Mariners Memories: Grimsby Town beat Liverpool 2-1 at Anfield in 2001
Phil Jevons, who returned to Blundell Park earlier this season with Hyde, will always be remembered for one momentous night at Anfield, as Graham Precious from the Mariners Trust recalls.
THIS victory is within living memory of most Town fans as it was only just over 11 years ago.
Liverpool need no introduction as the (now) record eight-time winners of the League Cup.
At the time of this game, they held not only the League Cup, but the FA Cup and UEFA cup as well. They had not lost a cup tie for 18 months.
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Town had never won at Anfield in their previous 23 trips. The previous two visits had resulted in a 3-0 Fourth Round League Cup defeat in November 1997 when they lost to Michael Owen's first ever hat-trick for the Reds – and a 5-0 drubbing in the Third Round of the FA Cup in January 1980.
Town's manager Lennie Lawrence had never come away from Liverpool with a win, either.
Liverpool were sixth in the Premier League that night, Town were 12th in Division One (now the Championship).
Although there were only 25 league places between the two teams, Town were punching above their weight and the Reds one of the top teams in Europe.
The Mariners were on the crest of a slump – after topping the table the previous month, they had not won for six games, conceding 15 goals in the process and hadn't even been able to score against bottom side Rotherham in the previous league game. It didn't bode well.
Liverpool's team that night included a much younger Jamie Carragher, Mark Wright, Gary McAllister, Nick Barmby, Sami Hyypia, Vladimir Smicer, and on the subs bench Jamie Redknapp and Emile Heskey.
There were eight full internationals and three with Under-21 experience. Gerard Houllier was manager.
Town's team included Danny Coyne in goal (previously released by Tranmere), Paul Groves, David Beharall (signed on loan from Newcastle only that day), Marlon Broomes, Tony Gallimore, Alan Pouton, Stuart Campbell, Danny Butterfield, Ben Chapman, Jonathan Rowan and Phil Jevons.
Michael Boulding came on as sub for Rowan and Bradley Allen came on for Chapman. This side was missing seven first-team members through injury and suspension.
Just like their last smash and grab visit to Merseyside 17 years previously (when they won at Everton), Town were on the defensive for the whole 90 minutes.
This time there was no last minute glory as the game went into extra-time.
At this point, Town were the only side not to have conceded a goal at Anfield by full-time that season.
There had been several last ditch clearances by the Town defence and only one attempt on the Liverpool goal when Chapman whistled one over the bar midway through the first half.
Broomes and Groves were majestic for Town that day, and on 55 minutes, Coyne made an important double save denying Litmanen and then Smicer.
Boulding came on after 83 minutes and gave Hyypia his first taste of real danger. The giant Fin was very lucky not to concede a penalty in the last minute when pulling Boulding back in the box but it was missed by the officials.
The game went into extra time, but that just fired the Reds into action.
After 101 minutes, the deadlock was broken when Beharall handled in the box when under pressure from Smicer. Up stepped McAllister and Liverpool had their lead.
Rather than opening the floodgates, it was Town who responded more positively. After a Gallimore free-kick, Stuart Campbell crossed and Broomes slid in the equaliser with just seven minutes to go.
It should have been a question of holding out for penalties, except the Mariners had other ideas.
Although Liverpool threatened on the break, Town soaked it up until the final minute.
Lawrence was getting his spot-kick shortlist drawn up, when a long ball from Coyne was headed down by Hyypia just inside the Liverpool half and picked up by Phil Jevons.
The former Everton reject and Liverpool fan took a couple of touches and released the most fantastic 35-yard dipping shot ever seen at Anfield, past Kirkland and into the top corner.
It was a wonder goal he must have spent nights dreaming of!
Liverpool had been humbled, mugged by a lesser team and were out of the Worthington Cup.
There were about 6,000 Town fans among the 32,672 crowd who stayed behind to salute their heroes as the Liverpool fans left in total dejection – the triple cup holders had been beaten by the Mighty Mariners, at long, long last!