The double-edged sword of nostalgia

Memories and nostalgia are the lifeblood of a football fan. It tends to manifest during periods of hardship where immediate on-field footballing gratification is lacking and fans look for a reason to persist with their club. Just this season alone, we’ve witnessed the most successful English football club of all time, Manchester United, host a … Continue reading The double-edged sword of nostalgia

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The making of the Nathan Jones fullback

If you’re remotely clued into the Championship analytics world, you’ll have seen some truly excellent content looking into the full backs of the division. The two standouts have been the profiling every different fullback type in the league from Ram Srinivas and Matt Lawrence and a heap of radars from the always excellent Blades Analytics. … Continue reading The making of the Nathan Jones fullback

Gregory, Powell and Davies: The Lowdown

In a triple-swoop, Nathan Jones has made a more serious statement about his transfer policy than any amount of interviews ever could. In Lee Gregory, Nick Powell and Adam Davies, Jones has signalled the way forward for The Potters. Gone are the days of £10m gambles from the continent. Stoke are looking to be shrewd, … Continue reading Gregory, Powell and Davies: The Lowdown

How Stoke can fix their broken transfer strategy

The word “recruitment” has become something of a dirty word among Stoke fans in recent years. Following myriad catastrophes, it’s not really a surprise the transfer strategy employed by Stoke has come in for immense criticism from fans, media outlets and by far the saddest indictment, the playing squad. However, apportioning this blame is difficult … Continue reading How Stoke can fix their broken transfer strategy

Jonesball Revisited

There we go, five months of Nathan Jones and it was...well, it probably wasn’t everything we had all hoped it to be. Stoke stumbled to a 16th placed finish and results wise Jones failed to improve on Rowett’s abject failure. But for some reason I, and I believe a relatively significant proportion of the rest … Continue reading Jonesball Revisited

Can Thibaud Verlinden shine in Jones’ diamond?

While results haven’t picked up much since Nathan Jones took charge of the Potters, there were certainly positives to take from the latter period of an overall dismal campaign. Much was expected of the senior international players at the club this season, but it has been the younger generation who have caught the attention in … Continue reading Can Thibaud Verlinden shine in Jones’ diamond?

Iconic Stoke Moments: Boaz Myhill puts it out for a corner

The latest in our series of Stoke moments that won't be recorded in the history books, that we loved all the same... We all know that Rory Delap was so much more than a throw-in. He was a fantastic player for Stoke City. Made to measure for Tony Pulis' side, Delap did every job asked … Continue reading Iconic Stoke Moments: Boaz Myhill puts it out for a corner

Iconic Stoke Moments: The Yoav Ziv Red Card

In this blog series, we look at Iconic Stoke Moments that have very little to do with footballing success, of which there are many. Stoke City playing in Europe seems a distant memory now. After the success of the 2010/11 FA Cup run, our reward was a place in the Europa League. Those European games … Continue reading Iconic Stoke Moments: The Yoav Ziv Red Card

Stoke City: Choose Your Own Adventure

You are Stoke City manager. Despite lofty pre-season expectations of being somewhat competent Stoke City have slumped to the murky depths of lower mid-table and got rid of the previous manager in the middle of the season. You are given the task of giving the crowd something to shout about before the end of the … Continue reading Stoke City: Choose Your Own Adventure