STOKE CITY have today unveiled the programme of activities celebrating their 150th Anniversary in style on Sunday . . . and they are encouraging supporters to make an early arrival at the Britannia Stadium to enjoy this momentous occasion in their history.
A grand parade of the largest-ever gathering of former City players is just one of the big features of entertainment for all the family that will make it an extra special day and provide an exciting build-up to the Barclays Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur.
Having chosen the lived televised match against Spurs as their celebration match, the Club will be creating a real carnival atmosphere to mark the 150th Anniversary.
The pre-match build-up includes:
*A parade of more than 80 former players
*Entertainment including jugglers, ball wizards, stilt walkers, clowns and face painters
*Performances from the Co-operative Funeralcare Brass Band North West
*Guard of honour featuring flame throwers
*A red and white shirt display by fans to greet the players
City's Chief Executive Tony Scholes said: "This will be a fantastic celebration of our 150 years and we want everyone to come along and join the party.
"The important thing is that people should arrive early if they want to enjoy all the entertainment that will be taking place both inside and outside of the stadium.
"The presence of so many of our former players has created an enormous amount of interest among supporters who will need to be inside the stadium for 12.15pm to see the start of the parade
which will take place in the countdown to the kick-off.
"The former players will have gathered at our Clayton Wood Training Ground earlier that morning for a reception and a tour of the facilities before they are then transported by coach to the stadium ahead of them being introduced to the crowd."
He added: "There will be so much more going on as well, something for everyone, and this will all add to what we are sure will be a day to remember, not forgetting, of course, the fact that we have a big game against one of the top teams in the country."
The parade of former players will last for 40 minutes during which they will each be invited up onto a stage located in front of the Q-railing Stand where they will be presented with a commemorative shirt by the Club's Chairman Peter Coates.
There will also be entertainment for all the family, including music from the highly-acclaimed Co-operative Funeralcare Brass Band North West who will perform outside the stadium initially and then move inside before the kick-off.
The half-time activities will feature the unveiling of the Club's 'Greatest XI' voted by supporters as part of the 150th Anniversary.
Further information about the day's events will be announced shortly.
150th Anniversary Celebration Match
Programme of Activities
11.30am - Britannia Stadium turnstiles open
11.30am - Entertainment outside the stadium begins featuring jugglers, ball wizards, clowns, stilt walkers, face painters and the half-time 'cosna-kick-a-bow' game
11.30am - Signal Radio Outside Broadcast goes live
11.45am - Co-operative Funeralcare Brass Band North West performs outside the stadium
12.00pm - Introduction to the stadium show/entertainment moves inside the stadium
12.15pm - Grand parade of former players
13.00pm - Co-operative Funeralcare Brass Band North West performs inside the stadium
13.19pm - 150th Anniversary Tile presentation to Premier League and Tottenham Hotspur
13.24pm - Red and white shirt display by supporters for arrival of teams
13.30pm - Kick-off of the Stoke City-Tottenham Hotspur game
14.20pm - Welcome to a team of 20 cyclists who undertook a 300-mile sponsored bike ride in three days to raise money for the Stoke City Community Trust and Rangers Charity Foundation
14.20pm - Announcement of 'Greatest XI' chosen by the supporters in a poll
15.20pm - Full time followed by lap of honour by first team squad