George Rodgers becomes Labour MP for Chorley…

George Rodgers becomes Labour MP for Chorley…

March 1, 1974: George Rodgers celebrates becoming the new Labour MP for Chorley. He polled 25,440 votes to beat the sitting MP, Conservative Constance Monks, by just 405 votes. Nationally, Labour won 301 seats to the Tories’ 297 resulting in a hung parliament. Harold...
Nobby gets hero’s welcome…

Nobby gets hero’s welcome…

February 26, 1972: Manchester United and England legend Nobby Stiles gets a hero’s welcome on his return to Old Trafford after transferring to Middlesbrough. Tough-tackling midfielder Stiles, born in Collyhurst, made 395 appearances for United between 1960 and 1971,...
MP Anthony Barber has his work cut out…

MP Anthony Barber has his work cut out…

February 23, 1974: Altrincham and Sale MP Anthony Barber looks like he’s got his work cut out trying to convince this Manchester voter a week ahead of the General Election on February 28th. Barber, who was Chancellor of the Exchequer in Edward Heath’s Tory cabinet,...
Bolton Wanderers are ready for FA Cup tie…

Bolton Wanderers are ready for FA Cup tie…

February 11, 1958: Bolton Wanderers’ players look like they’re performing an impromptu ballet in training for their FA Cup tie against Stoke City. Putting their best feet forward are, from left, Tommy Banks, John Higgins, Malcolm Edwards, Roy Hartle and Eddie...
Francis Lee salutes the Maine Road faithful…

Francis Lee salutes the Maine Road faithful…

February 5, 1994: Former Manchester City player Francis Lee salutes the Maine Road faithful after becoming chairman of the club. The occasion was the Premier League match against Ipswich. City won 2-1 with goals from Garry Flitcroft and Carl Griffiths. Lee was popular...
Belle Vue Burns…

Belle Vue Burns…

February 2, 1958: Firemen tackle the blaze which gutted the York Restaurant and Coronation Ballroom at Belle Vue zoo and amusement park. Artist Syd Lane’s studio was destroyed and 5,000 musical scores belonging to Fred Bonelli and his Old Time Orchestra went up in...