Gone But Not Forgotten: Robert Huth
Daniel Scattergood shares his memories of Robert Huth.
When I think of Robert Huth I think of one big, tall, hard, scary German.
He is part of a rare breed of old school defenders; they defend well, have no frills and always give everything they have in each game.
However, that really doesn’t do him justice as there was by far more to him than this, in fact, he is one of my favourite players to have ever played for The Potters!!
And by god, does he half look like South African pace bowler Chris Morris!!??!!
Huth signed for Stoke in 2009 for a then-club record fee of £5 million after being part of the Middlesbrough side relegated to The Championship.
At the time, the signing didn’t particularly excite me or family & friends that I went to games with. However, looking back on him now, he is up there with one of Tony Pulis’s best ever signings. I do half miss the ‘Berlin Wall’ and I’m delighted to see him doing so well in such a successful team.
He played nearly 200 games for Stoke and scored a very healthy 18 goals. He was dangerous when we had set pieces and was a strong asset to have when defending set pieces. He would throw himself into challenges and nothing ever seemed to faze him.
Pulis even decided he could be our Leighton Baines when switching him to full back in 2011. Watching him run up & down the touchline was entertaining because we knew he shouldn’t be playing there & he knew he shouldn’t be playing there but for some reason Tone thought he could play there!!
But fair play to Huthy, he did try to play there and never moaned about it, but it just wasn’t his game.
This brings back memories of one particular game (opponents forgotten) when Huth went to play a long ball down the flank and despite being under no pressure booted the ball out of play!! My Uncle, in anger stood up and shouted at the top of his voice “HUTH YOU DAFT **** !!!!
It was one of those occasions when at the exact point you shout something, everyone around you has gone quiet and it felt like his words were heard by everyone in The Boothen End!! To be fair my Uncle had a point, it was an awful attempt at a pass but he is about as tactful as Roy Keane and so it didn’t sound pleasant!
Then guess what happens….Huth scores the winning goal and my Uncle’s anger and disgust towards him was replaced with a smile as wide as a KIT KAT Chunky!!
He has never lived this down and it gets mentioned even now but like me, and other stokies he was a big Robert Huth fan, in fact were there any stokies that weren’t?
I was disappointed to see him leave, but I can understand why Mark Hughes made the decision. He wanted Stoke to keep the ball better and build from the back and that’s not what The Berlin Wall was good at.
He needed to play in a team that that play as deep as possible, something we did under Pulis. In fact, Leicester play as deep as any team I’ve ever seen & in this set up you need centre halves who are tall, strong and powerful, so meet Chris Morgan and Robert Huth!!
He’s been a great signing for Leicester and like us Stokies, their fans love him to bits. I’m so made up for him and his old-skool defending style.
In fact, I’m right behind him and Leicester City, and like to think of him as our own personal agent to win the league over the big boys!
If he played for us now, he would have to change his game to suit our new style but that would never have worked.
Moving to Leicester was the right decision for him, us and them.
Saying that, I would love him to come and teach the likes of Muneisa, Woolly etc how to defend and score from set pieces because that’s something we do half struggle with, and something he was very good at.
He was a legend at our club and loved by us all but we must focus on the future not the past. Robert Huth, gone but not forgotten!! Thanks Daniel Scattergood This article originally appeared in the first edition of Stoke Loud & Proud’s magazine. If you’d like to write for us please get in touch.
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