When we asked Stoke City fan for their worst away days, they came up with some stinkers.
“At Chelsea in 1965,” said Ron Simpson, “The Shed was full of Millwall supporters… and somebody was shooting at us with an air rifle!”
The tales aren’t all like that – with most involving getting soaked at Oxford or getting lost in Mansfield because the coach driver can’t find Sheffield.
And they keep coming in.
Craig Williams said: “Going to an Auto Windscreens game at Oldham that got abandoned as we couldn’t see our goal let alone the one at the far end due to fog.”
Phil Hares said: “Walsall… stuck in traffic, get in the ground and we are three down, then five seconds later four down. Went home seeing less than a minute.
“Walsall next time. My reg is called out, go to a copper and my car has been broken into with £3k damage. I hate Walsall!”
Craig Meakin: “Wigan away. Travelled up there on mini bus it broke down. To get spanked 6-0 or 6-1. To get in at 4am to go work at 7am. To be then sacked.”
The rule changes that will affect Stoke City in 2020/21
Whenever 2020/21 is, of course.
The rules have been tweaked to try to tidy up the definition of handball and grappling.
Ricardo Fuller on Tony Pulis team talk that made his ‘eyes burn red I was so pumped up’
Stoke City’s 2007/08 promotion season was a rollercoaster and that was encapsulated in two games against the same team.
Stoke won 3-2 away at Scunthorpe having been 2-1 down with five minutes to go – and they won the reverse fixture 3-2 after being 2-0 down at half-time.
It was the second of those games, in the February as Stoke were really gearing up for the tense run-in, that featured a half-time team talk that will live long in the memory of key man Ricardo Fuller.
All season, all through his decade at Stoke City, manager Tony Pulis had tried to build a bond between fans and players – but this private foul-mouthed, high volume dressing room rallying cry was something quite different.
Fuller says it “was genius and my eyes were burning bright red I was so pumped up” in an interview with Duck magazine, which is being sent out digitally for free to Stoke fans during the UK lockdown.