Wembley calls on fans to share magical moments

Images: Wembley Stadium/The FA

Images: Wembley Stadium/The FA

Wembley Stadium has kicked off its centenary celebrations by calling on football, sports and music fans to share their most memorable moments of the London venue.

Since it first opened its doors on April 28, 1923, the stadium has been home to some of the most historic and memorable moments of the last century. 

These range from the famous white horse of the 1923 FA Cup final to Bobby Moore lifting the FIFA World Cup trophy for England in 1966, Freddie Mercury at Live Aid in 1985, and Chloe Kelly’s extra time winner for England in the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 final.

Now, as England’s national stadium prepares to celebrate its 100th birthday, the nation is being encouraged to share in the anniversary celebrations by submitting their most memorable moments of the iconic venue online.

Stadium director Liam Boylan said: “Wembley holds a space in people’s hearts for many different reasons. It is the place where heroes perform and idols are worshipped. The place where big things happen, and history is made.

“It is also about those special, personal moments too. Seeing your side win or lose, a child’s first game or witnessing a favourite band or artist perform. We want people to share those moments with us and let us know why Wembley is so unique to them.”

Although synonymous with football, Wembley has hosted a variety of sports throughout its history. Everything from the Olympic Games (1948 and 2012) to world title boxing fights, NFL clashes, speedway, show-jumping, Gaelic football, hurling, motorsport and greyhound racing. It has also held rugby matches of both codes and was a venue for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Wembley hosted its first music event in 1969 and since then has gone on to be recognised as a world-renowned concert venue. Madonna, Beyoncé, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Pink Floyd, Take That and U2 have all taken to the stage at Wembley. In more recent times Adele, The Killers, Foo Fighters, BST, Eminem and Ed Sheeran have also performed there.

Perhaps its most famous musical moment though was the Live Aid concert in 1985, which was broadcast live to more than one billion people across 110 countries. More than 75 artists performed on stage that day with Queen, led by Mercury, putting on a performance which to this day is still widely considered the greatest stadium show by a band ever.

The stadium itself has undergone huge change throughout its history. In 2001 the original building, with its famous twin towers, was knocked down to make way for a more modern structure, fit for the future. The new Wembley took almost six years to build, reopening for the 2007 FA Cup final.

Last year more than 2.6 million people visited the stadium for a record-breaking number of events including multiple nights from musicians Sheeran, Coldplay and Harry Styles.

Boylan added: “Wembley is an iconic landmark that defines English culture and history. It holds a position in the national psyche as much as places like Buckingham Palace, Stonehenge and the Houses of Parliament.

“Over the next 12 months we want to celebrate that fact and look forward to another 100 years of fantastic, history making defining moments.”

All those who submit a memorable moment will be entered into a prize draw for three pairs of VIP tickets to a Wembley event of their choice from April 1 to December 31.