On This Day - Oct 13 1975: Oisin McConville, Armagh and Crossmaglen legend, is born

Armagh and Crossmaglen star Oisin McConville 


1894: Everton and Liverpool played the first Merseyside derby. Everton won 3-0 at Goodison Park.

1937: Benny Lynch retained his world flyweight title at Clyde's Shawfield Stadium with a 13th-round knockout of fellow British boxer Peter Kane. The contest is regarded as one of the finest flyweight bouts of all time.

1954: Britain's Chris Chataway knocked five seconds off the world 5,000 metres record, clocking 13 minutes 51.6 seconds in beating the Russian Vladimir Kuts at London's White City.

1984: John Lowe made the first nine-dart finish in a major championship. He did it in the quarter-finals of the British Open at Slough to collect a record prize of £102,000. His 501 was made up of six treble 20s, treble 17, treble 18 and double 18.

2002: Britain's Paula Radcliffe won the Chicago Marathon, setting a then world record time of two hours 17 minutes and 18 seconds.

2006: World triathlon champion Tim Don was suspended for three months by the British Triathlon Association after missing three out-of-competition drug tests.

2007: Leeds Rhinos beat St Helens 33-6 in the Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford to claim their second title in four years.

2010: British diver Tom Daley won gold in the 10-metre platform at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, the day after he claimed gold with team-mate Max Brick in the synchronised 10m platform competition.

2011: Former world heavyweight champion David Haye announced his retirement. He later came out of retirement to fight Dereck Chisora after the pair had come to blows during a press conference.

2013: Top seed Novak Djokovic retained the Shanghai Masters title by edging sixth seed Juan Martin Del Potro in an entertaining three-set final which lasted more than two and a half hours.

2016: Former Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill announced her retirement from athletics aged 30.


Oisin McConville (GAA) – former Armagh and Crossmaglen footballer, winner of an All-Ireland medal in 2002, born 1975

Nancy Kerrigan (ice skating) - Silver medallist at 1994 Winter Olympics, born 1969.

Rob Howley (rugby union) - Former British Lion, Wales international and Wasps scrum-half, now Wales assistant coach, born 1970.

Terry O'Connor (rugby league) - Former Wigan prop, born 1971.

Gareth Batty (cricket) - Surrey spinner and former England international, born 1977.

Wes Brown (soccer) - Former Manchester United and Sunderland defender, born 1979.

David Haye (boxing) - Former WBA world heavyweight champion, born 1980.

Scott Parker (soccer) - Former Fulham and England midfielder, born 1980.

Ian Thorpe (swimming) - Retired Australian swimmer, winner of five Olympic gold medals, born 1982.

Gabriel Agbonlahor (soccer) - Aston Villa striker, born 1986.


1. How many European Cups have Nottingham Forest won?

2. Which Brian played for Aston Villa for a decade between 1970 and 1980 before going on to manage at Villa Park and at Leicester?

3. Who scored Down’s goal in the 1994 All-Ireland SFC final?

4. How many overs are bowled per side in the shortest form of cricket recognised by the International Cricket Council?

5. For which club did former Tyrone great Ciaran McGarvey play?

(See quiz answers at bottom)


Today (Friday, October 13)

GAA: Off the Ball, an offbeat look at recent football developments – eir Sport 1 1900.

SOCCER: Championship, Birmingham v Cardiff - Sky Sports Main Event 1900; Scottish Premiership, St Johnstone v Rangers - BT Sport 1 1915; Bundesliga, Stuttgart v Cologne - BT Sport/ESPN 1930; Ligue 1, Lyon v Monaco - eir Sport 1 1930.

CRICKET: Third Twenty20, India v Australia - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Cricket 1420.

RUGBY UNION: European Rugby Champions Cup, Ulster v Wasps - BT Sport 2 1900.

TENNIS: ATP Tour, Shanghai Masters - Sky Sports Main Event 0730; WTA Tour, Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open - BT Sport 1 0700; Generali Ladies Linz - Eurosport 2 1500.

GOLF: PGA Tour, The CIMB Classic - Sky Sports Golf 0330, Sky Sports Main Event 0445; European Tour, The Italian Open - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Golf 0900.

CYCLING: Tour of Turkey, fourth stage - Eurosport 1 1300.

MOTORCYCLING: MotoGP Japan, Third free practice and qualifying - BT Sport 2 0100.

HORSE RACING: From Newmarket - ITV4 1330.

Tomorrow (Saturday, October 14)

GAA: Simonstown v Wolfe Tones. Action from the match in the AIB Club Championship – eir Sport 1 22.00.

GAA: Ballymun Kickhams v Kilmacud. Action from the match in the AIB Club Championship – eir Sport 1 23.30.

SOCCER: Premier League, Liverpool v Manchester United - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League 1130; Watford v Arsenal - BT Sport 1 1700; Championship, Wolves v Aston Villa - Sky Sports Main Event 1715; Ligue 1, Dijon v Paris St Germain - eir Sport 1 1545; Bundesliga, Borussia Dortmund v Leipzig - BT Sport 2 1730; LaLiga, Atletico Madrid v Barcelona - Sky Sports Main Event 1940.

RUGBY UNION: European Rugby Champions Cup, Leinster v Montpellier - Sky Sports Action 1230; Racing 92 v Leicester Tigers - BT Sport 2 1500; Harlequins v La Rochelle - Sky Sports Action 1700; Exeter Chiefs v Glasgow Warriors - BT Sport 2 1930.

TENNIS: ATP Tour, Shanghai Masters - Sky Sports Action 0930; WTA Tour, Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open - BT Sport 1 0700.

GOLF: PGA Tour, The CIMB Classic - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Golf 0400; European Tour, The Italian Open - Sky Sports Golf 1130, Sky Sports Main Event 1515.

CYCLING: Tour of Turkey, fifth and penultimate stage - Eurosport 1 1300.

HORSE RACING: From Newmarket - ITV1 1330.

ICE HOCKEY: NHL, Philadelphia Flyers v Washington Capitals - eir Sport 1 0000 (Sun).


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