This weekend it is Monday night football for the Potters with or without a new Manager – time will of course tell. The daunting task awaits of trying to get a struggling team to pick up some points away to Manchester United. We have indeed been selected for live Sky TV coverage as we look to entertain the nation.
The Red Devil’s currently find themselves in second place on 47 points trailing their City rivals from Beswick by a huge 15 points. United are unbeaten in 5 having won 2 and drawn 3 and will of course be looking to take 3 points on Monday. Their supporters are currently frustrated at recent performances which has prompted away fans and the alike to sing about “ Parking the bus “. Let’s hope they stutter against us on Monday.
Away tickets are priced at £30 for adults, £22.50 for 18-20 year olds, £15 for 16-17 year olds / over 65’s and £10 for under 16’s. We have been allocated 1912 tickets including 12 wheelchair places and we will be housed in the East Stand corner. The free and official coaches will depart the Bet 365 at 1630hrs.
Google maps have advised that the Bet 365 is 47 miles from Old Trafford and should take you 1hr and 17 mins by car. There are a number of potential routes to take including the M6 north and the M56. The A34 or even the A523 are further options as well as picking up the A6 through Stockport – we would recommend the M6. Parking provision is pretty lousy near to the Stadium, you will probably pay over the odds to use a car park.
There are plenty of train services from Stoke on Trent to Manchester Piccadilly and this takes around 33 minutes on the best services (Virgin and Cross Country etc). The last train home leaves just after 11 pm from Manchester. From Piccadilly you can take the tram to Old Trafford which should take around 10 mins. Alternatively you could pay a bit more for a taxi or even walk it in about 40 minutes. After the game the tram will be very busy (back into the City) which can mean a bit of a wait, alternatively you can try and get a bus which are situated at the top of the Matt Busby Way. Be quick though as they fill up fast as United get around 75 thousand supporters for every home fixture.
A pre match drink can be a bit of a challenge especially the pubs near to the Stadium. You simply will not get in if you have any away colours on. Your best bet for a pre match pint would be in Manchester itself however that may not be practical for all. Failing that you can always go to the ground and enjoy a drink and a pie in the concourse. Foot long sausage rolls are priced at £4 and Rollover hot dogs are £4.40 !. There are a number of fast food outlets and shops at the top of the Matt Busby Way along with a Tesco outlet for better value.
We have been advised that the local Police are as fan friendly as any around the country, but would be quick to act should anyone become disorderly. They always have plenty on duty for their home fixtures.
Is it realistic to think we can get something at Old Trafford given our current form and the fact we are Manager less? Dam right it is ladies and gents. Time to batten down the hatches, support our lads like we’ve never supported them before and together we can get out of this mess.
See you Monday. Come on Stoke.
By James Lockett
So, as hard as it is at the moment following our beloved Stoke City, the show must go on as they say. On Saturday we take a break from the Premier League as we travel to Coventry City for our FA Cup fixture.
At present we have sold over 3000 away tickets which are priced at a reasonable £22 for adults and a fiver for kids. We will be located in the South Stand which is behind the goal. So far, the Coventry supporters have sold just 9500 home tickets suggesting that this fixture has not really caught the imagination of the locals!
On Tuesday evening we travel to Turf Moor, in what has to be a do or die fixture for our beleaguered Manager Mark Hughes. With temperatures forecast to drop below freezing, can the Potters inject some warmth into us all? Well with 3 defeats in our last 4 games the mood is not so good at all.
Burnley in contrast are 7th in the table and doing incredibly well. Their popular gaffer Sean Dyche has turned Turf Moor into a fortress. They have 28 points from 16 games, just 2 points shy of those Champions league places. Imagine that!
So the next location on the road will need no introduction as the lads head South tomorrow to the famous and iconic Wembley Stadium. As we all know Tottenham Hotspur currently play their home games at Wembley whilst White Hart Lane is being re-developed into a 61 thousand state of the art all seater Stadium. This is due to be ready for the 2018/19 season and will be slightly bigger than the Emirates Stadium which has a capacity of 60 thousand – we are reliably informed that White Hart Lane was designed to be deliberately bigger !
