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  1. New bosses 1959 - Bill Shankly was appointed reds boss, with the intention that he would take over in the New Year. However, he was in place just thirteen days later. He had led Huddersfield Town to 49 wins in 129 League games in charge, but could not get them out of the Second Division. The great man achieved his aim of turning the reds into a ‘bastion of invincibility’ as he led us out of the Second Division and then to three League titles, two FA Cups, the UEFA Cup and FA Charity Shield, before shocking the football world with his resignation in July 1974. 2010 - Tom Werner took over as Chairman of the club, following Martin Broughton’s departure. The New York-born businessman co-founded Fenway Sports Group and is also Chairman of the Boston Red Sox. King Billy’s treble 1951 - Billy Liddell scored a hat-trick, including a penalty, as we won 3-2 at Tottenham Hotspur. Sonny Walters bagged one of his four goals against the reds, with Les Bennett also on target. Great evening for the kids 2004 - We drew 1-1 at Tottenham Hotspur in the Fifth Round of the Carling Cup, with Florent Sinama-Pongolle converting a late penalty to equalise Jermain Defoe’s goal at the end of extra time, one of his six past us to date. The reds won the penalty shoot-out 4-3 as the away end rocked to the brand new ‘La Bamba’ song in honour of new boss Rafael Benítez. Stéphane Henchoz was making his 205th and final reds appearance, with winger Richie Partridge playing for the third and last time, while David Raven and Mark Smyth both made their senior bows. Jerzy’s nightmare 2002 - A Diego Forlán brace handed Manchester United a two-goal lead at Anfield, greatly assisted by Jerzy Dudek. A late Sami Hyypiä strike gave us hope, and Dietmar Hamann’s fierce drive hit the woodwork, but we lost 2-1. These were the first of Forlán’s four goals past us. Reds farewells 2012 - Phil Taylor died aged 95. He signed from his hometown club Bristol Rovers in March 1936 in exchange for outside-right Billy Hartill plus £5,000. He made 345 appearances at right-half before and after the war, scoring 34 times and winning one League title and captaining the side. He joined the coaching staff when he retired from playing in July 1954, and became Manager in May 1956, staying in the job for three years, but has the unhappy distinction of being the only reds boss never to manage the side in the top flight. 1962 - Left-winger Alan A'Court scored his 63rd and final reds goal as we beat Fulham 2-1 at Anfield in our first season back in the top flight. Roger Hunt also struck with Ronnie Moran missing a penalty. Mølby off the mark 1984 - Jan Mølby bagged his first reds goal, although it was merely a consolation in our 3-1 defeat at Chelsea. Future red David Speedie and Joe McLaughlin netted, with Kerry Dixon scoring the first of his seven goals against the reds. Thumping the Blues 2021 – We beat Everton 4-1 at Goodison Park. Jordan Henderson and Mohamed Salah struck before Demarai Gray pulled a goal back before half time. Salah and Diogo Jota then netted in the second half to increase the pressure on Rafael Benítez. Mauled by Tigers 2013 – We lost 3-1 at Hull City, the first time we had lost to the Tigers in seventeen meetings. They opened the scoring when a Jake Livermore strike was deflected off Martin Škrtel, before Steven Gerrard equalised with a free kick. David Meyler put the home side ahead before Škrtel diverted a shot from Tom Huddlestone into his own net for an own goal. 2012 - Daniel Agger headed in the only goal of the game as we hosted Southampton in a Premiership fixture. 2008 – We were held to a goalless Premiership draw at Anfield by West Ham United as we went to the top of the table. A Kop mosaic in support of Michael Shields was held up prior to kick off. Diego born 1982 – Sub keeper Diego Cavalieri was born in São Paulo. He signed from Palmeiras in his native Brazil for £3.5m in July 2008, making just ten senior appearances, all in cup competitions, although he sat on the bench on a further 103 occasions. He moved on to Italian side Cesena for £1.2m in August 2010. A winning debut 1973 - Forward Alan Waddle made his League bow in our defeat of West Ham United at Anfield, with Peter Cormack bagging the only goal of the game. Chris Lawler missed this game through injury, having played in all of our previous 102 League games. Razor off 1981 - Ray Kennedy was sent off for two bookable offences in the first half of our goalless League Cup Fourth Round tie at Arsenal as Terry McDermott played his 300th reds game. Fortunately, we won the replay the following week, en route to retaining the trophy. Beating the Rams again and again We have beaten Derby County three times on this day in history without conceding a goal. 2001 - Michael Owen’s poached effort gave us a win at Pride Park, although the reds had to thank Jerzy Dudek for a string of top-class saves, including one from a late Fabrizio Ravanelli penalty, to keep us top of the League. 1906 - Joe Hewitt nabbed the only goal of the game at the Baseball Ground as forward Sam Raybould played his 200th reds game. 1928 - Gordon Hodgson, Jimmy McDougall and James Clark struck as we won 3-0 at Anfield. European wins 1965 - We beat Belgians Standard de Liège 3-1 at Anfield in our first game of a European Cup Winners’ Cup campaign that saw us reach the Final in only our second season in continental competition. Chris Lawler struck a brace that night, with Peter Thompson also netting in a very bad-tempered game. 2020 – Curtis Jones struck the only goal of Ajax’s visit to Anfield in a UEFA Champions League group game, played behind closed doors. This result ensured we qualified as group winners with a game still to play. Mixed fortunes against the Blades We have faced Sheffield United three times over the years, winning just once. 1956 - Our most recent meeting was at Anfield, when Johnny Wheeler, Billy Liddell, Jimmy Melia, Alan A’Court and Alan Arnell were all on target in a 5-1 Second Division victory. Jimmy Hagan’s consolation was one of his four strikes against the reds. 1923 - Harry Chambers grabbed our goal as we drew a top-flight meeting at Bramall Lane, with Fred Tunstall nabbing one of his eight goals past us. 1900 - Charlie Satterthwaite was on target in a 2-1 home defeat, also in the First Division. Big wins 1979 - We beat Middlesbrough 4-0 at Anfield, with the goals coming from Terry McDermott, Alan Hansen, David Johnson and Ray Kennedy. Ray Clemence was presented with a specially inscribed carriage clock before the game to honour his achievement of only conceding sixteen goals in the 42 games of the last League campaign. 1917 - We trounced Blackburn Rovers 6-1 at Ewood Park in a Wartime League fixture, with Thomas Bennett bagging a brace and Harry Lewis, Arthur Metcalf, Jack Waine and Donald McKinlay all netting. 1945 - We won another Wartime League match, beating Huddersfield Town 4-1 at Anfield thanks to a Billy Liddell brace and goals from Willie Fagan and Jack Balmer. International first and last 1971 – Future red Peter Cormack won his ninth and final cap for Scotland in their 2-1 friendly victory over the Netherlands in Amsterdam, with Celtic’s Kenny Dalglish also in action. 2017 - Fulham’s Fábio Carvalho scored his first goal for England Under-16’s as they lost 2-1 to Brazil in Florida. In and out 2004 - Former reserves midfielder Layton Maxwell signed for Mansfield Town. He only played one game for the Stags before moving to Rhyl the following year. 1997 - Icelandic forward Haukur Ingi Guðnason arrived at Anfield from Keflavík for £150,000. Unfortunately, he never broke into the reds first-team, returning to his old club three years later. 1993 - Jimmy Case joined Sittingbourne from Darlington on a free transfer. He only remained there a month before rejoining Brighton & Hove Albion. 1911 – American-born outside-left Hugh Lester joined the reds, becoming the first player born outside the British Isles to play for Liverpool, although he only made two senior appearances before moving on to Oldham Athletic in May 1913. On the move again 1997 - Bruce Grobbelaar was released from Sheffield Wednesday, having been with the Owls for just over two months, without making a senior appearance. 2012 – Ex-reds centre-half and first-team coach Mauricio Pellegrino was sacked as Manager of Valencia. 2017 - Sammy Lee was appointed Assistant Manager of Everton, continuing his long association with Sam Allardyce who had just taken over as the Blues’ boss. He stayed in the role until the following May. Other reds games 1993 – Jan Mølby scored from the spot as Wimbledon held us to a 1-1 draw in a League Cup Fourth Round tie at Anfield. Robbie Earle equalised late on with one of his five goals against the reds as we went on to be knocked out on penalties after a replay. 1992 – We drew 1-1 with Crystal Palace in another League Cup Fourth Round match in L4 with Mike Marsh converting a penalty. David Burrows had to be carried off with a ligament injury that kept him out of action for four months. We lost the replay at Selhurst Park. 1934 – Aston Villa went back to the Midlands on the wrong end of a 3-1 scoreline. Tom Waring opened the scoring with the last of his six goals past us, but Gordon Hodgson bagged a brace, with Tommy Johnson also on target. 1894 – Wolverhampton Wanderers held us to a 3-3 draw at Anfield. Harry Bradshaw netted twice, with Malcolm McVean also scoring for the reds. Duncan McLean put through his own net, with Charlie Reynolds bagging twice for the Villains. European recognition 2009 - Steven Gerrard was voted into tenth in the Ballon d’Or, with Fernando Torres coming eleventh. Barcelona’s Lionel Messi winning the award for the first time. Also in international action 1971 – Emlyn Hughes played for England as they won a European Championships qualifier 2-0 in Greece. 1996 – Future red Brad Friedel kept goal as the USA lost a World Cup qualifier 2-1 in Costa Rica. 2003 – Future red Javier Mascherano featured for Argentina Under-20’s as they beat Uzbekistan 2-1 in a World Championships Finals game in the United Arab Emirates. 2004 – Future red Jari Litmanen captained Finland in their 2-1 defeat of the host nation in the Semi-final of the Bahrain Prime Minister’s Cup. 2009 – Future red Suso played for Spain Under-17’s as they beat Portugal 3-0 in a friendly.
  2. Will

    16th November

    Double reds debutants 1974 - Reds legends Terry McDermott and Phil Neal both made their reds debuts as we held Everton to a goalless draw at Goodison Park. 1907 – Winger Harold Uren debuted as we drew 1-1 with Manchester City at Hyde Road, with inside-left Bill McPherson on target. Four for Jack 1946 - Jack Balmer bagged all four goals in our 4-1 win at Derby County. This was the second of his three hat-tricks in consecutive games. His third goal was his fiftieth reds strike, while Raich Carter’s late consolation was the last of his six strikes against the reds. Billy’s record 1957 – Billy Liddell played his 431st League game for the reds as we lost a Second Division encounter 3-1 at Ipswich Town, a new club record. He went on to make 492 League appearances for the club in total. Johnny Wheeler struck for the reds, with Ted Phillips bagging the first two of his five goals past us and Tommy Garneys also netting. Against the Owls We have twice faced Sheffield Wednesday in First Division encounters on this day in history, without being beaten. 1968 - We won 2-1 at Hillsborough with Chris Lawler and Ian Callaghan on target. 1986 - Ian Rush netted a minute after Lee Chapman bagged one of his six strikes against the reds as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield. In comes Kevin 1984 – Scottish midfielder Kevin MacDonald signed from Leicester City for £400,000. He played 64 reds games, scoring five times, helping us to the League and FA Cup double in 1986, with skipper Alan Hansen calling him “far and away our most influential player.” He moved to Coventry City in June 1989 after a number of loan spells away from Anfield while recovering from a broken leg. International debutants 2007 - Scott Carson won his first senior cap, with Peter Crouch bagging the only goal of England’s friendly against future red Alex Manninger in Austria. Steven Gerrard, future red Joe Cole and ex-red Michael Owen all also played. Future red James Milner converted a penalty past Nikolay Mihaylov for England Under-21’s on the same day. 2003 – Future red Glen Johnson made his senior international bow as Danny Murphy won his ninth and last cap, with David James winning his final cap as a West Ham United player, and his 21st in total, in England’s 3-2 friendly defeat by Denmark at Old Trafford. Joe Cole bagged his first international goal as a Chelsea player, with Emile Heskey also featuring, while Jerzy Dudek also played in a friendly that day. 2002 – Future red Jermaine Pennant made his debut for England Under-18’s in their 3-2 friendly defeat of Belgium in Bradford. 2010 – Future red Steven Caulker made his debut for England Under-21’s in their 2-0 defeat to Germany in Wiesbaden, with Martin Kelly also in action. 1994 - Steve McManaman and Neil Ruddock both played their first senior internationals as England beat Nigeria 1-0 at Wembley. It was to be Ruddock’s only full cap, while McManaman went on to win 37. John Barnes, Rob Jones and ex-red Peter Beardsley all also played. 1988 - Future red Michael Thomas made his England debut as they were held to a 1-1 friendly draw in Saudi Arabia. Peter Beardsley also played. John Aldridge, Ray Houghton and Steve Staunton all featured as the Republic of Ireland lost a World Cup qualifier 2-0 in Spain on the same day. Final strikes 1935 – South African forward Lance Carr bagged his eighth and final reds goal in our 3-1 top-flight defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Tom Smalley bagged a brace, with Billy Wrigglesworth also on target for the home side. 1929 – Bill Murray struck his only reds goal as we won 3-2 at Aston Villa. Jim Smith also netted with Tommy Mort putting through his own net for us. George Brown netted one of his nine goals against the reds, with Joe Beresford scoring one of his four past us. 1949 – Future red Sammy Smyth scored his last goal for Ireland as they were thumped 9-2 by England at Maine Road in a British International Championships game that also counted as a World Cup qualifier. Up against Rushie 1996 - We won 2-0 at Leeds United thanks to goals from Neil Ruddock nabbing his twelfth and last reds goal and Steve McManaman also on target. We kept our first clean sheet in two months, while Ian Rush suffered his fourteenth game in a Leeds shirt without finding the net and was booked to boot. In and out 1960 – We lost for the first time in the new Football League Cup, in our third fixture, being beaten 2-1 at home by Southampton in the Third Round thanks to two of Terry Paine’s four goals past us, with Roger Hunt grabbing our consolation. 2012 - Corporate Relations and Communications Director Jen Chang left the club by mutual consent, following a controversial, bizarre encounter with a fan online and in person. 2018 – Ex-red First Team Coach Paco Herrera was re-appointed as Manager of Unión Deportiva Las Palmas, but only stayed in charge for four months before being sacked again. 2021 – Ex-reds centre-forward Andy Carroll signed for Reading. He scored twice in eight outings, returning to the Royals for a second spell in September 2022. Thumping the Baggies 1985 – Transfer-listed Paul Walsh set up Steve Nicol, Jan Mølby and Mark Lawrenson to score before himself netting as we beat West Bromwich Albion 4-1 in a top-flight fixture, after Garth Crooks had headed the Baggies in front, their most recent Anfield goal prior to April 2012, one of his four goals against the reds. Ex-red Graeme Souness was in the crowd for this game. Red farewells 2019 – Half-back and reds skipper Johnny Wheeler died. He joined his cousin Ronnie Moran at Anfield when he signed from Bolton Wanderers for £9,000 in September 1956 and made 177 appearances, bagging 23 goals. One of his greatest games came in November 1956, when he netted a four-minute hat-trick against Port Vale. He was appointed player-manager of New Brighton in May 1963, but did not take up the post, becoming Assistant Trainer at Bury instead, where he stayed until 1969. 2021 – Forward Louis Bimpson died. He scored 39 goals in his 102 first-team appearances after signing on a free transfer from Burscough in January 1953. He moved on to Blackburn Rovers in November 1959. Scottish fame 2008 - Billy Liddell and Ian St. John were both inducted into Scotland’s Hall of Fame. Liddell had bagged eight goals in 29 outings for his country, while the Saint netted nine times while winning 21 caps. Jari at the double 1994 - Ajax’s Jari Litmanen grabbed a brace in Finland’s 5-0 European Championships qualifying thumping of the Faroe Islands in Helsinki. On the same day, Stig Inge Bjørnebye won his fortieth cap for Norway as they won 4-0 in Belarus in another qualifier, with Øyvind Leonhardsen winning his 35th cap, and first as a Wimbledon player and ex-red István Kozma also in action. Also on target in Euro ‘96 qualifiers that day were ex-reds John Aldridge and Ronnie Rosenthal. Aldo struck as the Republic of Ireland won in Northern Ireland for the first time, 4-0 at the fourth attempt. Phil Babb, future red Jason McAteer and ex-reds Jim Magilton and Steve Staunton all also featured. Ronnie grabbed his first goal as a Tottenham Hotspur player in Israel’s 2-0 defeat of Azerbaijan in Turkey. Ian Rush, future reds Patrik Berger, Stéphane Henchoz, Gary McAllister and ex-reds István Kozma and Dean Saunders all also played in qualifiers that day, with Roy Hodgson taking charge of Switzerland. 1986 – Future reds centre-half Glenn Hysén scored for Sweden as they won a European Championships qualifier 5-0 in Malta. 2013 – Victor Moses converted a penalty and was booked as Nigeria beat Ethiopia 2-0 in the second leg of their World Cup Play-off in Calabar to reach the Finals in Brazil. Kolo Touré won his first cap as a reds player as Ivory Coast drew 1-1 with future red Sadio Mané’s Senegal in Casablanca. Also in international action that day were Joe Allen, Lucas, Pepe Reina, ex-red Xabi Alonso and future red Alberto Moreno. 2014 – Joe Allen faced Divock Origi and future red Christian Benteke in a goalless Euro 2016 qualifying draw between Belgium and Wales in Brussels, with future red Gini Wijnaldum also playing for his country that day. 2018 – Mohamed Salah scored in his eighth consecutive game for Egypt as they beat Tunisia 3-2 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Alexandria. On the same day, Gini Wijnaldum netted for the Netherlands as they beat France 2-0 in a UEFA Nations League group game in Rotterdam. Future red Diogo Jota scored while captaining Portugal Under-21’s in their 1-0 European Championships Play-off win in Poland, with future red Kostas Tsimikas winning his seventeenth and last cap for Greece Under-21’s as they lost a Play-off 1-0 to Austria in Thessaloniki. Alisson Becker, Roberto Firmino, Kamil Grabara, Virgil van Dijk, Harry Wilson, future reds Arthur Melo and Takumi Minamino, and ex-reds Joe Allen, Ryan Babel and Luis Suárez all also played for their countries that day. 2019 Final caps 1983 - Ex-red Ray Clemence played his 61st and final international game in England’s 4-0 European Championships qualifying win in Luxembourg. Sammy Lee and future red John Barnes both also played. 1977 - John Toshack won his final cap as a reds player, and 34th to date, as Wales won 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Czechoslovakia. Joey Jones was also in the side. 2007 - Nicolas Anelka played his final game for France while with Bolton Wanderers as France were held 2-2 by Morocco in a friendly. 1997 - Brad Friedel won his 53rd cap for the USA, his final one while with Columbus Crew, as they beat El Salvador 5-2 in a World Cup qualifier in Foxboro. 1999 – Future red Pepe Reina played for Spain Under-17’s for the second and last time in their 1-0 defeat by Mexico in the World Championship Finals in New Zealand. Meanwhile, Frode Kippe won his eighteenth and final cap for Norway Under-21’s, playing alongside future red John Arne Riise as they lost a European Championships qualifying play-off 4-0 in Spain. 2004 - Scott Carson won his eighth and final England Under-21’s cap as a Leeds United player as they lost a friendly 1-0 in Spain, with future red Glen Johnson dismissed while skippering the side and fellow future reds Stewart Downing and James Milner also in action. On the same day, future red Robbie Keane was on the scoresheet as the Republic of Ireland beat Croatia 1-0 in a friendly, with Steve Finnan also playing. Meanwhile, Harry Kewell faced John Arne Riise in a friendly at Craven Cottage and future red Alberto Aquilani featured as Italy Under-21’s beat Bulgaria 2-0 in Sofia. 2019 – Harry Wilson scored as Wales won a European Championships qualifier 2-0 in Azerbaijan. Virgil van Dijk and ex-red Ryan Babel both played as the Netherlands drew a qualifier 0-0 in Northern Ireland, with Steve Clarke leading Scotland to a 2-1 defeat in Cyprus. Emile at the double 1995 - Leicester City’s Emile Heskey grabbed both goals as England Under-18’s beat Latvia 2-0 in a European Championships qualifier at Wycombe’s Causeway Stadium. Off the mark 1983 - Mark Lawrenson nabbed a brace, his first international goals as a reds player, as the Republic of Ireland thrashed Malta 8-0 in a European Championships qualifier at Dalymount Park. Ex-red Kevin Sheedy netted his first Irish goal in the same game. Kenny Dalglish, Ian Rush, future red John Wark and ex-reds Frank McGarvey and Joey Jones also played in qualifiers on the same day. 1977 - Kevin Keegan grabbed his first goal following his switch to Hamburger SV. England beat Italy 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley, with Emlyn Hughes captaining a side that also included Ray Clemence and Phil Neal. Derby draw 1938 – We were held to a 2-2 draw by Everton in a Lancashire Senior Cup Second Round tie at Anfield, with E. Patterson netting as we also benefited from an own goal. Harry off to Germany 2005 - Harry Kewell played in Australia’s 1-0 defeat of Uruguay in Sydney, the second leg of their World Cup Play-off. With the scores level on aggregate, the Aussies won through 4-2 on penalties, with Kewell converting his spot-kick. Ex-reds Milan Baroš and Vladimír Šmicer were also smiling as the Czech Republic beat Norway 1-0 in Prague to qualify 2-0 on aggregate. John Arne Riise won his fiftieth cap for the losing side. Xabi Alonso, Arnaud Bühler, Fernando Morientes and future reds Philipp Degen, Raul Meireles, Martin Škrtel and Fernando Torres also played in play-offs that day, while Jerzy Dudek and future reds Sotirios Kyrgiakos and Kolo Touré were in friendly action. Meanwhile, Craig Bellamy won his first cap as a Blackburn Rovers player as Wales lost a friendly 1-0 in Cyprus under the guidance of John Toshack. Young international debutants 2010 – Conor Coady skippered England Under-18’s while winning his first cap at this level as they beat Poland 3-0 in a friendly in Wycombe, with Jack Robinson and future red Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also making their Under-18’s bows. On the same day, Danny Wilson netted on his senior international debut as Scotland beat the Faroe Islands 3-0 in a friendly at Pittodrie. David N’Gog and future red Charlie Adam were also in international action that day. Other reds games 1963 – Ian St. John and Roger Hunt struck late on as we beat Fulham 2-0 at Anfield. 1912 – Notts County held us to a goalless draw in L4. Milestones in reserve 1981 - Former second-string forward Ian Armstrong was born in Fazakerley. He never made our first team and spent four years with Port Vale whom he joined from us in June 2001. 1996 - Winger John Jeffers joined Stockport County from Port Vale on a free transfer. He had also failed to make the break-through at Anfield. More internationals in action 1932 – Future red Ernie Blenkinsop played for England in their goalless British International Championships meeting with Wales in Wrexham. 1966 – Roger Hunt appeared in England’s 5-1 European Championships qualifying thumping of Wales at Wembley. 1982 – Future reds John Barnes, Steve McMahon, Barry Venison and Paul Walsh all featured for England Under-21’s in their 1-0 defeat in Greece in a European Championships qualifier. 2015 – Future red Dominic Solanke played as England Under-21’s beat Switzerland 3-1 in Brighton. 2020 – Future red Ibrahima Konaté played for France Under-21’s as they beat Switzerland 3-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Caen. 2021 – James Balagizi, Alisson Becker, Luke Chambers, Tom Clayton, Fabinho, Takumi Minamino, Divock Origi, Virgil van Dijk, Neco Williams, future red Luis Díaz and ex-reds Joe Allen, Luis Suárez, Danny Ward and Gini Wijnaldum all played for their countries.
  3. Will

    14th November

    Ged takes charge 1998 - Gérard Houllier took sole charge of a reds game for the first time as we lost 3-1 at home to Leeds United. Robbie Fowler’s penalty was cancelled out by three late Leeds goals in front of the Kop, including one from Alan Smith on his debut, with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink bagging the first two of his seven strikes past us. Debutants galore 1970 - John Toshack made his reds bow as we were held to a goalless draw at Anfield by Coventry City, with ex-red Geoff Strong being given a rapturous reception as he led his new side out. 1925 – Right-back Jimmy ‘Parson’ Jackson debuted in our 2-0 home defeat of West Bromwich Albion, with Cyril Oxley bagging a brace, his first reds goals. 1914 – Half-back Charles Hafekost played his only senior reds game as Middlesbrough held us to a 1-1 top-flight draw at Anfield, with Fred Pagnam on target and George Elliott netting one of his eight strikes against the reds. 1953 - Right-back Don Campbell made his debut as we lost 3-2 at Sunderland, with Sammy Smyth scoring both our goals. Billy Elliott bagged a brace for the home side, with George Aitken also on target. 1931 - We also played a First Division match at Roker Park, with Dave Wright netting twice in our 3-1 win and Gordon Hodgson also on the scoresheet. Bobby Gurney bagged one of his sixteen strikes in just fifteen games against the reds. Happy birthdays 1956 - Israeli defender Avi Cohen was born in Cairo in Egypt. He only made 24 appearances during his Anfield career after signing for £200,000 from Maccabi Tel-Aviv in July 1979, with his most memorable game coming in May 1980 as we clinched our twelfth League title. He put through his own net before scoring his only reds goal at the same end in the second half, as we beat Aston Villa 4-1. 1937 - Left-back Phil Ferns was born in Liverpool. The local lad struck once in 28 reds games after signing on at Anfield in September 1957. He made enough appearances in 1963/64 to claim a League title medal but moved on to Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic in August 1965. 1971 – Academy Manager Alex Inglethorpe was born in Epsom in Surrey. He left Tottenham Hotspur in November 2012 to move to Melwood as Reserve Team Head Coach. 2002 – French centre-back Billy Koumetio was born in Lyon. He signed as a professional in August 2020, making his senior bow in a UEFA Champions League game at Midtjylland four months later. On the same day, reds youngster Ryan Wilkie played for Scotland Under-18’s in their 2-0 friendly defeat in Germany. Good fortune against PNE 1896 - We drew 1-1 at Deepdale with Bill Michael nabbing our goal. 1908 - Robert Robinson and Joe Hewitt struck as we beat Preston North End 2-1 in another top-flight meeting at Anfield. Herbert Danson nabbed one of his four goals against the reds. Un-fair defeat 1967 - We suffered our first ever defeat in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, going down 2-1 at TSV 1860 München, although we progressed to the Third Round 9-2 on aggregate. Half-back Willie Stevenson became our first ever European substitute, coming on for Tony Hateley in this game. Ian Callaghan grabbed our goal that evening to put us nine ahead on aggregate, with Tommy Smith rattling the bar late on. Wilfried Kohlars netted twice for the home side. Tommy’s century 1964 – Keeper Tommy Lawrence played his hundredth reds game as we beat Nottingham Forest 2-0 at Anfield, thanks to goals from Peter Thompson and Roger Hunt. World Cup goals 1984 - Future red John Barnes netted a brace in England’s 8-0 demolition of Turkey in Istanbul. Fellow future red Mark Wright won his fourth full cap in the same game. On the same day, ex-red Graeme Souness captained Scotland as they beat Spain 3-1 at Hampden Park, with Kenny Dalglish on target with his thirtieth and final international goal, equalling Denis Law’s record. Steve Nicol won his third cap in the same match. Jim Beglin, Mark Lawrenson, Jan Mølby, Ian Rush, future red Glenn Hysén and ex-red Kevin Sheedy also played in qualifiers that same day. 1987 - Hysén captained Sweden in their 2-1 European Championships qualifying defeat in Italy. Mixed fortunes in World Cup play-offs 2001 - Future red Milan Baroš was sent off late on as the Czech Republic lost 1-0 to Belgium in Prague, as they fell at the final hurdle in qualifying for the World Cup in the far east. Vladimír Šmicer also played, while there was better news as Baroš had now played enough international games to make his work permit application to join the reds likely to succeed. Dietmar Hamann and ex-red Christian Ziege were more fortunate, as Germany beat the Ukraine 4-1 in Dortmund to reach the Finals. Meanwhile, ex-red Rigobert Song and future red Fernando Morientes both featured in friendlies. 1999 – Hamann and future red Ziege also played for Germany in their 1-0 friendly win in Norway, with Vegard Heggem, future red Markus Babbel and ex-red Øyvind Leonhardsen all also featuring. Red farewells 1959 – We lost a Second Division encounter 4-2 at Lincoln City with Dave Hickson and Roger Hunt on the scoresheet. Andy Graver bagged the last two of his five goals against the reds, with Bert Linnecor grabbing one of his five and John McClelland also scoring. This was Phil Taylor’s last game as Manager before resigning, with keeper Doug Rudham appearing for the 66th and final time. Jack’s treble 1942 - Jack Balmer bagged a hat-trick as we beat Chester 5-1 at their Moss Road Ground in a Wartime League fixture. Len Carney and Willie Fagan were also on target. Unlucky thirteen 1990 - Gary Gillespie won his thirteenth and final international cap in Scotland’s 1-1 European Championships qualifying draw in Bulgaria. Future red Gary McAllister won his sixth cap in the same game. On the same day, Ian Rush struck the only goal of Wales’ Euro ’92 qualifier in Luxembourg, playing up front alongside future red Dean Saunders. Future red Øyvind Leonhardsen also featured in another qualifier. First and last caps 1990 - Steve McMahon and Jan Mølby both also made their final international appearances. McMahon won his seventeenth cap in England’s 1-1 Euro ’92 qualifying draw in the Republic of Ireland, with Ray Houghton, Steve Staunton, Ronnie Whelan, ex-red John Aldridge and future red Mark Wright all also playing. On the same day, Mølby won his 33rd cap as Denmark lost 2-0 in another qualifier against Yugoslavia in Copenhagen. 2012 – Mario Balotelli won his last cap as a Manchester City player as Italy lost 2-1 to France in a friendly in Parma, with future red Mamadou Sakho on the winning side. Future red Christian Benteke scored as Belgium lost a friendly 2-1 in Romania, with Sunderland’s Simon Mignolet also featuring. Nuri Şahin won his last cap as a reds player in Turkey’s 1-1 draw with Denmark in Istanbul. 2013 – Keeper Simon Mignolet won his first cap as a reds player in Belgium’s 2-0 friendly defeat by Colombia in Brussels. On the same day, Jordon Ibe, Raheem Sterling and ex-red Tom Ince represented England at junior levels, with future reds Christian Benteke and Mohamed Salah also in action. 1951 – Future red Sammy Smyth won his ninth and last cap for Ireland, and only one as a Stoke City player, as they lost 2-0 to England in the British International Championships at Villa Park. Billy Liddell played for the Scots in the same competition that day, as they lost 1-0 to Wales at Hampden Park. 2017 – Philippe Coutinho won his last cap as a reds player as England and Brazil shared a goalless draw at Wembley, with Dominic Solanke making his senior bow from the bench. Roberto Firmino, Joe Gomez and future red Alisson Becker all also featured. On the same day, Alberto Moreno won his only cap as a reds player as Spain drew 3-3 with Russia in Saint Petersburg, with ex-red Suso making his senior international debut, while keeper Kamil Grabara made his bow for Poland Under-21’s and future reds custodian Jakub Ojrzyński debuted for Poland Under-15’s. Virgil van Dijk played for the Netherlands for the last time before leaving Southampton, with Ryan Babel scoring his first goal as a Beşiktaş J.K. player. Meanwhile, Emre Can and Danny Ward both also played for their countries for the last time while at Anfield, with Marko Grujić, Simon Mignolet, Divock Origi, Corey Whelan, Harry Wilson, Ben Woodburn, future red Thiago and ex-red Carl Medjani and Krisztián Németh also in action. Ged against Jari 1992 - Gérard Houllier’s France beat Finland 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier at the Parc des Princes. Future red Jari Litmanen was on the losing side that day. Jari’s clubmate Sami Hyypiä played for Finland Under-21’s as they faced their French counterparts in Rouen on the same day. Youngsters on target 1995 - Robbie Fowler scored for England Under-21’s as they beat Austria 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Middlesbrough, with future red Alex Manninger on the losing side. 2001 - Djibril Cissé bagged a brace as France Under-21’s beat Romania 4-0 in the second leg of their European Championships qualifying play-off against Romania in Brest to progress to the Finals 5-0 on aggregate. 2011 – Martin Kelly scored for England Under-21’s as they lost 2-1 to Belgium in a European Championships qualifier in Mons, with Jordan Henderson skippering the side and Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also in action as Nathaniel Clyne won his second and last cap at this level as a Crystal Palace player. Future red Virgil van Dijk debuted for the Dutch at this level, with future red Thiago converting a penalty for Spain and Lucas Leiva and Danny Wilson both also featuring for their countries that day. On the same day, Lucas was named the Premier League Player of the Year at the MBNA Northwest Football Awards at Lancashire Cricket Club in Manchester. 2017 – Bobby Duncan bagged a brace as England Under-17’s beat Germany 2-1 in a friendly in Rotherham, with Curtis Jones also featuring. Future red Diogo Jota captained his country and netted as Portugal Under-21’s beat Switzerland 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Paços de Ferreira. 2018 – Future red Sepp van den Berg scored his first goal for the Dutch Under-19’s as they won a friendly 4-0 in Armenia. Future red Harvey Elliott, Rafael Camacho and Xherdan Shaqiri also played for their countries that day. Management joy 2008 - Rafael Benítez was named Barclays Manager of the Month for October, having led us to four League wins out of four that month, as well as a victory and a draw in the Champions League. On the same day, Mark Wright was appointed Manager of Chester City for the third time. He could not save the club from relegation from the Football League and resigned the following June. Starting out 2019 – Future red Diogo Jota made his senior international bow as Portugal thumped Lithuania 6-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Faro. 2012 – Raheem Sterling made his senior England bow in Roy Hodgson’s side’s 4-2 friendly defeat in Sweden, to celebrate the opening of the Friends Arena in Solna. Steven Gerrard won his hundredth cap while skippering a team that also included Glen Johnson, while Daniel Sturridge won his last cap as a Chelsea player, with ex-red Alexander Kačaniklić on the winning side. Luis Suárez netted as Uruguay beat Poland 3-1 in Gdansk. Future red Loris Karius won his only cap for Germany Under-20’s in their 2-1 defeat in Poland. Also in international action were future reds Joël Matip, Mohamed Salah and Kolo Touré, and ex-reds Dirk Kuyt, Javier Mascherano, Carl Medjani, Krisztián Németh and Daniel Sjölund. 2000 - Future red Andrea Dossena won his first Under-20’s cap as Italy beat Romania 3-1. Other international reds on the scoresheet 2019 - Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain bagged his first goal for England as a reds player in their 7-0 trouncing of Montenegro at Wembley. Takumi Minamino scored in his fifth consecutive game for Japan, winning his last cap as a Red Bull Salzburg player as they won a World Cup qualifier 2-0 in Kyrgyzstan. Meanwhile, Naby Keïta captained Guinea and scored his first goal as a red in their 2-2 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying draw in Mali. Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez and ex-red Brad Smith also played for their countries that day. 2012 - Lazar Marković scored his first goal for Serbia, and only one as a Partizan player, as they beat Chile 3-1 in a friendly in Switzerland. Meanwhile, future red Xherdan Shaqiri scored in Switzerland’s 2-1 friendly win in Tunisia while Sadio Mané scored his first goal as a Red Bull Salzburg player as Senegal drew a friendly 1-1 in Niger. 2014 – Marković also played as Serbia were beaten 3-1 by Denmark in a European Championships qualifier in Belgrade. Kolo Touré bagged his last goal for his country and only one as a reds player as the Ivory Coast thumped Sierra Leone 5-1 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Abidjan. Harry Wilson and future reds Diogo Jota and Andy Robertson were also in international action that day. 2006 - Craig Bellamy notched for John Toshack’s Wales as they thumped Liechtenstein 4-0 in a friendly in Wrexham. Meanwhile, Adam Hammill was on target for England Under-19’s as they beat Switzerland 3-2 in a friendly at Gresty Road, with Paul Anderson and Craig Lindfield both also featuring. Ex-red John Welsh won his eighth and final Under-21’s cap as they beat the Netherlands 1-0 under the caretaker charge of Sammy Lee in Alkmaar. Scott Carson, Darren Potter and future red James Milner also represented their countries. 2009 – Xabi Alonso bagged a brace that included a penalty, his first goals as a Real Madrid player, as Spain beat Argentina 2-1 in a friendly at the Estadio Vicente Calderón. Javier Mascherano, Pepe Reina and future red Maxi Rodríguez also featured, while keeper Iker Casillas won his hundredth cap for Spain. Ex-red Nicolas Anelka netted the only goal of France’s World Cup play-off against the Republic of Ireland in Dublin, with ex-reds Alou Diarra and Robbie Keane also in action. Ryan Babel, Philipp Degen, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Dirk Kuyt, Martin Škrtel, future reds Joe Allen, Andy Carroll, Milan Jovanović, Ragnar Klavan, Dejan Lovren, Raul Meireles, James Milner, Christian Poulsen and Luis Suárez and ex-reds Peter Crouch, John Arne Riise and Rigobert Song also represented their countries that day, with John Toshack taking charge of Wales. Reds skippers 2015 - Ex-reds Daniel Agger and Carl Medjani both captained their countries, with Denmark losing 2-1 in Sweden in the first leg of their Euro 2016 Play-off, while Algeria drew 2-2 in a World Cup qualifier in Tanzania. Spiring sold 1974 – Winger Peter Spiring left Anfield to sign for Luton Town. He had signed from Bristol City for £60,000 in March 1973, but only made it as far as the first-team bench on two occasions, without making it onto the field. He later established himself at Hereford United. Other reds games 1962 – Roger Hunt netted before Ronnie Moran converted a penalty as we beat Arsenal 2-1 at Anfield, with future red Geoff Strong on target for the visitors. 1936 – We drew 2-2 with Sheffield Wednesday in L4 as Fred Howe struck twice. 1903 – Fred Priest opened the scoring as we lost 2-1 at Sheffield United before George Fleming had a penalty saved by the Blades’ Billy Foulke. Arthur Brown extended the home side’s lead before Arthur Goddard scored from the spot. Red dads 2006 – Ex-reds keeper Chris Kirkland became a father, to Lucy. 1994 – Future red Nick Barmby became a dad for the first time, to Jack, who has gone on to a playing career in the lower leagues. More international reds 1973 – Emlyn Hughes and future red Kenny Dalglish both featured in friendlies. 1989 – Ex-red Mike Newell and future red Michael Thomas both played for England B as they drew 1-1 with Italy Under-21’s in Brighton, while future red Øyvind Leonhardsen featured for Norway Under-21’s in their 2-0 defeat in a European Championships qualifier in Scotland. 1993 – Future reds keeper Brad Friedel played in the USA’s 8-1 thumping of the Cayman Islands in a friendly in California. 2003 – Future reds Andy Lonergan, James Milner and Gary O’Neil all played for England Under-20’s as they beat Wales 2-0 in Stoke, with Roy Hodgson taking charge of the United Arab Emirates in their 3-1 AFC Asian Cup qualifying defeat of Syria in Al-Ain. 2020 – Diogo Jota and Xherdan Shaqiri both played in UEFA Nations League group games as Portugal lost 1-0 to France in Lisbon and Switzerland drew 1-1 with Spain in Basel. 2021 – Diogo Jota, Kostas Tsimikas and ex-red Dejan Lovren all played in World Cup qualifiers.
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    23rd February

