Southend United have been defeated 2 Nil by Crewe Alexandra at Wembley.
The Shrimpers are due to unveil Phil Brown as their new manager at a press conference this morning
Southend on Sea in Essex is hoping to be named as the UK City of Culture in 2017.
There's nothing unusual about a football club sacking a manager these days, but how about letting him stay on to lead them out in a Wembley final?
Southend United have done just that after they parted company with Paul Sturrock.
With the side slipping away from the play-off places in League Two, Southend are only a fortnight away from facing Crewe in the final of the Johstone's Paint Trophy.
The club's chairman, Ron Martin, has released a statement saying he thinks it's only right that Sturrock return to lead his side out at Wembley and he's agreed.
Phil Brown is rumoured to be his replacement.
An Essex MP has angered people bidding for the title UK City of Culture by branding rival towns as "absolute dumps". David Amess, MP for Southend East is leading the bid for the accolade in Essex.
He's suggested that the other towns bidding for the City of Culture accolade are not up to scratch. But Hastings Council Leader Jeremy Birch insists his town's bid is serious and has invited David Amess to Hastings for a guided tour.
"I don't know when he last visited our town, indeed if he ever has. We can take him to the Jerwood Gallery and to the De la Warr," said Cllr Birch
"Perhaps a walk in the Country Park and then in the evening, we can listen to three piano concertos played by the competition finalists. But the coffee is on him! Hastings and Bexhill have every reason to bid for City of Culture status."
Police are appealing for witnesses after an armed robbery in Southend.
A man entered The Carphone Warehouse on Southend High Street at around 4:00pm on Friday 8 March, pulled out a large kitchen knife and started demanding mobile phones.
Staff handed over a number of Apple iPhone 5 mobile phones valuing thousands of pounds.
The man then apologised before fleeing the store.
– Investigating Officer DC Bob Evans
"This man had a total disregard for not only the two members of staff who were in the shop at the time but for any members of the public who could have entered the shop at the time of the robbery.
This robbery was carried out when there were large number of people in the High Street and they may have witnessed the suspect running from the store onto the High Street and then onto to Clifftown Road by Southend Central Railway Station and I would urge anyone with information to contact me.
The man is described as white and of skinny build. At the time of the robbery he was wearing a large black coat, faded denim jeans, a black scarf around his lower face and woollen gloves.
Anyone with information or who is offered an iPhone should contact Southend CID on 101.
Two of the towns with the biggest rise in house prices were in the London region. Uxbridge had a 11.7% gain and Bromley had an 11.5% gain.
Grays in Essex was one of the towns with the biggest fall in average house prices, with a 7.3% drop.
Nine of the 10 towns which saw the biggest declines in prices are outside the South, reflecting the continued regional divide in the property market.
– Halifax housing economist Martin Ellis
Nationally, conditions in the housing market have been largely unchanged over the past 12 months with little overall movement in either house prices or sales for the second consecutive year. This picture, however, conceals considerable local differences.
House prices are expected to be strongest in London and the South East as this part of the country performs best in economic terms.
He expects continuing broad stability in house prices nationally in 2013, with the North/South divide in price performance likely to persist next year.
Southend in Essex has recorded the biggest rise in house prices among major UK towns and cities over the past year, according to research by Halifax.
The average selling price in the seaside resort was 14.8% higher than the previous year, rising to £198,418 by the end of 2012, compared with an improvement of 2.1% on average across the whole of Essex.