Welcome again to Then and Now, where each week we compare images of Merseyside landmarks, buildings, streets and events from bygone days with how they look today.

Our main image this week shows two of England’s World Cup heroes – Alan Ball and Nobby Stiles – greeting each other before a league match at Goodison Park. The date is October 1966.

Midfield dynamo Ball had just signed for Everton from Blackpool for a transfer fee of £112,000 and was enjoying his first season with the Toffees under manager Harry Catterick.

Defensive midfielder Stiles had been at Manchester United since playing for the youth team in 1957. He ended up making 311 league appearances for the Red Devils, scoring 17 goals, before joining Middlesbrough in 1971.

The pair had been integral to England’s 4-2 World Cup final triumph over West Germany at Wembley three months’ earlier. Stiles had previously marked dangerous striker Eusebio out of the game in the 2-1 semi-final victory over Portugal.

Ball became part of Everton’s celebrated midfield ‘Holy Trinity’ along with Howard Kendall and Colin Harvey. They helped the Toffees win the 1970 Football League championship and reach the 1968 FA Cup final, losing 1-0 to West Bromwich Albion.

Ball went on to make 259 appearances for Everton, scoring 79 goals, before transferring to Arsenal for a British record fee of £220,000 in 1971.

Our modern image shows England international Wayne Rooney, who played for both Everton and Manchester United, back at a rainy Goodison Park in April 2018.

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