Alan Shearer is the greatest Premier League striker of all-time and it was 24 years ago today that he became the most expensive British player when he completed his move from Southampton to Blackburn for £3.6m.
Not bad business for the then 21-year-old who had scored 23 goals in 118 games.
Shearer soon began to repay that fee, scoring 31 goals in 40 games as Rovers finished second in the EPL in 1993/94.
The following term, they went even better as the Englishman’s 34 goals saw him claim his first title.
That form would earn him a £15m world record move to boyhood club Newcastle, where he scored 148 times in 303 matches in 10 years at St James’ Park.
Memorable events on this day
1985: Steve Cram sets the mile world record at three minutes 46 seconds in Oslo.
1990: Graham Gooch scores a Test triple century when he hit 333 in the first innings against India at Lord’s.
2010: Mo Farah wins European gold in the 10,000m in Barcelona.
2012: The London Olympics got under way with a lavish ceremony at the Olympic Stadium.
Australia have been fortunate to produce a growing list of talented cricketers and none more so than Border.
Sixty one years ago today, one of the sport’s greatest competitors was born, leaving a glorious legacy during a 15-year international career.
Questions were raised of his leadership after back-to-back series defeats to New Zealand in 1985/86 but the batsman answered his critics by single-handedly saving the Trinidad Test against the West Indies in 1983/84 with unbeaten knocks of 98 and 100.
His finest hour came leading the Baggy Green to World Cup glory in 1978 and the 1989 Ashes which confirmed his status as a leader and Aussie hero.
He retired in 1994, setting numerous records including number of Tests played (156), Test runs (11,174), Test catches (156) and consecutive Tests (153).
Others who celebrate their birthday on this day:
1965: Jose Luis Chilavert (below), Paraguay goalkeeper, famous for taking free-kicks and penalties (51).
1969: Jonty Rhodes, former cricketer who played for South Africa national team (47).
1975: Alex Rodriguez, MLB player for New York Yankees and 2009 World Series champion (41).
1992: Jordan Spieth, world number three golfer and twotime major champion (23).
1956: Dorothy Hamill, American retired figure skater, who was the Olympic and World champion in 1976 (60).
1971: Khaled Mahmud, Bangladeshi ex-cricketer, who captained Bangladesh from 2003 to 2004 (45).
1981: Maicon, Brazilian international footballer, who plays as a full-back for AS Roma in the Serie A (35).
1985: Gael Clichy, French international footballer, who plays as left-back for Manchester City (31).