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June 15, 2012
Posted by James Whittaker on 06/15/2012

As I sit here watching the tabloids and fans alike whip themselves into a transfer window frenzy, I think back to this time last year and how the signings of two players led to a season to forget for the majority of Stoke fans.

May 16, 2012
Posted by James Whittaker on 05/16/2012

In a month that saw the news of our long time kit lady Winnie leaving, it was Ricardo Fuller who was hung out to dry as Pulis poked his finger in the eyes of the fans who dared to suggest he should be starting over the ever inept Walters.

May 9, 2012
Posted by James Whittaker on 05/09/2012

Insanity – Repeating the same mistakes and expecting different outcomes...

May 1, 2012
Posted by James Whittaker on 05/01/2012

In a game that saw little action for either goalie, it was the hilarious Wenger dance that livened up the crowds. Sadly the ever predictable Fleet Street contingent chose to concentrate on the boos that Ramsey received with lazy one liners on Twitter bereft of any context whatsoever that only sought to incite ignorant public outrage.

April 24, 2012
Posted by James Whittaker on 04/24/2012

We've been woeful most of the season and bar our European adventure and a few league games, I'd say this is as bad as we have been since our return to the top flight.

January 24, 2012
Posted by James Whittaker on 01/24/2012

It was a case of the script being written before a ball was kicked as the manager decided a game at home against a team well below us who haven't beaten us in years somehow equated to a right hand side comprising a useless Woodgate and a struggling Shotton.

January 17, 2012
Posted by James Whittaker on 01/17/2012

Taking points away from home is starting to become a welcome habit for us of late, could it be that the manager has finally found a way of playing that will put a smile on the faces of our travelling contingent or is it just a case of fine margins?

October 4, 2011
Posted by James Whittaker on 10/04/2011

In a game where we finished with a right back at left back, a centre half at right back, a striker on the left wing and a right back on the right wing, questions must be asked of our tactics away from home and the failings of the club in the transfer market.

September 22, 2011
Posted by James Whittaker on 09/22/2011

Selling Tuncay was one of the most controversial moves of Tony Pulis’ Stoke career - in a side crying out for a bit of flair and creativity, there was a lot of supporter unrest following the mercurial Turk’s sale. Even now, Tunny’s name is often brought up as we struggle to replace him and the spark he brought to the side.

September 1, 2011
Posted by James Whittaker on 09/01/2011

What a week it has been, in between an amazing European victory and the close of the transfer window we have seen an airmile tastic group draw, a win over West Brom (standard), a deadline day haul of over £20m worth of talent and a nasty bout of food poisoning for yours truly.

June 6, 2011
Posted by James Whittaker on 06/06/2011

As the season shuts it door on another thrilling campaign for the Potters, I look back over some of the highs and lows of the last nine months and look ahead to what looks like a busy summer as we plan for our European tour.

April 11, 2011
Posted by James Whittaker on 04/11/2011

Wembley fever has well and truly hit the Potteries and now the Spurs game is out of the way we can all concentrate fully on the task in hand on what we’re all hoping will be an amazing day out at the Twin Towers.

March 2, 2011
Posted by James Whittaker on 03/02/2011

Stoke stumbled their way to a draw after another inept home display that left many shaking their heads in frustration and wondering when we’ll start seeing some more positive play from a team seemingly bereft of any attacking intent not involving a 60 yard punt or howitzer from the sidelines.

October 19, 2010
Posted by James Whittaker on 10/19/2010

...and another for everyone else it seems as Arsenal picked up their 3rd Red Card of the Season to leave Wenger’s cheeks much the same colour as he faced yet more calls of hypocrisy given his outspoken stance on the very same issue the latest card punished, ironically even commenting on it in the game's programme notes.

October 8, 2010
Posted by James Whittaker on 10/08/2010

So, Danny Murphy is the latest saint to do the World a favour by trying to rid the game of bad tackles. Murphy joins Wenger in his myopic pursuit of playing the beautiful game without contact, but perhaps Mr Murphy should look at himself before criticising his fellow professionals.

James Whittaker James Whittaker is a football writer and ardent Stoke fan. Having moved to Leeds as a youngster his father refused to take him to his local Championship winning side and instead insisted he chose the Third Division team of his forefathers, Stoke City. Since then there has been no looking back and having been brought up on a diet of Dave Rowson, Kyle Lightbourne and John Gayle, is now embracing the dizzy heights of the top flight for the first time in his life. Fiercely loyal, though always welcoming sensible chat and debate, you can find him on Twitter @ESPN_Stoke

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