July 29 1975:
England World Cup hero Geoff Hurst, born in Ashton-under-Lyne, pulls a pint at his new pub The Sheet Anchor Hotel in Whitmore, Staffordshire.
Hurst, whose family moved to Essex when he was six, scored a hat-trick in the 1966 World Cup final against West Germany. The striker played his final game for England against the same team in the 1972 European Championships, this time losing 3-1.
Hurst’s career took him from West Ham to Stoke City, West Bromwich Albion, Cork Celtic and Seattle Sounders.
July 22 1971:
A workman tightens the jacks under the 470-ton Old Shambles in Manchester which needed to be raised five feet during the construction of the Arndale Centre.
The 600-year-old Tudor buildings, which included the Wellington Inn and Sinclair’s Oyster Bar, were underpinned by a new concrete foundation to enable the lift to take place.
The Arndale Tower and 60 shops opened in September 1976. The Knightsbridge Mall and Northern Mall opened in May and October 1977 respectively.
July 15 1968:
Former Manchester City player Peter Doherty, recognised as one of football’s greatest inside forwards, is unveiled as the chief scout for Aston Villa.
Born in Magherafelt, County Londonderry, in June 1913, Doherty played for Glentoran and Blackpool before joining City in February 1936 for a then record transfer fee of £10,000.
Doherty made 119 league appearances for the Blues, scoring 74 goals, before leaving for Derby County in 1945. He was also capped 16 times for the Irish national team.