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.

Save Loyd Road Fields update

Posted in Didcot, Family life with tags , , , on July 7, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

The Save Loyd Road Fields campaign now has a website.

Plenty of public objections coming in and one from the Rights Of Way body. The deadline for responses to the proposed development is July 12.

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Tymon signs for Stoke :)

Posted in Football, football transfers, News, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , , , on July 6, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Eighteen year old left back Josh Tymon has signed from Hull City on a five year deal. The fee will go to a tribunal due to his age. Good signing of a highly rated youngster and in an area we don’t have great cover for.

Jon Walters is all but set to join Burnley in a deal of around £3m. He has been a great player for us and hopefully Mark Hughes has some sort of replacement lined-up. Mind you, given the fanfare Bojan has been given at coming back after his loan last season maybe we are looking at him as our new SJW?

Man City’s Fabian Delph could still be joining us on a loan, although hopefully he won’t seek advice from Wildred Bony after his disastrous loan with us last season!

The squad travel to Switzerland this weekend for the start of their pre-season friendlies and Philipp Wollscheid will be in the squad, despite spending most of last season away on loan. No news on Joselu who was linked to Malaga and unless he engineers a move, looks set to stay with the club for now.

Save Loyd Road fields update

Posted in Didcot, Family life with tags , , , on July 4, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Catesby Estates have a speculative planning application in for a green space near to Loyd Road, Didcot. Residents and interested parties have until July 12 to raise their objections to South Oxfordshire council. The local press has already picked up on the story. A target decision date has been given for early September.

Keep up to date via the Save Loyd Fields Facebook page.

Ireland signs six month contract

Posted in Football, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , on July 3, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Stephen Ireland has signed a six month contract until January 2018 with Stoke City as he recovers from his broken leg which saw him out of action for the majority of last season.

The squad (bar those who have been on international duty in May and June) will be back to start pre-season training on Wednesday ahead of the first pre-season friendlies which start on July 10.

Hull City’s Josh Tymon is expected to join the club this week with a fee being decided at a tribunal.

Jon Walters is now on the radar of Steve Bruce at Aston Villa, who have just signed John Terry. Villa have also been linked with Glen Whelan having had one bid turned down by Stoke.

Goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann has joined Watford after being released by Stoke and George Waring has joined Tranmere Rovers. He never played for Stoke’s first team although he has been on loan at Oxford Utd and Carlisle Utd among others.

Glandular fever #8 relapses

Posted in Family life, Glandular fever with tags , , , on June 26, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

After a good couple of months recovery since February these past few days I have been seeing the glandular fever (GF) symptoms come back. These have included my glands inflaming on the left side of my neck, under my left armpit and the right side of my groin. Also the general feeling of being unwell – always hard to describe but I think people who have had GF know what I mean, you just don’t feel your normal self and it feels worse than say a day when you felt tired or a little low.

I am pretty sure this relapse has come about as I approach the first anniversary of my dad passing away – in fact happy birthday dad as he would have been 71 today 🙂 Even though I am trying to keep my positive mind set and avoid stress, in the background my mind and body are thinking otherwise causing these GF symptoms to come back. I will try and keep calm as possible, keep taking the Echinacea and vitamins as although GF is back, each relapse is normally not as bad or long as the initial bout. Anyone with similar experiences please do share them.

Whelan update and Fabian Delph incoming?

Posted in Football, football transfers, News, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , on June 26, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Seems Derby County are not going to bid for Glen Whelan according to local press in Derby, which leaves Aston Villa in the driving seat should they match Stoke’s valuation. Looks as though Stoke will consider loaning Imbula next season as a permanent deal looks slim given there seems little interest in signing him permanently.

One possible new signing could be Man City’s midfielder Fabian Delph for around £12m. Newcastle are also being linked although it seems we are the more likely destination for the player.

Former Stokie John Eustace is in the running for the manager’s job at Oxford Utd.