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Season 1990-91

Concert on 24-25 August 1990 - Rolling Stones 'Urban Jungle' tour - supported by Dan Reed Network - rescheduled from the 13-14 July after Keith Richards cut his finger.
Concert on 1 September 1990 - Fleetwood Mac 'Behind The Mask' tour - s
upported by Jethro Tull, Hall & Oates and River City People

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Graham Taylor
Friendly match
665 12 September 1990 - England 1 Hungary 0 [1-0] (51,459) Lineker Win
European Championship preliminary match
666 17 October 1990 - England 2 Poland 0 [1-0] (77,040) Lineker (pen), Beardsley Win

Rugby League - 1990 Kangaroo Tour of Great Britain & France: The Ashes Series: First Test: 27 October 1990 - Great Britain 19 Australia 12 (54,569).

Friendly match
668 6 February 1991 - England 2 Cameroon 0 [1-0] (61,075) Lineker (2 (1pen)) Win

Victory Shield Under-16 International: 9 March 1991 - England 2 Scotland 1

European Championship preliminary match
669 27 March 1991 - England 1 Republic of Ireland 1 [1-1] (77,753) Staunton OG
N.Quinn
Draw

"The stadium held its first FA Cup semi-final in 1991, because nowhere else could effectively stage the north London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur."
FA Cup Semi-final: 14 April 1991 - Arsenal 1 Tottenham Hotspur 3

England Challenge Cup
671 21 May 1991 - England 3 USSR 1 [2-1] (23,789) Platt (2 (1 pen)), Smith
M.Wright OG
Win

Under-19 International: 25 May 1991 - England 1 Spain 1 - The very last curtain raiser at Wembley is the very first international for this level, featuring Steve McManaman and Darren Anderton

672 25 May 1991 - England 2 Argentina 2 [1-0] (44,497) Lineker, Platt
García, Franco
Draw
record: P 6 W 4 D 2 L 0 F 11: A 4 ave att: 55,936

World Bowl '91: 9 June 1991 - "In 1991, [American Football] had grown so much that a World League (WLAF) was created to give European fans a chance to support a team of their own. London Monarchs became the first World champions when they trounced Barcelona Dragons, 21-0 but the game reached its peak and Wembley saw only one more year of the World League."
Schoolboy International: 8 June 1991 - England 1 West Germany 3.
Concert on 15 June 1991 - Rod Stewart 'Vagabond Heart' tour -
supported by Status Quo and Joe Cocker
Concert on 13 July 1991 - INXS 'SummerXS' tour - all day concert, live on BBC Radio One, with five support bands - Jellyfish, Roachford, Jesus Jones, Deborah Harry and The Hothouse Flowers.


Season 1991-92

Concert on 31 August 1991 - Guns n' Roses 'Use Your Illusion' tour - supported by Skid Row and Nine Inch Nails.
"One more great British sport was attempted at Wembley. A cricket match between England and the Rest of the World was scheduled for September 1991. Artificial turf had been laid across the track to take the pitch right up to he spectators. Alas, the great British weather scuppered the event. It was rained off without a ball being bowled."

Friendly match
677
 
11 September 1991 - England 0 Germany 1 [0-1] (59,493) Riedle Lost
The fifteenth scoreless draw at Wembley - the 24th time England have failed to score
European Championship preliminary match
678 16 October 1991 - England 1 Turkey 0 [1-0] (50,896) Smith Win
Friendly matches
680 19 February 1992 - England 2 France 0 [1-0] (58,723) Shearer, Lineker Win

Schoolboy International: 7 March 1992 - England 0 Netherlands 0 - a young Phil Neville started for England.

Concert: 20 April 1992 (72,000): "Freddie Mercury, with Queen, had stolen the show at Live Aid and his death at the age of 45 from AIDS in November 1991 had been a devastating blow to British music, This concert was held as a tribute and also to raise awareness for AIDS research. Numerous artists performed their own version of Queen hits, accompanied by the three surviving members of the band (Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon). Among the highlights were David Bowie and Annie Lennox performing 'Under Pressure'. Five tracks from the concert, performed by George Michael and Lisa Stansfield, with Queen, were released as a single, which became Wembley Stadium's first chart topper. 'Bohemian Rhapsody' was sung by Elton John and Axl Rose, a most unlikely pairing, while Liza Minnelli led all the performers inn a rousing finale with 'We Are The Champions."

