April 26, 1975:

Old Trafford erupts as Manchester United are crowned Second Division champions after thrashing Blackpool 4-0 in the final match of the season.

Two goals from Stuart Pearson and further strikes from Lou Macari and Brian Greenhoff sealed the title in front of 58,769 rapturous supporters. The Red Devils finished on 61 points with second-placed Aston Villa on 58.

It was the first time the Red Devils had played in the second tier of English football since 1938. In spite of that, their average home attendance of 47,781 was still the highest in the country.

April 28, 1969:

Shady the bull terrier was decidedly in the dog house after biting actor Christopher Timothy while filming the movie Spring and Port Wine in Bolton.

The over-excited dog nipped Timothy on the thighs and thumb, forcing him to have injections at Bolton Royal Infirmary. But the pair made up later when the bandaged star returned from hospital.

Oddly enough, Timothy went on to find fame playing vet James Herriot in the highly successful TV series All Creatures Great and Small from 1978 to 1990.

Christopher Timothy

April 22, 1944:

Workers stoke the furnaces at a Manchester gasworks, probably Gaythorn, during World War II.

Gaythorn gasworks, next to Medlock Street, was founded in 1825 by the Provincial Portable Gas Company of London.

The first gasworks in Manchester was built in Water Street in 1817 by the Police Commissioners to supply gas for street lamps and police offices.

wartime workers