To say that this weekend has been the greatest of my life would be an understatement. After daring to dream for months, the wait was over. Over 31,000 SAFC fans made the long trek from Wearside down to Wembley. It was the first time I’d been personally, and the first time I’d seen my team in a cup final, with the last one coming over a year before I was born.
The best thing Gus Poyet can do to show his players how much Sunday means to the people of Sunderland is to play back the DVD of the 1973 Cup Final on Sunday morning. I assume managers have probably done so in the past before big games in an effort to bring the players to our level, and some may have failed when it came to the big occasion, but I sense that the current group of players might respond well to it, knowing in hindsight what their potential achievements can bring to their lives and their status within the world of football.
What do you want your club to achieve as a fan? An occasional win against one of the big boys, another win against the Scum, a top half finish, winning the league, a European place, survival or a trip to Wembley and a cup win?
Here are a couple of other guides for SAFC fans heading to Wembley depending on how you get there. This time we cover driving down, getting the coach and the train from Wearside. If you’re going down on Saturday you should be reading Part 1.
Saturday felt like a pre-season friendly the week before the season started. Players were supposed to be fighting for places. Fans were discussing the team for next week, travel plans and watering holes for those pre Wembley pints and the best way to get to Trafalgar Square on the the Saturday.
The campaign is flying high and currently ‘Things Can Only Get Better’ sits in the top 40 on iTunes and top 20 on Amazon (correct at the time of publishing). D:Ream, the band behind the former UK number one, have caught wind of this and DJ/Producer/Vocalist Alan Mackenzie kindly took the time to answer a few questions for We Are Wearside.
The Wearside invasion of London is getting closer and to try and make it easier I thought I would use some of my experience in London following The Lads to give you some ideas and help for the day. Part 1 will look at those who are staying down for the weekend.
SAFC fans have started a campaign to get the recently adopted song ‘Things Can Only Get Better’ by Northern Irish band D:Ream back into the charts, two decades after it graced the number one spot. Join in!
The Premier League has felt like a sideshow, and in recent weeks an inconvenient one, since Vito Mannone’s save sent SAFC into the Capital One Cup final. The players have had four League games with a FA Cup tie sandwiched in between to stake their claim for a spot in Gus Poyet's starting eleven – so who deserves it? I’m sure most of you won’t agree with me but this is the team I’d like to see walk out at Wembley.
A disappointing pre-Wembley warm up for Sunderland. Despite a much improved second half performance, this was one that was beyond us long before.
Live scores to see the all goals go in!