In my top 5 Desert Island Games. In the second half we were defending the away end and as the whistle blew to end the match Sandford, Cranson, Overson and Butler all turned round as one to acknowledge the massed ranks of delerious Stokies.
What are the main challenges facing the new government? You mean apart from a total lack of political nous and knowledge of the real world? The central problem is the lack of true radicalism. When this country was great, we didn't have the welfare state, a National Health Service or free education. What we did have was an empire, no income tax and a fucking big navy. You don't need a PhD to work it out, do you?
It had been my 21st birthday the previous day and I was nursing a huge hangover. Stoke made it worse!
What a shame.
It's doesn't seem imaginable now, but this was actually the first time I'd seen Stoke win at The Hawthorns, on my seventh visit there!
Believe it or not, before this victory, it was quite a graveyard for Stoke. I'd seen a few drubbings there, including a 4-1 in 86/87 and 6-0 in 88/89.
Yes, I remember those as well. 6-0 just before Christmas and the Feb 1987 4-1 win, a week before Stoke's big cup game v Coventry. Crooks got 2 in that one.
Back then we had a good record in the home games v you lot. I saw a 3-0 win in March 1984 and the 2-0 in November '84 when Ian Painter missed an open goal (rumoured to have been on purpose as he was a Baggies' fan). Strangely back then away support I remeber wasn't has high for anyone, and Stoke only used to have the 'little' section of the Smethwick End in the earlier 80s, but after '87 the larger sections(2,500+).