Special day for Sheffield Wednesday goalie Chris Kirkland - and David Beckham!

Big day for Owls man

Big day for Owls man

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Chris Kirkland, the Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper, reaches the grand old age of 34 today.

He will spend some of it in the Owls’ squad at Watford, this afternoon.

He shares his birthday with David Beckham, the former England captain and Manchester United star, who led the national team to the 2002 and 2006 World Cups; he was born 1975.

Here are some other sportsmen who are celebrating today.

Tony Johnstone (golf) - veteran Zimbabwean who won six titles on the European Tour before joining the Seniors tour, born 1956.

David O’Leary (soccer) - former Leeds and Aston Villa manager and ex-Republic of Ireland and Arsenal defender, most recently in charge of Dubai club Al Ahli, born 1958.

Miguel Angel Martin (golf) - Spaniard who missed out on a place in Europe’s victorious 1997 Ryder Cup team due to injury, born 1962.

Jimmy White (snooker) - ‘the Whirlwind’ was the youngest amateur champion in 1980 and has been a losing finalist at six World Championships, born 1962.

Maynor Figueroa (soccer) - Hull and Honduras defender, born 1983.

David Nugent - Leicester’s once-capped England striker, born 1985.