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  1. Redders off the mark 1991 - Jamie Redknapp scored his first reds goal as we held Southampton to a 1-1 League draw at The Dell. Alan Shearer had put the home side ahead with the first of his eight goals against the reds. In comes Igor 2000 - Igor Bišcan signed from Dinamo Zagreb for £5.5m. The big Croat helped us to the Worthington Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FA Charity Shield in 2001, and the Worthington Cup again two years later, as well as playing a key role in our Champions League triumph in 2005. He left for Panathinaikos in July 2005 after three goals in 118 reds games. 1897 – Right-back General Stevenson signed from Padiham, playing 22 times without scoring before joining Barnsley in June 1900. 1936 – South African keeper Dirk Kemp signed from Transvaal, although he only played thirty senior and ten Wartime games for the reds. 1905 – Scottish left-back David Murray was sold to Leeds City for £130. He had arrived from Everton on a free transfer in August 1904, helping us to clinch the Second Division title, playing fifteen senior games. Buchan-eering 1912 - Charlie Buchan scored five goals for Sunderland as they thrashed us 7-0 in a top-flight fixture at Roker Park, his first strikes past us. Three of his goals came in the final ten minutes when left-back Donald McKinlay had gone off injured and dusk had fallen. This remains the most ever scored by one player in a match against the reds. He in fact scored a total of eighteen times against the reds in his Sunderland career, as well as another three when with Arsenal, and bagged a treble in the reverse fixture later that season. Jackie Mordue netted one of his six goals past us, with Harry Martin also netting. The perfect group 2021 – We became the first English side to win all six UEFA Champions League group games in a season by winning 2-1 at AC Milan, despite falling behind to a Fikayo Tomori goal. Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi struck either side of half time as Sadio Mané played his fiftieth game in the competition for the reds, with forward Max Woltman debuting as a late substitute. We progressed all the way to the Final in Paris that campaign. Centre-backs at each end 2013 – We beat West Ham United 4-1 at Anfield, going ahead through a Guy Demel own goal just before the break. Mamadou Sakho bagged his first reds goal before Martin Škrtel put through his own net. However, Luis Suárez struck twice to secure the victory. Glen Johnson took over the captain’s armband when Steven Gerrard was substituted early in the second half, while Kevin Nolan was sent off for the visitors late on. Humbled by the Dutch 1966 - We suffered our record European defeat, losing 5-1 to a Johann Cruyff-inspired Ajax in a European Cup Second Round first leg tie at the fog-bound Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam, with Chris Lawler grabbing our last-minute consolation. In fact, the pitch was so foggy that Shanks was even able to wander on to give instructions to half-back Willie Stevenson without the officials noticing him! He famously decreed that the reds would turn things around in the second leg, but it was not to be, as we only drew 2-2. Cruyff was amongst the scorers, with Klaas Nuninga bagging a brace and Cornelis De Wolf and Hendrik Groot also on the scoresheet. Also recently 2019 – We won 3-0 at Bournemouth to move eleven points clear at the top of the table. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keïta struck before the break, with Mohamed Salah on target in the second half. Centurions 1963 - Ian Callaghan was on target in his hundredth reds game as we drew 1-1 at Arsenal. Joe Baker equalised with the first of his four goals against the reds. 1974 – Ray Clemence played his 200th League game for us as we were held to a 2-2 draw by Derby County at Anfield. Ray Kennedy and Steve Heighway bagged our goals inside the first quarter of the match. Substitute Roger Davies netted one of his five goals past us, with Jeff Bourne also scoring. Wolves win again 1946 - Wolverhampton Wanderers won for the third consecutive League season at Anfield, interrupted by the war, going home with a 5-1 victory in this clash of the top two in the League. Wallasey-born Dennis Westcott scored four first-half goals for Wolves and had another strike wrongly ruled out for offside, with Jack Balmer nabbing our consolation from the spot. Remarkably, Westcott also grabbed four goals in his next game, against Bolton Wanderers. These were the last of his nine strikes past us. Nicol the winner 1996 - Steve Nicol was on the winning side for Sheffield Wednesday at Anfield, when Guy Whittingham struck the only goal of the game. Nicol got a nasty elbow in the face from Neil Ruddock during this game. Happy birthdays 1949 – Former reserve team boss John McMahon, Steve’s brother, was born in Manchester. He played more than 250 League games for Preston North End, also playing for Wigan Athletic and Tranmere Rovers before moving into coaching with Rovers and then Shrewsbury Town. He was in charge of the reserves between June 2009 and March 2011. 1972 - Sean Dundee was born in Durban. He arrived at Anfield for £1.8m in June 1998, but only made five appearances off the bench before leaving for VfB Stuttgart for £1m a year later. Off the mark quickly 1935 - Bob Glassey scored five minutes into his reds bow as we beat Preston North End 2-1 at Anfield. Jack Balmer nabbed our other goal, also his first reds strike. Bud Maxwell netted one of his seven goals against us. A lowly record 1895 - We recorded our lowest ever League attendance at Anfield, with just 1,000 turning up to see Frank Becton net the only goal of our Second Division encounter with Loughborough Town. Scottish reds 1965 - Ron Yeats won his second and final cap for Scotland as they beat Italy 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Naples. 1938 - Preston North End’s Bill Shankly won his fourth cap as the Scots beat Hungary 3-1 in a friendly at Ibrox. Full-back Andy Beattie, who guested for the reds during the war and later joined our backroom staff, won his seventh and final official cap for the Scots in the same game. Against the Irons We have twice entertained West Ham United at Anfield on this day. 1957 - Billy Liddell netted in our 1-1 Second Division draw. 1968 - We won 2-0 in the top flight, thanks to goals from Emlyn Hughes and Peter Thompson. Thumping the Villa 1985 - Jan Mølby, Paul Walsh and Craig Johnston all netted as we beat Aston Villa 3-0 at Anfield. 1907 - We beat them even more comprehensively in another First Division meeting, with Robert Robinson and Jack Parkinson both netting twice and Arthur Goddard also on the scoresheet in a 5-0 victory. Forward Joe Hewitt reached a century of reds games that day. Derby despair 1992 - We lost 2-1 at Goodison Park in front of the Sky cameras, with Mark Wright opening the scoring. Mo Johnston equalised almost immediately, before ex-red Peter Beardsley struck the winner after being played in by fellow ex-red Gary Ablett to become only the second player to score for both sides in this fixture. Also in Europe 2000 - Emile Heskey and Nick Barmby struck as we beat Olympiacos 2-0 at Anfield to reach the Fourth Round of the UEFA Cup, 4-2 on aggregate. Irish English 1932 – Future reds forward Sam English netted his only goal for Northern Ireland while winning his second and final cap as they lost 4-1 to Wales in the British International Championships in Wrexham, with reds keeper Elisha Scott also on the losing side. Future red Ernie Blenkinsop played for England as they beat Austria 4-3 in a friendly at Stamford Bridge on the same day. 2011 – Future red Mohamed Salah scored for Egypt Under-23’s in their 3-2 defeat by Morocco in the Africa Cup of Nations Semi-final in Marrakesh. Another big win 1918 - We thumped Oldham Athletic 5-1 at Anfield in a Wartime League fixture at Anfield, thanks to two apiece from Donald McKinlay and Thomas Green, and a goal from Harold Wadsworth. Other reds games 2002 – We lost 2-0 to Charlton Athletic at The Valley thanks to goals from Jason Euell and future red Paul Konchesky. 1929 – Gordon Hodgson opened the scoring but Burnley beat us 3-1 at Anfield. George Beel netted the last two of his eight goals against the reds, with Louis Page bagging one of his seven past us. 1901 – Sam Raybould struck as we were beaten 2-1 at Sheffield United. Alf Common scored the first of his five goals against us, with Walter Bennett scoring one of his four. Young reds in opposition 2000 - John Welsh and Mark Peers played for England Under-16’s as they lost 2-0 to France at The Valley, with future red Anthony Le Tallec bagging one of the goals. Management moves 1987 – It was announced that Peter Robinson had extended his contract as Club Secretary until 1995. 2005 - Steve McMahon quit as Perth Glory boss, following a combination of media speculation, poor transfer signings, the team’s indifferent form and an apparent disagreement with the board. 2008 – John Barnes managed Jamaica as they were held to a 1-1 draw in the Digicel Caribbean Championships in Trelawny by Trinidad & Tobago. 2015 - Nigel Clough was appointed Manager of Burton Albion for a second time, having been in charge originally between October 1998 and January 2009. Missing out 2017 – Ex-red Luis Suárez was voted into thirteenth place in the Ballon d’Or, with Sadio Mané coming 23rd and Philippe Coutinho 29th as Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo won for the fifth time.
  2. Will

    14th November

    Ged takes charge 1998 - Gérard Houllier took sole charge of a reds game for the first time as we lost 3-1 at home to Leeds United. Robbie Fowler’s penalty was cancelled out by three late Leeds goals in front of the Kop, including one from Alan Smith on his debut, with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink bagging the first two of his seven strikes past us. Debutants galore 1970 - John Toshack made his reds bow as we were held to a goalless draw at Anfield by Coventry City, with ex-red Geoff Strong being given a rapturous reception as he led his new side out. 1925 – Right-back Jimmy ‘Parson’ Jackson debuted in our 2-0 home defeat of West Bromwich Albion, with Cyril Oxley bagging a brace, his first reds goals. 1914 – Half-back Charles Hafekost played his only senior reds game as Middlesbrough held us to a 1-1 top-flight draw at Anfield, with Fred Pagnam on target and George Elliott netting one of his eight strikes against the reds. 1953 - Right-back Don Campbell made his debut as we lost 3-2 at Sunderland, with Sammy Smyth scoring both our goals. Billy Elliott bagged a brace for the home side, with George Aitken also on target. 1931 - We also played a First Division match at Roker Park, with Dave Wright netting twice in our 3-1 win and Gordon Hodgson also on the scoresheet. Bobby Gurney bagged one of his sixteen strikes in just fifteen games against the reds. Happy birthdays 1956 - Israeli defender Avi Cohen was born in Cairo in Egypt. He only made 24 appearances during his Anfield career after signing for £200,000 from Maccabi Tel-Aviv in July 1979, with his most memorable game coming in May 1980 as we clinched our twelfth League title. He put through his own net before scoring his only reds goal at the same end in the second half, as we beat Aston Villa 4-1. 1937 - Left-back Phil Ferns was born in Liverpool. The local lad struck once in 28 reds games after signing on at Anfield in September 1957. He made enough appearances in 1963/64 to claim a League title medal but moved on to Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic in August 1965. 1971 – Academy Manager Alex Inglethorpe was born in Epsom in Surrey. He left Tottenham Hotspur in November 2012 to move to Melwood as Reserve Team Head Coach. 2002 – French centre-back Billy Koumetio was born in Lyon. He signed as a professional in August 2020, making his senior bow in a UEFA Champions League game at Midtjylland four months later. On the same day, reds youngster Ryan Wilkie played for Scotland Under-18’s in their 2-0 friendly defeat in Germany. Good fortune against PNE 1896 - We drew 1-1 at Deepdale with Bill Michael nabbing our goal. 1908 - Robert Robinson and Joe Hewitt struck as we beat Preston North End 2-1 in another top-flight meeting at Anfield. Herbert Danson nabbed one of his four goals against the reds. Un-fair defeat 1967 - We suffered our first ever defeat in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, going down 2-1 at TSV 1860 München, although we progressed to the Third Round 9-2 on aggregate. Half-back Willie Stevenson became our first ever European substitute, coming on for Tony Hateley in this game. Ian Callaghan grabbed our goal that evening to put us nine ahead on aggregate, with Tommy Smith rattling the bar late on. Wilfried Kohlars netted twice for the home side. Tommy’s century 1964 – Keeper Tommy Lawrence played his hundredth reds game as we beat Nottingham Forest 2-0 at Anfield, thanks to goals from Peter Thompson and Roger Hunt. World Cup goals 1984 - Future red John Barnes netted a brace in England’s 8-0 demolition of Turkey in Istanbul. Fellow future red Mark Wright won his fourth full cap in the same game. On the same day, ex-red Graeme Souness captained Scotland as they beat Spain 3-1 at Hampden Park, with Kenny Dalglish on target with his thirtieth and final international goal, equalling Denis Law’s record. Steve Nicol won his third cap in the same match. Jim Beglin, Mark Lawrenson, Jan Mølby, Ian Rush, future red Glenn Hysén and ex-red Kevin Sheedy also played in qualifiers that same day. 1987 - Hysén captained Sweden in their 2-1 European Championships qualifying defeat in Italy. Mixed fortunes in World Cup play-offs 2001 - Future red Milan Baroš was sent off late on as the Czech Republic lost 1-0 to Belgium in Prague, as they fell at the final hurdle in qualifying for the World Cup in the far east. Vladimír Šmicer also played, while there was better news as Baroš had now played enough international games to make his work permit application to join the reds likely to succeed. Dietmar Hamann and ex-red Christian Ziege were more fortunate, as Germany beat the Ukraine 4-1 in Dortmund to reach the Finals. Meanwhile, ex-red Rigobert Song and future red Fernando Morientes both featured in friendlies. 1999 – Hamann and future red Ziege also played for Germany in their 1-0 friendly win in Norway, with Vegard Heggem, future red Markus Babbel and ex-red Øyvind Leonhardsen all also featuring. Red farewells 1959 – We lost a Second Division encounter 4-2 at Lincoln City with Dave Hickson and Roger Hunt on the scoresheet. Andy Graver bagged the last two of his five goals against the reds, with Bert Linnecor grabbing one of his five and John McClelland also scoring. This was Phil Taylor’s last game as Manager before resigning, with keeper Doug Rudham appearing for the 66th and final time. Jack’s treble 1942 - Jack Balmer bagged a hat-trick as we beat Chester 5-1 at their Moss Road Ground in a Wartime League fixture. Len Carney and Willie Fagan were also on target. Unlucky thirteen 1990 - Gary Gillespie won his thirteenth and final international cap in Scotland’s 1-1 European Championships qualifying draw in Bulgaria. Future red Gary McAllister won his sixth cap in the same game. On the same day, Ian Rush struck the only goal of Wales’ Euro ’92 qualifier in Luxembourg, playing up front alongside future red Dean Saunders. Future red Øyvind Leonhardsen also featured in another qualifier. First and last caps 1990 - Steve McMahon and Jan Mølby both also made their final international appearances. McMahon won his seventeenth cap in England’s 1-1 Euro ’92 qualifying draw in the Republic of Ireland, with Ray Houghton, Steve Staunton, Ronnie Whelan, ex-red John Aldridge and future red Mark Wright all also playing. On the same day, Mølby won his 33rd cap as Denmark lost 2-0 in another qualifier against Yugoslavia in Copenhagen. 2012 – Mario Balotelli won his last cap as a Manchester City player as Italy lost 2-1 to France in a friendly in Parma, with future red Mamadou Sakho on the winning side. Future red Christian Benteke scored as Belgium lost a friendly 2-1 in Romania, with Sunderland’s Simon Mignolet also featuring. Nuri Şahin won his last cap as a reds player in Turkey’s 1-1 draw with Denmark in Istanbul. 2013 – Keeper Simon Mignolet won his first cap as a reds player in Belgium’s 2-0 friendly defeat by Colombia in Brussels. On the same day, Jordon Ibe, Raheem Sterling and ex-red Tom Ince represented England at junior levels, with future reds Christian Benteke and Mohamed Salah also in action. 1951 – Future red Sammy Smyth won his ninth and last cap for Ireland, and only one as a Stoke City player, as they lost 2-0 to England in the British International Championships at Villa Park. Billy Liddell played for the Scots in the same competition that day, as they lost 1-0 to Wales at Hampden Park. 2017 – Philippe Coutinho won his last cap as a reds player as England and Brazil shared a goalless draw at Wembley, with Dominic Solanke making his senior bow from the bench. Roberto Firmino, Joe Gomez and future red Alisson Becker all also featured. On the same day, Alberto Moreno won his only cap as a reds player as Spain drew 3-3 with Russia in Saint Petersburg, with ex-red Suso making his senior international debut, while keeper Kamil Grabara made his bow for Poland Under-21’s and future reds custodian Jakub Ojrzyński debuted for Poland Under-15’s. Virgil van Dijk played for the Netherlands for the last time before leaving Southampton, with Ryan Babel scoring his first goal as a Beşiktaş J.K. player. Meanwhile, Emre Can and Danny Ward both also played for their countries for the last time while at Anfield, with Marko Grujić, Simon Mignolet, Divock Origi, Corey Whelan, Harry Wilson, Ben Woodburn, future red Thiago and ex-red Carl Medjani and Krisztián Németh also in action. Ged against Jari 1992 - Gérard Houllier’s France beat Finland 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier at the Parc des Princes. Future red Jari Litmanen was on the losing side that day. Jari’s clubmate Sami Hyypiä played for Finland Under-21’s as they faced their French counterparts in Rouen on the same day. Youngsters on target 1995 - Robbie Fowler scored for England Under-21’s as they beat Austria 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Middlesbrough, with future red Alex Manninger on the losing side. 2001 - Djibril Cissé bagged a brace as France Under-21’s beat Romania 4-0 in the second leg of their European Championships qualifying play-off against Romania in Brest to progress to the Finals 5-0 on aggregate. 2011 – Martin Kelly scored for England Under-21’s as they lost 2-1 to Belgium in a European Championships qualifier in Mons, with Jordan Henderson skippering the side and Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also in action as Nathaniel Clyne won his second and last cap at this level as a Crystal Palace player. Future red Virgil van Dijk debuted for the Dutch at this level, with future red Thiago converting a penalty for Spain and Lucas Leiva and Danny Wilson both also featuring for their countries that day. On the same day, Lucas was named the Premier League Player of the Year at the MBNA Northwest Football Awards at Lancashire Cricket Club in Manchester. 2017 – Bobby Duncan bagged a brace as England Under-17’s beat Germany 2-1 in a friendly in Rotherham, with Curtis Jones also featuring. Future red Diogo Jota captained his country and netted as Portugal Under-21’s beat Switzerland 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Paços de Ferreira. 2018 – Future red Sepp van den Berg scored his first goal for the Dutch Under-19’s as they won a friendly 4-0 in Armenia. Future red Harvey Elliott, Rafael Camacho and Xherdan Shaqiri also played for their countries that day. Management joy 2008 - Rafael Benítez was named Barclays Manager of the Month for October, having led us to four League wins out of four that month, as well as a victory and a draw in the Champions League. On the same day, Mark Wright was appointed Manager of Chester City for the third time. He could not save the club from relegation from the Football League and resigned the following June. Starting out 2019 – Future red Diogo Jota made his senior international bow as Portugal thumped Lithuania 6-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Faro. 2012 – Raheem Sterling made his senior England bow in Roy Hodgson’s side’s 4-2 friendly defeat in Sweden, to celebrate the opening of the Friends Arena in Solna. Steven Gerrard won his hundredth cap while skippering a team that also included Glen Johnson, while Daniel Sturridge won his last cap as a Chelsea player, with ex-red Alexander Kačaniklić on the winning side. Luis Suárez netted as Uruguay beat Poland 3-1 in Gdansk. Future red Loris Karius won his only cap for Germany Under-20’s in their 2-1 defeat in Poland. Also in international action were future reds Joël Matip, Mohamed Salah and Kolo Touré, and ex-reds Dirk Kuyt, Javier Mascherano, Carl Medjani, Krisztián Németh and Daniel Sjölund. 2000 - Future red Andrea Dossena won his first Under-20’s cap as Italy beat Romania 3-1. Other international reds on the scoresheet 2019 - Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain bagged his first goal for England as a reds player in their 7-0 trouncing of Montenegro at Wembley. Takumi Minamino scored in his fifth consecutive game for Japan, winning his last cap as a Red Bull Salzburg player as they won a World Cup qualifier 2-0 in Kyrgyzstan. Meanwhile, Naby Keïta captained Guinea and scored his first goal as a red in their 2-2 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying draw in Mali. Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez and ex-red Brad Smith also played for their countries that day. 2012 - Lazar Marković scored his first goal for Serbia, and only one as a Partizan player, as they beat Chile 3-1 in a friendly in Switzerland. Meanwhile, future red Xherdan Shaqiri scored in Switzerland’s 2-1 friendly win in Tunisia while Sadio Mané scored his first goal as a Red Bull Salzburg player as Senegal drew a friendly 1-1 in Niger. 2014 – Marković also played as Serbia were beaten 3-1 by Denmark in a European Championships qualifier in Belgrade. Kolo Touré bagged his last goal for his country and only one as a reds player as the Ivory Coast thumped Sierra Leone 5-1 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Abidjan. Harry Wilson and future reds Diogo Jota and Andy Robertson were also in international action that day. 2006 - Craig Bellamy notched for John Toshack’s Wales as they thumped Liechtenstein 4-0 in a friendly in Wrexham. Meanwhile, Adam Hammill was on target for England Under-19’s as they beat Switzerland 3-2 in a friendly at Gresty Road, with Paul Anderson and Craig Lindfield both also featuring. Ex-red John Welsh won his eighth and final Under-21’s cap as they beat the Netherlands 1-0 under the caretaker charge of Sammy Lee in Alkmaar. Scott Carson, Darren Potter and future red James Milner also represented their countries. 2009 – Xabi Alonso bagged a brace that included a penalty, his first goals as a Real Madrid player, as Spain beat Argentina 2-1 in a friendly at the Estadio Vicente Calderón. Javier Mascherano, Pepe Reina and future red Maxi Rodríguez also featured, while keeper Iker Casillas won his hundredth cap for Spain. Ex-red Nicolas Anelka netted the only goal of France’s World Cup play-off against the Republic of Ireland in Dublin, with ex-reds Alou Diarra and Robbie Keane also in action. Ryan Babel, Philipp Degen, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Dirk Kuyt, Martin Škrtel, future reds Joe Allen, Andy Carroll, Milan Jovanović, Ragnar Klavan, Dejan Lovren, Raul Meireles, James Milner, Christian Poulsen and Luis Suárez and ex-reds Peter Crouch, John Arne Riise and Rigobert Song also represented their countries that day, with John Toshack taking charge of Wales. Reds skippers 2015 - Ex-reds Daniel Agger and Carl Medjani both captained their countries, with Denmark losing 2-1 in Sweden in the first leg of their Euro 2016 Play-off, while Algeria drew 2-2 in a World Cup qualifier in Tanzania. Spiring sold 1974 – Winger Peter Spiring left Anfield to sign for Luton Town. He had 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 later established himself at Hereford United. Other reds games 1962 – Roger Hunt netted before Ronnie Moran converted a penalty as we beat Arsenal 2-1 at Anfield, with future red Geoff Strong on target for the visitors. 1936 – We drew 2-2 with Sheffield Wednesday in L4 as Fred Howe struck twice. 1903 – Fred Priest opened the scoring as we lost 2-1 at Sheffield United before George Fleming had a penalty saved by the Blades’ Billy Foulke. Arthur Brown extended the home side’s lead before Arthur Goddard scored from the spot. Red dads 2006 – Ex-reds keeper Chris Kirkland became a father, to Lucy. 1994 – Future red Nick Barmby became a dad for the first time, to Jack, who has gone on to a playing career in the lower leagues. More international reds 1973 – Emlyn Hughes and future red Kenny Dalglish both featured in friendlies. 1989 – Ex-red Mike Newell and future red Michael Thomas both played for England B as they drew 1-1 with Italy Under-21’s in Brighton, while future red Øyvind Leonhardsen featured for Norway Under-21’s in their 2-0 defeat in a European Championships qualifier in Scotland. 1993 – Future reds keeper Brad Friedel played in the USA’s 8-1 thumping of the Cayman Islands in a friendly in California. 2003 – Future reds Andy Lonergan, James Milner and Gary O’Neil all played for England Under-20’s as they beat Wales 2-0 in Stoke, with Roy Hodgson taking charge of the United Arab Emirates in their 3-1 AFC Asian Cup qualifying defeat of Syria in Al-Ain. 2020 – Diogo Jota and Xherdan Shaqiri both played in UEFA Nations League group games as Portugal lost 1-0 to France in Lisbon and Switzerland drew 1-1 with Spain in Basel. 2021 – Diogo Jota, Kostas Tsimikas and ex-red Dejan Lovren all played in World Cup qualifiers.
  3. Will

