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Joe Allen signs new four year contract

Posted in Football, Stoke City FC, News, football transfers, Championship with tags , , , , , on June 18, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Great news to see Joe Allen sign a new four year contract. The sort of player and attitude we need in the coming season, with hopefully Jack Butland staying on at least for next season as there has not been any confirmed interest in him as yet from other clubs.

Gary Rowett’s backroom staff should start to be confirmed shortly with current U18’s coach at Derby and Stoke favourite Rory Delap set to join the staff. Goalkeeping coach Andy Quy will remain in post. Callum Davidson, currently assistant boss at St Johnstone, is also set to join the backroom team.

Another pre-season friendly has been announced, away at Walsall on Saturday July 14th.

Benik Afobe signs for Stoke City

Posted in Championship, Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , , on June 12, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Second new player in twenty four hours as Benik Afobe signs from Wolves on loan with a compulsory permanent deal in January. Wolves only signed Benik permanently from Bournemouth earlier this month after a successful loan spell there last season.

Leaving the club today is Ramadan Sobhi who joined Huddersfield Town for £5.7m. He showed glimpses of class, however he failed to hold down a regular place in the team and be good to see if he can develop with his new club.

Etebo signs for Stoke City

Posted in Championship, Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , on June 12, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Gary Rowett’s first signing is Nigerian international Oghenekaro Peter Etebo who has signed a five-year contract. He joins from Portuguese side Feirense for €7.2million. He looks very pacey and a good addition to our midfield.

Summer transfers 2018 –

In

Oghenekaro Peter Etebo (Feirense)

Out
Stephen Ireland – released

Glen Johnson – released

Jese Rodriguez – loan finished

Kostas Stafylidis – loan finished

Kevin Wimmer – Hannover 96 (season long loan with option to make permanent at the end of the season)

Kurt Zouma – loan finished

Save Hagbourne Fields

Posted in Didcot, Family life, News with tags , , , , , on June 11, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

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Taylor Wimpy has submitted revised matters for Hagbourne fields north of the 900+ homes application. Creating allotments, with 30 car parking spaces, opens space and forest area. This also sounds good until you look at the details. Please read the information and application links below.

Main concerns are.
1. Unnecessary major re-landscaping with unwanted spoil.
2. Loss of views of the North Wessex Downs
3. Excessive car park
4. Increase risk of flooding due to proposed landscaping.

Please help us stop Taylor Wimpey’s continued onslaught of plans to rob us of our amazing country side.

Comments close 14th June – you can comment here

Stoke City pre-season friendlies

Posted in Championship, Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , , , on June 5, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Stoke City attend a training camp in Germany w/c 16 July with a mini-tournament on Saturday 21 July against SV Meppen and Hamburg. The players report back for pre-season training on 27 June.

Incomings could be Wolves striker Benik Afobe, who has only just signed permanently with Wolves following a loan spell from Bournemouth last season. Bizarrely he has only just signed for Wolves, however Wolves look set to make a couple of million profit as they paid Bournemouth £10m and we are rumoured to be bidding £12.5m.

Stoke have also had a £4m bid for West Brom midfielder James McLean rejected, although it is looking likely he will sign for either us or Cardiff as he has stated he wants to leave West Brom this summer.

Ramadan Sobhi has completed a medical ahead of a move to Huddersfield Town which is set to complete before he competes for Egypt in the World Cup.

Other confirmed friendlies are –

Wed 18 July VFL Bochum (A)

Sat 21 July SV Meppen v Stoke City/Hamburg v Stoke City – Hänsch-Arena

Wed 25 July Wolves (H)

Sat 28 July FC Pauli (A)

3 Aug Championship season starts

Summer transfers 2018 –

In

Out
Stephen Ireland – released

Glen Johnson – released

Jese Rodriguez – loan finished

Kostas Stafylidis – loan finished

Kevin Wimmer – Hannover 96 (season long loan with option to make permanent at the end of the season)

Kurt Zouma – loan finished

Ireland and Johnson released

Posted in Championship, Football, football transfers with tags , , , on June 3, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Stoke City submitted their retained players list with Stephen Ireland and Glen Johnson both released, although current third choice goalkeeper Jakob Haugaard has been offered a new contract.

Everything Is Lies by Helen Callaghan

Posted in Authors, Books, Netgalley with tags , , , , , , on May 30, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

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Michael Joseph [Published 22.02.18]

The blurb certainly grabs your attention –

“Sophia’s parents lead quiet, unremarkable lives. At least that is what she’s always believed. Until the day she arrives at her childhood home to find a house ringing with silence. Her mother is hanging from a tree. Her father is lying in a pool of his own blood, near to death.”

I have not read ‘Dear Amy’, however having just finished ‘Everything Is Lies’ I will definitely be reading that one. It is not a crime novel, despite the murder that starts the book. The story unfolds as Sophia learns more about her mother and her past in a cult, which was led by a charismatic former singer in a rock band.

Sophia’s mother had been writing her life story and these journals cleverly move the plot along – a book within a book if you will. Shock revelations that impact on the present are contained within and the story does rattle along at a great pace.

There are plenty of twists and turns in the book, which Helen Callaghan seems to excel at in her writing style. Like Robert Goddard, Helen Callaghan successfully takes events in the past and sees how they affect the present, although to be fair she does it at a faster pace.

Highly recommended being both a classic psychological  thriller ‘page turner’ and one that is always topical, as it touches upon the psychological and emotional effects on people by others.