As it happened: Hebburn Town and Harrogate Town victorious on Non-League Finals Day
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19:266 days ago

Thank you!

Thank you for joining me today for Non-League Finals Day. It's been a pleasure bringing you live coverage from Wembley Stadium for the FA Vase and FA Trophy Finals.
19:246 days ago

Story of the Day: Hebburn and Harrogate victorious at Wembley

That brings a close to the 2020 Non-League Finals Day. We started off with the FA Vase Final between Consett and Hebburn Town and what a game that was.

Consett led twice in the first half, through Ali Alshabeeb and Dale Pearson but were pegged back level just a few minutes after taking the lead on both occasions, with Amar Purewal and Michael Richardson scoring.

After an end-to-end first 45 minutes, the two sides were more compact in the second half, and it was Hebburn, who went on to find the winner through substitute Oliver Martin.

In the FA Trophy Final, Harrogate Town dominated for the vast majority of the game, but Concord Rangers goalkeeper Chris Haigh made a whole host of saves to keep his side level.

Harrogate continued in search of the opener, which came late in the game as captain Josh Falkingham struck home from close range to secure the FA Trophy.

A fantastic advert for non-league football, and remember, when fans are allowed to return to grounds, head to your local club and give them your support.

(Photo: Chris Chambers/CJC Photo)
(Photo: Chris Chambers/CJC Photo)
19:196 days ago

PHOTO: Harrogate Town lift the FA Trophy

(Photo: Chris Chambers/CJC Photo)
(Photo: Chris Chambers/CJC Photo)
18:556 days ago

FULL TIME: HARROGATE TOWN WIN THE FA TROPHY

Harrogate Town have added to their National League Play-Off success in the 2019-20 season by winning the FA Trophy for the very first time in the club's history after beating Concord Rangers 1-0 at Wembley Stadium.

They were certainly made to work for it, and were frustrated for large periods of the game, but captain Josh Falkingham scored late on to win the FA Trophy for Harrogate Town.

Concord held on, with Chris Haigh making a number of great saves, but conceded with just under 15 minutes to go in the game. Falkingham reacting to Jack Muldoon's shot coming off the post and tapping home from close range.

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90+2' SAVE!!

Harrogate Town close to wrapping the game up in additional time, but Chris Haigh gets down well to keep out Mark Beck's low effort (0-1).
18:486 days ago

90' Six minutes of additional time

There will be a minimum of six minutes of additional time at the end of the game. Harrogate Town still lead by one goal to nil at Wembley Stadium in the FA Trophy Final (0-1).
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87' Man of the Match

Concord Rangers goalkeeper Chris Haigh has just been named man of the match for the 2020 FA Trophy Final after his heroics in the game (0-1).
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82' Concord Rangers Substitution

Concord Rangers make another substitution, as Odei Martin comes on in place of Billy Roast (0-1).
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PHOTO: Josh Falkingham breaks the deadlock at Wembley

(Photo: Chris Chambers/CJC Photo)
(Photo: Chris Chambers/CJC Photo)
18:376 days ago

78' Concord Rangers Substitution

Concord Rangers make a substitution as Alex Wall comes on in place of James Blanchfield (0-1).
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78' CHANCE!!!

George Thomson has the Concord defender backing up towards goal, gets a yard on his right foot and strikes at goal, but Chris Haigh makes a straight forward save (0-1)
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76' GOOOAAAALLLLLL HARROGATE TOWN!!!

WE HAVE THE BREAKTHROUGH AT WEMBLEY!!! That's been coming for some time and it's Harrogate Town with the opening goal. Jack Muldoon with a driving run and his shot comes back off the post and Josh Falkingham is on hand to tap the rebound home into an empty net (0-1).
18:336 days ago

75' CHANCE!

Another chance falls the way of Harrogate, Mark Beck with a header over the bar at the back post (0-0).
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73' CHANCE!!!

Lloyd Kerry with a delightful chipped pass to the back post, and Brendan Kiernan, who beats the offside trap, heads across goal and wide unmarked. The amount of chances Harrogate have created in this game, they should be ahead (0-0).
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67' Harrogate Town Substitution

Harrogate Town make their third substitution of the game as Brendan Kiernan comes on to replace Josh McPake (0-0).
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66' SAVE!!!

