Sunderland fans have a blast in Blackpool on New Year's Day

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.

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:

BBC commentator Nick Barnes and Sunderland legend Gary Bennett before the game

5. Barnsey and Benno

BBC commentator Nick Barnes and Sunderland legend Gary Bennett before the game
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Jamie King under the Blackpool lights

6. Flying the colours

Jamie King under the Blackpool lights
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Matthew Hern

7. Painting the town red and white

Matthew Hern
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James Fawdon and Loam Hannan outside a Blackpool B&B

8. We do like to be beside the seaside

James Fawdon and Loam Hannan outside a Blackpool B&B
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