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Summer Break – Stoke City

It has become something of a received wisdom within the present day that the mainstream media exist as the pinnacle of what is possible in sports journalism. Whilst it is not in our interest to reject this assumption, here at A Team of John O’Sheas we believe that some of the most perceptive insight regarding the top teams in the country comes from the fans themselves.


In the course of this podcast series, we will be bringing together some of the most influential fans from across the Premier League to give you the low-down on the teams that they watch week in, week out. We’ll look back over the season just gone, try to get a handle on the transfer activity that rumbles on through the summer month, and look forwards to the next season which, as always, seems to creep up on us with ever increasing speed.

In this episode, we’re heading up the M6 to the No Man’s Land of the Premier League: Stoke on Trent. Now Stoke City may bear the inauspicious honour of never having been relegated from the Premier League but, truth be told, a relegation battle might inject a little bit of fun into the life of the fans of the Potters. Now before you start composing strongly worded emails, it was one of our guests today who suggested that quote/unquote “there is a case to be made that Stoke are the most boring team in the league”. And he’s not lying: since arriving in the Premier League in 2008, Stoke have consistently finished between 9th and 14th in the table making them little short of metronomic. The question is, then, where do Stoke City go from here? Should their fans be resigned to midtable mediocrity? Or is there more that the club can do?

Joining me this week are David Cowlishaw and Chris Brammer, the founders of the Wizards of Drivel Podcast. Since they began in May 2016, the podcast has gone from strength to strength, even gaining national attention for the #DeployNgoy campaign, a joke that went too far. Dave has written for When Saturday Comes and The Set Pieces, but both he and Chris treat the pod as a hobby, fitting it in between less interesting real life demands like working jobs and raising children. The third Wizard, Ben Cartwright, has joined Dave on a new project – Who Are Ya? A new monthly podcast offering an in-depth documentary on a different club every month.


If you have a question that you would like the team to answer or if you have any feedback about the podcasts, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


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