Monday, July 10, 2006

Stoke 2 - 0 Newcastle Town

Stoke got their pre-season friendlies underway at local neighbours Newcastle Town (managed by former Stokie Nigel Gleghorn) with trialist Nathan Blake (ex-Leeds/Bradford) and 'Big Mama' Sidebe getting the goals. No new faces bar Nathan Blake (who due to injury had no club last season) and Pulis's only signing so far Vincvent Pericard, who judging by match reports hardly had a great start to his Stoke career - early days yet.

Stoke have been rebuffed in an attmept to sign former player Andy Griffin from Portsmouth and we have been linked with a fair few players including another former player Clive Clarke, currently at West Ham and John McEveley & Paul Gallagher at Blackburn.

Meanwhile on Saturday my daughter and myself went along to see Staines Town beat Brentford 3-1. Hardly the greatest game of football, even by friendly standards and Brentford looekd very poor defensively at times (their no.14 whoever he was has certainly been at the pies over the break!). Another team with a new manager and they have seen half a dozen regular first team players leave already since the end of the season including the highly rated Jay Tabb.


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