Amazing behind-the-scenes footage emerges of England playing Aylesbury United in controversial warm up game before 1988 Euros

To celebrate England's campaign beginning at the Euros on Sunday, we look back on when England dropped in at Aylesbury United for a warm-up game before the ill fated 1988 Euros.

Monday, 7th June 2021, 10:51 am
Updated Monday, 7th June 2021, 10:52 am

A favour struck between one of Aylesbury United's directors and legendary manager Sir Bobby Robson saw England come to the Ducks as their last warm-up game before the 1988 European Championships.

The England team at the team featured a star studded line up, including: Gary Lineker, John Barnes, Peter Shilton, David Seaman, Chris Waddle, Peter Beardsley and Bryan Robson.

England would run out 7-0 winners but would go on to lose three our of their three games at the Championships, beset by ill fortune.

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Sadly, the Buckingham Road stadium is now derelict and is set to be developed into housing.

What a shame!

Aylesbury won the title that year but spent one season in the Conference before being relegated back down to the seventh tier.

Robson may have received criticism for the decision to play a non-league side as a warm-up game for a major tournament - and perhaps rightly so - but Aylesbury will never forget when it was visited by footballing royalty.

Could you imagine this happening today?