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Since gaining promotion into the English Premier League (EPL) in 2008, Stoke City have bravely battled against the odds to establish themselves in English football’s top-flight. And their consecutive mid-table positions have given hope to all newly-promoted sides.

 

Stoke’s direct football and their attacking reliance on the gravity-defying long throws of midfielder Rory Delap have added a different dimension to the EPL. Their success is a boost for underdogs everywhere.

 

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2010/11
 

Tony Pulis successfully guided England’s second oldest professional football club through their second stint of Premier League football, securing safety even earlier than in their first year and overcoming the so-called “difficult second season syndrome” that has affected sides such as Ipswich Town and Reading over the last decade.

 

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Stoke’s home form has been the basis of their success, with their passionate fans producing an atmosphere that both intimidates the opposition and adds to the excitement for the neutral spectator.

 

But Pulis knows that Stoke cannot afford to stand still, hence the summer signing of Sunderland striker Kenwyne Jones for £8m, which beat their previous record fee, for defender Robert Huth last season, by £2m. City struggled for goals last season, with no striker even approaching double figures. Jones replaces James Beattie in the squad, the former Everton man ending his troubled time at the Britannia Stadium by moving to Rangers.

 

Jones is the sort of big-name striker which would have been beyond Pulis’s ambitions even two years ago. And Stoke were also able to see off interest from bigger clubs to sign 17-year-old Belgian youth international midfielder Florent Cuvelier, who promises to be an exciting prospect.

 

They will though be reliant on a solid defence again backed by goalkeepers Thomas Sorensen and Asmir Begovic.

 
A Brief History
 

Stoke City were formed in 1863 originally as the Stoke Ramblers. They played at several venues before settling at what became known as the Victoria Ground, their home for the next 119 years. It was around this time that they became known formerly as Stoke Football Club and first adopted their traditional red-and-white striped kit. Seven years later, in 1885, they turned professional as one of the founding members of the Football League

 

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In 1932, a match against Bury saw the debut at the tender age of 17 of a young player who would subsequently become known as not only one of the greatest of his generation but as one of the greatest players England ever produced - Stanley Matthews. During the ‘Matthews Years, Stoke established themselves as one of the strongest teams in the country. However, it wasn’t until 1964 that they reached a major final in the form of the League Cup, although they lost to Leicester City.

 

Another famous English name, Gordon Banks, helped the club establish themselves in the First Division. They went on to win their first major piece of silverware, the League Cup, beating Chelsea 2-1 on the back of two successive FA Cup Semi-Final defeats.

 

In 1997/8 Stoke moved to the new Britannia Stadium but still languished in the lower tiers. However, under the guidance of Tony Pulis, Stoke City finally regained their top flight status on the final day of the 2007/8 season. And they have finished 12th and 11th in their two EPL seasons.

 

Live Sport Network is the place to be to see if ambitious Stoke can continue to improve and inch towards European qualification.

 

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