PICTURE SPECIAL: Sunderland invasion of Wembley begins

THOUSANDS of Sunderland supporters have descended on Wembley ahead of this afternoon’s Capital One Cup final.

Black Cats fans snapped up the club’s 31,000 allocation for the showpiece occasion in mid-February.

WEMBLEY WAY ... Sunderland fans (left to right) Bob Smith, his daughter Rebecca and son Rob. Picture by FRANK REID.

WEMBLEY WAY ... Sunderland fans (left to right) Bob Smith, his daughter Rebecca and son Rob. Picture by FRANK REID.

They will be hoping to see Gus Poyet’s side lift Sunderland’s first piece of major silverware since 1973’s FA Cup.

Manchester City are the opponents in the 2pm kick-off.