March 12, 1995:

Manchester United midfielder Lee Sharpe celebrates after scoring against Queens Park Rangers in the 1995 FA Cup Quarter Final at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils won the match 2-0 with the other goal coming from Denis Irwin. United went on to reach the FA Cup final, losing 1-0 to Everton at Wembley.

Sharpe made 193 league appearances for United from 1988 to 1996, scoring 21 goals, before joining Leeds United. He was capped eight times for England.

March 12, 1988:

Actress, comedian and writer Emma Thompson takes a break from filming in Manchester to pose for a portrait photo.

She had recently won the British Academy Television Award for best actress for her leading roles in the World War II series Fortunes of War and the rock drama Tutti Frutti alongside Robbie Coltrane.

In 1988, Thompson wrote and starred in her own comedy sketch show for the BBC. A year later, she appeared in the stage revival of the play Look Back in Anger with Kenneth Branagh – her husband from 1989 to 1995.

Emma Thompson, pictured in 1988 in Manchester.

March 3, 1979:

Manchester City manager Malcolm Allison looks gloomy at the wheel of his car during a difficult year for the Blues.

He had taken over the reins at Maine Road for a second time on the invitation of chairman Peter Swales, but results were not going well. New signings Michael Robinson and

Steve Daley had proved disappointing – and City had sold fans’ favourites Peter Barnes and Gary Owen.

Allison left in 1980 to be replaced by John Bond.

Malcolm Allison