DELVING deep into the history books this week with some historic wins by the mighty Reds.
We start on September 7 1935 — only slightly before my time — as George Patterson’s Liverpool side welcomed an Everton side, which featured Dixie Dean, to Anfield. The 46,000-strong crowd at Anfield were in for a treat, as first half doubles from Fred Howe and third all time top goalscorer Gordon Hodgson put the home side into a commanding 4-0 lead before the break. Howe added two more in the dying stages of the game to send the Blues home with their tails between their legs, in what remains our biggest win over our Merseyside rivals.
The next few historic results have a more modern day feel to them. First, we go back to September 7 1946 as George Kay’s Reds recorded a 7-4 win over Chelsea. The Liverpool side that day featured Billy Liddell and legendary manager Bob Paisley, with the former opening the scoring as Bill Jones struck twice before Willie Fagan notched to ensure a comfortable lead at half time. Things got better for Liverpool after the restart as Jack Balmer bagged before Liddell added his second, taking a 6-0 lead, but Chelsea responded with four goals inside 20 minutes to give the home side something to think about. But Fagan’s second of the game wrapped up the win with three minutes remaining. A heart-in-mouth goal fest Jürgen Klopp would be proud of!
The next two wins date back to 1928 and 1930, the former a 6-3 win over current Premier League champions Leicester City — with goals from Dick Edmed, Bob Done, Jimmy McDougall, Tom Reid and a trademark double from Hodgson (not that one). The latter was a 7-2 win over Bolton Wanderers, Hodgson and Edmed both at the double, as Archie McPherson’s brace and a Jimmy Smith strike sealed a big win for the Reds. It is slightly comforting to see that, even over 80 years ago, we were still scoring and leaking goals.
Also this week…
World Cup winner Roger Hunt made his Liverpool debut, and marked it with a goal, in a 2-0 home win over Scunthorpe United, in the old 2nd division. Hunt remains to this day the Reds second all time top scorer, with 285 goals, and top league goalscorer, with 244 goals.
It was 15 years this week that we first saw a big Pole in our goal, as Jerzy Dudek made his Liverpool debut. Despite being erratic for much of his Liverpool career, his performances in both the 2003 League Cup final and the 2005 Champions League final secured himself cult status.
Meanwhile, Patrik Berger made his debut for the club, and went on to establish himself as a fan favourite in 196 appearances — getting on the scoresheet on 35 occasions. The Big Finn, Sami Hyypia, scored his debut goal against the Mancs, and would add 34 more goals over the duration of his time at Anfield — which is not bad at all for a defender. Finally, it’s 11 years since Rafa Benitez’s side secured a 3-0 win over West Brom, but more importantly the ever-reliable Steve Finnan and fan favourite Luis Garcia scored their first goals in the red shirt.
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