Pictures: Sunderland fans have a blast in Blackpool as 8,000 Black Cats fans descend on seaside resort for New Year's Day game

Thousands of Sunderland fans have been painting Blackpool red and white ahead of the New Year's Day away game at Bloomfield Road.

Tuesday, 1st January 2019, 1:47 pm
Updated Tuesday, 8th January 2019, 9:13 am
Sunderland fans have a blast in Blackpool on New Year's Day

Just short of 8,000 Black Cats fans were expected to make the trip to the West Coast for the New Year’s Day game against the Tangerines. Here's a selection of pictures from before the game, taken by Frank Reid:

Sunderland fans getting into the spirit
Benjamin Spence with a Blackpool hotdog

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Helen Glen Wright, Alex Mitchell and Dylan Glen Wright with their Blackpool fish and chips
Kerry and Michael Parkin
BBC commentator Nick Barnes and Sunderland legend Gary Bennett before the game
Jamie King under the Blackpool lights
Matthew Hern
James Fawdon and Loam Hannan outside a Blackpool B&B
Sarah Lawrence and Stephen Shields
Sunderland fans at The Manchester Pub
Friends together
Sunderland fans at The Manchester Pub
Out and about before the game
Sunderland fans were having a jolly holiday
It's been a great day so far
Emily Grace Readman, six
Sunderland fans dancing along the tram lines
Happy fans spending New Year's Day in Blackpool