stage 2009 – Martin Kelly played for England Under-20’s in their 4-0 defeat by Ghana in the World Championships Finals in Egypt. Meanwhile, future red Sebastián Coates featured for Uruguay as they beat Uzbekistan 3-0 in the same group.
  4. Will

    26th September

    Top-flight trebles 2009 – Fernando Torres struck three times as we thumped Hull City 6-1 at Anfield. Geovanni equalised after Torres handed us an early lead. Steven Gerrard made the score 4-1 before Ryan Babel bagged a late brace, with the second fortuitously deflecting off his ankle and looping over the keeper. 1964 - Bobby Graham bagged a treble on his League debut as we beat Aston Villa 5-1 at Anfield, with Ian Callaghan and Roger Hunt also on target. Future red Tony Hateley struck for the visitors. 1925 - Dick Forshaw scored a hat-trick as we thumped Everton 5-1 at Anfield, with Jimmy Walsh on target and Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers netting his hundredth League goal. In fact, Forshaw added a brace in the Goodison return the following February as we drew 3-3. 1945 – We also hosted the Blues, being held to a 1-1 draw after extra time in a Lancashire Senior Cup First Round replay, with Jack Balmer converting a spot-kick for the reds. Youngest ever 2012 – Forward Jerome Sinclair became our youngest every player, aged sixteen years and six days, when he came off the bench in our 2-1 Capital One Cup Third Round win at West Bromwich Albion. Loanee midfielder Nuri Şahin struck his first two reds goals after we fell behind to a Gabriel Tamaș goal, thanks to an error by keeper Brad Jones. Samed Yeşil also made his reds bow as we secured a club record sixth consecutive away win in the League Cup. Off the mark 1931 - Right-half Ted Savage scored his only two goals on his reds bow, as a forward, as we beat Grimsby Town 4-0 in a First Division fixture at Anfield, with Gordon Hodgson also netting a brace. 2015 – James Milner opened the scoring with his first reds goal as we beat Aston Villa 3-2 at Anfield. Daniel Sturridge scored twice with Villa’s Rudy Gestede also bagging a brace. Shanks suffers 1981 - Bill Shankly suffered a heart-attack, sadly dying three days later. On the same day, we drew 1-1 at West Ham United, with David Johnson heading in our equaliser after Geoff Pike had given the home side the lead. In Euro action We have played five European ties on this day, winning two and drawing the others. 2017 – Roberto Firmino reached a century of reds games as we drew 1-1 in a UEFA Champions League game at Spartak Moskva. Philippe Coutinho scored our goal. 2001 - A Jari Litmanen goal, in the team due to an injury to Michael Owen, was enough to see off Dynamo Kyiv in a Champions League group game at Anfield. Nick Barmby also struck a post. 1996 - We beat Finnish side Myllykosken Pallo-47 3-1 in a European Cup Winners’ Cup match, with Patrik Berger, Stan Collymore and John Barnes on target, as we progressed 4-1 on aggregate. 1972 - We survived a siege to hold Eintracht Frankfurt to a goalless draw in West Germany to reach the Second Round of the UEFA Cup thanks to a 2-0 first leg win. 1995 - We reached the same stage of that competition, despite not being able to break down Russians Spartak-Alania Vladikavkaz at Anfield, as the game ended without score, although Michael Thomas had a goal disallowed for offside. However, our 2-1 away win was enough to take us through. Alec goes the wrong way 1970 - Left-back Alec Lindsay scored an own goal to condemn us to a 1-0 defeat at Southampton. Three failures against the Baggies We have faced West Bromwich Albion in the top flight on three occasions on this day in history, without managing a win. 1896 - We were held to a goalless draw at Anfield. 1903 - We lost 3-1 at home, with Jack Cox grabbing our consolation. Defender Herbert Craik played his only ever reds game while George Dorsett struck one of his five goals past us, with Fred Hobson and Charlie Simmons also on target. 1914 - We were thumped 4-0 at The Hawthorns, with Alf Bentley netting the last two of his four goals against the reds, with Fred Morris also nabbing a brace. Forward Bob McDougall played his eighth and last reds game. Most recently 2018 – We lost 2-1 at home to Chelsea in the Third Round of the EFL Cup. Ex-Blue Daniel Sturridge opened the scoring after an hour, but Emerson and Eden Hazard both struck late on as we fell to defeat for the first time that season, with this being the sixth of Hazard’s seven goals past us to date. A Low end 1936 - Centre-half Norman Low made his thirteenth and final reds appearance, deputising for Tom Bradshaw in our 2-0 defeat at Leeds United. Bob Glassey also played his ninth and last reds game. Meanwhile, outside-left Alf Hanson reached a century of reds outings. From the spot 1992 - Jan Mølby converted our first Anfield penalty in the Premier League as we lost 3-2 to Wimbledon, with Steve McManaman netting after a Ronnie Rosenthal strike came back off the bar. We came from two goals behind to go in level at the break, but Robbie Earle bagged the winner with his second of the game, the first two of his five goals past us, with Dons skipper John Fashanu opening the scoring with one of his six strikes against the reds. Hungarian midfielder István Kozma played his tenth and final reds game. Olympic defeat 2000 - Brad Friedel was on the losing side as Spain beat the USA 3-1 in the Semi-final of the Sydney Olympics. International red saint 1961 - Ian St. John won his first cap as a red, and his eighth for Scotland in total. He scored in their 3-2 World Cup qualifying defeat of Czechoslovakia at Hampden Park. 1973 - The same fixture was played, this time as a qualifier for the Finals in West Germany. Celtic’s Kenny Dalglish played in the Scots’ 2-1 win. Emlyn Hughes featured on the same day as England trounced Austria 7-0 in a friendly at Wembley Stadium. 2009 – Martin Kelly featured for England Under-20’s as they lost 1-0 to future red Sebastián Coates’ Uruguay in the World Championship Finals in Egypt. Danny’s last 2011 – Future red Danny Ward won his third and last cap for Wales Under-19’s as they lost a European Championships qualifier 3-2 in Slovenia. Defeat to the Mancs 1908 - Jack Cox netted to add to an Alex Raisbeck penalty as we lost 3-2 to Manchester United at their old Bank Street ground. Harold Halse bagged the first two of his four goals against us, with Jimmy Turnbull netting the last of his six. A real trouncing 1953 - We suffered our worst ever defeat at Charlton Athletic as we were thumped 6-0. We were relegated that season after finishing bottom of the table. Right-back Bert Childs played his second and final reds game as future red John Evans netted the last two of his five goals past us, with South African centre-forward Stuart Leary bagging four of his six strikes against the reds. Other reds game 1959 – We beat Plymouth Argyle 4-1 in a Second Division meeting at Anfield thanks to goals from Jimmy Melia, Alan A’Court, Roger Hunt and Ronnie Moran. Zico junior heads south 1996 - Reserves defender Ashley Neal joined Third Division Brighton & Hove Albion on loan. Phil Neal’s son made four starts for the Seagulls, all ending in defeat. Also in international action 1984 – Jan Mølby played as Denmark beat Norway 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Copenhagen. On the same day, future red Glenn Hysén featured in Sweden’s 1-0 friendly defeat by Italy in Milan. 2001 – Robbie Foy played for Scotland Under-17’s in their 3-0 friendly win in Wales. 2003 – Roy Hodgson took charge of the United Arab Emirates as they lost 4-1 to Bahrain in Dubai. 2009 – Martin Kelly featured for England Under-20’s as they lost 1-0 to future red Sebastián Coates’ Uruguay in the World Championship Finals in Egypt. Daddies 2013 - Luis Suárez became a father for the second time, to Benjamin. 2012 - Adam Lallana’s first child, Arthur, was born.
  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. 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 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. Will

    15th September

    Off the bench for the first time 1965 - Utility player Geoff Strong became our first ever League substitute, netting after coming on for full-back Chris Lawler in our 1-1 top-flight draw at home to West Ham United. Gerry Byrne made his 200th League appearance in this fixture while Geoff Hurst bagged on of his nine strikes against us. A win at Goodison 2001 - After Kevin Campbell put the home side ahead, the last of his four goals against the reds, we stormed back to beat Everton 3-1, thanks to a Steven Gerrard pile-driver, a Michael Owen penalty and a John Arne Riise strike that inspired two songs. Thomas Radzinski made his debut for the home side as a substitute for future red Abel Xavier. 1934 - We also played across the park, losing 1-0 courtesy of a late Dixie Dean header, one of his nineteen derby goals. A nap hand for John 1954 - Forward John Evans scored all five reds goals in our 5-3 Second Division defeat of Bristol Rovers at Anfield. Peter Hooper bagged the first two of his seven goals past us, with Harry Bamford also on target. Debutants 1956 - Half-back Johnny Wheeler made his reds bow as we lost 2-0 at home to Stoke City in our Second Division fixture, with Johnny King netting one of his five goals past the reds and George Kelly also on target. 1937 - We also entertained the Potters, with Alf Hanson on target twice in a 3-0 victory, including a penalty, and Berry Nieuwenhuys also netting. 1979 - Israeli defender Avi Cohen made his debut in our 1-1 draw at Leeds United, with David Johnson reaching a century of reds games. Terry McDermott struck our goal in what was our 3,000th League game. 1973 - Forward Derek Brownbill played his only reds game. We were losing 1-0 at Birmingham City to a Bob Latchford strike, one of his five goals against us, when Brownbill was replaced by Brian Hall, who grabbed our late equaliser as the game ended all square. 1958 – Wing-half Bobby Campbell made his reds bow in our 2-0 Second Division defeat at Sheffield United. Paddy’s first strikes 1996 - Patrik Berger bagged the first two of his 35 reds goals as we won 3-0 at Leicester City, having come on as a half-time substitute for Stan Collymore. Michael Thomas also hit the net as we topped the table for the first time that season. Pepe to the rescue 2007 - Pepe Reina saved a penalty from Kanu as we held Portsmouth to a goalless draw at Fratton Park, with Andriy Voronin hitting the bar late on. Most recently 2018 – We secured our fifth straight League victory from the start of the season when we beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at Wembley Stadium, dominating the match. Gini Wijnaldum headed in for his first away League goal in England, with Roberto Firmino doubling the lead after the break. Érik Lamela bagged an injury-time consolation. 1952 – We lost 3-1 at White Hart Lane, with Bryan Williams on target for the reds, although we remained top of the table. Amateur player Vic Groves bagged a brace for the home side, with centre-forward Len Duquemin also scoring. Hendersons incoming 1893 - Centre-forward David Henderson signed for the reds from Kings Park in Stirling. He was only at Anfield for fourteen months, but netted twelve goals in 23 games as we won the Second Division title. 2014 - Jordan Henderson was named as the club’s official vice-captain, following the departure of Daniel Agger. 1905 – Left-half Jim Bradley signed from Stoke, helping us to claim the League title in his first season and scoring eight times in 186 reds appearances before joining Reading in June 1911. European fortunes Our four continental ties on this day in history have ended in three wins and a defeat. 2004 - We beat AS Monaco 2-0 at Anfield in the group stage of the Champions League with strike partners Djibril Cissé and Milan Baroš both on the scoresheet. 1998 - We won our opening UEFA Cup match 3-0 at Slovakian side Košice, thanks to goals from Patrik Berger, Karl-Heinz Riedle and Michael Owen. 1970 - We won 1-0 at home to Hungarians Ferencvárosi in the Fairs Cup, thanks to a Bobby Graham strike. 1971 - We lost 2-1 in the opening game of our European Cup Winners’ Cup campaign at Servette FC Genève, with Chris Lawler nabbing our late consolation and the reds missing a host of chances. However, we won the Anfield return 2-0 to progress. Five each against the Baggies Our first two games on this day in history both came against West Bromwich Albion, with the home side winning 5-0 each time. 1894 - We lost at Stoney Lane, with winger Patrick Gordon playing his thirtieth and last reds game. 1900 - We won by the same score at Anfield, thanks to a Sam Raybould brace and goals from Archie Goldie, John Walker and Tommy Robertson. Facing the Mackems We have played Sunderland four times in the top flight on this day in history, without securing a victory. 2012 – We were held 1-1 at the Stadium Of Light when Steven Fletcher scored for the home side before Luis Suárez equalised past Simon Mignolet, with Glen Johnson also hitting the bar. 1984 - Paul Walsh grabbed our goal as we were held to a 1-1 draw. 1951 - Billy Liddell and Kevin Baron were on target in a 2-2 draw. Dickie Davis bagged one of his seven strikes against the reds, and Len Shackleton netting one of his five past us. 1906 - Joe Hewitt struck as we lost 2-1 at Anfield. George Bridgett and Billy Hogg each netted one of their five goals past us. Beating the Addicks 1987 - We saw off Charlton Athletic 3-2 at Anfield. Garth Crooks put the visitors in front with the last of his four goals past us. John Aldridge equalised from the spot two minutes later, but Colin Walsh gave the Londoners a second shock lead with a thirty-yard free-kick. Alan Hansen then headed in his first goal in more than three years, his fourteenth and final strike for the club. Steve McMahon struck the winner just two minutes later. Management moves 2009 - Titi Camara was sacked as Manager of Guinea after just three months in charge, while Julian Dicks was appointed boss of Grays Athletic, remaining in charge until last May. 2008 - Steve Clarke took over as first-team coach at West Ham United, working with Gianfranco Zola. He remained at Upton Park until June 2010. Youngsters starting out 2014 – Future reds keeper Kamil Grabara made his debut for Poland Under-16’s as they thrashed Northern Ireland 5-0 in Dungannon. 2010 – Future red Samed Yeşil won his first cap for Germany Under-17’s in their 2-1 friendly defeat of the Netherlands. Young Nando on target 2001 - Future red Fernando Torres scored for Spain Under-17’s as they beat Oman 2-1 in the World Championship Finals in Trinidad. However, they lost their next two games to crash out at the group stage. Fellow future red Javier Mascherano also played as Argentina drew 2-2 with Burkina Faso as they went on to top the same group. Cloughie starts out 1984 - Nigel Clough joined Nottingham Forest from Heanor Town on a free transfer. He went on to score 130 goals for Forest in 400 appearances, before joining the reds for £2.275m in June 1993. Moving on 2020 – Ex-reds centre-half Daniel Ayala signed for Blackburn Rovers, playing ten times in his first season at Ewood Park. 2015 – Left-winger Albert Riera signed for Zavrč in Slovenia. He terminated his contract the following January after one goal in twelve League outings. 2014 - Nicolas Anelka signed for Indian Super League side Mumbai City, netting twice in seven outings. He returned to the club the following July as Player/Manager. 2009 - Falkirk-born reserves midfielder Ryan Flynn converted a loan move back to his hometown club into a permanent switch. He was awarded with a full-time contract at Melwood in the summer of 2006 having impressed in the previous season’s victorious FA Youth Cup campaign, including notching a goal in the Final. Births and deaths 1993 – Ex-reserves right-winger Toni Silva was born in Guinea-Bissau. He moved to Melwood in 2009 after spending time in the SL Benfica and Chelsea youth set-ups, but left for Barnsley on a free transfer in July 2012. 1978 - Former youth keeper Roy Naylor was born in Liverpool. He never even made our first-team squad, although he featured in both legs of our victorious FA Youth Cup Final in 1996. He joined Clydebank in December 1998, for whom he only played once, and was last heard of working as a postman in Ellesmere Port. 2001 – Forward Jack Bearne was born in Nottingham. He made his senior bow in our EFL Cup Quarter-final defeat at Aston Villa in December 2019. 1915 – The wife of the club’s first Manager, William Barclay, died in Lancaster Hospital. Emily had been married to him since June 1878. 2011 – The funeral of centre-half Laurie Hughes took place at Thornton Crematorium. He signed from Tranmere Rovers in February 1943 and made 326 reds appearances, netting just once. He helped us to the first post-war League title and the FA Cup Final three years later and was the first red to appear in the World Cup Finals later that year. 1916 – Ex-reds outside-right’s Hugh McQueen's son Hugh Jr. died in First World War action in France. Other reds games 1962 – Roger Hunt netted as Ipswich Town held us to s 1-1 draw at Anfield. 1948 – Arsenal won 1-0 in L4 with Reg Lewis scoring one of his five goals against the reds. 1928 – We drew 2-2 at Manchester United despite Gordon Hodgson and Dick Edmed each giving us the lead. 1924 – We lost 3-1 at Blackburn Rovers. 1923 – We beat Preston North End 3-1 at Anfield. Donald Mackinlay scored our goal, with Ted Harper bagging the first of his five past us and Johnny McIntyre netting twice. Also in international action 2006 – Future red Astrit Ajdarević featured for Sweden Under-17’s as they drew 2-2 with Austria in a European Championships qualifier in Greece.
  7. Will

