Sunderland to wear red and white stripes at Wembley for first time in 29 years

Sunderland's Phil Bardsley (left) celebrates with team-mates Steven Fletcher (centre) and Sung-Yeung Ki after Manchester United's Ryan Giggs scores and own goal during the Capital One Cup, Semi Final, First Leg match at Stadium of Light, Sunderland.

Sunderland's Phil Bardsley (left) celebrates with team-mates Steven Fletcher (centre) and Sung-Yeung Ki after Manchester United's Ryan Giggs scores and own goal during the Capital One Cup, Semi Final, First Leg match at Stadium of Light, Sunderland.

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SUNDERLAND will wear their red and white stripes at Wembley for the first time since 1985.

Capital One Cup organisers today confirmed that both Sunderland and Manchester City will wear their home colours for the final on March 2.

The last time Sunderland were in a cup final at Wembley, against Liverpool in the FA Cup 1992, they wore their change kit of white.

In 1988, at the Mercantile Credit Festival (otherwise known as the Football League Centenary Tournament), they wore a yellow kit for the 0-0 draw against Wigan, before losing on penalties. It was the only time Sunderland wore that strip. They also wore a gold strip in the 1998 play-off defeat against Charlton Athletic.

However, Sunderland wore red and white in 1985, the Milk Cup defeat against Norwich, and also in 1973 when they beat Leeds United 1-0 in the FA Cup Final.