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Looking Back Down 'Wembley Way'

Stoke City

STOKE CITY will be aiming to maintain an impressive Wembley record when they make the trip to the capital this weekend.

The Potters have won four of their five fixtures at the national stadium with the loss against Manchester City, in the 2011 FA Cup Final, the only occasion the Club have tasted defeat.

Mark Hughes will take his squad to north London to face Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, the first time City will fulfil a league fixture under the arch.

stokecityfc.com takes a memorable walk down ‘Wembley Way’ and looks back at our four victories at the famous venue…

STOKE CITY 2-1 CHELSEA – LEAGUE CUP FINAL, 4th MARCH 1972

ARGUABLY the Club’s finest hour, the Potters defied the odds of many to win what remains their only major accolade in its history.

Chelsea, who were overwhelming favourites going into the game, seemingly believed they would also lift the trophy after pre-arranging their cup winners’ bus parade before the final.

That sparked a fire into City, who showed no signs of nerves despite it being their first major final, taking the game to Blues with Terry Conroy opening the scoring after five minutes.

A rare mistake from defender Alan Bloor handed Chelsea an equaliser before George Eastham etched his name into Potters folklore by scoring the winner that ended City’s 109-year wait for a major honour.

SCFC: Banks; Marsh, Pejic, Bernard, Smith, Bloor, Conroy, Greenhoff (Mahoney), Ritchie, Dobing, Eastham. MANAGER: Tony Waddington.

STOKE CITY 1-0 STOCKPORT COUNTY – AUTOGLASS TROPHY FINAL, 16th MAY 1992

THE Potters gained their revenge on Stockport County after previously losing out to the Greater Manchester side in a play-off second leg encounter just three days prior to the final.

It was the Club’s first return to the national stadium since its only previous visit where they lifted the League Cup 20 years previous.

A closely fought tie, the match was settled by one piece of brilliance from Mark Stein, who rifled a bouncing ball inside the area into the back of the net.

Wembley fever certainly hit Stoke-on-Trent with a sell-out allocation of over 35,000 making the trip from the Potteries to see the side lift the Autoglass Trophy.

SCFC: Fox; Butler, Kevan, Cranson, Overson, Sandford, Kelly, Foley, Stein, Biggins, Heath. SUBS NOT USED: Grimes, Barnes. MANAGER: Lou Macari.

BRISTOL CITY 1-2 STOKE CITY – AUTO WINDSCREENS SHIELD FINAL, 16th APRIL 2000

STOKE didn’t have to wait too much longer for their third visit to Wembley stadium, eight years in fact when they faced Bristol City in their second Football League Trophy Final.

The Potters, who were taken over by Icelandic consortium Stoke Holding in the same season, made it three consecutive wins in the national stadium after defeating the Robins.

Graham Kavanagh opened the scoring in the first half, but were pegged back to 1-1 before Peter Thorne, who scored 30 goals that year, grabbed the winner with 10 minutes remaining.

After winning the trophy, the Club’s supporters dedicated the victory to local icon and then Club President Sir Stanley Matthews, who passed away aged 85 just months earlier.

SCFC: Ward; Mohan, Hansson, Clarke, Gunnarsson, Kavanagh, O’Connor, Gudjonsson, Gunnlaugsson (Dryden), Thorne, Lightbourne (Iwelumo). SUBS NOT USED: Muggleton; Jacobsen, Melton.

BOLTON WANDERERS 0-5 STOKE CITY – FA CUP SEMI-FINAL, 17th APRIL 2011

BY FAR the Potters’ best scoreline and without any doubt the Club’s most emphatic performance in modern times.

The fantastic display saw City become the first team to score five goals at the new Wembley, as well as the highest winning margin in an FA Cup semi-final since 1939.

First half goals from Matty Etherington, Robert Huth and Kenwyne Jones gave Stoke a healthy lead before a Jonathan Walters brace cemented the Club a spot in its first ever FA Cup Final.

The result ignited an impressive unbeaten run of form leading into the Final, although City hearts were ultimately broken five weeks later as Yaya Toure struck the decisive goal.

SCFC: Sorensen; Huth, Shawcross, Wilkinson, Whelan, Wilson, Pennant (Whitehead), Delap, Etherington (Pugh), Jones (Fuller), Walters. SUBS NOT USED: Nash; Faye, Diao, Carew. MANAGER: Tony Pulis.

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