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By Jonathan Stevenson

1815: And so, at the end of a day which will forever be remembered in the history of English football, the history of the city of Manchester and the histories of the football clubs Manchester United and Manchester City, it's time to bid you farewell. I'm Jonathan Stevenson, and that's me done live text-wise in the Premier League and FA Cup for the BBC, so thanks for you company not just today but down the years too. Don't forget MOTD at 2335 BST, and have a great night.

From BilalPandore on Twitter: "That's all fair enough, but shouldn't we hear from Manchester United council as well..."

From Nick Sheffle, Essex, on text: "A lot has happened today which has overshadowed the fact that West Ham are pretty much relegated."

1807: Those parades, then, are as follows: FA Cup winners Manchester City will do an open-top bus tour around the city on Monday 23 May, while Premier League champions Manchester United will enjoy their victory parade on Monday 30 May - two days after the Champions League final against Barcelona at Wembley.

Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council: "City winning the FA Cup is a joyous occasion for many people in Manchester, myself included. Manchester United winning their 19th top flight title is a remarkable and historic achievement. Manchester's football clubs are a huge source of pride, helping to project the city's name around the world. It's only fitting that we host a public celebration of those achievements so fans can share the moment and enjoy the success. We expect some unforgettable scenes as fans gather to acclaim their team."

1801: Sunday 15 May is turning into a pretty big one in the Premier League too, with lots of scope for relegation-based drama. Here's the plan of action:
1330 BST: Chelsea v Newcastle
1600 BST: Arsenal v Aston Villa
1600 BST: Fulham v Birmingham
1600 BST: Liverpool v Tottenham
1600 BST: Wigan v West Ham

From PerryMHewitt on Twitter: "This year's Community Shield will be interesting. I wonder who will be in City's squad, and who won't be in United's?"

From Calum M, on text: "Congratulations to City for winning their first trophy in 30 years, but let's not blow this out of proportion, they won it through hundreds of millions injected by a foreign owner, compared to Stoke who got there through graft and hard work."

1752: Easy to forget Man United won their 19th English league title earlier today, isn't it? (Now if that comment doesn't annoy everyone, nothing will) Anyway, don't forget to watch Match of the Day on BBC One and online at 2335 BST. It'll be full of it, I'd have thought.

From Everton captain Phil Neville on Twitter: "Great day for Mancunians - United win the league and it's stopped raining!"

From jon_mac_staffs on Twitter: "On a lighter note, Stoke RUFC seem to have won their RFU Intermediate Final at Twickers. Peaks and troughs..."

From Alan Ward, Wiltshire, on text: "Re: 1720. Let's hope whoever gets the Cup has got safer hands than Sergio Ramos!"

Full time
Man City 1-0 Stoke City
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley: "The waiting is over for Manchester City after 35 years - and no-one can begrudge them a deserved win as the Blue Moon rises over Wembley. The better side by far and Stoke will feel they haven't done themselves justice today. They have been great value this season, though, and their supporters have been magnificent, still raucous even in defeat."

1738: And from the FA Cup final...

Full time
West Brom 1-0 Everton
Les Roopanarine reports: "One-nil might suggest an end-of-season bore-fest, but how West Brom emerged from a chance-packed game with their first clean sheet since last August is almost as big a mystery as where Roy Hodgson acquired the alchemist's touch that has steered the Baggies within touching distance of a top-10 finish."

Full time
Sunderland 1-3 Wolves
Peter Scrivener reports: "Wolves ensure they are going into the final game of the season with their fate in their own hands after a deserved victory at the Stadium of Light. Jody Craddock, Steven Fletcher and George Elokobi scored the goals that lift Wolves to 40 points, although they remain just one point above the drop zone after Blackpool beat Bolton in a thriller. Sunderland? Well they will be happy to see the back of this season after losing six of their last seven games."

Full time
Blackpool 4-3 Bolton
Phil Dawkes reports: "Game of the season? Well, if there's a better one can someone please send me the video? If Blackpool do go down this is goal-packed thriller is a fitting testimony to what they've brought to the Premier League. A doff of the cap to Bolton as well who gave as good as they got."

Full time
Blackburn 1-1 Man Utd
BBC Sport's Howard Nurse at Ewood Park: "It wasn't pretty but Manchester United just about did enough against Blackburn and the point sparked incredible scenes at one end of Ewood Park. The title party started immediately and United now have 19 titles, including an amazing 12 Premier League crowns."

1731: Anyone looking forward to Man City v Stoke City in the Premier League on Tuesday? That's these boys' next game, be interesting to see who plays and how lively it is. Right then, shall we get a full-time wrap-up from our match reporters today? Come on then...

From InfostradaLive on Twitter: "Pablo Zabaleta also came on late in the match today to join Tevez as the first Argentines to play in and win the Cup since 1981."

Football League Danny: "Hi, have I missed anything? Just a reminder that your League Two play-off semi-final first leg (or LTPOSFFL for short) between Torquay and Shrewsbury kicks off at 1745 BST."

From InfostradaLive on Twitter: "Yaya Touré's goal means that an African player has scored in each of the last five FA Cup finals... Vincent Kompany is first Belgian player to win the FA Cup. Nico Claesen (1987) and Marouane Fellaini (2009) lost in the final... David Silva joins Nayim, Fabregas, Reyes, Reina, Xabi Alonso & Morientes as Spanish(-born) winners of the FA Cup... Carlos Tevez is the third Argentine to play in and win an FA Cup Final. The other two were Ardiles & Villa playing for Spurs v Man City (1981)..."

From James, Uxbridge, on text: "Anyone else see Carlos Tevez refusing to take a City scarf? Indication of where his future lies?"
Didn't see it, son.

1720: So, Manchester City have won a place in next season's Champions League and have now won the FA Cup. On Monday 23 May, they are going to have an open-top bus parade. You'd have to be a hard man to suggest they don't deserve it.

Man City goalscorer Yaya Toure: "The dream is now real and it's so fantastic to win for the club. For me when we started the season, I said to the other players it would be fantastic to win something, and I think it is amazing we have won this final to go with our Champions League place."

Stoke keeper Thomas Sorensen: "The first half was a big disappointment. The goal came at a bad time for us, just as we were getting in the game, but it's so disappointing. As a team we never really created any flowing play, we didn't hold the ball up well. The better team won, and we didn't play well."

BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Wembley: "Man City fans in the corner of Wembley just unfolded their own take on the famous Stretford End banner. It reads: '00 YEARS'."

From mdriver11 on Twitter: "Stoke should not feel too disheartened, they have European football next season. That's a great achievement."

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live's Mark Lawrenson: "It wasn't a great final but City deservedly won this match. They created so many different chances. But what will peeve Stoke is that they didn't show the Stoke we all know - ultra-competitive and difficult to beat."

1708: Captain Carlos Tevez collects the trophy from Corporal Mark Ward and lifts it jubilantly in the direction of the Manchester City fans. Stoke's players sit on the Wembley turf and watch the celebrations, before trudging off.

1707: Wrapped in an Argentina flag, Carlos Tevez walks up the Wembley steps and shortly he will hold aloft the FA Cup, the club's first trophy for 35 years.

Man City's Patrick Vieira: "It means a lot to the players but even more to the fans. They have been waiting a long time for this. It is fantastic. There has been a lot of pressure on this team. It's a really fantastic season for us."

1705: Ryan Shawcross leads his Stoke team up the steps at Wembley to collect their runners-up medals. The Stoke fans give their heroes a big round of applause and how they deserve it for another fairytale season.

