Holders kick off FA Cup Semi-Final weekend

Tuesday, 11, March, 2014
Ben Watson and Roberto Martinez celebrate winning the 2013 FA Cup

FA Cup with Budweiser holders Wigan Athletic will kick-off Semi-Final weekend against Arsenal at 5pm on Saturday 12 April. 

ITV will show the Latics back at Wembley connected by EE after they beat Manchester City in The FA Cup for the second time inside 12 months.

The rerun of last season’s FA Cup Final saw a Jordi Gomez penalty put Uwe Rosler’s side in front at the Etihad on Sunday and James Perch’s close range tap-in doubled the Championship side’s lead.

Sami Nasri’s long range effort ensured a nervous end for Wigan but the FA Cup holders held on for a 2-1 victory to seal another trip to Wembley.

The second Semi-Final between Hull City and Sheffield United will kick-off at 4pm on Sunday 13 April and will be broadcast by BT Sport.

Hull had a comfortable passage through to their first Semi-Final in over 80 years with a 3-0 victory over Sunderland on Sunday.

The Blades booked their Wembley place earlier that day with a 2-0 win against Charlton Athletic. 

Nigel Clough’s side have now beaten Premier League opposition in Aston Villa and Fulham this season while Charlton are their second Championship scalp after seeing off Nottingham Forest in the Fifth Round. 

It’s the first time that a club from outside the top two divisions has featured in an FA Cup Semi-Final since Wycombe Wanderers in 2001. 

The FA can confirm that Arsenal and Sheffield United will be given the West side of Wembley Stadium while Wigan Athletic and Hull City will be located on the East side.

Ticket prices and allocations for the Semi-Finals will be announced later this week after discussions with all four competing clubs. 

National Express will be running services right to the stadium gates. Coaches will not depart until the final whistle is blown - you won't miss a minute guaranteed.

FA Cup with Budweiser Semi-Final Weekend

Saturday 12 April 2014 – 5.00pm – Live on ITV

Wigan Athletic v Arsenal

Gates open from 3.00pm

Sunday 13 April 2014 – 4.00pm – Live on BT Sport

Hull City v Sheffield United

Gates open from 2:00pm

Team Ends

Wigan Athletic & Hull City - East

Arsenal & Sheffield United - West