I spent some time with the many people spending the whole night sleeping in the concourse at the bet365 Stadium to help raise money and awareness for the Macari Centre and the homeless in genereal.
Those there will have had their own reasons – maybe they were even homeless themselves once-upon-a-time – and the atmosphere was terrific.
It was cold enough for there to be a constant queue for the hot soup and pies, with Neil Baldwin jumping the queue as usual, so a huge congratulations from me to all those who took part once again.
I spoke to a lot of people there on the night, including Stoke’s Academy manager Gareth Owen and former striker Chris Iwelumo, and so if I didn’t get chance to thank you in person please accept my thanks here.”
The rest of Lou’s weekly column will be published later today.