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live's Graham Taylor: "Stoke never got going in the manner we know they can do. It wasn't a great game but I have seen much worse Cup finals. What pleased me is that City were not as defensive as usual - they went for the win today."

1701: Great interviews on-pitch on both BBC Radio 5 live and ITV, though the latter might be a bit concerned that two of their interviewees have just sworn on live telly - Micah Richards and Mario Balotelli. At least Balotelli asked if he could say his word, good manners. Just remember - it's not big and it's not clever. OK?

From Stephen, Manchester, on text: "That means it's another Manchester tussle at Wembley in August. Well done City and United."

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini: "I'm happy for the supporters. For a long time they didn't win. My feeling is good but it is more important that their feeling is good."

1657: The usual scenes at the final whistle, hugs and fist-pumping from the Manchester City players, staff and fans and the Stoke players are flat out on their backs. Great, great place to be for the winners, but horrible for the losers.

1655: FA Cup Final Full-Time Manchester City 1-0 Stoke City
Manchester City win the 2010-11 FA Cup

1654: ... It's headed behind by Ryan Shawcross, and that's probably that.

1653: ... A couple of crosses, pinball inside the Man City box, and it's another corner...

1653: ... Man City take David Silva off and send on Patrick Vieira...

1652: Thomas Sorensen hammers the ball forward aimlessly, but two Man City players go up for the ball and no Stoke players. Odd. Hang on, Stoke have a corner...

1651: Into injury time, and we'll have three minutes.

1650: Man City have a corner, and they are running the clock down like Arsenal did at the end of the 2003 Cup final against Southampton. Stoke haven't got close to throwing the kitchen sink at them in the closing stages.

1648: Stoke put the ball into the Man City box, but no-one is on the end of John Carew's flick-on. This is a disappointing end to the game for the Potters, they've just got nothing left. Pablo Zabaleta comes on for Carlos Tevez for Man City.

1646: Mario Balotelli nutmegs Andy Wilkinson down the Man City left and tees up David Silva, but he cannot get the ball on to his left foot and the chance to finish Stoke off goes begging.

1644: David Silva fires in a low shot from the left-hand side of the penalty area and Thomas Sorensen gets down well to make the save. Stoke bring Danny Pugh on for Glenn Whelan. They are rapidly running out of time.

1643: Man City look more likely to get that second goal at the moment - the aerial bombardment hasn't come yet from Stoke because, as for much of the first half, they cannot get hold of the ball.

1641: Stoke are preparing a change and Man City are doing quite well to take the sting out of the game at the moment, there's no flow at all. Here comes the sub - John Carew replaces Rory Delap. Here comes the long ball, and who could blame Stoke?

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley: "Manchester City's lead is fully deserved but if the response of Stoke's players matches their fans there will still be plenty of life left in this FA Cup Final. They have unleashed a mighty roar of support in a bid to lift their team."

1639: About 12 minutes plus stoppages for Stoke to haul themselves back into this FA Cup final. Have they got a reply in them? What can Tony Pulis muster on one of the biggest days in the club's history?

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live's Graham Taylor: "None of us are surprised that this has come. Without writing Stoke off, Manchester City have been the better side from the kick-off. They are in control of the game now and it really is theirs to lose. It's 1-0 to City and they deserved to be there."

From JMThorogood on Twitter: "Yaya Toure making a push for signing of the season with that goal. His runs from midfield have been lethal."

Man City goal: Finally we get the goal this final deserves. Man City work the ball well just on the edge of the area when David Silva finds Mario Balotelli and the Italian's neat backheel gets Silva into the box. Silva wins the ball off a defender and his pass for Balotelli is whacked goalwards by the striker, the ball taking a couple of ricochets and falling for Yaya Toure to hammer in from about 10 yards. No chance of saving that.

1634: GOAL Manchester City 1-0 Stoke (Toure)

1633: Adam Johnson comes on for Gareth Barry. Attacking change from Roberto Mancini, though you can never be sure with Italian managers, right?

1632: David Platt and Roberto Mancini are in deep discussions with Adam Johnson, who is about to come on for Manchester City. Right now, I'd say Stoke are playing slightly better. It's marginal, though.

Paul D, Laugharne, Carmarthenshire, on text: "Balotelli is starting to lose it."

1629: Over halfway through the second half and we are still Man City 0-0 Stoke at Wembley. Don't be fooled by the scoreline, though - this isn't anything like as bad as a lot of FA Cup finals we've had in recent years. Anyone saying otherwise has a pretty short memory.

1627: Lots of substitutes going through their paces off the pitch, and Man City have a free-kick from fully 30 yards at Wembley... Mario Balotelli smashes it into the Stoke wall and the team in red-and-white eventually clear their lines.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley: "The selection of Matthew Etherington by Stoke City after a hamstring injury always had an element of risk and sadly it has not worked out. No surprise that he was substituted by Dean Whitehead - but Stoke showing a lot more in this half."

1624: Carlos Tevez shows his best streetfighting qualities, winning a scrap for the ball 30 yards away from the Stoke goal, taking it forward and firing in a low shot that Thomas Sorensen collects comfortably, it was just a bit too close to the Dane.

1622: Best chance of the game for Stoke, and Joe Hart comes to Man City's rescue. A long ball down the left-hand side sees Kenwyne Jones outmuscle and outthink Joleon Lescott, the striker getting one-on-one with Hart and forcing the keeper to save with his legs. Stoke send on Dean Whitehead for Matthew Etherington.

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live's Graham Taylor: "Stoke City have been prepared to go forward much more this half. You sense they are prepared to come and put a game together. They don't look as nervous."

1621: An hour gone, it remains Man City 0-0 Stoke. It's most certainly not dull, though.

1619: Stoke are definitely more in the game than they ever were in the first half, it's much more of an even contest at Wembley, though Man City still just shading it. Wonder who'll start to look towards their bench first?

From DaveHamer57 on Twitter: "The longer this goes on the better for Stoke, but Etherington and Pennant are struggling!"

1616: We've come to life at Wembley - Carlos Tevez chases what looks like a lost cause down the right, but he beats two defenders to the ball and then tees up David Silva, but the Spaniard doesn't want to shoot on his right foot, dallies and then gets tackled. Moments later, Tevez drills wide from 18 yards.

1615: Somehow Jermaine Pennant is carrying on, and he wins a free-kick courtesy of a ludicrous shove into his back from Mario Balotelli. Free-kick to Stoke, on the right-hand side, eight yards outside the penalty area... After some pinball in the Man City box, the Eastlands outfit eventually get the ball clear.

1613: Jermaine Pennant is in serious trouble, actually. He goes down with Joleon Lescott near him, but there wasn't any contact that could've hurt his ankle, and he's hobbling on it once again. The ball's flying all over the place, needs a bit of composure this game now.

1611: Better from Stoke, as a ball in from their left falls for Jermaine Pennant, the winger not getting hold of his shot and seeing it hit a Man City defender, before the team in blue manage to clear. At the other end Robert Huth handles and that's a free-kick to Man City. Huth has been booked already, he's going to have to be very careful.

From Chris Palmer, Cambridge, on text: "I can't believe no-one's making more of the amazing Blackpool v Bolton 4-3 scoreline, and on Cup Final day, no less! Uncannily familiar even to those of us born long after the 1953 classic, surely?"

1607: Stunning pass down the left-hand side from Man City midfielder Nigel de Jong gets Alex Kolarov in near the byeline, but the left-back slams the ball wastefully into the side-netting. At the other end, Robert Huth heads a Jermaine Pennant cross wide from about 15 yards. Good news for Stoke that Pennant is fit to continue.

