Review of the year – Sportsmail looks back at an action-packed 2011: October
As the year draws to a close, Sportsmail takes a wistful glance back at 2011 to remind you what happened over the last 12 months.
Octobersaw England and Wales crashing out of the Rugby World Cup before New Zealand triumphed on home soil, Sebastian Vettel romping to consecutive Formula One world crowns and the tragic deaths of Dan Wheldon and Marco Simoncelli.
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1st England booked a Rugby World Cup quarter-final clash with France after Chris Ashton”s try sealed a dramatic late 16-12 victory over Scotland at Eden Park.
New Zealand fly-half Dan Carter was ruled out the remainder of the World Cup because of a groin injury.
Manchester City emphatically proved there was life after Carlos Tevez with a 4-0 Barclays Premier League win at Blackburn, while rivals United defeated Norwich 2-0.
Attack is the best form of defence: Joleon Lescott, Stefan Savic and Vincent Kompany hail a hearty victory
2nd Wales and Ireland set up a quarter-final in the Rugby World Cup after defeating respective pool opponents Fiji 66-0 and Italy 36-6.
Steve McClaren resigned as Nottingham Forest manager after just 10 league matches in charge.
Arsenal full-back Bacary Sagna was ruled out for three months with a fractured fibula sustained in the 2-1 defeat by north London rivals Tottenham.
3rd Delon Armitage was banned for England”s World Cup quarter-final against France for a “dangerous high tackle” against Scotland.
Banned former Asian Football Confederation president Mohamed Bin Hammam failed in an attempt to get the Court of Arbitration for Sport to block the appointment of his replacement.
Niall Quinn stepped down as chairman of Sunderland to take on an international development role for the club. Owner Ellis Short became the club”s new chairman.
4th The Premier League lost a case in the European Court of Justice against pub landlady Karen Murphy over the use of a foreign decoder card to show matches at 3pm on Saturdays.
Everton”s Jack Rodwell had his claim for wrongful dismissal in the Merseyside derby against Liverpool upheld and a three-match suspension withdrawn.
The Johnstone”s Paint Trophy match between Accrington and Tranmere was abandoned after Stanley defender Tom Bender suffered severe concussion in a collision. He needed half an hour of treatment on the pitch, including oxygen and a drip, before undergoing a brain scan in hospital which came back all clear.
5th Former England bowler Graham Dilley died aged 52 after a short illness.
Accrington defender Bender was released from hospital.
Jenson Button signed a new “multi-year contract” with McLaren.
6th Wayne Rooney”s father and uncle were arrested and bailed pending further inquiries over an alleged football betting scam, with Motherwell midfielder Steve Jennings also arrested in relation to alleged betting irregularities at a Scottish Premier League match between Motherwell and Hearts last December.
Sports minister Hugh Robertson revealed the Government had already begun to draw up legislation to impose on English football if it failed to heed their call for change following the parliamentary inquiry into football governance.
The International Olympic Committee”s rule 45, which bans athletes who have been suspended for more than six months for an anti-doping rule violation from the next Olympics, was ruled “invalid and unenforceable” by the Court of Arbitration of Sport.
7th England qualified for Euro 2012 but had Wayne Rooney sent off in a 2-2 draw against Montenegro. England led 2-0 early on through goals from Ashley Young and Darren Bent, but let Montenegro back into the game. Rooney was sent off for kicking out at an opponent in the 73rd minute, his second England red card.
Costly: Wayne Rooney kicks out at Miodrag Dzudovic
Marat Safin announced his sister, the former women”s world number one Dinara Safina, had retired from professional tennis due to injury at the age of 25.
It was announced that former Manchester United and Scotland defender Gordon McQueen would undergo treatment after being diagnosed with cancer of the larynx.
8th England were knocked out of the World Cup after losing their quarter-final match 19-12 to France in Auckland, but Wales beat Ireland 22-10 in Wellington to reach the semi-finals.
Leeds came from 16-8 down after an hour to secure a fourth and surely most satisfying Super League title in five years with a scintillating Grand Final victory over St Helens.
Craig Mackail-Smith”s first goal in his first start for his country gave Scotland a 1-0 win over Liechtenstein and kept their Euro 2012 qualifying hopes alive going into their final game against Spain.
9th Red Bull”s Sebastian Vettel became the youngest back-to-back and double world champion in Formula One history after finishing third at the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka. McLaren”s Jenson Button won the race – his third victory of the season.
Streets ahead: Sebastian Vettel claimed back-to-back titles with three races to spare
England international Manu Tuilagi was fined 3,000 by the Rugby Football Union after he was warned by Auckland police for jumping from a ferry into the harbour, a day after his side”s World Cup hopes were ended in the last eight against France.
Andy Murray claimed his 20th career ATP title with a superb 3-6, 6-2, 6-0 win over world number two Rafael Nadal in the final of the Japan Open in Tokyo.
