July 15, 1971:

New Manchester United manager Frank O’Farrell settles in behind his desk after moving to the Red Devils from Leicester City.

His tenure did not last long. Problems with George Best, who failed to attend training for two months, coupled with an impersonal management style saw O’Farrell leave after just 18 months.

He did, however, sign defender and future captain Martin Buchan from Aberdeen for club record fee of £125,000 as well as striker Ian Storey-Moore from Nottingham Forest.

July 17, 1973:

Residents wade through floods caused by heavy rain in Brunswick Road, Altrincham.

Unfortunately, floods have been a familiar sight in Manchester over the years. Only last week downpours flooded part of the M60, forcing exit slip roads to close.

Homes were evacuated in January this year due to flooding caused by Storm Christoph.

July 14, 1972:

Bolton Wanderers’ players Paul Jones and Garry Jones go through their paces at a pre-season photo-shoot at Burnden Park.

Defender Paul Jones made 445 league appearances for the Trotters from 1970 to 1983, scoring 38 goals, before joining Oldham Athletic. He ended his playing career at Stockport County in 1990.

Centre-forward Garry Jones, born in Wythenshawe, played 236 games for Bolton from 1968 to 1975 scoring 55 goals. He also played for Sheffield United and Los Angeles Aztecs.

In October 1971, he memorably scored all three goals in Bolton’s 3-0 win over Manchester City in the League Cup Third Round.