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  • Yeovil vs Middlesbrough (12.15, Scott Wilson)
  • Man United vs Sunderland (3.00, Paul Fraser)
  • Newcastle vs Cardiff (3.00, Richard Mason)
  • Hartlepool vs Exeter (3.00, Nick Loughlin)

4:55pm

4:55pm

4:55pm

Hartlepool 0 Exeter 2

Very disappointing way to end their season with a flat performance and a home defeat. 

4:53pm

4:52pm

Manchester United 0 Sunderland 1

Seb Larsson's volley after 30 minutes proved the difference as Sunderland secured their first win at Old Trafford in 46 years.

The Black Cats fans are going crazy at the whistle, as is Poyet and the players. They know Premier League safety has effectively been secured.

Fulham and Cardiff are down. Norwich could be down tomorrow.

Report to follow ....

4:51pm

Newcastle United 3-0 Cardiff City

CARDIFF ARE RELEGATED

4:48pm

Newcastle United 3-0 Cardiff City (Taylor 90)

4:45pm

Newcastle United 2-0 Cardiff City (Remy, 88)

Loic Remy slots home from an unmarked position in the six-yard area after Tiote's cross was deflected into his path. Game over.

4:37pm

Manchester United 0 Sunderland 1

Van Persie, Welbeck and Januzaj are all working hard to unlock the Sunderland defence but Brown, O'Shea and Co are standing tall and strong. 

Sunderland are digging in and have even hit the woodwork themselves after Giaccherini's effort hit the foot of the post.

4:37pm

Newcastle United 1-0 Cardiff City

Hello, hello, hello.

Two chances for Cardiff there - Aron Gunarsson blocked by Coloccini after Kenwyne Jones was denied by Tim Krul.

Bluebirds not dead yet.

4:33pm

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4:26pm

Newcastle United 1-0 Cardiff City

Well, the first planned walk-out here at Newcastle saw a few fans stroll out, mainly from the Gallowgate end, but there's another one planned on 69 minutes to mark the last time Newcastle won a trophy - the Fairs Cup in 1969.

Meanwhile, there's still actually a football game taking place, and Newcastle still lead. It has been a bit of a damp squib on the pitch to be fair, Cardiff need to pull something out of the bag if they want to preserve their Premier League status.

4:24pm

4:13pm

Newcastle United 1-0 Cardiff City

Five minutes until the first planned walk-out at St James' Park. The crowd have really picked up in the last five minutes, singing anti-Pardew and anti-Ashley stuff, as well as a couple of banners being unfurled. It's not just pockets of fans mind, I'd say more than half of the 50-odd thousand crowd are singing against the board.

4:09pm

4:05pm

Newcastle United 1-0 Cardiff City

Half-time substitutes for both teams here. Craig Bellamy replaces Cardiff's Kim Bo-Kyung while Massaido Haidara comes on for Paul Dummett.

4:04pm

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3:59pm

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3:56pm

3:54pm

Hartlepool 0 Exeter 2 

Exeter got a second on 44 minutes - long ball from deep found Wheeler, who skipped around Flinders and tapped in.

Then Pools got a quick penalty, Poole fouled. Compton took it and keeper Pym saved. 

3:54pm

3:47pm

Newcastle United 1-0 Cardiff City

3:46pm

Manchester United 0 Sunderland 1

Larsson's neat volley the difference between the sides at Old Trafford. 

United have had a few attacks but have hardly tested Mannone. There was a late save in the half from a Mata drive, but Sunderland have been very effective and could argue they deserve to be ahead.

3:44pm

Newcastle United 1-0 Cardiff City

As things stand, Cardiff will be relegated at St James' Park today. Game has settled down into a canter, but Cardiff are showing - mainly through Zaha - brief signs of life.

3:40pm

Manchester United 0 Sunderland 1

Fulham have conceded at Stoke and Cardiff are losing at Newcastle.

As things stand, with Sunderland leading here, Fulham and Cardiff would both be playing Championship football next season.

Could be a big result, but Sunderland need to hold on ... or extend the lead!

3:38pm

3:32pm

Manchester United 0 Sunderland 1 (Larsson 30)

Fantastic goal from Sunderland. They have got reward for an encouraging start by taking the lead in style.

Wickham's delivery from close to the corner flag picked out Larsson unmarked. The Swede picked his spot with a first toime volley inside De Gea's far corner.

 

3:22pm

Newcastle United 1-0 Cardiff City

Newcastle a goal up here, Shola Ameobi taking full advantage of static Cardiff defending to nod past keeper David Marshall from Moussa Sissoko's cross.

