Peter Coates is sounding a note of caution after football’s suspension was extended until at least the end of April.
Sport has been put on hold around the world in an attempt to try to handle the coronavirus outbreak and the decision makers have made it clear that any provisional date at a return is still very much open to change.
Stoke City chairman Coates said: “In terms of playing again, I think it’s fair to say the first priority for football is to complete the current season. I think that’s what we want in football in an ideal situation.
“Nobody wants to see games played behind closed doors – I certainly don’t – but these are very difficult circumstances and it’s finding a way to complete the season in a way that is as fair as you can be to everybody.
“June would be the earliest we could probably do this, but in all likelihood it could be even later than that.”
A Mark Chamberlain throwback
Mark Chamberlain might be billed as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s dad to the wider world at the moment but this clip, which has been unearthed from 1983, shows just how big a deal he was himself when he was flying down the wing at Stoke.
He guest-starred on the Sooty Show with Matthew Corbett, who says he knew Chamberlain from when they trialled together at the Victoria Ground.
Sky Sports commentator Gary Taphouse said: “My son refused to believe that there was an episode of Sooty where the little bear put Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s dad to sleep with magic, so Matthew Corbett could score against him.”
Tony Scholes returns to UK after Arctic charity trek
Congratulations to Tony Scholes, who has completed a 116km trek across the Arctic Circle to help raise a huge amount of money for the Douglas Macmillan Hospice.
The Stoke City chief executive has been in a group of 16 taking on the extreme challenge via the Kungsleden – or King’s Trail – in the far north of Sweden over the last five days, in temperatures falling as low as minus 20C.
The team have carried their own 15kg kits as they have cross country skied through the snow, traversing the Kebenekaise mountain, which is Sweden’s highest peak. They covered up to 30km a day and slept in huts in the wilderness, burning wood to keep warm and melting snow for drinks and cooking.
The challenge was organised by Newcastle engineering firm KMF in a bid to raise £100,000 for the hospice, in Blurton.
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