Archive for the Stoke City Category

Archive photos of the Theatre Royal, Hanley

Posted in Family life, rocky horror show, Stoke City, theatre, theatre royal hanley with tags , , , , on February 14, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

The Theatre Royal, Hanley Facebook page has uploaded a whole host of photographs from the pantos of the 1980’s and early 1990’s, along with the other shows and some backstage shots. Well worth a look.

Glory Hunter by Brian Darling

Posted in Books, Football, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , on February 12, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

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Brian Darling is a glory hunter in that he was raised in Rugby and chose to support Stoke as they were going through a purple patch in the early 1970’s when he started supporting Stoke.

His memoir recalls not only watching Stoke, he adds in his career in the banking world which may not be of interest to some, however he gives an interesting insight as to how banking has changed over the years. Fear not though as football is the main focus and Stoke fans will enjoy the highs and lows mentioned in the book. Be it the classy players we have had like Jimmy Greenoff, Mark Stein, Ricardo Fuller, Gordon Banks and Peter Shilton to name but a few to a few donkeys like Keith Scott.

You don’t need to be a Stoke supporter to enjoy this book, as Brian gets onto the printed page the joy of seeing your team win and the abject despair when you get relegated or lose a big cup game (losing to Man City in the FA Cup final still hurts…)

Highly recommended for Stoke fans as a must read and for any lover of football fan memoirs.

Kostas Stafylidis Lambert’s first signing?

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

Paul Lambert is appointing Stuart Taylor as his assistant manager. Taylor has only just been appointed to a job in Rangers academy and he has previously worked with Lambert at Wolves, plus he has managed Limerick Town. The future of Eddie Niedzwiecki is still undecided as he joined with Mark Hughes.

Left-back Kostas Stafylidis could be the first signing by Paul Lambert. He could be joining on a loan deal from Bundesliga side Augsburg and would offer competition and cover for Erik Pieters, who has been injured the past month.

Bojan could be heading back to Stoke if both clubs agree to cancel his current season long loan. However, fellow season long loanees Muniesa and Imbula are unlikely to return until the summer.

Lambert came across very well in his first press conference for the club, showing he was keen to be at the club, had a plan to turn things around and saying how key the fans are in helping the players on the pitch. I doubt he was any fans first choice, however he has the desire and passion to succeed and like Stoke has a point to prove. Here’s hoping he can galvanise the players into action and a winning mentality.

Berahino wins an award…

Posted in Football, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , on December 20, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

The Guardian’s ‘The Fiver’ daily football email bestows an award on one of our players…

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Saido Berahino, for selfless services to the confidence of goalkeepers everywhere. A one-time Tottenham target with an England call-up to his name, the Stoke striker has not scored in 2,187 minutes of football. The good news for Stoke? His £70,000-per-week contract runs until June 2022.

If the wild rumours come to truth and Tony Pulis comes back for his third stint as Stoke manager (unlikely I feel as he burned his bridges with some of the Stoke hierarchy), Berahaino will be driving himself to any club that will have him…

Stoke makes the UK City of Culture 2021 shortlist

Posted in News, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, Stoke-on-Trent Literary Festival, theatre with tags , , , , , , , on July 17, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Coventry, Paisley, Sunderland, Swansea and Stoke-on-Trent will compete to host a year-long celebration of art and performance as UK City of Culture 2021.

The final bid has to be submitted by September and the winning city is announced in November/December time.

Really hope Stoke wins this as it would be amazing for the city and a real boost to the area. Unlike the Garden festival back in 1986, this will have longer term benefits for the area as it is city/area wide and not just focused on one site.

Walters joins Burnley

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership, Transfer rumours with tags , , , , on July 8, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Jon Walters has left Stoke City to join Burnley in a deal worth up to £3m. He joined us in 2010 from Ipswich Town, making 271 appearances for Stoke and scored 62 goals.

Former player Pete Skapetis is currently having a trial at Slough Town. The Australian youth international joined us from QPR, however he was plagued by injury and left for Dover Athletic. Jermaine Pennant has join Hibs on a trial and scored! He was previously at Bury.

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.