This Week – Spike Milligan at the Palace Theatre

by | Apr 4, 2018 | This Week

APRIL 5TH 1952

It’s all eyes on the ball as West Bromwich Albion inside right John Nicholls goes in for a mid-air duel with Manchester City’s Roy Paul and Kenneth Branagan at Maine Road.

West Brom won the Division One encounter 2-1.

City eventually finished 15th in the league. Top scorers were Johnny Hart and Dennis Westcott with 11 goals apiece.

English League Division One match at Maine Road.
Manchester City 1 v West Bromwich Albion 2. Heads up near the City goalmouth as West Brom inside right John Nicholls goes into a mid-air duel with Roy Paul and Kenneth Branagan of Manchester City. 5th April 1952

APRIL 3RD 1966

Comedian and singer Ken Dodd reveals his knobbly knees at an Election Night dinner with United manager Sir Matt Busby and City counterpart Joe Mercer.

Behind the trio are caricatures of the political leaders Harold Wilson (Labour), Ted Heath (Conservative) and Jo Grimond (Liberal).

Labour won the 1966 General Election by securing 364 seats in the House of Commons compared to the Conservatives’ 253. The Liberals won 12 seats.

Sir Matt Busby with Joe Mercer and Ken Dodd at Daily Mirror Election Night dinner. 3rd April 1966.

APRIL 3RD 1967

Spike Milligan put all goonery aside at the Palace Theatre, Manchester, when he answered questions before the opening night of his play The Bedsitting Room.

The satirical work was set in London after a nuclear war. Milligan played the character Mate, who took the stage with long strips of canvas attached to his boots. Attached to these were another pair of boots.

As Milligan marched across the stage, the empty boots marched in perfect time behind him. The effect was said to be both hilarious and heart-breaking.

Turning aside from goonery, Spike Milligan became the deep thinking man of world affairs today at a press conference, prior to the opening of “The Bedsitting Room” at Manchester Palace theatre. Here Spike is in reflective mood during the interview. On his knee, a copy of the Sun which he brought with him. April 1967.

APRIL 6TH 1978

The irrepressible Bernard Manning belts out a tune at his own Embassy Club in Harpurhey, Manchester.

The larger-than-life comic, born in Ancoats, first started singing to fellow soldiers when he guarded Nazi war criminals just after the Second World War.

He was at the height of his fame in 1978 after becoming a regular on the Granada TV show The Comedians from 1971 and The Wheeltappers and Shunters’ Social Club from 1974.

Bernard Manning performing at The Embassy Club in Manchester. Bernard Manning owned the famous comedy club in Manchester. Picture taken 6th April 1978

APRIL 8TH 1983

Culture Club lead singer Boy George shows off the large collection of cuddly toys presented to him by fans in Manchester.

The group were in the city on their hugely popular Colour By Numbers tour.
The Culture Club playlist featured their No. 1 hits Karma Chameleon and Do You Really Want to Hurt Me.

The album Colour By Numbers went to No. 1 in the UK charts and sold more than 10 million copies worldwide.

Culture club lead singer boy George with his cuddly toys he has saved from his fans. 8th April 1983.

APRIL 7TH 1999

David Beckham and Zinedine Zidane shake hands after the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final between Manchester United and Juventus at Old Trafford.

The match ended in a 1-1 draw. Ryan Giggs scored in injury time to cancel out Antonio Conte’s first half goal.

United went behind early in the second leg in Turin when Filippo Inzaghi scored twice in the first 11 minutes. But the Red Devils levelled through Roy Keane and Dwight Yorke before Andy Cole scored the winner.

United went on to win a memorable final 2-1 against Bayern Munich in Barcelona’s Camp Nou stadium.