Few sporting events have been able to escape the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, with public gatherings prohibited in many countries across the world.
So, with precious little live sporting events to keep fans entertained, many are looking to the past to satisfy those cravings.
Whether you hark back to specific ‘Premier League Years’, your favourite World Cups or that time your favourite tennis player lost in the Wimbledon final, nostalgia often has a big part to play in our love of sport.
Below, we picked out five noteworthy events from the world of sport that happened on this day – March 17.
1955 – The Richard Riot
Maurice Richard would not have known at the time just how much of an impact his actions on March 13, 1955 would have. A star of the Montreal Canadiens in the NHL, Richard struck a linesman during a match and was consequently banned for the rest of the season. Fans insisted it was too harsh, claiming the sanction was motivated by Richard’s French-Canadian heritage. NHL president Clarence Campbell attended the Canadiens’ next match and that sparked a riot, which was not contained to the Montreal Forum stadium. A reported $100,000 worth of damage was done, 37 people were injured and 100 arrests we made. Richard cooled the controversy as he accepted the punishment.
August 4, 1921: Maurice Richard is born. The legendary No. 9 played with the Canadiens from 1942-43 to 1959-60. pic.twitter.com/UXJ8CGmQOh
— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) August 4, 2017
1977 – Australia win Centenary Test
Australia and England played out the Centenary Test on March 17, 1977, marking the 100th anniversary of what is considered to be the first Test cricket match. Starting on March 12 and concluding five days later, Australia won by 45 runs, the exact same margin of victory they recorded 100 years earlier.
1984 – Scotland end Five Nations wait
Scotland enjoyed a momentous day in rugby union on March 17, 1984. A 21-12 win over France at Murrayfield saw them clinch their first outright Five Nations win – and Triple Crown – since 1938, and their first Grand Slam since 1925, with Peter Dods’ kicking proving decisive on the day. Scotland have only been the solitary winners of the competition – in either its previous guise or as the Six Nations – twice since.
— Scottish Rugby (@Scotlandteam) March 8, 2014
2012 – Fabrice Muamba collapses in FA Cup match
English football was rocked on March 17, 2012, when Bolton Wanderers midfielder Muamba collapsed on the pitch during a televised FA Cup clash at Tottenham. The former England Under-21 player had suffered a cardiac arrest and it was later revealed his heart stopped for 78 minutes. Two days later, Muamba’s heart was beating once again without assistance and he was eventually discharged from hospital on April 16. Although he had to retire early, Muamba has since gone into youth coaching.
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2019 – McIlroy wins golf’s biggest cash prize
This time last year, Rory McIlroy took home what was at the time the biggest purse in golfing history. At the 2019 Players Championship in Sawgrass, McIlroy carded rounds of 67, 65, 70 and 70 to finish 16 under and edge out Jim Furyk by a shot, clinching a pay cheque of $2.25m – the single biggest monetary prize handed out in golf at that point. However, the $3m Jon Rahm took home for winning the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai later that year set a new benchmark.
— THE PLAYERS (@THEPLAYERSChamp) March 17, 2019
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