1606: Referee Martin Atkinson blows his whistle and we're back under way at Wembley. Remember, in the event of another goalless half, we'll have extra-time and then, if needs be, penalties too.

1605: Anyway, back to Wembley, where it's Man City 0-0 Stoke City. Keep getting in touch, cos it's only going to get better: get tweeting your chat to @Stevo_football and with the hashtag #BBCFootball, and keep the texts coming to 81111.

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce on Man United: "It's quite a remarkable achievement and from all of us here congratulations. Sir Alex Ferguson's gone and done it again when people doubted him, perhaps we should learn to stop doubting him."

From PaulThompson89 on Twitter: "Am I the only neutral that wants Man City to win?? Tevez, Silva & Balotelli as a front three have been v.lively so far!"

1558: A reminder, then, that earlier this afternoon, Manchester United earned a 1-1 draw at Blackburn to secure the Premier League title. We've got some video of the United players celebrating their 19th English league title and 12th in the Premier League. There's also a title-by-title guide to United's magnificent dozen, as well as pictures of all 19 title wins in a superb gallery. Fill those boots.

From Ed Gutteridge, on text: "It looks as if the heart has ruled the head in deciding on Etherington's inclusion. He is not fit."

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live's Graham Taylor: "That's one of the most one-sided halves I've seen this season. Stoke just do not look as though they are in this game. Man City's players are wandering, they are moving, they are looking lively. You have to give Man City credit for their freedom of movement and the way they are playing."

Half time
1550: FA Cup Final Half-Time Man City 0-0 Stoke City
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley: "Manchester City have dominated the first half of the FA Cup final but Stoke City are still hanging in on level terms. Can Tony Pulis' side be as poor after the interval?"

1549: Jermaine Pennant gets up gingerly and hobbles to the touchline. Good time to get injured - they'll have 15 minutes to try and sort the tricky winger out. Half-time any moment now.

1547: Into injury time in the first half, and we'll have one minute extra. Jermaine Pennant goes down after trying to tackle David Silva and he needs some attention.

1545: Dear Lord, Alex Kolarov balloons another effort miles off target from outside the Stoke box. After a really lively start, the game is lacking a bit of quality at the moment. Needs an injection of the stuff from somewhere.

1544: Another good build-up from Man City, but when the ball is worked to the 20-yard mark Nigel de Jong side-foots the ball wide. If only it had fallen to Yaya Toure instead. Are Man City going to regret not taking advantage of their supremacy?

1542: Alex Kolarov slaps a left-foot free-kick miles off target from about 25 yards. Horrible effort.

Yellow card
1542: Less than five minutes until half-time and we have a yellow card, for Robert Huth's challenge from behind on Micah Richards. Still Man City 0-0 Stoke.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley: "Manchester City must wonder how they have not transformed their superiority into goals. They have subdued Stoke almost completely - even to the extent where their trademark set pieces have been poor. Tony Pulis will hope to reach the interval on terms and then deliver a little livener to his team."

1539: Jermaine Pennant, who looks Stoke's best player, finds Kenwyne Jones from the right, but the big striker drags his shot harmlessly wide.

1537: Amazing miss by David Silva. A ball into the Stoke box sees Thomas Sorensen get there just before Mario Balotelli, but the ball pops up for Silva six yards out, the Spaniard volleying into the ground and over the bar. Good shape of his body for the shot, but he overdid it, Silva. Gilt-edged.

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live's Graham Taylor: "If I was Tony Pulis I'd be hoping for the half-time whistle to come now because I'd really want to get at them and start sorting things out."

1534: The sun is in and out at Wembley, and so are Stoke. Every so often they look like they are getting to grips with the occasion, but they're only ever one aimless punt away from giving the ball back to Man City. Roberto Mancini will want a goal, because it's unlikely Stoke will be this bad again in the second half.

From Anon, on text: "Balotelli has matured so much since his Europa League sending off. Stoke are out to wind him up & he's doing really well keeping his head."

1531: Vincent Kompany finds himself in space on the edge of the Stoke box and his low right-foot shot is saved and gathered at the second attempt by the ever-busy Thomas Sorensen.

1530: Robert Huth heads away a dangerous David Silva ball into the Stoke box, but they are giving it away too cheaply and the ball is coming back and them straight away. Tony Pulis might need to have a tinker at half-time if this carries on. Man City 0-0 Stoke.

1528: Jon Walters tries to get on the end of a long punt into the Man City box and he has nipped ahead of Micah Richards, but the Stoke striker is stretching and can only head into the side-netting.

From Stephen_Long on Twitter: "David Beckham just put a link on his fb page Stevo. That make you nervous that he's lurking nearby?"
Nervous? Heavens, no. We go back a long way, me and Dave. How's it going, pal?

1525: Fantastic football. Man City put together another decent attack and Mario Balotelli curls in a goalbound shot from the left-hand side of the penalty area that Thomas Sorensen magnificently flicks behind for a corner. It's a thoroughly good game of football, the FA Cup final.

1523: Much, much better from Stoke - Jon Walters links up superbly with Kenwyne Jones, playing his striker partner into space in the box, and he dummies past Gareth Barry only to see his shot bravely blocked by Vincent Kompany.

1521: A ball forward into the Stoke box almost sees Carlos Tevez get past Thomas Sorensen, but the Stoke keeper gets fingertips on the ball and takes it away from the Argentine, and then Mario Balotelli cannot quite fashion a shooting opportunity in the box.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley: "Stoke City's fans are fired up but their team is strangely timid in these early exchanges, a fact quickly noted by a furious Tony Pulis. He cuts a frustrated figure in the technical area and has wasted no time letting his players know. Manchester City in control so far."

1518: Stoke have a chance to get the ball into the Man City box, but Jermaine Pennant's free-kick from the right sails straight into the arms of Joe Hart. Stoke at least have improved a little in the last couple of minutes.

Man United manager Sir Alex Ferguson: "It's a fantastic performance (this season). For everybody connected with club, it's a great day in terms of achievement. It wasn't an easy game but we kept going and that is one quality they (this team) have got, they never give in. The focus will be on our away form, which we are disappointed in, but our home form is fantastic. We can consider next week and who should be in our team. There will be a lot of talk about who our team will be next week and we will be fair. We will be out to win the game. We will do our best to make sure we are fair."

1516: Mario Balotelli goes down after a stray arm from Robert Huth, the German defender running across the Italian. Balotelli makes a meal of it, sure, but Huth should be more careful that to stick his elbow into someone's face, however harmless the contact.

From Greg, on text: "Man Utd have taken nothing from this game! An amazing atmosphere from two teams who don't win silverware often! I'm enjoying this one to bits. What a day! C'mon Stoke."

1513: What a hit that is. Yaya Toure shows Nigel de Jong how it should be done, smashing a piledriver with the right foot that is like a traction engine, the ball whistling an inch or two wide of Thomas Sorensen's left-hand post with the diving keeper beaten.

1512: My word that was close for Ryan Shawcross. Alex Kolarov hammers in a low cross from the Man City left and Shawcross nicks it behind for a corner - only a couple of yards wide, mind, could've been an own goal.

1510: The Man City fans have been doing "The Poznan" and Stoke's are belting out "Delilah". Nigel de Jong has a decent opening 20 yards out, but the Dutchman blazes well over the bar and a bit wide to boot. Someone in a Stoke shirt needs to have a word with his team-mates.

