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The Clubs: Stoke City

All data correct upto 9th April 2018

All-Time Premier League Record

Played Won Drew Lost Scored Conceded Goal Difference Points No of Seasons
375 115 106 154 393 520 -127 451 10

 

Most Premier League Appearances

Player Appearances Total
Ryan Shawcross 312
Glenn Whelan 277
Jon Walters 226
Peter Crouch 197
Geoff Cameron 167
Erik Pieters 164
Asmir Begovic 160
Matthew Etherington 152
Robert Huth 149
Marc Wilson 146

 

Most Premier League Goals

Player Goals Total
Peter Crouch 43
Jon Walters 43
Mame Biram Diouf 23
Marko Arnautovic 22
Charlie Adam 19
Ricardo Fuller 18
Ryan Shawcross 14
Xherdan Shaqiri 14
Bojan 14
Matthew Etherington 13

 

Biggest Premier League Victories

Match Date Season
Stoke City 6-1 Liverpool FC 24th May 2015 2014-2015
Stoke City 4-0 Newcastle United 19th March 2011 2010-2011
Aston Villa 1-4 Stoke City 23rd March 2014 2013-2014
Stoke City 4-1 Fulham 3rd May 2014 2013-2014
Stoke City 3-0 Blackburn Rovers 6th February 2010 2009-2010
West Bromwich Albion 0-3 Stoke City 20th November 2010 2010-2011
Stoke City 3-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 26th April 2011 2010-2011
Stoke City 3-1 Arsenal 8th May 2011 2010-2011
Stoke City 3-1 Blackburn Rovers 26th November 2011 2011-2012
Stoke City 3-1 Liverpool FC 26th December 2012 2012-2013

Worst Premier League Defeats

Match Date Season
Chelsea 7-0 Stoke City 25th April 2010 2009-2010
Manchester City 7-2 Stoke City 14th October 2017 2017-2018
Manchester United 5-0 Stoke City 15th November 2008 2008-2009
Bolton Wanderers 5-0 Stoke City 6th November 2011 2010-2011
Chelsea 5-0 Stoke City 30th December 2017 2017-2018
Newcastle United 5-1 Stoke City 26th December 2013 2013-2014
Tottenham Hotspur 5-1 Stoke City 9th December 2017 2017-2018
Liverpool FC 4-0 Stoke City 19th August 2009 2009-2010
Manchester United 4-0 Stoke City 9th May 2010 2009-2010
Sunderland 4-0 Stoke City 18th September 2011 2011-2012

 

Managers

Manager No of Seasons managed Left the Club
Tony Pulis 5 21st May 2013
Mark Hughes 5 6th January 2018
Paul Lambert 1  

 

Highest Home Attendances

Match Date Attendance Figure Season
Stoke City 1-2 Everton 17th March 2018 30,022 2017-2018
Stoke City 1-1 Brighton & Hove Albion 10th February 2018 29,876 2017-2018
Stoke City 2-0 Huddersfield Town 20th January 2018 29,785 2017-2018
Stoke City 0-4 Chelsea 23rd September 2017 29,661 2017-2018
Stoke City 2-2 Leicester City 4th November 2017 29,602 2017-2018
Stoke City 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur 7th April 2018 29,515 2017-2018
Stoke City 1-2 AFC Bournemouth 21st October 2017 29,500 2017-2018
Stoke City 1-0 Arsenal 19th August 2017 29,459 2017-2018
Stoke City 0-3 Liverpool FC 29th November 2017 29,423 2017-2018
Stoke City 2-2 Manchester United 9th September 2017 29,320 2017-2018

 

Intro

Stoke City have been a consistent part of the Premier League for the last decade. Promoted in 2008, they managed three successive top 10 finishes during Mark Hughes’ largely successful stint in-charge of the club. Their physical approach to the game hasn’t won many friends, especially Arsene Wenger but it has won them many matches and plenty of points. However with just five games left in 2017-2018, their Premier League position is in severe jeopardy, sitting four points away from safety with Paul Lambert attempting to steer them clear of the drop.

 

2008-2009

Stoke City were tipped to go straight back down by the media after their promotion to the Premier League but Tony Pulis would defy the critics in their first season in the top-flight as they finished in a comfortable 12th place.

Rory Delap’s long throw-ins caused problems for many teams over the season and the likes of Aston Villa, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal were all beaten at The Britannia Stadium in the first four months of the campaign. Despite a poor December which saw the Potters drop into the drop zone, Pulis made good use of the January transfer window. He bought James Beattie and Matthew Etherington and both signings made a great impact.

