Stoke City must be doing something right when even Arsenal fan Piers Morgan can’t help but be impressed.
The club’s response to the coronavirus crisis has put some of the Premier League big fish to shame – and Good Morning Britain host Morgan said as much earlier this week, lauding the Coates family’s decision to assure all employees they would be paid and jobs would be safe through a turbulent summer… as well as donate £10m to hospital through their foundation.
But if that kind of action was a surprise to most of the football world, it isn’t really to anyone in the Potteries – so we filled in the details.
And Morgan told his seven million followers on Twitter: “I know it all now, thanks to this excellent piece – and it’s really impressive. Great to see a football club’s wealthy owners prioritising proper values over fleecing fans & taxpayers.”
Of course, we would all rather be back living life as normal and talking about football – and, of course, seeing Morgan back moaning about Arsenal losing to Stoke.
“Relax,” he said. “You’re still a bunch of cloggers!”
We’ll let him off this time – and hope that hostilities resume at the bet365 Stadium as soon as possible.
While we wait for football to return…
The night Jimmy Greaves signed for Stoke
It was by coincidence that Stoke City played Tottenham Hotspur the weekend after Jimmy Greaves had suffered a severe stroke in the spring of 2015.
It was not a coincidence that all four stands of the bet365 Stadium stood and applauded one of the greatest strikers that English football has ever known.
es, Spurs and Chelsea fans know that best – but, for one glorious night, so did Stoke.
As we join with Tottenham, West Ham, AC Milan, Chelsea and the rest to wish Greavsie well as he is back in hospital – and reportedly comfortable – this is the story of that magical evening at the Victoria Ground in 1965: an all-star turn out for Sir Stanley Matthews’ testimonial match.
Why I love Stoke City, Stoke-on-Trent and will never forget those who stand tallest when it is most needed
An impassioned column this week from Martin Smith.
He said: “I have said in recent times, and it’s something to which I have stuck doggedly, that Stoke City became the sort of club I had always dreamed of supporting, and it’s a position from which I cannot be shifted. Sure, I’ve had my battles in the past and I feel I have been both right and wrong in some of past arguments.
“The sign however, that things were changing was the famous Rory Delap incident. We had him on loan, said we were going to sign him permanently and then went through with that pledge even after he suffered a terrible broken leg. That one incident displayed to so many of us how things were going to be at Stoke City and it’s no surprise that such an amazing decade quickly followed.
“During the past 10-12 years we have enjoyed some wonderful seasons of top flight football, a cup final, trips to Europe, static season tickets prices for more than a decade and even free away travel to league games for many of our supporters.
“This is a club worthy of our support and we should never lose sight of that.”