    13th September

    Aldo off 1989 - John Aldridge left for Real Sociedad for £1.1m after 63 goals in 104 reds games, to become their first non-Basque player. He was signed by ex-red John Toshack and struck 33 times in 63 games in two years before returning to Merseyside with Tranmere Rovers. Beating the Mancs 2008 – Albert Riera made his reds bow as we came from behind to beat Manchester United 2-1 at Anfield. Carlos Tévez opened the scoring for the visitors after just three minutes, with one of his four goals past us to date, with a Wes Brown own goal drawing us level before half an hour had elapsed. This was the 400th goal we had scored under Rafael Benítez. Substitute Ryan Babel handed us victory before Nemanja Vidić was sent off in stoppage time, a fate that was also to befall him in the reverse fixture later that season. This was the fiftieth time a substitute had netted in Benítez’s reign. 1969 - We lost 1-0 at Old Trafford, thanks to a Willie Morgan strike. Joy and despair at Ewood 2003 - Michael Owen netted a brace, including a penalty, as we came from behind to win 3-1 at Blackburn Rovers, with Harry Kewell also on target after Matt Jansen had scored for the home side. Anthony Le Tallec made his senior debut, while Jerzy Dudek played his hundredth reds game. However, the game was badly marred, firstly by Milan Baroš breaking his ankle in an accidental collision with the on-loan Markus Babbel. This was followed later in the first half by Lucas Neill breaking Jamie Carragher’s leg, for which he was sent off. Spanish encounters 2005 - We won 2-1 in the Estadio Manuel Ruiz de Lopera to see off Real Betis Balompié in our Champions League group game. Florent Sinama-Pongolle opened the scoring with Luis García also on target. Arzu struck a second-half consolation for the Spanish side. 2017 – Joe Gomez was sent off late on as we were held to a 2-2 draw at Anfield by Sevilla in our UEFA Champions League group game. We reached a double century of goals in Europe’s premier club competition as Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah both scored, with the former also missing a penalty. Happy birthdays 1944 - Left-back Peter Wall was born in Westbury. ‘Max’ signed for his local club Shrewsbury Town on his eighteenth birthday, arriving at Anfield from Wrexham in a deal that cost us £35,000 for him and full-back Stuart Mason in October 1966. He failed to score in 42 first-team appearances in three and a half years at Anfield, but had greater success with his next club, Crystal Palace, whom he joined in May 1970 for £30,000. He spent eight seasons at Selhurst Park, playing over 200 times for them with one of his rare goals coming at Anfield in January 1972, although we still won 4-1. 1962 - Former Assistant Physiotherapist Mark Browes was born in Colchester. The ex-Colchester United centre-forward was Dave Galley’s number two, before working with physio Víctor Salinas. He switched to Melwood in 2002 after spells on the backroom staff for Aylesbury United and Queens Park Rangers but left the reds after seven years. 1968 – Keeper Carl Muggleton was born in Leicester. He joined the reds on loan from his hometown club in 1990 but never even made the first-team bench. Losing our grip 1978 - We lost 2-0 at Nottingham Forest in the first leg of our European Cup First Round encounter, our hundredth game in Europe, as we began to lose our grip on the trophy that we had won for the previous two seasons. Garry Birtles and Colin Barrett grabbed the goals. We could only secure a goalless draw in the Anfield return, as Forest went on to claim the cup for the first of two consecutive seasons. A goalscoring debut 1894 – Inside-right Jimmy Ross scored on his reds bow, but it was not enough to prevent us losing 2-1 at home to Bolton Wanderers. The Scotsman had signed from Preston North End for a then-record £75 earlier that year. Outside-right Neil Kerr also debuted in this game. Other reds debutants 2014 – Adam Lallana debuted as Aston Villa won 1-0 at Anfield thanks to an early Gabriel Agbonlahor strike, with Philippe Coutinho hitting a post late on. 1919 - Left-half Jack Bamber and full-back Tommy Lucas both made their official reds bows as we beat Aston Villa 2-1 at Anfield, thanks to goals from Fred Pagnam and Donald Mackinlay, in the final minute. 1980 - Richard Money made his reds debut as a substitute for Alan Hansen in our 4-0 defeat of West Bromwich Albion at Anfield. Terry McDermott netted from the spot, while David Fairclough bagged a brace with Graeme Souness also scoring. Money only made seventeen first-team appearances during his two years in L4, leaving for Luton Town in April 1982. 1997 – Ex-reds reserves midfielder Jim Magilton made his debut for Sheffield Wednesday as they lost 2-1 in the League at Anfield, with reds legend Steve Nicol also in the visiting side. Paul Ince and Michael Thomas were on target for the reds in the second half before Wayne Collins headed in a late consolation. Back in the League Cup 1967 – We played our first game in the Football League Cup for nearly seven years, with Peter Thompson netting against his future employers Bolton Wanderers as we were held to a 1-1 draw in a Second Round tie at Anfield, with Franny Lee scoring the first of his six goals against the reds. Unfortunately, we crashed out in the replay two weeks later. Award winners 2013 – Brendan Rodgers was named Barclays Manager of the Month for August, with forward Daniel Sturridge announced as Player of the Month. We had won both League games that month 1-0, with Sturridge on target in both. The doc again 1975 – David Johnson struck the last of his four goals past us as we lost 2-0 at Ipswich Town, with Terry Austin also on the scoresheet. Into management 2004 - Graeme Souness was appointed Manager of Newcastle United, a week after resigning as boss of Blackburn Rovers. He led them to fourteenth in the League in his first season in charge, and then spent a large sum of money on a host of new players including ex-reds hero Michael Owen, before being sacked in February 2006. 1974 - Ian St. John was appointed Portsmouth boss. He managed them for three seasons, although his record was poor, leading them to just 31 victories in 124 games in charge as Pompey were relegated into the old Third Division, and then narrowly escaped a further descent to the League basement. An eight-goal thriller against City 1924 - We beat Manchester City 5-3 at Anfield, with three of our goals coming in the last ten minutes. Danny Shone netted twice with Dick Johnson bagging his thirtieth and last reds goal and Donald Mackinlay and Dick Forshaw also on the scoresheet. Frank Roberts struck the first two of his six goals past us, with Horace Barnes bagging one of his nine. 1941 - We also defeated City when Dickie Dorsett and Billy Liddell struck in a 4-3 Wartime League victory at Maine Road, with Cyril Done nabbing a brace. Gordon’s treble 1933 – Gordon Hodgson struck a hat-trick as we trounced Southport 8-0 in a Lancashire Senior Cup First Round tie at Anfield. Sam English and Alf Hanson each netted twice, with Dave Wright also on target. Disappointment at opposite ends of the country We have played both Portsmouth and Sunderland twice in the top flight on this day in history, without securing a single win. 1902 - Sam Raybould was on target from the spot as we lost 2-1 at Roker Park. Jimmy Millar netted the last of his four strikes past us, with Dicky Jackson also scoring. 1913 - Tommy Gracie netted our consolation against the Wearside outfit at Anfield as we lost 3-1 with Billy Lacey missing a penalty. Inside-forward Arthur Metcalf was badly injured in this game, missing the next five months. James Richardson struck two of his five goals against us, with Charlie Buchan scoring one of his 21. 1947 - We lost 1-0 at Fratton Park as Duggie Reid scored one of his six goals past us. 1952 - Bryan Williams was on target as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Portsmouth. Future reds on the way up 1985 - Ray Houghton signed for Oxford United from Fulham for £147,000. He struck fourteen times in 105 appearances, before moving on to Anfield two years later for £825,000. 1980 - John Barnes made his competitive debut for Sudbury Court as a substitute in a Middlesex League game that ended 3-3. 2000 – Future First Team Coach Kevin Keen joined Macclesfield Town on a free transfer from Stoke City, netting three goals in seventy outings for the Silkmen. 2001 – Current Chief Scout Barry Hunter joined Rushden & Diamonds from Reading on a free transfer after six goals in exactly a hundred outings for the Royals. Stig’s bow 1988 – Future red Stig Inge Bjørnebye made his debut for Norway Under-21’s in their 1-1 draw with Scotland in a European Championships qualifier in Drammen. Olympian reds 2000 - Brad Friedel and future red Milan Baroš faced each other in an Olympics group match in Canberra. The game ended 2-2. Beating the Addicks 1986 – Jan Mølby converted a penalty with Ian Rush also scoring as we beat Charlton Athletic 2-0 at Anfield. 1958 – Athletic lost 3-0 in L4, with Billy Liddell netting a brace, including a penalty. Alan A’Court added the late third. Other reds game 1930 – Huddersfield town won 4-1 at Anfield, with Jimmy Smith nabbing our consolation. Harper leaves Merseyside 1993 - Ex-reserves defender Alan Harper joined Luton Town on a free transfer from Everton. He made 48 appearances for the Hatters before moving to Sheffield Wednesday the following August. Also in international action 2006 – Future reds loanee keeper Daniele Padelli featured for Italy Under-20’s in their 1-0 defeat of
  8. Will

    5th September

    Off the mark 1959 - Winger Johnny Morrissey nabbed his first reds goal as we suffered a 2-1 Second Division defeat at Sheffield United when we conceded two penalties inside three minutes, both converted by Graham Shaw. 1928 - We also faced the Blades, losing our top-flight meeting at Anfield 2-1, with Dick Edmed nabbing our consolation. Scottish-born South African international left-back Jimmy Gray played his only reds game. Fred Tunstall bagged one of his eight goals past us, with Thomas Boyle also on target. Deano not guilty 1992 - We beat Chelsea 2-1 at Anfield, our most recent game on this day in history. Dean Saunders, who headed us in front, injured Paul Elliott in a challenge that ended his career, for which Deano was later unsuccessfully sued. Jamie Redknapp netted our last-minute winner after Mick Harford’s equaliser, the last of his six goals past us, while this was Saunders’ 61st and final reds game before moving to Aston Villa. 1908 - We also beat the Blues at Anfield by the same score, when Ronald Orr grabbed a brace and George Hilsdon bagged one of his five goals against the reds. A refereeing record 1896 - Referee C.E. Sutcliffe disallowed six goals in our First Division match at Blackburn Rovers, still a League record. He only permitted one strike to count, unfortunately scored by Rovers’ Jim Stuart. Inside-forward Willie Michael made his debut as a replacement for Harry Bradshaw who was “suffering from an old injury to his ear.” Debutants galore 1903 - Sydney Smith scored on his reds debut, although we lost 2-1 at Nottingham Forest in our season opener, with forward Fred Buck and right-back John Chadburn also making their reds bows. Grenville Morris netted one of his six goals past us, with Alf Spouncer also on target. 1967 - We travelled to the City Ground again, with Emlyn Hughes bagging the only goal of the game, as Gerry Byrne played his 300th reds game. 1934 - Centre-half Norman Low debuted in our 2-1 home win over Manchester City, deputising for Tom Bradshaw. Sam English and Gordon Hodgson netted our goals, with the latter missing his first spot-kick for the reds, while Fred Tilson struck one of his six goals against us. Nice one Cyril 1942 - Cyril Done bagged a treble as we beat Wrexham 4-0 in a Wartime League game at Anfield. Dickie Dorsett struck the other. Red departures 1895 – Scottish outside-right Neil Kerr was sold to Nottingham Forest after three goals in twelve outings since arriving from Rangers in June 1894. 1980 – Left-back Brian Kettle moved on to Wigan Athletic. He signed for the reds in May 1973 but only made four senior appearances as his route to the first-team was blocked first by Alec Lindsay, then Joey Jones and Alan Kennedy. An Addicks first 1936 - Charlton Athletic played their first ever home game in the First Division as we held them to a 1-1 draw at The Valley, with Alf Hanson on the scoresheet. Off the mark 2020 – Harvey Elliott and Sepp van den Berg both bagged their first reds goals as we thumped Blackpool 7-2 in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Anfield. Joël Matip, Sadio Mané, Roberto Firmino, Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi all also got on the scoresheet. Rare reds 1933 – Inside-forward Harold Jones made his only senior appearance in our 5-1 thumping at Anfield by Preston North End. Bill Jones scored our goal, with Tom Finney netting a treble for the visitors, the last of his five goals against the reds. Charlie Wayman scored one of his six past us, with Gordon Kaile and also scoring for PNE. 1972 – Keeper Frank Lane played his second and final reds game as we drew a League Cup second Round tie 1-1 at Carlisle United with Kevin Keegan bagging our goal. We won the replay, eventually being knocked out by Tottenham Hotspur in the Fifth Round. International shame 1998 - Reds midfielder Paul Ince became only the sixth England player to be sent off, as they lost 2-1 to Sweden in a Euro 2000 qualifier in Stockholm. Michael Owen won his tenth cap in this game, having a goal disallowed for offside, while Jamie Redknapp also featured. On the same day, Wales lost 2-0 to Italy in a qualifier played at Anfield. Ex-red Dean Saunders and future red Paul Jones both appeared for the Welsh. Also on the same day, Steve Staunton won his first cap in his second spell as a reds player as the Republic of Ireland beat Croatia 2-0 in another qualifier at Lansdowne Road. Fellow reds Phil Babb and Jason McAteer and future red Robbie Keane also played. Future red Fernando Morientes was on target as Spain lost 3-2 in Cyprus, while future reds Markus Babbel, Sami Hyypiä and Jari Litmanen all also featured in qualifiers. Haukur Ingi Gudnason won his first cap as a reds player as Iceland Under-21’s lost 2-0 to France in a European Championships qualifier, with future reds Milan Baroš and Frode Kippe also playing for their countries. Nuri’s day 1988 – Turkish international midfield loanee signing Nuri Şahin was born in Lüdenscheid, Germany. He joined for the season from Real Madrid in August 2012, netting three times in twelve games before re-joining Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund on loan in January 2013. On the move 1998 - Bruce Grobbelaar signed for Bury from Chesham United on non-contract terms. He only made one senior appearance before moving on again to Lincoln City. 1938 – Scottish centre-half Tom ‘Tiny’ Bradshaw was sold to Third Lanark for £600. He had signed from Bury for £8,000 in January 1930, netting four times in 291 reds games. World Cup scorers 2001 - Several reds were on the mark for their countries in World Cup qualifiers. Michael Owen struck England’s opener in their 2-0 defeat of Albania at St. James’ Park, with Robbie Fowler netting his final international goal to send them top of their group. Nick Barmby, Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard and Emile Heskey all also featured, as did ex-red Steve McManaman. Meanwhile, Jari Litmanen scored from the spot in Finland’s 5-1 thumping of Greece in Helsinki. His club-mate Sami Hyypiä also played. Imminent red Milan Baroš was also on target as the Czech Republic saw off Malta 3-2 in Teplice. Bolo Zenden bagged his first goal as a Chelsea player as the Netherlands beat Estonia 5-0 in Eindhoven. Craig Bellamy nabbed his first goal for Wales while with Newcastle United as they lost 3-2 in Norway, with John Arne Riise, ex-red Øyvind Leonhardsen and future red Paul Jones all also featuring. Also in international action that day were Jerzy Dudek, ex-reds Brad Friedel, Don Hutchison, Jim Magilton and Dominic Matteo and future red Fernando Morientes. 2009 – Ex-red John Arne Riise netted as Norway drew 1-1 with Iceland in a World Cup qualifier in Reykjavik. Ex-red Daniel Sjölund played for Finland as they won 2-1 in Azerbaijan, coming on as a substitute and later himself being replaced. On the same day, ex-red Robbie Keane was on target in the Republic of Ireland’s 2-1 win in Cyprus, while ex-red Milan Baroš struck as the Czech Republic drew 2-2 with Martin Škrtel’s Slovakia in Bratislava. Kolo Touré won his first cap since joining Manchester City in their 5-0 trouncing of Burkina Faso in Abidjan. Yossi Benayoun, Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson, Dirk Kuyt, Albert Riera, Fernando Torres, Andriy Voronin and future reds Ragnar Klavan, Raul Meireles, James Milner, Christian Poulsen, Mamadou Sakho and Luis Suárez, and ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Nicolas Anelka, Álvaro Arbeloa, Emile Heskey, Jari Litmanen and Rigobert Song also featured in internationals that day. 2018 – Ex-red Martin Škrtel played for his country again, with Curtis Jones in action for England Under-18’s. Thumped in the North East 1892 - W. MacArthur scored a first-half hat-trick as Middlesbrough Ironopolis beat us 5-0 at their Paradise Ground in a friendly. Joy against the Seasiders We twice faced Blackpool in top-flight fixtures on this day in the 1960’s, scoring twice on each occasion, and not tasting defeat. 1964 - Peter Thompson and Roger Hunt were on the scoresheet as we were held to a 2-2 draw in L4, with Ray Charnley bagging a brace for the visitors, two of his eight goals past us. 1966 - The same reds players netted as we won 2-1 at Bloomfield Road. Willie Stevenson had a penalty saved by Blackpool goalkeeper Alan Taylor shortly after Bobby Waddell had equalised, but Hunt grabbed a late winner. Level with the Londoners We have twice faced both Arsenal and West Ham United on this day in history, winning once and drawing on the other three occasions. 1925 - We were held to a goalless draw at Anfield by the Hammers. 1987 - John Aldridge was on target from the spot as we left Upton Park with a 1-1 draw, with Tony Cottee equalising for the home side, one of his eight goals against the reds. 1951 - We held the Gunners to a goalless draw at Highbury. 1981 - Terry McDermott and David Johnson were on the scoresheet as we beat Arsenal 2-0 at Anfield. Yossi off the mark 1999 - Future red Yossi Benayoun bagged his first senior international goal as Israel lost a Euro 2000 qualifier 3-2 in Cyprus. 2002 - He won his first cap as a Real Racing Club de Santander player in their 5-0 friendly win in Luxembourg. Kozma on target 1990 - Future red István Kozma netted in Hungary’s 4-1 defeat of Turkey in a friendly in Budapest, his only senior goal for his country. On the same day, Glenn Hysén skippered Sweden as they lost a home friendly 1-0 to Denmark. 1989 – He joined Dunfermline Athletic in a £550,000 move from Girondins de Bordeaux. He struck nine times in 103 games for the Pars, including featuring in the 1991 League Cup Final. Other international scorers 2020 - Diogo Jota scored his only goal as a Wolverhampton Wanderers player as Portugal beat Croatia 4-1 in a UEFA Nations League group game in Porto. Ex-red Raheem Sterling scored from the spot as Danny Ings won his first cap as a Southampton player in England’s 1-0 win in Iceland. Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez and ex-reds Dejan Lovren and Simon Mignolet all also played for their countries that day. Kirkland’s farewell 2003 - Chris Kirkland won his eighth and final England Under-21’s cap as they were held to a 1-1 draw in a European Championships qualifier in FYR Macedonia. Future red Jermaine Pennant won his only cap while on loan at Leeds United in the same game, with fellow future reds Glen Johnson and Paul Konchesky also featuring. Alou Diarra, Anthony Le Tallec, Florent Sinama-Pongolle and future red Raul Meireles also played in Under-21’s qualifiers on the same day, while John Toshack took charge of Wales as they lost 2-0 to Brazil in a friendly at White Hart Lane, with Craig Bellamy and ex-red Paul Jones playing. Young debutants 2006 - Paul Anderson, Adam Hammill and Craig Lindfield all made their debuts for England Under-19’s as they were held to a goalless draw by the Netherlands in a friendly in Walsall. Meanwhile, Florent Sinama-Pongolle struck as France Under-21’s beat Slovenia 2-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Amiens. Besian Idrizaj faced future red Alberto Aquilani, while Craig Bellamy and ex-red Paul Jones all also featured for their countries that day. 2008 – Future red Mario Balotelli scored as he won his first cap for Italy Under-21’s in their 1-1 European Championships qualifying draw with Greece in Castel di Sangro. Keeper Nikolay Mihaylov played for Bulgaria Under-21’s on the same day. 2019 – Ki-Jana Hoever debuted for the Dutch Under-18’s as they beat Denmark 2-1, while Curtis Jones made his England Under-19’s bow in their 3-1 defeat of Greece in Burton. On the same day, Rafael Camacho bagged his only goal for Portugal Under-20’s as they drew 2-2 with Switzerland. Future red Takumi Minamino scored as Japan beat Paraguay 2-0 in Ibariki, with ex-red Krisztián Németh captaining Hungary as they lost a friendly 2-1 in Montenegro More international starts 2016 – Joe Allen made his first appearance for Wales since joining Stoke City in their 4-0 World Cup Qualifying thumping of Moldova in Cardiff, with Kamil Grabara and future red Thiago Alcântara also playing for their countries. 2015 - Nathaniel Clyne and James Milner both won their first caps as reds players as Roy Hodgson’s England thumped San Marino 6-0 in a Euro 2016 qualifier in Serravalle, as ex-red Jonjo Shelvey became the first Swansea City player to be capped by England with future red Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also in action. Xherdan Shaqiri won his first cap as a Stoke City player as Switzerland beat Slovenia 3-2 in another qualifier. Meanwhile, future red Sadio Mané struck as Senegal won an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier 2-0 in Namibia. On the same day, Philippe Coutinho played as Brazil beat Costa Rica 1-0 in a friendly in New Jersey, with Herbie Kane, future red Ragnar Klavan and ex-red Oussama Assaidi also in international action. 2014 - Coutinho won his first cap as a reds player as Brazil beat Colombia 1-0 in a friendly in Miami, with Sadio Mané playing for Senegal for the first time since joining Southampton in their 2-0 defeat of Egypt in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Dakar. On the same day, Tom Ince played his first game for England Under-21’s since joining Hull City as they beat Lithuania 1-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Kaunas. Meanwhile, Jordon Ibe and Lloyd Jones both debuted as England Under-20’s thrashed Romania 6-0 in a friendly in Telford, with future red Kostas Tsimikas winning his first cap for Greece Under-19’s as they lost 2-1 in Finland. Emre can played for Germany Under-21’s for the first time since joining the reds in their 2-0 European Championships qualifying defeat of the Republic of Ireland in Halle. Future red Dominic Solanke netted as England Under-18’s beat the Netherlands 3-1 in Bury, with Sheyi Ojo also in action. Danny Ward and future reds Naby Keïta and Mohamed Salah also played for their countries. 2017 – Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and future red Alisson Becker all played as Brazil drew 1-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Colombia. Dejan Lovren also featured in a qualifier that day, while Mohamed Salah scored his first goal as a reds player in Egypt’s 1-0 defeat of Uganda in Alexandria. Ex-red Iago Aspas came off the bench to bag a brace as Spain trounced Liechtenstein 8-0 in Vaduz. Ex-red Joe Allen netted as Wales won a qualifier 2-0 in Moldova, with Sadio Mané on target in Senegal’s 2-2 draw in Burkina Faso. Sheyi Ojo won his only cap for England Under-21’s as they beat Latvia 3-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Bournemouth, with Trent Alexander-Arnold debuting at this level, Joe Gomez captaining the side and Dominic Solanke also playing, with Corey Whelan in action for the Irish Under-21’s and Ben Woodburn, future red Thiago Alcântara and ex-red Nuri Şahin also in international action. 2011 – Andre Wisdom made his debut for England Under-21’s as they thumped Israel 4-1 in a friendly at Oakwell, with Jonjo Shelvey and future reds Steven Caulker and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also in action. Ex-reds reserve Chris Mavinga won his first cap for France at the same level in their 1-0 defeat to Portugal in a friendly in Rio Maior. Meanwhile, Lucas Leiva played for the senior Brazil side as they beat Ghana 1-0 at Craven Cottage. 2013 – Wisdom skippered England Under-21’s as they beat Moldova 1-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Reading. Jordon Ibe scored on his debut for England Under-19’s as they thumped Estonia 6-1 in a friendly in Tallinn, while Krisztián Adorján converted a penalty as Hungary beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 4-1 in a European Championships qualifier. Sheyi Ojo featured for England Under-18’s on the same day, with Suso and future red Alberto Moreno playing for Spain Under-21’s. 2008 – El-Hadji Diouf played his first international since moving to Sunderland as Senegal lost 3-2 to Algeria in a World Cup qualifier in Blida. On the same day, Damien Plessis appeared for France Under-21’s as they thumped Malta 5-0 in Boulogne-sur-Mer while James Milner scored in his third consecutive game for England Under-21’s, converting a penalty while winning his first cap since moving permanently to Aston Villa in their 2-0 European Championships qualifying defeat of Portugal at Wembley. 2004 - Rigobert Song won his first cap as a Galatasaray player, and ninetieth overall, as Cameroon lost a World Cup qualifier 3-2 in Egypt. On the same day, Salif Diao faced future red Momo Sissoko as Mali and Senegal drew 2-2 in another qualifier in Bamako, while future red Kolo Touré played in the Ivory Coast’s 5-0 thumping of Sudan in Abidjan. New job 2011 - Andrew Parkinson started work as the club’s Operations Director. He is the great grandson of pre-First World War forward Jack Parkinson. Other reds games 1970 – Alun Evans equalised as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Manchester United. Brian Kidd headed in the first of his six goals against the reds. 1931 – We beat Aston Villa 2-0 in L4, with Dave Wright bagging a brace. 1925 – West Ham United held us to a goalless draw at home. 1923 – We lost 2-1 at Birmingham City. Moses Lane struck before John Bradford scored one of his fifteen past us. Jimmy Walsh struck our consolation. 1914 – Arthur Metcalf was on target as we drew 1-1 with Notts County at Anfield. Digger’s debut 1981 - Future red John Barnes made his debut for Watford as a substitute in their 1-1 draw with Oldham Athletic at Vicarage Road. Also in international action 1989 – Future red Stig Inge Bjørnebye played for Norway as they held France to a 1-1 draw in a World Cup qualifier in Oslo. On the same day, future red Michael Thomas captained an England Under-21’s side that included David Burrows and future red Paul Ince as they lost a European Championships qualifier in Sweden, with future red Øyvind Leonhardsen also in action at that level. 1993 – Future red Abel Xavier played for Portugal in their 2-0 World Cup qualifying win in Estonia. 1995 – Vladimír Šmicer featured for the Czech Republic Under-21’s as they lost 2-1 to Norway in a European Championships qualifier. 1997 – Future red Alex Manninger played for Austria Under-21’s as they were thumped 4-0 at home by Sweden in a European Championships qualifier.
  9. Will