    Nando at the treble 2008 - Fernando Torres scored a hat-trick to pass twenty goals for the season after we had fallen behind against Middlesbrough at Anfield. We went on to win 3-2, with Jérémie Aliadière sent off for the visitors for slapping Javier Mascherano. This meant we became the first team ever to score hat-tricks in all of the League, FA Cup, League Cup and Champions League in the same season. Tuncay Şanlı and future red Stewart Downing netted for the visitors. Daniel again 2014 - Daniel Sturridge scored in his seventh consecutive League game as we eventually beat Swansea City 4-3 at Anfield. He put us in front inside three minutes, with Jordan Henderson extending our lead before ex-red Jonjo Shelvey scored a spectacular goal and Martin Škrtel put through his own net to level the scores. Sturridge headed in his second before Wilfred Bony equalised from the spot. Henderson then grabbed the winner. Sami the centurion twice 2002 - Nicolas Anelka netted after Thomas Radzinski had opened the scoring in the Anfield derby, while Sami Hyypiä played in his hundredth League match for us. This was the first League derby in a quarter of century to feature two English goalies, as Chris Kirkland and Steve Simonsen played. Kirkland thus became the first reds keeper to play his first three games for the club in three different competitions, following appearances in the League Cup and Champions League. Abel Xavier appeared for the reds, becoming the first player ever to play for both sides in the derby during the same season. 2003 - Sami Hyypiä played his 200th reds game as we lost 2-1 at Birmingham City, with Michael Owen bagging our consolation. Ray Clemence’s son Stephen opened the scoring for the home side, with Clinton Morrison nabbing the last of his four strikes against us. 1935 - We also visited St. Andrews, with Gordon Hodgson grabbing a brace and Sam English also on target in a 3-1 win as Fred Harris bagged the first of his five goals against the reds. Keeper Arthur Riley played his 200th League game for the reds. Happy birthdays 1955 – Former Chief Executive Rick Parry was born. The qualified Chartered Accountant had previously been involved with Manchester’s bid for the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games and advised the Birmingham Olympic Games Council on financial matters, joining the reds from the Premier League in July 1998. He played a pivotal role in the takeover of the club by Tom Hicks and George Gillett Jr. in March 2007, before leaving the club in the summer of 2009. 1968 - Former Masseur Stuart Welsh was born in Liverpool. Previously with Wigan Athletic, he helped out with the first team and reserves before his move to Anfield came about during the summer of 2002. 1899 - Forward Bill Salisbury was born in Glasgow. He signed from Partick Thistle in October 1928, bagging three goals in seventeen games before joining Bangor City the following August. Red against blue at Wembley 1983 - Ian Rush netted in his fifth consecutive international, with Phil Neal converting a penalty as England beat Wales 2-1 in the British International Championships at Wembley. It was Zico’s fifth and final international goal. Sammy Lee and ex-red Joey Jones also played. This is the most recent occasion when a red has scored against an Everton goalkeeper in a full international, as Neville Southall was in the Welsh goal. Farewell to two legendary forwards 1927 - Dick Forshaw played his 288th and final reds game as we held Leeds United to a goalless draw at Elland Road, while Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers was playing his 300th game for us. 1952 - Jack Balmer made his 309th and last reds appearance as we lost 2-0 at Burnley in the FA Cup Fifth Round, with centre-half Joe Cadden playing his fifth and last reds game and forward Cyril Done turning out for the 110th and last time. Billy Morris and ex-red Les Shannon scored the goals. 1918 - We also visited Turf Moor, winning a Wartime League match 3-1 thanks to goals from Walter Wadsworth, George Schofield and Thomas Green. Top of the table controversy 1980 - David Fairclough put the reds ahead at Anfield against Ipswich Town early on, but Eric Gates equalised against the run of play six minutes from time with one of his five goals past us. That was when the drama really started as Terry Butcher then fouled Kenny Dalglish in the box, with referee Bert Newsome immediately pointing to the spot. The visiting players were incensed, and as Terry McDermott ran up to take the spot-kick Frans Thijssen hurled a dollop of mud across his path. Town keeper Paul Cooper got down well to smother the shot and the Kop was outraged when the ref failed to order a retake. First and last caps 1901 – Ex-reds half-back Barney Battles made his debut for Scotland as they trounced Northern Ireland 11-0 in a British International Championships game at his home ground, Celtic Park. 2017 – Liam Millar won his third and last cap for Canada Under-20’s as they beat Antigua & Barbuda 2-0 in a CONCACAF Championships group game in Costa Rica. Also on target in the British International Championships 1982 - Ex-red Kevin Keegan struck his 21st and final international goal in England’s 4-0 thumping of Northern Ireland at Wembley, while winning his sixtieth cap. Fellow ex-red Ray Clemence also played. 1907 - George Latham played as Wales beat Ireland 3-2 in Belfast. Richard Morris won his tenth cap, his only one as a Grimsby Town player, and netted his only international goal. In and out 1962 – Keeper Jim Furnell arrived from Burnley for £18,000, helping us to secure the Second Division title that season. He moved on to Arsenal in November 1963 after 28 first-team outings. 2015 – French midfielder Alou Diarra signed for Charlton Athletic, netting once in 45 games for the Addicks before moving to AS Nancy-Lorraine in September 2016. 2016 – Midfielder Kevin Stewart signed a new contract. He made twenty senior appearances for the reds since arriving in July 2014 after his contract with Tottenham Hotspur expired, moving on to Hull City after three years in L4. 2018 – Ex-reds centre-half Gabriel Paletta signed for Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning, netting once in 46 outings. On the same day, midfielder Elijah Dixon-Bonner signed as a professional for the reds, so far making one senior appearance. 2021 – Under-23’s Assistant Coach Gary O’Neil left the reds to take over as Senior First Team Coach for Bournemouth, joining up again with ex-reds scout Jonathan Woodgate. Derby despair 1998 - David James played his 213th consecutive reds game in a 1-1 derby draw at Anfield, before finally making way for Brad Friedel. Paul Ince nabbed our equaliser after Duncan Ferguson had struck one of his five goals past us, while Robbie Fowler suffered a serious knee injury in a clash with keeper Thomas Myhre. This was our eighth consecutive derby without victory. After Kenny 1991 - We played our first game since Kenny Dalglish resigned, losing 3-1 at Luton Town. Jan Mølby netted our goal from the spot, the club’s 6,000th League goal to date, as Ronnie Moran took temporary charge for the first time. This was our last game on their controversial plastic pitch, as it was replaced with grass in time for the following season. Bruce Grobbelaar was replaced by Mike Hooper after taking ill overnight, after 107 consecutive reds games. Iain Dowie bagged a brace, with Kingsley Black also netting. International reds in friendlies 2000 - Future reds Bolo Zenden and Christian Ziege both scored as Germany lost 2-1 to the Netherlands at the Amsterdam ArenA. Dietmar Hamann and future red Markus Babbel also played, as Lothar Matthäus became the most capped footballer of all time to date, winning his 144th cap. Stéphane Henchoz was sent off for the first time in his career, for dissent, as Switzerland lost 1-0 to the United Arab Emirates in a tournament in Oman. Ex-reds reserves midfielder Jim Magilton won his fortieth cap for Northern Ireland, and first as an Ipswich Town player, as they won 3-1 in Luxembourg. Meanwhile, Emile Heskey won his fifth cap, and last as a Leicester City player, as Kevin Keegan’s England played out a goalless draw with Argentina at Wembley. Future red John Arne Riise bagged his first Norway goal in their 2-0 win in Turkey, playing alongside Vegard Heggem. Future red Robbie Keane netted his final goal while with Coventry City as Phil Babb, Steve Staunton and ex-reds Mark Kennedy and Jason McAteer also faced Patrik Berger and Vladimír Šmicer as the Republic of Ireland beat the Czech Republic 3-2 in Dublin, their first win over the Czechs in four attempts. Future reds Jerzy Dudek, Paul Jones, Harry Kewell and Alex Manninger also played for their countries that day. North-eastern encounters We have twice faced both Newcastle United and Sunderland on this day in history, drawing three times and winning the other game. 1946 - The only one of these fixtures to be played at Anfield was a 2-2 draw with Sunderland in a Wartime League match, when Billy Liddell and Jack Balmer struck our goals. 1901 - We won at Roker Park with Jack Cox netting the only goal of the game. This was our first victory on Wearside, after five previous top-flight defeats there. 1929 - Dick Edmed was on the scoresheet as we drew 2-2 with Newcastle, with our other strike being an Alf Maitland own goal, with Tommy Lang grabbing the first two of his four goals against the reds. Right-back Jimmy ‘Parson’ Jackson played his hundredth League game for us. Reds keeper Elisha Scott was playing for Northern Ireland in their 7-3 thumping by Scotland at Windsor Park that same day. 1974 - Our encounter ended goalless, the most recent such outcome in our meetings with the Geordies. Keepers on the move temporarily 2006 - Ex-reds keeper Sander Westerveld joined Everton on loan from Portsmouth. He only played twice for the Blues, conceding twice in both matches - at Newcastle United and West Ham United. 2007 - Reserves custodian David Martin moved to Accrington Stanley on loan. He kept just two clean sheets in ten League Two outings. Entertaining the Potters 1985 - Steve Nicol and Kenny Dalglish were on target in the first half-hour as we beat Stoke City 2-0 at Anfield in a top-flight match, with Kenny making his 300th League appearance for the reds. 1893 - We also entertained Stoke, when our friendly ended goalless. Other reds games 1957 – Bristol City’s visit to Anfield was abandoned with the score 1-0 to the Robins. We went on to win the rearranged game 2-1 three months later. 1924 – We drew 0-0 at Southampton in an FA Cup Third Round tie. We won the replay, but lost at Newcastle United in the next round. 1907 – Jack Cox bagged the only goal of Bradford City’s trip to L4 at the same stage of the competition in what was Tom Watson’s 400th game in charge of the reds. Unfortunately, we were knocked out at The Wednesday at the very next hurdle. Rushie the Blade 1998 - Ian Rush joined Sheffield United on loan from Newcastle United. He played four times during his month at Bramall Lane, without netting. Stevie the dad 2004 - Steven Gerrard became the father of his first baby girl, Lilly-Ella. St. Michael on TV 2000 - Michael Owen starred in Children’s BBC’s “Hero To Zero” drama series, stepping out of a poster on a young boy’s wall to offer advice. Also in international action 1929 - Elisha Scott kept goal as Northern Ireland lost 7-3 to Scotland in the British International Championships at Windsor Park. 1966 – Roger Hunt featured in England’s 1-0 friendly defeat of West Germany at Wembley, ahead of that year’s World Cup Finals. 1999 – Future red Milan Baroš played for the Czech Republic Under-18’s as they drew a friendly 1-1 in Greece. 2001 – Future red Ragnar Klavan played as Estonia Under-17’s were thumped 5-0 by Belarus in a friendly in Tallinn. 2018 – Future red Ozan Kabak played for Turkey Under-18’s as they lost a friendly 2-1 to Russia.
  5. Will

    7th January

    Xabi from his own half 2006 - Jan Kromkamp made his reds bow in a thrilling FA Cup Third Round tie at Luton Town. We took the lead through Steven Gerrard before falling 3-1 behind with Djibril Cissé having a penalty saved with the score at 2-1. Florent Sinama-Pongolle bagged a brace with his first goal being our thirteenth from a substitute that season, a new club record. Xabi Alonso also struck twice, with our final goal being an outrageous strike from inside his own half, with the keeper making his way back from a corner. Scott Carson made his ninth and final reds appearance in this game. 1939 - We also faced the Hatters at the same stage of the Cup with left-winger George Paterson grabbing his only reds goal in a 3-0 Anfield victory. Jack Balmer added two strikes. At last at the Bridge 2004 - Bruno Cheyrou’s first League goal handed us our first win at Stamford Bridge for fifteen years, as we beat Chelsea 1-0 despite the absence of Michael Owen and Steven Gerrard. El-Hadji Diouf was unjustly sent off, with his red card later rescinded, and Jerzy Dudek went off injured to be replaced by debutant Patrice Luzi for the last quarter of an hour, becoming the 52nd senior keeper in our history, and only the fourth man to never concede a goal in his entire reds career between the sticks, although this was his only senior outing. 1978 - We lost at Stamford Bridge, being knocked out of the FA Cup at the Third Round stage, with Joey Jones playing his hundredth and last game against his future employers. David Johnson and Kenny Dalglish bagged our goals as we lost 4-2. Steve Finnieston netted one of his four strikes past us, with Clive Walker bagging a brace and Tommy Langley also on target. Death of a legend 1968 - Ephraim Longworth died in Liverpool. He signed from Leyton in June 1910, playing at right-back for us until 1928, making a total of 370 reds appearances in seventeen years without ever finding the net. He also became the first red to captain England. He then served as Reserve team trainer, before joining the ground staff. Beginnings and ends 2019 – Winger Rafael Camacho and midfielder Curtis Jones both made their reds bows, with centre-half Ki-Jana Hoever coming off the bench after just six minutes for his debut to become our youngest ever player in the FA Cup as we lost a Third Round tie 2-1 at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Keeper Simon Mignolet and left-back Alberto Moreno both played their final reds games. Mexican forward Raúl Jiménez gave the home side the lead with Divock Origi equalising after the break. However, Rúben Neves struck the winner shortly afterwards, with Xherdan Shaqiri later hitting the woodwork. Happy birthdays 1989 - Left-back Emiliano Insúa was born in Buenos Aires. He made 62 senior appearances, netting his only goal in our Carling Cup defeat at Arsenal in October 2009. He initially arrived on loan from Boca Juniors in January 2007 before signing permanently for £1.675m seven months later. He joined Galatasaray on loan in August 2010, joining Sporting Clube de Portugal permanently a year later. 1906 – Forward Harry Race was born in Evenwood, County Durham. He signed from Raby United in February 1928, scoring eighteen times in 43 games before being sold to Manchester City in August 1930 for £3,000. Management moves 2000 - Steve McMahon was appointed Blackpool Manager, with Gary Ablett arriving at the club on non-contract terms on the same day. He remained in charge of the Seasiders until June 2004, leading them to promotion via the play-offs in his first full season. Ablett only made twelve appearances for Blackpool before retiring. 2012 – Ex-reds reserves midfielder Jim Magilton was named as Melbourne Victory boss. He stayed for just three months, winning only two of his twelve games in charge. 2013 - Dean Saunders became Manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers, but he could not prevent them from being relegated to League One and was sacked after just four months in the job. Sadio the best 2020 - Sadio Mané was named CAF African Footballer of the Year, having been runner-up to Mohamed Salah for the previous two years. Salah and Joël Matip were also named in the CAF African Team of the Year. On the same day, the club announced a deal with Nike as official kit supplier from 2020/21. A great day for the reds We have only lost one of our eighteen first-class games on this day, winning twelve. 1905 - These victories include a 6-1 thumping of Chesterfield in a Second Division match at Anfield when Robert Robinson, Alex Raisbeck, Arthur Goddard and Maurice Parry all netted, the latter while making his hundredth reds appearance, in addition to Sam Raybould’s brace. Future reds keeper Sam Hardy was on the losing side. Towards the Semi-final 1998 - Extra-time strikes from Michael Owen and Robbie Fowler at St. James’ Park took us past Newcastle United 2-0 and into the Semi-finals of the Coca-Cola Cup, where we went out to First Division Middlesbrough. 1933 - We also beat the Geordies in a First Division game. Gordon Hodgson scored a brace, including one from the spot, with Dave Wright also on target in our 3-0 win. Scouse git at Anfield 1967 - Scenes for the BBC comedy Till Death Us Do Part, starring Warren Mitchell as Alf Garnett and Tony Booth, were filmed during our 2-0 defeat of West Ham United at Anfield. Peter Thompson struck both goals to send us to the top of the table, as well as hitting the post. Knocking the Sky Blues out We have twice faced Coventry City in the Third Round of the FA Cup on this day in history. 1961 – Inside-forward Jimmy Harrower struck his 22nd and final reds goal with Roger Hunt and Kevin Lewis also netting as we won 3-2 at Anfield, although we went out at home to Sunderland at the next hurdle. 1970 - Bobby Graham struck our equaliser as we drew 1-1 at Highfield Road, although we won the replay 3-0 and got as far as the Sixth Round that season. Neil Martin had netted the last of his four goals against the reds. Wearside stalemates We have twice drawn with Sunderland on this day in history. 1899 – We were held to a goalless top-flight draw at Anfield. 1922 - We drew an FA Cup First Round tie 1-1 at Roker Park, with Dick Forshaw on target for the reds. We won the Anfield replay 5-0 but went out at the next stage, beaten at home by West Bromwich Albion. Honours even with Rovers We have also twice shared the spoils with Blackburn Rovers on this day in history. 1950 - We held them to a goalless draw at Ewood Park in the Third Round of the FA Cup, winning the replay as we reached the Final for the second time in our history. Ex-red Bob Priday featured for the home side. 1911 - We were held to a 2-2 draw in a First Division match, with Jack Parkinson and Arthur Goddard on target for the reds. Johnny Orr scored the first of his five goals past us, with Billy Garbutt also on the scoresheet for the visitors. Signing on 1952 – Ronnie Moran signed pro terms with the reds. He spent 49 years at Anfield, making 379 senior appearances and bagging seventeen goals. He helped us to win the Second Division in 1963 and the League title the following year, before joining the coaching staff. He took charge of the reds for ten games in between Kenny Dalglish’s departure and Graeme Souness’s appointment, having another spell in temporary charge while Souness recovered from his heart operation. He died in March 2017. 1957 - Centre-half John Nicholson signed as a professional, but he could only make one senior appearance before joining Port Vale in August 1961, playing over 200 League games for them. On the move 1987 - Ex-red Michael Robinson joined Club Atlético Osasuna from Queens Park Rangers. He struck twelve times in 59 La Liga games, before becoming a well-respected pundit in Spain. 2015 - Steven Gerrard announced that he would sign for LA Galaxy when his contract expired at the end of the season. On the same day, First-team doctor Zaf Iqbal left the club to return to London due to family illness while future reds forward Takumi Minamino joined Red Bull Salzburg from Cerezo Osaka after fifteen goals in 82 games for the J1 League side. 2016 - Joe Cole joined Coventry City from Aston Villa on a free transfer after a successful loan spell, netting twice in 22 outings in total. On the same day, centre-half Ben Davies joined Newport County on loan from Preston North End, playing twenty times for the Exiles. 2019 – Keeper Kamil Grabara joined AGF Århus on loan, with midfielder Ovie Ejaria moving to Reading on a temporary basis. Grabara played sixteen League games in Denmark, with Ejaria netting once in sixteen outings in this first spell. 2020 – Forward Rhian Brewster joined Swansea City on loan, netting eleven times in 22 outings as the Swans narrowly failed to secure promotion to the Premier League. Called off 2005 - Our FA Cup Third Round meeting with Burnley at Turf Moor was called off at the last minute due to a heavily waterlogged pitch. The game was staged eleven days later instead, when we lost 1-0 thanks to a comical Djimi Traoré own goal. Cameron’s farewell 1893 – Forward Jonathan Cameron played his eleventh and final reds game as we came from behind to win 2-1 at Heywood Central in the Lancashire League, thanks to goals from James McBride and Tom Wyllie. The game was played in six inches of snow as no-one had cleared the pitch. International reds 1945 – Willie Fagan and Billy Liddell played for a Scottish Services XI as they lost 6-4 to Flanders in Brugge. 1992 - Stig Inge Bjørnebye won his first cap as a Rosenborg BK player, and fourteenth in total, as Norway played out a goalless friendly draw with Egypt in Cairo. 2002 – Ex-red Rigobert Song played for Cameroon as they won a friendly 3-1 in Burkina Faso. 2004 – Roy Hodgson managed the United Arab Emirates as they lost 3-1 to Bahrain in a Gulf Cup of Nations game in Kuwait. 2007 - Future red Lucas Leiva appeared for Brazil Under-20’s in the Sudamericano Sub-20 “Juventudjde América” as they beat Chile 4-2 in a group game in Paraguay. 2010 – Future red Kolo Touré played as the Ivory Coast beat Rwanda 2-0 in a friendly in Tanzania. Other reds games 1995 – We shared a goalless draw in an FA Cup Third Round tie at Birmingham City, progressing after a replay and reaching the Sixth Round that season. 1989 – Kenny Dalglish took charge of his 200th game as we won 3-0 at Carlisle United in another Third Round fixture with John Barnes opening the scoring before Steve McMahon netted a brace as we started our journey to Wembley. 1956 – We beat Accrington Stanley 2-0 at Anfield in the FA Cup Third Round, with Billy Liddell nabbing both goals. We went out to Manchester City in the Fifth Round later that campaign. 1928 – We won 4-3 at Aston Villa in a top-flight encounter. Reg Chester struck two of his four goals past us, with Dick Edmed netting a reds brace. Len Capewell scored one of his six goals against the reds, with Tommy Reid and Fred Hopkin also on the scoresheet. Missing out 2013 – Ex-red Xabi Alonso was voted into eleventh place in the FIFA Ballon d’Or award for 2012, with future red Mario Balotelli coming 23rd as Barcelona’s Lionel Messi won for the fourth consecutive year. Mark’s day 2011 – Ex-reds winger Mark González married Maura Rivera in Ñuñoa in Chile.
  6. Will

    19th October

    In comes Razor 1987 - Ray Houghton signed from Oxford United for £825,000. He went on to strike 38 times in 202 reds games, helping us to two League titles, two FA Cups and the FA Charity Shield in his five years at Anfield. He was sold to Aston Villa for £900,000 in July 1992, as Graeme Souness tried to reduce the number of non-Englishmen in the squad, to comply with UEFA regulations for European competition. In and out 1894 - Centre-forward Hugh Henderson signed from Third Lanark. He only made two appearances for the reds, both convincing defeats. 1946 – Scottish left-winger George Paterson was sold to Swindon Town for their record fee, having struck once in three outings since arriving from the Hall Russell’s works team in May 1937. He later returned to Anfield in a coaching role under Bill Shankly. A new competition 1960 - We played our first ever League Cup game, drawing 1-1 with Luton Town at Anfield in a Second Round tie. Wing-half Tommy Leishman scored our first goal in the competition, with David Brogan on target for the visitors. European Cup adventures We have lost just one of our five European games on this day in history, progressing to the next stage on each occasion. 1966 – We beat Romanians Petrolul Ploieşti 2-0 in a Preliminary Round replay in Brussels, when Ian St. John and Peter Thompson netted to take us through. 2004 - We were held to a goalless draw at home by Real Club Deportivo de La Coruña in the group stages of our glorious Champions League campaign. 2005 - Djibril Cissé grabbed the only goal of the game as we won at Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht in another group game. 1977 - Jimmy Case netted twice with Alan Hansen scoring his first reds goal as we started the defence of our crown by thumping Dynamo Dresden 5-1 at Anfield. Phil Neal converted a penalty, with Ray Kennedy also on target. 1982 - We had two goals disallowed for offside as we lost 1-0 at HJK Helsinki in the first leg of our Second Round tie, although we went on to win the return 5-0. 1983 - We were held to a goalless draw at Anfield by Athletic Bilbao at the same stage, although we won in Spain. On target again 2021 – Mohamed Salah scored in a club record ninth consecutive game, netting twice, including once from the spot, to become our top ever goalscorer in the European Cup. Roberto Firmino played his 300th game for the club as we won our UEFA Champions League group encounter 3-2 at Club Atlético de Madrid, with Antoine Griezmann sent off for the home side, having already bagged a brace, with Naby Keïta also on target. 2014 – We scored in a club record eighteenth consecutive top-flight away game, eventually winning a topsy-turvy game 3-2 at Queens Park Rangers, despite the score being just 1-0 with three minutes of normal time remaining. We went ahead after Richard Dunne put through his own net before Leroy Fer twice struck the crossbar for the home side. Eduardo Vargas equalised before Philippe Coutinho put us back in front on ninety minutes. Vargas’s header was deflected in off Steven Gerrard in stoppage time, but future red Steven Caulker then diverted Raheem Sterling’s cross into his own net to hand us all three points. 1974 – We won 1-0 at Loftus Road with Brian Hall on the scoresheet early on as full-back Chris Lawler played his 400th League game for the reds. First strikes 1985 - Craig Johnston’s goal at Old Trafford was the first that Manchester United had conceded at home that season, as we drew 1-1 with Paul McGrath on target for the home side. 2002 - Salif Diao scored his first League goal to give us a 1-0 win at Leeds United, in Gérard Houllier’s 150th League match in sole charge, which took us to the top of the table. 1912 - Centre-half Bob Ferguson scored his first reds goal as we beat Blackburn Rovers 4-1 at Anfield. Arthur Metcalf netted a brace, with Arthur Goddard slotting home a penalty while Walter Aitkenhead bagged one of his four goals past us. Stevie’s century 2013 - Steven Gerrard scored his hundredth League goal as we drew 2-2 at Newcastle United, with Luis Suárez reaching a century of reds games. Yohan Cabaye opened the scoring for the home side from long range, with Gerrard equalising from the spot as Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa was sent off for a foul on Suárez. Paul Dummett volleyed in after the break, with Daniel Sturridge also on target. Jack born 1928 - Centre-half Jack Heydon was born in Birkenhead. He made 67 appearances at right- and centre-back after signing on a free transfer from Everton in January 1949, where he had been an amateur. He stayed at Anfield until May 1953 when he joined Millwall, but later returned to Merseyside to play for Tranmere Rovers. 1932 – Right-back Don Campbell was born in Bootle. He joined the reds in November 1950, netting twice in 48 games before moving on to Crewe Alexandra in July 1958. 1983 – Keeper Andy Lonergan was born in Preston. He spent the 2019/20 with the reds but failed to feature in the first team. 2001 – Midfielder Leighton Clarkson was born in Blackburn. He has so far made three senior appearances in cup competitions, being rewarded with a new contract in July 2020. Half a century high 1896 - We left Bramall Lane with a 1-1 draw after our fiftieth away League game. Tom ‘Tiny’ Bradshaw notched our goal. Done a treble 1946 - Cyril Done scored a hat-trick in our 4-1 victory in a top-flight fixture at Huddersfield Town, with Jack Balmer bagging the other after he had had a penalty saved. Ray Minshull made his reds bow in goal in the absence of both Cyril Sidlow and Charlie Ashcroft. Up against the Trotters We have twice faced Bolton Wanderers on this day in history. 1935 - Our top-flight trip to Burnden Park ended goalless. 1918 - We won a Wartime League fixture at home 6-1, with Thomas Green netting twice and John Bamber, Arthur Metcalf, Harry Lewis and Harold Wadsworth all on target. Into the Hall of Fame 2006 - Alan Hansen, Roger Hunt and Ian Rush were all inducted into the National Football Museum’s Hall of Fame. They joined Bill Shankly, Kenny Dalglish, John Barnes, Kevin Keegan and Bob Paisley on the list of legends, with Peter Beardsley and Graeme Souness among those subsequently being included. 2016 – Mark Lawrenson and Billy Liddell both joined the trio in the Hall of Fame. Irish firsts 1988 - John Aldridge scored his first full international goal on his twentieth appearance, as the Republic of Ireland beat Tunisia 4-0 in a friendly at Lansdowne Road. In fact, this was his only Irish goal as a reds player. Steve Staunton made his first appearance in the same game, with ex-red Ken DeMange claiming his second and final cap and Ray Houghton also featuring. Ex-red Kevin Sheedy was also on the scoresheet. John Barnes, Peter Beardsley, Steve Nicol and future red Glenn Hysén all featured in World Cup qualifiers that day. Double debutants 1946 - Ray Lambert and Cyril Sidlow both made their senior debuts for Wales as Scotland beat them 3-1 in the British International Championships at the Racecourse Ground. Billy Liddell won his second cap for the winning side. Final caps 1994 - Brad Friedel won his last cap as a UCLA player, his 27th in total, as the USA lost 2-1 in a friendly in Saudi Arabia. 1988 - Dean Saunders scored from the spot while winning his final cap as an Oxford United player in Wales’ 2-2 World Cup qualifying draw with Finland in Swansea. Ian Rush also played, while future reds Assistant Manager Colin Pascoe won his first cap as a Sunderland player, with István Kozma also in action. 1986 - Future red Stig Inge Bjørnebye won his fourth and last Under-16’s cap for Norway in their 3-2 win in Denmark. 1957 – Future reds centre-forward Des Palmer won his third and last cap for Wales as they were thumped 4-0 by England in the British International Championships at Ninian Park. Elisha twice Keeper Elisha Scott twice represented Northern Ireland in Belfast against England in the British International Championships on this day in history. 1929 - He played in a 3-0 loss, up against future reds defender Ernie Blenkinsop. 1935 - He featured in a 3-1 defeat, by which time he was a Belfast Celtic player. From back to front 1957 - Keeper Tommy Younger went off injured just before half time but returned as a centre-forward as we lost 2-1 at Derby County. Ronnie Moran took over in goal with the score at 1-0 with Billy Liddell slotting in at left-back. Tony Rowley struck our equaliser, but Moran finally conceded with seven minutes left. Dennis Woodhead netted the last of his four goals against us, with George Darwin also scoring. 1929 - We also visited the Baseball Ground when Jim Smith and Gordon Hodgson struck in our 2-2 First Division draw. Peter Ramage bagged the first of his five goals past the reds, with Harry Bedford grabbing one of his nine. Rewarded 2012 – Young Spanish midfielder Suso signed a new contract, having been a pro at Anfield since November 2010. He notched once in 21 senior outings, moving on to AC Milan in January 2015. Nominated 2008 - Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres were both named on a short-list for the Ballon d’Or by France Football magazine. The trophy was eventually claimed by Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo, with Torres finishing in third and Gerrard in tenth. North of the border 1987 - The reds took part in a testimonial match for Dundee’s George McGeachie, winning 4-0. The goals came from a John Barnes brace, Ronnie Whelan and Ray Houghton, who was playing his first reds game. Jan the Man at Aggborough again 2003 - Jan Mølby returned to Kidderminster Harriers as Director of Football. He remained in the role for a year before resigning due to poor results. Other reds games 1991 – Steve McManaman and Ian Rush struck as we drew 2-2 at Chelsea. 1968 – We lost 2-1 at Tottenham Hotspur with Roger Hunt giving us the lead before Jimmy Greaves grabbed two of his twelve goals against the reds. 1963 – Gordon Milne bagged the only goal of West Bromwich Albion’s visit to Anfield. 1901 – We drew 2-2 at Notts County with John Hunter and Jack Cox on the scoresheet. Percy Humphreys scored the first two of his six past us. We had to play the last twenty minutes with just ten men after Maurice Parry had to be carried off with an ankle injury. 1895 – We lost a Second Division fixture 1-0 at Grimsby Town. Also on the move 2015 – Ex-reds First Team Coach Paco Herrera was sacked as Manager of Unión Deportiva Las Palmas for the first time, after fifteen months in charge. 2001 - Jason McAteer joined Sunderland from Blackburn Rovers for £1m. He bagged five goals in 61 appearances for the Black Cats, before moving on to Tranmere Rovers in July 2004. 2000 - Ex-loanee keeper Mark Prudhoe was released by basement side Southend United after just six appearances. 1994 - Future reds first-team coach Kevin Keen joined Stoke City from Wolverhampton Wanderers for £300,000. He had netted nine times in 54 outings for Wolves. Kennedy on the mark 1993 - Future red Mark Kennedy struck for the Republic of Ireland Under-18’s as they lost 2-1 in Sweden in a European Championships qualifier.
  7. Will

