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74 injuries and Tuncay is back!

Posted in Football, News, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 26, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

An interesting article in the Sentinel showed we have had 74 injuries this season to date – compare that to just 18 for Champions in waiting Leicester. That is an enormous number and could go some way to explaining our inconsistent form this season, the latest being a disappointing 4-0 defeat away at Man City at the weekend. Another factor is the team performance, or more precisely the lack of team performance, as few players seem to be battling and working as a team on the pitch of late. Wollscheid hits the nail on the head in his interview here.

We need to finish our last three games with some of that old battling Stoke spirit as three more losses will carry on into next season and with a summer that could see Arnie leave, possibly followed by others like Crouch?

Afellay is out for what looks like the remainder of the year, so Mark Hughes will definitely need some summer signings as cover. Better news in that Marc Wilson played a behind closed doors friendly against Crewe as he continues his comeback from injury.

Tony Pulis and his current side West Brom all but dented Spurs title hopes last night and paved the way for Leicester to be crowned champions – in Pulis we trust 😉

Tuncay will be back at the Brit! He’s the latest player to be confirmed for Andy Wilkinson’s testimonial game on Monday 16 May at 7:45pm. Others set to feature include Mama Sidibe, Ricardo Fuller, James Beattie, Danny Higginbotham, Liam Lawrence, Mark Stein, Peter Crouch and Asmir Begovic.

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?

Adam, Moses and Whitehead

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , , , on June 23, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Charlie Adam has signed a new extended contract with the club until 2017, with an option of a further year. Great news as his form since becoming a regular in the starting XI following Bojan’s injury was immense. Speaking of Bojan he is aiming to be back in contention for the opening game of the season against Liverpool.

One player who looks like won’t be signing is Victor Moses if this Guardian news piece is to be believed. Seems he is not keen to be any part of a deal to take Begovic to Chelsea. No formal offers have been made for Begovic yet.

Andy Wilkinson is on a week-by-week contract with the club until he finds himself a new club after being released this summer.

Ex-Stoke player Dean Whitehead has moved clubs again signing for Huddersfield Town.

Farewell Palacios!

Posted in Football, football transfers, News, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 29, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Stoke City have announced their retained list and the the first team players leaving are Thomas Sorensen, Wilson Palacios and Andy Wilkinson. Andy Wilkinson has been at the club since 2001, one of our longest serving players of recent times.

Peter Odemwingie is retained by the club although a new contract has yet to be announced. He has been injured for much of the season, although hopefully he will be offered at least a one year contract.

Transfer rumours are linking us with all sorts of players including Barcelona’s Dutch international Ibrahim Afellay and Konoplianka.

Outgoing looks as though Robert Huth will complete a £3m transfer to Leicester City possibly next week. Peter Crouch is being linked with West Brom and former Stoke boss Tony Pulis. That could well happen, although long term Pulis target Carlton Cole has just been released by West Ham.

Player of the Season awards and pre-season friendlies

Posted in Football, football transfers, News, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , , , on May 20, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Stoke’s Player of the Season is Steven N’Zonzi, as well as the Player’s Player of the Year. Jon Walters was voted Player of the Season by the various Stoke City supporter’s groups. Marc Muniesa won Community Champion and Ollie Shenton was named Young Player of the Season. Special awards were given to Thomas Sorenson and Andy Wilkinson for their log service to the club, both leave at the end of this season.

Stoke travel to Wrexham on Wednesday 22nd July for a pre-season friendly. This joins the already announced Singapore trophy in July. This will consist of two semi-finals played on Wednesday July 15th, followed by a third place play-off and final played on Saturday July 18th. Stoke will join Arsenal, Everton and a Singapore Select Xl.

Burnley 0-0 Stoke City

Posted in Football, Stoke City, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , , on May 17, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

A bore draw in the end, however our highest even Premier League finish at 9th and points total. Even more impressive when you consider the amount of injuries we have had to key players. Well done Mark Hughes and the coaching team.

Final home game of this season is against Liverpool and forget the Steven Gerrard love in, it looks set to mark the farewell appearance of Andy Wilkinson (out of contract), Thomas Sorenson (retiring) and Wilson Palacios (out of contract & out of sight for most of his time at Stoke). Possibly Odemwingie too, although he may be offered a new contract.

Rochdale 1-4 Stoke City FA Cup 4th Round

Posted in FA Cup, Stoke City, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , , , , on January 26, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Good away win after an early wonder goal by Bojan, easily the most talented Stoke player I have seen in my lifetime as a Stoke supporter. Rumours of Liverpool interested in him, they can look elsewhere, Emile Heskey would be good for them 😉

The other goals came from Stephen Ireland, Victor Moses and Jon Walters. Next round is Blackburn away, a tough game and hopefully televised again.

Andy Wilkinson has returned from his loan spell at Millwall and Jamie Ness is back on loan at Crewe for the rest of the season.