July 22, 1971:
Ready for lift off! Engineers prepare to raise the historic Old Shambles buildings in Manchester as part of the new Arndale redevelopment scheme.
The Tudor structures needed to be lifted by five feet or risk being bulldozed.
Concrete was poured into a massive underpinning layer to create a new foundation. Reinforced concrete pillars were then inserted to support the Shambles’ weight of 470 tons.
Powerful hydraulic jacks were used to raise the buildings to the required height.
July 25, 1968:
Manchester United trio Nobby Stiles, George Best and Bobby Charlton line up for a pre-season photo-call at Old Trafford.
The three team mates had plenty to smile about. United had just become the first English team to win the European Cup after beating Benfica 4-1 at Wembley two months earlier.
They just missed out on the First Division title too, finishing second by two points to local rivals Manchester City.
The 1968-9 season proved to be less spectacular, but United still reached the semi-finals of the European Cup and achieved 11th place in the league.
July 27, 1926:
It’s the fourth Test of the Ashes series at Old Trafford and England batsman Pat Hendren is marching out to face the Australians.
England were trying to match the Australians’ first innings score of 335 in a rain-interrupted match. They managed 305 for five wickets and the match was drawn.
England won the overall Ashes series 1-0 thanks to a 289-run victory at the Oval after four draws.
Pat ‘Patsy’ Hendren was one of the most prolific batsmen of the inter-war period, averaging 47.63 runs per innings in his 51 Test matches.