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  1. Will

    28th October

    Stevie’s four hundred 2007 - Steven Gerrard opened the scoring from a free-kick in his 400th reds game as we faced Arsenal for the 200th time in all competitions. This Premiership game at Anfield ended in a 1-1 draw with the returning Xabi Alonso and Fernando Torres both limping out of the action. Cesc Fàbregas struck the late equaliser. Happy birthday Milan 1981 - Milan Baroš was born in Valašské Meziříčí in Czechoslovakia. He struck 27 times in 108 reds games after signing from Baník Ostrava for £3.2m in July 2001. He moved to Aston Villa for £6.5m in August 2005, having helped us to claim the UEFA Champions League and the League Cup. 1873 – Inside-forward Frank Becton was born in Preston. The England international signed from his hometown club for £200 in March 1895, notching 42 times in 86 games before joining Sheffield United in October 1898. 1876 – Left-back John Glover was born in West Bromwich. He arrived from New Brompton in June 1900 for £350, failing to score in 59 outings before joining Small Heath in October 1903, having been caught accepting a bribe to sign for Portsmouth. Latest trip across the park 2012 – We led 2-0 at Goodison after Leighton Baines deflected in a Luis Suárez strike before Suárez himself netted, celebrating the first goal by theatrically diving in front of David Moyes, who had accused him of simulation before the game. However, Leon Osman and Steven Naismith netted to level the scores before the break. The match ended 2-2 with Suárez having an injury-time winner wrongly ruled out for offside. Derby day defeat 1978 - An Andy King goal sent us to a 1-0 defeat at Goodison Park, our first League defeat of the season that followed ten wins and a draw. It was our first derby defeat in seven years, and our only one in eighteen under Bob Paisley as ex-Blue David Johnson had a strike chalked off for offside. Jimmy Case, who played his hundredth League game, said afterwards, “You would think Everton had just won the League by the way they are celebrating.” Steve Heighway was playing his 300th League game for the reds. 1987 - Unfortunately, we lost a home League Cup Third Round tie 1-0 when Gary Stevens’ late long-range effort deflected off Gary Gillespie’s heel to wrong-foot Bruce Grobbelaar. 1944 - We also faced the Blues when our Wartime League fixture at Anfield ended goalless. Mixed fortunes against the Gunners 1893 - We recorded our best ever win over the Gunners, thumping Woolwich Arsenal 5-0 at their Manor Ground stadium. Forward Harry Bradshaw netted on his reds debut, while future Director and Manager Matt McQueen, Duncan McLean, John McCartney and James Stott scored the others, with outside-right Douglas Dick also debuting. 2009 – Alberto Aquilani and Nathan Eccleston both made their reds bows as we lost a League Cup Fourth Round tie 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium, the tenth time we had been drawn against the Gunners in this competition, more than any other club. Emiliano Insúa netted his only reds goal, with Dirk Kuyt skippering the side for the first time and Damien Plessis playing his eighth and final reds game. This was the sixth consecutive season that we had been knocked out of this competition by a London side. Recent firsts 2014 – Jordan Henderson captained the reds for the first time as we beat Swansea City 2-1 in a League Cup Fourth Round tie at Anfield. Marvin Emnes gave the visitors the lead, but the final few minutes brought an equaliser from Mario Balotelli, Federico Fernández was dismissed for the Swans and then Dejan Lovren headed in the winner with his first goal for the club. The sending off was later rescinded. 2015 – Connor Randall made his reds bow at right-back as we beat Bournemouth 1-0 in a League Cup Fourth Round tie at Anfield on our way to Wembley. Nathaniel Clyne grabbed his first goal for the club to secure Jürgen Klopp’s first win in charge. Most recently 2017 - Mohamed Salah had a penalty saved as the first half of our Anfield encounter with Huddersfield Town ended goalless. However, Daniel Sturridge, Roberto Firmino and Gini Wijnaldum all scored after the break to secure a 3-0 victory. On the same day, forward Rhian Brewster netted as England Under-17’s won their World Cup Final 5-2 against Spain in India. Xabi the centurion 2006 - We beat Aston Villa 3-1 at Anfield to end their unbeaten record that season. Dirk Kuyt, Peter Crouch and Luis García all scored in the final third of the first half, with Dirk’s father watching him in a red shirt for the first time. Xabi Alonso reached a century of reds appearances in this game, with Gabriel Agbonlahor on target for the visitors. Birthdays on the wing 1985 - Winger Robbie Foy was born in Edinburgh. He never appeared in the reds first team, although he made the bench for our Carling Cup win at Tottenham Hotspur in December 2004. He moved to League One side Sc***horpe United on non-contract terms in August 2006, after loan spells with Chester City and Wrexham. 1921 - Wing-half Stan Palk was born in Liverpool. He only played thirteen reds games after signing from South Liverpool in 1940 and joined Port Vale, who were managed by ex-red Gordon Hodgson, for £10,000 in July 1948, the record fee we had received to date. He was their skipper for four years, playing over 150 League games. Beating Citeh again and again 1995 - We thumped Manchester City 6-0 at Anfield, with Ian Rush and Robbie Fowler both grabbing a brace to add to goals from Jamie Redknapp and Neil Ruddock, while Steve McManaman played his 200th reds game. We have also won two other top-flight meetings at their old Hyde Road ground in the distant past. 1899 - Tom Robertson netted the only goal of the game. 1905 - Joe Hewitt struck in a 1-0 victory. Mixed fortunes against the Owls 1950 - We lost 4-1 at Hillsborough, with Jimmy Payne grabbing our consolation as the wonderfully-named Redfern Froggatt bagged a treble for the home side, the first of his six strikes against the reds, with Dennis Woodhead netting the first of his four goals past us. 1967 - Chris Lawler scored the only goal of another First Division encounter, this time at Anfield to defeat Sheffield Wednesday. A knight for the League 1964 - ‘Sir’ Roger Hunt played for the Football League as they beat an Irish League side 4-0 at The Oval in Belfast. Derby despair 1959 - We lost the second leg of the Floodlight Challenge Cup 2-0 at home to Everton, but retained the trophy after having won the first leg 3-0. Dave Hickson played his last game for the Blues before crossing the park. Big League Cup wins 1980 - David Johnson bagged a brace with Kenny Dalglish and Graeme Souness also on target as we beat Third Division Portsmouth 4-1 at Anfield in the Fourth Round as we headed towards lifting the trophy for the first time. Pompey’s consolation came through an Alan Kennedy own goal. 1981 - We thumped Exeter City from the same division 6-0 at their St. James Park ground, to reach the Third Round 11-0 on aggregate, en route to retaining the trophy. Ian Rush struck twice, with Kevin Sheedy bagging his first goal and Kenny Dalglish and Phil Neal adding to a Nicky Marker own goal. Sami’s Finnish farewell 1995 - Sami Hyypiä scored the winning goal against Jazz in the Finnish Cup Final, in what was his final game for Myllykosken Pallo-47 before his switch to Dutch football. The game was played at the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki. Reds strikers on the move 1988 - Dean Saunders joined Derby County from Oxford United for £1m. He netted 57 times in 131 games for the Rams, including a brace on his debut as he struck in each of his opening four outings, before moving to Anfield in July 1991. 1999 - Peter Beardsley joined Doncaster Rovers as a part-time striking coach. An international debutant 1980 - Future red Michael Robinson made his senior international debut in the Republic of Ireland’s 2-0 World Cup qualifying defeat in France. Steve Heighway and future red Mark Lawrenson both also played. 1970 - Heighway appeared for the Irish in their 1-0 defeat in a European Championships qualifier in Sweden. Damien signs on 2009 – Reserves midfielder Damien Plessis signed a new contract to keep him at Anfield until 2012. He netted once in eight senior appearances before being sold to Panathinaikos in August 2010. On the same day, future red Emre Can played for Germany Under-6’s in their 3-1 friendly defeat of Switzerland in Kempten. Other reds games 1992 – We were held to a goalless draw by Sheffield United in our League Cup Third Round tie at Bramall Lane with Bruce Grobbelaar pulling a hamstring. We won the Anfield replay, but lost at Crystal Palace at the next hurdle. 1984 – We won 2-0 at Nottingham Forest thanks to goals from Ronnie Whelan and Ian Rush. 1972 – Peter Cormack netted as we drew 1-1 at Norwich City. 1961 – Leyton Orient drew 3-3 at Anfield in our Second Division encounter. Roger Hunt bagged a brace, with Tommy Leishman also on target. 1933 – We thumped Blackburn Rovers 4-0 in L4. Alf Hanson and Berry Nieuwenhuys scored before the break, with Gordon Hodgson converting a second-half penalty before Syd Roberts completed the scoring. 1922 – We lost 3-0 at Cardiff City. Joe Clenell struck one of his seven goals against the reds, after Billy Grimshaw and Ken McDonald had netted. 1911 – We lost 3-2 at League leaders Middlesbrough with Harold Uren and Sam Gilligan on the scoresheet. George Elliott struck one of his eight goals past us, with Jock Stirling and Edmund Eyre also on target. Management moves 2013 - Abel Xavier was sacked as Manager of Portuguese top-flight side Sporting Clube Olhanense, having only been in charge for three months. 2010 - Paul Ince was appointed boss of Notts County, remaining in the role until the following April, leaving by mutual consent after a club-record nine consecutive defeats. 2004 - Jan Mølby resigned as Director of Football at Kidderminster Harriers after a year in the role. 2001 - Bruce Grobbelaar was sacked as Manager of South African Premiership side SuperSport United. He had taken charge two seasons before, immediately saving them from relegation. He then led them to eighth in the League the following season, but paid the price for an inconsistent start to the next campaign. Avi’s farewell 1981 - Avi Cohen won his last cap as a reds player as he played his 22nd senior game for Israel in their 4-1 World Cup qualifying defeat of Portugal in Tel-Aviv.
  2. Will

