Knowing the 'nature of the beasts', last nights surprise outing was going to be both interesting and/or unusual, it was to be both in my book. All aboard the Range Rover at 15:00 with
DARYL navigating while HUGH took the controls. As we cut off the M27 and joined the M3 there was a thought that we may be on our way to visit one of the larger Hampshire cities, Winchester, Guildford etc, but then turning on to the M25 (London Orbital as it were) it seemed far more likely our destination would be in the capital? Parking in something of a 'backstreet', most of the other thoroughfares had signs banning parking 'during events', whatever that referred to,
but spotting the hundreds of people spilling from the WEMBLEY PARK UNDERGROUND STATION the realisation dawned on me.
Could we really be going to Webmley Stadium?
Well if we weren't, we were walking up the wrong road!
Were we going to see England play San Marino in a European Cup Knockout Round and was I at last going to see
the inside of arguably the 'greatest' stadium in the world? The (Pseudo) BEATLES were there to greet us
as we showed our tickets and moved on towards security. There was some concern about the size of my camera and lens, mostly as it was thought I was a member of the Press without the required documentation, but all was soon resolved.By now I was expecting to see a spectacular sight, but this building is quite simply 'unbelievable'! I'll let the photos tell the story
The 'Match Ball' was delivered by a member of HM Royal Marines who abseiled from the roof
ran across the pitch with the precious cargo
The score was even when the first incident occurred as
which, after much attention from the Medical Staff
and a 'penalty' awarded
Before 'half time' Danny Welbeck scored a second after which
much to the delight of the fans.
SECOND HALF KICK OFF.
ALEX OXLADE-CHAMBERLIN (Arsenal)
MICHAEL CARRICK (Manchester United)
but there was one more to make it England 5 v San Marino 0 before we left for the drive home. I cannot describe what a treat this was and thank Hugh and Daryl with ALL I CAN!