Hull City 1-1 Stoke City

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , on August 24, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Dire…that in a word sums up Stoke’s performance today. Wilson needs dropping pronto; need a little more grit to match the fancy play and Diouf I really hope he starts to show what made him so good at Hanover! Fair play to ten man Hull who battled like the Stoke of old and a late Shawcross equaliser meant we got our first point and goal of the new season.

Will we add another centre back ahead of next Monday’s transfer deadline? Interestingly one rumour over Pulis leaving Crystal Palace was that he wanted a triple Stoke swoop on Crouch, Walter and Wilson which Palace wouldn’t authorise. On Wilson’s current form many Stoke fans would happily drive him down to south London…

Cameron Jerome joins Norwich

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , on August 20, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Cameron Jerome has joined Norwich for a fee of around £1.5m. A decent fee for a player who was a good impact sub for us, but never seemed to play well when he started a game. Good luck to him there and he did score a few key goals for us, although being left behind this preseason it was pretty obvious Mark Hughes had no place for him in the 25 man squad.

Next out of the door possibly either Brek Shea (MLS bound?) and Ryan Shotton (the club have turned down a loan move to Derby as they want a permanent deal).

New music for 2014 – SMASH FASHION

Posted in Classic rock, Music for 2014, Pop rock, Power pop with tags , , , , , , on August 19, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Smash Fashion features a few names in former Rock City Angels’ Lloyd Stewart Casson on guitar and they did feature former Quireboy Nigel Mogg on bass until last year. The real star though is vocalist/guitarist Roger Deering, who has the knack of penning memorable tunes. Put it this way, if you like any of the following bands – the Stones, the Faces, the Sweet, Cheap Trick and Jellyfish – you will love this album.

Their debut album ‘Big Cat Love’ is out now go get it!

New music for 2014 – Euphoria Audio

Posted in Get Ready To Rock!, Melodic rock, Modern rock, Music for 2014 with tags , , , , on August 19, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Euphoria Audio release their debut album in September and if you like Nickelback and Shinedown check this band out now. Despite their highly polished, made for US radio sound the band hail from Wakefield in Yorkshire! The band consists of Matt Shirty (vocals), Ben Lloyd (guitar), Ben Hughes (bass) and Josh Hughes (drums).

The band’s current single ’3 Seconds’ is a monster of tune and they have an album launch gig on October 3rd in central London.

 

Music for 2014 – PictureHouse

Posted in Get Ready To Rock!, Music for 2014, Pop rock, Power pop with tags , , , on August 19, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

PictureHouse recently reformed after a ten year break. They released three studio albums during the period 1996-2003 and enjoyed great success touring with the likes of The Corrs, Meat Loaf and Bon Jovi. They reunited in 2012 and released ‘Evolution’ in Ireland in 2013, which is now released in the UK by Cherry Red Records. PictureHouse have collaborated with Lasse Anderson, son of ABBA’s Stig Anderson on some of the songs on the album.

If you are after a classy pop rock album this is for you. They also recently completed an acoustic session for GRTR! which you can access here

They play in London on Wed 1st Oct 7.30pm at Surya (near King’s Cross station) and Thu 2nd Oct in Glasgow.

Album review

PictureHouse website

 

Stoke City 0-1 Aston Villa

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , on August 16, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Not the greatest start to the season nor the best start for some of our new signings (Phil Bardsley was not that impressive although Bojan showed more of his magic). It is early days yet and it could take a few games to hit our stride. As we know Mark Hughes teams always have a stronger second half of the season ;)

We have signed Victor Moses on a season long loan from Chelsea. An excellent signing, as although his loan at Liverpool last season wasn’t a success he was very good playing for Wigan the season before. Mark Hughes said on BBC Radio Stoke our incoming transfer business has now been concluded.

Freiburg 1-1 Stoke City

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , on August 9, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Stoke’s final pre-season friendly for 2014 ended in a draw with Diouf scoring his first goal for Stoke. Most of the first choice squad had a run out although Andy Wilkinson didn’t travel with the squad.

A Stoke City XI beat Rhyl 3-0 with Brek Shea scoring twice.

Not much transfer activity of late with Mark Hughes hinting one more player may yet join, although you’d expect at least three or four players to leave before the end of the month as Jerome, Palacios, Shea and Shotton won’t be getting into the match day squad anytmne soon.

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