STOKE CITY have been bestowed the honour of a reception at the House of Lords to mark the Club’s 150th Anniversary.
The prestigious event will be hosted by Staffordshire-based peer Lord Grocott in the Cholmondeley Room on Tuesday afternoon.
Chairman Peter Coates will be accompanied by manager Tony Pulis and his first team squad for the visit to the House of Lords where leading figures from the world of politics and football will also be present at the reception.
These include David Bernstein, the Chairman of the Football Association, who are also celebrating their 150th Anniversary this year.
“It’s a tremendous privilege for the Club to have the 150th Anniversary given this recognition,” commented Mr Coates.
“Lord Grocott has been a good friend and supporter of the Club for many years now and he is relishing the prospect of welcoming everyone to the House of Lords for what should be a memorable occasion.
“We are very proud of the fact that we are celebrating this landmark and, in particular, the fact that it falls at the same time as the FA’s own 150th Anniversary. This is one of the ways we are marking this historic event.”
The Club will be joined at the House of Lords by local MPs Rob Flello, who is a Trustee of the Stoke City Community Trust, Paul Farrelly, Tristram Hunt and Joan Walley.
Other civic dignitaries who will be travelling down to London are the Lord Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent Terry Crowe, Council Leader Mohammed Pervez and the Chief Executive of Stoke-on-Trent City Council John Van de Laarschot.
City legends Gordon Banks OBE, Terry Conroy and Denis Smith, who were all members of the triumphant 1972 team which won the Club’s one major trophy, the League Cup, at Wembley Stadium will also be present at the reception.