684 17 May 1992 - England 1 Brazil 1 [0-1] (53,428) Platt
Bebeto
Draw
record: P 4 W 2 D 1 L 1 F 4: A 2 ave att: 55,635

"Wembley's last European Cup Final was held in 1992...
European Cup Final: 20 May 1992 - Barcelona 1 Sampdoria 0 (70,827).
Schoolboy International: 6 June 1992 - England 1 Italy 1 (44,000).
Concert: 13 June 1992 - Guns N' Roses 'Use Your Illusion Part 2' tour -
supported by Skid Row, Faith No More, SoundGarden and Nine Inch Nails
Concert: 26-28 June 1992 - Elton John & Eric Clapton 'The One' tour - opened by Curtis Stigers and Bonnie Raitt.
Concert: 6, 9-10,12-13 July 1992 - Bruce Springsteen - 'The World' tour.
Concert: 11 July 1992 - Simply Red,
Concert: 18 July 1992 - Bryan Adams 'Waking Up The World' tour -
supported by Extreme, Squeeze and Little Angels.
Concert: 30-31 July 1992 - Michael Jackson ' Dangerous' World tour - supported by Kris Kross and Rozalla


Season 1992-93

Concert: 20, 22-23 August 1992 - Michael Jackson ' Dangerous' World tour -
29 August 1992 -
"
The World Wrestling Federation staged its 'Summerslam' outside the US for the first time, in 1992 and a packed Wembley (possibly as much as 78,427) saw the British Bulldog Davey 'Boy' Smith become the Intercontinental champion."

World Cup preliminary matches
690 14 October 1992 - England 1 Norway 1 [0-0] (51,441) Platt
Rekdal
Draw

Rugby League World Cup final: 12 October 1992 - "A world record 73,631 crowd saw Australia lift the World Cup at Wembley in 1992 following a 10-6 victroy against Britain."
Rugby Union Test match: 15 October 1992 - "England beat Canada (26-13) while Twickenham was undergoing rebuilding work."

691 18 November 1992 - England 4 Turkey 0 [2-0] (42,984) Gascoigne (2), Shearer, Pearce Win
692 17 February 1993 - England 6 San Marino 0 [2-0] (51,154) Platt (4), Palmer, L.Ferdinand Win

Victory Shield Schoolboy International: 7 March 1993 - England 1 Scotland 2.
"Two new competitions reach[ed] the stadium. The first of four Anglo-Italian Cup Finals was led but a much-derided revival of a competition made popular in the 1970s."
Anglo-Italian Cup Final: 27 March 1993 - Cremonese 3 Derby County 1 (37,024).

"[The FA Cup semi-final] happened again [on 3 April] 1993 when the same two teams [Arsenal & Tottenham Hotspur] (Arsenal won 1-0) were drawn together and public pressure forced the other semi0final between the two Sheffield clubs [Wednesday & United] (Wednesday won 2-1) to be staged at Wembley as well on the same weekend. It was a controversial decision because some felt it was taking away some of the mystique of the final and the experiment lasted one more year."

694 28 April 1993 - England 2 Netherlands 2 [2-1] (73,163) J.Barnes, Platt
Bergkamp, van Vossen (pen)
Draw
record: P 4 W 2 D 2 L 0 F 13: A 3 ave att: 55,686

"...with its second and last Cup-Winners Cup Final the following year."
European Cup-Winners Cup Final: 12 May 1993 - Parma 3 Royal Antwerp 1 (37,393).
29 May 1993 - "The Women's League Cup Final was played before the Third Division Play-Off Final in 1993, but received scant coverage and no other senior women's games were played at Wembley apart from occasional pre-match short exhibition matches." - Arsenal 3 Knowsley United 0.
Schoolboy International: 5 June 1993 - England 0 Germany 0 (30,000).


Season 1993-94

Concert: 31 July 1993 - Prince ' Act II Finale' World tour - supported by D-influence.
Concert: 11-12, 20-21 August 1993 - U2 'Zoo TV tour -
supported by PJ Harvey, Bjork and Stereo MCs.
Concert: 28 August 1993 - Jean-Michel Jarre 'Chronologie' tour.

