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 Manchester City footballers ready to board the London train at Piccadilly Station at the end of April 1969.

They were on their way to the capital for a very important date – the FA Cup Final against Leicester City at Wembley.

Pictured carrying their match-day suits are, from left, Alan Oakes, Mike Doyle, Colin Bell, Neil Young and Tony Coleman.

Little did he know it, but Young was to play a pivotal role in the match against the East Midlands’ side. He scored the only goal in City’s 1-0 victory – a left-footed shot from Mike Summerbee’s cross in the 24th minute.

Manchester City players about to board the train at Picadilly station
Picadilly station
The match was memorable for two extremes. At 21, Leicester full back David Nish was the youngest ever captain of a cup final team. In contrast, City skipper Tony Book became the third oldest at 35.

The Blues brought the cup back to Manchester the evening after the final. They travelled by train to Wilmslow where they switched to an open-topped bus to the Town Hall.

More than 25,000 fans lined the route while another 3,000 packed Albert Square to greet their heroes. City paraded the cup at Maine Road three days later at their First Division match against West Ham.

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

*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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