Whelan wanted & Shaqiri off?

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

Bar the signing of Darren Fletcher on a free from West Brom, it has been a quiet start to the summer transfer season for Stoke – although the transfer window doesn’t officially open until July 1.

Glen Whelan has had an offer from Aston Villa turned down by the club and now Derby County are interested in signing him. It does look as though come the new season he will be playing for a new club.

Shaqiri is being linked again with a move to Roma – hope he does stay a Stoke player next season. Imbula could be off to Nice on loan as Stoke look to offload our flop record signing. Joselu could be off to Malaga on a permanent move, another Hughes signing who failed to impress.

One former Stoke player we could see at the Bet365 stadium next season is Dean Whitehead, who has been offered a new contract by newly promoted Huddersfield Town, where he has been for the past two seasons.

Pre-season fixtures:
Monday July 10 Neuchâtel Xamax FCS (A) Uhrencup

Wednesday July 12 Berner Sport Club Young Boys (A) Uhrencup

Saturday July 15 Monaco (A)

Tuesday July 25 Sheffield United (A) 7.45pm

Saturday July 29 Bolton Wanderers (A) 3pm

Sunday July 30 Crewe Alexandra (A) 3pm

Fifty Gigs In A Day

Posted in Fundraising, gigs, indie, Melodic rock, metal, Modern rock, pop, Pop rock, rock n roll with tags , , , , on June 16, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

I am doing a different idea for my fiftieth birthday next year, combining my loves of music, books & fundraising. You can find out more here

Premier League fixtures are out

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC, The Premiership on June 14, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Stoke City face Everton away on August 12 and then our first home game of the season is against Arsenal on August 19. Final game of the season is away at Swansea. Full fixture lists can be found here on the Premier League’s official site.

Tough start for us but then often good to play top teams early on in the season before they get into their stride, although we never do well at the start of the season under Mark Hughes!

Transfer wise still quiet, although we have been linked with young Hull City left back Josh Tymon. Aston Villa have made a £500k bid for Glen Whelan which has been turned down by the club. With the signing of Darren Fletcher it looks like Whelan could be leaving the club this summer.

Thanks For The Memory show – Theatre Royal Hanley

Posted in theatre, theatre royal hanley with tags , , , , , on June 2, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Stephen Beattie (who kindly supplied the photo below) contacted me regarding this particular show. If anyone can offer more information please contact me or comment on this post. Thank you.

The Black Watch Association Pipe Band played at the Theatre Royal on the 26th April 1987 for a show called Thanks for the Memory. We marched from the back of the theatre, down the aisles and up onto the stage where we played a selection of tunes. I can’t remember the name of the promoter, but would be delighted if you could add any more details about it.


I have asked a few fellow Theatre Royal volunteers and attached is the playbill from the show. We think Stephen Hearson, who sadly passed away recently, may have been involved on the musical side of things.

Playbill kindly supplied by the Theatre Royal Facebook group

1987-04-26 Theatre Royal Hanley

Darren Fletcher joins on a free transfer

Posted in Football, football transfers, The Premiership with tags , , , on June 2, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Stoke City have completed their first signing of the summer landing former West Brom captain Darren Fletcher on a free transfer. He has signed a two year contract with an option of a third year. A good signing on a free.

Mr Fish Finger aims to topple Tim Farron

Posted in General Election 2017, News, Politics with tags , , , , on May 30, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake
I do love a good protest vote or fringe candidate. Even despite this ‘snap’ general election on June 8, the campaign has thrown up some individual battles. Step forward a man dressed as a fish finger! Mr Fish Finger is standing against Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron and hopes to “put him in his plaice,” in the Westmorland and Lonsdale.  It is a big ask as Farron defends a majority of nearly 9,000 and Farron gained the seat from the Conservatives in the 2005 election.

Donations made to the a crowdfunding page in support of Mr Fish Finger’s nomination have topped £2,300 , which will cover his deposit of £500 to stand in the election. You can follow his campaign on Twitter @MrFishFingerMP

Whatever the result on June 8 one of them will have had their chips…

Given leaves, Cameron signs new contract

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC, The Premiership on May 26, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Shay Given has been released by Stoke, along with fellow goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann. Stoke are also releasing under-23 squad players Liam Edwards, Harry Isted, Joel Taylor and George Waring.

Wilfred Bony has ended his loan spell and returns to Man City. Fellow loanee Bruno Martins Indi has also left, although hopefully the club will look to sign him this summer.

Charlie Adam has a contract option of one further year and no news yet as to whether he will take this up. Stephen Ireland has been offered a short term contract as he continues to recover from injury.

Phil Bardsley has triggered a 12-month extension after falling out of contract, with Geoff Cameron has signed a two-year contract extension to 2020.

We certainly have an aging squad and be interesting to see if we bring any new players in this summer or relay on a couple of loan signings, plus some youngsters to get us through next season. The latter option is risky given our less than impressive season.