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Peter Crouch seen with black eye while out with Abbey Clancy

Where did you get that shiner, Crouch Stoke striker spotted with black eye after ending goal drought

By
David Kent

PUBLISHED:

15:56 GMT, 23 April 2013

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UPDATED:

16:31 GMT, 23 April 2013

Having returned to his previous club last weekend, it looks like Peter Crouch may have picked up a few battle scars to get back to scoring ways.

The Stoke striker netted just his second goal since September when he struck at relegation threatened QPR on Saturday, but he has since emerged with a mystery black eye.

Eyesore: Peter Crouch leaves Liverpool Dental Spa with daughter, Sophia

Eyesore: Peter Crouch leaves Liverpool Dental Spa with daughter, Sophia

Eyesore: Peter Crouch leaves Liverpool Dental Spa with daughter, Sophia

The former England international was seen leaving Liverpool Dental Spa today with his wife Abbey Clancy, who is a regular, and daughter Sophia where the bruise underneath his right eye was clear to see.

Having started the season with five goals from his first seven games, Crouch’s season has tailed off, with his only goal before Saturday coming in a 2-2 draw with Wigan in January.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis had backed the former Tottenham hitman to rediscover his scoring touch, as he said before the QPR game: There's been a while, especially after his injury, where Peter has not performed to the level he was at before.

Eyesore: Peter Crouch leaves Liverpool Dental Spa with daughter, Sophia

Eyesore: Peter Crouch leaves Liverpool Dental Spa with daughter, Sophia

‘He had a good start to the season and looked a real handful. Hopefully he will be back to what he was in the next five games.’

Crouch came off with a minute to go at QPR but should be in line to face Norwich at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.

Battle scar: Peter Crouch celebrates scoring at QPR last Saturday

Battle scar: Peter Crouch celebrates scoring at QPR last Saturday

Stoke fans refuse to back Tony Pulis

'Staying up' but Stoke fans still not potty about Pulis despite QPR win

By
Simon Cass

PUBLISHED:

22:00 GMT, 21 April 2013

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UPDATED:

07:01 GMT, 22 April 2013

The chants of ‘We are staying up’ rang out from Stoke City’s fans after the club was rescued from the drop at QPR’s expense.

But there were no songs of support for manager Tony Pulis, despite Stoke almost certainly assuring Barclays Premier League football for a sixth season.

Pulis’s relationship with Stoke fans is suffering because his side scores under a goal a game.

Taken for granted Tony Pulis has established Stoke in the Premier League

Taken for granted Tony Pulis has established Stoke in the Premier League

So something has to give, whether that be a change of manager or a change in their manager’s approach if next season is not to be a carbon copy of this one.

Michael Owen facing FA rap for throwing punch at Mikel Arteta

Saint Michael's halo slips with Owen facing FA rap for throwing punch at Arteta

By
Ian Ridley

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22:09 GMT, 2 February 2013

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UPDATED:

09:36 GMT, 3 February 2013

Michael Owen could face a retrospective disciplinary charge from the FA after attempting to throw a punch at Arsenal's Mikel Arteta in Stoke City's 1-0 defeat at the Emirates.

The former England striker, who had been brought on as a late substitute, reacted fiercely to a strong tackle from the Spaniard and aimed a right-hander – missed by referee Chris Foy – that connected only weakly with Arteta's shoulder.

Flashpoint: Michael Owen loses his cool as he clashes with Arsenal's Jack Wilshere after a heavy tackle by Gunners' Mikel Arteta

Flashpoint: Michael Owen loses his cool
as he clashes with Arsenal's Jack Wilshere after a heavy tackle by Gunners' Mikel Arteta

Flashpoint: Michael Owen loses his cool as he clashes with Arsenal's Jack Wilshere after a heavy tackle by Gunners' Mikel Arteta

Flashpoint: Michael Owen loses his cool
as he clashes with Arsenal's Jack Wilshere after a heavy tackle by Gunners' Mikel Arteta

Owen then squared up to Jack Wilshere, who had rushed to the scene and the two players became embroiled in a pushing match.

The incident came amid a bad-tempered end to a match, in which Stoke contested Lukas Podolski's winner, between two clubs with a history of confrontation dating back to an incident when Aaron Ramsey broke a leg in a challenge from Ryan Shawcross three years ago.

Shawcross was again in trouble, receiving a yellow card that some will argue should have been red, as he slid into a challenge against Laurent Koscielny with studs up.

'I thought the Arteta challenge was a poor one but Michael shouldn't do that,' said Stoke manager Tony Pulis.

