August 12 2004:
England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff celebrates bowling out West Indies batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan in the Third Test at Old Trafford.
The West Indies declared at 395 for nine in their first innings with England scoring 330 all out.
Sarwan scored 60 in the West Indies’ second innings of 165, but England soon polished off the runs needed to cruise to a seven-wicket victory.
England were on form throughout the series which they won 4-0. It was the first time England had won all the Tests in a single series against the West Indies.
August 4 2002:
Fireworks lit up a rainy night as the Queen officially closed the XVII Commonwealth Games at the City of Manchester stadium.
The spectacular closing ceremony, in front of 38,000 people, included a presentation of more than 1,700 lanterns which ended with the message ‘Seek Peace’ on the floor of the arena.
Coronation Street stars Steve Arnold and Tracy Shaw (Ashley and Maxine Peacock) led a parade of 40 Morris Minors which formed the centre of a song-and-dance showpiece.
Music came from DJ Grandmaster Flash, Heather Small, Will Young, Jimmy Cliff and Toploader.
August 6 1968:
Manchester United and England midfielder Nobby Stiles is named Britain’s Best Bespectacled Man of the Year for 1968.
World Cup winner Stiles was severely short-sighted and played all his matches wearing powerful contact lenses.
He made 311 appearances for United from 1960 to 1971, scoring 17 goals.
Stiles is one of only three Englishman, along with Bobby Charlton and Ian Callaghan, to have won both the European Cup and the FIFA World Cup.