    1st September

    Dan the man 1989 – Forward Daniel Sturridge was born in Birmingham. He signed from Chelsea for £12m in January 2013, netting an impressive 67 times in 160 reds games before being released in June 2019. 2013 – He scored the only goal of David Moyes’ Manchester United’s League visit to Anfield in just the fourth minute. 1993 – Ex-reds left-back Jack Robinson was born in Warrington. He became the club’s then youngest ever player when he debuted at Hull City in May 2010 aged just sixteen years and 250 days. He was sold to Queens Park Rangers in August 2014, scoring twice in 39 outings before moving on to Nottingham Forest in June 2018. The very beginning 1892 - We played our first ever game, beating reigning Midland League champions Rotherham Town 7-1 in a friendly that kicked off at Anfield at 5.30pm on a Thursday evening. 1894 - We played our first ever First Division game, drawing 1-1 at Blackburn Rovers, with Harry Bradshaw putting the reds in front before Coombe Hall equalised for the home side. Unfortunately, we were relegated at the end of the season. Outside-left John Drummond played the first of eighteen senior reds games, with keeper Bill McCann making the first of his seventeen outings. Rams hit for six 2007 - Ryan Babel scored his first reds goal as we thumped Derby County 6-0 at Anfield to go into the international break on top of the table for the first time in five seasons. Xabi Alonso and Fernando Torres each bagged a brace, with Andriy Voronin also on target. Birth of the Kop 1906 - Joe Hewitt bagged the only goal of our game against Stoke at Anfield as the Kop stand was used for the first time, in scorching temperatures, although it was not yet known by that name. After the previous season’s title success, the board had decided to demolish what was known as the Oakfield Road Embankment, or Walton Breck Road End, and replace it with a huge bank of rubble and cinders. Germany 1 Liverpool 5 2001 - All of England's goals in their sensational 5-1 win over Germany in Munich were scored by reds. Michael Owen grabbed a hat-trick, with Steven Gerrard nabbing his first international goal and Emile Heskey also on target. Dietmar Hamann was on the losing side, while Nick Barmby, Jamie Carragher and ex-red Steve McManaman all also appeared. Meanwhile, future reds forward Fernando Morientes bagged a brace as Spain beat Austria 4-0 in their qualifying encounter in Valencia. 2007 – Future red Mamadou Sakho scored in the penalty shoot-out as France Under-17’s lost 5-4 to Spain in their World Championship Finals Quarter-final after the game itself ended 1-1 in South Korea. Keeping debuts 1904 - Ned Doig became our oldest ever debutant, aged 37 years and 307 days, when he played in our 2-0 opening day home defeat of Burton United in the Second Division, thanks to a Robbie Robinson brace. Half-back Jimmy Hughes and left-back David Murray both also played their first reds games. 1912 - Elisha Scott signed for the reds. He played 468 times in eighteen seasons at Anfield, winning two League titles before joining Belfast Celtic as Player/Manager in June 1934. Crossing the park 1962 - Winger Johnny Morrissey was sold to Everton for £10,000. He had signed on as a professional in April 1957, netting six times in 37 reds games. He scored fifty goals in 314 appearances for the Blues, helping them to two League titles. Facing the Foxes 2018 – New keeper Alisson Becker was robbed while trying to play out from the back leading to Rachid Ghezzal’s consolation as we won 2-1 at Leicester City. Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino had both struck before the break to give us a two-goal lead. James Milner reached a century of League games for the reds. 1973 – We drew a top-flight encounter 1-1 at Filbert Street. John Toshack headed us into the lead after the break, but Alan Birchenall equalised with the last of his four goals against us. Red arrivals 1994 - Phil Babb signed from Coventry City for a club record £3.6m, also a British record fee for a defender. He struck once in 170 reds appearances in his six years at Anfield, before being released on a free transfer to Sporting Clube de Portugal. 2008 - Right-back Steve Finnan moved in the opposite direction, after one goal in 217 appearances since signing from Fulham for £3.5m in July 2003. On the same day, second string keeper Péter Gulácsi signed permanently from MTK Hungária, having spent the previous season on loan at Anfield. Meanwhile, Andriy Voronin joined Hertha BSC Berlin on loan for the season, while young Brazilian forward Vitor Flora arrived from Botafogo on a free transfer. Lawler’s 300 1971 – Full-back Chris Lawler played his 300th League game for the reds in our 1-0 defeat at Manchester City. Deadline day moves 2014 – Centre-half Sebastián Coates joined Sunderland on loan, having failed to break through to the first team. On the same day, winger Oussama Assaidi returned to Stoke City on a temporary basis, while Hungarian forward Krisztián Adorján left Anfield to sign for Italian Serie C side Novara Calcio. Meanwhile, forward Nathan Eccleston signed for Partick Thistle, having been released by Blackpool, John Arne Riise joined APOEL in Cyprus, Swedish left-winger Alexander Kačaniklić joined F.C. København on loan from Fulham, and forward David N’Gog returned to France on loan from Bolton Wanderers with Stade de Reims. On the same day, winger Sadio Mané joined Southampton from Red Bull Salzburg for £11.8m after 45 goals in 87 games. 2015 – Centre-half Tiago Ilori joined Aston Villa on loan, failing to make a senior appearance before being recalled four months later. On the same day, winger Victor Moses made a temporary switch to West Ham United from Chelsea, netting twice in 26 outings in east London. Farewell Welfare 1966 – Forward Harry Welfare died in Angra dos Reis, Brazil. He joined the reds from Northern Nomads in 1912, notching once in four outings before signing for Wrexham the following year. He later had a very successful career in Brazil, helping Fluminense to claim the title three times in succession while bagging 163 goals in just 166 games. 1933 – Scottish outside-right Danny McRorie joined Millwall on trial, moving on permanently to Rochdale a month later. He had bagged six goals in 35 reds games after signing from Morton for £1,500 in November 1930. Starting and ending 1900 - Right-back Tom Robertson made his reds bow as we beat Blackburn Rovers 3-0 at Anfield in another season opener. Tommy Robertson, Charlie Satterthwaite and Sam Raybould struck the goals as Alex Raisbeck captained the side at the age of just 21 years and 249 years, remaining the club’s youngest ever captain until Curtis Jones in February 2020. 1937 – Forward Ted Harston scored his final two reds goals in our 3-2 home defeat of Portsmouth. Berry Nieuwenhuys also struck for the reds, with Jock Anderson bagging the first two of his four goals past us. 1951 – Inside-forward Willie Fagan played his 182nd and final reds game as we beat Huddersfield Town 2-1 in a First Division fixture at Anfield. Billy Liddell and Kevin Baron struck our goals, while Vic Metcalfe netted one of his six strikes against the reds. Centre-backs off the mark against the Saints 1979 - Colin Irwin scored his first senior reds goal, although it was not enough to prevent us going down to a 3-2 League defeat at The Dell, with David Johnson grabbing our other goal. Charlie George scored the last of his five goals past us, with Phil Boyer and Trevor Hebberd also on target for the home side. 1992 - Mark Wright struck his first reds goal, in a 1-1 draw at home to his former club Southampton after Kerry Dixon had put the visitors in front with his seventh and final goal against the reds. UEFA President Lennart Johansson officially opened the Centenary Stand prior to the game. 1993 - Phil Babb scored his first Coventry City goal in their 1-0 defeat of the reds at Highfield Road, as Rob Jones was sent off for receiving two yellow cards in the space of three minutes. David Burrows played his 193rd and final reds game, against one of his future employers. Hat-tricks against We conceded three hat-tricks on this day in the 1930’s. 1930 - Vic Watson netted the last four of his nine goals past us as we were crushed 7-0 at West Ham United in a game that kicked off at 6pm. Stan Earle grabbed the final two of his four strikes against the reds, with Wilfred James also scoring as keeper Arthur Riley reached a century of reds outings. 1934 - Ted Drake and Ray Bowden both grabbed trebles as we were humbled 8-1 at Arsenal who were on their way to a third consecutive League title, with outside-left Alf Hanson grabbing our consolation and Drake having another effort ruled out for a push. Cliff Bastin scored the final goal of his four against us, with Jack Crayston also netting. 1919 - We also faced the Gunners, when Harry Chambers and Fred Pagnam scored in a 3-2 home defeat. Bert White bagged a brace, with Billy Blyth also netting for the visitors. Alou and goodbye 2003 - Alou Diarra joined Bastia on loan. He eventually left Anfield permanently to join Racing Club de Lens for £2m in June 2005, without ever playing a first-class reds game. 2016 - Diarra had his contract with Charlton Athletic terminated by mutual consent after one goal in 45 outings, signing for AS Nancy-Lorraine on the same day. In Midlands action We have faced Aston Villa three times on this day in history. 1908 - We kicked off the season by beating the Villains 3-2 at Anfield, thanks to goals from Robbie Robinson and Joe Hewitt and a Tom Chorlton penalty. 1990 - Peter Beardsley and John Barnes netted in our 2-1 home victory, with David Platt on target for the visitors. 1928 – Left-half Jimmy McDougall scored his first reds goal as we lost 3-1 at Villa Park. Joe Beresford struck the first of his four goals against the reds, with Len Capewell scoring the last of his six past us and Dicky York also on target. Left-back Donald McKinlay was making his 434th and final reds appearance. Both of our meetings with West Bromwich Albion on this day have ended all square. 1920 - Tom Miller struck at The Hawthorns, his fiftieth League goal and final strike for the club. 1923 - Another top-flight encounter ended goalless at Anfield. Up against the Blades We twice faced Sheffield United on this day in the 1960’s, without conceding a goal. 1962 - Ian Callaghan and Ian St. John struck as we won 2-0 at Anfield. 1965 - We left Bramall Lane with a goalless draw. More season openers We have started our top-flight seasons on two more occasions on this day in history. 1896 - George Allan struck twice as we won 2-1 at The Wednesday in Tom Watson’s first game as Manager, and first game in a new kit of red shirts and white shorts. Right-half John McCartney reached a century of reds appearances in this game. 1913 - Tom Miller was on target following a fine dribble to open the scoring in our 1-1 draw at Derby County, with half-back Tommy Fairfoul making his reds bow. Horace Barnes struck one of his nine goals past us. Happy birthday Michael 1974 – Former reserves keeper Michael Stensgaard was born in Copenhagen. The Dane was signed by Roy Evans but never played a first team game for the reds, despite being named on the bench 28 times. Derby stalemate 1897 - We benefited from a Peter Meecham own goal as our Goodison Park friendly ended 1-1. First and last caps 2021 – Gini Wijnaldum won his first cap as a Paris Saint-Germain player as the Netherlands drew a World Cup qualifier 1-1 with Norway in Oslo, with Virgil van Dijk skippering the side. On the same day, Harry Wilson played for Wales for the first time since joining Fulham, having a penalty saved as they drew a friendly 0-0 with Finland in Helsinki. Melkamu Frauendorf debuted for Germany Under-18’s in their 2-09 defeat of Slovakia. Sadio Mané netted as Senegal beat Togo 2-0 in the World Cup while Andy Robertson captained Steve Clarke’s Scotland as they lost a qualifier 2-0 in Denmark. Diogo Jota, Naby Keïta, Kostas Tsimikas, Ben Woodburn and ex-reds Dejan Lovren and Danny Ward also played for their countries. 2017 – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain played for England for the first time since moving to Anfield, in their 4-0 World Cup qualifying win in Malta. Meanwhile, Andy Robertson won his first cap as a reds player, scoring in Scotland’s 3-0 win in Lithuania, with Dominic Solanke playing for England Under-21’s for the first time since moving to Anfield. Ex-reds loanee Victor Moses scored as Nigeria thumped Cameroon 4-0 in Uyo, while Emre Can, Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson, future red Kostas Tsimikas, and ex-reds Raheem Sterling and Luis Suárez were also in international action that day. 2006 - Daniel Agger won his first cap as a red in Denmark’s 4-2 friendly win over Portugal in Copenhagen, with Christian Poulsen playing for his country for the first time since joining Sevilla. On the same day, Florent Sinama-Pongolle made his first appearance for France Under-21’s while on loan at Real Club Recreativo de Huelva, as they beat Scotland 3-1 in a European Championships qualifier at Pittodrie, with future red Charlie Adam winning his third and final cap at this level. Future red Alberto Aquilani played for Italy Under-21’s on the same day, in a 1-0 qualifying victory in Iceland, with a player being sent off for each side. 1982 – Jan Mølby won his second cap, and first one as an Ajax player, as Denmark lost 1-0 to Romania in a friendly in Bucharest. 2016 – Trent Alexander-Arnold debuted for England Under-19’s in their 1-1 friendly draw with the Netherlands in Wellington, Shropshire. Philippe Coutinho, Divock Origi, future red Thiago Alcântara and ex-reds Javier Mascherano, Brad Smith and Luis Suárez all featured for their countries, with keeper Alisson Becker winning his first cap as a Roma player. Meanwhile, Gini Wijnaldum scored in his third consecutive international, while winning his first cap as a red, as the Netherlands lost 2-1 to Greece in a friendly in Eindhoven. Kamil Grabara made his debut for Poland Under-18’s in their 1-1 friendly draw with Norway Under-17’s in Sweden, with midfielder Allan featuring for Brazil Under-20’s in their 1-1 draw with England at St. George’s Park. 2011 – Jordan Henderson captained England Under-21’s for the first time, scoring as they thumped Azerbaijan 6-0 in a European Championships qualifier at Vicarage Road, with Jon Flanagan and Jonjo Shelvey both debuting at this level and future red Steven Caulker also featuring while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain won his first cap as an Arsenal player. Future red Christian Benteke scored as Belgium Under-21’s lost a qualifier 2-1 in Iceland. On the same day, Péter Gulácsi skippered Hungary Under-21’s as they lost another qualifier 2-1 in the Republic of Ireland. 1999 - Mark Kennedy won his first cap as a Manchester City player, with Robbie Keane making his first appearance while with Coventry City. Both netted as the Republic of Ireland beat FR Yugoslavia 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier at Lansdowne Road. Steve Staunton also played. 1996 - Nick Barmby won his final cap while with Middlesbrough, scoring as England won a World Cup qualifier 3-0 in Moldova. Stig Inge Bjørnebye, future reds Sami Hyypiä, Paul Ince and Øyvind Leonhardsen and ex-red Ronnie Rosenthal also represented their countries that day. Other international reds 2001 - Don Hutchison won his first cap as a West Ham United player as Scotland were held to a goalless draw by Croatia at Hampden Park. Igor Bišcan won his fifteenth and final cap in this game with ex-red Dominic Matteo also featuring. Jerzy Dudek won his first cap as a red in Poland’s 3-0 defeat of Norway in Chorzów, with Everton’s Thomas Myhre at the other end, the first time two Merseyside keepers had been in international opposition since May 1979. John Arne Riise and ex-red Øyvind Leonhardsen both also played. Meanwhile, Jason McAteer netted the only goal of the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup qualifying defeat of the Netherlands at Lansdowne Road. He was winning his last cap as a Blackburn Rovers player, and 43rd in total. Future reds Steve Finnan, Robbie Keane and Bolo Zenden, and ex-red Steve Staunton also featured. Craig Bellamy won his first cap while with Newcastle United, his thirteenth to date, as Wales were held to a goalless draw by Armenia in Cardiff. Also in international action that day were Sami Hyypiä, Jari Litmanen, ex-reds Brad Friedel and Jim Magilton, and future reds Milan Baroš and Paul Jones. 1994 – Future red Haukur Ingi Guðnason played for Iceland Under-17’s as they lost 2-0 to Finland in a European Championships qualifier in Reykjavik. 2000 – Richie Partridge and future reds Milan Baroš and John Arne Riise all featured in European Championships qualifier at Under-21’s level, with Riise the only to be on the winning side as Norway beat Armenia 5-1. 2005 - Anthony Le Tallec struck as France Under-21’s beat FYR Macedonia 3-0 in a friendly in Epernay. 2013 – Future red Dominic Solanke came off the bench as England Under-17’s lost 2-1 to Italy in Burton. On the move 2005 - Bjørn Tore Kvarme re-signed for Rosenborg BK, having left Bastia earlier in the year. He retired from the game in June 2008. 2017 – Keeper David Martin signed for Millwall, only making one senior appearance in his first campaign with the Lions. 2020 – Young keeper Kai McKenzie-Lyle signed for Cambridge United, having been released by the reds three months earlier. On the same day, centre-half Rhys Williams signed a new contract while Chief Commercial Officer Billy Hogan took over as Chief Executive Officer. Other reds games 1984 – Queens Park Rangers held us to a 1-1 draw at Anfield. Ronnie Whelan was on target, with Paul Walsh having two goals disallowed. 1981 – Middlesbrough left L4 with a point. David Shearer bagged one of his four goals against the reds, with Phil Neal equalising from the spot. 1959 – We lost a Second Division game 1-0 at Bristol City. 1956 – We beat Grimsby Town 3-2 in a home Second Division encounter. Louis Bimpson struck twice, with Alan Arnell also on target as Bob Crosbie netted a brace for the visitors. 1954 – Plymouth Argyle held us to a 3-3 draw in the Second Division at Anfield. John Evans was on target, with Alan Arnell scoring twice late on. Milan the dad 2009 – Ex-reds striker Milan Baroš became a father to Patrick.
  4. Will

    12th September

    Crystal smashed 1989 - Eight outfield players scored, a League record, in our 9-0 humiliation of Crystal Palace at Anfield, still our joint best top-flight victory. John Aldridge came off the bench to score a penalty with his first kick, in his final reds game. Glenn Hysén struck the first of his seven reds goals in this game. For the record, our other scorers that day were John Barnes, Peter Beardsley, Gary Gillespie, Steve McMahon and Ian Rush, with Steve Nicol nabbing a brace. David Burrows, Alan Hansen, Ronnie Whelan and substitute Jan Mølby were the only outfield reds not on target. Geoff Thomas blew a golden chance to net for the visitors, missing a penalty. This was actually Kenny Dalglish’s hundredth League win as reds boss, in his 167th game. Alec off 1977 – Left-back Alec Lindsay left the club to sign for Stoke City, after a successful loan spell. He had signed from his hometown club Bury for £67,000 in March 1969 and netted eighteen times in 248 reds games, helping us to the League and UEFA Cup in 1973, and FA Cup and FA Charity Shield the following year. 1974 – Defender Dave Rylands moved on to Hereford United. He joined the reds in 1968, turning pro in March 1970, only making one senior reds appearance. Red trebles 2020 – Mohamed Salah struck a treble, including two penalties, as we opened our League campaign with a 4-3 victory over Leeds United behind closed doors at Anfield. Virgil van Dijk headed in the other goal as we led on four separate occasions. 2009 – Yossi Benayoun struck his third reds hat-trick, all in different competitions, as we thumped Burnley 4-0 at Anfield, with Dirk Kuyt also on target. The Israeli midfielder also had another strike wrongly chalked off for offside before nabbing his third. Happy birthdays 1957 - Steve Ogrizovic was born in Mansfield. He signed from Chesterfield for £70,000 in November 1977 but only made five senior appearances for the reds before joining Coventry City in August 1982, with whom he won the FA Cup in 1987, playing over 600 games. 1977 - David Thompson was born in Birkenhead. He turned professional in November 1994 and scored five times in 56 reds games before Gérard Houllier sold him for £3m to Coventry City in August 2000. 1980 - Former reserves winger Richie Partridge was born in Dublin. He only managed three first-team appearances for the reds, and is now a practising physiotherapist, recently working with the Academy’s Under-21’s and then the first team. 2004 – Centre-half Terence Miles was born in Liverpool. He turned pro in September 2021, having arrived at the Academy at Under-7’s level. He is the nephew of former reserves forward John Miles. Albert’s the one for me 1946 - Albert Stubbins signed from Newcastle United for a British record £12,500 fee after six strikes in thirty games. He was also tempted by being offered a well-paid part-time position as ‘Inspector of Canteens’ that involved testing the quality of tea served and chatting to dockers and other workers! He struck 83 times in 178 reds games, and won one League title, before becoming a scout for the club in 1954, a post he held for the rest of the decade. Digger off the mark 1987 - John Barnes scored his first senior reds goal as we beat Oxford United 2-0, with John Aldridge also on target against his old club, so netting in his fifth consecutive game. This was our first home game of the season, with future red Ray Houghton impressing for the visitors. Kenny back at Anfield 1993 - Kenny Dalglish won at Anfield as visiting Manager for the only time, thanks to a goal from scouse ex-reds reserve Mike Newell for Blackburn Rovers, the last of his eight strikes against the reds. Steve McManaman reached a century of reds appearances while Jan Mølby played his 200th League game for the club. 1908 - We also faced Rovers, losing 1-0 at Ewood Park, with keeper Sam Hardy reaching a century of League games for the reds. A European first 1972 - We played our first game in the new UEFA Cup, beating West Germans Eintracht Frankfurt, who were playing their first competitive fixture of the season. We won 2-0 at Anfield, thanks to goals from Kevin Keegan and Emlyn Hughes. This was Bill Shankly’s fiftieth European game in charge of the reds. Two of our three other European games on this day also ended in victory. 1995 - We beat Russian outfit Spartak-Alania Vladikavkaz 2-1 in the opening game of our UEFA Cup campaign, Mirdzhalol Kasimov opened the scoring with Steve McManaman equalising before Jamie Redknapp struck a thirty-yard winner, with just 39 travelling reds present, all seated in the presidential box for their own safety! 1996 - Stig Inge Bjørnebye bagged the only goal of our European Cup Winners’ Cup opener at Finnish side Myllykosken Pallo-47. 2006 - We held PSV Eindhoven to a goalless draw in our opening UEFA Champions League group fixture in the Philips Stadion with Jamie Carragher appearing for the fiftieth time in the competition. Most recently 2021 – Mohamed Salah bagged his hundredth goal in Premier League football, including his time with Chelsea, to open the scoring at Leeds United. Fabinho netted after the break, before Pascal Struijk was dismissed for the home side following a challenge that left Harvey Elliott with a dislocated ankle. Sadio Mané struck in stoppage time to secure a 3-0 victory. 2015 – We lost 3-1 at Manchester United, with Divock Origi making his reds bow from the bench. Christian Benteke struck late on as we limped to defeat. Reporting in 2012 – The Hillsborough Independent Panel reported, shocking many people by revealing the extent of the establishment cover-up at the time of the disaster, its aftermath and ever since. It led to an unprecedented apology from Prime Minister David Cameron. Double debutants 2010 – Left-back Paul Konchesky and midfielder Raul Meireles both made their reds bows in our lifeless goalless draw at Birmingham City. Derby joy We have twice beaten Everton in Wartime league matches at Anfield on this day in history. 1942 - George Mills netted the only goal of the game. 1945 - Billy Liddell and Les Shannon were on the scoresheet as we won 2-1. A thumping win 1936 - We trounced Grimsby Town 7-1 in a First Division game at Anfield. Fred Howe and Vic Wright struck twice apiece, with Berry Nieuwenhuys, Jack Balmer and Matt Busby all also on target. Reds farewells 1931 - Harry Barkas played his fifth and final reds game as we lost 2-1 at Leicester City, with Gordon Gunson bagging our consolation. Ernie Hine struck one of his ten goals against the reds, with Sep Smith also on target. 1903 - Right-back John Chadburn played his second and last reds game as we lost 3-1 at home to The Wednesday, with Jack Cox on target. Andrew Wilson struck two of his eight goals past us, with Harry Davis also on target. 1980 – Tommy Smith quit as youth team boss in order to concentrate on his business interests. Gunning for a draw We have twice drawn with Arsenal in First Division matches on this day in history. 1925 - Jimmy Walsh netted our goal at Highbury, with Charlie Buchan on target for the home side, to add to the eighteen strikes he had registered against the reds while with Sunderland. 1951 - The game at Anfield ended goalless. Mixed fortunes against the Hammers 1962 - We beat West Ham United 2-1 at Anfield thanks to an Ian St. John brace, with his second strike being the club’s 3,000th in top-flight football. Gerry Byrne played his hundredth reds game with Johnny Byrne on target for the visitors. 1998 - We lost 2-1 at Upton Park in a Premiership fixture, with Karl-Heinz Riedle nabbing our consolation after John Hartson and Eyal Berkovic had put the Irons ahead. Stevie out on loan 2002 - Young reserve Stephen Warnock joined Bradford City on loan. He played twelve times for the Bantams, scoring in a League defeat at Sheffield Wednesday. International debuts 1984 - Steve Nicol made his Scotland debut in their 6-1 defeat of Yugoslavia at Hampden Park, as John Wark won his 29th and final cap. Kenny Dalglish and ex-red Graeme Souness were both on the scoresheet. On the same day, Jan Mølby won his first cap as a reds player, and ninth in total, as Denmark beat Austria 3-1 in a friendly in Copenhagen. Mark Lawrenson, Michael Robinson, Ronnie Whelan, ex-red Joey Jones and future reds John Barnes, Glenn Hysén and Mark Wright all also featured in internationals that day. 1990 - Future red Gary McAllister won his first cap as a Leeds United player as Scotland beat Romania 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier at Hampden Park. John Barnes, Ray Houghton, Steve Staunton, Ronnie Whelan and future reds István Kozma, Jari Litmanen and Mark Wright all also played for their countries that day. 1932 – Future reds forward Sam English won the first of his two caps for Northern Ireland as they lost 4-0 to Scotland in Belfast in the British International Championships, with reds keeper Elisha Scott also in the side. On target for their countries 2007 - Fernando Torres bagged his first goal as a red as Spain beat Latvia 2-0 in a Euro 2008 qualifier in Oviedo. Future red Sotirios Kyrgiakos netted a brace, his last goals while with Eintracht Frankfurt, with John Arne Riise also on target as Norway were held to a 2-2 draw by Greece in Oslo, with ex-red Frode Kippe also in the home side. Ex-red Michael Owen struck twice as England beat Russia 3-0 in another qualifier, with Peter Crouch, Steven Gerrard, future reds Joe Cole and Stewart Downing and ex-red Emile Heskey also featuring. Craig Bellamy bagged a brace while winning his first cap for Wales as a West Ham United player, as they won a Euro 2008 qualifier 5-2 in Slovakia, with John Toshack in charge. Andriy Voronin faced future red Alberto Aquilani, while Roy Hodgson managed a Finland side that included Sami Hyypiä and ex-red Daniel Sjölund as they were held to a goalless draw by Poland in Helsinki. Luis Suárez won his first cap as an Ajax player as Uruguay drew a friendly 0-0 in South Africa. Daniel Agger, Ryan Babel, Dirk Kuyt, future reds Ádám Bogdán, Milan Jovanović, Robbie Keane, Ragnar Klavan and Raul Meireles and ex-reds Nicolas Anelka and Milan Baroš also played for their countries that day. 1979 - Ex-red Kevin Keegan struck the only goal of England’s European Championships qualifier at Wembley against Denmark. Ray Clemence, Terry McDermott, Phil Neal and Phil Thompson all also played, while Kenny Dalglish, Graeme Souness and future red John Wark turned out for Scotland as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Peru in a friendly at Hampden Park. 1990 - Future red Nick Barmby netted for England Under-18’s as they won 3-2 in a European Championships qualifier in Iceland. Also on the move 1998 - Ex-red Steve Nicol signed for Doncaster Rovers. He played 25 League games for them. 2008 - Robbie Fowler signed for Blackburn Rovers. He failed to score in six games as they struggled for form. On the same day, Steve Clarke resigned from Chelsea’s coaching staff, prior to joining West Ham United as First Team Coach three days later. 2009 – Reserves forward Michael Ngoo joined the reds from Southend United for a fee of up to £250,000. He was released in May 2014 without having reached the first team. 2012 – Head of Scouting Dave Fallows and Chief Scout Barry Hunter both started work. Meanwhile, left-back Grégory Vignal signed for Dundee United, but left two months later without having made a first-team appearance. 2019 – Right-back Connor Randall signed for Bulgarian top-flight side Arda 1924 Kardzhali after eight senior appearances for the reds. Mixed fortunes against the Rams 1973 – Derby County beat us 3-1 at the Baseball Ground. Roger Davies bagged one of his five goals against the reds with Kevin Hector netting one of his four. Phil Boersma scored our goal, with Roy McFarland also on target for the home side. 1896 – Jimmy Methven put through his own net with Harry Bradshaw also netting as we beat Derby County 2-0 at Anfield, after Jack Robinson had saved a penalty from George Allan. Other reds games 1984 – Paul Walsh netted as we drew 1-1 at Manchester United. 1981 – We won 2-1 at Coventry City with Alan Kennedy bagging a rapid equaliser after we had fallen behind to a Gerry Daly goal in the first minute. Terry McDermott scored the winner from the spot as Bob Paisley reached 300 League games as reds boss. 1979 – Norwich City held us to a goalless draw at Anfield in Bob Paisley’s 300th game in charge in all competitions. 1973 – We beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 in L4. Martin Peters opened the scoring with one of his fourteen goals against the reds, before Chris Lawler equalised. Martin Chivers nabbed one of his seven goals past us. Pat Jennings saved a penalty from Emlyn Hughes but was judged to have left his line too early. Alec Lindsay converted the subsequent retake, with Chris Lawler netting the last-minute winner. 1956 – Dicky Robinson scored an own goal as we drew a Second Division encounter 1-1 at Middlesbrough, with Brian Clough bagging the first of his ten goals past us. 1923 – We lost 2-0 at Burnley. For the Dons 2004 - A match was staged between Wimbledon Old Boys and Liverpool Old Boys in aid of the AFC Wimbledon stadium fund. The game ended all square with the reds goal coming poetically from a John Aldridge penalty.
  5. Will

    11th February

    Many happy returns Two former midfielders share a birthday today. 1972 - Steve McManaman was born in Kirkdale. Shaggy struck 66 times in 364 reds games, helping us to the FA Cup in 1992 and the Coca-Cola Cup three years later. He joined Real Madrid on a Bosman free transfer in July 1999. 1974 - Nick Barmby was born in Hull. He arrived in a controversial £6m switch across Stanley Park in July 2000 and netted eight goals in 58 games, including four in our successful UEFA Cup campaign in 2001, before being moved on to Leeds United after just two years at Anfield. 1888 - Winger Jackie Sheldon was born in Clay Cross. He grabbed twenty goals in 147 reds games after joining from Manchester United in November 1913, playing in our first ever FA Cup Final in 1914. He retired in 1922 after breaking his leg, with his name forever tainted by being the go-between in our match-fixing scandal with Manchester United in April 1915. Michael’s bow 1998 - Michael Owen made his senior England debut in a 2-0 defeat by Chile at Wembley, becoming England’s youngest international of the century. Clubmate Paul Ince also featured. An eleven-goal derby thriller 1933 - An amazing match against Everton at Anfield finished 7-4, with Harold Barton netting a hat-trick for the reds. Alf Hanson, Tom Morrison, Harold Taylor and Syd Roberts were also on target for us. Dixie Dean netted two of his nineteen derby goals, with Tommy Johnson bagging one of his eight and Jimmy Stein also scoring. Most recently 2017 – We beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 at Anfield, with Sadio Mané bagging a quick-fire first-half brace. 2018 – Centre-half Dejan Lovren played his hundredth League game for the reds as we won 2-0 at Southampton. Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah both scored in the first half. 2012 - We lost 2-1 at Manchester United when Wayne Rooney bagged two of his seven goals against the reds before Luis Suárez’s consolation, with the game overshadowed somewhat by the controversy regarding Suárez and Patrice Evra not shaking hands before kick-off. On the same day, future red Tiago Ilori featured for Portugal Under-19’s as they lost 2-1 to Sweden in a friendly. Mixed fortunes against the Baggies 1905 – We won 2-0 in a Second Division game at West Bromwich Albion, thanks to goals from Sam Raybould and Jack Parkinson. 2013 – We lost 2-0 at Anfield, with Philippe Coutinho making his reds bow from the bench. Gareth McAuley and on-loan Romelu Lukaku both struck late on, one of his five goals past us to date, after Steven Gerrard had seen a penalty saved. Lucas Leiva playing his 200th reds game, while Glen Johnson reached a century of League games for the club. We dominated the match but only put the ball in the net once, when Luis Suárez was correctly ruled offside early on. Trebles galore Barton’s hat-trick in 1933 is one of three reds trebles on this day over the years. 1911 - The first came when Jack Parkinson got all the goals in a 3-0 home League win over The Wednesday, with forward Sam Raybould playing his 200th League game for the reds. On the same day, future red Billy Lacey played for Ireland as they lost 2-1 to England in the British International Championships in Derby. 1961 - Our most recent treble on this day was scored by former Blue Dave Hickson in a 5-0 thumping of Leyton Orient in a Second Division game at Anfield, when fellow ex-Blue Johnny Morrissey and winger Kevin Lewis also scored. Record gates 2006 - Wigan Athletic attracted their then record attendance of 25,023 as a Sami Hyypiä strike was enough to hand us victory at the JJB Stadium, our first ever game away to the Latics. 1939 - 61,315 paid to see Wolverhampton Wanderers thump us 4-1 in the FA Cup Sixth Round, still their record crowd. Willie Fagan netted our consolation from the spot as Dennis Westcott struck one of his nine goals against the reds and Dickie Dorsett bagged the first of his four, with Stan Burton and Alex McIntosh also on target. South African keeper Dirk Kemp was making his thirtieth and last appearance for the reds. Sub at the double 1970 - Alun Evans bagged a brace as we won our FA Cup Fifth Round replay 2-0 at Leicester City, so becoming our first ever goalscoring substitute in the competition. He had replaced Peter Thompson after just 21 minutes. Red beginnings 1904 – Right-half Bobby Robinson signed from his hometown club Sunderland for £500. He was top scorer as we won the Second Division title the following season, also helping us claim the First Division championship in 1906. During the latter stages of his time with the reds, he moved into the half-back line but still bagged a total of 65 goals in 271 games, moving on to Tranmere Rovers in May 1913. 1928 - Right-half Tom Morrison made his reds bow as we lost 1-0 at Portsmouth. He went on to make 254 reds appearances. Final strikes 1967 – Right-half Gordon Milne nabbed the only goal of Aston Villa’s visit to L4, his eighteenth and final goal for the club. 1895 – Outside-left John Drummond grabbed his only reds goal as we beat Barnsley St. Peters 4-0 at Anfield in an FA Cup First Round replay that was staged after the Tykes protested at our 2-1 extra time victory in the first match. Outside-left Hugh McQueen scored his eighteenth and final reds goal with Harry Bradshaw and Malcolm McVean also netting in a game played unusually for the times on a Monday. However, we went out to Nottingham Forest at the next stage. On our way to Wembley 1950 - We won 2-1 at Stockport County in an FA Cup Fifth Round tie, when Willie Fagan and Albert Stubbins were on target and Alex Herd bagged his eighth and last strike against the reds in the final minute. We eventually lost out to Arsenal in the Final. 1992 - We beat Second Division Bristol Rovers 2-1 in a Fourth Round replay at Anfield thanks to goals from birthday boy Steve McManaman and Dean Saunders, after Carl Saunders had given the visitors a shock lead. 1987 - We held Southampton to a goalless draw in the first leg of our Littlewoods Cup Semi-final at The Dell, with Paul Walsh being dismissed for retaliating after Kevin Bond spat in his face. This was the eighth time in nine seasons we had reached this stage of the competition. We won the Anfield return 3-0 to reach our sixth League Cup Final, where we unfortunately lost to Arsenal. Today is a good day This day has been very successful for the reds over the years, as we have won fifteen of our 21 fixtures. 1956 - Our most recent defeat came when we were crushed 4-0 at Plymouth Argyle in a Second Division match. Neil Langman scored a hat-trick, with Arthur Morgan also scoring. Billy Liddell was playing his 400th reds game. 2004 - Michael Owen broke a goalless run in our 2-1 defeat of Manchester City at Anfield, with Steven Gerrard also netting. The game was marred by a section of the support booing the substitution of Bruno Cheyrou for Igor Bišcan. Rushie’s ton 1984 – We beat Arsenal 2-1 at Anfield, with Alan Kennedy giving us the lead before Graham Rix scrambled in an equaliser on the stroke of half time. Phil Neal nodded in the late winner as Ian Rush reached a century of League outings for the reds. Twice against the Hoops We played Queens Park Rangers twice in consecutive years on this day in history. 1995 - John Scales scored a rare goal as we were held 1-1 at Anfield. 1996 - Mark Wright and Robbie Fowler netted as we won 2-1 at Loftus Road. Flo for les espoirs 2003 - Florent Sinama-Pongolle scored the only goal as the French Under-21’s beat their Czech Republic counterparts in a friendly in Caen. Alou Diarra, Anthony Le Tallec and future red Charles Itandje also played, with future red Pepe Reina also in Under-21’s action that day. International goalscorers 2009 – David N’Gog struck for France Under-21’s as they drew 1-1 with Tunisia in Sousse, while Yossi Benayoun captained the side and netted the only goal of Israel’s senior friendly with Hungary in Tel-Aviv. Robbie Keane won the first cap of his second spell as a Tottenham Hotspur player, bagging a brace including a penalty while skippering the Republic of Ireland to a 2-1 World Cup qualifying defeat of Georgia at Croke Park in Dublin. Emile Heskey won his first cap while with Aston Villa as England lost 2-0 to Spain in a friendly in Seville, with Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa, Pepe Reina, Fernando Torres, future reds Stewart Downing and Glen Johnson, and ex-reds Peter Crouch and David James all also featuring. Future red Alex Manninger won his 33rd and last cap for Austria as they lost a friendly 2-0 to Sweden in Graz. Andriy Voronin faced future red Milan Jovanović as the Ukraine beat Serbia 1-0 in the Final of the Cyprus Tournament in Nicosia. Also in international action that day were Daniel Agger, Ryan Babel, Sami Hyypiä, Dirk Kuyt, Javier Mascherano, Martin Škrtel, future reds Mario Balotelli, Ragnar Klavan, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Dejan Lovren, Raul Meireles, Christian Poulsen, Maxi Rodríguez, Luis Suárez, Kolo Touré and Gini Wijnaldum and ex-reds Nicolas Anelka, Jari Litmanen, Daniel Sjölund and Rigobert Song. John Barnes and John Toshack both managed their countries, with captain Craig Bellamy winning his first cap as a Manchester City player. 1997 - Former reserves midfielder Jim Magilton netted his fifth and final goal for Northern Ireland, from the spot, his only strike as a Southampton player, as they beat Belgium 3-0 in a friendly at Windsor Park. Jason McAteer, ex-red Steve Staunton and future red Gary McAllister all also played for their countries that day. 2018 – Bobby Duncan scored for England Under-17’s as they drew 1-1 with Germany in the Algarve Tournament. Other reds games 1922 – Dick Forshaw scored the only goal as Birmingham City went back to the Midlands without a point. 1899 – We won an FA Cup Second Round tie 3-1 against Newcastle United at Anfield, with Hugh Morgan netting and Alex Raisbeck scoring his first reds goal before Sandy Higgins put through his own net. Jock Peddie nabbed one of his five goals past us as a consolation. We lost out to Sheffield United in the Semi-final later that season. 1893 – We lost a Lancashire League game 3-0 at top-of-the-table Bury, with the reds remaining in second. Off Song in France 2003 - Rigobert Song won his first cap as a Racing Club de Lens player as Cameroon lost 3-0 to the Ivory Coast in a friendly in France. 1998 - He also played for his country as they drew 2-2 with Guinea in the African Cup of Nations in Burkina Faso, with fellow future red Titi Camara skippering Guinea. On the move 2011 – Roy Hodgson was appointed West Bromwich Albion boss, helping to keep them up in the Premiership. On the same day, reserves centre-half Daniel Ayala joined Derby County on loan, playing seventeen times for the Rams. 1994 - Jim Magilton joined Southampton from Oxford United for £600,000. He netted eighteen goals in 156 games for the Saints, before joining Sheffield Wednesday for £1.6m in September 1997. 2000 - Mike Newell joined Blackpool from Doncaster Rovers on a free transfer. He bagged three goals in 22 games for the Seasiders. 2020 – Forward Layton Stewart signed on as a professional. He made it to the first-team bench for the first time in our League Cup thumping at Aston Villa in December 2019, signing a new contract in May 2021 as he awaits his break-through. 2021 – Midfielder Dominic Corness signed pro terms with the reds. He is a regular with the Under-18’s, also playing at left-back. Also in international action 2010 – Future red Emre Can played for Germany Under-16’s as they won a friendly 3-1 in Cyprus. 2016 – Future reds keeper Kamil Grabara featured for Poland Under-17’s in their 1-0 friendly defeat of Belgium in Marbella. 2017 – Future red Luis Díaz won his fifth and final cap for Colombia Under-20’s as they shared a goalless draw with Brazil in a South American Championships final stage game in Ecuador.
  6. Will

