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  1. Will

    8th July

    Fijne Verjaardag 1991 – Dutch centre-half Virgil van Dijk was born in Breda. He arrived from Southampton for a club record £75m in January 2018, a world record fee for a defender. He has so far netted eleven goals in 117 outings, helping us to claim the Premier League, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup. Uncle Joe’s first capture 1983 - Gary Gillespie signed from Coventry City for £325,000, becoming Joe Fagan’s first signing. His eight years at Anfield were blighted by injury, but he won three League title medals, and scored sixteen times in his 214 appearances, before moving back north to his boyhood heroes Celtic. Robbie appears 1980 - Robbie Keane was born in Dublin. He signed from Tottenham Hotspur for £19.3m in July 2008, but only netted seven times in 28 games before making the return journey for an initial £15m fee the following January. 1971 - John Achterberg was born in Utrecht, Netherlands. He was appointed reserves goalkeeping coach at Melwood in June 2009 after over a decade as player and coach with Tranmere Rovers, moving up to the first team two years later. Reds in mourning 2001 - Tom Saunders died. The former Youth Development Officer and long-standing Director also spent many years as a European ‘spy’ for the club, checking out upcoming opponents. He also managed the England Schoolboys and Under-18’s during his career and was well loved at Anfield. 2013 – Centre-forward Dave Hickson died. He made the controversial switch across Stanley Park to join the reds for £12,000 in November 1959, putting an extra 15,000 on the gate for his debut, with one fan running on to kiss him on the cheek! He scored 38 times in his 67 reds games before joining Aston Villa in July 1961. Debuting over the water 2016 - Midfielder Ovie Ejaria, keeper Loris Karius, winger Sadio Mané, centre-back Joël Matip and forward Ben Woodburn all played their first reds games as Danny Ings notched the only goal of our friendly at Tranmere Rovers. Milanese arrival 2010 - Milan Jovanović signed on a free transfer from Standard de Liège. He failed to establish himself in the first team, notching just twice in eighteen outings before moving back to Belgium to sign for RSC Anderlecht in August 2011. Masch on target again 2007 - Javier Mascherano struck for Argentina, having scored his first senior international goal just three days earlier. He was part of a side that beat Peru 4-0 in Venezuela to reach the Copa América Semi-finals. On the same day, Harry Kewell reached a quarter of a century of caps for Australia in their 1-1 AFC Asian Cup draw with Oman in Bangkok. 2011 – Sebastián Coates and Luis Suárez were both cautioned as Uruguay drew 1-1 with Chile in a group game in the same competition in Argentina. New signings 2005 - Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard both signed new four-year contracts. Our captain moved on to LA Galaxy this summer, having played 710 senior games, but Carragher retired a year ago after 737 reds appearances in total. 2009 – Gerrard renewed his contract again, this time until 2013, which was of course further renewed. 2008 - Midfielder Zsolt Poloskei signed on loan from MTK Hungária. He failed to appear for the reserves in his first season due to injury, renewing his loan spell for a second campaign when once again he was ruled out for most of the campaign. He has since returned to Hungary. 2011 – Right-back Jon Flanagan signed a new contract until 2015, which was subsequently extended. He played 51 senior reds games, notching once, before being released in June 2018. Double departure 2004 - Two of the coaching staff left the club. Sammy Lee took up a position as a full-time National Coach at the FA, with goalkeeping coach Joe Corrigan also moving on, ending up at West Bromwich Albion. Happy birthdays 1988 - Catalan centre-back Miki Roqué was born in Tremp. He was part of the victorious FA Youth Cup winning side in 2005 and made his senior debut in our Champions League defeat at Galatasaray in December 2006, but was released in June 2009 after spending much of his time out on loan. He sadly died in June 2012, aged just 23. 1980 - Patrice Luzi was born in Ajaccio. He signed on a free transfer from Monaco in July 2002, but made just one first-team appearance, as a substitute for the injured Jerzy Dudek in our long overdue League win at Chelsea in January 2004, leaving the club after three years in the reserves. Six unveiled 1999 - Six new signings were presented to the press as Gérard Houllier’s revolution took shape - Titi Camara, Stéphane Henchoz, Sami Hyypiä, Erik Meijer, Vladimír Šmicer and Sander Westerveld. Le Boss said, “Some have turned down the chance of playing in the Champions League, others the UEFA Cup. Some of them rejected higher profile clubs than we are at the moment. We are very happy they accepted the challenge.” 2003 - Steve Finnan, Anthony Le Tallec and Florent Sinama-Pongolle all reported for the start of pre-season training for the first time. Another new arrival at Anfield was coach Christian Damiano, who joined from Fulham. Maxi the champion 2001 – Future red Maxi Rodríguez netted the second as Argentina Under-20’s beat Ghana 2-0 in the Final of the World Championships in Buenos Aires. Red arrivals 1996 - Defender Stephen Wright joined the Academy. He went on to play 21 first-team games before signing for Sunderland for £3m in August 2002. 2013 - Andy Hughes started work as the club’s Chief Financial Officer. Other moves 2005 - Craig Bellamy signed for Blackburn Rovers from Newcastle United for £5m. He bagged seventeen goals in 32 games while at Ewood Park, before the reds activated the £6m get-out clause in his contract. 2019 – Midfielder Jordan Rossiter joined Fleetwood Town on loan from Rangers, playing nineteen times for the Fishermen. On the same day, forward David Amoo signed for Port Vale on a free transfer from Cambridge United. He scored five times in 37 games in his first campaign with Vale. 2013 – Winger Paul Anderson joined Ipswich Town from Bristol City in a swap deal for Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, netting five times in 33 outings for the Tractor boys. 1999 - Ex-reds winger Mark Kennedy joined Manchester City from Wimbledon for £1m. He netted eleven times in 77 games whilst at Maine Road, and is now on Ipswich Town’s coaching staff. 1993 - Future loanee keeper Alec Chamberlain joined Sunderland on a free transfer from Luton Town. He made 108 appearances for the Wearsiders. He is now coaching at Watford, having made 288 appearances for the Hornets. Ablett in charge 2009 - Gary Ablett was appointed Manager of Stockport County, having recently been sacked as our reserves boss. He left his role at Edgeley Park in June 2010 by mutual consent, following a takeover of the club, having led them to relegation from League One. Stan out of pocket 2002 - A Spanish court ruled that Stan Collymore was in breach of his contract when he had quit Real Oviedo to return to England, walking out just months into a four-year contract. He was ordered to pay the Spanish club £200,000 compensation. Nando the dad 2009 - Fernando Torres became a father to Nora when his wife Olalla gave birth at the Hospital La Rosaleda Compostelan in Santiago de Compostela.
  2. Will

    18th June

    Arrivederci JAR 2008 - John Arne Riise was sold to Roma for £4m after 348 reds appearances and 31 goals since his arrival for the same fee from AS Monaco in June 2001. 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. 1937 – Forward Ted Harston signed from Mansfield Town for £300,000 after an amazing 81 goals in seventy Third Division North outings. He struck on his reds bow as we were thumped 6-1 at Chelsea that August, as well as bagging a brace in his second game. However, he only played a further three games, and returned to amateur football with Shorts in the Kent League in August 1939 after suffering a broken leg that ended his professional career. Happy McBirthday 1971 - Jason McAteer was born in Birkenhead. After playing against the reds in the 1995 Coca Cola Cup Final, he moved to Anfield from Bolton Wanderers for £4.5m that September. He was a regular under Roy Evans, but was soon shown the door by Gérard Houllier, who sold him to Blackburn Rovers for £4m in January 1999 after six goals in 139 reds games. Thommo departs 2004 - Phil Thompson stepped down as Assistant Manager. He had been in this role for five years after Gérard Houllier hired him early on in his reign. Thommo stepped into the breach for much of the 2001/02 season while Houllier was recovering from heart surgery, helping us to reach the Quarter-finals of the Champions League and finish second in the League. Razor on target in New York 1994 - Ex-red Ray Houghton bagged the only goal of the game at the Giants Stadium in New York as the Republic of Ireland upset the odds to beat Italy in their opening World Cup game. Fellow ex-reds John Aldridge and Steve Staunton also played, as did future reds Phil Babb and Jason McAteer. This was the first time the Irish had beaten Italy in eight attempts. Meanwhile, Roy Hodgson took charge of Switzerland in their 1-1 draw with the USA in Detroit. A reds friendly 1948 - We beat Swedish side Djurgårdens IF 3-2 in a friendly in Brooklyn, New York City. Billy Liddell, Ken Brierley and Jack Balmer netted for the reds. Three amigos 2008 - With Spain already having qualified for the Quarter-finals as group winners, Fernando Torres was rested alongside many first-choice players, meaning that Xabi Alonso skippered the side to a 2-1 European Championships Finals defeat of Greece in Salzburg, with Álvaro Arbeloa and Pepe Reina also playing, while Sotirios Kyrgiakos won his final cap as an Eintracht Frankfurt player for the Greeks. Javier Mascherano featured in a goalless World Cup qualifier for Argentina in Brazil on the same day. Scottish World Cup disappointment 1982 - Three reds featured in Scotland’s 4-1 defeat by Brazil in their World Cup encounter in Seville. Graeme Souness skippered a side that also included Alan Hansen and substitute Kenny Dalglish, as well as future red John Wark, with the uncle of current red Lucas, Leivinha, on the winning side. 1974 - Dalglish also played against Brazil in the World Cup when their meeting in Frankfurt ended goalless. 1977 - Kenny also played for his country when they held Argentina to a 1-1 draw in a friendly in Buenos Aires. Also at the World Cup 2018 – Jordan Henderson and ex-red Raheem Sterling played in England’s 2-1 defeat of Tunisia in Russia. 2014 – Future red Dejan Lovren faced ex-red Charles Itandje as Croatia thumped Cameroon 4-0 in a group game in Manaus. Meanwhile, future red Gini Wijnaldum and ex-reds Xabi Alonso and Fernando Torres also featured in the tournament. 2010 - Milan Jovanović bagged his last goal as a Standard de Liège player, the only strike of Serbia’s group encounter with Germany in Port Elizabeth. Meanwhile, Steven Gerrard captained England as Algeria held them to a goalless draw in Cape Town, with Jamie Carragher, Glen Johnson and ex-reds Peter Crouch, Emile Heskey and David James all also featuring. 1986 - Future red Peter Beardsley was on target in England’s 3-0 defeat of Paraguay in Mexico City as they qualified for the Quarter-finals. On the same day, Jan Mølby was a substitute as Denmark were thumped 5-1 by Spain in Queretaro. 2006 - Harry Kewell came off the bench as Australia lost 2-0 to Brazil in Munich. 1998 - Future red Bernard Diomède played as France beat Saudi Arabia 4-0 at the Stade de France. Young international reds on target 2013 – Fabio Borini scored as Italy Under-21’s lost 4-2 to Spain in the European Championships Final in Jerusalem, with future red Alberto Moreno on the winning side. 2009 – Future red James Milner scored as England beat Spain 2-0 in a European Championships Finals group game in Gothenburg. 1997 - Michael Owen was on target in the World Championship Finals as England Under-20’s beat the Ivory Coast 2-1 in Malaysia. 1978 - Alan Kennedy scored in his last B international as a Newcastle United player as England B beat Singapore 8-0 in the National Stadium. Future reds goalkeeping coach Joe Corrigan also played. 2001 - Future red Djibril Cissé bagged a treble as France beat Iran 5-0 in the same competition in Argentina. Grégory Vignal and future red Alou Diarra both also played. 2003 - Cissé also played for his country in a 1-0 defeat of Colombia in the Confederations Cup in Lyon. Ex-reds on the move 2000 - Former reserves striker Paul Jewell resigned as Manager of Bradford City after two and half years at Valley Parade. He led them into the Premiership, keeping them there for a season before stepping down. He took over at Sheffield Wednesday just three days later. 2009 – Djimi Traoré joined AS Monaco from Portsmouth. He had struck once in 43 outings for les Rouge et Blanc before joining Olympique de Marseille. Happy days for Gary Mac While still at Leeds United, Gary McAllister twice made memorable European Championships Finals appearances for his country on this day. 1992 - He scored in Scotland’s 3-0 defeat of the CIS in Norrköping, Sweden. On the same day, future red Karl-Heinz Riedle played in Germany’s 3-1 defeat by the Netherlands in Gothenburg. 1996 - Gary Mac captained his country for the twentieth time as they beat Switzerland 1-0 at Villa Park, with future red Stéphane Henchoz on the losing side. Meanwhile, Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman and future reds Nick Barmby and Paul Ince all featured as England beat the Netherlands 4-1 at Wembley. Also at the European Championships 2016 – Christian Benteke faced ex-red Robbie Keane as Belgium beat the Republic of Ireland 3-0 in a group game in Bordeaux. 2012 – Future red Mario Balotelli netted for Italy in their 2-0 defeat of the Republic of Ireland in the European Championships Finals in Poland, with ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa, Robbie Keane and Fernando Torres all also featuring in the competition that day. 2000 - Vegard Heggem won his twentieth and final cap in Norway’s 1-0 defeat by Yugoslavia in Liège. Clubmate Stig Inge Bjørnebye also played. 2015 – Tiago Ilori faced future red Danny Ings in the Under-21’s Finals as Portugal beat England 1-0 in the Czech Republic. 1980 - Ray Clemence, Terry McDermott and Phil Thompson all played in England’s 2-1 defeat of Spain in Naples, with ex-red Kevin Keegan captaining the side. Avi Cohen played in a World Cup qualifier on the same day, as Israel drew 1-1 in Sweden. 1988 - John Barnes and Steve McMahon both featured as England lost 3-1 to the USSR in Frankfurt, to crash out of Euro ’88 without a point. On the same day, John Aldridge, Ray Houghton, Ronnie Whelan and ex-red Kevin Sheedy all played as the Republic of Ireland lost 1-0 to the Netherlands in Gelsenkirchen to join England on the plane home. On the move 2009 – Former Chairman and current Honorary Life President David Moores resigned from the Board of Directors, following the fall-out of his sale of the club to George Gillett and Tom Hicks. On the same day, the appointment of reserve team coach Antonio Gómez Pérez was announced, although he only stayed at the club for a year. 2012 – Former reserves forward Steven Gillespie joined Fleetwood Town from Colchester United, after 28 strikes in 108 outings for the U’s. First and last caps 2005 - El-Hadji Diouf won his first cap since his permanent move to Bolton Wanderers as Senegal were held to a 2-2 draw by Togo in a World Cup qualifier in Dakar. 2013 – Future red Fabio Borini scored while winning his eighteenth and last Italy Under-21’s cap as they lost 4-2 to Spain in the European Championships Final in Jerusalem, with fellow future red Alberto Moreno on the winning side. 2019 – Alisson Becker, Roberto Firmino and ex-reds Philippe Coutinho and Dominic Solanke all represented their countries. On Song twice Rigobert Song has twice represented his country in World Cup qualifiers in Libya on this day in history. 2004 - Cameroon held them to a goalless draw in Misurata. 2000 – He helped them to a 3-0 victory in Tripoli. Champion Carra 2009 - Jamie Carragher was named the Celebrity Champion at the Community Foundation For Merseyside’s Spirit of Merseyside Awards at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral.
  3. Will

    16th June

    Time for the Rafalution 2004 - Rafael Benítez was appointed Manager. His first season in charge saw him lead us to glorious victory in the Champions League Final in Istanbul, to claim the European Cup for the fifth time in our history. He then added the UEFA Super Cup and FA Cup to the Anfield trophy collection to become the first reds boss to claim major trophies in his first two seasons in charge. He went on to claim the FA Community Shield and take us to a second European Cup Final in three seasons, as well as our best-ever points tally in a Premiership season before a disappointing last campaign led to his departure in June 2010. Alles Gute zum Geburtstag 1967 - Jürgen Klopp was born in Stuttgart, West Germany. He took over as reds boss in October 2015, leading us to three unsuccessful cup finals before finally landing the UEFA Champions League in Madrid last June, as well as to the brink of our first League title in thirty years. Diouf departs 2005 - El-Hadji Diouf was sold to Bolton Wanderers for £4.5m, having spent the previous season on loan with the Trotters. He grabbed 24 goals in 136 games for Wanderers, having only netted six times in eighty reds games following his £10m capture from Racing Club de Lens in June 2002. On the same day, future red Sotirios Kyrgiakos was booked as Greece lost 3-0 to Brazil in the Confederations Cup in Leipzig. World Cup goals 2006 – Future red Maxi Rodríguez bagged a brace as Argentina thumped Serbia & Montenegro 6-0 in Gelsenkirchen, with fellow future red Javier Mascherano also featuring. 1993 - Ex-red Steve Staunton netted the only goal of the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup qualifier in Lithuania. Ronnie Whelan and ex-reds John Aldridge and Ray Houghton all also featured. Future reds Patrik Berger and Jari Litmanen all also played for their countries that day. 2015 – Javier Mascherano played for his country again, as they beat Uruguay 1-0 in a Copa América group game in Chile. Also on target 1983 - Captain Graeme Souness scored one of his four international goals as Scotland won 3-0 in Edmonton, in their third and final game against Canada on their tour there. 2013 – Luis Suárez netted for Uruguay as they lost 2-1 to Spain in a Confederations Cup group game in Brazil, with future red Mario Balotelli netting in Italy’s 2-1 win over Mexico. Ex-reds Alberto Aquilani and Álvaro Arbeloa both also featured in the competition that day, while former keeper Charles Itandje and ex-reserves centre-half Carli Medjani were both in World Cup qualifying action in Africa as future red Mohamed Salah scored the only goal of Egypt’s qualifier in Mozambique. Boss at the World Cup 1954 - Andy Beattie managed Scotland as they lost 1-0 to Austria in the World Cup in Zurich. Beattie had guested with the reds during the war, and later joined the backroom staff at Anfield after a successful management career. Also at the World Cup 2002 - El-Hadji Diouf featured as Senegal beat Sweden 2-1 in Oita thanks to a golden goal to make it through to the Quarter-finals, becoming only the second African side ever to reach that stage. Salif Diao was suspended for this game. Meanwhile, the Republic of Ireland were knocked out by Spain following a penalty shoot-out, after the match in Suwon ended 1-1, with future red Fernando Morientes on target during the match proper. Ex-red Steve Staunton won his 102nd and final international cap in this game, with future reds Steve Finnan and Robbie Keane both scoring in the shoot-out. 2010 – Fernando Torres and ex-red Xabi Alonso played as Spain lost their opening game of the tournament 1-0 to Switzerland in Durban, while ex-red Mark González featured as Chile beat Honduras 1-0 in the same group. Also in action was future red Luis Suárez as Uruguay beat the host nation 3-0 in Pretoria. 2014 – Ex-red Victor Moses featured in Nigeria’s goalless draw with Iran in Curitiba, while ex-red Raúl Meireles played as Thomas Müller scored a hat-trick for Germany in their 4-0 defeat of Portugal in Salvador. 2018 – Dejan Lovren faced ex-red Victor Moses as Croatia beat Nigeria 2-0 in a group stage game in Russia. On the same day, ex-red Javier Mascherano played as Argentina were held to a 1-1 draw by Iceland. 1998 – Stig Inge Bjørnebye played as Norway drew 1-1 with Scotland in Bordeaux. 1982 - Phil Neal and Phil Thompson played in England’s 3-1 defeat of France in Bilbao. 1990 - John Barnes and future red Mark Wright turned out in England’s goalless draw with the Netherlands in Cagliari, with Glenn Hysén skippering Sweden to a 2-0 defeat by Scotland in Genoa on the same day. 1985 - Barnes also represented his country in a 5-0 friendly defeat of the USA in Los Angeles. Barry is born 1935 - Half-back Barry Wilkinson was born in Bishop Auckland. He represented England at youth level, joining the reds from his hometown club in June 1954. He made 79 first-team appearances for us before moving on to Bangor City in August 1960 for a £500 fee. Final caps 1996 - Brad Friedel won his final cap as a Galatasaray player, and 39th in total, as the USA drew 2-2 with Mexico in a US Nike Cup game at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena. 1993 - He also played as the USA lost 1-0 to Uruguay in a Copa América game in Ecuador. 2012 – Victor Moses won his last cap while with Wigan Athletic as Nigeria beat Rwanda 2-0 in an African Cup of Nations qualifier in Calabar. At the European Championships 2016 – Daniel Sturridge came off the bench to score an injury-time winner as Roy Hodgson’s England beat Wales 2-1 in a group game in France. Joe Allen, Adam Lallana and ex-red Raheem Sterling also featured. 2004 - Future red Fernando Morientes struck as Spain were held to a 1-1 draw by Greece in Porto, with another future red, Fernando Torres, also in the side. 1996 - Bayern München’s Markus Babbel and Christian Ziege both played in Germany’s 3-0 defeat of Russia at Old Trafford. 2012 – Ex-red Milan Baroš featured as the Czech Republic beat host nation Poland 1-0 in Wroclaw to top their group. 2000 - Sander Westerveld won his third senior cap as a substitute in the Netherlands’ 3-0 defeat of Denmark in Rotterdam, with future red Bolo Zenden on the scoresheet. Meanwhile, Vladimír Šmicer and future red Nicolas Anelka both featured as France beat the Czech Republic 2-1 in Brugge. These results meant that the Dutch and French qualified for the Quarter-finals. 2007 - Future red Ryan Babel played for Netherlands Under-21’s as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Belgium in the European Championships Finals in Heerenveen. 2019 – Kamil Grabara and future red Mario Balotelli both featured for the Under-21’s in the European Championships Finals in Sweden. On the same day, ex-red Luis Suárez scored as Uruguay beat Ecuador 4-0 in a Copa América group game in Brazil, with Liam Millar and Mohamed Salah also in international action that day. Tony on a run 1969 - Ex-red Tony Hateley scored in the sixth of all seven games of an FA Tour as England thumped Hong Kong 6-0 at the Happy Valley Stadium. He netted a total of seventeen goals on the tour. Four released 2009 – Defenders Ronald Huth, Godwin Antwi, Miki Roqué and midfielder Gary Mackay-Steven were all released by the reds. 2011 – The club announced that keeper Deale Chamberlain, centre-half Steven Irwin, midfielder Alex Cooper and forward Nikola Sarić had all been released. Happy days 2007 - Steven Gerrard married Alex Curran in Cliveden House, Berkshire. 2012 – Martin Škrtel was married to Barbora Lovásová in his native Slovakia, while ex-red Charlie Adam wed Sophie-Leigh Anderson on the same day. David honoured 2012 – Ex-reds keeper David James was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Released 2007 - Ex-reds winger Richie Partridge was released by Rotherham United after four goals in 36 appearances for the Merry Millers. 2011 – Future reds scout Jonathan Woodgate was let go by Tottenham Hotspur after scoring three times in 65 games.
  4. Will

    14th June

    Title number five 1947 - We clinched our fifth League title when Stoke City lost 2-1 at Sheffield United. We therefore finished one point ahead of Manchester United and Wolverhampton Wanderers, and two ahead of the Potters. The news came through on the day that we clinched the Liverpool Senior Cup by beating Everton 2-1, thanks to goals from Jack Balmer and William Watkinson. The match was actually halted five minutes from time so that director George Richards could address the crowd by loudspeaker with the news. RIP Gordon Hodgson 1951 - Legendary forward Gordon Hodgson died of cancer in Burslem. He had bagged a club record seventeen hat-tricks amongst his 241 goals in 377 games after signing from Transvaal in November 1925, but could not claim a club medal in his time at Anfield, moving on to Aston Villa in January 1936 for £3,000. Vladi departs 2005 - Vladimír Šmicer signed for Girondins de Bordeaux on a free transfer. He had made 184 reds appearances following his £3.75m transfer from Racing Club de Lens in May 1999, scoring nineteen times, including a crucial strike in Istanbul. As well as the Champions League, he helped us to claim the UEFA Cup, FA Cup and two League Cups. Happy birthdays 1857 – The club’s first Manager, William Barclay, was born in the Kilmainham Auxiliary of the South Dublin Workhouse. He worked as a Secretary-c**-Manager for the first four years of the club’s existence, having previously been Vice Chairman of Everton. 1878 – Outside-right Arthur Goddard was born in Heaton Norris, Stockport. He signed from Glossop for £460 in February 1902 and grabbed 77 goals in 414 reds games, helping us to Second Division and League championships. He was nominated into the club’s official Hall Of Fame, for the 1910-20 era. Scott’s record 2007 - Scott Carson equalled the record number of England Under-21’s caps by claiming his 27th, to move level with both Jamie Carragher and Gareth Barry. England were held to a 2-2 draw by Italy in the European Championships Finals in the Netherlands, with future red Alberto Aquilani on target and Newcastle United’s James Milner also in action. Carson went on to win 29 caps at this level in total, although the record is now Milner’s on 46. Nando’s treble 2009 – Fernando Torres bagged a hat-trick as Spain beat New Zealand 5-0 in a Confederations Cup group game in South Africa. Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa and Albert Riera all also played. More Spaniards on target 2006 - Xabi Alonso grabbed his first senior international goal while winning his 27th cap in Spain’s 4-0 thumping of the Ukraine in a World Cup Finals group game in Leipzig, with future red Fernando Torres also on the scoresheet. Luis García also featured, while Vladyslav Vashchuk was sent off for the losing side. 2008 – Torres netted again as Spain beat Sweden 2-1 in Innsbruck, with David Villa’s late winner ensuring they reached the Quarter-finals of the European Championships as group winners with a game to spare. Meanwhile, future red Sotirios Kyrgiakos played as Greece lost 1-0 to Russia in Salzburg. 2012 – Ex-red Torres bagged a brace as Spain thumped the Republic of Ireland 4-0 in a Euro 2012 group game in Gdansk. Ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa and Robbie Keane all also featured, with future red Mario Balotelli also playing that day. On target at the World Cup 2010 – Dirk Kuyt struck as the Netherlands beat Denmark 2-0 in a group game in Johannesburg, with Daniel Agger putting through his own net. Future red Christian Poulsen played his 75th senior international in this game, while Porto’s Raúl Meireles was also in World Cup action that day. 2014 – Daniel Sturridge and future red Mario Balotelli both scored as Roy Hodgson’s England lost 2-1 to Italy in a group game in Manaus. Steven Gerrard skippered a team that also included Jordan Henderson, Glen Johnson, Raheem Sterling and future red Adam Lallana, while ex-red Gabriel Paletta was on the winning side. Also at the World Cup 2002 - Abel Xavier appeared as a substitute in Portugal’s 1-0 World Cup defeat by South Korea in Incheon, winning his twentieth and final cap. Meanwhile, Brad Friedel saved a penalty from Poland’s Maciej Żurawski, his second spot-kick save in consecutive games, as the USA won 3-1 in Daejeon. Jerzy Dudek did not play. These results ensured that neither Portugal nor Poland qualified for the knock-out stages. 1974 – Future red Kenny Dalglish played his first game at the World Cup Finals as Scotland beat Zaire 2-0 in the Westfalenstadion in Dortmund. Czech mates at Anfield 1996 - The Czech Republic beat Italy 2-1 in a Euro ‘96 group match at Anfield, with Pavel Nedvěd bagging his first senior international goal. Patrik Berger started the game, later being replaced by Vladimír Šmicer. It was the first time either of them had played in L4. Berger arrived at Anfield only two months later, while his compatriot joined him in another three years. 2004 – Future red Christian Poulsen featured in the European Championships Finals as Denmark held Italy to a goalless draw in Guimarães. 2016 – Ex-red Krisztián Németh played as Hungary beat Austria 2-0 in a group game in Bordeaux. Final caps 2015 – Right-back Nathaniel Clyne won his last England cap before moving to Anfield, with Raheem Sterling playing for the last time as a red as Roy Hodgson’s side beat Slovenia 3-2 in a European Championships qualifier in Ljubljana. Xherdan Shaqiri played for Switzerland for the final time as an Internazionale player in their 2-1 qualifying win in Lithuania. Mohamed Salah won his last cap while on loan at Fiorentina, netting his only goal while with La Viola, as Egypt beat Tanzania 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Alexandria. Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, Martin Škrtel and future red Roberto Firmino also represented their countries. Centre-halves moving on 2013 - Dejan Lovren joined Southampton from Olympique Lyonnais for £8.5m after three goals in 102 games since signing from Dinamo Zagreb in January 2010 for an initial €8m. 2007 - Reserve Danny O’Donnell left Anfield to join Crewe Alexandra for a nominal fee after a successful season-long loan. He had moved up to Melwood from the Academy full-time in the summer of 2005, having skippered the Under-18’s during 2004/05. 2016 – It was confirmed that Portuguese midfielder João Teixeira would sign for SL Benfica on 1st July, with the reds getting a compensation fee of £240,000. He had netted once in eight games since arriving from Sporting Clube de Portugal for £830,000 in January 2012. 2019 – Ex-reds scout Jonathan Woodgate was appointed Head Coach of Middlesbrough, with Robbie Keane joining him as part of the coaching staff. A red is born 1869 - Inside-forward Edgar Chadwick was born in Blackburn. He had won the League with Everton in 1891, and joined Burnley aged thirty. He top-scored with ten goals as they were relegated to the Second Division, before moving on to Southampton in the Southern League. As Burnley still held his Football League registration, the reds had to pay the Clarets £35 in May 1902. However, he only managed 45 reds appearances, netting seven times, and later had a successful career as a coach in Germany and the Netherlands, including guiding the Dutch national side to bronze medals in the 1908 and 1912 Olympics. Redmen held by Boys 1953 - Billy Liddell was on the scoresheet as we drew 1-1 with Swiss side BSC Young Boys at the Yankee Stadium in New York City. Our cause was probably not helped by having played in Toronto the day before. Tony on a run 1969 - Ex-red Tony Hateley scored in the fifth of all seven games of an FA Tour, grabbing four as England thumped Singapore 9-0. He netted a total of seventeen goals on the tour. Youngsters on the world stage 2005 - Future reds Gabriel Paletta and Nabil El Zhar were both on the winning side in group stage games in the Under-20 World Championship Finals in the Netherlands. Argentina beat Egypt 2-0 in Enschede, while Morocco thumped Honduras 5-0 in Doetinchem. International first 1989 – Glenn Hysén skippered Sweden while winning his first cap as a reds player in their 6-0 thumping by Sweden in the Dansk Boldspil Union 100th Anniversary Tournament in Copenhagen. Internationals on target 2008 – Harry Kewell struck while captaining Australia to a 3-1 World Cup qualifying win in Qatar. Nabil El Zhar, future red Luis Suárez and ex-red Rigobert Song all also featured in qualifiers that day. 2003 - El-Hadji Diouf converted from the spot as Senegal beat Lesotho 3-0 in an African Cup of Nations qualifier. Salif Diao also featured in the match in Dakar. 2019 – Ex-red Philippe Coutinho struck twice, including once from the spot. As Brazil beat Bolivia 3-0 in a Copa América group game in São Paulo, with Alisson Becker and Roberto Firmino both also featuring. On the move 2001 - Karl-Heinz Riedle was released by Fulham. He had struck just six times in 35 games for the Cottagers since arriving from Anfield in September 1999. 2013 – Ex-reserves forward David Amoo signed for Carlisle United on a free transfer from Tranmere Rovers. He had struck just once in eleven outings for the Prenton Park outfit. 2017 – Midfielder Darren Potter joined Rotherham United from MK Dons on a free transfer, after twelve goals in 263 outings. 2018 – Midfielder Jordan Williams signed for Rochdale, after a successful loan spell. He had only played one senior reds game.
  5. Will

