August 20, 1971:
No wonder Manchester United footballers Bobby Charlton and George Best look a little perplexed. They’d just beaten Arsenal 3-1 on their home turf – Anfield!
United were ordered to play the first two matches of the 1971-2 campaign at neutral venues after crowd trouble at Old Trafford the previous season. Liverpool’s Anfield ground was chosen.
After despatching Arsenal with goals from Charlton, Alan Gowling and Brian Kidd, The Red Devils then beat West Bromwich Albion by the same score in their second ‘home’ game. This time Best netted a brace with the third goal coming from Gowling.
United eventually finished eighth in the league under new manager Frank O’Farrell.
August 27, 1994:
Volunteer cleaners from around the world admire their work at Manchester Cathedral.
They were helping to restore the medieval cathedral on Victoria Street which was rebuilt in the Perpendicular style in the early 15th century. The high windows in the clerestory were added at the start of the 16th century.
The cathedral’s full name is the Cathedral and Collegiate Church of St Mary, St Denys and St George in Manchester. It is believed to have a Saxon foundation.
Luftwaffe bombs caused severe damage in the Christmas Blitz of 1940. Stained glass windows were blown out and two chapels were destroyed. Restoration work took 20 years to complete.
August 31, 1985:
Charles and Diana, the Prince and Princess of Wales, say hello to well-wishers in Wythenshawe during their visit to the North West.
Two months later the royal couple crossed the Atlantic for their long-awaited tour of the USA.
Their first day in Washington ended with a gala dinner hosted by President Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy. Princess Diana delighted onlookers by taking to the dance floor with Saturday Night Fever star John Travolta.