All-day from Wembley Stadium with 12 hours of programming from 8am
Commercial-free providing uninterrupted half-time and pre-match coverage
Special editions of signature shows, such as Pardon The Interruption live and on-site from Wembley
Online at ESPN.co.uk: extensive match video offering plus behind-the-scenes insight via Twitter
ESPN will bring fans the 2013 FA Cup Final between Wigan Athletic and Manchester City on Saturday 11th May commercial free, as part of a full day of live FA Cup programming from Wembley Stadium that continues the tradition of broadcasting all day around the final of the world’s oldest domestic cup competition. This will be the third consecutive year that ESPN has brought fans a full day of live programming around the FA Cup Final.
Beginning at 8am on Saturday 11th May, ESPN’s special FA Cup Final coverage will include:
- All Day: A host of dedicated programmes – including Breakfast at Wembley and FA Cup Final Memories, plus special live editions of ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption and Talk of The Terrace.
- Commercial Free: ESPN will bring fans the FA Cup Final commercial free from 4.45pm through to the trophy presentation, giving viewers uninterrupted coverage, including uninterrupted half time coverage.
- On-Site: All live shows will come from Wembley Stadium, from dedicated studio sets and ESPN’s pitch-side set, as well as special positions around the ground including Wembley Way.
- HD: ESPN HD will feature complete high-definition coverage of the entire day of FA Cup programming
Ross Hair, Managing Director, ESPN, Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: “ESPN has relished bringing fans this season’s FA Cup, starting in the First Round as non-league Dorchester Town upset the odds to knock out League Two Plymouth. We were there in the fourth round when Brentford forced FA Cup holders Chelsea to a replay, and when Leeds United knocked out Spurs. The FA Cup Final has a special place in the hearts of football fans everywhere and our all-day, on-site coverage is an illustration of the passion we have for football’s greatest domestic football competition.”
ESPN’s FA Cup Final coverage will kick off at 8am with Breakfast at Wembley, setting the scene for the big day with discussion around the latest stories. And during Wembley Access All Areas from 8.30am, ESPN will announce the results of a special poll to establish fans’ all-time favourite moments from the world’s oldest domestic football competition. Voting categories have been initiated round by round at ESPN.co.uk/facuppoll – starting ahead of the Third Round in January with a vote for the Greatest FA Cup giant-killing of all time. At 10am, ESPN will debut FA Cup Final – Here’s to the Dream, which recounts the dozens of FA Cup tales featured by ESPN on its FA Cup TV coverage all season. As part of a season-long collaboration with FA Cup sponsor Budweiser, ESPN has aired fan-focused FA Cup stories and short-films focused on famous FA Cup legends and players.
From 2.30pm ESPN’s Ray Stubbs and Rebecca Lowe will be joined by ESPN football analysts Kevin Keegan, John Barnes and Craig Burley plus special guests, for a pitch-side build-up to the kick off. Commentary on ESPN and ESPN HD will come from Jon Champion and Chris Waddle with pre-match analysis of the match using ESPN’s augmented reality tool, ESPN Arena, from ESPN’s Darrell Currie and Craig Burley.
Budweiser is sponsor of ESPN’s televised FA Cup coverage. ESPN and Budweiser are collaborating around this season’s FA Cup with an integrated collaboration covering advertising and content. The campaign encompasses several other elements including: Here’s to the Dream – FA Cup 2012/13, which are short fan-focused films running all season from the First Round through to the Final, which recount fans’ personal tales about the competition.
ESPN’S FA CUP FINAL COVERAGE – 11th MAY
8:00 – Breakfast at Wembley (Live)
Breakfast at Wembley will chew the fat off the big news stories of Cup Final day. ESPN football reporter and presenter Darrell Currie will scour the back pages, with two leading sports journalists to discuss the news items that will set the tone for the rest of the day. Currie and guests will also be chatting with journalists from around the globe to learn how the world’s press is covering the world’s oldest domestic cup competition.
