…and discover some of our favourite fan moments
India winning the 2011 Cricket World Cup. The visual of my hero Sachin Tendulkar lifting the trophy and the rest of the team carrying him around the Wankhede stadium on their shoulders, still gives me goosebumps!!
Very tough, but it’s also one of my earliest memories, and so I’ve gone for the 1999 Champions League Final. Watching in my parents room (alone as my mum got too stressed and walked out) Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar secure the treble in extra time for Man Utd and promptly thereafter shouting down the house.
At Wembley watching the crazy gang beat Liverpool 1-0 in the 1988 FA Cup final. The Liverpool fans outnumbered the Wimbledon fans by about 10 to 1 but the place was rocking when the final whistle went.
Federer beating Del Potro in five sets having come back from a set down twice during the 2009 French Open Men’s Semi-Final.
Wales winning against England in 2015 Rugby World Cup in the final minutes.
Meeting some of the best swimmers in the Catalonia championships before competing against them in the finals.
Watching old uni mate, Peter Wilson, win Britain’s third gold medal in the London 2012 Olympic Men’s Double Trap Final at the Royal Artillery Barracks.
Watching Fulham at Craven Cottage come back from a 3-1 defeat in the 1st leg of the Europa league to win 4-1 against Juventus in the 2nd leg and progress to the quarter-finals.
Seeing Federer Wimbledon centre court in 2004. After idolising Federer for all of my childhood, it was a dream come true to see him live, especially in such an iconic event.
“Dyer blocked… BELLAMY! It’s in!” Feyenoord 2-3 Newcastle, November 2002.
Wasps obliterating Gloucester in the Premiership Rugby Final at Twickenham back in 2003. 80 minutes of pure joy for my 13 year old self.
Edinburgh, October 2015. It was wet and freezing cold, and we had the smallest squad at the tournament, but we managed to storm through all of the competition to win the Highlander Cup III.
July 2018 – 3rd day of festival Positivus in my home country Latvia. My feet were destroyed, I was knackered, but getting myself to Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds concert was a must. There I was, in front, completely overtaken by his mesmerizing, god-like performance, forgetting all the rest. Pure happiness.
Zidane goal in the UCL Final 2001-02.
The ball that Dhoni hit for six to win the 2011 Cricket World Cup in Mumbai landed 20 metres from me. Everyone went berserk.
The time I watched a close online friend of mine play guitar in a virtual reality talent show!
Sat in a sold out Lord’s for The Hundred final, knowing how much we’d contributed to the success of the tournament and that everyone in the ground was using products we’d built…
Watching Didier Drogba take that final penalty in the 2012 UCL final, beating Bayern Munich in their back yard.
Watching Lucas Moura score the winning goal against Ajax to send Tottenham Hotspur to the 2019 Champions League Final against Liverpool!
Going to Wimbledon for the first time. An amazing experience and something every sports fan should witness, whether they’re a tennis fan or not.
Watching our stag group in fancy dress appear on big screens at Headingley Carnegie cricket ground while watching England vs Sri Lanka. Many celebratory drinks were drunk after.
Ronaldinho’s 50 yards run beating two Sevilla players and strike in off the underside of the crossbar from outside the box, his first goal with FC Barcelona in 2003.
Seeing Rage Against the machine at Reading Festival. Best gig I’ve ever been too!
Japan forgoing the draw-giving penalty kick and pulling off the 80′ try to win against South Africa in the 2015 Rugby World Cup in Brighton.
Sydney vs Liverpool – seeing Steven Gerrard play for the last time after he retired. What a bloke; still should never have retired that early. I even witnessed Steve McManaman make a return. Never thought I would see that.
Travelling to Westfalenstadion to watch Borussia Dortmund v Bayern Munich & seeing the Yellow Wall. Visually spectacular & the atmosphere was one I had never experienced before.
Thierry Henry’s return to Arsenal, 2012. Subbing on in 3rd round of FA Cup to score the winner. He was my hero, I was scared a return would ruin the legend – I was so wrong! I may have a cried a little bit.
Either Cheick Tiote’s volley completing an insane Newcastle comeback from 4-0 down vs Arsenal… Or being in a sun-soaked, star-studded LA Coliseum to see the Rams return to Cali after 37 years.
Whilst touring MCG we were told there were still tickets available for an AFL semi final that day. Our adopted Geelong Cats beat Western Bulldogs in front of 75K fans.
2020 Joaquin Buckley delivering the most spectacular, spinning back knock down in the history :)
Attending the football game my home country was playing in at Euro 2016. After qualifying for the first time in more than 30 years they became the playoff winners of their group after a draw against Portugal.
Watching the 2006 FIFA World cup semi-final between Italy and Germany. I was in Piazza del Popolo, in Rome, with thousands of other supporters. The atmosphere was magical and Andrea Pirlo, one of my favourite football players, played a great match. We celebrated for the entire night.
Liverpool won their fifth European title in 2005 by defeating AC Milan on penalties after pulling back a three-goal deficit.
Manchester United treble in 1999.
