August 7 2000:
England cricket captain Nasser Hussain stares intently at West Indies bowler Curtly Ambrose during the Test match between the two countries at Old Trafford.
The match, the third in the series, ended in a draw. Batsman Marcus Trescothick made his England debut while Alec Stewart, the man of the match, scored 105 in the second innings.
The series resulted in a 3-1 win for England – securing the country’s first overall victory against the West Indies for 31 years.
Aug 13 1998:
A plane flies overhead as environmental demonstrators camp in a tree to protest against the proposed second runway at Manchester airport.
Three protest camps were set up between 1997 and 1998 at Flywood, Arthur’s Wood and Cedar’s Wood. Among the demonstrators was the well-known activist Swampy.
Manchester is now the third busiest passenger airport in the UK – and the busiest outside London. It covers an area of 1,400 acres.
July 25 1956:
Australian cricketer Keith Miller bowls in the nets at Old Trafford during the Fourth Test match in the Ashes series.
He needed all the practice he could get as Australia were beaten by an innings and 170 runs as England off-break bowler Jim Laker took an astounding 19 wickets out of 20! The feat has yet to be equalled in first class cricket.
England went on to win the Ashes series 2-1. They were victorious at Headingley and drew at Trent Bridge and the Oval, but lost at Lords.