Happy Birthday: Sir Alex, Hoggard, McCaw

Sport360 staff 09:00 31/12/2016
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For a man to be in the hot-seat of one club and bring success over a very long period requires patience, determination and respect of the players.

Those are just the qualities Sir Alex Ferguson possessed when he was the Manchester United boss. Ferguson, who celebrates his 75th birthday on New Year’s Eve, was at the Old Trafford for more than two decades – 26 years in fact, taking the reins from 1986 to 2013.

He remains the longest-serving manager at Old Trafford. Although he lost his first game in charge, his stint was nothing less than remarkable by not only making United dominant in England but in Europe as well.

Having rebuilt teams and working with the likes of David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo, he won 38 trophies in all, including 13 Premier Leagues, five FA Cups and two Champions League titles.

Other birthdays on this day:

1957: Geoff Marsh, former Australian cricketer, who coached his country to 1999 World Cup glory (58).

1960: Steve Bruce, former footballer, who played as a defender and now manager of Aston Villa (55).

1976: Matthew Hoggard, former cricketer, who played for the England national team (40).

1985: Richie McCaw, former New Zealand skipper and most capped Test rugby player of all time (36).

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Happy Birthday: Vinatieri, Peaty, Blake

Sport360 staff 08:27 28/12/2016
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Considered one of the most clutch players in NFL history, the kicker has had a historic career at a position that doesn’t get much acclaim.

Turning 44 today, Vinatieri is the oldest active player in the league at the moment, playing for the Indianapolis Colts. But his legend began with the New England Patriots, with whom he won three Super Bowls, including nailing game-winning kicks in Super Bowl XXXVI and XXXVIII.

He later added another ring with the Colts when they won Super Bowl XLI in 2007.

Overall, Vinatieri holds records for most postseason points scored with 234, most overtime field goals made with 10, and most Super Bowl appearances and wins for a kicker with four and five, respectively.

He’s also the only player to ever score 1,000 points with two different teams.

Other birthdays on this day:

1960: Ray Bourque, Canadian former NHL player who holds record for most career points for defencemen (56).

1979: James Blake, American retired tennis player who reached a career-high ranking of world No4 (37).

1986: Tom Huddlestone, English footballer for Premier League Club Hull City (30).

1994: Adam Peaty, British swimmer who won gold in the 100m breaststroke at the Rio Olympics (22).

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