On this day in 1976: Derby score 12 in UEFA Cup

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In recent times, Derby County have been known for holding the record for the lowest points tally in a Premier League season after ending the 2008-09 season with just 11.

However, on this day, 40 years ago, the club became the first British team to score a dozen in Europe as they thumped Ireland’s Finn Harps 12-0 in a UEFA Cup tie.

The goals rolled in from Charlie George (3), Leighton James (3), Kevin Hector (5), and Bruce Rioch (1). Hector’s five goals set a Derby record for a European match, while the margin is the club’s largest across all competitions.

Other memorable events to happen on this day

1985: Tony Jacklin’s European team inflicted defeat on the Americans in the Ryder Cup for the first time in 28 years at The Belfry.

2003: England Test batsman and wicketkeeper Alec Stewart retired from first-class cricket.

2015: Manchester United defender Luke Shaw suffered a double fracture of the right leg in a 2-1 Champions League defeat at PSV Eindhoven.

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Happy Birthday: Gudjohnsen, Astle, Taylor

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Happy Birthday: (L-R) Gudjohnsen, Astle, Taylor

Eidur Gudjohnsen is Iceland’s most renowned footballer. He rose to prominence during his stay at Chelsea in the Premier League.

After six years at Stamford Bridge where he won two league titles and two league cups, he moved on to Barcelona where he enjoyed further success that included a historic treble in the 2008-09 season.

Gudjohnsen made his international debut for Iceland in 1996, coming on as a substitute for his father, Arnor. He went on to become the country’s all-time top scorer with 26 goals in 88 appearances.

Other sport stars birthdays on this day

1944: Graham Taylor former Watford, Aston Villa and England manager (72).

1961: Dan Marino, former Miami Dolphins quarterback (55).

1971: Nathan Astle, New Zealand former batsman played 81 Tests, and for Nottinghamshire, Durham and Lancashire (45).

1986: Peter Wilson, English shooter who won double trap gold at 2012 Olympics. Also current world record holder (30).

1987: Aly Cissokho, Aston Villa full-back (29).

1990: Aaron Mooy, Manchester City’s Australian midfielder, currently on loan at Huddersfield (26).

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Happy Birthday: Costa, El Guerrouj, Crabtree

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Douglas Costa, Hicham El Guerrouj, Michael Crabtree.

Considered the greatest middle-distance runner of all time, Hicham El Guerrouj turns 42 today.

The Moroccan, who was born in the northeastern city of Berkane in Morocco, holds seven of the 10 fastest times ever run in the mile and was inducted into the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Hall of Fame in 2014.

His world records set in the 1,500m (3:26.00, 14/07/1998), the 2,000m (4:44.79, 07/09/1999) and the mile (3:43.13, 07/07/1999) all stand to this day, with no one from the current generation coming even close.

El Guerrouj won two Olympic gold medals in the 1,500m and 5,000m at the Athens Games in 2004 (the first man in 80 years to win both at the same Olympics), after grabbing 1,500m silver in Sydney four years earlier. He is also a four-time

Other sport stars birthdays on this day

1957: Kepler Wessels, ex-cricketer, who played for Australia, then captained South Africa post-Apartheid (59).

1978: Ben Cohen, former rugby union player, who won the 2003 World Cup with England (38).

1987: Michael Crabtree, American NFL player, who plays as a wide receiver for the Oakland Raiders (29).

1990: Douglas Costa, Brazilian footballer, who plays as a winger for Bayern Munich (26).

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