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Stoke City injury update

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

After a lacklustre game against Bournemouth we really need to get back to basics for the Watford game. Whelan should be fit by the weekend, possibly on the bench? Bardsley went off injured and no date as yet on his likely return.

Better news with Butland due back early next month and Aflley has returned to training.

The club are looking to sign keeper Lee Grant in January as his current loan expires then. He has proved a real success since taking over from Shay Given.

Other transfer rumours include a possible bid for Port Vale’s defender Nathan Smith. Unlikely though as we don’t do much business with the Vale!

Sunderland six pointer

Posted in Football, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , on October 13, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

A real six pointer this weekend as we take on Sunderland at home, the only team currently below us in the Premier League. We have a couple of injury doubts in Joe Allen and Glen Johnson, with Jack Butland due back early next month.

Sunderland could welcome back Victor Anechebe and of course they have Jermaine Defoe who always seems to have a good game against us! Plus we could see the battle of the yellow cards as Lee Catermole and Phil Bardsley, if he starts, vie to get booked first.

The game is a sell out and lest hope for our first league win of the season.

Kosovo make their full football debut

Posted in football transfers, Gibraltar, News, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , on September 5, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Kosovo were recently cleared to compete internationally by FIFA and play their forst ever World Cup qualifier tonight against Finland. Six players have been allowed to switch national teams, five have previously played for Albania and one for Norway. Others who could switch are Stoke’s Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka (Switzerland), Shefki Kuqi (Finland) and Lorik Cana (Albania). Arsenal’s Xhaka has recently stated he will remain playing for Switzerland.

They were voted in by FIFA in May 2016 along with Gibraltar. They face Finland tonight and have a tough qualifying group – Croatia, Iceland, Turkey and Ukraine – joining Finland.

Gibraltar face Greece at home on Tuesday in their first ever World Cup qualifier.

Joselu off on loan

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , on September 1, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Joselu sealed a season long loan move to Deportivo just ahead of the transfer deadline last night. Signed last summer he has not made a big impact at Stoke and is now on his seventh club, averaging roughly one per season.

We have signed another promising youngster in left-sided defender Cameron McJannett from Luton Town.

Summer ins/outs:
IN
Joe Allen (Liverpool £13m)

Ramadan Sobhi (Al Alhay 6m Euros)

Ryan Sweeney (AFC Wimbledon – undisclosed fee)

Wilfried Bony (Man City – season long loan)

Lee Grant (Derby County – loan until January 3)

Bruno Martins Indi (Porto – season long loan)

Cameron McJannett (Luton Town – undisclosed fee)

OUT
Peter Odemwingie (released) *

Steve Sidwell (Brighton & Hove Albion – free) *

Marc Wilson (AFC Bournemouth – undisclosed fee) *

George Waring (Shrewsbury Town – loan)

Choulay (Shrewsbury Town – loan)

Philipp Wollscheid (Wolfsburg – season long loan) *

Joselu (Deportivo – season long loan) *

* = in last season’s 25 man squad list

Homeless World Cup

Posted in Football with tags , on August 19, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Football is a universal game, played and loved by many, although equally many people have little or no interest it. But even these people recognise famous teams like Manchester United or Barcelona and players like Pele or Ronaldo. Media coverage often focuses on the money side and recent corruption in FIFA, however there are many areas where football is benefiting society and becoming more than a game.

One example is the Homeless World Cup. This year’s competition was held in Glasgow and involved 52 countries and over 500 competitors.

The Homeless World Cup was co-founded by Mel Young and Harald Schmied, with the first tournament taking place in Graz in 2003. The idea is to help homeless people feel part of a team and help with their self-esteem, along with benefits of the physical side of participating.

94% of the players taking part said it had a positive benefit on their lives. USA coach Lisa Wrightman said of taking part in this year’s competition, “the women around me saw the transformation I had gone through and the happiness I now have”. It is one of the few football tournaments where success is not measured by wining nations and/or profit, but more on how it can positively benefit the people taking part, either on the playing side or volunteers who help at the games.

Football is more than a game and this quote neatly sums up the ethos of the Homeless World Cup and why football matters:

“The beautiful game, as it is often called, also teaches lessons of having to work hard to improve yourself individually and that sometimes things won’t go your way but you should never give up if you want to achieve in life. That spirit of the game epitomises the Homeless World Cup.”

Stoke’s 25 man squad as it stands now plus Pugh to Blackpool!

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , , on July 28, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

The current 25 man squad as it stands is as follows:

GK: Butland, Haugaard, Given

D: Johnson, Bardsley, Shawcross, Wollscheid, Cameron, Wilson, Muniesa, Pieters, Teixiera

M: Allen, Whelan, Imbula, Adam, Afellay (injured Jan 17), Ireland (injured Feb 17)

S: Walters, Shaqiri, Bojan, Joselu, Crouch, Diouf, Arnautovic

With long-term injuries to Afellay and Ireland unlikely they will be named in the 25 man squad that lasts until January plus Teixiera will surely be moved on/left out. Possible new signings look set tom include a striker – Berahino is first choice target for the club – and possibly defensive cover for Shawcross. New signing Sobhi is under-21 so doesn’t count in the 25 man squad.

Peter Crouch has been linked with a move away again, this time with Swansea according to the Sun.

Rotherham United is now home to two former Stoke players, Danny Collins and Lewis Buxton. Meanwhile ‘The Beast’ aka Jon parkin has signed a one year deal with league Two side Newport County after leaving Forest Green Rovers.

Danny Pugh has a job on his hands after signing for Blackpool, a club beset by off the field problems. Pugh signed a one year deal after leaving Bury. Peter Odemwingie is still on trial with Hull City despite the departure of manager Steve Bruce last week. Hopefully he can get a contract there as be good to see him play in the Premier League still.

 

Allen and Sobhi sign for Stoke

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC, The Premiership, Transfer rumours with tags , , , , , on July 26, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Stoke City have made a double signing with Welsh international  Joe Allen joining from Liverpool on a five year deal and Egyptian international Ramadan Sobhi joining after his work permit was approved.

Allen said to the official website “I was really excited as soon as I heard of the Club’s interest and it wasn’t a difficult decision for me to make. I am incredibly excited about my future here at Stoke City.”

Two great signings for the club and with a couple of promising youngsters coming through the ranks a good base for the upcoming new season.

Marko Arnautovic has been linked with Everton, however it appears he may be on the verge of signing a new contract with us. Like N’Zonzi he uses a family member, in this case his brother, which may slow things down a little.