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Live - Carling Cup final
Wembley, Sunday 24 Feb 2008

Carling Cup final, Millennium Stadium:
Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal

By Saj Chowdhury


1848: The clean-up operation has begun. The little motorised vehicles are in motion around the stadium - it will take some time to make the arena look its pre-match best. There are still a few Chelsea supporters milling around the stadium in a daze following their victory. But a vast number of Blues fans are packing the pubs in Cardiff - some may not get back in time for work on Monday.
Our man Owen Phillips in Cardiff.

"I am very happy, but I'm thinking about John Terry. We've had some news that he's feeling a bit better. I was near him when it happened. It was a shame about the fight at the end, this was not in keeping with the game."
Chelsea's two-goal hero Didier Drogba on BBC Radio Five Live

"It was a pity about the pitch fracas. I do understand it's emotional and I understand how the players are feeling. Arsenal were losing the final so it was understandable their emotions took over. But it was a great game between two teams with two different styles. But history will show we have taken the cup home.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho on BBC Radio Five Live

1715: Chelsea's Didier Drogba is awarded the man-of-the-match award and deservedly so. The rest of the team receive their winners' medal on the hastily-erected stage. Frank Lampard, rather sheepishly, comes up as stand-in captain to lift up the Carling Cup. I'm sure his thoughts and his team-mates' are for captain John Terry.

1714: Arsenal, heads bowed, collect their losers' medal. But most of their fans were not around to see it having left the stadium soon after the final whistle.

1714: "Drogba has been the player of the game. His second goal was a superb header."
BBC Radio Five Live's football analyst Graham Taylor

1710: "It looked terrible when John Terry went down. We're devastated for John and we'll lift up the cup for him. Regarding the pitch scuffle, the whole thing just escalated, but it happened because both sets of players wanted to win the trophy so much."
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard on BBC Radio Five Live

1705: So where do you start? Three red cards, a pitch brawl, a serious injury to Chelsea captain John Terry and, of course, three goals with Jose Mourinho's men coming out on top. There will be fall out from this and then some.

FULL-TIME: Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal
It's all over. Chelsea have won the 2007 Carling Cup.

1657: Are you all ready for referee Howard Webb's outcome? Chelsea's Mikel John Obi and Arsenal's Kolo Toure are sent off for what has been probably deemed as violent conduct. But the referee has not finished yet. Substitute Emmanuel Adebayor is also sent off leaving Arsenal with just nine men. Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas and Chelsea's Frank Lampard are also booked. A sour end to an entertaining match.

1656: A massive fracas on the pitch involving most of the players on the pitch, with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho and his Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger coming on the pitch to try to calm the situation.

1652: Normal time is up. Now just the six minutes of stoppage time. Can Arsenal pull a rabbit out of the hat?

1650: Shevchenko comes close to wrapping things up for Chelsea in spectacular style. But his stunning drive from Drogba's headed flick-on rebounds off the Arsenal crossbar and to safety.

1645: GOAL Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal
Didier Drogba heads Chelsea into the lead. A fantastic goal from the Blues. Arsenal give away possession to Michael Essien. Essien plays the ball to Arjen Robben on the left. The Dutchman delivers a great ball on to the head of Drogba who flicks the ball past Manuel Almunia and into his bottom left-hand corner.

1640: Twelve minutes left - plus at least about six minutes stoppage time because of John Terry's injury. Emmanuel Adebayor comes on for Arsenal team-mate Jeremie Aliadiere. Can he produce that bit of magic for the Gunners? Or will Chelsea grab a late special?

1635: What an effort from Frank Lampard. The England midfielder, who's been relatively quiet, rifles in a shot from 25 yards that rattles Manuel Almunia's crossbar.

1633: Thanks to Clive from event360 who are producing the entertainment at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium. He has texted in to tell me that it was Juliette Pochin who sang the British national anthem before the start of the match.

1631: John Terry is off to hospital, he's conscious but understandably groggy.

