ROUND ONE – TEAM ROUND
Which horse won the 1999 Arkle Chase at Cheltenham and 3 years later won
the 2-mile Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Festival.
In December 1975 Jose Napoles lost his WBC Welterweight title to John H
Stracey. Which American had Napoles twice defeated in title fights earlier that
year. This man also twice unsuccessfully challenged Carlos Palomino for the
3. AMERICAN FOOTBALL
Which team won their first play-off game for 13 years when they beat
Philadelphia Eagles 31-14 in the NFC Wildcard round in January 2010.
Which player was defeated by Leighton Rees in the first two years of the
Embassy World Championships. In 1979 this player knocked out Eric Bristow
in the quarter-finals but was beaten by the defending champion Rees in the
Which Cuban beat defending champion Jonathan Edwards to take the men’s
Triple Jump gold medal at the 1997 World Championships in Athens.
Justin Langer opened the Australian innings 115 times in Test matches. He
had only two opening partners. One was Matthew Hayden, who was the
Which man, who had held the Commonwealth Light-Middleweight title for
three months in 2004 was beaten by Howard Eastman in a fight for the
vacant British Middleweight crown in December 2006.
Which American set a new world record for the men’s 400 metres in March
1955, he bettered this time in June 1956 and went to the Melbourne Olympics
as favourite to win the gold medal. He could only finish fifth in the final but
his world record time stood until beaten in the Olympic final of 1960.
Which former ground staged its last league match in April 1997. The home
team beat Charlton Athletic 4-1, having already clinched promotion to the
Premiership. The venue had staged five FA Cup semi-final games, the last
being the second replay between Leeds and Manchester United in 1970.
In 1971 Geoff Lewis rode the winners of both the Derby and the Oaks, which
other jockey also won both Epsom classics in the same year during the
GREVILLE STARKEY (1978)
Durham won the Friends Provident trophy final in August 2007, but the
highest score in the match was 68 by which Hampshire player. This man had
won the last his 37 England caps in January 2003.
12. RUGBY LEAGUE
The Rugby League changed back to a single division system for the 1964-65
season. Which Yorkshire club beat St Helens 15-7 in the Championship final in
1965 with their forward Terry Fogerty becoming the first winner of the Harry
1987 US Open champion Scott Simpson was later defeated for the title when
he lost an 18 hole play-off to which man who was winning the second of his
three Major championships.
PAYNE STEWART (1991)
Co-hosts Austria were eliminated at the group stages of the 2008 European
Championships. Who scored their only goal in the competition in a 1-1 draw
against Poland. In doing so he became the oldest player to score in the final
stages of a European Championship.
ROUND TWO – TEAM ROUND
Name the Russian who won the men’s Hammer event at the 1969 European
Championships and three years later in Munich won Olympic gold, his opening
throw of 75.50 metres clinching the title.
Which man, later to manage a losing side in an FA Cup Final scored the
winning goal as Crystal Palace beat holders Liverpool 4-3 in the FA Cup semi-
final at Villa Park in 1990.
Which man who would later twice win the WBA Light-Heavyweight title lost to
Richie Woodhall in a fight for the vacant European Middleweight title in
At the 2010 Australian Open which Russian defeated the reigning US Open
champion Kim Clijsters in the third round and then the current French Open
champion Svetlana Kuznetsova in round four. She lost to Justine Henin in the
Majid Khan became Pakistan’s highest scorer in Test matches in 1982 when
he overtook which batsman who had held the record for over 20 years.
Olivier Peslier rode successive Irish 2000 Guineas winners on Saffron Walden
in 1998 for Aidan O’Brien and on Desert Prince in 1999 for which Newmarket
7. WINTER OLYMPICS
Great Britain won two medals at the 2002 games in Salt Lake City, the
women’s team took gold in the Curling, who won a bronze in the women’s
skeleton toboggan event.
Who, with a time of 11.05 seconds on the 17th of July 2008 set a new British
record for the women’s 100 metres.
Which player scored the quickest hat-trick in the European Cup with three
goals in nine minutes against Rosenborg in December 1995. Despite a 4-1
win on the night the English club still went out at the Champions League
Who won the silver medal in the Welterweight division at the 1980 Olympics,
losing to Cuban Andres Almada in the final. He turned professional after the
games and in 1989 beat Rene Jacquot to win the WBC Light-Middleweight
title, he then lost in his first defence to Terry Norris.
