FA Cup FA Cup Didcot Town v Poole Town (1st Qualifying Round)

Nice FA Cup tie for Didcot Town as they host current Poole Town, currently top of the Southern League Premier Division South. Striker Ollie Dennett is one to watch with 5 goals in seven appearances to date this season.

For non-league clubs the qualifying rounds can prove lucrative with a decent cup run, as in this round alone the winners will get £4,500 and the losers £1,500.

Didcot have already had FA Cup action this season beating Western League Premier Division side Roman Glass St George 2-1.

Duffy makes it ten…Afobe off on loan

Sheffield Utd’s Mark Duffy joins on a season long loan, making it ten new signings in the summer transfer window for Stoke. He was a key part of the Sheff Utd team that gained promotion to the Premier League last season.

Meanwhile striker Benik Afobe has joined Bristol City on a season’s loan. He’s never shown the goalscoring form he had at Wolves and most fans won’t be sad to see him leave on loan.

Still time for players to leave on loan or sign for League 1 and 2 & European clubs until September 2nd. Get thee gone Imbula and Wimmer!

Confirmed INS –

Jordan Cousins (QPR) – free

Adam Davies (Barnsley) – free

Mark Duffy (Sheff Utd) – season long loan

Lee Gregory (Millwall) – free

Scott Hogan (Aston Villa) – season long loan

Liam Lindsay (Barnsley) – £2m

Nick Powell (Wigan) – free

Tommy Smith (Huddersfield) – £4m

Cameron Carter-Vickers (Spurs) – season long loan

Stephen Ward (Burnley) – free

Confirmed OUTS –

Charlie Adam (Reading) – released and joined Reading

Benik Afobe (Bristol City) – season loan

Saido Berahino – released

Bojan (Montreal) – released

Geoff Cameron (QPR) – free transfer

Darren Fletcher – released

Jacob Haugaard – released

Eric Pieters (Burnley) – undisclosed fee

Harry Souter (Fleetwood Town) – season long loan

Josh Tymon (FC Famalicao) – season long loan

Ashley Williams – loan ended, out of contract at Everton

Hogan joins and Berahino leaves

Aston Villa striker Scott Hogan has signed on a season long loan. He didn’t really set the pulses racing at Villa, however he had more success at his previous club Brentford. At Stoke he will hook-up with Ryan Woods and Lee Gregory both of whom he has played with before.

Meanwhile the club officially confirmed that Saido Berahino has left the club. Quite possibly one of the worst footballers we have had at Stoke and that’s saying something!

Confirmed INS –

Jordan Cousins (QPR) – free

Adam Davies (Barnsley) – free

Lee Gregory (Millwall) – free

Scott Hogan (Aston Villa) – season long loan

Liam Lindsay (Barnsley) – £2m

Nick Powell (Wigan) – free

Tommy Smith (Huddersfield) – £4m

Stephen Ward (Burnley) – free

Confirmed OUTS –

Charlie Adam (Reading) – released and joined Reading

Saido Berahino – released

Bojan (Montreal) – released

Geoff Cameron (QPR) – free transfer

Darren Fletcher – released

Jacob Haugaard – released

Eric Pieters (Burnley) – undisclosed fee

Harry Souter (Fleetwood Town) – season long loan

Josh Tymon (FC Famalicao) – season long loan

Ashley Williams – loan ended, out of contract at Everton

Bojan leaves Stoke by mutual consent

Stoke City have confirmed that Bojan has left the club by mutual consent. He had a year left on his contract.

He joined Stoke in 2014 and went on to make 85 appearances across all competitions, scoring 16 goals. A firm fan favorite, he never seemed to get a decent run of games once Mark Hughes left and Stoke embarked on a managerial merry-go-round. Good luck to him, one of the better players we have had at Stoke in recent years.

Cameron signs for QPR and Mark Cartwright leaving

Geoff Cameron has joined QPR on a free transfer. He has been on Stoke’s books for seven years although he was on loan last season at QPR. he made 186 appearances in total for us.

Bojan could also be close to leaving the club as media reports state both player and club could agree to release him from his contract. He has been training at home in Spain.

Also leaving the club is technical director Mark Cartwright, who leaves in mid-September. A divisive figure amongst Stoke fans that’s for sure!

Confirmed INS –

Jordan Cousins (QPR) – free

Adam Davies (Barnsley) – free

Lee Gregory (Millwall) – free

Liam Lindsay (Barnsley) – £2m

Nick Powell (Wigan) – free

Tommy Smith (Huddersfield) – £4m

Stephen Ward (Burnley) – free

Confirmed OUTS –

Charlie Adam (Reading) – released and joined Reading

Geoff Cameron (QPR) – free transfer

Darren Fletcher – released

Jacob Haugaard – released

Eric Pieters (Burnley) – undisclosed fee

Harry Souter (Fleetwood Town) – season long loan

Josh Tymon (FC Famalicao) – season long loan

Ashley Williams – loan ended, out of contract at Everton

Erik Pieters joins Burnley

Erik Pieters has joined Burnley for a fee of £1m plus add ons. He follows in the footsteps of Jon Walters, Phil Bardsley and Peter Crouch who have all joined Burnley from Stoke in recent years.

Kevin Wimmer is training with SC Cologne as Stoke look to offload him and up to eight other players (Moritz Bauer, Geoff Cameron, Mame Diouf, Giannelli Imbula, Julien Ngoy, Erik Pieters, Josh Tymon plus Bojan who is training in Spain) that don’t currently feature in the manager’s plans.

Stoke City bring in six

Stoke City manager Nathan Jones wanted the majority of the new signings in before pre-season started and he got his wish with six players joining last week. Five were out of contract players, of which Nick Powell and Lee Gregory look sound business, plus former Burnley defender Stephen Ward signed on a one year contract is another good piece of business. Former QPR and Charlton midfielder Jordan Cousins has worked with Jones previously and could prove to a be a shrewd signing, with him earmarked for the base of Jones’s prefered midfield diamond shape.

Stoke still expect to sign two or three more players, although the emphasis will be on shifting out players, as bar the released ones below, none have left the club yet. Charlie Adam is training with Blackburn as he looks for a new club this summer.

Confirmed INS –

Jordan Cousins (QPR) – free

Ben Davies (Barnsley) – free

Lee Gregory (Millwall) – free

Liam Lindsay (Barnsley) – £2m

Nick Powell (Wigan) – free

Stephen Ward (Burnley) – free

Confirmed OUTS –

Charlie Adam, Darren Fletcher, Jacob Haugaard – all released at the end of their contracts

Ashley Williams – loan ended, out of contract at Everton