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Stoke’s fall from grace was as wild and fast as it was surprising.
After 10 straight years in the Premier League – some of which were in the top half as well – they crashed and burned in 2017/18 following the departure of coach Mark Hughes. While it’s common in English football for relegated teams to hover near the top of the EFL Championship table (and often get promoted straight away), Stoke ended their first season in the second flight in a crushing 16th place.
Last season offered a very slight improvement with 15th. But where do they go from here? What goals can Michael O'Neill realistically set out for his squad?
In terms of Championship betting odds, it’s very hard to find decent offers out there. For instance, a Top Half finish is priced at a laughably low 1.22. That seems like quite high expectations for a team that’s been struggling as hard as Stoke City.
Stoke Key Players
Sam Clucas has proven to be one of the more valuable acquisitions from the previous season and was praised for his ability to think creatively despite overwhelming opposition. He offers some much-needed stability in the midfield in a squad that overall seems disorganized.
Tyrese Campbell is another important asset, his role being somewhere in-between a forward and a winger. He’ll be joined front-and-centre this year by Steven Fletcher, a notoriously hardy Scottish striker.
At the other end of the pitch, Southampton’s goalie Angus Gunn is arriving for a 1-year loan. Other players loaned over the summer include a duo of centre-backs Kevin Wimmer and Harry Souttar. The defensive line will receive further reinforcements through the signing of James Chester of Aston Villa.
Stoke have a traditional rivalry going with Port Vale, a team based in Stoke-on-Trent as well, and despite the lack of matches played between them (46 in the league, the last in 2002). Due to the two clubs being mostly in different divisions, their clashes are usually very tight, and Stoke only have a slight advantage so far, 15 to 12.
But the rarity of their games has resulted in Stoke developing rivalries with the clubs from the Midlands, such as West Bromwich Albion, Derby County and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
There are claims that the club was first established in 1863 under the name of Stoke Ramblers and that’s what the club themselves say, though the official records do not provide any substance to it. The first documented match was played in 1868 against a team called EW May XV, and the Potters, called that way after the pottery industry in Stoke-on-Trent.
Their first home was at the Victoria Cricked Club ground, but the two entities were joined into Stoke Football Club in 1878 and the venue was renamed to Victoria Ground. The club played there until the opening of the Britannia Stadium in 1997, and that name was changed in 2016 due to a stadium-naming-rights agreement between Stoke City and bet365. It is now called the bet365 Stadium.
The ashes of former player Sir Stanley Matthews, who died in 2000 having opened the stadium three years earlier, were buried beneath the centre circle of the pitch. To this day, Matthews remains Stoke’s most celebrated player ever.
The darkest moment in the history of the club, and one of the darkest in the history of the sport, happened on 9 March 1946. The FA Cup had just been re-launched following the end of World War II, and in the sixth round, Stoke played away to Bolton Wanderers. The event would later be known as the Burnden Park disaster, due to 33 people losing their lives and over 500 injured in a man-crush. It was the stadium disaster with the highest death-toll ever until the Ibrox Park disaster in 1971.
Stoke have spent most of their time in the top division, but they’ve never managed to win the league title. Their longest ever period without top-flight football was between 1985 and 2008, followed by a decade in the Premier League and the relegation in 2018.
Stoke’s only major trophy to date is the 1972 League Cup, though they did reach another final (1964), as well as the final of the FA Cup in 2011 which they lost to Manchester City.
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