BBC to run special day of FA Cup programmes in absence of final

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The BBC has announced a special day of programmes dedicated to the FA Cup in the absence of the final this Saturday.

This season’s competition had reached the quarter-final stage, but had to be suspended because of Covid-19. It now looks likely to be abandoned.

The day of programmes “dedicated to the world’s most famous domestic Cup competition” starts at 9am and runs to 11pm across BBC One, BBC iPlayer, Red Button and Online.

Viewers will be able to “reflect on classic games from over the years and also enjoy an FA Cup final themed Football Focus, Match of the Day: Top 10 and Match of their Day with record-breaking seven-time Cup winner, Ashley Cole.”

The schedule is as follows:

9.00am, Red Button – FA Cup Rewind 1973                                     

Guy Mowbray introduces highlights of the 1973 FA Cup final between Second Division Sunderland and First Division heavyweights Leeds United.

10.00am, Red Button – FA Cup Rewind 1979                       

Relive all the excitement and drama of Arsenal’s 3-2 win against Manchester United from the 1979 Cup final. 

12.00pm, BBC One – Football Focus                                     

On Football Focus this week there’s a feature on Raheem Sterling, Vincent Kompany talks about the 2019 FA Cup final, four-time Cup winner Frank Lampard on appearing in the ‘Football, Prince William and Our Mental Health’ documentary and Josh Denzel catches up with Jesse Lingard on his 2016 Cup final goal. Plus your goals at home and a throwback to when Arsenal won their record-breaking 13th FA Cup.

12.30pm, Red Button – Road To Wembley 2019                             

A look back at all the thrills and spills from last season’s FA Cup. Stand-out giantkillers Newport County feature heavily after a campaign which saw the League Two side knock out 2016 Premier League champions Leicester City. The journey of Watford and Manchester City to Wembley will also be chronicled – most notably the Hornets’ semi-final heroics in their 3-2 win over Wolves.

1.00pm, Red Button – FA Cup Magic                        

A look back at some classic moments from the FA Cup finals in the 2010s.

1.15pm, Red Button – FA Cup’s 50 Greatest Moments Part One                

Rio Ferdinand and Helen Skelton look back at the most celebrated and memorable moments from football’s greatest domestic cup competition.

2.15pm, BBC One – FA Cup Final Rewind                                         

Guy Mowbray looks back at some classic FA Cup finals over the years and reflects on other great moments from the world’s greatest domestic cup competition. Among the games he will look at are the memorable finals between Coventry City and Tottenham Hotspur in 1987, Liverpool against West Ham United in 2006 and Manchester United versus Crystal Palace in 1990.

3.45pm, Red Button – FA Cup’s 50 Greatest Moments Part Two                            

Rio Ferdinand and Helen Skelton look back at the most celebrated and memorable moments from football’s greatest domestic cup competition.

4.45pm, Red Button – FA Cup Rewind 2006                                     

Relive all the excitement and drama from the 2006 final between Liverpool and West Ham.

10.00pm, BBC One – Match of the Day: Top 10: FA Cup moments                                     

Gary Lineker, Ian Wright and Alan Shearer choose their top 10 FA Cup moments from over the years.

11.00pm, BBC One – Match of their Day                                                      

Seven-time FA Cup winner Ashley Cole looks back at three classic FA Cup finals from the archives.