Archive for Jon Walters

Bojan joins Manz on loan

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , , , , on January 30, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Bojan has joined German club Mainz on loan for the rest of the season. Good luck to him and he may be back at Stoke next season, although not sure he features much in Mark Hughes’ plans.

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Injury wise Stephen Ireland, Jack Butland and Geoff Cameron are all due back by the end of February, whilst Jon Walters has no return date as yet from his knee injury/surgery.

Odemwingie to West Ham?

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , on August 8, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

After having an unsuccessful trial at Hull City, scuppered by manager Steve Bruce quitting, Peter Odenwingie is possibly having a trial with West Ham with a view to a permanent move.

Stoke lost 1-0 to Hamburg in our final pre-season friendly, whilst the under-23 squad beat Rhyl 6-0 including a hat trick from Jon Walters. Walters played alongside Marc Wilson as the under-23 squad are allowed to field three players over 23 years old. Wilson could be on his way out of the club, especially after recent comments on Twitter over the weekend questioning Stoke’s defensive training.

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.

Cech to Arsenal, now Begovic to Chelsea?

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

As Peter Cech signs for Arsenal expect the Premier League goalkeeper merry-go-round to start off big time. Man Utd are after a keeper and of course now Chelsea will want a replacement which looks set to be Begovic. Some media reports say Chelsea have a £6m bid in which Stoke have rejected and are holding out for an £8m bid. Chelsea can play a waiting game as they know Begovic will want to come (again some media say he’s agreed a contract already) plus Stoke want to cash in on Begovic as he only has a year left on his contract. Mind you Aston Villa have made a bid for Begovic to, although to be fair that’s a non-starter.

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Mark Hughes is set for talks with Steven N’Zonzi who could also leave this summer. We need to be careful as Begovic I think we could cope with losing as Jack Butland is an able replacement and Stoke have nearly always had good goalies the years I have been supporting them since 1974. However, if N’Zonzi and possibly Walters & Crouch go we could struggle certainly if we don’t get decent replacements in.

Stoke City 6-1 Liverpool

Posted in Football, News, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 24, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

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What a fantastic result and end to the current season 🙂

The goalscorers were Mama Diouf (2), Jon Walters, Charlie Adam, Peter Crouch and Steven N’Zonzi.

Some interesting records broken today:

Steven Gerrard has never lost a Premier League game by more than four goals.

Stoke are the first team to score five goals vs Liverpool in a league game since Coventry in December 1992.

This is Liverpool’s heaviest defeat since the 1950’s.

Stoke last scored more than five goals in a league game back in 1982.

Peter Crouch, with his goal today, became the leading all time scorer from headers in the Premier League.

Stoke’s highest ever win in the Premiership.

* Stoke City will play Brentford in a pre-season friendly on Saturday July 25th.

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.

Stoke City 3-1 QPR

Posted in Football, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , on February 1, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

A Jon Walters hat trick, the first by any Stoke City player since we have been in the Premier League. It couldn’t happen to a better player, who always gives 100% on the pitch and is a model professional footballer. A proper Stoke legend and he has been a key player for us, along with Glen Whelan and Ryan Shawcross, as the team has progressed and evolved since the early days in the Premiership.