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A timeline for Liverpool Football Club

IMPORTANT DATES IN LIVERPOOL FOOTBALL CLUB'S HISTORY
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26.01.1892 - Everton's president, John Houlding, registers his own company with a very similar name to Everton Football Club: "Everton Football Club and Athletic Grounds Company, Limited".

15.03.1892 - John Houlding and Everton finally part ways at Everton's general meeting.

30.03.1892 - The rules of John Houlding's newly-formed club are approved by its committee, rule 1 stating: "That the club be called the Liverpool Football Club and shall play under the rules of the Football Association."

03.06.1892 - John Houlding's new name for his club is officially approved by Board of Trade. The name has been changed from "Everton Football Club and Athletic Grounds Company, Limited" to "Liverpool Football Club and Athletic Grounds Company, Limited".

01.09.1892 - Liverpool win their first ever game 7-1 versus Rotherham at Anfield.

03.09.1892 - Liverpool play their first competitive match in the Lancashire League in front of a crowd of 200 at Anfield. Liverpool beat Higher Walton 8-0.

03.12.1892 - John Miller becomes the first player of five in Liverpool's history to score five goals in one match in a 7-0 win vs. Fleetwood Rangers.

22.04.1893 - The first Merseyside derby takes place at Bootle's ground in the Liverpool Senior Cup final. Former Everton player, Tom Wyllie, scores the only goal of the game for Liverpool who also won the Lancashire League in their inaugural season.

31.05.1893 - In 1893 at the General Meeting of the Football League it was decided to increase number of League clubs, but Liverpool FC's request for a 1st Division place was turned down. John McKenna jumped the gun and sent an unauthorized telegram in the name of the club's secretary, William E Barclay, for the club to be admitted into the 2nd Division. Later that night a telegram arrived from the Football League, saying: "Liverpool elected. Come to London to decide fixture list tomorrow at three o'clock", to Mr Barclay's bemusement. Liverpool were admitted following the demise of their more illustrious neighbours, Bootle.

01.09.1893 - The Lancashire League Cup and the Liverpool Senior Cup which Liverpool won in their inaugural season were stolen from the pawnshop of Mr Charles Gibson in Paddington, Liverpool where they were on display. The club had to pay 130 pounds to replace them.

02.09.1893 - Liverpool conquer Middlesbrough Ironopolis 2-0 in their first ever League game in the 2nd division

10.02.1894 - Liverpool's first ever big FA Cup game takes place at Anfield vs. Preston North End which in five years had won the League twice and finished runners-up three years running. Anfield was full to its brim with 17,000 spectators after hundreds had been turned away. Liverpool won 3-2 in this historic game.

28.04.1894 - Liverpool won the 2nd division quite comfortably, but that didn't however guarantee automatic promotion and Liverpool had to play the bottom team of 1st division. Liverpool beat Newton Heath (later named Manchester United) 2-0 in the Test match and 1st Division awaited.

08.09.1894 - A record attendance in the region of 20,000 is recorded as champions Aston Villa visit Anfield in Liverpool's first ever home game in the 1st division. A new main stand which "added to the attractiveness of the scene" was being used for the first time.

13.10.1894 - Everton and Liverpool faced each other for the first time in the top flight at Goodison Park in front of 44,000 spectators. Liverpool were not quite ready for the 1st division and lost 0-3.

17.11.1894 - An record crowd of well over 25,000 witnessed Everton's first game at Anfield since the acrimonius split in 1892. The teams drew 2-2 in a match "that had not a dull period."

02.02.1895 - Liverpool's first round game vs. Barnsley St Peters in the FA Cup was a farce. Liverpool won the game 2-1 after extra-time, but Barnsley officials stated that extra-time could only be ordered if both clubs mutually consent. Barnsley protested prior to extra-time so Jimmy Ross' goal in the 113th minute hadn't proved decisive after all. Barnsley were defeated 4-0 in the replay at Anfield.

27.04.1895 - Liverpool face Bury in the Test match which would determine if 1st or 2nd division football would be on offer next season at Anfield. A seriously depleted Liverpool side lost 1-0 to Bury.

18.02.1896 - Liverpool score a record 106 goals on their way to the 2nd division title and recorded their biggest league victory, 10-1 vs. Rotherham. Liverpool scored six goals in the opening ten minutes and George Allan scored four on the day.

