On This Day - Sep 24 1962: Former Rangers manager Ally McCoist is born


1776: The St Leger, the oldest of the five Classic races, was run for the first time at Doncaster. The race, which had only five runners, was won by the 2-1 favourite Allabucilia.

1933: Cavan won their first-ever All-Ireland SFC title following a 2-5 to 1-4 victory over Galway.

1944: 79,245 turned up to Croke Park to watch Roscommon beat Kerry in the All-Ireland final, setting a new record for the highest attendance at a final.

1961: Sam Maguire was set to come over the border into Newry for the second consecutive season as Down made it back-to-back All-Ireland wins with a 3-6 to 2-8 victory over Offaly.

1975: Phil Bennett scored an international rugby union record 34 points for Wales against Japan in Tokyo.

1978: Kerry beat Dublin 5-11 to 0-9 in the All-Ireland final, the first win in their attempt at five in a row, something that would dramtically fail against Offaly in 1982.

1988: At the Seoul Olympics, Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson won the 100 metres final in a world record time of 9.79 seconds. The time was expunged from the records and the gold medal taken from him when drug tests proved he had taken performance-boosting anabolic steroids.

1989: Europe retained the Ryder Cup following a 14-14 draw with the United States at the Belfry - only the second tied match in the cup's history. American Tom Kite registered the biggest individual win in the competition over 18 holes, beating Howard Clark 8&7.

2002: England batsman Graham Thorpe, days after being recalled to the Test squad for the Ashes series in Australia, pulled out of the tour.

2006: Europe won the Ryder Cup for the fifth time in six matches with a record-equalling 18 1/2-9 1/2 victory at the K Club, near Dublin.

2007: India beat Pakistan by five runs in Johannesburg to win cricket's World Twenty20 tournament.

2013: Former England batsman Owais Shah retired from first-class cricket.

2014: Sir Bradley Wiggins won gold in the men's time-trial at the Road World Championships in Spain in a time of 56 minutes 25.52 seconds for the 47.1-kilometre route in Ponferrada to win by an emphatic margin of 26.23secs.



Ally McCoist (soccer) - Former Rangers manager and Scotland striker, born 1962.

Mike Phelan (soccer) - Interim Hull manager, formerly Manchester United midfielder and assistant manager, born 1962.

Craig Burley (soccer) - Former Scotland, Celtic and Chelsea midfielder, born 1971.

Sean Long (rugby league) - Former Wigan, Widnes, St Helens, Hull and Great Britain scrum-half, who is now a coach with the Saints, born 1976.

Fabio Aurelio (soccer) - Former Liverpool and Valencia left-back, born 1979.

Emmerson Boyce (soccer) - Former Wigan defender, born 1979.

John Arne Riise (soccer) - Former Norway, Liverpool, Fulham and Roma left-back, born 1980.

 Norway's John Arne Riise (centre) runs away from goal after scoring from a freekick

Victoria Pendleton (cycling) - 2012 Olympic keirin and world sprint champion who retired after the London Games, and is now an amateur jockey, born 1980.

Eoin Kelly (Gaelic games) – Long-serving Waterford hurler who ended his career with two Allstars to his name, born 1982.

Conal Keaney (Gaelic games) – Dublin dual star who has won Leinster titles with his county in both football and hurling, born 1982.

Oriol Romeu (soccer) - Southampton's Spanish midfielder, born 1991.

Owen Farrell (rugby union) - Saracens and England fly-half, born 1991.

Jack Sock (tennis) - American, winner of 2014 Wimbledon men's doubles title with Vasek Pospisil, born 1992.

Daniel Flynn (Gaelic games) – Kildare footballer who was with AFL club Port Adelaide in 2014.

