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
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:
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
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.
5. Comment on the game
itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies,
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
Absolutely amazing and would love to do it
again. Never experienced anything like it
before and probably never will again.