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.
Although he was born in Nigeria, champion boxer, Hogan ‘Kid’ Bassey was proud to call Liverpool his home. Bassey was regarded as one of the great ambassadors for African sport, both as a boxer and later as the coach of Nigeria’s national amateur team. We look back at the highs and lows of a 74-fight career.read more
As a dispute rages over its ownership, Nostalgia looks back on three extraordinary decades at Coronation Street lingerie factory Underworld.read more
…plus IRA detonates bomb in Manchester city centre, and Matt Busby returns home after Munich air disaster.read more
It was NASA astronomer Carl Sagan’s book Cosmos that first inspired Brian Cox to be become a scientist. The well-known Oldham physicist, TV presenter and author read the book at the age of 12 – and never looked back.read more
The first World Cup since World War II did not go well for Manchester United fullback John Aston and England. The national side were dumped out of the 1950 competition in Brazil after losing 1-0 to the United States in one of the biggest upsets in football history.read more
It was hard to believe it was the 15th of July when the cars lined up for the 1961 British Grand Prix at the Aintree circuit. The skies were solid grey and the heavens had opened just 15 minutes before the start of the 225 mile race over a gruelling 75 laps. It was to prove a fateful combination for British driver Henry Taylor, racing for the Laystall team.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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