February 28, 1944:
A Manchester soldier meets an American ally at the Anzio bridgehead in central Italy during World War II.
On the left is Driver Rainer of Mount Road, Gorton – we’re not sure of his first name – with Fifth Army Sergeant Bitonti of Detroit, Michigan. They’re examining the casing of an anti-personnel device known as a Butterfly Bomb.
The Battle of Anzio began with an amphibious landing on January 22nd 1944 (known as Operation Shingle) and ended with the capture of Rome on June 5th 1944.
February 27, 1971:
Fans queued for hours outside the Free Trade Hall for tickets to see the Rolling Stones play Manchester on March 5th.
The group gave two shows on the day as part of their three-week UK tour. The line-up was Mick Jagger on vocals, Keith Richard on lead guitar, Mick Taylor on guitar, Bill
Wyman on bass and Charlie Watts on drums.
Numbers performed included Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Brown Sugar, Street Fighting Man and Honky Tonk Women. The support act was London rock band the Groundhogs.
February 28, 1976:
Manchester City winger Peter Barnes does his best to evade Newcastle United defender Glen Keeley during the League Cup Final at Wembley.
City won the match 2-1 with Barnes’ 11th minute goal being overshadowed by a brilliant overhead effort from Dennis Tueart in the 46th minute. Newcastle’s reply came from Alan Gowling.
Barnes had two spells with City. The first was from 1974 to 1979, in which he made 115 league appearances scoring 15 goals. He briefly reappeared in the 1987-88 season.