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FA Cup final as it happened

GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times BST)

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By Caroline Cheese


1739: Now that we have a report - albeit unconfirmed - of someone putting the lid on their head, I think it's safe to wrap up. Alan Green is taking the calls on BBC 5 Live's 606 should you need someone to talk to. Ooh, and there are not one, but two potential shocks happening at the French Open...
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1732: I was just starting to feel a bit emotional about the end of the football season. But I've just realised it's Kazakhstan v England next Saturday, along with a whole host of other World Cup qualifiers. Thank football!

1729: Matt from Winchester wants to know if anyone has put the FA Cup lid on their head in time-honoured tradition. Not that I've seen - and still no ridiculous headwear. Very disappointing. I mean, if you're going to win the FA Cup, at least celebrate properly.

Everton boss David Moyes: "I look back with a lot of pleasure in getting the team to the final. Chelsea were the better team on the day, I can't argue with that. Lampard is a big player who scored big goals and that's what he's done today. Our team has made progress year on year and we'll try to keep that going."

1724: This is Chelsea fifth FA Cup win - as well as Ashley Cole's. The left-back is the first player in over 100 years to collect five winners' medals.

1721: I'd agree with that 606 comment below. Don't go, Guus. What a guy - but what a way to bow out.

Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink: "Winning in the mecca of world football, the FA Cup, that's something I cannot believe."

Everton midfielder Tim Cahill: "It's been a great season, finishing fifth in the Premier League and reaching the final, but it leaves a bitter taste - but it's an experience I can take forward in the coming years. "

1717: The champagne is flowing - and it's gone in Jose Bosingwa's eyes. He doesn't like that one little bit. Cheer up love, you've just won the FA Cup.

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1711: A bit of comedy "to me, to you" between Ray Wilkins and Guus Hiddink before they finally decide to lift the Cup together. Hiddink won the Dutch equivalent of the FA Cup four times as manager of PSV.

1710: Terry carefully removes the lid of the Cup before thrusting it joyfully into the air. An explosion of streamers fills the air.

1709: Here come the Chelsea players. As yet, no-one is wearing a comedy jester hat. So much for FA Cup tradition.

1708: There are tears from Everton chairman Bill Kenwright as he gives David Moyes a warm handshake.

1705: Phil Neville leads the exhausted Everton players up to receive their runners-up medals. Heartbreaking loss today, but what a sensational run: taking out Liverpool and Manchester United along the way. Their defeat means the team that knocks out Boro has finished runner-up for five consecutive years.

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard: "We went 1-0 down within a minute or so but showed a lot of character to come back. After getting the first we dominated the game and I'm just pleased to get the goal that wins the game. Guus has been amazing and he's a great man, we've loved working with him and he deserves this victory."

1704: John Terry reveals that the Chelsea players clubbed together to get Guus Hiddink a "nice watch" as a leaving present. Lovely. When he says nice, he probably means expensive.

Chelsea captain John Terry: "It's been two years since we've won a trophy and that's too long. It's great to get it back."

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley: "Guus Hiddink throws his arms out wide in celebration as he bids farewell to Chelsea with the FA Cup. And it was a deserved win for his side. Chelsea produced a measured response to Everton's early goal and had much the better of possession. Hiddink's got real class - going around and commiserating with the beaten Everton players. He is a loss to the Premier League."

1659: Didier Drogba is the first to speak on camera - and he's a little bit calmer and a lot less potty-mouthed than the last time he spoke post-match. "The fans have been supportive to me," he says. "I think I gave everything against Barcelona - even if I missed some chances - the only thing I had to worry about is what I said after the game."

1657: Guus Hiddink, in his final game as Chelsea manager, wins his first piece of silverware in English football and Chelsea's first since 2007. The Dutch coach is giving every player an enormous hug.

CHELSEA WIN THE FA CUP

Full-time
1656: FULL-TIME Chelsea 2-1 Everton

1654: Leighton Baines concedes a free-kick out right - and Chelsea opt to play keep-ball. Boo. That's no fun is it? Seconds remaining.

1653: Frank Lampard sends Nicolas Anelka galloping clear but he lobs over the bar. Nothing from Everton.

