November 22, 1969:
Manchester City and England midfielder Colin Bell taunts the Arsenal defence during a league match at Highbury.
The result was a 1-1 draw with Ian Bowyer scoring the City goal. The Blues went on to finish 10th in the First Division, but added the League Cup and European Cup Winners’ Cup to their trophy cabinet.
City legend Bell made 394 league appearances for the Blues from 1966 to 1979, scoring 117 goals. He was capped 48 times for England, notching up nine goals, and played four times for the English Football League XI.
November 23, 1957:
Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, takes a close look at a Bloodhound ground-to-air guided missile during his visit to the Ferranti factory at Wythenshawe.
The Bloodhound served as Britain’s main air defence weapon from its introduction in the 1950s to the 1990s. It was also exported to four other countries.
The missile was designed to protect the RAF’s V-bomber bases from any attacking aircraft that may have eluded the Lightning fighter interceptor force.
November 21, 1977:
Picketing firemen warm their hands round a brazier outside London Road Fire Station in Manchester.
They were taking part in the first ever national strike called by the Fire Brigades Union after their claims for a 30 per cent pay-rise were rejected.
In 1977, firefighters were paid £71.10p for a basic 48 hour week at a time of rampant inflation and industrial unrest.
The firefighters eventually settled for 10 per cent increase with the promise of more to come.