September 26, 1959:
Time appears to have gone into reverse at Manchester Rugby Union Club as team members play musical instruments in period dress.
The players were celebrating the club’s centenary before a commemorative match against ‘The District’ in kits from 1859.
A Manchester rugby team actually played its first match in 1857 when the Gentlemen of Manchester and the Gentlemen of Liverpool took the field for a friendly. Around 50 players turned up to take part!
There is no record of the final score.
September 20, 1960:
Salford-born playwright Shelagh Delaney poses for a press photo before the premiere of her new work The Lion in Love at Manchester’s Palace Theatre.
The Lion in Love was described as a follow-up to Delaney’s first play A Taste of Honey, which confronted 1950s taboos such as race, homosexuality and single motherhood.
In 1961, A Taste of Honey was turned into a film starring Parbold actress Dora Bryan, Rita Tushingham and Robert Stephens.
September 24, 1959:
Manchester City forward George Hannah chases down United’s Albert Quixall in the local derby at Maine Road.
City won the Division One match 3-0 with two goals from Joe Hayes and one from Hannah.
The return fixture at Old Trafford in February 1960 ended in a 0-0 draw.
City finished the season in 16th place with 37 points. Local rivals United were seventh with 45.