Writer: Chris Baldwin
Date:Monday August 10 2009
With the opening game of the season just five days away, the visit of newly promoted Burnley to the Brit rekindles some memories of this time last year.
Burnley have, not surprisingly, sold out the visitors' area for the match on Saturday amid great excitement in the claret and blue area of Lancashire. It's brought back memories of this time last year when thousands of us Stokies queued for six hours or more for tickets one hot Saturday in July for the opener at the Reebok. It was a shame that the game didn't live up to the dream as we don't need reminding that the Potters went down 3-1 as a youthful back line capitulated in a mad 20 minute spell against Bolton Wanderers. The only consolation came in the familiar shape of Ric Fuller who at least gave us something to cheer about with minutes remaining.
In a twist of fate, it's the Potters now entertaining the new boys at the Brit with Burnley having enjoyed the summer celebrating their first taste of the big time since 1976. It'll also be a return to the Brit for former Stokie, Martin Paterson who was instrumental in firing the Clarets into the top flight with a great goal against Reading in the play-off semi-finals. The local lad will no doubt be relishing the chance but has had a poor pre-season after a hamstring injury sidelined him until their last friendly against St Johnstone when he managed an hour, but it's said that he's likely to play on Saturday.
This time around let's hope that we can bring Burnley back down to earth with a good win for the Potters - after all it didn't do us any harm in the long run, did it?
Date:Monday August 10 2009
Shea set for MLS return (Tuesday December 16 2014)
Ref Watch: Swarbrick to officiate Stoke v Chelsea (Monday December 15 2014)
Football Aid 2015 - Ultimate Stoke Xmas Gift! (Monday December 15 2014)
crouch out? (Sunday December 14 2014)
Bojan wins November goal of the month (Saturday December 13 2014)
Stoke & Crystal Palace scrap for a draw (Saturday December 13 2014)
Stats: Crystal Palace v Stoke City (Saturday December 13 2014)
Bojan wins Arsenal man of the match poll (Wednesday December 10 2014)
Stoke's November goal of the month (Wednesday December 10 2014)
Bojan & Walters picked in BBC team of the weekend (Monday December 8 2014)
|13. Aston Villa||16||5||4||7||-10||19|
|And the Next Defender To Be linked Is?
» Man Utd : 19/12/2014 17:23:00
|Chelsea Employee Believes It`s Time to Leave
» Chelsea : 19/12/2014 17:17:00
|Burnley Fixture Set For TV Coverage
» WBA : 19/12/2014 17:15:00
|Ideye - Irvine's Hand In Imminent Danger
» WBA : 19/12/2014 17:12:00
|United`s Carrick Clarifies the Situation
» Man Utd : 19/12/2014 17:11:00