Club Wembley News

End of Season

As we approach the 2019/20 curtain raiser between Liverpool and Man City, we wanted to take this chance to showcase how incredible the past year has been at Wembley. Let’s take a look back at some of the memorable moments from this season: 

 

The season started with the FA Community Shield where Manchester City narrowly edged out Chelsea to claim their first piece of silverware of the season, and it certainly wasn’t their last. 

 

The then heavyweight champion of the world Anthony Joshua returned to Wembley once again. In typical fashion Joshua KO’d Russian Alexander Povetkin in the 7th round to retain all of his belts. 

 

NFL returned with three games held at Wembley. The first saw LA Chargers survive a late comeback from the Titans to win 20-19. Fans were treated to a Russel Wilson masterclass in the second game as Seahawks eased past Oakland Raiders. The final of the London Games was Eagles v Jaguars with the Eagles coming out on top. 

 

In November an England legend departed, record goal scorer Wayne Rooney waved goodbye to international football at Wembley with a friendly against the USA. A few days later England secured their place in Portugal for the Nations League finals. Late goals from Jesse Lingard and Captain Harry Kane gave England a 2-1 victory.

 

The Carabao Cup was one to forget for Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga who refused to be substituted late into extra time. Chelsea went onto lose to Man City on penalties, claiming their second win at Wembley of the season. 

 

FA Cup Semi Finals saw Manchester City return to Wembley once again, and win with a 1-0 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion. The second FA Cup semi Final was probably the match of the tournament, with Wolves throwing away a two goal lead at the hands of Watford who made it to their first FA Cup Final for 35 years. 

The FA Cup Final was Manchester City’s fourth visit to Wembley of the season and they went on to secure the unprecedented domestic treble with a 6-0 victory over Watford.

The most lucrative game in football, the Championship Play off final saw two Chelsea Legends come face to face. Aston Villa with John Terry as assistant manager had just enough to get past Frank Lampard’s Derby side to gain promotion back to the Premier League after a 3 year absence. 

We look forward to seeing you for the new season. 

 

Last season City dominated at Wembley:  the penalty shootout against Chelsea in the Carabao Cup and then blowing Watford away in the Emirates FA Cup.  I felt for Watford:  they were fantastic, coming back from 2-0 down to beat Wolves in the semi-final.  And they had their chances early on in the Final, too. But once City took the lead all their quality showed.  The way they’ve been playing the last couple of years has been sensational.  It was still good to see clubs from outside the top six, like Wolves and Watford, competing at Wembley, though.  

 

The FA Community Shield was a great day.  It’s a chance to recognise some grassroots heroes in football and, of course, it’s the first silverware of a new campaign.  After they gave us such a dramatic Premier League title race last season, it was fitting that it was Manchester City and Liverpool who had the chance to kick off proceedings for 2019/2020, wasn’t it?  I think those two are going to take some catching again.  Fingers crossed it will be another memorable battle this season.  I’m already looking forward to it.

 

I hope it’s going to be a special time for England as well.  England Women have got a big game against Germany in November, the first time the Lionesses have played at Wembley for quite a few years.  The men have got Euro 2020 qualifiers coming up against Bulgaria and Montenegro.  And then next summer, with seven games including both semis and the final being at Wembley, it’s going to feel like a home tournament.  Of course I remember ’66.  I remember coming to Wembley for all our games at Euro 96, too, and the excitement that took hold of us all.  Let’s hope England can be involved in the closing stages at Euro 2020 as well, with Wembley -- the home of football – right at the heart of it all.

 

 

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