The brilliant photos of Sunderland fans at the Stadium of Light for the first time in 14 months

Sunderland fans returned to the Stadium of Light on Saturday afternoon.

Sunday, 23rd May 2021, 11:43 am
SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - MAY 22: Sunderland fan Keith wearing his Sunderland AFC Mask with his name on before the Sky Bet League One Play-off Semi Final 2nd Leg match between Sunderland and Lincoln City at Stadium of Light on May 22, 2021 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Goals from Ross Stewart and Charlie Wyke put the Black Cats 2-0 ahead at the break.

That meant the aggregate score was level at 2-2 but a disappointing second half saw Lincoln City through.

But Sunderland were backed by 10,000 fans at the Stadium of Light this afternoon for the first time in 18 months.

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Sunderland fans pose for a photo inside the Stadium of Light.

Here, we take a look at the best pictures of Sunderland fans as they made their long-awaited return:

Fans enjoy some pre-match food outside the stadium prior to the game.
A Sunderland fan wearing a face mask waits to enter the stadium.
A Sunderland fan wearing a face-covering watches the action from the stand.
Charlie Wyke and Sunderland fans react after the striker missed a first-half chance.
Fans arrive on Stadium Way outside the Stadium of Light prior to the clash with Lincoln City
Fans make their way to the ground for the first time in 18 months.
Sunderland fans enjoy the atmosphere with a scarf!
Ross Stewart scores for Sunderland as fans watch on.
Sunderland fans react from the stand during the game against Lincoln City.
A Sunderland fan celebrates after his team's first goal.
Sunderland fans watching the action from the stand as Chris Maguire takes a corner.