Le Tour, Platini v Zidane and Cliff Richard’s Wimbledon silver jubilee | Classic YouTube
1) Whose idea was this sprawling 11-city. 24-team Euro 2020? Michel Platini, that’s who, and no one has dominated European Championship quite like he did in 1984. Not even Zinedine Zidane during Euro 2000.
2) It’s Wimbledon next week. And that means it’s the 25th anniversary, the silver jubilee of this, Cliff Richard’s impromptu a cappella performance when the rain came down on Centre Court. To avoid such sickening scenes, the organisers eventually decided they really really needed to build a roof. Martina Navratilova and Joanna Lumley were among those providing Sir Cliff’s backing vocals. Here, from the year 2000 is a parade of champions at SW19. It rained then, too. How many faces do you recognise?
3) Superstars, from 1981, David Vine and Ron Pickering on the mic, and a women’s championship, featuring sprinter Kathy Smallwood, gymnast Suzanne Dando, swimmer Sharron Davies, sprinter Donna Hartley, hockey player Val Robinson and squash player Angela Smith.
4) The Tour de France is back this weekend, and here are some potted highlights from last year’s race. It was won on the final time trial by this heroic ride from Tadej Pogacar, robbing his Slovenian compatriot Primoz Roglic, who had seemed destined to take the race. Back through the years, Cadel Evans finally captured the winner’s yellow jersey in 2011,
Lance Armstrong won the 2001 edition while Miguel Indurain took his first of five in 1991. In 1981 a dominant Bernard Hinault took control while in 1971 Eddy Merckx was not as dominant as usual, and it took a horrible fall from Luis Ocaña to grant the Cannibal his title.
5) An incredible comeback from Stirling University graduate Laird Shepherd wins the 126th Amateur Championship in emotional scenes at Nairn.
6) Club cricketer Asif Ali hits a six … but ends up smashing his own car window.
7) The Stoke-born Blackburn Rovers striker, Ben Brereton, tears it up for Chile at the Copa América where Ecuador’s Gonzalo Plata scored this breakaway goal, evading a couple of crunching Venezuelan tackles in doing so. More from South America, a most full-blooded challenge in Uruguayan football.
1) Don Rogers, sporting his trademark moustache, scores The Big Match’s goal of the season in 1973. Enjoy the other five contenders, the quality of the pitches and Jimmy Hill and Brian Moore in glorious tandem.
2) Rangers head down to Villa Park in October 1976, and the game is abandoned.
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