This Week – Spike Milligan at the Palace Theatre
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.