Josh Falkingham's shot from the edge of the area is blocked bravely by the Concord player. The rebound comes out to George Thomson, who volleys at goal and Chris Haigh gets across to make a great save (0-0).
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65' CHANCE!!!!

Great bit of play down the right side from George Thomson, who hands the ball inside and a cross comes across to Mark Beck, whose effort is deflected behind (0-0).
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62' Harrogate Town Substitution

Harrogate Town make a double substitution after the hour mark. Mark Beck and Ryan Fallowfield come on for Jon Stead and Dan Jones respectively (0-0).
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60' Concord Rangers Substitution

Concord Rangers make their first substitution of the game as Temi Babalola comes on for Ryan Charles.
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55' CHANCE!!!!!!

Concord Rangers with their best chance of the game so far and they should have gone ahead. A long throw-in from the left isn't dealt with and is headed forward by Lamar Reynolds, but Jack Cawley is unable to keep his shot down from just a few yards out (0-0).
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51' CHANCE!!

First chance of the second-half goes Harrogate's way. A cross from the right is hung up to the back post, but Connor Hall can't keep his header down (0-0).
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46' Second-half is underway

We're back underway at Wembley Stadium for the second-half of the FA Trophy Final. Harrogate Town dominated the first 45 minutes against Concord Rangers (0-0).
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PHOTO: Will Smith battles Lewis Simper in the air

(Photo: Chris Chambers/CJC Photo)
(Photo: Chris Chambers/CJC Photo)
17:506 days ago

HALF-TIME: CONCORD RANGERS 0-0 HARROGATE TOWN

We have reached half-time in the FA Trophy Final, Harrogate Town have been much the better side and have dominated the game in terms of possession and chances.

Town manager Simon Weaver will be disappointed not to have taken the lead through one of their good openings during the first 45 minutes, but Concord Rangers have held on, and are level thanks to some fine saves by Chris Haigh.

The best of which come towards the end of the half when Jon Stead's effort took a big deflection and Haigh managed to react quickly to send the shot over the bar will his outstretched leg.

All to play for in the second-half of this game at Wembley Stadium. Harrogate will be looking to get the breakthrough as quickly as possible.

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45' Two minutes of additional time

There will be a minimum of two additional minutes at the end of the first half (0-0).
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39' WHAT A SAVE!!!

Best chance of the game so far and Harrogate are unfortunate not to take the lead. Jon Stead gets to the outside of his man and gets his shot away, which takes a deflection off a Concord player, but Chris Haigh manages to keep out the effort with his right leg (0-0).
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36' CHANCE!!

Dan Jones brings the ball down the left side and finds Josh McPake on the overlap. The winger cuts inside and flashes an effort across goal and wide of the target. Decision making in the final third has leg Harrogate down at times during this first half (0-0).
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33' SAVE!!!

Lloyd Kerry picks the ball up around 25-yards from goal and isn't closed down, so gets a fine shot away and forces Chris Haigh into making a save (0-0).
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31' CHANCE!!

Harrogate's leading scorer Jack Muldoon has a sight of goal, but doesn't connect cleanly with his effort and Chris Haigh is able to gather the ball (0-0).
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25' CHANCE!!!

Harrogate Town turning the screw and pressing hard for that important opening goal at Wembley. Switch of play sees Dan Jones pick out a low cross, which Jack Muldoon gets a foot onto and forces Chris Haigh into making a low save (0-0).
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23' CHANCE!!

Switch of play out to the right side releases Warren Burrell, who is in acres of space. He gets a cross into the box, but Jon Stead can't keep his header down (0-0).
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21' CHANCE!

First sight of goal in the game for Concord Rangers. A long throw-in is headed out as far as Sam Blackman, who volleys over the crossbar (0-0).
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17' CLOSE!!

Harrogate Town in control of this one so far, and have been since the first whistle. Jon Stead opening up his body and sending a curls shot wide of the far post (0-0).
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4' SAVE!!!

Corner at this near side taken quickly by Harrogate Town, George Thomson takes the ball in and unleashes a rasping effort, which is saved at his near post by Chris Haigh (0-0).
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2' CHANCE!!!

Harrogate Town are on the front foot from the beginning. A long throw-in from Dan Jones, from the right, beats the Concord player at the near post and Will Smith is unable to get clean contact on the ball, which allows Chris Haigh to collect (0-0).
17:016 days ago

Kick-Off!