    1st August

    Mixed fortunes for Mark 1963 - Mark Wright was born in Dorchester. He was Graeme Souness’ first signing as Manager, arriving from Derby County for £2.2m in July 1991, and notched nine times in 210 reds appearances, the most memorable coming when he lifted the FA Cup at Wembley in 1992. 1998 - A sadder milestone for Mark, as his contract with the reds came to end and he was forced to retire from football due to injury. New boss 1895 – Director John McKenna was appointed as the club’s Secretary, taking charge of 36 games as we claimed the Second Division title. He then confined himself to board duties until July 1921, having two lengthy spells as the club’s Chairman. He was later Chairman of the Football League for two decades. Happy birthday Jameo 1970 – Keeper David James was born in Welwyn Garden City. He signed from Watford for £1m in July 1992, making 277 appearances before being sold to Aston Villa for £1.7m in June 1999, having helped us to claim the League Cup in 1995 and FA Cup Final the following year. 1973 – Former reserves coach Antonio Gómez Pérez was born in Madrid. He joined the reds from Albacete Balompié in June 2009 to work with John McMahon, leaving for Real Valladolid a year later. Feliz Cumpleaños Iago 1987 – Spanish forward Iago Aspas was born in Moaña in Galicia. He signed from Real Club Celta de Vigo for £7.7m in June 2013, notching just once in fifteen senior outings. He returned to his former club for €5m in June 2015, having spent the previous season on loan at Sevilla. Quasi off the mark 1987 - Peter Beardsley scored his first reds goal as we beat Danish side Vejle 3-0 in a pre-season friendly. He had arrived from Newcastle United for a record £1.9m just a week earlier. Craig Johnston and John Aldridge scored our other goals. We have also beaten four other Nordic sides in pre-season friendlies on this day. 1986 - We defeated Swedes IS Halmia 3-0 thanks to goals from Craig Johnston, Ronnie Whelan and Kevin MacDonald. 1989 - Ian Rush and Swede Glenn Hysén netted as we won 2-1 at Malmö FF. 1991 - We beat Rosenborg BK 3-2 in the Norway Cup in the Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo, with Dean Saunders adding a brace to a Jan Mølby penalty. 2015 – We beat HJK Helsinki 2-0 in the Olympiastadion, with our goals coming from Divock Origi and Philippe Coutinho. Red debutants 2016 – Keeper Alex Manninger played his first reds game as we lost 2-1 to Roma in an International Champions Cup game in St. Louis, Missouri. Lucas was sent off while remaining on the bench! Sheyi Ojo struck the equaliser after Edin Džeko gave the Italians the lead, with future red Mohamed Salah bagging the winning goal. 2010 – Joe Cole and youngsters Raheem Sterling, Suso and Danny Wilson all played their first reds games as we lost 1-0 in a friendly at Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Borussia-Park. 1979 - We beat the same opposition 4-2 at their old Bökelbergstadion, thanks to goals from Terry McDermott, Kenny Dalglish, Ray Kennedy and Graeme Souness. 2011 – Centre-half Stephen Sama played his first reds game as we drew a friendly 3-3 with Vålerenga in Oslo. Andy Carroll was on target with Daniel Agger bagging a brace, while this was the fifth consecutive match that pre-season in which we conceded three goals. On the same day, Michael Ngoo won his first England Under-20’s cap as they held Argentina to a goalless draw in their World Championship Finals group game in Colombia. Starting out 1996 - David Thompson officially signed for the reds as a professional. He was followed in subsequent years by young full-back Stephen Wright in 1997, and then forward Jon Newby the next year. 1974 - John Wark signed on as a professional for Ipswich Town. He went on to bag an impressive 181 goals in 678 games in three spells with the Tractor boys. 2001 - Glen Johnson signed professional terms for West Ham United. Leaving Anfield 2018 – Ben Woodburn moved to Sheffield United for the season, although he returned to Anfield early after only eight senior appearances for the Blades. 2013 – Left-back Jack Robinson joined Blackpool on loan, playing 36 times in his season with the Tangerines. 2004 - Young French centre-back Carl Medjani joined Lorient on loan. He played 25 League games for them before returning to Anfield, but later singed for them permanently. 1998 - Michael Thomas left Anfield, signing for SL Benfica on a free transfer after twelve goals in 163 reds games. He played just five League games in Portugal in his two years there before returning to England to join Wimbledon. 1930 – Forward Harry Race was sold to Manchester City for £3,000. He had signed from Raby United in February 1928, scoring eighteen times in 43 reds games. Claiming the cup 1998 - Goals from Patrik Berger and Michael Owen saw off Leeds United in the Final of the Carlsberg Trophy at Lansdowne Road in Dublin as we won 2-0. Reaching another final 2017 – Sadio Mané, Mohamed Salah and Daniel Sturridge netted as we beat Bayern München 3-0 in the Audi Cup Semi-final at their Allianz Arena. Friendly disappointments 2006 - We lost 2-0 to Grasshopper-Club Zürich in Hardturm. 2003 - We held Ajax to a goalless draw in The Sony Amsterdam Tournament 2003 at the Amsterdam ArenA. 1980 – We lost 4-3 at Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht, with David Fairclough bagging a brace and Terry McDermott also on target. Rushie off the mark 1987 - Ian Rush scored in his first game for Juventus, as they won a friendly 2-0 at Lucerne. Reds in Olympian opposition 2012 – Future red Daniel Sturridge netted the only goal as Great Britain beat Uruguay in an Olympics Finals group game at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. The two sides were both skippered by reds, Craig Bellamy and Luis Suárez, with Sebastián Coates and future reds Joe Allen and Steven Caulker also in action. On the same day, future red Sadio Mané featured as Senegal drew 1-1 with United Arab Emirates in Coventry as they joined Great Britain in the knock-out stages. Meanwhile, future red Mohamed Salah struck in his third consecutive group game as Egypt beat Belarus 3-1 at Hampden Park. Boss moves 2002 - Former reserves centre-back Dave Watson was sacked as Manager of Tranmere Rovers after fourteen months in charge. They had finished in mid-table in the Second Division in his one full season as boss. 2020 – Harry Kewell was appointed Manager of Oldham Athletic, but was sacked the following March after leading them to seventeen wins in 41 games in charge. Transfers galore A host of future reds have switched clubs on this day over the years. 1990 - Stan Collymore signed for Stafford Rangers from Wolverhampton Wanderers. 1995 - Patrik Berger left SK Slavia Praha for Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund. 1997 - Christian Ziege signed for AC Milan from Bayern München. 1999 - Jari Litmanen joined Barcelona from Ajax, having turned down the opportunity to come to Anfield. 2007 – Hungarian keeper Ádám Bogdán joined Bolton Wanderers from hometown club Vasas. 2017 – Keeper Shamal George signed a new contract with the reds, joining Carlisle United on loan on the same day, making seven senior appearances that campaign, but was released by the reds this summer. Meanwhile, forward Taiwo Awoniyi joined Royal Excelsior Mouscron on loan, scoring ten times in 31 outings. 1906 – Scottish inside-left Bill McPherson signed from St. Mirren, bagging seventeen goals in 55 outings including one on his debut against Woolwich Arsenal, before returning north of the border to join Rangers in May 1908. Ex-reds on the move 1998 - Legendary reds striker Ian Rush signed for Wrexham as Player/Coach, having left Newcastle United earlier that year. He failed to score in 24 appearances for them, a disappointing end to a glittering career. On the same day, Mike Marsh joined Conference side Barrow, having left Southend United the previous December. 1997 - Ex-loanee keeper Mark Prudhoe joined Bradford City from Stoke City for £70,000. 2002 – Former reserves defender Neil Murphy left Blackpool for Altrincham on a free transfer. 2006 - Ex-reserves keeper Paul Harrison joined Hereford United from Chester City on non-contract terms.
  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. Tom Morrison bagged a late equaliser. 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. The knight departs 1969 - ‘Sir’ Roger Hunt was sold to Bolton Wanderers for £33,000, after ten years at Anfield. In that time, he had struck a then-record 286 times in 492 reds games, helping us to two League titles, the Second Division championship, our first FA Cup win in 1965 and an FA Charity Shield. He remains our record League goalscorer, with 245 strikes. He is also revered among older Wanderers’ fans after 25 goals in 84 games. From villain to hero 1991 - Michael Thomas signed from Arsenal for £1.5m. He spent nearly seven years at Anfield, playing 163 reds games, and scoring twelve times, including the 1992 FA Cup Final opener. He left to join SL Benfica on a free transfer in August 1998, after a loan spell with Middlesbrough. 1953 – Keeper Dave Underwood signed from Watford for £7,000, playing fifty reds games before returning to Vicarage Road in July 1956. Ton up for Nando 2009 – Fernando Torres played his hundredth reds game as we beat Wigan Athletic 2-1 at Anfield, coming off the bench to add to David N’Gog’s early headed goal. Charles N’Zogbia bagged an injury time consolation after Jason Scotland had struck the crossbar for the visitors. Mixed fortunes against the mancs 2018 – We beat Manchester United 3-1 at Anfield, with right-back Nathaniel Clyne reaching a century of reds games. Sadio Mané put us ahead before an Alisson error enabled Jesse Lingard to equalise. However, substitute Xherdan Shaqiri’s brace handed us victory. 2007 - Manchester United kept their fourth consecutive League clean sheet at Anfield, a joint record for any club, as Carlos Tévez struck the only goal of the game, the first of his four to date past us. Billy’s bow 1939 – Billy Liddell played his first reds game as we lost 1-0 to Preston North End in a friendly at Anfield that was billed as a “Grand Match”. A Bridge too far 2001 - We were thumped 4-0 at Stamford Bridge by Chelsea, our hundredth Premier League defeat, despite many commentators naming Blues keeper Carlo Cudicini as their man of the match, with his saves including a penalty from Gary McAllister. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink bagged one of his seven strikes against the reds, with Graeme Le Saux, Sam Dalla Bona and Eiður Guðjohnsen all also on target. 1989 - We won 5-2 in west London with Ian Rush grabbing a brace against ex-red Bobby Campbell’s side. Our other goals came from Peter Beardsley, Steve McMahon and Ray Houghton. Dave Beasant saved a penalty from Jan Mølby, while Houghton had a goal disallowed. Campbell said, “On this form Liverpool could win the World Cup!” Gordon Durie struck one of his five goals against the reds, with Kerry Dixon netting one of his seven past us. An away milestone 1899 - We played our hundredth away League game, going down 1-0 to Nottingham Forest at the City Ground thanks to a late Arthur Capes strike, one of his four goals against the reds, with forward Charlie Satterthwaite making his reds bow. 1893 - We also visited them at the then-named Town Ground, when Tom Bradshaw, Patrick Gordon and Malcolm McVean all struck as we won a friendly 3-0. 1922 - We also faced Forest, when Dick Johnson and Donald Mackinlay netted as we won 2-1 at Anfield, with Bobby Parker bagging one of his eight goals against the reds. This was David Ashworth’s last game in charge as reds boss. Another away win 2006 - We won 3-0 at struggling Charlton Athletic, only our second away victory in the League to date that season but our sixth straight clean sheet in the League. We had to wait until the final ten minutes to add to a Xabi Alonso penalty, given away by ex-red Djimi Traoré, when Craig Bellamy and Steven Gerrard, in his 250th League outing, made the scoreline better reflect the game. A party at Gay Meadow 1986 - A testimonial match for short-lived reserves keeper Bob Wardle was played at Shrewsbury Town. Steve Nicol scored both our goals in a 2-0 win. A Welsh foursome 1944 - Future reds boss Don Welsh scored four goals, including a penalty, as we thumped Tranmere Rovers 5-1 at Prenton Park in a Wartime League game. Jackie Campbell bagged the other. Mixed fortunes against the Blades 1905 - Jack Cox and Maurice Parry were on target as we won 2-1 at Sheffield United. 1911 - We returned to Bramall Lane for another First Division match, with Jack Parkinson grabbing our late consolation in a 3-1 defeat. No luck against Citeh We have twice faced Manchester City in the top flight on this day in history, failing to claim all the points on either occasion. 1933 - Berry Nieuwenhuys struck early on as we lost 2-1 at Maine Road, with South African-born forward Lance Carr making his reds bow. Alex Herd struck one of his eight goals against the reds, with Fred Tilson bagging one of his six past us. 1967 - Roger Hunt was on the scoresheet while skippering the side for the first time as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield, with Franny Lee netting one of his six goals past us. Hunt and Tommy Lawrence had both separately been stuck in traffic getting to the match, whose start had to be delayed, leading to a hefty fine for the club. Both players eventually abandoned their cars and ran to the ground to try to make kick-off! All in red 1964 - Roger Hunt bagged the only goal of the game in the last minute as we won a European Cup tie at Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht, to reach the last eight by 4-0 on aggregate. This was the first time we had worn an all-red strip of shorts, shorts and socks. We progressed as far as the Semi-final in our first ever season in European competition, where we lost to Internazionale in controversial circumstances. Other defeats 1978 - We lost 1-0 at Bristol City with the only goal being scored by former Blue Joe Royle, the last of his five against the reds. Ex-red Peter Cormack also played for the home side. 1950 – We were thumped 4-1 at Anfield by Wolverhampton Wanderers with Billy Liddell netting our consolation from the spot, his fiftieth League goal for the reds. This was our biggest home defeat for four years as Johnny Walker nabbed a brace, with Roy Swinbourne netting one of his five goals against the reds, and Dennis Wilshaw scoring one of his seven past us. Happy birthdays 1897 - Forward Peter McKinney was born in Consett, County Durham. He struck once in three reds appearances, all in 1920/21, and later emigrated to the USA to join New York Giants. 1974 - Phil Neal’s son Ashley was born in Liverpool. He was a defender on our books in the early 1990’s before moving to Huddersfield Town in December 1996. 1985 - Ex-reserves forward Ramon Calliste was born in Cardiff. The former Welsh Under-21’s international joined the club in the summer of 2005 after being released by Manchester United, and top-scored with seven goals for the second string. He moved on to Sc***horpe United in July 2006 but was released at the end of that season, having also failed to break into their first team. 1929 - Noel White was born in Altrincham. He became a club Director in 1986, remaining on the board for two decades, including a year as Chairman. Royal manoeuvres 2014 – Former reds First Team Coach Steve Clarke was appointed Manager of Reading. He lasted a year in the job before being sacked. 2009 - Brendan Rodgers left as Manager of the Royals by mutual consent, having been in charge for just six months after guiding them to only six victories in 23 games in charge. Other management moves 2008 – Paul Ince was sacked as Manager of Blackburn Rovers, having led them to just six victories in his 21 fixtures in charge. 1976 - 1950’s wing-half Bobby Campbell was appointed Manager of Fulham. He was in charge for nearly four years, keeping them in the Second Division until they were relegated in 1980. 1999 - Mark Wright was named Southport boss. He led them up from 21st to ninth place in the Conference in his first season, and to fourth in the following campaign before moving to Oxford United. Luis wins again 2013 - Luis Suárez was presented with William Hill Football Supporters’ Federation Player of the Year award at the Emirates Stadium Brucie on the move again 1997 - Bruce Grobbelaar signed for Second Division Oldham Athletic on non-contract terms. He made four appearances, keeping three clean sheets, before moving to Chesham United at the end of the season. On the same day, future red Harry Kewell played for Australia as they lost 1-0 to host nation Saudi Arabia in a Confederations Cup group game. In international action 1975 – Future red Alan Hansen played for Scotland Under-23’s as they beat Romania in a European Championships game in Falkirk. 1987 – Ex-red Avi Cohen featured in Israel’s 2-0 friendly defeat by Switzerland in Tel-Aviv. 2002 – Roy Hodgson managed the United Arab Emirates as they lost a friendly 2-1 to Egypt in Abu Dhabi.
  12. One reds legend for another 1980 - Ian Rush made his reds bow, replacing Kenny Dalglish who was missing his first League game after 147 consecutive appearances. We drew 1-1 at Ipswich Town with substitute Jimmy Case on target, and Alan Brazil netting for the home side. Red awards 1998 - Michael Owen was voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year, following his breathtaking arrival on the international scene at that summer’s World Cup in France. 2006 - Council members voted unanimously to award Steven Gerrard the Honorary Freeman of Knowsley Borough, the first time anyone had been so honoured since 1988, and only the fourth person ever to be granted it. Red births and death 1972 – Damien Comolli was born in Béziers in France. He was appointed Director of Football Strategy in November 2010, and promoted to Director of Football four months later, but left by mutual consent in April 2012. 1958 - Forward John Lipsham died. He signed from Chester in May 1906, failing to score in just three reds outings, returning to Chester in 1907. 1950 – Winger Peter Spiring was born in Glastonbury. He signed from Bristol City for £60,000 in March 1973, but only made it as far as the first-team bench on two occasions, without making it onto the field. He left for Luton Town in November 1974, later establishing himself at Hereford United. Baggies stalemates 2015 – We were held to a 2-2 draw by West Bromwich Albion at Anfield with Divock Origi bagging a late leveller. Jordan Henderson had put us in front before Craig Dawson and Jonas Olsson netted for the Baggies. New boss Jürgen Klopp led the players to the Kop after the match to acknowledge the support. 2017 – We were held to a goalless draw by Albion in L4. Beating Boro We have twice beaten Middlesbrough at Anfield in the top flight on this day in history. 1913 - Tom Miller and Tommy Gracie netted as we won 2-1, with George Elliott scoring one of his eight goals against the reds. 1919 - Harry Chambers grabbed the only goal of the game in what was George Patterson’s last match as reds boss. Up against Spurs We have twice visited White Hart Lane on this day in history. 1975 - Kevin Keegan, Jimmy Case, Phil Neal and Steve Heighway all struck as we won 4-0, with Heighway playing his 200th League game for the club. 1924 - Dick Forshaw was on the scoresheet as we drew 1-1, the seventh of eight consecutive games in which he was on target. This was Spurs’ hundredth top-flight stalemate. Beaten twice by the Mancs Manchester United have twice left Anfield with all the points on this day in history. 1952 - Billy Liddell was on target as we were ahead at half time before going on to lose 2-1. Stan Pearson struck one of his eleven goals against the reds, with John Aston also on target. 1969 - Emlyn Hughes grabbed our consolation as we were thumped 4-1, with Ron Yeats putting through his own net. Roger Hunt made his 492nd and final reds appearance in this game. Bobby Charlton bagged one of his four goals past us, with Willie Morgan and Ian Ure also scoring. Another European win 1972 - Phil Boersma netted in the opening minute with Steve Heighway and John Toshack also striking as we beat Dynamo Berlin 3-1 at Anfield in the Third Round of the UEFA Cup, after a goalless first leg in East Germany. Boersma’s strike was our quickest in Europe until Joe Cole’s goal against Steaua Bucureşti at Anfield in September 2010. King Kenny back at Anfield 1992 - Kenny Dalglish returned to Anfield as visiting Manager for the first time, with substitute Mark Walters netting a brace either side of a stunning Alan Shearer volley, one of his eight goals past us, as we beat Blackburn Rovers 2-1, our first goals from off the bench in the newly-renamed Premier League. Carra errs again 2008 - Jamie Carragher struck his seventh own goal for the reds, a club record, as Hull City held us to a 2-2 draw at Anfield. The Tigers took a surprise lead when defender Paul McShane headed in before we went two behind. Steven Gerrard bagged a brace before the break, but we were unable to find a winner. His second strike was our 600th at home in the Premier League. Starting and ending in the far east 1981 - Craig Johnston made his first reds start as a Zico-inspired Flamengo beat us 3-0 in the World Club Championship in Tokyo’s National Stadium. Ray Kennedy made his 393rd and final reds appearance in this game. Nunes bagged a brace, with Adilio also on target. Goalscoring firsts 2000 - Two reds substitutes scored in the same domestic game for the first time, with Michael Owen and Nick Barmby both netting as we beat Fulham 3-0 in a League Cup Fifth Round tie after extra time, on our way to winning the trophy for the eighth time. Vladimír Šmicer bagged his first goal at Anfield to complete the scoring. Signing on 1929 - Outside-right Tony McNamara signed from Everton for £4,000 after spending seven seasons across Stanley Park. However, he only played ten first-team games before joining Crewe Alexandra in July 1958. Red trebles 1941 - James McIntosh scored a hat-trick, his first reds goals, as we beat Tranmere Rovers 7-2 in a Wartime League game. Dicky Dorsett and Len Carney both added braces. Disappointment against the Gunners 2009 – Arsenal won 2-1 at Anfield as we scored in a new club record nineteenth consecutive home Premier League game. Dirk Kuyt gave us a deserved first-half lead but Glen Johnson handed the initiative to the visitors with an unlucky own goal after the break. Andriy Arshavin bagged the winner with the most recent of his five strikes past us, as Fábio Aurélio played his hundredth reds game. 1930 - Right-half Tom Morrison grabbed his first reds goal, in the opening minute of our 1-1 draw with Arsenal at Anfield, with the Gunners going on to claim the League title for the first time that season. David Jack struck one of his nine goals against the reds. Jim’s century 1947 – Full-back Jim Harley played his hundredth League game for the reds as we won 2-1 at Wolverhampton Wanderers, with Albert Stubbins and Jack Balmer on target. Czech out Vlad’s double 1997 - Future red Vladimír Šmicer bagged both the Czech Republic’s goals as they drew with South Africa in a Confederations Cup game in Saudi Arabia. Failing at Anfield 1995 - Phil Babb, Jason McAteer and ex-red John Aldridge all played as the Republic of Ireland lost 2-0 to the Netherlands in a Euro ’96 play-off at Anfield. Patrick Kluivert netted both goals in Jack Charlton’s last game as Ireland boss. Young deity on target in L4 1994 - Robbie Fowler came off the bench to score for England B as they beat the Republic of Ireland 2-0 in a friendly at Anfield. Neil Ruddock skippered a side that also included David James, Jamie Redknapp, John Scales and future red Nick Barmby, while Phil Babb, ex-red Ronnie Whelan and future red Jason McAteer all played for the Irish. Also in international action that day was future reds midfielder Jean-Michel Ferri. On the move 1996 - Reserves defender and Phil’s son, Ashley Neal joined Huddersfield Town on a free transfer. He did not make a first-team appearance for the Terriers, before joining Peterborough United on non-contract terms three months later. 2002 – Keeper Brad Jones joined Stockport County on loan from Middlesbrough. He only played once for the Hatters in his one month at Edgeley Park. 2012 – He signed a new contract at Anfield, having signed from Boro for £2.3m in August 2010. He made 23 senior appearances for the reds before being released in June 2015. 2018 – Ex-reds midfielder Kevin MacDonald was suspended from Aston Villa’s coaching staff following allegations of bullying. He eventually left the club the following August, with the club apologising to payers formerly under his charge. More new contracts 2019 – Manager Jürgen Klopp signed a new contract tying him to the reds until 2024. On the same day, vice-captain James Milner penned an extension to keep him at Anfield until 2022. Beating Austria 1933 – Sam English bagged a treble as we defeated the Austrian national side 4-2 at Anfield, with Berry Nieuwenhuys also netting. They were a very fine side at the time, finishing fourth in the World Cup Finals in Italy the following summer. Also in international action 1950 – Billy Liddell played for Scotland as they lost a friendly 1-0 to Austria at Hampden Park. 1983 – Graeme Souness captained his country with ex-red Frank McGarvey also playing in Scotland’s 2-0 British International Championships win in Northern Ireland. 1989 – Steve McMahon and future red Michael Thomas played as England beat Yugoslavia 2-1 in a friendly at Wembley.
  13. Will

