England national football team home stadium

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Wembley Stadium in London is the current exclusive home stadium for the England national football team. This has been the case since it was opened in 2007, following on from the old Wembley Stadium it replaced. England have however also played many of their home games away from Wembley throughout their history, both in friendly matches and for competitive tournaments.

History[edit]

Pre-Wembley[edit]

An illustration of an 1872 England vs Scotland representative match. The background shows the distinctive gas holder of The Oval.

While the England team played their first official home match on 8 March 1873 (their second official international), the old Wembley was not built until 1923 (being known at the time as the Empire Stadium, having been built for the British Empire Exhibition). During this period, England used various grounds around the country, including many cricket grounds, as their home venue. Surrey County Cricket Club's ground The Oval in south London was the first and most used venue of this time, following on from its use for the England v Scotland representative matches played between 1870 and 1872.

Old Wembley[edit]

England played its first game at Wembley the following year in 1924, although Wembley was then only used for games against Scotland until May 1951, when England played Argentina. Wembley was then used increasingly for the next half century, meaning just ten home games were played outside of old Wembley in the period after 1951 until 1999.

On tour[edit]

The next series of non-Wembley home games, 34 in all, took place between 2001 and 2007, in the period between the old Wembley closing and the new Wembley opening, due to it being built on the same site. When the old Wembley was closed in October 2000, the national team went 'on tour'.[1] The stadium was not demolished until 2003, and the new stadium was not completed until 2007, well behind schedule. Manchester United's home stadium Old Trafford was the most used ground during the tour period.

New Wembley and beyond[edit]

The first England game at the new Wembley was on 1 June 2007, against Brazil.[1]

The tour programme of the 2000s saw the England team return to several cities, and even some of the same venues, for the first time in over 50 years or much more. While the tour was considered a success, due to the cost of the stadium, the Football Association had no plans to stage home games away from Wembley after 2007.[1]

Non-Wembley home matches[edit]

