Short Books Club :: And She Laughed No More

Calling all Stoke fans…

The football Premiership is not all glamour now that Stoke City’s ugly duckling wings are flapping in the Big Boys’ faces.

In 2008, unfashionable Stoke City managed to grind their way into the Promised Land of the Premiership. Under the dour, pragmatic guidance of manager Tony Pulis, they were never going to be pretty to watch. Now, three years later they have battled their way to the final of the FA Cup – to be played against Man City on Saturday. Every Stoke fans dreams are resting on the outcome.

It has been a long journey to the top and lifetime Stoke supporter, Stephen Foster, has tracked every last move. In his book, And She Laughed No More, Foster tells the story of a club with a chip on its brawny shoulders, whose tactics were built around heroic defiance of superstars earning 150 grand a week – and, of course, Rory Delap’s long throw. If you want to know how Stoke got to where they are – and the pitfalls along the way – this is the book for you. Foster chronicles the blood, sweat and tears of an unlikely season when the Potters were rescued from their lower league nightmare and transported to the Theatre of Dreams at Old Trafford (they lost 5-0).

Tomorrow’s match is simply the next chapter… Come on the Potters!