    27th April

    An Anfield farewell 1996 - Ian Rush played his final reds game at Anfield, with Stan Collymore scoring the only goal of the game against Middlesbrough. He was applauded onto the pitch by a ‘guard of honour’ from both teams. Heading to Istanbul 2005 - We held Chelsea to a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge in the first leg of our Champions League Semi-final. The evening was only slightly spoiled by Xabi Alonso’s unwarranted booking that would rule him out of the Anfield return. Steven Gerrard had an emergency dental operation on the morning of the game. FA Cup semi-finals We have twice played FA Cup Semi-finals on this day over the years. 1963 - We lost 1-0 to Leicester City at Hillsborough, with Mike Stringfellow heading in the winner, the first of his five goals against the reds, and Gordon Banks keeping the reds at bay. Winger Kevin Lewis made his 82nd and final reds appearance that day. 1977 - We beat Everton 3-0 at Maine Road in a replay, to keep on course for the treble. Our goals came from a Phil Neal penalty, Jimmy Case and Ray Kennedy that day. Both sides also had strong penalty claims turned down. Title blow 2014 – We lost 2-0 to Chelsea at Anfield to deal our title chances a major blow. The visitors were time-wasting from the first minute as we felt the absence of the suspended Jordan Henderson. Steven Gerrard slipped at the end of the first half to allow Demba Ba a clear run on goal, and he slipped the ball past Simon Mignolet. We failed to break down the Blues’ blanket defence, with Willian nabbing a stoppage time second. Iago Aspas made his fifteenth and final reds appearance, from the bench. On the same day, Luis Suárez was named PFA Player of the Year for a season in which he struck 31 times in total in 37 reds outings. He was also included in the Team of the Year, alongside Steven Gerrard, Daniel Sturridge and future red Adam Lallana. This was Gerrard’s eighth and last appearance in this list, a record in the Premier League era. Happy birthdays 1990 - Defender Martin Kelly was born in Whiston. He made his senior bow as a sub in our Champions League win at PSV Eindhoven in December 2008, striking once in 62 reds games before joining Crystal Palace in August 2014 for a reported £2m. 1904 - Right-back Bob Done was born in Runcorn. He struck thirteen times in 155 reds games following his arrival from his hometown side in April 1926. He left for Reading for £150 in May 1935. 1959 – Academy Director Frank McParland was born in Liverpool. He started out in 1995 by assisting John Owens with the Under-14’s. When the Academy opened in 1999 he was handed a full-time role as head of the community coaching department. Gérard Houllier later gave him a scouting role before Rafael Benítez made him Joint Chief Scout, moving to Bolton Wanderers as General Manager in July 2007, although he only remained there three months. He returned to Melwood in May 2009, moving up to be Director of Academy and Player Development two years later. He left the club again in November 2013. The title disappears from view 2002 - Michael Owen made his 150th League appearance as we lost 1-0 at Tottenham Hotspur, thanks to a Gus Poyet goal. It was our first defeat in fifteen League games and made winning the title a near impossibility. This was also Jari Litmanen’s 43rd and final game in a reds shirt. Meanwhile, a Neil Mellor brace sent the Under-19’s into the Final of the National Play-offs, as we overcame Nottingham Forest 2-1, to set up a two-legged tie with Arsenal. These goals took the boy Mellor to 44 goals for the season. On the same day, future Anfield star Anthony Le Tallec was on target for Le Havre as the French outfit were promoted into the top division by beating Laval 4-1. Thumping the Geordies 2013 - Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson struck twice each, with Daniel Agger and Fabio Borini also on target as we won 6-0 at Newcastle United, with Mathieu Debuchy sent off for the home side late on. In the best team 2008 - Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres and ex-red David James were all named in the PFA Team of the Year. 2003 – Ex-reds keeper Brad Friedel was voted into the PFA Team of the Year, having kept fifteen clean sheets in the League for Blackburn Rovers. Up and down 1895 - We lost a Test Match 1-0 to Bury at Ewood Park that relegated us after just one season in the top flight. Robert Neill made his reds bow in this game. He was possibly our shortest ever centre-half, standing at just five foot four inches. Also debuting were keeper John Whitehead and forward John Cleland, who played his only senior reds game while on loan from Edinburgh side St. Bernard’s, while outside-left John Drummond made his eighteenth and final appearance. Bury keeper Archie Montgomery was sent off late on for kicking out at Harry Bradshaw. This was William Barclay’s last game in charge of the side. 1896 – John McKenna managed the reds for the final time as we lost another Test Match, going down 2-0 at West Bromwich Albion’s Stoney Lane ground. However, previous results were enough to ensure our promotion. Milestone games 1908 - We played our 500th League game, beating Bury 2-1 at Anfield in our final game of the season thanks to a Ronald Orr brace, with Billy Hibbert bagging one of his thirteen goals against the reds. We ended the season in eighth position. 1985 – Alan Hansen played his 400th reds game as we drew 0-0 at Ipswich Town. Sam’s last 1912 – Forward Sam Gilligan bagged his sixteenth and final reds goal in the second minute of our 1-0 top-flight victory at Oldham Athletic. Disaster in North London 1935 - Willie Evans scored a hat-trick for Tottenham Hotspur as they trounced us 5-1 at White Hart Lane. Berry Nieuwenhuys grabbed our consolation while forward Sam English played his fiftieth and final reds game. George Hunt struck one of his five goals past us, with Len Bolan also on the scoresheet. Bill yet again 1903 - Left-half Bill Goldie played his 174th and final reds game, actually his 129th consecutive reds appearance, and 119th straight game in the League, as we won 2-0 at Wolverhampton Wanderers in our last game of the season, thanks to goals from Sam Raybould and Jack Cox. Left-back John Glover and inside-right George Livingstone both played their last reds games. For Razor 1991 - A testimonial match for Ray Kennedy was staged at Highbury. A reds team beat Arsenal 3-1, with Jan Mølby, David Speedie and Peter Beardsley on the scoresheet. A treble for Jimmy 1931 - Left-half Jimmy McDougall grabbed a hat-trick as we were beaten 8-4 by Yeovil & Petters United at their Huish Park Stadium in a friendly, with Cyril Done nabbing our other goal. First and last times with the armband 1982 - Phil Thompson skippered England for the sixth and final time as they beat Wales 1-0 in the British International Championships in Cardiff. Joe Corrigan, ex-red Joey Jones, Terry McDermott, Phil Neal and Ian Rush all also featured. 1977 - Future red Kenny Dalglish captained Scotland for the first time as they beat Sweden 3-1 in a friendly at Hampden Park. In and out 1936 – Keeper Stanley Kane was sold to Southend United. He had only made six senior appearances after signing on in July 1934, having left Birmingham. 1920 – Forward Peter McKinney signed from Consett Celtic. He struck once in three reds appearances, all in 1920/21, and later emigrated to the USA to join New York Giants. Twice against the Blades and Hammers We have twice ended the season by playing Sheffield United in the top flight at Anfield on this day over the years. 1907 - We drew 2-2 with Sam Raybould and Billy McPherson on target in our final game of the season, as we finished fifteenth. Left-back Tom Rogers debuted in this game. 1914 - Tom Miller netted a brace as we won 2-1, just two days after losing our first ever FA Cup Final. 1957 - We beat West Ham United in a Second Division meeting, with Billy Liddell netting the only goal of the game from the spot in the final minute. 1974 - John Toshack struck at Upton Park as we drew a top-flight encounter 2-2, with Kevin Keegan on target at the death. Alec Lindsay had a penalty saved by Mervyn Day in the first half. Trevor Brooking and Frank Lampard both struck for the home side. International debut once more 1927 - Ex-red Billy Lacey represented his third different country, playing in the Republic of Ireland’s second ever senior international, as they lost 2-1 to Italy ‘B’ in Dublin. This followed eighteen caps he had won for Ireland and another eight for Northern Ireland. Beaten by Rovers We have twice lost to Blackburn Rovers on this day in history. 1929 - Birthday boy Bob Done converted a penalty as we lost a top-flight meeting 2-1 at Ewood Park. 1893 - We lost an Anfield friendly 1-0. Other reds games 1968 – We beat Fulham 4-1 at Anfield with Allan Clarke putting the visitors in front with one of his seven goals against the reds, despite appearing to be offside. Ian Callaghan and Roger Hunt ensure we led at half time, with Hunt and Tony Hateley on target after the break. 1901 – Jack Cox and Bill Goldie struck as we defeated Nottingham Forest 2-0 in L4. Young England reds 2002 - Mark Smyth was on target as England Under-17’s beat Finland 3-2 in a European Championships Finals game in Denmark. Clubmate David Raven was skipper and David Mannix also played. 1993 – Future reds Academy coach Mike Sheron bagged a brace as England Under-21’s beat the Netherlands 3-0 in a European Championships qualifier at Fratton Park. Rob Jones also featured. On the same day, future red Bjørn Tore Kvarme played for Norway Under-21’s in their 5-1 thumping of Turkey in a European Championships qualifier. 1988 - Gary Ablett won his only Under-21’s cap as England drew 2-2 with France in the Semi-final of the European Championships at Highbury. Unfortunately, France won 6-4 on aggregate. Future red Michael Thomas also played. On the same day, Peter Beardsley, Gary Gillespie, Ray Houghton, Steve McMahon, Steve Nicol, ex-red Ian Rush and future reds Glenn Hysén, István Kozma, Dean Saunders and Rigobert Song all also played for their countries. Splashing about 1894 - Outside-left Hugh McQueen nearly died when he dived off a springboard at Southport baths where the team were training, as he could not swim! He made 61 reds appearances in total after signing from Leith Athletic in October 1892, bagging eighteen goals and helping us to the Lancashire League and Second Division titles in successive seasons before joining Derby County in July 1895. Potter for the Irish 2004 - Darren Potter made his debut for the Republic of Ireland’s Under-21’s as they drew 2-2 in a friendly in Poland. Ex-red Daniel Sjölund struck as the Finnish Under-21’s beat Bosnia & Herzegovina 3-1 away from home. Robbie Foy played for Scotland at the same level while Jimmy Ryan featured for the Irish Under-16’s on the same day, with future red Daniel Agger in action for Denmark Under-20’s and future red Ragnar Klavan playing for the senior Estonia side. Other internationals 1983 – Glenn Hysén, Mark Lawrenson, Sammy Lee, Phil Neal, Ian Rush and Ronnie Whelan all played for their countries, with ex-red Joey Jones reaching half a century of caps for Wales in their 1-0 European Championships qualifying defeat of Bulgaria in Wrexham. 1991 - Future red Nigel Clough netted the only goal of the game as England B beat Iceland in a friendly at Vicarage Road. Fellow future red Paul Stewart also featured. 1998 – Future red Milan Baroš featured for the Czech Republic Under-17’s as they lost 2-1 to Italy in a tournament in Slovenia. 2001 – Future red Anthony Le Tallec scored twice for France Under-16’s in their 5-0 thumping of Finland in the European Championships Finals in Grimsby. 2015 - Future red Kamil Grabara saved two penalties in a shoot-out as Poland Under-16’s beat Turkey 7-6 after their friendly ended 1-1 in Israel.
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    24th April

