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Sporting Firsts Quiz

Quiz I

  1. Who in 1979 became Britain's first one million pound football player?
  2. Who was the first snooker player to score a maximum 147 break in the World Snooker Championships?
  3. Sue Brown was the first woman to participate in which sporting event?
  4. In rugby, which player was the first man to reach 100 international caps? (And he did it in an era when winning 50 was a huge achievement.)
  5. Who was the first player to be sent off in an FA Cup Final?

  6. Which city was the first to host the Summer Olympic Games in the southern hemisphere?
  7. Which track and field athlete became the first woman to win four Olympic gold medals, and the first one to do so in a single games?
  8. Which country won the first World Cup final settled by a penalty shoot-out?
  9. Which country were the first ever winners of football's World Cup?
  10. Which female gymnast was the first to score a perfect 10 in the Olympic Games?
  11. Which football team became the first British team to win the European Cup?
  12. Can you name the first athlete to run the 100 metres in under 9.80 seconds?
  13. Who was the first winner of the European Footballer of the Year award?
  14. In which year was the first Super Bowl held?
  15. Who was the first athelete to pole vault over 19 feet?
  16. Which American jockey became the first ever to ride the winners of both the Kentucky Derby and the Epsom Derby?
  17. Name the first bowler to take over 400 Test match wickets?
  18. We need a year and city. At which Olympic Games did women compete for the first time?
  19. Can you name the world's first purpose-built 'banked' motor racing circuit?
  20. Which tennis player, male or female, became the first to achieve the grand slam, winning all four majors in the same year?
  21. Which footballer was the first to win 100 caps for England?
  22. Which cricketer was the first player to achieve the double triple, with a total of more than 3000 runs and 300 wickets in Test cricket?
  23. Who is the first British woman to run 100m in under 11 seconds?
  24. Can you name first British female to win an Olympic gold medal in track and field?
  25. Who was the first recorded person to swim the English Channel without the use of artificial aids?
  26. In 1976 Blackburn's Dave Wagstaffe the first football player to receive what, in the English game?


  1. Trevor Francis
  2. Cliff Thorburn
  3. The University Boat Race
  4. Philippe Sella (France)
  5. Kevin Moran (for Man Utd - he committed a professional foul on Everton's Peter Reid)
  6. Melbourne (1956)
  7. Fanny Blankers-Koen (at the London Olympics of 1948)
  8. Brazil (1994)
  9. Uruguay
  10. Nadia Comaneci (in 1976)
  11. Celtic
  12. Maurice Greene
  13. Sir Stanley Matthews
  14. 1967
  15. Sergey Bubka
  16. Steve Cauthen (1985)

  17. Richard Hadlee
  18. 1900 in Paris
  19. Brooklands
  20. Donald Budge
  21. Billy Wright
  22. Ian Botham
  23. Dina Asher-Smith
  24. Mary Rand
  25. Captain Matthew Webb
  26. A red card