On March 15, 1892, John Houlding famously broke from the board of Everton to form a new club - Liverpool FC. The club was formally recognised by the Board of Trade on June 3, making it our official birthday. August 17, 1896 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.
Manager Jürgen Klopp
- Current Team
- June 16, 1967
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On March 15, 1892, John Houlding famously broke from the board of Everton to form a new club – Liverpool FC. The club was formally recognised by the Board of Trade on June 3, making it our official birthday.
August 17, 1896
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.
April 29, 1901
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.
April 14, 1906
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.
April 15, 1922
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 3-0 reverse to bring a third Championship to Anfield. Despite losing two of the final three games of the season, Liverpool end the 1921-22 campaign six points ahead of second-placed Tottenham.
April 21, 1923
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.
August 28, 1928
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 425 feet by 131 feet, it was transformed into an imposing sight for opposition players, housing up to 30,000 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.
February 16, 1938
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 33,465 largely baffled spectators.
September 12, 1946
A £12,500 transfer fee may not sound much these days but that’s how much chairman Billy McConnell and manager George Kay agreed to pay Newcastle United for striker Albert Stubbins, a record fee at the time. Stubbins went on to score 83 goals in 178 first-team appearances for the Reds.
April 24, 1954
Fifty consecutive seasons of top-flight football comes to an end. A 1-0 defeat at home to Cardiff City – a game which sees Billy Liddell miss a penalty – consigns Don Welsh’s team to the drop.
December 1, 1959
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.
April 21, 1962
When Bill Shankly signed Ron Yeats in July 1961, 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 2-0 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.
April 18, 1964
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 5-0 win against Arsenal on April 18, 1964, a day when the turnstiles had to be locked an hour before kick off because the ground was already full.
August 17, 1964
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. A 6-1 win at Anfield follows in the second leg, making for a remarkable 11-1 success on aggregate.
November 25, 1964
In November 1964, Bill Shankly had an idea: to send his team out in all red.
In doing away with white socks and trim, Shanks thought his team would be more intimidating. As ever, he was right
May 1, 1965
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, 1965.
The opening 90 minutes failed to yield a goal, leading to the first period of extra-time in a cup final since 1947. Goals from Roger Hunt and Ian St. John subsequently helped Liverpool to a 2-1 victory over Don Revie’s Leeds United.
May 4, 1965
Just days on from the Reds’ first ever FA Cup triumph at Wembley, European giants Inter Milan arrive Anfield for a European Cup semi-final first leg. Bill Shankly sends out injured heroes Gerry Byrne and Gordon Milne to parade the cup before kick-off, whipping the Kop up into a frenzy. The atmosphere carries the hosts to a famous 3-1 victory but they are denied a maiden European Cup final outing in a controversial second-leg defeat.
April 30, 1966
The Reds reclaim the First Division title with a 2-1 win over Chelsea at Anfield. Incredibly, just 15 players were used throughout this momentous campaign, with Gerry Byrne, Ian Callaghan, Tommy Lawrence, Tommy Smith and Ron Yeats all ever-present.
May 9, 1971
The 1971 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.
Upon returning to Liverpool, Bill Shankly puts on the most unbelievable show of defiance in front of the thousands of cheering Kopites who had lined the streets to welcome their heroes back from London.
May 23, 1971
Bill Shankly makes it third time lucky as he finally gets his hands on Liverpool’s first piece of European silverware.
The Reds defeat Borussia Moenchengladbach over two legs, winning the Anfield opener 3-0 before suffering a 2-0 defeat in Germany.
May 4, 1976
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.
A 3-1 victory courtesy of goals from Kevin Keegan, Ray Kennedy and John Toshack ensures Queens Park Rangers are pipped at the post.
May 9, 1976
A hard-fought 4-3 aggregate victory over FC Bruges gives Liverpool their second UEFA Cup title, and a repeat of the double Bill Shankly’s team had managed three years earlier.
The Reds come back from two down at half-time in the first leg to win 3-2, and then fight back to claim a 1-1 draw courtesy of a Kevin Keegan goal in the second leg.
May 25, 1977
On a balmy night in Rome’s Stadio Olimpico, Emlyn Hughes proudly holds aloft the greatest prize in club football – the European Cup.
Liverpool overcome Borussia Mönchengladbach to clinch the prize, with Terry McDermott, Tommy Smith and Phil Neal scoring in a 3-1 win that marked the start of an unprecedented period of dominance by an English club in Europe.
May 10, 1978
Liverpool become the first English side to retain the European Cup, edging out Belgian side FC Bruges in a one-sided encounter at Wembley.
Bob Paisley’s men dominate from start to finish but are forced to settle for a 1-0 win with the new King of the Kop, Kenny Dalglish, grabbing the crucial goal.
27 May, 1981
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.
After 83 minutes of dour deadlock, Alan Kennedy throws off his defensive shackles to latch onto his namesake Ray’s throw-in before unleashing a fierce left foot drive that flies into the far corner of the net.
May 15, 1982
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.
Such an outcome appeared unlikely at the turn of the year, with Bob Paisley’s side having endured an awful start to the campaign that featured defeats to Ipswich, Wolves and Southampton.
The boss subsequently took the brave decision to install Graeme Souness as captain at the expense of European Cup-winning skipper Phil Thompson – a decision that proved inspirational.
May 10, 1986
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.
Liverpool wrap up the title thanks to a King Kenny goal at Stamford Bridge on May 3, and then beat Merseyside rivals Everton 3-1 at Wembley seven days later, with Ian Rush scoring a brace.
May 9, 1992
Ian Rush and Michael Thomas scores as Liverpool beat Second Division outfit Sunderland to lift the FA Cup at Wembley.
Rush’s goal puts him out front as the top scorer in FA Cup finals, with the Welshman having netted five in three outings in the competition’s showpiece.
May 12, 2001
Michael Owen produces one of the great FA Cup final performances, scoring twice as the Reds beat Arsenal 2-1.
Gerard Houllier’s side find themselves on the back foot for much of the match but two moments of brilliance from their homegrown striker settle it.
May 25, 2005
The most incredible night in the club’s history sees a fifth European Cup added to the Anfield trophy cabinet.
Rafael Benitez’s men find themselves 3-0 down to AC Milan at half-time of the competition’s showpiece fixture in Istanbul but produce a miraculous response to draw level in the second period before winning on penalties.
October 15, 2010
New England Sports Ventures (NESV) announces that it has completed the purchase of Liverpool Football Club. The sale to NESV – later known as Fenway Sports Group – who own a portfolio of companies including the Boston Red Sox, New England Sports Network and Roush Fenway Racing, had been agreed on October 6.
February 26, 2012
Liverpool end a six-year wait for silverware with a dramatic penalty shootout victory over Cardiff City in the League Cup final at Wembley.
October 8, 2015
Liverpool Football Club announce that Jürgen Klopp has been appointed as the club’s new manager. The German arrives at Anfield with a track record for success forged at Borussia Dortmund.
May 18, 2016
Liverpool lose out to Spanish side Sevilla in the Europa League final. The Reds had overcome tough ties against Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund and Villarreal en route to the showpiece in Basel but lose out to the reigning champions in Jürgen Klopp’s second major final in charge.
June 3, 2017
Liverpool FC celebrates its 125th birthday. We celebrate our past with enormous pride, but Liverpool Football Club will never stand still. Ours is a story still being written…
Source: Liverpool Football Club