February 24, 1964:

Heavyweight boxer Henry Cooper gets into training before his fight against Brian London at the King’s Hall, Belle Vue.

To the winner would go the vacant European, British and Commonwealth titles. As it turned out, Cooper proved too strong for London and won the bout on points.

Some of Britain’s most famous boxers fought at the King’s Hall from 1929 onwards, including Manchester’s own champions Len Johnson, Tony Barlow and Frank Johnson.

February 23, 1978:

England and Manchester United striker Stuart Pearson straightens the tie of West German midfielder Rainer Bonhof after their two nations played a friendly international in Munich.

The match ended in a 2-1 victory for West Germany, with Pearson scoring England’s only goal in the 44th minute. Bonhof netted the winner for West Germany.

Pearson played 139 league matches for United from 1974 to 1979, scoring 55 goals. He also made 15 senior appearances for England, netting five times.

Stuart Pearson of Hull City and England (left) with Rainer Bonhof of West Germany. Both football players scored goals in international friendly, as West Germany continued with their preparations for the 1978 World Cup, pictured in Munich on morning after match February 1978.
Final score: West Germany 2-1 England

February 24, 1977:

Bring on United! Southampton footballers dress up as front-line troops for a press photo ahead of their Fifth Round FA Cup tie against Manchester United.

In the line-up are, from left, Peter Osgood, Ted MacDougall, Alan Ball and Mick Channon. Hovering behind is manager Lawrie McMenemy.

The match, at the Dell, ended in a 2-2 draw with United’s goals coming from Gordon Hill and Lou Macari. The Red Devils won the replay at Old Trafford 2-0 thanks to a brace from Jimmy Greenhoff.

United went on to win the cup by defeating Liverpool 2-1 at Wembley with goals from Greenhoff and Stuart Pearson.

Southampton FC front line warriors from L2R Peter Osgood, Ted MacDougall, Alan Ball and Mick Channon. And right behind them is their master strategist and manager Lawrie McMenemy, 24th February 1977. Next match, an FA Cup tie v Manchester United, a repeat of last years final.