January 14, 1957:
Jockeys Fred Winter, right, and A.J. East line up for a press photo before the Manchester Races.
Winter rode a record 923 National Hunt winners before retiring in 1964, including two Grand Nationals. He was Champion jockey four times.
He then became one of Britain’s most successful trainers, again winning two Grand Nationals.
Winter is the only person to have won the Champion Hurdle, Grand National and Cheltenham Gold Cup as both a jockey and trainer.
January 6, 1968:
Two all-time football greats – George Best and England captain Bobby Moore – came face to face when Manchester United took on West Ham at Old Trafford.
United won the Division One encounter 3-1 with goals from Best himself, Bobby Charlton and John Aston.
It was a bumper season for the Red Devils. They finished second in the league with 56 points, two points behind winners Manchester City, and became the first English team to win the European Cup.
Best was the season’s top scorer with 32 goals in all competitions.
January 10, 1987:
Frankie Goes to Hollywood lead singer Holly Johnson belts out the band’s greatest hits at a packed Manchester GMex Centre.
The group were playing the city as part of an extensive European tour. The set list included the Number One singles Power of Love, Relax and Two Tribes.
Johnson left the group at the end of the tour. His solo album Blast went to the top of the UK charts in 1989.
January 8, 1940:
Snooker legend Fred Davis gives advice to fiancée Sheila Goodacre during a tournament at Houldsworth Hall, Manchester.
One of the most popular players in the game, Davis was world champion eight times in an outstanding career stretching from 1932 to 1993.
He was called up for war service on July 20th 1940, just five days after his wedding to Sheila.
Fred’s elder brother Joe won 15 snooker world championships from 1927 to 1946. He was world billiards champion four times from 1928 to 1932.
January 8, 1953:
Braziers are lit on the Maine Road pitch to help thaw it out before the Third Round FA Cup match against Swindon Town.
Straw was laid on the ground to prevent the pitch refreezing before the game which City emphatically won 7-0.
The tables were turned in the next round as The Blues’ were thumped 1-5 by Luton Town in a replay at Kenilworth Road after drawing 1-1 at Maine Road.
City finished the season in 20th place with 35 points, avoiding relegation to Division Two by one point.
Arsenal were Division One champions with 54 points. Manchester United finished eighth with 46 points.
January 12, 1969:
Subsidence causes a massive hole to open up on a rainy Sunday in Harpurhey.
Fortunately the busy Rochdale Road was quiet and nobody was hurt when the 40ft long chasm suddenly appeared.
Concrete foundations under the lamp and tarmac can clearly be seen.