700 8 September 1993 - England 3 Poland 0 [1-0] (71,220) L.Ferdinand, Gascoigne, Pearce Win
  Taylor's record: P 15 W 9 D 5 L 1 F 31: A 9 ave att: 56,541

Concert: 25-26 September 1993 - Madonna 'The Girlie Show' World tour

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Terry Venables

Friendly matches
703 9 March 1994 - England 1 Denmark 0 [1-0] (71,970) Platt Win

Schoolboy International: 12 March 1994 - England 3 Switzerland 0.

704 17 May 1994 - England 5 Greece 0 [3-0] (23,659) Anderton, Beardsley, Platt (2 (1 pen)), Shearer Win
705 22 May 1994 - England 0 Norway 0 [0-0] (64,327)   Draw
The sixteenth scoreless draw at Wembley - the 25th time England have failed to score
record: P 4 W 3 D 1 L 0 F 9: A 0 ave att: 55,686

Schoolboy International: 11 June 1994 - England 2 France 1.


Season 1994-95
706 7 September 1994 - England 2 USA 0 [2-0] (38,629) Shearer (2) Win
707 12 October 1994 - England 1 Romania 1 [1-1] (48,754) R.Lee
Dumitrescu
Draw

Rugby League - 1994 Kangaroo Tour of Great Britain & France: The Ashes Series: First Test: 22 October 1994 - Great Britain 8 Australia 4 (57,034).

708 16 November 1994 - England 1 Nigeria 0 [1-0] (37,196) Platt Win

Schoolboy International: 11 March 1995 - England 1 Brazil 0 - England's goal was scored by an even younger Michael Owen. Michael Ball also featured.

710
 
29 March 1995 - England 0 Uruguay 0 [0-0] (34,849)
 
  Draw
The seventeenth scoreless draw at Wembley - the 26th time England have failed to score

15 April 1995 -"In the mid-1990s Wembley became more alive to the potential of commercial interest, which manifested itself in a number of tournaments held at the stadium for employees of the media and sponsors. It began at 10 a.m. with matches that lasted 25 minutes each. The players were all writers, editors, photographers and broadcasters, plus employees from Littlewoods Pools (the new sponsors of the FA Cup) and the Football Association. It was a dream come true for the players who were watched by friends and family."
Wembley Challenge Tournament Final: Macho Mails 0 Magnificent XI 0 -
The Mails won 3-2 on penalties. - the other six teams included were Crusaders, Littlewoods FM, Mirror Warriors, News Internationals, Television Tigers and Telegraph Guardians.

Umbro Cup
711
3 June 1995 - England 2 Japan 1 [0-0] (21,142)
Anderton, Platt (pen)
Ihara
Win
Tetsuji Hashiratani

Schoolboy International: 10 June 1995 - England 2 Germany 4 - Michael Owen scored one of England's goals. Michael Ball again was a teammate.

713 11 June 1995 - England 1 Brazil 3 [1-0] (67,318) Le Saux
Juninho, Ronaldo, Edmundo
Lost
record: P 6 W 3 D 2 L 1 F 7: A 5 ave att: 41,315

Concert: 17 June 1995 - Rod Stewart 'A Spanner in the Works' tour (83,000).
Concert: 23-25 June 1995 - Bon Jovi 'These Days' tour -
supported by Van Halen.
Concert: 11, 15-16 July 1995 - Rolling Stones 'Voodoo Lounge' tour - supported by Black Crowes


Season 1995-96

Friendly matches
714
6 September 1995 - England 0 Colombia 0 [0-0] (20,038)
  Draw
The eighteenth scoreless draw at Wembley - the 27th time England have failed to score

Rugby League - "1995 saw a new-style World Cup tournament kick off at Wembley (on 7 October 1995 in front of 41,271), with a lavish opening ceremony which included performances from Diana Ross and Carol Decker. This time, it was England who defeated Australia 20-16 to raise hopes that the old enemy could at last be vanquished. But three weeks later (28 October 1995 in front of 66,540) the invincible Aussie machine exacted revenge by 16-8 in the final." - Status Quo provided the Final pre-match entertainment.

716 15 November 1995 - England 3 Switzerland 1 [1-1] (29,874) Pearce, Sheringham, Stone
Knup
Win
717 12 December 1995 - England 1 Portugal 1 [1-0] (28,592) Stone
P.Alves
Draw

Schoolboy International: 9 March 1996 - England 2 Spain 3 - a young Franny Jeffers scored the second of England's goals.