The 2020 FA Trophy Final is underway at Wembley Stadium as Concord Rangers take on Harrogate Town. The National League South side get us underway in the first-half, kicking left to right.
16:596 days ago

HERE COME THE TEAMS!!!

Concord Rangers and Harrogate Town are making their way out here at Wembley Stadium for the 2020 FA Trophy Final. Both teams have lined up for the national anthem.
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Concord Rangers and Harrogate Town are warming up

The two sides are just out on the pitch finishing off their warm ups ahead of the FA Trophy Final at Wembley Stadium.

Concord Rangers will be wearing yellow shirts, yellow shorts and yellow socks for the game, while Harrogate Town will be donning their new all-black strip this afternoon.

The referee for today's game is Peter Bankes, James Mainwaring and Tim Wood will be on the line and Marc Edwards is the fourth official.

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Team News: Harrogate Town

Starting XI: 13. Joe Cracknall, 3. Dan Jones, 4. Josh Falkingham (C), 5. Will Smith, 6. Warren Burrell, 7. George Thomson, 16. Jon Stead, 17. Lloyd Kerry, 18. Jack Muldoon, 20. Connor Hall, 28. Josh McPake

Substitutes: 1. James Belshaw, 2. Ryan Fallowfield, 9. Mark Beck, 14. Brendan Kiernan, 22. Edward Francis, 26. Kevin Lokko, 27. Jay Williams

16:356 days ago

Team News: Concord Rangers

Starting XI: 1. Chris Haigh, 3. Joe Payne, 4. Billy Roast, 5. Aron Pollock, 6. Jack Cawley, 7. James Blanchfield, 8. Sam Blackman, 10. Lewis Simper, 11. Ryan Charles, 16. Tyrone Sterling (C), 17. Lamar Reynolds

Substitutes: 2. Archie McFadden,  9, Alex Wall, 13. Dan Wilks, 14. Odei Martin, 15. Ben Search, 18. Alex Hernandez, 19. Temi Babalola

16:326 days ago

2020 FA Trophy Final - Concord Rangers vs Harrogate Town

It's now time to turn our attention to the second game of Non-League Finals Day as EFL League Two side Harrogate Town, who were promoted to the Football League last year after beating Notts County in the Play-Off Final, take on National League South outfit Concord Rangers.

Harrogate are real favourites going into the FA Trophy Final, but anything can happen in cup football, and Concord won't be coming to Wembley just to make up the numbers, they'll be coming to win.

16:276 days ago

HEBBURN TOWN FC - 2020 FA VASE WINNERS

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Post-Match Interview: Kevin Bolam - Hebburn Town Manager

Hebburn Town manager Kevin Bolam was left delighted after winning the FA Vase, and admitted that the occasion and winning the trophy is "what dreams are made of".

Bolam said: “It’s what dreams are made of. The amount of individual messages of good luck that I’ve had is overwhelming. It’s quite humbling to be honest.

“I’m so pleased for the people of Hebburn, for the people behind the scenes, the owners that come into the club and rescued it, and the people behind the scenes like the Vin Pearson’s of this world.

“It’s a club full of good people and I’m so pleased that myself, Mick and all the lads have managed to deliver the trophy. We’re going to enjoy it, it’s time to enjoy it, but in 36 hours time, we’ll be looking to start our plans for Saturday (FA Vase quarter-final match).”

Talking about the game as a whole, Bolam added: “I’d like to think that the 90 minutes came across as a good game of football. Both teams delivered. The first half was too open from a managers point of view. “We’ve tightened up after the break, and so did Consett, but we’ve managed to win it and over the course of the 90 minutes, I do think we deserved to pinch it.”

16:166 days ago

Post-Match Interview: Terry Mitchell - Consett AFC Manager

After the FA Vase Final, we managed to speak with Consett manager Terry Mitchell, who said that, despite losing against Hebburn Town, he is "proud" of his football club and of his players.

He said: “I’m proud of my football club and my football team to make it to Wembley Stadium and the history that we’ve made for the club and the town.

“I’m obviously really disappointed to lose the game, like any losing team would be, but I’m proud of the lads. We played really well, particularly in the first half, but just probably didn’t continue that in the second half.

