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Stoke City F.C.
Stoke City badge
Full name Stoke City Football Club
Nickname(s) The Potters
Founded 1863 (as Stoke Ramblers)
Ground Britannia Stadium
Stoke-on-Trent
(Capacity: 28,383)
Chairman Peter Coates
Manager Tony Pulis
League Premier League
2008–09 Premier League, 12th
Home colours
Away colours
Current season
.Stoke City Football Club is a football club based in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England.^ Stoke City is an English football club based in Stoke-on-Trent, England.
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^ Comment on this Stoke City football chant .
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^ It is part of a larger celebration organised by Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Stoke City Football Club.
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.Founded in 1863, Stoke is the oldest club in the Premier League, and thought to be the second oldest professional football club in the world, after Notts County.^ Founded in 1863, Stoke is the oldest club in the Premier League, and thought to be the second oldest professional football club in the world, after Notts County.
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^ Stoke City has the honourable distinction of being the oldest football club in the English Premier League and one of the oldest football clubs in the world.

^ Kier Stoke reaches Premier League .
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.Stoke play their home fixtures at the Britannia Stadium, a 28,000 all-seater stadium.^ Stoke City and the Premiership Stoke now play their home fixtures at the Britannia Stadium, a 28,000 all-seater stadium.
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^ See all Stoke City fixtures » .
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^ Stoke City Information Stoke City play their home games at the Britannia Stadium, which is a relatively new 28,000 capacity all-seater stadium.
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.The stadium was opened in 1997; prior to this date Stoke had played at the Victoria Ground, which had been their home ground since 1878 (a record of 119 years currently shared with Wolverhampton Wanderers).^ The stadium was first opened in 1997; prior to this date Stoke had played at the Victoria Ground, which had been their home ground since 1878 (a record of 119 years which was an English record until 2008 when Wolverhampton Wanderers equalled them).
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^ Their new home was opened in 1997 and before that Stoke had played at the Victoria Ground.

^ Stoke played at the Victoria Ground, which had been their home ground since 1878 (a record of 119 years).
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.The club's nickname is The Potters (after the pottery industry in Stoke-on-Trent) and their home kit is a red-and-white vertically striped shirt with white shorts and white socks.^ The clubs bears the nickname the Potters after the pottery industry in the city.
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^ Stoke Citys home strip is red and white vertical stripes, white shorts and white socks.

^ During this period the famous red and white striped kit of Stoke was also adopted.
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.Prior to their 2008 promotion, Stoke had not participated in top flight football since the 1984-85 season, in which they were relegated with a total of 17 points, a record low total for twenty-one years.^ Liverpool v Stoke City, 1984/85 .
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^ Last played in top-flight: 1984/85.
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^ Stoke finished the season with 17 points, their worst ever total.
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.Stoke's first major trophy was won in the 1972 League Cup Final, when they beat Chelsea 2-1. The club have won the Football League Trophy on two occasions, firstly in 1992 and most recently in 2000.^ Stoke\'s first major trophy was won in the 1972 League Cup Final, when Stoke beat Chelsea 2-1.
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^ Stoke City won the League cup in 1972 and thus qualified for the UEFA Cup for the first time.
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^ League Cup Winners: 1972 .
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History

Formation

Chart showing the progress of Stoke City F.C. through the English football league system from the inaugural season in 1888–89 to 2007–08 when Stoke won promotion to the Premier League
.Stoke City F.C., considered to be the second-oldest English football league club, formed in 1863, under the name Stoke Ramblers, when pupils of Charterhouse School formed a football club while apprentices at the North Staffordshire Railway works in Stoke-on-Trent.^ Stoke City F.C., considered to be the second-oldest English football league club, was formed in 1863, under the name Stoke Ramblers, when pupils of Charterhouse School formed a football club while apprentices at the North Staffordshire Railway works in Stoke-on-Trent.The club's first documented match was three years later, in October 1868, against an EW May XV at the Victoria Cricket Club ground.

^ Stoke City is an English football club based in Stoke-on-Trent, England.
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^ Founded in 1863, Stoke is the oldest club in the Premier League, and thought to be the second oldest professional football club in the world, after Notts County.
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[1] .The club's first documented match was five years later, in October 1868, against an EW May XV at the Victoria Cricket Club ground.^ Their first recorded game was in October 1868 against E.W.May club at the Ramblers first ground; the Victoria Cricket Club.
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^ The club played its first documented match in October 1868 against EW May XV at the Victoria Cricket Club.
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^ During the 29 years since the Tollgate first opened its doors as a squash club...
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.Henry Almond, the club's founder, was also captain, and scored the club's first ever goal.^ Average time first goal scored .
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^ That was Dixon's first competitive goal for the club.
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^ Henry Almond, the club's founder, was also captain, and coincidentally scored the club's first ever goal.

.During this period they played at the Victoria Cricket Ground; however, they switched to a nearby ground at Sweetings Field in 1875 to cope with rising attendances.^ During this period they played at the Victoria Cricket Ground; however, they switched to a ground located at nearby Sweetings Field in 1875 to cope with rising attendances.

^ The club played its first documented match in October 1868 against EW May XV at the Victoria Cricket Club.
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^ During the 1870s Stoke became the leading club in the Potteries area, merging with Stoke Victoria Cricket Club in 1878, when they moved into what became known as the Victoria Ground, their home for the next 119 years.
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[1]
The Victoria Ground, the home of Stoke City F.C. from 1878-1997
.In 1878, the club merged with Stoke Victoria Cricket Club, and became Stoke Football Club.^ In the same year, the club merged with Stoke Victoria Cricket Club to become Stoke Football Club.
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^ The team merged with the Stoke Victoria Cricket Club, before turning professional in 1865.
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^ In 1878 Stoke Ramblers merged with Stoke Victoria Cricket Club and came to be known as Stoke Football Club.
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.[1] They moved from their previous ground, Sweetings Field, to the Athletic Club ground, which soon became known as the Victoria Ground.^ The club became owners of their stadium, the Victoria Ground, around 1919.

^ The club turned professional in 1885, and became owners of their stadium, the Victoria Ground, around 1919.
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^ Me, Myself, and I The Stoke Ramblers were formed in 1863 and moved in 1878 to the Victoria Ground, which was to be their home for the next 119 years.
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[2] .It was around this time that the club adopted their traditional red-and-white striped kit.^ During this period the famous red and white striped kit of Stoke was also adopted.
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^ Chances followed for Chelsea, as first Bosingwa shot wide and then Drogba and Essien saw efforts blocked by red and white striped shirts.
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^ In the winter of 1966-67, Stoke adopted a candy-striped version of their traditional striped shirt.
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.In August 1885, the club turned professional.^ Known then as the Stoke Ramblers, the side eventually merged with the Stoke Victoria Cricket Club before turning professional in 1865.
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^ The club turned professional in 1885, and became owners of their stadium, the Victoria Ground, around 1919.
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^ The Ramblers and later called Stoke FC. Turning professional in 1885, the club were founder member of the Football League in 1888.
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[1]
.Stoke was one of the twelve founding members of The Football League when it was introduced in 1888.[3] The club struggled in their first two seasons, 1888-89 and 1889-90, finishing bottom on both occasions.^ Stoke City was founded in 1863 and are the second oldest club in the English football league.
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^ In 1885 the club turned professional and were one of the 12 founding members of the Football League in 1888.
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^ Stoke became one of the twelve founding members of the Football League when it was introduced in 1888.

[4] .In 1914, the First World War meant the league was suspended for four years, until it eventually recommenced in August 1919. During this wartime period, Stoke entered the Lancashire Primary and Secondary leagues.^ During this wartime period, Stoke entered the Lancashire Primary and Secondary leagues.

^ The club struggled in their first two seasons, 1888-89 and 1889-90, finishing bottom on both occasions.In 1914, the First World War meant the league was suspended for a period of four years, until it eventually recommenced in August 1919.

