Tag: Stoke City

Video of the Day: Stoke City vs Tottenham Hotspur, February 1976

Tottenham Hotspur travel to the Potteries to play Stoke City this evening in a Premier League match that may have a considerable bearing on where the league title ends up going this season. Should Spurs win, the pressure will increase just a little on the league leaders Leicester City. A failure to do so, however, will surely mean that the gap is too big to bridge with just five games of the season left to play and the club from the East Midlands will become the most unlikely champions that English football has ever seen. Title challenges were not...

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Video of the Day: Southampton vs Stoke City, March 1982

With a dozen or so matches left to play of the 1981/82 First Division season, it felt as if just about anybody could still life the title. The first season of three points for a win hadn’t led to anybody streaking away at the top of the table, and as March ticked over into April just seven points separated the top eight clubs in the table, from leaders Swansea City down. Southampton sat in second place in the table. The early 1980s were a period during which the Saints emerged to be regulars near the top of the league,...

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League Cup Final of the Day: Stoke City vs Chelsea, 1972

This Sunday at Wembley, Liverpool play Manchester City in the 2016 Football League Cup Final at Wembley. Once the runt of the litter that makes up our domestic football calendar, the League Cup has found itself stabilising in recent years while the FA Cup has plunged into crisis, and as part of the build-up to this year’s final we’re gong to spend the next few mornings taking in a few of its great finals of the past. The competition had begun in 1960 as a midweek competition devised by the Football League with a two-legged final. Initially derided by...

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The 200% Premier League Pre-Season: Stoke City

At what point does exceeding expectations become meeting them? The question of where the trip-switch between these two points is a most curious one, and we might argue that there none so curious in the entirety of the Premier League than Stoke City Football Club. It has now been five years since Tony Pulis took the club into the top division and this intervening half-decade has always had a hint of gravity defiance about it, but survival in the Premier League should become more comfortable with each passing season of membership and that the club is being tipped by some to struggle this season is simultaneously – and, yes, completely contradictorily – both something of a surprise and considerably less than one. On the one hand, we might ordinarily look at the newly-promoted teams as being those that we might expect to struggle and we might also consider that those who only narrowly avoided relegation at the end of last season might not find things so easy this time around. So, why is there a sense of tetchiness hanging over The Britannia Stadium as the club’s sixth successive season of Premier League football begins? The answer to this question seems to be three-fold. Firstly, there is the small matter of the departure of Tony Pulis at the start of the summer. Pulis was, of course, hardly a popular figure...

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