Match Of The Past: Stoke City

0 By Ian  |   The Ball  |   July 3, 2012  |     58

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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Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.


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