On This Day - Oct 7 2008: Sean Cavanagh is named as Ireland captain for Australia tour


1993: Liam Brady resigned as manager of Celtic. His assistant Joe Jordan was put in temporary charge and Lou Macari was later named the new boss.

1995: Steve Coppell was confirmed as manager of First Division Manchester City, ending the club's six-week search for a successor to Alan Ball. Coppell lasted just 33 days before quitting.

2000: Kevin Keegan resigned as England coach after the 1-0 defeat by Germany in the final match to be played at the old Wembley stadium.

2003: Rio Ferdinand was omitted from the England squad to face Turkey in their crucial Euro 2004 qualifier after failing to attend a drugs test.

2008: Sean Cavanagh was announced as the captain of the Ireland team that would travel to Australia for the International Series.

2009: Avram Grant was appointed as the new director of football at Portsmouth. He went on to become manager but could not save the club from relegation.

2010: England's Rebecca Adlington won a swimming gold medal in the women's 800m freestyle final at the Commonwealth Games.

2012: Errigal Ciaran claimed the Tyrone Championship after a 0-13 to 0-8 win over Dromore at Healy Park.

2014: Aviva Premiership side Wasps were given the green light for a ?30million takeover of Coventry's Ricoh Arena.

2015: Bryan Habana equalled Jonah Lomu's World Cup try-scoring record as he led South Africa into the quarter-finals with a crushing 64-0 victory over the United States.

2016: Jake Ball became the first England bowler to take five wickets on one-day international debut as he masterminded a stunning 21-run win over Bangladesh in the series opener in Dhaka.


Graham Yallop (cricket) - former Australia Test captain, born 1952.

Jayne Torvill (ice skating) - former world and Olympic ice dance champion with partner Christopher Dean, born 1957.

Paul Stewart (soccer) - former Tottenham, Liverpool and England midfielder, born 1964.

Johnny Dooley (Offaly) ? former Offaly manager who won two All-Ireland titles, born 1971.

Sami Hyypia (soccer) - former Liverpool and Finland defender, born 1973.

Dida (soccer) - former Brazil and AC Milan goalkeeper, born 1973.

Santiago Solari (soccer) - former Real Madrid and Argentina winger, now the coach of Real Madrid Castilla, born 1976.

Gilberto Silva (soccer) - former Arsenal and Brazil midfielder, born 1976.

Zaheer Khan (cricket) - former India pace bowler, born 1978.

Fergal Doherty (Gaelic games)v ? former Derry midfielder who won an Ulster title in 2000, born 1981.

Jermain Defoe (soccer) - Bournemouth and England striker, born 1982.

Dwayne Bravo (cricket) - West Indies all-rounder and former captain, born 1983.

Salman Butt (cricket) - former Pakistan captain who was jailed on spot-fixing charges, born 1984.

Sam Querrey (tennis) - American Davis Cup player, ranked world number 15, born 1987.

Diego Costa (soccer) - Atletico Madrid and Spain striker, formerly of Chelsea, born 1988.

Sebastian Coates (soccer) - former Sunderland and Uruguay defender, currently at Sporting Lisbon, born 1990.


1. Which Olympic event sees competitors fence, shoot and swim?

2. Where and when was the first Rugby Union World Cup held?

3. What links Dazzler, Footix and Mandeville?

4. Which number sits directly opposite 20 on a dart board?

5. How many Armagh Championships did Paul Heart win during his Crossmaglen career?

(See quiz answers at bottom)


Saturday, October 7

RUGBY LEAGUE: Super League Grand Final - Sky Sports Main Event 1800.

CRICKET: Second day of the second Test from Bloemfontein, South Africa v Bangladesh - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Cricket 0855; Twenty20 international from Ranchi, India v Australia - Sky Sports Cricket 1420.

SOCCER: WSL, Chelsea Ladies v Liverpool Ladies - BT Sport 1 1230; Irn-Bru Cup, The New Saints v Elgin City - S4C 1615; National League, Wrexham v Eastleigh - BT Sport 1 1715; World Cup qualifier, Belarus v Holland - ITV4 1925.

FORMULA ONE: Japanese Grand Prix, qualifying - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports F1 0600 & eir Sport 1 0655.

RUGBY UNION: PRO14, Leinster v Munster - Sky Sports Main Event 1345; Ospreys v Scarlets - S4C 1915; Premiership, London Irish v Leicester - BT Sport 1 1430; Rugby Championship, South Africa v New Zealand - Sky Sports Action 1530 & Sky Sports Main Event 1600; Argentina v Australia - Sky Sports Main Event 2330.

TENNIS: WTA Tour, China Open - BT Sport 2 0730 & 1030.

GOLF: European Tour, Alfred Dunhill Links Championship - Sky Sports Golf 1300; PGA Tour, The Safeway Open from California - Sky Sports Golf 2200.

BOXING: Anthony Crolla v Ricky Burns - Sky Sports Action 1900 & Sky Sports Main Event 2200; Andrew Selby v Maximino Flores - Channel 5 2145.

SNOOKER: European Masters - Eurosport 1 1200 & 1800.

CYCLING: Tour of Lombardy - Eurosport 2 1415.

RACING: From Ascot, Newmarket and Redcar - ITV4 1300.

ICE HOCKEY: NHL, St Louis Blues v Dallas Stars - eir Sport 1 0100 (Sun).

Sunday, October 8

GAELIC GAMES: All-Ireland Ladies IFC final replay, Derry v Fermanagh ? TG4 1325; Tipperary SHC final, Borrisoleigh v Thurles Sarsfields & Carlow SFC final, Eire Og v Rathvilly (deferred), TG4 1510.

SOCCER: World Cup qualifiers, Lithuania v England - ITV1 1630; Slovenia v Scotland - Sky Sports Main Event 1630; Norway v Northern Ireland - Sky Sports Main Event 1915; Under-17s World Cup, Chile v England - Eurosport 2 1215.

CRICKET: Third day of the second Test from Bloemfontein, South Africa v Bangladesh - Sky Sports Cricket 0855 & Sky Sports Main Event 1000.

FORMULA ONE: Japanese Grand Pri - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports F1 0530 & eir Sport 1 0555.

RUGBY UNION: Premiership, Saracens v Wasps - BT Sport 1 1430.

TENNIS: ATP Tour, Japan Open - Sky Sports Main Event 0800; WTA Tour, China Open - BT Sport 2 0900.

GOLF: European Tour, Alfred Dunhill Links Championship - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Golf 1230; PGA Tour, The Safeway Open from California - Sky Sports Golf 2200.

MOTOR RACING: Rally Spain - BT Sport 1 1100.

SNOOKER: European Masters - Eurosport 1 1200 & 1800.

CYCLING: Paris-Tours - Eurosport 2 1430.

GRIDIRON: NFL, live matches TBC - Sky Sports Action 1730/2100 & Sports Main Event 2200; Houston Texans v Kansas City Chiefs - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Action 0100 (Mon).

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