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  1. Will

    26th March

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

    6th May

    Champagne Charlie 1953 - Graeme Souness was born in Edinburgh. He won five League titles, three European Cups, four League Cups and three FA Charity Shields after signing from Middlesbrough for £352,000 in January 1978. He moved to Sampdoria for £650,000 in June 1984 after 55 goals in 359 games. He returned to Anfield as Manager in April 1991, although his time as reds boss was considerably less successful, with just one FA Cup triumph before his departure in January 1994. 1990 - Keeper Péter Gulácsi was born in Budapest. He joined on loan from MTK Hungária in August 2007, signing on permanently in September 2008. The young Hungarian made it into our bench 51 times, but failed to feature for the first team before joining Red Bull Salzburg in June 2013. 1994 – Another young custodian, Tyrell Belford, was born in Nuneaton. He arrived from Coventry City in the summer of 2009, aged just fifteen. He signed on professionally in July 2011, but moved to Swindon Town on a free transfer two years later after falling behind Gulácsi and Danny Ward in the pecking order. The first sighting of Saint Michael 1997 - Michael Owen netted on his reds debut, becoming our youngest ever scorer aged seventeen years and 144 days. He had come on as a substitute for Patrik Berger less than twenty minutes previously in our 2-1 defeat by Wimbledon at Selhurst Park, nabbing our consolation after a Jason Euell goal and one of Dean Holdsworth’s four strikes past the reds. 2006 - He became a father for the second time, to his first son, named James Michael. Missing out on the League 1991 - Our 2-1 defeat at Nottingham Forest handed the League title to Arsenal, their second in three seasons. Nigel Clough scored the opener with Jan Mølby netting our equaliser from the spot, while David Burrows was playing his hundredth game for the reds. Ian Woan bagged the winner. This game was postponed from the previous December. 1998 - We hosted the Gunners at Anfield after they had already clinched the League title, their first since that 1991 triumph. We thumped them 4-0, with Paul Ince bagging a brace, and Michael Owen and Øyvind Leonhardsen also on the scoresheet. Owen also had a penalty saved by Arsenal keeper Alex Manninger after Matthew Upson had fouled Steve McManaman. Red beginnings and ends 1898 - Centre-half Alex Raisbeck signed from Stoke City for £350. He played 341 times in eleven years, netting nineteen times and becoming our first skipper to lift the League title in 1901. He won a further League title five years later, as well as a Second Division championship, returning to the club in 1939 as a scout until his death ten years later. 1996 - At the other end of the reds spectrum, Phil Neal’s son Ashley played his final reserves game. 1939 – Right-back Tommy Cooper played his 160th and final reds game as we lost 2-0 at Manchester United in front of just 12,073 spectators. Johnny Hanlon bagged a brace as we ended the season in eleventh. Reaching a super cup final 1986 - Kevin Macdonald and Craig Johnston netted as we came from behind to beat Norwich City 3-1 at Anfield in the Semi-final second leg of the Screen Sport Super Cup, with Gary Brooke on target for the visitors. Jan Mølby added a penalty as we went through 4-2 on aggregate. The reds were presented with the League title prior to this game. The Final against Everton was held over until the following season - which we won, of course. Big wins We have twice won top-flight fixtures 4-1 on this day in history. 1922 - We beat West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns, with a Harry Beadles brace, his final reds strikes, and goals from Dick Forshaw and Jock McNab. Stan Davies struck one of his four goals past us. 1933 - Sheffield Wednesday lost at Anfield, centre-half Tom ‘Tiny’ Bradshaw put through his own net with Gordon Hodgson and Dave Wright both striking twice, as we finished the season in thirteenth position. Ton up Jameo 1995 – Keeper David James reached a century of reds games in our 2-0 defeat at Aston Villa, with Dwight Yorke netting two of his eight strikes against us. Most recently 2018 – We lost at Chelsea as Olivier Giroud headed in the only goal, one of his seven past us to date, as we stuttered towards a top-four finish in the League. Other birthdays 1971 - Former reserve keeper Jørgen Nielsen was born in Nykøbing Falster. The Dane never played a senior reds game, but he did sit on the bench 55 times following his £400,000 capture from Hvidovre in August 1997. 1969 - Another former reserve, midfielder Jim Magilton, was born in Belfast. He later had a successful career with Oxford United, Southampton and Ipswich Town before moving into management. Nando the champion 2001 – Future red Fernando Torres converted a penalty to hand Spain Under-16’s the European Championships, as they beat France 1-0 in the Final in the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, with Anthony Le Tallec and Florent Sinama-Pongolle both on the losing side. Firsts for Scotland 1959 - Motherwell’s Ian St. John won his first full international cap as Scotland beat West Germany 3-2 at Hampden Park. The Scots were managed by Andy Beattie, who had guested with the reds during the war, and later joined the backroom staff at Anfield after a successful management career. 1966 – Kenny Dalglish made his first international appearance, bagging a brace as the Under-15’s won 4-3 in Northern Ireland. New ground approved 2008 – The revised design for the club’s new stadium in Stanley Park was granted planning permission by Liverpool City Council. However, work never fully got underway and these plans have now been scrapped. Management ins and outs 1999 - Jan Mølby was appointed Manager of Kidderminster Harriers. He led them to the Conference title in his first season, and then mid-table Third Division safety in the next two years. 2004 - Steve McMahon resigned as Blackpool boss, with fellow ex-red Mark Seagraves dismissed as Assistant Manager on the same day. McMahon had guided the Seasiders to 102 wins in his 350 games in charge, leading them back out of the basement in his first full season, and mid-table security in his following three seasons. Reds on target 2003 – Future red Alberto Aquilani struck for Italy Under-19’s as they beat Northern Ireland 2-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Andria. 2009 – Christopher Buchtmann scored and was booked as Germany Under-17’s beat Turkey 3-1 in a European Championships Finals match in Erfurt, while future red Jonjo Shelvey featured as England drew 1-1 with the Netherlands in Gera. 2011 – Future red Samed Yeşil netted as Germany Under-17’s drew 1-1 with the Czech Republic in a European Championships Finals game in Serbia. Adam Morgan, Brad Smith and Raheem Sterling all featured as England lost 2-0 to Denmark in the same competition that day. 2019 – Ki-Jana Hoever played for the Dutch Under-17’s as they beat England 5-2 in a European Championships Finals group game in Dublin. Signing on 2017 – Scottish centre-back George Johnston signed professional terms with the reds. He is currently playing for the Under-23’s. 2011 – Midfielder Jay Spearing signed a new contract. He played 55 senior reds games without notching, moving on to Bolton Wanderers in August 2013 after a season-long loan there. 1992 - Future reds winger Mark Kennedy signed as a professional for Millwall. He went on to net twelve times in 54 games for the Lions, before moving to Anfield three years later. For John 1975 - We played in a testimonial match for Plymouth Argyle legend John Hore, with Brian Hall, Emlyn Hughes and Terry McDermott netting as we won 4-3 at Home Park, and Ray Clemence converting a penalty!
  3. Will

