Gordon Banks, 1937-2019

Please forgive me if this fails to do the man justice, as it inevitably will. It is a black morning for English football. We have lost a giant. Not only did one of the game's greatest players leave us, we also lost a kind, gentle, humble and thoroughly decent man. A greater ambassador for Stoke … Continue reading Gordon Banks, 1937-2019

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Stop. F*****g. Booing.

Passing backwards, that’s a booin’. Losing at half time, that’s a booin’. Losing at full time, oh you better believe that’s a booin’. A binary thought process seems to have settled over the club, there appears to absolutely no nuance to the way in which matches are viewed. Passing forwards, winning matches – good; passing … Continue reading Stop. F*****g. Booing.

Shine on you Crazy Diamond: Nathan Jones’ footballing philosophy and Stoke City

“I think we play a brave style of football. I think the areas we ask them to play when pressured – it doesn’t matter what the opposition do to us we ask them to keep doing things that we do in training. When it’s difficult and when there’s 10,000 fans wanting you to score – … Continue reading Shine on you Crazy Diamond: Nathan Jones’ footballing philosophy and Stoke City

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