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!
Nic Wiseman of ITHICS Fanzine looks back on a key turning point in our season, and forward to – hopefully – a successful 2022.
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.
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.
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!
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?
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?!
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.
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.
"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.
Nic Wiseman of ITHICS Fanzine believes that football shouldn’t be immune from sacrifice during this pandemic.
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?
"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.
"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!
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?
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.
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?
"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?
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.
"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.
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.
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.
"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.
"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.
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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
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?