1651: Everton work the ball inside to Tim Cahill, whose shot fizzes a yard wide. Four minutes of added time to be played.

1650: One minute remaining, plus any added time, Chelsea leading 2-1.

1648: James Vaughan plays the ball straight out of play to give possession back to Chelsea and then Michael Ballack is fouled from the throw-in. Not much for Everton to cling on to here.

1646: Jose Bosingwa picks up an ankle injury in a challenge with Stephen Pienaar. He's back on his feet now though.

Yellow card
1645: Stephen Pienaar sticks a leg out and Frank Lampard goes over it, looking for the penalty. Yellow card for the Chelsea midfielder.

1643: Dan Gosling, who scored the extra-time winner against Liverpool, is coming on for Leon Osman. Everton need the youngster to intervene before the 90 this time...

1641: No, no, no. Scrap that. It did go over. In fairness to the linesman, the ball was moving so quickly, it would have been very difficult to be 100% certain. Nine minutes remaining.

Woodwork
1639: Boom. What an incredible hit. Florent Malouda lets fly from 35 yards and the ball clatters the bar and bounces onto the line before Tim Howard collects. Malouda tries to claim the goal - but don't think it went over.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley: "Frank Lampard scores and ends his celebration with a jig around the corner flag - just as his father did when he scored the winner for West Ham United against the Toffees in an FA Cup semi-final at Elland Road in 1980. Runs in the family obviously."

1638: Everton's goalscorer Louis Saha makes way for James Vaughan.

1636: Everton go missing at the back, Chelsea passing it about with all the freedom of Wembley. Frank Lampard has another shooting chance but instead slides the ball through for Florent Malouda, who blazes over.

Goooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal
1632 GOAL: That could do it. Michael Ballack passes to Nicolas Anelka, who moves the ball on to Frank Lampard. He cuts back onto his left foot and from about 20 yards, lashes the shot through the fingertips of Tim Howard - who might have done better. Still a fine strike though.
Chelsea 2-1 Everton

1630: The Everton fans suddenly burst into life, waking us all from our mid-afternoon slumber. They are soon silenced when Florent Malouda escapes down the left and drives a cross over which hits Didier Drogba and goes wide. Twenty minutes remaining, still 1-1.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley: "The introduction of Lars Jacobsen has stemmed the tide down Everton's right flank. They have edged their way back into this game and Louis Saha always looks likely to get something if he can find time and space. Everton's supporters have provided stunning back throughout and they are turning up the volume again."

1627: Michael Ballack leans on Stephen Pienaar and the Everton midfielder wins the free-kick. It's played to Leighton Baines out left and from the cross, Louis Saha flashes a header just over. A rare chance.

1625: Marouane Fellaini does brilliantly to shield the ball from two Chelsea players - but then gives it straight to Nicolas Anelka. Everton win the ball back, but this is all very scrappy.

Yellow card
1624: Jon Mikel Obi is the first Chelsea player to be booked after clashing with Louis Saha. Everton waste the free-kick.

1623: Slip by John Terry and Tim Cahill has a long-range shooting chance, easily collected by Petr Cech.

1622: Here comes Michael Ballack. And the man to come off is Michael Essien. Surprising?

1620: Lovely pass from Frank Lampard and Nicolas Anelka is through - but his clever lob clears the bar as well as Tim Howard.

1618: Michael Ballack is warming up and Alan Green on BBC 5 Live reports that Guus Hiddink has just had a quick word with him so we might see him soon. On the pitch, not much to report. Think the heat might be starting to tell.

BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Wembley: "That substitution is not the only thing David Moyes changed at the break - he's swapped things round in the middle too, with Marouane Fellaini now in a holding role and Tim Cahill pushed up behind Louis Saha. Everton are still giving the ball away far too much, though, and Moyes is showing his frustration in the technical area."

1614: The Everton defence are at the shady end of the Wembley pitch, which is a bonus for them because they are being kept quite busy at the moment.

1613: Slick passing by Chelsea is brought to a swift end as Lars Jacobsen unceremoniously clears the ball for a corner. No nonsense.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley: "David Moyes had to be ruthless and remove Tony Hibbert at the interval. He was going downhill fast out there and now Lars Jacobsen gets his chance to solve Everton's problems on the right - with Leon Osman also needing to help out more. Got to feel for Hibbert after that harrowing 45 minutes on what should have been the biggest day of his career."

