ON THIS DAY: What happened and when on May 12 ...

Footballer Alan Ball, who was born on May 12, 1945. Picture: PA.
Footballer Alan Ball, who was born on May 12, 1945. Picture: PA.
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Take a trip down memory lane and see what happened on this day years ago ....

1859: Mayonnaise won the 1000 Guineas by 20 lengths - a British record for a classic.

1870: The first rules of water polo were drawn up by the London Swimming Association.

1945: Alan Ball was born. Ball was the youngest member of England’s World Cup-winning side in 1966 and was also a manager with Portsmouth, Manchester City and Southampton. He died on April 25, 2007 aged 61.

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2002: Birmingham beat Norwich on penalties to win the First Division play-off final at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff and secure a return to the top flight for the first time since 1986.

All Black winger Jonah Lomu, born on this day back in 1975.

All Black winger Jonah Lomu, born on this day back in 1975.

2005: Stuart Pearce was appointed manager of Manchester City after a successful spell as caretaker boss.

2005: Malcolm Glazer moved to within touching distance of completing his £790million buy-out of Manchester United after capturing the key 28.9 per cent stake of Irish racing tycoons John Magnier and JP McManus.

2006: Former world featherweight champion Naseem Hamed was jailed for 15 months after admitting a charge of dangerous driving.

2007: Leicester beat Gloucester 44-16 in the Premiership final at Twickenham.

2010: Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner confirmed Martin O’Neill would stay on as manager of the club after holding talks with the Northern Irishman. O’Neill resigned just under three months later.

2010: Fulham were beaten 2-1 by Atletico Madrid in the Europa League final in Hamburg.

2011: Kenny Dalglish was appointed as permanent manager of Liverpool on a three-year deal.

2014: West Brom parted company with manager Pepe Mel by mutual consent.

Today’s sporting birthdays

Andrew Coltart (golf) - European Tour and former Ryder Cup player, born 1970.

Mark Foster (swimming) - long-serving star specialising in 50 metres butterfly and freestyle, who carried the flag for Great Britain in the 2008 Olympics, born 1970.

Jim Furyk (golf) - American Ryder Cup player and 2003 US Open champion, born 1970.

Mike Weir (golf) - Canadian former Masters winner, born 1970.

Jonah Lomu (rugby union) - former New Zealand wing, born 1975.

Graeme Dott (snooker) - world champion in 2006, born 1977.

Rob Key (cricket) - Kent captain and former England batsman, born 1979.

Marcelo (soccer) - Real Madrid and Brazil full-back, born 1988.