On This Day, July 19 2008: Five-star showing from Down

John Clarke was one of five goalscorers for Down against Offaly 


Ilie Nastase (tennis) - Romanian who won the French Open and US Open and reached two Wimbledon finals before courting controversy earlier this year, born 1946.

Paul Bracewell (soccer) - former Everton, Sunderland and Newcastle midfielder, who went on to manage Fulham, born 1962.

Vitali Klitschko (boxing) - former WBC world heavyweight champion and now mayor of Kiev, born 1971.

Malcolm O'Kelly (rugby union) - lock who won 92 caps for Ireland, born 1974.

Shayne McMenemy (rugby league) - former Hull FC forward, born 1976.

Ed Smith (cricket) - former Kent batsman who won three England Test caps before retiring in 2008 and is now the national selector, born 1977.

Luke Young (soccer) - former England and Charlton defender, born 1979.

Xavier Malisse (tennis) - Belgium's former Wimbledon semi-finalist, born 1980.

LaMarcus Aldridge (basketball) - San Antonio Spurs forward, born 1985.

Brian Fox (Gaelic games) – Tipperary footballer, born 1988.


1903: Maurice Garin, nicknamed 'the little chimneysweep', won the inaugural Tour de France.

1957: Alec Russell became only the second man, after Gordon Richards in 1933, to ride all six winners in one race meeting.

1997: Crystal Palace agreed a fee of £2.1million for Juventus winger Attilio Lombardo, who went on to manage the Eagles for a brief spell.

1999: Brazil outclassed Uruguay 3-0 to lift the Copa America in Asuncion, Paraguay.

2002: The Football Association deducted Football League newcomers Boston four points and fined them £100,000 for contractual irregularities. The Pilgrims still managed to stay up at the end of the season, finishing in 15th.

2004: Chelsea agreed a £24million fee with Marseille for striker Didier Drogba.

2005: Newcastle signed Turkey international Emre from Inter Milan for £3.8million.

2006: David O'Leary left Aston Villa by mutual consent after three years in charge.

2007: Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello were confirmed as Honda's drivers for the 2008 Formula One season.

2008: John Clarke, Ronan Sexton, Kevin McKernan, Danny Hughes and Benny Coulter as Down recorded a 5-19 to 2-10 All-Ireland Qualifier win over Offaly.

2009: Tyrone ended Antrim’s dream run with a 1-18 to 0-15 win in the Ulster final at Clones.

2010: Liverpool signed England international Joe Cole on a four-year contract.

2011: Keri-Anne Payne became the first Great Britain athlete to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics after winning the 10 kilometre open water race at the FINA World Championships in Shanghai.

2012: Tottenham and England defender Ledley King retired from professional football.

2015: Liverpool reached an agreement with Aston Villa over the payment terms for the £32.5million transfer of Christian Benteke.

2017: Jodie Taylor became the first female England player to score a hat-trick at a major tournament as the Lionesses started their European Championship campaign with a 6-0 thrashing of Scotland.


1 Which three London teams will take part in the Championship this season?

2 Which two Finns have won the Formula One World Championship?

3 What was the score in the final set between John Isner and Kevin Anderson in the Wimbledon semi-final?

4 Which racket sports will feature at the 2020 Olympics?

5 Who scored Dublin’s first goal against Donegal last Saturday?


Today (Thursday, July 19)

GOLF: The Open Championship - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports The Open 0630.

CRICKET: Vitality T20 Blast, Northamptonshire Steelbacks v Derbyshire Falcons - Sky Sports Cricket 1800.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Betfred Super League, Wigan Warriors v St Helens - Sky Sports Arena 1945.

CYCLING: Tour de France - ITV4 1100, Eurosport 1 1045, S4C 1400.

FORMULA ONE: German Grand Prix, F1 drivers press conference - Sky Sports F1 1400.

TENNIS: WTA Tennis, Bucharest Open - BT Sport 1 1300.

BASEBALL: MLB, Chicago Cubs v St Louis Cardinals - BT Sport 1 0000 (Fri).

Tomorrow (Friday, July 20)

GOLF: The Open Championship - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports The Open 0630; PGA Tour, Barbasol Championship - Sky Sports Main Event 2315.

CRICKET: Vitality T20 Blast, Lancashire Lightning v Yorkshire Vikings - Sky Sports Cricket 1800.

FORMULA ONE: German Grand Prix, first practice session - Sky Sports F1 0945, eir Sport 1 0955; Second practice session - Sky Sports F1 1345, eir Sport 1 1355.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Betfred Super League, Castleford Tigers v Huddersfield Giants - Sky Sports Arena 1945.

CYCLING: Tour de France - ITV4 1230, Eurosport 1 1215, S4C 1400.

TENNIS: WTA Tennis, Bucharest Open - BT Sport 2 1300.

ATHLETICS: Diamond League - Eurosport 2 1900.

BASEBALL: MLB, Chicago Cubs v St Louis Cardinals - BT Sport 1 1915.

Quick quiz Answers: 1. Brentford, Millwall and QPR; 2. Mika Hakkinen and Kimi Raikkonen; 3. 26-24; 4. Badminton, table tennis and tennis; 5 Niall Scully.

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