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100 GREATEST ...
Over two nights 'The 100 Greatest Sporting Moments' counts down from 100 to 1 the finest moments of sporting excellence as voted for by Channel Four viewers. The programme tells the tales behind the sporting images that are indelibly burnt onto our collective memory. Sportsmen and women whose achievements live on well past the day when they hung up their boots tell us what it was like to be at the eye of the storm with the world's eyes upon them. Fans and coaches cheering from the sidelines give us their own perspective. And we hear the stories of those watching at home, for whom a moment of sporting action which took place maybe hundreds of miles away has special meaning. The show reaches its climax as we reveal the moment of sporting endeavour which Channel Four viewers have voted as the greatest ever. 51 Archie Gemmill's brilliant goal for Scotland v Holland - 11 June 1978 For a moment after Gemmill's breath-taking goal it looked as if Ally McLeaod's Scotland were in with a chance of making the second stage of a major tournament.. for a moment it did anyway 52 Arsenal 3 Manchester Utd 2 - 12 May 1979 Wembley Stadium The cup final with a twist in the tail. United pull back two goals but with a second to go, the exhausted Arsenal team find the extra reserves of energy to score the winner 53 Carl Lewis wins 4 gold medals in one Olympics - August 1984 Clean-cut American hero Lewis emulates the feat of his boyhood hero Jesse Owens 54 Nadia Comeneci 'perfect 10' - Montreal Olympics July 1976 You wait 80 years for a perfect score in Olympic gymnastics and then five come along at once, thanks to the 14 year old Romanian 55 Dennis Law's backheel relegates Man Utd - 27 April 1974 Old Trafford Instinctive backheel by less than chuffed United legend now playing for Manchester City consigns his United ex-team-mates to the Second Division 56 Rivals Coe v Ovett in Moscow - 26 July + 1 August 1980 Hague's judo partner Coe and bad boy Ovett rub each other up the wrong way and win each other's preferred distances 57 The Tartan Army take over Wembley - 4 June 1977 Wembley Stadium and sit on the crossbar until it breaks 58 Our 'Enry puts Cassius Clay on the canvas - Wembley 18 June 1963 Cooper has Clay on the deck and victory in his nostrils. Clay's corner stall for time fussing over a 'split' glove and The Greatest collects his powers to give the English hopeful a bloody beating 59 Stuart Pearce celebrates his penalty revenge in Euro 96 - 22 June 1996 Wembley Chest out, shoulders back and mad wordless screaming directed at no one in particular Pearce exorcises the demons of his penalty miss against West Germany six years earlier 60 Liverpool win the European Cup for the first time - 25 May 1977 Bob Paisley's team finishes the job Shanky had started with a crucial goal coming from the head of Anfield-born and bred hard nut Tommy Smith 61 Aldaniti and Bob Champion win the Grand National - 4 April 1981 Aintree Jockey Bob Champion overcomes cancer to win on the previously crippled Aldaniti 62 Emil Zatopek wins marathon, 5000m and 10000m in a week - Helsinki July 1952 His running style looked like he was always on the point of collapse, which he probably was after winning the three toughest track events within a week 63 Black Power Salute at the 200m Olympic medal ceremony - Mexico Olympics 16 October 1968 Heads bowed and black-gloved fists raised skywards, medallists Tommie Smith and John Carlos cause a furore with their protest about inequality and injustice in the US 64 Nigel Mansell's blow out costs him the Formula One Championship - 26 October 1986 Australian Grand Prix And look at that!. that is Nigel Mansell! Murray Walker - a flat tyre is a pain at the best of times but this was ridiculous 65 Van de Velde's last hole collapse - 17 July 1999 Carnoustie Generally when a sportsman or woman takes off their shoes and socks and stands ankle-deep in water, it's a sign that all's not gone entirely to plan 66 Bob Beamon smashes the long jump world record - Mexico Olympics 18 October 1968 The enormous leap in the thin air of Mexico which decimated the world record and remained unbroken for 23 years 67 Australia v South African World Cup semi-final - Edgbaston 17 June 1999 Possibly the greatest cricket team ever prevail in probably the most exciting finish in the history of One-Day Cricket 68 Eddie the Eagle goes over the top - Calgary Winter Olympics 19 February 1988 He soars briefly.. then plummets from a great height almost as if he actually was a short-sighted plasterer from Cheltenham and not an Olympic class sportsman at all 69 Real Madrid 7 Frankfurt 3 - 18 May 1960 Glasgow Said by many to be the greatest exhibition of football ever - the young Alex Ferguson watching in the crowd was impressed 70 Mandela wears South African rugby shirt - 24 June 1995, Rugby World Cup Semi-Final, Cape Town A moment of massive symbolic importance and forgiveness as President Mandela dons the green shirt of the once-hated Springboks 71 Villeneuve and Arnoux's wheel to wheel battle in the French Grand Prix - 1 July 1979 Dijon-Prenois, France Epic wheel to wheel, brake-crunching, tyre-sliding dogfight where Villeneuve's stubborn belief that his slower Ferrari could beat Arnoux's faster Renault was rewarded in the most exciting race for second place in the history of motor sport 72 Goalie Jimmy Glass's last minute goal keeps Carlisle in the league - 8 May 1999 Brunton Park, Carlisle Maverick on-loan keeper moves up into attack to score the 95th minute winner that saves Carlisle's bacon 73 John Curry wins Olympic figure skating gold - Winter Olympics 11 February 1976 Innsbruck .. and introduces the