December 6, 1992:

Talk about a downpour! Fans at the local derby match between Manchester United and Manchester City were forced to wear plastic sheets to prevent a drenching at Old Trafford.

The rain failed to dampen spirits at the Stretford End as United won the Premier League encounter 2-1 with goals from Paul Ince and Mark Hughes. City’s reply came from Niall Quinn.

The Red Devils went on to become the inaugural Premier League champions with 84 points, ten ahead of runners-up Aston Villa. City were ninth with 57 points.

December 6, 1969:

West Ham and England captain Bobby Moore looks aghast as Manchester City take the Hammers apart 4-0 at Upton Park. Equally bemused is his team-mate and England colleague Martin Peters.

Ian Bowyer scored twice for the Blues in the First Division rout along with Francis Lee and Mike Doyle. The occasion marked Neil Young’s 350th appearance for City.

Although they finished 10th in the league, Joe Mercer’s team won the European Cup Winners’ Cup and League Cup to complete a brilliant season.

bobby Moore

December 6, 1965:

There’s a galaxy of stars at the Palace Theatre, Manchester, as the principals arrive to rehearse the pantomime Aladdin.

Tickling the ivories is all-round entertainer Des O’Connor, who died last month, along with Freddie and the Dreamers’ lead singer Freddie Garrity (Wishee Washee) and comedian Billy Dainty (Widow Twankey).

The female leads of Tai Ping, Princess Yasmin and So Shy were played by Angela, June and Anne Barry. Des, of course, was Aladdin.

Aladdin at the Palace Theatre, Manchester, 1965