Fans View: Stoke fan and Author David Lee @Stoke_city_pub answers our questions on Stoke.
Why are you a Stoke supporter?
Coz Neil Baldwin told me I should be on 17th October 1978. As Alan Durban (one of my heroes) had just become manager, I went along with it.
When was you’re first game, who was it against?
My first actual game was Saints v Burnley in the late ‘60s. My family had moved around the midlands & I was a Derby supporter because Dave Mackay joined them in ‘68 & used to kick seven bells out anyone within spitting distance. After he left, I lost interest in football (for girls) until NeilB showed me the error of my ways. I think the Sheffield Utd game was my first view of the Victoria Ground. 2-1. Garth Crooks penalty.
What’s your typical build up for a match day?
I miss the old days when I used to have a pint before the game, or as I got older I put a little scotch in my thermos tea. I was away with the fairies. I was a happy man. No wonder the Pulis years didn’t seem so bad! Now I report on games for Moorlands Radio so I have to be tres-sober. I’m busy from the moment I arrive with a bag of kit about 1.30. I write reports, take photos, broadcast live, record reports, question the manager, etc etc, so I’m busy till 6, when I stagger out exhausted. I’m only an amateur at this, but the professionals really earn their corn – they work like trojans. (or is it Spartans? I can’t remember!). It’s a VERY different match experience from when I was a season ticket holder.
What’s the best away day you’ve been too?
Best away game is Bolton cup semi. I was too skint to go to Notts Co in 1979 sadly. Me & mates went to Birmingham away in cup (4-4) +penalties (Oct 2013). Barmy. We just laughed & laughed.
Who is the best Stoke player you’ve seen play live?
Best player? Ricardo. He claimed he made Pulis lose his hair, but scored goals without even looking like he was trying. He made us feel happy! Although that might have been the scotch! Arnie was a delight too. (& I watched him sober!)
What’s your assessment of this season, where do you expect Stoke to finish?
Season is a disaster. I predicted mid-table at the start, but if we stay up, that will be excellent.
If Stoke were to implement one suggestion from a Stoke fan, what would you’re suggestion be and how could it help improve you’re Stoke experience?
The club has been complacent behind the scenes for almost a decade. We were then seen as a new breed of club, but other clubs have overtaken us. The concourses needs complete renovation & the car parking needs sorting. The club seem to have forgotten the fans. That needs to change.