On This Day - Oct 15 2003: Sammy McIlroy resigns as Northern Ireland manager

Former Northern Ireland soccer manager Sammy McIlroy 


1887: Preston beat Hyde United 26-0 in a first-round FA Cup tie to set an English goalscoring record.

1968: David Hemery won the Olympic 400 metres hurdles title in Mexico City.

1972: Offaly claimed their second All-Ireland football title after they defeated Kerry in the final replay, 1-19 to 0-13.

1999: Ireland and Australia drew in Adelaide to secure an Irish win in the International Rules.

2000: 57,289 people turned up at Croke Park to see Australia beat Ireland 68-51 in the International Rules to secure a 2-0 series win for the visitors.

2002: Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane was fined a record £150,000 and banned for five weeks by the Football Association over comments in his autobiography referring to a controversial tackle on Alf Inge Haaland.

2003: Sammy McIlroy resigned as Northern Ireland manager.

2004: Andy Robinson was appointed full-time head coach of the England rugby union team.

2006: Cushendall won the Antrim SHC title following a 2-14 to 2-7 win against Loughgiel.

2010: New England Sports Ventures - now known as Fenway Sports Group - announced it had completed its takeover of Liverpool.

2011: Burren proved much too powerful for Clonduff in the Down SFC final in Newry.

2012: Cricket South Africa accepted an apology from England and Wales Cricket Board chief executive David Collier over comments he made regarding the involvement of South African players in the Kevin Pietersen text row.

2013: England beat Poland 2-0 at Wembley through goals from Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

2014: Australia rugby league star Jarryd Hayne surprisingly quit the sport to pursue a career in American football.


Dick McTaggart (boxing) - Great Britain's 1956 Olympic lightweight champion, born 1935.

Jorge Campos (soccer) - former Mexico goalkeeper (below) famous for his colourful kits, born 1966.

Mexico goalkeeper Jorge Campos reacting after allowing a Norway goal late in the second half during the Group E World Cup first round match between Mexico and Norway at Washington's RFK Stadium in the United Sates on June 19 1994

Didier Deschamps (soccer) - France coach and former midfielder who lifted the World Cup as captain of Les Bleus in 1998, born 1968.

Craig Chalmers (rugby union) - former Scotland and Lions stand-off, born 1968.

Jamie Cox (cricket) - Australian former Somerset captain, born 1969.

Andy Cole (soccer) - former Manchester United and England striker, born 1971.

David Trezeguet (soccer) - former France striker, born 1977.

Paul Robinson (soccer) - former England, Leeds, Tottenham and Blackburn goalkeeper, born 1979.

Elena Dementieva (tennis) - 2008 Olympic singles champion, now retired, born 1981.

Mesut Ozil (soccer) - Arsenal and Germany midfielder, born 1988.


1. Stan Collymore ended his playing career at which Spanish side?

2. When did Scotstown last win the Ulster Club title?

3. Who was the last Australia captain to win an Ashes series in England?

4. In which year did Tony McCoy (below) win his only Grand National aboard Don't Push It?

Jockey AP McCoy after winning the Doom Bar Aintree Hurdle during the Grand Opening Day of the Crabbies Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool in 2015. Picture by Mike Egerton, Press Association 

5. Which two athletes won gold on the track for Great Britain at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona?

(See quiz answers at bottom)


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Today (Saturday, October 15)

SOCCER: Premier League, Chelsea v Leicester - Sky Sports 1 1130; Crystal Palace v West Ham United - BT Sport 1, 1700; EFL, Aston Villa v Wolves - Sky Sports 1 1715; Welsh Premier League, New Saints v Llandudno - S4C 1700; LaLiga, Leganes v Sevilla - Sky Sports 5 1155; Atletico Madrid v Granada - Sky Sports 5 1730; Real Betis v Real Madrid - Sky Sports 5 - 1930; Serie A, Pescara v Sampdoria - eir Sport 1 1655; A-League, Sydney FC v Central Coast Mariners - BT Sport 1 0730; Melbourne Victory v Melbourne City - BT Sport1 0945.

BOXING: WBC World Cruiserweight title, Tony Bellew v BJ Flores - Sky Sports 2000.

