Season 2006/7

By Dan Buxton
Last updated : 08 May 2010

Karl Henry - Wolves(£175,000)
#23
Centre midfield, Centre back, Right back, Right Midfield
d.o.b:26/11/82
Signed/Sold: Youth team/August 2006
Games this season: 15/13
Goals this season: 0
Total club games: 76/63
Total club goals: 1

Former England under-19 international who has good on ball qualities but gets pushed off it too easily.

Has said that he feels the worst part of his game is his crossing and he prefers to play centre.

Never really got his career going at the Brit and has never been a regular.

In 2003 went out on loan to Cheltenham as Stoke decided he needed the competitive game for a sustained period to get him used to playing and progress his mind and body.

Plays pretty football and is good on the ball but not clinical enough and doesn't carry it enough.

Wolverhampton born and came through the youth academy but moved on to further his career and get regular action at his home town club after his contract expired with the Potters.

Peter Kopteff - Utrecht(£175,000)
#25
Left wing, Right wing, Attacking midfielder
d.o.b:10/04/79
Signed/Sold: January 2006/August 2006
Games this season: 4/4
Goals this season: 0
Total
club games: 4/4
Total club goals: 0

Signed for £100,000 from Norwegian club Viking.

Struggled to makew an impact after becoming available for action on January 1st.

Looked impressive on debut setting up numerous chances from the left wing for the Stoke players who were waiting in the box.

Never got a run in the side and doesn't seem to be a player who suits the english game.

Change of manager with Boskamp leaving and Pulis returning seemed to be a move that brought an end to his Potters career sooner than anticipated and he left shortly before the start of the 2006/7 season.

Hannes Sigurdsson - Brondby(£180,000)
#10
Striker
d.o.b:10/4/83
Signed/Sold: August 2005/August 2006
Games this season: 0/3
Goals this season: 0
Total club games: 10/19
Total club goals: 1

Was brought in on a free transfer on the recommendation of John Rudge.

Struggled to really nail down a first team spot and didn't play in hius favoured position up front until a couple of games late in his first season.

Has struggled with injuries a lot since his move but is a man with a lot of power and a thunderous shot and should be a good target man if played up front.

Mostly featured on the left wing in a role that just doesn't suit his build, speed or general game.

Needed to be more involved and involve teammates more but left shortly after a bust up with then captain Michael Duberry following a Carling Cup defeat against Darlington.

Patrick Berger - returned to Aston Villa after loan
#27
Left winger, second striker
d.o.b:
Signed/Left: November 2006/January 2007
Games in last season: 1/6
Goals in last season: 0
Total club games: 1/6
Total club goals: 0

Came in and sat on the bench for two months, playing understudy to fellow Villa man Lee Hendrie.

One start was against Coventry when Lawrence was injured so Hendrie moved to the right.

Looked dangerous when coming off the bench but went back to Villa after two months with Stoke.

Jeff Whitley - returned to Cardiff after loan
#29
Defensive midfielder
dob: 28/1/79
Signed/left: August 2006/January 2007
Games in last season: 1/3
Goals in last season: 0
Total club games: 1/3
Total club goals: 0

Never really got going in a short loan spell from Cardiff and ended up returning at Christmas, having not been seen for three months.

Disappointed during time on the field and left Ninian Park for Wrexham after going AWOL upon his return.

Luke Chadwick - Norwich(£220,000)
#19
Right wing, Centre midfield
d.o.b:18/11/80
Signed/left: August 2005/January 2007
Games in last season:13/2
Goals in last season:3
Total club games:50/5
Total club goals:6

Joined from West Ham after helping them get promotion to the Premiership.

Spent 5 months on loan up until the new year before being signed permanently for £100,000.

Was one of the most consistent performers and played numerous dangerous balls into the area.

Scored a fantastic solo goal in the FA Cup tie v Walsall that won the game.

Broke into the Manchester United team in 1999 as United won the treble but couldn't get regular action as David Beckham stood between him and the first team and he was loaned out to many clubs.

In June 2006 Norwich manager Nigel Worthigton asked Stoke about his availability but they were told he was not for sale.

Even a change of manager at Carrow Road didn't deter them and he moved to Norwich in November 2006 on loan with a £220,000 deal being wrapped up in January. This was due to him not settling at Stoke and having to travel from the south everyday as his wife refused to move the family north.

Dave Brammer - Millwall(Free)
#8
Centre Midfield
d.o.b:28/02/75
Signed/Sold: July 2004/January 2007
Games in last season: 11/11
Goals in last season: 0
Total club games: 96/15
Total club goals: 3

Brought in from Crewe to complete a round trip of the potteries after joining Crewe from Port Vale. Was highly regarded at both Crewe and Vale as a leader, an excellent passer and one who can play that deadly ball that maybe we were missing a bit after John Eustace's groin injury struck the season before.

Scored a cracking 35-yarder in the pre-season game against West Brom but has so far failed to live up to that in competitive fixtures.

Has one spectacular goal against Luton in the 93rd minute to win the game 2-1 in August 2005.

Struggled to play his type of game in Pulis' narrow formation but did improve with Boskamps move stretched line up as he was able to switch the ball to the wingers better.

Started the 2006/7 season in the team but fell away with the arrivals of Diao, Hendrie, Lawrence and Delap and was sold on a free transfer to Millwall in January of that season.

Michael Duberry - Reading(£800,000)
#5
Centre back
d.o.b:14/10/75
Signed/Sold: March 2005/January 2007
Games in last season:32
Goals in last season:0
Total club games:102
Total club goals:1

Centre back signed from Leeds after a successful loan spell.

