Photo gallery: Crewe and Birmingham legend Dele Adebola at 40

Dele Adebola celebrating with Peter Ndlovu at Birmingham. Credit: PA

Dele Adebola is 40 today, so it's about time we celebrate his wonderful left foot and longevity.

The former Crewe and Birmingham striker had a reasonably nomadic career in the end, but he was loved by all he played for.

Birmingham paid £1million for Adebola. Credit: PA
Adebola had a record of scoring one in every four games at St Andrew's. Credit: PA
Emile Heskey, right, dreamed of being Dele Adebola - they met when Liverpool faced Crystal Palace. Credit: PA
Adebola moved to Coventry after an underwhelming spell at Selhurst Park. Credit: PA
Who doesn't remember Adebola's three games for Burnley. Credit: PA
Adebola is almost certainly the toughest opponent Curtis Davies has ever faced. Credit: PA
Adebola almost made it to the Premier League, but Bristol City lost in the play-off final to Hull. Credit: PA
Two years at Forest brought another defeat in the play-offs. Credit: Pa
Dele Adebola managed ten games for Hull. Credit: PA
Adebola did well in League Two with Rochdale before time at Wrexham and Rushall Olympic. Credit: PA