January 5, 1972:

Miners leave the lift cages at Agecroft Colliery, Pendlebury, after finishing their final shift before a national strike.

The industrial action took place after wage negotiations between the National Union of Miners (NUM) and the National Coal Board had broken down.

The miners were out until February 28th when the strike was settled by the NUM accepting an improved pay offer in a ballot. It was the first official strike by British miners since 1926.

January 5, 1971:

Manchester United players watch in vain as Derrick Downing scores for Middlesbrough in the FA Cup Third Round replay between the two clubs at a snowy Ayresome Park.

Boro, from the Second Division, won the game 2-1 with United’s lone goal coming from their season’s top scorer George Best. He notched up 21 goals in all competitions.

Sir Matt Busby had returned as United’s temporary manager on December 29th after a difficult spell for his successor Wilf McGuinness. Busby was replaced at the end of the season by Frank O’Farrell.

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January 1, 1970:

Back in the gym after Christmas festivities is Manchester United and Republic of Ireland defender Tony Dunne.

The weight training paid off for Dunne as United beat Ipswich Town 1-0 in the FA Cup Third Round on January 3rd and then defeated local rivals Manchester City 3-0 in the next round.

The Red Devils made it all the way to the semi-finals where they were defeated 1-0 by Leeds United in a second replay at Burnden Park.

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