2016 – A year of sport

2016 was a remarkable year of sport. Marking the Spot has been there through it all so here’s a look back at the major sporting stories of 2016.


  • 6th- Golfer Christy O’Connor Junior dies aged 67.
  • 6th – Former England and Lions assistant coach Andy Farrell joins Joe Schmidt’s Ireland rugby backroom team but doesn’t take up his new post until after the Six Nations.
  • 11th – Lionel Messi wins the FIFA Ballon D’or for a fifth time at a gala ceremony in Zurich.
  • 29th – Angelique Kerber surprises Serena Williams in the Australian Open final, delaying Williams’ bid for a record-equalling 22nd grand slam title.
  • 30th – Novak Djokovic destroys Andy Murray in the Australian Open final.


  • 1st – Pep Guardiola announces he will become the Manchester City manager in June.
  • 7th- Ireland draw 16-16 with Wales at the Aviva Stadium in the first round of the Six Nations, South African-born CJ Stander is named man of the match on his debut.
  • 7th – The Denver Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers 24-10 in the 50th NFL Super Bowl. Broncos’ veteran quarter-back Peyton Manning bows out from the game with a second title.
  • 13th – Ireland lose 10-9 to France at the Stade de France in the Six Nations after a late try for the hosts.
  • 14th – Ireland centre Robbie Henshaw confirms that he’s leaving Connacht to join Leinster next season.
  • 26th – Swiss man Gianni Infantino wins FIFA presidential election.
  • 27th -Ireland lose 21-10 to England at Twickenham in the Six Nations.
  • 28th – Manchester City beat Liverpool 3-1 on penalties after their League Cup final finishes 1-1 AET.












2016 was a truly memorable year. In 2017 Marking The Spot will take you every step of the way as the world of sport weaves move wonderful stories.

Thank you for all your support in 2016 and we wish you all a Happy New Year.

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