^ The stadium was first opened in 1997; prior to this date Stoke had played at the Victoria Ground, which had been their home ground since 1878 (a record of 119 years which was an English record until 2008 when Wolverhampton Wanderers equalled them).
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[5]

The Victoria Ground and Stanley Matthews

The club became owners of the Victoria Ground circa 1919. This was followed by the construction of the Butler Street stand, which increased the overall capacity of the ground to 50,000.[6] In 1925, Stoke-on-Trent was granted "city status" and this led the club to change its name to Stoke City F.C. in 1928.[7]
.The 1930s saw the début of club's most celebrated player, Stanley Matthews.^ He’s the most important player at the club.
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^ The club's most celebrated player Stanley Matthews made his debut in the 1930s and helped the club achieve promotion to the top flight in 1933.
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^ Sir Stanley Matthews signed professional terms with the club in 1932 and quickly developed into one of the best footballers in the world.
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.Matthews, who grew up in Hanley, was an apprentice at the club and made his first appearance in March 1932,[8] against Bury, at the age of 17.[9] By end of the decade, Matthews had established himself as an England international and as one of the best footballers of his generation.^ Carl was picked up from Derby County's Academy in 2002 and he has gone to make over 60 appearances for City since making his first-team debut in 2004.
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^ Stoke became one of the founder members of the Football League in 1888, but the Potters struggled and failed to win re-election at the end of the second season.
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^ As Matthews grew in reputation, so did attendances, which went from an average of 11,500 to 23,000 and in 1934, the directors announced that the club was in the black for the first time.
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.Stoke achieved promotion from the 2nd Division in 1932-33 - as champions - however Matthews only featured in fifteen games in this season.^ In 1922, Stoke were promoted to Division One only to be relegated the following season.
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^ The next season Stoke finished champions in Division 3 and promotion was theirs.
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^ Under Alan Ball, the club were relegated to the Third Division in 1991 and he failed to earn them promotion the following season.
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.He did however score his first goal for the club in a 3–1 win against local rivals Port Vale.^ Ironically the first goal he scored for Stoke was against big local rivals Port Vale, a club he supported in his adolescent years.
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^ That was Dixon's first competitive goal for the club.
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^ The club played its first documented match in October 1868 against EW May XV at the Victoria Cricket Club.
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[9]
.By 1934, the club's average attendance had risen to over 23,000, which in turn allowed the club to give the manager Tom Mather increased transfer funds.^ As Matthews grew in reputation, so did attendances, which went from an average of 11,500 to 23,000 and in 1934, the directors announced that the club was in the black for the first time.
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^ Liverpool Rafael Benitez shrugs off increasing pressure surrounding his position as Liverpool manager in the wake of the club's embarrassing exit from the FA Cup.
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^ In the 1960s, manager Tony Waddington was a huge figure in turning the club into a known one.
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.The club was now considered one of the top teams in the country.^ The Austrian international is tall [1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)] and strong, both of which will come in handy in the EPL. He is also considered one of the league's top talents, but he recently inked with the club thru 2013.
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^ Although the path chosen by McCarthy attacks the game at it's very core, you cannot have one rule for rich clubs and another for the smaller teams.
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^ The season after the club went one better by finishing top of the table and subsequently won promotion to Division 1.
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.It was in this period that the club recorded its record league win, a 10–3 win over West Bromwich Albion in February 1937. In April of that year, the club achieved its record league crowd - 51,373 against Arsenal.^ West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal 2008/9 .
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^ Record League defeat: 0-10 v.
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^ West Bromwich Albion FC 2009/10 .
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.Freddie Steele's 33 league goals in the 1936-37 season remains a club record.^ Freddie Steele holds the clubs overall goalscoring record after finding the net 142 times despite losing seven years of his career to the Second World War.

^ Stoke City League record : 97 games, 5 goals.

^ Stoke City League record : 194 games, 4 goals.

[9]

League decline

.The outbreak of World War II prevented any further progress as the league was suspended during the 1939-40 season for a period of 6 years.^ The side that reassembled for the 1946-47 season comprised most of the pre-war squad, albeit six years older.
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^ The club struggled in their first two seasons, 1888-89 and 1889-90, finishing bottom on both occasions.In 1914, the First World War meant the league was suspended for a period of four years, until it eventually recommenced in August 1919.

^ It is the season-long aim of Mick McCarthy and Wolves to be in the Premier League for another year."
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.Following the resumption of the FA Cup, tragedy struck as 33 fans died and 520 were injured during 6th round tie away against Bolton Wanderers.^ FA Cup: 4th round: Fulham a.

^ Stoke City Football Club Tonight's FA Youth Cup 4th Round clash against Hull City at the Britannia Stadium has been postponed!
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^ Season 2007-08 Stoke City (a) FA Cup Third Round .
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[10] .In 1946-47, Stoke mounted a serious title challenge.^ Stoke mounted a serious title challenge in the 1946/47 season but missed out on the final day.
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.The club needed a win in their final game of the season to win the First Division title.^ Under Alan Ball, the club were relegated to the Third Division in 1991 and he failed to earn them promotion the following season.
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^ But performances on the pitch did not match the impressive new stadium and for the 1998/99 season the club was relegated to Division Two.
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^ Lou Macari, though, steered them back up in time for the 1992/93 season, and made it two promotions in two campaigns by taking the club up to Division One that season.
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.However, a 2–1 defeat to Sheffield United meant the title went to Liverpool instead.^ The Potters went into their final game knowing that victory at Sheffield United would give them the title.

^ On the latter occasion the title was again a distinct possibility until another defeat at Sheffield United with just three games to go.

Stanley Matthews left with 3 games remaining of the 1946-47 season, opting to join Blackpool at the age of 32.[10]
.Stoke succumbed to relegation from the First Division in 1952-53, during the season Bob McGory resigned as the club's manager after 17 years in the role.^ Stoke City managed a fourteen year stay in the first division before relegation in 1977.

^ During the 29 years since the Tollgate first opened its doors as a squash club...
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^ Under Alan Ball, the club were relegated to the Third Division in 1991 and he failed to earn them promotion the following season.
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[11][12]

The Tony Waddington years

.Tony Waddington was appointed as the club's manager in June 1960.[13] He first joined the club in 1952 as a coach, before being promoted to assistant manager in 1957. Waddington pulled off a significant coup by enticing Stanley Matthews - now 46 years old - back to the club, 14 years after he had departed.^ The newly appointed manager, Tony Waddington re-signed the legendary Stanley Matthews from Blackpool, aged an incredible 46.
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^ Tony Waddington a man who had served Stoke since 1952 as a coach was appointed manager.
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^ In 1961, however, manager Tony Waddington pulled off a coup by persuading Matthews, now 46, to rejoin the club.
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[14] .The return of Matthews helped Stoke to an improved 8th position in 1961-62.^ In 1933 Stoke won the Second Division championship to return to the First Division, with a 17-year-old Stanley Matthews playing 15 matches in his first season.
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^ He is widely considered Stokes greatest manager and his power of persuasion was impressive as demonstrated when he lured football gifts like Stanley Matthews back to Stoke in 1961.
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.Promotion was achieved in the next season, with Stoke finishing as champions.^ The next season Stoke finished champions in Division 3 and promotion was theirs.
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^ Roy Hodgson's much improved Fulham welcome Stoke City to Craven Cottage as they continue their quest for European football next season.
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^ They almost gained promotion in his first season in charge but narrowly missed out when they finished 4 th .

[14] .In their first season back in the 1st Division, 1963-64, Waddington guided Stoke to a mid-table finish.^ The next season Stoke finished champions in Division 3 and promotion was theirs.
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^ Stoke finished bottom in both of their first two seasons, winning only seven matches throughout and lost their place to Sunderland in 1890 without a vote being taken.
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^ In 1915, having finished as champions of the Southern League Second Division, Stoke were elected back into the Football League for the third time but, with all professional football suspended for the duration of the Great War, it was not until 1919 that they played their first fixture.
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.Matthews remained influential, as he helped the club to the League Cup final in 1964, although this followed by defeat to Leicester City over two legs.^ Everton, despite conceding their first goal on English soil in the three weeks that have passed following defeat to Fulham, remain unbeaten since then.

^ Stoke City went on to win the Autoglass Trophy, Watney Cup, Isle of Man Trophy and the League Cup among others.
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^ Stoke City Football Club Tonight's FA Youth Cup 4th Round clash against Hull City at the Britannia Stadium has been postponed!
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[14]
Waddington counted on experience; Dennis Viollet, Jackie Mudie, Roy Vernon, Maurice Setters and Jimmy McIlroy were players signed in the latter stages of their careers. .Matthews was awarded a knighthood for services to football in the 1965 New Year's Honours list.^ Club Directory Players Managers Anfield New Stadium Brief History Hillsborough Classic Quotes Honours List Ticket Information LFC Links .
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^ SL Top Lists Buy Football Tickets Online Free Football Betting Transfer Rumours & News Soccerlens Navigation .
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.This was followed by his 701st, and final, league appearance for the club against Fulham in February 1965, shortly after his 50th birthday.^ However, the following year the club reached the final of the Staffordshire Senior Cup but missed out on cup victory to West Bromwich Albion 3-2.

