The opening 90 minutes failed to yield a goal, leading to the first period of extra-time in a cup final since Goals from Roger Hunt and Ian St. In doing away with white socks and trim, Shanks thought his team would be more intimidating. As ever, he was right. Welcome to Europe, Liverpool FC. The Reds face Icelandic outfit Reykjavik in their first ever European Cup outing and make a strong start as they claim a five-goal away victory.
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A win at Anfield follows in the second leg, making for a remarkable success on aggregate. The first piece of silverware of a truly historic season arrives as Liverpool and West Ham play out a draw to share the Charity Shield. After a season of consolidation following promotion from Division Two, Bill Shankly completes a remarkable turnaround in the club's fortunes by bringing the League Championship back to Anfield for a sixth time.
The key points are picked up with a win against Arsenal on April 18, , a day when the turnstiles had to be locked an hour before kick off because the ground was already full. When Bill Shankly signed Ron Yeats in July , he claimed with astonishing certainty that the centre-back would lead Liverpool back into the top-flight of English football. Within 12 months, the legendary manager was proved right.
Promotion was confirmed with five games remaining thanks to a win over Southampton. Eight years after Don Welsh oversaw one of the darkest days in the club's history, Liverpool were back were they belonged. A date that will forever be etched in the annals of Anfield history - Liverpool Football Club announce Bill Shankly as the successor to Phil Taylor in the managerial hotseat.
Nobody knew at the time but the Reds were about to enter their most exciting era. Second Division mediocrity was to soon be a thing of the past as Shanks set about transforming the club's fortunes. Supporting Liverpool would never be the same again. Liverpool suffer the humiliation of losing to non-league opposition as they are knocked out of the FA Cup by Worcester. Fifty consecutive seasons of top-flight football comes to an end. A defeat at home to Cardiff City - a game which sees Billy Liddell miss a penalty - consigns Don Welsh's team to the drop.
Anfield welcomes 61, fans for an FA Cup fourth round meeting with Wolves - a record attendance to this day. The Reds finish just a point ahead of rivals Manchester United to win the first post-war league title. Jack Balmer hits consecutive hat-tricks in matches against Portsmouth, Derby County and Arsenal - a feat that has yet to be bettered by a Liverpool player.
Stubbins went on to score 83 goals in first-team appearances for the Reds. Jack Balmer nets what is thought to be the fastest goal in Liverpool Football Club's long and illustrious history. Just 10 seconds had passed in the season's second Merseyside derby at Goodison Park when Balmer rippled the back of the net in front of 33, largely baffled spectators. The Spion Kop had already developed a reputation for being one of the most vocal stands in the country, but after undergoing a major revamp that saw it extended to feet by feet, it was transformed into an imposing sight for opposition players, housing up to 30, standing spectators.
The most important addition saw it topped by an iron cantilever roof, a feature that would act an as an amplifier for the deafening roars of a passionate crowd. Despite manager David Ashworth deciding to return to former club Oldham Athletic midway through the season, Liverpool go on to clinch the Championship by finishing six points ahead of Sunderland. Oldham were bottom of the League at the time of Ashworth's return, and indeed went on to suffer relegation. An opening-day thrashing at Sunderland's Roker Park hardly bodes well for a renewed assault on the league title, but Liverpool recover from the reverse to bring a third Championship to Anfield.
Despite losing two of the final three games of the season, Liverpool end the campaign six points ahead of second-placed Tottenham. The First Division title returns to Anfield as newly promoted Liverpool follow up the Division Two title by running out as winners in the top flight the very next season. Just eight years after entering the Football League, Liverpool Football Club rise to the pinnacle of the English game with a title triumph that set the tone for future generations at Anfield. Tom Watson is appointed Liverpool manager. The Newcastle-born boss had taken Sunderland from obscurity to three league titles before Reds chief John McKenna made a financial offer he simply couldn't refuse.
Promotion-chasing Liverpool bank a record league win with a romp over Rotherham that had Anfield purring. Higher Walton are the opposition as Liverpool play their first competitive match - an victory! The club was formally recognised by the Board of Trade on June 3, making it our official birthday. Our story is still being written June 3 Liverpool FC celebrates its th birthday.
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November 29 Ben Woodburn breaks Michael Owen's year-old record to become Liverpool's youngest ever goalscorer, netting the second goal in a victory over Leeds United aged just 17 years and 45 days. October 4 Brendan Rodgers is relieved of his duties as manager after more than three years in charge of the Reds.