    2nd May

    Strikers on the move 1961 - Ian St. John signed from Motherwell for a club record £37,500. He went on to bag 118 goals in 425 reds games, helping us to two League titles, our first ever FA Cup, Second Division championship and FA Charity Shield before joining South African side Hellenic in February 1971. 1897 – Scottish inside-forward William Walker signed from Leith Athletic. He struck three times in twelve reds games in his one year with the reds. 1979 - Future red John Aldridge signed for Newport County from South Liverpool for £3,500. He netted 83 times in 198 games for County. Cally honoured 1974 - Ian Callaghan was named as the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year, surprisingly becoming the first red ever to win this honour since its launch in 1948. 2008 - Fernando Torres was voted runner-up in the same awards, with ex-red David James in third. Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo was the winner. Happy birthdays 1981 - Chris Kirkland was born in Leicester. He only appeared 45 times between our sticks after signing from Coventry City for £6m in August 2001, while suffering from a succession of injuries, and moved to Wigan Athletic in October 2006 for a reported £3.5m after a successful loan spell. 1904 - Outside-right Cyril Oxley was born in Worksop. He signed from Chesterfield for £2,000 in October 1925 and bagged six goals in 34 games before moving to Southend United in September 1928. 1997 – Midfielder Matty Virtue was born in Epsom. He was Under-23’s skipper, moving on to Blackpool in January 2019. Red farewells 2018 – Ragnar Klavan featured in his 53rd and last reds game as we lost the second leg of our UEFA Champions League Semi-final 4-2 at Roma, our first defeat in the competition that season, to progress 7-6 on aggregate. Sadio Mané and Gini Wijnaldum both scored inside the first half hour, either side of an unfortunate James Milner own goal. Edin Džeko gave the home side hope with the latest of his five goals past us before Radja Nainggolan added two late strikes, including a stoppage-time penalty. 2010 – Yossi Benayoun played his 134th and final reds game prior to joining the visitors as we meekly surrendered 2-0 to Chelsea at Anfield, thus helping to ensure they won the League title ahead of Manchester United and that we could not qualify for the following season’s Champions League. Didier Drogba pounced on a stray Steven Gerrard back-pass to open the scoring with one of his eleven goals past us, with Frank Lampard also on target with last of his eight. Daniel Ayala also made his final senior appearance, his fifth. 2004 - Danny Murphy scored his 44th and last reds goal, converting a spot-kick in a 2-0 defeat of Middlesbrough at Anfield, to continue his hundred per cent record at penalties for us, with his eighth successful conversion. Emile Heskey grabbed the other goal. Five against the Hammers 1998 - We thumped West Ham United 5-0 at home in the Premiership. Michael Owen, Jason McAteer, with a brace, and Øyvind Leonhardsen all scored before the break, with ex-Hammer Paul Ince wrapping up the scoring in the second half to ensure our place in the UEFA Cup for the next season. 1931 - We also played the Hammers as Gordon Hodgson struck twice in our final game of the season to hand us a 2-0 win at Anfield, as we finished ninth in the top flight. This was the sixth consecutive game in which he had netted. The worst season ever 1955 - We finished the season with a 6-1 thumping at Rotherham United, ending up in our worst ever final League position, eleventh in the Second Division. The great Billy Liddell bagged our consolation with Ian Wilson netting four goals, with Jack Grainger and Dennis Pell also on target for the Millers. Champions! 1988 - We were presented with the League Championship trophy, along with the new Barclays trophy, before our 1-1 Bank Holiday Monday home draw with Southampton. John Aldridge put us in front just before half-time, with Rod Wallace equalising with the first of his five strikes against the reds. Most recently 2015 - Philippe Coutinho gave us a first-half lead over Queens Park Rangers before Leroy Fer equalised after the break. Nedum Onuoha was sent off for the visitors and Steven Gerrard had a penalty saved by Robert Green, but went on to head in a late goal as we won 2-1. Colin for the only time 1981 - Forward Colin Russell played his only reds game as Sunderland won 1-0 at Anfield, thanks to a Stan Cummins goal. Future Bolton Wanderers boss Sam Allardyce played his final game for the visitors. A Tiny mistake 1936 - We lost 2-1 in our final game of the season as we finished nineteenth with Stoke City securing their joint highest ever League placing, ending up fourth in the top flight. Fred Howe netted for the reds with centre-half Tom ‘Tiny’ Bradshaw putting through his own net and Jim Westland also on target for the home side. Injured 1992 – John Barnes had to limp off during our goalless draw at Sheffield Wednesday with an injury that ruled him out of the FA Cup Final the following weekend. Danny stays 2009 – Centre-half Daniel Agger agreed a new contract until 2014, later further extended. He struck fourteen times in 232 reds games since signing from Brøndby IF for £5.8m in January 2006, before returning there for a reported £3m in August 2014. Reds against reds 1984 - Alan Kennedy and Sammy Lee faced Ian Rush in a British International Championships game at the Racecourse Ground. It was Barney’s second and final cap. Future red Mark Wright made his England debut, while his future clubmate Paul Walsh won his fifth and last cap. Ex-red Joey Jones also played as the home side won 1-0 thanks to a Mark Hughes goal. Tosh’s first Swans cap 1979 - John Toshack won his first cap as a Swansea City player, and 35th overall, in Wrexham, coming on as a substitute in their 2-0 defeat by West Germany in a European Championships qualifier. Fellow ex-red Joey Jones also played. On their way out 2011 – Sami Hyypiä announced his retirement from playing, having bagged three goals in 61 outings for Bayer 04 Leverkusen after leaving Anfield two years earlier. On the same day, it was announced that Club Secretary Ian Silvester was to leave by mutual consent, having been in that role for two years. Young uncle Roy on target 1964 - Roy Evans netted for England Schoolboys as they beat their Scottish counterparts 4-2 at Dens Park in Dundee. 2007 – Future reds loanee Victor Moses featured for England Under-17’s in their 2-0 defeat of Iceland in the European Championships Finals in Belgium.
  4. Will

