Henry Cooper famously knocked down the great Cassius Clay during a heavyweight boxing match at Wembley Stadium in 1963. And while the man who became known as Muhammad Ali went on to win that fight, he later said that, “Cooper hit me so hard that my ancestors in Africa felt it.”
In the above picture, shot in early 1980, Cooper is sparring with another man who was involved in an epic scrap at Wembley – albeit one spectators didn’t expect when they purchased their tickets. Who, after all, would have foreseen a punch-up in a charity match?
But that’s exactly what happened when league champions Leeds United met FA Cup winners Liverpool in the first FA Charity Shield to be held at the iconic London venue. Reds forward Kevin Keegan was sent tumbling to the ground and, unaware that the culprit was actually Johnny Giles, assumed it was notorious hardman Billy Bremner. Within seconds, the England international and the Scotland midfielder were trading blows in front of a stunned audience, before both were sent off scowling.
At least it was all smiles when Keegan engaged in his next brawl at Wembley!