May 11 Heartbreak as Liverpool narrowly lose out to Manchester City in the race for the Premier League title, though they seal a return to the Champions League in the process. June 1 Brendan Rodgers becomes the 19th different man to take the managerial hotseat at Anfield after impressing with Swansea City. Reds end trophy wait February 26 Liverpool end a six-year wait for silverware with a dramatic penalty shootout victory over Cardiff City in the League Cup final at Wembley. May 12 Fenway Sports Group and Liverpool FC confirm that Kenny Dalglish has been appointed as manager on a permanent basis after signing a three-year deal.
January 8 Roy Hodgson leaves the club by mutual consent, with Kenny Dalglish taking the reins until the end of the season. The miracle of Istanbul May 25 The most incredible night in the club's history sees a fifth European Cup added to the Anfield trophy cabinet. August 24 Liverpool become the only English side to have won five trophies in a single calendar year as they beat German giants Bayern Munich to win the European Super Cup. Dortmund delight for treble-winning Reds May 16 Liverpool's class of etch their names into the history books by securing a unique treble on a thrilling night in Dortmund as they beat Alaves to lift the UEFA Cup.
February 25 Liverpool survive an extra-time scare to overcome Birmingham City on penalties in an epic League final and clinch their first trophy since July 16 Gerard Houllier arrives as joint manager, working initially alongside Roy Evans. May 6 Michael Owen becomes the club's youngest ever goalscorer in the penultimate game of the season, netting against Wimbledon at Selhurst Park aged just 17 years and days.
The Kop's last stand April 30 An emotional day at Anfield sees 44, supporters say a fond farewell to the standing Kop. October 18 Ian Rush writes himself into the Liverpool record books as he surpasses Roger Hunt to become the club's top scorer of all-time courtesy of a goal against Manchester United at Old Trafford. Reds clinch 18th league title April 28 Liverpool clinch the title with two games to spare as they come from behind to beat Queens Park Rangers courtesy of goals from Ian Rush and John Barnes. August 12 Liverpool bring Arsenal crashing back down to earth as they claim a victory over George Graham's champions to retain the Charity Shield at Wembley.
May 26 Michael Thomas breaks the hearts of Kopites across the world by scoring a last-gasp goal at Anfield to secure a win for Arsenal that sends the title to Highbury on goals scored. April 15 The darkest day in the club's history.
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August 20 Just three months after having an FA Cup final spot-kick saved, John Aldridge goes some way to exorcising his demons by scoring a Wembley brace to help the Reds beat Wimbledon to the Charity Shield. April 23 Kenny Dalglish's new-look Liverpool claim league title number 17 with some of the most exciting and exhilarating attacking football ever witnessed at Anfield.
August 16 Ian Rush strikes a dramatic late equaliser as the spoils are shared in an all-Merseyside Charity Shield contest at Wembley. Liverpool at the double under Kenny May 10 Under the guidance of player-manager Kenny Dalglish, the Reds pip reigning league champions Everton to capture a 16th championship crown and third FA Cup success - the first league and cup double in our history.
A day of solemn remembrance for LFC, Juventus and the entire football family. May 12 Joe Fagan leads Reds to title glory in his first season in charge, with draws against Notts County and Norwich City enough to see Liverpool end the season as champions for the 15th time. March 28 A fourth successive League Cup victory for Liverpool in the first ever all-Merseyside cup final.
Reds win 14th title as Paisley bows out April 19 Liverpool make it back-to-back titles as they beat newly promoted Watford to the league with an point cushion. A 13th title heads to Anfield May 15 A mid-season reshuffle sees the Reds go on a remarkable run in the second half of the season to seal a 13th league title. March 13 Liverpool pick up two trophies for the price of one as they beat Tottenham Hotspur after extra-time to clinch the League Cup at Wembley.
Kennedy the hero as Reds beat Madrid 27 May A left-back with a knack for the unpredictable emerges as the hero as Liverpool secure a third European Cup triumph in just five years at the expense of Real Madrid in Paris. April 1 Alan Hansen is the unlikely matchwinner as Liverpool finally break their League Cup hoodoo to lift the trophy for the first time. Villa victory seals league triumph May 8 The Boot Room boys gather for a drink having secured an 11th league title in record-breaking style, amassing a magnificent 68 points - a Football League record under the old two points for a win system.
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May 14 Liverpool win a 10th league title, largely thanks to a home record that sees them claim an impressive 18 victories from 21 matches at Anfield. August 14 Liverpool beat Southampton to win the Charity Shield.
