Introducing ‘A Pottered History’

Since The Wizards of Drivel podcast began back in May 2016, I've generally found that I had the most fun when I got to learn something I didn't know about my club. Whilst it was great chatting drivel about Stoke's latest defeat, I got the most satisfaction out of episodes like our Frank Soo documentary, … Continue reading Introducing ‘A Pottered History’

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Why do Stoke fans boo their own players?

Before any supporters of other teams pipe up with “Because they are thick as shit” there may indeed be an element of this however, I believe it has more to do with a deep rooted collective associative psychological phenomena which I will attempt to articulate. First of all, I am assuming that the booing during … Continue reading Why do Stoke fans boo their own players?

Support as Performance – Not everything is a ‘Mental’

England's recent World Cup run may have a lot to answer for. As Southgate's men progressed through the tournament, scenes of people going mental - with limbs all over the shop - went viral. Harry Kane's last-gasp winner against Tunisia was the perfect launching pad for these videos, as we laughed and smiled at the pandemonium in Leeds, Croydon, Newcastle and … Continue reading Support as Performance – Not everything is a ‘Mental’

The 20 Worst Stoke Signings of the Premier League Years

This was a long list. So many underwhelming signings came through the door at Clayton Wood as Stoke looked to establish themselves in the Premier League, that it was a challenge for your humble writer to narrow this list down to 20. I based this list on four factors - price tag, failure to meet … Continue reading The 20 Worst Stoke Signings of the Premier League Years

A Clean (International) Break: How Rowett Can Fix Stoke

This was supposed to be about Joe Allen. I had a series of gifs with some proper MNF lines and circles going on them, but I’ve revaluated mine and Joe’s relationship and decided it is a toxic one and it only gets worse the more I feed it; so this isn’t going to be about … Continue reading A Clean (International) Break: How Rowett Can Fix Stoke

Stoke City: An Ofsted Inspection

Mr P Coates Bet365 Stadium Stanley Matthews Way Stoke – on – Trent ST4 4EG   Dear Mr Peter Coates Following my recent viewing of Stoke City’s opening fixtures of the Skybet Championship 2018/19 Season, I write with my findings of our short inspection of the club. The Club requires improvement. Finance: Requires Improvement Inspectors … Continue reading Stoke City: An Ofsted Inspection

NEW POD: Teams Like Preston (+ Wigan Preview Pod)

To get new podcasts straight away on your device, hit subscribe on iTunes   The Wizards put calm heads on things after a very angry kind of weekend. We look at our main areas of concern, what Rowett is doing tactically, and suggest how to put things right. We also ask if we're all collectively … Continue reading NEW POD: Teams Like Preston (+ Wigan Preview Pod)