    19th September

    In comes Ronnie 1979 - Ronnie Whelan arrived from Irish side Home Farm on a free transfer. He went on to make 493 reds appearances, scoring 73 times and winning six League titles, one European Cup, two FA Cups, three League Cups and three FA Charity Shields before joining Southend United on a free transfer in September 1994. Happy birthdays 1937 - Utility player Geoff Strong was born in Kirkheaton, Northumberland. He made 201 reds appearances after moving from Arsenal in November 1964 for a club record £40,000, netting 33 times and winning a League title medal and the FA Charity Shield the year after helping us to our first ever FA Cup triumph. He left the reds to join Coventry City for £29,500 in August 1970. Sadly, he died in June 2013 after suffering with Alzheimer’s disease. 1940 - Winger Kevin Lewis was born in Ellesmere Port. He played 82 games in his three years at Anfield after signing from Sheffield United for a club record £13,000 in June 1960 as Bill Shankly’s second capture, helping us to the Second Division title and scoring an impressive 44 times. He returned to Yorkshire in August 1963 to join Huddersfield Town. 1929 - Forward Tony Rowley was born in Porthcawl. He bagged a treble on his debut after signing from Stourbridge in October 1953, going on to net 38 times in 61 reds games. He moved to Third Division Tranmere Rovers in March 1958, continuing to score at a rate of one goal every other game. For Cally 1977 - A testimonial match for Ian Callaghan was staged at Anfield against Bill Shankly’s Lancashire XI. Cally scored in the reds’ 4-2 defeat, with our other score coming from an own goal. 1955 – A benefit match for left-back Eddie Spicer was held in front of 41,266 at Anfield, with a ‘Liverton’ side facing a Lancashire XI that included Bert Trautmann, Stanley Matthews and Don Revie. He was decorated for bravery whilst serving with the Royal Marines in the Second World War, going on to score twice in 168 reds games, helping us to the first post-war League title as well as playing in the 1950 FA Cup Final. Unfortunately, a second broken leg had ended his career in December 1953. Signing on 2020 - Diogo Jota signed from Wolverhampton Wanderers for £41m, with Ki-Jana Hoever moving in the opposite direction for an initial £9m after one goal in four senior games. Jota scored 34 times in 85 appearances in his first two seasons at Anfield, helping us to claim the FA Cup and League Cup. On the same day, forward Taiwo Awoniyi joined Union Berlin on loan, scoring five times in 22 games that season. Hat-tricks 2010 – Dimitar Berbatov grabbed three of his five goals to date past us as we lost 3-2 at Manchester United. Steven Gerrard struck both our goals as we came from two goals behind, a free-kick and then one from the spot, but the home side struck a late winner. 1925 - Dick Forshaw bagged a treble in our 5-0 thumping of Manchester United at Anfield, with Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers and outside-right Archie Rawlings nabbing his tenth and last reds goal. He struck eight reds hat-tricks in all, including one against Everton a week later, and another against United eleven months later. 1931 - Legendary blue Dixie Dean bagged a treble as Everton beat the reds 3-1, three of his nineteen derby strikes, with centre-forward Dave Wright netting our consolation. 1953 - Louis Bimpson grabbed all four goals of our game against Burnley at Anfield to record our hundredth competitive hat-trick. Right-back Bert Childs played the first of just two reds games while Billy Liddell reached 300 outings for the club. European records 1967 - We played our first ever game in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, winning 2-0 at Swedes Malmö FF, thanks to a brace of headers from Tony Hateley. 1973 - Only 7,000 turned up for the opening game of our European Cup campaign at the Stade de la Frontière, the lowest attendance of any reds game in Europe, home or away, with some sources stating the gate to be as low as 5,000. Brian Hall opened the scoring, but we could only draw 1-1 with Luxembourg’s Jeunesse D’Esch with Gilbert Dussier nabbing a late equaliser. Last outings 2017 – Right-back Jon Flanagan and keeper Danny Ward both played their last reds games as we lost 2-0 at Leicester City in the Third Round of the League Cup, thanks to second-half goals from Shinji Okazaki and Islam Slimani. Defensive debutants 1910 - Legendary full-back Ephraim Longworth made his reds bow in our 2-0 defeat at Sheffield United, with Joe Kitchen bagging two of his eight goals against the reds, including one from the spot. It was the first of his 370 reds appearances. Jack Parkinson suffered concussion when heading the ball, leaving the reds down to ten men. 1903 – Half-back John ‘Geezer’ Hughes and full-back James McLean both debuted as we lost 2-1 at Sunderland, with Jimmy Gemmell bagging a brace before Billy Dunlop nabbed our consolation. 1992 - Torben Piechnik made his reds debut as we lost 4-2 at Aston Villa, when Mark Walters and Ronnie Rosenthal were on target. However, the game is probably most widely remembered for Rosenthal’s shocking miss, as he hit the bar from a few yards out of an open goal. Ex-red Dean Saunders bagged a brace, two of his four strikes past the reds, with Dalian Atkinson scoring one of his four goals against us and Garry Parker also on target. 1981 - We also faced the Villains, being held to a goalless draw at Anfield with visiting keeper Jimmy Rimmer giving a virtuoso display. Tony off 1968 – Tony Hateley was sold to Coventry City after 28 strikes in 56 outings. He had arrived from Chelsea for a then club record £96,000 fee in June 1967. Dirk again 2009 - Dirk Kuyt scored in his third consecutive reds game as we won a League game 3-2 at West Ham United. Fernando Torres bagged a brace as we twice saw a lead cancelled out, by Alesssandro Diamanti and then Carlton Cole, before he finally secured victory by heading home from a cross by substitute Ryan Babel. Sub at the double 1972 - Phil Boersma struck twice in our 5-1 thumping of Carlisle United at Anfield in a League Cup Second Round replay, so becoming our first goalscoring substitute in the competition, having replaced John Toshack with the game still scoreless. Kevin Keegan, Chris Lawler and Steve Heighway also netted, with Tommy Smith having a penalty saved. Another record for the Kop 1989 - The Kop was recorded for use on “Kenny D, The Pride Of Liverpool” by the Liverpool FC 1989 Squad featuring Peter Howitt as we thumped struggling Third Division outfit Wigan Athletic 5-2 in a League Cup tie. Glenn Hysén headed us in front before a thunderous Bryan Griffiths free-kick levelled the match. David Thompson then sensationally put the visitors ahead on 55 minutes before Ian Rush grabbed a brace, with Peter Beardsley and John Barnes also netting, although he also had a penalty saved by keeper Nigel Adkins. This was Digger’s hundredth reds game. More derby disappointment We have faced our neighbours from across the park on four more occasions on this day in history, without securing a victory. 1936 - We lost 2-0 away, thanks to an Alex Stevenson goal and the last of Dixie Dean nineteen derby strikes. 1964 – We were thumped 4-0 at home in another top-flight meeting, with ex-red Johnny Morrissey, Derek Temple, Fred Pickering and Colin Harvey on target. Roger Hunt played his 200th League game for the reds that day. 1942 - Cyril Done and Billy Liddell on target as we drew 4-4 in a Wartime League game at Goodison, with Dickie Dorsett scoring twice. 1945 – Jack Balmer bagged a brace, including a penalty, as we were held to a 3-3 draw in a Lancashire Senior Cup First Round tie across the park, with Les Shannon also netting. Red centurions 1908 – Joe Hewitt bagged a brace as we thumped Bradford City 4-0 in L4, with Jack Parkinson and Ronald Orr also on the scoresheet. Centre-half Alex Raisbeck played his 300th League game for the reds. 1959 - Louis Bimpson played his hundredth reds game in our 2-1 Second Division win at Derby County, thanks to goals from Alan A’Court and Roger Hunt, while Ronnie Moran played his 200th League game for the club. 1998 – Dominic Matteo reached a century of reds games as Charlton Athletic held us to a 3-3 draw at Anfield. Richard Rufus headed the visitors in front, before Robbie Fowler equalised from the spot. Clive Mendonca restored the Addicks’ lead with goals from Patrik Berger and Fowler again putting us ahead. However, Steve Jones nabbed a late leveller as the reds produced a nightmare defensive performance. A youthful hat-trick 2001 - Florent Sinama-Pongolle bagged a treble for France in their 5-1 defeat of Japan at the Under-17 World Championships in Tobago, with club-mate Anthony Le Tallec also in the team. The French therefore qualified for the knock-out phase, going on to win the tournament. 2007 – Future reds reserves forward Nikola Sarić was on target for Denmark Under-17’s as they beat the Ukraine 2-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Galway, with future reds centre-back Danny Wilson playing for Scotland as they were thumped 4-0 by Slovakia in another qualifier in Kirkcaldy. Also in Europe We have played three more games in Europe’s top competition on this day in history. 2001 - We played out a dour goalless draw at Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund in the first group stage of the Champions League. 1984 - John Wark volleyed the only goal of our match with Lech Poznań in Poland. 1979 - David Johnson and Jimmy Case were on the scoresheet as we beat Dinamo Tbilisi 2-1 at Anfield. Mixed fortunes at Gigg Lane We have twice visited Bury in the top flight on this day in history. 1896 - Malcolm McVean and George Allan struck as we won 2-1 1927 - Willie Devlin added to a Laurie Crown own goal as we lost 5-2. Norman Bullock and Jack Ball bagged a brace each, with Wally Amos also netting. Loris debuts 2009 – Future reds keeper Loris Karius won his only cap for Germany Under-17’s as they beat Serbia 1-0. Olympian reds 2000 - Brad Friedel played in the USA’s 3-1 defeat of Kuwait in the Olympics in Melbourne. Meanwhile, future red Milan Baroš appeared for the Czech Republic in their 1-1 draw with Cameroon in Brisbane in the same group. St. Michael’s first treble 1987 - Ex-red Michael Owen scored his first ever hat-trick, for Mold Alexandra against Caergwrle in the Clwyd Junior League. Other reds games 1970 – We beat Nottingham Forest 3-0 at Anfield, thanks to goals from Bobby Graham, Peter Thompson and Alun Evans. 1957 – Alan Arnell and Jimmy Melia netted as we drew a Second Division encounter 2-2 at Rotherham United. Also on the move 2014 – Centre-half Ben Davies joined Tranmere Rovers on a one-month loan from Preston North End, appearing four times. Also in international action 1994 – Future red Haukr Ingi Guðnason played for Iceland Under-17’s as they shared a goalless draw with Scotland in a European Championships qualifier.
  8. Will

    8th September

    Happy birthdays 1972 - Markus Babbel was born in Munich. He arrived on a free transfer from Bayern München in June 2000 and was a vital member of the treble-winning team bagging six goals in 73 games, until he was struck down by Guillain-Barré syndrome, moving to VfB Stuttgart on a free transfer in July 2004 after a loan spell at Blackburn Rovers. 1998 – Irish centre-half Conor Masterson was born in Celbridge, signing on from Lucan United for £900,000 on his sixteenth birthday. He was released in the summer of 2019 having failed to break through and is now with Queens Park Rangers. 1978 - Icelandic former reserves forward Haukur Ingi Guðnason was born in Keflavik. He never made an official senior appearance for the reds after signing from his hometown club in December 1997, returning there three years later after just three appearances on our bench in May 1998. Anfield christened 1888 - The first ever League game at Anfield was played as Everton beat Accrington 2-1. On the losing side 1894 - We suffered our first ever defeat in the Football League, going down 2-1 at home to Aston Villa in our third First Division game, having remained unbeaten through the whole of our debut season in the Second Division. Harry Bradshaw struck our consolation that day. 1926 - We also entertained the Villains, with Harry Chambers and Dick Forshaw on target in a 2-1 victory, while George Stephenson bagged the first of his four goals against the reds. Disappointing debuts 2001 - New signing Jerzy Dudek made his debut in our 3-1 defeat at home to Aston Villa. Steven Gerrard, who scored our goal, was later sent off for a bad tackle on George Boateng. Dion Dublin scored one of his seven goals past us, with Lee Hendrie and Darius Vassell also striking for the visitors. 1947 - Inside-forward Kevin Baron made his League debut in our 3-1 defeat at Sheffield United, with Albert Stubbins nabbing our consolation. Jimmy Hagan bagged the first of his four strikes against us, with Dennis Thompson and Harold Brook also netting. 1970 - We visited Third Division Mansfield Town for a League Cup Second Round tie, being held to a goalless draw with forward Jack Whitham making his reds bow as a substitute for Brian Hall. Dudley Roberts had a goal disallowed for the Stags, with the reds striking the woodwork five times. 1919 - Forward Dick Forshaw made his reds bow in our 1-0 defeat at Arsenal as Jackie Sheldon had a penalty saved. He went on to net 124 times in 288 games, winning two League titles. Full-back Sam Speakman made his 26th and last reds outing as Jock Rutherford bagged one of his six strikes against the reds. 1948 - Billy Liddell struck as we drew 1-1 at Highbury. 1984 - Alan Kennedy was on target in a 3-1 defeat there, his twentieth and last goal for the club. Brian Talbot struck the last two of his six goals against us, with Tony Woodcock also on target. Big Anfield wins 1917 - We thumped Port Vale 4-0 in a Wartime League game thanks to two from Thomas Bennett and further goals from Harry Lewis and Arthur Metcalf. 1979 - We beat Coventry City by the same score in the First Division, with David Johnson nabbing a brace and Jimmy Case and Kenny Dalglish also netting. 1928 - Gordon Hodgson struck twice with Dick Edmed, Jimmy McDougall and Tom Reid all also on target as we thumped Leicester City 6-3 in another top-flight match, with right-back Bob Done scoring the first of his thirteen reds goals. Arthur Chandler netted the last of his six goals past us, with James Baxter and Thomas Gibson also scoring. Johnny signs on 1956 – Half-back Johnny Wheeler signed from Bolton Wanderers for £9,000, joining his cousin Ronnie Moran at Anfield. He made 177 appearances, bagging 23 goals. One of his greatest games came in November 1956, when he netted a four-minute hat-trick against Port Vale. He was appointed player-manager of New Brighton in May 1963, but did not take up the post, becoming Assistant Trainer at Bury instead, where he stayed until 1969. Future reds at the treble 1999 - Yossi Benayoun struck a hat-trick for Israel in their 8-0 trouncing of San Marino in a Euro 2000 qualifier in Tel-Aviv. On the same day, Christian Ziege bagged a hat-trick as Germany thumped Northern Ireland 4-0 in a Euro 2000 qualifier in Dortmund, with fellow future red Markus Babbel also in action. Award winners 2020 - Trent Alexander-Arnold was named PFA Young Player of the Year, with Jordan Henderson, Sadio Mané, Andy Robertson and Virgil van Dijk all also being named in the PFA Team of the Year, following our runaway League title win. More international reds bidding for Euro 2000 1999 - Skipper Steve Staunton scored a 25-yard free-kick winner as the Republic of Ireland narrowly won 3-2 in Malta, with future red Robbie Keane also on target. This was Staunton’s first international goal in his second spell at Anfield, while Malta netted against the Irish for the first time, in their seventh encounter. Ex-red Mark Kennedy also played. Stéphane Henchoz won his first cap as a reds player, and 39th to date, as Switzerland beat Belarus 2-0 in Lausanne. Meanwhile, Patrik Berger converted a penalty as the Czech Republic beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 3-0 in Teplice. Ex-red Øyvind Leonhardsen scored as Norway thumped Slovenia 4-0 to qualify for the Finals. Vegard Heggem also played. Also playing in qualifiers that day were Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen, under Kevin Keegan’s management, and ex-reds Don Hutchison and Steve McManaman, while future red Milan Baroš turned out for the Czech Republic Under-18’s Other international reds on target 1976 - Future red Kenny Dalglish struck as Scotland thumped Finland 6-0 in a friendly at Hampden Park. On the same day, Ray Clemence, Kevin Keegan and Steve Heighway all featured as England drew 1-1 with the Republic of Ireland in a friendly at Wembley. 1985 - Avi Cohen bagged his second and final international goal as Israel beat Taiwan 5-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Tel-Aviv. Fellow future red Ronnie Rosenthal also played. 2020 – Dejan Lovren scored his first goal since joining Zenit St. Petersburg as Croatia lost 4-2 to France in a UEFA Nations League group game in Paris. Diogo Jota won his last cap as a Wolverhampton Wanderers player as Portugal won 2-0 in Sweden, with ex-red Conor Coady making his senior debut in England’s goalless draw in Denmark. Rhian Brewster played for England Under-21’s for the eighth and last time before leaving Anfield in their 2-1 European Championships qualifying win in Austria. Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez and ex-red Simon Mignolet and Raheem Sterling all also featured for their countries. 2018 – Mohamed Salah bagged a brace, with one of his goals coming as he converted the rebound from his own penalty, as he also had another spot-kick saved in Egypt’s 6-0 trouncing of Niger in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Alexandria. Xherdan Shaqiri netted while winning his first cap as a reds player as Switzerland thumped Iceland 6-0 in a UEFA Nations League group game in St. Gallen. Also on target was ex-red Luis Suárez who bagged a brace, including one from the spot, in Uruguay’s 4-1 friendly defeat of Mexico in Texas. Toni Silva won his first cap for Guinea-Bissau as a Mamelodi Sundowns player in their 2-2 draw in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Mozambique. Also in action that day were Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson, future red Thiago Alcântara and ex-reds Iago Aspas and Péter Gulácsi. 2007 – Ex-red El-Hadji Diouf struck for Senegal in their 5-1 thumping of Burkina Faso in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Dakar, with future red Kolo Touré appearing as Ivory Coast won another qualifier 1-0 in Gabon. 1993 - Ian Rush was on target as Wales were held to a 2-2 draw by the Republic of Czechs & Slovaks in a World Cup qualifier in Cardiff, playing alongside ex-red Dean Saunders. Meanwhile, ex-red John Aldridge netted in the Republic of Ireland’s 2-0 qualifying defeat of Lithuania at Lansdowne Road. Ronnie Whelan and ex-reds Ray Houghton and Steve Staunton also featured. Also that day, Gérard Houllier’s France beat a Finland side that included future red Jari Litmanen 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Tampere, while Roy Hodgson’s Switzerland held Scotland 1-1 in another qualifier at Pittodrie, with future red Gary McAllister skippering the Scots. Stig Inge Bjørnebye, Rob Jones, ex-red Jim Magilton and future reds Brad Friedel, Paul Ince and Øyvind Leonhardsen all also featured in World Cup action. Xabi off 2007 - Xabi Alonso was sent off as Spain were held to a 1-1 draw in a Euro 2008 qualifier in Iceland, with Fernando Torres also featuring. Emile Heskey won his first cap while with Wigan Athletic with ex-red Michael Owen notching as England beat Israel 3-0 in another qualifier at Wembley Stadium. Yossi Benayoun, Steven Gerrard and future red Joe Cole were also in action. Meanwhile, Roy Hodgson’s Finland held Serbia to a goalless draw in a qualifier in Belgrade, with Sami Hyypiä, future red Milan Jovanović and ex-red Daniel Sjölund in action. Daniel Agger, Ryan Babel, John Arne Riise, Andriy Voronin, ex-red Nicolas Anelka and future reds Robbie Keane and Dejan Lovren all also played in qualifiers on the same day, with John Toshack in charge of Wales. In World Cup action 2004 - Djibril Cissé struck his first international goal as a reds player as France won 2-0 in the Faroe Islands. Meanwhile, Fernando Morientes won his last cap as a Real Madrid player, and 38th to date, as Spain drew 1-1 in Bosnia-Herzegovina, with Xabi Alonso also featuring. Also representing their countries that day were Milan Baroš, Jamie Carragher, Jerzy Dudek, Steve Finnan, Steven Gerrard, Sami Hyypiä, John Arne Riise, future reds Craig Bellamy, Robbie Keane, Ragnar Klavan, Dirk Kuyt, Alex Manninger and Andriy Voronin and ex-reds Paul Jones, Jari Litmanen, Alex Manninger and Michael Owen. Tommy’s farewell ton 1962 – Scottish left-half Tommy Leishman bagged his final goal while reaching a century of League games as we lost 3-1 at Nottingham Forest. Disappointment against Pompey 1934 - Portsmouth won 1-0 at Anfield with Jimmy Easson netting the last of his eight goals against the reds. 1937 - Jack Balmer struck as we drew 1-1 at Fratton Park in another top-flight fixture, as Fred Worrall bagged the final goal of his four past us. Le Boss again 2010 - Gérard Houllier was appointed Manager of Aston Villa, taking over a fortnight later. He led them to just twelve victories in 34 games in charge, before having to step down in April 2011 after falling ill. First and last caps 2019 – Future red Kostas Tsimikas won his last cap for Greece as an Olympiacos player in their 1-1 European Championships qualifying draw with Liechtenstein in Athens, with future red Thiago Alcântara and ex-red Suso also playing in a qualifier that day and future reds Fábio Carvalho and Melkamu Frauendorf also in international action. 2018 – Future red Sepp van den Berg won his first cap for the Dutch Under-19’s in their 5-1 friendly thumping of the Czech Republic. Meanwhile, ex-red Toni Silva played for Guinea-Bissau for the first time since joining South African side Mamelodi Sundowns as they drew 2-2 with Mozambique in an African Cup of Nations qualifier in Maputo. 2015 – Roberto Firmino won his first cap as a reds player in Brazil’s 4-1 friendly defeat of the USA in Boston, alongside future red Fabinho, while Raheem Sterling played for England for the first time since moving to Manchester City as Roy Hodgson’s England beat Switzerland 2-0 in a Euro 2016 qualifier at Wembley, with Nathaniel Clyne, James Milner, future reds Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Xherdan Shaqiri, and ex-red Jonjo Shelvey also featuring. Future red Marko Grujić won his first cap for Serbia Under-21’s as they thumped Ukraine 5-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Gornji. Martin Škrtel, ex-red Javier Mascherano and future reds Ragnar Klavan and Sadio Mané also played for their countries that day. 2013 – Ex-reds keeper Charles Itandje won his first cap for Cameroon while on loan from PAOK with Turkish side Konyaspor, as they beat Libya 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Yaoundé, with future red Joël Matip also featuring. 2012 - Charlie Adam represented Scotland for the first time since moving to Stoke City, in their goalless home World Cup qualifying draw with Serbia. Daniel Agger captained his country as Denmark drew a blank with the Czech Republic in Copenhagen in another qualifier that same day. Meanwhile, Victor Moses won his first cap as a Chelsea player in Nigeria’s 2-2 draw in Liberia in an African Cup of Nations qualifier in Monrovia, while future reds Sadio Mané and Kolo Touré faced each as Ivory Coast beat Senegal 4-2 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Abidjan. 2009 - Nikola Sarić won his first cap at any level as a reds player, his first for Denmark Under-19’s as they beat Sweden 3-0 in Eksjö. On the same day, future red Daniel Sturridge struck his first goal for England Under-21’s as they drew 1-1 with Greece in a European Championships qualifier in Tripoli, Mario Balotelli scored his last goal for Italy at this level in their 2-0 defeat of Luxembourg, with future red Mamadou Sakho netting for France Under-21’s for the only time, and future red Simon Mignolet also in action at this level. 2002 – Kolo Touré played for Ivory Coast for the first time since joining Arsenal as they were held to a goalless draw by South Africa in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Abidjan. Stéphane Henchoz also played for his country that day. A mobile arrangement 2000 - Liverpool Football Club announced that Siemens Mobile Phones had become an official ‘Walk On Partner’ of the club, in a three-year seven-figure deal. In and out of old haunts 1992 - Nigel Spackman re-signed for Chelsea from Rangers for £485,000. He made 88 appearances for the Blues in this second four-season spell at the Bridge without scoring, largely under Glenn Hoddle. 2006 - Stéphane Henchoz returned to Blackburn Rovers after a season with Wigan Athletic, playing sixteen times while back at Ewood Park. 2008 – Terry McDermott left as Assistant Manager of Newcastle United following Kevin Keegan’s second resignation as boss. Other reds games 1990 – We beat Wimbledon 2-1 at Plough Lane. John Barnes and Ronnie Whelan scored our goals. 1973 – Kevin Keegan bagged the only goal of Chelsea’s visit to Anfield, later having a penalty saved by Peter Bonetti. 1956 – We drew 1-1 at Doncaster Rovers in a Second Division encounter, with Billy Liddell bagging a late leveller. 1951 – We lost 2-1 at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Jesse Pye scored before Dennis Wilshaw netted one of his seven goals against the reds. Ken Brierley nabbed our consolation. 1923 – Jimmy Walsh struck the only goal of our trip to Preston North End. 1906 – Jack Cox was on target as we drew 1-1 at Blackburn Rovers. Also in international action 2021 – Conor Bradley, Kostas Tsimikas and ex-reds Joe Allen, Christian Benteke, Nikolay Mihaylov, Raheem Sterling, Danny Ward and Harry Wilson all represented their countries. 2016 – Future red Ozan Kabak played for Turkey Under-17’s in their 3-2 friendly defeat by the Republic of Ireland. 2014 – Jordan Henderson, Rickie Lambert, Raheem Sterling and future red James Milner all featured for Roy Hodgson’s England as they won a European Championships qualifier 2-0 in Switzerland, with future red Xherdan Shaqiri on the losing side. Brad Smith played for Australia on the same day in their 3-2 friendly defeat of Saudi Arabia at Craven Cottage, while Joe Gomez debuted for England Under-19’s in their 1-1 friendly draw in Germany, with fellow future red Ragnar Klavan also playing for his country. 1987 – Future red Nigel Clough appeared for England Under-21’s as they lost a friendly 2-0 to West Germany. 1982 – Glenn Hysén played for the senior Sweden side as they lost a European Championships qualifier 2-0 in Romania. 1977 – Hysén appeared for the Under-18’s as they drew 0-0 in Finland.
  9. Will

