Picture special: Remembering the journey to Wembley on 45th anniversary of Sunderland’s FA Cup Final victory

Were you queueing in the darkness for your train 45 years ago?
Were you queueing in the darkness for your train 45 years ago?
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It’s 45 years today since Sunderland produced one of the FA Cup’s most famous results.

Wembley was turned into a sea of red and white as the Roker Roar took over London.

And Teddy went on the journey too - but does anyone know who the young fan is?

And Teddy went on the journey too - but does anyone know who the young fan is?

But who remembers the long journey which went beforehand – when a legion of Wearsiders headed for London and had the best day out ever.

For hours, Sunderland fans left the North East in their droves – by train, coach, car and any other way they could think of.

Here are some of those supporters getting ready for what would turn out to be the biggest day in the club’s history for decades to come.

Are you one of the supporters pictured in the early morning darkness outside Sunderland station, waiting for a train south?

Who are the two fans with their own version of the FA Cup?

Who are the two fans with their own version of the FA Cup?

Or were you among these fans pictured with rosettes, many with newspapers and all with smiles as they get ready for the day ahead. Who do you recognise in this shot?

Here’s a smiling youngster with his Teddy Bear all decked out in Black Cats colours as he gets ready to travel to London. Can anyone tell us who he is?

Or do you know who these two men were who made their own version of the FA Cup to take to Wembley with them?

Today, we want to re-live the memories of your trip to Wembley for that famous day 45 years ago.

Were there any memorable moments along the way – or on the way back as you celebrated a famous win?

How did you get to London? Who did you go with? How long was your journey?

As we all hope for a bright future with SAFC under new ownership, let’s look back at those memories of one of the greatest days in our club’s history.

Get in touch and give us your 1973 recollections by emailing chris.cordner@jpress.co.uk.