A group of Trinity students were given the opportunity to watch the England football team take on Spain at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 8th September.
This was the first game at Wembley following on from England’s successful World Cup campaign where they reached the semi-final for the first time since 1990. Indeed, Harry Kane received his golden boot before the game, a reward for being the top goal scorer at the World Cup.
The atmosphere and the mood in the stadium were fantastic, with 82,000 patriotic supporters willing England to beat Spain.
For the majority of the 24 Trinity students this was both their first experience of watching England and of visiting the national stadium. There was therefore an air of excitement and awe at the scale of the event.
The students stood proudly to sing the national anthem before they settled into their seats for the game. England started brightly and there was much jubilation as Marcus Rashford opened the scoring in the 11thminute. That was to be the high point for England as Spain came from behind to win the game 2–1. The students sung their hearts out to try to encourage England to win the game but to no avail, with a late England goal being controversially disallowed.
Despite the result, this was an incredible experience and one that will live long in our students’ memories.