Bulldozers began demolishing the old Wembley stadium today – marking the end of an era for one of the most famous stadiums in the world.
At 11.09am a 35-ton bulldozer called Goliath slowly began to turn the north London home of English football into rubble.
Its specially designed four-ton mouth, which shears away the concrete and has been dubbed Alan Shearer, made the first strike.
Work began on the operations and press room – the corridor linking the Twin Towers.
Since it was built in 1923 to mark the Empire Games, Wembley has hosted an array of sporting events such as the 1966 World Cup Final and pop concerts including Live Aid.
John Corcoran, director of Multiplex, the Australian-based contractors building the new £757m stadium, said that it would take a while for the memories to disappear.
He said: “The scenes played out in the building behind me have, for eight decades, captivated a nation and a world, perhaps no event more so than a certain game of football in 1966.
“Make no mistake, what you see before you has been one of the world’s greatest stadia and it deserves to be remembered as such.
“But the spirit of Wembley owes more to the inspiring feats of a nation’s sporting heroes than it does to the bricks and mortar in front of you.
“Unfortunately, while memories may stand the test of time, bricks and mortar cannot always do the same.”