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Last Updated: Saturday, 19 May 2007, 13:07 GMT 14:07 UK
FA Cup final - Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd
Wembley, Saturday 19 May 2007




By Caroline Cheese

1404: That's it from me, I'm handing you over to Charlie for the rest of the build-up and the match itself. Enjoy.

1402: Manchester United go with Gabriel Heinze at left-back and Darren Fletcher in midfield as Patrice Evra and Alan Smith miss out. Full team: Van der Sar, Brown, Vidic, Ferdinand, Heinze, Fletcher, Carrick, Scholes, Giggs, Ronaldo, Rooney.

1400: Des Lynam has arrived on the pitch now and is introducing Sir Bob Geldof - who organised Live Aid at the old Wembley in 1985.

"It's a great stadium and it will be a great atmosphere. I hope both teams can give a good show for everyone because the occasion deseves it."
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho speaking to BBC Sport

1354: Team news from Chelsea. No Ashley Cole, no Arjen Robben, but Shaun Wright-Phillips starts. Full team: Cech, Ferreira, Terry, Essien, Bridge, Lampard, Makelele, Wright-Phillips, J Cole, Mikel, Drogba.

"I believe Peter Schmeichel's show (see below) is the same as the BBC's own 1 vs 100. I happen to be a fan."
Mike via text on 81111

"Plenty of banter in Harrow-on-the-Hill as the fans leave their respective designated pubs. One thing both United and Chelsea fans are agreed on is that a fast food stop-off is far better than re-mortgaging the house and buying a Wembley burger."
BBC Sport's Owen Phillips, on his way to Wembley

"My housemate and I have woken up with the worst hangovers ever, switched on the TV and can you believe it, our TV has blown up. After we finished weeping we telephoned everyone we know and my mate's sister has volunteered to bring her spare TV to us. She anticipates being here at 2.45."
lionmancdave on 606

1341: Former United keeper Peter Schmeichel informs us he presents a quiz show in Denmark which is proving very successful. Apparently, it's a bit like Who Wants To Be A Millionnaire.

"I can't lose today. I had fantastic times at Man United and at Chelsea."
Ex-Man Utd and Chelsea striker Mark Hughes

1336: Manchester United are sampling the atmosphere out on the pitch. They're in navy blue suits and ties, with brown shoes. Chelsea soon join them - their suits are very similar actually.

1334: Alan Hansen is wearing a very brave suit for Cup final day. Slate grey pinstripe with a blue shirt and blue polkadot tie. I'm not saying anything because, frankly, I'm a bit scared of him.

"Just like old times at Wembley with a touch of the old marching bands. On this historic day it is the Corps of the Royal Engineers - whose team actually won the FA Cup in 1875. All we need now is Bruce Forsyth for community singing and we'll be away."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley

1327: BBC Five Live pundit Chris Waddle reckons Didier Drogba has "carried" Chelsea this season, while Graham Taylor is sad that rumours about Frank Lampard's future are all over the papers on the day of the Cup final.

"Sat in the stadium in the cheap seats feeling very privileged to be here. Magnificent stadium with great view. Just need right result. Come on United."
Sheila via text on 81111

"I understand Chelsea will be without Boulahrouz and Geremi, Essien will be at the back, maybe Kalou up front with Drogba, and I expect Wes Brown and Evra as full-backs."
BBC Sport commentator John Motson

"The hospitality at new Wembley matches the surroundings. The pre-match meal is sausage and mash - or sausage and pasta for the more sophisticated among us. The stadium is slowly filling up and the roof is open. More cameras in evidence than usual as fans get a souvenir of a moment in history. The stadium is looking magnificent."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley

1313: Now then, it's about time we stopped banging on about Wembley and concentrated on the small matter of a massive game between Manchester United and Chelsea. Time to put your managerial hats on and pick your perfect teams with BBC Sport's squad selector.