    25th October

    Births and death 1968 – Defender David Burrows was born in Dudley. He signed from West Bromwich Albion for £550,000 in October 1988 and bagged three goals in 193 reds appearances, helping us to a League title, FA Cup and FA Charity Shield before joining West Ham United as part of the deal that brought Julian Dicks to Anfield in September 1993. 1985 - Italian keeper Daniele Padelli was born in Lecco. He spent the second half of the 2006/07 season on loan from Sampdoria, making just one senior appearance as we were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Charlton Athletic in our final League game of the season. 2006 – Irish forward Billy Millar was born in Ballymena. He arrived from Linfield for £1,150 in March 1928, scoring twice in three games before moving on to Barrow in January 1930. He went on to set a scoring record at Barrow by netting thirty goals in as many Third Division North games, as well as making his debut for Northern Ireland. 1958 – Half-back Harry Lowe died. He notched twice in 136 games for the reds after signing from Gainsborough Trinity in May 1911. Unfortunately, he missed the 1914 FA Cup Final through injury, and he moved on to Nottingham Forest in March 1920. Double centurions 2009 – Rafael Benítez took charge of his 200th League game as we beat Manchester United 2-0 at Anfield, with Fernando Torres opening the scoring just after the hour mark. Nemanja Vidić became the first player to be sent off against the reds in three successive fixtures, with Javier Mascherano also dismissed in stoppage time before substitute David N’Gog bagged our 200th League goal against United. Michael Owen was greeted with derision when he came off the bench for the visitors. Recent games 2016 – Trent Alexander-Arnold made his debut at right-back as we beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 in a League Cup Fourth Round tie at Anfield. Daniel Sturridge struck twice as well as hitting the crossbar before Vincent Janssen converted a penalty for the visitors. 2015 – Future reds forward Sadio Mané was sent off for Southampton as they left Anfield with a 1-1 draw. He had just tapped in a late equaliser after substitute Christian Benteke had opened the scoring with a quarter of an hour remaining. 1969 – We beat Southampton 4-1 at Anfield, with Emlyn Hughes scoring early on. Roger Hunt bagged a brace, with left-back Tony Byrne putting through his own net. Tommy Lawrence saved a Denis Hollywood spot-kick, with the Saints’ goal coming from the first of Mick Channon’s seven strikes against the reds. 2014 – We were held to a goalless draw by Hull City in L4. 2012 - We beat Anji Makhachkala 1-0 at Anfield in a UEFA Europa League group game, with Stewart Downing on target. A Royal meeting 2006 – Skipper Robbie Fowler and John Arne Riise both struck in the closing minutes of the first half of our League Cup Third Round tie against Reading at Anfield, our first ever meeting with the Royals. Argentinean centre-back Gabriel Paletta then scored on his reds debut four minutes after the break. However, we threw away the three-goal lead in the closing quarter of an hour. Andre Bikey pulled a goal back before Peter Crouch restored our cushion. However, first Leroy Lita then Shane Long scored for the visitors to make the final score 4-3, the first of his four goals against us, with the reds surviving a couple of very late threats for an equaliser. Also making their reds bows that night were midfielder Danny Guthrie, Lee Peltier at right-back and centre-half James Smith. Hooperman lands 1985 - Mike Hooper signed from Wrexham for £40,000. He went on to make 73 first-team appearances in eight years at Anfield, remaining behind Bruce Grobbelaar in the pecking order. 1961 - Reserves forward George Scott signed professional terms on his seventeenth birthday. Bill Shankly called him “the best player ever to play for my reserves”, but he failed to break through to the first team, later turning out for Aberdeen and Tranmere Rovers. League Cup records 1983 - An Anfield crowd of just 9,902 witnessed our 4-0 defeat of Brentford in the Milk Cup Second Round second leg, the smallest ever gate to watch the reds in that competition, as we progressed 8-1 on aggregate. Graeme Souness set the ball rolling from the spot, before David Hodgson’s tenth and last reds goal, with Kenny Dalglish and Michael Robinson also netting. 1995 - Ian Rush scored his 48th League Cup goal for the reds in our 4-0 Third Round defeat of Manchester City, with three of our goals coming in the final quarter of an hour. He shares the competition record for most goals with Geoff Hurst on 49, having added one with Newcastle United. John Scales, Robbie Fowler also struck before Steve Harkness grabbed his third and final reds goal. 2005 - Steven Gerrard grabbed his fiftieth reds goal to equalise after Dougie Freedman’s opener as we lost 2-1 at Crystal Palace in the Third Round. Young defender David Raven was making his fourth and final senior reds appearance. After Marco Reich’s winning strike we went 1,040 minutes before conceding another goal, with São Paulo ending the run twelve games later. Ending runs 1975 - Emlyn Hughes played in his 177th consecutive reds game as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Derby County with John Toshack netting our goal. Phil Boersma made his 121st and final reds outing in this match, as a half-time replacement for Emlyn, with injury keeping Crazy Horse out of the next two games. Francis Lee scored the last of his six goals against the reds that day. 1913 - John Bovill played his 29th and final reds game in our 3-0 top-flight defeat by Oldham Athletic at Anfield. Joe Walters bagged two of his five goals past us with Lady Woodger also on the scoresheet. 1924 - Keeper Elisha Scott also ended a long run, making his 132nd consecutive appearance in our 3-1 defeat of Sunderland at Anfield, with Archie Rawlings netting twice and Harry Chambers also on target. John Jones replaced him for the next three games. 1952 - We also faced the Wearsiders, losing 3-1 at Roker Park with Billy Liddell netting our consolation. Trevor Ford struck the final two of his seven goals past us with Harry Kirtley also on target for the home side. Debuting at Turf Moor 1919 - Left-half Tom Bromilow made his reds bow at right-half as we won 2-1 at Burnley thanks to a brace from Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers. Trebles all round 1930 - Jimmy Smith scored a hat-trick as we won 3-1 at Blackpool. 1986 - Ex-reds reserve Mike Newell bagged a treble as we were thumped 4-1 at Luton Town in another First Division fixture, the first of his eight strikes against us, with Ricky Hill also scoring. Jan Mølby, who had been employed as a sweeper behind Alan Hansen and Mark Lawrenson in a new formation, netted our late consolation from the spot. 2017 – Rhian Brewster netted three times as England Under-17’s beat Brazil 3-1 in their World Championship Finals Semi-final in India. Over the bar 1992 - Norwich City were awarded the first penalty against us in the newly-formed Premier League, but Mark Bowen blazed the ball high into the Kop. Ian Butterworth scored for the visitors in the second minute with a goal that went in via Mike Marsh, Bruce Grobbelaar and the crossbar! However, we went on to win the game 4-1, with Michael Thomas, Don Hutchison and birthday boy David Burrows on target before Mark Walters converted from the spot. Reds off the mark 2003 - Florent Sinama-Pongolle bagged his first reds strike as we beat Leeds United 3-1 at Anfield. Michael Owen and Danny Murphy grabbed the others, with Alan Smith netting for the visitors. 1997 - Øyvind Leonhardsen scored his first senior reds goal in our 4-0 home defeat of Derby County, with Roy Evans winning his hundredth game as reds boss. The other goals came from Steve McManaman and a Robbie Fowler brace, with Robbie also spurning a penalty. 1947 - Bob Priday and Jack Balmer netted as we were held to a 2-2 draw at Anfield in another top-flight meeting with Derby. Billy Steel bagged a brace for the visitors, the first two of his four goals past the reds. Half a century at the wrong end 1958 – We benefited from our fiftieth own goal in all competitions to date as John Martin put through his own net as we beat eventual Second Division champions Sheffield Wednesday 3-2 at Anfield. This was added to by a Fred Morris penalty and a Jimmy Harrower strike. Redfern Froggatt scored one of his six goals past us, with Roy Shiner also netting. Out-gunned 1980 - Arsenal held us to a 1-1 draw at Anfield with Graeme Souness on target, a sixth League stalemate in our first thirteen games that season. Alan Sunderland struck for the Gunners, one of his six goals against us. 1989 - We lost a League Cup Third Round tie 1-0 at Highbury thanks to an Alan Smith strike, one of his nine past the reds, as they beat us in this competition for the second time in four seasons. Derby joy 1941 - We beat Everton 3-2 at Anfield in a Wartime League fixture, with our goals coming from Tom Bush and a Billy Liddell brace. Scott off 1928 – Forward Tom Scott left the reds to sign for Bristol City after four goals in eighteen games. He had arrived from Darlington in February 1925, despite Everton believing they had a deal in place to sign him. Management moves 1988 - Mark Lawrenson was sacked as Manager of Oxford United by Chairman Kevin Maxwell after he objected to the sale of Dean Saunders to Derby County, whose then Chairman was Kevin’s dad Robert Maxwell! 2001 - Nigel Spackman was sacked as First Division Barnsley’s boss after nine months in charge, following a run of eight games without a win. 2015 - Kevin MacDonald was appointed Caretaker Manager of Aston Villa for the second time, following the dismissal of Golden boys? 2005 - Jamie Carragher, Luis García and Steven Gerrard were all nominated for the prestigious Ballon d’Or award. Brazilian Ronaldinho went on to claim the honour, with Gerrard finishing in third, Carragher in twentieth and García 23rd. Kenny at the double 1978 - Kenny Dalglish bagged a brace in Scotland’s 3-2 European Championships qualifying defeat of Norway at Hampden Park. Graeme Souness also played in this game. On the same day, Emlyn Hughes skippered an England side that also included Ray Clemence, Phil Neal, Phil Thompson and ex-red Kevin Keegan as they drew 1-1 with the Republic of Ireland in a qualifier at Lansdowne Road. Future red Mark Lawrenson featured for the home side. International debuts 1930 - Future red Daniel McRorie won his only cap in Scotland’s 1-1 draw with Wales in the British International Championships at Ibrox. 1978 - Joey Jones won his first cap as a Wrexham player, and nineteenth in total, as Wales trounced Malta 7-0 in a European Championships qualifier. 2010 – Future red Danny Ward made his debut for Wales Under-19’s as they drew 1-1 with Kazakhstan in a European Championships qualifier in Bridgend. 1999 – Michael Foley played for the Irish Under-16’s as they beat Sweden 2-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Dublin. Other reds games 1994 – Ian Rush bagged a brace as we beat Stoke City 2-1 in a League Cup Third Round tie at Anfield, en route to claiming the trophy for the fifth time. 1902 - Laurie Bell missed a penalty for the home side as we drew 1-1 with Bolton Wanderers at Burnden Park, having already converted one spot kick. Sam Raybould scored our goal. On the move 2012 – Ex-reserves forward Nathan Eccleston joined Tranmere Rovers on loan from Blackpool, but only made one senior appearance due to injury. Foy in action Robbie Foy has twice played for Scotland Under-19’s on this day. 2002 - He played his third game at this level in a 2-1 defeat of Iceland in a European Championships qualifier in Slovenia. 2003 - He won his next cap in a 3-1 win over the Faroe Islands in another qualifier in Ayr. 2016 - Elijah Dixon-Bonner, Paul Glatzel and Curtis Jones all played for England Under-16’s as they lost 2-1 to the USA in France.
  3. Michael named Europe’s greatest 2001 - Michael Owen was named European Footballer of the Year, winning the Ballon d’Or ahead of Real Madrid’s Raúl and Bayern München keeper Oliver Khan. Lúis Figo had won it the previous year. Michael had enjoyed a fantastic year, helping us to claim five trophies, while bagging 31 goals in 49 reds games, and a further six in eight outings for England. Sander’s been and gone 2001 - Sander Westerveld left for Real Sociedad in a £3.49m deal. He had kept goal for us 103 times, helping the reds to five trophies in that year. He is currently goalkeeping coach for Ajax Cape Town in South Africa. Ged the centurion 2000 - Gérard Houllier’s hundredth game in sole charge was a 1-0 win at Manchester United, our fiftieth against them in all competitions. Danny Murphy’s free-kick after Gary Neville handled the ball shortly before half time sent United to their hundredth League defeat under Sir Alex Ferguson, with Michael Owen striking the crossbar after the break. United’s Luke Chadwick was sent off late on for bringing down Vladimír Šmicer. More victories over the Mancs We have twice beaten Manchester United in the top flight at Anfield on this day in history. 1995 - Robbie Fowler netted both in a 2-0 win, including a superb free-kick at the Kop end, while his second took him to fifty League goals. He also later struck twice in that season’s 2-2 draw at Old Trafford. 1921 - Billy Lacey and Harry Chambers netted in our 2-1 victory as we came from behind. A goalscoring debut 1955 - Jimmy Melia scored a left-foot volley in front of the Kop on his reds bow as we thumped Nottingham Forest 5-2 in a Second Division fixture. Billy Liddell scored a second-half hat-trick, including his 150th goal for the club, with John Evans netting our opener. James Barrett netted one of his four goals past us, with Peter Small also on target for Forest. 1996 - We also beat Forest at Anfield when Stan Collymore struck a brace against his old club as we won 4-2. Robbie Fowler was also on target, with our other strike being a Des Lyttle own goal. Kevin Campbell struck the first of his four goals against the reds, with Stuart Pearce also netting. Youngest ever reds 2019 – We fielded the club’s youngest ever side, at an average age of nineteen years and 182 days as the senior players were in Qatar for the FIFA Cup World Cup, although this record was broken just two months later. Pedro Chirivella captained the reds for the first time as we lost our League Cup Quarter-final 5-0 at Aston Villa. Forward Jack Bearne, centre-back Morgan Boyes, left-backs Tony Gallacher and James Norris, winger Luis Longstaff and midfielders Isaac Christie-Davies, Leighton Clarkson and Tom Hill all made their debuts for the club with Under-23’s Coach Neil Critchley taking charge, as midfielder Herbie Kane made his second and last senior outing. On the same day, the club reached agreement to sign Japanese forward Takumi Minamino at the end of the season from Red Bull Salzburg for £7.25m. Debut strikes 2014 - We beat Bournemouth 3-1 in a Capital One Cup Fifth Round tie at their Goldsands Stadium, thanks to a Raheem Sterling brace and Lazar Marković’s first reds goal, with ex-Evertonian Dan Gosling on target for the home side. 2017 – We beat Bournemouth 4-0 at the renamed Vitality Stadium, with Philippe Coutinho, Dejan Lovren and Mohamed Salah all on target before the break. Roberto Firmino completed the scoring. 1997 - Michael Owen won his only Under-21’s cap, netting in England’s 4-2 play-off defeat of Greece at Carrow Road, with strike partner and future red Emile Heskey bagging a brace. Jamie Carragher also played. Unfortunately, the Greeks qualified for the European Championships Finals, 4-4 on the away goals rule. Joy against the Baggies 1932 - Gordon Hodgson and Harold Barton scored as we beat West Bromwich Albion 2-0 at Anfield. 1898 - We also entertained the Baggies, when Hugh Morgan and John Walker were on the scoresheet as we drew 2-2. Signing on 1919 - David Ashworth was appointed as Manager. He had previously guided Oldham Athletic from non-League into the top flight, to whom he returned in December 1922 with the reds en route to retaining the League title he had led them to the previous season. 1953 – Left-half Geoff Twentyman signed from his hometown club Carlisle United for £10,000. He netted nineteen times in 184 reds games, moving on to Ballymena United in March 1960. He returned to Anfield as Chief Scout in 1967, a post he held for nineteen years, helping to bring players such as Ray Clemence, Alan Hansen, Steve Heighway, Phil Neal and Ian Rush to the club. He died aged 74 in February 2004. Bradley’s farewell 1910 - Left-half Jim Bradley played his 185th and final reds game, as goals from Jack Parkinson and James Stewart handed us a 2-0 home win over Sheffield United as keeper Sam Hardy saved a penalty from Joe Kitchen. In fact, Bradley's last three reds games were against the two Sheffield clubs! 1953 - Forward Sam Raybould died. He signed from New Brighton Tower in January 1900 for £250, scoring 130 times in 226 reds games and helping us to claim two League titles before moving on to Sunderland in May 1907. Mixed fortunes on Wearside 1938 - We won 3-2 at Roker Park thanks to goals from Bill Kinghorn and Phil Taylor and wing-half Tom Bush’s only reds strike. 1949 - Ken Brierley and Cyril Done netted as Sunderland beat us by the same score in another First Division encounter as centre-half Laurie Hughes played his hundredth reds game. Len Shackleton bagged the first of his five goals against the reds, with Harry Kirtley and Tommy Reynolds also on the scoresheet. Parson off the mark 1927 – Right-back Jimmy ‘Parson’ Jackson scored the first of his two reds strikes as we lost 3-1 at Tottenham Hotspur. Frank Osborne bagged the last of his four goals past us with Jack Elkes nabbing the first two of his four against the reds. Thumping the Magpies 1983 - Graeme Souness bagged a brace, including one from the spot, as we beat Notts County 5-0 at Anfield. Steve Nicol and Ian Rush were also on target, with David Hunt putting through his own net. A Fox once more 1987 - Kevin MacDonald joined his old club Leicester City on loan as he continued his comeback from a broken leg suffered in September 1986. He later returned to Anfield, but only made a further seven senior appearances before returning to Filbert Street permanently. Vlad’s Arabian night 1997 - Future red Vladimír Šmicer bagged a treble in the Czech Republic’s 6-1 thumping of the United Arab Emirates in a Confederations Cup game in Saudi Arabia. Toni on the move 2013 – Former reserves right-winger Toni Silva signed for CSKA Sofia, having been released by Barnsley six months previously. Scots in action 1975 - Ex-reds reserves striker Ted MacDougall won his seventh and final cap for Scotland as a substitute in their 1-1 European Championships qualifying draw with Romania at Hampden Park. Future red Kenny Dalglish also played. 2003 - Robbie Foy won his only cap for Scotland Under-20’s as they won 2-1 in Portugal in a friendly. 2015 – Future red Ozan Kabak skippered Turkey Under-16’s in their 2-1 friendly defeat of North Macedonia in Side.
  4. Will

    26th September

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

    25th September

    Happy birthdays 1961 - Ronnie Whelan was born in Dublin. He signed from Home Farm for £35,000 in September 1979 and played 493 times in his fifteen years with the reds, netting 73 times and winning six League titles, one European Cup, two FA Cups, three League Cups and three FA Charity Shields before joining Southend United for free in September 1994. 1920 - Right-back Bill Shepherd was born in Liverpool. He signed from Elm Park in December 1945 and made 58 reds appearances, with his brothers centre-forward Arthur and Joe Shepherd also appearing for the reds after the war. Bill left Anfield in 1952 to join Wigan Athletic. 1930 – Right-back Bert Childs was born in Liverpool. He only made two senior appearances in September 1953 after arriving from amateur side Northern Nomads earlier that year. He left the club in 1954 to return to amateur football with Bishop Auckland. Clem’s debut 1968 - Ray Clemence made his reds bow as second-half goals from Chris Lawler and Roger Hunt handed us a 2-0 League Cup Third Round win over Swansea Town at Anfield. He did not make another first-team appearance for a year. On the same day, Kenny Dalglish made his senior debut for Celtic in a 4-2 League Cup win at Hamilton Academical. 1954 - Billy Liddell and Tony Rowley netted as we lost 3-2 at Vetch Field in a Second Division encounter. Len Allchurch struck the first of his five goals past the reds, with Harry Griffiths bagging a brace. Nando’s first treble 2007 - Fernando Torres grabbed his first reds hat-trick in our 4-2 defeat of Reading in the Carling Cup Third Round at the Madejski Stadium, after Yossi Benayoun had opened the scoring with his first reds strike. Centre-back Jack Hobbs and keeper Charles Itandje both made their reds bows. Reading centre-back Michael Duberry laughably claimed, “At the end of the day, he scored three goals. Other than that, I kept him pretty quiet.” 2013 – We lost 1-0 at Manchester United as a record attendance of 65,701 saw the reds in a non-Final League Cup tie. Javier Hernández grabbed the only goal of the game. Youngest ever 2019 – We won 2-0 at Milton Keynes Dons in the Carabao Cup Third Round, with Harvey Elliott hitting the bar twice as he became the youngest player to ever start a reds match, at just sixteen years and 174 days. James Milner opened the scoring in the first half, with defender Ki-Jana Hoever bagging his only reds goal after the break. Forward Rhian Brewster, midfielder Herbie Kane, keeper Caoimhín Kelleher and centre-half Sepp van den Berg all made their reds bows in front of a record attendance of 28,521 for a football match at Stadium MK. 2018 – Elliott made his debut for Fulham, becoming their youngest ever player, and youngest ever in the EFL Cup, at the age of fifteen years and 174 days, as they won 3-1 at Millwall. Facing the Black Cats 2010 - We drew 2-2 with Sunderland at Anfield, with Dirk Kuyt opening the scoring after the referee ruled that the visitors had taken a free-kick when gifting the ball to the reds, despite vehement protests. Darren Bent’s brace, including one from the spot, put them ahead before Steven Gerrard headed in an equaliser. These are the most recent of his five strikes against the reds. Future reds Jordan Henderson and Simon Mignolet both featured for the visitors. 1909 – Tom Watson took charge of his 500th reds game as we were thumped 4-1 by Sunderland in a top-flight meeting at Anfield, with Joe Hewitt nabbing our consolation, his 74th and last reds goal. John Thompson struck twice, with George Holley also scoring and Jackie Mordue nabbing the first of his six goals past us. Swiss don’t roll over 2002 - Swiss champions Basel held us to a 1-1 draw in our Champions League group encounter at Anfield, our hundredth European home game. Milan Baroš netted our goal before Julio Rossi equalised, with countless other chances going begging. Dick’s treble 1920 - Centre-forward Dick Johnson scored a hat-trick in our 6-0 First Division trouncing of Preston North End. Harold Wadsworth scored his first reds goal, with Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers and Dick Forshaw also on target. Thumping the Blues 1965 - We thrashed Everton 5-0 at Anfield as Roger Hunt bagged a brace, with Tommy Smith, Willie Stevenson and Ian St. John, with his first of the season, also on the scoresheet. This was some revenge for our 4-0 defeat at Anfield a year earlier. Some kids ran onto the pitch before the game kicked off to hand St. John a plastic, life-sized image of a saint complete with halo! 1897 - We also beat them 3-1 at Anfield, when Willie Walker, Joe McQue and Frank Becton struck. This was our first ever derby win, at the fifth attempt, with Jack Taylor netting the first of his five derby goals against us. 1926 - Unfortunately, we lost 1-0 at Goodison with full-back Tommy Lucas playing his 200th game for the club. More big wins 1990 - Ian Rush grabbed a brace, with Steve McMahon, Gary Gillespie and Ray Houghton also scoring as we came from behind to beat Crewe Alexandra 5-1 at Anfield in the League Cup Second Round first leg. John Barnes had a penalty saved by keeper Dean Greygoose. 1982 - Terry McDermott made his 232nd and final League appearance, as a substitute in our 5-0 trouncing of Southampton. Birthday boy Ronnie Whelan and Mark Lawrenson both bagged braces, with Graeme Souness also scoring. 1915 - James Dawson struck twice with David Henderson, Fred Pagnam and Arthur Goddard also on the scoresheet as we thumped Burnley 5-2 at Anfield in a Wartime League match at Anfield. Red half centuries 2004 – Dietmar Hamann played his 150th reds game with Djimi Traoré reaching half a century of League games as we beat Norwich City 3-0 at Anfield. Milan Baroš, Luis García and Djibril Cissé scored the goals. Held by the Mancs 1971 – Bobby Graham and Brian Hall put us two goals ahead against Manchester United at Anfield before Denis Law and Bobby Charlton struck in the second half, the last of their six and four goals against us, respectively. Graham had a second goal ruled out late on for offside as the game ended 2-2. International bows 1996 - Future red Milan Baroš won his first international cap for the Czech Republic, at Under-15’s level, as they drew 1-1 in a friendly in Austria. 2002 - Robbie Foy won his first cap at Under-19’s level in Scotland’s 2-1 friendly win over Switzerland in Dumbarton. On the same day, future red Alberto Aquilani played in Italy’s 2-1 defeat of Slovenia at the same level, while Roy Hodgson took charge of the senior United Arab Emirates side as they lost a friendly 2-1 in Oman. Departing 2006 - Nigel Spackman was sacked as Manager of Millwall after just four months in charge. He had led them to eight defeats and just two victories in his twelve games in the hot seat. 2012 – The departures of Technical Director Pep Segura and Head of Fitness & Conditioning Darren Burgess were both announced. Signing on 2020 – Midfielder James Balagizi signed as a professional, having joined as an Under-11 from Manchester City. Other reds games 1993 – Neil Shipperley netted the only goal of our trip to Chelsea. 1991 – We drew 2-2 with Stoke City in a League Cup Second Round first leg at Anfield with Ian Rush nabbing a brace. 1979 – We beat Chesterfield 3-1 in a League Cup Third Round tie in L4 thanks to goals from David Fairclough, Kenny Dalglish and Terry McDermott. 1976 – We lost 1-0 at Newcastle United. 1948 – We lost 1-0 at Blackpool. 1937 – We lost 2-0 at Leeds United. International goalscorers galore 1957 – Future reds centre-forward Des Palmer bagged a hat-trick, the only goals in his three-game senior career for Wales as they thumped East Germany 4-1 in a World Cup qualifier at Ninian Park. On the same day, Alan A’Court scored his first Under-23’s goal as England beat Bulgaria 6-2 in a friendly at Stamford Bridge. 1943 - Future reds boss Don Welsh bagged a treble in a Wartime international, as England thrashed Wales 8-3 at Wembley. Ray Lambert and ex-red Cyril Sidlow both featured for the Welsh. Also in international action 1985 – Glenn Hysén played for Sweden as they drew a World Cup qualifier 2-2 with West Germany in Solna. On the same day, Jan Mølby appeared as Denmark lost a qualifier 1-0 to the USSR in Moscow. 1991 – Øyvind Leonhardsen turned out for Norway as they lost a friendly 3-2 to Czechoslovakia in Oslo. Meanwhile, fellow future red István Kozma played as Hungary drew a European Championships qualifier 2-2 in the USSR. 2003 - Future red Daniel Agger played for Denmark Under-20’s in their goalless draw with Ukraine in Kiev. 2006 - Michael Collins, Laurence Gaughan and Shane O'Connor all appeared for the Irish Under-17’s as they won a European Championships qualifier 2-0 in Azerbaijan. 2013 – Harry Wilson featured as Wales Under-17’s held Scotland to a goalless draw in a European Championships qualifier in Slovakia. 2016 – Future red Ozan Kabak played as Turkey Under-17’s beat Ukraine 1-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Lithuania.
  6. Will