Beattie scored the only goal as Stoke ended a run of nine matches without a win at the end of January against Manchester City and further important victories away at West Bromwich Albion and Hull City ensured their survival two games before the end of the season.

 

2009-2010

After a successful first season in the Premier League, Pulis splashed £20 million on new acquisitions with the Middlesbrough duo of Tuncay and Robert Huth among the arrivals. A fabulous 1-0 away victory at White Hart Lane over Tottenham Hotspur was the highlight of the first half of the campaign and an excellent 11-match unbeaten run at the start of 2010 ensured Stoke were under no threat of relegation. They finished 11th, one place and two points better than the previous campaign.

The only sour note was a home defeat to Arsenal which saw Ryan Shawcross criticised massively for a terrible tackle on Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey that left the Welshman with a double leg fracture.

 

2010-2011

It was a slow start to the 2010-2011 season as Stoke City went through August pointless and winless. A late 2-1 victory over Aston Villa in mid-September effectively kick-started their season and it would ultimately be another campaign in the realms of mid-table. Once again, they achieved 40+ points, although they finished 13th in the final standings – slightly lower than the 2009-2010 finishing position.

It was a historic season though as the Potters reached the FA Cup final, losing the showpiece event 1-0 to Manchester City. However, City’s involvement in the UEFA Champions League through their league position ensured Stoke would get a taste of UEFA Europa League football for the following season.

 

2011-2012

Stoke’s first excursion into European football for the first time since 1975 was a main talking point leading up to the 2011-2012 season. Pulis managed to entice the likes of Cameron Jerome, Wilson Palacios and Peter Crouch to the club in the summer and Stoke made it out of the group stages, before bowing out to Spanish giants Valencia in the round-of-32.

In the league, eight points from their first four games hinted at an improvement but the extra demand of European fixtures took its toll on the squad. Stoke won just four league matches after Christmas and finished in their lowest Premier League position of 14th, though still a comfortable nine points clear of the relegation zone.

 

2012-2013

Stoke City’s 150th year of existence would be a disappointing season and would ultimately spell the end of Tony Pulis’ reign as manager. Just one win in their first 10 matches set the tone for a lacklustre campaign which saw the club score just 34 goals in 38 matches. Only relegated Queens Park Rangers scored fewer.

A 3-1 Boxing Day victory over Liverpool FC was a standout result but just nine wins were recorded all term and a relegation battle looked like a distinct possibility after a dismal 3-1 home defeat to Aston Villa in early April. Back-to-back late season wins over Queens Park Rangers and Norwich City ensured their survival but owner Peter Coates decided a change was needed in the managerial helm.

Two days after the season ended, Pulis parted company with the club by mutual consent after seven successful seasons and was replaced by the former Blackburn Rovers and Fulham manager, Mark Hughes.

 

2013-2014

On his arrival in the summer of 2013, Mark Hughes was keen to change Stoke’s style of play and attempt to play a more possession-based style. Initially, it took time for the players to adapt to his way of thinking and Stoke spent most of the first part of the season just outside the relegation positions.

A 2-1 victory over Manchester United in early February, thanks to a brilliant performance from Charlie Adam spearheaded a revival in fortunes. This included a run of four successive victories in March. Stoke finished in the top 10 for the first time in their Premier League history. They finished in ninth position with 50 points. It was their best top-flight finish since 1975.

 

2014-2015

Hughes enjoyed a brilliant early season result as new signing Mame Biram Diouf scored the only goal in a 1-0 away victory at champions Manchester City. Despite disappointing home defeats to newly-promoted Burnley and Leicester City, Stoke looked set for another top 10 finish and equalled their 9th place finish from 2013-2014. However, they improved their points tally to 54.

This included a 3-0 whitewash of Tottenham Hotspur followed by the club’s biggest-ever Premier League victory on the final day of the season, as Liverpool FC were dismantled 6-1. Diouf impressed in his debut season with Stoke, finishing as top goalscorer with 11 goals.

 

2015-2016

Long-serving trio Asmir Begovic, Steven N’Zonzi and Robert Huth all left the club in the summer and with the funds from these departures, Hughes broke the club’s transfer record to tempt Swiss playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri away from Inter Milan for £12 million. Hopes were high with supporters to try and break into the Premier League’s top eight but it didn’t quite happen.

Despite some great results, including a 2-0 Boxing Day triumph over Manchester United and a thrilling 4-3 win over Everton, some charitable defending saw Hughes’ side suffer some heavy defeats in the closing weeks, including a triple spurt of 4-1/4-0 defeats to Liverpool FC, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City.

