German friendlies update…

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , on July 27, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Stoke lost to 1860 Munich, although Mark Hughes was not overly worried as the German side had played more games and Stoke fielded two different starting line-ups for each half. Slight concern as Andy Wilkinson went off injured in the first half.

Elsewhere Peter Crouch has again been playing down transfer speculation as he is linked with former managers now at Crystal Palace and QPR. I think he will stay and see out the final year of his contract with Cameron Jerome the striker the club want to offload this summer.

Stoke legend Ricardo Fuller has left Blackpool (who currently only have nine players on their books and no goalkeeper!) to join Millwall.

Bojan Krkic joins Stoke

Posted in Football, football transfers, News, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , on July 22, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Spanish international striker Bojan Krkic has joined Stoke City from Barcelona on four-year deal. What a great deal! Yes he may have lost his way but we like a player like that at Stoke. He joins his new team mates at the German training camp this week.

Now wonder if we will sign Assaidi? It did look a done deal but the latest rumours seem to suggest a stalling point has been over wages. One things for sure I think we will see a few departures, along with Wilson Palacios and Cameron Jerome, I’d say Charlie Adam, Ryan Shotton and Jamie Ness could all leave.

Kitson retires, Palacios fails…

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , on July 22, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Stoke drew their first pre-season friendly in Germany 1-1 against Borussia Monchen-gladbach with Peter Crouch getting Stoke’s goal. Robert Huth is back in action and the World Cup players (bar Palacios) will join the squad this week having had extra time off.

Bojan could still join from Barcelona although other clubs are interested in signing him too. Two players stayed at home from the German trip to secure moves away from the club. Wilson Palacios nearly moved to Qatar until he failed a medical, so he’s still on our books for now and out of contract in the summer. Cameron Jerome is also looking to move away and maybe Pulis will come in for him if he hasn’t found a new club on deadline day.

Former player news…Jon ‘The Beast’ Parkin has signed for Forest Green, currently managed by one of Pulis’s old coaches Ady Pennock. Meanwhile the Ginger Ninja aka Dave Kitson has announced his retirement from football and leaves his current club Oxford Utd.

Dr Who back on August 23rd :)

Posted in Dr Who, News with tags , , on July 13, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

About time too! Been a long wait (well in recent terms, being a long time fan it was a massive wait until it was relaunched with Christopher Eccleston) and a chance to see the new Doctor, Peter Capaldi in action. Just seen the series teaser trailer on BBC1 and there are Daleks coming back and a T Rex! Looking forward to this series, although I will miss Matt Smith who had finally won me over.

Players report back from pre-season training this week

Posted in Football, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , on July 7, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Stoke players report back for pre-season training on Wednesday 9th July. There will be four new faces – Phil Bardsley, Mama Diouf, Steve Sidwell and Dionatan Teixeira. Mark Hughes said recently he wants two more new players and it looks as though they would be ideally signed sooner rather than later, a distinct change from the transfer deadline day madness we were used to under Pulis.

Robert Huth is expected to be ready for pre-season training to and I am sure he will update Stoke fans via his Twitter account when/if he makes pre-season.

So far only Michael Kightly has left to join Burnley, although players like Ryan Shotton, Maurice Edu, Jamie Ness and Wilson Palacios look set to leave if suitable clubs can be found.

Few former players on the move as Liam Lawrence joined Shrewsbury Town on a free and signed a two year contract. Chris Iwelumo has signed for Conference Premier side Chester and Louis Moult (he never really troubled the first team whilst at the club) has joined Wrexham. Surprised Matthew Etherington hasn’t found a club as yet.

Dorney Dash again this year

Posted in Centrepoint, Fundraising, Macmillan Cancer Support, News, Running with tags , , , on July 2, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

I am entering the Dorney Dash 10K on Saturday 26th July after really enjoying last year’s run. It is my training run for the Ealing Half marathon later in the year. Lovely course with two laps around Dorney Lake used by Eton College and in 2012 it was the Olympic rowing lake.

I have also added Macmillan Cancer Support as a charity I am running the Ealing Half marathon for, along with the Centrepoint charity.

Running the Ealing half marathon for Centrepoint charity

Posted in Centrepoint, Ealing half marathon, Fundraising, Running with tags , , , on June 24, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

I had a year off fundraising and as I enjoyed the Ealing half marathon so much last year I thought I’d do it again! I am going to raise funds for the charity Centrepoint who help young homeless people in London and the north. They do some sterling work and they have inspired me to run for them (along with the great work my old school pal Jerome  does with the homeless charities in Hull).

Anything you can do to help would be much appreciated and any support on the day most welcome. It’s a (mainly) flat course and plenty of good vantage points along the route.

https://www.justgiving.com/ealing2014/

Centrepoint is the UK’s leading charity for homeless young people. It supports over 6,000 16-25 year olds into housing and employment every year. Working directly in London and the north of England, Centrepoint also partners with other organisations across the UK and gives homeless young people a voice through the Centrepoint Parliament. It conducts research and influences government policy with the overall aim of ending youth homelessness.

£15 could provide a warm and safe place to stay for the night for a vulnerable 16-25 year old with nowhere else to go

£20 could provide a workshop about the consequences and risks of drug use run by one of our specialist health therapists

£50 could pay for the clothes that a young person would need to attend an interview or start an apprenticeship

£120 could help keep our emergency service running for another day: helping young people straight from the street

Thanks as ever for your continued support and feel free to spread the word

PS Last year you all helped with raising £1,246.24 for three charities:

Cleft Lip & Palate Association (CLAPA) = £498.29 (Staines 10K)

National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) = £52.95 (Staines 10K)

Cancer Research UK = £695 (Dorney 10K – I donated my running legs for an event in memory of a fellow Magnum fan, the hard part of fundraising was done by his family, friends, fellow fans and the band members)

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