Robson-Kanu’s Cruyff turn and goal in the quarter final of the Euros 2016 against Belgium. Unbeatable scenes.
September 1993, 94′ USA World Cup Qualifying: Brazil vs Uruguay. Brazil had to win to qualify for the World Cup. Memories from the 1950 tragedy of Maracanazzo echoing in our minds.
I was 16 and still remember how beautiful the Maracanã Stadium was at its full capacity.
Result: an absolute show of Romário. Unbelievable skills. Two goals in the second half: 2×0. This historical victory paved our way to the World Cup title in 1994.
The entire summer of 2018… Hyde Park, Trippier’s free-kick, pints flying. A World Cup to remember.
Watching my first football match at the Madeira stadium against two Funchal teams Maritimo and National, the match was great fun and we almost toppled the car over a cliff on the drive there.
Watching Lucas Moura complete his hat trick in Amsterdam to send Tottenham into the champions league final! Not something you see very season as a Tottenham fan, a moment of pure jubilation I won’t be forgetting in a hurry.
My favourite fan moment was when I flew from Germany to England to watch Borussia Dortmund play against Bayern Munich 2013 in the Wembley Stadium. Afterwards, I was lucky enough to attend the after match party with the players, trainers and an outstanding buffet.
Going to the Isle of Man TT in 2013 … and riding the course on ‘Mad Sunday’.
It was the 2011 Cricket World Cup Semi-Finals and I had the opportunity to witness Sri Lanka winning against the Kiwis at Colombo. What’s more special is that being the last game for Muttiah Muralitharan in Sri Lanka and Kumar Sangakkara became the Player of the Match. Unforgettable!
Going to Murrayfield for the first time for the 2002 South Africa rugby union tour, and seeing Scotland pull off an unexpected victory with two second-half tries.
Waking up at 3:30am to watch England Netball beat Australia 52-51 in the 2018 Commonwealth Games final. When that last shot went in and we won gold; what a moment for our sport.
Going on a World Cup match day trip to the other end of Germany with my dad back in elementary school!
After many years scoring for my dads cricket team seeing the pain and suffering. It was a pleasure seeing my dad score his first 50.
2012 UEFA Champions League Final. Chelsea becoming champions of Europe for the first time ever, after a stunning penalty shoot-out victory over Bayern Munich at Allianz Arena.
Watching the British and Irish Lions defy the odds and draw the series against New Zealand at Eden Park, Auckland. Made all the sweeter because of All Black fans’ unwavering confidence and the controversy of the last minute over-turned penalty.
Watching Liverpool win the 2019 Champions League especially the way they got to the final.
The Rugby Sevens, the party atmosphere, the fancy dress, a really unique and memorable experience.
Seeing the Rolling Stones living up to their reputation at the Cake Tin (Westpac Stadium, Wellington, NZ) in 2006.
Jos Buttler throwing his whole body into the stumps to secure the Cricket World Cup for England on the final ball of the super over. We celebrated so loudly that my friend’s poor dog went crazy too! This is Ben Stokes’ world and we’re just living in it.
3 May 2001 Lincoln 1-1 Carlisle: Watched through a cloud of cigarette smoke as inelegant Carl Heggs equaliser saved Carlisle from relegation from the football league. Avoided riot outside on way home.
Until May, Andrey Arshavin‘s winner vs Barcelona – the single greatest moment at Emirates Stadium to date. However, Aaron Ramsey’s FA Cup winner over Chelsea just tops it for me.
Stuart Pearce penalty vs Spain at Euro 96. Epitomised the true value and passion that sport can produce and create that goes well beyond a simple skill.
Cheltenham Festival 2012, Supreme Novices Hurdle. I’d been “investing” in a horse called Cinders & Ashes since October. Despite smashing a few hurdles, he got up to win by a length.
Playing in a 5 a side tournament with Thierry Henry, Jamie Redknapp, Jimmy Bullard, Shay Given and Alex Scott.
On the blocks at the Gateshead Stadium waiting for the starting gun at the English Schools Athletics.
Watching Wales at Euro 2016 in France. The fans and the atmosphere they created throughout the tournament was fantastic. Plus the team doing so well in their first major competition in 58 years was a nice bonus!
MotoGP – Jerez 2005, Rossi overtaking Gibernau at last corner
Leicester winning the Premier League title.
February 2011 – Obafemi Martins scoring an 89th minute winner against Arsenal in the Carling Cup final, enabling me to see Birmingham City play in Europe. Despite the pouring rain, the atmosphere was electric and one I will never forget.
2018 UEFA Champions League final in Kyiv. The pre-game rendition of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ before witnessing Gareth Bale’s overhead-kick live.
In February 2017, after years of watching Ski Jumping on TV, I finally had a chance to watch the World Cup competition live in Sapporo, Japan. Heavy snow, hot sake, magical atmosphere and a picture with the winner, Kamil Stoch, was an amazing experience!
I was treated to a VIP experience for the 2007 UEFA Cup Final in Glasgow. This was my first football match; the two Spanish sides went to penalties, the atmosphere was amazing!
