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  • April 11th 2011
    Andy Carroll scores his first goal for the reds following his record £35m transfer. In fact he scored twice in a 3-0 win over Manchester City at Anfield, split by a Dirk Kuyt goal. This was also the debut appearance for Jon Flanagan.

    April 12th 1969
    A 3rd goal of the season from Emlyn Hughes and a winner from Ian Callaghan is enough to keep the reds in touch with the title with a 2-1 over Leicester at Filbert Street.

    April 13th 1998
    Remember David Thompson, the lad scored his first goal for Liverpool against Crystal Palace in a 2-1 victory at Anfield. He scored another 4 before moving to Coventry in 2000.

    April 14th 2009
    The day when Liverpool oh so nearly made one of the best come backs of all time. Poignantly on the 20th Hillsborough anniversary the reds attempted to overturn a 3-1 aggregate deficit in the Champions League quarter final second leg agaisnt Chelsea. Two first half goals from Xavi Alonso and Fabio Aurelio put the reds in a great position before three second half goals from Chelsea looked to put the tie beyond us, 6-3 on aggregate. The Anfield never say die attitiude came through as the reds refused to lie down and with ten minutes left Kuyt and Lucas scored to make it a tantalising finish. Unfortunately Liverpool couldn't find another and Lampard scored on the break to make it 4-4 on the night.


    • April 15th 1989
      The darkest Day in the history of Liverpool Football Club as 96 fans are killed, crushed to death, at Hillsborough. The disaster that occurred in a FA cup semi final game against Nottingham Forest lead to widespread reform and improvement of football stadiums, It's just s shame so many innocent fans had to lose their lives to achieve this.

      April 16th 1966
      Bill Shankly's Liverpool win the League with 3 games still to go beating Stoke City 2-0 at Anfield. Geoff Strong and Ian St John were the goalscorers.

      April 17th 1922
      Another league win for Liverpool with 3 games still to play, this time it was David Ashworth's team that beat Burnley 2-1 to take the crown.

      April 18th 1964
      And again Liverpool win the league with three still to play. This was Bill Shankly's first title with Liverpool, claimed with a convincing 5-0 demolition of Arsenal at Anfield.


      • Firstly a negative and a follow on from The Red Man's mention of the Hillsborough disaster: The 19th of April was the day The Sn published their infamous 'THE TRUTH' headline. Something that has influenced opinion on Scousers to this day with the lies and filth it made up under what must be one of the most ironic headlines of all time. It was the start of the spin to distract from police failings and it worked, for 27 years at least. That rag still can't be found in the majority of newsagents in the city and I'm proud of that fact.

        Anyway, on a happier note we beat The Ev 2-1 on this day in 2003 at Goodison Park. A goal from Michael Owen just after the half hour mark gave us the lead before David Unsworth equalised after 58 minutes. Danny Murphy got the winner in the 64th minute.


        • 19th April 1983
          Liverpool are the title winners yet again despite not winning any of their previous seven games. This was Bob Paisleys last season in charge

          20th April 1935
          A 6-0 win over Chelsea is followed with at 5-0 win over Stoke City.

          21st April 2009
          Liverpool and Arsenal put on another great Monday night goal fest with a thrilling 4-4 draw. It was only 1-0 to Arsenal at half time, 7 goals in the second period including two doubles from Torres and Benayoun.

          22nd April 1981
          The reds earn a 1-1 draw away to Bayern Munich in the European Cup semi final second leg. Following a 0-0 draw at Anfield Ray Kennedy's goal was enough to send Liverpool through on the away goals rule.

          23rd April 2011
          During Kenny Daglish second spell in charge the reds batter Brimingham 5-0 with a Maxi Rodriguez hatrick and goals from Dirk Kuyt and Joe Cole.

          April 24th 1914
          Liverpool lose their first ever FA cup final to Burnley in the last final to be held at Crystal Palace and the last to be played before the outbreak of war. The game was also the first to be watched by a reigning monarch, King George V

          April 25th 1978
          Tommy Smith plays in his last appearance for the reds with a 1-0 over the Gunners. The reds captain played 638 times scoring 48 goals, he rose up from groundsman and trainer and was known as one of the hard men of the game with uncompromising tackles he took no prisoners.


