On This Day - Oct 24 1973: Former Celtic and Scotland star Jackie McNamara is born


1857: The oldest football club in the world, Sheffield FC, was formed at a meeting of Cambridge University old boys.

1976: Britain's James Hunt won the Formula One world title with third place in the Japanese Grand Prix, securing the championship by one point from Niki Lauda. The Austrian had quit the race at Fuji in torrential rain, fearing a crash just 11 weeks after being badly burned in a race accident.

1987: Frank Bruno stopped 37-year-old Joe Bugner from regaining the British heavyweight boxing title at White Hart Lane.

2000: Tanni Grey-Thompson collected her third gold medal of the Paralympics in Sydney when the Cardiff-born wheelchair athlete added the T53 classification women's 200 metres to the 100m and 800m titles she won earlier in the week.

2006: Leeds confirmed the appointment of Dennis Wise as manager, with Gus Poyet as his assistant.

2007: Steve Staunton left his post as Republic of Ireland national team manager by mutual consent.

2011: Sven-Goran Eriksson departed Leicester by mutual consent after spending just over a year at the helm.

2012: Hearts were placed under a two-month transfer embargo over their failure to pay wages on time.

2013: UEFA charged CSKA Moscow with "racist behaviour of their fans" after Manchester City's Yaya Toure complained of monkey chants against him during the Champions League match in the Russian capital.

2014: Ted Bishop was sacked as PGA of America president after calling Ian Poulter a "Lil Girl" in a series of outbursts on social media.

2015: New Zealand reached a second straight Rugby World Cup final by seeing off fellow southern hemisphere heavyweights South Africa 20-18 in an immense Twickenham showdown.

2016: Jamie Vardy was nominated for the Ballon d'Or. Leicester team-mate Riyad Mahrez was also among eight Premier League players on the 30-man list.


Phil Bennett (rugby union) - former Wales and British & Irish Lions stand-off, born 1948.

Ian Baker-Finch (golf) - Australian who won the Open in 1991, born 1960.

Jonathan Davies (rugby) - former Wales star in union and league, born 1962.

John Hendrie (soccer) - former Bradford, Middlesbrough and Barnsley forward, born 1963.

Ian Bishop (cricket) - former West Indies fast bowler, born 1967.

Levi Leipheimer (cycling) - American former professional cyclist, born 1973.

Jackie McNamara (soccer) - Former Dundee United and York manager, now chief executive of the Minstermen, who played for Celtic and Scotland during his career, born 1973.

Juan Pablo Angel (soccer) - former Aston Villa striker, born 1975.

Carlos Edwards (soccer) - Trinidad and Tobago international who has played for Millwall, Ipswich, Wolves and Sunderland, born 1978.

Kerrin McEvoy (horse racing) - Australian jockey who won the 2004 St Leger on Rule of Law, born 1980.

Wayne Rooney (soccer) - Manchester United and England captain, born 1985.

John Ruddy (soccer) - Norwich and England goalkeeper, born 1986.

Anthony Vanden Borre (soccer) - Belgian international full-back who enjoyed a loan spell at Portsmouth, born 1987.

Ilkay Gundogan (soccer) - Manchester City and Germany midfielder, born 1990.

Claudia Fragapane (gymnastics) - British gymnast who won four gold medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, born 1997.


1. Which two clubs will play in this year's baseball World Series?

2. Who is the leading goalscorer for the French national team?

3. What is the weight limit for a flyweight boxer?

4. Who are the current holders of the Rugby League World Cup which kicks off this week?

5. At least two nations will make their World Cup debut in Russia next summer having already qualified - name them

(See quiz answers at bottom)


Tuesday, October 24

SOCCER: Carabao Cup, Swansea City v Manchester United - Sky Sports Main Event 1930; Scottish Premiership, Hibernian v Hearts - BT Sport 1 1915; Serie A, Inter Milan v Sampdoria - BT Sport 2 1930, eir Sport 1 1940; A-League, Western Sydney Wanderers v Adelaide United - BT Sport 2 0930.

TENNIS: WTA, WTA Finals - BT Sport 1 1215; ATP, Erste Bank Open - Sky Sports Main Event 1200, The Swiss Indoors - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Action 1400.

CYCLING: Six Day London - Eurosport 1 1930.

BASEBALL: MLB, World Series game one, Houston Astros v LA Dodgers - BT Sport 1 0030 (Weds).

Wednesday, October 25

SOCCER: Carabao Cup, Tottenham v West Ham - Sky Sports Main Event 1930; Scottish Premiership, Aberdeen v Celtic - BT Sport 1 1915; Serie A, Atalanta v Verona - eir Sport 1 1725, Genoa v Napoli - eir Sport 1 1940, Juventus v SPAL - BT Sport//ESPN 1945; FIFA Under-17s World Cup semi-final, Brazil v England - Eurosport 1 1215, Mali v Spain - Eurosport 1 1515.

CRICKET: Women's Ashes, second one-day international, Australia v England - BT Sport 2 0430; Second one-day international, India v New Zealand - Sky Sports Cricket 0850, Sky Sports Main Event 0900.

TENNIS: WTA, WTA Finals - BT Sport 1 1215; ATP, Erste Bank Open - Sky Sports Arena 1200, The Swiss Indoors - Sky Sports Action 1400, Sky Sports Main Event 1600.

CYCLING: Six Day London - Eurosport 1 1930.

BASEBALL: MLB, World Series game two, Houston Astros v LA Dodgers - BT Sport 1 0100 (Thurs).

BASKETBALL: NBA, Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs - BT Sport 2 0100 (Thurs).


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