evening. for a bunch of thermos wielding vale hooligans intent on dragging the good name of stoke city down you're alright when it matters
what everyone said above. i was lucky to have met winger on a couple of occasions, the rest of our friendship was text and mail based, with the odd phone call and xmas card thrown in for good measure. Although had i known how many complimentary copies of his books he was sending out i'd have done less spellchecking for him
total condolences to trezza and jack. and mark, mick and graham et al.
as for the rest of you, i know whatever tribute you decide to do for winger you'll do it properly and with love.
Good God, loved his books, I am still in a state of shock! Shared some of his Stoke football books with my Scots mates and they got great enjoyment out of them also. RIP Stephen I will miss your writing.
"This is the moment, it's Archer to Guptill, 2 to win! Guptill's going to push for 2 they've got to go! He's got to go to the keeper's end! He's got it!!! England have won the World Cup! By the barest of margins! By the barest of all margins!"
Post by herefordstokie on Jul 2, 2011 21:26:15 GMT
A tragic loss, my thoughts are with Stephen's family & close friends. You will be greatly missed by your Stoke City family, your words encapsulated what it is to follow our club, i have enjoyed reading your books, your last one the final which i have just read with a tinge of sadness. Rest in peace, i know you will always be with us wherever Stoke City play in spirit.
I consider myself very fortunate to have met Stephen a couple of times. He was drily outraged at having to knock about with a Vale fan. I loved his contributions to AWAG and his superb blog. All Stoke fans should be very, very proud that he was so closely identified with the club; his writing did the club and the city a great service. Condolences to all who loved him. Rest in peace.
Post by derbyshirestokie on Jul 4, 2011 12:34:58 GMT
Really sad news - I didn't know him personally but after reading through all the wonderful tributes on here, it's clear that he was a really special man. He will live on through his immensely entertaining books.
RIP Stephen. Sincere condolences to all his family and friends.
You can often tell if someone is a good fellow or not within an instant of meeting them and that was definately the case with Winger. I met him only the once at Vicarage Road, introduced by Smudge when I was ranting to anyone who wanted to listen about the indignity of our ID card scheme, what a nice bloke who I instantly liked.
A lot of us old posters on here can also thank him for putting our user names in print to be forever remembered in the acknowledgement section of "She stood there laughing"
Wembley Stadium just before the FA Cup Final kick off.... On that sunny day in London I stood back from the group I was with below the statue of Sir Bobby Moore and remember looking at Winger and his lad Jack and thinking - "Now there's a Father and Son who are so lucky to have each other!"
(This was just after wondering how many memories Old Stokie and Tony must have logged and stored after a lifetime of watching Stoke City together).
Both looked so happy and rather proud to be there together - almost surreal - like we were all really at Wembley in THE FA Cup final - part of our and every football supporters history. This time it was Stoke - and for some reason I felt the urge to see peoples reaction to being there on such a glamorous footballing occasion. I remember Graham from Norwich with his usual beaming smile - just that bit bigger on the day - bobbing around like an excited kid, happy - just happy to be where he was with the company of meaningful friends all around him.
Winger - still looked like he owned the place - turning up just that bit late and looking unflustered and confident, almost like the ref would wait until he and Jack were seated before he blew for kick off! Lol.
Many a time I've not known how to take his questions - in reflection. Was he taking the mick or was he being serious? - the mystery he liked to surround himself with - a remarkably interesting and intriguing man. A weird thing to say now that many won't understand - but I was always so glad that my good mates Old Stokie and Tony had such a strong relationship with Winger and Greyman - because they as individuals definitely added an extra dimension to OS and Tone's lives... no doubts. There, I saw a closeness and mutual respect rarely seen these days and it was a good sight to see and as a result, I will dare to say their lives are better for the experience of Stephen than they would have been without it!
What I got from him - without the need for his words - was that he was a genuine guy who loved those around him. He would have carefully selected his friends no doubt, so ... his friendship with you all is testament to your good characters and stature.
The news of his early passing is a huge shock - as many have said. How can this be when I only shook his hand tightly and we exchanged the "Come on Stoke" look in our eyes only a few weeks ago? Jack! What the hell must he be going through! I cannot even begin to imagine... I am so sorry Jack!
To Stephens partner and family I never met - My sincere condolances - I am so sorry this has happened - it's just so unfair. I'm so sorry.
I will look up from my seat at the Britstad at 3pm on Saturday 13th August 2011 and wish you well Winger........I know you'll be watching from some VIP suite!
My thoughts go out to his family, this was way way to early, for a guy who still had so much to give.
I don't claim to know Stephen too well, but I had the pleasure of playing football with him on a couple of occasions, in the Oatcake friendlies and tournaments. Before finding out his name I instantly took a liking to him, he had a twinkle in his eye, was witty and easy to talk to.
One particular friendly, I remember RAF who was playing next to me in midfield, urinating along the left touchline prior to kick off (where Stephen was going to be running/sliding for the next 45 mins), the look on his face was priceless. It was a moment I will take with me, and I'm sure RAF will too.
I haven't read all of his books, but I will endeavour to do so as I'm sure they all carry the graceful 'human touch' that Stephen possessed and described so eloquently.
RIP Stephen .... We have lost a very bright and talented Stokie.