How much £££ Sunderland earned for their Checkatrade Trophy campaign

Aiden McGeady opens the scoring at Wembley for Sunderland in the Checkatrade Trophy final
Aiden McGeady opens the scoring at Wembley for Sunderland in the Checkatrade Trophy final

Sunderland might have lost the Checkatrade Trophy final - but the competition did boost the Stadium of Light coffers.

Jack Ross' men made it all the way to the final only to be denied silverware following a penalty shootout defeat to Portsmouth.

However, on the financial side of things, the tournament provided a healthy windfall.

Before a ball had even been kicked, £20,000 was transferred to Sunderland's accounts for their participation.

A group stage campaign consisting of wins over Carlisle United and Morecambe brought an income of £20,000 while a draw against Stoke City under-21s brought £5,000.

Progression into the knockout stage saw the Black Cats earn £20,000 after beating Notts County while a 'Wear Tyne' derby victory over Newcastle youngsters fetched home £40,000.

Money increased to £50,000 after a quarter-final win over Manchester City under-21s set up a last four clash at Bristol Rovers.

And because Sunderland's semi-final at the Memorial Stadium was televised, £20,000 came their way as well as £50,000 for winning.

For the final, the Black Cats received £50,000 with winners Pompey collecting £100,000.

In total from prize money and TV money, Sunderland bagged £275,000 from the tournament - and that is excluding the 30% of the attendance revenue at Wembley they are entitled to.

That breakdown is not totally clear as of yet but Pompey and Sunderland can expect a substantial amount in recognition of 85,021 packing out the home of football.