September 16, 1977:
Manchester United supporters return to Dover after watching their team draw 1-1 with French side St. Etienne in the first round of the European Cup Winners’ Cup.
United were expelled from the competition after their fans clashed with French supporters and riot police, but were later reinstated and ordered to the play the tie’s return leg at a neutral venue.
The Red Devils triumphed 2-0 with goals from Steve Coppell and Stuart Pearson to win 3-1 on aggregate. Gordon Hill got the away goal.
United went out to Porto in the next round. They lost 0-4 away, but staged a spirited comeback at Old Trafford to win the leg 5-2. The aggregate score was 6-5 to Porto.
September 18, 1972:
World Cup winners Bobby Charlton, right, and Geoff Hurst, centre, chat to former England manager Sir Alf Ramsey at Old Trafford.
The occasion was Charlton’s testimonial match for Manchester United. No doubt the trio were reminiscing over the historic 4-2 World Cup final victory over West Germany at Wembley in July 1966.
Charlton made 606 league appearances for United from1956 to 1973, scoring 199 goals for club. He was capped 106 times for England, notching up 49 goals.
September 13, 1956:
Swedish movie actress Marta Toren holds on to her hat after a windswept arrival at Manchester airport.
Toren served in the Swedish war office during World War II before starring with Humphrey Bogart in the film Sirocco in 1951. She also appeared with Dana Andrews in Assignment Paris! in 1952.
In February 1957, Toren died from a cerebral haemorrhage at the age of 31. She had been performing on stage in Stockholm only days earlier.