718 27 March 1996 - England 1 Bulgaria 0 [1-0] (29,708) L.Ferdinand Win
719
24 April 1996 - England 0 Croatia 0 [0-0] (33,650)
  Draw
The nineteenth scoreless draw at Wembley - the 28th time England have failed to score

12 May 1996 - "The first Carlsberg Pub Cup Final was played at Wembley in 1996, before the FA Vase Final..." - Dawlish Town Sports & Social Club 0 Grimesthorpe Miners Welfare 0.  Dawlish won 4-2 on penalties.

720 18 May 1996 - England 3 Hungary 0 [1-0] (34,184) Anderton (2), Platt Win

"If Wembley was no longer restricted to the best in the football world, it could still at least put on a great show when the best in town were and 'Euro 96' produced some of the stadium's finest memories. The European Championship revoked the spirit of thirty years earlier and England almost repeated their earlier success. They certainly made their mark on the tournament and were unlucky to lose on penalties."

European Championship Finals in England
722 8 June 1996 - England 1 Switzerland 1 [1-0] (76,567) Shearer
Türkyilmaz (pen)
Draw
723 15 June 1996 - Scotland 0 England 2 [0-0] (76,864) Shearer, Gascoigne Win
724 18 June 1996 - Netherlands 1 England 4 [0-1] (76,798) Kluivert
Shearer (2 (1 pen)), Sheringham (2)
Win
725
 
22 June 1996 - Spain 0 England 0 [0-0]ᴭᵀ (75,440)
Penalties [2-4]
  Draw
The twentieth scoreless draw at Wembley - the 29th time England have failed to score
726 26 June 1996 - Germany 1 England 1 [1-1]ᴭᵀ (75,862)
Penalties [6-5]
Kuntz
Shearer
Draw
record: P 11 W 5 D 6 L 0 F 16: A 5 ave att: 50,689 Venable's record: P 20 W 10 D 9 L 1 F 29: A 10 ave att: 48,271

European Championship Final: 30 June 1996 - Czech Republic 1 Germany 2 (73,611).

Concert: 6 July 1996 -The Three Tenors - Plácido Domingo and José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti.
Concert: 13-14 July 1996 - Eagles 'Hell Freezes Over' tour. - supported by Kenny Wayne Shepherd.
Concert: 20-21 July - Tina Turner 'Wildest Dreams' tour -
supported by Toto and Steve Lukather.
Concert: 27 July 1996 - Bryan Adams '18 Ttil I Die' tour - supported by Del Amitri.


Season 1996-97

Concert: 3 August 1996 - Eagles 'Hell Freezes Over' tour. - supported by Kenny Wayne Shepherd.
"...and the winners returned to contest an international challenge against the Danish Pub Cup winners later in the year."
Carlsberg Pub International: 22 September 1996 - Brigade Bodega (Denmark) 1 Dawlish Town Sports & Social Club 0.
- Dawlish were winners of the Carlsberg Pub Cup.

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Glenn Hoddle
World Cup preliminary matches
728 9 October 1996 - England 2 Poland 1 [2-1] (74,663) Citko
Shearer (2)
Win
730 12 February 1997 - England 0 Italy 1 [0-1] (75,055) Zola Lost

This is the first time England have lost a World Cup match at Wembley Stadium, the 31st match, after nearly forty years. The thirtieth time England have failed to score.

Friendly match
731 29 March 1997 - England 2 Mexico 0 [1-0] (48,076) Sheringham (pen), Fowler Win
World Cup preliminary matches
732 30 April 1997 - England 2 Georgia 0 [1-0] (71,206) Sheringham, Shearer Win
record: P 4 W 3 D 0 L 1 F 6: A 2 ave att: 67,250

Schoolboy International: 7 June 1997 - England 2 Germany 1 (39,000) - The England side featured a young Joe Cole, Leon Osman and Stephen Warnock.
 
Concert: 28 June 1997 - Noel Richards & his Band - National Day of Prayer and Worship 'Champion Of The World' (almost 45,000) - The stadium staged the country's biggest ever Christian Praise concert. - supported by Gerald Coates, The Wades, Matt Redman & Band, Delirious? and Sue Rinaldi.
Concert: 12, 15 & 17 July 1997 - Michael Jackson 'HIStory' world tour (212,601 over the three nights) -
supported by Grace and Human Nature.

