A record never to be broken?

  • by Staff Writer
  • Wednesday, 16th August 2017

On 28 April, 1923, it is estimated that up to 300,000 people converged upon Wembley Stadium to set a world record - one that remains to this day and is unlikely to ever be beaten.

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94 years ago fans of Bolton Wanderers - but even more of West Ham United - descended upon the newly-built Wembley Stadium to cheer on their heroes in an FA Cup Final that was almost never played, due to the ground (built to cater for 127,000 spectators) being three times over capacity.

However despite the game (which Wanderers won 2-1) eventually proceeding, you are unlikely to see this figure listed in any record books - as the official attendance for the match, often referred to as 'The White Horse Final', is still quoted as a meagre 126,047!

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As a result, Brazil's World Cup Final clash with Uraguay in 1950 (see above) is instead often incorrectly cited as the best-attended football match in history, with the crowd on the day reported to be 199,854 - even though 'only' 173,850 tickets had been sold!

Officially, the biggest crowd ever witnessed in the British Isles was for a match between Scotland and England at the vast Hampden Park stadium in April 1937, which features predominantly in the list.

But us Hammers fans know better!

Biggest Football Crowds in History

1. 250,000+ West Ham Utd vs Bolton Wanderers, Wembley Stadium 1923 (officially 126,047)
2. 199,854 Brazil vs Uraguay, Maracana Stadium 1950 (officially 173,850)
3. 149,415 Scotland vs England, Hampden Park 1937
4. 146,433 Celtic vs Aberdeen, Hampden Park 1937
5. 136,505 Celtic vs Leeds, Hampden Park 1970
6. 135,000 Benfica vs Porto, Estadio da Luz 1987
7. 134,000 East Bengal vs Mohun Bagan, Salt Lake Stadium (Calcutta) 1997

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