Sunderland fanzine’s new look

Frank Styles and Alf Huntley, right, with part of their mural on the wall of the A Love Supreme building.

Frank Styles and Alf Huntley, right, with part of their mural on the wall of the A Love Supreme building.

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AN office wall has been transformed into this stunning mural in time for a magazine’s 200th issue.

The artwork, which features on the side of the A Love Supreme (ALS) fanzine shop at Hodgson’s Buildings, Stadium Way, includes an illustration of Sunderland’s legendary striker Gary Rowell scoring his famous hat-trick against Newcastle United in 1979.

Coaches which take supporters to watch the Black Cats as well as the motto “Keep the Faith” are also featured.

Artists Alf Huntley, 41, of Hetton, and Frank Styles, 28, of Hendon have completed the spray painted spectacle.

The duo, of design firm Creative Soup, which is based at Studio Q, Nile Street, said with the special anniversary approaching, there was plenty of inspiration for the wall.

“We’ve done it because the guys here are really passionate about football,” said Frank.

“They’ve worked their backsides off over the years for the magazine and they love the game.”

Martyn McFadden, editor of A Love Supreme, said: “Although we are next to the Stadium of Light, we can’t get away from the fact that we are also opposite a scrapyard.

“We have tried to get something arty for the wall.

“It’s the 200th issue of ALS and we’ve been going for 22 years now.

“Gary Rowell himself has seen it and he will be here to have a look at it at the Liverpool game next Sunday.”

Martyn said of the finished paintwork: “They have done it properly and I really like the look of it.

“I saw people doing it live at the Split Music Festival and was interested straight away.

“So I asked if the guys could come down and it’s turned out to be a perfect example of football and art together.”