Stoke City is an English soccer club, founded in the 1860s. Located in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, Stoke Ramblers changed its name in 1978 to Stoke and Stoke City in 1925. Whether you have been a fan of the team for 20 years or just 20 minutes, there are interesting statistics and facts that may have been forgotten or simply unknown. Here are ten facts about the club.
1. Stoke City is the second oldest professional football club in the world after Notts County
And the oldest to feature in the Premier League. Potters is the nickname given to the team, derived from the local pottery industry.
2. Stoke City’s only major trophy is the 1972 league cup
Earned after the team beat Chelsea by two goals to one.
3. The club has competed in the European football thrice
Once in the 1972-1973 match, 1974-75 and the third one in the 2011/2012 season.
4. As an addition to the league cup win, the club has also celebrated victory in the competition twice in all of its history
In the 1992 and 2000 match.
5. In the 21st century, Jack Butland is the only player who has won an award for the club’s player of the year, twice
6. The team participated in the 2011 FA cup final and finished as a runner-up to Manchester City
So far, Stoke City has been recorded to reach three FA cup semi-finals, one in 1899, 1971 and 1972.
7. Stoke City was originally known as Stoke Ramblers in the 1860s
15 years later, the club merged with a Club known as Stoke Victoria Cricket to form the Stoke Football Club. After Stoke-on-Trent was earned the “city status” in 1925, the club changed its name to the current Stoke City Football Club.
8. After the Football League came into a conclusion that each team would use a different style of stripes in 1891, Stoke City were allowed to take the white and red stripes
By 1908, the club had different kits, and were seen to use plain maroon more.
9. The club’s player Sir Stanley Mathews is the oldest player to ever feature in the England top division
In February 1965 in a match against Fulham, Mathew had just celebrated his 50th birthday.