Here we present for you a quiz to do either on your own or with friends. We have 15 questions taking in eight different sports and there’s a total of 150 points ‘up for grabs’. The answers are at the foot of the page – GOOD LUCK!
- GENERAL SPORT: Can you name all the events that are involved in (1) the Triathlon; (b) the Biathlon; (c) the Aquathon and (d) the Decathlon. SEVENTEEN points available.
2. FOOTBALL: In football, can you name the seven different English clubs that Craig Bellamy played for, and, for two extra points, name the two clubs he played for in ‘second spells’ and for a 10th point what national team did he play for. TEN points.
3. TENNIS: Why did former German tennis ace Boris Becker appear in court in London in October of this year? TWO points
4. FOOTBALL: How many of the all-time top 10 Liverpool appearance makers can you name? TEN points
5. FOOTBALL: How many of the all-time top 11 Manchester United goals scorers can you name? ELEVEN points
6. RUGBY:The Rugby World Club has been played for on nine occasions and won by four countries; two have won it three times, one twice and one once – name the four countries: SIX points – one for naming each of the four and two extra points for correctly saying which teams have won it three times, which teams twice and which team once.
7. DARTS: The PDC World Darts Championships has been played since 1994 and has been won by nine different players. Name the nine and, for two extra points, name the four players, other than the one who has won it the most times, to have won it more than once and, for another point – correctly say how many times the person with the most wins – has won it. TWELVE points.
8. CRICKET: England played nine Test Matches in 2020 – can you name the seven players who scored more than 250 runs for England in those Test matches. TEN points – one for each of the eight and three extra for correctly naming the two players to scored more than 600 runs.
9. FOOTBALL: Can you name the 13 players to have scored more than 35 goals for Chelsea in the Premier League era? FIFTEEN points; one for each of the 13 and two extra for naming correctly the only two players top score more than 100 top goals for the Blues in the Premier era.
10. FOOTBALL: Can you name the 14 players who have appeared for Tottenham in 200 or more Premier League games in the Premier era? FIFTEEN points; one for naming each of the players and one extra for naming who has played the most Premier League games for Spurs.
11. RUGBY: The English rugby Premiership has been running since 1987-88 and four clubs have played in every season – name them, and, for an extra point, in what year did Exeter Chiefs first play in the top flight? FIVE points, one for naming each of the four and one for correctly naming the year the Chiefs joined the top flight.
12. HORSE RACING: The 2020 Grand National was not run, but what was held in its place? Had it been run, which horse and jockey partnership would have been chasing a third straight Grand National win? Can you name three other Grand National winners over the past decade? SEVEN points; one for correctly saying what event replaced the 2020 Grand National, one for naming the horse and one for the jockey – that has won each of the last two Nationals, and, if you got both horse and jockey then one extra point, and three points for naming three of the other National winners since 2011.
13. SNOOKER: Who won the first World Championship played in 1927 and what nationality was he. Who won the 2020 title and what nationality is he. Five different players have won the World title since, and including, the 2011 competition – name three of three of the five and, for two extra points name the two players to win the World title three times since 2011. NINE points
14. MOTOR RACING: Five drivers have won 40 or more Grand Prix races – name the five – one’s a Brit, two are Germans, one comes from France and one from Brazil. To get two extra points correctly name the current one-two-three in terms of most wins. In all time Grand Prix wins, name the only Polish driver to win a Grand Prix, the only Colombian driver to win a Grand Prix and the only Dutch driver to win a Grand Prix. TEN points: one each for the five with most wins plus the two extra for the correct 1/2/3 and one each for correctly naming the only Polish driver, only Columbian driver and the only Dutch driver.
15. OLYMPIC GAMES: Prior to the postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics owing to the pandemic, the Olympics have only been cancelled three times – name the years. What is the longest race in the Olympics and how far is it? Which are the five ‘newest’ sports to the Olympics. ELEVEN points; one for correctly naming each of the three tears the Olympic Games were cancelled in. one for naming the longest race and another for its distance and one extra for naming the EXACT distance and one point (up to a maximum of five) for naming the new sports.
ANSWERS – those all important answers with 150 points up for grabs! How many points can you bank?
