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Twenty Years On

Lou Macari Talking to Terry Conroy

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16:41 28th April 2013

Macari talks about the title success in the 1992-93 season on anniversary

CAN YOU remember what you were doing this very day 20 years ago?

Stumped for an answer? Well, it just so happened to be the day that Stoke City beat Plymouth Argyle to clinch their last title success.

Nigel Gleghorn bagged the only goal of the game at the Victoria Ground to secure the old Second Division Championship and spark wild celebrations.

The 1992-93 campaign included so many memorable moments, not least the establishing of a Club record 25-match unbeaten run and a League double over Port Vale.

Lou Macari masterminded the title triumph and looks back on arguably his greatest moment as City boss with huge pride, but also with a tinge of regret that football has lost it’s fun factor in the intervening years.

To mark the 20th anniversary, Macari has spoken exclusively to Stoke Player and admits: “How time flies … I can’t believe it's 20 years ago.

“It was a fun place for us to be, but I didn’t realise it was a fun place to be for all the supporters until last week. I was in my local bakers and some fellow came up to me and thanked me for my time at Stoke.

“He told me he had some fun times and I asked him what he meant and he said some of the trips were brilliant.

“It wasn’t just us, the players and staff at the Club, who had fun – the supporters had good days out as well, regardless of the result.

“I think that has changed slightly with the pressure on everyone, the pressure of staying in the Premier League and the pressure of winning games.

“I think it’s now overlooked that, first and foremost, people should go and enjoy themselves.”

*The full interview with Lou Macari is available on Stoke City Player

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