A SUNDERLAND supporting dad from Hartlepool hopes his young son will prove to be a lucky charm at Sunday’s cup final.
Eleven-year-old Owen McKenna predicted the Black Cats would make it to Wembley despite the odds being stacked against them in previous rounds.
Owen and dad Andrew McKenna, 41, were at the second round tie against MK Dons when Sunderland were 2-0 down with just 10 minutes of normal time remaining.
Andrew, a skip firm boss, of Clavering, Hartlepool, recalled: “I wanted to go early but Owen said if we stay to the end they would get to Wembley.”
Sunderland went on to score four goals in 12 minutes to go through 4-2 winners.
Owen’s luck struck again in the quarter finals when Sunderland were getting beaten by 1-0 by Chelsea.
Andrew said: “He said ‘If I magic us a goal will you take me to Wembley?’ I said yes not thinking it would come true.”
Sunderland found a late equaliser to take the match to extra time before scoring the winning goal. He says he’s a lucky charm,” added Andrew, who watches Hartlepool United when Sunderland are not at home.
He, Owen and wife Susan, 40, are going to London for the final, although weight loss coach Susan does not have a ticket.
Their other children, Niall, three, named after Sunderland’s former player and chairman Niall Quinn, and Cara, six, will watch the game at home with relatives.
Andrew added: “It’s not often you go to Wembley. Whatever happens I guarantee we are going to have two good days and just enjoy the occasion.”