January 24, 1987:

Manchester City forward Darren Beckford, left, closes down Wimbledon’s John Fashanu during the First Division match between the two clubs at Plough Lane.

The game ended in a goalless draw, which didn’t help City’s lowly league position. The Blues were relegated at the end of the season after finishing 21st with 39 points.

Born in Moss Side, Beckford came through the City youth ranks before making 11 league appearances for the club. He also played for Port Vale and Norwich City before joining Oldham Athletic in 1993.

January 24, 1987:

Terry Gibson turns away in triumph after scoring Manchester United’s second goal in a 2-0 league victory over Arsenal at Old Trafford.

Striker Gibson joined United from Coventry City in January 1986, but was kept out of the first team by Mark Hughes and Frank Stapleton. He made 23 league appearances, scoring the one goal against Arsenal.

Gibson joined Wimbledon at the start of the 1987-8 season – and was part of the team that famously won the 1988 FA Cup Final against Liverpool.

Manchester United 2-0 Arsenal January 24th 1987

January 23, 1972:

Workers learn the news that Eagley Mills near Bolton, owned by J P Coats Ltd, has been scheduled to close in June with the loss of 600 jobs.

By the 1970s, Lancashire mills were in decline – and The Turkish government’s high level of subsidies to its growing textile industry made it hard for local firms to compete.

Turkish imports were 30 metric tons in 1972. The figure had increased to 2,680 metric tons for the first eight months of 1974.

Closing of the Eagley Mills, 1972