    29th October

    Rush scored one, Rush scored two 1983 - Ian Rush scored five goals, becoming the third of five reds to do so in one game, as we thumped fourth-placed Luton Town 6-0 at home in the League, with his hat-trick completed by the 36th minute and his last being his fiftieth in the League for us. This was particularly impressive considering that he had to take painkillers before the game for a niggling groin injury and had only been passed fit two hours before the game. Kenny Dalglish netted the other goal, his 99th in the League for the reds. Amazingly, Tony Woodcock grabbed five goals for Arsenal on the same day, in their 6-2 victory at Aston Villa. He’s red, he’s white 2000 - Nick Barmby scored against Everton at the Anny Road end, before Kevin Campbell equalised with one of his four goals against the reds. We steamrollered our way to a 3-1 win in the second half, thanks to an Emile Heskey strike and a Patrik Berger penalty, after Vladimír Šmicer was felled by Thomas Gravesen, who was sent off. 1996 - Barmby arrived at Goodison from Middlesbrough for £5.75m. He went on to score 24 times in 133 games for the Toffees before moving across Stanley Park. Bolo off the mark 2005 - Bolo Zenden scored his first reds goal as we beat West Ham United 2-0 at Anfield, with Xabi Alonso having opened the scoring. We had twice previously beaten the Hammers on this day in history. 1973 - John Toshack bagged the only goal of our League Cup Second Round replay at Anfield. 1989 - Ian Rush and Peter Beardsley netted in a 2-0 win at Upton Park. Happy birthdays 1866 - Keeper Ned Doig was born in Arbroath. He made 53 reds appearances after signing from Sunderland for £150 in August 1904, helping us to the Second Division title in his first season, and played on until April 1908, finishing as our oldest ever player aged 41 years and 165 days. 1993 – Midfielder Conor Thomas was born in Coventry. He joined the reds on loan in January 2011, playing and training with the reserves, as well as training with the first team, but returned to Coventry City after a hamstring injury. Cup record 1892 - Our first ever home fixture in the FA Cup resulted in a 9-0 annihilation of Welsh side Newtown in the Second Qualifying Round, still our record win in the competition. Tom Wyllie grabbed a hat-trick, with Malcolm McVean nabbing a brace and Jonathan Cameron, John McCartney and Hugh McQueen all adding to an Andy Townsend own goal, the first we had ever benefited from. Matt and Hugh McQueen both made their reds bows, with McCartney bagging the first of his eight goals. League Cup trebles 1985 – The transfer-listed Paul Walsh scored a hat-trick as we beat Brighton & Hove Albion 4-0 at home. Kenny Dalglish netted the other late on. 1986 - Kenny was also on target when Steve McMahon scored his second League Cup hat-trick of the season in our 4-1 defeat of Leicester City at Anfield in another Third Round tie. Most recently 2016 – We won 4-2 at Crystal Palace, twice taking the lead through Emre Can and Dejan Lovren before being pegged back by a James McArthur brace. Joël Matip nabbed his first reds goal to send us into the break ahead again, with Roberto Firmino completing the scoring. On the same day, Elijah Dixon-Bonner and Paul Glatzel played for England Under-16’s as they lost a friendly 3-0 to Russia in France. Neill off again 2003 - Lucas Neill was sent off for Blackburn Rovers against the reds for the second time that season, as we won a League Cup Third Round game 4-3 at Ewood Park. Emile Heskey missed a penalty that would have completed his hat-trick, with the score at 3-1. Danny Murphy had already scored from the spot, with Harry Kewell also on target. Dwight Yorke struck twice for the home side, the last of his eight goals past us, with Barry Ferguson also on the scoresheet. 1927 - We also beat Rovers 4-2 in a First Division meeting at Anfield when Tommy Reid netted twice, while Willie Devlin and Gordon Hodgson also got on the scoresheet. Syd Puddefoot struck two of his six strikes against the reds. Luis nominated 2013 - Luis Suárez was nominated for the FIFA Ballon d’Or, although the prize was eventually claimed by Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo. On the same day, Jordan Rossiter won his second and last cap for England Under-17’s as they thrashed the Republic of Ireland 6-0 in a European Championships 1ualifier in Armenia, with Sheyi Ojo and future reds Joe Gomez and Dominic Solanke also featuring. Jermaine at last 2008 – Steven Gerrard struck the only goal of the game from the spot after Papa Bouba Diop’s inexplicable handball. Portsmouth left Anfield with no points after Tony Adams’ first game as Pompey boss, with Jermaine Pennant playing his 81st and final reds game. Chorlton’s first 1904 - We trounced Grimsby Town 5-0 in a Second Division encounter, with Tom Chorlton and Sam Raybould each nabbing a brace and Robbie Robinson also on the scoresheet. These were Chorlton’s first reds goals. Tosh quits 1983 - John Toshack resigned as Manager of Swansea City after 250 games in charge. He returned to Vetch Field just two months later for a second, brief spell. Derby Cup glory 1958 - We won 3-2 at Goodison to clinch the Floodlight Challenge Cup for the first of three times, having won the first leg 2-1 at Anfield. Mixed fortunes against Spurs We have entertained Tottenham Hotspur in the top flight three times on this day in history. 1989 - John Barnes grabbed the only goal of the game. 1921 – Inside-forward Harry Lewis was on target as we were held 1-1, bagging his twelfth and final goal for the club. 1910 - Jack Parkinson missed a penalty as we lost 2-1, with forward Joseph Brough nabbing our consolation. This was his third and final reds strike, while defender Tom Chorlton was making his 121st and final appearance. Billy Minter struck the first of his five goals past us, with Percy Humphreys nabbing the last of his six. Tons up 2011 – Centre-half pairing Daniel Agger and Martin Škrtel each reached a century of League games for the club in our 2-0 win at West Bromwich Albion. Charlie Adam netted his second and final reds goal from the spot after Luis Suárez was felled, with Andy Carroll on target in first-half stoppage time. 1932 – Right-back Bob Done played his hundredth reds game as we drew 1-1 at Manchester City, with Archie McPherson bagging his nineteenth and final reds goal and Bobby Marshall bagging one of his five strikes against the reds. 1960 – Jimmy Harrower scored from the spot as Sunderland drew our Second Division meeting 1-1 in L4 as right-back John Molyneux played his 200th League game for the reds. Lights on 1962 - We played a friendly at New Brighton to commemorate the new floodlights at their Tower Athletic Ground. The reds won 5-2, with Ian St. John nabbing a brace and Ian Callaghan, Jimmy Melia and Gordon Wallace also all on the scoresheet. King Kenny on target 1975 - Celtic’s Kenny Dalglish scored as Scotland beat Denmark 3-1 in a European Championships qualifier at Hampden Park. Ex-red Ted MacDougall also struck, bagging his third and final goal for his country. They had Heighway on the wing Steve Heighway has twice represented his country on this day in history. 1975 - He won his eleventh cap as the Republic of Ireland beat Turkey 4-0 in a European Championships qualifier at Lansdowne Road. 1979 - He won his 24th cap as the Irish beat the USA 3-2 in a friendly at Dalymount Park. International beginnings and ends 1974 - Future red Alan Kennedy made his debut for England Under-23’s, playing alongside fellow future red David Johnson in their 3-1 European Championships defeat of Czechoslovakia at Selhurst Park. 1997 – Forde Kippe bagged his only goal for Norway Under-21’s, with Vegard Heggem playing for the thirteenth and final time at this level in a 3-2 defeat of France in a European Championships qualifier in Valenciennes. 1999 – Michael Foley played for the Irish Under-16’s as they were held to a goalless draw by Wales in a European Championships qualifier in Dublin. Other reds games 1994 – We won 3-1 at Ipswich Town with John Barnes adding to a Robbie Fowler brace. 1991 – Steve McManaman and Ian Rush struck as Port Vale held us to a 2-2 draw in a League Cup Third Round tie at Anfield. We won the replay, but lost at Peterborough United at the next hurdle. 1988 – We won 2-0 at West Ham United thanks to goals from Ian Rush and Peter Beardsley. 1977 – David Fairclough netted as we lost 3-1 at Manchester City. Brian Kidd scored one of his six goals against the reds, with Mick Channon netting one of his seven past us and Joe Royle one of his five. 1966 – We lost 2-0 at Stoke City. John Ritchie struck one of his five goals against us, with Peter Dobing bagging one of his eight. 1955 – Alan Arnell and Billy Liddell netted as we beat Rotherham United 2-0 in the Second Division at Anfield. 1949 – Billy Liddell bagged the only goal of our trip to Fulham. 1938 – Huddersfield Town held us to a 3-3 draw in L4. Harman van den Berg scored after a minute, with Willie Fagan scoring from the spot and Jack Balmer also on target. 1898 – We came from behind to beat Sheffield United 2-1 at Anfield after Walter Bennett had nabbed the first of his four goals past us. Andrew McCowie converted a penalty, with George Allan also netting. On the move 2010 – Ex-reds defender Stephen Wright signed for Brentford, having been released by Coventry City. He made fourteen appearances before joining Hartlepool United. 2003 – Stewart Downing joined Sunderland on loan from Middlesbrough, bagging three goals in seven games. St. Michael the dad again 2007 – Ex-reds forward Michael Owen became a father for the third time, to Emily May.
  7. Will

    2nd September

    Birth of the legend 1913 - Bill Shankly was born in Glenbuck, Ayrshire. He was the ninth of ten children, and the youngest of five boys. Words cannot fully explain his importance to the history of Liverpool Football Club. However, his honours as reds boss between December 1959 and July 1974 included three League titles, two FA Cups, UEFA Cup and the Second Division championship. 1936 - Centre-half John Nicholson was born in Liverpool. He signed as a professional in January 1957, but only made one senior appearance before joining Port Vale in August 1961, playing over 200 games for them. 2001 – Midfielder Jake Cain was born in Wigan. He signed as a professional in September 2019, making his senior debut in our FA Cup Fourth Round replay against Shrewsbury Town in February 2020. Spurs stuffed 1978 - Tottenham Hotspur suffered their worst ever Anfield defeat, despite including their new World Cup winners, Osvaldo Ardiles and Ricky Villa. Kenny Dalglish and substitute David Johnson both grabbed a brace, added to by Ray Kennedy and a twice-taken Phil Neal penalty, before Terry McDermott rounded off a brilliant team move to make it 7-0. Into the League 1893 - We played our first ever game in the Football League, winning 2-0 at Middlesbrough Ironopolis. Forward Malcolm McVean scored our first ever League goal after an hour, with centre-half Joe McQue nabbing the other. James Henderson played his only senior reds game, while winger Patrick Gordon and forward James Stott also made their debuts in this game. This was also the first ever League game staged at the Paradise Ground. A busy day 2013 – A whole host of transfers took place on deadline day, with forward Fabio Borini joining Sunderland on loan, while ex-reds left-back Andrea Dossena also signed for the Black Cats on a free transfer from Rafael Benítez’s SSC Napoli. Two centre-halves arrived at Anfield, with Mamadou Sakho arriving from Paris Saint-Germain for £15m and Tiago Ilori signing from Sporting Clube de Portugal for £7m. On the same day, winger Victor Moses arrived on loan from Chelsea with Dani Pacheco leaving the reds to sign for Spanish side AD Alcorcón. Meanwhile, Momo Sissoko had his contract with Paris Saint-Germain terminated. More red ins and outs 1959 – Forward Bobby Murdoch left the reds to join Barrow. He struck seven times in nineteen reds games after signing as a professional in May 1957, as we struggled in the Second Division. 1986 - Steve Staunton signed from Dundalk for £20,000. He bagged six goals in ninety appearances in his first spell at Anfield, joining Aston Villa for £1.1m after five years with the reds. 1994 - John Scales signed from Wimbledon for £3.5m. He struck four times in 94 games in his two years at Anfield, before joining Tottenham Hotspur for £2.6m in December 1996. On the same day, Paul Stewart joined Wolverhampton Wanderers on loan. He scored twice in ten appearances for Wolves, and later joined Burnley and Sunderland on loan, having slipped out of the first team picture at Anfield. 2015 – The capture of Brazilian midfielder Allan Rodrigues de Souza from Internacional for a reported £500,000 was announced, with his loan departure to Finnish club Seinäjoen Jalkapallokerho also revealed on the same day. 2019 – Winger Ryan Kent was sold to Rangers for £7m after a successful loan spell in which he had struck six times in 43 appearances. On the same day, keeper Shamal George joined Marine on loan and forward Bobby Duncan was sold to Fiorentina for €2m. Meanwhile, Martin Škrtel was released after less than a month with Atalanta and signed for İstanbul Başakşehir on the same day. Nice one Cyril 1939 - Cyril Done scored the only goal of the game on his reds debut at home to Chelsea, the day after Germany invaded Poland, and the day before Britain declared war, which resulted in the cancellation of the football season, so he had to wait until October 1946 to make his official reds bow. Full-back Jim Harley was sent off. Out-gunned We have faced Arsenal four times in top-flight matches on this day in history, without securing victory. 1905 - We lost 3-1 at Woolwich Arsenal with Bobby Robinson bagging our consolation, and Sam Raybould missing a penalty in our first game of the season. Jack Parkinson broke his wrist in this match, keeping him out of the side for six months. We finished the game with nine men after Billy Dunlop twisted his knee. Tim Coleman netted the first of his nine goals against the reds, with ex-red CharlIe Satterthwaite and Jimmy Blair also on the scoresheet. 1911 - We returned to the Manor Ground for another season opener, when John McConnell scored his only reds goal with Samual Gilligan also netting as we left with a 2-2 draw. 1922 - We lost 1-0 to Arsenal at Highbury, thanks to an Arthur Hutchins penalty. 2012 – Loanee Nuri Şahin made his reds bow as the Gunners comfortably won 2-0 at Anfield, with Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla bagging the goals. Beating the Trotters We have entertained Bolton Wanderers three times on this day in history, winning twice and drawing on the other occasion. 1914 - Billy Lacey, Arthur Metcalf, Jimmy Nicholl and Jackie Sheldon all struck as we won our opening First Division fixture 4-3. Evan Jones scored, with Joe Smith grabbing two of his twelve goals against us. 1916 - Fred Pagnam, Arthur Goddard and Jack Bamber netted as we won a Wartime League match 3-1. 1931 - Dave Wright bagged a brace in a 2-2 top-flight draw as George Gibson scored the final goal of his five past us, with Ray Westwood netting the first of his nine. Red centurions 1950 - Jack Balmer struck his hundredth reds goal as we drew 1-1 at Aston Villa. 1925 – Matt McQueen reached a century of League games in charge as we beat Notts County 2-0 at Anfield. Billy Flint put through his own net, with Dick Forshaw also scoring inside the opening half hour. Debutants on the mark 1899 – Inside-forward John ‘Sailor’ Hunter scored on his reds bow, as we lost 3-2 at Stoke in our season opener, with skipper Alex Raisbeck also on target and forward Peter Kyle also making his reds bow. Billy Maxwell bagged two of his six goals against the reds, with Jack Kennedy also scoring. 1907 - Charlie Hewitt also netted on his debut, as we started another season with a 3-1 defeat at Nottingham Forest. Enoch West struck the first of his eight goals against the reds, with Harry Green and Ted Hughes also on target. Double debutants 1972 - Keeper Frank Lane played the first of his two senior reds games, unfortunately conceding an own goal, often attributed to Alan Hinton, as we lost 2-1 at League champions Derby County, despite John Toshack putting us in front. Midfielder Peter Cormack also made his reds bow in this match. John O’Hare scored the last of his six goals past us for the home side. Ged’s double century 2002 - We were held at home by Newcastle United to a 2-2 draw in the 200th match since Gérard Houllier took sole charge. Ex-United player Dietmar Hamann struck before Michael Owen converted a penalty. However, late goals from Gary Speed and one of Alan Shearer’s eight past us levelled the match. 1953 - We also faced the Geordies, leaving St. James’ Park on the wrong end of a 4-0 scoreline, with the legendary Jackie Milburn and Vic Keeble adding to the last two of Robert Mitchell’s eight strikes against the reds. Syd’s last 1936 – We were trounced 6-2 at Portsmouth with Alf Hanson and Berry Nieuwenhuys netting our goals as inside-left Syd Roberts played his 62nd and final reds game. Fred Worrall scored one of his four goals against the reds, Jack Weddle struck the last of his five, Cliff Parker bagged two of his five and Billy Bagley also scored twice. Starting out with a point 1901 - We kicked off our season with a goalless draw at Small Heath, who were later to become known as Birmingham City. Michael on the mark again 2000 - Michael Owen scored England’s equaliser against World Champions France in their friendly encounter at the Stade de France, having come on as a substitute. Kevin Keegan was in charge of a side that also featured ex-red Steve McManaman, while Nick Barmby was winning his first cap as a reds player. Future red Nicolas Anelka appeared for the home side. The same day, Sami Hyypiä won his 34th cap in Finland’s 2-1 home defeat of Albania in a World Cup qualifier, with future red Jari Litmanen on the scoresheet. Don Hutchison won his first cap as a Sunderland player as Scotland won their qualifier in Latvia 1-0. Robbie Keane bagged his only goal while with Internazionale as ex-red Jason McAteer also struck in the Republic of Ireland’s 2-2 draw with the Netherlands in Amsterdam, with Steve Staunton also featuring. Craig Bellamy was sent off while winning his first cap as a Coventry City player as Wales lost 2-1 in Belarus. Also in international action that day were Stéphane Henchoz, Vladimír Šmicer, future reds Igor Bišcan, Jerzy Dudek and Paul Jones, and ex-reds Øyvind Leonhardsen, Jim Magilton and Gareth Roberts. Crouchie at the double 2006 - Peter Crouch bagged a brace with Steven Gerrard also on target as England thumped Andorra 5-0 in their Euro 2008 qualifier at Old Trafford, with future red Stewart Downing also in action. Luis García and future red Fernando Torres both netted for Spain in their 4-0 defeat of Liechtenstein, with Xabi Alonso also in the side. Future red Martin Škrtel struck his first goal for his country on the same day, as Slovakia thumped Cyprus 6-1 in another qualifier in Bratislava. Dirk Kuyt won his first cap as a red, playing alongside future red Ryan Babel as the Netherlands won 1-0 in Luxembourg. Meanwhile, ex-red Jari Litmanen knocked a brace past Jerzy Dudek, including a penalty, as Roy Hodgson’s Finland beat Poland 3-1 in what was the keeper’s final international as a red. Also in international action were Craig Bellamy, Steve Finnan, Sami Hyypiä, future reds Yossi Benayoun, Philipp Degen, Robbie Keane, Ragnar Klavan and Sotirios Kyrgiakos, and ex-reds Paul Jones, El-Hadji Diouf and Rigobert Song. Also representing their countries that day were managers John Toshack and Steve Staunton, who was dismissed as the Republic of Ireland lost 1-0 in Germany. 2017 – Ben Woodburn netted on his senior international debut as Wales beat Austria 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Cardiff. Sadio Mané played for Senegal as they shared a goalless draw with Burkina Faso in another qualifier in Dakar on the same day. 2021 – Ex-red Raheem Sterling scored as England thumped Hungary 4-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Budapest, with Jordan Henderson and ex-red Péter Gulácsi also featuring. James Balagizi debuted for England Under-19’s as they beat Italy 2-0 at St. George’s Park, while future red Ben Doak netted while debuting for Scotland Under-17’s in their 1-1 draw with Wales in Stirling. Future red Luis Díaz and ex-red Christian Benteke also played for their countries that day. International bows 2016 – Future red Kostas Tsimikas debuted for Greece Under-21’s as they drew 1-1 with Albania in a European Championships qualifier in Athens. On the same day, Marko Grujić won his first cap for Serbia Under-21’s as a reds player in their 1-1 draw in another qualifier in Italy, while Diogo Jota appeared for Portugal at the same level for the first time while playing for Club Atlético de Madrid in their goalless draw with Israel. Harry Wilson also represented his country that day. 2011 – Stewart Downing won his first cap as a reds player as England won a Euro 2012 qualifier 3-0 in Bulgaria, with Raul Meireles playing for Portugal for the first time since moving to Chelsea as Portugal won 4-0 in Cyprus. Craig Bellamy featured for Wales as they beat Montenegro 2-1 in Cardiff, the first time since his return to Anfield. Sebastián Coates won his first cap as a red as Uruguay beat Ukraine 3-2 in Karkov, while future red Dejan Lovren struck his first goal for Croatia in their 3-1 qualifying win in Malta. Robbie Keane won his first cap as an LA Galaxy player as the Republic of Ireland shared a goalless draw with Slovakia in Dublin, with Yossi Benayoun playing for Israel for the first time while on loan at Arsenal in their 1-0 defeat by Greece in Tel-Aviv. Alou Diarra won his first cap as an Olympique de Marseille player as France won 2-1 in Albania. Dirk Kuyt scored as the Netherlands trounced San Marino 11-0 in Eindhoven, with future red Gini Wijnaldum netting on his debut, while Pepe Reina, Martin Škrtel, Luis Suárez, future reds Ragnar Klavan, Simon Mignolet and James Milner, and ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa, Milan Jovanović, Javier Mascherano, Nikolay Mihaylov, Daniel Sjölund, Fernando Torres and John Toshack all also represented their countries. More first caps 2010 – Michael Ngoo and Jonjo Shelvey both netted on their debuts for England Under-19’s as they beat Slovakia 2-0 in a friendly at Gresty Road, while Andre Wisdom also made his debut at this level, skippering the side for a time. Meanwhile, future red Thiago Alcântara made his bow for Spain Under-21’s as they beat the Netherlands 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Alicante. Captain Yossi Benayoun scored a treble, including a penalty, as he won his first cap as a Chelsea player in Israel’s 3-1 defeat of Malta in a European Championships qualifier in Tel-Aviv on the same day. Alberto in action 2002 – Future red Alberto Aquilani played for Italy Under-19’s as they lost 1-0 to Turkey. 2005 – He featured for the Under-21’s in their European Championships qualifier against Scotland in Motherwell that ended 2-2 with three players sent off in total. The match was forfeited by the home side and recorded as a 3-0 victory to Italy. Also in international action that day were Scott Carson, Michael Nardiello, John Welsh and future reds Glen Johnson, Nikolay Mihaylov and James Milner. 2011 – Aquilani won his first cap while on loan with AC Milan as Italy won a Euro 2012 qualifier 1-0 in the Faroe Islands, with future red Mario Balotelli also in action. 2012 – Sheyi Ojo and Jerome Sinclair played for England Under-17’s as they lost a friendly 1-0 to Portugal in Burton. Also on the move 1938 – Scottish centre-half Tom ‘Tiny’ Bradshaw signed for South Liverpool after four goals in 291 appearances since signing from Bury for £8,000 in January 1930. He was only with South Liverpool for three days while the reds negotiated his £600 transfer to Third Lanark. 1955 – Future reds centre-forward Dave Hickson signed for Aston Villa from Everton for £17,500, netting just once in twelve games before moving to Huddersfield Town for £16,000 two months later. 2011 – Ex-reds defender Stephen Wright signed for Hartlepool United, featuring eleven times for the Monkey Hangers. Other reds games 1980 – We thumped Bradford City 4-0 in a League Cup Second Round second leg at Anfield on our way to claiming the trophy for the first time. Kenny Dalglish struck twice, with Ray Kennedy and David Johnson also scoring. 1967 – Tony Hateley and Roger Hunt struck as we won 2-0 at West Bromwich Albion. 1964 – We came from behind to beat Leeds United 2-1 in L4. Peter Thompson and Tommy Smith were both on the scoresheet. 1933 – We beat Sheffield United 3-2 at Anfield. Sam English added to a Gordon Hodgson brace after Peter Spooner had given the Blades an early lead. Jimmy Dunne bagged one of his eleven goals past us late on after Mick Killourhy had sent a spot-kick wide. Also in international action 1995 – Robbie Fowler played for England Under-21’s as they lost a European Championships qualifier 2-0 in Portugal. 1998 – Future reds Markus Babbel and Stéphane Henchoz both played in senior international friendlies, with Switzerland drawing 1-1 with FR Yugoslavia in Nis and Germany winning 2-1 in Malta.
  8. Will

