Stoke Potters speedway final race this weekend

Sad news that Stoke speedway is set to close after ninety years according to a report in the Sentinel newspaper. Stoke Potters speedway have been based at the Loomer Road stadium since 1973 and now the land owner is in the process of selling the land, which is set to be redeveloped and mark the end of speedway at the site.

The last fixture is this Saturday 14 September against the Leicester Lion Cubs.

Promoter Dave Tattum and Caroline Parson commented “We’d like to thank all the supporters that have stuck by us over the years and the staff and people in the background that have supported us that people do not always know about and that we have really appreciated all the support over the past twenty-five years.”

I used to attend a few races in my teenage years back in the mid-late 80’s. Always good fun, plus you could get your programme signed by the riders in-between races. The smell of the engines and grit flying all over the place are one lasting memory.

Mistletoe – Blog tour 10 October

Delighted to be involved in my first Blog tour 🙂 It is for a gothic ghost story, right up my reading street.

Jo Fletcher Books | Hardback | 10th October | £14.99

The farmhouse looks perfect to Leah: a place to start afresh, to put tragedy behind her – but she’s not the only person to lose a husband and son, and soon tendrils of the past are pushing into Leah’s future in this spine-tingling new ghost story from Alison Littlewood.

Perfect for fans of Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Joanne Harris, Angela Carter, Graham Joyce and Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. Leah thought Maitland Farm could give her a new life – but now old ghosts are dragging her into the past.

Following the tragic deaths of her husband and son, Leah is looking for a new life. Determined to bury her grief in hard work and desperate to escape Christmas and the reminders of what she has lost, she rushes through the purchase of a run-down Yorkshire farmhouse, arriving just as the snow shrouds her new home.

It might look like the loveliest Christmas card, but it’s soon clear it’s not just the house that needs renovation: the land is in bad heart, too. As Leah sets to work, she begins to see visions of the farm’s former occupants – and of the dark secrets that lie at the heart of Maitland Farm.

If Leah is to have a future, she must find a way to lay both her own past and theirs to rest – but the visions are becoming disturbingly real . . .

‘Alison Littlewood has a real talent for building atmosphere, loaded with the promise of things to come – hints of dread with the possibility of hope’ – The Guardian

‘Littlewood is excellent on the horrors of Victorian mental-health treatment and the vulnerability of the women caught in the system…. she creates a chilling atmosphere of skulls, seances, secrets and hysteria’ – The Times, Antonia Senior

‘The atmosphere and tension that Littlewood creates, as well as truly fascinating figure in Victoria Harleston, ensures that this is a great seasonal treat’ – SciFiNow ****

‘Alison Littlewood is one of the brightest stars in the horror genre’ – This is Horror


Alison Littlewood is the author of A Cold Season, published by Jo Fletcher Books. The novel was selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club, where it was described as “perfect reading for a dark winter’s night.” Her most recent novel, The Hidden People, has recently been published to critical acclaim. Alison’s short stories have been picked for Best British Horror 2015, The Best Horror of the Year and The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror anthologies, as well as The Best British Fantasy 2013 and The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 10. She also won the 2014 Shirley Jackson Award for Short Fiction with her story The Dog’s Home, published in The Spectral Book of Horror Stories.

Alison lives with her partner Fergus in Yorkshire, England, in a house of creaking doors and crooked walls. You can talk to her on twitter @Ali__L, see her on Facebook and visit her at


FA Cup FA Cup Didcot Town v Poole Town (1st Qualifying Round)

Nice FA Cup tie for Didcot Town as they host current Poole Town, currently top of the Southern League Premier Division South. Striker Ollie Dennett is one to watch with 5 goals in seven appearances to date this season.

For non-league clubs the qualifying rounds can prove lucrative with a decent cup run, as in this round alone the winners will get £4,500 and the losers £1,500.

Didcot have already had FA Cup action this season beating Western League Premier Division side Roman Glass St George 2-1.

Book review – Ice Cold Heart by PJ Tracy

Michael Joseph [Publication date 22.08.19]

A violent murder. An ice-cold killer . . .

On a bitterly cold winter night, Kelly Ramage leaves her suburban home, telling her husband she’s going to meet a friend.

But she never comes back.

When her body is discovered, murdered in what seems to be a sex game gone horribly wrong, Detectives Gino and Magozzi take the case, expecting to find a flirtatious trail leading straight to the killer.

However, Kelly’s sinister lover has done a disturbingly good job of hiding his identity.

This isn’t his first victim.

And she won’t be the last . . .

I always look forward to a new book in the Monkeerench series and this latest book in the series doesn’t disappoint. Set in a wintry backdrop, the plot covers the hunt for war criminals, a perverted killer and organised crime based around cryptocurrency. Detectives Gino and Magozzi , along with Roadrunner from Monkeewrench gain a major role in this book.

Another highly readable novel in the series and as soon as you finish reading it you are eager to read another instalment in the Monkeewrench series. Always a good sign in a long running series.

Duffy makes it ten…Afobe off on loan

Sheffield Utd’s Mark Duffy joins on a season long loan, making it ten new signings in the summer transfer window for Stoke. He was a key part of the Sheff Utd team that gained promotion to the Premier League last season.

Meanwhile striker Benik Afobe has joined Bristol City on a season’s loan. He’s never shown the goalscoring form he had at Wolves and most fans won’t be sad to see him leave on loan.

Still time for players to leave on loan or sign for League 1 and 2 & European clubs until September 2nd. Get thee gone Imbula and Wimmer!

Confirmed INS –

Jordan Cousins (QPR) – free

Adam Davies (Barnsley) – free

Mark Duffy (Sheff Utd) – season long loan

Lee Gregory (Millwall) – free

Scott Hogan (Aston Villa) – season long loan

Liam Lindsay (Barnsley) – £2m

Nick Powell (Wigan) – free

Tommy Smith (Huddersfield) – £4m

Cameron Carter-Vickers (Spurs) – season long loan

Stephen Ward (Burnley) – free

Confirmed OUTS –

Charlie Adam (Reading) – released and joined Reading

Benik Afobe (Bristol City) – season loan

Saido Berahino – released

Bojan (Montreal) – released

Geoff Cameron (QPR) – free transfer

Darren Fletcher – released

Jacob Haugaard – released

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

Cameron Carter-Vickers joins on loan

Like buses these new signings as number nine of the summer Spurs defender Cameron Carter-Vickers joins on a season long loan. A USA international he was on loan at Swansea last season and was according the offical wesbite sought after by a number of fellow Championship clubs.