October 2, 1966:

A female worker inspects a newly installed speed frame and draw frame at Maple Mill in Oldham at a time of huge change for the textile industry.

Local manufacturers were encouraged to use technology and innovation to combat cheaper foreign competition, but it wasn’t enough to stem the tide.

Oldham, once the largest cotton spinning town in the world, would lose 26 mills and 1,755,526 spindles during the 1960s. Throughout Lancashire, mills were closing at the rate of one per week.

October 7, 1968:

Manchester United winger George Best ended up heading bread rolls rather than a football when he switched on new machinery at Allied Bakeries in Stockport.

By October 1968, the Northern Ireland winger had been at Old Trafford for five years since signing as a youth from his native Belfast.

He played a major role in helping United win the European Cup four months earlier in May, scoring a memorable solo goal in the 4-1 victory over Benfica at Wembley.

George Best

October 2, 1980:

An early portrait of footballer Paul Walsh, who enjoyed a season at Manchester City after shooting to fame in the 1980s.

The pacey forward joined the Blues from Portsmouth for a transfer fee of £750,000 in March 1994. He formed an effective partnership with Uwe Rosler, steering the Blues away from the First Division relegation zone.

Walsh made 53 league appearances for City, scoring 16 goals, before returning to Portsmouth in September 1995. He also played for Charlton Athletic, Luton Town, Liverpool and Tottenham.

Paul Walsh