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…
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.
As a lifelong mimic, Stockport entertainer Mike Yarwood did a pretty good impression of being a professional footballer. So good, in fact, that he almost pursued a career in the game instead of going into showbusiness and becoming one of the biggest stars of British TV in the 1960s and 70s.
…plus, New Manchester United manager Ron Atkinson is clearly in the mood to celebrate, and British racing cyclist Chris Boardman poses at Manchester airport after winning gold at the Barcelona Olympics.
Manchester United won the Champions League final against Chelsea this week in 2008 – the 40th anniversary of their first European triumph. It was 40 years since the Red Devils became the first English club to win the European Cup and the 100th anniversary of their first ever league championship.read more
Believe it or not, popular Merseyside TV series Z Cars started life on a scriptwriter’s sickbed. Creator Troy Kennedy Martin was so bored when he was laid up with mumps that he tuned into police messages on his radio to pass the time. It gave him the idea for the gritty northern police drama that ran from January 1962 to September 1978.read more
Nostalgia looks back 50 years when City and United finished first and second in the league – and Real Madrid were tamed in the European Cupread more
Nostalgia relives the hardships of the 1926 General Strike in Manchester – as well as the brief respite of Bolton bringing back the FA Cupread more
Plus… Salford Red Devilsplay in Challenge Cup Final match against Castleford & Francoise Hardy films Top of the Pops at the BBC studios.read more
Salford school pals Allan Clarke and Graham Nash were the backbone of world-famous Manchester band The Hollies. The band notched up 30 chart singles in the UK.read more
Then and Now
Welcome to Then and Now, where each week we compare images of Manchester streets, landmarks and buildings from bygone days with how they look now.
Our main image, dating from 1915, shows the imposing Church and Friary of St Francis, known locally as Gorton Monastery. The photograph was taken from Gorton Lane.
The Gothic frontage of the church soars above the two-storey Victorian terraced homes and shops. It still dominates the skyline today.
Your Return Ticket to the Past
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