Wembley Stadium

London

Capacity: 90,000 (all seated)
Address: Empire Way, London, HA9 0WS*
Telephone: 0844 980 8001
Stadium Tours: 0800 169 9933
Pitch Size: 105m x 68m
Year Ground Opened: 2007**
Undersoil Heating: Yes

East and South Stands
East and South Stands
Looking Towards The East Stand
Looking Towards The East Stand
North Stand
North Stand
Looking Towards The West Stand
Looking Towards The West Stand
External View
External View
Bobby Moore Statue
Bobby Moore Statue
Fans Review Of Wembley Stadium

Wembley Stadium ArchWell, it may have been late in opening and over budget, but the new stadium has certainly been worth the wait and the extra expenditure. To say that it looks superb is really an understatement. 'Fantastic', 'tremendous', such words probably still don't do it enough justice. But what is really great about the stadium, is that it has its own individual identity and character. From the moment you see the Arch towering over the stadium in the distance, then you know that this is going to be something special, and special it is. Plus unlike a number of other stadiums around the world that host a number of sporting events including football, Wembley is primarily for football and is the home of the England team. No wonder that it is labelled the 'Home of Football'.

The old Wembley closed its doors in 2000 and was due to re-open in August 2005, but delays meant that the new stadium was not ready until March 2007. Designed by Foster & Partners and HOK Sport, the stadium which was built by Multiplex cost £737m to construct. 

The stadium is totally enclosed and comprises three tiers, with both sides of the stadium being slightly larger than the ends. These sides are semi-circular in construction and although on a larger scale are reminiscent of the similar designs at the Emirates & City Of Manchester Stadiums. Both these side stands have large upper and lower tiers, with a smaller middle tier sandwiched in-between. This middle tier overhangs the large lower tier and has a row of executive boxes at the back of it. At each end there is a large video screen, which is moulded into the third and hence is an integral part of the stadium. The stadium has a complicated looking roof, that initially appears retractable and could if necessary be used to enclose the stadium from the outside elements. However, just over one third can be moved, so that the pitch will always be open to the elements. Unlike the old stadium whereby the players would enter the field of play from a tunnel at one end, the players now enter the field in a conventional way, onto the half way line from the North Stand, where the Royal Box is situated.

The most striking external feature of the stadium is 'The Arch', towering some 133 metres above it. It comprises of white tubular steel, that can be seen for many miles across London and looks particularly spectacular at night when it is lit up. Oddly you can't see much of the Arch from inside the stadium. It does though have a practical use in being a load bearing support frame for the roofs of the stands. It reminds me of some sort of theme park ride and I half expect to see people being propelled over it.... now that would be interesting to watch at half time!

A bronze statue of Bobby Moore, is situated in front of the stadium. The legendary England World Cup winner gazes down on fans coming up Wembley Way.

Wembley Stadium ConcourseSeeing Wembley for the first time, you can't help but be impressed with the sheer quality of the place. From escalators to transport fans up to the top tier to the 'landscaped concourse, you can see that no expense has been spared. Although not the most generous of leg room that I have come across, it is still more than adequate and there is good height between rows. Add to this that there literally is not a bad seat in the house (even seats at the very top of the upper tier have excellent views) and with the roofs of the stadium being situated very close to the crowd, then a full house should generate an excellent atmosphere. The top tier (Level 5) is particularly steep, which may cause a few to be a bit short of breath as they reach the top, but at least this angle ensures that the spectators are kept as close to the playing action as they possibly can be.

Whereas most concourses in new stadiums so far built in this country are normally rather drab affairs, with a combination of breeze blocks and cladded piping, being predominantly on view, at Wembley it is different. For once someone has had the vision to hide these ugly features, with timber rafting and well positioned lighting, giving a modern stylish look. The concourses themselves are spacious, so much so that entertainers and other attractions are brought in to help entertain the crowd, The stadium has plenty refreshment tills (apparently one per 100 spectators in the stadium) and these are supplemented with a number of 'pop up' units serving everything from real ale to Krispy Creme doughnuts (Why is it that whenever I think of beer and doughnuts, Homer Simpson always springs to mind?). Prices have always been historically expensive at Wembley and the new stadium certainly follows in the same tradition, but probably no more now that what most London Premier League Clubs charge, although £7.30 for a Pulled Pork Hot Dog does seem rather steep. A 'normal' Hot Dog with Onions costs £6 and there is a smaller Kids Hot Dog at £5.20. Most of the refreshment outlets take card payments, which is probably a good job considering the prices. The concourses also have betting facilities, a number of flat screened televisions, as well as programme kiosks and merchandise outlets. 