Yellow card
1608: "Not a booking, no way a booking," Phil Neville tells Howard Webb after a clumsy lunge on Jon Mikel Obi. His pleas fall on deaf ears and the Everton skipper follows Tony Hibbert into the book.

1607: Lars Jacobsen gets his first touch, getting in ahead of Florent Malouda to belt the clearance out of play.

1606: Off we go then.

1604: And indeed, Lars Jacobsen will replace the unfortunate Tony Hibbert for the second half. No changes to the Chelsea XI.

1601: Here's a man for the big occasion, it'sDanny the Stat: "Win or lose today, Louis Saha is going home happy. He can add a 'leading player rater at half-time' award to his 'Fastest ever goalscorer in FA Cup final' gong. The striker's bagged a 7.78, ahead of even Florent Malouda on 7.22. I suspect there are some number-related stories still to be written, however... Get involved..."
Chelsea v Everton Player Rater

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Matt Jackson on BBC 5 Live: "Lars Jacobsen has just picked up his match shirt and run down the tunnel - which suggests to me he'll be coming on in the second half for Tony Hibbert, who has had real problems since picking up that yellow card early on."

BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Wembley: "All-square at half-time but much to think about for Everton boss David Moyes. After Louis Saha gave them a dream start, his side have been second-best in the Wembley heat and Chelsea seem to have found a chink in the Toffees' defensive armour by targeting right-back Tony Hibbert almost every time they come forward. He was at fault for Chelsea's equaliser and has looked off the pace, which is not ideal when you're up against someone as fast as Florent Malouda."

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From Ade, Folkestone, via text on 81111: "The first 45 minutes have been better than three and a half hours of previous FA Cup finals."

Former Chelsea defender Paul Elliott: "Chelsea are starting to dominate the central midfield. More importantly, they have isolated Florent Malouda against Tony Hibbert and he's absolutely tearing him apart. Leon Osman needs to come back and help him out."

Half-time
1548: HALF-TIME Chelsea 1-1 Everton

1546: Petr Cech fumbles a free-kick, handing Everton a lucky corner at the very end of this half. Chelsea clear though.

1544: Oh Ashley... Cole bursts into the box ahead of Tony Hibbert but completely miscues his shot, blazing it into the crowd. He has his head in his hands.

1542: 41C reads the pitchside thermometer. Phew-ee. Four minutes until the players can retreat to the cool of the dressing rooms. Still 1-1.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley: "David Moyes is literally waving his players forward from the technical area. He is pointing out the very obvious - if Everton stay so deep and allow Chelsea this much possession they will lose this FA Cup final."

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Graham Taylor on BBC 5 Live: "Everton, unless they get hold of that central midfield position, will have problems. Chelsea have dominated the game."

1535: How are we 35 minutes into the game? It feels like it's only just kicked off. Louis Saha looks to burst through in between two Chelsea defenders, but John Terry just gets to the ball first.

1532: Nicolas Anelka produces a glorious crossfield pass for Florent Malouda on the left, and once again the Frenchman is in all sorts of space - but he cuts back and sees his shot blocked. Right-back Tony Hibbert has to be careful because he picked up a very early yellow card.

1530: It must be fully two years ago that someone texted in to point out the similarity between Tony Hibbert and a shoe. There's now a Facebook group dedicated to the idea. Despite the instructions of David Moyes, Chelsea still finding too much space.

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1526: Michael Essien takes out Marouane Fellaini on the touchline, leaving the Belgian clutching his knee. He'll need a touch of treatment.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley: "Everton have been having massive problems down their right flank, where Tony Hibbert has made a nightmare start against Florent Malouda - that's where Didier Drogba's goal inevitably came from. David Moyes has been constantly in the ear of Hibbert and Leon Osman, but to no effect."

1524: Frank Lampard fires a long-ranger just over the top. It's the first time since 1993 that both sides have scored in a Wembley FA Cup final.

Goooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal
1522 GOAL: Florent Malouda is given so much time and space out wide to measure his cross - which he does to perfection - and Didier Drogba is on the end of it, heading in his fifth goal in five domestic cup finals.
Chelsea 1-1 Everton

1519: John Terry puts the ball straight of play. Chelsea still dominating possession, but that sort of passing isn't going to get them anywhere.

1516: Stephen Pienaar knocks the ball over for Marouane Fellaini, but John Terry is with him and Petr Cech can collect.

1514: Some semblance of calm has descended at Wembley - more's the pity. Michael Essien picks up the ball on the edge of the box but there's no repeat of his wonder goal against Barcelona. He mis-hits it wide.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley: "Chelsea defender Alex has made a very nervous start, but further forward his team-mates are enjoying plenty of possession. A shirt-sleeved Guus Hiddink is already in deep discussion with the fourth official about something - not sure anything has warranted that chat yet."

1509: It's a fabulous finish by Louis Saha. Caught it beautifully with his left foot. It beats the previous quickest FA Cup final goal by Aston Villa's Bob Chatt in 1895. Chatt's strike after 30 seconds was the only goal of the game.

1505: This is a frantic start, Chelsea now piling forward in search of an equaliser. The noise from the Everton fans is phenomenal. And yes, that was the quickest goal in FA Cup final history.

Goooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal
1502 GOAL: Quiet opening... whoah my crikey! What a sensational start for Everton! Stephen Pienaar looks a touch offside as he picks up the ball on the left. His cross is weakly headed away by Jon Mikel Obi, Marouane Fellaini nods it to Louis Saha, who smashes in the opening goal after 25 seconds.
Chelsea 0-1 Everton

1501: Everton kick off the 128th FA Cup final.

1457: Faryl Smith, who found fame on Britain's Got Talent apparently (although I've never heard of her), sings the National Anthem. No breaking down in tears halfway through, I'm pleased to report.

1456: Former UN secretary general Kofi Annan, who will present the trophy later, is introduced to the teams. He used to play football apparently... "I started playing over 60 years ago. And the lessons I learned on the field are still with me. I played right wing. I had a bit of speed, so they liked to have me up front."

1453: Here comes the trophy - followed by the two teams.

1451: Caused a bit of controversy in BBC Sport towers, that rendition of Abide With Me. It was a bit modern and over-twiddly - but reached a rousing crescendo.

BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Wembley: "It's the Everton fans making all the noise here as we approach kick-off - the Chelsea fans are being drowned out at the moment, and there seems to be far less of them here too. The Merseysiders have managed to commandeer the entire middle tier at Wembley. Blue and white flags are all around me but, in case you were wondering about the clash of colours, Chelsea will be in yellow today."

1448: The London Community Gospel Choir will lead the singing of Abide With Me.

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From Hanna, 15, via text on 81111: "Guus Hiddink is like the grandfather every wants. I don't know how all these reporters restrain from bear hugging him."

1446: Bill Kenwright has just been interviewed on the pitch. Gushing, I think is the word. He breaks off from his chat to give the Everton fans the double thumbs-up. Love that man.

1442: Terry awoke this morning to some rather unsettling headlines. In his autobiography, Claude Makelele accuses the England captain of having a hand in Jose Mourinho's departure - claims Terry has strongly denied. For his part, Guus Hiddink says for games like these "you do like a horse" - ie you put the blinkers on.

1438: It pains me to say it, but we will say goodbye to Guus Hiddink after this game as he returns to managing Russia full-time. Skipper John Terry says he begged the Dutchman to stay. "We've all asked him to stay. I realised I was wasting my breath after about the 20th time of asking."

1435: Hmmm... the Lions' tour of South Africa has started with a real bang. And when I say bang, I mean whimper. You can follow that with Benjamin Dirs.
Live text - Royal XV v Lions

Everton boss David Moyes on picking Louis Saha: "I think it's the right team selection to start the game. Whether it's the one that ends the game, we'll have to see. Hopefully it will be positive."

