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 a more relaxed time for air travel with Everton footballers playing cards round a table in the departure lounge before flying off to play Inter Milan.

It is September 1963 and the occasion was the second leg of the European Cup preliminary round. Everton had drawn the first leg at Goodison Park 0-0 so the overall match was finely poised.

Pictured waiting for take-off at Ringway Airport are right back Roy Parnell, half back Barry Rees, midfield general and future club legend Colin Harvey and winger Jimmy Hill.

Harvey had yet to make his senior debut for the Toffees. It actually came in the match at the San Siro on September 25th which Everton lost 1-0. Manager Harry Catterick only told Harvey he was in the team at lunch-time on the day.

Liverpool-born Harvey went on to make 320 league appearances for Everton, scoring 18 goals from 1963 to 1974. He was part of the celebrated midfield ‘Holy Trinity’ along with Alan Ball and Howard Kendall.

Although they were defeated, the Toffees could at least take comfort from the fact that Inter went on to win the competition, defeating Real Madrid 3-1 in the final at Vienna.

Everton’s season ended in a third-place finish in the First Division behind champions Liverpool and runners-up Manchester United.

Our modern photo shows an almost deserted John Lennon Airport in July 2020 with Covid restrictions in operation.

*Unmissable wartime images from Liverpool and the North West are included in Clive Hardy’s latest hardback book The Home Front – Britain 1939-45. It’s available for £14.99 from inostalgia.co.uk or the order hotline 01928 503777.