December 19, 1981:
Manchester City striker Trevor Francis goes for goal during the First Division match against Sunderland at Maine Road.
Francis, signed from Nottingham Forest in September 1981 for £1.2 million, scored both City goals in the 3-2 home defeat.
The Blues, under manager John Bond, ended the season in 10th place with 58 points.
In all, Francis notched up 12 goals in 26 games for City before being transferred to Italian club Sampdoria for £700,000 in 1983.
December 22, 1969:
Harry Belli’s horse-riding tiger was the star attraction at the Belle Vue Christmas circus in 1969.
The full-grown Bengal tiger, named Timmy, thrilled crowds by rearing up on his hind legs while being led round the ring on cart horse Sam.
Other Belle Vue animal acts included lion-tamer Martin Lacey, billed as ‘the man fear forgot’, and Bobby Roberts and his performing pigs.
December 22, 1964:
Coronation Street stalwart Ena Sharples, played by Violet Carson, welcomes children from Manchester’s Wood Street Mission to the programme’s annual pantomime Cinderella.
Helping out are co-stars Philip Lowrie (Dennis Tanner) and Margot Bryant (Minnie Caldwell).
The 45 children from the mission enjoyed a brilliant day out behind the scenes at Granada studios, watching the Street regulars rehearse for their on-screen production.
Carson played Sharples, the widowed caretaker of the Glad Tidings Mission Hall, from Coronation Street’s first ever episode on December 9th 1960 until April 2nd 1980.