Video: On This Day - Oct 21 1966: Derry GAA keeper and All-Ireland winner Damien McCusker is born

Derry GAA celebrate the 20th anniversary of their All- Ireland senior final win in their 125th year at a special celebration dinner to 'honour the history makers' at the City Hotel in Derry. Pictured are the Derry All-Ireland team of 1993 led by captain Henry Downey. Picture by Margaret McLaughlin  


1979: Greta Weitz of Norway became the first woman to run a marathon in under two hours and 30 minutes when she clocked two hours 27 minutes and 33 seconds in the New York City Marathon, an event she won nine times between 1978 and 1988.

1984: Austrian driver Niki Lauda clinched the Formula One world title for the third time when finishing second in the final grand prix of the season in Portugal.

1998: Midfielder Paul Ince was charged with misconduct by the Football Association for making a V-sign after being sent off while on England duty in Sweden.

2003: Martin Leslie was banned for 12 weeks after being found guilty of kneeing an opponent during Scotland's 39-15 World Cup win over the United States.

2004: England captain Jonny Wilkinson was ruled out of action for seven weeks because of heavy bruising to his upper right arm, missing the series of autumn internationals.

2007: Kimi Raikkonen won the Brazilian Grand Prix and with it the Formula One drivers' championship. Britain's Lewis Hamilton finished seventh and missed out on the world title, ending the season one point behind Raikkonen.

2009: Middlesbrough announced they had sacked Gareth Southgate as manager.

2013: Tony Mowbray left his role as Middlesbrough boss following a poor start to the season.

2014: South African athlete Oscar Pistorius was jailed for five years for shooting his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp dead on Valentine's Day 2013.

2015: FIFA confirmed German World Cup winner Franz Beckenbauer and vice president Angel Maria Villar Llona were both subject to investigations by the organisation's ethics committee.

2016: British Cycling announced chief executive Ian Drake was to step down in April.


Geoffrey Boycott (cricket) - former Yorkshire and England batsman and now media pundit, born 1940.

Kevin Sheedy (soccer) - former Everton, Newcastle and Republic of Ireland midfielder, born 1959.

David Campese (rugby union) - winger who played 101 Tests for Australia, scoring more than 50 tries, born 1962.

Phillip Price (golf) - Welsh former Ryder Cup player, born 1966.

Damien McCusker (gaelic games): goalkeeper with the Derry senior team in the 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s, the Watty Graham's, Glen footballer was a key man in Derry's 1993 All-Ireland Championship-winning side. They beat Cork 1-14 to 2-8 in front of 64,500 fans at Croke Park, Dublin (see above), McCusker also collected Ulster honours in 1987, 1993 and 1998, born 1966

Paul Ince (soccer) - former England, Manchester United, Liverpool and Inter Milan midfielder, born 1967.

Damien Martyn (cricket) - former Australia cricketer who retired during the 2006-07 Ashes campaign, born 1971.

Hilario (soccer) - former Chelsea and Porto goalkeeper, born 1975.

Martin Castrogiovanni (rugby union) - Italy and Racing 92 prop, born 1981.

Nemanja Vidic (soccer) - former Manchester United, Inter Milan and Serbia defender, born 1981.

Kieran Richardson (soccer) - former Aston Villa, Sunderland and Manchester United player, born 1984.

Sam Vokes (soccer) - Burnley's Wales international striker, born 1989.

Bernard Tomic (tennis) - Australian tennis player, born 1992.


1. Which two countries were in the final of Euro 2008?

2. Who is the last Frenchwoman to win the women's singles title at the French Open?

3. Leicester striker Jamie Vardy was born in which city?

4. Who won this year's Vuelta a Espana?

5. Name the NHL ice hockey team whose mascot is Al the Octopus.

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Today (Saturday October 21)

SOCCER: Premier League, Chelsea v Watford - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League 1130, Southampton v West Brom - BT Sport 1 1700; Betfred Cup, Hibernian v Celtic - BT Sport 1 1115; Welsh Premier League, Connah's Quay Nomads v Llandudno - S4C 1700.

MOTOR RACING: Formula One, United States Grand Prix practice and qualifying - Sky Sports F1 1645 and 2100, Channel 4 1655 and 2100.

RUGBY UNION: European Champions Cup, Glasgow Warriors v Leinster - Sky Sports Action 1230, Leicester v Castres - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Action 1700, Clermont Auvergne v Northampton and Saracens v Ospreys - BT Sport 2 1500 and 1930.

CRICKET: Women's Ashes first one-day international, Australia v England - BT Sport 1 0000 (Sun).

GOLF: PGA Tour, CJ Cup - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Golf 0600 and 0300 (Sat); European Tour, Andalucia Masters - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Golf 1300 and 1515.

TENNIS: WTA, Kremlin Cup - BT Sport 2 1100.

MOTORCYCLING: MotoGP, Australia Grand Prix - BT Sport 2 from 0030 (Sun).

DARTS: World Series of Darts - ITV4 1245 and 1900.

CYCLING: European Track Championships - Eurosport 2 1730.

SNOOKER: English Open - Eurosport 1 1245 and 1845.

BOXING: Super World Bantamweight title bout, Ryan Burnett v Zhanat Zhakiyanov - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Action - 1930; IBF Featherweight title eliminator, Josh Warrington v Dennis Ceylan - BT Sport 1 2030.

BASEBALL: MLB, Chicago Cubs v Los Angeles Dodgers - BT Sport/ESPN 2100.

RACING: Ascot - ITV4 0930, ITV and STV 1300.

Tomorrow (Sunday October 22)

SOCCER: Premier League, Everton v Arsenal - Sky Sports Premier League 1230, Tottenham v Liverpool - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League 1530; Championship, Ipswich v Norwich - Sky Sports Main Event 1130; Betfred Cup, Rangers v Motherwell - BT Sport 1 1330; Ligue 1 Marseille v Paris St Germain - BT Sport 1 1945; Serie A, Udinese v Juventus - BT Sport 1 1700; Bundesliga, Cologne v Werder Bremen and Freiburg v Hertha Berlin - BT Sport/ESPN 1230 and 1430.

MOTOR RACING: Formula One, United States Grand Prix - Sky Sports F1 from 1830, Sky Sports Main Event 1930, Channel 4 from 1900.

RUGBY UNION: European Champions Cup, Montpellier v Exeter and La Rochelle v Ulster - Sky Sports Action 1245 and 1500, Wasps v Harlequins - BT Sport 2 1700.

CRICKET: First one-day international, India v New Zealand - Sky Sports Cricket 0850, Sky Sports Main Event 0900.

GOLF: PGA Tour, CJ Cup - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Golf 0600; European Tour, Andalucia Masters - Sky Sports Golf 1300.

TENNIS: WTA Finals - BT Sport 2 0930.

SNOOKER: English Open - Eurosport 1 1245 and 1845.

AMERICAN FOOTBALL: NFL, Los Angeles Rams v Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks v New York Giants - Sky Sports Action 1730 and 2100, Sky Sports Main Event 2230, New England Patriots v Atlanta Falcons - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Action 0100 (Mon).

BASEBALL: MLB, Los Angeles Dodgers v Chicago Cubs - BT Sport/ESPN 0100 (Mon).

BASKETBALL: NBA, Brooklyn Nets v Atlanta Hawks - BT Sport 2 2030, Oklahoma City Thunder v Minnesota Timberwolves - BT Sport 1 0000 (Mon).

ATHLETICS: Great South Run - Channel 5 1000.


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