March 11, 1984:
Belle Vue Aces speedway team take on their own junior side, the Belle Vue Colts, on the opening night of the 1984 season.
The Gorton-based Aces started racing in 1928. They’ve won the British League five times and the British League Knockout Cup three times.
They’ve also ridden off with the National League on five occasions and have lifted the National Trophy nine times from 1933 to 1958.
March 4, 1996:
It looks like Phil Neville is doing an impromptu hokey cokey during the Premier League match between Newcastle and Manchester United at St. James Park.
United won the game 1-0 with a goal from Eric Cantona in the 52nd minute. Neville provided the crucial pass.
The Red Devils had trailed league-leaders Newcastle by 10 points at Christmas, but were persistently closing the gap by early March. They eventually won the league after a titanic struggle with 82 points compared to Newcastle’s 78.
United also became the first English club to do the double twice by beating Liverpool 1-0 in the FA Cup Final.
March 5, 1993:
Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, visits St. Ambrose Gardens in Manchester and unveils a commemorative plaque which still bears the Queen’s name.
The Duke stood in for his wife when she was struck down with flu. He received a number of get-well cards from well-wishers which he promised to take to the Queen.
Prince Philip was in the city to open Terminal 2 at Manchester Airport and the Irlam Family Centre.