In This Week

Each week we share events and memories from the past. This week, The Rolling Stones celebrate in Manchester, Bobby Charlton meets the Prime Minister, Prince performs at the G-Mex, Eric Cantona scores and Kylie performs at the Manchester Apollo.

March 8th 1965

The Rolling Stones celebrate in a Manchester hotel after hearing that their single The Last Time has gone to Number One in the UK charts.

Uncorking the wine, from left, are Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Mick Jagger, Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts.

It was a hectic time for the band as they got through no less than 11 worldwide concert tours in 1965! They played Manchester twice – the Palace Theatre on March 7th and the Odeon on October 2nd.

No wonder they look a little shell-shocked!


March 5th 1970

Manchester United and England midfielder Bobby Charlton and his wife Norma meet prime minister Harold Wilson at Number 10 Downing Street.

The occasion was a reception for West German chancellor Willy Brandt.

Wilson had been in office for six years and was at Wembley to see England defeat West Germany 4-2 in the 1966 World Cup Final.

Perhaps it came up in conversation…


March 3rd 1979

Larger-than-life Manchester City manager Malcolm Allison sports his trademark sheepskin coat, kipper tie and gold chain outside the clubhouse at Borussia Monchengladbach.

Unfortunately City failed to dazzle on the pitch. They lost their UEFA Cup tie against the German side 3-1 away and could only draw 1-1 at Maine Road.

It was not a vintage season for City. They crashed out of the FA Cup 2-0 to Shrewsbury in the fourth round and finished 15th in the league.

Manchester City Manager Malcolm Allison seen here in 3rd March 1979

March 11th 1995

Pop sensation Prince brings his ‘Ultimate Live Experience’ tour to a sold-out Manchester GMex.

The worldwide tour coincided with Prince’s new album The Gold Experience and included dates in London, Dublin, Tokyo and Honolulu.

It was a chaotic time for Prince. He was locked in a dispute with his record company over not releasing new material quickly enough.

Prince, 1995

March 5th 1997

Eric Cantona cries out in delight after scoring Manchester United’s opening goal in their 4-0 thrashing of Porto in the first leg of the Champions’ League quarter-final at Old Trafford.

United’s other goals came from David May, Ryan Giggs and Andy Cole. Joining Cantona’s celebration is midfielder David Beckham.

The Red Devils drew the second leg in Portugal 0-0.

They bowed out to eventual winners Borussia Dortmund in the semi-final, losing both legs 1-0.

Manchester United v FC Porto Football

March 8th 2001

Australian pop-star Kylie Minogue captivates fans at the Manchester Apollo during her ‘On a Night Like This’ tour.

Kylie played four nights at Manchester before moving on to Brighton, Cardiff, Bournemouth and London. She then performed across Europe before finishing in Australia.

Her seventh studio album Light Years was released the same year.

The tour followed Kylie’s hugely successful appearance at the opening ceremony at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Kylie Minogue Concert
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