FA Cup winner and Hollywood hardman Vinnie Jones has returned to Wembley for the first time in nearly 25 years, to star in an interactive film in which he presents fans with their personalised Wembley Way stone.
The project is being managed by Investors In Sport on behalf of Wembley Stadium and on www.wembleystadium.com/wembleyway, Vinnie invites fans to write a message on a stone for themselves, a friend or loved one and create their own personalised video. The message will then appear on a Wembley Stone alongside Vinnie’s which is inscribed with the words, ‘Vincent Peter Jones, for services to The FA Cup 1988’.
In the film, Vinnie plays tribute to the national stadium and the position that Wembley holds in the hearts of football, sport and music fans and jokes: “it’s a lot like Hollywood only closer to the North Circular.”
Once fans have created their film, they can share their legendary status on Facebook and buy a Wembley Stone for real that will then go on display at the stadium.
In November 2011 Wembley Stadium launched Wembley Way, a new landmark that gives football, sport and music fans the opportunity to be a permanent part of the venue’s history. Stones inscribed with fans’ special messages, dedications and memories are set in the ground on the stadium’s outside concourse along a number of special panels, each of which celebrate a legendary Wembley event.
Vinnie Jones said: “Some of the greatest football, sport and music legends have played at Wembley including the Rolling Stones, Queen, Muse and even me. Now you can be part of Wembley’s history too with your own personalised stone on Wembley Way. Buy one for yourself or a mate and then tell everyone about the new Wembley legend.”
So far two panels have been unveiled at Wembley. The first commemorates England’s World Cup win in 1966 and contains the personalised stones for all eleven players from the winning team. The second location celebrates the 2007 England v Brazil game, which was the first international match at the new Wembley Stadium. It includes stones for all the members of the current England squad who have achieved their 50th cap.
Made from the finest grey granite, the Wembley Way stones come in various sizes ranging from 200mm x 100mm for a single stone to 600mm x 200mm for a celebration stone. Larger stones can also feature the England Three Lions crest or Wembley Stadium logo. Prices range from £50 to £495.
To view Vinnie’s video, further details or to purchase a stone visit www.wembleystadium.com/wembleyway