Wednesday 24 January 2018

Back to the Future....remembering sport in 1985

Manchester United pair Norman Whiteside and Kevin Moran celebrate FA Cup success in 1985
Manchester United pair Norman Whiteside and Kevin Moran celebrate FA Cup success in 1985
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

This is a special day for fans of the 1980s hit movie Back To The Future as October 21st 2015 is the date when Marty McFly travelled into the future in with the help of crazy scientist Doc Brown.

So we thought it would be fun to slide back in time to 1980 for a glimpse of the mood in sport back in 1985.

* In March, Irish rugby enjoyed a huge high as the Five Nations title and Triple crown were secured with a 13-10 victory against England at Lansdowne Road.

* In April, a young Paul Gascoigne made his debut for Newcastle United against QPR at St James’ Park.

* Shamrock Rovers were crowned as League of Ireland champions, finishing just ahead of Bohemians.

* Howard Kendall’s Everton were kings of English football as they secured the First Division title, with Liverpool a distant second just ahead of Tottenham and Manchester United.

* Manchester United won the FA Cup as Northern Ireland’s Norman Whiteside became the youngster player to score in an FA Cup final. Ireland’s Kevin Moran was sent off in the game against Everton at Wembley.

* A youthful John Aldridge was top scorer in England’s Second Division as he blasted 30 goals for Oxford United and became the subject of transfer interest from top flight clubs.

* Sporting disasters cast a shadow over sport in 1985, with the Bradford fire seeing 56 football fans perish on a desperate afternoon at Valley Parade, while 39 spectators died when Liverpool and Juventus fans clashed at the European Cup final, which was staged at Heysel Stadium in Belgium.

* In June, the Irish nation ground to a halt as Barry McGuigan beat Eusebio Pedroza to become world featherweight champion in front of 26,000 fans at QPR’s Loftus Road in London.

* Ireland’s hopes of qualifying for the 1986 World Cup finals were shattered when they were outclassed by the Soviet Union and Denmark, with coach Eoin Hand leaving his post as a result.

* Kerry (2-12) beat Dublin (2-8) in front of a packed Croke Park to win the 98th All Ireland Senior Football crown for a 29th time.

* Offaly (2-11) beat Galway (1-12) in All-Ireland Hurling Final

* Legendary Scotland manager Jock Stein collapsed and died at the end of his nation’s World Cup qualifier against Wales in September 1985.

* Frenchman Alain Prost stormed to the Formula 1 world title in his McLaren, as he finished well ahead of Ferrari’s Michele Alboreto

* Manchester United started the new First Division season with a ten-game winning run as they opened up a big lead at the top of the table, but they failed to make the most of it as Liverpool closed the gap and were eventual champions.

* In December, Jack Charlton was approached by the Football Association of Ireland before he was appointed as Irish head coach in early 1986.

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