    18th April

    Clinching the title 1964 - Our biggest win on this day came when we beat Arsenal 5-0, with goals from Ian St. John, Alf Arrowsmith, Roger Hunt and a brace from Peter Thompson. This was enough to hand us our sixth League title, and first under Shanks. BBC’s Panorama programme filmed the Kop at the game, to report on this “extraordinary cultural phenomenon”. The game was an entertaining affair, with Tommy Lawrence saving a George Eastham penalty after a handball by Ron Yeats with the score at 1-0, and Ian Callaghan having a spot-kick saved by ex-reds keeper, and Gunners captain for the day, Jim Furnell late on with keeper Tommy Lawrence initially stepping forward to take it before Bill Shankly waved him back. The team celebrated with the home-made ‘Curlett Cup’ as the actual trophy was still at Goodison from the season before. We have twice also made the trip to Highbury on this day in history. 1931 - We lost 3-1, with our strike being a Herbert Roberts own goal. Jack Lambert struck one of his seven goals past us, with David Jack scoring one of his nine and Cliff Bastin bagging the first of his four against us. 1990 - John Barnes scored late on as we drew 1-1, with Paul Merson netting one of his seven goals past us in the first half. Ronnie Whelan broke a bone in his ankle, leaving the Irish national side sweating on his fitness ahead of that summer’s World Cup Finals in Italy, although he recovered in time to make one substitute appearance. 1923 - We also claimed the League title, winning it for the fourth time. Dick Forshaw’s goal earned us a share of the spoils at Bolton Wanderers, giving us enough points so that neither Sunderland nor Huddersfield Town could catch us. John Smith scored the first of his seven goals against the reds in a game that also counted for the Lancashire Senior Cup. A century for Rushie 1984 - Ian Rush bagged his hundredth reds goal in his 166th game for us. Ronnie Whelan and John Wark were also on target as we came from 2-1 down to draw 3-3 with Leicester City at Filbert Street, with Gary Lineker scoring the first of his six goals against the reds. Andy Peake and Steve Lynex also netted for the Foxes. 1936 – We shared a goalless draw with Brentford in L4 as outside-right Berry Nieuwenhuys reached a century of League games for the reds. 1930 – Full-back Tommy Lucas played his 300th game for the reds as we lost 3-1 at Newcastle United with Jimmy Smith nabbing our consolation. Sam Weaver bagged the first of his four goals past us, with Hughie Gallacher netting one of his eight and Jack Hill also on target. Boro again and again We have faced Middlesbrough four times in the top flight on this day in history, winning just once. 2007 - We won 2-0 at Anfield when Steven Gerrard grabbed two goals, including a penalty. 1914 - Walter Tinsley scored the first of two hat-tricks against us in our 4-0 defeat at Ayresome Park, with Stewart Davidson also netting as Tom Watson took charge of the reds for the 700th time. 1938 – We were held to a 1-1 draw in L4, with Jack Balmer on target early on as keeper Arthur Riley played his 300th reds game. 1908 - We lost 1-0 at Anfield, when forward Charlie Hewitt played his sixteenth and last reds game. Other goalscoring feats 1968 - Tony Hateley bagged his eighth FA Cup goal of the season, a club record, in our Sixth Round second replay with West Bromwich Albion at Maine Road. We lost the game 2-1 as Albion went on to claim the trophy for the fifth, and most recent, time. Jeff Astle put the Baggies in front with one of his seven strikes past us, with Clive Clark netting the winner after an hour, the last of his seven goals against the reds. 1987 - Less prolific was Gary Ablett, who scored his only reds goal in our 3-0 home win over Nottingham Forest, with Kenny Dalglish netting his 172nd and final goal for us and Ronnie Whelan also on the scoresheet. We have twice also lost to Forest on this day in history. 1903 – We went down 1-0 at the City Ground. 1963 – We lost 2-0 in L4 with full-back Robert Thomson making his reds bow in place of Ronnie Moran, who was suffering with flu. Moving on 1954 – Former Manager George Kay died in Liverpool, having won 142 of his 357 games in charge. He had led us to our first League title in 24 years in 1947, and the FA Cup Final three years later. Amongst the players who joined the club during his tenure were the great Billy Liddell and Bob Paisley. 1956- Right-winger Jimmy Payne was sold to Everton. He had notched 43 times in 243 appearances for the reds, playing in the 1950 FA Cup Final. He was dogged by injury while at Goodison Park before retiring to become a newsagent. Reds birthdays 1940 - Winger Johnny Morrissey was born on this day in Liverpool. He signed on as a professional in April 1957 and struck six times in 37 outings before crossing the park to Everton for £10,000 in September 1962, for whom he scored fifty times in 314 appearances, helping them to two League titles. 1995 – Belgian forward Divock Origi was born in Ostend. He was signed from Lille OSC Métropole for £9.8m in July 2014, but was immediately loaned back to spend another season in France. He has so far struck 35 times in 157 reds games as of his 26th birthday, including a crucial goal as we won the UEFA Champions League in Madrid in June 2019, as well as helping us to claim the Premier League title, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup. 1981 – Forward Milan Jovanović was born in Bajina Bašta in Yugoslavia. He signed on a free transfer from Standard de Liège in July 2010, finding the net just twice in eighteen appearances before moving to RSC Anderlecht for free in August 2011. 1987 – Ex-reds midfielder Danny Guthrie was born in Telford. The former Manchester United trainee made just seven senior reds appearances before moving to Newcastle United for £2.5m in July 2008, after a season-long loan spell at Bolton Wanderers. 1967 - Veteran keeper Paul Jones was born in Chirk, near Wrexham. He made two appearances while on loan from Southampton at Anfield in January 2004. Red beginnings and an end 1970 - Midfielder John McLaughlin made the first of his 55 reds appearances in our 2-1 defeat at Chelsea, with Bobby Graham on target in our final game of the season and Peter Osgood bagging both the Blues’ goals, including one from the spot. This match was originally postponed two months earlier. 1924 - We lost by the same score in West London, with our score being a very late own goal from Benjamin Baker. 1925 - Keeper John Jones played his fourth and final senior reds game, keeping a clean sheet as Fred Baron struck the only goal of our top-flight game against Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield. Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers played his 200th League game for the reds. 2002 – Midfielder Darren Potter signed as a professional. He made seventeen senior appearances under Rafael Benítez but moved to Wolverhampton Wanderers in January 2007 after a successful loan spell. Derby memories 1919 - Albert Pearson struck as we were held to a 1-1 draw in the Lancashire Section Subsidiary Competition, as the Lancashire Senior Cup was then known. 1942 - Jack Balmer grabbed the only goal of the game at Goodison Park in a Wartime League match that also counted for the War League Cup. Mixed fortunes against the Terriers We have twice travelled to Leeds Road to face Huddersfield Town in top-flight fixtures on this day in history. 1949 - Jack Balmer bagged a brace as we triumphed 4-0 with Kevin Baron and Billy Liddell also on target. 1933 – Right-back Jimmy ‘Parson’ Jackson nabbed our consolation in his 224th and final reds game as we lost 3-1, the last of his two goals for the club. Jackie Williams bagged a brace, with Wilf Bott netting one of his five goals past us. Joy against the Tractor Boys We have twice entertained Ipswich Town on this day in history, without tasting defeat. 1959 - Jimmy Melia, Billy Liddell and Alan A’Court struck as we won our Second Division encounter 3-1. 1978 - Kenny Dalglish and Graeme Souness netted in a 2-2 draw at Anfield in a game postponed from two months earlier, with Bob Paisley declaring the reds’ performance to be “rubbish”. Trevor Whymark struck the last of his six goals against us, with Mick Lambert also on target. No goals with Leeds We have twice faced Leeds United in the top-flight on this day in history, with both games ending goalless. 1981 - We met at Elland Road. 1992 – We hosted Leeds, with Bruce Grobbelaar pulling a hamstring and Michael Thomas having to be replaced at half time after damaging an ankle. They therefore joined Ronnie Whelan and skipper Mark Wright on the treatment table ahead of the FA Cup Final. Liddell and Shanks in tandem 1942 - Billy Liddell and Preston North End’s Bill Shankly both scored as Scotland beat England 5-4 in a Wartime International at Hampden Park. Reds skipper Matt Busby also played. 1953 - Liddell also represented his country, winning his 23rd senior cap as they held England to a 2-2 draw in the British International Championships at Wembley. Reds honoured 2018 – Mohamed Salah was named in the PFA Team of the Year after a highly impressive first campaign with the reds. He went on to claim the PFA Player of the Year award, having netted 44 times in 52 games in all competitions as he helped us to reach the UEFA Champions League Final in Kyiv. 2008 – A statue of reds legend Emlyn Hughes was unveiled in his hometown of Barrow. Other reds games 1960 – We beat Rotherham United 3-0 in a Second Division encounter at Anfield on Easter Monday. Dave Hickson struck twice, with Roger Hunt also on target. 1953 – We lost 3-1 at Blackpool with Sammy Smyth bagging our goal. 1927 – We lost 2-0 at Cardiff City. Redders says farewell 2002 - Tottenham Hotspur’s new signing Jamie Redknapp returned to Melwood to say his goodbyes. “Everyone was so good to me during my eleven years with Liverpool that it would be wrong to just leave and not say goodbye. I have a lot of friends at the club and that will always be the case, no matter where I am playing.” Dan arrives 2012 – Sixteen-year-old midfielder Dan Trickett-Smith signed from Crewe Alexandra for £300,000. He was released in April 2016 having failed to break through. First and last caps 1984 - Ex-red Howard Gayle made his debut for England Under-21’s as they beat Italy 3-1 in their European Championships Semi-final first leg at Maine Road. Ex-red Dave Watson also played. 2018 – Future red Mateusz Musiałowski won his fourth and last Under-15’s cap for Poland as they beat Finland 2-0. Alberto il papa 2011 - Alberto Aquilani became a father, to Aurora. Also in international action 1925 – Maurice Parry faced Elisha Scott as Wales and Ireland shared a goalless draw in the British International Championships in Wrexham. 1970 – Emlyn Hughes featured as England drew 1-1 with Wales in the same tournament in Cardiff. 1978 – Joey Jones played for Wales in their 1-0 friendly win in Iran. 1981 – Bruce Grobbelaar was in action for Zimbabwe as they thumped Mozambique 6-1 in the Semi-final of their Independence Cup game in Bulawayo.
  10. Will

    24th November

    Beating the Geordies 2007 - Steven Gerrard, Dirk Kuyt and Ryan Babel were all on target as we won 3-0 at Newcastle United, with the visiting fans taunting troubled Toon boss Sam Allardyce, whose days were numbered at the club. Fernando Torres missed a host of golden chances, with boss Rafael Benítez further riling the club’s American owners by choosing to wear a track-suit, following on from his repeated statements in a pre-match press conference that “as always I am focused on training and coaching my team”. On the same day, future reds striker Milan Jovanović played for Serbia in a 1-0 Euro 2008 qualifying defeat of Kazakhstan in Belgrade. 1900 - Jack Cox was on target as we held the Geordies to a 1-1 draw at St. James’ Park. Biting the hand that fed 1984 - A John Wark brace gave us a 2-0 win over his old club Ipswich Town at Anfield. Mixed European fortunes 2021 - Sadio Mané played his fiftieth European game for the reds, with Mohamed Salah reaching the same milestone for us in the UEFA Champions League. Alisson Becker captained the side for the first time as we beat Porto 2-0 in a group stage game at Anfield, thanks to second-half strikes from Thiago Alcântara and Salah. 2009 – We beat Debreceni VSC at the Stadion Puskás Ferenc in Budapest. David N’Gog bagged the only goal of the game inside the first five minutes as we failed to reach the knock-out stages of the Champions League due to the other result in our group. 1998 - We were on our way out of the UEFA Cup as we lost 3-1 at Celta de Vigo in our Third Round first leg tie, after Michael Owen had opened the scoring. We were unable to turn things round in the second leg, which we also lost, 1-0. Current reds forward Iago Aspas was apparently a ball-boy in the away leg. Bon anniversaire 1947 – Former First-team coach Jacques Crevoisier was born in Delle, France. He worked under Gérard Houllier for two years after the departure of Patrice Bergues. Running riot against the Hornets 1987 - We beat Watford 4-0 at Anfield to return to the top of the table, with Steve McMahon, Ray Houghton, John Aldridge and John Barnes all on the scoresheet. 2018 – We won 3-0 at Vicarage Road, despite skipper Jordan Henderson being dismissed late on. Mohamed Salah opened the scoring before Trent Alexander-Arnold converted a free-kick, with Roberto Firmino tapping in the third. Reds centurions 1979 – Kenny Dalglish played his hundredth League game for the reds as we held Arsenal to a goalless draw at Highbury. 1956 – Centre-half Laurie Hughes played his 300th reds game as we drew 1-1 with Swansea Town in a Second Division meeting at Vetch Field. Alan Arnell struck our goal. Mixed fortunes against the Villains 1906 - Robert Robinson struck a brace with Arthur Goddard, Alex Raisbeck, from the spot, and Sam Raybould also on the scoresheet as we beat Aston Villa 5-2 at Anfield, with Tom Chorlton having a penalty saved. Joe Walters netted the first of his five goals against the reds, with Albert Hall also scoring. Our third goal of the game was the club’s thousandth in all competitions. 1923 - Villa left L4 with a 1-0 win in another top-flight fixture, with Len Capewell bagging the first of his six strikes against the reds. Stalemates with Mancs 1951 - We were held to a goalless top-flight draw by Manchester United at Anfield. 1990 - Manchester City also left L4 with a point when Ian Rush and Ronnie Rosenthal netted late on as we drew 2-2. Mark Ward opened the scoring after an hour, with Niall Quinn netting a last-minute equaliser. George signs on 1926 - Left-winger George Pither signed from Merthyr Town for £500. He only made twelve senior appearances, stepping in for the established Fred Hopkin, before joining Crewe Alexandra in May 1928. Losing to the Owls 1928 - We lost 3-2 at Hillsborough with Jimmy McDougall and Tom Bromilow on target against The Wednesday. Jack Allen bagged the first two of his five goals against the reds, with Ellis Rimmer netting one of his five past us. 1945 - Sheffield Wednesday won our Wartime League match 2-0 at Anfield. Lawler at last 1973 - Chris Lawler played in his 102nd consecutive reds League game but was taken off for Phil Boersma after suffering a cartilage injury as we were held to a 2-2 draw at Queens Park Rangers. He missed our next top-flight match a week later, when we entertained West Ham United. Larry Lloyd bagged his fifth and last reds goal with John Toshack also on target. Stan Bowles and Frank McLintock struck for the visitors. Happy birthday Mac 1895 – Half-back John McConnell was born in Motherwell. He netted just once in 53 first-team appearances leading up to the First World War after signing from Airdrieonians for £80 in April 1909, including one in goal in only his second game! He left the reds to join Aberdeen in May 1912. Trouncing Rovers 1917 - We thumped Blackburn Rovers 7-0 in a Wartime League game at Anfield. Harry Lewis and Jack Waine both struck twice, with Thomas Bennett, Arthur Metcalf and Donald McKinlay all also on target. Management moves 1994 - John Toshack was sacked as Manager of Real Sociedad for the second time after three years with the club. 2008 - Brendan Rodgers was appointed Manager of Watford, leaving his coaching role at Chelsea. He led them to thirteen victories in his 32 games in charge, before moving to Reading the following June. Other reds games 1962 – Roger Hunt netted twice as we won 2-0 at Birmingham City, with Ronnie Moran playing his 300th game for the reds. 1934 – We won 2-1 at Derby County. Vic Wright bagged a brace, with Peter Ramage scoring the last of his five goals against the reds. Arthur Riley saved a penalty from Reg Stockill. 1894 – We lost 3-2 at Sunderland’s old Newcastle Road ground. Malcolm McVean and Davy Hannah scored for the reds. Jimmy Millar netted the first of his four past us, with Jimmy Hannah and John Campbell also on the scoresheet. Transfer scoop foiled 1999 - The reds laughed off claims that we were about to sign AS Monaco defender Didier Baptiste. The News Of The World stated that “Houllier faces stiff opposition from Arsène Wenger who wants a long-term replacement for Nigel Winterburn”, and the story was picked up by many sources including the reds’ own Club Call service. However, it was soon revealed that Baptiste was merely a fictional character in Sky One’s “Dream Team” programme! On target 2015 – Future red Rafael Camacho scored for Portugal Under-16’s in their 3-3 friendly draw with Belgium in Penafiel. 1965 - Chris Lawler and Tommy Smith both appeared for England Under-23’s as they beat Yugoslavia 2-1 in a friendly at The Dell. Out on loan 2010 – Keeper Chris Kirkland joined Leicester City on loan from Wigan Athletic, playing just three times for the Foxes. On the same day, Tony Warner was released by Sc***horpe United after making just two first-team appearances. 2005 - Second string centre-back Zak Whitbread moved to Millwall on loan. He played 27 times before signing permanently seven months later. On the same day, ex-red Don Hutchison left The New Den to sign temporarily for Coventry City. 1995 - Ex-reds reserves defender Alan Harper joined Cardiff City on loan from Burnley. He played five games for the Bluebirds.
  11. Will

    3rd October

    A European treble 1984 - John Wark bagged a hat-trick as we beat Polish champions Lech Poznań 4-0 at Anfield to progress to the Second Round of the European Cup 5-0 on aggregate, having also scored our goal in the away leg. Paul Walsh was also on target that night. Debutants 1903 - Jack Parkinson scored on his reds debut in our 2-1 win at Small Heath, with left-half George Fleming also on the scoresheet, scoring from the rebound after his own spot-kick was saved. 1926 - We also beat Birmingham City, as they were by then known, in the top flight with Vic Wright and Phil Taylor netting in our 2-0 win at Anfield. 1972 - Trevor Storton made his reds bow in our 1-1 League Cup Third Round draw at West Bromwich Albion, with Steve Heighway netting our goal late on and Asa Hartford on target for the home side. We won the Anfield replay 2-1 a week later, making it as far as the Fifth Round that season. Euro disappointment 2007 - Olympique de Marseille became the first French side to win at Anfield, at the tenth attempt, when they won 1-0 in a Champions League group game, with Eric Gerets in charge of the visitors for the first time and ex-reds Djibril Cissé and Bolo Zenden both featuring. The reds produced a very lacklustre performance as Mathieu Valbuena grabbed the only goal. “That could be the worst performance of my time here”, Rafael Benítez said. “It was very bad, a very bad game.” 2018 – We lost 1-0 in the opening game of our UEFA Champions League group at SSC Napoli, with Lorenzo Insigne bagging the late winner. For Bill 1981 - A minute’s silence was held before our First Division meeting with Swansea City at Anfield in honour of Bill Shankly, who had died four days earlier. Terry McDermott netted both our goals from the spot as we came from two goals down to draw 2-2. The Swans were managed by ex-red John Toshack, who was wearing a Liverpool shirt in Shanks’ honour. Leighton James converted a penalty with Bob Latchford netting the last of his five goals past us. 1959 - We also faced Swansea, when they were Town rather than City, losing by the odd goal in nine at the Vetch Field, with our goals coming from a Jimmy Melia penalty, Roger Hunt, and a Ronnie Moran free-kick after we had initially taken the lead through a Malcolm Kennedy own goal. We went 3-1 down inside 22 minutes thanks to goals from Peter Davies, the last of Len Allchurch’s five goals against the reds and Colin Webster, but fought back to level the game. The eventual winner, Brayley Reynolds’ second goal, who eventually netted seven goals past us, came just two minutes from time. Reds keeper Doug Rudham suffered from double vision throughout the match. Happy birthdays 1984 - Anthony Le Tallec was born in Hennebont. The young Frenchman made just 32 senior reds appearances and scored only once, signing for Le Mans UC 72 in June 2008, having been sent out on loan from Anfield four times. 1929 - Outside-right Tony McNamara was born in Liverpool. He signed from Everton for £4,000 in December 1957 after spending seven seasons across Stanley Park, but only played ten first-team games before joining Crewe Alexandra in July 1958. 1979 - Ex-reserves midfielder Layton Maxwell was born in St. Asaph in Wales. He only made one first-team appearance, scoring in front of the Kop in our 4-2 League Cup defeat of Hull City in September 1999. Seven on the bounce for the Blues 1914 - Everton won in the League for the seventh consecutive season at Anfield, this time 5-0 - a record run for any club, with Bobby Parker bagging three of his eight goals against us, including one from the spot, with Joe Clennell adding the first two of his seven strikes past us. Keeper Kenny Campbell had to leave the pitch after one minute when the referee spotted he was wearing a blue jersey! Defender Phil Bratley made his reds debut in this game which remains our record home derby defeat. We have also lost another two derbies on this day in history. 1908 – We went down 1-0 at Anfield with George Barlow scoring. 1896 – We lost 2-1 at Goodison when Jimmy Ross nabbed our consolation. Alfred Milward and future red Abe Hartley had put the Blues in front. Most recently 2021 – Manchester City held us to a 2-2 draw at Anfield, with Sadio Mané putting us ahead after the break before Phil Foden equalised. Mohamed Salah then struck an audacious goal, but Kevin De Bruyne levelled the scores again. Also in Europe 1973 - We beat Jeunesse D’Esch from Luxembourg 2-0 at Anfield to reach the Second Round of the European Cup 3-1 on aggregate, with an own goal from Léon Mond getting the scoring going straight after half-time, and John Toshack also on the scoresheet. 1979 - We were knocked out at the same stage, for the second consecutive season, losing 3-0 to Dinamo Tbilisi on a rainy night in the USSR, with all the goals coming in the second half, having only won the first leg 2-1. A new low 2010 – We lost 2-1 at home to Blackpool, with future red Charlie Adam opening the scoring from the spot before Luke Varney doubled the visitors’ lead. Sotirios Kyrgiakos pulled a goal back, the club’s 9,000th in all competitions, but we failed to produce a fight-back with the away side warmly applauded off at the end of the match. Red jocks 1964 - Ron Yeats made his Scotland debut in their 3-2 British International Championships defeat by Wales at Ninian Park. On the same day, Gordon Milne and Peter Thompson both played in England’s 4-3 win in Northern Ireland in the same competition. 1959 - Ian St. John won his second cap in Scotland’s 4-0 defeat in Northern Ireland, while still a Motherwell player. The Scots were managed by Andy Beattie, who had guested for the reds at full-back during the Second World War, and later spent some time on our backroom staff. He managed a host of clubs as well as the Scotland national side, working with Bill Shankly at Huddersfield Town, having played alongside him at Preston North End. 1891 - Future red Matt McQueen, who played in an unofficial international at the Ibrox Stadium, with the Scots thumping Canada 5-1. For Emlyn 1978 – A testimonial dinner was held for skipper Emlyn Hughes at Formby FC. Ex-Blue Joe Mercer was guest speaker, with comedian Sonny Jones providing the jokes. Guests were treated to cream of chicken soup, followed by a roast turkey dinner, rounded off with peaches and cream. Mixed fortunes against the Blues We have faced Chelsea three times in the top flight on this day in history. 2004 - We lost to a Joe Cole goal at Stamford Bridge. 1970 - Alun Evans netted the only goal of the game at Anfield, with Bobby Graham breaking his leg. 1931 - We were beaten 2-0 in West London, with Alex Jackson bagging the last two of his four goals past us. Hosting the Owls We have twice hosted Sheffield Wednesday in top-flight encounters at Anfield on this day in history. 1953 - Bob Paisley and Louis Bimpson were on target as we drew 2-2. Dennis Woodhead scored one of his four goals against the reds, with Jackie Sewell also netting. 1992 - Don Hutchison bagged the only goal of the game ten minutes from time, as we kept our first clean sheet of the season in our fifteenth fixture. This was Ian Rush’s 500th game for the reds. Big Anfield wins 1987 - We beat Alan Ball’s Portsmouth 4-0 as we scored four for the third consecutive League game. Peter Beardsley, Steve McMahon and Ronnie Whelan bagged our goals, to add to a spot-kick from John Aldridge. Aldo had now scored in all of our first eight League games, and nine reds games in a row in all, with the reds notching a total of 24 goals in those eight fixtures. 1942 - Cyril Done struck twice as we beat Bury 5-2 in a Wartime League fixture, with George Mills and Michael Hulligan adding to a Gemmall own goal. International beginning and end 1951 - Ex-reds centre-half Allenby Chilton won his second and final England cap in their 2-2 friendly draw with France at Highbury. 2001 – Future red Alberto Aquilani won his first cap for Italy Under-19’s as they beat Lithuania 2-0. On target 2009 – Krisztián Németh scored for Hungary Under-20’s in the World Championship Finals as Hungary beat the United Arab Emirates 2-0 in a group game in Egypt, with Péter Gulácsi also featuring. 2018 – Ki-Jana Hoever scored for the Dutch Under-17’s as they won a European Championships qualifier 6-4 in Sweden. In and outs 1898 – Scottish half-back Barney Battles left the reds to join Celtic for a third spell. He won the title two years running in Scotland, for Hearts in 1895 and then Celtic, joining the reds for six weeks on loan at the end of the 1895/96 season where he featured in two Second Division games and three of the four Test matches as we secured promotion, for which he received a special gold medal and a cheque for a “handsome sum”. He re-signed from Dundee in March 1898 for £20 but only played one more game for the club. 2007 – Former reds half-back Johnny Wheeler’s wife Freda died. On the same day, Dani Pacheco played for Spain Under-17’s as they won a European Championships qualifier 3-0 in Andorra. 2012 - Ryland Morgans was appointed as Head of Fitness & Conditioning, having previously worked under Brendan Rodgers at Swansea City. 2014 - Daniel Sturridge signed a new contract, having netted 36 times in 52 reds games to date. He eventually moved on to Trabzonspor in August 2019. Other reds games 1936 – Vic Wright and Phil Taylor netted as we beat Birmingham City 2-0 at Anfield. 1925 – We lost 2-1 at Burnley, with Harry Chambers bagging our late consolation. Digger off the mark 1981 - Future red John Barnes scored his first Watford goal as they beat Barnsley 3-1 at Vicarage Road. Also in international action 1996 – Future red John Arne Riise played for Norway Under-15’s as they beat Wales 3-1 in a tournament game in Poland.
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    31st January

    Transfer deadline day drama 2011 – We broke our record transfer twice in the same day, first when Luis Suárez arrived from Ajax for a fee of £22.8m. We then signed Andy Carroll for a British record £35m, with Fernando Torres then joining Chelsea for £50m, another British record. On the same day, left-back Paul Konchesky joined Nottingham Forest on loan while young midfielder Conor Thomas arrived from Coventry City on a temporary basis, although the move was not made permanent. Meanwhile, El-Hadji Diouf joined Rangers on loan from Blackburn Rovers and Daniel Sturridge joined Bolton Wanderers from Chelsea until the end of the season. 1923 – Scottish centre-half David Pratt signed from Bradford City. He played 84 times for the reds, scoring just once and being known for his long throw-ins. He left Anfield to sign for Bury in November 1927. In steps Royston 1994 - Roy Evans took over as Manager, after almost thirty years at Anfield. He remained in charge for nearly five years, leading us to a Coca-Cola Cup win in 1995, and the FA Cup Final a year later, although he struggled to deliver a consistent Championship challenge. In comes Al 2007 - Álvaro Arbeloa signed from Real Club Deportivo de La Coruña for £2.64m. He struck twice in 98 senior outings, playing right across the back four and impressing with his solid performances before moving to Real Madrid for £3.5m in July 2009. On the same day, young Spanish midfielder Francis Durán signed from Málaga for a compensation fee, while Uruguayan centre-back Ronald Huth arrived from Tacuary. Neither made the break-through at Anfield and have since moved on. Goalscoring feats 1976 - John Toshack bagged a genuine hat-trick of right-foot and left-foot shots and then a header as we thumped West Ham United 4-0 at Upton Park. Kevin Keegan netted our other goal late on. 2015 – We beat the Hammers 2-0 at Anfield, thanks to second-half strikes by Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge. 1959 - Terry Bleasdale scored an amazing eighteen goals as Liverpool Youth beat Pilkington Amateurs 19-0 in the Liverpool County F.A. Minor Cup 1st Round at Melwood. Tons up 2017 – Centre-half Dejan Lovren reached a century of reds games as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Chelsea, with Simon Mignolet saving a Diego Costa penalty. David Luiz gave the visitors the lead with an opportunistic free-kick, with Gini Wijnaldum heading in after the break. 1920 – Right-back Ephraim Longworth played his 200th reds game as we won an FA Cup Second Round tie 2-0 at Luton Town thanks to a brace from Billy Lacey. Gini’s last 2021 – Gini Wijnaldum bagged his 22nd and last goal for the club as we won 3-1 behind closed doors at West Ham United, after Mohamed Salah had nabbed a brace. Red villains We have twice won 2-0 at Aston Villa on this day over the years. 1988 - The first occasion was in a live televised Fourth Round FA Cup tie on our way to the Final when John Barnes and Peter Beardsley scored, with Bruce Grobbelaar recalled in goal following an injury that had seen Mike Hooper fill in for the previous four fixtures, as we secured a club record ninth consecutive clean sheet. 1996 - Stan Collymore and Robbie Fowler gave us a Premiership victory in a game postponed from Boxing Day. Deaths galore 1995 - Former Chairman Sir John Smith died of cancer in Gayton. He had overseen eleven League titles and four European Cups amongst our many honours during his seventeen years in charge of the club. 1965 – Full-back Percy Saul died. He signed from Plymouth Argyle in April 1906, netting twice in 83 reds games, moving on to Coventry City in July 1909. 1961 – Right-back General Stevenson passed on. He joined the reds from Padham in December 1897, playing 22 times without scoring before joining Barnsley in June 1900. No change of ownership 2007 - DIC abandoned their proposed £450m takeover of the club, after David Moores decided to reconsider his options in the light of a revised bid from George Gillett. Craig’s farewell 2012 - Craig Bellamy bagged his eighteenth and final reds goal after Andy Carroll had given us the lead at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Dirk Kuyt then scored his fiftieth Premiership goal, our 500th League goal under Kenny Dalglish’s management to complete a 3-0 victory. On the same day, midfielder João Teixeira signed from Sporting Clube de Portugal for £830,000. He netted once in eight senior outings before moving on to Porto in July 2016. Derby stalemate 2004 - A very entertaining Anfield derby somehow ended goalless with Jerzy Dudek and especially Nigel Martyn pulling off a string of fine stops. Clem’s League start 1970 - Ray Clemence made the first of his 470 League appearances for the reds as we lost 1-0 at Nottingham Forest. Off on loan 2006 - Florent Sinama-Pongolle joined Blackburn Rovers on loan, bagging just one goal in ten outings. He had only netted nine times in 66 reds games, although two thirds of these appearances came from off the bench. On the same day, reserves defender David Raven moved to Tranmere Rovers until the end of the season, after having only made four senior appearances for the reds. 2013 - Dani Pacheco joined S.D. Huesca on loan, netting five times in nineteen games. On the same day, ex-reds midfielder Alou Diarra joined Stade Rennais from West Ham United on a temporary basis, playing twelve times. 2014 – Reserves forward Michael Ngoo moved to Walsall on loan, netting once in fourteen outings. 2017 – Forward Jack Dunn joined Tranmere Rovers on loan, while ex-reds winger Sergi Canós left Norwich City to sign for Brentford and forward Jerome Sinclair joined Birmingham City on loan from Watford. On the same day, ex-reds forward Nabil El Zhar signed for Club Deportivo Leganés, for whom he scored eight goals in 82 games. 2019 – Canadian forward Liam Millar joined Kilmarnock on loan for the first time, netting once in fourteen outings. On the same day, midfielder Matty Virtue was sold to Blackpool, nabbing three goals in thirteen games before the end of the season. Ex-red Peter Crouch joined Burnley from Stoke City in a swap deal with Sam Vokes, failing to score in six appearances before retiring in the summer. Meanwhile, forward Jerome Sinclair joined Oxford United on loan from Watford, midfielder Jordan Rossiter made a temporary switch from Bury to Rangers, while centre-half Lloyd Jones re-joined Plymouth Argyle on loan from Luton Town. 2005 - Craig Bellamy joined Celtic from Newcastle United on a temporary basis, after 43 goals in 128 outings for the Geordies. He struck nine goals in fifteen games for the Bhoys, helping them to claim the Scottish FA Cup. On the same day, Jermaine Pennant joined Birmingham City on loan from Arsenal. He played twelve times in this spell before signing permanently the following July. 1997 - Lee Jones joined Wrexham for a third loan spell, making six first-team appearances this time around. Out-foxed 1981 - Leicester City won 2-1 at Anfield, becoming the first side to complete a League double over us for six seasons, with our score coming from an Alan Young own goal. This was our first home defeat for three years, after 85 games without being beaten. A good cup day We have won all five of our FA Cup ties on this day over the years, conceding just once. 1990 - The most recent game saw us beat Norwich City 3-1 in a Fourth Round replay at Anfield. Steve Nicol and John Barnes scored, with Peter Beardsley adding a penalty. We made it as far as the Semi-final that season before losing out to Crystal Palace. Up against ten 1993 - Nigel Winterburn was sent off for Arsenal as we won 1-0 at Highbury, the first dismissal for an opposing team against us in the newly renamed Premier League. John Barnes converted a penalty, while David James saved a Paul Merson spot-kick. On our way to Wembley 1914 - We defeated non-League Gillingham 2-0 at Anfield, with centre-half Bob Ferguson bagging his second and final reds goal. Billy Lacey also struck as we reached the FA Cup Third Round. We made it to the Final for the first time that year, but sadly lost out to Burnley. Joe born 1934 – Winger Joe Dickson was born in Liverpool. He bagged four goals in six reds games after signing pro terms in June 1952. Award winners 2000 - Tranmere Rovers boss John Aldridge was named the Liverpool Echo’s Sports Personality Of The Year. 2002 - El-Hadji Diouf was named BBC African Player Of The Year, voted for by visitors to BBC Sport Online and listeners to the World Service’s Fast Track programme. Other moves 1929 - Centre-forward Tommy Reid left Anfield for Manchester United after thirty goals in 55 reds games. He had signed from Clydebank for £1,000 in April 1926. 2013 – Second choice keeper Alexander Doni joined Botafogo on a free transfer, having not even made it to the bench that season after four first-team outings and 46 stints as an unused substitute in the previous campaign, having arrived on a free transfer from Roma in July 2011. He had to retire seven months later due to heart problems. On the same day, winger Victor Moses joined Wigan Athletic from Crystal Palace for £2.5m after the Eagles went into administration. He had struck eleven times in 69 games in south London. Also on the move that day was Stephen Warnock, who left Aston Villa for Leeds United on a free transfer after four goals in 104 matches for the Villains. Meanwhile, Mario Balotelli joined AC Milan from Manchester City for an initial £19m after thirty goals in eighty games for the Sky Blues. 2006 - Danny Murphy joined Tottenham Hotspur from Charlton Athletic for a fee of up to £2m, having struck ten times in 64 games for the Addicks. On the same day, former reserves forward Steven Gillespie left Bristol City for Cheltenham Town on a free transfer, after two previous loan spells with the Gloucestershire outfit. He had netted just once in seventeen run-outs for City. 2007 - David Thompson joined Bolton Wanderers from Portsmouth for an undisclosed fee. He had played just fifteen times for Pompey since arriving the previous July, but made just eight appearances for the Trotters before being released at the end of the season. 2008 - Jari Litmanen joined Fulham on transfer deadline day, but failed to make a first-team appearance for them. Lee Peltier joined Yeovil Town permanently, after a successful loan spell, while Besian Idrizaj joined Wacker Innsbruck on loan. Paul Dalglish signed for Hibernian from Livingston, with keeper Tony Warner moving to Barnsley on loan from Fulham. 2012 - Djibril Cissé joined Queens Park Rangers from S.S. Lazio for £4m, after five goals in 27 outings. On the same day, reserves keeper Martin Hansen left Anfield for Viborg on a free transfer. Meanwhile, Sotirios Kyrgiakos joined Sunderland on loan from VfL Wolfsburg. 2014 – Centre-half Jack Hobbs signed for Nottingham Forest from Hull City after a successful loan spell. Ex-reserves defender Gareth Roberts signed for Notts County having been released by Bury two weeks before. Tom Ince joined Crystal Palace on loan from Hull City, netting once in eight outings. 2018 – Centre-half Lloyd Jones left the club to sign for Luton Town, with midfielder Ovie Ejaria joining Sunderland on loan. 2020 - Lloyd Jones was on the move from the Hatters again, this time to Northampton Town on a temporary basis. On the same day, Emre Can joined Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund on loan from Juventus, making the move permanent for €25m the following month. Meanwhile, ex-red Lee Peltier joined West Bromwich Albion from Cardiff City after 163 games for the Bluebirds. International bows 2000 - AS Monaco’s John Arne Riise made his international debut as he played in Norway’s goalless Nordic Cup draw in Iceland. Rigobert Song played in the Africa Cup of Nations Finals on the same day as Cameroon lost a group game 1-0 to Togo in Ghana. 2017 – Future red Ki-Jana Hoever won his first cap for the Dutch Under-15’s in their 5-1 friendly defeat of the Republic of Ireland. 1998 – Future red Titi Camara played for Guinea as they lost a friendly 4-1 in Tunisia. 2002 – Future reds Salif Diao and El-Hadji Diouf both featured in Senegal’s goalless Africa Cup of Nations group encounter with Tunisia in Mali. 2006 – Ex-red Diouf played in a 2-1 defeat by Nigeria in another group game in Egypt. Former strikers break out their passports 2005 - Nicolas Anelka joined Fenerbahçe Spor Kulübü from Manchester City for £7m. He struck fourteen times in 39 games for them before returning to England to join Bolton Wanderers in August 2006. Also on the move was ex-red Titi Camara who joined Ligue 2 side Amiens after two years in the Middle East. He bagged six goals in thirteen League games in his first season back in France. Wright in the wrong 2006 - Mark Wright was sacked as Manager of Peterborough United for gross misconduct, after failing to appear before the board. It is alleged that he made a racist comment to one of his staff, although he always denied the charge. Other reds games 2001 – We drew 1-1 at Manchester City’s Maine Road with Emile Heskey bagging our goal. 1998 – Blackburn Rovers held us to a goalless draw at Anfield. 1959 – We beat Charlton Athletic 3-2 at The Valley as we fell behind to a John Hewie strike and Ronnie Moran own goal before Geoff Twentyman missed a penalty for the reds. Twentyman pulled a goal back, with Fred Morris and Jimmy Melia scoring in the second half to secure the Second Division points. 1948 – We lost 3-0 to Portsmouth in L4, with Guy Wharton on target before Duggie Reid netted two of his six goals past the reds. 1931 – We drew 2-2 at Chelsea, with Gordon Gunson and Gordon Hodgson scoring. Future reds wartime guest George Mills bagged the first of his four goals against us, with Jackie Crawford also on target for the Blues. 1925 – Archie Rawlings netted the only goal of our FA Cup Second Round tie at Bristol City’s Ashton Gate. Youngsters in action 2009 – Emiliano Insúa skippered Argentina as they drew 1-1 with Ronald Huth’s Paraguay in the final phase of the Sudamericano Sub-20 “Juventud de América” tournament in Venezuela, with both players being cautioned. 1989 – Future reds Stig Inge Bjørnebye and Øyvind Leonhardsen both played for Norway Under-20’s as they held host nation Portugal to a goalless draw in a tournament game in Lisbon.
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    27th February

