Tag: Arsenal

The longest wait (or just about)

Here is a magical number for you, 8,821. It is number of days actually, and a sequence that started on April 21, 1923 and ended on June 14, 1947. In more understandable language it is 24 years, 1 month and 25 days. It is the longest wait a […]

Markus Babbel’s silver lining

Thursday, August 1 – 2002 Markus Babbel has vowed to repay Gerard Houllier’s unstinting faith in him by bringing silverware back to Liverpool this season. The Germany defender made an emotional reappearance in front of the Kop against Lazio on Tuesday following his year-long battle to overcome the […]

Obituary – Cliff Lloyd

Wednesday, January 12 – 2000 Footballer whose biggest victory came after he hung up his boots Cliff Lloyd, who has died aged 83, made a mark in two areas of football – first as a reliable, competent fullback in Fulham’s second division team just after the war, and […]

Six of the best from slick Luton

Wednesday, December 5 – 1990 Luton, unofficial football kings of plastic, took formal possession of the crown in Manchester last night. They ran away with the Guiness Soccer Six title by thumping Liverpool 4-0 in a one-sided final. Yet Anfield manager Kenny Dalglish can hardly be surprised his […]

Axed Anfield-star set for showdown

Tuesday, December 4 – 1990 Peter Beardsley was last night heading for a showdown with Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish. Beardsley, scorer of 11 First Division goals this season, was angry at being dropped against Arsenal less than an hour before the kick-off. He didn’t even make the substitutes’ […]

Arsenal v Liverpool 3-0 (League match)

Sunday, December 2 – 1990 Match: Football League, 1st Division, at Highbury, kick-off: 15:00. Arsenal – Liverpool 3-0 (1-0). Attendance: 40,419. Referee: Mr. A. Gunn. Arsenal: David Seaman, Lee Dixon, Nigel Winterburn, Michael Thomas, Steve Bould, Tony Adams, David O’Leary, Paul Davis, Alan Smith, Paul Merson, Anders Limpar. […]

Gunners miss out on Ronny

Friday, May 11 – 1990 Arsenal last night failed in an 11th hour bud to snatch Ronny Rosenthal away from champions Liverpool. The Israeli international rejected the Highbury move to finally achieve his dream of signing for Liverpool in a £1 million package. “I have waited a long […]

Doc take a swipe at Liverpool

Monday, July 31 – 1989 Millwall boss John Docherty took an angry swipe at Liverpool yesterday – after making a club record £500,000 bid for Tottenham midfielder Paul Allen. Spurs chief Terry Venables turned down the first approach but Docherty is determined to capture 26 year old Allen […]

Anfield gets angry at fixture jam

Thursday, May 4 – 1989 Liverpool reacted angrily yesterday as the Football League set a deadline for them to complete their fixtures. The League want to condense their final five First Division games into a 10 day spell so their Championship chase is completed by May 23. But […]

Home rule given the boot

Friday, June 1 – 1984 Liverpool will be the last club to fight for the European Cup on their opponents’ ground. As Liverpool returned home in triump yesterday, new rules were being drawn up for next season by UEFA officials. The choice of venue will now be decided […]

The top men and their salaries

Tuesday, August 17 – 1982 What the top man get – an estimate of managers’ salaries in the First Division. Club Manager Salary Contract remaining Arsenal Terry Neill £35,000 3 years Aston Villa Tony Barton £25,000 3 years Birmingham Ron Saunders £40,000 3 year “roll on” Brighton Mike […]

Liverpool v Arsenal 1-1 (FA Cup, replay)

Wednesday, April 16 – 1980 Match: FA Cup, Semi Final, replay, at Villa Park, kick-off: 19:30. Liverpool – Arsenal 1-1 (0-0) after extra-time. Attendance: 40,679. Referee: Mr. K.S. Hackett. Liverpool: Ray Clemence, Phil Neal, Colin Irwin, Phil Thompson (C), Ray Kennedy, Alan Hansen, Kenny Dalglish, David Fairclough, David […]

– Being Liverpool, is a special feeling

Friday, December 28 – 1979 The 91 Football League managers trailing in Liverpool’s jet-stream were yesterday handed the dressing room answer to Anfield success. Ray Kennedy, one of the club’s midfield stokers, told me: “It’s no big deal. The answer is simplicity. “We don’t have any magic formula. […]

Liverpool hit Strømsgodset for 11 at Anfield

Tuesday, September 17 – 1974 Match: European Cup Winners’ Cup, 1st Round, 1st Leg, at Anfield, kick-off: 19:30. Liverpool – Strømsgodset 11-0 (5-0). Attendance: 24,743. Referee: Edwin Borg (Malta). Liverpool: Ray Clemence, Tommy Smith, Alec Lindsay, Phil Thompson, Peter Cormack, Emlyn Hughes, Phil Boersma, Brian Hall, Steve Heighway, […]

Bill Shankly quit as Liverpool manager

Friday, July 12 – 1974 Bill Shankly has quit as manager of Liverpool. And with a typical Shankly flourish, he followed his shock announcement yesterday by signing Arsenal striker Ray Kennedy for £200,000. Bill Shankly. It is a club record fee for the man whose goal ended Liverpool’s […]

Shankly lashes Everton

Monday, January 3 – 1972 Liverpool manager Bill Shankly yesterday marched into an FA disciplinary court to clear £220,000 Arsenal superstar Alan Ball – then stormed out accusing Everton of turning their backs on their former skipper. Ball, Britain’s costliest player, was facing the disciplinary committee in Birmingham […]

Kevin Keegan moves to Liverpool for £35,000

Monday, May 3 – 1971 Bill Shankly switched his attention from Cup Final opponents Arsenal to lowly Scunthorpe yesterday and bought the Fourth Division club’s midfield player Kevin Keegan, for £35,000. Keegan, 20, has been the target for a lot of clubs and Shankly said: “We have had […]