Stoke City Football Club
Stoke City Football Club was formed in 1863 as Stoke Ramblers F.C. Stoke City got promoted to the Premier Division after a wait of 23 years in 2008. The club initially played at Victoria Ground and moved to the 27,500 capacity Brittania Stadium in 1997 after playing at Victoria Ground for almost 119 years.
Stoke City soccer team is nicknamed 'The Potters'. Stoke City's home outfit has a vertical red and white stripe shirt with white shorts. The crest is pretty simple containing the club's name on a red and white background with the nickname 'The Potters' etched at the bottom.
Tony Pulis is the current manager of the Stoke City football club and led the club to their first FA cup final in 2010-11 season.
Eric Skeels, John Ritchie, John McCue
Commanding center back Ryan Shawcross is the captain of the club.
Stoke City have won one Carling Cup which is its only major trophy. The club has finished runners up in the second division and FA Cup once.
Port Vale, Wolverhampton Rovers, West Bromwich Albion
Stoke City Football Club is the oldest club in the premier league and the second oldest in the whole of football league behind Notts County.
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September 26, 2011 by Moiz Siddiqui · Comments Off
Goal scorers: Stoke (Crouch, 52) Man United (Nani, 27)
Man United: None
Man of the Match: Peter Crouch
Manchester United dropped their first points of the season against a resolute Stoke City side at the Britannia Stadium. The Red Devils were held to one all draw thanks to a Peter Crouch equaliser after Nani had given them the lead in the second half.
Manchester United have been in swashbuckling form off late and have displayed some ruthless performances but up against a Stoke side that is very well organized at the back, even United had difficulty in scoring the goals. Manchester United were without Rooney for this game who got injured and also lost Javier Hernandez in the first half after the Mexican suffered a heavy tackle from Jonathan Woodgate and had to be replaced.
Nani provided the spark for the Red Devils and continued his good scoring form off late by scoring United’s goal in the 27th minute. After exchanging a neat one- two with Darren Fletcher, Nani fired a powerful shot that beat keeper Begovic all ends up. Stoke responded immediately and Andy Wilkinson tested United keeper David De Gea with a thumping shot that the keeper was able to tip on the crossbar. De Gea was called into action again when Jon Walters tried his luck but the Spaniard was up to it and pushed his effort wide of the post.
Stoke however, did not gave up and continued to pressurize the United back line. They eventually found a route back into the game 7 minutes in to the second half when Peter Crouch headed home Matthew Etherington’s corner. This was Crouch’s first goal for the club and it came at a very important time for the Potters.
Manchester United tried their best to snatch a winner but the new look front line was not able to break down a stubborn Stoke defence and United had to settle for a draw.
September 20, 2011 by Moiz Siddiqui · Comments Off
Goal scorers: Bramble (5th minute), Woodgate (11, o.g), Gardner (28th minute), Larsson (58th minute)
Stoke: Huth, Crouch
Man of the Match: Sebastian Larsson
Sunderland secured their first win of the new season with a stylish 4-0 win over a Stoke side that looked jaded after their European commitments. The Stoke players looked tired and did not show any of the determinedness that they showed against Liverpool in their last fixture. Their defence was at sixes and sevens which allowed Sunderland to win easily.
Sunderland struck early as Titus Bramble latched on to a Sebastian Larsson corner after Rory Delap was unable to clear it and his low shot was spilled over the line by Stoke keeper Asmir Begovic. Sunderland got their second in the 11 minute when defender Jonathan Woodgate beat his own keeper in trying to shepherd the ball out of danger. Craig Gardner scored Sunderland’s third with a deflected shot. The scoring was completed by Larsson with a beautifully taken free kick in the second half which gave Begovic no chance.
The win was vital for Steve Bruce’s side as it takes them out of the relegation zone and give much needed breathing space for the under fire manager. Stoke would want to forget this defeat as early as possible and would like to look at the defensive errors that led to the goals for Sunderland.
September 16, 2011 by Moiz Siddiqui · Comments Off
Sunderland were very ordinary against Chelsea last week and lost out to the Blues 2-1. They are desperate for a win in this match as they have not been able to win so far in the Premier League. Stoke on the other hand are coming of the back of a splendid win against Liverpool and are in very confident mood ahead of their clash against Sunderland this Sunday.
This is going to be the first match for Sunderland after it was revealed that their top striker Asamoah Gyan is going to be loaned out for the season to UAE club Al-Ain. Sunderland would have to put in a dogged performance against a Stoke side that is riding high on the back of good results in the Premier League and the Europa League.
