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Carabao Cup Final: Pre-match atmosphere at Wembley

Geordies in black and white stripes have taken over the capital, hoping for their team's first major trophy in 54 years.

Before flocking south, the Toon Army tied a massive flag to The Angel of the North in Gateshead yesterday morning.

They gathered in Trafalgar Square as the sun set for an all-night party ahead of today's match against Manchester United.

Many people have returned this afternoon, waving scarves and personalized banners in preparation for the big game.

Others have already arrived at Wembley to enjoy the pre-match atmosphere.

It is the team's first appearance in a major tournament final since losing 2-0 to Manchester United in the 1998/99 FA Cup final.

The club's 32,761 tickets at the 90,000-seater stadium sold out in less than a week, and the traveling Magpies fans have wasted no time getting to know London.

Congregating last night, they sang terrace chants, downed cans of beer, and let off smoke bombs in the club's colours.

Mehrdad Ghodoussi, co-owner, even got involved, posting a photo on social media of himself and fellow director Jamie Reuben enjoying the festivities with their hoods up.

One middle-aged fan stripped down to his boxers and jumped into one of Trafalgar Square's two fountains.

Other football fans gathered around Nelson's Column, yelling, "Tell me ma, tell me ma, I won't be home for tea, we're going to Wembley," to the tune of the 1950s hit Que Sera, Sera.

Another chant saw an alternative rendition of the gospel hymn When the Saints Go Marching In, with "Saints" replaced by "Mags".

Since the arrival of Mr. Ghodoussi, Mr. Reuben, and other new investors, Newcastle has risen rapidly up the Premier League table.

Since taking over the club in October 2021, their Saudi-led consortium has spent more than £210 million on new signings.

Newcastle United, managed by Eddie Howe, is fifth in the Premier League, one point behind Tottenham Hotspur for the final Champions League qualification spot.

Victory over Manchester United in tonight's final would guarantee the club a place in the Europa Conference League play-offs next season.

Newcastle would be playing in Europe for the first time since the 2012/13 season when they reached the Europa League quarter-finals.

A victory today would be Newcastle's first major trophy since the Fairs Cup in 1969.

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