Hall Of Fame – Melanie Sykes

Hall Of Fame – Melanie Sykes

You could say TV and radio presenter Melanie Sykes is as Manchester as Boddingtons Bitter or the Ashtonian Brass Band. And you’d be right! Born in Ashton-under-Lyne, she starred in an advertising campaign for Boddingtons and played the baritone horn along with her...
Bits & Pieces – The Bobs at Belle Vue…

Bits & Pieces – The Bobs at Belle Vue…

August 12, 1946:   Riders enjoy the high-speed thrills of the Bobs roller coaster at Belle Vue amusement park and zoo. The Bobs, so-called because it cost an old shilling to ride, was one of the park’s premier attractions along with the water chute and dodgems....
Between The Sticks

Between The Sticks

On 9 February 2015, BBC journalist Stuart Flinders was in Church Street Liverpool with a camera crew, interviewing elderly passers-by, asking if they remembered the 1966-67 FA Cup Fifth Round clash between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park. “I do.” Said one old...
Goalies

Goalies

When Manchester City’s legendary goalkeeper Frank Swift retired in September 1949, his replacement would become another legend between the sticks. In November 1949, City signed goalkeeper Bert Trautmann from the Liverpool County Combination League side St Helens Town....
Steam

Steam

On the evening of Saturday 3 August 1968, people arriving at Preston station to catch the 20.48 to Blackpool North or the 21.25 to Liverpool Exchange, must have wondered just what was going on. There were hundreds of people milling about – many carrying cameras and...