Concert: 16 August 1997 (72,000): "'Songs and Visions', sponsored by Carling, was a celebration of 40 years of popular music, held on the 20th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley. Ten major artists took turns to perform a song from each year, with video images portraying news events of that year. The performers were Rod Stewart, k.d. lang, Stevie Winwood, Seal, Jon Bon Jovi, Toni Braxton, Mary J. Blige, Chaka Khan, Robert Palmer and Yazawa."

Season 1997-98

Concert: 22-23 August 1997 - U2 'Popmart' world tour (144,308 over the two nights) - supported by Longpigs and Audioweb

738 10 September 1997 - England 4 Moldova 0 [1-0] (74,102) Scholes, I.Wright (2), Gascoigne Win
Friendly matches
740 15 November 1997 - England 2 Cameroon 0 [2-0] (46,176) Scholes, Fowler Win

Rugby Union: 27 November 1997 - "Wales made Wembley their home from 1997-99, so that Cardiff Arms Park could be transformed into the Millennium Stadium for the World Cup." - Wales lost to New Zealand 42-7.

741
 
11 February 1998 - England 0 Chile 2 [0-1] (65,228)
 
Salas (2 (1 pen)) Lost
The 31st time England have failed to score.

11 March 1998 - Wembley Stadium is sold for £103m to a Football Association/English Sports Council consortium, ending months of wrangling.

Rugby Union Five Nations Championship: 7 March 1998 - Wales beat Scotland 19-13.
Schoolboy International: 14 March 1998 - England 0 Brazil 0 (50,787) -
The last schoolboy international at the stadium featured Jermain Defoe and Jay Bothroyd in the England line-up. Referee, 57 year-old George Courtney, was making his fifteenth appearance at the stadium, sent off the Brazilian goalkeeper Rubinho, for handling outside of the area.
Rugby Union Five Nations Championship: 5 April 1998 - Wales 0 France 51.

743
 
22 April 1998 - England 3 Portugal 0 [1-0] (63,463)
 
Shearer (2), Sheringham Win
Capucho
744
 
23 May 1998 - England 0 Saudi Arabia 0 [0-0] (63,733)
 
  Draw
The 21st scoreless draw at Wembley - the 32nd time England have failed to score.
record: P 5 W 3 D 1 L 1 F 9: A 2 ave att: 62,540

Concert: 6-7 June 1998 - Billy Joel and Elton John 'Face To Face' tour. - The tour began on 4 March in Perth, Australia, eventually reaching Glasgow on 2 June. The next date was set for Manchester on 4 June, but because Billy had suffered a 'severe asthma attack' the Manchester concert was cancelled and he returned to the US, leaving Elton to continue the tour alone.

24 July 1998 - Officials confirm that the famous Twin Towers will be demolished as part of the redevelopment programme.
29 July 1998 - Plans for the new stadium are officially unveiled. The stadium design offers "vastly improved facilities, superb spectator views and a huge arch, three times the height of the Twin Towers which will be visible across the whole of London". Work is expected to start in the summer of 1999.

Season 1998-99

Concert: 5 September 1998 - The Bee Gees 'One Night Only' tour - supported by Tina Arena.
Concert: 19-20 September 1998 - The Spice Girls 'Spiceworld' tour (144,308 over the two nights) -
The Spice Girls were, at this stage, Emma Bunton, Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisholm and Victoria Adams - the latter of course, became Mrs. David Beckham the following summer (4 July 1999). The tour ended at the stadium, after beginning in Dublin in the February.
   

"The stadium never failed to excite with new competitions and in 1998 and '99, an ambitious experiment saw Arsenal playing their home games in the Champions League at Wembley. Sadly, despite some very attractive fixtures and full houses, they failed to progress to the last 16 in both years."
"Arsenal's experimental move to Wembley for their Champions League campaign kicked off 25 minutes late because of traffic problems."
UEFA Champions League Group E: 30 September 1998 - Arsenal 2 Panathinaikos 1 (73,455).

European Championship preliminary match
752
10 October 1998 - England 0 Bulgaria 0 [0-0] (72,974)   Draw
The 22nd scoreless draw at Wembley - first time for two matches in-a-row - the 33rd time England have failed to score.

