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In Pictures: Wembley through the years

The new Wembley Stadium

The first professional football match at the new Wembley Stadium took place on Saturday. It saw England's under-21 team take on Italy's under-21s before nearly 60,000 fans.

Crowds spill on to the pitch before the 1923 FA Cup final, the first match at the old Wembley Stadium

Organisers were glad things went more smoothly than the first match at the old stadium, the 1923 FA Cup final, when huge crowds spilled on to the pitch before kick-off.

Bobby Moore and the England team celebrate their win in the 1966 World Cup final at Wembley

Arguably the most famous moment at the old Wembley came on 30 July 1966 when England beat West Germany 4-2 to win the World Cup for the first, and so far only, time.

The 1948 London Olympics at Wembley

Wembley Stadium hosted the Olympics in 1948, the first games for 12 years after the break caused by World War II, and - until 2012 - London's last Olympics.

Greyhound racing at Wembley in 1972

The track around the edge of the pitch was used for greyhound racing for many years. This race was in 1972.

Evel Knievel attempts to jump over buses at Wembley in 1975

Motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel was a famous visitor to the stadium in 1975, when he attempted to jump over 13 buses on his motorbike. He crashed on landing.

Crowds at the Live Aid concert at Wembley in 1985

Wembley was home to one of the world's most famous music events, the London leg of the Bob Geldof-organised Live Aid concert to aid famine relief, which took place on 13 July 1985.

Three different proposals for designs of the new stadium from the 1990s, all incorporating the twin towers

In the 1990s it was decided Wembley needed rebuilding. The famous Twin Towers were originally intended to be retained and these three proposed designs all incorporated the towers.

Demolition work on the famous twin towers in 2003

But the towers could not be preserved and after demolition began in 2002, the towers were among the last bits still standing before they too were knocked down in 2003.

Fans head for Wembley on Saturday

After six-and-a-half years of hurt, the fans make their way towards the stadium on Saturday for their first taste of football there since October 2000.

The Wembley scoreboard shows the final score at the end of the first match

And they are treated to a feast of football, with six goals, including one after just 29 seconds, the first hat-trick at the new stadium - and a great arena in which to watch football.





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