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BURNLEY take on Norwich City at Turf Moor on Saturday afternoon looking to propell themselves up to heights that could reach as far up as third in the Coca-Cola Championship pecking order come the close of play at 5pm.

  Young Belgian full-back Richie de Laethas joined Conference side Wrexham on a month long loan. The 20 year old, who joined Stoke from Royal Antwerp for £100,000 just over a year ago will go straight into the Welsh club’s squad to face Lewes tomorrow.
  De Laet turned down a loan move to League Two outfit Bournemouth in the Summer so it seems strange that he has now opted to p a division lower. While it is undoubtedly beneficial for young players to gain experience from spending time out on loan …

  Stoke’s young centre back Ryan Shotton has extended his loan stay at Tranmere Rovers into a third month. The 20 year old, who spent last season on loan at Conference outfit Altrincham, joined the League One side at the end of August and has already played twelve matches for them, scoring three goals, including a thirty yard screamer against Colchester.
  Meanwhile, eighteen year old midfielder Tom Thorley, who signed his first professional contract earlier this year has joined Conference North side Burscough on a month’s loan deal.

So the inevitable finally happened, and Senor Ramos was given the boot. Hardly surprising, given the teams diabolical start to the league season. Ramos is obviously a talented coach but he never really sparked in England, that Carling Cup win aside. For various reasons, Ramos was unable to get the best out of his players and you always got the unnerving feeling that he was often using players he had not chosen. In summary, it was like Ramos never had full control over what he was doing.

Into the Spaniard’s place, …

Ok, Sam Saunders has been voted your player of the month for the past 2 months.
Will he win it again.
October has been a mixed and busy month.
Here are the Daggers results
away to rochdale – won 2-0 (Benson, Richie)
away to Peterborough – won 1-0 (Nokkers)
home to Barnet – won 2-0 (Richie, Strevens)
home to Bury – lost 3-1 (Saunders)
away to Bounemouth – lost 2-1 (Nurse)
away to Darlington – lost 3-0
home to Grimsby – won 4-0 (Strevens 2, Benson, Arber)
Here are the 4 nominees
Sam Saunders – Had a very strong first half to …

  Sky Sports are reporting that Stoke and Middlesbrough are leading the chase for Rosenborg’s Ivorian forward Didier Konan Ya.
  The 24 year old made the move to the Norweigan side from ASEC Abidjan in his homeland where he played alongside household names Kolo and Yaya Toure, Didier Drogba, Saloman Kalou, Didier Zokora and Emmanuel Eboue in youth teams. Konan Ya, who can also play as an attacking midfielder or on either wing made 77 appearances for ASEC scoring eighteen goals from 2003 to 2006 when he moved to the Norweigan …

  Stoke claimed back to back home wins in the top flight for the first time since March 1984, and in doing so climbed out of the bottom three after beating Roy Keane’s Sunderland 1-0 at a chilly Britannia Stadium. Ricardo Fuller’s fourth strike of the season was the difference between the two teams in a match that was by no means a classic, but was surely a memorable one for Stokies.
  Tony Pulis opted to start with an unchanged line-up following sunday’s 3-0 defeat at Manchester City while roy …

I’ve not updated this site for a while, but I am now able to again and will continue with regular updates on all things Stoke City.

Thank God for the medium of writing, as I have lost my voice from screams of jubilation, as I watched the game of the season. It started off with the goal of the season, and arguably the goal of quite a few seasons. David Bentley showing his true colours, and where his loyalty lies, with a phenominal goal from 39 yards to put Spurs 1-0 up. But it wouldn’t be a North London derby if Arsenal didn’t come back, with the Gunners going on to lead 3-1. A mistake by …

“Arsenal Ladies would probably get a draw against Spurs”… well at least that’s the veiw, and more than public veiw, of Cesc Fabregas. But those comments could possibly bounce back at the midfielder, as he has pretty much given the Spurs team talk for Harry Redknapp. Don’t get me wrong, Kelly Smith would probably bang a few past Gomes, but that is exactly the sort of arrogence that Arsene Wenger would usually dismiss and look upon with scorn, when said by an opposition player.

This is thge sort of game that, …