          • We've played Chelsea twice on this date in recent times, once in 2006 and once in 2008. In 2006 we beat them 2-1 at Stamford Bridge thanks to goals from Garcia and Riise and a late one from Drogba. It sent us through to the FA Cup final and I think we all know what happened there!

            In 2008 it was a 1-1 draw at Anfield in the 1st leg of the Champions League semi-final. Kuyt opened the scoring and Riise scored THAT own goal in the 90th minute. I'm going to pretend I don't know what happened in the second leg.


            • Two players scored their debut goals today. The first was a young Toxteth born man named Howard Gayle. He was the first black player to play for Liverpool and his story is a reminder about how far we've come as far as racism in football is concerned, as well as how far we still have to travel. This from

              "Gayle was often on the receiving end of racial abuse from opposing supporters as he explained in Dave Hill's book, "Out of His Skin"]

              The goal came after 25 minutes of a home tie against Spurs in 1981, with a certain Glenn Hoddle netting the equaliser just three minutes later.

              The second debut goal was scored by Maxi Rodriguez on this day in 2010. The lad who ran down the wing for us was only born a few months before Gayle scored his first goal for Liverpool. He scored his first of 17 goals from 73 games during a 4-0 win over Burnley at Turf Moor. It followed a brace from Steven Gerrard and a Ryan Babbel netted the 4th in the 90th minute.


              • April 26th 1986
                Liverpool make it 9 wins out of 10 with a 5-0 win over Birmingham City made up of a Gary Gillespie hattrick (rare for a defender) and goals from Rush and Molby.

                April 27th 1991
                Liverpool win 3-1 at Higbury in a testimonial match for Ray Kennedy. The Liverpool and Arsenal player won every major domestic honour with LFC.

                April 28th 1990
                Liverpool secure their 18 and last (to date) English League title with a 2-1 victory over QPR.

                April 29th 1901
                The day after Liverpool won their 18th title in 1990 they won their first ever title in 1901 beating West Brom by a goal to nil at the Hawthorns.


                • April 26th 2016: A jury of six men and nine women clear Liverpool fans of any wrongdoing whatsoever on the day of the Hillsborough disaster and declare, by a majority of 7 to 2, that the 96 supporters who died on that day were unlawfully killed. Many, including John Aldridge, declare it to be the biggest victory in the history of Liverpool Football Club.


                  • Here Here Trevor, a massive day in the history of Liverpool Football club, English football, the FA and the whole English establishment. A great lesson that jutice can prevail if you fight hard enough for it.

                    Lest we not forget also who created the "them agaisnt us" mentality at the time between the people and the Yorkshire police, that btch Thatcher.


                    • Spot on Red Man. I still believe that more will come out about just how much Thatcher knew and was involved with all of this.

                      Anyway, getting back to OTD stuff and there are two things worth mentioning]

                      Chris Kirkland was born on this day in 1981. The former Liverpool 'keeper was signed from Coventry City for £6 million in 2001 on the same day that Jerzy Dudek was signed from Feyenoord. He played 45 games for the Reds and had a win ratio of 40%. He's still playing football, plying his trade with Preston North End.

                      There was also a signing made by Liverpool on this day that is worth talking about. On the 2nd of May 1961 Liverpool signed a young man named Ian St. John from Motherwell for £37,500. He played 425 games for the Reds and scored 118 goals. He left Liverpool for Hellenic having won the league title in 964/64 and 1965/66 as well as the second division title in 1961-1962 and the FA Cup in 1965.

                      Saint became famous later in his life when he teamed up with Jimmy Greaves and made a much beloved TV Show for ITV.


                      • 30th April 1977
                        Another division one title for the reds as they beat third placed Ipswich 2-1 while second placed Man City lose to Derby County by 4 goals to nil at the Baseball ground.

                        1st May 1965
                        In the First FA cup final to go to extra time since 1947 Liverpool eventually beat Leeds United 2-1 with an extra time goal from Ian St John. Hunt had scored first for the reds who were then pegged back to 1-1 by a Billy Bremner goal.

                        2nd May 1981
                        Liverpool continue a 5 game winless run with a second consecutive home defeat at Anfield, losing 1-0 to Sunderland.

                        3rd May 1967
                        After 9 games in a row drawing 0-0 at half time Liverpool finally grab a first half goal through Willie Stevenson agaisnt Leeds United. The reds went on to lose the game 2-1 however.