    24th September

    Left-back birthdays 1980 - John Arne Riise was born in Molde. He made 348 reds appearances, scoring 31 times, following his £4m arrival from AS Monaco in June 2001, but left for Roma for the same fee in June 2008. He helped us to win the European Cup, FA Cup, League Cup, two UEFA Super Cups and two FA Charity Shields in his time at Anfield. 1979 – Brazilian left-back Fábio Aurélio was born in São Carlos. He arrived on a Bosman free transfer in July 2006, netting four goals in 134 games, helping us to claim the FA Community Shield in his very first senior appearance. He was released for the second time in June 2012. Jocky on the off 1977 - Alan Hansen made his reds debut as we beat Derby County 1-0 at Anfield, with Terry McDermott on the scoresheet. This was Bob Paisley’s hundredth win as reds boss, which came in his 182nd game as Manager. 1949 - We also beat the Rams in a First Division fixture at home when Kevin Baron, Willie Fagan and Jimmy Payne all struck as we won 3-1, with John Morris bagging one of his seven goals against the reds. 1921 - Harry Beadles debuted as we won 1-0 at Chelsea courtesy of forward Billy Matthews’ fourth and last reds strike. 1904 - Sam Raybould bagged a brace as we won 2-0 at Lincoln City, with defender Tom Chorlton making his reds bow. Zico sets a record 1983 - Phil Neal made his 417th consecutive reds appearance in our 1-0 defeat at Manchester United, with Frank Stapleton on target. It was also his 365th consecutive League appearance – both still club records. He had to miss the next month after damaging a thigh in this game. 1998 - We also lost at Old Trafford, going down 2-0 thanks to goals from Dennis Irwin and Paul Scholes. Another record for St. Michael 2003 - Michael Owen scored his 21st goal in European competition, a new club record, to hand us a 1-1 draw at Slovenian side Olimpija Ljubljana in the opening game of our UEFA Cup campaign. Anton Zlogar’s opening goal was the 250th we conceded under the sole charge of Gérard Houllier. Owen has since been comprehensively overtaken by Steven Gerrard. Most recently 2020 – Diogo Jota, Kostas Tsimikas and Rhys Williams all made their reds bows as we thumped Lincoln City 7-2 in a League Cup Third Round tie at the LNER Stadium. Xherdan Shaqiri netted his eighth and final reds goal with Takumi Minamino and Curtis Jones both bagging a brace. Marko Grujić scored his only goal for the club before Divock Origi scored as he captained the side for the first time, after Virgil can Dijk had left the pitch. 2016 – We thumped Hull City 5-1 at Anfield, with Adam Lallana opening the scoring. Ahmed El Mohamadi was sent off for handball with James Milner converting the resultant penalty. Sadio Mané and Philippe Coutinho both struck before Milner scored again from the spot after Daniel Sturridge was felled. 2011 – We beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 at Anfield. We went two goals ahead when Roger Johnson deflected in a Charlie Adam strike with Luis Suárez also on target, as Steven Fletcher pulled a goal back shortly after the break. 7,500 up 1994 – Ian Rush scored the 7,500th goal in the club’s history as we drew 1-1 at Newcastle United. Rob Lee had opened the scoring shortly after the break, with Philippe Albert dismissed for the home side late on. Ex-reds Peter Beardsley and Barry Venison both featured for the Geordies. Sent off again 2005 - We drew 2-2 at Birmingham City, with Neil Kilkenny being sent off for the home side on his debut, one of fifteen opposition players dismissed against the reds that season. Our goals came from Luis García and a Djibril Cissé penalty, with Stephen Warnock scoring an own goal and Walter Pandiani also on target. Off the mark 1892 – Forward John Miller netted on his reds bow as we thumped Bury 4-0 in a Lancashire League game at Anfield. Jonathan Cameron and Malcolm McVean also struck, while James Kelso played his only reds game. Kelso sadly committed suicide aged just 29, back in his native Scotland. 1958 – Outside-right Fred Morris scored his first reds goal as we drew 2-2 in a Second Division match at Brighton & Hove Albion, with Billy Liddell also on target. Other birthdays 1949 - Former forward, and coach under Graeme Souness, Phil Boersma was born in Kirkby. He signed professional terms in September 1968 and struck thirty times in 120 reds games, although he struggled to get picked in front of Kevin Keegan and John Toshack. He left the club to join Middlesbrough in December 1975 for £72,000. 1912 – Centre-forward Fred Howe was born in Bredbury in Cheshire. He joined on a free transfer from Hyde United in March 1935, netting 36 times in 94 outings before joining Manchester City in June 1938. He bagged three reds trebles, including notching four times in our record 6-0 derby victory at Anfield in September 1935. 1889 - Irish forward Billy Lacey was born in Enniscorthy, Wexford. He signed from Everton alongside centre-forward Tommy Gracie in a swap deal for £300 and winger Harold Uren in February 1912, going on to play 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. 1875 - Centre-half Robert Neill was born in Govan, Glasgow. At five feet four inches he is probably our shortest ever central defender, scoring three times in 27 times after signing on loan from Hibernian in April 1895 and then permanently in May 1896. He left to join Rangers in April 1897. Debuting at Manchester City 1910 - Forward Sam Gilligan scored on his reds debut as we beat City 2-1 at their Hyde Road ground, with Jack Parkinson also on target. 1969 - Phil Boersma made his reds bow on his twentieth birthday in our 3-2 defeat at Maine Road, becoming our first ever League Cup substitute, coming on for goalscorer Alun Evans in this Third Round tie, who bagged an equaliser when George Heslop’s panicked clearance struck him on the chest and went in. Bobby Graham netted our other goal, while Neil Young scored the last of his four goals past us. Ian Bowyer and Mike Doyle also struck for the home side. Supersub back at Anfield 1985 - David Fairclough played for the visitors as Oldham Athletic lost a League Cup Second Round first leg tie 3-0 at Anfield, our hundredth match in the competition. Steve McMahon bagged a brace, with Ian Rush also on target. A rare defeat 1974 - Burnley won 1-0 at Anfield, inflicting one of just eleven home League defeats we suffered in the whole of the 1970’s. Full-back Ian Brennan stunned Ray Clemence from thirty yards with his first ever goal for the club. Signing on 1938 – Utility player Bill Jones signed from Hayfield St Matthews. He scored seventeen times in 277 games for us, with his appearances including the 1950 FA Cup Final when he was preferred to Bob Paisley. Bill won two significant medals in the 1940’s - first he was awarded a Military Medal for his part in the crossing of the Rhine in the Second World War, and then he won a League title medal in 1947 on his return to Anfield. He later scouted for the reds while his grandson Rob represented the club in defence on 243 occasions in the 1990’s. Hooper steps in 1988 - Reserves keeper Mike Hooper replaced Bruce Grobbelaar, who had gone down with meningitis, as we won 3-1 at Southampton thanks to goals from John Aldridge, Peter Beardsley and Jan Mølby. Beating the Blues 1898 - Andrew McCowie bagged a brace, including a penalty, as we won 2-1 at Goodison Park. This was our first ever win across Stanley Park. Harkness on loan 1993 - Steve Harkness joined Second Division Huddersfield Town on loan. He made five appearances for the Terriers before returning to Anfield. 1987 - Reserves midfielder Ken DeMange joined Leeds United. He had never made a senior appearance while on our books, despite winning full international honours during that time. Double debutants 1924 – Future reds Gordon Hodgson and Arthur Riley won their first caps for South Africa as they beat Ireland 2-1 in Belfast. More first and last caps 1991 – Bjorn Tore Kvarme debuted for Norway Under-21’s in their 2-0 friendly win in Denmark, with fellow future red Stig Inge Bjørnebye also in action. 2001 - Robbie Foy won his first cap at Under-17’s level in Scotland’s 2-0 friendly win over Wales in Rhyl. On the same day, future red Javier Mascherano featured as Argentina Under-17’s beat Mali 2-1 after extra time to reach the Semi-finals of the World Championships Finals in Trinidad & Tobago. 2007 – Future reds centre-back Danny Wilson won his fourth and final cap for Scotland Under-17’s as they thumped Belarus 5-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Cumbernauld. Joey the boss 2001 - Joey Jones was appointed Caretaker Manager of Wrexham, following the departure of Bryan Flynn. He was only in charge for two games, both of which they lost, before ex-Oxford United boss Denis Smith took over. On the move 1999 - Ray Houghton joined Conference side Stevenage Borough having been released by Reading at the end of the previous season. He only made three appearances, all defeats, in his one season at Broadhall Way. 1990 - Former reserves centre-back Mark Seagraves signed for Bolton Wanderers from Manchester City for £100,000. He made 195 appearances in five seasons at Burnden Park before moving on to Swindon Town. 1984 - Future reds loanee keeper Mark Prudhoe joined Birmingham City from Sunderland for £22,000. He only appeared five times for the Blues, before moving on again to Walsall in February 1986. 2019 – Colombian defender Anderson Arroyo joined Czech side Mladá Boleslav on loan. He joined the reds in February 2018, spending all of his time out on loan to date. On the move 1999 - Ray Houghton joined Conference side Stevenage Borough having been released by Reading at the end of the previous season. He only made three appearances, all defeats, in his one season at Broadhall Way. 1990 - Former reserves centre-back Mark Seagraves signed for Bolton Wanderers from Manchester City for £100,000. He made 195 appearances in five seasons at Burnden Park before moving on to Swindon Town. 1984 - Future reds loanee keeper Mark Prudhoe joined Birmingham City from Sunderland for £22,000. He only appeared five times for the Blues, before moving on again to Walsall in February 1986. 2019 – Colombian defender Anderson Arroyo joined Czech side Mladá Boleslav on loan. He joined the reds in February 2018, spending all of his time out on loan to date. 2020 - Luis Suárez joined Club Atlético de Madrid from Barcelona, scoring 21 times in 38 appearances as he helped them to the Spanish title in his first season. Other reds games 1984 – We drew our League Cup Second Round first leg tie 0-0 at Stockport County. We won the second leg, but lost at Tottenham Hotspur at the next hurdle. 1966 – Ron Yeats and Roger Hunt netted as we drew 2-2 with Sunderland at Anfield. Neil Martin bagged one of his four goals against the reds, with George Herd netting a late equaliser. 1960 – We won 3-1 at Leyton Orient in a Second Division encounter thanks to goals from Dave Hickson, Alan A’Court and Johnny Morrissey. 1955 – Billy Liddell was on target as Middlesbrough held us to a 1-1 draw in L4. 1938 – We beat Leeds United 3-0 at home with Willie Fagan, Jack Balmer and Phil Taylor all on the scoresheet. 1932 – We lost 1-0 to Bolton Wanderers in L4 with Ray Westwood scoring one of his nine goals past us. 1927 – Dick Edmed struck as we lost 3-1 at West Ham United. Jimmy Ruffell and Stan Earle each bagged the first of their four goals against us, with William Gibbins also on target. Also in international action 2014 – Future red Dominic Solanke played for England Under-18’s as they lost 2-0 to Italy in a friendly in Caorle.
  7. Will

    27th April

    An Anfield farewell 1996 - Ian Rush played his final reds game at Anfield, with Stan Collymore scoring the only goal of the game against Middlesbrough. He was applauded onto the pitch by a ‘guard of honour’ from both teams. Heading to Istanbul 2005 - We held Chelsea to a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge in the first leg of our Champions League Semi-final. The evening was only slightly spoiled by Xabi Alonso’s unwarranted booking that would rule him out of the Anfield return. Steven Gerrard had an emergency dental operation on the morning of the game. FA Cup semi-finals We have twice played FA Cup Semi-finals on this day over the years. 1963 - We lost 1-0 to Leicester City at Hillsborough, with Mike Stringfellow heading in the winner, the first of his five goals against the reds, and Gordon Banks keeping the reds at bay. Winger Kevin Lewis made his 82nd and final reds appearance that day. 1977 - We beat Everton 3-0 at Maine Road in a replay, to keep on course for the treble. Our goals came from a Phil Neal penalty, Jimmy Case and Ray Kennedy that day. Both sides also had strong penalty claims turned down. Title blow 2014 – We lost 2-0 to Chelsea at Anfield to deal our title chances a major blow. The visitors were time-wasting from the first minute as we felt the absence of the suspended Jordan Henderson. Steven Gerrard slipped at the end of the first half to allow Demba Ba a clear run on goal, and he slipped the ball past Simon Mignolet. We failed to break down the Blues’ blanket defence, with Willian nabbing a stoppage time second. Iago Aspas made his fifteenth and final reds appearance, from the bench. On the same day, Luis Suárez was named PFA Player of the Year for a season in which he struck 31 times in total in 37 reds outings. He was also included in the Team of the Year, alongside Steven Gerrard, Daniel Sturridge and future red Adam Lallana. This was Gerrard’s eighth and last appearance in this list, a record in the Premier League era. Happy birthdays 1990 - Defender Martin Kelly was born in Whiston. He made his senior bow as a sub in our Champions League win at PSV Eindhoven in December 2008, striking once in 62 reds games before joining Crystal Palace in August 2014 for a reported £2m. 1904 - Right-back Bob Done was born in Runcorn. He struck thirteen times in 155 reds games following his arrival from his hometown side in April 1926. He left for Reading for £150 in May 1935. 1959 – Academy Director Frank McParland was born in Liverpool. He started out in 1995 by assisting John Owens with the Under-14’s. When the Academy opened in 1999 he was handed a full-time role as head of the community coaching department. Gérard Houllier later gave him a scouting role before Rafael Benítez made him Joint Chief Scout, moving to Bolton Wanderers as General Manager in July 2007, although he only remained there three months. He returned to Melwood in May 2009, moving up to be Director of Academy and Player Development two years later. He left the club again in November 2013. The title disappears from view 2002 - Michael Owen made his 150th League appearance as we lost 1-0 at Tottenham Hotspur, thanks to a Gus Poyet goal. It was our first defeat in fifteen League games and made winning the title a near impossibility. This was also Jari Litmanen’s 43rd and final game in a reds shirt. Meanwhile, a Neil Mellor brace sent the Under-19’s into the Final of the National Play-offs, as we overcame Nottingham Forest 2-1, to set up a two-legged tie with Arsenal. These goals took the boy Mellor to 44 goals for the season. On the same day, future Anfield star Anthony Le Tallec was on target for Le Havre as the French outfit were promoted into the top division by beating Laval 4-1. Thumping the Geordies 2013 - Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson struck twice each, with Daniel Agger and Fabio Borini also on target as we won 6-0 at Newcastle United, with Mathieu Debuchy sent off for the home side late on. In the best team 2008 - Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres and ex-red David James were all named in the PFA Team of the Year. 2003 – Ex-reds keeper Brad Friedel was voted into the PFA Team of the Year, having kept fifteen clean sheets in the League for Blackburn Rovers. Up and down 1895 - We lost a Test Match 1-0 to Bury at Ewood Park that relegated us after just one season in the top flight. Robert Neill made his reds bow in this game. He was possibly our shortest ever centre-half, standing at just five foot four inches. Also debuting were keeper John Whitehead and forward John Cleland, who played his only senior reds game while on loan from Edinburgh side St. Bernard’s, while outside-left John Drummond made his eighteenth and final appearance. Bury keeper Archie Montgomery was sent off late on for kicking out at Harry Bradshaw. This was William Barclay’s last game in charge of the side. 1896 – John McKenna managed the reds for the final time as we lost another Test Match, going down 2-0 at West Bromwich Albion’s Stoney Lane ground. However, previous results were enough to ensure our promotion. Milestone games 1908 - We played our 500th League game, beating Bury 2-1 at Anfield in our final game of the season thanks to a Ronald Orr brace, with Billy Hibbert bagging one of his thirteen goals against the reds. We ended the season in eighth position. 1985 – Alan Hansen played his 400th reds game as we drew 0-0 at Ipswich Town. Sam’s last 1912 – Forward Sam Gilligan bagged his sixteenth and final reds goal in the second minute of our 1-0 top-flight victory at Oldham Athletic. Disaster in North London 1935 - Willie Evans scored a hat-trick for Tottenham Hotspur as they trounced us 5-1 at White Hart Lane. Berry Nieuwenhuys grabbed our consolation while forward Sam English played his fiftieth and final reds game. George Hunt struck one of his five goals past us, with Len Bolan also on the scoresheet. Bill yet again 1903 - Left-half Bill Goldie played his 174th and final reds game, actually his 129th consecutive reds appearance, and 119th straight game in the League, as we won 2-0 at Wolverhampton Wanderers in our last game of the season, thanks to goals from Sam Raybould and Jack Cox. Left-back John Glover and inside-right George Livingstone both played their last reds games. For Razor 1991 - A testimonial match for Ray Kennedy was staged at Highbury. A reds team beat Arsenal 3-1, with Jan Mølby, David Speedie and Peter Beardsley on the scoresheet. A treble for Jimmy 1931 - Left-half Jimmy McDougall grabbed a hat-trick as we were beaten 8-4 by Yeovil & Petters United at their Huish Park Stadium in a friendly, with Cyril Done nabbing our other goal. First and last times with the armband 1982 - Phil Thompson skippered England for the sixth and final time as they beat Wales 1-0 in the British International Championships in Cardiff. Joe Corrigan, ex-red Joey Jones, Terry McDermott, Phil Neal and Ian Rush all also featured. 1977 - Future red Kenny Dalglish captained Scotland for the first time as they beat Sweden 3-1 in a friendly at Hampden Park. In and out 1936 – Keeper Stanley Kane was sold to Southend United. He had only made six senior appearances after signing on in July 1934, having left Birmingham. 1920 – Forward Peter McKinney signed from Consett Celtic. He struck once in three reds appearances, all in 1920/21, and later emigrated to the USA to join New York Giants. Twice against the Blades and Hammers We have twice ended the season by playing Sheffield United in the top flight at Anfield on this day over the years. 1907 - We drew 2-2 with Sam Raybould and Billy McPherson on target in our final game of the season, as we finished fifteenth. Left-back Tom Rogers debuted in this game. 1914 - Tom Miller netted a brace as we won 2-1, just two days after losing our first ever FA Cup Final. 1957 - We beat West Ham United in a Second Division meeting, with Billy Liddell netting the only goal of the game from the spot in the final minute. 1974 - John Toshack struck at Upton Park as we drew a top-flight encounter 2-2, with Kevin Keegan on target at the death. Alec Lindsay had a penalty saved by Mervyn Day in the first half. Trevor Brooking and Frank Lampard both struck for the home side. International debut once more 1927 - Ex-red Billy Lacey represented his third different country, playing in the Republic of Ireland’s second ever senior international, as they lost 2-1 to Italy ‘B’ in Dublin. This followed eighteen caps he had won for Ireland and another eight for Northern Ireland. Beaten by Rovers We have twice lost to Blackburn Rovers on this day in history. 1929 - Birthday boy Bob Done converted a penalty as we lost a top-flight meeting 2-1 at Ewood Park. 1893 - We lost an Anfield friendly 1-0. Other reds games 1968 – We beat Fulham 4-1 at Anfield with Allan Clarke putting the visitors in front with one of his seven goals against the reds, despite appearing to be offside. Ian Callaghan and Roger Hunt ensure we led at half time, with Hunt and Tony Hateley on target after the break. 1901 – Jack Cox and Bill Goldie struck as we defeated Nottingham Forest 2-0 in L4. Young England reds 2002 - Mark Smyth was on target as England Under-17’s beat Finland 3-2 in a European Championships Finals game in Denmark. Clubmate David Raven was skipper and David Mannix also played. 1993 – Future reds Academy coach Mike Sheron bagged a brace as England Under-21’s beat the Netherlands 3-0 in a European Championships qualifier at Fratton Park. Rob Jones also featured. On the same day, future red Bjørn Tore Kvarme played for Norway Under-21’s in their 5-1 thumping of Turkey in a European Championships qualifier. 1988 - Gary Ablett won his only Under-21’s cap as England drew 2-2 with France in the Semi-final of the European Championships at Highbury. Unfortunately, France won 6-4 on aggregate. Future red Michael Thomas also played. On the same day, Peter Beardsley, Gary Gillespie, Ray Houghton, Steve McMahon, Steve Nicol, ex-red Ian Rush and future reds Glenn Hysén, István Kozma, Dean Saunders and Rigobert Song all also played for their countries. Splashing about 1894 - Outside-left Hugh McQueen nearly died when he dived off a springboard at Southport baths where the team were training, as he could not swim! He made 61 reds appearances in total after signing from Leith Athletic in October 1892, bagging eighteen goals and helping us to the Lancashire League and Second Division titles in successive seasons before joining Derby County in July 1895. Potter for the Irish 2004 - Darren Potter made his debut for the Republic of Ireland’s Under-21’s as they drew 2-2 in a friendly in Poland. Ex-red Daniel Sjölund struck as the Finnish Under-21’s beat Bosnia & Herzegovina 3-1 away from home. Robbie Foy played for Scotland at the same level while Jimmy Ryan featured for the Irish Under-16’s on the same day, with future red Daniel Agger in action for Denmark Under-20’s and future red Ragnar Klavan playing for the senior Estonia side. Other internationals 1983 – Glenn Hysén, Mark Lawrenson, Sammy Lee, Phil Neal, Ian Rush and Ronnie Whelan all played for their countries, with ex-red Joey Jones reaching half a century of caps for Wales in their 1-0 European Championships qualifying defeat of Bulgaria in Wrexham. 1991 - Future red Nigel Clough netted the only goal of the game as England B beat Iceland in a friendly at Vicarage Road. Fellow future red Paul Stewart also featured. 1998 – Future red Milan Baroš featured for the Czech Republic Under-17’s as they lost 2-1 to Italy in a tournament in Slovenia. 2001 – Future red Anthony Le Tallec scored twice for France Under-16’s in their 5-0 thumping of Finland in the European Championships Finals in Grimsby. 2015 - Future red Kamil Grabara saved two penalties in a shoot-out as Poland Under-16’s beat Turkey 7-6 after their friendly ended 1-1 in Israel.
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    30th March

