Rush sets new scoring record

18 October 1992

Ian Rush wrote himself a new chapter in Liverpool's record books after surpassing Roger Hunt's all-time total for the club in a 2-2 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford.

The Welsh hitman, who had never scored against the Red Devils on their home turf prior to the clash, took his Reds tally to 287 goals in all competitions - but it was not enough to secure victory as Liverpool squandered a two goal lead against their fierce rivals.

Graeme Souness' side went into the match on the back of a three match winning streak and after dominating throughout the opening exchanges they deservedly took the lead on 23 minutes when Don Hutchison's shot deflected in off Steve Bruce. 

The visitors had ended United's title hopes at the back-end of the 1991-92 season and it looked like they would inflict more misery on Alex Ferguson's side on the stroke of half-time when Ronny Rosenthal cut the ball back for Rush to steer home a landmark goal.

As the match wore on a Reds victory looked certain but when Mark Hughes pulled one back with just 11 minutes remaining it set up a grandstand finish.

The hosts suddenly found a renewed self belief and with just seconds left on the clock Hughes completed the one man fightback with a superb diving header to spoil his compatriot's big day.

After the match Rush admitted that he was delighted to secure the record but was disappointed to see three precious points slip away.

"Obviously I am proud and privileged to have beaten the record of a great player like Roger Hunt," said Rush. "He was my father's hero. My dad used to call him Sir Roger. But while it's nice to have got the record I would rather the side had got the win we deserved."

And United's savior, Hughes, was also quick to pay tribute to his international teammate saying: "For the past decade Ian Rush has been the top scorer in the country and for any player to score the amount of goals he has is phenomenal."

By the time Rush brought his glittering Anfield career to a close in the summer of 1996 he had scored an amazing 346 goals in 660 matches - a record that looks set to stand for many years to come.