Rugby Union Autumn International: 14 November 1998 - Wales 20 South Africa 28.

Friendly matches
754 18 November 1998 - England 2 Czech Republic 0 [2-0] (38,535) Anderton, Merson Win
  Hoddle's record: P 11 W 7 D 2 L 2 F 15: A 4 ave att: 63,019

"The last [greyhound] race was in December 1998, won by a dog called Ballistic Missile."

  Howard Wilkinson
755
 
10 February 1999 - England 0 France 2 [0-0] (74,111)
 
Anelka (2) Lost
the 34th time England have failed to score.

Rugby Union Five Nations Championship: 20 February 1999 - Wales 23 Ireland 29.

  Wilkinson's record: P 1 W 0 D 0 L 1 F 0: A 2 ave att: 74,111

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Kevin Keegan
European Championship preliminary matches
756 27 March 1999 - England 3 Poland 1 [2-1] (73,836) Scholes (3)
Brzęczek
Win

Rugby Union Five Nations Championship: 11 April 1999 - Wales 32 England 31.

Silk Cut Challenge Cup (Rugby League) Final: 1 May 1999 - "Leeds Rhinos won the last Wembley final with a record victory of 52-16 against London Broncos. Leroy Rivett became the first man to score four tries in the final."
Under-18 Schools International: 8 May 1999 - England 1 Netherlands U17 2 (33,012).

758

5 June 1999 - England 0 Sweden 0 [0-0] (75,824)
 
  Draw
Paul Scholes

Scholes becomes the first England player to be sent off at Wembley. The 23rd scoreless draw at Wembley, the 35th time England have failed to score.

record: P 5 W 2 D 2 L 1 F 5: A 3 ave att: 67,056

Concert: 11-12 June 1999 - Rolling Stones 'No Security' tour (139,962 across both nights) - supported by Sheryl Crow
Concert: 26 June 1999 - The Toxic Twin Towers Ball - headlined by Aerosmith, which also featured live sets from Lenny Kravitz, Stereophonics, The Black Crowes and 3 Colours Red.
"A day of Under-16 internationals for both sexes was also held in 1999."

4 July 1999: Under-16 Girls' International - England 5 Scotland 0 & Under-16 International - England 2 Argentina 1 (14,000).
Concert: 10-11 July 1999 - Celine Dion 'Let's Talk About Love' world tour (122,397 across both nights) -
supported by Mike & the Mechanics.


Season 1999-2000
760 4 September 1999 - England 6 Luxembourg 0 [5-0] (68,772) Shearer (3 (1 pen)), McManaman (2), Owen Win

Concert: 9 October 1999: "The netaid concert was staged to raise awareness of the web site, which aimed to eradicate world poverty. The stadium had never staged a concert as late as October before, but the quality of the performers ensured a warm atmosphere. The Eurythmics began the show, and Catatonia, The Corrs, George Michael, David Bowie and Bryan Adams were all on top form, before Robbie Williams provided a memorable climax." - Stereophonics and Bush were also on the Wembley bill. Concerts also took place at Giants Stadium in New Jersey and the Palais des Nations in Genève. Wheras, the Wembley show was a sell-out, the US show was far from it. Performing at the Giants Stadium were Sheryl Crow, Jimmy Page, Busta Rhymes, Counting Crows, Bono, Puff Daddy, The Black Crowes, Wyclef Jean, Jewel, Mary J. Blige, Cheb Mami, Sting, Slash, Lil' Kim, Lil' Cease, and Zucchero. In Genève included: Bryan Ferry, Texas, Des'ree and Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

764
 
17 November 1999 - England 0 Scotland 1 [0-1] (75,848)
 
Hutchison Lost
The 36th time England have failed to score.

2 December 1999 - Culture Secretary Chris Smith orders a re-design which would allow the Olympics to be held in an arena for which the proposed cost is now £475m.
         22 December 1999 - Smith orders Wembley to be developed as a football-only venue and tells stadium officials to repay £20m of their £120m Sport England lottery grant.

1 February 2000 - WNSL chairman Ken Bates blasts Smith's decision. "On 29 July it was the perfect solution. On 30 July it was a walking disaster. Why? I do not know!" he said.