    13th June

    Happy birthday Jocky 1955 - Alan Hansen was born in Sauchie, Clackmannan, Stirlingshire. He signed from Partick Thistle for £100,000 in May 1977 and was a classy figure in the centre of our defence on 620 occasions, notching fourteen times and helping us to an amazing trophy haul including eight League titles, three European Cups, two FA Cups, three League Cups and four FA Charity Shields. Other birthdays 1944 - Inside-left Gordon Wallace was born in Lanark. He signed professional terms in July 1961 but only made 22 first-team appearances, netting six times, with his most famous game being the first to be screened on the BBC’s Match Of The Day programme, when he grabbed a brace as we beat Arsenal 3-2 at Anfield in August 1964. He had also netted twice on our European debut against Icelandic champions Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur earlier that week. He left in October 1967 to join Crewe Alexandra. 1941 - Tony Hateley was born in Derby. He became our record signing when he joined from Chelsea in July 1967 for £96,000 and got off to a flyer at Anfield, grabbing 27 goals in 52 appearances in his first season. Unfortunately, injuries took their toll, and he was sold to Coventry City only fourteen months after arriving at the club, after 28 goals in 56 outings in total. He was a fine header of the ball in his prime, as was his son, England international striker Mark. Honest John 1910 - John McKenna was named President of the Football League, after the first ever elections to fill this post. He was the reds’ first ever Manager, leading us to the Lancashire League and two Second Division titles, as well as holding the post of Director for the club’s first thirty years. George arrives 1895 – Centre-forward George Allan signed from Leith Athletic for £100. He went on to score 56 goals in 96 reds games across two spells, but had to endure an eight-match suspension from the Scottish FA later that year as he had also signed for St. Bernard’s at the same time as moving to Anfield! He also has the distinction of being the first reds player to represent Scotland. Defenders on their way out 2006 - Young American centre-back Zak Whitbread joined Millwall for £200,000 after a successful loan spell as they were relegated to League One. He had made seven senior reds appearances, all in cup competitions, including our League Cup win at The New Den in October 2004. 2007 - Jon Otsemobor joined Norwich City on a free transfer from Crewe Alexandra, after one goal in 65 outings for the Alex in total. 2016 – Ex-reds left-back John Arne Riise announced his retirement from football. 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. He also became his country’s most capped player, winning 110 in total. A treble for KHR 1993 - Future red Karl-Heinz Riedle bagged a hat-trick as Germany beat the USA 4-3 in a US Cup game at Soldier Field in Chicago. Bayern München’s Christian Ziege won his second cap in the same game. On the same day, future red Paul Ince skippered England as they drew 1-1 with Brazil in the same competition in Washington DC. Fellow future red Nigel Clough also played. Meanwhile, Jamie Redknapp and future reds Academy coach Mike Sheron helped England Under-21’s to reach the Final of the Toulon Tournament by beating Scotland 1-0. 1987 - Clough also played for England Under-21’s as they beat Portugal 4-1 in a penalty shoot-out following their goalless draw in a fifth-place play-off at the Toulon Tournament. Mighty Mouse on target for England 1976 - Kevin Keegan bagged a brace in England’s 4-1 World Cup qualifying win in Finland. Ray Clemence and Phil Thompson both also played. 1979 - Ex-red Keegan skippered England as they lost 4-3 in a friendly in Austria, netting one of the goals. Ray Clemence, Phil Neal and Phil Thompson all also featured. Other international scorers 2014 – Ex-red Xabi Alonso converted a penalty in Spain’s 5-1 humbling by the Netherlands in a World Cup Finals group game in Brazil. Fellow ex-reds Charles Itandje and Fernando Torres, and future red Gini Wijnaldum, also featured in World Cup action that day. 1963 - Ian St. John was on target in Scotland’s 6-2 friendly defeat to Spain in Madrid. 2011 – Jack Dunn struck with fellow red Adam Morgan converting a penalty as England Under-17’s beat the Ivory Coast by the odd goal in nine in a friendly in Mexico City. Alex’s final cap 2017 – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain won his final cap as an Arsenal player in England’s 3-2 friendly defeat by France in Paris. Philippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana and ex-red Raheem Sterling also played that day. Beating the Irish 1953 - Kevin Baron bagged a brace with Sammy Smyth also on target as we beat an Irish Internationals side 3-1 at the Varsity Stadium in Toronto. Also at the World Cup 1986 - Steve Nicol was booked while playing in Scotland’s goalless draw with Uruguay in Nezahualcóyotl, Mexico. Meanwhile, clubmate Jan Mølby featured in Denmark’s 2-0 defeat of West Germany in the same group in Queretaro. These results meant that Denmark and West Germany qualified for the second phase. 1998 - Future red Bolo Zenden featured as the Netherlands shared a goalless draw with Belgium in their opening group game at the Stade de France. 2006 - Future red Philipp Degen appeared as Switzerland held France to a goalless draw in their opening game of the Finals in Stuttgart. 2010 - Standard de Liège’s Milan Jovanović played as Serbia lost 1-0 to Ghana in Pretoria. In the European Championships 2008 – Dirk Kuyt struck as the Netherlands beat France 4-1 in a group game in Berne, with ex-red Nicolas Anelka reaching half a century of caps. 2012 – Daniel Agger skippered Denmark as they lost 3-2 to Portugal in Lviv, who included ex-red Raúl Meireles. Ex-red Kuyt was also in action that day. 2016 – Divock Origi and ex-red Robbie Keane both featured from off the bench in group games in France. Philippe Coutinho played in a Copa América Centenario group match in Boston on the same day as Brazil crashed out, with future red Alisson Becker winning his final cap as an Internacional player. 2000 - Vegard Heggem played in Norway’s 1-0 defeat of Spain in Rotterdam. 2004 - Steven Gerrard, Stéphane Henchoz, Michael Owen and ex-reds Emile Heskey and David James all played in group games in the Portugal tournament, with Heskey winning his final cap as a Birmingham City player, and last for more than three years. 1996 – Henchoz also featured as the Swiss were beaten 2-0 by the Netherlands at Villa Park. Ryan on the mark 2007 - Future red Ryan Babel converted a penalty as Netherlands Under-21’s beat Portugal 2-1 in the European Championships Finals in Groningen. Recent internationals 2015 – Lazar Marković, Mamadou Sakho, and ex-reds Daniel Agger, Robbie Keane, Javier Mascherano, Carl Medjani and Krisztián Németh all featured for their countries.
  6. Will

    26th March

    Wembley glory 1983 - We won our third consecutive League Cup, 2-1. Norman Whiteside opened the scoring for Manchester United with the first of his four goals past us before Alan Kennedy equalised at Wembley. The game went into extra time, with our fitness proving the greater as Frank Stapleton had to come back into defence with Gordon McQueen going up front, due to cramp. Ronnie Whelan, who had scored twice in the previous season’s Final, won the game for us with a beautifully curled shot past the helpless Gary Bailey. Bob Paisley was sent up to lift the trophy in his final season as boss. King Kenny’s centuries 1986 - Kenny Dalglish skippered Scotland while winning his hundredth cap in a 3-0 friendly defeat of Romania at Hampden Park. Alan Hansen and ex-red Graeme Souness both also played. On the same day, future red Mark Wright captained England as they beat the USSR 1-0 in a friendly in Tblisi. Fellow future red Peter Beardsley also played. Jan Mølby also turned out for his homeland that day, as Denmark held Northern Ireland to a 1-1 draw in another friendly, at Windsor Park. 1988 - Kenny secured another century when he led the reds to his hundredth victory as Manager, with John Aldridge and John Barnes striking in a 2-1 League defeat of Wimbledon at Anfield. This was Digger’s hundredth club goal, while Gary Gillespie reached a century of League appearances for the reds. Dalglish came on as a very late replacement for Aldridge, with Eric Young bagging the visitors’ consolation straight after that. Reds on the way out 1998 - Mark Kennedy moved to Wimbledon for £1.75m, a £250,000 profit after three years with the reds since signing from Millwall. He had only made 21 senior reds appearances, without getting on the scoresheet. On the same day, Neil Ruddock joined First Division Queens Park Rangers on loan, for whom he played seven times. Meanwhile, ex-red Peter Beardsley joined Fulham on loan from Bolton Wanderers. He netted three times in ten games, and later returned for a second spell, before signing permanently for the Cottagers in November of that year. Mixed fortunes against City We hosted Manchester City on this day in consecutive seasons just before the Second World War. 1937 - We were thumped 5-0 with Eric Brook bagging the last three of his nine strikes past us, Alex Herd netting one of his eight goals against the reds and Peter Doherty also on target. 1938 - We won 2-0 when Ron Jones netted on his reds bow, with Jack Balmer also on target. Triple international debutants 1986 - Future reds John Aldridge, Ray Houghton and Dean Saunders all made their full international debuts as Wales beat the Republic of Ireland in a friendly in Dublin, with Jack Charlton getting off to a losing start as Irish boss. Ian Rush bagged the only goal of the game, while Jim Beglin, Ronnie Whelan and ex-reds Joey Jones and Michael Robinson all also played. 1985 - Beglin and Whelan lined up alongside Mark Lawrenson as the Irish lost 2-1 to England in a friendly at Wembley, with future red Mark Wright also featuring. Another Welsh first 1969 - Cardiff City’s John Toshack won his first senior cap as Wales drew 1-1 with West Germany in a friendly in Frankfurt. Sunderland times three 1932 - Sunderland won at Anfield in the League for the third consecutive season, this time 2-1, with Gordon Hodgson nabbing our consolation. Outside-right Billy Eden equalised in his final game for the visitors, with Bobby Gurney bagging the winner, one of his sixteen goals against us. Brothers Jimmy and Jack McDougall captained the two sides. 2014 – We beat Sunderland 2-1 in L4 with Steven Gerrard opening the scoring with a free-kick. Daniel Sturridge struck his twentieth League goal of the campaign of the season after the break, also sending another shot onto the crossbar. Lee Cattermole hit the bar for the visitors before Ki Sung-yueng pulled a goal back to ensure a nervy finish. Twice against the Villains and Spurs We have twice entertained both Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur on this day in history, without experiencing defeat. 1904 - Robbie Robinson netted as we were held to a 1-1 draw by Villa at Anfield. 1910 - Jack Parkinson and James Stewart were on target as we beat Spurs 2-0 in our first ever meeting in L4. 1966 - Roger Hunt bagged a brace with Ian Callaghan also on the scoresheet as we won 3-0 at Villa Park. 1989 - John Aldridge converted a penalty and Peter Beardsley also struck as we won 2-1 at White Hart Lane. Terry Fenwick had opened the scoring with the last of his four goals past us. Big post-war Anfield wins We won top-flight matches 4-0 at Anfield on this day in consecutive years immediately following the Second World War. 1948 - Willie Fagan nabbed a brace with Billy Liddell and Albert Stubbins also striking against Sheffield United. 1949 - Stubbins netted twice past Stoke City, with Cyril Done and Jack Balmer also on target. Reds on target 2019 – Roberto Firmino netted as Brazil won a friendly 3-1 in the Czech Republic, while Sadio Mané scored in Senegal’s 2-1 defeat of Mali in Dakar. Dominic Solanke bagged his first England Under-21’s goal as a Bournemouth player while captaining the side in their 2-1 defeat at his home stadium, with Sepp van den Berg winning his last cap as a PEC Zwolle player for the Dutch Under-19’s. Alisson Becker, Fabinho and ex-red Philippe Coutinho also played for their countries that day. 2018 – Virgil van Dijk struck his first goal for the Netherlands as they beat Portugal 3-0 in a friendly in Geneva, with ex-red Ryan Babel also on target. Gini Wijnaldum, Harry Wilson and ex-reds Joe Allen, Sebastián Coates and Luis Suárez all also played for their countries that day. 1980 - Future red Mark Lawrenson netted his first international goal in the Republic of Ireland’s 3-2 World Cup qualifying win in Cyprus. Steve Heighway also played, as Irish boss Johnny Giles took charge for the last time. Meanwhile, Kenny Dalglish scored in Scotland’s 4-1 European Championships qualifying win over Portugal. Alan Hansen and Graeme Souness both also featured. On the same day, Emlyn Hughes won his first cap since leaving Anfield as England beat Spain 2-0 in a friendly in the Camp Nou. Ray Kennedy, Phil Neal and Phil Thompson all featured, while ex-red Kevin Keegan skippered the side as he won his fiftieth cap. 2013 – Daniel Agger converted a penalty while skippering Denmark to a 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw with Bulgaria in Copenhagen, while future red Mario Balotelli struck twice, including a spot-kick, as Italy won a qualifier 2-0 in Malta. Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson, Martin Škrtel, Luis Suárez, future reds Christian Benteke, James Milner, Mohamed Salah and Dominic Solanke, and ex-reds Charlie Adam, Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa, Craig Bellamy, Yossi Benayoun, Alexander Kačaniklić, Javier Mascherano, Carl Medjani, Raúl Meireles and Nuri Şahin all also represented their countries that day. 2017 – Adam Lallana, ex-red Raheem Sterling and future red Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all featured as England beat Lithuania 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley. Meanwhile, future red Andy Robertson featured in Scotland’s 1-0 defeat of Slovenia at Hampden Park. Walker’s final caps 1898 - Future reds inside-right John Walker won his final Scotland cap as a Heart Of Midlothian player as they beat Ireland 3-0 in the British International Championships in Belfast, and third one to date. After a four-year spell in Anfield, he moved back north to Rangers. 1904 - He made his fifth and final Scotland appearance in the same fixture, in Dublin. A testimonial thumping 1894 - We thumped Accrington Stanley 8-0 in a testimonial match for right-back Andrew Hannah, the first one ever staged for a reds player. The game took place at Accrington’s Thorneyholme Road ground, with John Givens bagging a treble. Tom Bradshaw and Hugh McQueen both added braces, with Malcolm McVean rounding out the scoring. Recent international reds in action 2005 - Luis García came off the bench to make his senior international debut in Spain’s 3-0 friendly defeat of China in Salamanca, with future red Fernando Torres converting a penalty. It was nearly a fantastic first cap for Luis as he hit the bar. Future red Ryan Babel also made his international bow, scoring as the Netherlands won a World Cup qualifier in Romania, with fellow future reds Jan Kromkamp and Dirk Kuyt also featuring. Future red Christian Poulsen bagged his first goal for his country while winning his 28th cap for Denmark as they beat Kazakhstan 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Copenhagen. El-Hadji Diouf bagged a brace, including a penalty, as Senegal trounced Liberia 6-1 in Dakar, his final goals as a reds player. Milan Baroš and ex-red Jari Litmanen both netted as Finland came from 2-0 and 3-1 down to draw level with the Czech Republic, but they ultimately lost 4-3 to a late winner in Teplice. This was Jari’s 25th goal in his 95th international, while Sami Hyypiä also featured. Ex-red Michael Owen and future red Joe Cole both struck in England’s 4-0 World Cup qualifying defeat of Northern Ireland at Old Trafford on the same day, with Owen also skippering his country for part of the game. Steven Gerrard also played, while Jerzy Dudek, Steve Finnan and future reds Craig Bellamy, Yossi Benayoun, Mark González, Robbie Keane and Maxi Rodríguez also featured for their countries in qualifiers that day. Stéphane Henchoz won his 72nd and final cap to become Switzerland’s eighth highest all-time cap holder as they held France to a goalless draw in the Stade de France, playing alongside future red Philipp Degen. Also in action was future red Michael Nardiello, who grabbed his second and final goal as a Manchester United player for England Under-16’s as they beat Cameroon 2-1 in the Montaigu Tournament in France, with future red Daniel Sturridge also on target in his fourth and final game at this level. Soto twice 2006 – Sotirios Kyrgiakos played for Greece in their 2-2 friendly draw with Austria in Graz while still with Panathinaikos. 2008 – Now with Eintracht Frankfurt, he featured as they beat Portugal 2-1 in a friendly played in Dusseldorf. Nabil off the mark 2008 - Nabil El-Zhar struck on his full debut for Morocco, coming on as a sub in their 4-1 friendly win in Belgium. On the same day, Jari Litmanen converted a spot-kick while winning his last cap as a Fulham player in Finland’s 2-1 defeat in Bulgaria. Milan Baroš played his final game for the Czech Republic while on loan at Portsmouth in their 1-1 draw with future red Christian Poulsen’s Denmark in Herning. Djibril Cissé made his first appearance for France while permanently signed with Olympique de Marseille as David Beckham won his hundredth cap in France’s 1-0 defeat of England in the Stade de France, with Steven Gerrard, future reds Joe Cole, Stewart Downing and Simon Mignolet, and ex-reds Nicolas Anelka, Peter Crouch, David James and Michael Owen all also featuring, and Glen Johnson winning his first cap while with Portsmouth. Yossi Benayoun netted the only goal of Israel’s encounter with Chile in Tel-Aviv, while Albert Riera won his final cap as an R.C.D. Espanyol player as Spain beat Italy 1-0, with Xabi Alonso and Fernando Torres also playing, and Álvaro Arbeloa making his senior bow and future red Alberto Aquilani on the losing side. Future reds loanee Nuri Şahin scored for Turkey Under-21’s in their 3-0 European championships qualifying defeat of Liechtenstein. Also in international action were Ryan Babel, Javier Mascherano, Dani Pacheco, John Arne Riise, Martin Škrtel, Andriy Voronin and future reds Joe Allen, Fabio Borini, Milan Jovanović and Maxi Rodríguez. Young Hungarians in action 2006 - Future reds reserves forward Krisztián Németh played for Hungary Under-17’s as they drew 1-1 in Portugal in the Elite Round of European Championships qualifiers in Viseu, while Alberto Aquilani played for Italy Under-19’s in their 3-0 defeat of the Czech Republic. 2007 - András Simon bagged a brace as they beat Finland 3-2 at the same stage in Périgny in France. 2016 - Krisztián Németh won his first senior cap as an Al-Gharafa player in Hungary’s 1-1 friendly draw with Croatia in Budapest, with Ádám Bogdán also featuring. On the same day, Roy Hodgson’s England drew 2-2 with Germany in Berlin, with Emre Can, Nathaniel Clyne, Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana all featuring. Meanwhile, Jordon Ibe was sent off for England Under-21’s in their 1-1 European Championships qualifying draw in Switzerland, winning his fourth and last cap at this level, with future red Dominic Solanke also featuring and Sheyi Ojo turning out for the Under-19’s. 2014 – Solanke scored for England Under-17’s as they won a European Championships qualifier 1-0 in the Czech Republic, with fellow future red Joe Gomez also playing. Meanwhile, Corey Whelan featured for the Republic of Ireland Under-21’s. 1996 – Future red Alex Manninger played for Austria Under-21’s in their 3-0 friendly defeat in Switzerland. 1999 – He played again, this time in a 4-0 European Championships qualifying defeat in Spain. First reds caps 1980 - Avi Cohen won his first cap as a reds player, and seventeenth in total, as Israel were held to a goalless draw by Northern Ireland in Tel Aviv. On the same day, Alan Kennedy played in his first England B international since arriving at Anfield as they beat their Spanish counterparts 1-0 at Roker Park. Future reds goalkeeping coach Joe Corrigan also played. 2002 - Future reds centre-forward Peter Crouch made his debut for England Under-21’s as they drew 1-1 with Italy in Bradford, with reds defender Stephen Wright and future red Jermaine Pennant also featuring. This was Crouch’s only cap as a Portsmouth player, as he joined Aston Villa the following day. 2011 – Brad Smith won his first cap for England Under-17’s in their 3-2 European Championships qualifying defeat of Northern Ireland in Belgium, with Adam Morgan also featuring. On the same day, ex-red Robbie Keane won his first cap while on loan at West Ham United, netting as the Republic of Ireland beat FYR Macedonia 2-1 in a Euro 2012 qualifier in Dublin. Future red Samed Yesil scored for Germany Under-17’s in their 2-0 European Championships qualifying win over Ukraine in Dusseldorf. Daniel Agger, Glen Johnson, Raúl Meireles, Christian Poulsen, Martin Škrtel, future reds Stewart Downing, Dejan Lovren and James Milner, and ex-reds Craig Bellamy, Javier Mascherano and John Arne Riise were also in international action that day. 2015 - Mohamed Salah won his first cap while on loan at Fiorentina from Chelsea as Egypt beat Equatorial Guinea 2-0 in a friendly in Cairo. Mamadou Sakho faced future red Roberto Firmino in a friendly in Paris as Brazil beat France 3-1. Future reds keeper Caoimhín Kelleher featured for the Irish Under-17’s as they lost a European Championships qualifier in Poland, with Tiago Ilori, Sheyi Ojo and future reds Joe Gomez and Dominic Solanke also playing for their countries at junior level. Off on loan 2015 – Forward Jack Dunn joined Burton Albion on loan, only making one senior appearance for the Brewers. 2014 – Forward Nathan Eccleston joined Coventry City on loan from Blackpool, failing to score in eight outings for the Sky Blues. On the same day, Harry Kewell announced his retirement from playing at the end of the season. 2009 – Young defender Martin Kelly moved to Huddersfield Town until the end of the season, whose Assistant Manager was reds legend Terry McDermott. He struck once in seven outings for the Terriers as they missed out on the League One play-offs. 1987 - Future reds loanee keeper Mark Prudhoe joined Grimsby Town on loan from Walsall. He played eight times for the Mariners as they were relegated from the old Second Division. Signing on 1999 – Keeper Brad Jones signed as a professional for Middlesbrough, aged seventeen. He went on to play 75 senior games for Boro before moving to Anfield for £2.3m in August 2010. 2015 - Young midfielder Jordan Lussey joined Bolton Wanderers on loan, signing on permanently four months later, while Kevin Stewart moved to Burton Albion on a temporary basis, netting twice in seven outings, including grabbing the goal that secured the League Two title. On the same day, former substitute keeper Tony Warner joined Accrington Stanley, while remaining a coach at Bolton. Meanwhile, ex-reds midfielder Danny Guthrie joined Fulham on loan from Reading, turning out six times for the Cottagers.
  7. Will

