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Got a TV Licence?You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.Find out moreLive Reporting Neil JohnstonAll times stated are UK11 minsPost updateLiverpool 0-0 West HamWhat’s John Arne Riise doing? The left-back passes straight to Yossi Benayoun who in turn allows Marlon Harewood to…

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    Liverpool 0-0 West Ham

    What’s John Arne Riise doing? The left-back passes straight to Yossi Benayoun who in turn allows Marlon Harewood to charge like a rampaging bull at Liverpool’s defence.

    Harewood lets fly from 20 yards but Riise makes up for his error with a vital block before any damage can be done.

    That’s got West Ham’s fans out of their seats! Sloppy by Liverpool – and Jamie Carragher is making his feelings known to one or two of his team-mates.

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    Liverpool 0-0 West Ham

    With his ponytail on show at the Millennium Stadium, Harry Kewell was made for the lockdown era. No need for a hairdresser.

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  3. ‘Not much between them’

    Liverpool 0-0 West Ham

    Mark Lawrenson

    Ex-Liverpool defender at the Millennium Stadium

    There’s not much between the sides but you might argue Liverpool are slightly better in terms of passing. Neither keeper has had to make a save.

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    Liverpool 0-0 West Ham

    It’s like watching novices take to the ice wearing skates! Players from both sides are struggling to stay on their feet but there are half chances at both ends.

    After Steven Gerrard gifts possession, West Ham pile forward but Yossi Benayoun’s final delivery is poor.

    At the other end, Peter Crouch attempts an ambitious overhead kick and Shaka Hislop watches it drift harmlessly wide.

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    Liverpool 0-0 West Ham

    You know, I’d completely forgotten Liverpool’s season had started way back in July when they faced Welsh side TNS in a Champions League qualifier – despite being crowned champions of Europe two months earlier.

    They had to qualify after finishing fifth in the Premier League – behind Everton and level on points with sixth-placed Bolton.

    This is their 62nd and final game of a campaign which included a trip to Japan for the Club World Cup.

  6. Terrific noise

    Liverpool 0-0 West Ham

    There’s an incredible noise and it’s Liverpool’s fans who are really making themselves heard. With so many banners dotted around the stadium, it’s a colourful occasion and a cracking atmosphere.

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  7. ‘Wiley did well not to book Konchesky’

    Liverpool 0-0 West Ham

    Mark Lawrenson

    Ex-Liverpool defender at the Millennium Stadium

    I thought for a moment Alan Wiley might book Konchesky but I think he did really well. He’s had a word with him. It’s extremely early in the final and he’s said ‘listen, if that happens again you’re in trouble’.

  8. ouch

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    Liverpool 0-0 West Ham

    Steven Gerrard is going to feel that!

    Poor from the Hammers as they lose possession quickly after kick-off and Gerrard – quick as a flash – is steaming down the wing before Paul Konchesky smashes into the Reds skipper.

    Referee Alan Wiley decides against a yellow. Gerrard climbs to his feet to whip a free-kick into the danger area but there’s an infringement from someone in red and West Ham can relax.

  9. KICK-OFF

    Liverpool 0-0 West Ham

    West Ham are in all white as they were when they last won the FA Cup in 1980. Will 2006 be their year?

    Here we go as Dean Ashton gets the final under way.

    Let’s hope this is more fun than last year’s between Manchester United and Arsenal. Please, not another goalless draw!

  10. From West Ham to managing Messi

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    It was around this time that a young Lionel Messi was beginning to make an impact at Barcelona.

    Fourteen years on and Lionel Scaloni, who lined up at right-back for West Ham in the 2006 final after joining on loan from Deportivo La Coruna, is now Messi’s boss at Argentina.

    Football, eh?

  11. ‘Glory cannot be bought’

    There’s a huge banner where Liverpool’s fans are gathered which reads ‘Glory can’t be bought – it can only be earned’.

    Who’s that aimed at? Chelsea and Roman Abramovich? Certainly not Manchester City. They’ve just finished 15th in the Premier League and were knocked out of the League Cup by Doncaster Rovers. Ouch!

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  12. Prince William meets ‘Pards’

    Great vocals from Michael Ball. Now a fresh-faced Prince William is being introduced to both sets of players. The Aston Villa fan gets a pat on the back from West Ham boss Alan Pardew, while Peter Crouch greets him with a huge grin. No nerves on display from the Liverpool striker.

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  13. LINE-UPS

    The big news from the Liverpool dressing room is Xabi Alonso has been passed fit to start in midfield after recovering from injury. Robbie Fowler, who re-joined in January from Manchester City, is cup-tied and Luis Garcia is suspended.

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    Midfielder Matthew Etherington and forward Dean Ashton have both passed late fitness tests to start for West Ham. Hayden Mullins is suspended so Carl Fletcher starts in midfield, while 40-year-old Teddy Sheringham is on the substitutes bench.

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  14. Hammers fans flood Cardiff

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    You can tell West Ham have not appeared in an FA Cup final for 26 years – their fans are really up for this and filled their end of the stadium 45 minutes before kick-off.

    The players are getting ready to come out and Michael Ball – not the ex-Everton full-back – is preparing to belt out the national anthem on an afternoon where there is no need for the roof at the Millennium Stadium.

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    Get Involved

    I remember watching this final in a packed pub in Wolverhampton [does anyone remember what the inside of a pub looks like?], a city where I discovered first hand that the Black Country derby is as fierce as they come.

    But what about you lot? Where were you, both in terms of your life and, specifically, for this game?

    If you’ve got any pictorial evidence of yourself from 2006, especially shots of you on football away days, then now is the time to share them.

    You can contact us using the hashtag #bbcfootball on Twitter.

  16. Remember the Intertoto Cup?

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    Talking of Michael Owen, at least his present club Newcastle can look forward to playing in Europe. They’ve just finished seventh in the Premier League which means they get to play in the Intertoto Cup.

  17. Wembley not ready

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    This was supposed to be the first major event at the new Wembley but delays mean this will be the sixth FA Cup final to be staged at the Millennium Stadium – Liverpool won here five years ago when they beat Arsenal in the ‘Michael Owen’ final.

  18. How did West Ham get here?

    West Ham’s route to the final includes a 2-1 win at Manchester City.

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    Knocking out Big Sam’s Bolton.

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    And beating Middlesbrough at Villa Park in the semi-final.

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  19. How did Liverpool get here?

    It has been a memorable FA Cup run for Liverpool. Not only have they dumped bitter rivals Manchester United out of the competition.

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    They also hit SEVEN past Birmingham.

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    And overcame Premier League champions Chelsea in the semis.

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  20. First major trophy in 26 years?

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    Here we are then…13 May 2006 Cardiff, Wales, and the Millennium Stadium.

    Liverpool have just finished third in the Premier League table, six places and 27 points ahead of West Ham, who are hunting a first major trophy in 26 years.

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