^ Stoke City 3-1 Fulham, First Division, February 6, 1965, Stanley Matthews last game .

^ After finishing as champions of the Football Alliance in 1891, Stoke were voted back into the Football League following the decision to add two more clubs for the 1891-92 season.
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.Gordon Banks, England's 1966 World Cup-winning goalkeeper, joined in 1967 for £52,000 from Leicester.^ England's World Cup-winning keeper .

^ Stoke City signed World Cup legend and probably the best goal keeper in the world at the time Gordon Banks from Leicester for a massive £52,000 and just five years later Stoke won their biggest trophy to date.

^ England goalkeeper, Gordon Banks, signed from Leicester City for £52,000 became the mainstay of Stoke's side in the early 1970s and in 1972 they won their first major honour, beating Chelsea 2-1 to capture the League Cup.
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[14] .Regarded as the best goalkeeper in the world,[15][16] Banks proved to be a shrewd signing for Waddington as he helped the club maintain stability in the 1st Division.^ Stoke City signed World Cup legend and probably the best goal keeper in the world at the time Gordon Banks from Leicester for a massive £52,000 and just five years later Stoke won their biggest trophy to date.

^ Stoke City Football Club The Potters have now pulled out of a deal to sign Portsmouth goalkeeper David James.
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[14] .For one season in 1967, Stoke City F.C. was imported as the Cleveland Stokers of Cleveland, Ohio playing in the United Soccer Association.^ Played : 1955-72 Chesterfield, Leicester City , Stoke City.

^ Tagged Under: Stoke City FC , Wolverhampton Wanderers FC { no comments read them or add one } Portsmouth 4-0 Stoke City Carling Cup Highlights (Video) .
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^ Colchester United - Stoke City .

.The team emerged as runner-up of the Eastern Division, failing one point short of the championship final.^ Lou Macari, though, steered them back up in time for the 1992/93 season, and made it two promotions in two campaigns by taking the club up to Division One that season.
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^ The home team clawed its way back into the game and wrapped up three points with two headers.
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^ Championship Promotion Runners Up: 2007/2008 .
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[17]
.The club won its first significant trophy on 4 March 1972 in the League Cup Final.^ The 1972 League Cup winning team.

^ League Cup Winners: 1972 .
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^ The club won its first major trophy in 1972 when beating Chelsea 2-1 to win the League Cup.
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[18] .Stoke beat favourites Chelsea 2–1 in the final at Wembley Stadium in front of a crowd of 97,852 spectators.^ Meanwhile, the Weaver Stadium hosts the Barclays Premier League Reserve Division South fixture between Stoke City Reserves and Chelsea Reserves on Monday 2nd November.
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^ Stoke's first major honours were gained in the 1972 League Cup Final, when Stoke City beat Chelsea 2-1.
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^ Stoke 3 Fulham 2- Two little too late as hosts are almost caught cold The frozen Britannia Stadium crowd was warmed by the best and worst of these...
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[19] .Preceding this victory, Stoke had progressed through 11 games in order to reach the final.^ Stoke City Player   will also have extended highlights of the game 24 hours after the final whistle along with video reaction from the men that matter.
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^ With Lou's return Stoke reached the play-offs losing to Leicester City in the semi-final after a 1-0 defeat at the Victoria ground.
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^ In the 1999/00 season Stoke City put together a string of good results reached the playoffs, in the first round the game was against Gillingham.
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.This included four games with West Ham United in the semi-final; the two-legged match was replayed twice.^ Arsenal v West Ham United 2008/9 .
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^ Portsmouth vs West Ham United .
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^ Manchester City FC - Official It's Blackburn vs Aston Villa tonight in the first leg of their Carling Cup semi final.
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[20] .Stoke fared well in the FA Cup; the club progressed to the semi-final stage in both the 1970-71 and 1971-72 seasons.^ Stoke City Football Club Tonight's FA Youth Cup 4th Round clash against Hull City at the Britannia Stadium has been postponed!
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^ Manchester City FC - Official It's Blackburn vs Aston Villa tonight in the first leg of their Carling Cup semi final.
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^ The main competition that the club felt they weren’t ready for was the FA Cup which had been running for over a decade at this time but in 1883 the club entered but were soon knocked out.

.However, on both occasions Stoke lost to Arsenal in a replay.^ Stoke continued to pose problems on the break, however, as Whitehead and Fuller both spurned chances inside the six-yard box.

[19] .This was Stoke's best cup run for some time, with them failing to defeat top-flight opposition in the FA Cup from 1975 until a 3-1 victory over Arsenal in the 5th Round of the 2009/2010 competition.^ Arsenal v Burnley FA Cup 2008/9 .
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^ September 09 Nomads Continue Their Winning Run Nomads 4-1 Bicester Town Match report below Nomads host Berry-less Bicester NOMADS vs Bicester Town - Wednesday 7.45.k.o FA Cup Draw: it's Cirencester Town Draw made for 3rd qualifying round.
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^ Thursday 14th January 2010 Reading's goal in the last minute of normal time gave them a deserved extra half an hour and enabled them to send a poor Liverpool side crashing out of the FA Cup.

Stoke City also became the first First Division side to play a match on a Sunday, when they faced Chelsea on 27 January 1974
.The Butler Stand Roof was blown off in a storm, in January 1976.[21] The repair bill, in the region of £250,000, put the club in financial trouble, which was only eased by the sales of Alan Hudson, Mike Pejic and Jimmy Greenhoff for a combined sum of £440,000. With the team depleted, relegation proved inevitable in 1976-77 season.^ This left the club with a huge repair bill in the region of £250,000, one that could only be met by selling off key players.

^ Waddington made other significant signings like Alan Hudson and Peter Shilton in the 70’s but disaster was looming when in 1976 the Butler Stand roof was blown off in heavy gales.

^ Further disasters struck when during a storm, the roof of the Butler Street Stand was severely damaged forcing the club to sell some of their key players.
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Waddington, after a spell of 17 years in charge, left the club after a 1–0 home defeat to Leicester in March 1977.[19][22]

The managerial roundabout

.Waddington was replaced by George Eastham in March 1977, however he could not halt the club's slide to the Second Division in 1976-77. Eastham did not last long in the job, leaving during the 1977-78 season, in January 1978, after only 10 months in charge.^ George Eastham (February 1977 - January 1978) .
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^ But performances on the pitch did not match the impressive new stadium and for the 1998/99 season the club was relegated to Division Two.
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^ This left the club with a huge repair bill in the region of £250,000, one that could only be met by selling off key players.

.Alan Durban, arriving from Shrewsbury Town, was selected as the club's new manager in February 1978. Durban achieved promotion to the First Division in his first full season in charge, 1978-79, on the last day of the season.^ UniBond League First Division South NANTWICH TOWN 1 v RETFORD UNITED 2 Nick Linford.61 Neil Harvey.51 Ryan Hindley.75.
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^ Stoke won promotion to the Premier League after a goalless draw with Leicester City on the last day of the 2007-08 season, which was enough to keep them in 2nd place of The Championship and earn automatic promotion.
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^ After slipping into the third tier of the game, they won promotion back to the top flight last season under Tony Pulis to reach the Premier League for the first time.

[19] .After consolidating the club's position in the First Division, Durban left for Sunderland in 1981.[23] Ritchie Barker, who was appointed for 1981-82, had a short spell in charge, but was sacked in December 1983. The club's new manager, Bill Asprey decided to bring back veteran Alan Hudson.^ Richie Barker (June 1981 - December 1983) .
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^ Bill Asprey (December 1983 - April 1985) .
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^ Tony Waddington a man who had served Stoke since 1952 as a coach was appointed manager.

[24] .The decision paid off as an improved second-half of the season led to Stoke avoiding relegation on the final day of the 1983-84 season.^ Roy Hodgson's much improved Fulham welcome Stoke City to Craven Cottage as they continue their quest for European football next season.
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^ Stoke, beaten by Leicester in the Division One play-off semi-final in 1995-96, blew a place in the play-offs last year, drawing at home to Hull and then against QPR on the final day of the season, leaving them two points short.
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^ Mamady Sidibe was having a bruising head-to-head battle with Thomas Vermaelen and the Stoke striker had to temporarily come off after tangling with the commanding Arsenal centre-half.
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[23]
The next season, commonly referred to as The Holocaust Season by fans,proved to be disastrous. .Stoke finished the season with only 17 points, with just 3 wins all season.^ Stoke finished the season with 17 points, their worst ever total.
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^ As reported in Friday’s getreading the former Newcastle United, Portsmouth and Derby defender has made just three appearances this season, all of which were in the Carling Cup.
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^ Stoke City has been pretty decent with the performance and stand mid-chart at 9 th position while the Wolves have not yet been able to please their fans a lot, winning just 2 matches this season and standing very low at 17 th slot.