“It’s been a magnificent weekend, and to step out there was brilliant. It made me really determined to bring the team back next year.

“I’m proud of every one of them, we’ve made history for Consett AFC, the town. In 104 years, they’ve never been to the final of this competition, so we’ve made history and we’ve got to be proud of that.

“We’ve got to embrace it, even though we’re very disappointed. We’re absolutely gutted, but getting to the final is a massive achievement alone.”

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PHOTO: Hebburn Town lift the FA Vase

(Photo: Chris Chambers/CJC Photo)
(Photo: Chris Chambers/CJC Photo)
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PHOTO: Oliver Martin celebrates scoring the winner

(Photo: Chris Chambers/CJC Photo)
(Photo: Chris Chambers/CJC Photo)
14:586 days ago

FULL-TIME: HEBBURN TOWN HAVE WON THE FA VASE

HEBBURN TOWN HAVE WON THE FA VASE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THEIR HISTORY!!!!!

After falling behind twice in the first-half, Hebburn have gone on to win this game after substitute Oliver Martin scored the game-winning goal in the closing stages of the game and the Hornets will lift the FA Vase here at Wembley Stadium.

14:566 days ago

90' Three minutes of additional time

There will be three minutes of additional time at the end of the game. Hebburn Town have a free-kick deep in the Consett half (2-3).
14:536 days ago

88' WHAT A SAVE!!!

Luke Carr's corner is cleared to the edge of the area by Mark Foden, who gets up and gets a glove onto Jermaine Metz's shot from the edge of the area. Another Consett corner, the Steelmen are pushing for an equaliser here (2-3).
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87' Consett Substitution

Late change from Consett as they look to get an equaliser as full-back Darren Holden makes way for Carl Lawson (2-3).
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86' CHANCE!!!!!

Luke Carr delivers a cross into the penalty area, which is flicked on by Matthew Slocombe at the near post. Ross Wilkinson is at the back post, towering over his marker, but is unable to get clean contact on the ball, which is gathered by Mark Foden (2-3).
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83' GOOAAALLLLLLL HEBBURN TOWN!!!!

HEBBURN TAKE THE LEAD!!!! Switch of play out to the left side and the ball is played intricately around the area before Michael Richardson squares the ball across to substitute Oliver Martin, who strikes home to put Hebburn ahead late in the game (2-3).
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82' CHANCE!!

Another chance falls the way of Consett. Luke Carr has made a real impact since coming on, on the hour, and a pull back from Ali Alshabeeb is fired over the bar from the former FA Vase winner (2-2).
14:466 days ago

80' CHANCE!!

Fantastic counter-attack from Consett as Luke Carr races down the right side before cutting inside and pulling the ball back. Calvin Smith, on the edge of the area, is leaning back and fires over the crossbar - quite a few chances for the striker today (2-2).
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78' Hebburn Town Substitution

Striker Amar Purewal, who scored Hebburn Town's first goal of the afternoon, makes way for Oliver Martin (2-2).
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66' CHANCE!

The game has set itself up perfectly for a grand-stand finish. Dale Pearson floats a cross into the area and Ross Wilkinson heads over the bar (2-2).
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65' CHANCE!!!!!

What a chance for Calvin Smith, who is around eight yards out from goal and Hebburn Town captain Louis Storey makes a goal-saving block in his own six-yard box to keep the game level (2-2).
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61' Consett substitution

Former FA Vase winner Luke Carr, who won the competition with Morpeth Town in 2016, comes on for the final half-hour in place of Matthew Cornish (2-2).
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60' Half-an-hour to go!

We've reached the hour mark in the FA Vase Final, and it remains level between Consett and Hebburn Town. The second-half hasn't had that many chances so far, but both teams are still looking dangerous going forward (2-2).
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56' CHANCE!!!!!!!

