The Football Association have confirmed the final between Wigan and Manchester City will take place on May 11 at 17:15, which is likely to cause travel problems for fansVirgin Trains have confirmed Wigan and Manchester City supporters are likely to face travel issues when the two sides meet in the FA Cup final.
The travel company also confirmed they warned the Football Association of the issues over scheduling - with the FA deciding for the match to kick-off at 17:15 on Saturday May 11.
A statement released by Virgin Trains read: “The FA Cup final is due to take place between Wigan Athletic and Manchester City at Wembley on Saturday 11 May with a 17:15 kick off.
“Because of the possibility of extra time and penalties, Wigan and Manchester City supporters will be unlikely to see the end of the match and catch any advertised return service back to Wigan or Manchester that evening.
“The last departure from Euston to Wigan North Western is at 20:31 and to Manchester Piccadilly is at 21:00.
“We have had a direct dialogue with both the FA and Wembley Stadium that if team[s] from the North West were to be involved in the FA Cup final at Wembley then a 17:15 kick off would mean supporters would be unable to return to the North West that evening.
“We appreciate that the FA do have major commercial considerations in agreeing to a teatime kick off, but to be fair to all concerned we thought that that at least it (the FA) should be made aware of the situation as soon as possible.”
Virgin Trains also revealed possible plans to run an additional service from Wigan on Saturday morning.