'That should be left to the referee.' Asked whether he expected Owen to be charged retrospectively, Pulis added: 'Let's see what they say. But I think it should have been a free-kick for us.

'If Michael has done what he has done and they look at it, they will deal with it.'

Pain game: This was the rash challenge that sparked the flashpoint

Stoking the flames: This was the rash challenge that sparked the flashpoint

Michael Owen and Arteta

Pulis was also aggrieved when Glenn Whelan was booked for a tackle that Stoke felt was not a free-kick and that Shawcross had needed four stitches in a leg wound after the challenge with Koscielny.

Jon Walters also required six stitches in a head wound after a clash of heads with Arsenal's 8million debutant Nacho Monreal. 'Glenn's was never a booking and when that went against us like that, it irritates you,' said Pulis. Arsene Wenger, meanwhile, felt that Shawcross should have been sent off.

'It looked it to me [to be a sending off] but I will have to look at it again,' said the Arsenal manager. 'I am maybe not completely objective with Ryan Shawcross, that is why I am cautious with my statement.'

Wenger had, however, not seen the Owen punch and so could not comment.

Ryan Shawcross agrees new Stoke deal

Shawcross resists lure of Manchester City as Stoke captain agrees new contract

By
Eleanor Crooks, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

14:57 GMT, 3 January 2013

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UPDATED:

18:07 GMT, 3 January 2013

Ryan Shawcross has committed his future to Stoke by agreeing a new five-and-a-half-year contract.

Manager Tony Pulis was desperate to tie his captain to a new deal with Manchester City known admirers of the 25-year-old.

Pulis said: 'It's fantastic for us as a football club. We're really, really pleased to have him.

Deal me in: Ryan Shawcross (left) has agreed a new contract to stay at Stoke

Deal me in: Ryan Shawcross (left) has agreed a new contract to stay at Stoke

'He's been the bedrock of what we've been trying to do over the past five or six years and we're really pleased that he's finally agreed.'

The two parties have been in talks for a number of weeks, with Shawcross indicating he was ready to sign a long-term deal in November.

He joined Stoke from Manchester United, initially on loan, in 2007 and has gone from strength to strength, making his England debut against Sweden earlier this season.

Shawcross brought his family to the Potters' Clayton Wood training ground for the signing of the contract, and the defender's three-year-old son Freddie accompanied Pulis to the press conference.

The manager said: 'It's a long
contract, Ryan has to get it right, the football club has to get it
right and they've managed to come to an agreement, which is great news
for everybody.

'I think the
world of Ryan. I think he's a great lad. We've just seen little Freddie
in here. They're a great family and they're part of this football club.

'We've signed Asmir (Begovic), we've
signed Marc Wilson and now Ryan, Steven Nzonzi's on a long-term
contract, so that's four top young players.

'And
that's what we want to do – keep improving it, keep getting younger
players and players who will grow together at the football club.

'We're
not going to do what Manchester City have done, we're not going to do a
Chelsea, we have to build gradually and steadily, and that's what we've
done over the last five years.

Delighted: Stoke boss Tony Pulis was desperate to tie Shawcross down

Delighted: Stoke boss Tony Pulis was desperate to tie Shawcross down

'We'll do it our way, in our fashion. A lot of people don't like it but who cares.'

Shawcross revealed the influence of Pulis and the ambition shown by the club were the key reasons behind his decision to sign such a long-term deal.

'I wouldn't have signed the contract if I didn't think the club was moving forward,' he told the club's official website.

'Throughout the talks with the manager and (chief executive) Tony Scholes over the past few months, they were very positive about what the club is aiming to achieve in the future.

'Hopefully, we can build on what has been achieved over the past five years. From what I've heard from them, I am confident we can keep on improving.

'The manager is probably the main reason why I'm where I am today. I've been here for five years now and he's been great throughout that time.

'I came here because I felt the manager could get the best out of me, and I just want to continue what I've been doing so far – keep on improving.'

Ryan Shawcross could leave Stoke City

City consider Shawcross bid as Stoke skipper stalls on signing new deal

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23:48 GMT, 29 December 2012

Stalling: Shawcross has been offered a six-year deal

Stalling: Shawcross has been offered a six-year deal

England defender Ryan Shawcross may be a shock departure from Stoke in the transfer window if he doesn’t sign a six-year deal offered recently.

The club are unhappy at the prospect of the 25-year-old running down the last 18 months of his deal. Manchester City like him, and could be tempted to make a move for the former Manchester United man.

Shawcross, who made his England debut in November, has earned rave reviews this season as Tony Pulis' side have gatecrashed the top half of the Premier League.