.Mick Mills was appointed player-manager for the 1985-86 season.^ New manager appointed for Oxford City Nomads Oxford City Nomads have appointed a new manager to emphasise the club’s focus on the development of young local players.
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^ In the 1984-85 season, new Stoke manager Mick Mills arrived.
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^ Mick Mills (May 1985 - November 1989) .
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[23] .Mills was unable to sustain a challenge for promotion however, and was sacked in November 1989 following a poor start to the 1989-90 season, after spending £1m on players.^ Worse was yet to come when in the 1989/90 season they finished bottom of Division 2 and were relegated to Division 3 under manager Alan Ball.

His successor, Alan Ball, Jr. became the club's 5th manager in 10 years.[23]
.Ball struggled in his first season in charge, 1989-90, and his Stoke were relegated to the third tier of English football after finishing bottom of the Second Division.^ The next season Stoke finished champions in Division 3 and promotion was theirs.

^ Worse was yet to come when in the 1989/90 season they finished bottom of Division 2 and were relegated to Division 3 under manager Alan Ball.

^ Stoke dropped into the Third Division.
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.Ball kept his job for the start of the following season, 1990-91, but departed during February 1991, in the midst of an indifferent season that saw Stoke finish 15th in the Third Division.^ The next season Stoke finished champions in Division 3 and promotion was theirs.

^ Stoke dropped into the Third Division.
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^ Season 2007-08 Stoke City (a) FA Cup Third Round .
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[25]
.Ball's successor, Lou Macari, was appointed in May 1991, prior to the start of the 1991-92 season.^ Improvement came in the football gifts and former ex Celtic player Lou Macari in May 1991.

.He clinched silverware for the club; the Football League Trophy was won with a 1–0 victory against Stockport County at Wembley, with Mark Stein scoring the only goal of the game.^ The club have won the Football League Trophy twice to date, firstly in 1992 and then in 2000.
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^ Macari guided Stoke to their 1-0 Autoglass victory over Stockport County at Wembley.

^ Football facing financial freeze - WalesOnline “There are many clubs who have pre-sold their Premier League income, television money.
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.The following season, 1992-93, promotion was achieved from the third tier - now known as League One[26] with Stoke finishing as league champions.^ The next season Stoke finished champions in Division 3 and promotion was theirs.

^ Paul Doyle: After turning a team of misfits into one of the top flight's most awkward opponents Tony Pulis now has to decide how to build on Stoke's successful first season in the Premier League Continue reading...
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^ Stoke won promotion to the Premier League after a goalless draw with Leicester City on the last day of the 2007-08 season, which was enough to keep them in 2nd place of The Championship and earn automatic promotion.
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Macari left in October 1993; Stein also departed, in a club record £1.5m move to Chelsea[25]
.Joe Jordan's tenure in charge was short; as he departed the club less than a year after joining.^ He was replaced by Joe Jordan but just after a year Lou Macari had left, he was back in charge at Stoke.
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.Following Jordan's departure, Stoke opted to reappoint Lou Macari only 12 months after he had left.^ He was replaced by Joe Jordan but just after a year Lou Macari had left, he was back in charge at Stoke.
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^ Stoke becamr a professional football club in 1885 and 3 years later they were one of only 12 clubs who formed the 'Football League'.
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^ At the other end Stoke’s only chance came late on when Everton’s Australian keeper Michael McEntagart saved superbly following a deflected effort.

.Stoke finished 4th in 1995-96 but were defeated in the play-off semi-final by Leicester City.^ Played : 1955-72 Chesterfield, Leicester City , Stoke City.

^ With Lou's return Stoke reached the play-offs losing to Leicester City in the semi-final after a 1-0 defeat at the Victoria ground.
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^ The stunner came in from Whelan in the finishing moments of the match, giving Stoke City a late lead and leaving little time for Spurs to recover.

.Macari left the club at the end of the season, his last game in charge was the final league game at the Victoria Ground.^ The side became Stoke FC in 1878 after a merger with Stoke Victoria Cricket Club, turning professional in 1885 and becoming owners of their original stadium, the Victoria Ground, in 1919.
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^ After slipping into the third tier of the game, they won promotion back to the top flight last season under Tony Pulis to reach the Premier League for the first time.

^ In 1899 the club had their finest season to date, reaching the FA Cup semi-final under manager Horace Austerberry but the joys soon hit lows.

[25] Mike Sheron, who was signed two years previously from Norwich City, was sold for a club record fee of £2.5m in 1997.[27]

The Britannia Stadium and the Icelandic takeover

.1997-98 saw Stoke move to its new ground, the Britannia Stadium,[28][29] after 119 years at the Victoria Ground.^ In 1997 the clubs new ground would be the all new 28,000 seater Britannia Stadium.

^ On May 4, 1997 after 119 years at the Victoria Ground, Stoke played their final match against West Brom, before moving in the summer to the new purpose-built Britannia Stadium.
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^ Founded: 1863 Ground: Britannia Stadium Capacity: 28383 Official website Get the Adobe Flash Player to view this content .
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.Chic Bates, Macari's assistant, was appointed manager for the club's first season in the new ground.^ But performances on the pitch did not match the impressive new stadium and for the 1998/99 season the club was relegated to Division Two.
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^ In 1997 the clubs new ground would be the all new 28,000 seater Britannia Stadium.

^ In 1899 the club had their finest season to date, reaching the FA Cup semi-final under manager Horace Austerberry but the joys soon hit lows.

.He did not last long though, and was replaced by Chris Kamara in January 1998. Kamara could not improve the club's fortunes either, and he too left in April.^ Chris Kamara (January 1998 - April 1998) .
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^ This left the club with a huge repair bill in the region of £250,000, one that could only be met by selling off key players.

^ Tuncay and Huth could tell us what that did to Middlesborough last season.

.Alan Durban, previously Stoke's manager two decades earlier, took charge for the remainder of season.^ The Tottenham manager has been in charge at White Hart Lane for exactly a year - but he won't be expecting any gifts from Stoke City.
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^ Stoke took a month to finally unearth his replacement, unveiling former Stockport, Blackpool and Norwich manager Gary Megson .
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^ Why Stoke City's Tony Pulis is the REAL manager of the season .
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.Despite his best efforts, Durban was unable to keep the club up, as defeat on the final day of the season consigned Stoke to relegation from Division One.^ In 1899 the club had their finest season to date, reaching the FA Cup semi-final under manager Horace Austerberry but the joys soon hit lows.

^ Stoke won promotion to the Premier League after a goalless draw with Leicester City on the last day of the 2007-08 season, which was enough to keep them in 2nd place of The Championship and earn automatic promotion.
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^ But performances on the pitch did not match the impressive new stadium and for the 1998/99 season the club was relegated to Division Two.
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[25] .Brian Little, formerly manager of Aston Villa,[30] took charge for the 1998-99 season.^ Brian Little (June 1998 - June 1999 .
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^ But performances on the pitch did not match the impressive new stadium and for the 1998/99 season the club was relegated to Division Two.
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^ Optimism returned to the Potteries with the appointment of Brian Little as manager and the team made a magnificent start to the season, winning the first six league games which is a club record.
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[31] .Despite an impressive start, the team's form tailed off dramatically in the latter stages of the season, which led to Little leaving the club at the end of the season.^ But performances on the pitch did not match the impressive new stadium and for the 1998/99 season the club was relegated to Division Two.
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^ I was a little worried after our 1st game at Bolton, but as the season went on I was sure there were 3 teams worse than us !
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^ Team line-ups v Liverpool Confirmation of the starting eleven and substitutes named for today's early kick-off at home to Liverpool.

.His successor, Gary Megson, was only in the job for four months.^ Stoke took a month to finally unearth his replacement, unveiling former Stockport, Blackpool and Norwich manager Gary Megson .
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.Megson was forced to depart following a takeover by Stoke Holding, an Icelandic consortium, who purchased a 66% share in Stoke City F.C. for the sum of £6.6m.^ Follow Stoke City everywhere .
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^ In November 1999 an Icelandic consortium brought a 66% share in Stoke City fc for £6.6 million which brought an end to Peter Coates and Kieth Humphreys gruesome reign of Stoke City for 14th years.
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^ Stoke City v Liverpool - Follow LIVE text commentary StokeCity-mad.co.uk 12:48 16-Jan-10 .
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[32] .Stoke became the first Icelandic owned football club outside of Iceland.^ Stoke City Football Club 1863 .
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^ The club's current chairman is Peter Coates but until 2006, the club was owned by a consortium of Icelandic businessmen.

