May 4, 1971:

Spare a thought for plucky Leigh Borough Football Club from the Second Division of the Manchester League.

By the time this photo was taken, the team had lost every match it had ever played! It prompted Granada’s Kick Off soccer programme to provide the spirited side with a complete new kit for being the best losers in the TV region.

Pictured hanging out the new Leigh shirts at the Granada studios in Manchester is the club’s mascot, 22-year-old Karen Adamson.

May 5, 1963:

British Lightweight boxing champion Dave Charnley gets down to some serious training before taking on contender Maurice Cullen at Belle Vue.

Charnley retained his British title in the bout, defeating Cullen on a points decision after 15 rounds. He was less successful at the same venue six months later in November when he lost on points to Tito Marshall of Panama.

Known as the Dartford Destroyer, Charnley challenged twice for the world title in December 1959 and April 1961. On both occasions he lost to American boxer Joe Brown.

Dave-Charnley

May 3, 1951:

Wigan rugby league player Cec Mountford gets a good luck token from his baby daughter Carolyn before taking on Barrow in the Challenge Cup final at Wembley.

The lucky horseshoe did the trick as Wigan won 10-0 in front of a 94,262 crowd. What’s more, stand-off Mountford was named Man of the Match!

The New Zealand international made 210 appearances for Wigan from 1946 to 1951, scoring 320 points for the club.

Baby-Mascot