Michael Owen return delayed by Stoke boss Tony Pulis

Hold your horses, Michael! Pulis tells fit-again Owen he needs more time off before return

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11:14 GMT, 13 December 2012

Michael Owen's hopes of receiving a welcome birthday present from Stoke manager Tony Pulis have been put on hold.

Owen declared himself 'raring to go' after coming through 70 minutes of a behind-closed-doors friendly on Tuesday in a bid to step up his fitness after struggling with groin and hamstring niggles.

Practice makes perfect: Michael Owen needs more training before his returns, according to Pulis

Practice makes perfect: Michael Owen needs more training before his returns, according to Pulis

Ahead of Saturday’s visit of Everton to
the Britannia Stadium, there was the prospect of Owen making his first
appearance for Stoke since October 27, the last of his four substitute
outings since joining the club at the start of September.

But ahead of the former England striker’s 33rd birthday on Friday, Pulis says Owen still needs at least another week of fitness work and another reserve outing before he can be thrown into the first team.

Pulis said: 'Michael did smashing on Tuesday, came through 70 minutes, but he needs more work on the training ground, a bit more strength

'He needs another couple of weeks of full training, another game or two first before we chuck him back in.

'That’s because every time we’ve tried to get him in there he has broken

Raring to go: Owen is desperate to play again for Stoke

Raring to go: Owen is desperate to play again for Stoke

Michael Owen suffers injury setback

Owen injury jinx strikes again as Stoke striker suffers setback

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UPDATED:

12:56 GMT, 4 December 2012

Stoke striker Michael Owen has suffered a fresh setback as he fights his way back to full fitness.

Owen has made four substitute appearances since signing for the Potters in September and last featured in the goalless draw with Sunderland on October 27.

The former England man has been sidelined with a hamstring injury and aggravated the problem during training.

Crocked: Stoke's Michael Owen is struggling to shake off a hamstring problem

Crocked: Stoke's Michael Owen is struggling to shake off a hamstring problem

Manager Tony Pulis, preparing his side to face Aston Villa on Saturday, said: 'Michael was doing some work in the gym and just felt his hamstring. I think it was just the cold.'

Owen, 32, had hoped to kick-start his career at the Britannia Stadium following his release from Manchester United in the summer.

Injuries hampered his progress during a three-year spell at Old Trafford and he suffered similar problems at previous club Newcastle.

Former Liverpool and Real Madrid forward Owen has 40 goals in 89 games for England. He won his last cap in 2008.

West Brom 0 Stoke 1 match report – Dean Whitehead scores winner

West Brom 0 Stoke 1: Whitehead strikes late to further dent Baggies' flying start

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17:32 GMT, 1 December 2012

Stoke continued their dominance against West Brom as substitute Dean Whitehead scored a late winner in the Barclays Premier League clash at The Hawthorns.

Whitehead converted a cross from fellow substitute Michael Kightly to earn the Potters their first away league win since January.

Tony Pulis' side have taken 13 points from the last five games, while for the fifth-placed Baggies it was a second setback in the space of 72 hours following Wednesday night's 3-1 loss at Swansea.

Job done: Dean Whitehead scores the decisive goal for Stoke

Job done: Dean Whitehead scores the decisive goal for Stoke

Chase is on: Markus Rosenberg (right) attempts to hold off Ryan Shotton

Chase is on: Markus Rosenberg (right) attempts to hold off Ryan Shotton

MATCH FACTS

West Brom: Myhill, Reid, Olsson, Popov, McAuley, Yacob (Brunt 81), Dorrans, Mulumbu, Gera (Odemwingie 64), Rosenberg (Lukaku 64), Long

Subs not used: Daniels, Ridgewell, Tamas, Morrison

Stoke City: Begovic, Cameron, Huth, Shawcross, Shotton, Whelan, Nzonzi, Adam (Whitehead 65), Etherington (Kightly 59), Jones, Walters

Subs not used: Sorensen, Upson, Wilkinson, Palacios, Edu

Booked: Huth, Shawcross, Adam

Goal: Whitehead 75

Referee: Friend

Attendance: 24,739

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Stoke's victory means Albion have
failed to defeat them in front of their own fans for nine years and they
have triumphed only twice in the last 30 league meetings.

They have won all four Premier League encounters at The Hawthorns without conceding a goal.
Kenwyne Jones made his first Premier League start of the season in place
of the injured Peter Crouch and was a constant threat to the West Brom
defence.

Albion drew a blank at home for the
first time this season and seldom looked like finding a way through the
Stoke back four in which skipper Ryan Shawcross was outstanding.

Youssouf Mulumbu gave his usual solid display in midfield while defender Gareth McAuley made several crucial challenges.

