Denis Law

Denis Law

Most footballers would be jubilant after scoring six goals in a single match. But not Manchester City’s gifted young forward Denis Law. This week in January 1961, his double hat-trick against Luton at Kenilworth Road was wiped from the record books. City were 6-2 up...
Golf

Golf

One of the greatest gestures of fair play in sporting history took place on the 18th green at Royal Birkdale on Sunday September 20th 1969. The 18th Ryder Cup between Britain and the USA was balanced on a knife-edge. The three-day event was all square at 16 points...
Golf

Golf

The cream of Europe’s golfers will be polishing up their putting just south of Paris this week in the final countdown to the 42nd Ryder Cup. But back in the late 1970s, the competition that attracted Europe’s elite was the Greater Manchester Open held each year at...
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...