27.07.1896 - The most successful manager in the country, Tom Watson, leaves Sunderland and joins the Anfield brigade. The 37-year-old Watson had already won the First Division championship 3 times in 4 seasons at Sunderland in 1892, 1893 and 1895.

01.09.1896 - The blue and white shirts are history and Liverpool play in red shirts and white pants for the first time.

21.11.1896 - "The Reds", as they were now known as, take on Everton where the first sending-off in a Merseyside derby takes place when Everton's Alf Milward was dismissed in the 2nd half for "charging "McCartney.

20.02.1897 - Thomas Bradshaw becomes Liverpool's first international player when he features for England vs Ireland.

06.05.1898 - After finishing 5th and 9th in the 1st division Liverpool sign their first ever superstar. Scotsman Alex Raisbeck was a commanding centre-half who came from Hibernian and proved to be a leading man in Liverpool's defence for years to come.

30.03.1899 - The final game of the epic battle between Liverpool and Sheffield United in the semi-finals of the FA Cup. The first two games had been drawn 2-2 and 4-4, the third one had to be abandoned due to overcrowding when Liverpool were leading 1-0. Finally the teams were separated when Sheff Utd scored in the 85th minute of the fourth encounter. This was the fifth time manager Tom Watson had been defeated in the semis!

29.04.1899 - The most important game in Liverpool's history to date! Fate had it that Liverpool faced their main championship rivals, Aston Villa, at Villa Park in the final round. Both teams had 43 points, but only a win would do Liverpool as Villa had a slightly better goal average. Villa tore Liverpool to pieces 5-0!

16.10.1899 - George Allan, Liverpool's greatest goalscorer in their early years with 56 goals from 96 matches, dies of tuberculosis only 24 years old.

24.02.1900 - The battle of the spy hill, Spioenkop, in the Boer war in South Africa. The Kop was later named after that hill in honour of the large number of Lancashire soldiers who died in that battle.

29.04.1901 - Liverpool win the title for the first time! From mid-February Tom Watson's Reds went on a 12 match unbeaten run that took them to the League title.

04.01.1902 - Andy McGuigan becomes the first Liverpool player to score five Football League goals in one game in a 7-0 win against Stoke. He later became a club director at Liverpool.

24.02.1902 - A future legend bought from Glossop North End. Arthur Goddard was a regular scorer from his position on the wing for nearly a decade and a half at Liverpool, making 414 appearances and scoring 77 goals, thoroughly deserving his place in Liverpool's official Hall of Fame.

17.03.1902 - Liverpool Football Club mourns the death of the club's founder, John Houlding, who died 70-years-old at a hotel in Nice, France.

25.04.1903 - Sam Raybould becomes Liverpool's first ever 30-goals-a-season striker. He ended the season as the First Division's top-scorer with 31 goals.

23.04.1904 - Liverpool beat Blackburn Rovers 3-2 on the final day of the season, but are second from bottom and automatically relegated. Liverpool were back in the 2nd division three years after winning the league!

29.04.1905 - Liverpool ensure a quick return to Division One by beating Burnley to win the Second Division championship by two points from Bolton Wanderers.

16.04.1906 - After winning the 2nd division the previous season, Liverpool go one better and lift the League championship for the second time!

28.04.1906 - Liverpool finish the season by winning the largest trophy in football, The Sheriff of London Charity Shield, which was over six feet high. It was an annual game between the best professional and amateur sides in England. The famous amateurs, Corinthians, were easily defeated 5-1 by newly-crowned League champions Liverpool.

01.09.1906 - The first game in front of the Kop took place on 1st of September 1906 vs Stoke in "tropical heat". Joe Hewitt scored the winning goal in the 20th minute.

04.12.1909 - One of the greatest comebacks in Liverpool's history! Liverpool were losing 5-2 at half-time vs Newcastle in the 1st division at Anfield but won 6-5!

01.09.1912 - One of the club's greatest ever keepers, Ulsterman Elisha Scott, signs in at Liverpool. He is the club's longest serving player as he stayed for for more than 21 years from 1912 to 1934.

25.04.1914 - Liverpool's first FA Cup final. Liverpool lose 1-0 to Burnley in front of over 72,000 fans in the last final that was played at London's Crystal Palace. This was the first time that a reigning British monarch, King George the Fifth, had attended an FA Cup final.

