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 new Liverpool signing Peter Thompson being mobbed by jubilant young fans after his £37,000 transfer from Preston North End. The date is August 1963.

A right-footed winger, Thompson had impressed Reds’ manager Bill Shankly with his speed and skill when Liverpool played Preston in the Fifth Round of the FA Cup in February 1962.

It ended up being a marathon tie which went to a second replay at Old Trafford before Thompson scored the only goal to give Preston a 1-0 victory.

Many clubs were keen to recruit Thompson, including Italian giants Juventus, but Liverpool won the race for his signature. Thompson went straight into the first team for the 1963-4 season, helping the Reds secure the First Division title.

He won the FA Cup with Liverpool in 1965 as well as a second league championship in 1966. In the same year, he was named in Alf Ramsey’s initial World Cup squad of 28 players.

Peter Thompson signs for Liverpool 1963
A new Covid-19 Vaccination Centre has opened up at Liverpool FC's Anfield Stadium.
Thompson went on to make 426 league appearances for Liverpool from 1963 to 1973, scoring 54 goals. He then transferred to Bolton Wanderers where he ended his playing career in 1978.

After football, Thompson ran a caravan park in Morecambe Bay as well as hotels in the Lake District and Harrogate before moving to Portugal.

Our modern image from earlier this year shows a Covid vaccination centre at a much quieter Anfield.

*Unmissable wartime images from Liverpool and the North West are included in Clive Hardy’s latest hardback book The Home Front – Britain 1939-45.

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