Stoke City

The narrative tells us that in 1863 a group of students previously attending the Charterhouse school, now working on their apprenticeships at Staffordshire Railway, in Stokes is the start for Stoke City F.C. However, there is no rock-solid evidence of games taking place before the official application and registration of an association football Club in 1868. And by then the Club went by the name Stoke Ramblers, only to change it to Stoke in 1870. Yet, the Club saw a new era after the Club re-launched under a new name in 1908, Stokes F.C. Although, the final name came after Stoke-on-Trent got the “City” status in 1925. As a result, the last re-branding ended up on Stoke City Football Club. Also, by now the nickname “The Potters” is widely accepted, which originate from the local pottery industry.

UEFA club coefficient ranking

There highlights to take into consideration when looking at UEFA organised games and “The Potters” participation. Though, the Club was more active in the European competitions in the mid-70s. In fact, in the record, we find that the Club played the UEFA Cup on 2 (1972/73, 1974/75) occasions. Yet, the venture ended short on both times, after the first round. And it would take Stoke City 37 years before adding a point in the club coefficient ranking system. More precise for season 2011/12, in the UEFA Europa League. That also returned a slightly disappointing performance, where the journey stopped in round 32. However, UEFA held documents reveal that “The Potters” do have the 80th position as best in the UEFA club coefficient ranking, surrounding season 2011/12. Just after the Danish Superliga Club, Aalborg Boldspilklub (79th). But before Real Racing Club de Santander, S.A.D (81st), playing in the LaLiga 2.

How many times have Stoke City won the Premier League title?

The archive of the English Premier League (EPL) is a clear read; Stoke City is not one of the Clubs that can title themselves top-flight champions in the UK. And the best season(s) finishing was in the hattrick years from 2013 to 2016 when “The Potters” ended up on a 9th place. However, comparing that to the predecessor, First Division, the situation looks a bit better. Where the Club had its best chance to win in the post-wars season 1946/47 finishing on a 4th position. Where the top place was an extremely close race, with the winner, Liverpool win with 57 points, compared to Stoke City’s 55.

Titles, Trophies, and Triumphs by Stoke City

Even if Stoke City cannot boast with a top-flight trophy, the Club, or the fans has no reason to get disappointed, as “The Potter” won plenty of other major and minor honours. So ladies and gentlemen, hold on to your seat while we list some of the victories. Starting with 2 (1932/33, 1962/63) Division Two wins, 1 (1926/27) Division Three North title, 1 (1914/15) Southern League Division Two title. But also 1 (1971/72) League Cup, 1 (1890/91) Football Alliance League, and 1 (1992/93) Barclays League Division Two Championship win. Plus 1 (1909/10) Southern League Division Two win. Yet, the Cup competition has no problem to match the League wins. For instance, the Club as won 15 (1877/78, 1878/79, 1903/04, 1913/14, 1933/34, 1964/65, 1968/69, 1970/71, 1974/75, 1975/76, 1981/82, 1992/93, 1994/95, 1998/99, 2016/17) Staffordshire Senior Cups, 2 (1900/01, 1913/14) Birmingham Senior Cup, and 3 (1987, 1991, 1992) Isle of Man Trophy titles.

Kit and colours

Without dragging it out, let’s jump straight into the Stoke City era starting from 1925. Why are we not covering the kit and colour combination when the Club operated under Stoke Ramblers (1868), Stoke (1870 to 1908), Stoke F.C (1908 to 1925) you might ask yourselves? Well the reasoning is quite simple, the colour and kit design back then change almost every season, including colour choices like purple, black, and blue. But also red, burgundy, yellow, pink, white, and sky blue. Though, “The Potters” did pick up its current home colour, red and white striped shirts with white shorts relative early. In fact, the design we see today (2020) initially got on its way in season 1908/09, minus the shirt sponsors.

Stoke City’s social responsibilities

Officially, Stoke City’s Football Club Community Trust started in 2004, yet, the corners stones got in place long before, 1989. The only real difference between the 2 years is the registration of the trust that happened in 2004. The Community Trust as such has a clear line in sight and aim to provide equal opportunities for all type of people, no matter the background, physical ability, or social status to mention some of them. In critical areas like wellbeing, education, health, learning, but more importantly, Sports Participation.

Stadiums and capacity

Stoke City has kept a good record of its previous playgrounds, where supporting documents takes us back to the very founding days, 1868. Where “The Potters” started on Victoria Cricket Ground (1868 to 1875). After the Club moved on to the Sweeting’s Field (1875 to 1878). Then to the Victoria Ground (1878 to 1997), that brings us to the final Britannia Stadium (1997). However, as most will know, on June 1st 2016 the 30,089 capacity stadium changed the name to bet365 Stadium. This after entering an agreement with its parenting organisation bet365.

Stoke City transfers and rumours

Stoke City’s fan base

If your answer is 22,800, the question would be, how many people and supporters show up on Stoke City’s home games? Meaning that in the overall standing and attendance records in the Sky Bet Championship “The potters” are on a 6th place. Now, on the other side of the coin, away matches the story takes another turn. Well at least for the season 2019/20 when the Club drops to a 23rd place after reporting around 17,100 tickets sold on average on the away games. Yet, the Club pick themselves up quite good on the total average attendance with a 7th position with its 20,000 plus on-site views.

Women football in Stoke City

History is deep in Stoke City, even more so when looking into the formation of the women’s team. That was the idea from a prominent member of Stokes, Leonard Bridgett in 1921. And it gets better, Stoke Weekly Sentinel reported on the women and even published a photo with the headline “Len Bridgett’s team, Hanford Ladies.” Though, due to the ban of women’s football the same year in December, the team got disbanded. Only to reappear in 2001 again, but this time under the name Stoke City F.C Women. Plus, the team as such has made quite awake in the sport laying claim to titles like Midland Women’s Combination, West Midland Premier Division, and Staffordshire FA County Cup, by which the team won 14 times. But also the title, Midland Women’s League Cup, and FA WPL, Reserve Cup winner, to mention the major honours.

Stakeholders and other financial interests in Stoke City

You could say that there are 2 main areas to focus on when talking about Stoke City and ownership. First, the name on most of the shares, Peter Coates. Which links us to the Coates family and their online bookmaking site, bet365. As such, ultimately, the Coates family is the true and only owner of Stoke City F.C.

Fun facts and other pub quiz trivia

Did you know that when Stoke City finally made the cut to play in the EPL for season 2008/09, it’s the first time in 23 years they got to play on a top-flight pitch? Also, the player credited with “The Potters” first EPL goal is Ricardo Fuller after scoring against Bolton Wanderers the same season.