ITHICS FANZINE COLUMN!
Each and every week the Lads from cult 90's Sunderland fanzine 'It's The Hope I Can't Stand' bring you their views right here on RokerReport.com - don't miss it!
What are Sunderland’s performances like when we go down? Nic Wiseman, editor of former Sunderland fanzine ITHICS, looks back at past incidents to see what he can work out from it...
After a few weeks off, Nic Wiseman takes stock of where things are at for Sunderland coming out of the international break - and we’re heading into Stoke with a relatively clear head...
"During our long decline in the late 2010s I sometimes wondered why I had traveled so far and why I should leave the pub. Now I can’t wait to get in the ground and see what the lads have to offer," writes Mark Egan.
Nic Wiseman of cult 90s Sunderland fanzine "It’s The Hope I Can’t Stand" has had just about enough of the Sunderland transfer claptrap doing the rounds, and has some words of advice for those desperate for some news...
Despite the season starting in less than a month, Sunderland still haven’t updated fans on exactly how the new digital ticketing system will work - so, Nic Wiseman from ITHICS Fanzine has taken a look at how other clubs do it…
ITHICS Fanzine: “The club has a plan in place, and the signs this summer have been very encouraging!”
With pre season training well underway, Nic Wiseman believes there’s plenty to be positive about and that those running the club have earned the trust and patience of the supporters
My abiding emotion this morning is that I have no exciting football to look forward to for a few months. No waking up on match day, excited at the prospect of seeing some delicious football played with verve and a joie de vivre, the like of which we haven’t seen for years.
Nic Wiseman from ITHICS Fanzine offers his thoughts on the events of Monday and how Sunderland are shaping up ahead of the Championship playoffs
Nic Wiseman from ITHICS Fanzine wonders whether or not Sunderland can get the job done now that things are firmly within our own hands in the race for promotion.
In his latest RR column, Nic Wiseman shares his thoughts on Sunderland’s run in, as well as the ongoing speculation about Ross Stewart’s future on Wearside
"It makes my blood boil when Twitter accounts get on the backs of individual players who are learning their trade and are improving all the time," says Nic Wiseman.
"The recruitment record since Kyril Louis-Dreyfus took over as been exemplary. Yes, some mistakes have been made, but not many," says Nic Wiseman.
"A section of our fans seem hell bent on doing the politically incorrect thing - as if it’s a badge of honour" says Nic Wiseman, editor of cult 90s Sunderland fanzine "It’s The Hope I Can’t Stand".
"The Cardiff game was a massive opportunity to climb up the table, but decisions made by the manager cost us - and that’s the hugely frustrating part of it," writes Nic Wiseman.
And the football we’ve been playing this season has been exciting, high-tempo stuff, says Nic Wiseman of ITHICS Fanzine.
"With Burnley up next it’s refreshing to be looking forward to games, rather than dreading them," writes Nic Wiseman, editor of cult 90s Sunderland fanzine ITHICS!
Two (3-0) wins, a loss and a draw; eight goals scored and only three conceded - not a bad start to life as Sunderland gaffer for Tony Mowbray! Nic Wiseman of ITHICS Fanzine assesses the season so far...
"We are not a one-man team, and we need to work out how to play without Ross Stewart. Let’s show Millwall how it’s done," writes Nic Wiseman in the latest ITHICS Fanzine column.
Having been mucked around this summer over his own season card by SAFC, Nic Wiseman of ITHICS Fanzine hopes that the club stick to their promise of improving customer service - and soon.
"With a good pre-season I can see us ... well, mid-table. Could we do better? Maybe, but I don’t want to get carried away" writes Mark Egan of ITHICS Fanzine.
"By all means large it up in Covent Garden on the Friday night, but make sure you’re ready to give Sunderland full-throated backing on Saturday afternoon," writes Mark Egan of ITHICS Fanzine.
"This time, I really do believe that we can end our playoff curse and finish the job against Wycombe," writes Nic Wiseman of ITHICS Fanzine.
Neil Chandler of ITHICS Fanzine is here to rant about something that’s annoyed him for a little while now...
"Taking the knee is an anti-racist stance, and booing it is a racist gesture" writes Nic Wiseman of ITHICS Fanzine after hearing some of the response to knee-taking at Friday’s game.
"It’s about community. And football is community, it’s the heart of the community, and I’ll keep renewing until my ashes are scattered over the turf" writes Nic Wiseman of ITHICS Fanzine.
Nic Wiseman of ITHICS fanzine is cautiously optimistic about Alex Neil’s start as Sunderland boss – but says Neil’s post-game relationship with reality is a slight concern...
"I’m not ready to dream of cheesy chips just yet, but I’m not far away" says Mark Egan of ITHICS Fanzine.
"Continue in this vein and Jay Matete will become a cult favourite in no time - he’s the midfield bit of steel I was lamenting last week", says Nic Wiseman of ITHICS Fanzine.
We’re missing genuine leadership in our team - and as Nic Wiseman of ITHICS Fanzine stresses, it’s the lack of Cattermole or Bally type in the middle that stands out most.
Nic Wiseman of ITHICS Fanzine looks back on a key turning point in our season, and forward to – hopefully – a successful 2022.