Pat Cash on climbing through the crowds at Wimbledon
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Paddy McGuinness was back to host another episode of the BBC’s revamped Question of Sport on Friday evening with two teams packed with sports stars to tackle the brainteasers. Joining team captain Sam Quek was Lauren Williams and Pat Cash who faced off against fellow skipper Ugo Monye and guests Richard Kilty and Lianne Sanderson. However, before the quizzing began, Paddy had to quiz Pat on his iconic Wimbledon victory back in 1987.
Back in 1987, Pat managed to pull off a historic win and beat World Number One, Ivan Lendl, in the final.
Introducing the tennis legend to the show, Question of Sport host Paddy shouted: “Pat Cash, everybody. Pat Cash!”
Applause erupted in the studio before Paddy quizzed: “Now Pat, I think you played in a proper rock’n’roll era of tennis, there are some big, big names out there.
“But do people constantly talk about the black and white headband and the climbing over the walls and seats at Wimbledon?”
Pat replied: “Yeah, that’s pretty much what I’m most famous for, actually (laughs).”
Top Gear’s Paddy went on: “Yeah that what I mean.
“But obviously you’ve won plenty of championships but that’s the thing people always remember. Do you get sick of it?”
Recalling the day of his victory and the subsequent celebrations, Pat explained: “Well, no. It seems to be emulated every year, doesn’t it?
“The players go in and up to the box and say hello. I just thought it was the most natural thing in the world to do but nobody had done it before!
“And you know, being an Aussie and having no class whatsoever, I thought I’d just go in.”
As laughter rippled through the studio, Pat went on to reveal how the euphoria of the moment led to him ignoring the royals in attendance.
“(I went) straight past the Royal Family and all that sort of stuff,” he admitted.
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Pat then mimed a slap on the wrist as he went on: “I certainly got a telling off for doing that! But I made history.”
Spotting the chance for a joke, former Strictly star Ugo Monye quipped Pat may be heading into the BBC audience to replicate his victory.
“I almost want Sam’s team to win now just to see that,” Paddy joked.
Sam’s team did indeed win with a score of 18 to Ugo’s 17, and after being egged on by Paddy, leapt out his seat to run off-camera in celebration.
Paddy took over as host of Question of Sport earlier this year in place of Sue Barker.
In a total revamp of the show, team captains Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell also departed to make way for Sam and Ugo.
The show has proved rather divisive with BBC viewers, with many voicing their responses to the new format and the fact celebrities rather than sportspeople are allowed to compete.
Strictly’s Anton du Beke and Made in Chelsea’s Jamie Laing are just two celebrities who have taken part in this series.
Question of Sport airs Fridays at 7:30pm on BBC One.
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