Will it be Hughes? Or will it be Pulis?

Posted in Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , on September 19, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

The fixture computer certainly knows how to pick them as only six games into the new season and Stoke’s home game against West Brom this weekend is a real six pointer and it could see possibly both managers sacked. Mark Hughes is now the bookeis favorite to be the first Premiership manager to be sacked, taking over from previous favourite…West Brom’s Tony Pulis.

Bojan asks for the players to share the pain of defeat with Hughes and get believing in themselves again. It does appear that Hughes may have lost the dressing room as the old guard – the remaining Pulis era players- have yet to speak out about the current bad form and play, most notably the captain Ryan Shawcross, who should be leading the rallying calls for players and fans alike.

Something needs to change and quickly with -11 goal difference after only five games and in three of those games we have shipped four goals. Hughes Out is the cry on the Oatcake messageboard and I will give Hughes one more chance as we must win at home against West Brom. Hull at home in the League Cup before that and a chance to try some younger/fringe players with a bit more fire and steel in their play? Who to replace Hughes if he goes? Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe could do a good job, anyone but Steve McClaren🙂

BEST EVER CHRISTMAS SHOW – UK arena tour

Posted in Cbeebies, tours with tags , , , , , , , on September 12, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

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BEST EVER CHRISTMAS SHOW and the story of Jack Frost

Brand new live spectacular for pre-schoolers

UK arena tour starts 17th December

Get ready for a Christmas extravaganza like you’ve never seen before because the BEST EVER CHRISTMAS SHOW is on its way to an arena near you!

A big, brilliant, fun-filled festive extravaganza with songs, snow and of course Santa
Bringing this brand new spectacular to life are some of the best-loved names in pre-school television including CBeebies’ Andy Day, Katy Ashworth and Cat Sandion, along with Jen Pringle from Milkshake! as well as top children’s presenters Naomi Wilkinson and Dave Benson Phillips.

It’s Christmas Eve, the busiest day of the year in Christmastown and it’s time to join some familiar Christmas characters and make some new friends. Jack Frost, Princess Twinkle and the residents of Christmastown excitedly prepare for Santa’s arrival, however wicked Queen Glacia has a different idea, as she casts an icy curse on Jack!
This winter adventure journeys to the Crystal Cave, through the moonlit forest and into the lavish Royal Palace meeting good-natured goblins, troublesome trolls and magical puppets along the way. Will Jack and his friends save Christmas before Santa arrives?

Don’t miss the sing-along, dance-along, clap-along, snow-filled Best Ever Christmas Show coming to an arena near you.

Written by Will Brenton (CBeebies Live!, Justin & Friends, Tweenies) and brought to you by the Award winning producers of the UK’s leading pre-school Arena spectaculars Thomas & Friends, Noddy Live,and Tweenies Live! you can look forward to a top quality, unforgettable Christmas experience.

The Best Ever Christmas Show tour kicks off on 17th December and will be visiting Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Glasgow, London, Cardiff, Leeds, Nottingham and Birmingham.

For ticket prices and tour details visit: http://thebesteverchristmasshow.com/ and for the latest show news visit our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/besteverchristmasshow

Saturday 17 Dec MANCHESTER ARENA
13:30
16:30

Sunday 18 Dec MANCHESTER ARENA
11:00
14:30

Tuesday 20 Dec LIVERPOOL ECHO ARENA
13:30
16:30

Wednesday 21 Dec NEWCASTLE METRO RADIO ARENA
13:30
16:30

Thursday 22 Dec GLASGOW SSE HYDRO
13:30
16:45

Friday 23 Dec WEMBLEY SSE ARENA
13:30

Saturday 24 Dec WEMBLEY SSE ARENA
11:00
14:30

Monday 26 Dec WEMBLEY SSE ARENA
13:30
16:30

Tuesday 27 Dec CARDIFF MOTORPOINT ARENA
13:30
16:30

Wednesday 28 Dec LEEDS FIRST DIRECT ARENA
13:30
16:30

Thursday 29 Dec NOTTINGHAM MOTORPOINT ARENA
13:30
16:30

Friday 30 Dec BIRMINGHAM – GENTING ARENA
13:30
16:30

Save Surrey buses

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on September 9, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

My daughter has started a petition to help save local bus services in Surrey – one of which affects her college route. If you can sign the petition and/or spread the word it would be much appreciated.
Thank you

“If anyone has some spare time, please sign my petition about the possible prevention of cutting bus services in Surrey! 224 signatures so far; thank you to everyone who has already signed it😀 “

http://petitions.surreycc.gov.uk/stop-bus-cuts/

More here:
http://www.abellio.co.uk/news/abellio-surrey-service-change-release/

More injury woes for Stoke

Posted in Football, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , on September 7, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Ibrahim Afelley looks set to be out longer than first thought and should be back in training within the next three months, he is back in January at present. Diouf is a possible miss from Saturday’s home game against Spurs and Shaqiri is likely to miss the game as well. However, Glen Johnson could be back in contention for the weekend’s game.

Kosovo make their full football debut

Posted in football transfers, Gibraltar, News, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , on September 5, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Kosovo were recently cleared to compete internationally by FIFA and play their forst ever World Cup qualifier tonight against Finland. Six players have been allowed to switch national teams, five have previously played for Albania and one for Norway. Others who could switch are Stoke’s Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka (Switzerland), Shefki Kuqi (Finland) and Lorik Cana (Albania). Arsenal’s Xhaka has recently stated he will remain playing for Switzerland.

They were voted in by FIFA in May 2016 along with Gibraltar. They face Finland tonight and have a tough qualifying group – Croatia, Iceland, Turkey and Ukraine – joining Finland.

Gibraltar face Greece at home on Tuesday in their first ever World Cup qualifier.

Butland sidelined for up to another two months

Posted in Football, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , on September 2, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Bad news in that Jack Butland could be out for another couple of months with further surgery on his ankle. Makes sense now why we signed Lee Grant as keeper cover. get well soon Jack.

Joselu off on loan

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , on September 1, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Joselu sealed a season long loan move to Deportivo just ahead of the transfer deadline last night. Signed last summer he has not made a big impact at Stoke and is now on his seventh club, averaging roughly one per season.

We have signed another promising youngster in left-sided defender Cameron McJannett from Luton Town.

Summer ins/outs:
IN
Joe Allen (Liverpool £13m)

Ramadan Sobhi (Al Alhay 6m Euros)

Ryan Sweeney (AFC Wimbledon – undisclosed fee)

Wilfried Bony (Man City – season long loan)

Lee Grant (Derby County – loan until January 3)

Bruno Martins Indi (Porto – season long loan)

Cameron McJannett (Luton Town – undisclosed fee)

OUT
Peter Odemwingie (released) *

Steve Sidwell (Brighton & Hove Albion – free) *

Marc Wilson (AFC Bournemouth – undisclosed fee) *

George Waring (Shrewsbury Town – loan)

Choulay (Shrewsbury Town – loan)

Philipp Wollscheid (Wolfsburg – season long loan) *

Joselu (Deportivo – season long loan) *

* = in last season’s 25 man squad list