    European semi-finals We have played three European Semi-finals on this day. 1985 - Mark Lawrenson grabbed the only goal of the game in Greece to knock Panathinaikos out 5-0 on aggregate, as we reached our fifth European Cup Final in nine years. 1997 - Our 2-0 defeat of Paris Saint-Germain in the European Cup Winners’ Cup at Anfield was not enough to overcome a three goal first-leg deficit. Robbie Fowler and Mark Wright netted our goals. Robbie’s strike was his seventh in the competition, a club record. 2018 – Mohamed Salah scored in his seventh consecutive reds game, netting twice past future reds keeper Alisson Becker before the break as we beat his former club Roma 5-2 in the first leg of our UEFA Champions League Semi-final. Sadio Mané also scored before Roberto Firmino added a brace to reach fifty goals for the reds. However, the visitors pulled two late goals back through one of Edin Džeko’s five goals past us to date and a Diego Perotti spot-kick. Sadly, the night was spoiled by an injury to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain that kept him out of action for a full year. Going down 1954 – Bill Jones played his 277th and final reds game in our 3-0 defeat at Blackpool to confirm relegation to the Second Division. Stan Mortensen bagged a brace, the last of his eleven goals against us, with Allan Brown also scoring. Billy Liddell played his 300th League game for the reds. Mixed fortunes against the Mancs We have twice visited Manchester United for top-flight fixtures on this day in history. 2004 - Danny Murphy scored the only goal for the third time in four League meetings at Old Trafford, this time from the penalty spot after Gary Neville brought down Steven Gerrard. This was Stéphane Henchoz’s 200th reds game, John Arne Riise’s hundredth League game for us, and Bruno Cheyrou’s 48th and final reds appearance, after he came off the bench to replace Harry Kewell. 1965 - Unfortunately, we lost 3-0 as United went on to claim the title. Denis Law bagged the first two of his six goals past us with United also having two strikes ruled out, hitting the post twice and having two shots cleared off the line. John Connelly netted the other goal for the home side. Rafa honoured 2006 - Rafael Benítez was named Coach of the Year for 2005 by la Comunidad de Madrid at the annual Seven Stars of Sport Awards ceremony. This was in recognition of leading us to stunning Champions League success in Istanbul in his first season in charge at Anfield. Banned 2013 - Luis Suárez was banned by the FA for ten matches after being found guilty of biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanović at Anfield two days earlier. Gary Mac the boss 2002 - Gary McAllister was named Coventry City’s new player-manager, although he would remain at Anfield until the end of the season. He remained in the post until he had to step down due to his wife’s illness in January 2004. Happy birthday 1976 - Steve Finnan was born in Limerick. He made 217 appearances after signing from Fulham for £3.5m in July 2003, notching once. He helped us to claim the Champions League, FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FA Community Shield before joining R.C.D. Espanyol in September 2008. A rare defeat 1974 - We lost 1-0 at home to Arsenal with future red Ray Kennedy on target, one of just eleven League defeats at Anfield during the whole of the 1970’s, with the Gunners inflicting three of these. This game was in fact our hundredth meeting in the League. Red endings 1915 - Billy Banks played his 26th and final reds game as we won 2-0 at Oldham Athletic in a top-flight match, with Fred Pagnam bagging a brace. This was future reds boss David Ashworth’s final game in charge of the home side, with Tom Watson managing the reds for the last time, while the result ensured that Everton were crowned champions, rather than the Latics. 1937 – Centre-forward Fred Howe struck his 36th and final goal for the club as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Huddersfield Town. Bobby Barclay netted one of his five goals against the reds. 1969 – Left-back Ernie Blenkinsop died. He played 71 reds games without scoring, having won 26 England caps by the time he arrived from Sheffield Wednesday for £6,500 in March 1934. He moved on to Cardiff City in November 1937. 1999 – Sean Dundee featured for the reds for the fifth and last time as we won 3-1 at Blackburn Rovers, with Steve McManaman, Jamie Redknapp and Øyvind Leonhardsen all on target in the first half before Damien Duff pulled a goal back after an hour. 1894 – We lost 3-1 at home to Rovers in a Palatine League game, with the reds fielding a reserves side containing just nine players! In and out 1919 - Outside-left Albert Pearson signed from Port Vale. He grabbed four goals in 51 reds games before returning to Vale Park in 1921. 2009 – Reserves centre-half Jack Hobbs joined Leicester City for £400,000 after spending the whole of the season on loan at the Walkers Stadium. He had made just five senior reds appearances. All-star SteG 2005 - Steven Gerrard was named in the PFA Team of the Year for the second season running, the only reds player to be so honoured. He was eventually named in the team eight times, a record in the Premier League era. International beginning 1977 - Future red Mark Lawrenson made his senior debut for the Republic of Ireland as they were held to a goalless draw in Dublin by Poland. He went on to amass a total of 39 caps. 2008 – Future reds reserves forward Nikola Sarić played for Denmark Under-19’s as they lost 2-1 to Estonia in Tallinn. 2019 – Curtis Jones scored, with Bobby Duncan also playing, as England Under-18’s beat Mexico 3-2 in a friendly in Dubai. Disappointment against the Trotters 1893 - We drew 1-1 with Bolton Wanderers in a friendly at Anfield with Hugh McQueen notching our goal. 1943 - We thumped Wanderers 6-3 in a Wartime League match at Burnden Park that also counted for the Lancashire Cup. Cyril Done and Don Welsh both bagged braces, with George Kaye and Michael Hulligan also on the scoresheet. Twice at The Dell 1979 - We visited Southampton with David Johnson heading us into the lead as we returned with a point from a game originally postponed from Christmas. 1982 - Ian Rush added to a brace from Ronnie Whelan as we won 3-2, with Joe Fagan taking charge of the reds in the absence of Bob Paisley through illness. Ex-red Kevin Keegan scored from the spot, his only goal against the reds, with Mick Channon bagging one of his seven goals past us. Youngsters in Euro action 2001 – John Welsh and future reds Alberto Aquilani and Glen Johnson all represented their country at Under-16’s level in the European Championships Finals, with England beating Switzerland 2-0 in Huddersfield, and Italy losing 4-3 to Hungary in Harrogate. Meanwhile, Christian Poulsen played for Denmark Under-21’s as they lost 2-0 to Slovenia in a friendly in Farum, while fellow future red Fernando Torres struck twice as Spain Under-21’s thumped Belgium 5-0 in a European Championships Finals group game in Durham. Harry for the League 1897 - Forward Harry Bradshaw played for the Football League as they lost 3-0 to a Scottish League side. Other reds games 1962 – We were held to a goalless draw in a Second Division fixture at Stoke City. 1948 – We lost 2-1 at Aston Villa. Albert Stubbins gave us the lead before Trevor Ford struck two of his seven goals against the reds. 1926 – We drew 2-2 at Cardiff City with Harry Chambers nabbing a brace. 1920 – We were held to a 1-1 draw at West Bromwich Albion. Fred Morris scored for the Baggies with Donald Mackinlay levelling a minute later. Also in international action 1976 – John Toshack played for Wales in their 2-0 European Championships qualifying defeat in Yugoslavia. 1990 – David Burrows and future red Michael Thomas both played for England B as they beat Czechoslovakia 2-0 at Roker Park. 1994 – Future red Brad Friedel featured in the USA’s 2-1 friendly defeat by Iceland in California. 1996 – Phil Babb, Stig Inge Bjørnebye, Robbie Fowler, Mark Kennedy, Steve McManaman, Mark Wright, future reds Markus Babbel, Patrik Berger, Stéphane Henchoz, Paul Ince, Gary McAllister and Christian Ziege, and ex-red Ray Houghton all played for their countries. 2001 – Future red Yossi Benayoun featured in Israel’s 3-2 defeat in a friendly in Georgia. 2004 – John Paul Kelly played as the Republic of Ireland Under-17’s beat Turkey in a friendly.
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    18th April

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

    Happy birthdays all round 1945 - Tommy Smith was born in Liverpool. The ‘Anfield Iron’ signed on as a professional on his seventeenth birthday, and went on to win four League titles, two FA Cups, two UEFA Cups, European Cup, UEFA Super Cup and two FA Charity Shields in his time with Liverpool, netting 48 times in 638 games. 1991 – Right-back Nathaniel Clyne was born in Stockwell, south London. He signed from Southampton for £12.5m in July 2015, notching twice in 103 reds games before being released in June 2020. 1976 - Fernando Morientes was born in Cáceres in Spain. He struck twelve times in 61 reds appearances following his £6.3m arrival from Real Madrid in January 2005, but moved on to Valencia in July 2006 after failing to fully convince in a reds shirt. He had helped us to claim the FA Cup and UEFA Super Cup in his time at Anfield. 1968 - Former second-string defender Alex Watson was born in Liverpool. He signed professional terms in May 1985 but made just nine first-team appearances, including being on the winning side in the FA Charity Shield in 1988, before joining Bournemouth for £150,000 in January 1991. Arrivederci Juve 2005 - We beat Serie A champions-elect Juventus 2-1 at Anfield in the first leg of our Champions League Quarter-final clash. Sami Hyypiä struck a delightful volley from a corner before Luis García’s wonder strike put us two ahead at the break. Scott Carson let in a goal from Fabio Cannavaro to give the Italians hope, although we held firm in the Stadio delle Alpi to reach the Semi-finals for the first time in twenty years. The club honoured the memory of the 39 victims of Heysel with a number of commemorative gestures in the lead-up to the match, including a fans match at the Academy and a Kop mosaic, while a banner carrying the theme ‘In Memoria e Amicizia’ was carried by Phil Neal and Michel Platini, the captains from back in 1985, from the Kop to the away end prior to kick-off. The end of Rushie’s record 1987 - A legendary goal streak was broken at Wembley. Ian Rush opened the scoring in our Littlewoods Cup Final against Arsenal. Unfortunately, Charlie Nicholas struck twice to take the trophy to Highbury. This was the 145th match in which Ian Rush had scored, but the first of those that we lost. Future red Michael Thomas came off the bench for the victors. 2005 - Rushie resigned as Manager of Chester City. He said, “The club's decision yesterday to terminate the contract of my assistant Mark Aizlewood without my knowledge was the last straw.” We’re on our way to Wembley We have twice played FA Cup Semi-finals on this day. 1986 - We beat Southampton 2-0 at White Hart Lane after extra time, thanks to a brace from Ian Rush. Future red Mark Wright broke his leg during the match. 1992 - Our tie with Portsmouth at Highbury also ended goalless after ninety minutes, before Pompey went ahead through the young Darren Anderton in extra time, with the reds down to ten men due to an injury to Steve McManaman. Ronnie Whelan chose the perfect time to score his only goal of the season after Alan Knight had pushed a John Barnes free-kick onto the post to take the tie to a replay, which we went on to win. En route to another final 2001 - We came back from the Camp Nou with a goalless draw in our UEFA Cup Semi-final first leg meeting with Barcelona, to set us on our way to a third UEFA Cup triumph. The Spanish giants had only twice previously failed to score at home that season. Future reds keeper Pepe Reina was in the home goal, while Bolo Zenden made an appearance for the home side from the bench. The game kicked off at the unusual time of 8:15pm due to a big storyline on EastEnders on BBC One! Derby joy 1978 - David Johnson bagged the only goal of the game at Goodison Park to become the first player to net for both sides in the derby, having also struck the only goal of the game at Goodison in November 1971. 1901 - We also beat the Blues, with Charles Satterthwaite and Sam Raybould netting in a 2-1 friendly win at Anfield. Red farewells 1969 - Gerry Byrne played his 333rd and final reds game as Roger Hunt struck the only goal of our home League meeting with Wolverhampton Wanderers. 1947 - Wing-half Harry Kaye appeared for the club for the second and last time as we lost 3-2 to Blackpool at Anfield. Off the mark 2019 – We won 3-1 at Southampton as we came from behind to return to the top of the table. Shane Long opened the scoring with the most recent of his four goals past us, the 5,000th goal we had conceded in the top flight, with Naby Keïta equalising with his first reds goal before the break. Mohamed Salah scored his fiftieth League goal for the reds to put us in front late on, with Jordan Henderson also on target. Red debutants 2008 – Damien Plessis debuted in our 1-1 League draw at Arsenal, just three days after a similar result there in the Champions League. Peter Crouch gave us the lead before Nicklas Bendtner equalised. 1920 - Forward Dick Johnson made his reds bow as we were held to a 2-2 draw at Anfield by Oldham Athletic. Harry Chambers netted both our goals as well as missing a penalty, with keeper Ken Campbell playing for the 142nd and final time before joining Partick Thistle. Joe Walters struck the last of his five goals against the reds, with Billy Halligan also on target. Thumped at Old Trafford 2003 - We lost 4-0 at Manchester United following Sami Hyypiä’s fourth-minute dismissal after he tussled with Ruud van Nistelrooy in the box. The Dutchman converted two penalties, with Ryan Giggs also on target with one of his five goals past us before a last-minute goal from Ole Gunnar Solskjær. 1980 - We also lost at Old Trafford, with Kenny Dalglish opening the scoring in a 2-1 defeat. United capitalised when winger Steve Coppell took advantage of Alan Kennedy pulling up with a damaged hamstring to cross for Mickey Thomas to equalise, before Jimmy Greenhoff’s header gave the home side the victory, the last of his five goals against the reds. Stig in the dumps 1995 - Stig Inge Bjørnebye broke his leg as we beat Southampton 3-1 at Anfield. Ian Rush bagged a brace, to add to a Robbie Fowler penalty after we had fallen behind to a goal from Richard Hall. Bruce Grobbelaar and former reds reserve Jim Magilton both featured for the visitors. A win at last 1912 - We beat Sunderland 2-1 at Anfield to record our first victory in twelve matches as we ended the season in seventeenth place. Half-back Harry Lowe struck his first reds goal with Sam Gilligan also on the scoresheet. Reds awards 2002 - This was a day of awards. Gérard Houllier and Phil Thompson were jointly awarded the Manager of the Month prize for March while Steven Gerrard was nominated for the PFA Young Player Of The Year award, which he had won the previous year. International bows 1913 - Keeper Sam Hardy won his first cap as an Aston Villa player, and fifteenth in total, as England beat Scotland 1-0 in a British International Championships game at Stamford Bridge. 1987 – Future red Stig Inge Bjørnebye made his debut for Norway Under-19’s as they beat the USSR 1-0 in a tournament game in Poland. Six-ton Tom 1913 – We won 3-1 at Aston Villa with Arthur Goddard, Jack Parkinson and Arthur Metcalf all scoring in what was Tom Watson’s 600th League game in charge of the club. A Victory defeat for Ephraim 1919 - Right-back Ephraim Longworth played for the Football League in a Victory match, which a Scottish League team won 3-2 at Ibrox. On the same day, inside-forward Harry Lewis struck for the sixth consecutive game, as we beat Southport Vulcan 4-2 at Anfield in a Lancashire Section Subsidiary Competition fixture, as the Lancashire Senior Cup was then known. Tom Miller and Harold and Walter Wadsworth also scored. For Ibrox 1902 - Winger Jack Cox played for England, with Alex Raisbeck, and future reds keeper Ned Doig and inside-right George Livingstone all turning out for Scots in a British International Championships game at Ibrox Park that ended 1-1. However, 25 people died and 517 were injured when the back of the new West Tribune Stand collapsed due to heavy rainfall the previous night during the second half. Play continued but the match was later declared void by the two FA’s. Other reds games 2017 – Bournemouth held us to a 2-2 draw at Anfield with Benik Ofobe giving the Cherries an early lead. Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi scored either side of the break, but Joshua King bagged a late equaliser. 1999 – We drew 2-2 at Nottingham Forest. Jamie Redknapp gave us a half-time lead, with Dougie Freedman equalising. Michael Owen restored our lead, but Pierre van Hooijdonk levelled with a stoppage-time free kick. 1975 – Kevin Keegan bagged a brace as we won 2-0 at Leeds United. 1958 – Jimmy Melia and Bobby Murdoch struck as we beat Swansea Town 2-0 in a Second Division encounter at Vetch Field. 1952 – We beat Stoke City 2-1 in L4. Bob Paisley and Kevin Baron scored our goals with Willie McIntosh netting the last of his four past us. 1930 – Sheffield Wednesday won 3-1 at Anfield with Jack Allen nabbing one of his five goals past us before Gordon Hodgson immediately equalised. Mark Hooper scored one of his eight against us before Harry Burgess netted the first of his nine. 1926 – We drew 2-2 with Bolton Wanderers at home. Harry Chambers and Fred Hopkin struck as Dick Forshaw missed a penalty. 1924 – We drew 1-1 at Tottenham Hotspur with Danny Shone on target. 1915 – Tom Miller, Jimmy Nicholl and Jackie Sheldon netted as we defeated Blackburn Rovers 3-0 in L4. 1902 – Sam Raybould bagged the only goal of Sheffield United’s visit to Anfield. England beaten on pens 2010 – England Under-16’s lost the Final of the Montaigu Tournament 3-1 to Portugal in a penalty shoot-out, after the game ended 1-1. Matty Regan won his fourth and final cap at this level, with Raheem Sterling playing his seventh and last game. In charge 2013 – Ex-reds centre-half and first-team coach Mauricio Pellegrino was appointed Manager of Estudiantes de La Plata in his native Argentina. Sami clogs off the mark 1997 - Sami Hyypiä scored his first goal in the Dutch Premier League. Unfortunately, Willem II lost 3-1 at SC Heerenveen. 2008 – Sami signed a new contract with the reds until the summer of 2009. Also in international action 1930 – Future red Ernie Blenkinsop played for England in their 5-2 victory over Scotland in the British International Championships at Wembley. 1952 – Billy Liddell featured in Scotland’s 2-1 defeat by England in the same competition at Hampden Park. 1978 – Future reds coach Joe Corrigan featured as England Under-21’s held Italy to a goalless draw in the second leg of their European Championships Quarter-final in Rome to progress to the Semi-finals.
  17. Will