    11th June

    Another record for St. Michael 2003 - Michael Owen became England’s youngest ever player to reach fifty caps. He captained the side, bagging a brace, including a penalty, as they beat Slovakia 2-1 in a Euro 2004 qualifier at the Riverside Stadium. Steven Gerrard and ex-red David James also played. He also became England’s youngest ever captain for a competitive international. On the same day, Vladimír Šmicer netted as the Czech Republic thumped Moldova 5-0 in another qualifier in Olomouc, with clubmate Milan Baroš also playing. Future red Robbie Keane struck as the Republic of Ireland beat Georgia 2-0 in Dublin, while Jerzy Dudek, Stéphane Henchoz, Sami Hyypiä, John Arne Riise, ex-red Jari Litmanen and future reds Fernando Morientes and Andriy Voronin all also featured in Euro 2004 qualifiers. International endings 1995 - Ronnie Whelan captained the Republic of Ireland while winning his 53rd and final cap, as they lost 3-1 to Austria in a European Championships qualifier at Lansdowne Road. Ex-red Ray Houghton netted his sixth and final international goal, while Phil Babb and ex-red Steve Staunton also played. On the same day, John Scales won his third and final England cap, breaking his nose in their 3-1 defeat by Brazil at Wembley. Future red Stan Collymore won the second of his three senior caps in this game, and his last before moving to Anfield. István Kozma won his last cap in his second spell as an Újpest player as Hungary lost a Euro 96 qualifier 2-1 in Iceland. Meanwhile, future red Jari Litmanen was on target as Finland beat Greece 2-1 in a Euro ’96 qualifier in Helsinki, with future red Brad Friedel also in international action. 1958 - Tommy Younger skippered Scotland in his 24th and final game for them as they lost 3-2 to Paraguay in Sweden in the World Cup and was unfortunately responsible for one of the South Americans’ goals. His performance may have been affected by receiving a telegram shortly before kick-off to inform him that his wife had been taken to hospital with heart trouble. On the same day, Alan A’Court played in England’s goalless draw with Brazil in Gothenburg. 1997 - Haukur Ingi Guðnason won his last cap for Iceland Under-21’s cap as a Keflavík player in their 3-0 European Championships qualifying defeat by Lithuania. 2013 – Jonjo Shelvey made his last appearance for England Under-21’s as a red as they lost 1-0 to Israel in a European Championships Finals group game in Jerusalem, with future red winning his eighth and last cap at this level. Jordan Henderson, Andre Wisdom and ex-red Tom Ince also featuring. Also in international action that day were future red Mario Balotelli and ex-reds Alberto Aquilani, Álvaro Arbeloa, Alexander Kačaniklić, Robbie Keane and Dirk Kuyt, with Javier Mascherano being sent off for Argentina. 2008 - Milan Baroš won his final cap as an Olympique Lyonnais player as the Czech Republic lost 3-1 to Portugal in a European Championship Finals group game in Geneva. 2000 - Phil Babb won his 35th and final Irish cap as they beat South Africa 2-1 in a US Nike Cup game in New York. Ex-reds Mark Kennedy and Jason McAteer both also featured, while Robbie Keane won his last cap as a Coventry City player, and eighteenth to date. 2014 – Keane also played for his country as the Republic of Ireland lost 5-1 to Portugal in New Jersey, with ex-red Raúl Meireles on the winning side. Euro ’96 at Anfield 1966 - Italy beat Russia 2-1 in front of 35,000 in a Euro ‘96 game at Anfield with both their goals coming from Pierluigi Casiraghi. Neither side won another game in the tournament and were eliminated from a group containing both the eventual finalists, Germany and the Czech Republic. 2000 - Vladimír Šmicer and future reds Nicolas Anelka and Bolo Zenden all featured in Euro 2000 group games. Thumping the Yanks 1946 - Cyril Done scored four goals and Willie Fagan notched a hat-trick as we trounced an American League Select side 10-1 at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. Bob Priday, Jack Balmer and Harry Eastham all also netted. Mark off the mark 2003 - Future reds winger Mark González grabbed his first international goal while winning his second cap in Chile’s 2-1 friendly defeat of Honduras 2-1 in San Pedro Sula. R.C.D. Espanyol’s Maxi Rodríguez also featured in friendly action that day. 2009 – He represented his country again as Chile beat Bolivia 4-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Santiago. Red endings 1952 - Outside-right Archie Rawlings died. He signed from Preston North End in March 1924, striking ten times in his 67 reds games before moving on to Walsall in June 1926. 2003 - Reserves forward Mark Peers joined Raith Rovers on a free transfer. He made just eight senior appearances for them, only netting once, before returning south of the border to join Conference side Leigh RMI in February 2005. Kenny bows out in Argentina 1978 - Kenny Dalglish scored as Scotland beat the Netherlands 3-2 in the World Cup in Mendoza, but it was not enough to take them through to the next round. Graeme Souness also played in this game. The Dutch went on all the way to the Final to face hosts Argentina. 2017 – Sheyi Ojo won his fifth and last England Under-20’s cap as they beat Venezuela 1-0 in the World Championships Final in South Korea, with future red Dominic Solanke also featuring. Happy birthdays 1875 – Forward Dan Cunliffe was born in Bolton. He signed from Oldham County in 1897 and struck six times in eighteen games before moving to New Brighton Tower the following year. 1953 – Bob Paisley’s first signing as boss, keeper Peter McDonnell was born in Kendal. He arrived from Bury in July 1974 but never made the first team, but sat on the bench at the European Cup Final in Rome in 1977, and on another 27 occasions, including both legs of the 1976 UEFA Cup Final, three FA Charity Shields and both legs of the UEFA Super Cup Final in 1977. He left Anfield to join Oldham Athletic in August 1978. Pelle’s debut 1997 - Future red Mauricio Pellegrino won the first of his three caps for Argentina in their goalless draw with Ecuador in the Copa América. Red against red in Cagliari 1990 - John Barnes, Peter Beardsley and Steve McMahon all featured for England as they drew a World Cup group game 1-1 with a Republic of Ireland side that included goalscoring ex-red Kevin Sheedy as well as Ray Houghton, Steve Staunton and ex-red John Aldridge. 1986 - Beardsley also played in the World Cup Finals as England beat Poland 3-0 in Monterrey. Also at the World Cup 2002 - Germany beat Cameroon 2-0 in Shizuoka to progress to the last sixteen of the World Cup. Dietmar Hamann and ex-reds Rigobert Song and Christian Ziege were all booked in this game, with Rigo winning his final cap as a West Ham United player. 1998 - Song also played in the World Cup in Cameroon’s 1-1 draw with Austria in Toulouse. 2002 - Future red Robbie Keane struck in the Republic of Ireland’s 3-0 defeat of Saudi Arabia in Yokohama to also progress from the same group, with Steve Finnan and ex-reds Jason McAteer and Steve Staunton also featuring. Senegal drew 3-3 with Uruguay, after leading by three goals. El-Hadji Diouf won a penalty for the first goal, while Salif Diao was suspended for this game. Future red Djibril Cissé won his fifth full international cap as a substitute in France’s 2-0 defeat by Denmark in Incheon, as they crashed out of the tournament without scoring. Christian Poulsen won his final cap as an F.C. København player in this game. 2006 - Future red Dirk Kuyt played as the Netherlands beat Serbia & Montenegro 1-0 in Leipzig. 2010 – Ex-red Nicolas Anelka faced future red Luis Suárez as France and Uruguay shared a goalless draw in Cape Town. In Euro action 2012 – Roy Hodgson took charge of an England side skippered by Steven Gerrard, with Jordan Henderson, Glen Johnson and future reds James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also featuring against ex-red Alou Diarra’s France. This European Championships Finals group game ended 1-1 in Donetsk. On the same day, ex-red Andriy Voronin featured for the Ukraine as they beat Sweden 2-1 in the same group in Kiev. 2016 – Hodgson’s England drew 1-1 with Russia in Marseille, with Adam Lallana, James Milner and ex-red Raheem Sterling all featuring. On the same day, Joe Allen and Danny Ward faced Martin Škrtel as Wales beat Slovakia 2-1 in Bordeaux in the same group, with future red Xherdan Shaqiri also in qualifying action. 2019 – Harry Wilson and ex-reds Joe Allen and Péter Gulácsi all featured as Hungary beat Wales 1-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Budapest, with Dejan Lovren also featuring for his country. Tony on a run 1969 - Ex-red Tony Hateley scored in the fourth of all seven games of an FA Tour, grabbing a hat-trick as England thumped New Zealand 5-0 in Auckland. He netted a total of seventeen goals on the tour. In Toulon 1993 - Jamie Redknapp and future reds Academy coach Mike Sheron played for England Under-21’s in the Toulon Tournament as they held Brazil to a goalless draw. 1989 - Future red Neil Ruddock appeared as the USA clinched third place instead of England. 1987 – Nottingham Forest’s Nigel Clough was in the side that lost 2-0 to France in the same competition. Luis on target 2011 – Luis Suárez netted in an unofficial international as Uruguay thumped Plaza Colonia 5-0. Youngsters on the international stage 2005 - Future reds Gabriel Paletta and Nabil El Zhar were both on the losing side in group stage games in the Under-20’s World Championship Finals in the Netherlands. 2007 - Scott Carson and future red James Milner played for England Under-21’s as they held the Czech Republic to a goalless draw in the European Championships Finals in the same country. Alberto Aquilani played for Italy in the same competition as they lost 1-0 to Serbia. 2015 - Future red Danny Ings played for England Under-21’s in their 1-0 defeat of Belarus in Barnsley. Meanwhile, ex-red Mikel San José played for the full Spanish side as they beat Costa Rica 2-1 in a friendly in Leon. Jen under way 2012 - Jen Chang started work as the club’s Corporate Relations and Communications Director. However, he only lasted in the role for five months before leaving “by mutual consent”.
  8. Will

    10th June

    Digger’s Samba style 1984 - Future red John Barnes scored his first England goal, a stunning solo effort in their 2-0 friendly defeat of Brazil at the Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro. Ex-red Dave Watson made his full England debut in the same game. Ex-reds Avi Cohen and Joey Jones faced each other in a goalless international friendly in Tel-Aviv on the same day, with future reds Assistant Manager Colin Pascoe winning his last cap as a Swansea City player. Carl the champion 2005 - Carl Medjani skippered France Under-20’s as they thumped Portugal 4-1 in the Final of the Toulon Tournament at the Stade Mayol. Meanwhile, John Welsh came off the bench as England claimed third place by beating Mexico 3-2 on penalties after their match had ended 1-1. 2012 - Medjani featured for the senior Algerian side in a 2-1 World Cup qualifying defeat in Mali. The King returns to Parkhead 1999 - The ‘dream team’ of Kenny Dalglish as Director of Football and John Barnes as Manager took charge at Celtic. It was only a further eight months before John Barnes’ departure, and Kenny himself was gone inside a year. Deano cleared 1994 - Dean Saunders was cleared in the High Court of making a reckless challenge on Paul Elliott during a Liverpool game against Chelsea in September 1992. The tackle ended Elliott’s career, but Saunders was cleared of injuring him deliberately. A legend departs 2015 - Steven Gerrard was released by the reds after a stellar career. The departures of right-back Glen Johnson, keeper Brad Jones and young midfielders Jordan Lussey and Marc Pelosi were also announced that day. 2016 – The departures of centre-half Dan Cleary, left-back José Enrique, full-back Ryan McLaughlin, centre-half Kolo Touré and forward Samed Yeşil were confirmed. Emlyn’s farewell 1979 - Emlyn Hughes won his final cap as a red, his 59th overall, captaining England as they were held to a goalless draw by Sweden in their friendly in Solna. Terry McDermott, Phil Thompson and ex-red Kevin Keegan all also featured. Christian’s debut 1993 - Future red Christian Ziege made his full international debut, playing alongside fellow future red Karl-Heinz Riedle in Germany’s 3-3 US Cup draw with Brazil in Washington DC. Other reds friendlies 1983 - We beat Thailand 3-0 in the Rajamangala National Stadium in Bangkok with goals from Alan Kennedy, Sammy Lee and Graeme Souness. It was to be eighteen years before we returned to the country to play again. 1964 - Alf Arrowsmith bagged a brace as we beat a Vancouver All Stars side 2-0 at the Empire Stadium. On the move 2010 - Rafael Benítez was appointed Manager of Internazionale. He led them to the Supercoppa Italiana and FIFA Club World Cup before being sacked in December 2010. 2011 – Centre-back Lloyd Jones joined the reds from Plymouth Argyle. He only made it to the first-team bench once, for our 3-1 win at Fulham in May 2013. He skippered the reserves for the 2014/15 season, moving on to Luton Town in January 2018. On the same day, future red Fabio Borini featured as Italy Under-21’s beat Mexico Under-20’s on penalties after drawing a friendly 1-1. 2013 - Lazar Marković signed for SL Benfica from Partizan after fourteen goals in 65 outings for the Serbian side. He bagged seven goals in 49 outings before joining the reds for £20m in July 2014. 2014 - Joe Cole signed for Aston Villa from West Ham United on a free transfer, netting once in sixteen games for the Villains before joining Coventry City in January 2016. Liverpool Hotspur 1984 - A combined Liverpool-Tottenham Hotspur side took on a Swaziland Select XI, winning 1-0 thanks to a goal from Spurs’ Ian Culverhouse. Internationals on target 2017 – Future red Naby Keïta struck his first goal for Guinea as a RasenBallsport Leipzig e.V. player, as they won an African Cup of Nations qualifier 3-2 in the Ivory Coast. On the same day, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain netted his final goal while with Arsenal in England’s 2-2 World Cup qualifying draw with Scotland at Hampden Park as Andy Robertson won his last cap while with Hull City, with Emre Can, Adam Lallana and ex-red Raheem Sterling also in action. Ex-red Toni Silva played for Guinea-Bissau for the final time while a Levadiakos player, as they beat Namibia 1-0 in an African Cup of Nations qualifier. 1961 - Alan A’Court netted in England’s 6-1 defeat of New Zealand in an FA Tour game in Auckland. 1997 - Future red Milan Baroš scored for the Czech Republic Under-15’s as they beat Andorra 3-0 in a tournament game in Lisbon. 2003 – Fernando Torres bagged a brace as Spain Under-21’s won a European Championships qualifier 4-1 in Northern Ireland, with fellow future reds Paul Konchesky, Jermaine Pennant, Pepe Reina and Albert Riera also featuring at this level. 2009 – Future red Milan Jovanović struck as Serbia won a World Cup qualifier 2-0 in the Faroe Islands, with Ajax’s Luis Suárez netting as Uruguay drew their qualifier 2-2 in Venezuela. 2012 - Sebastián Coates scored his first goal for Uruguay, playing alongside Luis Suárez in their 4-2 defeat of Peru in a World Cup qualifier in Montevideo. On the same day, Mohamed Salah scored while winning his last cap as an Al Mokawloon Al Arab Sporting Club player as Egypt won a World Cup qualifier 3-2 in Guinea. 2015 - Future red Roberto Firmino struck the only goal of Brazil’s friendly defeat of Honduras in Porto Alegre, with Philippe Coutinho and future red Fabinho also featuring. Future red Xherdan Shaqiri scored as Switzerland beat Liechtenstein 3-0 in a friendly in Thun, while Sheyi Ojo netted for England Under-18’s in a 2-1 friendly defeat in Russia. 2018 – Ex-red Coutinho scored as Brazil won 3-0 in Austria, with Roberto Firmino and future red Alisson Becker also playing. At the World Cup 2006 - Peter Crouch, Steven Gerrard, future reds Joe Cole and Stewart Downing and ex-red Michael Owen all played as England unconvincingly beat Paraguay 1-0 in their opening group game in Frankfurt. Meanwhile, future reds Javier Mascherano and Maxi Rodríguez turned out for Argentina in Hamburg in their 2-1 defeat of the Ivory Coast. 2002 - Portugal thumped Poland 4-0 in their World Cup group game. Jerzy Dudek had a poor game, but Abel Xavier did not feature due to injury. Meanwhile, ex-red Brad Friedel saved a penalty from Lee Eul-Yong as the USA drew 1-1 with South Korea in Daegu. 1998 - Stig Inge Bjørnebye and Øyvind Leonhardsen played in Norway’s 2-2 draw with Morocco in Montpellier. More final caps 1997 - Paul Ince won his last cap as an Internazionale player, and 33rd in total, as England lost 1-0 to Brazil in Le Tournoi in Paris. 2009 – Glen Johnson won his final cap while with Portsmouth, with Peter Crouch bagging his last England goal as a Pompey player in their 6-0 World Cup qualifying thumping of Andorra at Wembley. Meanwhile, Sami Hyypiä won his last cap as a reds player, and 99th to date, as Finland were beaten 3-0 by Russia in another qualifier in Helsinki. Ryan Babel, Andrea Dossena, Steven Gerrard, Dirk Kuyt, Andriy Voronin, future reds Christian Benteke and Maxi Rodríguez, and ex-reds Harry Kewell, Jari Litmanen and John Arne Riise all also featured for their countries that day, with Péter Gulácsi and David N’Gog in Under-21’s action. Half a century for Nando 2008 - Fernando Torres won his fiftieth cap for Spain as they thumped Russia 4-1 in the opening game of their triumphant Euro 2008 campaign in Innsbruck, with David Villa nabbing a treble and Xabi Alonso also in action. Meanwhile, future red Sotirios Kyrgiakos featured as Greece lost 2-0 to Sweden in Salzburg. 2012 – Future red Mario Balotelli and ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa, Robbie Keane and Fernando Torres all featured in the European Championships Finals in Poland. Honoured at last 2009 - Gerry Byrne and Ian Callaghan finally received World Cup winners’ medals from the Prime Minister. They were not given them at the time, as non-playing members of the 1966 Final side. Babel in action Future red Ryan Babel has twice represented the Netherlands on home turf on this day in history. 2005 - He was on target for the Under-20s as they beat Japan 2-1 in the World Championship Finals in Kerkrade. 2007 - He featured for the Under-21’s in a 1-0 defeat of Israel in the European Championships Finals in Heerenveen.
  9. Will

    9th June

    Digger arrives 1987 - John Barnes was signed from Watford for £900,000. His transfer had been heavily trailed for at least six months, and Kopites were not disappointed by his performances once he arrived, as he helped us to two League titles, FA Cup, League Cup and two FA Charity Shields during an Anfield career in which he scored 108 goals in 407 appearances. He was also twice voted Football Writers’ Player Of The Year, as well as once by his fellow players, eventually moving on to Newcastle United on a free transfer in August 1997. In comes Jordan 2011 – Midfielder Jordan Henderson signed from Sunderland for £16m. He has notched 28 times in 359 reds games to date, becoming club captain and then helping us to claim the UEFA Champions League and League Cup. Ephraim arrives 1910 - Right-back Ephraim Longworth signed from Clapton Orient. He played for the reds 370 times across the next two decades, without finding the back of the net. He helped us to two League titles and became the first Liverpool player to captain England in May 1921. He then served as Reserve team trainer, before joining the ground staff. Happy birthdays 1954 - Forward Alan Waddle was born in Wallsend. He signed from Halifax Town for £40,000 in June 1973 but only made 22 appearances in his four years at Anfield, netting just once, at Goodison Park in December 1973, as his route to the first team was usually blocked by Kevin Keegan and John Toshack, although he was on the bench for the European Cup Final in 1977. He moved on to Leicester City that September. His cousin Chris went on to great things with Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur, Olympique de Marseille and England. 1979 - Late-1990’s reserves winger Nicky Rizzo was born in Sydney. He never made a senior reds appearance, and moved on to Crystal Palace and then lower League football in Italy, but is now back in his homeland running his own soccer school. Ged honoured 2003 - Gérard Houllier was awarded an Honorary OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. On the same day, agreement was reached to sign Steve Finnan from Fulham for £3.5m. He officially completed his move to Anfield three weeks later. On the move 2009 - John Achterberg was appointed goalkeeping coach, leaving his position at Tranmere Rovers. On the same day, ex-reds full-back Julian Dicks left his role as Manager of Wivenhoe Town by mutual consent. Meanwhile, ex-red Titi Camara was appointed Head Coach of Guinea, in addition to his role as National Technical Director. He remained in the top job for just over three months. 2012 - Kevin MacDonald left Aston Villa’s coaching staff after seventeen years with the Villains. 2014 - Former Academy full-back Calum Woods signed for Preston North End, having been released by Huddersfield Town at the end of the previous campaign. He played 82 times before joining Bradford City on a free transfer last January. 2001 - Mike Marsh signed for Boston United from Southport for £15,000. He netted once in seven games for the Pilgrims as they clinched the Conference title. 2017 – Ex- reserves forward Jack Dunn signed for Tranmere Rovers, so far making sixteen senior appearances without notching. 2016 – Future keeper Andy Lonergan joined Wolverhampton Wanderers from Fulham, playing fourteen times before returning to former club Leeds United in August 2017. Tommy for Scotland 1963 - Tommy Lawrence won the first of his three Scotland caps as they lost a friendly 1-0 to the Republic of Ireland at Dalymount Park in Dublin. Fellow red Ian St. John also played. Winning a trophy 1984 - Ian Rush netted in the final minute as we drew 1-1 with Tottenham Hotspur in Swaziland to win the Royal Swazi Sun Soccer Challenge 6-3 on aggregate. On tour We have won US tour games three times on this day over the years. 1946 - We beat Kearny Celtic Scots 3-1, with Cyril Done grabbing a brace and Willie Fagan also netting. 1948 - A New York All Stars lost 5-2 at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. Billy Liddell and Albert Stubbins struck twice each, with Willie Fagan also on the scoresheet. 1953 - Inside-right Sammy Smyth bagged a treble when we thumped St. Louis All Stars 5-1, with Billy Liddell adding a brace. Final caps 1996 - Future red Torben Piechnik won his fifteenth and final cap as a substitute in Denmark’s 1-1 Euro ’96 draw with Portugal at Hillsborough. 1999 - Vladimír Šmicer won his last cap as a Racing Club de Lens player, and 38th in total, as the Czech Republic beat Scotland 3-2 in a Euro 2000 qualifier in Prague, alongside future clubmate Patrik Berger. Meanwhile, Mark Kennedy won his last cap while with Wimbledon, and 22nd to date, as the Republic of Ireland beat FYR Macedonia 1-0 in Dublin, with Robbie Keane playing his ninth and final game while with Wolverhampton Wanderers. On the same day, Nicolas Anelka made his ninth appearance for France, and final one as an Arsenal player, as they won 1-0 in Andorra in another qualifier. Meanwhile, Dean Saunders won his final cap as an SL Benfica player, and 69th in all, as Wales were beaten 2-0 by Denmark at Anfield, a result that kept the Danes on course for a play-off spot. Future reds Craig Bellamy and Paul Jones also played. Robbie Fowler, Haukur Ingi Gudnason, Sami Hyypiä, Jamie Redknapp and future red Emile Heskey all also played in qualifiers that day. 2013 - Mamadou Sakho won his final cap for France as a Paris Saint-Germain player in their 3-0 defeat by Brazil in Porto Alegre. 2011 – Alou Diarra won his last cap as a Girondins de Bordeaux player, his 34th to date, as France beat Poland 1-0 in a friendly in Warsaw. 2008 – Dirk Kuyt played as the Netherlands beat Italy 3-0 in Berne, while ex-red Anelka featured as France were held to a goalless draw by Romania in Zurich. 2000 – Alberto Aquilani won his eighth and final cap for Italy Under-15’s as they lost 2-1 to France. Dirk’s first 2012 - Dirk Kuyt won his first cap as a Fenerbahçe SK player as the Netherlands lost 1-0 to a Denmark side captained by Daniel Agger in a European Championships Finals game in Kharkiv. Ex-red Raúl Meireles also featured in the competition that day, with ex-red Javier Mascherano in friendly action and future red Victor Moses playing in a World Cup qualifier. The Guv’nor in charge 1993 - Future red Paul Ince captained his country for the first time, becoming the first black player ever to skipper England, as they lost 2-0 to the USA in Boston. John Barnes and future red Nigel Clough also played. Meanwhile, Stig Inge Bjørnebye and Øyvind Leonhardsen featured in Norway’s goalless World Cup qualifying draw in the Netherlands. On target 1993 - Ex-red John Aldridge scored the fourth of his eight goals in four games against Latvia as the Republic of Ireland won their World Cup qualifier in Riga 2-0. Ex-reds Ray Houghton and Steve Staunton both also played. 2009 – Albert Riera and Fernando Torres both struck as Spain thumped Azerbaijan 6-0 in a friendly in Baku, with David Villa bagging a treble. Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa and Pepe Reina all also featured. 1996 - Future red Christian Ziege netted in Germany’s 2-0 defeat of the Czech Republic in their Euro ’96 group encounter at Old Trafford. Fellow future reds Markus Babbel and Patrik Berger both also featured. On the same day, Mark Kennedy faced future red Brad Friedel in the US Nike Cup as the USA beat the Republic of Ireland 2-1 in Boston, while future red Mario Balotelli netted for Italy Under-21’s in their 4-0 friendly win in Denmark. 2019 – Roberto Firmino and ex-red Philippe Coutinho scored as Brazil thumped Honduras 7-0 in a friendly in Porto Alegre. Ryan Babel won his last cap as a Fulham player, with Virgil van Dijk captaining a side that also included Gini Wijnaldum as Portugal beat the Netherlands 1-0 in the UEFA Nations League Final in Porto. Trent Alexander-Arnold, Alisson Becker, Joe Gomez, Caoimhín Kelleher and ex-red Raheem Sterling also played for their countries that day. 2018 – Ex-red Iago Aspas scored as Spain beat Tunisia a friendly 1-0 in Russia. 2017 – Philippe Coutinho played in Argentina’s 1-0 friendly defeat by Argentina in Melbourne, with Gini Wijnaldum on target as the Netherlands beat Luxembourg 5-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Rotterdam. Future red Xherdan Shaqiri also played for his country that day. 2013 – Future red Wijnaldum scored in his fourth consecutive game for the Dutch Under-21’s as they thumped Russia 5-1 in a European Championships Finals group game in Jerusalem. Meanwhile, future red Mohamed Salah bagged a treble as Egypt won a World Cup qualifier 4-2 in Zimbabwe. On the same day, future reds Emre Can and Alberto Moreno faced each other at Under-21’s level in a European Championships Finals group game in Israel. In Toulon Future red Nigel Clough appeared in the Toulon Tournament in consecutive years for England Under-21’s. 1987 - They were held by the USSR to a goalless draw. 1988 – England beat Morocco 1-0. Fellow future reds Julian Dicks and Michael Thomas both also featured. 1989 – Future red Neil Ruddock featured in a goalless match with Republic of Ireland in the same competition. 1993 – Jamie Redknapp played in a 1-1 draw with Czech Republic, when future reds Academy coach Mike Sheron struck his fourth and final goal at this level. God married 2001 - Robbie Fowler married Kerrie at Duns Castle in Scotland. They already had two young daughters, Madison and Jaya, with a third following a year later, and have since added a son to their brood. Still the masters 2002 - The Liverpool Legends team won the Irish Masters in Belfast, with former reserves regular John Durnin grabbing both goals in their 2-0 Final victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers. Barclay elected 1890 – William Barclay was elected Vice Chairman of Everton. He later worked as a Secretary-c**-Manager for the first four years of the reds’ existence.
  10. Will

