September 10, 1990:
Manchester’s bid to host the 1996 Olympics sets off for Tokyo where the final decision on the venue of the games would be made.
Flag-waving supporters in Albert Square gave an enthusiastic send-off to bid chairman Bob Scott and director Rick Parry.
Unfortunately, it was not to be. The decision went to Atlanta who beat Athens in the fifth and final round of voting on September 18th. Manchester went out in the second round.
Other cities in the running were Toronto, Melbourne and Belgrade.
September 8, 1961:
Bobby Charlton and his Manchester United team-mates take time off from their busy match schedule to go ten-pin bowling at Cheetham Hill.
Watching Charlton in action are, from left, Dennis Viollet, Shay Brennan and Bill Foulkes.
The bowling break clearly did the trick as United beat Tottenham 1-0 in their next league match. The scorer was Albert Quixall.
United, under manager Matt Busby, finished 15th in the league with 39 points.
September 6, 1910:
Royal Navy lieutenant John W. Seddon, right, proudly displays his tandem biplane Mayfly, designed to win the prize for making the first flight from Manchester to London.
Inspired by a flying paper model, Mayfly was built out of hoops of high-tensile steel tubing – much more efficient than the conventional wood and wire bracing of the time.
But the bold bid never got off the ground as a wheel collapsed on Mayfly’s only high-speed run. Seddon, who’d used up all his extended leave, was forced to abandon his attempt and return to the Navy.