Quick Quiz Blitz

1 Who is the youngest member of Europe's Ryder Cup team this year?

2 How many times have the Cork ladies lost an All-Ireland Football final?

3 Former England captain David Beckham won how many senior international caps?

4 Name the two clubs in Down that have completed Down SFCs five-in-a-rows?

5 Which team were crowned 2016 NBA champions?

Answers at bottom


Today (Saturday September 24)

SOCCER: Premier League, Manchester United v Leicester - Sky Sports 1 1130, Arsenal v Chelsea - BT Sport 1 1700; Championship - Aston Villa v Newcastle - Sky Sports 1 1715; Vanarama National League, Wrexham v Chester - BT Sport 1 1145; LaLiga, Eibar v Real Sociedad - Sky Sports 3 1155, Athletic Bilbao v Sevilla - Sky Sports 2 1715, Las Palmas v Real Madrid - Sky Sports 5 1930; MLS, Toronto v Philadelphia Union - Sky Sports 3 2205, New York Red Bulls v Montreal Impact - Sky Sports 3 0010 (Sun).

CRICKET: First Test, day three, India v New Zealand - Sky Sports 2, 0500.

RUGBY UNION: PRO12, Munster v Edinburgh - Sky Sports 3 1445; Scarlets v Connacht - S4C 1915.

RUGBY LEAGUE - Super League, Hull KR v Huddersfield Giants - Sky Sports 2 1225.

GOLF: European Open - Sky Sports 4 1200; The Tour Championship - Sky Sports 4 1600.

BOXING: WBA world lightweight title, Anthony Crolla v Jorge Linares - Sky Sports 2 2000.

CYCLING: Eneco Tour - Eurosport 1 1330.

TENNIS: ATP St Petersburg Open - Eurosport 1 1200; WTA Toray Pan Pacific Open - BT Sport 1 0400.

MOTOR CYCLING: MotoGP Aragon, qualifying - BT Sport 2 1100.

SNOOKER: Shanghai Masters - Eurosport 2 0700.

BASEBALL: MLB, New York Mets v Philadelphia Phillies - BT Sport 1 0000 (Sun).

DARTS: PDC Darts Champions League - BBC One 1315.

Tomorrow (Sunday September 25)

GAELIC GAMES: All-Ireland Ladies Championship finals, Antrim v Longford, Clare v Kildare, Cork v Dublin – TG4 1140; The Sunday Game – RTE2 2130.

SOCCER: Premier League, West Ham v Southampton - Sky Sports 1 1530; SPFL, Aberdeen v Rangers - Sky Sports 1 1230; LaLiga, Atletico Madrid v Deportivo La Coruna - Sky Sports 2 1510; Villarreal v Osasuna - Sky Sports 5 1725; Espanyol v Celta Vigo - Sky Sports 1 1940; Serie A, Torino v Roma - BT Sport 1 1130; Fiorentina v AC Milan - BT Sport 2 1930; Bundesliga, Hoffenheim v Schalke - BT Sport 2 1500; Cologne v Leipzig - BT Sport 2 1630; Ligue 1, Marseille v Nantes - BT Sport 1 1930; MLS, Los Angeles Galaxy v Seattle Sounders - Sky Sports 3 2105.

CRICKET: First Test, day three, India v New Zealand - Sky Sports 2 0500; One-day international, South Africa v Ireland - Sky Sports 3 0900.

RUGBY UNION: Premiership, Leicester v Bath - BT Sport 1 1430.

GOLF: European Open - Sky Sports 4 1200; The Tour Championship - Sky Sports 4 1600.

CYCLING: Eneco Tour - Eurosport 1 1330.

MOTOR CYCLING: MotoGP Aragon GP - BT Sport 2 1245.

SNOOKER: Shanghai Masters - Eurosport 2 0700.

AMERICAN FOOTBALL: NFL, New York Giants v Washington Redskins - Sky Sports 2 1730, Philadelphia Eagles v Pittsburgh Steelers - Sky Sports 2 2100, Dallas Cowboys v Chicago Bears - Sky Sports 2 0100 (Mon).

BASEBALL: MLB, Toronto Blue Jays v New York Yankees - BT Sport/ESPN 1800, San Diego Padres v San Francisco Giants - BT Sport/ESPN, 2100, Chicago Cubs v St Louis Cardinals - BT Sport/ESPN 0100 (Mon).

DARTS: PDC Darts Champions League - BBC Two, 1300.

Answers: 1 Matt Fitzpatrick (22 years old); 2 0; 3 115; 4 Burren and Mayobridge; 5 Cleveland Cavaliers.?


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