    7th June

    Happy birthday Saint 1938 - Ian St. John was born in Motherwell. He joined from his hometown club in May 1961 for a then club record fee of £37,500. The Saint scored 118 goals in 425 games for the reds, including the winning goal in the 1965 FA Cup Final and also helped us to win two First Division titles, the Second Division and FA Charity Shield, before moving to South Africa in February 1971 to join Hellenic. 1988 – Former reserves centre-half Godwin Antwi was born in Kumasi in Ghana. He appeared in our victorious FA Youth Cup campaign in 2006 but spent most of his time out on loan. He was released in June 2009 and was last seen playing for Melaka United in Malaysia. 1936 – Left-winger Ron Smith was born in Liverpool. He signed amateur terms in 1955, turning professional two years later. However, he moved on to Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic in 1959, having failed to break through to the first team. In comes Cloughie 1993 - Nigel Clough signed from Nottingham Forest for £2,275,000. He was far less successful than expected, scoring just nine times in his 44 reds appearances, despite a bright start of four goals in his first four games. His finest hour probably came when he struck twice to help us come from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 with Manchester United at Anfield in January 1994. He left Anfield for Manchester City in January 1996 for £1.5m. Red trebles 1922 - Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers bagged a hat-trick as we beat Genoa 4-1 in a friendly at their Stadio di Marassi. Dick Forshaw nabbed the other. 1953 - Billy Liddell netted a treble as we beat a Chicago All Stars side 4-2 at Soldier Field, with Kevin Baron also on target. Disaster strikes for Djibril again 2006 - Djibril Cissé broke his leg while winning his thirtieth cap in France’s 3-1 friendly defeat of China in Saint-Étienne. Xabi Alonso, Luis García, Harry Kewell and Pepe Reina all also featured in friendlies that day, with future red Fernando Torres on target in Spain’s 2-1 defeat of Croatia in Geneva. 2017 – Ex-reds Iago Aspas, Sebastián Coates and Pepe Reina all featured in international friendlies. 2019 – Aspas played for Spain again in their 4-1 European Championships qualifying win in the Faroe Islands. Lancs champs again 1947 – We claimed the Lancashire Senior Cup for the seventh time by beating Bury 2-1 at Anfield in the Final. Albert Stubbins and Jack Balmer struck our goals. On the move 2013 – Hungarian keeper Péter Gulácsi joined Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg on a free transfer. He had sat on the reds bench on 51 occasions without making a senior appearance. 2002 - Nicolas Anelka joined Manchester City from Paris Saint-Germain for £13m. He struck 46 times in 103 games for City before joining Fenerbahçe SK for £7m in January 2005. Christian milestones 2000 - Future red Christian Ziege won his fiftieth cap in Germany’s 8-2 trouncing of Liechtenstein in a friendly in Freiburg im Breisgau. Dietmar Hamann and future red Markus Babbel both also played. On the same day, Alberto Aquilani played for Italy Under-15’s as they lost 2-0 to Argentina. 1997 - He won his last cap as a Bayern München player, and 31st to date, as the Germans were held to a goalless draw in a World Cup qualifier in the Ukraine. On the same day, future red Paul Ince featured in England’s 1-0 defeat of France in Le Tournoi in Montpellier, while fellow future red Alex Manninger played in a 3-1 win for Austria Under-21’s in a European Championships qualifying win in Latvia. New contracts 2007 - Xabi Alonso and Pepe Reina both signed new contracts until 2012. Reina was sold to Bayern München for £2m in August 2014 after 394 first-team outings, while Alonso moved to Real Madrid for £30m five years earlier after nineteen goals in 210 games. 2018 – Ovie Ejaria signed a new contract, joining Rangers on loan on the same day. He netted twice in 28 games for the Gers. Final caps 2003 - Ex-red Øyvind Leonhardsen won his 86th and final cap as Norway lost 1-0 to Denmark in a European Championships qualifier in Copenhagen. John Arne Riise also played. Stéphane Henchoz and future reds Yossi Benayoun, Fernando Morientes and Andriy Voronin all also represented their countries that day. 2013 - Lazar Marković won his last cap as a Partizan player in Serbia’s 2-1 World Cup qualifying defeat by Belgium in Brussels, with ex-red Christian Benteke also in action. 2015 - James Milner played for England for the last time while with Manchester City as England were held to a goalless draw by the Republic of Ireland in a friendly in Dublin, with Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana and Raheem Sterling all also featuring for Roy Hodgson’s side. Christian Benteke won his last cap while with Aston Villa in Belgium’s 4-3 friendly win in France. Coaching moves 2012 – Following the sacking of boss Kenny Dalglish, the departures of Steve Clarke and Kevin Keen as First Team Coaches were announced. They had been at the club for seventeen and eleven months, respectively. 2016 – Ex-reds coach Paco Herrera was appointed Manager of Real Valladolid, remaining in charge for a year. Recent international goals 2015 - Lazar Marković scored in Serbia’s 4-1 friendly defeat of Azerbaijan in Austria, while Philippe Coutinho struck his first senior international goal as Brazil beat Mexico 2-0 in Sao Paulo, with future red Roberto Firmino also in action, as AS Monaco’s Fabinho made his senior bow. 2014 – Ex-red Victor Moses netted as Nigeria lost 2-1 to the USA in a friendly in Florida. Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Glen Johnson, Rickie Lambert, Daniel Sturridge and future red Adam Lallana all featured for Roy Hodgson’s England as they were held to a goalless draw by Honduras in the same state. Also in international action hat day were future red Divock Origi and ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Robbie Keane, Javier Mascherano and Maxi Rodríguez. 2013 – Ex-red Robbie Keane grabbed a treble as the Republic of Ireland beat the Faroe Islands 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Dublin. On the same day, reserves forward Krisztián Adorján struck for Hungary Under-21’s in their 2-1 European Championships qualifying defeat of Albania. Also in World Cup action that day were future red Mario Balotelli and ex-reds Alberto Aquilani, Alexander Kačaniklić, Javier Mascherano and Raúl Meireles. 2011 – Ex-red Xabi Alonso netted in Spain’s 3-0 friendly win in Venezuela, with ex-red Fernando Torres also in action. 2008 – Future red Raúl Meireles bagged his first senior international goal as Portugal beat Turkey 2-0 in a European Championships group game in Geneva. 2003 - Sami Hyypiä was on target as Finland beat Serbia & Montenegro 3-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Helsinki. Ex-red Jari Litmanen also played. On the same day, El-Hadji Diouf netted as Senegal beat Gambia 3-1 in an African Cup of Nations qualifier in Dakar, with Salif Diao also in the side. Meanwhile, future red Robbie Keane scored his first goal as a Tottenham Hotspur player in the Republic of Ireland’s 2-1 Euro 2004 qualifying defeat of Albania. 2002 - Future red Fernando Morientes bagged a brace as Spain beat Paraguay 3-1 in a World Cup Finals group game in South Korea. Meanwhile, Emile Heskey and Michael Owen both featured in England’s 1-0 defeat of Argentina in Japan, with Owen winning the penalty from which England scored. Stan from a corner 1992 - Ex-red Steve Staunton scored for the Republic of Ireland direct from a corner as they beat Portugal 2-0 in the US Cup in Boston. Ray Houghton and ex-red John Aldridge both also featured. This was Stan’s first strike in his first spell as an Aston Villa player, and he also converted direct from a corner against Northern Ireland at Lansdowne Road ten months later! King Kenny on target 1979 - Kenny Dalglish struck in Scotland’s 4-0 thumping of Norway in a European Championships qualifier in Oslo. Future red John Wark was also in the side. 1978 - Dalglish also turned out as the Scots were held to a 1-1 draw by Iran in a World Cup fixture in Argentina. In the process he became his country’s most capped player with 56, going on to play 102 times in total, still a record. Thumped at Deepdale 1941 - We were beaten 6-1 at Preston North End in a Wartime League game with Thomas Lyon bagging our consolation in his only ever guest appearance for the reds. First and last caps 2018 – Trent Alexander-Arnold made his senior England debut in their 2-0 friendly defeat of Costa Rica at Elland Road, with Jordan Henderson also in action. Liam Millar played for Canada Under-23’s on the same day. 2011 - John Arne Riise won his last cap as a Roma player in their 1-0 friendly victory over Lithuania in Oslo, with Krisztián Németh playing his game for Hungary as an Olympiacos player, as they won 3-0 in San Marino in a European Championships qualifier. Lucas was also in international action that day. 1972 - Kevin Keegan and Larry Lloyd both won their final England Under-23’s caps as they held the USSR to a goalless draw in Kiev. 1997 – Future reds reserve Haukur Ingi Gudnason made his debut for Iceland Under-21’s in their 1-1 European Championships qualifying draw in FYR Macedonia. 1995 - Dean Saunders won his last cap as an Aston Villa player, and 49th in total. Wales were beaten 1-0 in Cardiff by Georgia in a Euro ‘96 qualifier, with Ian Rush also playing. Ex-red Jim Magilton and future reds Patrik Berger and Markus Babbel also won international caps that day. 1992 - Saunders also played for his country as they won a friendly in Japan 1-0. Tony on a run 1969 - Ex-red Tony Hateley scored in the third of all seven games of an FA Tour as England thumped a New Zealand Squad XI 5-0 in Hamilton. He netted a total of seventeen goals on the tour. World Cup reds 2008 – Harry Kewell skippered Australia as they lost 1-0 to Iraq in a World Cup qualifier in Dubai. Meanwhile, Nabil El Zhar won his third cap as he appeared from the bench as Morocco won 4-1 in Mauritania. Digger’s last game 2009 – John Barnes took charge of his last game as Manager of Jamaica as they beat Panama 3-2 in a friendly in Kingston. Meanwhile, ex-red Rigobert Song captained Cameroon in their goalless World Cup qualifier against Morocco in Yaoundé, with future red Oussama Assaidi also in action for his country that day. In Toulon A host of other reds have played in the Under-21’s Toulon Tournament on this day in history. 1993/1994 - Jamie Redknapp featured in 2-0 defeats of Portugal in both years, with the second victory coming in the Final, alongside Dominic Matteo, while future reds Academy coach Mike Sheron played in the first game. Future reds Michael Thomas and Neil Ruddock had played in the late 1980’s. 2009 – Gerardo Bruna played for Argentina as they drew 1-1 with the United Arab Emirates. Meanwhile, future red Christian Benteke scored twice as Belgium Under-19’s thumped Sweden in a friendly in Genk. Carra honoured 2011 - Jamie Carragher was named Philanthropist of the Year at the Spirit of Merseyside Awards at the Philharmonic Hall, for his charity work with the 23 Foundation. Family changes 2014 – Joe Allen married Lacey-Jo Hughes, while young Spanish forward Luis Alberto was wed to Patricia Venegas. 2012 - Maxi Rodríguez became a father to his second daughter, Aitana. 2008 – Future red Robbie Keane married Claudine Palmer in Ballybrack, South Dublin. 2002 - Grégory Vignal became a father as his girlfriend Naomi gave birth to a girl called Lorenza.
  11. Will

    6th June

    Ciao Rushie 1986 - Ian Rush signed for Juventus for £3.2m, but was shortly loaned back to the reds, before finally joining the ‘Old Lady’ the following summer. He started off brightly, netting six times in ten pre-season friendlies. He struck eight times in 29 Serie A matches in his one season there, as well as a further six goals for Juventus in other competitions. He was never on the losing side once he had scored, helping the Turin outfit to qualify for the UEFA Cup after a difficult season. Berger off 2003 - Patrik Berger joined Portsmouth on a free transfer. He had netted 35 times in 196 reds games, helping us to claim the UEFA Cup, FA Cup and FA Charity Shield in 2001, setting up Michael Owen for his second goal in Cardiff. Cashing in 1928 - We received a club record £7,500 fee from Chelsea for outside-left Alf Hanson in June 1938. He had stuck 52 times in 177 outings since arriving from Everton in November 1931, as well as three in sixteen Wartime games, and he netted nine times in 46 games for the Blues. In the World Cup 2002 - Future reds El-Hadji Diouf and Salif Diao both played for Senegal in their 1-1 World Cup draw with Christian Poulsen’s Denmark in Daegu. Diao had an eventful game – first conceding a penalty, then rounding off a fantastic team goal, before finally being sent off for a rash challenge. Meanwhile, ex-red Rigobert Song skippered Cameroon as they beat Saudi Arabia 1-0 in Saitama. Future red Djibril Cissé came on as a substitute as France were held to a goalless draw by Uruguay in Busan, to leave their chances of qualification for the knock-out phase hanging by a thread. Death of McVean 1907 - Forward Malcolm McVean died. He had scored our first ever League goal, and bagged 43 in total in 126 reds games, helping us to the Lancashire League title and two Second Division championships. Sami the Frenchman 1998 - Future red Sami Hyypiä played for France, wearing Marcel Desailly’s shirt, as they were a man short for their friendly encounter with HJK Helsinki, just prior to their victorious World Cup campaign. Future red Craig Bellamy and ex-red Dean Saunders both represented the right country on the same day, as Wales were thumped 4-0 in a friendly in Tunisia. 2014 - Sami was appointed Manager of Brighton & Hove Albion. He resigned just six months later after leading them to just six victories in 26 games in charge. D-Day all over again 1964 - Alf Arrowsmith netted as we drew 1-1 in a friendly encounter with German side Meidericher Spielverein at the Empire Stadium in Vancouver on our North American tour. This game was played on the twentieth anniversary of D-Day, and Ian St. John was sent off, alongside a German player. Newly in reserve 2009 – John McMahon, Steve’s brother, was appointed as our new Reserve Team Manager. He led them to third place in the League in his first campaign in charge, but he left the club in March 2011. International bows 1998 - Reserves forward Haukur Ingi Gudnason made his senior international debut as Iceland drew 1-1 with South Africa in a friendly in Germany. On the same day, reserves winger Nicky Rizzo won his only senior cap as Australia were thumped 7-0 in Croatia. 1984 – Future reds Assistant Manager Colin Pascoe won the first of his ten senior caps as Wales lost a friendly 1-0 in Norway, with ex-red Joey Jones also in the side. Three times for Stéph 1998 - Stéphane Henchoz played in three internationals on this day, firstly in a 1-1 friendly draw with Yugoslavia in Basel. 2001 – He featured as they lost a World Cup qualifier 1-0 to Slovenia at the same venue. 2004 - He also appeared in a 1-0 friendly defeat of Liechtenstein in Zurich. Friendly defeats 1939 - We lost 5-2 to Elfsborg in Sweden, with Willie Fagan bagging a brace 1942 - We were beaten 3-2 at Anfield by a Liverpool Services side, with John Wharton and Fred Haycock on target. Czechs on target 1995 - Future red Vladimír Šmicer netted while winning his second cap for Czech Republic Under-21’s as they trounced Luxembourg 7-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Dudelange. 2001 - Milan Baroš was on target as the Czech Republic beat Northern Ireland 3-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Teplice. Future clubmate Patrik Berger also played. 2004 - Baroš also bagged a brace, playing alongside Šmicer in a 2-0 friendly defeat of Estonia at the same venue. Dietmar Hamann and future reds Javier Mascherano and Momo Sissoko also played for their countries that day, while Rigobert Song netted his only goal for Cameroon as a Racing Club de Lens player in their 2-1 World Cup qualifying defeat of Benin in Yaoundé. On the same day, future red Mark González won his first cap in a home game, and ninth to date, as Chile drew 1-1 with Brazil in a World Cup qualifier in Santiago. This was also his final cap as a Club Deportivo Universidad Católica player. Crouchie on target 2007 - Peter Crouch, future red Joe Cole and ex-red Michael Owen all struck in England’s 3-0 Euro 2008 qualifying win in Estonia, with Steven Gerrard and future red Stewart Downing also featuring. Meanwhile, Yossi Benayoun won his final cap as a West Ham United player in Israel’s 2-0 win in Andorra. Djibril Cissé won his last cap as a reds player as a substitute in France’s 1-0 defeat of Georgia in another qualifier in Auxerre, with ex-red Nicolas Anelka also appearing. Daniel Agger, Xabi Alonso, Pepe Reina, John Arne Riise and future reds Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Dejan Lovren and Martin Škrtel all also played in qualifiers, with Roy Hodgson taking charge of Finland and Dirk Kuyt and Javier Mascherano in friendly action. Other international reds on target 1999 - Rigobert Song netted his only goal as a reds player as Cameroon beat Eritrea 1-0 in an African Cup of Nations qualifier in Yaoundé. 1993 - Dean Saunders bagged his first goal for Wales as an Aston Villa player, on his fortieth appearance overall, as they won 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier in the Faroe Islands. Ian Rush was also on the scoresheet, while winning his sixtieth cap. 1974 - Celtic’s Kenny Dalglish, on as a substitute, scored the winner four minutes from time in Scotland’s 2-1 win in Norway, in a warm-up game just before the World Cup in West Germany. 2013 – Future red Gini Wijnaldum scored for the Dutch Under-21’s in their 3-2 European Championship Finals defeat of Germany in Israel, with fellow future red Alberto Moreno also in action. 2009 – Ex-red Emile Heskey struck in England’s 4-0 World Cup qualifying win in Kazakhstan. Daniel Agger, Ryan Babel, Andrea Dossena, Steven Gerrard, Sami Hyypiä, Dirk Kuyt, Javier Mascherano, future reds Glen Johnson, Milan Jovanović, Christian Poulsen and Luis Suárez and ex-reds Mark González, Robbie Keane, Harry Kewell, Jari Litmanen and John Arne Riise all also featured in qualifiers, with John Toshack taking charge of Wales. Meanwhile, Péter Gulácsi, Krisztián Németh, David N’Gog and future red Gini Wijnaldum all played in junior internationals. 2000 - Future red Nicolas Anelka scored as France thumped host nation Morocco 5-1 in the Final of the Hassan II Tournament. Phil Babb, Brad Friedel and ex-reds Mark Kennedy and Jason McAteer also played for their countries that day. 2019 – Ex-red Raheem Sterling skippered England while reaching a half century of caps as they lost 3-1 after extra time to the Netherlands in their UEFA Nations League Semi-final in Portugal, with Virgil van Dijk captaining the winning side. Jordan Henderson, Gini Wijnaldum and ex-red Ryan Babel all also featured. Caoimhín Kelleher and ex-red Philippe Coutinho both also represented their countries that day. Final reds caps 1981 - Ray Clemence won his 56th and final cap as a Liverpool player as England beat Hungary 3-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Budapest. Ex-red Kevin Keegan captained the side and netted from the spot, while Terry McDermott, Phil Neal and Phil Thompson all also played. 1979 - All bar McDermott had also played for England as they won a European Championships qualifier 3-0 in Bulgaria. 2016 – Jordan Rossiter skippered England Under-19’s as they lost a friendly 1-0 to Mexico, with Sheyi Ojo and future red Dominic Solanke also in action. 2001 - Christian Ziege won his final cap as a red, and 59th in total, as Germany won a World Cup qualifier 2-0 in Albania. Robbie Fowler, Steven Gerrard, Emile Heskey, Michael Owen, future reds Yossi Benayoun, Jerzy Dudek and Paul Jones and ex-reds Øyvind Leonhardsen and Steve McManaman also all played in qualifiers that day. 2007 – Charlie Adam won his last cap as a Rangers player as Scotland won a European Championships qualifier 2-0 in the Faroe Islands. 2008 - Alexander Doni won his final cap as a Roma player in Brazil’s 2-0 defeat by Venezuela in a friendly in the USA. 2014 - Lazar Marković won his last cap as an SL Benfica player as they lost 2-0 to Brazil in São Paulo. Future red Dejan Lovren also featured in friendly action that day. Euro champions 2015 - Ex-reds Javier Mascherano and Luis Suárez both played as Barcelona beat Juventus 3-1 in the UEFA Champions League Final in Berlin. On the move 2018 – The appointment of Philipp Jacobsen as the club’s new Medical Rehabilitation & Performance Manager was announced. 2015 - Forward Danny Ings agreed to sign from Burnley on 1st July. He only struck four times in 25 games as he suffered two serious injuries, spending last season on loan at Southampton whom he is due to join permanently in July. 2014 – Yossi Benayoun re-signed for Israeli side Maccabi Haifa from Queens Park Rangers, where he had first risen to prominence. 1995 - Former reserves centre-back Mark Seagraves signed for Swindon Town from Bolton Wanderers for £100,000. He went on to make 79 appearances in three years with the Robins.
  12. Will

    5th June

    Ton up for Stan 2002 - Ex-red Steve Staunton won his hundredth international cap, skippering the Republic of Ireland in their 1-1 World Cup Finals draw with Germany in Ibaraki, with future red Robbie Keane on target. Dietmar Hamann, future red Steve Finnan and ex-red Christian Ziege all also played. Meanwhile, Abel Xavier sat out Portugal’s shock 3-2 defeat by the USA in Suwon, for whom ex-red Brad Friedel was between the sticks. Steve Staunton has turned out for the Republic of Ireland twice more on this day in history. 1994 - He took part in their first meeting with the Czech Republic since the break-up of Czechoslovakia. The Czechs won 3-1, with future reds Phil Babb and Jason McAteer playing alongside ex-red John Aldridge. Stig Inge Bjørnebye also represented his country in a friendly that day. 2001 - He featured in a 2-0 World Cup qualifying win in Estonia. Future reds Joe Cole, Jermaine Pennant and Christian Poulsen were both in Under-21’s action that day. 2010 – Poulsen played for the senior Danish side as they lost a friendly 1-0 in South Africa. Daniel Agger, Dirk Kuyt, Martin Škrtel and future reds Milan Jovanović and Xherdan Shaqiri all also turned out in friendlies that day. Double trebles 1946 - Forward Willie Fagan and winger Bob Priday both scored hat-tricks as we thumped Ulster United 11-1 at the Maple Leaf Stadium in Toronto on our North American tour. Jack Balmer also netted twice, with Berry Nieuwenhuys, Cyril Done and Phil Taylor also on target. Willkommen 1998 - South African striker Sean Dundee signed from Karlsruher SC for £1.8m. He had claimed to be “as fast as Michael Owen”, a fanciful boast that was shown up in his five first-team games before he returned to Germany to join VfB Stuttgart after just one year at Anfield. New management 2018 – Pep Lijnders re-joined the coaching staff after half a season away as Manager of N.E.C.. 2001 - Reds boss Rafael Benítez joined Valencia. He led them to two La Liga titles and the UEFA Cup in his three years at the Mestalla, before arriving at Anfield three years later. 2009 – Brendan Rodgers was appointed Manager of Reading. However, disappointing results led to him leaving by mutual consent that December. He had led them to just six victories in 23 games in charge. 2006 - Former First Team Coach Paco Herrera was introduced to the press as Director of Football at R.C.D. Espanyol. He helped them to mid-table in La Liga and the UEFA Cup Final in his first season. On the same day, ex-reserves midfielder Jim Magilton was appointed Manager of Ipswich Town. He was in charge for three seasons, failing to take them to the play-offs or automatic promotion. Sammy the skipper 1981 - Sammy Lee captained England Under-21’s for the first time, while winning his third cap, as they won a European Championships qualifier in Hungary 2-1. First caps 1999 - Sami Hyypiä won his first cap as a reds player, making his 27th appearance in total in Finland’s 4-2 European Championships qualifying home defeat by Turkey, with future red Jari Litmanen also playing. Meanwhile, Abel Xavier won his tenth cap for Portugal, and last one while with PSV Eindhoven, in their 1-0 win over Slovakia in Lisbon. On the same day, Dinamo Zagreb’s Igor Bišcan made his senior international debut as a substitute in Croatia’s 1-1 draw with FYR Macedonia in Skopje. Meanwhile, Patrik Berger netted in the Czech Republic’s 2-0 win in Estonia, also a European Championships qualifier. Future red Vladimír Šmicer also played. Other future reds in international action that day were Craig Bellamy, Paul Jones and Fernando Morientes, as well as ex-red Dean Saunders. 2007 – Roma’s Alexander Doni made his senior international bow as Brazil were held to a goalless draw by Turkey in a friendly in Dortmund, with future reds loanee Nuri Şahin also featuring. 2015 - Krisztián Németh won his first cap as a Sporting Kansas City player as Hungary thumped Lithuania 4-0 in Jerusalem. On the same day, future reds Danny Ings and Gini Wijnaldum, and ex-red Charlie Adam all also played for their countries. 2017 – Ex-reds Christian Benteke and Péter Gulácsi featured for their countries in friendlies, with future red Dominic Solanke netting for England Under-20’s as they beat Mexico 1-0 in their World Cup Quarter-final in South Korea, with Ovie Ejaria also in action. Final caps 1963 - Jimmy Melia won his second and final cap, netting in England’s 8-1 friendly trouncing of Switzerland in Basel. 1974 - Alec Lindsay made his fourth and final senior appearance in England’s 2-2 friendly draw with Yugoslavia in Belgrade. Kevin Keegan was on target, while Emlyn Hughes captained a side that also included Ray Clemence. 1985 - Joey Jones won his final cap as a Chelsea player, and 66th in total, as Wales lost 4-2 to Norway in a friendly in Bergen. 1991 - Dean Saunders made his final appearance for Wales as a Derby County player as they beat Germany 1-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Cardiff, thanks to an Ian Rush goal. Future red Jari Litmanen also played for his country that day. 2005 - El-Hadji Diouf won his final cap as a reds player as Senegal held Congo to a goalless draw in a World Cup qualifier in Brazzaville. 2016 – Naby Keïta won his last cap as a Red Bull Salzburg player as Guinea lost an African Cup of Nations qualifier 1-0 in Eswatini, with future reds loanee Nuri Şahin also playing for his country that day. 2009 – Şahin featured again as Turkey lost 1-0 in a friendly in France, with ex-red Nicolas Anelka on the winning side. Luis on target 2013 – Luis Suárez came off the bench to strike the only goal of Uruguay’s friendly meeting with France in Montevideo, with Sebastián Coates also in action. Jordan Henderson skippered an England Under-21’s side on the same day that also included Jack Robinson, Jonjo Shelvey and future reds Steven Caulker and Nathaniel Clyne as they lost 1-0 to Fabio Borini’s Italy in a European Championships Finals group game in Tel-Aviv. 2014 – Coates also featured as Uruguay beat Slovenia 2-0 in Montevideo, with Ryan McLaughlin and Kolo Touré both also representing their countries. Tommy in trouble 2007 - Reds legend Tommy Smith suffered a heart attack. Fortunately, he has recovered fully. Winning a trophy 1983 - We won the Vita Cup, beating now-defunct Hong Kong side Bulova 2-0. Mark Lawrenson and Robert Savage were on target. Arsenal’s Pat Jennings and Alan Sunderland both guested for the opposition. Birth and death 1950 – Joe Fagan’s son Kit was born in Manchester. He made two senior reds outings before moving to Tranmere Rovers in July 1971, for whom he played 84 League games. 1952 - Forward Fred Buck died in Stafford. He only scored once in thirteen reds games after arriving from West Bromwich Albion in May 1903, moving on to Plymouth Argyle a year later. In the Toulon Tournament 2004 - Florent Sinama-Pongolle was on the scoresheet as France Under-21’s beat Colombia 2-0 in Aubagne. 1994 - Dominic Matteo and Jamie Redknapp both played as England beat Belgium 2-1 in the Semi-final in Berre. 1988 - Future red Nigel Clough nabbed a brace as England beat Mexico 2-1 in the Stade Mayol. Fellow future red Julian Dicks was dismissed while Michael Thomas also played. 1989 - Southampton’s Neil Ruddock made his debut at the same level as a substitute in England’s 3-2 defeat by Bulgaria in the same stadium. Future reds on target 2004 - Fernando Morientes netted in Spain’s 4-0 friendly defeat of Andorra in Getafe, with fellow future reds Xabi Alonso and Fernando Torres also featuring. Meanwhile, Robbie Keane bagged the only goal of the Republic of Ireland’s friendly against the Netherlands, with Steve Finnan also in the side. Jamie Carragher, Jerzy Dudek, Steven Gerrard, Michael Owen, future reds Joe Cole and Christian Poulsen and ex-red Emile Heskey all also played for their countries that day. 2012 – Gini Wijnaldum netted his last goal for the Dutch Under-21’s while with PSV Eindhoven as they thrashed Bulgaria 5-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Maastricht, with future reds loanee Nuri Şahin also in international action. 2011 – Future red Daniel Sturridge scored his last goal for England Under-21’s as they beat Norway 2-0 in a friendly in Southampton. On the same day, future red Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain won his last cap for the Under-19’s as England drew 1-1 with Spain in a European Championships qualifier in Switzerland, with Conor Coady, Tom Ince, Michael Ngoo, Jack Robinson, Andre Wisdom and future red Fabio Borini all also in action. 2007 – Jose Enrique struck the only goal of the game as Spain Under-21’s beat Georgia in a European Championships Finals game in Tbilisi. Future red James Milner also featured at this level that day. 1999 – Reds reserves forward Haukur Ingi Guðnason scored his only Under-21’s goal as Iceland beat Armenia 2-0 in a European Championships qualifier. Falling at the last hurdle 2019 – Xherdan Shaqiri played as Switzerland lost 3-1 to host nation Portugal in their UEFA Nations League Semi-final. Mr & Mrs Barclay 1878 – The club’s first Manager, William Barclay, married Emily Jane King at Bleasdale Church in Lancashire. He worked as a Secretary-c**-Manager for the first four years of the club’s existence, having previously been Vice Chairman of Everton. On the move 2013 – It was announced that keeper Adrián would sign for West Ham United from Real Betis Balompié on 1st July of that year. He turned out on 150 occasions for the Irons, before joining the reds in August 2019.
  13. Will

