Sad news with the passing of fellow Stoke City supporter who penned two great books on Stoke City, including ‘She Stood There Laughing’. An email interview with him is here and the local paper has a piece on him as well.
Archive for June, 2011
Well done to my daughter, her auntie and two cousins who completed the Race For Life today in Richmond Great to see so many people taking part.
You can still sponsor them here:
Mahamadou Diarra is a free agent after leaving Monaco and is said to want to move to the Premiership, with ourselves and Fulham supposedly interested. We need fellow Mali international, Big Mama to bend his ear to join us
Other rumours include a £12m bid for Brum’s Scott Dann and a joint £10m bid for Brum’s Liam Ridgewell and Cameron Jerome.
Thomas Sorenson wants to extend/renegoiate his contract as his current one is based on him being number one choice goalkeeper every week.
Ringo Starr’s world tour hits the UK tomorrow (Friday) and we are giving away a pair of Front Row tickets to his Manchester gig on Wednesday 22 June. Comp closes Sunday 19 June at midnight (GMT+1) and usual rules apply. Just “like” our Facebook page and leave a comment to enter. More information below:
Abdoulaye Faye has signed for West Ham on a free transfer after Stoke decided againbst offering him a new contract. He will be good, solid signing for West Ham and he was instrumental in keeping us up in our first season back in the Premiership. One of the better Stoke players of recent years, good luck Mr Faye!
Meanwhile Brum’s Cameron Jerome keeps being mentioned especially now Bolton have dropped out of the race due to a rumoured £8m fee. Reading’s Matt Mills is also another possible target but Wolves are very keen on him as well.
One former player on the move is John Halls who moves from Aldershot to Wycombe Wanderers. Former manager Steve Cotterill, now at Pompey, is rumoured to be one of the six managers being interviewed for the Birmingham post.
Another fund raising idea came to me recently…getting signed items for auction on Ebay from Stoke City players past and present to raise funds for the Donna Louise Trust, the local children’s hospice based in Stoke-on-Trent. 100% of the final selling price on Ebay will go to the charity.
ANY contacts for Stoke players past or present most welcome.
Other fundraisning I am currently doing includes:
All Booked Up 2011 for the Beating Bowel Cancer and Kidney Research UK charities
Well Read 2011 a sponsored read with my daughter for Surrey Young Carers
Plenty of speculation but no firm signings as yet. Pulis and Stoke often do their transfer business well into August but with the Europa League starting in late July I’d expect a few signings in July. We definately need a striker as we will only have two fit ones come July and both Fuller and Big Mama could be out longer than expected. Also with no Higginbotham until possibly November and Mr Faye leaving the club we need experienced centre back cover.
Brum players keep popping up a lot as possible signings including Cameron Jerome, Liam Ridgewell and Craig Gardner plus free agent Seb Larsson, although Sunderland look favourates to land him.
Former West Ham striker Victor Obinna is another paper talk target along with Everton’s want-away defender John Heitinga.
Former Stokies on the move include Mr Faye being reunited with his old manager Big Sam at West Ham and Eidur Gudjohnsen looks set to sign for a year with newly promoted Swansea.
Sonko watch: a weekly update on our former (cough) star defender Sonko and his quest for a new club…not much this week but check out his website and the Super Sonko page. Pompey have got wise and won’t be signing him after being on loan with them last season.
Stamping Around Friends Club is now being run by my good lady. It is ideal for keen rubber stampers (the crafting type not office ones!) and for a mere £20 per year you get a monthly magazine, chances to win craft goodies and more! Well worth a visit