May 9, 1965:

Butch the puppy is barking his head off with owner Pauline Booth as fans await the triumphant return of Wigan rugby league team with the Challenge Cup.

Wigan were coming home after beating Hunslet 20-16 in the Wembley final. Ray Ashby of Wigan and Brian Gabbitas of Hunslet were jointly named Man of the Match, sharing the Lance Todd Trophy.

Founded in 1872, Wigan have won the Challenge Cup 19 times and have been runners-up on 12 occasions. They were the BBC Sports Team of the Year in 1994.

May 14, 1955:

Manchester City captain Roy Paul poses for the press days before leading the Blues out against Newcastle United in the FA Cup final at Wembley. Unfortunately City lost 3-1.

Paul and City were back at Wembley a year later, this time beating Birmingham City 3-1 with goals from Bobby Johnstone, Joe Hayes and Jack Dyson.

Defender Paul played 270 league matches for the Blues from 1950 to 1957, scoring nine goals. He left to become player-manager of Worcester City before ending his football career in his native South Wales.

Roy Paul

May 17, 1877:

This extraordinary historic sporting image from the M.E.N. archive shows a North West rugby union team, believed to be Manchester Rangers, from the 1877-8 season.

Long-johns, caps and sideburns are the order of the day for the Victorian gentlemen players.

The picture was taken 17 years after the foundation of Manchester Rugby Club in 1860.