02.04.1915 - Four Liverpool players: Tom Miller, Thomas Fairfoul, Henry Purcell and Jackie Sheldon receive life bans along with three Manchester United players for fixing a 0-2 defeat to United. After the war all bans were lifted except for one United player due to their service for their country during the war.

06.05.1915 - English football's most successful manager at the time, five time League champion Tom Watson, dies aged 56 of pneumonia and pleurisy. He is still Liverpool's longest serving manager.

14.09.1918 - George Patterson appointed as Tom Watson‘s successor.

17.12.1919 – David Ashworth leaves Stockport County to take over as manager of Liverpool.

17.04.1922 - Liverpool are champions for the first time in 16 years! Liverpool beat defending champions Burnley 2-1 and Tottenham lose on the same day. The Reds had a seven point lead over Tottenham with only three games left, a maximum of six points in those days.

20.12.1922 - Manager David Ashworth leaves Champions Liverpool who were at the top of the 1st division for his old club, Oldham Athletic, who were relegated at the end of the season.

13.02.1923 - Former player and current director, "Mattie" McQueen, takes over as manager of Liverpool. According to the Echo he was a "popular figure out Anfield way" and "probably the most versatile footballer of his day."

21.04.1923 - Liverpool win the title for the second consecutive season as their nearest rivals Sunderland lose on the same day. Five points lead secured with only two games to play.

14.12.1925 - Legendary South African goalscorer, Gordon Hodgson signs for Liverpool from Transvaal. signs for Liverpool from Transvaal. Hodgson is only behind Ian Rush and Roger Hunt in the club's all-time scoring charts with 241 strikes in 377 games. A fantastic goals-per-game ratio!

07.03.1928 – George Patterson becomes the first manager to be appointed for a second time at Liverpool.

25.08.1928 -  A new roofed Spion Kop is formally opened by John McKenna, the president of the Football league and former chairman of Liverpool, bringing the total covered accommodation for the ground up to 60,000.

06.08.1936 – Football obsessed George Kay brings his considerable skills to guide Liverpool as manager. Patterson had found it impossible to serve both as manager and secretary so he wanted someone in his place to guide the team.

16.02.1938 - Jack Balmer scores what is thought to be Liverpool's quickest goal in history 10 seconds into Liverpool's 3-1 win over Everton at Goodison Park.

27.07.1938 - Future legend, Billy Liddell, moves to Liverpool from Townhill to join his new teammates.

02.09.1939 - Liverpool's last league game before World War II. Liverpool beat Chelsea 1-0. The League was abandoned after three rounds had been played.

23.11.1946 - Jack Balmer scores a hat-trick for the third game in a row, a unique feat in Liverpool's history. He scored three vs Portsmouth on 9th November, four goals in 17 minutes vs Derby County and finally three vs Arsenal.

14.06.1947 - Liverpool win the title for the fifth time in the first League season after World War II. Title contenders Stoke lost their postponed game vs. Sheffield United and Liverpool were crowned champions while competing for the Liverpool Senior Cup final vs Everton.

06.03.1948 - Albert Stubbins was threatened bodily harm if he was up to his usual standards vs Hudderfield. Stubbins scored four in a 4-0 Liverpool win and remained unscathed!

29.04.1950 - Liverpool play in their second FA Cup final, 36 years after their first one. Again Liverpool are on the losing side, this time to Arsenal 0-2.

05.03.1951 - Don Welsh appointed manager of Liverpool. Bill Shankly was amongst the candidates, but the board's interference with the picking of the side didn't interest Shanks.

02.02.1952 - Liverpool record their biggest ever attendance of 61,905 in the 4th round of the FA Cup vs. Wolves. Liverpool win 2-1 after Bob Paisley and Cyril Done score inside 10 minutes.

24.04.1954 - Liverpool is relegated to the 2nd Division for the first time in 50 years!

15.09.1954 - John Evans scores Liverpool's all five goals in a 5-3 victory vs Bristol Rovers at Anfield in the 2nd division. 

11.12.1954 - The Reds suffer their biggest ever loss, 1-9, vs Birmingham at St Andrews.

30.10.1957 - The first match at Anfield for which floodlights were used. The first leg of the Floodlit Challenge Cup had taken place at Goodison Park where the Blues won 2-0. The Reds proved stronger under the lights at Anfield and won 3-2, but lost 3-4 on aggregrate.

15.01.1959 - Arguably Liverpool's worst-ever defeat in the FA Cup, 1-2 away at non-League Worcester City.