^ The Ramblers and later called Stoke FC. Turning professional in 1885, the club were founder member of the Football League in 1888.
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.Stoke appointed the football club's first overseas manager, Gudjon Thordarson, who helped Stoke City win the Auto Windscreens Trophy and earn promotion to the First Division in 2001-02 the springboard to the Premier League six seasons later.^ Stoke City recorded their first ever win in the Premier League against Aston Villa in Augu...

^ Why Stoke City's Tony Pulis is the REAL manager of the season .
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^ Stoke City is an English football club based in Stoke-on-Trent, England.
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[33] Thordarson had, in fact, been the primus motor in getting the consortium together.
.The Auto Windscreens Shield was won in the 1999-2000 season, in April 2000, with a win over Bristol City in front of a crowd of 85,057 at Wembley.^ Auto Windscreens Shield winners: 2000 .
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^ In April 2000 Stoke City had reached the Auto Windscreen final playing Bristol City in front of a sell out crowd of 75,000 people.
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^ He began to write the Stoke City Fanzine "The Oatcake" as  long ago as the 19th of November 1988 and since then has gone on to produce 245 issues (as it stands at the end of the 1999/2000 season.
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[7][34] Thordarson achieved promotion at the third time of asking in 2001-02.[35] .A second successive 5th-place finish ensured a play-off spot.^ If it does not get relegated and finishes the division in 18th place it will be considered a success for the club.
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.Cardiff City were defeated in the semi-final before a 2–0 win against Brentford at the Millennium Stadium secured promotion.^ On May 4, 1997 after 119 years at the Victoria Ground, Stoke played their final match against West Brom, before moving in the summer to the new purpose-built Britannia Stadium.
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^ We just missed the goals recently we know we are capable of scoring.” It’s amazing to notice that Wenger saw his side cruise into the fifth round of the FA Cup on Monday night, defeating Cardiff City in their replay 4-0, and they now have a relatively straightforward path through to the semi-finals.

^ Stoke City recorded their first ever win in the Premier League against Aston Villa in Augu...

.Despite achieving the goal of promotion, Thordarson was sacked by Gunnar Gislason only days after the club won promotion.^ My only concern is the ability to finish off well worked moves as we really should have won by four or five goals.
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^ If only he could have kept his head when he found himself clear in front of goal Reading would be won by three or four goals.
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^ Stokes only goal came by the football gifts and team captain, Henry Almond who played a vital role in the clubs creation.

[35]
.Steve Cotterill was drafted in as Thordarson's replacement prior to the start of the 2002-03 season.^ Steve Cotterill (May 2002 - October 2002) .
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^ Barney Ronay: Where are the thrusting new-season drafts to replace the major-player drift of the last four years?
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[35] .Cotterill quit in October 2002, after only 4 months in charge.^ Steve Cotterill (May 2002 - October 2002) .
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.Tony Pulis was appointed as Stoke's new manager shortly after.^ Why Stoke City's Tony Pulis is the REAL manager of the season .
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^ In 2006 Peter Coates, former chairman of the club brought Stoke City FC and reappointed ex manager Tony Pulis.

^ Tony Waddington a man who had served Stoke since 1952 as a coach was appointed manager.

[7][36] .Pulis steered Stoke clear of relegation,[35] with a 1-0 win over Reading on the final day of the season keeping the club in the division.^ But performances on the pitch did not match the impressive new stadium and for the 1998/99 season the club was relegated to Division Two.
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^ When the season concludes, the bottom 3 teams are relegated to the lower division.
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^ Stoke City FC has established an arch rivalry with Second Division club Port Vale due to the close proximity in which the two teams play.
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[37] .Pulis was sacked at the end of the 2004-05 season, following disagreement between himself and the club's owners.^ Stoke boss Tony Pulis agrees that Premier League club could go bust by the end of the year.
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^ Arsene Wenger had a few choice words with Tony Pulis following the Potters’ shock 2-1 win at the Britannia Stadium earlier this season but there shouldn’t be any altercations on Sunday as neither club has anything to play for bar pride.

[38]
.Dutch manager Johan Boskamp was named as Pulis' successor on 29 June 2005, only a day after Pulis was sacked.^ Johan Boskamp (June 2005 - May 2006) .
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^ With the Stoke City team full of strapping six-footers, it's only natural manager Tony Pulis adopted a physical approach.
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^ Tony Pulis (November 2002 - June 2005) .
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[39] .Boskamp broke the club's transfer record in signing Sambégou Bangoura for a fee in the region of £1m.^ Transfers Nathan Doyle's loan move to Barnsley has been made permanent, with no fee involved, for the club's first transfer activity of 2010.

^ The striker moved from Reading to Stoke in 2008 for a club record fee of £5.
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^ Premier League summer transfer window signings in action for their new clubs - picture special .

[40] .Despite his spending on new players, Boskamp's side was inconsistent and only a mid-table finish was achieved.^ The early kick-off pits mid-table Stoke with a Wigan side that lurches from heavy defeats to comfortable wins.

^ Home Bookmark Live Scores Latest News Player Stats Message Board League Form Tables .
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^ Home    Bookmark    Live Scores    Latest News     Player Stats     Message Board     League Form Tables     .

[41] .Boskamp left at the end of the 2005-06 season, amidst a takeover bid by former-chairman Peter Coates.^ The club's current chairman is Peter Coates but until 2006, the club was owned by a consortium of Icelandic businessmen.

^ Stoke City manager will be backed in the transfer market by Peter Coates as he bids to keep his side in the top flight .
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^ Potters remain keen on Ruud Stoke City chairman Peter Coates has revealed that the Potters have made an...
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[42] .On 23 May 2006, Coates completed his takeover of Stoke City, marking the end of Gunnar Gislason's chairmanship of the club.^ Stoke City Football Club 1863 .
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^ In 2006 Peter Coates, former chairman of the club brought Stoke City FC and reappointed ex manager Tony Pulis.

^ The club's current chairman is Peter Coates but until 2006, the club was owned by a consortium of Icelandic businessmen.

[43] .Coates is a former shareholder of the catering company which supplies to the majority of Northern England's football grounds, Stadia Catering, as well as being the chairman of Bet365,[44] the betting company which provides services in many sporting venues, albeit not including the Britannia Stadium.^ Founded: 1863 Ground: Britannia Stadium Capacity: 28383 Official website Get the Adobe Flash Player to view this content .
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^ In 1997 the clubs new ground would be the all new 28,000 seater Britannia Stadium.

^ In 2006 Peter Coates, former chairman of the club brought Stoke City FC and reappointed ex manager Tony Pulis.

.Coates chose former manager Tony Pulis as Boskamp's successor in June 2006.[45] Pulis took Stoke close to a play-off place, however an eventual 8th-place finish was achieved in the 2006-07 season.^ In 2006 Peter Coates, former chairman of the club brought Stoke City FC and reappointed ex manager Tony Pulis.

^ Tony Waddington a man who had served Stoke since 1952 as a coach was appointed manager.

^ With the drop zone so tight, Tony Pulis will bring his Stoke side to the capital knowing that every point counts - and that is precisely what the visitors will look to gain from the game: a point.
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[46]

Return to top flight football

2008-2009 season

Stoke City fans celebrate following promotion to the Premier League, May 4, 2008
.Stoke won promotion to the Premier League after a goalless draw with Leicester City on the last day of the 2007–08 season, putting them in 2nd place of The Championship, thus earning automatic promotion.^ May 4 th 2008 was a massive day to remember for Stoke as the club won promotion to the Premier League.