Seeing Chelsea play live at Stamford Bridge for the first time in 2004.
I would say going to see Chelsea away against PSG in Champions League. The ground was shaking when PSG scored.
When Watford scored the second goal in the 2-0 Play-Off Final win in 1999.
Testing the first piece of live crowd engagement software I wrote at a real match.
Chelsea vs Barcelona 2005. Watching us go 3-0 up within 20 minutes, to almost have it taken away, but then watching John Terry score the winner was incredible.
Wayne Rooney scoring his iconic bicycle kick against Manchester City back in 2011, securing the victory for Man United. Arguably the best goal, I’ve ever seen. His talent is undeniable!
Watching Liverpool lift the Champions League trophy in 2019 with my flatmate who’s a Spurs fan.
I was a ball boy for the Wimbledon 2008 Men’s final when Nadal defeated Federer in a 5 set thriller. When he won the final point, the crowd roared – it was the most surreal feeling.
Norwich vs Liverpool 4-5 – Adam Lallana hitting a volley during the 95th minute was a surreal moment! The crowd was singing hours after the whistle!
The atmosphere at Twickenham on a hot May bank holiday weekend as Saracens secured triumphant victory over Exeter at the Premiership Rugby 2016 final.
Watching Sprinter Sacre complete the ‘impossible dream’ and come back to win his 2nd Champion Chase at Cheltenham. Such an emotional day!
Being in the SCG watching Mitchell Johnson bowling in the final test of the ’13/’14 Ashes. That man’s arm has to be seen to be believed.
2015 Rugby World Cup Final AUS v NZ: fireworks, haka, singing the national anthem, red arrows over a sunny blue Twickenham sky watching the world’s best teams play quality rugby.
Kid Yamamoto vs Kazuyuki Miyata KNOCKOUT in 4 second.
Seeing my local team, Morecambe FC, getting promoted into League One for the first time was quite special, but my favourite fan moment has to be watching England win the 2003 Rugby World Cup in my Grandma’s living room.
I have two:
– The 93 minute of the 2016 UFEA Champions League Final. I’m a Real Madrid fan and that Sergio Ramos’ goal… I remember screaming like a mad man! XD
– Muse is my favorite band. I remember the first time seeing them live, in a festival, at midnight, when they start to play “”Knights of Cydonia”” it started raining… it was just epic!
On a matchday at Stamford Bridge, I was walking past the Chelsea shop and spotted Michael Essien walking by with a hat on, he was trying to keep a low profile until I stopped him for a brief conversation (calling him a legend etc) and it started a frenzy among the Chelsea fans just before kick-off. I tweeted about it and Essien actually followed me on Twitter after that haha!
England had not won an Ashes series since the 1980s. They just needed to keep Australia out for one late summer’s day in 2005 to regain the urn. It didn’t look likely until the man with the skunk haircut turned up. What a privilege it was to be there and witness that innings.
The game finished 0-0 but it didn’t matter. Stoke had been promoted to the Premier League and were back in the top flight for the first time in 23 years. Witnessing that moment from the stands was an absolute dream as fans spilled onto the pitch at the final whistle.
2012 Pre-Olympic Basketball exhibition game; USA vs GB. Safe to say, GB got destroyed.
When the seagulls follow the trawler, it’s because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea.
Being right in amongst the t-shirt helicopter whilst seeing Skindred live at a great small local venue – The Forum in Royal Tunbridge Wells.
Saints vs Arsenal in the last game at The Dell. Le Tissier subbed on, the game tied at 2-2. In the 89th min, he hit a half-volley into the top corner and for the last time The Dell erupted.
Running onto the Amex pitch following promotion to the Premier League and enjoying celebrations in the city with the players that night.
Watching Ben Stokes’ match-winning 135* on the final day of the Headingley test. I was actually watching a game at a different stadium when the news started to go round that Stokes was starting to kick on. Most of the crowd then piled inside the ground, forgetting the game we’d all paid to see, and huddled around the tvs by the concession stands to watch him hit the winning runs, met with a massive roar and drinks flying everywhere.
Getting to perform with Jools Holland live on stage.
Watching Foo Fighters at Glastonbury festival. They had finished their set but played an encore of my favourite song. I have never moved so quickly to get back into the crowd! The atmosphere was incredible and it was an amazing experience.
January 14th, 2015 – Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson climbing the Dawn Wall of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park for the first time in history.
Boca v River at the Bombonera. Twice. The first was abandoned after ten minutes due to a monsoon so we went back three days later too – the noise, the colour, the fear and Maradona in the stands are all seared in my memory.
Being there for Hull City’s promotion to the Premier League, twice. 2013’s crazy 16-minute wait to celebrate at the KC Stadium and Mo Diamé’s 25-yard strike at Wembley in 2016.
Van Nistelrooy coming off the bench with Man Utd 2-0 down in the 77th minute at Villa Park in 2002, smashing in two goals and an assist to win the game 2-3.
At Old Trafford sitting within 20 feet from the legendary Zlatan Ibrahimovic during an intense Premier league derby match against bitter rival Manchester City.