From magic_josh on Twitter: "Loving how Pulis has changed back from the suit into his tracksuit and cap. Hero."
He's also going mental on the touchline because he team have not got going at all yet. Fuming.

1507: Carlos Tevez looks fully fit, make no mistake about that - he gathers in the ball down the left, cuts inside and fizzes in a fierce right-foot shot from 20 yards that Thomas Sorensen dives away to his left and parries away.

1506: Stoke are looking a little bit nervy in the early stages. Man City definitely the more assured of the two teams. What do you reckon? Get in touch, by dropping me a line on twitter @Stevo_football and with the hashtag #BBCFootball, or sending us a text to 81111.

1504: Man City have started brightly at Wembley and a corner from their left sees a stooping header by Micah Richards, but there are lots of Stoke players in the way to prevent it getting through to Stoke keeper Thomas Sorensen.

Finn, from Wembley, on text: "There's been a lot of talk before the game that the Manchester United result will take away from the FA Cup final. Unless I'm hearing things, the atmosphere inside Wembley is absolutely astonishing."

It's sunny
1502: Under way at Wembley and it's Jon Walters and Glenn Whelan who get us started. About 60% of Wembley is in bright sunshine, the other 40% covered by one of the stands.

1459: The players shake hands at Wembley and go through their final warm-up routines. It's impossible not to be excited, isn't it? It's the FA Cup final!

BBC Sport's Mark Mitchener on Bournemouth 1-1 Huddersfield in League One play-off semi-final first leg: "An entertaining game in the sunshine at Dean Court - Huddersfield shaded the first half but Bournemouth would have been good value for their point if they gave out points for these games... promises to be a thriller at the Galpharm Stadium on Wednesday."

1457: Here comes the national anthem, sung by Stacey Solomon. Apparently she was on some telly programme a couple of years ago. Can't have been football-related, otherwise I'm sure I'd have seen it.

1455: The teams walk out at Wembley Stadium they are introduced to special guest Mark Ward, who is representing the armed forces this afternoon. He's a Corporal, and he was awarded the Military Cross for bravery in Afghanistan. Now there's a real-life hero.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley: "Carlos Tevez's lively cameo against Tottenham - certainly livelier than Edin Dzeko was at any point on Tuesday evening - has convinced Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini of his fitness for the FA Cup Final after a month on the sidelines with a hamstring injury. And what a stage for Mario Balotelli to at least start to wipe away doubts about his temperament as he gets a place alongside the Argentine in attack. Stoke City's Matthew Etherington had a similar injury to Tevez and he, too, is given the nod by manager Tony Pulis. Robert Huth is also fit to start after the knee injury he picked up against Arsenal.

1453: The teams are in the tunnel at Wembley. Roberto Mancini and Carlos Tevez will lead Man City out, with Tony Pulis and Ryan Shawcross at the front of the Stoke queue. A proud moment for the men, their clubs and their families.

1451: It's 'Abide With Me' time at Wembley. God bless you, FA Cup final day. The Man City and Stoke fans are making Wembley look and sound magnificent. Let's hope for a wonderful showpiece occasion.

1450: If you want to know how Manchester United won their 12 Premier League titles, have a look at Sam Lyon's feature on exactly that. I think it's probably only fair for us to mostly concentrate from now on on the FA Cup final, with Man City v Stoke 10 minutes from getting under way. Will have the biggest reaction from Ewood still though, so don't panic.

Man United's Rio Ferdinand: "It's been a hard couple of years for me and now I have good movement and I've been working hard in training. If you work hard you get your rewards, and this title is for the fans."

Man United's Javier Hernandez: "It's really great. I am really happy and it is more than I imagined. I dreamed of this moment and it is fantastic to be at this club. The contact was there for the penalty."

From ali_brook on Twitter: "DJ Campbell joint second top English PL scorer. Could it be possible that an England call is forthcoming?"

From Phil, Essex, on text: "Congratulations to United from a Chelsea fan. Even if the penalty may have been soft, let's remember the decisions went against them at Stamford Bridge. They've been the best team this season."

Man United's Ryan Giggs: "Yeah, obviously we're rubbish - we've won the Premier League and we're in the Champions League final. Twenty years ago we were nowhere near Liverpool, but we've gone past our biggest rivals. This is why I keep going, for day's like this, it's amazing."

BBC Sport's Howard Nurse at Ewood Park: "It certainly wasn't pretty but Manchester United just about did enough against Blackburn and the point has sparked incredible scenes at the Darwen End of Ewood Park. The title party has started and United now have 19 titles, including an amazing 12 Premier League crowns."

Man United's Wayne Rooney: "It was terrifying, I had to compose myself before taking the penalty because there was quite a long delay. After the year I've had, so many ups and downs, but this is fantastic. Winning the Premier League is amazing, getting that 19th title. For me personally, for the fans and the club, it's a great feeling for us."

1438: Full-time Blackpool 4-3 Bolton

1438: Jubilation for Sir Alex Ferguson, his staff, players and the United fans at Ewood Park as they celebrate winning their 19th English league championship and 12th Premier League title.


1437: Full-time West Brom 1-0 Everton

1436: Full-time Sunderland 1-3 Wolves

1434: Into injury time at Ewood Park and we're due three minutes of it. Fergie checks his watch. He's about to win his 12th Premier League title. Extraordinary human being.

From Anon, on text: "As a lifelong United fan, I can't help but feel that we have had a LOT of favourable decisions this season from referees. That was not a penalty, but I am not going to complain if it wins us that 19th title!"

1432: United are knocking the ball around at the back, not giving Blackburn a touch. Rovers are settling for the point too, though they are far from safe from relegation.

1431: Three minutes of normal time left at Ewood Park. Man United get closer and closer to the Premier League title.

1430: The FA Cup final between Manchester City and Stoke City begins in half an hour. Sorry for lack of pre-game chat, I wish it could have been different.

From IndiannaJames on Twitter: "As it stands, one point between 15th and 18th place. Next week could be a huge relegation battle."

From Andy, on text: "Big difference between United and Barcelona. Barca harangue the referee over every decision. United had a point there because it was a stonewaller."

1425: I love Ian Holloway. He's bringing on Brett Ormerod and James Beattie for Blackpool, two strikers, for Jason Puncheon and Gary Taylor-Fletcher, with his side leading 4-3 and desperately needing all three points. That's why the Premier League needs him.

1423: United have got just over 10 minutes to hang on at Ewood Park and win their 19th English league championship. Incidentally, no, I don't "hate" Man United, and no, I'm not "biased". Some of you really are silly.

Wolves goal: At the 20th attempt, Mick McCarthy is going to win a Premier League game at Sunderland. Jami O'Hara whips a free-kick into the Sunderland box with pace and George Elokobi muscles his way to the front of the queue to thump home a header. Huge, huge, huge result.

1421: GOAL Sunderland 1-3 Wolves (Elokobi)

Red card
1419: SENDING OFF Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, Everton
Everton's Russian sub only came on a few minutes ago, but he's already fired a decent chance over and then been sent off for a challenge on James Morrison. Looks a bit harsh, that.

BBC Sport's Howard Nurse at Ewood Park: "Wayne Rooney kept his nerve incredibly well there to slam the penalty past Paul Robinson. Really difficult to tell if that was a penalty. Phil Dowd did the right thing in consulting his linesman. Close call goes in Manchester United's favour."