    Derby joy 2008 - We bounced back from defeat at Old Trafford by beating Everton 1-0 at Anfield. Pepe Reina kept his 54th clean sheet in his hundredth League game, a new club record to beat Ray Clemence on 53. Fernando Torres scored our hundredth goal of the season early on, notching in his sixth consecutive League home game, equalling a club record, while the club reached 3,000 League points. 1940 - Berry Nieuwenhuys grabbed a brace with Billy Liddell also on the scoresheet as we won a Wartime League match 3-1 at Everton. Reds being born 1892 – A meeting was held in the Neptune Hotel in Clayton Square, Liverpool to draw up club rules for the nascent reds. The first rule was “that the club be called Liverpool Football Club and shall play under the Rules of the Football Association”. Thumping Spurs 2014 – We trounced Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 at Anfield to return to the top of the League for the first time since Christmas. Younes Kaboul turned in a Glen Johnson cross early on before Luis Suárez doubled our lead. Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson both struck after the break. 1964 – We beat Spurs 3-1 at Anfield, with Ian St. John bagging a brace before the interval, with Alf Arrowsmith on target after the break. Eventually successful semis We have twice played Semi-finals on this day over the years. 1974 - We drew 0-0 with Leicester City in the FA Cup at Old Trafford, before winning the replay 3-1 at Villa Park four days later. Kevin Keegan had two efforts cleared off the line and also hit the post. 1976 - We won 1-0 at the Camp Nou in our UEFA Cup Semi-final first leg, with John Toshack grabbing the only goal as we dominated the match from the start, despite Barca’s line-up including the Dutch maestros Johan Cruyff and Johan Neeskens. This was Barcelona’s first home defeat by English opposition in European competition and thousands of home fans vented their frustration during the second half by hurling seat cushions onto the pitch, holding up the game for a while. A 1-1 draw at Anfield took us through to the final against Club Brugge. A failed semi 1899 - We lost out in our second FA Cup Semi-final in three years, losing 1-0 to eventual winners Sheffield United in a second replay at the Baseball Ground. Left-half Bill Goldie was charged with “discourteous language” after the game and was subsequently banned for the last three games of the season, when we were competing for the title. The FA’s disciplinary committee had to employ an interpreter to understand his very strong Scottish accent! 1923 - We played the Blades again, with Harry Chambers on target twice in a 2-1 First Division win at Anfield. Billy Gillespie struck one of his seven goals against the reds. Vlad on fire 2002 - Vladimír Šmicer’s second goal in consecutive reds games and a Michael Owen tap-in from a Šmicer cross gave us a 2-0 home League win over Charlton Athletic, moving us back to the top of the table. Vlad became our fastest ever goalscoring substitute, having netted just four minutes after entering the fray as an early replacement for the injured Emile Heskey. Beaten by the R’s 1991 - We lost at home to Queens Park Rangers for the only time to date, under the temporary charge of Ronnie Moran, with Les Ferdinand heading in his seventh goal in as many games to put them in front, the first of his six goals past us. Roy Wegerle pounced on a slack Steve Staunton back-pass to double their half-time lead. Jan Mølby converted a spot-kick before Peter Beardsley struck a post, but substitute Clive Wilson scored with his first touch to make the final score 3-1. A memorable day for Mr Walker 1898 - We paid Hearts £350 in total for Scottish international winger Tom Robertson and inside-right Johnny Walker, who had both just helped their side to claim the League title, both then repeating the feat south of the border. Robertson netted 34 goals in 141 reds outings, returning to Hearts in May 1902 while Walker famously scored the goal that clinched our first League title in 1901, bagging 31 goals in 120 outings before moving to Rangers in 1902. 1895 - Walker won his first full international cap, grabbing a brace as Scotland beat Ireland 3-1 in the British International Championships at Celtic Park. First and last strikes 1934 – Forward Tosh Johnson grabbed his first reds goal in our 2-2 top-flight draw with Huddersfield Town at Anfield, with Alf Hanson also on target. Charlie Luke bagged two of his four goals past us. 1982 – Terry McDermott bagged his 81st and final goal for the club as we beat Birmingham City 3-1 at Anfield. Ian Rush had already netted twice, with Mick Harford scoring the first of his seven goals past us late on. Trebles galore We have registered several trebles in Wartime League football on this day in history. 1946 - Cyril Done scored a hat-trick in a 5-2 win at Middlesbrough, with Jack Balmer and Willie Fagan also on target. 1918 - Thomas Bennett struck four times with Thomas Green adding three as we thumped Southport Central 8-0 at their Ash Lane ground. George Schofield added the final goal. Births and death 1990 - Hungarian forward András Simon was born in Salgotarjan. He arrived from MTK Hungária in a joint £1m three-year deal with his compatriot Krisztián Németh in July 2007. He failed to make the first team before returning to his native land. 1990 - Right-back Emmanuel Mendy was born in Medina Gounass, Senegal. He joined the reds from Real Murcia on a three-year deal in July 2008, but was released four years later. 1958 - Joe Keetley died. He signed from Accrington Stanley in November 1923 for £1,200 and struck twice in nine reds games before moving to Wolverhampton Wanderers in May 1925. He went through three League clubs in eight months after leaving Anfield before moving into non-League football. Half a century for Jerzy 2005 - Jerzy Dudek won his fiftieth cap for Poland as they beat Northern Ireland 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Warsaw. International scorers 1977 - Kevin Keegan bagged his final England goal as a reds player, with Ray Kennedy also on target as they thumped Luxembourg 5-0 in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley. Ray Clemence and Emlyn Hughes also played. Steve Heighway and Joey Jones both also represented their countries on the same day. 1983 - Future red John Wark netted in Scotland’s 2-2 European Championships qualifying draw with Switzerland at Hampden Park. Kenny Dalglish, Alan Hansen and Graeme Souness all also played. Meanwhile, Sammy Lee and Phil Neal featured in England’s goalless draw with Greece at Wembley, as they also bid to qualify for the Finals in France. International bows 1993 - Stig Inge Bjørnebye won his first cap as a reds player as Norway thumped Qatar 6-1 in a friendly in Doha. Future clubmate Øyvind Leonhardsen also played with Steve McManaman also in international action. 2004 – Future red James Milner made the first of his record 46 appearances for England Under-21’s, his only one while with Leeds United, as they drew 2-2 with Sweden in a friendly in Kristianstad. Future red David Martin made his debut for England Under-19’s in their 1-1 draw in Germany. Robbie Foy, David Raven, Mark Smyth, future reds Scott Carson, Stewart Downing, Raul Meireles and Daniel Sjölund also featured for their countries. Eight goal thriller 1960 - We led Aston Villa 4-0 with just 24 minutes remaining of our Second Division fixture at Villa Park thanks to a brace from Dave Hickson and goals from Roger Hunt and John Molyneux. However, the home side struck three times inside nine minutes, and Bobby Thomson grabbed his second goal to equalise with five minutes remaining. Peter McParland, who had already scored, as in the earlier meeting at Anfield that season, missed a clear-cut chance in the last minute that nearly completed an amazing comeback for the Villains, who went on to claim the title that season. Villa’s other goal came from Stan Lynn’s spot-kick. 1907 - We were thumped 4-0 in another top-flight meeting there, with four first-team regulars missing. Harry Hampton bagged one of his fifteen strikes against the reds, while Albert Hall bagged a brace with Fred Chapple also on target. Forward John Lipsham played his third and last game for us. Red ending 1895 – Outside-right Neil Kerr played his twelfth and final reds game as we beat The Wednesday 4-2 at Anfield, with Frank Becton and Harry Bradshaw each bagging a brace. Signing on 2011 – Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva signed a new contract until 2015, later further extended. He bagged seven goals in 346 reds games, growing to become a firm fans’ favourite before being sold to S.S. Lazio for £5m in July 2017. 1898 – Winger Tommy Robertson and inside-right Johnny Walker both arrived from Heart Of Midlothian for a combined £175. They both helped us to claim our first League title in 1901, with Robertson netting 35 times in 141 games before returning to Hearts in May 1902. Walker scored thirty goals in 120 outings, moving on to Rangers at the same time as Robertson’s departure. Semi at Anfield 1912 – The third of five FA Cup Semi-finals to be staged at Anfield took place, with losing Finalists West Bromwich Albion sharing a goalless draw with Blackburn Rovers. Recent international reds on target 2012 – Future red Mohamed Salah netted as Egypt beat Uganda 2-1 in a friendly in Sudan. 2005 - Steven Gerrard and Milan Baroš both struck in World Cup qualifiers. Ex-red Michael Owen and future red Joe Cole also featured in England’s 2-0 defeat of Azerbaijan at St. James’ Park, with Owen skippering the side for part of the game. Baroš also won a penalty and set up another goal as the Czech Republic won 4-0 in Andorra. On the same day, future red Andriy Voronin grabbed his first goal as a Bayer 04 Leverkusen player, the only goal of Ukraine’s qualifier against future red Christian Poulsen’s Denmark in Kiev. 2006 – Future red Maxi Rodríguez netted as Argentina beat Angola 2-0 in a friendly in Italy. 2004 - Future reds winger Mark González was on target as Chile won a World Cup qualifier 2-0 in Bolivia. On the same day, Harry Kewell and future red Daniel Agger played for their countries. 2005 - González also played for his country, winning his final cap before making the switch to Anfield, as Chile lost 2-1 in Paraguay in another qualifier. KHR in charge 2000 – Karl-Heinz Riedle was appointed Manager of Fulham. He was in charge for the rest of the season, with Jean Tigana replacing him that summer. Final caps 1901 – Ex-reds half-back Barney Battles won his third and final cap for Scotland as they drew 2-2 with England in the British International Championships at Crystal Palace, with Alex Raisbeck also in action for the away side. 2005 - Alou Diarra won his third and final cap as a reds player in France’s 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw in Israel, with future red Yossi Benayoun featuring for the home side. Meanwhile, Jan Kromkamp won his fourth and last cap as an AZ Alkmaar player as the Netherlands beat Armenia 2-0 in Eindhoven, with future reds Ryan Babel and Dirk Kuyt also featuring. On the same day, Craig Bellamy won his last cap as a Newcastle United player, and 33rd to date, although he was on loan at Celtic at the time, as John Toshack’s Wales lost a World Cup qualifier 1-0 in Austria. John Arne Riise and future reds Philipp Degen, Ragnar Klavan, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Javier Mascherano and Fernando Torres also played for their countries that day. Two ton up for the Irish 1983 - Mark Lawrenson, Ronnie Whelan and future red Michael Robinson all played in the Republic of Ireland’s 1-0 European Championships qualifying win in Malta. It was Ireland’s 200th full international match, while Robinson was winning his final cap as a Brighton & Hove Albion player. International treble 2006 - Future reds reserves forward Krisztián Németh bagged a hat-trick as Hungary Under-17’s thumped Sweden 4-0 in the Elite Round of European Championships qualifiers in Portugal. 2009 – Tom Ince played in another qualifier at the same level as England won 2-0 in Hungary. 2015 - Future red Danny Ings faced Emre Can as England Under-21’s beat Germany 3-2 at the Riverside Stadium, with ex-red Carl Medjani and future red Kostas Tsimikas also in international action on the same day. Other reds games 1994 – Future red Paul Ince headed in the only goal of our trip to Manchester United. 1970 – Chris Lawler was on target as we won 1-0 at Wolverhampton Wanderers, with Tommy Smith having a penalty saved. 1968 – We drew an FA Cup Sixth Round replay 0-0 at West Bromwich Albion. 1963 – Roger Hunt bagged the only goal of West Ham United’s visit to Anfield in a Sixth Round tie. 1959 – Jimmy Melia netted a brace as we won a Second Division encounter 2-0 at Barnsley. 1957 – We drew 3-3 at Lincoln City in the Second Division. Brian Jackson struck twice, with Tony Rowley also on the scoresheet. 1956 – We lost 1-0 at Doncaster Rovers in another Second Division fixture played on Good Friday, with the game marred by some crowd disturbances. 1935 – We lost 3-1 at Leicester City as Danny Liddle bagged the last of his four goals against the reds and Arthur Maw also scoring before the break. Taffy O’Callaghan also netted before Tommy Johnson struck our late consolation. 1929 – We drew 0-0 at Bolton Wanderers. 1912 – We lost 2-1 at Preston North End despite Sam Gilligan giving us an early lead. 1903 – Sunderland held us to a 1-1 draw in L4. George Bridgett bagged the first of his five goals past us, with Sam Raybould nabbing our goal. 1901 – We beat Newcastle United 3-0 at Anfield. John Hunter struck twice with Sam Raybould also scoring. Brucie demobbed 1977 - Bruce Grobbelaar was discharged from the Rhodesian army. HIG twice Haukur Ingi Guðnason twice represented his country on this day. 1996 – He played for the Under-19’s as they lost 2-1 to Switzerland in a tournament game in Israel. 1999 – Iceland Under-21’s were thumped 5-1 in a European Championships qualifier in the Ukraine. Also in international action 2003 – El-Hadji Diouf and future red Kolo Touré both played in Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, with ex-red Rigobert Song captaining Cameroon as they lost 1-0 to Tunisia in the Tunis Tournament. 2013 – Future red Dominic Solanke played for England Under-16’s in their 1-1 friendly draw with Germany in France. 2016 – Future red Kamil Grabara featured as Poland Under-17’s lost 2-1 to Serbia in a European Championships qualifier in Warsaw. 2017 – Future red Ki-Jana Hoever played for the Dutch Under-15’s as they beat Belgium 2-1.
  9. Will