8:30 - FA Cup Final – Access All Areas Special (Live)
ESPN football presenters James Richardson and Kelly Cates will take us behind the scenes at Wembley stadium, meeting the characters that make the final happen. No area is out of bounds for James and Kelly who, along with former Man City defender Danny Mills, Ex-Wigan midfielder Kevin Kilbane and other FA Cup legends, take a light hearted look at the stories behind the final. Plus, fans’ choice of the Greatest FA Cup Final in history will be exclusively revealed following the unveiling of results from a special ESPN poll to establish fans’ all-time moments from the FA Cup.
10:00 – Here’s to The Dream – FA Cup Final
ESPN football reporter/presenter Rebecca Lowe will round up six of the special fan-focused films about the FA Cup that have been running all season on ESPN from the First Round. Each fan film recount fans’ personal tales about the competition. Films to feature include two Spurs fans recounting their side’s historic and much-debated 1981 FA Cup Final win.
10:30 – Pardon the Interruption UK – FA Cup Final Special (Live)
Quick-fire discussion based on the show’s signature format from Mark Chapman and Steve Bunce.
11:00 – FA Cup Final Memories
ESPN football analyst Steve McManaman plus four other FA Cup winners relive their memories of winning the FA Cup, plus discussion of other greatest moments from the FA Cup’s past.
12:00 – FA Cup Final – Talking Tactics
ESPN football analysts Craig Burley, John Barnes, Steve McManman and Martin Keown will look ahead to where the tactical battles will be in the Cup Final, predict what formations are likely to be played, analyse who the key players will be and where the game will be won and lost. The show will also use ESPN’s augmented reality tool, ESPN Arena, which brings the tactics, formations, battles and key moves to life in 3D.
13:00 — Talk Of the Terrace – FA Cup Final Special (Live)
Live from the Terrace Bar at Wembley’s Hilton Hotel, Talk Of The Terrace will be presented by ESPN’s Mark Durden-Smith and special guest Jason McAteer in front of a studio audience. Joining Mark and Jason will be an array of celebrity guests, plus ESPN’s ‘Off The Ball’ team drop by to give their unique take on the FA Cup Final. Causing chaos on Wembley Way will be Joe Swash – one-time winner of I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, who also takes a trip up Wembley’s iconic arch. Live music will come from the band, British Sea Power.
14:30 — FA Cup Final Matchday Live
Ray Stubbs and Rebecca Lowe present pitch-side from Wembley with Kevin Keegan, John Barnes, Craig Burley, Paul Jewell and Jason Roberts plus other special guests. Plus, ESPN Technical Area, which provides 3D animated plays and players and analysis, with Darrell Currie and Burley. Reporters Rebecca Lowe and Currie will bring fans the stories around the match as the day unfolds and insight from the key players in both camps.
16:45 – FA Cup Final Live – commercial free
Jon Champion and Chris Waddle commentate on ESPN & ESPN HD.
20:00 – Off-Air
THE FA CUP ON ESPN CLASSIC, ESPNFC.COM & ESPN.CO.UK
ESPN Classic has featured an extensive programming line-up of great FA Cup moments all season long. During FA Cup Final week this will continue with a double bill every weeknight from 8.30pm featuring Magic of the FA Cup – which features compilations of classic moments, players and matches – followed by a classic FA Cup match replayed in full. And over the weekend of the FA Cup Final, from 8am on Saturday 11th May and 8am on Sunday 12th May, ESPN Classic will be replaying in full a selection of classic FA Cup Final matches from the past.
ESPN.co.uk, ESPN’s news and information portal, and ESPNFC.com, ESPN’s multi-platform, multi-language and multi-country global football brand, will both offer fans in the UK and Ireland extensive live video updates during the FA Cup Final, including goals, chances and incidents. After the match, full video highlights and interviews from ESPN’s TV coverage will also be available. Bringing fans closer to the atmosphere of the occasion, ESPN.co.uk will be bringing images and updates behind-the-scenes of ESPN’s FA Cup TV broadcast, via social media. Both sites will provide live scores and match reports, plus access to a network of bloggers. On mobile, fans can access all of the best content from ESPN.co.uk via the mobile web, and, from ESPNFC.com via a dedicated mobile app.