(SENT OUT ON FRIDAY 20/10/2017)
The new issue of DUCK magazine, and we reckon it’s possibly our best yet. If w eget our backsides in gear we may even get some free stickers done, too! *
Inside issue 38:
Dave Regis interview – Orfy talks to a player so underrated and crucial in our promotion winning season on 1992/93. It’s a great interview. And yes, they do talk about that blinkin’ puddle!
Needing a spark – Henri Keuter and Dan Strong join forces to dissect how our manager has performed in recent times.
Crafty – The Beerdman carries on his take on the local ale scene. this issue, it’s that drinker’s paradise and Queen of the Moorlands, Leek.
Desperately seeking something – a peek at what it’s like to be a mid-table team in ST4. Orfy’s search for an identity for Stoke.
Football – Dave Cowlishaw’s superb take on the beautiful game. Short, sharp, sweet. Not Dave.
Get the message – our editorial, and it’s not on football. Who’d a thunk it, eh?
Last night a DJ made my life – Our regular feature about the platters that matter. Sorry for going all 80’s there, but there’s good reason – this issue Rockcliffe Files remembers The Smiths.
The Hex Files – Rob Doolan’s regular two pages. So you know full well it will be ace. This isn’t – it’s really ace! Football and Halloween – and no mention of Iain Dowie.
The Cherry blossoms – our tribute to Glenn Whelan. Yes, about time, we know!
Those were the days pt 2 – The second instalment of Dut’s take on modern football. The lad wears nice coats and can write. That’ll do for us.
Trainerspotter – our monthly look at the trainers we love. This issue, it’s a pack from the lovely Saucony from a year or two ago.
……and loads more inside the glossy, A5 pages.
* we possibly may not have the time to get our backsides in gear
So, what’s already in there?
I know what you did this summer Stoke City’s Marc Muniesa talks to us about his life in Barcelona and Lloret De Mar, getting married and stag do’s, spending the summer with his one year old lad, buying a new house, fitness training in Catalunya etc…..
Pre-season with the pro’s Tampa Bay Rowdies’ and ex-Wolves/PNE/Leeds United/Sheffield United and Scotland U21 international Neil Collins on the ‘delights’ of shuttle runs and beep tests.
The Offside Trust Set up six months ago after British football was rocked by a series of high-profile revelations regarding child sexual abuse. Several former professional players bravely waived their right to anonymity to speak out about their past abuse. The Offside Trust is committed to supporting survivors and working to make sport safer for children. We are honoured they’ve sent us an article.
4Midable 4 of my favourite ever training shoes. You’ll disagree, but I won’t care.
AMP A review of Depeche Mode live in Prague
The Bundesliga Experience We have a bloke at the Hertha BSC v Borussia Dortmund match
Inspired by Sport? Netball or football – which was the best option for taking your 14 year old daughter too?
It’s a gas Money in football. Gravy train or groovy train?
One of 100 We like ace clothes, especially ace shirts. We also like Sauce & Brown. They make ace shirts. We ask them how and why they make ace shirts. Ace.
Lessons Learnt Despite regularly wanting to stick mine on eBay, kids are great. You may want to read them this article though. They may thank you later.
ZZ Top An homage to Zinedine Zidane. indeed, a homage does it a disservice. This is simply a brilliant article about an iconic talent.
Football and mental health Why it’s no longer taboo in the game of 4-4-2.
Trainer Potter How to clean trainers, and a focus on the adidas ZX700.
…….and pieces on Carlisle United, Whyteleafe FC, Swindon Town, and Stoke City.
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4MIDABLE: We asked Stokies for their best 4 on Twitter: Best SCFC goalkeeper; Best SCFC defender; Best SCFC midfielder; Best SCFC striker.
A LEAGUE OF MY OWN: Here’s the selection of DUCK reader Paul Ruane, a Stokie who goes to watch Stoke play literally anywhere and everywhere. And who likes his (proper) ale……
THE YOUTH OF TODAY: Dave Cowlishaw looks at the Man City v Stoke U18’s semi first leg
1993 AND ALL THAT: Film makers Mike and Dan are making a documentary on Stoke City’s amazing 1992/93 title winning season. Support them!
THE CHAIR: Matt Simmonds’ beautiful tale of growing up in a sea of Stoke-lessness, and a very special chair!
MOVERS AND SHAKERS: We talk to the people who are taking our city forwards. This time, Antony Turner from Terraces
NO GROUNDS FOR COMPLAINT: Duts looks at the home of the cardboard clapper.
THE HUNGER GAMES: Orfy looks at how we’ve started to compete against the leading lights of the Premier League again
EVERY STEP ALONG THE WAY: Stoke. March. 2017.
PERIPHERAL VISION: The superb Rob Doolan looks at the Stoke players on the fringes of history
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Bojan – like your first girlfriend, who sodded off for a quick fling with another bloke who she met on her hols. Distraught? Us?
Kevin Russell interview – It’s the year of The Rooster. 92/93 certainly was. We chat to Kevin about his life before, during, and after our league winning season – and the great work he’s doing with the youth team.
Cradle to grave – Craig Walllace; his life dj-ing and watching Stoke. What an ace life, eh?
Like the corners of my mind – a look back 54 years ago, to Easter 1963, Sir Stan, and promotion
The Six Towns, Sport and Storytelling – a review of the excellent Sporting Stories book, that came out recently.
Golden Graham – Rob Doolan’s beautiful tribute to Graham Taylor
No grounds for complaint – In his brilliant look at other club’s hovels, Duts goes to watch Everton at Crystal Palace. Silly lad.
Movers and shakers We chat to Danni Brownsill from The Sugarmill
My guilty pleasure – A Bury fan, and his lovely piece on his day at Stoke, watching us against Leicester. A game which was pretty uneventful, eh? Arf.
Helen Delap – Rory’s wife and all-round brilliant person, on her 40 challenges to raise £40K, in her 40th year.
For the love of pod – A look at a relatively new, but sometimes ace, new phenomenon. Podcasts.
A league of their own – Matthew Hill’s pick of 19 other clubs he’d love in a league with SCFC. He also has probably the best coat I’ve seen in many a year, does Hilly.
Diary – we look back at the last month and all that sailed in her. Or summat.
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You don’t want to miss this as we chat to Joe about life at Stoke, the Euros, his Welsh Xavi/Pirlo nicknames, those 3 envelopes, how he moved to Stoke, music……and so much more!
We chat to Carl Dickinson
Every step along the way: October
Rob Doolan looks at the icon that is Gerry Taggart
Abusing my religion
…and absolutely loads more!
It’s our best issue yet. We love it, and hope you do, too.
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