Scotsman Sport’s quiz of the year 2015

Andy Murray holds aloft the Davis Cup after winning the final against Belgium. Picture: PA

Andy Murray holds aloft the Davis Cup after winning the final against Belgium. Picture: PA

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How well do you remember the sporting highlights of 2015?

SCOTTISH FOOTBALL

1 How did the top three of the Premiership look after the first-footing games on January 1 this year?

2 Alex Neil moved from Hamilton to Norwich City and returned to snap up the then Premiership’s top scorer. Who was that player?

3 Celtic faced Rangers in the League Cup semi-final on February 1 to end how long since the last such clash?

4 Celtic clinched the league title in May with how many games still to play?

5 Who netted the Scottish Cup final winner for Inverness Caledonian Thistle?

6 One Motherwell player scored in both legs of their 6-1 aggregate play-off final win over Rangers. Name him.

7 Scotland has had no representative in the Champions League group stage in back-to-back seasons. When did this last happen?

8 Mark Warburton began his Rangers reign with how many straight league wins?

9 In Scotland’s nine straight qualifying failures, only once, as they did this year, have they finished fourth. When was that?

10 His hat-trick against Gibraltar means Steven Fletcher joined an elite club who have scored more than one hat-trick for Scotland. Name one of the other three.

WORLD FOOTBALL

1. Which team did Barcelona beat in last weekend’s World Club Cup final?

2 Name the winners of the four English divisions in the 2014-15 season.

3 In how many consecutive games did Leicester striker Jamie Vardy score to break the Premier League record?

4 Wales qualified for Euro 2016, but when did they last qualify for a major international football tournament?

5 Which English Premier League striker scored seven goals in nine qualifying games to help Northern Ireland reach Euro 2016?

6 Name the US attorney general who this year opened indictment proceedings against FIFA officials on football-related corruption charges.

7 Whose last-minute own goal sent England Women out of the World Cup with a 2-1 defeat to Japan in their semi-final in Canada?

8 Which Spanish team won the 2015 Europa League to retain the trophy?

9 Name the goalscorers in Arsenal’s 4-0 2015 FA Cup final win over Aston Villa.

10 Which team defeated Middlesbrough in the 2015 Sky Bet Championship play-off final at Wembley to win promotion to the Barclays Premier League?

RUGBY UNION

1 Who was named Scotland captain for the 2015 Six Nations campaign but failed to make a single appearance?

2 Prior to their famous win over South Africa in, Japan had only ever beaten one nation in the World Cup, which one?

3 How many times have South Africa beaten Japan?

4 Which French giants have signed Scotland lock Richie Gray for next season?

5 Only one player started all five of Scotland’s World Cup matches, who?

6 England flop Sam Burgess re-signed for which Australian rugby league club?

7 Who is Jason O’Halloran?

8 How many players did Glasgow Warriors utilise in competitive matches in the 2014-15 season?

9 Who won the Pacific Island Player of the year award?

10 Bryan Habana equalled the late Jonah Lomu’s World Cup try-scoring record of how many tries?

GOLF

1 Which American player led after the first round in three of this year’s men’s majors?

2 Who was the leading Scot on this season’s Ladies European Tour?

3 Who beat host Paul Lawrie in the Saltire Energy Match Play at Murcar Links?

4 Name the left-hander who won the Scottish Amateur title at Muirfield and his home club?

5 What was significant about Jordan Spieth getting to 19-under-par at one stage in this year’s Masters?

6 Who won the Women’s British Open at Turnberry?

7 Name the Irish amateur who shared the lead heading into the final round of the Open at St Andrews?

8 Who became the PGA’s first female regional secretary when she took up that post in Scotland?

9 Which two Scots graduated from the Challenge Tour?

10 When was golf last in the Olympic Games?

POT LUCK

1 Which nations did Great Britain defeat on the way to winning the Davis Cup for the first time since 1936?

2 Name the athletes who won four gold medals for Britain at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in China.

3 Which Scottish Olympian claimed her first overall European title at this year’s Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Holland?

4 How many Grand Prix victories did Britain’s Lewis Hamilton record on the way to his third F1 title?

5 Which Italian tennis player secured the 2015 US Open women’s title, the only grand slam championship not won by Serena Williams?

