C’MON lads – bring the cup home.
That is the message of support to Gus Poyet’s Wembley wonders as they bid to bring back major silverware tomorrow for the first time in more than 40 years.
Olympic silver medallist and former world champion athlete Steve Cram, who will be at the game, said: “So far, every trip I’ve made to Wembley to support the boys hasn’t ended with the right result – here’s hoping that things are different on Sunday.
“The team have done brilliantly to get to Wembley and I am really looking forward to travelling down with the thousands of other passionate Sunderland fans for what will be a memorable day. Haway the lads!”
Sky Sports presenter Dave Jones, a big Sunderland fan who will be at the match with his brother, said: “Seize the day lads and write your names into folklore!”
Alan Mackenzie from pop D:ream, whose hit song Things Can Only Get Better has been adopted by Black Cats fans during the cup run, said: “We wish the team all the best for Sunday.
“Just do what you did last time when you beat Manchester City. It should be no bother!”
Adopted Mackem and former Steps singer Faye Tozer, who lives in Sunderland and is married to Black Cats fans Michael Smith, said: “As a honorary Mackem, wife and mother to two proud Sunderland supporters - Come on Sunderland, things can only get better! Ha’way the lads!”
Sunderland Central MP Julie Elliott told the Echo: “The team getting to Wembley has given the whole city a lift.”
Washington and Sunderland West MP Sharon Hodgson said: “We’ve already beaten them once this season so we know our lads have what it takes. The players and coaches are going to Wembley with the whole city behind them, and I wish them the best of luck.”
MP for Houghton and Sunderland South, Bridget Phillipson said: “I hope all the supporters enjoy their day, especially those making the long trip to London for the final.”
The Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Robert Heron, said: “Seeing Sunderland AFC in a final at the new Wembley is going to be a great experience for thousands of people and many thousands will be watching and listening elsewhere.
“Getting through to the final has given fans everywhere a boost and we’re all looking to another boost this weekend.”
Philip Heywood, 49, a photographer, from Durham: “Hopefully the lads can do all right. They’ve played well recently so if they can do the same in this game we can win it. We will get hammered if we play like we did at Arsenal. “I think the score will be 2-1 Sunderland, wishful thinking I know.”
Christine Kenyon, 64, retired from South Shields: “If I’m honest I didn’t know there was a game on but since we are playing Manchester City I think we will lose 1-0.”
Terry Telford, 50, painter and decorator: “The game is going to go one of two ways. Sunderland will either win 1-0 or get thrashed by four or five. In ‘73 they were huge underdogs against Leeds but managed to win that 1-0 and I can’t see any reason why that can’t happen again. They have beat Man City plenty of times up here but this game that can go either way.”
Ciaran Purcell, five, attends St Benet’s RC Primary School and is going to Wembley: “It will be a very hard game and I think Manchester City will win.”
Andy Smith, 48, sales assistant (dressed in wig): “I’m a Geordie and I’ve got to wear this! I think the game will finish 3-1 Man City.”
Michael Turnbull, 24, salesman: “Sunderland are massive underdogs but they are City’s bogey team, they can sneak a 1-0 win.”
Jack Bingham, 11, attends Bexhill Academy and will be watching the game on television at a friend’s house: “I was over the moon when we won the semi-final and I think We will win 2-1.”
Kian Ferguson, 9, of Plains Farm said: “We always beat Man City. We will win this 1-0.”
Sister Scholastica of the Convent Of Mercy said: “I certainly hope Sunderland win. It is anhonour just to play at Wembley and I hope they do the city proud. Myself and my sisters will be praying hard for that win.”
Paulina Cyganska, 23, student said: “I don’t see why Sunderland cannot win. I think the score will be 2-1 Sunderland.”