^ Stoke City Premier League 2009/2010 .
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^ Manchester United moved into third place in the Premiership thanks to a very convincing 5-0 win over Stoke City at Old Trafford, exactly the same result as achieved in their last meeting 23 years ago.
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.The promotion earned Stoke £35 million for the 2008–09 season, and a minimum of £60 million over the space of three seasons[47].^ Stoke City v Arsenal 2008/09 .
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^ Arsenal v Stoke City 2008/09 .
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^ Arsenal v Stoke City 2008/09 Arsenal v Stoke City 2008/09 .
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.Despite poor-runs in both the FA and Carling Cups, the club exceeded expectations in terms of 2008–09 League performance.^ World Club Cup 2008 .
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^ Burnley v Arsenal - Carling Cup 1/4 Final 2008/09 .
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^ Arsenal v Plymouth Argyle - FA Cup 2008/09 .
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.A defeat to Bolton Wanderers[48] on the opening day of the season did not bode well, with bookmaker Paddy Power paying out on Stoke to be relegated[49], but fortunes quickly changed.^ Stoke did their job well.
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^ Liverpool bounced back from their opening day defeat with a comprehensive win over Stoke City.
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^ Pulis is set in his ways and the only thing that would threaten his job is if Stoke were to slip into the relegation zone quickly before the season is finished or if they go back down.
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.In Stoke’s first game of the season at the Britannia Stadium, the team managed to pick up all three points against Aston Villa, following a 3-2 win[50], and notably, on 20 September, held Liverpool to a 0-0 draw at Anfield[51].^ Stoke City recorded their first ever win in the Premier League against Aston Villa in Augu...

^ MUFC v Liverpool 20 September 2004 .
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^ Stoke vs Aston Villa .
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.Wins also came against Tottenham Hotspur[52], Arsenal[53], Sunderland[54] and West Bromwich Albion[55], all before the end of November, however on 15 November, league-champions Manchester United gave Stoke their largest defeat of the season, with a full-time score of 5-0[56].^ For me, the time to judge is at the end of the season.
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^ Half Time Score: Arsenal 4 - 1 Stoke Att: 60,082 .
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^ Can West Ham score a sixth goal for a second time this season?
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.In the following months, Stoke’s quest for silverware came to an end after being knocked out of the Carling Cup by Derby County in the quarter-finals[57], and the FA Cup by Hartlepool United in the third-round[58].^ Midfielder Amdy Faye, who featured for Senegal at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, is among a host of experienced players turning out for Stoke.
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^ The main competition that the club felt they weren’t ready for was the FA Cup which had been running for over a decade at this time but in 1883 the club entered but were soon knocked out.

^ Frederic Piquionne scored two goals and made two more as Portsmouth cruised into the Carling Cup quarter-finals to ease the pressure on manager Paul Hart.
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.The New Year brought further points in the league though, with draws against Portsmouth[59] and Aston Villa[60], and a 2-0 win against Bolton Wanderers[61].^ Stoke City recorded their first ever win in the Premier League against Aston Villa in Augu...

^ Watch Fulham vs Liverpool live streaming EPL Watch Everton vs Aston Villa live streaming EPL Watch Burnley vs Hull City live streaming EPL Watch Bolton vs Chelsea live streaming EPL Watch Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur live streaming ...

^ Posted by Antony Melvin at 02:01 PM in Bolton Wanderers , Predictions , Premier League , Stoke City .

.From the 21st March, Stoke scored points in four consecutive games, only dropping points to Newcastle United[62] in this time.^ Newcastle United v MUFC 4 March 2009 .
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^ Stoke's first game at the Victoria Ground was a friendly against Talke Rangers on 28th March 1878, you’ll be pleased to know that Stoke won 1-0 .
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^ A late goal from Robert Huth saw Stoke take a point against Liverpool in a scrappy game at the Britannia Stadium.
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.After a 2-1 win at Hull City[63], Stoke confirmed their place in the Premier League 2009–10, and reached a league high of 11th place after defeating Wigan Athletic, 2-0. A defeat to Arsenal away meant that the Potters finished 12th in their return to the top flight.^ Premier League preview No15: Stoke City .
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^ Stoke City v Fulham: Potters seek a return to winning ways .

^ Arsenal vs Hull City live streaming English Premie...
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[64]. .Stoke City were the dirtiest team in the premier league finishing bottom of the fair play league[65].^ It certainly wasn't City playing Stoke.
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^ Played : 1967-78 Stoke City .

^ SK: Where do you expect Stoke and Liverpool to finish in the Premier League?
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2009-2010 season

.Over the 2009 summer period, City built on their squad, by signing several established Premier League players, most notably; Robert Huth and Tuncay Şanlı from Middlesbrough and Danny Collins and Dean Whitehead from Sunderland.^ Premier League 2009/2010 .
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^ Stoke City Premier League 2009/2010 .
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^ Jolly: Robinho not working out at City - Barclays Premier League - ESPN The most expensive player in the history of English football was deemed unsuitable either to start or finish the game.
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The new season began with a mixed start. .A comfortable win at home to Burnley, was soon followed by a 4-0 defeat to Liverpool just four days later.^ This view was strengthened following their opening day defeat at the hands of Bolton Wanderers and bookmaker Paddy Power famously paid out ...

^ Stoke City got their campaign off to a winning start on Saturday with victory over new boys Burnley while Liverpool are already playing catch-up in the title race following their 2-1 defeat at White Hart Lane.

^ Liverpool U18 0 Leicester City U18 3 The Reds slumped to a three goal defeat at home to...
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.However, a good run followed; a draw at Birmingham City, a 1-0 win in the Carling Cup at Leyton Orient (with Dave Kitson scoring his first competitive goal for the team), and a 1-0 win at home to Sunderland.^ Dave Kitson, Danny Higginbottom, Mamady Sidibe, Steve Simonson and Andy Griffin were amongst the first team players who featured for Stoke Reserves in their last Reserve game at The Weaver Stadium.
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^ Stoke City recorded their first ever win in the Premier League against Aston Villa in Augu...

^ Nieuws Nationale competities Internationale cups Teams Spelers Gokken WK NL Competitions .
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.Stoke lost their second meeting with a 'big four' team 2-1 at home, with Florent Malouda scoring four-minutes into extra time to clinch the victory for Chelsea.^ Stoke held off a Fulham fight back to record only their second Premier League victory since October with a 3-2 win over the visitors.
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^ The home team clawed its way back into the game and wrapped up three points with two headers.
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^ The day when our management team are pleased, or at least content with a 0-0 draw at home against Stoke City is a bad one!
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Manchester United also defeated City the following week, 2-0. A surprise win against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane; Glenn Whelan scoring 86 minutes into the match to make the score 1-0.

Supporters

Stoke have always enjoyed passionate, popular and loyal support. .51,000 turned out to watch Stoke play Arsenal in 1937 at the old Victoria Ground.^ Watch Arsenal vs Stoke City live online epl live...
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^ Stoke City FC, also known as the Potters, is an English Premier League football team that plays out of the city Stoke-on-Trent in England.
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^ He spoke earlier about having to drink protein shakes to keep his weight up, and in the games that I have watched him play this year he has worked as hard as he ever has for Stoke.
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.A capacity 28,000 regularly turn out to see them in the Premier League.^ Stoke City FC, also known as the Potters, is an English Premier League football team that plays out of the city Stoke-on-Trent in England.
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^ The headline English Premier League game this weekend sees second-place Chelsea visiting Old Trafford to face third-place Manchester United on Sunday.
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^ It seemed like last week that Liverpool were very keen to see their Premier League game called off with Spurs.
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[66].
.However, through Stoke's hooligan firm the Naughty Forty[67] they also have a history of Football hooliganism[68] and general hooliganism along with Cardiff City [69] and Millwall.^ Stoke's hooligan firms have long been known, but where did the names the Under 5's and the Naughty Forty's come from ?
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^ Cardiff City - Stoke City .

^ Stoke City - Cardiff City .

.In 2003 the BBC described Stoke City as having "one of the most active and organised football hooligan firms in England". During the late 1980s and 90s trouble was automatically expected when visiting fans with any history met [70].^ "Stoke City history up to 1988."
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^ "Stoke City history from 1868 to 1994."
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^ Jolly: Robinho not working out at City - Barclays Premier League - ESPN The most expensive player in the history of English football was deemed unsuitable either to start or finish the game.
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[71] In response to these criticisms, the club introduced an Away Travel ID scheme[72], however this was subsequently suspended in 2008 as a result of improved behaviour and an enhanced reputation[73]. .Major incidents have occurred with Port Vale, Birmingham City, QPR[74], Wolves[75], Everton [76] and Cardiff City.^ Everton vs. Birmingham City .
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^ Played : 1959-76 Stoke City , Port Vale.

^ Birmingham City’s Martin Taylor has spoken of his relief at Eduardo’s return to fitness, and hopes his own ordeal over the broken leg incident is now at an end.

