Posted on July 18th, 2019 by


Stoke2Erlangen Charity Bike Ride To Raise £3000 For Three Causes

Three friends from Stoke on Trent have come together to raise money for three charities by undertaking an 825 mile bike ride from Stoke on Trent to Erlangen in Germany.

Alex Findler, 32, from Fenton, Matt Kerr, 34, of Basford, and Mark Allman, 32, from Meir Park, hope to raise £3000 for Douglas MacMillan, The British Heart Foundation, and child bereavement charity 4Louis when they undertake the trip on 27 July.

The journey will take 11 days and will depart from Stoke City’s bet365 Stadium at 7am on 27 July and take in five countries – ​ ​England, France, Belgium, Netherlands, and Germany – before finishing in Stoke on Trent’s twinned town Erlangen on 7 August.

Covering around 70 miles per day, the route will include 11 stop-off points – Northampton, London, Dover, Bruges, Antwerp, Maastricht, Düren, Koblenz, Mainz, Frankfurt, Wurzburg, and Erlangen – where the cyclists will make overnight stays to recuperate.

Organiser and participant Alex Findler said: “This came about as a result of us joking about on a night out and has since snowballed into the Stoke2Erlangen Charity Challenge.

“Initially we were only half serious about undertaking the trip but when someone suggested that we do it for charity, that’s when we decided to go all out and raise some much needed funds for charities that are close to our hearts.

“The charities themselves were chosen as each one has helped out with issues that have affected us personally in some way and so we thought we’d repay the favour and raise not only money but also awareness of the great work they do. It’d be great if people could get involved and help us reach our target total and beyond!”
The group has managed to secure donations and support from Stafford-based fixings manufacturer Scell-it​® who has arranged accommodation for the riders along the route, and Tunstall-based Tile Mountain​ ​who has provided financial support and cycling apparel.

A dedicated JustGiving page has been created to collect donations at​ and Stoke2Erlangen has also set up social media accounts for the challenge and will be posting updates throughout the duration of the journey – Twitter: @Stoke2Erlangen​ Instagram: ​@stoke2erlangen​ Facebook: ​

DUCK 51 – new issue out on Friday 12th July

Posted on July 9th, 2019 by

DUCK 51 – new issue out on Friday 12th July

Buy it here:

Just £2, our pre-season printed issue features the following:

Another superb Joe B cover

An interview with a difference: We chat to Harry Souttar’s mum about family life in Scotland and having two sons who play international football. And how much they eat!

Watching and meeting Ricardo Fuller in Nantwich

Stoke City’s identity – do we have one now?

Orfy’s diary of the season. Thankfully, the last one ended two months ago.

The Roy Vernon biography

From cradle to grave: Martin Convey and his love of The Potters

Orfy reviews the 2018/19 season and looks forward to this upcoming one.

Love is noise: The new kids on the block (36)

Utch Stokie sticks up for those who can’t or don’t go to games

Trickett: Accrington’s finest brand. Great people, too.

Fiorentina away

Lovely ale in wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen

……and loads more