Pictures show the day Bobby Robson's England came to town for a match against Aylesbury United

One of the most memorable moments in the history of Aylesbury came back in 1988 when Bobby Robson's England came to town.

Monday, 18th February 2019, 1:58 pm
Updated Monday, 18th February 2019, 1:59 pm
Aylesbury United's Cliff Campbell signing autographs before the game which attracted a record crowd of 6,000 to Buckingham Road

A favour struck between one of Aylesbury United's directors and legendary manager Sir Bobby Robson saw England rather inexplicably come to the Southern League Ducks as their last warm-up game before the 1988 European Championships. And England squad featuring the likes of Gary Lineker, John Barnes, Peter Shilton, David Seaman, Chris Waddle, Peter Beardsley and Bryan Robson beat Aylesbury United 7-0 on the hallowed turf at the now derelict and abandoned Buckingham Road stadium. As it transpired, Robson’s ploy didn’t have much of an impact as England went on to lose every single game they played at Euro 1988 coming back with their tails between their legs. Aylesbury won the title 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. SEE MORE: Pictures show inside decrepit abandoned Aylesbury football stadium as it sits empty 13 years after club's eviction.

Sir Bobby Robson was heavily criticised for arranging to play non-league Aylesbury United in a warm-up game before the 1988 European Championships
Aylesbury's Buckingham Road stadium had been recently renovated but now stands abandoned and decrepit 15 years after the Ducks were evicted
Legendary manager Sir Bobby, pictured here talking to the media at Buckingham Road, passed away almost 10 years ago in 2009
Chris Waddle, David Seaman, Mark Wright have a look at the Buckingham Road pitch before the big game
Bryan Robson and Peter Shilton lead England out
Bobby Robson in shot with Ducks record goalscorer Cliff Hercules
Aylesbury legend Cliff Hercules closed down by Mark Wright
Handshake before kick-off
Peter Beardsley on his way to a hat-trick in the 7-0 win
Peter Shilton called into action
The England team pose for a photo
Tricky Chris Waddle working his magic on the wing
Great image shows the packed crowd watching on
The Aylesbury United and England teams gather for a group photo
Gary Lineker, John Barnes and Mark Wright
Beardsley lifts his man of the match award as Robson watches on
Aylesbury's Buckingham Road stadium had been recently renovated but now stands abandoned and decrepit 15 years after the Ducks were evicted
Aylesbury's Buckingham Road stadium had been recently renovated but now stands abandoned and decrepit 15 years after the Ducks were evicted