    22nd August

    Jan the man 1984 - Midfield maestro Jan Mølby signed from Ajax for £225,000. He struck 61 times in 292 reds appearances, including a remarkable forty of his 42 attempted spot-kicks. He won three League titles and two FA Cups during his time at Anfield before joining Swansea City as Player/Manager on a free transfer in February 1996. Match of the Day 1964 - Our 3-2 win over Arsenal at Anfield was the first game ever to be screened on the BBC’s new “Match Of The Day” show. Phil Chisnall was the first player to kick a ball on MOTD, knocking the kick-off to Gordon Wallace, who grabbed a brace, including the winner that deflected off Don Howe past ex-reds keeper Jim Furnell. Roger Hunt headed in the first goal on the show that only garnered an audience of 75,000 as BBC2 was still unavailable in large parts of the country. Future red Geoff Strong scored for the Gunners, with Joe Baker bagging one of his four past us, while a black cat did a full lap of the pitch! Soto departs 2011 – Greek centre-half Sotirios Kyrgiakos joined VfL Wolfsburg on a free transfer. He had arrived from A.E.K Athens for £2m two years earlier, following the summer departure of Sami Hyypiä. Soto bagged three goals in 49 largely solid performances at the back, becoming something of a cult figure for his no-nonsense style. On the same day, Steve Staunton joined Sunderland as a scout. 2015 – Full-back Tom Lowry died. He signed pro terms in April 1963 but only ever played one first-team game, when Bill Shankly fielded a team of eleven reserves in our League match at Wolverhampton Wanderers, which came only five days before the 1965 FA Cup Final. He moved on to Crewe Alexandra in June 1966, going on to set their club record of 436 League appearances that stands to this day. Bert’s bow 1959 - Goalkeeper Bert Slater made his reds debut as we lost 3-2 at Cardiff City in our first game of the season. Cardiff in fact scored all five goals, as we benefited from two own goals from the unfortunate Danny Malloy, who had already scored an own goal against the reds two years earlier! Johnny Watkins netted the first of his four goals against us, with Graham Moore and Steve Mokone also on target. Seventies wins 1970 - We thumped Huddersfield Town 4-0 at Anfield with John McLaughlin netting his first two reds goals as Alun Evans also grabbed a brace. Forward Bobby Graham played his hundredth reds game. 1978 - We won another top-flight fixture, this time 3-0 at FA Cup holders Ipswich Town, when Graeme Souness struck before a Kenny Dalglish double, with Ray Kennedy playing his 200th reds game. Eight goals shared with the mancs 1953 - Centre-forward Louis Bimpson struck twice at Anfield, but it was not enough to hand us victory over Manchester United, as the game ended 4-4, with Billy Liddell and Bill Jones also on the scoresheet. Jack Rowley struck the last of his six goals past us, with Tommy Taylor nabbing the first of his four against the reds and Eddie Lewis and Roger Byrne also on target. In and out 2007 - Centre-half Mikel San José signed from Athletic de Bilbao, while keeper Péter Gulácsi arrived on loan from MTK Hungária. The young Hungarian made it into our match-day squad 51 times before moving to Red Bull Salzburg for free in June 2013, while San José did the same at Stamford Bridge in the League in February 2008, although he left for Athletic de Bilbao in May 2010. 2005 - It was a busy day at Melwood, with one arrival and two players departing on loan. Austrian midfielder Besian Idrizaj signed from Linzer ASK for £190,000, while Robbie Foy moved to Wrexham and John Welsh signed for Hull City. Welsh struck twice in 23 games before signing permanently for the Tigers in January 2006 in a swap deal for winger Paul Anderson. Foy nabbed three goals in twenty games while at the Racecourse Ground. On the same day, ex-reds loanee keeper Paul Jones joined Millwall on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers. He played four times for the struggling South London outfit. 2006 - Foy signed for Sc***horpe United on non-contract terms. He struck once in nine outings for the Iron but was released after just a season. 2009 - Idrizaj signed for Swansea City. He played four times for the Swans before tragically dying in May 2010 of a suspected heart attack at the age of just 22. A new striker 1893 - Centre-forward James Henderson signed from Scottish side Annbank. He only ever made one first-team appearance for the reds, in our first ever Football League fixture, a 2-0 Second Division win at Middlesbrough Ironopolis. Kenny resigns 1996 - Kenny Dalglish resigned as Director of Football at Blackburn Rovers. He had led them to the League title as team manager the year before. St. Michael signs on 1998 - Michael Owen signed a new five-year contract ten minutes before our first home game of the season, when Arsenal held us to a goalless draw at Anfield. Most recently 2006 - We squeezed into the group stage of the Champions League, being held to a 1-1 draw by Maccabi Haifa in Kiev in the second leg of our Third Qualifying Round tie, to progress 3-2. Peter Crouch headed us in front, with the reds wasting numerous chances to build a convincing lead. We also suffered injuries to Momo Sissoko and Stephen Warnock, who joined Jamie Carragher and John Arne Riise on the sidelines. 1993 - Our most recent game before that came when Steve McManaman struck twice in a 5-0 thumping of Swindon Town at their County Ground. Neil Ruddock, Ronnie Whelan and Mike Marsh all also netted. This was Marsh’s final reds strike in his hundredth game for the club. A win in Ireland 1981 - Terry McDermott grabbed a brace, with Ronnie Whelan, Phil Neal and Kenny Dalglish also scoring, as we thumped Ronnie’s former side Home Farm 5-0 at Tolka Park in Dublin. This game had been arranged as part of Whelan’s transfer to Anfield. However, the match was almost cancelled after a massive H was carved into the pitch the night before in support of IRA hunger strikers. Emergency re-turfing saved the game with the reds flying over in the afternoon for the evening fixture. International reds 2007 - Young Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva made his senior international debut in their 2-0 friendly defeat of Algeria in Montpellier, playing alongside future reds keeper Alexander Doni. Ryan Babel, Yossi Benayoun, Fernando Torres and Andriy Voronin all won their first caps as reds players, while Luis García made his first appearance while with Club Atlético de Madrid, as Spain won 3-2 in Greece with Xabi Alonso and Pepe Reina also in action. Ukraine beat Uzbekistan 2-1, with Israel beaten 2-1 in Belarus and the Netherlands losing 2-1 in Switzerland with Dirk Kuyt on target, and future red Philipp Degen also featuring. Future red Robbie Keane bagged a brace as the Republic of Ireland thumped Daniel Agger’s Denmark 4-0 in Copenhagen, with Steve Finnan and ex-red Darren Potter also in Steve Staunton’s line-up. David James won his first cap as a Portsmouth player as England lost 2-1 to Germany at Wembley, with Peter Crouch, future red Joe Cole and ex-red Michael Owen also playing. Javier Mascherano faced John Arne Riise with future red Maxi Rodríguez netting as Norway beat Argentina 2-1 in Oslo, while future red Ragnar Klavan was sent off as Estonia beat Andorra 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Tallinn. Also in international action that day were Sami Hyypiä, future reds Alberto Aquilani, Milan Jovanović, Alex Manninger, Raul Meireles, Mamadou Sakho and Kolo Touré, ex-reds Nicolas Anelka, Milan Baroš, Daniel Sjölund and Rigobert Song, with Roy Hodgson and John Toshack both on management duties. On the move 2008 – Reserves forward Craig Lindfield joined Bournemouth on loan. He struck once in five outings for the Cherries. 2005 - Paul Dalglish signed for Livingston from Modena. He struck six times in 23 games before moving to Hibernian in January 2006. 2003 - Former reserves midfielder Phil Charnock signed for basement side Bury on a free transfer from Port Vale, although he only stayed two weeks at Gigg Lane, playing three times. 1986 - Former reserves centre-back Dave Watson made his big move, leaving Norwich City for Everton for a fee of £900,000. At the time his brother Alex was still playing in our reserves. 1997 - Future reds keeper Pegguy Arphexad signed for Leicester City from Racing Club de Lens on a free transfer. He only played 29 times for the Foxes, before switching to Anfield in July 2000. 2012 – Danish midfielder Christian Poulsen signed for Ajax, whom he helped to claim the League title in his first season in Amsterdam. 2019 – Midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain signed a new contract, having struck five times in 47 outings to date since arriving from Arsenal for £35m two years earlier. Other reds games 1967 – We beat Arsenal 2-0 at Anfield with Roger Hunt scoring twice past ex-reds custodian Jim Furnell. 1962 – We drew 2-2 at Manchester City. Neil Young struck the first two of his four goals against the reds, after first Ronnie Moran had converted a penalty and then Roger Hunt scored. 1949 – Stoke City held us to a goalless draw at the Victoria Ground. Billy’s day 2019 – Billy Koumetio won his second and final cap for France Under-18’s in their 1-1 friendly draw with Paraguay. 2020 – Koumetio played his first games for the club, as did left-back Kostas Tsimikas in our 3-0 defeat of VfB Stuttgart in a behind closed doors friendly in Austria. Roberto Firmino, Naby Keïta and Rhian Brewster all scored. Also in international action 1990 - Stig Inge Bjørnebye, then still with Kongsvinger, won his eighth cap for Norway as they lost 2-1 at home to Sweden in a friendly, played in Stavanger. 1993 - Gérard Houllier managed France as they drew a World Cup qualifier 1-1 in Sweden. 2017 – Bobby Duncan featured for England Under-17’s in their 2-1 defeat by Italy in Kidderminster.
  10. Will

    8th March

    Terry Mac off the mark 1975 - Terry McDermott netted his first reds goal as we drew 1-1 at Burnley. He went on to bag 81 in total in 329 reds games. Ray Clemence was playing his 300th reds game. 1980 - We won at White Hart Lane in the Sixth Round of the FA Cup, with Terry McDermott scoring the only goal of the game when he knocked the ball up in the air with his left foot, and volleyed it home with his right, a strike that was later voted the BBC’s Goal of the Season. 1913 - We also visited Spurs, losing by the same score in a top-flight encounter, our fourth straight defeat in North London. Out of Europe 2006 - We were beaten 2-0 at home by SL Benfica to lose our grip on the Champions League, crashing out 3-0 on aggregate at the last sixteen, failing to score in the fourth consecutive European game, a club record. Sami Hyypiä missed his first European game since our 2-0 defeat of Borussia Dortmund in October 2001, having played every minute of the intervening 57 matches. Simão Sabrosa and Fabrizio Miccoli scored for the visitors. Thumping the Geordies 2008 - We beat Kevin Keegan’s Newcastle United 3-0 at Anfield, with the first goal coming when a defensive clearance ricocheted off Jermaine Pennant and into the net. Fernando Torres then grabbed his 25th goal of the season on the stroke of half time after being played in by Steven Gerrard. The roles were reversed in the second period, with the Spaniard providing an assist for his captain to complete the scoring. Future red James Milner broke his foot in this match. 1924 – Tommy Lucas reached a century of reds games as we lost 1-0 at St. James’ Park in an FA Cup Fourth Round meeting, the fourth time in a row they had knocked us out of the cup, after previous wins in 1908, 1913 and 1921. Our next FA Cup meeting ended much more happily, in the Final in 1974. On our way to Wembley 1992 - We met our only top-flight opposition in that season’s FA Cup-winning campaign, as a Michael Thomas goal saw off Aston Villa at Anfield. 1995 - Robbie Fowler bagged the only goal of the game at Crystal Palace as we reached the Coca-Cola Cup Final 2-0 on aggregate. This was our 300th League Cup goal. 2015 – We were held to a goalless draw at Anfield by Blackburn Rovers in our FA Cup Sixth Round encounter, going on to win the replay and make it as far as a Wembley Semi-final. 1947 – We beat Blackburn Rovers 2-1 in a top-flight fixture at Anfield. Albert Stubbins and Cyril Done bagged our goals. Two-ton Brucie 1986 – Bruce Grobbelaar played his 200th League game for the club as we thumped Queens Park Rangers 4-1 at Anfield three days after they had knocked us out of the Milk Cup at the Semi-final stage at Anfield, despite Leroy Rosenior giving the visitors the lead after just seven minutes. Player/Manager Kenny Dalglish returned to the side and was instrumental in our win as Steve McMahon bagged a brace with Ian Rush and John Wark also on target, as ex-red Michael Robinson featured for the Hoops. Disappointing debuts 1902 - Outside-right Arthur Goddard made the first of his 414 reds appearances in a 3-1 League defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers, with Sam Raybould netting our consolation. Billy Wooldridge scored the first of his four goals against the reds as Jack Miller and Henry Preston also struck. 1978 - Long-time reserve keeper Steve Ogrizovic made his reds debut in a 4-2 top-flight defeat at Derby County. David Fairclough and Kenny Dalglish bagged our goals. Boss Bob Paisley was so disappointed with the performance he said, “If I were in the horse racing world I would be hauled before the stewards for putting out non-triers.” Charlie George grabbed one of his five goals against the reds, with Gerry Daly nabbing a brace and Andy Crawford also scoring. Neil arrives 1928 – Half-back Neil McBain signed from St. Johnstone for £1,000. He played twelve times before moving on to Watford after eight months at Anfield, later managing the Hornets and Ayr United as well as coaching in Argentina. European memories 1966 - We beat Honvéd 2-0 at Anfield in the second leg of our European Cup Winners’ Cup Second Round tie, thanks to goals from Chris Lawler and Ian St. John. Lawler and Peter Thompson between them rattled the woodwork three times as we dominated the game. 2001 - We held Porto to a goalless draw on a sodden pitch in the first leg of our UEFA Cup Quarter-final at their Estádio das Antas. We won the return 2-0 to reach the last four. Also recently 2010 – We lost 1-0 to Wigan Athletic at their renamed DW Stadium, when Hugo Rodallega was on target. The closest we came in a poor performance was when Fernando Torres struck the outside of a post early on. Tom on target again 1919 - Tom Miller scored in his third consecutive game as we lost 3-2 at Blackpool in a Wartime League match, with Harry Lewis netting the other goal. 1950 - We also lost to the Seasiders, going down 1-0 at Anfield in a First Division fixture. Dioufy’s farewell strike 2003 - El-Hadji Diouf bagged his sixth and final reds goal, ironically against his future employers. Michael Owen was also on target in our 2-0 defeat of Bolton Wanderers at Anfield, our hundredth meeting in the League. Don’s farewell 1958 - Right-back Don Campbell played his 48th and final reds game as we lost 3-1 at Bristol Rovers in a Second Division encounter. Bobby Murdoch netted for the reds after Billy Liddell had missed a penalty. Peter Hooper struck one of his seven goals past us, with John McIlvenny and Dai Ward also on target. International reds on target 1989 - John Barnes netted in England’s 2-0 World Cup qualifying win in Albania, playing alongside team-mate Peter Beardsley. Gary Gillespie and Steve Nicol both played in Scotland’s 2-0 defeat of France at Hampden Park on the same day, with John Aldridge, Ray Houghton, Ronnie Whelan and ex-red Kevin Sheedy all featuring in the Republic of Ireland’s goalless draw in Hungary, with future red István Kozma also in action. 1995 - Future red Patrik Berger bagged a brace as the Czech Republic beat Finland 4-1 in a friendly in Brno. It was the first of three consecutive games in which he scored for his country. Meanwhile, Roy Hodgson took charge of Switzerland as they held Greece to a 1-1 friendly draw in Athens, with future red Stéphane Henchoz and ex-red István Kozma also in international action. Young England debutants 1978 - Future reds goalkeeping coach Joe Corrigan won his first cap for England Under-21’s as they beat Italy 2-1 in the first leg of the European Championships Quarter-final at his home ground, Maine Road. 1994 - Tottenham Hotspur’s Nick Barmby made his Under-21’s bow in a 1-0 friendly defeat of Denmark at Brentford. Jamie Redknapp also played. On the way out 1920 - Half-back Harry Lowe left the reds for Nottingham Forest. He notched twice in 136 games for the reds after signing from Gainsborough Trinity in May 1911. Unfortunately, he had to miss the 1914 FA Cup Final through injury. 1928 – Forward Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers was transferred to West Bromwich Albion. He signed on in April 1915 and struck 151 times in 339 reds games, helping us to back-to-back League titles in the early 1920’s. 2001 - Stan Collymore announced his retirement as a player, aged just thirty, after walking out on Spanish side Real Oviedo. On the same day, future red Alberto Aquilani played for Italy Under-16’s in their 5-0 thumping on Bulgaria. 2011 – Reserve Team Manager John McMahon left the club after nearly two years in the role. Foy for Scotland 2002 - Sixteen-year old Robbie Foy scored a penalty for Scotland Under-17’s in their 3-1 European Championships qualifying defeat of Lithuania in Bath. Sammy’s last 1950 – Future red Sammy Smyth won his final cap as a Wolverhampton Wanderers player in Ireland’s goalless draw with Wales in a World Cup qualifier in Wrexham that also counted for the British International Championships. Paisley’s treble 1941 - Future reds boss Bob Paisley bagged a hat-trick in a Wartime League fixture as we thrashed Wrexham 7-2 at Anfield. Dickie Dorsett grabbed a brace while Cyril Done and Billy Liddell were also on target. Cox for the Football League 1900 - Winger Jack Cox, who scored eighty goals in 361 games for the reds, represented the Football League in a 6-3 victory over a Scottish League team, also netting one of the goals. On the move 2013 - John Toshack was appointed Manager of Khazar Lankaran. He led them to the Azerbaijan Supercup that October, but resigned just a month later. 2002 - David Burrows signed for Sheffield Wednesday on a free transfer from Birmingham City. He made 23 first-team appearances in his fourteen months at Hillsborough before retiring from the game. 1984 – Recent First Team Coach Kevin Keen signed as a professional for West Ham United. He netted thirty times in 279 games for the Irons, moving on to Wolverhampton Wanderers for £600,000 in July 1993. Other reds games 1952 – Bill Jones headed in as Middlesbrough held us to a 1-1 draw at Anfield. 1930 – We beat Portsmouth 2-0 in L4 with Gordon Hodgson on target twice. Family changes 1938 – Ex-reds forward Gordon Hodgson’s wife died, leaving him in charge of two children. He was a Leeds United player at the time, and had struck 241 goals in 377 reds games, including a club record seventeen trebles, between signing from Transvaal in November 1925 and moving to Aston Villa for £3,000 in January 1936. 1985 - Terry McDermott became a father to Neale, who went on to also become a professional footballer. A first cap 2002 - Former reserves forward Haukur Ingi Gudnason won his first cap as a Keflavík player, his fourth to date, as they were thumped 6-1 by Brazil in a friendly in Cuiabá. 2016 – Future red Ozan Kabak played for Turkey Under-16’s as they won a friendly 3-0 in Croatia.
  11. Will