For England International games, away supporters are housed in part of the lower tier of the East Stand.

One slight disappointment now when going to Wembley is that due to the amount of building that has gone on, especially along either side of Wembley Way, then views of the stadium are rather obscured as you walk up to it.

New Bag Policy

Please note that Wembley Stadium have introduced restrictions on the size of bags that can be taken into the stadium. This applies to all supporters. Bags that are larger than A4 in size (Height 297mm, Width 210mm and Depth 210mm), will need to be dropped at a dedicated bag drop at the stadium at a cost of £5 per item. Bags can then be collected from the bag drop after the match has finished.

Real Ale Pop Up StandAlthough there are a number of bars and pubs located within the general area around Wembley Stadium, they certainly combined do not have the capacity to house all the fans who would like a drink before the game. So bear this in mind when planning your arrival time. The closest bars to the stadium such as J.J. Moons (Wetherspoons), the Green Man (both near Wembley Stadium station) and the Torch (near Wembley Park tube station), are usually heaving many hours before kick off. 

In recent years for Cup and Play Off Finals the Police normally allocate pubs in a specific area to one team's supporters. This is based on which side of the stadium the fans are housed, on either the East or West side. For the 2019 Football League Play Off Finals; then Derby County, Sunderland and Tranmere Rovers have been allocated the East side of the stadium, whilst Aston Villa, Charlton Athletic and Newport County have the West side. Not all of these venues are pubs as such but also include some night clubs, cafe bars and restaurants. These venues throw their doors open when there is a big event going on at Wembley. So you may wish to do a little homework beforehand as to where you wish to head for. A list of the allocated pubs is below, please also check out a map showing the location of these pubs further down this page. Alcohol is also available inside the stadium. Also, Wembley Stadium have now started having fan zones, one each outside the East and West sides of the stadium for respective Club's fans to use. Although fairly small they do serve alcohol and these may well be developed further for future events. 

Pubs on the East side include: 
Blue Check Cafe - 12/13 Empire Way, Wembley, HA9 0RQ
Crock of Gold - 23 Bridge Road, Wembley, HA9 9AB
Crystal Club (Silverspoon) - South Way, Wembley, HA9 0HB
Double 6 Sports Bar - 125 Wembley Park Drive, Wembley HA9 8HQ
Flyer's Bar - 45 Blackbird Hill, NW9 8RS
St Joseph's Social Club - Empire Way Wembley HA9 0RJ
The Parish - 120 Wembley Park Drive, Wembley, HA9 8HP
The Torch - Bridge Road, Wembley, HA9 9AB
Watkins Folly - 1 Empire Way, Wembley HA9 0EW
Wembley Tavern - 121 Wembley Park Drive, HA9 8HG

Pubs on the West side include:
The Arch, 324 Harrow Road, Wembley, HA9 8LL
Blue Room - 53 Wembley Hill Road, Wembley, HA9 8BE
Copper Jug - 10 The Broadway, Wembley, HA9 8JU
Corner House - 313 Harrow Road, Wembley HA9 6BA
Flannerys - 610 High Road, Wembley, HA0 2AF
Fusilier Inn - 652 Harrow Road, Wembley, HA0 2HA
Green Man - Dagmar Avenue, Wembley, HA9 8DF
JJ Moons - 397 High Road, Wembley, HA9 6AA
Liquor Station - 379 High Road, Wembley, HA9 6AA
Masti's - 576 - 582 High Road, Wembley, HA0 2AA
Moore Spice - Wembley Retail Park, Unit 2, Engineers Way, HA9 0EW
Station 31 - 299 -303 Harrow Road, Wembley, HA9 6BD
Thirsty Eddie's - 412 High Road, Wembley, HA9 6AH

In addition, there are a number of outlets selling alcohol in the nearby London Designer Outlet and Arena Square. These tend to be frequented by supporters of both teams. Further down this page, there is a map showing the location of all these pubs and areas.

However, most fans tend to either drink in the centre of London before the game or have a drink near one of the London Underground stations located north of the stadium such as Harrow on the Hill or further afield such as Watford Junction or Ruislip. I have tended to drink in Harrow on the Hill, which is three stops away from Wembley Park on the tube and has a handy Wetherspoons and an O'Neills outlet, plus a number of other pubs and eating outlets. The good thing too is that if you park out in this direction, then after the game you are heading away from the masses who are normally heading back in the direction of Central London. Alternatively, alcohol is sold within the stadium, including Budweiser at £5.90 for 500ml bottle or can.

