All data correct upto 9th April 2018
All-Time Premier League Record
|Played||Won||Drew||Lost||Scored||Conceded||Goal Difference||Points||No of Seasons|
Most Premier League Appearances
Most Premier League Goals
|Mame Biram Diouf||23|
Biggest Premier League Victories
|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
|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|
|Manager||No of Seasons managed||Left the Club|
|Tony Pulis||5||21st May 2013|
|Mark Hughes||5||6th January 2018|
|Paul Lambert||1||18th May 2018|
Highest Home Attendances
|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|
Stoke City were 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 in 2017-2018, their Premier League stay came to an end, being relegated on the final Saturday of the season with Paul Lambert unable to steer them clear of the drop.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 only won one further match and in their final home game of the season, a 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace saw the club relegated back to the Championship.
Now it is the ex-Luton Town boss Nathan Jones in-charge and with play-off hopes slipping away, it is looking like Jones’ main task now is to stabilise the club for the remainder of this campaign before attempting to steer the Potters back to the top-flight next season.