Friendly matches
765
 
23 February 2000 - England 0 Argentina 0 [0-0] (74,008)
 
  Draw
The 24th and final scoreless draw at Wembley, the 37th time England have failed to score.

Under-18 Schools International: 25 March 2000 - England 0 Hungary 1.
2 & 9 April 2000 - The FA Cup semi-finals returned for one last time in 2000. (Aston Villa 0 Bolton Wanderers 0, Villa won 4-2 on penalties, & Chelsea 2 Newcastle United 1)
16 April 2000 - "An hour or so after the end of the Auto Windscreens Shield final (Bristol City 1 Stoke City 2 (75,057)), the stadium staged its first and only Youth Alliance Cup final with about 700 allowed in to see it."
Youth Alliance Cup Final - Scunthorpe United 0 West Bromwich Albion 0 -
Albion won 3-2 on penalties.

766 27 May 2000 - England 1 Brazil 1 [1-1] (73,956) Owen
França
Draw
767 31 May 2000 - England 2 Ukraine 0 [1-0] (55,975) Fowler, Adams Win
record: P 5 W 2 D 2 L 1 F 9: A 2 ave att: 62,540

1 June 2000 - Planning permission for the new stadium is received from Brent Council but only after council leader Paul Daisley forces Wembley to stump up extra cash to pay for new road and rail links around the ground.

3-10 June 2000 - "Wembley Stadium became Nike Park for eight days when more than 40,000 children were given the opportunity to take part in coaching sessions and football tournaments on the famous pitch. The most successful teams were invited back to play on the final day."
Concert: 21-22 July 2000 - Oasis 'Standing On the Shoulders of Giants' tour -
supported by Happy Mondays and The Doves
Concert: 19-20 August 2000 - Bon Jovi 'The Crush' tour -
supported by Toploader, The Dum Dums and Andreas Johnson.
"Bon Jovi had the honour of performing the stadium's last concert."

6 July 2000 - WNSL officials insist the redevelopment will go ahead despite England losing their 2006 World Cup bid.
11 September 2000
- Australian construction company Multiplex signs a contract to build the new stadium for a maximum price of £326.5m. However, plans to open the new ground with the 2003 FA Cup Final are officially shelved.

Season 2000-01

World Cup preliminary match
773
 
7 October 2000 - England 0 Germany 1 [0-1] (76,377)
 
Hamann Lost
The 23rd scoreless draw at Wembley, the 38th time England have failed to score.
record: P 1 W 0 D 0 L 1 F 0: A 1 ave att: 76,377 Keegan's record: P 8 W 3 D 3 L 2 F 12: A 4 ave att: 71,825

25 October 2000 - Demolition work is put back indefinitely as bankers Chase Manhattan experience extreme difficulty in trying to raise the £410m required to complete the work.

2 November 2000 - "There was also the AXA Final Ball, where 2,000 guests in a specially-built structure on what was left of the pitch, watched Sir Elton John performing a charity show for the NSPCC. He was joined on stage by Chris De Burgh, Jools Holland, The Bootleg Beatles and Lesley Garrett. This was the stadium's very last event."

"The next few weeks saw a hectic schedule of corporate and charity matches played behind closed doors and the famous turf took a battering during a very wet autumn."

7 December 2000 - Football Association chief executive Adam Crozier is set to step in to assume a more hands-on role in the project to renovate Wembley amid further concerns over costs and delays.
8 December 2000 - Ken Bates is handed a unanimous vote of confidence over his handling of the Wembley project but the FA confirms changes will be made to the scheme, which includes Sir Rodney Walker appointed chairman of the project and declares that athletics could still play a part.

8 February 2001 - Ken Bates quits the project, claiming he has been undermined by senior figures within both the government and the Football Association. He memorably declares: "Even Jesus Christ only had one Pontius Pilate - I had a whole team of them."
7 April 2001 - WNSL chief executive Bob Stubbs reveals that selling the new stadium to a Premiership club could be one of the solutions to on-going funding problems.
1 May 2001 - The Football Association admits the project is doomed to failure unless the government bails it out.
3 May 2001 - Home Secretary Jack Straw heads the first meeting of a group of six ministers charged with examining the fiasco.
8 May 2001
- Straw appoints millionaire businessman Patrick Carter as Wembley stadium supremo and gives him eight weeks to report on the options left for the beleaguered project.
August 2001 - Carter is due to hand his report to Tessa Jowell, secretary of state for Culture, Media and Sport, with a decision from the Government expected in late September.
19 December 2001 - The FA announces Wembley as its preferred site for the stadium, although the Government warns there is much work still to be done.

