Wembley Stadium looks set for another expensive transformation after officials announced plans to rebuild the iconic twin towers.

The Wembley Institution New Development Society (WINDS) has revealed £200 million plans to recreate the famous towers at a prestigious press conference in North London. The group hopes the move will turn around the fortunes of the England national football team.

WINDS chairman Billy O’Reilly said: "We won the World Cup with those towers and we feel that by rebuilding them we could bring some luck to the lads. We haven’t won anything for nearly 50 years so we need all we can get,” he added.

"The money has been raised through a number of private donations and we'd like to thank everyone for help making this dream soon become reality. I feel a lot of pride in bringing back our history to the most famous stadium in the world."

The old Wembley Stadium was first built in 1923 and hosted both the FIFA World Cup in 1966 and the UEFA European Championships in 1996. It was demolished in 2003 and replaced with a £850 million new venue that opened in 2007.

Construction is scheduled to begin on 1 April – April Fools’ Day – and is expected to be completed by summer 2012.

Happy April Fools' Day!

Posted on 01/04/2011