December 19, 1992:
Madness lead singer Suggs belts out a classic as the band play a packed Manchester GMex after reuniting for their first UK tour since 1984.
The group, who reached their peak in the late 1970s and early 1980s, had just returned to Number One in the UK album charts with their singles’ compilation Divine Madness.
More than 75,000 fans came to the band’s first comeback concert at London’s Finsbury Park five months earlier. Their dancing caused nearby tower blocks to shake as they resonated with the music!
December 19, 1966:
Manchester City assistant manager Malcolm Allison gets back to work on the training ground after being banned from football for a month.
The outspoken soccer boss put the team through their paces on a cold December morning ahead of the First Division match against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.
City lost the game 1-0 and went on to finish 15th in the league with 39 points. Manchester United were league champions with 60 points.
December 19, 1981:
One loyal fan braves the cold to watch Oldham Athletic take on Leyton Orient in a wintry Division Two match at Boundary Park.
The normally packed stands were deserted as bad weather played havoc with many league fixtures during the Christmas and New Year period.
At least the lone supporter could take some consolation from the final score – Oldham won 3-2.