This Week – Manchester City Take on West Ham
April 21st 1944
The harsh realities of life in wartime Manchester are captured in this powerful image of housewife Mrs Margaret Jones being forced to cook stew on a watchman’s brazier in New Bridge Street.
Mrs Jones and her family had been left without gas in her home due to a strike by Manchester gasworkers. The watchman’s brazier was once a common sight where workmen were operating.
April 18th 1955
Famous former batsman Harry Makepeace rings the bell at Lancashire County Cricket club to signal the start of the new season.
The old bell had been cleaned and hung on a new frame outside the entrance to the pavilion at Old Trafford.
Makepiece was a stalwart for Lancashire from 1906 to 1930 and played four Tests for England in the 1920-21 Ashes series in Australia. He was described as ‘a master against the turning ball on a difficult pitch.’
He spent two decades as Lancashire coach after retiring from playing.
April 16th 1958
England’s new recruit Bobby Charlton, left, shakes hands with skipper Billy Wright as the side prepare for a match against Scotland with a training session at Maine Road.
Helping to welcome the young Manchester United midfielder is new team-mate Jim Langley. It was just two months after the Munich air disaster.
Charlton won his first cap in the 4-0 victory at Hampden Park on April 19th and notched up his first goal for England with a cracking volley in the 74th minute.
He went on to make 106 senior appearances for his country scoring 49 goals.
April 17th 1964
Local actress Judith Barker poses for a press photo at the Coliseum Theatre in Oldham.
Barker, born in Oldham, was best known for playing ‘upwardly mobile homewrecker’ Janet Reid in Coronation Street from 1969 to 1977.
She also appeared in the as Estelle Cooper in the first series of Waterloo Road and was Audrey Manners in the Channel 4 soap Brookside in 1995.
April 15th 1966
Manchester group the Mindbenders celebrate the success of their first hit without former lead singer Wayne Fontana.
Their cover version of Carole Bayer Sager’s A Groovy Kind of Love went to No. 2 in the charts and sold a million copies worldwide.
The band’s line-up was, from left, Bob Lang, Eric Stewart and Rick Rothwell.
Stewart took over the vocals from Fontana when he walked out midway through a concert in
April 16th, 1983
Manchester City take on West Ham in a League Division One match at Maine Road.
The Hammers try to head the ball away as City close in. Frank Lampard senior is defending the post along with team mate Billy Bonds and goalkeeper Phil Parkes.
City won the game 2-1 with goals from Bobby McDonald and Dennis Tueart.
The season did not go well for the Blues. They were relegated with Swansea City and Brighton after finishing 20th with 47 points.