Archive for February, 2020

Big Sleep Out 2020

Last night 250 people slept out at the bet365 Stadium raising money for for the Stoke City Community Trust.

The money raised will be redistributed by the trust to the homeless charities in Stoke on trent.

Though the night wasn’t as cold as previous Big Sleep outs, it’s still not the way you’d choice to spend your nights. Thankfully 99% of those at the event can choose to sleep that way, unfortunately 1% were actual homeless people who in the future will benefit in some way from the money raised. Don’t forget they don’t choose to sleep on the streets.

A few Ex Stoke players made an appearance, with Ricardo Fuller, Mama Sidibe & Liam Lawrence showing support before attending another charity night in the Waddington Suite.

Liam Lawrence with Adrian Oldfield of Tollgate hotel & Leisure

Next Saturday when you go watch Stoke Nate a thought for those that gave up their beds for the night in the name of charity.

My bed for the night

Congratulations to SCFC community trust for arranging and organising the event alongside PREMmanagement, Sponsors Tollgate hotel & Leisure & the Royal Air Force.

Stoke do it again

Great News once again

Stoke for the 13th year in a row have frozen the price of season tickets.

Tickets will go on sale on March 6th at the early bird price starting at £294.

Away coach Travel

The free away travel continues for another year at least but with one alteration, only season ticket holders will be allowed to use the official free coaches

Word from Tony Scholes

“We remain committed to making watching football at the bet365 Stadium as affordable as possible – particularly for families – and are delighted to confirm a price freeze on Season Cards for the 13th successive year.

“We also feel that Season Card holders should be rewarded for their loyalty and so, after discussions with our Supporters Council, we have looked at, and significantly enhanced, the benefits package they receive.”

Benefits of season card 

  • Season Card holders will have the chance to snap up an official Macron 2020/21 home and away shirt with an exclusive 10% off from their release until the end of August.
  • Season Card holders will also have the opportunity to buy up to five discounted tickets for friends and family for at least one league game at the bet365 Stadium during the 20/21 season (chosen at the Club’s discretion).
  • What’s more, they can take advantage of 20% off tickets for all cup games played at the bet365 Stadium played during the 20/21 campaign.
  • Season Card holders are also entitled to free entry to all home games played by our U23 and Women’s sides.

Squeaky bum time at the bottom

Match Preview: Stoke versus Luton

Stoke have had two good games this week already and hope for another versus Luton on Saturday. Unfortunately the 4 points and two clean sheets Stoke have achieved this week have been outdone by the side below us, meaning the game versus Luton has got added pressure on it.

History versus Luton


Saturday’s game v Luton will the just the 44th meeting between the sides.


Stoke wins 18
Draws 14
Luton wins 11


Recent history over last 10 games


Stoke wins 6
Draws 2
Luton wins 2


In fact Stoke have won eleven of the last 15 meetings


Last meeting


The last meeting was back in December, at the start of the season many Stoke fan had this game highlighted as one to watch as it should of pitted Stoke manager Nathan Jones with his former club. Unfortunately for Nathan and fortunately for Stoke, he was sacked the month before. Stoke dominated the game & scored 3 goals with McClean and an Allen Brace.


Form


Stoke


Blackburn 0-0 Stoke
Stoke 2-0 Cardiff
QPR 4-2 Stoke


Luton

Luton 2-1 Brentford
Charlton 3-1 Luton
Middlesbrough 0-1 Luton


League position


Luton sit bottom of the league but 3 wins from the last 4 games have put them back in touch with safety. Luton are just 5 points below Stoke, getting a win would be massive for Both sides.


Player to watch out for


Striker James Collins is probably Luton’s main threat with his 10 goals & 3 assists this season. In midfield Luton have Isaiah Brown who has 6 assists to his name.

What do you expect from the game v Luton? 

Unpredictable Championship

Just what have Stoke to do to pull away from the bottom 3.


This season has shown more than most that the Championship is the most unpredictable & competitive league in the world, anyone can beat anyone. 

Only a week ago Stoke were looking in a strong position with a small gap opening up against the sides in the Bottom 3, now after amazing results for Barnsley, Wigan & Luton who Stoke have still yet to play, we are now back only one point above the relegation zone.


Stoke’s next 6 games are against all the sides around us, funnily enough the sides just above us are in free fall where as those bellow is are in great form.


Just how many points can Stoke get from these 6 games 


Luton, Away, 24th in the league
Hull, Home? 17th in the league
Reading, Away? 16th in the league
Middlesbrough, Home? 21st in league
Wigan, Away? 22nd in league
Barnsley, Home? 23rd in league


I’m going with 10 points, what do you think?

Up next Blackburn

Match Preview: Stoke versus Blackburn

Stoke’s convincing win over Cardiff, who just like Blackburn were another team who are in good form has once again give the Stoke fans belief we can get something from Ewood Park. However this is Stoke & we know that consistency is needed to see us climb the league especially with those in the bottom 3 matching our results keeping us in trouble.

 History versus Blackburn


Wednesdays nights fixture will be the 96th meeting between the two side, Blackburn have slightly edged the results so far


Stoke wins 36
Draws 15
Blackburn wins 44


Recent history over last 10 games


Stoke wins 6
Draws 0
Blackburn wins 4


Though Stoke have won 6 of the last ten games v Blackburn, they have only won 1 of the last 5


Last meeting


The last meeting was back in November when Blackburn were the visitors to the bet365 Stadium and ran out 2-1 winners. Stoke started slowly in the game & didn’t really come alive till the second half where we created far more chances but were unable to take them.


Form


Stoke


Stoke2-0 Cardiff
QPR 4-2 Stoke
Stoke 0-2 Preston

Blackburn

Brentford 2-2 Blackburn
Charlton 0-2 Blackburn

Blackburn 3-0 Hull 


League position


Blackburn currently are 8th in the league & challenging for the playoffs. They are 14points ahead of the Potters 


Player to watch out for


One player that springs to mind when facing Blackburn is Bradley Dack, he has pulled the strings in the previous recent meeting between the two sides. Stoke needed to keep him quiet as well as Stewart Downing who’s still performing at a high level despite his age. Adam Armstrong is Blackburn’s top goal scorer this season with 11 goals, he’s also assisted 6 goals too.

What do you expect from the game v Blackburn?

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