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

    22nd February

    Kenny steps down 1991 - Kenny Dalglish announced his resignation as reds boss in a press conference at Anfield. He had been in charge for nearly six years, leading us to the double in his first season, and a further two League titles, FA Cup, two FA Charity Shields and Screen Sport Super Cup. The pressures of management, and his role in counselling players, supporters and the city of Liverpool in the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster led to him stepping down. Heading towards Istanbul 2005 - We beat Bayer 04 Leverkusen 3-1 at Anfield in the first leg of our Champions League round of sixteen tie. Luis García and John Arne Riise netted before Dietmar Hamann put us in a seemingly unassailable lead in stoppage time, with his eleventh and last reds goal. Anthony Le Tallec came off the bench to make his first senior appearance under Rafael Benítez. However, a Jerzy Dudek fumble handed Franca the chance to grab an away goal, which many commentators at the time felt might prove crucial. They were wrong. Spanish help against the Italians 2001 – We played an amazing UEFA Cup Fourth Round match against Roma at Anfield that we lost 1-0, although we still progressed to the Quarter-finals in a cauldron of noise. Michael Owen failed to convert his fifth penalty in eleven attempts as it was saved, and who could forget the penalty/corner incident when the ball struck Markus Babbel in the area? Fortunately, Spanish referee Jose Maria Garcia Aranda made the right decision! Uruguayan left-winger Gianni Guigou bagged the only goal of the game, with midfielder Damiano Tomassi sent off late on. On the same day, future red Ragnar Klavan played for Estonia Under-17’s. 2004 - Michael Owen also had a penalty saved as we lost our FA Cup Fifth Round replay 1-0 at Portsmouth, with Richard Hughes on target. This was his eighth miss from 21 spot kicks. Billy’s treble 1958 - Billy Liddell scored all our goals with a classic hat-trick of right- and left-foot strikes and a header in a Second Division match at Blackburn Rovers that ended 3-3. The game was goalless at half time, with four of the goals coming in a four-minute spell immediately after the break! Royston Stephenson netted one of his four goals past us, with Peter Dobing scoring the first of his eight and Bryan Douglas also on the scoresheet. 1997 - We also drew with Rovers, with our Anfield meeting ending goalless as Dominic Matteo’s late header came back off the bar. 1956 - More cruelly, the referee blew for full-time as Billy Liddell’s shot was on its way into the net, condemning us to a 2-1 home defeat against Manchester City in an FA Cup Fifth Round replay, with right-winger Jimmy Payne playing his 243rd and last reds game. Alan Arnell had opened the scoring, with the eventual winner coming in the 89th minute. The groundsman had to paint the lines blue before kick-off due to the pitch being covered with snow. Both sides were wearing black armbands in honour of reds Chairman Will Harrop who had died suddenly the day before. 2009 – We were held to a 1-1 League draw at Anfield by Manchester City. Dirk Kuyt bagged the equaliser after ex-red Craig Bellamy’s strike took a wicked deflection off Álvaro Arbeloa for an own goal. Carra’s record 2000 - Jamie Carragher set a new record by winning his 23rd cap for England Under-21’s as they beat Argentina 1-0 in a friendly at Craven Cottage, with future red Joe Cole making his debut at this level. He went on to play 27 times in total, which remained a record until Scott Carson reached 28 in June 2007, although James Milner later reached 46. On the same day, future red Milan Baroš netted as the Czech Republic Under-21’s beat a Republic of Ireland side that included Richie Partridge 2-1 in Dublin. Jan the Welshman 1996 - Jan Mølby joined Swansea City as Player/Manager on a free transfer after nearly twelve years at Anfield. He had struck 61 times in 291 reds appearances, including a remarkable forty of his 42 attempted spot-kicks, helping us to three League titles, two FA Cups and the Screen Sport Super Cup. He had also become the first foreigner to play for one English club for a whole decade. Another record for Cally 1969 - Ian Callaghan became our youngest post-War player to reach 300 League appearances, aged 26 years and 318 days. We drew 1-1 at West Ham United, with Roger Hunt on target as the Hammers opened their new 8,500-seater East Stand. Chris Lawler played his 200th League game for the reds. In and out 1954 – Salford-born full-back Tom McNulty signed from Manchester United for £7,000. He played 36 times for the reds without scoring, moving on to Hyde United in 1958. 1972 - Ian Ross was sold to Aston Villa for £60,000. He had struck four goals in 69 reds games but spent a large portion of his career skippering our Central League side. He captained Villa into the First Division, and then to League Cup glory in 1975. Most recently 2015 – We won 2-0 at Southampton, with Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling on target, with the home side claiming a series of spot kicks that were not given by the referee. Red beginning and ends 1904 – Right-half Bobby Robinson bagged the first of his 65 reds goals, the only strike of our Anfield meeting with Middlesbrough in the top flight. 1930 – Half-back Tommy Gardner played his fifth and last reds game in our 2-2 draw with Derby County at Anfield. Gordon Hodgson bagged both our goals while Sammy Crooks struck the first of his six against the reds, with Bobby Barclay bagging the first of his five. 1964 – We beat Birmingham City 2-1 at Anfield with Ronnie Moran scoring his seventeenth and last reds goal direct from a free-kick and Ian St. John also on the scoresheet. 1986 – Centre-half Tom ‘Tiny’ Bradshaw died. He struck four times in 291 appearances after signing from Bury for £8,000 in January 1930. He returned to his native land in September 1938, joining Third Lanark. 1992 – Swedish centre-half Glenn Hysén played his 93rd and last reds game as we lost 3-0 at Norwich City. Robert Fleck bagged a brace with Colin Woodthorpe also on target. Half birthdays 1914 - Wing-half Tom Bush was born in Hodnet in Shropshire. He struck once in 69 reds appearances either side of the Second World War after signing from Shrewsbury Town in March 1933. He then moved behind the scenes, helping to bring youth players to the club and dealing with administration. 1872 – Half-back Bill Keech was born in Irthlingborough. He played just six Second Division games in late 1895, having signed from Barnsley St. Peter’s that October, helping us to claim the title that season. He later played as a forward for Leicester Fosse, before returning to the half-back line with Queens Park Rangers’ first professional team in the Southern League. 1946 – ‘Voice of Anfield’, George Sephton was born in Liverpool. He has been playing music and reading out team news at Anfield since August 1971. A rare defeat 1986 - We suffered our only home League defeat of the season as Bruce Grobbelaar let a long-range Kevin Ratcliffe effort squirm through his grasp, with Gary Lineker also netting one of his six strikes past us to give reigning champions Everton a 2-0 win at Anfield, leaving the Blues eight points ahead of the reds. Jan Mølby played the first half as a make-shift striker in the absence through injury of both Kenny Dalglish and Paul Walsh. Dalglish was presented with the Manager of the Month award prior to kick off. 1975 - We also entertained the Blues, with this game ending goalless. This ensured it became the only season to date in which both League derbies have finished without score. International beginnings and ends 1995 - Future red Markus Babbel made his full international debut in Germany’s goalless friendly draw in Spain. 1902 - Future red Richard Morris made his Welsh bow as they lost 3-0 to Ireland in Cardiff in the British International Championships. Reds right-half Maurice Parry also turned out for Wales. 1989 - Stig Inge Bjørnebye and Øyvind Leonhardsen both won their last Under-20’s caps as Norway beat Spain 4-2 in a World Championships Finals group game in Saudi Arabia. Disappointment against the Trotters We have twice faced Bolton Wanderers in top-flight encounters on this day in history, without winning. 1902 - We lost 1-0 at Burnden Park. 1936 - Jack Balmer netted early on as we drew 1-1 at Anfield, with outside-right Billy Hartill playing his fourth and last reds game. We did not show them how to win the FA Cup We have twice endured FA Cup Third Round frustration at the hands of Newcastle United on this day in history. 1908 - We lost 3-1 at St. James’ Park, with Percy Saul bagging our goal. Jock Rutherford netted one of his six goals past us, with Bill Appleyard and Finlay Speedie also scoring. 1913 - Billy Lacey netted as we were held to a 1-1 draw at home, with Arthur Goddard having a penalty saved by Magpies keeper Jim Lawrence as George Wilson netted the last of his six goals against the reds. The Liverpool Echo said, “Liverpool’s attendance was far from a record, but the receipts were a record for an Anfield match wherein Liverpool were playing, £1,924.” On the move 2002 - Frode Kippe left Anfield to rejoin Norwegian side Lillestrøm on a free transfer. He had only made two senior appearances for the reds, both from off the bench in the League Cup. 2010 – Reserves left-back Robbie Threlfall joined Bradford City on loan. He netted twice in seventeen outings, going on to join the Bantams permanently three months later. 1997 - Nicolas Anelka joined Arsenal from Paris Saint-Germain for £500,000. He bagged 28 goals in 91 games for the Gunners, before being sold for £23m to Real Madrid. 2008 - Ex-reds reserves forward Paul Dalglish signed for Kilmarnock. He only played six times before retiring at the end of the season, having failed to find the back of the net. 2017 - Adam Lallana signed a new three-year contract, notching 22 times in 178 reds games since arriving from Southampton for £23m in July 2014 before moving on to Brighton & Hove Albion in July 2020 having helped the reds to claim the Premier League title and FIFA Club World Cup. 2021 – Defender Sean Wilson signed pro terms with the reds, having been at the Acaemy since the age of seven. Other reds games 1947 – Albert Stubbins bagged the only goal of Huddersfield Town’s visit to L4. 1896 – We defeated Grimsby Town 3-1 in a home Second Division encounter. George Allan struck twice with Frank Becton also on target. Red fathers 2011 - Christian Poulsen became a father to Hugo, while ex-reds forward Paul Dalglish became a dad for the first time, to twins called Rocco and Coco. Roy on trial 1964 - Future red Roy Evans played for the North against the South in an England Schools trial in Staffordshire. Also in international action 1978 – Ray Clemence, Kenny Dalglish, Emlyn Hughes, Phil Neal, Graeme Souness, ex-red Kevin Keegan and future red Avi Cohen all played in friendlies. 1989 – Jan Mølby featured as Denmark lost 1-0 to Italy in a friendly in Pisa. 1998 – Future red Dietmar Hamann featured in Germany’s 3-0 win in Saudi Arabia. 2006 – Future reds keeper Daniele Padelli played for Italy Under-20’s in their 2-2 draw with Germany. 2009 – Tom Ince featured for England Under-17’s in their 2-0 defeat by France in the Algarve Tournament.
  15. Will

    23rd April

    Clinching the title 1988 - We secured our seventeenth League title with four more games remaining, as a curling Peter Beardsley strike was enough to defeat Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield. This was our ninth championship in the space of thirteen years. 1983 – We edged closer to the championship despite losing 2-0 at home to Norwich City, as they became the first side to take all six points off us after the introduction of three points for a win. Mark Lawrenson put through his own net before Martin O’Neill doubled the visitors’ lead from distance. Bob Paisley had received his 21st Bell’s managerial award prior to kick-off. Robbie signs on 1992 - Robbie Fowler signed as a professional. The ‘Toxteth terror’ went on to bag 171 goals in 330 reds games in his first spell with the club, gaining UEFA Cup, FA Cup and two League Cup winners’ medals during his reds career, and struck a further twelve times in 39 games second time around to become our fifth top all-time goalscorer, before moving on to Cardiff City in July 2007. 2019 – He was appointed Head Coach of Brisbane Roar, leading them to eleven wins in 24 games before stepping down during the COVID-19 pandemic. Stevie honoured 2006 - Steven Gerrard was named PFA Player of the Year after a successful season that culminated in FA Cup glory and included a total of 23 goals in 53 games for the club. He was also named in the Team of the Year for the fourth of eight times, a record in the Premier League era, alongside Jamie Carragher. Meanwhile, we learnt that our opponents in the FA Cup Final would be West Ham United, who saw off Middlesbrough at Villa Park. Maxi’s treble 2011 – Maxi Rodríguez bagged a treble as we thumped Birmingham City 5-0 at Anfield, with Dirk Kuyt netting for the seventh time in nine games and Joe Cole adding a late fifth. 1927 – We lost a top-flight fixture 3-0 at Birmingham City, with George Briggs netting one of his ten goals against the reds, John Bradford scoring one of his fifteen and Benny Bond also on target. Happy birthday Bobby 1937 - Wing-half Bobby Campbell was born in Liverpool. He struck twice in 25 first-team appearances for the reds after signing on as a professional in May 1954, before joining Portsmouth in 1961. He later had a successful managerial career with Fulham, Portsmouth and Chelsea. Inching towards Wembley 1977 - We drew 2-2 with Everton in our FA Cup Semi-final encounter at Maine Road, with Terry McDermott and Jimmy Case twice putting us in front, before levellers from Duncan McKenzie and Bruce Rioch. Terry Mac’s goal was later named as the BBC’s Goal of the Season, while Evertonians still protest over Clive Thomas disallowing Bryan Hamilton’s last-gasp ‘winner’. We won the replay at the same venue four days later, although we lost the Final at Wembley to Manchester United. Inching towards the title 1973 – Our 2-0 Anfield defeat of Leeds United on Easter Monday combined with Arsenal dropping a point at Southampton meant that only a series of freak results could prevent the reds from claiming the title with just one of our League games remaining, although other sides had games in hand. Peter Lorimer missed an open goal in the first half, but Peter Cormack and Kevin Keegan netted after the break. The Leeds players lined up at full time to applaud Shankly’s side from the pitch. Mixed fortunes against Palace 1991 - We beat Crystal Palace 3-0 at Anfield. Ian Rush scored his 300th competitive club goal in 532 games for Chester, Juventus and Liverpool, while John Barnes also struck before a late own goal from Eddie McGoldrick. 2005 - John Welsh played his tenth and final reds game as we suffered yet another away League defeat, 1-0 at Selhurst Park, courtesy of an Andy Johnson strike. 2017 - Crystal Palace won at Anfield for the third consecutive season, despite Phillipe Coutinho giving us the lead. Ex-red Christian Benteke bagged a brace, the most recent of his seven goals past us to date. Brothers in arms 1938 - Our home League game with Bolton Wanderers brought the unusual sight of the two teams being captained by brothers - the reds by forward Alf Hanson, and Bolton by goalkeeper Stan. Jack Balmer and Phil Taylor netted as we won 2-1. 1921 - We faced the Trotters in another top-flight match, losing 1-0 at Burnden Park with Joe Smith bagging one of his twelve goals past us. This game also counted towards the Lancashire Senior Cup, with outside-left Albert Pearson playing his 51st and last reds game. 2008 - Reserves defender Alex Watson’s more famous brother Dave, who also featured for our second string, joined Wigan Athletic as Youth Team Coach, remaining in this role until moving to Newcastle United’s Academy in November 2011. Start and ends 1932 - Inside-left Syd Roberts made his reds bow as Portsmouth beat us 3-1 at Anfield. Roberts went on to bag thirteen goals in 62 reds games. Daniel McRorie netted our goal, while wing-half Alastair Henderson played his fifth and final game for us. Jack Weddle struck two of his five goals past us, with Fred Worrall scoring the first of his four against the reds. 1904 – Half-back John ‘Geezer’ Hughes played his 32nd and last reds game as we won 3-2 at Blackburn Rovers, with keeper Peter Platt appearing for the 44th and final time. Sam Raybould, Jack Cox and Arthur Goddard bagged our goals. Jack Dewhurst nabbed the last of his five goals against the reds, with Bob Crompton also netting. Centre-halves incoming 1969 – Larry Lloyd joined from hometown club Bristol Rovers for a fee of £50,000. He is one of a rare breed to leave Anfield in his prime, and go on to better things – helping Nottingham Forest to two European Cups, one League title, League Cup and FA Charity Shield. He had won League and UEFA Cup medals, appearing 218 times and notching five times. He was sold to Coventry City for £240,000 in August 1974. 1912 - Centre-half Walter Wadsworth signed from Ormskirk as an amateur. He went on to net eight times in 242 reds games, being joined by his brother, outside-right Harold, after the First World War. Together they helped us to back-to-back League titles in the early 1920’s. Walter joined Bristol City in May 1926 when aged 36, but skippered them to the Third Division South title. Potters fired twice We have twice beaten Stoke City in League matches on this day over the years. 1962 - We won 2-1 at Anfield in our promotion season, thanks to a Ronnie Moran penalty and a late Jimmy Melia winner. That night, the match takings of around £4,000 were stolen in a burglary at Anfield, although the club’s allocation of FA Cup Final tickets were left behind! 1980 - We met at the Victoria Ground in a First Division fixture postponed from New Year’s Day, with the two David’s, Johnson and Fairclough, handing us a 2-0 win. Held by the Geordies We have twice drawn with Newcastle United in top-flight encounters at Anfield. 2016 – Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana struck inside half an hour, but we were pegged back after the break by Papiss Cissé and Jack Colback to draw 2-2 with Rafael Benítez’s side. 1949 - Bobby Mitchell grabbed the first of his eight goals past us in this top-flight meeting. Kevin Baron scored for the reds. Boro twice We have also played Middlesbrough twice on this day over the years. 1910 - We drew 2-2 in the top flight at Ayresome Park, with our goals coming from Jack Parkinson and Arthur Goddard. George Elliott netted the first of his eight goals against us, with Tim Williamson also on target. 1955 - Tony Rowley and Billy Liddell struck as we won 2-1 in the Second Division at the same venue with full-back Frank Lock playing his 42nd and final reds game. International bows 1996 - Future red Harry Kewell made his senior international debut as Australia lost a friendly 3-0 in Chile. 2000 – Stade Rennais’ El-Hadji Diouf won his first senior cap as Senegal beat Benin 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Dakar on their way to the Finals in the Far East. Rigobert Song appeared for Cameroon on the same day as they beat Somalia 3-0 in a qualifier in Yaoundé. Les gems on target 2011 – Future red Florent Sinama-Pongolle bagged a brace, with Anthony Le Tallec also on target as France Under-16’s beat Scotland 3-0 in a European Championships Finals group game in Barnsley. Other reds games 1994 – We won 2-1 at West Ham United despite Martin Allen giving the Hammers a first-minute lead. Robbie Fowler equalised with Ian Rush bagging a late winner. 1966 – We lost 2-0 at Burnley with Willie Irvine heading in before Ralph Coates nabbing the first of his four goals against the reds. That meant the wait to secure our seventh League title continued for another game. 1960 – Dave Hickson nodded in the only goal of our visit to Ipswich Town early on as right-back John Molyneux played his 200th game for the club. Scot coming back from Italy 1986 - Graeme Souness won his final cap as a Sampdoria player, and 52nd in total, as Scotland beat England 2-1 in a Rous Cup game at Wembley. He struck from the spot, with Steve Nicol also in the away side. Future reds John Aldridge and Ray Houghton both played for the Republic of Ireland on the same day as they drew a friendly 1-1 with Uruguay at Lansdowne Road. Seven and out for A’Court 1958 - Alan A’Court won his seventh and final England Under-23’s cap as they lost 2-1 to Wales in Wrexham. Also signing on 2015 - Jordan Henderson signed a new contract until 2020. He has by now helped us to claim the Premier League title, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup and two League Cups. 1928 – Left-half Jimmy McDougall signed from Partick Thistle, going on to score twelve times in 356 games for the reds. He moved on to South Liverpool in May 1938 and later set up a successful chandlery business in Liverpool. He was later nominated into the club’s official Hall of Fame for the 1930’s. Also in international action 1986 – England Under-21’s were held to a 1-1 draw in the second leg of their European Championships Semi-final in Swindon to crash out 3-1 to Italy on aggregate, with future red Mark Walters and ex-red Mike Newell both in action. 1995 – Future red Fernando Morientes played for Spain Under-20’s as they thumped Russia 4-1 in their World Championships Quarter-final in Qatar. 2002 – Future red Alberto Aquilani featured as Italy Under-18’s drew a friendly 1-1 in Czechoslovakia. 2011 – Future red Mohamed Salah played as Egypt Under-20’s beat the host nation South Africa 1-0 in an African Championships Finals group game.
  16. Will

    13th April

    The greatest performance ever 1988 - We trounced Nottingham Forest 5-0, just four days after we had beaten them 2-1 in the FA Cup Semi-final. It was a stunning display that the legendary Tom Finney described as “the greatest performance ever”. John Aldridge bagged a brace, to add to goals from Ray Houghton, Gary Gillespie and Peter Beardsley. Bruce Grobbelaar was playing his 400th reds game. 1929 - We also netted five, winning 5-2 at Derby County, with Henry Race and John Clark both bagging braces, and Gordon Hodgson also on the scoresheet. Harry Bedford struck two of his nine goals against the reds. Heading towards Istanbul 2005 - Xabi Alonso returned after his broken ankle suffered on New Year’s Day, with Djibril Cissé making an even more amazing comeback from injury, to help the reds secure a battling goalless draw at Juventus to reach the Semi-final of the Champions League, our first last-four appearance in Europe’s premier club competition for two decades. Semi-final draws 1985 - Manchester United held us to a 2-2 draw at Goodison Park after extra time, before beating us in the replay, and then subsequently winning the FA Cup Final itself. Ronnie Whelan and substitute Paul Walsh grabbed our late equalisers at the end of normal and extra time, respectively after Bryan Robson, with one of his seven goals past us, and Frank Stapleton had twice put the Red Devils ahead. 1963 - We also faced United, with Ian St. John bagging the only goal of this top-flight meeting at Anfield. This was the first game Gerry Byrne had missed since October 1960, in which time he had made 117 consecutive appearances. 1992 - We won the first ever FA Cup Semi-final to be decided on penalties. After a goalless two hours of the replay at Villa Park, we beat Portsmouth 3-1 in the penalty shoot-out, with John Barnes and Ian Rush converting before Dean Saunders netted the decisive kick, with Pompey missing the target with three of their spot-kicks. Ronnie Moran took charge of the reds following Graeme Souness’s recent triple heart bypass surgery. Jordan off 2014 - We beat Manchester City 3-2 at Anfield, our tenth straight League win, with Raheem Sterling and Martin Škrtel putting us two goals ahead inside the first half hour. However, the visitors drew level through David Silva and a Glen Johnson own goal after the break before Philippe Coutinho pounced on a Vincent Kompany error to secure the victory and our place at the top of the table. This was our 93rd League goal of the season, a new club record in the top flight. Unfortunately, Jordan Henderson was sent off late on and we then proceeded to finish second in the table. 1901 – We beat City 3-1 in another top-flight encounter at Anfield, with Tommy Robertson bagging a brace in his hundredth League outing for the reds, with Jack Cox also on target. Legendary outside-right Billy Meredith scored for the visitors. Firsts and lasts 1998 - David Thompson scored his first senior reds goal, a late winner as we beat Crystal Palace 2-1 at Anfield in the Premiership. This was our hundredth goal from a substitute, while Øyvind Leonhardsen had opened the scoring before Marcus Bent equalised for the Eagles. 1935 – Centre-forward Fred Howe bagged the first of his 36 reds goals in our 4-2 defeat at Aston Villa, with Berry Nieuwenhuys also on target. Harry Broome netted the first two of his five strikes past us, with Arthur Cunliffe and Dennis Watkin also scoring. 2015 - Raheem Sterling bagged his 23rd and last reds goal as we beat Newcastle United 2-0 at Anfield, with Joe Allen also on target. Moussa Sissoko was sent off late on for the visitors. Leeds goals galore 2001 - Our Champions League hopes were dented on Good Friday by a 2-1 home defeat by Leeds United. However, Steven Gerrard did score our hundredth goal of the season, before being sent off, and we went on to clinch the crucial third spot at the end of the season. Rio Ferdinand and Lee Bowyer had put the visitors two goals in front. 1991 - Lee Chapman scored three of his six goals against the reds as we won 5-4 under Ronnie Moran at Leeds United, having led 4-0 after half an hour. John Barnes netted a brace to add to goals from Ray Houghton, David Speedie and a Jan Mølby penalty, with Carl Shutt also on target for the home side. Fernando again 2008 - Steven Gerrard opened the scoring as he played his 300th League game in our 3-1 defeat of Blackburn Rovers, with substitute Yossi Benayoun proving inspirational. Fernando Torres headed his thirtieth goal of the season, so scoring in his seventh consecutive home League game, a new club record in the top flight. Andriy Voronin added a late third, before Roque Santa Cruz grabbed an injury-time consolation. 1936 - We thumped Rovers 4-1 in a top-flight meeting at Anfield, with Berry Nieuwenhuys grabbing a brace, and Vic Wright and Phil Taylor also getting on the scoresheet. Tommy Sale scored one of his five goals past us with keeper Stanley Kane playing his sixth and last reds game. Reds farewells 1912 – Centre-half Jimmy Harrop made his 139th and final reds appearance in our 1-1 draw at Newcastle United, with inside-right James Stewart on target and Billy Hibbert netting one of his thirteen goals against the reds. 1914 – Outside-right Arthur Goddard played his 414th and last reds game while defender Ernest Peake appeared for the 55th and final time as we lost 1-0 in another top-flight fixture at Bradford City, with keeper Ken Campbell putting through his own net. Sunderland seen off three times 2002 - We kept up the pressure on Arsenal at the top of the table, as Michael Owen’s 25th goal of the season gave us a 1-0 win at Sunderland, a result that guaranteed us a top-four finish, at least, for the second successive season. Claudio Reyna was sent off in the dying seconds in front of a record Stadium of Light attendance of 48,355. We have also twice beaten Sunderland 2-1 on this day over the years. 1968 - A Roger Hunt brace gave us the victory at Anfield, with Colin Suggett scoring the first of his four goals past us. 1997 - Robbie Fowler headed in his thirtieth goal of the season before Steve McManaman extended our lead, with ex-red Paul Stewart then heading the home side’s consolation on our last ever visit to Roker Park. Derby disappointment 1940 – We lost our Lancashire Senior Cup Semi-final 4-1 at Goodison, with Berry Nieuwenhuys bagging our consolation. 1906 - Alf West struck from the spot as we were held to a 1-1 draw in a First Division derby at Anfield, with Jack Taylor on target for the Blues, the last of his five goals past us. 1900 - Tom Robertson netted our consolation in a 3-1 friendly defeat across the park. This game was played in front of less than 1,000 supporters, while the reserves were being watched by around 15,000 at Anfield in a Lancashire Combination game. Four-ton Emlyn 1974 – Emlyn Hughes played his 400th reds game, netting as we drew 1-1 at Ipswich Town. Trevor Whymark struck the first of his six goals past us. Beating the Potters We have twice beaten Stoke City at Anfield on this day in history. 1982 - Alan Kennedy and Craig Johnston bagged first-half goals as we won a First Division fixture 2-0. 1946 - Bob Priday nabbed a brace with Willie Fagan and Jack Balmer also on target in a 4-1 Wartime League victory. Bennett again 1918 – Thomas Green scored a hat-trick as we won 4-1 at Stockport County in a Wartime League game, with forward Thomas Bennett scoring in his third consecutive reds game. Happy birthdays 2001 – Right-back Neco Williams was born in Wrexham, making 33 senior appearances by the time of his 21st birthday, already winning a Premier League title winner’s medal. 1996 - Midfielder Marko Grujić was born in Belgrade. He signed from Crvena Zvezda for £5.1m in January 2016, immediately being loaned back for the rest of the season. He struck once in sixteen senior appearances before moving to Porto for £10.5m in July 2021 after a successful loan spell. 1991 – Ex-reserves forward David Amoo was born in Southwark, London. He made his reds bow as a substitute in our UEFA Europa League qualifier at Rabotnički Skopje in July 2010, moving on to Preston North End in July 2012 after several loan spells away from Anfield. 1920 - Joe Cadden was born in Glasgow. The Scottish centre-half was signed after impressing for Brooklyn Wanderers on the reds’ US tour in 1948. However, his form back across the pond was less impressive, as he only made five first-team appearances before joining Grimsby Town in July 1952. 1871 – Scottish outside-right Neil Kerr was born in Bowling, Dunbartonshire. He signed from Rangers in June 1894, netting three times in twelve games before moving to Nottingham Forest the following year. Done deal 1926 - Right-back Bob Done signed professional terms, having arrived as an amateur from Runcorn two months earlier. He struck thirteen times in 155 reds games, moving on to Reading for £150 in May 1935. Robert’s bow 1907 - Birkenhead-born Robert Blanthorne made the first of just two senior reds appearances as we lost 4-2 to Bristol City at Anfield. Bill McPherson and Sam Raybould struck our goals as Billy Maxwell netted the last two of his six goals past us. Future red Sam Gilligan scored one of his five goals against the reds, with Fred Connelly also on the scoresheet. Other reds games 2013 – We were held to a goalless draw at Reading. 1957 – We lost a Second Division encounter 3-0 at Sheffield United. Jimmy Hagan scored the last of his five goals against the reds, with Bobby Howitt and John Spencer also scoring. 1925 – Donald McKinlay struck the only goal of our visit to West Ham United. Conor the champion 2009 – Conor Coady won his fourth and final cap for England Under-16’s as they won the Montaigu Tournament by beating Germany 2-1 on penalties after a goalless Final. Young Stewart off the mark 1988 - Paul Stewart, then still with Manchester City, netted on his debut for England Under-21’s as they lost 4-2 in France in their European Championships Semi-final first leg. On the move 1999 - Reserves keeper Tony Warner joined Aberdeen on loan. He played six times before moving permanently to Millwall that summer. 2004 - Ex-red Jari Litmanen signed for Lahti. He only remained there for nine months before joining Hansa Rostock in Germany. 2017 – Ex-reds midfielder Mohamed Sissoko signed for Mitra Kukar, netting five times in 26 League games during his eight months in Indonesia. Also in international action 1929 – Future reds Ernie Blenkinsop and Tom Cooper both played for England as they lost 1-0 to Scotland in the British International Championships in Glasgow. 1993 – Future red Jari Litmanen featured for Finland in their 2-1 friendly defeat in Poland. 1940 – Future reds keeper Cyril Sidlow played for Wales as they beat England 1-0 in a Wartime International at Wembley. 1946 – Billy Liddell featured as Scotland beat England 1-0 in a Victory International at Hampden Park. 1995 – Future reds forward Fernando Morientes played for Spain Under-20’s as they thumped Burundi 5-1 in a World Championship Finals group game in Qatar. 2017 – Bobby Duncan played for England Under-16’s in their 3-0 friendly defeat by Portugal.
  17. Will

