June 5, 1976:

Nowadays they’d be using mobile phones and apps, but charts were the only way to identify planes at airshows in the 1970s.

Spotting jets and trying to ensure their papers don’t blow away are Air Training Corps cadets Craig Whitaker (14) and Alan Foy (14) from North Manchester.

The Air Training Corps (ATC) was founded in 1941 as a volunteer military youth organisation. In 2019, it numbered 952 squadrons with 32,580 cadets and 10,680 adult volunteers.

June 2, 1965:

Manchester United and England midfielder Nobby Stiles gets ready to leave Ringway Airport for an Inter-Cities Fairs Cup semi-final against Ferencvaros in Budapest.

United had already beaten the Hungarian team 3-2 in the first leg at Old Trafford with two goals from David Herd and one from Denis Law. They lost the return leg 1-0 which took the match to a play-off, again in Budapest.

Unfortunately the Red Devils were defeated 2-1 with John Connelly’s goal proving a consolation. Ferencvaros went on to win the competition, beating Juventus 1-0 in the final in Turin.


May 28, 1964:

American tennis player Billie Jean Moffitt, later to become famous under her married name of Billie Jean King, manages to raise a smile at the rain-swept Manchester Open in Didsbury.

Bitterly cold winds and torrential downpours meant the players couldn’t even practise let alone contest any matches at the annual event.

King went on to enjoy a brilliant tennis career, winning 39 Grand Slam titles.