The story of Stoke City Football Club - 150 years in the making
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2013 sees Stoke City Football Club celebrate it's 150th anniversary... and what a rollercoaster ride it's been.
From the early days as an amateur side playing against other teams in the local area, through to becoming a competitive force in England's world famous Premier League, the Club are very proud of it's football heritage.
Whilst mystery surrounds the exact details of the formative years, the same cannot be said about recent times with a first-ever FA Cup Final appearance and the subsequent journey in the UEFA Europa League widening the exposure of Stoke City to football fans around the globe.
> 1863-1888 In The Beginning
Some record books say City were founded in 1863, although many details remain sketchy...
> 1888-1899 Election Fever
The Potters were heavily involved in the formation of the Football League and were founder members for it's inaugural season...
> 1900-1909 Win Or Bust
Stoke suffered major financial problems with relegation and player wages that exceeded gate receipts leading to an inevitable conclusion
1910-1919 Rebirth Out Of The Football League
Although not involved within the major league in English football, the Club did pick up several honours in the Birmingham & District and Southern Leagues
> 1920-1929 Yo-Yo Club
The heights of Division One and depths of Division Three were visited in a rollercoaster decade...
> 1930-1939 Stan's The Man
The emergence of one player, more than any other, was destined to go down in history
> 1940-1949 So Near Yet So Far
City were all set for some golden years before the Second World War intervened
> 1950-1959 A Foreign Affair
Off the field problems marred the Fifties but there was some light at the end of the tunnel...
> 1960-1969 The Swinging Sixties
Just as the music scene revived Britain, a man by the name of Tony Waddington arrived at the Victoria Ground to turn things around
> 1970-1979 Waddo Believe It!
An astonishing decade in which City captured a first major honour, flirted with winning the Division One Championship and played in Europe for the first ever time
> 1980-1989 Five Managers, Five Chairmen
Football had it rough in the Eighties and the headline says it all about City's fortunes
> 1990-1999 Two Relegations, A Trophy, A Promotion, A New Stadium and A Takeover
Everything conceivable happens in the turbulent final decade of the Twentieth Century. Never a dull moment at Stoke City Football Club...
> 2000-2009 The Decade Of Success
Wembley Final and Play-Off Final victories followed by the arrival of Tony Pulis see Stoke rise from the third tier of English football to return to the top flight after a wait of 23 years
2010-2012 Going Global
Successful seasons against the odds in the Premier League, as well as FA Cup Final and UEFA Europa League appearances see the Club's name spread around the world