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Didcot Town 2-3 Taunton Town

Posted in Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , , on March 8, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

I blame my former work colleague Scott as he tweaked my interest in non-league football after extolling the joys of following Slough Town. So having recently moved to Didcot I thought it was a good excuse to see my new local team in action. They play in the Evo-Stik Division One South & West league, which is currently topped by former league club Hereford Utd (who caused trouble with a pitch invasion at Didcot the previous weekend). Driving to the ground I was looking out for the bright lights of the ground and nearly turned into the local Tesco delivery warehouse. However, I did make it to the ground and it is impressive with a fairly new clubhouse/bar and decent seating area. There is a covered standing area and more seating behind one goal plus a tea hut! Their nicknames are the Railwaymen (like Crewe and they also play in red tops like them) and Diddy (I assume after the town and not a tribute to Ken Dodd!).

Form wise Didcot have drawn one and lost five in their previous six games, whilst Taunton are the exact opposite, five wins and a draw in their last six games. Didcot took an early lead through Joyce, although Taunton had equalised by half time. Pretty evenly matched in the first half and there is a lot more aerial/hoofing of the ball – Tony Pulis would be in his element watching some of this game. Second half saw Didcot take the lead again with a penalty put away by Whitehead. It was short lived as Taunton equalised, had a penalty saved and finally got the winner with some ten minutes to spare. Hard result on Didcot, although the result did run to current form.

An enjoyable game and glad I was located near the Didcot old boys who provided lots of entertainment with their quips. Taunton had a dozen or so fans in the 96 official attendance and they were a lively and noisy lot. They don’t seem to like Yeovil Town much 🙂 Their number five is a big lad, reminding me of the former Stoke player and kebab lover Jon Parkin.

Andy Ballard is the manager of Didcot and spent a lot of his career at Oxford City, plus a spell at Slough Town. The players have mainly played previously in local non-league teams like Oxford City, although Callum McNish has played for Exeter City and Southampton youth team, and you can see that is some of his on the ball trickery.

So along with my first love Stoke City, I can add Didcot Town to teams I follow along with Crewe and East Fife.

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.

Berahino signs and two youngsters out on loan

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , , on January 23, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Stoke City finally signed Saido Berahino from West Brom on a five and half year deal for at least £12m, rising to possibly £15m with add ons/clauses. Hopefully he can rediscover his goal scoring form of the 2014-15 season. His signing could see Bojan leave this week with Middlesboro the most likely destination still.

Two youngsters have gone on loan for the rest of the season…Ollie Shenton has joined Wrexham and Ryan Sweeney has gone to Bristol Rovers. Shenton was tipped to break into first team action after a couple of subs appearances in the 2014-15 season. This is the first loan period for Shenton which will hopefully develop his potential further. Sweeney joined us in the summer from AFC Wimbledon after impressing greatly during his time there.

Bojan, Crouch and Walters

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC, The Premiership, Transfer rumours with tags , , , , , on January 13, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Bojan looks to be the centre of a bid from Middlesboro, although Mark Hughes in his press conference today said Bojan was going nowhere, although he is injured and misses tomorrow’s game at Sunderland.

Peter Crouch has signed a one year extension to his current contract which keeps him at the club until 2018.

Jonathan Walters has had knee surgery and is likely to be out for a few weeks.

Only one incoming transfer has gained any traction, the continued pursuit of West Brom’s Saido Berahnio. Spurs are reportedly interested again with Pulis and West Brom keener to cash in now as Berahino’s contract expires this summer.

WHELAN and SOBHI

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , on July 12, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Glen Whelan has agreed a one year contract extension which sees him at the club now until the summer of 2018. Good to get him committed to the club as one of our longest serving players, and along with Walters a good character to have in your team on and off the field.

We are closing in on our first summer signing, rising Egyptian star Ramadan Sobhi. All subject to work permits which has scuppered a few of our signings in the past. Sign him now Mr Hughes!

New season fixtures out

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , on June 15, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Stoke start their 2016/17 Premier League campaign away at newly promoted Middlesboro and the last game of the season is away at Southampton. Full fixture list can be found here on the official website

Looks like Nathan Redmond is Southampton bound according to latest press reports. Latest link is with West Brom striker Saido Berahino, who is in the last year of his current deal and was courted by Spurs in January.

Odemwingie and Sidwell released

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

No real surprises in Stoke City’s retained list with Peter Odemwingie and Steve Sidwell both released now that their contracts have expired. Sidwell has already found a new club signign with Brighton on a one year deal, following been on loan with them last season.

Nothing much happening on transfers bar rumours and the ongoing saga of Arnautovic’s new contract. He has stated he wants to stay in the Premier League and won’t reveal more until Euro 2016 is finished.