    7th March

    The birth of a legend 1871 - Forward Malcolm McVean was born in Bonhill, Dumbartonshire. McVean signed from Third Lanark in 1892, scored our first ever League goal, bagging 43 in total in 126 reds games. He helped us to the Lancashire League title and two Second Division championships before joining Burnley in March 1897 alongside inside-forward Jimmy Ross. He died back in his native Scotland in 1907 aged just 36. Sir Roger MBE 2000 - Roger Hunt finally received his MBE at Buckingham Palace, many years after most of the rest of his fellow 1966 World Cup winning side. Anfield European memories We have twice played European first legs on this day in history. 1973 - We entertained table-topping Dynamo Dresden in the Fourth Round of the UEFA Cup, winning 2-0 thanks to a Brian Hall header and a goal from Phil Boersma. This was the first time we had faced clubs from the same country in successive European rounds, having already beaten Dynamo Berlin before Christmas. 1984 - We faced Sven-Göran Eriksson’s SL Benfica in the European Cup Third Round, with Ian Rush scoring the only goal of the game, as Kenny Dalglish made his return from injury as a second-half substitute for Michael Robinson. Hitting the Tractor Boys for six 1964 - A 24-minute four-goal blitz set us up to beat Ipswich Town 6-0 at Anfield, the fourth time that season we had bagged half a dozen in a game. Roger Hunt and Alf Arrowsmith both netted braces, with Ian St. John and Peter Thompson also scoring on this occasion. First and last 1953 - Centre-forward Louis Bimpson made his reds bow as we lost 4-0 at Aston Villa. He went on to play 102 reds games in total. Johnny Dixon and Dickie Dorsett, who had guested with the reds during the war, each bagged the last of their four goals past us, with Dave Walsh nabbing one of his four and Tom Thompson also on the scoresheet. 2020 – Adam Lallana played his 178th and last reds game as we beat Bournemouth 2-1 at Anfield. Mohamed Salah netted while reaching a century of League games for the reds, with Sadio Mané also on target in the first half, after we had fallen behind to a Callum Wilson goal. This was our 22nd successive home League win, breaking the English top-flight record set by Bill Shankly’s reds in 1972. We went on to reach 24 in a row before finally being held by Burnley in July 2020. A new record 1931 – Gordon Hodgson bagged his 32nd League goal of the season as we drew 1-1 at Manchester City. This created a new club record, surpassing Sam Raybould’s 31 goals in 1902/03. Hodgson went on to score 36 in total during that campaign. Left-half Jimmy McDougall reached a century of League games for the reds that day. Also recently 1998 – We secured a 2-1 home Premiership victory over Bolton Wanderers, with Paul Ince heading us level after Alan Thompson’s sensational 30-yard strike. Michael Owen struck the winner while Mark Kennedy played his 21st and last reds game. Heading towards the Palace 1914 - We beat Queens Park Rangers 2-1 in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup, with Jackie Sheldon and Tom Miller netting the goals that edged us closer to our first appearance in the Final. Jimmy Birch missed a penalty for the visitors. Previously against the Cottagers 1959 – We were held to a goalless draw at Anfield by Fulham in a Second Division fixture to leave us three points the visitors with a game in hand in third place. In the snow 1987 – Luton Town were beaten 2-0 at Anfield in a top-flight fixture in snowy conditions, thanks to a Jan Mølby penalty and Mal Donaghy own goal. A bored Bruce Grobbelaar resorted to throwing snowballs at one of the linesmen! Three for the Gunners 1928 - James Brain bagged a treble as Arsenal thumped us 6-3 at Highbury. Gordon Hodgson struck a brace, with Henry Race also on target, as Harry Chambers played his 339th and final reds game before his move to West Bromwich Albion. Charlie Buchan netted the last of his 21 goals against the reds with Joe Hulme scoring the first of his ten and Jack Lambert grabbing the first of his seven past us. Tons up 1905 – Outside-right Arthur Goddard played his hundredth League game for the reds as we won 4-2 at Bradford City. Jack Parkinson nabbed a brace, including a penalty, with Sam Raybould and Robbie Robinson also on target. Left-half George Fleming put through his own net in the final minute, with Andrew McGeachan also scoring for the Bantams. 1908 – We drew 2-2 at Notts County as Tom Watson took charge of the side for the 400th time in the League. George Dodd converted a penalty before Jack Parkinson equalised. Billy Matthews restored the home side’s lead straight after the break, but Alex Raisbeck levelled from the spot. Edgar twice 1891 – Future red Edgar Chadwick netted on his England debut as they thumped Wales 4-1 in the British International Championships in Sunderland. 1896 – He played in a 2-0 win in Ireland in the same competition. Other reds games 1970 – Top-of-the-table Leeds United held us to a goalless draw at Anfield as we struck the woodwork twice and had a strong penalty claim for handball turned down. 1936 – Vic Wright and Berry Nieuwenhuys struck as we beat Portsmouth 2-0 in L4. 1925 – We lost 1-0 at Southampton in an FA Cup Fourth Round tie with Bill Rawlings scoring the goal. 1903 – We beat Newcastle United 3-0 at Anfield with Sam Raybould bagging a brace and Alex Raisbeck also on target. 1896 – We lost 2-1 at Burton Wanderers in a Second Division encounter. Ted Devey opened the scoring before George Allan equalised. Arthur Capes scored the first of his four goals past us late on. Youngsters for England 1989 - West Ham United’s Paul Ince won his first England Under-21’s cap as they won 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Albania. David Burrows also played, while Arsenal’s Michael Thomas skippered the side. 1964 - Future red Roy Evans played for The Rest against an England XI in an England Schools trial that ended goalless at St. Andrews. Toni stays on 2014 – Ex-reserves right-winger Toni Silva signed a new contract with CSKA Sofia, having been with them since the previous November. He struck nine times in 45 games in his two seasons in Bulgaria. Also in international action 1908 - Maurice Parry played for Wales as they lost 2-1 to Scotland in the British International Championships in Dundee 1998 – Future red Milan Baroš featured as the Czech Republic Under-16’s shared a goalless draw with Italy in a European Championships qualifier in Andorra.
  18. Shanks in charge 1959 - Bill Shankly took over as Manager, thirteen days after his appointment was announced. Words cannot fully explain his importance to the history of Liverpool Football Club, but his honours as reds boss included three League titles, two FA Cups, the UEFA Cup and the Second Division championship. Happy birthdays 1979 - Michael Owen was born in Chester. He struck 158 times in 297 games for us, moving on to Real Madrid in August 2004 for £8m after seven years’ great service to the reds, having helped us to claim the UEFA Cup, FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, League Cup and FA Charity Shield. He signed on as a professional on his seventeenth birthday. 1963 – Former Managing Director Christian Purslow was born in Cardiff. He was appointed in June 2009 to replace Rick Parry. He stood down in October 2010 after the sale of the club to New England Sports Ventures. He is now Chief Executive of Aston Villa. In comes a striking legend 1925 - South African forward Gordon Hodgson signed from Transvaal. He bagged a club record eighteen hat-tricks amongst his 241 goals in 377 games, but was unable to claim a club medal in his time at Anfield, moving on to Aston Villa for £3,000 in January 1936. 1908 – Keeper Augustus Beeby joined the reds, but only made sixteen senior appearances before leaving for Manchester City in May 1911. Farewell Alan 2009 – Left-winger Alan A’Court died. He signed for free from Prescot Cables in September 1952 and scored 63 times in 381 reds games, helping us to the Second Division title in 1962, as well as representing England at the 1958 World Cup in his time at Anfield. He moved on to Tranmere Rovers in October 1964. God hits four for his century 1996 - Robbie Fowler scored four goals in our 5-1 thrashing of Middlesbrough at Anfield, with the opener coming after just 29 seconds and the second being his hundredth reds goal. He reached this milestone in 165 games, one faster than Ian Rush, and celebrated one of his goals by revealing a t-shirt with the hand-written slogan “God’s job’s a good un” on it! For the record, Stig Inge Bjørnebye netted our other goal, his fourth and final one for the club, with Michael Thomas putting through his own net. The start of a record run 1974 - Phil Neal made the first of 365 consecutive League appearances, a club record, as we beat Luton Town 2-0 at Anfield. John Toshack and Steve Heighway scored. Mo, mo, mo 2019 – Mohamed Salah struck in his third consecutive reds game as we beat Watford 2-0 at Anfield, with the Egyptian on target twice. 2016 – Divock Origi scored in his fifth consecutive reds game as we won 3-0 at Middlesbrough, with Adam Lallana nabbing a brace, Spot-kick misery in London 1993 - We were knocked out of the League Cup by Wimbledon in a Fourth Round replay at Selhurst Park. We benefited from a Hans Segers own goal in the final minute as the game ended 2-2 with Neil Ruddock also scoring, Dean Holdsworth netting the first of his four strikes against the reds, and Robbie Earle bagging one of his five past us. John Barnes then had a penalty saved in extra time. Unfortunately, we lost the shoot-out 4-3, with both Jamie Redknapp and Mark Walters failing from the spot. We also suffered because Jan Mølby ripped a calf muscle in this game. A European draw 1966 - We came from behind twice as we were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Ajax in the European Cup, with ‘Sir’ Roger Hunt and the legendary Johan Cruyff scoring twice each, as we crashed out at the Second Round stage 7-3 on aggregate. Peter Thompson and Geoff Strong had both hit the woodwork before the scoring began. This was the first time we had ever played in a yellow kit. Red milestones 2014 – Raheem Sterling reached a century of games for the reds as we lost 3-0 at Manchester United, with keeper Simon Mignolet dropped in favour of Brad Jones after 93 consecutive Premier League starts, following recent errors. Wayne Rooney scored one of his seven goals past us to date, with Juan Mata also on target before the break. Robin van Persie’s seventh and latest strike against the reds completed the scoring as David de Gea made a string of fine saves. 1968 – Denis Law bagged the only goal of our League trip to Old Trafford, one of his six strikes against the reds. 1912 – Forward Sam Gilligan played his fortieth and last reds game as we drew 1-1 at Bolton Wanderers, with Donald Mackinlay on target and Joe Smith bagging the first of his eleven goals against the reds. 1957 – Outside-right Brian Jackson struck his eleventh and last reds goal as we lost a Second Division game 2-1 at Barnsley. 2004 - Harry Kewell played his fiftieth League game for the reds as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Portsmouth, with Steven Gerrard netting our goal. Unfortunately, Lomana Lua Lua headed in a last-minute equaliser. Treble awards 2001 - We won all three awards in World Soccer magazine’s annual poll. Michael Owen became the first Englishman to win World Player of the Year, Gérard Houllier claimed Manager of the Year and we were also made Team of the Year. It was the first time in twenty years that a single club had swept the board. Four for Berry 1940 - Outside-right Berry Nieuwenhuys scored four goals as we beat New Brighton 6-4 at Anfield in a Wartime League fixture. Billy Liddell netted from the spot, with Bob Paisley also on target. Mixed fortunes against Forest We have twice entertained Nottingham Forest on this day in history. 1991 - Steve McMahon struck his fiftieth and final goal for the club as we won 2-0 with Jan Mølby also on the scoresheet, with David Burrows playing his hundredth League game for the club. 1901 - We lost 2-0 in another top-flight meeting. Arthur Capes scored one of his four goals against us, with Jack Calvey also on the scoresheet. Beating the Black Cats We have twice won at Roker Park on this day in history. 1929 - Jim Smith, Fred Hopkin and Gordon Hodgson netted as we beat Sunderland 3-2, with Evelyn Morrison bagging a brace for the home side. 1946 - Albert Stubbins, Jack Balmer, Berry Nieuwenhuys and Billy Liddell were all on target as we won 4-1, with Dickie Davis netting the first of his seven goals past us. Mixed fortunes against Rovers 1963 - We lost 2-1 at Anfield to Blackburn Rovers as Andy McEvoy struck the first two of his four strikes past us, with Roger Hunt netting our consolation in this First Division match. 1918 - Arthur Metcalf struck twice as we won an away Wartime League meeting 2-1. 1908 – We lost the Lancashire Senior Cup Final 5-3 at Ewood Park, with Ronald Orr bagging a brace and Sam Bowyer also on target. Welsh reds Joey Jones, Ian Rush and Dean Saunders have all twice represented their country on this day over the years. 1977 - Jones played as Wales drew 1-1 with West Germany in a friendly in Dortmund. 1983 - He appeared in their 1-1 draw with Yugoslavia in Cardiff, as a Chelsea player. Ian Rush also featured in this game, a European Championships qualifier. 1994 - Rush appeared alongside Aston Villa’s Dean Saunders as the Welsh were beaten 3-0 in Cardiff by Bulgaria in another European Championships qualifier. 1996 - Saunders played in a goalless World Cup qualifying draw with Turkey, when he was a Nottingham Forest player. Future reds Markus Babbel, Brad Friedel and Christian Ziege all also played for their countries that day. Ronnie on target 1994 - Ex-red Ronnie Rosenthal struck as Israel were held to a 1-1 draw by Romania in a qualifier in Tel-Aviv. Also in action that day were Stig Inge Bjørnebye and future red Jari Litmanen, while Roy Hodgson took charge of Switzerland. 2003 – Hodgson managed Switzerland once more, as they won a World Cup qualifier 2-1 in Turkey. Management highs and lows 2008 – John Barnes led Jamaica to victory in the Digicel Caribbean Championships as they beat Grenada 2-0 in the Final in Kingston. 1994 - Kevin MacDonald stepped down as Caretaker Manager of Leicester City. He was only in charge for four games, before Mark McGhee took over. 2009 - Erik Meijer was appointed Director of Sport at Alemannia Aachen, having already played for and coached the club. On the move again 2013 – Former reds First Team Coach Steve Clarke was sacked as Manager of West Bromwich Albion, with Kevin Keen also departing from his role as Joint-Assistant Head Coach. 2001 - Ex-reserves striker John Durnin signed for Second Division Port Vale from Rhyl on a free transfer. He only netted twice in fifty games while at Vale Park, before joining Conference side Accrington Stanley. 1975 – Ex-reds forward Alun Evans joined Walsall from Aston Villa for £30,000 after sixteen goals in 74 games for the Villains. Youngsters sign on 2004 - Reserve defenders David Raven and Zak Whitbread both signed new contracts until 2007. However, they have both subsequently left the club. Also in international action 2004 – Future red Stéphane Henchoz played in Switzerland’s 2-1 World Cup qualifying win in Turkey. 1999 – Future red Fábio Aurélio featured as Brazil drew a friendly 3-3 with Paraguay in Campo Grande. 1966 – Roy Evans played for England Youth as they faced a Sunderland Under-19’s side at Roker Park.
  19. Will

    25th April

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

    15th August

    Double debutants 1987 - John Barnes and new record signing Peter Beardsley both made their official reds debuts as we beat Arsenal 2-1 at Highbury, thanks to goals from John Aldridge and Steve Nicol, who scored an extraordinary header from the edge of the penalty box. This was Kenny Dalglish’s fiftieth League win as reds boss, coming in his 85th game - still the best record of any reds boss. Happy birthday Ox 1993 – Midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was born in Portsmouth. He signed from Arsenal for £35m in August 2017, netting fourteen times in 104 appearances across his first four campaigns as well as suffering a serious injury. He made it back to sit on the bench as we claimed the UEFA Champions League in Madrid in June 2019 and helping us to claim the Premier League, FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup. Clem departs 1981 – Ray Clemence was sold to Tottenham Hotspur for £300,000. He had arrived from Sc***horpe United for £18,000 in June 1967, usurping Tommy Lawrence as first choice number one after two years. He went on to make 665 reds appearances, winning five League titles, an FA Cup, three European Cups, two UEFA Cups, League Cup, UEFA Super Cup and four FA Charity Shields in his fourteen years at Anfield. 1976 – Kevin Keegan confirmed that the upcoming season would be his final one at Anfield. He struck twenty times in 57 outings in this campaign, helping us to claim the European Cup and League title, and reach the FA Cup Final. 1974- Centre-half Larry Lloyd was sold to Coventry City for £240,000. He is one of a rare breed to leave Anfield in his prime, and go on to better things – helping Nottingham Forest to two European Cups, one League title, League Cup and FA Charity Shield. He had won League and UEFA Cup medals after joining the reds from Bristol Rovers for £50,000 in April 1969, appearing 218 times and notching five times. Double dismissals 2010 – Joe Cole was sent off for a challenge on Laurent Koscielny just before half-time in our Anfield meeting with Arsenal. David N’Gog put us in front immediately after the break, with the lead lasting until the last minute when Marouane Chamakh diverted a cross against the post and Pepe Reina spilled the rebound into his own net. Koscielny was then sent off for a second bookable offence in injury-time. This turned out to be Javier Mascherano’s 139th and final reds game. Other birthdays 1988 – Moroccan winger Oussama Assaidi was born in Beni-Boughafar. He signed from Dutch side SC Heerenveen for £2.4m in August 2012, failing to score in twelve appearances before spending a season and a half on loan at Stoke City. He was sold to UAE Arabian Gulf League side Al Ahli for a reported £4.7m in January 2015. 1905 - Centre-forward Tommy Reid was born in Motherwell. He signed from Clydebank for £1,000 in April 1926 and bagged an impressive thirty goals in 55 games before moving to Manchester United in February 1929. Off the mark 2017 – Trent Alexander-Arnold scored his first senior goal as we won 2-1 at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in the first leg of our UEFA Champions League qualifier. Simon Mignolet saved a penalty, with forward Dominic Solanke making his reds bow as we benefited when Havard Nordtveit inadvertently diverted a James Milner cross into his own net. 2007 - Yossi Benayoun made his reds debut as Andriy Voronin’s first reds strike proved to be the only goal of the first leg of our Champions League qualifier in Toulouse, who became our hundredth different opponents in European competition. Happy birthday Boudewijn 1976 - Bolo Zenden was born in Maastricht in the Netherlands. He signed on a free transfer in July 2005 after his one-year contract with Middlesbrough had expired. He notched twice in 47 senior reds games, as injury hampered his career at Anfield. He helped us to claim the UEFA Super Cup and FA Community Shield, as well as reach the Champions League Final in his brief time with the reds. Bolo left the club in July 2007 to join Olympique de Marseille. Charity at first 1964 - We played in our first FA Charity Shield, only drawing 2-2 with West Ham United at Anfield. Gordon Wallace and Gerry Byrne twice gave us the lead, with John Byrne and Geoff Hurst both netting equalisers, with the latter being one of his nine strikes against the reds. The trophy was shared between the two clubs, as this was in the days before extra-time and penalty shoot-outs. Phil Chisnall made his reds bow in this game when he became the first ever substitute in senior English football, replacing Alf Arrowsmith after just a quarter of an hour, who had suffered a serious knee injury. Red defenders on the way out 1991 - Gary Gillespie was sold to his boyhood heroes Celtic for £925,000. He had been Joe Fagan’s first signing, helping us to three League titles in his eight injury-ravaged years at Anfield, scoring sixteen times in 214 appearances. 2002 - Young full-back Stephen Wright joined Sunderland for £3m, after just 21 reds games. He netted twice in 105 games for them, with injuries blighting his time there, and was released in May 2008. Double capture 2005 - Liverpool confirmed the signings of young centre-backs Godwin Antwi from Real Zaragoza and Miki Roqué from U.E. Lleida. Both featured in our victorious FA Youth Cup winning campaign in 2006, but only made one senior appearance between them, when Roque made a late cameo at Galatasaray in December 2006. 1970’s League wins We twice played League games on this day in the 1970’s, winning them both. 1970 - We won 2-1 at Burnley, with Alun Evans and Emlyn Hughes on target. 1972 - We beat Manchester United 2-0 at Anfield, thanks to strikes from John Toshack and Steve Heighway. Ex-reds on the move 1997 - Ian Rush signed for Newcastle United on a free transfer from Leeds United. He only made fourteen appearances for the Magpies, scoring twice, including one that made him the all-time top scorer in the FA Cup, with 44 goals in the competition. 1985 - Gary McAllister joined Leicester City from Motherwell along with clubmate Ally Mauchlen for a combined £250,000. He struck 52 times in 225 appearances for the Foxes, before joining Leeds United for £1m in July 1990. 2003 - Steve Staunton joined Coventry City on a free transfer from Aston Villa. He notched four times in 75 games for the Sky Blues before joining Walsall two years later. 2011 – Robbie Keane joined LA Galaxy from Tottenham Hotspur for £3.5m, so far bagging 97 goals in 145 outings for the American outfit and becoming their captain. Losing finalists 1982 - We lost the Final of the Málaga Tournament to the home side. We drew 1-1 after extra time, with our goal coming from Alan Kennedy, but lost the penalty shoot-out 4-2. The game started so late that the action did not come to an end until around 1:15am. Terry McDermott and Phil Neal converted their spot-kicks, with David Hodgson’s being saved and Howard Gayle sending his over the crossbar Management moves 2005 - Roy Hodgson was appointed Manager of Finland. He narrowly failed to take them to the European Championships Finals in 2008, as they fell just one goal short of reaching their first ever major tournament. He chose not to renew his contract when it expired in November 2007, taking over at Fulham the following month. 2020 - Jürgen Klopp was named Premier League Manager of the Season for 2019-20, having led us as we romped to the Premier League title. On the same day, Chris Morgan re-joined the red as a first-team physiotherapist. Reds in Ireland 1994 - We beat Dundalk 2-1 in a friendly at Oriel Park, with Robbie Fowler and Michael Thomas on the scoresheet. International friendly firsts and lasts 2012 – Charlie Adam won his last cap as a reds player as Scotland beat Australia 3-1 at Easter Road, while Nuri Şahin made his final appearance for Turkey before joining the reds on loan as Turkey lost 2-0 to Austria in Vienna. Joe Allen represented Wales for the first time since moving to Anfield as they lost 2-0 to Bosnia-Herzegovina in Llanelli, with Craig Bellamy playing his first international in his second spell as a Cardiff City player. Meanwhile, Raul Meireles won his last cap as a Chelsea player in Portugal’s 2-0 victory over Panama in Faro, while Christian Benteke scored his first senior goal for Belgium, and only one as a Koninklijke Racing Club Genk player, in their 4-2 friendly defeat of the Netherlands in Brussels. Daniel Agger reached a half century of caps in Denmark’s 3-1 defeat by Martin Škrtel’s Slovakia in Odense. On the same day, ex-red Alexander Kačaniklić made his senior bow in Sweden’s 3-0 defeat by Brazil in Solna, while Alberto Aquilani won his first cap as a Fiorentina player as Italy lost 2-1 to Roy Hodgson’s England in Bern. Xherdan Shaqiri won his last cap as a Basel player in Switzerland’s 4-2 win in Croatia, while Fulham’s John Arne Riise struck in Norway’s 3-2 loss to Greece in Oslo, with Krisztián Németh playing for Hungary for the first time while with Roda JC Kerkrade in their 1-1 draw with Israel in Budapest. Also in international action that day were Andy Carroll, Pepe Reina, future reds Mario Balotelli, Ádám Bogdán, Lazar Marković, James Milner, Mamadou Sakho, Kolo Touré and Virgil van Dijk, and ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa, Javier Mascherano, Nikolay Mihaylov, Daniel Sjölund, Fernando Torres. More reds in international action 2001 - A host of reds featured in international friendlies. Patrik Berger won his 44th and final cap in the Czech Republic’s 5-0 thumping of South Korea, with future red Milan Baroš also playing. Meanwhile, Jerzy Dudek won his last cap as a Feyenoord player in Poland’s 1-1 draw in Iceland. John Arne Riise won his first cap as a reds player as Norway drew 1-1 with Turkey in Oslo. Two reds also appeared for Finland in their 4-1 defeat of Belgium in Helsinki. Sami Hyypiä won his fortieth cap, while Jari Litmanen scored a penalty. Nick Barmby, Jamie Carragher, Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen all played in England’s 2-0 defeat by the Netherlands at White Hart Lane, with ex-red David James winning his first cap as a West Ham United player. Future red Bolo Zenden won his first cap while with Chelsea for the winning side, his 31st to date. Dietmar Hamann played in Germany’s 5-2 win in Hungary, with Christian Ziege winning his first cap as a Tottenham Hotspur player, his sixtieth international. Igor Bišcan featured in Croatia’s 2-2 draw with the Republic of Ireland in Dublin. Mark Kennedy played his first international as a Wolverhampton Wanderers player, with future reds Steve Finnan and Robbie Keane, and ex-reds Jason McAteer and Steve Staunton also featuring. Future reds Yossi Benayoun and Alex Manninger also represented their countries that day. Also recently for their countries 2006 - Craig Bellamy won his first cap as a reds player as John Toshack’s Wales were held to a goalless friendly draw by Bulgaria in Swansea, with ex-reds loanee Paul Jones also playing. Meanwhile, future red Yossi Benayoun was on target while winning his fiftieth cap as Israel drew 1-1 in Slovenia. Another future red, Andriy Voronin, struck in the Ukraine’s 6-0 trouncing of Azerbaijan in Kiev, with another future red Martin Škrtel also representing his country. Also in international action that day were Pepe Reina, Luis García and future red Fernando Torres, who played as Raúl won his hundredth cap for Spain in their goalless draw in Iceland. Scott Carson won his first Under-21’s cap while on loan at Charlton Athletic as England were held to a 2-2 draw by Moldova in a European Championships qualifier at Portman Road, while Florent Sinama-Pongolle also played for his country’s junior side. Olympian Raul 2004 – Future red Raul Meireles played for Portugal in the Olympics Finals, featuring as they beat Morocco 2-1 in a group game in Greece. Also on the move 2014 – Portuguese midfielder João Teixeira joined Brighton & Hove Albion on loan, being voted their Young Player of the Year after six strikes in 35 games, despite breaking his leg towards the end of the campaign. On the same day, forward Michael Ngoo left the club to sign for Kilmarnock, failing to score in seven outings in his first season at Rugby Park. 2013 – Forward Steven Gillespie re-joined Cheltenham Town on loan from Fleetwood Town, netting twice in five games in this fourth spell with the Robins. 2011 - Future reds forward Danny Ings moved to Burnley from Bournemouth for £1m, going on to bag 43 goals in 130 run-outs before moving to Anfield in July 2015. Also in international action 1995 – Future red Vladimír Šmicer played for the Czech Republic Under-21’s as they beat Norway 4-3 in a European Championships qualifier in Stavanger.
  21. Will

