Sports is known for leaving spectators breathless with spectacular moments that will go down in history.
Horse racing is one of the most ancient sports of all, with famous events that spread across the year and attended by a-list celebrities and the royal family. As well as the prestigious reputation of the sport, it is not short of unforgettable stories. But neither is football.
Football is the most popular sport in the world, and even though it may not have the same royal acclaim as horse racing, it’s had its fair share of the shocking moment that were both glorious and unforgettable.
Let’s start with horse racing…
Crisp vs Red Rum
In the 1973 Grand National, Crisp was confidently leading the race, effortlessly jumping the fences despite carrying the largest amount of weight on the field. When he reached the second fence, he was in a 20-length lead and seemingly no chance of losing, but his pace was matched and led to Red Rum catching the lead in the home stretch winning his first of three Grand National by a ¾ length.
Arkle vs Mill House
These two racers were considered unbeatable and the Cheltenham Festival 1964 saw them head to head, creating a spectator frenzy. As they both reached the last fence, they were nose to nose and as they jumped, Arkle took a small advantage as they raced down the home stretch and won with a 5-length victory. This race, to this day, is still the most riveting with the crowd holding their breath till the end.
The Grand Steeplechase de Paris Auteuil, 1962 saw true perseverance and skill from horse and jockey. During the race, Mandarin’s bit broke early on leaving him with no control or breaks around the four-mile course, in the figure of eight. With sheer will-power/leg-power, Mandarin kept going and gained a 100-yard lead, only to be snuck up on at the line, but refused to leave without a win and went home with a victory, by a head and minus a bit.
Football has some amazing achievements of their own…
Leicester vs The Odds
Leicester City was at the bottom of the 2015/16 Premier League and their upcoming game against Manchester City had odds of 5000-1. The team redefined ‘underdog’, yet went home winners leaving spectators stunned and bookies a few million pounds poorer, with the game being the biggest loss for a single game in the history of the British sporting market.
This freak outcome is regarded as one of the greatest ends to a season in history, with a final score of 1-3, Manchester City, who have won the Premier League a total of six-time, was left speechless after their unexpected defeat.
Whether you support Leicester or not, you have to admit this triumph is unforgettable and a great achievement for the Foxes.
The Three Lions & Their Star
When it comes to English football, there is always going to be one front runner for the greatest achievement… the 1996 World Cup. 1996 saw England win their first and their only World Cup against Brazil, putting a star on the uniforms of our boys.
To date, England has not one another title nor come close, until we were all blessed with the 2018 World Cup which saw the boys make it to the quarter-final and gave us one of the greatest excuses to get down the pub and support the team with their most successful season since their success in 1996.