The Top 5 Conclusions from Stoke City 1-1 Sunderland 25.04.15

1)   Plan B reveals its strengths and weaknesses again

A draw that leaves neither side satisfied, this was quite the buzzkill after last weekend’s (slightly unconvincing) return to winning ways. Some Stokies were daring to predict a champagne afternoon with a winning margin of three or four goals. Frankly they should’ve known better. Continue reading

The Top 5 Conclusions from West Brom 1-0 Stoke City 14.03.15

1)  Pulis hits our Achilles heel once again

Did anybody not see this coming? In spite of a run of just two league defeats since Christmas, in spite of the Hawthorns hoodoo, this had 1-0 West Brom written through it like a stick of rock from the moment a familiar face from Newport became the unlikeliest incumbent of the Albion hotseat in recent memory. Continue reading

The Top 5 Conclusions from Newcastle 1-1 Stoke City 08.02.15

1)  Justice snatched from the grip of a shafting

Late goals have become increasingly rare beasts in Stoke City games this season. Before last weekend, we hadn’t scored a goal in the last 10 minutes since Ryan Shawcross one-yard screamer at Hull in the campaign’s second weekend. Continue reading

The Top 5 Conclusions from Stoke City 3-1 QPR 31.01.15

1)  Nervy and unconvincing, but the best team won

How sweet is it to actually kill off a game definitively? It’s the kind of thing that Stoke City rarely seem to manage – usually, when we’re not playing especially well and under the cosh, we either just about get away with it, or we blow it. Continue reading

The Top 5 Conclusions from Leicester City 0-1 Stoke City 17.01.15


1)  September is avenged

Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. Stoke learned their lesson from their home humbling at the hands (paws?) of the Foxes earlier in the season, winning by the exact same scoreline on a crisp January afternoon at the Walkers Stadium (sorry). Continue reading

The New Boys: Philipp Wollscheid

Bravery is an important quality in a centre half, and it’s one that Philipp Wollscheid has shown plenty of before he even kicked a ball in Stoke City colours – just by moving to a country that can and will freely and easily distort his surname should he not measure up on the field. Continue reading