Tag:FA Cup
Posted on: April 19, 2011 12:25 am

Stoke City's remaining games and season review.

Actually, when one looks at the Relegation picture, even the Blues, Birmingham City aren't quite out of the woods as they have a hard schedule. But let's look at the Potters remaining games. Stoke are currently at 38 points like Fulham, Sunderland and Birmingham.

4/23 @Aston Villa
4/26 Wolverhampton
4/30 @Blackpool

Look at that. About 3 games in a week's time. FA Cup has caused them to play a lot of games in a short period. Likewise again, the Carling Cup has done the same to Birmingham.

5/8 Arsenal
5/14 FA Cup vs. Man City at Wembley. (non-league game)
5/17 @Man City
Can you believe that??? They play them again 3 days later.
5/22 Wigan

A lot of football to be played.

Now, I thought I'd briefly go through their PL season.

Wolverhampton 2-1 Stoke L
Stoke 1-2 Spurs  L
Chelsea 2-0 Stoke L
3 Losses to start the season. Ouch.

Stoke City 2-1 Aston Villa W
Stoke 1-1 West Ham D
Newcastle 1-2 Stoke W
Stoke 1-0 Fulham W

Now 4 losses in a row in league play.

Bolton 2-1 Stoke L
Stoke 1-2 Man Utd. L
Lose to West Ham in the League Cup 3-1 L
Everton 1-0 Stoke L
Sunderland 2-0 Stoke L

And now a brief run.

Stoke 3-2 Birmingham W
Stoke 2-0 Liverpool W
West Brom 0-3 Stoke W
Stoke 1-1 Man City D
Wigan 2-2 Stoke D

Comment, I think this is the 2nd straight year where Stoke has gotten way down in the standings and then, when you don't expect it, they make a comeback. Surely, they spent some time in the bottom part of the table.

Stoke 0-1 Blackpool L
Blackburn 0-2 Stoke W
Stoke 0-2 Fulham L
Stoke 2-0 Everton W
Man Utd. 2-1 Stoke L
Stoke 2-0 Bolton W
Fulham 2-0 Stoke L
Liverpool 2-0 Stoke L
Stoke 3-2 Sunderland W
Birmingham 1-0 Stoke L
Arsenal 1-0 Stoke L
Stoke 1-1 West Brom D
West Ham 3-0 Stoke L
Stoke 4-0 Newcastle W
Stoke 1-1 Chelsea D
Spurs 3-2 Stoke L

But of course, some FA Cup wins, the last over Bolton Sunday. This year, obviously they have been up and down every other week.

Posted on: April 18, 2011 11:43 pm
Edited on: April 19, 2011 12:48 am

Stoke City, the FA Cup and Hooliganism.

Stoke City, was the team of the legendary player Sir Stanley Matthews. If anyone ever gets a chance to read the book "The way it was" it will be worth your time, in spite of being nearly 700 pages long.  Sir Stan did spend some time playing for of all teams, Blackpool as well. The book tells you truly how Sir Stan came up and played during the '30s, '40s and '50s. Even Pele has praised Sir Stanley Matthews so I guess he was very good. I had to read about him, he seems to be such a legend but from what I can tell, not exactly with Babe Ruth status as I previously thought. Maybe more along the lines of Mickey Mantle to make a comparison with American Sports. There's also a lot in the Sir Stan book about playing for the early England teams and back then, the biggest games England played were often the "Home Nations" games especially against Scotland who were awesome themselves.

And one other note on Stoke City, every once in awhile I guess I get an itch to read a Hooligan book. The Naughty 40 indeedee is good as far as that genre of books go. Crazy stuff.

Curiously, I find myself reading a thread on hooliganism at the "Ready To Go" Sunderland forum: http://www.readytogo.net/smb/showth
read.php?t=577223&page=6  .

I haven't read a lot of Hooligan books but I'd say the rowdiest of the Hooligans I've read about probably were the Zulu army of Birmingham AND of course, Millwall. Radical. Mark Chester wrote the majority of the  Naughty Forty with some parts written by other hooligans involved in the antics. Though we are talking about England and Mark Chester served in the Royal Navy as well, I get the impression that these guys lived in a rough hard world, sometimes a very sad world too. Kudos to Mark, I've even exchanged email with the Bloke. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Naughty-Sto
is the book and here's Mark's website: http://www.mark-chester.co.uk/ . The Naughty 40 was the name of the gang, 40 strong. Drop Mark a line should you care to, top man. I think he even suffered from addiction. He's had to endure quite a bit. I was to shy to write him a lot of stuff, meditation, all kinds of things. He's well rounded.

Other books one might read like Bill Gardner's and Cass Elliot's West Ham stories might say things like "There were 3 of us and 20 of them, but we held 'em off", I don't know, it's all about standing your ground but the Naughty 40 stories seem to be more authentic. One can look up Mark Chester on the web. His site is about stopping football and hooligan violence.

Football forums are all over the web. It is interesting though, concerning the FA Cup, our Sunderland friends http://www.readytogo.net/smb/showth
begrudgingly show some admiration for what the Stokies did. On the other hand, the KUMB.com, that is the Knees Up Mother Brown West Ham forum has the Londoners, make that Cockneys talking it all down. Hey, Stoke City won 5-0. Anyone who does that, deserves some respect. Along with West Ham, Portsmouth, we have seen quite a few of the smaller teams making it to the FA Cup Final. Cockneys, Geordies, funny reading the bitterness between all these folk.

 Congrats to Stoke City.

Anyone who begrudges Stoke a place at Wembley is a plank.

Isn't this what the FA Cup used to be all about?

I hope they win.

They don't play football that I like but so edit:(what) ? They play to their strengths, have a game plan and are disciplined enough to carry it out. I wish we could.

Pulis has done a great job there, Stoke have been in the doldrums for decades.
Read more: http://www.readytogo.net/smb/showth

A heavily Brit/Home countries/Irish team as well though Blackpool might be more so. Couldn't find a real good forum on them though, maybe I didn't look enough. The Sunderland forum is a live wire for footy fans.

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