Hebburn should've taken the lead, but it's a poor finish from inside the area. Tom Potter with a deep cross, Amar Purewal heads down at the back post, but the ever-clinical Graeme Armstrong - who has had 10 promotions in his career - scuffs his shot wide of the far post (2-2).
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46' Second-half is underway

We're back underway at Wembley Stadium, Consett and Hebburn Town locked at 2-2 after a thrilling first half of football in the capital.
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PHOTO: Dale Pearson fires Consett back ahead

(Photo: Chris Chambers/CJC Photo)
(Photo: Chris Chambers/CJC Photo)
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PHOTO: Amar Purewal responds for Hebburn Town

(Photo: Chris Chambers/CJC Photo)
(Photo: Chris Chambers/CJC Photo)
14:106 days ago

PHOTO: Ali Alshabeeb fires Consett ahead

(Photo: Chris Chambers/CJC Photo)
(Photo: Chris Chambers/CJC Photo)
13:576 days ago

HALF-TIME: CONSETT 2-2 HEBBURN TOWN

What a great advert for non-league football that first-half was. End-to-end, plenty of chances, lots of drama and two teams really going for it in a cup final at Wembley Stadium.

After Michael Richardson hit the bar for Hebburn in the opening stages, Ali Alshabeeb went to the other end to put Consett ahead in the 18th minute, before the Hornets responded through Amar Purewal under a minute later.

The Steelmen went back ahead when Dale Pearson found the bottom corner towards the end of the half, but yet again, Hebburn responded well and went back level, through Richardson from close range.

Lots of positives to take into the break for both teams. Plenty of space opening up at times, so expect more goals in the second-half.

(Photo: Chris Chambers/CJC Photo)
(Photo: Chris Chambers/CJC Photo)
13:496 days ago

45+3' CHANCE!!!

Mark Foden bails out Darren Lough, whose back-pass is short and is intercepted by Jermaine Metz. The Consett full-back turns, but Foden does well to tackle and get rid of the danger. Moments later, Calvin Smith strikes over the crossbar. (2-2).
13:496 days ago

45' Additional Time

There will be eight minutes of additional time at the end of the first-half at Wembley (2-2).
13:476 days ago

44' GOOOAAALLLLLL HEBBURN TOWN!!!!!

HEBBURN RESPOND STRAIGHT AWAY!!!! The Hornets certainly don't know when they're down, and they respond to going behind straight away, for the second time this afternoon. Graeme Armstrong's shot is initially saved by the legs of Kyle Hayes. Hebburn recycle the ball and play is back across the box, where Michael Richardson steers the ball home from close range.
13:436 days ago

42' GOOOAAAALLLLLL CONSETT!!!!

CONSETT RETAKE THE LEAD AT WEMBLEY!!!! Jermaine Metz has enjoyed himself down the right wing during this first-half. He gets the better of his marker, pulls the ball back to Dale Pearson, who takes a touch in the area before striking home into the bottom corner (2-1).
13:416 days ago

40' Consett 1-1 Hebburn Town

Consett move forward with pace, a lot of space in the middle of the pitch opening up. Dale Pearson tried to chip a cross to the back post, from the edge of the area, but the ball is deflected back to Mark Foden in the Hebburn goal.
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38' CHANCE!!

Following that long delay, the games pace has eased off slightly, but it's Consett that go close to re-taking the lead at Wembley. Calvin Smith, who scored the winning goal in the semi-final, curls a shot wide of the post (1-1).
13:296 days ago

29' Consett substitution

Consett are forced into making their first substitution of the final after an injury. Jake Orrell makes way for Nick Allen (1-1).
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25' Orrell down injured

A long delay in the game at Wembley, Jake Orrell is down and there are a few medical personnel around him. Clear concern here, we hope he is okay. It looked to be a collision in the Consett box, and a head or neck injury here (1-1)
13:236 days ago

19' GOOOAAALLLLLL HEBBURN TOWN!!!!

WHAT A RESPONSE FROM HEBBURN!!! The Hornets respond just a minute after falling behind. The ball is threaded through from Michael McKeown to Amar Purewal, who keeps his composure and strikes home at the near post (1-1).
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18' GOOOAAALLLLLL CONSETT!!!!

Consett break out from the back, and just under a minute after Hebburn strike the crossbar, the Steelmen have taken the lead. The ball is played through to Ali Alshabeeb, who takes the ball around Mark Foden and strikes home from an incredibly tight angle (1-0).
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17' CROSSBAR!!!!!

Hebburn Town really should be ahead here, Michael McKeown's effort is saved well by the legs of Kyle Hayes. The ball is worked back to Michael Richardson, whose effort is tipped onto the crossbar by the Consett goalkeeper (0-0).
13:116 days ago

11' Chance!