.However, Stoke City's fans and their stadium have also, more recently, been seen as loud, friendly, passionate and modern[77] , welcoming as guests Sugar Ray Leonard[78] and Diego Maradona.^ Played : 1967-78 Stoke City .

^ Welcome to Stoke City FC providing the latest Stoke City News 24 hours a day from hundreds of football news sources.

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.There is in the media now "genuine admiration for the volume and volatility of the club's loyal support"[77].^ In any event there is nothing to be done so why not stifle the moans for now and get behind the manager and the club and show the support that can help to make a difference?
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^ There is no way that Birmingham should be ahead of Stoke in the table and in their club development now and don't get me wrong, I don't support Brumingham, I just work for them.
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The Britannia Stadium is often described as a cauldron. .Stoke are fans of "one of the country's most unfashionable football teams, perhaps explaining their feelings that the world is against them..^ He obliged the fans as well and his team won over Stoke City 2-0.
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^ Originally Posted By: Ric Originally Posted By: distributor1 While no one has commented on the recent games, I have watched Stoke play against Villa, Man City and Birmingham and I think that this is a team that is going to struggle to stay up.
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^ The most important thing is to win against Kiev, but we go towards a world where our healthy financial situation, a new team and our new stadium will be much more important than anything else.

.Their reputation now, rather than racist and nationalistic, is die-hard fans who are amongst the best in the country Crowds in the 2008-9 season have been consistently full with Stoke high in attendance figures for the league in 13th place after 25 games, even though having one of the smaller stadiums in the league.^ And that early opener was to prove the catalyst for a first-half full of festive frustration against Tony Pulis' 18th-placed side, who had arrived at Upton Park with the worst away record in the Premier League.
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^ Where Were You In Stoke-on-Trent Sung to home fan's who daren't come to the Brittania.
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^ Paul Merson is sad about Liverpool's atrocious season - and says it will get even worse at Stoke.
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.Various other bloggers, journalists and fanzine websites have noted the transformation of their reputation since the return of Peter Coates as chairman.^ Potters remain keen on Ruud Stoke City chairman Peter Coates has revealed that the Potters have made an...
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^ Coates reiterates Ruud interest Stoke chairman Peter Coates has confirmed the Potters remain keen to sign...
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.Nevertheless, most Stoke City fans have to consistently fight their past, and many journalists have agreed that "It is to the great credit of the Stoke supporters that they did not react to this provocation". One Manchester police inspector was clear in seeing Stoke fans as barbarians, advising a female fan that "should know better than to mix with Stoke scum."^ The Stoke fans are one of the most vocal and passionate supports in the country and visitors know that they are not just in for a game, they are in for a battle.

^ Manchester United vs. Stoke City .
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^ Stoke City vs Manchester City .
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[79] .This same police service that used extraordinary powers to remove fans back to Stoke from the city centre[80].^ Stoke City back in Premier League .
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^ In a packed Saturday Premier League football evening, Liverpool will visit Stoke City and try to win back some respect.
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^ Stoke City back in Premier League Home .
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Liberty (pressure group), have taken up the case of these fans[81][82] for whom anti-terror powers were used[83]. Indeed, Manchester police eventually had to apologize for their own behaviour which was based on historical perception of the fans, not present reality.[84]
Stoke fans mainly consider their biggest rivals to be Port Vale also based in Stoke-on-Trent, as part of the Potteries derby. Although in the past they have stated Wolverhampton Wanderers to be key rivals. .With Stoke City's rise to the Premier League coinciding with traditional rival Port Vale's relegation to League 2, and a hard-fought promotion battle with another West Midlands outfit West Bromwich Albion, rivalry with West Brom fans has increased.^ Premier League preview No15: Stoke City .
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^ Stoke City back in Premier League Home .
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^ West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal 2008/9 .
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.Research undertaken by Sky+HD during August,September and October of the 2008-09 season, showed that Stoke fans are the loudest in the Premier League, topping the chart with an average of 101.8 decibels.^ Stoke City back in Premier League .
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^ Premier League Fixture - 2008/2009 Season .

^ Stoke City v Arsenal 2008/09 .
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.They were followed by Tottenham Hotspur in second place and Liverpool in third.^ In the dark old days of the second and third divisions we had small crowds of under 10,000 but at least they got behind the team home-and-away.
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^ Liverpool ; Manchester City ; Manchester United ; Portsmouth ; Sunderland ; Tottenham Hotspur ; West Ham United ; Wigan Athletic ; Wolves .
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^ Tottenham Hotspur V Liverpool .
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″The .Britannia is a raw and exciting footballing experience, unwelcoming temperatures and hostile home fans, with the action all played out in a noisy, bearpit atmosphere that is a real throwback.^ It's one of those weekends that gets football fans excited, throwing up all kinds of memories for fans of every club from every level of the domestic game.
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^ Stoke City FC, also known as the Potters, is an English Premier League football team that plays out of the city Stoke-on-Trent in England.
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^ The real question is not whether it was a point gained or two lost, but rather if the Latic can cut out the defensive frailties and push on with the dominating performances that their all-round play suggests.   .
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And yes, it is absolutely fantastic.“

Players

As of 1 February 2010.[85]

Current squad

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
1 England GK Steve Simonsen
3 England DF Danny Higginbotham
4 Germany DF Robert Huth
6 Republic of Ireland MF Glenn Whelan
7 Republic of Ireland MF Liam Lawrence
9 England FW James Beattie
10 Jamaica FW Ricardo Fuller
11 Mali FW Mamady Sidibe
12 England FW Dave Kitson
14 England MF Danny Pugh
15 Senegal MF Salif Diao
17 England DF Ryan Shawcross
18 England MF Dean Whitehead
19 Senegal MF Amdy Faye
20 Turkey FW Tuncay Şanlı
No. Position Player
21 England DF Andrew Davies
22 Wales DF Danny Collins
24 Republic of Ireland MF Rory Delap
25 Senegal DF Abdoulaye Faye (captain)
26 England MF Matthew Etherington
27 Bosnia and Herzegovina GK Asmir Begović
28 England DF Andy Wilkinson
29 Denmark GK Thomas Sørensen
36 England MF Matthew Lund
37 England MF Nathaniel Wedderburn
38 England GK Danzelle St Louis-Hamilton
42 England FW Louis Moult
43 England GK Dave Parton
44 Republic of Ireland MF Ryan Connor

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
2 England DF Andy Griffin (at Reading until the end of the 2009–10 season)
8 England MF Tom Soares (at Sheffield Wednesday until the end of the 2009–10 season)
23 England MF Michael Tonge (at Derby County until the end of the 2009–10 season)
30 England DF Ryan Shotton (at Barnsley until the end of the 2009–10 season)
31 England DF Carl Dickinson (at Barnsley until the end of the 2009–10 season)
32 Uruguay MF Diego Arismendi (at Brighton & Hove Albion until the end of the 2009–10 season)
35 England FW Ben Marshall (at Carlisle United until the end of the 2009–10 season)
Senegal DF Ibrahima Sonko (at Hull City until the end of the 2009–10 season)

Academy Squad

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
43 England GK Dave Parton
England DF Matthew Cohen
England DF Rodney McDonald
England DF Zack Foster
England DF Alexander Hedley
England DF Craig Sinclair
England DF Laton Wint
England DF Nicky Jackson
44 Republic of Ireland MF Ryan Connor
England MF Cameron Mitchell
No. Position Player
England MF Andy Nicholls
England MF Danny Stockhall
England MF Tom Urwin
England MF Jack Harrison
England MF Michael Clarkson
England MF Lucas Dawson
42 England FW Louis Moult
England FW Warwick Alexander
England FW Adam Vickers
Portugal FW Rico Gomez (Trialist)