    6th March

    He was our keeper 1988 – Belgian goalie Simon Mignolet was born in Sint-Truiden. He signed from Sunderland for £9m in June 2013, playing 204 times, but only managing to keep 65 clean sheets, moving on Club Brugge for an initial reported £6.4m in August 2019. Dirk’s treble 2011 – Luis Suárez dazzled as Dirk Kuyt scored a remarkable close-distance hat-trick as we beat Manchester United 3-1 at Anfield, two days after boss Kenny Dalglish’s sixtieth birthday. Javier Hernández bagged a late consolation, the first of his three goals past us to date, with record signing Andy Carroll making his reds bow as a substitute. 1993 - Mark Hughes headed Manchester United’s first goal at Anfield in five visits, one of his nine goals past us, before Ian Rush equalised in our Premiership meeting. Brian McClair nodded in the winner from a corner. Through against Barca 2007 - Jamie Carragher played his 57th game in the European Cup to equal Phil Neal’s club record as we lost 1-0 at home to Barcelona, although we still progressed to the Champions League Quarter-finals on the away goals rule. New owners George Gillett Jr. and Tom Hicks attended their first game at Anfield in a cauldron of noise. Both John Arne Riise and Momo Sissoko rattled the woodwork, but Eiður Guðjohnsen put the visitors ahead on the night with a quarter of an hour remaining, although we held on for a famous victory. Seeing off the Geordies 2002 - After floodlight failure delayed kick-off, we put on a sparkling display to beat Newcastle United 3-0 at Anfield, with a brace from Danny Murphy and a Dietmar Hamann strike. Nicolas Anelka put on probably his best display in a red shirt. Further good news that day came with the announcement that Gérard Houllier was back on Merseyside, as he continued his recuperation from his heart operation. A new Case 1982 - Jimmy Case made his first appearance back at Anfield after joining Brighton & Hove Albion, as they won 1-0 in the League with Andy Ritchie on target. A rare defeat 1976 - Middlesbrough won 2-0 at Anfield, inflicting on us one of just eleven home League defeats during the whole of the 1970’s. Graeme Souness and Phil Boersma both played for the visitors. A hat-trick of Huddersfield and Spurs We have played Huddersfield Town three times on this day over the years. 1920 - We lost 2-1 at Leeds Road in the FA Cup Fourth Round as they went on to reach the Final, after taking the lead through Tom Miller on a muddy pitch. 1948 - Albert Stubbins got all our goals in a 4-0 home League win, with outside-left Ken Brierley making his debut, while wing-half Stan Palk played his thirteenth and final reds game. 1954 - We were beaten 3-1 at Anfield in another First Division encounter, with Johnny Evans on the scoresheet as Gerry Burrell bagged a brace for the Terriers, with Tommy Cavanagh also on target. We have also played Tottenham Hotspur three times on this day, with each game ending in a draw. 1971 - The most recent was an FA Cup Sixth Round tie at Anfield that ended goalless, although we won the replay as we headed towards Wembley. This day set the record for combined attendances on Merseyside as 54,731 were at Anfield for this game, with another 53,028 across the park to witness Everton thump Colchester United 5-0 in another cup tie. 1926 - Our Anfield League meeting also ended without score. 1915 - Jackie Sheldon netted at White Hart Lane in another top-flight meeting, with Billy Minter netting the last of his five goals against the reds. European draws We have twice drawn European Third Round first legs on this day over the years. 1985 - Austria Wien were known as Austria Memphis due to a sponsorship deal when we drew 1-1 at their Franz Horr Stadion, on our way to a fifth European Cup Final, with Steve Nicol on the scoresheet late on, to notch our 150th goal in Europe’s premier club competition. 1997 - Robbie Fowler netted as we drew by the same score at Norwegian side Brann in the European Cup Winners’ Cup, before we went on to win the return leg 3-0 at Anfield to progress. 2018 – We were held to a goalless draw in L4 by Porto in the second leg of our UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie, having won the first game in Portugal 5-0. Off 2016 - We won 2-1 at Crystal Palace, despite Joe Ledley giving the home side the lead shortly after the break and James Milner being dismissed after an hour. Roberto Firmino equalised before future Eagle Christian Benteke grabbed a stoppage time winner from the spot. Philippe Coutinho was making his hundredth League appearance for the reds. International beginnings and end 1905 - John ‘Geezer’ Hughes and George Latham both made their international debuts for Wales in their 3-1 defeat of Scotland in the British International Championships in Wrexham. 2014 – Victor Moses won his last cap while on loan with the reds as Nigeria and Mexico shared a goalless draw in Atlanta, Georgia. For Archie 1899 - We lost 1-0 to Manchester City at Anfield in a testimonial for full-back Archie Goldie. He signed from Clyde in June 1895 and helped us to the Second Division title the following year, netting once in 149 reds games, many alongside his brother, left-half Bill. He left Anfield to sign for New Brighton Tower in 1900. Management moves 1988 - Bobby Campbell was appointed Manager of Chelsea. He was in charge for three years, leading them to the Second Division title in his first full season. 2016 – Former Assistant Manager Sean O’Driscoll was sacked as Head Coach of Walsall after just three months in charge. Stumbling towards Wembley 1965 - We held Leicester City to a goalless draw at Filbert Street in the Sixth Round of the FA Cup. Youngsters in action for their countries 2002 - Robbie Foy netted a consolation for Scotland Under-17’s in their 3-1 European Championships qualifying defeat to England at Ashton Gate. David Raven skippered England, with Mark Smyth also playing. Meanwhile, future red Christian Poulsen featured for Denmark as they lost 1-0 to Norway in an unofficial international in Brøndby. Israelis in action Avi Cohen twice represented his country on this day in history. 1977 - He won his eighth cap as Israel beat Japan 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Tel-Aviv. 1988 - He appeared alongside future red Ronnie Rosenthal as they lost an Olympics qualifier 2-0 to Australia in Melbourne. In and out 1973 – Winger Peter Spiring signed from Bristol City for £60,000. He only made it as far as the first-team bench on two occasions, without making it onto the field. He left for Luton Town in November 1974, later establishing himself at Hereford United. 1959 - Right-half Roy Saunders joined Swansea Town in part-exchange for forward Des Palmer, who never featured for our first team. He had signed from Hull City in May 1948 and netted once in 146 reds appearances, as well as fathering future reds striker Dean. He died in January 2009. Other reds game 1979 – We shared a goalless draw with Coventry City in torrential rain at Highfield Road. Also in international action 2000 – Michael Foley played for the Irish Under-16’s as they held the host nation to a goalless draw in the Belgium Tournament. 2001 – Future red Alberto Aquilani played for Italy Under-16’s in their 5-0 thumping of Bosnia-Herzegovina. 2010 – Future red Milan Jovanović featured as Serbia won a friendly 3-0 in Algeria.
  12. Will

    17th August

    Into the hot seat Both Bob Paisley and Kenny Dalglish made managerial debuts on this day in history. 1974 - Bob took charge of his first League game, a 2-1 win at Luton Town, with the goals coming from Tommy Smith and Steve Heighway. 1985 - King Kenny’s first reds game as boss brought a 2-0 defeat of Arsenal at Anfield, thanks to goals from Ronnie Whelan and Steve Nicol. European debut 1964 - We made our first appearance in European competition in the preliminary round of the European Cup. We won 5-0 at Icelandic champions Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur, with Gordon Wallace and Roger Hunt both netting braces and Phil Chisnall grabbing his first reds goal. This remained our record equal away win in Europe until October 2017. The return leg was just as straightforward, as we ran out 11-1 winners on aggregate. Simon’s perfect start 2013 – New keeper Simon Mignolet kept a clean sheet by saving a late penalty and its follow-up on his reds bow as Daniel Sturridge’s goal was enough to secure victory over Stoke City at Anfield. Forward Iago Aspas and centre-half Kolo Touré both also debuted in this game. As the game was an early kick off on opening day, the reds finished the match at the top of the table! 2014 – Forward Rickie Lambert and centre-half Dejan Lovren both made their reds bows against former club Southampton as we won 2-1 at Anfield, with right-back Javier Manquillo also debuting. Future red Nathaniel Clyne equalised after Raheem Sterling had opened the scoring, with Daniel Sturridge bagging the winner. Most recently 2019 – We won 2-1 at Southampton with ex-Saint Sadio Mané scoring on the stroke of half time. Roberto Firmino doubled our lead before an Adrián howler handed ex-red Danny Ings the chance to bag a consolation. This result took us to the top of the table after two fixtures, a position we did not relinquish for the rest of the campaign. Recent moves 2018 – Estonian centre-half Ragnar Klavan was sold to Cagliari for £2m after two goals in 53 games since signing from Augsburg for £4.2m. 2015 – Keeper Brad Jones signed for Bradford City on a one-year deal having been released by the reds, but only played three times for the Bantams before being released just two months later. 2012 - Moroccan winger Oussama Assaidi signed from Dutch side SC Heerenveen for £2.4m, 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. Happy birthdays 1980 - Former right-back Jan Kromkamp was born in Makkinga in the Netherlands. He made just eighteen reds appearances following his January 2006 swap arrival from Villarreal, leaving after less than eight months at Anfield with an FA Cup winners’ medal. 1970 - Øyvind Leonhardsen was born in Kristiansund in Norway. He signed from Wimbledon in June 1997 for £3.5m, scoring seven times in 49 reds appearances before Gérard Houllier off-loaded him to Tottenham Hotspur for £3m in August 1999. Off the mark 2015 – Centre-forward Christian Benteke scored his first reds goal to see off Bournemouth 1-0 at Anfield, despite Philippe Coutinho being in an offside position and seemingly interfering with play. James Milner took over the captain’s armband for the first time after Jordan Henderson was substituted. Double debutants 2003 - Steve Finnan and Harry Kewell both made their official reds bows as we lost 2-1 at home to Chelsea. Michael Owen scored a twice-taken penalty, our 300th League goal since Gérard Houllier took sole charge. Future red Glen Johnson played his first League game for the visitors, with Juan Sebastián Verón on target and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink bagging the last of his seven goals against the reds. Potter off 2006 - Darren Potter joined Wolverhampton Wanderers on loan, having not fully convinced in his seventeen senior reds outings. He made the move permanent the following January, after one goal in 24 outings for Wolves. Triple debutants 1991 - Mark Walters, Mark Wright and new record signing Dean Saunders all made their official reds debuts as we saw off Oldham Athletic 2-1 at Anfield in our opening fixture of the season. Ray Houghton and John Barnes scored our goals after Earl Barrett had opened the scoring early on. And Núñez 2004 - Spanish right-sided midfielder Antonio Núñez signed from Real Madrid as part of the deal that took Michael Owen to Spain. He is the only player to score his solitary reds goal in a major cup final, netting a consolation in the Carling Cup defeat by Chelsea in February 2005, one of his 27 reds appearances. He moved on to Real Club Celta de Vigo in July 2005. Boro treble 1996 - Our opening game of the season ended in a 3-3 draw at Middlesbrough, with their new signing Fabrizio Ravanelli nabbing a hat-trick. Stig Inge Bjørnebye struck the first of his four reds goals, with John Barnes and Robbie Fowler also on target for the reds. Future red Stewart Downing was one of the ball-boys that day. Other League fixtures 1968 - We drew 1-1 at Arsenal, with Roger Hunt netting our goal and John Radford on target for the Gunners with one of his seven strikes past us. 1970 - We held Blackpool to a goalless draw at Bloomfield Road. 1971 – We beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-2 at Anfield, when John Toshack and Steve Heighway added to a Tommy Smith penalty. Derek Dougan netted the last of his four goals against the reds with Kenny Hibbitt also scoring for the visitors. Another friendly 1973 - We held Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht to a goalless draw at their Stade Émile Versé. World Stars 1999 - Stig Inge Bjørnebye and Rigobert Song played for a World Stars XI against South Africa at Ellis Park in Johannesburg. The game was billed as the “Nelson Mandela Farewell Game” and the Liverpool duo lined up with a host of famous names under the guidance of Roy Hodgson and Ruud Gullit. 1997 – Future red Song played for Cameroon as they won a World Cup qualifier 2-1 in Zimbabwe. International firsts 1994 - Ronnie Rosenthal won his first cap as a Tottenham Hotspur player, his 38th in total, as Israel lost 4-0 to Croatia in a friendly in Tel-Aviv. On the same day, Patrik Berger won his third senior cap, and first for the new Czech Republic side as they drew 2-2 with France in a friendly in Bordeaux, with fellow future red Jean-Michel Ferri also in action. 2004 - Robbie Foy, Anthony Le Tallec, Darren Potter, Florent Sinama-Pongolle, ex-red Arnaud Bühler and future reds Scott Carson, Stewart Downing and Jermaine Pennant all featured in Under-21’s friendlies, with James Milner winning his first cap at this level as a Newcastle United player and future reds coach Gary O’Neil making his debut. International goalscorers 1983 – Future reds centre-half Glenn Hysén struck in Sweden’s 4-0 thumping of Iceland in a friendly in Reykjavik. 1999 - Milan Baroš netted in the Czech Republic Under-18’s 2-1 friendly defeat of Poland in Nachod. Fellow future red John Arne Riise played for Norway Under-21’s as they lost a friendly 21-0 in Portugal on the same day. Future reds on the world stage 2004 - Momo Sissoko played for Mali as they were held to a 3-3 draw by South Korea in an Olympics group game in Thessaloniki, Greece. This result ensured that they qualified for the Quarter-finals. On the same day, Javier Mascherano featured for Argentina as they beat Australia 1-0 to also reach the knock-out phase. 2011 – Philippe Coutinho played as Brazil Under-20’s beat Mexico 2-0 to reach the World Championships Final in Colombia. For Clem 1990 – Kenny Dalglish featured for Tottenham Hotspur in a testimonial match for his former teammate Ray Clemence, against West Ham United at White Hart Lane. Diarra’s day 2002 - Alou Diarra made his debut for Le Havre AC as a substitute for future red Anthony Le Tallec, as they drew 1-1 at Racing Club de Strasbourg. Fellow future red Florent Sinama-Pongolle struck for Le Havre. Signing on 2001 - It was announced that Stéphane Henchoz had signed a new contract that would tie him to the reds until 2005. He made a total of 205 reds appearances, helping us to claim five trophies in 2001 and another League Cup two years later, moving on to Celtic in January 2005. 2020 – Young Welsh right-back Neco Williams signed a new contract, having made eleven senior appearances in his first season with the first team as we claimed the League title. On the same day, Sadio Mané won the Premier League PFA Fans' Player of the Year award for 2019-20, having struck eleven times in 35 appearances as we won the League. International beginnings and endings 2005 - Pepe Reina made his senior international debut while Fernando Morientes won his first cap as a reds player, as Spain beat Uruguay 2-0 in a friendly in Gijón. Luis García and future red Fernando Torres also played. Meanwhile, Dietmar Hamann won his 59th and final cap for Germany as they drew 2-2 in the Netherlands, who included future reds Dirk Kuyt and Jan Kromkamp, who was winning his first cap as a Villarreal player. On the same day, Vladimír Šmicer won his first cap while with Girondins de Bordeaux, and 75th to date, with Milan Baroš playing his final international as a red, as the Czech Republic lost 2-1 in Sweden. Jari Litmanen played his first international as a Malmö FF player in Finland’s 3-0 World Cup qualifying win in FYR Macedonia, with Sami Hyypiä skippering the side. Philipp Degen made his first appearance as a Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund player as Switzerland won a friendly 2-0 in Norway, with John Arne Riise on the losing side. Meanwhile, Ragnar Klavan appeared for Estonia for the first time since moving to Heracles Almelo as they beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 1-0 in Tallinn. Michael Owen won his last cap while playing for Real Madrid, his 71st to date, as England won 4-1 in Denmark, with Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard, future reds Joe Cole and Glen Johnson, and ex-red David James all also featuring against future reds Daniel Agger and Christian Poulsen, with Glen Johnson winning his fifth and final cap while with Chelsea. John Toshack took charge of Wales as they were held to a goalless draw in Cardiff by Slovenia, with another ex-red featuring, Gareth Roberts. Also in friendly action that day were Djibril Cissé, Steve Finnan, future reds Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Kolo Touré and Andriy Voronin and ex-reds Alou Diarra and El-Hadji Diouf. On the move 2000 - Craig Bellamy signed for Coventry City from Norwich City for £6.5m after 34 strikes in 91 games for the Canaries. He went to bag eight goals in 39 outings for the Sky Blues, before moving on to Newcastle United just ten months later. 2010 – Bellamy joined Cardiff City on loan from Manchester City. He bagged eleven goals in 36 outings as the Bluebirds narrowly missed out on promotion. 2008 – Sean Dundee signed for AmaZulu in his native Durban in South Africa, failing to score in four League games.
  13. Will