    9th May

    Winning the cup 1992 - We beat Second Division Sunderland 2-0 to win our fifth FA Cup. Ian Rush scored his fifth FA Cup Final goal, to break Stan Mortensen’s record, after Michael Thomas had opened the scoring, with Dean Saunders also hitting the bar. Graeme Souness led the team out just 48 hours after leaving hospital. However, the wrong medals were presented to each team, and so the two sides had to swap them afterwards! Ray Houghton was playing his 202nd and final reds game. Youngest ever 2010 - Left-back Jack Robinson became the reds’ youngest ever player, aged sixteen years and 250 days as we were held to a goalless draw at Hull City. This was Rafael Benítez’s last game in charge, and Dirk Kuyt’s 200th game for the club, while Nabil El Zhar made his 32nd and final reds appearance. 1995 – Steven Gerrard represented the reds for the first time ever, aged fourteen, as the ‘B’ team lost 2-1 at Manchester United, with the team including many winners of the FA Youth Cup a year later. Maxi’s treble 2011 - We secured our biggest every victory at Fulham, winning 5-2 after a sparkling performance. Maxi Rodríguez scored a hat-trick, netting in his third consecutive game while Dirk Kuyt struck in his fifth appearance in a row, with Luis Suárez also on target. Skipper Jamie Carragher played his 666th reds game, to move into second place on the all-time list, only behind Ian Callaghan. A quiet day Our only other two first-class games on this day in history both ended in stalemate. 1987 - We drew 3-3 at Chelsea, with Ian Rush, Steve McMahon and John Aldridge on target in our final game of the season, as we ended nine points behind Everton in second place. Gary Gillespie made his hundredth reds appearance in this game. Future red David Speedie was amongst the scorers, with Gordon Durie netting the first of his six goals past us and John Bumstead also on target. 1988 - John Aldridge struck a spectacular overhead kick as we were held 1-1 at Anfield by Luton Town to reach ninety points in our final League game of the campaign as Steve McMahon reached a century of League games for the reds. We had already clinched our seventeenth League title two weeks earlier. Nigel Spackman lined up alongside Gary Gillespie in central defence as Kenny Dalglish rested Alan Hansen ahead of the FA Cup Final, with Jan Mølby away on international duty. Unfortunately, Gillespie and Spackman collided when going for the same ball, resulting in them both taking to the Wembley turf in head bandages the following week! Before the game, the PFA’s Fair Play Trophy and a cheque for £2,000 was presented to Alan Hansen by PFA Secretary Gordon Taylor. The game was watched by 30,376 giving us an average home crowd of 39,682, the best in the division. 1973 - We were also due to play a game, but our UEFA Cup Final first leg meeting with Borussia Mönchengladbach at Anfield was postponed after only 27 minutes, due to a sodden pitch. Happy birthdays 1993 – Defender Andre Wisdom was born in Leeds. He joined the reds from Bradford City in January 2008, making 22 first-team appearances, netting on his debut at BSC Young Boys in September 2013. He left for Derby County for an initial £2m in July 2017. 1996 – Midfielder Cameron Brannagan was born in Salford. He was with the club since the age of eight, making nine senior appearances before joining Oxford United in January 2018. 1989 – Former reserves forward Michael Nardiello was born. 1968 - Neil Ruddock was born in Tooting, London. He played 152 games for the reds after being signed from Tottenham Hotspur for £2.5 million, bagging twelve goals and helping us to the Coca-Cola Cup in 1995 before moving on to West Ham United for £100,000 in July 1998. 1971 - Don Hutchison was born in Gateshead. He made only sixty first-team appearances following his £175,000 capture from Hartlepool United in November 1990, netting ten times, before leaving for Upton Park for £1.5m in August 1994. 1933 – Forward Arthur Rowley was born in Fazakerley in Liverpool. He joined the reds in May 1951, failing to score in eleven outings, moving on to Wrexham in November 1954. Reds trebles 1961 - Ian St. John bagged a hat-trick on his reds debut as we lost 4-3 to Everton in the Liverpool County F.A. Senior Cup Final at Goodison Park. 1942 - Cyril Done netted a treble as we beat Chester 3-0 in a Lancashire Cup First Round second leg match to progress 6-1 on aggregate. Unfortunately, Blackburn Rovers knocked us out at Anfield at the next hurdle. Beating the Hammers 2009 - We won 3-0 at West Ham United thanks to a Steven Gerrard brace and a goal from Ryan Babel. The skipper’s second goal came when keeper Robert Green saved his penalty, although he followed in to net the rebound. His first was his hundredth reds goal from open play. The comedy moment of the game came when David Di Michele performed a laughable dive that led to a booking. Ins and outs 1900 – Scottish centre-forward Peter Kyle moved on to Leicester Fosse after failing to score in five first-team games since arriving from Clyde in May 1899. 1905 – Inside-left Richard Morris left the reds to join Leeds City, having only struck five times in 39 outings after signing from Druids in March 1902. 1906 – Forward John Lipsham arrived from Chester, failing to score in just three reds outings, returning to Chester in 1907. 1911 – Scottish international keeper Ken Campbell signed from Cambuslang Rovers for £10. He played 142 reds games before joining Partick Thistle in April 1920. Sir Roger in Italy 1964 - Roger Hunt played for a Football League representative side as they lost 1-0 to an Italian League team at the San Siro in Milan. Keegan for England 1999 - Kevin Keegan resigned as Manager of Fulham, soon signing up as the England team boss. He had guided the Cottagers to the Second Division title, with an impressive 101 points, in his one season in charge. Testimonial defeat 1967 - We took part in a testimonial match for George Curtis and Mick Kearns, losing 2-1 to Coventry City at Highfield Road, with Roger Hunt on target. Dads again 2006 - Steven Gerrard became the father of his second daughter, Lexie. On the same day, Robbie Fowler became a dad for the fourth time, with his first son, named Jacob. For and against England 1929 – Future reds Ernie Blenkinsop and Tom Cooper both turned out for England as they won a friendly 4-1 in France. 1942 - Reds keeper George Poland played for England as they lost 1-0 to Wales at Ninian Park in a Wartime International. 2004 – Future red Besian Idrizaj played for Austria Under-17’s as they lost 1-0 to England in a European Championships Finals group game in France. 2009 – Christopher Buchtmann featured as Germany Under-17’s thumped England 4-0 in a European Championships Finals group game in Jena, with future red Jonjo Shelvey on the losing side while winning his seventh and final cap at this level. 2011 – Brad Smith netted his only goal for England Under-17’s in their 3-0 win in a European Championships Finals group game in Serbia, with Adam Morgan also featuring. On the same day, Samed Yeşil scored the only goal of Germany’s meeting with Romania in the same competition, with fellow future red Emre Can also in action. 2014 – Future reds Joe Gomez and Dominic Solanke both represented England Under-17’s as they beat Malta 3-0 in a European Championships Finals group game in Ta’ Qali. On their way out 1936 – Ex-reds reserves outside-left Jimmy Kelly played for the Irish Free State for the last of four times, grabbing his only two goals for them in their 5-1 friendly win in Luxembourg. 2012 – Ex-reds centre-forward Neil Mellor announced his retirement from playing, aged 29, following a serious knee injury. Avi the Olympian 1979 - Future red Avi Cohen played in Israel’s 1-1 Olympics qualifying draw against Spain in Murcia. Red tonkings 1994 - Ian Rush bagged a brace, with John Barnes, Don Hutchison and Jamie Redknapp also scoring in a 5-0 SDS Challenge Series victory over Shelbourne at Tolka Park in Dublin. 1945 - We thumped Preston North End 5-1 in a Wartime League game at Anfield, with Phil Taylor and Les Shannon both netting twice, and George Kaye bagging a penalty. On the move 2005 - Former reserves forward Ian Armstrong was released by Port Vale after seventeen goals in 101 outings. 2011 – Future reds loanee Nuri Şahin joined Real Madrid from Borussia Dortmund for €10m. However, he only made ten senior appearances while in Spain, netting once, before returning to Dortmund. Also in international action 1937 - Andy Beattie played for Scotland in their 1-1 friendly encounter with Austria in Vienna. He guested with the reds during the war, and later joined the backroom staff at Anfield after a successful management career. 1994 – Future red Rigobert Song featured as Cameroon beat Greece 3-0 in a tournament game in Piraeus. 2016 – Future red Ozan Kabak played for Turkey Under-16’s in their 2-0 friendly defeat by Spain in Portugal. 2017 – Kabak appeared for the Under-17’s as they beat Italy 2-1 in a European Championships Finals group game in Croatia.
  22. Will

    1st May

    Wembley glory at last 1965 – This day finally brought the FA Cup to Anfield for the first time in our history. The game against Leeds United was goalless after ninety minutes, with full-back Gerry Byrne playing most of the match with a broken collar-bone. Roger Hunt opened the scoring in extra time, before Billy Bremner equalised for the Yorkshire side with one of his five goals past us. With five minutes remaining, “up popped the head of Ian St. John” to win the cup. 1980 - We played in the only FA Cup Semi-final to go to a third replay, which we unfortunately lost to Arsenal courtesy of a Brian Talbot goal at Highfield Road, one of his six strikes against the reds, who went on to lose the Final to Second Division West Ham United. 1996 - We also faced the Gunners, holding them to a goalless Premiership draw at Highbury. This was the first time since three substitutes were permitted for League games four years previously that we did not name a keeper on the bench, with Mark Kennedy, Ian Rush and Michael Thomas getting the nod. Luis and Mo the best 2014 - Luis Suárez was named as the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year for a season in which he struck 31 times in total in 37 reds outings as we came close to claiming the League title. 2018 - Mohamed Salah won the same award, towards the end of a season in which he notched 44 times in 52 games, helping us to reach the UEFA Champions League Final in Kiev. On our way to Athens 2007 - Jamie Carragher played his ninetieth European game in our Champions League Semi-final second leg with Chelsea at Anfield, breaking Ian Callaghan’s club record. Daniel Agger converted a cleverly-worked free-kick to take the tie into extra time, following our single goal defeat in the first meeting. Dirk Kuyt had an effort ruled out for offside, and also hit the woodwork before Pepe Reina was the hero in a penalty shoot-out that we won 4-1, saving from both Geremi and Arjen Robben. Kuyt struck our decisive fourth spot-kick. This was the first time we had faced the same team in European competition in three consecutive seasons, as well as being the third round in a row in which Bolo Zenden had come up against a former employer, following ties with Barcelona and PSV Eindhoven. Striking legends in and out 1980 - Ian Rush arrived from Chester for a fee of £300,000, which remains their record sale. 1990 - Kenny Dalglish made his 515th and final appearance in our 1-0 home defeat of Derby County, thanks to a goal from Gary Gillespie, as we were awarded our eighteenth, and most recent, League title. He was aged 39 years 58 days, a post-war club record. This game had been postponed from February. 1972 - We also faced the Rams, losing a First Division fixture 1-0 at the Baseball Ground thanks to a goal from John McGovern. 1899 – Peter Kyle arrived from Clyde for £100, failing to score in five first-team games before moving on to Leicester Fosse in May 1900. On the same day, Scottish inside-right Andrew McCowie moved on to Woolwich Arsenal after netting eleven times in 35 games since signing from Cambuslang Hibernian in October 1896. 1897 – Inside-forward Willie Michael returned to Heart Of Midlothian. He had joined the reds from Tynecastle in January 1895, scoring five times in 23 reds games. Other arrivals 1973 - Jimmy Case signed from South Liverpool for £500. He went on to net 46 times in 269 reds games, helping us to three European Cups, four League titles, UEFA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, League Cup and three FA Charity Shields. 1902 – Keeper Peter Platt arrived from Blackburn Rovers, playing 44 times before moving on to Luton Town in 1904. He sadly died aged just 39 in a mini-flu epidemic in Nuneaton in January 1922. 1897 – Right-winger Bobby Marshall signed from Leith Athletic. He scored twice in 21 reds games, moving on to Portsmouth in 1899. Crashing out? 2019 – We lost 3-0 at Barcelona in the first leg of our UEFA Champions League Semi-final to leave our chances of reaching the Final in Madrid hanging by a thread, despite a decent performance. Ex-red Luis Suárez opened the scoring before Lionel Messi added a late brace. Gary Mac yet again 2001 - Gary McAllister scored for the fifth straight game in our 2-0 win at Bradford City as we headed towards the Champions League. Michael Owen nabbed the other goal in a game that was originally postponed the previous December. Most recently 2017 – Emre Can struck a spectacular goal, the only one of our trip to Watford. 2016 - We lost 3-1 at Swansea City, with left-back Brad Smith seeing red. André Ayew struck twice for the home side, with Jack Cork also on target, as Christian Benteke scored for the reds. 2012 – Brazilian left-back Fábio Aurélio played his 134th and last reds game as Fulham won for the first time at Anfield, so completing their first ever League double over us. A presentation was made to Brian Hall before the game, marking his retirement as Public Relations Manager, a post he had held since 1991. Martin Škrtel put through his own net as ex-reds reserve Alex Kačaniklić attempted to convert John Arne Riise’s cross for the only goal. 2011 - We beat Newcastle United 3-0 at Anfield. Maxi Rodríguez opened the scoring before Dirk Kuyt converted a penalty and Luis Suárez struck, with ex-Toon star Andy Carroll making a late cameo from the bench. Replay 86 2006 - The Replay 86 game was played at Anfield in front of 32,947 in aid of the Marina Dalglish Appeal. The two sides were representing the 1986 FA Cup Final teams, and the only goal came in the final minute, through former reds reserves striker John Durnin. Also against the Blues 1937 - Jack Balmer was on target as we were held to a 1-1 draw by Chelsea at Anfield in the final game of a League campaign that saw us finish in a disappointing eighteenth, just three points clear of relegation. Dickie Spence netted one of his six goals against the reds. On the same day, Bill Shankly was on the losing side at Wembley, as Preston North End lost 3-1 to Sunderland in the first FA Cup Final to be played in the month of May. Goals galore 1978 - King Kenny grabbed a hat-trick in our 4-0 defeat of Manchester City at Anfield, with Phil Neal adding a penalty. 1926 - Forward Tommy Reid scored both goals on his reds debut in our 2-2 home draw with Sheffield United, with outside-right Cyril Oxley playing his 34th and final reds game as we finished the season in sixth place. Harry Johnson scored two of his seven goals past us. 1999 - Less happily, Jamie Carragher scored an own goal as we came from 2-0 behind at half time to beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 at Anfield in the League, having already scored an own goal in the reverse fixture that season! Paul Ince struck with Steve McManaman netting his 66th and final reds goal after Jamie Redknapp’s spot-kick. Spurs’ Mauricio Taricco was sent off just before the break while Stig Inge Bjørnebye and Bjørn Tore Kvarme both played their final reds games, with the young Steven Gerrard instrumental in our comeback after coming off the bench at half time. Steffen Iversen had netted the other goal for the visitors. 1943 - Cyril Done struck for the fourth consecutive game, grabbing a brace as we beat Bolton Wanderers 4-0 in our Lancashire Cup Second Round second leg at Anfield, with Thomas Pearson and Jackie Campbell also on target. This game also counted towards the Wartime League. 1979 - We also faced the Trotters in a game originally postponed from three months earlier, when Ray Kennedy netted twice and David Johnson and Kenny Dalglish were also on the scoresheet in a 4-1 win in wintry conditions at Burnden Park, with the home side’s score coming from a Graeme Souness own goal. Bolton keeper Jim McDonagh said afterwards, “Liverpool are perfection. This team would have been good enough to win the 1978 World Cup!” Eleven in a row 1982 - We won 2-0 at home to Nottingham Forest, our eleventh successive League win - a joint club record with 2013/14, and tenth straight win in all competitions, a then club record. Craig Johnston bagged both goals. Bob off the mark 1948 – Left-half Bob Paisley struck the first of his twelve reds goals as ended the season in tenth by beating Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 at Anfield, with Jack Balmer also on target. Another trophy 1946 - We beat Everton 3-1 at Anfield to claim the Liverpool Senior Cup. Bill Jones and Harry Eastham netted for the reds, with the Blues’ Purvis putting through his own net. Jameo off 1993 - David James was dismissed at Norwich City on the hour mark with David Phillips netting the only goal of the game past Mike Hooper from the subsequent spot-kick, as he became the first substitute keeper to take the field for the reds in the Premier League, in his 73rd and final senior reds appearance. This was a vital result as we finished in sixth, three places and three points behind City who reached the UEFA Cup, which we failed to do. English reds 1964 - Roger Hunt scored in England’s 3-0 victory over ‘Young England’. 1997 - Michael Owen netted a brace for the Under-16’s as they beat Turkey 2-1 in a European Championships group game in Austria. 2012 – Ex-reds boss Roy Hodgson was appointed Manager of the senior England side. An English treble 1935 - Sam English scored a hat-trick as we beat Exeter City 3-1 in a testimonial match for former reds full-back Jimmy Gray at St. James Park. Scottish-born South African international Gray had only ever played one senior reds game, but turned out 221 times for the Grecians, helping them to finish runners up in the Third Division South in 1933. First and last caps 1985 - Michael Robinson won his first cap as a Queens Park Rangers player, and nineteenth in all, as Norway held the Republic of Ireland to a goalless draw in a World Cup qualifier in Dublin. His former clubmates Jim Beglin, Mark Lawrenson and Ronnie Whelan all also featured. Ex-red Avi Cohen and future reds John Barnes and Mark Wright all also won international caps that day. 1991 - Poland’s European Championships qualifying visit to Lansdowne Road also ended goalless. This was the twentieth meeting between the countries, with John Aldridge winning his final cap as a Real Sociedad player, and 39th in total. Ray Houghton, Steve Staunton and ex-reds reserve Kevin Sheedy also played. John Barnes, Steve Nicol, ex-red Jim Magilton and future reds Stig Inge Bjørnebye, Istvan Kozma, Øyvind Leonhardsen, Gary McAllister, Colin Pascoe, Karl-Heinz Riedle and Dean Saunders all also represented their countries on the same day. Moving on 1992 – Future reds centre-half Glenn Hysén signed for GAIS, having been released by the reds after three goals in 93 outings since signing from Fiorentina for £600,000 in June 1989. He helped us to our most recent title win in 1990, as well as the FA Charity Shield on his debut. Other games on this day 1971 – We beat Southampton 1-0 at Anfield, thanks to an Emlyn Hughes goal as we finished the League season in fourth, ahead of the FA Cup Final. 1957 – Tony Rowley and Billy Liddell netted as we beat Bristol City 2-1 in a Second Division encounter in L4, to finish the season in third place, just missing out on promotion again. 1920 – Harry Chambers nabbed the only goal of our visit to Sunderland as our season ended with a fifth-place finish, just behind the hosts. St. Michael the Dad 2003 - Michael Owen became a father when his future bride Louise Bonsall gave birth to their daughter, Gemma Rose. Other internationals 1975 – John Toshack played for Wales as they won a European Championships qualifier 3-1 in Luxembourg. 1993 – Roy Hodgson took charge of Switzerland as they beat Italy 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Bern. 1994 – Future red Rigobert Song played for Cameroon as they drew a friendly 2-2 in South Korea.
  23. Will

