Alternative History

To be completed.

Tottenham have a lot to thank Stoke for.  Their financial problems at the start of the 20th Century led to them resigning their place in the Football League and although Spurs had finished behind Grimsby Town, Bradford Park Avenue, Chesterfield and Lincoln City for the place of the relegated club, the voting was much tighter after that and following two tied votes, an eight man panel of FA blazers voted Spurs in ahead of Lincoln by five to three.

Stoke had to play in the Birmingham and District League for a while before switching to the more competitive Southern League and gaining their league position back in 1919.  It took another six years before they became a City and started moving back up the ladder.

 

To be completed.

 

Famous Players : – Stanley Matthews,

Famous Fans : – Vernon Kay (Model and TV Presenter – “UK Play”), Nick Hancock (Comedian & TV Presenter “They Think It’s All Over”); Owais Shah (Cricketer – England and Middlesex);


Club Records


Formed 1868

Turned Professional 1885

Became a Limited Company 1908

Former names Stoke Ramblers = 1863-1868

Previous grounds Sweeting’s Field  1887-88
Victoria Park  1884-87

Victoria Ground  1878-1997

Nickname “The POTTERS”

Club Colours HOME : Shirts – Red and White adidas stripes with white shoulder stripe, neck and cuffs
Shorts – White with red side detail 
Socks – White with red turnover and one red stripe down sock
AWAY : Shirts – dark blue body and cuffs with yellow/dark blue zig-zag pattern on arms
Shorts – Dark blue with yellow side detail
Socks – dark blue with yellow turnover

Record Premier League Win 6-1  v   Liverpool      Home        25.05.2015

Record Premier League Defeat 0-7  v   Chelsea   (Away)         25.04.2010

Record Football League Win 10-3  v  West Bromwich Albion      Div. 1       04.02.1937

Record Football League Defeat 0-10  v   Preston North End   (Division 1)  (Away)         14.09.1889

Record Cup Win 11-0  v  Stourbridge     FAC R1      26.09.1914

Record Fee Paid £18.3 million to FC Porto (Portugal) for Gianelli IMBULA  (February 2016)

Record Fee Received £20 million from West Ham United for Marko ARNAUTOVIC (July 2017)

Record Appearances 597 –  Eric SKEELS  (1959-1976)

Record League Appearances 507 –  Eric SKEELS  (1959-1976)

Record Premier League Appearances 317 –  Ryan SHAWCROSS  (2008-2018)

Record Premier League goal-scorer 45 – Peter CROUCH  (2011-2019)

Record goal-scorer in a Premier League season 11 – Marko ARNAUTOVIC (2015-2016)
11 – Mame Biram DIOUF (2014-2015)
11 – Ricardo FULLER (2008-2009)

Record goal-scorer in a season 38 – Charlie WILSON & Freddie STEELE

Record goal-scorer in a League season 33  –  Freddie STEELE  (1936-1937)

Record all-time goal-scorer  176  –  John RITCHIE  (1963-1975)

Record all-time League goal-scorer  140  –  Freddie STEELE  (1934-1949)

Most goals in a match 7  – Neville COLEMAN  v  Lincoln City  23.02.1957

Record Attendance (all-time) 51,380 v  Arsenal      Division 1   29.03.1937

Record Premier League Attendance 30,022  v  Everton  17.03.2018

Record total of goals in a Premier League season 48 –  2014-2015,  38 games

Record Premier League points total 54  –  2014-2015,  38 games 

Record total of goals in a League season 92  –  Division 3 (North)  1926-1927

Record League points total 3 points for a win : 93 – Second Division  1992-1993  (46 games)
2 points for a win : 63 – Division 3 (North)  1926-1927

Most Capped player while at club Glenn WHELAN   81  (Republic of Ireland)

Youngest Player Peter BULLOCK   16 years and 163 days  v Swansea City  19.04.1958

Oldest Player Sir Stanley Matthews   50 years and 5 days  v Fulham (First Division)  06.02.1965

Stadium Details

Bet365 Stadium, Stanley Matthews Way, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire ST4 4EG
Telephone : 01782 367598 or 01782 592233
01782 367599   (Ticket Office)

Capacity :  30,089
Away Allocation :  Up to 3,200

Pitch size :  105m x 68m  (115 yards  x  75 yards)

Official website :  www.stokecityfc.com


Directions

By Car

The stadium is a five minute drive from Junction 15 of the M6.  Turn onto the A500 (Queensway) heading for Stoke.
The stadium will be on the right, so watch out for signs to the A50 and once on this, the ground is directly on the right.

Parking is available at the ground but mainly, there are ONLY for permit holders.  You can try and purchase a pre-paid match pass for the South car park from the Ticket Office (telephone number above).
There are a number of car parks operated by sports clubs and businesses around the area.

Roads are closed around the ground after the match, so it can take some time to clear.

