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The Ten-Year Tony Pulis Timeline

Tony Pulis celebrates 10 years since first joining Stoke City as Manager

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00:01 1st November 2012

by Stoke City Football Club

A look at the golden era under Tony Pulis

1st November 2002
Tony Pulis is appointed as Manager of Stoke City following Steve Cotterill’s decision to quit for Sunderland.
 
2nd November 2002
His first game in charge ends in defeat as Walsall record a 4-2 victory against the Potters at the Bescott Stadium. Andy Cooke and Chris Greenacre were both on target for Stoke.
 
30th November 2002
Pulis collects his first point in charge on the road against his former Club Gillingham. The 1-1 draw was his fifth game in charge of the Club. Republic of Ireland international Clive Clarke cancelled out Paul Shaw’s opener.
 
28th December 2002
The Welshman tastes victory for the first time with Stoke as he leads the Potters to an enthralling 3-2 victory against Sheffield Wednesday at the Britannia Stadium. Wednesday twice managed to peg the hosts back following Chris Iwelumo strikes, however, Icelander Brynjar Gunnarsson strikes home a stoppage time winner.
 
22nd February 2003
One the lowest points of Pulis’ tenure in charge as his side are thumped 6-0 by Nottingham Forest, and sink to the bottom of the league table.
 
4th May 2003
Loan star Ade Akinbiyi calms the nerves of the 25,000 or so Stoke fans packed inside the Britannia Stadium with a bullet header. That goal secures all three points against Reading and ensures the Potters of a spot in Division 1 for the 2003/04 campaign. 
 
9th August 2003
The Potters kick-off the new campaign in style as they hammer Derby County 3-1 at Pride Park. Debutant Gifton Noel-Williams scores as does Chris Greenacre and Lewis Neal. Carl Asaba, Darrel Russell and Keith Andrews all make their debuts.
 
9th May 2004
The curtain is drawn on the end of the first full season in charge for Pulis, as Gillingham hold the Potters to a goalless draw at the Britannia Stadium. The result is enough for the Gills to retain their status in the league by virtue of goal difference. For Stoke, they end the campaign in 11th, seven points adrift of the final Play-Off position.
 
8th August 2004
He oversees a 2-1 victory against rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers on the opening day of the new season. The live television cameras are at the Brit as goals from Darrel Russell and Clive Clarke secure a 2-1 win over the recently relegated Midlanders.
 
30th August 2004
A dramatic 1-0 win against Derby County at the Britannia Stadium lifts the Potters to the top of the league. Marcus Hall’s 93rd minute strike settles a tense affair.
 
30th October 2004
Pulis celebrates his 100th game in charge of the Club with a 1-0 home victory against Milwall. Chris Greenacre fires home the winner four minutes from time.
 
9th January 2005
The Welshman almost leads the side to a famous victory at Highbury. The Potters stun Arsenal in the FA Cup 3rd Round tie with a first half goal from Wayne Thomas. The Gunners come from behind to register an undeserved 2-1 victory however.
 
28th June 2005
Pulis is surprisingly sacked by the Icelandic Consortium for ‘failing to exploit the foreign transfer market’. Having ended the season with the side in 12th, he agrees a deal to take over at Plymouth Argyle for the 2005/06 campaign.
 
14th June 2006
Less than twelve months after being relieved of his duties however, new Chairman Peter Coates announces that Pulis has agreed terms on a contract to take over the from Dutch Manager John Boskamp. The Club agree a compensation package with Plymouth.
 
30th September 2006
Things don’t get off to a particularly good start for Pulis as his side pick up just nine points from the opening ten games of the season, leaving them languishing towards the bottom of the Championship.
 
14th October 2006
An inspired foray into the transfer window sees Pulis capture the signings of Lee Hendrie, Salif Diao, Ricardo Fuller and Andy Griffin. All four feature for the side as the romp to a 4-0 victory against Leeds United at Elland Road.
 
9th December 2006
The City boss continues to turn things around in dramatic style as his players earn three points against QPR courtesy of a Danny Higginbotham strike. The 1-0 victory is the side’s sixth win in seven, and seventh straight game without conceding a goal.
 
29th April 2007
The City boss is named as the Championship Manager of the Month, having guided his side to three victories and two draws from the five games in April.
 
6th May 2007
An exciting season ends in disappointing fashion as a 1-1 draw at QPR on the final day of the campaign isn’t enough to secure the side a place in the Play-Offs. The Potters miss out by just two points.
 
11th August 2007
Ryan Shawcross scores on his debut for the Club to earn Pulis all three points on his return to South Wales. Cardiff, tagged as many peoples favourites for promotion, were left stunned by a determined Stoke performance.
 
1st December 2007
The Welshman oversees his 200th Stoke game, and leads the side to a 2-1 victory against Norwich City. Leon Cort and Richard Cresswell score for the hosts as they come from a goal behind. 
 
