On This Day
1950 – Phil Roberts
Phillip Stanley “Phil” Roberts is a Welsh former professional footballer whose four-club career spanned three decades. Born in Cardiff, Roberts won six Wales Under 23 caps whilst with his first club Bristol Rovers (where he is still widely regarded). In all Roberts was to make 175 appearances for Rovers before moving to Portsmouth in the 1973 close season as part of new chairman John Deacon’s ambitious re-building plans. He was to prove such an effective player on the south coast that in 1974 he was awarded four full Welsh caps. Roberts was to hold the right back spot at Fratton Park for four seasons, his final appearance being in the 5–1 thrashing which consigned the club to fourth division football for the first time in their history. A very brief spell with Hereford United followed before another 100-plus stint with Exeter City ended a successful Football League career.
Roberts played 182 times for Portsmouth scoring 1 goal between 1973 – 1978
1965 – Lloyd McGrath
Lloyd McGrath is an English retired professional footballer.
A hard-working midfielder, McGrath made his senior debut for Coventry City on 28 April 1984 in one of their heaviest defeats ever – an 8-2 Football League First Division defeat at Southampton. However, three years later he took part in the biggest success of their history so far – the 1987 FA Cup Final triumph over Tottenham Hotspur.He set up the winning goal with a cross that was deflected off the knee of Gary Mabbutt.
By the time of his departure to Portsmouth at the end of the 1993-94 season, when the Sky Blues finished 11th in the FA Premier League, he had played 214 league games for the club and scored four goals.
He played for Pompey for the rest of his professional career, retiring in 1997. He now has business interests in the north of Coventry as licensee of the Hawkesmill Social Club.
McGrath played 21 times for Portsmouth between 1994 – 1995
1966 – Ben Miller
Bennet Evan “Ben” Miller is an English comedian, actor and director. He is best known as one half of comedy double act Armstrong and Miller, with Alexander Armstrong. Miller and Armstrong wrote and starred in the Channel 4 sketch show Armstrong and Miller, as well as the BBC sketch show The Armstrong & Miller Show. Miller is also known for playing the lead role of DI Richard Poole in the first two series of the BBC Crime Drama Death in Paradise.
2001 – Ramona Marquez
Ramona Marquez is a British actress, best known for her childhood role as Karen Brockman in the BBC One sitcom Outnumbered.