students in the stands at Wembley

Behind-the-scenes at England’s 1,000th international fixture

Final-year Sport Journalism students went behind the scenes at Wembley Stadium this week as England faced their 1,000 international fixture.

The students were working as volunteers for the fan-led Raise The Flag initiative; part of Philosophy Football which was co-founded by University of Brighton researcher Mark Perryman. The students helped to prepare displays ahead of the arrival of all surviving members of the 1966-winning World Cup side placing flags on seats before the match to create tifos.

After their work was done, they took their seats to watch Harry Kane score a hat-trick in England’s 7-0 win over Montenegro to secure qualification for UEFA 2020 European Championships.

“It was an eye-opening experience,” said Owen Evans, Sport Journalism BA course leader. “As well as reporting on high-profile games, our students also critically study issues such as national identity and fandom in English football, so this unique behind-the-scenes perspective of an historic fixture was invaluable.”

the students view of the game