The stadium has been labelled as a 'public transport' destination, meaning that there is limited parking available at the stadium itself and there is also a residents only parking scheme in operation in the local area. The pricing and availability of stadium parking varies per event. More information and bookings can be made on the official Wembley Stadium Parking website.  There is also the option of renting a private driveway near Wembley Stadium via YourParkingSpace.co.uk.

The stadium is well signposted from the end of the M1 & M40. Basically the stadium is just off the A406 North Circular Road. 

From the M1:

At the roundabout at the end of the M1, turn right onto the A406 (North Circular/West Wembley). Continue along the A406 for a couple of miles and then after crossing a metal suspended bridge, you will pass a McDonalds on your left. At the traffic lights with an Ikea Store on one corner bear left onto Drury Way. Keeping the Ikea store on your right go straight across the next two roundabouts. You will pass a Tesco petrol station on your right and then at the traffic lights turn left into Grand Central Avenue (B4557). The stadium is at the end of this road.

I would recommend parking at one of the tube stations at the end of the Metropolitan line such as Uxbridge, Hillingdon or Ruislip or at Stanmore on the Jubilee line and then take the tube to Wembley Park.

London Underground tube map (takes you to the Transport For London website).

Wembley Park Tube SignThe nearest London Underground station is Wembley Park which is around a ten minute walk from the stadium. This is served by both the Jubilee & Metropolitan lines, although it is best to take the latter as it has less stops. Wembley Central is slightly further away from the stadium and has both rail & underground connections. This underground station is served by the Bakerloo line, whilst the railway station is on the London Euston-Milton Keynes line. The nearest train station is Wembley Stadium which is on the London Marylebone-Birmingham line.

For travelling across London by public transport I recommend planning your journey ahead with the use of the Travel For London Plan your journey website.

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There are 310 places for wheelchairs located throughout the stadium, including each of the levels. There is also space for each wheelchair user to have a companion helper.

 

The stadium offer tours on most days of the year. The 90 minute tour costs: Adults £19, Under 16's £12, Family tickets (2 Adults & 2 Children) are also available at £54.

Tours can be booked online at Ticketmaster or by calling 0800 169 9933 (or Group Bookings +25 in a party: 0800 169 7711).

The cost of programmes vary from match to match, but expect to pay in the region of £5-£10.

Record Attendance

126,047* West Ham United v Bolton Wanderers FA Cup Final, April 28th, 1923.

Modern All Seated Attendance Record

89,874 Portsmouth v Cardiff City FA Cup Final, May 17th, 2008.

* This was the official recorded attendance. But as so many more people had got into the stadium without paying, it is estimated that the crowd was nearer 200,000.

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Wembley Stadium Fans Pub Split

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Special thanks to:

Owen Pavey for providing the ground layout diagram and photo of the Bobby Moore Statue.

The Awaydays video of Wembley Stadium was produced by the Ugly Inside and made publicly available via YouTube.

Manchester City v Watford
FA Cup Final
Saturday 18th May 2019, 5pm
John Hague (Neutral/Manchester City)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Wembley Stadium?
 
At 22:00 on Thursday 16th May 2019 I was planning a trip to Willington in the Midlands Regional Alliance but a call from a friend of a (Kevin) friend changed all that, 'Did I want to go to the FA Cup Final?' Of course, I did, who wouldn't? There was the chance to witness history in the making if City could do a first domestic treble.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
We set off just before 10:00 and had an easy drive down the M1. I had booked a space on a drive in Stanmore, using the Just Park app for £9, a few minutes off the motorway and a five-minute walk to Stanmore tube station. From here it would be a painless 10 minutes on the Jubilee Line to Wembley.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
Our plan had been to go to the pub in Stanmore village for a few pints and lunch only to find that since our last visit for a Challenge Cup Final it had become a Nando's. Undeterred we went for a coffee on the High Street to decide what to do. Greeny didn't fancy a kebab and neither of us wanted fish and chips so Nando's won out. I had a decent beer in there too. After this, we headed off to Wembley and arrived just after two to take photos of the build up. 
 