    29th April

    The first title 1901 – We won 1-0 at West Bromwich Albion to clinch our first League title, with John Walker on target in the first half of our final game of the season against the already-relegated Baggies. A fife and drum band playing “The Conquering Hero” welcomed the team back into Liverpool. The plan was to lift Club Secretary Tom Watson shoulder high in celebration, but as the Liverpool Echo said, “No arms were long enough to grip his girth.” However, our two inter-war meetings with the Baggies both resulted in 2-1 defeats. 1922 - Harry Beadles nabbed our consolation at Anfield, with Howard Gregory bagging a brace for the Baggies. 1933 - Tom Bradshaw was on target at The Hawthorns, with forward Ted Crawford playing his eighth and last reds game. Billy Richardson scored one of his nine goals past us, with Jock Carter also on target. Nando’s last 2006 - Fernando Morientes scored his twelfth and final reds goal, which was our 300th against Aston Villa in all competitions. Gareth Barry equalised with one of his four goals past us to date before Steven Gerrard struck his twentieth and 21st goals of the season to hand us a 3-1 victory in our last home game of the season. This brought us to 48 points from home League games that campaign, our highest ever tally in a 38-game season. Djimi Traoré made his 141st and last reds appearance in this game. 1961 - Dave Hickson played his 67th and last reds game in a 1-1 draw at Sunderland, with Roger Hunt netting our goal. We have twice more faced Aston Villa in the First Division on this day in history. 1899 - Centre-forward George Allan made his 96th and final reds appearance as we were thumped 5-0 at Villa Park. This was our last match of the season, in which Villa won the title by two points from the second-placed reds. Fred Wheldon struck the last two of his five goals against the reds, with Jack Devey nabbing two of his seven past us and Jimmy Crabtree also on target. 1911 - We won 3-1 at Anfield, with Ronald Orr bagging a brace and John McDonald also on the scoresheet as we finished in thirteenth after this our final game of the season, with Joe Walters netting one of his five goals against the reds. Unfortunately, this result helped Manchester United to claim their second League title. 1972 – We lost the second leg of the FA Youth Cup Final at Anfield 4-2 to Aston Villa, having already been beaten 1-0 in the first game. The reds included Brian Kettle and Phil Thompson. Testimonial for Shanks 1975 - A testimonial match for Bill Shankly was played at Anfield. Emlyn Hughes and Jimmy Case both bagged braces, with Alan Waddle and Tommy Smith also on target as the reds beat a Don Revie Select side 6-2. 1992 - We took part in another testimonial, drawing a benefit game for our former reserves forward Wayne Harrison 2-2 at Oldham Athletic. Don Hutchinson and Ronnie Rosenthal were on the scoresheet. Harrison had signed from Oldham for £250,000 in January 1985 but never made a senior reds appearance before he retired due to injury in the summer of 1991, aged just 23. Falling at the final hurdle 2010 – We were knocked out of the UEFA Europa League at the Semi-final stage on away goals by Club Atlético de Madrid, the third time in our history we had fallen foul of this rule in Europe. Alberto Aquilani opened the scoring just before the break with his second and final goal for the club, with the tie having to go into extra time. Yossi Benayoun scored his 29th and last reds goal early in the additional half hour, but Diego Forlán then bagged a crucial away goal, the most recent of his four past us. Philipp Degen played his thirteenth and final reds game. King Kenny starts out 1968 - Kenny Dalglish signed as a professional for Celtic. He helped them to four League titles, two Scottish Cups and a League Cup, bagging 167 goals in 322 games before moving to Anfield for £440,000 in August 1977. 2018 – Roberto Firmino signed a new contract, having so far scored fifty times in 140 reds games. 1957 – Full-back Allan Jones signed pro terms with the reds, having joined as an amateur two years earlier. He played five times before moving to Brentford in August 1963. Wembley disappointment 1950 - We lost our second FA Cup Final, this time 2-0 to Arsenal with Reg Lewis scoring in each half, the last of his five strikes against us, despite the reds having beaten the Gunners twice in the League that season. It was to be another fifteen years before we finally won the famous trophy. We had to wear blue socks in this match, due to a mix-up over changing from the usual red ones to white, with neither side playing in their regular home strips. Off the mark 1995 – Steve Harkness struck the first of his three reds goals early on at Norwich City, with Robert Ullathorne equalising soon after. Ian Rush grabbed the winner as we won 2-1, with City on their way down to the Endsleigh League. Beating the Clarets We have defeated Burnley twice at Anfield on this day in history, without conceding a single goal. 1905 - Jack Cox, Robbie Robinson and Jack Parkinson were on the scoresheet. Keeper Ned Doig saved a penalty in what was our final game of the season, as we claimed the Second Division championship for a third time. 1914 - A friendly ended 1-0 to the reds, with centre-half Bob Ferguson netting. Award winners 2001 – Steven Gerrard was named the PFA Young Player of the Year, to become the fourth reds recipient after Ian Rush, Robbie Fowler (twice) and Michael Owen. He was also named in the PFA Team of the Year, for the first of eight times, a record in the Premier League era. 2007 - On-loan keeper Scott Carson was named Charlton Athletic’s Player of the Season, despite the Addicks being on their way down to the Championship. Off to Plainmoor 1935 - We played a friendly at Torquay United as part of the transfer of left-back Jack Tennant and fellow defender Alf Gray from the Gulls the previous season. We lost 7-2, with Alf Hanson and Berry Nieuwenhuys on target for the reds. 1924 – We lost 4-1 at Partick Thistle in a testimonial match for the Jags’ Tommy Crichton. First caps 1981 - Ronnie Whelan won the first of his 53 Republic of Ireland caps, helping them to a 3-1 victory over Czechoslovakia at Lansdowne Road as a substitute. Also in action that day was Terry McDermott, coming off the bench as Romania held England to a goalless draw in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley. 1980 – Future reds centre-half Glenn Hysén won his first Under-21’s cap as Sweden lost 2-1 to the USSR in a friendly in Kiev. International reds on target 1987 - Ian Rush netted while winning his final cap in his first spell as a reds player. Wales drew 1-1 with Czechoslovakia in a European Championships qualifier in Wrexham. Meanwhile, Jan Mølby struck the only goal of Denmark’s win in Finland. John Aldridge, Ronnie Whelan and future reds John Barnes and Ray Houghton all also turned out for their countries that day. Young reds for England 1997 - Michael Owen netted for the England Under-18’s in their 2-1 European Championships qualifying defeat of Portugal at Gigg Lane. Jamie Carragher and future red Emile Heskey appeared for the Under-21’s at The Valley on the same day, as England were held to a goalless draw by Georgia in another qualifier while future red Alex Manninger played as Austria thumped Estonia 7-1. 2001 - John Welsh scored from the spot as England Under-16’s beat Germany 5-3 in a penalty shoot-out after their European Championships Quarter-final ended 1-1 at the Cellnet Riverside Stadium. On the same day, Alberto Aquilani won his thirteenth and final cap for Italy in the same competition as they drew 1-1 with Spain in Sunderland, with Fernando Torres netting for Spain. Derby disappointment 1895 – We lost the Liverpool Senior Cup Final 3-0 at Goodison Park. Keepers in opposition 2004 – Pepe Reina came off the bench for Spain Under-21’s as they beat Australia Under-23’s 1-0 in Lorca, with fellow future reds keeper Brad Jones winning the first of his six caps at this level for the losing side. No longer a Tractor boy 2001 - John Scales was released by Ipswich Town. He had only made four appearances since arriving from Tottenham Hotspur the previous July. Leo in the big time 1992 - Øyvind Leonhardsen won his first cap as a Rosenborg BK player, and twelfth in total, playing alongside clubmate Stig Inge Bjørnebye and fellow future red Torben Piechnik as Denmark beat Norway 1-0 in Århus. Future reds Nigel Clough and Paul Stewart and ex-reds John Aldridge and Steve Staunton also featured in internationals the same day.
  5. Will

