Sunderland at Wembley: 14 of the most magical moments from the Black Cats' last trip to Wembley - here's to making more memories!

It was an amazing weekend - and now we're doing it all again.

By Ross Robertson
Saturday, 30 March, 2019, 16:50
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Here we take a look at some of the magic moments from Sunderland's last trip to Wembley in 2014 as fans make more special memories.

Fans were elated when the Black Cats beat the big boys to secure their place at Wembley. Nine thousand SAFC fans had travelled to Old Trafford for the second leg of the semi-final, with the club providing free coaches.
The build-up to the final began almost straight away, with the whole city behind the club. Sunderland turned red and white, and businesses of all kinds put on cup final specials.
The feeling of anticipation built as fans began setting off in droves on the Saturday morning by bus and train. Sunderland players had even recorded a special alarm tone for fans to make sure they didnt miss their transport.
Thousands of Sunderland fans gathered in Covent Garden and Leicester Square to celebrate the night before the game, absolutely buzzing with excitement.
Tory MP Robert Halfon rather put his foot in it when he bemoaned scumbag football hooligans in Covent Garden spoiling his evening out.
Football supporters from around the country rallied behind Sunderland fans, and he apologised and wished Sunderland well - a sentiment he has repeated for the Black Cats' latest trip to Wembley.
After the buzz of Covent Garden came the magic of Wembley Way in the morning, as ecstatic Sunderland fans made their way to the stadium, flags flying, faces painted, red and white stripes proudly displayed.
Discreetly sat among thousands of other fans was Jordan Henderson, who had signed to Liverpool a few years earlier, but still made the journey to London cheer on his hometown team.

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Sunderland mascot George Johnson nearly missed his big day when the machine that fed the very ill four-year-old malfunctioned.
The brave little lad, who had an undiagnosed digestive condition, had led the team out a number of times before, and fans had taken him to their hearts. Thankfully, he pulled through in time to make his big moment at Wembley.
Sunderlands dreams of overcoming the odds to win the cup got off to an amazing start when Fabio Borini scored the first goal in the 10th minute.
Not all fans could make the game, of course, with tens of thousands watching from back home, packed into pubs, gathered together in homes, or at a special screening at the Stadium of Light.
Sadly it was not to be for Sunderland, with Manchester City coming back to win 3-1. But Black Cats fans were full of pride for their team and the way they played, and let the players know they had their support.
Indeed, so impressive were the Sunderland fans and their attitude, Manchester City fans even wrote letters to the Echo praising their opponents supporters and the way they behaved at Wembley.
Just four arrests were made over the cup final, and the Metropolitan Police were quick to praise both sets of fans for the way they conducted themselves.
The cup final was the least of Sunderlands worries that season, of course, with the team fighting for survival. Thankfully Gus Poyets men went on to beat the drop, much to the relief of fans.