    10th January

    Birth of a legend 1922 - Billy Liddell was born in Townhill, Dunfermline. He joined the reds in July 1938 while still only sixteen, signing as an amateur from Lochgelly Violet for £200 and turning professional nine months later. He left the club in 1961, having struck 228 times in 534 games. His only club honour was the League title in 1947, although he also played in the FA Cup Final three years later. He was on target on his 26th birthday as we beat Nottingham Forest 4-1 in the Third Round of the FA Cup, with Albert Stubbins grabbing a brace and Bob Priday also on the scoresheet with his sixth and last reds goal. In comes Souey 1978 - Graeme Souness signed from Middlesbrough for £352,000 after 22 goals in 176 League games. He won five League titles, three European Cups, four League Cups and three FA Charity Shields in six years as a reds player, netting 55 times in 359 games. His later time as Manager was considerably less successful, with just one FA Cup triumph, along with the controversial dismantling of the legendary Boot Room, and his infamous liaison with a certain tabloid newspaper. Debut of the Mighty Mullet 2001 - Jari Litmanen made his reds bow as we lost 2-1 at Crystal Palace in the first leg of the Worthington Cup Semi-final, with Andrejs Rubins opening the scoring for the Eagles. Vladimír Šmicer netted our goal immediately after Clinton Morrison had put the home side two up with the first of his four strikes against the reds. We emphatically turned things around in the Anfield return, progressing 6-2 on aggregate. Up against the Potters 1970 - We won 2-0 at Stoke City’s Victoria Ground thanks to goals from Bobby Graham and Peter Thompson. 2009 – We were held to a goalless draw at the Britannia Stadium, with Steven Gerrard striking the crossbar late on. Jonah makes a splash 2004 - On-loan keeper Paul ‘Jonah’ Jones made his reds bow as we beat Aston Villa 1-0 at Anfield thanks to a Mark Delaney own goal. He therefore became our oldest post-war debutant aged 36 years and 267 days. 1981 - We also faced the Villains, going down 2-0 to the eventual champions in the Midlands thanks to goals from Peter Withe and Dennis Mortimer. Get Carter 1991 - Jimmy Carter signed from Millwall for £800,000 after twelve goals in 130 games for the Lions. He moved on to Arsenal for £500,000 after just nine months and eight appearances in his time at Anfield. More ins and outs 1949 – Left-winger Peter Kippax signed for the reds a few days after his contract with his hometown club Burnley was cancelled. He only made one senior appearance, moving on to Preston North End in 1950. 2007 - Left-winger Sebastián Leto signed from Club Atlético Lanús for £1.85m, although the transfer was not formally completed until seven months later. He made just four senior appearances, moving permanently to Panathinaikos in July 2009 after spending the previous season on loan at Olympiacos. 2010 - Andriy Voronin was sold to Dynamo Moskva for £1.8m after six strikes in forty reds outings, following his free transfer signing from Bayer 04 Leverkusen in July 2007. Most recently 2015 – We won 1-0 at Sunderland, with Lazar Marković on target early on. Liam Bridcutt was sent off for the home side shortly after half time. Liverpool births 1984 - John Welsh was born. The young midfielder only made ten senior reds appearances, joining Hull City in January 2007 after a loan spell. 1952 – Keeper Grahame Lloyd came into the world. He signed pro terms in January 1968, making it onto the bench once for an Inter-Cities Fairs Cup game against Dundalk in September 1969. He moved on to Motherwell in July 1974. 1944 – Keeper Billy Molyneux was born. He played just one senior game as Bill Shankly fielded a team of eleven reserves in our League match at Wolverhampton Wanderers in April 1965, which came only five days before the FA Cup Final. North-east disappointment We have twice visited the North East in the FA Cup on this day in history. 1920 - We drew 1-1 at South Shields in the First Round, with Harry Lewis grabbing our goal and Harry Woods nabbing the first of his five strikes past us as Donald McKinlay reached a century of reds games. We won the Anfield replay, but went out to Huddersfield Town in the Fourth Round that season. 1953 - We lost 1-0 at Gateshead in the Third Round with left-winger Mervyn Jones and right-half Roy Saunders making their reds bows. Management moves 2012 - Nick Barmby was appointed Manager of Hull City on a permanent basis, staying in the role for just four months before he was sacked for speaking out about the owners and transfer funds. 2011 - Steve Clarke joined the reds as First-team Coach under King Kenny. On the same day, ex-reds reserves forward Paul Jewell was appointed Manager of Ipswich Town. 2002 - Steve Nicol was named Assistant Coach of New England Revolution. He was appointed permanent head coach ten months later, taking them to the final of the MLS play-offs in his first full season in charge. Sheila’s farewell 2008 - The funeral of Club Secretary Sheila Walsh took place at St. Mary’s The Virgin, Waterloo. Those who paid tribute to her included boss Rafael Benítez, who said, “Sheila worked as a Secretary to seven different managers at Liverpool Football Club during her 26 years with us. I was privileged to work with her during these last four years. During my time as the manager here I found Sheila to be professional, committed, warm, friendly and above all courageous in the face of her suffering.” Prince Kenny 1972 - Celtic’s Kenny Dalglish won the first of his four caps for Scotland Under-23’s as they beat a West German Olympics XI 1-0 at Hampden Park. A Merseyside centenary 1983 - We took part in a centenary friendly for Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park. David Johnson, Phil Neal and Ronnie Whelan scored as we won 3-1. Harry on target 2011 - Ex-red Harry Kewell struck for Australia as they beat India 4-0 in an AFC Asian Cup Finals group game in Qatar. Ryan in trouble 2011 - Ryan Babel was charged by the FA with improper conduct relating to tweeting about referee Howard Webb after our recent defeat at Manchester United. Other reds games 2000 – We lost 1-0 at home to Blackburn Rovers in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup, with Nathan Blake bagging the late winner. 1998 – Jamie Redknapp struck twice as we beat Wimbledon 2-0 at Anfield 1979 – Southend United held us to a goalless draw in our FA Cup Third Round trip to a snowy Roots Hall. We won the replay, making it as far as the Semi-final that season. 1976 – We were held to a 3-3 draw by Ipswich Town, with Jimmy Case adding to a Kevin Keegan brace. Trevor Whymark scored two of his six goals against the reds, with Eric Gates netting the first of his five. 1931 – We lost 2-0 to Birmingham City in an FA Cup Third Round tie in L4, with Ernie Curtis on target before John Bradford struck one of his fifteen past us in the final minute. 1925 – Danny Shone scored twice with Fred Hopkin also on the scoresheet as we beat Leeds United 3-0 in a First Round meeting at Anfield. 1914 – Barnsley held the reds to a 1-1 draw in a First Round encounter in L4, with Billy Lacey bagging our goal. Also on the move 1996 - Don Hutchison joined Sheffield United from West Ham United for £1.2m. He bagged six goals in 91 games while at Bramall Lane, before moving back to Merseyside to join Everton in February 1998 for £1m. 2002 - Jermaine Pennant joined Watford on loan from Arsenal. He struck twice in nine games for the Hornets, returning to Vicarage Road for a second loan spell ten months later. 2012 – Ex-reserves midfielder Victor Pálsson was released by Hibernian after one goal in 34 outings. 2013 – Left-back Andrea Dossena joined U.S. Città di Palermo on loan from SSC Napoli, turning out eleven times for them. Missing out 2011 – Ex-red Xabi Alonso was voted into tenth in the FIFA Ballon d’Or for 2010, with Barcelona’s Lionel Messi winning the trophy for the second year in a row.
  9. Will

    15th November

    Have a rowdy birthday 1937 - Ron Yeats was born in Aberdeen. The giant centre-half played 454 times for the reds, netting sixteen times and captaining us to two League titles, our first FA Cup, the Second Division title and FA Charity Shield. He was one of Bill Shankly’s first and most inspired signings, arriving for just £30,000 from Dundee United in July 1961. He moved on to Tranmere Rovers in December 1971. Clem departs 2020 – Legendary keeper Ray Clemence died. He 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, a League Cup, UEFA Super Cup and four FA Charity Shields, before moving on to Tottenham Hotspur in August 1981. Technicolor reds 1969 - Our 2-0 home win over West Ham United was the first game screened in colour by the BBC’s Match Of The Day. Chris Lawler and Bobby Graham scored the goals, with forward Steve Peplow making the first of his three senior appearances. On the move 1999 - Stephen Wright was loaned to Crewe Alexandra for the second time, making seventeen appearances before returning to Anfield. On the same day, ex-red Mark Walters joined Bristol Rovers from Swindon Town on a free transfer. He struck fourteen times in 96 Pirates games. 1928 – Scottish forward John McFarlane signed from Aberdeen. He became our then-youngest ever player when he debuted as we lost 2-1 at home to Everton in the League three months later, aged just seventeen years and 47 days. However, he only played one more senior game, moving on to Halifax Town in July 1930. 1983 - Future reds winger Jimmy Carter signed as a professional for Crystal Palace. He never made the first team, a fate that also befell him at Queens Park Rangers, his next club. 1991 - Ex-reds reserve forward Mike Newell joined Blackburn Rovers from Everton in a £1.1m deal. He went on to net 48 times in 167 appearances for Rovers. Other birthdays 1979 – Josemi was born in Málaga. Rafael Benítez’s first signing, for £2m from his hometown club in July 2004, made just 35 reds appearances, mostly at right-back, before joining Villarreal back in his native Spain in swap deal for Jan Kromkamp in January 2006. 2013 - Forward Wayne Harrison was born in Stockport. He signed from Oldham Athletic for £250,000 in January 1985 at the age of seventeen, then a record fee for a teenager, although he never made a senior reds appearance before having to retire due to injury in the summer of 1991, aged just 23. 1895 - Half-back Neil McBain was born in Campbeltown, Argyllshire. He played twelve times after signing from St. Johnstone for £1,000 in March 1928. He moved on to Watford after eight months at Anfield, later managing the Hornets and Ayr United as well as coaching in Argentina. A treble against 1952 - Cliff Holton scored a hat-trick for Arsenal as they ran out 5-1 winners at Anfield, the last of his four goals against us, with Ben Marden bagging a brace. Jimmy Payne netted our goal, as early as the fifth minute. 1947 - We were also thumped 5-1 at Sunderland in another First Division fixture with Billy Liddell grabbing our consolation. Dickie Davis netted two of his seven strikes against the reds, with Albert Quinn bagging another brace and Willie Watson also on the scoresheet. Thumping Wolves 1902 - We beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 4-1 in a top-flight meeting in L4, with George Livingstone, Jack Cox, Arthur Goddard and Sam Raybould all on the scoresheet inside the opening eleven minutes. Brian’s last 1975 – Brian Hall bagged his 21st and final reds goal as we beat Newcastle United 2-1 at St. James’ Park, with Ray Kennedy nabbing the winner. Future Evertonian Geoff Nulty struck for the home side. 200 up 1924 – Dick Forshaw netted in his 200th reds game as we lost 2-1 at Burnley. George Beel bagged the first of his eight goals against the reds, with Tommy Roberts scoring the last of his four past us. Most recently 2008 – We won 2-0 at Bolton Wanderers. Dirk Kuyt headed us in front with the home side having a Gary Cahill goal disallowed just before the break. Steven Gerrard added the second. Management moves 1955 - Bill Shankly resigned as Manager of Workington. He had been in charge for two years as they struggled in the Third Division North, winning 35 of their 87 League games under his leadership. 2011 – Nick Barmby was appointed Caretaker Manager of Hull City, being appointed permanently two months later. However, he was sacked in May 2012. 2005 - Ex-reds defender Nicky Tanner resigned as Manager of Hellenic League side Almondsbury Town after two years in charge. 1995 - Roy Hodgson stepped down as Manager of Switzerland after his final game, a 3-1 friendly defeat to England at Wembley, with Steve McManaman, Jamie Redknapp and future red Stéphane Henchoz all in action. On the same day, future red Patrik Berger scored in the Czech Republic’s 3-0 European Championships qualifying defeat of Luxembourg in Prague. Fellow future clubmate Vladimír Šmicer won his second cap in the same game, coming on as a substitute. Phil Babb, Stig Inge Bjørnebye, Mark Kennedy, Jason McAteer, future reds Markus Babbel, Gary McAllister and Øyvind Leonhardsen, and ex-reds John Aldridge, Ronnie Rosenthal, Dean Saunders and Steve Staunton all also featured in Euro ’96 qualifiers. International debutants 2018 – Trent Alexander-Arnold scored his first England goal in their 3-0 defeat of the USA at Wembley, with Jordan Henderson also in action. Paul Glatzel made his debut for Germany Under-18’s as they beat Cyprus Under-21’s 1-0, while Dominic Solanke bagged a brace for England Under-21’s in their 2-1 win in Italy. Curtis Jones, Dejan Lovren and ex-reds Iago Aspas and Suso also played for their countries that day. 2006 – Future red Alberto Aquilani made his senior international bow as Italy were held to a 1-1 friendly draw by Turkey in Bergamo, with future red Nuri Şahin also featuring. 1972 - Ray Clemence and Kevin Keegan both made their senior England debuts as they beat Wales 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Cardiff. Emlyn Hughes and John Toshack both also played. 1997 - Future red Dietmar Hamann netted on his full international debut as Germany beat South Africa 3-0 in a friendly in Dusseldorf. Fellow future red Christian Ziege was also in the side. 2000 - Ex-red Dominic Matteo won his first Scotland cap in their 2-0 home friendly defeat by Australia. Ex-red Don Hutchison also featured. 2013 – Future red Adam Lallana made his England bow as Roy Hodgson’s side were beaten 2-0 at Wembley by Chile, with Jordan Henderson, Glen Johnson and future red James Milner also featuring. Ex-reds reserves midfielder Gary Mackay-Steven made his Scotland debut as they were held to a goalless draw by the USA at Hampden Park, winning his only cap while with Dundee United. Daniel Agger, Martin Škrtel, future reds Mario Balotelli and Emre Can, and ex-reds Alexander Kačaniklić, Javier Mascherano, Raul Meireles and Maxi Rodríguez all also played for their countries that day. Robbie’s treble 2006 - Future red Robbie Keane struck a hat-trick as Steve Staunton’s Republic of Ireland thumped San Marino 5-0 at Lansdowne Road, with Steve Finnan also featuring. 2013 – Ex-red Keane also scored as his country beat Latvia 3-0 in a friendly in Dublin. For Jackie 1922 – We beat Derby County 3-1 at Anfield in a testimonial match for Jackie Sheldon, who had recently retired after breaking his leg. Guest player Owen apparently scored all three of our goals. Sheldon grabbed twenty goals in 147 reds games after joining from Manchester United in November 1913 and played in our first ever FA Cup Final in 1914. Unfortunately, his name was forever tainted by being the go-between in our match-fixing scandal with Manchester United in April 1915. Two more legends honoured 2007 - Peter Beardsley and Graeme Souness were both inducted into the Football Museum’s Hall of Fame. Beardsley won two League titles, the FA Cup, and two FA Charity Shields while at Anfield, as well as 59 England caps and a ‘new’ Second Division title with Fulham. Souness claimed five League titles, three European Cups, four League Cups and three FA Charity Shields while with the reds, also winning 54 Scottish caps, a Second Division championship, Coppa Italia and Scottish League title as a player. More first and last caps 1997 - Ex-red Ray Houghton was on target while winning his 73rd and final cap in the Republic of Ireland’s 2-1 World Cup play-off defeat in Belgium. Mark Kennedy made his seventeenth appearance, and final one as a reds player, while ex-red Steve Staunton also featured. 2000 - David James won his first cap as an Aston Villa player, only his second to that point, as England lost 1-0 to Italy in a friendly in Turin. This was Peter Taylor’s only game in charge, and he also selected Nick Barmby, Jamie Carragher, Robbie Fowler and Emile Heskey. Dietmar Hamann, Stéphane Henchoz and Christian Ziege all also featured in friendlies that day. 2011 – Future red Daniel Sturridge made his senior debut as Scott Carson won his first cap as a Bursaspor player as England beat Sweden 1-0 in a friendly at Wembley, with Stewart Downing and future red James Milner also featuring. Ryan Babel won his last cap as a TSG 1899 Hoffenheim player as the Netherlands lost a friendly 3-0 in Germany, with Dirk Kuyt and future red Gini Wijnaldum also featuring. 2021 - Xherdan Shaqiri won his last cap as an Olympique Lyonnais player, appearing for Switzerland for the hundredth time as they thumped Bulgaria 4-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Lucerne. Ex-red Ki-Jana Hoever scored his first goal for the Dutch Under-21’s in their 7-0 trouncing of Gibraltar in a European Championships qualifier. Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson, Mohamed Salah and ex-red Conor Coady also represented their countries that day, with Steve Clarke taking charge of Scotland. 2006 – Porto’s Raul Meireles made his international bow in Portugal’s 3-0 European Championships qualifying defeat of Kazakhstan in Coimbra. Meanwhile, Milan Baroš won his final cap as an Aston Villa player, his 53rd to date, and struck the Czech Republic’s goal in their 1-1 friendly draw with Daniel Agger’s Denmark in Prague, with fellow future red Christian Poulsen also in action. Alex Manninger won his first cap as a Robur Siena player as Austria beat Trinidad & Tobago 4-1 in Vienna. Xabi Alonso, Steven Gerrard, Sami Hyypiä, Dirk Kuyt, John Arne Riise, future reds Joe Cole, Ragnar Klavan, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Martin Škrtel and Kolo Touré, and ex-reds Nicolas Anelka, Alou Diarra and Frode Kippe all also represented their countries on the same day, while Roy Hodgson took charge of Finland. 2005 – Future reds coach Gary O’Neil won his ninth and last cap for England Under-21’s as they lost 2-1 to France in the second leg of their European Championships Play-off in Nancy, with Scott Carson and Anthony Le Tallec both also in action and ex-red Rigobert Song also playing for his country. International reds on target galore 2020 – Naby Keïta was on target for Guinea in their 1-1 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying draw in Chad, with Sadio Mané scoring the only goal as Senegal won a qualifier in Guinea-Bissau. Gini Wijnaldum struck twice as the Netherlands beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 3-1 in a UEFA Nations League group game in Amsterdam. Jordan Henderson, Marko Grujić, Neco Williams, future red Ozan Kabak and ex-reds Steve Clarke and Danny Ward also represented their countries that day. 2016 – Ex-red Iago Aspas netted for Spain on his senior bow with Adam Lallana converting a penalty and Pepe Reina winning his first cap as a permanent S.S.C. Napoli player in Spain’s 2-2 draw with England in a friendly at Wembley. Krisztián Németh won his last cap as an Al-Gharafa player as Hungary lost a friendly 2-0 to Sweden in Budapest. Trent Alexander-Arnold converted a penalty and Ben Woodburn bagged a brace at Under-19’s level, with Nathaniel Clyne, Philippe Coutinho, Marko Grujić, Jordan Henderson, Lazar Marković, future reds Alisson Becker, Diogo Jota and Thiago, and ex-reds Javier Mascherano, Brad Smith, Raheem Sterling and Luis Súarez all also representing their countries that day as Sebastián Coates won his last cap as a Sunderland player. 2015 – Naby Keïta scored his second and last goal as a Red Bull Salzburg player, as Guinea beat Namibia 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Morocco. On the same day, Krisztián Németh won his final cap while with Sporting Kansas City in Hungary’s 2-1 Euro 2016 qualifying defeat of Norway in Budapest, while Sheyi Ojo featured for England Under-19’s. 2014 – Jordan Henderson put through his own net as Roy Hodgson’s England beat Slovenia 3-1 in a friendly at Wembley. Adam Lallana, Raheem Sterling and future reds James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all also featured, with Southampton’s Nathaniel Clyne making his senior international bow. Sheyi Ojo, ex-red Carl Medjani and future reds Naby Keïta, Sadio Mané, Mohamed Salah, Xherdan Shaqiri and Dominic Solanke all also played for their countries that day. 2011 – Denmark captain Daniel Agger scored as they beat Finland 2-1 in a friendly in Esbjerg. Sebastián Coates, Péter Gulácsi, future reds Mario Balotelli, Ádám Bogdán, Ragnar Klavan, Mamadou Sakho and Xherdan Shaqiri, and ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa, Milan Baroš, Robbie Keane, Javier Mascherano, Raul Meireles, Christian Poulsen, Daniel Sjölund and Fernando Torres also featured in international action that day, with John Toshack taking charge of FYR Macedonia. 2006 - Future red Yossi Benayoun notched for Israel as they lost a European Championships qualifier to Croatia in Tel-Aviv by the odd goal in seven. 2003 - El-Hadji Diouf scored the only goal of Senegal’s friendly with Ivory Coast in Dakar, with Salif Diao also playing. Ex-red Don Hutchison won his 26th and last senior cap as Scotland beat the Netherlands 1-0 in the first leg of their ultimately unsuccessful Euro 2004 play-off. John Arne Riise and future reds Mark González, Paul Jones, Ragnar Klavan, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Albert Riera, Martin Škrtel and Fernando Torres also played for their countries that day. 2000 - Steve Staunton grabbed his final Republic of Ireland goal while winning his last cap as a reds player, and 86th in total, as they beat Finland 3-0 in a friendly at Lansdowne Road. Steve Finnan bagged his first international goal, and only one as a Fulham player, while ex-red Jason McAteer and future red Jari Litmanen also played, with Robbie Keane playing his final game for his country before joining Leeds United on loan from Internazionale. On the same day, Yossi Benayoun struck his final goal as a Maccabi Haifa player as Israel lost a friendly 2-1 in Portugal. 1997 - Robbie Fowler was on target in England’s 2-0 friendly defeat of Cameroon at Wembley. Paul Ince skippered a side that also featured Steve McManaman, while the Africans included future red Rigobert Song. 1989 - John Aldridge grabbed a brace, including a penalty, his first goals for the Republic of Ireland while a Real Sociedad player. The Irish won their World Cup qualifier 2-0 in Malta, skippered by Ronnie Whelan, with Ray Houghton, Steve Staunton and ex-red Kevin Sheedy all also in the side. John Barnes, Peter Beardsley, Steve McMahon and future reds Stig Inge Bjørnebye, Dean Saunders, István Kozma and Colin Pascoe all also featured in internationals that day. 1988 – Kozma played for Hungary again in their 3-0 friendly defeat in Greece. 1972 - Celtic’s Kenny Dalglish scored his first senior international goal in Scotland’s 2-0 World Cup qualifying defeat of Denmark at Hampden Park. Young future reds on target 1994 - Sami Hyypiä netted in the second of five consecutive games for Finland Under-21’s as they lost a friendly 2-1 in Germany. 2003 - Djibril Cissé struck a brace as France Under-21’s won the first leg of their European Championships play-off in Portugal 2-1. Alou Diarra and Florent Sinama-Pongolle both also played. Other reds games 1987 – John Aldridge struck as we drew 1-1 at Manchester United, before Norman Whiteside netted the last of his four goals against the reds. 1980 – We drew 2-2 at Crystal Palace. Ray Kennedy scored before Gerry Francis converted a spot kick. Avi Cohen put through his own net, then Terry McDermott netted. 1958 – Louis Bimpson was on target as we lost a Second Division fixture 3-2 at Derby County with the reds also benefiting from an Albert Mays own goal as keeper Tommy Younger had to go off injured. 1930 – We beat Leicester City 3-1 at Anfield with Jimmy Smith netting twice. Arthur Lochhead struck one of his five goals past us before Adam Black scored an own goal. 1919 – Dick Forshaw bagged a brace as we were held to a 3-3 draw in L4 by Bradford Park Avenue, with Albert Pearson also on the scoresheet. David McLean scored one of his eight goals past us, with Bobby Turnbull scoring from the spot and Joe Crozier also on target. We had to play the last half hour with just ten men as William Jenkinson had to go off injured. There was no half-time interval due to freezing weather as the referee just made the teams switch ends after 45 minutes. 1913 – Donald McKinlay netted the only goal of our visit to Preston North End. On the move 2002 - Jermaine Pennant joined Watford from Arsenal for a second loan spell. He grabbed one goal in fourteen games this time around. 2016 – Ex-reds winger Oussama Assaidi was released by Al Ahli after three goals in 29 games since joining from the reds for a reported £4.7m in January 2015. Also in international action 2019 – Alisson Becker, Rhian Brewster, Fabinho, Roberto Firmino, Kamil Grabara, future reds Thiago Alcântara, Luis Díaz, Melkamu Frauendorf and Arthur Melo, and ex-reds Philippe Coutinho, Sebastián Coates, Luis Suárez all played for their countries. 2009 – Chris Mavinga played for France Under-19’s as they drew 2-2 with Switzerland in the Limoges Tournament. 2001 – Future reds Steve Finnan and Robbie Keane and ex-red Jason McAteer and Steve Staunton all featured in the Republic of Ireland’s 1-0 World Cup Play-off defeat in Iran. 1978 – Future red Avi Cohen played for Israel in their 1-0 friendly defeat of Belgium in Jaffa.
  10. 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 1953 – 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 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 and future red Melkamu Frauendorf debuted for Germany Under-16’s as they lost 1-0 at home to Austria. 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. 2021 – Trent Alexander-Arnold, Conor Bradley, Jordan Henderson, Kostas Tsimikas, future red Luis Díaz and ex-reds Joe Allen, Conor Coady and Danny Ward all played for their countries, with Mohamed Salah and ex-red Péter Gulácsi skippering their sides in World Cup qualifiers.
  11. Will