    19th April

    European semi-finals 2001 - We became only the second team ever to stop Barcelona from scoring in both legs of a European tie, winning our UEFA Cup second leg at Anfield 1-0. Gary McAllister, who scored from the spot past future reds keeper Pepe Reina after Patrick Kluivert’s unnecessary handball, made his 700th club appearance in this game. Sander Westerveld later had Kopite hearts in mouths when he missed a back-pass that just rolled past his post. 1966 - We beat Celtic 2-0 at Anfield to reach the European Cup Winners’ Cup Final, in only our second season in European competition, with the goals coming from Tommy Smith and Geoff Strong and each side striking the bar. Strong’s headed goal came despite him having damaged a knee cartilage, with the BBC’s Kenneth Wolstenholme commentating, “the cripple has scored”. Celtic still claim that they had a late Bobby Lennox goal incorrectly disallowed for offside, which would have taken them through to the Final at Hampden Park against Borussia Dortmund. Derby joy at Goodison 2003 - Michael Owen netted in his sixth consecutive League match for the first time in his career, which was his first ever derby goal. Danny Murphy struck the winner after David Unsworth’s equaliser as we won 2-1. Everton had both David Weir and Gary Naysmith sent off. 1897 - We also took the short trip across the park when Tom Bradshaw netted as we lost a friendly 2-1. A treble Jack at Anfield 1913 - Forward Jack Parkinson bagged a hat-trick in our 5-0 League defeat of Bolton Wanderers, with Arthur Metcalf also netting as outside-right Arthur Goddard struck his 77th and last reds goal. 300 up for Sami 2008 - Sami Hyypiä played his 300th League game as we won 2-0 at Fulham, thanks to goals from Jermaine Pennant and Peter Crouch, as we moved to within a single point of Champions League qualification ahead of our Semi-final first leg of that campaign’s tournament. Pennant’s strike was our 400th away goal in the Premiership and his third and final reds goal. Wembley despair 2015 - Philippe Coutinho put us ahead in our FA Cup Semi-final against Aston Villa, but future red Christian Benteke bagged one of his seven goals past us to date before the break. Fabian Delph scored the winner as the reds disappointed on the big stage, although Mario Balotelli had a goal wrongly ruled out for offside. Up against the Irons 2010 - We beat West Ham United 3-0 at Anfield, with ex-Hammer Yossi Benayoun putting us in front with his stomach from a Steven Gerrard free-kick, before David N’Gog doubled our lead inside the opening half hour. Out final strike came from a Sotirios Kyrgiakos toe-poke that rebounded off the post and keeper Robert Green before crossing the line. 1958 – Billy Liddell struck as we drew 1-1 at Upton Park in our penultimate game of a season in which we finished fourth in the Second Division. Double Anfield debutants 1902 - Welsh inside-left Dickie Morris made his reds bow as a Sam Raybould goal gave us victory over Bury. 1954 - Forward and fellow countryman Tony Rowley netted on his reds debut as we thumped Middlesbrough 4-1. Sammy Smyth bagged a brace, with Billy Liddell also on the scoresheet. Draws galore 1952 - Our 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield was our nineteenth League draw of the season, our highest in any one season. The legendary Billy Liddell netted our goal. Thumped at home 1930 - We suffered our heaviest ever home League defeat as Bobby Gurney scored the first four of his sixteen goals against us in Sunderland’s 6-0 victory. George Lawley and Albert Wood also netted. 1947 - We also entertained the Wearsiders, with Albert Stubbins grabbing the only goal of another top-flight meeting. Mixed fortunes against Manchester United 1971 - We won 2-0 at Old Trafford, thanks to Steve Heighway and a Paul Edwards own goal. 1997 - We lost 3-1 at Anfield, with Gary Pallister netting twice for the visitors, and Andy Cole also on target with one of his eleven goals against the reds. John Barnes bagged our consolation, his 108th and final reds goal. First and last strikes 1957 - Right-back Don Campbell netted his first reds goal as we beat Bristol Rovers 4-1 at Anfield in the Second Division. Jimmy Melia and Tony Rowley were also on target, with Billy Liddell converting a penalty and Geoff Bradford scoring the last of his five goals past us. 1965 – Forward Phil Chisnall bagged his second and final reds goal as we beat Chelsea 2-0 at Anfield, with Geoff Strong adding the second. Keetley’s farewell 1924 - Joe Keetley made the last of his nine senior reds appearances as we drew 1-1 at Middlesbrough, with Danny Shone bagging our goal. 1975 - We also played at Ayresome Park, going down 1-0 in another top-flight meeting. Big wins 1935 - We thumped Stoke City 5-0 at Anfield, with Lance Carr netting his first reds goal. Fred Howe and Berry Nieuwenhuys were also on target as Vic Wright bagged a brace. 1969 - Another top-flight match ended 4-0 in L4, with Bobby Graham netting twice against Ipswich Town and Peter Thompson and Ian St. John also on the scoresheet. Towards the double 1986 - We won 2-1 at West Bromwich Albion, with Craig Madden’s goal being the Baggies’ last strike against the reds until April 2011. Goals from the old one-two of Kenny Dalglish and Ian Rush kept us on course for the double. Gunners again 1980 - We played our third consecutive game against Arsenal, with Kenny Dalglish netting in a 1-1 First Division draw at Anfield, with Brian Talbot on target for the Gunners with one of his six strikes past us. This followed the first two of our four FA Cup Semi-final encounters that season. Mighty Mouse on target 1978 - Ex-red Kevin Keegan netted England’s goal as they drew with Brazil in a friendly at Wembley. Future reds goalkeeping coach Joe Corrigan was between the sticks that day. A centenary special 1982 - We took part in a “Special Centenary Friendly”, drawing 1-1 with Northern Irish side Glentoran at The Oval, with Mark Lawrenson on the scoresheet.
  6. Will

