January 3, 1947:

One of the most spectacular, not to mention dangerous, acts at the Belle Vue Christmas circus was undoubtedly Gilbert Honch and his Tigers.

Honch, whip in hand, had tamed the majestic beasts since they were cubs. Now fully grown, each weighed more than 30 stones!

Six tigers featured in each of his twice daily routines.

More sedate animal acts at the circus included the Chabro Trio with Chico the ‘cheekiest poodle in the business’ and Bobby Roberts and his Performing Pigs.

December 27, 1969:

Burnley manager Harry Potts peers into the gloom at Maine Road after the scheduled Division One match with Manchester City was cancelled due to fog.

The teams drew 1-1 when the game was played on January 6th. City’s goal was scored by Francis Lee.

Burnley finished the league in 14th place with 39 points. City ended their campaign in 10th position with 43 points.

It mattered little to the Blues – they won both the European Cup Winners’ Cup and League Cup that season.

January 3, 1982:

Watford chairman Elton John jets off to Antigua for some holiday sun after his team had knocked Manchester United out of the FA Cup.

Second Division Watford beat their First Division opponents by a single goal at Vicarage Road.

It was a promotion-winning season for the Hornets as they finished second in the league with 80 points.

United, under new manager Ron Atkinson, finished third in the First Division with 78 points. Top scorer was Frank Stapleton with 13 league goals.