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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.

No signings as yet

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership, Transfer rumours with tags , on July 19, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Mark Hughes has said Stoke City have lodged bids for the West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino according to press reports today. Hopefully we can get him signed up and we have also been linked with Robin van Persie.

Former striker Peter Odemwingie has a trail with Hull City after being released by Stoke this summer.

Former Stokies Woodgate & Hill released by their clubs

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership, Transfer rumours with tags , , , , , , , on May 24, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

A few notable names from  the past have been released by their current clubs including Jonathan Woodgate leaving the newly promoted Middlesboro. Popular defender Clint Hill has been released by QPR after six years at the club. If Hill was a little younger (he’s noe 37), I am sure Pulis would be interested in signing him. At the same club Karl Henry looks set to be offered a new deal.

Danny Pugh is looking to extend his current stay at Bury. Carl Dickinson is currently out of contract at Port Vale and has been offered a new, lower waged deal.

Former striker Ricardo Fuller announced his retirement from football on May 16 after a short spell at Oldham.

The ever readable 4231 Stoke blog has a list of possible British born players Mark Hughes and his management  may be interested in. They include Nathan Redmond, John Ruddy and Michael Carrick (what an excellent free signing he’d be).

Saido Berahino and Nathan Redmond Stoke bound?

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , , , on May 20, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

John Percy over at the ‘Daily Telegraph’ has an interesting story on the possibility of West Brom’s Saido Berahino and Norwich’s Nathan Redmond joining Stoke this summer. Apparently manager Mark Hughes is after more British based players and these two seemingly top the wishlist.

The same article also mentions the club want to tie Ryan Shawcross to a longer contract – he currently has two years left on his current deal.

Outgoing…
Steve Sidwell is open to a permanent move to Brighton following a loan spell since January.

Defender Dionatan Teixeira has joined our sister club Orlando City SC on a week-long trial.He has not really had a run of games at the club and mixed reviews when he has played for us. Hopefully he can get a loan move sorted as he needs to be getting regular football now.

Preseason friendlies

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , on May 17, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Andy Wilkinson scored a last minute penalty in his testimonial match yesterday and as Stoke fans have always said, if Wilko scores we are on the pitch…the fans kept their promise 🙂

A great player for the club, wishing Andy Wilkinson all the best in the future.

Summer transfer rumours will be in full swing and we need to fill a few gaps in our 25 man squad with Peter Odemwingie out of contract and being released. Steve Sidwell is also likely to be given a free following his recent loan spell at Brighton. A key piece of summer business will be sorting the future of Marko Arnautovic which is still up in the air, despite him having a year left on his current contract. Shades of N’Zonzi as Marko’s agent is a family member (his brother) and he won the player’s Player of the Year Award for this season, as did N’Zonzi.

The season may have only just finished, however the club have already outlined their preseason plans. Stoke City will have a preseason training camp in Germany and then a 10 day trip during July to the USA, which includes one friendly already confirmed against Orlando.

Preseason friendlies:

Sat 16 July Burton Albion (A)

Sat July 23 Preston (A)

Wed July 27 Orlando (A)

Date & opposition TBC another friendly whilst in the USA

Britannia no more…Bet 365

Posted in Football, News, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , on April 21, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Stoke City have announced that the Britannia stadium will now be renamed as the bet365 Stadium from the start of the 2016/17 Premier League season.

It is an initial six-year stadium naming rights agreement with the club’s owners bet365, who have also extended their shirt sponsorship of the Potters for a further three years. But maybe of more interest to fans the club are finally ‘filling in’ the corner between the DPD and Marston’s Pedigree Stands. Hurrah! Mind you what will some fans moan about now on the Oatcake message board?

This will add an extra 1,800 seats and increase the capacity to 30,000. The work will be completed in time for the start of the 2017/18 season.

Stoke City Chief Executive Tony Scholes said: “As supporters are no doubt aware the Britannia brand no longer exists and it was important that we attracted a new stadium naming rights partner.

The Premier League is watched around the world and bet365 are a truly global company. We are delighted that we have been able to reach an agreement with them over the stadium naming rights for an initial six year period, along with the extension of their shirt sponsorship agreement.”

John Coates, Joint Group Chief Executive of bet365 and Vice-Chairman of Stoke City, said: “bet365 have been pleased with the global brand exposure from our sports sponsorship agreement and we are always looking at ways to increase this. Entering into a stadium naming rights agreement with Stoke City seemed a natural fit, especially as the city of Stoke-on-Trent is home to bet365’s corporate headquarters.

We are delighted about the plans to fill in the corner of the stadium and are looking forward to what we hope will be a successful future for both the Club and bet365 with both organisations continuing to work closely together.”

Injury news Shaqiri is out of Saturday’s game against Man City, however Super Johnny Walters looks set to be available.

Wilko testimonial and Butland injured

Posted in Football, News, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 29, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

First the band news, Jack Butland is out for three months with ankle ligament damage after coming off in the England friendly against Germany. A big blow to us and Butland who would have been in England’s Euro 2016 finals squad.

Andy Wilkinson has been given a testimonial game by the club after recently retiring due to a head injury. It takes place at the Britannia Stadium on Monday 16th May at 7pm. The list of ex-Stoke players lined-up is rather good including Mark Stein, Rory Delap, Ricardo Fuller, Abdoulaye Faye, Karl Henry, John Eustace, Peter Odemwingie, Carlo Nash, Salif Diao, Andy Griffin (no bitch slapping with Fuller please!), Steve Simeonson, Carl Dickinson, Danny Higginbotham, Mama Sidibe, James Beattie, Dean Whitehad (the return of the ‘What minute in the match will Deano be booked?’ sweepstake) and Matty Etherington.

That is some line-up and wonder if Tony Pulis will be involved, maybe managing one of the teams? Or Nello?