1) Farewell, then, Gordon Banks. Where else to start than The Save? Or, A Version Of The Save. Here he is keeping Denis Law out at Wembley in 1967, beating the looping deflection in style. The Pathe news report on 1966 is always worth a look, not least for some jaffas of saves by our man. No patriotic conviviality a few years later when he saved a penalty from Geoff Hurst in a broiling League Cup semi-final between Stoke and West Ham. Enjoy a compilation of his top stops, soundtracked by some delicious 1960s lounge jazz. Certainly more appropriate than Sabrina Vaz (us neither) to go with this clip of the last game Banks played before the car crash that effectively ended his career as a top-class goalkeeper, although as you can see in this Channel 4 interview, he declared the loss of his right eye “not too bad.” Finally … go on then, here it is.
2) It’s the rugby league World Club Challenge this weekend, as Wigan take on the Sydney Roosters. Here’s the first official edition of the game, when Widnes turned over Canberra in 1989. And regard the time Wigan won it for the third time, a belter against Brisbane in 1994, featuring the British national anthem as played on a toy Stratocaster. The 2010 edition was a bit weird: Melbourne Storm won the game, beating Leeds Rhinos 18-10 (first half, and second here), only for them to be stripped of the title due to financial irregularities, but rather than give the crown to Leeds it was just…left in the ether.
3) Aaron Ramsey is off to Juventus, continuing a brief but proud tradition of Welshman to have donned the Bianconeri jersey. Of course, there was the very good of John Charles, a thoroughbred of a footballer if there ever was one, and the not-so good of Ian “it was like living in a foreign country” Rush. The Liverpool legend certainly looked a little unnerved when he first pitched up at the Stadio Comunale and highlights of his time in Turin were few and far between. Let’s also not forget honorary Welshman Giorgio Chinaglia, who after serving his football apprenticeship at Swansea City returned to his homeland in 1966 where he’s most fondly remembered for a seven-year spell with Lazio.
4) To Serie B, where Salernitana goalkeeper Alessandro Micai elbows Jordan Pickford out of the way and installs himself as the red-hot favourite for the Best Helping Hand of the Season award with this calamity in the 1-0 defeat by Benevento.
5) Tony Romo takes a detour to the hospitality stand on the 15th in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am. A bogey at least, right? Nope. A delicate chip to within a couple of feet sets up a birdie. Not bad for a quarterback.
Tony Romo's going to carve it into the hospitality stand and then wedge it stiff from there pic.twitter.com/9Gbdxjt4Rz— James Dart (@James_Dart) February 9, 2019
6) Nascar now, and the rather spicy overtaking move from Jimmie Johnson that took out the entire field and allowed Johnson to win the race. “I’m very remorseful,” said Johnson afterwards, protesting a teensy bit too much. “I’m probably more remorseful than any driver in the field when stuff like this happens. I don’t crash people to win races…absolutely I’m remorseful.”
1) Parkour madness, right here.
2) Aussie rules, but not as you know it.
3) With them in the FA Cup fifth round, revel in Doncaster’s calamitous 1997-98 season.