Welcome to Then and Now, where each week we compare images of Manchester streets, landmarks and buildings from bygone days with how they look today.
This week our main image shows Brazilian footballer Pele on the platform at Manchester’s Piccadilly station after his team were eliminated from the 1966 World Cup.
Brazil were world champions at the time, but went out at the group stage after playing their matches at Everton’s home ground Goodison Park.
Things looked like they were going to plan when Brazil won their first match against Bulgaria 2-0 on July 12, with Pele scoring in the 15th minute.
But the wheels came off against Hungary three days later with a 3-1 defeat.
It was make or break for Brazil when they lined up to play Portugal in front of 58,479 fans on July 19. But defensive errors let them down and the champions again lost 3-1.
The war poet Wilfred Owen served with the Manchester Regiment, winning the Military Cross for his leadership at Joncourt. He was killed in action at the Sambre-Oise Canal one week before the Armistice was signed in November 1918.
Pele and his shell-shocked team drove back to their Lymm hotel and, two days later, caught the London train from Manchester Piccadilly station.
They’d made many friends in the North West – and Pele was still signing autographs from the carriage window as the train pulled away.
Manchester Piccadilly looked very different to its normal bustling self on Wednesday when our current photo was shot.
The effects of the coronavirus meant there were few passengers boarding the London train under the vast glass roofs of the Victorian train hed.
*Many more images from Then and Now are featured in the new book The Changing Face of Manchester published to mark the 150th anniversary of the M.E.N.
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