Man United goal: That could be the goal that wins Manchester United the title. There's definitely contact between Paul Robinson and Javier Hernandez, and the Mexican's theatrical fall to the ground probably made the officials' minds up. Wayne Rooney steps up, keeps his cool and smashes into the corner, sending the visiting fans wild. A 19th title beckons.

1416: GOAL Blackburn 1-1 Man United (Rooney)

1414: United's players are incensed. Javier Hernandez goes through and he goes down inside the area, and referee Phil Dowd wants to chat to his assistant referee before making his decision. The United players are all over the referee and his assistant, and when they decide, the decision is PENALTY TO MANCHESTER UNITED. And people have a go at Barcelona for trying to referee games...

1413: Sir Alex Ferguson is looking pretty agitated on the touchline. He's already brought on Paul Scholes for Fabio, but no change yet.

From PeteDoonican on Twitter: "Oh look. A team threatened by relegation showing some fight. Are you watching Avram?"

Someone has struck the woodwork
1409: The points are in Blackburn's grasp, or it looked like they were, but after a fabulous cross from the right from Brett Emerton, Martin Olsson, getting above Antonio Valencia, thumps a header against Tomasz Kuszczak's right-hand post.

Blackpool goal: Stunning. Blackpool launch a counter-attack and seconds later they are in front. Charlie Adam and Gary Taylor-Fletcher lead the breakaway and when Adam gets the ball back off the striker, he smashes it past Jussi Jaaskelainen from 15 yards. Amazing.

1407: GOAL Blackpool 4-3 Bolton (Adam)

1405: Man City: Hart, Richards, Kolarov, Kompany, Lescott, De Jong, Barry, Yaya, Silva, Balotelli, Tevez.
Stoke: Sorensen, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Huth, Wilson, Pennant, Whelan, Delap, Etherington, Walters, Jones.

1405: Goalflash Bournemouth 1-1 Huddersfield (McDermott)

1403: Magnificent defending from Blackburn's Phil Jones. He throws his body at the ball and Ryan Giggs just when it seems like the Welshman is going to equalise for United, collecting Antonio Valencia's cross and firing goalwards.

1402: Manchester City have arrived at Wembley - about 30 minutes behind schedule because of an accident near their hotel. Less time to soak in the atmosphere in a nice suit as is the way of footballers these days...

1401: Tomasz Kuszczak looks so shaky today - another ball is pumped into the United box and the Pole half-punches clear from Chris Samba, with Rio Ferdinand having to bail his goalkeeper out once more. Blackburn send on Morten Gamst Pedersen for Junior Hoilett.

Bolton goal: Unbelievable. Bolton are back on level terms at Bloomfield Road. Kevin Davies feeds in Chung-Yong Lee and he skips past Matt Gilks before crossing for Daniel Sturridge to head in from point-blank range. This scoreline could end up as anything.

1358: Be nice to talk about the FA Cup teams, wouldn't it? Maybe later...

1358: Breaking FA Cup final news: Carlos Tevez starts for Man City.

Wolves goal: The visitors have started well after half-time and they lead once more. Matt Jarvis, who came on at the break, sends over a super cross from the right and Simon Mignolet misses it, allowing Steven Fletcher to nod it at the far post. Huge goal.

1357: GOAL Blackpool 3-3 Bolton (Sturridge)

1356: GOAL Sunderland 1-2 Wolves (Fletcher)

From MrRamnarace on Twitter: "We always trust in Sir Alex. I'm just hoping he has the secret recipe for the point needed. Berbatov?"

1353: At Blackburn, United have started the second half well. Antonio Valencia goes down in the Blackburn box under a challenge from Gael Givet, but the winger doesn't appeal for a penalty. At Sunderland, Steed Malbranque's 22-yard curler is tipped over by Wayne Hennessey.

1352: Looks like Wolves are about to re-take the lead at Sunderland, but just as Steven Fletcher is about to pull the trigger, Ahmed Elmohamady gets in a last-ditch tackle to prevent the shot. At Blackpool, a cross from the Bolton right is cleared by Alex-John Baptiste with Daniel Sturridge waiting to shoot.

1351: Breaking FA Cup final news: Hearing that Matt Etherington and Robert Huth start for Stoke. That's from BBC Radio 5 live's Mike Ingham.

1349: And under way now in the Premier League in the Sunderland 1-1 Wolves, Blackpool 3-2 Bolton and Blackburn 1-0 Man United matches.

1348: Back under way at West Brom 1-0 Everton. Get in touch, please, like this: drop me a line on twitter @Stevo_football and with the hashtag #BBCFootball, or get the texts in to 81111.

BBC Sport's Mark Mitchener at Dean Court: "Huddersfield take a slender lead after the first 45 minutes of their 180-minute play-off semi-final against Bournemouth. Kevin Kilbane's header separates the sides - but Terriers fans will be just as grateful to Ian Bennett for his save from Danny Ings's penalty. Expect the Cherries to send for their cavalry - 38-year-old striker/assistant manager Steve Fletcher - who usually comes on with 20-30 minutes remaining - if they remain behind."

Match of the Day commentator Steve Wilson at Bloomfield Road: "I don't think I've seen a better half of football all season."

Manchester City v Stoke City scene-setter:
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley: "Wembley is awash with a real old-fashioned FA Cup final feel as supporters of Manchester City and Stoke City swarm around the stadium. Two great old clubs and two passionate sets of fans hoping to end the barren years without a major trophy. Roberto Mancini has assured Manchester City of Champions League football next season and now hopes to secure their first big prize since the League Cup win against Newcastle United in 1976. Stoke won the same trophy against Chelsea in 1972 - but victory here would represent the greatest day in their history."

1341: It's FA Cup final day, lest we forget. Man City v Stoke City kicks off at 1500 BST, so let's tee that one up while we've got a second...

From Andy, "revising" in London, on text: "I'm 23 with the blood pressure of an OAP. Blackpool, you've got a lot to answer for."

Half time
Half-time Sunderland 1-1 Wolves
Peter Scrivener reports: "Wolves boss Mick McCarthy will be livid with his defenders after they gave Stephane Sessegnon the freedom of their six-yard box to volley in an equaliser after Jody Craddock had fired them in front. A fairly even contest though with both sides hitting the woodwork, although Wolves will question referee Mike Jones' decision not to award them a penalty for a clear handball by John Mensah."

Half time
Half-time West Brom 1-0 Everton
Les Roopanarine reports: "Paul Scharner's blue-and-white hair hasn't been the only source of colour at the Hawthorns, where Youssouf Mulumbu's lone goal doesn't even begin to tell the story of a breathless contest featuring chances galore for both sides."

Half time
Half-time Blackpool 3-2 Bolton
Phil Dawkes reports: "What a half of football. Five goals, chances galore, a bit of handbags and a lively crowd on the edge of their seat, swinging from misery to euphoria. Can we have another 45 minutes like this please?"

Half time
Half-time Blackburn 1-0 Man Utd
BBC Sport's Howard Nurse at Ewood Park: "It all started so well for Manchester United as they went in pursuit of the point they need to claim the title, but their early dominance disintegrated when sloppy defensive work resulted in Brett Emerton putting Blackburn ahead. Sir Alex Ferguson's men have 45 minutes to chase the point they require."

1334: Half-time at Blackburn, and now at Blackpool too. Phew!

1333: Half-time at Sunderland, also at West Brom.

Blackpool goal: Blackpool... in May... scoring goals for fun... DJ Campbell running riot... I'm getting some horrible flashbacks. Anyway, they've taken the lead again, this time Campell converting a Charlie Adam cross from the Seasiders' left. Wow. I mean, just wow.