    11th October

    Happy birthday Ronnie 1963 - Ronnie Rosenthal was born in Haifa. The Israeli forward made an instant impact on his arrival on loan in March 1990, with Kenny Dalglish saying, “Ronnie gave us the momentum. It was that which helped us to win the Championship.” He signed from Standard de Liège permanently that June for £1m and scored a total of 22 times in 97 reds games before joining Tottenham Hotspur for £250,000 after four years at Anfield. Lawler’s night 1978 - A testimonial match for full-back Chris Lawler was staged with the reds defeating Swansea City 3-2 at Anfield, thanks to a Kenny Dalglish brace and a strike by Graeme Souness, with Welsh rugby union star Gareth Edwards featuring for the Swans. Managing Director Ian Ayre, then aged just fourteen, took a penalty at half-time, having won a competition. Lawler made 549 appearances in sixteen years at Anfield, scoring 61 times, and helping us to two League titles, the UEFA Cup, FA Cup and FA Charity Shield. A treble for Tosh 1975 - John Toshack scored a hat-trick as we beat Birmingham City 3-1 at Anfield, while Bob Hatton struck the last of his four goals past us. Fifty for Terry 1980 – Terry McDermott’s penalty was his fiftieth reds goal as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Ipswich Town, with Frans Thijssen netting for the visitors. Double debut 1902 - Right-back Don McCallum played the first of his two reds games as we won 2-1 at West Bromwich Albion, with Sam Raybould bagging a brace and keeper Peter Platt also debuting. Mixed fortunes against the Blues 1919 - Chelsea completed the first half of their first ever League double over us, winning 1-0 at Stamford Bridge. Inside-right Tom Bennett played his only official reds game, although he had struck an amazing 77 times in seventy wartime games. 1947 - More happily, Albert Stubbins, Bob Priday and Billy Liddell struck as we won 3-0 at Anfield in another First Division meeting. Aldo for Ireland 1995 - Ex-red John Aldridge struck his final two goals for the Republic of Ireland, including a penalty, as they beat Latvia 2-0 in a Euro ’96 qualifier at Lansdowne Road. That took his tally to eight goals in four games against the men from the Baltic. Jason McAteer won his first cap as a reds player, with Phil Babb, Mark Kennedy and ex-red Steve Staunton also playing. Steve McManaman, Jamie Redknapp, ex-red Ronnie Rosenthal and future reds Nick Barmby, Stéphane Henchoz and Øyvind Leonhardsen all also featured in internationals that day, with Roy Hodgson taking charge of Switzerland. 1989 - Aldo won his first cap as a Real Sociedad player in a 3-0 World Cup qualifying defeat of Northern Ireland at the same venue. This was their first ever win over their near neighbours, at the fourth attempt. Ray Houghton and Ronnie Whelan both netted, while Steve Staunton and ex-red Kevin Sheedy also featured. Also in World Cup action that day were Peter Beardsley, Steve McMahon, Steve Nicol and future reds Stig Inge Bjørnebye, István Kozma, Colin Pascoe and Dean Saunders. Internationals on target 2021 – Virgil van Dijk struck while captaining the Netherlands to a 6-0 thumping of Gibraltar in a World Cup qualifier in Rotterdam. Mohamed Salah also captained his country, with ex-red Rhian Brewster dismissed for England Under-21’s. Curtis Jones and ex-reds Joe Allen, Danny Ward, Gini Wijnaldum and Harry Wilson also played for their countries. 2017 – Rhian Brewster netted as England Under-17’s beat Mexico 3-2 in the World Championship Finals in India. Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino both featured as Brazil beat Chile 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier on the same day. Meanwhile, ex-red Luis Suárez bagged a brace as Uruguay beat Bolivia 4-2 in Montevideo. 2016 – Ex-red Luis Suárez netted as Uruguay were held to a 2-2 draw by Colombia in a World Cup qualifier, with Sebastián Coates also playing. Philippe Coutinho, Marko Grujić, Jordan Henderson, Caoimhín Kelleher, Daniel Sturridge, Harry Wilson, future reds Alisson Becker and Diogo Jota and ex-reds Martin Škrtel and Brad Smith all also featured for their countries. 2013 – Daniel Sturridge earned and then converted a penalty as Roy Hodgson’s England beat Montenegro 4-1 in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley, with Steven Gerrard captaining the side and future red James Milner also in action. Martin Škrtel put through his own net and was sent off while leading Slovakia to a 1-0 defeat in Greece. On the same day, ex-red Alberto Aquilani scored for Italy in their 2-2 qualifying draw with Denmark in Copenhagen, who were skippered by Daniel Agger, with ex-red Alexander Kačaniklić and future red Ragnar Klavan also playing for their countries. 2014 – Ex-red Robbie Keane bagged a treble that included a penalty as the Republic of Ireland trounced Gibraltar 7-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Dublin. Also in international action that day were Lloyd Jones, Lazar Marković, future red Naby Keïta and ex-reds Javier Mascherano and Carl Medjani. 1997 - Future red Vladimír Šmicer struck in the Czech Republic’s 3-0 World Cup qualifying win over Slovakia in Prague. Ex-red Dean Saunders and future reds Stéphane Henchoz, Sami Hyypiä and Jari Litmanen all also featured in qualifiers on the same day. Final caps 2010 – Philippe Coutinho won his second and last cap while with Internazionale as Brazil beat Uruguay 2-0 in a friendly in Derby, with Lucas Leiva also in action. 2000 - Igor Bišcan won his eleventh cap, and final one as a Dinamo Zagreb player, in Croatia’s 1-1 draw with Scotland in his home city. Ex-red Don Hutchison also played. Emile Heskey, Sami Hyypiä, ex-reds Øyvind Leonhardsen, Jim Magilton, Jason McAteer, Steve McManaman and future reds Yossi Benayoun, Jerzy Dudek, Steve Finnan, Paul Jones, Robbie Keane and Jari Litmanen all also played in World Cup qualifiers that day. 2003 - Djibril Cissé won his last cap as an Auxerre player, and sixteenth in total, coming off the bench in France’s 3-0 Euro 2004 qualifying defeat of Yossi Benayoun’s Israel at the Stade de France. Meanwhile, ex-red David James started for England for the tenth consecutive game as they held Turkey to a goalless draw in Istanbul. Steven Gerrard and Emile Heskey both also played. Jerzy Dudek, Steve Finnan, Stéphane Henchoz, John Arne Riise, future reds Xabi Alonso, Craig Bellamy, Robbie Keane, Ragnar Klavan and Christian Poulsen, and ex-reds Don Hutchison and Paul Jones all also featured in qualifiers that day. Roy Hodgson took charge of the United Arab Emirates as they drew a friendly 2-2 with Uzbekistan in Dubai. 2003 - Daniel Sjölund won his second and final senior cap as a reds player as Finland beat Canada 3-2 in a friendly in Tampere. 2002 - He turned out for the Under-21’s as they beat Azerbaijan 3-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Vantaa. Management moves 2002 - Jan Mølby was sacked as Manager of basement side Hull City. He had been in charge for just seven months, but had only managed two wins in seventeen games. 2001 – Future reds First Team Coach Kevin Keen took charge as Caretaker Manager of Macclesfield Town, following Manager Gil Prescott’s decision to concentrate on a role as Director of Football. 2004 - Ex-reds coach Christian Damiano was appointed First Team Coach at Southampton. Mixed fortunes against the Trotters We have faced Bolton Wanderers three times on this day in history, winning one, drawing one and losing the other. 1897 - We lost a friendly 4-1 at Burnden Park with Tom Bradshaw on target. 1952 - We returned there, with Kevin Baron and Jimmy Payne netting in a 2-2 top-flight draw, with Nat Lofthouse bagging the last two of his eight goals past us. 1913 - Our other meeting also came in the First Division, with Tom Miller bagging a brace in a 2-1 home victory. Drawing a blank on Tyneside We have twice visited St. James’ Park for First Division fixtures on this day in history, without securing victory or even scoring a goal. 1924 - We shared a goalless draw, with forward Hector Lawson playing his sixteenth and last reds game. 1969 - Newcastle United won 1-0. First caps 2013 – Mamadou Sakho won his first cap as a reds player in France’s 6-0 thumping of Australia in Paris. Future red Xherdan Shaqiri struck as Switzerland won a World Cup qualifier 2-1 in Albania, while Luis Suárez, future reds Ádám Bogdán and Dejan Lovren and ex-reds Álvaro Arbeloa, Craig Bellamy, Dirk Kuyt, Krisztián Németh and Maxi Rodríguez all featured in World Cup qualifiers that day. 2008 – Albert Riera won his first cap as a reds player as Spain won a World Cup qualifier 3-0 in Estonia, with Xabi Alonso and Fernando Torres also featuring. Daniel Agger converted a penalty as Denmark beat Malta 3-0 in Copenhagen, with Yossi Benayoun doing likewise while skippering Israel to a 3-1 victory in Luxembourg. However, ex-red Craig Bellamy had a spot-kick saved as Wales beat Liechtenstein 2-0 in Cardiff under the management of John Toshack. Ex-red Salif Diao won his fortieth and last cap for Senegal as they drew 1-1 with Gambia in Dakar. Also in qualifying action that day were Ryan Babel, Andrea Dossena, Nabil El Zhar, Sami Hyypiä, Dirk Kuyt, Javier Mascherano, Steven Gerrard, future reds Milan Jovanović, Ragnar Klavan, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Alex Manninger, Raul Meireles, Christian Poulsen, Nuri Şahin, Luis Suárez and Kolo Touré and ex-reds Milan Baroš, Alou Diarra, El-Hadji Diouf, Emile Heskey, David James, Jari Litmanen, John Arne Riise, Daniel Sjölund and Rigobert Song. 2019 – Ki-Jana Hoever won his last cap for the Dutch Under-18’s as they beat Belgium 3-2 in a friendly in Oldenzaal. Rhian Brewster, Kamil Grabara, Jordan Henderson, future red Fábio Carvalho and ex-red Raheem Sterling all represented their countries that day. 2015 – Agger also played for Denmark as they lost 2-1 to France in a friendly in Copenhagen, with ex-red Krisztián Németh bagging a brace as Hungary lost a European Championships qualifier 4-3 in Greece. Herbie Kane and future reds Andy Robertson and Mohamed Salah were also in international action that day. 2014 – Andy Robertson won his first cap as a Hull City player in Scotland’s 1-0 defeat of Georgia in a European Championships qualifier at Ibrox. 1997 - Paul Ince skippered England while winning his 34th cap, and first one as a reds player, as they held Italy to a goalless draw in Rome to reach the World Cup Finals. On the same day, Jim Magilton won his first cap as a Sheffield Wednesday player as Northern Ireland lost 1-0 in Portugal. Meanwhile, Ray Houghton won his 71st cap, and first while with Reading, skippering the Republic of Ireland as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Romania in another qualifier at Lansdowne Road. Phil Babb, Mark Kennedy and Jason McAteer all also played. 1995 - Dean Saunders won his fiftieth cap, and first one as a Galatasaray player, as Wales lost 2-1 to Germany in a Euro ’96 qualifier in Cardiff. Future reds Markus Babbel and Christian Ziege both also featured. Meanwhile, Torben Piechnik was winning his first cap as an AGF Århus player, and thirteenth in all, as Denmark drew 1-1 with Spain in Copenhagen. 1989 - István Kozma won his first cap as a Dunfermline Athletic player as Hungary were held to a 2-2 World Cup qualifying draw in Budapest by Spain. Double trebles for young reds 1994 - Future red Patrik Berger bagged a treble while winning his only Czech Republic Under-21’s cap in their 7-0 European Championships qualifying win in Malta. On the same day, Jamie Redknapp also notched a hat-trick as England Under-21’s won 3-1 in Austria in another qualifier. Robbie Fowler and future red Nick Barmby also featured. Flo on target at Clermont-Ferrand 2002 - Florent Sinama-Pongolle scored a penalty, the only goal of France Under-21’s meeting with Slovenia in a European Championships qualifier in Clermont-Ferrand. Alou Diarra and Anthony Le Tallec both also won their third caps. Meanwhile, future red Joe Cole struck his last goal at this level as England won 4-0 in Slovakia, with future red Paul Konchesky also in action. On the same day, Daniel Sjölund and future reds Xabi Alonso, Albert Riera and Fernando Torres also featured in qualifiers at this level. 2003 – Sinama-Pongolle struck again as France beat Israel 2-0 in another qualifier on the same ground, playing alongside Diarra and Le Tallec again. 2005 - Le Tallec scored in his fifth consecutive Under-21’s game as France beat Cyprus 2-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Beauvais. On the same day, Ramon Calliste, Scott Carson, Besian Idrizaj and future reds Raul Meireles, James Milner and Gary O’Neil were also in qualifying action. Also in international action 2006 - Luis García won his eighteenth and final cap as he played against Javier Mascherano, who was playing his final international while with West Ham United. Xabi Alonso, Pepe Reina and future reds Maxi Rodríguez and Fernando Torres all also featured as Spain beat Argentina 2-1 in a friendly in Murcia. Sami Hyypiä and ex-red Jari Litmanen struck the goals as Roy Hodgson’s Finland won a European Championships qualifier 2-0 in Kazakhstan, with Nicolas Anelka notching for France against the Faroe Islands as he won his first cap as a Bolton Wanderers player. Welsh skipper Craig Bellamy was on target as John Toshack’s men beat Cyprus 3-1 in another qualifier in Cardiff. Meanwhile, Daniel Agger broke his right hand during Denmark’s 4-0 victory in Liechtenstein, while Jamie Carragher, Peter Crouch, Steve Finnan, ex-red Milan Baroš and future reds Ryan Babel, Robbie Keane, Ragnar Klavan, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Christian Poulsen, Martin Škrtel and Andriy Voronin all also featured in qualifiers, with Adam Hammill and Craig Lindfield playing for England Under-19’s in Austria, and future red Philipp Degen in friendly action. Meanwhile, Nikolay Mihaylov won his last cap for Bulgaria Under-21’s as a PFC Levski Sofia player as they had two players sent off in their 4-1. 2020 – Ex-red Simon Mignolet faced Trent Alexander-Arnold and skipper Jordan Henderson as England beat Belgium 2-1 in a UEFA Nations League group game at Wembley. Diogo Jota, Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk, Gini Wijnaldum, Neco Williams, Harry Wilson, future red Ozan Kabak and ex-reds Ryan Babel, Péter Gulácsi and Dejan Lovren all also featured in the same competition that day, with ex-reds coach Steve Clarke taking charge of Scotland. Dirk’s last strike 2011 – Dirk Kuyt bagged his last goal for the Netherlands as a reds player in their 3-2 Euro 2012 qualifying defeat in Sweden, with Thiago Alcântara winning his last cap as a Barcelona player as Spain beat Scotland 3-1 in a qualifier in Alicante. Charlie Adam, Alberto Aquilani, Craig Bellamy, Lucas, Luis Suárez, future reds Joe Allen, Ragnar Klavan, Dejan Lovren, Simon Mignolet and Xherdan Shaqiri, and ex-reds Álvaro Arbeloa, Milan Baroš, Alou Diarra, Milan Jovanović, Javier Mascherano, Raul Meireles, Nikolay Mihaylov, Christian Poulsen, John Arne Riise all also featured in internationals that day, with John Toshack taking charge of FYR Macedonia. Youngsters on the mark again 1983 - Future red Paul Walsh scored in his third consecutive England Under-21’s game as they won 2-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Hungary. Steve McMahon won his first cap as an Aston Villa player, while future reds Mark Walters and Mark Wright both also played. 2007 – Future red Jonjo Shelvey netted for England Under-16’s in the Sky Sports Victory Shield as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Northern Ireland at Bloomfield Road. He actually struck in all three games as England claimed the trophy. 2012 – Samed Yeşil converted a penalty for Germany Under-19’s in their 5-0 trouncing of FYR Macedonia in a European Championships qualifier in Luxembourg, with future red Gini Wijnaldum also in action at this level that day. 2018 – Dominic Solanke scored for England Under-21’s as they trounced Andorra 7-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Chesterfield. On the same day, Andy Robertson skippered Scotland as they lost a UEFA Nations League game 2-0 in Israel with Diogo Jota scoring his first goal for Portugal Under-21’s as they trounced Liechtenstein 9-0 in a qualifier in Vaduz. Rafael Camacho debuted for Portugal Under-20’s as they drew 1-1 with Switzerland in the Under 20 Elite League in Rio Maior. Meanwhile, Harry Wilson and ex-reds Joe Allen and Iago Aspas all featured as Spain beat Wales 4-1 in a friendly in Cardiff, with Curtis Jones and Corey Whelan also in international action. Captain Gary Mac Gary McAllister twice captained Scotland to 2-0 victories on this day, while still at Leeds United. 1995 - They beat Sweden in a friendly at the Råsunda Stadion in Solna. 1997 - Latvia lost in a World Cup qualifier at Celtic Park. Other reds games 1986 – Clive Allen bagged the only goal of Tottenham Hotspur’s visit to Anfield. 1958 – We beat Lincoln City 3-2 in a Second Division meeting in L4. Jimmy Harrower opened the scoring before Ron Smillie equalised. Fred Morris bagged a treble before the break, with Bert Linnecor netted the first of his five goals against the reds. 1930 – Sheffield Wednesday won 2-1 at Anfield. Jack Ball struck the first of his four past us before Gordon Hodgson levelled. Mark Hooper then nabbed one of his eight goals against the reds. On the move again 1999 - Bruce Grobbelaar signed for Northwich Victoria on non-contract terms, although he only stayed at the Victoria Stadium for three weeks. 2005 - Former reserves defender Alan Navarro joined Macclesfield Town on a free transfer from Accrington Stanley. He is now with League One outfit Swindon Town. 2010 – Ex-reds reserves custodian Tony Warner rejoined Leeds United on a short-term deal, to play for their reserves. 2012 – Warner moved on again, signing for Maltese side Floriana.
  12. Will

    7th October

    Happy birthday Sami 1973 – Ex-reds centre-half Sami Hyypiä was born in Helsinki. The mighty Finn played 464 reds games, netting 35 times and helping us to claim the European Cup, UEFA Cup, two FA Cups, two League Cups and two UEFA Super Cups following his £2.5m bargain capture from Dutch side Willem II in May 1999. He left the club in the summer of 2009 to sign for Bayer 04 Leverkusen on a free transfer, subsequently moving into management. Other reds celebrating 1998 – Trent Alexander-Arnold was born in Liverpool, signing pro terms on his seventeenth birthday. He was at the Academy since the age of six, striking twelve times in 226 senior appearances across his first six seasons as he helped the reds to claim the League title, UEFA Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup, UEFA Super Cup, FA Cup, League Cup and FA Community Shield. 1990 – Uruguayan centre-half Sebastián Coates was born in Montevideo. He signed from Nacional for £7m in August 2011, scoring twice in 24 games before joining Sunderland for £4m in July 2015 after a season there on loan. He played for Uruguay Under-20’s on his nineteenth birthday as they were beaten 3-1 by Brazil in their World Cup Finals Round of Sixteen encounter in Egypt. 1995 – Reserves centre-back Lloyd Jones was born. He signed from his hometown club Plymouth Argyle for £150,000 in June 2011, turning pro in May 2013 after sitting on the bench in our Premiership visit to Fulham earlier that month. He skippered our Under-21’s for more than a season, moving on permanently to Luton Town in January 2018 after a series of loan spells. Didi makes Wembley history 2000 - Dietmar Hamann scored the last ever goal at the old Wembley as Germany beat England 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier. Christian Ziege was winning his first cap as a reds player, with Michael Owen and future red Nick Barmby also playing. Kevin Keegan resigned as England boss that evening. First treble 1893 - James Stott bagged our first ever League hat-trick in our 6-0 Second Division defeat of Middlesbrough Ironopolis, with Duncan McLean scoring his first goal for the club and Hugh McQueen and David Henderson also on target. Harry all smiles 1922 - Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers scored our first ever derby hat-trick in a 5-1 League win at Anfield that also counted for the Lancashire Senior Cup, although his first goal is also sometimes credited as an own goal by keeper Tom Fern. We went behind early on to a Billy Williams strike, but fought back in the second half. Jock McNab and birthday boy Tom Bromilow also struck as we hit the Blues for five for the first time, with the Kop forgetting the opener and adopting a new chant, “One two, one two three, one two three four, five nil”, which is now part of ‘Poor Scouser Tommy’. We went on to claim our third League title that season. 1972 - We hosted another derby fixture when Peter Cormack headed in the only goal of the game. Bill Shankly was presented with the Bell’s Manager of the Month awards for September and the previous April before the match. 1931 – We beat Everton 3-2 in a Lancashire Senior Cup Second Round tie at Goodison, with Bob Done converting a penalty and Gordon Hodgson bagging a brace. Other birthdays 1894 - Left-half Tom Bromilow was born in Liverpool. He signed professional terms in 1919, having asked for a trial straight from the army. He went on to make 375 appearances, scoring eleven times while helping us to claim two League titles in successive seasons in the 1920’s, as well as earning full international honours with England. 1920 - Centre-half Allenby Chilton was born in South Hylton, County Durham. He signed for the reds as an amateur in summer 1938, before moving to Manchester United that November, without making a senior reds appearance. He won the first of his two England caps on his thirtieth birthday in a 4-1 British International Championships win in Northern Ireland. 1964 - Paul Stewart was born in Manchester. He was one of Graeme Souness’s failed buys, arriving from Tottenham Hotspur for £2.3m in July 1992, scoring three times in 42 uninspiring appearances before leaving for free for Sunderland in March 1996 after a successful loan spell. Most recently 2018 – We were held to a goalless draw at Anfield by champions Manchester City, with Riyad Mahrez blasting a late spot kick over the bar for the visitors. Spurs stalemates We have hosted Tottenham Hotspur twice on this day in history, with both matches ending all square. 2007 - We suffered our thousandth draw in the League with Fernando Torres heading a late equaliser after the visitors had come from behind following Andriy Voronin’s opener. Future red Robbie Keane struck two of his five goals past us. 1969 - The game ended goalless. Debutants 1961 - Alf Arrowsmith made his reds bow in our 2-0 Second Division defeat at Middlesbrough, our first reverse in the twelfth game of this promotion-winning campaign. Centre-half Dick White unfortunately put through his own net twice! 1980 - We also faced Boro when Terry McDermott struck twice, including a penalty, in a 4-2 home win, with Ray Kennedy and Kenny Dalglish also on target. Alan Hansen played his hundredth League game that day, with future red Craig Johnston and Božo Janković on target for the visitors. 1986 - Striker John Durnin made his first-team debut in our 3-2 League Cup win at Fulham, with winger Brian Mooney making his only reds appearance, as a substitute for Jim Beglin. Steve McMahon opened the scoring with Jan Mølby adding a penalty to a Paul Parker own goal. This was Kenny Dalglish’s fiftieth victory as reds boss, in just his 77th game in charge. 1950 - Centre-half Jack Heydon debuted in our goalless top-flight draw with Stoke City at Anfield. 2012 – The Potters held us to another blank stalemate in L4, with Luis Suárez, Raheem Sterling and Martin Škrtel all striking the woodwork. Cally’s triple century 1967 - Ian Callaghan played his 300th reds game as we lost 2-1 at Leicester City in a League meeting, with Ian St. John netting our consolation and Mike Stringfellow nabbing the last two of his five goals for the Foxes against the reds. Thumping the Canaries 1978 – We won 4-1 at Norwich City with Steve Heighway bagging a brace inside the first ten minutes. David Johnson and Jimmy Case struck before John Ryan converted a late penalty for the home side. International beginnings and end 2020 – Curtis Jones and Rhys Williams both debuted for England Under-21’s in their 3-3 European Championships qualifier in Andorra. On the same day, Diogo Jota won his first cap as a red in Portugal’s goalless friendly draw with Spain in Lisbon, while ex-red Emre Can faced future red Ozan Kabak as Germany drew 3-3 with Turkey in Cologne. 2010 – Future red Philippe Coutinho won his first senior cap, playing alongside Lucas as Brazil beat Iran 3-0 in a friendly in Abu Dhabi. 2000 - Ex-red Stig Inge Bjørnebye won his 75th and final international cap as Norway drew a World Cup qualifier 1-1 with Wales in Cardiff. He played alongside a former Anfield clubmate, Øyvind Leonhardsen, who won his 68th cap, while future red Paul Jones was in the Welsh goal. 1992 – They also played in a World Cup qualifier while both were still Rosenborg BK players, as Norway won 2-0 in San Marino. 2016 – Christian Benteke won his first cap as a Crystal Palace player in Belgium’s 4-0 trouncing of Bosnia-Herzegovina in a World Cup qualifier in Brussels. Meanwhile, Ragnar Klavan skippered Estonia in their 4-0 thumping of Gibraltar in another qualifier in Tallinn. Gini Wijnaldum, future reds Xherdan Shaqiri and Virgil van Dijk, and ex-reds Péter Gulácsi and Krisztián Nemeth also featured in qualifiers that day. 2017 - Ryan Babel won his first cap as a Beşiktaş J.K. player as the Netherlands won a World Cup qualifier 3-1 in Belarus with Gini Wijnaldum and future red Virgil van Dijk both also featuring. Future red Naby Keïta skippered Guinea, scoring and also being dismissed as they were beaten 4-1 at home by Tunisia in another qualifier. Sadio Mané and future reds loanee Victor Moses also played in World Cup qualifiers that day, with Ragnar Klavan skippering Estonia and ex-red Péter Gulácsi facing future red Xherdan Shaqiri. 2021 – Liam Millar won his first cap for Canada since joining Basel in their 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw in Mexico. Alisson Becker, Fabinho, Takumi Minamino, ex-reds Rhian Brewster and Luis Suárez, and future reds Luis Díaz and Darwin Núñez all also played for their countries. A pastoral death 2002 - 1940’s reds centre-forward Arthur Shepherd died. His brothers Joe and full-back Bill also both played for the reds at the same time. Arthur never made our first team in peacetime, but did net twelve times in eleven wartime games for us. Last strike 1911 – Centre-half Jimmy Harrop scored his fourth and last reds goal as we lost 2-1 at home to Blackburn Rovers. Walter Aitkenhead netted one of his four goals past us, with Johnny Orr bagging one of his five strikes against the reds. Another rare excursion up front 1899 - Centre-back Alex Raisbeck played his second and final match at centre-forward, as we lost 2-0 at home to Derby County thanks to a Steve Bloomer brace, two of his fourteen goals against us, with forward Abe Foxall playing his only reds game. This was our seventh straight defeat that season, and eighth including the final game of the previous campaign. 1905 - We also entertained the Rams when Jack Cox struck twice in our 4-1 win, with our other goals coming from Arthur Goddard and Robert Robinson. Mixed derby fortunes 1959 - We won the first leg of our Floodlight Challenge Cup 3-0 against the Blues at Goodison Park, thanks to a Roger Hunt brace and goal from Johnny Wheeler. We lost the Anfield return 2-0 three weeks later to claim the trophy for the second of three times. 1939 - Worse occurred when we lost a friendly 4-1 at Anfield with Phil Taylor bagging our consolation. Thumping Anfield wins 1895 - We trounced Crewe Alexandra 6-1 in a Second Division encounter with George Allan, Fred Geary and Jimmy Ross all netting twice each, with these being Geary’s first reds strikes. 1981 - Ian Rush struck his first two reds goals in domestic competition as we beat Third Division Exeter City 5-0 in the first leg of our League Cup Second Round tie, with Kenny Dalglish reaching a century of reds goals and Terry McDermott and Ronnie Whelan also on target. A Croatian legend honoured 2002 - Igor Bišcan played in Zagreb for a Croatia 1998 side as they lost 2-1 to a Rest Of The World XI in Zvonimir Boban’s testimonial. Tennis player Goran Ivanisevic scored for the Croatia team, while Jean-Pierre Papin and Leonardo netted the other goals. Youngsters in action 1997 - Future red Milan Baroš scored on his debut for the Czech Republic Under-16’s as they beat Bavaria 3-0 in a friendly in Tachov. 2005 - Besian Idrizaj made his debut for Austria Under-21’s, appearing in their 2-1 defeat of Scott Carson’s England at Elland Road, with future red James Milner also featuring. Meanwhile, Anthony Le Tallec scored in his fourth consecutive Under-21’s game, grabbing a treble with Florent Sinama-Pongolle also playing in France’s 3-0 win in another qualifier in Switzerland. Ramon Calliste was also in international action that day. 2010 – Danny Wilson played as Scotland Under-21’s lost the first leg of their European Championships Play-off 2-1 in Iceland. Meanwhile, Lucas featured as the senior Brazil side beat Iran 3-0 in a friendly in Abu Dhabi, with Péter Gulácsi also in international action. 2015 – Trent Alexander-Arnold played for England Under-17’s in their 8-0 friendly thumping of DR Congo in Burton, with future red Marko Grujić featuring for Serbia Under-21’s as they thumped Andorra 5-0 in a European Championships qualifying win in Novi Sad and future red Javier Manquillo also playing at this level. Other internationals on target 2016 - Trent Alexander-Arnold scored his first two goals for England Under-19's, with one coming from the spot in their 3-2 friendly win in Croatia. On the same day, Ovie Ejaria and future red Dominic Solanke both debuted for England Under-20’s as they beat Germany 3-1 in a friendly in Huddersfield, with Marko Grujić also in international action. 2011 – Luis Suárez netted while reaching half a century of caps in Uruguay’s 4-2 World Cup qualifying defeat of Bolivia in Montevideo, with ex-red Raul Meireles also reaching that milestone in Portugal’s 5-3 defeat of Iceland in Porto. Ex-red Xabi Alonso struck as Spain won a Euro 2012 qualifier 2-0 in the Czech Republic, while Adam Morgan was on target for England Under-19’s in their 1-0 defeat of Portugal in the Limoges Tournament. Djibril Cissé won his first cap as a Lazio player, with Christian Poulsen playing his first game for Denmark since joining Évian Thonon Gaillard. Alberto Aquilani, Craig Bellamy, Conor Coady, Stewart Downing, Dirk Kuyt, Jack Robinson, Martin Škrtel and ex-reds Álvaro Arbeloa, Milan Baroš, Milan Jovanović, Robbie Keane, Chris Mavinga, Nikolay Mihaylov, Fernando Torres and future reds Joe Allen, Ragnar Klavan, Dejan Lovren, Simon Mignolet and Xherdan Shaqiri were all also in international action, with John Toshack taking charge of FYR Macedonia. 1995 - Future red Patrik Berger netted as the Czech Republic won a European Championships qualifier in Belarus 2-0. 2000 - Ex-red Don Hutchison struck as Scotland won a World Cup qualifier 2-0 in San Marino. Also in international action were Stéphane Henchoz, Sami Hyypiä, future reds Nicolas Anelka, Yossi Benayoun, Jerzy Dudek, Steve Finnan, Robbie Keane and Jari Litmanen, and ex-reds Jim Magilton and Jason McAteer. 2008 – Future red Christian Benteke scored from the spot as Belgium Under-19’s won a friendly 5-0 in Estonia. 2006 - Ex-red Milan Baroš grabbed a brace as the Czech Republic thumped San Marino 7-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Liberec. On the same day, Steve Finnan and future red Robbie Keane played for Steve Staunton’s Republic of Ireland, with Daniel Agger, Luis García, Sami Hyypiä, Dirk Kuyt, John Arne Riise, future reds Ryan Babel, Yossi Benayoun, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Fernando Torres and Andriy Voronin and ex-red Jari Litmanen also featuring in qualifiers, with ex-red Rigobert Song also in international action and Roy Hodgson taking charge of Finland. Bells in charge 2006 - Craig Bellamy captained Wales for the first time, with ex-red Paul Jones winning his fiftieth cap as John Toshack’s Wales were trounced 5-1 by Slovakia in Cardiff. Gareth Bale became Wales’ youngest ever senior goalscorer, aged just seventeen years and 83 days. On the same day, the record attendance for a home England international away from Wembley Stadium was set as 72,062 saw England held to a goalless draw by FYR Macedonia in another qualifier at Old Trafford. Peter Crouch, Steven Gerrard and future red Stewart Downing all played. Also in international action that day were Adam Hammill, Craig Lindfield, ex-red El-Hadji Diouf and future reds Lucas Leiva, Nikolay Mihaylov and Christian Poulsen. Recent reds milestones 2007 - Jamie Carragher’s restaurant Café Sports England on Stanley Street in Liverpool opened. Guests at the VIP opening night included Daniel Agger, Xabi Alonso, Steven Gerrard and ex-reds Kenny Dalglish, Alan Hansen, Michael Owen and Phil Thompson. Unfortunately, the business went bust in October 2013. 2011 - Martin Škrtel became a father to Matteo. Other reds games 1975 – Jimmy Case scored as Burnley held us to a 1-1 draw with Burnley in a League Cup Third Round tie at Anfield, although we lost the second leg at Turf Moor. 1964 – We beat Sheffield United 3-1 in L4. Roger Hunt struck either side of the first of Alan Burchenall’s four goals against the reds before the break. Hunt netted again in the second half, with Bobby Graham also on the scoresheet. 1933 – Chelsea lost 3-0 at Anfield with Dave Wright, Gordon Hodgson and Sam English all on the scoresheet. On the move 2009 - Steve Staunton took over as Manager of Darlington. He was sacked in March 2010 with the Quakers at the bottom of the League and facing relegation to the Conference. He had won just four of his 23 League matches in charge. 2008 - Joe Allen joined Wrexham on loan from Swansea City, netting once in just two outings for the Dragons. 1898 – Inside-forward Frank Becton moved on to Sheffield United. The England international had signed from his hometown club Preston North End for £200 in March 1895, notching 42 times in 86 reds games.
  13. Will