CYCLING: Road World Championships - Eurosport 2 1300, BBC One 1430.

GOLF: European Tour, British Masters - Sky Sports 4 1130; PGA Tour, The Safeway Open - Sky Sports 4 2200.

MOTORCYCLING: MotoGP, Japanese Grand Prix - BT Sport 2 0030; World Superbikes, Eurosport 2 0915; British Superbikes - Eurosports 2 1100.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Wales v Serbia - S4C 1445.

RUGBY UNION: Live European Rugby Champions Cup, Wasps v Zebre - Sky Sports 2 1230; Toulon v Saracens - BT Sport 2 1445; Northampton v Montpellier, Sky Sports 2 1700; Connacht v Toulouse, Sky Sports 4 1730; Scarlets v Sale - BT Sport 2 1930; NPC, Wellington v Waikato - Sky Sports 2 0730.

SNOOKER: English Open - Eurosport 1 1245 and 1845.

Andy Murray poses with his trophy after defeating Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria in the men's singles final match at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing on Sunday, October 9, 2016

TENNIS: ATP, Shanghai Masters - Sky Sports 3 0930.

BASEBALL: MLB, matches TBC - BT Sport//ESPN 2100, 0130 (Sun).

MMA: CWFC Middleweight, Jack Marshman v Andreas Michailidis - BT Sport 1 2100.

Tomorrow (Sunday, October 16)

GAELIC GAMES: Clare SHC Ballyea v Clonlara (live), Galway SHC Gort v St Thomas’ (deferred) – TG4 1500.

SOCCER: Premier League, Middlesbrough v Watford - Sky Sports 1 1230; Southampton v Burnley - Sky Sports 1 1530; EFL, Huddersfield v Sheffield Wednesday - Sky Sports 2 1130; LaLiga, Athletic Bilbao v Real Sociedad - Sky Sports 3 1510; Sporting Gijon v Valencia - Sky Sports 3 1725; Villarreal v Celta Vigo - Sky Sports 1 1945; Serie A, Fiorentina v Atalanta - eir Sport 1 1125; Lazio v Bologna - eir Sport1 1355; Chievo v AC Milan - BT Sport 1 1930; Chievo v AC Milan - eir Sport 1 1940; Bundesliga, FSV Mainz 05 v Darmstadt 98 - BT Sport 1 1415; VfL Wolfsburg v RB Leipzig - BT Sport 1 1630; Ligue 1, St Etienne v Dijon - eir Sport 1 1555; MLS, Montreal Impact v Toronto FC - Sky Sports 3 2010; Portland Timbers v Colorado Rapids - Sky Sports 3 2225.

CRICKET: 1st ODI, India v New Zealand - Sky Sports 5 0850.

CYCLING: Road World Championships, BBC Two England 1430.

GOLF: European Tour, British Masters - Sky Sports 4 1130; PGA Tour, The Safeway Open - Sky Sports 4 2200.

MOTORSPORT: World Rally Championship - BT Sport 1 1100; FIA F3 European Championship - BT Sport//ESPN 0845 and 1400.

MOTORCYCLING: FIA World Endurance Championship - Eurosport 2 0730; World Superbikes, Eurosport 2 1000; British Superbikes - Eurosport 2 1300.

RUGBY UNION: European Champions Cup, Bordeaux-Begles v Ulster - Sky Sports 3 1230; Racing 92 v Munster - Sky Sports 2 1500; Exeter v Clermont Auvergne - BT Sport2 1515.

Ronnie O'Sullivan

SNOOKER: English Open - Eurosport 1 1345 and 1915.

TENNIS: ATP, Shanghai Masters - Sky Sports 3 0630 and 0930.

AMERICAN FOOTBALL: NFL, Philadelphia Eagles v Washington Redskins - Sky Sports 2 1730, Atlanta Falcons v Seattle Seahawks - Sky Sports 2 -2100, Indianapolis Colts v Houston Texans - Sky Sports 2 0100 (Mon).

BASEBALL: MLB, matches TBC - BT Sport//ESPN 0100.

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ answers: 1. Real Oviedo 2. 1989 3. Steve Waugh (2001) 4. 2010 5. Sally Gunnell and Linford Christie



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