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Peter Crouch launches a new Podcast

Posted in Championship, Football, News, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , on September 19, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Peter Crouch, not content with a recently published memoir, ‘How To Be A Footballer’, now has a new Podcast ‘That Peter Crouch Podcast’ available via BBC 5 Live. The BBC has ten facts here that include a transfer that never was and his pet named after Chelsea striker Kerry Dixon.

Choupo-Moting Leaves | Stoke City FC

Posted in Championship, Football, football transfers, News, Stoke City, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , on August 31, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

We signed him on a free transfer last season and he leaves the same way a year later. He was not part of Gary Rowett’s plans and good luck at PSG.

Also on the move before today’s transfer deadline was Geoff Cameron who joined Championship rivals QPR on a season long loan. He did well for us and could have been cover this season, although we have replaced him with Martina and Clucas, two versatile players in terms of where they play on the pitch.

Berahino scores!

Posted in Stoke City FC on August 29, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

After 913 days without a goal Berahino scored the first goal in last night’s two nil win over Premier League side Huddersfield Town in the League Cup. Really pleased for him as he’s been a different player under Gary Rowett’s management.

A good cup tie, with a Charlie Adam booking, a bizarre own goal for the second goal and more importantly back to back home wins, our first in over a year.

Diouf, Etebo (our best of the new signings so far this season) and Berahino played well, not overly convinced by Afobe who needs more service from our midfield..

West Brom away next, hopefully Berahino will score again.

Julien Ngoy has joined Swiss side Grasshopper on loan for the season, with an option to buy.

Ndiaye leaves on loan

Posted in Championship, Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC with tags , , , on August 28, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

BADOU NDIAYE has re-joined Galatasaray on loan from Stoke City for the remainder of the 2018/19 season.

He joined Stoke in January and has made 14 league appearances. He has made no secret of wanting a move once we were relegated and he’s no loss, as we only want players who want to help the club get promoted.

Ryan Woods signs from Brentford

Posted in Championship, Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC on August 26, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Stoke City have signed Ryan Woods from Brentford, initially on a loan with a view to a permanent move in January. He becomes the ninth signing of the summer and unless we ship a few payers out this week, the last before deadline day on Friday.

Stoke win their first league game this season with a two nil home win over Hull City. New boy James McClean got the first goal, with Diouf claiming the second although it was given as an own goal.


What is wrong with Stoke City?

Posted in Championship, Football, Stoke City FC on August 23, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

After last night’s woeful 3-0 defeat at home to Wigan you do wonder is the whole club messed up? We were promised lessons were learnt following relegation last season err no as we still have players scared of their shadows and low on confidence.

Gary Rowett said it wasn’t good enough in his post-match interview, however five of his eight new signings to date played last night and Ashley Williams managed to get himself sent off. Tom Ince launched a scathing attack on fellow players – good to see some passion but why is none of it on the pitch?

Four games into the season, two wins this year in league games and some of our most expensive signings like Imbula are reduced to training with the U23’s. I know it takes time to turn around a failing team but does Rowett have the skills and answers to do this? Telegraph journalist John Percy said in his match report there was a player who walked back to the dressing room after refusing to complete a full training session. Are the club too soft? Get that player fined and get that battling, one for all team mentality back that we had under Pulis (not that I’d advocate bringing him back!) and even Paul Lambert was trying to resolve the player malaise that seems to exist at the club at present.

Stoke need to act now as past form has shown with other newly relegated clubs like Sunderland, Blackpool and Portsmouth, you can easily slip straight down to League 1.

For the Hull game drop the underperformers (well the worst of them) like Pieters, Shawcross, McClean and give Harry Souttar a start along with Bojan. Heck even give Geoff Cameron a start ahead of Shawcross as although has ben told he can leave the club he doesn’t seem set to leave anytime soon. The legacy left by Mark Hughes (ask any QPR fan and the mess they are in is largely down to Hughes’s time at that club) and the poor transfer dealings of Cartwright & Scholes is really hitting home, coupled with too many players not giving their best.

Cuco Martina joins on a season long loan

Posted in Championship, Football, football transfers, News, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , , on August 17, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

STOKE CITY have completed the season-long loan signing of defender Cuco Martina from Everton, subject to FA and EFL clearance. He joins his Everton team mate Ashley Williams who is also on a season long loan. Martina can play anywhere across the back four and can hopefully be named in the squad to face Preston tomorrow at 5:30pm