Stoke fan here in peace...

LEONARD

Player Valuation: £50m
I don’t see anything wrong with that, the kids there all loved him and there’s no harm in it, it will have also been obviously tongue in cheek

I remember walking round with a ‘Wayne Ronaldo’ scarf I bought outside Goodison when I was 13,

I’m letting them have this one
I thought Victor Anichebe was the next Bob Latchford, what do I know?
 

edge

no balls, no everton shirt,
mick bernard was a decent player who forgot to add to my list of decent players
 

LEONARD

Player Valuation: £50m
When they were in the Prem, I would always fast forward their games on MOTD.

They thought that beauts long throw in, was the equivalent of watching Pele.
 

MrD

Player Valuation: £6m
Doesn't the sexual position called "The Stoke" produce the ugliest kids? Sure i've heard that somewhere.
 

ORFYDUCKMAG

Player Valuation: Free Transfer
Evening one and all

Thanks so much for taking the time to respond to my trespassing on your territory.

It was obviously a bit of a stupid/ brave risk venturing on here asking about your perceptions of all things Stoke City.

I’ve seen the whole range of tones/ comments haven’t I?!

Nothing has really surprised me in terms of positives or negatives. Given the Pulis years/ our recent political trends/ the caper of a section of our support over the years... I knew what was coming. We are divisive club in the sense that folk seem either charmed by us (plenty of begrudgingly respect) or else we are downright despised! Believe me, we are as divided in house – getting our fanbase to reach a consensus on anything from Brexit to Pulis is impossible. There are plenty of lefty football purists who buy our mag at least!

As with any city/ club though, there’s more to it than meets the eye: generalisations were always going to crop up. That's the nature of what we do isn't it?

I also expected a lot of love for our old ground compared to our new place. What I would give to go back and stand once more on that old Boothen End terrace at The Victoria Ground.

What was heartwarming was the depth of knowledge and rich memories that football fans hold onto. I love the obscure links we have between our cities/ towns/ clubs through mates/ family/ jobs etc.

I sent out these 5 questions to fans of over 20 clubs. So far, it seems that fans of Wolves/ Everton/ Sunderland/ Liverpool/ West Ham/ PNE/ Oldham and Man City have responded in enough detail to warrant an individual article in the fanzine. I didn’t bother with Crewe, Vale or Arsenal for obvious reasons. One foaming Gooner did hijack the Liverpool to forum to have a pop though – him doing that made me feel like less of a sad b****** for what I was doing on there!

Whenever matchdays return to our lives, I will get cracking on some of these, publish them and then post them onto the respective forums.

I will have one more check in a few days in case any late contributions have surfaced. Cheers to moderators for allowing this as well.

Whether you were dismissive/ funny/ bitter/ knowledgeable/ brutal or complimentary – thanks very much for your time. Some wonderful stories emerged out of this – it made me realise how much we all have in common (every club seems to have a similar cross-section of folk).

Best wishes

@ORFYDUCKMAG
 

BigBlueConk

Player Valuation: £70m
Evening one and all

Thanks so much for taking the time to respond to my trespassing on your territory.

It was obviously a bit of a stupid/ brave risk venturing on here asking about your perceptions of all things Stoke City.

I’ve seen the whole range of tones/ comments haven’t I?!

Nothing has really surprised me in terms of positives or negatives. Given the Pulis years/ our recent political trends/ the caper of a section of our support over the years... I knew what was coming. We are divisive club in the sense that folk seem either charmed by us (plenty of begrudgingly respect) or else we are downright despised! Believe me, we are as divided in house – getting our fanbase to reach a consensus on anything from Brexit to Pulis is impossible. There are plenty of lefty football purists who buy our mag at least!

As with any city/ club though, there’s more to it than meets the eye: generalisations were always going to crop up. That's the nature of what we do isn't it?

I also expected a lot of love for our old ground compared to our new place. What I would give to go back and stand once more on that old Boothen End terrace at The Victoria Ground.

What was heartwarming was the depth of knowledge and rich memories that football fans hold onto. I love the obscure links we have between our cities/ towns/ clubs through mates/ family/ jobs etc.

I sent out these 5 questions to fans of over 20 clubs. So far, it seems that fans of Wolves/ Everton/ Sunderland/ Liverpool/ West Ham/ PNE/ Oldham and Man City have responded in enough detail to warrant an individual article in the fanzine. I didn’t bother with Crewe, Vale or Arsenal for obvious reasons. One foaming Gooner did hijack the Liverpool to forum to have a pop though – him doing that made me feel like less of a sad b****** for what I was doing on there!

Whenever matchdays return to our lives, I will get cracking on some of these, publish them and then post them onto the respective forums.

I will have one more check in a few days in case any late contributions have surfaced. Cheers to moderators for allowing this as well.

Whether you were dismissive/ funny/ bitter/ knowledgeable/ brutal or complimentary – thanks very much for your time. Some wonderful stories emerged out of this – it made me realise how much we all have in common (every club seems to have a similar cross-section of folk).

Best wishes

@ORFYDUCKMAG
I do know a Doris in New Zealand who is a big Stoke City fan. She was born and raised in those parts.
She only sings when you're winning! And she has a sister with decent norks. I like her sister better.

Edit.
And good luck with your article.
 

magicjuan

Player Valuation: £70m
Hello folks – Stoke fan here in peace.

I work on the ‘Duck’ fanzine and I’m planning a different type of article for our next issue – out whenever something approaching normal matchdays return to our lives once more.

I aim to ask supporters of several clubs 5 questions about their perceptions of Stoke City in order a to create a big feature article “Us and Them.” For the following questions, feel free to answer in varied depth/ brevity but a couple of sentences at least for each is ideal:
  1. Generally how do you see Stoke City the club – a rival? Non-entity? Certain type of club? Disdain? Admiration? Pity?! As a fixture – is it of general appeal?

  1. Are there any Stoke players/ teams that have made an impression on you over the years?

  1. Are there matches between your team and Stoke you recall hating/ loving?

  1. In home / away matches, what have you made of the Stoke support? Any particular memories?

  1. The Victoria Ground/ The New One – what did/ do you make our of our home ground(s)’ the grounds? Any particular experiences or impressions?

Given our reputation over the years, this could be a risk but then again, it would be great if I could glean a diverse range of honest/ diverse/ cutting/ funny/ serious or even complimentary views.

If you can be arsed, thanks for your time.

Take care of yourselves,
Lee Hawthorne @ORFYDUCKMAG
I'll wait for question 2. if that's ok:)

I'm surrounded by a lot of Stoke fans, being an immigrant in Cheshire, and they're a bit meh. Reckon they don't really miss the prem that much. The ground is baltic and soulless. They do good stuff for the community though.
 

ToffeeDan

Player Valuation: £70m
Married to Burslem girl. Family sort of Port Vale

Gordon Banks
League Cup win
Martina and Williams (unlucky)
Inchy (thanks)
FA Cup 1984
Roy Vernon
Pejic (he was no looker eh?)
You could have at least won the league in 47 to deny the damn RS
 

PSB1

Player Valuation: £500k
Preferred the old Victoria Ground but "progress", I guess.

For me, a proper club. Deep roots in its community & no pretentious waffle surrounding what they do.
 

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