Welcome again to Then and Now, where each week we compare images of Merseyside streets, landmarks and buildings from bygone days with how they look today.

Our main image this week shows injured goalkeeper Gordon West celebrating like an excited fan as Everton win the league title on the last day of the season at Goodison Park. The date is April 6th 1963.

In a strange echo of current times, it looks like West is isolating from the rest of crowd during the match against Fulham. It’s not the case though, as he was sitting in a cordoned off area reserved for the team.

Some of the fans are reaching out to shake the goalkeeper’s hand as West had quickly established himself as a firm favourite with the Everton faithful.

As far as the match was concerned, Everton beat Fulham 4-1 with a hat-trick by Roy Vernon and a further goal from Alex Scott.

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Goodison Park, Liverpool awaits the Merseyside Derby Everton vs Liverpool. Photo by Colin Lane
West was probably reliving every minute on the pitch while he was confined to the stand. He made 402 league appearances for the Toffees from 1962 to 1973 after joining the club from Blackpool.

He formed an enduring partnership with club captain and central defender Brian Labone, winning the FA Cup in 1966 and the league for a second time in 1970.

West created a club record in the triumphant 1969-70 season, keeping no less than 21 clean sheets.

Animated fans have been replaced by temperature checkers in our modern image of Goodison Park in the Covid era. Hopefully grounds will be open again soon.

*Hundreds of pictures from an unforgettable decade are packed into Clive Hardy’s fascinating book Around Merseyside in the 1960s. It’s available at £9.99 plus postage and packaging.

Just go to inostalgia.co.uk to place your order or ring the hotline on 01928 503777.