Vital Football

Latest Stoke City News

Are you a true Potters fan?

Are you a true Potters fan?

I had a rant after the match against Plymouth two weeks ago and the poor showing amongst Stoke fans - only 12,533 with a reasonable showing from Plymouth fans. But yesterday's attendance was even worse with only 12,395 (including 300 or so U's fans) bothering to pay their money. If you take off the 9,000 or so season ticket holders, it means only around 3,000 extra Potters fans paid their money and went in through the turnstiles.

This for a team that's in fifth position compared to eighteenth place this time last year. Anyone who calls themselves a Stoke fan and could have gone, but hasn't bothered to turn up so far this season should be embarrassed.

Trawling through the various message-boards, you'll find all the usual excuses:
1. Don't like negative football
2. Don't like Pulis
3. Don't like Coates
4. Tickets are too expensive
5. No signings
6. Sold all our best players
and many others....

To those I'll answer:
1. Three wins and two draws out of five at home. Five Potters goals in the last two games alone.
2. What's he done so wrong? Saved us from near certain relegation in 2003, followed by two good seasons of consolidation with no money to spend, just missing out on a play-off place on the last day of last season and we're now even better placed than this time last year.
3. He was the only person willing to buy the club in 2006 and therefore, alledgely, saved the club from going into Administration. Has reportedly given the manager his 'largest ever transfer fund' this time around.
4. Ticket prices were reduced for the Barnsley match, but this resulted in virtually no increase in sales - effectively condemning the club to a bigger loss than if they had kept prices the same.
5. We've missed some players - that's not in question, but still signed Cresswell, Parkin, Wright (loan), Zakunai (loan), Craddock (loan, but did so well Wolves quickly had him back), De Laet and Phillips. Compare our performance to clubs like Sheffield United (who took Hendrie) and Cardiff (Fowler and Sinclair) - where are they currently in the league?
6. Russell requested a move for family reasons, Hoefkens was offered a new contract, but West Brom offered him three times his Stoke contract and there seems to have been a bit of (alleged) 'tapping up' going on there before the club were aware of an offer. Higginbotham was unlikely to turn down a chance of Premier League football. Contracts, these days, are hardly worth the paper they're written on - if a player wants to leave, he will do.

A caller to BBC Radio Stoke after Saturday's match made a good point - ''stay away' fans are running out of excuses or there must be a lot of decorating being done in the Potteries at the moment!'

These 'stay away' fans are no longer Potters' fans in my opinion - they're just people who did support Stoke City in the past, but now choose not to. If so, they should keep their opinion to themselves and stop doing the club down. If they want to moan and groan about the Potters they're fully entitled to do so - as long as they've paid their money at the turnstile first.

Exclusive to Vital ! Read now ! The Vital Boxing John H Stacey Interview



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

Join the Vital Fantasy Football League - its Free!

Writer:Chris Baldwin
Date:Sunday October 7 2007
Time: 6:05PM

Comments

0
How can fans be complaining when you're fifth in the league? At least we have genuine issues to be moaning about at Vale Park...
valiant_77
07/10/2007 20:01:00
0
Good points there Chris. I would have expected nearer 16,000 for a side that seems to be developing nicely.
Sarah Shoes
08/10/2007 04:19:00
0
Have to agree. Well done and keep it up!
Matt_Us
08/10/2007 19:14:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Stoke City Articles

Vital Preview - Premier League, 10th-11th December

The 2016-17 season continues with the latest round of games this weekend. This will see us among those involved with three points of course the aim.

The Stoke City Walking Wounded - Injury List

Our weekly update looking at the injury table for Stoke City FC and also comparing with all our competitors in the Premier League.

Match Day Officials v Arsenal (10/12/16)

The Premier League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game against Arsenal this weekend.

Cameron Up For Soccer Player Of The Year

Midfielder Geoff Cameron has been nominated for the United States 'Male Soccer Player of the Year' award.

Archived Vital Stoke Articles

Vital Stoke articles from

Site Journalists

Tom Barker
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Arsenal v Stoke City
Suggested By:
Stoke win0%
Arsenal win0%
Draw100%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Chelsea 14 11 1 2 34 21
2 Arsenal 14 9 4 1 31 19
3 Liverpool 14 9 3 2 30 17
4 Man City 14 9 3 2 30 15
5 Spurs 14 7 6 1 27 14
6 Man Utd 14 5 6 3 21 3
7 WBA 14 5 5 4 20 3
8 Everton 14 5 5 4 20 1
9 Stoke 14 5 4 5 19 -3
10 AFC Bournemouth 14 5 3 6 18 -3
11 Watford 14 5 3 6 18 -6
12 Southampton 14 4 5 5 17 -2
13 Middlesbrough 14 3 6 5 15 -2
14 Crystal Palace 14 4 2 8 14 -2
15 Burnley 14 4 2 8 14 -11
16 Leicester City 14 3 4 7 13 -7
17 West Ham 14 3 3 8 12 -14
18 Sunderland 14 3 2 9 11 -10
19 Hull City 14 3 2 9 11 -18
20 Swansea 14 2 3 9 9 -15
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Stoke City Results (view all)

Stoke City Fixtures (view all)

Dec 10 2016 3:00PM : Arsenal (a)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 14 2016 8:00PM : Southampton (H)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 17 2016 3:00PM : Leicester City (H)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 27 2016 5:15PM : Liverpool (a)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 31 2016 3:00PM : Chelsea (a)
Barclays Premier League
Jan 3 2017 8:00PM : Watford (H)
Barclays Premier League
The Vital Football Members League