July 11, 1980:
England cricketer Ian Botham celebrates taking the prized wicket of West Indies batsman Viv Richards during the Third Test match at Old Trafford.
The West Indies were all out for 260 runs in reply to England’s first innings of 150. The match was interrupted by rain and ended in a draw as England reached a second innings total of 391 for seven wickets.
The whole five-match series fell victim to the weather. Four matches were drawn, but the West Indies won the series thanks to a two-wicket victory at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, in the First Test.
July 9, 1966:
The great Brazilian footballer Pele trains in a Bolton park ahead of his country’s World Cup campaign.
Pele even took a turn in goal on the muddy turf after the Brazilian national team were locked out of Bolton Wanderers’ Burnden Park ground.
They were forced to catch a bus down the road to the club’s Bromwich Road practice pitch where a few spectators huddled under umbrellas to marvel at the Brazilian team’s skills.
The training session failed to pay off as reigning world champions Brazil were knocked out in the group stages.
July 10, 1952:
A glimpse of family life in Oldham in the early 1950s. Mother sews while father watches his older son oil his cricket bat. The youngest plays with a toy car.
The television in the corner had just begun to challenge the supremacy of radio. In 1952, there were 1.5 million licensed TV sets in the country. The figure had risen to two million a year later.
By 1956, half the homes in the UK owned a TV and in 1959 no less than 10 million TV licenses were being issued annually.