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Match Of The Week 2: Stoke City 2-1 West Ham United

Seriousness versus frivolity. Aesthetics versus the dour practicality of not having the money to be able to spend on the very best players in the world. It has felt this season as if there is a new schism opening up in football. It now feels as if there is a type of football that is…

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March 13, 2011
Ian

FA Cup Replay: Cardiff City 0-2 Stoke City (AET)

One of the sure-fire signs of the arrival of the New Year, along with even guiltier than usual looking smokers, piles of reduced Thorntons chocolate reindeer and streets littered with sad looking, decaying Christmas Trees is that January is the season for the annual obituaries for the FA Cup. This annual debate is unlikely to…

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January 18, 2011
Ian

Match Of The Midweek: Stoke City 2-1 Aston Villa

With three losses from their opening three matches, Stoke City have a problem. Their third season back in the Premier League has begun with three losses and it is only the dismal form of West Ham United that is keeping them off the bottom of the Premier League table, although there is an element of…

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September 13, 2010
Ian

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…

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August 10, 2010
Ian

How Ben Foster Highlights The Farce Of The Loan System

Ben Foster has made news today by becoming the first player to openly criticise the Manchester United fans’ Green and Gold campaign to oust the Glazer family. However, something more surprising struck me in the Daily Telegraph’s report. Ben Foster is 27 years old. Who else realised that? Seemingly seen as one of the young…

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May 22, 2010
Ian

The Accidental Death Of A Blackburn Rovers Supporter

A Blackburn Rovers supporter died at the weekend after an incident that looks increasingly as if it was horseplay gone wrong. This, however, doesn’t mean that there hasn’t been an increasingly deteriorating atmosphere at Blackburn away matches this season.

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February 8, 2010
Ian

Match Of The Week 2: Stoke City 3-1 Arsenal

Chelsea and Manchester City are the only two clubs left in this year’s FA Cup with anything like a realistic chance of winning it after Arsenal lost at Stoke this afternoon. Was last week’s press gushing about them a little premature?

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January 24, 2010
Ian
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