Match Of The Past: Stoke City
The next in our series of Match Of The Past – which will have covered all twenty Premier League clubs soon and will be moving onto the Football League thereafter – focusses on Stoke City, and six matches covering the years between 1970 and 1996. The 1970s were a happy decade for the club. In 1972 they won their first major trophy, and there was a hint of what was to come year before, when they reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup before losing to Arsenal. Our first match is their quarter-final match from that competition against Hull City. This is followed up with an away match, against Chelsea from the 1974/75 season.
Our third match features Stoke seeking promotion from the Second Division in 1979 and is a home match against West Ham United. We then have two matches from the early 1980s, an away match against Sunderland from the 1982/83 season – Stoke City are in sky blue for that match – and a home match against West Ham United from the following season. Our final match is from the 1995/96, and features Stoke on their travels again, this time to play Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux, featuring a very dazed looking Wolves goalkeeper Mike Stowell and impromptu goalkeeping performance from the late Dean Richards.
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