March 13, 1984:

Morrissey, lead singer of Manchester band the Smiths, performs back in his home town at the Free Trade Hall.

Born in Davyhulme, Morrissey formed the influential group with guitarist Johnny Marr, bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce in 1982.

All of the Smiths’ studio albums reached the top five of the UK charts. One album, Meat is Murder, went to Number One in 1985.

March 14, 1970:

Manchester United winger George Best is poised to take the kick-off at Hillsborough in the 1970 FA Cup semi-final against arch rivals Leeds United.

The hard-fought match ended in a 0-0 draw, forcing the teams to meet again at Villa Park nine days later. That game again finished goalless, even after extra time. The third replay at Bolton’s Burnden Park saw Leeds triumph 1-0.

Best was United’s top scorer for the season with 23 goals in all competitions. His tally included a double hat-trick against Northampton Town in the FA Cup Fifth Round.

George Best

March 11, 1973:

Maverick Manchester City striker Rodney Marsh poses for a press photo in the gathering gloom at Maine Road.

Marsh joined the Blues for a club record transfer fee of £200,000, and ended up playing alongside Wyn Davies, Francis Lee and Mike Summerbee in a 4-2-4 attacking formation.

He made 118 league appearances for City, scoring 36 goals, before leaving for Tampa Bay Rowdies in 1976. Marsh won nine caps for England from 1971 to 1973, scoring once.

Rodney Marsh