It’s the start of an era for Manchester United as defender Denis Irwin transfers from Oldham Athletic for a fee of £650,000.

Welcoming Republic of Ireland international to Old Trafford is manager Alex Ferguson.

Irwin made 368 appearances in 12 years at United, scoring 22 goals. He won seven Premier League titles, three FA Cups, the League Cup, the Champions League and Cup Winners’ Cup.

It is said that Ferguson regarded Irwin, pound for pound, as his best ever signing.


June 5 1977:

Punk trailblazers The Stranglers perform at Manchester’s Electric Circus as part of their nationwide tour. They played Wigan Casino the night before.

The Stranglers’ first album Rattus Norvegicus reached No. 4 in the UK charts and went platinum.

Their second LP No More Heroes reached No. 2 and went gold. The single No More Heroes peaked at No. 8.

The group were back in Manchester on October 13th for two nights at the Elizabethan Hall, Belle Vue.

Punk group ‘The Stranglers’ performing in Manchester.
9th June 1977.


June 5 1967:

Board of Trade investigators and Rolls Royce engineers inspect the wreckage of the British Midland Canadair C-4 Argonaut that crashed near the centre of Stockport the previous day.

The plane came down in a small open area at Hopes Carr. Of the 84 people on board, 72 were killed and 12 were seriously injured.

The aircraft was carrying holidaymakers back from Majorca to Manchester Airport when two engines cut out. The crash was due to fuel starvation caused by a flaw in the plane’s fuel system.

Board of Trade investigators and Rolls Royce experts at work, site of
Stockport Air Disaster, the crash of a Canadair C-4 Argonaut aircraft owned by British Midland Airways, registration G-ALHG, near the centre of Stockport, Greater Manchester, England on Sunday 4 June 1967. 72 of the 84 aboard were killed in the accident. Of the 12 survivors, all were seriously injured.
Tail of plane and sightseers at the site of the crash, 5th June 1967.