How well do you remember Manchester in the 1980s – the decade of Botham’s Ashes, the last circus at Belle Vue and the Madchester music scene?
Why not test your knowledge in our nostalgia quiz and compare your score with friends?
If you want to look back further than the 1980s, why not treat yourself to Clive Hardy’s Around Manchester books on the 1950, 60s and 70s?
What’s more, publishers iNostalgia are about to launch a Spring Bonanza where you can buy any three of their books for just £25. It’s an offer too good to miss!
Just go to inostalgia.co.uk for details or ring 01928 503777 to place your order.
Davyhulme actor Ian McShane played antique dealer Lovejoy in the popular 1980s TV series. But which actor portrayed his sidekick Tinker?
When did the last circus take place at Belle Vue? It was a Manchester tradition for around six decades?
Manchester City took part in one of the most memorable FA Cup finals in recent history in 1981 when they lost 3-2 to Tottenham Hotspur in the replay. Who was City’s manager at the time?
Singer-songwriter Morrissey, pictured, was a founder member of Manchester group the Smiths along with guitarist Johnny Marr. In what year did the band first get together?
In which year of the 1980s did Halley’s comet appear?
Cricketing all-rounder Ian Botham, pictured at Old Trafford, helped England defeat Australia and win the Ashes series 3-1 in 1981. Botham also played league football from 1978 to 1985 – but for which team?
Which famous TV show, first aired in 1980, involved a police station in the fictional Lancashire town of Hartley?
Manchester United won the FA Cup on three occasions in the 1980s in the years 1983, 1985 and 1990. Which team did they beat 1-0 in extra time in 1985?
Ardwick actor William Tarmey played Jack Duckworth on Coronation Street from 1981 to 2010. What was Jack’s famous hobby, barely tolerated by wife Vera (Liz Dawn)?
The Bee Gees – Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb - came back to their Manchester roots in Chorlton-cum-Hardy for a flying visit in 1981. What was the name of the skiffle group the brothers formed in 1955 before they emigrated with their family to Australia?
📍 Manchester Town Hall, 7th November 1986.
A blaze of lights illuminates Manchester Town Hall, which is topped by a huge Santa Claus and sleigh. Who's looking forward to Christmas festivities in Manchester this year?
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