STOKE CITY are calling on supporters to paint the Britannia Stadium red and white on Sunday . . . as they stage a big celebration of their 150th Anniversary.
Fans attending City’s final home match of the Barclays Premier League campaign against Champions League hopefuls Tottenham Hotspur will be given commemorative red and white shirts which the Club hope will either be worn or displayed before the game.
They are planning to create this colourful backdrop to the teams emerging from the tunnel for the live televised game, which has been designated as the 150th Anniversary Celebration, in a united show of pride at such a prestigious landmark in their history.
The shirts have been specially produced for the occasion, bearing an image of Sir Stanley Matthews and the Club crest which has been adapted for the Anniversary.
“This is our chance to show the world how proud we are to be celebrating 150 years and this will add even more colour to what will be a wonderful occasion,” said City’s Chief Executive Tony Scholes. “It is just one of many events taking place on the day.
“Our fans are renowned for their tremendous levels of support, and this gives them an opportunity to display that by playing a prominent part in the celebrations.”
He added: “It will certainly have a visual impact for the television cameras with the game being broadcast live by Sky Sports to a worldwide audience.
“Normally, fans would be asked to hold up cards, but we wanted to give all of our supporters a memento of this occasion and indeed our Anniversary.
“We hope that they will wear the shirt to help create a sea of red and white around all the home sections of the stadium. Failing that, we would ask them to hold it up.”
The Club have already confirmed that the 150th Anniversary Celebration match will feature the largest-ever gathering of former City stars for a special parade.
More than 80 ex-players have already indicated that they will be attending the event when they will gather for a tour of the Clayton Wood Training Ground before being transported to the Britannia Stadium for the parade which starts 75 minutes before kick-off.
That number is continuing to rise in the countdown to Sunday’s match when the Club will be unveiling the ‘Greatest XI’ voted for by supporters.
Further information about the programme of events for the day will be announced shortly.