On this week: March 11-17: Liverpool founded

Eurosport - Thu, 11 Mar 11:17:00 2010

We look at sporting moments that happened on this week in history, including the birth of one of the biggest clubs in European football.

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2007 - Ireland win third Triple Crown in four years - March 11

Around this time last year Ireland were being talked up as potential World Cup winners after they won their third Triple Crown in four years with a tough 19-18 win over Scotland at Murrayfield. Two late penalties from Ronan O'Gara helped them earn the victory which came after wins in Cardiff and a famous 43-13 victory over England in front of 83,000 fans at Croke Park. However, a heartbreaking defeat to France early in the competition when Vincent Clerc won the match with a last minute try meant that Ireland would not win their first Six Nations championship since 1985 or their first Grand Slam since 1948. A disastrous World Cup followed in the autumn and 2007 will forever remain a "what might have been" year for Irish rugby fans.

1984 - Perfect end to perfect season for Torvill and Dean - March 12

1984 proved to be a 'perfect' year for Jane Torvill and Christopher Dean. After their stunning performance at the Sarajevo Olympics, they ended their amateur career on this week back in 1984 by becoming the first skaters to receive nine perfect 6.0s in the World Championships with a superb performance in Ottawa. It was the fourth world title of their career and time for them to make mega bucks on the professional scene.

1912 - Bizarre goings-on in the baseball world - March 13

A deeply odd baseball story that we couldn't resist putting in. Wilt Robinson was a Hall of Fame catcher and manager and tried a strange stunt on this week back in 1912. While managing the Brooklyn Robins' pre-season training he decided to impress his team by catching a ball dropped from an airplane being flown 525 feet overhead. Instead the 'ball' hit his face and Robinson thought he was covered in blood. His team-mates' laughter told him that something was up though - and he quickly realised that it wasn't a ball that had been dropped but a grapefruit!

1892 - Liverpool FC founded - March 15

A full 53 years before Messrs Rogers and Hammerstein penned 'You'll Never Walk Alone', Liverpool FC were formed by John Houlding. And what was to be the original name of the team? 'Everton FC and Athletic Grounds Ltd', or 'Everton Athletic' for short, until the FA dismissed the proposed name. This is because Houlding only set up the club in the first place because the Everton we know today moved out of the Anfield ground he owned after he had upped the rent. Houlding eventually settled on Liverpool FC as the name of his rebel team and they would go on to win titles in 1901, 1906, 1922, 1923 and 1947; then when Bill Shankly took over as manager in 1959 Liverpool conquered Europe to become one of the biggest clubs in the world.

1996 - Mike Tyson knocks out Frank Bruno again! - March 16

In his last fight Frank Bruno entered the ring as a world champion for the first time, but was quickly dispatched by Tyson in the third round of their rematch at the MGM Grand. This was only Tyson's third fight since being released from prison but he was still too strong for Britain's favourite boxing son. When the two first met in 1989, Tyson had won in five - but on that occasion Bruno hurt the American on a few occasions. The rematch was a one-sided contest and after the fight Bruno would say about Tyson: "They can say he is over the hill, but he will always have dynamite in both hands. They are nuclear-powered. He is a dangerous dude and he always will be."

1984 - Boat race halted before starting - March 17

Don't you just love the boat race? A bunch of rowers train like crazy all year for the right to race in front of a bunch of drunken students who pay little or no attention to the race. There was all sorts of drama before it even started on this week back in 1984 when the Cambridge boat ran headlong into a large moored barge that was being used by umpires in the middle of the river. The bow section of the vessel was shattered and the race had to be postponed for a day. Oxford went on to win the following day by completing the course from Putney Bridge to Mortlake in 16 minutes and 45 seconds.


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