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 Liverpool fans queuing outside Anfield on September 21st 1963 for tickets to the local derby against Everton a week later.

A few strategically placed policemen, both mounted and on foot, ensured the fans kept an orderly line.

The wait was worth it for the Liverpool supporters as the Reds won the Division One encounter 2-1 with two goals from midfielder Ian Callaghan. Everton’s reply came from Welsh international forward Roy Vernon.

The Toffees got their revenge in the return fixture at Goodison Park in February 1964 by beating their local rivals 3-1. This time Vernon netted twice with the third goal scored by defensive midfielder Jimmy Gabriel.

Anfield queue 1963
Anfield
The rest of the 1963-4 season proved successful for both Merseyside clubs. Liverpool, under manager Bill Shankly, won the First Division title with 57 points while Everton, with Harry Catterick at the helm, finished third with 52 points.

It was the Reds’ first championship since 1947, achieved in only their second season back in the First Division after years in the second tier of English football.

Top scorer for the season was striker Roger Hunt who notched up 33 goals in all competitions. Liverpool overall scored a record 92 league goals during the 1963-4 campaign.

Our modern image shows more fans outside Anfield, this time celebrating Liverpool’s Premier League title triumph in August 2020 as Covid restrictions kept them out of the ground.

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