Stoke City was founded in 1863 and are the oldest team in the Premier League and the second oldest professional football club in the world. Stoke play their home games at The Britannia Stadium, which has a capacity of 27300. Stoke have played at The Britannia since 1997, before this time they played at the Victoria Ground, which had been their home sine 1878. The current manager is Mark Hughes, who has also managed Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City, Fulham and QPR in the Premier League as well as being a successful player for Manchester United, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Chelsea. Stoke City play in red and white striped shirts, white shorts and white socks.
"Every manager, when they come into a new environment and a new club, will have doubters. It is up to you to win people over." Stoke manager, Mark Hughes.
Stoke's nickname is 'The Potters', in the past many people from Stoke were employed making china (plates and cups etc.) in the potteries, which is the name for the factories where china was made. The football team became known as the potters and this was the job of many of the players, who at that time had to have a main job in addition to playing football.
Stoke have never won a league title, the highest they have finished was 4th in 1946-47. Stoke have played a total of 9 seasons in the Premier League and prior to 2014/15, their highest position was 11th in 2009-10, but they have finished in 9th position for the last two seasons. Stoke have won the League Cup once, in 1972 and were runners-up in the FA Cup in 2011, when they lost 1-0 to Manchester City.
In 2015/16, Stoke City finished 9th in the Premier League for the second consecutive season, which equalled, once again, their best-ever finish in the Premier League and their best finish in the top division since 1974/75. Stoke’s top scorer was Austrian international Marko Arnautovic, with 12 goals. With ex-Manchester United player Mark Hughes as manager, Stoke City are playing a much more attractive style of football and Stoke fans will be hoping they can finish in the top half again this season. With new players like Welsh international Joe Allen, signed from Liverpool, and the Egyptian winger, Ramadan Sobhi to add to a squad that includes four ex-Barcelona players (Bojan Krkic, Marc Muniesa, Moha El Ouriachi and Ibrahim Afellay) Stoke look like they will do well this season. Will it be like the Nou Camp at Stoke this season?
Prediction 2016/17: 9th
Key player: Xherdan Shaquiri
Did you know.......?
Sir Stanley Matthews (1915-2000), who is often seen as one of the greatest ever footballers of the English game, made over 300 appearances for Stoke City.
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