- GENERAL SPORT: The Triathlon involves, swimming, cycling and running. The Biathlon is a winter sport that involves competitors taking on cross-country skiing and rifle shooting. An Aquathon involves a swim followed by a run. The decathlon involves 10 events over two days; the day one events are 100-metres, long jump, shot put, high jump and then a 400-metre run. Day two comprises of the 110-metre hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw, and finally a 1,500-metre run. SEVENTEEN POINTS – one for getting each of the sports correct – Triathlon (3), Biathlon (2), Aquathon (2), Decathlon (10).
2. FOOTBALL: Craig Bellamy played for Norwich City, Coventry City, Newcastle United, Blackburn Rovers, Liverpool, West Ham United and Cardiff City. He played for Liverpool and Cardiff on two occasions; for Liverpool in 2006/07 and again in 2011/12 and for Cardiff City in 2010/11 (on loan from Man City) and again in 2012/14. He also played for Wales. TEN points – one for naming each of the seven English clubs he played for; two for naming the two teams he played twice for and one for naming the country he played for.
3. TENNIS: Former Wimbledon champion Boris Becker appear in Southwark Court in October accused of failing to hand over trophies from his playing days so they could be sold to pay debts. The three-time Wimbledon winner was declared bankrupt in 2017 over money owed to a bank. TWO points – one for correctly naming Boris Becker and one for saying he appeared in court accused of not handing over trophies to hep pay his debts.
4. FOOTBALL: The all-time top 10 appearances for Liverpool are: 1: Ian Callaghan (857); 2. Jamie Carragher (737); 3. Steven Gerrard (710); 4th joint Ray Clemence and Emlyn Hughes (655); 6. Ian Rush (660); 7. Phil Neal (650); 8. Tommy Smith (638); 9. Bruce Grobbelaar (628); 10. Alan Hansen (610). TEN points – one for naming each of the 10 players to have played the most times for Liverpool.
5. FOOTBALL: The 11 players to have scored 150 or more goals for Manchester United are: Ruud Van Nistelrooy 150; Paul Scholes 155; ; Mark Hughes 163; Ryan Giggs 168; Joe Spence 168; George Best 179; Dennis Viollet 179; Jack Rowley 211; Denis Law 237; Sir Bobby Charlton 249; Wayne Roone7 253. ELEVEN points – one for naming each of the 11.
6. RUGBY: The Rugby World Cup has been played for nine times; won three times by both New Zealand and South Africa; twice by Australia and once by England: SIX points, four for naming the four countries and two extra for correctly saying the correct number of wins.
7. DARTS: The PDC World Darts have been played for each year since 1994 and has been won by NINE different players. The wins, and the number of times they have won it are: Phil Taylor (14); Michael Van Gerwen (3), Gary Anderson (2), Adrian Lewis (2), John Part (2), Dennis Priestley, Raymond van Barneveld, Peter Wright and Rob Cross have each won it once: TWELVE points – one for naming each of the nine different players to win it and two extra for naming the four players to have won it more than once OTHER than Phil Taylor and one more point for saying how many times Phil Taylor won it.
8. CRICKET: The seven players to score 250 or more Test match runs for England in 2020 are: Ben Stokes (641 in seven Tests); Dom Sibley (615 in nine); Zac Crawley (580 in seven); Joss Buttler (497 in 9); Ollie Pope (481 in 9); Joe Root (464 in 8); Rory Burns (254 in six). TEN points – one for naming each of the seven and three more for naming the two who scored over 600 runs.
9. FOOTBALL: The 13 players to score 35 or more goals for Chelsea in the Premier era are: Frank Lampard (147); Didier Drogba (104); Jimmy Dloyd Hasselbaink (69). Gianfranco Zola (59); Eidur Gudjohnsen (54); Diego Costa (52); John terry (41); Nicholas Anelka (38); Willian (37); John Spencer (36); Gus Poyet (36) and Salomon Kalou (36). FIFTEEN points; one for naming each of the 13 and two for naming the two players to score more than 100.