lutz, salchow and axel into pub conversation 74 Jeremy Guscott's drop kick Lions v South Africa - Durban 28 June 1997 Against the run of play, the up-to-that-point-anonymous Guscott fires home the opportunistic drop goal that wins the test series for any British Lions with a match to spare 75 John Barnes' dribble and goal - England v Brazil 10 June 1984 20 year old Barnes bamboozles Brazil to score the Brazilian-style goal that was to become a millstone round his neck for the rest of his International career 76 Derek Redmond's Dad helps his injured son finish the Olympic 400m semi-final - Barcelona 3 August 1992 With his son contorted in agony with a snapped hamstring, Derek's Dad helps him round the track in school sports day style so at least he can say he finished the race 77 England hold on in the dark to win an away series in Pakistan - Karachi 11 December 2000 Pakistan try every trick in the book to prevent a result before nightfall but with all daylight gone, rejuvenated England hold on to win an away series in Pakistan for the first time for decades 78 Pat Cash wins Wimbledon and climbs through the stands - 5 July 1987 Plain speaking Aussie cuts through All England Club stuffiness to share his moment of triumph 79 Cambridge sink during 1978 University Boat Race - 25 March The reason why people watch the boat race - to see posh people sink 80 Ricky Villa's FA Cup Final goal - Spurs v Man City Wembley 14 May 1981 Bearded Argentinean star twists the Man City defence to breaking point to chalk up the best Cup Final goal ever 81 Cathy Freeman's 400m gold - Sydney 25 September 2000 Aussie icon takes off her hood and cries with relief that she has achieved the win that the nation expected 82 Virginia Wade wins Wimbledon - 1 July 1977 A British tennis triumph in Jubilee year (although the Queen herself is said to have been seen leafing through Horse and Hound magazine at match point) 83 Ben Johnson breaks 100m record and becomes Olympic champion - 24 September 1988 not for long though 84 The Stanley Matthews Cup Final Blackpool v Bolton Wembley 2 May 1953 Veteran winger Matthews turns the game to finally win an FA Cup Winners Medal 85 Mary Peters wins Olympic Pentathlon Gold Munich 2 + 3 September 1972 The Belfast athlete wins Olympic gold at her third attempt by one tenth of a second in the final event 86 Giant killers Sunderland beat Leeds FA Cup Final Wembley 5 May 1973 Cue Manager Bob Stokoe galloping onto pitch in tight red tracksuit trousers, flasher's mac and trilby 87 Don Bradman's final test innings 14 August 1948 England v Australia The Oval Needing just four in his final test innings to ensure a batting average of 100, The Don was bowled second ball for a duck and had to settle for an average of just the 99.94 88 Martina Navratilova wins her 9th Wimbledon title 7 July 1990 Centre court Wimbledon . and breaks Helen Wills Moody's record for singles wins at the All England Club 89 Bert Trautman plays on with a broken neck 5 May 1956 FA Cup Final Ex POW Trautman didn't realise the terrible pain in his neck was because it was broken until days after the game 90 Denise Lewis wins Olympic Heptathlon Gold - 23 + 24 September 2000 Australia Gutsy, injury-conquering display by Lewis holding off the world's best all-rounders to win gold 91 Devon Malcolm demolishes South Africa 20 August 1994 The Oval South African bowlers live to regret hitting erratic fast bowler Malcolm on the head when he was batting. You guys are history he growls and bowls out nine of them in an afternoon 92 Shane Warne first Ashes ball - England v Australia, Old Trafford 1993 Shane Warnes's magic spinning first Ashes ball bowls Gatting 93 Zola Budd and Mary Decker collide in 3,000m final 11 August 1984 LA Olympics Tears and accusations on the track as the bare-foot Budd is booed by the partisan US crowd while their heroine Decker lies trackside bawling like a baby 94 Rene Higuita's Scorpian kick England v Columbia , Wembley 6 September 1995 Outrageous back flip save that provoked a hundred schoolboy injuries among those keen to emulate it on concrete school playgrounds 95 Arthur Ashes wins Wimbledon 5 July 1975, Centre Court Wimbledon Rank outsider Ashe devised a plan to defuse Connors' power - by taking all the pace off the ball and giving Connors nothing to hit back. By the time Jimbo knew what was happening he was two sets down and on the way to an unexpected defeat 96 Don Fox's missed penalty in the rugby cup final 11 May 1968 Wembley Stadium After fluffing a simple conversion to win the game, Fox sinks to his knees, the final whistle blows and Eddie Waring utters the immortal words 'He missed it the poor lad' 97 Ronnie Radford's FA Cup thunderbolt - Hereford Utd v Newcastle Utd 5 February 1972 Edgar Street, Hereford Cue dozens of delirious youths clad in snorkel parkas dancing with delight on a mud patch pitch in an incident described as the most 70s moment of all time 98 Flo Jo winning 100m gold - Seoul Olympics 24 September 1988 Red, white, blue and gold painted finger nails raised skyward, Florence Griffiths-Joyner returns from virtual retirement to win the first of her 4 medals in the 1988 games 99 Duncan Goodhew wins Olympic Gold July 1980 Moscow and becomes the first swimmer to cross over into Blankety Blank territory 100 Naseem Hamed v Kevin Kelley - Madisson Square Garden, New York 19 August 1997 Hamed's first fight in the USA Hamed bounces back from an early knockdown to confound his American critics by nailing New Yorker Kelley in the fourth
Presenter - VINNIE JONES Narrator - DICKIE DAVIES Writers - JIM WHITE, MARK ROBINSON Associate Producer - STUART RAMSAY Executive Producer - PETER A GORDON Director - MARINA WARSAMA Producer/Director - JOHN PIPER