August 30, 1982:

Many readers will remember the classic Atari games console of the early 1980s. It was a trailblazer of its time with games ranging from tennis and tank battles to rudimentary backgammon.

Manchester student Craig Heap, 16, was a video games’ master, winning the final of the national Atari championships in London.

His prize was a two-week holiday for two in the USA as well as a trip to Monte Carlo to take part in the Atari games world finals.

August 17, 1943:

Manchester cycling instructor Mary Davenport helps wounded servicemen back to health at a wartime rehabilitation centre.

Soldiers, sailors, airman and injured miners enjoyed cycle rides as part of their therapy at the Pinderfields Centre across the Pennies in Wakefield.

The group in our image includes Sergeant Jack Hornblower, wearing khaki, who was recovering after being run over by a heavy gun.

Second World War

August 19, 1995:

Manchester United and England midfielder Paul Scholes battles for the ball in an away Premier League match against Aston Villa.

This time Scholes was on the losing side as United were beaten 3-1 by the West Midland side. But the Red Devils went on to win both the league and FA Cup, becoming the first club to do the double twice.

Scholes made 718 appearances for United, scoring 155 goals. His record of 11 Premier League titles is greater than any other English player.
He won 66 senior caps for England from 1997 to 2004, scoring 14 goals for his country.

Aston Villa v Manchester United