But Albion lacked their usual spark
in the attacking third of the pitch as they missed the opportunity to
reclaim third spot after Chelsea's lunchtime defeat against West Ham.

West Brom head coach Steve Clarke
made six changes from the side beaten at Swansea in midweek and handed a
debut to Sweden striker Markus Rosenberg.

Sliding in: Ryan Shawcross goes in hard on Graham Dorrans

Sliding in: Ryan Shawcross goes in hard on Graham Dorrans

Battle: Robert Huth (left) attempts to take the ball from the feet of Shane Long

Battle: Robert Huth (left) attempts to take the ball from the feet of Shane Long

Tussle: Dorrans tries to find a way past Steven N'Zoni at The Hawthorns

Tussle: Dorrans tries to find a way past Steven N'Zoni at The Hawthorns

ones came close to breaking the deadlock in the 14th minute after a quiet opening to the game.
The Trinidad & Tobago international got on the end of a cross from
Geoff Cameron and directed his header back across goal and only inches
wide of the post.

Shawcross produced a fine tackle to
halt the run of Graham Dorrans on the edge of the Stoke box after a
reverse pass from Rosenberg.

Robert Huth blocked a fierce drive
from Mulumbu after Dorrans had found him in space but neither goalkeeper
had a save to make in the opening half-hour.

Huth became the first player to be yellow-carded after 35 minutes for bringing down Shane Long.
Stoke keeper Asmir Begovic had to back-pedal to parry a speculative dipping 40-yard attempt from Steven Reid over the bar.

Charlie Adam became the second Stoke player to be booked a minute before half-time for a foul on Zoltan Gera.

Goal-den boy: Tony Pulis puts his arm around his goalscorer

Goal-den boy: Tony Pulis puts his arm around his goalscorer

Wheeling away: Whitehead (left) and Jon Walters (right) celebrate

Wheeling away: Whitehead (left) and Jon Walters (right) celebrate

Shawcross followed him into referee Kevin Friend's notebook shortly after the restart after bringing down Long.

Begovic dealt comfortably with Jonas
Olsson's looping header from Long's cross as clear-cut chances continued
to be at a premium.

Pulis replaced Matthew Etherington with former Wolves winger Michael Kightly after 59 minutes.
Clarke then brought on forward players Romelu Lukaku and Peter Odemwingie for the ineffective Rosenberg and Gera.

Hounded: Goran Popov (right) is pursued by Walters

Hounded: Goran Popov (right) is pursued by Walters

Come here: Youssouf Mulumbu (right) leaves Charlie Adam in his wake

Come here: Youssouf Mulumbu (right) leaves Charlie Adam in his wake

McAuley produced a superb tackle inside the Baggies box to halt Jones in full flight.

But after 75 minutes Stoke broke the deadlock after a rare mistake by Jonas Olsson.

The centre-back tried to keep the
ball in play when challenging Jones but only succeeded in finding
Kightly. He ran unopposed into the Albion area and his low cross was
turned home by Whitehead.

Begovic parried a Dorrans drive but Stoke held out with relative ease for the three points.

Peter Crouch loses three teeth in collision with Fabricio Coloccini Stoke 2 Newcastle 1

'He wanted to carry on': Brave Crouch loses three teeth in collision with Coloccini

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23:37 GMT, 28 November 2012

Peter Crouch is facing dental surgery after losing two teeth with another embedded in his jaw following a collision with Fabricio Coloccini in Stoke's 2-1 win over Newcastle.

The Argentina defender's stray arm caught the 31-year-old striker in the jaw at the Brittania Stadium, but Potters boss Tony Pulis saw no malice in the challenge.

Pain game: Peter Crouch winces after the collision with Fabricio Coloccini

Pain game: Peter Crouch winces after the collision with Fabricio Coloccini

Pain game: Peter Crouch winces following the collision with Fabricio Coloccini

'Peter wanted to carry on. But then he saw his teeth in the doctor’s hands. He almost fainted, I think.

'He has lost two and the third was stuck in his upper jaw. He’s going to need some work on it. But I don’t think there was any malice in it.

Harsh reality: The extent of Crouch's injury becomes apparent to the striker

Harsh reality: The extent of Crouch's injury becomes apparent to the striker

Crouch was tended to by club doctor Andrew Dent, with Kenwyne Jones replacing Crouch in the 40th minute.

Pulis saw his side come from behind after Papiss Cisse hit the opener for the visitors just after the break.

But Jon Walters and Cameron Jerome were both on target as Pulis saw his side claim their third win in four matches.

