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Stoke City

Whenever a manager is doing well at a club, commentators will ask a question meant to determine whether his talent is real or just a fluke. The question is, “Yeah, but can he do it on a rainy Tuesday in Stoke?” Somehow that always seems to summarize this club.

LOCATION: Stoke-on-Trent, a city of 260,000 in Staffordshire, about a 90-minute train ride north from London and just over an hour south from Manchester

CONTACT: stokecityfc.com, 01782 367598, #SCFC

NICKNAMES: The Potters

History

Stoke goes all the way back to 1863 and was one of the original 12 in the Football League in 1888. They settled into the Victoria Ground in 1878 and didn’t leave it until 1997. They had good years in the 1930s and ’40s, mainly because of legendary local boy Stanley Matthews, who represented England for 24 years and played competitively until the…

Rivalries

Traditionally, they contested the Potteries derby with local rivals Port Vale, but they have been a couple of divisions apart for years and haven’t met since 2002. These days the main rivals are West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers, but even those aren’t too intense compared to many in the country. Derby County draws some ire as…

Women's Team

Stoke City FC Women currently play in the Women’s National League North, tier 3. Home games are in nearby Smallthorne. See

Songs

The official anthem is a song called “We’ll Be with You,” which was recorded by players for the 1972 League Cup final. It’s played before each game as a banner with the same message is passed around above the supporters’ heads. They also started singing Tom Jones’s “Delilah” about 20 years back during a miserable season, changing the lyrics for a…

Stadium

While it’s officially known as the bet365 Stadium, many people still call Stoke’s home by its original name, The Britannia. Among the fairly recent stadiums, it is at least a little different in that two corners are open. This distinguishes it from all the ovals that have come along lately, but when combined with the fact that the stadium sits on…

Going to a Game at Stoke City

GETTING THERE: While the stadium itself is nice, getting there is a pain. It’s two miles from the train station and in a kind of industrial park, so a taxi might be the simplest. The club runs shuttle buses (£4 return) from the station. But you’ll want to go early, as lines get quite long as kickoff approaches. Check the club’s website for the…

Stoke City Tickets

Last season, they ranged from £30 to £40, and they didn’t sell anything out.

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