It was another 9th place finish but they did finish one point ahead of reigning champions Chelsea.

 

2016-2017

Stoke City had finished the 2015-2016 season in poor form and that continued into the 2016-2017 season. 15 goals were conceded in the opening six matches and Stoke collected just two points in this period.

A 1-1 draw at Old Trafford against Manchester United started to take the Staffordshire side away from danger as they lost just one out of their next eight matches. However, their season never really hit any sparkle and for the first time under Hughes’ management, Stoke finished in the bottom half in 13th place. Murmurs around the newly-titled bet365 Stadium were beginning to sound out about the lack of progress under the Welshman.

 

2017-2018

The sale of star player Marko Arnautovic to West Ham United in pre-season raised further concerns with the supporters but a 1-0 home win against Arsenal initially calmed any early frustrations. They were also the first team to take points off Manchester United with two goals from new signing, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting. However, their defensive problems returned and the Potters suffered heavy losses to Manchester City (7-2), Tottenham Hotspur (5-1), Chelsea (5-0) and West Ham United (3-0).

After a shock loss in the FA Cup third round to Coventry City, Hughes’ contract was terminated to the delight of many supporters. He was replaced by former Norwich City and Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert. Lambert started with a 2-0 home win over Huddersfield Town but Stoke haven’t won since and with five games remaining, sit four points adrift of safety. Their Premier League status looks to be in severe jeopardy.

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Premier League Rewind: 19th-20th November 2005

Results: Wigan Athletic 2-3 Arsenal, Charlton Athletic 1-3 Manchester United, Chelsea 3-0 Newcastle United, Liverpool FC 3-0 Portsmouth, Manchester City 0-0 Blackburn Rovers, Sunderland 1-3 Aston Villa, West Bromwich Albion 4-0 Everton, Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 West Ham United, Middlesbrough 3-2 Fulham, Birmingham City P-P Bolton Wanderers

After an international break, the Premier League resumed on the 19th-20th November 2005 with Chelsea threatening to run away with the title. However, Jose Mourinho’s side had been beaten for the first time in 40 top-flight matches last time out by Manchester United, so that gave some flickering hopes to the challengers.

If there was going to be any let-up from the reigning champions, they didn’t show it at home to Newcastle United. Second half goals from Joe Cole, Hernan Crespo and Damien Duff set the Blues’ up for an easy 3-0 victory over the Magpies.

Going into the weekend, newly-promoted Wigan Athletic were Chelsea’s nearest challengers. Paul Jewell’s side had strung together a stunning nine-game unbeaten sequence which included eight victories. However, they were about to face some of the Premier League’s big-hitters. First up was Arsenal who were struggling to sparkle away from Highbury. However, they prevailed in an entertaining Saturday lunchtime kick-off. Thierry Henry scored twice as the Gunners won this match 3-2 and Wigan would go onto lose their next four matches.

That result pushed Arsenal into the top four and they were joined there by Manchester United, who won 3-1 at Charlton Athletic. Ruud van Nistelrooy continued his excellent season so far, scoring twice. The win at The Valley came 24 hours after United had confirmed they had parted company with skipper Roy Keane, releasing him from his contract by mutual consent. Keane would sign for Celtic a month later.

Bolton Wanderers started the weekend in the top three but would drop down to fifth spot through no fault of their own. Their Monday Night Football trip to Birmingham City was postponed by referee Phil Dowd just an hour before kick-off. Although the pitch was playable at St Andrews, heavy fog had set in and visibility was considered to be too dangerous for the game to be played.

After a slow start to the season, Liverpool FC were beginning to find their form. They recorded a third successive victory with a 3-0 win at home to struggling Portsmouth. Peter Crouch’s goalscoring drought continued as he had a penalty saved but Bolo Zenden scored the rebound effort in his final Premier League match of the campaign before a knee injury curtailed his debut season at Anfield. It was also the final match in charge for Alain Perrin. He was sacked a few days later and became the first managerial casualty of the 2005-2006 season.

If things were going better for Liverpool, they didn’t improve for David Moyes at Everton. After last season’s fine fourth-place finish, they were finding the going much more difficult this time around. Everton lost 4-0 in the Saturday teatime kick-off to West Bromwich Albion which kept them in the bottom three on goal difference, along with Birmingham and Sunderland who lost again – 3-1 at home to Aston Villa.

What else happened in November 2005?

