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 the victorious Manchester City team parading the FA Cup on an open-top bus outside the Town Hall. The date is April 27th 1969.

The Blues won the coveted trophy by beating Leicester City 1-0 at Wembley thanks to a goal from Fallowfield-born inside forward Neil Young.

Leading the celebrations on the left side of the bus is assistant manager Malcolm Allison along with midfielder Colin Bell, holding the cup aloft.

At the other end of the top deck are Mike Summerbee and Francis Lee along with a photographer precariously leaning over the side of the bus to get a better shot.

Manchester City home coming
Manchester Town Hall
The FA Cup win capped a difficult season for reigning First Division champions City. Manager Joe Mercer was hoping for another league title when the Blues thrashed West Bromwich Albion 6-0 in the opening match of the season – the Charity Shield.

But it was not to be. City finished in 11th place on 41 points, well adrift of champions Leeds United on 67 points.

The Blues added two more trophies in the subsequent 1969-70 season when they won the European Cup Winners’ Cup by defeating Gornik Zabrze 2-1 in Vienna and the League Cup by beating West Brom 2-1 at Wembley.

The upward angle of our original image sees the splendid Victorian Gothic Town Hall towering over the players. Designed by architect Alfred Waterhouse, the landmark building was completed in 1877.

*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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