Sunderland at Wembley: The red and white army's story - in pictures

Que sera sera, whatever will be will be, we’re going Wem-ber-lee! Sunderland will be back at the famous stadium later this month, and all of Wearside has its fingers crossed for a first win on the hallowed turf since 1973.

Wednesday, 20th March 2019, 1:46 pm
Updated Wednesday, 20th March 2019, 1:48 pm
Wembley 1973

The Black Cats are no strangers to Wembley, and we've taken this opportunity to delve into our archives for pictures of fans enjoying a visit down the years, from the famous day in 1973 when Bob Stokoe’s team beat Leeds United 1-0 in the FA Cup final, to their most recent trip, for the Capital One Cup final against Manchester City in 2014.

These top-hatted Sunderland fans attracted a lot of attention at Wembley in 1973. They were Lawrence Wheatley, 23, and his friend, John Robinson, 22, both from Silksworth.
The most recent visit was in 2014, for the Capital One Cup final against Manchester City. Sunderland led before going down 3-1.
Sunderland reached the play-offs again in 1998, and again lost, this time on penalties to Charlton Athletic after a 4-4 draw regarded by many as one of the most dramatic games in the club's history.

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Fans from Durham were among those flying the flag at the 1990 2nd Division play-offs final against Swindon Town. Sunderland lost, but were promoted when their rivals were involved in a betting scandal.
Sunglasses were the order of the day in 1992, when Sunderland took on Liverpool after reaching their first FA Cup final since that famous day in 1973.
Some of the Sunderland fans who experienced the emotional roller-coaster which was the 1998 play-off final against Charlton Athletic.
Another image from the game against Manchester City, where Sunderland led 1-0 at half-time before conceding three second-half goals.
Here's some of the thousands of Sunderland fans who flocked to Wembley for the 1973 FA Cup final against Leeds United. What a day they were in for.
Two fans get into the Wembley spirit before the 2014 Capital One Cup final against Manchester City in 2014.
Sunderland fans show their support at Wembley in 1998 at the play-off final against Charlton Athletic.
Sunderland fans applaud their team at the 1992 FA Cup final against Liverpool.
These Sunderland fans really got into the Wembley spirit at the 1998 play-off final against Charlton Athletic.
These Sunderland fans remain undaunted, despite the 2-0 defeat by Liverpool at Wembley in the 1992 FA Cup final.