March 17, 1957:

Looks familiar? The young Manchester United wing half posing for a press photo is none other than future manager Wilf McGuinness.

After captaining Lancashire and England as a schoolboy, McGuinness signed for the Red Devils in January 1953. He made his first team debut against Wolverhampton Wanderers in October 1955.

McGuinness went into coaching after an injury forced him to stop playing at 22. He was United manager directly after Sir Matt Busby from 1969 to 1970.

Wilf McGuiness.

March 20, 1961:

It’s not just cats that have nine lives… Beauty the puppy was stuck on a roof for three days before being rescued by RSPCA Inspector Robert Foster.

Families in Welbeck Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, first heard Beauty yelping more than two days before Inspector Foster scaled the 60ft roof to bring her down.

How Beauty got to the top of the disused mill remains a mystery, but she was clearly relieved to be pictured with her rescuer and his son Edward at the end of her ordeal.

Beauty the Pup

March 21, 1970:

West Ham and England striker Jimmy Greaves doesn’t mind the mud at Maine Road – he’s just scored twice in a 5-1 league victory over Manchester City.

Greaves was joined on the score sheet by England World Cup winner Geoff Hurst, who also netted twice, and Ron Boyce. City’s reply came from Francis Lee.

The defeat was a blip in a brilliant season for the Blues. They won the League Cup 2-1 against West Bromwich Albion and the European Cup Winners’ Cup by the same score against Gornik Zabrze.

Jimmy Greaves