ON THIS DAY
Football Association secretary Charles Alcock first suggested the idea of the FA Challenge Cup.
The FA legalised professionalism in football.
Ben Curtis of the United States was a surprise winner of the Open at Royal St George’s, Sandwich. He was the first debut winner of the event since Tom Watson in 1975 and went into his first major ranked 396 in the world.
Peter Crouch joined Liverpool from Southampton for £7m.
Zinedine Zidane, who had already retired from football, was suspended for three matches and fined £3,260 for his headbutt on Marco Materazzi in the World Cup final. Materazzi was banned for two matches and fined £2,170.
England won the second Ashes Test, beating Australia by 115 runs at Lord’s to take a 1-0 series lead. They went on to win the series 2-1 to reclaim the urn.
Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed Manchester United had made a bid for Arsenal captain Robin van Persie. The Red Devils eventually signed the Dutchman, whose goals played a key role in United winning the 2012-13 Premier League title.
Rory Mcilroy won the Open at Royal Liverpool by two strokes.
Zach Johnson defeated Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman in a play-off for the Open Championship after Jordan Spieth failed to keep his grand slam dream alive at St Andrews.
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas signed a one-year contract extension, with an option for a further year.