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 five familiar faces from the Liverpool team of 1965 sitting in First Class as they wait for their train to leave Lime Street Station.

They were journeying to London for a special occasion – the FA Cup Final against Leeds United.

Pictured in the compartment are, from left, Gerry Byrne, Ian Callaghan, Gordon Milne, Roger Hunt and Ronnie Moran.

Little did he know it, but Hunt would play a pivotal role in the final on Saturday May 1st. He scored the Reds’ first goal in a hard-fought 2-1 victory that went to extra time.

Byrne found Hunt with a cross from the right in the 93rd minute – and the striker duly headed into the Leeds’ goal. Billy Bremner equalised seven minutes later, but Ian St John sealed the win in the 117th minute.

Liverpool football players sitting in first class
People coming out of Lime Street Station on the first day of the new lockdown regulations.(Pic Andrew Teebay).
It was the first time Liverpool had won the FA Cup. Reds’ manager Bill Shankly described the occasion as his greatest moment in football management.

Defender Byrne broke his collarbone in the opening minutes, but was determined to play on for the whole match. When he climbed the Wembley steps to collect his medal, he had to keep twisting and turning to avoid fans slapping him on the back.

The scene at Lime Street Station is very different today. Masks and social distancing hold sway as the city is locked down due to Corona virus restrictions.

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