Having been with Sunderland’s Academy because the age of 10, yesterday’s victory on the National Stadium was particularly candy for Lynden Gooch, and how becoming for him to score the goal that sealed a primary Wembley win in 48 years for the membership.
Gooch was within the stands for the Black Cats’ 2014 League Cup Final loss to Manchester City. He additionally played within the 2019 EFL Trophy Final defeat to Portsmouth, as well as being concerned within the Play-Off Final loss to Charlton Athletic that very same season.
However yesterday the midfielder wrote his identify into the histroy books, as Sunderland lifted the Papa John’s Trophy for the primary time of their history.
“It’s superb,” he said, after the sport.
“I’ve been at Sunderland since I used to be 10 years old so it is a massive day for myself, my household and everybody linked to this membership. It’s been an extended time since 1973.”
Sunderland needed to work hard to see off League Two side Tranmere Rovers, who’re pushing for promotion themselves, however Gooch scored the one goal of the sport to safe victory for his side and in doing so wrote a new chapter of Sunderland history as they lastly gained at Wembley after 48 years.
“It was the proper day,” he continued. “Clearly with followers it might have been so a lot better, however we’ve waited so lengthy for success and to win right here, there’s been plenty of ache within the last few years and that is one thing that we’ll savour.”
As will the Sunderland followers who have been watching on from home, little question.
“This win is massive for Sunderland followers, they need this membership to achieve success and for myself as a fan and a player it’s been robust. There’s been plenty of ache in current years and you will get emotional about it, however this win might be massive for everybody within the metropolis there’s little question about that.
“We’ve felt plenty of stress coming right here and not getting the outcomes, so we’re all over the moon that we’ve lastly lifted the curse.”
When requested the place the moment ranked in Gooch’s career, the USA international was in little question.
“It’s the best moment of my career to date, surely.
“Having come by means of the academy and to now assist bring success to the football membership is an incredible feeling and one thing I’ll always remember.”
— Papa John’s Trophy (@PapaJohnsTrophy) March 14, 2021