Tag Archives: Tony Pulis

Notes on Tony Pulis

I loathed him on sight, I came to loathe him because of his footballing philosophy, I was given cause to loathe him further for his petty politicking with my football club, I was given extra cause to loathe him further … Continue reading

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The Power of Sport

I watched the game yesterday on an armchair next to Mum, I wanted to be with her at the match, as it were. She was in her preferred position, lying on the sofa. It was a great game, full of … Continue reading

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We are all Wolfsburgians now

So. Farewell then Tuncay Şanlı Loved by the fans But not by TFP.

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Tuncay Sanli

Once in a while a player comes along with whom you fall in love. I’d already had this experience with Turkish international Tuncay Sanli when I saw him play for Middlesboro during Stoke City’s first season in the Premiership. Below … Continue reading

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By request

I had an email from a fan today regarding ASLNM. Most unusual. The person asked me would I put this bit up so someone they knew could see it. Even more unusual. Still, I am an obliging authorclient so here … Continue reading

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Happy days for Mighty Potters

Spurs 0-1 Stoke City. It don’t happen too often. That was the first win at WHL since 1975, and only the second in history. Glenn Whelan, who always looks like someone dragged him out of bed half an hour ago … Continue reading

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More Malevich

I’d forgotten how much I like his work. Simple, clean, focussed, tight; it’s the Ars Poetica equivalent of Pulisball. Black Circle, 1913, Oil on Canvas

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My difficult publication

Not only is the book hard to find in bookshops (due to factors entirely outside authorial control), but more than several people have by now emailed me saying they’ve sent reviews in to Amazon which have not been used. I’ve … Continue reading

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Cutting our cloth

Demonstrating a much observed facet of Englishness, Stoke City are suddenly every pundit’s favourite: the underdog. Wherever you look you can’t turn for the Potters ‘doing brilliantly within their resources,’ or ‘making the most of what they’ve got.’ Or, most … Continue reading

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Back-to-back Pulis posts

Full credit to El Gaffer: we out-Boltoned Bolton last night. We were big, tough, strong, hard to play against and scored twice to their none. The team bore no resemblance to the side that folded 3-1 at their place on … Continue reading

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