Sunderland fans pack out Trafalgar Square before Checkatrade Trophy final

Sunderland fans
Sunderland's last trophy came in 1973 when they beat Leeds in the FA Cup final

Trafalgar Square has been taken over...

On Sunday, more than 40,000 Sunderland fans will help fill a sold out Wembley Stadium for the Checkatrade Trophy final against Portsmouth.

On Saturday night, thousands of those fans packed out Trafalgar Square in London.

The Black Cats' fans have not had much to cheer in recent years after back-to-back relegations but Sunday's final offers the chance to win their first silverware since 1973.

It is also their first Wembley appearance since the 2014 League Cup final when the then Premier League side lost 3-1 to Manchester City.

Sunday's attendance is set to be the biggest for any final in the competition's history, surpassing the 80,841 who saw Wolves beat Burnley in 1988.

Sunderland owner Stewart Donald (right), executive director Charlie Methven (left) and board member Juan Sartori join the celebrations in London
Sunderland owner Stewart Donald (right), executive director Charlie Methven (left) and board member Juan Sartori joined the celebrations in London
Sunderland fans
Sunderland have not won a competitive game at Wembley since 1973

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