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Wednesday, 27 September, 2000, 14:18 GMT 15:18 UK
Your favourite Wembley moments
After 77 years of rich history, the old Wembley is due to make way for a brand new stadium - but what are your most memorable moments?
The Twin Towers have also witnessed many legendary FA Cup finals, rugby league showpieces and non-sporting occasions which have added to the magic of one the world's greatest arenas.
What are your strongest memories of the famous old stadium? Which moment associated with the Twin Towers stands out more than any other?
Watching the greyhounds from the Royal Box as a youngster of 6 or 7. Being there for the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert. Two television memories, Queen at Live Aid and Wales beating England, remember the try by Scott Gibbs and that all important conversion by Neil Jenkins.
There must be many, many thousands of women in the UK for whom Wembley Stadium does not mean football in any shape or form at all. In the early sixties at least once a year Wembley was filled with schoolgirls watching the Hockey International. Every time I've seen the twin towers I've remembered screaming my head off in support of England against the Netherlands (the first match I attended).
Without question, it would have to be Live Aid- June 1985. Many people will forever associate the Twin Towers with sporting fixtures, but for me they will live forever as the venue of the greatest fundraising event the world has ever seen. That alone is enough to mean that the old stadium should never be demolished.
I also remember it being used in part of the science fiction TV series 'Quatermass' in 1979 starring John Mills, which I remember watching as a child of 10.
This is one of the greatest catastrophes of redevelopment we have ever seen in this country. The old Empire Stadium should forever be kept as a symbol of some of our proudest and happiest achievements, destruction is nothing short of a moral holocaust; we may as well knock down Tower Bridge or the Albert Hall while we're about it!! If a new stadium is required then it can be perfectly easily built somewhere else, most obviously on the site of the Millennium Dome. I for one will be crying when the old place starts coming down, and I know for certain that I won't be the only one.
Long ago but no contest. The 1952 Cup Final. Bolton Wanderers lead 3-1 against Blackpool at half time. Blackpool go to 3-2, then in the 89th minute equalise. In the closing minute of extra time Stanley Matthew's beats two defenders on the right wing to send over his cross to left winger Bill Perry who scores from 30 yards to make it 4-3 and end the game. Crowd delirious.
Meeting Geoff Hurst in the Players Tunnel before the FA Cup Final this year. It was just unreal! U2's second concert in 97 wasn't bad either.
Gazza coming back to fitness for Euro 96 and scoring one of the best goals of his career and just proving his natural talent to the whole country and prove his critics wrong.
The 1989-Cup Final was a moving experience, but I think I was too young to really appreciate the emotion behind my first visit to Wembley. But in 1995, having watched my Everton side go from despair to great (although ultimately unfulfilled) hope for the future, the sheer joy at seeing us beat Manchester United and win the cup was fantastic. I've never been so nervous - 1-0 and knowing, just knowing, that if Utd equalised then they'd demolish us in extra time, but we rode our luck, and I've never felt anything like the ecstasy at the final whistle.
My favourite Wembley memory is of the sunny May afternoon in 1972 when Leeds United finally won the F.A.Cup by beating Arsenal 1-0. The hero of the day was Mick Jones, who had to be aided by Norman Hunter when he went to collect his medal. Thus Norman Hunter has the honour of being the only player to climb the famous 39 steps twice on the same afternoon!
Glenn Gelder, England
I will never forget doing a tour of
Wembley the day after Tottenham's
1991 victory. Knowing I was
following all those players was a
dream come true.
Also 1996 against the Dutch was
a great evening, giving the masters
of football a footballing lesson.
Let's hope we give it a good send off
on Saturday but winning well.
The most memorable Wembley moment for me was not a difficult choice. 1977 England 1-2 Scotland, but the game wasn't as memorable as the scenes that followed. The pitch invasion that saw thousands of Scots, many more than the official allocation, storm the pitch with jubilation. Nobody knows where the goalposts went, but rest assured they ended up north of the border.
