Stoke City’s decade back in the big time has been recalled and reviewed – and now made available on tablets – to help fill the football void.
David Lee’s latest book Premier! Stoke City – 10 years in the Premier League was published in paperback 18 months ago and has now been converted into an e-book, full of irreverent reports and photographs.
It covers every game from promotion to relegation between 2008 and 2018. The chapter covering the first season is free to view and download.
“Some of pictures really come to life in colour,” said David, “although for some reason Mark Hughes looks very much the same in colour as he does in black and white. I think it’s the hair.”
David looks back at some of the narratives flowing through a memorable era for the club, including the cold war feud between Hughes and Tony Pulis stretching back to early 2009, a dancing Eden Hazard and what he describes as “the rise and fall and rise and fall and rise again” of Peter Crouch.
There are stories about the goalkeeper reduced to tears by a kick in a tender area and an ex-Juventus striker who won a penalty shoot-out despite not being able to recall having previously taken a penalty.
David said: “I was a bit concerned about how people perceived the original paperback.
“I spoke to Liam Lawrence soon after it was published, and he said he enjoyed it and kept it by his bed, which initially alarmed me. I couldn’t see it enhancing his sex life, but maybe it helped with his insomnia.”
Premier! Stoke City – 10 Years in the Premier League is now available to download on Kindle for £2.99.