On this day in 2013: Dave Jones was sacked as manager of Sheffield Wednesday after the Championship club claimed just one win in their first 17 games of the season.
It was a bad day also for Fulham manager Martin Jol, ditched after a run of six consecutive defeats with Rene Meulensteen taking over responsibility for the first team.
Other Decmeber 1 events:
1940: Former England captain Mike Denness was born. He was the fifth player to represent England to be born in Scotland but remains the only Scottish-born England captain. Denness played 28 Tests from 1969 to 1975, making four hundreds and seven half-centuries. He died on April 19, 2013.
1973: Jack Nicklaus became the first golfer to win two million US dollars in prize money on the US PGA Tour. Nicklaus later became the first player to win three, four and five million.
1985: The Medway Bears beat the Richmond Raiders 48-1, a record score in the British Ice Hockey League. Canadian Ken McNaught scored a record 25 points in the Second Division match.
1991: The French Davis Cup team, captained by Yannick Noah, beat the USA 3-1 to win the final in Lyon and lift the cup for the first time since 1932. The achievement was marked by a reception in their honour hosted by President Francois Mitterand at the Elysee Palace in Paris.
1999: Darlington, losers in the second round of the FA Cup, were allowed a wild card entry into the third round because of Manchester United's withdrawal to play in the World Club Championships, but they went out to Aston Villa in January.
2006: Henrik Larsson confirmed he would join Manchester United on loan from Helsingborg from January 1.
2009: Barcelona and Argentina striker Lionel Messi won the Ballon d'Or.
2011: England were drawn with Ukraine, Sweden, and France in Group D for Euro 2012.
2012: England clinched a sensational 38-21 victory over world champions New Zealand, who suffered their first defeat in 21 matches, at Twickenham.
2014: Leeds United accused the Football League of ''destabilising'' the club after the governing body announced Massimo Cellino had failed its Owners and Directors' Test.
Lee Trevino (golf) - Won the Open in 1971 and 1972 as well as the US Open twice, born 1939.
Sarfraz Nawaz (cricket) - Former Pakistan and Northamptonshire paceman, born 1948.
Neil Warnock (soccer) - Former Sheffield United, Leeds and Crystal Palace manager, born 1948.
Kenny Milne (rugby union) - Former Scotland hooker, born 1961.
Arjuna Ranatunga (cricket) - Captain of Sri Lanka's 1996 World Cup-winning team, born 1963
Salvatore 'Toto' Schillaci (football) - Former Italy striker who won the 1990 World Cup Golden Boot, born 1964.
Costinha (football) - Champions League winner with Porto, born 1974.
Mohammad Kaif (cricket) - Former India middle-order batsman, born 1980.
James Wilson (soccer) - Manchester United forward currently on loan at Brighton, born 1995.