Happy birthday Sheffield stars Gordon Banks and Joe Root!

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Two of Sheffield’s sporting sons celebrate their birthdays today.

Gordon Banks - England’s 1966 World Cup-winning goalkeeper, is 77 today. While Joe Root, Yorkshire and England batsman, is the more tender age of 24.

Other birthdays today:

Berti Vogts (soccer) currently a special advisor to USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, former Scotland boss and winner of the World Cup and European Championship with West Germany, born 1946.

Nick Skelton (show jumping) - top British rider, born 1957. Ben Johnson (athletics) - disgraced former 100m sprinter from Canada who failed a doping test and was stripped of his gold medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, born 1961.

Ato Boldon (athletics) - former 200m world champion, from Trinidad and Tobago, born 1973. Noel Whelan (soccer) - former Leeds, Coventry and Middlesbrough forward, born 1974. Tiger Woods (golf) - American winner of 14 majors, born 1975.

Also: on this day in sport

1954: Athlete Chris Chataway became the first recipient of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.

1970: Former world heavyweight boxing champion Sonny Liston died at his home at the age of 38. Liston beat Floyd Patterson with a first-round knockdown to take the title in 1962 before losing it to Muhammad Ali (then Cassius Clay) two years later.

1989: Nottingham Forest beat Tottenham 3-2 at White Hart Lane in Brian Clough’s 1,000th match as a manager.

1999: Ian Wright received an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List. The striker was Arsenal’s record goalscorer until Thierry Henry surpassed him.

2001: Graham Thorpe and Andy Caddick made themselves available for England’s one-day matches in India in the new year. Thorpe had returned home during the preceding Test series due to marital problems, while Caddick had not travelled because of safety fears.

2009: Gary Megson was sacked as Bolton manager, while Fulham boss Roy Hodgson signed a new 12-month rolling contract.

2010: Australia captain Ricky Ponting was ruled out of the final Ashes Test against England because of a finger injury.

2010: Stuart McCall was confirmed as Motherwell manager by the club.

2013: Nicolas Anelka agreed not to perform his controversial ‘quenelle’ goal celebration again after West Brom conceded the gesture had caused offence.