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Sunderland set for record-breaking Wembley crowd as Portsmouth sell-out Checkatrade Trophy allocation

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A crowd of over 80,000 is set to descend on the national stadium for the clash between the League One promotion chasers, in what will be the highest crowd the competition has witnessed since its inception in 1983.

Share Share ITHICS Fanzine: Sunderlands fixture break couldnt have come at a better time – and heres why tweet share Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email Danny Roberts Its just under a fortnight before the Checkatrade Trophy final and Sunderland have all of that time to prepare for the big game. With the away trip to Fleetwood called off due to international call-ups, the club can now afford to concentrate on winning a trophy they will hope they dont have to defend next season.

Sunderland quickly sold-out of tickets for the showpiece final and are set to be backed by almost 40,000 fans after receiving an additional allocation from the EFL.

And Portsmouth have now followed suit, as their allocation of 40,300 was snapped up within the first day of tickets going on general sale.

With just nine league fixtures left this season, Saturdays invaluable win (after being behind after just four minutes) leaves the club with its destiny in its own hands once again. We can thank Doncaster for that – on Friday night, they forced Barnsley to grind out a further 0-0 draw in succession (after producing the same score against us the previous Tuesday).

Such numbers, when added to corporate, EFL and hospitality attendees, will see the two teams smash the competition record attendance – which currently stands at the 80,841 fans who watched Wolves beat Brentford in 1988.

And with our win it was two points gained on the team in second place, leaving us two points behind the men from Oakwell with a game in hand. Luton have also displayed less relentless form of late, drawing three out if its last six games. Indeed, four out of Barnsleys last six results have all been goalless draws.

The highest-ever attendance seen for the final at the new Wembley Stadium came in 2017, when 74,434 fans saw Coventry City beat Oxford United.

So lets hope the two-week break allows the team to prepare for an unforgiving run-in. April sees Sunderland contest eight games, so a two week break at this stage is just what is required and maybe with the fillip of a cup win to give an extra boost.

Pompey offered season ticket holders a full week to purchase their tickets before opening up a general sale period, hence why their sales seemingly progressed at a slower rate than those of Sunderland.

And Mark Catlin, the clubs chief executive, has praised the Portsmouth support ahead of what looks set to be a memorable afternoon.

As the business end of the season cranks into full power, it is without doubt squeaky bum time. I will decline to mention any more Sky Sports-style clichés, so apologies for those used already.

“However, we are getting odd tickets that the EFL are returning to us for different reasons – and as soon as we get them they will also go on sale.

Marginally, at least, Sunderland have the better form of the top three teams, with four wins and two draws.

“Weve had a phenomenal day, I believe weve sold 6,000 alone. If you take it from Monday to Monday, we have sold in excess of 40,000 tickets.

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All 40,300 Pompey tickets for the Sunderland encounter were snapped up within eight days, ensuring the largest attendance in the history of competition under its various guises.

Yet Catlin had faced criticism from some quarters for not restricting purchases, instead allowing season-ticket holders to buy up to six seats a time.

Yet Pompeys chief executive points at the sold-out signs as evidence the clubs approach was correct.

If we had limited it to two seats per person – and 8,000-odd season ticket holders purchased tickets – there would have been 16-17,000 going on general sale.

From speaking to fans, it was allowing six tickets per person which allowed them to bring along extended family to Wembley.

Ive seen all the comments out there. However, you simply cannot argue with the fact we have sold 40,000 tickets for a Checkatrade Trophy final. That is simply astounding.

I was at the Hall of Fame on Friday evening, fans came over and said it was the fact they could bring mum, dad, two kids, wife or next-door neighbour that made them purchase the six tickets.

We wanted this to be a big family day out. If you limited it to two – with maybe a husband and wife – where are the kids going to sit?

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