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May 4 The Reds go into their final league game of the season knowing that a point against Wolves will be enough to clinch a record ninth title on goal difference. September 17 Liverpool romp to a record-breaking victory over Norwegian side Stromsgodset, winning in the first round of the Cup Winners' Cup. Sensation as Shankly resigns July 12 An era ends. April 28 The Reds emerge triumphant from a three-way battle for the title with Leeds United and Arsenal. Shankly defiant in defeat May 9 The FA Cup final ends in defeat at the hands of a double-winning Arsenal side, but the day still proves to be a significant one in the club's history.
August 13 Returning World Cup winner Roger Hunt fires in an unstoppable yard drive after just nine minutes to clinch a victory over Everton and secure the Charity Shield outright for the first time in the club's history. August 14 Liverpool share the Charity Shield for the second consecutive year following a draw with Manchester United. May 1 For 73 years, the FA Cup remained a notable absentee on Liverpool Football Club's roll of honour - that changed on the unforgettable afternoon of May 1, Reds sport all-red kit for first time November 25 In November , Bill Shankly had an idea: to send his team out in all red.
April 15 The first piece of silverware of a truly historic season arrives as Liverpool and West Ham play out a draw to share the Charity Shield. April 18 After a season of consolidation following promotion from Division Two, Bill Shankly completes a remarkable turnaround in the club's fortunes by bringing the League Championship back to Anfield for a sixth time. Reds promoted from Division Two April 21 When Bill Shankly signed Ron Yeats in July , he claimed with astonishing certainty that the centre-back would lead Liverpool back into the top-flight of English football.
Shankly signs in at Anfield December 1 A date that will forever be etched in the annals of Anfield history - Liverpool Football Club announce Bill Shankly as the successor to Phil Taylor in the managerial hotseat. January 15 Liverpool suffer the humiliation of losing to non-league opposition as they are knocked out of the FA Cup by Worcester. April 24 Fifty consecutive seasons of top-flight football comes to an end. February 2 Anfield welcomes 61, fans for an FA Cup fourth round meeting with Wolves - a record attendance to this day.
April 29 Liverpool suffer cup final defeat to Arsenal in their first ever Wembley outing. Reds confirmed as post-war champions June 14 The Reds finish just a point ahead of rivals Manchester United to win the first post-war league title. November 23 Jack Balmer hits consecutive hat-tricks in matches against Portsmouth, Derby County and Arsenal - a feat that has yet to be bettered by a Liverpool player. February 16 Jack Balmer nets what is thought to be the fastest goal in Liverpool Football Club's long and illustrious history.
Spion Kop gets a roof August 28 The Spion Kop had already developed a reputation for being one of the most vocal stands in the country, but after undergoing a major revamp that saw it extended to feet by feet, it was transformed into an imposing sight for opposition players, housing up to 30, standing spectators. Back-to-back title triumphs April 21 Despite manager David Ashworth deciding to return to former club Oldham Athletic midway through the season, Liverpool go on to clinch the Championship by finishing six points ahead of Sunderland.
April 15 An opening-day thrashing at Sunderland's Roker Park hardly bodes well for a renewed assault on the league title, but Liverpool recover from the reverse to bring a third Championship to Anfield. Never has the term 'Mr Consistency' been more apt than when discussing the merits of Neal in a Liverpool shirt. A month after his low-key arrival, Neal was pitched into his senior debut at just a few hours' notice, but made a good early impression by coping admirably with the intense pressure of a high-octane goalless Merseyside derby at Goodison Park.
Adept in both full-back berths, it was on the right side that he eventually settled. Dependable rather than spectacular, he set about his tasks with the minimum of fuss and was never one to seek the limelight. Calm under pressure and a real team player, it was no surprise when an England call came his way.
Neal went on to represent his country 50 times and later became assistant manager under Graham Taylor. Not many opposition wingers got the better of Liverpool's No. He was a prolific marksman by full-back standards, with his tally of 60 goals bettered only by Chris Lawler. Admittedly, most of these came from 12 yards, including a spot kick to seal the Reds' first European Cup against Borussia Moenchengladbach.
Seven years later, also at Rome's Olympic Stadium, he again found himself on the scoresheet in a European Cup final, prodding the ball home from close-range to open the scoring against hosts AS Roma. Later in the evening, he held his nerve from the spot once more as Liverpool upset the odds to clinch a fourth European crown. Neal's loyalty and commitment was deservedly recognised in the summer of when he was selected to succeed Graeme Souness as captain.
Unfortunately, his one and only season in the role was to end in the tragedy with the events of Heysel. A change in management during the close-season that followed brought an end to his short-lived tenure as skipper. With the emergence of Steve Nicol, Neal finally severed his Kop ties in December to take up a player-manager role at Bolton.
