Fans View: Duck Magazines Anthony Bunn answers our questions

Fans View:Duck magazines Anthony Bunn Answers our questions on Stoke City Fc

Why are you a Stoke supporter?

A question I have asked myself repeatedly over the past 46 years or so! Like many football supporters I owe my footballing allegiances to my dad. I was born and raised in Sneyd Green, so slightly closer to Vale Park I think, but my dad was Stoke home and away every single game and brought me up to be the same. Matchdays with the old man were great, as he’d sit in the Gardeners Retreat or Michelin Social Club and tell his supporting stories, such as going Ajax on the Sunday night and supposedly be being back home on Thursday morning….he eventually rocked up at 9pm on the following Saturday after our home game that afternoon!

When was your first game and who was it against?

I’ll be dead honest: I don’t exactly know. My first ever memory was going to Barlaston as a nipper to see the League Cup brought back home. My first ever memory of going to a Stoke game was the infamous 1-0 win at Vale Park against Middlesrough – after the Butler Street Stand roof had blown off! I think I’d have been games before then, but a visit to sit in the Piggery does stick in your memory!

What’s your typical build up for a match day?

8:30: take my lad to his academy training. Walk to an oatcake shop with the other parents and get some breakkast. 11.10am: get home from training 11.45am: leave for the game 12.15pm to 2.55pm: sell the mag outside the club shop. We’ve swapped seats this year, and in our new block it’s far easier to get a beer at half time. I’ve never really had one when selling before, but the smaller crowds have been a godsend to getting some pre-second half anaesthetic inside me!

What’s the best away day you’ve been too?

Peterborough in the second leg of the Autoglass in 1992 takes some beating. Took half a day off work and me and a mate had a few before venturing to London Road as we thought we had blown the chance of a Wembley visit from the first leg. Oh ye of little faith! It was a very windy night, and a dreadful game. But I was right behind Warey’s free kick. Indeed, if the net hadn’t been there, I reckon it would have hit me flush in the face. The mental that followed has hardly even been beaten, but I remember the mother of all six yard box scrambles very late in the game at the other end of the pitch being celebrated as much as the winning goal itself. The celebrations after and the journey home are memories that will never leave me.

Who is the best Stoke player you’ve seen play live?

I’ll have to go top flight with this, so that is really unfortunate for the likes of Steino, Shezza, Chambo etc. It’s a toss- up between two: for being a pure footballer, and a player who made it seem so effortless I’d go for Nzonzi. A Rolls Royce of a midfielder. But I go to football for those special moments that are a bit rare. Players who get you out of your seat and do stuff that others can’t and won’t. So, it has to be Ricardo Fuller. I adore Ric – I’d crawl over a filed of broken glass just to hear him break wind through a walkie talkie.

What’s your assessment of this season, where do you expect Stoke to finish?

Dreadful, but I still see three worse teams than us. Somehow, I see us finishing fourth bottom after a 0-0 at Forest on the last day.

If Stoke were to implement one suggestion from a Stoke fan, what would your suggestion be and how could it help improve you’re Stoke experience?

I’d like to see a museum and programme/memorabilia shop by the ground. At present, hardly anyone goes there before 1.30pm – I stand there selling an hour before then and the advent of relegation has hit the matchday routine of many. We have a wealth of history, and a museum and shop would be a great way of celebrating that and getting people to the ground early and staying afterwards. Most Stokies simply go to the ground for the match – they need a reason to go earlier and stay later.

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