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 United’s teenage winger George Best tussling with West Ham right back and future Manchester City manager John Bond.

The ground is Old Trafford – looking very different from today – and the date is September 1964. Looking on is United midfield legend Bobby Charlton.

The occasion was a Division One league match between the two clubs. The Red Devils won 3-1 with goals from Best, John Connelly and Denis Law.

United, under manager Matt Busby, went on to become First Division champions with 61 points. Best, in his first full senior season at the age of 18, scored 14 goals in all competitions.

The Northern Ireland international would go on to make 361 league appearances for the Red Devils, scoring 137 goals, before leaving the club in 1974.

George Best
John Bond
Bond made his debut for West Ham in 1952, quickly establishing himself as a goal-scoring right back. Fans at Upton Park called him ‘Muffin’ because he had a kick like a mule.

Bond became City manager in 1980, taking over from Malcolm Allison. In his first season he guided the Blues to the famous FA Cup final against Tottenham Hotspur. City lost 3-2 after a memorable goal by Spurs’ Argentinian midfielder Ricky Villa.

Bond resigned as manager in February 1983 with City ninth in the First Division. Their form fell away under new boss John Benson and the Blues were relegated on the final day of the season.

*Many more images from Then and Now are featured in The Changing Face of Manchester on sale now at £14.99.

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