This, as well as his sheer consistency, means no-one can begrudge Phil Neal his legendary status at Anfield. English football's prototype 'super sub', renowned for his memorable scoring exploits after stepping off the bench. The label is one Fairclough never relished but has learned to live with as he reflects on his massive medal haul.
The flame-haired Liverpool-born raider joined the club during the Bill Shankly era but exploded onto the big stage during Bob Paisley's management reign. During his debut season of he hit seven goals in 14 League appearances - nine of them as substitute - to help land the title. Fairclough's pace and shooting power, which brought him 55 goals, tested the finest defences.
His most famous strike came in March when, with time running out, he went on and scored the winner against crack French side St Etienne in the European Cup quarter final second leg. Fairclough's own favourite goal also came as a substitute at Anfield a year earlier when he beat six Everton defenders before firing past goalkeeper Dai Davies to win the Mersey derby. Yet despite his reputation Fairclough's 61 stints as a substitute were eclipsed by his 92 Liverpool starts.
He joined Swiss club Lucerne in , the first of a batch of clubs at home and abroad. Alan Kennedy was a great attacking full-back who had a knack of scoring vital goals that helped the Reds clinch silverware. Who can forget when he scored the winning goal in Paris against Real Madrid in the European Cup final? Kennedy had been a year-old full-back for Newcastle United on the day that Liverpool destroyed his FA Cup final hopes in by beating the Geordies at Wembley.
He didn't know it at the time but although he never would collect a winners' medal in the FA Cup, he would win more trophies than he could ever have dreamed possible after his transfer from the North-East to Merseyside just before the start of the season. But Alan stepped confidently into their shoes and played 37 league games in each of his first two seasons at Anfield, winning League Championship medals on both occasions. His astonishing record of scoring in big games continued as he struck a second-half equaliser against Manchester United in the League Cup final.
A year later came the most dramatic moment of all, the decisive penalty-kick in the shoot-out that followed the draw with the Italian champions from Rome, who had been given the advantage of playing the European Cup final at their own stadium.
Kennedy still played in most of the following season's First Division fixtures, but by the end of the season his place had been taken by Jim Beglin. After leaving Anfield, Alan had brief spells in Belgium, Denmark and Sweden and also with Hartlepool and Wrexham in the lower divisions of the Football League before continuing to play non-league football until he had passed his 40th birthday.
John Aldridge may have been at Anfield for only a short time, but it is a testament to his ability that he is considered one of the best goalscorers to wear a red jersey. He grew up supporting the Reds and certainly became a crowd favourite during the two and a half years he spent at the club. The born and bred Scouser began his career at amateur side South Liverpool before signing for Newport County, where his impressive goalscoring record attracted the attention of Oxford United, for whom he signed in March The arrival of Aldridge coincided with a period of success for United as they enjoyed promotion from the Third Division to the First in the space of three years - and their top scorer certainly caught the eye of Kenny Dalglish.
The new boy got his Liverpool career off to a dream start by scoring the only goal of the game on his full debut against Southampton in February It was the following season that the Republic of Ireland international truly left his mark as he scored nine goals in the first nine games of the season. He was an integral part of Liverpool's Championship winning side - scoring 26 league goals as the team went 29 games without defeat. Aldo became the first player to miss a penalty in a FA Cup final at Wembley as the Reds were beaten by giant-killing Wimbledon.
Thankfully, Aldridge returned to Wembley for the Merseyside FA Cup final the following season and extinguished any bad memories by opening the scoring in a win.
After two years Aldridge returned to Merseyside when he signed for Tranmere Rovers and equalled the club's goalscoring record in his first season - netting 40 goals in total. He became player-manager at Prenton Park and hung up his boots in with goals in games, overtaking Jimmy Greaves as British football's record goalscorer. There can be no better role model for aspiring footballers than a midfielder who represented everything that's good about the game.
A true gentleman in every sense of the word, the Toxteth boy was the only player to survive Liverpool's fairy-tale journey from life as a mediocre Second Division outfit to the lofty summit of European football. Along the way he won almost every honour possible, including the highest respect from his fellow professionals and the adulation of the fans, and was booked just once. Cally initially joined the Reds as an apprentice and made his senior debut after just four outings for the reserves.
The momentous occasion came in April at home to Bristol Rovers. If that wasn't daunting enough, he also faced the added pressure of replacing Liverpool idol Billy Liddell. But while other youngsters may have buckled in such circumstances, the fresh-faced year-old turned in a performance that belied his tender years and was deservedly applauded off at the end by both teams, the crowd and the referee!
It signalled the start of a remarkable career that can be divided into two distinct sections: the first as a winger, the second in the middle of the park. Fast, direct and possessing incredible stamina, it was during the promotion winning campaign of that he became an established first-team regular and it was his pinpoint crossing that supplied many a goal for the prolific strike partnership of Hunt and St John.
