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Stone Stokies enjoy Wembley wonder show

Stoke City fans from Stone were at Wembley on Sunday to see their beloved club thrash Bolton Wanderers and reach the final of the FA Cup for the first time in its history. Nigel Howle sent this photo of a Stone Stoke flag being proudly waved outside the stadium. Is it yours? Please get in touch!! Stone brewery Lymestone did ...

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Young Stone sports stars recognised

Young Stone athletes who are making the grade on the national stage have been recognised by Staffordshire County Council. Forty-two young athletes putting pride into Staffordshire attended a ceremony at Cannock Cricket and Hockey Club this week. They were presented with a cheque from Staffordshire County Council’s Young People’s Sports Performance Grant Scheme. All are members of their national governing ...

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Lymestone brews Stoke City semi-final ale

Stone’s Lymestone Brewery is producing a special ale to celebrate Stoke City’s charge to the FA Cup semi-final. The Potters play Bolton Wanderers at Wembley on Sunday 17th April and life-long supporter and Lymestone head brewer Ian ‘Brad’ Bradford is producing an ale called Stone Banker to mark the occassion. Stone Banker? Manager Tony Pulis uttered the phrase after the ...

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Stone Olympic hopeful battles for 2012 place

It’s 500 days to the start of the London 2012 Olympics and, with tickets going on sale today, one hopeful from Stone has set up his own website to keep people up to date with his battle for an Olympic place. Eighteen-year-old Joe Clarke, a student at Alleynes High School and member of Stafford and Stone Canoe Club, competes in ...

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John is sporting volunteer of the year

A dedicated member of the Stone and District Swimming Club has been named as sporting volunteer of the year at the first Volunteer Staffordshire Awards. More than 50 volunteers were at Chase Golf Club in Cannock on Saturday night, with nine volunteers, volunteer groups and volunteer professionals taking away a Volunteer Staffordshire Award, including John Shemilt from Stone. A fantastic ...

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Six-a-side teams needed for new league

Six-a-side football teams are needed for a new league that starts in Stone in February. The league will take place at Alleyne’s Sports Centre’s outdoor Astroturf pitches off Oulton Road on Monday evenings. Games are 40 minutes with FA-qualified referees. Players must be 16 and over, with match fees costing £28 per team per week. Call 07799 217987 for more ...

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Young Stone goalie nets national place

Young Stone goalkeeper Lewis Ratcliffe made his debut for a national schools team in a recent tournament. The 14-year-old Stafford Grammar shot-stopper was called-up to the Independent Schools’ Association (ISA) national squad after catching the eye of selectors at trials held during the summer at Repton School in Derbyshire. In their curtain raiser, the ISA outfit notched up a 4-1 ...

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Pupils’ petition to save sports partnership

Pupils have been collecting signatures outside a Stone school for a national petition to save school sport partnerships. The Department for Education has removed the funding for the partnerships, which offer sports programmes and specialist coaching in schools. The Stafford and Stone School Sport Partnership is set to end in April 2011, along with 449 others across England. Pupils at ...

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Young sports stars urged to bid for funding

Young sporting stars have been urged to follow in the footsteps of Stone sailor Sarah Norbury and apply for funding to help them excel in their field. Applications are now being submitted for a share of the county council’s Young People’s Sports Performance Grant Scheme. Each year the scheme provides funding to support young talented sportspeople who either live or go ...

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