Happy Birthday – August 5 – Bertrand, Bridge, Luzhny

Ryan Bertrand, the Southampton and England versatile left-back turns 27, and he will be hoping to continue his excellent form into the new season.

Sport360 staff
by Sport360 staff
5th August 2016

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These sporting stars are celebrating their birthdays.
These sporting stars are celebrating their birthdays.

The defender rose through the youth ranks as a prodigy at Gillingham and later Chelsea, before making his first-team debut in 2006.

Although he struggled to secure regular first-team football at Stamford Bridge over the next nine years, despite being part of their famous Champions League-winning side, his loan stint during the 2014-15 season with Southampton turned into a permanent switch.

Here are the other sporting stars who are celebrating:

1931: Billy Bingham, former Northern Ireland manager (85).

Ray Clemence, former Liverpool, Tottenham and England goalkeeper, now part of the England backroom set-up (68).

1955: John Whitaker (equestrian), Olympic silver medal winner (61).

1960: Kevin Darley, former champion flat jockey (56).

1968: Oleg Luzhny, former Arsenal and Ukraine defender (48).

1973: Justin Marshall, former All Blacks, Leeds and Saracens scrum-half (43).

1974: Antoine Sibierski, former Manchester City, Newcastle, Wigan and Norwich midfielder (42).

1978: Michael Bridges, former Sunderland and Leeds striker (38).

1979: David Healy, former Northern Ireland striker (37).

1980: Wayne Bridge,  former England, Chelsea, Manchester City and Southampton defender (36).

1986: Paula Creamer (golf) – LPGA professional, nicknamed the Pink Panther (30).

1988: Federica Pellegrini, world record-breaking Italian swimmer (28).

1988: Michael Jamieson (swimming) – Scottish Olympic and Commonwealth Games silver medal winner (28).

1991: Andreas Weimann, Derby’s Austrian striker, born 1991 (25).

1991: Esteban Gutierrez, Sauber’s Mexican F1 driver (25).