The time Great Britian Rugby League, beat the Aussies, with only 12 men, after Shaun Edwards had been sent off. What a day!
In '73 England needed badly to win the game against Poland to qualify for the World Cup in '74. The game ended up in a tie and England did not make it. I do not think I had ever watched a whole game without breathing before!
Seeing Bobby Stokoe the manager of Sunderland in the 1973 FA Cup Final bound across the Wembley Pitch to give Jim Montgomery a huge hug. The faces on the pair of them sums up the meaning of playing and winning at Wembley in an FA Cup Final.
Nicky Wright and Allan Smart scoring the two goals that put Watford in the Premier, May 31 1999, in front of over 30,000 Watford fans. Sheer magic!
When Bristol City played stoke in the 1999 Autowindscreens final. To see 75,000 2nd division fans there was excellent!
Halifax 19 St Helens 18, 1987. All I have to say is, what's gone wrong since that day?
Without a shadow of doubt the greatest Wembley moment would be Alan Sunderland scoring the winner in the 3-2 victory over Man Utd in the 1979 FA Cup Final. Never again will we see such an amazing 5 mins of football at the end of a game, unforgettable!!
Gazza scoring from 35 yards free kick, after four minutes, for Spurs v Arsenal, in the FA cup semi- final in 1991.
The concerts - Live Aid, Queen, Michael Jackson, etc.
One of the greatest moments for me has to be the 1988 final between Wimbledon and Liverpool. Wimbledon had only joined the Football League in 1977, and stormed up the divisions to reach the First Division in 1986, to face the mighty Liverpool. The game itself was a classic David vs. Goliath encounter, with Wimbledon written off by almost everyone before the game. How wrong they all were!
The 1991 American Football World Bowl. The London Monarchs won 21-0 against the Barcelona Dragons. Wembley was full to capacity and the atmosphere was thumping with rock music, fireworks and a magnificent victory celebrated by a very partisan crowd. Goosebumps still rise at the memory.
Steve Cahill, England
The Littlewoods Cup defeat of Liverpool by Arsenal. It was the tale of two strikers that day. The mysterious increase in form of Charlie Nicholas and of course, the end of that proud record of Anfield legend, Rush. Until then, Liverpool never lost whenever he scored for them What a place for it all to happen. Only Wembly can provide us with twisted tales like this.
My favourite moment, although I was not alive when it happened, was the 1961 Rugby League Challenge Cup final, St Helens v Wigan. The greatest try in the history of the game came when Tom Van Vollenhoven the flying springbok pick the ball up on his own 20 metre line and after 5 or 6 passes to his inside player Ken Large, eventually crossed the Wigan line and put the ball down under the posts. I have many memories of Wembley of many great Rugby games and alot of people forget it is the home of Rugby League as well as football. I am looking forward to the first Rugby League game at the new stadium I hope the stadium designers try their best to hold the atmosphere like Wembley has at the moment.
Paul Cunliffe, England
My best Wembley experience has to be Euro 96 - England v the auld enemy, Scotland. I'll only remember three things about that game - Gazza's goal, Seaman's penalty save and the final result - 2 0
The late 1970's match between Scotland and England when Scotland won 1-0 and there was joyous celebration on the pitch at the end. Kenny Dalglish put the ball through Ray Clemence's legs to seal a deserved victory.
My all time favourite Wembley moment was watching Man City come back from the death in the 1999 Division Two play-off final. The feeling I got after Paul Dickov's equaliser 4 minutes in to injury time will never be matched. Nicky Weaver's excstatic run around Wembley after saving the vital penalty and Andy Morrison rugby takling him to the ground also provide everlasting memories of the famous old stadium. RIP Wembley.
Frank McGrory, England
Seeing Arsenal do the double in 1996/1997! I never thought that I would see that in my lifetime.
England v Brazil in 1987. It was my first game at Wembley and I was ten years old. It remains one of the most incredible experiences of my life, an experience that has not been equalled or even come close to at any other match at any other stadium. Seeing two of world's most important teams at the worlds most important and most recognised football stadium is one I will treasure. It is going to be very sad indeed to see those towers go. Wembley is an experience that is totally unique and is a place steeped in tradition and even a certain amount of mystique. I for one will be very sorry to see it go.