Which team finished second in the National League in three consecutive years
from 1982, the first two years behind the Newcastle Diamonds. They had won
the league in 1979, but in their most recent season in the second tier of the
sport in 2008 they lost all 30 of their matches.
In April 1973 Gordon Greenidge and which other Hampshire batsman set a
Benson and Hedges Cup record when they put on an unbeaten 285 for the
second wicket against the Minor Counties South at Amersham.
Which Aintree Grand National winning jockey had his only win to date in the
Irish equivalent when the Tony Martin trained Davids Lad won at Fairyhouse
Which British rider won the Burghley Horse trial three years out of four from
2005 to 2008 taking his total to five wins in the event, equalling the record
set by Ginny Elliott and Mark Todd.
ROUND THREE – INDIVIDUAL ROUND
Pete Sampras won 14 of the 18 Grand Slam singles finals he reached. His last defeat
came when he lost to which player in the 2001 US Open final. This player was
winning the first of two grand slam singles titles to date.
Which Scotland defender, formerly of Chelsea but playing for Celtic at the time
scored an own-goal which proved to be the winner for Brazil in the opening game of
the 1998 World Cup finals in France.
Which former Olympic and European champion became only the second man to win
the world Pole Vault title when he won the gold at the 7th World Championships in
Seville in 1999.
Who has captained India in most consecutive Test matches, he led the team 37
times between 1990 and 1996, passing the previous record of 22 matches set by
Bishan Bedi and Sunil Gavaskar.
Which former world champion lost in consecutive United Kingdom championship
finals, going down 10-1 to Ronnie O’Sullivan in 2001 and 10-9 to Mark Williams
twelve months later.
6. MOTOR RACING
After winning the world championship in 1996 for Williams, Damon Hill moved to
Arrows for 1997 and then to which team for 1998. He spent his last two seasons in
Formula One with this team and gained his 22nd and final Grand Prix win with them
in Belgium in 1998.
Which former holder of the title did Danny Williams defeat in his first defence of the
British Heavyweight championship in July 2001.
Which jockey who had ridden his first English Classic winner almost 10 years earlier
won his second in the 2000 Oaks when the 9-4 favourite Love Divine triumphed at
ROUND FOUR – WRITTEN ROUND
Note to Question Master: Points are awarded on the following basis: 4 points to the winning
team if the margin is three points or more. If the margin is two or less, three points to the
winning team and one to the losing team. In the event of a tie, teams shall receive two
points each. The time duration of the question shall be decided by the question setter.
Skiing (allow 3 minutes)
The current games taking place in Vancouver are the 21st Winter Olympics.
A different skier has won the Men’s Downhill each time it has been held.
Name the 13 different winners from 1960 to 2006 inclusive.
(The games were held every 4 years, from 1960 to 1992 and then from 1994 to 2006)
(Names only required to score, do not have to be matched to correct year)
1960 JEAN VUARNET
1964 EGON ZIMMERMANN
1968 JEAN-CLAUDE KILLY
1972 BERNHARD RUSSI
1976 FRANZ KLAMMER
1980 LEONHARD STOCK
1984 BILL JOHNSON
1988 PIRMIN ZURBRIGGEN
1992 PATRICK ORTLIEB
1994 TOMMY MOE
1998 JEAN-LUC CRETIER
2002 FRITZ STROBL
2006 ANTOINE DENERIAZ
ROUND FIVE – SEVEN QUESTION ROUND
2 answers per question, 1 point per correct answer
Name the two men who won consecutive runnings of the New Year Morpeth to
Newcastle road race during the 1980’s.
MIKE McLEOD (80-81)
ALLISTER HUTTON (84-85)
After winning the vacant IBF Cruiserweight title against Patrick Lumumba in Stanley
in June 1989, Glenn McCrory made his two defences of the title in the North-East,
winning at Middlesbrough in October 1989 and losing in Gateshead in March 1990.
Name his two opponents.
Which Zimbabwe bowler took the first wicket in a Test match at the Riverside
Ground in Chester-le-Street in June 2003 and which England batsman was his victim.
Which two countries contested the World Cup quarter-final held at Roker Park in
Since 2000 two jockeys have won the Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle on two
occasions. Paul Carberry won on Harchibald twice but which horses gave Tony
Dobbin his two victories in this Grade One race.
