Billy

Billy

The 1923 FA Cup Final in England between Bolton Wanderers and West Ham United is still referred to as The White Horse Final. It was the first FA Cup Final to be played at Wembley and football fans were so excited that many of them arrived hours before kick-off.  Around 125,000 fans were expected, but the real figure was more than double this, and the overspill engulfed the pitch. Police were bought in to control the crowds, and the enduring image of the final was of Billy, a huge white police horse helping to move everybody back and clearing the pitch.  When the new Wembley stadium was built in 2006, the connecting footbridge was named White Horse Bridge, in a public vote in his honour.