MODERN DAY heroes Ryan Shawcross and Ricardo Fuller were both included in the all-time Stoke City ‘Greatest XI’ . . . which was announced during the half-time interval of Sunday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Tottenham Hotspur.
The pair, who have played an instrumental role in the Club’s modern day success, took up their spots in the side alongside nine other Potters legends – all of whom were voted for throughout the campaign, by you, the supporters.
The poll, which took place on stokecityfc.com, as well as the Club’s two official social media outlets, facebook and twitter, was held as a major part of the Club’s 150th Year Anniversary celebrations.
England’s World Cup winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks was the unanimous choice to earn the spot between the sticks, ushering a back four that was fittingly made up of three Stoke born stars; Jackie Marsh, Denis
Smith and Mike Pejic, as well as the current captain Ryan Shawcross.
In midfield, the iconic Sir Stanley Matthews was the clear winner to get the right wing slot, Alan Hudson and Jimmy Greenhoff came out victorious in the voting for the central midfield roles, whilst the incredibly
talented Dutchman, Peter Hoekstra, was the preferred choice on the left wing.
The battle for the two striking roles was won by the mesmeric Jamaican, Ricardo Fuller, who left the Club last summer to join Charlton Athletic, and 1990s goal-machine Mark Stein, who helped the Club to a record 25-
match unbeaten run during the promotion winning 1992/93 season.
The five spots on the substitute’s bench went to current number one Asmir Begovic, Lee Dixon, 1940s hero Neil Franklin, Republic of Ireland ace Terry Conroy and the Club’s all-time leading goal-scorer John Ritchie.
Tony Waddington, who led the Club to it’s only major trophy to date – the League Cup in 1972, was named as the Club’s greatest ever manager, narrowly holding off the challenge of current boss Tony Pulis.
Speaking following the announcement of the ‘Greatest XI’, Shawcross revealed his delight at being voted into the side, saying:
“It’s absolutely incredible, and extremely humbling to have been named in the all-time Stoke City greatest eleven.
“There have been a large number of extremely talented players to have worn the famous red and white stripes throughout the Club’s long and distinguished history, so to have been selected in there amongst the
very best really is special.
“It’s a fantastic honour, made all the more special knowing that this has been voted for by the supporters. I have said it before, but they really are the ones who make this Club so special.”
The all-time Stoke City ‘Greatest XI’ in full is as follows:
GK: Gordon Banks (246 apps; 0 goals)
RB: Jackie Marsh (433 apps; 2 goals)
CB: Ryan Shawcross (240 apps; 19 goals)
CB: Denis Smith (482 apps; 41 goals)
LB: Mike Pejic (336 apps; 8 goals)
RW: Sir Stanley Matthews (355 apps; 62 goals)
CM: Alan Hudson (162 apps; 9 goals)
CM: Jimmy Greenhoff (338 apps; 97 goals)
LW: Peter Hoekstra (88 apps; 12 goals)
ST: Mark Stein (134 apps; 72 goals)
ST: Ricardo Fuller (208 apps; 50 goals)
Manager: Tony Waddington (822 games; won 288, drawn 233, lost 301)