17.11.1959 - Manager Phil Taylor resigns after three years in office leading Liverpool to third, fourth and fourth in the 2nd division. A sorrowful Phil told the Echo: "No matter how great has been the disappointment of the directors at our failure to win our way back to the First Division, it has not been greater then mine."

01.12.1959 - Liverpool appoint Bill Shankly as Phil Taylor's successor in the managerial seat.

14.12.1959 - Shankly takes officially over at Liverpool after finishing his tenure at Huddersfield. 

19.12.1959 - Shankly in charge of his first Liverpool game, but it's far from an ideal start as Liverpool lose 0-4 to Cardiff.

31.08.1960 - Billy Liddell's last appearance for Liverpool vs Southampton in the 2nd division. No other player had made more appearances for the club than King Billy, a total of 534 eclipsing Elisha Scott's total of 468.

22.07.1961 - Shanks signs colossal Ron Yeats who was his captain for ten years.

21.04.1962 - After seven years in the 2nd division, Liverpool are promoted with five League games remaining!

18.04.1964 - Liverpool win the championship for the sixth time in their history after a 17 year wait with an impressive 5-0 win vs Arsenal at Anfield.

22.08.1964 - BBC's first Match of the Day programme shows Liverpool beating Arsenal 3-2 at Anfield.

25.11.1964 - Liverpool wear all red for the first time vs Anderlecht in the first round of the European Cup at Anfield. According to Ian St John "Shankly thought the colour scheme would carry psychological impact — red for danger, red for power."

01.05.1965 - Liverpool win the FA Cup for the first time in the club's history. Bill Shankly said: "Grown men were crying and it was the greatest feeling any human being could have to see what we had done. There have been many proud moments. Wonderful, fantastic moments. But that was the greatest day."

12.05.1965 - Liverpool knocked out of the semi-finals in the club's inaugural season in the European Cup. After a sensational 3-1 win at Anfield in the first leg, Inter beat the Reds 0-3 after bribing the referee!

30.04.1966 - Liverpool seal their second First Division title under Shankly by beating Chelsea 2-1 at Anfield.

05.05.1966 - The club's first appearance in a European final ends in disappointment with a 2-1 extra-time defeat in the Cup Winners' cup to the German club Borussia Dortmund.

07.11.1967 - Roger Hunt breaks Gordon Hodgson's goal record by scoring his 242nd goal for Liverpool against TSV Munich.

18.01.1969 - Roger Hunt's goal at Chelsea makes him the club's highest-ever scorer in Football League matches, breaking the record previously held by South African Gordon Hodgson who scored 233 in 358 League games!

15.11.1969 - BBC's "Match of the Day" is broadcast in colour for the first time. Anfield is again chosen, just it had been for the first black-and-white transmission five years earlier. Liverpool beat West Ham United 2-0.

21.02.1970 - Liverpool are humbled 1-0 by Second Division Watford in the quarter-final of the FA Cup. It is the result that leads to a significant break-up of the successful team of the mid-1960's as manager Bill Shankly prepares to build another great team for the early-1970's.

08.05.1971 - Liverpool lose 1-2 to Arsenal in the FA Cup - Shankly delivers his famous Chairman Mao speech outside St George' s Hall: "Ladies and gentlemen, yesterday at Wembley we may have lost the Cup, but you the people have won everything.. you have conquered.... [applause] You have won over the policemen in London. You won over the London public, and it's questionable if chairman Mao of China could have arranged such a show of strength as you have shown yesterday and today."

10.05.1971 - Kevin "Mighty Mouse" Keegan signs for 33,000 pounds from Scunthorpe. Keegan soon achieved unprecedented popularity at Liverpool.

08.07.1971 - Shankly agrees a new three-year contract with Liverpool which turned out to be his last.

08.05.1972 - A win at Arsenal would have given the club a record eighth League championship. But the Reds can only draw 0-0. Leeds lose 2-1 at Wolverhampton on the same evening so Derby County, whose League programme is already over, become English champions for the first time.

23.04.1973 - After 7 years without a title, Liverpool win the championship by beating Leeds 2-0 at Anfield. Bill Shankly was relieved after the team's barren spell: "I think we can call ourselves champions now. I'm delighted for the players, for the club, and especially for the fans, who have again proved themselves the greatest in the world."

