Tommy Smith makes it seven new signings

Posted in Championship, Football, football transfers, News, Stoke City FC on July 17, 2019 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Stoke City have made their seventh signing of the summer adding Huddersfield right back Tommy Smith for a fee of around £4m. Josh Tymon has joined Portguese side FC Famalicao on a season-long loan.

Confirmed INS –

Jordan Cousins (QPR) – free

Ben Davies (Barnsley) – free

Lee Gregory (Millwall) – free

Liam Lindsay (Barnsley) – £2m

Nick Powell (Wigan) – free

Tommy Smith (Huddersfield) – £4m

Stephen Ward (Burnley) – free

Confirmed OUTS –

Charlie Adam, Darren Fletcher, Jacob Haugaard – all released at the end of their contracts

Eric Pieters (Burnley) – undisclosed fee

Harry Souter (Fleetwood Town) – season long loan

Josh Tymon (FC Famalicao) – season long loan

Ashley Williams – loan ended, out of contract at Everton

Erik Pieters joins Burnley

Posted in Championship, Football, football transfers, News, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , on July 9, 2019 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Erik Pieters has joined Burnley for a fee of £1m plus add ons. He follows in the footsteps of Jon Walters, Phil Bardsley and Peter Crouch who have all joined Burnley from Stoke in recent years.

Kevin Wimmer is training with SC Cologne as Stoke look to offload him and up to eight other players (Moritz Bauer, Geoff Cameron, Mame Diouf, Giannelli Imbula, Julien Ngoy, Erik Pieters, Josh Tymon plus Bojan who is training in Spain) that don’t currently feature in the manager’s plans.

Book review: JOE COUNTRY by Mick Herron

Posted in Authors, Books, Netgalley with tags , , , , , on July 3, 2019 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

John Murray [Publication date 20.06.19]

‘We’re spies,’ said Lamb. ‘All kinds of outlandish shit goes on.’

Like the ringing of a dead man’s phone, or an unwelcome guest at a funeral…

In Slough House memories are stirring, all of them bad. Catherine Standish is buying booze again, Louisa Guy is raking over the ashes of lost love, and new recruit Lech Wicinski, whose sins make him outcast even among the slow horses, is determined to discover who destroyed his career, even if he tears his life apart in the process.

And with winter taking its grip Jackson Lamb would sooner be left brooding in peace, but even he can’t ignore the dried blood on his carpets. So when the man responsible breaks cover at last, Lamb sends the slow horses out to even the score.

This time, they’re heading into joe country.

And they’re not all coming home.

The sixth book in the Jackson Lamb series and Mick Herron keeps the high quality of his plotting and writing going. This time the majority of the team become involved in unfolding events in snow covered Pembrokeshire and the action comes thick and fast. I do like the author’s knack of stopping action on a cliff-hanger before switching to another part of the plot, which again often ends in a cliffhanging moment. Although Slough House is for the secret service outcasts where they are meant to be given menial tasks, they often seem to find a way into a hot piece of political action.

If you are a fan already then this will already be on your reading list, and new readers would be best advised to read the series in order just because you get references to characters/events earlier in the series. Either way, ‘Joe Country’ proves that Mick Herron is top of the spy thriller tree.

Stoke City bring in six

Posted in Championship, Football, football transfers, News, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 2, 2019 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Stoke City manager Nathan Jones wanted the majority of the new signings in before pre-season started and he got his wish with six players joining last week. Five were out of contract players, of which Nick Powell and Lee Gregory look sound business, plus former Burnley defender Stephen Ward signed on a one year contract is another good piece of business. Former QPR and Charlton midfielder Jordan Cousins has worked with Jones previously and could prove to a be a shrewd signing, with him earmarked for the base of Jones’s prefered midfield diamond shape.

Stoke still expect to sign two or three more players, although the emphasis will be on shifting out players, as bar the released ones below, none have left the club yet. Charlie Adam is training with Blackburn as he looks for a new club this summer.

Confirmed INS –

Jordan Cousins (QPR) – free

Ben Davies (Barnsley) – free

Lee Gregory (Millwall) – free

Liam Lindsay (Barnsley) – £2m

Nick Powell (Wigan) – free

Stephen Ward (Burnley) – free

Confirmed OUTS –

Charlie Adam, Darren Fletcher, Jacob Haugaard – all released at the end of their contracts

Ashley Williams – loan ended, out of contract at Everton

Stoke City pre-season 2019 & QPR at home first game of the season

Posted in Championship, Football, football transfers, News, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 21, 2019 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

26 June squad report back for pre-season training

July 6-13 European based training camp

Sat 13 July MSV Duisberg  (A) 3pm local time

Wed 17 July Wrexham (A) 7pm

Wed 24 July Lincoln City (A) 7:45pm

Sat 20 July Tranmere Rovers (A) 3pm

Sat 27 July Leicester City (H) 3pm

Sat 3 Aug Championship season starts

Stoke face QPR at home on Sat Aug 3 at 3pm as the opening fixture of the 2019/20 season. In the League Cup Stoke have an away trip to Wigan in the first round due to be played w/c 12 Aug.

Transfer wise new signings are expected to announced from early next week according to Chief Executive Tony Scholes. Ben Davies (Barnsley), Lee Gregory (Millwall) & Nick Powell (Wigan) have signed according to various reports with Liam Lindsay set to join from Barnsley.

Didcot Town announce pre-season friendlies

Posted in Didcot Town FC, Football, News, non league footnball on June 18, 2019 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Didcot Town open their pre-season against Milton Utd, who are literally just up the road and finish off with a home friendly against Highworth Town. In between are games against Redditch, Shrivenham and Ardley Utd.

Tuesday 16th July: Milton Utd (A) 7:45pm kick off

Saturday 3rd August: Highworth Town (H) 3pm kick off

Full list of pre-season fixtures can be found here

Stoke linked with Liam Lindsay & Butland off to Villa?

Posted in Championship, Didcot Town FC, Football, football transfers, News, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , , on June 17, 2019 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Stoke look set to sign Barnsley defender Liam Lindsay for a fee of around £2m according to Sky Sports News. Another linked player is former QPR midfielder Jordan Cousins, who manager Nathan Jones knows from his days at Charlton as their under-21s coach. Cousins would be available on a free after being released by QPR.

Aston Villa are now heavily linked with signing Jack Butland for around £20m and it may happen as soon as this week. Stoke have at least ten players they will be keen to move on in this summer’s transfer window.

Still no official news on signings although it does appear Nick Powell, Lee Gregory & Ben Davies have all signed for the club. They have not been announced yet and would presumably be announced before the players are back for pre-season that starts on June 28th.

In Didcot Town news Morgan Williams has left the club after two seasons and re-joined North Leigh.