Played in a Champions League semi final during his time at Elland Road.

Became an integral part of the team after he signed and was made captain for the 2005/6 season.

Will be seen if he keeps his place much longer as the club aim to push on and go for the top 6.

Usually consistent but this was not as evident at the end of the 2005/6 season as his game went downhill after the return of Clint Hill.

Played alongside Hill and then Higginbotham in late 2006 before being sold for £800,000 to Reading in January 2007.

Adam Vass - Brescia(£150,000)
#32
Centre midfield
d.o.b:
Signed: Academy
Games this season: 0
Goals this season: 0
Total club games: 0
Total club goals: 0

Youngster signed as a 15-year old from Ferencravos in his native Hungary.

Immediately shine at academy level and later in the reserves.

Won a first full international cap in November 2006 to become Stoke's youngest ever full international and signed a first professional contrac, a 6 month deal, later that week.

Made the bench on only two occasions, failing to get on the pitch on both, and promptly left at the end of the season.

Very highly rated by many an observer at academy and reserve level and the former coach of both sides Noel Blake tips him for the top.

Signed for Brescia in Italy in June 2007 and a tribunal awaits to set the fee for the young midfielder.

Jonathon Fortune - returned to Charlton after loan
#5
Centre back
d.o.b:
Signed/Left: January 2007/May 2007
Games this season: 14
Goals this season: 1
Total club games: 14
Total club goals: 1

Brought in at the very end of the January window after Michael Duberry's unexpected departure.

Played a pivotal role alongside Danny Higginbotham as the Potters fell just short of a top-6 finish.

Returned to relegated Charlton but has been pencilled in by Pulis as a summer transfer target.

Lee Hendrie - returned to Aston Villa after loan
#16
Centre midfielder, right or left winger
d.o.b:
Signed/Left: January 2007/May 2007
Games in last season: 26/2
Goals in last season: 3
Total club games: 26/2
Total club goals: 3

Signed on loan from Aston Villa and was the first of many big name players to arrive on loan during the season.

Started off fantastically, netting 3 in his first 5 games, before niggling injuries took there toll and his form died down.

Was brought back in January for a second stint but never really got going and was released by Villa upon his return.

Andy Griffin - returned to Portsmouth after loan
#20
Right back, Left back
d.o.b: 07/03/79
Signed: January 2008
Games this season: 18/3
Goals this season: 0
Total club games: 124/10
Total club goals: 4

Came through the youth team in the mid nineties and was brought by Newcastle for £1.5 million after some stunning displays.

Scored a last minute Champions League winner against Juventus for the Toon Army but failed to nail down a regular spot amid the constant change in the managers chair during his stay.

Moved to Portsmouth where he suffered injuries and eventually rejoined the Potters on loan in September 2006. When his loan expired he was forced to head back to Pompey only for the Potters to complete a new loan until the end of the season.

Scored the goal of the season in a foggy televised home game against Coventry in November when he cut inside onto his right foot and hammered a 35 yard drive into the top corner.

He rejoined the Potters for a fourth time in January 2008 after a nightmare 6 months in Derby's 'season from hell' and seemed very low on confidence and form before his season was cut short by an injury with 3 and a half games left.


Lee Martin - returned to Manchester United after loan
#21
Left winger, right winger, attacking centre midfield
d.o.b: 09/02/87
Signed/Left: January 2007/May 2007
Games this season: 5/9
Goals this season: 1
Total club games: 5/9
Total club goals: 1

Joined from Manchester United on loan for the season as the January window slammed shut.

Exciting, pacey winger shone on debut away at Premiership Fulham in the FA Cup.

Scored a crucial winner at home to Southampton to keep the Potters play off hopes alive.

Came on for the injured Hendrie during the Potters final game away at QPR and gave a man of the match performance but couldn't see the Potters grab a play off place.

Keith Thomas - released
#37
Striker
d.o.b:
Signed: Academy
Games this season: 0
Goals this season: 0
Total club games: 0
Total club goals: 0

Was released in May 2007 after never making the matchday 16.

Suffered from injuries and having two other young strikers in Paterson and Rooney ahead of him for academy, reserve and first team duties.

Kevin Harper - Dunfermline(Free)
#11
Right wing, Left wing, Striker
d.o.b:15/01/76
Signed: February 2005
Games this season:1/3
Goals this season:0
Total club games:16/14
Total club goals:1

Made a great impact on debut after signing from Portsmouth for £100,000. He set up 2 goals from 2 corners as Stoke beat Leicester 3-2.

Has had horrendous luck with injuries that have seriously restricted his impact with the Potters.

Failed to complete the 2005/6 season after dislocating his shoulder at home to Hull in January 2006.

Was used sparingly at the beginning of the following season before being loaned out to Carlisle and then Walsall, who he helped win promotion before being released by the Potters at the end of the season.

Rob Duggan - Stafford Rangers(Free)
#33
Goalkeeper
d.o.b:01/04/87
Signed: Youth team
Games this season: 0
Goals
conceded this season: 0
Clean sheets this season: 0
Total club games: 0
Total goals conceded/Clean sheets: 0/0

Young Irish keeper graduated from the academy in the 2005/6 season where he sat on the bench a few times and learnt a lot from experienced first team keepers Steve Simonsen and Ed De Goey.

De Goey's retirement after that season left him as number 2 keeper and he may have been thinking he would be shortly making his debut but that never materialised and he was released at the end of the 2006/7 season after a loan move to Stafford Rangers had produced some good displays.

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