"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
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
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?
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
As Will Grigg rolled in the penalty that put Wigan into a three-goal lead, those of a red and white allegiance experienced an odd kind of unified despair that is unique to football. Who can blame us? Stoke fans had witnessed just under an hour of absolute dross and many had quite appropriately decided that … Continue reading Quantifying the brilliance of Ryan Woods
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?
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
A Week In Red, White & Purple September 22nd, 2018 4:30pm. We reach my dad’s car in one of the industrial car parks outside the Bet365, having opted to leave on 70 mins whilst Stoke trailed Blackburn by 3 goals. I check my phone, it’s 3-2. We pull away from the ground, messages fly in, … Continue reading Embrace The Chaos
It's hard for me to be objective about Bojan. Since his arrival in 2014, he's probably been my favourite Stoke player - as much as I still have 'favourite players' anymore. Nonetheless, I've been his biggest advocate, criticising Stoke managers for his non-selection, defending his perceived weaknesses and campaigning for his inclusion in the side. … Continue reading With Bojan’s career at a crossroads, Rowett must use him or lose him
You could forgive Radio Stoke for the couple of seconds of dead air that followed Gary Rowett’s stormy set-to with Nigel Johnson on Saturday, but it felt like minutes went by before Lee Blakeman resumed hosting duties. In an age of banal, almost scripted post-match interviews, Rowett’s tirade in the wake of Stoke’s 3-2 home … Continue reading Rowett’s explosive interview leaves more questions than answers