23.05.1973 - Liverpool beat Gladbach 3-2 on aggregrate in the second leg of the UEFA Cup final, almost surrendering their 3-0 lead from Anfield.

04.05.1974 - One of the most one-sided FA Cup finals in history when Liverpool tear Newcastle to pieces 3-0 at Wembley.

12.07.1974 - The football world and the whole of Liverpool are astounded when Bill Shankly announces that he will retire as Liverpool's manager.

26.07.1974 - Bob Paisley appointed Shankly's successor.

17.09.1974 - Norwegian side Strømsgodset is the victim of Liverpool's biggest ever victory, 11-0!

04.05.1976 - Liverpool win the championship one point ahead of QPR, after finishing second in Paisley's first season.

19.05.1976 - Liverpool win the UEFA Cup, defeating FC Bruges 4-3 on aggregate. 

16.03.1977 - One of the most dramatic European games ever to take place at Anfield. Liverpool needed a third goal to clinch their place in the semi-final which David Fairclough provided in the 84th minute in front of the delirious Kop.

14.05.1977 - Liverpool seal their second championship win under Paisley. Their greatest rivals that season, Manchester City, finished one point behind the Reds.

21.05.1977 - Manchester United beat Liverpool 2-1 at Wembley. The FA Cup remained the only major silverware that Paisley never won. 

25.05.1977 - Liverpool win the European Cup for the first time in Rome. Bob Paisley was obviously on cloud nine: "In the 38 years I've been here, this excels everything. And of course it's the biggest day in Liverpool Football Club's life."

10.08.1977 - Kenny Dalglish bought from Celtic for a record fee between British clubs, 440,000 pounds.

22.03.1978 - Nottingham Forest beat Liverpool in the League Cup final replay at Old Trafford. Ian Callaghan is booked for the only time in his Liverpool career.

10.05.1978 - Liverpool win the European Cup for a second consecutive season at Wembley with a delightful chip by Kenny Dalglish who crowned a tremendous debut season.

02.09.1978 - Potentially the greatest ever goal by Liverpool scored by Terry McDermott in one of Liverpool's most memorable games, a 7-0 win against Tottenham at Anfield. Michael Charters wrote in  the Liverpool Echo: "Have you ever heard 50,000 people purr with pleasure? Well, the Anfield spectators were doing that constantly as Liverpool stroked the ball around with one-touch moves of staggering accuracy. The current Liverpool team is playing better, more exciting, attacking football than any side I've seen since the war."

08.05.1979 - After giving their opponents a one year break in the League, Liverpool win their 11th title by beating Aston Villa 3-0 at Anfield. Liverpool finished 8 points ahead of Nottingham Forest.

01.05.1980 - Ian Rush bought for a record fee for a teenager, 300,000 pounds!

03.05.1980 - For the second year running Liverpool win the title by beating Aston Villa comprehensively at Anfield. Man Utd are left in their wake, two points behind.

31.01.1981 - An all-time record of 85 home games unbeaten in all competitions comes to an end. Under Paisley's reign Liverpool didn't lose at Anfield for 3 years from 7th February 1978 to 31st January 1981! 69 wins and 16 draws. 63 League games, 9 League Cup, 6 FA Cup, 6 European Cup and 1 Super Cup game. Liverpool scored 212 goals against 35.

01.04.1981 -  Kenny Dalglish and Alan Hansen score in Liverpool's 2-1 win vs West Ham as the Reds win the League Cup for the first time in a replay at Villa Park.

27.05.1981 - The European Cup won in Paris. Another historic chapter for Liverpool and their manager, Bob Paisley who "was so proud to be the manager of the first British club to win the European Cup three times."

29.09.1981 - Shankly passes away at Broadgreen Hospital after suffering a heart attack at his home.

30.09.1981 - Liverpool's greatest ever goalscorer, Ian Rush, scores his first of 346 goals for the club vs Oulu Palloseura in the European Cup 1st round at Anfield. Rush had played 9 games without getting on the scoresheet. 

13.03.1982 - Ronnie Whelan and Ian Rush seal the League Cup for the second year running in extra time vs Spurs at Wembley.

15.05.1982 - After finishing a disappointing 5th in the 1980-81 season, Paisley stirred the foundations of his team and after an impressive 20 wins in 25 league games in the second part of the season Liverpool win the championship by a four point margin.

