Retired footballer claims Arsenal was his former side’s ‘banker’

Peter Crouch has relived his time at Stoke City, and has claimed that Arsenal was their banker under Tony Pulis.

The Potters were notorious for making life difficult for opponents, especially at their home ground, so much that the phrase ‘could they do it on a cold night in Stoke?’.

Crouchy was one of a number of players who enjoyed his time in that side, and claimed that they saw us as their ‘banker’.

“Arsenal was our home banker, we made things difficult,” he said on BT Sport (via Football League World). “I remember we trained in the middle of the pitch before we played Arsenal, just to cut it all up and they couldn’t play. The grass had grown longer, I remember look at Aaron Ramsey and he couldn’t see his boot. He was like Crouchy? and I went this is what we do.

“My best line of all time for me and it’s one of the best lines I’ve heard in football was when he [Pulis] said don’t get ahead of yourselves lads, you’re bang average players in a fantastic system. Well, you can’t argue with that.”

I think I’m supposed to be annoyed about the comment, but I can’t forget how difficult they used to make it for us to play. They almost played anti-football, and to their credit, they were really good at.

I used to hate having to see our team play at the Britannia, but I did enjoy seeing our rivals struggle there.

They were good at what they did, but I can’t say I miss them…


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  1. Well well well! They taught indeed. On that Crouch’s confessions, I will it to providence to judge.

  2. Well his right.They ( The Orcs) were a right load of “ Merchant Bankers”.Good at bullying kids ,rugby. & breaking legs.Aided & abetted by the PGMOL.Something to be proud of you can tell your grandkids.
    By the way I actually like “ crouchy”.Just not the club he played for.

  3. Fairly ancient history now, and pointless too.
    Stoke and Tony Pullis are about as relevant to our todays Arsenal as, lets say, a piece of cabbage is to a car engine. Yes THAT pointless.

    To be clear, I am all for historical pieces that SAY something of relevance, such as KENS RECENT MARVELLOUS THREE PARTER ON DAVID DEIN.

    Relevance, not just silly pointless, made up gossip is what this site badly needs.
    BTW, I like Peter Crouch; one of footballs good guys!

  4. Peter mentioned his most favourite line as one that Pulis said. I can think of one better by himself when asked what he’d be if he wasn’t a footballer and replied “a virgin”. Classic.
    Like most Gooners I was pleased to see Stoke relegated and not just for their agricultural football, but also for their vile supporters. Hope they never return.

  5. I think wenger got so unfairly treated and hounded what really should of happened is he should of had a deputy and 2 i would have put in the frame are eddie howe and mikel arteta and maybe flamini considering he is worth 14billion now might buy the club

  6. Breaking legs & playing peasant football aside, what else can Peter talk about Stoke. They’re where they belong. I hope they get relegated further.

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