May 5, 1951:

Retired Manchester business man Albert Little proudly displays the actual lamp used by Florence Nightingale when she looked after wounded troops in the Crimean War.

Little, aged 69, was given the lamp by Nightingale herself when he was 12 years old. He remembered her as ‘a nice kindly old lady’ who would allow anyone to take short cuts across her land as long as they asked first.

Born in 1820, Nightingale is known as ‘the Lady with the Lamp’ after her habit of making rounds at night.

May 5, 1956:

Peter Murphy, the player who broke Manchester City goalkeeper Bert Trautmann’s neck in a collision in the 1956 FA Cup final, signs autographs for fans.

City won the match against Birmingham City 3-1 with goals from Joe Hayes, Jack Dyson and Bobby Johnstone. Trautmann was injured 17 minutes from full time diving at Murphy’s feet.

After initially being told he had a crick in his neck, Trautmann learned three days later that he’d dislocated five vertebrae – the second of which was cracked in two. He could easily have died.


May 3, 1957:

Manchester United footballers David Pegg and Bobby Charlton are in high spirits at Preston station before boarding the train to play Aston Villa in the FA Cup final at Wembley.

The Red Devils lost 2-1, their solitary goal coming from Tommy Taylor.

Less than a year later, outside left Pegg was one of eight United players who lost their lives in the Munich air disaster of February 6th 1958.