Really lively start to the FA Vase Final, and it's Consett's turn to go close with an effort. Darren Holden drifts inside from the left and curls an effort across goal and wide of the far post (0-0).
13:106 days ago

9' CHANCE!

First sight of goal falls the way of Hebburn Town. The ball is worked to the feet of Graeme Armstrong by Tom Potter, and the striker takes a touch before firing over the crossbar (0-0).
13:056 days ago

4' Quick start from Consett at Wembley

Only one team has come out the blocks so far here and it's the team in white. Consett have started on the front foot at Wembley. Ali Alshabeeb has been lively in the opening exchanges and has looked to get at the Hebburn back line (0-0).
13:026 days ago

Kick-Off!

The 2020 FA Vase Final is underway at Wembley Stadium, Consett kicking left to right in the first half and break forward straight away.
12:596 days ago

HERE COME THE TEAMS!!!

Consett and Hebburn Town are making their way out here at Wembley Stadium ahead of the FA Vase Final. Both teams will line up now for the national anthem.
12:496 days ago

Consett and Hebburn Town are warming up

The two sides are out on the pitch warming up ahead of the FA Vase Final at Wembley Stadium.

Consett will be wearing white shirts, white shorts and white socks for the game, while Hebburn Town will be in amber & black shirts, black shorts and amber & black socks.

Michael Salisbury will be the man in the middle for the game, while George Byrne and Joe Clark will be on the line, while Leigh Doughty is the fourth official,

12:326 days ago

VAVEL are Live at Wembley Stadium

We are absolutely delighted to be attending Non-League Finals Day this afternoon. We have both Andrew McDonnell (Media) and Chris Chambers (Photographer) at the national stadium reporting for VAVEL.
(Photo: Chris Chambers)
(Photo: Chris Chambers)
12:276 days ago

Team News: Hebburn Town

Starting XI: 1. Mark Foden, 2. Daniel Groves, 3. Darren Lough, 4. Robbie Spence, 5. Louis Storey (C), 6. Daniel Carson, 7. Thomas Potter, 8. Michael McKeown, 9. Graeme Armstrong, 10. Michael Richardson, 17. Amar Purewal

Substitutes: 21. Kieran Hunter, 11. Oliver Martin, 12. Jack Donaghy, 14. Carl Taylor, 15. Luke Hudson, 19. Damen Mullen, 20. Angelos Eleftheriadis

12:256 days ago

Team News: Consett AFC

Starting XI: 1. Kyle Hayes, 2. Jermaine Metz, 3. Darren Holden, 4. Matthew Slocombe, 5. Arjun Purewal (C), 6. Ross Wilkinson, 7. Jake Orrell, 8. Calvin Smith, 9. Dale Pearson, 12. Matthew Cornish, 14. Ali Alshabeeb

Substitutes: 21. Joshua Wilson, 10. Luke Carr, 11. Nicholas Allen, 15. Daniel Marriott, 16. Simon Jacab, 17. Max Russell, 18. Carl Lawson

12:226 days ago

We are here!

We have taken our place in the media suite at Wembley Stadium ahead of the FA Vase Final this afternoon.

The national stadium is looking as magnificent as ever, but it really isn't the same without the fans. Team news to follow.

10:396 days ago

Non-League Finals Day is finally here!

It's been a long wait for the four teams playing today, and a lot of doubt whether we'd get to this point, but we're finally here, just over two hours until the first game of Non-League Finals Day gets underway.

It's an all-Northern League clash first up as Consett face Hebburn Town in the FA Vase Final, and then National League South side Concord Rangers face EFL League Two outfit Harrogate Town in the FA Trophy Final.

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Purewal brothers to make history in FA Vase Final

Amar and Arjun Purewal will make history at Wembley on Monday when they become the first British South Asian players to face each other at the national stadium.

Northern League rivals Consett and Hebburn Town are set to do battle on the hallowed turf in the FA Vase final, and the Purewal brothers are set to go head-to-head.

Consett defender Arjun and Hebburn forward Amar were interviewed by the likes of Sky Sports and BBC Sport in the build-up to the final, and both players are hoping they can do "everything they can" to lift the trophy with their respective teams.

 
(Photo: Sky Sports)
(Photo: Sky Sports)
20:477 days ago

Steelmen arrive in the capital

 

20:467 days ago

Hornets make final preparations at Watford training ground

 

01:418 days ago

Live updates here!