1430: TEAMS Chelsea v Everton
Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Alex, Terry, Ashley Cole, Essien, Mikel, Lampard, Anelka, Drogba, Malouda. Subs: Hilario, Ivanovic, Di Santo, Ballack, Kalou, Belletti, Mancienne.
Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Yobo, Lescott, Baines, Osman, Neville, Pienaar, Cahill, Fellaini, Saha. Subs: Nash, Castillo, Vaughan, Jacobsen, Rodwell, Gosling, Baxter.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley: "Chelsea and Everton are out for the warm-ups - and Everton head straight for the shady side of a scorching Wembley to go through their routines. Louis Saha would have been David Moyes' big selection dilemma and he has decided to try to get at least an hour out of the gifted but fragile striker in the hope he can trouble John Terry and Alex."

1425: It's 35.8C on the pitch at Wembley. Take that, Celsius fans. Meanwhile, more stats: it is 16 years since both teams scored in an FA Cup final at Wembley. And here's my favourite: it is the first "all-blue" final since... last year.

1423: Let the stat-attack begin (look away Everton fans)... The Toffees have not beaten Chelsea for 22 games, stretching back to November 2000. Both their meetings in the Premier League were stalemates. Their most recent meeting in the FA Cup was in 2006 when Chelsea won 4-1 in a replay.

1419: David Moyes, who had an awful FA Cup record before this season, says he's watched the last few FA Cup finals on his traditional post-season break in Magaluf. Magaluf? Moyes? What next? Fergie larging it in Ibiza?

1415: Just 45 minutes until kick-off. Time for some more Bill Kenwright: "Tim Cahill is the prince of footballers, he is the new Alan Ball. He has the true spirit of Everton, the one who epitomises the never-say-die attitude of the whole squad."

1410: Of course, it's cup final day in Scotland today. I'm tipping Rangers...
Live text - Scottish Cup final

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley: "Plenty of Everton FA Cup winners from the 1995 side here at Wembley to lend their support to David Moyes' side - including defender Matt Jackson, Barry Horne and the popular former Nigeria striker Daniel Amokachi. Moyes has just received a very loud personal pep talk from one fan risking life and limb to lean over the tunnel and speak to the Everton boss."

BBC Radio 5 Live
Graham Taylor on BBC 5 Live: "I don't think Guus Hiddink rates Michael Ballack. I think he's concerned about his legs, so that selection hasn't surprised me."

1402: Everton will wear blue today, while Chelsea will go for that lurid yellow number. The referee is Rotherham's Howard Webb, who has brandished 133 yellow cards and five red this season.

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From Adam via text on 81111: "Who's the referee today? Hope there's no disallowed penalties - and who gets to wear blue? Come on live text, keep me awake in work :)"

BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Wembley: "Defeat for Chelsea here will mean a second successive season without a trophy - Underdogs Everton haven't won anything since 1995 of course. Still, their fans are confident - one huge flag I saw tied to a fence along Wembley Way read: 'Roman lad, sorry but you'll have to shop at Harrods for your silverware this year.'"

1357: Some breaking team news: Michael Ballack misses out for Chelsea and is replaced by Jon Mikel Obi. Everton go with Louis Saha up front, Jack Rodwell misses out.

1354: Everton are wearing Gieves and Hawkes suits, described thus: "A slim fitting single breasted two button navy mohair suit, teamed with a pale blue shirt with white collar and cuffs and a club stripe tie in Everton blue and white." I can't find a single bit of info on the Chelsea suit, so I'm assuming they're wearing their standard club one. Disappointing. No song, no suit... do they really want to win this?

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From anon via text on 81111: "We are in London and want to watch on a big screen. Can you help?"
Go to the pub?

BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Wembley: "A few Everton players are out on the pitch now, and they are looking very relaxed - Tim Cahill is reading the match programme and waving to the fans, although not at the same time. Despite the incredible heat, there were dozens of Fellaini wig-wearers (sweating bucket-loads) in my very crowded carriage on the tube here, but no sign of the man himself yet, or his hair for that matter..."

1349: Aha, Capital(RED) (see below), here's a word from Danny the Stat on the matter: "Yeah, but 100 degrees just sounds warmer, doesn't it? Fans of other scales of temperature measurement will be pleased to know that 100F is 37.8 Celsius, 310.78 Kelvin, or 559.8 on the Rankine (what?) scale."

