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

Our main image this week shows the queue for FA Cup Final tickets at Manchester City’s Maine Road ground in April 1955.

A mobile canteen appears to be doing brisk business as fans wait for the chance to buy tickets for the big game against Newcastle United on May 7th.

Unfortunately it was to prove a match too far for the Blues who lost 3-1 in front of a crowd of 100,000 at Wembley.

Newcastle opened the scoring after just 45 seconds through legendary forward Jackie Milburn; Bobby Johnstone equalised for City just before half time.

Bobby Mitchell scored Newcastle’s second in the 52nd minute and a third followed from George Hannah seven minutes later.

Queue at Maine Road
Leeds United footballer Robbie Fowler
The Maine Road stadium in Moss Side was home to Manchester City from 1923 to 2003. The first match took place on August 25th 1923 when the Blues beat Sheffield United 2-1 in front of 58,159 spectators.

The final competitive match at the stadium was played against Southampton on May 11th 2003. City lost 1-0.

Our modern image, from February 2003, shows the debut of former Liverpool star Robbie Fowler against West Bromwich Albion. He’s battling for the ball with Adam Chambers. City lost 2-1.

Returning from injury proved a challenge for Fowler. The man of the match was fellow striker Nicolas Anelka, although the Blues’ only score came from an own goal by Albion defender Phil Gilchrist.

*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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