Stoke City/Chelsea - DejaVu?

Stoke City/Chelsea - DejaVu?

The second bore draw of the opening weekend of the EPL went down at the Britannia Stadium as Chelsea were held by Stoke City. The same fixture last season gave us a 1-1 draw, with Chelsea in the driving seat throughout, and Stoke being the solid outfit we’ve come to expect of them. Was it the same story this time round? Or did Stoke turn the tables and dominate the Pensioners this time around? Stoke City FC – Begovic; Wilson …
Are Stoke the most Scottish team in England?

Are Stoke the most Scottish team in England?

Whenever I watch Stoke play, I can’t help but kicking my TV set to ensure I’m not watching St Mirren – Aberdeen or Motherwell – Kilmarnock. There’s no one thing I can put my finger on, it’s a mixture of different things. Stoke play like the teams I watch every weekend, whether it be in the SPL, Irn Bru Scottish Third Division, or the Highland league. Only Dundee United and Celtic, in recent times, have bucked the stereotypical Scottish style …
Stoke City - Europa League | Who are FC Thun?

Stoke City - Europa League | Who are FC Thun?

I've seen FC Thun play once. A 1-0 win against Hamburg in the 3rd round of the 2005/2006 UEFA Cup. All I can say about Switzerland is, well, it's cold. Freezing cold. I’ve only been to four ground that have been colder, and they’re all on the North Sea. But this isn't the same team, after suffering relegation in 2007/2008, and subsequently gaining promotion 2 years later, there is barely a recognisable face in the team. In fact, their only …
Freebies | From the Hammers to the Brittania?

Freebies | From the Hammers to the Brittania?

What do Sol Campbell, John Carew, Marcus Bent, James McFadden, Bolo Zenden and Jason Koumas have in common? Apart from being decent squad players at the very least, they are all available, right now, at a fee of absolutely nothing Add to this list, Matthew Upson and Thomas Hitzlsperger, as well as former frees Kieron Dyer, Daniel Gabbidon – all formerly of West Ham, and you have the potential for a decent team. Never before has there been such an influx of quality players into the market at the same time, and it …
Stoke City vs Chelsea - What can be learned?

Stoke City vs Chelsea - What can be learned?

The beginning of April this year, at the Britannia Stadium, Stoke v’s Chelsea. 97 minutes came and went, and what did we get. Chelsea dominating, Stoke staying strong, and one goal apiece. Should Chelsea have won? Were Stoke lucky, or just very good? Of course, the answers to these questions are in stats… Stoke City Line Up – Begovic; Wilson, Huth, Shawcross, Higginbotham; Pennent, Delap, Whelan, Etherington; Walters (Yellow) (Goal), Jones. Chelsea Line Up – Cech; Bosingwa (Yellow), Terry, David …
The Stoke City Rumour Mill

The Stoke City Rumour Mill

After a quick start to transfer window, with Liverpool and Manchester United making the big moves, things have settled down into a predictable pattern in England – Tevez wanting away, rumours of Drogba going every which way, and Adebayor annoying yet somebody else – or simply not being good enough. Stoke City have had a relatively quiet summer thus far, with their only signing being Jonathon Woodgate on a pay as you play deal from Tottenham, while releasing 3 players …
Jones Vs Walters (Vs Huth?!)

Jones Vs Walters (Vs Huth?!)

Stoke City only scored 46 goals last season. Champions Manchester United scored 78. 12th placed Newcastle United scored 56. Blackpool, who were relegated in 19th, scored 55. If the EPL stats show anything, it’s that goals are important than clean sheets. Kenwyne Jones ran away with the accolade of top Stoke goalscorer on 9 goals, while Jon Walters and Robert Huth – yes, the former Chelsea and Middlesbrough centre back Robert Huth, both finished on 6 goals. Compared to these, …
Stoke City Season Review 2010/2011

Stoke City Season Review 2010/2011

So after Stokes third season in the English Premier League, a comfortable 13th place finish, an FA Cup final appearance and qualification for the Europa League, it could be said that they had a pretty successful season. Indeed, if my team played in any major league apart from the SPL, I would be quite happy with that performance as well. But that’s not long enough for a statistical blog, so let’s delve into the finer points of their season. First …
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