Ahead of this afternoon’s Carabao Cup final at Wembley, a large number of enthusiastic Newcastle United supporters have made their way to London. The excitement among the fans is palpable as they gather in anticipation of the big game.
The capital has been overtaken by Geordies donning black and white stripes, all in anticipation of their team winning their first significant trophy in 54 years.
A group of Magpies supporters in Trafalgar Square ahead of the big game
Yesterday morning, the Toon Army tied a massive flag to The Angel of the North in Gateshead before heading down south. As the sun went down, they assembled in Trafalgar Square for an all-night celebration before their match against Manchester United today. A lot of them have returned this afternoon, holding scarves and custom-made banners, in anticipation of the significant game. Some have already arrived at Wembley to enjoy the pre-match ambiance.
More Geordies getting ready for the Carabao Cup final
It the team’s first appearance in the final of a key tournament since losing 2-0 to United in the 1998/99 FA Cup final.
The 32,761 tickets allocated to the club at the 90,000-seater stadium sold out within a week and the travelling Magpies supporters have wasted no time getting acquainted with London.
Congregating last night, they sang terrace chants, downed cans of beer and let off smoke bombs in the club’s colours.
Even co-owner Mehrdad Ghodoussi got involved, posting a photo on social media of him with fellow director Jamie Reuben enjoying the festivities with their hoods up.
Wembley Way as fans start to arrive for the Carabao Cup final