Since going to my first FA Cup final with my dad in 1985, I've been to many football matches at Wembley with each one giving a sense of excitement leading up to the day of the game. However, as an ardent supporter of Ipswich Town but not old enough to remember the 1978 FA Cup final, it was always an ambition of mine to see my team walk out in front of the famous twin towers. With time running out and Wembley due to be demolished, I'd almost totally given up hope of realising this ambition. So no prizes for guessing my favourite memory when as recently as May of this year, in the last but one game ever to be played at Wembley, Ipswich finally made it in the first division play off final, a game we went on to win 4-2. It is a day that will be with me for as long as I live and I don't think I will ever forget the combined feeling of relief and euphoria when Martijn Reuseur scored in the 90th minute to secure the game for us.
Steve Scott, England
The best Wembley moment by far was seeing my beloved Gillingham getting promotion to Division 1 by beating Wigan in last year's play-off final. After the heartbreak of seeing us throw away a two-goal lead and lose to Man City the year before it was pure ecstasy to see Andy Thomson head the extra time winner!
My old schoolmate Francis Cummins not only becoming the youngest player in Rugby League Challenge Cup Final history at Wembley (1994), but in that same match scoring a length of the pitch try for Leeds against Wigan outrunning the likes of Martin Offiah and Dean Bell. Magic!
Stuart Pearce scoring "that penalty" in Euro 96.
Best Wembley moment: April 1999, Wales 32 England 31. Wales scored a try and conversion in the last minute to beat England and deny them the Five Nations Championship, the Triple Crown and the Grand Slam. This was the last ever 5 nations match and one of the most enjoyable (from a Welsh perspective).
Roberto di Matteo's 30 yard scorcher, 45 seconds into the 1997 FA Cup Final. The fastest and certainly one of the most spectacular goals in an FA Cup Final.
For me there can't be any memory to beat the relief and astonishment at the famous double save made by Jim Montgomery in the 1973 FA Cup Final between second division Sunderland and Don Revie's all conquering Leeds United. After that, there was no doubt the cup was heading to Sunderland.
David Gray, UK
Man City coming from 2-0 down after 90 mins in the 1999 play-off finals, ultimately winning on penalties. And seeing all the people who'd left trying to get back in again.
The 1998 first division play-off final between Charlton and Sunderland. 3-3 after full time, 4-4 after extra time, with Charlton winning 7-6 on penalties after what seemed like an eternity. Sasa Ilic saves Michael Gray's shot, and south London's biggest booze-up in history begins. Complete torture to watch, but an amazing result for us. I'll never forget it, and I don't think Sunderland's fans will ever recover from it!
It would have to be the 1989 FA cup final. I am an Evertonian but still felt that following the tragedy before it was right that Liverpool should win. The chant of "merseyside merseyside" will live with me forever.
Seaman saves a penalty, Gascoigne scores a goal, crowd goes wild, brilliant.
Watching Scott Gibbs break 5 tackles to score the winning try against England in the Five Nations Championship in 1998.
Leanne Richards, Wales
My best moment and worst moment was the 1996 Challenge Cup final, Robbie Paul's brilliant hat-trick, especially his last try. Unfortunately Bradford lost their lead and eventually the match in one of the best Finals ever.
Being at Wembley for the second leg of the Euro 2000 Play off, and seeing Scotland win at the home of the Auld Enemy, in the last Scotland v England game at Wembley. Whilst we did not qualify for Euro 2000 it was still a fantastic occasion, and even more memorable for it being my first visit to Wembley.
All the other comments are about sport! Doesn't anyone remember Live Aid in 1985? What about Freddy Mercury and Queen at Live Aid? Radio Ga-ga. Also Bruce Sprinsteen
on July 4, in the same year.
