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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 - don't miss it!

ITHICS Fanzine: Did Luke O’Nien produce Lee Johnson’s ‘Mark Robins moment’?

Nic Wiseman of ITHICS Fanzine looks back on a key turning point in our season, and forward to – hopefully – a successful 2022.

ITHICS Fanzine: This is our year, maaaate!

"I looked at Saturday’s result and thought this could be our year", writes Mark Egan of ITHICS Fanzine. Are you feeling as hopeful about Sunderland as he is?

ITHICS Fanzine: We’re just like Valencia... well, just a little

Nic Wiseman of ITHICS Fanzine reflects while on a trip to Spain, that it’s not just us that has a big stadium, tradition and fanbase and continue to regularly underachieve.

ITHICS Fanzine: Just one of those days, eh?

Maybe it was just one of those games where you can’t score, no matter what you do, no matter how long you play.

ITHICS Fanzine: The pressure is on Johnson at Sunderland, now he must make it happen

Mark Egan of ITHICS Fanzine casts his eye over some of the players he wants to see leave this summer, and gives Lee Johnson ‘til October to prove his worth.

ITHICS Fanzine: So very Sunderland

Neil Chandler of ITHICS Fanzine reflects on being back in the ground for the first time in 14 months, and a day that was just... so VERY Sunderland.

ITHICS Fanzine: Few pints in Southwark Brewery for the 1st leg, SOL for the second...

Sunderland Season card holder Neil Chandler will be commuting north to be at Saturday’s game at the SOL - but not before supporting the Lads at Southwark Brewery for the first leg!

ITHICS Fanzine: Form is crucial going into the Play-Offs - Ha’way Sunderland, let’s do it!

Sunderland’s record in Play-Offs isn’t great - but, they say form going into the occasion is crucial. Having already won at Wembley this season, can we have a proper go at it this time around?

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ITHICS Fanzine: What’s so ‘super’ about the Super League anyway?!

Plans by the richest football clubs in the world for the ‘European Super League’ went tits up yesterday, thank god. Just what the hell were they playing at?!

Cool heads must prevail - it’s all about the remaining games now, and not the last one

Sunderland made a bunch of mistakes and missed a boatload of chances, but ultimately it’s important we don’t dwell on the Charlton defeat too much. We play Wigan next, and that’s all that matters.

Farewell, Frank – you were always worth the admission money!

Mark Egan of ITHICS Fanzine pays his own tribute to the maverick former Sunderland forward Frank Worthington - a player who was always worth the admission money.

ITHICS Fanzine: Sunderland’s inability to kill teams off is hampering our progress!

"The Gillingham draw saw us sneak into the play-off positions, but nobody is under any illusion that we are looking solid contenders for promotion" writes Nic Wiseman of ITHICS Fanzine.

ITHICS Fanzine: Football should stop due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Nic Wiseman of ITHICS Fanzine believes that football shouldn’t be immune from sacrifice during this pandemic.

ITHICS Fanzine: The chickens are coming home to roost for the football industry

This pandemic’s proven beyond doubt that football is nothing without fans. But, wonders Nic Wiseman of ITHICS fanzine, are fans falling out of love with football?

ITHICS Fanzine: Sunderland need a long-term plan & commitment to invest to really move forward

"Show me the long-term plan for the club, the commitment to invest in the club from top to bottom, the appointments of serious people to roles behind the scenes which can rebuild us and I’ll start to feel optimistic" writes Mark Egan.

ITHICS Fanzine: Peterborough should have put Sunderland to the sword!

"I hope in May, when we’ve won League One by a country mile, someone reminds me about this rant and points out how little I know about football!" - Mark Egan of ITHICS Fanzine isn’t happy, despite Saturday’s win!

ITHICS Fanzine: I’ve cancelled my Sunderland season card due to doubts over the club’s owners

Nic Wiseman of ITHICS Fanzine has cancelled his Sunderland season card renewal due to doubts over the way the club’s owners might use supporters’ money. What decision did you decide to take?

