8 March ~ Blackburn travel to Anfield in the FA Cup today for their 12th meeting with Liverpool in the competition, the most recent being a 1-0 Rovers victory in 2000. However, in 1991 a then-struggling second-tier Blackburn managed to take reigning league champions Liverpool to a third-round replay, and the first match wasn’t without controversy. Blackburn had Kevin Moran sent off for a foul on Ian Rush, who later said: “We almost ran into each other. I think it was a foul, but not a sending off.”

Despite being down to ten men, Rovers led 1-0 and battled hard until injury time, when Mark Atkins deflected a cross into his own net. In the aftermath Jimmy Hill, on BBC TV, blamed the equalising goal on an over-enthusiastic ballgirl who had returned ball to Liverpool too quickly at the throw-in which preceded the goal. Unfortunately no full highlights seem to be available, but the final ten minutes can be seen here.

Liverpool went on to win the replay at Anfield 3-0, with goals from Ray Houghton, Ian Rush and Steve Staunton. They needed another replay to get past Brighton in the next round but lost to Everton in the fifth round after two replays – Kenny Dalglish resigned after the first, a famous 4-4 draw.

Related articles

Graeme Souness – Football: my life, my passion
by Graeme SounessHeadline, £9.99Reviewed by Peter BrooksbankFrom WSC 378, September 2018Buy the book To football supporters of a certain...
How defender Paul Warhurst (briefly) became the country's most fearsome striker
In the early 1990s an unassuming defender was transformed into the hottest forward in England, firing his team to two cup finals before a...
Photo of the week ~ Getting into the FA Cup spirit at Hastings United
Hastings United 3 Blackfield & Langley 0, 20/10/2012, The Pilot Field, FA Cup fourth qualifying round Photo by Simon Gill for WSC...