March 31, 1968:

Probably the last people you’d expect to turn up at a traditional church service would be a bunch of Hell’s Angels bikers.

But that’s precisely what happened when minister Richard Plant organised a ‘sportsman’s service’ at Trinity Methodist Church, Leigh. The bikers even left their crash helmets neatly at the front door.

The unusual congregation included 22-year-old Ron Rhodes, nicknamed King Midas by his fellow riders, complete with distinctive furry headgear.


March 21, 1970:

Two speedy Manchester United wingers, George Best and Willie Morgan, go through their paces against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The Red Devils lost the First Division match 2-1 with Morgan netting United’s solitary goal, and went on to finish eighth in the league. Best was the season’s top scorer with 23 goals in all competitions.

Scottish international Morgan made 236 league appearances for United, scoring 25 goals, after signing from Burnley in 1968. He rejoined Burnley in the 1975-6 season before playing for Bolton Wanderers.

George Best 1970

March 24, 1999:

Featherweight world boxing champion Prince Naseem Hamed holds a press conference in Manchester before his title bout against Paul Ingle at the MEN Arena.

Hamed won the fight on April 10th by a technical knockout in the 11th round to retain the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) featherweight title belt.

The boxing data website BoxRec ranks Hamed as the best British featherweight of all time. He was known for his flamboyant entrances to the ring, including a front somersault over the top rope.

Prince Naseem Hamed