    14th September

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

    23rd March

    Happy birthday Jerzy 1973 - Jerzy Dudek was born in Rybnik. The big Pole in our goal made 186 reds appearances after signing from Feyenoord for £4.85m in August 2001, helping us to glory in Istanbul, as well as the Worthington Cup in 2003. He left to join Real Madrid in July 2007, although he barely featured for their first team. A new boss 1951 – Don Welsh took charge of his first reds game as Jack Haigh nabbed the only goal of our top-flight meeting with Charlton Athletic at Anfield. He had been officially appointed eighteen days earlier. Away goals galore 1985 - John Wark netted an eighteen-minute hat-trick in our 5-0 win at West Bromwich Albion, with Steve Nicol and Kenny Dalglish also on target, while Bruce Grobbelaar saved a Derek Statham penalty. Wark therefore became the only red to score trebles in three different competitions in the same season, after Anfield hat-tricks against Lech Poznan in the European Cup and York City in the FA Cup. 1993 – Ian Rush put us in front at Crystal Palace after the break, but Chris Armstrong scored the 4,000th goal we had conceded in the top flight as the match ended 1-1 at Selhurst Park, with Steve Nicol playing his 300th League game for the club. 1991 - We routed Derby County 7-1 at the Baseball Ground under Ronnie Moran’s temporary control, thanks to a Jan Mølby penalty, braces from John Barnes and Steve Nicol, and goals from Ian Rush and Ray Houghton. Future red Dean Saunders scored the first of his four goals past us, although the only one before he moved to Anfield. 1903 - We also beat Derby in the First Division, winning 3-1 at Anfield, with left-half Bill Goldie netting his sixth and final reds goal and Sam Raybould and Jack Cox also on target. Masch off 2008 - We were beaten 3-0 at Manchester United, with Javier Mascherano sent off under a short-lived clampdown on players questioning officials. Wes Brown, Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani netted for the home side. 1912 - We held the Red Devils to a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford when Jack Parkinson netted our goal in this top-flight encounter. Jay off 2010 – Reserves midfielder Jay Spearing joined Leicester City on loan. He struck once in eleven outings as they reached the Championship Play-off Semi-finals. Bradley off the mark 1907 - Left-half Jim Bradley scored his first reds goal of eight as we thumped Newcastle United 4-1 at Anfield. Arthur Goddard, Jack Cox and Joe Hewitt were also on the scoresheet. A half century over Leeds 2003 - We earned our fiftieth League win over Leeds United in the 98th meeting. Michael Owen, Danny Murphy and Steven Gerrard all netted in a 3-1 win, with Mark Viduka bagging one of his six goals past us. Other births and deaths 1983 - Former reserves right-back Jon Otsemobor was born in Speke, Liverpool. He signed pro terms on his seventeenth birthday but played just six first-team games for us, before joining Rotherham United in July 2005. 1914 - Centre-half Norman Low was born in Aberdeen. He joined the reds in October 1933 but only played thirteen times while at Anfield, deputising for Tom Bradshaw, before moving on to Newport County in November 1936. 1908 – John Charlton was born in Leadgate, County Durham. He signed from Bradford City in October 1929, but only played three senior games before moving on to Derry City in 1932. 1947 – David Ashworth died. He was appointed as reds boss in December 1919. He had previously guided Oldham Athletic from non-League into the top flight, to whom he returned in December 1922 with the reds en route to retaining the League title he had led them to the previous season. 2011 – Ex-reds midfielder Trevor Storton died. He struck eight times in 118 League games for Tranmere Rovers before switching to Anfield for £25,000 in July 1972. He only played twelve times in two years before joining Chester, for whom he turned out more than 400 times. Double departure 1897 – Forward Malcolm McVean and inside-right Jimmy Ross were both sold to Burnley, although the Clarets got relegated at the end of that campaign. McVean had signed from Third Lanark in 1892, scoring our first ever League goal, bagging 43 in total in 126 reds games. He helped us to the Lancashire League title and two Second Division championships. Ross was known as the ‘little demon’, signing from the ‘invincible’ Preston North End for a club record £75 in August 1894, helping us to the Second Division title, scoring 39 times in 85 reds games and captaining the side. Double Irish 1994 - Future reds Phil Babb and Jason McAteer both won their first full international caps for the Republic of Ireland in their goalless friendly meeting with Russia at Lansdowne Road. Ronnie Whelan skippered the Irish that day, while future red Gary McAllister captained Scotland on the same day, as they lost a friendly 1-0 to the Netherlands at Hampden Park. Meanwhile, former reds reserves midfielder Jim Magilton won his first Northern Ireland cap as a Southampton player as they beat Romania 2-0 in a friendly at Windsor Park. Stig on the way out 2000 - Stig Inge Bjørnebye was loaned out to Brøndby IF. He netted twice in thirteen League games for the Danish side and was sold to Blackburn Rovers within a month of his return to Anfield. 1999 - Reserves midfielder Danny Williams joined Wrexham on a free, bagging four goals in 48 games. He was then signed by Jan Mølby for Kidderminster Harriers. Alf’s last strike 1968 - Centre-forward Alf Arrowsmith struck his final reds goal as we won 2-1 at Sheffield Wednesday. His 24 goals came in 56 games. 1901 - We also faced The Wednesday, being held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield in another top-flight encounter, with Sam Raybould grabbing our goal and Fred Spiksley scoring one of his four against the reds. Anfield first 1893 – The first testimonial to be played by the reds at Anfield saw Bootle Boys Brigade beaten 1-0 in a match staged in aid of Liverpool Caledonians’ David Kirkwood. John Miller scored the goal. A semi-final thriller 1899 - We drew an FA Cup Semi-final replay 4-4 with Sheffield United at Burnden Park. Our goals came from John Walker, George Allan, Jack Cox and a Peter Boyle own goal. Walter Bennett struck one of his five goals past us, with Fred Priest bagging a brace and Billy Beer also on target. Unfortunately, we lost a second replay 1-0 at Baseball Ground a week later. 1929 – The fifth and most recent FA Cup Semi-final to be staged at Anfield took place, with eventual winners Bolton Wanderers beating Huddersfield Town 3-1. Harkness starts out 1989 - Steve Harkness signed as a professional for Carlisle United. He played thirteen times before being signed by Kenny Dalglish four months later. Underneath the floodlights 1960 - We lost a match played to commemorate new floodlights at Dens Park. Dundee won 1-0, with brothers Bill and Bob Shankly in opposing dug-outs. Other international firsts 2013 – Ex-reds keeper Charles Itandje made his debut for Cameroon in their 2-1 World Cup qualifying defeat of Togo in Yaoundé, with Kolo Touré winning his last cap as a Manchester City player as the Ivory Coast beat Gambia 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Abidjan. Future reds Joe Gomez, Sadio Mané, Joël Matip, Victor Moses and Xherdan Shaqiri were also in international action that day. 1991 - Sami Hyypiä won his first cap at any level, playing for Finland Under-18’s as they were held to a goalless draw by Yugoslavia in a friendly in Italy. 2019 – Ex-red Toni Silva won his first cap as an Al Ittihad Alexandria Club player as Guinea-Bissau drew 2-2 with Mozambique in an African Cup of Nations qualifier in Bissau. Rafael Camacho, Roberto Firmino, Ki-Jana Hoever, Sadio Mané, ex-red Philippe Coutinho and future reds Arthur Melo and Sepp van den Berg also played for their countries that day. 2016 – Trent Alexander-Arnold made his debut for England Under-18’s in their 3-2 friendly winkris in Austria, with Herbie Kane also featuring and Dejan Lovren also playing for his country. 2017 – Ex-red Sebastián Coates won his first cap as a Sporting Clube de Portugal player while facing Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and future red Alisson Becker as Brazil thumped Uruguay 4-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Montevideo. Sadio Mané featured for Senegal in a 1-1 friendly draw with Nigeria in Barnet on the same day, while future red Dominic Solanke converted a spot-kick as England Under-20’s drew 2-2 with Portugal in a tournament in France, the fourth consecutive game at his level he had scored in. Galatasaray’s Ozan Kabak scored while captaining Turkey Under-17’s to a 4-1 defeat of Finland in a European Championships qualifier in Antalya. Caoimhín Kelleher and ex-red Brad Smith also played for their countries that day. 2015 – Future red Kelleher played for the Irish Under-17’s as they beat Belarus 3-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Poland. 2018 – Coutinho won his first cap as a Barcelona player, scoring from the spot in Brazil’s 3-0 friendly defeat of Russia in Moscow, with Roberto Firmino and future red Alisson Becker also in action. On the same day, Virgil van Dijk played for the Netherlands for the first time as a red, with Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gini Wijnaldum and ex-reds Ryan Babel and Raheem Sterling all also featuring as England won 1-0 in Amsterdam. Ex-reds Luis Suárez and Victor Moses both scored from the spot, with Mohamed Salah and ex-red Krisztián Németh also on target as Marko Grujić, Andy Robertson, ex-red Péter Gulácsi and future red Thiago also played for their countries. Tosh the boss again 1995 - John Toshack was appointed Manager of Deportivo La Coruña, although he did not take over for another three months. He lasted a year and a half before he resigned, during which time they beat Real Madrid to win the Supercopa, the Spanish equivalent of the Charity Shield. Kenny and Jimmy for their countries 1982 - Kenny Dalglish netted in Scotland’s 2-1 friendly defeat of the Netherlands at Hampden Park. Future red John Wark also played. 1976 - Jimmy Case struck on his Under-23’s debut as England played their last ever fixture at this level, beating Hungary 3-1 in a European Championships qualifier at Old Trafford, although they went out on aggregate. Future red Alan Kennedy also played. Future reds on target 2001 - Milan Baroš scored for the Czech Republic Under-21’s as they won 2-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Northern Ireland. Meanwhile, future red Christian Poulsen won his first cap for Denmark at the same level in their goalless European Championships qualifying draw with Malta in Corradino. 1988 - Dean Saunders won his first cap as an Oxford United player, scoring as Wales lost 2-1 to Yugoslavia in a friendly in Swansea. Juve’s Ian Rush also played. On the same day, John Barnes, Peter Beardsley and future red Mark Wright all played as the Netherlands held England 2-2 in a friendly at Wembley. Also that day, future red Ronnie Rosenthal netted in Israel’s 9-0 trouncing of Taiwan in an Olympics qualifier in New Zealand. Ex-red Avi Cohen also played, while Everton’s Kevin Sheedy appeared in the Republic of Ireland’s 2-0 friendly defeat of Romania at Lansdowne Road. Other reds games 1996 – We lost 1-0 at Nottingham Forest with Steve Stone on target as the returning Stan Collymore ran the gauntlet of angry home fans. 1974 – Brian Hall headed in the only goal of our trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers. 1963 – We won 3-1 at Burnley with Ian St. John, Roger Hunt and Kevin Lewis all on the scoresheet as Andy Lochhead bagged one of his four goals against the reds. 1957 – We thumped Rotherham United 4-1 in a Second Division encounter at Anfield despite falling behind to one of Royston Stephenson’s four strikes past us. Billy Liddell, Brian Jackson and Alan A’Court all netted as we also benefited from a Norman Noble own goal. 1953 – We lost 3-0 at Chelsea. 1935 – We beat Huddersfield Town 3-2 in L4. Tommy Johnson struck twice with Gordon Hodgson converting a spot-kick. Ex-reds on the move 1994 - Jimmy Carter joined Oxford United on loan from Arsenal. He made five appearances, returning for a second spell later that year. 1995 - Ray Houghton signed for Crystal Palace from Aston Villa for £300,000, bagging eight goals in 87 games for the Eagles. 2006 - Jon Newby joined Kidderminster Harriers on loan from Bury, failing to score in seven outings. 2012 – Former reserves forward Nikola Sarić signed for HB Køge in his native Denmark. Also in international action 1901 – Maurice Parry played for Wales as they beat Ireland 1-0 in the British International Championships in Belfast. 2005 – Future reds Michael Nardiello and Daniel Sturridge both played for England Under-16’s as they lost 2-0 to Japan in the Montaigu Tournament. 2011 – Chris Mavinga featured for France Under-20’s as they lost a friendly 3-0 in Peru. 2021 – Morgan Boyes skippered Wales Under-21’s as they were held to a goaless friendly draw in Newport by the Republic of Ireland.
  19. Will

    9th September

    A great start for the knight 1959 - ‘Sir’ Roger Hunt scored on his reds debut as we beat Sc***horpe United 2-0 at Anfield, with Jimmy Melia bagging the other. Roger went on to notch 285 times in 492 reds games, a club record until the arrival of Ian Rush. 1961 - We also beat The Iron 2-1 in another Second Division meeting at Anfield thanks to a Derek Hemstead own goal and an Alan A’Court strike. This was our sixth straight win from the start of the season as we went on to clinch the title. A red stalwart moves on 1994 - Ronnie Whelan left Anfield for Southend United on a free transfer. He had signed from Home Farm for £35,000 in September 1979 and played 493 reds games, netting 73 times and winning six League titles, one European Cup, two FA Cups, three League Cups and three FA Charity Shields. He turned out 35 times for the Shrimpers, netting once, and became Player/Manager the following summer. On the same day, Mark Walters joined Wolverhampton Wanderers on loan. He struck three times in eleven appearances for Wolves before returning to Anfield. Michael walks free 2009 - Michael Shields was finally released with a royal pardon after four years behind bars for a crime he did not commit in Bulgaria in the aftermath of the Champions League Final in Istanbul. A day of firsts and lasts 2000 - Christian Ziege made his reds bow as a substitute in our 3-2 defeat of Manchester City at Anfield. Jamie Carragher skippered the side for the first time, while Michael Owen netted in his hundredth League game. Mad Dutchman Erik Meijer made his 27th and final appearance for the reds, as Dietmar Hamann scored a very rare brace as City fought back from two goals down before Hamann’s late winner. Ex-World Player of the Year George Weah scored his only League goal for City, with Kevin Horlock converting a spot-kick. 1893 – Winger Patrick Gordon bagged the first of his eight reds goals as we beat Lincoln City 4-0 in a Second Division fixture at Anfield. Left-half James McBride netted a brace with Malcolm McVean also on target. 1944 - Cyril Done was on target in his fourth consecutive reds game as we drew 2-2 with Manchester City at Anfield in a Wartime League match, with Berry Nieuwenhuys also on the scoresheet. 1911 - We were held by the same score in L4, with Jack Parkinson reach a century of League goals for the club and Ronald Orr also on target. Tommy Kelso struck twice from the spot for the Sky Blues. Debuting on the left 1912 - Left-half Joe Dines played his only reds game as we won 2-1 at Chelsea thanks to goals from Arthur Goddard and Tommy Gracie. He was killed on the Western Front in 1918. 1967 - We beat the Blues again, this time 3-1 at Anfield with Tommy Smith converting a penalty and Tony Hateley on the scoresheet twice. Keeper Tommy Lawrence played his 200th League game for the reds. 1933 - Left-back Jack Tennant made his reds bow as we went down 4-2 at Aston Villa, with Gordon Hodgson and Sam English on target. Eric Houghton struck two of his six goals past us for the home side, with Dai Astley bagging the first of his six and Alec Talbot also on target for the Villains. Triple centurion 1905 – Tom Watson took charge of his 300th reds League game as Blackburn Rovers won 3-1 at Anfield. Play was halted after 25 minutes due to torrential rain. Jack Cox put us in front, but an Adam Bowman brace gave the visitors a half-time lead. Bill Davies struck late on. Clem in charge 1978 – Ray Clemence skippered the reds in the absence of Emlyn Hughes as we won 3-0 at Birmingham City thanks to a brace from Graeme Souness and Alan Kennedy’s first reds strike, so apparently becoming the first red to captain the side from between the sticks. Garry Pendrey was sent off for the Blues after half an hour for a second bookable offence. Birth and death 1913 - Keeper Alf Hobson was born in County Durham. He signed from Shildon Colliery in April 1936 and made 28 reds appearances either side of the Second World War, as well as playing 171 wartime games. 2011 – Centre-half Laurie Hughes died. He signed from Tranmere Rovers in February 1943 and made 326 reds appearances, netting just once. He helped us to the first post-war League title and the FA Cup Final three years later and was the first red to appear in the World Cup Finals later that year. Derby despair 2006 - We lost 3-0 at Everton, our biggest derby defeat since September 1964, with Pepe Reina suffering a rare aberration. Tim Cahill opened the scoring with one of his five strikes past us before Andy Johnson added a brace. Heysel shame 1987 - 24 people were charged with involuntary manslaughter relating to the Heysel tragedy and extradited to Belgium. Fourteen people were eventually convicted. In comes Arnold 1970 - Midfielder Steve Arnold signed from Crewe Alexandra for £10,000, but only ever made one first-team appearance before moving to Rochdale in June 1973. His career never really took off, and he retired from the game aged 23. International starts 1980 - Boro’s future reds pairing David Hodgson and Craig Johnston both made their debuts for England Under-21’s as they beat Norway 3-1 in a friendly at The Dell. On the same day, Steve Nicol and future red Glenn Hysén faced each other at the same level in a European Championships qualifier in Degerfors. 1987 - John Barnes and Peter Beardsley both won their first England caps as reds players in a 3-1 friendly defeat to West Germany in Dusseldorf. Digger was winning his 32nd cap overall, while Quasi won his sixteenth. Future reds coach Steve Clarke won his first cap for Scotland in their 2-0 friendly win over Hungary at Hampden Park, with Steve Nicol also featuring. Ronnie Whelan and future red Ray Houghton also both played that fay as the Republic of Ireland beat Luxembourg 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Dublin. 1986 – István Kozma made his senior debut for Hungary in their goalless friendly draw in Norway, with fellow future red Nigel Clough featuring for England Under-21’s in a 1-1 friendly draw in Sweden. 1997 – Forde Kippe made his bow for Norway Under-21’s as they beat Switzerland 4-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Drammen, with fellow future red Vegard Heggem also in action. 1992 - Future red Paul Ince made his senior England debut in a 1-0 friendly defeat in Spain. Mark Wright and future red Nigel Clough also played. On the same day, Ronnie Rosenthal netted while winning his first cap as a reds player, and 26th to date, as Israel drew 1-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Poland. Also in qualifying action that day were future reds Øyvind Leonhardsen and Jari Litmanen, while Gérard Houllier took charge of France’s 2-0 defeat in Bulgaria and Roy Hodgson led Switzerland to a 3-1 defeat of a Scotland side that included future red Gary McAllister in Bern. 2009 – Sotirios Kyrgiakos won his first cap as a red, and 51st to date for Greece, in their 1-1 World Cup qualifier in Moldova. On the same day, Andriy Voronin won his last cap while at Anfield in Ukraine’s goalless qualifier in Belarus. 2018 - Naby Keïta won his first cap as a reds player, skippering Guinea in their 1-0 defeat of the Central African Republic in an African Cup of Nations qualifier in Conakry. On the same day, ex-red Ryan Babel scored as the Netherlands lost a UEFA Nations League group game 2-1 in France, with Virgil van Dijk captaining a side that also included Gini Wijnaldum, who was reaching a half century of caps. Meanwhile, Curtis Jones played for England Under-18’s as they beat France 2-1 to win the Limoges Tournament and Tom Clayton debuted for Scotland Under-19’s as they lost a friendly 4-3 in Poland. Also in international action were Sadio Mané, Liam Millar, Ben Woodburn, future red Fábio Carvalho and ex-reds Joe Allen and Martin Škrtel, while Glen McAuley faced Morgan Boyes and Neco Williams as Wales Under-19’s beat Ireland 1-0 in a friendly in Longford. Off! 2017 - Sadio Mané was sent off at Manchester City with the score at 1-0 as we eventually succumbed 5-0. Sergio Agüero opened the scoring with the most recent of his six goals past us to date before Mané saw red for a high challenge on keeper Ederson. Gabriel Jesus struck twice, either side of half time, with Leroy Sané adding a late brace. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made his reds bow as a half-time replacement for Mohamed Salah. 1997 - Skipper Michael Owen was dismissed in England Under-18’s goalless European Championships qualifier with FR Yugoslavia at Millmoor. On the same day, Jamie Carragher and Danny Murphy appeared for the Under-21’s, who beat Moldova 1-0 in a qualifier in Wycombe, with future red Alex Manninger playing for Austria in another qualifier. 2013 – Andre Wisdom skippered England Under-21’s as they drew 1-1 with Finland in a European Championships qualifier in Tampere, but was also sent off. Meanwhile, future red Alberto Moreno played for a Spain in another qualifier at this level, as they beat Albania 4-0 in Logroño. 2008 – Nikolay Mihaylov and future reds Joe Allen and Mario Balotelli all played in European Championships qualifiers at Under-21’s level. Beating the Rams and Wolves We have twice beaten both Derby County and Wolverhampton Wanderers in the top flight on this day in history. 1950 - Cyril Done grabbed the only goal of the game late on against Derby at Anfield. 1989 - Ian Rush and Peter Beardsley struck as we won 3-0 at the Baseball Ground, with John Barnes notching from the spot. 1963 - Roger Hunt bagged a brace with Jimmy Melia also on the scoresheet as we won 3-1 at Molineux with Ronnie Moran playing his 300th League game for the club. 1972 - Peter Cormack grabbed his first reds goal as we beat Wolves 4-2 at Anfield. Emlyn Hughes and Kevin Keegan also struck, with Tommy Smith converting a penalty. This was the first of 336 consecutive games that Ray Clemence played in, until March 1978. John Richards bagged the first of his five goals against the reds, with Steve Kindon also on target. Quasi the Manc 1982 - Peter Beardsley signed for Manchester United from Vancouver Whitecaps for £300,000. He only made one appearance, in the League Cup, before returning to Canada six months later. Mixed fortunes against the Wearsiders 1899 - We lost 2-0 at home to Sunderland in a First Division fixture. 1969 - Geoff Strong and Tommy Smith netted as we won by the same score in a Tuesday night game at Anfield. Reds aiming for Spain 1981 - Terry McDermott, Phil Neal and Phil Thompson all played in England’s famous 2-1 World Cup qualifying defeat in Oslo, alongside ex-reds Ray Clemence and skipper Kevin Keegan. This was Clem’s first cap as a Tottenham Hotspur player. On the same day, Mark Lawrenson won his last cap as a Brighton & Hove Albion player in their 1-1 World Cup draw in the Netherlands. Future red Michael Robinson struck their goal, with Ronnie Whelan also featuring. Kenny Dalglish, Alan Hansen, future reds Glenn Hysén and John Wark, and ex-red Joey Jones all also played in qualifiers that day. Reds on target for their countries 1992 - Ian Rush bagged a treble as Wales thumped the Faroe Islands 6-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Cardiff. Dean Saunders also netted, while winning his final cap as a reds player. On the same day, future red Karl-Heinz Riedle struck in Germany’s 2-1 friendly win in Denmark, for whom Torben Piechnik won his final cap while playing for F.C. København, in a game played to inaugurate the new Parken stadium in the Danish capital. Also that day, John Aldridge netted a hat-trick, including a penalty, in the Republic of Ireland’s 4-0 defeat of Latvia at Lansdowne Road in a World Cup qualifier. These were the first of his eight goals against them in four encounters. Ex-red Kevin Sheedy also scored, with Ronnie Whelan and ex-red Steve Staunton also playing. Ex-reds reserve Jim Magilton was on the scoresheet as Northern Ireland beat Albania 3-0 in another qualifier at Windsor Park. 2019 – Gini Wijnaldum netted as the Netherlands beat an Estonia side captained by Ragnar Klavan 4-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Tallinn who was winning his last cap as a Cagliari player, with ex-red Ryan Babel bagging a brace and Virgil van Dijk skippering the Dutch. Andy Robertson captained the Steve Clarke’s Scots as they lost 4-0 to Belgium at Hampden Park, while also in international action that day were Rhian Brewster, Rafael Camacho, Ki-Jana Hoever, Curtis Jones, Dejan Lovren, Harry Wilson, future red Ibrahima Konaté and ex-reds Joe Allen, Emre Can, Péter Gulácsi and Danny Ward. 2009 – Steven Gerrard bagged a brace as England thumped Croatia 5-1 in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley, with Glen Johnson, future red James Milner and ex-red Emile Heskey also featuring. Ex-red Jari Litmanen netted as Finland drew a qualifier 1-1 in Liechtenstein, with fellow ex-red Sami Hyypiä skippering the side. Ex-red Milan Baroš struck four times as the Czech Republic thumped San Marino 7-0, while ex-red John Arne Riise scored as Norway beat FYR Macedonia 2-1. Future red Luis Suárez netted as Uruguay beat Colombia 3-1 in Montevideo. Also in World Cup action that day were Yossi Benayoun, Dirk Kuyt, Javier Mascherano, Martin Škrtel, Fernando Torres, future reds Milan Jovanović, Ragnar Klavan, Raul Meireles and Christian Poulsen, and ex-reds Nicolas Anelka, Craig Bellamy, Alou Diarra, Rigobert Song, with John Toshack taking charge of Wales. 2007 – Rigobert Song again represented his country, as did future reds keeper Alexander Doni. On the move again 1997 - Ex-reserves midfielder Jim Magilton joined Sheffield Wednesday from Southampton for £1.6m. He only managed thirty senior appearances in two seasons at Hillsborough, scoring once, before moving to Ipswich Town in March 1999. 2005 - Former reserves defender Alan Navarro joined Accrington Stanley on a free transfer from Tranmere Rovers. He played three times in the Conference before moving on to Macclesfield Town. 2010 - John Toshack left as Manager of Wales by mutual consent, having been in charge since November 2004. 2016 – Ex-reds winger Toni Silva signed for Greek Super League side Levadiakos, netting six times in 34 games before moving on to Astra Giurgiu in Romania in July 2019. International finales 2003 – Future red Charles Itandje won his sixth and final cap for France Under-21’s, playing alongside Alou Diarra and Florent Sinama-Pongolle in their goalless European Championships qualifier in Slovenia. Also in international action that day were Steve Finnan, Daniel Sjölund and future reds Glen Johnson, Paul Konchesky and Albert Riera. 2014 – Danny Ward won his sixth and last cap for Wales Under-21’s in their 1-1 draw with Lithuania in a European Championships qualifier in Alytus. Joe Allen, Philippe Coutinho, Dejan Lovren and future reds Emre Can, Danny Ings and Gini Wijnaldum were also in international action that day. 2021 - Luis Díaz scored his last goal as a Porto player as Colombia beat Chile 3-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Barranquilla. Other reds games 1998 – Patrik Berger and Jamie Redknapp netted as we beat Coventry City 2-0 at Anfield. 1995 – We lost 1-0 to Wimbledon at Selhurst Park as Mick Harford struck the last of his seven goals against the reds, with Vinny Jones sent off late on. 1964 – We went down 2-0 at Leicester City. 1936 – Portsmouth held us to a goalless draw in L4. 1931 – We lost 4-1 at Middlesbrough. Bobby Bruce bagged two of his five goals past us, with Jack Jennings and Freddie Warren also on target for the home side. Dave Wright netted our goal. 1922 – We won 3-1 at Preston North End, with Walter Wadsworth, Dick Johnson and Harry Chambers all on the scoresheet. Also in international action 2012 – Ex-red Carl Medjani played for Algeria as they won an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier 1-0 in Libya.
  20. Will