1630: Alexander Hleb comes on for Abou Diaby, who appears to be carrying an injury. A shame really, because the big man was playing well.

1628: Chelsea's Didier Drogba is through on goal again, but Manuel Almunia dives low to save his low drilled shot from 12 yards.

1627: Arsenal make a change. Traore comes off and the more experienced Emmanuel Eboue comes on.

1622: Thankfully, John Terry has shown signs of consciousness. He is taken off the pitch. Both sets of fans are applauding the England captain as he is carried away. Mikel John Obi comes on to replace Terry and Michael Essien fills in as centre-back.

1621: A neck-brace has also been fitted on Chelsea skipper John Terry. He has been strapped into a stretcher with medical staff from Arsenal and Chelsea in attendance.

1619: Oxygen is being applied to John Terry. Fans from both sides look concerned about events on the pitch.

1617: Arjen Robben is definitely Chelsea's liveliest player. He wins a corner. From the corner captain John Terry stoops for a brave header but gets Abou Diaby's full boot in his face. Terry is supine on the ground. It looks bad.

1614: Lassana Diarra is booked for a late challenge on Abou Diaby.

1611: Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas fires a brilliant low angled shot from the right that whistles past Petr Cech's right-hand upright.

1609: Arsenal's Abou Diaby is played into the area. But his sidefooted shot from 10 yards out on the left is beaten away by the alert Petr Cech.

1608: Chelsea's Ricardo Carvalho is booked for a foul on Jeremie Aliadiere.

1608: Arjen Robben is already weaving his magic down right, but his final ball is too heavy for Andriy Shevchenko arriving into the area.

1607: Chelsea's Andriy Shevchenko attempts to score the greatest goal at the Millennium Stadium, but after beating three challenges he is stopped at the edge of the area.

1606: Arsenal come out first followed by Chelsea who kick off the second half. Can it be as exciting as the first? Chelsea's Arjen Robben comes on for Claude Makelele, with Michael Essien likely to drop back.

1558: Half-time in Cardiff, but texts were still arriving to 81111 throughout the first half from fans stuck on trains. Smudge told us: "Made it 10 mins late. Heart felt commiserations to everyone who didn't get here."
More 606 comments

Over on 606, CeltiKaos says: "Will guys like the chap who paid 74 for a ticket now stuck on a train get a refund? I doubt it."

Another texter to 81111 says: "Not much solice, I know, but every supporter affected by train delays can claim refunds as per passengers' charter."

HALF-TIME: It's no surprise that the players leading our player ratings - voted for by you - are goalscorers Didier Drogba for Chelsea (7.48) and Arsenal's Theo Walcott (8.22). Michael Ballack has not impressed you Blues, bottom of the ratings with 5.48, while Arsenal keeper Manuel Almunia has been given an average score of 5.96. Poor lad.

HALF-TIME: Chelsea 1-1 Arsenal
"Theo Walcott did really well with the goal and I think Thierry Henry would have been proud of him. I think Didier Drogba's strike was legal. I thought it was a good decision by refereee Howard Webb.

"The thing that has impressed me is how two 19-year olds - Cesc Fabregas and Denilson can dominate in the middle of the pitch."
BBC Radio Five football analyst Graham Taylor

1546: More items are being thrown from the stands by Chelsea fans at the Arsenal players. Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas picks up a vegetable that misses him by inches.

1543: A lightning quick Arsenal move nearly produces thier second goal. deep inside their own half, Theo Walcott finds Brazilian Denilson. His beautifully weighted through-ball finds Jeremie Aliadiere. But the young forward takes too long and allows Chelsea to clear from inside their own area.

1542: Despite the goal, Chelsea have not been at their best. Maybe the pacy Arjen Robben will inject a little life into the side - he has been running up and down the touchline and seems eager to get on.

1538: Wayne Bridge supplies a testing cross from the left that the Arsenal defence just about deals with. They do enough to put off Andriy Shevchenko who heads wide allowing Manuel Almunia to produce a slow-motion dive and save low down.