The FA and the Premier League may not value the cup but you can't say the same for true fans and there was a great buzz around the place. Bobby Moore looking down on the Band of the Welsh Guards was fabulous as was the vendor of half and half finals scarves... the FA Trophey [sic] ones were the cause of much amusement. You have one job... just one!
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Wembley Stadium?
 
I've been to Wembley Stadium a few times and apart from in the dark, the place is a dull as ditchwater. It really has no magic, a soulless bowl for a soulless modern game. In reality, inside it's a massive improvement on the old Wembley. I do still wonder though if the Twin Towers couldn't have been saved.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The atmosphere come kick off was electric, even City's notoriously quiet fans made some noise. The Watford fans though just kept on going and were a real credit to their team. As for the game, Watford weren't half bad and caused City a few problems. One City supporting mate was anxious at half-time about a comeback. It was never on as Manchester City gave a footballing masterclass. They really are that good. We couldn't comment on the food as all we bought was overpriced bottled water (£2.60) that had to be poured into a plastic cup. What a waste.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
It was the usual queue to get to Wembley Park but it was well managed and we were back in Stanmore withing 45 minutes of leaving the stadium. Our parking meant we were a few minutes on to the M1 and heading home.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A great and totally unexpected day out. A big thanks to Kev's Friend for the tickets. As we drove North we discussed the game and both agreed that whilst Watford would feel down after the game on reflection they could say that no-one would have lived with that City side. A record-equaling score and a first-ever domestic treble. I won't see the likes again. A thoroughly enjoyable day. I'm sure though all fans would want only the final at Wembley.

Watford v Wolverhampton Wanderers
FA Cup Semi Final
Sunday 7th April 2019, 4pm
Jack (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Wembley Stadium?

Our first visit to Wembley since 1988 (for a cup game). And to see my team potentially get to an FA Cup Final for the first time since 1960, were not be missed.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

We left the Midlands around 12:30 and reached Wembley for 15:00. We parked on someone’s drive, booked through a parking App and took the 20 minute walk to the ground.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

Due to timings, we went straight into the stadium and to our seats. I looked at getting a drink on the concourse but it was very busy.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Wembley Stadium?

Wembley Stadium is super impressive and even though this was my fourth visit, it still brings a shiver down my spine when I see it. We were situated in Block 114 of the lower tier which gave us a very good view.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Wolves went 1-0 up in the 36th minute through a Matt Doherty header, which sparked bedlam for 34,000 or so Wolves fans. It got better in the 62nd minute as Raul Jimenez doubled our lead. However, Watford pulled a goal back with ten minutes to go and in the fourth minute of added on time, Troy Deeney equalised through a penalty. Watford ended up winning the game in extra time.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

We went for some food after to let the match day traffic die down. We got home around 22:30.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Until the 93rd minute, it was brilliant, though after the penalty it went downhill. A trip to Wembley is always special, though to lose the game like that was very disappointing.

Blackpool v Exeter City
League 2 Play-Off Final
Sunday 28th May 2017, 3pm
Tom (Exeter City fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Wembley Stadium?

I had visited Wembley Stadium once before for the League Cup final in 2013, although this of course was a different game entirely.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I got the train into London Paddington from Devon. Which was easy, as was the subsequent London Underground tube train on the Bakerloo line to Wembley Central. The train from Exeter St Davids was, however, packed with City fans and also rugby supporters going to Twickenham for their game against Barbarians, making for an 'interesting' journey.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

From Wembley Central, we went to The Liquor Station, which turned out to be a typically expensive London bar, though with a nice interior. The food served was a good standard, with burgers about £10 each with chips. Pubs were allocated to City and Blackpool fans. It did turn out that the Wetherspoons J.J Moon's was also allocated to Exeter supporters and was much cheaper for drinks, if much busier. 

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Wembley Stadium?

Wembley Stadium is a visually spectacular venue, though increased security alerts meant it took a considerable time to enter the ground. Unlike the Swansea v Bradford League Cup Final that I attended before, much of the stadium was empty- with just over 23,000 in attendance (although Blackpool took only around 5,000 with many fans protesting against their Club owners).

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Blackpool's flying start took away from much of the first half, with Blackpool having up to ten men behind the ball at any Exeter attack. David Wheeler's excellent equaliser livened the game up just before half-time, but Blackpool were dominant in the second half, reflected in their 2-1 win. The number of empty seats reduced the atmosphere considerably. 

