The Story Of Stoke City FC


Stoke City are the world's second oldest professional football club ... and what a story it has been.

From the early days as an amateur side playing against other teams in the local area, through to becoming a competitive force in England's world famous Premier League, the Club are very proud of it's football heritage.

Whilst mystery surrounds the exact details of the formative years, the same cannot be said about recent times with a first-ever FA Cup Final appearance and the subsequent journey in the UEFA Europa League widening the exposure of Stoke City to football fans around the globe.

> 1863 - 1888 (In The Beginning)
Some record books say City were founded in 1863, although many details remain sketchy.

> 1888 - 1899 (Election Fever)
The Potters were heavily involved in the formation of the Football League and were founder members for it's inaugural season.

> 1900 - 1909 (Win Or Bust)
Stoke suffered major financial problems with relegation and player wages that exceeded gate receipts leading to an inevitable conclusion.

1910 - 1919 (Rebirth Out Of The Football League)
Although not involved within the major league in English football, the Club did pick up several honours in the Birmingham & District and Southern Leagues.

> 1920 - 1929 (Yo-Yo Club)
The heights of Division One and depths of Division Three were visited in a rollercoaster decade.

> 1930 - 1939 (Stan's The Man)
The emergence of one player, more than any other, was destined to go down in history.

> 1940 - 1949 (So Near Yet So Far)
City were all set for some golden years before the Second World War intervened.

> 1950 - 1959 (A Foreign Affair)
Off the field problems marred the Fifties but there was some light at the end of the tunnel.

> 1960 - 1969 (The Swinging Sixties)
Just as the music scene revived Britain, a man by the name of Tony Waddington arrived at the Victoria Ground to turn things around.

> 1970 - 1979 (Waddo Believe It!)
An astonishing decade in which City captured a first major honour, flirted with winning the Division One Championship and played in Europe for the first ever time.

> 1980 - 1989 (Five Managers, Five Chairmen)
Football had it rough in the Eighties and the headline says it all about City's fortunes.

> 1990 - 1999 (Two Relegations, A Trophy, A Promotion, A New Stadium and A Takeover)
Everything conceivable happens in the turbulent final decade of the Twentieth Century. Never a dull moment at Stoke City Football Club.

> 2000 - 2009 (The Decade Of Success)
Wembley Final and Play-Off Final victories followed by the arrival of Tony Pulis see Stoke rise from the third tier of English football to return to the top flight after a wait of 23 years.

> 2010 - Present Day (Going Global) 
Successful seasons against the odds in the Premier League, as well as FA Cup Final and UEFA Europa League appearances see the Club's name spread around the world.