Cech to Arsenal, now Begovic to Chelsea?

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , , on June 29, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

As Peter Cech signs for Arsenal expect the Premier League goalkeeper merry-go-round to start off big time. Man Utd are after a keeper and of course now Chelsea will want a replacement which looks set to be Begovic. Some media reports say Chelsea have a £6m bid in which Stoke have rejected and are holding out for an £8m bid. Chelsea can play a waiting game as they know Begovic will want to come (again some media say he’s agreed a contract already) plus Stoke want to cash in on Begovic as he only has a year left on his contract. Mind you Aston Villa have made a bid for Begovic to, although to be fair that’s a non-starter.


Mark Hughes is set for talks with Steven N’Zonzi who could also leave this summer. We need to be careful as Begovic I think we could cope with losing as Jack Butland is an able replacement and Stoke have nearly always had good goalies the years I have been supporting them since 1974. However, if N’Zonzi and possibly Walters & Crouch go we could struggle certainly if we don’t get decent replacements in.

Farewell Huth – the Berlin Wall

Posted in football transfers, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , on June 24, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Sad to see a modern day Stoke legend Robert Huth leave the club and join Leicester City on a three year deal. He had been at Leicester on loan since January and had proved a real hit with the fans.

He made 188 appearances for Stoke since joining from Middlesbrough back in 2009. He formed a truly immense partnership in central defence with Ryan Shawcross under the reign of Tony Pulis. He was injured for much of the last season until Christmas time and hasn’t really played much since Mark Hughes became manager.

Good luck Mr Huth, wished he could have played on for another year for us


Adam, Moses and Whitehead

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

Charlie Adam has signed a new extended contract with the club until 2017, with an option of a further year. Great news as his form since becoming a regular in the starting XI following Bojan’s injury was immense. Speaking of Bojan he is aiming to be back in contention for the opening game of the season against Liverpool.

One player who looks like won’t be signing is Victor Moses if this Guardian news piece is to be believed. Seems he is not keen to be any part of a deal to take Begovic to Chelsea. No formal offers have been made for Begovic yet.

Andy Wilkinson is on a week-by-week contract with the club until he finds himself a new club after being released this summer.

Ex-Stoke player Dean Whitehead has moved clubs again signing for Huddersfield Town.

Opening fixture of the new season is…Liverpool!

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

You couldn’t make it up as we start the 2016/17 Premier League season against Liverpool at home. Just in case you have forgotten we beat them 6-1 at home at the end of last season J Our first away fixture is Tottenham who we beat away in the same fixture last season. Our final away game is Crystal Palace and we finish the season with a home game against West Ham.

Opening day fixtures see Premiership newboys Bournemouth home to Aston Villa, their fans will like that one; Watford face a tricky trip to Everton and Norwich host Crystal Palace, not an easy fixture given how well Palace have done since Alan Pardew took over.

Joselu signs for Stoke :-)

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , on June 16, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Spanish striker Joselu has signed from Hanover (who we signed Diouf off) for 8m Euros. Looks a good signing and another good signing.


(Picture from the Stoke Sentinel)

Outward bound looks like Huth is set for Leicester City for a fee of £2.5m; Begovic is still being linked with a move away with Roma the latest rumoured club and Chelsea another strong contender; Steven N’Zonzi has reportedly stalled on a new contract and according to his agent/father wants to move to a bigger club. That story has been around before and maybe his father’s way of getting his son a higher paid contract.

Fixture list is out tomorrow :)

Hot Air Stoke-on-Trent Literary Festival 2015 12th-13th June

Posted in Authors, Books, News, Stoke City, Stoke-on-Trent Literary Festival with tags , , , , , on June 7, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Another strong line-up for the second Stoke literary festival including Michael Palin’s first visit to Stoke!


The first Stoke-on-Trent Literary Festival took place in June 2014 and was the first of its kind in the area, giving local people the opportunity to find out more about the art and craft of writing and the joys of reading.

The festival in the factory, also known as Hot Air giving a nod to Stoke-on-Trent’s historic background, is held at the Emma Bridgewater Factory on Lichfield Street in Stoke-on-Trent.

The Festival returns on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th June 2015 featuring a programme of 15 authors, film makers and performers discussing reading, writing, the creative process and their latest releases, giving festival goers the opportunity to debate with and meet some of the country’s leading writers.

Visiting the Hot Air Literary Festival this year are former Labour party chief spokesman and strategist Alastair Campbell, actor, adventurer and Python Michael Palin and former Home Secretary and much admired author Alan Johnson, author and biographer Dame Margaret Drabble, journalist, political biographer Charles Moore, historian and broadcaster William Dalrymple and award winning writer Sathnam Sanghera.

Celebrating Stoke on Trent’s contribution to the creative arts more widely, this year’s festival includes poetry, performance and the event’s first film screening with a special showing of triple BAFTA TV nominated “Marvellous”, the Neil (Nello) Baldwin story, including an audience with Neil Baldwin and director Peter Bowker as Saturday evening’s finale. There will also be a special debate chaired by Matthew Rice to debate the city’s cultural contribution.

Other events include a discussion with local literature specialist Catherine Burgass and filmmaker Ray Johnson about the work of Stoke poet Arthur Berry, Staffordshire author Joss Musgrove Knibb brings to life the First World War experiences of four Staffordshire regiment soldiers and Lucy Cufflin hosts a baking demonstration using the kitchen cafe Aga.

Supporting literacy is a very important element of the Hot Air Festival and ahead of the event a series of special poetry and illustration workshops will be taking place in city schools. With our media partner The Sentinel, the “Too Write” creative writing competition also makes a welcome return with winners being announced at the festival by patron Andy McNabb.

The 2014 event was a great success and we look forward to welcoming back many of you who came last year and new visitors too. Tickets for all events will be available to book from Saturday 11 April.

Bellowhead call it a day :(

Posted in Folk, Folk rock, Music for 2015, News with tags , , , , on June 3, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Sadly Bellowhead are calling it a day with a farewell tour this year and in 2016.

They have announced:

‘This is a sad message to send but after 11 amazing years we’ve decided to call it a day.

It’s been an incredible journey for us all and we’ve loved every minute of being Bellowhead but Jon has decided the time has come for him to stand down as lead singer and the rest of us don’t feel that we wish to continue without him. We have therefore decided that we should give Bellowhead the send off it deserves and go out with a bang.

So we will be performing a two-part farewell tour (in November 2015 and April 2016) finishing as we started all those years back, with an intimate gig at Oxford Town Hall (on May Day 2016) – the very first venue we ever played as a band.

The tour dates will be announced in full on Friday June 5th and tickets will go on general sale on Friday 12th June.  Mailing list members will be given the chance to pre-order on Wednesday  10th.

We are all looking forward to the remaining gigs and intend to make them our best shows yet so we hope you can come along for the party.

We hope you will not be too upset with us for calling time on the band. Of course Bellowhead would have been nothing without the support of our amazing fans over the last decade.  We are all incredibly grateful to you for coming with us on this journey and want to thank you all for being part of the Bellowhead story.

Bellowhead x


Royal Albert Hall gig review 2014

Cambridge Folk Festival review 2013

Roundhouse gig review 2012


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