Happy Birthday - October 30 - Diego Maradona, Courtney Walsh, Sir Ian McGeechan

Sport360 staff 09:50 30/10/2015
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Diego Maradona is widely considered one of the greatest footballers to have ever played the game.

The mercurial talent famously captained Argentina to 1986 World Cup glory over West Germany in Mexico and the No.10 also won the tournament's Golden Ball best player award.

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In club football, the 'Golden Boy's' vision, touch, control, speed, dribbling skills and goalscoring prowess almost single-handedly led Napoli to their first ever Serie A title in 1987, as well as an array of other domestic and European trophies over the next couple of years.

Maradona retired from the game in 1997 and had a two-year spell managing Argentina between 2008 and 2010, and more latterly the 55-year-old spent a season with Al Wasl in 2011.

1946: Sir Ian McGeechan, four-times British Lions coach, also a former Scotland coach.

1962: Courtney Walsh, West Indies paceman who took 519 Test wickets.


1970: Adedayo Adebayo, former England winger.

1973: Michael Oakes, former Aston Villa, Wolves and Cardiff goalkeeper.

1974: Neil Shipperley, former Southampton, Crystal Palace and Sheffield United striker.

1976: Stern John, former Trinidad and Tobago striker, also played for Nottingham Forest, Birmingham and Coventry.
1983: Iain Hume, Canada's former Leicester, Barnsley and Preston striker.

1989: Nastia Liukin (gymnastics), Moscow-born 2008 Olympic individual all-around gold medallist for the United States, born 1989.

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Hefty ban: Rio Ferdinand.

In September 2003, Rio Ferdinand failed to attend a drug test scheduled to take place at Carrington training ground.

Ferdinand had left after training to go shopping, only to remember and attempt to return in time but be told it was too late.

He did undergo testing the following day and passed, and also offered to have a hair follicle test, which would provide results for the previous six months, but the FA turned down the offer.

The FA Disciplinary Committee chaired by Barry Bright imposed an eight-month ban from January 2004 at club and international level and a £50,000 fine, meaning he would miss the rest of the season and some of the next along with all of Euro 2004.

1960: Future boxing great Muhammad Ali won his first professional fight in his home town of Louisville, Kentucky, beating Tunney Hunsaker on points over six rounds.

1985: Jockey Lester Piggott rode one winner at Nottingham before going into retirement – only to make a successful comeback five years later, aged 54.

1991: Colin McMillan became the fastest outright winner of a Lonsdale Belt when he won his third British title fight as a featherweight, against Sean Murphy.

2009: Wigan sacked Marlon King after the striker was jailed for 18 months having been found guilty of sexual assault and actual bodily harm.

2012: Swede Peter Eriksson was appointed Olympic head coach by UK Athletics.

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[L-R] Michael Vaughan, Edwin van der Sar, Robert Pires.

Considered to be one of the best goalkeepers of all time, Edwin van der Sar enjoyed a glittering career filled with success and titles.

Winning a grand total of 25 trohies with Ajax, Juventus and Manchester United, Van der Sar is the second most decorated goalkeeper in the footballing world behind Vitor Baia.

In the 2008–09 season he set the world league clean sheet record by not conceding a single goal for 1,311 minutes.

Along with being the most capped player for the Netherlands, with 130, he is also the oldest player to win the Premier League, at 40 years and 205 days old.

1970: Phillip Cocu, former Barcelona, PSV Eindhoven and Holland midfielder, now manager of PSV.

1973: Robert Pires, former Arsenal and France midfielder.

1974: Michael Vaughan, former England Test captain and Yorkshire batsman.

1981: Amanda Beard, seven-time Olympic medallist from America.

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