    31st March

    Crouchie at the treble 2007 - Peter Crouch scored the perfect hat-trick of right-foot, header and left-foot shot as we thumped Arsenal 4-1 at Anfield to gain some measure of revenge for having been dumped out of both the FA and League Cups by the Gunners in L4 already that season. John Arne Riise played his 200th League game, while Daniel Agger grabbed the other goal, with William Gallas on target for the visitors. This was George Gillett Jr. and Tom Hicks’ first game as owners of the reds. 1969 - We were held to a 1-1 draw by Arsenal at Anfield. Tommy Smith converted a penalty at the second try, as Bob Paisley was on the field at the time of his first successful attempt, treating the injured Alun Evans. Triple debutants Three players have made their reds bows on this day over the years, all in League matches. 1984 - John Wark scored on his debut in a 2-0 win at Watford, our first League victory there, with Ian Rush also netting. 1990 - Ronnie Rosenthal made his reds debut in a 3-2 home win over Southampton with ex-red Jimmy Case giving the visitors the lead after Paul Rideout had equalised, when John Barnes and Ian Rush struck to add to a Russell Osman own goal. 1992 - Don Hutchinson started his Liverpool career in a 4-0 home victory over Notts County, with Michael Thomas, Steve McManaman, Ian Rush and Barry Venison all on target. Consecutive runs 1996 - Robbie Fowler scored in his seventh consecutive FA Cup round, as we beat Aston Villa 3-0 at Old Trafford in the Semi-final. He netted a brace to take him to sixteen strikes in his last fourteen outings, with Jason McAteer also on the scoresheet in the final minute. 1951 - Huddersfield Town won for the third consecutive League season at Anfield, this time 4-1, with inside-forward Jack Haigh grabbing our consolation, his third and last reds strike. Left-back Eddie Spicer put through his own net in the final minute. Jimmy Glazzard bagged one of his five goals against the reds, with Vic Metcalfe netting one of his six past us and Harold Hassal also on target. Failed penalties This has not been a good day for our penalty takers. 1973 - Pat Jennings made a double save from Tommy Smith’s spot-kick as we were held 1-1 by Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield, having already saved one from Kevin Keegan in the first half. Keegan netted our goal in the meantime. 1979 - Terry McDermott’s penalty hit a post and bounced away with the scores at 1-1 in our Maine Road FA Cup Semi-final with Manchester United. The game ended 2-2, with Kenny Dalglish and Alan Hansen on target, and we were knocked out in the replay at Goodison five days later. Most recently 2019 – We beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at Anfield, with Roberto Firmino nodding us ahead early on. Lucas Moura equalised after the break, but Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris failed to hold a last-minute Mohamed Salah header with the ball going into the net off Toby Alderweireld to send us back to the top of the table. 2018 – We won 2-1 at Crystal Palace despite falling behind to an early Luka Milivojević penalty. Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah both struck after the break to secure victory. 2013 - We won 2-1 at Aston Villa in an Easter Sunday game, after falling behind to a Christian Benteke strike, one of his seven goals past us to date. Jordan Henderson levelled the scores before Steven Gerrard converted a penalty. Up against Leeds 1965 - We discovered our opponents for the FA Cup Final when a Billy Bremner header handed Leeds United a 1-0 victory over Manchester United in their Semi-final replay at the City Ground in Nottingham. 1906 - We featured in another FA Cup Semi-final, losing 2-0 to eventual winners Everton at Villa Park, thanks to second-half goals from Walter Abbott and Harold Hardman. We have since won all six derbies at this stage or later of the competition. Beating the Mancs 2001 - We beat Manchester United 2-0 in the League at Anfield, with Steven Gerrard and Robbie Fowler scoring past the hapless Fabien Barthez, with Danny Murphy being sent off. 1985 - We lost our other meeting with United on this day, going down 1-0 at home thanks to a goal from Frank Stapleton. Top of the table 1986 - We headed the League table for the first time that season after a 2-0 Easter Monday defeat of Manchester City at Anfield, thanks to a brace from Steve McMahon. Signing on 1902 - Inside-left Richard Morris signed from Newtown. He only struck five times in 39 reds games before joining Leeds City in July 1905. 2011 – Future reds keeper Ádám Bogdán signed a new contract with Bolton Wanderers, having signed from Vasas in his native Hungary in August 2007. 2015 - Winger Ryan Kent signed a new contract, with his eventful year continuing with a first-team debut at Brisbane Roar in July followed by a loan move to Coventry City. He was recalled in January 2016 by Jürgen Klopp, making his senior bow in an FA Cup Third Round tie at Exeter City. Ton up for Alan 1956 - Alan A’Court played his hundredth reds game as we beat Bristol City 2-1 in a Second Division encounter at Anfield. Alan Arnell and John Evans, with a late penalty, got on the scoresheet with John Atyeo bagging one of his five goals past us. Beating the Rams We have twice beaten Derby County in top-flight matches on this day in history, hitting four goals each time. 1934 - Berry Nieuwenhuys struck a brace as we won 4-2 at Anfield, with Tom Johnson and Gordon Hodgson also scoring. Peter Ramage bagged one of his five goals past us, with Arthur Groves also on the scoresheet. 