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

The Thursday sports quiz: Echo expert Denis Hurley tests your knowledge
TJ Reid of Kilkenny in action against Stephen McDonnell of Cork. Picture: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

1. Who is the last player to have retained the World Snooker Championship?

2. How many times did Alex Ferguson manage Manchester United to win the Premier League?

3. The film Cool Runnings revolves around which sport?

4. Which country has played ‘away’ Six Nations Championship games on home soil?

5. For which club does Cork hurler Stephen McDonnell play?

6. Which element features on the crests of both Manchester City and Manchester United?

7. The FEI is the governing body for which body of sports?

8. Para-athlete Ellen Keane represents Ireland in which sport?

9. The creator of Paddington Bear shares his name with which All-Ireland senior hurling-winning manager of the past 25 years?

10. Which dual star was Cork senior football coach in 1985 and 1986?

11. How many drivers on the 2020 Formula 1 grid have been world champions?

12. What is the name of Georgia’s only NFL team?

13. Thierry Henry’s handball grabbed the headlines, but who actually scored France’s equaliser against the Republic of Ireland in the World Cup qualifier play-off second leg in Paris in November 2009?

14. Which sporting role has been held by Michael Atherton, Nasser Hussain, Marcus Trescothick and Andrew Flintoff?

15. Which three Cork-born brothers represented Ireland in rugby across a time period of 1991-2011?

16. In which European city is the stadium known for sponsorship reasons as Signal Iduna Park?

17. Which Tipperary player scored a hat-trick of goals in the 2010 All-Ireland hurling final win over Kilkenny?

18. Which country has won the men’s 4x100m relay at the past two Olympic Games?

19. In snooker, how many points are left on the table once all of the reds have been potted?

20. In which year did Munster lose 18-16 to New Zealand at Thomond Park?

21. Which of these events does not form part of the Olympic modern pentathlon – archery, shot putt, swimming, rifle-shooting?

22. Which goalkeeper was in the Republic of Ireland squads for the 1994 and 2002 World Cups?

23. Who was in charge of Dublin for the 2011 All-Ireland football win?

24. In which year did Sonia O’Sullivan first compete in the Olympic Games, finishing fourth in the 3000m?

25. Who is the last English football manager to guide a team to the English league title?

26. Which Tipperary-born female jockey rode 50/1 outsider Minella Indo to a shock triumph in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham in 2019?

27. Who was the first man to achieve golf’s ‘career grand slam’ by winning the Open Championship, US Open, Masters Tournament and PGA Championship?

28. Which sport, popular in Cork, features hounds following an artificial scent?

29. From which club did Paris Saint-Germain sign Neymar?

30. Which tennis player won the French Open women’s singles title in four years out of five during the 2000s?

31. In which year did Wexford last win the All-Ireland senior hurling championship?

32. What is the name of the Cork hockey and cricket club based at Farmers’ Cross?

33. The 2014 Tour de France began in which English city?

34. Who scored Ireland’s only goal at Euro 2012?

35. How many innings are there in a Major League Baseball game?

36. How many of the men’s All-Star spots (30 across hurling and football) did the double-winning Cork sides take in 1990 – 12, 15 or 18?

37. Which Limerick rugby club uses the song There is An Isle as its anthem?

38. The novel This Sporting Life and subsequent film starring Richard Harris revolve around which sport?

39. Which company currently sponsors the League of Ireland?

40. Which Innishannon jockey rode Put The Kettle On to victory in the Arkle Novices’ Chase at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival?


1. Mark Selby, in 2016 and 2017 

2. Thirteen – 1992-93, 1993-94, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2002-03, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2010-11, 2012-13 

3. Bobsledding 

4. England – while the Millennium Stadium was being built, Wales played home games at Wembley 

5. Glen Rovers 

6. A ship, representing the Manchester Ship Canal. It features on the coat of arms of the city, from where the two clubs adopted it 

7. Equestrian, such as show jumping, dressage and eventing. FEI stands for Fédération Équestre Internationale 

8. Swimming 

9. Michael Bond (Offaly, 1998) 

10. Denis Coughlan 

11. Three – Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel 

12. Atlanta Falcons 

13. William Gallas 

14. Captain of the England cricket team 

15. Richard, Paul and David Wallace 

16. Dortmund – Borussia Dortmund’s home was historically known as Westfalenstadion 

17. Lar Corbett 

18. Jamaica 

19. 27 

20. 2008 

21. Shot putt 

22. Alan Kelly 

23. Pat Gilroy 

24. 1992 (Barcelona) 

25. Howard Wilkinson, with Leeds United in 1992 

26. Rachel Blackmore 

27. Gene Sarazen 

28. Drag hunting 

29. Barcelona 

30. Justine Henin 

31. 1996 

32. Harlequins 

33. Leeds 

34. Seán St Ledger 

35. Nine 

36. Twelve – Ger Cunningham, John Considine, Seán O’Gorman, Jim Cashman, Tony O’Sullivan and John Fitzgibbon (below) in hurling; John Kerins, Steven O’Brien, Michael Slocum, Conor Counihan, Shea Fahy and Paul McGrath in football 

37. Shannon 

38. Rugby league 

39. SSE Airtricity 

40. Aidan Coleman

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