The running order for the historic 2023 Emirates FA Cup Final between Manchester City and Manchester United has now been confirmed.
The competition’s 142nd Final is scheduled to take place on Saturday 3 June 2023 at Wembley Stadium connected by EE, and it will be broadcast live in the UK on ITV, ITVX, UTV, STV, STV Player, BBC One and BBC iPlayer at 3pm BST.
The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) have announced strike action on the eve of the Final, Friday 2 June, in addition to strikes already in place by the RMT and train drivers’ union Aslef on the day of the Final.
This means that there will be a limited national rail service the day before the Final, and no trains running at all on the day itself. Fans with tickets for the Final are urged to organise alternative travel to Wembley via coach or car. National Express are offering options for both Manchester City and Manchester United fans.
Event day parking at Wembley Stadium is now fully booked but additional car parking is available at nearby Fryent Park where a park and walk facility will be in operation. Fryent Park is around 25 minutes walk from Wembley Stadium and places can be booked here (Cars only)
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The pre-match show will kick-off with performances from the Massed Bands of the Royal Corps of Army Music and the BBC Radio 1 DJ, producer, and host of Radio 1’s Soundsystem Party and 1Xtra’s Rave Show, Jeremiah Asiamah.
The military band’s routine will include an evolution of the Final’s traditional pre-match hymn, Abide with Me, and also contribute towards Jeremiah’s bespoke DJ set that will feature Manchester City and Manchester United’s respective club anthems of Blue Moon and This is the One.
The Final’s match ball, the Mitre Ultimax Pro Emirates FA Cup Football, will be walked out by the legendary former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and iconic former Manchester City forward Mike Summerbee.
The FA’s President, His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, will lead the traditional presentation party, which will also include the national governing body’s Chair, Debbie Hewitt MBE; Emirates Airline’s President, Sir Tim Clark KBE; and The FA Challenge Cup Committee’s Chair, Neil Bausor, who will all be presented to the Finalist teams.
The national anthem will be performed by the international soloist soprano Jasmine Faulkner, and a British Sign Language interpreter will provide translations of this and other moments during the Final.
An inspirational young boy, Edward Simpson, is attempting to raise £100,000 for brain tumour research following his own diagnosis by taking 100 penalty kicks in 100 different locations. Edward also happens to be an avid fan of Manchester United, and he will have an opportunity to take one at the home of English football in its 100th year against the club mascot Fred the Red.
Jeremiah Asiamah will also continue his DJ performance with a further live set during the interval.
The Golden Ball Award in partnership with Mitre will be presented to the competition’s overall top scorer following the final whistle. Wrexham’s Paul Mullin is leading the latest standings with nine goals, and he will be in attendance at the Final, with Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez his closest rival for the award on five goals currently.
His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales will also present the winning club with the competition’s famous trophy in the Royal Box, and its engraving will then be completed following the addition of 2023 and Manchester earlier this week.