Archive for West Ham

Arnie, Whelan off and Tonge up the Vale!

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

Marko Arnautovic looks set to complete his £24m move the West Ham either today or tomorrow. A great player for us on his day, although you do wonder if his off field moods upset the dressing room karma. He’s moving purely for money though as West Ham are hardly Real Madrid, one of a few clubs he’d said he would only ever leave Stoke for.

Also packing his bags is Glen Whelan who has joined Aston Villa in a deal worth up to £2m, with an initial fee of £1.25m. One of the players who helped us gain promotion to the Premiership and he has been a regular since he joined in 2008, making 338 league and cup appearances for Stoke. One of the better players I have seen at Stoke in recent years and wishing him well at Villa.

Imbula looks set to leave before the new season starts with Torino the latest club to express interest in signing him.

Question is how much of the incoming transfer fees will Mark Hughes be given to spend? Various reports are linking us with Man City’s Fabian Delph in a £10m deal, not a loan as originally thought.

Chelsea defender Kurt Zuoma is all but signed on a season long loan and has even been photographed in Stoke kit! The delay in announcing this deal is thought to be whilst he agrees a new contract at Chelsea.

Bruno Martins Indi could still be a Stoke player, although Porto are playing silly buggers it seems and Crystal Palace are interested in signing him as well.

Man Utd’s Ashley Young has also been heavily linked with a move to Stoke.

Former Stoke player Michael Tonge is currently a trialist at Port Vale. He was at Stoke for five years between 2008 and 2013, where he spent more time on loan than at Stoke. Never really made an impact and not one of Tony Pulis’s better signings. After two seasons at Stevenage he is after a new club and if he joins the Vale he will link up with fellow former Stoke player Danny Pugh.

Marko Arnautovic hands in transfer request

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC, The Premiership, Transfer rumours with tags , , , , , on July 11, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Marko Arnautovic has handed in a transfer request after Stoke City rejected a £15m West Ham bid. Arnie was injured in last night’s friendly and a cynic could argue that was planned to avoid a serious injury whilst a transfer deal is done! His brother is his agent and he has been on social media today alleging that Stoke are holding up a deal.

Stoke beat Neuchatel Xamax 1-0 thanks to an own goal in the first match of the Uhrencup.

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.

Opening fixture of the new season is…Liverpool!

Posted in Football, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , , , on June 17, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

You couldn’t make it up as we start the 2016/17 Premier League season against Liverpool at home. Just in case you have forgotten we beat them 6-1 at home at the end of last season J Our first away fixture is Tottenham who we beat away in the same fixture last season. Our final away game is Crystal Palace and we finish the season with a home game against West Ham.

Opening day fixtures see Premiership newboys Bournemouth home to Aston Villa, their fans will like that one; Watford face a tricky trip to Everton and Norwich host Crystal Palace, not an easy fixture given how well Palace have done since Alan Pardew took over.

Farewell Palacios!

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

Stoke City have announced their retained list and the the first team players leaving are Thomas Sorensen, Wilson Palacios and Andy Wilkinson. Andy Wilkinson has been at the club since 2001, one of our longest serving players of recent times.

Peter Odemwingie is retained by the club although a new contract has yet to be announced. He has been injured for much of the season, although hopefully he will be offered at least a one year contract.

Transfer rumours are linking us with all sorts of players including Barcelona’s Dutch international Ibrahim Afellay and Konoplianka.

Outgoing looks as though Robert Huth will complete a £3m transfer to Leicester City possibly next week. Peter Crouch is being linked with West Brom and former Stoke boss Tony Pulis. That could well happen, although long term Pulis target Carlton Cole has just been released by West Ham.

Matthew Etherington announces his retirement

Posted in FA Cup, Football, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , on December 4, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Former player Matthew Etherington has announced his retirement due to reoccurring back injuries. He signed for us in 2009 and left in the summer after his contract ran out. He played 152 times for us scoring 13 goals, including a corker against Bolton in the 5-0 demolition of them in the 2011 FA Cup semi-final at Wembley. Great player for Stoke, good luck Matty!

He tweeted:   “Due to an ongoing back problem, the day has come for me to retire from professional football. I have some amazing memories since the day I made my debut at just 15 years old.

“Thank you to all the great clubs I have played for and to the supporters. I have made some mistakes along the way but it has made me who I am today. I look at the past with pride and to the future with optimism.

“Thanks to everyone for the kind messages. Really overwhelming reading them all. Nice to know I left a few good memories during my career.”

Stoke City 3-1 West Ham

Posted in Football, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , on March 15, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Despite an early goal for Andy Carroll Stoke came back and had a vital home win. Peter Odemwingie scored twice and what a good deal we got swapping him for Kenwyne Jones! Stephen Ireland won Man of the Match and the only cloud was Pieters going off injured early on in the first half, although Muniesta proved an able replacement. That’s the first team we have done the double on so far this season and West Ham remain the only away win we have had so far!