Sunderland fans light flares and chant in Trafalgar Square takeover ahead of Football League Trophy clash with Portsmouth at Wembley

By | 30th March 2019

TRAFALGAR SQUARE was turned red on Saturday night as swathes of Sunderland fans took over the London landmark.

Thousands of supporters had made the 270-mile journey south ahead of Sunday’s EFL Trophy final at Wembley.

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Sunderland fans took over Trafalgar Square ahead of the EFL Trophy final[/caption]

Jack Ross’ Black Cats take on Portsmouth with the attendance expected to surpass the record 80,841 who saw Wolves beat Burnley in 1988.

And Sunderland have already shown their support with red flares lit as they chanted in masses through the capital.

Flags were draped across fences and at the bottom of Nelson’s Column as songs were sung into the night.

New owners, including Stewart Donald, were among the fans in Trafalgar Square.

Having suffered back-to-back relegation, currently playing in League One, the opportunity to celebrate was clearly being taken.

Ross said: “The reality is for the vast majority of players, these occasions don’t come round very often.

“The opportunity to play at Wembley in front of such a big crowd is something for them to embrace.”

Sunderland are hoping Will Grigg will have recovered from an ankle injury having missed Northern Ireland’s European qualifiers.

The two sides are equally matched with Sunderland fourth in League One and just behind Portsmouth in the table.

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Black Cats flags were draped across the capital ahead of Sunday’s game[/caption]

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Fans chanted and sung songs with swathes of supporters descending on the capital[/caption]

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A sea of Sunderland supporters made the 270-mile journey to the capital[/caption]

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Black Cats take on Portsmouth in the EFL Trophy final at Wembley[/caption]

Fans took over the steps of Nelson’s Column
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This post written by Tom Roddy originally appeared on Football news - transfers, fixtures, scores, pictures | The Sun. Read the full post here.

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