It has to be Gazza's goal against Scotland in Euro '96. It has to be the best goal scored by a player in an England shirt.
Ross Aitken, UK
The last 10 minutes of the 1979 cup final, Arsenal coming back to win 3-2. The Liam Brady cup final.
Henderson Gill flashing his teeth in the biggest grin in the world after a length of the field try for Wigan in the 1984 Rugby League Challenge Cup final between Wigan and Hull, arguably the best final ever.
England's fourth goal in the World Cup Final in 1966. Ricky Villa's goal for Spurs in the 1981 F.A Cup Final. Paul Gascoigne's goal for England against Scotland in Euro '96. Trevor Brooking's F.A. Cup winner in the 1980 Cup Final against the Arsenal.
Being a supporter of Crystal Palace, my most memorable Wembley moment came when Ian Wright put Palace ahead in the 1990 FA Cup Final. Though Palace didn't end up winning, it was my first time at Wembley (as it was for Palace) and after our miraculous win against Liverpool in the semi-final (remember Alan Pardew) we really believed the Cup was ours. Unfortunately, Mark Hughes had other ideas.
Ken Barr, USA
Keith Houchen's diving header for Coventry in the 1987 Cup Final - I challenge anyone to have witnessed a better goal at the Twin Towers
Actually my memory of Wembley is yet to come. This will be when I take my place at the old stadium of the England Germany game. I bet there won't be a dry eye in the house!
My two best Wembley moments are when Ipswich Town won the FA Cup in 1978 and when Ipswich Town won promotion to the Premiership in 2000 when we played Barnsley
When the talented Scott Gibbs got the ball and robbed us of another Grand Slam. Outstanding try.
Beating England there in 1999. Red everywhere -- a great day.
Simon Jones, Wales
Liverpool winning the FA Cup in 1986 and 1989 by beating Everton on both occasions. I was touched by Ian Rush's contribution on both days. For me it was like history repeating itself, something I dreamt of from 1986 as a young Liverpool fan. It's wonderful how this stadium can stage such emotional and historic events.
My favourite memory of the Twin Towers is when Scotland beat England 1-0 in 1978 and the Scottish fans invaded the pitch afterwards celebrating.
England winning the World Cup and the White Horse Cup final will always be remembered. My personal favourite was Ricky Villa for Spurs in the 1981 FA Cup Final. After being substituted in the first match he looked so despondent, but his joy after scoring the brilliant second of his two goals in the replay showed the true lows and highs of the game we gave to the world.
Nigel Walters, U.K
That Scott Gibbs try in the dying minutes of the Wales - England match 2 years ago which robbed England of the Grand Slam.
I think for my generation (I'm 25), nothing can beat the night in Euro'96 when we beat Holland 4:1. It represented the first & only time in my memory that an England team looked truly world-class. We were playing fast, flowing attractive football and with the Wembley atmosphere that night we could have beaten anybody!
Watching Stanley Mathews and Blackpool come from 1 - 3 down against Bolton in the 1953-Cup Final to win 4-3, a great moment in my life.
Two out of the three most wonderful days of my life happened at Wembley - Mansfield Town FC winning the Freight Rover Trophy in '86 and Live Aid in '85. If I could have persuaded my partner to give birth to my son at Wembley then it would have been three out of three.
Jack Hunt, England
The 1978 F.A. Cup Final is to my mind the best ever.
Being a die-hard Ipswich Town fan, that game against the mighty Arsenal
stands out above all others. Ipswich Town was struggling in Division One
that year, but managed to overcome the odds and beat Arsenal 1-0.
East Anglia had never known a day like it - not until the magnificent play-off
final this year, but that's another story !
There can be only one moment. And that is seeing Bobby Moore lift the world cup
Few people will remember the 1988 Littlewoods Cup Final between Arsenal and Luton but it must go down as having one of the most exciting last 15 minutes of any Cup Final. In that short period there was a saved penalty and 3 goals, the Cup winning goal being scored with the very last kick of the game. This was as an exciting a match as I have ever seen!
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