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Match of the Week – Met Police v Newport County FA Cup 1 st Round

Posted in FA Cup, Football, non league footnball, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , , , on November 9, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Stoke drew 0-0 against Tony Pulis’s Middlesbrough, no real surprise there although Ryan Shawcross was recalled to the defence following an injury to Erik Pieters.

The FA Cup first round this weekend and I going for the Met Police FC v League 2 side Newport County.

From their Wiki page –

“Metropolitan Police FC are based in East Molesey, Surrey. Originally made up of players from the Metropolitan Police Service, the rule requiring players to be employees of the service was removed when the Commissioner refused to sanction time off for playing. However, the club is still part-funded by a police staff lottery. They are currently members of the Southern League Premier Division South and play at Imber Court, the base of the Met Police Sports and Social Club.”

The Met Police FC have won through four qualifying rounds to reach the first round proper, whilst Newport County reached the FA Cup fourth round for the first time since 1979 last season, losing to Tottenham in the replay.

Should be a good cup tie and I will go for a 2-1 win for Newport.

Match of the week – Stoke City v Middlesboro

Posted in Championship, Didcot Town FC, Football, Match of the Week, non league footnball, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , , , on October 31, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Stoke’s next home match see us play host to promotion hopefuls Middlesbrough. Currently third, they are managed by former Stoke manager Tony Pulis, who got us promoted in the Premier League. He will be after a Binary Pulis 1-0 away win I am sure. Also in the Boro team is former player Ryan Shotton, born in Fenton. I am going for a one all draw and a few bookings for both teams.

Peter Etebo should be back in contention for Stoke, whilst Tom Edwards will want to keep his place following an impressive display against Bristol City.

Great win for Didcot Town last night in their FA Trophy replay at Magnotsfield. They ran out 4-2 winners after extra time and player manager Andy Ballard scored! Next up in the FA Trophy is an away trip to Folkestone Invicta on November 10th.

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.

Berahino wins an award…

Posted in Football, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , on December 20, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

The Guardian’s ‘The Fiver’ daily football email bestows an award on one of our players…

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Saido Berahino, for selfless services to the confidence of goalkeepers everywhere. A one-time Tottenham target with an England call-up to his name, the Stoke striker has not scored in 2,187 minutes of football. The good news for Stoke? His £70,000-per-week contract runs until June 2022.

If the wild rumours come to truth and Tony Pulis comes back for his third stint as Stoke manager (unlikely I feel as he burned his bridges with some of the Stoke hierarchy), Berahaino will be driving himself to any club that will have him…

Will it be Hughes? Or will it be Pulis?

Posted in Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , on September 19, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

The fixture computer certainly knows how to pick them as only six games into the new season and Stoke’s home game against West Brom this weekend is a real six pointer and it could see possibly both managers sacked. Mark Hughes is now the bookeis favorite to be the first Premiership manager to be sacked, taking over from previous favourite…West Brom’s Tony Pulis.

Bojan asks for the players to share the pain of defeat with Hughes and get believing in themselves again. It does appear that Hughes may have lost the dressing room as the old guard – the remaining Pulis era players- have yet to speak out about the current bad form and play, most notably the captain Ryan Shawcross, who should be leading the rallying calls for players and fans alike.

Something needs to change and quickly with -11 goal difference after only five games and in three of those games we have shipped four goals. Hughes Out is the cry on the Oatcake messageboard and I will give Hughes one more chance as we must win at home against West Brom. Hull at home in the League Cup before that and a chance to try some younger/fringe players with a bit more fire and steel in their play? Who to replace Hughes if he goes? Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe could do a good job, anyone but Steve McClaren 🙂

Bruno Martins Indi Stoke bound?

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , , on August 31, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Porto defender Bruno Martins Indi looks set to join Stoke today on a season long loan, with an option to buy him next summer. If we sign the Dutch international expect Wollscheid to leave.

The ongoing Saido Berahino saga will reach a conclusion today with Stoke still hopeful of signing him if West Brom land their striker target. Of course West Brom’s current manager is the king of deadline day Tony Pulis. If not Berahino then Man City’s Wilfied Bony on loan could happen and pave the way for Joselu to leave.

There could even be a surprise signing (he said in hope!) as Mark Hughes and his management team do like to conduct transfers away from the spotlight as much as possible.

Stoke U23’s lost 1-0 to Bradford last night in the Checkatrade Trophy and senior players Charlie Adam and Marc Muniesa played a part.

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

Ramadan Sobhi (Al Alhay 6m Euros)

Ryan Sweeney (AFC Wimbledon – 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)

* = in last season’s 25 man squad list

74 injuries and Tuncay is back!

Posted in Football, News, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 26, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

An interesting article in the Sentinel showed we have had 74 injuries this season to date – compare that to just 18 for Champions in waiting Leicester. That is an enormous number and could go some way to explaining our inconsistent form this season, the latest being a disappointing 4-0 defeat away at Man City at the weekend. Another factor is the team performance, or more precisely the lack of team performance, as few players seem to be battling and working as a team on the pitch of late. Wollscheid hits the nail on the head in his interview here.

We need to finish our last three games with some of that old battling Stoke spirit as three more losses will carry on into next season and with a summer that could see Arnie leave, possibly followed by others like Crouch?

Afellay is out for what looks like the remainder of the year, so Mark Hughes will definitely need some summer signings as cover. Better news in that Marc Wilson played a behind closed doors friendly against Crewe as he continues his comeback from injury.

Tony Pulis and his current side West Brom all but dented Spurs title hopes last night and paved the way for Leicester to be crowned champions – in Pulis we trust 😉

Tuncay will be back at the Brit! He’s the latest player to be confirmed for Andy Wilkinson’s testimonial game on Monday 16 May at 7:45pm. Others set to feature include Mama Sidibe, Ricardo Fuller, James Beattie, Danny Higginbotham, Liam Lawrence, Mark Stein, Peter Crouch and Asmir Begovic.