Before that, Mathieu Debuchy was twice denied by Marshall, first with a low shot and secondly with a fine header from the resultant corner.

It's all Newcastle, but the fans continue to chant anti-Pardew/Ashley songs.

3:21pm

Manchester United 0 Sunderland 0

A couple of half chances from Manchester United not converted. Mannone denied a downward header from Evra, while Nani curled over from 20 yards. 

The home side have started to look more dangerous on the break and in the final third.

3:19pm

Hartlepool v Exeter

15 mins in. 0-0. Little incident to tell. 

With results as they are now, Rochdale are champions, Northampton relegated. 

3:18pm

Newcastle United 1-0 Cardiff City (Ameobi 18)

 

3:13pm

Manchester United 0 Sunderland 0

Sunderland have seen plenty possession in the first 12 minutes. Neither side has created a clear cut opening as yet though.

The away fans in full voice, singing 'every little thing's gonna be alright'.

3:11pm

Newcastle United 0-0 Cardiff City

Lively old start here at St James'. Loic Remy had a chance after 40 seconds when his shot from Moussa Sissoko's cross was deflected wide, while Fraizer Campbell volleyed wide after Tim Krul had pawed a Cardiff cross into the former Sunderland striker's path.

Meanwhile, Newcastle's fans have regaled us with a fine repertoire of anti-Mike Ashley and anti-Alan Pardew chants.

3:00pm

Newcastle United 0-0 Cardiff City

2:58pm

Hartlepool v Exeter 

No Barmby for Pools - Poole starts, as does Compton for Monkhouse. 

HARTLEPOOL UNITED: Flinders; Duckworth, Collins, Harrison, Holden; Oliver, Walker, Compton, Poole; Franks, Harewood. Subs: Raffery (gk), Rowbotham, Richards, Jones, Smith, Hawkins, James.
EXETER CITY: Pym; Woodman, Bennett, Sercombe, Moore-Taylor, Dawson, Keohane, Tillson, Grimes, Wheeler, Gill. Subs: Krysiak (gk), Butterfield, Baldwin, Nichols, Gosling, Jay, Watkins.
Referee: Darren Deadman (Peterborough)

2:50pm

Lee Clark at full-time today. Yowzers.
 

2:43pm

Newcastle United v Cardiff City

Kick-off approaching here. Filling up quite nicely.

Just a bit of housekeeping - there will be no lap of honour at full-time here. Alan Pardew has already stated that the players will applaud the fans from the centre circle before leaving the pitch - "You only have a lap of honour if you've won something."

2:25pm

Manchester United v Sunderland

The Black Cats are unchanged for the fourth game in a row, despite the return from suspension of full-back Phil Bardsley. 

Sunderland know that anything other than defeat today will be a bonus in their attempts to stay in the Premier League. 

Ryan Giggs has mixed it up for Manchester United, however, as he looks to claim back-to-back wins since taking over on a temporary basis from David Moyes. 

MANCHESTER UNITED (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Jones, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Carrick, Fletcher; Nani, Young, Mata, Hernandez. Subs:Amos (gk), Smalling, Valencia, Fellaini, Januzaj, Welbeck, Van Persie.
SUNDERLAND (4-1-4-1): Mannone, Vergini, Alonso, Brown, O'Shea (c), Cattermole, Larsson, Colback, Johnson, Borini, Wickham. Subs: Bardsley, Altidore, Ba, Giaccherini, Bridcutt, Scocco, Ustari (gk).

2:20pm

Here's the full match report from Yeovil Town 1 Middlesbrough 4:

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/sport/11191017.Match_Report__Yeovil_Town_1_Middlesbrough_4/?ref=var_0

2:18pm

Newcastle United v Cardiff City

Here's your teams from St James' Park and, as expected, no Hatem Ben Arfa in the matchday squad, despite being fit.

NEWCASTLE UNITED (4-4-2): Krul; Debuchy, Williamson, Coloccini, Dummett; Sissoko, Anita, Tiote, Gouffran; Shola Ameobi, Remy. Subs: Elliot, Yanga-Mbiwa, Haidara, S Taylor, Gosling, Armstrong, de Jong

CARDIFF CITY (4-5-1): Marshall; Fabio, Caulker, Turner, John; Whittingham, Gunnarsson, Kim, Mutch, Zaha; Campbell. Subs: Lewis, Jones, Eikrem, Cowie, McNaughton, Berget, Bellamy.