1330: GOAL Blackpool 3-2 Bolton (Campbell)

BBC Sport's Mark Mitchener at Dean Court: "Dramatic scenes - Donal McDermott is sent tumbling by Huddersfield keeper Ian Bennett, who receives a yellow card (as there appeared to be a covering defender). Referee Mick Russell gives a penalty - Bennett dives to his right and saves from Danny Ings."

1328: Tomasz Kuszczak is having a nightmare for Man United. He dallies on a backpass for too long yet again and Junior Hoilett slides in, sending the ball wide - that could've been very embarrassing for the Pole. At Sunderland, Wolves have a strong penalty shout turned down as the ball appears to hit John Mensah on the arm.

1326: Incredible stuff at Blackpool. Kevin Davies picks the ball up for Bolton 22 yards out and he tries an audacious outside-of-the-foot chip that hits Matt Gilks's crossbar and rebounds back out to safety. What a game.

1325: Magical stuff from Blackburn, what a goal that would've been. Jason Roberts plays in Michel Salgado down the right and his floated cross to the back post is volleyed wide first-time by Martin Olsson. Lovely, flowing move from the home team.

From 1_1andrew1_1 on Twitter: "Blackburn's players are so up for this they've been tackling themselves."

1323: Better from Man United at Blackburn - Javier Hernandez collects the ball with his back to goal 20 yards out, turns smartly and fizzes in a shot that Paul Robinson gets down well to save. Remember, United need a point to win the title, and right now they are losing 1-0.

1321: Chances galore at Bloomfield Road. Blackpool's DJ Campbell crosses in from the right but his ball is just a yard ahead of Gary Taylor-Fletcher and Jussi Jaaskelainen gathers. Then, at the other end Daniel Sturridge is unable to stretch far enough to get a goalbound touch on Matt Taylor's cross. There is a brief pause in the action after that, but only because Zat Knight and Taylor-Fletcher get involved in a bit of aggro that sees practically ever other player on the pitch wade in for a shove or two. The two originators get a booking apiece.

Sunderland goal: That's livened things up at the Stadium of Light. Miserable defending from Wolves, who looked more like West Brom last weekend just then - a corner from the Sunderland right is allowed to bounce inside the Wolves six-yard box and it pops up for Stephane Sessegnon to acrobatically smash into the net at the far post.

1319: GOAL Sunderland 1-1 Wolves (Sessegnon)

Someone has struck the woodwork
1316: Another chance at the Hawthorns, where Everton keeper Tim Howard somehow gets a hand to Peter Odemwingie's close-range header to keep the visitors' deficit to a single goal. At Sunderland, Jamie O'Hara's 25-yard screamer slaps against the Black Cats' crossbar.

From Adam, Bristol, on text: "I really hope Blackpool are still a Premier League team in two weeks. It'll be a more boring league without their football (and manager)."

BBC Sport's Howard Nurse at Ewood Park: "Will Sir Alex Ferguson regret resting Edwin van der Sar after stand-in Tomasz Kuszczak's part in Blackburn's opening goal? Sloppy defending and goalkeeping left Brett Emerton with the simplest of chances to sweep the ball home."

1313: Chances at either end at The Hawthorns, as Johnny Heitinga heads wide for Everton with the goal at his mercy before Jerome Thomas has a shot cleared off the line by Tony Hibbert at the other end. At Blackpool, Bolton striker Daniel Sturridge is played through by Matt Taylor, but Matt Gilks races off his line and saves his effort.

Bolton goal: It's a firecracker. Daniel Sturridge tries to find Matt Taylor but his pass is blocked, but only to Fabrice Muamba, who does find Taylor and his angled shot finds the far bottom corner despite the fingertips of Matt Gilks.

1310: Goalflash Bournemouth 0-1 Huddersfield (Kilbane)

Wolves goal: Former Sunderland defender Jody Craddock volleys Wolves into the lead on his return to the Stadium of Light. The Black Cats, who have dominated the opening 22 minutes, fail to clear their lines from a corner and Stephen Hunt's deep cross beats everyone except Craddock who swings a right leg and blasts the ball past Simon Mignolet from 10 yards.

1309: GOAL Blackpool 2-2 Bolton (Taylor)

1308: GOAL Sunderland 0-1 Wolves (Craddock)

Blackburn goal: Good grief, not leaving much time for FA Cup final build-up, are they? Moments after a hairy moment for Tomasz Kuszczak from a backpass, United fall behind. Brett Emerton crosses from the right and Kuszczak helps it on its way out wide, but it doesn't go behind. Martin Olsson retrieves the ball and plays a one-two, sending over a ball to the far post that Emerton sweeps in at the far post.

1307: GOAL Blackburn 1-0 Man United (Emerton)

Blackpool goal: There's something doing now - what a response to going behind from Ian Holloway's men. DJ Campbell's fancy feet inside the Bolton box help tee up Jason Puncheon on the edge of the box, and while slipping he hits a fine left-foot drive into the corner of the net. Bloomfield Road erupts.

1304: GOAL Blackpool 2-1 Bolton (Puncheon)

Someone has struck the woodwork
1302: Mayhem at Blackpool, who continue to refuse to do boring. A corner from the hosts is headed against his own crossbar by Bolton's Paul Robinson, before an effort from the rebound hits a defender, and the Blackpool players want a penalty nothing doing.

1258: Decent chance for Blackburn at Ewood Park as Man United clear the first ball into their box, only for the second, a cross from the left, to fall for Chris Samba 10 yards out, the giant defender slapping a right-foot shot over the visitors' crossbar.

Blackpool goal: What a superb response from Blackpool. Gary Taylor-Fletcher's head-on finds DJ Campbell and the striker gets goalside of Gretar Steinsson before expertly side-footing the ball past Jussi Jaaskelainen and into the net.

WBA goal: Advantage Baggies at The Hawthorns. Chris Brunt plays a ball over the top to Peter Odemwingie and he takes advantage of Slyvain Distin mis-reading the situation, pulling the ball back for Youssouf Mulumbu to slot in from about three yards out.

1255: GOAL West Brom 1-0 Everton (Mulumbu)

1255: GOAL Blackpool 1-1 Bolton (Campbell)

Someone has struck the woodwork
1254: Boudewijn Zenden goes close to putting Sunderland in front, his stunning left-foot drive from 25 yards clattering back off the Wolves crossbar.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1252: A great early chance for Man Utd. A stunning cross is whipped in from the right by Wayne Rooney and Nani gets his head to it but his effort crashes back off the crossbar. Good start from the champions-elect.

Bolton goal: Good start by Blackpool, but that's a hammer blow. Ball is pumped into the home team's box, Alex-John Baptiste slips and it sits up nicely for Kevin Davies to thump a sweet right-foot shot into the corner of the net from about 10 yards.

1251: GOAL Blackpool 0-1 Bolton (Davies)

BBC Sport's Chris Bevan: "Big shout of 'come on Blackburn!' from City fans on my tube to Wembley. Man then says 'that's the last reference to Utd today'."

1247: Gonna finish very close to FA Cup final kick-off now, aren't they? Belatedly under way between Blackburn and Man United.

1245: Under way first in the West Brom-Everton game, then Sunderland-Wolves and then Blackpool-Bolton. Stringing it out at Ewood Park, obviously.

1243: The teams are out at Blackpool, Sunderland and West Brom, and a few moments later Chris Samba and Nemanja Vidic lead their boys out at Ewood Park. Not long until kick-off in this afternoon's four Premier League matches.

