Michael O’Neill: Restoking the fires

Final days of the season are often good, but that final day of The Championship will be talked about in the alehouses of Nottingham, West Bromwich, Barnsley, Swansea, Luton and more besides for years. For Stoke fans, it may be forgotten slightly. Although a surge from 17th to 15th was nice, not to mention the … Continue reading Michael O’Neill: Restoking the fires

The Stoke City Years

As a founder member of the football league, Stoke have had a long and storied history. Your WODPOD historians Dave and Tony have made it their mission to document the story of Stoke, season-by-season, from 1888 to the present day. We're recording a podcast about every Stoke season, where Tony goes deep into historical research … Continue reading The Stoke City Years

Stoke City Legends: Mark Stein

  Association football is lovingly referred to around the world as the ‘beautiful game’ and it has been a constant source of iconic sporting images throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. There are certain photographs which are instantly recognisable to football supporters, either because they showcase a special moment in time or encompass the emotions … Continue reading Stoke City Legends: Mark Stein

How Stoke won: Swansea, assessed.

Best Result? Yes. Best performance? Well, it’s not as clear. I thought there was a really good question on the last WODPOD. It nicely reflects everything I have been trying to say about this season and it inspired me to have a closer look at the Swansea game. https://twitter.com/OatcakeEater/status/1180806727954030594?s=20 Gareth’s question, or at least my interpretation … Continue reading How Stoke won: Swansea, assessed.

Things can only get better: Why Stoke should stick with Nathan Jones

The numbers don’t just say stick with Jones, they scream it. Ask any professional stats person, which I am in no way one of, and they will tell you that the rule of thumb is that you can control 50% of what goes on in a football match. This means the other 50% is up … Continue reading Things can only get better: Why Stoke should stick with Nathan Jones

Stoke City Legends: Eric Skeels

(Editor's note: We are absolutely delighted to be hosting this new series from Martyn Cooke. Martyn is a Post Graduate Teaching Assistant at Manchester Metropolitan University and is a PhD student exploring the sporting history of Stoke-on-Trent. He's on twitter @cooke_martyn. In this series, Martyn uses his powers as a historian to profile the true … Continue reading Stoke City Legends: Eric Skeels

If only Stoke City FC had its fans’ creativity

I really don't like the word 'content'. It feels like a cynical, throwaway word YouTubers use to talk about their job. "I'm a content creator", says a millionaire teenager who screams at a video game for a job. Good for you, but just say you make videos. 'Content' indeed. It's also such a mediocre way … Continue reading If only Stoke City FC had its fans’ creativity