Hello southern poofters
another Stokie here (you can't call us northern monkeys, we aren't techniclaly north)
A belated congratulations on your promotion, although we lost such a wonderful club like Bolton
, it's nice to have Reading up. I was hoping for reading away first game, and I was rewarded, not been before and it's our best chance of getting some points away from home this season. That's not cocky as I'm sure you're all thinking the same about us, which is fair enough. A draw (and this is genuinely the opinion of most Stoke fans) would be a good result for us away anywhere.
It's been about 5 years since we last played(late edit: Just remembered a League Cup game in 2008), 4 years since you unloaded that ginger tosser on us, and golly haven't things changed? We lingered in the same divisions for a pretty long time, but we now meet in the greatest division in the world (probably not the greatest in terms of skill, but excitement instead, an argument for another day).
I don't know much about Reading, their style of play or how good they are, ignorant I know, but unless you are in it the Championship is a hard league to follow every week. I hope there won't be much snobbery towards us before or after the game that we regularly encounter with teams like Swansea, WBA, Arsenal, Bolton and even fecking Norwich (apparantely, their hoofs to Holt are much more exciting to watch than our hoofs to Crouch).
Enjoy the season, hopefully you will carry on the trend of newly promoted clubs doing well in the last few years, but not at our expense. I predict an undeserved 1-0 win to us, after littering our goal, and heroic defending, we'll hoof it up to Crouch who will produce our only display of skill throughout the same to gift us the 3 points, it's how we roll.