24.08.1982 - Liverpool's chairman, Sir John Smith, announces "that Mr. Paisley no longer desires to be team manager after the end of the coming season." Liverpool's most successful manager  becomes director at the club and later right-hand man to Kenny Dalglish. 

26.08.1982 - Shankly Gates unlocked by Shankly's widow, Nessie.

06.11.1982 - Rushie completes possibly the greatest ever individual feat by a Liverpool player in a Merseyside derby by scoring four goals in a 5-0 win at Goodison Park.

26.03.1983 - Liverpool win the League Cup for the third year running. A memorable moment for Bob when captain Graeme Souness invites him to go up the Wembley steps and lift the cup. This shy man was in the spotlight for the first time and deservedly so.

30.04.1983 - Liverpool lose 2-0 at Tottenham but championship rivals, Manchester United, could only draw away to Norwich and that meant United could no longer equal or better Liverpool's total of points. This was Liverpool's 6th Championship win in 9 seasons under Bob Paisley. There were still three games left for Liverpool in the League, but in fact Liverpool lost five and drew two in their last seven league games leaving Paisley not amused: "My memory is getting bad. I can't even remember the last time we won a match."

01.07.1983 - "Smokin" Joe Fagan takes over the mantle from Paisley. Joe only had 25 years worth of coaching experience at Liverpool behind him!

24.09.1983 - Phil Neal plays his 417th consecutive game for Liverpool which is still a club record. 

29.10.1983 - Ian Rush scores five of Liverpool's six goals in the 1st division against Luton at Anfield.

28.03.1984 - After Liverpool and Everton make a goalless draw at Wembley in the League Cup final, Graeme Souness' terrific strike wins the replay at Maine Road.

12.05.1984 - Joe Fagan wins the championship in his debut season when Liverpool get one point at Notts County in their penultimate league game. Southampton are runners-up three points behind Liverpool's total of 80 points.

30.05.1984 - Fourth European cup won in Rome after a thrilling penalty shoot-out vs AS Roma at Stadio Olimpico!

29.05.1985 - 39 people die in the Heysel stadium in Brussels before the European Cup final between Liverpool and Juventus takes place.

30.05.1985 - King Kenny becomes the first player-manager in the English First Division.

20.06.1985 - UEFA bans Liverpool and other English clubs indefinitely from European competition in the wake of the Heysel tragedy. Liverpool were banned for six years, one year longer than other teams.

03.05.1986 - Player-manager Kenny Dalglish scores the winning goal vs Chelsea at Stamford Bridge to win the League championship. Then champions Everton have two less points than their neighbours.

10.05.1986 - Ian Rush scores twice in a 3-1 victory vs. Everton in the first ever Merseyside FA Cup final.

05.04.1987 - Liverpool lose for the first time in 145 games that Ian Rush scores in. Arsenal beat Liverpool 2-1 in the league Cup final. 

01.07.1987 - Ian Rush sold to Juventus for 3,2 million pounds which made him at the time the most expensive player Liverpool had ever sold.

17.10.1987 - John Aldridge scores in his 10 consecutive League match vs QPR, which is still a Liverpool record.

20.03.1988 -  After going 29 games unbeaten from the start of the season, Liverpool lose 0-1 to Everton. Reds equalled Leeds United's record from the 1973/74 season. Arsenal broke the record when they stayed unbeaten for the whole 2003/4 season.

13.04.1988 - Title rivals Nottingham Forest are given a masterclass at Anfield, 5-0. The legendary Sir Tom Finney certainly enjoyed Liverpool's performance: "It was the finest exhibition I've seen the whole time I've played and watched the game. You couldn't see it bettered anywhere, not even in Brazil. The moves they put together were fantastic."

23.04.1988 - Liverpool win the title with four games still to go. The Reds finished nine points ahead of 2nd placed Man Utd.

14.05.1988 -  Wimbledon prevent a second League and Cup double for Dalglish's team at Wembley.

18.08.1988 - Liverpool astound the press and their fans by bringing Ian Rush back from his one year exile at Juventus.

15.04.1989 - The greatest tragedy in Liverpool's history. 96 Liverpool supporters die from injuries received at Hillsborough.

20.05.1989 - Liverpool conquer Everton 3-2 in the friendliest Merseyside derby ever in the FA Cup final. Ian Rush scores twice in extra-time after Stuart McCall had equalized twice for Everton.

