December 13, 1975:

Manchester City forward Rodney Marsh closes down Coventry City defender Jim Brogan during a First Division match at Maine Road.

City won the game 4-2 with goals from Peter Barnes, Tommy Booth, Alan Oakes and Dennis Tueart.

It was to prove a successful season for the Blues. They finished eighth in the league with 43 points and won the League Cup by beating Newcastle United 2-1 at Wembley.

Marsh made 118 league appearances for City from 1972 to 1976, scoring 36 goals. After a loan spell with Cork Hibernians, he left the Blues to play for American team Tampa Bay Rowdies.

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December 17, 1982:

Three Manchester friends enjoy a cup of tea and a chat at their annual Christmas party.

It seems a far cry from the present Covid restrictions and Tier Three distancing, but at least there’s hope on the horizon with the new vaccination programme.

We’re not sure where the party took place but we’d love to hear from anyone who knows the location or the ladies involved. Just contact us via Facebook or on

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December 11, 1954:

This young lady looks distinctly unhappy as a dove lands on her hand during her visit to Santa’s grotto at a Manchester department store.

The world’s first Christmas grotto was opened at Lewis’s department store in Liverpool in 1879. It was called Christmas Fairyland.

After Liverpool, Manchester was the second Lewis’s store to start trading in 1877. It closed in 2002.

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