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From Capital(RED) on 606: "Re 1336: Fahrenheit? You're a disgrace! Why are the BBC using the worst temperature scale which has no basis in anything?"
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1341: And just as Bevo predicted (see below), there are the Everton players heading for the dressing room. Marouane Fellaini has his shirt hanging out and his tie very loosely knotted. He reminds me of Danny Kendall in Grange Hill (young readers: google it).


1336: Apparently, it could even top 100F at Wembley today. Phew, what a scorcher. Not a day to be wearing a suit - or a Marouane Fellaini wig.

The sun is out
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Wembley: "Get that sunshine graphic out Cheesy, it's scorchio at Wembley today. Some Chelsea players are out on the pitch already - probably to see if the surface is any better than it was during their semi-final against Arsenal when they were last here a few weeks ago - and they look a little bit uncomfortable in their suits, it's very hot indeed. Oh and the turf looks miles better to me from my seat by the way. Breaking news: The Everton team bus is just about to arrive at the stadium too."

Chelsea assistant coach Ray Wilkins at Wembley: "This is extremely hot. The sun is beating down. It's imperative when we have the ball, we must use it properly. We'll get out the blocks and stay out of the blocks."

Former Chelsea midfielder Gus Poyet on the FA Cup final: "When you're there with the red carpet in front of you, you don't get that anywhere else. It's a special moment, I tell you."

1328: Disco Stu? That must be a reference to Everton's giant-haired midfielder Marouane Fellaini... I know of an excellent feature about him - complete with a good pun in the headline.
How Fellaini became Everton's mane man

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Anon via text on 81111: "I'm here at Wembley and the atmosphere around the place is superb. As a Chelsea fan I'm worried by the threat of Cahill and Disco Stu. But 2-1 Chelsea!"

1323: Neither of the finalists have bothered to record an official FA Cup final song. Appalling (especially when you have two hours of build-up to fill). Is it any wonder that some people think the FA Cup has lost its lustre?

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From elokobioncrutches on 606: "I'm currently arranging a complex infrastructure of wires and cables in order to set up the ultimate outdoor home cinema system, mini fridge included!"
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1318: You'll forgive me if there is more from Kenwright later. I can't help but love his ridiculous enthusiasm for Everton. Another man I love: Guus Hiddink. And not just because he danced with a woman dressed up as a nun the other week. Here are my favourite Dutchman's thoughts on the FA Cup final: "Many people worldwide have this Saturday afternoon watching the FA Cup final. Real football people love to watch this final, and for us it was a big aim to get there."
Watch - Guus Hiddink's news conference

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From Adam, Cardiff, via text on 81111: "Chelsea fan and somewhat confident, we've put in some strong performances at the end of the reason and I think we'll be too hungry for the win to let Everton beat us. The only way I think we'll lose is penalties."

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From SydneyToon on 606: "Hi Caroline, from a Geordie in Sydney, Australia. Our build-up starts in 20 minutes, and kick-off is at midnight! Let's hope there is an early goal for Everton to open things up. Chelsea's Ashley Cole will be hoping to win a joint-record 5th winners medal."
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1312: What with the Champions League final, today's showpiece has been a touch overshadowed this week. Thank goodness, then, for Everton chairman Bill Kenwright, a man the Independent describe this morning as "a luvvie in a laddish world". The ebullient Kenwright tells BBC Sport: "I can give you a million and one ways that I'm going to feel, but nothing will equal the moment when the boys walk out. There will be a bursting of pride. There'll be tears, undoubtedly. I just have to see them walk onto the pitch and I've gone."
Watch - Bill Kenwright interview

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Sunil, at work in Bedford, via text on 81111: "Afternoon Caroline. Actually looking forward to today's match! Was going through recent finals and Liverpool v West Ham stood out. If it's like that today we are in for a treat!"

1307: Are you at Wembley? Are you watching it at home? Have you moved the telly so you can see it from the garden? Whatever, I need to hear from you. Text 81111 (charges apply) or get involved on 606 (charges do not apply, but be warned, it's a mad world in there).
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1300: Hello you. Let's get this out of the way: the FA Cup has lost a bit of its magic, the final is usually a disappointing affair, and Chelsea and Everton have drawn 0-0 twice this season. Let's hear no more about it.


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