Game Year City Stadium
2 1873 London The Oval
4 1875 London The Oval
6 1877 London The Oval
8 1879 London The Oval
9 1879 London The Oval
12 1881 Blackburn Alexandra Meadows
13 1881 London The Oval
17 1883 London The Oval
18 1883 Liverpool Liverpool Cricket Ground
19 1883 Sheffield Bramall Lane
23 1885 Manchester Manchester Football Ground, Whalley Range
24 1885 Blackburn Leamington Road
25 1885 London The Oval
29 1887 Sheffield Bramall Lane
30 1887 London The Oval
31 1887 Blackburn Leamington Road
32 1888 Crewe Alexandra Recreation Ground
35 1889 Stoke-on-Trent Victoria Ground
36 1889 Liverpool Anfield
37 1889 London The Oval
41 1891 Sunderland Newcastle Road
42 1891 Wolverhampton Molineux
43 1891 Blackburn Ewood Park
47 1893 Perry Barr Wellington Road
48 1893 Stoke-on-Trent Victoria Ground
49 1893 London Athletic Ground, Richmond
53 1895 Derby County Cricket Ground
54 1895 London Queen's Club
55 1895 Liverpool Goodison Park
59 1897 Nottingham Trent Bridge
60 1897 Sheffield Bramall Lane
61 1897 London The Crystal Palace
65 1899 Sunderland Roker Park
66 1899 Bristol Ashton Gate Stadium
67 1899 Birmingham Villa Park
71 1901 Southampton The Dell
72 1901 Newcastle upon Tyne St James' Park
73 1901 London The Crystal Palace
76 1902 Birmingham Villa Park
77 1903 Wolverhampton Molineux
78 1903 Portsmouth Fratton Park
79 1903 Sheffield Bramall Lane
83 1905 Middlesbrough Ayresome Park
84 1905 Liverpool Anfield
85 1905 London The Crystal Palace
89 1907 Liverpool Goodison Park
90 1907 London Craven Cottage
91 1907 Newcastle upon Tyne St James' Park
99 1909 Bradford Park Avenue
100 1909 Nottingham City Ground
101 1909 London The Crystal Palace
108 1911 Derby Baseball Ground
109 1911 London The Den
110 1911 Liverpool Goodison Park
115 1913 Bristol Ashton Gate Stadium
116 1913 London Stamford Bridge
117 1914 Middlesbrough Ayresome Park
121 1920 London Arsenal Stadium
122 1920 Sheffield Hillsborough Stadium
123 1920 Sunderland Roker Park
128 1922 Liverpool Anfield
129 1922 Birmingham Villa Park
130 1922 West Bromwich The Hawthorns
132 1923 London Arsenal Stadium
139 1924 Blackburn Ewood Park
142 1924 Liverpool Goodison Park
143 1924 West Bromwich The Hawthorns
148 1926 London Selhurst Park
149 1926 Manchester Old Trafford
151 1926 Liverpool Anfield
158 1927 Burnley Turf Moor
162 1928 Liverpool Goodison Park
169 1929 London Stamford Bridge
173 1930 Sheffield Bramall Lane
179 1931 Liverpool Anfield
180 1931 London Arsenal Stadium
182 1932 Blackpool Bloomfield Road
184 1932 London Stamford Bridge
189 1933 Newcastle upon Tyne St James' Park
190 1933 London White Hart Lane
195 1934 London Arsenal Stadium
196 1935 Liverpool Goodison Park
200 1935 London White Hart Lane
201 1936 Wolverhampton Molineux
206 1936 Stoke-on-Trent Victoria Ground
207 1936 London Arsenal Stadium
213 1937 Middlesbrough Ayresome Park
214 1937 London White Hart Lane
220 1938 London Arsenal Stadium
221 1938 Newcastle upon Tyne St James' Park
222 1938 Manchester Old Trafford
229 1946 Manchester Maine Road
230 1946 Huddersfield Leeds Road
232 1947 London Arsenal Stadium
237 1947 Liverpool Goodison Park
238 1947 London Arsenal Stadium
243 1948 Birmingham Villa Park
244 1948 London Arsenal Stadium
249 1949 Liverpool Goodison Park
251 1949 Manchester Maine Road
252 1949 London White Hart Lane
260 1950 Sunderland Roker Park
261 1950 London Arsenal Stadium
264 1951 Liverpool Goodison Park
265 1951 London Arsenal Stadium
267 1951 Birmingham Villa Park
283 1953 Liverpool Goodison Park
310 1956 Wolverhampton Molineux
328 1958 Birmingham Villa Park
351 1961 London Arsenal Stadium
363 1962 Sheffield Hillsborough Stadium
396 1966 Liverpool Goodison Park
468 1973 Liverpool Goodison Park
712 1995 Leeds Elland Road
733 1997 Manchester Old Trafford
762 1999 Sunderland Stadium of Light
776 2001 Birmingham Villa Park
777 2001 Liverpool Anfield
779 2001 Derby Pride Park
781 2001 London White Hart Lane
783 2001 Newcastle upon Tyne St James' Park
784 2001 Manchester Old Trafford
785 2001 Manchester Old Trafford
787 2002 Leeds Elland Road
788 2002 Liverpool Anfield
796 2002 Birmingham Villa Park
798 2002 Southampton St Mary's Stadium
799 2003 London Boleyn Ground
801 2003 Sunderland Stadium of Light
803 2003 Leicester Walkers Stadium
804 2003 Middlesbrough Riverside Stadium
805 2003 Ipswich Portman Road
807 2003 Manchester Old Trafford
809 2003 Manchester Old Trafford
812 2004 Manchester City of Manchester Stadium
813 2004 Manchester City of Manchester Stadium
818 2004 Newcastle upon Tyne St James' Park
821 2004 Manchester Old Trafford
824 2005 Birmingham Villa Park
825 2005 Manchester Old Trafford
826 2005 Newcastle upon Tyne St James' Park
832 2005 Manchester Old Trafford
833 2005 Manchester Old Trafford
835 2006 Liverpool Anfield
836 2006 Manchester Old Trafford
837 2006 Manchester Old Trafford
843 2006 Manchester Old Trafford
844 2006 Manchester Old Trafford
846 2006 Manchester Old Trafford
849 2007 Manchester Old Trafford

References[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "End of the road for England". BBC Sport. 29 May 2007. Retrieved 3 May 2010.