Nicknames: The Potters

City: Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent

Stoke City Football Club is an English professional football club based in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire that plays in the Premier League. Founded as Stoke Ramblers in 1863 the club changed its name to Stoke City in 1925 after Stoke-on-Trent was granted city status. They are the second oldest professional football club in the world, after Notts County, and are one of the founding members of the Football 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.[7] 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.


The first evidence of Stoke’s kit appeared shortly after the appendage Ramblers disappeared – black and blue striped jerseys and white knickerbockers. Stoke City adopted the red-and-white striped shirt in 1883, and it has been the official strip until today.

The club’s first badge was the shield of the city’s coat of arms. These were granted in 1912 after the amalgamation of Stoke-on-Trent, Burslem, Fenton, Hanley, Longton and Tunstall into one borough. The insignia of the former separate boroughs are on display in Stoke’s arms.

In 2001 it was time for a corporate change and its own identity. Stoke City have paid great attention to today’s badge, a strong corporate design with a big commercial potential. The plain, simple, yet very effective badge was introduced at the start of the 2000/2001 campaign. The club’s name, the nickname, the year of foundation, the club colours; it’s all there. Somehow though, an English football badge with a Portland vase and a camel does have a little more excitement.

Arch-enemy: Stoke’s local rivals are Port Vale, based in the Burslem area of Stoke-on-Trent. As the two clubs have regularly been in different divisions there have only been 46 league matches between the two sides, with the last match being in 2002.

Regardless of the lack of games, the Potteries derby is often a tight and close game of football with few goals being scored. Stoke have won 19 matches whilst Vale have won 15.

Honors: Stoke have quite a disguised collection of honours.


Football League Championship

•Runners-up: 2007–08

Football League Second Division: 3

•Champions: 1932–33, 1962–63, 1992–93

•Runners-up: 1921–22

•Third Place: (Promoted) 1978–79

•Play-off Winners: 2001–02

Football League Third Division North: 1

•Champions: 1926–27

Football Alliance: 1

•Champions: 1890–91

Birmingham & District League: 1

•Champions: 1910–11

Southern League Division Two: 2

•Champions:1909–10, 1914–15

•Runners-up: 1910–11


FA Cup

•Runners-up: 2010–11

•Semi-finalists: 1898–99, 1970–71 (3rd place), 1971–72 (4th place)

League Cup: 1

•Winners: 1971–72

•Runners-up: 1963–64

Football League Trophy: 2

•Winners: 1991–92, 1999–2000

Watney Cup: 1

•Winners: 1973

Staffordshire Senior Cup: 14

•Winners: 1877–78, 1878–79, 1903–04 (shared), 1913–14, 1933–34, 1964–65, 1968–69 (shared), 1970–71, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1981–82, 1992–93, 1994–95, 1998–99

•Runners-up: 1882–83, 1885–86, 1894–95, 1900–01, 1902–03, 2002–03, 2005–06, 2010–11

Birmingham Senior Cup: 2

•Winners: 1901, 1914

•Runners-up: 1910, 1915, 1920, 1921

Isle of Man Trophy: 3

•Winners: 1987, 1991, 1992

•Runners-up: 1985

Bass Charity Vase: 5

•Winners: 1980, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1998

•Runners-up: 1890, 1894, 1990, 1996


Did You Know? The most capped player to have played for the club is goalkeeper Gordon Banks – with 73 caps for England.

The Potters’ former ground (Victoria Ground) once had a capacity of around 56,000.

Famous Players: Former Stoke City players who are notable include Eric Skeels – most appearances for the club, John McCue, Bob McGrory, Denis Smith, Alan Boor, Peter Fox, Jackie Marsh, Alan Dodd, John Ritchie, Freddie Steele, Frank Bowyer, Charlie Wilson, Johnny King, Tommy Sale and Gordon Banks


Biggest away defeat overall:
Record League defeat: 0–10 v Preston North End, First Division, 14 September 1889

Biggest home win overall:
Record win: 26–0 v Mow Cop 1877


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