Manchester United overcome Stoke

Louis van Gaal’s team were excellent in their last match, beating Hull City 3-0 without fuss or worry. That victory made it three wins on the trot for Manchester United, although it was the first emphatic result in that run, with the victories over Crystal Palace and Arsenal less lustrous, to be sure. But, on […]

A fixture that’s barely recognisable

In March 2013, Stoke City staged their home fixture against West Ham United. Most enthusiastic perusers who had scanned that weekend’s match ups would have marked this one down as an emphatic “must-avoid”. Entrenched as they were in the deepest, most mind-numbing depths of their respective periods of long-ball direness, Tony Pulis’s Potters and Sam […]

The New Stoke City

Mark Hughes arrived at Stoke to no great fanfare, rather he was met with cautious optimism, garnished with number of suspicious narrow-eyed gazes. Hughes has furrowed an odd path during his managerial career, gaining deserved plaudits and damning criticism in almost equal amounts. A promising start at Blackburn Rovers then led to acrimonious tenures at […]