On This Day - May 3 1992: Derry GAA lift National League title, a launchpad for greater heights

A jubilant Derry captain, Henry Downey, gets ready to lift the Sam Maguire at Croke Park, Dublin in 1993  


1921: Boxer 'Sugar' Ray Robinson - real name Walker Smith Jr - was born in Detroit. He won the welterweight title in 1946 and in 1951 took the middleweight crown. Only exhaustion prevented him winning a third title, light-heavyweight, when he retired in the 14th round against Joey Maxim in 1952. Robinson died in 1989.

1934: Boxer Sir Henry Cooper, the only man to win three Lonsdale belts outright, was born. Cooper's only attempt to win a world title ended in a sixth-round stoppage by Muhammad Ali in 1966, while he is best remembered for knocking Ali - then Cassius Clay - to the canvas three years earlier. Cooper died on May 1, 2011.

1952: Newcastle beat Arsenal to become the first team in the 20th century to win the FA Cup in successive seasons.

1992: Derry, captained by Henry Downey and managed by the late Eamon Coleman, beat Tyrone in the National Football league final on a score line of 1-10 to 1-8 to lift their second league title. The following year they would lift an even bigger gaelic games prize, the Sam Maguire trophy, as winners of their first ever All-Ireland Senior Football Championship crown.   

2003: Sunderland's 14th successive defeat, 1-0 at Aston Villa, condemned them to relegation from the Premiership.

2005: A disputed Luis Garcia goal booked Liverpool's passage to the Champions League final as they beat Chelsea 1-0 on aggregate. Liverpool went on to win the final on penalties against AC Milan.

2011: Wales international Andy Powell was released by Wasps after an investigation into a pub brawl.


Darran O’Sullivan (gaelic football) – Kerry footballer and four-time All-Ireland Senior Football Championship winner, born 1986.

Peter Oosterhuis (golf) - One-time golden boy of British golf, Europe's top golfer in the early 1970s, born 1948.

Allan Wells (athletics) - Won 100 metres gold in the 1980 Moscow Olympics, born 1952.

Kathy Cook (athletics) - Former British sprinter who won 23 medals at major championships, born 1960.

Steve McClaren (soccer) - Former England and Newcastle manager, born 1961.

John Jensen (soccer) - Former Denmark and Arsenal midfielder, born 1965.

Darren Morgan (snooker) - Wales' former world number eight who made 111 competitive century breaks, born 1966.

Jamie Baulch (athletics) - Former British 400 metres runner, born 1973.

Michael Reiziger (soccer) - Former Middlesbrough, Barcelona and Holland full-back, born 1973.

Lawrence Tynes (gridiron) - Scottish-born kicker formerly with the New York Giants and the Kansas City Chiefs, born 1978.


1 Which British fighter successfully defended his IBF super middleweight world championship belt on Saturday night?

2 What year were Ipswich last in the Premier League?

3 In what year was the highest ever attendance recorded at an All-Ireland football final?

4 Which school has won the most Hogan Cups?

5 Ronnie O'Sullivan and which other player are tied for the most 147 breaks at the Snooker World Championship?

(See answers at bottom)



SOCCER: Champions League, Bayern Munich v Atletico Madrid - BT Sport Europe 1900.

CRICKET: County Championship, Nottinghamshire v Yorkshire - Sky Sports 2 1055; Indian Premier League, Gujarat Lions v Delhi Daredevils - Sky Sports 3 1500.

TENNIS: ATP, Mutua Madrid Open - Sky Sports 1 1100; WTA, Mutua Madrid Open - BT Sport 1 1100 & 1900.

BASKETBALL: NBA, Playoff game - BT Sport 1 0100 (Wed).

BASEBALL: MLB, Cleveland Indians v Detroit Tigers - BT Sport/ESPN 2300.


SNOOKER: Sporting Legends: Dennis Taylor, Snooker player Dennis Taylor is best known for his momentous win against Steve Davis which resulted in him winning the 1985 World Championship – Setanta Ireland 1900

SOCCER: Champions League, Real Madrid v Manchester City - BT Sport Europe 1900; National League, play-off semi-final first leg - BT Sport 1 1830.

CRICKET: County Championship, Nottinghamshire v Yorkshire - Sky Sports 2 1055; Indian Premier League, Kolkata Knight Riders v Kings XI Punjab - Sky Sports 3 1500.

TENNIS: ATP, Mutua Madrid Open - Sky Sports 1 1100; WTA, Mutua Madrid Open - BT Sport 2 1100.

CYCLING: Four Days of Dunkirk - Eurosport 1 1430.

BASKETBALL: NBA, Playoffs - BT Sport 1 0100 (Thu).

BASEBALL: MLB, Pittsburgh Pirates v Chicago Cubs - BT Sport/ESPN 1730; San Diego Padres v Colorado Rockies - BT Sport/ESPN 2030; MLB action – BT Sport/ESPN - 0100 (Thu).

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ answers: 1 James DeGale; 2 2002; 3 1961, Offaly v Down (90,556); 4 St Jarlath’s College, Tuam (12); 5 Stephen Hendry.







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