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Cally was one of the first names on Bill Shankly's teamsheets as League and FA Cup glory came Liverpool's way during the heady years of the mid to late Sixties. However, a cartilage operation meant he missed a large chunk of the season and his long-term future at the club was considered to be in jeopardy. Thankfully he came back fighting fit and the evergreen Callaghan was given a new lease of life in a central midfield role, confounding any doubters by raising his game to an even higher standard. A tireless worker with bags of energy, he peaked in - a campaign in which he notched his one and only senior hat-trick, overtook Billy Liddell's record of Liverpool appearances, helped the Reds to a second FA Cup success and became the first Anfield player to win the Football Writers' Player of the Year award.
Cally's remarkable longevity meant he was still an important part of the team when Europe was conquered for the first time in , an emotional occasion for a man who'd played in the club's first game in continental competition 13 years earlier. At 35, there was still one final chapter to the fairytale: a surprising recall to the England squad 11 years after last featuring during the early stages of the World Cup.
He left with an envious medal collection, a glowing reputation and a total number of appearances that is unlikely to ever be surpassed. Who said nice guys don't win? A tough tackling midfielder who took no prisoners Kop idol Jimmy Case was also renowned for his ferocious shooting ability, scoring more than a fair amount of goals in his career.
He arrived at Anfield after playing for the Merseyside club South Liverpool and was an instant success when he made his league debut at Anfield as a 20 year old on the final day of the season against Queen's Park Rangers, a fixture the Reds won Case also scored important goals in the quarter-final and the final of that competition and added a European winners' medal to the championship medal already secured at the end of his first full season as a first-teamer. Although still only 22 when the season began, Jimmy had already built a reputation for himself as a tough-tackling, hard-working midfielder who packed a venomous shot.
His long-range shooting became a feature of his game and many of the 45 goals he scored for the club came from distance, like the majestic turn and volley with which he scored in the FA cup final against Manchester United. He added another championship medal in his second full season and was also a member of the team which finally won the greatest prize of all on that famous night in Rome when the European cup secured won for the first time. He would go on to win two more winners' medals in that tournament plus another two in the domestic championship.
He later joined Southampton in his early 30's and was to continue playing league football to a high standard for several more seasons and retired when he was 41 years old. When Phil Thompson proudly held aloft the European Cup in Paris in May , it was the realisation of every young Liverpudlian's dream.
For here was a lifelong Red, born into a working-class family in Kirkby, who completed a meteoric rise through the ranks to the summit of continental football. No-one could begrudge this hard-working professional his moment of fame. He initially joined his idols as a spindly-legged apprentice and skippered the youth team as a midfielder before catching the eye of manager Bill Shankly.
Thommo was thrust into the first team without hesitation at Old Trafford in April Despite his tall and skinny appearance, he was made of stern stuff and rose admirably to the challenge. Shanks put him on a diet of steak and chips. The result? An extra three stones and a regular place in the first-team. The rookie defender played 14 times as the title came back to Anfield in , but it was in , when Liverpool reached the FA Cup final, that he really came of age.
Thommo played in every game en route to Wembley and then famously silenced the pre-match taunts of Malcolm 'SuperMac' Macdonald as the Reds romped to an impressive success. A footballing centre-half of style and grace, his defensive partnership with Emlyn Hughes even prompted Liverpool to change their style of play. Instead of launching long balls up field to the centre-forwards, it became commonplace to play from the back. The Scouser's undiluted passion for the club meant he never gave less than per cent and a plethora of accolades came his way. When Hughes left for Wolves, Thompson was the natural candidate to succeed him as captain and the trophies continued to come.
In he was part of a record-breaking back-line that conceded only 16 league goals. Two years later, in April , Thommo became the first Reds skipper to lift the League Cup, but the triumph was overshadowed within a month as his beaming smile lit up the night sky in Paris as European Cup number three was captured. Despite this, the defender's tenure as captain was about to reach an abrupt end. A poor start to the campaign prompted Bob Paisley to hand the armband to Graeme Souness. Although the season was to end on another Championship-winning high, the arrival of Mark Lawrenson meant Thommo's days as a first choice centre-back were numbered.
The curtain was eventually brought down on an illustrious Anfield career in but he left with every boyhood dream fulfilled. He's since been back to the scene of these dreams on two separate occasions as reserves manager under Kenny Dalglish and assistant to Gerard Houllier. Although no longer involved with the club on a day-to-day basis, it's plain to see from his work in the media that LFC remains close to his heart.
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