STOKE CITY have produced a unique set of ceramic tiles to mark their 150th anniversary . . . and will be presenting them to each of their Barclays Premier League opponents this season.
The first of them were handed over by Chairman Peter Coates and Supporters Council representative Angela Smith at the first home match of the season against Arsenal.
The hand-painted ceramic tiles have been specially-framed featuring the Club badge and the heritage of the opposition, while they also carry details of that particular fixture.
Not only do the tiles commemorate the Club’s 150th anniversary this season, they are also recognition of the pottery industry with which there is such a close association.
One of the tiles was presented by Mr Coates to representatives from the Arsenal Board in the Board Room before the match at the Britannia Stadium, while another one was given to Gunners supporters attending the game pitchside in the countdown to the kick-off.
These presentations to the opposition will also take place at each of the other 18 home games in the Barclays Premier League over the remainder of the 2012-13 campaign.
This is just one of the ways in which the Club will be marking this landmark in their history as the second oldest Football League club and the oldest in the Premier League.
*The picture shows Angela Smith and Stoke City’s Head of Community with Arsenal’s Supporters Liaison Officer Jill Smith and their supporters London contact Peggy Goulding.