1535: Michael Essien is booked for a late tackle on Julio Baptista, sliding his studs into the Brazilian's stomach. Painful.

1534: The game has settled down after a frenetic start. Arsenal's youngsters have come back into the game, with Julio Baptista proving to be a calm influence for his team-mates.

1530: Chelsea fans have thrown a number of objects in the direction of the Arsenal players in the right corner of the Chelsea half. Could there be repercussions from this?

1528: Arsenal's Denilson picks up a yellow card for a foul on Michael Essien.

1526: "We're still on the train outside of Cardiff, after arriving at Paddington with pre-booked tickets at 9AM this morning. Everyone on board is so gutted."
Via text.

1524: Arsene Wenger is going bananas on the touchline. Fourth official Lee Probert is getting a real telling off. Lots of furious arm waving.
Owen Phillips, our man in Cardiff.

1522: It's been a crazy opening few minutes. Arsenal were playing keep-ball for at least 15 of them, before the Premiership champions made the most of their first clear chance.

1519: GOAL Chelsea 1-1 Arsenal
Didier Drogba scores the equaliser and his 27th of the season. The Ivorian, from what appeared to be an offside position, collects Michael Ballack's left to right ball and slots his shot under the body of Manuel Almunia from inside the area.

1517: Arsenal's fans politely decline Chelsea's kind invitation to stand up for the champions.
Owen Phillips, our man in Cardiff.

1511: GOAL Chelsea 0-1 Arsenal
Theo Walcott gives Arsenal the lead. Sensational stuff from the 17-year-old. He starts the move from 30 yards out, exchanges a one-two with the leggy Abou Diaby before picking up the ball on the edge of the area and sidefooting past Petr Cech from 12 yards. This boy is special.

1510: Arsenal's Julio Baptista forces a fingertip save from Petr Cech from 25 yards out.

1508: Arsenal are causing Chelsea all sorts of problems. Julio Baptista's cross-shot has to be cleared by John Terry, six yards from his goal. Cesc Fabregas is running the show for the Gunners.

1502: "Still stuck in Newport. Given up and am going back home! Scandalous!"
Via text

1501: Chelsea are caught offside after Michael Ballack plays a low ball into the area.

1500: Arsenal kick off the 2007 Carling Cup final.


1459: "The ground seems to be pretty full now. There are a couple of empty patches.
Owen Phillips, our man in Cardiff.

1457: The national anthem has been led on the pitch by a very well-dressed young lady. I'll try to find out who she was. England boss Steve McClaren was in fine voice.

1455: Football League chairman Brian Mawhinney is introduced to the teams. I wonder if they knew who he was?

1453: The teams come out of the tunnel. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger keeps glancing at a smiling Jose Mourinho, all very strange.

1450: "Both teams had their own home stadium announcer introducing the teams. The fans didn't take much notice until the name of Ashley Cole on the Chelsea team-sheet got a special reception from the red half. Lots of empty seats at the moment. I hope those who were delayed made it."
Owen Phillips, our man in Cardiff.

1446: "Just arrived in Cardiff. Ticket with mate stuck in Newport. D'oh!"
Via text from Smudge

1444: "Stuck on train in Newport. Someone has started throwing empty sandwich packets about. This could escalate very soon. Sort it out and get us moving someone!"
Via text. Try not to cause any trouble.

1441: "Actually the Millennium Stadium is the tallest building in Wales. Capital Tower located in Cardiff, South Wales, otherwise known as Pearl House, is Wales and Cardiff's second tallest building / structure standing at 80m (262ft)."
machinebobma on 606 - is this the end of the tallest building debate? (see posts below)

1440: "It seems a nonsense that two London based teams have to travel all the way to Cardiff to play in a special stadium for a cup final. Especially given the traffic chaos that seems to be ensuing."
Colonelwlv on 606

1437: "Stuck on train outside Cardiff. Severely delayed. 54 for train, 74 for ticket. Please don't kick off at 3."
Via text.