    22nd June

    The birth of the Kop 1906 - Work was begun on what became the most famous football terrace in the world, shortly after our second League title win. The Kop started life as a tinder bank, with Liverpool Echo journalist Ernest Edwards being responsible for comparing it to the Spion Kop, site of a famous battle in the Boer War. The name stuck! Keeping birthdays 1993 – German keeper Loris Karius was born in Biberach an der Riss. He signed for £4.7m from 1. FSV Mainz 05 in July 2016, taking over the number one shirt. He made 49 first-team appearances to date, keeping 22 clean sheets but making several high-profile errors, with his contract due to expire in the summer of 2022. 1993 – Recent third-choice keeper Danny Ward was born in Wrexham. He signed from his hometown club for an initial £100,000 in January 2012, making three senior appearances as well as sitting on the first-team bench on 53 occasions before moving to Leicester City for £12.5m in July 2018. Mo on his way in 2017 – Forward Mohamed Salah agreed to sign from Roma for an initial €42m. He has scored a stunning 125 goals in 203 games across his first four campaigns, helping us to claim the Premier League title, UEFA Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup. Bellers on his way 2006 - Craig Bellamy signed from Blackburn Rovers for £6m. His one season in his first spell in L4 was only a partial success, as he grabbed nine goals in 42 games, with his finest moment coming in the Camp Nou as he scored a crucial goal in our 2-1 victory to help us progress towards Athens. He moved on to West Ham United for £7.5m in July 2007, the Hammers’ record fee paid. However, he rejoined the reds in a free transfer from Manchester City in August 2011 for another season. 2013 – Luis Alberto signed from Sevilla for £6.8m, for whom he had only played nine first-team games, although he had spent the previous campaign on loan with Barcelona B. He only played twelve times in his first season, with only two of these appearances being from the start, as he struggled to break through to the first team. He spent two seasons on loan back in Spain, before joining S.S. Lazio for €4m in August 2016. 1934 – Forward Jack ‘Nipper’ Roberts moved on to Wigan Athletic. He only made one first team appearance after signing from Southport in May 1933. He was an all-round sportsman, even playing baseball for England. He became famous when he escaped from a prisoner-of-war camp in Italy, walking 400 miles to freedom despite a broken neck! 1898 – Keeper Willie Donnelly re-signed for Clyde, having played just eight senior reds games since arriving from the same club in May 1896. World Cup strikes 1998 - Michael Owen scored his first World Cup goal to draw England level against Romania in Toulouse. He later hit a post after England had gone behind again, but could not prevent them losing 2-1. Fellow red Paul Ince also played. 2014 – Future red Divock Origi scored his first senior goal in Belgium’s 1-0 defeat of Russia in a group game in Rio de Janeiro. Raul Meireles won his 76th and last cap for Portugal in their 2-2 draw with the USA in Manaus, while fellow ex-red Carl Medjani featured for Algeria as they beat South Korea 4-2 in Porto Alegre. 2018 – Xherdan Shaqiri netted as Switzerland beat Serbia 2-1 in a group game in Russia, his last goal for his country before joining the reds. On the same day, ex-red Philippe Coutinho scored in his third consecutive international as Brazil bet Costa Rica 2-0. Roberto Firmino, future red Alisson Becker and ex-red Victor Moses also featured in the World Cup that day, with future red Ozan Kabak playing for Turkey Under-18’s. Scotch heartbreak 1982 - Scotland were eliminated from the World Cup Finals in Spain after failing to win their last group game in Malaga, despite leading for 45 minutes. Skipper Graeme Souness scored a late equaliser in their 2-2 draw with the USSR. Alan Hansen and future red John Wark also featured. 1974 - Future red Kenny Dalglish played in Scotland’s 1-1 draw with Yugoslavia in Frankfurt as they were eliminated on goal difference. 1973 - He also appeared for his country as they beat Switzerland 1-0 in a friendly in Berne. Le capitaine 2010 – Ex-red Alou Diarra captained France for the first time as they lost 2-1 to host nation South Africa in their final game at the World Cup Finals, with fellow ex-red Djibril Cissé winning his last cap while with Panathinaikos. Future red Luis Suárez netted the only goal of Uruguay’s meeting with Mexico in Rustenburg, while Sotirios Kyrgiakos skippered Greece for part of their 2-0 defeat by Argentina in Polokwane, with his clubmate Maxi Rodríguez lining up against him. Also at the World Cup 2002 - Salif Diao and El-Hadji Diouf were disappointed as Senegal lost 1-0 to Turkey in their World Cup Quarter-final in Osaka thanks to a golden goal. These were their final caps before joining the reds. Meanwhile, Dietmar Hamann missed training after damaging knee ligaments during Germany’s Quarter-final win over the USA two days earlier. He was now the reds’ sole representative at the World Cup, although future red Fernando Morientes featured in Spain’s penalty shoot-out defeat by South Korea, after the match ended goalless. 1986 - Future reds John Barnes and Peter Beardsley both appeared in England’s 2-1 defeat by Argentina in the World Cup Quarter-final at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, a game famous for Diego Maradona’s ‘hand of God’. 1994 – Roy Hodgson took charge of Switzerland as they beat Romania 4-1 in a group game in Detroit. 1997 - Gérard Houllier and Christian Damiano took charge of France Under-20’s as they beat South Africa 4-2 in a World Championships Finals group game in Malaysia. 2006 - Harry Kewell netted a crucial goal as Australia held Croatia to a 2-2 draw in Stuttgart to reach the Second Round. This game saw referee Graham Poll give three yellow cards to Croatia’s Josip Šimunić, while two other players were dismissed. Milan Baroš played on the same day as the Czech Republic lost 2-0 to Italy in Hamburg, as they too had a player sent off. 2008 – Kewell skippered Australia while winning his final cap as a reds player as they lost 1-0 to China in a World Cup qualifier in Sydney. Reds progressing on penalties 1992 – Future red Torben Piechnik was in the Denmark side that reached the Euro ’92 Final by beating the Netherlands 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out after the game in Gothenburg ended 2-2. 1996 - Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman and future red Nick Barmby all played as England were held to a goalless draw by Spain at Wembley, before reaching the Semi-final 4-2 on penalties. 2008 – Fernando Torres and future red Alberto Aquilani played as Spain beat Italy 4-2 in a penalty shoot-out after their European Championship Finals Quarter-final ended goalless in Vienna. Arsenal’s Kolo Touré played for Ivory Coast as they thumped Botswana 4-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Abidjan on the same day. 2013 – Ex-red Aquilani represented his country again as they lost 4-2 to host nation Brazil in a Confederations Cup group game, with future red Mario Balotelli also in action. 2017 – Emre Can featured as Germany were held to a 1-1 draw by Chile in the Confederations Cup in Russia. On the move 1926 – Outside-right Archie Rawlings left the reds to join Walsall, having struck ten times in 67 reds games since signing from Preston North End in March 1924, where he had won one England cap. 1984 - Steve Ogrizovic left Shrewsbury Town for Coventry City for £72,500. He went on to play over six hundred times for the Sky Blues, making his final appearance at the grand old age of 42. 2011 – Midfielder Lee Peltier signed for Leicester City from Huddersfield Town, after three strikes in 103 outings for the Terriers. 2015 – Centre-half Danny Wilson re-joined Rangers from Heart Of Midlothian on a free transfer. Off to foreign climes 1995 - Future red Paul Ince signed for Internazionale from Manchester United for £7m after six seasons at Old Trafford. He bagged thirteen goals in 73 games in his two seasons at the San Siro, helping them to win the UEFA Cup in 1997. 2002 - Ex-red Rigobert Song joined Racing Club de Lens from West Ham United for £1m. He had only played 27 times for the Hammers since moving from Anfield in November 2000. Ince in charge 2008 - Paul Ince was appointed Manager of Blackburn Rovers. He led them to just six victories in his 21 fixtures before being sacked the following December. Other international goalscorers 2021 – Ex-red Raheem Sterling netted the only goal of England’s European Championship Finals group encounter with the Czech Republic at Wembley, with Jordan Henderson also featuring. On the same day, Andy Robertson captained Steve Clarke’s Scotland as they lost 3-1 to Croatia at Hampden Park with ex-red Dejan Lovren also in action. 2019 – Roberto Firmino scored as Brazil thumped Peru 5-0 in a Copa América group game in São Paulo. Alisson Becker, Kamil Grabara, Naby Keïta, future red Arthur Melo and ex-red Philippe Coutinho all also played in internationals that day. 2005 - Ryan Babel scored for Netherlands Under-20’s as they beat Chile 3-0 to reach the Quarter-finals of the World Championships Finals in his homeland. Meanwhile, fellow future red Gabriel Paletta appeared as Argentina beat Colombia 2-1 at the same stage. 2003 - Djibril Cissé netted in France’s 5-0 thumping of New Zealand in the Confederations Cup at the Stade de France. This was his third and final international goal as an Auxerre player. Meanwhile, future red Kolo Touré played for the Ivory Coast in their 2-1 defeat in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in South Africa. 1983 – Future reds centre-half Glenn Hysén scored as Sweden drew 3-3 with Brazil in Gothenburg. Anfield in action 1996 - Anfield hosted a Euro ’96 Quarter-final, with France and the Netherlands playing out a sterile goalless draw before the Dutch crashed out 5-4 on penalties, with Clarence Seedorf missing the decisive kick. Also in Euro action 2016 – Christian Benteke won his last cap as a reds player, with Divock Origi also featuring as Belgium beat Sweden 1-0 in Nice, with ex-red Krisztián Németh playing in Hungary’s 3-3 draw with Portugal in Décines. 2004 – Future red Christian Poulsen played in Denmark’s 2-2 draw with Sweden in Porto. 2011 – Future red Thiago Alcântara played for Spain Under-21’s in their 2-1 extra time defeat of Belarus in a European Championships Finals group game in Denmark. Bowing out 2012 – Ex-red Milan Baroš announced his retirement from international football after winning his 93rd cap the night before as the Czech Republic were knocked out of the European Championship Finals at the Quarter-final stage. Also in international action 1997 – Future red Rigobert Song played for Cameroon as they drew 2-2 with Gabon in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Yaoundé. 1993 – Future red Brad Friedel featured in the USA’s 3-3 draw with Venezuela in a Copa América group game in Ecuador.
  14. Will

    27th February

    Crazy Horse trots in 1967 – Emlyn Hughes signed from Blackpool for a club record £65,000, netting 49 times in 665 games. He helped us to claim two European Cups, four League titles, two UEFA Cups, FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and two FA Charity Shields before joining Wolverhampton Wanderers for £90,000 in August 1979. His greatest season was probably 1976/77 when he captained the side to within a whisker of a unique treble, as well as being voted the Football Writers’ Player of the Year. Sadly, he died in November 2004, aged just 57. Incomings 2010 – Winger Raheem Sterling signed from Queens Park Rangers for £500,000. He bagged 23 goals in 129 reds games before being sold to Manchester City for an initial £44m in July 2015. 1912 – Forward Billy Lacey and centre-forward Tommy Gracie signed from Everton for £300 with winger Harold Uren heading in the opposite direction as part of the deal. Lacey played 259 times for the reds, including the FA Cup Final in 1914. He helped us to two League titles in the 1920’s, netting 29 times before crossing the Mersey to join New Brighton in June 1924. Gracie only managed to score five times in 34 reds games, returning north of the border to join Heart Of Midlothian for £400 in May 1914. Jonjo’s day 1992 – Ex-reds midfielder Jonjo Shelvey was born in Romford. He signed from Charlton Athletic for £1.7m in May 2010, having become their youngest ever player. He struck seven times in 69 senior appearances, moving on to Swansea City for an initial £5m in July 2013. Cardiff disappointment 2005 - We were beaten by Chelsea in the Final of the Carling Cup in Cardiff, 3-2 after extra time. John Arne Riise struck in the first minute, and we led until a Steven Gerrard own goal rescued the Blues with just eleven minutes left. Didier Drogba bagged one of his eleven goals against us with Mateja Kezman also netting before Antonio Núñez bagged a consolation, his only reds goal. We have faced Chelsea twice more on this day in history, also suffering defeat each time. 1932 - We lost an FA Cup Sixth Round tie 2-0 at Anfield when Hughie Gallacher netted one of his eight goals against the reds, with George Pearson also on target. 1999 - Michael Owen grabbed the consolation in our 2-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge in a Premiership meeting. This was the game in which Robbie Fowler infamously bent over to taunt Graeme Le Saux, while midfielder Jean-Michel Ferri made the first of his two substitute appearances for the reds, coming on to replace Paul Ince early in the second half. Jamie Redknapp played his 200th League game for the club. Happy birthdays 1948 - Left-back Alec Lindsay was born in Bury. He signed from his hometown club for £67,000 in March 1969 and netted eighteen times in 248 reds games, helping us to the League and UEFA Cup in 1973, and FA Cup and FA Charity Shield the following year, before leaving for Stoke City in September 1977. 1912 - Outside-left Alf Hanson was born in Bootle. He signed from Everton in November 1931 and scored 52 goals in 177 reds games before we received a club record £7,500 fee from Chelsea in July 1938, although he returned to guest sixteen times for the reds during the war, bagging another three goals. Forward Bill Kinghorn was born in Strathblane on exactly the same day. The Scotsman signed from Queens Park in April 1938 and netted four times in nineteen reds games, and another three times in eleven wartime matches. 1937 - Hanson struck on his 25th birthday as we were held to a 2-2 draw at Anfield by Brentford, with Jack Balmer also scoring. Bobby Reid bagged one of his five goals past us as Dave McCulloch nabbed one of his seven against the reds. 1907 - Forward Ted Harston was born in Monk Bretton, Barnsley. He joined the reds for £3,000 from Mansfield Town in June 1937, striking on his reds bow as we were thumped 6-1 at Chelsea that August. He bagged a brace in his second game but only played a further three games, returning to amateur football with Shorts in the Kent League in August 1939 after suffering a broken leg that ended his professional career. Moran in charge 1991 - Ronnie Moran remained in temporary charge following Kenny Dalglish’s resignation as Everton knocked us out of the FA Cup in a Fifth Round second replay at Goodison, the last ever to be played in the competition. Ex-red Dave Watson headed the only goal of the game. Hodgson’s debut 1926 - South African forward Gordon Hodgson made his reds bow as Dick Forshaw struck early on in our 1-1 draw at Manchester City. Ex-Evertonian Tommy Browell netted his seventh and last goal against us. We have faced City on two more occasions on this day in history. 1904 - We were held to a 2-2 top-flight draw at Anfield with Sam Raybould and Robert Robinson on target as Arthur Goddard missed a penalty. Billy Gillespie scored the last of his five goals past us, with Tommy Hynds also scoring. 1943 - William Wilson Hall bagged our consolation as we lost a Wartime League fixture 3-1 at Maine Road. On the same day, ex-reds keeper George Poland played for Wales as they lost 5-3 to England in a Wartime International at Wembley. More records for Mickey 2003 - Michael Owen scored in his fifteenth different European game, a then club record, as we beat an Auxerre side that featured future red Djibril Cissé 2-0 in the UEFA Cup Fourth Round second leg at Anfield, with Danny Murphy also on target. Owen’s goal was his twentieth in Europe, equalling Ian Rush’s club record. Most recently 2019 – We thumped Watford 5-0 at Anfield, with Sadio Mané scoring twice before the break. Divock Origi was on target in the second half, before Virgil van Dijk headed in a brace, as Trent Alexander-Arnold ended the match with three assists. 2017 – We lost 3-1 at Leicester City, with Jamie Vardy bagging two of his ten goals past us to date and Danny Drinkwater also on target, as Philippe Coutinho bagged our consolation in their first game after Claudio Ranieri’s sacking. Disappointment in the East End 1965 – We lost a top-flight fixture 2-1 at West Ham United, with Roger Hunt grabbing our goal. Geoff Hurst struck one of his nine goals against us, with Eddie Presland also on the scoresheet. 2011 – We went down 3-1 at Upton Park, with ex-Hammer Glen Johnson on target after Scott Parker and Demba Ba had put the Irons two goals ahead. Carlton Cole added a late third. Red centurions 1982 – We beat Leeds United 2-0 at Elland Road thanks to goals from Graeme Souness and Ian Rush as Phil Neal played his 300th League game for the club. 1911 – We defeated Newcastle United 3-0 in a home League fixture. Sam Gilligan scored twice, with Jack Parkinson reaching a century of reds strikes. In McKenna’s honour 1937 - A tablet in honour of John McKenna was unveiled in the Anfield entrance hall by Mr W.C. Cuff, the Football League Vice Chairman and Everton Chairman. McKenna had managed the reds for our first four years, as well as serving as a Director for thirty years. Maurice’s last 1909 – We were held to a 1-1 draw by Notts County in L4 with Bobby Robinson scoring our goal as right-half Maurice Parry played his 221st and last reds game. International start and end 2012 – Future red Mohamed Salah scored his first senior goal while winning his third cap for Egypt, in their 5-0 friendly thumping of Kenya in Qatar. 1974 - Future red Joey Jones made his Under-23’s debut as Wales lost 3-0 to Scotland at the Pittodrie Stadium. 2011 – Keeper Tyrell Bedford won his second and final cap for England Under-17’s as they drew 2-2 with Portugal in the Algarve Tournament, with Jack Dunn and Matty Regan both also in action. On the same day, future red Samed Yeşil scored as Germany drew 1-1 with Romania in the same competition, with fellow future red Emre Can also featuring. Avi for Israel Avi Cohen twice represented his country on this day in history. 1985 - He won his 32nd cap as they were held to a goalless draw by the Republic of Ireland in a friendly in Tel-Aviv. Jim Beglin, Ronnie Whelan, future red Ronnie Rosenthal and ex-red Kevin Sheedy all also played. On the same day, ex-red Graeme Souness captained Scotland with future red John Barnes also playing in a World Cup qualifier and future reds Barry Venison and Mark Walters playing for England Under-21’s. 1977 - He played in a World Cup qualifier in the same stadium, as South Korea left with a share of the points following a goalless draw. Boardroom changes 2009 – Chief Executive Rick Parry announced he would leave at the end of the season. 2017 - The appointment of Peter Moore as Chief Executive Officer later that year was announced. Other reds games 1993 – We drew 1-1 at Sheffield Wednesday. Don Hutchison scored our goal, with Viv Anderson heading in a late equaliser. 1988 – John Barnes struck twice as we won 2-0 at Portsmouth. 1971 – We lost 1-0 at Wolverhampton Wanderers. 1960 – We won 2-1 at Brighton & Hove Albion in a Second Division fixture, with Dave Hickson grabbing a brace. 1954 – We lost 2-1 at Aston Villa. Dave Walsh struck the last of his four goals past us just before half time. Louis Bimpson levelled, but Ken Roberts scored the winner. 1924 – Harry Chambers and Dick Forshaw netted as we beat Southampton 2-0 in an FA Cup Third Round replay in L4. However, we fell at the next hurdle at Newcastle United. 1915 – We beat Burnley 3-0 at Anfield. Jackie Sheldon converted a penalty, with Jimmy Nicholl on target either side of the break. 1897 – Nottingham Forest held us to a 1-1 draw in an FA Cup Third Round encounter in L4. Frank Becton netted as we went on to win the replay, but we fell at the next hurdle, actually a Semi-final against Aston Villa. On the move 1986 - Future reds loanee keeper Mark Prudhoe joined Third Division Walsall from Birmingham City for £22,000. He made 31 appearances for the Saddlers. 2004 - Ex-red Nick Barmby joined Nottingham Forest on loan from Leeds United, netting once in six outings while at the City Ground. Billy the dad 1950 - Billy Liddell became a father to twins, David and Malcolm. Also in international action 1926 – Elisha Scott played for Northern Ireland as they lost 4-0 to Scotland in the British International Championships in Glasgow. 2001 – Dietmar Hamann and Christian Ziege faced future red Nicolas Anelka as France beat Germany 1-0 in a friendly at the Stade de France. Meanwhile, future red Pepe Reina played for Spain Under-21’s in their 4-0 defeat of England, with future red John Arne Riise in action for Norway Under-21’s as they beat Finland 3-1 in Spain.
  15. Will

    20th July

    Happy birthdays 1938 - Legendary centre-forward ‘Sir’ Roger Hunt was born in Golborne, Lancashire. He netted 285 times in 492 reds games after signing from Stockton Heath in July 1958. His 245 League goals remain a club record, and he has the distinction of being the first red to win the World Cup while at Anfield. His club medal haul includes two League championships, FA Cup, Second Division title and FA Charity Shield. 1966 - Hunt bagged both goals as England beat France 2-0 in a World Cup Finals group game at Wembley, on his 28th birthday. Clubmate Ian Callaghan also played, winning only his second cap. 1948 - Reserves keeper Frank Lane was born in Wallasey. He signed from Tranmere Rovers for £15,000 in September 1971, but only made two first-team appearances, deputising for Ray Clemence. Unfortunately, he distinguished himself for all the wrong reasons on his debut in September 1972 by safely catching a deep cross from Derby County’s Alan Hinton and then stepping backwards over his own goal-line, to help us on our way to a 2-1 defeat. New signings 2005 - Peter Crouch signed from Southampton for £7m on a four-year contract. He failed to score in his first nineteen reds games, but went on to bag thirteen goals in his final thirty games of his first season, helping us to claim the FA Cup in May. He went on to score 42 times in 134 outings in total before being sold to Portsmouth for a fee of up to £11m in July 2008. 2016 – Estonian centre-half Ragnar Klavan signed from Augsburg for £4.2m. He struck twice in 53 outings before moving on to Cagliari for £2m in August 2018. On the same day, keeper Ádám Bogdán joined Wigan Athletic on loan, playing seventeen times as the Latics were relegated to League One. Keeping no more 2007 - Jerzy Dudek signed for Real Madrid after 186 reds appearances, helping us to glory in Istanbul, as well as the Worthington Cup in 2003. He turned out just twelve times for the Spanish giants before retiring in May 2011. 2018 - Danny Ward was sold to Leicester City for £12.5m after just three senior reds games. He has so only played fourteen times in cup competitions for the Foxes across his first four campaigns. Auf wiedersehen 2001 - Christian Ziege was sold to Tottenham Hotspur for £4m, only a year after his acrimonious transfer from Middlesbrough. He had notched twice in 32 appearances whilst at Anfield, including coming off the bench in Cardiff for the first leg of the treble. 2021 – Serbian midfielder Marko Grujić was sold to Porto for £10.5m after a successful loan spell. He had signed from Crvena Zvezda for £5.1m in January 2016, immediately being loaned back for the rest of the season. He struck once in sixteen senior reds appearances. On the same day, Nigerian forward moved on to Union Berlin for £6.5m. He had arrived from Imperial Academy for £400,000 in August 2015, spending most of his time out on loan. 1900 - Inside-right David Wilson left the reds after just two senior appearances since arriving from East Bontas in May 1899. In comes Razor 1994 - Neil Ruddock signed from Tottenham Hotspur for £2.5m after just one season back at White Hart Lane. The burly centre-half made an inauspicious reds debut, breaking former red Peter Beardsley’s cheekbone in Ronnie Whelan’s testimonial match. He struck twelve times in 152 first-team appearances while at Anfield, before moving on to West Ham United in July 1998 for £100,000. Billy hitched 1946 – Billy Liddell married Phyllis at Island Road Methodist Church in Garston, just three days after Bob Paisley had got wed. Debuting in goal 2007 - Bulgarian keeper Nikolay Mihaylov made his first reds appearance in our 2-0 defeat of Auxerre in Switzerland. Our goals came from Steven Gerrard and Daniel Agger. Other recent friendlies 2016 – Keeper Shamal George made his first senior appearance, coming off the bench as an outfield player in our 2-0 win at Huddersfield Town. Philippe Coutinho had a penalty saved, with Marko Grujić on target and Alberto Moreno converting a second late spot-kick. 2015 – Danny Ings bagged his first reds goal as we beat Adelaide United 2-0 at the Adelaide Oval, with James Milner also on target. 2013 – We beat an Indonesia XI 2-0 in Jakarta to claim the Standard Chartered Trophy, with Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling on target. 1997 - John Barnes was on the scoresheet as we drew 1-1 with Danish side Brøndby IF, with new goalkeeping signing Jørgen Nielsen playing his first reds game. 1999 - We beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 at Molineux, thanks to goals from Robbie Fowler and Karl-Heinz Riedle. Double trouble 2021 – We played two thirty-minute pre-season games in Salzburg, first drawing 1-1 with Wacker Innsbruck as left-back Owen Beck, centre-half Ben Davies and midfielders Kaide Gordon and Tyler Morton all appeared in the first team for the first time as Divock Origi scored from the spot. We then drew 1-1 with VfB Stuttgart as right-back Conor Bradley and centre-half Ibrahima Konaté played their first reds games, with Sadio Mané on target. Back amongst the big boys 2001 - We were drawn to play either Haka of Finland or Israeli side Maccabi Haifa in a two-legged Champions League qualifier, which would be our first ever games in the new format of the European Cup. Youngsters on target 2008 – András Simon scored as Hungary Under-19’s lost 2-1 to Germany in a European Championship Finals group game in the Czech Republic. On the same day, future red Daniel Sturridge scored his only Under-19’s goal while winning his third and last cap at this level, as England beat Greece 3-0 in the same competition, with future reds loanee Victor Moses also featuring. 1993 - Robbie Fowler struck as England Under-18’s beat the Netherlands 4-1 in a European Championship Finals group game in Walsall 1992 - Future red Nick Barmby was on the scoresheet as England thumped Poland 6-1 in Germany in the Quarter-final of the same competition. First and last caps 2003 - John Welsh won his fifteenth and last cap for England Under-19’s as they lost 3-0 to the Czech Republic in a European Championship Finals group game in Liechtenstein. Future red Alberto Aquilani played in Italy’s 5-1 thumping of the host nation in the same competition in Balzers to qualify for the Semi-finals. 1997 - Øyvind Leonhardsen won his first senior cap as a reds player as Norway won a friendly 1-0 in Iceland, with Stig Inge Bjørnebye also featuring. On the same day, future red Vegard Heggem played for Norway Under-21’s as they lost 2-0 in Iceland. Other internationals 2012 – Craig Bellamy and future reds Joe Allen and Steven Caulker all featured as the Great Britain Olympic XI lost 2-0 to the Brazil Olympic XI in a friendly at the Riverside Stadium. 1995 - Future red Brad Friedel played as the USA lost their Copa América Semi-final with Brazil 1-0 in Uruguay. 2004 – Future red Javier Mascherano was on the winning side as Argentina reached the Final of Copa América in Peru by beating Colombia 3-0. 2005 - Paul Willis played for host nation Northern Ireland Under-19’s as they lost 1-0 to Serbia & Montenegro in a European Championships Finals group game, with future red David Martin featuring as England drew 1-1 with Armenia in the same competition. 2006 - Antonio Barragán featured in the same tournament as Spain thumped Scotland 4-0 in a group game in Poland. Signing on 1995 - Young forward Paul Dalglish signed for Celtic Juniors. This was the first club for King Kenny’s son. He came to Anfield a year later, but only lasted just over a year, before moving to Newcastle United on a free transfer. 2020 – Forward Layton Stewart signed a new contract with the reds. The Liverpool-born lad had been at the Academy since the age of seven, making it onto the first-team bench for the first time in our League Cup Quarter-final at Aston Villa in December 2019.
  16. Will

    25th November

    Happy birthdays 1947 - Winger Steve Heighway was born in Dublin. He signed from Skelmersdale United in May 1970 and made 475 appearances for the reds, scoring 76 times and helping us to win four League titles, two European Cups, two UEFA Cups, FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and two FA Charity Shields, before moving to the USA to sign for Minnesota Kicks in 1981. He later returned to the club in 1989 as Youth Development Officer, becoming Academy Director before leaving at the end of the 2006/07 season. He scored on his 25th birthday as we won 2-1 at Tottenham Hotspur, with Kevin Keegan also netting and Martin Chivers bagging one of his seven goals against the reds. 1981 - Xabi Alonso was born in Tolosa. He arrived from Real Sociedad for £10.7m in August 2004, and bagged nineteen goals in 210 reds games, including two strikes from inside his own half, helping us to claim the European Cup, UEFA Super Cup, FA Cup and FA Community Shield. He moved on to Real Madrid for £30m in August 2009. 1933 - Forward Alan Arnell was born in Chichester. He struck 35 times in 75 reds games having arrived from non-league Worthing in March 1953. He stayed with the club until February 1961 when he was sold to Tranmere Rovers. 1883 – Inside-forward Tommy Green was born in Rock Ferry. He signed from New Brighton in September 1901, netting once in seven outings before moving to Swindon Town in April 1903. Euro joy 1964 - We beat Belgian champions Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht 3-0 at Anfield in a European Cup Second Round first leg tie, thanks to goals from Ian St. John, Roger Hunt and Ron Yeats, who notched his first goal at Anfield. Roger’s treble 1961 - Roger Hunt bagged a hat-trick with Jimmy Melia adding a brace in a 5-0 drubbing of Swansea Town at Anfield. This was Sir Roger’s third treble of the season. Robbie’s first farewell 2001 - Robbie Fowler played the final game in his first spell with the club as Emile Heskey handed us a 1-0 home win over Sunderland, breaking his duck after seventeen games without a goal. Robbie was sacrificed at half-time following the dismissal of Dietmar Hamann for a two-footed tackle on Bernt Haas, joining Leeds United four days later. 300 up 1933 – Gordon Hodgson played his 300th reds game as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by West Bromwich Albion. Sam English netted our goal. Youngsters celebrating 1988 - Jay Spearing was born in Wallasey. The central midfielder graduated to Melwood in the summer of 2007 after captaining the reds as they retained the FA Youth Cup that May. He made 55 senior appearances without finding the back of the net, moving on to Bolton Wanderers in August 2013 after a season on loan with the Trotters. 1988 – Ex-reserves left-back Robbie Threlfall was born in Liverpool. He was part of FA Youth Cup winning sides in consecutive years, scoring in the first leg of the 2006 Final, and made his first appearance with the first eleven in our pre-season friendly at Wrexham in July 2006. He moved to Bradford City in May 2010 after a successful loan spell, moving on to Morecambe two years later. Mixed fortunes against Wolves We have faced Wolverhampton Wanderers three times in the top flight on this day in history, winning one, drawing one and losing the other. 1899 - We drew 1-1 at Anfield with John Walker on target. Defender Thomas Hunter played the first of his five reds games. 1967 - We won 2-1 when we entertained them again, with Tony Hateley striking in the first minute and Willie Stevenson converting a late penalty. The spot-kick was originally taken by Tommy Smith with Evan Williams saving it, but the referee ordered a re-take because the keeper had moved too early, with Stevenson taking responsibility at the second attempt. Future red Alun Evans netted for the visitors. 1980 - We were thumped 4-1 at Molineux, with Phil Neal grabbing our goal. Ex-red Emlyn Hughes bagged their fourth and was then whisked away by Eamonn Andrews to film ‘This Is Your Life’. John Richards netted the last of his five goals against the reds, with Mel Eves and Normal Bell also on target. Most recently 2020 – We lost a UEFA Champions League group game 2-0 to Atalanta behind closed doors at Anfield, although we remained top of the table with two matches to go. James Milner reached a half century of European games for the reds. 2017 – Chelsea held us to a 1-1 draw at Anfield. Ex-Blue Mohamed Salah put us ahead during the second half, but Willian bagged a late leveller. 2012 - We were held to a goalless draw at Swansea City’s Liberty Stadium, with José Enrique having a goal ruled out for a very marginal offside. Mixed fortunes against Boro 1978 - We beat Middlesbrough 2-0 at home thanks to goals from Terry McDermott and former Boro star Graeme Souness. 1995 - We lost 2-1 on our first visit to the Riverside Stadium, with Neil Ruddock grabbing our goal after Neil Cox had opened the scoring, with future red Nick Barmby scoring the winner a minute later as keeper David James played his hundredth League game for us. Ged’s au revoir 1993 - Gérard Houllier resigned as Manager of France after their failure to qualify for the World Cup Finals in the USA. He had been in charge for twelve games, winning seven of these. McQueen between the sticks 1893 - Utility player and future Manager Matt McQueen played in goal for the first of 41 times, keeping a clean sheet in our goalless Second Division draw at Newcastle United on our first ever visit there. 1905 - We returned to St. James’ Park in the top flight, winning 3-2 thanks to a Sam Raybould goal and two penalties from Alf West. This completed our first ever treble of League wins on the North East in a season, having already won at Sunderland and Middlesbrough. Future red ‘Wee’ Ronald Orr scored for the home side, as did Peter McWilliam. 1892 – Matt’s brother winger Hugh McQueen married Mary Jane Ross in Edinburgh. On the move 1897 - Left-half Bill Goldie signed from Clyde for the reds, joining his brother Archie at Anfield. He went on to score six times in 174 appearances, helping us to the League title in 1901 before joining Fulham in January 1904. 1995 - Steve Nicol joined Sheffield Wednesday on a free transfer from Notts County. He made just 54 appearances in three seasons with the Owls, without scoring. 2004 – Midfielder Lee Peltier signed as a professional with the reds. He made his senior debut in our Carling Cup Third Round defeat of Reading in October 2006, but made just four first-team appearances in total before moving to Yeovil Town in January 2008 after a successful loan spell. 2018 – Ex-reds forward Robbie Keane was appointed to Republic of Ireland's coaching staff as Assistant Manager. 2021 – Spanish midfielder Stefan Bajčetić signed as a professional, having arrived as a centre-back from Real Club Celta de Vigo. He made his senior bow from the bench in our 9-0 thrashing of Bournemouth in August 2022. Other reds games 2006 – Steven Gerrard netted the only goal of Manchester City’s visit to Anfield. 1950 – We drew 1-1 at Burnley with Kevin Baron on the scoresheet. 1925 – We held Huddersfield Town to a goalless draw at Leeds Road. 1922 – Harry Chambers was on target as we won 1-0 at Aston Villa, with Billy Walker missing a penalty for the home side. 1911 – Preston North End won 1-0 in L4. Not going to the Far East 2001 - Future red Harry Kewell played as Australia lost 3-0 in Uruguay in the second leg of their World Cup play-off, to fall at the final hurdle 3-1 on aggregate. Youngsters in action 2005 – Future reds loanee Nuri Şahin became the youngest ever Bundesliga goalscorer, aged seventeen years and 81 days, scoring for Borussia Dortmund against 1. FC Nürnberg. On the same day, future reds loanee Victor Moses won his only cap for England Under-16’s in their 2-1 victory over Scotland. Also in international action 1970 – Emlyn Hughes played for England in their 3-1 friendly defeat of East Germany at Wembley. 1990 – Future red Jari Litmanen played as Finland drew a European Championships qualifier 1-1 in Malta.
  17. Will