Stoke player Jamie Ness and model girlfriend saved from carbon monoxide poisoning by dog

Dog saves Stoke City midfielder and model girlfriend from carbon monoxide poisoning
Jamie Ness and girlfriend Heather noticed their dog was sleeping all dayEngineer discovered carbon monoxide leak was slowly poisoning labrador and could have killed couple

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13:27 GMT, 23 November 2012

Heather Weir and boyfriend Jamie Ness could not understand why their normally active golden labrador wanted to sleep all day

Heather Weir and boyfriend Jamie Ness could not understand why their normally active golden labrador wanted to sleep all day

Stoke City's Jamie Ness and his model girlfriend Heather Weir say they owe their lives to their pet labrador after his strange behaviour prompted them to call in engineers.

They could not understand why their normally active dog Alfie suddenly wanted to sleep all day.

Investigations eventually revealed that the couple's Aga cooker was leaking lethal carbon monoxide gas that could have killed them.

One-year-old Alfie was sleepy because he was being slowly poisoned by the colourless, odourless gas.

Weir, 22, said: 'Without his strange behaviour Jamie and I would have went months not realizing what was leaking into our home.

'I love him so much and I'm so thankful to have such a wonderful companion – he saved our life.'

The 21-year-old midfielder moved from Glasgow to a new home in Cheshire with his girlfriend in July when he left Rangers for Stoke. He is yet to play for Tony Pulis's team in the Barclays Premier League but has represented Scotland through the age groups.

After noticing a strange smell, Heather had the stove checked and discovered it had been serviced and passed that month.

However, she said: 'Within the past four weeks, Alfie was sleeping all day. He had stopped playing with his toys and was just very lethargic.'

After returning from a family trip to the United States, Heather noticed Alfie was getting worse.

She said: 'He just wasn't right at all. Usually Alfie would be up and down like a yo-yo pestering me to play but instead, he went up to our room and slept for five hours.'

Heather had experienced a few brief moments of sickness but Jamie did not show any symptoms at all.

Determined to get the bottom of Alfie's strange behaviour, she called an engineer out to the home who immediately realised what was happening.

He told the couple that if Heather had not picked up on Alfie's sickness their exposure to the carbon monoxide leaking from the stove 'could have been fatal'.

Lucky escape: Stoke City Jamie Ness controls the ball against the Columbus Crew in July

Lucky escape: Stoke City Jamie Ness controls the ball against the Columbus Crew in July

Heather with Alfie: 'He makes our house a home', she said

Heather with Alfie: 'He makes our house a home', she said

Alfie's unusual behaviour alerted his owners to the carbon monoxide poisoning

Alfie's unusual behaviour alerted his owners to the carbon monoxide poisoning

'I explained about Alfie and myself and he was so genuinely concerned and happy that he'd discovered this for us before it could have been fatal,' she said.

'He explained that the smell of gas was not nearly as dangerous as the issue with the leak of carbon monoxide.

'I cannot believe how lucky we are – had we not caught this when we did, it could have been fatal to us all.

'I don't know what I'd do without Alfie – he makes our house a home.'

She added: 'Within two days of the problem being solved Alfie is back to his usual self.'

Carbon monoxide poisoning claims the lives of around 50 people a year in the UK.

Heather and Jamie said their dog was now back to his usual happy self

Heather and Jamie said their dog was now back to his usual happy self

Stephanie Trotter OBE, president and director of CO-Gas Safety who raise awareness and publish data of CO deaths and accidents, said that carbon monoxide prevention needs a “belt and braces” approach.

She said: 'Firstly, well done to the dog and well done to the girl.

'Often our dogs, cats and other pets are more susceptible to the gas because of their smaller lungs and weight.

'That's
why miners used to take canaries down the mines – if they stopped
singing you knew to get out because there was CO present.

'We
encourage all homes to open windows for ventilation, have their
chimneys regularly swept and install detectors – it really has to be a
belt and braces approach to keeping an eye on CO.'

The RSPCA said pet owners should be more aware of their pets' behaviour.

A
spokesman said: 'This demonstrates the importance of pet owners being
aware of their pet's normal behaviour and of being observant.

'If they do notice any change in their
pet's behaviour it's important to seek advice from their vet as it could
be a sign that their pet is suffering from a medical problem.'

Paul Johnston, chief executive of
Gas Safe Register, commented: 'The couple involved in this incident had a
lucky escape, but tragically others are not always so fortunate.

'Carbon
monoxide is a highly poisonous gas. You can't see it, taste it or smell
it and without an adequate supply of fresh air, it can kill quickly.

'The symptoms are also very similar to flu, which at this time of year is worrying if people get the two confused.'

For more information about carbon monoxide poisoning visit www.gassaferegister.co.uk