1435: "Now becoming an anxious situation. Stuck near Newport with hundreds of frustated fans threatening to become menacing if they don't resolve matter and delay kick-off ."
Via text.

1434: Here are the teams courtesy of our man Owen Phillips in Cardiff:

Arsenal - Almunia, Diaby, Fabregas, Toure, Senderos, Baptista, Denilson, Hoyte, Aliadiere, Walcott, Traore. Subs: Hleb, Djourou, Poom, Adebayor, Eboue

Chelsea - Cech, Makelele, Essien, Carvalho, Shevchenko, Lampard, Drogba, Ballack, Bridge, Diarra, Terry. Subs: Hilario, Cole, Mikel, Robben, Kalou

What do you think of the line-ups? Text 81111.

1424: I'm in Cardiff. Apparently the game has been delayed - is this true and for how long?
Via text.

The latest situation as we understand it here is that South Wales Police are not requesting the kick-off be delayed - they are confident they can get everyone into the ground on time. We were told there was a meeting taking place at the stadium to discuss this, but we have heard nothing more on this. So the latest is that the kick-off is still 1500 GMT.

1422: Our train driver just told us he's been told officials are considering putting the kick-off back - watch this space. Please please please...
Via text.

1419: This is proof (if it was needed) that the British transport system is a complete joke! Is it any wonder people refuse to get out of their cars?
Via text.

1417: The game must be delayed. My best friend's husband and her six-year-old son stuck on a train near Cardiff. They left Chelmsford at 8am. Hold that whistle please.
Via text.

1416: Four hours stuck on the train and we are still waiting at signals outside Cardiff station. Bring on Wembley in May - whether it's finished or not.
Via text.

1415: Another update. South Wales Police say at this stage they have no plans to get involved to ask for a delay to the game. They confirmed there has been:

  • An accident on the M4 just inside the Welsh side of the Severn crossing.
  • One of the car parks designated for Arsenal fans filling up and causing traffic chaos - they have opened up another site and are redirecting fans to that.

    This is in addition to the signalling problems at Newport we just updated you with.

    But South Wales police say they are confident they can get everyone inside the ground on time.

    1410: Update for those of you on trains. Having earlier been told (see 1357 post) that there were no plans to delay kick-off, we have now been informed that there is a meeting going on right now at the stadium to decide whether to put the kick-off back. We have also been told officially that the problems are due to signals at Newport. This has meant the normal volume of trains cannot be pushed through with the same frequency. We will keep making calls and keep posting updates here as we get them. In the meantime you have our sympathies!

    1409: They need to delay kick-off, we've been stuck on the train near Newport for nearly an hour.
    Via text.

    1407: They really need to delay the game. Trains all stuffed -arrived at paddington at 9am and nowhere near Cardiff yet. Hope the teams were staying near the ground!
    Via text.

    1403: Conditions getting pretty grim on this train now. Singing has stopped and a lot of fed up fans here. Delay kick off. Please!
    Via text.

    1402: We're trapped on a train just outside Cardiff. Not quite the banter-filled pre-match we were expecting. Just hope we make it for kickoff!
    John, Chelsea, London.

    1401: They have to delay kick-off. There must be 5-10,000 stuck on trains that aren't going to make kick-off.
    Via text from Gooner on a Train.

    1401: "Atmosphere is awful as we have been out since 6.30am and our train was booked for 8.30am and we didn't board until 1040 and we are still on it."
    Via text.

    1357: Bad news for those of you still stuck on trains. We have just called the Millennium Stadium who have "no plans at the moment" to delay the kick-off. We have also put calls in to British Transport Police who told us that "there have been difficulties" on the trains but said they did not think it was down to criminal damage (see 1325 post).

