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Louis Moult & summer clear out

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

Former player Louis Moult has given a frank interview about his binge drinking in his teenage years and coping with the loss of his mum. It is a remarkably honest interview and highlights that men really should open up more about their feelings, not bottling them up which will always have some effect later on in life.

“But I’ve learned that talking about stuff is the only way. There was a time when, at this point in the conversation, I would be crying. But I’m not.”

You can read more here

In other Stoke City new academy director Gareth Jennings is leaving the club to take up a role with FIFA. Manager Nathan Jones seems one to introduce youngsters to the first team with Tom Edwards now a regular starter and Thibaud Verlinden started his first senior game against Reading last weekend.

Although the current season hasn’t ended yet, Nathan Jones has stated it will be an important summer not only in changing the squad around, but also getting them match fit. In recent years some of our players have looked woefully unfit at times, a far cry from the ‘Pulis fit’ days.

Of the out of contract players Darren Fletcher will surely leave the club and he has been popping up a lot as a football pundit for the BBC. Before Jones arrived Charlie Adam looked certain to leave, however now he is now getting games and fitting in well in the Jones ‘diamond’ midfield. He could be offered a new deal, unless a player coach role comes up in Scotland.

The biggest headache is what to do with the returning loanees like Imbula and Ndiaye, both on long and expensive contracts. Plus we have the defensive wonder Kevin Wimmer to come back, deep joy! Season long loans may be the best option, however it is the wages that will hinder moving these players on.

Jack Butland and Joe Allen could both leave as the club looks to cash in plus both stated they would stay last summer to help the club gain promotion, however as this hasn’t happened they may now look for a move to a Premier League club.

Didcot Town 2-0 Yaxley

Posted in Didcot Town FC, Football, football transfers, News, non league footnball with tags , , , , , , on February 11, 2019 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

A good home win for Didcot which keeps them in the play-off positions – currently 4th with 46pts. Early goals in both halves – John Dennis after 4 minutes and an own goal in the 47th minute – sealed the win. Decent attendance at 167.

I would urge any football supporter to get along and watch your local non-league team as there is a good standard of football. I take my young son along when I can and he loves the closeness to the action & the friendly atmosphere. There is a lot of aerial action, but hey I am a lifelong Stoke supporter and have witnessed the classic Pulis years! Plus it is good value and you are helping keep grassroots football alive.

Didcot Town have signed striker Felipe Barcelos who rejoins the club from Stratford Town, having left Didcot in the summer for Moneyfields. Also joining is Pablo Haysham on loan until the end of the season. He previously played with Didcot in the 2017/18 season.

These new arrivals do mean that Brandon Taverner has returned to Oxford United.

Sam Vokes signs for Stoke as Crouchie leaves for Burnley

Posted in Championship, Football, football transfers, News, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , , , on February 1, 2019 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Stoke City completed the signing of striker Sam Vokes on a three and a half years deal from Burnley. Going the other way was Peter Crouch, who has been at Stoke for six and a half years. A great ambassador for the club and hope he does well at Burnley.

Martina has been recalled by Everton – great news as he is one of worst players Ihave seen at Stoke in a long while and we have had some stinkers. Eric Pieters joined Amien on loan for the rest of the season and Tyrese Campbell has joined Shrewsbury Town on loan.

Danny Batth signs for Stoke

Posted in Championship, Football, football transfers, Stoke City, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , , , on January 29, 2019 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Stoke have signed defender Danny Batth from Wolves for an undisclosed fee on a three and a half years contract. Batth had been on loan at Middlesboro this season, a team manager by former Stoke boss Tony Pulis.

He may not be the only centre back joining as we have been linked with moves for Portsmouth’s Matt Clarke and Luton Town’s Justin James. Although we have an agreement with Luton that we won’t bid on any of their players this season, we can join in a bidding process once another makes an offer for a Luton player we are interested in. In this case Aston Villa are rumoured to be lining up a bid for Justin James.

Up front we are being linked with a move for Burnley’s Sam Vokes and Charlie Austin from Southampton.

The club have also said they will listen to offers for Peter Crouch and Darren Fletcher, both of whom are out of contract this summer and in Flecther’s case he has yet to play under new manager Nathan Jones. Wages will be the big issue in moving either player on from the club.

Ryan Sweeney has left Stoke signing for Mansfield Town on a free transfer. He has been on loan at Mansfield since the start of the season.

Afellay leaves club by mutual consent

Posted in Championship, Football, football transfers, News, Stoke City, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , on January 28, 2019 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake


Afellay spent three-and-a-half years at Stoke, making 55 league and cup appearances and scoring three goals. However, in recent years he has been beset by injury problems. Full story here

Match of the week – Shrewsbury Town v Stoke City – Gary Rowett on his way?

Posted in Championship, FA Cup, Football, football transfers, Stoke City, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , , , on January 3, 2019 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

The Mirror broke a story last night that Gary Rowett was facing the sack and either Sam Allardyce or David Moyes were being lined-up to replace him. It may seem strange to an outsider as Stoke are currently fourteenth in the Championship and still within reach of a play-off place, however the fans have made their voices heard at the past couple of games, including the dismal 2-0 defeat at home to Bristol City on New Year’s Day. The football played under Rowett is defensive first and flair players like Bojan don’t even get a look in and Moritz Bauer, who seems to have upset Rowett as he also doesn’t make the match day squad.

League One Shrewsbury Town away in the FA Cup third round is a tricky tie. Rowett will be in charge still it seems, however if he does play the youngsters and Bojan & Bauer and they win, he will have fans saying ‘told you so’ and upping the pressure to play them in league games. I am going for a 2-1 win for Stoke.

Charlie Adam has stated he’s be happy to move to Rangers, although whether Rangers would be happy to see him is another matter! He has also been linked with a move to Dundee.

Didcot Town add two new players

Posted in Didcot, Didcot Town FC, Football, football transfers, News, non league footnball with tags , , , , on November 16, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Didcot Town have added to last month’s loan signing of Oxford Utd striker Brandon Taverner, adding Greg Hackett from Ardley United, who has scored sixteen goals in sixteen games (Benik Afobe take note!!!), and winger John Dennis from Reading City. All three will provide much needed cover and competition for places, plus hopefully a few goals between them!

Next up is Dunstable Town at home in the league this Saturday 3PM KO.