How Sunderland's stars have performed on previous Wembley visits ahead of Checkatrade Trophy final with Portsmouth

As Sunderland's trip to Wembley grows ever-closer, several of their first team squad will be looking to right some wrongs against Portsmouth.

Sunday, 24th March 2019, 8:07 am
Updated Sunday, 24th March 2019, 8:18 am
Grant Leadbitter is one Sunderland star who has previously played at Wembley

For while the Black Cats will be making only their second trip to the new Wembley Stadium, a number of Jack Ross' side have previous experience at the national stadium - albeit with mixed results. We've taken a look through the history books to see when which of Sunderland's stars have previously played at Wembley and - more importantly - how they fared on their trips. Scroll down and click through the pages to see how they got on - although it may not make too pleasant a read ahead of Sunday's Checkatrade Trophy Final...

McLaughlin featured twice at Wembley during his time at Bradford. He was a second-half substitute as the Bantams lost to Swansea in the League Cup final before featuring in a 3-0 play-off final defeat against Northampton.
Loovens also ended up on the losing side during his trip to the national stadium - playing the full game as Cardiff lost to Portsmouth in the 2008 FA Cup Final. He also saw a goal chalked out for a foul.

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The midfielder, of course, turned out for the Black Cats in their last trip to Wembley. He starred against Manchester City, but couldnt help to prevent a 3-1 defeat.
Maguire has twice played at Wembley in this competition, having helped Oxford to the final of the Checkatrade Trophy in 2016 and 2017. The Us lost both finals, though.
The prolific striker played a starring role in firing Bradford City to the 2017 League One play-off final against Millwall, but Wyke couldnt recreate his heroics at Wembley as the Bantams suffered a 1-0 reverse.
Having captained Middlesbrough during the 2014/15 season, Leadbitter retained the armband as Boro took on Norwich at Wembley - but saw his side lose 2-0 to the Canaries.
ONien played a key role as Wycombe Wanderers reached the League Two play-off final in 2017, but he wasnt part of the Chairboys squad that succumbed to a penalty shoot-out defeat against Southend.
The defender travelled with Peterborough to the 2014 EFL Trophy final but, having represented Hartlepool in an earlier round of the competition, was forced to miss the 3-1 triumph over Chesterfield.
The 2009/10 season was a breakthrough one for Matthews and, while he helped Cardiff to the play-off final against Blackpool, he didnt make the squad on the day. The Bluebirds eventually lost 3-2.