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Down manager James McCartan insists he would welcome a return to the Down panel for Dan Gordon (above) and Liam Doyle, who has had an unfortunate time with injuries in recent years
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BACK IN THE DAY

The Irish News - March 30 2010:

Down boss James McCartan is keeping the door ajar for stalwarts Dan Gordon and Liam Doyle to return to the fold – but remains in limbo over their participation.

Gordon is taking an indefinite break from football, while the injury-plagued Doyle suffered a minor setback in his recovery from knee tendinitis.

It is understood Loughinisland midfielder Gordon travelled to Mullingar on Sunday to watch the Mournemen hammer Westmeath by 13 points and clinch promotion from Division Two.

“I was aware Dan was at the game, which I took as a positive vibe,” said McCartan.

“I'm not trying to evade the issue, but I genuinely don't have any update. The fact that he was at the game, I'm hoping is not a bad thing.

“I haven't spoken to him, but somewhere along the lines something may happen, but it hasn't happened up to now.”

In Gordon's absence, Kalum King and Ambrose Rogers have formed a formidable midfield partnership that has been key to Down's unbeaten run in Division Two of the National Football League.

SPORT BIRTHDAYS
  • Norman Gifford

    cricket

    former England slow left-arm bowler, born 1940.

  • Eddie Jordan

    motor sport

    former team owner of Jordan Grand Prix, born 1948.

  • Mike Thackwell

    motor sport

    former grand prix driver from New Zealand, born 1961.

  • Karel Poborsky

    soccer

    former Manchester United and Czech Republic midfielder, born 1972.

  • Jan Koller

    soccer

    former Czech Republic striker, born 1973.

  • Chris Paterson

    rugby union

    Scotland's record points holder, born 1978.

  • Philippe Mexes

    soccer

    former AC Milan, Roma and France defender, born 1982.

  • Jeremie Aliadiere

    soccer

    Former Lorient, Middlesbrough and Arsenal striker, born 1983.

  • Sam Stosur

    tennis

    2011 US Open champion from Australia, born 1984.

  • Mario Ancic

    tennis

    retired former world number seven from Croatia, born 1984.

  • Sergio Ramos

    soccer

    Real Madrid and Spain captain and defender, born 1986.

  • Jetro Willems

    soccer

    Holland defender, on loan at Newcastle from Eintracht Frankfurt, born 1994.

ON THIS DAY IN SPORT
  • 1895

    The Oxford and Cambridge University Boat Race became the first regular British sporting event to be captured on film.

  • 1991

    Wales goalkeeper Neville Southall made his 500th appearance in senior football, playing for Everton against Aston Villa.

  • 1993

    Manchester United's French striker Eric Cantona was fined £1,000 for spitting at supporters of his former club Leeds.

  • 1996

    Rough Quest, ridden by Mick Fitzgerald, became the first favourite for 14 years to win the Grand National.

  • 2001

    Glenn Hoddle was confirmed as Tottenham manager after agreeing a five-year contract to return to the club where he was a player.

  • 2004

    A threat to Greg Rusedski's career was lifted after tennis chiefs decided not to appeal against a decision to clear the British player of taking nandrolone.

  • 2010

    World 800 metres champion Caster Semenya announced she would return to athletics in the 2010 season, having not raced since her Berlin triumph in 2009 following gender tests.

  • 2011

    Michael Clarke was appointed as Australia's new captain for Test matches and one-day internationals, succeeding Ricky Ponting.

  • 2012

    Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov announced he had been diagnosed with acute leukaemia.

  • 2013

    Rangers drew 0-0 at Montrose to claim the Scottish Third Division title at the first attempt after being demoted to the fourth tier.

  • 2016

    Gary Neville was sacked by LaLiga club Valencia after spending only four months as their head coach.

  • 2018

    Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic joined LA Galaxy after leaving Manchester United.

  • 2019

    Huddersfield were relegated after losing 2-0 to Crystal Palace, becoming only the second Premier League team to go down before the end of March.

QUICK QUIZ
  • Who was Manchester City's first manager from outside the United Kingdom?
  • How many clubs were in the first English Premier League season?
  • Name the two teams who contest the M23 derby.
  • At which event did Serena Williams win her first grand slam singles title?
  • Which pro boxer is known as The Leeds Warrior?
  • Who won their first major title at the Masters in 2018?
  • Who beat Jason Kenny to Olympic sprint gold at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing?
  • How many Olympic gold medals has Simone Biles won?
  • The winner of which race receives the Borg-Warner Trophy?
  • Who defeated Cork to win the 1993 All-Ireland GAA Senior Football Championship final?
+ Click Here to See Quiz Answers +
  • Sven-Goran Eriksson
  • 22
  • Crystal Palace and Brighton
  • US Open
  • Josh Warrington
  • Patrick Reed
  • Sir Chris Hoy
  • Four
  • Indianapolis 500
  • Derry (1-14 to 2-8)
SPORT ON TV

Monday, March 30

  • GOLF

    Solheim Cup 2019 Final Day - Sky Sports Golf, 1000.

  • RUGBYU

    Gallagher Premiership Rugby Highlights - BT Sport 2, 0930.

Tuesday, March 31

  • RACING

    Raceday Live - Sky Sports Racing, 0930; Stateside Live - Sky Sports Racing, 1715.

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