The whole idea of a 5.15 kick off is because the final means so little now they do not have it as the showpiece it always was when played the week after the season finishes. Now it’s slotted in before the end of the season when there is an otherwise full league programme. So to keep attendences to the other games (mainly the lower leagues) as unaffected as possible they have made the kick off 20-25 mins after the end of all the other games – long enough for many to get to the pub to watch it.
It will be our 4th FA Cup final in the last 6 years. I’ll swop it for 4th place.