Sunderland would consider themselves lucky if they can avoid defeat in this game but they are desperate for a win and must try to win this match. Stoke will be on the lookout for another win so that they can solidify their position in the top half of the table.
Both teams do not have any injury concerns for the match and the managers have a fully fit squad to choose from.
Sunderland Player to Watch: Dong-Wong Ji
Stoke Player to Watch: Walters
Venue: Stadium of Light
USoccers Prediction: Sunderland 0-1 Stoke City
September 13, 2011 by Moiz Siddiqui · Comments Off
Goal scorers: Jon Walters (21st minute) (pen)
Stoke City: None
Liverpool: Luis Suarez
Man of the Match: Ryan Shawcross
Liverpool lost their unbeaten record this season while the Potters maintained theirs in a not very impressive but yet another victory at the Britannia Stadium. The match was dominated by Liverpool throughout the 90 minutes and Stoke merely defended after they got their goal thanks to a dubious penalty that was scored emphatically by Jon Walters in the first half.
Liverpool started brightly creating some very good opportunities but were unable to capitalise and score the important first goal. Stoke had not threatened the Liverpool goal up until the 20th minute when Walters was brought down in the box by Jamie Carragher and the referee pointed to the spot. Walters fired in the penalty and gave Stoke the lead totally against the run of play.
Stoke defended resolutely after getting the lead and never looked like giving it away despite the numerous efforts made by the Liverpool players. They battered the Stoke defence but the Stoke defence held firm keeping all the attempts made by the Liverpool attackers. Liverpool had their chance when Enrique put Henderson through on goal but Begovic denied the Liverpool player twice before stopping Adam’s shot moments later.
Charlie Adam and Jordon Henderson had a very poor game for Liverpool while Ryan Shawcross was immense at the back for the Potters which earned him the Man of the Match award.
September 8, 2011 by Moiz Siddiqui · Comments Off
Liverpool would like to build on an excellent away win at Anfield against Bolton and would like to continue their recent good form against Stoke. On the other hand Stoke too are on a good run and would want to build on their win against West Brom.
Liverpool have been impressive in their opening three games of the season but the game against Stoke is going to be tester as it is an away fixture and is against a Stoke team that is itself riding on a high after earning a draw against Chelsea and Norwich and winning against West Brom.
Stoke got many last minute buys in the transfer window and added quality players like Wilson Palacios and Peter Crouch to their squad. Both these players are tipped to start against Liverpool and would like to impress their new manager.
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has some injury concerns as Charlie Adam got injured on international duty playing for Scotland and is a doubt for the game. Stoke does not have any injury concerns and manager Tony Pulis has a fully fit squad to choose from.
Liverpool need to win the game in order to assert that their recent good form is not a fluke and they are as comfortable away from home as they are at Anfield. Stoke did managed to draw against Chelsea and would love to thwart Liverpool’s progress by getting a win or at least drawing the game.
Liverpool Player to Watch: Suarez
Bolton Player to Watch: Crouch
Liverpool: Steven Gerrard, Charlie Adam, Glenn Johnson
USoccers Prediction: Stoke 0-1 Liverpool
August 20, 2011 by Moiz Siddiqui · Comments Off
Norwich fans will be looking forward to feasting their eyes on some Premier League action after a long wait as Norwich go head-to-head against Stoke. Both teams earned valuable draws. Norwich drew against Wigan while Stoke drew against Chelsea.
Norwich had an impressive home record in the Championship only losing four games last season and with Stoke having a poor away record, Lambert will be looking for nothing else than a win.
Stoke were also involved in European action on Thursday and the continental battle must have taken a lot out of the players.
Vaughan, Elliot Ward and Whitbread are injured for Norwich while Higginbotham and Fuller will be absent for Stoke City.
Stoke would be looking to improve their away record while Norwich would like to continue their impressive home form from last season.
Norwich City Player to Watch: Hoolahan
Stoke City Player to Watch: Glenn Whelan
Venue: Carrow Road
Norwich: Elliot Ward, Vaughan
Stoke: Ricardo Fuller, Higginbotham
USoccers Prediction: Norwich 2-1 Stoke City
August 12, 2011 by Moiz Siddiqui · Comments Off
Chelsea begin their campaign with a tough away trip to the Brittania stadium. Chelsea have been widely tipped to give Manchester United a tough fight for the Premier League title after the arrival of young Portuguese coach Andre Vilas Boas. Stoke City’s manager Tony Pulis has been shrewd in the transfer market and has picked up two very experienced centre backs- Woodgate and Upson- on free. Stoke showed promise last season with a 13th place finish and would look to build on last season.
