The Week That Was: All Your Stoke City Build-Up & Everything Else

The Week That Was!

Welcome back you sexy mothers for another installment of The Week That Was - a handy little one-stop-shop for all the build-up to the weekends game you'll need. With that in mind, let's get right down to it, with all the links you'll need to get fired up for our trip to Stoke today...

  • Preview: We have our big match preview, complete with all the team news, music, some dodgy betting tips and of course our classic encounter. There's more too, but I don't really want to give the game away too much. It's a preview, a comprehensive one at that, so have a read of it by CLICKING HERE.
  • Cult Heroes: After a somewhat dubious but justified choice for Norwich in Dickson Etuhu, our man David Boyle pulled it back this week with his selection of Kenwyne Jones. I always liked Big Ken, so have a read about him in Dave's delicious article when you CLICK HERE.
  • Fan Focus: One out and proud Stoke fan, Mark Holmes, took the time to chat with our own closet Stoke fan, Michael Graham in this week's edition of Fan Focus. All joking aside, it's a very enlightening read about our foes this weekend, and their complimentary about us too. Have a read, CLICK HERE.
  • Podcast: We served up two podcast's this week. It was that or none, but if you want the one which focuses more on the Stoke City game today, have a CLICK HERE where there's multiple ways to listen, with or without having to actually download anything. Result.

Hold on to your hats though, there's a hell of a lot more in what's been a very busy week for us, including three games to chunter on about...

Starting off on Monday, Chris Weatherspoon looked back at the 'Boro game in his Talking Tactics section. Not as many pictures this week, but by all means a very good read, so I suggest you do it.

Click Here to read Talking Tactics about the 'Boro game

On that same day we also crowned another Player Of The Month on the site, based upon our own match-day ratings, averaged out. The winner this time was Lee Cattermole, and deservedly so given his rejuvenation under O'Neill.

Click Here to read our ode to Lee Cattermole

After a very quiet month, it kicked off, sort of anyway on Deadline Day with the signings of Sotiris Kyrgiakos and Wayne Bridge. Some fairly decent competition to our defensive ranks and should help tide us over through injury. Don't just leave it there though, have a read of our immediate reactions to the signings...

Click Here to read about Wayne Bridge

Click Here to read about Sotirios Krygiakos

There was even time to take a step back and look at what's going on around us in the wider footballing world too in the form of a Roker Ramble. This week, at request no less, Michael Graham took the reigns to give us all five things he'd change in the rule book to make things better. As much as it's a pain to admit, he was spot on.

Click Here to read five ways to change football for the better

You know earlier I mentioned that Dickson Etuhu was labeled a Cult Hero, well we're not going to deny you the pleasure of reading it, so if you want to read all about this big man and how he was justified/elevated to such stature, you can read the full piece here...

Click Here to read all about Dickson Etuhu

That was of course ahead of the Norwich game, and what a fine game it was too. If you want to relive the joyous memories, then you can right here. We've got both our match report, and Karl Jones took on Talking Tactics (WITH PICTURES!)...

Click Here for our Norwich City match report

Or Click Here for a more tactical recap of proceedings

Our resident poet Dan Williams popped along with another installment of Roker Rhymes too, and he was in buoyant mood following the Norwich game. If you want to see just how happy, get yourself on over to the article to have a read...

Click Here for Roker Rhymes

That is just about it from us. Over the course of the weekend though you'll have our Stoke City match report shortly after the final whistle, plus you'll get our latest Durham Times column too, lovingly prepared by Karl Jones tomorrow.

Stick around, and keep it Roker Report.

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