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Having returned to JJ Moons for about half an hour after the game and then getting a curry outside London Paddington, the trains home were far quieter on the way home.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Wembley Stadium itself didn't disappoint, even if the game wasn't quite to standard. It also has to be said that the £38 tickets did provide a good view in Block 127, although booking fees took two tickets to £83, which seems excessive for an online booking.

Manchester United v Southampton
Football League Cup Final
Sunday 26th February 2017, 4.30pm
Eric Spreng (Southampton fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Wembley Stadium?

I had never been to the new Wembley Stadium. I had been to the old Wembley four times, seeing Scotland losing 5-1 to England in 1975, losing 3-1 to England in 1979, and beating England 1-0 in 1981 (the year that Ted Croker somewhat unsuccessfully tried to ban the Scots from getting Wembley tickets!). I had also seen Southampton lose 3-2 to Nottingham Forest in the League Cup Final in 1979. I have lived in Scotland all my days but I have supported Southampton since my dad took me to the Dell in August 1968 to watch the Saints playing Leeds United (my parents had lived in Southampton for a couple of years when they were first married in the mid 1950's and we were down visiting friends). I get to as many Southampton games as I realistically can - the Football League Cup Final was my sixth game this season including Inter Milan both home and away in the Europa league.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I flew down on the Saturday and stayed with family in Croydon on the Saturday and Sunday nights. We got the train into London Victoria at about midday and then the tube Oxford Circus where we had a couple of drinks and a bite of lunch. Headed up to Wembley by tube from there at about 2.30pm and we were at Wembley Stadium just after 3pm - all very straightforward.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

When we got to Wembley Stadium we found the Southampton fan-zone which was fine but the queue for drink was huge so we just went into the stadium and had a drink there. Walking up to the ground both sets of fans seemed to be in good spirits and looking forward to the match.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Wembley Stadium?

When we first came out of the Wembley tube station we got a wonderful view of the stadium and its iconic 'arch' - totally different from the 'twin towers' the last time I was there! As we took our seats in row 10 of the upper tier I thought that the whole place looked terrific. Whilst we were a little bit away from the pitch we had a fantastic view. The seats were comfortable enough and there was plenty of legroom.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc.. 

We didn't have anything to eat so I cannot comment on that, but the toilet facilities were fine. I don't really remember coming across any stewards directly, but there were certainly no problems with people finding their seats etc. As for the match itself - where can I begin! Southampton took the match to Manchester United from the start and were unlucky when Manolo Gabbiadini had a good goal incorrectly chalked off for offside after ten minutes. Manchester United then came more into the game and found themselves 2-0 up after 40 minutes. I think that most people would say that that scoreline flattered them, but Saints were down but not out and came romping back to 2-2 with 'further' goals from Gabbiadini either side of half-time. By this time the atmosphere at the Southampton end was nothing short of electric and Southampton had several corners and half chances before Romeo even hit the post. However with three minutes to go and the game seemingly heading for extra-time, United broke clear and won the game when Ibrahimovic buried a header past Fraser Forster in the Southampton goal. It was one fantastic game of football from start to finish.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

No real problems after the game, which must have finished just before 6.30pm. We had no real problems getting a tube from Wembley and we made our way back to Croydon by about 8pm - in time to go through the heartache all over again by watching the Channel 5 highlights at 8.15pm! I flew back to Scotland from Gatwick on the Monday morning.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I absolutely loved every minute of the day with the singular exception of the 87th minute of the match! Wembley is a magnificent stadium, a wonderful occasion put on with the pre-match entertainment by the authorities and one of the best games of football that I have e ver seen. I was very proud to be a Saints fan on the day. The team played out of their skins and went toe-to-toe with Man Utd from first to last. The Saints fans were unbelievable the whole game - the memory of 30,000 Saints singing 'When the Saints go marching in' after the equaliser at 2-2 will live with me for a long time (I could not have sung any louder if my life had depended on it !). At the end of the day somebody has to win and somebody has to lose, but if you are going to lose then this was how to do it. Absolutely gutted at the end, but very proud to be a saint and I loved my day. I would recommend that anyone who has the chance to watch their team play at Wembley, be it a cup final, semi-final, play-off final, checkatrade trophy, fa trophy should absolutely go for it. It is a great stadium and you will not regret it.

Oxford United v Barnsley
Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final
Sunday April 3rd 2016, 2.30pm
By Myles Munsey (Ground hopper)

Reasons for visit:
When you get invited to a cup final and a day out at the National Stadium you don’t turn it down. I’ve been to the both the new and the old stadium several times but this is the first time I had filed a report. Oxford had reached Wembley after a long tour round southern England including a 2-leg win over Millwall. Playing higher division opponents in Barnsley held no fears. 

