Sunday, February 24, 2008

Wembley Stadium (New)

Tottenham Hotspur 2 Chelsea 1 (after extra time) - Football League Cup Final

Wembley, in common with much of northwest London, had an extensive manufacturing industry, but much of it closed in the 1980s. Factories in the area included Glacier Metals (bearings), Wolf Power Tools, Sunbeam Electrical Appliances, Griffin & George (laboratory equipment) and GEC (whose research laboratories, opened in 1923, were one of the first of their type in the United Kingdom. The retail centre of Wembley (the High Road and Ealing Road) has suffered from chronic traffic congestion and from the opening of neighbouring purpose-built shopping centres, first Brent Cross in the early 1970s and later the Harrow and Ealing Broadway Shopping Centres. During the 1960s, rebuilding of Wembley Central station, a block of flats, an open-plan shopping plaza, and a car park were constructed on a concrete raft over the railway. Most of the rest of Wembley's housing consists of inter-war semi-detached houses and terraces and of modern apartment blocks, with a significant minority of detached housing.

Wembley Stadium is a UEFA category four stadium. With 90,000 seats, it is the second-largest stadium in Europe and the largest stadium in the United Kingdom. It is owned by The Football Association through its subsidiary Wembley National Stadium Ltd. Designed by HOK Sport and Foster and Partners. Australian firm Multiplex at a cost of £798 million built the stadium. In addition to the FA Cup Semi-Finals and Final, the stadium hosts the season-opening FA Community Shield, the League Cup Final, the Football League Trophy and the Football League play-offs. The stadium also hosts the FA Trophy, the FA Vase and the National League play-offs. It hosted the 2011 and 2013 UEFA Champions League Finals, the Gold medal matches at the 2012 Olympic Games football tournament, and will host both the semi-finals and final of UEFA Euro 2020. The stadium also hosts the rugby league Challenge Cup Final, the NFL International Series and music concerts. The all-seater stadium is based around a bowl design, protected from the elements by a sliding roof that does not completely enclose it. It can also be adapted as an athletic stadium by erecting a temporary platform over the lowest tier of seating. The stadium's signature feature is a circular section lattice arch of 23 ft internal diameter with a 1,033 ft span, erected some 22° off true, and rising to 436 ft. It supports all the weight of the north roof and 60% of the weight of the retractable roof on the southern side. The archway is the world's longest unsupported roof structure.

This was the first League Cup Final to be played at the new Wembley Stadium, and the first to be played in England since the old Wembley was demolished in 2000. Chelsea took the lead in the 37th minute through a Didier Drogba free kick. This goal made Drogba the first player to score in three League Cup Finals, having also done so in 2005 and 2007. A Wayne Bridge handball gave Tottenham a 68th-minute penalty, and Bulgarian Dimitar Berbatov converted from the spot. Three minutes into extra time, Jonathan Woodgate headed a Jermaine Jenas free kick onto Petr Čech, who in turn pushed it straight back onto Woodgate's head to score the winning goal.

This Pieman was delighted to have attended this match and in doing so making his first visit to the new Wembley Stadium. It was good to see Tottenham Hotspur match the opposition and for the majority of the match play the better football. The result saw Spurs lift the trophy for the fourth time.

Attendance: 87,660
Programme: £6:00


Subsequent visits to this venue

01/03/2009 - Manchester United 0 Tottenham Hotspur 0 (AET Manchester United won 4-1 on pens) - Football League Cup Final - Attendance: 87,660
24/07/2009 - Tottenham Hotspur 1 Barcelona 1 - Wembley International Tournament - Attendance: 57,500
25/07/2009 - Tottenham Hotspur 0 Celtic 2 - Wembley International Tournament - Attendance: tbc
11/04/2010 - Tottenham Hotspur 0 Portsmouth 2 (AET) - FA Cup Semi-Final - Attendance: 84,602
15/04/2012 - Tottenham Hotspur 1 Chelsea 5 - FA Cup Semi-Final - Attendance: 85,731
10/05/2014 - Sholing 1 West Auckland Town 0 - FA Vase Final - Attendance: 5.431
25/05/2014 - Leyton Orient 2 Rotherham United 2 (AET Rotherham United won 4-3 on pens) - League One Play-Off Final - Attendance: 43,401
30/05/2014 - England 3 Peru 0 - Friendly - Attendance: 83,578
01/03/2015 - Chelsea 2 Tottenham Hotspur 0 - Football League Cup Final - Attendance: 89,294
23/05/2015 - Southend United 1 Wycombe Wanderers 1 (AET Southend United won 7-6 on pens) - League Two Play-Off Final - Attendance: 38,252
22/05/2016 - Hereford 1 Morpeth Town 4 - FA Vase Final - Attendance: 46,781
22/05/2016 - FC Halifax Town 1 Grimsby Town 0- FA Trophy Final - Attendance: 46,781
30/05/2016 - AFC Wimbledon 2 Plymouth Argyle 0 - League Two Play-Off Final - Attendance: 57,956
14/09/2016 - Tottenham Hotspur 1 AS Monaco 2 - UEFA Champions League, Group Stage - Attendance: 85,011
02/11/2016 - Tottenham Hotspur 0 Bayer Leverkusen 1 - UEFA Champions League, Group Stage - Attendance: 85,512
07/11/2016 - Tottenham Hotspur 3 CSKA Moscow 1 - UEFA Champions League, Group Stage - Attendance: 62,034
23/02/2017 - Tottenham Hotspur 2 KAA Gent 2 - UEFA Europa League, Round of 32, 2nd Leg - Attendance: 80,465
22/04/2017 - Chelsea 4 Tottenham Hotspur 2 - FA Cup Semi-Final - Attendance: 86,355
05/08/2017 - Tottenham Hotspur 2 Juventus 0 - Friendly - Attendance: 26,251
20/08/2017 - Tottenham Hotspur 1 Chelsea 2 - Premier League - Attendance: 73,587 
26/08/2017 - Tottenham Hotspur 1 Burnley 1 - Premier League - Attendance: 67,862
13/09/2017 - Tottenham Hotspur 3 Borussia Dortmund 1 - UEFA Champions League, Group Stage - Attendance: 67,343
16/09/2017 - Tottenham Hotspur 0 Swansea City 0 - Premier League - Attendance: 65,366
19/09/2017 - Tottenham Hotspur 1 Barnsley 0 - Football League Cup, 3rd Round - Attendance: 23,926
14/10-2017 - Tottenham Hotspur 1 AFC Bournemouth 0 - Premier League - Attendance: 73,502 

Total 26

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