January 15, 1972:

Nobby Stiles’ combative approach has landed him in trouble with the referee again – but this time he’s playing for Middlesbrough, not Manchester United.

The England midfielder moved from Old Trafford to the Teesside club in 1971 and was playing in a Third Round FA Cup tie against Manchester City at Maine Road. Blues’ skipper Tony Book is also in the picture.

The match ended in a 1-1 draw with City’s goal coming from Francis Lee. Middlesbrough won the replay at Ayresome Park 1-0, but were knocked out of the cup by Manchester United in the Fifth Round.

January 1, 1941:

Workers and air-raid wardens pick their way through the wreckage of a Manchester house devastated by the ‘Christmas Blitz’ of World War II.

The heaviest Luftwaffe raids took place on the nights of December 22nd and 23rd 1940, when an estimated 684 people were killed and more than 2,000 injured.

Manchester Cathedral, the Free Trade Hall and Royal Exchange were among the buildings badly damaged. Around 2,000 incendiary bombs were dropped over the two nights.

December 1940 Christmas Raid

January 16, 1979:

Traffic runs nose to tail in this aerial shot of Manchester’s Princess Parkway during the morning rush hour.

Always a busy route, Princess Parkway provides the main access to Manchester from the south. It is the section of the A5103 to the north of Junction 3 of the M56.

The stretch of Princess road became known as the Parkway after being widened to motorway standards in 1974.

Commuters crawl nose to tail along Manchester's Princess Parkway during the rush hour 1979