Posted on April 28th, 2020 by


The legend, scoring one of the most important goals in recent Stoke City history.

We recently sent out free copies of the Paul Ware homage issue to honour a great man. A family man. A gentleman.

It’s now just over seven years since he left us far, far too soon…..and we have been contacted by one of his daughters who wanted to send this message to Stokies and friends of Paul…..

Hello all. I hope you’re all managing to stay positive at this difficult time.
I just wanted to take the time to write – wholeheartedly – to all of those lovely Stokies who have stuck by us since the day Paul Ware – our Dad – passed away 7 years ago. Recently, it was the 7th year anniversary of his passing, which coincided with the current lock-down guidelines, which meant not being able to hug family/friends… people who help make that day seem a little brighter. Without a doubt, you guys always have our backs… you always remember us… you always remember him
Without knowing, you really do help us to keep his memory alive. Your comments on his memory page always make us smile and learn things about our Dad that we never got the chance to find out before he died. I keep thinking, I wonder what my Dad would have thought of all this. And to be honest, I couldn’t say for sure. But what I can say, is that I know – from the bottom of my heart – that he would have smiled his way through with a positive mental attitude. That is my advice to you all at this difficult time: approach it like Paul Ware. 
Thank you for taking the time to ‘virtually’ always look after us; genuinely, I just wanted to say a huge thank you and send a virtual hug to anybody who might need one today.
Amy Louise Ware & family xx

Peterborough v Stoke 16/4/1992 – Paul Ware scores the winner to take Stoke to Wembley for the Autoglass Trophy


Posted on April 8th, 2020 by


Our digital-only issue with ALL profits going to charity (The UHNM and The Douglas Macmillan Hospice) is out soon.

DETAILS (dates subject to change)

Pre-order – hopefully at the start of next week

Out – hopefully around 19th April

A bumper 52 pages

Price is £3 or …… should you wish to donate a bit more you can either buy multiple issues at £3 per issue or send a donation by Paypal to duckstoke@gmail.com but make it out to Friends and Family when it asks you, so they don’t take a % away. Put your name and email on a note on there, too.

What’s inside this special issue:

An exclusive interview with Potters’ star THIBAUD VERLINDEN

We chat to ex-SKY Sports and Talksport broadcaster NATALIE SAWYER about her love for Brentford

Rich’s Pickings: Jamo looks at football and what he’s missing about football and The Potters

Every step along the way: Our diary of the season – March/April 2020

100%ers: We look Justin Whittle’s four years at Stoke

The joy of six: Dave Proudlove’s feature on Potters’ games where we have notched half a dozen goals

Hac to the future: A stunning look at how the Hacienda influenced the life of Stokie and house DJ-ing legend Tom Wainwright

12th Man Syndrome: Are us Stokies doing enough in the stands? Ronan McGovern wants us to bring the noise again.

Community Spirits: Stokie James Knowles has recently opened a pub. It’s a beaut.

Harry the hero: John Leonard’s poignant tribute to the late Harry Gregg.

No man’s land: A Stokie in the south west Midlands

Crafty: The Beerdman looks at how the current situation is affecting the world of ale

Bohemian Rhapsody: Stokie Jonathan Davies talks about being a professional football coach in Prague.

Martinmas: Penny Stanley looks at Stoke fixtures played on a certain date.

F.O.M.O:  Or Fear Of Missing Out. Tim Gallimore on the Stoke games he wishes he’d been too and the ones he’s delighted he actually did go to.

Writers Block 19: Dave Gould looks at Stoke home games from his vantage point in the back right side of the Boothen

Trainer Spotter: We talk to the lovely folk at Walsh trainers.

A month in time: Orfy harks back to April 2003. One of the most important months in modern Stoke City history.

Cradle…..: Our featured Stokie is the lovely David Cowlishaw.

Plus loads more…….




Posted on April 7th, 2020 by


At a time when professional footballers are getting stick from several quarters, it’s great to see our club and those that represent it doing the right thing at a dreadful time.

We interviewed Tom Edwards this time last year, and what shone through was his love for both the football club and the area; having lived in the county and progressed through the Stoke City academy.

Both he and his family still live within the area, and are proud Staffordshire folk – so when the opportunity came to put some smiles on faces, Tom jumped at the chance. I saw that he had done something really lovely for the city’s main hospital and managed to contact him today to find out about it and also about what he’s been doing during this terrible time. I’ve typed it up straight away – here it is…..

Alright Tom, what are you doing to stay fit and healthy whilst away from the football club?  

Well, I’ve converted my garage into a gym with weights and other gym equipment in there, and so I use that to help with completing the sessions that Stoke have sent us to keep in shape. I follow the Stoke programme religiously, pushing myself to be in the best shape possible for when the time comes when we are back at Clayton Wood and playing again. 

How often are you in contact with the players, and which ones are you closest to? 

To be honest, me and the players talk regularly in the group chat and we all keep in contact to see how we’re all getting on. I speak with Josh, Tyrese and Thibaud on FaceTime quite a lot.  

What do you think of all the criticism that footballers are getting at the moment ? 

I think it’s okay for people to have their opinions, however we do the best we can to give back to communities and charities whenever we can. We are very lucky to play for a club with such great structure and owners to guide us all through this period. 

With the free time that you have had what have you been doing? 

Yeah, having a lot of free time has allowed me to try and get my teeth into new things. My new gym has allowed me to get into a new routine along with getting into Tiger King on Netflix – and by the way Carol definitely killed her husband on that, ha ha!!! 

Like everyone, it’s hard to stay at home especially with the weather so good, and especially when your job is about being fit, healthy and being outdoors – but staying at home is crucial in helping our wonderful NHS workers to help others and save lives.

Tell our readers about the superb gesture you have undertaken yesterday and today and why you did it? 

Firstly, we’ve had some great backing from local Stoke business Whiston Executive Travel who have loaned us their executive Mercedes to fit a load of supplies in. Chris from the company also paid for the insurance on the vehicle to cover us……

Basically, me and a good mate of mine Josh Bill borrowed an executive carrier from them and filled it with well over 600 items, including:

375 Easter eggs

36 isotonic energy gel packs

54 Vaseline/lip balms

30 packs of Nivea face/hand cream

68 Garnier face masks/moisture masks,

69 protein and energy bars  

We purchased everything yesterday and dropped them off at the Royal Stoke Hospital today. We just wanted to put some smiles on faces and to do something for a fantastic cause. I’ve had so much support in my career from local Staffordshire people, so I’m fortunate to be in the position I’m in to give back where it’s possible. 

We are in an incredibly fortunate and privileged situation as footballers, especially playing for owners like we have at Stoke, so I wanted to do my bit to give back and to spread a little bit of happiness through this horrible period. 

Well in, Tom! Do you have a message for Stoke fans and everyone in this area? 

Yes – Keep safe guys, stay strong, and we’ll see you all very soon.