1242: Quick - and brilliant - add from Peter Scrivener: "Wolves boss Mick McCarthy doesn't have the best of records at the Stadium of Light in the Premier League - he has never won there as a manager, not even during the three years he spent there as boss of the Black Cats (March 2003 to March 2006). In 19 home games, he could only draw four games, losing the other 15."

From beefcake12 on Twitter: "Giggs seems to break records every game! Amazing!"

1237: Good work, the eagle-eyed amongst you - John O'Shea and Park Ji-Sung have been left out by Man United, while Rio Ferdinand and Antonio Valencia are in the team. Think Howard Nurse must be drunk on the pre-match atmosphere!

Blackburn boss Steve Kean: "It's not as if it is an end of a season game which is going to fizzle out. There is plenty to play for. When you look at the teams it's a very strong selection Sir Alex has put out. We won't be sitting back. We will be going out trying to impose ourselves on Man Utd."

1234: In conjunction with their Euro Club Index, here are the chances of each team winning today (with their ECI ranking in brackets) from Infostrada Sports:
Blackburn (82) 13% v Man United (three) 62%
Blackpool (230) 32% v Bolton (80) 36%
Sunderland (114) 52% v Wolves (168) 19%
West Brom (117) 29% v Everton (25) 40%
Man City (16) 69% v Stoke City (70) 31%

1232: Here's some more stuff, this time courtesy of the kings and queens of stats and facts, Infostrada Sports: "It could be a great day for Manchester today with United on the verge of their 19th league title and City looking to win their first silverware since their League Cup victory in 1976. In 1956 a similar scenario unfolded with United being crowned Division One champions that season before City beat Birmingham City 3-1 in the FA Cup final."

From OptaJoe on Twitter: "573 - Ryan Giggs will make his 573rd Premier League appearance today, breaking David James' record in the competition (572). Longevity."

1229: Blackburn v Man United team news:
BBC Sport's Howard Nurse at Ewood Park: "Sir Alex Ferguson predictably decided against weakening his team with the Champions League final a fortnight away with Man United just a point away from the title. Thomas Kuszczack, Jonny Evans and Nani replace Edwin van der Sar, John O'Shea and Park Ji-Sung. On-loan United striker Mame Biram Diouf is ineligible for Blackburn while Morten Gamst Pedersen drops to the bench with Michael Salgado and Phil Jones back in the site."

Man United manager Sir Alex Ferguson: "We expect Blackburn to fight for their lives. They probably need a point so we expect them to fight but we expect us to fight for a different reward. They want to stay in the league and we want to win it. Concentration is the key in these big, big games."

1224: West Brom v Everton team news:
Les Roopanarine reports: "West Brom
manager Roy Hodgson makes four changes to the side beaten 3-1 at Molineux last time out. After missing the last two games, both Steven Reid and club captain Chris Brunt return from injury. Paul Scharner is restored in midfield after serving a one-match ban, while Gabriel Tamas returns in defence. Abdoulaye Meite, Gonzalo Jara, Somen Tchoyi and James Morrison all drop to the bench. In the only change to the Everton side that beat Manchester City 2-1 at Goodison Park last week, Seamus Coleman is preferred to Jack Rodwell, who is named as a substitute. Tim Cahill, who is recovering from a foot problem, misses out altogether."

1222: Blackpool v Bolton team news:
Phil Dawkes reports: "Blackpool
make one change from the side that drew 1-1 at Tottenham, with midfielder Jason Puncheon stepping up from the bench to replace striker Sergey Kornilenko. Marlon Harewood, who recently returned from a loan spell at Barnsley, is on the bench, along with fellow strikers Brett Ormerod and James Beattie. Bolton also make one change with Ricardo Gardner in for top-scorer Johan Elmander, who is not in the squad at all. The Swedish striker is out of contract at the end of the season and it has been suggested he will depart in the summer."

1221: Sunderland v Wolves team news:
Peter Scrivener reports:
"Striker Kevin Doyle returns to the Wolves bench after missing six matches with knee ligament damage as boss Mick McCarthy sticks with the same starting XI that won the Black Country derby last time out. Paraguay midfielder Cristian Riveros comes in to the side to make just his fifth start for Sunderland while manager Steve Bruce, who says that only 12 senior players have been fit to train this week, includes six youngsters on the bench."

1218: Couple of things to clear up, before we hear about the teams: firstly, West Ham cannot be relegated today, whatever happens elsewhere. Also, if Manchester United avoid defeat at Blackburn and win the Premier League, United will not be presented with the trophy - that will happen next Sunday after their home game against Blackpool.

1215: West Brom v Everton line-ups:
West Brom:
Carson, Reid, Olsson, Tamas, Shorey, Brunt, Mulumbu, Scharner, Thomas, Cox, Odemwingie.
Subs: Myhill, Tchoyi, Morrison, Miller, Meite, Fortune, Jara.
Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Coleman, Heitinga, Neville, Arteta, Osman, Anichebe.
Subs: Mucha, Bilyaletdinov, Beckford, Gueye, Rodwell, Vellios, Baxter.
Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

1213: Sunderland v Wolves line-ups:
Mignolet, Elmohamady, Mensah, Onuoha, Bardsley, Henderson, Riveros, Colback, Zenden, Malbranque, Sessegnon.
Subs: Carson, Cook, Knott, Noble, Adams, Lynch, Laing.
Wolves: Hennessey, Foley, Craddock, Mancienne, Elokobi, Guedioura, Henry, O'Hara, Hunt, Fletcher, Ward.
Subs: Hahnemann, Stearman, Ebanks-Blake, Berra, Jarvis, Milijas, Doyle.
Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)

From mosquitolou on Twitter: "Fergie not messing around, the title is ours! Hope no injuries though, especially the mighty Giggs."

1209: Blackburn v Man United line-ups:
Robinson, Salgado, Samba, Phil Jones, Givet, Emerton, Jermaine Jones, Nzonzi, Olsson, Hoilett, Roberts.
Subs: Bunn, Dunn, Kalinic, Pedersen, Andrews, Santa Cruz, Mwaruwari.
Man Utd: Kuszczak, Fabio Da Silva, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evans, Valencia, Giggs, Carrick, Nani, Rooney, Hernandez.
Subs: Amos, Evra, Owen, Anderson, Berbatov, Smalling, Scholes.
Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

From Neil, curious, in Oxford, on text: "What would have happened if Man Utd had beaten Man City in the semi-final...? The ultimate test for Sir Alex's team - two matches in one day?"

1204: Blackpool v Bolton line-ups:
Gilks, Eardley, Evatt, Baptiste, Crainey, Southern, Adam, Vaughan, Taylor-Fletcher, Campbell, Puncheon.
Subs: Kingson, Harewood, Ormerod, Cathcart, Phillips, Reid, Beattie.
Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Knight, Cahill, Robinson, Lee, Muamba, Gardner, Taylor, Kevin Davies, Sturridge.
Subs: Bogdan, Petrov, Klasnic, Moreno, Blake, Cohen, Wheater.
Referee: Andre Marriner (W Midlands)

BBC Sport's Howard Nurse at Ewood Park: "MUFC v Blackburn: Kus, Fabio, Vidic, Rio, Evans, Valencia, Carrick, Giggs, Nani, Rooney, Chicharito."

