April 20, 1942:

Paratroopers carefully check each other’s harnesses and packs before a training exercise at RAF Ringway in Manchester.

The airport was operational as an RAF base from 1939 to 1957 when 613 Squadron was disbanded and the hangars and buildings were handed over to civil airlines.

Two of Ringway’s wartime hangars were in use until 1995 when they were demolished to make way for the new Terminal 3.

April 23, 1966:

Manchester United midfielder Nobby Stiles looks downcast as he leaves the field after losing to Everton in the FA Cup semi-final.

The Red Devils were defeated 1-0 at the neutral venue of Burnden Park, Bolton, thanks to a goal from Colin Harvey. Everton went on to win the cup beating Sheffield Wednesday 3-2 at Wembley.

Combative midfielder Stiles, born in Collyhurst, made 311 league appearances for United from 1960 to 1971, scoring 17 goals. He was capped 28 times for England, including the 1966 World Cup final when England beat West Germany 4-2.

Everton v United FA Cup

April 24, 1982:

There seems to be no way through for Manchester City’s Asa Hartford in a hard-fought league match against Ipswich Town at Maine Road.

Barring the midfielder’s way are Ipswich defenders Russell Osman, John Wark and Terry Butcher. Hartford had the last laugh though as he scored City’s goal in the 1-1 draw between the two clubs.

At the end of the season, title contenders Ipswich finished second in the First Division while the Blues were 10th on 58 points.

Manchester City 1 v. Ipswich