League clubs light up Wembley!

Wembley Stadium's iconic arch was lit up with the colours of Corinthian-Casuals on Friday as the the Ryman South club was honoured alongside all the others who've played at the national stadium since it opened a decade ago.

The arch is being lit up in the colours of every team to have played at the famous arena since its reopening with the Surrey club included in the tenth anniversary celebrations as one of very first to play at the newly rebuilt home of English football in 2008 when they took on AFC Wimbledon in a prestigious friendly.

In total, 166 domestic, European and international men’s and women’s football teams have graced the Wembley turf in the last decade in a variety of competitions and friendlies since the famous ‘twin towers’ of the old stadium were replaced.

Like the display for Corinthians, pictured, the name and crests of the clubs were also displayed on the outside of the stadium to mark the May 19 milestone.

After their own appearances at Wembley in the FA Trophy and FA Vase respectively, Ryman Premier Lowestoft Town and Wroxham, relegated from Ryman North in April, also saw their colours and crests up in lights along with the likes of Brazil, Barcelona, Manchester United, Chelsea, England, Celtic, Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Dortmund.

Built at a cost of nearly £800 million, the 90,000 capacity stadium was officially opened on Saturday 19 May 2007 when Chelsea beat Manchester United 1-0 in the FA Cup Final.

An FA spokesman said: “Wembley Stadium, connected by EE celebrated its 10th year anniversary on Friday, May 19, by lighting up its iconic arch in the colours of every team who has played at the famous arena since its reopening.

“To mark anniversary, and in a show of gratitude to all the clubs, Wembley Stadium displayed each of the club or national colours on the famous arch. The name and crests of the clubs were also shown on the outside of the stadium.”

Image courtesy of Stuart Tree

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