Well done Team GB

Posted in News, Running with tags , , , on August 23, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

What a fantastic Olympic Games from Team GB. 67 medals meant finishing second in the medals table ahead of China.

Highlights for me included a gold for the women’s hockey team, the Brownlee brothers in the triathlon abd rowing and swimming medals.

The cycling was very exciting to watch and although I missed Mo Farah’s two golds, what an achievement! Amazing to think he started out at Feltham Community Sports centre – I used to run every Friday there as part of the Feltham Puffers. Not sure I was anywhere near Mo Farah’s training times though 😊

The Lottery funding has paid off, although being results/medals based it means no real funding for sports such as basketball. Looking forward to the 2020 games already.

Stevenage 0-4 Stoke City

Posted in Football, Stoke City FC, The Premiership, football transfers with tags , , , , , on August 23, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Pretty easy stroll through round 2 of the Football League Cup. Peter Crouch scored a hat trick with Phil Bardsley getting the other goal.

No transfer news of note with Man Utd defender Phil Jones looking unlikely to join us.

Homeless World Cup

Posted in Football with tags , on August 19, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Football is a universal game, played and loved by many, although equally many people have little or no interest it. But even these people recognise famous teams like Manchester United or Barcelona and players like Pele or Ronaldo. Media coverage often focuses on the money side and recent corruption in FIFA, however there are many areas where football is benefiting society and becoming more than a game.

One example is the Homeless World Cup. This year’s competition was held in Glasgow and involved 52 countries and over 500 competitors.

The Homeless World Cup was co-founded by Mel Young and Harald Schmied, with the first tournament taking place in Graz in 2003. The idea is to help homeless people feel part of a team and help with their self-esteem, along with benefits of the physical side of participating.

94% of the players taking part said it had a positive benefit on their lives. USA coach Lisa Wrightman said of taking part in this year’s competition, “the women around me saw the transformation I had gone through and the happiness I now have”. It is one of the few football tournaments where success is not measured by wining nations and/or profit, but more on how it can positively benefit the people taking part, either on the playing side or volunteers who help at the games.

Football is more than a game and this quote neatly sums up the ethos of the Homeless World Cup and why football matters:

“The beautiful game, as it is often called, also teaches lessons of having to work hard to improve yourself individually and that sometimes things won’t go your way but you should never give up if you want to achieve in life. That spirit of the game epitomises the Homeless World Cup.”

The Contenders: Assessing Stoke City Youth Breakthrough Potential — The Wizards Of Dribble

Posted in Football, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , on August 18, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

This is a highly recommended read for fellow Stoke fans and an informed insight into our academy prospects.

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Another season of football brings with it another year of hope. Hope that a youth player will finally break through into the first team. Competition heightens each year, as we’re now a Top 9 club and are expected to stay as such. The calibre of first teamer and the depth of squad fillers is stronger than […]

via The Contenders: Assessing Stoke City Youth Breakthrough Potential — The Wizards Of Dribble

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Souttar finds a suitor ;-)

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , on August 17, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Scotland youth international Harry Souttar is reportedly close to a move to Stoke City from Dundee Utd. Stoke have been after him for sometime and the local press in Dundee are reporting this transfer as being concluded by the end of this week. Another youngster (he’s 18) for the academy ranks along with recent new signing Ryan Sweeney.

Seems Jack Butland could face Man City on Saturday although Glen Johnson is not going to feature as he recovers from injury.

Wilson heads to Bournemouth

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , on August 15, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Marc Wilson has left the club to sign for Premier League rivals Bournemouth today for an undisclosed fee. With injury and falling down the pecking order he hardly featured last season. His recent Twitter outbursts won’t have helped either.

Hopefully we will sign a centre back before deadline day. No movement on a striker yet.

Youngsters George Waring and Choulay have joined League One side Shrewsbury Town on loan until January.

The under 23’s side started their season in the Premier League 2 with a 3-0 defeat to West Ham. New signing Ryan Sweeney scored an own goal.

Odemwingie to West Ham?

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , on August 8, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

After having an unsuccessful trial at Hull City, scuppered by manager Steve Bruce quitting, Peter Odenwingie is possibly having a trial with West Ham with a view to a permanent move.

Stoke lost 1-0 to Hamburg in our final pre-season friendly, whilst the under-23 squad beat Rhyl 6-0 including a hat trick from Jon Walters. Walters played alongside Marc Wilson as the under-23 squad are allowed to field three players over 23 years old. Wilson could be on his way out of the club, especially after recent comments on Twitter over the weekend questioning Stoke’s defensive training.

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