10th Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley signed a new four-year contract with the Old Trafford club.
Nigel Worthington confirmed he was to step down as Northern Ireland manager after the following day”s game against Italy.
Captain Robbie Keane was ruled out of the Republic of Ireland”s Euro 2012 qualifier against Armenia through injury.
11th Scotland”s hopes of reaching Euro 2012 were ended as they went down to a 3-1 loss to Spain, allowing Group I rivals the Czech Republic to snatch second place and a play-off berth after they beat Lithuania.
Elsewhere, the Republic of Ireland reached the play-offs with a 2-1 win over Armenia, while Wales finished their campaign on a high after a 1-0 win in Bulgaria and Worthington signed off as Northern Ireland manager with a 3-0 loss in Italy.
West Ham announced that they would look to be a tenant at the London 2012 Olympic Stadium after their proposed plan to buy the facility collapsed due to legal concerns.
World road cycling champion Mark Cavendish completed his much-anticipated move to Team Sky.
12th Manchester City confirmed Carlos Tevez would face disciplinary proceedings over alleged breaches of contract in relation to his conduct during the club”s Champions League tie against Bayern Munich, when he allegedly refused to come on as a substitute.
The Government set a February deadline for the Football Association to bring in wide-ranging reforms including taking a leading role in controlling club debt.
Jack Warner claimed the leak of a video appearing to show him urging officials to accept cash gifts from Mohamed Bin Hammam showed a “conspiracy” against Caribbean football.
13th UEFA handed England striker Wayne Rooney a three-match ban for his red card in the Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro, ruling him out for the whole group phase of the tournament. It was later reduced to two on appeal.
Former heavyweight champion of the world David Haye announced his retirement after deciding there was “little chance” of a fight against WBC champion Vitali Klitschko next year.
The Rugby Football Union launched an investigation into all allegations of player misconduct during England”s World Cup campaign.
14th England lost the first of five one-day internationals against India by 126 runs at Hyderabad.
The fall-out of from the FIFA bribery scandal claimed more scalps after four officials from the Caribbean were given bans of varying lengths by FIFA”s ethics committee.
Nottingham Forest appointed Steve Cotterill as their new manager after agreeing a compensation package with Portsmouth.
Down and out: Sam Warburton upends Vincent Clerc
15th Wales were beaten 9-8 in their World Cup semi-final against France in Auckland. They were reduced to 14 men following a controversial first-half red card for captain Sam Warburton and despite Mike Phillips” second-half try could not kick the winning points.
Manchester City moved to the top of the Premier League with a 4-1 win over Aston Villa at the Etihad Stadiumas Mario Balotelli scored for the fourth successive game. Manchester United slipped off the summit after they fought from a goal down to draw1-1 at Liverpool.
McLarendriver Lewis Hamilton ended Red Bull”s run of 16 consecutive pole positions by finishing fastest in qualifying for the Korean Grand Prix, his first pole in 27 races. He went on to finish second behind SebastianVettel in the race.
16th English driver Dan Wheldon, 33, was killed in a crash at the Las Vegas Indy 300.
AndyMurray successfully defended his Shanghai Masters title by beating Spain”s David Ferrer 7-5 6-4, winning an ATP tournament for a third consecutive week.
New Zealand beat Australia 20-6 in the semi-final of the Rugby World Cup in Auckland to set up a final against France.
17th England lost the second one-day international by eight wickets to India in Delhi to trail 2-0 in the five-game series.
John Greig and John McClelland resigned as directors of Rangers Football Club PLC.
Everton re-signed free agent forward James McFadden three years after he left the club to join Birmingham.
18th Manchester City enjoyed their first win in Champions League Group A as Sergio Aguero”s last-gasp strike secured a 2-1 victory against Villarreal, while Wayne Rooney”s penalty brace lifted Manchester United to a 2-0 win over Otelul Galati in Group C.
Cardiff Blues confirmed the signing of Wales centre Gavin Henson on an eight-month contract.
Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen signed a new long-term contract with the club.
19th Fernando Torres scored twice as Chelsea hammered Genk 5-0 in their Champions League Group E match at Stamford Bridge.
Aaron Ramsey”s injury-time goal earned Arsenal a 1-0 win in Marseille in Group F.
Derek McInnes left St Johnstone to become the new manager of Bristol City.
20th Stuart Pearce and Hope Powell were confirmed as head coaches of the British men”s and women”s football teams at the 2012 Olympics.
India beat England by five wickets in the third one-day international in Mohali to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.
Stoke defeated Maccabi Tel Aviv 3-0, Tottenham overcame Rubin Kazan 1-0 and Birmingham won 2-1 at Club Brugge in the Europa League, while Celtic drew 1-1 at Rennes and Fulham lost 1-0 at Wisla Krakow.
21st Wales lost 21-18 to Australia in the World Cup third-place play-off match in Auckland.
