STOKE CITY F.C.
Founded: 1863


Also Known As:
STOKE RAMBLERS (1863-78)
STOKE (1878-1928)
STOKE CITY (1928-)




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STOKE CITY F.C. (Football Club)
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BRIEF HISTORY of STOKE CITY FOOTBALL CLUB (reproduced from 'Wikipedia' pages)

Stoke City F.C. 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-upon-Trent. In 1878, the club merged with Stoke Victoria Cricket Club, and became Stoke Football Club. They moved from their previous ground, Sweetings Field, to the Athletic Club ground, which soon became known as the Victoria Ground. It was around this time that the club adopted their traditional red-and-white striped kit. In August 1885, the club turned professional. Stoke were one of the twelve founding members of the Football League when it was introduced in 1888. The club struggled in their first two seasons, 188889 and 188990, finishing bottom on both occasions. In 1890 Stoke failed to be re-elected and joined the Football Alliance, which they won and thus were re-elected to the Football League. Stoke spent the next 15 seasons in the First Division and reached the FA Cup Semi-Final in the 189899 season before being relegated in 1907. Stoke went bankrupt and entered non-league football until 1914, when the First World War meant the Football League was suspended for four years. When football recommenced in August 1919, Stoke re-joined the league. The club became owners of the Victoria Ground in 1919. This was followed by the construction of the Butler Street stand, which increased the overall capacity of the ground to 50,000. 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.

Following the resumption of the FA Cup after World War II, tragedy struck on 9 March 1946, as 33 fans died and 520 were injured during a 6th round tie away against Bolton Wanderers. This came known as the Burnden Park disaster. In 194647, Stoke mounted a serious title challenge. The club needed a win in their final game of the season to win the First Division title. However, a 21 defeat to Sheffield United meant the title went to Liverpool instead. Stoke were relegated from the First Division in 195253; during the season Bob McGrory resigned as the club's manager after 17 years in the role. Former Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Frank Taylor took over at the club looking to gain promotion back to the First Division. However after seven seasons in the Second Division without promotion, Taylor was sacked. The club won its first major trophy on 4 March 1972 in the League Cup Final. Stoke beat favourites Chelsea 21 in the final at Wembley Stadium in front of a crowd of 97,852 spectators. Preceding this victory, Stoke had progressed through 11 games in order to reach the final. This included four games with West Ham United in the semi-final; the two-legged tie was replayed twice. Stoke fared well in the FA Cup; the club progressed to the semi-final stage in both the 197071 and 197172 seasons. However, on both occasions Stoke lost to Arsenal in a replay. Stoke City also became the first First Division side to play a match on a Sunday, when they faced Chelsea on 27 January 1974. In January 1976 the roof of the Butler Street Stand was blown off in a storm. The repair bill of nearly 250,000 put the club in financial trouble; key players such as Alan Hudson, Mike Pejic and Jimmy Greenhoff were sold to cover the repairs. With the team depleted, Stoke were relegated in the 197677 season.

The 198485 season proved to be disastrous. Stoke finished the season with only 17 points, with just 3 wins all season. In 198990, and Stoke were relegated to the third tier of English football after finishing bottom of the Second Division. Ball kept his job for the start of the following season, 199091, but departed during February 1991, in an indifferent season that saw Stoke finish 15th in the Third Division. Stoke's lowest league position in the Football League. The following season, 199293, promotion was achieved from the third tier. Macari left in October 1993 to be replaced by Joe Jordan; Stein also departed, in a club record 1.5m move to Chelsea. 199798 saw Stoke move to its new ground, the Britannia Stadium, after 119 years at the Victoria Ground. The Auto Windscreens Shield was won in the 19992000 season, in April 2000, with a win over Bristol City in front of a crowd of 85,057 at Wembley. Stoke won automatic promotion to the Premier League on the final day of the 200708 season, finishing in 2nd place in the Championship. Stoke finished the following 200910 season in a respectable 11th place, with 47 points. Stoke also made it to the quarter finals of the FA Cup for the first time since 1972, beating York City, Arsenal and Manchester City before losing out to eventual winners Chelsea.

The 201011 season gave Stoke two new records; their largest away win in the Premier League, and their largest top division away win since 1982. It was also the first time since the 198384 season that Stoke had won three top-flight matches in a row. Stoke reached the FA Cup Final for the first time, beating Cardiff City, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Brighton & Hove Albion, West Ham United and a famous win of 50 against Bolton Wanderers (the biggest post war FA Cup Semi-Final victory). However, they lost the final 10 to Manchester City. By reaching the final, Stoke qualified for the 201112 UEFA Europa League. In the UEFA Europa League Stoke advanced past Hajduk Split, FC Thun, and a tough group containing Besiktas, Dynamo Kyiv and Maccabi Tel Aviv which Stoke managed to progress through finishing in second position. City's reward was a tie against Spanish giants Valencia and despite putting up a spirited 2nd leg performance Stoke went out 20 on aggregate. In the Premier League Stoke made the high-profile signing of Peter Crouch as they finished in a mid-table position for a fourth time. Stoke finished in ninth place in 201314, their highest position in the Premier League and best finish since 197475.


CLUB FACTS & INFORMATION

Official Name
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Stoke City F.C.
Club Nickname
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The Potters
Year Founded
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1863 (153 years ago)
English County
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Staffordshire
Current Ground
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Britannia Stadium
Ground Location
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Stoke-on-Trent, England
Club's Owner
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Denise Coates (Bet365)
Club Chairman
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Peter Coates
Current Manager
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Mark Hughes
Current League
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Premier League
Last Season
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Premier League, 9th place


HOME COLORS

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AWAY COLORS

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INTERESTING STADIUM FACTS & INFORMATION


BRITANNIA STADIUM
Stanley Matthews Way, Stoke-on-Trent,
Staffordshire, ST4-4EG, England


OPENED: ......... August 30, 1997
SURFACE: ........ Grass
COST: .............. $14.7 Million
CAPACITY: ...... 27,902
RECORD: ......... 26,322 (2011 vs Hajduk Split)
OWNER: ........... Stoke City F.C.
OPERATOR: ..... Stoke City F.C.
FIELD SIZE: ...... 109 x 70 yards (100 x 64 meters)



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