Olympic Bids

Olympic Bids

There was a distinct air of expectation around Manchester as crowds waited for the host city for the 2000 Olympics to be revealed. It was Thursday September 23rd 1993 – and the clock was ticking down to the expected announcement from the International Olympic...
Reg Harris

Reg Harris

It must rank as one of the greatest comebacks in sporting history… Fourteen years after retiring from cycling, former world champion Reg Harris decided he wanted another tilt at the British sprint title. The year was 1971 and Harris was 54 years old. He hadn’t trained...
Botham At Old Trafford

Botham At Old Trafford

The 1981 cricket season did not start well for England all-rounder Ian Botham. His form had deserted him, Australia were 1-0 up in the Ashes series after two Tests and he’d been dismissed for a pair of ducks at Lord’s. According to popular belief, he resigned as...
Boxing

Boxing

Boxing and Belle Vue have always gone together hand in glove stretching back to the 1920s. Some of Britain’s most famous boxers fought at the King’s Hall over the years, including Manchester’s own champions Len Johnson, Tony Barlow and Frank Johnson. Henry Cooper,...
Hall Of Fame – Fred Perry

Hall Of Fame – Fred Perry

There can be few more iconic figures in British tennis than Stockport-born legend Fred Perry. He won three consecutive Wimbledon Championships from 1934 to 1936 and was ranked the best in the world in the early 1930s. Perry was the first player to win a career Grand...
Hall of Fame – Cyril Washbrook

Hall of Fame – Cyril Washbrook

With his cricket cap cocked in trademark jaunty style, batsman Cyril Washbrook was an absolute favourite of Lancashire and England sports fans in the 1940s and 1950s. During his long career, he was most famous for opening the batting for England with Len Hutton on no...
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