Stoke City’s Potters

Founded in 1863 Stoke City is one of the oldest teams in the English Premier League.  Better known as the Potters, Stoke call Britannia Stadium home.  Founded as Stoke Ramblers in 1863 they changed their name when Stoke-on-Trent was granted City status.

Stoke’s only major trophy win was the 1972 League Cup, when they beat Chelsea 2-1.  The highest league finish in the top of the division was fourth which happened in 1935-36 and again in the 1946-47 season.  In 2011 Stoke played in the FA Cup final but finished runners-up to Manchester City.

Mark Hughes’ boys landed a spot in the English Premier League after winning promotion in 2008, when current Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis was still in charge.  The Premier League 2013-14 season saw them finishing in ninth position.  The transfer window saw the following players join the Potters: Bojan Krkic, Mame Biram Diouf, Steve Sidwell and Phil Bardsley.  Michael Kightly has left the club while James Alabi, Jack Butland and Lucas Dawson are out on loan.