    7th September

    Happy birthdays 1974 - Stéphane Henchoz was born in Billens, Switzerland. He arrived for £3.5m from Blackburn Rovers in June 1999, and made a total of 205 appearances without scoring, forming a rock-solid partnership with Sami Hyypiä and helping us to claim five trophies in 2001 as well as another League Cup two years later. He joined Celtic on a free transfer in January 2005, and spent a season playing for Premiership new boys Wigan Athletic, before returning to Ewood Park for two injury-hit seasons. 1993 – Midfielder Kevin Stewart was born in Enfield. He arrived from Tottenham Hotspur in July 2014 on a free transfer, making twenty senior reds appearances without scoring before joining Hull City in July 2017. 1988 – Ex-reserves striker Craig Lindfield was born in Greasby on the Wirral peninsula. He struck in a pre-season friendly at Crewe Alexandra in July 2006 on his first appearance for the senior side, but failed to make a first-class appearance for the reds, and was released in August 2009. Trigger pulled 1995 - Birkenhead-born Jason McAteer signed from Bolton Wanderers for £4.5m, which was still their record transfer fee received until Nicolas Anelka’s £15m departure for Chelsea in January 2008, just five months after impressing against the reds in the Coca Cola Cup Final. He bagged six goals in his 139 reds games before joining Blackburn Rovers for £4m in January 1999. Four against the blues 1935 - Centre-forward Fred Howe scored four goals in our 6-0 triumph in the Anfield derby with Gordon Hodgson adding a brace. This remains the biggest ever winning margin by either side in the Merseyside derby. 1929 - Our other Anfield derby on this day ended in a 3-0 defeat. Dixie Dean bagged two of his nineteen derby goals with George Martin also on target. Red England 1977 - Six reds, plus the recently-departed Kevin Keegan, represented England in their goalless friendly draw with Switzerland at Wembley. This was England’s highest total from any one club since seven Arsenal players turned out against Italy in 1934, at Highbury. Terry McDermott made his debut alongside clubmates Ian Callaghan, Ray Clemence, skipper Emlyn Hughes, Ray Kennedy and Phil Neal. On the same day, Kenny Dalglish won his 48th Scottish cap, and his first as a reds player, as they beat East Germany 1-0 in a friendly in Berlin. King Billy starts out 1946 - We thumped Chelsea 7-4 at Anfield. Billy Liddell scored a brace on his official League debut, including one direct from a corner in the third minute as we raced into a 4-0 interval lead, with the lead eventually stretching to 6-0 before the west London outfit fought back. Bill Jones grabbed his first two reds goals with Willie Fagan also netting twice and Jack Balmer grabbing the other goal. Keeper Charlie Ashcroft also made his reds bow in this game, with Bob Paisley playing his first League game. Alex Machin bagged a brace for the visitors, with Len Goulden and Jimmy Argue also on target. 1963 - We also beat the Blues at Stamford Bridge, with Ian St. John nabbing a brace and Roger Hunt also on target in a 3-1 victory. Red trebles 1974 - Phil Boersma scored a first-half hat-trick in our 5-2 defeat of Tottenham Hotspur. Emlyn Hughes and Ray Kennedy were also on the scoresheet, with Martin Chivers netting the last of his seven goals against us, and Steve Perryman also scoring. This was Emlyn’s 300th League game for the reds. 1903 - Sydney Smith bagged a treble as we beat Manchester City 6-5 in a friendly at Anfield. Edgar Chadwick, Alex Raisbeck and Jack Cox also netted. 1921 - We also faced City, drawing 1-1 at their old Hyde Road ground, with Harry Chambers on target for the reds. Red first and last 1996 - Patrik Berger made his reds bow as a substitute in our 2-1 defeat of Southampton on Graeme Souness’s first return to Anfield. Stan Collymore and Steve McManaman were on target either side of ex-red Jim Magilton’s equaliser. 1985 – We beat Watford 3-1 at Anfield after falling behind to a Colin West goal. Phil Neal levelled from the spot before the break, his 59th and final reds goal, before Craig Johnston and Ian Rush secured the victory. More debutants 1895 – John McKenna took charge of the reds for the first time as left-back Tom Wilkie and forward Fred Geary both debuted in our season-opening 3-2 defeat of Notts County at Forest’s Town Ground, as Trent Bridge was being used for a cricket match. Jimmy Ross, Joe McQue and Harry Bradshaw struck for the reds. Future reds right-back Jack Chadburn scored for the home side, with Elijah Allsopp also on target. 1991 - We also beat County, with Ronnie Rosenthal netting and Mark Walters converting a penalty as we came from behind at half time to win 2-1 at Meadow Lane. Tons up 1901 - Winger Tommy Robertson made his hundredth consecutive reds appearance in our 1-0 defeat at Stoke. 1971 – Forward Alun Evans reached a century of reds games as we beat Hull City 3-0 in a League Cup Second Round win at Anfield. Chris Lawler and Steve Heighway scored in the first half before Brian Hall converted a penalty after the break. 2012 – Ex-red Fernando Torres won his hundredth senior cap in Spain’s 5-0 friendly thumping of Saudi Arabia in Pontevedra. Mixed fortunes against the Mancs We have faced Manchester United three times in top-flight fixtures on this day in history, with differing results. 1907 - We were thumped 4-0 at their old Bank Street ground, with forward Sam Bowyer making an unhappy debut. Jimmy Turnbull bagged three of his seven strikes against the reds with George Wall netting the first of his ten goals past us. 1938 - Berry Nieuwenhuys grabbed the only goal of the game at Anfield. 1949 - Albert Stubbins struck as we were held 1-1 in L4, with Charlie Mitten bagging one of his five goals past us. International records 2012 – Ex-red John Arne Riise played for Norway for the 105th time as they lost a World Cup qualifier 2-0 in Iceland to become their most capped player ever. He went on to make 110 appearances in total. On the same day, Xherdan Shaqiri won his first cap as a Bayern München player in Switzerland’s 2-0 World Cup qualifying win in Slovenia. On the same day, future red Gini Wijnaldum scored as the Dutch Under-21’s thumped Austria 4-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Tilburg. 2007 – Future red James Milner set a new record for England Under-21’s caps, previously held by Scott Carson, as he played for the thirtieth time in their 3-0 European Championships qualifying win in Montenegro. He went on to win 46 caps in total, still a record. Ádám Bogdán won his first cap for Hungary Under-21’s as a Bolton Wanderers player as they won a qualifier 6-1 in San Marino. 2004 - James Milner also played for England Under-21’s, alongside fellow future reds Scott Carson, Glen Johnson, Gary O’Neil and Jermaine Pennant as they beat Poland 3-1 in another qualifier in Rybnik. Darren Potter and future reds Alberto Aquilani and Raul Meireles also appeared in qualifiers at this level that day. Young captains 1999 - Jamie Carragher captained England Under-21’s as they lost 3-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Poland. Steven Gerrard won his second cap, while David Thompson also featured as a substitute. Frode Kippe and future reds Milan Baroš, Haukur Ingi Guðnason and John Arne Riise all also played in qualifiers that day. 2009 – Future reds centre-half Danny Wilson skippered Scotland Under-19’s as they lost 2-0 to Iceland in Cumbernauld. 2010 – Péter Gulácsi was captain as Hungary Under-21’s were held to a goalless draw by Bosnia-Herzegovina in a European Championships qualifier in Budapest. Danny Wilson and future reds Thiago Alcântara, Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge also featured in Under-21’s qualifiers that day. 2018 – Andy Robertson skippered Scotland for the first time as they were thumped 4-0 by Belgium in a Hampden Park friendly. Reds on target 2002 - Ex-red Phil Babb scored an own goal as the Republic of Ireland lost a Euro 2004 qualifier 4-2 in Russia, while winning his 36th and final cap. Future red Steve Finnan also featured, with Robbie Keane making his first outing while with Tottenham Hotspur. On the same day, ex-red Øyvind Leonhardsen was winning his first cap as an Aston Villa player, and his eightieth in total, in Norway’s 2-2 home qualifying draw with Denmark. John Arne Riise scored one of Norway’s goals, his first as a reds player, while future red Christian Poulsen played for the Danes. Future red Djibril Cissé scored his first senior international goal on his first full appearance as France won 2-1 in Cyprus in another qualifier. Also in international action that day were Steven Gerrard, Dietmar Hamann, Stéphane Henchoz, Emile Heskey, Sami Hyypiä, Danny Murphy, Michael Owen, future reds Craig Bellamy, Joe Cole, Paul Jones, Alex Manninger and Bolo Zenden and ex-reds Haukur Ingi Guðnason, David James and Jari Litmanen. 2012 – James Milner netted his first goal for his country, and only one as a Manchester City player, as Roy Hodgson’s England won a World Cup qualifier 5-0 in Moldova. Ex-red Robbie Keane converted a penalty as the Republic of Ireland won a qualifier 2-1 in Kazakhstan. On the same day, Nuri Şahin won his first cap while on loan with the reds in Turkey’s 2-0 defeat in the Netherlands, while Raul Meireles represented Portugal for the first time since moving to Fenerbahçe Spor Kulübü as they won 2-1 in Luxembourg. Ragnar Klavan played for Estonia for the first time while with Augsburg in their 2-0 defeat by Romania in Tallinn. Yossi Benayoun played for Israel for the first time while on loan at West Ham United as Israel drew another qualifier 1-1 in Azerbaijan. Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson, Martin Škrtel, future reds Ádám Bogdán, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mamadou Sakho and ex-reds Nikolay Mihaylov and Krisztián Németh all also represented their countries that day. 2013 – Victor Moses converted a penalty in Nigeria’s 2-0 World Cup qualifying defeat of Malawi in Calabar, as he won his first cap while on loan with the reds. Future red Sadio Mané was also on target as Senegal beat Uganda 1-0 in another qualifier in Dakar. 2021 - Sadio Mané scored in his fourth consecutive game for Senegal, converting a penalty in their 3-1 World Cup qualifying win in Congo. Diogo Jota struck for Portugal as they won 3-0 in Azerbaijan, while ex-red Rhian Brewster scored from the spot, his first goal for England Under-21’s in his thirteenth appearance, as they beat Kosovo 2-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Milton Keynes. Morgan Boyes, Andy Robertson and ex-reds Steve Clarke and Dejan Lovren also represented their countries that day. Together with Juve 1989 - A Northern League representative team took on a combined Liverpool and Juventus Under-21’s side as part of the Northern League’s centenary celebrations. Jim Magilton and Mike Marsh struck as the non-leaguers won 3-2 at St. James’ Park. Bob Paisley managed a side that also featured Steve Harkness, Wayne Harrison and Nicky Tanner. First and last caps 2021 – Keeper Jakub Ojrzyński made his bow for Poland Under-19’s as they lost 1-0 to Denmark in a friendly in Norway. Future red Calvin Ramsay debuted for Scotland Under-21’s in their 1-1 draw with Turkey in a European Championships qualifier in Bursa. Ex-red Ki-Jana Hoever won his first cap for the Netherlands at the same level on the same day, in their 3-0 defeat of Moldova in Deventer. Meanwhile, Ozan Kabak featured for Turkey for the first time while on loan from Schalke 04 to Norwich City as they were thumped 6-1 in a World Cup qualifier by a Netherlands side in Amsterdam that was captained by Virgil van Dijk, with ex-red Gini Wijnaldum also in action. 2019 - Philippe Coutinho won his first cap while on loan at Bayern München as Brazil drew 2-2 with Colombia in a friendly in Florida, with Roberto Firmino and future reds Arthur Melo and Luis Díaz also featuring. Jordan Henderson, Liam Millar, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and ex-reds Sebastián Coates and Raheem Sterling also played for their countries that day. 2018 – Alisson Becker and Fabinho both won their first caps for Brazil as reds players, with Roberto Firmino on target in their 2-0 friendly defeat of the USA in New Jersey and future red Arthur Melo also debuting. Meanwhile, Ki-Jana Hoever made his debut for the Dutch Under-17’s as they held Germany to a 2-2 draw, with Kai McKenzie-Lyle playing for Guyana for the first time since joining the reds in their 3-0 defeat of Barbados in a CONCACAF Nations League qualifier. Fulham’s Fábio Carvalho debuted for England Under-17’s as they thrashed Norway Under-16’s 6-0 in Poland. Kamil Grabara, Curtis Jones, Corey Whelan and ex-red Philippe Coutinho also played for their countries that day. 2015 – Rafael Camacho made his bow for Portugal Under-19’s as they won 1-0 in Italy, while Diogo Jota won his first cap for the Under-21’s as a Wolverhampton Wanderers player as they lost 2-1 to Romania in a European Championships qualifier. Emre Can, Joe Gomez, Jordon Ibe, Lazar Marković, Sheyi Ojo, Jordan Rossiter, ex-red Krisztián Németh and future red Dominic Solanke all also played for their countries while ex-reds Daniel Agger and Robbie Keane both skippered their nations. 2014 - Lazar Marković won his first cap as a reds player as Serbia held France to a 1-1 friendly draw in Belgrade. Péter Gulácsi appeared for Hungary for the final time while playing for Red Bull Salzburg in their 2-1 defeat by Northern Ireland in Budapest. Ex-red Robbie Keane and future red Kostas Tsimikas were also in international action that day. 2010 – Christian Poulsen won his first cap as a reds player, skippering Denmark to a 1-0 Euro 2012 qualifying defeat of Iceland in Copenhagen, with Daniel Agger also featuring. Javier Mascherano won his first cap since his move to Barcelona as Argentina thumped Spain 4-1 in a friendly in Buenos Aires, with Pepe Reina and ex-reds Xabi Alonso and Álvaro Arbeloa on the losing side. Ex-reds Yossi Benayoun, Alou Diarra and Robbie Keane all also captained their countries in qualifiers, with Keane netting as the Republic of Ireland beat Andorra 3-1 in Dublin. Joe Allen won his last Under-21’s cap as Wales lost a European Championships qualifier 1-0 in Italy. Roma’s John Arne Riise netted for Norway as they beat Portugal 1-0 in Oslo, while Basel’s Xherdan Shaqiri netted his first senior international goal as Switzerland lost 3-1 to England in Basel. Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson, Milan Jovanović, Raul Meireles, Martin Škrtel, future red James Milner and ex-reds Nikolay Mihaylov and Daniel Sjölund also featured in qualifiers, with ex-red Milan Baroš having a spot-kick saved as the Czech Republic lost 1-0 at home to Lithuania. 1994 - Ex-red Barry Venison won the first of his two full England caps in their 2-0 friendly defeat of the USA at Wembley. John Barnes, Rob Jones and future red Brad Friedel all also featured. On the same day, future red Karl-Heinz Riedle won his 42nd and final cap for Germany as they beat Russia 1-0 in a friendly in Moscow. Also that day, Phil Babb won his first cap as a reds player as the Republic of Ireland won 3-0 in a Euro ’96 qualifier in Latvia. Ex-red John Aldridge scored the fifth and sixth of his eight goals in four games against Latvia, one coming from the spot, with future red Jason McAteer and ex-red Steve Staunton also playing. Stig Inge Bjørnebye, Ian Rush, ex-red István Kozma and future reds Øyvind Leonhardsen, Jari Litmanen, Jim Magilton and Gary McAllister all also played for their countries. 2008 – Future red Ádám Bogdán won his seventh and last Under-21's cap as Hungary were thumped 8-0 by Serbia in a European Championships qualifier in Belgrade. Future red Kolo Touré and ex-reds Mark González and Momo Sissoko all featured in World Cup qualifiers on the same day. 2003 - Harry Kewell netted in his first game for Australia as a reds player, as they beat Jamaica 2-1 in a friendly in Reading. 2005 - Daniel Agger won his fourth and last cap and scored his only goal as a Brøndby IF player as Denmark thumped Georgia 6-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Copenhagen. Christian Poulsen netted his final goal while with Schalke 04 in the same game. Milan Baroš bagged his first goal as an Aston Villa player, playing alongside ex-red Vladimír Šmicer in the Czech Republic’s 4-1 defeat of Armenia in another qualifier. Meanwhile, Michael Owen won his first cap as a Newcastle United player in England’s 1-0 defeat in Northern Ireland. Xabi Alonso, Jamie Carragher, Djibril Cissé, Luis García, Steven Gerrard, John Arne Riise and future reds Yossi Benayoun, Joe Cole, Philipp Degen, Robbie Keane, Martin Škrtel, Fernando Torres and Andriy Voronin all also featured in qualifiers, with John Toshack taking charge of Wales. 2007 - Degen also represented his country as they beat Chile 2-1 in Vienna, with future Joe Allen also in international action that day. Moving on 1928 – Outside-right Cyril Oxley moved on to Southend United after scoring six goals in 34 games since signing from Chesterfield for £2,000 in October 1925. 2005 – Future reds Direct of Football Damien Comolli was appointed Sporting Director of Tottenham Hotspur, with overall responsibility for the medical, academy, scouting and club secretarial departments. 2016 – Left-back José Enrique signed for Real Zaragoza, having been released by the reds at the end of the previous season. He struck once in 24 outings in his first campaign with the Segunda División side. 2020 - Sheyi Ojo joined Cardiff City on loan. He scored five goals in 42 outings for the Bluebirds. Other reds games 1982 – We won by the odd goal in seven when Nottingham Forest visited L4. We were 3-2 down at the break after Steve Hodge had scored the first two of his six goals against the reds and Peter Davenport also on target. David Hodgson bagged a first-half brace, with Graeme Souness and Ian Rush scoring late on. 1968 – Ron Yeats and Bobby Graham struck as we beat Queens Park Rangers at home. 1960 – We were held to a 2-2 draw by Luton Town in a Second Division encounter at Anfield. Gordon Turner bagged one of his five goals past us very early, with Dave Hickson equalising straight away. Ronnie Moran converted a penalty, but Billy Bingham equalised before the break. 1957 – We drew 2-2 at Fulham in a Second Division meeting. Tosh Chamberlain scored one of his four goals past us, with Billy Liddell and Alan A’Court putting us in front by half time. Johnny Haynes equalised for the Cottagers in the second half. 1955 – Bristol Rovers won a Second Division match 2-0 in L4. Geoff Bradford netted one of his five strikes against us, with Alfie Biggs also on the scoresheet. 1953 – Brian Jackson netted as we lost 2-1 at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Roy Swinbourne struck the last of his five goals past us with Peter Broadbent bagging the late winner. 1932 - We were held to a 2-2 draw at Anfield by Sheffield United. Jack Pickering scored two of his five against us straight after the break, with Dave Wright then bagging a brace. 1896 – Bolton Wanderers won 2-0 in L4. Also in international action 2020 – Ex-reds coach Steve Clarke took charge of a Scotland side captained by Andy Robertson as they won a UEFA Nations League group game in the Czech Republic. On the same day, Virgil van Dijk skippered the Netherlands in their 1-0 defeat by Italy in Amsterdam, with Gini Wijnaldum also in action. 1997 – Future red Gary McAllister captained Scotland as they beat Belarus 4-1 in a World Cup qualifier at Pittodrie. 1993 – Steve McManaman, Jamie Redknapp and future reds coach Mike Sheron all played for England Under-21’s as they lost 2-1 to Poland in a European Championships qualifier at The Den. On the same day, Sami Hyypiä played for Finland at the same level as they lost 1-0 to France in another qualifier in Tampere, while fellow future red Bjørn Tore Kvarme featured for Norway Under-21’s as they drew 1-1 with Spain in a friendly in Albacete. 1983 – Glenn Hysén and future red Jan Mølby both played in friendlies, with Sweden beating Finland 3-0 in Helsinki and Denmark seeing off France 3-1 in Copenhagen.
  21. Will

    31st August

    Happy birthday Mr. Kennedy 1954 - Alan Kennedy was born in Sunderland. He is best remembered for his winning strikes in two European Cup Finals, but also won five League titles, four League Cups and three FA Charity Shields after moving from Newcastle United for £330,000 in August 1978, making 359 appearances and notching twenty times before joining his hometown club for £100,000 in September 1985. 1911 - Frank O’Donnell was born in Buckhaven, Fife. He struck once in two Wartime appearances for the reds. He gained six Scotland caps as well as scoring for Preston North End in every round of the FA Cup in 1937, including the Final. 1990 – Scottish reserves midfielder Gary Mackay-Steven was born in Thurso. He joined the reds in 2007 but failed to break through before being released two years later. Happy birthday Pepe 1982 - Keeper Pepe Reina was born in Madrid. He arrived from Villarreal for £6m in July 2005, keeping a remarkable 177 clean sheets in his 394 games and helping us to claim the FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FA Charity Shield before moving to Bayern München for £2m in August 2014 after spending the previous campaign on loan at SSC Napoli. Farewell to a legend 1960 - Billy Liddell played his 534th and final reds game as we lost 1-0 to Southampton in a Second Division fixture at Anfield. Right-half Gordon Milne made his reds debut in the same game. 1994 - We also faced Southampton, winning 2-0 with John Barnes and Robbie Fowler on target at The Dell. Bruce Grobbelaar and former reds reserve Jim Magilton both featured for the home side. 1968 – Tony Hateley played his 56th and last reds game in our 1-0 defeat at Leeds United, with Mick Jones netting one of his seven goals past us. Keepers on the move 2002 - We signed two goalkeepers on transfer deadline day as Gérard Houllier lost faith with incumbent Sander Westerveld. Jerzy Dudek signed from Feyenoord for £4.85m, while Chris Kirkland arrived from Coventry City for £6m. Dudek played 186 reds games, with Kirkland making 45 appearances. On the same day, defender Djimi Traoré joined French side Racing Club de Lens on loan for the rest of the season. 2004 - Sander Westerveld joined Real Club Deportivo Mallorca on loan from Real Sociedad. He played six League games for the island side. 2009 - Charles Itandje joined Greek side A.O. Kavala on loan, where he played nineteen League games that season. In comes the Ox 2017 – Midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain signed from Arsenal for £35m, scoring seventeen times in 133 games across his first five campaigns. He made it back from serious injury to sit on the bench as we claimed the UEFA Champions League in Madrid in June 2019 and then helped us to claim the Premier League, FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup. On the same day, forward Divock Origi joined VfL Wolfsburg on loan, for whom he struck six times in 34 outings. Meanwhile, centre-half Mamadou Sakho was sold to Crystal Palace for an initial £24m after a successful loan spell, and Brazilian midfielder Allan Rodrigues de Souza joined Apollon Limassol on loan. David’s debut 2008 - David N’Gog made his reds bow as a substitute for the injured Fernando Torres as we held Aston Villa to a goalless draw in our Premiership meeting in the Midlands, with Robbie Keane again drawing a blank. Bobby’s half ton 2019 – Roberto Firmino scored his fiftieth League goal late on as we won 3-0 at Burnley. Chris Wood put through his own net with Sadio Mané also on target before the break. Mané had a much-hyped, short-lived argument with Mohamed Salah as he was substituted. Latest moves 2021 – Midfielder Jake Cain joined Newport County on loan, winger Sheyi Ojo moved to Millwall for the season, while winger Luis Longstaff headed north to Queen’s Park for the upcoming campaign. On the same day, centre-half Rhys Williams signed a new contract and then moved on to Swansea City on loan. Meanwhile, centre-half Nat Phillips and club skipper Jordan Henderson both penned new deals with the reds. Other recent deadline day moves 2016 – Mario Balotelli joined Nice on a free transfer after a season on loan back at AC Milan. He had signed from the rossoneri for £16m two years earlier, scoring just four times in 28 reds games. On the same day, defender Andre Wisdom joined Red Bull Salzburg on loan, with winger Lazar Marković moving to Sporting Clube de Portugal on a temporary basis. Luis Alberto was sold to S.S. Lazio for €4m after just twelve senior reds appearances since arriving from Sevilla for £6.8m in June 2013. Meanwhile, defender Álvaro Arbeloa joined West Ham United from Real Madrid on a free transfer and forward Rickie Lambert left West Bromwich Albion to sign for Cardiff City. 2015 – Fabio Borini was sold to Sunderland for £8m after a previous loan spell, having bagged three goals in 38 reds games since his £10.4m arrival from Roma in July 2012. On the same day, winger Sergi Canós joined Brentford on loan, while forward Samed Yeşil moved to Luzern on a temporary basis. Nigerian forward Taiwo Awoniyi signed from Imperial Academy for £400,000 and joined Fußballsportverein Frankfurt 1899 e.V. on loan on the same day. 2012 – Winger Sadio Mané joined Red Bull Salzburg from Metz for a reported €4m, going on to net 45 times in 87 games for the Austrian side to secure a £11.8m move to Southampton in September 2014. 2011 – This day brought a whole host of deadline day transfers. Raúl Meireles left Anfield to sign for Chelsea for £12m, after five goals in 44 reds appearances since arriving from Porto for £11.5m a year earlier. Craig Bellamy signed on a free transfer from Manchester City, netting nine times in 37 games in this second spell and helping us to claim the Carling Cup. David N’Gog was sold to Bolton Wanderers for £4m after nineteen strikes in 94 reds games since signing from Paris St. Germain for £1.5m in July 2008. Meanwhile, Christian Poulsen joined French side Évian Thonon Gaillard having played 21 times for the reds, while Joe Cole signed for Lille OSC Métropole on loan, for whom he netted nine goals in 42 outings. On the same day, Yossi Benayoun joined Arsenal on loan from Chelsea, while future red Fabio Borini signed for Roma on a temporary basis from Parma. Peter Crouch joined Stoke City from Tottenham Hotspur for a club record £10m after bagging 24 goals in 94 games for Spurs. Meanwhile, El-Hadji Diouf’s contract with Blackburn Rovers was terminated by mutual consent, with the same happening to Philipp Degen at Anfield. 2010 – Left-back Paul Konchesky signed from Fulham in exchange for £3.5m, Finnish forward Lauri Dalla Valle and Swedish left-winger Alex Kačaniklić. Konchesky only played eighteen reds games before being sold to Leicester City in July 2011, after a previous loan spell at Nottingham Forest. Left-back Emiliano Insúa joined Galatasaray on loan, while Moroccan forward Nabil El Zhar moved to PAOK in Greece on a temporary basis. Meanwhile, Dutch midfielder Vincent Weijl left Anfield to join Spanish side S.D. Eibar, with midfielder Ádám Hajdú arriving on loan from MTK Hungária. On the same day, ex-reds midfielder Jermaine Pennant joined Stoke City on loan from Real Zaragoza, making the move permanent four months later. Damien in and out 2007 - Young French midfielder Damien Plessis signed from Olympique Lyonnais. He made eight senior appearances, netting once. On the same day, Danny Murphy joined Fulham from Tottenham Hotspur. He struck 28 goals in 210 games for the Cottagers before moving to Blackburn Rovers in June 2012. 2010 – Plessis left Anfield for Panathinaikos, for whom he played nine times before joining French side Athlétic Club Arles-Avignon in July 2012. On the same day, ex-red Luis García also joined the Greek side, on a free transfer from Real Racing Club de Santander. He netted twice in 20 games in Greece before moving to Mexico to sign for Puebla in July 2011. Other deadline day moves 2006 - Florent Sinama-Pongolle joined Real Club Recreativo de Huelva on loan. He struck twelve times in 34 League outings in his first season, subsequently signing for them permanently in a £2.7m deal. On the same day, Jan Kromkamp returned to his native Netherlands to join PSV Eindhoven after just eighteen reds appearances following his January 2006 swap arrival from Villarreal, although he left Anfield with an FA Cup winners’ medal. Meanwhile, Paul Ince signed for Swindon Town and Javier Mascherano joined West Ham United from Corinthians Paulista for an undisclosed fee. Ince only turned out three times for the Robins, with Mascherano only doing marginally better, with just seven appearances for the Hammers. 2018 – Defender Corey Whelan joined Crewe Alexandra on loan, scoring once in eighteen games for the Alex. On the same day, left-back Joe Maguire joined Crawley Town on loan from Fleetwood Town, scoring once in thirty appearances for the reds. 2020 – Midfielder Tyler Morton signed professional terms. He penned a new contract in January 2021, featuring in the FA Youth Cup Final defeat to Aston Villa four months later. He broke through to make nine senior appearances in 2021/22. Four for William 1927 - Centre-forward Willie Devlin scored four goals as we thumped Bury 5-1 at Anfield, with Gordon Hodgson netting the other. Derby joy 1991 - David Burrows struck a screamer inside the first minute after Blues skipper Dave Watson forced the reds to attack the Kop end in the first half, the first of his three reds strikes. Dean Saunders and Ray Houghton also netted as we beat Everton 3-1, our fifth straight derby victory. Ex-reds reserves striker Mike Newell struck the consolation while Peter Beardsley made the short return across the park to be greeted with chants of “what a waste of talent.” Scoring starts 1974 - Ray Kennedy was on the scoresheet on his reds debut as we won 3-0 at Chelsea. A Phil Boersma brace completed the scoring. 1935 - We also visited Stamford Bridge, with Berry Nieuwenhuys on target twice in a 2-2 draw in our first game of the season. Joe Bambrick bagged the first two of his four goals past the reds. 1921 – Forward Billy Matthews struck his first two reds goals as we beat Manchester City 3-2 at Anfield, with Dick Forshaw also on target. Horace Barnes netted one of his nine goals against us, with Billy Murphy also scoring. Ton up for Brendan 2014 – Brendan Rodgers led us to a 56th win in his hundredth game as reds boss as we won 3-0 at Tottenham Hotspur. Raheem Sterling opened the scoring before Steven Gerrard converted a new club record 43rd penalty. Left-back Alberto Moreno bagged his first goal for the club, with Mario Balotelli making his reds bow. 2018 – Harry Kewell took over as Manager of Notts County, but only lasted three months before being sacked. On the same day, former reds Managing Director Christian Purslow was appointed as CEO of Aston Villa, ex-reds loanee Nuri Şahin joined SV Werder Bremen on a free transfer from Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund and keeper Dean Bouzanis joined PEC Zwolle on loan from Melbourne City. Debutants galore 1946 - Len Carney, making his debut, scored our first post-war goal in the final minute, the only strike of our opening First Division fixture at Sheffield United, and his solitary senior reds goal. Keeper Cyril Sidlow and Bill Jones both also made their reds bows. The reds had caused a stir by coming out onto the pitch ten minutes before kick-off to warm up, largely unheard of at the time. 1982 - Steve Nicol made his first reds appearance in our goalless draw at Birmingham City. A reds legend starts out 1968 - Phil Neal made his debut for Fourth Division Northampton Town in their 1-0 defeat of Walsall. He spent six years at the County Ground before arriving at Anfield for £66,000 in October 1974. More recent moves 2014 - Fernando Torres joined AC Milan on loan from Chelsea, netting once in ten games before returning to his first club Atlético de Madrid the following January. 2012 – Jay Spearing joined Bolton Wanderers on loan, where he struck twice in 39 outings before signing on permanently a year later. On the same day, Charlie Adam moved to Stoke City for a reported £4m after two goals in 37 reds games since his arrival from Blackpool for an initial £6.75m in July 2011. Meanwhile, reserves forward Nathan Eccleston was sold to Blackpool, having made nine senior reds appearances. Yossi Benayoun rejoined West Ham United on loan from Chelsea, winger Adam Hammill moved to Huddersfield Town from Wolverhampton Wanderers on a temporary basis, while Ryan Babel re-signed for Ajax. On the same day, Christian Benteke left Koninklijke Racing Club Genk to join Aston Villa for a reported £7m. 2011 – Keeper Daniele Padelli joined Udinese on loan from Sampdoria, failing to make a senior appearance before making the move permanent in August 2012. 2008 - Left-winger Albert Riera signed from R.C.D. Espanyol on transfer deadline day for an initial £5.5m. He made 56 appearances, netting five times before joining Olympiacos in July 2010. 2007 – Right-back Glen Johnson joined Portsmouth from Chelsea for £4m, having spent the previous season on loan at Fratton Park. He bagged four goals in exactly a century of games for Pompey in total. On the same day, future Under-23’s Assistant Coach Gary O’Neil joined to Middlesbrough from Portsmouth for a reported £5m, going on to net twelve times in 120 games before moving on to West Ham United in January 2011. 2006 - Rickie Lambert joined Bristol Rovers from League Two side Rochdale for £200,000 after 28 goals in 68 games for the Dale. 2004 – Centre-half Ragnar Klavan joined Vålerenga on loan from Flora Tallinn, playing just four times while in Norway. 2002 - Robbie Keane joined Tottenham Hotspur from Leeds United for £7m. He notched 107 times in 254 outings in his first spell with Spurs before moving to Anfield for £19.3m in July 2008. 2005 - Michael Owen joined Newcastle United from Real Madrid for £17m after a proposed move back to Anfield failed to materialise. He bagged thirty goals in 79 games for the Toon as serious injuries interrupted his time in the north east. On the same day, Salif Diao joined Portsmouth on loan. He only managed to make thirteen appearances for Pompey and was not taken on permanently. Meanwhile, Darren Potter signed a new three-year contract at Anfield and ex-red Abel Xavier signed for Middlesbrough. He played twenty times for Boro while also being found guilty of breaching UEFA’s anti-doping regulations. Meanwhile, James Milner joined Aston Villa on loan from Newcastle United on loan, netting three times in 33 games. An opening day thumping 1929 - We were well beaten as we lost 5-0 at Middlesbrough in our opening fixture of the season. Forward Alan Scott played the first of his four senior reds games. Bobby Bruce struck the first two of his five goals against us, with Jackie Carr bagging the last of his five, George Camsell the first of his nine past the reds and Owen Williams also on target. Called off 1997 – Our Premiership encounter with Newcastle United at Anfield was called off following the death of Diana, Princess of Wales in Paris earlier that day. Other reds games 1985 – Craig Johnston and Ronnie Whelan struck as we drew 2-2 at West Ham United with Frank McAvennie twice giving the Hammers the lead. 1983 – Graeme Souness netted the only goal of our trip to Norwich City. 1976 – We drew 1-1 with West Bromwich Albion in a League Cup Second Round tie at Anfield. Johnny Giles struck the last of his five goals against the reds after Ian Callaghan had given us the lead. However, we lost the replay. 1963 – We lost 2-1 to Blackpool in L4. John McPhee scored before Ray Charnley struck one of his seven goals past us before half time. Ronnie Moran had a penalty saved before Jimmy Melia struck. 1957 – We beat Cardiff City 3-0 in a Second Division encounter at Anfield. Jimmy Melia and Billy Liddell each netted inside the first five minutes, with Danny Malloy putting through his own net after the break. 1955 – We drew another Second Division fixture 1-1 at Sheffield Wednesday with Billy Liddell scoring our goal. 1949 – Billy Liddell was on target as Stoke City held us to a 1-1 draw at home with Frank Bowyer nabbing one of his four goals against us. International bows 1988 - Karl-Heinz Riedle netted on his senior international debut, coming on as a substitute in West Germany’s 4-0 World Cup qualifying win in Finland. Meanwhile, fellow future red István Kozma featured for Hungary in their goalless friendly in Austria, with Fiorentina’s Glenn Hysen in action as Sweden lost 2-1 to Denmark in a friendly in Solna. 2005 – Michael Nardiello debuted for England Under-17’s in their 3-1 defeat of Portugal in the Pepsi International Tournament at Ashton Gate. 2000 - Stephen Wright won his first cap for England Under-21’s as a substitute in their 6-1 friendly mauling of Georgia at the Riverside Stadium, with future red Joe Cole scoring his first goal at this level. 2001 – They both also featured at the same level in a 2-1 European Championships qualifying win in Germany, with Cole again on target. Meanwhile, Pepe Reina played for Spain Under-21’s as they beat Austria 2-0 in Burriana, and fellow future red Christian Poulsen featured in Denmark’s 2-0 defeat of Northern Ireland in another qualifier in Odense. Final caps 2017 – Philippe Coutinho struck has last goal for Brazil while a reds player as they beat Ecuador 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Porto Alegre, with future red Alisson Becker also in action. Future red Naby Keïta scored as Guinea beat Libya 3-2 in a qualifier in Conakry. On the same day, Mohamed Salah won his first cap as a red in Egypt’s 1-0 qualifying defeat in Uganda. Ragnar Klavan, Gini Wijnaldum, ex-reds Péter Gulácsi and Brad Smith, and future red Xherdan Shaqiri also featured in qualifiers that day. 2016 – Ex-red Robbie Keane won his 146th and last cap for the Republic of Ireland, netting in their 4-0 thumping of Oman in a friendly in Dublin. Internationals on target 1996 - Ex-red Dean Saunders netted twice while winning his first cap as a Nottingham Forest player, and 53rd in total, as Wales thumped San Marino 6-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Cardiff. Other ex-reds in international action on the same day were Ray Houghton, Jim Magilton and Steve Staunton, with future red Stéphane Henchoz also playing for his country. 2007 – Future reds reserves forward Nikola Sarić bagged his first Under-17’s goal as Denmark thumped Norway 4-0 in a Syrenka Cup game in Poland. 2012 – Jerome Sinclair scored for England Under-17’s as they beat Turkey 4-1 in a friendly in Northampton, with Sheyi Ojo also featuring. Captain Gary Mac 1996 - Leeds United’s Gary McAllister captained Scotland as he won his 45th international cap, in their goalless World Cup qualifier in Austria. Also in international action 1993 – Future red Brad Friedel played for the USA as they won a friendly 1-0 in Iceland.
  22. Will

