April 11, 1981

Manchester City manager John Bond poses for a press photo shortly after taking the reins at Maine Road.

Bond joined the Blues from Norwich City, replacing Malcolm Allison, after the Blues had made a poor start to the 1981-2 season.

He galvanised the team with new signings and youth players to finish 12th in the First Division with 39 points.

City moved up to 10th place the next season. Memorable matches included a 3-1 win over Liverpool at Anfield and a 4-0 thrashing of Leeds United at Maine Road.

April 5, 1952:

In a duel in the mud at Maine Road, Manchester City defenders Roy Paul and Ken Branagan do their best to block West Bromwich Albion forward John Nicholls.

City lost the First Division encounter 2-1 with their only goal coming from Don Revie.

Paul played 270 league matches for the Blues from 1950 to 1957 after signing from Swansea, scoring nine goals. He also made 33 appearances for Wales.

Salford-born Branagan played 197 times for City, scoring three goals, before moving to Oldham Athletic in 1959.


April 16, 1951:

Vampire jets from 613 City of Manchester Squadron line up at Ringway Airport.

The squadron reformed in May 1946 as an RAF auxiliary unit manned by part-timers, receiving an allocation of Spitfires in June the same year.

The first de Havilland F1 Vampires arrived in 1949 followed by the F5 variant. They were flown until the squadron was disbanded in March 1957.

No 613 Squadron (City of Manchester) Royal Auxiliary Air Force was the first Auxiliary Sqadron in the N.W. to go into action under the Governments new scheme for fitting auxiliary sqadrons into the defence programme. Vampire’s of the squadron being placed on the tarmac in readiness for flight. April 1951 P004819