…and discover some of our favourite fan moments
Very tough, but it’s also one of my earliest memories, and so I’ve gone for the 1991 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.
The ball that Dhoni hit for six to win the 2011 Cricket World Cup in Mumbai landed 20 metres from me. Everyone went berserk.
Watching the 2016 FA Cup Final at Wembley. Jesse Lingard scoring the winner in extra time was a special moment.
The time I watched a close online friend of mine play guitar in a virtual reality talent show!
Rain break during India test at the Oval 2011; I kept wicket to Shane Warne while Michael Vaughan batted in corridor cricket. Liz Hurley was first slip.
Watching Didier Drogba take that final penalty in the 2012 UCL final, beating Bayern Munich in their back yard.
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 our connectivity solution working at the Amex for the first time in 2013.
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 :)
The Montevideo derby between Peñarol & Nacional at the classic Estadio Centenario, lived up to expectations. Vivid colours, nonstop chanting, noisy bands, goals & a sending off!
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.
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.
I was invited to play guitar with the lead singer of Rise Against at a surprise fan meeting in Hyde Park in 2017.
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 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.
My best fan experience has to be all the times I’ve seen nail-biting games on Centre Court at Wimbledon. There is no arena like it, being part of such a huge crowd whilst feeling so close to the action!
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.
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.
Amsterdam Arena watching the LED boards light up courtesy of our software.
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.
Watching the British Lions beat Australia in the first test of the 2013 tour in Brisbane.
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 Beckford score the winner in the last game of the season against Bristol Rovers to promote Leeds United to the Championship, ending a downward spiral of 6 years!
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!
I was playing football at my local sports ground when Sir Paul McCartney showed up by the sidelines. I went over to say hello and got to speak to him about his music and shake his hand.
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.
Never to forget the ‘Heel of God’ moment on 02 December 2012, it has to be my hometown club, MK Dons, beating Manchester United 4-0 in August 2014 – live on Sky and in front of a club-record crowd at the time.
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.
Watching Belgium beating Brazil at World Cup 2018, and reaching the semi-finals for the first time since 1986.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Getting to perform with Jools Holland live on stage.
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.