Notable former players

.Despite having a relative lack of success for a club who played top-flight football for many years, the club has seen some famous names play for the club over the years, which can be seen below, including Sir Stanley Matthews, who played for the club in two terms from a youth player to his retirement at 50 years of age.^ (Benni has done this at the last two clubs he played for - he spent 18 months not being picked for Porto and sulking and whinging to the Press) and the return of di Santo who is clearly not yet ready to play in the Premier League.
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^ Andrews is worst player at rovers i have seen, even Matty Holmes were better, I cringe when his names on the team sheet [quote][p][bold]Miller11[/bold] wrote: Everyone who raves about how good our defence is...
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^ It is so easy to pick on players who are having a poor spell and we have seen players destroyed by the fans down the years.
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Nationality Name Notability
England English Sir Stanley Matthews English Football Hall of Fame inductee; first European Footballer of the Year;
first FWA Footballer of the Year; oldest player to play in top-flight football
England English Sir Geoff Hurst Winner of 1966 World Cup; only player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final
England English Gordon Banks Second most capped English goalkeeper, elected as second best goalkeeper of the
20th century
England English Peter Shilton Played more league games than any other player; most-capped player for
England
England English John Ritchie Club's all-time top scorer (171 goals in league and cup combined)
England English Freddie Steele Top league goalscorer
England English Eric Skeels Most club appearances (575)
England English Neil Franklin Considered one of the best post-war peacetime defenders
Wales Welsh Leigh Richmond Roose Considered one of the best goalkeepers in the Edwardian period
England English Frank Soo First non-white player to represent England
England English George Eastham Member of 1966 World Cup winning team; coordinator behind landmark 1963
court case allowing players to move more freely between clubs
England English Frank Bowyer 436 appearances, 149 goals; one of the best goal-scoring records
England English Lee Dixon Moved from Stoke to Arsenal where he formed part of their highly-respected
defence until his retirement; now BBC football pundit
Northern Ireland Northern Irish Sammy McIlroy Moved to Stoke from Manchester United where he was dubbed 'The next George Best'; former Northern Ireland manager and now Morecambe F.C. manager
Wales Welsh John Mahoney Attained 51 caps for Wales and made over 200 appearances for Stoke City
England English Adrian Heath A Local player who moved to Everton for a then club record fee of £700,000; now manager of Austin Aztex FC
England English Steve Bould A Local player who moved to Arsenal where he formed part of their highly-respected
defence until his retirement; now a highly rated Youth Team Manager at Arsenal
England English Garth Crooks FA Cup and UEFA Cup winner with Tottenham, now BBC pundit
England English Chris Kamara Now-Sky Sports presenter and analyst

Club Management

Position Name Nationality
Manager: Tony Pulis Wales Welsh
Assistant Manager: Peter Reid England English
First Team Coach Mark O'Connor England English
First Team Coach Gerry Francis England English
Goalkeeping Coach Andy Quy England English
Fitness Coach Vacant
Youth Team Manager Steve Martin England English
Youth Team Assistant Manager Ronnie Sinclair Scotland Scottish
Youth Team Academy Coach Adrian Pennock England English
Youth Team Academy Recruitment Officer Frank Sharps England English
Director of football John Rudge England English
Head Physiotherapist Dave Watson New Zealand New Zealand
Youth Physiotherapist Chris Banks England English
Club Doctor Andrew Dent England English
Sports Rehabilitator Andy Davies England English
Head Groundskeeper Andy Jackson England English
Kit Manager Winnie Hudson England English
Education & Welfare Officer Phil Clarke England English
Staff Senior Football Administrator Eddie Harrison Wales Welsh
Financial Accountant Karen Silk England English
Ticket Office Manager Josh Whittaker England English
Community Manager Adrian Hurst England English
Safety Manager John Alcock England English

Managerial history

Stoke have a history of management casualties, few British clubs have seen a higher turnover of managers from the mid 80's till the mid 2000's.
Dates Name Notes
August 1874 - June 1883 England Thomas Slaney
June 1883 - April 1884 England Walter Cox
April 1884 - August 1890 England Harry Lockett
August 1890 - January 1892 England Joseph Bradshaw
January 1892 - May 1895 England Arthur Reeves
May 1895 - September 1897 England Bill Rowley
September 1897 - March 1908 EnglandHorace Austerberry
May 1908 - June 1914 England Alfred Barker
June 1914 - April 1915 Scotland Peter Hodge
April 1915 - Feb 1919 England Joe Schofield
February 1919 - March 1923 England Arthur Shallcross
March 1923 - April 1923 England John Rutherford
October 1923 - June 1935 England Tom Mather
June 1935 - May 1952 Scotland Bob McGrory
June 1952 - June 1960 England Frank Taylor
June 1960 - March 1977 England Tony Waddington
February 1977 - January 1978 England George Eastham
January 1978 England Alan A'Court Caretaker manager
February 1978 - June 1981 Wales Alan Durban
June 1981 - December 1983 England Richie Barker
December 1983 - April 1985 England Bill Asprey
April 1985 - May 1985 England Tony Lacey Caretaker manager
May 1985 - November 1989 England Mick Mills
November 1989 - February 1991 England Alan Ball
February 1991 - May 1991 England Graham Paddon Caretaker manager
May 1991 - October 1993 Scotland Lou Macari
November 1993 - September 1994 Scotland Joe Jordan
September 1994 Scotland Asa Hartford Caretaker manager
October 1994 - July 1997 Scotland Lou Macari
July 1997 - January 1998 England Chic Bates
January 1998 - April 1998 England Chris Kamara
April 1998 - June 1998 Wales Alan Durban Caretaker manager
June 1998 - June 1999 England Brian Little
July 1999 - November 1999 England Gary Megson
November 1999 - May 2002 Iceland Guðjón Þórðarson
May 2002 - October 2002 England Steve Cotterill
October 2002 - November 2002 Scotland Dave Kevan Caretaker manager
November 2002 - June 2005 Wales Tony Pulis
June 2005 - May 2006 Netherlands Johan Boskamp
(June 2006 -present) Wales Tony Pulis

Club mascot

Stoke have 2 club mascots called Pottermus, and Pottermiss (a female version of Pottermus). Pottermus was created when Stoke City moved to the Britannia Stadium in the 1997-98 season, while Pottermiss was created in the 2002-03 season. Occasionally, Pottermus, also known as Hippo rides a motorcycle around the pitch in a leather jacket; he was the first club mascot to hold a motorcycle licence and has also won the Mascot Grand National on two occasions. He once removed the head of Nuneaton Borough's mascot, a bear, at one match and also likes to use his wrestling skills on any visiting mascots.

North American club partnership

.In January 2008 the Austin Aztex, who joined the United Soccer Leagues in 2009, and Stoke City announced a team partnership and will share training information and players, with Austin acting as a potential player resource for Stoke.^ The day when our management team are pleased, or at least content with a 0-0 draw at home against Stoke City is a bad one!
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[86] The Potters hope the relationship will unearth untapped American talents as Texas is considered to be one of the hotbeds for American football talent. .Stoke City also look to build an American fan base by sending young players to get playing time and selling Stoke City merchandise in Austin.^ FULL-TIME: Blackburn Rovers 0 Stoke City 0 (From Lancashire Telegraph) .
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^ FULL-TIME: Blackburn Rovers 0 Stoke City 0 .
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.Stoke announced that a mid-season friendly against Austin Aztex will be played on the 14 October 2009 at Nantwich's The Weaver Stadium.^ I would rather attack and lose as play that **** and get goal-less draws against the likes of West Ham and Stoke.
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The Aztex are in a partnership with City and their visit is to allow the Americans access to Stoke's training grounds at Clayton Woods as part of their pre-season training.[87]

Club honours

Leagues

Premier League (1st tier)
  • Highest finish 12th place 2008-09
  • Champions 1910-11
Southern League Division Two: 1
  • Champions 1914-15
  • Runners-up 1910-11
The Central League (Reserves): 3
  • Champions 1927-28, 2003-04
  • Division Two Champions 1991-92
  • Runners-up 1967 (Eastern Division)

Cups

  • Winners 1992
  • Winners 2000
  • Winners 1973
  • Winners 1878, 1879, 1904 (Shared), 1914, 1965, 1969 (Shared), 1971, 1975, 1976, 1982, 1993, 1995, 1999
  • Runners-up 1883, 1886, 1895, 1901, 1903, 2003, 2006
  • Winner 1901,1914
  • Runners-up 1910, 1915, 1920, 1921
Isle of Man Trophy: 3
  • Winners 1988, 1992, 1993
  • Runners-up 1985-1986
Bass Charity Vase: 1
  • Winners 1997-1998
  • Runners-up 1983-1984

Records

Attendance records:
  • 51,130 (Victoria Ground) v Arsenal 29 March 1937
  • Estimated 52,000 at the Centenary Game against Real Madrid 1963
  • 28,218 (Britannia Stadium) v Everton 5 January 2002
Record results:
Record Signing:
Record Sale:
Record Goalscorer:
Record Appearances:

References

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Preceded by
Tottenham Hotspur
Football League Cup Winners
1971-1972
Succeeded by
Tottenham Hotspur
Preceded by
Birmingham City
Football League Trophy Winners
1991-92
Succeeded by
Port Vale
Preceded by
Wigan Athletic
Football League Trophy Winners
1999-2000
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