THE BROADER PICTURE

Whoever wins the European Championship today, Wembley Stadium will take the drama in its stride. Here, a fanatic's-eye view of some of countless memorable moments in its history

1 Wembley's opening match, 28 April 1923. 126,000 spectators are expected for the FA Cup final; 200,000 arrive. Fortunately, a police- man on a white horse arrives too, and order is restored. (Bolton Wanderers 2, West Ham United 0.)

2 The Graf Zeppelin flies over Wembley during the 1930 FA Cup final. (Arsenal 2, Huddersfield 0.)

3 Dixie Dean tumbles into the net after scoring, in the first final in which players wore numbers on their shirts. (FA Cup, 1933; Everton 3, Manchester City 0.)

4 In the final minute, George Mutch prepares for a famous, decisive penalty shot. (FA Cup final, 1938; Preston North End 1, Huddersfield 0.)

5 Stanley Rous, future president of FIFA, referees the FA Cup final. (1934; Manchester City 2, Portsmouth 1.)

6 Jackie Milburn's second goal of the 1951 FA Cup final (Newcastle United 2, Blackpool 0.)

7 Mortensen's first goal, in the "Matthews final". (FA Cup, 1953; Blackpool 4, Bolton Wanderers 3.)

8 The Queen congratulates Stanley Matthews on his historic performance. (FA Cup final, 1953.)

9 Jackie Milburn scores the fastest goal in an FA Cup final with a header after 45 seconds. (1955; Newcastle United 3, Manchester City 1.)

10 Bert Trautmann, hero of the 1956 FA Cup final, is helped from the pitch. In the dressing-rooms, he realises that he has played the final 15 minutes of the match with a broken neck. (Manchester City 3, Birmingham City 1.)

11 Matt Busby leads his "Busby Babes" on to the pitch for his first FA Cup final. (1957; Aston Villa 2, Manchester United 1.)

12 Nat Lofthouse's infamous second goal in the 1958 FA Cup final. He knocks goalkeeper Gregg into the net along with the ball; to general surprise, the goal is allowed. (Bolton Wanderers 2, Manchester United 0.)

13 Spurs celebrate the first League/ Cup double of the 20th century. (FA Cup final, 1961; Tottenham Hotspur 2, Leicester City 0.)

14 Eusebio puts Benfica ahead against Milan. (European Cup final, 1963; Milan 2, Benfica,1.)

15 Jose Altafini puts Milan ahead against Benfica. (European Cup final, 1963.)

16 The Queen opens the 1966 World Cup. On her right, the Duke of Edinburgh. On her left Stanley Rous (now Sir Stanley).

17 Fair Play I. The Argentinian captain, Rattin (nickname: "The Rat") is sent off. (World Cup quarter- final, 1966; England 1, Argentina 0.)

18 Fair Play II. Alf Ramsey (now Sir Alf) prevents England players from swapping shirts with Argentina's players after their World Cup quarter-final. "They're animals," he says. (World Cup quarter-final, 1966.)

19 Geoff Hurst's shot against the bar, later transformed into a "goal" by the Russian linesman. (World Cup final, 1966; England 4, West Germany 2.)

20 Geoff Hurst scores his third, magnificent goal in the last minute of the final. He said: "I meant to kick it as far over the crossbar as possible, but made a mistake." (World Cup final, 1966.)

21 Jack Charlton kneels in the centre circle after the final. "He must have dropped a penny," says Martin Peters. (World Cup final, 1966.)

22 Nobby Stiles dances a jig after England's 1966 World Cup victory. (World Cup final, 1966.)

23 The ball used in the final becomes a souvenir for Helmut Haller, a German player. (World Cup final, 1966.)

24 The Queen presents Bobby Moore with the Jules Rimet Trophy. (World Cup final, 1966.)

25 George Best scores the goal that turns the tide for Manchester United. (European Cup final, 1968; Manchester United 4, Benfica 1.)

26 Sir Matt Busby celebrates victory in the European Cup final. (1968; Manchester United 4, Benfica 1.)

27 A delighted Charlie George takes a rest after scoring the winning goal. (FA Cup final, 1971; Arsenal 2, Liverpool 1.)

28 Iann Porterfield's unstoppable shot against Leeds. (FA Cup final, 1973; Sunderland 1, Leeds United 0.)

29 Jim Montgomery's unbelievable save - from Peter Lorimer - against Leeds. (FA Cup final, 1973.)

30 Sunderland manager Bob Stokoe's unforgettable sprint after their unexpected victory in the FA Cup final. (1973; Sunderland 1, Leeds United 0.)

31 In the middle of a disastrous match, a distraught Malcolm MacDonald takes a rest on the perimeter fence. (FA Cup final 1974; Liverpool 3, Newcastle United 0.)

32 Overenthusiastic Scottish fans destroy the goalposts in their post- match celebrations. (British Home Championship, 1977; England 1, Scotland 2.)

33 9 May 1981. Parade of captains before the 100th FA Cup final. (Tottenham Hotspur 1 Manchester City 1; Spurs won 3-2 in the replay.)

34 Ricky Villa dribbles the ball around Caton, Ranson, Caton (again), Reid, Corrigan - and scores. "At last I have luck in England" (FA Cup final replay, 1981; Tottenham Hotspur 3, Manchester City 2.)

35 The Pope's visit. (1982.)

36 Kevin Moran becomes the first player to be sent off in an FA Cup final. (1985; Manchester United 1, Everton, 0.)

37 Bob Geldof and friends perform for Live Aid. (1985.)

38 In mid-concert, Phil Collins flies off in Concorde to play at the other Live Aid concert, in the USA. (1985.)

39 Low points in football history: Paul Gascoigne's tackle on Gary Charles. (FA Cup Final, 1991; Tottenham Hotspur 2, Nottingham Forest 1.)

