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Mackem for Londoners: A bluffers' guide to Sunderland speak as SAFC head to Wembley for the Checkatrade Trophy cup final against Portsmouth

Sunderland fans are gearing up for a trip to Wembley after securing a place against Portsmouth in the Checkatrade Trophy final.

It will be a great day out for Black Cats fans, who will turn swathes of London red and white. "Northerners" tend to get all lumped into one, but Sunderland very much has its own culture, vibe and accent. Here's a guide for Londoners (and Portsmouth fans for that matter) to some words and phrases they may here over Wembley weekend:

Starting with the basics, this is the nickname for people from Sunderland. We are definitely NOT geordies.

1. Mackem

Starting with the basics, this is the nickname for people from Sunderland. We are definitely NOT geordies.
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An alternative local pronunciation of Sunderland, particularly when shouted as part of a football chant. Expect to hear this a lot. Picture by Pixabay.

2. Sunlun

An alternative local pronunciation of Sunderland, particularly when shouted as part of a football chant. Expect to hear this a lot. Picture by Pixabay.
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Going. As in Were gannin to Wembley!

3. Gannin

Going. As in Were gannin to Wembley!
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To. As in Where ya gannin tee?

4. Tee

To. As in Where ya gannin tee?
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