PHP Sanitizing Date Inputs via REGEX for first instance of d/m/Y

Basically, I want to return the matching FIRST pattern of 1 or 2 digits (as the day), 1 or 2 (digits as the month), 4 digits as the year separated by forwarding slash characters '/' from a valid or malformed input.

given these hypothetical inputs:


I would like the output to be:
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NerdsOfTechTechnology ScientistAsked:
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Bill PrewCommented:
Try this REGEX pattern:


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Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
You could filter out the 9/99 date from regex:

if (preg_match('%[0-3]?[0-9]/[0-1]?[0-9]/[1-2][0-9]{3}%', $subject, $regs)) {
	$result = $regs[0];
} else {
	$result = "";

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NerdsOfTechTechnology ScientistAuthor Commented:
[code]([0-2]?[0-9]|3[0-1])/([0]?[0-9]|1[0-2])/[1-2][0-9]{3}[/code] would be a step closer to valid dates but 99/99/9999 is ok as an input for this question. The extraction is ran through another function checkdate() to process the final validation. Thanks Dan for the extra $result = $regs[0]; line as this gives FIRST occurance. Thanks Bill for the first valid REGEX to match. I'll split points to both.
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