December 24, 1952:

Nurses and medical staff at Salford Royal Hospital bring their own brand of festive cheer to patients separated from their families at Christmas.

They sang carols on Christmas Eve, gathering round the Christmas trees in each ward and carefully avoiding the low-hanging paper chains.

The Salford and Pendleton Dispensary was established in Chapel Street in 1827. It became the Salford Royal Hospital in the 1870s.

December 18, 1982:

Manchester City faced a major distraction in their First Division match against Brighton and Hove Albion – a dog that wouldn’t move off the pitch!

Players and officials eventually chased it down and the game resumed. The result was a 1-1 draw with City’s goal coming from Kevin Bond, who was making his 50th appearance in the First Division.

The Blues were ninth in the league at the time, but ended up being relegated after finishing the season in 20th place with 47 points.

December 30, 1987:

Former City and United striker Denis Law juggles a football round his lounge during the Christmas break.

The Scottish international joined Manchester City from Huddersfield Town in 1960 for a transfer fee of £55,000 – a British record at the time. He then played for Torino before joining Manchester United in 1962 for another British record fee of £115,000.

Law scored 237 goals in 404 appearances for the Red Devils, an achievement only bettered by Wayne Rooney and Bobby Charlton. He was capped 55 times for Scotland from 1958 to 1974, scoring 30 goals.