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Sunderland close in on selling out extra allocation as former boss reveals hope to be at Wembley

By Danny Bloomer

There are now just a couple of hundred tickets left from the extra allocation Sunderland fans received for the play-off final at Wembley. The Black Cats were given an additional 6,480 tickets to take their allocation up to 43,960, which are now already close to being sold out.

Sunderland have also confirmed they are set to make another request for more tickets, however that request is unlikely to be granted. It is set to be Sunderland’s fourth trip to Wembley in just over three years, the second of which in a League One play-off final following their defeat to Charlton Athletic in 2019.

The Black Cats ended their 48-year wait for a Wembley win in their last visit against Tranmere Rovers in the 2021 EFL Trophy final thanks to Lyndon Gooch’s second half goal. And they will be hoping to continue that record next weekend against Wycombe Wanderers, as they seek a return to the Championship at the fourth attempt.

READ MORE: Alex Neil is the man to get Sunderland promoted, says key man Alex Pritchard

Wycombe defied the odds to beat MK Dons 2-1 on aggregate in the semi-finals, while Sunderland overcame Sheffield Wednesday by the same score line. And one man who looks set to be there in support of Alex Neil’s side is former manager Peter Reid.

Reid spent seven years managing Sunderland between 1995 and 2002, where he twice guided them to promotion from the First Division. The 65-year-old said on his official Twitter account that he has a ‘feeling’ he will be at Wembley, and Sunderland will be hoping he can be the good luck charm given his promotion record during his time at the club.

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