Old Trafford – Behind The Scenes

Old Trafford – Behind The Scenes

Half a century ago this week, the M.E.N. published a fascinating insight into life behind the scenes at Old Trafford during the First Test match against the West Indies. Photographers captured every aspect of the grand cricketing occasion – from cushion-sellers...
The Fourmost

The Fourmost

They were on the tour bus with Cilla Black and sung early Lennon and McCartney songs. They played on stage in the film Ferry Cross the Mersey and had Brian Epstein as their manager. They even recorded at Abbey Road studios with George Martin. In fact, all the right...
Busby’s Last Match

Busby’s Last Match

It was an emotional moment on Saturday May 17th 1969 when the referee blew the whistle to end Manchester United’s final match of the season. Not because of the score – United had seen off Leicester City 3-2 with goals from George Best, Denis Law and Willie...
When Pele Played at Bolton

When Pele Played at Bolton

It’s hard to imagine the greatest footballer on the planet diving around a muddy goalmouth in a park in Bolton. But that’s exactly what happened on a wet Monday in July 1966 in front of a few spectators huddled together against the rain. For in goal, and out of...
The Scaffold

The Scaffold

Most Merseyside bands of the 1960s tried to pick a catchy name when they took their first steps in the music business. Something like the Beatles perhaps, or the Searchers or even the Escorts. Not so the Scaffold. They started life as ‘The Liverpool One Fat Lady All...
Princess Margaret Visits Manchester

Princess Margaret Visits Manchester

The world was dazzled when Princess Margaret married photographer Antony Armstrong Jones at Westminster Abbey on May 6th 1960. It was the first royal wedding to be broadcast on TV – and more than 300 million people across the globe tuned in to watch it. At the time,...