Chelsea haven’t signed any big names as the club had already bought Torres for around 50 million pounds this January. The club has brought in defensive midfielder Oriel Romeu from Barca and have almost completed a deal for young striker Romelu Lukaku.
Stoke City’s main strength has been their ability to keep hold of key players and once again, Stoke has kept hold of important players like Huth, Shawcross and Jones. The club has also drafted in experience in the form of Upson and Woodgate.
Oriel Romeu is set to make his debut for the club as Essien picked up a knee injury while Higginbotham and Fuller would miss the game for Stoke.
Chelsea may not have added any big names this summer, their squad is yet one of the most experienced in the whole of Europe. Boas would want a perfect start at his new club while Tony Pulis would like to welcome Boas to the PL with the baptism of fire!
Chelsea Player to Watch: Didier Drogba
Stoke City Player to Watch: Kenwyne Jones
Venue: Brittania Stadium
Form guide (last season):
Stoke: Fuller, Danny Higginbotham
Chelsea: Michael Essien, Fernando Torres (doubtful)
USoccers Prediction: Stoke City 0-2 Chelsea
August 10, 2011 by Moiz Siddiqui · Comments Off
Stoke City has made gradual progress in the PL and the club has done well to keep itself away from the relegation battle. A more exciting season waits where the club may well finish in the top-half.
Star Man: Kenwyne Jones
Stoke City is built for players like Jones. He has the physical ability to harass defenders and with all the long balls, crosses, corners and throw-ins, Kenwyne Jones is kept well-fed. His tally of 12 goals wasn’t that big but he did chip in with some important goals and would have to do it again next season.
One to Watch: Marc Wilson
The young midfielder was impressive last season and should well be on his merry way to cementing a spot in the Stoke team this time around.
Manager: Tony Pulis
Tony Pulis has brought stability to the club. His physical approach to the game has been really criticized but his methods have worked wonders for the club and continuing this approach can certainly bring more rewards for the club.
Matthew Upson (Free Transfer from West Ham United)
Jonathan Woodgate (Free Transfer)
Carl Dickenson (Undisclosed to Watford)
Abdoulaye Faye (Free Transfer to West Ham United)
Matthew Upson is a really good addition to the team. Strong and experienced, Stoke’s problem of finding the right partner for Shawcross has also been solved.
Likely Top Scorer:
Kenwyne Jones may have to fight it out with Jonathan Walters but Jones really should score more goals as the team plays around Jones.
Possible Best XI:
Sorenson, Robery Huth, Danny Collins, Matthew Upson, Ryan Shawcross, Marc Wilson, Dean Whitehead, Matthew Etherington, Jermaine Pennant, Jonathan Walters, Kenwyne Jones
Predicted Finish: 11th
January 28, 2009 by Qasim · Comments Off
Spurs welcomed back Jermain Defoe, back after a 12 month spell at Portsmouth, and Carlo Cudicini also made his debut in goal following his transfer from Chelsea.
Spurs were quick out of the blocks, scoring after only 8 minutes through winger Aaron Lennon. The goal seemed to further lift the home team, and spurred on by their vociferous supporters, they scored again on 21 minutes. Luka Modric passed to Roman Pavlyuchenko and he played a fine pass diagonally towards Defoe, who raced forward and beat the keeper inside his near post.
On 25 minutes, the game looked over as a contest as Modric crossed the ball in from the left where Michael Dawson connected to score number three.
Stoke came out fighting in the second half though, and restored some pride when James Beattie pulled one back. However, that proved to be a mere consolation as Spurs held on to get the 3 points.
January 26, 2009 by Qasim · Comments Off
Its a busy week in the English Premier League as all 20 teams play after a weekend of FA Cup action.
Leaders Manchester United are facing an injury crisis, with at least 7 first choice players out, but they will still fancy getting all 3 points away to bottom club West Bromwich Albion. United beat WBA 4-0 at Old Trafford earlier this season, and another victory will kepp them top of the table.
Level on points with United are Liverpool, and they travel to play in form Wigan Athletic. A win is necessary for the Reds after 3 consecutive draws have left them a little short of confidence. 3 points will help them regain some self-belief as the title race heats up.
Chelsea may have fallen off the pace in recent weeks, but they are still in with a good chance of winning the title this season. They host Middlesbrough, looking for a win to put pressure on the front two.
In other games, Arsenal play Everton, Aston Villa face Portsmouth, Spurs are up against Stoke, Manchester City play Newcastle, Hull City play West Ham and Bolton will lock horns with Blackburn Rovers.