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Wembley Stadium
  Manchester City v Sunderland
Sunday, March 2nd, 2014, 2pm
 
Capital One Final
 
Callum Bradfield
(Sunderland fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

Going to Wembley with your team is a dream for any supporter and the whole of Sunderland was rocking ever since the semi-final win. Also, I travelled to Wembley last year as a neutral (Bradford vs Northampton), and couldn't wait to go back.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

We left at 5am and arrived at Stanmore tube station at 10am and parked the car there. We then got the tube and about 5 minutes later we were at Wembley Park Station, and exited onto Wembley Way:

Wembley Way

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

We had a look around the stadium and took a few photos. Many Sunderland fans gathered at a nearby Premier Inn which were charging 4 a pint.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

The ground is huge and looks fantastic. The arch is unmissable and just seeing it adds to the experience. The walk down Olympic way was great as you really felt the excitement, with thousands of fans walking down this one path. It was also quite unusual getting an elevator up to the top tier, which is great.

Wembley Stadium

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Sunderland were massive underdogs and we took the lead early on through Fabio Borini. However, just after half-time, in the space of a minute Manchester City led 2-1 thanks to sublime goals from Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri. Sunderland pushed for an equaliser but in the last minute City countered, and Jesus Navas scored to finish the game at 3-1, and they lifted the trophy. The stadium stayed full at both ends at the end of the game, with both sets of fans still singing before we departed back down Olympic Way.

The stewards were very friendly and relaxed, and there were no problems. They even got chants sung for them in the concourse!

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

It was surprisingly quick to get back to the tube due to the large amount of people. However, the car park back at Stanmore Tube Station was jammed full and it took two hours to leave.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Absolutely amazing and would love to do it again. Never experienced anything like it before and probably never will again. 10/10..


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