January 8, 1948:

After World War II had ended, married women with families were among the volunteers who carried on their wartime work for the Observer Corps.

Teams kept in practice by meeting once a fortnight to plot aircraft movements at the Levenshulme control room.

Our photo shows volunteers marking positions and the direction of enemy aircraft on the plotting table while the telephonist on the platform relays information to the RAF.

ww2 volunteers

January 11, 1973:

He’s behind you! It may be the pantomime season but Manchester United players George Graham, Bobby Charlton and Willie Morgan are in the serious business of making a wall to defend a free kick.

We believe the trio were playing Wolverhampton Wanderers in a Third Round FA Cup tie at Molineux. The result was a 1-0 victory to Wolves.

Charlton was in his final season for the Red Devils at the time. He signed for the youth team in 1953 at the age of 15 and made his first team debut in 1956. In all, he made 606 appearances for the club, scoring 199 goals.

Bobby Charlton, playing for Manchester United in what would be his last season for the club.  13th January 1973.

January 9, 1982:

Manchester City midfielder Martin O’Neill tries to beat the Stoke City defence during the First Division encounter between the two clubs at Maine Road.

Barring his way is Stoke defender Dave Watson, who played for City himself from 1975 to 1979. The result was a 1-1 draw with City’s goal coming from Trevor Francis.

O’Neill made 13 league appearances for the Blues in the 1981-2 season before joining Norwich City.

Martin oneill