Getting there:
It’s a bit of a trek to get from Newbury to Wembley even more so when chunks of the underground are inoperative at weekends. A through train to London had us in the capital by 11.30am. After a very early lunch there followed a lot of dodging about on the underground (Paddington Bakerloo Line was shut). We reached Marylebone in good time for the 10 minute sprint to Wembley. The train was very noisy as OUFC had taken over the whole of Marylebone station, or so it seemed.

First impressions:
Even though I have, as mentioned, been before and been on an official guided tour (which is recommended), the scale of the stadium is still difficult to take in. I’m no engineer but the construction skills are there for all to see. Wembley is impressive and the guided tour will give you all manner of fascinating statistics.I always have a rather ‘cold’ feeling when going there though. Even in victory which I have experienced twice (once with Oxford, once with Torquay), Wembley I’m afraid does not inspire me. 

Before the game:
The usual thing is to pose for a group photo in front of the Bobby Moore statue (our liaison point) and this we did in groups of a couple at a time. Having bought a programme there was little else to do but take our seats and count the clock down to kick-off at 2.30pm. There is a lot of razz ma tazz involved with the pre-match build up at cup finals these days – flame throwers, dancing girls – you know the sort of thing  but one recent innovation was the hoisting of both club’s pennants on giant dirigibles sponsored by you know who. I can’t comment on catering as prices are sky high at Wembley and long experience has taught me to steer well clear.

The Giant Club Pennants

The giant club pennants

The game:
Simply marvelous entertainment. The first half went very much Oxford’s way. Against higher league opponents they played well for 45 minutes, always looked comfortable and took the lead on 29 minutes through O’Dowda’s header from MacDonald’s cross. Whatever was said to Barnsley’s players at half time must have worked as seven minutes after the interval the Tykes were level Chey Dunkley putting through his own net after pressure from Winnall. 14 minutes later the Yorkshire side took the lead. Ivan Toney’s shot was well saved by Buchel but the ball fell kindly to Fletcher and he managed to net despite the attention of a defender of the line. With 16 minutes to go Barnsley scored their third goal. A break from halfway ended with Hamill curling an unstoppable shot into the far corner from the edge of the box. 

The Oxford End

Oxford United Fans at Wembley Stadium

Game over? Not likely. Two minutes later Danny Hylton’s accomplished header from Keemar Roofe’s cross hit the top corner and suddenly Oxford were back in it. Sadly they could not quite claw it back and after seeing them climb the Wembley steps for their loser’s medals, we headed for home.

Getting away:
Please be aware that there is a queuing system for trains these days. The queue for the London Train was a short one though (Most Oxford fans coming from the north –using Oxford Parkway and Haddenham which offer a direct run to Wembley) and we were soon away. We just made the 5.57pm train from Paddington and were back indoors by about 7.30pm.

Overall thoughts:
As one of our party said. ‘If you’re going to lose in a minor cup final then do it in style’. My sentiments entirely. In the end I have to say that Barnsley were a class outfit. Oxford belied their status to play well above themselves but were unable to bridge the gap in class.

For both teams there are now bigger fish to fry. For the U’s the distraction of this competition has now gone and the ultimate prize (promotion) awaits them as indeed it might for Barnsley.

And now I shall vent. How often is the game ruined by people standing up almost continuously and impeding your view? Yes I’m afraid it happened here as well. I’m tall and yet I had to do giraffe impressions to get a decent view. At half time I complained to the stewards. Despite warnings being issued to the perpetrators, nothing, but nothing was done about it. Some of our group struggled to see anything for long periods. Thankfully, we did see all five goals, but my goodness it wasn’t easy. It is high time the authorities actually used the powers bestowed on them to stamp this mindless behaviour out.

Despite this annoyance, it was a super game and a grand day out.

Middlesbrough v Norwich City
Championship Play-Off Final
Monday 25th May 2015, 3pm
Adam Featherstone (Middlesbrough fan)

Why you were looking forward to going to Wembley Stadium?

Being my first visit to the new Wembley I was looking forward to seeing it in the flesh for the first time. Also being able to go to a play-off final between two relatively unfashionable clubs with good supporters I was expecting the atmosphere to be immense.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?    

