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Match of the Week – Bromsgrove Sporting v Didcot Town

Posted in Didcot, Didcot Town FC, Football, Match of the Week, non league footnball, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , , on November 30, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Last week’s match saw Fulham beat Southampton 3-2 as the Mark Hughes magic touch continues to work at Southampton 🙂

Stoke beat Derby County at home on Wednesday 2-1 despite Etebo being sent off in the first half. Goals from Clucus and Ince sealed the win for us. Reading away this Saturday afternoon, who despite their low placing in the table have only lost one of their last five home games.

Match of the week this week is Didcot Town who have now had four wins on the trot, including a late winner in a 4-3 win over Bedford Town on Tuesday night. That win move them up to fifth and into the play-off zone, when just over a fortnight again they were fourth from bottom, albeit with games in hand. Saturday sees the Diddy away at second placed Bromsgrove Sporting. They have yet to drop any points at home this season, so a very tough game for Didcot. They are a relatively new club having only formed in 2010, with an impressive average attendance of over750. Tough game for both teams and will go for 2-2.

Charlie Adam and Kevin Kitson

Posted in Football, News, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , on October 11, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Charlie Adam talks about his dad’s suicide in 2012 on World Mental Health Day yesterday (10 October).

Also former player Dave Kitson was recalling how he attacked manager Tony Pulis with a pair of scissors! Kitson is thought to be the person behind the Secret Footballer. Kitson never settled at Stoke and was certainly not the prolific goalscorer we thought we had signed based on his Reading career.

Stoke City 2-1 Reading

Posted in Football, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , on February 12, 2013 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Stoke took a two goal lead thanks to a Huth bullet header and another superb Cameron Jerome strike, although it was close as Reading are the comeback kings and a sloppy conceded goal nearly saw them snatch a point.

We have 33pts and not far from the magical 40pts safety barrier, although this season it could be lower around the 33-34pts mark. A weekend off now as we play Fulham away on Saturday 22nd Feb with a 12:45pm KO.

Brek Shea has his work permit and looks like a cross between a surfer and the Foo Fighters’ drummer Taylor Hawkins! He’s a big lad as well and once fully up to fitness should be a good signing based on his footballing career to date.

We still have one spare spot in our current 25 man squad in case Pulis can land another player on a free transfer. Not much out there though, although Salif Diao is still listed as a free agent. Can he play left back 😉

Arsenal 1-0 Stoke City

Posted in Football, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 2, 2013 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

We held out to the 78th minute and due to our lack of defenders on the bench we has three strikers come on as subs! Michael Owen may face some FA action for appearing to his Arteta, otherwise we were defending and attacking on the odd break.

All is not well though for us as Pulis seemed downbeat in post-match interviews over the lack of transfer action. It does seems slightly reckless to let our defensive cover – Matthew Upson – leave on loan and not replace him. Also we are edging nearer the bottom, just seven points away now and it makes the Reading home game next week a massive one. Mind you on Reading’s current form expect us to take a 1-0 lead into the 80th minute and they come back to win 2-1.

Transfer deadline day saw us sign the very promising and highly rated goalkeeper Jack Butland, who was loaned back to Birmingham for the rest of the season. His arrival would seem to indicate Begovic is off in the summer, most likely to Man Utd. We could also see Sorenson leave as he is after regular first team football. The other new boy is US international Brek Shea (cue tabloid Redy Brek puns) who plays on the left wing and could be our left back in a month or so once he is ‘Pulis fit’.

Leaving on loan for the rest of the season were Matthew Upson (Brighton) and Rory Delap (Barnsley). Looks to be Delap’s last time at Stoke as he is out of contract in the summer unless we offer him a coaching role. A latter day Stoke legend and hopefully we can keep him at the club in some capacity.

Reading 1-1 Stoke City

Posted in Football, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , on August 18, 2012 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Not a great game by all accounts but debutant Michael Kightly scored before a late Reading penalty after Dean Whitehead was sent off for his second bookable offence. Good away point and at least we have scored this season! Otherwise not many positives from this game…

Michael Owen could join us soon based on Tweets between Owen and Gary Linekar. Need something else up front as Big Mama is sadly not going to feature after his series of injuries and Kenwyne Jones I am sure will be off before deadline day. Matthew Upson maybe off as well as he didn’t travel with the squad today.

Lewis Moult has signed for Northampton and Tom Soares looks set to sign a one moth deal with Portsmouth.

Reading away starts the new season

Posted in Football, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , on June 18, 2012 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Our 2012/13 Premiership season gets underway against newly promoted Reading. Our first home game is against Arsenal (‘Let’s all do the Wenger’) and our last game of the season is Southampton away. The full fixtures can be found here