"Good afternoon from inside the stadium. The sun's out and the big screens are treating the spectators to a run-through of FA Cup final history. Everything appears to be running very smoothly from a logistical point of view. There are even technicians to help the media get their laptop connections working properly."
BBC Sport's Howard Nurse at Wembley

"Chelsea will miss Michael Essien for sure - he's playing at the back and he is important for them in midfield. The fight between Didier Drogba and Rio Ferdinand will be very important."
Former Chelsea defender Marcel Desailly on BBC Sport

"Just seen John Hollins, ex-Chelsea player and manager, out and about in Wembley. A top bloke and didn't mind one bit my request for a photograph."
The Pain on 606

1300: Just two hours to go until Jose Mourinho and Sir Alex Ferguson lead the teams out at Wembley. Some people have already taken their seats - let's hope they're comfy otherwise they could be cramping by extra-time.

"One interested observer is ex-Sheffield United boss Neil Warnock, looking very sharp in suit and shades. Ready for a bit of managerial networking perhaps?"
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley

1235: So far, no reported problems on the tubes and trains heading to Wembley. However, traffic is slow on the North Circular east and westbound and the A404 northbound.

"I've still got my white suit and red tie from the 1996 final. I've heard Chelsea aren't wearing suits today which is a shame because it's tradition."
Former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore on BBC Five Live

"On the tube approaching Wembley and the atmosphere is building! Can't wait to walk down Wembley Way and past Bobby Moore statue. Prediction? 2-1 United!"
Johnny and Tom via text on 81111

1224: Not that I'm a betting woman, but United midfielder Paul Scholes is 10/1 with Ladbrokes to score the first goal today. Not bad. But what about John Terry at 28/1? Got to be worth a nibble.

"I don't think Khalid Boulahrouz will play today. I know Mourinho doesn't fancy him."
Former Wigan boss Paul Jewell on BBC Five Live

"I'm sitting in my office on the south bank of the Karnaphuli River just outside Chittagong. This is rapidly becoming a city with no beer. I'll break open the last can from my fridge if Chelsea win."
chittachatter on 606

"The pitch looks good. That was always one of my concerns about the old stadium. The grass was too lush and that made it very slow to play on."
Blackburn boss Mark Hughes on BBC Five Live

"Wembley officials have imposed tight security, with strict searches being carried out and sniffer dogs in evidence, but all the early signs suggest everything is running smoothly."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley

1200: Wembley opens its doors for the first FA Cup final at the new stadium. It's more of a trickle than a flood, to be honest. They're playing Oasis's Champagne Supernova.

"To the person at the Film Festival in Cannes (see below). There is an Irish pub that will be showing the game. If you look out to see from the main harbour, it's round on the right-hand side."
Kevinboag on 606

"I had a ticket for the final but my wife's waters broke on Wednesday so I had to give it to a friend. The baby still hasn't arrived but I am convinced it will make an appearance sometime in the second half! My prediction - Chelsea to score first and United to win 3-1 with two late goals."
Via text on 81111

1141: Less than 20 minutes to go until the turnstiles open and 90,000 fans get to see what 757,000,000 buys you these days.

1134: Chelsea keeper Petr Cech says he cannot believe he is preparing for an FA Cup final just eight months after fracturing his skull.

"It might sound glam but I'm in Cannes at the film festival with no access to the game. Anyone got any ideas where I can watch it? Not sure these film bods care that much."
proptart on 606

1120: As BBC News 24's Dan Smith reports from Wembley Way, in the background there is a desperate cry of "Newcastle United for the FA Cup". Just the 52 years since the Magpies lifted the famous trophy. Think you know your FA Cup facts? Why not have a go on the BBC website's Ten to Tackle...