    29th August

    Happy birthdays 1938 - Defender Gerry Byrne was born in Liverpool. He was the hero of our first FA Cup triumph in 1965 when he played for 117 minutes of the final against Leeds United at Wembley with a broken collar bone sustained in an early challenge by Bobby Collins. He also won two League titles and the FA Charity Shield in his eleven years at Anfield, making a total of 333 reds appearances and scoring four times. 1963 – Former First-team coach Steve Clarke was born in Saltcoats, Scotland. He was appointed in January 2011 following Kenny Dalglish’s return to the hot seat, signing a new three-year contract four months later. However, he left the club in June 2012 following Dalglish’s sacking. Triple debutants 1981 - Bruce Grobbelaar, Craig Johnston and new record signing Mark Lawrenson all made their official reds debuts in our 1-0 defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers as we kicked off another season. Midfielder Mike Matthews bagged the only goal of the game. Debuting against the Trotters 2009 - Sotirios Kyrgiakos played his first reds game as we came from behind twice to win 3-2 at Bolton Wanderers. Glen Johnson drew us level first after Sean Davis netted before Fernando Torres scored in his third consecutive game to make the scores 2-2 shortly after Tamir Cohen scored and Davis was sent off for the home side. Steven Gerrard netted the winner. 2004 - Xabi Alonso and Luis García both made their reds bows as we lost at the Reebok Stadium, our first League defeat under Rafael Benítez. Kevin Davies struck the only goal of the game in the first half, one of his four against the reds. 1945 - We drew a Wartime League match at Anfield 2-2, with Phil Taylor and Peter Kippax on target. 1953 - We lost a First Division game 2-0 at Burnden Park as Willie Moir bagged one of his five goals past the reds, with Harry Webster also on the scoresheet. Don Welsh reached a century of games in charge of the reds. Danny’s bow 2015 – We were beaten 3-0 at home by West Ham United, their biggest ever win at Anfield, with Philippe Coutinho sent off shortly after the break before Danny Ings made his reds bow from the bench. Mark Noble bagged the most recent of his three goals past us but was then dismissed for the visitors, a decision that was later rescinded. Manuel Lanzini and Diafra Sakho were also on target. Missing out at Wembley 2020 – Takumi Minamino scored his first reds goal after Pierre Aubameyang had put Arsenal in front in the FA Community Shield behind closed doors at Wembley. The game ended 1-1 after ninety minutes, with Arsenal winning the subsequent shoot-out 5-4. Rhian Brewster hit the bar with his penalty on what was his last game for the club, the only player to fail to score. In and out 2010 – Midfielder Raul Meireles signed from his hometown club Porto for £11.5m. He bagged five goals in 44 matches, with all these strikes coming in a six-game spell following Kenny Dalglish’s return as Manager. He left for Chelsea in a £12m deal a year after arriving in L4. 2014 – Winger Jordon Ibe joined Derby County on loan, bagging five goals in 24 games before being recalled the following January. 1904 – Left-back David Murray joined the reds from Everton on a free transfer. He helped us to clinch the Second Division title, playing fifteen senior games before moving to Leeds City for £130 in December 1905. Up against the Baggies 2010 - Fernando Torres scored his fiftieth goal at Anfield, the only game of our League encounter with West Bromwich Albion, who later had James Morrison sent off. This was our 2,000th victory in the top flight. 1970 – Steve Heighway debuted from the bench as we drew 1-1 at The Hawthorns, with Alun Evans on target in this top-flight meeting. Jeff Astle was on target for the Baggies with the last of his seven goals against the reds. Off the mark 1987 - Peter Beardsley scored his first reds goal in a 4-1 win at Coventry City. John Aldridge converted a penalty, with Steve Nicol adding a brace. Cyrille Regis struck the home side’s late consolation, one of his four goals past us. 1959 – We fell 2-0 behind to Hull City at Anfield in a Second Division fixture, thanks to a John Coady brace, before eventually triumphing 5-3. Jimmy Harrower scored from distance with Jimmy Melia heading in to draw us level, before Ronnie Moran struck for the first time, from a free-kick to put us in front. Alan A’Court and Billy Liddell also got on the scoresheet, with all our goals coming at the Kop end in the second half after new Scottish keeper Bert Slater had endured a torrid early period to the game. Vic Metcalfe bagged the last of his six strikes against us late on in this game, with John Coady bagging a brace. Another debut 1936 - Keeper Alf Hobson made his reds bow as goals from Alf Hanson and Berry Nieuwenhuys secured a 2-1 defeat of Stoke City at Anfield in our opening fixture of the season. This was Manager George Kay’s first game in charge of the reds, while left-half Jimmy McDougall made his 300th appearance for the club. Bagging a treble 1923 - Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers netted a hat-trick in our 6-2 trouncing of Birmingham City at Anfield. Centre-forward Jimmy Walsh bagged a brace on his reds debut, with Dick Forshaw also on target. John Bradford struck the first two of his fifteen goals against the reds. Defenders in and out 2003 - Grégory Vignal joined Stade Rennais on loan. He only stayed there for three months, playing five League games before joining Spanish side R.C.D. Espanyol later that season. 1911 – Scottish left-back Bob Pursell signed from Queen’s Park for £360, with the reds initially making an illegal approach. He was then involved in the 1915 match-fixing scandal with Manchester United. He played 113 reds games without scoring, including the 1914 FA Cup Final, moving on to Port Vale in May 1920. 1902 - Centre-half Andrew Raisbeck signed from Queens Park Rangers. He never made our first team in his two years at Anfield. A big day for Phil 1962 - Left-back Phil Ferns made his reds bow in our 4-1 defeat of Manchester City at Anfield, our first win back in the top flight, with our goals coming from Ian St. John, Alan A’Court and a Roger Hunt brace. Peter Dobing bagged one of his eight goals past us. 1964 - He netted his only reds goal in our 3-2 defeat at Blackburn Rovers, with Tommy Smith scoring for the club for the first time. Andy McEvoy scored one of his four goals past us, with John Byrom and Mike Harrison also on target. 1934 - We also entertained City, when Gordon Hodgson struck in the second minute as we lost 3-1. Centre-half Tom ‘Tiny’ Bradshaw pit through his own net, with Eric Brook netting one his nine goals against us and Bobby Marshall scoring the last of his five. Jimmy passes on 2006 - Inside-forward Jimmy Harrower died of cancer in Stirling Royal Infirmary. He had bagged 22 goals in 105 reds games after signing from Hibernian for £11,000 in January 1958. He moved on to Newcastle United in March 1961. A great credit 1988 - We beat Nottingham Forest 4-1 in our opening fixture of the Mercantile Credit Centenary Trophy, competed for by the previous season’s top eight sides. Barry Venison, Ray Houghton, John Barnes and Jan Mølby, with a penalty, were our scorers. Neil Webb scored Forest’s late consolation, one of his five goals against us. Two-ton Jimmy 1932 – Right-back Jimmy ‘Parson’ Jackson played his 200th League game for the reds as we lost 6-2 at Sheffield United, with Gordon Gunson and Ted Crawford on target. Jimmy Dunne netted two of his eleven goals past us, with Bobby Barclay bagging two of his five. Jack Pickering struck one of his five goals against the reds, with Bert Oswald also on target. Starting out We have twice more begun our season on this day in history. 1925 - We lost 3-1 at Leicester City with Donald McKinlay grabbing our late consolation. Arthur Chandler nabbed the first two of his six goals against us, with Hugh Adcock netting the first of his five. 1931 - Gordon Hodgson struck the only goal of the game as we won at Newcastle United. Young champions 2010 - England won The FA International U17 Tournament by beating Portugal 3-1 in Sc***horpe, with Adam Morgan, Matty Regan and Raheem Sterling all featuring. Macca starts out 1979 - Steve McMahon signed as a professional for Everton. He struck fourteen times in 120 appearances for the Toffees before joining Aston Villa for £175,000 in May 1983. On the move 2019 – Forward Darwin Núñez joined Unión Deportiva Almería from Club Atlético Peñarol for a reported club record $4.5m. He struck sixteen times in 32 games before moving to SL Benfica in September 2020. 2014 - Xabi Alonso joined Bayern München from Real Madrid after six goals in 236 games for the Spanish side, helping them to claim the League, the Copa del Rey twice and Supercopa de España. 2008 - James Milner signed for Aston Villa from Newcastle United for £12m after a previous successful loan spell. 2002 - David Thompson signed for Blackburn Rovers from Coventry City for £1.5m. He had scored sixteen goals in 72 appearances in his two years at Highfield Road, and turned out 84 times for Rovers, notching ten times, before moving to Wigan Athletic in January 2006. 1995 - Paul Stewart joined Sunderland on loan from the reds. He only made two appearances in his two months at Roker Park, although they went on to sign him on a free transfer in March 1996. 1987 - Future reds loanee keeper Mark Prudhoe rejoined basement side Hartlepool United on loan from Walsall. He played thirteen times for them in this spell. Other reds games 1992 – We drew 2-2 at reigning champions Leeds United with future red Gary McAllister putting the home side in front. Ronnie Whelan levelled before the break with Jan Mølby converting a penalty in the second half before Lee Chapman bagged the last of his six goals against the reds late on. 1979 – We were held to a goalless draw at Tranmere Rovers in a League Cup Second Round tie. We won the replay, making it as far as the Semi-final that season. 1956 – Geoff Twentyman bagged a brace as we drew 3-3 with Notts County in a Second Division fixture at Anfield, with Louis Bimpson also on target. 1951 – We beat Burnley 3-1 in L4, with Albert Stubbins, Cyril Done and Billy Liddell all scoring. International bows 1990 - Karl-Heinz Riedle won his first cap as an S.S. Lazio player as world champions West Germany drew 1-1 with Portugal in a friendly in Lisbon. Fellow future red Jari Litmanen also represented his country that day, as Finland drew 1-1 in a friendly with Czechoslovakia in Kuusankoski. 2012 – Jerome Sinclair made his debut for England Under-17’s as they lost 3-2 to Italy in a friendly in Burton, with Sheyi Ojo also featuring. Also in international action 2007 - Mamadou Sakho played for France Under-17’s as they beat Tunisia 3-1 in their World Championship Finals Round of 16 tie in South Korea. On the same day, fellow future red Nikola Sarić featured for Denmark Under-17’s in their 2-1 defeat by the Ukraine in the Syrenka Cup in Poland.
  23. Will

    24th August

    Red legends are born 1893 - Legendary keeper Elisha Scott was born in Belfast. He kept goal for the reds on 468 occasions across his 21 years with us after signing from Broadway United in September 1912, and ended his career with two League title medals, joining Belfast Celtic as Player/Manager in June 1934. 1873 - Forward Harry Bradshaw was born in Liverpool. He became the reds’ first international in February 1897 when he won his one and only England cap, at outside-left. He signed from Northwich Victoria in October 1893 and struck 53 times in 138 reds games, before moving on to Tottenham Hotspur in May 1898. European glory 2001 - We claimed our second UEFA Super Cup by beating European champions Bayern München 3-2 at the Stade Louis II in Monaco. John Arne Riise, with his first reds goal, Emile Heskey and Michael Owen put us in a commanding lead before the Germans staged a late, but ultimately fruitless, come-back. Most recently 2019 – Jordan Henderson captained the club in the League for the hundredth time as we beat Arsenal 3-1 at Anfield. Centre-half Joël Matip headed us in front from a corner shortly before the break. Mohamed Salah scored twice, including a penalty, before Lucas Torreira bagged a late consolation for the Gunners as we equalled a top-flight club record of twelve consecutive wins. 2015 – James Milner skippered the reds from the start for the first time as we held Arsenal to a goalless draw at the Emirates Stadium. 2011 – Kenny Dalglish secured his 200th win as reds boss as we won a League Cup Second Round tie 3-1 at Exeter City as we started our journey to Wembley glory. Luis Suárez scored in his third consecutive game before the break. Maxi Rodríguez and Andy Carroll struck after the break before a late consolation from the spot by Danny Nardiello. Centre-half Danny Wilson played his ninth and last reds game, with Raul Meireles appearing for the 44th and final time. 2004 - We lost the second leg of our Champions League qualifier 1-0 to Grazer AK at Anfield to progress 2-1 on aggregate. This was the first time we had lost a home second leg in Europe after winning the first leg away, although the feat was repeated a year later. Mario Tokić struck for the Austrian side, not giving fans much confidence that we could go all the way in the competition. Mixed fortunes against the Villains 2013 – Left-back Aly Cissokho made his reds bow from the bench as Daniel Sturridge’s first-half strike was enough to secure victory at Villa Park, with keeper Simon Mignolet making a series of crucial stops after the break. 2009 – We lost 3-1 at home to Aston Villa, as they took a first-half lead through a Lucas own goal as he deflected a free kick past the helpless Pepe Reina, and then a Curtis Davies header from a corner. Fernando Torres scored before Steven Gerrard conceded a needless penalty, converted by Ashley Young. 2003 - We left Villa Park having shared a goalless draw with Aston Villa, in our first away match of the season. Thommo’s bow 1963 - Winger and new record signing Peter Thompson made his official reds debut as we came from behind to win our season opener 2-1 at Blackburn Rovers. Ronnie Moran headed in after Rovers keeper Fred Else had saved his penalty, with Ian Callaghan bagging the winner as right-half Gordon Milne reached a century of League outings for the club. Other birthdays 1967 - Midfielder Michael Thomas was born in Lambeth. He arrived at Anfield from Arsenal for £1.5m in December 1991, less than three years after cruelly snatching the title for the Gunners with practically the last kick of the season’s final game in L4, as well as coming off the bench in their 1987 League Cup Final defeat of the reds. He made 163 appearances for the reds scoring twelve times, including the 1992 FA Cup Final opener, before teaming up with Graeme Souness again at SL Benfica. 1985 - Former reserves central midfielder David Mannix was born in Liverpool. He left Anfield in January 2007 to join Ham-Kam, who played in the second tier of Norwegian football, but later returned to England with Chester City. 1993 – Keeper Jamie Stephens was born in Wotton-under-Edge. He signed from Swindon Town in 2010, going on to win the Barclays Premier Academy League Save of the Season award for 2010/11 for a stop in an away win at Manchester United. He left the club for Newport County in July 2013, after a loan spell with Welsh side Airbus UK Broughton earlier that year. Macca dismissed 1991 - Steve McMahon was sent off for a stray elbow at Kenilworth Road as we were held to a goalless draw by Luton Town on our most recent League visit there. Dean Saunders somehow missed an open goal from well inside the six-yard box. Hodgson departs 1984 - David Hodgson joined Sunderland for £125,000. He had never fully established himself in his two years at Anfield after signing from Middlesbrough for £450,000, scoring ten times in 49 appearances, although he did claim a League championship medal and help us to clinch the FA Charity Shield on his reds bow. Crusading Lawro 1981 - We played Northern Irish side Crusaders in a friendly, winning 5-0. The game was arranged to commemorate the opening of a new stand at their Seaview ground. Mark Lawrenson struck his first reds goal in this game, with David Johnson and Terry McDermott adding to a brace from Kenny Dalglish. On the spot twice 1974 - Left-back Alec Lindsay scored two penalties as we beat Leicester City 2-1 at Anfield. Foxes skipper Keith Weller scored one of his six goals past us but was later fined £100 with £60 costs for “bringing the game into disrepute” after allegedly insulting the referee after the game due to his spot-kick awards. First southern visit 1960 - We visited The Dell in the League for the first time, being comprehensively beaten 4-1, with Tommy Leishman bagging his first reds goal. Terry Paine bagged the first of his four strikes against the reds, with Derek Reeves, George O’Brien and John Sydenham all also on target. We had previously played at The Dell four times in cup games, also without tasting victory. 2002 - We also faced Southampton when El-Hadji Diouf nabbed a brace in his first Anfield match, his first reds strikes, with Danny Murphy converting a last-minute penalty as we won 3-0. Stéphane Henchoz reached a century of League appearances for the reds in this game. A win for the new boss 1985 - We lost at St. James’ Park in what was Willie McFaul’s first match in charge as Caretaker Manager of Newcastle United. George Reilly headed the only goal of the game. Starting with a win 1957 - We kicked off our Second Division campaign with a 2-1 victory at Bristol City with both goals scored by Tony Rowley and Johnny Watkins netting the first of his four strikes past the reds. We ended that season in fourth. Entertaining the Mackems twice 1968 - We beat Sunderland 4-1 in a top-flight fixture thanks to goals from Tommy Smith, Chris Lawler, Ian Callaghan and Tony Hateley, who netted his 28th and last reds strike. Colin Suggett bagged one of his four goals against us. 1996 - We were held to a goalless draw in the Premiership. Heading to the Final 2004 - Future red Javier Mascherano helped Argentina to reach the Final of the Olympics football tournament in Athens as they beat Italy 3-0. On the move 2013 – Future reds loanee Victor Moses joined Chelsea from Wigan Athletic for £9m after nine goals in eighty outings for the Latics. On the same day, former reds Assistant Manager Pako Ayestarán was appointed Tecos boss, staying on until the following May having failed to secure promotion. 2007 – Moses featured for England Under-17’s as they beat Brazil 2-1 in a World Championship Finals group game in South Korea, his twelfth and last cap at this level. 2011 – Dani Pacheco joined Club Atlético de Madrid on loan, with an option to buy at the end of the season. However, they then loaned him out themselves to Rayo Vallecano de Madrid. On the same day, ex-reds reserves forward Lauri Dalla Valle joined Dundee United on loan from Fulham, netting three times in fifteen games for the Terrors. 2020 – Midfielder Jordan Williams joined Blackpool on a free transfer from Rochdale. He played fourteen times without scoring, moving on to Bolton Wanderers the following February. 2021 – Left-back Andy Robertson signed a new contract, having struck five times in 196 appearances to date, helping us to claim the Premier League title, UEFA Champions League, FIFA World Club Cup and UEFA Super Cup. 2009 – Young Hungarian forward András Simon joined Córdoba on loan. He failed to score in nine League outings for the Andalusian outfit. 2006 - Anthony Le Tallec joined Sochaux-Montbéliard on loan. He grabbed two goals in nineteen outings in his one season with Les Lionceaux. On the same day, Nicolas Anelka joined Bolton Wanderers from Fenerbahçe Spor Kulübü for £8m. He bagged 23 goals in 61 appearances for the Trotters, before moving to Chelsea for £15m in January 2008. 2015 – Ex-red John Arne Riise signed for Delhi Dynamos. He struck once in fifteen games in his first spell in the Indian Super League. Other reds games 1971 – John Toshack nabbed the only goal of our trip to Crystal Palace. 1966 – We lost 2-1 at Manchester City. Jimmy Murray scored one of his four goals past us before Geoff Strong headed in an equaliser. However, Colin Bell netted a last-minute winner. 1955 – We lost a Second Division fixture 3-0 to Sheffield Wednesday at Anfield. Inside-left John Evans had to leave the pitch after just ten minutes having broken his collar bone in a collision with Owls keeper Dave McIntosh. Redfern Froggatt scored one of his six goals past us before Roy Shiner and Jackie Sewell struck. Reds boss for England 1946 - Future reds Manager Don Welsh bagged a brace as England were held to a 2-2 draw by Scotland, who included Billy Liddell, in an unofficial international at Maine Road. The game was played in aid of the Bolton Disaster Fund, after 33 people had died during an FA Cup match between Bolton Wanderers and Stoke City at Burnden Park in March of that year. Also in international action 1993 – Future red Sami Hyypiä played for Finland Under-21’s in their 2-2 draw in a European Championships qualifier in Austria. On the same day, future red Bjørn Tore Kvarme featured for Norway Under-21’s as they won a friendly 1-0 in Denmark.
  24. Will

    20th September

    Goalscoring feats at St. James’ Park 1987 - Steve Nicol grabbed a hat-trick in our 4-1 win at Newcastle United in front of the live TV cameras, following John Aldridge’s opener, who also had another strike disallowed for offside. Neil McDonald converted from the spot for the home side. 1961 - Right-half Gordon Milne scored his first reds goal to help us to a 2-1 Second Division win there, with our other score coming from a George Heslop own goal. Kevin Lewis had a penalty saved by United keeper Dave Hollins. Dirk off the mark 2006 - Dirk Kuyt grabbed his first reds goal, and 150th career strike to date, which was also our fiftieth Premier League strike against Newcastle United. We won 2-0 at Anfield, with Luis García playing his hundredth reds game. Xabi Alonso spectacularly scored from inside his own half, the second time he had managed that feat for the reds that year. Quick-fire Billy 1958 - Billy Liddell scored after sixteen seconds, with Ronnie Moran putting through his own net to level the score at Bristol City in our Second Division meeting. He added another in the second half, with wing-half Bobby Campbell grabbing the first of his two reds goals as we won 3-1. This was Liddell’s third brace in six games. Barney Rubble departs 1985 - Left-back Alan Kennedy was sold to Sunderland for £100,000. He is best remembered for his winning strikes in two European Cup Finals, but also won five League titles, four League Cups and three FA Charity Shields after moving from Newcastle United for £330,000 in August 1978, netting twenty times in 359 appearances. Off the mark 2015 – Substitute Danny Ings bagged his first reds goal as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Norwich City, with Lucas Leiva playing his 200th League game for the club. Unfortunately, Russell Martin capitalised on a Simon Mignolet error to equalise. Happy birthdays 1922 - Left-back Eddie Spicer was born in Liverpool. He was decorated for bravery whilst serving with the Royal Marines in the Second World War, going on to score twice in 168 reds games, helping us to the first post-war League title and playing in the 1950 FA Cup Final. Unfortunately, a second broken leg ended his career in December 1953. 1895 - Full-back Tommy Lucas was born in St. Helens. He signed from Alexandra Victoria in 1916 and played 366 reds games, netting three times, winning one League title and captaining England in his time at Anfield. He moved on to Clapton Orient in July 1933. 2003 – Midfielder James Balagizi was born in Manchester. He signed pro terms in September 2020, having joined as an Under-11 from Manchester City. A wise move 2012 – Defender Andre Wisdom netted on his reds bow as we won our UEFA Europa League group game 5-3 at BSC Young Boys, with winger Oussama Assaidi and midfielder Suso also debuting. Juhani Ojala scored an own goal after just three minutes, with Wisdom nodding us back in front after an equaliser from Raphael Nuzzolo. Ojala and then Gonzalo Zárate struck after the break to turn the game around, before Sebastián Coates headed us level, with substitute Jonjo Shelvey bagging a brace to secure victory. Thiago’s bow 2020 - Thiago Alcântara debuted as we won 2-0 behind closed doors at Chelsea, with Andreas Christensen sent off for the home side on the stroke of half time. Sadio Mané bagged a brace early in the second half, with Alisson Becker later saving a penalty from Jorginho. East end despair 2014 – We lost 3-1 at West Ham United, with Winston Reid and Diafra Sakho putting the Irons two up inside the first ten minutes, with ex-red Stewart Downing effectively man-marking Steven Gerrard. Raheem Sterling struck past future red Adrián to give the reds hope, but Morgan Amalfitano completed the scoring late on. This meant we set a new club record of scoring in seventeen consecutive away games in the top flight, a record that eventually stopped at eighteen. Happy birthday Jerome 1996 – Forward Jerome Sinclair was born in Birmingham. He arrived from West Bromwich Albion’s Academy aged fourteen in the summer of 2011, becoming our youngest ever player in September 2012, aged sixteen years and six days, when he featured in a League Cup Third Round tie at his old club. He eventually struck once in five senior appearances before he moved to Watford for £4m in June 2016. Out-foxed again 2003 - Michael Owen netted from the spot before Emile Heskey struck the winner against his old club Leicester City at Anfield for the third consecutive season as we won 2-1, with Marcus Bent bagging a very late consolation for the visitors. Disappointment at The Dell 1986 - Kevin MacDonald broke his leg shortly after coming on as a substitute as we lost 2-1 at Southampton, with Steve McMahon equalising after David Armstrong opened the scoring with the last of his four goals against the reds. However, Glenn Cockerill struck the winner for the Saints. 1980 - Graeme Souness and David Fairclough netted as we drew 2-2, with Phil Neal missing a penalty. Avi Cohen was heavily criticised in the Israeli press for playing on the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. 1997 - We also drew on the south coast, with Karl-Heinz Riedle nabbing our goal before Kevin Davies equalised with the first of his four strikes past us. A milestone day at Old Trafford 2004 - We lost 2-1 at Manchester United, as we benefited from a John O’Shea own goal, sandwiched between a Mikael Silvestre brace for the home side. Steven Gerrard broke a bone in his foot in front of 67,857, the largest crowd to watch the reds in the Premier League to that point. This was our 2,000th away League match, and 4,000th League game overall, as United reached 200 League goals against us, with keeper Jerzy Dudek playing his hundredth reds game, and Ryan Giggs appearing for the 600th time for United. 1893 - We had previously visited United, playing Newton Heath as they were then known in a friendly at Bank Street. Patrick Gordon, Hugh McQueen and Malcolm McVean all struck as we won 3-0. Centenary defeat 1988 - We lost 2-1 at Arsenal in the Mercantile Credit Centenary Trophy, staged to celebrate a hundred years of the Football League. Perry Groves opened the scoring in the first half with Steve Staunton bagging a late equaliser with his first reds goal, but Brian Marwood struck the winner. Charlie Boyd sat on our bench for one of only two times, on his nineteenth birthday. Derby joy 1913 - Billy Lacey struck a brace as we beat Everton 2-1 at Goodison Park in a First Division meeting, to secure our first win of the season in our fourth fixture. Full-back Sam Speakman made the first of his 26 reds appearances in this game. 2016 – Centre-half Ragnar Klavan opened the scoring with his first reds goal as we won 3-0 at Derby County in a League Cup Third Round match, as midfielder Ovie Ejaria and keeper Loris Karius made their debuts. Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi both scored after the break. Bill begins 1924 – Defender Bill Cockburn played the first of his 67 reds games as we held Bury to a goalless draw at Gigg Lane in a top-flight meeting. Mixed fortunes against the Villains We have faced Aston Villa three times in the top flight on this day in history, winning twice. 1975 - John Toshack, Kevin Keegan and Jimmy Case all netted in the final half hour as we won 3-0 at home. 1919 - Dick Forshaw bagged the only goal of the game at Villa Park to hand us victory, which was the first of his 124 reds strikes. 1930 - Gordon Hodgson struck a brace as we lost 4-2 in the Midlands. Eric Houghton scored the first of his six goals against the reds, with George Brown netting one of his nine, Billy Walker one of his five past us, and Tom Waring nabbing the first of his six. Three times against the Potters 2008 - We were held to a goalless draw by Stoke City at Anfield, with Steven Gerrard having a legitimate second-minute free-kick strike ruled out. 1969 - We saw off the Potters 3-1 at home, with Emlyn Hughes on target in his hundredth League game for the reds. Roger Hunt and Ian Callaghan also struck in our tenth consecutive League defeat of Stoke in what was Bill Shankly’s 500th game in charge of the reds. 1902 - Leigh Roose struck through the wrong net in the second minute as were held to a 1-1 top-flight draw by Stoke in L4. Beattie beaten 1983 - Andy Beattie died, aged seventy. He guested for the reds at full-back during the Second World War, and later spent some time on our backroom staff. He managed a host of clubs as well as the Scotland national side, working with Bill Shankly at Huddersfield Town, having played alongside him at Preston North End. Young Englanders 1983 - Future red Paul Walsh grabbed a brace as England Under-21’s beat their Danish counterparts 4-1 in a European Championships qualifier at Carrow Road. Ex-red Dave Watson and future red Mark Walters both made their debuts in this game, while fellow future red Mark Wright also played. 2003 - Michael Foley-Sheridan and David Raven both played for their countries at Under-19’s level in European Championships qualifiers, with the latter making his debut for England at this level. The Republic of Ireland trounced San Marino 10-1 in Serravalle, while England beat Liechtenstein 2-0 in Moscow. 2010 – Samed Yeşil scored his first goal for Germany Under-17’s as they drew a friendly 2-2 with Italy in Elversberg with fellow future red Emre Can also featuring. 1950 – Centre-half Laurie Hughes played for an England World Cup XI against the FA Canadian Touring Team in the FA Charity Shield at Stamford Bridge, with England winning 4-2. Reds aiming to go to Italy 1978 - Phil Neal scored his third goal in four England games as they won 4-3 in a European Championships qualifier in Denmark. Emlyn Hughes skippered a side that also included Ray Clemence and ex-red Kevin Keegan, who netted twice. On the same day, Steve Heighway and future red Mark Lawrenson both played in the first ever senior international between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, at Lansdowne Road. Meanwhile, Kenny Dalglish and Graeme Souness both appeared for Scotland in their 3-2 win in Austria, as they too opened their campaign to qualify for the finals in Italy. Nice one Cyril 1941 - Cyril Done scored a hat-trick as we beat Manchester City 4-2 in a Wartime League game at Anfield, with Dickie Dorsett netting the other. Twice against the Trotters 1897 – Forward Dan Cunliffe bagged a brace with John McCartney also on target as we beat Bolton Wanderers 3-1 in a friendly at Anfield. 1947 - The Trotters returned for a First Division fixture, with the game this time ending goalless. Jameo saves 1995 - David James saved a penalty from Michael Gray as we beat Sunderland 2-0 in a League Cup Second Round first leg match at Anfield, thanks to goals from Steve McManaman and substitute Michael Thomas. Fabs at the Olympics 2000 – Future red Fábio Aurélio played for Brazil as they beat Japan 1-0 in an Olympics match in Brisbane. Only cap 1989 – Future reds goalkeeping coach José Ochotorena won his only cap in Spain’s 1-0 friendly defeat of Poland in A Coruña. On the move 2013 – Argentine ex-reserves midfielder Gerardo Bruna signed for Spanish Segunda División B side S.D. Huesca, netting once in seventeen outings during his one season there. 2016 – Former Assistant Manager Pako Ayestarán was sacked as Head Coach of Valencia, having only been in charge for three months. 2021 – Centre-half Terence Miles turned pro with the reds, having arrived at Under-7’s level and is the nephew of former Academy forward John Miles. On the same day, Harry Kewell was sacked as Manager of National League side Barnet, having lost five and drawn two of his seven games in charge. Other reds game 1952 – We beat Middlesbrough 4-1 at Anfield, with Jimmy Payne, Jack Smith, Bryan Williams and Kevin Baron all on target. Also in international action 2018 - Future red Mateusz Musiałowski played for Poland Under-16’s in their 3-1 defeat of the Czech Republic. 2006 – Future red Astrit Ajdarević appeared for Sweden Under-17’s as they drew 1-1 with Liechtenstein in a European Championships qualifier in Greece. 2001 - Future reds Javier Mascherano and Fernando Torres faced each other in the Under-17’s World Championship Finals in Trinidad, with Argentina beating Spain 4-2. 1977 – Joey Jones and John Toshack both featured as Wales drew a friendly 0-0 in Kuwait.
  25. Will

    20th March

    Debutants 1963 - Full-back Chris Lawler made his reds bow in a 2-2 draw at home to West Bromwich Albion, with Roger Hunt adding to a Ronnie Moran penalty. This was our third consecutive 2-2 League draw. 1935 - Keeper Stanley Kane made his reds debut in our 2-1 derby win at Anfield. Gordon Hodgson netted both our goals, including one from the spot. Dixie Dean also converted a penalty, one of his nineteen derby strikes. 1909 - Forward Bill Hunter made his only senior appearance in our 2-0 top-flight defeat at Preston North End. Herbert Danson struck one of his four goals past us, with Percy Smith also on the scoresheet. 1999 - Future red Djibril Cissé made his senior club debut, coming off the bench in Auxerre’s 1-0 home defeat by Paris Saint-Germain. Bernard Diomède was also in the Auxerre side that day. Cumpleaños feliz Nando 1984 - Fernando Torres was born in Madrid. He signed from Club Atlético de Madrid for a club record £20.2m in July 2007 and notched an astounding 81 times in 142 reds outings, becoming a firm favourite on the Kop before moving to Chelsea for £50m in January 2011. Wark walks in 1984 - John Wark signed from Ipswich Town for £475,000 He struck an impressive 42 times in his 108 games for the reds. He left Anfield in January 1988 for £100,000 to return to Portman Road. More derby joy 2005 - We beat Everton 2-1 at Anfield as we continued to chase our neighbours for a top-four finish. Steven Gerrard opened the scoring from a free-kick after Luis García was felled. The diminutive Spaniard then put us two ahead with an opportunist header at the break. Milan Baroš was dismissed for a reckless lunge on Alan Stubbs before Tim Cahill pulled a goal back, the first of his five goals past us. However, we held on to secure our 150th home Premiership win as we used three substitutions before the break for the first time, with Stephen Warnock, Didi Hamann and Fernando Morientes all going off injured. García spent the second half playing on despite having suffered an ankle injury at the end of the first period. Good and bad runs 1988 - Our 1-0 defeat at Goodison was one of only two League defeats that season, with this game ending a League record-equalling 29-match unbeaten run. Alex Watson sat on the reds bench while his brother Dave turned out for the Blues, for whom Wayne Clarke scored the decisive goal. 1993 - We won the other derby match on this day in history, with Ronnie Rosenthal stealing victory with the only goal of the game in the final minute, so becoming the final sub to score in front of the standing Kop. This was also his 22nd and final reds goal. 1954 - Less impressively, a 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Anfield was our fourteenth consecutive League match without a win, with Eric Anderson nabbing our goal. Milestone games 1976 - Bob Paisley secured his fiftieth win as reds boss as David Fairclough grabbed the only goal of our League match at Norwich City. This was only Bob’s 101st game as Manager. 1964 – Ian Callaghan played his hundredth League game as we beat Bolton Wanderers 2-0 at Anfield thanks to goals from Alf Arrowsmith and Ian St. John. 1959 - Jimmy Melia struck twice with Louis Bimpson also netting as Stoke City won 4-3 in the Second Division at Anfield. Dick White headed into his own net as Dennis Wilshaw scored the last two of his seven strikes past us, with Bill Asprey also scoring as Ronnie Moran played his 200th reds game. 1926 – Forward Dick Forshaw struck his hundredth League goal for the reds as we lost 2-1 at Huddersfield Town. Future red Bill Devlin netted, with Clem Stephenson grabbing one of his five goals past us. Facing the Mackems 2011 – Dirk Kuyt converted from the spot after Jay Spearing was fouled outside the box at the Stadium of Light, with John Mensah later being sent off for Sunderland. Luis Suárez added a stunning second from a very tight angle to secure a 2-0 victory. 1982 – We beat Sunderland in a League match at Anfield, with Ian Rush bagging the only goal of the game and David Johnson making his 213rd and final reds appearance, as a substitute for Craig Johnston. Most recently 2016 – We lost 3-2 at Southampton, with future red Sadio Mané bagging a brace. We had gone two goals up through Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge inside the first half of the first half, but were pegged back after the break, with Graziano Pellè also on target for the Saints, while Mané had a penalty saved by Simon Mignolet. Walsh misses out 1985 - Austria Wien were known as Austria Memphis due to a sponsorship deal when we faced them in the second leg of our European Cup Third Round tie. We had drawn the away leg 1-1 with Steve Nicol on target, and we won the return leg convincingly, as Paul Walsh nabbed a brace and Nicol netted again to give us 4-1 win on the night, with our other score coming from an Erich Obermayer own goal. Paul Walsh missed a penalty that would have handed him the match ball, but we were safely through to another European Semi-final. 1997 - Our other European game on this day also ended in victory. Robbie Fowler struck twice, including a penalty, as we beat Norwegian side Brann 3-0 at Anfield to reach the European Cup Winners’ Cup Semi-final 4-1 on aggregate. Robbie famously incurred the wrath of UEFA by lifting up his shirt to reveal a t-shirt in support of 500 recently-sacked dockers. Stan Collymore was also on target, while John Barnes made his 400th reds appearance. On our way to Wembley 1996 - Steve McManaman netted twice as we beat Leeds United 3-0 in an FA Cup Sixth Round replay at Anfield, with Robbie Fowler adding the third. 1897 - Unfortunately, we lost our first ever FA Cup Semi-final, going down 3-0 to reigning League champions and eventual Cup winners Aston Villa at Bramall Lane. Jimmy Cowan struck the last two of his four goals against the reds, with Charlie Athersmith also on the scoresheet. Martin O’Neill outwits Ged 2003 - We were knocked out of the UEFA Cup at Anfield, as Celtic won 2-0 in the second leg of our Quarter-final to progress 3-1 on aggregate as they headed towards the Final, with Alan Thompson and John Hartson on target. Danny Murphy was playing his 200th reds game. Lightning strikes twice on Teesside 1915 - Walter Tinsley scored a hat-trick for Middlesbrough against the reds for the second successive season as we lost 3-0 at Ayresome Park. Centre-half Walter Wadsworth made his reds bow in this game, while inside-forward played his 63rd and last match for the reds. International goalscorers 1897 - Future reds inside-right John Walker bagged his third and final international goal in only his second game for Scotland, as they drew 2-2 with Wales in the British International Championships in Wrexham. 1909 - Future red Billy Lacey scored his first goal for Ireland, and only one as an Everton player, in their 3-2 defeat by Wales in the British International Championships in Belfast. George Latham and Ernest Peake both played for the Welsh. 2019 – Ben Woodburn scored the only goal as Wales beat Trinidad & Tobago i