40 Fair play III: opposing managers Brian Clough and Terry Venables walk together, holding hands, before the FA Cup final. (1993; Tottenham Hotspur 2, Nottingham Forest 1.)

41 Eric Cantona raises the FA Cup (1996; Manchester United 1, Liverpool 0.)

42 The flags of the European Championship winners: 1960: Soviet Union; 1964: Spain; 1968: Italy; 1972: West Germany; 1976: Czechoslovakia; 1980: West Germany; 1984: France; 1988: Holland; 1992: Denmark; 1996: who knows?

. Research by Mike Collett, author of The Guinness Record of the FA Cup; and Ruth Metzstein

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
Elizabeth McGovern as Cora, Countess of Grantham and Richard E Grant as Simon Bricker

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Art
Arts and Entertainment
Diana Beard, nicknamed by the press as 'Dirty Diana'

Bake Off
Arts and Entertainment
The X Factor 2014 judges: Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole, Mel B and Louis Walsh

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Gregg Wallace was caught by a camera van driving 32mph over the speed limit

TV
Arts and Entertainment
books
Arts and Entertainment
The Doctor and the Dalek meet
tvReview: Doctor Who Into the Dalek more than compensated for last week's nonsensical offering
Arts and Entertainment
Star turns: Montacute House
tv
Arts and Entertainment
Iain reacts to his GBBO disaster

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Outlaw Pete is based on an eight-minute ballad from Springsteen’s 2009 Working on a Dream album

books
Arts and Entertainment
Cara Delevingne made her acting debut in Anna Karenina in 2012

film
Arts and Entertainment
Simon Cowell is less than impressed with the Strictly/X Factor scheduling clash

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Gothic revival: artist Dave McKean’s poster for Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination
Exhibition
Arts and Entertainment
Diana Beard has left the Great British Bake Off 2014

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Lisa Kudrow, Courtney Cox and Jennifer Anniston reunite for a mini Friends sketch on Jimmy Kimmel Live

TV
Arts and Entertainment
TVDessert week was full of the usual dramas as 'bingate' ensued
Arts and Entertainment
Clara and the twelfth Doctor embark on their first adventure together
TVThe regulator received six complaints on Saturday night
Arts and Entertainment
Vinyl demand: a factory making the old-style discs
musicManufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl
Arts and Entertainment
David Baddiel concedes his show takes its inspiration from the hit US series 'Modern Family'
comedyNew comedy festival out to show that there’s more to Jewish humour than rabbi jokes
Arts and Entertainment
Puff Daddy: One Direction may actually be able to use the outrage to boost their credibility

music
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

ES Rentals

    Independent Dating
    and  

    By clicking 'Search' you
    are agreeing to our
    Terms of Use.

    Chief inspector of GPs: ‘Most doctors don’t really know what bad practice can be like for patients’

    Steve Field: ‘Most doctors don’t really know what bad practice can be like for patients’

    The man charged with inspecting doctors explains why he may not be welcome in every surgery
    Stolen youth: Younger blood can reverse many of the effects of ageing

    Stolen youth

    Younger blood can reverse many of the effects of ageing
    Bob Willoughby: Hollywood's first behind the scenes photographer

    Bob Willoughby: The reel deal

    He was the photographer who brought documentary photojournalism to Hollywood, changing the way film stars would be portrayed for ever
    Hollywood heavyweights produce world's most expensive corporate video - for Macau casino

    Hollywood heavyweights produce world's most expensive corporate video - for Macau casino

    Scorsese in the director's chair with De Niro, DiCaprio and Pitt to star
    Angelina Jolie's wedding dress: made by Versace, designed by her children

    Made by Versace, designed by her children

    Angelina Jolie's wedding dressed revealed
    Anyone for pulled chicken?

    Pulling chicks

    Pulled pork has gone from being a US barbecue secret to a regular on supermarket shelves. Now KFC is trying to tempt us with a chicken version
    9 best steam generator irons

    9 best steam generator irons

    To get through your ironing as swiftly as possible, invest in one of these efficient gadgets
    England v Norway: Wayne Rooney admits England must ‘put on a show’ to regain faith

    Rooney admits England must ‘put on a show’ to regain faith

    New captain vows side will deliver for small Wembley crowd
    ‘We knew he was something special:’ Radamel Falcao's journey from teenage debutant to Manchester United's star signing

    ‘We knew he was something special’

    Radamel Falcao's journey from teenage debutant to Manchester United's star signing
    'I’ll tell you what I would not serve - lamb and potatoes': US ambassador hits out at stodgy British food served at diplomatic dinners

    'I’ll tell you what I would not serve - lamb and potatoes'

    US ambassador hits out at stodgy British food
    Radio Times female powerlist: A 'revolution' in TV gender roles

    A 'revolution' in TV gender roles

    Inside the Radio Times female powerlist
    Endgame: James Frey's literary treasure hunt

    James Frey's literary treasure hunt

    Riddling trilogy could net you $3m
    Fitbit: Because the tingle feels so good

    Fitbit: Because the tingle feels so good

    What David Sedaris learnt about the world from his fitness tracker
    Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb

    Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb

    Second-holiest site in Islam attracts millions of pilgrims each year
    Alexander Fury: The designer names to look for at fashion week this season

    The big names to look for this fashion week

    This week, designers begin to show their spring 2015 collections in New York