    14th September

    A legend departs 1978 - Ian Callaghan signed for Swansea City on a free transfer. He had helped us to five League titles, two FA Cups, one European Cup, two UEFA Cups, UEFA Super Cup and three FA Charity Shields, as well as winning the Football Writers’ Player of the Year award in 1973/74. He remains the player with the record number of reds appearances, with an amazing 857 outings, during which time he bagged 68 goals. New boss 1918 - George Patterson was appointed as the club’s Secretary, having been Tom Watson’s deputy for a decade. He returned to more administrative duties in December 1919 after just eighteen games in charge, although he then became Secretary/Manager in March 1928, remaining in charge in this second spell until August 1936. Into Europe 1964 - Bobby Graham struck on his reds debut in the first European game at Anfield, as we beat Iceland’s Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur 6-1 in our European Cup preliminary round encounter, to progress 11-1 on aggregate. Ian St. John netted a brace with Gerry Byrne, Roger Hunt and Willie Stevenson scoring the other goals, while Alan A’Court was playing his 381st and final reds game. Shanks apparently told Ron Yeats to let the visiting side score once we had gone 7-0 up on aggregate! Gunnar Felixson was the visitors’ goalscorer. Yet another win 2019 – The reds won a club record fourteenth League game in a row when we beat Newcastle United 3-1 at Anfield. Jetro Willems put the visitors in front early on, but Sadio Mané’s brace gave us a half-time lead. Mohamed Salah completed the scoring after the break. Other goalscoring debuts 2002 - Milan Baroš netted his first two reds goals on his League debut as we won 3-2 at Bolton Wanderers. Emile Heskey grabbed a late winner to prevent us falling to our fourth consecutive 2-2 draw after Ivan Campo’s late equaliser. Ricardo Gardner had also struck for the home side as we secured our first victory at the Reebok. 1946 - Albert Stubbins scored on his reds bow as we won 3-1, again at Bolton. Berry Nieuwenhuys and Jack Balmer scored the others. 1901 - George Bowen and Bill White made their reds debuts in our 2-2 derby draw at Anfield, with White scoring his only reds goal after just two minutes. Sam Raybould was also on target that day, with Jimmy Settle netting one of his eleven goals against the reds and Jack Sharp also scoring for the Blues. Anfield trebles 1895 - Inside-right Jimmy Ross scored a hat-trick as we thumped Newcastle United 5-1 in a Second Division encounter. Centre-forward George Allan and defender John Holmes both made their reds debuts, while Frank Becton and Harry Bradshaw added our other goals. 1935 - Centre-forward Fred Howe bagged a treble in our 7-2 top-flight trouncing of Grimsby Town. Gordon Hodgson added a brace with Lance Carr also on the scoresheet for the reds and forward Tosh Johnson bagging his eighth and last reds goal. Happy birthdays 1997 – Forward Dominic Solanke was born in Basingstoke. He signed from Chelsea in July for an undisclosed fee that was later agreed without going to a tribunal, netting just once in six starts and 21 substitute appearances before moving to Bournemouth for £19m in January 2019. 2003 – Forward Harvey Blair was born in Huddersfield. He signed as an Under-12 from Manchester United, penning his first professional contract in October 2020. 2004 - Midfielder Tommy Pilling was born in St. Helens. Having been at the Academy since the age of five, he signed his first professional contract in August 2022. New deal 2009 – The club announced a lucrative new shirt sponsorship deal with Standard Chartered for four years, beginning the following July. Recent debutants 1985 - Steve McMahon made his reds bow in a 2-2 draw at Oxford United. John Aldridge gave Oxford the lead, before goals from Ian Rush and Craig Johnston put us ahead. However, a last-minute own goal from Alan Kennedy, playing his 359th and final reds game, handed a point to the U’s. 1999 - Djimi Traoré made his reds debut in our 5-1 League Cup Second Round win at Hull City. Erik Meijer netted a brace, his only senior goals while at Anfield, with Danny Murphy nabbing his first two reds goals. Steve Staunton grabbed the other a minute from time. 2000 - Bernard Diomède made his first reds appearance in our first match of that season’s triumphant UEFA Cup campaign, as Nick Barmby bagged his first reds strike, the only goal of the game at Rapid Bucureşti. Christian Ziege made his first start for the club. Other European adventures We have three times won other European Cup opening matches on this day. 1976 - Phil Neal converted a dubiously-awarded penalty, with John Toshack also on target as we beat Northern Irish side Crusaders 2-0 at Anfield, our first game of that victorious continental campaign. 1982 - Ronnie Whelan struck a brace as we won 4-1 at Dundalk, with Ian Rush and David Hodgson also netting. The loudest roar of the night came when Leo Flanagan converted a free-kick for the home side after Bruce Grobbelaar was penalised for taking too many steps with the ball. Dundalk were managed by Jim McLaughlin, who was also the reds Irish scout, who had recommended Whelan to Bob Paisley. 1983 - Kenny Dalglish grabbed the only goal of the game in Denmark against OB Odense. 200 up 1908 – We beat Sheffield United 2-0 at Bramall Lane with Ronald Orr bagging a brace. Right-half Maurice Parry made his 200th appearance for the reds. Lauri’s day 1991 – Former reserves forward Lauri Dalla Valle was born in Kontiolahti, Finland. He arrived from Joensuun Iloiset Peli-Pojat for a reported £600,000 in November 2007, signing professional terms with the reds in September 2008. He moved to Fulham in August 2010 after just one brief substitute appearance, as part of the deal that brought left-back Paul Konchesky to Anfield. A new scout 1999 - It was announced that Alex Miller, then Scotland’s Assistant Manager, had joined the club as a scout, to work alongside Ron Yeats. He later became First Team Coach under Rafael Benítez, but left to manage JEF United Ichihara Chiba in Japan, although he lost his job there in July 2009. Mixed fortunes We have twice entertained Blackburn Rovers on this day in history. 1907 - Arthur Goddard nabbed a brace as we won a First Division fixture 2-0, with centre-half Alex Raisbeck playing his 300th reds game. 1940 - Berry Nieuwenhuys was on the scoresheet in a 1-1 Wartime League draw. We have also twice hosted West Ham United in the top-flight. 1929 - Dick Edmed grabbed a brace and John Lindsay netted his third and final reds goal in a 3-1 victory, with Vic Watson bagging one of his nine goals past us. 1963 - Martin Peters struck the first of his fourteen goals against the reds, with fellow England hero-to-be Geoff Hurst scoring the first of his nine before Ronnie Moran had a penalty saved and then Roger Hunt bagged our consolation. This was the Irons’ most recent Anfield victory, and our third consecutive 2-1 reverse in the League at home, although we went on to claim the title for the first time under Bill Shankly that season. 1938 - We beat Middlesbrough 3-1 at Anfield in a First Division meeting, thanks to a Willie Fagan brace and a goal from Berry Nieuwenhuys. Micky Fenton struck one of his nine goals past us. 1957 - Jimmy Melia and Tony Rowley netted as we drew 2-2 in a Second Division match at Ayresome Park. Sinama on target 2001 - Florent Sinama-Pongolle scored in France Under-17’s 2-1 defeat by Nigeria in the World Championship Finals in the Dwight Yorke Stadium in Tobago, while Anthony Le Tallec also played. The French won their final two group games to progress, eventually going on to claim the title. A first for Rushie 1988 - Ian Rush won his first cap in his second spell as a reds player as Wales lost 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier in the Netherlands. Future reds strike partner Dean Saunders also played. John Aldridge, Peter Beardsley, Gary Gillespie, Ray Houghton, Jan Mølby, Steve Nicol, Ronnie Whelan and ex-red Kevin Sheedy all also represented their countries that day. Fabs at the Olympics 2000 - Future red Fábio Aurélio scored in Brazil’s 3-1 defeat of Slovakia at the Sydney Olympics. Other reds games 1974 – We lost 2-0 at Manchester City, with Bill Shankly in attendance. 1968 – Bobby Graham and Ian St. John struck as we won 2-0 at Ipswich Town. 1960 – We lost a Second Division fixture 2-1 at Luton Town. Ronnie Moran followed up to score the rebound after his penalty was saved by Ron Baynham. 1912 – We lost 2-0 at Bradford City. Sometime reds on the move 2020 – Young Scottish left-back Tony Gallacher joined Major League Soccer side Toronto on loan from the reds, playing ten times. 1995 - Paul Walsh re-joined Portsmouth from Manchester City for £500,000. He scored five times in 22 appearances in his second spell with Pompey. 1997 - Bruce Grobbelaar signed for Oxford United, although he only remained there just over a week. 1989 - Future red Paul Ince joined Manchester United for £1m from West Ham United after twelve goals in 95 outings for the Irons. Also in international action 2007 – Future red Nikola Sarić featured for Denmark Under-17’s in their 1-1 draw with Slovenia in a European Championships qualifier in Athlone.
  18. Will

    9th April

    Happy birthday God 1975 - Robbie Fowler was born in Toxteth. He scored 171 goals in 330 reds appearances in his first spell at Anfield, winning UEFA Cup, FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and two League Cups. He re-signed on a short-term contract in January 2006, striking a further twelve times in 39 games to become our fifth top all-time goalscorer, before moving on to Cardiff City in July 2007. 1995 - He was presented with the first of two consecutive PFA Young Player of the Year awards on his twentieth birthday. 2006 - Robbie scored on his 31st birthday, grabbing the only goal of our Premiership defeat of Bolton Wanderers at Anfield on the stroke of half time, our hundredth League goal under Rafael Benítez. 1965 - Former Assistant Manager Colin Pascoe was born in Port Talbot. He followed Brendan Rodgers to Anfield from Swansea City in the summer of 2012, being sacked in June 2015, just four months before his boss. 1904 - England international full-back and reds skipper Tom Cooper was born in Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent. He signed from Derby County for £7,500 in December 1934 but never scored in his 160 reds games and died on military duty in June 1940. 1994 – Former left-back Brad Smith was born in Penrith, Australia. He struck once in eleven senior games before moving on to Bournemouth for £6m in July 2016. On the way to Wembley 1988 - We beat Nottingham Forest 2-1 at Hillsborough in the FA Cup Semi-final, thanks to a John Aldridge brace that included a penalty as well as a strike that was later voted as the BBC’s Goal of the Season, with future red Nigel Clough bagging Forest’s consolation. This was our 4,000th first-class fixture as Steve Nicol played his 200th game for the reds. 1955 - We also faced Forest, losing a Second Division match 3-1 at the City Ground, with Billy Liddell netting and centre-half Alex South playing his seventh and final reds game. James Barrett bagged the first two of his four goals against the reds, with Jackie French also on target past us. Endings and a beginning 1994 - Full-back Julian Dicks scored a penalty to win our League fixture with Ipswich Town. This was our last first-team goal in front of the standing Kop, and his third and final reds goal. The game kicked off at 11:30am to avoid clashing with the Grand National. 1983 – David Fairclough grabbed his 55th and final reds goal, coming off the bench in our 3-0 defeat of Swansea City at Anfield. Ian Rush and Sammy Lee had already scored. Current Assistant Manager Colin Pascoe made his full debut for the Swans in this game. 1921 – Full-back Ted Parry debuted as we drew 0-0 at Derby County. Heading towards Madrid 2019 – We beat Porto 2-0 in the first leg of our UEFA Champions League Quarter-final at Anfield, en route to claiming the trophy for the sixth time in Madrid. Naby Keïta and Roberto Firmino were both on target inside the opening half hour. Out of the Champions League 2002 - Michael Owen missed several good chances while playing his 200th reds game as we went crashing out of the Champions League at the Quarter-final stage. The game in the BayArena swung one way and then another, as we eventually lost 4-2 to Bayer 04 Leverkusen on the night, and 4-3 on aggregate. Our goals came from Abel Xavier and Jari Litmanen, with these being their final reds strikes. Michael Ballack bagged a brace for the home side, with Dimitar Berbatov bagging the first of his five goals against the reds and Lúcio also on target. A debut to be sure 1995 - Young Irish winger Mark Kennedy made his reds debut in our 1-0 home League defeat by Leeds United as Brian Deane struck one of his eight goals past us. Disaster at Goodison 1909 - Everton thumped five goals past Sam Hardy in the Liverpool goal without reply, in a First Division encounter. This remains our worst defeat at Goodison Park. Bertie Freeman scored the first two of his nine goals against us, with Tim Coleman nabbing one of his five and Bob Turner and Wattie White also netting. Trebles galore 1917 - Fred Pagnam and Donald McKinlay both bagged trebles as we thumped Southport Central 7-0 in a Wartime League match at Ash Lane. Arthur Goddard nabbed the other. 1901 - Sam Raybould struck three as we won 4-3 at Cumberland in a friendly, with Jack Cox also on the scoresheet. 2004 - Thierry Henry scored three of his nine strikes against the reds as we lost 4-2 at Arsenal despite twice leading, through Sami Hyypiä and Michael Owen. Robert Pires scored the home side’s other goal, one of his four past us. 1932 - We also faced the Gunners, with Ted Hancock bagging his second and final reds goal and Danny McRorie also on target in a 2-1 victory, with Jack Lambert scoring one of his seven goals against the reds. Three times against City 2005 - We lost 1-0 at the City Of Manchester Stadium in our 500th Premier League match, falling to a late Kiki Musampa goal. We have also twice hosted Manchester City in top-flight matches on this day in history. 1949 - We lost 1-0, with Bob Paisley reaching a century of League outings for the club. 1977 - Kevin Keegan and Steve Heighway were on target in a 2-1 Easter Saturday win to move us three points ahead of the visitors. Brian Kidd netted for City, one of his six goals against the reds. Mixed fortunes against Spurs 2000 - We defeated Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 at Anfield, thanks to goals from Patrik Berger and Michael Owen. 1965 - We went down 3-0 at White Hart Lane in another top-flight meeting. Alf’s half ton 1938 – Outside-left Alf Hanson bagged his fiftieth reds goal in our 4-2 top-flight victory over Blackpool at Anfield. Phil Taylor and Berry Nieuwenhuys also netted, with Willie Fagan converting a penalty. International debuts 1938 - Preston North End’s Bill Shankly made his Scotland debut as they lost 1-0 to England at Wembley in the British International Championships, which was the first international to be screened live on BBC television. His clubmate, full-back Andy Beattie also played. Beattie went on to guest for the reds during the war, before linking up with Shanks again at Huddersfield Town, as well as joining our backroom staff later in life. 1960 – Andy Beattie managed Scotland, picking future red Ian St. John for their 1-1 British International Championships draw with England at Hampden Park. 1921 - Reds centre-forward Robert Matthews won his first official cap for Wales as they beat Ireland 2-1 in Swansea in the same competition, with clubmates Elisha Scott and Billy Lacey on the losing side. International endings 1904 - Future reds forward Ronald ‘Wee’ Orr won his second and final cap for Scotland as they lost 1-0 to England in the British International Championships at Celtic Park. Future clubmate Alex Raisbeck was his skipper that day. 1921 - Ex-red Tom Miller won his third and last Scotland cap as they beat England 3-0 at Hampden Park in the same competition. Reds forward Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers played for the away side. Other reds games 1991 – Coventry City held us to a 1-1 draw at Anfield with Ian Rush on the scoresheet. 1966 – We shared a goalless draw with Northampton Town at their County Ground. 1960 – We lost a Second Division match 2-0 at Leyton Orient. 1927 – Dick Edmed bagged the only goal of our trip to West Bromwich Albion very late on. 1910 – Jimmy Stewart and Jack Parkinson struck as we beat Notts County 2-1 in L4. 1906 – We beat Newcastle United 3-0 at home. Jack Parkinson struck twice, with Sam Raybould also scoring. 1900 – Sam Raybould nabbed a brace as Bury lost 2-0 at Anfield. Pepe signs on 2010 - Pepe Reina signed a new contract until 2016. He kept an impressive 177 clean sheets in 394 reds outings, moving on to Bayern München for £2m in August 2014 after a season on loan at SSC Napoli. Barmby starts out 1991 - Nick Barmby signed as a professional for Tottenham Hotspur. He went on to bag 28 goals in 110 Spurs games before moving to Middlesbrough for £5.25m in August 1995. Other internationals in action 2009 – Conor Coady featured for England Under-16’s in their 3-0 defeat of United Arab Emirates in the Montaigu Tournament. 2002 - Roy Hodgson was appointed Manager of United Arab Emirates, remaining in charge until January 2004. 1993 – Future red Brad Friedel kept a clean sheet in the USA’s 2-0 friendly win in Saudi Arabia. 1989 - Future red Ronnie Rosenthal netted in Israel’s 2-2 World Cup qualifying draw with New Zealand in Auckland. 1986 – Ex-red Mike Newell played for England Under-21’s as they lost 2-0 to Italy in the first leg of their European Championships Semi-final in Pisa. 1932 – Future reds left-back Ernie Blenkinsop captained England for the second of four occasions in their 3-0 defeat of Scotland in the British International Championships at Wembley, with future reds forward Tosh Johnson also on the winning side. 1927 – Elisha Scott kept goal for Ireland as they drew 2-2 with Wales in the British International Championships in Cardiff. David’s farewell 2011 - David Fairclough’s wife Jan died, following a brain haemorrhage.
  19. Happy birthdays 1984 – Danish centre-back Daniel Agger was born in Hvidovre. He joined the reds from Brøndby IF for £5.8m in January 2006, notching fourteen times in 232 games before returning to his old club in Denmark in August 2014 for a reported £3m, having helped us to claim the League Cup in 2012. 1981 - Stephen Warnock was born in Ormskirk. He played 67 reds games, notching once, before moving to Blackburn Rovers in January 2007 for £1.5m, although he moved on to Aston Villa in August 2009. 1990 – Winger Victor Moses was born in Lagos, Nigeria. He signed on loan from Chelsea in September 2013, netting twice in 22 outings before returning to his parent club at the end of the season. Team of the year 1978 - We were voted the best team in the world at the International Sports Writers’ Association awards ceremony, with the trophy being presented to Vice Chairman Sidney Reakes. We also pipped the Davis Cup team to the British Team of the Year award at the Cunard Hotel in London. Another European win 2002 - Michael Owen nabbed the only goal of the game at Anfield as we progressed past Vitesse Arnhem in the UEFA Cup Third Round by 2-0 on aggregate. On the same day, he was voted into joint thirteenth in the Ballon d'Or award, with El-Hadji Diouf coming equal 21st as the Brazilian Ronaldo won for the second time. 2016 – Ex-red Luis Suárez came fourth in that year’s Ballon d’Or as Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo claimed the trophy for the fourth time. Red centurions 1925 - Cardiff City won for the third consecutive League season at Anfield, this time by 2-0. Len Davies netted one of his seven strikes against the reds, with Hugh Ferguson also on target as left-back Donald McKinlay reached 300 League appearances for the reds. 1914 – Half-back Harry Lowe played his hundredth League game for the club as we lost 1-0 at Bradford Park Avenue. Mixed fortunes against Bury 1896 - We beat Bury 3-1 at Anfield thanks to a George Allan brace and a goal from Malcolm McVean. 1908 - Joe Hewitt netted as we lost 2-1 at Gigg Lane, with Billy Hibbert scoring two of his thirteen goals against the reds. Pompey despair We have twice lost at Portsmouth on this day in history. 1953 - Sammy Smyth grabbed our consolation as we were thumped 5-1. Peter Harris struck a hat-trick, the last of his eight goals against the reds, with Charlie Vaughan bagging the final goal of his four past us and Johnny Gordon also netting. 1931 - We lost 2-0 in another First Division meeting when Jimmy Easson netted two of his eight goals past us. Thumping the Black Cats 1936 - Alf Hanson struck twice as we beat Sunderland 4-0 at Anfield, with Berry Nieuwenhuys and Jack Balmer also on the scoresheet as left-half Jimmy McDougall played his 300th League game for the reds. The cup in December 1999 - We played our earliest FA Cup tie since 1892 when the Third Round was staged in December. Dominic Matteo netted his second and final reds goal as we won 2-0 at Huddersfield Town after Titi Camara had opened the scoring as Michael Owen reached a century of reds appearances. Signing on 2000 - Djimi Traoré signed a new four-year contract. He struck once in 141 reds appearances before joining Charlton Athletic for £2m in August 2006, having helped us to claim the Champions League in 2005. 1947 – Left-winger Doug McAvoy signed from his hometown club Kilmarnock for £7,000. He only made two senior reds appearances, moving back to Scotland to join Queen Of The South in September 1949. On the move 1979 - 1950’s wing-half Bobby Campbell was sacked as Manager of Bristol Rovers. He had led them to just eleven wins in 46 games in charge, as they struggled in the old Second Division. 1997 - Mike Marsh was released by Southend United after just over two years at Roots Hall. He had struck thirteen times in 97 games for the Shrimpers. 2011 - Nicolas Anelka signed for Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua, netting three times in 23 outings before joining West Bromwich Albion on a free transfer in July 2013. 2017 – Former reds First Team Coach Paco Herrera was sacked as Manager of Real Sporting de Gijón after just six months in charge. A saintly century 1977 - We played St. Mirren at Love Street to commemorate their centenary. The game ended 1-1, with Kenny Dalglish on target for the reds, before we won a penalty shoot-out 5-4. Phil Neal, Emlyn Hughes, Terry McDermott, Ray Kennedy and David Johnson converted spot-kicks with Ray Clemence saving from future red Frank McGarvey. Nice one Cyril 1942 - Cyril Done bagged a treble as we trounced Burnley 9-2 in a Wartime League fixture at Anfield. Dicky Dorsett and Willie Fagan both netted braces, with Michael Hulligan and Fred Haycock also on target. Other reds games 2001 – Fulham held us to a goalless draw at Anfield as Steven Gerrard twice struck the woodwork. 1987 – John Barnes bagged a brace as we drew 2-2 at Southampton. 1970 – Jack Whitham and Phil Boersma scored as we won 2-1 at West Ham United, with Jimmy Greaves netting the last of his twelve goals against the reds. 1964 – Tommy Smith sent a penalty over the crossbar as we shared a goalless draw with Arsenal at Highbury. 1959 – Jimmy Melia struck twice as we won a Second Division fixture 2-0 at Bristol Rovers. 1903 – Wolverhampton Wanderers won 2-1 in L4, with Jack Parkinson on the scoresheet. Billy Wooldridge netted one of his five goals past us, with Jackery Jones also on target. Newell for England 1989 - Ex-reds reserves striker Mike Newell, then playing across the park, netted for England B as they beat Yugoslavia 2-0 at The Den. 1995 – Steve McManaman, ex-red Peter Beardsley and future red Nick Barmby all played in England’s 1-1 friendly draw with Portugal at Wembley. 2002 – Future reds Glen Johnson, Andy Lonergan and Gary O’Neil all featured as England Under-20’s lost 2-0 to Switzerland at Upton Park. Mixed fortunes for the youngsters 2003 - Zak Whitbread faced future red Javier Mascherano as Argentina Under-20’s beat the USA 2-1 on a golden goal in the Quarter-finals of the World Championship Finals in the United Arab Emirates, with Mascherano grabbing the injury time equaliser. Daniele’s debut 2006 - Future reds loanee keeper Daniele Padelli won his first cap for Italy Under-21’s as they beat Luxembourg 2-0 in Vibo Valentia. He was then on loan at Crotone from Sampdoria.
  20. Will

