September 10, 1988:

Manchester United and England captain Bryan Robson beats Middlesbrough’s Bernie Slaven to the ball during a league match between the two clubs at Ayresome Park.

The Red Devils won the First Division encounter 1-0 with Robson himself scoring the only goal. Alex Ferguson’s team went on to finish 11th in the league with 51 points.

Midfielder Robson made 345 league appearances for United from 1981 to 1994, scoring 40 goals. He won 90 caps for England from 1980 to 1991, scoring 26 goals for his country.

September 2, 1977:

Conservative party leader Margaret Thatcher collects a posy and chats with the crowd during a walkabout at the Arndale Centre in Middleton, Rochdale.

She became Prime Minister when the Tories swept to power in the general election of May 1979, winning 339 seats to Labour’s 269.

Thatcher stayed in office until 1990, becoming the longest-serving British Prime Minister of the 20th century. She survived an assassination attempt by the Provisional IRA in the Brighton Hotel bombing of 1984.

September 7, 1957:

Firefighters tackle the blaze at Pauldens department store in Stretford Road which broke out shortly before the store was due to reopen after a major refurbishment.

More than 20 fire appliances arrived at the scene, but the fire spread quickly, engulfing the whole building in less than three hours.

Covering nearly two acres, the Pauldens’ building narrowly escaped disaster in 1941 when a wartime bomb went straight through the lift shaft causing little damage.