This Day In Sport – July 20
They say we should use this time to learn something new – so we thought we’d offer up a history lesson free of charge!
We’re going to be recapping all the important sporting moments each and every day as we look to fill the void our beloved sports have left behind.
So if it’s AFL, NRL, Basketball, Cricket, Golf or even Wrestling, be sure to return each morning as we take a trip back through the history books to relive some of the great sporting moments On This Day.
2003 – G Train’s 9-Goal Bag
St Kilda cult hero, Fraser Gehrig booted nine goals on this day back in 2003 to take the Saints to a five-point thrilling win over the Kangaroos at the Telstra Dome.
With his Mullett flowing, the Saints spearhead came into his own as the 12th placed Saints upset the eighth-placed Roos to give them a fighting chance in the run home to the finals.
This was the coming of age for the G-train.
In a high-scoring and thrilling encounter, St Kilda 21-6 (132) defeated the Kangaroos 19-13 (126) in front of a 25,381 strong crowd.
1981 – Beefy Brillance
Ian Botham scored 145 in a famous innings of 149 not out on this day 39 years ago giving England an outsdie chance of beating Australia after being forced to follow on at Heaedingly in the third Test.
England’s odds had slipped to 500-1 ($501) which had Dennis Lillie and Rod Marsh parting with their money with Ladbrokes UK.
The Poms went on to win with Lillie and Marsh cleaning up.
Lillie and Marsh were placed under heavy scrutiny for their bet and would have been banned for life had it occurred in the current day.
They did, however, have excellent choice in bookmakers.