January 23, 1995:

Wrexham fans enjoyed a grand day out watching their Division Two team take on Manchester United in the FA Cup Fourth Round at Old Trafford.

The Welsh visitors put up a spirited fight, eventually losing 5-2. Denis Irwin scored twice for United with the other goals coming from Ryan Giggs and Brian McClair. There was also an own goal.

The Red Devils went on to reach the FA Cup Final at Wembley, losing 1-0 to Everton. Top scorer for the season was winger Andrei Kanchelskis with 15 goals in all competitions.

January 23, 1971:

Manchester City midfielder Alan Oakes takes a shot at goal during the Blues’ 3-0 FA Cup Fourth Round victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Two of City’s goals came from Colin Bell; the third was scored by Ian Bowyer. Unfortunately the Blues went out in the next round, going down 1-2 at home to Arsenal.

They fared better in the European Cup Winners’ Cup, reaching the semi-finals where they lost 0-2 to Chelsea on aggregate over two legs.

Alan Oakes

January 19, 1954:

It’s a historic day for the Manchester Ship Canal as a tug boat helps the first tanker through the lock at the new oil terminal at Eastham.

Construction of the Eastham terminal, which cost £7 million to build, commenced in 1949. The aim was to provide berthing for large tankers unable to access the ship canal.

Pipelines linked the Stanlow oil refinery to the Eastham terminal and Queen Elizabeth Dock. A further oil terminal was opened at Tranmere in 1960.