Sunday 28 April marks the 90th anniversary of Wembley Stadium, the iconic home for countless sports and music events that have created inspiring memories for millions of people around the globe.
To kick off the celebrations, England manager Roy Hodgson took to Wembley Way with stadium staff to cut a giant cake made for the world renowned venue.
Also joining the celebrations this weekend will be Tottenham Hotspur legends, Ricky Villa and Ossie Ardiles. Villa is famed for scoring one of Wembley’s greatest ever goals in 1981 while Ardiles’ dream of playing at the stadium was famously the inspiration for Spurs’ FA Cup final song in the same year.
The Argentinean duo will be joined by other Wembley legends over the weekend in a series of events to celebrate the stadium’s rich history.
Wembley has a reputation for hosting countless famous events down the years. It was the site for England’s glorious 1966 FIFA World Cup victory, the White Horse FA Cup Final, a memorable 2-0 victory for England against Scotland in Euro 96, the nine goal thriller against Hungary in 1953 and has also played host to many epic FA Cup Finals.
Over the years the stadium has proved to be more than just a football venue. In 1985, Wembley hosted Live Aid, regarded as one of the most iconic moments in music history. The following year Freddie Mercury rocked the stadium with Queen and stars like Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones and Take That have also raised the roof since then.
Other occasions such as the 1948 Olympics, Evel Knievel’s jump over 13 buses in 1975 and Henry Cooper’s bout with Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali) in 1963 have also been etched in the Wembley history books.
The new and current Wembley opened in 2007, being built on the site of the previous 1923 stadium. The earlier Wembley was famous for its ‘Twin Towers’ and demolished in 2003 to make way for a modern 90,000 capacity venue which is the second largest in Europe. The stadium will also host the 2013 UEFA Champions League Final, the only venue to have done so twice in the space of three years and a record seventh final to be held at Wembley in total.
Roger Maslin, managing director at Wembley Stadium, said: “With 2013 marking Wembley’s 90th anniversary as well as the 150th anniversary of The FA, it’s been great to give fans the opportunity to celebrate with us this weekend.
“They have played a crucial role in the history of the stadium and will continue to do so as we host many more great events in the world of sport and music. We have one of the most iconic stadiums in the world and we can’t wait to create another 90 years of inspiring memories.”
As part of the celebrations Wembley will honour one of its most famous annual events, The FA Cup final, with the Wembley Pass – a day-long event that will see this season’s FA Cup final ball travel on a glass-sided truck through the streets of London from the Kennington Oval, the home of the first ever FA Cup final, to Wembley Stadium.
Fans can get involved along the way via various London landmarks including the EDF London Eye, The Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace as it makes its way from the venue of that historic 1872 final between Wanderers and Royal Engineers to the legendary location for modern day finals.
Special behind the scenes tours are being offered to Brent Residents looking to join in the 90th anniversary celebrations at Wembley Stadium on the weekend of April 27 and 28, with the stadium opening its doors for a series of unique tours of the iconic landmark priced at just £1.50 per head.
Visit www.wembleystadium.com for further information on Wembley Pass, the special Tours and how to get involved. Or follow #wembley over the weekend.