Pennant signs for Wigan

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , on February 23, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Jermaine Pennant has joined Wigan for the rest of the season. Since leaving Stoke he hasn’t really settled at a club and was recently playing in the Indian Super League for FC Pune City.

Jamie Ness has been impressing on his loan spell at Crewe and he may well feature for Stoke next season, either that or we move him on in the summer! Personally I hope he gets a chance as he has the talent just not had the luck injury wise and regular football this season must be a big help and boost for him.

For Saturday’s game against Hull City we should see Ryan Shawcross back from injury although Erik Pieters could be doubtful.

Lots of great new music and it’s only February!

Posted in AOR, Melodic rock, Music for 2015, Progressive rock with tags , , , , , , , , on February 19, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Blackberry Smoke have their new album ‘Holding All The Roses’ out now and it is great! Mix of rock ‘n’ roll, southern rock and country rock.

If you like melodic rock then Revolution Saints is one for you! It features Deen Castronova (Journey), Jack Blades (Night Ranger) and Doug Aldrich (ex-Whitesnake).

Prog wise Lonely Robot aka John Mitchell (It Bites/Arena/Frost*) is a fantastic album full of big soundscapes and very catchy songs. For those 80’s buffs you have members of Go West and Nik Kershaw guesting.

The Neal Morse Band’s ‘The Great Experiment’ is another cracking set of highly melodic prog rock tunes. Neal Morse is a musical wonder!

For a bit of classy metal the Level 10 album is good fun. It features vocalist Russell Allen and Matt Sinner (Primal Fear).

Orden Ogan have a real beast of a power metal album with ‘Ravenhead’. This band deserve bigger success as they always come up with the musical goods.

The upcoming Toto and FM albums are rather good to, the FM one is quite possibly their best album ever!

Anyone fancy a game for Stoke at Villa?

Posted in Football, Stoke City, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , on February 19, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Big worry defence wise ahead of Saturday’s game against Aston Villa as we have no Ryan Shawcross (should be back in a week), Geoff Cameron (suspended) and now Marc Muniesa is out for six weeks. Hopefully we should welcome back Marc Wilson and Erik Pieters though, along with Stephen Ireland. If not it is Wilko and Palacios at the back!

Mark Hughes has been unlucky with injuries this season, with more long term injuries than we have had for many a year. Still we can still give Villa a game if we manage to get a defence out and we have Andy Wilkinson, how good would it be if he scored the winner?

Transfer deadline day January 2015

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , on February 1, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

So far we have only brought one player in, Philipp Wollscheid, on loan from Bayer Leverkusen.

With the transfer window closing at 11pm Monday 2nd February we have been linked with Tottenham’s Aaron Lennon again, although Hull City and Everton are also keen. Mark Hughes dismissed any new signings yesterday, although he would hardly say outright as he is a canny one like Pulis in the transfer market.

Robert Huth is all set to join Leicester City on loan for the rest of the season, a good move for both. Ryan Shotton and Edu have both left permanently which reduces the wage bill. No news on Brek Shea leaving though and no bugger seems to want Palacios!

Stoke City 3-1 QPR

Posted in Football, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , on February 1, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

A Jon Walters hat trick, the first by any Stoke City player since we have been in the Premier League. It couldn’t happen to a better player, who always gives 100% on the pitch and is a model professional footballer. A proper Stoke legend and he has been a key player for us, along with Glen Whelan and Ryan Shawcross, as the team has progressed and evolved since the early days in the Premiership.

Rochdale 1-4 Stoke City FA Cup 4th Round

Posted in FA Cup, Stoke City, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , , , , on January 26, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Good away win after an early wonder goal by Bojan, easily the most talented Stoke player I have seen in my lifetime as a Stoke supporter. Rumours of Liverpool interested in him, they can look elsewhere, Emile Heskey would be good for them ;)

The other goals came from Stephen Ireland, Victor Moses and Jon Walters. Next round is Blackburn away, a tough game and hopefully televised again.

Andy Wilkinson has returned from his loan spell at Millwall and Jamie Ness is back on loan at Crewe for the rest of the season.

Edu away! Huth next? Crouch and Odemwingie new contracts?

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , on January 14, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Finally! We get shot of Maurice Edu who has signed a permanent deal with Philadelphia Union. One of the worst Pulis signings that’s for sure.

Robert Huth has been made available for loan and a possible permanent move. End of an era and a Stoke legend of recent years with his defensive partnership with Ryan Shawcross.

Peter Crouch looks set to be offered a new two year deal as he is out of contract this summer. Peter Odemwingie has also hinted that he would be happy to extend his current contract which also expires in the summer.

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