August 22, 1970:
In a reversal of roles, Manchester United striker Denis Law tackles Arsenal defender Bob McNab during a Division One match at Highbury.
Law’s tenacity failed to stop United going down 4-0 to the Gunners in their third match of the season. The Red Devils had previously lost 1-0 at home to Leeds and had drawn 0-0 with Chelsea, also at Old Trafford.
Manager Wilf McGuinness was clearly struggling – and it was no surprise when Matt Busby took over the reins again in December. United eventually finished eighth in the league.
August 17, 1971:
Former World Champion sprint cyclist Reg Harris gets ready to race at Manchester’s Fallowfield Stadium.
Bury-born Harris won the world amateur sprint title in 1947 and two Olympic medals in 1948. He went on to become professional world champion in 1949, 1950, 1951 and 1954.
Famous for his ferocious competitive spirit, Harris made a comeback in the early 1970s and won the British title in 1974 at the age of 54.
Harris has his own memorial statue at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester.
August 17, 1974:
New Coronation Street producer Susi Hush, right, meets familiar faces from the cast at Granada studios in Manchester.
They include Doris Speed (Annie Walker), Betty Driver (Betty Turpin), Bernard Youens (Stan Ogden) and William Roache (Ken Barlow).
Hush, who was a script editor on the Adam Smith series, produced Coronation Street for two years before moving on to another well-known Granada programme, Crown Court.
She is credited with bring more comedy to the Street along with a stronger element of social realism.