On This Day - Nov 24 1996: Stephen Kirk and Damaen Kelly dig deep to claim boxing gold in South Africa

Golden boy: Stephen Kirk (Cairn Lodge)


1894: England and Yorkshire batsman Herbert Sutcliffe was born. He scored 4,555 runs in 54 Tests and scored more than 50,000 first-class runs between 1919 and 1945. He died aged 83 in 1978.

1996: Belfast boxers Stephen Kirk (Cairn Lodge) and Damaen Kelly (Holy Trinity) took gold in the finals of the Commonwealth Championships in South Africa. There was more great news for the Northern Ireland side with Adrian Patterson (St John Bosco, Newry) and Mick Blaney, Kelly's Holy Trinity team mate scooping silver at the Convention Centre in Sun City, Mmabatho.

1996: St Paul’s GAC, Antrim defeated last year’s Ulster Open club handball champions Gort na Móna in a tense Ulster Senior final at the Shaw's Road complex in Belfast as young gun Seamus O’Tuama came of age for the former All-Ireland Senior club champions. 

1996: Saffron midfielder Eddie Quinn has been chosen by the clubs in South West Antrim as their player of the year. He just pipped Ballymena’s Timmy Connelly for the award. The big Cargin midfielder recorded nine points with Connelly, who recently returned to county duty, just one point behind. Another Cargin player, Ciaran O’Neill also figured, his six points gaining him fourth spot. Brendan Devlin, from the Moneyglass club, also with six points, took third place. 

2001: Fifteen fans were injured after being hit by a car driven by two-time world champion Carlos Sainz at the Network Q Rally of Great Britain.

2003: West Brom striker Lee Hughes was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He was later convicted and jailed.

2004: Harry Redknapp resigned as manager of Portsmouth after his managerial style was compromised by the appointment of Velimir Zajec as executive director.

2005: Portsmouth sacked manager Alain Perrin.

2009: Manager Paul Hart was ''relieved of his duties'' at Portsmouth.

2013: The All Blacks became the first ever side to register a perfect season in the professional era with a last-gasp 24-22 win over Ireland in Dublin, secured after fly-half Aaron Cruden was allowed a second attempt at an overtime conversion.

Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany (right) and team-mate Mark Webber (Australia) spray champagne after the awarding ceremony for the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix at Sepang, Malaysia on Sunday March 24 2013. Vettel won the race and Webber finished second

2013: Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel (above) claimed a record-equalling ninth successive Formula One race win with victory at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

2014: Marco Mattiacci was axed as Ferrari team principal after just seven months in the job and replaced by Maurizio Arrivabene.


Peter Barry (hurling) – former Kilkenny wing-back, winner of three All-Irelands, born 1974

Dave Whelan (soccer) - Wigan's owner and former chairman, born 1936.

Sir Ian Botham (cricket) - former England and Somerset all-rounder, born 1955.

Roy Aitken (soccer) - former Chelsea, Celtic, Motherwell and Scotland defender, born 1958.

Celtic duo Paul Lambert (left) and Tom Boyd take a team approach to lifting the Tennents Scottish Cup at Hampden Park, Glasgow 

Tom Boyd (above) (soccer) - former Celtic and Scotland defender, born 1965.

Sean O'Loughlin (rugby league) - Wigan and England captain, born 1982.

Dean Ashton (soccer) - former Crewe, Norwich and West Ham striker who won one England cap and retired through injury in 2009, born 1983.

Jeremain Lens (soccer) - Sunderland's Holland international striker, currently on loan at Fenerbahce, born 1987.

Nabil Bentaleb (soccer) - Tottenham and Algeria midfielder, currently on loan at Schalke, born 1994.


1 Name the reigning All-Ireland intermediate club football champions?

2 In which year did Down last win the Ulster minor football title?

3 Swimmer Jazz Carlin is an Olympic medallist in which stroke?

4 Which of the four grand slam women's tennis singles finals in 2016 did not feature Serena Williams?

5 Who (above) is the highest-placed Englishman in the world golf rankings?

(See quiz answers at bottom)

SPORT ON TVToday (Thursday, November 24)

SOCCER: Europa League, Zenit St Petersburg v Maccabi Tel Aviv and Dundalk v AZ Alkmaar - eir Sport 1 1555 and 1930, Fenerbahce v Zorya Luhansk and Manchester United v Feyenoord - BT Sport 2 1600 and 1930, FC Zurich v Villarreal - BT Sport/ESPN 1800; A-League, Central Coast Mariners v Perth Glory - BT Sport 1 0845.

CRICKET: Second Test, New Zealand v Pakistan - Sky Sports 2 2145.

GOLF: World Cup of Golf - Sky Sports 4 0100.

AMERICAN FOOTBALL: NFL, Detroit Lions v Minnesota Vikings followed by Dallas Cowboys v Washington Redskins and Indianapolis Colts v Pittsburgh Steelers - Sky Sports 1 1700, 2100 and 0100 (Fri).

CURLING: European Championships - Eurosport 1 1930.

Tomorrow (Friday, November 25)

CRICKET: Third Test, India v England - Sky Sports 2 0330 (Sat); Second Test, New Zealand v Pakistan - Sky Sports 3 2155; Ram Slam T20 Challenge, Warriors v Highveld Lions - Sky Sports 3 1600.

MOTOR SPORT: Formula One, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix practice - Sky Sports 1 and F1 0845 and 1245, Channel 4 0855 and 1255 and eir Sport 1 0855; World Touring Cars, Qatar - Eurosport 1 from 1130.

SOCCER: Championship, Barnsley v Nottingham Forest - Sky Sports 1 1900; LaLiga, Eibar v Real Betis - Sky Sports 5 1940; A-League, Western Sydney Wanderers v Brisbane Roar - BT Sport 1 0845.

RUGBY UNION: Aviva Premiership, Northampton v Newcastle - BT Sport 1 1900; Guinness PRO12, Ulster v Zebre - BBC Two Northern Ireland 1930, Scarlets v Leinster - BBC Two Wales 1930, Glasgow v Ospreys - Sky Sports 2 1930.

TENNIS: Davis Cup final, Croatia v Argentina - Eurosport 2 1300.

GOLF: World Cup of Golf - Sky Sports 4 0100; Ladies European Tour, Qatar Ladies Open - Sky Sports 4 0800.

DARTS: The Players Championship - eir Sport 1 and ITV4 1245 and 1900.

BASKETBALL: NBA, Boston Celtics v San Antonio Spurs and Cleveland Cavaliers v Dallas Mavericks - BT Sport 2 1800 and BT Sport 1 0030 (Sat).

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ answers: 1 St. Mary’s Cahirciveen, Kerry; 2 1999; 3 Freestyle; 4 US Open; 5 Danny Willett (11th).


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