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Reeling In The Years – October Sports Rewind

The 1 st of October 1975 witnessed one of the greatest sporting spectacles in history. Muhammad Ali defeated Joe Frazier in the ‘Thrilla in Manila’ which lasted 14 rounds before Frazier’s coach called it off.

Ryder Cup drama is a marvel that we only see every second year, but on the 4 th of October 2010, Europe reclaimed the Ryder Cup title with a 14½ to 13½ victory over USA. USA fought back from 3 points down but Graeme McDowell sealed the victory by defeating Hunter Mahan.

On the 7 th of October 2000, the last competitive match was played at the original Wembley Stadium. Germany defeated England 1-0 with a goal from Dietmar Hamann. It was also Kevin Keegan’s last game as England Manager.

The World Grand Prix of Darts visits Dublin every October and on the 8 th of October 2011, Irishman Brendan Dolan made history by becoming the first player to hit a televised perfect nine dart leg in a double in double out format.

The FIFA Women’s World Cup came to a dramatic climax as Germany defeated Sweden 2-1. Nia Künzer scored the decisive goal in sudden death extra time for Germany who lifted the cup for the first time.