The Thursday sports quiz: Echo expert Denis Hurley tests your knowledge

The Thursday sports quiz: Echo expert Denis Hurley tests your knowledge
Cork's Ben O'Connor and Joe Deane look on as Kilkenny players celebrate in the 2006 All-Ireland final at Croke Park. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

1. Which player — who had three spells with Cork City – scored in both the last soccer game at the old Lansdowne Road and the first one at Aviva Stadium?

2. The novel and film This Sporting Life revolve around which sport?

3. Which Kinsale golfer won the St Andrews Links Trophy in 2018 and the Mullingar Senior Scratch Cup last year?

4. At the 1908 Olympic Games in London, which event had three Irish natives finishing first, second and third — John Flanagan (Limerick) and Matt McGrath (Tipperary) representing the USA and Cork’s Con Walsh under the Canadian flag?

5. Which English football club play their home games at St James Park (as opposed to Newcastle United’s St James’ Park)?

6. Who was the first snooker player to score a maximum break of 147 at the World Championship?

7. Cork reached four All-Ireland senior hurling finals in a row from 2003-06 inclusive, when was the last time before that that the county had been in consecutive deciders?

8. Which Cork club won the men’s Irish Hockey Trophy final in 2018?

9. Which Co Antrim golf course hosted the 2019 Open Championship?

10. Only two cities have had three teams in the Champions League in the same season. London was the second to achieve that feat, which city was the first, doing so in 2003-04?

11. Lewis Hamilton has won five of the last six Formula 1 drivers’ championships, who won the one that the Englishman didn’t?

12. Which Irish cricketer, who was wicketkeeper at three World Cups for the country, announced his international retirement at the age of 36 in October 2018?

13. When did the men’s All-Star Football team last include a Cork player or players?

14. Who is the last player to have transferred directly between Everton and Liverpool?

15. Who managed Dublin footballers before Jim Gavin?

16. When Roy Keane (below) joined Manchester United from Nottingham Forest in 1993, it was a British record of £3.75m, but was broken soon after as a player moved for £4m – who was the new record-holder?

17. Who did Ireland beat to clinch rugby union’s Six Nations Championship and grand slam in 2009?

18. The trophy awarded to the winner of the PDC World Darts Championship is named in honour of which commentator?

19. Who won the 2019 women’s singles title at Wimbledon?

20. Cork senior teams played their first competitive games at the new Páirc Uí Chaoimh on January 27, 2018 with a league double-header, the footballers taking on Tipperary and the hurlers up against Kilkenny. Name any of the three clubs that had players on both teams.

21. Which is the only Scottish football club to have won the European Super Cup?

22. Where were the 1988 Olympic Games held?

23. Which golfer won two major championships in 2018?

24. Who beat Munster in the 2000 Heineken Cup final?

25. Who won Man of The Match as Tipperary beat Kilkenny in the 2019 All-Ireland senior hurling final?

26. Which former Republic of Ireland manager was the first manager of New England Revolution when Major League Soccer kicked off in 1996?

27. Youghal jockey Davy Russell (below) guided which horse to victory in the 2018 and 2019 Aintree Grand Nationals?

28. Which country defeated Ireland in the final of the Women’s Hockey World Cup in August 2018?

29. In which country was former Munster rugby player Alex Wootton born?

30. Prior to being named Croke Park when the GAA bought in 1913, the City and Suburban Racecourse on Dublin’s Jones’s Road was once home to which current League of Ireland club?

31. England’s Jonathan Edwards was an Olympic gold medallist in which event in 2000?

32. Which Cork ladies’ football club claimed a sixth successive county senior title in 2019?

33. Which international goalkeeper has managed to score Champions League goals against Juventus for three different clubs?

