On This Day, August 9, 2010: Martin O'Neill resigns as Aston Villa manager

Martin O'Neill, pictured during his Republic of Ireland reign, resigned as Aston Villa manager on this day. A row over transfer spending seen O'Neill leave the side five days before the beginning of the upcoming season 


1984: British decathlete Daley Thompson set a new world record of 8,847 points to retain his Olympic title in Los Angeles.

1990: Joe Mercer, who guided Manchester City to the league title in 1968, died aged 76.

2003: Manchester United youngster Jimmy Davis was killed in a car crash on his way to play on loan for Watford against Coventry. The game was postponed as a mark of respect for the 21-year-old.

2004: West Brom striker Lee Hughes was jailed for six years after being found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving following a trial at Coventry Crown Court.

2007: England spinner Ashley Giles, who was part of the 2005 Ashes-winning side, retired from cricket.

2010: Martin O'Neill resigned as Aston Villa manager.

2012: Britain's Nicola Adams became the first woman boxing champion in Olympic history after taking gold in the women's flyweight division. Shortly afterwards, Katie Taylor won Ireland's first gold of the London Games by winning the women's lightweight division.

2016: Manchester United announced the £89million signing of Paul Pogba from Juventus on a five-year contract with the option of a sixth season.

2016: England defender John Stones completed his £47.5m move to Manchester City from Everton by signing a six-year deal at the Etihad Stadium.

2018: Everton signed Brazil winger Bernard and Barcelona pair Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes on transfer deadline day.



Rod Laver (tennis) - Australian who is the only player to win all four grand slam events in the same season on two occasions, achieving the feat in 1962 and 1969, born 1938.

Roy Hodgson (soccer) - Former England manager now in charge at Crystal Palace, born 1947.

Deion Sanders (American football/baseball) - two-time Super Bowl winner and Pro Football hall-of-famer, the only player ever to score an NFL touchdown and hit a major league baseball home run in the same week, born 1967.

Davide Rebellin (cycling) - Italian rider who won an unprecedented treble of the Amstel Gold Race, La Fleche Wallonne and the Liege-Bastogne-Liege in 2004 but failed a drug test at the 2008 Olympics, born 1971.

Filippo Inzaghi (soccer) - Former AC Milan head coach and player and former Italy striker, now coach of Serie B side Benevento, born 1973.

Mikael Silvestre (soccer) - Former Manchester United, Arsenal and France defender, born 1977.

Tyson Gay (athletics) - American sprinter, a former world champion in 100 metres and 200 metres. Tested positive for a banned substance in May 2013 and subsequently accepted a one-year ban, born 1982.

Willian (soccer) - Chelsea and Brazil midfielder, born 1988.

Stefano Okaka (soccer) - Italian striker on loan at Udinese from Watford, born 1989.

AC Milan legend Filippo Inzaghi celebrates his birthday. He is currently the coach of Serie B side Benevento


1. Which three former Premier League clubs now play in League Two?

2. Which Gallagher Premiership side play their home games at Welford Road?

3. Which Australian has the most wickets in Ashes history?

4. Who are the reigning NBA champions?

5. Which two teams will play in the UEFA Super Cup?

(See quiz answers at bottom)



Today (Friday, August 9)

SOCCER: Premier League, Liverpool v Norwich - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League 1900; Ligue 1, Monaco v Lyon - BT Sport 1 1930.

CRICKET: T20 Blast, Lancashire v Yorkshire - Sky Sports The Ashes 1800.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Super League, Leeds v Catalans - Sky Sports Arena 1900.

GOLF: PGA Tour, The Northern Trust - Sky Sports Main Event 1215, Sky Sports Golf 1215, 1830; Ladies European Tour, Ladies Scottish Open - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Golf 1530.

TENNIS: WTA, Rogers Cup - BT Sport 2 1530, BT Sport 1 0000 (Sat).

MOTOR CYCLING: MotoGP Austria, FP1 and FP2 - BT Sport 2 0745.

ATHLETICS: European Team Championships, Poland - Eurosport 1 1815.

CYCLING: Tour of Poland - Eurosport 1 1400.

SNOOKER: International Championship, China - Eurosport 2 1125, 0555 (Sat).

DARTS: Brisbane Darts Masters - eir Sport 1 1000.

BASEBALL: MLB, Chicago White Sox v Oakland Athletics - BT Sport//ESPN 2000; MLB, Boston Red Sox v Los Angeles Angels - BT Sport 2 0000 (Sat).

Tomorrow (Saturday, August 10)

SOCCER: Championship, Leeds v Nottingham Forest - Sky Sports Main Event 1200; Premier League, West Ham v Manchester City - BT Sport 1 1200; Premier League, Tottenham v Aston Villa - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League - 1700; National League, Notts County v Barnet - BT Sport 1 1700; Ligue 1, Montpellier v Rennes - BT Sport 2 1900.

CRICKET: Super League, Western Storm v Lancashire Thunder - Sky Sports The Ashes 1430, Sky Sports Main Event 1500; T20 Blast, Somerset v Kent - Sky Sports The Ashes 1830.

RUGBY UNION: Rugby Championship, Australia v New Zealand - Sky Sports Action 1000; Ireland v Italy - Channel 4 1330.

GOLF: PGA Tour, The Northern Trust - Sky Sports Golf 1800, Sky Sports Main Event 2230; Ladies European Tour, Ladies Scottish Open - Sky Sports Golf 1430.

MOTOR CYCLING: MotoGP Austria, FP3 - BT Sport 2 0800; Qualifying - BT Sport 2 1100.

ATHLETICS: European Team Championships, Poland - BBC Two 1430, Eurosport 1 1500.

HORSE RACING: Racing Live from Haydock - ITV4 1245.

BOXING: Fight Night Live, Carl Frampton v Emmanuel Dominguez - BT Sport 1 0245 (Sun).

CYCLING: European Road Championships - Eurosport 1 1330.

SNOOKER: International Championship, China - Eurosport 2 1125, 0555 (Sun).

DARTS: Brisbane Darts Masters - eir Sport 1 1000, ITV4 1900.

UFC: Valentina Shevchenko v Liz Carmouche - BT Sport 2 0100 (Sun).

BASEBALL: MLB, San Francisco Giants v Philadelphia Phillies - BT Sport//ESPN 2100; Minnesota Twins v Cleveland Indians - BT Sport//ESPN 0000 (Sun).


QUICK QUIZ answers: 1. Bradford, Oldham and Swindon; 2. Leicester; 3. Shane Warne; 4. Toronto Raptors; 5. Liverpool and Chelsea.

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