Blasts from the past: Bailey earns his Man U red stripes


Blasts from the past: Bailey earns his Man U red stripes

Sports reporter

Today in SA sports history: May 21
1983 — Former Wits University goalie Gary Bailey, playing for Manchester United, makes a critical save in the dying moments of the FA Cup final at a packed Wembley stadium in London against Brighton to force a replay. Bailey smothered Gordon Smith’s effort with 10 seconds of the match remaining, keeping the score 2-2. “It was the most important save of my life but I confess it was pure instinct,” said Bailey, whose team won the replay 4-0.
1994 — Jaji Sibali becomes the first SA boxer to compete in a world title fight in the new SA, but he loses on a ninth-round stoppage to Mexico’s Julio Cesar Borboa for the IBF junior-bantamweight title at the Carousel casino, north of Pretoria.

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