    1353: "With all the train and road delays, they should delay kick-off. Lot of lads getting annoyed. No info from Great Western Railways at all."
    Via text

    1355:"The tallest building in Wales is the apartment block at Ferrara Quay, 29 storeys high. Yes, I have too much time on my hands. And Google (see 1348 and 1255 posts)."
    Via text from Andy M in Northampton

    1352:"No atmosphere in Cardiff since all trains delayed by three hours plus. Atmosphere on train, however, is terrible."
    Via text

    1349: Left Paddington at 10am (having queued 2 hours there). Not even at Newport. Not one single announcement from the train company.
    Via text from Frustrated Gooner

    1348: "Some random website claims that the BT building next to the stadium is the tallest (see 1255 post)."
    Via text.

    1345: "Can someone get them to delay kick off for 45 mins? This is a cry for help, jammed at Newport going nowhere. From a train full of desperate football fans."
    Via text.

    1339: "It doesn't surprise me that people are having problems on the trains. I was delayed by two-and-a-half hours and I just overheard a bloke saying to someone on his phone: "You were supposed to be here at 1200". The pubs are rammed but there are surprisingly few people milling about."
    Owen Phillips, our man in Cardiff - text us on 81111 and tell Owen where you'll be enjoying the build-up.

    1339: "Taken me three hours to get from Bristol to just outside Newport on the train where we've been waiting for 45 mins. I could have walked here quicker."
    Via text.

    1330: "Left London at 9.15, still in car at 13.25 not even at Park n' Ride yet. M4 choc full of fans in traffic jams."
    Via text from Stanmore Gooners

    1325: "Vandals have bust the signals overnight that's what's causing the delay on trains on the way to Cardiff. Apparently, there are trains that have just left Paddington."
    Via text.

    1321: "Why is it that burgers from vans smell so tempting even though there's probably more meat in a packet of beef crisps? Nevertheless, it's a shark feeding frenzy. No wonder my cab driver said everyone, except the main retailers, said they would be gutted the football was leaving Cardiff. Cup final day is a licence to print money."
    Owen Phillips, our man in Cardiff - text us on 81111 and tell Owen where you'll be enjoying the build-up.

    1318: "Also on a delayed train outside Newport (see entries below). Atmosphere on the train is great but no idea if I'll make the match!"
    Via text from Gutted Gooner

    1314: "I'd start with Julio Baptista up front and probably bring on Jeremie Aliadiare later in the game."
    Radio Five Live football analyst Graham Taylor

    1311: "Fourteen of us in Kitty Flynn's opposite Prince of Wales. We've been here since yesterday. The beer is flowing, the songs are being sung and the Chels will be winning! Come on u Blues."
    Via text and probably quite merry.

    1305: "The pubs are absolutely rammed. Most are designated blue or red and are full to bursting with middle-aged men in full to bursting replica shirts. Outside the atmosphere is a lot calmer. Lots of kids buying overpriced flags and scarves. One mum nearly keeled over after hearing the prices."
    Owen Phillips, our man in Cardiff - text us on 81111 and tell Owen where you'll be enjoying the build-up.

    1255: Okay, some of you with time on your hands have been asking for facts on the Millennium Stadium (see 1221 post). Right are you all ready (deep breath)? Opened 1999, cost 126m, capacity 74,500 and the first game was Wales v South Africa rugby union.

    Oh, but there's more. The 90.3m attached to the stadium make it the second tallest building in Wales (so, what's the tallest, does anyone know? ), it has hosted indoor cricket, speedway, and BBC's Songs of Praise.

    The stadium has also been the setting for Doctor Who and Bollywood film Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham.

    1240: "On train from Paddington crawling through Wales. The signals have bust again and we are in a queue of four trains. I hope some beer is left by the time we arrive."
    Via text. The woes continue. Any cheery stories? Text the website on 81111

    1233: "In Old Orleans with lots of Gooners singing some great Arsenal songs, bouncers don't look too pleased!"
    Via text from Dave, St Albans.

    1229: "No idea about atmosphere in Cardiff. On a delayed train - not due to arrive until 2.30 - 30 minutes before kick-off."
    Via text.

