It grew and grew.
Salut! Sunderland invited readers old and new to contribute their photos from a great if ultimately disappointing weekend in London for the Checkatrade Trophy final against Pompey at Wembley, writes Monsieur Salut.

Slowly, pictures started to arrive. And then our associate editor John McCormick chipped in with his more advanced techie skills to turn a spur-of-the-moment idea into a project, creating the slideshow you can see by following the link in my tweet above to the Salut! Sunderland Facebook group.

(John Mac adds – I’ve now managed to embed the video at the bottom of the page too, but our facebook page is always worth a visit)

It is a public group so I hope you can see it even if you don’t have a Facebook account.

Jake – our illustrator John Clark, whose enjoyment of Spanish exile has been greatly increased by the success of his trio, Murder Valley – came up with a tune to embellish  the words John  sent him, added his own inimitable voice and the result is what you find in the clip.

In it, you’ll meet an assortment of our supporters, including 92-year-old George Forster, Mr SAFC Supporters’ Association, who was given an executive day out to Wembley by the club when it looked as if he might not be able to make it, and see some excellent general shots.

I half-promised a prize for the best entry. If anyone wants to help me make the right decision, take a look and leave a comment below. It may only be a mug but I’ll add a reference to the final to given it more of a souvenir feel.

And while you are at the Facebook group, why not join? There are already nearly 800 members and it would be great to get that total into four figures. Now for that, you do need to be a Facebook user.

And see all the buildup to tonight’s game at home to Burton Albion, and whatever you missed from our coverage of the wins at Accrington Stanley and Rochdale, by clicking on the Matt cartoon below. It’ll take you to the home page.

Ha’way the Lads. Second place beckons.

Monsieur Salut, adapted by Jake from Matt’s cartoon. Click on it to reach the Salut! Sunderland home page

Ha’way the Lads

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