FA Cup final kick-off time set
This year's FA Cup Final between Chelsea and Liverpool will kick-off at 5.15pm, the Football Association have confirmed.
The showpiece final on Saturday, May 5 will be the first to be played under floodlights in 19 years, with the last being the 1993 replay between Arsenal and Sheffield Wednesday.
It is the first time the final has been moved away from its traditional 3pm kick-off since the new Wembley opened its doors in 2007.
Since then, Chelsea have won the cup three times, lifting it in 2007, 2009 and 2010.
Liverpool booked their first FA Cup Final appearance in six years with a 2-1 win over Everton on Saturday, while Chelsea hammered Tottenham 5-1 in the second semi-final yesterday.
Despite making a combined 43 semi-final appearances between them, the game will be the first time the two have met in the final.
The FA came in for some criticism for the scheduling of the two semi-finals, with Chelsea's interim manager Roberto di Matteo particularly vocal.
The Blues, with a high-profile Champions League semi-final to play this week, kicked-off at 6pm on Sunday, leading the Italian to declare himself as "disapppointed and angry".
On Saturday, despite the travelling time required, the Merseyside derby started at lunchtime.
"The FA running the game in this country is an absolute joke," a spokesman for the Merseyside branch of the Liverpool FC Official Supporters Club said regarding the scheduling of the final.
"Once again the FA Cup has been totally and utterly devalued. It should have kicked off at 3pm and the other league games moved to the Sunday.
"The final should kick-off at 3pm and everything else should work around that fixture.
"It is just another example of the FA devaluing their own competition.
"The last people who are thought of by the FA are the fans. Football fans don't matter to anyone.
"We are seen as a money-making machine who will do anything to follow their clubs.
"The fact you love your football club means you keep on going.
"And the fact Chelsea fans can spend all day drinking in London as they don't have any travel problems means there is then the potential for trouble."
Fans travelling from Merseyside will have further problems to contend with as they face considerable disruption on the rail network.
Engineering works mean few London-bound trains will be leaving Liverpool's Lime Street station on May 5 and fans are likely to have to make their way to Crewe, Chester or Manchester to catch an alternative train.
"This is long-standing work planned by Network Rail on the May Day bank holiday weekend," a spokesman for Virgin Trains told the Liverpool Echo.
There are further works planned for the following day at Milton Keynes which could cause even more disruption.