    4th June

    Kenny defeats the auld enemy 1977 - Kenny Dalglish scored the winning goal past Ray Clemence as Scotland defeated England 2-1 at Wembley to clinch the British International Championships. Skipper Emlyn Hughes, Ray Kennedy and Phil Neal were also in the England side that day. In the World Cup 2002 - Jerzy Dudek was on the losing side as Poland went down 2-0 to South Korea in their opening World Cup match in Busan. 1986 - Graeme Souness won his first cap as a Rangers player, skippering Scotland in their 1-0 defeat of Denmark in the World Cup Finals in Mexico. Jan Mølby and Steve Nicol also featured. Rushie’s last Italian goal 1988 - Ian Rush bagged his final Wales goal as a Juventus player as they beat Italy 1-0 in a friendly in Brescia. Future red Dean Saunders also played. Double capture 2007 - Skipper Steven Gerrard and vice-captain Jamie Carragher both signed new four-year contracts. Each subsequently further extended these, although both have now left the club. 2015 - James Milner agreed to sign from Manchester City on 1st July of that year, so far netting 26 times in 210 reds games, helping us to claim the UEFA Champions League in Madrid in June 2019 as well as skippering the side on many occasions. On the same day, centre-forward Adam Morgan signed for Accrington Stanley. Happy birthdays 1905 - Centre-half David Davidson was born in Aberdeen. He signed from Forfar Athletic in July 1928, going on to score twice in his 62 reds appearances. He moved on to Newcastle United in January 1930. 1974 - Ex-reserves forward Steven Gillespie was born in Liverpool. He never made our first team and is now with League Two side Fleetwood Town. 1977 – Austrian keeper Alex Manninger was born in Salzburg. He signed from Augsburg on a free transfer in July 2016, featuring on the bench on just four occasions before retiring at the end of the season. More international goalscorers 2011 – Ex-red Robbie Keane scored his fiftieth international goal, skippering the Republic of Ireland to a 2-0 European Championships qualifying defeat of FYR Macedonia in Skopje. On the same day, ex-red Yossi Benayoun netted as Israel won another qualifier 2-1 in Latvia, while Fernando Torres struck as Spain beat the USA 4-0 in a friendly in Foxborough, with Pepe Reina and fellow ex-reds Xabi Alonso and Álvaro Arbeloa also featuring. Future red Oussama Assaidi also scored in Morocco’s 4-0 thumping of Algeria in an African Cup of Nations qualifier in Marrakech. 2016 – Future red Gini Wijnaldum scored as the Netherlands won a friendly 2-0 in Austria while winning his last cap as a Newcastle United player. Toni Silva netted his only goal for Guinea-Bissau while playing for Clube de Futebol União, in their 3-2 African Cup of Nations qualifying defeat of Zambia. Mohamed Salah scored both goals while winning his last cap before making his loan move to Roma permanent as Egypt won an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier 2-0 in Tanzania. On the same day, Emre Can, Philippe Coutinho, Sheyi Ojo, Jordan Rossiter, Martin Škrtel, Brad Smith and future reds Andy Robertson, Dominic Solanke and Virgil van Dijk all also featured in international action. 2017 – Gini Wijnaldum and ex-red Sebastián Coates both played for their countries in friendlies. 2014 – Ex-reds Javier Mascherano and Maxi Rodríguez both netted as Argentina beat Trinidad & Tobago 3-0 in a friendly in Buenos Aires. On the same day, Joe Allen skippered Wales, with future reds Mario Balotelli, Mohamed Salah and Gini Wijnaldum, and ex-reds Alberto Aquilani and Carl Medjani also featuring in friendlies. 1996 - Future red Christian Ziege was on the scoresheet as Germany thumped Liechtenstein 9-1 in a friendly in Mannheim. Mark Kennedy appeared as a substitute for the Republic of Ireland in their 3-1 friendly defeat in the Netherlands on the same day. 1964 - Roger Hunt netted in England’s 1-1 Copa de las Naciones draw with Portugal in São Paulo, Brazil. Peter Thompson was also in the side. First caps 2014 – Jon Flanagan won his first senior cap as Roy Hodgson’s England drew 2-2 with Ecuador in Miami. Rickie Lambert struck while making his first appearance as a red, with Raheem Sterling dismissed and Jordan Henderson and future reds Adam Lallana, James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also featuring. More final caps 2013 – Ex-red Jerzy Dudek won his sixtieth and last cap for Poland, captaining them in their 2-0 friendly defeat of Liechtenstein in Krakow while wearing the number sixty shirt. 1999 - Dietmar Hamann won his last cap as a Newcastle United player, and seventeenth in total, as Germany thumped Moldova 6-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Leverkusen. Fellow future red Markus Babbel also played. 2005 - Yossi Benayoun won his last cap as a Real Racing Club de Santander player in Israel’s 2-2 World Cup qualifying draw with the Republic of Ireland at Lansdowne Road. Future red Robbie Keane struck his 25th senior international goal in this game. 2011 – Stewart Downing won his last cap before his switch to Anfield as England drew 2-2 with Switzerland in a European Championships qualifier at Wembley, while Emiliano Insúa won his fourth and last cap as a reds player as Argentina lost a friendly 2-1 in Poland. Meanwhile, Oussam Assaidi bagged his first goal for Morocco, his only one while with SC Heerenveen, in their 4-0 thumping of Algeria in an African Cup of Nations qualifier in Marrakech. Glen Johnson, Dirk Kuyt, Lucas Leiva, Raúl Meireles, Christian Poulsen, future reds James Milner and Xherdan Shaqiri, and ex-red John Arne Riise all also featured for their countries that day. 2012 - Krisztián Németh played his final games for Hungary as a RKC Waalwijk player, up against ex-red Robbie Keane’s Republic of Ireland side in a game that ended goalless in Budapest, with keeper Ádám Bogdán also featuring. Nic from the spot 2000 - Real Madrid’s Nicolas Anelka was on target in a penalty shout-out after France and Japan had drawn 2-2 in the Hassan II Tournament in Morocco. France won 4-2 on penalties to progress to the Final. Phil Babb, future reds Jerzy Dudek and Robbie Keane, and ex-reds Mark Kennedy and Jason McAteer all also represented their countries on this day. 1999 - Anelka also played for France as they lost 3-2 to Russia in a Euro 2000 qualifier at the Stade de France. 2010 – Anelka featured as China beat France 1-0 in a friendly on the French island of Réunion. 250 for Ireland 1989 - John Aldridge, Ray Houghton, Steve Staunton and ex-red Kevin Sheedy all appeared in the Republic of Ireland’s 250th full international match, as they beat Hungary 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier at Lansdowne Road, with István Kozma winning his only cap as a Girondins de Bordeaux player for the visitors. 1992 - All of the Irish bar Sheedy also played for their country, losing 2-0 to Italy in a US Cup match in Boston. Also in international action 2005 - Milan Baroš and Vladimír Šmicer both struck for the Czech Republic as they thumped Andorra 8-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Liberec, with Vladi’s goal being his final one as a reds player. Ex-red Rigobert Song nabbed his first goal while with Galatasaray in Cameroon’s 4-1 qualifying win in Benin, while future red Dirk Kuyt struck as the Netherlands beat Romania 2-0 in his home stadium. Philipp Degen won his fourth and final cap as a Basel player as Switzerland won a qualifier 3-1 in the Faroe Islands. Jerzy Dudek, Luis García, John Arne Riise and future reds Maxi Rodríguez, Fernando Torres and Andriy Voronin all also played in World Cup matches, while John Welsh skippered England Under-20’s in the Toulon tournament. 2006 - Kuyt also represented his country, alongside Jan Kromkamp who was winning his eleventh and final cap, as the Netherlands were held to a 1-1 friendly draw by Australia, also in Feyenoord. Future reds loanee Nuri Şahin also played for his country that day. 2008 – Torres also played for Spain as they beat the USA 1-0 in a friendly in Santander, alongside Xabi Alonso and Álvaro Arbeloa, with Javier Mascherano and future red Maxi Rodríguez also in friendly action. 2018 – Virgil van Dijk skippered the Netherlands as they drew 1-1 with Italy in a friendly in Turin, with Gini Wijnaldum and ex-red Ryan Babel also in action. On the same day, Marko Grujić played as Serbia lost 1-0 to Chile in Austria. Rafa honoured 2008 – Reds boss Rafael Benítez was presented with an Honorary Doctorate from the Miguel Hernandez University (Elche) in Spain. No longer in charge 1969 - Sir Matt Busby resigned as Manager of Manchester United for the first time. He had led our deadly rivals to the European Cup, five League titles and two FA Cups. He was soon to be replaced by Wilf McGuinness, a former ‘Busby babe’. A new deal 2009 – The club announced a three-year partnership deal with international tyre company Maxxis. On the same day, David N’Gog played for France Under-21’s in the Toulon Tournament as they beat Qatar 1-0. Also on the move 2007 - Don Hutchison was released by Coventry City after four goals in forty outings. He found a new club later in the summer when he joined Luton Town. 2019 – The departures of left-back Alberto Moreno and forward Daniel Sturridge were announced. Moreno struck three times in 141 reds games after signing for £12m from his hometown club Sevilla in August 2014. Sturridge had signed from Chelsea for £12m in January 2013, netting an impressive 67 times in 160 reds games.
  14. Will

    2nd June

    Happy birthday Marks 1957 - Mark Lawrenson was born in Preston. He joined us for a then-record fee of £900,000 from Brighton & Hove Albion in August 1981, going on to make 356 appearances, netting eighteen times while helping us to win four League titles, one European Cup, one FA Cup, three League Cups, the FA Charity Shield and Screen Sport Super Cup in his time at Anfield, before taking over as Oxford United boss in March 1988. 1964 - Mark Everton Walters was born in Birmingham. The most famous of his 124 games in a red shirt came when he inspired a UEFA Cup comeback against Auxerre in 1991, as he remained on the bench for both the 1992 FA Cup Final and League Cup Final in 1995. He also scored the crucial second goal in our defeat of Manchester United that handed the title to Leeds United in April 1992, one of his nineteen reds strikes after signing from Rangers for £1.25m in August 1991. He left Anfield to join Southampton on a free transfer in January 1996. Double signing 1999 - Stéphane Henchoz signed from relegated Blackburn Rovers for £3.5m, two weeks after his future partner Sami Hyypiä arrived from Dutch side Willem II. Stéph failed to score in his 205 reds appearances, but was a defensive rock, helping us to claim the UEFA Cup, FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, FA Charity Shield and two League Cups before joining Celtic in January 2005. On the same day, Aboubakar ‘Titi’ Camara signed from Marseille for £2.6m. He scored ten times in 37 reds games, most famously the only goal of the game at home to West Ham United on the day his father died. He joined the Hammers for £2.2m in December 2000, although he only made fourteen appearances for them, before being loaned to Al-Ittihad in Saudi Arabia. More arrivals 2014 – Kirkby-born forward Rickie Lambert signed from Southampton for £4m, although he only managed to strike three times in 36 outings across his one season with the reds, with only twelve of these being starts. He moved on to West Bromwich Albion in July 2015. 1997 - Attacking midfielder Øyvind Leonhardsen signed from Wimbledon for £3.5m. He stayed at Anfield for two years, making 49 appearances, many in an uncomfortable left-sided role. He scored seven times before being sold to Tottenham Hotspur for £3m in August 1999. Six farewells 2003 - Pegguy Arphexad, Patrik Berger, Bernard Diomède, Vegard Heggem, Stephen McNulty and Mark Peers were all released by the club. Heggem had netted three times in a total of 65 reds games, but injury brought his career to an end, while Berger had struck 35 goals in 196 appearances. Back in black 1936 - We wore a black kit as we beat Romanian side Ripensia Timisoara 2-1 in a friendly as Alf Hanson netted in his third consecutive game of our Eastern European tour, with Syd Roberts also on target. 1939 - We thumped a Swedish Combination side 6-0. Phil Taylor bagged a treble, with Berry Nieuwenhuys adding a brace and Harry Eastham also on target. Reds in the World Cup 2002 - England drew their opening World Cup match with Sweden 1-1 in Saitama. Michael Owen and Emile Heskey both played the full ninety minutes, with Owen ending the game as captain after David Beckham’s substitution, and future red Joe Cole also featuring. Meanwhile, future red Fernando Morientes came off the bench as Spain beat Slovenia 3-1 in Gwangju. Double trebles 1946 - Jack Balmer scored four goals and Willie Fagan bagged a hat-trick as we thumped Chicago Maroons 9-3 in a friendly at Soldier Field. Phil Taylor and Bob Priday also scored. Rafa stays on 2006 - Rafael Benítez signed a new four-year contract, after continued speculation linking him with a return to his native land to take over at Real Madrid. He led us to the European Cup, FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FA Community Shield during his six seasons as we won 194 of his 350 games as Manager. Derby disappointment 1941 - We only got on the scoresheet through a Jones own goal as we lost a Wartime League derby 3-1 at Goodison Park. Other departures 2007 - It was announced that Joint Chief Scout Frank McParland would take over as General Manager at Bolton Wanderers, joining Sammy Lee there, who had recently taken over as Manager. 1910 - Inside-left Bert Goode signed for Wrexham. He had struck once in seven reds outings after signing from his hometown club Chester in May 1908. He scored 136 goals in 276 games across three spells at the Racecourse Ground, being remembered as one of their greatest ever strikers. Dan’s debut 2005 - Future red Daniel Agger made his senior international debut as Denmark beat Finland 1-0 in a friendly in Tampere, with Christian Poulsen also featuring. Ex-red Jari Litmanen skippered a side that also included Sami Hyypiä. 2012 – Agger converted a spot-kick as Denmark beat ex-red Harry Kewell’s Australia 2-0 in a friendly in Copenhagen, with future reds loanee Nuri Şahin also in international action. 2007 - He also played for his country, netting his first goal as a reds player in their stormy 3-3 Euro 2008 qualifying draw with Sweden in Copenhagen. Christian Poulsen was sent off for the home side, with the match being abandoned after 89 minutes and later awarded as a 3-0 victory to Sweden. On the same day, future reds keeper Brad Jones played his first game for Australia as they lost 2-1 to Uruguay in a friendly in Sydney, being at fault for one of the goals. Future red Dejan Lovren also played for his country that day. 2008 – Litmanen also played for Roy Hodgson’s Finland in their 1-1 friendly draw with Belarus in Turku. Half century for Stéph 2001 - Stéphane Henchoz won his fiftieth senior cap for Switzerland as they beat the Faroe Islands 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Toftir. Robbie Keane won his first cap after his permanent move to Leeds United in the Republic of Ireland’s 1-1 qualifying draw with Portugal. Also in international action that day were Patrik Berger, Vladimír Šmicer, Steve Staunton, future reds Yossi Benayoun, Jerzy Dudek and Paul Jones and ex-reds Øyvind Leonhardsen, Jason McAteer and Rigobert Song. International reds on the scoresheet 2004 - Milan Baroš came off the bench to score as the Czech Republic beat Bulgaria 2-1 in a friendly in Prague. Vladimír Šmicer also featured, while Stéphane Henchoz and Dietmar Hamann faced each other in a friendly on the same day that Germany won 2-0, with future red Javier Mascherano also in international action that day. 2007 - John Arne Riise struck in injury time as Norway thumped Malta 4-0 in a Euro 2008 qualifier in Oslo. 2006 - Harry Kewell grabbed a brace as Australia beat Dutch side VV Kloetinge in a friendly, with futre reds loanee Nuri Şahin also in international action. 1982 - Ian Rush nabbed the only goal of the game as Wales beat France in a friendly in Toulouse. Ex-red Joey Jones also played. 1969 - Ex-red Tony Hateley scored in the second of all seven games of an FA Tour, bagging four as England trounced New Zealand 7-1 in Wellington. He netted a total of seventeen goals on the tour. 1963 - Roger Hunt netted for England as they beat East Germany 2-1 in a friendly in Leipzig. Gordon Milne also played. 2013 – Ex-red Robbie Keane came off the bench to bag a brace as the Republic of Ireland thumped Georgia 4-0 in a friendly in in Dublin. 1996 - Future red Jari Litmanen netted Finland’s consolation as they lost 2-1 to Turkey in a friendly in Helsinki, with Sami Hyypiä also in the side. Stig Inge Bjørnebye, Mark Kennedy, future red Øyvind Leonhardsen and ex-red Torben Piechnik all also represented their countries that day. 1994 - Jari also played for his country in a 2-1 friendly defeat by Spain in Tampere, with future red Karl-Heinz Riedle in international action. 2001 – Litmanen featured alongside Sami Hyypiä and against clubmate Christian Ziege as their World Cup qualifier ended 2-2 in Helsinki. Masch the red 2007 - Javier Mascherano won his first cap as a reds player, appearing for Argentina for the 23rd time as a substitute in their 1-1 friendly draw with Switzerland in Basel. Future red Philipp Degen also played and was booked. Ex-reserves for their countries 1993 - Former reserves midfielder Jim Magilton netted his fourth and final Northern Ireland goal as an Oxford United player as they won a World Cup qualifier in Latvia 2-1. Stig Inge Bjørnebye, Ronnie Rosenthal and future reds Nigel Clough and Øyvind Leonhardsen also appeared in internationals that day. 1992 - Magilton also played in a friendly as they drew 1-1 in Germany, who included future red Karl-Heinz Riedle. 1985 - Kevin Sheedy was on target as the Republic of Ireland beat Switzerland 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier at Lansdowne Road. Jim Beglin, Ronnie Whelan and ex-red Michael Robinson all also featured. Final caps 1982 - Phil Neal captained England for the only time as England drew 1-1 with Iceland in a friendly in Reykjavik. Joe Corrigan and Terry McDermott both won their final caps in this game. 1963 - Ian Callaghan won his fourth and final cap for England Under-23’s as they lost 1-0 in a friendly in Romania. 2001 - Future red Bolo Zenden won his thirtieth cap for the Netherlands, and final one as a Barcelona player, as they won a World Cup qualifier 4-2 in Estonia. 2000 - Craig Bellamy won his ninth and last cap as a Norwich City player as Wales lost a friendly 3-0 in Portugal, with ex-red Gareth Roberts also featuring. 2007 - Bellamy also won his final cap in his first spell as a red, playing against ex-red Milan Baroš in a goalless Euro 2008 qualifier in Cardiff. Fellow future reds Paul Konchesky and Jermaine Pennant both also featured. 2003 - Glen Johnson won his second and final England Under-21’s cap as a West Ham United player as they beat Serbia & Montenegro 3-2 in a friendly in Hull. 1996 - Dean Saunders won his final cap as a Galatasaray player as Wales trounced San Marino 5-0 in a World Cup qualifier. 2007 - Jari Litmanen won his 108th cap, and final one as a Malmö FF player, as Finland lost a Euro 2008 qualifier 2-0 to Serbia in Helsinki, with Sami Hyypiä also playing. Meanwhile, Andriy Voronin made his last appearance for the Ukraine while with Bayer 04 Leverkusen in their 2-0 qualifying defeat in France, for whom ex-red Nicolas Anelka scored. Also in action that day were Xabi Alonso, Djibril Cissé, Dirk Kuyt and future red Sotirios Kyrgiakos. 2009 – Anelka again played for France, as they lost 1-0 to Nigeria in a friendly in Saint-Étienne, with ex-red Alou Diarra also in action, and future reds loanee Nuri Şahin also featuring for his country. 2010 – Kyrgiakos featured once more for Greece, in their 2-0 friendly defeat by Paraguay in Zurich with future red Milan Jovanović and ex-red John Arne Riise also in international action. 2012 - Maxi Rodríguez won his last cap as a reds player as Argentina thumped Ecuador 4-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Buenos Aires. Dirk Kuyt also represented his country for the final time while on our books as the Netherlands trounced Northern Ireland 6-0 in a friendly in Amsterdam. Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Glen Johnson and future red Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all played under Roy Hodgson, with Sebastián Coates, Luis Suárez, future reds Simon Mignolet and James Milner, and ex-reds Javier Mascherano, Carl Medjani, Raúl Meireles and John Arne Riise all also in action. 2016 – Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, James Milner, Daniel Sturridge and ex-red Raheem Sterling all played for Roy Hodgson’s England in their 1-0 friendly defeat of Portugal at Wembley. 2013 - Yossi Benayoun played for Israel for the last time while on loan at West Ham United as they drew a friendly 2-2 with Honduras in New York. On the same day, Roy Hodgson’s England held Brazil to a 2-2 draw in the opening game for the new Estádio do Maracanã, with Glen Johnson and future reds James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain featuring. 2014 – Benayoun also played for Israel in their 4-2 defeat of Honduras in Texas. 2018 – Sterling faced fellow ex-red Victor Moses as England beat Nigeria 2-1 in a friendly at Wembley, with ex-red Christian Benteke also in international action. On the move 1971 - Ex-reds captain Sir Matt Busby resigned as Manager of Manchester United for the second time. He had led our deadly rivals to the European Cup, five League titles, two FA Cups and three FA Charity Shields. 2008 – Future reds loanee Aly Cissokho joined Portuguese side Vitória de Setúbal from French club Gueugnon. He only played eighteen times before moving to Porto after they bought 60% of the rights to the left-back for €300,000 in January 2009. 2016 - Former reds coach Steve Clarke was appointed Assistant Manager of Aston Villa, working with Roberto Di Matteo. He was not kept on when Steve Bruce took charge four months later. 2018 – Ex-reds centre-half and coach Mauricio Pellegrino was appointed Manager of Club Deportivo Leganés, leading them to thirteenth place in his first campaign, their highest ever La Liga finish. However, he left by mutual consent in October 2019 after a disappointing start to that season. International youngsters on target 1994 - Robbie Fowler netted with Jamie Redknapp converting a penalty as England Under-21’s beat the USA 3-0 in the Toulon Tournament. 1989 - Skipper and future red Michael Thomas was on target at the same level as they beat Poland 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Plymouth. David Burrows also featured. 2001 - Future reds striker Djibril Cissé bagged a goal as France Under-20’s beat the Netherlands 2-0 in a tournament game to clinch third place. Grégory Vignal also played. 2011 – Michael Ngoo netted for England Under-19’s in their 3-2 European Championships qualifying defeat of Switzerland in Nyon. Andre Wisdom skippered a side that also included Conor Coady, Jack Robinson and future red Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, with Coady, Ngoo and Robinson all being cautioned. Twice for their countries Ex-red Joey Jones represented Wales on this day in consecutive years. 1979 - He played alongside ex-red John Toshack in a 2-0 European Championships qualifying win in Malta. On the same day, Kenny Dalglish skippered Scotland as they lost 3-1 to a Diego Maradona-inspired Argentina at Hampden Park. Alan Hansen, Frank McGarvey and future red John Wark also featured, with Kenny taking the brunt of the home fans’ disapproval. 1980 – Jones also featured in a 4-0 World Cup qualifying victory in Iceland. 1984 - Future red John Barnes appeared in England’s 2-0 defeat by the USSR at Wembley. 1990 - He played in another friendly, this time alongside Peter Beardsley and future red Mark Wright as England drew 1-1 in Tunisia. Steve Staunton also played for his country that day. Club award 2011 – The club won the Large Visitor Attraction of the Year award at The Mersey Partnership Annual Tourism Awards 2011. On the same day, reserves forward Nikola Sarić signed for HNK Hajduk Split.
  15. Will

    1st June

    Numero seis 2019 – We secured our sixth European Cup after defeating Tottenham Hotspur in the UEFA Champions League Final in Madrid. Mohamed Salah opened the scoring from the spot after just two minutes, with substitute Divock Origi making the game safe late on. This was the time we had played a first-class match in June in our history. In comes Brendan 2012 - Brendan Rodgers was appointed as reds boss. He had a mixed first season in charge, followed by a terrific second campaign as we came a close second in the League, before a disappointing third season. He led us to 85 victories in 166 games before being sacked in October 2015. More managerial ins and outs 2004 - Rafael Benítez resigned from Valencia, having led them to a second La Liga title and the UEFA Cup in his last season in charge. It was fifteen days later when he was confirmed as our new boss. 1936 - Turn-of-the-century centre-half Alex Raisbeck was appointed Manager of Third Division North side Chester. They finished third and ninth in his two seasons at Sealand Road. 2011 - Gérard Houllier resigned as Manager of Aston Villa due to poor health, having led the Villains to fourteen victories in 39 games in charge. 2019 - Xabi Alonso was appointed as a coach for Real Sociedad’s B-team. 2000 - Kenny Dalglish stood down as Caretaker Manager of Celtic, as Martin O’Neill arrived at Parkhead. Kenny had been in charge since John Barnes’ departure four months before. Celtic finished 21 points behind Rangers in the League that season, although they did win the League Cup while Kenny was boss. 1997 - Roy Hodgson was appointed Manager of Blackburn Rovers. He led them to sixth and into the UEFA Cup in his first season, a significant improvement on their previous campaign when they ended in thirteenth. However, his second season in charge started disastrously, and he was sacked in December 1998 with Rovers sitting rock bottom of the table. Big money signings 1989 – Swedish centre-half Glenn Hysén signed from Fiorentina for £600,000. He went on to make 93 appearances, notching three times and helping us to our most recent title win in 1990, as well as the FA Charity Shield on his debut. He returned to his hometown to sign for GAIS in May 1992. 2002 - El-Hadji Diouf signed for a whopping £10m fee. He went on to bag just six goals in eighty games before moving to Bolton Wanderers in June 2005 for £4.5m after a season-long loan there. In friendly action We have faced a variety of foreign clubs in post-season friendlies on this day over the years. 1922 - We drew 2-2 with a Liguria & Toscana Select team in Pisa, with Harry Beadles and Harry Chambers on target. 1936 - We beat Venus Bucureşti 4-1 at the Splai Ground, with centre-forward Fred Howe bagging a brace and Tom Bush and Alf Hanson also netting. 1948 - We defeated a St. Louis All Stars side 4-2 on our US tour with Billy Liddell grabbing two goals, to add to strikes from Bob Priday and Albert Stubbins. 1971 - We saw off Swedes GIF Sundsvaal 4-0 in our most recent game on this day, thanks to goals from Ian Callaghan, Bobby Graham, Kevin Keegan and Peter Thompson. Reds in the World Cup book 2002 - Dietmar Hamann played as Germany thrashed Saudi Arabia 8-0 in their opening World Cup game in Sapporo. Ex-red Christian Ziege also played, with both being cautioned. Meanwhile, Steve Staunton and Rigobert Song led their countries out as the Republic of Ireland drew 1-1 with Cameroon in Niigata. Future reds Steve Finnan, Robbie Keane and ex-red Jason McAteer all also featured, with Finnan and McAteer also being booked. Future red Christian Poulsen featured as Denmark beat Uruguay 2-1 in Ulsan. 1991 - Staunton had also played for his country as they drew a friendly 1-1 in the USA, playing alongside Ray Houghton and ex-red Kevin Sheedy. Future reds Nigel Clough and Mark Wright played on this same day as England won 1-0 in Australia. Kenny at the double 1977 - Two months before joining the reds from Celtic, Kenny Dalglish grabbed a brace as Scotland beat Northern Ireland 3-0 at Hampden Park in the British International Championships, on their way to retaining the trophy. Meanwhile, Steve Heighway played in a World Cup qualifier in Sofia as Bulgaria beat the Republic of Ireland 2-1. This game was notable for the fact that two players from each side were dismissed. 1974 - Kenny also featured for the Scots as they beat Belgium 2-1 in a friendly in Brugge. Ray Clemence, Kevin Keegan and Alec Lindsay were also in action, with Emlyn Hughes skippering England to a 1-0 friendly win in Bulgaria. 1975 – Dalglish also played in a 1-1 European Championships qualifying draw in Romania. Carra’s final caps 2000 - Jamie Carragher won his 27th and final England Under-21’s cap as they lost 2-0 to Slovakia in the European Championship Finals, a record tally that his since been surpassed by Scott Carson and then James Milner. Danny Murphy and David Thompson both also featured. This was the first ever England international at any level played against Slovakia. 2007 - The first full international at the new Wembley Stadium was played, with Steven Gerrard captaining his country for part of the game as England were held to a 1-1 draw by Brazil. Jamie Carragher won his 34th and last senior cap before retiring, with Peter Crouch, future reds Joe Cole and Stewart Downing and ex-red Michael Owen also featuring. Jamie of course came out of international retirement for the 2010 World Cup Finals in South Africa. On the same day, future reds loanee Nuri Şahin netted as Turkey Under-21’s beat Ukraine in a European Championships qualifier in Kiev. Rushie on target 1988 - Ian Rush bagged his first goal for Wales as a Juventus player, captaining them for the first time as they beat Malta 3-2 in a friendly in Valletta. Future red Dean Saunders lined up alongside him. On the same day, John Aldridge, Ray Houghton and Ronnie Whelan all played as the Republic of Ireland shared a goalless friendly draw with Norway in Oslo. More international skippers 1958 - Tommy Younger captained Scotland as they lost 2-1 in a friendly in Poland. 1983 - Graeme Souness wore the armband for Scotland as they lost 2-0 to England at Wembley in the British International Championships. Sammy Lee, Phil Neal and future red John Wark all also played. 1997 - Future red Gary McAllister skippered the Scots as they lost 3-2 in a friendly in Malta. International goalscorers 2017 – Future red Xherdan Shaqiri scored the only goal of Switzerland’s friendly against Belarus in Neuchatel. 2016 – Future red Gini Wijnaldum scored as the Netherlands beat Poland 2-1 in a friendly in Warsaw, with Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk also playing. Christian Benteke and Divock Origi both also featured for Belgium in their 1-1 friendly draw with Finland in Brussels. 2011 - Andriy Voronin bagged his first goal as a Dinamo Moskva player as Ukraine beat Uzbekistan 2-0 in a friendly in Kiev, with Emiliano Insúa and future red Fabio Borini also in international action. 2010 – Porto’s Raúl Meireles bagged a brace as Portugal beat Cameroon 3-1 in a friendly in Covilhã, while Dirk Kuyt netted as the Netherlands thumped Ghana 4-1 at the Feyenoord Stadion. Daniel Agger, Ryan Babel and future reds Christian Poulsen and Xherdan Shaqiri all also played in friendlies that day. 2004 - Michael Owen struck his 25th senior international goal, while winning his 55th cap as England were held to a 1-1 draw by Japan in a tournament at the City of Manchester Stadium. Emile Heskey was winning his first cap as a Birmingham City player, with Steven Gerrard, future red Joe Cole and ex-red David James also playing. 2006 - Ryan Babel was on target for the Netherlands as they beat Mexico 2-1 in a friendly in Eindhoven, with Jan Kromkamp and future red Dirk Kuyt also in action. John Arne Riise also represented his country that day. 2008 – Harry Kewell struck for Australia as he skippered them to a 1-0 defeat of Iraq in a World Cup qualifier in Brisbane. Christian Poulsen played his last game for Denmark while with Sevilla as they drew 1-1 with Poland in a friendly in Chorzów. On the same day, Peter Crouch won his final cap as a red as England beat Trinidad & Tobago 3-0 in a friendly in Port of Spain, with ex-red Stephen Warnock making his international bow, winning his only cap while at Blackburn Rovers. Steven Gerrard, Dirk Kuyt, future reds Stewart Downing, Glen Johnson and Sotirios Kyrgiakos and ex-reds Craig Bellamy, David James, Momo Sissoko and John Toshack also represented their countries that day. 1972 - Kevin Keegan netted for England Under-23’s and was then sent off as they drew 2-2 with East Germany in Magdeburg. Clubmate Larry Lloyd also featured. 2000 - Future red Milan Baroš was on target for the Czech Republic Under-21’s as they beat Igor Bišcan’s Croatia 4-3 in the European Championships Finals in Slovakia. 2012 – Baroš featured for his country at senior level, up against ex-red Krisztián Németh, with Péter Gulácsi, future reds Mario Balotelli, Mohamed Salah and Gini Wijnaldum, and ex-red Andriy Voronin also in international action that day. New man 2009 – New Academy Technical Manager José Segura started work. On the same day, Martin Kelly played for England Under-19’s in their 2-1 defeat of Scotland in the European Championships Finals at Bramall Lane, with future red Danny Wilson on the losing side and Crystal Palace’s Victor Moses winning his eleventh and final cap at this level. Macca at Anfield 2008 - Paul McCartney headlined the Liverpool Sound concert at Anfield, staged as part of the city’s status as European Capital of Culture. The Zutons and Kaiser Chiefs also played. Harper’s off 1983 - Reserves defender Alan Harper was sold to Everton for £100,000. He had never made a first-team appearance at Anfield, going on to net five times in 178 games in this first spell with the Toffees. Danny’s happy day 2012 – Ex-reds midfielder Danny Guthrie married Rebecca at Allerton Castle, near Knaresborough in North Yorkshire.
  16. Will