    1221: If you're on the way to the game and want to know any facts about the Millennium Stadium to impress/bore your mates with then text me on 81111 (see 1212 post). Don't blame me if you're branded a geek.

    1217: Apologies to stanblue (see 1140 post) in the Prince of Wales. I can't get in. No ticket, no chance. And I'm not going to argue with the bouncer who is the size of Buster Bloodvessel (he was in a band called Bad Manners and he was big), before he lost the weight. "
    Owen Phillips, our man in Cardiff - text us on 81111 and tell Owen where you'll be enjoying the build-up.

    1215: In Cardiff have travelled up from Paignton in south Devon. In Lloyds bar, atmosphere rocks!!
    Via text from Jenny and Trev

    1212: "Do you know who the ref is?"
    Via text. Yes I do. It's Howard Webb. Assistants are David Babski and Darren Cann and the fourth official Lee Probert. So there you go.

    1210: "On my way to the Prince of Wales now. Just passed a farmers' market outside the ground - you would have thought they would give it a miss this week. Not sure they are catering for their target audience with rye bread, wild salmon and organic apple juice.

    "Still, the fella on the fancy burger stall could be in the clover if the beer-swilling masses take a wrong turn. I'm sure some entrepreneur has missed a trick by not flogging celery."
    Owen Phillips, our man in Cardiff - text us on 81111 and tell Owen where you'll be enjoying the build-up.

    1202: Football gossip. According to the News of the World, the Carling Cup final may be Arsenal teenage sensation Theo Walcott's last game of the season. He will apparently undergo an operation on his shoulder. Bit of a blow for the Gunners and the England Under-21 team.

    1157: "Living in Sydney. Going 2 watch the match in an Irish bar in the city at 2am, can't wait 4 1st cup final of the yr, come on the Gooners!"
    Via text from Arsenal fan (originally Cardiff but now in Sydney)

    1155: Millennium Stadium rocks. Have arrived from Brum finally! Thought I just saw Cheryl Tweedy. False alarm. Come on CHELSKI.
    Via text from Mad of Birmingham

    1152: "Major delays on the trains, we've been on a train from Newport for over an hour and we're still not in Cardiff, very frustrating."
    Via text from Dave Chalk - good luck if you're travelling on the trains, sounds like a nightmare

    1147: "In the pub with top reds, mates, beer, food! Job's a good un! Come on you Gunners!"
    Via text from Bonzo in London

    1145: "Just arrived in Cardiff, left my house at 5am! Wonderful atmosphere. COME ON U GOONERS!
    Via text from Kaz, from London

    1140: "In the Prince of Wales. Just seen the Millennium Stadium. Stunning. Cardiff is brill."
    Via text from stanblue

    1136: "A less welcome sight is the numerous ticket touts - somewhere below pond life in the grand scheme of things. Just asked three burly looking local policemen about their presence. 'Report 'em and we will arrest 'em' was the gist.

    "Ruining a tout's day will make me feel better about the nightmare train journey and the hotel shambles (see below) while doing my bit for the beautiful game."
    Owen Phillips, our man in Cardiff - text us on 81111 and tell Owen where you'll be enjoying the build-up.

    1130: "Just about to check out of hotel in Cardiff very hungover. I think my pre-match preparations were a bit different to the players!"
    Via text from Dave

    1125: "Just seen former England cricket captain Alec Stewart and, judging by the striking resemblance, his teenage son. I decided not to bother him because it looked like he was on his way to have his breakfast. Probably won't have a full English like I had. Not the food of cricketing legends. He's a very good footballer too - don't you just hate some people?"
    Owen Phillips, our man in Cardiff - text us on 81111 and tell Owen where you'll be enjoying the build-up.

    Don't forget to text 81111 and tell Owen which pub you are in - he'll come down to savour the atmosphere and give you a mention. Or just send a video clip of you and your mates via your mobile to YouTube or another video-sharing website and we'll grab it.

