The collection of pre-First World War North East football postcards, including the Sunderland Black Cat image.

Trophy drought pushes Newcastle United memorabilia prices up

Fairs Cup items auction price boost in wake of Newcastle silverware drought

Joe Harvey is held aloft at Wembley as Newcastle United celebrate their fifth FA Cup win in the 1952 final

Mark Douglas: Newcastle United's Cup argument doesn't stack up

Newcastle United's arrogant attitude to cups is muddle-headed and incorrect reckons Mark Douglas

Gateshead FC manager Gary Mills

Gateshead FC boss Gary Mills loving his big test on the Tyne

Gary Mills is relishing the challenge of leading the Tynesiders to the Conference play-offs he tells Steve Brown

Curtis Davies (L) of Hull City scores the first goal of the game against Sunderland

Hull City 3 Sunderland 0: Mark Douglas' match analysis

Gus Poyet's team selection is questioned on a day of disappointment for the Black Cats as their FA Cup run comes to an end

Alan Pardew is sent to the stands after his clash with David Meyler of Hull City

Jose Mourinho: Shame will hurt Alan Pardew more than any ban

Jose Mourinho says knowing he has let Newcastle United down will hurt Alan Pardew more than any Football Association punishment

Sunderlands' Ignacio Scocco

Poyet to hand Ignacio Scocco his chance at Hull

Argentinian set to start in East Yorkshire - but Poyet suggests it could be Fabio Borini after that

Craig Gardner of Sunderland looks dejected with team mates after the Capital One Cup Final

The Agenda: How will Sunderland react to their Capital One Cup defeat?

Bouncing straight back from a League Cup final defeat has not been easy in recent years, but Sunderland have no time to wallow in theirs

Vincent Kompany of Manchester City tackles Fabio Borini of Sunderland

Sunderland 1 Manchester City 3: Mark Douglas' match analysis

Black Cats' first half brilliance counts for nothing - but now they must gather up the positives for challenges ahead

Gus Poyet, manager of Sunderland

Proud Gus Poyet urges Sunderland to survive and prosper in FA Cup

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet hordes the positives as he urges his team to move on quickly from their Capital One Cup final defeat

1992: Ronnie Moran of Liverpool and Malcom Crosby of Sunderland lead their teams out before the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium in London

Malcolm Crosby interview: Reaching Wembley can lift the mood of the area

As Sunderland prepare for their first major cup final since, Malcolm Crosby remembers the affect reaching Wembley in 1992 had on the whole of Wearside

Former Sunderland manager Malcolm Crosby

I can't understand cup complacency, says former SAFC boss Malcolm Crosby

Former Sunderland manager Malcolm Crosby has criticised the North East's leading clubs for taking cup competitions too lightly

Sunderlands' Ignacio Scocco

Fitness first, dreams of Wembley second for Ignacio Scocco

Even as an Argentinian, Sunderland new-boy Ignacio Scocco regards Wembley as special, but he knows he must build his fitness to get there

Ignacio Scocco in action for AEK Athens

Ignacio Scocco set to play for Sunderland despite rethink

Sunderland's midweek postponement has caused a rethink of Gustavo Poyet's plans after all - but Ignacio Scocco is still part of them

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet

Why would Gustavo Poyet rather lose than have an FA Cup replay?

Sunderland's fixture list is starting to get pretty hectic and the rules they have to work with are hardly helping

Charis Mavrias (2nd left) of Sunderland celebrates with team mates after scoring against Kidderminster Harriers

Sunderland 1 Kidderminster 0: Stuart Rayner's match analysis

Sunderland's 1-0 win over Kidderminster Harriers was "a very good disappointment" which showed what Gustavo Poyet has done, and is still to achieve

Emanuele Giaccherini of Sunderland

Emanuele Giaccherini will get his chance to shine

Sunderland's Emanuel Giaccherini has been challenged to show what he can do when he makes a rare appearance in his preferred position today

Gus Poyet, Sunderland's head coach

Rotation is Gustavo Poyet's answer to the great cup conundrum

How seriously to take the cups is a question for every modern manager, even Gustavo Poyet is opting for squad rotation today

Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone

Why Vito Mannone is catching on as Sunderland goalkeeper

Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone has won pass marks from club legend Jimmy Montgomery and team-mate Phil Bardsley

Empty seats during the Capital One Cup Semi-Final between Sunderland and Manchester United

The Agenda: What can be done about football's lost supporters?

Tuesday's empty seats at the Stadium of Light were an early contender for one of 2014’s most embarrassing sight. What can be done, asks Stuart Rayner

Wes Brown of Sunderland in action

Wes Brown motivated by Sunderland's 1973 FA Cup win

Sunderland's training ground and stadium are plastered in photographs from the 1973 FA Cup final. Wes Brown hopes to inspire a bit of redecorating


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