Embrace The Chaos

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

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With Bojan’s career at a crossroads, Rowett must use him or lose him

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

Rowett’s explosive interview leaves more questions than answers

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

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