Back to the Future Day: Five sporting moments from 1985
Lee Gormley | October 21, 2015
It’s October 21st, 2015, which means it’s Back to the Future Day, the date in which Marty McFly and Doc travel to through time in the famous movie sequel!
In sci-fi film, both time travellers hop into their flying DeLorean in 1985 and head into the future to stop unwanted incidents from occurring, but what were the memorable sporting events that took place that year?
To commemorate the universally-adored Back to the Future movies on this anniversary, here are five famous sporting moments from 1985.
European Cup final, Juventus v Liverpool – May 29th, 1985
In a game that is sadly remembered for truly tragic incidents that occurred in the Heysel Stadium in Brussels, it was Italian giants Juventus that eventually lifted their maiden European crown, overcoming then-reigning champions Liverpool 1-0, with Michel Platini netting a second-half penalty.
The Turin Titans will hope to emulate that team’s success this campaign, having lost last season’s final to Barcelona, and they are 20/1 with Coral to reign supreme in the Champions League.
World middleweight title fight, Marvin Hagler v Thomas Hearns – April 15th, 1985
In an anticipated middleweight match-up between two ferociously hard-hitters, dubbed as ‘The War’, Hagler knocked-out his challenger Hearns the third-round to retain the coveted world title. This bout held at Caesers Palace in Nevada is considered to be one of the greatest fights ever, due to its constant action and vicious back-and-forth exchanges.
Grand National – March 30th, 1985
The 1985 Grand National was won the 139th renewal of this globally-watched horse race at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, with an 11-year-old, 50/1 shot called Last Suspect, ridden by Hywel Davies, storming to victory and a £54k prize.
World Snooker Championship, Dennis Taylor v Steve Davis – April 28th, 1985
Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre is the home of the World Snooker Championship, but it may never witness another contest as gripping as the famous ‘Black Ball Final’ between potting pair Davis and Taylor.
Having won the previous three Crucible crowns, Taylor stunned the sporting world by rallying to a gallant comeback to win on the final ball of the game which lasted 14 hours 50 minutes. The climax of their incredible clash in the early hours of that Monday morning was watched by 18.5m people in the UK, which remains a record audience for BBC2.
Wimbledon final, Boris Becker v Kevin Curren – July 7th, 1985
At just 17 years of age, a young unseeded German teenager by the name of Boris Becker became the youngest player ever to win Wimbledon, as well as the first from his country, toppling Kevin Curren 6–3, 6–7, 7–6, 6–4 to sensationally be crowned champion.
There have plenty of other shocks at the famous grass court in London, but current Great Britain hope Andy Murray is 4/1 to lift the Wimbledon trophy once again next year.
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