Video: Citizen Sport in June 2004

In the first part of a new online feature, we look back at what was making the sporting headlines in the Citizen from years gone by, writes Sports Editor Simon Downes.

The thing that sticks out most from this edition, published on June 3, 2004, is the back page lead story about ‘rising golf star’ Ian Poulter.

Describing him as such, Alan Feldberg clearly knew what he was talking about as the Woburn Golf Club pro would soon go on to become one of the all-time stars of the Ryder Cup.

Then 28, Poulter was looking ahead to the 2004 competition which his European team would go on to win in Michigan – the first of his four Ryder Cup triumphs.

Meanwhile well-known local cricketer Temoor Alam made the back page for his stunning 40 runs off a single eight-ball over in the Four Counties Cricket League.

The New Bradwell captain went on to make 200 not out in his side’s Division One success against Winslow – firing off 15 sixes and 12 fours before his side declared.

Surely he would have gone on to break his own league record of 215 that day. What New Bradwell wouldn’t give for an innings like that now!

Inside the sports page is a poignant reminder of Emberton driver Dan Wheldon’s class. This week had seen him finish third in the 88th Indianapolis 500 – the race that would propel him to fame and fortune before he lost his life in a race seven years later, aged just 33.

Wheldon went on to win the Indy 500 in 2005 and again 2011 before his career was so tragically cut short.

Also in motorsport, Milton Keynes-based Jaguar Racing were in the points at the European Grand Prix at the Nurburgring. Mark Webber finished seventh and Christian Klien 12th for the team that would become Red Bull Racing later that year.

Few could have predicated how successful the Tilbrook team would become, thanks largely to a then 16-year-old German who went by the name of Sebastian Vettel.

Meanwhile Greg Randall became MK Lightning’s first summer signing for the 2004-05 English Premier League ice hockey season.

Lightning went into that season defending a league and play-off double – and did so successfully. But on their way to four consecutive play-off titles, they would have to wait until 2010 to lift the EPL trophy again.