The Black-And-White Years: Fantastic Vintage Photos Of ‘Old’ Wembley Stadium, Between 1923-1963

Chris Wright

22nd, July 2013


By Chris Wright

Unfortunately we’ve had to nix requests from Pies fans for Anfield and Elland Road to be covered as part of our ongoing vintage “Around the Grounds” series as, weirdly enough considering the history shared between them, there just aren’t enough decent archive photographs of the two stadiums so you’ll just have to make do with a monochrome tour around ‘Old Wembley’ as it’s now known…

Soccer - FA Cup - Final - West Ham United v Bolton Wanderers - 1923

Confusion and chaos reign as hundreds of thousands of fans spill onto the pitch before the 1923 FA Cup Final, a.k.a, the “White Horse Final the first FA Cup Final to be played at Wembley (or the “Empire Stadium” as it was then known). Billy the famous white police horse is just about visible in the upper-left corner of the pitch

Soccer - FA Cup Final - Arsenal v Cardiff City - Wembley

Wembley as seen from the Graf blimp during the 1927 FA Cup Final between Arsenal and Cardiff City

Soccer - Home International Championship - England v Scotland

The Home International Championship tie between England and Scotland as seen from the skies high above Wembley, 1928

Soccer - FA Cup - Final - Arsenal v Huddersfield Town

The Graf Zeppelin hovers ominously low over the Wembley terraces, 1930 

Soccer - FA Cup Final - West Bromwich Albion v Birmingham - Wembley

West Brom captain Tommy Glidden proudly leaves the stand with the FA Cup under his arm having just lead his team to a 2-1 victory over Birmingham City in the Final at Wembley, 1931

Soccer - FA Cup - Final - Arsenal v Newcastle United - London - 1932

Wembley Stadium, 1932

WWII British Isles

World War Two - UK & Commonwealth - The Home Front - Soccer - Wartime Friendly - England v Scotland - Wembley - 1941

Members of the British Forces are given front-row seats at Wembley to watch the 1941 Wartime Friendly between England and Scotland

Soccer - Wartime International - England v Scotland

Spectators arrive outside Wembley for the Wartime Friendly between England and Scotland, 1941

Soccer - War Time International - England v Scotland - Wembley

The view from the swarming terraces of the aforementioned Wartime Friendly, 1941

Soccer - Football League South Cup - Final - Chelsea v Charlton Athletic - Wembley Stadium

Photographers attempt to catch the action as Chelsea bear down on Charlton’s goal during the Football League South Cup Final at Wembley, 1944

Soccer - War Time International - England v Scotland - Wembley

Another vast crowd gathers to watch the second Wartime Friendly game between England and the Auld Enemy, 1944

Soccer - Wembley Stadium - London

External view of Wembley Stadium and the famous twin towers taken from the busy car park, 1947

Soccer - FA Cup Final - Blackpool v Manchester United - Wembley Stadium - London - 1948

BBC TV cameras film the FA Cup Final between Blackpool and Manchester United at Wembley, 1948

Soccer - FA Cup Final - Blackpool v Manchester United - Wembley Stadium

Thousands of Blackpool and Manchester United supporters meander up the new Olympic Road (now “Wembley Way”) on their way up to Wembley for the FA Cup Final, 1948

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