Goalkeeper Jakob Haugaard signs for Stoke

Posted in Football, football transfers, News, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , on May 28, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Goalkeeper Jakob Haugaard has joined Stoke from newly-crowned Danish champions FC Midtjylland for a fee of around £600K, on a three year contract. He will be third choice keeper behind Begovic and Butland, as Sorenson has now retired. Although Begovic has been heavily linked with a move to Man Utd as they are waving goodbye to their current no.1 de Gea.

It does look as though with this signing the club are preparing for Begovic’s departure and if so, do we sign a veteran keeper as cover for a season whilst Haugaard settles in?

Summer Ins/Outs:

In:
Jakob Haugaard (GK) £600k

Philipp Wollscheid (D) nomimal fee

Out:
Thomas Sorenson
(GK) retired

Andy Wilkinson (D) released

Victor Moses (M) end of loan period

Stoke City 6-1 Liverpool

Posted in Football, News, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 24, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Rodgers

What a fantastic result and end to the current season :)

The goalscorers were Mama Diouf (2), Jon Walters, Charlie Adam, Peter Crouch and Steven N’Zonzi.

Some interesting records broken today:

Steven Gerrard has never lost a Premier League game by more than four goals.

Stoke are the first team to score five goals vs Liverpool in a league game since Coventry in December 1992.

This is Liverpool’s heaviest defeat since the 1950’s.

Stoke last scored more than five goals in a league game back in 1982.

Peter Crouch, with his goal today, became the leading all time scorer from headers in the Premier League.

Stoke’s highest ever win in the Premiership.

* Stoke City will play Brentford in a pre-season friendly on Saturday July 25th.

My Players of the Season and Cameron signs a new contract

Posted in Football, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , on May 24, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

US international Geoff Cameron has signed a new contract until 2018 (his current deal was due to end in 2016). Good to see him stay and good as he can play in a variety of positions.

My Players of the Season:

Player of the Season: Steven N’Zonzi – been a real rock in our midfield this season and key player in the team. Need to get him signed to a new, longer term contract.

Signing of the Season: Bojan who may have been injured for a lot of the season sadly, but when he has played he has been quite simply amazing. Nimble footwork, trickery and a pleasure to watch in a Stoke top.

Young Player of the Season: Ollie Shenton he has been in the first team and looks a good prospect. We never seem to get that many home grown players through the Academy and hopefully Shenton will be the first of if not many, a least a handful!

Most Improved Player of the Season: Glen Whelan he is one of our longest serving players now Wilko and Sorenson are leaving this summer. He really has come on leaps and bounds this season, being a certain starter along with N’Zonzi at the heart of our midfield.

Palacios Award for Most Useless Player: Palacios! We have had many pants players at our club over the years but Palacios came with such high hopes. We were royally stitched up by Spurs paying £10m for him and Peter Crouch. Crouch has been a great signing, Palacios however leaves this summer on a free…

Philipp Wollscheid signs :-)

Posted in Football, football transfers, News, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , on May 21, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Stoke City have taken up the option to buy Philipp Wollscheid from Bayer Leverkusen following his loan spell since January. He has signed a three year contract and officially joins the club on July 1st when the transfer window opens again. His signing looks to further Huth’s exit to Leicester City in the summer.

Another possible signing, more for the under-21 squad, is 18 year old Blackpool striker Dom Telford. No confirmation of the deal and it has been reported on Goal.Com

New music….SOTO, DCD, HOUSE OF LORDS, THUNDER, LIFEHOUSE, FIVE GRAND STEREO

Posted in AOR, Melodic rock, Music for 2015, Power metal, Power pop with tags , , , , , , on May 21, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Finally catching-up with some new releases like Soto (earMusic) which features one of my favourite vocalists Jeff Scott Soto. This is his metal album and as much as I like metal (bar the pub metal of most NWOBHM!) this album has failed ot grab me. Couple of good tunes, will stick with it though.

Denis Chruchill Dries was the vocalist in 80’s pomp/melodic rockers White Sister, who I saw live twice back in the day at the Vic Hall, Hanley. This solo album is a ‘must have’ and his vocals are still amazing. He is helped by the lengendary Paul Sabu.

Lifehouse are one of those US bands massive in their homeland yet hardly known here in the UK. Their new album ‘Out Of The Wasteland’ is rather good, full of upbeat arena anthems and some cracking ballads.

Thunder’s new album ‘Wonder Days’ is a real return to form. Some of there albums have 3 or 4 great songs, then the rest is decidely okay (still better than a lot of bands though!). This album is a treat from start to finish. Danny Bowes still has the vocal power and it is a good mix of rock anthems like ‘I Love The Weekend’ and more slower numbers like ‘The Rain’.

House Of Lords newie features another strong set of songs. Vocalist James Christian is last man standing from the original 80’s band, although this line-up has lasted longer than any other in the band’s history. His other half Robin Beck can be heard more on the backing vocals/high notes. Only thing I would like to see back, even for one album, are the pomp keys of old from Mr Guiffria.

Five Grand Stereo’s debut album ‘Sex & Money’ is a heady mix of 70’s rock of Bowie/Lou Reed and classy power pop. Featuring Chris Singleton you know it will be good quality music. Highly recommended.

Player of the Season awards and pre-season friendlies

Posted in Football, football transfers, News, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , , , on May 20, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Stoke’s Player of the Season is Steven N’Zonzi, as well as the Player’s Player of the Year. Jon Walters was voted Player of the Season by the various Stoke City supporter’s groups. Marc Muniesa won Community Champion and Ollie Shenton was named Young Player of the Season. Special awards were given to Thomas Sorenson and Andy Wilkinson for their log service to the club, both leave at the end of this season.

Stoke travel to Wrexham on Wednesday 22nd July for a pre-season friendly. This joins the already announced Singapore trophy in July. This will consist of two semi-finals played on Wednesday July 15th, followed by a third place play-off and final played on Saturday July 18th. Stoke will join Arsenal, Everton and a Singapore Select Xl.

Burnley 0-0 Stoke City

Posted in Football, Stoke City, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , , on May 17, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

A bore draw in the end, however our highest even Premier League finish at 9th and points total. Even more impressive when you consider the amount of injuries we have had to key players. Well done Mark Hughes and the coaching team.

Final home game of this season is against Liverpool and forget the Steven Gerrard love in, it looks set to mark the farewell appearance of Andy Wilkinson (out of contract), Thomas Sorenson (retiring) and Wilson Palacios (out of contract & out of sight for most of his time at Stoke). Possibly Odemwingie too, although he may be offered a new contract.

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