ITHICS Fanzine: You don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone... I miss Sunderland!

You don’t know what you’ve lost till it stops. Football has been the rhythm of my life from when I was small and now it’s completely vanished.

ITHICS Fanzine: Which version of Sunderland will turn up against Gillingham?

Nic Wiseman of ITHICS Fanzine is worried about what the rest of the season holds for Sunderland after the last week of results. Just which version of Phil Parkinson’s side will turn up at the weekend against Gillingham?

ITHICS Fanzine: “Heart says promotion, but the head is less convinced - will Sunderland go up?”

"So will we go up? My heart says ‘yes, we are the champions-elect, just watch as we power past Rotherham and Coventry’. My head is less convinced" says Mark Egan of ITHICS Fanzine. Will Sunderland get the job done?

ITHICS Fanzine: Sunderland have hit good form at the perfect time - just try to stop us!

The big crowds are on their way back, results on the pitch have improved and our top players are hitting form at the perfect time - with this sort of momentum behind us, Sunderland will take some stopping.

ITHICS Fanzine: Every Sunderland fan deserves an opinion - but let’s stick together

"We all love the club and we all want to see it succeed, no matter who is in charge. Let’s not lose sight of that when debating how we can get out of this hellhole" writes Mark Egan.

ITHICS Fanzine: Sunderland need a renewed passion and determination!

In this week’s ITHICS column, Nic Wiseman ponders the appointment of Sunderland’s two new Directors, and where the current approach of the club has gone wrong.

ITHICS Fanzine: Sunderland CAN lift the gloom, but it requires boardroom courage

Stewart Donald needs to think very careful about the next managerial appointment and make sure the club has someone with the right personality – like Reid or Keane – to handle the pressure at Sunderland and relight the fire.

ITHICS Fanzine: Sunderland are drifting downwards - when will we stop?

"We are drifting downwards, like the last leaves of autumn: a sad reminder of better days, fulfilling no function. And our manager doesn’t appear to have any answers" says Mark Egan from popular ‘90s Sunderland Fanzine ITHICS.

ITHICS Fanzine: “Parky can improve Sunderland - the alternative doesn’t bear thinking about!”

"The next 8-10 games are crucial. If we can put a run together we will start moving up the table, confidence will return, and we will be set up for some positive moves in January" writes Mark Egan of ITHICS Fanzine.

ITHICS Fanzine: “The next manager has to aspire to win absolutely everything at Sunderland!”

It’s nothing to do with our history or our fan base and it’s no disrespect to the rest of the league, but the culture at Sunderland should be one of aspiring to win, everything, all the time.

ITHICS Fanzine: Jack Ross & Alan Durban - how do their tenures as Sunderland manager compare?

"Experienced fans have seen a lot of football. Many managers and players have come and gone since I first walked into Roker in 1982. We can tell whether a manager knows what he is doing or is struggling" writes Mark Egan.

ITHICS Fanzine: Sunderland have started the season well - let’s hope lessons have been learnt!

"We actually started last season in slightly better fashion, winning four and drawing one, but it is to be hoped that the lessons from last season’s mid-season stutter have been learnt" writes Nic Wiseman from ITHICS Fanzine.

ITHICS Fanzine: “Not convinced by Jack Ross as Sunderland manager - give him ten games!”

"Jack Ross has been in charge for a year now and are any of us honestly convinced that we are making steady progress in the right direction? I can’t say I am" writes Mark Egan of ITHICS Fanzine.

ITHICS Fanzine: “This is my 7th Wembley trip watching Sunderland - surely we’ll win this time?”

"Whatever happens, I’m proud of what they’ve achieved this season and I’m looking forward to next season whether it’s the Championship or League One" says Mark Egan.

ITHICS Fanzine: Interesting stats about Sunderland, League One & what finishing 5th could mean

You have to go back all the way to 2006 to find the last time that the team finishing in fifth place won the League One play-off final. Is history irrelevant, and can Sunderland buck the trend?


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