April 13, 1985

Manchester United striker Mark Hughes tries to force his way past two players during a tense FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool at Goodison Park.

The match ended in a 2-2 draw with United’s goals coming from Bryan Robson and Frank Stapleton. The Red Devils won the replay at Maine Road 2-1 with Robson and Hughes himself on the scoresheet.

United went on to seize victory in the FA Cup Final, seeing off Everton 1-0 with a goal from Norman Whiteside.

Hughes was top scorer for the season with 24 goals in all competitions.

April 15, 1950:

In stark contrast to the current coronavirus lockdown, shoppers throng Manchester’s Market Street in search of a bargain.

The weather still looks a little chilly as coats and hats are the order of the day.

Disposable income was starting to grow in the 1950s after the war. In the six years to 1956, average earnings rose by 50 per cent from £7. 10s a week to £11.

April 19, 1951:

The ‘Flying Dutchman’ takes to the skies as the first Manchester to Amsterdam air freight service leaves Ringway Airport.

The Douglas aircraft making the first flight was operated by KLM Dutch Airlines.

The 1950s were a time of expansion at Ringway as buildings were refurbished, the runway was extended to allow larger aircraft to be handled and ground approach radar was installed.

Cargo flights in and out of Manchester reached their peak in 2007 when 165,366 tonnes of freight were transported.