October 10th 1979:
Manchester United defender Jimmy Nicholl, left, closes down West Bromwich Albion forward David Mills during the First Division match between the two clubs at The Hawthorns.
The West Midland team went on to win the game 2-0. United had already beaten the Baggies 2-0 in the reverse league fixture at Old Trafford in August with goals from Gordon McQueen and Steve Coppell.
Northern Ireland international Nicholl joined United as a youth player in 1971 and made his senior debut in 1974. He played 197 league games for the Red Devils, scoring three goals, before going out on loan to Sunderland in 1982.
October 19th 1973:
Workers at Manchester’s Smithfield Market proudly parade a ‘Spud Sack Jack’ – their version of the Union Jack flag – that was last displayed in the Coronation celebrations of 1953.
Handcarts are still to the fore as the workers ride over the cobbles at the market, which was established in 1822.
At its peak in the late 1800s, Smithfield Market covered more than four acres in Manchester city centre – stretching from Swan Street, Ancoats, in the north to Shudehill in the east.
October 19th 1964:
Actresses Louise Purnell, left, and Lynn Redgrave help Noel Coward celebrate the opening nights of two of his plays in Manchester.
Hay Fever was staged at the Opera House while Blithe Spirit was performed at the Palace Theatre.
Redgrave went on to star in the 1966 movie Georgy Girl, which earned her a Golden Globe Award and an Oscar nomination. Purnell played Janet Orgreave in the 1976 TV series Clayhanger.