Vital Football

Latest Stoke City News

Iwelumo: the Vital U's view

Iwelumo: the Vital U's view

With former Potter, big Chris Iwelumo due to return to the Brit in Saturday's vital game against Colchester, we asked our colleagues at Vital Colchester for a run down of how he's done this season and this is what they had to say:

'When Chris Iwelumo, the striker who played for Stoke City from 2000 - 2004, joined Colchester United in 2005, the imposing Scot just wanted to play first-team football and score goals.

36 later, and he's a terrace hero in Essex. This season has been fantastic for Colchester, reflected through the good form of our strikers. Iwelumo and partner, Jamie Cureton, - your classic big-man/little-man pairing -have scored 41 between them.

Iwelumo desperately wants to get into the international foray, having made the B squad while with the Potters. He unfortunately had to withdraw: 'I was misquoted when I said I should have put 'Mac' in front of my name for people to come and watch me. It's still my dream to play for Scotland.'

The 28-year-old, often given stick because his six-foot four frame lends itself gung-ho football, has convinced the critics.

His best run in his first season came when the slighter Cureton was first on loan, and with our League One promotion ascent.

There's competition with the pair also this year, because many of the Big man's goals have been penalties, which Cureton thinks in unfair!

Iwelumo got a good reception at Layer Road back in November when Stoke came down, and scored four goals at home to Hull this season among his 17.

I think his work-rate is undervalued, and he allows a runner like Cureton the time to find goal-scoring positions. His goal on Easter Monday, at home to Leeds, also shows that he's no Peter Crouch in the air.

U's fans are definitely worried by reports that he could be on the way in the summer for the same amount we paid to buy him - nothing! His contract expires, with Hearts and, supposedly, Ipswich, reportedly in the running.

There would be no shortage of takers but we'll have to hope that he's happy enough in Colchester, despite the loss of his close team-mate, Neil Dannsy (to Birmingham) last summer.

After eight clubs in ten years - nine including a trial with Preston - United fans are hoping he's found a permanent home.'


Thanks to Matt for taking the time to do this for us.



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Chris Baldwin
Date:Wednesday April 25 2007
Time: 11:16AM

Login to post a comment

Recent Stoke City Articles

Hughes Has To Look At West Brom Positives

With Stoke City clearly having a bad start to the 2016/17 campaign, almost eeking out a victory over West Bromwich Albion at the weekend - and being forced to accept a point...

Vital View - Premier League, 24th-25th September

We saw impressive wins for Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Southampton with the Sunderland and West Ham struggles continuing.

Audio - Hughes Talks West Brom

Manager Mark Hughes has been giving his thoughts following the draw with West Bromwich Albion earlier today.

Stats: Stoke v West Brom

All the stats from Stoke (1) vs (1) West Brom, Bet365 Stadium, 24/9/16 Att: 27,645

Archived Vital Stoke Articles

Vital Stoke articles from

Site Journalists

Tom Barker
Editor email
Profile
Matthew Forrester
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

West Brom MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Grant0%
Johnson50%
Shawcross0%
Martins Indi0%
Pieters0%
Cameron0%
Whelan0%
Allen0%
Shaqiri50%
Bony0%
Arnautovic0%
Sub - Crouch0%
Sub - Adam0%
Sub - Diouf0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Man City 6 6 0 0 18 13
2 Spurs 6 4 2 0 14 7
3 Arsenal 6 4 1 1 13 8
4 Liverpool 6 4 1 1 13 7
5 Everton 6 4 1 1 13 6
6 Man Utd 6 4 0 2 12 5
7 Crystal Palace 6 3 1 2 10 3
8 Chelsea 6 3 1 2 10 1
9 Southampton 6 2 2 2 8 1
10 WBA 6 2 2 2 8 1
11 Watford 6 2 1 3 7 -1
12 Leicester City 6 2 1 3 7 -3
13 Burnley 6 2 1 3 7 -3
14 Hull City 6 2 1 3 7 -5
15 AFC Bournemouth 6 2 1 3 7 -5
16 Middlesbrough 6 1 2 3 5 -3
17 Swansea 6 1 1 4 4 -5
18 West Ham 6 1 0 5 3 -9
19 Stoke 6 0 2 4 2 -11
20 Sunderland 6 0 1 5 1 -7
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Stoke City Results (view all)

Stoke City Fixtures (view all)

Oct 2 2016 12:00PM : Manchester United (a)
Barclays Premier League
Oct 15 2016 3:00PM : Sunderland (H)
Barclays Premier League
Oct 22 2016 3:00PM : Hull City (a)
Barclays Premier League
Oct 31 2016 8:00PM : Swansea City (H)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 5 2016 3:00PM : West Ham United (a)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 19 2016 3:00PM : AFC Bournemouth (H)
Barclays Premier League