Nathan Jones isn’t the messiah

Nathan Jones is a devout Christian who credits his faith with getting him through bad times. He has several religious tattoos on his body including praying hands and the crucifixion on his left bicep and forearm, Jesus Christ on his right bicep, and Michaelangelo's 'The Creation of Adam' across his back.[48] "It keeps you grounded. There's a lot … Continue reading Nathan Jones isn’t the messiah

Wizard’s Library – The Mixer by Michael Cox

In the first of a new series, Jase takes a look at Stoke City’s appearances in various football books. This week he tackles The Mixer, by Michael Cox. What is it? The book is called The Mixer by Michael Cox, described as “The Story of Premier League Tactics, from Route One to False Nines”. From … Continue reading Wizard’s Library – The Mixer by Michael Cox

Smith and Jones: The Waiting Game

Plucked from smaller, less fashionable southern clubs and thrown into cauldrons of expectation in the Midlands, Dean Smith and Nathan Jones face unenviable tasks in trying to restore their respective clubs to former glories. The appointments of Dean Smith and Nathan Jones at Aston Villa and Stoke City may signify a broader trend for football … Continue reading Smith and Jones: The Waiting Game

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