Do not miss a detail of the matches with the live updates and commentary on VAVEL.

Follow along with us all the details, commentaries, analysis and lineups for Non-League Finals Day 2020!

01:368 days ago

How to watch Non-League Finals Day 2020 live TV and stream

Fans will be able to watch Non-League Finals Day on BT Sport 1, and the television company announced that it will be free-to-air for all supporters.

Kick-off for the FA Vase final will be 13:00 and the FA Trophy final will get underway at 17:00 at Wembley Stadium.

If you are unable to watch the game live, follow it online, VAVEL UK is the best place to be.

01:318 days ago

WATCH: Non-League Finals Day 2018

01:268 days ago

The biggest day in the non-league calendar

Non-League Finals Day is the biggest day on the non-league calendar. Not many players get the chance to play in a major cup final at Wembley Stadium, and for some players at the top of the game, it is a once-in-a-lifetime achievement.

The format introduced back at the end of the 2015-16 season, where Morpeth Town beat Hereford FC in the FA Vase final and FC Halifax Town beat Grimsby Town in the FA Trophy final, on an afternoon where both finals were played on the same day for the very first time.

The players of Consett, Hebburn Town, Concord Rangers and Harrogate Town can write themselves into the history books on Monday afternoon and lift silverware under the famous arch.

Although we may not have you, the fans, with us in the stadium this time around, and we know that nothing can replace being here live, watching your team in a national cup final, but we know you will be watching on, safely, from home, supporting your team.

(Photo: South Shields FC)
(Photo: South Shields FC)
01:218 days ago

The 2019 FA Trophy Final

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Route to the Final: Harrogate Town

History could be made on Monday. It is 17 months since Harrogate Town took to the field to start their run in the FA Trophy against Hartlepool United, and they could become the first Football League team to lift the famous trophy.

A lot has changed in that year-and-a-half, Harrogate won against Notts County in the National League Play-Off Final in May 2020 to gain promotion to EFL League Two for the first time in the clubs history. No fans were in attendance that day, and no fans will be allowed in for Town's second trip to Wembley in the space of a year.

The 3-2 win against Hartlepool was followed up with a 2-0 victory against Darlington in the Second Round. Harrogate come out on top in the next round by the same scoreline against Eastleigh before moving on to the semi-finals after a 3-2 victory over AFC Fylde in extra-time.

There was six months between that Fylde game and the semi-final, and no fans were in attendance at Meadow Lane as Will Smith booked Town's place in the FA Trophy final with a first-half strike, which turned out to be decisive against Notts County.

Harrogate boss Simon Weaver admitted that it has been difficult to scout Concord Rangers due to their season finishing back in February, and that it is also difficult to plan what team to face as he is unsure what players will be on the books there.

(Photo: Harrogate Town FC)
(Photo: Harrogate Town FC)
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Route to the Final: Concord Rangers

Concord Rangers, of the National League South, will head into the FA Trophy Final as the underdogs, given the fact there are now two leagues between them and their opponents, who now play in the Football League.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic enforcing a suspension and then abandonment of the 2020-21 season, the Beach Boys have not played a competitive fixture since their game against Eastbourne Borough on February 13.

Concord's run to the final began in November 2019, as they come through a replay against Slough Town in the Third Qualifying Round. Plenty of drama unfolded along the way thereafter.

After a convincing win against Maidstone United in the First Round Proper, Concord come through a replay against Bath City before being taken all the way to penalties at home to Leamington - which they won 4-3.

A 2-1 win after extra-time at home to Royston Town to set up their semi-final clash against Halesowen Town - from two leagues below. After falling behind in the game, Concord levelled before half-time and scored a late winner to book their place at Wembley.

(Photo: Concord Rangers FC)
(Photo: Concord Rangers FC)
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History of the FA Trophy

The FA Trophy is a competition that sees teams from the National League down to Step 4 of the non-league pyramid compete for a place at Wembley.  

In May 2019, AFC Fylde lifted the trophy for the first time in their history as Danny Rowe's second-half strike was enough to earn victory over Leyton Orient.  

Over the years, several clubs have won the FA Trophy, but none have actually been playing in the Football League and won it - for obvious reasons. Harrogate Town, who were promoted from the National League in the 2019-20 season, will be the very first to do so if they beat Concord Rangers on Monday afternoon.  

