The Papa John’s Trophy hoodoo that hit Southampton, Portsmouth and Peterborough United - and that Sunderland must avoid

Sunderland head to Wembley this weekend hoping that a victory in the Papa John’s Trophy will fuel their push for promotion to the Championship.

Friday, 12th March 2021, 3:36 pm

But how have former winners of the competition fared when it comes to gaining promotion?Not very well, it appears.

Of the last 11 winners of the tournament, only a select few have gone on to achieve promotion in the same season that they won the silverware - with the likes of Portsmouth and Southampton succumbing to this Wembley hoodoo.

The Black Cats will be looking to avoid that this season as they target a spot in the top two and a return to the second tier.

We take a look at where former winners of the competition have finished in their respective leagues immediately after lifting the trophy - and it’s fair to say the results are varied.

Let’s hope that Sunderland are more of a Bristol City than a Coventry City!

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