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Sunderland at Wembley: 'It's like the whole of Wearside is here' - magical scenes in Trafalgar Square ahead of Checkatrade Trophy

Sunderland fans have created a magical atmosphere in London tonight as they await the Checkatrade Trophy final.

Tens of thousands of supporters descended on Covent Garden and Trafalgar Square to celebrate ahead of the big game. You can see pictures from Covent Garden here.

There were amazing scenes in London tonight ahead of the cup final tomorrow
There were amazing scenes in London tonight ahead of the cup final tomorrow
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The first fans set off from Sunderland early this morning.
The first fans set off from Sunderland early this morning.
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Supporters hit Covent Garden before heading to Trafalgar Square
Supporters hit Covent Garden before heading to Trafalgar Square
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There was an amazing atmosphere with flares burning bright.
There was an amazing atmosphere with flares burning bright.
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