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Stoke City pre-season fixtures 2019

Posted in Football, News, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , on May 20, 2019 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

26 June squad report back fror pre-season training

July 6-13 European based training camp

Wed 17 July Wrexham (A) 7pm

Wed 24 July Lincoln City (A) 7:45pm

Sat 27 July Leicester City (H) 3pm

Didcot Town announce new manager Jamie Heapy

Posted in Didcot Town FC, Football, News, non league footnball with tags , , , , , on May 12, 2019 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Didcot Town have announced their new manager, former player Jamie Heapy. Paul Bedwell joins as his assistant manager, another former Didcot Town player. You can read more here

Stoke City summer transfers 2019

Posted in Championship, Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 7, 2019 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

I will aim to include the confirmed transfers and rumours – based on reliable as possible sources.

Confirmed INS –

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

Rumoured OUTS
Jack Butland to Bournemouth with former keeper Asmir Begovic coming back to Stoke as part of any deal; Butland has also been linked with a move to Crystal Palace

Moritz Bauer – linked with a number of clubs, most likely to be loaned out next season.

Bojan – the Sentinel ran a story saying Bojan was told to look for another club, which led to the club issuing an update on the club’s website stating Bojan would only leave if a suitable offer came in. Whatever way you read it don’t expect him to be in the squad come the first game of the season.

Joe Allen has been linked with a move to Wolves

Eric Pieters has a year left on his contract and will either leave the club on a permanent deal or another loan this summer, as he does not feature in the manager’s plans.

Kevin Wimmer and Imbula will be shipped out if the club can find any takers, whilst Badou Ndiaye is one returning loanee Nathan Jones may give another chance to impress, although the player may want a move away from Stoke regardless.

Nathan Collins the young defender has been linked with a move to Man Utd, which will be a blow if it happens as he looks an exciting prospect.

Rumoured INS…

Adam Davies (Barnsley) – out of contract and seen as a replacement for Butland (Sentinel)

Lee Gregory – striker out of contract at Millwall and linked with a free transfer move to Stoke by ‘The Sun’ and ‘The Sentinel’. BBC Radio Stoke on Monday 20 May reporting that a medical and terms have been agreed.

Matt Ritchie (Newcastle) – former manager Gary Rowett tried to sign him last summer but failed and it seems Stoke are keen to try again, tempting the player with a long contract.

Nick Powell (Wigan) – former Man Utd player and one Nathan Jones is planning to land on a free as he is currently out of contract at Wigan. (Sentinel)

Adam, Fletcher and Haugaard all leave Stoke

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

Charlie Adam, Darren Fletcher and Jacob Haugaard will all leave the club this summer when their contracts expire. Shame regarding Adam as he would have made a decent coach, although he is keen still to play regular football which he wouldn’t get at Stoke.

Fletcher was a free transfer signing from West Brom two seasons ago and although another good character like Adam to have in a team, he never really shone for us and was probably past his best footballing wise. Haugaard is a goalkeeper only a goalkeeping coach could love as he never instilled confidence when between the sticks!

Former player Gareth Owen has been named as the new head of Stoke’s academy which does seem to be producing some exciting young players for us like Tom Edwards, Nathan Collins and Tyresse Campbell.

Andy Ballard to step down as Didcot Town manager

Posted in Didcot, Didcot Town FC, Football, News, non league footnball with tags , , , , , on April 26, 2019 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Manager Andy Ballard will leave Didcot Town at the end of this season to become the assistant manager at Oxford City, a club he has made over 300 appearances for in his playing career.

A passionate player manager when on the pitch he has brought some talented players to the club. Good luck in the future and now the hunt is on for a new manager at Didcot Town. Hopefully neither Mark Hughes or Gary Rowett will be approached 😉

You can read more here on the official club website

Stoke City have a busy summer ahead

Posted in Championship, Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , on April 25, 2019 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

The Sentinel has published a list of the contract’s of Stoke City’s current squad. Manager Nathan Jones has stated in recent interviews that he plans to change a third of the current squad and he has repeatedly said he wants to work with a squad of twenty players maximum (exluding goalkeepers).

Out of contract in the summer are Charlie Adam, Darren Fletcher and Jacob Haugaard. Fletcher has hardly featured this season and is linked with a move to the Scotland national team set-up. Adam did start at the base of Jones’ pyramid system, however he has been benched since and looks set to leave. Haugaard would be unlikely to be handed another deal, but with Butland set to leave in the summer (Bournemouth are favorites to sign him), we woudl be short of keeper cover.

Moving on the loan players will be a task and a half, as Nidaye and Imbula both want moves away from Stoke. Kevin Wimmer is not a Jones player and who knows who wants him? Geoff Cameron will doubtless be offered to clubs, with his current club QPR unlikely to sign him and Eric Pieters has at least three clubs chasing his signature.

Joe Allen is another set to leave if you read betyween the lines on his cryptic interviews. Possibly Ryan Woods, who although he only signed a permanent transfer in January, seems not to feature in the manager’s plans.

Stoke get that winning feeling again as Didcot draw away

Posted in Championship, Didcot Town FC, Football, non league footnball, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , , on April 8, 2019 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Stoke went back to winning ways away at Blackburn and scored a goal – a great strike by Peter Etebo! Bojan missed a penalty, so we’ve only put away three out of the last thirteen penalties. That makes it nine games undefeated now with Swansea away tomorrow evening. Both Tom Ince and Ryan Shawcross are likely to be missing due to injury.

Congratulations to Tyrese Campbell, currently on loan at Shrewsbury Town, who won the EFL’s Young Player of the Month award for February.

Didcot Town drew one all away at Kempston Rovers, which given the team changes (player manager Andy Ballard and Adam Leyroad were serving the first of their two match bans), was a decent away point and they still remain in the final play-off spot. Kidlington at home this weekend is a ‘must win’ to help secure a play-off place.