April 12, 1952

Manchester United record signing Johnny Berry warms up before helping his side beat Liverpool 4-0 at Old Trafford.

Right winger Berry joined the Red Devils from Birmingham City for £25,000 in 1951 and went on to play 277 matches, scoring 44 goals. He was capped four times for England.

His career was cut short in 1958 after the Munich air disaster. Berry suffered from amnesia as a result of the crash and only learned that eight of his team-mates had died a month later.

He spent two months in hospital recovering from a fractured skull and broken pelvis.

April 7, 1959:

England football captain Billy Wright welcomes Bolton Wanderers’ winger Douglas Holden to the national squad.

Born in Manchester, Holden made more than 400 league appearances for Bolton from 1950 to 1962 scoring 40 goals.

He played in the famous 1953 FA Cup Final, losing 4-3 to the Blackpool team featuring Stanley Matthews, but was on the winning side in the 1958 final when Bolton beat Manchester United 2-0.

Holden was capped five times for England in 1959. He moved to Preston North End in 1962.

Billy Wright England football Captain – April 1959
with Douglas Holden of Bolton Wanderers, joining the england squad.

March 31, 1968:

Worshippers were greeted by an unusual sight when they turned up for a service at Trinity Methodist Church in Leigh.

Motorcycle helmets were left at the door as ‘Ton-up Boys’ and their partners took part in a sports service organised by minister Richard Plant.

As well as motorcycling, rugby, football and athletics were represented – and the choir promised ‘rousing’ singing!

The Ton-up boys and their girlfriends turned up for a sportsman’s service at Trinity Methodist Church, Leigh, Lancashire. They went to the service at the invitation of the 22 year old minister, the Rev. Richard Plant. Pictured, painted helmets outside church. 31st March 1968.