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Championship play-off final build-up: Aston Villa v Derby County



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  1. Listen to BBC WM and BBC Radio Derby build-up using coverage options at top of page
  2. Winner at Wembley will be promoted to the Premier League
  3. Aston Villa beat West Brom on penalties to reach play-off final
  4. Derby defeated Leeds 4-3 on aggregate in their semi-final
  5. Get involved using #bbcefl on social media

Live Reporting

By Gary Smee

All times stated are UK

  1. You guys are going to form a big part of today’s live text commentary.

    Send us your thoughts using #bbcefl on Twitter as the afternoon unfolds. Or if you’re on Olympic Way or inside the stadium a bit later, send us a pic.

  2. After the night shift…

    Aston Villa v Derby County (15:00 BST)

    BBC Radio Derby

    Derby fan Dan has been working as a firefighter overnight and, after his shift and two hours’ sleep, jumped straight on the coach to Wembley.

    “We’re going for a few beers now, hopefully win by two or three, then a few more beers and big night in Derby,” he said.

    That’s some stamina, mate!

  3. ‘Grown men were crying’

    Aston Villa v Derby County (15:00 BST)

    BBC WM

    Villa fan Liam is on Olympic Way with his six-year-old son Kayden.

    “We’re excited, absolutely thrilled to be here. We fancy it’s going to be our time,” Liam told BBC WM 95.6’s Daz Hale.

    “There was a lot of grown men crying 12 months ago (when Villa lost the play-off final to Fulham). Because of the run we went on this year, there’s a lot of confidence in the team, but anything can happen.”

    And Kayden has just predicted an 8-0 win for Villa! Confidence.

  4. Post update

    Aston Villa v Derby County (15:00 BST)

    Thousands of fans are already beginning to stream onto Wembley Way. What an occasion to be part of.

    Derby fans

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    Derby fan

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    Aston Villa fans

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  5. Post update

    Aston Villa v Derby County (15:00 BST)

    Up until kick off in just under three hours, we’ll have all the build up from Wembley.

    BBC WM 95.6 and BBC Radio Derby are in place on Olympic Way, as well as BBC Sport reporters Ian Woodcock and Owen Phillips, so we’ll be hearing from fans and ex-players as they prepare for the Championship’s biggest game of the season.

  6. Post update

    Aston Villa v Derby County (15:00 BST)

    Today, the EFL season comes to an end with a corker of a Championship play-off final.

    Aston Villa and Derby County square off for a place in the Premier League.

    There’s sure to be plenty more nailbiting drama to come at Wembley, so stick right here for all the action…


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  7. Post update

    And moments of madness…

    Charlton OG

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  8. Post update

    Incredible comebacks…

    Frank Lampard

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  9. Post update


    Leeds fan

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  10. Post update

    There has been last-second drama…


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  11. Post update

    This season’s play-offs have not been for the faint-hearted…

    Aston Villa players

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