Fate has a funny way of slapping you in the face from time to time. As a Vale fan I was none too chuffed to be the bloke whom the rota dictated was editing The Sentinel on the weekend that Stoke City gained promotion to the Premier League. Through gritted teeth I chose the images of smiling, waving and cheering supporters in red and white and wrote an editorial paying tribute to the club’s achievement. Not my best weekend. Guess who’s editing the paper tonight, then – just hours after Stoke secured a place at Wembley in the semi-final of the FA Cup? To be fair, even I can see how the Potters’ achievements are good for the city and making an awful lot of people smile. So I’m going to cross my fingers – for the sake of my Stoke City fan mates – that our arch-rivals make it to the final. It’s only a game, after all.