Stoke City 2-0 Sunderland: Kev Has Got Nee Mates

Well, when luck isn’t on our side, it really isn’t on our side. Oh and football isn’t a contact sport apparently. Yes, after such a strong performance against Manchester City a fortnight ago at home, we travelled to Stoke, who have showed glimpses of decent football yet can’t win games but of course they recorded their first win in nine games in the Premier League - it could only happen to us! [More]

Stoke City Vs Sunderland - Interview

So the Britannia is next, a Stadium which hasn’t imposed it’s famed toughness on us in recent years. It is a huge game to help us keep up the momentum built in our two momentus recent home wins. It is also a big game for Stoke City and we were lucky to get a few moments of ESPN blogger James Whittaker’s time (@northstokie) to talk about Sunderland, Stoke, Mark Hughes, the relegation battle and of course the weekend’s match. [More]

Kenwyne Jones - Caribbean King

When writing this week’s historical piece there wasn't a shortage of players to choose from, Stoke have had a number of our former players in their ranks at one time or another. In the end though I have chosen to go for Kenwyne Jones, a player I both loved and hated in equal measure. [More]

Stoke City Vs Sunderland: Preview

I think the international weekend was perfect timing, contrary to the belief it could have dampened the high of winning two massive home games. I’m sure the players selected went about their national team duties with much bigger smiles on their faces than the break in September whilst those left back at home continued to swat up on an information-heavy footballing philosophy. Preparation is key and we visit Stoke City who are a completely different prospect to the Stoke who have only scored once against us in the last four meetings. [More]

Can Sunderland make Ki Sung Yeung a Permanent Signing?

Sunderland tend not to turn loan deals into permanent ones, usually because the player is tosh or they play their way into the first team of their parent club via us. In fact, other than Ahmed Elmohammady, I am struggling to think of any players since our arrival back in the Premier League who have had their loan deal made permanent. Help me out if you can think of any! [More]

The Five Positions Gus Poyet Needs to Fill

Gus Poyet has voiced concerns over our current squad’s ability to ensure Premier League survival and reports suggest as many as five new players could arrive during the January transfer window. Yes, transfer malarkey has started already and this summer’s busy antics aren’t about to let up. The number of players is not exactly surprising, but it speaks volumes when coupled with Poyet’s reluctance to play most of our summer recruits. [More]