Newcastle fans swarm Trafalgar Square as Magpies prepare for final vs Man Utd

Newcastle fans have descended on Trafalgar Square ahead of the Magpies' League Cup final against Manchester United.

The Premier League rivals face each other for the ultimate prize on Sunday at Wembley. And the Toon Army swarmed on the capital's treasured monuments as they made their presence felt ahead of the spectacle.

Both clubs were allocated 32,761 tickets for the tournament's curtain closer. And it appeared as though all the Toon Army's ticket holders were in Trafalgar Square 24 hours before the game.

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The legion of Toon fans seemed to be in a buoyant mood as they waved banners and flags bearing their team's name. And sections of the rowdy bunch that was comprised of men, women, teens, and children appeared to be chanting while they made themselves comfortable on the city's landmarks.

Some of the group went a step further and stripped down to their underwear during the pre-game theatrics. One supporter was seen hanging perilously from the water fountain, and another jumped into the sea of fans from the faucet.

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Flares were also let off in the fracas as the swathe of fans got into the spirit of the game. The scenes mirrored that of Newcastle's rivals Sunderland, whose set of supporters engaged in similar behaviour ahead of their League One play-off final against Wycombe last May.

Chants of 'I'm Sunderland Til' I Die' rang around the square. While flares were seen in the background, along with a haul of Sunderland flags that were thrown over the guardrail.

It will be the first time since 1955 that Toon fans will see their team in final. And interest in the game is so high that one supporter forked out a incredulous £2,000 for a ticket, with the likes of ex-Magpie ace Nile Ranger flogging some for the exorbitant amount – to the fury of fans.

Those who stayed at home on Tyneside will be treated to an open top bus parade if the Magpies win the trophy. But getting past United will be no easy feat following their epic Europa League midweek win over Barcelona.


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