10. FOOTBALL: The 14 players to appear in 200 or more Premier League games (prior to the 2020 festive fixtures) for Tottenham Hotspur are: Darren Anderton (299); Jermain Defoe (276); Hugo Loris (274); Ledley King (268); Aaron Lennon (266); Sol Campbell (255); Ian Walker (240); Robbie Keane (238); Teddy Sheringham (236); Michael Dawson (236); Jan Vertonghen (232), Christian Eriksen (226), Stephen Carr (226) and Harry Kane (221). FIFTEEN points – one for naming each of the players and an extra point for saying Darren Anderton has played the most Premier Division games for Spurs.
11. RUGBY: Bath, Leicester, Gloucester and Wasps are the four teams to have played in each of the 24 years that there has been an English Rugby Premiership. Exeter Chiefs joined the top flight for the 2011/12 season. FIVE points; one for naming each of the four ever-present teams and an extra point for saying Exeter Chiefs joined the league in the 2011/12 season.
12. HORSE RACING: The 2020 Grand National was not raced owing to the Covid pandemic and, in its place, there was a ‘Virtual Grand National’. The winner of the last two Nationals (2018 and 2019) has been Tiger Roll ridden by Davy Russell. The last 10 National winners have been 2019 & 2018 – Tiger Roll (Davy Russell); 2017 One for Arthur (Derek Fox); 2016 Rule The World (David Mullins); 2015 Many Cloudes (Leighton Aspinall); 2014 Pineau De Re; 2013Auroras Encore (Ryan Mania); 2012 Neptune Collonges (D Jacob) and 2011 Ballabriggs (J Maguire). SEVEN points – one for Virtual Grand National, one for Tiger Roll and one for Davy Russell (and one more if you got both horse and jockey) and three (one each) for naming three other National winners since 2011.
13. SNOOKER: Joe Davies of England won the first ever Snooker World Championship in 1927 and he went on to win it EVERY year until 1940 after which there was a break owing to World War II. In terms of the most recent winner, Ronnie O’Sullivan (England) is the 2020 champion. Just five different players have won the title since 2011: John Higgins (2011); Ronnie O’Sullivan (2012, 2013 and 2020); Mark Selby (2014, 2016 and 2017); Stuart Bingham (2015); Mark Williams (2018) and Judd Trump (2019). NINE points: one for Joe Davies, one for England, one for the 2020 winner being Ronnie O’Sullivan and another for him being English, three for naming three of the five winners since 2011 and two extra for correctly naming O’Sullivan and Selby as being the two to win the World title three times since 2011.
14. MOTOR RACING: The top five drivers of all time in terms of Grand Prix wins are: Lewis Hamilton (UK) with 95; Michael Schumacher (Germany) with 91; Sebastian Vettel (Germany) with 53; Alain Prost (France) with 51and Ayrton Senna (Brazil) 41. The correct 1/2/3 is Hamilton/Schumacher/Vettel and the only Polish winner is Robert Kubica (one win); the only Colombian Grand Prix winner is Juan Pablo Montoya, with seven wins ands the only Dutch driver is Max Verstappen with 10 wins to date. TEN points; one for each of the five, two extra for the correct 1/2/3 and one each for correctly naming Kiubica, Montoya and Verstappen
15. OLYMPIC GAMES: Since the opening of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, the international sports competition has only been cancelled three times: once during World War I (1916) and twice during World War II (1940, 1944). The longest race in the Olympics is the Marathon which is raced over a distance of 26 miles and 385 yards. The five newest sports to be included at the Olympic Games are: baseball/softball, karate, sport climbing, surfing, and skateboarding. ELEVEN points – one for naming the three years of cancellations – 1916, 1940 and 1944; one for naming the Marathon as the longest race and an extra point if you said the actual distance of 26 miles and 385 yards (just one if you said 26 miles) and one point each for naming the five ‘newest sports’.
So, how many points did you score?
150 – Goodness, you really are a professor of sport!
120-149 – Wow! Impressive going
101-119 – That’s a good effort
81-100 – That’s got to be a decent try
71-80 – OK, average, but you know enough to call your self a sporting scholar
51-70 – Slightly below average
50 or less – You really do need to take more interest in sport if you are going to do any more of our quizzes!