                        4th May 1956
                        Liverpool sack a manager for the first time ever. Don Welsh, who has the worst win percentage of any LFC boss, was sacked for failing to return the club to the top division following relegation in 1954

                        5th May 1979
                        Liverpool win their third league title under Bob Paisley, 11th in total at the time. The reds beat Southampton 2-0 to win and ended up eventually 8 points ahead of Brian Clough's European Cup winning Nottingham Forest.

                        6th May 1915
                        Liverpool manager Tom Watson unexpectedly dies just two weeks after taking the club to their first ever cup final (beaten by Burnley 1-0). He remains the clubs longest serving manager.

                        7th May 1988
                        Liverpool smash Sheffield Wednesday 5-1 at Hillsborough.

                        8th May 1988
                        The day after their resounding win over the Owls Liverpool release the Anfield Rap ahead of their FA cup fianl appearance. The "hit" reached number 3 in the charts.

                        9th May 1992
                        The reds win their first trophy under Graeme Souness beating Sunderland 2-0 at Wembley. Michael Thomas and Ian Rush both score to secure Liverpool's 5th FA cup.


                        • 19th May - What does the name Mikel Dominguez mean to you? Probably absolutely sweet FA. He left the club on this day in 2010, though. We signed him for £270,000 from Athletic Bilbao and he never played a single minute for us.

                          We signed a player who had a bit more of an impact on this day, though. Sami Hyypia cost just £2.5 million when we signed him from Willem II on this day in 1999. The big Finn went on to play 464 games for the Reds, scoring 35 goals. His medal haul was the stuff of legend, though. He won two FA Cups, a League Cup, the UEFA Cup and the Champions League. Here's an interesting story on him from

                          Liverpool have a TV cameraman to thank that Hyypia came to Liverpool. Former Chief Executive at Liverpool, Peter Robinson, tells the story: "It was mid-way through the 1998/99 season when there was a knock on the door of my office at Anfield," Robinson said. "I had never met the chap. He came in and introduced himself as a cameraman who covered football in Europe. He knew we were looking for a strong defender and recommended we take a look at Sami, who was playing for Willem, one of the smaller Dutch clubs. That is how it all started. I passed the message on to Gérard and, over the next few months, members of the staff went to Holland to watch him on several occasions."


                          • Three things worthy of mention have happened on the 7th of June over the years, starting with a pretty big one and getting progressively less interesting.

                            On this day in 1938 a fella called Ian St. John was born in Motherwell, Scotland. He was signed by the Reds in 1961, St. John went on to be one of the club's most important players in the early part of Shankly's reign. This from

                            "One Sunday morning in 1961 the Sunday Post had the headline "St John wants to go"," Shankly said. "I was on the phone straight away and we were in Motherwell on the Monday night. Charlie Mitten came on the scene from Newcastle and tried to sign him, but we arranged the fee of £37,500 on the Monday night and signed St John the next day. I said to Mr. Sawyer [Eric Sawyer, Liverpool's financial director], 'He's not just a good centre-forward, he's the only centre-forward in the game.'" St John made an immediate impact by scoring a hat-trick on his Liverpool debut in a 4-3 defeat to Everton in the Liverpool Senior Cup final at Goodison Park. Ron Yeats followed his fellow countryman south of the border in July.

                            His attitude and knowledge of the game naturally took him to work in television after he retired as a player, forming a brilliant partnership with Jimmy Greaves in the TV Show 'Saint and Greavsie".

                            Transfer-wise, the club signed two players of mildly differing ability on this day: Nigel Clough came in in 1993 and Bernard Diomede in 2000.

                            Clough, son of Brian, was signed from his dad's old side Nottingham Forest for £2.28 million. He played 44 games for the Reds and scored nine goals, though he left the club without a trophy to his name. A shame, as from 1984 until we signed him he'd played 400 games for Forest and netted 130 times. He has since gone on to try and make a name for himself as a manager, but will always exist in his father's shadow in the game.

                            As for Diomede, he was one of a number of French recruits that were supposed to take Houllier's Reds to the title. Signed for £3 million from Auxerre, he went on to play just five times for Liverpool, never getting his name on the scoresheet. He scored a fantastic overhead kick in his second game but it was, incorrectly, not given as it didn't appear to have crossed the line.