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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!

ITHICS Fanzine: The door out of this league is ajar - let’s batter it down!

"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.

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ITHICS Fanzine: I think our time has come... and I can’t wait!

"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.

ITHICS Fanzine: There’s something doing my dinger in...

Neil Chandler of ITHICS Fanzine is here to rant about something that’s annoyed him for a little while now...

ITHICS Fanzine: “Taking the knee is an anti-racist stance, and booing it is a racist gesture”

"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.

ITHICS Fanzine: I’ve decided to renew my Sunderland season card... here’s why

"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.

ITHICS Fanzine: “I like Alex Neil – the initial signs are good!”

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...

ITHICS Fanzine: The signs are Alex Neil is doing a good job - play-offs here we come?!

"I’m not ready to dream of cheesy chips just yet, but I’m not far away" says Mark Egan of ITHICS Fanzine.

ITHICS Fanzine: Jay Matete could become a cult favourite at Sunderland in no time!

"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.

ITHICS Fanzine: The lack of a Bally or Cattermole type in Sunderland’s midfield is harming us

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.

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.