With four wins, Sweden's Ove Fundin won the most World Championships at Wembley, winning in , , and The speedway track at Wembley Stadium was metres yards in length and was notoriously difficult to ride for those not used to it. Despite regularly being used for World Championship and other British championship meetings, Wembley long had a reputation as a track that was difficult to pass on which often led to processional racing. Among those who never performed well there despite their credentials include World Champion Jerzy Szczakiel who won his title at home in Poland and two weeks later under difficult circumstances failed to score in the World Team Cup Final at Wembley , while others such as Ivan Mauger and Ole Olsen often seemed to find their best form at the stadium.
The track itself was located inside of the greyhound racing track, but intersected the stadium's playing field at the corners. The pits were located in the tunnel at the eastern end of the stadium. In Heat 6 of the World Final, Gundersen set the 4-lap record clutch start of As this was the last time the stadium was used for speedway racing, it remains the track record. Two meetings were held at Wembley in promoted by Trevor Redmond. Before the first meeting the Wembley groundsman threatened to resign over possible damage to the hallowed turf.
The pitch was surrounded by wooden beams and little damage was caused. Though the venue was not traditionally a regular host of rugby union matches, England played a friendly against Canada on 17 October , as their regular home stadium at Twickenham was undergoing redevelopment. Wales played their Five Nations and autumn international home matches at Wembley as Twickenham Stadium would not accommodate them while Cardiff Arms Park was being rebuilt as the Millennium Stadium in the late s a deal reciprocated for FA Cups during the construction of the new Wembley Stadium.
In total there were seven internationals. Wembley was a regular venue for greyhound racing.
It was the first sport Sir Arthur Elvin introduced to the stadium. The opening meeting was in Two of the biggest events in the greyhound racing calendar are the St Leger and Trafalgar Cup  [ self-published source ] Both were originally held at Wembley, the St Leger from until after which it moved to Wimbledon Stadium and the Trafalgar Cup from until after which it moved to Oxford Stadium. In the famous greyhound Mick the Miller won the St Leger. The National Football League held nine preseason American football games at Wembley between and The Minnesota Vikings and the St.
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Louis Cardinals played the first game on 6 August From until the mids, hurling and gaelic football tournaments known as the "Wembley Tournaments" were held at Wembley Stadium to bring the Irish sports to expatriates in Britain at the time. Several Gaelic football games were played in Wembley Stadium, most of them exhibition matches, most notably Kerry and Down in The stadium also staged women's field hockey matches in which England appeared in their annual match between and and then from to On 18 June , Wembley hosted a heavyweight boxing match between London native boxer Henry Cooper and American rising star Muhammad Ali in front of 35, spectators.
On 26 May , in front of 90, people, Evel Knievel crashed while trying to land a jump over 13 single decker city buses, an accident which resulted in his initial retirement from his daredevil life. As of April , the WWE considers this to be their fourth largest live gate in history behind only WrestleMania 32 which drew a reported ,, WrestleMania III which drew a reported 93, and WrestleMania 29 which drew 80, fans.
Other charity concerts which took place in the stadium were the Human Rights Now! During Michael Jackson's Bad World Tour in , seven sold-out concerts were staged at Wembley which included five in a row, and two at a later date. Each concert had an attendance of 72, people. According to the Guinness Book of World Records , Jackson set a new world record with , people attending the seven sold-out concerts.
He was given a special award by Wembley Stadium Officials for achieving this milestone. A further five sold-out concerts followed in during his Dangerous World Tour and his last three shows in during HIStory World Tour brought total ticket sales to over 1.
To date, this record has not been broken. Cecil Freeman Gregg's crime novel Tragedy at Wembley Methuen, sees his detective character Inspector Cuthbert Higgins investigate a murder at the stadium.
The stadium features in the opening scene of the film The King's Speech The Olympic Marathon and the Stadium feature in the South Korean war film My Way , though the marathon is clearly filmed in Riga, rather than London, and the stadium standing in for Wembley has an anachronistic electronic scoreboard. In the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody the stadium was digitally recreated for the Live Aid scene. John Betjeman is shown standing in the Stadium in his BBC film Metroland , though, as John Bale has pointed out in Anti-Sport Sentiments in Literature: Batting for the Opposition Routledge, , he shows no real interest in Wembley's sporting connections, either here or elsewhere.
In Nigel Kneale 's Quatermass , in which ancient stone circles turn out to be locations designed by aliens to harvest young humans, the Stadium is revealed to have been built on the site of a stone circle "the Sacred Turf they call it", says Professor Quatermass , "I wonder what's underneath? In episode 11 of the 2nd series of the revived Doctor Who , the Doctor recalls visiting the London Olympics and says that he wanted to light the Olympic Flame.
There is a persistent myth that a small locomotive met with a mishap when Watkin's Folly was being demolished, or the Empire Stadium built, and was buried under what became the "sacred turf" though in some versions it is a carriage filled with rubble. When the Stadium was rebuilt no locomotive or carriage or stone circle From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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