    30th May

    Glory in Rome again 1984 - We clinched the European Cup for a fourth time, becoming the first English side to complete a treble, having already claimed the title and League Cup that season. Phil Neal put us ahead after a quarter of an hour with a scrappy goal, but Roberto Pruzzo headed an equaliser for Roma before half-time. The game ended 1-1 after extra-time, and so the cup was to be decided with a penalty shoot-out. Steve Nicol missed our first kick, but his failure was matched by two Italians before Bruce Grobbelaar’s wobbly legs helped put off a third kicker, Ciccio Graziani. Alan Kennedy stepped up to take the decisive spot kick, as we won the big cup right in the heart of the lions’ den. Phil Neal, Graeme Souness, in his 359th and final reds appearance, and Ian Rush had been our other successful penalty takers. This remains our only first-class game on this day in history. Happy birthday SteG 1980 - Skipper Steven Gerrard was born in Whiston. He made 710 appearances for the reds in total, notching 186 goals, helping us to claim the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup, two FA Cups, two UEFA Super Cups and three League Cups as well as winning the PFA and Football Writers’ Player of the Year awards once apiece. 1915 – Len Carney was born in Liverpool. He joined the reds from Collegiate Old Boys in 1939, only netting once in six senior games after the war. 1989 – Former reserves centre-half Mikel San José was born in Pamplona, Spain. He featured on the bench once, joining Athletic de Bilbao in May 2010 after a loan spell. Kenny the boss 1985 - Kenny Dalglish was appointed Player/Manager, following Joe Fagan’s resignation after the Heysel tragedy the night before. That same day, the Belgian FA announced a ban on all British clubs appearing in the country, a precursor to the wider UEFA ban on all English clubs. Shanks for the reds 1942 - Future boss Bill Shankly guested for the reds in a Wartime League game, the only time he played for us. We beat Everton 4-1 at Anfield, with Cyril Done netting a brace, and Len Carney and John Wharton also on target. Half a century for Rushie 1991 - Ian Rush won his fiftieth cap for Wales in their goalless draw with Poland in Radam, playing alongside future red Dean Saunders. He went on to win a total of 73 caps, scoring 28 times, a Welsh record. A birthday goal 2006 - Steven Gerrard struck for England on his 26th birthday in their 3-1 friendly defeat of Hungary at Old Trafford. Peter Crouch was also on target with Jamie Carragher, future red Joe Cole and ex-red Michael Owen also featuring, along with Theo Walcott, who became England’s youngest ever international, aged just seventeen years and 75 days. Future red Javier Mascherano also played for his country that day. Welcome aboard 1902 - Inside-right George Livingstone was signed from Celtic, a week after being on the losing side in the Scottish Cup Final. He notched four times in 32 games before moving on to Manchester City in May 1903, with whom he won an FA Cup winners’ medal in 1904. 2017 – Forward Dominic Solanke agreed to sign from Chelsea on 1st July, finally netting his first senior goal in his 27th and last outing as we thumped Brighton & Hove Albion 4-0 at Anfield in May 2018, moving on to Bournemouth for £19m in January 2019. Five for Albert 1948 - Albert Stubbins grabbed five goals as we thumped an American League Select side 9-2 in a friendly in the Triborough Stadium, New York City. Billy Liddell added a brace, with Willie Fagan and Jack Balmer also on the scoresheet. First and last caps 2007 – Future red Charlie Adam made his full international debut as Scotland beat Austria 1-0 in a friendly in Vienna. 1999 - Øyvind Leonhardsen won his final cap as a reds player as Norway beat Georgia 1-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Oslo. Vegard Heggem also played. 1997 - Øyvind also represented his country in Oslo, as Norway beat Brazil 4-2 in a friendly. 2000 - Don Hutchison scored as he won his final cap as an Evertonian, with Scotland beating the Republic of Ireland 2-1 in a friendly at Lansdowne Road. Ex-red Mark Kennedy struck the Irish goal, with Phil Babb, ex-red Jason McAteer and future reds Steve Finnan and Robbie Keane all also featuring. 2008 – Philipp Degen won his last cap as a Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund player, and thirtieth to date, as Switzerland beat Liechtenstein 3-0 in a friendly in St. Gallen. Roma’s Alberto Aquilani was also in friendly action that day. 2016 – Future red Fabinho won his fourth and last senior cap as an AS Monaco player, as Brazil beat Panama 2-0 in a friendly in the USA. Philippe Coutinho and future red Alisson Becker also featured. 1982 – Future reds Assistant Manager Sean O’Driscoll won his third and last cap for the Republic of Ireland in their 2-1 defeat at Trinidad & Tobago. Champion youngsters 2010 – Conor Coady captained England Under-17’s to victory in the European Championships, beating Spain 2-1 in the Final in Liechtenstein. Andre Wisdom put through his own net and then scored at the right end. Other reds on target for their countries 2014 – Daniel Sturridge netted as Roy Hodgson’s England beat Peru 3-0 at Wembley, with Steven Gerrard captaining a side that also included Jordan Henderson, Glen Johnson, Raheem Sterling and future reds Adam Lallana and James Milner. On the same day, Alberto Moreno won his third and last cap as a Sevilla player as Spain beat Bolivia 2-0, with ex-red Fernando Torres converting a penalty and Pepe Reina also featuring. Future red Mohamed Salah netted in Egypt’s 3-2 friendly defeat in Chile, with fellow future red Xherdan Shaqiri also playing for his country that day. 2004 - Vladimír Šmicer scored for the Czech Republic in their 6-0 thumping of a Tirol Amateur XI in Austria, with clubmate Milan Baroš also playing. On the same day, future reds Craig Bellamy and Christian Poulsen both featured in friendlies. 1981 - Terry McDermott was on target as a substitute in England’s 2-1 World Cup qualifying defeat in Switzerland. Ray Clemence also played, while ex-red Kevin Keegan skippered the side, with ex-red Joey Jones playing for Wales on the same day. 1952 - Billy Liddell netted for Scotland while winning his twentieth cap as they beat Sweden 3-1 in a friendly in Solna. 2001 - Future red Nicolas Anelka scored as France thumped South Korea 5-0 in a Confederations Cup group game in Daegu. On the same day, Djibril Cissé netted for France Under-20’s as they beat Poland 3-1 in the Toulon Tournament, with Grégory Vignal also in the side. 2010 – Anelka and Cissé also played for France as they drew 1-1 with Tunisia in a friendly in Radès. Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson, future red Joe Cole and ex-reds Mark González, Emile Heskey and David James were all also in international action that day. 2012 – Ex-reds Xabi Alonso, from the spot, and Fernando Torres both netted for Spain as they beat South Korea 4-1 in a friendly in Switzerland. Pepe Reina and ex-red Álvaro Arbeloa also featured, with Dirk Kuyt also in international action that day. 1997 - Future red Emile Heskey netted for England Under-21’s as they drew 1-1 with Poland in a European Championships qualifier in Katowice. 1978 - Future red Alan Kennedy struck in a B international as England drew 1-1 with Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur. Future reds goalkeeping coach Joe Corrigan also played. Reserve forwards coming and going 2012 – Congolese youngster Henoc Mukendi signed as a professional. He was released two years later having spent much of his time out on loan. 1997 - Lee Jones was sold to Tranmere Rovers for £100,000, the day after his 24th birthday, after five reds appearances. 2016 – Midfielder Stephen Warnock signed for Wigan Athletic, after a successful loan spell. He failed to score in 59 outings in total for the Latics. Larry the champion 1979 - Ex-red Larry Lloyd played in the European Cup Final as Nottingham Forest beat Malmö FF 1-0 in Munich.
  17. Will

    29th May

    Heysel: a black day in our history 1985 - If April 15th is the saddest day in the club’s history, May 29th is surely the lowest. 39 football fans died at the Heysel stadium in Brussels before our European Cup Final against Juventus. Although many factors contributed to the tragedy, it is inescapable that violence by reds fans played a major role in the deaths of 32 Italians, four Belgians, two Frenchmen and one man from Northern Ireland. R.I.P. Rocco Acerra (aged 29), Bruno Balli (50), Alfons Bos, Giancarlo Bruschera (21), Andrea Casula (11), Giovanni Casula (44), Nino Cerullo (24), Willy Chielens, Giuseppina Conto (17), Dirk Daenecky, Dionisio Fabbro (51), Jacques François, Eugenio Gagliano (35), Francesco Galli (25), Giancarlo Gonnelli (20), Alberto Guarini (21), Giovacchino Landini (50), Roberto Lorentini (31), Barbara Lusci (58), Franco Martelli (22), Loris Messore (28), Gianni Mastroiaco (20), Sergio Bastino Mazzino (38), Luciano Rocco Papaluca (38), Luigi Pidone (31), Benito Pistolato (50), Patrick Radcliffe, Domenico Ragazzi (44), Antonio Ragnanese (49), Claude Robert, Mario Ronchi (43), Domenico Russo (28), Tarcisio Salvi (49), Gianfranco Sarto (47), Amedeo Giuseppe Spolaore (55), Mario Spanu (41), Tarcisio Venturin (23), Jean Michel Walla, Claudio Zavaroni (28). The match eventually kicked off late, and was played in a surreal atmosphere, with the reds losing Mark Lawrenson to injury after just two minutes, and then Paul Walsh before half-time. A Michel Platini penalty was the only score, converted after Zbigniew Boniek was brought down by Gary Gillespie outside the box. This was Joe Fagan’s final game in charge and remains our only first-class game on this day in history. Stevie the best 2009 - Steven Gerrard was presented with the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year award at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London. In the Middle East 1980 - David Fairclough bagged a treble as we thumped Al Nasr Club 8-0 in a friendly in the Three Fives Gulf Football Tour in the United Arab Emirates. Terry McDermott grabbed a brace, with Ray Kennedy, Sammy Lee and Graeme Souness also on the scoresheet. Happy birthday Lee 1973 - Former reserves forward Lee Jones was born in Wrexham. He signed from his hometown club for £300,000 in March 1992, making four senior reds appearances before moving to Tranmere Rovers for £100,000 in May 1997, following several loan spells back with the Robins. Sami for Finland 1996 - Sami Hyypiä won his eighth cap, and first as a Willem II player, as Finland lost 2-0 to France in a friendly in Strasbourg. Fellow future red Jari Litmanen also played. On the same day, ex-red Jim Magilton and future reds Patrik Berger, Vladimír Šmicer and Christian Ziege all also represented their countries in friendlies. International skippers Three reds have captained their countries on this day over the years, all away from home. 1974 - Emlyn Hughes wore the armband as England drew 1-1 with East Germany in a friendly in Leipzig. Fellow reds Ray Clemence, Kevin Keegan and Alec Lindsay all also played. 1982 - Southampton’s Kevin Keegan led England out at Hampden Park where they beat Scotland 1-0 in the British International Championships. Kenny Dalglish, Alan Hansen, Terry McDermott, Graeme Souness and Phil Thompson all also featured. 1996 - Future red Gary McAllister skippered Scotland as they beat Colombia 1-0 in a friendly in the Orange Bowl, Miami. In charge 2005 - Gérard Houllier was appointed Manager of Olympique Lyonnais. He led them to their fifth and sixth consecutive Ligue 1 titles in his two seasons in charge, as well as the knock-out stages of the Champions League. 2012 – John Toshack took charge of his last game as FYR Macedonia boss as they drew 0-0 with Angola in Portugal. Future red Nuri Şahin featured as Turkey beat Montenegro 1-0 in a friendly in Antalya. 2012 – Şahin also played as Turkey beat Bulgaria 2-0 in a friendly in Salzburg. 2014 - Former reds Assistant Manager Pako Ayestarán resigned as Manager of Tecos, having failed to clinch promotion in his only season in charge. Half a century for Ronnie 1994 - Ronnie Whelan won his fiftieth cap for the Republic of Ireland as they beat Germany 2-0 in a friendly in Hannover. Future reds Phil Babb, Jason McAteer and Karl-Heinz Riedle also played, as did ex-reds Ray Houghton and Steve Staunton. First and last caps 2011 – Luis Suárez won his first cap as a reds player as Uruguay lost a friendly 2-1 in Germany. Meanwhile, Charlie Adam played his last international while with Blackpool in their 1-0 defeat by the Republic of Ireland in the Carling Nations Cup in Dublin, with ex-red Robbie Keane on target. 2010 – Krisztián Németh made his senior international debut as a substitute as Hungary lost 3-0 to Germany in a friendly in Budapest, his only cap as a reds player. Martin Kelly, Martin Škrtel and ex-red Jari Litmanen also represented their countries, with John Toshack taking charge of Wales. 2016 – Škrtel played for Slovakia again, with ex-red Mikel San José also in international action. 2014 – Yossi Benayoun played his first game for Israel while with Queens Park Rangers, in their 3-0 friendly defeat in Mexico. Lloyd Jones and ex-red Charles Itandje both also represented their countries on that day. 2013 – Simon Mignolet won his twelfth cap, and last as a Sunderland player, with Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke bagging a brace in Belgium’s 4-2 friendly win over the USA in Cleveland. Glen Johnson, Daniel Sturridge and future reds James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain faced ex-red Robbie Keane on the same day as the Republic of Ireland held Roy Hodgson’s England to a 1-1 friendly draw at Wembley. 2009 – Future red Joe Allen won his first senior cap as John Toshack’s Wales beat Estonia 1-0 in a friendly in Cardiff. 1973 - Future red David Johnson made his debut for England Under-23’s in their 1-0 defeat by the Netherlands in Maastricht. Fellow future red Ray Kennedy also played. Robbie’s farewell 2008 – Future red Robbie Keane skippered the Republic of Ireland and scored the only goal of their friendly encounter with Colombia at Craven Cottage, while winning his final cap in his first spell with Tottenham Hotspur. Christian Poulsen netted his only goal as a Sevilla player as Denmark drew 1-1 with the Netherlands in Eindhoven, with Ryan Babel and Dirk Kuyt both featuring. Ex-red Jari Litmanen also played in a friendly that day. 2009 – Keane also scored for his country as they drew 1-1 with Nigeria in a friendly at Loftus Road. Ex-red Xabi Alonso netted as Spain beat Saudi Arabia in another friendly in Austria, with Álvaro Arbeloa also in action. Gordon again 1932 – Gordon Gunson scored in his fourth consecutive game of our Danish tour as we beat a Copenhagen Select side consisting of players based in the city 4-1. We fell behind to a spot-kick, with Dave Wright bagging a brace and Robert Done also on target. Thumping Rovers 1940 - We trounced Tranmere Rovers 8-3 in a Wartime League match at Anfield. Berry Nieuwenhuys, Peter Doherty and Len Carney all bagged braces, with Billy Liddell and Alf Hanson also on target. Going home 2008 - Patrik Berger signed for Sparta Praha on a free transfer, having been released by Aston Villa earlier that month. He netted eight times in 31 games before retiring in January 2010. Reds youngsters for the Under-21’s 1994 - Robbie Fowler and Jamie Redknapp both played as England beat Russia 2-0 in the Toulon Tournament in Bandol. 1991 - Steve McManaman and future red David James featured as Mexico were trounced 6-1 in the same competition in Vitrolles. 2000 - Jamie Carragher, Danny Murphy and David Thompson all played as England thumped Turkey 6-0 in a European Championships Finals group game in Slovakia. Meanwhile, future red Milan Baroš was booked while playing for the Czech Republic in their 3-1 defeat of the Netherlands in the same competition. 2006 - Daniel Agger played as Denmark were knocked out of the European Championships in Portugal by losing 2-1 to Ukraine. For Omagh 1999 - Phil Babb and future reds Robbie Keane and Mark Kennedy both played for the Republic of Ireland in a friendly at Lansdowne Road in aid of the Omagh Fund. Northern Ireland won the game 1-0. A happy day for Zico 1971 - Phil Neal married Sue at Cogenhoe, near Northampton. He was then twenty, and three years away from his big move from Northampton Town to Anfield. In South Africa 1994 – We held Iwisa Kaizer Chiefs to a goalless draw at Ellis Park in Johannesburg. Phil Neal’s son Ashley suffered knee ligament damage in the game and had to be replaced by the South African-born Andy Harris, while Iain Brunskill made a rare first-team appearance.
  18. Will

    28th May

    Milan the European champion 2002 - Milan Baroš featured for the Czech Republic Under 21’s as they clinched the European Championships against France in Switzerland. He only played for the first 45 minutes, with the Czechs winning the tournament in a penalty shoot-out after a goalless match. 1997 - He bagged a brace for the Under-15’s as they thumped Hungary 5-1 in a friendly in Ostrozska Nova Ves. On target for England 1976 - Phil Thompson scored the winner for England, his only goal for his country, as they beat Italy 3-2 in the US Bicentenary Tournament in New York. Joe Corrigan won his first cap, as a substitute, while Phil Neal also played. 1969 - Alun Evans won his fourth and final England Under-23’s cap as they drew 1-1 with Portugal in Funchal. Clubmate Emlyn Hughes netted England’s goal. Digger’s debut 1983 - Future red John Barnes made his full England debut as they were held to a goalless draw in the British International Championships in Northern Ireland. Phil Neal also played. 1988 - Barnes also played for his country, alongside Peter Beardsley and future clubmate Mark Wright, as they beat Switzerland 1-0 in a friendly in Lausanne. Staying and going 2018 – It was announced that Brazilian midfielder Fabinho would sign on 1st July for an initial £39m. He has so far score twice in 72 outings, helping us to claim the UEFA Champions League in Madrid in June 2019. 2013 – Manchester City’s centre-half Kolo Touré agreed to join the reds on a free transfer in July of that year, once his contract had expired. He netted just once in 71 first-team appearances for the reds before being released in July 2016. 2009 - Fernando Torres agreed a new improved contract to tie him to the club until 2013, although he left for a Chelsea in January 2011 for a £50m fee. On the same day, it was announced that reserves boss Gary Ablett was to leave at the end of the month. 1924 – Defender Bill Cockburn signed from Stockport County. He played 67 times before joining Queens Park Rangers in July 1928. On target for the Irish 1987 - Ronnie Whelan scored his first full international goal in the Republic of Ireland’s 2-0 European Championships qualifying win in Luxembourg. John Aldridge and future red Ray Houghton both also played. 1989 - Ray Houghton netted as the Irish beat Malta 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier at Lansdowne Road. John Aldridge, Steve Staunton, Ronnie Whelan and ex-red Kevin Sheedy all also featured. A friendly triumph 1922 - We thumped an Emilia Select side 6-1 in Modena, the second game of our six-match Italian tour. Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers scored a hat-trick, with Harry Beadles bagging a brace and Cyril Gilhespy also on target. In the Middle East 1979 - We met the Israeli national side in a friendly, with the game at the Ramat-Gan Stadium ending 3-3. Avi Cohen played for Israel in the first half, before making his first reds appearance after the interval, two months before he actually joined the reds. Jimmy Case converted a penalty with Ray Kennedy and David Fairclough also netting for the reds as we took a three-goal lead. Tom’s day 1910 – Half-back Tommy Gardner was born in Huyton. He signed as an amateur from Orrell in July 1928, and then professionally the following April, but played only five reds games before moving on to Grimsby Town in May 1931. He was eventually capped twice for England during his stint at Aston Villa. Gary Mac for Scotland 1990 - Gary McAllister won his third Scotland cap, and last one as a Leicester City player, as they lost 2-1 in a friendly in Malta. Gary Gillespie also played in that game. International bows 1988 - West Ham United’s Julian Dicks made his debut for England Under-21’s as a substitute in their 1-1 friendly draw with Switzerland in Lausanne. 2018 – Liam Millar won his first cap for Canada Under-23’s in their goalless draw with Portugal Under-19’s in France. Souey twice 1983 - Graeme Souness skippered Scotland as they lost 2-0 to Wales at Ninian Park in the British International Championships. Ex-red Joey Jones was on the winning side. 1985 - Souness was also captain and was booked as the Scots lost 1-0 to Iceland in a World Cup qualifier in Reykjavik. 2013 – Ex-reds loanee Nuri Şahin captained Turkey in their 3-3 friendly draw with Latvia in Duisburg in Germany. 2016 – Christian Benteke and Divock Origi faced future red Xherdan Shaqiri as Belgium beat Switzerland 2-1 in a friendly in Geneva, with future reds Nuri Şahin also in international action. On target in friendlies 2008 - John Arne Riise netted while winning his final cap as a reds player as Norway were held to a 2-2 draw in Oslo by Uruguay, with future red Luis Suárez also on target. Meanwhile, Steven Gerrard struck in England’s 2-0 defeat of the USA at Wembley, with Peter Crouch, future red Glen Johnson and ex-red David James also featuring and future red Joe Cole winning his fiftieth cap. Ex-red Craig Bellamy reached a half century of caps for Wales as they won 1-0 in Iceland under the management of John Toshack. 2014 – Daniel Agger converted a penalty, his final goal as a reds player, as Denmark beat Sweden 1-0 in Copenhagen. On the same day, Brad Smith featured for England Under-21’s in the Toulon Tournament, while Andrew Robertson won his second and last senior cap while with Dundee United as Scotland drew 2-2 with Nigeria in a friendly at Craven Cottage, with ex-red Victor Moses also in action. 2012 – Ex-red Andriy Voronin scored as the Ukraine thumped Estonia 4-0 in Austria, with future red Suso playing for Spain Under-19’s on the same day. 2010 – Ex-red Robbie Keane bagged a brace, including a penalty, as the Republic of Ireland beat Algeria 3-0 in Dublin. Other reds internationals Kenny Dalglish twice represented Scotland on this day over the years. 1977 - The Scots held Wales to a goalless draw in the British International Championships at the Racecourse Ground. Joey Jones played for the home side. 1980 - He won his 74th cap as they beat Poland 1-0 in a friendly in Poznan. Future reds keeper Brad Friedel also twice played for his country on this day, both times in friendlies. 1994 - He featured as the USA drew 1-1 with Greece in New Haven. 1995 - They lost 2-1 to Costa Rica in Tampa. European Cup joy and despair 2011 – Ex-red Javier Mascherano featured as Barcelona beat Manchester United 3-1 in the UEFA Champions League Final at Wembley. 1997 - Future red Karl-Heinz Riedle bagged a brace as Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund beat favourites Juventus 3-1 to claim the UEFA Champions League in Munich. 1980 - Two ex-reds faced each other in the European Cup Final in Madrid, with Larry Lloyd’s Nottingham Forest edging out Kevin Keegan’s Hamburger SV 1-0. On the move again 2008 – Our former substitute keeper Tony Warner was released by Fulham after 26 appearances for the Cottagers, including both our League meetings in 2005/06. 2015 - Rafael Benítez resigned as Manager of SSC Napoli, having led them to 59 victories in 112 games in charge, as they claimed the Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana in his first season. Babb back in England 2002 - Ex-red Phil Babb joined Sunderland, having recently quit Sporting Clube de Portugal. However, he was unable to keep them in the Premiership in his first season at the Stadium Of Light, making sixty appearances in total.
  19. Will