1948 - Jack Balmer netted twice as we won 4-0 at the Baseball Ground, with Albert Stubbins and Willie Fagan also on target. International debutants 1928 - Future red Tom ‘Tiny’ Bradshaw won his only cap for Scotland as they thumped England 5-1 in the British International Championships at Wembley. 1993 - Future red Abel Xavier was booked as he made his senior international bow in Portugal’s 1-1 draw with Roy Hodgson’s Switzerland in a World Cup qualifier in Bern. On the same day, Ian Rush netted as Wales beat Belgium 2-0 in Cardiff, playing alongside ex-red Dean Saunders. 2009 – Future reds forward Daniel Sturridge won his only cap for England Under-20’s in their 2-0 defeat of Italy at Loftus Road. On the same day, David N’Gog featured for France Under-21’s as they beat England 2-0 in Nottingham, with future red James Milner also in action. Swansea City’s Joe Allen also appeared at this level that day, with future red Mario Balotelli playing for Italy Under-21’s. Stan from a corner 1993 - Ex-red Steve Staunton scored direct from a corner for the Republic of Ireland for the second time, having achieved the same feat against Portugal ten months earlier. Fellow ex-reds Ray Houghton and Jim Magilton both also played as they beat Northern Ireland 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier at Lansdowne Road. Meanwhile, John Barnes and future reds Nigel Clough and Paul Ince played in England’s 2-0 win in Turkey. Vlad on target 1999 - Future red Vladimír Šmicer scored the winner as the Czech Republic won 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Scotland. Ex-red Don Hutchison made his debut in the same game, while Patrik Berger also featured and future red Gary McAllister won his 57th and final cap. On the same day, Dean Saunders won his first cap as an SL Benfica player as Wales lost 2-0 in another qualifier in Switzerland, with Stéphane Henchoz winning his final cap while with Blackburn Rovers. Future reds Craig Bellamy and Paul Jones also played. Meanwhile, future red Nicolas Anelka played as France beat Armenia 2-0 in Paris. 2004 - Henchoz also represented his country in their 1-0 friendly defeat in Greece. Derby joy 1945 - Billy Liddell grabbed the only goal of the game as we won a Wartime League match at Goodison Park that also counted towards the Wartime League Cup. Red endings 1898 – Half-back Barney Battles played his sixth and final reds game, the only one of his second spell at Anfield. Fred Geary bagged his fourteenth and last reds goal with Andrew McCowie also on target as we were held to a 2-2 top-flight draw at home by Bury. Forward Bobby Colvin was also playing his final reds game, although he had managed to rack up just three senior appearances, while defender John Holmes played his 44th and last game for us. William Brimblecombe struck twice for the visitors. 1894 – Inside-right John Givens headed in his third and final reds goal, the only score in our Second Division trip to Grimsby Town. First and last caps 2004 - Brad Friedel won his 82nd and final cap for the USA, keeping a clean sheet as they beat Jerzy Dudek’s Poland 1-0 in Plock. On the same day, Jari Litmanen won his last cap in his second spell as an Ajax player, his 85th in total. He also scored as Finland won a friendly 2-1 in Malta, with Sami Hyypiä also playing. Paul Jones won his first cap as a Wolverhampton Wanderers player on the same day as Wales won 2-1 in Hungary. Ex-red Gareth Roberts also featured. Steven Gerrard was on the losing side for England for the first time on the same day, skippering them for the first time to a 1-0 friendly defeat in Sweden. Jamie Carragher, Emile Heskey, future red Joe Cole and ex-red David James also featured in a match that was played to mark the centenary of the Swedish FA. 2015 - Jordan Henderson, Tiago Ilori, Divock Origi, Martin Škrtel, Harry Wilson, future reds Christian Benteke, Nathaniel Clyne, Xherdan Shaqiri and Gini Wijnaldum, and ex-reds Javier Mascherano and Mikel San José all represented their countries, with Roy Hodgson taking charge of England. Meanwhile, future red Joe Gomez won his fourth and last cap for England Under-19’s as they lost 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in France. On target for their countries 2004 - Future red Fernando Morientes struck as Spain beat Denmark 2-0 in a friendly in Gijón. Fellow future reds Xabi Alonso and Fernando Torres also played. Meanwhile, Milan Baroš and future red Robbie Keane were on target as the Czech Republic lost 2-1 to the Republic of Ireland in Dublin, and Dietmar Hamann struck as Germany beat Belgium 3-0 in Cologne. Bruno Cheyrou was also in international action that day, winning his third and final cap to date. 2010 – Raheem Sterling struck his only goal for England Under-16’s as they beat the Ukraine 3-1 in a Montaigu Tournament group game in St. Gilles Croix de Vie. This was his fourth cap at this level, and first as a reds player. 2011 – Sterling played for England Under-17’s as they beat Spain 2-1 in a European Championships Elite Round qualifier in Belgium, with fellow red Brad Smith also featuring 2012 – Future red Mohamed Salah scored in Egypt’s 4-0 friendly defeat of Chad in Sudan. 2014 – Dominic Solanke scored for England Under-17’s as they beat Italy 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in the Czech Republic, with fellow future red Joe Gomez also playing. Ray the dad 1978 – Keeper Ray Clemence became a father to Stephen, who went on to have a successful football career with Tottenham Hotspur, Birmingham City and Leicester City. Pako in charge 2016 – Former reds Assistant Manager Pako Ayestarán was appointed Head Coach of Valencia for the remainder of the season, following the sacking of Gary Neville.
  7. Will

