On this day: May 4

May 4 was the date on which Rory McIlroy was born and mercurial goalkeeper Peter Shilton made the first of his 1,005 Football League appearances.

Wee-Mac is born

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On May 4 in 1989 McIlroy was born and what an eventful 26 years it’s been since for the Ulsterman.

Today, McIlroy is a four-time major champion having won the 2011 U.S Open with a tournament record lowest score under par, the 2012 PGA Championship with a tournament record victory margin pf eight strokes, 2014 Open Championship, and PGA Championship later the same year.

Along with Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods, he is one of three players to have won three majors by the age of 25.

At the Ryder Cup, McIlroy has proved that he is a team player too. He played for Europe against the United States in 2010, 2012 and 2014, with Europe winning all three matches.

Shilton makes debut

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On May 4 in 1966 Shilton, aged just 16 at the time, made the first of his Football League record 1,005 appearances, when he started for Leicester City in a 3-0 win over Everton.

That proved to be the beginning of an incredible career in football that spanned 30 years.

Shilton’s 125 international caps for England is a record for the national side with no-one having appeared in the Three Lions jumper more often. He holds the all-time record for the most competitive appearances in world football. Shilton also shares the record amount of clean sheets in World Cup finals with French keeper Fabien Barthez – 10.

Shilton played for 11 different clubs, featured in two European Cup finals and represented England at UEFA Euro 1980, the 1982 FIFA World Cup, the 1986 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 1988 and the 1990 FIFA World Cup.

Domestically, the five years he spent at Nottingham Forrest were his most fruitful as he won many honours, including the First Division championship, two European Cups, a UEFA Super Cup, and the Football League Cup.

Sporting Birthdays

1981: Eric Djemba-Djemba, Cameroon footballer
1985: Ravinder Bopara, English cricketer
1987: Jorge Lorenzo, Spanish motorcycle racer
1987: Cesc Fabregas, Spanish footballer