ECHO cover boy Euan Lumsdon is dreaming of a return trip to Wembley as he gets over his disappointment of last week’s cup final defeat.
Our photographer Peter Berry captured youngster looking gloomy in London after Sunderland’s loss to Manchester City in the Capital One Cup.
Tomorrow the Black Cats take on Hull City in the quarter final of the FA Cup at the Yorkshire side’s KC Stadium and the six-year-old and his family are hoping for a positive result.
If Sunderland make it past the Tigers they will book themselves a return Wembley visit for the semi-final, which will be played over the weekend of April 12 and 13.
Little Euan, who lives in Woodstone Village, Fence Houses, was at the national stadium for SAFC’s defeat by Manchester City with dad Geoff, 42, and sister Grace, eight. Mum Katy was also in London, where they stayed with friends, and she watched the match on TV while looking after baby sister Millie, three.
The 39-year-old said that despite Euan’s glum face, the Woodlea Primary School pupil thoroughly enjoyed his day.
The admin worker said: “He had a fantastic day. He was high with the atmosphere.
“He was sad because he wanted it to be him celebrating. The picture was taken as Man City had just been presented with the trophy and were celebrating with their fans.”
“He is hoping to go back for the semi-final.
“The atmosphere in London was fantastic. It was all red and white. We didn’t even see any Man City fans. Everyone was singing.”
More than 40,000 Sunderland fans descended on the capital last weekend, taking over Covent Garden on Saturday night and turning Wembley Way into a sea of red and white.
Katy added: “But next time, I will definitely arrange a babysitter.”
Sunderland had a 1-0 lead at half time in the Capital One Cup final, thanks to a goal from on-loan Italian forward Fabio Borini.
But Gus Poyet’s side’s dreams of lifting the trophy were shattered when City players Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri scored two wonder goals in quick succession early in the second half.
The scoreline was completed once Jesus Navas slid the ball under Vito Mannone in the final minute.