Spurs currently sit in 6th position on 25 points some 18 points adrift of the runaway leaders Manchester City. Spurs were indeed widely tipped for an assault on the title itself but appear to be stumbling along at present and are certainly off the required pace for that. Spurs have not won in the previous 4 Premier League games prior to tomorrow (2 wins and 2 draws) therefore arguably this is a good time to play them. Famous last words…..
Well I’ve only just recovered from my Brighton jollies only to get back on the road just 5 days later. Indeed games are now coming thick and fast as we enter a critical few weeks of the season.
It is also another long journey, this time to South London to play Crystal Palace. Google maps advises the quickest road journey to be some 176 miles taking 4 hours and 13 mins via the M4. Obviously the free official coaches are the best value but if you can afford it, I would recommend the train. Stoke to London Euston (1 hr 30 mins), the underground to Victoria (using the Victoria Line (blue) – 15 mins), before catching another train to either Selhurst, Thornton Heath or Norwood Junction (15 mins).
Looking forward to our match with Palace this weekend we spoke to Sam from The Eagles Beak.
1. Going into this current season, we’re you excited with de Boer at the helm?
A. It was great. We had a legendary former Dutch international in charge, a disciple of Johan Cruyff’s ‘total football’ methods. We were promised a more aesthetic style of football and a summer overhaul. We were going the whole season unbeaten and de Boer was already on course to have his own statue in the car park outside the main stand. We got ahead of ourselves.
Monday 20th November 2017 – Brighton and Hove Albion v Stoke City.
Since gaining promotion from the Championship last season Brighton will be delighted with their start to life in the Premier League. They currently sit in 8th position having amassed 15 points from their first 11 fixtures. Their gaffer Chris Hughton is clearly doing a great job as they look to add to their current 4 game unbeaten run.
A player to watch is a 34 year old centre forward called Glenn Murray who has netted 4 times in the last 3 games – his last coming in a 1-0 away victory at Swansea. Having watched Brighton destroy West Ham recently (on Sky) at the Olympic Stadium, they appear very well organised defensively and are clearly grafting hard as a team. We will certainly need to be on our game if we are to come away with a positive result.
It’s back, it’s been a long summer but the Premier League finally gets underway. The opening weekend sees us going up against Everton at Goodison Park.
Everton were active during the summer in regards to transfers. Their star man Lukaku was sold to Manchester United for £90 million and Gerard Deulofeu returned to Barcalona for £10.5 million. Losing these two attacking players shouldn’t hinder Everton too much, in the long-run, as the return of Wayne Rooney and purchase of Dutch legend, Davy Klassen should provide an opportunity for Everton to change to a new tactic and style.
Lukaku scored 25 goals for Everton last season, with Ross Barkley coming in second with only 5. The loss of his services will be felt during the first weeks of the season. Meaning Stoke should capitalize on a loss of fluidity for Everton. However, the recent signing of Jordan Pickford, from Sunderland for £30 million, will provide Everton with the chance to concede less goals than in the previous campaign.
Well we’re back. It may not be competitive but Stoke are back on the pitch for preseason.
The lads have headed to Switzerland for a training camp ahead of the 17/18 season. Fans will be watching the preseason closely after what was a disappointing end to last season. With new arrivals and players leaving, Mark Hughes needs to build a squad that’s able to compete for a Europa League spot and make sure our pre-season effectively finishes before the season starts, and not one month in.
We are facing Neuchatel Xamax at the Tissot Arena, for those not being able to travel, Stoke will be live streaming the game on their website.
Well it’s here, the final game of the season. We travel south to St. Mary’s Stadium to face Southampton.
Ending what has been a disappointing season, to say the least, will be a relief for many Stoke fans as the calls for Hughes’ head intensifies. The Potters find themselves sitting in a low 14th and a win can only push them to 11th, with that also depending on the results of the teams above in the table. Mark has failed to any achieve his objectives and the minimum expectations of the fans.