SUPER-fan Mark Laws has cut short his gap year thousands of miles from home to be part of the crowd at Sunday’s cup final.
The 22-year-old left Sunderland last autumn to spend the year travelling in Asia.
But on hearing that his beloved Black Cats had reached the Capital One Cup final, he immediately decided he’d have to return to Wearside.
Mark, who last year completed a business degree at Northumbria University, said: “I’d been to India, Sri Lanka and Nepal since I left.
“The infrastructure isn’t great in Nepal and they have a few power cuts a day so I said that on the day of the semi-final if I found out we’d won when the power came back on, I’d go home.”
Sunderland’s penalty shoot-out win over Manchester United last month meant Mark decided to book his flights back home.
“I went to Bhutan after Nepal then came back a few days ago,” added the former Thornhill School pupil.
“It took 38 hours and four flights to get home so it’s cost me more than a few bob as well!”
Mark will be at Wembley alongside mum Gaye, dad Ian, twin brother Glenn and his other brothers Michael and Christopher, cheering on their team.
“It’s going to be a great weekend and we can’t wait,” said Mark.
“I’m flying back out to Bangkok a few days after the game and I’m just hoping we win it.”