I found driving down from the North incredibly easy. I parked at Stanmore Underground Station which is about 5 minutes off J4 of the M1 and got the tube from there. It only cost me £2 to park for the whole day as it was a bank holiday tariff. However I would seriously advise getting there early to ensure a car parking space. I got there about 9am and there were only about 5 or 6 spaces left. It is situated in a residential area but I'm not sure if there is street parking in the vicinity although I did see a number of fans walking to the station from the surrounding streets so I presume that there is. Once on the tube it only takes about 10 minutes to get to Wembley Park station where you can walk straight down Olympic Way and to the stadium.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc...

All of the pubs in the local area were designated to one of the two sets of supporters so this limited the ones you could visit. As Boro we were given the west side of the stadium all of the pubs beyond that end of the ground were for us. We went for a drink at J.J Moons which is on the main street towards Wembley Central Station. They did quite a good offer of a four-pint pitcher for £8 so we gladly took advantage of that.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?  

I was hugely impressed with the stadium; walking down from Wembley Park and seeing the famous arch gets the adrenaline going especially during the hour before kick-off when the crowds start to gather. I was sat in the "cheaper" seats in the third tier but I always prefer being higher up and as with most modern stadiums the view of the pitch is excellent wherever you sit.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..    

The game was one that will give me nightmares for quite a while as a Boro fan. We were 2-0 down after 15 minutes after quick goals from Jerome and Redmond. From there we never looked like getting back into the game. We struggled with the occasion and played nowhere near to the standard we were capable whereas Norwich were very good, clearly did their homework on us and were deserved winners. The atmosphere was fantastic all game, both sets of supporters made it a great occasion. The facilities inside Wembley are, as I expected, top class. All sorts of food and drink to choose from although it was quite pricey.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

It all got too much for me when the game went to the final minutes so I snuck out of the ground slightly early (not that I was the only one) to try and avoid queues and traffic. It worked out quite well as getting back on the tube to Stanmore was seamless. I had heard some horror stories of having to wait 2 hours to get out of the station car park but fortunately I had no such trouble. There were however a number of disgruntled supporters who had been blocked in by people who had come in too late for a space and decided to just ditch their car anywhere. Luckily I wasn't one of those and I was out of the car park and onto the M1 in 10 minutes.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

In spite of the huge disappointment of failing to win promotion back to the Premier the day out was excellent. I have been wanting to visit Wembley Stadium since it was built so was pleased to have been and experienced it. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to get there and get out as well which made the day even better.

Hull City v Sheffield United
FA Cup Semi Fnal
Sunday, April 13th, 2014, 4pm
Matty Desforges (Sheffield United) 

1. Why you were looking forward to visiting Wembley Stadium?

After visiting the new Wembley three times in the past for two (rather unfortunate) play off finals and the 2012 Olympics, then a chance to watch my local club compete there again was a dream. I had been excited since the day of the quarter final victory and that semi final couldn’t come quick enough.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

We set off from Sheffield about 9am in the morning. The trip down the M1 was surprisingly quick and we arrived at the stadium about 12:3pm0, this included a half an hour stop at a Blades fan packed service station. We had bought parking at the stadium in advance for £30 (worth the time it saved at the end of the game), however unfortunately we accidentally bought parking in the area reserved for Hull City fans!

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

We had two hours before the stadium gates opened which gave us time to make a trip up and down Wembley way and stop off on the Arena Square for a quick pint. We walked all the way around the stadium and one side we enjoyed views right into the centre of London. There was no trouble between fans outside the ground before the game.

4. What were your thoughts on seeing the stadium?

We entered the ground an hour before kick off which gave us time to find our seats while the stadium was still empty. Event though this was my fourth visit, I was still impressed and I would say that it is easily the best looking stadium in England. Our tickets were for seats in the upper tier.  There was plenty of leg room, however there was a very steep gradient to the stand, which may not go down too well with the faint hearted. 

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

A fantastic eight goal thriller resulted in a Hull victory. However League One Sheffield United didn’t go down without a fight taking the lead twice in the first half. I managed to purchase a pie from the concourse before kick off which was extremely nice, however slightly overpriced. The concourse was extremely busy during half time (maybe due to Uniteds 2-1 lead) with many fans smoking in the toilet which could be seen as a hazard to some. However our day was ruined by a bunch of Blades fans scrapping between themselves during the second half!