The European Tour event held at Slaley Hall was renamed the Great North Open for
it’s final two years in 2001 and 2002. Name the two winners in these years, one from
Scotland who has twice won the Australian PGA Championship and the other an
Englishman whose only other tour win was at Gleaneagles in 2004.
Eldon Square in Newcastle staged the world ranking Jameson International
tournament in 1983 and 1984. Steve Davis won both years, name the two players he
beat in the final, one of whom preceded Davis as the winner in 1982 and the other
who was the next winner in 1985.
ROUND SIX – SPECIALIST INDIVIDUAL ROUND
Note to Question Master: In this round the home teams always goes first (regardless of which team
won the toss at the start of the quiz) and so will have picks 1, 3, 5 and 7, whilst the away team will have
picks 2, 4, 6 and 8.
Hand the team captains the sheets which show the categories of the questions. The home captain will
have first pick, he will select the sport and nominate one player to take the question, the away captain
will nominate a player to take the bonus if applicable. The away captain will do likewise for the second
pick with any bonus to the home nominated player. Each team member must take one home selection
and one question for a possible bonus.
Which man at the Bislett games in 1993 became the first to run the 10,000 metres in
under 27 minutes.
Which side when beating Philadelphia in 1993 became the first team to win
consecutive World Series for 15 years.
TORONTO (BLUE JAYS)
Which man, when beating Steve Walker in 1993 became the first since Jimmy
Anderson in 1968 to retain the British Super-Featherweight title.
Which Essex player in 1993 became the first to score 8 runs off one delivery under
the new no ball rules and went on to make his Test debut against Australia at Old
Trafford in the June of that year taking 6 for 67.
Which player in a World Cup qualifier in 1993 scored after 9 seconds against
During 1993 Greg Norman when losing to which man in a play-off in the US PGA
Championship completed the record of having lost in play-offs in all four major
Which horse trained in France won both the Sussex Stakes and the Queen Elizabeth
II Stakes in 1993.
Who, when winning the 200 metres Freestyle at the 1993 Short Course World
Championships became Great Britain’s first female world champion.
ROUND SEVEN – TEAM ROUND
Which British rider won the Badminton Horse Trails three years out of four
from 2002, her first two victories were aboard Supreme Rock. She also won
the bronze medal in the Individual Eventing at the 2004 Olympics.
Which Cheltenham Gold Cup winning jockey gained his only win to date in the
Irish Grand National when he rode the Dessie Hughes trained Timbera to
victory at Fairyhouse in 2003.
Future World Middleweight champion Alan Minter was beaten by which
German in the Olympic Light-Middleweight semi-final in 1972. The German
won a controversial split decision by 3 to 2 and won the final by the same
Sunil Gavaskar became India’s highest scorer in test matches in 1978 when
he overtook which batsman who had held the record for almost 20 years
Who on the 13th of July 2008 set a new British record for the women’s 3000
September 1991 saw the first European Cup match to feature an English club
since 1985. Which player scored four goals in his club’s 6-1 win over Austria
Vienna. He was the first to score four in a match for an English club in the
Champion’s Cup since Denis Law in October 1968.
Jamie Spencer won the Irish 1000 Guineas on Tarascon in 1998 for Tommy
Stack and again in 2002 on Gossamer for which Newmarket trainer.
Which team, having finished runners-up in two of the three previous seasons
won the National League in 1980 with the Newcastle Diamonds finishing in
second place. More recently they have won the Premier League twice in the
last five years.
In July 1983 Graham Gooch and which other Essex batsman set a new John
Player League record when they put on 273 for the second wicket against
Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.
10. WINTER OLYMPICS
Great Britain won two bronze medals at the 1994 games in Lillehammer.
Torvill and Dean were third in the Ice Dance but who won a bronze in the
men’s 500 metres short-track speed skating.
At the 2010 Australian Open which Chinese player beat Venus Williams in the
quarter-finals before losing in straight sets, both on tie-breaks to Serena
Williams in the semi’s.
Which man, who would finally win the title at the third attempt in 2001, drew
with Crawford Ashley in a fight for the vacant European Light-Heavyweight
title in September 1992.
Which man, who has been appointed manager at a Championship club during
the 2009-10 season scored the winning goal in extra-time as Manchester
United beat Oldham Athletic 2-1 in the FA Cup semi-final replay at Maine
Road in 1990.
