Time for another extract from the fund of material to be found in the complete works of It’s The Hope I Can’t Stand, a fine but shortlived Sunderland fanzine from the back end of the 1990s.
Nic Wiseman, the co-editor, is the man who came up with the copies for M Salut and then took the trouble to scan and e-mail selected articles.
This is one of his own.
Why do people support the Lads? Well, most of us do so because we have some obvious connection to the city or the broader region that constitutes the SAFC catchment area.
But some people who have no established links with any part of the North East also follow Sunderland: think back to the Celebrity Supporters series and you’ll remember Sir Tim Rice and the Moroccan marathon specialist Khalid Khannouchi.
Back in the 1990s, Nic also put his mind to the question and began thinking about people who had, for whatever reason, ended up supporting Sunderland without coming from anywhere near it.
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