6 In which German city did British boxer Tyson Fury defeat Wladimir Klitschko to become the world heavyweight champion?

7 Jockey Frankie Dettori rode which John Gosden-trained horse to win the 2015 Epsom Derby?

8 Who defeated Phil Taylor to win the 2015 Professional Darts Championship?

9 Which team defeated defending champions Seattle Seahawks to win Superbowl XLIX?

10 Who this year became Great Britain’s first Grand Prix motorcycle world champion since Barry Sheene in 1977?

WHO SAID IT?

1 “That is the worst thing I have seen on a rugby field in a very long time.”

2 “Yes, why wouldn’t he be? He didn’t have the baby. Unless he’s breastfeeding he should be all right.”

3 “It’s been said that Andy Murray is duller than a weekend in Worthing, which I thought was a bit harsh. To Worthing.”

4 “I think being a world champion sounds a lot better than winning a race, obviously.”

5 “If you don’t understand that question then I think you are an ostrich, your head must be in the sand. Is your head in the sand?”

6 “It’s a special place with special people.”

7 “The world’s changed since 2007… I’ve got an iWatch now.”

8 “We have five referees, maybe we need seven – I don’t know. One on each post.”

9 “It’s a big frustration to accept because I feel like my work was betrayed.”

10 “My previous best-ever bowling was seven for 12 against Kimbolton School Under-15s.”

ANSWERS

Scottish Football – 1, Aberdeen were first, Celtic second and Dundee United third; 2, Anthony Andreu, who had bagged 12 league goals for Hamilton; 3, Two years and nine months, the previous such game being April 29, 2012; 4, Three games remained for Celtic; 5, James Vincent; 6, Lionel Ainsworth; 7, Across 1997-98 and 1998-99 Scotland had no team contesting the Champions League group stages; 8, 11; 9, In their last World Cup qualifying group, for Brazil 2014; 10, Denis Law, Hughie Gallacher and Robert Smyth McColl all scored three hat-tricks for Scotland, with Law and Gallacher netting four in one game.

World Football – 1, River Plate; 2, Chelsea, Bournemouth, Bristol City and Burton; 3, 11; 4, 1958; 5, Kyle Lafferty (Norwich City); 6, Loretta Lynch; 7, Laura Bassett; 8, Sevilla; 9, Theo Walcott, Alexis Sanchez, Per Mertesacker and Olivier Giroud; 10, Norwich

Rugby – 1, Grant Gilchrist; 2, Zimbabwe; 3, None; The record reads: played one, lost one; 4, Toulouse; 5, Stuart Hogg; 6, South Sydney Rabbitohs; 7, Scotland’s new back’s coach; 8, 52; 9, Glasgow lock Leone Nakarawa; 10, 15.

Golf – 1, Dustin Johnson; 2, Pamela Pretswell; 3, Chris Doak; 4, Robert MacIntyre (Glenruitten); 5, No-one had achieved that before; 6, Inbee Park; 7, Paul Dunne; 8, Shona Malcolm; 9, Andrew McArthur and Jamie McLeary; 10, 1904.

General – 1, United States, France, Australia and Belgium; 2, Mo Farah (5,000m & 10,000m), Greg Rutherford (long jump) and Jessica Ennis-Hill (heptathlon); 3,Elise Christie; 4, 10; 5, Flavia Pennetta 6, Dusseldorf; 7, Golden Horn; 8, Gary Anderson; 9,New England Patriots; 10, Danny Kent.

Who Said It – 1, Gavin Hastings on referee Andre Joubert’s performance at the Scotland v Australia World Cup quarter-finals; 2, Roy Keane on Robbie Keane being available for selection after birth of his second son; 3, Andy Murray after winning the BBC Sports Personality of the Year; 4, Champion Lewis Hamilton after team-mate Nico Rosberg won the final three Grand Prix of 2015; 5, Neil Pearson to a reporter at a Leicester City press conference; 6, Tom Watson on Scotland while reflecting on his final Open championship; 7, Gordon Strachan prior to Scotland’s 2-0 defeat in Georgia; 8, Ronny Deila on Josh Meekings’ handball, which wasn’t punished in Scottish Cup semi-final; 9, Jose Mourinho after his final match in charge of Chelsea; 10, Stuart Broad after 8 for 15 against Australia in the Ashes.

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