Joyless division

A Queens Park Rangers podcast today commented on how their visit to Stoke came with a soundtrack of groans and grumbles from the agitated Potters home support. Even in one of the more entertaining games to be held at the bet365 stadium this season, there wasn't much to commend the atmosphere - the groans only … Continue reading Joyless division

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Great Stoke Writers: Trouserdog

In this blog series, we pay tribute to the people who write about our club, whether in print or online. If you want to suggest a great Stoke writer from the world of books, journalism, fanzines, blogs or more, let us know by emailing wizardsofdrivelpodcast@gmail.com.  The final season of The Oatcake has caused me to … Continue reading Great Stoke Writers: Trouserdog

Football’s relationship with remembrance has only caused damage to both

"That's why. The dead. The body count. We don't like to admit the war was even partly our fault cos so many of our people died. And all the mourning's veiled the truth. It's not "lest we forget", it's "lest we remember". That's what all this is about - the memorials, the Cenotaph, the two … Continue reading Football’s relationship with remembrance has only caused damage to both

Rating Stoke Players By How Much I’d Like To Go For A Pint With Them

In the modern game, our access to the footballers we adore is limited. But what if you could go to the pub with a Stoke player? Who would make a good companion? Who'd get the ales in? Who'd be helpful on the quiz machine? Who wouldn't make a fuss of asking the bar staff to … Continue reading Rating Stoke Players By How Much I’d Like To Go For A Pint With Them

Shithouse? What Shithouse?

I’d like to start with a moan. Could Frank Lampard’s Derby County politely piss off into oblivion. ‘Oooo don’t they play good football. Oooo they gave Chelsea (‘s reserves) a good game. I bet Stoke fans wish they didn’t have Rowett.’ Piss off. (If any Derby fans are reading this yes, I’m rattled). Put bluntly, … Continue reading Shithouse? What Shithouse?

Latest defeat leaves Potters drifting further into the wilderness

Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.  Perhaps the international break came at the wrong time for Gary Rowett's Stoke. Having seemingly turned a corner with consecutive wins (and clean sheets) against Bolton and Norwich, Stoke's momentum was sapped with a frustrating home defeat to Birmingham. 17th in the table … Continue reading Latest defeat leaves Potters drifting further into the wilderness

Why do Stoke fans like to moan about other Stoke fans so much?

In a recent article in The Sentinel, a selection of Stoke fans were asked to name their biggest negative from the current season. Given that Stoke started the season as title favourites but are yet to lift themselves into the top half, one might suspect that most of the ire would be directed towards the … Continue reading Why do Stoke fans like to moan about other Stoke fans so much?

Norwich (A) Three very different previews

Knowing me, Wizards of Drivel, knowing you, Norwich City, a-ha. It's a trip to Carrow Road tomorrow for The Potters, so we've got all the preview action you could want in one place. First off, here's our podcast we did with Along Come Norwich https://soundcloud.com/user-602020638/norwich-city-a-preview-with-along-come-norwich and here's us talking to their site about our start … Continue reading Norwich (A) Three very different previews