January 9, 1979:

It’s certainly not lovely weather for ducks – or geese for that matter – as the snow comes down near Saddleworth during the severe winter of 1978-9.

The icy spell began in the last week of November when a north westerly wind blew into the UK behind a cold front. Snow showers gradually covered the whole country.

The New Year began white and cold in many places with a maximum temperature of just -5C. There were heavy snowfalls in the North West and Midlands followed by freezing fog.

January 3, 1981:

The New Year brought festive cheer to Manchester City fans as they watched their side demolish Crystal Palace 4-0 in a one-sided Third Round FA Cup tie at Maine Road.

Kevin Reeves scored two of City’s goals with the others coming from Paul Power and Phil Boyer.

Forward Reeves played for Blues manager John Bond at Bournemouth and Norwich before following him to Manchester in 1980. He made 130 league appearances for City, scoring 34 goals, before signing for Burnley in 1983.

Manchester City

January 7, 1990:

Manchester United striker Mark Hughes eludes Nottingham Forest defender Stuart Pearce during a hard-fought FA Cup tie at the City Ground.

The Red Devils went on to win the Third Round match 1-0 with a goal from Mark Robins.

United progressed all the way to the final at Wembley where they fought out a thrilling 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace after extra time. Hughes scored twice, his second coming in the 113th minute.

The Red Devils lifted the FA Cup after winning the replay 1-0.

Forest v United FA Cup tie Jan 1990