    1117: "Total nightmare on the trains to Cardiff. Nothing left Newport for 45 mins. Come on u Chels!"
    Via text.

    1115: "Cardiff is already buzzing with anticipation. It's a lovely bright, mild morning and the Millennium Stadium looks magnificent.

    "Drove in passing the South Stand that was full of Chelsea fans mingling. But on the way caught a glimpse of a huge poster of Arsene Wenger adorning the Arsenal end. Will try to find the Special One."
    Owen Phillips, our man in Cardiff - text us on 81111 and tell Owen whereabouts at the stadium you will be.

    1056: "With Terry back we are unstoppable. Sheva will shine!"
    Via text from Andy True Blue, Maidstone

    1054: Breaking news. The roof will be open for the Carling Cup final. Here's hoping it doesn't rain.

    1052: "Heading down to Cardiff. The muppet's that's driving has just taken us to Exeter!"
    Via text from Sam the Gooner

    1045: "Just arriving at the Millenium Stadium now. Looks great and the scene is set for what should be a great final. Big up for the Gunners!"
    Via text from Henry

    1044: "I am an Arsenal fan studying in Cardiff but I'm not a season ticket holder so I couldn't get tickets. Really disappointing."
    Gunning for the Bees via 606

    1033: "The queue at London Paddington is out the station and in the street. Could they not have put more trains on for today?"
    Via text - send your texts to 81111 if you're on the way to Cardiff... for the match

    1030: "Just sunk the first pint of many. Ironic as I'm not sure most our young players are actually old enough for a drink! COME ON U GUNNERS WOOOOOO!"
    Via text from Batman, Cardiff

    1022: Weather update. It will be about 11C - so, not exactly short-sleeves weather, although I'm sure many of you will be brave/stupid enough to take a risk. It will be sunny, although there may be a risk of light showers.

    1021: "This isn't the last English cup final to be played at the Millennium Stadium, that will be the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final featuring Doncaster and either Bristol City or Bristol Rovers on 1 April."
    Rob from Bristol via text to Radio Five Live Breakfast.

    1003: "York Blues en route to Cardiff. First beer taken at 6.37 in the morning. Breakfast complete, now on the tequila! "
    Via text. Remember kids drink sensibly. Text us now on 81111 (UK users only) if you're going to the big game.

    0957: "Morning folks, I've just woken up, ready for the long journey from Kettering to Cardiff. I'm a huge Arsenal fan, travelling alone more in hope than expectancy."
    Via text (sent at 0737 GMT)

    0955: "Come on the mighty Gooners!"
    Text from Kate & Shaun on the "road to victory", apparently.

    0940: Owen Phillips is our man in Cardiff, although his journey from London to the Welsh capital turned out to be a bit of a nightmare.

    "I was sat on the train, I had my newspaper and my dinner in front of me and thought I could relax during the three-hour journey on a fairly empty train. But the train was nearly delayed by two hours. Not a good start.

    "When I arrived I had to wait in the taxi queue for 30 minutes in the pouring rain. I then got to my hotel only to be told that they had double booked my room. So they booked a cab to take me to a swanky five-star hotel, which is lovely, but miles away from Cardiff.

    "I had a great breakfast, but it was slightly ruined by the colony of ants who tried to share the last mouthful of croissant with me."

    0930: Well, it's the first big cup final of the season featuring two of the top names in English football.

    It's fair to make Chelsea the favourites - second in the league, multi-million pound squad, tight defence, potent attack.

    Arsenal on the other hand have reached the final using a bunch of kids - albeit not your average YTS trainees.

    So could Arsene Wenger's 'men' produce a David v Goliath effort? Stay tuned.

    Terry recovers after head injury
    25 Feb 07 |  Chelsea
    Cup final brawl upsets Mourinho
    25 Feb 07 |  League Cup
    We lost our cool, admits Wenger
    25 Feb 07 |  League Cup


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