Who gave host nation West Germany a win in the Javelin at the 1972
Olympics. He won the closest Javelin event in Olympic history with the
favourite Janis Luis failing by 2 centimetres with his final throw.
ROUND EIGHT – TEAM ROUND
Marcus Trescothick opened the England innings 142 times in Test matches.
He had only 4 opening partners, Mike Atherton, Michael Vaughan, Andrew
Strauss and who else.
Which horse won the 1991 Arkle Chase and a year later won the 2-mile
Queen Mother Champion Chase.
After winning the WBC Lightweight title in November 1972 against who did
Rodolfo Gonzalez make his first defence. This man had previously lost to Ken
Buchanan in fight for the WBA version of the title.
4. AMERICAN FOOTBALL
Which former Superbowl winners did Arizona Cardinals beat 51-45 in the NFC
Wildcard round in January 2010, the highest scoring play-off game in NFL
GREEN BAY (PACKERS)
Co-hosts Switzerland were eliminated at the group stages of the 2008
European Championships. Who scored all three of their goals at the
tournament, including the two against Portugal that gave the Swiss their first
ever win in the finals stage of a European Championship.
1977 US PGA Champion Lanny Wadkins was later defeated for the title when
he lost a sudden death play-off to which man who was winning his second
LARRY NELSON (1987)
In 1980 Willie Carson rode the winners of both the Derby and the Oaks,
which other jockey also won both Epsom classics in the same year during the
STEVE CAUTHEN (1985)
Which former ground staged its last league match in May 2002. The home
team beat Tottenham 2-1, but were still relegated from the Premiership. The
venue had staged two FA Cup semi-final games, the last being the 1962
replay between Burnley and Fulham.
9. RUGBY LEAGUE
The 1973 League Championship was the last before the league was split into
two divisions for the second time. Which Yorkshire club beat Leeds 22-13 in
that year’s Championship final to claim the only league title in their history.
Their captain Mike Stephenson won the Harry Sunderland Trophy as man of
the match in the final.
A year before winning at the World Championships in Gothenburg Jonathan
Edwards had finished second to which Englishman in the Triple Jump at the
1994 Commonwealth Games.
Which player reached the semi-finals in four out of five years at the Embassy
World Championships but lost on each occasion. His first two defeats in 1979
and 1980 were to John Lowe and Eric Bristow in the years that they won their
first world titles.
Which man, who had unsuccessfully challenged Roman Karmazin for the
European Light-Middleweight title in 2003 was beaten by Jamie Moore in a
British title fight at the weight in September 2005.
Name the European who in August 1955 broke Rudolph Harbig’s 16 year-old
world men’s 800 metres record. Injury meant he missed the 1956 Melbourne
Olympics. He was still the record holder at the time of the 1960 games, but
he was beaten by Peter Snell in the Olympic final.
Durham’s defence of the Friends Provident Trophy ended when they were
beaten by Kent in the semi-finals at the Riverside in July 2008. Which Kent
opener scored 102. In 2009 this player was called up to England’s one-day
squad and played in all four ICC Champions Trophy games in South Africa.
Who preceded Jonathan Edwards as World Triple champion the second time the
Englishman won the title by taking the gold in Seville in 1999.
After winning back the WBC Welterweight title, which man did Jose Napoles make
his first defence against. It was the first of three unsuccessful attempts to win this
title for this American between 1971 and 1976.
Which team recorded the lowest total in the John Player League when they were
dismissed for 23 by Yorkshire at Headingley in 1974.
Which player scored a hat-trick in both legs of his clubs first ever European tie. It
was against Brann Bergen in the UEFA Cup in September 1976. They had qualified as
runners-up to Liverpool in the previous season’s First Division.
Name the winner of the Sun Alliance Chase at Cheltenham in 1992 that later won the
The Rugby League was split into two divisions for the 1962-63 season. Which
Lancashire club won the First Division for the two seasons before the league reverted
to a single division. They have not won the league title since.
In the AFC wildcard round played in January 2010 which team were beaten at home
in a play-off game for the first time since 1978.
NEW ENGLAND (PATRIOTS)
Which player did Steffi Graf beat to win the 1990 Australian Open, her 8th Grand
Slam singles title out of the previous nine held. This player also lost to Monica Seles
in the 1992 final in Melbourne.
(must give first name)