The Wearside faithful have been turning League One red and white throughout the 2018-19 season.
From Home Park to Oakwell, tens of thousands of Sunderland AFC supporters have joined Jack Ross and the Lads on the road, playing a massive part in our promotion push.
Now, it’s time to paint the capital red and white!
On Sunday 31 March, over 40,000 Mackems will head south for the Black Cats’ Checkatrade Trophy Final showdown against Portsmouth at Wembley Stadium.
The south-coast club are also expected to sell out their allocation, with a sea of red and white set to battle a wall of blue at the national stadium.
Our last trip to Wembley ended in defeat, but the memories forged will last a lifetime, and the weekend was about so much more than 90 minutes and 22 players.
In conjunction with Red and White Army, SAFC will be running a ‘Photo of the Weekend’ competition, and the rules are simple…
Send us your red and white snaps from Trafalgar Square to Wembley Way, and the supporter who takes the best one will win a money-can’t-buy experience!
The best photos will also be showcased right here on safc.com in our Fan Gallery, and we will be sharing the best content on Twitter and Instagram throughout the weekend.
SAFC’s managing director, Tony Davison, said: “Sunderland and Portsmouth are both steeped in history, but ultimately they have fallen on tough times in recent years, so the Checkatrade Trophy Final represents a chance to show that they are on their way back.
“I worked at Wembley for over five years, but there’s nothing quite like a trip to the national stadium with the red and white army.
“Wherever you are heading on cup final weekend, grab photos and videos along the way, and share them with us so that in years to come, we can not only look back at events on the pitch, but the special memories we shared off it.”
Chairman of RAWA, Andrew Hird, added: “Trips to Wembley don’t come around very often, but whenever they do, you can guarantee Sunderland fans will make the most of it.
“I remember being in Covent Garden on the Saturday night before the 2014 League Cup Final, and two American tourists said, ‘I take it your team won today’, to which I replied, ‘the game isn’t until tomorrow!’.
“We turned Wembley into Wearside, but our fans didn’t just takeover a stadium, they transformed a city, and next Sunday we once again have the opportunity to showcase our magnificent support on a national scale.
“So, wear your colours with pride and when the teams take to the field at 2.25pm, hold your red and white scarfs aloft, and soak in every single second of what promises to be a truly special atmosphere.”
To put your snaps in the running, simply tweet over the weekend using the #WontBeHomeForTea hashtag!