On This Day - June 13 1955: Alan Hansen, Liverpool legend, winner of three European Cups, is born

Former Match of the Day pundit Alan Hansen


1895: The first 'real' motor race ended. The first car to cross the line in the Paris-Bordeaux-Paris race was a Panhard-Levassor, driven by Emile Levassor at an average speed of 15mph.

1897: One of the greatest long-distance runners of all time, Paavo Nurmi, was born. The Finn won a record 12 medals, including nine golds, in the three Olympic Games between 1920 and 1928.

1915: Donald Budge, the first man to achieve a Grand Slam in tennis, was born. His second successive Wimbledon title in 1938 formed part of his Grand Slam - the Australian, French, Wimbledon and US titles.

1982: Italian driver Riccardo Paletti died in a tragic accident on the start grid at the Canadian Grand Prix. Driving for the Osella team, the 23-year-old Formula One rookie's car went into the rear of the stalled Ferrari of Didier Pironi, and Paletti was left with fatal injuries.

2001: Referees became professional for the first time in English football and came under the control of the Professional Game Match Official Board.

2004: England lost 2-1 to France at Euro 2004, having led 1-0 going into injury time.

2005: England beat Australia by 100 runs at the Rose Bowl in the first Twenty20 international between the two countries.

2008: Midfielder Aaron Ramsey completed his move from Cardiff to Arsenal on a long-term contract for an undisclosed fee.

2010: Ireland's Jamie Heaslip was handed a five-week ban for striking with the knee during a 66-28 defeat to New Zealand in New Plymouth.

2011: Former England manager Steve McClaren was appointed the new manager of Nottingham Forest on a three-year contract. He resigned four months later.

2011: Andy Murray won the AEGON Championships, beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 3-6 7-6 (7/2) 6-4 in the final at Queen's Club.

2013: Australia batsman David Warner was suspended from all cricket up to the first Ashes Test that summer and fined almost £7,000 after accepting a charge of unbecoming behaviour for his bar-room attack on England's Joe Root.

2014: Holland thrashed holders Spain 5-1 in their World Cup opener.

2014: Joe Root finished 200 not out - his maiden Test double-century at Lord's - as England posted 575 for nine declared on the second afternoon of the first Test against Sri Lanka.


Alan Hansen (soccer) - Former defender who won three European Cups with Liverpool, born 1955.

Tony Knowles (snooker) - Former World Championship semi-finalist, born 1955.

Peter Scudamore (horse racing) - Former National Hunt champion jockey, born 1958.

Larry Tompkins (gaelic games) - the double All-Ireland winner with Cork, 1989 and 1990, was born in Naas, county Kildare. He also played football with both the Kildare and Cork senior inter-county teams throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Tompkins captained Cork to the All-Ireland title in 1990 and later served as manager of the team from 1996 until 2003, born 1963.

Chris Cairns (cricket) - Former New Zealand all-rounder, born 1970.

Florent Malouda (soccer) - Former Chelsea and France winger, now with Metz, born 1980.

Darius Vassell (soccer) - Former England and Aston Villa striker, born 1980.

Kenenisa Bekele (athletics) - World record holder over 5,000 and 10,000 metres who won gold in both events at the 2008 Olympics, born 1982.

Chris Cusiter (rugby union) - Sale and Scotland scrum-half, born 1982.

Keisuke Honda (soccer) - Japan's AC Milan midfielder, born 1986.

Ryan Mason (soccer) - Hull and England midfielder, born 1991.


1. Which club did England international Eric Dier start his career with?

2. Who was the last Down man to lift the Anglo Celt Cup?

3. What nationality is golfer Vijay Singh?

4. Who did Belfast fighter Damaen Kelly defeat to win the IBO world flyweight title in 2000?

5. Over which racecourse is the Welsh Grand National run?

(See quiz answers at bottom)


Today (Tuesday, June 13)

SOCCER: International friendly, France v England - ITV 1930.

RUGBY UNION: Tour match, Highlanders v British & Irish Lions - Sky Sports 1 0800.

CRICKET: Royal London One-Day Cup quarter-final, Yorkshire v Surrey - Sky Sports 2 1355.

TENNIS: ATP, Mercedes Cup - Eurosport 1 1000, 1230 and 1630; WTA, Ricoh Open - BT Sport 1 1330.

ATHLETICS: Paavo Nurmi Games - Eurosport 2 1700.

BASEBALL: MLB, St Louis Cardinals v Milwaukee Brewers - BT Sport/ESPN 1900; Cleveland Indians v Los Angeles Dodgers - BT Sport/ESPN 0000 (Wed).

Tomorrow (Wednesday, June 14)

CRICKET: ICC Champions Trophy first semi-final - Sky Sports 2 1000.

TENNIS: ATP, Mercedes Cup - Eurosport 1 1000 and 1230; WTA, Ricoh Open - BT Sport 1 1000.

MOTOR RACING: Le Mans 24 Hour, first qualifying session - Eurosport 1 2100.

BASEBALL: MLB, Miami Marlins v Oakland Athletics - BT Sport/ESPN 1700; San Francisco Giants v Kansas City Royals - BT Sport/ESPN 2030; Los Angeles Angels v New York Yankees - BT Sport/ESPN 0300 (Thu).


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