VIDEO + PICTURES: Wembley lit up in Owls and Blades colours as venue marks 10 year anniversary celebrating all teams that have played there

The arch lit up in the blue and white of Sheffield Wednesday.
The arch lit up in the blue and white of Sheffield Wednesday.
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Wembley Stadium has been lit up in the red and white of Sheffield United and the blue and white of Sheffield Wednesday in a celebration of all the teams to have played there.

The famous arch was lit up along with the club's badges and names being displayed along the front of the stadium to mark its tenth anniversary.

But the timing of the colourful display will be a painful sight for Owls fans, coming just days after the play-off semi-final defeat against Huddersfield denied the Hillsborough side a trip to Wembley.

And of course, the new stadium hasn't been a happy hunting ground for either of the Sheffield clubs - the Owls lost last year's Championship play-off final there while the Blades have lost all three games they've played on the hallowed turf, the 2009 play-off final v Burnley, the 2012 play-off final v Huddersfield and the 2014 FA Cup semi-final v Hull.

The stadium has proved a happier venue for other local clubs.

Doncaster Rovers famously won the League One Play-Off Final against Yorkshire rivals Leeds United at the stadium on May 25, 2008, James Hayter's 48th minute goal proving vital in the 1-0 win in front of 75,000 fans.

Barnsley last year's League One play-off final, just weeks after their Johnstone Paints Trophy win at the same venue.

Rotherham United tasted victory in the 2014 League One play-off final, although the lost a 2010 match there while Chesterfield lifted the Johnstone Paints Trophy in 2012.

To celebrate 10 years since the new Wembley Stadium was built, the arch was lit up in the colours of each of the 160 domestic, European and international men’s and women’s football teams who have graced the hallowed turf in that time.

The original stadium was demolished in 2002, and the site became home to the new pitch, which was officially opened by Prince William in 2007.

The arch glows red and white for the Blades.

The arch glows red and white for the Blades.

Since then, it’s welcomed more than 20 million visitors to see more than 300 live sport and entertainment events.

FA Chief Executive Martin Glenn said: “Wembley Stadium had a difficult birth but a decade on we can only be proud of what the stadium has become.

“It’s now Europe’s leading stadium and without doubt the venue of choice for global sporting and entertainment events.

“Having already hosted so many memorable moments we are looking forward to what the next decade will bring including Adele, the semi and finals of Euro 2020 and hosting Tottenham Hotspur next season. It can only get bigger and better.”

Barnsley have a good record at Wembley.

Barnsley have a good record at Wembley.

Chesterfield have also tasted success there.

Chesterfield have also tasted success there.

Doncaster Rovers won underneath the arch in 2008.

Doncaster Rovers won underneath the arch in 2008.

Rotherham United also tasted glory at Wembley.

Rotherham United also tasted glory at Wembley.