And he is confident that this is Sunderland’s year. There’s even an omen in his adopted home town of Chandler, Arizona, where one of the streets is called Championship Drive!
Sunderland were still in the Premier League when Craig moved out to the US in 2016 for work.
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“This is my second trip to Wembley from here,” he said. “I travel on Thursday from Arizona to London. I will be meeting with friends and my brother.”
It promises to be a poignant occasion as he has not seen them for more than two years and said: “I am so looking forward to supporting the lads. And meeting friends and family in London.
“I will be in Covent Garden on Friday for the day of celebrating making it to Wembley.
“The bad part for me is I left for the US in 2016 while we were still in the premiership. And now we are fighting our way out of League 1.”
But he added: “I feel more confident about this game than other play-off or Wembley appearances.”
Chandler, he said, was ‘about the size of Sunderland, but with a lot less people. Lots of desert and mountains. Just outside of Phoenix.”
Craig is such a passionate Black Cats fan that he is hoping to set up a fan club in Arizona with his fellow SAFC pal out there, Kevin Rafferty.
He said: “I hope they win. That’s a long way to go to watch them get beat again!”
But Craig is confident that Sunderland can emerge victorious this time.
His prediction? - “Early goal for us, then one before half time. One in the second half. 3-0 win.”
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