British number three Anne Keothavong reached her seventh WTA Tour semi-final by beating fellow qualifier Bibane Schoofs in straight sets at the Luxembourg Open.
Great Britain claimed three gold medals on the opening day of the European Track Championships in Apeldoorn, Holland.
22nd Liverpool drew 1-1 with Norwich after Grant Holt cancelled out Craig Bellamy”s opener.
The funeral of British IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon was held in St Petersburg, Florida six days after his death in an accident in Las Vegas.
Anne Keothavong lost her Luxembourg Open semi-final against Romania”s Monica Niculescu 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.
23rdItalian motorcyclist Marco Simoncelli was killed in a crash at the Malaysian MotoGP. Simoncelli crashed on the second lap of the circuit inSepang and appeared to be hit by Colin Edwards and then Valentino Rossias he slid across the track.
MarioBalotelli and Edin Dzeko both scored twice as Manchester City won 6-1 at Manchester United. Jonny Evans was sent off for the defending champions. Jose Bosingwa and Didier Drogba were sent off as Chelsea lost1-0 at QPR.
New Zealand beat France 8-7 in the final of the Rugby World Cup.
Two good: Richie McCaw is the second New Zealand captain to lift the Webb Ellis trophy
24th Sven-Goran Eriksson left his position as npower Championship club Leicester manager by “mutual agreement”.
ManchesterUnited striker Javier Hernandez signed a new five-year deal to extend his stay at Old Trafford until the end of the 2015/16 season.
KellySotherton announced she would make a shock return to the heptathlon in alast-ditch bid to compete at the London Olympics having recently lost her lottery funding. The 34-year-old quit the event, in which she won Olympic bronze in 2004, in November 2010 to focus on the 400 metres.
25thCarlos Tevez was fined four weeks” wages, suspended for two weeks and received a written warning about his future conduct after a disciplinarypanel upheld a charge of misconduct from his club Manchester City.
TheFootball Association launched an investigation into allegations that Chelsea and England captain John Terry made racist remarks towards QPR defender Anton Ferdinand during the west London derby at Loftus Road. Terry denied the allegations.
India beat England by 95 runs in Kolkata to win the one-day international series 5-0.
26th England and Saracens scrum-half Richard Wigglesworth was ruled out for the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery.
Manchester City followed up their 6-1 thrashing of Manchester United by beating Wolves 5-2 at Molineux in the Carling Cup.
Ten more officials from the Caribbean were charged in the wake of the FIFA bribery scandal.
27th Chelseawere defeated in their bid to buy back the freehold of Stamford Bridge following a dramatic extraordinary general meeting of Chelsea Pitch Owners shareholders. The Blues failed to convince the holders of 75 per cent or more of the shares in CPO to support their proposal, which was backed by 61.6 per cent of the 5,796 votes cast in person or by proxy.
Britishbobsleigher Serita Shone suffered a fractured spine in a training crashin Germany. Her team-mate Fiona Harrison was also admitted to hospital with a head injury.
Tragic loss: Marco Simoncelli died at the age of 24
Italian MotoGP rider Marco Simoncelli was laid to rest in his home village of Coriano, four days after suffering fatal wounds during a crash on the Sepang track at the Malaysia event.
28th Sunderland defender Titus Bramble was charged with two counts of sexual assault and urinating in a public place. His lawyer said he would “vigorously contest” the allegations.
Chelsea were fined 20,000 by the Football Association after admitting a charge of “failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion” in their Barclays Premier League match against QPR.
Australia beat South Africa by three wickets in Durban to seal a 2-1 win in their three-match one-day international series.
29th Manchester City beat Wolves 3-1 to remain top of the Premier League with Manchester United second after their 1-0 win at Everton. Robin van Persie scored a hat-trick as Arsenal won 5-3 at Chelsea.
Kevin Pietersen scored 53 from 39 balls as England beat India by six wickets in the one-off Twenty20 in Kolkata.
Sam Tomkins scored four tries as England beat Wales 42-4 in their opening games of the Rugby League Four Nations.
30th Red Bull”s Sebastian Vettel won the inaugural Indian Grand Prix. Jenson Button (McLaren) was second and Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) was third.
Sergio Garcia edged out fellow Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez by one shot to win the Andalucia Masters at Valderrama, making it two wins in a row having lifted the Castello Masters seven days earlier.
Rafael van der Vaart equalled Tottenham”s club record of scoring in five successive Barclays Premier League games with the second goal in a 3-1 victory over QPR. Gareth Bale added a brace for Spurs with Jay Bothroyd netting Rangers” reply.
31st Doncaster signed Senegal striker El-Hadji Diouf on a three-month deal.
Demba Ba scored a hat-trick in Newcastle”s 3-1 win away to Stoke.
Jurors hearing the trial of two Pakistan cricketers accused of match-fixing retired to consider their verdicts for a third day.