On This Day; ... 20 YEARS AGO.

01ON THE eve of Everton FC's FA Cup Final showdown with Manchester United, the ECHO exposed a black market ticket racket, with tickets exchanging hands for PS300 a time. We teamed up with EFC to compile a damning dossier of evidence against the touts which was handed to the FA.

02THERE was not a single blue nose to be found in all of Liverpool. The traditional clown's nose, in EFC colours, were being snapped up at the ECHO office and Everton's official shop in Goodison Park as quickly as they came in. More than 30,000 were set to be worn by fans on Cup Final day.

03A CAMPAIGN to boost Merseyside's image locally included plans to teach teenagers the 50 best things about the area. To invoke a sense of Mersey pride, the new leaflets would tell of our recordbreaking port, footballing success and workers being 15% more productive than the UK average.

04SAILORS from Canada weighed anchor in the Mersey so they could help cheer up youngsters at Alder Hey. The crew from HMCS Toronto were also in the city to help dedicate Canada Boulevard, at the Pier Head, where 52 maple trees marked the part the country's armed forces played in World War II.

05NEVILLE SOUTHALL, above, revealed his biggest fear ahead of the FA Cup Final - a player from either side seeing red and being sent off. The Blues goalie said: "In a game with this amount of tension and excitement surrounding it, the referee is vitally important."

06FOR Evertonians needing a break from the pre-match tension, Vic and Bob, above, were on BBC Two with a healthy dollop of surreal humour. Among the characters causing as much befuddlement as they did belly laughs were the Bra Men and councillors Cox and Evans.

07A CELEBRATION was taking place at Liverpool's Irish Centre after the venue was saved after months of campaigning. A co-operative had been formed which took over the centre the previous month. An Irish band, singer and the centre's own step dancers were all taking part to add to the occasion.

08A MUM sparked a full-scale alert after driving around with an unexploded bomb on her knee. Liz Mawdsley thought the 18lb World War II incendiary device was a rusty old gas bottle. Bomb squad officers later carried out a controlled explosion after sealing off a road in Blundellsands.

09FOUR thousand racegoers attended the very first Ladies Night at Aintree. There were seven races to enjoy as well as catwalk events, a Liz Taylor look-alike contest (in tribute to National Velvet, a film all about the Grand National) and half-price admission for all women in attendance.

10BROOKSIDE fans still in shock over the guilty verdicts in Mandy and Beth Jordache's murder trial the previous week could buy a 28-page ECHO supplement with full coverage of the TV trial. It included a poster every Brookie fan could proudly display which declared the pair's innocence.

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