Dionatan Teixeira off to Orlando City

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , on May 26, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Following on from a trial at Orlando City FC, it seems that Dionatan Teixeira will sign for them on  a permanent basis. If he does he can play for Orlando from 4th July. A strange Hughes signing as he has only made two league appearances for us plus had a short loan spell at Fleetwood Town.

Stoke have announced another pre-season friendly, on August 6 they travel to Rhyl with a youngsters/academy squad.

Former Stokies Woodgate & Hill released by their clubs

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership, Transfer rumours with tags , , , , , , , on May 24, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

A few notable names from  the past have been released by their current clubs including Jonathan Woodgate leaving the newly promoted Middlesboro. Popular defender Clint Hill has been released by QPR after six years at the club. If Hill was a little younger (he’s noe 37), I am sure Pulis would be interested in signing him. At the same club Karl Henry looks set to be offered a new deal.

Danny Pugh is looking to extend his current stay at Bury. Carl Dickinson is currently out of contract at Port Vale and has been offered a new, lower waged deal.

Former striker Ricardo Fuller announced his retirement from football on May 16 after a short spell at Oldham.

The ever readable 4231 Stoke blog has a list of possible British born players Mark Hughes and his management  may be interested in. They include Nathan Redmond, John Ruddy and Michael Carrick (what an excellent free signing he’d be).

Saido Berahino and Nathan Redmond Stoke bound?

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , , , on May 20, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

John Percy over at the ‘Daily Telegraph’ has an interesting story on the possibility of West Brom’s Saido Berahino and Norwich’s Nathan Redmond joining Stoke this summer. Apparently manager Mark Hughes is after more British based players and these two seemingly top the wishlist.

The same article also mentions the club want to tie Ryan Shawcross to a longer contract – he currently has two years left on his current deal.

Outgoing…
Steve Sidwell is open to a permanent move to Brighton following a loan spell since January.

Defender Dionatan Teixeira has joined our sister club Orlando City SC on a week-long trial.He has not really had a run of games at the club and mixed reviews when he has played for us. Hopefully he can get a loan move sorted as he needs to be getting regular football now.

Preseason friendlies

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

Andy Wilkinson scored a last minute penalty in his testimonial match yesterday and as Stoke fans have always said, if Wilko scores we are on the pitch…the fans kept their promise:-)

A great player for the club, wishing Andy Wilkinson all the best in the future.

Summer transfer rumours will be in full swing and we need to fill a few gaps in our 25 man squad with Peter Odemwingie out of contract and being released. Steve Sidwell is also likely to be given a free following his recent loan spell at Brighton. A key piece of summer business will be sorting the future of Marko Arnautovic which is still up in the air, despite him having a year left on his current contract. Shades of N’Zonzi as Marko’s agent is a family member (his brother) and he won the player’s Player of the Year Award for this season, as did N’Zonzi.

The season may have only just finished, however the club have already outlined their preseason plans. Stoke City will have a preseason training camp in Germany and then a 10 day trip during July to the USA, which includes one friendly already confirmed against Orlando.

Preseason friendlies:

Sat 16 July Burton Albion (A)

Sat July 23 Preston (A)

Wed July 27 Orlando (A)

Date & opposition TBC another friendly whilst in the USA

An ode to St. Giles’s and St. George’s School

Posted in News, Poetry with tags , , on May 8, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

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Will We Ever See the Likes of Giles and George Again?

Giles and George are familiar names in Newcastle town
Is that why they are now starting to pull them down?
Is this the reward for distinguished educational service over a century in time?
Look out my friend you may be the next one in the line.
The scene is set for this dastardly deed

There are no further arguments to which the council will heed
The appearance of white funereal shrouds in the trees this weekend
Reflect the air of sadness and loss in those who would not wish it to end
Their fate is fast approaching now and there is no turning back
Developers, planners and councilors have all had their say

Their knowledge, skills and experiences all contribute to professional power
Ensuring they get their own way
The proposed ‘Hub’ must deliver the promised improvements in reality
Piecemeal success is no longer an option in delivery of the totality.

Failure to amalgamate and co-ordinate the remaining components of this massive development
Will doubtless raise questions about the scale of demolition tried
Posing the loss of identity, active community involvement and pride.
We surely realize by now the important values in relation to our communities
Buildings – their architecture, design and usefulness are important in dimensions ensuring views on success

As are qualities of the local environment, clean air and attractive visual features
Capture, protect and evaluate our beliefs and provide the platform for the next generation to pick up the challenge
Few pass through life without making some impact
Giles and George I guess are no exception to this rule

Providing the means of achieving this through the school
Perhaps some means may yet be devised
To highlight the partnership of school, benefactors and teachers over the years being fully recognized
To honour the memory of St. Giles’s and St. George’s school.

By Professor Bob Ritchie

The hub is to house Newcastle Borough Council, some staff from Staffs County Council, the library, police, social services and registrar. To create this the above school and historic building has been demolished.

If you only by a few albums this month…

Posted in Albums of the Year, AOR, Blues rock, hard rock, Music for 2016, pop, Pop rock, Power pop with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 28, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Hard to pick one single ‘must have’ album from the April releases as there are a lot…

Tax The Heat released their debut on Nuclear Blast and it is chock full of catchy blues/hard rocking tunes with a modern edge.

The Dowling Poole return with their second album ‘One Hyde Park’, a delight from start to finish. If you like quirky pop with a message – think XTC, Squeeze, the instant appeal of ELO songs – this is for you.

Left With Pictures new album ‘Afterlife’ took me by surprise, with its sparse, yet melodic arrangements and haunting vocals. Not for everyone but if like me you love  music regardless of its ‘genre’, have a listen.

And finally the new Cheap Trick ‘Bang, Zoom, Crazy…Hello’…the band have continued their fine run of form since 1997’s self-titled album (I still can’t get into their 1992 release ‘Woke Up With A Monster’), with their first new album since 2009. It really does hark back at times to their classic 70’s/early 80’s sound. If you are a fan doubtless you will already have this, if not try this album and then work your way back through their fine back catalogue.

Recent CD bargains…

Posted in Classic albums, Classic rock, Get Ready To Rock!, hard rock, Melodic rock, Modern rock, Pop rock, Power pop with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 27, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Some recent charity shop finds including last year’s album ‘Brain Waves’ from Eureka Machines. Great album full of catchy pop rock/punk tunes and features Chris Catalyst (Ginger/Sisters Of Mercy etc). Only a pound and a signed copy as well! Also for a pound was the two CD version of Silver Ginger 5’s ‘Black Leather Mojo’. I love this album and one of the first I downloaded on iTunes. It features Ginger of the Wildhearts, plus various Wildhearts in the band and Conny Bloom of the Electric Boys. Not one filler, all are glorious slabs of glam infused pop rock. Darn shame they never made another album.

Whilst up in Stoke recently and browsing in the rather good record store Music Mania, I picked up Dogs Die In Hot Cars ‘Please Describe Yourself’ album – perhaps best known for their hit ‘Godhopping’. Bizarrely the band hail from my dad’s birthplace, St. Andrews and most of the band went to the same college as him, Madras College. Album full of quirky pop, recalling bands like Talking Heads, Arcade Fire and XTC. At the same time picked up the best of Hootie & the Blowfish. One of those bands I can cover with a just a best of by in my collection. Vocalist Darius Rucker has recently embarked on a more country/Americana path in his music.

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