STOKE CITY FOOTBALL CLUB is set to be honoured with the prestigious Freedom of the City award in its 150th anniversary year.
The Potters will join The Queen's Royal Lancers in receiving the first awards handed out by the Lord Mayor's Office of Stoke-on-Trent since 2006.
This very rare award is the ultimate recognition of exceptional contributions to the life of the City and one that the Club will be extremely proud to receive.
"We are delighted and honoured to have been handed the Freedom of the City of Stoke-on-Trent," said Chairman Peter Coates.
"It is an enormous honour, especially in this our 150th anniversary year.
"As a Club, we place great importance on playing an important role within our local community.
"The profile of being in the Premier League is greater now than it has ever been and it's important we help the City of Stoke-on-Trent continue to thrive, as it has done in recent years."
A motion towards approving the award will go before a full meeting of Stoke-on-Trent City Council on Thursday 17th October, and then if successful it will be presented at a special ceremony at the Club on Wednesday 4th December.
Council Leader Mohammed Pervez said the award was the ultimate expression of the City’s overwhelming appreciation and pride in its top people.
“Stoke City Football Club is another bastion of the City’s great traditions of service," added Pervez.
"The Club has embodied the City’s hopes and aspirations for 150 years.
"Now in the Premier League, Stoke City FC is promoting the City, its positivity, its amazing energy and dynamism.
"The Club’s success reflects the City’s wider ambitions to regain its place in the Premier League of international players."
If approved, Stoke City will become only the third organisation to be bestowed with the honour, along with the Lancers and The North Staffordshire Regiment (The Prince of Wales') in 1946.
The Club will also follow Sir Stanley Matthews CBE who was awarded with the honour in 1963.
The Freedom itself carries no privilege and is purely an honour, reflecting the eminence of the person or organisation on whom it is conferred and as recognition of significant and valuable services rendered to the City by that person or organisation.