May 26 1983:

It’s all smiles on the faces of footballers Bryan Robson and Frank Stapleton as United beat Brighton and Hove Albion 4-0 in the FA Cup Final replay at Wembley.

Robson scored two goals on the night with the others coming from Norman Whiteside and an Arnold Muhren penalty.
The first match – a 2-2 draw – was memorable for Peter Jones’ radio comment ‘…and Smith must score’ only to see his shot saved by United ‘keeper Gary Bailey!

By keeping out Gordon Smith’s effort, Bailey prevented Brighton winning the first major trophy in their history. The quote lives on as the title of a Brighton fanzine.


May 23 1982:

Snooker player Alex ‘Hurricane’ Higgins relaxes at his Cheadle home with young daughter Lauren after winning the world title at The Crucible, Sheffield.

Higgins took the final 18-15 against veteran Ray Reardon after beating Jimmy White 16-15 in an epic semi-final.
He was trailing 15-14 and 59-0 when he saved himself with a clearance of 69 and then won the deciding frame.


May 22 1955:

Legendary long-distance runner Gordon Pirie is in Manchester to compete in the 2,000 metres at the White City.

Pirie, second left, trailed at the start but won by a distance at the finish.
The popular British athlete broke five world records during his career.

He defeated triple Olympic champion Emil Zatopek in 1956 – an achievement which helped make him BBC Sports Personality of the Year.