15th February 2008
An inspired half-time team talk from Pulis helps the side come from two goals down at home to Scunthorpe to record a crucial three points and remain on course for a top-six finish.
 
7th April 2008
A disastrous 2-1 defeat at home to Crystal Palace leaves the Potters looking out of the promotion hunt, however nine points from the next three games ensure a dramatic final day showdown against Leicester City at the Britannia Stadium.
 
4th May 2008
A day no Stokie will ever forget. The Potters, under the stewardship of Pulis, end a 23-year long exile from the top-flight by picking up the one point they needed against Leicester. The result relegates the visitors, but that doesn’t stop the Stoke fans from invading the pitch in their thousands to celebrate one of the biggest achievements in the Club’s history.
 
16th August 2008
Pulis’ first ever Premier League game ends in defeat Bolton Wanderers. The result gives a certain bookmaker enough confidence to pay out on all bets on Stoke City being relegated. How wrong they were!
 
23rd August 2008
Mamady Sidibe’s stoppage time header helps the Potters register their first top-flight victory in almost a quarter of a Century against Aston Villa. Liam Lawrence and Ricardo Fuller were also on the scoresheet in what was a five-goal thriller.
 
26th April 2009
Pulis runs the London marathon in just over four hours. The City boss runs the race in aid of the Donna Louise Children’s Hospice Trust and raises an incredible £28,000.
 
9th May 2009
A 2-1 victory away at Hull City mathematically ensures a second season in the top-flight for the Potters. Pulis describes the achievement of keeping the side up as greater than winning promotion.
 
6th February 2010
Goals from Danny Higginbotham, Mamady Sidibe and Matthew Etherington secure the Potters a comfortable 3-0 victory against Blackburn Rovers, in Pulis’ 300th game in charge of the Club. 
 
7th March 2010
Heartbreak for Pulis as the Potters succumb to defeat against Chelsea in the FA Cup Quarter-Finals. Having already knocked out Manchester City and Arsenal, Stoke were just one win away from a first ever appearance at the new Wembley Stadium.
 
5th May 2010
Etherington’s superb strike elevates the Potters up into 11th place in the Premier League – a position they hold on the final day of the season, having chalked up 47 points. Two more than the previous campaign.
 
21st May 2010
Pulis joins Nick Hancock and reaches the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro for charity. The pair raise a remarkable total of £100,000for the Donna Louise Children’s Hospice Trust.
 
10th August 2010
Pulis makes Kenwyne Jones his record signing by completing an £8 million deal with Sunderland for the Trinidad and Tobago star.
 
13th March 2011
Higginbotham’s late free-kick secures Stoke a 2-1 FA Cup Quarter-Final victory against West Ham United. The result sets up a Semi-Final tie with Bolton at Wembley Stadium.
 
17th April 2011
Arguably the most memorable day in Stoke City's history, the Potters smash five goals past Bolton Wanderers in the FA Cup Semi-Final at Wembley Stadium to reach a first ever FA Cup Final.
 
14th May 2011
The City boss leads the team out in front of 90,000 supporters in the Final against Manchester City. The day is to end in heartbreak though as Yaya Toure settles a tight affair with a close range effort 15 minutes from time.
 
28th July 2011
Stoke beat Hajduk Split 1-0 in the Second Qualifying Round of the Europa League. This is the Potters' first game in the competition in 37 years. Pulis goes on to lead his side into the Group Stage by completing a 2-0 aggregate win over the Croats in Split, before coming out victorious over two legs against FC Thun in the Final Qualifying Round.
 
31st August 2011
Pulis smashes the Club’s transfer window by concluding an incredible £10 million deal to sign England striker Peter Crouch from Spurs. Wilson Palacios and Cameron Jerome also move to the Britannia Stadium on a frantic day of transfer activity.
 
14th January 2012
A typically solid Pulis inspired performance helps the side hold Liverpool to a goalless draw at Anfield in what is the manager's 400th game in charge of Stoke.
 
23rd February 2012
The Potters bow out of the Europa League in the last 32 against Valencia. Despite two impressive showings, the Spaniards prove to be too strong and record a 2-0 aggregate success. It brings an end to the Club’s epic European adventure.
 
31st May 2012
The City boss is given the honour of carrying the Olympic Torch for the first part of its journey around the City of Stoke-On-Trent. 
 
4th September 2012
The Welshman concludes a deal to sign England striker Michael Owen on a free transfer. Owen joins the likes of Charlie Adam, Steven N’Zonzi, Michael Kightly and Geoff Cameron at the Britannia Stadium, after they all agreed deals during the transfer window.
 
26th October 2012
Pulis takes charge of his 432nd Stoke game against Sunderland. The game ends in stalemate, though the Potters will feel hard done by not to have registered three points having squandered the game’s best opportunities.
 
1st November 2012
The tenth anniversary of the initial appointment of Tony Pulis as Manager of the Club.

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