DO YOU want to hear the thoughts of Marc Wilson, Jack Butland, Ryan Shawcross and Tony Pulis ahead of this weekend’s Barclays Premier League encounter with Reading?
Well if you do, you need to get your hands on the latest edition of the award-winning Potters Matchday Magazine, which will be on sale around the Britannia Stadium prior to kick-off.
The 100-page perfect bound publication is packed full of exclusive interviews with all of your favourite Stoke City stars, as well as bringing you all of the news from around the Club, competitions and lots, lots more.
Republic of Ireland international Wilson speaks to us in-depth following his return to action in a behind-closed-doors friendly earlier this week, and he tells us of his hopes of returning to the first-team fold in the not too distant future.
The defender, who sustained a broken leg against Sunderland back in October, stepped up his rehabilitation by coming through 75 minutes of the low-key encounter against Northampton on Tuesday afternoon.
The five-page feature is just one of a number of exclusives inside the Magazine, with deadline day arrival Jack Butland also featuring prominently, revealing his delight at penning a long-term deal with the Potters last week.
The England international, who will spend the rest of the campaign on loan with former Club Birmingham City, couldn’t hide his pleasure at sealing what he described to us as ‘a dream move’.
“I’m absolutely delighted; and I am really looking forward to the challenge of playing for such a fantastic football club,” he told Potters Matchday Magazine.
“I think everybody is aware of how well Stoke have done over the last four or five years and I am excited to be here.
“I have heard fantastic things about all of the backroom staff, just as I have about the playing staff too. It’s a dream move for me, and I can’t wait to get going.”
Elsewhere, Tony Pulis and skipper Ryan Shawcross both deliver their pre-match thoughts in their Magazine columns, whilst Andy Wilkinson answers questions sent in by you, the supporters, via our official social network sites.
There’s a double page spread entitled ‘Introducing The New Boys’, which profiles our two January acquisitions, Butland and American international winger Brek Shea.
We have all of the other usual features too, including the thoughts of Mickey Thomas’ and Nigel Johnson, whilst the younger generation of supporters can test their knowledge in the Junior Potters pages, whilst also
having the opportunity of winning a mascot package for the Norwich City game in April.
Flip the Magazine over and you can digest the Potters’ memorable 1-0 victory against the Royals in our superb historical section; taking a look back at all of the action that unfolded at the Britannia Stadium in May 2003.
Ade Akinbiyi scored the decisive goal to ensure the Club retained their Championship status, and we hear his thoughts on that memorable occasion, as well as taking a look back at the Matchday Programme from the game.
We also recall which teams and players were celebrating come the end of the 2002/03 campaign, in a feature called ‘The Season That Was’.
What’s more, all of this is available for just £3.50, so make sure you pick up your copy before the big game!