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 Liverpool’s Anfield boardroom transformed into a TV studio in November 1969 to film the BBC football programme Match of the Day.

Commentator and presenter David Coleman is leaning next to the club’s trophies in dark glasses to counter the glare of the spotlights. On the left are Liverpool captain Ron Yeats and manager Bill Shankly.

It was a landmark day for the programme as Liverpool’s First Division match against West Ham on November 15th was the first to be shown in full colour on BBC1.

By 1969, Match of the Day had already been on air for five years. It is still broadcast on Saturday nights, making it the longest-running football TV programme in the world.

MOTD Anfield 1969
Liverpool FC
Liverpool were 2-0 winners on the day with goals from Chris Lawler and Bobby Graham. At the time, the Reds were fading slightly after making a promising start to the season.

It was a transitional period for the club with players from the 1960s team moving on. World Cup winner Roger Hunt, who scored 286 goals for the Reds, left to join Bolton Wanderers in December 1969.

Our modern image shows the Reds again playing West Ham at Anfield, this time in the Premier League in December 2016. Liverpool’s Ragnar Klavan is battling for the ball with former Red Andy Carroll in a 2-2 draw.

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