  • The footballing world mourns the death of one of Britain’s finest players as George Best passes away in hospital, aged 59 after a long battle with illness.
  • Angela Merkel becomes the first female Chancellor of Germany.
  • Former British World Rally champion Richard Burns dies at the age of 34 from a brain tumour. Burns had won the championship with Subaru just four years earlier.
  • Digital channel ITV4 is launched.
  • The Safeway supermarket brand disappears after 43 years on the high street as Morrisons completes its conversion programme. The two companies had merged in March 2004.
  • New licensing laws come into effect which allows pubs and clubs in England and Wales to open 24 hours for the first time.

Memorable Matches: Manchester City 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur (May 2010)

Goalscorer: Peter Crouch 82

Teams:

Manchester City: Marton Fulop, Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany, Kolo Toure, Wayne Bridge, Nigel de Jong, Gareth Barry (Patrick Vieira 57), Adam Johnson (Shaun Wright-Phillips 71), Craig Bellamy (Roque Santa Cruz 84), Carlos Tevez, Emmanuel Adebayor

Tottenham Hotspur: Heurelho Gomes, Michael Dawson, Ledley King, Younes Kaboul, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Tom Huddlestone, Luka Modric (Wilson Palacios 88), Gareth Bale, Aaron Lennon (David Bentley 71), Peter Crouch, Jermain Defoe (Roman Pavlyuchenko 81)

Referee: Steve Bennett, Attendance: 47,370

This was effectively a shootout for a UEFA Champions League qualification spot. Tottenham Hotspur travelled to Eastlands for their penultimate game of the season knowing that a victory would clinch their place in Europe’s premier club competition for the first time since the Champions League had been reformed in 1992. A win for their rivals Manchester City would put them into the driving seat for fourth place going into the final day. The prize was estimated to be worth £30 million.

Roberto Mancini had to rely on ex-Spurs shot-stopper Marton Fulop as his goalkeeper. Injury to Shay Given and with Joe Hart unable to be recalled from his loan period at Birmingham City, it meant the cash-rich club had been forced to ask the Premier League to use the emergency loan system to bring a goalkeeper in. Fulop had been made available after being deemed surplus to requirements by Sunderland.

He would have a busy evening. Tottenham started the brighter and were by far, the most threatening side. Their first opportunity came in the 18th minute. Peter Crouch smashed a header off the crossbar having met Gareth Bale’s free-kick. Moments later, the visitors’ thought they had taken the lead when Ledley King connected with Bale’s corner and headed home. However, referee Steve Bennett had spotted King was stopping Gareth Barry from jumping fairly, so correctly disallowed the goal.

By contrast, City looked flat. Heurelho Gomes made an early save from Carlos Tevez and also reacted well to his left-hand side when Bale almost inadvertently turned Craig Bellamy’s cross over the line. Into the second half and the pattern didn’t change. Bale was causing huge problems for City’s full-backs in Pablo Zabaleta and Wayne Bridge. He played Jermain Defoe in on 58 minutes but Fulop came to the rescue with a fine save. By this point, Barry had been forced off the pitch by an ankle injury and former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira was brought on as his replacement.

Fulop was in great form. He denied Crouch from close-range, saving his header with his legs. As the game entered the last 10 minutes, it looked like the match was destined to finish goalless when Tottenham finally got the crucial breakthrough. Younes Kaboul made a run into the penalty area, skipping past Craig Bellamy. He fired a shot in from a tight angle. This time, Fulop parried the shot but only into the path of Crouch who was in the right position to head home and send the travelling supporters into exultation.

Spurs had done it. Harry Redknapp had guided them into the UEFA Champions League for the first time. Defeat for Manchester City meant their expensive squad would have to spend the 2010-2011 season playing in the UEFA Europa League. Redknapp’s only final worry was to get soaked with a bucket of water whilst finishing a post-match television interview. It will always remain one of the finest nights Tottenham Hotspur ever experienced in the Premier League.

Great Goals: Peter Crouch – STOKE CITY vs. Manchester City (March 2012)

This move begins in the typical Stoke City style under the Tony Pulis reign at the club. Asmir Begovic takes a goal-kick which is hit long towards the attackers. The rest is all about supreme skill from a player who has often been underrated at this level.

Peter Crouch wins the initial header and plays a bit of head tennis with a teammate. He then launches a spectacular shot from the edge of the penalty area that flies into the net. England no.1 goalkeeper Joe Hart makes a token dive but is getting nowhere near it. It is a wonderful goal which helps Stoke to take a point off the eventual champions.

Crouch has now surpassed 100 goals in Premier League history. His goals have often been classic headers but this was an example that his game is not all about one aspect.