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Tyrone manager Mickey Harte had floated the possibility of a boycott of television coverage in February 2010 Picture by Philip Walsh
Padraig O Meiscill

On this Day in The Irish News – February 18 2010

By Francis Mooney

THE television cameras will not be turned away from Healy Park, but Tyrone officials want talks with the GAA about their disciplinary system concerns.

Red Hand boss Mickey Harte had floated the possibility of a boycott of television coverage of home National Football League games after seeing three players banned for last weekend’s loss to Mayo. Conor Gormley, Justin McMahon and Martin Penrose – along with Derry’s Eoin Bradley – were hit with suspensions for incidents in the previous week’s NFL clash between the Red Hands and Oak Leafers. All fell foul of video evidence and Harte has been outspoken in his opinion that incidents in televised games are more scrutinised than those in other matches.

However, it now appears certain that the Tyrone County Board will stop short of banning television cameras from future games.

“We understand and appreciate that Croke Park have a contractual arrangement with television companies,” said county chairman Ciaran McLaughlin.

“That’s good for the exposure of our games, good for people to be able to see the games. However, when it comes to our games being televised and our players then being sanctioned as a result of the television coverage, we have an issue with that. We want to see every game being treated the same way.”

While supporting the concerns voiced by Harte, McLaughlin insisted that dialogue with Croke Park will be pursued in an effort to find a solution.

“What we will do, and we will always do, is talk to and indeed support our manager. Last Sunday, we lost players, and that was detrimental to us and to our performance.

“What we want to ensure is that we get an agreed way forward, and a way that will satisfy Tyrone, because our interests are to ensure that Tyrone are always at the forefront, and making sure that we get things done that are in Tyrone’s interests.”


Rob Andrew (rugby union) - Former England fly-half and professional rugby director at the English Rugby Football Union, now chief executive of Sussex County Cricket Club, born 1963.

Roberto Baggio (soccer) - Former Fifa World Player of the Year and Ballon d'Or winner, a forward who played for AC Milan, Juventus, Inter Milan and others, as well as Italy, born 1967.

Colin Jackson (athletics) - Former hurdler, who won two world championships and Olympic silver, born 1967.

Thomas Bjorn (golf) - The first Dane to play in the Ryder Cup, he captained the winning European side in 2018, born 1971.

Claude Makelele (soccer) - Former Chelsea and France midfielder, born 1973.

Yevgeny Kafelnikov (tennis) - Former Australian Open and French Open champion, born 1974.

Gary Neville (soccer) - Former Manchester United and England defender, born 1975.

Keith Gillespie (soccer) - Former Newcastle and Blackburn winger, born 1975.

Jermaine Jenas (soccer) - Former Newcastle, Tottenham and England midfielder, born 1983.

Anton Ferdinand (soccer) - Former West Ham, Sunderland and QPR defender, born 1985.


1882: During England's record 13-0 win over Ireland, Howard Vaughton (five goals) and Arthur Brown (four) became the first England footballers to score hat-tricks in a full international.

1898: Enzo Ferrari, who created the most successful grand prix team in history, was born. A driver with Alfa Romeo, he quit racing at the end of 1929 and started manufacturing cars under the Scuderia Ferrari banner. He died in 1988.

1933: The first officially recognised world heavyweight boxing champion under Queensberry Rules, 'Gentleman' Jim Corbett, died at the age of 66.

1933: Bobby Robson was born. Following a playing career, he managed Ipswich to European success and also took charge of PSV Eindhoven and Barcelona after taking England to the 1990 World Cup semi-finals. His final job was as manager of Newcastle before he lost a long battle with cancer in July 2009.

2004: Tottenham defender Ledley King scored on his full England debut in a 1-1 draw with Portugal in Faro.

2009: The English Football Association confirmed the appointment of Ian Watmore as chief executive.

2010: Wolves were handed a £25,000 suspended fine by the Premier League Board after fielding a weakened team for their fixture at Manchester United on December 15.

2012: Dereck Chisora lost his WBC heavyweight title fight against Vitali Klitschko on a unanimous points decision in Munich. The fight was followed by a brawl between Chisora and David Haye in the press conference.

2017: National League leaders Lincoln became the first non-League team to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals since 1914 with a 1-0 win at Premier League Burnley.

2019: Leeds were fined £200,000 and received a formal reprimand following an investigation into the club spying on opponents' training sessions, the English Football League announced.


1. Which football side, nicknamed the Shakers, were expelled from Sky Bet League One this season?

2. Pentathlete Hans-Gunnar Liljenwall was disqualified for drug use at the 1968 Summer Olympics, but which substance did he consume?

3. What is the highest possible check-out in darts?

4. Who is the all-time top scorer in the Uefa Champions League?

5. How many National Football League titles did Colin Corkery win during his playing days with Cork?

(See answers below)


Today (Tuesday, February 18)

SOCCER: Champions League, Atletico Madrid v Liverpool - BT Sport 2 1900; Trophy semi-final, Portsmouth v Exeter - Sky Sports Main Event 1930.

Tomorrow (Wednesday, February 19)

SOCCER: Champions League, Tottenham v RB Leipzig - BT Sport 2 1900; Premier League, Manchester City v West Ham - Sky Sports Premier League 1900; Trophy semi-final, Newport v Salford - Sky Sports Main Event 1930.

MOTOR RACING: Formula One, day one of testing - Sky Sports F1 0900.

ATHLETICS: World Indoor Tour, Glasgow - Eurosport 1 1900.

CYCLING: Tour of Andalusia - Eurosport 2 1400; Tour of Algarve - Eurosport 2 1545.

ICE HOCKEY: NHL, Edmonton Oilers v Boston Bruins - BT Sport 2 0130 (Thurs).


1. Bury; 2. Alcohol (he had two beers to calm his nerves before the shooting event); 3. 170; 4. Cristiano Ronaldo; 5. None

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