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On This Day - November 15 1989: Nigel Martyn became the first £1 million goalkeeper

Nigel Martyn moved from Bristol Rovers to Crystal Palace for a £1 million fee. He was subsequently sold to Leeds in the summer of 1996 for £2.25 million and won international honours with England. He was forced to retire through injury in June 2006 while at Everton. 
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ON THIS DAY

1969: Liverpool v West Ham was the first football game to be shown in colour on BBC's Match of the Day programme. Liverpool won 2-0.

1987: The Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide formed a round of the world motor racing championship for the first time.

1989: Nigel Martyn became the first £1million goalkeeper.

2000: Under the guidance of caretaker-manager Peter Taylor, a young England side, captained for the first time by David Beckham, lost 1-0 to Italy in Turin.

2004: London Olympic chiefs submitted the city's bid to host the 2012 Games. In July 2005, the International Olympic Committee awarded the Games to London.

2005: Wigan Warriors assistant coach Denis Betts resigned, bringing to an end a 19-year association with the club.

2006: Mike Newell kept his job as Luton manager but was severely reprimanded by the club after his high-profile verbal attack on female officials and chairman Bill Tomlins. Newell was sacked four months later, with the club struggling near the foot of the Championship.

2009: Loup beat Kilcoo and St Gall’s beat Clontibret in the Ulster Club SFC semi-finals.

2016: Long-standing McLaren boss Ron Dennis parted company with the British Formula One team after losing a bitter boardroom dispute with his fellow shareholders.

2016: Steven Gerrard left LA Galaxy after his 18-month deal with the Major League Soccer side came to an end.

2017: Sir Bradley Wiggins broke his silence on UK Anti-Doping's investigation into allegations of wrongdoing in cycling, saying it has provoked a "malicious witch hunt" after an announcement by UKAD that it was closing a 14-month investigation into a package that was delivered to his team doctor at the end of the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine race in France.

2017: Italy sacked manager Giampiero Ventura two days after the four-time world champions failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958.

BIRTHDAYS

Justin McNulty (GAA) – former Armagh footballer, and winner of an All-Ireland medal in 2002, born 1974.

Darach O’Connor (GAA) – Donegal footballer, and winner of an Ulster SFC medal in 2014, born 1995.

Andrew Castle (tennis) - former British number one, latterly a television presenter, born 1963.

Nigel Bond (snooker) - World Championship runner-up in 1995, born 1965.

Gus Poyet (soccer) - former Tottenham, Chelsea and Uruguay midfielder who went on to be a manager, born 1967.

Peter Martin (cricket) - former Lancashire and England bowler, born 1968.

Uwe Rosler (soccer) - former Manchester City and East Germany striker, currently manager of Malmo FF in Sweden, born 1968.

Lorena Ochoa (golf) - Mexican former women's world number one, born 1981.

Johnny Heitinga (soccer) - former Holland, Ajax and Everton defender, born 1983.

Fernando Verdasco (tennis) - Spanish former world number seven, born 1983.

Billy Twelvetrees (rugby union) - Gloucester and England centre/fly-half, born 1988.

Kevin Wimmer (soccer) - Stoke City and Austria defender, born 1992.

Paulo Dybala (soccer) - Juventus and Argentina forward, born 1993.

QUICK QUIZ

1 Michael Owen, Steve McManaman, Alvaro Arbeloa, Xavi Alonso and Fernando Morientes have all played for which two clubs.

2 Prior to Ian Burke this year, who was the last Galway footballer to receive an All-Star award?

3 Jenson Button began his Formula One career with which team?

4 What is the county ground of Westmeath?

5 The Canucks are playing the Blackhawks. Which sport are you watching?

SPORT ON TV

Today (Thursday, November 15)

GAA: Classic GAA - Cork v Meath from 1990 - eir Sport 1 0730.

SOCCER: International football, England v USA - Sky Sports Main Event 1900; UEFA Nations League, Croatia v Spain - Sky Sports Premier League 1940.

CRICKET: Second Test, Sri Lanka v England - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Cricket & Sky Sports Cricket 0415; Women's ICC World T20, India v Ireland - Sky Sports Cricket 1430, Sky Sports Main Event 1500; New Zealand v Pakistan - Sky Sports Cricket 1930.

TENNIS: ATP World Tour Finals - Sky Sports Main Event 1200 & 1345, BBC Two England 1400.

GOLF: European Tour, The DP World Tour Championship - Sky Sports Golf 0700;

PGA Tour, The RSM Classic - Sky Sports Golf 1830; LPGA Tour, The CME Group Tour Championship - Sky Sports Golf 2130.

SNOOKER: Northern Ireland Open -Eurosport 1 1245 & 1845.

CYCLING: Tour of Fuzhou - Eurosport 2 0500.

DARTS: Day six of the 2018 World Grand Slam of Darts - Sky Sports Action 1900.

GRIDIRON: NFL, Seattle Seahawks v Green Bay Packers - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Action 0030 (Fri).

Tomorrow (Friday, November 16)

GAA: Classic GAA - Westmeath v Laois from 2004 - eir Sport 1 0730.

CRICKET: Second Test, Sri Lanka v England - Sky Sports Cricket 0415, Sky Sports Main Event 0430; Women's ICC World T20, England v South Africa – Sky Sports Cricket 1730; West Indies v Sri Lanka - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Cricket 2330.

SOCCER: UEFA Nations League, Wales v Denmark - Sky Sports Main Event 1900, S4C 1925; International football, Brazil v Uruguay - ITV4 1940.

TENNIS: ATP World Tour Finals - Sky Sports Main Event 1200 & 1345, BBC Two England 1400.

RUGBY UNION: Premiership Rugby, Gloucester v Leicester - BT Sport 1 1900.

GOLF: European Tour, The DP World Tour Championship - Sky Sports Golf 0700; PGA Tour, The RSM Classic - Sky Sports Golf 1830; LPGA Tour, The CME Group Tour Championship - Sky Sports Golf 2130.

MOTOR RACING: MotoGP Valencia, opening two free practice sessions - BT Sport 2 0745; World Rally Championship, Australia - BT Sport 2 2000, BT Sport 1 0100 (Sat).

SNOOKER: Northern Ireland Open - Eurosport 1 1145 & 1845.

CYCLING: Tour of Fuzhou - Eurosport 2 0500.

DARTS: Day seven of the 2018 World Grand Slam of Darts - Sky Sports Action 1900.

HORSE RACING: Live from Cheltenham - ITV4 1330.

Quick Quiz answers: 1 Liverpool and Real Madrid; 2 Kevin Walsh (2003); 3 Williams; 4 Cusack Park, Mullingar; 5 Ice hockey

 

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