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: “It’s time to lay off Jack Clarke!”
"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.
ITHICS Fanzine: Sunderland are short on strikers, but there’s plenty to be optimistic about!
"The recruitment record since Kyril Louis-Dreyfus took over as been exemplary. Yes, some mistakes have been made, but not many," says Nic Wiseman.
ITHICS Fanzine: Has fan behaviour taken a backward step?
"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".
ITHICS Fanzine: “Mowbray’s remarks this week have been somewhat removed from reality!”
"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.
ITHICS Fanzine: Sunderland fans are not daft, and we know when we see a bad team!
And the football we’ve been playing this season has been exciting, high-tempo stuff, says Nic Wiseman of ITHICS Fanzine.
ITHICS Fanzine: Isn’t it nice to be looking forward to games, win lose or draw?
"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!
ITHICS Fanzine: “Mowbray’s started where Neil left off - the season has been good so far!”
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...
ITHICS Fanzine: “Sunderland aren’t a one-man team - let’s get on with it!”
"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.
ITHICS Fanzine: I’ve had my own ticketing nightmare this season - let’s hope it’s sorted soon!
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.
ITHICS Fanzine: Sunderland’s Sliding doors...
What if she’d missed that tube? What if the Sunderland board hadn’t made the big call back at the end of January? We all love a good hypothetical these days...
ITHICS Fanzine: Consolidation is dull but Alex Neil is a man with plan!
"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.
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.
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?
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.