New Sunderland fanzine has ambitious goals

Michael Robinson (left) and Andrew Brewster (right) with Seventy3's first guest editor Michael Gray.
Michael Robinson (left) and Andrew Brewster (right) with Seventy3's first guest editor Michael Gray.
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SUNDERLAND AFC fans can look back by looking forward to a new magazine about to kick-off in the city.

Named in honour of the Black Cats’ FA Cup win, the first edition of seventy3 is expected to be on sale to supporters in time for the home game against Liverpool, on March 20.

New SAFC fanzine Seventy3

New SAFC fanzine Seventy3

The men behind seventy3 are soldier and author Malcolm Robinson and graphic designer Andrew Brewster.

“It is a retro-style SAFC magazine with a twist,” said Malcolm.

“Each issue has a guest editor – the first one being Micky Gray – who helps out with the editorial stuff.”

The former left-back, who played more than 300 games for SAFC, said: “It’s great to help the lads out with their new venture.

“I’ve had a laugh helping put the magazine together and I wish Mal and Andrew all the very best for the future.”

Each issue of seventy3 will be themed. Number one will be classed under the heading firsts and new beginnings, fitting in with its launch.

It costs £2.50, has 52 pages and will be available at home and away grounds, WHSmith, SAFC’s shops and online.

“We also plan to hold a launch party nearer the time,” said Malcolm. “As well as eventually launching our own online radio show to complement the magazine.”

Originally from Fulwell, Malcolm has served the RAF around the globe, including Iraq and Afghanistan, and is now based in London.

The senior aircraftsman’s literary career took off in 2007 when “From Afghanistan To Temazepam – The Diary Of An SAFC Foot Soldier”, was published by A Love Supreme.

Malcolm’s second book, Auf Wiedersehen Lads, was released in 2009 and gave a fans’ eye view of the countdown to the end of the nail-biting 2008/09 Premier League season.