    27th May

    European glory in Gay Paree 1981 - We won the European Cup for the third time by beating the mighty Real Madrid at the Parc des Princes in Paris thanks to an Alan Kennedy strike nine minutes from time. Unbeknownst to everyone, Ray Clemence was making his 665th and final reds appearance, keeping his 335th clean sheet, with Jimmy Case also playing his 269th and last reds game. Tommy’s testimonial 1977 - Two days after we won the European Cup for the first time, Anfield hosted a testimonial match for Tommy Smith, who had intended to retire. The game featured Liverpool playing a Bobby Charlton Select XI, ending 9-9 with both Tommy Smith and Ray Clemence grabbing a brace! Jimmy Case, David Fairclough, David Johnson, Kevin Keegan and Terry McDermott were all also on target. Bobby Charlton briefly appeared for the reds in this game, with Emlyn Hughes taking a turn in goal and delivery driver Lol Cotterell also appearing, thanks to winning a competition on the BBC’s “The Big Time” programme, hosted by Esther Rantzen. Mighty Mouse off the mark 1971 - Kevin Keegan scored his first reds goal as we thumped Swedish side IFK Lulea 5-0 in an end-of-season friendly. Forward Jack Whitham added a brace, with Alec Lindsay and Bobby Graham also on the scoresheet. Young Mickey for England 1998 - Michael Owen scored his first senior England goal as they won 1-0 in the King Hassan II International Cup in Morocco, becoming England’s then youngest-ever scorer at eighteen years 164 days. Fellow red Paul Ince captained England for the seventh and final time in this game, with Steve McManaman also featuring. On the same day, Stig Inge Bjørnebye, ex-red Rigobert Song and future reds Markus Babbel, Dietmar Hamann, Sami Hyypiä, Jari Litmanen and Bolo Zenden all also played for their countries in friendlies. 2000 - Owen also scored for his country as Kevin Keegan’s England drew 1-1 with Brazil in a friendly at Wembley. Robbie Fowler and ex-red Paul Ince also featured, while future red Nick Barmby won his first cap as an Evertonian. Meanwhile, Vegard Heggem and future red John Arne Riise played in Norway’s 2-0 friendly defeat of Slovakia in Oslo. Friendly victories 1953 - Bill Jones struck a treble as we thumped a Montreal All Stars side 10-0, with Billy Liddell, Joseph Maloney and Jimmy Payne all bagging braces and Alan A’Court also on the scoresheet. 1923 – We beat Levallois 4-0 in Paris. 1932 - We beat a Copenhagen Select 3-1, thanks to goals from Gordon Gunson, Edmund Hancock and Harold Barton. Our opponents were chosen to be the best players from the Danish League. 1964 – We beat German side Meidericher Spielverein 4-1 in Detroit, with Alf Arrowsmith and Gordon Wallace both striking twice. 1958 - We won 4-0 at Perpignan, with Bobby Campbell, Billy Liddell and Johnny Morrissey among the scorers. Four for Sir Roger 1964 – While his clubmates were playing in Detroit, Roger Hunt scored four goals for England as they thumped the USA 10-0 in a friendly at the Downing Stadium in New York City. Fellow red Peter Thompson also played. 1967 - Hunt also played for his country in a 1-0 friendly win in Austria. Rushie off the mark 1982 - Ian Rush netted his first full international goal, while winning his eighth cap, as Wales beat Northern Ireland 3-0 in the British International Championships in Wrexham. Ex-red Joey Jones also played. On the same day, future reds Assistant Manager Sean O’Driscoll played as the Republic of Ireland lost a friendly 7-0 in Brazil. On the move 2002 - A fee of £4.7m was agreed with French club Sedan for the Senegalese midfielder Salif Diao. He made a total of 61 reds appearances, netting three times, before joining Stoke City in January 2007 after a series of loan spells away from Anfield over his last three seasons. 2013 – Centre-half Danny Wilson signed for Heart Of Midlothian after a successful four-month loan spell at Tynecastle. On the same day, Rafael Benítez was appointed Manager of SSC Napoli, guiding them to the Italian Cup and a third-place Serie A finish in his first campaign in charge. Joneses for Wales 1997 - Reserves striker Lee Jones and future reds keeper Paul Jones both made their senior international debuts from the bench as Wales beat Scotland 1-0 in a friendly at Rugby Park, Kilmarnock. Paul Jones was winning his only cap as a Stockport County player, while Lee Jones made his only appearance as a red. Leeds United’s Gary McAllister skippered the Scots, while ex-red Dean Saunders also played. Reds defenders in and out 1992 - Dominic Matteo signed on as a professional at Anfield. He went on to play 155 times for the reds, scoring just twice, before joining Leeds United for £4m in August 2000. 1999 - Rob Jones was released after failing in his latest comeback from serious injury. He had made 243 first-team appearances, despite suffering a succession of injuries, without once hitting the back of the net. Irish glory 1986 - The Republic of Ireland won the Icelandic Triangular Tournament, their only senior prize. This was a result of their 1-0 defeat of Czechoslovakia in Reykjavik, with ex-red Michael Robinson winning his 24th and final cap, and future reds John Aldridge and Ray Houghton also in the team. Happy birthdays 1980 - Ex-reserves keeper Ian Dunbavin was born in Knowsley. He joined Shrewsbury Town on a free transfer in January 2000, but moved on to Halifax Town in July 2004 after 115 games for the Shrews. 1979 - Andy Parkinson, who was also in the victorious FA Youth Cup squad in 1996, was born in Liverpool. He failed to break through to our first team, later finding greater success with Tranmere Rovers. First and last caps 2004 - Ex-red Christian Ziege won his 72nd and final cap for Germany in their 7-0 friendly trouncing of Malta in Freiberg, with Dietmar Hamann also featuring. Steve Finnan, John Arne Riise, future reds Craig Bellamy, Yossi Benayoun and Robbie Keane, and ex-red Gareth Roberts all also turned out in international friendlies that day. 2011 – Bellamy featured for Wales again, playing in their 2-0 Carling Nations Cup defeat of Northern Ireland in Dublin. Gini Wijnaldum won his last cap for the Dutch Under-21’s as a Feyenoord player as they beat Israel 2-0 in a friendly in Austria. 2012 – Bellamy won his last cap as a reds player, with Joe Allen playing for Wales for the final time while with Swansea City as they lost 2-0 to Mexico in a friendly in New York. Ex-red Alou Diarra was also in international action that day. 2006 - Jan Kromkamp won his first cap as a reds player as the Netherlands beat Cameroon 1-0 in a friendly at his international team-mate Dirk Kuyt’s home ground in Feyenoord. Xabi Alonso, Djibril Cissé, Luis García, future reds Ryan Babel, Philipp Degen, Christian Poulsen and Fernando Torres and ex-red Alou Diarra also featured in friendly action, with John Toshack also involved. 1994 - Future red Gary McAllister skippered Scotland in their 3-1 friendly win in the Netherlands, with future reds coach Steve Clarke winning his sixth and final cap. More internationals on target 2001 - Future red Djibril Cissé netted as France Under-20’s drew 1-1 with Japan in the Toulon Tournament. Grégory Vignal and future red Alou Diarra both also played. 2008 – Cissé featured for the senior French side alongside fellow ex-reds Nicolas Anelka and Alou Diarra as they beat Ecuador 2-0 in a friendly in Grenoble. Mikel San José also represented his country that day. 2010 - Christian Poulsen struck his last goal for Denmark as a Juventus player in their 2-0 friendly defeat of Senegal in Ålborg, with Daniel Agger also in action. Young finalists 2010 – Conor Coady skippered England Under-17’s as they beat France 2-1 in the Semi-final of the European Championships in Liechtenstein, with Andre Wisdom also in the side. More youngsters in action 2009 - Danny Wilson captained Scotland Under-19’s for the first time as they beat Slovakia 2-1 in a European Championships Finals group game at Bramall Lane, with Martin Kelly also in action for England in the same tournament that day in Doncaster. 2000 - Jamie Carragher conceded a penalty from which Italy scored while playing for England Under-21’s in the European Championship Finals in Slovakia. Danny Murphy and David Thompson also featured in the 2-0 defeat. Jari for Finland Future red Jari Litmanen twice represented his country in friendlies on this day in history. 1990 - He won his fifth cap in a 6-0 friendly defeat in Sweden. On the same day, Steve Staunton and ex-reds John Aldridge and Kevin Sheedy played for the Republic of Ireland in their goalless draw in Turkey. 1994 - The Finns lost 2-0 in Italy. Fernando’s day 2009 - Fernando Torres married Olalla Dominguez at El Escorial in Madrid. On the same day, he was awarded with the Merseyside Sports Personality of the Year for 2008. Quasi the dad 1989 - Peter Beardsley became a father for the first time, to Drew. On the move 1978 – Academy Chief Scout Dave Moss joined Luton Town from his boyhood favourites Swindon Town for £110,000, having notched sixty goals in 231 League games for the Robins. 2004 - Reserves forward Steven Gillespie joined Bristol City on a free transfer. He is now with League One side Colchester United. Roy in charge Roy Hodgson twice took charge of Switzerland in friendlies on this day in history. 1992 – He led them to a 2-1 defeat of France in Lausanne. 1994 – The Swiss beat Liechtenstein 2-0 at Basel. 2016 – Hodgson managed England as they beat Australia 2-1 in a friendly at the Stadium of Light, with Nathaniel Clyne, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, James Milner and ex-red Raheem Sterling lining up against Brad Smith. Future reds Virgil van Dijk and Gini Wijnaldum, and ex-red Javier Mascherano both also featured in international friendlies that day.
  20. Will

    26th May

    Last-gasp heartache 1989 - Having already claimed the FA Cup in the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster, we only had to avoid defeat at home to Arsenal by two clear goals or more to clinch our second double in four seasons. The Gunners took the lead in the second half when Alan Smith was judged to have headed in from an indirect free-kick, one of his nine goals against the reds. We held on until stoppage time, when Michael Thomas burst through to grab the decisive, heart-breaking second and take the title back to Highbury for the first time since 1971. Bruce Grobbelaar was playing his 300th League game for the club. A Busby birthday 1909 - Right-half Sir Matt Busby was born on this day in Orbiston, Lanarkshire. He joined the reds from Manchester City for £8,000 in March 1936, making 122 appearances for us, many as captain, notching three times. He was appointed as coach and Assistant Manager to George Kay at Anfield in May 1944, but he was released by the club the following February after disagreements with the board, taking over as Manager of Manchester United a few days later. 1991 – Reserves left-back Chris Mavinga was born in Meaux, France. He signed from Paris St. Germain in July 2009 but was sold to Stade Rennais for £1m two years later, having failed to break through to the first team. Final despair 2018 – We lost 3-1 to Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League Final in Kiev, as keeper Loris Karius had a personal nightmare, with Mohamed Salah being forced off with injury after just half an hour. Karim Benzema scored the most recent of his four goals past us shortly after half time, but Sadio Mané levelled just four minutes later. However, Gareth Bale then struck twice to secure the trophy for the Spanish side for a record thirteenth time. Emre Can came off the bench to make his 167th and last appearance for the reds. A Philly dozen 1946 - We trounced a Philadelphia Select of American League side 12-0 in a friendly in the Yellow Jacket Stadium. Cyril Done struck four times, with Jack Balmer bagging a hat-trick and Phil Taylor and Willie Fagan both netting braces, and Bob Priday rounding out the scoring. Opening a new stadium 1978 - We played a game to commemorate the opening of the new Al Nasr Stadium in the United Arab Emirates, beating Al Nasr Club 5-0. Our scorers were fairly unusual, with substitute Colin Irwin and Ray Kennedy both bagging braces, and Alan Hansen also on target. 1980 - We returned to the Middle East to beat a Bahrain XI 2-1 on the Three Fives Gulf Football Tour. This time, Howard Gayle and Graeme Souness got on the scoresheet. Signing on 2014 - Brendan Rodgers signed a new contract, having just led the reds to within a whisker of the League title. However, the team regressed and he was sacked in October 2015. 2015 - Centre-half Kolo Touré signed a new contract, notching just once in 71 reds games before moving on to join Rodgers at Celtic in July 2016 after this deal expired. Charnock on target 1994 - Reserves midfielder Phil Charnock scored his first senior reds goal in our 3-0 defeat of Cape Town Spurs in the United Bank International Soccer Festival in South Africa, with Bruce Grobbelaar appearing for the reds for the final time. Robbie Fowler netted the other two. The players were introduced to South African President Nelson Mandela prior to the game. Select thumpings 1948 - We beat a New England Select side 6-0 at Fall River, with Willie Fagan and Albert Stubbins both nabbing braces to add to goals from Jack Balmer and Bob Priday. 1914 - We defeated a Denmark Select XI 7-1 in Copenhagen. Fred again 1935 – Fred Howe scored in our 4-2 friendly win at CD Tenerife, so netting in all three of our tour games. Alf Hanson bagged a brace with Tosh Johnson also on target. Welsh first and last 1949 - Ray Lambert won his fifth and final cap for Wales as they lost 4-0 to Switzerland in a friendly in Bern. 1957 – Future reds centre-forward Des Palmer made the first of his three senior appearances for the Welsh in their 2-0 World Cup qualifying defeat in Czechoslovakia. 2014 – Future red Divock Origi won his first senior cap as Belgium thumped Luxembourg 5-1 in a friendly in Genk. On the same day, Jordon Ibe won his sixth and last cap for England Under-19’s, with Lloyd Jones, Brad Smith and future red Lazar Marković all also represented their countries. 2008 – Future reds loanee Victor Moses won his first cap for England Under-19’s in their 2-0 European Championships qualifying defeat of Poland in Borisov, with future red Andy Carroll also featuring. Feyenoord’s Gini Wijnaldum also featured at the same level that day. Wark on target 1979 - Future red John Wark netted in Scotland’s 3-1 defeat of England in the British International Championships at Wembley. Ray Clemence and Everton’s George Wood were in the opposing goals, while the sides were skippered by ex-red Kevin Keegan and his Anfield replacement Kenny Dalglish. Phil Neal, Graeme Souness and Phil Thompson all also played. 1984 - John Wark and future red John Barnes played in the last ever British International Championships game, with Scotland and England drawing 1-1 at Hampden Park. God on the scoresheet 2002 - Ex-red Robbie Fowler scored in England’s 2-2 pre-World Cup friendly draw with Cameroon in Japan. Michael Owen was captain, with Emile Heskey, future red Joe Cole and ex-reds David James and Rigobert Song also playing. Meanwhile, future red Djibril Cissé came on as a substitute in France’s 3-2 defeat of South Korea in Suwon and F.C. København’s Christian Poulsen played as Denmark beat Tunisia 2-1 in Wakayama. 1996 - Fowler also played for England, alongside Steve McManaman and future red Paul Ince, as they beat a Hong Kong Garden Select side 1-0 in an unofficial warm-up game at the Happy Valley Stadium before Euro ‘96. Tosh on target 1971 - John Toshack bagged the only goal of the game as Wales beat Finland in a European Championships qualifier in Helsinki. 2012 – Tosh managed FYR Macedonia as they held Portugal to a goalless friendly draw in Leiria. Ex-red Raúl Meireles featured for the home side. In charge 2010 - Christian Ziege was appointed Manager of DSC Arminia Bielefeld, although he was sacked just six months later. On the same day, future red Fabio Borini scored his last goal for Italy Under-19’s in their 3-1 European Championships qualifying defeat in Russia. Dirk Kuyt, future reds Dejan Lovren, Nuri Şahin and Luis Suárez and ex-reds Nicolas Anelka and Alou Diarra all also turned out for their countries that day. 2012 – Roy Hodgson took charge of England for the first time, winning a friendly 1-0 in Norway. Martin Kelly and future red Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain both made their senior bows, with Jordan Henderson winning his first cap as a reds player. Steven Gerrard skippered a side that also included Andy Carroll, Stewart Downing, winning his last cap while with the reds, and future red James Milner, while ex-red John Arne Riise was on the losing side. Scoring against Albania 1992 - Ex-red John Aldridge netted for the Republic of Ireland as they beat Albania 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier at Lansdowne Road. Ray Houghton and ex-reds Kevin Sheedy and Steve Staunton also played. 1993 - Staunton was on target as the Irish won the return 2-1 in Tirana. Fellow ex-reds Aldridge and Houghton also played. 1985 - Ex-red Michael Robinson featured as Spain held Ireland to a friendly goalless draw in the only senior international ever to be played at the Flower Lodge in Cork. Milan also on target 2006 - Ex-red Milan Baroš struck for the Czech Republic as they beat Saudi Arabia 2-0 in a friendly in Austria. Daniel Agger and future red Nuri Şahin also represented their countries that day. 2008 – Baroš played in the Czech Republic’s 2-0 friendly defeat of Lithuania in Prague. 2012 – He converted a spot-kick in a 2-1 defeat of ex-red Yossi Benayoun’s Israel in Austria. Daniel Agger, Dirk Kuyt and ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Robbie Keane, Christian Poulsen and Daniel Sjölund also played for their countries that day. Pither off 1928 - Left-winger George Pither left Anfield to sign for Crewe Alexandra, after one goal in twelve reds games stepping in for the established Fred Hopkin. A young Geoff 1957 - Future reds left-half Geoff Twentyman became Carlisle United’s youngest ever debutant, aged seventeen years and 127 days, as they drew 2-2 at New Brighton in Division Three North. European Cup despair Two future reds have lost UEFA Champions League Finals on this day in recent years. 2004 - Fernando Morientes played as AS Monaco lost 2-0 to Jose Mourinho’s Porto in Gelsenkirchen. 1999 - Markus Babbel suffered heartache as Bayern München cruelly lost 2-1 to Manchester United in Barcelona. Bells toll twice 2007 - Craig Bellamy struck a brace as Wales were held to a 2-2 friendly draw in Wrexham by New Zealand, his last two goals in his first spell as a reds player. On the same day, ex-red Darren Potter won his second senior cap playing for Steve Staunton’s Republic of Ireland in their 1-1 friendly draw with Bolivia in Boston, USA. Pepe the papa again 2011 – Keeper Pepe Reina became a father for the third time, to Luca. Ed up 2012 – Former Chief Scout Eduardo Macía was promoted by Fiorentina to Technical Director.
  21. Will

    25th May

    The glory of Istanbul 2005 - We claimed the European Cup for the fifth time as we came from 3-0 down against the mighty AC Milan in Istanbul to triumph after a penalty shoot-out. Paolo Maldini scored before Hernan Crespo bagged a brace, with the reds having a strong penalty claim for handball turned down as well as losing Harry Kewell to injury half-way through the first period. The fans and team inspired each other in the second half as we began our comeback through skipper Steven Gerrard, whose goal was the only header of that season’s victorious European campaign. Vladimír Šmicer then struck his nineteenth reds goal in his 184th and final game for the club, before Xabi Alonso saw his penalty saved but tucked away the rebound, just six minutes after Gerrard’s goal. We hung on to the 3-3 scoreline through the rest of normal and extra time, with Jerzy Dudek making an incredible double save from Andriy Shevchenko. An amazing night was completed as we won the penalty shoot-out 3-2, with Dietmar Hamann, Djibril Cissé and Šmicer converting their spot-kicks and Dudek dancing on the goal-line. The glory that was Rome 1977 – This day brought one of only a couple of other days that can vie with Istanbul as the most glorious day in our history, as we claimed the European Cup for the first time. Our opponents were Borussia Mönchengladbach, who we had beaten in the UEFA Cup Final four years earlier. Rainer Bonhof hit the post for the Germans before Terry McDermott opened the scoring after half an hour, although Alan Simonsen equalised shortly after half-time, capitalising on a loose Jimmy Case back-pass. After sustaining heavy German pressure, we regained the lead when Tommy Smith rose to head in magnificently from a corner, in his 600th reds game, which was then assumed to be his final outing. Seven minutes from time, Kevin Keegan, playing in his 323rd and last reds match, was felled by Berti Vogts in the area, and Phil Neal stepped up to convert from the spot. Then the party could really start. This game remains our only other first-class game on this day in history. Nando off 2006 - Fernando Morientes was sold to Valencia for a reported £3m after twelve goals in 61 reds games. He had joined for £6.3m from Real Madrid in January 2005, but failed to fully convince in a reds shirt. However, he did help us to claim the FA Cup and UEFA Super Cup in his time at Anfield. Mighty Mouse starts out 1971 - Kevin Keegan played his first reds game as we lost 3-2 at Danish side AGF Århus, with Bobby Graham and Jack Whitham netting our goals. Alles Gute zum Geburtstag 1994 – Reserves forward Samed Yeşil was born in Dusseldorf. He signed for £1m from Bayer 04 Leverkusen last August, so far making two senior appearances. 1974 – Former sub keeper Robbie Holcroft was born in Skelmersdale. He sat on our bench five times in the early 1990’s. Thumped in Blackpool 1942 - We were trounced 8-2 at Blackpool in a Wartime League game. Billy Liddell converted a penalty, with Cyril Done also netting. Friendly scorers 2001 - Robbie Fowler was on target in England’s 4-0 friendly defeat of Mexico at Pride Park as future red Joe Cole won his first cap. Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard, Emile Heskey and Michael Owen all also featured, while David James made his last appearance as an Aston Villa player. At the same time, future red Djibril Cissé played as France Under-20’s lost 3-2 to Portugal in a friendly in Nîmes. 2008 – Future red Luis Suárez bagged a brace, including a penalty, as Uruguay beat Turkey 3-2 in a friendly in Germany. 2016 - Marko Grujić won his first senior cap for Serbia as they beat Cyprus 2-1 in a friendly in Užice. Digger for England John Barnes twice played for his country on this day in history. 1985 – England lost 1-0 to Scotland in the Rous Cup at Hampden Park, while he was still a Watford player. Ex-red Graeme Souness also featured. 1991 - He played alongside future reds Nigel Clough and Mark Wright in a 2-2 friendly draw with Argentina at Wembley. Defensive signings 1979 - Centre-back Dave Watson signed as an apprentice. Unlike his brother Alex, he never played a senior reds game, and found greater success across the park. 1894 - Full-back Abel Hughes signed for the reds. He too never made a first-team appearance. 1903 – Full-back Joseph Hoare arrived from Southampton for £75, playing just seven times before returning to the Saints a year later. Flo on target 2006 - Florent Sinama-Pongolle netted for France Under-21’s in their 3-0 defeat of Germany in the European Championships Finals in Portugal. Also in international action that day were Jamie Carragher, Scott Carson, Peter Crouch, future red Joe Cole and ex-reds David James, Jari Litmanen and Michael Owen, with Roy Hodgson taking charge of Finland. 2007 - Carson and Owen both featured for England B in their 3-1 defeat of Albania at Turf Moor. A Hungarian double 2007 - It was announced that forwards Krisztián Németh and András Simon would both sign from MTK Hungária for around £1m. Both left the club in 2010 without having made the first team. On the move 2007 - Gérard Houllier resigned as Manager of Olympique Lyonnais after two years in charge, in which time he had led them to their fifth and sixth consecutive Ligue 1 titles as well as the knock-out stages of the Champions League. On the same day, future reds goalkeeping coach John Achterberg was released by Tranmere Rovers, although he was then given a further two-year contract as a player and coach. The kids done well 1963 – Tommy Smith captained the reds as they lost the second leg of our first ever FA Youth Cup Final 5-2 at West Ham United. We had won the first leg 3-1 and led 2-1 on the night in East London with Bobby Graham amongst the scorers. However, reds keeper Rodney Swindlehurst was bundled over the line by the Hammers centre-forward to equalise, getting injured in the process. The Irons then did enough to take the tie into extra time and go on to claim the prize. We had to wait another 33 years to clinch the trophy for the first time. Euro despair 2013 – Ex-reds loanee Nuri Şahin played in the UEFA Champions League Final for Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund, managed by Jürgen Klopp, as they lost 2-1 to Bayern München at Wembley. Frank’s day 1890 – Scottish keeper Frank Mitchell was born in Elgin, Morayshire. He signed from Everton for £1,250 in February 1921, playing eighteen times before joining Tranmere Rovers in June 1923 after failing to permanently displace the great Elisha Scott. Ex-Ger 2006 – Sotirios Kyrgiakos won his final cap for Greece while a Rangers player as they lost 1-0 to Australia in a friendly in Melbourne. 2010 – He also played for his country, as they drew 2-2 with South Korea in Austria. Ex-reds Robbie Keane and Rigobert Song both also featured in international friendlies that day. Magilton for his country Ex-reds reserves midfielder Jim Magilton twice represented Northern Ireland on this day in the 1990’s. 1993 - He won his fourteenth cap in a 1-0 World Cup qualifying win in Lithuania. 1995 - He made his 28th appearance as they lost 2-1 to Chile in a Canada Cup game in Edmonton. International firsts 2012 - Christian Benteke won his first cap as a Koninklijke Racing Club Genk player, his fourth to date, as Belgium were held to a 2-2 friendly draw in Brussels by Montenegro. 2014 - Nuri Şahin won his first cap in his second spell as a Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund player as Turkey beat the Republic of Ireland 2-1 in a friendly in Dublin.
  22. Will

    24th May

    Happy birthday Vlad 1973 - Vladimír Šmicer was born in Děčín in Czechoslovakia. He made 184 reds appearances following his £3.75m transfer from Racing Club de Lens, scoring nineteen times, including a crucial strike in Istanbul. He signed for us on his 26th birthday, although he did not officially become a Liverpool player until 1st July 1999, and left for Girondins de Bordeaux in June 2005, having helped us to claim the Champions League, UEFA Cup, FA Cup and two League Cups. 1965 - Nicky Tanner was born in Bristol. He signed from Bristol Rovers for £20,000 in August 1988 and made a total of 59 appearances for the reds under Graeme Souness, netting his only goal at Goodison Park in December 1991. Sami’s farewell 2009 - We beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 at Anfield in our final game of the season, with Xabi Alonso playing his 210th and final reds game and Sami Hyypiä making an emotional farewell after his 464th and last appearance for the club. Fernando Torres headed in the opener with his fiftieth reds goal, in just his 84th game. We extended our lead after Alan Hutton deflected in a Dirk Kuyt effort to register our 150th own goal, before ex-red Robbie Keane reduced the deficit with the most recent of his five goals past us. Yossi Benayoun rounded off the scoring before Sami made his entrance. Ged steps down 2004 - Gérard Houllier stepped down as reds boss. He had been in sole charge since November 1998, leading us to the UEFA Cup, FA Cup, two League Cups, UEFA Super Cup and FA Charity Shield. He said, “I'd rather have stayed as manager but I leave on good terms with everybody. I may have left Liverpool, but Liverpool will not leave me.” Crushed 2015 - We were humbled 6-1 in the final game of the season at Stoke City. Mame Biram Diouf bagged a brace before Jon Walters grabbed one of his seven goals past us. Ex-red Charlie Adam and Steven N’Zonzi then put the home side five up at the break. Steven Gerrard netted his 186th and last goal in his 710th and final reds game, but ex-red Peter Crouch then added his fourth and last goal against the reds. This was our biggest defeat since April 1963. Appointments galore 2011 – A raft of appointments at the club were announced, including Frank McParland as Director of Academy and Player Development, Pep Segura as Technical Director, Stuart Webber as Director of Recruitment, and Steve Cooper as Under-16’s Coach and Academy Manager. Rodolfo Borrell stepped up from Under-18’s Coach to Reserve Team Head Coach, with Mike Marsh taking over the Under-18’s. On the same day, Lucas Leiva was presented with the Standard Chartered Liverpool FC Player of the Season for 2010-11 award. En route to title number five 1947 - Our only other first-class game on this day to date brought a 2-1 victory at Arsenal in our penultimate game of the season, taking us back to the top of the table, despite being behind with only a quarter of an hour to go. Jack Balmer headed us level before a Bob Priday cross was turned into his own net by full-back Wally Barnes. We pipped Manchester United for the title that season by one point, to claim it for the fifth time. Boss George Kay was not present at the match as he was away watching transfer targets, so captain Balmer gave the team talk and the board of directors voted on tactical changes during the match! Emlyn for the last time 1980 - Ex-red Emlyn Hughes won his 62nd and final cap for England, coming off the bench as they beat Scotland 2-0 in a British International Championships match at Hampden Park. Phil Thompson skippered an England side that also included Ray Clemence, David Johnson and Terry McDermott, while Kenny Dalglish played for the Scots. Nice one Cyril 1941 - Cyril Done netted a treble as we thumped Chester 6-1 in a Wartime League game at Sealand Road. Douglas Cooke and Billy Liddell also scored, with our other strike coming from a Cole own goal. New York friendlies We have twice played friendlies in New York on this day in history. 1953 - We beat 1. FC Nürnberg 4-3 in the Triborough Stadium, with Kevin Baron, Mervyn Jones, Billy Liddell and Sammy Smyth all on target. 1964 - We lost 2-0 to Hamburger SV at the Yankee Stadium. This was our first defeat in 36 games played over five visits to North America since the war. Most recently 2017 – Forward Rhian Brewster played his first reds game as we beat Sydney 3-0 in a post-season friendly down under, with ex-reds Daniel Agger, Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard and Steve McManaman all also in action. Daniel Sturridge, Alberto Moreno and Roberto Firmino were all on target in the first half. Friendlies in Scandinavia We have played three matches in Scandinavia on this day in history, scoring a total of twelve goals, but conceding eleven. 1914 - Billy Lacey struck twice as we drew 3-3 with a København Select XI in Denmark, with Tom Miller also scoring. 1932 – We beat an Odense Select side 3-0 on our Danish tour. Edmund Hancock struck twice, with Gordon Gunson also on target. 1939 - We lost 5-4 to a Swedish Combination side, with our goals coming from Harman van den Berg, Willie Fagan, Jack Balmer and Phil Taylor. 1951 - Cyril Done bagged a brace as we beat a Göteborg Select team 5-3, while Kevin Baron, Billy Liddell and Jimmy Payne also got on the scoresheet. This was the third consecutive game on this Swedish tour that Done had scored in. Double debutants 2001 - Future reds Chris Kirkland and Jermaine Pennant both made their debuts for England Under-21’s, with Stephen Wright also appearing in their 3-0 friendly defeat of Mexico at Filbert Street. This was Kirkland’s only cap as a Coventry City player. Reds on target at Wembley for England 2010 - Glen Johnson grabbed his first senior international goal, with ex-red Peter Crouch also netting as England beat Mexico 3-1 in a friendly. Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard and future red James Milner all also featured. On the same day, Maxi Rodríguez won his first cap as a reds player, netting twice as Argentina thumped Canada 5-0 in a friendly in Buenos Aires, with Javier Mascherano skippering the side. Meanwhile Brad Jones won his last cap while with Middlesbrough as Australia beat New Zealand 2-1 in a friendly in Melbourne. 1975 - Future red David Johnson scored as England trounced Scotland 5-1 in the British International Championships. Ray Clemence, Kevin Keegan, future red Kenny Dalglish and ex-red Ted MacDougall all also played. 1978 - Phil Neal netted from the spot as England thumped Hungary 4-1 in a friendly. Emlyn Hughes captained the side, with ex-red Kevin Keegan also playing. Steve Heighway and future red Mark Lawrenson played for the Republic of Ireland on the same day as they drew their European Championships qualifier in Denmark 3-3. Double Dutch 2008 – Ryan Babel bagged his final international goal as a reds player with Dirk Kuyt also on target as the Netherlands beat Andriy Voronin’s Ukraine 3-0 in a friendly in Feyenoord. Meanwhile, Krisztián Németh struck the only goal as Hungary Under-19’s faced Portugal in a European Championships qualifier in Székesfehérvár, with keeper Péter Gulácsi also featuring. Damien Plessis and future reds Robbie Keane and Sotirios Kyrgiakos also played for their countries that day. 2013 – Future red Gini Wijnaldum scored for the Dutch Under-21’s as they beat Australia Under-20’s 3-1 in a friendly in Emmen. Signing on 2016 – Keeper Loris Karius signed from 1. FSV Mainz 05 for £4.7m, so far making 49 senior appearances for the reds. On the same day, former reds Assistant Manager Pako Ayestarán was appointed permanent Head Coach of Valencia, although he was sacked just four months later. 2006 - Ex-reds left-back Grégory Vignal signed for Racing Club de Lens, having been released by Portsmouth. He made 22 League appearances before moving back to England to join Birmingham City. 1948 – Right-half Roy Saunders signed on a free transfer from Hull City. He netted once in 146 reds appearances before joining Swansea Town in March 1959, as well as fathering future reds striker Dean. He died in January 2009. 2012 – Reserves forward David Amoo signed for Preston North End, netting once in 24 games before joining Tranmere Rovers in January 2013. On the same day, left-back Fábio Aurélio joined Grêmio back in his native Brazil, having been released for the second time. He had arrived at Anfield 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. 2017 - Amoo signed for Cambridge United having been released by Partick Thistle, netting twice in 27 games in his first season with the U’s. Other bosses coming and going 2001 - Kevin Keegan was appointed Manager of Manchester City, following his departure from the England job seven months earlier. He led them to the First Division title in his first season, then keeping them in the top flight before leaving in March 2005. 1997 - Graeme Souness resigned as Southampton boss. He had been in charge at The Dell for less than a year, during which time he had guided them to just one point clear of relegation, and famously signed Ali Dia, George Weah’s alleged cousin. Redders injured 1997 - Jamie Redknapp was stretchered off with an ankle injury as England beat South Africa 2-1 in a friendly at Old Trafford. This was not the only time he was injured while on international duty. Roger on target 1963 - Roger Hunt scored for the Football League side in a FA Centenary/Football League 75th anniversary match that ended 3-3 at Highbury. 1967 - He struck in England’s 2-0 friendly defeat of Spain at Wembley. Other international goalscorers 2014 – Jordon Ibe bagged a treble as England Under-19’s thumped Montenegro 6-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Walsall, his last goals at this level. Clubmate Lloyd Jones also featured, while Ryan Fulton played for Scotland in the same competition in Burton. 1939 - Future reds boss Don Welsh netted his only international goal while winning his third and final cap in England’s 2-0 friendly win in Romania. 1971 - Steve Heighway scored for the Republic of Ireland as they drew 1-1 with an FA XI at Lansdowne Road in a match to celebrate the FAI’s Golden Jubilee. This was his only goal for the senior Irish side. 2011 – Ex-red Robbie Keane bagged a brace, including a penalty, skippering the Republic of Ireland as they trounced Northern Ireland 5-0 in a Carling Nations Cup game in Dublin. 2012 - Future reds loanee Nuri Şahin netted for Turkey as they beat Georgia 3-1 in a friendly in Austria, his only goal as a Real Madrid player. 2006 – Şahin also played for Turkey as they drew a friendly 3-3 in Belgium. Backroom appointments 2012 – The appointments of Jen Chang as Corporate Relations and Communications Director and Chief Commercial Officer Billy Hogan were both announced. However, Chang left “by mutual consent” after just five months in the role. Chico the boss again 2002 - Steve Nicol was re-appointed interim head coach of New England Revolution, in the US Major League. He took them to the final of the MLS play-offs in his first full season, remaining in charge until October 2011. Skippers for the first time 1982 - Graeme Souness captained Scotland for the first time as they beat Wales 1-0 in the British International Championships at Hampden Park. Kenny Dalglish, Alan Hansen, Ian Rush and ex-red Joey Jones all also played that day. 1926 - Full-back Tom Lucas became only the second red to captain England as he won his third and final cap in their 5-3 friendly defeat of Belgium in Antwerp. Future reds forward Tosh Johnson scored on his international bow. 1958 - Reds midfielder Johnny Wheeler skippered an FA XI that won 5-0 in Nigeria. Howie for England 1984 - Ex-red Howard Gayle scored his only England Under-21’s goal while winning his third and final cap as they beat Spain 2-0 at Bramall Lane to clinch the European Championships 3-0 on aggregate. Fellow ex-red Dave Watson also played. 2010 – Conor Coady skippered England Under-17’s as they beat Turkey 2-1 in a European Championships Finals group game in Liechtenstein, with Andre Wisdom also featuring. First and last caps 2006 - Mark González won his first cap as a reds player, and fourteenth to date, as Chile beat Steve Staunton’s Republic of Ireland side 1-0 in a friendly at Lansdowne Road, with future red Robbie Keane also featuring. Meanwhile, Ramon Calliste made his final appearance for Wales Under-21’s while on our books as they thumped Estonia 5-1 in a European Championships qualifier. Daniel Agger and John Arne Riise were both also in international action that day. Carl the champion 2006 - Carl Medjani skippered France Under-20’s to victory in the Final of the Toulon tournament, with the game against the Netherlands ending goalless, but the French winning 5-3 on penalties. European Cup joy 1995 - Future red Jari Litmanen started as Ajax beat AC Milan 1-0 in Vienna to win the UEFA Champions League. 2000 - Ex-red Steve McManaman and future red Fernando Morientes both netted as Real Madrid beat Valencia 3-0 in the Stade de France to claim the trophy, with future reds Nicolas Anelka and Mauricio Pellegrino both also featuring.
  23. Will

