McGregor Plumbing, Bentley Scoring And James Upfront, Sport Before The Smartphone

How the world of sport has changed since the arrival of the iPhone in 2007
12:29, 13 Sep 2019

The iPhone 11 has been launched this week with Apple now charging over £1000 for its latest flagship model. Remarkably it has now been over twelve years since the American company revamped how we look at phones with their innovative touch screen device, the original iPhone. 

A lot has changed in the world since June 29th 2007, Donald Trump has somehow become the leader of the free world, Brexit is looming, and sadly one of the biggest selling artists of that year, Amy Winehouse, is no longer with us.

The world of sport has moved on in so many ways too, here we take a peek at just some of those changes...

Conor McGregor working as a plumber

Former UFC two-weight world champion Conor McGregor maybe he most controversial, and richest martial arts athlete in the word but when the first iPhone came out he, chances are he would’ve struggled to afford one. Back then the Notorious was lumbered with debt and working on building sites as a plumber in Dublin.

But he followed his dream and turned professional after meeting coach John Kavanah in 2008, firing himself to stardom by winning eight consecutive fights and becoming two division champions of Cage Warriors. He then entered the UFC and captivated audiences with his enthralling performances, becoming a two-weight world champion, before appearing on the Forbes Rich List. 

In 2017 McGregor earned a reported $30 million when he stepped into the boxing ring with the undefeated Floyd Mayweather. In a highly hyped - but ultimately disappointing fight - Maywather won with a TKO in the tenth round.

Last October McGregor was back inside the octagon when he was beaten by Khabib Nurmagomedov. Rumours of a rematch continue to circulate but nothing has been confirmed.

Manchester City playing David James as striker

Now City are the best team in the land, the richest in the world, and the dominant force in English football. But back in 2007 nobody saw their success coming. Few would’ve backed them to win anything at all, never mind going on to win four Premier League titles. As Steve Jobs was releasing the iPhone, City had just finished 14th in the Premier League, and their rivals across town had won the title, again.

Stuart Pearce was in charge and had attempted to win a game against Middlesbrough by putting England goalkeeper David James up-front, unsurprisingly it didn’t work. Now they have Sergio Aguero up top, Pep Guardiola at the helm and they’ve won every domestic trophy possible last season, with only the Champions League evading the Citizens on the continent. 

Under Pep, City play fantastic football, the type which is admired across the world. It’s safe to say, the iphone was a game changer, and Manchester City have changed the way we view the game.

David Bentley first to score at the brand new Wembley Stadium

It’s hard to remember the time when England’s Golden Generation played without a home stadium. But from 2000, when the Old Wembley was demolished, up until 2007, the year the new one was finally completed, the national team went on tour. England’s have now well and truly settled at their new home, losing just one of their past 25 internationals under the famous arch.

However, in 2007, England were not the international force we see today and they certainly didn’t have an exciting crop of youngsters coming through. This is typified by the fact that in the first game at the new Wembley, England u21s v Italy u21s, David Bentley became the first English goalscorer. That team featured names such as Liam Rosenior, Anton Ferdinand and Leroy Lita as England battled back to secure a 3-3 draw.

Australia win the Ashes

The Aussies romped to Ashes glory winning the series 5-0, in what was only second whitewash ever. 

Well, I guess some things never change.

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