March 18, 1972:
Manchester City new boy Rodney Marsh takes the field with club legend Colin Bell for the First Division match against Chelsea at Maine Road.
City won the game 1-0 thanks to a goal from defender Tommy Booth. Marsh was substituted in the second half – to be replaced by Tony Towers.
Marsh had a reputation for being a skilful and sometimes flamboyant forward. He made 118 league appearances for the Blues from 1972 to 1976, scoring 36 goals.
But he never quite matched the form he showed at his previous club Queens Park Rangers, where he notched up 106 goals in 211 appearances.
March 19, 1956:
Stage and film actress Vivien Leigh rehearses for her role in the Noel Coward play The South Sea Bubble at Manchester’s Opera House.
Married to actor Laurence Olivier, who came with her to Manchester, Leigh was a superstar in her own right. She was catapulted to fame as Scarlett O’Hara in the 1939 movie classic Gone with the Wind.
She won two Oscars – one for Gone with the Wind and the other for her portrayal of Blanche DuBois in the 1951 film version of A Streetcar Named Desire.
March 17, 1952:
It may look like a scene from the Middle Ages, but it’s actually the orchestra at Chetham’s Hospital School in Manchester dressed in traditional uniform.
The oldest parts of the school date back to 1420 when the building was a residence for priests. They now house Chetham’s Library, the oldest free public reference library in the English-speaking world.
In 1952, Chetham’s became a boys’ grammar school making music its speciality. It later became an independent school accepting female students for the first time in its history.