    8th April

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

    18th January

    Happy birthday Quasi 1961 - Peter Beardsley was born in Newcastle. He arrived at Anfield from Newcastle United for a British record £1.9m fee in July 1987, winning two League titles, an FA Cup and two FA Charity Shields, scoring 59 times in 175 games. He was controversially sold by Graeme Souness to Everton for £1m in August 1991. 2002 – Dutch defender Ki-Jana Hoever was born in Amsterdam. He joined from Ajax in the summer of 2018, signing his first professional contract in July 2019. He scored once in four senior appearances before moving to Wolverhampton Wanderers for an initial £9m last September. 1882 – Forward Sam Gilligan was born in Dundee. He signed from Bristol City in May 1910, having featured in the FA Cup Final for them the previous year. He netted sixteen goals in forty games, including the crucial strike at Oldham Athletic in April 1912 that kept us in the top flight, before joining Gillingham as Player/Manager in July 1913. 1993 – Portuguese midfielder João Teixeira was born in Braga. He signed from Sporting Clube de Portugal for £830,000 in January 2012, making his senior bow as a substitute in our win at Fulham in February 2014. He struck once in eight first-team games in total before moving on to Porto for a £250,000 compensation fee in July 2016. 1996 – Academy left-back Joe Maguire was born in Manchester. He made his first senior appearance in our game against a True Thai Premier League All Stars side in July 2015, making his full debut in our FA Cup tie at Exeter City in January 2016. He moved on to Fleetwood Town in January 2017. Humbled at Turf Moor 2005 - Antonio Núñez was sent off as Djimi Traore scored a comical own goal to hand Burnley victory in our rearranged FA Cup Third Round tie. This turned out to be Neil Mellor’s 22nd and final game for the club. Crazy Horse’s century 1969 - Emlyn Hughes reached a century of reds appearances as we won 2-1 at Chelsea. Roger Hunt struck what was erroneously believed at the time to be a club record 234th League goal for the reds, although it was in fact only his 233rd! Alun Evans headed in, with Bobby Tambling scoring the last of his eight goals against the reds. A win at last 2003 - We finally won a League game, after a run of eleven matches without tasting victory, with a superb performance at a rain-sodden Southampton. Emile Heskey’s first-half header was the highlight of a barnstorming performance. Most recently 2014 - We came back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Aston Villa at Anfield. Andreas Weimann scored before future red Christian Benteke grabbed one of his seven goals against us to date, with Daniel Sturridge pulling a goal back in first-half stoppage time. Steven Gerrard levelled from the spot. Through on penalties 1995 - We finally saw off Birmingham City in the replay of our FA Cup Third Round tie. The game ended 1-1 after ninety minutes with Jamie Redknapp grabbing our goal, remaining that way through extra time as Ian Rush had a goal disallowed. We won the penalty shoot-out 2-0 with Stig Inge Bjørnebye netting the decisive spot-kick, and Jamie Redknapp also converting, as City missed all four of their kicks, while Neil Ruddock’s effort was saved. However, we were knocked out by Tottenham Hotspur in the Sixth Round that season. Red debutants 1997 - Bjørn Tore Kvarme made his reds bow in a 3-0 defeat of Aston Villa at Anfield, as Jamie Carragher headed the opener with his first ever senior goal on his first start. Stan Collymore and Robbie Fowler were also on the scoresheet. 1936 – Outside-right Billy Hartill debuted in our goalless top-flight fixture at Grimsby Town, with pat Glover missing a penalty for the home side. The sheriff departs 2005 - Salif Diao joined Birmingham City on loan. He only made two senior appearances in his time at St. Andrews, both defeats. First and last goals 2017 – Lucas Leiva headed his seventh and last reds goal as we won our FA Cup Third Round replay 1-0 at Plymouth Argyle. Winger Harry Wilson made his reds bow, while midfielder Kevin Stewart played his twentieth and last reds game. Divock Origi had a late penalty saved, but we hung on to win, falling to Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield at the next hurdle. 1992 - Michael Thomas scored his first reds goal in a 3-2 win at Oldham Athletic. The former Arsenal midfielder grabbed the winning goal, after strikes from Steve McManaman and Dean Saunders. 1941 – We won a Wartime League game 3-0 at Boundary Park, thanks to goals from Bob Paisley, George Collister and John Search. An east end double 1964 - West Ham United completed the only League double over the reds that season, winning 1-0 at Upton Park thanks to a John Byrne strike. 1930 - We also lost 4-1 there with Jim Smith nabbing our consolation as centre-half David Davidson put through his own net while playing his 62nd and final reds game. Vic Watson struck one of his nine goals against the reds as Jim Barrett and George Robson also netted for the Irons. 1983 – We beat the Hammers 2-1 in a League Cup Fifth Round tie at Anfield, thanks to goals from David Hodgson and Graeme Souness. 1986 – We won a League meeting 3-1 in L4, when Ian Rush and Paul Walsh added to a Jan Mølby penalty. Four against 1913 - Fred Howard scored all four Manchester City goals on his debut as they beat us 4-1 at their old Hyde Road ground, the first of his nine goals past us. Jimmy Stewart nabbed our consolation, with half-back Ralph Holden playing the first of just two senior games. For Arthur 1908 - Centre-half Jimmy Harrop made his reds bow as we beat Bolton Wanderers 1-0 in a First Division match at Anfield. Jack Parkinson struck in a match that was also a benefit game for winger Arthur Goddard. Forward Joe Hewitt reached a century of League appearances for the club in this game. 1947 - We lost 3-0 to Wanderers at Anfield with Nat Lofthouse scoring one of his eight goals against the reds, Willie Moir bagging the first of his five and Malcolm Barrass also on target. New deals 2012 – The club announced a deal with Warrior Sports Inc. to become its Official Kit Supplier, apparently worth £25m per season. 2016 – Keeper Simon Mignolet signed a new contract. He made 204 first-team appearances after signing from Sunderland for £9m in June 2013, moving on to Club Brugge for an initial reported £6.4m in August 2019. Youngsters on the move 2007 - Irish international midfielder Darren Potter was sold to Wolverhampton Wanderers after a successful 24-game loan spell. On the same day, winger Adam Hammill joined Dunfermline Athletic on loan, helping them to the Scottish Cup Final at the end of the season. Meanwhile, ex-reserves right-back Stephen Vaughan signed for Boston United on a free transfer from Chester City. 2008 - Second string forward Craig Lindfield moved to Chester City on loan, where he failed to score in seven outings. Meanwhile, Djimi Traoré joined Stade Rennais from Portsmouth on a temporary basis, playing fifteen League games for them. 2013 – Scottish centre-half Danny Wilson joined Heart Of Midlothian on loan, playing fifteen times before signing on permanently in the summer. In and out 1895 - Left-back Tom Wilkie signed from Heart Of Midlothian. He struck once in 64 games for the reds before joining Portsmouth in 1899. 1996 – Mark Walters joined Southampton on a free transfer. The most famous of his 124 games in a red shirt came when he inspired a UEFA Cup comeback against Auxerre in 1991. He also scored the crucial second goal in our defeat of Manchester United that handed the title to Leeds United earlier the following year, one of his nineteen reds strikes after signing from Rangers for £1.25m in August 1991. First and last caps 1913 - Ex-red George Latham won his tenth and final cap for Wales, his only one as a Cardiff City player. His former Anfield team-mate Ernest Peake also played for the Welsh as they beat Ireland 1-0 in the British International Championships in Belfast. Reds half-back Billy Lacey was winning his first cap as a reds player for the Irish and eleventh to date. 1995 – Future reds midfielder Jean-Michel Ferri won the last of his five senior caps for France as they beat the Netherlands 1-0 in a friendly in Utrecht. Also on the move 1991 – Defender Alex Watson joined Bournemouth for £150,000 after just nine first-team appearances, including being on the winning side in the FA Charity Shield in 1988. He is the brother of fellow former reserve Dave Watson, who found greater fame across Stanley Park. 2001 - Former reserves midfielder Danny Williams joined Conference side Doncaster Rovers from Wrexham on loan. He played six times in his one month at Belle Vue. 2008 – Ex-reds midfielder Bernard Diomède announced his retirement from playing having been without a club for eighteen months. He only made five first-team appearances after signing from Auxerre for £3m in June 2000. 2016 – The loaning of Brazilian midfielder Allan Rodrigues de Souza to Koninklijke Sint-Truidense Voetbalvereniging was announced. He played nine times for the Dutch side. 2017 – Centre-half Tiago Ilori was sold to Reading for a reported £3.75m after just three senior reds games since signing from Sporting Clube de Portugal for £7m in September 2013. For Africa 1996 – Future red Rigobert Song played for Cameroon in their 2-1 defeat of Egypt in an Africa Cup of Nations group game in Johannesburg. 2010 – Ex-red Momo Sissoko featured for Mali in their 3-1 defeat of Malawi in Angola. 2017 – Ex-red Toni Silva played for Guinea-Bissau as they lost 2-1 to Cameroon in Gabon. Other reds games 1975 – We beat Coventry City 2-1 at Anfield with Steve Heighway giving us a half-time lead. Kevin Keegan struck late on, but there was still enough time for Brian Alderson to bag a consolation. 1967 – We lost 2-1 at Leicester City with Mike Stringfellow opening the scoring with one of his five goals past us, before we levelled through a Peter Rodrigues own goal. Graham Cross struck the winner. 1958 – Middlesbrough won 2-0 in L4 with Brian Clough scoring one of his ten goals against the reds, and Ron Burbeck also on target. Also in international action 1950 – Emlyn Hughes played for England B in their 5-0 thumping of Switzerland at Hillsborough. 2000 – Future red Alberto Aquilani featured as Italy Under-15’s beat Hungary 2-1. 2004 – Salif Diao and El-Hadji Diouf both played in Senegal’s 2-1 friendly defeat of South Africa in Dakar. 2010 – Ex-red Jari Litmanen captained Finland as they lost 2-0 to South Korea in Spain. 2011 – Ex-red Harry Kewell played for Australia in their 1-0 win over Bahrain in an AFC Asian Cup Finals group game in Qatar. 2016 – Future red Ozan Kabak scored as Turkey Under-16’s beat Ukraine 2-0 in a friendly.
  25. In comes Stig 1992 - Stig Inge Bjørnebye signed from Rosenborg BK for £600,000. He bagged four goals in 184 reds games before moving on to Blackburn Rovers for £300,000 in June 2000 having helped us to claim the Coca-Cola Cup in 1995. 1897 – Scottish forward Abe Hartley signed from Everton for £175 in December 1897, but only notched once in twelve outings before joining Southern League side Southampton the following May. Michael’s debut 1991 - Michael Thomas made his reds bow as a second-half substitute in a 2-1 win at his boyhood favourites Tottenham Hotspur, with Dean Saunders and Ray Houghton netting our goals after ex-red Paul Walsh had hammered the home side in front. 1993 - We visited White Hart Lane again, with Robbie Fowler grabbing two goals, including a penalty, to add to a Jamie Redknapp strike as we drew 3-3. 1971 - We also faced Spurs, being held to a goalless draw at Anfield. We aren’t the champions of the world 2005 - The reds narrowly failed to be crowned world champions, having three goals disallowed, at least one of them wrongly, and hitting the bar twice as we lost 1-0 to São Paulo in the Final of the FIFA Club World Championship TOYOTA Cup Japan 2005 in Yokohama, Japan. Brazilian midfielder Mineiro grabbed the goal to end a club record run of eleven consecutive clean sheets. Danny, the new Ian Rush 2002 - We won 4-3 at Aston Villa in our Worthington Cup Fifth Round tie, once it finally got going after a much-delayed start caused by Villa’s inefficient ticketing arrangements. Our goals came from Steven Gerrard, Milan Baroš and a Danny Murphy brace. Markus Babbel played his 73rd and final reds game but was replaced before the break. Murphy’s first goal was his thirtieth for the reds, all of which came in undefeated games. This proud record came to an end when he headed his fortieth reds goal in our Carling Cup defeat by Bolton Wanderers in December 2003. Darius Vassell converted a spot-kick for the home side, with Thomas Hitzlsperger also on target before a Dion Dublin strike deflected in off Stéphane Henchoz. Naby again 2019 - Naby Keïta scored in his third consecutive game as we beat Mexican side Monterrey 2-1 in our FIFA Club World Cup Semi-final in Qatar, with James Milner playing his 200th reds game. Rogelio Funes Mori netted a quick-fire equaliser, but substitute Roberto Firmino bagged a stoppage-time winner. An injury crisis meant that skipper Jordan Henderson had to play the game at centre-back. Keeping birthdays 1984 - Ex-Academy keeper Paul Harrison was born in Liverpool. He never made a first-team appearance before being released in July 2005, although he made it as far as the bench on thirteen occasions. He is now captaining Welsh Premier League side The New Saints. He is perhaps sadly best remembered as the son of one of the Hillsborough victims. 1999 – Keeper Daniel Atherton was born in Haydock. He has been with the reds since the age of twelve, signing his first professional contract a year ago. Another debutant 1909 - Half-back John McConnell made his reds debut as we lost 3-1 at Aston Villa, with Jack Parkinson netting our consolation from the spot. Joe Bache struck two of his nine goals against the reds, with Harry Hampton bagging one of his fifteen past us. More joy against Villa We have faced Aston Villa in the top flight on this day in history on a further four occasions, winning three and drawing the other match. 1920 - Dick Johnson struck twice as we won 4-1 at Anfield, with Harry Lewis and Donald Mackinlay, from the spot, also netting. Billy Walker struck the first of his five goals against the reds. 1948 - Cyril Done scored as we were held to a 1-1 draw in L4 as full-back Ray Lambert reached a century of reds games. 1982 - David Hodgson, Kenny Dalglish, Alan Kennedy and Ian Rush were all on the scoresheet as we won 4-2 at Villa Park, with Gary Shaw and Peter Withe scoring for the home side. 2011 – We won a Premiership encounter 2-0 at Villa Park thanks to early goals from Craig Bellamy and Martin Škrtel. Luis Suárez hit the woodwork to make it sixteen times in total we had suffered that fate this season. Subbed on and off 1999 - Vladimír Šmicer came on as a substitute, and was later himself substituted, as we beat Coventry City 2-0 on a ‘Shankly Day’ at Anfield. Michael Owen and Titi Camara were on target. On the same day, Steven Gerrard was banned from driving for a year after failing a breath test. East End despair We have twice met West Ham United in the First Division on this day in history, without managing to score a goal. 1926 - We were held to a goalless draw at Anfield, with defender Bill Cockburn playing his 67th and final reds game. 1976 – We went down 2-0 at Upton Park, thanks to goals from Trevor Brooking and Billy Jennings. Brucie comes to England 1979 - Bruce Grobbelaar joined Crewe Alexandra on loan from Vancouver Whitecaps. He made 24 appearances for the Alex, even getting himself on the scoresheet once! Double treble 1943 - Robert Beattie and Cyril Done both scored hat-tricks as we thumped Tranmere Rovers 9-1 in a Wartime League fixture at Prenton Park. Joffre Gulliver, Jack Balmer and Don Welsh were also on the scoresheet. Neals in and out 1985 - Phil Neal was named Player/Manager of Bolton Wanderers. He stayed in charge until he was sacked in May 1992, leading them to the Freight Rover Trophy Final in his first season, before the Trotters were relegated to the basement division the next year, although they immediately bounced back into the Third Division. He could not lead them any higher, despite twice making the play-offs. He also helped them to claim the Sherpa Van Trophy in 1989. 1998 - Phil Neal’s son Ashley was released by Peterborough United. He had spent the early 1990’s as a defender in the stiffs at Anfield. KHR on target 1991 - Future red Karl-Heinz Riedle netted as Germany beat Luxembourg 4-0 in a Euro ’92 qualifier in Leverkusen. Managerial moves 2011 - Markus Babbel was sacked as Manager of Hertha BSC Berlin. He had taken over in July 2010, leading them back into the Bundesliga in his first season as they won thirty of his 55 games in charge. 2015 – Recent short-lived Assistant Manager Sean O'Driscoll was appointed Head Coach of Walsall, but was sacked just three months later. On the move 2014 – Hungarian forward Krisztián Németh joined Sporting Kansas City from Roda JC Kerkrade, bagging ten goals in 24 outings to date. On the same day, Mario Balotelli was banned for one match and fined £25,000 after being found guilty by the FA of a racist/anti-Semitic post on Instagram. Also in international action 1993 – Future red Christian Ziege played as Germany beat the USA 3-0 in California, with fellow future red Brad Friedel also featuring. 1994 – Future red Gary McAllister captained Scotland as they won a European Championships qualifier 1-0 in Greece.
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