Our main photo this week shows Everton players training at Goodison Park before an FA Cup match against local rivals Liverpool. The date is January 25th 1955.
Running across the muddy turf are, from left, Eric Moore, Tommy Jones, Cyril Lello, Wally Fielding, Eddie Wainwright, John Parker, Dave Hickson, Tommy Eglington, Peter Farrell, goalkeeper Jimmy O’Neill, George Rankin and Harry Potts.
Enclosed on two sides between the Gwladys Street End and the Goodison Road stand is St Luke’s Church.
Unfortunately the training session failed to pay off as Liverpool won the Fourth Round match 4-0 in front of 75,000 spectators. The goal scorers for the Reds, who were in the Second Division at the time, were John Evans (2), Billy Liddell and Alan A’Court.
Fast forward 63 years to April 2018 and Everton are hosting Liverpool again, this time for a Premier League derby match. It is a sombre moment as both teams remember former England international Ray Wilkins.
St Luke’s Church is now all but obscured by a giant screen displaying a tribute to the former Chelsea and Manchester United player.
This time the match ended all-square at 0-0. Everton went on to finish eighth in the Premier League while Liverpool were fourth. Top scorer for the Toffees was returnee Wayne Rooney with 11 goals in all competitions.
The Reds also reached the final of the European Champions League, eventually losing 3-1 to Real Madrid in Kiev.
Hundreds of pictures from an unforgettable decade are packed into Clive Hardy’s fascinating book Around Merseyside in the 1960s. It’s available from our online shop or via the order hotline on 01928 503777.