The teen isn’t terribly enthusiastic about going on a Wembley Tour but the trip’s in honour of her Dad’s birthday and so she doesn’t complain. We’d planned to go to London Zoo but it’s a grey rainy day, we decide that the animals will all be in hiding and opt for Wembley Stadium instead. As we wait in the Crossbar Reception (the crossbar from the 1966 World Cup Final is mounted in a glass case above the entrance) for our tour to start the teen looks very bored. Her Dad and brother are watching and discussing video clips of important footballing moments while I’m fascinated by the display about the sport’s history. I’m drawn to the old photos and the hand-written notes of the first FA meeting in 1863 including football’s original rules. They’re hard to decipher but I see no mention of sponsorship deals or transfer fees.
Our tour starts next to the original flag from the 1948 London Olympic games where our chirpy guide talks to us about the history of the place. The current Wembley Stadium opened in 2007 and was built on the site of the previous iconic building which dated from 1923.