2:13pm

Championship

Drama in the final seconds of the Championship season as Brighton grab a late goal at Nottingham Forest, and Birmingham equalise at Bolton. The respective goals save Birmingham, relegate Doncaster and propel Brighton to the play-offs at the expense of Reading. Football, eh?

2:09pm

Yeovil 1

Middlesbrough 4

All over, and Boro have saved their best away display of the dseason for last.

Hugely impressive throughout, running out very comfortable winners.

2:05pm

Yeovil 1 Middlesbrough 4

Winding down now, as Boro prepare to celebrate their biggest away win of the campaign.

The fans are running their entire repertoire of songs, with Karanka just having acceded to their request to give them a wave.

1:56pm

1:54pm

1:54pm

Yeovil 1 Middlesbrough 4

Finally, we're going through a bit more of a subdued spell.

Boro have been brilliant in attack today, with Graham, Tomlin and Ledesma combining superbly throughout.

More of this next season please..... 

1:47pm

1:47pm

1:44pm

Yeovil 1 Middlesbrough 4

Reach has just blazed over as Boro continue to push forward.

Crowd confirmed as 6,477, with 1,348 Boro fans - that's a great turnout given the distance they've had to cover.

1:37pm

Yeovil 1 Middlesbrough 4

Not content with his first-half miss, Danny Graham has now produced an even more remarkable one.

Tomlin nipped the ball past Webster to run clean through on goal. Having drawn the keeper to him, he rolled the ball square to Graham, but the striker wasn't expecting it and he stabbed wide despite facing a completely open goal!

1:34pm

Newcastle United v Cardiff City

Arrived at St James' Park for Newcastle's final home game of the season. Nice day for it. Although it may turn sour later on - an hour in, perhaps. Here's Alan Pardew's thoughts on the planned 60-69th minute walk-out by Newcastle fans.

The Northern Echo: Alan Pardew

1:32pm

Yeovil 1 Middlesbrough 4

This could end up being anything.

Ledesma has just come close to his hat-trick with a deflected free-kick that Stech did well to parry to safety.

1:24pm

Yeovil 1

Middlesbrough 4 (Ledesma 47)

Boro score a fourth - and what a goal it is.

Graham laid the ball off to Reach, he crossed from the left-hand side, and Ledesma converted with an outrageous scissor kick at the back post.

Great strike.

1:19pm

Yeovil 1 Middlesbrough 3

A half-time substitution for Boro, with Adam Reach coming on to replace Albert Adomah.

1:07pm

Yeovil 1 Middlesbrough 3

There might be nothing riding on this game, but it's been a hugely entertaining watch.

Boro leading 3-1 at the break, and causing chaos whenever they attack.

Given the way Yeovil defend, it's not hard to see why they'll be back in League One next season.

1:05pm

Manchester United v Sunderland 

In place at Old Trafford already. If Sunderland can claim anything from this fixture with United then it would be a bonus heading in to back-to-back home dates to finish the season.

1:02pm

Yeovil 1

Middlesbrough 3 (Tomlin 43)

Boro stretch even further ahead - and this was quite a goal.

Steele was alert enough to catch the Yeovil defence napping with a quick long clearance, and Tomlin nudged the ball around Yeovil keeper Stech before rolling the ball into an empty net.

12:59pm

Yeovil 1

Middlesbrough 2 (Ledesma 40)

Boro produce an immediate response to Yeovil's equaliser and reclaimed their lead.

Ledesma plays the ball to Graham, and the striker lays the ball back into the winger's path, enabling him to blast home from the heart of the penalty area.

12:58pm

Yeovil 1 (Hayter 38)

Middlesbrough 1

Yeovil equalise as Boro fail to deal with a cross.

Ayling's ball into the middle was helped on by Hoskins, and Hayter reacted quickest to convert from eight yards.

12:51pm

Yeovil 0 Middlesbrough 1

Boro enjoying a purple patch now, and almost claimed a second.

Graham rolled the ball off to Ledesma, and the winger curled a 20-yard shot against the crossbar with Stech beaten.

12:50pm

Yeovil 0

Middlesbrough 1 (Graham 31)

Danny Graham atones for earlier error to give Boro the lead.

Stech could only parry Ledesma's long-range shot and Graham pounced to stab home.

12:46pm

Yeovil 0 Middlesbrough 0

A decent chance at either end.

First, Steele failed to gather Foley's free-kick under pressure, but Hoskins drilled the loose ball over the crossbar.

