October 17th 1981:
Manchester City midfielder Martin O’Neill tries to evade Brian Talbot during the First Division match against Arsenal at Highbury. The final score was 1-0 to the Gunners.
Northern Ireland international O’Neill played one season for City, making 13 league appearances.
O’Neill won two European Cups during his decade at Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest from 1971 to 1981. He was on the bench for the first victory over Malmo in 1979 due to injury, but back in the team to retain the trophy against Hamburg in 1980.
October 19th 1977:
A sombre-looking Martin Buchan prepares to swap pennants before Manchester United’s Second Round European Cup Winners’ Cup tie against Porto.
The Red Devils’ skipper was right to be nervous. United were hammered 4-0 in the Estadio do Drago by a rampant Porto team.
Buchan and his team-mates battled back to win the return leg at Old Trafford 5-2 with goals from Steve Coppell, who scored twice, Jimmy Nicholl and two own goals from Porto defender Murca.
But it was not enough. Porto went through 6-5 on aggregate.
October 1st 1934:
Oswald Mosley, the founder of the British Union of Fascists, arrives in Manchester to deliver a speech at Belle Vue.
Although the caption date is unclear, archive film footage gives the date of the speech as September 29th. Mosley changed into his familiar black shirt for the occasion.
Mosley resigned as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster in the Labour Government to form the New Party, which later merged with the BUF, in 1932.