"I am an Everton fan living in Malaysia and a long way from Wembley. Looking forward to an evening BBQ with my family and then the game. Fancy a burger and a cold Tiger beer anyone?"
PB on 606

"I actually have Mr Kjeldberg's shirt (see below) from that very Cup final! He was number four that day! And Chelsea lost 4-0! Any bidders!?"
Via text on 81111

1100: We've just called Lawro, quite possibly the nicest man at the BBC. Here's what he had to say: "We've been here since about 10am. There seems to be about 47,000 stewards, the army are here, sniffer dogs, there is a massive police presence. Mark Hughes, Marcel Desailly and Peter Schmeichel are here so we were thinking of getting a ball out and having a kick-about. I wouldn't have thought anyone would mind."

"I'm from the South Pacific island of Fiji and I'm so crazy about the Blues that I named my daughter Chelsea and my son Robben."
nobleCherob on 606

1055: If you're heading to Wembley, a bit of advice: buy a programme. It may cost you 10 but apparently they're selling on the internet for up to 26.

1051: Did you know that Jakob Kjeldberg, who played for Chelsea in the 1994 FA Cup final against United, now presents the Danish equivalent of reality show Castaway? Thought not. More fascinating facts in the 'Where are they now?' feature on the BBC website.

"Just arrived at Wembley Park. The magical Wembley final tingle is filling me! Reds all the way! The double is ours!"
Dr D, via text on 81111

"I'm at home on a Baltic island. The only free satellite coverage is from a German sports channel, so at least I'll miss the pontifications of the British 'experts'. Great day, great game!"
wokrightinn on 606

1041: Steve Bennett is the referee this afternoon - his debut as the main man in the Cup final. Meanwhile, fellow ref Dermot Gallagher will be at Rushden and Diamonds where he takes charge of the Christian Cup final between Doncaster Evangelical Church and St Albans Romans. Shoudn't be too much foul and abusive language to worry about anyway.

"The new stadium looks brilliant. Everything seems to have improved apart from the steps up to the Royal Box (was 39 steps now 107 steps). Could I suggest that the step be replaced with an escalator?"
ExShakersFan on 606

1023: BBC Five Live weatherman John Ketley predicts a dry afternoon at Wembley with a "swirling wind". The FA can breath a little easier because that means we won't have any leaky roof issues as there were at the FA Trophy final last weekend.

"I'm one of the many Man Utd season ticket holders who didn't get a ticket so am sat at work instead of halfway down the M1. Oh well, glory glory Man Utd"
Yvonne, via text on 81111

1012: Keith Houchen predicts a 3-2 win to United. It's 20 years since Houchen scored a diving header to win the Cup for Coventry and the man himself has been reliving the defining moment of his career all week. "You can guarantee that once you get past Christmas and the FA Cup starts, the phone calls start and carry on right up to the final. It's amazing."

"I will be at Wembley and will be unfurling a large blue and white banner saying 'Jose Mourinho simply the best'"
Paul, via text on 81111

1003: The price of burgers at Wembley (five quid) has been one of the major talking points in the lead-up to this game, prompting this question from 'malcfactor' on 606: "D'ya think I can get a pitch outside the ground selling half price burgers?"

1002: Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson seems to be a bit worried Chelsea might be more 'up for the Cup' than his team. "I'm acutely aware that on the one side you have a wounded animal who have lost the league to us and on the other, you have got a team with confidence. I have to make sure there is no distinction between the two teams in terms of desire to win."

0951: Over on Radio Five Live, we're being entertained by 'matchday minstrel' Jonny Black. His song goes: "Wemb-er-lee, Wemb-er-lee, although it's late and over budget, we're off to Wemb-er-lee."

0936: At Wembley, Lesley Garrett is practising 'Abide With Me', accompanied by the band of the Corps of the Royal Engineers - they were the first winners of the FA Cup, you know. The sun is shining, it's a beautiful day and I really wish I was there.

0930: Good morning everyone. In five-and-a-half hours time, Jose Mourinho and Sir Alex Ferguson will lead Chelsea and Manchester United out for the first FA Cup final at the new Wembley and the build-up starts here. Just under 90,000 people will be there to see it - are you one of them? If so, drop me a text on 81111 and let me know what it's like or if you just fancy a natter, head over to 606.



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