26.05.1989 - Liverpool are three points in front of Arsenal with a goal difference of 65-26 (+39) against Arsenal's 71-36 (+35). In the championship decider at Anfield Michael Thomas scores Arsenal's second in a 2-0 win with 91 minutes and 22 seconds played and steals the title for the Gunners.

12.11.1989 - A unique feat in Liverpool's goalscoring history when substitute John Aldridge comes on and runs straight to the spot to score a penalty. Liverpool's 9-0 win over Crystal Palace at Anfield proved to be Aldridge's final game for Liverpool before departing for Real Sociedad.

15.04.1990 - Nessie Shankly unveils the Hillsborough memorial at Anfield.

28.04.1990 - Liverpool need four points from their last three games to win the Championship. Liverpool beat QPR 2-1 after going behind with goals from Ian Rush and John Barnes. Liverpool's rivals for the title, Aston Villa, draw 3-3 with Norwich so Liverpool win the title for the 18th time in their history. Aston Villa are four points behind Liverpool, but only have one game left having played 37 games compared to Liverpool's 36.

22.02.1991 - Kenny Dalglish resigns as Liverpool's manager having won the championship three times in five seasons.

16.04.1991 - Graeme Souness returns to Liverpool after seven years to replace Dalglish as Liverpool manager.

18.09.1991 - Liverpool play their first game in European competitions since the European ban was lifted. Dean Saunders scores four goals in a 6-1 victory vs Kuusysi Lahti at Anfield.

09.05.1992 - Liverpool beat Sunderland 2-0 to win the FA Cup for the fifth time.

18.10.1992 - Ian Rush breaks Roger Hunt’s scoring record for Liverpool by scoring his 287th goal in a 2-2 draw vs Man Utd.

05.10.1993 - Robbie Fowler becomes the fifth player to score 5 goals in one game for Liverpool vs Fulham in the League Cup.

28.01.1994 - Graeme Souness resigns as Liverpool manager after a miserable spell in charge.

31.01.1994 - Liverpool turn to trusted Bootroom boy, Roy Evans, to become Liverpool boss.

30.04.1994 - The Kop's last stand. After Norwich beat Liverpool 1-0 the Kop is demolished to make way for an all-seater grandstand according to new safety measures following the Hillsborough tragedy. 

28.08.1994 - Robbie Fowler scores an incredible hat-trick against Arsenal in only 4 minutes and 35 seconds which is still a Premier League record!

02.04.1995 - Roy Evans guides Liverpool to a League Cup win vs Bolton where Steve McManaman gives a match-winning performance.

01.07.1995 - Stan Collymore becomes Liverpool's most expensive player when signed for 8,5 million pounds from Nottingham Forest.

14.02.1996 - Bob Paisley passes away.

06.05.1997 - Michael Owen becomes the youngest ever goalscorer in Liverpool's history, aged 17 years and 144 days when he scores against Wimbledon in the penultimate league game of the season.

16.07.1998 - Gerard Houllier appointed alongside Roy Evans. Liverpool won 116 of 226 games when Evans was in sole charge, but had failed to win the championship. For the first time since the dawn of Liverpool Football club, the board decides to let two managers run team affairs.

04.10.1998 - The most hilarious and painful incident ever to take place in front of the Anfield Road stand. Phil Babb attacks the post with brute force trying to prevent Pierluigi Casiraghi's goal. Babb's balls came off the worst, prompting one fan to shout, while Babb was lying there holding his knackers: 'Don't rub them Phil, count them.'

12.11.1998 - Gerard Houllier takes over sole charge of the club after Roy Evans' resignation.

08.04.1999 - Liverpool Football Club open the "Paisley Gateway", commemorative gates to Bob Paisley, in front of the Kop stand on Walton Breck Road.

25.02.2001 - Robbie Fowler scores a breathtaking goal vs Birmingham in the League Cup final, but Liverpool need a penalty shoot-out to lift the cup.

12.05.2001 - Michael Owen's greatest hour in a Liverpool shirt after he steals the FA Cup from Arsenal in Cardiff.

16.05.2001 - Liverpool's first European title for 17 years is a fact after a dramatic finale at Westfalen Stadion in Dortmund where the Reds beat Alaves 5-4.

19.05.2001 - By beating Charlton 4-0 on the last day of the season Liverpool reach the qualifying round  for the first time since the European Cup was changed to the Champions League in 1992.

31.08.2001 - A first in Liverpool's history when Liverpool purchase two keepers on the same day: Jerzy Dudek and Chris Kirkland.

