Today in sports history: April 30 - Kiwi rally great 'Possum' Bourne passes away

Kiwi rally great 'Possum' Bourne
Kiwi rally great 'Possum' Bourne Photo credit: Photosport

The COVID-19 pandemic has wiped out live sport all around the globe, but history will never be erased.

While you contemplate streaming yet another Netflix drama or rewatching another replay of your favorite sporting moments, here are some stories that were making news in years past on April 30.


The first televised FA Cup final takes place between Huddersfield Town and Preston North End. 

Preston North End won the match 1-0.


Milwaukee Bucks, led by young Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and veteran Oscar Robertson, beat Baltimore Bullets 118-106 to capture the franchise's only NBA championship.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Photo credit: Getty


Heavyweight boxing legend Muhammad Ali improves his professional record to 51-2, beating Jimmy Young to retain the WBA, WBC, The Ring and lineal titles.


Kiwi motorsport great Peter Raymond George 'Possum' Bourne passes away, after having his life support turned off. 

The seven-time Australian Rally champion was injured in a two-car collision in Central Otago's Cardrona Valley on April 18. 


Lyoto Machida knocks out Octagon legend Randy Couture with a Karate Kid-inspired 'Crane Kick' at UFC 129 in Montreal, Canada. 

The bout proved to be Couture's 40th and final fight before retirement. The former Olympic wrestling hopeful made history in 2007, becoming the first man to hold both the heavyweight and light heavyweight titles in the UFC.


Manchester City's Vincent Kompany rises over the Manchester United defence to score in a crucial 1-0 derby victory that takes City to the top of the league.

City went on to seal their first league title in 44 years, after completing a 3-2 comeback win against Queens Park Rangers on the final match day, thanks to stoppage time goals from Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero.

Vincent Kompany in action for Manchester City.
Vincent Kompany in action for Manchester City. Photo credit: Getty

Kompany lifted four Premier League titles with City, before leaving the club to take up a player-manager role with Anderlecht in 2019.


1961 - Former Detroit Piston guard Isiah Thomas

1964 - Former Aussie cricketer Ian Healy

1983 - Former NZ weightlifter Richie Patterson 

Richie Patterson.
Richie Patterson. Photo credit: Getty


2003 - NZ rally driver 'Possum' Bourne, aged 47

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Ma'a Nonu's 'sweet' ride mocked by Blues teammate

Ma'a Nonu borrowed his wife's car on Monday and is probably regretting it.

The former All Black midfielder was videoed by Blues teammate Augustine Pulu, leaving training in a $140,000 Tesla Model Z.

Ma'a Nonu.
Ma'a Nonu. Photo credit: Photosport

Nonu was laughing, as he realised he was being filmed, then quipped: "Guys, come on, it's my wife's car", as he hid behind his hand.

Pulu filmed the car's pristine interior, describing the car as 'sweet', before Nonu warned him to "watch out" as the car's gull-wing doors lowered.