Happy day for Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United heroes

Birthday boys
Birthday boys

Two great players who represented Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United share a common bond today.

Former England goalkeeper Chris Woods (with the Owls from 1991–1996) and Keith Curle (a Blade 2000–2002) both celebrate their birthdays.

Woods is the elder, the former Norwich, Rangers and England goalkeeper, now goalkeeping coach at West Ham, was born 1959.

Curle, a former England defender, now manager of Carlisle, arrived four years later.

Here are some other sporting folk whose birthday is today, November 14:

Bernard Hinault (cycling) - Frenchman who won the Tour de France five times between 1978 and 1985 to equal the records of Jacques Anquetil and Eddy Merckx, born 1954.

Adam Gilchrist (cricket) - former Australia wicketkeeper, born 1971.

Thomas Vermaelen (soccer) - Barcelona and Belgium defender, formerly of Arsenal, born 1985.

Vlad Chiriches (soccer) - Napoli and Romania defender, formerly with Tottenham, born 1989.

Jake Livermore (soccer) - Hull and England midfielder, born 1989.

Also on this day, in Sport

1973: Bobby Moore bowed out of international football after making his 108th appearance for England against Italy at Wembley in a 1-0 defeat.

1989: Former Manchester United assistant manager Jimmy Murphy died at the age of 79.

2000: Manchester United had six players nominated for the European Footballer of the Year award - Fabien Barthez, Roy Keane, Ryan Giggs, Jaap Stam, Paul Scholes and David Beckham. Portugal star Luis Figo pipped them all. Beckham was 10th.

2003: Manchester United plc shareholders were assured by chief executive David Gill that the club did not need, nor would welcome, a takeover at the club's annual general meeting. Malcolm Glazer bought a controlling stake in the club in May 2005.

2006: England batsman Marcus Trescothick returned from the Ashes tour of Australia, before the first Test, because of a recurrence of his stress-related illness. Trescothick had left the tour to India with a similar problem earlier in the year.

2006: Yorkshire announced Chris Adams had decided to stay at Sussex, despite having signed a four-year contract as captain and director of cricket at Headingley a fortnight earlier.

2010: Sebastian Vettel secured the Formula One drivers' championship after the Red Bull driver won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

2012: Football Association chairman David Bernstein said in a statement that claims made by a representative of the Society of Black Lawyers that the FA is ''institutionally racist'' are ''ill-informed and unhelpful'' after a police investigation into alleged comments made by referee Mark Clattenberg during a match between Chelsea and Manchester United was dropped due to a lack of evidence.

2013: Sachin Tendulkar took the field for his 200th and final Test match against West Indies in Mumbai and ended the day 38 not out. He eventually went on to make 74 in what would prove to be his final international innings.