February 3, 1946:

War damage is still evident on the once impressive Manchester Assize Courts building in Great Ducie Street.

Completed in 1864 in the Victorian Gothic style, the court house was designed by architect Alfred Waterhouse. It was once the tallest building in Manchester at 279ft.

Described as one of Britain’s ‘lost buildings’, the assize courts were demolished in 1957. Some of the sculptures were retained for the new magistrates’ court building.

February 4, 1970:

Manchester United wing half John Fitzpatrick gets ready for a snowball fight during training at the Cliff, Salford.

The Red Devils were preparing to play Northampton Town away in the Fifth Round of the FA Cup – a match they won 8-2 with George Best scoring six of the goals! Brian Kidd grabbed the other two.

United went on to reach the FA Cup semi-final, losing 1-0 to Leeds United in the second replay.

Fitzpatrick made 147 appearances for the Red Devils in all competitions from 1964 to 1973, scoring 10 goals.

Manchester United Training

February 2, 1969:

Manchester City assistant manager Malcolm Allison ponders his future after being named as a possible assistant to his old friend Noel Cantwell at Coventry City.

Allison was taking time to think at the Blues training headquarters in Blackpool. As it happened, he turned down the offer and stayed at City until March 1973 when he left to manage Crystal Palace.

Allison went on to manage Galatasary and Plymouth Argyle before returning to City in 1979. He left a year later with the Blues struggling in the league and was replaced by John Bond.

Malcolm Allison 1969