Seeing as I’ve recently written a book about the FA Cup, this was a handy chance to visit somewhere that’s actually hosted six FA Cup Finals.
That was from 2001-2006 whilst Wembley was being built and included the stunning game between Liverpool and West Ham United in 2006. It’s also hosted several Wales matches since it opened in 1999 as well as some of the football during the London 2012 Olympic Games.
In terms of the stadium itself I didn’t see much. I visited with fellow comic Danny Deegan after a show in the city and with a six hour drive ahead of us we were both in something of a rush to hit the road.
There’s plenty of it to see though, even without much exploration. It seemed like it might be tricky to walk around but that’s a guess based on visiting at night when I didn’t really want to be there. I can’t say I really tried.
It’s absolutely massive however and juts out into the sky and it’d be wrong of me to give it anything other than praise. Even if there isn’t much to explore there’s plenty to see and you won’t feel let down by it.
Woodhorn Lane Update
It seems to be at that weird period where loads of groundwork is happening but it’s not really visible. Two sections of the old stand seem to have moved to the other side of the fence, there’s some gravel down for vehicles to get into the main building area and some numbers painted onto the rubble. So progress, but not loads of it.