POINTS, pride and prize money are the only remaining spoils on offer for Sunderland as the campaign fades into what promises to be an intriguing summer.
But one team will be celebrating silverware at the Stadium of Light this weekend, as Wearside hosts the FA Carlsberg Sunday Cup final.
The contest has a local flavour too, as Hetton Lyons bid to lift the trophy for the fourth time in seven years when they tackle Merseyside outfit Canada FC.
The Echo’s Chris Young reports on the County Durham side’s chances of continuing their remarkable success in the competition after already boasting a record three cup wins.
Picture the archetypal Sunday League player and it’s not a flattering image.
The portly beer belly, thinning locks, a shortness of breath and perhaps the scent of stale ale after the previous night’s excesses.
For some sides, it’s not an altogether inaccurate stereotype. But then Hetton Lyons are not an average Sunday League team.
Backed by the financial support of chairman and former manager Bradley Groves, the club can boast a 25-man squad entirely composed of semi-professional players also plying their trade in the Northern League, including former Sunderland youngsters Keith Graydon and Stephen Capper.
Read Chris Young’s full feature in today’s Echo.