    23rd May

    Our first European triumph 1973 - We lost 2-0 at Borussia Mönchengladbach with Jupp Heynckes getting both goals inside ten first-half minutes. However, that was enough to secure the UEFA Cup for the first time, as we had won the first leg 3-0 at Anfield two weeks before. We therefore became the first English side to claim the League title and a European trophy in the same season. Athens despair 2007 - We lost 2-1 to AC Milan in the Champions League Final in Athens thanks to a Pippo Inzaghi brace, with Bolo Zenden playing his 47th and final reds game. Dirk Kuyt headed our late consolation, his first goal in Europe for us. Keeping on track for a title showdown 1989 - Ray Houghton netted a brace, with John Aldridge, Ian Rush and John Barnes also on target as we beat West Ham United 5-1 at Anfield, our 24th consecutive game without defeat, just three days after our emotional FA Cup Final win, to keep us on course for our second double in four years. The FA Cup was on display on a table on the pitch before the game. However, the League was to be cruelly snatched from our grasp by Arsenal in the very last kick of the season. 1985 - Our only other first-class game on this day saw John Wark miss a penalty as we lost at Everton. Paul Wilkinson bagged the only goal of the game. Uncle Joe announced 1983 – The appointment of Joe Fagan as Bob Paisley’s replacement as Manager was announced, although he did not take over until 1st July. In his first season as boss, he led the club to a unique treble of League, European Cup and League Cup, retiring just a year later. He remains the only Scouser to date to hold the position on a permanent basis. Happy birthdays 1997 - Centre-half Joe Gomez was born in Catford, south east London. He signed from Charlton Athletic for £3.5m in June 2015, so far making exactly one hundred senior appearances, without scoring. On the same day, Spanish midfielder Pedro Chirivella was born in Valencia. He signed from his hometown club in July 2013 and has played eleven first-team games to date, captaining the side in our League Cup thumping at Aston Villa in December 2019. 1996 - Keeper Ryan Fulton was born in Burnley. He signed pro terms in the summer of 2013, making his first senior appearance in our friendly at Swindon Town in August 2015. An obscure international 1987 - Young reds midfielder Ken de Mange made his senior international debut as a substitute for the Republic of Ireland alongside clubmates John Aldridge and Ronnie Whelan, as they beat Brazil 1-0 in a Rous Cup game at Lansdowne Road. He never made a first team appearance in his two seasons with the reds, before moving on to Leeds United. On the same day, Peter Beardsley and Mark Wright both played as England were held to a goalless draw by Scotland in the same competition at Hampden Park. It was Beardsley’s last cap as a Newcastle United player, and Wright’s final one while with Southampton. A treble for Albert 1948 - Albert Stubbins bagged a hat-trick as we beat a Philadelphia Select side 5-2 in a friendly on our post-season tour. Jack Balmer and Billy Liddell also netted. Rush for his country for the last time 1994 - Ian Rush grabbed his final goal for Wales as they won 2-1 in a friendly in Estonia. He netted 28 goals in his 73 internationals, a Welsh record. 1980 - He also represented his country in their 1-0 British International Championships defeat in Northern Ireland, alongside ex-red Joey Jones. Nigel’s debut 1989 - Future red Nigel Clough won his first full international cap as England were held to a goalless draw by Chile in a Rous Cup game at Wembley. 2001 – Future reds keeper Brad Jones won his only cap at Under-20’s level as Australia thumped Guam 6-0 in the East Asian Games in Japan. Larry for England 1972 - Larry Lloyd won his third and final England cap as a red, and his last for his country for eight years. Emlyn Hughes also played as Northern Ireland won 1-0 at Wembley in the British International Championships. Barmby’s brace 1996 - Future red Nick Barmby bagged a brace as England beat China 3-0 in a friendly in Beijing. Ex-red Peter Beardsley won his 59th and final cap in this game, while Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman and Jamie Redknapp all also featured. A French triumph 1956 - We thumped French outfit Racing Club Franc-Comtois 8-1 in Besançon. Billy Liddell bagged a brace, with Alan A’Court, Louis Bimpson, John Evans, Brian Jackson and Jimmy Melia all adding to an own goal. The kids done well 1963 – Tommy Smith captained the reds to a 3-1 victory in the first leg of our first ever FA Youth Cup Final at Anfield. Unfortunately, we crashed 5-2 in controversial circumstances in the return match two days later. Drawing at sea 1935 – We drew 2-2 with Victoria on Gran Canaria, with Vic Wright and Fred Howe netting. The reds were introduced to Miss Spain before the match! On the way out 2005 - It was announced that Paul Harrison, Patrice Luzi, Jon Otsemobor, Richie Partridge and Mark Smyth would all be leaving the club. They had only managed eleven first-team outings between them. 1997 - Roy Hodgson resigned as Manager of Internazionale, with two games remaining of the Serie A campaign and the club sitting in third place. This came two days after their UEFA Cup Final defeat to Schalke 04 on penalties, when he was pelted with coins and cigarette lighters by fans at the San Siro. 2011 – Ex-reds defender David Raven was released by Shrewsbury Town after 28 games for the Shrews. 2012 – Emile Heskey was released by Aston Villa after fifteen strikes in 111 outings. On the same day, keeper Chris Kirkland signed for Sheffield Wednesday. 2014 – Forward Michael Ngoo was released by the reds, having not made the breakthrough. On the same day, John Arne Riise was let go by Fulham after failing to score in exactly a century of games for the Cottagers. In charge 2006 - Nigel Spackman was appointed Manager of Millwall. He only remained in the post for four months before being sacked. 2009 – John Barnes led Jamaica to a 2-2 draw with Haiti in a friendly in Fort Lauderdale. 2010 – John Toshack took charge of Wales as they lost a friendly 2-0 in Croatia, with future red Dejan Lovren on the winning side. Future red Fabio Borini featured for Italy Under-19’s on the same day, as they beat Northern Ireland 3-2 in a friendly in Udine. Penalty shoot-out despair 1996 - Future red Jari Litmanen scored for Ajax in the UEFA Champions League Final as their match with Juventus ended 1-1 in the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. The Dutch outfit lost the penalty shoot-out 4-2, with Jari again on target from the spot. 2001 - Fellow future red Mauricio Pellegrino saw his decisive penalty saved by Oliver Kahn to hand Bayern München the UEFA Champions League as Valencia lost their shoot-out 5-4 in Milan, after the match had ended 1-1. Irish beginnings and end 2007 - Ex-red Darren Potter made his senior debut for the Republic of Ireland, with Steve Staunton leading his side to a 1-1 friendly draw with Ecuador in the Giants Stadium in New Jersey. 1998 - Mark Kennedy won his first cap as a Wimbledon player, and eighteenth in total, as the Irish were held to a goalless draw at Lansdowne Road by Mexico. Phil Babb and future red Robbie Keane also played. 1939 – Ex-reds reserves centre-half Matt O’Mahoney won his sixth and final Irish cap as they held Germany to a 1-1 draw in a friendly in Bremen. 2014 - Tiago Ilori scored his only goal for Portugal Under-21’s, the only goal of their European Championships qualifier in North Macedonia. Harry in charge 2008 – Harry Kewell captained Australia in their 1-0 friendly defeat of Ghana in Sydney. 2017 - He was appointed Manager of Crawley Town, leading them to mid-table safety in League Two in his first campaign in charge.
  24. Will

    21st May

    Walsh walks in 1984 - Paul Walsh signed from Luton Town for £700,000. He went on to nab 37 goals in 112 reds games, helping us to the League title in 1986, although he missed the run-in due to ruptured ankle ligaments. He left Anfield to sign for Tottenham Hotspur for £500,000 in February 1988. 1914 - Inside-right Fred Pagnam joined from Blackpool. He struck an astonishing thirty times in just 39 reds games, moving to Arsenal in October 1919. He later had a successful managerial career with Watford and the Turkish national side, amongst others. 1925 - Right-back Jimmy ‘Parson’ Jackson signed from Aberdeen for £1,750. He struck twice in 224 games for the reds, appearing in every outfield position, and was renowned for his on-field arguments with notoriously foul-mouthed keeper Elisha Scott! He became reds skipper in 1928, and also wrote a regular column for the Liverpool Weekly Post before leaving the reds in 1933 to become ordained as a Presbyterian minister. Ephraim the first 1921 - Full-back Ephraim Longworth became the first red to captain England, as he won his second cap in their 2-0 friendly defeat of Belgium in Brussels. Clubmate Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers netted his first England goal in the same game. Wembley disappointment 1977 - Our first treble dream died as we lost the FA Cup Final to Manchester United. Jimmy Case equalised just two minutes after Stuart Pearson had given United the lead. However, only three minutes later Jimmy Greenhoff scored the winning goal, one of his five past us, to take the cup to Old Trafford for the first time in fourteen years. This remains our only first-class game on this day in history. Farewell Lucas 2017 – Lucas Leiva played his 346th and last reds game as we beat Middlesbrough 3-0 at Anfield to secure UEFA Champions League football for the next season and relegate the visitors. Gini Wijnaldum opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time, with Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana on target after the break. Striking first caps 1980 - Ian Rush won his first full cap for Wales, as a substitute in their 1-0 defeat by Scotland in the British International Championships at Hampden Park. Kenny Dalglish and ex-red Joey Jones both also featured. 1975 – Ipswich Town’s David Johnson netted a brace on his England debut as they drew 2-2 with Wales in the same competition. John Toshack bagged his final goal as a reds player in this game, while Ray Clemence also played. Bobby the boss 1982 - 1950’s wing-half Bobby Campbell was appointed Manager of Portsmouth. He stayed in charge for two years, with his signings including Neil Webb and Mark Hateley. He led them to the old Third Division title in his first season in charge, and kept them up the following season, but was then sacked and replaced by Alan Ball. Torben’s birthday 1963 - Danish defender Torben Piechnik was born in Copenhagen. He only played 24 times after Graeme Souness signed him from F.C. København for £500,000 in September 1992, having helped his country to a shock win at Euro ’92, but Roy Evans released him after just two seasons at Anfield. Another honour for Ged 2001 - Gérard Houllier was given a special Nationwide award, having bizarrely been pipped to the Manager Of The Year trophy by Ipswich Town boss George Burley despite leading the reds to a cup treble and third place in the League. More reds on target 1998 - Vladimír Šmicer scored in his third consecutive Czech Republic game as they beat Paraguay 1-0 in a Kirin Cup game in Kobe, Japan. 2002 - Michael Owen netted as skipper in England’s 1-1 draw with South Korea in a pre-World Cup friendly. Emile Heskey, Danny Murphy and future red Joe Cole all also played. Milan Baroš was booked as the Czech Republic Under-21’s drew 1-1 with Greece in the European Championships in Switzerland on the same day 2008 – Reserves forward Krisztián Németh grabbed a brace, including a penalty, as Hungary Under-19’s beat Cyprus 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Székesfehérvár, with clubmate András Simon making an appearance from off the bench. European champions 2014 – Future red Dominic Solanke netted his last goal at this level as England Under-17’s beat the Netherlands on penalties after their European Championships Final finished 1-1 in Malta, with fellow future red Joe Gomez also featuring. Wrong and right for Wright 1991 - Future red Mark Wright skippered England for the only time, scoring an own goal as they beat the USSR 3-1 in a friendly at Wembley. John Barnes and Peter Beardsley both also played. 1988 - Barnes and Beardsley both also represented their country when England beat a Scotland side that included Steve Nicol 1-0 in the Rous Cup at Wembley. Poland for Wales 1939 - Future reds keeper George Poland won his second and final official cap for Wales as they lost 2-1 to France in a friendly in Paris. He played a further four times in Wartime games while on our books. Saint turned sinner 1961 – Ian St. John scored and was then sent off for kicking out as we drew a friendly 1-1 at Slovakian side Tatran Prešov. For Stan and Tony 2000 - We took part in a testimonial match for Steve Staunton and Tony Cascarino, losing 4-2 to an Irish XI at Lansdowne Road. Our goals came from Emile Heskey and Michael Owen. Derby joy 1944 - We beat Everton 5-2 in a friendly at Anfield in aid of the Lord Mayor’s War Fund. Don Welsh bagged a treble, with Billy Liddell and Jack Balmer also on target as all five goals came within an eight-minute spell. Taylor for England Phil Taylor twice represented his country on this day in history. 1947 - He featured in a goalless B international in Switzerland. 1950 - He played alongside clubmate Jimmy Payne as England B won an unofficial international 2-1 in Luxembourg. On the move 1999 - Former reserves forward Paul Dalglish, King Kenny’s son, was sold to Norwich City from Newcastle United for £300,000, after a successful loan spell. However, he only bagged two goals in a total of 48 games for the Canaries. 2001 - Robbie Keane was sold to Leeds United from Internazionale for £12m, after nine goals in twenty outings during a loan spell at Elland Road the previous season. 2007 - Ex-reds reserves forward John Miles signed for Accrington Stanley on a free transfer from Macclesfield Town. He netted just seven times in 111 games for them before joining Conference National side Fleetwood Town in June 2010. 2015 - Ex-reds midfielder Danny Guthrie was released by Reading after five goals in 69 games. On the same day, Jordon Ibe signed a new contract with the reds. 2016 – Reserves forward Jerome Sinclair agreed to sign for Watford on 1st July, having become our youngest ever player in September 2012 aged sixteen years and six days. He struck once in five senior reds games in total and has so far netted once in twelve outings for the Hornets, spending much of his time out on loan. Robbo for the Irish Future red Michael Robinson played for the Republic of Ireland in friendlies on this day in consecutive years. 1981 - They lost 3-0 to West Germany B in Bremen 1982 – He played in a 1-0 defeat in Chile, with future reds Assistant Manager Sean O’Driscoll making his debut. Tony starts a run 1969 - Ex-red Tony Hateley scored in the first of all seven games on an FA Tour, grabbing a treble as an England side beat Tahiti 4-1 in Papeete. He netted a total of seventeen goals on the trip. European disappointment 2008 – Ex-red Nicolas Anelka had a penalty saved in the UEFA Champions League Final for Chelsea as they lost 6-5 in the shoot-out to Manchester United in Moscow, after the game had ended 1-1 at both full time and after extra time. Future red Joe Cole also featured for the losing side. Youngsters in action 2010 – Conor Coady skippered England Under-17’s as they beat Greece 1-0 in a European Championships Finals group game in Liechtenstein, with Andre Wisdom also featuring. Meanwhile, ex-red Jari Litmanen won his 132nd cap for Finland as they lost 2-0 in Estonia, while future red Fabio Borini netted for Italy Under-19’s in their 2-0 friendly defeat of the Czech Republic in Udine.
  25. Will

    30th April

    Goss makes history 1994 - Norwich City’s Jeremy Goss became the last player to score in front of the standing Kop as the Canaries won 1-0. Goss said: “I’ve put that day down as the proudest moment of my footballing career.” The very last person to score was actually Kopite John Garner who took to the field in an odd outfit that incorporated a fez, dodging stewards and coppers to net in front of those left long after the match had ended. For the 96 1989 - We played our first game since Hillsborough, at Celtic in aid of the Hillsborough Disaster Appeal. John Aldridge came off the bench to net a brace, to add to goals from Kenny Dalglish and Ian Rush on an emotional day as the reds won 4-0. Not going to Moscow 2008 - We eventually lost 3-2 after extra time to Chelsea in the second leg of our Champions League Semi-final, having been held to a 1-1 draw in the Anfield meeting. Martin Škrtel had to be taken off injured early on, before Didier Drogba opened the scoring. Fernando Torres equalised to take the tie beyond the allotted three hours, but Frank Lampard then converted a spot-kick, one of his eight strikes past us, after substitute Sami Hyypiä had tripped Michael Ballack. Drogba added another of his eleven goals against the reds before Ryan Babel struck a late 35-yard consolation as we ended the Champions League campaign on 28 goals, the most of any club. This was his seventh goal from off the bench that season, equalling a club record, while John Arne Riise played his 348th and last reds game. Clinching the title 1966 - We clinched our seventh League title as Roger Hunt bagged a brace in our 2-1 defeat of Chelsea at Anfield despite a Bert Murray equaliser after an hour. 1988 - We also played the Blues, with John Barnes equalising with a 30-yard free-kick after Gordon Durie’s penalty at Stamford Bridge, one of his five strikes against the reds, in our first game since we clinched our seventeenth League title. Peter Beardsley had a late spot-kick saved that would have handed us victory. 1983 - We claimed our fourteenth championship with three games to play, despite Steve Archibald bagging two of his six goals past us in our 2-0 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur, as our closest rivals Manchester United dropped points at Norwich City meaning that no team could catch us. 1927 - We also faced Spurs in the top flight, with Dick Edmed bagging the only goal of the game at Anfield. Digger the best 1988 - John Barnes was named as Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers’ Association, to add to his PFA award. Alan Hansen finished as runner-up with 96% of the votes going to reds, and Barnes himself claiming two thirds of the nominations. 2000 - Sami Hyypiä and future red Harry Kewell were named in the PFA Team of the Year. Happy birthday Alun 1949 - Forward Alun Evans was born in Bewdley, near Kidderminster. He was Britain’s first £100,000 teenager when he signed from Wolverhampton Wanderers in September 1968, our new record signing. He scored 33 goals in 111 reds games, including appearing in the 1971 FA Cup Final, before being sold to Aston Villa for £70,000 in June 1972. 1991 – Former Icelandic reserves midfielder Victor Pálsson was born in Reykjavik. He joined the reds from AGF Århus in January 2009 but failed to make the first team, joining Hibernian two years later after a loan spell with Dagenham & Redbridge Storming back to the top flight 1962 - Roger Hunt and Alan A’Court both struck in our 2-1 win over Charlton Athletic, bringing us to 68 League goals at Anfield for the season, a club record. We were presented with the Second Division title that day. Double century for Ginger 2005 - John Arne Riise played his 200th reds game as Steven Gerrard equalised with a 35-yard thunderbolt past future reds stopper Brad Jones in a 1-1 League draw with Middlesbrough at Anfield. Szilárd Németh had given the visitors an early lead. For the Saint 1973 - A testimonial match for Ian St. John was staged as the reds beat Chelsea 4-2 at Anfield, with the Saint grabbing a brace and Brian Hall and Roger Hunt also netting. 1924 - We played in another testimonial, drawing 1-1 at Aberdeen in a game staged for the Dons’ Scottish international defender John Hutton. 1951 - Our other such game on this day saw Billy Liddell strike in a 1-1 draw at Brighton & Hove Albion, in a game in aid of Harry Baldwin, Jack Ball and Jack Dugnolle. Most recent win 1986 - Our most recent first-class victory on this day was a 2-0 League win at Leicester City. Goals from Ian Rush and Ronnie Whelan kept us on course for the double. Jack’s farewell 1909 – Winger Jack Cox played his 361st and final reds game as we won 1-0 at Newcastle United. This result was enough to keep us in the top flight, thanks to a goal from ex-Toon inside-left ‘Wee’ Ronald Orr. He had bagged eighty goals since signing from Blackpool for £150 in December 1897, helping us to two League titles and the Second Division championship before returning to Bloomfield Road as Player/Manager that May. Glory for the kids 1996 - We took a step towards winning the FA Youth Cup for the first of three times to date. We won 2-0 at West Ham United, going on to win the return leg 2-1 at Anfield. Jamie Carragher and Michael Owen were both in the victorious side. Shanks at Wembley 1938 - Bill Shankly won an FA Cup winner’s medal as Preston North End beat Huddersfield Town 1-0 at Wembley thanks to a penalty in the last minute of extra time, making up for their defeat the year before. This was the first Final to be televised in its entirety. International debuts 2003 - Future reds midfielder Xabi Alonso made his senior international debut as Spain beat Ecuador 4-0 in a friendly in Madrid. Fellow future red Fernando Morientes grabbed a treble, taking him onto twenty senior international goals, after just 28 caps. 1997 - Bolo Zenden won his first cap for the Netherlands as they thumped San Marino 6-0 in a World Cup qualifier. Managerial ins and outs 2007 - Sammy Lee was named as Manager of Bolton Wanderers following the departure of Sam Allardyce. He was only given fourteen games in charge, of which they lost just four, before leaving the club by mutual consent that October. On the same day, Mark Wright was sacked as Chester City boss after fourteen months in charge of the League Two outfit following a poor run of form, with just one game of the season remaining. 2014 – Ex-reserves defender Phil Brazier left as Manager of Northern Premier League side Marine by mutual consent. 1982 - Roy Hodgson was sacked as Manager of Bristol City. He had originally joined as Bobby Houghton’s Assistant, but only lasted four months in the top job. Half a century for Gary Mac 1997 - Future red Gary McAllister won his fiftieth cap for Scotland in their 2-1 World Cup qualifying win in Sweden. Stig Inge Bjørnebye, Mark Kennedy, Jamie Redknapp, future reds Sami Hyypiä, Paul Ince, Jari Litmanen and Christian Ziege, and ex-reds Ray Houghton and Steve Staunton all also represented their countries in qualifiers that day. Rushie yet again 1985 - Ian Rush scored in his third consecutive international, bagging a brace as Wales beat Scotland 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Wrexham. The Scots still made it through to Mexico, with Wales finishing third in the group, also behind Spain. Djibril on target 2003 - Future red Djibril Cissé netted in France’s 5-0 friendly defeat of Egypt at the Stade de France. On the same day, Steve Finnan won his 22nd Republic of Ireland cap, and last as a Fulham player, in their 1-0 friendly defeat of Norway at Lansdowne Road. Ex-red Øyvind Leonhardsen and future red Robbie Keane also played. Also on the international scoresheet that day were Milan Baroš and Vladimír Šmicer as the Czech Republic beat Turkey 4-0 in Teplice. Ex-red Jari Litmanen netted in Finland’s 3-0 defeat of Iceland in Helsinki. Meanwhile, Alou Diarra, Sami Hyypiä, Anthony Le Tallec, Florent Sinama-Pongolle, Grégory Vignal, future reds Yossi Benayoun, Charles Itandje and Andriy Voronin, and ex-red Don Hutchison all also featured for their countries. 2001 – Future reds Le Tallec and Sinama-Pongolle both played as France Under-16’s beat Russia 2-0 in the Quarter-final of the European Championships Finals in York, on their way to reaching the Final. More farewells 1955 – Ex-reds forward Bert Goode died in Wrexham. He struck once in seven reds outings after signing from his hometown club in May 1908, moving on to Wrexham in June 1910. He scored 136 goals in 276 matches in his three spells at Wrexham, including playing in their first ever Football League match in August 1921, and is remembered as one of the greatest strikers in their history. 2011 – Australian keeper Dean Bouzanis left the club by mutual consent. He joined League One side Oldham Athletic seven months later. Player of the year 2008 - On-loan winger Paul Anderson was named Swansea City’s Young Player of the Year after helping them to the League One title.
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