15 January 2002 - WNSL announce that their board of 13 directors will stand down en masse and a new, smaller board will be formed to help get the project back on track.
3 May 2002 - The FA inform Tessa Jowell that that the five tests she set for the project have been "substantially met" and work can soon begin.
31 May 2002 The FA sign "heads of agreement" with German bank Westdeutsche Landesbank for a £400m loan. They estimate work can begin in September after a 10-week delay to sort out the fine print.
10 July 2002 Sport England branded "slack, slovenly and supine" over the decision to contribute £120m to the project in a report published by the Culture, Media and Sport Committee.
25 September 2002 Redevelopment expected to be given final go-ahead - but stadium could now cost £750m.

"More than two years passed before work began on the demolition due to financial and political wranglings and the neglected stadium looked a sad sight. Eventually, in September 2002, the bulldozers rolled in and the world-famous Empire Stadium, Wembley, which had stood for almost 80 years, was reduced to a pile of rubble.
"As the new stadium was being built, all the FA Cup finals were played at the Millennium Stadium. The Worthington Cup final, which became the Carling Cup final in 2004, was also played in Cardiff. In 2002, the FA Charity Shield became the FA Community Shield. The Promotion play-off finals also relocated to Cardiff as did the LDV Vans Trophy final (formerly the Auto Windscreens Shield final). Villa Park hosted the FA Trophy finals, while the FA Vase final was played at Villa Park for the first two years and then at West Ham, Birmingham and Tottenham.
"England went on a nationwide tour, which proved very popular."

"Wembley Stadium certainly made a massive contribution to English football history in its 77 years throughout all levels of the game and it is to be hoped the new stadium will continue in the same vein."

7 February 2003 - The famous Wembley twin towers are demolished by a giant excavator. Taken down brick by brick, the rubble is to be used in the construction of the new stadium.
28 November 2003 - FA confident the new stadium will open early, in spring 2006, as building at the north London site is five weeks ahead of schedule.

28 May 2004 - Wembley's iconic arch was being raised into position, the first stage in its installation. The 440ft structure weighing 2,000 tons has been suspended by cables and the operation is expected to completed in coming weeks.

7 January 2005 - Football fans, joined by England legend Sir Geoff Hurst, given their first glimpse inside the new Wembley Stadium.
18 August 2005 Wembley Stadium developer Multiplex report lower-than-expected profits. The firm was hit by delays and cost overruns at its Wembley project.
4 December 2005 A time capsule is buried under what will be the pitch at London's new Wembley Stadium. Mementos placed in the capsule include a signed England football shirt, 2012 Olympic bid memorabilia and part of the old stadium's twin towers.

30 January 2006 - Wembley developers and the FA warn the new stadium is now only 70% likely to be ready in time for the FA Cup final on 13 May. Cardiff's Millennium Stadium is on stand-by to host the event once more.

England's Wembley Stadium Record 1924-2000
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
World Cup 34 23 9 2 79 15 +64 7 17 2.324 0.441 80.9 +21
Euro Championship 35 22 9 4 82 15 +67 7 24 2.343 0.429 75.7 +18
British Championship 56 34 11 11 134 64 +70 7 17 2.393 1.143 70.5 +23

*Three matches were British Championship and European Championship, these results have not been included in the final total.

Minor Tournament 9 4 4 1 13 10 +3 1 2 1.444 1.111 66.7 +3
Friendlies 92 51 28 13 174 79 +95 16 34 1.891 0.859 70.7 +38
Total 223 132 61 30 473 179 +294 38 106 2.121 0.803 72.9 +102

*Three matches removed from total - P3 - W2 - D0 - L1 - F9 - A4;

England's Wembley Stadium Top Players 1924-2000
Name Number of Matches
Peter Shilton 52
Bobby Charlton 44
Bobby Moore 43
Stuart Pearce 41

England's Wembley Stadium Top Scorers 1924-2000
Name Number of Goals
Bobby Charlton 23
Gary Lineker 22
Alan Shearer 18
Jimmy Greaves 17

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