Tony Pulis’ brand of football hearkened back to the bad old days (or good depending on your footballing preferences) of Graham Taylor’s Watford, long-ball, hoof and chase approach, so it’s more than fitting to tribute him with that oldest and hoariest of Internet traditions: the listicle. Here are ten fairly random and subjectively chosen things that Pulis’ Stoke City bestowed on the world.
1. Tony Pulis’ baseball/golf hats.
The hat was so ubiquitous on the touchline, Tony Pulis looked positively naked without it as his appearance in an Olympic torch relay demonstrated. Whether it was an honest stylistic choice, or a good luck charm, or a poor man’s toupee, the hat was Tony Pulis and Tony was the hat. Read the rest of this entry »
That’s from the Telegraph’s man in the Midlands. Already the Twitter machine is awash in debate over just what the hell Stoke are up to. While people generally maintain Pulis’ 4-5-1, physical mid, banging up balls to a tall centre-forward approach was a choice demanded by pragmatism and necessity, the tactic was always one option among several. Pulis spent years fashioning Stoke in the image of the game he knew best. It’s hard to imagine another side that would welcome Ryan Shawcross and Dean Whitehead with open arms.
The thing is, Stoke is now modelled on Pulis’ approach, and the major question is if the club can withstand a significant change in footballing style without ushering out a core group of players and buying new ones. And if they want to maintain those wet nights at Stoke, who could fill Pulis’ shoes? Even Big Sam doesn’t play that game any more…
“It is with an immense amount of pride that I am announcing my intention to retire from Professional Football at the end of this season.”
“Having progressed through the ranks at Liverpool to make my first team debut at 17, before embarking upon spells at Real Madrid, Newcastle United, Manchester United and Stoke City, not to mention representing my country on 89 occasions, I now feel it is the right time to bring the curtain down on my career.”
At his peak Owen was one of the world’s most prolific strikers. But his career has been plagued by injuries resulting in less appearances and a drop in form.
It wasn’t until he joined Manchester United that he won his first Premier League title in the 2010/2011 season.
The England international also scored 40 goals for his country. He was only 18 when he scored a memorable goal against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup and a hat-trick against arch- rival Germany three years later.
He is England’s fourth-highest scorer behind Bobby Charlton (49), Gary Lineker (48), and Jimmy Greaves (44). And I’m sure if it weren’t for his injures, the Stoke City striker would have likely surpassed them all.
Characterized as the game nobody wanted to watch, Fulham v.Stoke was actually quite enjoyable. Martin Jol’s side pressed throughout, creating a myriad of chances that failed to beat Asmir Begovic. Mark Schwarzer thwarted Jon Walters penalty attempt and Brek Shea acquitted himself well in his EPL debut. The star, however, was Dimitar Berbatov. His sublime volley just before halftime was the difference. Enjoy it in all its GIF glory.
We can probably stop calling that 17-year old teen a boy, but anyways, Manchester City defeated Stoke at Britannia thanks to Pablo Zabaleta’s well taken strike in the 85th minute. Stoke’s reputation as a gang of brutish thugs is a tad overblown, but they do make it difficult sometimes. Glen Whelan’s ‘challenge’ –not sure you can even call it that– on Javi Garcia was terrible. Referee Howard Webb, standing five yards away, didn’t show red. He didn’t even show yellow. Expect retroactive punishment for Whelan. Gif via Cadfeel