This year’s FA Cup Final kick-off has been postponed to a later time, causing potential travel difficulties for both Manchester City and Wigan fans travelling back from the match in Wembley. The time of kick-off is now 5:15pm on Saturday 11th May instead of its traditional 3 o’clock, and will now instead finish at approximately 7:15pm instead of 5. It’s the second time the match slot has been pushed back – it happened last year with Chelsea’s win over Newcastle.
Issues with public transport times are expected to cause major problems for Northern-based fans attending the match in Wembley due to train times. The last train from London to Manchester leaves Euston at 9:00pm, and with the match expected to finish at 7:15pm, fans will be left with a short amount of time to vacate the stadium and get to the station to catch the last train home (especially if there’s extra time and penalties.) This means many Northern-based fans could be left stranded in London if they do not manage to get to the station in time. Also, the last direct train from Manchester to Wigan leaves no later than 8:31pm, so even if fans manage to make it up to Manchester, they will still face further difficulties getting home.
Wigan Athletic fans also experienced travel disruption last weekend after last Saturday’s semi-final at Wembley against Millwall after the match which also had a kick-off time of 5:15. Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has called on the Football Association to provide an explanation for the change in time of the Final, referring to last Saturday’s travel problems. The match on 11th May will be Wigan Athletic’s very first FA Cup final. Martinez has urged the FA and travel companies to consider Wigan fans and the problems the later kick-off will cause for them.
The Wigan Athletic manager said: “It’s difficult to answer [why the game kicks off at 5.15pm] because, when the FA make a decision of that magnitude, there must be a reason behind it,” Martínez said.
“I would like to know what’s behind that thought because I’m sure it’s not a decision they would take lightly.
“The kick-off time was a problem for the semi-final, with the lack of trains from London, but I hope that everything can be resolved and they will look at it in a different way.
“You’ve got two clubs from the North West, from Greater Manchester, and maybe that will change things.
“But it’s too early to come to conclusions because I’m sure the FA are well aware of the importance of helping the fans get down to London.
“If that kick-off time is the case, I’m sure they will look at it from a transport point of view to help the fans and we need to help the fans.”
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