    18th February

    Ten of the best 1896 - We registered our all-time record League victory. George Allan scored four and Malcolm McVean grabbed a hat-trick in our 10-1 Second Division win over Rotherham Town at Anfield. Jimmy Ross added a brace, with Frank Becton also on the scoresheet. Unfortunately, only 2,000 supporters were present that day. Beating the Mancs at last 2006 - Peter Crouch headed the only goal of the game as we beat Manchester United in an FA Cup tie for the first time in 85 years, in our Fifth Round fixture at Anfield. United substitute Alan Smith broke his leg in a challenge with John Arne Riise. We went on to claim the trophy for the seventh time at the end of the season. On the same day, Roy Hodgson took charge of Finland as they lost a friendly 2-0 in Japan, with ex-red Daniel Sjölund featuring. 1976 - We also faced the Red Devils, holding them to a goalless draw at Old Trafford in a League fixture. Five on the look-out 2010 – We played in our first game to be officiated by five match officials as a late David N’Gog header was enough to defeat Romanian side Unirea Urziceni in the first leg of our UEFA Europa League round of 32 tie at Anfield. 2016 – We held Augsburg 1907 e. V. to a goalless draw at their WWK Arena in the first leg of our UEFA Europa League Round of 32 tie. Taking charge 1999 - Kevin Keegan was appointed interim Manager of England, while still in charge of Fulham. He handled both jobs for three months before taking charge of the national side permanently. 2013 - Paul Ince was named as Blackpool boss. He was sacked in January 2014 after leading the Tangerines to twelve wins in 42 games. On the same day, former First Team Coach Paco Herrera was sacked as Manager of Real Club Celta de Vigo. He had led them back into La Liga, but was dismissed as they struggled the following season. Dalglish’s birthday 1977 - King Kenny’s son Paul was born in Glasgow. He never made a first-team appearance in fifteen months at Anfield, going on to play for a host of clubs. 1898 - Winger Cyril Gilhespy was born in Fencehouses, County Durham. He signed from Sunderland for £250 in August 1921, scoring three times in nineteen outings before moving to Bristol City in May 1925. 1910 – Forward Lance Carr was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He signed from Boksburg in September 1933 and struck eight times in 33 games before moving to Newport County in October 1936, whom he helped to claim to the Third Division South title. Four three times We have three times scored four goals on this day. 1961 - The first occasion came when we won 4-1 at Derby County in the Second Division, with Jimmy Melia grabbing a brace, to add to goals from Dave Hickson and Kevin Lewis. 1996 - We thrashed Shrewsbury Town 4-0 in an 11am kick off at Gay Meadow in an FA Cup Fourth Round tie, with Stan Collymore, Jason McAteer and Robbie Fowler netting before a Dave Walton own goal completed the scoring. This was our first game since Bob Paisley’s death four days previously, as we continued towards the Wembley final. The game was rearranged having been postponed a month earlier. 2001 - We secured a 4-2 FA Cup Fourth Round victory over Manchester City at Anfield to help us on our way to part two of the treble. This game was notable for us converting two penalties with different takers – Jari Litmanen early on, our 200th goal under Gérard Houllier’s sole charge, and Vladimír Šmicer after the break. The other goals came from Emile Heskey and Markus Babbel, with Andrei Kanchelskis bagging the last of his five past us and Shaun Goater also scoring. Jocky’s last stand 1987 - Alan Hansen won his 26th and final cap for Scotland as they lost 1-0 at Hampden Park to the Republic of Ireland in a European Championships qualifier, thanks to Mark Lawrenson’s fifth and final goal for his country, his defensive partner at club level. John Aldridge won his first cap as a reds player, his eighth in total, while Ronnie Whelan played at full-back, with future red Ray Houghton also featuring. On the same day, Ian Rush won his thirtieth cap as Wales were held to a goalless friendly draw in Swansea by the USSR. Future red Dean Saunders won his fifth cap as a substitute, his final appearance while still a Brighton & Hove Albion player. Meanwhile, future red Peter Beardsley played in England’s 4-2 friendly defeat of Spain in Madrid, and ex-red Avi Cohen featured in Israel’s 1-1 friendly draw with Northern Ireland in Tel-Aviv. Jack’s treble 1905 - Forward Jack Parkinson scored a hat-trick as we won 6-2 at Hull City’s old ground The Boulevard in a friendly. John Carlin, Alex Raisbeck and Sam Raybould were also on target. After the match, players from both clubs attended a show at Hull’s Alexandra Theatre, with the reds then staying on at the Yorkshire seaside resort of Hornsea as they prepared for a Second Division match at Grimsby Town a week later. 1989 - We also beat the Tigers, winning an FA Cup Fifth Round tie 3-2 at Boothferry Park thanks to a John Barnes goal and a brace from John Aldridge, having trailed 2-1 at half time. Steve Nicol skippered the side in the absence of both Ronnie Whelan and Alan Hansen, while Alex Watson had to replace the injured Gary Gillespie inside the first ten minutes. We of course went on to claim the trophy for the fourth time that season. David’s farewell 1984 – Forward David Hodgson played his 49th and last reds game as we were held to a goalless draw at Luton Town. Mixed fortunes against the Villains 1939 - We lost 2-0 at Aston Villa in a top-flight encounter with George Patterson playing his third and final reds game as Harry Broome netted the final two of his five goals against the reds. 1967 - Ian St. John bagged the only goal of our FA Cup Fourth Round meeting at Anfield. Unfortunately, we were knocked out at Everton at the next hurdle. Done deal 1926 - Right-back Bob Done signed as an amateur from Runcorn, signing professional terms two months later. He struck thirteen times in 155 reds games, moving on to Reading for £150 in May 1935. Didi’s half century 2004 - Dietmar Hamann won his fiftieth cap for Germany as they won 2-1 in a friendly in Croatia. Jerzy Dudek, Stéphane Henchoz, John Arne Riise and future reds Xabi Alonso, Yossi Benayoun, Mark González, Ragnar Klavan and Bolo Zenden all also represented their countries that evening. Semi at Anfield 1888 – The first of five FA Cup Semi-finals to be staged at Anfield took place, with losing Finalists Preston North End thumping Crewe Alexandra 4-0. Farewell Arthur 2014 – Forward Arthur Rowley died. He had failed to score in eleven reds games after joining in May 1951, moving on to Wrexham in November 1954. Letting the crown slip 2020 – We lost the first leg of our UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie 1-0 to Club Atlético de Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano where we had claimed the trophy for the sixth time eight months earlier. Saúl Ñíguez struck early on and we struggled to break them down, going on to also lose the Anfield return. Top award for the Museum 2000 - The club’s Museum & Tour Centre scooped a prestigious award at the Merseyside Tourism Awards, claiming the Liverpool Daily Post & Echo award for Best Customer Care, as voted for by the people of Liverpool. First and last caps 2004 - Robbie Foy made his debut for Scotland Under-21’s as they lost 2-1 to Hungary in a friendly in Livingston. On the same day, ex-red Jason McAteer won his 52nd and final cap for the Republic of Ireland as they held Brazil to a goalless draw in a friendly at Lansdowne Road, with future red Robbie Keane also featuring. Andriy Voronin won his last cap as a 1. FC Köln player on the same day in a 1-1 friendly draw in Libya. 1976 - Future reds Kenny Dalglish and Graeme Souness both won their final caps for Scotland at Under-23’s level as they lost 2-0 to the Netherlands in a European Championships qualifier in Breda. 2017 - Liam Millar won his first cap for Canada Under-20’s in their 1-0 defeat by Honduras in a CONCACAF Championships group game in Costa Rica. Other reds games 1998 – We lost 2-0 in the second leg of our League Cup Semi-final at Middlesbrough to crash out 3-2 on aggregate. Paul Merson struck the last of his seven goals past us from the spot, with Marco Branca also scoring inside the opening five minutes. 1956 – We drew our FA Cup Fifth Round 0-0 at Manchester City, losing the subsequent replay at Anfield. 1950 – We beat West Bromwich Albion 2-1 at Anfield, with Albert Stubbins and Ken Brierley on the scoresheet. 1933 – We lost 2-1 at home to Leicester City despite Syd Roberts putting us in front. 1911 – We drew 1-1 at Bristol City with Jack Parkinson on target. 1899 – Tommy Robertson and George Allan struck as we defeated Burnley 2-0 in L4. 1893 – We won 3-2 at Nelson in a Lancashire League fixture, with Malcolm McVean netting and John Miller bagging a brace. Stewart on target 1992 - Future red Paul Stewart netted in England B’s 3-0 defeat of their French counterparts at Loftus Road. Fellow future red Paul Ince also played. St. Michael for England 2004 - Michael Owen played as England drew 1-1 in a friendly in Portugal, with Jamie Carragher, Emile Heskey and future red Joe Cole also featuring. Ex-red David James won his first cap as a Manchester City player, and 22nd in total. 1997 - Michael turned out for the Under-18’s as they thumped their Scottish counterparts 4-1 in a friendly. On the move 2020 - Emre Can joined Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund from Juventus for €25m, having joined them on loan the previous month. 2013 – Left-back Jack Robinson joined Wolverhampton Wanderers on loan, playing eleven times for them. 1994 - Ex-reds reserves midfielder Kevin Lampkin signed for Mansfield Town on a free transfer from Huddersfield Town, after thirteen appearances for the Terriers. He struck three goals in 45 games for the Stags before moving into non-League football with Ilkeston Town. Also in international action 2015 – Future red Ibrahima Konaté played as France Under-16’s beat Switzerland 2-1 in a friendly at St. George’s Park in Burton.
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    17th February

    Philippe off the mark 2013 - Philippe Coutinho scored his first reds goal immediately after the break as we thumped Swansea City 5-0 at Anfield, after Steven Gerrard had put us in front from the spot before half-time after Luis Suárez was fouled. José Enrique struck his second and last reds goal with Suárez also scoring before Daniel Sturridge converted another penalty. Unfortunately, Fabio Borini dislocated his shoulder in this game. Matt the boss 1923 - Matt McQueen took charge of the reds for the first time as forward Dick Forshaw netted a hat-trick in a 3-0 home League win over Blackburn Rovers, with his first being his fiftieth reds goal. Centre-half David Pratt made the first of his 85 reds appearances in this game. In comes Djimi 1999 - Djimi Traoré signed from Stade Lavallois Mayenne for £550,000. He made a total of 141 reds appearances, netting once before joining Charlton Athletic for £2m in August 2006, having helped us to claim the Champions League the year before. Tom signs on 1912 - Inside-forward Tom Miller signed from Hamilton Academicals for £400, debuting on the same day in a 1-1 draw at home to The Wednesday, when Bobby Robinson scored his 64th and final reds goal and Sam Kirkman struck one of his four goals against the reds. He played alongside his brother John in his final few seasons at Anfield, netting 56 goals in 146 reds games. 1906 - We also entertained the Owls, with Jack Cox bagging a brace in a 2-1 win, with his first goal being adjudged to have just crossed the line. Jimmy Stewart netted one of his five goals past us FA Cup memories We have played six FA Cup ties on this day over the years, three of which have ended goalless. 1990 - On a more positive note, we beat Southampton 3-0 at Anfield in the Fifth Round, with the goals coming from Ian Rush, Peter Beardsley and Steve Nicol. Unfortunately, we fell at the Semi-final to Crystal Palace that season. Ex-red Sammy Lee featured for the visitors. 1991 – We shared a goalless Fifth Round tie with Everton, the fifteenth occasion on which we were drawn against them in the Cup, more than any other club. This was to be Kenny Dalglish’s last game at Anfield before stepping down. The visiting side appealed in vain for a spot kick when Gary Ablett appeared to upend Pat Nevin in the area, while Peter Beardsley hit a post for the reds late on. Steve McMahon had torn his knee tendons inside the first quarter of an hour in a reckless challenge on John Ebbrell, keeping him out of the side until August. Kenny’s Euro bow 2011 – Kenny Dalglish took charge of his first reds game in Europe as we held Sparta Praha to a goalless draw in the first leg of our UEFA Europa League Round of 32 tie in Prague. Macca for England 1988 - Steve McMahon won the first of his seventeen full international caps in England’s goalless friendly draw with Israel in Tel-Aviv as Peter Beardsley skippered his country for the only time. John Barnes and future red Mark Wright, who was winning his first cap since his move to Derby County, both also played. Ex-red Avi Cohen won his 51st and final official cap in this game. On the same day, Steve Nicol and future reds coach Steve Clarke played in Scotland’s 2-2 friendly draw in Saudi Arabia. 1993 - John Barnes represented his country again as England thumped San Marino 6-0 in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley, while future red Gary McAllister played in Scotland’s 3-0 World Cup qualifying defeat of Malta at Ibrox. 2016 - Bobby Duncan, Paul Glatzel and Curtis Jones all featured as England Under-15’s drew 1-1 with USA Under-16’s at St. George’s Park. 2017 – Duncan and Jones both played for England Under-16’s in their 6-1 mauling by Spain in Leek, with Elijah Dixon-Bonner captaining the side. Frank born 1927 – Defender Frank Christie was born in Scone, Perthshire. He signed from Forfar Athletic in March 1949, and only played four times before returning north of the border to join East Fife in January 1951. 1912 – Left-half Jimmy McInnes was born in Ayr. He signed from Third Lanark for £5,500 in March 1938, netting once in 48 outings. He joined the administrative staff after retiring from playing in 1946, taking over as Club Secretary in 1955. He stayed in this role until May 1965, when he sadly hanged himself above the Archway Stile, the old turnstile between the Kop and Kemlyn Road stands, just four days after we had claimed the FA Cup for the first time. Other England debutants 2004 - John Welsh and future reds Scott Carson and Stewart Downing all made their England Under-21’s debuts in a 3-2 friendly defeat of the Netherlands in Hull, with future red Glen Johnson also in action. Meanwhile, Anthony Le Tallec and Florent Sinama-Pongolle both featured in France’s 1-0 win in Belgium, while David Raven skippered England Under-19’s as they beat the Netherlands 2-0 in Harderwijk. Daniel Agger was also captain on this day, as Denmark Under-20’s lost 2-0 in Turkey. On target 2008 – Future red Fabio Borini scored on his debut for Italy Under-19’s in their 3-1 friendly defeat of Romania in Udine. Beaten by the Trotters We have lost to Bolton Wanderers three times on this day in history. 1934 - We were knocked out of the FA Cup in the Fifth Round at Anfield, losing 3-0. Jack Milsom scored the last of his seven goals past us, with Ray Westwood nabbing one of his nine against the reds and George Taylor also on target. 1945 - We were beaten 2-1 in a Wartime League match at Burnden Park, with Jackie Campbell grabbing our consolation. 1951 - Billy Liddell was on the scoresheet late on as we lost an away top-flight meeting 2-1. Nat Lofthouse scored one of his eight goals against us, with Don Howe also netting. Sheedy’s final cap 1993 - Ex-reds reserves midfielder Kevin Sheedy won his 46th and final cap, also scoring in the Republic of Ireland’s 2-1 friendly defeat of Wales at Tolka Park in Dublin. He came off the bench to replace Ronnie Whelan, who had himself already come on as a substitute. On the same day, ex-reds reserves midfielder Jim Magilton netted in Northern Ireland’s 2-1 World Cup qualifying win in Albania. Quasi back to Manchester 1998 - Peter Beardsley joined Manchester City on loan from Bolton Wanderers. He played six times in a month at Maine Road, without getting on the scoresheet. Other reds games 1973 – We drew 1-1 at Manchester City, with Phil Boersma on target, while captain Tommy Smith was sent off. 1968 – We were held to a goalless draw in an FA Cup Fourth Round tie at Walsall with kick-off delayed due to a crowd crush. We won the replay, being knocked out by West Bromwich Albion in the Sixth Round. 1962 – Preston North End held us to a goalless draw in a Fifth Round at Anfield, eventually losing out in a second replay. 1900 – We drew 1-1 with West Bromwich Albion in a Second Round encounter in L4, with Jack Cox nabbing our goal. Ged against a red 1993 - Gérard Houllier’s France thumped Israel 4-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Tel-Aviv. Reds forward Ronnie Rosenthal won his thirtieth cap in this game. On the move 2017 – Midfielder Momo Sissoko signed for Ternana, but he only stayed with the Italian side for 25 days. 2005 – Rickie Lambert stepped down a division when he left Stockport County to sign for Rochdale in League Two after nineteen goals in 110 games for the Hatters. On the same day, reserves winger Robbie Foy joined League Two side Chester City on loan. He played thirteen times while with the Blues, before moving on permanently to Sc***horpe United. 2000 - Ex-reds reserves forward John Durnin joined Carlisle United from Portsmouth on a free transfer. He struck twice in 22 League games for the Cumbrian outfit. On the same day, Michael Foley played for the Republic of Ireland Under-16’s as they lost a friendly 3-0 to Denmark. 2020 – Ex-reds winger Toni Silva signed for Taraz in Kazakhstan. Also in international action 1989 – Future red Stig Inge Bjørnebye played for Norway Under-20’s as they lost a World Championships Finals group game 1-0 to Iraq in Saudi Arabia.
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    16th January

    Red trebles 1999 - Robbie Fowler bagged a treble as we secured our record Premiership win, thrashing Southampton 7-1 at Anfield, with future loanee Paul Jones in the Saints’ goal. Dominic Matteo grabbed his first reds goal while Michael Owen, David Thompson and even Jamie Carragher were also on target. Robbie’s second goal was his hundredth League strike, with Egil Ostenstad nabbing the visitors’ consolation. 1909 - Inside-left Ronald Orr netted three as we beat Lincoln City 5-1 in an FA Cup First Round tie at Anfield. Joe Hewitt and Jack Parkinson nabbed the others. In comes Roy 1964 - Roy Evans signed for the reds on the newly introduced ‘B’ form, a precursor to a full apprenticeship. He became one of the club’s greatest servants, serving as fan, left-back, reserves coach, Assistant Manager and then finally the top job for four years. Happy birthdays 1995 – Japanese forward Takumi Minamino was born in Izumisano. He signed from Red Bull Salzburg for £7.25m in January 2020, so far bagging four goals in thirty reds outings. 1961 - Former goalkeeping coach José Ochotorena was born in San Sebastián, Guipúzcoa in Spain. He had previously coached the goalkeepers under Rafael Benítez at Valencia as well as for the Spanish national team before accompanying Rafa to Melwood, returning to the Mestalla in July 2007. 1881 - Scottish wing-half Tommy Fairfoul was born in West Calder, Midlothian. He signed from Third Lanark in 1913 and played 71 reds games without scoring, including the 1914 FA Cup Final, before being suspended for the match rigging scandal against Manchester United in April 1915. He then became a taxi owner in Liverpool. 1919 – Centre-half John Easdale was born in Dumbarton. He only played two senior games after arriving from junior football in February 1937, moving down into the Third Division to join Stockport County in 1948. Xabi Alonso eat your heart out 1926 - Reds left-back Donald Mackinlay scored from ten yards inside his own half, as we beat West Ham United 2-1 at Upton Park. Tom Scott grabbed the other, with Vic Watson bagging the first of his nine strikes against the reds while right-back Ephraim Longworth played his 300th League game for the reds. Nando’s century 2011 – Fernando Torres played his hundredth League game as we were held to a 2-2 derby draw at Anfield, Kenny Dalglish’s first home game of his second spell in charge. Raul Meireles scored his first reds goal to open the scoring, with Dirk Kuyt salvaging a point from the spot after we fell behind to goals from Sylvain Distin and Jermaine Beckford in the second half. Maxi’s bow 2010 - We were held to a 1-1 draw at Stoke City, with Sotirios Kyrgiakos giving us the lead with his first reds goal. Maxi Rodríguez made his reds bow, while this was the first time we had played a first-class match since shirt numbers were introduced when no player was wearing any of the numbers from one to eleven. Robert Huth grabbed a last-minute equaliser after we had been denied a strong penalty claim for a challenge on Lucas, with there still being time for Dirk Kuyt to head against a post. 1897 – George Allan bagged the only goal of our home game with Stoke. Billy Heames had to go off injured shortly after the break, reducing the visitors to ten men for the rest of the game. Lawro’s last 1988 – Mark Lawrenson was substituted with an ankle injury in our 2-0 Anfield defeat of Arsenal that led to his retirement from playing just two months later aged thirty. This was his 356th and last reds game. John Aldridge and Peter Beardsley netted as we stretched our unbeaten run to 23 games that season. European defeat 1985 - We lost 2-0 at Juventus in the UEFA Super Cup, with Zbigniew Boniek grabbing both the goals. Milestones against 1932 - George Brown scored four of his nine goals past us as Aston Villa thumped us 6-1 at Villa Park, with Eric Houghton bagging one of his six goals against us and George Stephenson also netting. Harold Barton grabbed our consolation. 1965 – We beat Sheffield Wednesday 4-2 at Anfield, with Roger Hunt bagging a brace after Mark Pearson had given the Owls the lead, the 3,000th goal we had conceded in the top flight. John Hickson also struck for the visitors, with Gordon Milne and Ian St. John securing victory late on. Beaten on the road 1954 - We suffered our twentieth straight away League defeat as we lost 2-1 at Preston North End. Unsurprisingly, this remains a club record. Inside-forward Kevin Baron struck his 32nd goal in his 153rd and final reds game. Charlie Wayman netted the last of his six goals against the reds, with Bobby Foster also scoring. 1971 - Gerry Queen struck the only goal of the game as Crystal Palace beat us for the first time at the sixth time of asking in all competitions, in our League meeting at Selhurst Park. Midfielder Steve Arnold came off the bench for the first of his two senior reds appearances. Seeing red 1960 - Dave Hickson was sent off after two quick-fire late bookings as we beat Sheffield United 3-0 at Anfield in a First Division fixture. Roger Hunt bagged a brace, with Jimmy Melia also on the scoresheet. Beating the Blues 1943 - We defeated Everton 2-1 in a Wartime League match at Anfield, with Jack Balmer and Cyril Done on target. Beating the Wearsiders We have twice beaten Sunderland 2-1 at Anfield in the First Division on this day in history. 1904 - Sam Raybould and Jack Cox were on target. 1915 - Tom Miller and Fred Pagnam netted in the final minutes as forward Billy Lacey reached a century of reds games. Digger for the League 1991 - John Barnes represented the Football League in a game against an Italian League side in Napoli. New bosses 2008 - Kevin Keegan was announced as Manager of Newcastle United for the second time, to jubilant scenes on Tyneside. However, he only stayed for eight months, winning just six out of his 21 games. On the same day, ex-red El-Hadji Diouf played as Senegal beat Benin 2-1 in a friendly. 2006 - Roy Hodgson took over as Manager of Finland, having been appointed the previous August. 2020 – Ex-reds winger Mark Kennedy was appointed Head Coach of Macclesfield Town, only taking charge of twelve games before resigning in August after the League was suspended due to COVID and the club were relegated after a points deduction due to financial issues. Future reds debutants 2000 – Alberto Aquilani made his debut for Italy Under-15’s in their goalless draw with Uruguay. On the same day, Brad Friedel played in the USA’s 1-1 friendly draw with Iran in Pasadena. 1974 - Terry McDermott won his only Under-23’s cap as England were held to a goalless draw by Wales at Ashton Gate. 2012 – Future red Kolo Touré played as the Ivory Coast beat Libya 1-0 in a friendly in Abu Dhabi. 2002 – Robbie Foy featured for Scotland Under-17’s in their 2-0 friendly win in Malta. Other reds games 1993 –We lost 2-0 at Wimbledon, with John Fashanu scoring one of his five goals against us, with Steve Cotterill also scoring. 1982 – Ronnie Whelan and Kenny Dalglish netted as we beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 at Anfield. 1973 – We beat Burnley 3-0 in an FA Cup Third Round replay in L4, with John Toshack netting twice and Peter Cormack also on the scoresheet. 1937 – We lost 3-0 at Norwich City in a Third Round encounter. On the move again 1930 – Forward Billy Millar left the reds to sign for Barrow, having scored twice in three games since arriving from Linfield for £1,150 in March 1928. He went on to set a scoring record at Barrow by netting thirty goals in as many Third Division North games, as well as making his debut for Northern Ireland. 1987 - Future reds loanee keeper Mark Prudhoe joined Sheffield Wednesday on loan from Walsall. He did not make a first-team appearance while at Hillsborough, as was the case when he arrived at Anfield in November 1994. 2014 – Ex-reserves defender Gareth Roberts had his contract with Bury terminated despite being club captain. He had played just thirteen times for the Shakers. 2017 – Ex-reds left-back Aly Cissokho joined Olympiacos on loan from Aston Villa. He played once in ten outings while in Greece. 2019 – Ex-reds midfielder Momo Sissoko signed for Sochaux-Montbéliard, playing thirteen times before the end of the season.
  16. Will

