Look­ing back 50 years to 1968

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Sports com­ments By Tony Matthews In foot­ball, Manch­ester City won the First Divi­sion ti­tle for the sec­ond time; West Bromwich Al­bion beat Ever­ton 1-0 af­ter ex­tra-time to lift the FA Cup with Bag­gies’ de­fender Den­nis Clarke be­com­ing the first-ever sub­sti­tute used in a fi­nal; Manch­ester United de­feated Ben­fica 4-1 in the Euro­pean Cup fi­nal at Wem­b­ley and Celtic achieved the Scot­tish First Divi­sion and League Cup dou­ble.

At the sum­mer Olympics in Mex­ico, Amer­i­cans Jim Hines, Tommy Smith and Lee Evans won the men’s 100m, 200m and 400m gold medals re­spec­tively. This same trio also won gold in the 4x100m re­lay. Dick Fos­bury took the high jump gold with his fa­mous ‘flop’ and GB’s David He­mery won gold in the men’s 400m hur­dles.

The Detroit Tigers cel­e­brated by win­ning the World Base­ball Se­ries for the third time, while the Bos­ton Celtics were the NBA Cham­pi­ons.

Boxer Muham­mad Ali was the undis­puted world heavy­weight cham­pion; Henry Cooper was the Bri­tish cham­pion and Chris Fin­negan won the Olympic mid­dleweight gold medal.

York­shire claimed cricket’s County Cham­pi­onship for the third year run­ning while War­wick­shire won the One-Day NatWest tro­phy.

Dutch cy­clist Jan Jansen won the gru­elling Tour de France.

In golf, South Africa’s Gary Player tri­umphed at the Bri­tish Open and Texan Lee Trevino tri­umphed in the US Open.

In horse rac­ing, the ‘big’ flat races were won by Sir Ivor (the Derby & 2,000 guineas), Caerg­wrle (1,000 guineas), Ribero (St Leger & Ir­ish Derby), La La­gune (Oaks) and Pardallo II (As­cot Gold Cup) while the top prizes over fences/jumps went to Red Al­li­ga­tor (Grand Na­tional), Fort Leney (Chel­tenham Gold Cup) and Per­sian War (Cham­pion Hur­dle). The lead­ing flat race jockey was Lester Pig­gott (139 wins) while Josh Gif­ford (82 wins) was the cham­pion rider over the jumps.

Ital­ian Gio­como Agos­tini, on his MV Au­gusta, won the 500cc Moto-GPO world cham­pi­onship and GB’s Graham Hill, driv­ing his re­li­able Lo­tus-Ford, lifted the F1 mo­tor rac­ing world ti­tle.

Leeds dou­bled up by win­ning Rugby League’s Pre­mier­ship ti­tle and the Chal­lenge Cup fi­nal, while France claimed Rugby Union’s five na­tions cham­pi­onship.

John Pul­man re­tained the world pro­fes­sional snooker ti­tle (record­ing his fifth suc­ces­sive win over­all).

New Zealan­der Ivan Mauger was the World speed­way cham­pion.

And the men’s and women’s ten­nis Grand Slam Open tour­na­ments were won re­spec­tively by Rod Laver & Billy Jean King goals last sea­son (36 out­ings), Ron­aldo and Suarez both bagged 31 in sep­a­rate cam­paigns, as did Shearer in 1995-96.

Shearer, of course, holds the all-time record for most PL goals scored – 260. Wayne Rooney claimed 208, the afore­men­tioned Cole struck 187, Lam­pard weighed in with 177, Henry net­ted 175, Rob­bie Fowler 163, Jer­main Defoe 162, Owen 150, Les Fer­di­nand 149 and Sher­ing­ham 146.

Five play­ers have scored five goals in a sin­gle PL game: Cole for Manch­ester United v. Ip­swich in 1995; Shearer for New­cas­tle v. Sh­effield Wed­nes­day in 1999; Defoe for Spurs v. Wi­gan in 2009; Ber­ba­tov for Manch­ester United v. Black­burn in 2010 and Aguero for Manch­ester City v. New­cas­tle in 2015.

So, my ques­tion is, who will be re­ceiv­ing the Golden Boot next May? Aguero is bang in form, Kane isn’t quite at his best and Salah has been off the pace as well. So about Chelsea’s Eden Haz­ard, Arse­nal’s Alexan­dre La­cazette per­haps, even West Ham’s Marko Ar­nau­tovic?

We shall wait with bated breath. (Wim­ble­don), Arthur Ashe & Mar­garet Court (USA), Ken Rose­wall and Nancy Ritchie (France) and Bill Bowry and Billy Jean King (down un­der in Aus­tralia).

NB: Also in 1968, the deaths oc­curred of for­mer USA world heavy­weight box­ing cham­pion Jess Wil­lard, aged 86; Amer­i­can race-car driver Ron­nie Du­man (39) who crashed while com­pet­ing in the Rex Mays 150, and for­mer Swedish ath­lete Jo­han Nysty­rom (94).

Bos­ton Celtics were the NBA Cham­pi­ons.

Red Al­li­ga­tor (Grand Na­tional)

Tommy Smith won the 200m

Jim Hines won the 100m

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