Salut! Sunderland offers all readers, contributors and stray visitors the chance to have their say about reaching Wembley again for the first time in 16 years, the first cup final in 22. Kevin Maguire, associate editor of the Daily Mirror, political pundit and a familiar voice on radio and TV, is a lifelong Sunderland fan. To prove that any contributions to this series will be welcome, long or short, he is distinctly economical with his words. They’re heartfelt all the same …
I still pinch myself we’re going to Wembley.
If you’d have told me back in August, when I was sitting in the Stadium of Light, 2-0 down to MK Dons with 12 minutes left, that we’d be in the final, defeating Southampton, Chelsea and Manchester United on the way, I’d have recommended psychiatric help.
But we are going to Wembley. We’re living the Sunderland dream.
I want a win. End of. We didn’t have the money to go to the 1973 Final but I watched us lose four times in the old stadium.
In the ’85 League Cup final and ’92 FA Cup, the play-offs of ’90 and ’98, I left with the gut-wrenching disappointment of defeat. The other end of the ground cheering deliriously as you file out beaten is horrible.
It’s what I remember most about the four trips. I want the fifth to be like the end of that MK Dons match when we’d won 4-2 and couldn’t quite believe it.
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