    6th September

    Red trebles 2000 - Michael Owen scored a first half hat-trick past former team-mate David James as we defeated Aston Villa 3-1 at Anfield. He therefore became our first ever player to score two first-half hat-tricks in League games. Steve Stone bagged Villa’s late consolation. 1965 - ‘Sir’ Roger Hunt netted a treble in our 5-1 win at West Ham United, after Gordon Milne and Ian Callaghan had opened the scoring. Martin Peters scored for the Irons, one of his fourteen goals past us, with all the goals coming before the hour mark. 1986 - We also thumped the Hammers on their home turf when substitute Kenny Dalglish struck twice in a 5-2 victory, with Ronnie Whelan, Craig Johnston and Ian Rush also on target. Future reds first-team coach Kevin Keen made his senior debut for the Hammers in this game. Ray Stewart put the home side in front inside ten minutes, with Tony Cottee bagging the first of his eight goals against the reds. Macca signs on 1985 - Steve McMahon signed from Aston Villa for £375,000, becoming the first arrival direct from Villa Park. He was Kenny Dalglish’s first signing, winning three League titles, the FA Cup and two FA Charity Shields before joining Manchester City in December 1991 after fifty goals in 277 games. Births and deaths 1892 - Scottish keeper Ken Campbell was born in Cambuslang, near Glasgow. He signed from Cambuslang Rangers in May 1911 and took over from Sam Hardy in the reds goal, playing 142 times including the 1914 FA Cup Final, before being replaced after the war by the great Elisha Scott. On exactly the same day, outside-left Albert Pearson was born in Tynemouth. He netted four times in 51 reds games after signing from Port Vale in March 1919, returning there two years later. 1988 - Jimmy Ryan was born in Maghull. The central midfielder joined League Two outfit Accrington Stanley in August 2008, having featured in both of our recent victorious FA Youth Cup campaigns, but failed to break into the first–team squad. 1948 – Half-back Bill Keech died. He played just six Second Division games in late 1895, having signed from Barnsley St. Peter’s that October, helping us to claim the title that season. He later played as a forward for Leicester Fosse, before returning to the half-back line with Queens Park Rangers’ first professional team in the Southern League. 2003 – Inside-forward Harold Jones died. He joined the reds in January 1952, but only made one senior appearance in a 5-1 thumping at Anfield by Preston North End in September 1953. He moved on to Rhyl in June 1954. A goalscoring debut 1902 - Inside-right George Livingstone scored on his reds bow as we beat Blackburn Rovers 5-2 at Anfield in our first game of the season, with Sam Raybould and Jack Cox both grabbing braces. Inside-forward Edgar Chadwick also debuted in this game, with Walter Whittaker nabbing two of his six goals against the reds. Four against 1913 - Danny Shea scored four of his ten goals against the reds as Blackburn Rovers thumped us 6-2 at Ewood Park, with Tom Miller netting both our goals and Bob Ferguson missing a penalty for the reds. Eddie Latheron also scored for the home side with Billy Bradshaw converting from the spot. Red centurions 1954 – Centre-half Laurie Hughes played his 200th League game for the reds as we lost a Second Division fixture 3-0 at Bristol Rovers. Geoff Bradford netted the first three of his five goals past us. 1950 – George Kay took charge of the reds for the 300th time in the League as we defeated Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 in L4 with Albert Stubbins and Jack Balmer on the scoresheet. 1909 – We won 2-1 at Bolton Wanderers with Jack Parkinson nabbing a brace, including his fiftieth League goal for the reds. Managerial moves 1989 - Mark Lawrenson was appointed Manager of Fourth Division Peterborough United. They finished ninth at the end of that season, and he stayed in the job for fourteen months, before being sacked. 2004 - Graeme Souness resigned as Blackburn Rovers boss after four and a half years in charge. He took up the vacant managerial post at Newcastle United the following week, but was sacked after seventeen months at St. James’ Park. Out with the old, in with the new 1995 - John Barnes won his 79th and final cap in England’s goalless friendly draw with Colombia at Wembley. He had scored eleven times for his country. Jamie Redknapp made his senior international debut in the same game, while Nick Barmby won his first cap as a Middlesbrough player. Steve McManaman also played. On the same day, Markus Babbel grabbed his only international goal as Germany beat Georgia 4-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Nuremberg. Fellow future red Christian Ziege netted his first goal for the German senior side in the same game. Ex-red István Kozma won his fortieth and final cap for Hungary as they lost a qualifier 2-0 in Turkey. Also in action that day were Ian Rush, ex-red Ronnie Rosenthal and future reds Stéphane Henchoz, Øyvind Leonhardsen, Jari Litmanen and Gary McAllister, with Roy Hodgson managing Switzerland. Vlad on target again and again 2003 - Vladimír Šmicer struck in his third consecutive Czech Republic game for the second time, with clubmate Milan Baroš also on target in their 3-1 European Championships qualifying win in Belarus. 2002 - Milan bagged a brace with Vlad also scoring in their 5-0 friendly defeat of FR Yugoslavia in Prague, despite having broken a toe in the first minute of the game. 1997 - Future red Šmicer also netted for his country as they won a World Cup qualifier 2-0 in the Faroe Islands. 1998 - Šmicer grabbed the only goal of a Euro 2000 qualifier in the same country, with future reds clubmate Patrik Berger also playing. Meanwhile, Baroš played for the Under-18’s as they beat Hungary 3-1 in a tournament game in Yugoslavia, with Stig Inge Bjørnebye and Vegard Heggem both appearing as Norway lost 3-1 to Latvia in a European Championships qualifier in Oslo. 1994 - Future red Patrik Berger netted in the Czech Republic’s 6-1 European Championships qualifying thumping of Malta in Bazaly. Roy Hodgson managed a Switzerland side that included future red Stéphane Henchoz to a 1-0 friendly win over the United Arab Emirates in Sion. Robbie Fowler, Jamie Redknapp and future red Nick Barmby all featured for England Under-21’s as they were held to a goalless draw by France in a European Championships qualifier in Leicester. 2011 – Future red Xherdan Shaqiri bagged a treble as Switzerland beat Bulgaria 3-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Basel, with ex-red Nikolay Mihaylov in goal for the visitors. Meanwhile, Christian Benteke scored while winning his last Under-21’s cap as a Royal Standard de Liège player in Belgium’s 4-1 qualifying win over Azerbaijan in Antwerp. Fellow future red Fabio Borini scored past Péter Gulácsi as Italy Under-21’s won 3-0 in a qualifier in Hungary. Disappointment on Teesside We have twice visited Ayresome Park on this day in history, without securing a win. 1930 - Robert Done scored from the spot with Gordon Hodgson and Dick Edmed also on target in a 3-3 top-flight draw. Bobby Bruce bagged one of his five goals past us, with Freddie Warren and Billy Pease also on the scoresheet as right-half Tom Morrison reached a century of reds outings. 1958 - Jimmy Harrower nabbed our consolation as Middlesbrough won a Second Division encounter 2-1, thanks to a Brian Clough brace, two of his ten goals against the reds. International firsts 2003 - Fernando Torres won his first senior international cap as they won a friendly 3-0 in Portugal, with fellow future red Xabi Alonso also featuring. On the same day, Andriy Voronin made his first appearance for Ukraine as a 1. FC Köln player in their goalless Euro 2004 qualifier with Northern Ireland in Donetsk. 2016 – Mohamed Salah played his first game for Egypt since moving permanently to Roma as they lost a friendly 1-0 in South Africa, with captain Ragnar Klavan playing for Estonia for the first time since arriving at Anfield as they were thumped 5-0 in a Wo5ld Cup qualifier in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Ex-red Luis Suárez converted a penalty as Uruguay thumped Paraguay 4-0 in Montevideo, while Philippe Coutinho, Marko Grujić, Ragnar Klavan, Harry Wilson, Gini Wijnaldum, future reds Alisson Becker, Diogo Jota, Ozan Kabak, Kostas Tsimikas and Virgil van Dijk, and ex-reds Péter Gulácsi, Krisztián Németh and Brad Smith all also featured for their countries. 2015 – Future red Wijnaldum also played for his country, as the Netherlands lost a European Championships qualifier 3-0 in Turkey. Salah won his first cap while on loan at Roma as Egypt won a World Cup qualifier 5-2 in Chad. Christian Benteke won his first cap as a red as Belgium won a European Championships qualifier 1-0 in Cyprus, with Divock Origi also featuring. Meanwhile, future red Joël Matip played for Cameroon in a 1-0 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying win in Gambia and ex-red captained Algeria to a 3-1 qualifying win in Lesotho. A good day for Mark 1995 - Mark Kennedy won his first cap for the Republic of Ireland as they lost 3-1 in a Euro ’96 qualifier in Austria, with Phil Babb and ex-red Ray Houghton also playing. 1997 - He netted his first goal as the Irish won a World Cup qualifier 4-2 in Iceland. Jason McAteer and ex-red Steve Staunton also featured. Crouchie on target again 2006 - Peter Crouch scored in his third consecutive England game for the second time as they won 1-0 in the FYR Macedonia, taking him to eleven international strikes in 2006, a national record for a calendar year. Steven Gerrard won his fiftieth cap in the same game, with future red Stewart Downing also featuring. Daniel Agger, Xabi Alonso, Luis García, Sami Hyypiä, future reds Christian Poulsen, Nuri Şahin, Martin Škrtel, Fernando Torres and Andriy Voronin and ex-red Jari Litmanen also played in Euro 2008 qualifiers that day, with Roy Hodgson taking charge of Finland and future red Philipp Degen appearing in a friendly tournament. Future red Yossi Benayoun netted as Israel thumped Andorra 4-1 in another qualifier, while Dirk Kuyt bagged his first goal as a reds player in the Netherlands’ 3-0 defeat of Belarus, with future red Ryan Babel also in action. Meanwhile, Scott Carson was in the England Under-21’s goal as they qualified for the European Championships Finals with a 3-2 win in Switzerland, as future red James Milner scored. 2013 – Rickie Lambert bagged his final goal as a Southampton player, with skipper Steven Gerrard also on target as Roy Hodgson’s England beat Moldova 4-0 in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley. Luis Suárez bagged a brace, including a penalty, as Uruguay won 2-1 in Peru. Also in World Cup action that day were Daniel Agger, Martin Škrtel and future red Ragnar Klavan, who all captained their countries, future reds Christian Benteke, Ádám Bogdán, James Milner and Xherdan Shaqiri, and ex-reds Craig Bellamy, Alexander Kačaniklić, Robbie Keane, Dirk Kuyt, Raul Meireles, Nikolay Mihaylov and Nuri Şahin, while Danny Ward played for Wales Under-21’s. Milan off the mark 2011 - Milan Jovanović struck his first goal for Serbia as a Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht player in their 3-1 defeat of Faroe Islands in a Euro 2012 qualifier in Belgrade. Also in international action that day were Daniel Agger, Andy Carroll, Stewart Downing, Péter Gulácsi, Dirk Kuyt, Martin Škrtel, future reds Ragnar Klavan, Dejan Lovren, Simon Mignolet, James Milner and Thiago Alcântara, and ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa, Yossi Benayoun, Robbie Keane, Javier Mascherano, Nikolay Mihaylov, John Arne Riise, Daniel Sjölund and Andriy Voronin, with John Toshack taking charge of FYR Macedonia. St. Michael loses a record 2003 - Everton’s Wayne Rooney became England’s youngest ever goalscorer, beating Michael Owen’s record as they won 2-1 in a Euro 2004 qualifier in the FYR Macedonia. Emile Heskey, Owen and ex-red David James all also featured. Also in international action that day were Jerzy Dudek, Sami Hyypiä and John Arne Riise and future reds Craig Bellamy, Yossi Benayoun, Mark González, Paul Jones, Ragnar Klavan and Andriy Voronin, while Bolo Zenden was winning his first cap while on loan at Middlesbrough, and 47th in all. Thumping the Wearsiders 1922 - We beat Sunderland 5-1 at Anfield thanks to a Harry Chambers brace and goals from Dick Johnson and Donald McKinlay, with Dick Forshaw netting in his hundredth reds game while Charlie Buchan bagged one of his 21 goals against the reds. Beating the Mancs 1893 – Hugh McQueen netted the only goal of our Anfield friendly meeting with Newton Heath, as Manchester United were then known. Disappointment against the Baggies 1920 – We were held to a goalless draw by West Bromwich Albion in a top-flight encounter at Anfield. Inside-forward Tom Miller played his 146th and last game for the club. 1976 - We lost 1-0 in a League Cup Second Round replay at The Hawthorns, with Irish midfielder Mick Martin bagging the decisive goal. Other international reds 1989 - John Aldridge won his final cap as a reds player as the Republic of Ireland held West Germany to a 1-1 draw in a friendly at Lansdowne Road. Clubmates Steve Staunton and Ronnie Whelan both also played. John Barnes, Peter Beardsley, Gary Gillespie, Glenn Hysén, Steve McMahon, Steve Nicol, Ian Rush and future red Dean Saunders were all in World Cup qualifying action that day. 1997 - Future red Jari Litmanen netted in Finland’s 2-1 World Cup qualifying win in Switzerland while winning his fiftieth cap, with future red Stéphane Henchoz on the losing side. Stig Inge Bjørnebye and future reds Markus Babbel and Christian Ziege also played for their countries that day. 2017 – Ex-red Luis Suárez played as Uruguay won a World Cup qualifier 2-1 in Paraguay. 2018 – Ex-red Ryan Babel won his fiftieth cap for the Netherlands as they beat Peru 2-1, with Virgil van Dijk and Gini Wijnaldum also featuring. Adam Lewis made his debut for England Under-20’s, with Dominic Solanke and ex-red Joe Allen also playing for their countries that day. 2019 – Gini Wijnaldum scored as the Netherlands beat Germany 4-2 in a European Championships qualifier in Hamburg, with Virgil van Dijk captaining the side and Ryan Babel winning his first cap as a Galatasaray player as Rhian Brewster debuted for England Under-21’s in their 3-2 win in a European Championships qualifier in Turkey. Dejan Lovren bagged his last goal for Croatia as a red in their 4-0 qualifying win in Slovakia. Caoimhín Kelleher, Divock Origi, Andy Robertson, Harry Wilson and ex-reds Joe Allen and Ragnar Klavan all also played for their countries that day, with Steve Clarke taking charge of Scotland. First caps 2008 – Steve Finnan won his first cap as an R.C.D. Espanyol player as the Republic of Ireland beat Georgia 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Mainz in Germany, with Robbie Keane also featuring. Harry Kewell played for Australia for the first time since joining Galatasaray, converting a penalty while skippering them to a 2-1 friendly defeat of the Netherlands in Eindhoven, with Ryan Babel and Dirk Kuyt both on the losing side. On the same day, Rigobert Song won his first cap as a Trabzonspor player as Cameroon won a World Cup qualifier 2-1 in the Cape Verde Islands. Andriy Voronin played his first international while on loan with Hertha BSC Berlin as Ukraine beat Belarus 1-0 in another qualifier in Lviv. Daniel Agger, Xabi Alonso, Javier Mascherano, future reds Ragnar Klavan, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Alex Manninger, Raul Meireles, Christian Poulsen and Luis Suárez and ex-reds Nicolas Anelka, Mark González and John Arne Riise all also featured in qualifiers, with John Toshack managing Wales. 2009 – Javier Mascherano and future red Maxi Rodríguez represented Argentina again, as they lost 3-1 to Brazil in a World Cup qualifier in Rosario. 2013 – Lazar Marković won his first cap after moving to SL Benfica as Serbia were held to a 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw by Croatia in Belgrade, with future red Dejan Lovren playing for the visitors. 2014 - Carl Medjani played for Algeria for the first time since joining Trabzonspor as they beat Ethiopia 2-1 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Addis Ababa. 2019 - Harvey Elliott won his first cap for England Under-17’s since moving to Anfield, as they thumped Finland 5-0 in a friendly in Poland with Jarell Quansah also in action. On the same day, future red Fábio Carvalho played for England Under-18’s for the first time in their 3-2 victory over Australia Under-17’s in Hinckley. Meanwhile, future red Mateusz Musiałowski won his only cap for Poland Under-17’s in their 2-1 defeat of Georgia, with Kamil Grabara also featuring for his country. Alberto in action 2002 – Future red Alberto Aquilani played for Italy Under-19’s as they beat Yugoslavia 2-1. 2005 – He was booked as the Under-21’s were held to a 1-1 draw by Belarus in a European Championships qualifier in Borisov. First and last goals 2008 - Martin Škrtel scored his first goal as a reds player as Slovakia beat Northern Ireland 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Bratislava. Joe Cole bagged a brace from off the bench, his final England goals as a Chelsea player, as they beat Andorra 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Barcelona. Ex-reds Emile Heskey, David James and future reds Stewart Downing and Glen Johnson also featured. Meanwhile, Yossi Benayoun netted while skippering Israel in their 2-2 draw with Switzerland in Tel-Aviv. 2020 – Neco Williams struck for Wales for the first time, the only goal of their UEFA Nations League group games against Bulgaria in Cardiff. Thiago Alcântara appeared for Spain for the last time before moving to Anfield as they thumped Ukraine 4-0 in Madrid, with future red Ozan Kabak and ex-reds Emre Can and Péter Gulácsi also playing in the same competition. Youngsters on target for their countries Daniel Sjölund struck for Finland Under-21’s in European Championships qualifiers on this day in consecutive years. 2002 - He netted in their 2-1 defeat of Wales in Valkeakoski. 2003 - He bagged the only goal of their game in Azerbaijan. 2012 - Jonjo Shelvey scored his first goal for England Under-21’s as they won a European Championships qualifier 2-0 in Azerbaijan, with future red Steven Caulker nabbing his second and last strike at this level. Jordan Henderson skippered a side that also included Martin Kelly, with ex-red Tom Ince winning his first cap at this level. Samed Yeşil struck his first two goals for Germany Under-19’s while winning his first cap at this level as a reds player in a 3-1 friendly defeat of England in Hamburg, with Raheem Sterling winning his only cap at this level and Adam Morgan also playing. Péter Gulácsi and Danny Wilson also featured in Under-21’s action that day. 2002 - Florent Sinama-Pongolle struck his first goal for France Under-21’s, the only one of their qualifier in Cyprus. He was winning his second cap, as were fellow reds Alou Diarra and Anthony Le Tallec. Chris Kirkland and future reds Xabi Alonso, Ragnar Klavan, Paul Konchesky, Jermaine Pennant, Pepe Reina, Albert Riera and Fernando Torres also played for their Under-21’s sides that day, with future red Alberto Aquilani featuring for Italy Under-19’s. 2005 - Ramon Calliste won his first cap for Wales Under-21’s as a reds player, having a goal disallowed as they lost 3-2 in a European Championships qualifier in Poland. Meanwhile, Anthony Le Tallec scored in his third consecutive Under-21’s game, converting a penalty as France beat the Republic of Ireland 2-1 in a qualifier in Cork. John Welsh won his last cap at this level as a reds player as England drew 1-1 in another qualifier with Germany in Mainz, with Scott Carson and future reds Alberto Aquilani, James Milner and Gary O’Neil also playing for the Under-21’s. Back to Merseyside 1994 - David Burrows signed for Everton from West Ham United on a free transfer, just a year after leaving Anfield. He only played 23 times in his one season with the Toffees, before moving on again to Birmingham City. 2013 - Neil Critchley was appointed Under-18’s Coach at the Academy. He moved up to the Under-23’s, leaving to take over as Head Coach of Blackpool last March. Other reds games 1983 – Southampton held us to a 1-1 draw at Anfield. Ian Rush netted before Mick Mills equalised late on with a free-kick from close to the touchline. 1980 – We drew 1-1 at Birmingham City with Kenny Dalglish on target. 1975 – Ray Kennedy headed in the only goal of Sheffield United’s visit to L4. 1969 – We beat Coventry City 2-1 at home. Ian St. John scored, with Geoff Strong netting a stoppage-time winner. 1952 – Kevin Baron and Jack Smith both struck inside the opening ten minutes as we won 2-0 at Manchester City. 1947 – Jack Balmer struck as Burnley drew 1-1 at Anfield. 1924 – We lost 2-0 at Arsenal with Harry Woods scoring the last two of his five goals against the reds. 1919 – We beat Bradford City 2-1 in L4 with Fred Pagnam and Donald McKinlay both scoring. Also in international action 1977 – Glenn Hysén played for Sweden Under-18’s as they lost a home friendly 1-0 to Finland, while Joey Jones and John Toshack played as Wales were held to a goalless draw by Kuwait in Wrexham. 1984 – Ex-red Avi Cohen featured in Israel’s 2-1 defeat of Malta in a friendly in Jerusalem. 2021 - James Balagizi appeared for England Under-19’s in their 1-1 friendly draw in Germany.
  21. 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 seventeen times in 133 appearances across his first five 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. 2021 – Former Director Terry Smith died at Arrowe Park Hospital in Birkenhead. He was on the board from 1992 until 2007. 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. 1996 - Patrik Berger signed from Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund for £3.25m, following an impressive Euro ’96. He scored 35 times in 196 reds games, before joining Portsmouth in June 2003. 1983 – Winger Brian Mooney signed from Home Farm for £20,000. He only ever played one senior reds game, as a substitute for Jim Beglin in a League Cup win at Fulham in October 1986, moving on to Preston North End in November 1987. 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 fourten 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 Kyiv, 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.
  22. Will

    19th August

    Case closed 1981 - Jimmy Case joined Brighton & Hove Albion for £350,000 after seven years at Anfield during which time he bagged 46 goals in 269 reds games, helping us to claim three European Cups, four League titles, the UEFA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, League Cup and three FA Charity Shields. He had four seasons in this first spell at the Goldstone Ground, netting fifteen goals in 151 games, helping to knock the reds out of the FA Cup at Anfield in February 1983. On the very same day, Mark Lawrenson made his reds bow in our 2-1 friendly defeat at Club Atlético de Madrid, with Ray Kennedy bagging our goal. Off the mark 2007 - Fernando Torres bagged his first reds goal as we were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Chelsea, thanks to a Frank Lampard penalty that was ludicrously awarded by referee Rob Styles against Steve Finnan, one of his eight strikes past us. Peter Crouch was playing his hundredth game for the club. 2009 – Right-back Glen Johnson struck for the first time as we thumped Stoke City 4-0 at Anfield. Jamie Carragher played his 400th League game as we became the first club to reach 5,000 points in the top flight. Fernando Torres, Dirk Kuyt and David N’Gog all also netted. Most recent debutants 2000 - Gary McAllister became our oldest post-war debutant, aged 35 years and 237 days, in our season opener against Bradford City. Markus Babbel and Nick Barmby also made their first-class reds bows, as Emile Heskey scored the only goal of the game, his first at Anfield. 2010 – Christian Poulsen had a goal disallowed on his debut as we faced Turkish side Trabzonspor in the first leg of our UEFA Europa League Play-off at Anfield. Joe Cole had a penalty saved in the second half, while Jamie Carragher skippered the side for the fiftieth time as Ryan Babel bagged the only goal of the game in first-half injury time. 2017 – Left-back Andy Robertson debuted as Sadio Mané bagged the only goal of Crystal Palace’s League visit to Anfield. Sixties debutants 1961 - Ian St. John and Ron Yeats both debuted as we kicked off our Second Division championship winning season with a 2-0 win at Bristol Rovers, thanks to a strike from winger Kevin Lewis and a John Hills own goal. 1967 - New record signing Tony Hateley made his official debut as we started another season with a goalless draw at Manchester City. Tony Book missed a penalty for the home side. 1989 – We hosted City when a John Barnes penalty put us ahead before a deflected Andy Hinchcliffe free-kick levelled the scores. Second-half goals from Peter Beardsley and Steve Nicol handed us a 3-1 victory. 1990’s debutants 1995 - Stan Collymore scored the only goal of the game on his official reds debut against Sheffield Wednesday at Anfield, our first fixture of the season. 1996 - David Thompson made his reds bow from the bench in our 2-0 home defeat of Arsenal, with Steve McManaman netting a brace. Tosh’s bow 1901 – Forward Tosh Johnson was born in Dalton-in-Furness, Lancashire. He crossed the park in March 1934, having claimed the First and Second Division titles and FA Cup with the Blues, and netted eight times in 38 reds games before joining Darwen in August 1936. Steve’s farewell 1980 – Keeper Steve Ogrizovic played his fifth and last reds game in our goalless draw at Coventry City. He later made a club record 601 appearances for the Sky Blues. Firsts and lasts against the Blades 2006 - Jan Kromkamp played his eighteenth and final reds game as a Robbie Fowler penalty rescued a point at Sheffield United in our opening League match of the season. This brought our fourteen-game winning streak to an end. Jamie Carragher and John Arne Riise both had to go off injured at Bramall Lane. 1992 - We recorded our first win in the newly-renamed FA Premier League by beating Sheffield United 2-1 at Anfield, with goals from Mark Walters and Paul Stewart’s first reds strike after Brian Deane had given the visitors the lead with one of his eight goals against us. This was also Ged Poynton’s first match in charge of the stadium and operations. A rare strike 1978 - Kenny Dalglish opened the scoring before Queens Park Rangers’ Paul McGee scored one of only four opposition goals in the League at Anfield that season, although we still won the game 2-1, with Steve Heighway netting late on. Left-back Alan Kennedy made his reds bow while Emlyn Hughes and Ray Clemence had paraded the European Cup prior to kick off, with Bob Paisley being presented with his Manager of the Month award for the previous April. Signing on 1894 – Inside-right Jimmy Ross signed from Preston North End for a club record £75. He had won the League twice with their ‘invincibles’ side, scoring 39 times in 85 reds games as well as becoming club captain. He left for Burnley in March 1897, sadly dying in June 1902 aged just 36. 2001 – Northern Irish keeper Liam Hughes was born in Craigavon. He joined the reds from Celtic in January 2021, so far making it to the first-team bench on one occasion, at Sheffield United a month later. Off on loan 2019 – Ex-reds midfielder Philippe Coutinho joined Bayern München on loan from Barcelona, for a loan fee of €8.5m. He struck nine times in 34 outings for the Bavarians. 2018 – Midfielder Marko Grujić signed a new contract, joining Hertha BSC Berlin on loan on the same day, netting nine times in 54 games in two seasons there. 2004 - El-Hadji Diouf joined Bolton Wanderers on loan after six goals in eighty reds games following his £10m signing from Racing Club de Lens in June 2002. He bagged nine goals in 32 games while on loan at the Reebok Stadium, before signing permanently for the Trotters in June 2005. Red legends on the move again 1982 - Kevin Keegan joined Second Division Newcastle United from Southampton for £100,000, after just two years at The Dell. He had struck 42 times in eighty games for the Saints. 1998 - Bruce Grobbelaar signed for Chesham United from Oldham Athletic on a free transfer. He stayed there for less than three weeks, before joining First Division Bury. An unlucky break 1972 - Ex-reds left-back Peter Wall broke his leg while playing for Crystal Palace as they held us to a 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park. Emlyn Hughes grabbed our equaliser while Ray Clemence played his hundredth League game for the reds. Other opening games 1950 - We started our top-flight campaign with a 2-0 defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers, going on to end the season in ninth place. Roy Swinbourne netted one of his five goals past us, with Billy Crook also scoring. 1953 - We beat Portsmouth 3-1 at Anfield in another season opener, with Bill Jones netting twice and Billy Liddell also on the scoresheet. Unfortunately, this was our only win in the first nine games of the season and we were relegated at the end of that season, having finished rock bottom of the table. Beating the blues at Anfield 1944 - Cyril Done scored four goals as we thumped the Blues 5-2 in a friendly, with Malam also on target. 1939 - We beat Everton 2-1 in another friendly, with Harold Taylor and Jack Balmer on the scoresheet. The game was played in aid of the Jubilee Fund. A divine apology 2001 - Robbie Fowler finally apologised after his training ground bust-up with Phil Thompson, having sat out the FA Charity Shield and the home League win over West Ham United. Pennant off 2003 - Future red Jermaine Pennant was dismissed for England Under-21’s as they lost 3-0 to Croatia in a friendly at Upton Park, with Glen Johnson winning his third cap, and first since moving to Chelsea, and future red Paul Konchesky also playing. Olympian feats 2008 – Javier Mascherano’s Argentina beat Brazil 3-0 in the Semi-final of the Olympics Finals in Beijing, with Lucas one of two Brazilians dismissed. On the same day, Krisztián Németh played as Hungary Under-21’s thumped San Marino 5-0 in a European Championships qualifier. 1987 - The reds beat an Irish Olympic XI 5-0 at Lansdowne Road in Dublin, with our goals coming from a Paul Walsh brace, Peter Beardsley, Ronnie Whelan and a John Aldridge penalty. Nigel Spackman played at right-back. First strike 1997 – John Arne Riise bagged his first two goals for Norway Under-16’s as they beat Sweden 5-4 in a friendly. On the same day, fellow future red Vegard Heggem played for the Under-21’s in their goalless European Championships qualifier in Finland. First and last caps 2008 – James Milner won his last cap for England Under-21’s while with Newcastle United in their 2-1 friendly defeat of Slovenia in Hull. 2003 - Steve Finnan won his 23rd cap, and first as a red, as the Republic of Ireland beat Australia 2-1 in a friendly at Lansdowne Road, with future red Robbie Keane also playing. 1998 - Vegard Heggem won his second cap, and first as a red, in Norway’s goalless draw with Romania in Oslo. His team-mates included fellow reds Stig Inge Bjørnebye and Øyvind Leonhardsen. Meanwhile, Abel Xavier won his first cap while with PSV Eindhoven, and sixth to date, as Portugal beat Mozambique 2-1 in another friendly in the Azores. Also in friendly action that day were future reds Sami Hyypiä, Jari Litmanen and Vladimír Šmicer. New contracts 2009 – Hungarian reserves Péter Gulácsi and Krisztián Németh signed new contracts to keep them at Anfield until 2013 and 2012, respectively. Both have since left the club, while keeper Gulácsi making it as far as the bench on 51 occasions. 2008 – Former Academy coach Iain Brunskill was appointed Reserve Team Manager of Blackburn Rovers under Paul Ince. He is now working for the Chinese FA. Another game 1975 – West Ham United held us to a 2-2 draw at Anfield, with Ian Callaghan and John Toshack netting. Also in international action 1999 – Future red Milan Baroš featured for Czech Republic Under-18’s as they beat Poland 1-0 in a friendly. 2007 – Future red Mamadou Sakho played as France Under-17’s lost a World Championships Finals group game 2-1 to Nigeria in South Korea.
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    13th August

    Barney Rubble signs on 1978 – Left-back Alan Kennedy signed from Newcastle United for £330,000. 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, making 359 appearances and notching twenty times before joining his hometown club Sunderland for £100,000 in September 1985. Fourteen not out 2006 - We won our fourteenth consecutive match, a club record, as we beat a poorly-supported Chelsea 2-1 at Cardiff to claim the FA Community Shield for the tenth time outright. John Arne Riise opened the scoring having run almost the full length of the pitch with the ball, with Peter Crouch heading in the winner from a Craig Bellamy cross after Andriy Shevchenko had equalised. Fábio Aurélio made his reds bow as a second-half substitute. Unfortunately, we drew our next game, 1-1 at Sheffield United. Charity begins away from home 1966 - We claimed our first outright FA Charity Shield, defeating Everton 1-0 at Goodison Park thanks to a 25-yard strike from Roger Hunt. Hunt and Everton’s Ray Wilson had paraded the World Cup trophy round the pitch before the match. 1977 - Kenny Dalglish made his reds debut as we played out a goalless draw with Manchester United at Wembley. The trophy was shared between the two clubs. Debutants galore 2011 – Charlie Adam, Stewart Downing, José Enrique and Jordan Henderson all made their reds bows as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Sunderland in our season opener. Luis Suárez missed a penalty before then heading in, with Stewart Downing rattling the crossbar before the break. However, Sebastian Larsson equalised in the second half. Wingers in and out 1991 - Mark Walters officially signed from Rangers for a £1.25m fee, going on to score nineteen times in 124 reds appearances. He had been a big success in Scotland, but could not reproduce that at Anfield, and eventually moved to Southampton in January 1996. 1997 - John Barnes left Anfield for Newcastle United on a free transfer. He won two League titles, an FA Cup, League Cup and two FA Charity Shields in his ten years with the reds, but went on to play just 41 times for the Toon, netting seven times, before moving on again to Charlton Athletic. 2013 - Stewart Downing was sold to West Ham United for £6m after seven goals in 91 outings since arriving from Aston Villa for £18.5m in July 2011. His finest hour came as we claimed the Carling Cup at Wembley in February 2012, scoring in the shoot-out. 1900 – Welsh international right-half Maurice Parry signed from Brighton United, scoring four times in 221 reds games, moving on to Partick Thistle in May 1909, later spending time coaching back at Anfield. Double debutants 2008 – We held Standard de Liège to a goalless Champions League qualifying draw in their Stade Maurice Dufrasne, with Pepe Reina saving a penalty as we struggled in our first game of the season. Left-back Andrea Dossena and forward Robbie Keane both made their reds bows as future Blue Marouane Fellaini struck the inside of a post before Reina clawed it away. Starting out 2005 - We kicked off our League campaign with a goalless draw at Middlesbrough. Ugo Ehiogu was sent off for the home side, the first of fifteen opposition players to be dismissed against the reds that season. Parma pummelled 2000 - We thumped Italian side Parma 5-0 in a pre-season friendly at Anfield. Michael Owen grabbed a brace, including a penalty, with Dietmar Hamann, Nick Barmby and Gary McAllister also netting. A poor start 1997 - We lost 2-1 to Leicester City at Anfield with Paul Ince grabbing a late consolation, his first reds goal. This meant that we had only secured one point from our first two League fixtures of the season. 2002 - We were beaten 1-0 at Chester City in a humiliating reverse just before the start of the new season. Salif Diao made his first reds appearance in a game played to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Deva Stadium, against a Chester side managed by ex-red Mark Wright, and featuring Steve Harkness. Billy for Britain 1955 - Billy Liddell played for a Great Britain side as they lost 4-1 to a Rest of Europe eleven at Windsor Park in a game staged to celebrate the Irish FA’s 75th anniversary. Signing on 2021 – Dutch centre-half Virgil van Dijk signed a new contract, having arrived from Southampton for a club record £75m in January 2018, a world record fee for a defender. He netted sixteen goals in 181 outings across his first five seasons, helping us to claim the Premier League title, UEFA Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup, UEFA Super Cup, FA Cup and League Cup. 2009 - Fernando Torres signed a new improved contract to keep him at Anfield until 2013. He notched an impressive 81 goals in 142 reds games after signing from Club Atlético de Madrid for a club record £20.2m in July 2007, moving on to Chelsea for £50m in January 2011. 2014 – Reserve Team Head Coach Alex Inglethorpe was announced as the club’s new Academy Manager, a role he still holds. Olympian reds 2008 – Javier Mascherano skippered Argentina as they beat Serbia 2-0 in an Olympics Finals group game in Beijing. Meanwhile, Lucas Leiva featured as Brazil beat China 3-0 in Qinhuangdao and Ryan Babel played for the Netherlands in their 1-0 defeat of Japan in Shenyang. Births and deaths 1991 – Left-winger Alexander Kačaniklić was born in Sweden. He signed from Helsingborgs IF in the summer of 2007 and scored in the FA Youth Cup Final in 2009, establishing himself as a regular in the reserves before moving to Fulham in August 2010 as part of the Paul Konchesky deal. On the same day, South African keeper Doug Rudham died. He played 66 times for the reds after signing from Johannesburg Rangers in August 1954. He returned to his native city to turn out for Johannesburg Ramblers in May 1960. 1941 – Scottish winger Tommy Robertson died. He had signed alongside inside-right Johnny Walker for a combined £175 from Heart Of Midlothian in March 1898. He had helped us to claim our first League title in 1901, scoring 35 times in 141 reds games. 1914 – Bob Glassey was born in Chester-le-Street. He signed from Horden Colliery Welfare in March 1934 and netted four goals in nine outings before moving to Stoke City in November 1936. 1890 - Jimmy Dawson was born in Edinburgh. He was snapped up from junior football for the 1912/13 season and struck three goals in fourteen reds games, as well as a further two strikes in eleven wartime fixtures. He moved to amateur club Edinburgh Emmett back in his hometown in 1916. On the move 1999 - Former reserves defender Gareth Roberts returned to Merseyside, joining Tranmere Rovers on loan from Panionos. He made fifteen appearances in his loan spell before signing on permanently later that year. 2001 - Barry Jones left York City to join non-League Southport on a free transfer, for whom he struck three times in 81 senior matches. 2009 – Ex-reds left-back Grégory Vignal signed for Birmingham City, having been released by Racing Club de Lens. He appeared just nine times for the Blues and was not kept on at the end of the season. 2012 - John Toshack left as Manager of FYR Macedonia, having refused to relocate to the country. Youngsters off the mark 2013 – Jonjo Shelvey scored while winning his first cap for England Under-21’s as a Swansea City player as Roy Hodgson took charge of a side that was skippered by Andre Wisdom. Jack Robinson played for the first time while on loan at Blackpool, with Raheem Sterling also finding the back of the net in a 6-0 thumping of Scotland at Bramall Lane. On the same day, future red Emre Can captained Germany Under-21’s in their goalless draw with France in a friendly in Freiburg. International farewells 2010 – Greek centre-half Sotirios Kyrgiakos announced his retirement from international football, having won sixty caps for his country. 1998 – Future red John Arne Riise won his third and final cap for Norway Under-18’s in their 3-1 defeat by Sweden in a friendly in Dokka. Swiss reds 1981 - We held Neuchâtel Xamax to a goalless draw at their La Maladière stadium in a pre-season friendly. Also in international action 2009 – Alexander Kačaniklić played for Sweden Under-19’s on his eighteenth birthday as they lost a friendly 1-0 to Finland.
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    8th August