The Premier League Previews 2010/11, Part 14: Stoke City – Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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9 Responses

  1. Alec says:

    A really good, well balanced article, thanks for writing it.

    The only thing I disagree with is your suggestion that we might have to sell Tuncay to fund other deals. Our chairman Peter Coates has not had a problem with digging into his pockets since we were promoted and with us one of the very few Premier League clubs not in any debt, that seems likely to continue. That being said, Tuncay could well be sold for other reasons.

  2. Sokrates says:

    We are so many people so fond of ‘seem’? Why do things always seem rather than lending themselves to a positive or definite statement? Get your head down to basics like growing vegetables before thinking you have got something to say the world might be interested in reading.

  3. admin says:

    No offence, “Sokrates”, but I won’t be taking grammatical advice from anybody who structures and words a comment like that.

  4. MC says:

    Quite a well-balanced article; better than the usual drivel written about us. Glaring omission concerning Fuller though. I would say he has been our most influential player over the last three years (yes, more than Delap).

  5. Kenwyne says:

    Sixteenth, sixteenth? Stoke finished in eleventh last season, with an improved points total compared to the previous year.

    Outside of the top 6, lets see who spends more than Stoke in the transfer window. There won’t be many.

    Right, just off to sign my contract with the best run club in the Premiership!

    Gouranga. KJ

  6. Johnty Macquire says:

    The 16th refers to the Fair Play league.

  7. Kenwyne says:

    You’re right Johnty, sorry mon, its been a busy day for me!


  8. Ed. Anderson says:

    What I love about these articles is how well thought out they are. Effort is made to make them accurate rather than a lazy article to justify a newspaper article.
    Also, you don’t seem to mind responding when given stick which is always a laugh. Keep it up.

  1. August 11, 2010

    […] The Premier League Previews 2010/11, Part 14: Stoke City – Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder “It is a reflection of the financial rewards on offer in modern football that teams have to do what they have to do on the pitch in order to survive and that sometimes what they have to do isn’t that pretty. Stoke City’s promotion into the Premier League just over two years ago was something of surprise in itself and they were, accordingly, widely tipped – the point of unanimity – to drop straight back into the Football League. Two full seasons on, however, they are still there and without having to spend too much of that time worrying that much about getting relegated back. They’re not often that pretty to watch and there are plenty of purists that would like to see them crash and burn, but Stoke City are still in the Premier League, and it is likely that they still will be come the end of this season, too.” (twohundredpercent) […]

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