Three teams have lifted the FA Trophy on three separate occasions; Telford UnitedWoking and Scarborough. Meanwhile, there are seven former winners now playing in the Football League. Stevenage BoroughBarrowWycombe WanderersCambridge UnitedCheltenham TownColchester United and Morecambe all have their names on the trophy. 

(Photo: The FA)
(Photo: The FA)
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Pre-Match Comments: Hebburn Town

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A chance for heroes to be made at Wembley

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History of the FA Vase

This isn't the first final, where two teams from the Northern League have faced in an FA Vase Final at Wembley Stadium.

That was back in 2012, where Dunston UTS and West Auckland Town met in the capital. The last final to be played, in 2019, was the first final in 11 years where there wasn't a team from the North East competing.

It is a competition that has been dominated for the last decade by the Northern League. Whitley Bay, in three consecutive seasons, Dunston, Spennymoor TownNorth ShieldsMorpeth Town and South Shields have all lifted the famous trophy.

Whitley Bay have won the competition a record four times, while Billericay Town have lifted the FA Vase on three occasions. Tiverton Town, Halesowen Town and Brigg Town have all won the competition twice.

(Photo: Morpeth Town FC)
(Photo: Morpeth Town FC)
00:468 days ago

Route to the Final: Hebburn Town

The 2020 FA Vase Final will be contested by two teams from Northern League Division One for the second time in history. We will now take a look at Hebburn Town's route to Wembley.

Kevin Bolam's side have recently been invited for promotion to Step 4 ahead of the new season, and could make two trips to the capital this month, with the Hornets still being in the 2020-21 FA Vase.

Looking at their route to the 2020 Final, Hebburn began with a 3-0 win at home to fellow Northern League side Sunderland RCA, before beating Lower BreckVauxhall Motors, and Longridge Town.

The Hornets made it through to the semi-finals after beating Plymouth Parkway in front of over 1,700 fans at home, and their place in the final was secured in dramatic fashion after a 4-3 win on penalties over Corinthian.

(Photo: Hebburn Town FC)
(Photo: Hebburn Town FC)
00:418 days ago

Route to the Final: Consett AFC

Let's take a look at the first team taking part in Non-League Finals Day. Consett currently play in Northern League Division One, and made it through seven rounds to book their place at Wembley for the first time in the clubs history.

The Steelmen's journey in the competition began back in October 2019 with a 5-2 victory over Winterton RangersTerry Mitchell's side then went on to see off IrlamWythenshawe Town - after a replay - Deal Town and Atherstone Town.

Unlike previous competitions, the semi-final's of the 2020 FA Vase was not played over two legs. Consett welcomed Bitton to Belle View Stadium, and Calvin Smith's goal in extra-time secured a hard-earned 1-0 victory and a place at Wembley.

(Photo: CJC Photo)
(Photo: CJC Photo)
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The long wait is almost over

There was a considerable amount of time where all four teams would've doubted that their big day would actually happen.

Consett, Hebburn Town, Concord Rangers and Harrogate Town have all faced anxious waits over the last 12 months after the 2019-20 season was halted due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The quarter finals of both competitions took place in March 2020, and despite the semi-finals being played in September last year, there was still doubt cast over the competition.

Following strict guidelines, both the FA Vase and FA Trophy Finals will take place behind-closed-doors at Wembley on Monday afternoon, in front of the television cameras.

(Photo: The FA)
(Photo: The FA)
00:318 days ago

FA Trophy kick-off time

The FA Trophy Final between Concord Rangers and Harrogate Town will take place after the FA Vase Final at Wembley Stadium.

The kick-off for the second game on Non-League Finals Day is scheduled for 17:00 GMT.

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FA Vase kick-off time

Consett vs Hebburn Town will be the first match taking place this afternoon, and this FA Vase Final will be played at Wembley Stadium in London.

The kick-off is scheduled for 13:00 GMT.

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Welcome!

Welcome to VAVEL UK's LIVE coverage of Non-League Finals Day 2020, which sees both the FA Vase and FA Trophy matches take place.

My name is Andrew McDonnell, and I'll be taking you through all of the action from both games live from Wembley Stadium.

We will provide you with pre-game analysis, squad updates and news as it happens live here on VAVEL.com.

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