    14th January

    Souey’s debut 1978 - Graeme Souness made his reds bow as a David Johnson goal gave us victory at West Bromwich Albion. 1933 - We also travelled to the Baggies, losing 2-0 in our FA Cup Third Round tie. Billy Richardson bagged one of his nine goals against the reds, with Stan Wood netting the first of his five past us. Heading to Wembley 1981 – Ray Kennedy netted the only goal of the first leg of our League Cup Semi-final after a contested free-kick late on at a wet and windy Maine Road, with Manchester City’s Kevin Reeves earlier having a strike ruled out for an apparent handball. We drew the return to reach our second Final in the competition. In comes Redders 1991 - Jamie Redknapp signed from Bournemouth for £350,000, going on to strike 41 times in 308 first-team appearances. Although he only won one winners’ medal in his time at Anfield, the Coca Cola Cup in 1995, he was a popular member of the squad, and was club captain during the historic treble season eight years ago, going up to lift the FA Cup at the Millennium Stadium with Robbie Fowler. He moved on to Tottenham Hotspur in a free transfer in April 2002, retiring from football in the summer of 2005 after a brief spell at Southampton. Beating Spurs 2006 - Harry Kewell volleyed the only goal of the game as Tottenham Hotspur left Anfield with their customary defeat. Paul Stalteri was sent off for the visitors, while Stephen Warnock was completing his half century of reds games. The crowd of 44,983 was the largest to date since Anfield became an all-seater stadium. Another debutant 1967 - Ian Ross debuted as a substitute for the injured Ian Callaghan in our 1-0 win at Sheffield Wednesday, after Peter Thompson had scored the only goal of the game. 1989 - We also visited Hillsborough, coming from 2-0 down to draw, with Steve Nicol and John Aldridge getting on the scoresheet within a minute of each other. Hatters fail to show 1987 - Our FA Cup Third Round replay with Luton Town at Anfield was postponed after the Hatters failed to turn up on time! Although the country was suffering with bad weather, the Anfield pitch was deemed playable and Luton were informed that the match was definitely going ahead. However, they did not allow enough time to make the journey and so the game had to be called off, despite many of their fans managing to arrive. Things got even worse for Mark Lawrenson, who crashed his car driving home from Anfield after skidding on black ice. The game was eventually staged two weeks later, ending goalless after a full two hours, but we lost the second replay 3-0 at Kenilworth Road. Ton up in the cup 1911 – Sam Bowyer’s second goal was our hundredth in the FA Cup as we beat Gainsborough Trinity 3-2 in a First Round tie at Anfield. Arthur Goddard added our third but, unfortunately, we were knocked out at Everton at the next hurdle. Most recently 2018 – We beat Manchester City in a seven-goal thriller at Anfield, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain handing us an early lead. Leroy Sané equalised before the break with one of his four goals past us to date, but Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah all struck during the second half as we led 4-1 with less than ten minutes remaining. Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gündogan then netted to ensure a nervy finish as we inflicted City’s first League defeat of the season on them. 2012 – We were held to a goalless draw at Anfield by Stoke City. Dick dies 1933 – Centre-forward Dick Johnson died. He joined the reds in January 1920, striking thirty times in 82 outings, including two hat-tricks, helping us to the League title in 1923 before leaving for Stoke in February 1925. He was noted for his overhead bicycle kicks. Management moves 1969 – Former reds skipper Sir Matt Busby announced that he would resign as Manchester United boss at the end of the season, which he did in June of that year after leading our deadly rivals to the European Cup, five League titles, two FA Cups and three FA Charity Shields. 1998 - Kenny Dalglish was appointed Manager of Newcastle United. He led the Toon to thirteenth place in his one full season in charge but was sacked just two unbeaten games into the following season. 2004 - Roy Hodgson was sacked as Manager of United Arab Emirates, having been in charge since April 2002. 2013 – Short-lived Assistant Manager Sean O’Driscoll was appointed Bristol City boss. He was sacked ten months later, having failed to keep them in the Championship followed by a poor start to the following campaign. Five different competitions We have played first-class fixtures in five different competitions on this day over the years. 1893 - Our first game came when we held West Manchester to a goalless draw in the Lancashire League. We have also won three FA Cup games and one League Cup match on this day, and played eleven League matches, although we have only won four of these. 1986 - A brace from Ian Rush and a Mark Lawrenson goal handed us a 3-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur in the Screen Sport Super Cup. Kevin MacDonald broke his arm in a collision with Spurs’ Steve Perryman. However, he was back in action inside six weeks. Veteran keeper Pat Jennings played his final game for Spurs. Alan’s last 1961 - Alan Arnell played his 75th and final reds game as we lost 3-1 at Brighton & Hove Albion in a Second Division encounter, with Alan A’Court grabbing our consolation. Smiling again 1922 - Forward Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers struck his fiftieth reds goal as we beat Bradford City 2-1 at Anfield on our way to our third League title. Dick Forshaw added our second as Dickie Bond struck the last of his four goals against the reds, while forward Billy Lacey was playing his 200th game for the club. 1928 – Chambers bagged his 151st and final reds strike, the only goal of our FA Cup Third Round meeting with Third Division North side Darlington at Anfield. Rushie in red again 2003 - Ian Rush stepped out in Liverpool training gear for the first time in eight years, having been appointed as a part-time specialist striking coach. He said, “I will get as much satisfaction watching these lads score as I did when I was scoring myself.” However, he did not get the opportunity to do so for very long. Old gold disappointment We have twice played Wolverhampton Wanderers on this day in history, without winning. 1984 - Wolves won 1-0 despite being bottom of the table, thanks to an early Carl Mardenborough header, his only ever goal for the club, to secure victory at Anfield for the first time in 33 years. 1899 - We held them to a goalless draw at Molineux. Beaten by the Trotters We have twice faced Bolton Wanderers at Burnden Park on this day in history, losing on each occasion. 1931 - We went down 2-0 when George Gibson and Harold Blackmore each struck one of their five goals against us. 1950 - Billy Liddell and Willie Fagan struck within a minute of each other as we were beaten 3-2. On the move 2004 - David James joined Manchester City from West Ham United for £2m. He kept goal for them on a century of occasions before joining Portsmouth in August 2006. 2010 – Defender Jon Otsemobor joined Southampton on a free transfer from Norwich City, after two goals in 104 games for the Canaries. On the same day, ex-red Momo Sissoko played for Mali as they lost an Africa Cup of Nations Finals group game 1-0 to Algeria in Angola. 2014 - Luis García retired from playing, although he returned to the game six months later with Indian Super League side Atlético de Kolkata. Jordan the best 2020 – Jordan Henderson was named as the 2019 BT England Men’s Player of the Year. On the same day, ex-reds midfielder Momo Sissoko announced his retirement from playing. He had signed from Valencia for £5.6m in July 2005 and helped us to claim the FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FA Community Shield, playing 87 times and scoring just once before moving on to Juventus for £8.2m in January 2008. Other reds games 1995 – Adam Tanner struck the only goal of Ipswich Town’s visit to Anfield 1939 – We came from behind to win 3-1 at Charlton Athletic with Jack Balmer bagging a brace and Harry Eastham also on target. 1920 – Harry Lewis and Jackie Sheldon netted as we beat South Shields 2-0 in an FA Cup First Round replay in L4. Foy on target 2002 - Robbie Foy struck for Scotland Under-17’s as they won a friendly 2-0 in Malta. Toni’s first 2017 – Toni Silva won his first cap as a Levadiakos player, as Guinea-Bissau drew 1-1 with Gabon in an African Cup of Nations Finals group game. 2013 – Future red Kolo Touré played for the Ivory Coast as they beat Egypt 4-2 in a friendly in Abu Dhabi. 2011 – Ex-red Harry Kewell played as Australia drew 1-1 with South Korea in an AFC Asian Cup Finals group game in Qatar.
  17. Will

    18th May

    Birthdays galore 1954 - Midfielder Jimmy Case was born in Liverpool. He signed from South Liverpool for a bargain £500 in May 1973 and bagged 46 goals in 269 reds games, helping us to claim three European Cups, four League titles, UEFA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, League Cup and three FA Charity Shields, before joining Brighton & Hove Albion for £350,000 in August 1981. 1863 - Matt McQueen was born in Harthill, Lanarkshire. He arrived from Leith Athletic in October 1892 and bagged seven goals in 103 games for the reds, playing in every position on the park including 41 games in goal, helping us to claim the Second Division title twice, once while as a keeper. He moved on to Heart Of Midlothian in 1899 but later served the reds as a Director, and then as Manager for five years in the 1920’s, leading us to our fourth League title in 1923. 1958 - Howard Gayle was born in Toxteth. The first black player to represent Liverpool in modern times, he signed professional terms in November 1977 and notched once in five first-team appearances before moving on to Birmingham City in January 1983 for £75,000. 2013 – Under-23’s Assistant Coach Gary O’Neil was born in Beckenham. He had enjoyed a successful playing career with the likes of Portsmouth and Middlesbrough, retiring in the summer of 2019. He joined the reds in August 2020, leaving the following February to take over as Senior First Team Coach at Bournemouth. Two keepers also share a birthday today. 1971 - Brad Friedel was born in Bay Village, Ohio. He made 31 first-team appearances for us after signing from US side Columbus Crew for £1m in December 1997, moving to Blackburn Rovers on a free transfer in November 2000. 1973 - Pegguy Arphexad was born in Guadeloupe. Our former reserve custodian signed on a free transfer in July 2000 but only played six senior reds games, although he claimed six winners’ medals from the bench in his time at Anfield, before moving on to Coventry City in August 2003 after his contract had expired. Euro disappointment 2016 – Daniel Sturridge gave us a half-time lead in the UEFA Europa League Final against Sevilla in Basel, but we collapsed after the break to lose 3-1 with Jorge Moreno bagging a brace to add to a Kévin Gameiro strike. Midfielder Joe Allen, centre-forward Christian Benteke and centre-half Kolo Touré all played their last reds games. We had been denied a clear-cut penalty in the first half as the Spanish side went on to claim the trophy for the third consecutive season. Off goes Emile 2004 - Emile Heskey was sold to Birmingham City for a fee rising to £6.25m after sixty goals in 223 reds games. He struck sixteen times in 78 games for the Blues before moving to Wigan Athletic for £5.5m in July 2006. Other reds signings 1927 - Forward Tom Devlin signed from Preston North End for £250. He was unable to make the first-team, unlike his brother, centre-forward Willie, who was at Anfield at the same time. He moved on to Swindon Town in July 1928. 1985 - Reserves defender Alex Watson signed for the reds as a professional. He only made nine first-team appearances, including our 1988 FA Charity Shield win, before joining Bournemouth in January 1991 for £150,000. The end of the road for A’Court 1963 - Alan A’Court played his 354th and final League game as we lost 2-0 at Aston Villa in a game postponed from Boxing Day to finish the season in eighth place with George Graham netting the first of his four goals past us and Bobby Thomson also on target. He had played 381 games for us in total, scoring 63 goals, helping us to win the Second Division title in 1962. 1982 - Our only other first-class game on this day produced a goalless draw at Middlesbrough, the final game of a season in which we won the League by four points from Ipswich Town. Led by skipper Graeme Souness, the reds had all snuck out of the hotel to go down the pub shortly before the game! On target 2014 – Future red Dominic Solanke netted as England Under-17’s beat Portugal 2-0 in their European Championships Semi-final in Malta, with fellow future red Joe Gomez also in action. First and last caps 1935 - Ex-reds defender Tom Gardner won his second and final cap as England beat the Netherlands 1-0 in a friendly in Amsterdam. 1938 – Ex-reds reserves centre-half Matt O’Mahoney won the first of his six caps for Ireland in their 2-2 friendly draw with Czechoslovakia in Prague. 1939 – O’Mahoney played again as Ireland again drew 2-2 in a friendly, this time with Hungary in Budapest. 1950 - Bill Jones made his second and final senior appearance for England as they beat Belgium 4-1 in a friendly in Brussels. His grandson Rob went on to win eight full caps for England. 1949 - Bill also played for his country, when England B beat the Netherlands 4-0 in an unofficial international in Amsterdam. 2002 - Future red Djibril Cissé made his senior international debut as a substitute in France’s 2-1 defeat by Belgium at the Stade de France. On the same day, Vladimír Šmicer scored the only goal of the game as the Czech Republic beat World Cup-bound Italy in Prague, his twentieth senior goal for his country. Meanwhile, Dietmar Hamann starred in Germany’s 6-2 defeat of Austria in Leverkusen, playing alongside ex-red Christian Ziege. 1996 - Reds centre-back Mark Wright won his 45th and final full England cap as they beat Hungary 3-0 in a friendly at Wembley. Future red Paul Ince also played. Into the book 2009 – The club launched its own official Facebook page, which now has over 38m followers. Ex-reds on the move 1999 - John Barnes was released by Charlton Athletic. He had made just two starts for the Addicks, plus a further ten appearances from the bench. His Charlton debut had been at home to the reds, as they won 1-0 following Jamie Carragher’s dubious dismissal. 2000 - Mike Marsh signed for Southport from Kidderminster Harriers on a free transfer. He netted seven times in 37 games as they just missed out on promotion from the Conference. 2020 – Nigel Clough brought his second spell as Manager of Burton Albion to a close by mutual consent, due to the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Walters starts out 1982 - Mark Walters signed as a professional for Aston Villa. He struck 48 times in 224 games for the Villains before moving to Rangers for £550,000 in December 1987. Released 2006 - It was announced that Ramon Calliste, Robbie Foy, Paul Lancaster, Paul Willis and Calum Woods were not being retained for the next season once their contracts expired later in the summer. 2007 - Ex-reds midfielder David Thompson was released by Bolton Wanderers after eight games in five months with the Trotters. 1907 – Forward John Carlin was sold to Preston North End after eight goals in 35 outings since signing from Barnsley in December 1902, helping us to the League title in 1906. Young champion 2009 – Christopher Buchtmann helped Germany Under-17’s to claim the European Championships as they beat their Dutch counterparts 2-1 in the Final in Magdeburg after extra time. 2010 – Andre Wisdom featured in the same tournament as England beat the Czech Republic 3-1 in a group game in Liechtenstein. On the same day, future red Gini Wijnaldum played as the Dutch Under-21’s lost 3-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Portugal. Also in international action 1974 – Emlyn Hughes captained England as they lost 2-0 to Scotland in the British International Championships, with future red Kenny Dalglish on the winning side. 1975 – Steve Heighway featured for the Republic of Ireland as they lost a European Championships qualifier 2-1 to the USSR in Kiev. 2006 – Carl Medjani skippered France Under-20’s as they drew 1-1 with the Netherlands in the Toulon Tournament.
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