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.

As the delayed Euro 2020 tournament finally gets under way, our main image this week shows the ultimate football trophy brought home by England in 1966 – the World Cup.

It is being paraded at Goodison Park in August 1966 before the Charity Shield match between FA Cup winners Everton and league champions Liverpool.

Proudly holding on to the coveted Jules Rimet trophy are Liverpool striker Roger Hunt and Everton defender Ray Wilson.

Both were members of the England side that historically defeated West Germany 4-2 at Wembley after extra time. Everton’s Alan Ball was the youngest player in the England team at the age of 21.

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Goodison Park, Liverpool awaits the Merseyside Derby Everton vs Liverpool. Photo by Colin Lane
Back at Goodison, the Charity Shield match – always the traditional curtain-raiser of the new season – ended in a 1-0 victory for Liverpool. Hunt scored the only goal after nine minutes.

Everton went on to finish sixth in the 1966-7 season with 48 points, three behind Liverpool who were fifth. The Toffees also competed in the European Cup Winners’ Cup, going out 2-1 on aggregate to Real Zaragoza in the second round.

Liverpool were beaten 5-1 by Johan Cruyff’s Ajax Amsterdam in the second round of the European Cup. The Reds carved out a 2-2 draw in the home leg, but went out on aggregate 7-3.

Our modern image, from June 2020, shows the familiar scene of Covid temperature checks before the local derby between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park. The match ended 0-0.

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