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Queen Elizabeth and the EFL through the years

18 September 2022

Over the years, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has graced a number of EFL Clubs with her presence.

It is thought Her Majesty, aged 18 at the time, attended her first Football League fixture at Wembley Stadium for the Football League War Cup South Final in 1945, as Chelsea beat Millwall 2-0 in front of a crowd of 90,000 the highest attendance for a Club match during the War.

She has also been a part of historic moments at stadiums throughout the EFL. Here are some of those moments.

In July 1997, the Queen accompanied by Prince Phillip officially opened Pride Park, home to Derby County, after the Rams opted to relocate from the Baseball Ground to a new home.

The visitors were taken on a tour of the stadium, packed with 30,000 people, meeting players along the way, and a plaque is now on display in the main reception to commemorate her trip.

Queen Elizabeth was greeted by City of Sheffield Girls Choir - who performed Christmas carols for the Royal guests - upon her visit to South Yorkshire to open Sheffield Wednesdays new Kop end at Hillsborough in December 1986.

Her Majesty drove around the stand for a better vantage point of the stadium, before unveiling a plaque to mark the new addition to the ground, which upgraded the stand's capacity from 16,850 to 22,000.

Stadium MK erupted into applause in November 2007 as the Queen stepped out into the arena in front of 20,000 Milton Keynes Dons fans as the Buckinghamshire team welcomed supporters into their new stadium.

Alongside Prince Philip, she attended the ceremony, before being introduced to Chairman Pete Winkelman, who delivered a speech to the packed-out stadium, and Paul Ince, the Clubs manager at the time.

To mark the 100th anniversary of Bradfords royal charter as a city, the Queen dropped into Valley Parade in March 1997 for the opening of the new Midland Road Stand.

In attendance in West Yorkshire, Her Majesty met Club legend and former skipper Stuart McCall, ex-frontman Bobby Campbell, and England international and World Cup winner Bobby Charlton, along with Club officials.

More recently, Her Majesty enjoyed lunch at Burnleys Turf Moor on her Jubilee tour in 2012, to celebrate 60 years on the throne. During her stay, she was welcomed by crowds outside the stadium as she spent a day in the town.

It was November 1955 when Queen Elizabeth became the first reigning monarch to visit Stoke City in three decades on her trip to Staffordshire and Cheshire, and the Potters put on dance and gymnastics show, before providing a rendition of the National Anthem on a wet and windy day at the Victoria Ground.


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