13.10.2001 - Gerard Houllier admitted to hospital because of chest pains he suffers during the interval of Liverpool's league game vs Leeds United at Anfield.

19.03.2002 - The long-awaited return of Gerard Houllier in a Champions League decider vs AS Roma at Anfield. Liverpool win 2-0 and qualify from their group. Liverpool were knocked out in the quarter-finals by Bayer Leverkusen.

11.05.2002 - Liverpool conquer Ipswich 5-0 and guarantee 2nd place which was their best ever finish to date in the Premier League. 

02.03.2003 - Liverpool beat Manchester United 2-0 at Millennium Stadium in the League Cup final.

24.05.2004 - Gerard Houllier sacked as Liverpool boss after six years at Liverpool.

16.06.2004 - Rafa Benítez signs in as Liverpool's new manager.

08.12.2004 - Steven Gerrard scores one of the most important goals in his glittering career when he scores Liverpool's third vs Olympiacos and hurtles the Reds into the knock-out phase of the Champions League. 

27.02.2005 - Chelsea deny Liverpool one more League Cup final win, when the Blues beat the Reds 3-2 in extra time.

03.05.2005 - Quite possibly the most controversial goal ever scored by Liverpool when Luis Garcia's goal guarantees the Reds a place in the Champions League final.

25.05.2005 - The miracle of Istanbul. Rafa brings a fifth European Cup title to Liverpool in his debut season after the most exciting match in European competitions' history.

13.05.2006 - Liverpool beat West Ham after a penalty shoot-out in the FA Cup final. The game becomes known as the Gerrard final and rightfully so as he saved Liverpool from defeat at the eleventh hour.

06.02.2007 - Americans George Gillett and Tom Hicks buy Liverpool Football Club from David Moores for £218.9m.

23.05.2007 - Liverpool lose the Champions League final to AC Milan in Athens.

04.07.2007 - Fernando Torres is bought from Atletico Madrid for 20.2 millions pounds, the most expensive player Liverpool has ever bought and worth every penny!

06.11.2007 - Liverpool record the biggest win in Champions League history against Besiktas at Anfield, 8-0!

22.04.2008 - Potentially the single most important defensive mistake ever made by a Liverpool player when John Arne Riise scores an own goal in the 90th minute in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final at Anfield vs Chelsea.

24.05.2009 - Liverpool say goodbye to one of their greatest servants, Sami Hyypia, by beating Tottenham 3-1 and record their highest ever Premier League total, 86 points.

03.06.2010 - Rafa Benítez departs after six years at the helm at Anfield.

01.07.2010 - Roy Hodgson is appointed manager of Liverpool.

15.10.2010 - Gillett and Hicks finally forced out of the club after a series of dramatic events. The pair claimed they had been the victims of an “epic swindle” and that Liverpool’s Board seriously undervalued the club. New England Sports Ventures (changed their name to Fenway Sports Group in March 2011) purchased Liverpool Football Club for £300 million and eliminated all of the acquisition debt placed on the club by its previous owners, reducing its debt servicing obligations from £25m-£30m a year to £2m-£3m.

08.01.2011 - The Return of the King. Kenny Dalglish is appointed caretaker manager until the summer.

30.01.2011 - Fernando Torres becomes the most expensive player sold by Liverpool when he transfers to Chelsea for a British record of £50million. Andy Carroll becomes the most expensive British player when he‘s bought for £35million. Luis Suarez was obtained for £22.8million earlier that day. Never in the history of the club have such big fees been signed for in 24 hours.

12.05.2011 - Fenway Sports Group and Liverpool FC confirm that Kenny Dalglish has been appointed as Team Manager and given a three year contract.

26.02.2012 – Liverpool win their first cup for six years as the Reds beat Cardiff City after a penalty shoot-out at the new Wembley.

05.05.2012 – Liverpool denied a cup double by Chelsea in the FA Cup final.

16.05.2012 – Kenny Dalglish dismissed as Liverpool manager.

01.06.2012 – Brendan Rodgers becomes Liverpool‘s eighteenth manager.

19.12.2012 - Campaigners for justice for the 96 innocent victims of the Hillsborough disaster see original inquest verdicts overturned in the  High Court in London. New proceedings will begin after the Hillsborough Independent Panel probe revealed a cover-up that switched blame from the authorities to the victims.


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