May 3, 1987:
West Indies legend Vivian Richards delights spectators as he cuts loose for Rishton Cricket Club in the Lancashire League.
Richards joined Rishton as the club’s professional after quitting county side Somerset. He needed to play regular cricket to stay sharp for the West Indies’ tour of India.
Described as ‘possibly the most destructive batsman the sport has ever seen’, Richards was capped 151 times for the West Indies. He scored 8,540 test runs with a batting average of 50.23.
May 1, 1962:
Singer Lonnie Donegan rehearses for the Spring Show at Manchester’s Palace Theatre with 1960s group The Debutantes.
Also on the bill were Jimmy Jewel and Ben Warriss – one of the great comedy acts of the 1940s and 50s.
The duo were first cousins and had both enjoyed successful solo careers before getting together in the 1930s.
They appeared in the 1946 Royal Variety Show and became familiar faces on TV.
May 5, 1956:
Manchester City goalkeeper Bert Trautmann signs autographs at Wembley minutes after breaking a bone in his neck in the FA Cup Final.
Trautmann was injured in a collision with Peter Murphy of Birmingham City, but played on to help secure a 3-1 victory for the Blues.
The following day he went to St George’s Hospital where he was told he had a crick in his neck.
Three days later he went for an X-ray at Manchester Royal Infirmary which revealed he’d dislocated five vertebrae, the second of which was cracked in two.
The third vertebra had wedged against the second, preventing further damage which could have cost the City ‘keeper his life.