September 23, 1989:
Manchester United midfielder Paul Ince is in a pickle as his side gets thrashed 5-1 by local rivals City in their First Division clash at Maine Road.
The City scorers were David Oldfield, who bagged a brace, Andy Hinchcliffe, Trevor Morley and Ian Bishop. Mark Hughes got the consolation goal for United in the 51st minute.
United manager Alex Ferguson reckoned it was the worst defensive performance of his managerial career.
City went on to finish 14th in the league with United 13th – but at least the Red Devils had the consolation of winning the FA Cup. They beat Crystal Palace 1-0 in a replay after drawing 3-3 in the final.
September 20, 1960:
Salford-born playwright Shelagh Delaney looks in pensive mood after a press conference to launch her new play The Lion in Love at Manchester’s Palace Theatre.
Described as a follow-up to Delaney’s 1958 play A Taste of Honey, the new work never achieved the same success as its predecessor.
After touring the country, The Lion in Love opened at the Royal Court Theatre in London in December 1960.
The film version of A Taste of Honey, starring Oldham actress Dora Bryan and Rita Tushingham, was released in 1961.
September 23, 1952:
Clowns peer out from behind a tent as Bertram Mills’ circus comes to Manchester.
Formed by Bertram Wagstaff Mills after the First World War, the circus was at its peak from the 1930s to the 1960s. It was so popular that the Royal family and Winston Churchill attended its Christmas shows.
The circus declined in the 1960s as TV viewing became more popular.