ICG90

Impassioned Scottish football fan, more precisely Rangers and Peterhead... The Stoke City writer around here... Although i'm more of a Fulham man. @ICG90 on twitter.

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Stoke City | One year on..

Stoke City | One year on..

Stoke finished off a hectic week of football with a 1-0 win over Everton, after successfully seeing off Blackburn the previous weekend and holding Dynamo Kyiv to a 1-1 draw to secure qualification for the last 32 of the Europa League. After a dodgy couple of results against QPR and Bolton, Stoke fans are once again over the moon, and with the club sitting 8th in the EPL table, things are beginning to look up for the Potters once again. …
Stoke Stats | Things can only get better, right?

Stoke Stats | Things can only get better, right?

People are forever saying stats in football are meaningless. That it’s what happens on the day that counts. Well, coincidence or not, Stoke’s continuing poor form coincides with some very poor stats. The 3-2 loss to QPR at the weekend has not only set Stoke back to 14th in the table, with 12 points from 12 games, but also means their goal difference is the 19th worst in the league – only Wigan, with -13 have worse. Many said Stoke …
Pass the sick bag, Tony | Stoke City

Pass the sick bag, Tony | Stoke City

A reverse of the FA cup semi-final result from last year left Stoke fans crying onto their laptops and through their twitter accounts. 5-0 against the bottom team in the league? Horrendous. An abomination. Pulis must go… no, just change. But to be fair to Bolton, they’re a much better team than their position suggests – in fact, any of the bottom 12 teams could just have easily have found themselves in the same position, such are the similarities in …
Good, but not good enough? | Stoke City

Good, but not good enough? | Stoke City

Before Stoke dive back in Europa League action tonight, let’s take a look back at Newcastle’s visit to the Britannia, and a look forward to their trip to the Reebok Stadium to face out of form Bolton. Despite the disappointing scoreline, Stoke managed to impress in terms of the statistics. They out did Newcastle in almost every area of the park, looked solid overall – but as is almost always the case, the better Stoke play on paper, the worse …
Stoke City Weekly Roundup

Stoke City Weekly Roundup

So two losses and a win in the space of the week leaves Stoke fans in a semi-positive mood going into the Monday night  fixture at home to Newcastle United. As each game passes, the fans seem to be getting more and more optimistic about their team’s chances – which can only be a good thing for the club. Currently 9th in the league, averaging 1.3 points per game after 9 games and more than holding their own in Europe, …
Stoke | Bounce-back-ability

Stoke | Bounce-back-ability

Stoke bounced back from their 2-0 defeat to Swansea two weeks ago with a convincing 2-0 home win over Fulham. Despite the hype around Fulham’s 6-0 win against QPR last time out, Stoke never looked in trouble. But as usual, the question is – was this a solid, gritty Stoke performance, or will the stats show, not for the first time, that Stoke are capable of dominating in attack? 15/10/2011 Britannia Stadium, Stoke Stoke City – Begovic; Wilson, Upson (Yellow), …
Stoke City vs Fulham - Preview

Stoke City vs Fulham - Preview

3 days after Christmas 2010, Stoke anticipated Fulham like estranged cousins to the Britannia Stadium, hoping their gift wasn’t quite as nice as the one the Cottagers brought for them. Alas, it wasn’t to be, as they fell to a 2-0 defeat against the side from Craven Cottage. Two early goals from full back Chris Baird proved enough to put Stoke to the sword. Was it as one sided as the scoreline suggests? Or did Stoke manage to keep up …
Stoke City | Another Hangover Pulis?

Stoke City | Another Hangover Pulis?

Another European hangover was in order from Stoke. After last week’s draw against Manchester United, Stoke were brought back down to earth with a loss at home to an impressive Swansea side. By all accounts a draw might have been a fair result, but football isn’t fair. The stats, as always, will be analysed right here. 02/10/2011 Liberty Stadium, Swansea Attendance – 19,523 Referee – Michael Jones Swansea – Vorm; Monk, Rangel, Williams, Taylor (Yellow); Dyer, Gower (Yellow), Allen, Routledge …
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