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

After the game exiting the ground was very quick and smooth, we made a dash for the car park to avoid the swarms of club coaches leaving, driving through the Hull car park in our United gear may not have been the best idea but nothing too serious.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Wembley is a fantastic stadium to visit and it will be a day for me to remember for the rest of my life, United being knocked out of the cup with pride after a 5-3 loss. I Would certainly recommend making the effort to visit this stadium at some point.  

Manchester City v Sunderland
Capital One Final Cup Final
Sunday, March 2nd, 2014, 2pm
Callum Bradfield (Sunderland fan) 

1. Why you were looking forward to going to to Wembley Stadium?

Going to Wembley with your team is a dream for any supporter and the whole of Sunderland was rocking ever since the semi-final win. Also, I travelled to Wembley last year as a neutral (Bradford vs Northampton), and couldn't wait to go back.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

We left at 5am and arrived at Stanmore tube station at 10am and parked the car there. We then got the tube and about 5 minutes later we were at Wembley Park Station, and exited onto Wembley Way:

Wembley Way

Fans on Wembley Way

3. What you did before the game?

We had a look around the stadium and took a few photos. Many Sunderland fans gathered at a nearby Premier Inn which were charging £4 a pint.

4. What you thought on seeing Wembley Stadium?

The ground is huge and looks fantastic. The arch is unmissable and just seeing it adds to the experience. The walk down Olympic way was great as you really felt the excitement, with thousands of fans walking down this one path. It was also quite unusual getting an elevator up to the top tier, which is great.

Wembley Stadium

Capital One Cop Final Wembley 2014

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Sunderland were massive underdogs and we took the lead early on through Fabio Borini. However, just after half-time, in the space of a minute Manchester City led 2-1 thanks to sublime goals from Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri. Sunderland pushed for an equaliser but in the last minute City countered, and Jesus Navas scored to finish the game at 3-1, and they lifted the trophy. The stadium stayed full at both ends at the end of the game, with both sets of fans still singing before we departed back down Olympic Way.

The stewards were very friendly and relaxed, and there were no problems. They even got chants sung for them in the concourse!

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

It was surprisingly quick to get back to the tube due to the large amount of people. However, the car park back at Stanmore Tube Station was jammed full and it took two hours to leave.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Absolutely amazing and would love to do it again. Never experienced anything like it before and probably never will again. 10/10.

Manchester City v Sunderland
Capital One Final
Sunday, March 2nd, 2014, 2pm
Rory Murphy (Sunderland fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to Wembley Stadium?

It was Sunderland's first trip to Wembley in 22 years and our first ever trip to the new Wembley. We'd already beaten Chelsea and Manchester United in previous rounds but knew Manchester City would be very hard to beat.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

We left the North-East at 6:30am and got to London at around 11am. We found a car park which was about a 15 minutes walk from the stadium and it cost £20. It was expensive but close to the stadium, plus it was very easy to get out of after the match had finished.

3. What you did before the game?

Sunderland fans were looking forward to having 'cheesy chips on Wembley way' but were left disappointed with a lack of burger vans. There seemed to be a lot more Sunderland fans then City fans, even though the ticket allocations were the same.  

4. What were your thoughts on first seeing Wembley Stadium?

The Wembley Arch is a fantastic feature and can be seen for miles around. Sunderland were allocated the East End where 31,500 tickets were available. We sat right up  'in the God's' at the back of the top tier behind the goal, luckily there was escalators up to the top tier. Although high up the view was good. Wembley is simply a spectacular stadium.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Sunderland fans were certainly making a lot more noise, which was expected with it being a bigger occasion for us. Sunderland took an early lead with a good finish from Fabio Borini. We defended brilliantly for 55 minutes. Then Yaya Toure hit an unbelievable strike for City, which could be regarded as one of the best strikes at New Wembley. A few seconds later Samir Nasri scored another beauty for Man City to break 31,000 hearts. Sunderland kept pushing but City caught us on the counter and scored with a few minutes remaining with a goal from Jesus Navas. A magnificent performance but not the right result. Stewards were absolutely fine, the facilities were superb although the food was quite expensive.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

The traffic was a bit slow as expected but not as bad as first thought. Got home in four hours.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

What a great day. Definitely going again if we ever get there in my lifetime. 

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* The postal address of Wembley Stadium is: Wembley Stadium, P.O. Box 1966, London, SW1P 9EQ.

** Wembley Stadium was originally opened in 1923. That stadium was demolished in 2000.

 
Updated 27th June 2019

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