Chelsea’s defender Kurt Zouma has signed on a season long loan

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , on July 21, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Chelsea’s defender Kurt Zouma has signed on a season long loan.

Manager Mark Hughes told the club’s official website: “Kurt is undoubtedly one of the most talented young defenders in the game, so naturally his arrival will enhance our playing squad for the forthcoming campaign.”

Good signing for us and hope we sign Bruno Martin Indi, although that transfer has gone quite this week.

Arnie, Whelan off and Tonge up the Vale!

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , , , on July 20, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Marko Arnautovic looks set to complete his £24m move the West Ham either today or tomorrow. A great player for us on his day, although you do wonder if his off field moods upset the dressing room karma. He’s moving purely for money though as West Ham are hardly Real Madrid, one of a few clubs he’d said he would only ever leave Stoke for.

Also packing his bags is Glen Whelan who has joined Aston Villa in a deal worth up to £2m, with an initial fee of £1.25m. One of the players who helped us gain promotion to the Premiership and he has been a regular since he joined in 2008, making 338 league and cup appearances for Stoke. One of the better players I have seen at Stoke in recent years and wishing him well at Villa.

Imbula looks set to leave before the new season starts with Torino the latest club to express interest in signing him.

Question is how much of the incoming transfer fees will Mark Hughes be given to spend? Various reports are linking us with Man City’s Fabian Delph in a £10m deal, not a loan as originally thought.

Chelsea defender Kurt Zuoma is all but signed on a season long loan and has even been photographed in Stoke kit! The delay in announcing this deal is thought to be whilst he agrees a new contract at Chelsea.

Bruno Martins Indi could still be a Stoke player, although Porto are playing silly buggers it seems and Crystal Palace are interested in signing him as well.

Man Utd’s Ashley Young has also been heavily linked with a move to Stoke.

Former Stoke player Michael Tonge is currently a trialist at Port Vale. He was at Stoke for five years between 2008 and 2013, where he spent more time on loan than at Stoke. Never really made an impact and not one of Tony Pulis’s better signings. After two seasons at Stevenage he is after a new club and if he joins the Vale he will link up with fellow former Stoke player Danny Pugh.

Peter Crouch – the DJ :)

Posted in Stoke City FC, News, rock n roll, indie with tags , , , , , on July 19, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Peter Crouch will be taking over the weeknight Radio X Evening Show between 7pm and 10pm from Monday 24 July for a fortnight. He will also host the listeners’ Sunday afternoons from 1-4pm while regular host Gordon Smart is on holiday.

Crouch told the station’s official website: “I love Radio X and the music the station plays so I’m excited about being in the hot seat. I have a few stories I’m looking forward to sharing, and some visitors I’m looking forward to welcoming to the studio. All will be revealed next week.”

Stoke makes the UK City of Culture 2021 shortlist

Posted in News, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, Stoke-on-Trent Literary Festival, theatre with tags , , , , , , , on July 17, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Coventry, Paisley, Sunderland, Swansea and Stoke-on-Trent will compete to host a year-long celebration of art and performance as UK City of Culture 2021.

The final bid has to be submitted by September and the winning city is announced in November/December time.

Really hope Stoke wins this as it would be amazing for the city and a real boost to the area. Unlike the Garden festival back in 1986, this will have longer term benefits for the area as it is city/area wide and not just focused on one site.

Memories of the Theatre Royal, Hanley – Brigadoon

Posted in theatre, theatre royal hanley with tags , , , , on July 17, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Stephen Beattie (Pipe Major) has provided some background to another Theatre Royal, Hanley show featuring the Black Watch Association Pipe Band

I have found another event which took place at the theatre involving pipers from the Black Watch Association Pipe Band.

It was Brigadoon by Lerner & Loewe.  The show was put on by The Porthill Players Amateur Society and ran from Monday 22nd June to Saturday 27th June 1996.

Director: Andrew Talbot

Choreographer: Michaleen Hilton

Musical Director:  Gwen Jones

The Cast:

Jonathan Fernyhough

James Freeman

Linda Slinn

Tracey Hood

Mark Hilton

Amanda Robotham

Bob Paterson

John Stone

Peter Cooke

Danny Noyce

Lisa Clarke

Trevor Mountford

Phil Bailey

Andrew Tooth

Ian Dutton

Liz Owens

Gary Edge

The solo piper played for the funeral in Act II, Scene 3:  The Glen.

Marko Arnautovic hands in transfer request

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC, The Premiership, Transfer rumours with tags , , , , , on July 11, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Marko Arnautovic has handed in a transfer request after Stoke City rejected a £15m West Ham bid. Arnie was injured in last night’s friendly and a cynic could argue that was planned to avoid a serious injury whilst a transfer deal is done! His brother is his agent and he has been on social media today alleging that Stoke are holding up a deal.

Stoke beat Neuchatel Xamax 1-0 thanks to an own goal in the first match of the Uhrencup.

Save Loyd Road Fields – deadline for objections 12 July

Posted in Didcot, News with tags , , , on July 11, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

The deadline for your objection letters is the 12th July and you can do so via this link

Do like the Facebook page as they are very active and keep updating on the latest news etc. Good news in that Didcot Town council object to the planning application. A decision on the planning application is due sometime in September.