Pre-season Training

Pre-season Training

Liverpool manager Bill Shankly was in no mood to hang around at the start of the 1971-2 football season. The Reds had just lost the FA Cup Final, going down 2-1 to Arsenal after extra time, and Shankly was determined not to miss out again. He was back in training in...
Back In Training

Back In Training

Don Revie was riding high at Manchester City when the 1954-5 football season came to an end. He’d just been named the Football Writers’ player of the year and had captained his club to the FA Cup Final at Wembley. Not only that, he was the pivot of the ‘Revie Plan’...
Liverpool in New York

Liverpool in New York

A long-held myth was laid to rest when Liverpool visited New York on their 1964 American tour. Contrary to popular belief, centre half Ron Yeats was not as tall as the Empire State building. It had certainly seemed that way during the stunning 1963-4 season which saw...
Busby’s Last Match

Busby’s Last Match

It was an emotional moment on Saturday May 17th 1969 when the referee blew the whistle to end Manchester United’s final match of the season. Not because of the score – United had seen off Leicester City 3-2 with goals from George Best, Denis Law and Willie...
When Pele Played at Bolton

When Pele Played at Bolton

It’s hard to imagine the greatest footballer on the planet diving around a muddy goalmouth in a park in Bolton. But that’s exactly what happened on a wet Monday in July 1966 in front of a few spectators huddled together against the rain. For in goal, and out of...
Wartime Wanderers

Wartime Wanderers

A remarkable story of footballing courage and comradeship is told in a single photo in the M.E.N. archive. It dates from March 1941 and, like so many war pictures, depicts a smiling bunch of brave men on their way to conflict. But what’s different about this image is...