Stoke City FC: everything you need to know about the club

Stoke City FC is an English professional soccer club that was established in 1863 as Stoke Ramblers. Based in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, this is the oldest team in the premier league and the second oldest professional football club in the world. Nicknamed ‘the Potters,’ after the pottery industry in the city, this club got the household name ‘Stoke City FC’ in 1925 after Trent earned its city status. The team plays in white shorts, white and red striped shirts and white stockings.

The Management and Victories

Since 1997, Stoke City Football Club practices and plays at the all-seater bet365 stadium that was previously known as the Britannia Stadium, which holds a capacity of approximately 30, 089 people. The stadium was renamed in 2016. Michael O’Neill, a former professional football player, is the current club manager. He was appointed in November 2019 and first managed Brechin City between 2006 and 2008, before joining Shamrock Rovers where he won the Setanta Cup and two Ireland Leagues.

Stoke City has played 9 seasons in the Premier League. To date, the club has only one trophy, which was earned in 1972 after it beat Chelsea 2-1 in the League cup. The highest league finish it has come close to is the fourth division, achieved in 1935-36 and 1946-47. In 2011, the club played in the FA Cup Final and came in as finishing runners up to Manchester City. Stoke City FC has also won twice in the Football League Trophy; in 1992 and 2000.

Supporters and Rivalry

Stoke gets most of its support from the local Stoke-on-Trent area and fun clubs across London, Australia and the USA. From the 1970s to the early 2000s, stoke was known for football hooliganism issues, which earned the club a bad reputation. This was infiltrated by the Naughty Fourty firm, also known as N40, a football hooligan firm in England.

This firm, formed by Mark Chester, who is currently a youth inclusion promoter, associated itself with Stoke FC. The club was labelled as the most active and organised football hooligan firm in England by BBC in 2003. Stoke City FC responded to this defaming by introducing an Away Travel ID scheme, which was later called off in 2008 after the behaviour improved. Today, loyal supporters express their admiration for the club, terming it as friendly, loud, modern and passionate.