Tommy Clare memorabilia fails to sell at auction

Tommy Clare in Stoke City team c1892As reported on Pits n Pots last month medals, England caps and England shirt badges of Port Vale and Stoke City legend Thomas “Tommy” Clare were to go under the auctioneers hammer.

The memorabilia offered for auction by the family of Tommy Clare went up in Nantwich as part of a two day sale starting on April 19th by auctioneer Peter Wilson. Sadly many of the items for auction didn’t make the estimated prices at the auction the full list of items, estimated price and sale price is listed below. Continue reading

Stoke-on-Trent City Council agree Port Vale deal

Stoke-on-Trent City Council have agreed to accept an offer for Port Vale Football Club at a special meeting of the full council last night.

Councillor Mohammed Pervez, Leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council said Continue reading

Council call emergency Cabinet meeting to discuss Port Vale sale.

port vale football club badgeCouncillor Mohammed Pervez the leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council has moved quickly to make arrangements for an emergency cabinet meeting to consider expected fresh documentation for creditors who are owed money by Port Vale Football Club.

The council is expecting to receive documentation from club administrator, Begbies Traynor concerning the details of the best bid from the administration process this afternoon. Continue reading

Heresy or carrying a torch for Wightman

Doubtless the next week will be full of commemorative events regarding the Titanic sinking. However for those interested in free speech and free expression then April 11th– the day that I write- has significance. For today is the 400th anniversary of the last person to be burnt at the stake on the charge of heresy and he was a Staffordshire man. Edward Wightman went to the stake on the 11th April 1612 at Lichfield. He was a businessman and local Baptist minister in Burton. He also had business interests in Uttoxeter and Cheadle. Continue reading

Rare Stoke City and Port Vale memorabilia up for auction

From The Nantwich News

Rare medals, Stoke City football memorabilia, England caps and shirt badges belonging to Stoke City and Port Vale legend Tommy Clare could be sold for up to £10,000 at a Nantwich auction this month.

The memorabilia, being sold on behalf of the family, is part of a two-day sale by fine art and antiques auctioneers Peter Wilson on April 19.

Thomas “Tommy” Clare (pictured) was born in Congleton in 1865 and played his early football with Talke Rangers, Golden Hill Wanderers and Burslem Port Vale, before becoming Stoke City’s first professional player in 1883. Continue reading

Vuvuzela Menace Could Be Own Goal For Football Clubs

A noisy import from the South African World Cup could cause a major legal headache for English football clubs, a leading industrial deafness lawyer has claimed.

Ashley Attwood said football clubs should guard against injury to ground staff and even players caused by people blowing the Vuvuzela..

Mr Attwood heads the team of Midlands based personal injury law specialists Attwood Solicitors.

He said:

“Several high profile clubs have banned the Vuvuzela but others such as Manchester United, Chelsea and my home town club, Stoke City, don’t appear to have a policy.

“The sound of a Vuvuzela reaches around 100 decibels which is over the threshold for noise allowed in heavy industry.

“There is no doubt that this could cause permanent damage to people’s hearing.”

Shops in the UK are thought to have sold around 10,000 Vuvuzelas during and since the World Cup.

Mr Attwood said football clubs, like factory owners had a duty to protect employees against excessive noise.

However, he said it was unlikely that supporters could make a claim against a club as they attended the event voluntarily knowing that it could be extremely noisy.

Attwood Solicitors has held free hearing clinics for workers in industries such as quarrying, tyre plants and clothing factories and has won compensation for more than 100 clients.

Noise above 80 decibels ““ roughly the same as an average alarm clock – is considered dangerous but many older people are now suffering from damage caused before current health and safety standards were introduced.

Britannia Stadium Open Day

On Saturday 7th August Stoke City supporters are being offered the brilliant chance to take a look behind the scenes at the Britannia Stadium.

Fans will get the opportunity to watch a training session featuring the first team squad, collect the autographs of their football heroes and go on a stadium tour.

The event will include numerous other activities making it a fantastic day out for the family and building excitement ahead of the kick-off to the new season.

Stoke City are hoping for a large turnout to this event as they aim to raise a significant amount of money for their chosen two charities for the 2010-11 season.

Prior to the first team’s training session, the Club will present the proceeds of their fundraising throughout the 2009-10 season to three local charities: The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice, Caudwell Children and PASS (Partners Assuring a Safer Staffordshire).

On the day Tony Pulis will be putting the first team squad through their paces ahead of their first premier league match before the players line up for an autograph signing session.

Before or after these two attractions in the morning, Stoke City fans will be able to book places on tours which take place every five minutes and take fans on a behind the scenes tour of the stadium culminating in a photograph being taken in the dugout.

These tours will run between 9.10am and 9.45am and then again between 12.00pm and 1.00pm. To book places on the tours in advance please visit:

Kemp Back as Stoke City’s number Two

 STOKE CITY’S players were greeted by a familiar face when they reported back to the Britannia Stadium for pre-season training today.

Dave Kemp was back in the role of assistant manager to fill the position vacated by Peter Reid’s recent departure to Plymouth Argyle.

City boss Tony Pulis was left looking for a new number two when Reid landed the manager’s job at Home Park and so he immediately turned to the man who has been a key member of his coaching staff in both spells in charge of the Club.

Kemp vacated the assistant’s role 12 months ago to take up a scouting assignment across North and South America from his California base.

But he has answered the call of duty to resume a partnership with Pulis which has played such a big part in the Club’s success in recent years.

“It’s just as if Kempy has never been away and that makes this such a smooth transition,” exclaimed Pulis in welcoming back his number two.

“He seemed the natural choice when we were faced with the task of finding a new assistant and I am delighted to have him back here.

“This is such an important role for a manager. You need someone with a wealth of experience in that position who knows the Premier League.

“In that respect, Kempy has so much to offer and it’s good having him around again. He has a good eye for what is going on in matches and isn’t scared to voice his views.”

Stoke fans let us know your reation to the return of Kemp.

New Stoke City Signing

Today Stoke City have confirmed that they have completed the signing of 17 year-old Belgian midfielder Florent Cuvelier.

Cuvelier received interest from several Premier League clubs including Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham, but chose to join the Potters. Cuveiler has signed a two-year contract with the club which confirms his move from Portsmouth.

Club boss Tony Pulis said: “Florent is definitely one for the future and we are delighted he has chosen to move here. It’s a measure of the clubs progress and the emphasis we are placing on the development of the youth set-up that we have managed to attract such an outsanding talent to this club when he attracted so much interest.”

Pulis also added: “He will work with the Academy initially because he is a young lad with a lot yet to do, but we are pleased to have him here.”

What are your thoughts on Stoke City’s new signing?

Make Your Child A “Little Striker”

Future football stars can get their first taste of the beautiful game by taking part in a 10 week skills course.

Little Strikers is a basic football course for children aged 3 to 6 years. It is designed to help improve a child’s football skills with a range of agility, balance and co-ordination activities. The session will be run by two highly qualified sports coaches.

The course will be held at Trentham High School from the July 15 to September 16 and will cost £30 for the 10 weeks. Courses will take place between 5pm and 5:45pm every Thursday.

Councillor Hazel Lyth, cabinet member for adult social care, sport, leisure and culture, said:

“It’s important we get youngsters involved in sport at a young age, and the popularity of football always gives us a good uptake on courses like these. They’re designed to improve balance co-ordination and skill at a young age.

“We might be helping to create the new Stoke City and Port Vale players of the future, and it should be a lot of fun for everyone taking part too.”

Parents are asked to provide their child with a bottle of water and sports kit. There are only 14 places available on the course. To book call 01782 235030 or email