On This Day - Feb 5 1985: Which Real Madrid star, winner of the Ballon d'Or, was born on this date?


1923: Bill Ponsford's then world-record 429 helped Victoria become the first team to reach a four-figure total in first-class cricket. They scored 1,059 against Tasmania in Melbourne.

1974: Football League attendances hit a new low when only 450 people watched Rochdale's Fourth Division match against Cambridge at Spotland.

2002: Former England boss Graham Taylor was appointed manager of Aston Villa for the second time after John Gregory's departure.

2004: Ernie Els fired 11 birdies as he carded a course-record 60 in the first round of the Heineken Classic at Royal Melbourne.

2007: Real Madrid agreed the permanent transfer of England defender Jonathan Woodgate to Middlesbrough.

2008: England manager Fabio Capello announced Steven Gerrard would be England captain for the Italian's first game in charge against Switzerland.

2009: Undefeated world super-middleweight and light-heavyweight champion Joe Calzaghe announced his retirement from boxing.

2013: Double Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington announced her retirement from competitive swimming.

2014: David Beckham announced he had taken up the option to buy a new Major League Soccer franchise in Miami.

2016: The validity of long-standing world records in athletics was again called into question after governing body the IAAF confirmed it was investigating claims China's double world record holder Wang Junxia admitted to doping.

2017: The New England Patriots overcame a 25-point deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 after overtime at Super Bowl LI, with coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady winning their fifth rings with the franchise.


Sven-Goran Eriksson (soccer) - former England and Manchester City manager, born 1948.

Gheorghe Hagi (soccer) - former Romania and Barcelona forward, born 1965.

Jose Maria Olazabal (golf) - double Masters champion and victorious European Ryder Cup captain in 2012, born 1966.

Marcus Gronholm (motor racing) - double World Rally champion from Finland, born 1968.

Billy Dodds (soccer) - former Aberdeen, Rangers and Scotland striker, born 1969.

Darren Lehmann (cricket) - former Yorkshire and Australia batsman, now coach of Australia, born 1970.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst (soccer) - former Arsenal and Rangers midfielder who won 107 caps for Holland, now manager of Feyenoord, born 1975.

John Aloisi (soccer) - former Australia, Portsmouth and Coventry striker, now manager of Brisbane Roar, born 1976.

Sir Ben Ainslie (sailing) - British sailor and four-time Olympic champion, born 1977.

Carlos Tevez (soccer) - Boca Juniors and Argentina striker, formerly with Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus, born 1984.



Cristiano Ronaldo (soccer) - Real Madrid and Portugal forward who has won the Ballon d'Or five times, born 1985.

Neymar (soccer) - Paris St Germain and Brazil forward, born 1992.

Adnan Januzaj (soccer) - Real Sociedad and Belgium winger, born 1995.


1 Who hit a hat-trick for Cliftonville in the Irish Cup clash against Crusaders at the weekend, Feb 2 2018?

2 Who do in-form Antrim footballers face in their next 2018 Allianz Football League clash on February 11?

3 Who knocked Tim Henman out of Wimbledon in 2007, in what was to be his final singles match at the event?

4 Thierry Henry joined which Spanish club after leaving Arsenal?

5 Who beat Derry to win the 1998 GAA National Football League title?

(Se quiz answers at bottom)


Today (Monday, February 5)

SOCCER: Premier League, Watford v Chelsea - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League 1900; Serie A, Lazio v Genoa - BT Sport 1 1930.

CYCLING: 6 Days of Copenhagen - Eurosport 2 2000.

BASKETBALL: NBA, Detroit Pistons v Portland Trail Blazers - BT Sport 1 0000 (Tues).

Tomorrow (Tuesday, February 6)

FOOTBALL: DFB Pokal Cup, Paderborn v Bayern Munich - BT Sport 1 1730, Leverkusen v Werder Bremen - BT Sport 1 1930; FA Cup, Swansea v Notts County - BBC One 2000.

CYCLING: Dubai Tour - Eurosport 2 0930; 6 Days of Copenhagen - Eurosport 2 2015.

BASKETBALL: NBA, Golden State Warriors v Oklahoma City Thunder - BT Sport 1 0330 (Weds).

QUICK QUIZ answers: 1. Joe Gormley; 2. Wicklow; 3. Feliciano Lopez; 4. Barcelona; 5.Offaly


Cliftonville scoring machine Joe Gormley (left)

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