By Bus

Bus route 20 from Stand N in the Stoke-on-Trent City Centre Bus Station in Hanley run to the ground.
Routes 88, 88A, 88E, 86, 87, 47A go to Aylestone Road.
Route 20 goes to the rugby ground.

By Train

The Stoke-on-Trent train station is a 2 minute walk away from Glebe Street, where shuttle buses run to the stadium.

Or you can go from there …

By Foot

The stadium is a two mile 40 minute walk from the City Centre.  Take National Cycle Route 5 from Wharf Place off Glebe Street and head south long the Trent & Mersey canal.


Honours


Championship Runners-up  (Tier 2) 2007-2008

Division Two Champions  (Tier 2) 1932-1933, 1962-1963, 1992-1993

Division Two – Runners Up  (Tier 2) 1921-1922

Third Division (North) Champions  (Tier 3) 1926-1927

FA Cup Finalists 2011

League Cup Winners 1972

League Cup Finalists 1964

Football League Trophy 1991-1992, 1999-2000

Watney Cup Winners 1973


 

Managers


Thomas SLANEY 1874 – 1883

Walter COX 1883 – 1884

Harry LOCKETT 1884 – 1890

Joseph BRADSHAW 1890 – 1892

Arthur REEVES 1892 – 1895

Bill ROWLEY 1895 – 1897

Horace AUSTERBERRY 1897 – 1908

Alfred BARKER 1908 – 1914

Peter HODGE 1914 – 1915

Joe SCHOFIELD 1915 – 1919

Arthur SHALLCROSS 1919 – 1923

Jock RUTHERFORD 1923

Tom MATHER 1912 – 1935

Bob McGRORY 1935 – 1952

Frank TAYLOR 1952 – 1960

Tony WADDINGTON 1960 – 1977

George EASTHAM 1977 – 1978

Alan A’COURT (Caretaker) 1978

Alan DURBAN 1978 – 1981

Richie BARKER 1981 – 1983

Bill ASPREY 1983 – 1985

Tony LACEY (Caretaker) 1985

Mick MILLS 1985 – 1989

Alan BALL 1989 – 1991

Graham PADDON (Caretaker) 1991

Lou MACARI 1991 – 1993

Joe JORDAN 1993 – 1994

Asa HARTFORD (Caretaker) 1994

Lou MACARI 1994 – 1997

Chic BATES 1997 – 1998

Chris KAMARA 1998

Alan DURBAN (Caretaker) 1998

Brian LITTLE 1998 – 1999

Gary MEGSON 1999

Gudjon THORDARSON 1999 – 2002

Steve COTTERILL 2002

Dave KEVAN (Caretaker) 2002

Tony PULIS 2002 – 2005

Johan BOSKAMP 2005 – 2006

Tony PULIS 2006 – 2013

Mark HUGHES 2013 – 2018

Eddie NIEDZWIECKI (Caretaker) 2018

Paul LAMBERT 2018

Gary ROWETT 2018 – 2019

Nathan JONES 2019

Rory DELAP (Caretaker) 2019

Michael O’NEILL 2019 – 


League Record

The Football League structure has historically been as follows …

1888-1892 1892-1920 1920-1921 1921-1958 1958-1992 1992-2004 2004 to date
First tier Football League Division One Division One Division One Division One Premiership Premier League
Second tier Division Two Division Two Division Two Division Two Division One Championship
Third tier Division Three Division Three
(North) &(South)
Division Three Division Two League One
Fourth tier Division Four Division Three League Two

 


Elected to Division Two  (Tier 2) 1894

Division Two  (Tier 2) 1894-1908

Division One  (Tier 1) 1908-1909

Division Two  (Tier 2) 1909-1925

Division One  (Tier 1) 1925-1935

Division Two  (Tier 2) 1935-1937

Division One  (Tier 1) 1937-1939

Division Two  (Tier 2) 1946-1954

Division One  (Tier 1) 1954-1955

Division Two  (Tier 2) 1955-1957

Division One  (Tier 1) 1957-1969

Division Two  (Tier 2) 1969-1971

Division One  (Tier 1) 1971-1978

Division Two  (Tier 2) 1978-1980

Division One  (Tier 1) 1980-1981

Division Two  (Tier 2) 1981-1983

Division One  (Tier 1) 1983-1987

Division Two  (Tier 2) 1987-1992

Division One  (Tier 2) 1992-1994

Premier League  (Tier 1) 1994-1995

Division One  (Tier 2) 1995-1996

Premier League  (Tier 1) 1996-2002

Division One  (Tier 2) 20022003

Premier League  (Tier 1) 2003-2004

The Championship  (Tier 2) 20042008

League One  (Tier 3)
2008-2009

The Championship  (Tier 2) 20092014

Premier League  (Tier 1) 2014-2018

The Championship  (Tier 2) 2018