FindMeTV Reveals the Nation's Favourite TV Sports Moment

Dec 07, 2010, 06:45 ET from

LONDON, Dec. 7, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- England were the big losers in the 2018 World Cup draw receiving only two votes, but the UK is still a proud sporting nation. England has had a brilliant start to the Ashes and the Premier League is turning into one of the most unpredictable seasons ever.

There are also plenty of moments in UK's sporting history to brighten spirits and help ease the pain of losing the World Cup draw., your authoritative TV Guide, along with OnePoll, asked the UK public to vote for their all time favourite TV sports moment. Below is a list of the top ten.

10) Teddy Sheringham fires Manchester United to Champions League Victory in 1999

Manchester United's victory was the culmination of their treble-winning season, after they had already won the FA Premier League and the FA Cup earlier in the month.

This football moment is favourite amongst the Northern Irish and predictably, Mancunians! It rates least favourite with those aged 45+ and with women.

9) Boris Becker wins Wimbledon aged 17 in 1985

Boris Becker became the youngest player to win the Wimbledon tennis tournament. He was also the first German ever to win the title.

This Grand Slam moment is equally popular with the men and women of the country, but higher with dwellers of the south and those over 45. Youngsters under 34 rate this moment as their least favourite- probably because they weren't old enough to watch it live.

8) England winning the Ashes in 2005

Kevin Pietersen achieved his first ever Test century to earn the draw that gave England a 2-1 series win and win Ashes for the first time since 1987.

This cricket triumph is most popular in the Midlands and South West. It's least favoured by the non-cricketing Northern Irish and Scottish. Cricket fans also seem to be much older; this moment is only liked by the over 55s and the majority of votes came from men.

7) Zinedine Zidane headbutts Materazzi in 2006 Football World Cup

Zidane appeared to react to a much speculated insult from opponent Marco Materazzi and was dismissed for his violent charge into him. It brought a sad end to his career and his misery was compounded when France went on to lose 5-3 on penalties.

This volatile moment ranks highest with the rowdy Scots and Northern Irish and with 18- 24 year olds. It's the least memorable amongst 35- 44 year olds and men love yet another football moment more than women.

6) Maradona 1986 Football World Cup goal against England

This match included two of the most famous goals in football history, both scored by Diego Maradona. Argentina won the game 2–1 and went on to win the 1986 World Cup with victory over West Germany in the final.

Maradona's victory is Northern Ireland and unsurprisingly our northern rival Scotland's number one rated moment. It's also most favoured by the 35- 44 year olds.

5) Gazza's tears in 1990 Football World Cup

England lost on penalties in this semi-final to West Germany, who went on to win the final.

This is unsurprisingly the most memorable moment for Geordies, less so for South Westerners and South Easterners. Gazza's tears are also remembered by the 45- 54 year olds, least with the 25- 34 year olds. The emotions are probably what makes it rank higher with women.

4) Kelly Holmes gets second gold at 2004 Athens Olympics

Kelly Holmes won the 800m and was the first Briton in 84 years to achieve the Olympic middle-distance double when she added the 1500m title. Holmes set a new British record for the race with a time of 3 minutes 57.90 seconds.

A favourite achievement amongst women and also liked by the Welsh and Scottish. Men rank Holmes' triumph as their least favourite sports moment.

3) Beckham's last minute free kick against Greece in 2001 qualifier

There was only one minute of stoppage time left when David Beckham salvaged his team's vanishing dreams of qualifying for the following year's World Cup finals.

This iconic football moment ranks highly in Yorkshire, the Midlands, East Anglia, London and the Southeast. It's most memorable amongst 25- 34 year olds and ranks slightly higher in popularity with men.

2) England win the Rugby World Cup in 2003

The final in Sydney was won just 26 seconds from the end of the match, with a drop goal by Jonny Wilkinson. It was the first time a northern hemisphere side has won the world title.

This historical win is popular with all areas of the country apart from, predictably, the England rugby rivals Wales and Scotland. Regarded equally as the top two moment across age groups, but ranks slightly higher with men.

1) England win the 1966 Football World Cup

This was the first and only time England won the World Cup (for now anyway!). A crowd of 93,000 spectators, including the Queen and Prince Phillip, filled London's Wembley Stadium to watch England play West Germany in the final. 400 million people around the world watched the match on TV. In the final moments of extra time Geoff Hurst scored his third goal to give England a 4-2 victory and became the first man ever to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final. After Germany had taken an early lead, Hurst levelled the score for England by half time with a header from a free kick taken by captain Bobby Moore.

England lost the latest bid to host the tournament, but the country still loves its last victory in one of the most followed sports in the world. The unanimous number one for all the English across gender, age and country.

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