On this day: October 6, 2001 – David Beckham sends England to the FIFA World Cup

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Trailing 2-1 at home to Greece and needing a draw to book progress to the World Cup in Japan and South Korea, David Beckham refused to accept any other outcome.

He was like a man possessed, on a personal mission to seal the Three Lions’ progress. He led by example, eventually getting his reward when he curled home trademark free-kick in the dying moments.

Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson told BBC Sport that Beckham’s winner against Greece was his personal highlight of the midfielder’s career.

“David had missed many free-kicks during that game but was mentally very strong to take it when it was almost overtime, and he scored.”

1926: Baseball great Babe Ruth hit three home runs for the New York Yankees in a World Series game.

1985: Nigel Mansell, driving a Williams, took his first Formula One Grand Prix win in the European round at Brands Hatch

2013: Arsenal’s run of 10 straight wins came to an end in a 1-1 draw with West Brom

2013: Sebastian Vettel led virtually from start to finish to win the Korean Grand Prix and edge closer towards a fourth straight Formula One world title.

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Happy Birthday – October 6 – Bruce Grobbelaar, Niall Quinn, Morne Morkel

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Zimbabwean Bruce Grobbelaar kept goal for arguably Liverpool’s greatest ever teams, between 1981 and 1994, and was known for his gymnastic-like athletic ability, unflappable confidence and eccentric style of play.

Born in South Africa, Grobbelaar grew up in neighbouring Rhodesia (today Zimbabwe), and served in the Rhodesian Army before he joined the Vancouver Whitecaps in 1979.

He gained Liverpool’s attention during a loan spell at Crewe during the 1979–80 season, and signed for the club in 1981. He made 628 appearances for Liverpool over the next 13 years and won the League title six times, as well as three FA Cups, three League Cups and the 1983–84 European Cup.

Indeed, his most famous moment came in that final as his ‘jelly-legged’ goal-line antics unsettled the Roma players as Liverpool won on penalties.

1966: Niall Quinn, former Arsenal, Man City and Ireland striker, also a player and chairman at Sunderland (49).

1972: Mark Schwarzer, Leicester and former Australia goalkeeper (43).

1982: Paul Smith, the British two-time world title challenger in the super middleweight division (33).

1984: Morne Morkel, the tall and rapid South African fast bowler (31).

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Happy Birthday – October 5 – Patrick Roy, Laura Davies, Sam Warburton

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Since his NHL debut for Montreal Canadiens in 1985, Patrick Roy hasn’t looked back, achieving success during his 18-year playing career.

Born on this day 50 years ago, Roy is regarded as one of the greatest goaltenders and is renowned for his butterfly style of goaltending which has since become dominant around the world.

He has broken number of records including most NHL playoff games by a goaltender (247), and first person to play 1,000 NHL games.

Stanley Cup success first came in 1986 with Canadiens and again in 1993, before winning it for the third and fourth time in 1996 and 2001 with Colorado Avalanche.

He also played 11 NHL all-star games and when he called it quits in 2003, his squad number 33 was retired by Canadiens and Avalanche, who he now coaches. Roy was inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2006.

1963: Laura Davies, former world number one golfer, who has won four major titles (52).

1975: Bobo Balde, former Guinean footballer, who played for Toulouse, Celtic and Valenciennes (40).

1980: James Toseland, former motorcyclist and winner of 2004 and 2007 World Superbike Championship (35).

1988: Sam Warburton, rugby player and captain of Wales and British and Irish Lions (27).

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