    6th April

    On the way to our first European Cup 1977 - We drew closer to our first European Cup triumph. Having overcome Saint-Étienne in the previous round, we won our Semi-final first leg 3-1 at Zürich, with two goals from Phil Neal, including a spot-kick, and a Steve Heighway strike after we had gone behind to an early penalty from Peter Risi. Jordan’s ton up 2014 – Jordan Henderson reached a century of reds games as we won 2-1 at West Ham United. Steven Gerrard converted two spot kicks with ex-red Andy Carroll proving an awkward opponent. Guy Demel struck for the Hammers. Twice against the Sky Blues This has been a very busy day over the years, with a total of 26 matches played, fourteen of which we have won. However, our two most recent games on this day have both resulted in League defeats to Coventry City. 1997 - Robbie Fowler opened the scoring as we lost 2-1 at Anfield to effectively put us out of the title race. Noel Whelan equalised, with Dion Dublin bagging the injury time winner, the first of his seven strikes past us. 1996 - We lost 1-0 at Highfield Road, with Steve Harkness suffering a broken leg. City’s Whelan was again on target. Mixed fortunes against the Mancs 1968 - Ron Yeats and Roger Hunt netted as we won 2-1 at Old Trafford, with George Best scoring his seventh and last goal for the home side against us. 1931 - Alan Scott bagged our consolation as we were thumped 4-1. Ex-reds centre-forward netted the last two of his four goals against the reds, with Hugh McLenahan and Harry Rowley also on the scoresheet. Sailing in 1878 – Inside-forward John ‘Sailor’ Hunter was born in Johnstone, Renfrewshire. The Scottish international signed from Abercorn in 1899 and bagged twelve goals in 45 reds games before returning north of the border in a combined £300 deal with winger Tom Robertson in May 1902 to join Heart Of Midlothian. Hunter later became Motherwell’s longest ever serving Manager, taking charge of them for over a thousand games. Cyril’s treble 1942 - Cyril Done bagged a hat-trick as we beat Burnley 4-1 in a Wartime League game at Anfield that also counted towards the War League Cup, with Phil Taylor also on the scoresheet. 1896 - We hosted the Clarets in a testimonial match for reds defender Joe McQue on an Easter Monday. Tom Bradshaw struck twice with Fred Geary also on target as we won 4-2, with Clarke netting in his first reds game. 1928 - Our third meeting with Burnley was a top-flight encounter at Turf Moor, when Jimmy Walsh and Tom Reid scored as we drew 2-2. Ted off the mark 1932 – Forward Ted Hancock netted his first reds goal as we beat Chelsea 2-1 at Anfield, with Gordon Hodgson also on target. In comes Rab 1898 – Right-half Rab Howell signed from Sheffield United for £200. He went on to become the only true Romany to play for England, playing 67 reds games without scoring before joining Preston North End in June 1901. Ton up 1974 – Midfielder Peter Cormack played his hundredth reds game as we beat Queens Park Rangers 2-1 at Anfield, thanks to an Alec Lindsay penalty and an own goal from Terry Mancini. Cooper bows out 1940 - Right-back and former reds skipper Tommy Cooper played his final game for us in a Wartime League game at Anfield against his hometown team, Stoke City. He was killed on military duty just two months later. 1946 - We visited the Victoria Ground for another Wartime League match, with Cyril Done netting the only goal of the game. 1953 – South African half-back Hugh Gerhardi played his sixth and final reds game as we were thumped 4-0 in a top-flight match at Cardiff City. Wilf Grant and Ken Chisholm each netted the first two of their four goals against the reds. Chasing the Foxes twice We have twice beaten Leicester City 1-0 on this day over the years. 1976 - Kevin Keegan was on target at Anfield. 1985 - Ronnie Whelan netted at Filbert Street. International beginnings and end 1963 - Gerry Byrne and Jimmy Melia both won the first of their two England caps as they beat Ian St. John’s Scotland 2-1 in the British International Championships at Wembley. 1907 - Alex Raisbeck won his eighth and final cap as he skippered Scotland in their 1-1 draw in the same fixture at St. James’ Park. Sam Hardy kept goal for England that day. Three times against the Rams We have entertained Derby County three times on this day in history, winning twice and losing on the other occasion. 1907 - Joe Hewitt struck a brace as we won 2-0. 1935 - Berry Nieuwenhuys netted our consolation in a 3-1 defeat. Sammy Crooks struck one of his six goals past us, with Jack Bowers and Dickie Bird also on target as centre-forward Fred Howe made his reds bow. 1960 - Our most recent meeting was a Second Division fixture, when Roger Hunt, Alan A’Court, Johnny Wheeler and Dave Hickson bagged the goals in a 4-1 victory in a game that was originally postponed two months earlier. Beating the Owls We have twice defeated Sheffield Wednesday in top-flight matches at Anfield on this day in history. 1966 - Willie Stevenson grabbed the only goal of a game postponed from four days earlier. 1929 - Henry Race, James Clark and Gordon Hodgson all struck as we won 3-2. Ellis Rimmer and Jack Allen each netted one of their five goals against the reds. Meeting the Villains We have twice lost First Division matches to Aston Villa on this day in history. 1912 - Sam Gilligan grabbed our consolation in a 2-1 home defeat in what was keeper Sam Hardy’s 240th and final reds game prior to joining Villa, while Robbie Robinson also turned out for the 271st and last time. Harry Hampton bagged one of his fifteen goals past us, with Clem Stephenson scoring the first of his five against the reds. 1926 - We went down 3-0 at Villa Park. Fred Norris bagged a brace, with Reg Chester grabbing the first of four goals past us. Souey under the knife 1992 - Graeme Souness underwent a successful triple heart by-pass operation. Vitor off 2010 – Brazilian reserves forward Vitor Flora was sold to Goiás Esporte Clube. He had arrived in the summer of 2008, netting twice in nine second string outings in his first campaign in England, before he made just one appearance from the bench in the following season. International goalscorers 1891 – Future red Edgar Chadwick scored in the second of three consecutive internationals as England beat Scotland 2-1 in the British International Championships at Ewood Park. Fellow future red Fred Geary won his second and final cap for the home side in this fixture. 1996 – Future reds forward Haukur Ingi Guðnason netted for Iceland Under-19’s in their 3-1 defeat of Hungary in the Italy Tournament.
  8. Will

