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The incredible influence of my birth on Liverpool Football Club’s results

November 1, 2013 Leave a comment

Liverpool’s 4-2 win over Crystal Palace makes it 30 league games directly before or on 29 October in which Liverpool are unbeaten.

When watching Liverpool demolish West Brom in 2013, days before my 29th birthday, I decided to investigate when we’d last lost a game before or on my birthday (October 29).

The reason being, a defeat tends to put me in a foul mood and I couldn’t remember a time when a birthday had been spoiled by a defeat.

I then thought that in fact, we must have won about five or six on the bounce at least.

At which point I looked at the previous season’s fixture and saw we’d drawn 2-2 with Everton in 2012 (October 28; Baines og/Suarez). I had recorded the game, got in to flick on Chelsea v Man Utd at 4pm and Martin Tyler announced during commentary that ‘we’ve already seen the team in red scored twice away from home today’ in the earlier kick off. Or words to that effect.

I couldn’t wait (assuming we’d won), looked up the score and saw we’d battered them 2-2. Disappointment.

But still, I decided to delve a little deeper. And what I found was that the last time Liverpool lost the league game before or on my birthday was when a Mike Newell hat-trick saw Luton ‘snatch’ a 4-1 victory on 25 October, 1986 (some videos below).

Since then, Liverpool have won 25 games and drawn five of the 30 league games directly preceding or on the date 29 October (full list below).

Not only that, but when a cup game (League/Carling/Rumbelows) has taken place after a league game, but before or on the 29th of October, you have to go back to a 1-0 loss to Everton on 27 October 1987 to find a defeat.

In fact, of any of the cup games directly before October 29, Liverpool have lost just two of their 14 games since that league defeat to Luton (Arsenal and Palace the winners in 2009 and 2005 respectively).

Liverpool’s win over Spurs on Wednesday night means we’ve won the last four since a defeat to Arsenal in October 28.

I used lots of sites to get the info below, but www.lfchistory.net is a particularly useful way to while away hours if you’re a Liverpool fan.

Tom’s birthday fixtures:

  • Crystal Palace 2 Liverpool 4; October 29, ’16 (Can, Lovren, Matip, Firmino)
  • – CUP: Liverpool 2 Spurs 0; October 25, ’16 (Sturridge x 2)
  • – CUP: Liverpool 1 Bournemouth 0; October 28, ’15 (Clyne)
  • Liverpool 1 Southampton 1; October 25, ’15 (Benteke)
  • – CUP: Liverpool 2 Swansea 1; October 28, ’14 (Balotelli, Lovren)
  • Liverpool 0 Hull 0; October 25, ’14
  • Liverpool 4 West Brom 1; October 26, ’13 (Suarez [3]; Sturridge 1)
  • Everton 2 Liverpool 2; Oct 28, ’12 (Baines og; Suarez)
  • West Brom 0 Liverpool 2; Oct 29, ’11 (Adam; Carroll)
  • – CUP: Stoke 1 Liverpool 2; Oct 26, ’11 (Suarez x 2)
  • Liverpool 2 Blackburn 1; Oct 24, 2010 (Kyrgiakos; Torres)
  • – CUP: Arsenal 2 Liverpool 1; Oct 28, ’09 (Insua)
  • Liverpool 2 Man Utd 0;  Oct 25, ’09 (Torres; Ngog) – I was there. It was glorious

The following video is in Spanish. You should be able to make out what happens.

  • Liverpool 1 Portsmouth 0; Oct 29, ’08 (Gerrard)
  • Liverpool 1 Arsenal 1; Oct 28 ’07 (Gerrard)
  • Liverpool 3 Aston Villa 1; Oct 28 ’06 (Kuyt; Crouch; Garcia)
  • – CUP: Liverpool 4 Reading 3; Oct 25, ’06 (Fowler, Riise, Paletta, Crouch)
  • Liverpool 2 West Ham 0; Oct 29 ’05 (Alonso; Zenden)
  • – CUP: Crystal Palace 2 Liverpool 1; Oct 25, ’05 (Gerrard)
  • Liverpool 2 Charlton 0; Oct 23, ’04 (Riise; Garcia)
  • – CUP: Millwall 0-3 Liverpool; Oct 26, ’04 (Diao; Baros [2])
  • Liverpool 3 Leeds 1; Oct 25, ’03 (Owen; Murphy; Sinama Pongolle)
  • – CUP: Blackburn 3 Liverpool 4; Oct 29, ’03 (Murphy; Heskey [2]; Kewell)
  • Liverpool 2 Tottenham 1; Oct 26 ’02 (Murphy; Owen)
  • Charlton 0 Liverpool 2; Oct 27 ’01 (Redknapp; Owen)
  • Liverpool 3 Everton 0; Oct 29, 2000 (Barmby; Heskey; Berger)
  • Liverpool 1 West Ham 0; Oct 27, ’99 (Camara)
  • Liverpool 5 Nottingham Forest 1; Oct 24, ’98 (Owen [4]; McManaman)
  • – CUP: Liverpool 3 Fulham 1; Oct 27, ’98 (og; Fowler; Ince)
  • Liverpool 4 Derby 0; Oct 25, ’97 (Fowler [2] Leonhardsen; McManaman
  • Liverpool 2 Derby 1; Oct 27 ’96 (Fowler [2])
  • Liverpool 6 Manchester City 0; Oct 28, ’95 (Rush [2]; Fowler [2]; Ruddock; Redknapp)
  • Ipswich 1 Liverpool 3; Oct 29, ’94 (Fowler [2]; Barnes)
  • Man City 1 Liverpool 1; Oct 23, ’93 (Rush)
  • – CUP: Liverpool 3 Ipswich 2; Oct 27, ’93 (Rush [3])
  • Liverpool 4 Norwich 1; Oct 25, ’92 (Thomas; Hutchison; Burrows; Walters)
  • – CUP: Sheffield Utd 0 Liverpool 0; Oct 28, ’92
  • Liverpool 1 Coventry 0; Oct 26, ’91 (Houghton)
  • – CUP: Port Vale 2 Liverpool 2 (McManaman; Rush)
  • Liverpool 2 Chelsea 0; Oct 27, 1990 (Rush; Nicol)
  • Liverpool 1 Tottenham 0; Oct 29 ’89 (Barnes)
  • West Ham 0 Liverpool 2; Oct 29 ’88 (Rush; Beardsley)
  • Liverpool 1 Luton 0; Oct 24, ’87 (Gillespie)
  • – CUP: Everton 1 Liverpool 0; Oct 27, ’87
  • Luton 4 Liverpool 1; Oct 25, ’86 (Molby)
  • – CUP: Liverpool 4 Leicester 1; Oct 29, ’86 (McMahon [3]; Dalglish)