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On This Day - September 18, 1958: Former Republic of Ireland striker John Aldridge is born

Former Republic of Ireland striker John Aldridge turns 60 today
Neil Loughran

BIRTHDAYS

Alex Stepney (soccer) - former Manchester United goalkeeper who made one appearance for England, born 1942.

Peter Shilton (soccer) - former England goalkeeper, capped a record 125 times by his country and winner of the European Cup with Nottingham Forest, born 1949.

John Aldridge (soccer) - former Republic of Ireland and Liverpool striker, born 1958.

Derek Pringle (cricket) - former England bowler, born 1958.

John Fashanu (soccer) - former Wimbledon and England striker, born 1962.

Darren Gough (cricket) - former Yorkshire and England bowler, born 1970.

Lance Armstrong (cycling) - American former cyclist who was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles in 2012 after admitting to doping offences, born 1971.

Sol Campbell (soccer) - former England, Tottenham and Arsenal defender, born 1974.

Kevin Doyle (soccer) - Former Republic of Ireland, Reading and Colorado Rapids striker, born 1983.

Lewis Holtby (soccer) - Hamburg's former Tottenham midfielder, born 1990.

Matt Targett (soccer) - Southampton defender, born 1995.

ON THIS DAY

1993: Liverpool team-mates Bruce Grobbelaar and Steve McManaman were involved in a bust-up during the Merseyside derby defeat at Everton.

1998: Grobbelaar and Hans Segers were charged by the Football Association with breaching betting regulations. They were later cleared.

2001: Uefa ruled Rangers' Uefa Cup tie against Anzhi Makhachkala would be played as a single match at a neutral venue after military activity in Dagestan and Chechnya.

2006: Bryan Robson left his post as West Brom manager by mutual consent.

2007: Chelsea drew 1-1 with Rosenborg in a Champions League group game at Stamford Bridge in what would prove to be Jose Mourinho's last match in his first stint as Blues manager.

2012: Kevin Pietersen was controversially left out of the England squad to tour India following his 'reconciliation period' with the England and Wales Cricket Board. The following month, Pietersen was included after his "reintegration" process and played a starring role in a famous Test series victory.

2017: British rider Mark Beaumont completed his round-the-world cycle challenge in a record 79 days - beating the previous mark by 44 days.

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TODAY’S TV

SOCCER: Champions League, Barcelona v PSV - BT Sport 1 1730; Monaco v Atletico Madrid - BT Sport/ESPN 1945; Liverpool v PSG - BT Sport 2 2000; Championship, Stoke v Swansea - Sky Sports Main Event 1930.

TENNIS: WTA, Pan Pacific Open - BT Sport 1 0900 and 0300 (Weds); Korea Open - BT Sport 2 0400 (Weds).

NETBALL: Quad Series, New Zealand v South Africa - Sky Sports Main Event 0830, Sky Sports Action 0830.

BASEBALL: MLB, Houston Astros v Seattle Mariners - BT Sport/ESPN 0100 (Weds).

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