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?


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.


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?


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?


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?


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?


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.”


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.