This Day In Sport – October 9

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 on the Ladbrokes Blog.

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 and important sporting moments in This Day In Sport!

1999 – Manly, Norths Merge to Become the Northern Eagles

With the NRL in a club-rationalisation frenzy, members of both Manly and the North Sydney Bears voted to merge and become the Northern Eagles from season 2000.

This was to be the third merged club in Rugby League with St George merging with Illawarra, Balmain and the Western Suburbs Magpies to become the Wests Tigers from 2000 and now Manly and the Bears.

The NRL is planning to cut down from 18 teams to 14 for the 2000 season and is encouraging other Sydney clubs to pursue the merger option or be kicked out of the competition.

South Sydney has declared they will not merge with their existence threatended by the current Rugby League administration.

1987 – Australia-India World Cup Thriller!

Australia beat India in Madras by one run, which at the time was the narrowest victory in Cricket World Cup history.

It was a case of the Indian’s snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

Navjot Sidhu assulted the likes of Peter Taylor and Alan Border in a 79-ball, 72 that included five sixes and at 2/207 with 64 runs needed from 15.5 overs India looked home.

However, Craig McDermott managed his way through the middle order with a flurry of run-outs pushing the Indians to the brink as Steve Waugh was able to push them over by castling Manider Singh in the penultimate delivery.