Sunderland fans pile into biggest-ever team picture

Sunderland fans and players gather for the club's biggest ever team photo at the Stadium of Light.
Sunderland fans and players gather for the club's biggest ever team photo at the Stadium of Light.
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HUNDREDS of Black Cats fans were put in the picture as they were included in Sunderland’s biggest-ever team photo.

All supporters who bought the club’s current adidas home shirt were invited to the Stadium of Light for the photocall, which was attended by manager Martin O’Neill and the first-team squad.

Sunderland fans and players gather for the club's biggest ever team photo at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland fans and players gather for the club's biggest ever team photo at the Stadium of Light.

They gathered in the East Stand of the ground for the photograph to be taken and claim a place in history.

Younger SAFC fans got the chance to get closer to their heroes on the day.

Steven Clarke, 13, from Ryhope, said: “It was brilliant. It was great to see the players up close and in the stands instead of on the pitch.

“I was just a couple of rows behind them today.”

Steven was joined by school friend Lewis Hodgkinson and the Venerable Bede pupil admitted he couldn’t think of many better ways to spend the half term.

“My favourite player is Lee Cattermole.” Lewis said. “I got to meet him today and it really was nice to see all of the players.

“It was a great way to spend the school holidays.”

Club captain, midfielder Lee Cattermole said: “It’s something really special for the fans and players to be part of.”

Everyone who took part will be sent a copy of the picture by the club.

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