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.
Liverpool and Manchester United are old hands at playing each in the football season’s annual curtain-raiser – the Community Shield. The close rivals have notched up five memorable clashes between them – in 1965, 1977, 1983, 1990 and 2001…read more
Salford was at a crossroads when a cameraman flew over the city to produce a remarkable set of aerial photographs in July 1974. Some Victorian terraces still stood in regimented rows, while others were being torn down in the biggest slum clearances Manchester had ever witnessed.read more
Boxing and Belle Vue have always gone together hand in glove stretching back to the 1920s. Some of Britain’s most famous boxers fought at the King’s Hall over the years, including Manchester’s own champions Len Johnson, Tony Barlow and Frank Johnson.read more
…plus, Duchess of Kent plants tree in Altrincham, and Aussie cricketers shelter at a wet Old Traffordread more
…plus, Corrie’s Gordon Clegg plays new single to Emily Derbyshire, and City midfielder Alan Oakes on ’73-’74 seasonread more
As a politician, Dame Margaret Beckett has always been something of a trailblazer. The Labour MP, born in Ashton-under-Lyne, became Britain’s first female Foreign Secretary in 2006 and has held a number of Cabinet posts. When John Smith died in 1994, she became the...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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