1200: Stevo's Predos:
Blackburn 1-3 Man United
Blackpool 2-2 Bolton
Sunderland 2-1 Wolves
West Brom 2-1 Everton
Man City 1-1 Stoke
(Stoke to win on penalties)
Lawro and Lee Dixon's predictions

1155: If you've been on our website this week, you'll have no doubt spent some time wading through an impressive pile of FA Cup final preview stuff. My favourites? Well, now you ask, I can't look too far beyond Chris Bevan's chat with the great Gordon Banks. "I have waited a long time for this, and I would love to see it happen," Stoke and England legend Banks told Bevan. What a meeting of goalkeeping greats that must've been.

From LuzKRiley on Twitter: "Man U first have to get past the rock that is big Chris Samba if they want to take the crown off Chelsea today."

1150: Lots of top chat already, so keep 'em coming. Hit me on twitter @Stevo_football and with the hashtag #BBCFootball, or whack us a text on 81111. Bless you in advance.

From Dan, York, on text: "Does anyone else not think if United win the title today, that it will give City even more motivation to lift the Cup?"

1145: When I was a kid, Cup final day meant extra television coverage (when that meant more), the impeccable Des Lynam and an occasion that seemed so fantastical it was almost like watching in a dream. The first one I really remember was 1988, when me and my brothers went round Uncle Michael's house and Wimbledon stunned Liverpool and the world. In 1991 I suffered heartache when my team lost, but in 2006 I got to go as a journalist to the 'Steven Gerrard final' and completely lost myself in the magnificence of it all. Everyone's got Cup final memories, they're part of our DNA. Today, Man City and Stoke fans will cry tears of joy or pain, and a whole new generation will remember where they were when they were captivated by the world's greatest Cup competition.

From Alex, Plymouth, on text: "I'm pretty sure that this stupid idea to have other games on FA Cup final day stems from the stupid idea to have the Champions League final on a Saturday."

From JedPMcManus on Twitter: "The two biggest domestic titles potentially being decided on the same day, I can't think of anything better!"

1136: As Rory from Birmingham so rightly points out on text, there are two other games today, and they're pretty big ones too. In League One, Bournemouth face Huddersfield at 1245 BST in their play-off semi-final first leg, and then later on in League Two, Torquay and Shrewsbury meet at 1745 BST in the first of their two-legged affair. I love play-offs, me ;)

West Brom v Everton scene-setter:
Les Roopanarine reports: "Back in November, when West Brom beat Everton 4-1 at Goodison Park, it was hard to imagine either team would be sitting comfortably come May. The Baggies were still trying to shake off their early-season billing as relegation candidates. Everton were perilously close to the drop zone. For both, a season of struggle seemed to beckon. Spool forward to today, and West Brom are chasing a top-ten finish while Everton are a win away from sealing at least seventh spot. Manchester United may be poised to lift yet another title, but this match provides a reminder that not everything in the Premier League stays the same."

Sunderland v Wolves scene-setter:
Peter Scrivener reports: "Wolves' Premier League future lies in their own hands after beating Black Country rivals West Brom 3-1 last Sunday to move one point above the relegation zone with two games to play. But they have not won on their last four visits to Sunderland and they have the worst away record in the division with nine points from 18 games. Still, Sunderland are not the force they were in the first half of the season and Wanderers fans can be comforted by the fact that the Black Cats have conceded 29 goals in their last 12 matches and only Wigan have left the Stadium of Light without at least a point in 2011."

Blackpool v Bolton scene-setter:
Phil Dawkes reports: "There's only one game that matters on FA Cup final Saturday, right? Try telling that to Blackpool. The visit of Bolton this afternoon could be the defining match of their season. With a trip to Old Trafford last up, you sense the Seasiders need to record only their third win since New Year to give them a good chance of staying up. Not a bad time to be playing a side with apparently nothing to play for then? Except for Lancashire pride that is. The 30-mile gap will spur Wanderers on, but for Blackpool it comes a distant second in importance to the one-point margin currently keeping them in the drop zone."

Blackburn v Man Utd scene-setter:
BBC Sport's Howard Nurse at Ewood Park: "It's bright and blustery in the north-west where Manchester United make the short trip to Blackburn Rovers looking to secure a record 19th league title. Expect thousands of United fans to swell the attendance to well above the 24,729 Ewood Park average."

1127: Right, let's find out from our crack (I said crack) team of match reporters what we can expect from the Premier League games this afternoon...

From BBC Sport's Lee Dixon on Twitter: "Just on the way into the office. Somebody let the FA know the final is special! Can't believe other football on today. Rubbish. FA Cup final means FA Cup final day. No other football please!!!"

1122: What you really need is a Schedule of Events for Saturday, 14 May 2011, don't you? Using bold to highlight the important bits (time, competition etc), here is the S of E, for your delectation:
1245 BST: Premier League: Blackburn v Man United
1245 BST: Premier League: Blackpool v Bolton
1245 BST: Premier League: Sunderland v Wolves
1245 BST: Premier League: West Brom v Everton
1500 BST: FA Cup final: Manchester City v Stoke City

From jreedy93 on Twitter: "Would love to see Blackburn beat MU today, just to stop the FA Cup winners' big day being overshadowed."

Mike Butt, lifelong City fan, on text: "Been driven through the roof by City over the years, hoping the fans can be repaid with no unexpected twist in the tail today. Come on you Blues."

From JH, on text: "Just been driving down the M1, absolutely loads of cars with Stoke and Man City colours! What a sight, now hopefully Stoke can get a result and keep the red half of Manchester happy! Come on Stoke!"

1112: I'd love to hear from you. Wherever you are, whatever your chat, this is the place: You already know who I am, so drop me a line on twitter @Stevo_football and with the hashtag #BBCFootball, or send us a text to 81111. I wish I could use all of them, but, alas, it cannot be done.

1107: Controversially, there are Premier League games on FA Cup final day. But you get what you're given in this world, and so it falls upon me and thee to flood this live commentary with everything that is wonderful about English football on, historically at least, its day in the sun. I genuinely hope, whoever you support, that you have a magical afternoon. I know I'm going to.

1104: Hi there. I'm Jonathan Stevenson, and this is FA Cup final day in the 2010-11 football season. Due to a quite remarkable decision taken by people far more important (but probably not quite so in love with the sport) than me, it could also be the day that Manchester United win the Premier League title. I may have said it before, but truly we live in unprecedented times, my friends.

Saturday, 14 May 2011:
The day Manchester City and Stoke City fans have waited a lifetime for. Having watched big teams around them enjoy success after success for years, finally it is their time to shine, their chance to revel in the limelight. Today, one of them will revel in the glory of winning the FA Cup.

Saturday, 14 May 2011:
The day Manchester United fans have waited a lifetime for. Having watched on helplessly for so long as arch-rivals Liverpool swept all before them, finally it is their turn to become English football's most decorated domestic club. Today, they could win a 19th league title.

The FA Cup and Premier League trophies

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14 May 2011 23:59 UK

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As it stood on 14 May 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 37 39 77
2 Chelsea 36 37 70
3 Arsenal 36 30 67
4 Man City 36 22 65
5 Liverpool 36 18 58
6 Tottenham 36 6 56
7 Everton 37 5 51
8 Stoke 36 2 46
9 Bolton 37 -2 46
10 West Brom 37 -15 46
11 Fulham 36 4 45
12 Newcastle 36 -1 44
13 Sunderland 37 -14 44
14 Aston Villa 36 -13 42
15 Blackburn 37 -14 40
16 Wolves 37 -19 40
17 Birmingham 36 -18 39
18 Blackpool 37 -21 39
19 Wigan 36 -23 36
20 West Ham 36 -23 33

see also
FA Cup final photos
14 May 11 |  Football
Saturday's Premier League photos
14 May 11 |  Football

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