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Lowe may have to re-title collection as Greatest Games...bar one

Stoke City author Simon Lowe will doubtless not mind at all if his latest title needs an amendment after the final whistle has sounded on the FA Cup final.
Lowe, a columnist on the Sentinel newspaper in Stoke, teamed up with fellow writer David Lee to compile Stoke City’s Greatest Games, a comprehensive celebration of the 50 biggest triumphs in the history of the Potters.
The selection was drawn from an official poll conducted among fans by the club website, www.stokecityfc.com. The 1972 League Cup final victory over Chelsea, plus promotion celebrations and famous triumphs over the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool, Leeds United, Arsenal and Chelsea feature strongly, as do some less glamorous but nonetheless exceptional wins over Bury, Stockport, Cardiff, Reading and Luton during the club’s leaner years further down the league.  Interviews with stars of the highlighted games enliven the stories.
Lowe is also the author of Match of My Life: Stoke City, in which 16 former players relive their own greatest games, as well as Stoke City: 101 Golden Greats, Delilah Roars Again: Stoke City 1984-2009 and Potters at War.
He also ghosted Just One of Seven: The Autobiography of Denis Smith, who spent almost 20 years as a player at Stoke and was a member of the 1972 League Cup-winning side, before embarking on a career in football management.
Meanwhile, Stephen Foster, who has written two books on the joys and travails of being a Stoke fan in exile (if living in Norwich can be so described), is planning a third volume with the Cup final as its climax.
Foster’s She Stood There Laughing, published in 2004, was notable for its self-deprecating humour and earned some complimentary reviews, as well as healthy sales.  He followed up with And She Laughed No More in 2009.
The author revealed on his blog (walkingollie.wordpess.com) that he is planning to publish She Stood There Laughing to Amazon Kindle now that the original paperback is out of print.

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