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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.

Stoke pre-season friendlies

Posted in Stoke City FC on May 19, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

The club have announced so far…

Jul 10 Neuchatel Xamax (A)

Jul 12 Young Boys Bern (A)

Jul 25 Sheffield Utd (A)

Jul 29 Bolton (A)

Jul 30 Crewe (A)

No home pre-season friendlies as the Bet 365 stadium is having works one to it.

 

Brighton & Pompey promoted; Johnson extends contract

Posted in Football, Stoke City FC, The Premiership, Transfer rumours with tags , , , , , , on April 19, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Brighton clinched promotion to the Premier League at the weekend, which will see a nice day trip down to the south coast for us next season. Looks like Newcastle will land the other automatic promotion spot, although both Reading and Huddersfield could catch them if they win all their remaining games and Newcastle slip-up.

Really pleased to see Portsmouth finally achieve promotion to League One. FA Cup winners in 2008 and then relegated from the Premier League in 2010 – not that long ago in the football world. It has taken them four seasons to escape League Two, a timely reminder to current Premier League fans of how a team can really drop like a stone. More recently we have Blackpool, who may clinch a play-off place in League Two, another team beset by off field problems that has seen the club on successive relegation’s since being relegated from the Premier League.

Stoke news and Glen Johnson has signed a one year extension to his current contract taking him up to the summer of 2018. Phil Bardsley and Charlie Adam are both awaiting news on whether their contracts will be renewed as both are out contract this summer.

 

 

Berahino drugs claim

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , , , on March 31, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Saido Berahino claims a spiked drink on a night our led to his recent drugs ban. He certainly didn’t enjoy his past couple of years at West Brom. Hopefully he will get on the score sheet this weekend away at Leicester.

Shaqiri look set to sit out the weekend again after picking up another knock whilst playing for Switzerland in the week. He could be another possible summer departure along with the likes of Bojan, Wolschied and Joselu.

One summer incoming transfer could be a season long loan of Chelsea starlet Ruben Loftus-Cheek. The Sentinel reported this in January and now the ‘Daily Mail’ have picked up on a possible summer move.

Unhappy Bony

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

Wilfred Bony has said in the local press today he wonders why he joined Stoke City. To be fair, based on his performances since joining us on a season long loan form Man City, the majority of Stoke fans are wondering exactly the same! He was superb at Swansea, however he has not really clicked at either Man City or with us. With the signing of Berahino he is not even making the bench at the moment and safe to say we won’t be signing him in the summer.

Better news with Ibrahim Afellay signing an extension to his contract which was due to run out in the summer. Should be a busy summer with a number of players out of contract, including Stephen Ireland and Shay Given, neither of whom look likely to be offered new deals.

Stoke-on-Trent City of Culture bid 2021

Posted in News, Stoke City, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , on March 9, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

My home town of Stoke-on-Trent is one of the hopeful cities bidding to be the 2021 UK City of Culture. Cities have till the end of January to register interest, with final bids due by the end of April. A shortlist will be announced in July and the winning city in December.Cities involved along with Stoke are Sunderland, Cardiff, Coventry, Hereford, Perth and Paisley.

Background:

UK City of Culture is a title given to a city in the United Kingdom whereby the city creates a national cultural event programme for one year. The initiative is administered and judged by the UK government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport. It aims to celebrate culture and bring a number of significant social and economic benefits to an area. It is a hard fought competition that is entered by several cities in the UK. The title is awarded once every four years.

The programme aims to:

  1. Encourage the use of culture and creativity as a catalyst for change.
  2. Promote the development of new partnerships.
  3. Encourage ambition, innovation and inspiration in cultural and creative activity.
  4. Align the cultural excellence of national arts organsiations to support the year with cultural highlights that will attract media attention, encourage national tourism and change perceptions.

The first title holder of the award was Derry Londonderry in 2013. In 2017, Hull will take up the title.

Didcot Town 2-3 Taunton Town

Posted in Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , , on March 8, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

I blame my former work colleague Scott as he tweaked my interest in non-league football after extolling the joys of following Slough Town. So having recently moved to Didcot I thought it was a good excuse to see my new local team in action. They play in the Evo-Stik Division One South & West league, which is currently topped by former league club Hereford Utd (who caused trouble with a pitch invasion at Didcot the previous weekend). Driving to the ground I was looking out for the bright lights of the ground and nearly turned into the local Tesco delivery warehouse. However, I did make it to the ground and it is impressive with a fairly new clubhouse/bar and decent seating area. There is a covered standing area and more seating behind one goal plus a tea hut! Their nicknames are the Railwaymen (like Crewe and they also play in red tops like them) and Diddy (I assume after the town and not a tribute to Ken Dodd!).

Form wise Didcot have drawn one and lost five in their previous six games, whilst Taunton are the exact opposite, five wins and a draw in their last six games. Didcot took an early lead through Joyce, although Taunton had equalised by half time. Pretty evenly matched in the first half and there is a lot more aerial/hoofing of the ball – Tony Pulis would be in his element watching some of this game. Second half saw Didcot take the lead again with a penalty put away by Whitehead. It was short lived as Taunton equalised, had a penalty saved and finally got the winner with some ten minutes to spare. Hard result on Didcot, although the result did run to current form.

An enjoyable game and glad I was located near the Didcot old boys who provided lots of entertainment with their quips. Taunton had a dozen or so fans in the 96 official attendance and they were a lively and noisy lot. They don’t seem to like Yeovil Town much 🙂 Their number five is a big lad, reminding me of the former Stoke player and kebab lover Jon Parkin.

Andy Ballard is the manager of Didcot and spent a lot of his career at Oxford City, plus a spell at Slough Town. The players have mainly played previously in local non-league teams like Oxford City, although Callum McNish has played for Exeter City and Southampton youth team, and you can see that is some of his on the ball trickery.

So along with my first love Stoke City, I can add Didcot Town to teams I follow along with Crewe and East Fife.