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

This week our main image shows Manchester United legend George Best enjoying an impromptu game of cricket with youngsters outside his former digs on Aycliffe Avenue. The date is May 1968.

Best stayed at the Chorlton-cum-Hardy home of landlady Mrs Mary Fullaway shortly after he came to Manchester from Belfast in 1961 at the age of 15.

Dreadfully homesick, Best returned to Northern Ireland after only two days in England, but the club persuaded the gifted winger to come back to Manchester.

He had to play as an amateur for two years as English clubs were not allowed to sign Northern Irish players as apprentices at the time. Best was given a job as an errand boy on the Manchester Ship Canal to allow him to train twice a week

Aycliffe Avenue, Manchester - Then Aycliffe Avenue, Manchester - Now

The future Northern Ireland international made his first team debut against West Bromwich Albion in September 1963 at the age of 17, but gained a regular place in the league-winning side the following season.

Best went on to make 361 league appearances for the Red Devils, scoring 137 goals, before leaving the club in 1974.

Chorlton grew as a Manchester suburb after the Midland Railway opened the local station in January 1880. Further development took place after the First World War when the new council housing estate was built at Merseybank.

The houses are still standing today, as shown in photographer Nicola Mazzuia’s modern image.

*Many more images from Then and Now are featured in The Changing Face of Manchester published to mark the 150th anniversary of the M.E.N.

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