34. Nick Foles was the quarterback for which team as they won Super Bowl LII in February 2018?

35. Which Cork venue hosted interprovincial hurling and football semi-finals between Munster and Ulster in 2008?

36. Which is the only European city to have held the World Cup final but not the European Cup/Champions League final?

37. Which city will host the 2019 Cricket World Cup final?

38. Thomas Barr, below, represents Ireland in which sport?

39. Having lost the previous two finals, Cork won the All-Ireland intermediate camogie title in 2018, who did they beat in the final?

40. When was the last time the Champions League final didn’t feature a Spanish team?

41. What is the name of Aidan O’Brien’s son, who trained the winners of the Irish Derby and Irish Gold Cup in 2018?

42. Which is the native country of Ireland’s world champion rower and Cork native Sanita Puspure (below)?

43. In 26 seasons of the Premier League, how many teams have been relegated and have yet to be promoted back to the top flight?

44. Which Clonakilty native and former Ireland women’s international is head coach of the Munster women’s team?

45. Mark Williams of Wales won the 2018 World Snooker Championship, bridging a gap of how many years since his last triumph?

46. Which American city has professional sports teams known as the Cavaliers, the Indians and the Browns?

47. Celtic faced which team in both the Champions League qualifiers and Europa League group stage in 2018-19?

48. The last time the winner of the men’s marathon at the Olympic Games was not from an African country was in 2004 – what nationality was he?

49. Which country won showjumping’s Aga Khan Trophy for the first time in 2018?

50. At which venue have Cork City won both the League of Ireland Premier Division title and the FAI Cup?


1. Dave Mulcahy (above) – he netted for St Patrick’s Athletic against Derry City in the 2006 FAI Cup final and then scored the only goal for the League of Ireland selection which lost 7-1 to Manchester United 

2. Rugby league 

3. John Murphy 

4. Hammer throw 

5. Exeter City 

6. Cliff Thorburn 

7. From 1982-84, losing the first two to Kilkenny and then beating Offaly in the centenary final 

8. Bandon 

9. Royal Portrush 

10. Athens – Panathinaikos, Olympiakos and AEK Athens 

11. Nico Rosberg in 2016 

12. Niall O’Brien 

13. 2012 (Aidan Walsh and Colm O’Neill) 

14. Abel Xavier in 2002 

15. Pat Gilroy 

16. Duncan Ferguson, below, who joined Rangers from Dundee United 

17. Wales 

18. Sid Waddell 

19. Simona Halep 

20. Douglas (Kevin Flahive, Seán Powter football, Eoin Cadogan, Alan Cadogan, Shane Kingston hurling), Millstreet (Kevin Crowley football, Mark Ellis hurling), Newcestown (Micheál McSweeney football, Luke Meade hurling) 

21. Aberdeen, who beat Hamburg in 1983 

22. Seoul in South Korea 

23. Brooks Kopeka 

24. Northampton Saints 

25. Noel McGrath (below) 

26. Frank Stapleton 

27. Tiger Roll 

28. Netherlands 

29. England 

30. Bohemians 

31. Triple jump 

32. Mourneabbey 

33. Germany’s Hans-Jörg Butt, who netted for Hamburg, Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich 

34. Philadelphia Eagles 

35. Fermoy 

36. Stockholm 

37. London (Lord’s) 

38. 400m 

39. Down 

40. 2013, when Bayern Munich beat Borussia Dortmund in an all-German final 

41. Joseph 

42. Latvia 

43. Fifteen – Swindon Town, Oldham Athletic, Barnsley, Wimbledon, Sheffield Wednesday, Coventry City, Bradford City, Leeds United, Portsmouth, Blackpool, Wigan Athletic, Aston Villa, Stoke City, Swansea City and Huddersfield Town 

44. Laura Guest (below)

45. Fifteen 

46. Cleveland 

47. Rosenborg 

48. Italy’s Stefano Baldini 

49. Mexico 

50. The RDS – they beat Shelbourne in 1993 to clinch the title and then overcame Longford Town there in the 2007 FAI Cup decider.

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