Jack Butland vs. Joe Hart for the England Goalkeeper No. 1 Shirt
On Boots Bats N Balls show this morning I had the pleasure of sharing the web waves with fellow Stoke City supporter Dave Lee.
Amongst our topics of conversation were the England goalkeeping spot with both of the main contenders playing in the Stoke City versus Manchester City game in the early kick off at the Britannia Stadium.
We also spoke about the sanitisation of modern football and discussed a Stoke City fan that was choosing to give his season ticket up at the end of the season saying he didn’t enjoy modern football and the changes that have happened in the game.
Dave asked me if I still enjoyed going, to which I replied that I sympathised with the Stoke fan, recognising that the game has changed but said that I still enjoy the live match day experience, especially when my team take on the so called bigger teams, going into the game as underdogs but then defying the odds and coming out on top. I also said that the live match day experience was enhanced by being part of a boisterous set of loyal Stoke City fans who are very witty, making songs up at each match and sending everyone home with a smile.
Today’s game was the very reason that I still attend matches, with Stoke City playing the richest and one of the most successful teams in the English Premier League. The sheer brilliance of the team today even surprised an seasoned Stoke City supporter like me. Shaqiri feeding Arnoutovic for the two early goals was a pleasure to behold and the magic of the Spanish wizard Bojan was simply breathtaking. The result on another day could have been 4 or 5 Nil to Stoke, they were that good. The other aspect of attending the live game that I mentioned earlier is the quick witted songs that emerge from pockets of supporters and spread like a forest fire across the stands. The topic on many supporters minds today was the England goal keeper situation with Joe Hart the current incumbent playing for the opposition.
Quite a few of you will already be aware that Joe Hart advertises one of the most popular brands of a dandruff reducing shampoo. Stoke fans soon latched on to this and sang a version of 2 Unlimited’s No Limits, changing the word Limits to Dandruff. I’m betting that Proctor & Gamble’s marketing department wish the had filmed the crowd singing it for use in a future commercial.
I was a bit slow in capturing this myself but have a short snippet to share below
To hear three quarters of the ground singing No No Dandruff is a surreal experience but Stoke fans then went on to sing “Joe Hart, He’s Got A Flaky Scalp!” which bought smiles to many people in the stadium included the England goalkeeper himself (see video below)
With Butland keeping a clean sheet and Hart conceding two goals, Stoke fans were in their element, rejoicing and regaling the Man. City keeper with “He’s Better Than You”
So very much a day along the lines of the experience I described earlier, one that I and many thousands of supporters enjoy.
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