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Wembley Stadium

Although a new Wembley stadium is currently under construction, the old one that closed in 2000 still evokes many happy memories among sports fans. Its twin white towers were the portals to legendary (and some not so legendary) Cup finals of yore, when ‘Abide With Me’ rang around the ground in London spring sunshine, and the victorious team had to climb 39 steps to collect their cup from a member of the royal family. England’s national football ground started life as the Empire Stadium in 1923, hosting its first ever FA Cup final that year, when the over-capacity crowd had to be reined back by a policeman on a white horse. As well as sporting events, the stadium was also a major concert venue, the last ever band to strut their stuff there being Bon Jovi in August 2000. Join us in the Dugout of Dreams as we celebrate Old Wembley’s past.

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It is a national sporting venue for many events and is world famous.

douglas fairbank


The old Wembley Stadium was brilliant - a wonderful place. I think it was criminal to build a new Wembley Stadium in place of the old one, which had wonderful architecture dating from 1923. The old building was a superb space for sports and also music, it will never forgotten! I saw Pink Floyd in concert at the old stadium in 1988 - one of the most wonderful moments in my life.
Peter Sdanowitz


The imminent return of the FA Cup Final to the new Wembley Stadium has, for me, simply re-opened the wounds of anger and bitterness I felt about the demolition of the old stadium. I never, ever thought they would demolish Wembley...it was a national monument, and to tear it down was as unthinkable to me as tearing down St Paul's Cathedral or Buckingham Palace. It was the place where England won the World Cup for the first and only time, for God's sake! For that alone, the stadium should have been heritage listed.
Rob Bradley


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