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...
Wartime Wanderers

Wartime Wanderers

A remarkable story of footballing courage and comradeship is told in a single photo in the M.E.N. archive. It dates from March 1941 and, like so many war pictures, depicts a smiling bunch of brave men on their way to conflict. But what’s different about this image is...
Wilf McGuinness

Wilf McGuinness

No wonder new Manchester United manager Wilf McGuinness looked uneasy in all the archive pictures of his announcement. The man he was following was nothing less than a giant of Old Trafford – a living legend. For McGuinness, in April 1969, was taking over as first...
Inter-war City

Inter-war City

A little bit of history was made at Manchester City’s Hyde Road stadium when the Blues lined up to face Liverpool in March 1920. Football had just returned after the First World War – and the 35,000 crowd were expecting a very important visitor. The match officials...
Man City Hall Of Fame

Man City Hall Of Fame

The past decade has been a quiet one for inductions into the Manchester City Hall of Fame. No name has been inscribed on the hallowed roll of honour since East German forward Uwe Rosler in 2009. But the lack of admissions has not been mirrored by the National Football...