When you think about it for a small seaside town football club, we have almost made Wembley our second home. As we are about to play there yet again, I thought it would be good to look back at our first ever game we played at Wembley.
The game was in 1989 and was the Sherpa Van Final, a great day out and sadly we did not win the game, but we did get a van as a prize. Who remembers seeing the van drive around the streets of Torbay, I know when ever I saw it, I just felt proud that my team had not only been to Wembley, but was the first Devon club to do so.
Where you at the game? What are your memories?
Below the best parts from the programme and also a handbook that would have been given to the clubs and anyone else who needed to have one on the day.
A great day a great day. You can't beat your first visit to Wembley. After seeing it for so long on the tele to be there for the first time is kind of sereal. It looks a little bit different. I remember running around on my Sunday morning paper round before setting of in our Escort XR3i with flag and inflatible seagull hanging on for dear life. Passing what seemed like thousands of coaches on the way and I'm sure the only cars on the road that day had a little bit of yellow in there somewhere.
I recall seeing the pitch for the first time, and it looked a massive arena and I thought this is it and a tear formed in my eyes. The game? well we didn't care just to be at the National Stadium to watch my team was enough. (not all all like this Sunday, when we could be playing on Windmill Hill as long as we win).
I got to do a few miles in that Sherpa Van. It was the Saturday after we beat Blackpool in the '91 final and at the time I played for TUFC under 18's. We had reached the National 5-a-side Finals held in Hudderfield. As we drove up early on the Saturday it was great laugh being over taken by many hundreds of Blackpool fans traveling back from the previous nights match. I bet they couldn't believe what they were seeing. We made sure to remind them of the score in our already clapped out Sherpa which must of had about 200,000 miles on it by then.
XR3i pikey, now that was the boy racers car in its day ;D, enjoyed reading your account of your first trip to Wembley.
Mine was some time before we ever played there, maybe Barton can help out with the date? it must have been in 1984, or 85? not really sure but as I said on one thread on the forum, I helped out Ants primary school with football training.
We took so many boys up to Wembley for a schoolboys international against Germany. I'm sure it was in March or even May, but we woke up on that Saturday morning to deep snow in the Bay, it was strange as we had passed the winter months.
We got to the train station OK, but thought the game would be called off. Most of the journey we saw snow everywhere, but it was fine in London.After the game we went to the train station(not sure what station it was) only to be told there was no train for many hours.
40 kids started singing what do we want, we want a train and they did not stop until one arrived, could do with such singers at Plainmoor