Then Graham acrobatically hooked Ledesma's cross towards goal at the far post, but Stech got down well to keep the ball out.

12:42pm

Yeovil 0 Middlesbrough 0

Chalobah hasn't been right for the last few minutes, and a spell of treatment hasn't worked, so he's off.

He's been replaced by Butterfield, who was unlucky not to be in the starting line-up after a decent display last weekend.

12:38pm

Yeovil 0 Middlesbrough 0

Great save from Steele to keep the scoresheet blank.

Hayter turned on the edge of the area and tried to float a delicate chip over Steele, but the keeper backpedalled to turn the ball over the crossbar.

12:34pm

12:30pm

Yeovil 0 Middlesbrough 0

It might be the last day, but Danny Graham has just served up a contender for miss of the seaon.

Chalobah produced a great piece of skill to break down the left, and crossed with the outside of his foot.

Graham had beaten the last defender and just had to tap the ball in to score, but he got his half-volley all wrong and the ball went nowhere near the target.

12:23pm

Yeovil 0 Middlesbrough 0

Hines' awful start continues as he's the first player in the book.

Having slipped twice in the first five minutes, he then miscontrolled a routine ball and went through Ralls as he attempted to atone for his mistake.

12:21pm

Yeovil 0 Middlesbrough 0

Really lively start, with a chance at each end.

Hines' slip allowed Foley a look at goal, but the Yeovil midfielder drilled a low shot straight at Steele.

At the other end, Graham charged towards goal, but after his first shot was blocked, he rolled a weak shot too close to Stech.

12:18pm

Yeovil 0 Middlesbrough 0

We're off, and Adomah has started on the left-hand side for Boro, with Ledesma on the right. Suspect they might switch about a bit as the game goes on.

12:13pm

12:12pm

12:11pm

Yeovil vs Middlesbrough

Just had a truly wonderful Worzels-style singalong at Huish Park that ended with a chorus saying, "We are Yeovil...ooh arr".

Makes me fancy a pint of scrumpy in the sunshine...

 

11:56am

11:44am

Yeovil vs Middlesbrough

As flagged up earlier this week, Aitor Karanka has handed rare starts to goalkeeper Jason Steele and defender Seb Hines at Huish Park.

Steele replaces Dimi Konstantopoulos for what could prove to be his final appearance in a Middlesbrough shirt.

Hines comes into the back four ahead of Kenneth Omeruo, who is due to return to Chelsea at the end of his loan deal after the end of the game.

The same is true of Nathaniel Chalobah, who starts at the base of midfield, and Karanka has resisted the temptation to make wholesale changes.

Adam Reach and Luke Williams are only on the bench, as Karanka sticks with the players who have featured in most of Boro's most recent games.

YEOVIL (4-4-2): Stech; Ayling, Duffy, Webster, McAllister; Dawson, Edwards, Foley, Ralls; Hayter, Hoskins.

Subs: Dunn (gk), Lanzoni, Davis, Jones, Grant, Twumasi, Morgan.

MIDDLESBROUGH (4-2-3-1): Steele; Varga, Ayala, Hines, Gibson; Whitehead, Chalobah; Adomah, Tomlin, Ledesma; Graham.

Subs: Konstantopoulos (gk), Omeruo, Morris, Reach, L Williams, Butterfield, Main.

11:31am

Yeovil vs Middlesbrough

There are due to be around 1,200 visiting Boro fans here today.

Given that it took me seven hours to drive to Yeovil yesterday - not to mention the fact that there's absolutely nothing riding on this game - that's quite a turnout.

11:25am

11:25am

Yeovil vs Middlesbrough

Our coverage starts at a sunny Huish Park as Middlesbrough play their final game of the season against Yeovil.

If the Teessiders win today, they are guaranteed to finish in 12th, which will be a decent return for a season that saw Aitor Karanka replace Tony Mowbray in November.

Full team news should be through soon, but Karanka has already said that Jason Steele and Seb Hines will start in a much-changed line-up.

11:23am

Welcome to another huge afternoon on The Northern Echo's live blog.

The big game involving a North-East side comes at Old Trafford as Sunderland look to keep their survival push on track as they take on Manchester United in their final away game.

At Newcastle, the main interest could come off the pitch as supporters threaten to stage a walk-out protest during the home game with Cardiff.

It's the final day in the Football League, and Middlesbrough sign off with an away game at relegated Yeovil.

And Hartlepool round off their League Two campaign with a home game against Exeter.

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