    18th March

    Happy birthday Spud 1977 - Danny Murphy was born in Chester. He arrived from Crewe Alexandra for an overall £3m fee in July 1997. Spud was nearly on his way out early into his Anfield career, but later established himself as a vital squad member. He made a total of 249 first-team appearances, notching 44 times, helping us to claim the UEFA Cup, FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FA Charity Shield before moving to Charlton Athletic for £2.5m in August 2004. Two-ton Rushie 1987 - Ian Rush bagged his 200th and 201st reds goals as we beat Queens Park Rangers 2-1, with ex-red Sammy Lee in the visitors’ side. Skipper once again 2010 – Steven Gerrard captained the reds for the 300th time as we beat Lille OSC Métropole 3-0 in the second leg of our UEFA Europa League Round of 16 tie at Anfield, so overcoming a 1-0 first leg deficit. Gerrard opened the scoring from the spot after Lucas was brought down inside the first ten minutes. Fernando Torres bagged a second-half brace to secure victory. On the way to Wembley 1989 - We beat Third Division Brentford 4-0 at Anfield in the Sixth Round of the FA Cup, thanks to a diving header from Steve McMahon, John Barnes strike and a late brace from Peter Beardsley as we headed towards Wembley yet again. 1899 - Unfortunately, we failed to reach our first ever FA Cup Final, holding Sheffield United to a 2-2 draw in the Semi-final at the City Ground, with George Allan and Hugh Morgan on the scoresheet. We eventually lost a second replay following a further draw. A disappointing League Cup first 1978 - We played our first ever League Cup Final, dominating the match but being held to a goalless draw by Nottingham Forest at Wembley, after extra time, before losing the replay four days later. Terry McDermott had a goal ruled out for offside with the referee also turning down a good penalty shout after Kenny Dalglish was felled in the area. Keeping milestones 2007 - Pepe Reina kept his fiftieth clean sheet as we held Aston Villa to a goalless draw at Villa Park, in what was his 93rd reds game. 1911 – Sam Hardy played his 200th reds game in our 2-1 top-flight defeat at Preston North End. Inside-left Ronald Orr struck our goal, with Ernest Bannister bagging a brace for the home side. Short-term long contracts 2009 - Rafael Benítez signed a new contract with the reds to tie him to Anfield until 2014. However, he left the club “by mutual consent” in June 2010 after 194 wins in his 350 games in charge. 2003 – Future reds right-back Glen Johnson signed a new four-year contract with West Ham United, although he moved to Chelsea for £6m just four months later. Other birthdays 1889 - Scottish left-back Bob Pursell was born in Campbeltown. He twice got us into trouble, firstly when we made an illegal approach to sign him from Queen’s Park in September 1911. 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. 1942 - Forward Reginald Blore was born in Wrexham. He only made one senior appearance for the reds, aged just seventeen, and later had much greater success at Oldham Athletic, for whom he made over 200 League appearances in midfield. He also won the Professional Footballers’ Golf Championship in 1968! 1952 - Academy Chief Scout Dave Moss was born in Witney. He played as a striker for Swindon Town and Luton Town before moving into coaching, joining the reds in February 2006. Heading towards Wembley 2012 – We beat Stoke City 2-1 in the FA Cup Sixth Round at Anfield. Luis Suárez scored before ex-red Peter Crouch headed in a leveller, one of his four goals past us to date. Stewart Downing scored the winner after the break. Unhappy millennium 1922 - We lost 2-0 at home to Bolton Wanderers in a top-flight encounter that was our thousandth first-class fixture, with William Cunningham playing his third and final reds game. Joe Smith netted one of his twelve goals past us with David Jack nabbing one of his nine in a match that also counted for Section 2 of the Lancashire Senior Cup. Getting rammed 2001 - Robbie Fowler played his 300th reds game in our 1-1 home League draw with Derby County, as Michael Owen equalised Deon Burton’s opener for the Rams. 2000 - We won 2-0 at Pride Park, with Owen and Titi Camara getting our goals. Sam’s treble 1905 - Sam Raybould scored a hat-trick in our 6-1 Second Division defeat of Gainsborough Trinity at Anfield. Jack Parkinson added a brace, with Arthur Goddard also on the scoresheet. European memories 1981 - We won 1-0 at CSKA Sofia in the second leg of our European Cup Third Round tie, with David Johnson on target after Sammy Lee had hit the post to send us through 6-1 on aggregate. Ray Clemence saved a penalty from Plamen Markov with ten minutes to go after a Jimmy Case foul. The night was one of mixed fortunes for our scorer, as Johnson pulled a hamstring, and had to be replaced by Steve Heighway before half time. 1992 - Less happily, we crashed out of the UEFA Cup at the Fourth Round stage, losing 2-1 to Genoa at Anfield to bow out 4-1 overall. Ian Rush bagged our goal with Mark Wright being taken off with a torn hamstring after just seventeen minutes. Uruguayan forward Carlos Aguileira struck both the visitors’ goals. Ronnie at the wrong end 1990 - Ronnie Whelan scored a late own goal at Old Trafford, although we still beat Manchester United 2-1 on the way to our most recent League title. John Barnes bagged both our goals, with one coming from the spot, his fiftieth reds goal. 1916 - We also took a trip down the East Lancs. Road with our Wartime League fixture ending goalless. Thumping the Geordies 1972 - We trounced Newcastle United 5-0 at Anfield with Chris Lawler, Kevin Keegan, John Toshack, Emlyn Hughes and Steve Heighway all netting. To Elland back 1933 - Leeds United recorded their best ever win over the reds, thumping us 5-0 at Elland Road, to complete a League double. Centre-half Tom ‘Tiny’ Bradshaw put through his own net, with Jack Mahon bagging the first two of his four goals against the reds, Arthur Hydes scoring the first of his four past us and Harry Duggan bagging one of his five. 1936 - We beat the Yorkshire side 2-1 at Anfield, with Fred Howe and Phil Taylor on target. Arthur Riley saved a penalty from the visitors’ Jack Milburn, with George Brown netting the last of his nine strikes against us. Representative honours 1895 – Forward Gerald Dewhurst won his only England cap as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Wales in the British International Championships at Queen’s Club in London. He was a Liverpool Ramblers player at the time and had played one reds game as a guest from Corinthians in March 1894. 1964 - ‘Sir’ Roger Hunt played for the Football League as they drew 2-2 with a Scottish League side at Roker Park. Loan moves 2000 - Former reserves forward Sean Friars joined Portadown on loan from Ipswich Town. He returned to Portman Road two months later, where he continued to fail to break through. 2005 - Former second-string defender Andrew Nicholas joined Chester City on loan from Swindon Town. He played five League Two games in his spell with the Blues.
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