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Posted in Football, News, Stoke City, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , on February 12, 2019 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Former England and Stoke City goalkeeper Gordon Banks has died aged 81 after a long cancer related illness.

Part of Stoke’s 1972 League Cup winners team, he continued to appear at Stoke matches and although I was too young to see him play, I have seen him many times at Stoke games. A true club legend along with Sir Stanley Matthews.

A statement issued by Stoke City FC on behalf of the family reads: “It is with great sadness that we announce that Gordon passed away peacefully overnight. We are devastated to lose him but we have so many happy memories and could not have been more proud of him. We would ask that the privacy of the family is respected at this time.”

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

Huth and Johnson both retire from football

Posted in Football, News, Stoke City, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , on January 21, 2019 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Glen Johnson announced on TalkSport today that he had retired from football. He was released by Stoke in the summer and had been plagued by injuries since joining Stoke in 2015 on a free from Liverpool.

Robert Huth also announced his retirement from playing last week after he had been linked with a move to Derby County. He had been without a club since being released by Leicester City in the summer and did train with Stoke early in pre-season.

Paul Hart new assistant manager at Stoke City

Posted in Championship, Football, News, Stoke City, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , , , on January 18, 2019 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Former Notts Forest and Portsmouth manager Paul Hart has been announced as assistant manager for Nathan Jones. Hart previously held the number 2 role when Nathan Jones was manager at Luton Town.

Leeds Utd at home tomorrow will be a very tough game after Tuesday’s 3-2 FA Cup defeat to Shrewsbury Town. If we keep the goals conceded down to five we’ll be doing well! Nathan Jones and his team have a massive rebuilding job ahead of them, not only in players confidence but also reshaping the squad and the defence which needs a major overhaul. Both Tyrese Campbell (so good to see him score on his full senior debut and his dad, former Everton and Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell was suitably proud on Twitter) and Charlie Adam will be pushing for a start after being the only two players to emerge with any credit from Tuesday’s game.

Match of the Week – Brentford v Stoke City

Posted in Championship, Football, Match of the Week, Stoke City, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , , , on January 11, 2019 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

After last week’s lucky draw for Stoke away at Shrewsbury, Gary Rowett has been sacked and now we have a new manager Nathan Jones from Luton Town. He promises attacking football and has done well at Luton taking them up from League Two into current a play-off position in League One. Exciting and interesting times at Stoke for sure.

Brentford have drawn their last three games and have fallen away since their previous manager Dean Smith joined Aston Villa. Should be a good game, with Ryan Woods set to start against his old club and possibly a return to the squad for Bojan and Moritz Baeur? Tyrese Campbell must also be in with a shout of at least making the bench. Be interesting to see how the defence lines-up, with Martins Indi getting the nod ahead of Williams?

Nathan Jones named new Stoke City manager

Posted in Championship, Football, News, Stoke City, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , on January 9, 2019 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Official club statement can be read here

He certainly faces a tough task with some under performing players and how he handles the likes of Moritz Baeur, who was made an outcast by previous manager Gary Rowett, and fan favorite Bojan. He has worked wonders at Luton Town though and here’s hoping he can help turn around our club’s fortunes.

A good statement of intent from him –
“I believe I am an appointment for the long-term here, I want to win games and I want to instil a culture and a philosophy that people are going to really get behind and be proud of.”